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08/06/11 - NNHS Newsletter -  Lucille Ball's 100th Birthday

“The important thing in life is our relationship with other human beings.
It's not what we set out to get, but how we go about the daily task of living.”

- Lucille Ball
(06 Aug 1911 - 26 Apr 1989)

Dear Friends and Schoolmates,

     It's time for another birthday celebration!

BONUS #1 - - I Love Lucy - chocolate factory

BONUS #2 - - I Love Lucy - Vitameatavegamin

BONUS #3 - - I Love Lucy - Longest Laugh in Television History: Lucy Does the Tango

BONUS #4 - - I Love Lucy - grape stomping - told by Lucy herself on the Dick Cavett Show, 1974

BONUS #5 -



  Happy Birthday today to   Susan Whitcomb Harlin ('72) of TX!

  Happy Birthday tomorrow to Elaine Ferrell Taylor ('57) AND   Kenny Branch ('62) of AR AND    Judy Fertitta Gibson (Hampton HS - '62) of VA AND   Anne Davidson Matthis ('64) of NC!

  Happy Birthday this week to:

08 -   Virginia Deuell DeBerry ('46) AND Kathy Presgraves Whitt ('71) of VA;

09 - Katherine Adams Barbrey ('57) AND      Hunter Todd  ('57) of TX;

12 - Lois Marie King Earwood ('57) AND       Dave Arnold ('65) of VA AND      Linwood Wright ('65) of VA AND       My Grandson, Joseph Harty of TX!

   Many Happy Returns, One and All!


  From Dee Hodges Bartram ('66) of VA - 07/26/11 - "The August 19 - 20 Open Reunion Sponsored by the Class of 1966":


Please put the following note in your next newsletter:

The Class of 1966 45-year Reunion has moved the Saturday night function FROM the Warwick Yacht Club TO Point Plaza Hotel, 950 J. Clyde Morris Boulevard, Newport News.  The start time has changed FROM 7:00 p.m. TO 7:30 p.m. in the Chesapeake Room.  Dress is casual, Bermudas allowed.  The reason for the move is that we outgrew the Yacht Club!!  Also, this means that we can now accept more people.

If you would like to attend, please call Dee Bartram at (757) 868-8443 or e-mail her at   

Friday night will still be at RJ’s Restaurant on Jefferson Avenue.

Thank you so much, Carol!

Dee Hodges Bartram

   Certainly, Dee - y'all have fun!



Monday, Aug. 5, 1861

The US Congress passed, and President Lincoln signed, a measure today which levied a direct tax on income, as well as real estate. Intended to go into effect Jan. 1, 1862, it subjected all incomes over $800 to a 3 percent tax rate. As the mechanisms to collect the tax did not yet exist, and amazingly few people sent the money in voluntarily, the tax was basically ignored. The bill also raised tariffs, issued new bonds, and permitted the enlistment of seamen for “the duration of the war” rather than a pre-specified time period.

Tuesday, Aug. 5, 1862

Baton Rouge, Louisiana, was the bone of contention today. Forces under Gen. John Breckinridge assaulted the Federals under Gen. Thomas Williams in dense fog, driving them back. With help from heavy gunboats on the Mississippi the Union men reformed for a counterattack. Williams was killed almost immediately, but the Confederates were forced to withdraw. The unfinished gunboat CSS Arkansas was no help in the battle; it didn’t arrive until after it was over, due to faulty engines.

Wednesday, Aug. 5, 1863

It was not a happy leader of the Confederate Submarine Battery Service who had to report to his commander today. The gunboat USS Commodore Barney had been making its way carefully up the James River, just above Dutch Gap, Va. Just as the ship was about to pass over one of these electrically-triggered torpedoes, the aforementioned operator hit the button just a few seconds early. The resulting explosion produced “agitated water” and “a lively concussion”, observers reported, but a delay of just a few seconds would have demolished the boat. The bomb did cost the Union two men, who either jumped in panic or were knocked overboard by the concussion. They were lost and presumed drowned.

Friday, Aug. 5, 1864

The Battle of Mobile Bay opened at 6 o'clock this morning. The monitor USS Tecumseh was leading the charge past the guns of Ft. Morgan when she struck a mine, called in those days torpedoes. She sank in minutes, taking 90 of her 114 men, including her captain, down with her. It was at this point that Admiral David Farragut, aboard the monitor Hartford, shouted “Damn the torpedo's! Full speed ahead, Drayton! Hard a starboard; ring four bells! Eight bells! Sixteen bells!” The Hartford sailed past the faltering Brooklyn into the Bay. By 10 a.m. the last Confederate ship, Tennessee, surrendered. By nightfall Ft. Morgan was abandoned and blown up. The final Gulf port was closed.



Tuesday, Aug 6, 1861

It was a busy day of bill-signing in Washington D.C. today. Sent by Congress to the president’s desk were bills to increase the pay for privates in the army, and to grant freedom to any slaves who were used by the Confederacy in arms or labor against the United States. A more complicated provision gave retroactive approval to any action the President had taken concerning the Army or Navy since March 4. A final act, which Lincoln signed only with reluctance, authorized confiscation of property used for purposes of insurrection.

Wednesday, Aug. 6, 1862

The CSS Arkansas was the biggest gunboat the Confederacy ever set sail on the Mississippi River. She and her crew had fought valiantly, and tried to do so again today in support of Breckinridge’s attempt to retake Baton Rouge from the Yankees. Set upon by four Union gunboats, her commander Henry Stevens tried to fight but could not even maneuver, as the abused engines failed. The order went out to abandon ship, and Stevens had her blown up to prevent capture. Never again would the Confederacy field large gunboats on the river. Alabama's mission lasted only 23 days but became a legend.

Thursday, Aug. 6, 1863

John S. Mosby was nearly the definition of a colorful Cavalry cavalier. A stint at the University of Virginia turned into a prison term after he shot a fellow student. Logically becoming interested in law he took it as a profession (after his release, of course). Joining a cavalry unit near his home in Bristol, Va, he became a terror. Today he grabbed an entire Union wagon train and escaped with wagons and contents, leaving the Yankees red-faced in fury behind him.

Saturday, Aug. 6, 1864

Utoy Creek is an small and obscure waterway southwest of Atlanta, Ga. It had, nevertheless, been the scene of fighting for the last three days. Sherman’s forces were endeavoring to cut the railroad lines leading south out of the city, which were the last lines of support to the beleaguered town. He finally outflanked the Confederates today, and they were forced to fall back.

  From Steve Pullen ('65) of VA - 08/04/11 - "Retirement":

Carol -

After 41 years in Juvenile Justice I have retired from the Va. Dept. of Juvenile Justice effective Aug. 1. Therefore the email address is no longer valid. I will continue to receive emails at ______@___.___.  Hope you are well; I was wondering why I had not received the newsletter for a while.

   CONGRATULATIONS! I removed your work address from my files, Steve; thanks for letting us know. Enjoy this newest phase of your life!

    From Jean Poole Burton ('64) of RI - 08/04/11 - "Finding Thalhimer's":

Hi Carol, There is a new book out entitled, Finding Thalhimer's, written by one of the descendants of the Thalhimer family.  I know those of us who enjoyed shopping at Thalhimers and Miller & Rhoads will enjoy reading it.  it is not out in paperback yet...

We are going to the sacred soil for a few days to visit John's family and get some fried okra...

Love, Jean  

   OH, WOW! This sounds like a really fascinating book! Thanks for letting us know, Jean - and have a great time visiting the sacred soil!

   From Jack Nelson ('54) of Northern VA - 08/04/11 - "Times-picayune article on 7/28/11":

This just in from Ruby (Harlow) Shrieves.  For best viewing of the article, open the email or image to the full screen. 
Goes to show all of us it is never too late to get active and have some fun.
Thanks, Ruby, for passing the article along.
The nice lady at the newspaper did not state my age!  But you all know the truth.  Boy, am I having fun!



    WOWZERONI! Thanks so much for sharing this, Jack - and Ruby! That is really impressive!

      From Phil Hammond ('64) of FL - 08/04/11 - "Pool Dig":

I am so excited.  The first day of the pool dig.  Now I have something else to do.  Watch some one else work for a change.
Hot in Florida but no hurricane coming.

   WOWZERS! Ain't life grand?!? Congratulations, Phil - you've earned it!


      From My Niece, Shari, of VA - 08/04/11 - "Things You Don't Hear Anymore & Trying Is Enough":

,.,., Songs ,.,.,
Somewhere Over the Rainbow - Israel Kamakawiwo'Ole
Bing Crosby - Count Your Blessings Instead Of Sheep


Things You Don't Hear Anymore

  1. Be sure to refill the ice trays, we're going to have company.
  2. Watch for the postman, I want to get this letter to Willie in the mail today.
  3. Quit slamming the screen door when you go out!
  4. Be sure and pull the windows down when you leave, it looks like a shower is coming up.
  5. Don't forget to wind the clock before you go to bed.
  6. Wash your feet before you go to bed, you've been playing outside all day barefooted.
  7. Why can't you remember to roll up your britches legs? Getting them caught in the bicycle chain so many times is tearing them up.
  8. You have torn the knees out of that pair of pants so many times there is nothing left to put a patch on.
  9. Don't you go outside with your school clothes on!
  10. Go comb your hair; it looks like the rats have nested in it all night.
  11. Be sure and pour the cream off the top of the milk when you open the new bottle.
  12. Take that empty bottle to the store with you so you won't have to pay a deposit on another one.
  13. Put a dish towel over the cake so the flies won't get on it.
  14. Quit jumping on the floor! I have a cake in the oven and you are going to make it fall if you don't quit!
  15. Let me know when the Fuller Brush man comes by, I need to get a few things from him.
  16. You boys stay close by, the car may not start and I will need you to help push it off.
  17. There's a dollar in my purse, get 5 gallons of gas when you go to town.
  18. Open the back door and see if we can get a breeze through here, it is getting hot.
  19. You can walk to the store; it won't hurt you to get some exercise.
  20. Don't sit too close to the TV. It is hard on your eyes.
  21. If you pull that stunt again, I am going to wear you out!
  22. Don't lose that button; I'll sew it back on after awhile.
  23. Wash under your neck before you come to the table, you have beads of dirt and sweat all under there. (We were always told you can plant rows of turnips under there.)
  24. Get out from under the sewing machine; pumping it messes up the thread!
  25. Be sure and fill the lamps this morning so we don't have to do that tonight in the dark.
  26. Here, take this old magazine to the toilet with you when you go, we are almost out of paper out there.
  27. Go out to the well and draw a bucket of water so I can wash dishes.
  28. Don't turn the radio on now, I want the battery to be up when the Grand Ole Opry comes on.
  29. No! I don't have 10 cents for you to go to the show. Do you think money grows on trees?
  30. Eat those turnips, they'll make you big and strong like your daddy.
  31. That dog is NOT coming in this house! I don't care how cold it is out there, dogs don't stay in the house.
  32. Sit still! I'm trying to get your hair cut straight and you keep moving and it is all messed up.
  33. Hush your mouth! I don't want to hear words like that! I'll wash your mouth out with soap!
  34. It is time for your system to be cleaned out. I am going to give you a dose of castor oil tonight.
  35. If you get a spanking in school and I find out about it, you'll get another one when you get home.
  36. Quit crossing your eyes! They will get stuck that way!
  37. Soak your foot in this pan of kerosene so that bad cut won't get infected.
  38. When you take your driving test, don't forget to signal each turn. Left arm straight out the window for a left turn; left arm bent up at the elbow for a right turn; and straight down to the side of the door when you are going to stop.
  39. It's: 'Yes Ma'am!' and 'No Ma'am!' to me, young man, and don't you forget it!
  40. Y'all come back now, ya hear !!
I picked up my nine-year-old daughter from school and asked how her day had gone. A few minutes later, distracted by driving, I repeated the question, and again a few minutes after that.
Instead of annoyed, Ariana was philosophical. "Mom," she said, "your amnesia is my deja vu."
The greatest mistake you can make in life is to be continually fearing you will make one.
- Elbert Hubbard

                                                   Trying Is Enough
A few weeks ago I was taking a quiet walk enjoying the cool breezes of a Summer evening. I came to the solitary Maple tree in my backyard and there I saw it, a baby bird laying in the grass. I knew that the Robin that had raised a family of birds earlier this Spring on my dad’s porch across the road had started a second nest in this Maple tree. Looking up I saw the nest high in the branches. The baby bird had taken quite a fall and I was sure it was dead. I reached down to pick it up when suddenly it moved. Its bald head with still closed eyes was stretching from side to side looking for its Mother.

Amazed at this miracle, I pondered what to do. I knew that my dad had a ladder at his house so I ran over to get it. Hurrying back I checked on the baby robin. It was still alive. I placed the ladder against the tree and tried to get it near the branch with the nest. It was then that I heard the Maple leaves "meow". Gazing through them I saw the culprit, a neighborhood Tomcat. Looking for a quick meal he must have shaken the bird out of the nest and gotten himself trapped up in the tree as well. Climbing up through the branches I grabbed him by the scruff of his neck, gave him a scolding "Hiss!" and dropped him softly to the ground. He ran off as fast as he could.

I climbed back down, took a paper towel out of my pocket and gently picked up the baby bird. Then slowly I climbed up the ladder and stretching my arm out as far as I could placed it in the nest. I said a little prayer for the baby bird and then took the ladder back to my dad’s house.

In the weeks that have followed I have looked up at the nest several times but have only been able to see the mother bird. I may never know if I saved the baby or not, but trying was enough. Sometimes we don’t get to know if our efforts have made a difference or not. Sometimes we have to just trust God and do what good we can. Sometimes love has to be its own reward.

~ Joseph J. Mazzella ~

   Thank you, Shari!

 From Mark Friedman ('65) of VA - 08/04/11 - "Ring, ring":

"Rrriiiiinnnnggg, rrriiiinnnngg,"


'Hi honey. This is Daddy. Is Mommy near the phone?'

'No, Daddy. She's upstairs in the bedroom with Uncle Gabe.'

After a brief pause, Daddy says, 'But honey, you haven't got an Uncle Gabe.'

'Oh, yes I do, and he's upstairs in the room with Mommy, right now..'

Brief Pause.

'Uh, okay then, this is what I want you to do. Put the phone down on the table, run upstairs, and knock on the bedroom door and shout to Mommy that Daddy's car just pulled into the driveway.'

'Okay, Daddy, Just a minute.'

A few minutes later, the little girl comes back to the phone.

'I did it, Daddy.'

'And what happened, honey?'

'Well, Mommy got all scared, jumped out of bed with no clothes on and ran around screaming. Then she tripped over the rug, hit her head on the dresser, and now she isn't moving at all!'

'Oh my Gosh!!! What about your Uncle Gabe?'

'He jumped out of the bed with no clothes on, too.. He was all scared and he jumped out of the back window and into the swimming pool, but I guess he didn't know that you took out the water last week to clean it. He hit the bottom of the pool and I think he's dead.'

*****Long Pause*****

*****Longer Pause*****

*****Even Longer Pause*****

Then Daddy says, 'Swimming pool? ............. Is this 486-5731?'

'No, I think you have the wrong number.........'


    From Glenn Dye ('60) of TX - 08/04/11 - "Some Thought Provoking Signs (#1 in a Series of 16)":

     Thanks, Glenn - I really enjoy these! There's far too little blatant goofiness in the world! 


From - 08/05/11:

A man is at work one day when he notices that his co-worker is wearing an earring. This man knows his co-worker to be a normally, conservative fellow, and is curious about his sudden change in “fashion sense.” The man walks up to him and says, “I didn’t know you were into earrings.”

“Don’t make a big deal, it’s only an earring,” he replies sheepishly.

His friend falls silent for a few minutes, but then his curiosity prods him to say, “So, how long have you been wearing one?”

“Ever since my wife found it in my truck.”

1. Wednesday, August 10, 2011 - The NNHS Class of June 1942 meets at noon on the second Wednesday of every other month for a Dutch treat lunch at the James River Country Club, 1500 Country Club Road. PLEASE JOIN THEM. Give or take a few years makes no difference. Good conversation, food and atmosphere. For details, call Jennings Bryan at 803-7701 for reservations.

2. Friday and Saturday, August 19 and 20, 2011 - The Class of 1966 will hold its 45-Year Reunion at RJ's Restaurant and Pub AND the Point Plaza Hotel, 950 J. Clyde Morris Boulevard, Newport News.  DETAILS:; CONTACT: Dee Hodges Bartram at - OPEN REUNION!

3. Friday, Saturday, and Sunday, August 26, 27, and 28, 2011 - The Class of 1961 will hold its 50-Year Reunion. - For details, see: and contact Gary Fitzgerald at or 757-879-2847 - CLASS OF 1961

4. Saturday, August 27, 2011, NOON - Mike O'Neil's Irish Pub, Warwick Shopping Center - Reunion Luncheon for the 97th Rifle Company, USMC

5. Thursday, September 1, 2011 - The NNHS Class of 1955 holds Lunch Bunch gatherings on the first Thursday of every month at Steve & John's Steak House on Jefferson Avenue just above Denbigh Boulevard in Newport News at 11:00 AM. The luncheon is not limited to just the Class of '55; if you have friends in that year, go visit with them.

6. Saturday, September 17, 2011 - Evelyn's Birthday Party for Everyone - Canepa Cottage, Buckroe Beach - 2:00 PM. For details, contact Evelyn Fryer Fish ('58) of TX at - OPEN TO EVERYBODY!

7. Wednesday and Thursday, October 19 and 20, 2011 - The Class of 1956 will hold its 55-Year Reunion. Contact Judy Leggett Elliott at or 757-868-1111. - CLASS OF 1956

PRAYER ROLL: - updated 05/05/11

BLOG: - updated 03/13/11

Y'all take care of each other!  TYPHOONS FOREVER!  We'll Always Have Buckroe!

                                 Love to all, Carol





Carol Buckley Harty
7020 Lure Court
Fayetteville, NC 28311-9309



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"I Love Lucy" Theme Song midi courtesy of - 08/05/08

Both Images of Lucille Ball courtesy of - 08/06/08

Animated Hearts Divider Line # 63 clip art courtesy of - 02/11/10

Animated Tiny Birthday Cake clip art courtesy of Sarah Puckett Kressaty ('65) of VA - 08/31/05
Thanks, Sarah Sugah!

Hampton High School's Crab clip art courtesy of - 10/02/05 (still missing...)
Replaced courtesy of - 02/17/09

Coast Guard Seal clip art courtesy of - 10/03/07

Air Force Seal clip art courtesy of - 07/07/06

Army Seal clip art courtesy of Al Farber ('64) of GA - 05/24/06 (still missing...)
Thanks, Al!
Replaced by Norm Covert ('61) of MD - 02/09/09
Thanks, Norm!

Navy Seal clip art courtesy of - 05/29/06

Animated Laughing Woman courtesy of Joyce Lawrence Cahoon ('65) of VA - 02/23/09
Thanks, Joyce!

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