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08/08/08 - NNHS Newsletter -
 Mel Tillis' 76th Birthday

“And then, when I started to school, I found out I couldn't talk.”

- Mel Tillis
(b. 08 Aug 1932)

Dear Friends and Schoolmates, 

   Today bears the coolest date you'll write all year long - 08/08/08! And it's also Mel's birthday!

BONUS #1 - - Mel Tillis Whataburger Commercials

BONUS #2 - - "Ruby, Don't Take Your Love to Town" was a huge hit for Kenny Rogers, but it was written by Country Music Hall Of Fame Superstar Mel Tillis. Here Mel sings three of his own compositions, "Ruby", "Detroit City", and I Wanna Go Home" live at a show in Branson, MO.



   Happy Birthday today to our Two-Fer:   Virginia Deuell DeBerry ('46) AND Kathy Presgraves Whitt ('71) of VA!

   Happy Birthday this week to:

12 -       Dave Arnold ('65) of VA AND      Linwood Wright ('65) of VA;

14 -   Tommie Mouser ('60) of VA AND My Grandson,  Joseph Harty of OR!

   Many Happy Returns, One and All!

  From Ron Miller ('59) of NC - 08/07/08 - "Smart or Stoopid?":

Here's a fun test someone sent me. Be prepared however -- you only have 3 or 4 seconds to answer each question.

   YOWZERS!!! I only scored 26 out of 30, but it said that the average score is 18.2, and that made me "42.9% smarter than average".  I don't like to rush; it makes me nervous.  Maybe I'll try taking it again.  NAH!!!!!

   Thanks, Ronnie!

  From Joyce Lawrence Cahoon ('65) of VA - 08/07/08 - "Chocolate Sings":

We all need a little chocolate each day!
One day I had a date for lunch with friends. Mae, a little old "blue hair" about 80 years old, came along with them---all in all, a pleasant bunch. When the menus were presented, we ordered salads, sandwiches, and soups, except for Mae who said, "Ice Cream, please. Two scoops, chocolate."

I wasn't sure my ears heard right, and the others were aghast.

"Along with heated apple pie," Mae added, completely unabashed.
We tried to act quite nonchalant, as if people did this all the time.
But when our orders were brought out, I didn't enjoy mine.
I couldn't take my eyes off Mae as her pie a-la-mode went down.
 The other ladies showed dismay. They ate their lunches silently and frowned.
The next time I went out to eat, I called and invited Mae.
I lunched on white meat tuna. She ordered a parfait.
I smiled. She asked if she amused me.
I answered, "Yes, you do, but also you confuse me.
How come you order rich desserts, while I feel I must be sensible?
She laughed and said, with wanton mirth, "I'm tasting all that is Possible.

I try to eat the food I need, and do the things I should.
But life's so short, my friend, I hate missing out on something good.
This year I realized how old I was. (She grinned) I haven't been this old before."
"So, before I die, I've got to try those things that for years I had ignored.
I haven't smelled all the flowers yet. There are too many books I haven't read.
There's more fudge sundaes to wolf down and kites to be flown overhead.
There are many malls I haven't shopped. I've not laughed at all the jokes.
I've missed a lot of Broadway hits and potato chips and cokes.  
I want to wade again in water and feel ocean spray on my face.
I want to sit in a country church once more and thank God for His grace.
I want peanut butter every day spread on my morning toast.
I want un-timed long distance calls to the folks I love the most.
I haven't cried at all the movies yet, or walked in the morning rain.
I need to feel wind in my hair. I want to fall in love again.
So, if I choose to have dessert, instead of having dinner,
Then should I die before night fall, I'd say I died a winner,
because I missed out on nothing. I filled my heart's desire.
I had that final chocolate mousse before my life expired."

With that, I called the waitress over. "I've changed my mind, " I said.
"I want what she is having, only add some more whipped cream!"  

This is my gift to you - We need an annual Friends Day!

..... Be mindful that happiness isn't based on possessions, power, or prestige, but on relationships with people we love and respect. Remember that while money talks,  "CHOCOLATE SINGS"! 

   AMEN! Thanks, Joyce!

     From the Head Flagtwirler of 1965, Janice McCain Rose of VA - 08/07/08 - "RE: 08/06/08 - Lucille Ball's 97th Birthday":

Hi Carol....just a little memory from the Apple Blossom Festival Parade in 1964...and Lucille Ball.  She was the Grand Marshall...and I remember as we passed the reviewing stand seeing her ....and the shock!!!!  I thought her hair was red....but on this day it looked PINK!!!!! Do you remember seeing her????????

   Thanks, Janice! Well, I remember that Lucy was the Grand Marshall that yearI even remember your talking about her pink hair way back then!  

   But it's a little remembered fact that I was forced to drop out of band just before Winchester that year because of medical reasons.  I had (and of course, still have) narcolepsy, and at that time the struggles I was having with it were interfering dreadfully with those early morning rehearsals.  It broke my heart at the time - and still does, really. 

   I saw    Mr. Wilson a couple of years later - it must have been in the summer of '67 - and we spoke of that sad time again.  With tears in his eyes and mine, he told me had I only explained the situation, we could have made adjustments and I could have remained in bandThat experience was a pivotal moment for me.  While I am more close-mouthed now about others' privacy, I'm far less apt now to remain silent about things that disturb me or might affect my future.....

From Julie Benton, daughter of    Julius Benton ('58) and     Renee Helterbran Benton ('59) of VA - 08/07/08 - "The Benton Bunch needs your support!":

Dear Classmates,

** Please click on the link at the bottom of this email to access my personal webpage. You will learn more about my Dad and why the Memory Walk is so important to me. **

It is only 6 weeks until this year's Alzheimer's Association Memory Walk. I proudly walk to honor my Dad, Julius Benton, who battles Pick's disease.

I know that times are tough this year and we are all pinching pennies. I continue to ask for your support to help those who cannot help themselves anymore. People who used to be just like you, working for a living, raising a family and planning for the future.

I walk for my Dad because he can no longer walk. I speak for my Dad because he can no longer speak. I hope that you will consider donating to the Alzheimer's Association this year in honor of my Dad or someone you love. There is no donation too small as each dollar means so much. Thank you!

Click here to visit my personal web page and help me in my efforts to support Alzheimer's Association Greater Richmond Chapter:

Julie Benton

   Thank you so much, Julie (and Renee)! We wish you and your family much success in your efforts towards this worthy cause!

   From Bill Hobbs ('66) of Northern VA - 08/07/08 - "Proper English?":

Lovers of the English language might enjoy this.  How do non-natives ever learn all the nuances of English? 
There is a two-letter word that perhaps has more meanings than any other two-letter word, and that word is 'UP.' It is listed in the dictionary as being used as an [adv], [prep], [adj], [n] or [v]. 

It's easy to understand UP, meaning toward the sky or at the top of the list, but when we awaken in the morning, why do we wake UP ?

At a meeting, why does a topic come UP? Why do we speak UP, and why are the officers UP for election and why is it UP to the secretary to write UP a report? We call UP our friends and we use it to brighten UP a room, polish UP the silver, we warm UP the leftovers and clean UP the kitchen. We lock UP the house and some guys fix UP the old car. 

At other times the little word has a real special meaning. People stir UP trouble, line UP for tickets, work UP an appetite, and think UP  excuses. 

To be dressed is one thing but to be dressed UP is special. And this up is confusing:

A drain must be opened UP 
because it is stopped UP. 

We open UP a store in the morning but we close it UP at night. We seem to be pretty mixed 
UP about UP

To be knowledgeable about the proper uses of UP, look the word UP in the dictionary. In a desk-sized dictionary, it takes UP almost 1/4 of the page and can add UP to about thirty definitions 

If you are UP to it, you might try building UP a list of the many ways 
UP is used. It will take UP a lot of your time, but if you don't give UP, you may wind UP with a hundred or more

When it threatens to rain, we say it is clouding UP. When the sun comes out we say it is clearing UP. When it doesn't rain for awhile, things dry

One could go on and on, but I'll wrap it 
UP, for now time is UP, so time to shut UP! more thing: 
What is the first thing you do in the morning and the last thing you do at night?
..........Now I'll shut up.

   GIGGLES! Thanks, Bill!

  From Christine Wilson Starkman ('68) of CA -  08/07/08 - "Check out STING LYRICS - Fields Of Gold":

Riffing on the "fields" theme:

   What beautiful words! Thanks so much, Chris! I thought you might enjoy this video: - Sting - Fields Of Gold, 1993

  From Joyce Lawrence Cahoon ('65) of VA - 08/05/08 - "We've All Been There!!! " (#3 in a series of 15):

We've All Been There!!!

   GIGGLES! Thanks, Joyce!


PRAYER ROLL (arranged alphabetically, but not necessarily complete):

1.   Jerry Allen ('65) of VA - update of 07/25/08 - SEE: 07/25/08;  - update of 07/28/08 - "Jerry's HOME!!! He is ... feeling much better. He will still have to tackle some health issues, but we are getting there!"

2.   Julius Benton ('58) of VA - diagnosed years ago with Pick's Disease; update of 07/18/08 - SEE: 07/19/08

3.   Connie Bloxom Thompson ('66) of MD - multiple heath and financial issues; needing cataract surgery to prevent inevitable blindness ASAP; update of 03/11/08: "SO FAR, 1/2 FUNDS FOR 1 EYE PROCEDURE"; update of 03/28/08: re-hospitalized; $1475.00 received so far; still short of $2000.00 goal; update of 04/28/08 - SEE: 04/28/08; update of 06/23/08 - surgery on right eye -  07/01/08; surgery on left eye to follow several weeks later as financial goals are met

Connie Bloxom Thompson
2237 Hunter Chase
Bel Air, M
D 21015

4.   Betty Brockwell McClure ('58) of VA - broken hip - early this year; still recovering and in pain; update of 06/17/08 - SEE: 06/18/08

5. Clyde Bryant ('58) of PA - heart replacement surgery - 12/13/07

6. Emily (daughter of        My Niece Shari) of VA - advancing scoliosis; surgery 03/11/08; update of 03/12/08: surgery went well, running slight fever; update of 03/18/08: had some ups and lows, but is home again; update of 04/14/08 - still in pain, running a fever; update of 04/18/08 - SEE: 04/18/08; update of 05/05/08 - "finally getting better. Her hamstring stretching is painful, but making a big difference. She has years of physical therapy ahead of her, but is doing soo much better"; update of 05/13/08 - has had a setback; going to see the surgeon in Richmond on 05/15/08; update of 06/15/08 - SEE: 06/17/08

7. Dale Chestnut (Nakina HS, NC - '54) of VA suffered heart attack on 07/25/08, fell on sidewalk during attack, breaking his nose and cheekbone and losing a tooth; is in critical condition in Mary Immaculate ICU; update of 08/04/08 - SEE ABOVE

8. Carol Cook Campbell ('62) of VA - update of 07/26/08 - heart catheter; at home now and doing fine

9.       My Niece, Shari, of VA - hospitalized 07/19/08

10.     Jimmy DeBerry ('64) of VA - stroke on 06/17/08; update of 06/25/08 - SEE: 06/26/08; update of 07/02/08 - SEE: 07/03/08; update of 07/26/08 - "went home July 10th and is doing GREAT; walking each night, having therapy a few times a week and progressing very well"

11.   Jamey Douglas Bacon ('66) of VA - knee surgery with complications on 07/01/08 - update of 07/10/08 - SEE: 07/12/08; update of 07/20/08 - SEE: 07/21/08

12. My second granddaughter,     Rachel Harty of IL - broke her ankle/leg in 3 places on 05/17/08; clean breaks, no surgery required, but located in a tricky place for a growing girl, so proper healing is essential; update of 05/30/08 - "healing nicely. They put her in a cast below the knee. She still can't put any weight on it for 2 more weeks. Then she will be in a walking cast for 3 weeks after that"; update of 06/14/08 - Her leg is healing much faster than the doctor had expected. She is in a waterproof walking cast now for 3 weeks, then this cast will come off and she will have physical therapy; update of 07/06/08: SEE: 07/07/08; update of 07/27/08 - "has completed her physical therapy, and is now totally healed!"; update of 07/29/08 - SEE ABOVE

13. Pat Floyd Pride ('62) of VA - update of 07/26/08 - hip surgery - at home now and doing fine

14. Bitsy Heath ('57) of VA - 07/02/08 - abdominal aneurysm requiring surgery; also having other issues with breathing and pulmonary output;  SEE: 07/03/08

15. Frances Heath Scott ('62) of VA - inflammation of nerves; due to have been released from hospital on 02/27/08; 
update of 04/14/08 - "at home recuperating"; update of 05/22/08 - "still at home recuperating"; update of 06/09/08 - "still at home recovering. I am sure they would love receiving cards/notes from NNHS friends."

Tommy and Fran Scott
11 Rutledge Road
Newport News, VA 23601-2422

16.   Bobby Hedrick ('58) of VA - recently diagnosed with pancreatic cancer; update of 03/22/08: "doing very well, no pain, just some soreness"; update of 05/10/08: "continues to do well since the surgery for pancreatic cancer and will now begin the follow-up treatment to be decided upon following the consultation and evaluation at MD Anderson (Houston).

17. Charley Mugler of VA - suffered massive on 07/20/08

18. Pam Pennington Cherry ('58) of VA - congestive heart failure; cardiac ablation procedure - 02/06/08; second surgery on 02/20/08 for aneurysm; update of 03/17/08 - still experiencing difficulty with heart racing, breathing and pressure in her chest; pray that cardiac ablation procedure will not have to be repeated, and that Pam can learn to REST!;  update of 05/04/08 - "in about eight months she will indeed have to have the ablation process repeated."

19. Marsha Rice ('62) of VA - update of 07/26/08 - knee surgery - at home now and doing fine

20. Tommy Scott ('61) of VA - update of 04/14/08 - "at home recuperating"; update of 05/22/08 - "still at home recuperating"; update of 06/09/08 - "still at home recovering. I am sure they would love receiving cards/notes from NNHS friends."

Tommy and Fran Scott
11 Rutledge Road
Newport News, VA 23601-2422

21. Jenny Willett Wilson (daughter of the late    Edie Hallett Willett - '63) of VA - 05/05/08 - "underwent a double mastectomy in 2007, has just completed vigorous chemo and is now undergoing radiation treatments every day for seven weeks"; update of 07/19/08 - finished her radiation treatments and is now cancer free !!!!!  - will be having reconstructive surgery in August.

22. Jim Wilson ('58) of VA recovering from prostate surgery on 06/02/08

23. All of Us


1. Friday, Saturday, and Sunday, September 26 - 28, 2008 - NNHS CLASS OF 1968: - 03/31/08

2. Saturday, September 27, 2008 - EVERYONE:

     Evelyn Fryer Fish's Birthday Party for All of Us

3. Friday, Saturday, and Sunday, October 17 - 19, 2008 - NNHS CLASS OF 1963 - AND PERHAPS OTHERS:  - 07/23/08

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

                                             Love to all, Carol




Carol Buckley Harty
219 Four Ply Lane
Fayetteville, NC 29311-9305  
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Ruby, Don't Take Your Love to Town

- Written by Mel Tillis, 1967

(Kenny Rogers and the First Edition, 1969)

You've painted up your lips
And rolled and curled your tinted hair
Ruby are you contemplating
Going out somewhere
The shadow on the wall
Tells me the sun is going down
Oh, Ruby,
Don't take your love to town

It wasn't me
That started that old crazy Asian war
But I was proud to go
And do my patriotic chore
And yes, it's true that
I'm not the man I used to be
Oh, Ruby, I still need some company

Its hard to love a man
Whose legs are bent and paralyzed
And the wants and the needs of a woman your age
Ruby, I realize,
But it won't be long I've heard them say until I not around
Oh, Ruby,
Don't take your love to town

She's leaving now cause
I just heard the slamming of the door
The way I know I've heard it slam
100 times before
And if I could move I'd get my gun
And put her in the ground
Oh, Ruby,
Don't take your love to town

Oh, Ruby, for God's sake, turn around

"Ruby, Don't Take Your Love to Town" midi courtesy of - 08/08/08

"Ruby, Don't Take Your Love to Town" lyrics courtesy
of't-Take-Your-Love-To-Town-lyrics-Kenny-Rogers/66BA9969167C724748256A16002F5136 - 08/08/08

First Image of Mel Tillis courtesy of - 08/08/08

Second Image of Mel Tillis courtesy of - 08/08/08

Guitar Divider Line clip art courtesy of - well, I don't know, but it's been in my files since 02/01/05

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

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

Army Seal clip art courtesy of Al Farber ('64) of GA - 05/24/06
Thanks, Al!

Navy Seal clip art courtesy of 05/29/06

Marine Corps Seal clip art courtesy of the late Herbert Hice of MI - one of my Famous Marines who served in the South Pacific during WWII.
Thanks again, Herbie!

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