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08/10/09 - NNHS Newsletter -
If I Had a Fine White Horse

“And I saw heaven opened, and behold a white horse;
and he that sat upon him was called Faithful and True,
and in righteousness he doth judge and make war.”

- Revelations 19: 11 (KJV)

Dear Friends and Schoolmates,

   Okay.  I'll admit it.  I never heard of this song before this morning.  I cannot seem to locate an official video of it, either.  Why, then, did I choose it??  That's what I'm waiting for you to tell me!



Sunday, August 10, 1969 - The Manson Family killed Leno and Rosemary LaBianca, wealthy Los Angeles businesspeople.

Sunday, August 10, 1969 - Voice Actor Brian Drummond was born in Salmon Arm, British Columbia.

   Sunday, August 10, 1969 - This is actually Paul and me in Norfolk, VA, five days before our wedding in Salt Lake City, UT. Lights! Cameras!! ACTION!!!



   Happy Birthday this week to:

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;

14 -    Tommie Mouser ('60) of VA;

17 - Carole Smith Bennett ('57) AND Eugene Chapman ('57) AND   Ruth Ann Reece Horace ('67) of FL!

  Many Happy Returns, One and All!



  Some of you are have been blocked from viewing the site since 07/20/09 out of safety concerns.  Most of y'all are not.  Our server, also hosts many, many other sites.  Six of them are having malware "issues", so to protect the general public from any possible harm, a warning has been placed by some systems.  Here's the latest from Google: 

What is the current listing status for

Site is listed as suspicious - visiting this web site may harm your computer.

Part of this site was listed for suspicious activity 18 time(s) over the past 90 days.

What happened when Google visited this site?

Of the 415 pages we tested on the site over the past 90 days, 86 page(s) resulted in malicious software being downloaded and installed without user consent. The last time Google visited this site was on 2009-08-07, and the last time suspicious content was found on this site was on 2009-07-30.

   Surely things will be better soon; they last checked it three days ago, and it's been well over a week since they found anything harmful.....


    From Evelyn Vretos ('55) of VA - 08/09/09:

Hi Carol,

Don't know what's going on......

Now, when I click on to I get a huge red square on my computer screen saying:

"Warning, this site may harm your computer."

Never had a problem all these yrs - any idea what's causing this? I have a mac.

Love, Ev

  Thanks, Evelyn! Yes, I DO know what's causing the problem; I just don't know how long it's going to be until our server resolves the problem.....


      From My Niece, Shari, of VA - 08/09/09 - "A wish for the 10th":


Barking at a dog is a punishable offense?

Man charged with barking at police dog

THREE RIVERS, Mich. - A 26-year-old Michigan man was arrested for allegedly barking at a police dog, authorities said. The Three Rivers Police Department said in the statement that, Anija, a police K-9, had been left in a patrol car by its handler and the officer returned to find the suspect had started "to torment the police dog by barking and shouting at the animal," the Kalamazoo (Mich.) Gazette reported Thursday. The shouting caused the canine to become "excited and very aggressive," the report said. The man was arrested on suspicion of harassing a police animal and also faces a disorderly conduct charge. The suspect was released after posting bond.



  Oh, how pretty! Thanks, Shari!


  From Jean Baker Howell ('69) of VA - 08/09/09 - "cake frosting":

I am not sure this is it.  I work for Newport News Public Schools, Child Nutrition Services so after reading   Sue David Kline's ('68 - of ?) request, I went back to work and pulled out some old, old recipe books and found this one. (Keep in mind this recipe is for a large group; it says it makes 100 portions - whatever that means.)


    simple syrup 1 1/2 c.
    warm water 2 c.
    egg whites 3 oz.
    vanilla 1tbsp.
    salt 2 tsp.
    powdered sugar 8 lbs

    Mix together using wire whip on low speed: syrup, water, egg whites, vanilla and salt.  Sift powdered sugar and add to above mixture on low sped until combined.  Mix on high speed until well blended and glossy.  Icing stiffens upon standing.  Place over hot water to soften again.  Do not add liquid.  May be used in pastry bag for piping when cool.  Add a few drops of coloring to make pastel icing for decorating.

I also remember green icing on St. Patrick's Day.

Hope this works. Thanks and hope all is doing well with you and your family. 

Jean Baker Howell (69) 

   WOWZERONI! Thanks so much, Jean! (Separating enough eggs to create 3-oz. of egg whites completely boggles my mind....) 

   Oh, say, did those old books happen to contain the yummy yellow cake recipe as well??? 


     From the Head Flagtwirler of 1965, Janice McCain Rose of VA - 08/09/09 - "   Bill Sheldon, Class of February 1937":

Carol....another fact regarding my Uncle Bill Sheldon...his family estimated that he must have married at least 10,000 couples.  I was fortunate to recently see one of his wedding ceremonies while visiting with him at his home.  It was a lovely ceremony....and not just your "run-of-the-mill" I do's.  He added so much warmth and joy into his ceremony....and faith in God.  It was very touching...and I couldn't wait to tell the bride and groom congratulations.  The groom was in his Army uniform and the bride wore a very stylish dress.  Sometimes the couples would come in full wedding attire.  Just thought I'd pass on this info. 

   WOWZERONI! I gathered from the tone of all the entries in his Guest Book that your Uncle Bill was an exceptionally fine man! Thank you for sharing this with us, Janice - and once again, our sincerest condolences on the loss of your uncle.

   In the process of updating his Memorial Newsletter, I added your remarks:


    From Sandi Bateman Chestnut ('65) of VA - 08/09/09 - "Magruder Elementary":

Hi, Carol,

I'm responding in reference to the comments by      Janice (McCain Rose - '65 - of VA) and you about Magruder.  There was another Magruder before the one we attended was built.  It was located between Chestnut and Roanoke Avenues on 21st, 22nd or 23rd Street I think, closer to Chestnut.  It probably wasn't very far from where Janice lived at that time.  My mother (    Betty Savage Bateman Palmer - June '45 - of VA) told me she attended that Magruder as a child.  I believe when the new school was built, that the old building housed some of the school administrative offices.  At least that's what my mother told me at the time.  Hope this clears up any questions.

As so many other people have said before, you are awesome and so appreciated for everything that you do.  Take care of yourself.


   OHHH!!! Thank you so much for clarifying that for us, Sandi - and please give your mama our love!

   I've posted your remarks in a couple of places:


  From Margaret Kailos Lee ('67) of NC - 08/09/09 - "Mrs. Jane Carney Pillow":

Mrs. Jane Pillow was one of my favorite teachers.  She was my fifth grade teacher at John W. Daniel (across from NNHS).  Her father, Dr. Carney, was also our family doctor.  I remember my dad taking me to see Dr. Carney when I was around five and Dr. Carney tried to get me to follow him into another room in his office.  No way was that going to happen!  I knew that room was for injections!  I took off on foot and ran from 31st and West Avenue all the way to my parents' restaurant (34th and Washington Avenue), where my mom was waiting for me with a switch.  I also went back and got the shot!  I'll never forget that day!

Margaret Kailos-Lee (1967)

  WILD GIGGLES!!! Naughty baby! Thanks so much, Margaret!

   I'll be adding this to Mrs. Pillow's Memorial Newsletter.  For now, I've created a page for Dr. Carney, and posted it there.  I also belatedly added       John London's (Warwick HS - '57) of VA comment to Dr. Nelms' page:

      - brand new page!



      From Dimples Dinwiddie Prichard ('58) of NC - 08/09/09 - "RE:       John London (Warwick HS - '57) of VA -  and Jane Penn Clark ('57 - of MD)":

How wonderfully sweet !


   I agree! Thanks, Dimples!


      From My Niece, Shari, of VA - 08/09/09 - "When Insults Had Class":

When Insults Had Class

These glorious insults are from an era before the English language got boiled down to 4-letter words.

The exchange between Churchill & Lady Astor:
She said, "If you were my husband I'd give you poison."
He said, "If you were my wife, I'd drink it."

A member of Parliament to Disraeli: "Sir, you will either die on the gallows or of some unspeakable disease."
"That depends, Sir," said Disraeli, "whether I embrace your policies or your mistress."

"He had delusions of adequacy." - Walter Kerr

"He has all the virtues I dislike and none of the vices I admire." - Winston Churchill

"I have never killed a man, but I have read many obituaries with great pleasure." Clarence Darrow

"He has never been known to use a word that might send a reader to the dictionary." - William Faulkner (about Ernest Hemingway).

"Thank you for sending me a copy of your book; I'll waste no time reading it." - Moses Hadas

"I didn't attend the funeral, but I sent a nice letter saying I approved of it." - Mark Twain

"He has no enemies, but is intensely disliked by his friends.." - Oscar Wilde

"I am enclosing two tickets to the first night of my new play; bring a friend.... if you have one." - George Bernard Shaw to Winston Churchill

"Cannot possibly attend first night, will attend second.... if there is one." - Winston Churchill, in response.

"I feel so miserable without you; it's almost like having you here." - Stephen Bishop

"He is a self-made man and worships his creator." - John Bright

"I've just learned about his illness. Let's hope it's nothing trivial." - Irvin S. Cobb

"He is not only dull himself; he is the cause of dullness in others." - Samuel Johnson

"He is simply a shiver looking for a spine to run up." - Paul Keating

"In order to avoid being called a flirt, she always yielded easily." - Charles, Count Talleyrand

"He loves nature in spite of what it did to him." - Forrest Tucker

"Why do you sit there looking like an envelope without any address on it?" - Mark Twain

"His mother should have thrown him away and kept the stork." - Mae West

"Some cause happiness wherever they go; others, whenever they go." - Oscar Wilde

"He uses statistics as a drunken man uses lamp-posts... for support rather than illumination." - Andrew Lang (1844-1912)

"He has Van Gogh's ear for music." - Billy Wilder

"I've had a perfectly wonderful evening. But this wasn't it." - Groucho Marx


  Thanks again, Shari!


       From Dave Spriggs ('64) of VA - 08/09/09 - "THE CLASS REUNION":

This was forwarded to me by    John Todd (of TX - President of the Class of 1964). He described it as “cute and timely”. I describe it as “painfully accurate”.

It is a bit long for a Newsletter, but I will leave that decision to you.


Every five years, as summertime nears,
An announcement arrives in the mail,
A reunion is planned; it'll be really grand;
Make plans to attend without fail.

I'll never forget the first time we met;
We tried so hard to impress.
We drove fancy cars, smoked big cigars,
And wore our most elegant dress.

It was quite an affair; the whole class was there.
It was held at a fancy hotel.
We wined, and we dined, and we acted refined,
And everyone thought it was swell.

The men all conversed about who had been first
To achieve great fortune and fame.
Meanwhile, their spouses described their fine houses
And how beautiful their children became.

The homecoming queen, who once had been lean,
Now weighed in at one-ninety-six.
The jocks who were there had all lost their hair,
And the cheerleaders could no longer do kicks.

No one had heard about the class nerd
Who'd guided a spacecraft to the moon;
Or poor little Jane, who's always been plain;
She married a shipping tycoon.

The boy we'd decreed 'most apt to succeed'
Was serving ten years in the pen,
While the one voted 'least' now was a priest;
Just shows you can be wrong now and then.
They awarded a prize to one of the guys
Who seemed to have aged the least.
Another was given to the grad who had driven
The farthest to attend the feast.

They took a class picture, a curious mixture
Of beehives, crew cuts and wide ties.
Tall, short, or skinny, the style was the mini;
You never saw so many thighs.

At our next get-together, no one cared whether
They impressed their classmates or not.
The mood was informal, a whole lot more normal;
By this time we'd all gone to pot.

It was held out-of-doors, at the lake shores;
We ate hamburgers, coleslaw, and beans.
Then most of us lay around in the shade,
In our comfortable T-shirts and jeans.

By the fiftieth year, it was abundantly clear,
We were definitely over the hill.
Those who weren't dead had to crawl out of bed,
And be home in time for their pill.

And now I can't wait; they've set the date;
Our 55th is coming, I'm told.
It should be a ball, they've rented a hall
At the Shady Rest Home for the old.

Repairs have been made on my hearing aid;
My pacemaker's been turned up on high.
My wheelchair is oiled, and my teeth have been boiled;
And I've bought a new wig and glass eye.

   It's only long if I carry all the cute animated clip art that accompanies it! Thanks David - and John! I'm afraid I must concur with Dave's description! 



1.   From Jane Chambers of VA - 07/01/09 - "CNC BOOK BROCHURE & AD":

   Contact Dr. Chambers at

   Thanks, Jane!

2.        From Dave Spriggs ('64) of VA - 07/02/09 - "NNHS 64/45 REUNION PAGE UPDATES":


You may print out the forms, fill them in, and mail them to us WITH YOUR CHECK.

We look forward to seeing you at the Newport News Marriott City Center on October 9th and 10th … and at The Chamberlin for Sunday brunch.

Best wishes from your Class of 1964 45-Year Reunion Committee.

   Thank you, Captain!



From ArcaMax - 08/09/09:

Late for Work

Jones came into the office an hour late for the third time in one week and found the boss waiting for him.

"What's the story this time, Jones?" he asked sarcastically. "Let's hear a good excuse for a change."

Jones sighed, "Everything went wrong this morning, Boss. The wife decided to drive me to the station. She got ready in ten minutes, but then the drawbridge got stuck. Rather than let you down, I swam across the river -- look, my suit's still damp -- ran out to the airport, got a ride on Mr. Thompson's helicopter, landed on top of Radio City Music Hall, and was carried here piggyback by one of the Rockettes."

"You'll have to do better than that, Jones," said the boss, obviously disappointed. "No woman can get ready in ten minutes."



1. Friday, Saturday, and Sunday, September 4, 5 and 6 (Labor Day Weekend), 2009 - The Class of 1969 will hold its 40-Year Reunion at the Point Plaza Hotel, Newport News, VA. For details, see: and contact Jean Baker Howell at - OPEN TO ALL NNHS ALUMNI

2. Friday, Saturday, and Sunday, September 18, 19, and 20, 2009 - The Warwick High School Class of 1959 will hold its 50-Year Reunion at the Marriott Newport News at City Center, Newport News, VA. For details, contact - WHS CLASS OF 1959
3. Friday and Saturday, October 9 and 10, 2009 - The Class of 1964 will hold its 45-Year Reunion
- For details, see: - CLASS OF 1964

4. Friday and Saturday, August 6 and 7, 2010 - The NNHS Class of 1970 will hold its 40-Year Reunion. Friday night they will all meet at RJ's; Saturday night will be at the Kiln Creek Golf & Country Club. For details, contact Carol Comer Cutler at - CLASS OF 1970


PRAYER ROLL: - updated 08/05/09

BLOG: - updated 08/04/09


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

                          Love to all, Carol





Carol Buckley Harty

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If I Had a Fine White Horse

(Secret Garden, sometime after 1995)

If I had a fine white horse
I'd take you for a ride today
But since I have no fine white horse
Inside I'll have to stay
And empty all the chamber-pots
And scrub the floors and such
For what's there to do on a fine white horse?
It seems to me, not much

If I had a wooden boat
I'd take you for a sail today
But since I have no wooden boat
Inside I'll have to stay
And catch and kill the mice
And pluck the chickens for the cook
But what's there to do in a wooden boat
But sit up straight and look?

And worry our boat will start to drift
And float us out to sea
And land us on an isle of gold
Oh dear, oh dearie me

If I had a chambermaid
I'd take you out to play today
They say that there's a maze
Where once you enter, there you stay

For certain, we'd get lost
And they'd come looking for our bones
And find us sometime late next week
And bring us tea and scones

But what if there's a clan of trolls a'campin' 'neath a tree?
Oh, what if there's a pirate's cave?
Oh dear, oh dearie me

If I wasn't so afraid
I'd take you out the door today
But talking birds and tales of faeries
Keep me scared away
And yes, I promised not to tell
What else is there, although?
If in the maze, you chance to see
A garden guarded by a tree
And meet a bird who speaks to me
Then come and tell my fine white horse and me!


"If I Had a Fine White Horse" midi courtesy of - 08/10/09

"If I Had a Fine White Horse"  lyrics courtesy
of - 08/10/09

Image of White Horse courtesy of - 08/10/09

Animated Grey Horse Divider Line clip art courtesy of - 08/10/09

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

Animated Drooling Smiley courtesy of - 02/16/09

Animated Army Flag clip art courtesy of - 06/18/03

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

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