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08/11/08 - NNHS Newsletter -
Truly Madly Deeply

At this point in my life I'd like to live
as if only love mattered.

- Tracy Chapman
(b. 30 Mar 1964)

Dear Friends and Schoolmates, 

   Had I not decided to spend the entire morning and half the afternoon and evening in bed today, I might have picked an original new theme de jour, but instead I'll just swipe this one from years ago in the interest of time:

BONUS #1 - - Truly Madly Deeply - Savage Garden

BONUS #2 - - Ten-minute clip of the movie "Truly Madly Deeply" (1990 - directed by Anthony Minghella) where Alan Rickman and Juliet Stevenson sing! - totally irrelevant to today's Newsletter - or is it?!?


1.   Patti Johnson Stowe ('62) of FL - 08/11/08 - "Class of 62 Newport News HS":

My sister, Teresa (Johnson) Larsen ('72 - of Northern VA), told me about your website and newsletter.  I emailed    Brenda Amos Williams ('62 - of VA) and she said I should contact you if I want to receive the newsletter..... I've been divorced for a long tine but never changed my name back to Johnson because of my three children who are now adults.
I don't know how you do so much great work with the website and newsletter - You are amazing and your efforts are greatly appreciated by everyone.  I can't wait to start receiving mine.  Of course, my email address (which you may publish) is, and my birthday is Sept. 8, 1944.

Thanks, Carol.

Patti Johnson Stowe

   Welcome aboard, Patti - and thanks so much for your kind words!

   I've added your name to my hidden mailing list, and your name to these pages: 

   We look forward to hearing from you!

    From Pat Beck Letzinger ('57) of VA - 08/10/08 - "Class of '57 - Birthdays for July, Aug. and Sept.":

Jul. 4 Fred Hayman
Jul. 5 Doug Johnson
Jul. 9
Adrienne Price Cox (deceased 08/20/06)
Jul. 11
Bobby Maddy
Jul. 13
James Stidham
Jul. 18
Bill Queensberry
Jul. 18
Mary Ellen Brewer
Jul. 19
Mannie Smith
Jul. 20
Harlan Hamby
Jul. 22
Jerry Saunders
Jul. 23
Newell Blayton
Jul. 23
Bettie Bracey Gosner
Jul. 25
Janey Roane Harper
Aug. 1 Bette Heath
Aug. 4
Colleen Luke Barton
Aug. 5
Barbara Kemp Bostwick
Aug. 7
Elaine Ferrell Taylor
Aug. 9
Katherine Adams Barbrey
Aug. 9
J. Hunter Todd
Aug. 12 Lois Marie King Earwood
Aug. 17 Carole Smith Bennett
Aug. 17
Eugene Chapman
Aug. 18
Etta L. Baker
Aug. 23
Charles Allen
Aug. 27
Pat Helmick Glover
Aug. 27  Nancy Timberlake Spencer
Aug. 28
Tony Lapides
Aug. 29
Richard Coltrane
Aug. 31
Pat Beck Letzinger
Sept. 2 Frances Adams Smith
Sept. 3
Morton Binder
Sept. 8 Carroll Elliott
Sept. 14
Billy Brewer
Sept. 16
John Huller ('43) (Teacher)
Sept. 17
Hugh McLawhorne
Sept. 18
Bobby Bell
Sept. 20 Barry Stutt
Sept. 21
Maxine Petty Ramey
Sept. 25
Jimmy Stroup
Sept. 25
James Comer

   Thanks so much, Pat! I've added them all to our Birthday Page: 

   YIKESARONI! It seems we missed bunches of them!  Well, we'll get them next time, Gadget!


   Happy Belated Birthday to

1 - Bette Heath ('57) of VA;
4 - Colleen Luke Barton ('57) of England;
5 - Barbara Kemp Bostwick ('57);
7 - Elaine Ferrell Taylor (57);
9 - Katherine Adams Barbrey ('57)
AND      Hunter Todd  ('57) of TX!
   Happy Birthday t
omorrow to our Three-Fer - Lois Marie King Earwood
('57),        Dave Arnold ('65) of VA, AND      Linwood Wright ('65) of VA!

   Happy Birthday this week to:

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

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

18 - Etta L. Baker ('57) AND Darlene Willis Marshall (Hampton HS - '68) of VA!

   Many Happy Returns, One and All!

  From Shirley Eanes Matthews ('66) of VA - 08/10/08 - "Another one of us...":

PITTMAN, Richard E. "Dick" (obituary enclosed)

    Thank you, Shirley! I added this update to his earlier Memorial Newsletter: 

   From Norm Covert ('61) of VA - 08/10/08 - "'We're Everywhere'":


Thanks to   Billy Fitzgerald (’58), of “The Promised Land (NN),” for recounting the Taylor family, especially my Aunt Margaret Taylor Goodson (’50). NNHS was a massive tree of relationships. Consider that   Gary Fitzgerald (’61) is one of my classmates and Billy’s brother. Gary was one of the free-spirit snare drummers for “The Marching Typhoon” of    Mr. James P. Wilson.

I was embarrassed not to know for sure where first-cousin Bruce C. Goodson went to high school; I think he and his sister Joy both were graduated from Walsingham Academy, Williamsburg. Margaret (’50?) was married to my Uncle Carlyle Goodson (’50?). Margaret first captured my Grandfather Clifford C. Goodson’s heart and Carl was hooked. Carl and Margaret live outside Charlottesville.

Some time ago I recounted Mother   Mary E. (Betsy) G. Covert (’37 of MD); and Goodson aunts:   Christine (Tena) G. Hensel (’39 of NN); Arlene G. Davis (’46 of SC); and Myra Lee G. Jessen (’55 of Gloucester), who first married Lee Roy Whiteman (’55). I will spare the litany of siblings and cousins who were Typhoon, except     Cousin Frances Goodson Wang (’65 of MD), a “find” at this site last year.


I spent over a decade seeking my family history and genealogy. It is never finished, as in the link you, Carol, provided to another branch of the Beheathland family of Virginia.


I am reminded of “Benton Harbor” of the "Adventures of Chicken Man" (aired on WGH-1310 AM): “He’s everywhere! He’s Everywhere!”


Norm Covert (’61 of MD)

    It's truly amazing how we are all interconnected, isn't it?!? Thank you, Norm!

       From Dave Spriggs ('64) of VA - 08/10/08 - "WGH":

Did you know that the web site is referenced on Wikipedia?

Look at the bottom of this page at "External Links":


   WOWZERONI-RINI-ROONI!!!  How cool is that?!?  Thank you so much for showing me, Brown Eyes! 

   From Norm Covert ('61) of VA - 08/10/08 - "Tender Mercies":



My Bud       Sepi (a.k.a. Dimples) Dinwiddie Prichard (’58) of NC, is a thoughty person and sensed I would benefit from a little wisdom and indeed, “Tender Mercies,” now that my cardio-pacemaker device has finally been fixed. I share it with those of you who depend on such a miracle device.


(Penned by Herb Harned, this ditty was published in the Raleigh News & Observer, Aug. 3, 2008, by Columnist A. C. Snow. It was contained in a book entitled “Voices,” from Caroline Meadows Retirement Center in Chapel Hill.)


            Hail to thee, my gizmo smart

              That sends live current through my heart.

            My sinus node has lost its vigor

              And needs adjustment of its trigger.

            Your electric mind has figured out

               Proper rhythms to give the clout

               For contracting pumps both left and right

               Rushing blood to proper sites.

            Needed oxygen to the brain

               For thoughts and conscience to maintain.

            Pacer, you mean all to me

               Whether to be or not to be.


Norm Covert (’61) of MD

   OH, WOW!!!  What a neat verse!  Thanks again, Normie - and Dimples! 

       From Dave Spriggs ('64) of VA - 08/10/08 - "OVARIAN CANCER TEST (CA-125)":


Snopes assesses the newsletter entry as "FALSE" and provides a lengthy explanation and links for further reading.

I wanted to mention this before all your subscribers hastily forward it to every female friend they have.


   Oh, YIKES!!! Thanks so much for finding this, David!

   The snopes account says in part, "While the story recounted above is the actual account of one woman's experiences, it is not accurate in its advice....Although the CA-125 test was her salvation, it is not necessarily useful to everyone.  Please don't rush off to pressure your doctor into ordering one for you."

From Norris Perry (Warwick HS - '59) of VA - 08/10/08 - "RE: 08/10/08 - Jimmy Dean's 80th Birthday":


About Jimmy Dean,

I had a friend who had a friend that would buy homes fix them up and resell them.  He bought a place on the James River about ten years ago (45 acres) and kept it, after fixing it up.  One day, Jimmy Dean knocked on his door and said, "I want to buy your place.  How much do you want for it?"  

The guy said, "it is not for sale."  

Jimmy said, "My daddy always said every man has his price.  I'll be back tomorrow; you tell me yours."

He came back and bought the place for over a million dollars.  

Around the same time I was on a flight to Pittsburgh and I had the mileage to upgrade to first class.  Jimmy Dean and his wife sat right behind me.  She was all excited about a party she was having at the new house.  The guests would depart their dock on their yacht and boat down to Norfolk with an extensive menu of hors d'ourves, etc. and drinks.  After she described to Jimmy this fabulous menu she asked, "Well, what do you think?"  

He said, "Well, if you have a lot of G-- D--- money it's real good."

I think they were going to a Monday night Pittsburgh- Dallas game, but I could be wrong. They were both dressed in rather ornate western garb.

   WOWZERONI-RINI!!!  What great stories!  Thanks for sharing them, Norris!

  From Joyce Lawrence Cahoon ('65) of VA - 08/05/08 - "We've All Been There!!! " (#5 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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Truly Madly Deeply

(Savage Garden)

I'll be your dream
I'll be your wish
I'll be your fantasy.
I'll be your hope
I'll be your love
Be everything that you need.
I love you more with every breath
Truly madly deeply do..
I will be strong I will be faithful
'Cause I'm counting on a new beginning.
A reason for living.
A deeper meaning.

I want to stand with you on a mountain.
I want to bathe with you in the sea.
I want to lay like this forever.
Until the sky falls down on me...

And when the stars are shining brightly
In the velvet sky,
I'll make a wish
Send it to heaven
Then make you want to cry..
The tears of joy
For all the pleasure and the certainty.
That we're surrounded
By the comfort and protection of..
The highest power.
In lonely hours.
The tears devour you..
I want to stand with you on a mountain,
I want to bathe with you in the sea.
I want to lay like this forever,
Until the sky falls down on me...

Oh can't you see it baby?
You don't have to close your eyes
'Cause it's standing right before you.
All that you need will surely come...

I'll be your dream
I'll be your wish
I'll be your fantasy.
I'll be your hope
I'll be your love
Be everything that you need.
I'll love you more with every breath
Truly madly deeply do...

"Truly Madly Deeply" midi courtesy of - 08/09/06

"Truly Madly Deeply" lyrics courtesy
of - 08/09/06

Image of Couple on Mountain courtesy of - 08/09/06

Image of Couple in the Mediterranean Sea courtesy of - 08/09/06

Golden Flower Hearts Divider Line clip art courtesy of - 10/21/04

Animated "NEW" clip art courtesy of - 03/07/06

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

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

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

Hampton High School's Crab clip art courtesy of - 10/02/05

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

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!

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

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