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08/19/07 - NNHS Newsletter
To Know Him Is to Love Him

"If you press me to say why I loved him,
I can say no more than because
he was he, and I was I."

-  Michel de Montaigne

Dear Friends and Schoolmates,   

   This song is one of my personal favorites, so I'm offering it to you in two formats today.


   We have a True Two-Fer today!         Dave Spriggs ('64) of VA and    Jimmy DeBerry ('64) of VA, who were born in Riverside Hospital on the same night as their fathers paced the halls together, are celebrating their 61st birthdays today.  Former      President Bill Clinton is also lighting the candles today, but he, of course, was born in Arkansas.

     Tomorrow, one of my dearest and oldest friends,     Chip Clark ('65) of Northern VA, will be observing a Major Milestone Birthday!

   Many Happy Returns, Gentlemen!

   Y'all be sure to take a look at that page.  How are we going to wish you a happy birthday (or in the case of my coo-coo brain, forget to wish you a happy birthday) if we don't know when it is?!?  Thanks!

About August 20, 1946

From My Friend, Judy, of IL - 08/15/07 - "Life lessons":

We all need to read this one over and over until it becomes part of who we are!


1. Try everything twice. On Madam's tombstone (of Whelan's and Madam), she said she wanted this epitaph: Tried everything twice...loved it both times!

2. Keep only cheerful friends.. The grouches pull you down. (keep  this in mind if you are one of those grouches;)

3.. Keep learning :  Learn more about the computer, crafts, gardening, whatever. Never let the brain get idle. "An idle mind is the devil's workshop." And the devil's name is Alzheimer's!

4. Enjoy the simple things.

5. Laugh often, long and loud. Laugh until you gasp for breath. And if you have a friend who makes you laugh, spend lots and lots of time with HIM/HER.

6. The tears happen: Endure, grieve, and move on. The only person who is with us our entire life, is ourselves.  LIVE while you are alive.

7. Surround yourself with what you love: Whether it's family, pets, keepsakes, music, plants, hobbies, whatever.. Your home is your refuge.

8. Cherish your health: If it is good, preserve it. If it is unstable, improve it. If it is beyond what you can improve, get help.

9. Don't take guilt trips. Take a trip to the mall, even to the next county,  to a foreign country, but NOT to where the guilt is.

10. Tell the people you love that you love them, at every opportunity. I love you, my special friend.

11. Forgive now those who made you cry. You might not get a second time.

12. Lost time can never be found.

13. Be kinder than necessary, for everyone you meet is fighting some kind of battle.     

   Thanks, Judy! These are wonderful - and important reminders!


   From Linda May Bond Crayton ('66) of VA - 08/15/07 - "Linda on horse":

Hey,       Herbie (Hice - of MI) might have an idea! Here's my baby picture. Hope it's not too risqué.
Linda May ' 66

   Oh, how cute!!! Thanks, Linda May! I added it to the Alumni Page for easy reference:

Linda May Bond

    From Jean Poole Burton ('64) of RI - 08/15/07:

.....We are taking my mother out tonight (today is her real birthday...she is 85.) and we had the wonderful news that our son would be able to join us on Saturday and Sunday  It is a little warm down here at the sacred soil territory but we are having fun.  I have ordered the cakes for Sunday and sherbet and will get the ginger ale for the punch tomorrow; have already bought the cups, plates, napkins and have them in the trunk of the car.  Our daughter flies in on Friday and my brother get in on Saturday night from then it will be a three ring circus but we will be loving it!  We plan on returning to Yankeeland on Tuesday. 

Love you, Jeanb

   Oh, how marvelous!!!  What a fabulous time y'all must be having there on the Sacred Soil of Virginia!  Have a good trip home, too, Lady!

  From Christine Wilson Starkman ('68) of CA - 08/15/07 - "Oseh Shalom Lyrics":

Hi Carol,
I converted to Judaism almost 30 years ago. (You can add me to your informal survey of Boomers who Converted.) I've always been curious about the roots of the Jewish Community in Tidewater. For a time, we lived next door to the synagogue on Gatewood Road. I used to see the cars arrive on Friday evening and wonder what went on in there. I would love to read (or write?) a history of the Jews in Tidewater. If anyone has any info of an existing history, or an idea where I might start, I'd appreciate it.


   Oh, WOW!!!  I had no idea! 

   Yeah, I really should take a poll on this question.  It  might be easier to ask if there is any one among us who did NOT convert from the faith in which they were raised??  And it this more common among Baby Boomers, or it found equally as often among War Babies and Gen X-er's and the rest??

   As for your question about the Jews of Tidewater, yes, there is a fascinating brief published history available - but I think I'll let this answer come from the group.  Stay tuned, Chris!

   Oh, and thanks for the lyrics - which I have not yet attached, but I will.....

   Speaking of which.....

     From Me ('65) of NC - 08/19/07:

   The other day, after stewing over the problem for a couple of years and finding no answer online, I asked fifteen or so of y'all for some appropriate "Jewish funeral music".

   Then I checked online just One More Time.

   And the Answer is - "Jewish funeral music" is an oxymoron!


.....The Jewish way of dealing with death is one part of a larger philosophy of life in which all persons are viewed with dignity and respect. Our people believe that, even after death, the body, which once held a holy human life, retains its sanctity. Our sages have compared the sacredness of the deceased to that of an impaired Torah scroll which, although no longer useable, retains its holiness. In Jewish tradition, therefore, the greatest consideration and respect are accorded the dead.

Jewish law and tradition have endowed funeral and mourning practices with profound religious significance. To this end, Jewish funerals avoid ostentation; family and visitors reflect in dress and deportment the solemnity of the occasion; flowers and music are inappropriate; embalming and viewing are avoided; and interment takes place as soon as possible after death.....

 I'm too embarrassed to comment further on this.......

  From Norm Covert ('61) of MD - 08/15/07 - "The BAND!! ":

Webdoll & Flautist,

As a follow-on to your stunning Junior Band portrait in the 1961 Anchor, I opened my 1960 Anchor and this picture fell out. As the Blues Brother exclaimed in their moment of enlightenment, "THE BAND!" This "official" photo shows the musical trio of (from left): me, the classy   Bill Gruver (’62 - of Northern VA, like me, a Preacher's Kid [PK]) and always energetic Solo Trombone First Chair Bill Prillaman (’60, matriculated at VPI) decked out in our white dinner jackets, pegged pants and Penny Loafers. Sorry you can't see the late Verlin Smith ('61), Billy Fowler ( '61, he drove a great Studebaker), and Ken Lipscomb ('63 - of Northern VA), who comprised the T-Bone section.  
Trombone Trip playing, "Trio for Trombones"
Norm Covert ('61), Bill Gruver (’62 ), and Bill Prillaman (’60)
  We were outfitted at Spigel's, just around the corner from Washington Avenue on 32nd Street (across from Nachman’s). Memory fails me on the name of the wonderful old guy who fitted us.

      = page newly redesigned!

The indefatigable James P. Wilson directed the Typhoon Marching Band in this picture of the Spring 1960 concert. We played an arrangement called, Trio for Trombones. Also, identifiable in the pictures include (far left): Mary Ann Milne (’60) on flute and (center) Wally Craver (’60) on tenor saxophone. We were privileged to be part of a terrific band -- both musically and as a marching unit. As in 1961, we met each weekday morning at 7:45 a.m. and practiced our routines for the football halftime shows, parades and concerts. Several of us, including Drummer Donnie Baker (’61) met early for a light breakfast at the Dog House on 29th Street before heading down to the daily rehearsals. Thanks James P., wherever you are.  
Saturday, October 23, 2004
Mr. and Mrs. James P. Wilson of Emporia, VA
  In case you’d like to add to the band site for 1960, here are two views of the Winchester Northern Virginia Daily (Saturday, April 30, 1960) and its front page coverage of the Apple Blossom Parade and list of winners. The Band featured its signature song, “Entrance and March of the Charioteers” from the movie “Ben Hur.” The Band did a full-front formation along the South goal line with that music to open the 1961 halftime shows.
Saturday, April 30, 1960
Winchester Northern Virginia Daily

As a side note, my brother, Harry Covert, Jr. (’57) used to take his little brother along with the “guys.” Sitting with them in the stadium, I fell in love with the distaff musicians and beautiful flag twirlers from 1955-57. They thought it was cute when I blushed. Only the special ladies get that from me (but don’t tell anyone).

Norman (Marshall) Covert

   Oh, trust me, Norm, I'll never tell a soul! Besides, I'm too delighted to have joined such an elite group! WILD GIGGLES!!! 

   But what a wonderful treasure you've given us! I added it to the 1960 Band page:


   Thank you so much, Sweetie! These are invaluable additions to our archive!

   Oh, wait!!! I almost forgot - again! What was the name of the church your father pastored?  And do we have it listed here?

   And do you have any pictures and stories you'd like to share??

   Bill Gruver's father, by the way, was the Rev. Esdras S. Gruver, minister of Trinity Methodist Church. And I know that because I myself was a member there.

  From Elaine Wilkinson Bracken ('51) of VA- 08/16/07 - "Grandma Faith's Website - 'Take Me Out to the Ball Game"":

I know you will enjoy this page as much as I did.


   From Linda May Bond Crayton ('66) of VA - 08/16/07 - "pictures":

Hey Carol,

I've been thinking (thanks a lot! I try to avoid that) and wouldn't it be fun to have people send in baby pictures and let us quest who they are?  The winner gets a sticker, just as soon as they pay for it!!!

Grrrrreat Fun. (Sorry, I went a little Tony-the-tiger on you.)

Linda May ' 66

   Oh, that IS a fun idea, Linda May! Thanks!  Of course, meanwhile I've been digging out old AND new images from my files with great abandon and adding them to the Alumni pages with as much speed as I can muster....

From Jennings Bryan ('42) of VA - 08/16/07 - "Help !!!":

Hi Carol
What a tremendous job you are doing of keeping this "family" together.  Thanks so very much for all your efforts.
I need help.  The classes of 1941 and 1942 are having a joint reunion on October 6.  Since we have two cheerleaders from our group, Virginia Coates Heath and Kenny Garrison, that will be attending, I thought it would be fun to have them lead us in a cheer.  I immediately thought of "Hooray Zip------- we are out for the championship ----------".  Unfortunately my mind goes blank after that.  Do you think any of our great alumni still remembers the words of that cheer?  I would be most grateful.  I will have the words printed and surprise them by asking them to lead us old "geriatric teenagers" to once again lead us in this cheer.
What would we do without you?  Thanks
Jennings Bryan
jhbryan@cox. net

   Hi, Jennings! That one I knew myself!

Hooray Zip! Hooray Zip!
We are out for the championship!
Will we get it? Well, I guess!
Newport News High School, Yes, Yes, YES!!!

   For more, see here:

   Y'all have fun!

You just added another star to your crown.  Thanks so very much.

   Oh, goody! I could certainly use both of those!

     From My #5 Son,  Nathaniel Harty (Hillsboro High, IL) of IL - 08/18/07 - "Another funny picture":

This is one of the funniest things I've seen in a while.  The absurdity of the caption cracks me up every time I see it.

   You know, you're right!  And it somehow becomes even funnier if you repeat the caption aloud!  Thanks, Nathaniel! Love you!


1. Friday, Saturday, and Sunday, August 31 - September 2, 2007 - NNHS CLASS OF 1967 - FRIDAY NIGHT: OPEN TO ALL

2. Thursday, September 6, 2007, 11:00 AM - Class of 1955 Lunch Bunch - Angelo's Steak and Pancake Restaurant on J. Clyde Morris Boulevard - OPEN TO ALL WITH FRIENDS IN CLASS OF 1955

3. Friday, Saturday, and Sunday, September 7 - 9, 2007 - NNHS CLASS OF 1957

4. Saturday, September 29, 2007 - Evelyn Fryer Fish's (Pot Luck) Birthday Party for All of Us - OPEN TO ALL

5. Thursday, October 4, 2007, 11:00 AM - Class of 1955 Lunch Bunch - Angelo's Steak and Pancake Restaurant on J. Clyde Morris Boulevard - OPEN TO ALL WITH FRIENDS IN CLASS OF 1955

6. Saturday, October 6, 2007 - Reunion - NNHS CLASSES OF 1941 AND 1942

7. Friday, Saturday, and Sunday, October 12 - 13, 2007 - NNHS CLASS OF 1962; FRIDAY NIGHT OPEN TO NNHS CLASSES OF 1960 - 1965

8. Thursday, November 1, 2007, 11:00 AM - Class of 1955 Lunch Bunch - Angelo's Steak and Pancake Restaurant on J. Clyde Morris Boulevard - OPEN TO ALL WITH FRIENDS IN CLASS OF 1955

9. Thursday, December 6, 2007, 11:00 AM - Class of 1955 Lunch Bunch - Angelo's Steak and Pancake Restaurant on J. Clyde Morris Boulevard - OPEN TO ALL WITH FRIENDS IN CLASS OF 1955

10. Friday and Saturday, May 16 - 17, 2008 - NNHS CLASS OF 1958


   Reunion information is ALWAYS posted very near the top on the front page, and on the Reunion Page section:

   As these five messages were consuming so much space on each Newsletter, I've decided just to publish the NEXT upcoming reunion on each Newsletter:

The NNHS Class of 1967
will hold its 40-Year Reunion on Labor Day weekend:
Friday, August 31, 2007 - Friday by the Fountain, City Center/Social, at Red Star Tavern

Saturday, September 1, 2007 - Buffet Dinner/Dance, The Omni Hotel, Newport News

Sunday, September 2, 2007 - Omni Sunday Brunch

More information will follow.....

CONTACTS: Marty -;
Wanda - 757-867-9070; or Melissa - 757-874-0094


  From Christine Wilson Starkman ('68) of CA - 07/24/07 - "Summer's Not Over Yet! "- #9 in a Series of about 38:

It's not Buckroe, but it'll do in a rush!

This is sand? Thought this was one you'd enjoy seeing; it all took place in British Columbia.


   WOWZERS!!! Thanks, Chris!

   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

To Know Him Is to Love Him

(Teddy Bears, 1958)

To know, know, know him is to love, love, love him
Just to see him smile, makes my life worthwhile
To know, know, know him is to love, love, love him
And I do

I'll be good to him, I'll bring love to him
Everyone says there'll come a day when I'll walk alongside of him
Yes, just to know him is to love, love, love him
And I do

Why can't he see, how blind can he be
Someday he'll see that he was meant for me

To know, know, know him is to love, love, love him
Just to see him smile, makes my life worthwhile
To know, know, know him is to love, love, love him
And I do

Why can't he see, how blind can he be
Someday he'll see that he was meant for me

To know, know, know him is to love, love, love him
Just to see him smile, makes my life worthwhile
To know, know, know him is to love, love, love him
And I do

To know, know, know him is to love, love, love him
Just to see him smile, makes my life worthwhile
To know, know, know him is to love, love, love him
And I do

"To Know Him Is to Love Him" 353 KB wav file courtesy of Dave Spriggs ('65) of VA - 09/25/03
Thanks, David!

"To Know Him Is to Love Him" midi courtesy of - 07/15/07

"To Know Him Is to Love Him" lyrics courtesy of - 04/20/06

Smile Images from Hither and Thither and Yon - 04/21/06

Red and Pink Hearts Divider Line clip art courtesy
of - 02/16/06

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

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

Baby Picture of Bill Clinton courtesy of - 08/16/07

1970 Image of Bill Clinton courtesy of - 04/21/06

Current Image of Bill Clinton courtesy of - 08/16/07

Crab clip art courtesy of - 10/02/05

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

Animated Rolling on the Floor Laughing Boy courtesy of - 04/06/05

Hillsboro Topper (Band Version) clip art courtesy of - 06/07/08
Thanks, Mark!

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