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08/19/09 - NNHS Newsletter - Today

“Live this day as if it will be your last. Remember that you will only find 'tomorrow' on the
calendars of fools. Forget yesterday's defeats and ignore the problems of tomorrow. This is it.
Doomsday. All you have. Make it the best day of your year. The saddest words you can ever
utter are, 'If I had my life to live over again.' Take the baton, now. Run with it! This is your day!
Beginning today, treat everyone you meet, friend or foe, loved one or stranger, as if they were
going to be dead at midnight. Extend to each person, no matter how trivial the contact,
all the care and kindness and understanding and love that you can muster, and do it with
no thought of any reward. Your life will never be the same again.”

- Og Mandino
(12 Dec 1923 - 03 Dec 1996)

Dear Friends and Schoolmates,
   We interrupt our celebration of all things Red, White and Blue to bring you today's Newsletter theme, which repeats about this same time every year:

BONUS - - Today - New Christie Minstrels


Tuesday, August 19, 1969 - Actor Matthew Perry was born in Williamstown, Massachusetts.

Tuesday, August 19, 1969 - Rapper Nate Dogg was born Nathaniel Dwayne Hale in Long Beach, California - or maybe he wasn't born until sometime in 1970 - one can never be sure.....

Tuesday, August 19, 1969 - Singer Clay Walker was born in Beaumont, Texas.


   Happy Birthday today to        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 63rd birthdays today.  Former      President Bill Clinton is also lighting the candles today, but he, of course, was born in Arkansas.

     Happy Birthday tomorrow to     Chip Clark ('65) of Northern VA AND Eddie Vest ('68) of VA!

   Many Happy Returns, Gentlemen!


About August 20, 1946

   Happy Birthday this week to:

21 -    Lynn Wright Hickman ('63) of VA;

23 -  Charles Allen ('57)         My Cousin, Cheryl White Wilson (John Marshall HS - '64) of VA!

   Many Happy Returns, One and All!

     From the Head Flagtwirler of 1965, Janice McCain Rose of VA - 08/18/09, 5:17 PM - "Celebration of Life for Fred":

Dearest Carol and Classmates of NNHS,
My family and I are so touched by the outpouring of love and sympathy being shown to us.  The phone calls, cards, and emails are very comforting.  Fred thought so much of my friends at NNHS...and truly had great fun at our reunions and get-togethers. 
There will be a CELEBRATION OF LIFE  for Fred on Saturday, August 29th @ 3:00 pm at Great Bridge Baptist Church, 640 Battlefield Boulevard, Chesapeake VA
A reception will follow at Grand Affairs, Chesapeake Golf Club, 1201 Clubhouse Drive, Chesapeake, VA from 4:00 pm - 6:30 pm.  (757-436-3830)
The completed obituary will appear in THE DAILY PRESS and the VIRGINIAN PILOT on Wednesday August 26th.
With deep appreciation,

    Janice Rose and Family

   Thank you so much, Janice.You and your family remain in our hearts and prayers.


  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.  Five (down from 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 396 pages we tested on the site over the past 90 days, 85 page(s) resulted in malicious software being downloaded and installed without user consent. The last time Google visited this site was on 2009-08-17, and the last time suspicious content was found on this site was on 2009-08-17.

   OH, NO!!!  They checked it again on Monday, and found something harmful again on five of 00freehost's hosted sites.....  I'm beginning to wonder if  this nightmare will ever end.....

    From Frances Goodson Wang ('65) of MD - 08/18/09 - "alert":

Hi Carol,

I, too, have been getting the 
 red page alerts not to open the site.  I don't understand what is going on.  I opened one letter anyway but am waiting now to see if the alert is removed.

Hope all is well with you and the family.

I had gastric bypass surgery on August 4, so am slowly losing weight and will hopefully be my old skinny self in a year.  It is so easy to gain as the years go by but hard to lose.  Anyway, I am doing well.

Devan is starting graduate school at American University School of Law. He already has home work.  He will be nose to the grind stone for the next three years and then prepping for the bar.  My youngest is out on his own.

Time flies.


   Thanks, Frances, I think we're all waiting to see what happens next.....

   WOWZERONI! What delightful and exciting news you have! BIG Congratulations to you and Devan on all the new life changes you have in the coming days!

      From My Niece, Shari, of VA - 08/18/09 - "Message #1 AND Couldn't hurt, huh?":

  AWWW! Thanks, Shari!




These things never work for me, but here goes.
    Well, what the heck? Might as well give it a try!   

Seeing is believing   


This is a money angel. Pass it to 3 of your good friends or family and be rich in 4 days. Pass it to 12 of your good friends or family and be rich in 2 days.

I am not joking. You will find an unexpected windfall. If you delete it, you will beg. Trust me!!!

   OH, GOODY!!! Thanks again, Shari! I just passed it to over 550 of my closest friends and family!
I'm going to be rich before I can even get downstairs to check the mailbox!

    From Linda May Bond Crayton ('66) of VA - 08/18/09 - "Life":

A thought.

I used to read. Scientific America, National Geographic, well, anything that had to do with very small things becoming us. I would read every word, and even though I could not spell them, I could go back to the exact page where an article was to reread it if I liked.

I did this on "occasions" meaning not every day. Sometimes these occasions took me far into the night and sometimes, days.

My husband would sometimes take the light bulbs out of the lamps to stop me. He said he got lonely because I was no longer there - with him.

Then I met a neighbor who worked for NASA and his interests were like mine, and we often talked of foolish things.

One day, in summer, he said to me, "Did you know that every snowflake is different ?"

Well, of course, I said, it stands to reason.  Snowflakes are made of water. Water runs over rocks. Rocks are minerals. Minerals form crystals. Each crystal is different.

This would lead to him calling his NASA friends and a debate would ensue. No one was ever wrong, no one ever right. It was science. The possibilities were endless.

I've met another neighbor. His back yard faces my front yard. He is 87 but still mows his yard if other neighbors do not catch him and do it for him.

I can not mow grass, but do keep an eye out for the never ending attempts by him to climb ladders and carry things. I do not scream at him but take food over for a visit  or just pop over a a talk to distract him.

The other day much to-do was going on, and I saw him being hollered at by his youngest daughter - my age - so I went over.

We talked. He told me this daughter and her husband were being transferred to FL for his job.

WOW, I say, can't you just go to CA and do your job by computer, maybe they won't catch on. This daughter now speaks up and says, CA is broke, nobody is going there!.

Then the onslaught came. O. this and O. that and how his health reform was going to land her in the poor house, etc.

That got my attention. How?, I wanted to know.

Her example was poor. "I'm not paying for poor people's abortions!"

What an open door....."But you'd rather pay for the support of an child for the next eighteen years?' NO!

You can't have it both ways, honey. I say

"I will pay for sex education" (how sweet)

"Before you go any farther," I say, "I am an O. supporter and a Democrat."

She swallowed her tongue.  I then turned to my neighbor and said, "Whatever you do, do not tell her I'm Catholic!" 

He started laughing.

I left.

Such anger, selfishness.  WOW. She will never be a snowflake.

Linda May ' 66

   Thank you so much, Linda May! Your resolution to your neighbor's sad incident beautifully illustrates what we're trying to preserve here - a place where all of us, no matter what our religion or political leanings may be - cam come together to remember the past, enjoy our present, celebrate our future, and love and enjoy one another's company!

   Let it snow!    


1.    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 - 08/18/09:


Growing up as a kid, I learned all about capitalism through the board game Monopoly. I mean, what better way to teach a young mind the way our economy functions.

I loved this game and still do. Only now, as an adult I have some questions that remain unanswered.

For instance, if I have all this money and own all this real estate...why am I still driving around in a thimble?


Without Bias

Judge to the court, at the start of a case: "I have to declare an interest in this case. Last week, the plaintiff sent me a check for $10,000 to find in his favor.

Two days later, I received $20,000 from the defendant to find in his favor.

I have therefore sent $10,000 back to the defendant and can try the case without bias."


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 08/15/09

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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Words and Music by Randy Sparks

(New Christy Minstrels, 196_)

Today, while the blossoms still cling to the vine
I'll taste your strawberries, I'll drink your sweet wine
A million tomorrows shall all pass away
Ere I forget all the joy that is mine, today

I'll be a dandy, and I'll be a rover
You'll know who I am by the songs that I sing
I'll feast at your table, I'll sleep in your clover
Who cares what the morrow shall bring

Today, while the blossoms still cling to the vine
I'll taste your strawberries, I'll drink your sweet wine
A million tomorrows shall all pass away
Ere I forget all the joy that is mine, today

I can't be contented with yesterdays glory
I can't live on promises winter to spring
Today is my moment, now is my story
I'll laugh and I'll cry and I'll sing

Today, while the blossoms still cling to the vine
I'll taste your strawberries, I'll drink your sweet wine
A million tomorrows shall all pass away
Ere I forget all the joy that is mine, today

Today, while the blossoms still cling to the vine
I'll taste your strawberries, I'll drink your sweet wine
A million tomorrows shall all pass away
Ere I forget all the joy that is mine, today

"Today" midi courtesy of - 08/08/06

"Today" lyrics courtesy of - 08/08/06

Image of Bowl of Strawberries courtesy of - 08/08/06

Image of Glasses of Wine courtesy of - 08/08/06

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

John Marshall High School's Justice Scale clip art courtesy of Cheryl White Wilson (JMHS - '64) of VA - 10/13/05
Thanks, Cheryl!

Animated Head-Banging Smiley courtesy of - 07/0/09

Animated Big Hugs Smiley clip art courtesy of Sarah Puckett Kressaty ('65) of VA - 06/19/09
Thanks, Sarah Sugah!

Animated Kissing Smiley clip art courtesy of my friend, Judy Bundy Bowermaster (Litchfield HS, IL - '59), of IL - 09/19/08
Thanks, Judy!

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