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09/04/06 - NNHS Newsletter -
Happy Labor Day!

"Sometimes it's important to work for that pot of gold.
But other times it's essential to take time off and to make sure
that your most important decision in the day simply consists
of choosing which color to slide down on the rainbow."

- Douglas Pagels, These Are the Gifts I'd Like to Give to You

Dear Friends and Schoolmates, 

    Be sure to click on that "Happy Labor Day!" link above!

"The day for which the toilers in past centuries looked forward, when their rights
and their wrongs would be discussed... that the workers of our day may not only
lay down their tools of labor for a holiday, but upon which they may touch
shoulders in marching phalanx and feel the stronger for it."

- Samuel Gompers (26 Jan 1850 - 13 Dec 1924)



1. Peggy Fussell Porter (North Sanpete HS, UT - '81) of NC - 09/03/06:

   Peggy's daughter and my son are both attending Southern Virginia University.  I laughingly suggested to her that the best way to stay in touch with me (because y'all know how abysmal I have become at personal emails) would be through this Newsletter - and she said she'd love it!  So welcome aboard, Peggy!  

   I'm sure there will be topics which cannot possibly interest you whatsoever, and at times we can become quite goofy indeed, but we're all one big family here, so I added your name to the somewhat mis-named Alumni Page:


From One of my Famous Marines -    Herb Hice of MI, who served in the Pacific Theater
during WWII - 09/01
/06 - "Dear Carol, Copy of 40 lb. King Salmon":

Dear Carol,  
This is my winning fish in that ... Fishing Tournament I (mentioned earlier). I was competing with about 20 fishing buddies and I won. The picture is about 20 years old and I was sporting a moustache. This picture was taken in my Cottage before I filleted him and put him in my freezer. This was the biggest one of three others we caught that evening. 

More Later, Your Friend, Herbie

   WOWZERONI-ROONI, Herbie!  That is some fish!  Thanks for sending this!  And, uh, I loved your trophy!    WILD GIGGLES!!!  

  From Bobby Hilling ('62) of VA - 09/02/06:

Hi Carol,
This is a great way for all to recognize and remember September 11; and at the same time show our support for our troops at home and overseas.
My nephew's son, a 2005 graduate of the U.S. Military Academy at West Point, is proudly serving our Country in Iraq. He and all the troops need and deserve our support.
Thanks for considering this to be posted in your newsletters.
By the way, a NNHS delegation walking together would be neat..
And, great appreciation to you for all that you do for us....Bobby

   Thanks so much, Bobby!!! I seem to be too computer illiterate to figure out how to convert this attachment into a form I can use, so I just copied the information from it for now, until a later time.  I missed some of the graphics this way, but I caught all of the pertinent information.



Come to the Coliseum Mall - Hampton - 6:00 p.m.


#1 ... America supports its military, their families and all who protect and defend us.

#2 ... The Freedom Walk embodies recognition of courage, commitment, and community.

#3 ... The Hampton Roads Region recognizes September 11th as a day of remembrance for all Americans that democratic freedom can never be taken for granted.  

The City of Hampton in partnership with the Virginia Peninsula Chamber of Commerce, the Cities of Newport News and Poquoson announce plans to host the “America We Support You Freedom Walk” to remember the victims of 9/11, celebrate freedom, and support our troops and veterans. This event is in conjunction with 6 other cities in Hampton Roads.

The event will begin with a walk starting at 6:00 pm on Monday, September 11, 2006.  Opening and closing stages are in the Coliseum Mall parking lot near Outback Steak House.  The route is approximately 1.8 miles.


The event is FREE to participants.  People of all ages and physical condition are encouraged to participate in this family-friendly event.  Free t-shirts to the first 700 walkers and flags to the first 1,000.

Local sponsors for the event include, but not limited to Coliseum Mall Properties, Coliseum Central BID, Hampton Chevrolet Mazda, Old Point National Bank and 1st Advantage Federal Credit Union.

To register or for more information

please visit or call Jodi Weygand at 262-2000

Virginia Peninsula Chamber of Commerce
21 Enterprise Parkway - Suite 100 • Hampton, VA 23666
Phone: 757-262-2000 • Fax:757-262-2009

   WOWZERS!!!  What a super opportunity!  Oh, to be upon "the sacred soil of Virginia" again!

   Thanks so much, Bobby!  I'll keep this running until then!


From Jennifer Lane Devorss (Ferguson HS - '89) of FL - 09/02/06:

Well, hello to all of my family in Newport News.

In Florida we got hit with a lot of rain and wind, but otherwise it was not bad for us seasoned hurricane fanatics. I am so sorry that it went to you all when it left us. I hope all my NNHS family is doing good, and you all get power back soon. I talked to my mom,    Linda (Lane) Lane ('64 - of VA) and they have been out of power for 2 days. I hope it isn't much longer and things will be back to normal.


I just wanted to say again how much I enjoy this page and thank you all for letting me be the youngest typhoon. Please e mail me if you are headed to the Tampa Bay area. I would love a visit. And keep us in mind when you see other storms headed our way.

God bless and have a great holiday weekend.

Your youngest Typhoon,
Jennifer Lane Devorss FHS class of 89

   Thanks, Jennifer!  It's such fun having you with us!   Have a good 'un!


From Roberta Hilsdon ('70) of GA - 09/02/06:

Thanks so much for the updates to the Reunion pages. 

   Absolutely!  Your query was perfectly timed, Roberta!  And I put direct links to the attendees for both '66's Open Reunion and '64's 60th Birthday Party within those blocks on each upcoming Newsletter, as well as on the main page:

And Happy Happy Birthday to you.


   Thanks so much, Lady!  I must say it was fabulous, thanks in large part to all of y'all!


  From Jamey Douglas Bacon ('66) of VA - 09/02/06:

Happy birthday girl, what are you 39, like, I am?

Hope it was a good one. You deserve it.

   Well, Honey
, if I'm only 39, I'm certainly not very well preserved!


   No, ma'am, I'll take credit for all 59 of my years.  I just wish I didn't have to take possession of the crummy knees that seem to be accompanying them!  I certainly hope they don't interfere with my dancing at the end of the month!  

   WAIT A MINUTE!!!  I don't see your name anywhere on that list, Jamey!

   Okay.  There are three events.  I've been waiting like forever to see you again.  I persuaded   Linda Lane Lane ('64 - of VA) to be there, and I know you'll want to be there with your twin!  Surely with three events planned, you'll be able to attend one, if not all three, right?!?

   (Y'all know it's only because today is a holiday that I've not begun my all-out, full-scale nagging of you to attend, doncha?!?)

   Thanks for the birthday wishes, Jamey!  It was super!


From One of my Famous Marines -    Herb Hice of MI, who served in the Pacific Theater
during WWII - 09/02
/06 - "Dear Carol, I hope you and your Family are safe and dry !!!":

Dear Carol,

Watching the weather report on the TV Evening News, Your area is catching VERY LARGE weather. I hope you and your Family are safe and dry !!! The weather around the S.E. Michigan (Utica Michigan) area has been nice. We could use some of that rain here. My Black-Eyed Susans are suffering and they seem to be drying up a little early this year. >>>>> After reading your Newsletter of August 30th I would like to say to   Linda May (Bond Crayton - '66 - of VA), You Duzzent Hass to call me MISTER Herbie >>>>>, You can call me Herbie, Or you can call me Herbert, Or you can call me Herb but , You Duzzent Hass to call me MISTER Herbie. After I was Honorably Discharged from The Marine Corps in 1945, I have been a Humble Carpenter all my life. I come from a long line of Humble Carpenters all the way back to St. Joseph. He was my Great, Great, Great, Etc, Etc, Uncle Joseph with his wife, Aunt Mary >>>>>. Now that I have established how Humble I am, I would like to request  Linda May to lower her Vocabulary to a level that a Humble Carpenter can understand it.

"Wake Up, Dear Carol" I see you falling asleep with another one of my short stories. I am only having a little fun with Linda May, I hope she will see this in a humorous sorta way. That's all for now,

Your Friend, Herbie

   OH, no sir, Herbie Darlin'!  You just referenced that schtick from the Ace Trucking Company!  I thought they were positively the goofiest, funniest act I'd ever seen!  I hadn't thought of them for years!  You just made my day with that memory!

   And we're fine here, just fine, fine - but thanks!


  From Ron Miller ('59) of NC - 09/02/06:

Hi Carol -- sorry to sound so "mysterious" about my dad, when I said I wanted to "update"   John Murden ('60 - of VA) about him! I sent that email off to you in a hurry the other day, as I was leaving on other business, and notifying John just came to mind on the spur of the moment. John and Dad have always been close, and kept in touch.
Here's the mysterious update for John, and now for all of you'uns (NC hillbilly speech, meaning: y'all): we moved Dad in with us on July 4 (any hidden meaning there?? :-)). He was really getting bored and depressed living in the retirement community he was in, even though it's one of the best we've encountered.
We had wanted him with us since he moved here to the mountains in 2002, but things just recently worked out that allowed it to finally happen. I've always believed that children have a duty to care for their parents, if circumstances and personalities allow.
It's been a real blessing to us, and hopefully to him (at least I haven't driven him nutso yet!!). I thank God every day for each day He's allowed us to have with Dad. At 93 years, he has a lot of knowledge and wisdom to impart. Matter of fact, I'm gradually taping some video interviews with him for a family history. Fascinating stuff! (And to think, about age 16 or so, I thought he was about the dumbest man in the world!!)

   That's wonderful, Ron!  What a priceless treasure for your family!

You haven't heard much out of me the last few months, because I was basically working "dawn to dusk" getting a couple of rooms remodeled so we could move Dad in. Now I may just have to start pestering the heck out of you again, you sweet youngster -- happy birthday!

   WILD GIGGLES!!! Thanks, Ronnie - I'll look forward to it!

So now you know "... the rest of the story..." (said as only Paul Harvey can say it). 

-- Ron


  From Dicky Dawes (NNHS/HHS - '62) of VA - 09/03/06:


Glad to hear you and yours are safe. We just got our power back at 9PM on Saturday. We also had no phone/cable/internet. We have been running on a generator since Friday AM. It runs on Propane which cost about $75 a day to run. It's a big one.


Anyway as soon as we had our late dinner, I had to check your web site to get my daily fix
Carol, it looks like the link to PayPal is broken on the Web page. I use "Opera" as a web browser, which did not give me the hand to link to PayPal. I then tried "Explorer" and "Mozilla", which gave me the hand but would not link. I wanted to send you a birthday present. I'll figure out a way around it tomorrow.

Richard Dawes

   OH, NO!!!    Dale (Harty - American School, IL - '02 - of VA) leaves home and everything breaks!  I don't know how to fix that one!!!  It was working on 08/22.  And the html code still looks okay to me.  Oh, crum!  I'll check the PayPal site.  Maybe they changed something recently.  If not, I heard some rumor that Dale may be coming home the weekend of 15-17.  He can figure it out.  He's a soo-per genius.

   Thanks so much, Dicky!


  From Me ('65) of NC - 09/03/05:

   Speaking of    Dale (Harty - American School, IL - '02 - of VA) and my own computer ineptitude, I had my darling daughter    Adrienne take the pictures off the camera for me the other day.  Yeah, I know, I need to learn how to do that myself, but I keep misplacing my handy-dandy directions, and I'm always afraid I'll somehow manage to permanently delete them in the process.
Easter Sunday Adrienne's 19th Birthday  
April 16, 2006, 2:02 and 2:03 PM
Fayetteville, NC
Sunday, July 30, 2006, 10:27 and 10:29 PM Fayetteville, NC  
Dale Harty, Adrienne Harty, Carol Buckley Harty, and Eleanor Buckley Nowitzky Adrienne Harty and Eleanor Buckley Nowitzky Adrienne Harty and Carol Buckley Harty  
   Something seems to be wrong with the settings on my wonderful camera.  All the pictures of me make me look as though I'm short and fat.


  From Buster Vest ('63) of VA - 09/03/06:


I would like to wish my brother, Eddie '68 & my sister, Donna Marie '71, happy birthday. I'm a little late for Eddie, who turned 58 on August 20. Donna Marie will be 53 on September 5. Attached are current pictures taken in June '06.


     My goodness! I'd be able to recognize both of them instantly - just as I did you, seeing you for the first time in 40 years!

   Thanks so much, Buster!


   And a Happy Un-Birthday to you both, Eddie and Donna Marie!


From TIPS for Extraordinary Living! - Written & Published by Philip E. Humbert, PhD - 09/03/06:

Visit our website at: 

The Joy of Labor

In the U.S., this is our "Labor Day" holiday, a time when we generally do our best to avoid anything that looks like work. Many will go camping, spend the day at the beach, or perhaps at a family picnic.

Unfortunately, very few will pause to be thankful for the work they do. Only a handful will take time to honor and acknowledge the joy of work, and I find that very sad.

Most of us believe "work" is something to be avoided, and we wish for a path to instant wealth, because "then I'd never work again." I suspect that's one reason the universe makes sure most of us never acquire that kind of instant wealth!

I see work as a great honor and source of fulfillment, although I admit there is both "good" work and "bad" work.

"Bad" work is something for which we are not suited, or which we do for the wrong motives. For me, "bad" work would be trying to earn a living as a musician. My brother plays cello for the Jacksonville symphony, and for him, music is the work of the angels. He was blessed with great talent and he loves it. I can't carry a tune in a bucket, and the lessons when I was a kid were a lot of "work" for me, my parents, and my long-suffering piano teacher.

Doing work for which we are ill-suited, it seems to me, is so stressful that it borders on the immoral. Life is meant to be lived, to be joyful, and to be productive. Doing "work" we hate gives honorable work a bad name.

As I see it, work is our chance to partner with God in the creation of a better, richer, more exciting world. Work is our opportunity to build, to create, to leave our footprints in the sands of time. Work is our chance to say, "I was here, and I made a difference."

Over the years, through my various jobs and hobbies, I've met wonderful people who reflected their life's meaning and purpose in their work. Some were artists in how they drove a delivery truck, others found joy in Police work, writing, doing therapy, or in construction. One of my golfing partners loves teaching high school biology, and it shows in his attitude and in his student's grades.

Vicki is a server at my favorite coffee shop. She has 3 kids, her husband is a chef, and for whatever reason, helping a couple hundred people start their day with hot coffee, a good breakfast and a smile is her calling in life. She's a treasure, and is loved by hundreds of loyal customers.

One of the wisest things anyone ever said to me is, "Find something you truly love to do, and you'll never work another day the rest of your life." Now, while I disagree with that disparaging definition of the word "work," the point is essential. In our technological age, we have the greatest freedom in history to find work that is "perfect" for us.

Work is a very personal thing. It's about combining your time and effort with your talents, skills and the situation around you to make things better. It's about making a difference. It's about making your contribution, and being productive.

This Labor Day, give thanks for the work you do, and the difference it makes. Celebrate your contribution to your community, and our world. And, if you are not doing the "perfect" job for you, pledge that by next year, you WILL be doing the right work. Life is too short to spend it doing work for which you are not suited or passionate! You owe that to yourself and to the world. We need your best stuff, your best effort, your passion and your unique genius. We need Vicki's smile at breakfast.

   By this definition, I certainly love the "work" that I do!


From One of my Famous Marines -    Herb Hice of MI, who served in the Pacific Theater
during WWII - 09/04
/06 - "Dear Carol, Stormy Weather !!!":

Dear Carol,

Hope you and your Family made it through the Storm and that you didn't get too wet. Up here in Michigan we hardly got any rain and not too much wind. The TV evening news pictured Carolina getting VERY LARGE WEATHER. Alls well that ends well,

Your Friend, Herbie

   No problem, Sweetie!  It's very soggy here, but the rain seems at last to have ended.  It was still horrendously foggy this morning at 8:00 AM, though.  Glad I didn't have to go anywhere at the peak of dawn!

   Thanks, Herbie Darlin'!


From Buzzy Blanchard of LA (Kecoughtan HS - '68) - 09/04/06 - "Southerness":

Only a  Southerner knows the difference between a hissie fit and a conniption fit, and that you don't "HAVE" them, you "PITCH"  them.
Only a Southerner knows how many fish, collard greens, turnip greens, peas, beans, etc., make up "a mess."
Only a Southerner can show or point out to you the general direction of "yonder."
Only a Southerner knows exactly how long "directly" is, ... as in: "Going to town, be back directly."
Even Southern babies know that "Gimme some sugar" is not a request for the white, granular sweet substance that sits in a pretty little bowl in the middle of the table.
All Southerners know exactly when "by and by" is.  They might not use the term, but they know the concept well.
Only a Southerner knows instinctively that the best gesture of solace for a neighbor who's got trouble is a plate of hot fried chicken and a big bowl of cold potato salad.  If the neighbor's trouble is a real crisis, they also know to add a large banana puddin'!
Only Southerners grow up knowing the difference between "right near" and "a right far piece."  They also know that "just down the road" can be 1 mile or 20.
No true Southerner would ever assume that the car with the flashing turn signal is actually going to make a turn.
A Southerner  knows that "fixin" can be used as a noun, a verb, or an adverb.
Only Southerners make friends while standing in lines, ... and when  we're "in line," ... we talk to everybody!
Put  100 Southerners in a room and half of them will discover they're related, even if only by marriage.
In the South, y'all is singular, . all y'all is plural.
Southerners know grits come from corn and how to eat them.
Every Southerner knows tomatoes with eggs, bacon, grits, and coffee are perfectly wonderful; that red eye gravy is also a breakfast food; and that fried green tomatoes are not a breakfast food.
When you hear someone say, "Well, I caught myself lookin'," you know you are in the presence of  a genuine Southerner!
Only true Southerners  say "sweet tea" and "sweet milk."  Sweet tea indicates the need for sugar and lots of it -- we do not like our tea unsweetened.  "Sweet milk" means you don't want buttermilk.
And a true Southerner knows you don't scream obscenities at little old ladies who drive 30 MPH on the freeway. You just say,"Bless her heart" ... and go your own way.
To those of you who are still a little embarrassed by your Southerness:  Take two tent revivals and a dose of sausage gravy and call me in the morning.  Bless your heart!
And to those of you who are still having a hard time understanding all this Southern stuff, bless your hearts, I hear they are fixin' to have classes on Southernness as a second language!
And for those that are not from the South but have lived here for a long time, all y'all need a sign to hang on y'all's front porch that reads, "I ain't from the South, but I got here as fast as I could."
Bless your hearts, y'all have a blessed day.

   Oh, AMEN to all of that!  Thanks, Buzzy!  Bless your heart!   WILD GIGGLES!!!



    From Dave Spriggs ('64) of VA - 06/20/06 - "ATTENTION ALL CLASS

If you will require lodging, we have reserved a block of 15 rooms at the Point Plaza, 950 J. Clyde Morris Blvd., Newport News VA, for Saturday night, October 14th, at a special NNHS rate of $79 (Standard) or $99 (Suite) plus 12.5% tax. You must make your reservation NO LATER THAN FRIDAY, SEPTEMBER 16, 2006. Call 1-757-599-4460 or 1-800-841-1112. In order to receive the special rate, you must clearly say "NNHS Class of 1964 Birthday Celebration" when making the reservation. Because of this requirement, it is recommended that you DO NOT make your reservation over the Internet.

   Thank you, David!  Y'all have fun!  


  From Carolyn Simpson Knight (‘56) of VA - 08/17/06

The “absolute deadline” for reservations for the 50th - Year Reunion celebration of the Class of 1956 is September 15, 2006!!  

Checks may be mailed to    Judy Leggette Elliott:

            Judy Leggette Elliott
            15 Rivercrest Drive
            Poquoson, VA 23662

   Thanks, Carolyn!



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

   Henceforth, it will be repeated here, lest you forget:

The Great Open Reunion
sponsored by the NNHS Class
of 1966
in honor of their graduation 40 years ago
will be held on Friday, September 29, 2006 from 7:00 PM
to 1:00 AM
RJ’s Restaurant, 12743 Jefferson Avenue, Newport News, VA.

September 30, 2006, meet at 11:00 AM at Newport News High School
(now Huntington Hall) for a tour of the high school and gym.
Parking is available next to the gym on Huntington Avenue.

Saturday, September 30, 2006 from 7:00 PM to midnight,,
the grand affair will be held
at Point Plaza Hotel, 950 J. Clyde Morris Boulevard, Newport News, VA, 757-599-4460.

NTACT Dee Hodges Bartram at

To Pre-order Photographic Memories of the Event:


The 60th Birthday Celebration
for Members of the NNHS Class of 1964

will be held
on Saturday, October 14, 2006, 7:00 - 11:00 PM at Spirit Events,
12672 Patrick Henry Drive, Newport News, VA 23602.


We all agree that the Class of 1964 throws the best parties, and we really were flattered that so many members of other classes attended our 40-year Reunion.  However, the Committee chose to invite only members of the Class of 1964
to our 60th Birthday Celebration.

But, the good news for all you High School Reunion "Junkies" out there
is that you can look forward to our 45-year Reunion in 2009.

CONTACT Dave Spriggs at


The Grand 50-year Reunion
of the NNHS Class of 1956
will be held on Friday, October 20, 2006 at the James River Country Club, Newport News, VA from 6:00 PM – 11:00 PM.
Cost is $56.00 per person, reservations required by Aug. 1.

On Saturday, October 21, 2006 at 7:00 PM, a casual get-together will be held in a Hospitality Room, Country Inn & Suites on Route 17, Newport News, for all classmates
who wish to attend. 

CONTACT Judy Leggette Elliott at
or 757-868-1111

"Dinner" Planning Meetings for
The Class of 1962!

They would love to have as many of their classmates as possible to participate in the future as they plan the details of their upcoming 45-Year Reunion!!  Please plan to join them at their next meeting.

If you did not receive an announcement, they do not have your address. 
Please email Pat Floyd Pride at
or Brenda Amos Williams at

for directions, and so that you can stay in touch

Visit Brenda's 1962 Web Page:



From One of my Famous Marines -    Herb Hice of MI, who served in the Pacific Theater
during WWII - 08/21
/06 - "Dear Carol, Too Cute to keep to myself, Getting along in life"(#4 in a series of 24):

Dear Carol,

The first picture has been around many times before, but ... enjoy the 23 other pictures. Some of the pictures may have been staged or touched up digitally, but they are still interesting to see.

Your Friend, Herbie

     Ahhh - the wind in your hair - OOOPS - I mean, FUR!

   Thanks, Herbie Darlin'!


  From Judy Horton Lindstrom ('63) of FL - 08/27/06 - "YOU ARE GONNA LOVE THIS"
(#4 in a series of 10):

I thought you might love these.
     AWWW!!!  Aren't they precious?!?

Thanks, Judy!  They could certainly fool me!


They think we 're cute now. Do you think we have them fooled?

   Well, Chickies, there's more to come, but I'd better run.  I suppose I'd better cook something today.  I think there's some kinda law to that effect.

   Y'all have a great holiday - and take care of each other! 

   TYPHOONS FOREVER!  We'll Always Have Buckroe!

                          Love to all, Carol  - the Richest Woman in Town





Carol Buckley Harty
219 Four Ply Lane
Fayetteville, NC 29311-9305

Coming to America

Written by Neil Diamond

We’ve been traveling far
Without a home
But not without a star

Only want to be free
We huddle close
Hang on to a dream

On the boats and on the planes
They’re coming to America
Never looking back again
They’re coming to America

Home, don’t it seem so far away
Oh, we’re traveling light today
In the eye of the storm
In the eye of the storm

Home, to a new and a shiny place
Make our bed, and we’ll say grace
Freedom’s light burning warm
Freedom’s light burning warm

Everywhere around the world
They’re coming to America
Every time that flag’s unfurled
They’re coming to America

Got a dream to take them there
They’re coming to America
Got a dream they’ve come to share
They’re coming to America

They’re coming to America
They’re coming to America
They’re coming to America
They’re coming to America
Today, today, today, today, today

My country ’tis of thee
Sweet land of liberty
Of thee I sing
Of thee I sing

"Coming to America" midi (Sequenced By Peter Wolmarans - 1998) courtesy of
at the suggestion of Dave Spriggs ('64) of VA - 08/26/05

"Coming to America" lyrics courtesy of - 08/27/05

Labor Day clip art courtesy of - 08/30/04

American Stars Divider Line clip art courtesy of - 02/01/05

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

Anchor clip art courtesy of Steve Silsby (FHS - '72) of NC - 12/14/05
Thanks, Steve!

Animated Laughter clip art courtesy of Janice McCain Rose ('65) of VA - 01/24/06
Thanks, Janice!

Latin Dancers clip art courtesy of - somewhere or other - 03/20/05

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