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09/11/09 - NNHS Newsletter -
Patriot Day

“Faith is the bird that sings when the dawn is still dark.

- Rabindranath Tagore
(07 May 1861 - 07 Aug 1941)

Dear Friends and Schoolmates,

   Generally our observances here are happy one.  This day is not one of those, nor is it a celebration, but as with so many things in history, it's important that we remember.

BONUS #1 - - God Bless The USA - Lee Greenwood, 1984



Thursday, September 11, 1969 - Once again, nuffin' - just NUFFIN' - happened this day. 



   Happy Birthday today to        The late Bobby Hedrick ('58) (deceased 08/31/09) AND     My Grandson, Jimmy Harty of TX, who is turning four today!

   Happy Birthday this week to:

14 - Billy Brewer ('57) AND   Jeanette Parrish Houston ('64) of VA;

16 -   Tena Goodson Hensel ('39) of VA AND    The late Mr. John Huller ('43) (deceased 07/29/09) AND Brian Cooper of SC;

17 - The late Mr. George McIntosh (deceased - 05/04/05) AND Hugh McLawhorne ('57) AND   Ed Nichols ('62) of Northern VA;

18 - Bobby Bell ('57) AND         Gloria Woolard Price (Hampton HS - '65) of FL  AND  The United States Air Force - 1947!

   Many Happy Returns, One and All!

   Y'all be sure to take a look at that page.  How are we going to wish you a happy birthday if we don't know when it is?!?  Thanks!


  From Al Simms ('60) of VA - 09/10/09:


And here is another Hurricane Hazel personal story.

I too remember it well.  I lived in North End on 64th Street at the time and we had no damage at all from it.  Our neighborhood was well above the river even though it was less than 100 yards away from us and so we got no flooding and water damage of that sort which is nearly impossible to protect ones property from.  And as for wind damage, our house like most in North End had a slate roof and those are largely unaffected by high winds - even our garage roof was slate.  You don't even want to pay for one of those today.  I priced it when re-roofing my own house 15 or so years ago and it would have cost over $40,000 just for the shingles - the installation fee would also have been a lot higher than regular roofing.  The house had real working shutters which we closed to protect the windows and we had winds often enough that the trees were kept pretty well pruned and so none of those went down in our neighborhood either.  Tree danger can be great in areas that get only occasional storms.

Now to the story. As I am sure you know, twelve year old boys in those days were afraid of nothing - not enough sense to be afraid I think - And even if we were we would not admit it.  During the hurricane I told my mother that I would be at       Don Jett's (NNHS / Warwick HS - '60 - of FL) house, which was 2 blocks away and Don told his mother that he would be at my house.  Don and I met in the middle and went down to the adjacent James River beach (now a shipyard parking lot - Boo - Hiss!).

The narrow sand beach was completely awash with 5 to 6 foot tall waves rolling in all the way up to the trees on the riverbank.  In those days there were rock "breakwaters" about every 100 yards that extended a hundred yards or so out into the river.  There were a number of small boats washed up on those breakwaters.

Don and I got some long poles and walked out onto the breakwaters over which waves were breaking, got in some of those boats, bailed most of the water out of them and then pushed them off and poled them to the beach where we tied them to trees on the riverbank.  It is a wonder that we did not drown but we did collect several rewards for saving peoples boats from being bashed to pieces on the rocks.  My mother never knew anything about this until I told her a few years ago.  We were wet and cold when we got done but a few dollars richer in the next few days and I don't think that either of us realized the chances that we took with our very lives until we were much, much older. 

   GASP! YIKESARONI!!! Thanks, Al! I added your memory to our new page:


     From the Head Flagtwirler of 1965, Janice McCain Rose of VA - 09/10/09:

Hi Carol...want to add my memory of Hurricane Hazel.  My father showed up at my classroom door at Magruder School.....I knew something had to be HORRIBLY wrong...and there were still other kids in the classroom when we left.  We went on a quick ride down to Peterson's Yacht Basin....and then retreated back home on 23rd Street.  I remember all the trees down and debris everywhere....I don't remember the storm itself...just before and afterwards. 

   Thanks, Janice! I added yours, too:


      From Gloria Woolard Price (Hampton HS - '65) of FL - 09/10/09 - "RE: 09/10/09 - One After 909":

Carol, wonder how many will catch this one......


"In a 1980 interview, Lennon explained, 'That was something I wrote when I was about seventeen. I lived at 9 Newcastle Road. I was born on the ninth of October-- the ninth month. It's just a number that follows me around, but numerologically, apparently I'm a number six or a three or something, but it's all part of nine."

   Hmmm - WILD GIGGLES! Well, I would IMAGINE that John needed some HELP trying to remember dates as well as places IN (HIS) LIFE! After all, he'd been to so many places ACROSS THE UNIVERSE that he probably just became confused trying to discern ANY TIME AT ALL! Maybe we should just LET IT BE!

   Thanks, Gloria!


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

Finally, Carol, I'm getting your NNHS emails without any problems.  Have lots of catching up to do!

Thanks for all you are doing to make this website informative and interesting.!

Love, Ev (NNHS'55)

   SUPER-DE-DUPER! Thanks for letting us know, Evelyn - and it's my pleasure!


   From Frank Blechman ('65) of Northern VA - 09/09/09 - "RE:  Mr. Rogallo":


  From Libby Blechman David ('61) of VA to Her Brother,    Frank Blechman ('65) of Northern VA- 09/09/09 - "  Mr. Rogallo":


  Buddy (David - '61 - of VA) cut out the obituary for Francis Rogallo who died Sept. 1st at the age of 97. One of the things it says is that “Francis held several patents from his work at NACA and NASA, but was proudest of the one he and Gertrude (his wife) filed in 1948 and co-inventors of a ‘flexible kite’ based on their joint efforts at home in their leisure time. The device is one of the simplest airfoils ever created, a wing totally without stiffeners creating lift and carrying payloads. This Rogallo Wing has made possible many sports including hang gliding, paragliding, sport parachuting, stunt kite flying, and kite boarding enjoyed by millions of people.” Thought that as one of the first owners of a Rogallo kite, you would want to know.


   I remember reading this obituary with great wonder. Okay - in gratitude and lest we forget, I've added a Memorial Edition of the Newsletter for him:

   Thanks, Frank - and Libby!


  From My #2 Daughter-in-Law, Bethany Winona Harty (Siuslaw HS, OR - '94) of TX - 09/10/09 - "         Brent (Harty - Hillsboro HS, IL - '90 - of TX) in His Dress Blue Uniform":



Thank you, Sweet Bethany!

Wednesday, September 9, 2009 - El Paso, TX

        From My #2 Son, Brent Harty (Hillsboro HS, IL - '90) of TX - 09/10/09 - "RE: Dress Blue Uniform":

Glad you like it Mom!  It cost $600 or so for the whole dern thing.  But I like it a lot better than the 'pickle suit'.  Fits better too.  I really like the hat, although it will be a rare dress event to wear it.  The red artillery piping is really neat too.  I still have the pants coming...I hope they make it in tomorrow so I can get them hemmed in time to wear for my DA photo (the one that goes on your record).  That is Tuesday am...

love bh

Brent Harty
"You may be whatever you resolve to be."  General Thomas "Stonewall" Jackson

   OUCH! But it IS beautiful! Thanks, Brent! Oh yes, have I mentioned lately how proud I am of you?!?


      From Wayne Stokes ('65) of VA - 09/10/09 - "What Goes Around Comes Around":

The right way.


One day a man saw a old lady, stranded on the side of the road, but even in the dim light of day, he could see she needed help. So he pulled up in front of her Mercedes and got out. His Pinto was still sputtering when he approached her.

Even with the smile on his face, she was worried. No one had stopped to help for the last hour or so. Was he going to hurt her? He didn't look safe; he looked poor and hungry. He could see that she was frightened, standing out there in the cold. He knew how she felt. It was that chill which only fear can put in you.

He said, 'I'm here to help you, ma'am. Why don't you wait in the car where it's warm? By the way, my name is Bryan Anderson...'

Well, all she had was a flat tire, but for an old lady, that was bad enough. Bryan crawled under the car looking for a place to put the jack, skinning his knuckles a time or two. Soon he was able to change the tire. But he had to get dirty and his hands hurt.

As he was tightening up the lug nuts, she rolled down the window and began to talk to him. She told him that she was from St. Louis and was only just passing through. She couldn't thank him enough for coming to her aid. Bryan just smiled as he closed her trunk. The lady asked how much she owed him. Any amount would have been all right with her. She already imagined all the awful things that could have happened had he not stopped.

Bryan never thought twice about being paid. This was not a job to him. This was helping someone in need, and God knows there were plenty, who had given him a hand in the past. He had lived his whole life that way, and it never occurred to him to act any other way. He told her that if she really wanted to pay him back, the next time she saw someone who needed help, she could give that person the assistance they needed, and Bryan added, 'And think of me..'

He waited until she started her car and drove off. It had been a cold and depressing day, but he felt good as he headed for home, disappearing into the twilight.

A few miles down the road the lady saw a small cafe. She went in to grab a bite to eat, and take the chill off before she made the last leg of her trip home. It was a dingy looking restaurant. Outside were two old gas pumps.. The whole scene was unfamiliar to her. The waitress came over and brought a clean towel to wipe her wet hair. She had a sweet smile, one that even being on her feet for the whole day couldn't erase.

The lady noticed the waitress was nearly eight months pregnant, but she never let the strain and aches change her attitude. The old lady wondered how someone who had so little could be so giving to a stranger. Then she remembered Bryan ...

After the lady finished her meal, she paid with a hundred dollar bill. The waitress quickly went to get change for her hundred dollar bill, but the old lady had slipped right out the door. She was gone by the time the waitress came back. The waitress wondered where the lady could be. Then she noticed something written on the napkin.

There were tears in her eyes when she read what the lady wrote: 'You don't owe me anything. I have been there too. Somebody once helped me out, the way I'm helping you. If you really want to pay me back, here is what you do: Do not let this chain of love end with you.'

Under the napkin were four more $100 bills.

Well, there were tables to clear, sugar bowls to fill, and people to serve, but the waitress made it through another day.

That night when she got home from work and climbed into bed, she was thinking about the Money and what the lady had written. How could the lady have known how much she and her husband needed it? With the baby due next month, it was going to be hard.... She knew how worried her husband was, and as he lay sleeping next to her, she gave him a soft kiss and whispered soft and low, 'Everything' s going to be all right. I love you, Bryan Anderson.'

There is an old saying...... 'What goes around comes around.' Today I sent you this story, and I'm asking you to pass it on. Let this light shine. Don't delete it, don't return it. Simply, pass this on to a friend.

Good friends are like stars.......You don't always see them, but you know they are always there.



All the flowers of all the tomorrows are in the seeds of today.

   Thanks so much, Wayne Honey!


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 Jokes - 09/10/09:

You Might Be From New York If......

* You say "the city" and expect everyone to know that this means Manhattan.

* You have never been to the Statue of Liberty or the Empire State Building.

* The subway makes sense to you, and the subway should never be called anything like the Metro.

* Your door has more than three locks and is made of steel.

* You think Central Park is "nature."

* You pay more each month to park your car than most people in the US pay on their mortgage.

* You haven't seen more than 12 stars in the night sky since you went away to camp as a kid.

* You pay $5 without blinking for a beer that cost the bar 28 cents.

* You have 27 different take-out menus next to your tele- phone.

* Going to Brooklyn is considered a "road trip." Of course, you only go there to attend weddings or funerals.

* America west of the Hudson is still theoretical to you.

* You have jaywalking down to an art form. You're born with it.

* You take a taxi to get to your health club to exercise.

* You don't hear sirens anymore.

* You live in a building with a larger population than most American towns.



1. 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

2. Friday and Saturday, October 9 and 10, 2009 - The Class of 1964 will hold its 45-Year Reunion - For details, see: - CLASS OF 1964

  3. Friday and Saturday, August 6 and 7, 2010 - The NNHS Class of 1970 will hold its 40-Year Reunion. Saturday night will be at the Kiln Creek Golf & Country Club. For details, contact Carol Comer Cutler at or visit the reunion website at - CLASS OF 1970

Friday , Saturday, and Sunday, August 6, 7, and  8, 2010 - The NNHS Class of 1960 will hold its 50-Year Reunion at the Marriott Newport News at City Center. For details, contact Karen Weinstein Witte at  kwitte@tampabay, - CLASS OF 1960


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  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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God Bless the U.S.A.

- Lee Greenwood

If tomorrow all the things were gone
I worked for all my life
And I had to start again
With just my children and my wife

Thank my lucky stars
To be living here today
Cause the flag still stands for freedom
And they can't take that away

And I'm proud to be an American
Where at least I know I'm free
And I won't forget the men who died
Who gave that right to me
And I'll gladly stand up next to you
And defend her still today
'Cause there ain't no doubt
I love this land
God Bless the U.S.A.

From the lakes of Minnesota
To the hills of Tennessee
Across the plains of Texas
From sea to shining sea

From Detroit down to Houston
And New York to L.A.
There's pride in every American heart
And it's time we stand and say...

That I'm proud to be an American
Where at least I know I'm free
And I won't forget the men who died
Who gave that right to me
And I'ld gladly stand up next to you
And defend Her still today
'Cause there ain't no doubt
I love this land
God Bless the U.S.A.

And I'm proud to be an American
Where at least I know I'm free
And I won't forget the men who died
Who gave that right to me
And I'ld gladly stand up next to you
And defend Her still today
'Cause there ain't no doubt
I love this land
God Bless the U.S.A.


Lee Greenwood's "God Bless the USA" midi courtesy of,
at the suggestion of Dave Spriggs ('64) of VA - 01/21/05
Thanks, Dave!

Lee Greenwood's "God Bless the USA" lyrics courtesy of,
also at the suggestion of Dave Spriggs ('64) of VA - 01/21/05
Thanks again, Dave!

Patriot Day title clip art courtesy of - 09/10/09

Patriot Day ribbon clip art used to form Divider Lines created and © by Bobbie Peachey courtesy of - 09/10/09

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

Animated USMC and Army and Navy Flags clip art courtesy of - 06/18/03

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

Army Seal clip art courtesy of Al Farber ('64) of GA - 05/24/06 (still missing...)
Thanks, Al!
Replaced by Norm Covert ('61) of MD - 02/09/09
Thanks, Norm!

Hampton High School's Crab clip art courtesy of - 10/02/05
Replaced courtesy of - 02/17/09

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

Siuslaw High School's Viking Logo clip art courtesy of - 12/27/07

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

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