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10/03/12 - NNHS Newsletter - Butterfly

“Beautiful and graceful, varied and enchanting, small
but approachable, butterflies lead you to the sunny side of life.
And everyone deserves a little sunshine.”

- Jeffrey Glassberg

Dear Friends and Schoolmates,

   Today's Newsletter's butterfly theme tends to repeat every year in one form or another.

BONUS - - Butterfly - Mariah Carey



"Butterfly" is a song written and produced by American singer Mariah Carey and Walter Afanasieff for Carey's seventh album, Butterfly (1997). It is a ballad combining elements of pop and gospel, but Carey had originally conceived it as a house record with David Morales titled "Fly Away (Butterfly Reprise)". After realizing how personal the lyrics were and how they could be applied to Butterfly, she wrote "Butterfly" with Afanasieff.[1] On the song's lyrics, Carey comments "It was '97 and I was leaving my marriage [to Tommy Mottola] which encompassed my life. I was writing the song 'Butterfly' wishing that that's what he would say to me."[2]

It was released as the album's second single in 1997. It did not appear on the U.S. Billboard Hot 100 chart because it was not issued as a commercial single in the United States; Billboard magazine rules at the time stipulated that a commercial release was required for a song to enter the Hot 100. It was a moderate success on charts that airplay-only singles were allowed to enter, such as the Rhythmic Airplay Chart, Hot Adult Contemporary Tracks and Top 40 Mainstream charts, and it reached number 7 on Billboard's Hot 100 Airplay chart. "Butterfly" was not a substantial hit outside the U.S.: it reached number 22 in the UK after 5 years of 12 consecutive Top-10 singles and number 27 in Australia, failing to match the success of "Honey", the album's first single. In France and Germany the single did not reach the top forty.

"Butterfly" was nominated for the 1998 Grammy Award for Best Female Pop Vocal Performance, which it lost to Sarah McLachlan's "Building a Mystery". In honor of Mariah's 20th Anniversary in music, "Butterfly" was chosen as her #1 song by fans.



1.     Linda Lane Lane ('64) of VA: I called my good friend Linda-Linda early this afternoon just to playfully talk with her, as we had not talked in some time.  I was quite distressed to find her feeling not at all well.  I didn't realize she had had a stroke several weeks ago, and may very well have had another one yesterday (her doctors are still unsure, even after she spent the bulk of the day at the hospital).  She asked me to place her name on the Prayer Roll, that all you mighty prayer warriors might remember her so that her health might be speedily restored.

2.         My #2 Son, Brent Harty (Hillsboro HS, IL - '90) of TX: He had knee surgery this morning - a torn meniscus sewn up, with a 6 month recovery time.


1.   From Brenda Amos Williams ('62) of VA - 09/08/12, 10:46 PM - "NNHS Class of 1962 50th Reunion":

Dear Classmates of NNHS
The Class of 1962 will be having their '50'-year Reunion on Oct. 5/6 at the Crowne Plaza Hotel and Marina in Hampton, Va.

We are inviting members of other classes from NNHS to our Friday nite social. It will start at 6pm. If you know of anyone from other NNHS Classes that would be interested please tell them. There will be food and beverages and lots of other NNHS Classmates to see and gossip with, (Ha. Ha.) We are really excited about this event and it will be a Great One!!

Hoping to see you there. Casual dress and come prepared to have a great time!!


Brenda Amos Williams
NNHS Class of 1962 Reunion Committee

       Thanks so much, Brenda! (For a varity of reasons, my hopes of attending are rapidly dimming, but there are still a couple of chances left...)

2.     From Pat Beck Letzinger ('57) of VA - 09/21/12, 12:13 PM:

Hi Carol,
Just to inform you, the Class of '57 is celebrating its 55-Year Reunion at the Marriott Hotel in Town Center, Newport News on October 9, 10 and 11, 2012. 
Thanks for all you do.
Typhoon regards,
Pat Beck Letzinger 

   SUPER-DE-DUPER! Thank you, Pat! Y'all have fun!


   Happy Birthday today to Martha Megann Keesee ('57) AND Mary Megann Peters ('57) AND   Larry Moran ('65) of ID AND       Bridget Whitt Jones ('65) of AR!

   Happy Birthday tomorrow to        My Former Brother-in-Law, Rennie Dick ('54) of VA AND  Jimmy Mooney ('57) AND   Brenda Eakes Insley ('66) of VA!

   Happy Birthday this week to:

05 - George Pipkin ('57) AND    Butch Ragland ('63) of CO;

06 - Nancy McCormick Nicholson ('57) AND   Renee Helterbran Benton ('59) of VA;

07 -Dale Parsons ('69) of HA;

08 - Tippy Rowe ('57) AND           Wayne Stokes ('65) of VA AND    Richard Cantor ('65) of KY;

09 - Norma Wilson Mitchell ('57) AND    Linda Alfrey Walker ('61) of VA!

   Many Happy Returns, One and All!


October 03, 1941 - Adolf Hitler stated in a speech that Russia was "broken" and they "would never rise again."

October 03, 1942 - Spaceflight: The first successful launch of a V-2 /A4-rocket from Test Stand VII at Peenemünde, Germany. It was the first man-made object to reach space.

October 03, 1942 - The Office of Economic Stabilization was established by U.S. President Franklin D. Roosevelt. He also authorized controls on rents, wages, salaries and farm prices.

October 03, 1944 - U.S. troops broke through the Siegfried Line.

October 03, 1990 - Re-unification of Germany: After 45 years of division, the Berlin Wall was dismantled - eleven months after the borders between East and West Germany were dissolved. The German Democratic Republic ceased to exist and its territory became part of the Federal Republic of Germany. East German citizens became part of the European Community, which later became the European Union. This day is now celebrated as German Unity Day.

TODAY IN 1962:

Wednesday, October 03, 1962
- Project Mercury: Sigma 7 was launched from Cape Canaveral, with Astronaut Wally Schirra aboard, for a six-orbit, nine-hour flight.

Wednesday, October 03, 1962 - Drummer Tommy Lee was born Thomas Lee Bass in Athens, Greece.




1.    From Fred Field (June '45) of CA - 08/19/05 and 07/30/06 (sic) - "We Went to Number Four":


by Fred W. Field

NNHS Class of June 1945, June 19, 2005

        Our class fondly remembers NNHS as that huge educational complex situated on Huntington Avenue between 30th and 32nd Streets (see A Look Back in the 1992 Typhoon Tidbits).  But "our" NNHS was actually the fourth city high school edifice.  The very first public high school was established in 1896, the same year that Newport News was incorporated.  Classes were held in an upper floor of the newly-constructed First National Bank building at Twenty-eight Street and Washington Avenue.  In that first year only one student graduated.  The second graduating class consisted of six students, all girls (was Herman Levy already teaching?).  In September of 1899, classes were transferred to the second high school facility, the newly-constructed Central School on Thirty-second Street between Washington and Huntington Avenues.  The school was renamed John W. Daniel in 1908.  In June 1913 a disastrous fire nearly destroyed the school; then it was rebuilt and reopened in December 1914. 

        As World War I approached, the city's population began to increase rapidly and John W. Daniel became overloaded.  A new site was selected on Wickham Avenue between Twenty-fourth and Twenty-fifth Streets for the third high school facility.  The new school, named Walter Reed, received its first students in September 1918.  However, during the influenza epidemic in the winter of 1918, the school was closed and the building used as a hospital.

        In 1921, Dr. Saunders, who had extensive experience in the Richmond school system, was appointed superintendent of schools.  At about the same time, a number of Warwick Co. high school students were accepted at Walter Reed while the county facility was being constructed (this was a deal worked out as part of the payment for the city's fifth annexation, effective June 1921).

        Soon after Dr. Saunders assumed his post he began to foresee the need for an even larger high school and began a plan of development that led to the opening of the fourth high school in September 1924.  But in a few years even this huge new facility had become crowded.  In 1930 the complex was expanded to add nine new rooms.  Then in 1935 the stadium was built.  And what could it possibly be named but Saunders Stadium?  Long delayed wings containing the boy's gymnasium and the library were completed in 1939.  It was at this final state of completion that we entered Newport News High School in 1941.

        In 1952, long after we graduated, our school building suffered 1/2 million dollars in damages from a fire set by a young arsonist.  Although it was restored and improvements added, the building reached the end of its life as a high school in 1971 when several new high schools were opened.  However the structure continued to be used for education and during 1977 through June 12, 1980 housed a vocational school.  Today the building is a dormitory - a home for Navy personnel stationed at the Shipyard.

        The main source of information was Newport News' 325 Years, published by The Newport News Golden Anniversary Corporation in 1946.

   Thank you so very much, Fred! I've added your essay here:

   For further background, see here:

     From Terry Seay ('67) of TN - 10/02/12 - "HOUSE CONCERT - SATURDAY OCT 6TH - The Girls are Back!":

Reserve now for this Saturday night.....event flier attached: 

You heard us right will furnish FREE BEER and FREE WINE (while supplies last)... You heard me correctly...FREE... F..R..E..E ! as in no charge,,,so come early and celebrate Oktoberfest with us!

    • A COWGIRL - A DIVA - A SHAMELESS HUSSY (Namely: Becky Hobbs - Benita Hill - Kacey Jones)
    • Special Guest:  Greg Pope
    • Special Guest: Tory Bailey Band
    • Special Guest: Jim (with a Hat) Callahan
    • FEATURED GUESTS (Confirmed) - "The Jeffersons" (Lisa Brokop and husband Paul Jefferson)
We are starting to take RSZP's for all events NOW.... print the flyer, pin on you fig...pass it to friends and co-workers...neighbors...even the mother-in-law....forward this email to friends, family......a month-long musical event!

   Sounds like such fun! Thanks, Terry - and Wanda!

  From Wayne Agee ('58) of FL - 10/02/12 - "EATING OF FRESH FRUIT... good one to read":

This is very informative!
We all think eating fruit means just buying fruit, cutting it up and popping it into our mouths. It's not that easy. It's important to know how and when to eat fruit.
What's the correct way to eat fruit?
Eating fruit like that plays a major role in detoxifying your system, supplying you with a great deal of energy for weight loss and other life activities..


Let's say you eat two slices of bread, then a slice of fruit. The slice of fruit is ready to go straight through the stomach into the intestines, but it's prevented from doing so.

In the meantime, the whole meal rots and ferments, and turns to acid. The minute the fruit comes into contact with the food in the stomach, and digestive juices, the entire mass of food begins to spoil.

Eat your fruit on an empty stomach, or before your meal! You've heard people complain: Every time I eat watermelon I burp, when I eat durian my stomach bloats, when I eat a banana I feel like running to the toilet, etc. This will not happen if you eat the fruit on an empty stomach. Fruit mixes with the putrefying other food and produces gas. Hence, you bloat!

Graying hair
, balding, nervous outburst, and dark circles under the eyes - all of these will NOT happen if you eat fruit on an empty stomach.
There's no such thing as some fruits, like orange and lemon are acidic, because all fruit becomes alkaline in our body, according to Dr. Herbert Shelton who did research on this matter. If you have mastered the correct way of eating fruit, you have the Secret of Beauty, Longevity, Health, Energy, Happiness and normal weight.

When you need to drink fruit juice drink only fresh fruit juice, NOT from the cans. Don't drink juice that has been heated. Don't eat cooked fruit; you don't get the nutrients at all. You get only the taste... Cooking destroys all of the vitamins.

Eating a whole fruit is better than drinking the juice. If you should drink the juice, drink it mouthful by mouthful slowly, because you must let it
mix with your saliva before swallowing it. You can go on a 3-day fruit-fast to cleanse your body. Eat fruit and drink fruit juice for just 3 days, and you will be surprised when your friends say how radiant you look!

Tiny but mighty, and a good source of potassium, magnesium, vitamin E & fiber. Its vitamin C content is twice that of an orange!

a day keeps the doctor away? Although an apple has a low vitamin C content, it has antioxidants & flavonoids which enhances the activity of vitamin C, thereby helping to lower the risk of colon cancer, heart attack & stroke.

Protective Fruit. Strawberries have the highest total antioxidant power among major fruits & protect the body from cancer-causing, blood vessel-clogging free radicals.
oranges a day may help keep colds away, lower cholesterol, prevent & dissolve kidney stones, and reduce the risk of colon cancer.

Coolest thirst quencher. Composed of 92% water, it is also packed with a giant dose of glutathione, which helps boost our immune system. Also a key source of lycopene, the cancer-fighting oxidant. Also found in watermelon: Vitamin C & Potassium..

Top awards for vitamin C. They are the clear winners for their high vitamin C content. Guava is also rich in fiber, which helps prevent constipation. Papaya is rich in carotene, good for your eyes..

Drinking Cold water after a meal = Cancer!

Can you believe this? For those who like to drink cold water, this applies to you. It's nice to have a cold drink after a meal, however, the cold water will solidify the oily stuff that you've just consumed, which
slows digestion. Once this 'sludge' reacts with the acid, it will break down and be absorbed by the intestine faster than the solid food. It will line the intestine. Very soon, this will turn into fats and lead to cancer.. It is best to drink hot soup or warm water after a meal.

A serious note about heart attacks


Women should know that not every heart attack symptom is going to be the left arm hurting. Be aware of intense pain in the jaw. You may never have the first chest pain during the course of a heart attack. Nausea and intense sweating are also common symptoms. Sixty percent of people who have a heart attack while they're asleep do not wake up. Pain in the jaw can wake you from a sound sleep. Be careful, and be aware. The more we know, the better our chance to survive.  
A cardiologist said if everyone who gets this mail sends it to 10 people, you can be sure that we'll save at least one life.
It may even be your own life!

   Thank you so very much, Wayne! 
 This might explain several things to me personally! I've been noticing that my silver hair is steadily turning darker, and my fingernails are stronger than they've been in a dozen years. The only time I ever eat fruit (an apple or an orange) is on an empty stomach. I very rarely if ever drink ice water; I drink room temperature water during the day, and hot water after my meals.

BONUS BUTTERFLY CROCHET PATTERNS: - especially for lefties!

BONUS RECIPES: - Onion Strings - "Our crunchy 5-ingredient recipe for easy homemade Onion Strings will make you feel like a restaurant chef. Whether you make 'em for tasty nibbling or as a main dish topper, they're always a hit." - Five Star Chicken - "This chicken dish with mushrooms, tomatoes, and onions is tasty enough to be found at the finest restaurants, and easy enough to make at home!" - Country Pork Chops - "No need to tie up your oven to cook these homey Country Pork Chops. They'll simmer just fine on the stovetop in this rich tomato sauce that's chock-full of healthy fresh veggies. Talk about a speedy skillet supper they'll love!"

   From Bill Hobbs ('66) of Northern VA - 09/20/12, 10:40 PM - "Rare Photos! (#2 in a Series of 17)":  
  You might like these too.

Great old pics….



   WOWZERS! Thanks, Bill!  

The Beatles and Mohammad Ali, 1964

      From Wayne Stokes ('65) of VA - 10/01/12, 11:05 AM - "Priceless Rare Photos (#2 in a Series of 25)":  
  Some more memories.

Some of these photos will blow you away.

A Baby Boomer's Time Machine


   MORE WOWZERS! Thanks, Wayne Honey  

Brigitte Bardot

From - 10/02/12:

A champion jockey is about to enter an important race on a new horse. The horse's trainer meets him before the race and says, 

"All you have to remember with this horse is that every time you approach a jump, you have to shout, "ALLLLEEE OOOP!" really loudly in the horse's ear. Providing you do that, you'll be fine". 

The jockey thinks the trainer is mad but promises to shout the command. The race begins and they approach the first hurdle. The jockey ignores the trainer's ridiculous advice and the horse crashes straight through the center of the jump. 

They carry on and approach the second hurdle. The jockey, somewhat embarrassed, whispers "Aleeee ooop" in the horse's ear. The same thing happens -- the horse crashes straight through the center of the jump. 

At the third hurdle, the jockey thinks, "It's no good, I'll have to do it" and yells, "ALLLEEE OOOP!" really loudly. Sure enough, the horse sails over the jump with no problems. This continues for the rest of the race, but due to the earlier problems the horse only finishes third. 

The trainer is fuming and asks the jockey what went wrong. The jockey replies, 

"Nothing is wrong with me -- it's this bloody horse. What is he -- deaf or something?" 

The trainer replies, "Deaf?? DEAF?? He's not deaf -- he's BLIND!" 

1. Thursday, October 4, 2012 - The NNHS Class of 1955 holds Lunch Bunch gatherings on the first Thursday of every month at Steve & John's Steak House on Jefferson Avenue just above Denbigh Boulevard in Newport News at 11:00 AM. The luncheon is not limited to just the Class of '55; if you have friends in that year, go visit with them.

2. Friday and Saturday, October 5 and 6, 2012 - Class of 1962 - 50-Year Reunion - Crowne Plaza Hotel, Hampton on the Water. CONTACT: Brenda Amos Williams at  

3. Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday, October 9,10, and 11, 2012 - Class of  1957 - 55-Year Reunion - Marriott Hotel in Town Center, Newport News. CONTACT: Pat Beck Letzinger at

4. Wednesday, October 10, 2012 - The NNHS Class of June 1942 meets at noon on the second Wednesday of every other month for a Dutch treat lunch at the James River Country Club, 1500 Country Club Road. PLEASE JOIN THEM. Give or take a few years makes no difference. Good conversation, food and atmosphere. For details, call Jennings Bryan at 803-7701 for reservations.

PRAYER ROLL: - updated 10/03/12

BLOG: - updated 03/13/11

Y'all take care of each other!  TYPHOONS FOREVER!  We'll Always Have Buckroe!

                                 Love to all, Carol





Carol Buckley Harty
7020 Lure Court
Fayetteville, NC 28311-9309


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Written by Mariah Carey (b. 27 Mar 1970), Walter Afanasieff (b. 10 Feb 1958), and Dan Shea

Recorded by Mariah Carey (b. 27 Mar 1970), 1997

When you love someone so deeply
They become your life
It's easy to succumb to overwhelming fears inside
Blindly I imaged I could
Keep you under glass
Now I understand to hold you
I must open my hands
And watch you rise

Spread your wings and prepare to fly
For you have become a butterfly
Fly abandonedly into the sun
If you should return to me
We truly were meant to be
So spread your wings and fly

I have learned that beauty
Has to flourish in the light
Wild horses run unbridled
Or their spirit dies
You have given me the courage
To be all that I can
And truly feel your heart will
Lead you back to me when you're
Ready to land


I can't pretend these tears
Aren't overflowing steadily
I can't prevent this hurt from
Almost overtaking me
But I will stand and say goodbye
For you'll never be mine
Until you know the way it feels to fly


So flutter through the sky
Spread your wings and fly

 "Butterfly" midi courtesy of - 10/03/07

 "Butterfly" lyrics courtesy of - 10/03/07

Butterfly Image courtesy of - 10/03/07

Animated Monarch Butterfly courtesy of ??? - 09/01/05

Butterfly Divider Line clip art courtesy of - 02/08/04

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

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!

Animated Yehaa Typhoon clip art courtesy of Al Farber ('64) of GA - 08/18/05
Thanks, Al!

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

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!!

Animated Red Flames courtesy of - 05/19/08

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