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10/07/09 - NNHS Newsletter -
Reach Out, I'll Be There

ďA real friend is one who walks in when the rest of the world walks out.Ē

- Walter Winchell
(07 Apr 1897 - 20 Feb 1972)

Dear Friends and Schoolmates,

   I'm actually having fun "revisiting" these old Newsletters! This is the "new and improved" version of one we first used exactly five years ago today:
BONUS - - Reach Out, I'll Be There - The Four Tops, 1966 - WOWZERS! Makes ya wanna DANCE!


From Karrin Williams Frankie (Warwick HS - '61) of VA - 10/06/09 - "WHS update on Classmate, Husband went to NNHS":


Ed Sloate visited Gwen Howard Holland.  See message below.  Gwen had a stroke several years ago.  Johnny graduated from NNHS in 1961.  I met Johnny many years ago at the Hygeia Skating Ring in NN about 1955-56 or so!  We were in 8th grade together at NNHS!

Thanks, Ed.

I went by to see John and Gwen Holland today. Gwen was doing great. Some of her memory is gone.  John had been in the hospital for bleeding but is doing well at home.

   Thanks so much, Karrin - and Ed! Our prayers continue for both Gwen and Johnny! 

  From Ruth Ann Reece Horace ('67) of FL - 10/06/09, 8:55 PM - "Harry":

I am sorry it has taken me so long to write this.  I have just been so tired by the time I get home from the hospital at night I just fall into bed.  I know I should call some of you but this is the best I can do for now. 

Last Tuesday Harry went into the hospital to have back surgery for a disk repair.  All went well until Thursday when his heart went into A-Fib.  This means one chamber was not pumping as it should. His Blood Pressure dropped way down and his heart rate went way up.  They tried several drugs to help but were limited in what they could use because of the surgery.  On Saturday they finally could put him on a blood thinner and that helped a lot. But he was still in A-Fib.

Today they had planned on shocking his heart and trying to bring it back into normal rhythm.  But before they did that, it went back by itself.  I told him the threat of the shock did it..  He will be in for another few days but is out of ICU and in a regular room.  They have to get him off of the IV drugs and onto some he can take at home.  They still do not know why his heart did that or why it came out.  It was truly the answer to a lot of prayers by many people. Just keep us in your prayers.

Love you

   SUPER-DUPER! Thanks so much for letting us know, Ruthie! You and Harry hang in there, and we'll keep you in our prayers!


   Happy Birthday today to  Dale Parsons ('69) of HA!

   Happy Birthday tomorrow to          Wayne Stokes ('65) of VA!

   Happy Birthday this week to:

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

11 -   From Judy Phillips Allen ('66) of VA AND        From Carol Anne Comer Cutler ('70) of VA;

12 -  Charlotte Spade Wilkins (Warwick HS - '65) of NC;

13 -   The United States Navy - 1775 AND Larry Cutler ('64) of VA AND   Pattie Hilsdon Reisinger ('66) of CO AND          My #1 Son, Lewis Harty (Hillsboro HS, IL - '89) of IL;

14 -      Liz Breeden ('61) of VA AND      My Granddaughter, Eme Harty of TX!

   Many Happy Returns, One and All!


October 7, 1940 - German troops entered Romania. Hitler's plan was to have a single eastern front against the Soviet Union. Romania had allied itself with Nazi Germany on July 5, 1940.

October 7, 1943 - Japanese Rear Adm. Shigematsu Sakaibara ordered the execution of 96 American POWs on Wake Island. The claim was the that POWs were trying to make radio contact with U.S. forces.

October 7, 1949 - The German Democratic Republic (East Germany) was formed.


Wednesday, October 07, 1964 - The St. Louis Cardinals beat the New York Yankees 9-5 at Sportsman's Park in Game One of the World Series:

Wednesday, October 07, 1964 - Singer / songwriter Sam Brown was born in Stratford, London, England.

Wednesday, October 07, 1964 - Singer Ann Curless was born in Albany, New York.


Friday and Saturday, October 9 and 10, 2009 - The Class of 1964 will hold its 45-Year Reunion -

See who you'll see -

  From Jamey Douglas Bacon ('66) of VA - 10/06/09:

Hey old friends, 

I am at Regency off 17 and Dare Road. Come to see me .

   I certainly wish I could, Jamey, but I'm thinking of you!

      From My Niece, Shari, of VA - 10/06/09 - "Thank you":


Thank you for posting the prayer request about that lady on your site.

Your new granddaughter
 looks so precious.


   Certainly, Shari, it's what we do! And you're so right - Kaiya is a real doll baby! Love you, too!


       From Bill Lee (Warwick HS - '54) of NC - 10/06/09 "Germans buried in Hampton":

  I promised myself I wouldn't comment further on POWs, but yesterday's mention of the German U-boat sailors buried in Hampton prompts me to share a little more about that particular event.

From a history of U-85: "29 sailors from U-85 were buried Hampton National Cemetery, Hampton, Virginia, with military honors, the evening of April 15, 1942.  Fifty-two prisoners from Fort Monroe, Virginia prepared and later filled in the graves.  At 2000, the burial service was read by the Catholic Chaplain, followed by the Protestant Chaplain.  The firing party of 24 seamen fired three volleys, and Taps was sounded."

Local people were attracted to the scene by those activities. One of them, who lived nearby, was the father of    Janie Branch (nee Hudson), Class of 1954, Hampton High School. For years, he told and retold her that story, but she never quite believed him.

But when I shared this picture with her, a few years ago, she readily identified her father as being the man marked by an arrow I later added (see revised picture, below).

   WOWZERONI! Thanks, Bill! BUT WAIT! "Wouldn't comment further"?!? Oh, no, no, no, no, no, no, NO! You always have such amazing gems to share - such as these!

   So, Bill, please just make yourself some other resolution - not THAT one! 


   I've added this to our page:    

      From Harry Covert ('57) of Northern VA - 10/06/09 - "The Covert Letter ":

Letter from London

Posted: 05 Oct 2009 02:26 PM PDT

LondonsBigBenTaking British Air's overnight flight 292 is a pleasant journey from Dulles to London's Terminal 5, Heathrow Airport.  The seven-and-a-half hour trans-Atlantic trip on the Boeing 747did allow time  to see Tom Hanks' Angels and Demons.   I put away my wireless Kindle after 10 chapters of Dan Brown's latest thriller The Lost Symbol.  Unfortunately, I dozed for a couple of hours, awaking time enough for breakfast and the landing. 

Fortunately, I had a nice ride to central London to the offices of World Emergency Relief-United Kingdom at 20 York Buildings, near Charing Cross.  Then a nice lunch at the Royal Society of Arts before going to the Strand Palace Hotel for an afternoon's rest.  What was fun, as usual for me, was grabbing the London newspapers.  The headlines blared the silly and inane speeches of the Libyan and Iranian dictators. 

London weather was wonderful, bright and sunny and cool.  The highlight though was the visit with the staff and trustees of WER-UK.  We spent a few days discussing international humanitarian projects of this importance charity.  One of the joys was the the potluck dinner.  I can't recall everyone's contribution but they were terrific.  I remember the quiches, the hummus recipe and the desserts, especially the strawberry cake. Mouthwatering.

I have to admit, it's fun reading the British newspapers.  No holds barred journalism.  While The Sunday Telegraph covered the international speechifying at the United Nations in New York, they spent lots of space talking about President Obama and his alleged snubbing of Prime Minister Gordon Brown.  I don't know if it happened or not.  But, it was the Sunday Telegraph's Stephen Bayley's column about women.  Britons are taken by First Lady Michelle Obama. Bayley described her powerful image.

Said Mr. Bayley:

 "Michelle Obama has a classic callipygian figure."  I'd never heard of the word.  Bayley continued, "This is the word the Greeks had for 'fat bottom.'  Her wardrobe selection emphasizes these posterior curves without exaggerating them.  And long gym sessions doing grip-flip tricip pushdowns and hammer curls add to her statuesque qualities."

I'd wager no President's wife has ever been described this way.  I'm not going to tell you the definition now.  Look it up.  He also described Angelina Jolie a cartoon figure.

The Times had some interesting items, too.  Lots of Britons support euthanasia and going to Switzerland to die.  Lost among the headlines in the papers and the BBC and Skynews was the story that Pope Benedict may stay in Buckingham Palace during his historic 2010 visit; that embattled Prime Minister Brown denied he'll quit on health grounds; that an 'egg whisk' beat bloodflow problem in heart operations; and, a senior bank executive murdered his wife "after he discovered that she was having two affairs and feared that a divorce would cost him his wealth."

Newspapers are educational.

Now while the World Emergency Relief-United Kingdom staff was hard at work, Vera Spicer, the business and financial administrator, took my mind off the hot news with a tasty Lebanese hoummos recipe.  Here it is:

Serves 4

500 g dried chick peas, soaked overnight and rinsed
2 Tablespoons Bicarbonate of Soda
2 cloves garlic, crushed
100 g Ice
200 g Tahini (Sesame seed paste)
4 Tablespoons lemon juice

Place the chick peas in a large pan with the bicarbonate of soda and plenty of cold water.
Bring to the boil and simmer for about 40 minutes or until itís soft.  Remove the pan from the heat and stir well to loosen and remove the skins.

Drain and rinse thoroughly.
Place the chick peas in a food processor and whizz until itís smooth.
Add the ice, tahini and some of the lemon juice, Whizz again while adding around 500 ml of water until the mixture is smooth and creamy.
Pour in the remaining lemon Juice and add salt to taste.
Add some olive oil and a dash of cayenne pepper or paprika (optional)
You can replace the 1st  2 steps with cans of already soaked and cooked chick peas, remove the skins and start from step 4.

Bon Appetit,

Other fine members of our WER-UK team are: Alex Haxton, chief executive; Jeremy Horner, program manager; Safija Jusupovic, assistant project manager; Andrew Watt, business and financial manager; Ben Carter, marketing and communications manager; Natalie Duffy,business and marketing coordinator; and Nick Mason, development and fundraising manager.

WER-UK trustees are Margaret Edwards, vice chair; Charles (Chip) Watkins, Elizabeth Laskar, Nick Pettingale, Alex Botha and me.#

   WOWZERONI! Thanks, Harry!

   "Callipygian," hmm? I've never heard that word before either, but I like it. It certainly beats "The Crisco Kid (fat in the can)."

    From Glenn Dye ('60) of TX - 10/06/09 - "The Barbara Mandrell Show AND An old time favorite":

Groups that I sang with in the past - We had the joy of singing on the program with the Blackwoods. I still stay in touch with the bass singer Ken Turner on the right side.

  From Ken Turner to Glenn - 10/06/09 - "The Barbara Mandrell Show AND An old time favorite":

This is the Blackwood Brothers on the Barbara Mandrell Show in the mid 70's. See how slim I was back then.

I was singing with the Dixie Echoes in 1969 (40 years ago) and we would back Jimmy Davis on stage as he ran for Governor of Louisiana.  I remember standing just behind him and singing this song. I was the one who he wanted to walk downtown with. He was a wonderful man and friend.

Ken Turner

   WOWZERONI! COOL BEANS! Thanks, Glenn - and Ken!

  From Bill Hobbs ('66) of Northern VA - 10/06/09 - "About Growing Old":



I forgot what it was....

   Thanks, Billy! I was wondering what on earth you could possibly say about growing old that was beautiful, because I must say, I'm just not getting it.....


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 Ö and at The Chamberlin for Sunday brunch.

Best wishes from your Class of 1964 45-Year Reunion Committee.

   Thank you, Captain!


From ArcaMax Jokes - 10/06/09:

Looking Back on Photos

The children had all been photographed, and the teacher was trying to persuade them each to buy a copy of the group picture. "Just think how nice it will be to look at it when you are all grown up and say, 'There's Jennifer; she's a lawyer,' or 'That's Michael, he's a doctor.'"

A small voice from the back of the room rang out, "And there's the teacher; she's still old, nasty, and wrinkled."


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

2. 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

3. 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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Reach Out, I'll Be There

Written by

Recorded by The Four Tops, 1966

Now if you feel that you can't go on (can't go on)
Because all of your hope is gone (all your hope is gone)
And your life is filled with much confusion (much confusion)
Until happiness is just an illusion (happiness is just an illusion)
And your world around is crumbling down, darlin'
Reach out, come on, girl, reach on out for me
Reach out, reach out for me
I'll be there with a love that will shelter you
I'll be there with a love that will see you through

When you feel lost and about to give up (to give up)
'Cause your life just ain't good enough (just ain't good enough)
And you feel the world has grown cold (has grown cold)
And you're drifting out all on your own (drifting out on your own)
And you need a hand to hold, darlin'
Reach out, come on, girl, reach out for me
Reach out, reach out for me
I'll be there to love and comfort you
And I'll be there to cherish and care for you

I'll be there to always see you through
I'll be there to love and comfort you
I can tell the way you hang your head (hang your head)
You're not in love now, now you're afraid (you're afraid)
And through the tears you look around (look around)
But there's no peace of mind to be found (no peace of mind to be found)
I know what you're thinking,
You're alone now, no love of your own, but darlin'
Reach out, come on, girl, reach out for me
Reach out, reach out.......... just look over your shoulder
I'll be there to give you all the love you need
And I'll be there; you can always depend on me
I'll be there to always see you through
I'll be there to love and comfort you

"Reach Out, I'll Be There" midi courtesy of - 10/06/04

"Reach Out, I'll Be There" lyrics courtesy of - 10/06/04, site supplied by Albert Dorner ('66) of VA - 08/19/04
Thanks, Albert!

Animated Lumpy Bouncy Dancing (by AF Artist - Greg Wilson) courtesy of - 08/28/08

Pink Rose and Heart Line clip art courtesy of - 09/29/04

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

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

Animated Navy Flag clip art courtesy of - 06/18/03

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

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

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

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