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10/11/08 - NNHS Newsletter - The Nearness of You

I am like a falling star who has finally found her place next to another
in a lovely constellation, where we will sparkle in the heavens forever.

- Amy Tan
(b. 19 Feb 1952)

Dear Friends and Schoolmates,

   This is another "rerun" Newsletter, from exactly three years ago today:

BONUS #1 - - The Nearness of You - Frank Morgan, March 31, 1955

BONUS #2 - - The Nearness of You - Norah Jones


The NNHS Class of 1963
is planning its 45-Year Reunion on
Friday, Saturday, and Sunday, October 17 - 19, 2008.

Were Going Back!!!! 

The NNHS Class of 1963 invites all former NNHS students and their guests to join them
at an upcoming class reunion event:

A 60s Sock Hop in the NNHS High School Gym!!! 

Names of all members in your party must be provided with payment. 

What:  A 60s Sock Hop in the NNHS High School!!!
Where: Huntington Hall (former Newport News High School)
3100 Huntington Avenue, Newport News, VA
(Entry through right front door only)
When: Friday night, October 17, 2008   Time:  7:00 PM - 10:00 PM
Cost:  $15 per person

TICKETS.  Capacity is Limited. Tickets will be sold on a first come, first served basis.  Send check or money order payable to: Barbara Barnes, 4891 Parthenon Drive, Virginia Beach, VA  23462
Contact: or 495-2022. Include signed/dated release of liability form.
Event parking in lot at 29th & 30th Street (Between Huntington Avenue/Warwick Boulevard)

Socks only, (no shoes of any kind or bare feet) will be permitted in the gymnasium.  

Soft drinks & snacks will be sold at the event. 
No alcoholic beverages allowed on the premises, (some things never change).




   Happy Birthday today to   Judy Phillips Allen ('66) of VA AND        Carol Anne Comer Cutler ('70) of VA!

   Happy Birthday tomorrow to Charlotte Spade Wilkins (Warwick HS - '65) of NC!

   Happy Birthday this week to:
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 Youngest Granddaughter, Emeline Harty of OR;

15 - Milton Nunnally ('66 / '67) of VA;

17 - Betty Jean Dail Phillips ('57);

18 - Lou Kressaty (Butler HS, NJ - '57) of VA AND   Carol Faith DeArment Blankenship ('61) of VA!

    Many Happy Returns, One and All!


1. Unbelievable treasures from      Sandi Bateman Chestnut ('65) of VA;

2. A plethora of new images from        Jean Lankes (Hampton HS - '72) of VA - still not done, but I am making progress!

   Thank you, Ladies!

3. About 30 images from the NNHS Tour with the Class of 1968 PLUS another 30 or so from Evelyn's Birthday Party for All of Us from
  Me ('65) of NC!

     From the Head Flagtwirler of 1965, Janice McCain Rose of VA - 10/09/08 - "Great Moms":


Real Mothers don't eat quiche; they don't have time to make it.

Real Mothers know that their kitchen utensils are probably in the sandbox.

Real Mothers often have sticky floors, filthy ovens and happy kids.

Real Mothers know that dried play dough doesn't come out of shag carpets.

Real Mothers don't want to know what the vacuum just sucked up.

Real Mothers sometimes ask 'Why me?' and get their answer when a little voice says, 'Because I love you best.'

Real Mothers know that a child' s growth is not measured by height or years or grade... It is marked by the progression of Mama to Mom to Mother...

4 YEARS OF AGE - My Mommy can do anything!

8 YEARS OF AGE - My Mom knows a lot! A whole lot!

12 YEARS OF AGE - My Mother doesn't really know quite everything.

14 YEARS OF AGE - Naturally, Mother doesn't know that, either.

16 YEARS OF AGE - Mother? She's hopelessly old-fashioned.

18 YEARS OF AGE - That old woman? She's way out of date!

25 YEARS OF AGE - Well, she might know a little bit about it.

35 YEARS OF AGE - Before we decide, let's get Mom ' s opinion.

45 YEARS OF AGE - Wonder what Mom would have thought about it?

65 YEARS OF AGE - Wish I could talk it over with Mom.

The beauty of a woman is not in the clothes she wears, the figure that she carries, or the way she combs her hair. The beauty of a woman must be seen from in her eyes, because that is the doorway to her heart, the place where love resides. The beauty of a woman is not in a facial mole, but true beauty in a woman is reflected in her soul. It is the caring that she lovingly gives, the passion that she shows, and the beauty of a woman with passing years only grows!

   Thank you so much, Janice!

  From Renee Helterbran Benton ('59) of VA - 10/09/08 - "Maxine ~~ FOR PRESIDENT":


Everyone concentrates on the problems we're having in this country lately: illegal immigration, hurricane recovery, alligators attacking people in Florida.

Not me. I concentrate on solutions for the problems. It's a win-win situation. 

+ Dig a moat the length of the Mexican border. 

+ Send the dirt to New Orleans to raise the level of the levies. 

+ Put the Florida alligators in the moat along the Mexican border. 

Any other problems you would like for me to solve today ?  Yes! 

Think about this one: 

1. Cows 
2. The Constitution 
3. The Ten Commandments

C O W S 

Is it just me, or does anyone else find it amazing that during the mad cow epidemic our government could track a single cow, born in Canada almost three yea rs ago, right to the stall where she slept in the state of Washington? And, they tracked her calves to their stalls. But they are unable to locate 11 million illegal aliens wandering around our country. Maybe we should give each of them a cow.

T H E  C O N S T I T U T I O N 

They keep talking about drafting a Constitution for Iraq.  Why don't we just give them ours?  It was written by a lot of really smart guys, it has worked for over 200 years, and we're not using it anymore.

T H E  1 0  C O M M A N D M E N T S

The real reason that we can't have the Ten Commandments posted in a courthouse is this: You cannot post 'Thou Shalt Not Steal,' 'Thou Shalt Not Commit Adultery,' and 'Thou Shall Not Lie' in a building full of lawyers, judges and politicians...It creates a hostile work environment. 

   GIGGLES!!! Thanks, Renee!

    From Paul Dobie ('66) of CO - 10/09/08 - "Why you should always say I Love You":

This is why you should always say I Love You.

This has been kept alive and moving since 9/11. In memory of all those who perished this morning; the passengers
and the pilots on the United Air and AA flights, the workers in the World Trade Center and the Pentagon,
and all the innocent bystanders, our prayers go out to the friends and families of the deceased.


If I knew it would be the last time
That I'd see you fall asleep,
I would tuck you in more tightly
and pray the Lord, your soul to keep.

If I knew it would be the last time
that I see you walk out the door,
I would give you a hug and kiss
and call you back for one more

If I knew it would be the last time
I'd hear your voice lifted up in praise,
I would video tape each action and word,
so I could play them back day after day.

If I knew it would be the last time
I could spare an extra minute
to stop and say 'I love you,'
instead of assuming you would KNOW I do.

If I knew it would be the last time
I would be there to share your day,
Well I'm sure you'll have so many more,
so I can let just this one slip away.

For surely there's always tomorrow
to make up for an oversight,
and we always get a second chance
to make everything just right.

There will l always be another day
to say 'I love you,'
And certainly there's another chance
to say our 'Anything I can do?'

But just in case I might be wrong,
and today is all I get,
I'd like to say how much I love you
and I hope we never forget.

Tomorrow is not promised to anyone young or old alike,
And today may be the last chance
you get to hold your loved one tight.

So if you're waiting for tomorrow,
why not do it today?
For if tomorrow never comes,
you' ll surely regret the day,

That you didn't take that extra time
for a smile, a hug, or a kiss
and you were too busy to grant someone,
what turned out to be their one last wish.

So hold your loved ones close today,
and whisper in their ear,
Tell them how much you love them
and that you'll always hold them dear

Take time to say 'I'm sorry,'
'Please forgive me,' 'Thank you,' or 'It's okay.'
And if tomorrow never comes,
you'll have no regrets about today.

   Thank you so much, Paul! There could scarcely be a more poignant reminder!

  From Joyce Lawrence Cahoon ('65) of VA - 10/09/08 - "Baptist Dog":

Baptist DOG 

A Baptist preacher and his wife decided to get a new dog. Ever mindful of the congregation, they knew the dog must also be a Baptist. They visited kennel after kennel and explained their needs. Finally, they found a kennel whose owner assured them he had just the dog they wanted.

The owner brought the dog to meet the pastor and his wife. 'Fetch the Bible,' he commanded. The dog bounded to the bookshelf, scrutinized the books, located the Bible, and brought it to the owner.

'Now find Psalm 23,' he commanded. The dog dropped the Bible to the floor, and showing marvelous dexterity with his paws, leafed through, and finding the correct passage, pointed to it with his paw.

The pastor and his wife were very impressed and purchased the dog.

That evening, a group of church members came to visit. The pastor and his wife began to show off the dog, having him locate several Bible verses. The visitors were very impressed.

One man asked, 'Can he do regular dog tricks, too?'

'I haven't tried yet,' the pastor replied.

He pointed his finger at the dog. 'HEEL!' the pastor commanded. The dog immediately jumped on a chair, placed one paw on the pastor's forehead and began to howl.

The pastor looked at his wife in shock and said, 'Good Lord, he's Pentecostal!

   WILD GIGGLES!!! Joyce, you are so baaaad!!! Thanks for the laugh, Lady!

      From Wayne Stokes ('65) of VA - 10/09/08 - " ":

Want to get really Po'ed? Here's the AIG invoice for the good 'ol boys from their "meeting?" AFTER THE BAILOUT!! Also, the Fed has given them an additional $38.7B(T)<on top of the $85B(T)!!>; love the way our agencies and leaders always look out for our best interest, don't you?

   Thanks, Wayne Honey! That's bad, too, but in an entirely different way, with no laughing involved!

    From Pat Beck Letzinger ('57) of VA - 10/10/08 - "Class of '57 Birthdays":

Oct. 3 Martha Megann Keesee
Oct. 3 Mary Megann Peters
Oct. 4 Jimmy Mooney
Oct. 5 George Pipkin
Oct. 6 Nancy McCormick Nicholson
Oct. 7 Ellen Anas Smith
Oct. 8 Tippy Rowe
Oct. 9 Norma Wilson Mitchell
Oct. 17 Betty Jean Dail Phillips
Oct. 20 Vera Lee Cutchins Hinnant
Oct. 21 Marlin Eby
Oct. 24 Agnes Dick Kump
Oct. 25 Kitty Taylor Hanrahan
Oct. 25 Carol Wornom Sorenson
Oct. 27 Kermit Whiteside
Nov. 1 Russell Stephenson
Nov. 2 John Clark
Nov. 6 Marion Timberlake Gitchel
Nov. 6 Maria Velma Vidales Scott
Nov. 8 Woodrow "Woody" Hudson
Nov. 8 Joe Madagan
Nov. 9 Hilton Henderson
Nov. 10 Tamsey Warren Ellis
Nov. 10 David Wittan
Nov. 15 Bobbie Whitehurst Canady (deceased 11/16/07)
Nov. 16 George Morewitz (deceased 06/09/08)
Nov. 17 Ronald Creech
Nov. 27 Gayle Fallin Harris
Nov. 29 Jimmy Key Dec.
Dec. 2 Ann Lillaston Wilson
Dec. 2 Jimmy McDonald
Dec. 4 William D. Dangler
Dec. 5 Eugene Peters
Dec. 5 Gene Peters  
Dec. 6 Frances Scheiman Berkman
Dec. 9 Shirley Smith Langston
Dec. 13 Kay Davis Smith
Dec. 14 Elizabeth Mitchell Hedgepeth
Dec. 15 Jewell Hamner Crowe
Dec. 18 James Strickland
Dec. 19 Durwood Adams
Dec. 22 Kitty Norman Haskins
Dec. 24 James Gay
Dec. 24 Ann W. Hutcheson
Dec. 25 Patsy Bloxom Meider
Dec. 29 Roy Tate
Dec. 30 William Gwynn

    Thanks so much, Pat! I've incorporated the missing names into our Birthday Page:


  From Betty Brockwell McClure ('58) of VA - 10/10/08 - "God and the Spider":

 Hi, Carol,
I hope you are feeling "pretty good" today.  That's what I say when asked how I am - instead of going into all the aches and pains!  I am doing much better and having a whole lot less broken-hip pain now.  I thank everyone for the thoughts and prayers which I know helped me so much.  You may remove me from the prayer list to make room for others who have a greater need than I.  I really do hope things are looking up for you in every respect.  You are in my prayers.

   I'm so glad to hear you're doing so much better, Betty! I like your phrase - "pretty good"! I've removed your name from the Prayer Roll for now, but it can always be returned, should you feel the need!

Thanks to your Newsletter,     Johnnie Bateman ('70 - of VA) was able to put me in touch with a lady with whom I used to work at Surry Power Station - Jo Ann Eley - and we have been corresponding.  It's amazing!  Thank you for all your work.

   That's SUPER news, Lady! I always love to hear of reconnection stories; I'm glad I could have played even a small part!

I received the following from a friend.  I know how much you love Marines!  If you have already seen it, just omit it from the Newsletter.

Love and prayers,

Betty Brockwell McClure ('58)

   Oh, MY, yes! I don't recall ever seeing this before, Betty, but I really like it! Thanks so very much!

   From F.A. Saunders (Hampton HS - '64) of VA - 10/10/08 - "back in time to a great song":  - BRIAN SETZER SLEEPWALK

   Oh, WOW! Thanks, F.A.!

From Norris Perry (Warwick HS - '59) of VA - 10/08/08 - "Who said poetry is boring?":

Some humor for a chilly morning


1. My darling, my lover, my beautiful wife:
Marrying you has screwed up my life.

2. I see your face when I am dreaming.
That's why I always wake up screaming.

3. Kind, intelligent, loving and hot;
This describes everything you are not.

4. Love may be beautiful, love may be bliss,
But I only slept with you 'cause I was pissed.

5. I thought that I could love no other
-- that is until I met your brother.

6. Roses are red, violets are blue, sugar is sweet, and so are you.
But the roses are wilting, the violets are dead, the sugar bowl's empty, and so is your head.

7. I want to feel your sweet embrace;
But don't take that paper bag off your face..

8. I love your smile, your face, and your eyes
Damn, I'm good at telling lies!

9. My love, you take my breath away.
What have you stepped in to smell this way?

10. My feelings for you no words can tell,
Except for maybe 'Go to hell.'

11. What inspired this amorous rhyme?
Two parts vodka, one part lime.

   WILDEST GIGGLES!!! Thanks, Norris - for everything!

      From Tom Norris (Hampton HS - '73) of VA - 09/25/08 - "He's Back.. ENJOY! (#10 in a Series of 26):

  Carol ... more pics for the newsletter. Amazing artwork!


   Thanks, Babe! These are amazing!


PRAYER ROLL: - updated 10/11/08
NNHS BLOG: - updated 10/08/08


Friday, Saturday, and Sunday, October 17 - 19, 2008 - NNHS CLASS OF 1963:

     1. Friday, October 17, 2008, 4:00 - 6:00 PM - Reunion Registration - Omni Hotel Lobby - NNHS CLASS OF 1963 AND GUESTS

     2. Friday, October 17, 2008, 7:00 - 10:00 PM - A 60s Sock Hop in the NNHS High School Gym! - $15.00 per person - ALL PRE-REGISTERED TYPHOONS

     3. Saturday, October 18, 2008, 10:00 AM - Noon - A Tour of the Old NNHS (now Huntington Hall) - ALL TYPHOONS

     4. Saturday, October 18, 2008, 6:30 PM - Midnight - Omni - Dinner, Program, Dancing with a Live 60s Band, and a Few Surprises - NNHS CLASS OF 1963 AND GUESTS

     5. Sunday, October 18, 2008, 8:00AM - Noon - Farewell Continental Breakfast - NNHS CLASS OF 1963 AND GUESTS

"Reunion Hospitality Suite All Weekend!"

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

                                  Love to all, Carol





Carol Buckley Harty
219 Four Ply Lane
Fayetteville, NC 29311-9305  
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The Nearness of You

- Words and Music by Ned Washington & Hoagy Carmichael

Recorded by Hoagy Carmichael, 1937
Also recorded by Glenn Miller, 1940 (#5)

It's not the pale moon that excites me
That thrills and delights me, oh no
It's just the nearness of you

It isn't your sweet conversation
That brings this sensation, oh no
It's just the nearness of you

When you're in my arms and I feel you so close to me
All my wildest dreams come true

I need no soft lights to enchant me
If you'll only grant me the right
To hold you ever so tight
And to feel in the night the nearness of you

"The Nearness of You" midi courtesy of - 09/10/05

"The Nearness of You" lyrics courtesy of - 10/10/05

 Gold Hearts clip art courtesy of - 10/21/04

Gold Hearts Divider Line clip art courtesy of - 10/08/05

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

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

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!

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!

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

Army Seal clip art courtesy of Al Farber ('64) of GA - 05/24/06
Thanks, Al!

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

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