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10/12/11 - NNHS Newsletter - With Pen in Hand

The pen is a formidable weapon; but a man can kill himself with it a great deal more easily
than he can other people.”

- George Denison Prentice
(18 Dec 1802 - 22 Jan 1870)

Dear Friends and Schoolmates,

   This Vikki Carr classic popped into my head today and wouldn't leave - and as so often has been the case lately, I was unable to find a midi file for it.  No matter, the video is more than sufficient.   

BONUS - - With Pen in Hand - Vikki Carr, 1970




Vikki Carr (born Florencia Bisenta de Casillas Martinez Cardona;[1] July 19, 1941) is an American singer and humanitarian from El Paso, Texas. She has performed in a variety of music genres, including jazz, pop and country, but has enjoyed her greatest success singing in Spanish.

After taking the stage name 'Vikki Carr', she signed with Liberty Records in 1962. Her first single to achieve success was "He's a Rebel", which in 1962 reached No. 5 in Australia and No. 115 in the United States. Producer Phil Spector heard Carr cutting the song in the studio and immediately recorded a cover version billed to The Crystals that reached No. 1 in the United States. In 1966, Carr toured South Vietnam with actor/comedian Danny Kaye to entertain American troops there. The following year her album It Must Be Him was nominated for three Grammy Awards. The title track reached No. 3 on the Billboard Hot 100 in the United States in 1967. "It Must Be Him" sold over one million copies, and was awarded a gold disc.[2] She had two other songs make the US Top 40: 1968's "The Lesson" and 1969's "With Pen in Hand". Around this time, Dean Martin called her "the best girl singer in the business". Carr had 10 singles which made the US pop charts and 13 albums which made the US pop album charts...



The Class of 1956 will hold its 55-Year Reunion on Wednesday and Thursday, October 19 and 20, 2011.

Contact    Judy Leggett Elliott at or 757-868-1111.





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

   Happy Birthday tomorrow to 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!

   Happy Birthday this week to:

14 -       Mickey Marcella ('54) of VA AND       Liz Breeden ('61) of VA AND   My Granddaughter, Eme Harty of TX;

15 -   Milton Nunnally ('66 and '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  AND Jimmy Crank ('63) of VA;

19 -   Danny Coleman ('63) of NC!

   Many Happy Returns, One and All!





Friday, Oct 11, 1861

Miscellaneous personnel changes and reassignments were made today as the first summer of the war was evaluated. Gen. William T. Sherman took over the Department of the Cumberland from Gen. Robert Anderson, who had never really recovered after the surrender of Ft. Sumter, finally suffering a nervous breakdown. Gen. William S. Rosecrans was appointed head of the Department of Western Virginia. This was of tremendous political importance as the area was overwhelmingly Union in support, and would eventually secede from the Secessionists in Richmond. Finally, Gen. O. M. Mitchel was assigned to lead an expedition into the Unionist area of eastern Tennessee. Mitchel was not much of a military man: his previous occupations had been astronomer and popular lecturer on science.

Saturday, Oct. 11, 1862

Captain Raphael Semmes, Confederate terror of the seas, took yet another prize out in the North Atlantic today. The CSS Alabama took on the Manchester off the coast of Nova Scotia, and in a competition between an armed warship and an unarmed cargo vessel, the outcome was pretty much as you would suspect. Interestingly, Captain Semmes noted in his log the fact that his victim was carrying fresh newspapers out of New York. “I learned from them where all the enemy’s gun boats were, and what they were doing,” he said. “Perhaps this was the only war in which the newspapers ever explained, beforehand, all the movements of armies and fleets, to the enemy.” It would not be the last such war.

Sunday, Oct. 11, 1863

There were a large number of election contests decided today, and they were watched with at least as much attention in the South as the North. The off-year races were for governorships of the great industrial states, and in most the contests were clearly between “peace” candidates and those who supported fighting to restore the Union. In state after state the peace candidates went down to defeat. Clement Vallandigham lost to War Democrat John Brough in Ohio, although Vallandigham had the added handicap of having to campaign from Canada, since he had been exiled from the US for his antiwar views. Another winner was Andrew Curtin in Pennsylvania, a staunch Union supporter. Those in the South who had hoped for a wave of anti-war sentiment to sweep the North were bitterly disappointed.

Tuesday, Oct. 11, 1864

Surely, they thought in Richmond, surely this would be the year it would sink in to the voters of the North. After Manassas, after Chancellorsville, after Gettysburg....after all the blood and slaughter and disease and death, surely they would decide that it was not worth fighting any longer to keep a part of the country that wanted to leave. Actually Lincoln in Washington was deeply afraid that the voters might think exactly that way. The elections were today for some governorships as well as the House and one-third of the Senate. Lincoln stayed half the night in the telegraph room of the War Department waiting for the results to come in. Again, the last hope of the South was dashed: support for Republicans was far stronger than had been expected, as Oliver Morton won the governor’s office in Indiana, and Republican gains were made in the House and Senate both. The war would not end by negotiation.




From Day/thisday1012.htm - INCLUDING:

Saturday, Oct. 12, 1861

The blockade runner Theodora slipped successfully out of Charleston harbor, South Carolina today on a mission that would prove momentous. Under cover of storm and darkness she carried John Slidell of Louisiana and James Mason of Virginia, Commissioners of the Confederacy to France and Britain respectively. Their mission was to be to persuade the governments to which they were being sent to recognize the existence of the Confederate States of America as a sovereign and independent nation. United States Navy Secretary Gideon Welles knew all about their mission and ordered US vessels to intercept them if possible--but Welles thought they were on a ship named CSS Nashville and confusion ensued.

Sunday, Oct. 12, 1862

James Ewell Brown Stuart had led his cavalrymen on yet another “ride around McClellan”, an event which was in danger of becoming a regular occurrence. In this case he had crossed the Potomac and ridden straight for Chambersburg, Pennsylvania, pausing only long enough to rip down every telegraph wire he passed. Arriving in that city he had proceeded to confiscate every horse, burn public buildings, wreck everything that couldn’t be carried, and generally cause a nuisance. Realizing yesterday that he had perhaps overstayed his welcome, they departed for Maryland. Today they crossed back over the Potomac to the safety of Virginia.

Monday, Oct. 12, 1863

Everyone seemed to be aware by now that the Army of Northern Virginia was on the move, with one apparent exception. Robert E. Lee was not supposed to be able to launch a major offensive this soon, with all the action supposed to be going on in the West. Nevertheless he seemed to be doing exactly that, passing to the west and now curving north around the Army of the Potomac. Continuing on their present course would bring them back to the blood-soaked fields of Manassas for yet a third time, and continuing past that would put them in Washington D. C. That city’s first citizen sent yet another worried telegram to Gen. George Meade today: “What news this morning?” Lincoln wrote.

Wednesday, Oct. 12, 1864

The case which became known as the Dred Scott Decision was one of the landmarks of American legal history. Was a slave taken by his master to live in a “free” state thereby made free, even if later taken back to a state where slavery was legal? The case, which was pursued and financed by abolitionist groups for years, finally made it to the U.S Supreme Court, and the ruling was written by Chief Justice Roger Brooke Taney. It declared the Missouri Compromise unconstitutional and Scott again a slave, and greatly deepened the rift between North and South that would eventually lead to so many deaths. One such, albeit not by hostile action, occurred to Taney himself. He died, of old age, in Washington. Taney was 89.



     From Mark Hutcherson ('66) of VA - 10/10/11 - "New Addy":

My new AOL address is

   GOTCHA! Thanks for letting us know, Mark! (Tell me if you want it posted.)



       From Dave Spriggs ('64) of VA to     Brownie Shaffer Haracivet ('62) of VA - 10/10/11 - "Monkeys in Your Backyard??":

Hi Brownie,

Your name popped up on Facebook regarding the keeping of monkeys in your backyard on Orcutt Avenue. Here is the screen shot:

Thought you would want to know this and maybe jump into the conversation.

Dave Spriggs
NNHS 1964

   WOWZERS! Thanks, Captain! Brownie??



  From Bill Fox (Warwick HS - '61) of VA - 10/10/11:

Dear Carol,
That is so kind of you to run my picture in
today's edition. And so kind of my pal        Bill Lee (Warwick HS - '54 - of NC) to submit it. He helped me a great deal on the book.


   It was my pleasure, Bill! What I failed to do (and if blooperizing were not a special talent of mine which I have developed to heights seldom reached, I would be embarrassed to admit ) was to add your book to our permanent archive on TYPHOONMART! I've corrected this heinous oversight now: - Scroll all the way down, and check out some of the other great offers while you're there!



   From Carla Fine Cripps ('65) of South Australia - 10/10/11 - "   Mr. Loving":

Hi, Carol,

Sad news indeed, slower to reach me in Oz, but it put me in mind of a vivid memory of Mr. Loving's plane geometry class. I mean absolutely no disrespect by this, but it does remain with me:

I was sorry to hear of Mr. Loving’s passing, though glad to see he had a reasonably good innings. I had him for plane geometry, and remember it because it was the only math I was any good at, until I blew the final. He said it was as though I answered the questions from a distance away from the right position. Anyway, I put a little note in the DailyPress condolences, but I didn’t tell my fave reminiscence, because it wasn’t about how much math I learned from him, which was a lot, but about how he used to sit at his desk, trying to ride herd on a class that had a lot of ginormous, smart-alec varsity football jocks, and   Judy Bell ('64).

Mr. Loving was famous for giving a miscreant a look, raising one eyebrow independently all the way into his hairline. And if that didn't settle folks down, he was so long and lanky that when the class got too outta control, he never had to leave his seat, he could just reach out to almost any corner of the room it seemed, with his long, scarecrow arms and whack those rowdy boys upside the head with his big ol’ college ring. I guess it stung, but as I recall, it usually made them laugh and settle down. But this one time, Judy had been acting up a lot, talking in class, I suppose, and nobody, especially her, thought he’d dare hit a girl, especially a cute one, and being a redhead, she just pushed and pushed until he flipped and did whack her one with that ring. I don’t remember whether he got into trouble over it, but it stunned the rest of us into stone-cold silence, and added to the Legend of Mr. Loving. (Apologies if no one else remembers it this way...)

Thanks again, Carol, for the great job of work you do keeping us all in the loop,

Warm regards,

Carla (Fine) Cripps
Adelaide, South Australia

   Thanks so much, Carla! Everyone seems to have great memories of Mr. Loving and his VA Tech ring, but I think yours may be the most unusual!



       From My Daughter, Adrienne Harty (Hillsboro HS, IL / American School, IL - of NC) - currently serving an eighteen-month mission for The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints in Seattle, Washington - 10/10/11 - "first week of mission field":

Hello everyone!

This week was pretty interesting. I got my first experience of tracting - got a few door slams & two angry guys squawking about how we were wrong and they were right....

Anyway, all is well. I have two companions - Sister Keller (from Utah) and Sister Kim (from South Korea). They are both amazing people - I'm so thankful for that....

Well, I should go now. I'm sorry about
  your teacher. I know that hurts you a lot. Are you okay?

Love y'all!
Sister Harty

P.S. Mail sent to this address will reach me (eventually) from now until I return home in March 2013:

Sister Adrienne Helene Harty
Washington Seattle Mission
10675 NE 20th Street
Bellevue, WA 98004

   SUPER-DE-DUPER! Thanks, Sister Baby Girl!

   Yes, I'm okay now, but I did take some time off to have a nice long cry and an even longer nap. I somehow never expect such things - ever - and Mr. Loving was one of my favorite people, so it hit me harder than even I would have expected.....



  From Judy Phillips Allen ('66) of VA - 10/10/11 - "$5.37":

Especially for those of us who are having birthdays....

Sometimes, we just need a laugh!
Sometimes this happens when you’re younger than this guy!

Don't laugh too hard.


It could happen to any of us... This is so funny; I hope you enjoy it.
� $5.37! � That's what the kid behind the counter at Taco Bell said to me. I dug into my pocket and pulled out some lint and two dimes and something that used to be a Jolly Rancher. Having already handed the kid a five-spot, I started to head back out to the truck to grab some change when the kid with the Elmo hairdo said the hardest thing anyone has ever said to me. He said, "It's OK. I'll just give you the senior citizen discount."
I turned to see who he was talking to and then heard the sound of change hitting the counter in front of  me "Only   $4.68," he said cheerfully.
I stood there stupefied. I am 56, not even 60 yet? A mere child! Senior citizen?
I took my burrito and walked out to the truck wondering what was wrong with Elmo. Was he blind? As I sat in the truck, my blood began to boil. Old? Me?
I'll show him, I thought. I opened the door and headed back inside. I strode to the counter, and there he was waiting with a smile.
Before I could say a word, he held up something and jingled it in front of me, like I could be that easily distracted! What am I now? A toddler?
"Dude! Can't get too far without your car keys, eh?" I stared with utter disdain at the keys. I began to rationalize in my mind! 
"Leaving keys behind hardly makes a man elderly! It could happen to anyone!"
I turned and headed back to the truck. I slipped the key into the ignition, but it wouldn't turn. What now? I checked my keys and tried another. Still nothing.
That's when I noticed the purple beads hanging from my rear view mirror. I had no purple beads hanging from my rear view mirror.
Then, a few other objects came into focus:
The car seat in the back seat.
Happy Meal toys spread all over the floorboard.
A partially eaten doughnut on the dashboard.
Faster than you can say ginkgo biloba, I flew out of the alien vehicle.
Moments later I was speeding out of the parking lot, relieved to finally be leaving this nightmarish stop in my life. That is when I felt it, deep in the bowels of my stomach: hunger! My stomach growled and churned, and I reached to grab my burrito, only it was nowhere to be found.
I swung the truck around, gathered my courage, and strode back into the restaurant one final time. There Elmo stood, draped in youth and black nail polish. All I could think was, "What is the world coming to?"
All I could say was, "Did I leave my food and drink in here"? At this point I was ready to ask a Boy Scout to help me back to my vehicle, and then go straight home and apply for Social Security benefits.
Elmo had no clue. I walked back out to the truck, and suddenly a young lad came up and tugged on my jeans to get my attention. He was holding up a drink and a bag. His mother explained,  "I think you left this in my truck by mistake."
I took the food and drink from the little boy and sheepishly apologized.
She offered these kind words: "It's OK. My grandfather does stuff like this all the time."
All of this is to explain how I got a ticket doing 85 in a 40 mph zone. Yessss, I was racing some punk kid in a Toyota Prius. And no, I told the officer, I'm not too old to be driving this fast.
As I walked in the front door, my wife met me halfway down the hall. I handed her a bag of cold food and a  $300 speeding ticket. I promptly sat in my rocking chair and covered up my legs with a blankey .
The good news was I had successfully found my way home.
Pass this on to the other "old fogies" on your list  (so they can have fun laughing, too).
Notice the larger type? That's for those of us who have trouble reading.
P.S. Save the earth...... It's the only planet with  chocolate !!!!!

     Thanks, Dearest Judy!

   This story reminds me of the night our grandson    Jacob (Harty - of TX) was born - the night after my 50th birthday. After driving to the hospital to meet the little fella, we stopped at the local Hardee's to grab a bite to eat. The little gal behind the counter - who was probably only about 17 herself - very thoughtfully gave us old fogies the senior citizen discount.

   I was so insulted I didn't bother to correct her. I figured I deserved it on three counts.



From My Friend Cheryl of NC - 10/10/11 - "God promised----":

Love this!
While creating wives, God promised men that good and obedient wives would be found in all corners of the world.  
Then He made the earth round.

      Thanks, Cheryl - you baaad!



  From Michael Sisk ('63) of CA - 10/07/11 - "Ghoulishly grand carved pumpkins - these are totally amazing!!! (#3 in a series of 18)":

  Getting close to Halloween...

Artist Ray Villafane began carving pumpkins on a lark for his art students in a small rural school district in Michigan. The hobby changed his life as he gained a viral following online and unlocked his genuine love of sculpting. Here are images of pumpkin carvings Villafane created over the past five years.

   Thanks, Michael! These are incredible! Mostly gross, but incredible, nonetheless! 

 Would you open this zipper?



    From Joan Lauterbach Krause ('60) of VA - 09/19/11 - "Wild shoes!!! (#16 in a Series of 19)":
  Which pair are you going to get??

Wild shoes!!! By Kobi Levi, Israeli shoe designer

   I love these - such fun! Thanks, Joan! Now these are just silly! I'll pass on this pair - I do have my dignity to maintain, you know!  





From - 10/11/11:

A couple lived near the ocean and used to walk the beach a lot. One summer they noticed a girl who was at the beach pretty much every day.

She wasn't unusual, nor was the travel bag she carried, except for one thing. She would approach people who were sitting on the beach, glance around, then speak to them.

Generally, the people would respond negatively and she would wander off, but occasionally someone would nod and there would be a quick exchange of money for something she carried in her bag. The couple assumed she was selling drugs and debated calling the cops, but since they didn't know for sure they just continued to watch her.

After a couple of weeks the wife asked, "Honey, have you ever noticed that she only goes up to people with boom boxes and other electronic devices?"

He hadn't and said so. Then she said, "Tomorrow I want you to get a towel and our big radio and go lie out on the beach. Then we can find out what she's really doing."

Well, the plan went off without a hitch, and the wife was almost hopping up and down with anticipation when she saw the girl talk to her husband and then leave. The man walked up the beach and met his wife at the road. "Well, is she selling drugs?" she asked excitedly.

"No, she's not," he said, enjoying this probably more than he should have.

"Well, what is it, then?" his wife fairly shrieked.

The man grinned and said, "Her name is Sally and she's a battery salesperson."

"Batteries?" cried the wife.

"Yes," he replied. "Sally sells C cells by the Seashore."




1. Wednesday and Thursday, October 19 and 20, 2011 - The Class of 1956 will hold its 55-Year Reunion. Contact Judy Leggett Elliott at or 757-868-1111. - CLASS OF 1956

2. Thursday, November 3, 2011 - 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.

3. Wednesday, December 14, 2011 - 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.

4. Saturday, January 7, 2012 - 11:00 AM - The NNHS Breakfast Bunch will host a Breakfast Bunch Brunch at the Warwick Restaurant, 12306 Warwick Boulevard, (across from CNU) Newport News, Virginia 23606. "Please come join them for a Dutch Treat Brunch featuring a lot of 'War Stories' and maybe a lie or two. Everyone is welcome so bring your wife, husband, boy friend, girl friend, class mate, school friend or whomever you choose." Please RSVP to Bill Roady at or call him at 757-595-0716 so they have a head count.



PRAYER ROLL: - updated 09/02/11

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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With Pen in Hand

Written by ??

Recorded by Vikki Carr (b. 19 July 1941), 1969

With pen in hand you sign your name
Today at five I'll be on that train
And you'll be free and I will be alone
So alone
If you think we can't find
The love we once knew
If you think I can't make
Everything up to you
Then I'll be gone
And you'll be on your own
You'll be on your own
Can you take good care of Jenny
Can you take her to school everyday
Can you teach her how to play
All the games that little girls play
Here what I say
Can you teach her how to roll up her hair
Can you make sure each night
That she says her prayers
Well if you can do these things
Then maybe she won't miss me
Maybe she won't miss me
And tonight as you lay
In that big lonely bed
And you look at that pillow
Where I laid my head
With your heart on fire
Will you have no desire
To kiss me
Or to hold me
And if you can forget
The good times that we had
If you don't think the good times
Outweigh the bad
Than go ahead and sign your name
And I'll be on my way
I'll be on my way
La da da da da da da da da
La da da da da da da da da

"With Pen in Hand" lyrics courtesy of - 10/12/11

Pen in Hand Image courtesy of - 10/12/11

Quill Pen clip art divider courtesy of - 06/14/04

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

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!!

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!

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

Animated Laughing Smiley courtesy of Janice McCain Rose ('65) of VA - 02/07/05
Thanks, Janice!

American School Logo courtesy of - 09/05/06

Animated BOO-HOO courtesy of Glenn Dye ('60) of TX - 08/28/09
Thanks, Glenn!

Animated Laughing Elephant courtesy of Frank Blechman ('65) of Northern VA - 10/29/10
Thanks, Frank!

Animated Dancing Elephant courtesy of Sandi Bateman Chestnut ('65) of VA - 03/08/11
Thanks, Sandi!

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