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10/13/09 - NNHS Newsletter -
234th Birthday of the United States Navy

It follows then as certain as that night succeeds the day, that
without a decisive naval force we can do nothing definitive,
and with it, everything honorable and glorious.”

- President George Washington, 15 Nov 1781, to Marquis de Lafayette
(22 Feb 1732 - 14 Dec 1799)

10 Dec 1996 - Northern Puerto Rican Operations Area: USS JOHN F. KENNEDY (CV 67) 27 Aug 2004 - Naval Station, Norfolk, VA: A UH-3H Sea King helicopter flies over USS Harry S. Truman (CVN 75), USS George Washington (CVN 73), and USS Enterprise (CVN 65).

Dear Friends and Schoolmates, 

   For unknown reasons, it's been a few years since we've celebrated this day together.  Last year, Columbus Day fell on the 13th, but I don't know what happened in 2007.

   To atone for these omissions, I've assembled seven truly special videos for you - a birthday gift, as it were:

BONUS #1 - - Anchors Aweigh

BONUS #2 - - Anchors Aweigh - full of surprises!

BONUS #3 - - Anchors Aweigh - US Naval Academy, 2006

BONUS #4 - - Brief History of the US Navy, 2007

BONUS #5 - - US Navy Birthday Video - Fallujah, Iraq, 2008 (version played in camp)

BONUS #6 - - US Navy Birthday Video - Fallujah, Iraq, 2008
BONUS #7 - - Anchors Aweigh - Oh, c'mon, how could I possibly resist this?!?



      From My Niece, Shari, of VA - 10/12/09 - "Deb Tyler of OH":

Thank you to all that had prayers for Deb. She is still struggling. Update below. The doctors still can not find the reason for her health decline, but are battling different aspects:

Deb is doing dialysis right now, giving her laculose to get rid of the toxins in her liver, still in ICU, brought her out of the paralyzed state but had to put her back into it. They gave her 2 pints of blood as her hemoglobin was low.

   Thanks for the update, Shari! How frustrating that must be for all concerned!  I've updated the Prayer Roll with this latest information:


   Happy Birthday today 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 tomorrow to       Liz Breeden ('61) of VA AND      My Granddaughter, Eme Harty of TX!

   Happy Birthday this week to:

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;

20 - Vera Lee Cutchins Hinnant ('57) AND    John DiGiacomo ('69) of VA!

   Many Happy Returns, One and All!


October 13, 1943 - During World War II, Italy signed an armistice with the Allies and declared war on Germany.

October 13, 1944 - American troops entered Aachen, Germany, during World War II. - Hey! My daddy was with this group!

October 13, 1944 - During World War II, British and Greek advance units landed at Piraeus.


Tuesday, October 13, 1964 - Actor Allen Covert (and classmate of Adam Sandler's at New York University) was born in West Palm Beach, Florida.

Tuesday, October 13, 1964 - Chinese Astronaut Niè Hǎishèng was born in Zaoyang, Hubei.

Tuesday, October 13, 1964 - Actor Christopher Judge was born in Los Angeles, California.

Tuesday, October 13, 1964 - Journalist Marco Travaglio was born in Turin, Italy.


   From Norman Olshansky ('64) of FL - 10/12/09, 4:45 PM - "What a wonderful weekend":

Please share with others the fantastic weekend those of us who attended the 45 year reunion that the Class of 64 had at the Marriott this past weekend.

What a special event thanks to a committed, dedicated and hardworking committee led by       David Spriggs.

I had a blast and appreciated all of the work that went into making the weekend such a wonderful time for us all.

A few people asked that I share the opening comments I made at the reunion on the website.

Here it is:

Thanks to all that were willing to dance with me given that Beverly was unable to attend.  Great food, great fun and great being with special friends from long ago.

Norman Olshansky

Reunion Comments- NNHS - 2009

I was asked to give some initial comments to set the tone for this special reunion.  Please close your eyes and visually join me for a few reflections:

Forty-five years is a long long time and they sure are filled with memories.

Most of us began our time at NNHS as MICE…8th graders.  We entered that huge building in awe of its history, status in the community, and in anticipation of the new challenges awaiting us. Some of us transferred into NNHS later as a result of family moves or other personal circumstances.  All of us quickly realized that to be a Typhoon was special.  We especially felt that way whenever in the presence of students from Hampton.

We tend to be nostalgic when reflecting on those times.   Our music, our teams, our clubs, our friends and activities.   And yet, those of us who grew up in NN, lived through some very historic and challenging times.  War, segregation, desegregation, and rock and roll-  Then it was considered the cause of corruption of society, at least according to many of our parents.  Times don’t always change.  Just look at some of our reactions today to rap and hip hop music.

It wasn’t always easy at NNHS.   There were sub groups, and insensitivities.  Some who felt in and others who felt left out.  Typical issues that teens face every day.  But we not only survived …..we thrived…..and came out better than when we first entered NNHS.

We came from different elementary, Jr. High schools, neighborhoods and backgrounds.  But we all became Typhoons.  Our class continued the great traditions established by NNHS, its leadership and faculty.   Our students excelled as did our sporting teams and school clubs.

We went in many different directions after High School.   It’s been a long road since 1964.  Each of us has a story.  As we catch up with each other and our stories we should also note that many of our classmates are not with us tonight.   Some because of conflicting schedules, others due to the economy, expense of travel, and illness.  We are also missing many classmates who have passed away……. in wars, from accidents, and illness.  We should keep their stories alive as well--- “in our personal and collective memories”.    Let’s take a moment (with your eyes still closed) to remember (and visualize) our friends and classmates who have since departed   ………………………………………………………

Yes, our class was indeed special.  How many people do you know from other high schools that work so hard to stay in touch?  How many schools which no longer exist still have websites and frequent reunions with active alumni?  Yes, Typhoons are special and we all continue to carry with us the lessons we learned, the experiences we shared and the friendships we made while at NNHS.

To conclude , please open your eyes, look around this room, smile and have a wonderful evening, sharing your memories and personal stories, with your friends, classmates and guests. 

   Thank you so much, Norman! You said that beautifully!

       From Dave Spriggs ('64) of VA - 10/12/09, 9:14 PM -  "NNHS Class of 1964; Rusty Anchor 2009":

Well, I see that    Tom Flax ('64 - of VA) has pre-advertised the arrival of the RA2009, so I suppose I should send it. It is attached.

It is an Adobe PDF file and should be readable by just about everybody. I know that you already know how to put up PDF files.

I would suggest a new page, separate from the “Plans & News” page.

   OHHH, you trust my "Rememberier"! That's very flattering, Brown Eyes! Let's see if it works!

   OH, I DID do it, I DID, I DID, I DID! Okay, Captain, there ya go and here's your brand new page - complete with Norman's talk as well! - brand new page!

  From Cookie Phillips Tyndall ('64) of VA - 10/12/09, 8:10 AM - "REUNION PICTURES":

In the interest of time, I used maiden names.  We had a great time. It was so great to see all our classmates.  They all looked so wonderful.

Goooo Class of 64

   Thanks so much for the 47 beautiful images, Cookie - and they're even labeled for me! I'm just having a little bit of trouble identifying which ones were taken on which day, but I think the clothes will be a big tip-off there (except for cake and displays - Saturday, right??).  Then I'll place them on a page or two and post them, because I know everyone is anxiously awaiting seeing them.  It's just this OCD problem of mine, doncha know.

   Y'all probably think I'm joking about that. Not so much. The very thing that allows me to maintain this whole website (that is, the insane attention to the most minuscule details) becomes a bit difficult (if not altogether crippling) at times.  If I try to just ignore it and proceed as any rational human being would, it actually causes me physical pain.

   As Dave Barry says, "I am not making this up." 

   Just ask      Evelyn Fryer Fish ('58 - of TX). Back on September 15, she sent me 12 beautiful images from her party in Williamsburg.  On September 21 (yeah, well, I'm still slow...), I made a folder and cropped and processed the images.  They're all set - BUT --- I don't know the exact date or the precise location, so I haven't even chosen the graphics or the colors - not to mention the supreme embarrassment of not being able to identify all of the dear souls in the pictures (okay, well, THAT'S a false pride issue, not OCD), but you see where I'm going.....

   I should really ask Ev. 

   Oh, Ev-e-lyn.....

   All right. I'm working on a plan for both of you. I think I can do it.  Stay tuned; the day is young.....

   Thanks again, Cookie!

  From Ivan Anker ('67) of VA - 10/12/09:

Hi Carol, You do such a wonderful job on the newsletters. It's great keeping up with classmates and friends thru you. I have a special request of you if you can.....

I have heard that my class might be doing something special for our 50-year reunion, like maybe a cruise. I know it's still 8 years away but prices are very reasonable. If everyone saved $1-$2 a week 'til then it would be paid for. The thought even came up that maybe other classes could join our group. Can you imagine a shipload of Typhoons?  Take care and keep them newsletters coming :)     

Ivan `67

   Thank you very much, Ivan! That plan for a Typhoon cruise sounds great - and your secret special request is in process right now, and will be ready and waiting for you!

      From My Niece, Shari, of VA - 10/12/09 - "Two Arms, No Waiting ": - 3 chats, 1 steak... Morale de la vidéo: "au milieu! Toujours au milieu!"
The middle cat seems to be the one winning.


"A merry heart doeth good like a medicine: but a broken spirit drieth the bones."

—Proverb 17:22


Two Arms, No Waiting

I got to hug my Mom and my Grandma again today. It felt so good that for a moment my heart leapt for joy and my eyes filled with tears. In that second the whole world was full of love and the Earth felt like Heaven. Then it was over, because I awoke from my daydream.

You see, my Mom and my Grandma both died years ago. I enjoyed every hug we shared over the years they were alive, but now I see I didn’t hug them nearly enough. I don’t know why I kept my arms and my heart closed so many times over the years. I don’t know why it took me so long to realize that you can’t take love or life for granted. If I had it to do over I would have hugged them a dozen times a day, every single day they were with me. If I could have those moments back I would have followed the example of my own son who gives me more hugs everyday than I can count. I would have taken the lead of my son’s childhood friend too. She may be confined to a wheelchair but she can still hug your heart out with the squeeze of her hand or lift your spirits with a smile that is brighter than the noonday sun. If I could live those years again I would do so with my arms, my heart, and my soul wide open.

Thankfully, God in His love gives us a lifetime to learn from our mistakes. I can’t live those years again, but I can live today. I can love today. I can share a hug today. My Mom and Grandma may have left this world, but in my heart and soul my arms will always be around them.

I hope that you share a few hugs yourself today. I hope that you hang a sign on your heart that says, "two arms, no waiting." I hope that you give your love to all those around you. I hope that you shine a smile to everyone you meet. I hope that you fill your every phone call, letter, or e-mail with "heart hugs" as well. Life is short. Time flies. Our days here are brief. Don’t pass up a single chance then to love, to share, to help, and to hug.

~ Joseph J. Mazzella ~

   Thanks so much, Shari!

  From Joyce Lawrence Cahoon ('65) of VA - 10/12/09:

  In memory of anyone you know that has been struck down by cancer or is still living with it.

Dear Heavenly Father, I pray for the cure of cancer. Amen

   Thank you so much, Joyce!


  From My Friend, Judy Cress Bowermaster (Litchfield HS, IL - '59) of IL - 10/12/09 - "Motivational Poster Of The Day...":

  2 Mints,  PLEASE!


   Thanks, Jude!

   Now, see, this is really funny, because I happen to know you can't stand the flavor of mint!


From Yahoo Shine - 10/11/09 - "Breakup Recovery 101: Five Rules You Must Follow!":

by StyleCaster, on Tue Oct 6, 2009 1:11pm PDT

Whether or not you were together for two weeks, six months, or four years, breakups hurt. And they can be really hard to get over. If you listen to the wise words of Charlotte on Sex and the City, it takes half the time you were together to get over him. Here are a few more wise words to help make your next breakup a little easier.

Don't Talk to Him

The most crucial rule in breaking up is to not talk to the person you're breaking up with. Even if you think you can handle it and still get over the person, you can't. Don't kid yourself; feelings will get hurt. Take some time off, get over him, and maybe someday in the future you'll be friends. Until then, lick your wounds and recover any way you'd like; whether that be partying hard, staying in bed for days with pints of ice cream, or spending absurd amounts of money on clothes you don't need. No one will say a thing; we all heal in our own, weird ways.

Snap Out of It

Remember how things, like stupid songs and movies and that little spot in the park that you two went to on your first date used to be "yours"? Well, they're not anymore. Don't make a connection to platonic objects when there isn't one. Remind yourself that you like that spot in the park because of the good view, not because of anyone connected to it. There's no point losing more than you have to from a breakup, so don't get all sappy on yourself.

Reconnect with Your Friends

No matter how much you say you're not going to be that girl who gives up her friends for her boyfriend; everyone gives up a little of their time to spend with their guy. Well, now is the time to make it up to them (and, you could use the girl talk). So, go out and have fun; grab your best wing woman, and remember how much fun being single really is.

Take Some Time For Yourself

Amidst all of this trying not to talk to him, hanging out with friends, partying more and/or eating lots and lots of ice cream-you need to remember to sit back and actually work through your feelings. Understand why things went south, and why you're better off this way. And in no time you'll be back to your old self, and what's-his-name will be a thing of the past.

It's All About Rewards

And finally, do all of the little things that make you happy every day. Yep, being single means thinking about you, you, you. So, go and take that extra time after work and buy yourself that little ring you've been obsessing over. Or take a long walk and meet a friend for cupcakes because well, you can. Have fun spoiling yourself, because you deserve it after....wait, what? I'm forgetting already

     From Me ('65) of IL - 10/12/09 - "It's That Time Again! (Nag #2)":
Halloween is almost here.  Thanksgiving isn't far behind.  You know what that means, doncha?  That's right, it means it's time to schedule the Holiday Parties!

   How many of y'all are planning class or multi-class events?  The Class of 1962 usually has one.  The Class of 1958 almost always has one.  Wouldn't the rest of ya'll like to get together, some day, somewhere - soon?!?  Lemme know.  No, I cannot make it, so I don't even have a vested interest.  I just like to live vicariously and pretend a lot.


  From Jane Chambers of VA - 07/01/09 - "CNC BOOK BROCHURE & AD":

   Contact Dr. Chambers at

   Thanks, Jane!


From ArcaMax Jokes - 10/12/09:

Living Large

We were four frugal young teachers. But a couple times a year we treated ourselves to the best Manhattan had to offer. As we approached the famous restaurant Lutece, we questioned whether we were dressed perfectly. Could we pass as urban sophisticates?

The maitre d' met us at the door, all smiles and bows. When he took my raincoat, I began to look over the cozy little bar and anticipate the charming basket of pastry that was our appetizer. Then the maitre d' returned to our group, gingerly holding a fabric softener sheet that had fallen from my coat sleeve.

"Madam," he said, "Your Bounce."



An aged farmer and his wife were leaning against the edge of their pig-pen when the old woman wistfully recalled that the next week would mark their golden wedding anniversary.

"Let's have a party, Homer," she suggested. "Let's kill a pig."

The farmer scratched his grizzled head. "Gee, Bertha," he finally answered, "I don't see why the pig should take the blame for something that happened fifty years ago."


What if...

Although this married couple enjoyed their new fishing boat together, it was the husband who was behind the wheel operating the boat. He was concerned about what might happen in an emergency. So one day out on the lake he said to his wife, "Please take the wheel, dear. Pretend that I am having a heart attack. You must get the boat safely to shore and dock it."

So she drove the boat to shore.

Later that evening, the wife walked into the living room where her husband was watching television. She sat down next to him, switched the TV channel, and said to him, "Please go into the kitchen, dear. Pretend I'm having a heart attack and set the table, cook dinner and wash the dishes."


1. 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

2. 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

PRAYER ROLL: - updated 10/12/09

BLOG: - updated 08/04/09

 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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Anchors Aweigh
- Words (Verses One and Two) by Midshipman First Class Alfred Hart Miles, USNA - '07, 1906 ;
Music by Lieut. Charles A. Zimmermann, USN, 1906
Words (Verse Three) by Midshipman Royal Lovell, USNA - '26.

Stand Navy down the field, sails set to the sky.
We'll never change our course, so Army you steer shy-y-y-y.
Roll up the score, Navy, Anchors Aweigh.
Sail Navy down the field and sink the Army, sink the Army Grey.

Get underway, Navy, Decks cleared for the fray,
We'll hoist true Navy Blue So Army down your Grey-y-y-y.
Full speed ahead, Navy; Army heave to,
Furl Black and Grey and Gold and hoist the Navy, hoist the Navy Blue

Blue of the Seven Seas; Gold of God's great sun
Let these our colors be Till all of time be done-n-n-ne,
By Severn shore we learn Navy's stern call:
Faith, courage, service true With honor over, honor over all.

"Anchors Aweigh" midi courtesy of
at the suggestion of Capt. David A. Spriggs, USNR (Ret.) ('64),
USNA ('69) of VA - 10/12/05
Thanks, Captain!

"Anchors Aweigh" original lyrics and history courtesy of
also at the suggestion of Capt. David A. Spriggs, USNR (Ret.) ('64),
USNA ('69) of VA - 10/12/05
Thanks again, Captain!

Official U.S. Navy Images courtesy of
also at the suggestion of Capt. David A. Spriggs, USNR (Ret.) ('64),
USNA ('69) of VA - 10/12/05
Thanks again, Captain!

1 - 961210-N-0710M-001 (DECEMBER 10, 1996)--The U.S. Navy’s aircraft carrier USS JOHN F. KENNEDY (CV 67)
steams in the Northern Puerto Rican Operations Area (NPOA) during carrier airwing qualifications.
U.S. Navy photo by Photographers Mate Second Class Scott A. Moak. (RELEASED)

2 - 040827-N-4459K-002 Virginia Beach, Va. (Aug. 27, 2004) - A UH-3H Sea King helicopter assigned to the Search and Rescue
(SAR) unit at Naval Air Station Oceana, Va., flies over the aircraft carriers moored at Naval Station Norfolk, Va.,
left to right, USS Harry S. Truman (CVN 75), USS George Washington (CVN 73), and USS Enterprise (CVN 65). The SAR squadron,
which provides rescue services to both the military and civilian communities, (was) decommissioned on October 1st, 2004.
U.S. Navy photo by Photographer's Mate 1st Class Anthony M. Koch (RELEASED)

Navy Flag Image used to create Divider Lines courtesy of 
once again at the suggestion of Capt. David A. Spriggs, USNR (Ret.) ('64),
USNA ('69) of VA - 06/29/04
Thanks once more, David! And those four gold bars are for you, Captain.

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!

Animated Kissing Smiley clip art courtesy of my friend, Judy Bundy Bowermaster (Litchfield HS, IL - '59), of IL - 09/19/08
Thanks, Judy!

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!!

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

Litchfield High School's Purple Panther Paw Print courtesy of - 06/23/07

Animated Laughing Smiley Face clip art courtesy of Dave Spriggs ('64) of VA - 02/27/09
Thanks, Dave!

Animated Ringing Gold Bell clip art (designed by Art Holden) courtesy of - 12/08/05

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