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10/21/10 - NNHS Newsletter - Whispering Hope

“Hope is the thing with feathers, that perches in the soul,
and sings the tune without words, and never stops at all.”

- Emily Dickinson
(10 Dec 1830 - 15 May 1886)

Dear Friends and Schoolmates,

    The theme of today's Newsletter just seemed a natural choice to me, following as it does Whispering Grass. Then I began listening to the videos, and I realized it went a little deeper than that.  I hope they touch your heart as they did mine.....

BONUS #1 - - Whispering Hope - Larry Ford - WOWZERS - what an moving introduction!

BONUS #2 - - Whispering Hope - Chuck Wagon Gang

BONUS #3 - - Whispering Hope - Jo Stafford and Gordon MacRae

BONUS #4 - - Whispering Hope - Marty Robbins

BONUS #5 - - Whispering Hope - Pat Boone

BONUS #6 - - Whispering Hope - Anne Murray

BONUS #7 - - Whispering Hope


  From My Friend, Judy Bundy Bowermaster (Litchfield HS, IL - '59) of IL - 10/16/10 - "And the hits just keep coming":

I saw 2 doctors yesterday and I'm not thrilled with either one!

Dr. Watson said 2 REALLY NASTY words to me. KNEE REPLACEMENT!!! I'm going to try the Rooster Combs (artificial cartilage)  again as they helped for almost 5 months. That will put surgery into next Spring.

Dr. Kummer also gave me some really cheery news. I now have a second type of Eczema. I didn't know there was more than one kind! I'm now the proud victim of WINTER ECZEMA! I don't know what contest I entered to win this one, but I hope I find out so I don't enter it again :)

On a happy note, (my son) Wayne took me to Grafton Thursday to see the trees but they weren't turned yet. BUT I got to go to the Fin Inn for catfish Fritters. I watched the fish watch me eating fish. LOL We had a very nice afternoon. and Fri. night my grandson and his girlfriend brought their new Boxer puppy Jewels to see me, and took me out to Chinatown for dinner.

I had a small pity party Thursday night but I'm over it now and am up and rearing to go again. Plus I got another 3 miles in the river this week. Do the Happy Dance for me!!!!


   Judy, Judy, Judy! Well, I'm glad you were able to go to the Fin Inn, anyway!  It's one of the coolest restaurants ever - and the food's good, too!

   "Three miles in the river"?!? I think I must have missed an earlier news flash..... Take care, Lady!


   Happy Birthday today to  the late Mr. Julius Conn - 1904 - (deceased - Sept 1983)  AND Marlin Eby ('57) AND       Albert Dorner ('66) of VA AND    Belinda Fortner Langston ('70) of VA!

   Happy Birthday tomorrow to       the late Herb Hice - 1924 (deceased 18 Apr 2008)  AND   the late Sharron Wanderer Dawes ('61) - (deceased 22 Sept 2007) AND   Annette Funicello of CA AND    Craig Miller ('63) of FL AND   Al Farber ('64) of GA!

   Happy Birthday this week to:

23 -   Jimmy Hines ('64) of Northern VA;

24 - Agnes Dick Kump ('57) AND   Mark Friedman ('65) of VA;

25 - Kitty Taylor Hanrahan ('57) AND  Carol Wornom Sorenson ('57) AND     Bobby Turpin ('58) of VA;

26 -    Terry Hunsucker ('65) of KY AND   Randy Tate ('66) of DE;

27 -   Carolyn Simpson Knight ('56) of VA AND Kermit Whiteside ('57) AND        Dimples Dinwiddie Prichard ('58) of NC AND   Frances Heath Scott ('62) of VA;

28 -   Nancy Bigger Alligood ('56) of VA!

   Many Happy Returns, One and All!


October 21, 1942 - The Allies met to discuss Operation Torch. Operation Torch was to be the first Allied amphibious landing of World War II.

October 21, 1944 - The first kamikaze attack: A Japanese plane carrying a 200 kilograms (440 lb) bomb attacked HMAS Australia off Leyte Island, as the Battle of Leyte Gulf began.

October 21, 1944 - The German city of Aachen was captured by U.S. troops. Hey - my daddy was there! 

TODAY IN 1965:

Thursday, October 21, 1965 - Comet Ikeya-Seki approached perihelion, passing 450,000 kilometers from the sun.

Thursday, October 21, 1965 - Musician Hisashi Imai (今井 寿) (BUCK-TICK, Lucy) was born in Gunma Prefecture.

Thursday, October 21, 1965 - Footballer Ion Andoni Goikoetxea was born in Pamplona, Navarre, Spain.

Thursday, October 21, 1965 - Musician Bill Black (b. 17 Sept 1926 in Memphis, Tennessee) died in Memphis, Tennessee at the age of 39 as a result of a brain tumor. One of the pioneers of rockabilly music, he was the bassist in Elvis Presley's trio and the leader of Bill Black's Combo.

From Norris Perry (Warwick HS - '59) of VA - 08/05/10 - "Vote for Grace (REPEATED)":

  This is my daughter Laura's dog in a contest to be on the cover of a bag of dog food.

Vote every day for Grace. Thanks.

   Oh, Laura is your daughter, Norris! Well, that makes it all the more important! When I tried to vote for Grace again today, I noticed the site was trying to pull a switcheroo on me. It tried to persuade me to vote for the wrong Grace!  OH, NO!

Grace is #1 in pet of the month:

and #3 in pet of the year: 

  WOWZERONI!!! That's fabulous, Norris! 
 YIKESARONI-RINI!   Grace's ratings have dropped considerably since I've been gone and stopped nagging you!!! Y'all "git back to work!"

   Vote early, vote often (or at least cast your allotted daily vote) - and don't drop your guard now!


3.  From Charlie Phillips ('65) of TN - 10/15/10 - Q.: "Has anyone else contributed to the 50-Year Reunion Fund for the Class of 1965 as suggested by our Class President,     Joe Wingo (of NC)?":

I intend to do so myself. I think we should go all-out for our 50-Year Reunion - you know, top hat, tails...
A.: Not being a member of the Reunion Committee, I am not really privy to that information.
   However, I did happen to personally observe a sizable (and I believe, confidential) contribution being made to
      Dave Arnold ('65) of VA on Saturday for that very purpose.

   As for the top hat and tails, I think you and I would probably enjoy that more than anyone else. I have an elegant burgundy velour evening gown which I've never worn.  With some exalted effort on my part, it might just fit by then.  I have noticed that society as a whole seems more and more to want everything made far more casual than I would prefer.  Of course, I think we should all still "dress for dinner" - a plan I have never been able to sell to my family.  Back in 1979 we decided to have a Holiday Dinner Party for our extended family at our home.  I specified that it was to be a dressy event.  I loved having everyone in satin and velvets, but for some reason, that was not a big thrill in their lives.  Go figure.

   Thanks, Charlie!

  From Dee Hodges Bartram ('66) of VA - 10/21/10:

Hi Carol!

The Reunion Committee for the Class of 1966 is in the process of taking a vote to decide whether to have a 45-Year reunion next year or to wait and have a really big blowout for the 50-Year in 2016.  Unfortunately, when I sent out an e-mail about this vote a couple of weeks ago, I discovered that quite a few of the e-mail addresses were no longer valid.  Therefore,  I am reaching out to those in our class that read your newsletter to please contact me, if you haven’t already, as to your vote.  We have heard from about 50 people but need to hear from more before committing our funds to planning this event.

Fellow classmates, please contact me either via an e-mail at, or call me at 757-868-8443.  This will also give me a chance to verify the home addresses I currently have on the roster so I won’t have invitations returned, if we do have the reunion next year. 

Thank you so much, Carol!

Dee Hodges Bartram, Class of 1966

   We'll give it our best shot, Dee! I'd definitely vote for BOTH reunions, but then, I'm not really a member of your class, am I?!?

       From Bill Lee (Warwick HS - '54) of NC - 10/07/10 - "Lost lighthouse":

Recently delved into an obscure bit of Virginia Peninsula history; thought you'd like to see the result (attached). 

   Thank you so very much, Bill! It was wonderfully fascinating as always, but I must admit that this time the ending left me distraught!

   I've posted it on the Grandview page:


      From Phil Hammond ('64) of UT - 10/10/10 - "Park City pictures":

Hi Carol,

I know you are partying in Newport News so have a ball.  I have attached some fall pictures to compare with Virginia. 

Have a great time!


Thursday, September 30, 2010 Friday, October 1, 2010
Now, Phil, you know that's not really fair; Utah has some of the most beautiful scenery on earth!

Virginia has no mountains; it DOES have the Sacred Soil, though!

Thanks for these ever glorious images, Phil!

Thursday, October 7, 2010

  From Jim McDonald ('57) of VA - 10/10/10 - "Lauren Scott":

Hi Carol, 

I know you have never heard of me.  My name is Jim McDonald and I am a member of the NNHS class of '57.  On occasions, I will access the WEB page you made to among other things reminisce about the good old days.  You have done an excellent job with the web site. 

This past Friday I was browsing through the site and I noticed there was a young girl named Lauren Scott on the prayer list.  It stated she has Adrenal Cancer and a very poor prognosis.  That caught my eye because the young lady is only 12 years old and has a terrible illness I am somewhat familiar with the disease because my wife also has Adrenal Cancer.   My wife is now in a clinical trial at the MD Anderson Cancer Center in Houston TX.  The results of that trial so far are encouraging.  Since starting the trial, there has been no further spreading of the disease and her last CT Scans indicate some of her tumors appear to be shrinking.  Another person in this same trial, only for a longer period of time, has experienced similar success.  I would like to get this information to Lauren's parents.  Perhaps they know about MD Anderson and have already checked it out. The bad thing about Lauren's case is that it was posted on the web in Dec 2009, which was almost a year ago.  I truly hope the young lady is doing well and I also hope this information can get to her family.  I do not know how to contact them. 

I sent an e-mail to     Pat Letzinger ('57) of VA because she has done an excellent job in keeping in touch with our class as well as other.  She could not help, but suggested I contact you so here I am.  I feel the best chance Lauren has, other than a direct and miraculous healing from God, is to get to the  MD Anderson Cancer Center.  The trial is a long process.  We live in Willamsburg, but have been in Houston, except for a few trips home, since March of this year.  I have no objection if anyone from Lauren's family or anyone else wants to contact me concerning this e-mail. 

On a different note, I have told several of my old classmates how nice it is that it has been almost 30 years since the Typhoons lost to the Crabbers on the football field.  Take care and good luck with trying to contact the Scott family.     

Jim McDonald 

   Hi, Jim - thank you for your care and concern! We lost a bit of time as I myself was on a trip to Virginia and North Carolina when your note arrived, and rather unable to access my files.

   I forwarded your email to     Glenn Dye ('60) of TX who originally sent me the information about Lauren.  I hope he'll have a hopeful report for us both!

  From Bill Hobbs ('66) of Northern VA - 10/11/10 - "C17 Med Evac":

As a comment to this forwarded email, I would like to add that my wife Christine and various members of my church travel to Bethesda Naval Hospital once every month as part of a ministry that was initially started by our church. This ministry has been absorbed by another church but there are still 3-5 from our congregation for a total of 10-12 volunteers. Their mission is simple: To show the love of Christ and feed them. A local business (Dixie Bones) owned by a vet, has for several years donated a full layout of BBQ with all the fixings. This is not just for the wounded but also for their loved ones from all over, the nurses, the doctors, and everyone else, too. They can go into the rooms if permitted by the patients, but absolutely no religious material can be passed out. I have not attended this even once because of my business hours on Saturday, but have supported this noble effort in other ways. I only wish I had enough space here to relate to you the stories I have heard about these brave young men and women. The first casualties were from Iraq, then from Afghanistan. The majority of the injuries were from IED's and one can only imagine the results, many resulting in the lost of limbs. To sum this up, I can only say it is a humbling experience. These are the things not seen on the news or talked about at parties. This is what wars are all about; This is the price of freedom. Is our cost worth the effort? Who knows but God alone. I question our government, especially this current administration. Wars are all like this. Pray for our troops that this may not be in vain.

Worth a view.

C-17 Med evac Flight - Afghanistan/Iraq.  I had not seen anything like this before. Absolutely worth watching.  Just click on the link at the bottom.

Give this time to load and install its player.

Bringing home combat wounded from Bagram in June 2008 - Factual video on the C-17 Aero medical mission.

This is a video on med-evacing wounded service members from Iraq and Afghanistan.  If only the American people really understood what the military does for this country and how we are structured to do it all.  It is so well worth watching that I encourage all to pass to many so they can see the care given.

   WOWZERONI-RINI! Thank you -  and Christine - so much, Bill!

  From Chuck Jones ('66) of Northern VA - 10/12/10 -"Typhoon Tailgate":

Everyone who showed up had a really good time.  Unfortunately the CNU staff closed the tailgate lot at 11am so, if you showed up after 11am you were turned away.  On top of that, at precisely 1PM when the football game began, the parking lot Nazi's showed up and made everyone stop their tailgate parties.  @#$    We are considering another location for next year.  Hope all is well.

   YIKESARONI! I believe I would definitely do that! Thanks for the report, Chuck!

  From June Veneris Collie (Hampton HS - '62) of VA - 10/12/10 - "Voting for Norris Perry's daughter's dog Grace":


I know you are enjoying a wonderful visit in NC & VA!  I notice that there is a dog, Dollar, who is catching up with Grace in the voting for Dog of the Year.  It may be due to no new newsletters while you are away.  The next time you send out a mass e-mail you can remind your readers they can still vote by clicking on the site in an old newsletter if they have forgotten the website.  If Norris is a facebook member, he may want to also get his friends there to vote.  I just hate to see Grace lose out after being in the lead so long.

Have a Blast in the Past this weekend!
June Veneris Collie

   OH, NO! I found your note while I was away, June, but by that time my venue had changed and I could no longer respond to anyone, let alone send out mass mailings. Thanks so much for letting us know, June! We'll redouble our efforts. I'm looking forward to seeing Grace's picture on the dog food bag!

       From Dave Spriggs ('64) of VA - 10/12/10 - "NEW (OLD) RPPC OF WASHINGTON SQUARE":

See attached. I know it is a huge file, but I wanted to scan it at high resolution to see the detail.

And detail I did see.


Note the horse carts and drivers at the left, the fountain in the center, the gardeners at the right … and much more. I can almost detect individual bricks in the church.

I wonder what happened to that fountain. I hate to think that it was destroyed on the altar of development.

   WOWZERS!!! Thank you so much for the time travel, David!
I preserved it in my files as you had it, but resized and compressed it for use on the site:

Washington Square and
Trinity Methodist Church

From Norris Perry (Warwick HS - '59) of VA - 10/12/10 - "The 5 Minute Management Course":

The 5 Minute Management Course

Lesson 1: 

A man is getting into the shower just as his wife is finishing up her shower, when the doorbell rings. The wife quickly wraps herself in a towel and runs downstairs. When she opens the door, there stands Bob, the next-door neighbour. 

Before she says a word, Bob says, 'I'll give you $800 to drop that towel.'

After thinking for a moment, the woman drops her towel and stands naked in front of Bob. After a few seconds, Bob hands her $800 and leaves. The woman wraps back up in the towel and goes back upstairs. 

   When she gets to the bathroom, her husband asks, 'Who was that?'

'It was Bob, the next door neighbour,' she replies.

'Great,' the husband says, 'did he say anything about the $800 he owes me?' 

Moral of the story: 

If you share critical information pertaining to credit and risk with your shareholders in time,
you may be in a position to prevent avoidable exposure

Lesson 2: 

A priest offered a Nun a lift. She got in and crossed her legs, forcing her gown to reveal a leg. The priest nearly had an accident. 

After controlling the car, he stealthily slid his hand up her leg. 

The nun said, 'Father, remember Psalm 129?' 

The priest removed his hand. But, changing gears, he let his hand slide up her leg again. 

The nun once again said, 'Father, remember Psalm 129?' 

The priest apologized. 'Sorry, Sister, but the flesh is weak.' 

Arriving at the convent, the nun sighed heavily and went on her way. 

On his arrival at the church, the priest rushed to look up Psalm 129. It said, 'Go forth and seek, further up, you will find glory.' 

Moral of the story: 

If you are not well informed in your job, you might miss a great opportunity. 

Lesson 3: 

A sales rep, an administration clerk, and the manager are walking to lunch when they find an antique oil lamp. They rub it and a Genie comes out. 

The Genie says, 'I'll give each of you just one wish.' 

'Me first! Me first!' says the admin clerk. 'I want to be in the Bahamas , driving a speedboat, without a care in the world.' 

Puff! She's gone. 

'Me next! Me next!' says the sales rep. 'I want to be in Hawaii , relaxing on the beach with my personal masseuse, an endless supply
of Pina Coladas and the love of my life.' 

Puff! He's gone. 

'OK, you're up,' the Genie says to the manager. 

The manager says, 'I want those two back in the office after lunch.' 

Moral of the story: 

Always let your boss have the first say. 

Lesson 4 

An eagle was sitting on a tree resting, doing nothing. 

A small rabbit saw the eagle and asked him, 'Can I also sit like you and do nothing?' 

The eagle answered: 'Sure, why not.' 

So, the rabbit sat on the ground below the eagle and rested. All of a sudden, a fox appeared, jumped on the rabbit and ate it. 

Moral of the story: 

To be sitting and doing nothing, you must be sitting very, very high up. 

Lesson 5 

A turkey was chatting with a bull. 

'I would love to be able to get to the top of that tree' sighed the turkey, 'but I haven't got the energy.'

'Well, why don't you nibble on some of my droppings?' replied the bull. They're packed with nutrients.'  

The turkey pecked at a lump of dung, and found it actually gave him enough strength to reach the lowest branch of the tree. 

The next day, after eating some more dung, he reached the second branch. 

Finally after a fourth night, the turkey was proudly perched at the top of the tree. 

He was promptly spotted by a farmer, who shot him out of the tree. 

Moral of the story: 

Bull ____ might get you to the top, but it won't keep you there.. 

Lesson 6 

A little bird was flying south for the winter. It was so cold, the bird froze and fell to the ground into a large field. 

While he was lying there, a cow came by and dropped some dung on him. 

As the frozen bird lay there in the pile of cow dung, he began to realize how warm he was. 

The dung was actually thawing him out! 

He lay there all warm and happy, and soon began to sing for joy. 

A passing cat heard the bird singing and came to investigate. 

Following the sound, the cat discovered the bird under the pile of cow dung, and promptly dug him out and ate him. 

Morals of the story: 

(1) Not everyone who ____s on you is your enemy. 

(2) Not everyone who gets you out of ____ is your  friend.

(3) And when you're in deep ____, it's best to keep your mouth shut! 

     Thanks, Norris!


  From Jane Chambers of VA - 07/01/09, 02/07/10, AND 07/31/10 - "CNC BOOK BROCHURE & AD" AND 61-62 DECADERS ADDENDA AND DRAMATIC WORKSHOPS STUDENTS: 

   Contact Dr. Chambers at

   Thanks, Jane!


1. Saturday, October 23, 2010, 8:00 to 11:00 PM, Norfolk - The NNHS Class of 1964 will hold an evening cruise on the Spirit of Norfolk to celebrate their 64th Birthdays. For details, contact Dave Spriggs at and SEE: -NNHS-64-64-CRUISE-INVITATION.doc - - - CLASS OF 1964

2. Thursday, November 4, 2010 - 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 fiends in that year, go visit with them.

3. Wednesday, December 8, 2010 - 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. Sunday, December 12, 2010 - Noon to 4:00 PM - Holiday Open House at the Chamberlin Lobby - Go see Brownie!

5. Saturday, April 30, 2011 - The NNHS Class will have a Luncheon. Team Leaders are Mickey Marcella ( - 757-249-3800), Betty Hamby Neher ( - 757-898-5099), and Dr. Harry Simpson ( - 804-694-0346). - CLASS OF 1954

6. Saturday, July 9, 2011 (6:30 PM to 11:30 PM) - The Class of 1971 will hold its 40-Year Reunion at Newport News Marriott at City Center, 740 Town Center Drive, Newport News. For details, contact Richard Rawls at - CLASS OF 1971

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

                                   Love to all, Carol





Carol Buckley Harty

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Whispering Hope

Words and Music by Alice Hawthorne, 1868
(11 May 1827 - 22 Nov 1902)

"Alice Hawthorne" was really Setimus Winner, one of the most versatile writers of the mid-19th century.
Winner went from the bird calls of "Listen to the Mocking Bird" to the doggerel nonsense of "Oh, Where,
Oh, Where Has My Little Dog Gone?" to the gentle and optimistic "Whispering Hope."

Soft as the voice of an angel,
Breathing a lesson unheard,
Hope with a gentle persuasion
Whispers her comforting word:
Wait till the darkness is over,
Wait till the tempest is done,
Hope for the sunshine tomorrow,
After the shower is gone.

Whispering hope, oh, how welcome thy voice,
Making my heart in its sorrow rejoice.

If, in the dusk of the twilight,
Dim be the region afar,
Will not the deepening darkness
Brighten the glimmering star?
Then when the night is upon us,
Why should the heart sink away?
When the dark midnight is over,
Watch for the breaking of day.

Hope, as an anchor so steadfast,
Rends the dark veil for the soul,
Whither the Master has entered,
Robbing the grave of its goal;
Come then, oh, come, glad fruition,
Come to my sad weary heart;
Come, O Thou blest hope of glory,
Never, oh, never depart.

"Whispering Hope" midi (sequenced by Grandpa Schober) courtesy of - 06/20/07

"Whispering Hope" lyrics courtesy of - 10/21/10

Animated Angel Title clip art courtesy of my niece, Shari, of VA - 06/26/09
Thanks, Shari!

Divider Line 536 clip art courtesy of - 08/06/10

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

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 USMC Flag clip art courtesy of - 06/18/03

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!

Air Force Seal clip art courtesy of - 07/07/06

Animated Cheering Smiley clip art courtesy of Al Farber ('64) of GA - 08/18/05 (re-saved 02/27/09)
Thanks, Al!

Bad Surprise Smiley courtesy of - 10/21/10

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

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

Hampton High School's Crab clip art courtesy of - 10/02/05
Replaced courtesy of - 02/17/09

Animated Laughing Woman courtesy of Joyce Lawrence Cahoon ('65) of VA - 02/23/09
Thanks, Joyce!

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