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10/30/06 - NNHS Newsletter -

People Are Strange

"Well, my deliberate opinion is - it's a jolly strange world."

 - Arnold Bennett
(27 May 1867 - 27 Mar 1931)

Dear Friends and Schoolmates,   

    Back in mid-Illinois where our seven children were basically raised, there were two days of Trick-or-Treating. This was instituted for a couple of reasons.  If a family had two households, the children could go with their mother one night, and their father the next.  Or any family could opt to go out one night to collect candy, and stay home another night to distribute candy.  The third option was the one our greedy little goblins generally chose - go out both nights, and collect double loot.  And if situations were favorable, there could be a couple of Halloween parties thrown in as well from church and cub scouts, so there could be four nights of dressing up and scarfing down candy.  If you enjoyed Halloween as much as we did, this was a great system.

    So even though this is not the custom here in Fayetteville, October 30 is forever emblazoned in my mind as Halloween's First Night.

   In keeping with this thought, my #4 son,    Joshua (Harty - Hillsboro HS, IL - '95 - of NC) suggested today's Newsletter theme.  Thanks, Joshua!

   And oh, I almost forgot the disclaimer.  I know many of you do not celebrate Halloween for various reasons.  But here as the One Big Family we've become, we celebrate everything together, so relax and try not to be offended by the rest of us.  Thanks!


  From Me ('65) of NC - 10/18/05 - "NEWS FLASH":

   In order to reduce the size of the home page and to speed download times, I have relocated the lengthy list of links to a "Site Map" page. You will find a link to the site map page near the top of the home page. - newly redesigned! - newly redesigned!

    From Dave Spriggs ('64) of VA - 10/27/06 - " RPPC C&O RR Piers and Grain Elevator":

Lookie what I just bought and scanned at 300 dpi for good resolution.


   WOWZERS, David!!!
  What a treasure!  I reduced it only to 850 pixels high, rather than my usual 650, because it is such a special card.  When I was ready to place it, I was delighted to find the perfect spot just waiting for it:

   Thanks, Captain!


From One of my Famous Marines -    Herb Hice of MI, who served in the Pacific Theater
during WWII - 10/27
/06 - "Dear Carol, Startling information, Men are born Happy !!!":

Dear Carol,

I knew you would want to know why most Men are Happier People SO, I thought it was my duty to explain it.

Your Friend, Herbie

Men Are Just Happier People--
What do you expect from such simple creatures? Your last name stays put. The garage is all yours. Wedding plans take care of themselves. Chocolate is just another snack.  You can be President. You can never be pregnant. You can wear a white T-shirt to a water park. You can wear NO shirt to a water park. Car mechanics tell you the truth.   
The world is your urinal. You never have to drive to another gas station restroom because this one is just too icky. You don't have to stop and think of which way to turn a nut on a bolt. Same work, more pay. Wrinkles add character. Wedding dress~$5000. Tux rental~$100. People never stare at your chest when you're talking to them. The occasional well-rendered belch is practically expected. New shoes don't cut, blister, or mangle your feet. One mood all the time. Phone conversations are over in 30 seconds flat. You know stuff about tanks.
A five-day vacation requires only one suitcase. You can open all your own jars. You get extra credit for the slightest act of thoughtfulness. If someone forgets to invite you, he or she can still be your friend. Your underwear is $8.95 for a three-pack. Three pairs of shoes are more than enough. You almost never have strap problems in public. You are unable to see wrinkles in your clothes.
Everything on your face stays its original color. The same hairstyle lasts for years, maybe decades. You only have to shave your face and neck.  You can play with toys all your life. Your belly usually hides your big hips. One wallet and one pair of shoes one color for all seasons. You can wear shorts no matter how your legs look. You can "do" your nails with a pocket knife. You have freedom of choice concerning growing a mustache. You can do Christmas shopping for 25 relatives on December 24 in 25 minutes.
No wonder men are happier.
   Yes.  Well, thank you, Herbie Darlin', for that fascinating discourse.  And as adorable are you are, Love, you just gotta know I'm biting my tongue on this one to keep from saying anything in rebuttal.

   That's okay.  It's practically Halloween.  The blood pouring forth from my mouth makes for a good costume....

   Thanks, Sweetie!


  From Wayne Stokes ('65) of VA - 10/27/06 - "The Greatest Fairy Tale":

An appropriate reminder as election time nears!
via    Rip (Collins - '65 - of TN) and buddies. 

Fairy Tales


WILD GIGGLES!!!  This is most delicious!  Thanks, Wayne Honey - and Rip Precious!

  From Joyce Lawrence Cahoon ('65) of VA - 10/28/06 - "Ain't It The Truth?":



Joe Smith started the day early having set his alarm clock (MADE IN JAPAN) for 6am. While his coffeepot (MADE IN CHINA) was perking, he shaved with his electric razor (MADE IN HONG KONG). He put on a dress shirt (MADE IN SRI LANKA), designer jeans (MADE IN SINGAPORE) and tennis shoes (MADE IN KOREA). After cooking his breakfast in his new electric skillet (MADE IN INDIA) he sat down with his calculator (MADE IN MEXICO) to see how much he could spend today. After setting his watch (MADE IN TAIWAN) to the radio (MADE IN INDIA) he got in his car (MADE IN GERMANY) filled it with GAS from SAUDI ARABIA and continued his search for a good paying AMERICAN JOB At the end of yet another discouraging and fruitless day checking his Computer (MADE IN MALAYSIA), Joe decided to relax for a while. He put on his sandals (MADE IN BRAZIL) poured himself a glass of wine (MADE IN FRANCE! France!!) and turned on his TV (MADE IN INDONESIA), and then wondered why he can't find a good paying job in .. AMERICA .....

   BOY HOWDY!!!  Actually, Joyce, I'm rather impressed that Joe Smith was able to purchase anything anywhere which was made anywhere but in China!  I always consider that a major victory....

   Thanks, Lady!


  From Gloria Woolard Price (Hampton HS  - '65) of FL to    
John London (Warwick HS - '57) of VA - 10/28/06 - "Article on Gen. Graham":

Is your cousin Vivian Fairbairn?  My sister, Nat Woolard Singleton (Hampton HS - '60), worked at Langley when Vivian was secretary to the Deputy of Operations.  Gen. Graham came in and brought his own secretary, but at some point, he and Vivian fell in love and got married.  She had two young boys at the time.

   Oh, another "small world" story!  I LOVE these!!! 

   Thanks, Gloria!


  From Carolyn Simpson Knight (‘56) of VA - 10/28/06 - "NNHS Class of 1956 50th Reunion":

Dear Carol,

On behalf of myself,    Judy Leggette Elliott ('56 - of VA) (her computer is out of order), and the entire NNHS Class of 1956, we want to thank you for all that you did to make our 50th Reunion so successful.  Not only did you advertise it daily for us in your newsletters, you helped us locate “lost” teachers and missing classmates!!   We thank you so much.   Our 50th Reunion on Friday night was a wonderful event attended by approximately 150 people, including two teachers (  Mrs. Wilma Salmon Robinson (Warwick HS - '51) and    Mrs. Ruth Sanders). In all, we located 10 teachers who taught us at NNHS so many, many years ago!!.   On Saturday night, the casual event was just as successful.  Again, thanks from all of us!!!!

Carolyn Simpson Knight

Class of 1956       NNHS

   Wal, shucks, ma'am, I do appreciate your kind words.    I was feeling quite badly for being so swamped that I wasn't able to do more for y'all, so I'm glad you view that differently!

   If you're able to send images, we would love to post those as well!

   And of course, we're all delighted that your reunion went so well.  Few people believe in class reunions as strongly as I do.  I'm especially happy whenever I hear of our former teachers joining in on the festivities.  What a rare and marvelous thing that is!   Thanks so much, Carolyn!


From Bill Gross ('48) of VA - 10/28/06 - "Reunion - Class of 1948":

First of all I hope I have sent this to the correct e-mail address.

The February and June Classes of 1948 are in the process of planning a
60th Anniversary Reunion for June 2008.  I know that is quite a long way off, looking ahead, but we want to be sure we can get reservations when we want to have it.  My question is, can I send you information for your web site, about our plans and progress?  I know in comparison to others you have listed we are a bunch of old fogies but we are still in there pitching.

I don't think anyone can ever brag on your web site enough.  What a fantastic job and I don't doubt either that everyone wonders where you get the time to do it.  I certainly wish you continued good luck.

Bill Gross, Feb.48
Reunion Chairman

   Thanks so much for your kind words, Bill!   This is indeed the right email address (  We'll be happy to publish and promote your reunion all we can.  I may run a few days behind, but send me your information - and your class colors, if possible - and I'll have it posted as soon as I'm able.
   Best wishes on your reunion plans.  If we may be of any further assistance, please let us know.


Many thanks to you.  It will still be awhile before we have any preliminary plans made yet.

Again, Many thanks,

   You're most welcome!


From Jennifer Lane Devorss (Ferguson HS - '89) of FL - 10/29/06 - "Hey, Carol, guess what
happened to me.":

Hey, Carol,
Greetings from your youngest typhoon in Florida. Just wanted to let you know that I have some good news. As I told you last year, after following in mom's (Linda Lane Lane - '64 - of VA) foot steps and getting a nursing degree, I put that career on hold and we retired from the Air Force and I bought a flower shop here in Brandon (15 miles from Tampa, Florida). After being a life-long Newport News native, I decided I had to make some major changes if indeed I was going to make Tampa my home. Anyone who has been military knows how hard it is to make new friends all the time and get comfortable in calling the place where you're currently living home.

Well, I have owned the flower shop (Brandon Floral Boutique) for 14 months now. I was notified that I have been nominated for acceptance into the Brandon Rotary Chapter 86. Also, I have been nominated for a spot into the Brandon Foundation. This to say the least has caught me off guard. At 35, I will be the youngest member ever invited to join both associations, and it is based on your community service and over all the way the business community feels about the job you do.  I got 400 nominations for Small Business of the Year. You can't have it until you have been in business 5 years, but I was happy to be nominated.

Well, for anyone in Virginia who knows my mother will say my personality is exactly like hers, and that has to be why these people in Tampa love me so much. There is NO one who has a greater love for people than my mother, hence her very successful nursing career. Now my mother, being the great worrier she is, was not too happy that I was buying the flower shop. I did not know anything about flowers or how the business was run. Plus it took me forever to pay off student loans. Needless to say, I took my grandmother's and my uncle Jay's (Lane - '68 - of VA) advice.  I put all my faith in my god and waited for him to lead me in the right direction. Not that nursing wasn't a fulfilling career, but with a terrorist-chasing husband gone all the time and 16 hours a day at the hospital, I wasn't spending the time I wanted with my kids. God gave me this opportunity and I took it and pow - it has exploded. I always give lot of things to the community and the churches and help anyone in need I can, and it comes back to me so much I can barely keep up. There has never been anyone my age or in business for such a short time inducted into these associations.

My biggest thing has been, "what on earth am I doing that is so different from everyone else?"

Well, the moral to this long story is I found out on Friday when they called me. I am so different from these people because of the way people in Newport News, Virginia are brought up. Thru the web site you keep people in touch with each other just because you have a love for the people you grew up with and went to school with. It's not judgmental and we are all a big family. As I call my shop now, "the Down Home Friendly Florist",  my mother along with all the people in Newport News have a true southern hospitality for anyone they come in contact with. Moving around with my military hubby for the last 10 years, I have been able to see a lot of different areas in the world, and our little part of Virginia is a true one of a kind area to grow up in - where people really do know your name or your family . It took my moving away to see what a great place Newport News is and I will always call it home, but hopefully I can take the uniqueness of our little area and have the same effect here in my new town.

So I wanted to say thank you to all of my Newport News family for helping me have the best florist (shop) in the area. Business in not about money, but about the lives you can help mold and make a difference in. And all of my family in Virginia has played a big part in helping me achieve a success that I would have never thought I would be doing. Thank you so much.

Jennifer Devorss
Owner Brandon Floral Boutique
     " Your Down Home Friendly Florist"

   WOWZERONI-RINI-ROONI!!!   Congratulations, Jennifer!

   You know you made me cry, doncha?!?   I'd tell you about your mama and how we've been such good friends for forty-eleven years, but then I really couldn't see to finish this Newsletter.  I'm nearly to that point already, so y'all just fill in between the lines for me.......

   Thanks so much, Jennifer!


    From Dave Spriggs ('64) of VA to the Class of 1964 - 10/15/06 - "NNHS 60TH

Fellow Classmates.
I wanted to thank all of you for attending our Birthday Celebration. I hope that you had a memorable evening.
I also hope that you took lots of candid photos of your classmates, of Ms. Kanter ... and of "THE KING".
I know that those who could not attend (and other NNHS classes) would love to see all of your photos. The best way to make that happen is to let Carol Buckley Harty ('65 - of NC) place them on the NNHS Web Page.  And, the best way to do that is to send them all to me, so that I can archive them to my hard drive before sending them along to Carol.
You can attach them to e-mails, if you wish, but I can handle any media.
For e-mails, send them to:
For "snail mail" send them to:    NNHS CLASS OF 1964, P.O. BOX 6387, Norfolk VA 23508-0387
It was great seeing all of you.
Dave Spriggs
   Thank you, Brown Eyes!
  Your new section is accessible both from the new Site Map and from the Reunion Page.

   I've already fallen behind on these pages, but here's what I've posted so far: - seven more images coming soon....... - completed at last

       - coming soon.......

       - coming soon.......


  From Me ('65) of NC - 10/18/05 - "REUNION IMAGES!"::

I personally would love to see more of these.  Here are the latest:














   Reunion information is ALWAYS posted very near the top on the front page, and on the Reunion Page section:

   Henceforth, it will be repeated here, lest you forget:
The NNHS Class of 1962
will hold its 45-Year Reunion on Friday, Saturday, and Sunday, September 21, 22 and 23, 2007 at the Point Plaza Suites, 950 J. Clyde Morris Boulevard, Newport News, VA 23601.

Suites will be available that will include breakfast on Saturday and Sunday.

Visit Brenda's 1962 Web Page:


The NNHS Class of 1957 
is planning its 50-Year Class Reunion, Friday, Saturday, and Sunday,
September 7, 8 and 9, 2007
at the Omni Hotel in Newport News, VA.

More details to follow!

The NNHS Class of 1958
is planning its 50th Anniversary Reunion,

Friday and Saturday, May 16 -17, 2008.

The Noble Gathering

More details to follow!


From One of my Famous Marines -    Herb Hice of MI, who served in the Pacific Theater
during WWII - 08/21
/06 - "Dear Carol, Too Cute to keep to myself, Getting along in life" (#22 in a series of 23):

Dear Carol,

The first picture has been around many times before, but ... enjoy the 23 other pictures. Some of the pictures may have been staged or touched up digitally, but they are still interesting to see.

Your Friend, Herbie


   Thanks, Herbie Darlin'!

So ---- Have fun, and enjoy the abundant life!  You will not pass this way again!    

  From David Whitley ('67) of VA - 09/22/06 - "T-Shirts" (#10 in a series of 12):


   There's a strange amount of twisted truth in this one, but I'm going to leave it dangling...  


   I know this is rather short, but there's a Halloween edition planned for tomorrow.

   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

People Are Strange

Written by the Doors

People are strange when you're a stranger
Faces look ugly when you're alone
Women seem wicked when you're unwanted
Streets are uneven when you're down
When you're strange
Faces come out of the rain
When you're strange
No one remembers your name
When you're strange x3
People are strange when you're a stranger
Faces look ugly when you're alone
Women seem wicked when you're unwanted
Streets are uneven when you're down
When you're strange
Faces come out of the rain
When you're strange
No one remembers your name
When you're strange x3
When you're strange
Faces come out of the rain
When you're strange
No one remembers your name
When you're strange x3

"People Are Strange" midi courtesy of
at the suggestion of my #4 son, Joshua Harty (Hillsboro HS, IL - '95) of NC - 10/29/06
Thanks, Joshua!

"People Are Strange" lyrics courtesy of 
also at the suggestion of my #4 son, Joshua Harty (Hillsboro HS, IL - '95) of NC - 10/29/06
Thanks again, Joshua!

"People Are Strange" Image courtesy of - 10/29/06

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

Animated Red Wiggly Divider Line clip art courtesy of - 02/24/05

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

Marine Corps Seal clip art courtesy of Herbert Hice of MI - one of my Famous Marines who served in the South Pacific during WWII.
Thanks, Herbie!

Crab clip art courtesy of - 10/02/05

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

Anchor clip art courtesy of Steve Silsby (FHS - '72) of NC - 12/14/05
Thanks, Steve!

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

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