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10/31/11 - NNHS Newsletter
Happy Halloween!

“There are nights when the wolves are silent and only the moon howls.

- George Carlin
(12 May 1937 - 22 June 2008)

Dear Friends and Schoolmates,

   It's that time again...  We always celebrate Halloween together here - even if we all might not celebrate Halloween individually.  


From - "The Real Story of Halloween":


   Happy Halloween Birthday today to   Jo Ann Stewart ('64) of Northern VA!

   Happy Birthday tomorrow to   Russ Stephenson ('57) of MD AND   Colin Faison ('58) of VA!

   Happy Birthday this week to:

02 -   John Clark ('57) of VA;

04 -   Mike Jeffers ('61) of VA;

05 -   Patsy Blackard Hallett ('65) of VA AND
    My Son of Other Parents, Joe Mansfield (Stanton College Prep School, FL - 2002) of NC AND My Grandson,   Tom Harty of TX;

06 - Marion Timberlake Gitchel ('57) AND Maria Velma Vidales Scott ('57) AND       Pam Smith Arnold ('65) of VA;

07 -    Pam Larmer Traugott ('62) of VA!

   Many Happy Returns, One and All!



Thursday, Oct. 31, 1861

Gen. Winfield Scott had been a hero of the Mexican War, and had risen after that until he was not only the commander of the United States Army but almost the embodiment of it. It was nearly impossible to imagine anyone else at the head of the nation’s military in the worst crisis in its history. Today, however, Scott formally submitted his resignation to President Abraham Lincoln. As beloved as Scott was, he was also by now quite elderly, and so fat he was unable to mount his horse for parades without assistance. In addition, Scott felt the hot breath of one George McClellan on his neck. McClellan was young, vigorous and very ambitious, and felt Scott was no longer fit for command.

Friday, Oct. 31, 1862

For all the dedication of the Confederate States of America to a conservative approach to government and social structure, the military high command of the country was often surprisingly open to innovative approaches to weaponry and warfare. Some of this was by necessity, as the South lacked the massive industrial capacity that the North could gear up to produce conventional weapons. Today, for example the Congress of the Confederacy passed a bill authorizing two new divisions of the Navy Department. Brig. Gen. Gabriel J. Rains was placed in charge of the Torpedo Bureau, and Lt. Hunter Davidson was named to command the Naval Submarine Battery Service. The purpose of both bureaus was to investigate, organize and improve creative methods of “torpedo” warfare, what would today be described as mines.

Saturday, Oct. 31, 1863

As grim in many ways as the summer fighting season of 1863 had been for the Confederacy, the new nation still had plans for the future. In witness thereof, improvements were being made to the Confederate Naval Academy, where the new generation of Southern patriots could be trained in the arts of the sea. As important as academic classroom work was, in mathematics, navigation and the like, there is no way to learn about the sea without a ship to practice on. One was acquired today, and the CSS Patrick Henry was brought to her moorings at Drewry’s Bluff on the James River. Many of the dreams begun here would not come to fruition: the Patrick Henry would later be moved closer to Richmond for safety.

Monday, Oct. 31, 1864

Any parent who has ever fooled a stubborn child into following by turning one’s back and walking away from the brat, will understand the move Gen. John Bell Hood engaged in today. Arriving in Tuscumbia, Alabama, he began to vigorously fortify the place and send reinforcements across the Tennessee River to the town of Florence, who also gave every appearance of preparing to be attacked by Gen. William Tecumseh Sherman. It was well known to one and all that Sherman, having taken Atlanta long since, was gearing up for a large-scale march, most probably a campaign of destruction heading for the coast. Hood’s last chance to deter or at least delay Sherman was to sucker him into chasing Hood’s army. Sherman, however, was not buying this plan. He was already headed back for Atlanta.

      From My Niece, Shari, of VA - 10/31/11, 5:17 AM - "Halloween Q and A & Rocky":

What do you say to a skeleton going on vacation?
Bone voyage!
What do you call two witches in the same room???
What's the ratio of a jack-o'-lantern's circumference to its diameter?
Pumpkin Pi
How do you mend a broken Jack-o-lantern?
With a pumpkin patch!
What's black, white, orange, and waddles?
A penguin with a jack-o-lantern.
Why do ghouls hang around with demons?
(sing this one): 'Cause demons are a ghoul's best friend!
What time would it be if five demons were chasing you?
Five after one.
Why did the monster eat the caboose?
The locomotive told him to "Choo, choo."
Why did the monster salute his vegetable soup.
He looked in his bowl and saw a kernel of corn.

One Halloween a trick-or-treater came to my door dressed as "Rocky" in
boxing gloves and satin shorts. Soon after I gave him some goodies, he
returned for more.

"Aren't you the same 'Rocky' who left my doorstep several minutes ago?" I asked.

"Yes," he replied, "but now I'm the sequel. I'll be back three
more times tonight too."

     Thanks, Shari!

   From Fred Field (June '45) of CA - 10/30/11, 12:55 PM - "    Daniel West Obit.":

Hello Carol, Sun. Oct. 30, 2011

Daniel West appears on page 53 of the June 1947 Anchor.

Fred W. Field
Loma Linda & Fullerton, CA

   Thank you so much, Fred!  Not owning either of the 1947 Anchors, I was unable to pinpoint which class was his.

       From Dave Spriggs ('64) of VA to the Members of the Class of 1964 - 10/30/11, 9:25 AM - "Death of     Patsy Miller Freeman, Sister of      Sue Miller Dearnley":


I am saddened to report to you the death of Patsy Miller Freeman. Patsy is the sister of our classmate, Sue Miller Dearnley.

You may read her obituary and leave messages of condolence at this web page:

Dave Spriggs ‘64

   Thank you, David!

     From Jimmy Parker ('62) of VA - 10/30/11, 9:42 PM - "???":

I was unable tonight to bring up anything you mailed to us today. First time this has ever happened. Oh well, I guess there is a first time for anything!        

   The same thing happened to us last night, too, Jimmy-Jimmy!   I thought it was our computers acting wacko, but if you had the same problem, it must have been one of the servers - possibly an aftermath of the storm in the northeast.

   It seems to be working fine and dandy now, so try again.

   Thanks for letting me know we weren't crazy (well, not about that, anyway)!

      From My Husband, Paul Harty (Bardolph HS, IL - '61) of NC - 10/30/11 - "No laughing at grave on unknown soldier":

   A loud AMEN to that! Thanks, Dools!

  From Jay Styles ('68) of VA - 10/30/11 - "TELL ME THIS WON'T HAPPEN TO US!":


Three sisters, ages 92, 94 and 96, live in a house together. One night the 96-year-old draws a bath. She puts her foot in and pauses. She yells to the other sisters, 'Was I getting in or out of the bath?'

The 94-year-old yells back, 'I don't know. I'll come up and see.'

She starts up the stairs and pauses, 'Was I going up the stairs or down?

The 92-year-old is sitting at the kitchen table having tea listening to her sisters, she shakes her head and says, 'I sure hope I never get that forgetful, knock on wood.' She then yells, 'I'll come up and help both of you as soon as I see who's at the door.'


Three retirees, each with a hearing loss, were playing golf one fine March day. One remarked to the other, “Windy, isn't it?”

“No,” the second man replied, “it's Thursday.”

And the third man chimed in, “So am I. Let's have a beer.”


A little old lady was going up and down the halls in a nursing home. As she walked, she would flip up the hem of her nightgown and say “Supersex.”
She walked up to an elderly man in a wheelchair. Flipping her gown at him, she said, “Supersex.”

He sat silently for a moment or two and finally answered, “I'll take the soup.”


Now this one is just too Precious...LOL!

Two elderly ladies had been friends for many decades. Over the years, they had shared all kinds of activities and adventures. Lately, their activities had been limited to meeting a few times a week to play cards.

One day, they were playing cards when one looked at the other and said, “Now don't get mad at me. I know we've been friends for a long time, but I just can't think of your name! I've thought and thought, but I can't remember it. Please tell me what your name is.”

Her friend glared at her for at least three minutes; she just stared and glared at her. Finally she said, “How soon do you need to know?”

As a senior citizen was driving down the freeway, his car phone rang.

Answering, he heard his wife's voice urgently warning him, “Herman, I just heard on the news that there's a car going the wrong way on Interstate 77.

Please be careful!”

“Heck,” said Herman, “It's not just one car. It's hundreds of them!”


Two elderly women were out driving in a large car--both could barely see over the dashboard. As they were cruising along, they came to an intersection. The stoplight was red, but they just went on through.

The woman in the passenger seat thought to herself 'I must be losing it. I could have sworn we just went through a red light.'

After a few more minutes, they came to another intersection and the light was red. Again, they went right through. The woman in the passenger seat was almost sure that the light had been red but was really concerned that she was losing it. She was getting nervous.

At the next intersection, sure enough, the light was red and they went on through. So, she turned to the other woman and said, “Mildred, did you know that we just ran through three red lights in a row? You could have killed us both!”

Mildred turned to her and said, “Oh, crap, am I driving?”

    Thanks, Jay Sweetie!

      From My Husband, Paul Harty (Bardolph HS, IL - '61) of NC - 10/30/11 - "Health Message":


As I was lying in bed pondering the problems of the world,

I rapidly realized that I don't really give a rat's tail anymore.

It's the tortoise life for me!

1. If walking/cycling is good for your health, the postman would be immortal.
2. A whale swims all day, only eats fish, drinks water, and is fat.

3. A rabbit runs and hops and only lives 15 years.

4. A tortoise doesn't run and does nothing, yet it lives for 450 years.

And you tell me to exercise?? I don't think so.

I'm tired. Go around me!

     Thanks again, Dools!

From - 10/24/11 - "Top 10 Success Traits":

Top 10 Traits of Highly Successful People - That You Can Learn!

By Dr. Philip E. Humbert

We have all read about people who are successful briefly. They win a gold medal, make a fortune, or star in one great movie and then disappear. Or, there are those like Marilyn Monroe and Howard Hughes who achieve extraordinary success, at the cost of their own lives. These examples do not inspire me!

My focus and fascination is with people who seem to do well in many areas of life, and do it over and over through a lifetime. In entertainment, I think of Paul Newman and Bill Cosby. In business, I think of Ben and Jerry (the ice cream moguls), and a local hardware store owner who is famous for the money he's give to children's charities. As a Naval Officer, husband, businessman, politician and now as a mediator and philanthropist on the world stage, Jimmy Carter has had a remarkable life. We all know examples of people who go from one success to another.

These are the people who inspire me! I've studied them, and I've noticed they have the following traits in common:

1. They work hard!
Yes, they play hard, too! They get up early, they rarely complain, they expect performance from others, but they expect extraordinary performance from themselves. Repeated, high-level success starts with a recognition that hard work pays off.

2. They are incredibly curious and eager to learn.
They study, ask questions and read - constantly! An interesting point, however: While most of them did well in school, the difference is that they apply or take advantage of what they learn. Repeated success is not about memorizing facts, it's about being able to take information and create, build, or apply it in new and important ways. Successful people want to learn everything about everything!

3. They network.
They know lots of people, and they know lots of different kinds of people. They listen to friends, neighbors, co-workers and bartenders. They don't have to be "the life of the party", in fact many are quiet, even shy, but they value people and they value relationships. Successful people have a rolodex full of people who value their friendship and return their calls.

4. They work on themselves and never quit!
While the "over-night wonders" become arrogant and quickly disappear, really successful people work on their personality, their leadership skills, management skills, and every other detail of life. When a relationship or business deal goes sour, they assume they can learn from it and they expect to do better next time. Successful people don't tolerate flaws; they fix them!

5. They are extraordinarily creative.
They go around asking, "Why not?" They see new combinations, new possibilities, new opportunities and challenges where others see problems or limitations. They wake up in the middle of the night yelling, "I've got it!" They ask for advice, try things out, consult experts and amateurs, always looking for a better, faster, cheaper solution. Successful people create stuff!

6. They are self-reliant and take responsibility.
Incredibly successful people don't worry about blame, and they don't waste time complaining. They make decisions and move on. Sometimes they are criticized for taking this to extremes - Jimmy Carter carried his own briefcase and a President "shouldn't" do that! Extremely successful people take the initiative and accept the responsibilities of success.

7. They are usually relaxed and keep their perspective.
Even in times of stress or turmoil, highly successful people keep their balance, they know the value of timing, humor, and patience. They rarely panic or make decisions on impulse. Unusually successful people breathe easily, ask the right questions, and make sound decisions, even in a crisis.

8. Extremely successful people live in the present moment.
They know that "Now" is the only time they can control. They have a "gift" for looking people in the eye, listening to what is being said, enjoying a meal or fine wine, music or playing with a child. They never seem rushed, and they get a lot done! They take full advantage of each day. Successful people don't waste time, they use it!

9. They "look over the horizon" to see the future.
They observe trends, notice changes, see shifts, and hear the nuances that others miss. A basketball player wearing Nikes is trivial, the neighbor kid wearing them is interesting, your own teenager demanding them is an investment opportunity! Extremely successful people live in the present, with one eye on the future!

10. Repeatedly successful people respond instantly!
When an investment isn't working out, they sell. When they see an opportunity, they make the call. If an important relationship is cooling down, they take time to renew it. When technology or a new competitor or a change in the economic situation requires an adjustment, they are the first and quickest to respond.

These traits work together in combination, giving repeatedly successful people a huge advantage. Because they are insatiable learners, they can respond wisely to change. Because their personal relationships are strong, they have good advisors, and a reserve of goodwill when things go bad. And finally, none of these traits are genetic! They can be learned! They are free and they are skills you can use. Start now!
© Copyright 2000 by Philip E. Humbert. All Rights Reserved.

About the Author:

Written by Dr. Philip E. Humbert, author, speaker and personal success coach. Dr. Humbert has hundreds of tips, tools and articles on his website that you can use for your own success! It's a great resource! Visit him on the web at: and be sure to sign up for his great newsletter!

  From Michael Sisk ('63) of CA - 10/07/11 - "Ghoulishly grand carved pumpkins - these are totally amazing!!! (#17 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! 

David Letterman


From - 10/31/11:

Three vampires walk into a bar. The bartender looks at him suspiciously, but decides to serve them anyway. "What’ll be, boys?"

The first vampire says "Blood. Give me blood."

The second vampire says "I too wish for blood!"

The third vampire says "Give me plasma."

The Bartender smiles and says "Got it. Two bloods, and a blood-light."


1. 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.

2. 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.

3. 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 10/22/11

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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Spooky Halloween Music

"Spooky Halloween Music" midi courtesy of
 a site previously located for us by Dave Spriggs ('64) of VA - 10/23/05
Thanks, Dave!

"Happy Halloween" animated title art courtesy of - 10/31/11

Animated Halloween Divider Line clip art courtesy of - 10/30/05

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

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

Stanton College Prep School's logo courtesy of - 08/01/10

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!

Animated Laughing Kitty courtesy of Al Farber ('64) of GA - 10/08/07
Thanks, Al!

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

Animated Army 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!!

Animated Fat Frog courtesy of Wayne Stokes ('65) of VA - 07/16/08
Thanks, Wayne!

Animated Laughing Cat courtesy of Joyce Lawrence Cahoon of VA - 07/29/08
Thanks, Joyce!

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