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11/07/06 - NNHS Newsletter - Election Day

"Those who stay away from the election think that one vote will do no good:
'Tis but one step more to think one vote will do no harm."

- Ralph Waldo Emerson

(25 May 1803 - 27 Apr 1882 )

Dear Friends and Schoolmates,   

   It's time for that first Bonus Newsletter I promised you.  There's not as much in it as I had hoped, but I have another regular Newsletter planned for tomorrow...

   If today's Newsletter looks and sounds a bit familiar to you, there's a good reason for that:


    From Dave Spriggs ('64) of VA - 11/05/05:

"For all of you voters out there who are about to reelect your favorite politician and those of you who are about to throw the bum out of office, here is a little ditty which captures that thrill of election day, the sense that, at least once every two/four/six years, we the people really do decide how we are to be governed."

   Thank you, David.  It's still perfect - as always!



1.    Robert Price ('61) of VA - 11/06/06:


First let me thank you for this site. It was a joy to find. I really appreciate the work that you put into it. My first excitement at finding the site was tempered when I found and went over the memorial page. I was depressed at seeing so many of my classmates have passed away. I remember them a vibrant young people and to have lost so many saddens me. Iím not sure many here will remember me but I remember many of you.

My first thought was to write, at some point, and add a little sports history to your page from my era. Iím sure that some of those that come here will gladly refresh/correct some of my foggy recollections. Somewhere I have some pictures and articles from my era and as soon as I find them Iíll pass them on for the sports pages......

   Thanks, Robert!  We're so glad to have you with us!    I certainly remember you, but then, eighth grade girls were much more likely to remember senior guys than the other way around! 

   My heart goes out to anyone encountering all those memorial pages for the first time.  I generally learned of those passing one and a time, and I still felt as though I'd been sucker-punched.  I really cannot imagine trying to absorb all that at once.  I, like you, remember all those faces as teenagers, and many of them will forever remain so in my heart.

   We'll welcome your content whenever you locate it.  Meanwhile, I've added you to our Alumni Page, and posted your name (but not your email addie) on the Contact Page for 1961:

   And once again, please accept our deepest sympathies in the loss of your brother: - This page has been updated.



   Happy Election Day Birthday to    Pam Larmer Traugott ('62) of VA!

   Have a good one, Lady!

   By the way, so often as we age, I'm afraid we tend to lose our heroes.  As you know, I've always been weird, so the older I get, the more heroes I have.  And one of those men, who has been a special hero of mine, both nearly fifty years ago, as he tried valiantly to teach me how to swim, and now, as he lifts my spirits in ways too numerous to mention, is celebrating his birthday tomorrow.

   A Big Happy Birthday to   Joe Madagan ('57) of FL!  Thank you, Sweet Adonis -  for everything!

   Lawson (Buddy) Sparrow ('53) of VA and Woody Hudson ('57) are celebrating their birthdays tomorrow, as well.  And Hilton Henderson ('57) will have his birthday on Thursday.

   Many Happy Returns to you all!



1.  Jean Beach Nelms ('60) of VA - 11/04/06:

Name: Jean Beach Nelms Class of 1960
Marital Status Married to HHS graduate
City/Country: Newport News
Favorite Teachers Mr. Willey and Mrs. Nettles
Hobbies Camping and grandchildren
Comments Enjoy this site very much - good job

   Thanks, Jean!  I hope your email has decided to allow you to receive these Newsletter announcements again....


From One of my Famous Marines -    Herb Hice of MI, who served in the Pacific Theater
during WWII - 11/03
/06 - "Dear Carol, Your friend Herbie wants you to meet The Hice Family, circa 1930":

Dear Carol,

Can you pick me out in this family photo ?? I know you are very busy with your website and I feel honored to be included in your "family". I look forward to receiving your labor of Love Newsletters. I wish to get you in a happy mood, That is why I send you these pictures.


In case you haven't guessed, I am the kid in the middle with the helmet and the silly grin. This picture is around circa 1930, about 18 yrs B.C. (Before Carol, that is). Those were lean years when we lived on this small farm. We ate everything in sight, there were never any "leftovers". My Mother was the "Catalyst" that held everything together.

I sure enjoy looking thru old pictures. Folks should be more careful with their family pictures; it's the visual thing that links them to the past. You have a wealth of family pictures that I enjoy looking at, Your pictures seem to be in much better condition than mine.

Wake up, Dear Carol, The story is almost over. I will look up some more interesting pictures to show you.


Your Friend, Herbie

   Herbie Darlin', you are such a hoot!    This photo is so adorable!  I didn't realize you had such a large family/  And I could have picked you out with no description at all!  Such a cutie-pie!

   Thanks, Herbie!  I love old pictures!


From Domi O'Brien ('64) of NH - 11/05/06 - "Samhain":

Thank you so much for the Samhain issue. However, the information on Druid symbols of identity is not mine, but from the website of Isaac Bonewits, Archdruid Emeritus of Ar nDraiocht Fein, Druid priest,  author of books of interest to the neopagan  community (Druids, traditional and neo-Wiccans, Celtic Reconstructionists, etc,) artist, seanachai, and musician. Isaac has done a wonderful job over the last 35 years in presenting Pagan and Magical concepts, starting with his senior thesis at Berkeley in 1971, published as Real Magic and recently revised for the new edition I, alas, am not an artist or musician or author of books, though I am seanachai (storyteller) as well as priestess.

   I think I caught that and made the clarifications early enough that it wasn't too misleading, Domi.  Thanks!

It's 27 degrees right now in Manchester, NH; the leaves that were so lovely 2 weeks ago have all fallen.  The air is crisp. Friends a little north of me had two inches of snow, a sign of what is to come.  The squirrels and chipmunks have been busy storing up; I've watched their fat furry little forms scurrying around gathering nuts and seeds as I sit on my balcony in the mornings and greet the day.

Colleen Ann Domitilla O'Brien NNHS '64

   YOWZERONI!!!  It's a good thirty degrees warmer than that down here.  I have some cute little squirrels hiding in the tall Ponderosa pine trees in my front yard, but they usually manage to hide themselves from me, and all I do is listen to them giggling.

   Thanks again, Domi!


 From Chandler Nelms (Hampton HS - '63) of MD - 11/05/06 - "Samhain":

Cool! Very interesting.

Chandler Nelms

   Thanks, Chandler Darlin'!    I'm glad you enjoyed it as much as I did.  I've always had an insatiable thirst for knowledge - in certain areas, anyway - and I think we have a good forum here for sharing ideas as well as memories.  I know I'm enjoying it, anyway!

  From Norman Olshansky ('64) of FL - 11/05/06:

At our great 60th Birthday Party for NNHS 64, I learned that    David Rosenwasser ('64 - of MO) moved to St. Charles, MO, outside St. Louis.  Since I have been traveling to St. Louis on work related business, I took the opportunity to look him up.  I was able to reconnect with David and his wife Susan.  We had a great evening together and they are doing well.  David is now head of tourism for St. Charles, a quaint town on the Missouri River, also known for its gaming industry.....
Hats off to all who made our 60th celebration so special.  I was so glad I was able to make the event and reconnect with "old" classmates.
Norman Olshansky
Sarasota, Florida

   Thanks, Norman!    Having spent thirty years of my life very near St. Louis, I had the privilege of visiting St. Charles many times.  If I recall correctly, they're rather well known for their beautiful antique shops as well.

   I'm so glad you were able to visit with David and Susan!  How wonderful for all of you!  It just warms my heart to hear of people reconnecting.  Thanks for sharing that with us!


  From Sarah Puckett Kressaty ('65) of VA - 11/05/06:

Hey!  The Pal bottle cap really brought back some memories!!!  It was my favorite when I was younger.  I liked it because it wasnít carbonated!  Probably w/be too sweet for me today!  Have a great one and good newsletter Ė especially enjoyed the Druid info and Samhain info.   


   Oh, Sarah Sugah! Maybe it would be too sweet for us who have grown accustomed to sugar-free drinks. But maybe - maybe - it would be juuuuusst right! Thanks, Miss Sarah!


From My Niece, Shari, of VA - 11/05/06 - "Steven Wright":

If you're not familiar with the work of Steven Wright, he's the guy who once said:
 "I woke up one morning and all of my stuff had been stolen...and replaced by exact duplicates."
 His mind sees things differently than we do - to our amazement and amusement.
Here are some more of his gems. 

 I'd kill for a Nobel Peace Prize.

 Borrow money from pessimists - they don't expect it back.

 Half the people you know are below average.

 99% of lawyers give the rest a bad name.

 42.7% of all statistics are made up on the spot.

 A conscience is what hurts when all your other parts feel so good.

 A clear conscience is usually the sign of a bad memory.

 If you want the rainbow, you gotta put up with the rain.

 All those who believe in psycho kinesis, raise my hand.

 The early bird may get the worm, but the second mouse gets the cheese.

 I almost had a psychic girlfriend but she left me before we met.

 OK, so what's the speed of dark?

 How do you tell when you're out of invisible ink?

 If everything seems to be going well, you have obviously overlooked something.

 Depression is merely anger without enthusiasm.

 When everything is coming your way, you're in the wrong lane.

 Ambition is a poor excuse for not having enough sense to be lazy.

 Hard work pays off in the future, laziness pays off now.

 I intend to live forever - so far, so good.

 If Barbie is so popular, why do you have to buy her friends?

 Eagles may soar, but weasels don't get sucked into jet engines.

 What happens if you get scared half to death twice?

 My mechanic told me, "I couldn't repair your brakes, so I made your horn louder."

 Why do psychics have to ask you for your name?

 If at first you don't succeed, destroy all evidence that you tried.

 A conclusion is the place where you got tired of thinking.

 Experience is something you don't get until just after you need it.

The hardness of the butter is proportional to the softness of the bread.

To steal ideas from one person is plagiarism; to steal from many is research.

The problem with the gene pool is that there is no lifeguard.

The sooner you fall behind, the more time you'll have to catch up.

The colder the x-ray table, the more of your body is required to be on it.

Everyone has a photographic memory, some just don't have film.

   WILD GIGGLES!!!  I've long been a fan of Steven Wright's, Shari.  He and I think a lot alike.  Thanks for finding these great quotations for us!


  From Mike Jeffers ('61) of VA - 11/06/06 - "Birthdays from Carol":

Carol, Sweetheart,

You're much too sweet, much too kind, with your birthday wishes, but thank you for boosting my ego, I guess it's a male thing............Thank you so much for all the great work you do........ Never miss an issue.....

   You're welcome, Gorgeous!

   Sometimes in the Newsletters I may be prone to slight exaggerations - but not this time.  And if I boosted your ego even slightly, it could never even approach what you did for my self esteem all those years ago.  Not only did you ask me to dance that night at the Y, you asked me out - repeatedly - and you came to see me at school.  I don't think I'll ever forget the looks of awe I received from my fellow chemistry class members outside Mrs. Baker's door before class began when you were there with me, and the light began to dawn on them.  Come to think of it, it literally changed my life, because I began to see myself in an entirely new light after that.

   So thank you, Michael Darlin'!

   Speaking of which......


  From Me ('65) of NC - 11/05/06:

   Confidential to     Mike Jeffers ('61) of VA,    Jimmy Hines ('64) of Northern VA,   David Whitley ('67) of VA, and the nine other gentlemen from the NNHS Classes of 1961 to 1987 who smiles were featured in the October 25th Newsletter:

   This was a game that apparently no one played.  All that was necessary was to click on each smile.  Not only would the entire senior portrait appear, but just in case you still didn't recognize the subject, the name and in most cases the class would appear in the URL bar. 

   Thank you all for your beautiful smiles!


From My Niece, Shari, of VA - 11/06/06 - "Inspirational web movie":

Short, but nice.

   "NICE?!?"  This was just what I needed today, Shari!    It was beautiful, and calming, and reassuring, and peaceful - and for some reason made me break down completely, which is pushing it, even if I AM a big, ol' crybaby!  Thanks, Lady!


  From My #5 Son, Nathaniel Harty (Hillsboro HS, IL - '97 - of IL) - 11/06/06 - "Stuff
on Sherman":

I wrote a little "essay" on Sherman today. Figured I would send it to you as it had three really interesting quotes in it.

   WOWZERONI, Faniel!  And I always thought that Sherman's best quotation was, "War is Hell" - as he so earnestly strove to ensure that it was.

   Well, Sweetie-Pie, I suppose I must applaud your maturity (although I could always blame it on your "tainted" 1/4 Yankee blood.....).

   I enjoyed cruising around your blog and site!  Thanks for sharing this, Nathaniel!


  From George Helliesen ('61) of MI - 11/06/06 - "Denver Hospice Physician":

I have had this before, and maybe you have too.  I think we all should keep our eyes and ears open to see an opportunity when it comes and seize the moment to help someone.  There are more people in need in this country than you'll ever know.

Subject: Psalm 55:22

Psalm 55:22 --- you really need to read this.
"Friends are God's way of taking care of us."

This was written by a Metro Denver Hospice Physician:

I just had one of the most amazing experiences of my life, and wanted to share it with my family and dearest friends.

I was driving home from a meeting this evening about 5, stuck in traffic on Colorado Boulevard, and the car started to choke and splutter and die - I barely managed to coast, cursing, into a gas station, glad only that I would not be blocking traffic and would have a somewhat warm spot to wait for the tow truck. It  wouldn't even turn over. Before I could make the call, I saw a woman walking out of the "quickie mart" building, and it looked like she slipped on some ice and fell into a gas pump, so I got out to see if she was okay.

When I got there, it looked more like she had been overcome by sobs than that she had fallen; she was a young woman who looked really haggard with dark circles under her eyes. She dropped something as I helped her up, and I picked it up to give it to her. It was a nickel.

At that moment, everything came into focus for me: the crying woman, the ancient Suburban crammed full of stuff with 3 kids in the back (1 in a car seat), and the gas pump reading $4.95.

I asked her if she was okay and if she needed help, and she just kept saying "don't want my kids to see me crying," so we stood on the other side of the pump from her car. She said she was driving to California and that things were very hard for her right now. So I asked, "And you were praying?" That made her back away from me a little, but I assured her I was not a crazy person and said, "He heard you, and He sent me."

I took out my card and swiped it through the card reader on the pump so she could fill up her car completely, and while it was fueling, walked to the next door McDonald's and bought 2 big bags of food, some gift certificates for more, and a big cup of coffee. She gave the food to the kids in the car, who attacked it like wolves, and we stood by the pump eating fries and talking a little.

She told me her name, and that she lived in Kansas City. Her boyfriend left 2 months ago and she had not been able to make ends meet. She knew she wouldn't have money to pay rent Jan. 1, and finally in desperation had finally called her parents, with whom she had not spoken in about 5 years. They lived in California and said she could come live with them and try to get on her feet there.

So she packed up everything she owned in the car. She told the kids they were going to California for Christmas, but not that they were going to live there.

I gave her my gloves, a little hug and said a quick prayer with her for safety on the road. As I was walking over to my car, she said, "So, are you like an angel or something?"

This definitely made me cry. I said, "Sweetie, at this time of year angels are really busy, so sometimes God uses regular people."

It was so incredible to be a part of someone else's miracle. And of course, you guessed it, when I got in my car it started right away and got me home with no problem. I'll put it in the shop tomorrow to check, but I suspect the mechanic won't find anything wrong.

Sometimes the angels fly close enough to you that you can hear the flutter of their wings...

Psalms 55:22 "Cast thy burden upon the Lord, and He shall sustain thee. He shall never suffer the righteous to be moved."

My instructions were to pick four people that I wanted God to bless, especially for the months in 2006, and I picked you.

Please pass this to four people you want to be blessed.

This prayer is powerful and prayer is one of the best gifts we receive. There is no cost but a lot of rewards. Let's continue to pray for one another.

Here is the prayer:

"Father, I ask You to bless my children, grandchildren, friends, relatives and email buddies reading this right now. Show them a new revelation of your love and power. Holy Spirit, I ask You to minister to their spirit this very moment. Where there is pain, give them Your peace and mercy.  Where there is self doubt, release a renewed confidence through Your grace, In Jesus' precious name. Amen."

When Satan is knocking at your door, simply say, "Jesus, could You please get that for me?"

   Well, George, you gotta know you made me cry with this one!  Given my current state of affairs, well, let's just say it touched my heart very deeply.

   And thank you once more to all of y'all who continue to keep me in your thoughts and prayers, not to mention all the financial support you've provided over the last several months.  Bless your sweet hearts!  Things will surely improve soon, but there's been no change yet, and life has a way of getting scary......

   Thanks again, George!


  From Jennie Sheppard ('62) of NC - 11/06/06 - "hmmmmmm check this out":

This is freaky, interesting and scary all in one!
Read down to the very bottom, you don't want to miss this!


1. The garden of Eden was in Iraq.

2 Mesopotamia, which is now Iraq, was the cradle of civilization.

3. Noah built the ark in Iraq.

4. The Tower of Babel was in Iraq.

5. Abraham was from Ur, which is in Southern Iraq!

6. Isaac's wife Rebekah is from Nahor, which is in Iraq!

7. Jacob met Rachel in Iraq .

8. Jonah preached in Nineveh - which is in Iraq.

9. Assyria, which is in Iraq, conquered the ten tribes of Israel .

10. Amos cried out in Iraq.

11. Babylon, which is in Iraq, destroyed Jerusalem.

12. Daniel was in the lion's den in Iraq.

13. The three Hebrew children were in the fire in Iraq (Jesus had been in Iraq also, as the fourth person in the fiery furnace!)

14. Belshazzar, the King of Babylon saw the "writing on the wall" in Iraq.

15. Nebuchadnezzar, King of Babylon, carried the Jews captive into

16. Ezekiel preached in Iraq.

17. The wise men were from Iraq.

18. Peter preached in Iraq.

19. The "Empire of Man" described in Revelation is called Babylon, which was a city in Iraq.

And you have probably seen this one. Israel is the nation most often mentioned in the Bible. But do you know which nation is second? It is Iraq! However, that is not the name that is used in the Bible. The names used in the Bible are Babylon, Land of Shinar, and Mesopotamia . The word Mesopotamia means between the two rivers, more exactly between the Tigris and Euphrates Rivers. The name Iraq, means country with deep roots.

Indeed Iraq is a country with deep roots and is a very significant country in the Bible.

No other nation, except Israel, has more history and prophecy associated it than Iraq .

And also... This is something to think about! Since America is typically represented by an eagle. Saddam should have read up on his Muslim passages...

The following verse is from the Koran, (the Islamic Bible)

Koran (9:11) - For it is written that a son of Arabia would awaken a fearsome Eagle. The wrath of the Eagle would be felt throughout the lands of Allah and lo, while some of the people trembled in despair still more rejoiced; for the wrath of the Eagle cleansed the lands of Allah; and there was peace.

(Note the verse number!) Hmmmmmmm?! God Bless you all, Amen!

   This is both fascinating and chilling, Jennie!  I wasn't aware that all three of the Magi were now generally thought to be from the area now known as Iraq.....  Thanks for sharing this!


  From My #1 Daughter-in-Law, Mary Bennett Harty (Litchfield HS, IL - '89) of IL - 11/06/06 -
"Personality Test":

This is unique. There are only 4 questions but the result is very interesting.

Click on this link:

   Thanks, Miss Mary!  This was surprisingly accurate - in my case, anyway!


  From Randy Tate ('66) of DE - 11/07/06 - "11 minutes":

I may have sent this earlier.. but really worthwhile to review.


   Well, Sweetums, you made me cry and laugh and laugh and cry, and it doesn't get much better than that!  Thanks so much, Randy!


    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.......

       - coming soon.......

       - coming soon.......



  From Me ('65) of NC - 10/31/05 - "REUNION IMAGES!":

ore images just arrived!  Unfortunately, I haven't posted them yet, but 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 1957
will hold its Holiday Party on Thursday, December 14, 2006 at the Omni Hotel,
Newport News, VA.

Forms and reservations are due by Monday, December 4, 2006.

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!


  There's much, more more to come - but I had to go vote this morning, and it's pouring down raining, and now I need a nap!

   Oh, NO!  Wait a minute!  I promised everybody I'd make them homemade pizza for supper!  What a dummy thing to do!  Me and my Big Mouth!  Sigh.

    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

Happy Days Are Here Again

- Music and Lyrics by J. Yellen and M. Ager

So long sad times
Go long bad times
We are rid of you at last

Howdy gay times
Cloudy gray times
You are now a thing of the past

Happy days are here again
The skies above are clear again
So let's sing a song of cheer again
Happy days are here again

Altogether shout it now
There's no one
Who can doubt it now
So let's tell the world about it now
Happy days are here again

Your cares and troubles are gone
There'll be no more from now on
From now on ...

Happy days are here again
The skies above are clear again
So, Let's sing a song of cheer again

Happy times
Happy nights
Happy days
Are here again!

"Happy Days Are Here Again" midi and lyrics courtesy of
at the brilliant suggestion of Dave Spriggs ('64) of VA - 11/05/05
and extracted with the kind assistance of my # 5 son, Nathaniel Harty (Hillsboro HS - '97) of IL - 11/07/05
Thanks, Dave and Nathaniel!

Election Day clip art courtesy of - 11/07/05

 Election Day Divider Line clip art courtesy of - 11/07/05

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

Animated "NEW" clip art courtesy of - 03/07/06

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

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

Animated Guest Book clip art courtesy of - 03/07/06

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

Hillsboro Topper (Band Version) clip art courtesy of - 06/07/08
Thanks, Mark!

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