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11/10/08 - NNHS Newsletter -

233rd Birthday
of the United States Marine Corps

"We are United States Marines, and for two and a quarter
centuries we have defined the standards of courage, esprit,
and military prowess."

 - Gen. James L. Jones, USMC (CMC); 10 November 2000

Dear Friends and Schoolmates,

    This event repeats each year:  - featuring The United States Marine Corps Hymn  - featuring Semper Fidelis  - featuring The Liberty Bell March - featuring Esprit de Corps

   Semper Fidelis to all you Marines out there from one of your all-time biggest fans!

BONUS - - The Washington Post - great recording; I wonder who's playing it??

HOMEWORK (required viewing):

ASSIGNMENT #1 - - The Few. The Proud. The Marines.

ASSIGNMENT #2 - - The Marine Band plays The Marines' Hymn at the Marine Corps War Memorial, 11/10/07

ASSIGNMENT #3 - - Marine Corps Barracks Washington Evening Parade, 08/31/07


   In other birthday news: WOWZERONI-RINI-ROONI! We have four Typhoons celebrating their own birthdays today! Happy Birthday to Tamsie Warren Ellis ('57),  David Wittan ('57),    Angie Ray Smith ('64) of VA, AND    Steve Pullen ('65) of VA!

 Happy Birthday this week to:

12 -   Jean Pittman Priest ('64) of FL;

14 -   Glenda Stewart Martin Faires ('68) of GA AND    Timothy of DC (son of    Kathy Cooper - '70 - of VA);

15 -    the late Bobbie Whitehurst Canady ('57) of VA (deceased 11/16/07) AND       My Niece, Shari, of VA;

16 -    the late George-Morewitz ('57) (deceased 06/09/08);

17 - Ronald Creech ('57)!

   Many Happy Returns to you all!


     From Dave Spriggs ('64) of VA - 11/03/08 - "NNHS 64/45 REUNION DATES":


Could you post this in each newsletter until Monday, 10 November?

   Certainly, David!


NNHS 1964 Classmates,

At the first meeting of your 45th Reunion Committee, it was decided that October 2009 was the best month in which to schedule our 45th reunion. We initially selected the weekend of 10 and 11 October, which is a holiday weekend (Columbus Day). Our thinking was that you would prefer to travel and attend over a 3-day holiday.  If a suitable venue is not available for that date, our alternate date is the following weekend, 17 and 18 October.

Thanks to the internet and e-mail, we have the opportunity to poll all of you about your date preference.

We are asking you to reply by e-mail with your preference for one of these two possible dates.  If you have already replied to an e-mail which you received, then your preference has been recorded.

Please reply  no later than Sunday, 9 November 2008, to:

Once the responses are tallied, we will arrange a venue for your  preferred date.

TYPHOON Regards,


          From My #6 Son, Dale Harty (Hillsboro HS, IL / American School, IL - '02) of MA - 11/01/08 - "Halloween Pictures":

Dale Harty as Darth Maul Diana Lyons Harty as a Dumb Blonde Buckley Harty as Winnie the Pooh (4-1/2 months old)
Halloween, Friday, October 31, 2008
Buckley Harty as Winnie the Pooh (4-1/2 months old) CLOCKWISE FROM LEFT: Buckley Harty, Diana Lyons Harty, Sylvia Millington Lyons, Jon Lyons, Amanda Lyons, David Lyons Sylvia Millington Lyons
and Jon Lyons
Melissa Lyons David Lyons
and Amanda Lyons
Halloween, Friday, October 31, 2008

   Thank you, Dale! You all look simply splendiferous!

  From Ed Nichols ('62) of Northern VA AND       Dave Spriggs ('64) of VA - 11/09/08 -
  Randy "Pop" Richardson":

I am trying to figure out how is it that I don't remember Dave Spriggs ('64 - of VA) from my 47th Street days in NN. 


There are several reasons why you would not remember me. First of all, I lived in
Ferguson Park from 1953-1955, and visited my grandparents home periodically, so you guys would not have seen me everyday. Then, I moved to Maryland in the summer of 1955, and only visited my grandparents on holidays, most of which are in the winter months .. not so good for baseball or other outdoor activities.

Randy Richardson was a close friend back in the mid 50's until he moved and like Dave, he taught me much about baseball. Randy's father and brother were my ride to Huntington Park back then because Randy and I played on the same Little League team, The Exchange Club. There was a small group of us, Clinton Jefferson, Gordon Lee Bowen, Danny Guy, Randy and myself that just hung out together playing baseball, marbles, or whatever, and many, many hours of monopoly.  

I neglected to mention the marathon cutthroat marble games which took place. I have vivid recollections of playing in the dirt area on the north side of 47th where it met Virginia Avenue.  We each could easily take a stick and draw a perfect 6 foot circle in the dirt. Like other player, I had a sack of marbles, most of which were of little value and would be placed in the ring in the expectation of being lost to superior opponents. Others were more dear and were retained as "shooters"; they were "steelies" and "cat's eyes". These would never be wagered.  I have no doubt that you and I competed in these games.

Sometimes from 10:00 in the morning until dark we played monopoly. 

I have no recollection of monopoly games, but I was about 4 years younger than Randy, so it is not surprising that I would not be included in a game requiring some small knowledge of capitalism.

Randy was the oldest of our group, thus the leader of our  group but he was always teaching, showing, explaining to the others just how to do things. He was a rarity for his age, always including us in on things such as flying model airplanes, crabbing at NN Boat Harbor, and always something to do with baseball. He played third base and was quite good. Visiting his house meant never a dull moment. I lived on 47th Street from 1955 to 1962, and when Randy moved we were all lost. I just don't know how I missed Dave?? 

See explanation above.

But his description of Randy's house and yard were right on the mark. When I saw Randy's obit I e-mailed   Bobby Hilling ('62 - of VA) to see if he remembered him and he did, but not as well as I and certainly not as well as Dave. I have often wondered what had became of Randy and I should have made a point to search him out. I was saddened at his passing.  

Dave, what were your grandparents' names and did they live on the other side of the driveway? 

My grandparents were J.P. & Maggie Linkous. They lived at 337, which was the house next to Randy's on the Virginia Avenue side. We shared that driveway between, as well as the garage ... albeit with a dividing wall between ... but with the same roof. Here is the best image I have of the driveway, the garage, and the side of Randy's home.

In all the years I have viewed this photo (and we are talking upwards of 55 years), I had never noticed before now the young lad standing under the window. I guess I was too mesmerized by that baby's charm. I look a lot like an Ewok, doncha think? Anyway, that boy is too old to be Randy (he was 4 years older than I), so it may be his older brother.

circa November 1946
Davey and Mildred Linkous Spriggs

And do you remember Johnny Kirby and Bobby Bowden who lived across the street. I remember   Richie Allen ('66 - of VA) quite well. And the broken school windows?

Sure is part of some good North End memories.

I do indeed remember Bobby Bowden across the street. When my grandparents' furnace blew up, we all evacuated the house and stood on the Bowden's porch watching the fire brigade dousing the flames. There is a family funny story surrounding that fire, but it is beyond the scope of this e-mail. I will relate it to Carol later.

As for Richie Allen, I bet you remember this. He was struck by a car on Virginia Avenue and sustained some serious injuries. I recall seeing him after the accident, and the entire side of hid face was one big scab. He became the unofficial poster boy for child pedestrian safety in North End.  "Now, don't you dare cross any streets while playing, or you will end up like that poor Allen boy!!!"

And we have not even begun to recount the epic chinaberry fights which would take place once the chinaberrys were green and easily picked. I would climb up on the joint Richardson-Linkous garage where there was a particularly lush tree and stuff all my pockets with ammunition for the coming battle. For added combat power, we would wet each berry inn our mouth prior to throwing it; supposedly this would enhance the sting of a direct hit on uncovered skin.  I now believe that the skill and accuracy of our chinaberry throws went far in ensuring our ability to throw baseballs with comparable accuracy.

Similarly, we have not discussed the never-ending games of tag and hide-and-seek which took place long into those hot summer nights. IIRC, "home base" was often the tree in front of Randy's house. 


Thanks, Carol, for all the memories your website bring back. No, we shouldn't live in the past, but to relish in it occasionally is good for the soul, don't you think?

I couldn't agree more. When I recall those days, I can see, feel, smell, and hear it all so clearly, as evidenced by the detail of my recollections herein. It is wonderful place to spend a few hours ... our own "Field of Dreams". Speaking of fields, I seem to remember talk a "Big Field" and a "Little Field" located somewhere across Virginia Avenue between it and the railroad tracks. I was never permitted to cross Virginia Avenue, so these fields held great mystery for me. It was a place where the "big kids" played, and I could never hope to see it' let alone play there. Were there such fields as I described?

Ed Nichols, NNHS Class of 1962 AND TYPHOON Regards, Dave Spriggs

   Thank you so much, Gentlemen, for sharing these precious memories with us all!

From - 11/09/08 - "9 Ways Humor Can Heal ":

9 Ways Humor Can Heal

When life has you feeling weighed down, laugh a little and feel your heart lighten.

By Therese J. Borchard

Of all my tools to combat stress-especially the stress of dealing with my illness or someone else's--humor is by far the most fun. And just like mastering the craft of writing, I'm finding that the longer I practice laughing at life (especially at its frustrations) the better I become at it, and the more situations and conversations and complications I can place into that category named "silly."

G. K. Chesterton once wrote: "Angels can fly because they take themselves lightly." And Proverbs 17:22 says that "a happy heart is good medicine." I'd add that human beings and their caretakers can heal and find joy again if they learn how to laugh. Here are just a few ways a dose of humor might transform something ugly and stressful to slightly entertaining, and, well, a tad less catastrophic.

Humor Combats Fear

I know this first hand, having sat in the community room of a psych ward watching a video of a comedian poking fun at depression. Like everyone else in that room, I was scared to death of many things: that I would never smile again, or love again, or even WANT to love again. I was fearful of life.

That panic didn't instantly transform into a hearty chuckle once the psych nurse popped in the funny video. But the climate of the room was noticeably different. Patients began to open up more, to share some of the details they had left out in the prior group therapy session.

Humor disengages fear because it changes your perspective both on the past and the present. A traumatic childhood episode loses its tight grip on your heart if you can place it into the "ridiculous" category of other stories from the past. With a playful perspective, you can remove yourself from a marital problem that has you debilitated with anxiety. Laughter forces a few steps--some much-needed distance-- between a situation and our reaction. We all would do well to follow the advice of Leo Buscaglia: "When you get to the end of your rope, tie a knot and hang on. And swing!"

Humor Comforts

Charlie Chaplin once said, "To truly laugh, you must be able to take your pain and play with it." I suppose that's why some of the funniest people out there-Stephen Colbert, Robin Williams, Ben Stiller, Art Buchwald-have journeyed through periods of torment.

There is an unspoken message hidden within a chuckle that says this: "I promise, you'll get through this." Just like the comforting hug of your mom when you were three. In fact, New York City's Big Apple Circus has used humor to console sick children since 1986, when they started sending teams of clowns into hospital rooms with "rubber chicken soup" and other fun surprises. "It's for the children, yes," explains Jane Englebardt, deputy director of the circus, in an "American Fitness" article. "But it's also for the parents who, when they hear their children laugh for the first time in days or weeks, know everything's going to be O.K."

Humor Relaxes

Like any exercise, laughing relaxes you and works against the chronic stress that most Americans wear on their shoulders. Mehmet C. Oz, M.D., a heart surgeon at New York-Presbyterian Hospital/Columbia University Medical Center in New York City, explains why this is so in a 2005 "Reader's Digest" article:

"When you push any engine, including your body, to its maximum, every once in a while it slips a gear. The ways the body manifests that are: irregular heartbeats, high blood pressure, and increased sensitivity to pain. When people use humor, the autonomic nervous system just tones down a bit to take it off high gear, and that allows the heart to relax."

Humor Reduces Pain

Apparently the psych nurses at Laurel Regional Hospital weren't the only ones gathering patients around the TV to watch funny flicks or videos. Dr. Elias Shaya, chief of psychiatry at Good Samaritan Hospital in Baltimore also tries to instill the importance of laughter in his patients. Says Dr. Shaya: "I advocate finding ways to laugh by watching comedy or engaging in looking up jokes and sharing them."

"Humor rooms," which encourage people to use humor in their recovery from any kind of illness, are now available in some hospitals. And science backs these efforts. In a study published in the Journal of Holistic Nursing, humor very definitely seemed to diminish pain. Says Dave Traynor, M.Ed, director of health education at Natchaug Hospital in Mansfield Center, Connecticut in "American Fitness": "After surgery, patients were told one-liners prior to administration of potentially painful medication. The patients exposed to humor perceived less pun as compared to patients who didn't receive humor stimuli."

Humor Boosts the Immune System

Whenever I prick myself accidentally, I tell a joke, and my finger doesn't bleed! Well, not exactly. But if you are laid up in bed with a terrible strain of the flu that your four-year-old brought home from her play date yesterday, try to find an itsy-bitsy thread of humor in your situation, and you'll be back to work in no time. Or, better yet, dwell in the misery and stay away from the cubicle longer.

In 2006 researchers led by Lee Berk and Stanley A. Tan at Loma Linda University in Loma Linda, California, found that two hormones-beta-endorphins (which alleviate depression) and human growth hormone (HGH, which helps with immunity) increased by 27 and 87 percent respectively when volunteers anticipated watching a humorous video. Simply anticipating laughter boosted health-protecting hormones and chemicals.

In his "American Fitness" article, Dave Traynor explains a separate study at Arkansas Tech University, in which concentrations of immunoglobulin A were increased after 21 fifth graders participated in a humor program. (I'm nervous to hear about the details of that fifth-grade humor program, because my kids roar whenever you throw out a bathroom term.) Laughter was once again found to increase the ability to fight viruses and foreign cells.

Humor Reduces Stress

The same research team in Loma Linda, California, conducted a similar study recently to see if the anticipation of laughter that was shown to boost immune systems could also reduce the levels of three stress hormones: cortisol ("the stress hormone"), epinephrine (adrenaline), and dopac, a dopamine catabolite (brain chemical which helps produce epinephrine).

They studied 16 fasting males, who were assigned to either the control group or the experiment group (those anticipating a humorous event). Blood levels showed that the stress hormones were reduced 39, 70, and 38 percent respectively. Therefore, researchers suggest that anticipating a positive event can reduce detrimental stress hormones.

Humor Spreads Happiness

I remember playing the game of "Ha" as a young girl at my third-grade slumber party. I would lay my head of my friend's tummy, and she would lay her head on another friend's tummy, and so on. The first person would start the chain of laughs with a simple, "Ha!" The second person, "Ha Ha!" The third, "Ha Ha Ha," at which point everyone would break into hysterics. About absolutely nothing. The way a person's abdomen tightens and moves when she says "ha" makes you want to giggle.

My point: laughter is contagious. That's why there are 5,000 laughter clubs around the world-where people laugh for no reason at all. Say what? According to Dr. Shaya of Good Samaritan Hospital, "These clubs have exercises that teach how to move your face, how to laugh more intensely to involve the shoulders, then the belly." Laughing yoga classes are also popular today.

Humor Cultivates Optimism

Humor is like gratitude in that it nurtures optimism, and Dan Baker writes this in "What Happy People Know":

"[Appreciation] is the first and most fundamental happiness tool...Research now shows it is physiologically impossible to be in a state of appreciation and a state of fear at the same time. Thus, appreciation is the antidote to fear."

So if humor can change a perspective on a painful memory of the past or a gnawing issue of the present into opportunities to laugh at the inherent craziness of life at times, then a person can better facilitate his own healing.

Humor Helps Communication

This is good marriage advice for anyone. But especially for the person prone to anxiety and depression. Most of Eric's and my fights end with one of us making a sarcastic remark that is met with a snicker, and then a yuk, and then a roar. Voila! The quarrel is magically resolved! Sort of.

Humor is a way to articulate those truths that are so difficult to express otherwise. It's handy language for someone like myself that doesn't like to use big words, who is still fretting about her low verbal SAT scores because the college administrators didn't think they were funny. If only they had read this article!

Therese J. Borchard writes the Beyond Blue blog for Beliefnet.

  From Ruth Ann Reece Horace ('67) of FL - 10/31/08 - "++++ MAXINE +++++" (#7 in a Series of 15):

..... More from the gal everyone loves and admires.....

Whatever pops into her mind, Maxine says. Ordinarily, folks might be offended. But instead, millions of Americans have identified with the crabby, irreverent Maxine, the popular Hallmark character that lambastes everything from holidays to aging, and does not hesitate to tell it like it is - or as she sees it.....

   Thanks, Ruthie!



1. Thursday, December 4, 2007, 11:00 AM - Class of 1955 Lunch Bunch - Steve & John's Steak House on Jefferson Avenue just above Denbigh Boulevard in Newport News, VA  - OPEN TO ALL WITH FRIENDS IN CLASS OF 1955

2. April 23, 24, & 25, 2009 - Class of 1954 will hold their 55th-Year Reunion. For details contact Dr. Harry Simpson at 804-694-0346 or email him at - CLASS OF 1954

PRAYER ROLL: - updated 11/06/08
NNHS BLOG: - updated 11/10/08

   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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"The Washington Post" midi courtesy of - 11/09/08

USMC Image courtesy of - 11/09/08

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

Divider Line clip art courtesy of Joe Madagan ('57) of FL - um, a long time ago........

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

Animated Coast Guard Flag courtesy of - 06/18/03

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

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

American School Logo courtesy of - 09/05/06

Animated Navy 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!

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