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11/16/09 - NNHS Newsletter -
Whistling Away the Dark

“When we are unhurried and wise, we perceive that only great
and worthy things have any permanent and absolute existence,
that petty fears and petty pleasures are but the shadow of the reality.”

- Henry David Thoreau
(12 July 1817 - 06 May 1862)

Dear Friends and Schoolmates,

   Today's song is most certainly not to be confused with the 1989/90 hit, "Whistling in the Dark" by They Might Be Giants.  Oh my no, that's a song for another day.

BONUS #1 - - Whistling Away the Dark - Julie Andrews

BONUS #2 - - Whistling Away the Dark - Andy Williams


        From Sydney Dearing ('56) of TN - 11/15/09, 8:36 AM - "Classmates' passing and illness":

I received a note from 
  Sandra Canepa (NNHS '56) about the passing of our classmate      Bert Smith which I see that you are already aware of.

She also passed on the sad news that another of our '56 classmates, Murray Rowe was just diagnosed with a malignant kidney tumor. I do not know the prognosis, only that it will have to be removed (I'm not sure if that means the kidney or the tumor). Would you be so kind as to add Murray to the prayer role.

   Certainly, Sydney! I appreciate your thoughtfulness; we'll keep Murray in our prayers!

On another upsetting, but not nearly as sad a note, switching my e-mail from the A list to the B list did not help. I am still not receiving them. It's all very strange because the whole time that you were having the problems with many people not being able to receive the newsletters, I was getting them all and had no warnings or problems of any kind. Anyway, I wonder if you would try one more thing for me. Change my e-mail address for your newsletters from to  That is my secondary e-mail address, let's see if they will get to me on that one.

Thanks again for all that you do.


    Thank you, Sydney!


    Happy Birthday today to    the late George-Morewitz ('57) (deceased 06/09/08)!

   Happy Birthday tomorrow to Ronald Creech ('57)!

   Happy Birthday this week to:

18 -   Joe Drewry ('58) of VA AND    Jane Coltrane Leonard ('64) of VA AND   Ann Allen ('65) of NC;

21 -   Rose Woodard Groff ('65) (deceased 10/14/84);

23 -   Sandra Ray ('61) of VA AND    John Howard ('66) of VA AND Peggy Cooke Wolfley ('71) of VA AND Fayetta Covert Stansbury (Ferguson HS - '72) of FL!

   Many Happy Returns to You All! 


November 16, 1940 - Great Britain launched its first raid on Hamburg, Germany. Due to bad weather the accuracy of the attack was minimal and 233 German civilians were killed. By the end of the war, the total death toll in Hamburg from British attacks was near 50,000.

November 16, 1943 - American bombers attacked a hydro-electric power station and heavy-water factory in Vermork, Norway, that were controlled by the German government. 160 bombers were used in the attack.


Monday, November 16, 1964 - Baseball player Dwight Gooden was born in Tampa, Florida.

Monday, November 16, 1964 - Singer/pianist Diana Krall was born in Nanaimo, British Columbia, Canada.

Monday, November 16, 1964 - Actor Harry J. Lennix (Dollhouse) was born in Chicago, Illinois.

Monday, November 16, 1964 - Actress Maeve Quinlan was also born in Chicago, Illinois.

Monday, November 16, 1964 - Actress Valeria Bruni Tedeschi was born in Turin, Italy. Her brother-in-law, Nicolas Sarkozy, is the current President of France.

       Bill Lee (Warwick HS - '54) of NC - 11/15/09 - "Something for your web site":


With       Dave Spriggs' ('64 - of VA)  considerable help, I recently created the following reminisce. Dave has suggested that I send it to your for sharing with your extended readership - either as a new page on your web site, or as an addition to an existing one. More than likely, others will remember as well...

Bill Lee

   How perfectly delightful! Thank you so much, Gentlemen! A new page it is! - thirteen down from the top - brand new page!

     From Me ('65) of IL - 11/16/09:
Because I am experiencing technical difficulties, I've once again removed and reserved the entry from
Paul Dobie ('66) of CO
to use tomorrow. 

    Stay tuned once more! 


From Bob Allen ('51) of VA - 11/14/09 - "Saturday's Mini-Reunion":

I was out of my class today ( Nov 14th),  I was invited and attended a mini-reunion breakfast at Williamsburg ... I think the 20 attending were from the Class of 1956?  About half of them were NNHS  football players--that was all they talked about.   

You can use the photos...I cannot begin to identify any of these youngsters;  they were before my time: 

Bob Allen Class of 1951

     Oh, GOODY - a mystery!

   Hmmm, I'm not really "posta" be able to recognize them either, right?  But I'll give it a try - though not so much that I'll humiliate myself forever.....

Saturday, November 14, 2009 - Williamsburg
   First, it was sponsored by the Class of 1960, so we'll expect to see more of their faces than of other class members.  I would imagine the dreadful weather and flooding kept the attendance low, or there would have been many more joining them.

   Okay, let's think.  Class of 1960.  Well, first, we already know that Pat Merilic Duncan ('62) and Gene Duncan ('60) were going to be there, and there they are in the first shot.

   Next, we know that     Fred Mays ('60) would surely be there, and yeppers, there he is in the second and third images.  And if they were talking about football, wouldn't it stand to reason that   Frank Friedland ('60) would be there??  I mean, he and Gene were the Co-Captains of the team.  I haven't seen Frank in forty-leven years, of course, but that certainly looks like him to me.

   Hmm, I'll be honest.  A couple of these guys don't look familiar to me at all.  I mean, they did graduate before I ever arrived at NNHSBut looky - isn't that - I mean, that's just gotta be - OH, NO!  No, no, no, no, NOOOO, I'm not going to dig myself a giant pit from which there is no return!!!  I might - I might - try that in person, but not from a leetle ol' picture!  Y'all will just hafta tell me who was there and where they were sitting before we label these pictures!

   Thanks so much, Bob! It looks like it was a lot of fun!


       From Dave Spriggs ('64) of VA - 11/15/09 - "Some Nor'easter Images - 12 November" and "Some Nor'easter Images - 15 November":

See attached (ten more images of 11/12/09 and five more images of 11/15/09).

  Thank you so much, David! Well, what else could I do?!? We are here to document, n'est pas?? - brand new page (including all which has been reported previously)! Go have a look!


       From Bill Lee (Warwick HS - '54) of NC - 11/15/09, 8:22 AM - "WHS Picture": 

I'm working on finding out when that picture of a group of students in from of the Warwick (County) High School was taken. Will ask some older students I know if they can tell me what class, when and identify any individuals. Will advise if/when I get more info.

Believe it had to have been made in late 1940s (looking at attire, plus the fact that Morrison High officially became Warwick High in 1948). Don't recall that "County" was ever included in the title - at least not unofficially - to us it was simply Warwick High. I don't know when that part of the building was completed (older parts that once were Morrison High - and Elementary - were located behind this 'new' front. It was definitely there when I 'arrived' in September of 1949. That picture - nor anything like it - appears in the 1950 school yearbook.

Bill Lee

  Thank you, Bill, my money was on you all along!

From Joan Lauterbach Krause ('60) of VA - 11/15/09,10:52 AM - "Photo Question":

Hi Carol.

Some answers for    F.A. Saunders (Hampton HS - '64 - of VA) about his photograph.  Facts are:

·        My mother, Dorothy Helen Curtis, and her two brothers Howard Milton Curtis and Donald Curtis graduated from Morrison High School.  Mama in 1938-39, her brothers 2 and 4 years later.  Mama’s class was the first one to graduate using the ‘new’ gym.  This building is currently used as the NN Parks and Rec center on Copeland Lane.  I am uncertain as to when Morrison HS became Warwick County HS.  My guess is sometime around 1945. 

·        “In 1958, by mutual consent by referendum, Newport News was consolidated with the former Warwick County (itself a separate city from 1952 to 1958), rejoining the two localities to approximately their pre-1896 geographic size, The more widely known name of Newport News was selected as they formed what was then Virginia's third largest independent city in population.” (,_Virginia)

·        Note that the school name craved in the stone header above the students’ heads identifies the school as the Warwick County High School.  Therefore, the photograph must have been taken prior to 1952 and after the renaming from Morrison HS to Warwick County HS.

OK, you smart guys get busy and correct my info. LOL


   GIGGLES! Thanks, Joan!

  From Bill Hobbs ('66) of Northern VA - 11/15/09 - "Shouldn't we read it?":

This kinda caught my eye...come to think of it, I was born in 1948.


   My, my, my. 1948, you say?? Sigh..... Thanks, Bill!

From Sarah Puckett Kressaty ('65) of VA - 11/15/09 - "Invisible Moms...":

It all began to make sense, the blank stares, the lack of response, the way one of the kids will walk into the room while I'm on the phone and ask to be taken to the store.

Inside I'm thinking, 'Can't you see I'm on the phone?'

Obviously, not.

No one can see if I'm on the phone, or cooking, or sweeping the floor, or even standing on my head in the corner, because no one can see me at all.

I'm invisible. The invisible Mom. Some days I am only a pair of hands, nothing more: Can you fix this? Can you tie this? Can you open this?

Some days I'm not a pair of hands; I'm not even a human being. I'm a clock to ask, 'What time is it?' I'm a satellite guide to answer, 'What number is Disney Channel?' I'm a car to order, 'Right around 5:30, please.'

I was certain that these were the hands that once held books and the eyes that studied history and the mind that graduated summa cum laude - but now they had disappeared into the peanut butter, never to be seen again. She's going; she's going; she is gone!

One night, a group of us were having dinner, celebrating the return of a friend from England ..... Janice had just gotten back from a fabulous trip, and she was going on and on about the hotel she stayed in. I was sitting there, looking around at the others all put together so well. It was hard not to compare and feel sorry for myself. I was feeling pretty pathetic, when Janice turned to me with a beautifully wrapped package, and said, 'I brought you this.' It was a book on the great cathedrals of Europe. I wasn't exactly sure why she'd given it to me until I read her inscription:

'To Charlotte, with admiration for the greatness of what you are building when no one sees.'

In the days ahead I would read - no, devour - the book. And I would discover what would become for me, four life-changing truths, after which I could pattern my work:

No one can say who built the great cathedrals - we have no record of their names.

These builders gave their whole lives for a work they would never see finished.

They made great sacrifices and expected no credit.

The passion of their building was fueled by their faith that the eyes of God saw everything.

A legendary story in the book told of a rich man who came to visit the cathedral while it was being built, and he saw a workman carving a tiny bird on the inside of a beam. He was puzzled and asked the man, 'Why are you spending so much time carving that bird into a beam that will be covered by the roof? No one will ever see it.' And the workman replied, 'Because God sees.'

I closed the book, feeling the missing piece fall into place.

It was almost as if I heard God whispering to me, 'I see you, Charlotte. I see the sacrifices you make every day, even when no one around you does. No act of kindness you've done, no sequin you've sewn on, no cupcake you've baked, is too small for me to notice and smile over. You are building a great cathedral, but you can't see right now what it will become.'

At times, my invisibility feels like an affliction. But it is not a disease that is erasing my life. It is the cure for the disease of my own self-centeredness. It is the antidote to my strong, stubborn pride.

I keep the right perspective when I see myself as a great builder. As one of the people who show up at a job that they will never see finished, to work on something that their name will never be on.

The writer of the book went so far as to say that no cathedrals could ever be built in our lifetime because there are so few people willing to sacrifice to that degree.

When I really think about it, I don't want my son to tell the friend he's bringing home from college for Thanksgiving, 'My Mom gets up at 4 in the morning and bakes homemade pies, and then she hand bastes a turkey for three hours and presses all the linens for the table.' That would mean I'd built a shrine or a monument to myself. I just want him to want to come home. And then, if there is anything more to say to his friend, to add, 'you're gonna love it there.'

As mothers, we are building great cathedrals. We cannot be seen if we're doing it right. And one day, it is very possible that the world will marvel, not only at what we have built, but at the beauty that has been added to the world by the sacrifices of invisible women.

Great Job, MOM!

Hope this encourages you when the going gets tough as it sometimes does.

   Thank you so much, Sarah Sugah! (Y'all seem determined to make certain that my tear ducts remain fully functional.....)


  From Jane Chambers of VA - 07/01/09 - "CNC BOOK BROCHURE & AD":

   Contact Dr. Chambers at

   Thanks, Jane!


From ArcaMax Jokes - 11/15/09:


"Don't make the same mistake twice seems to indicate three mistakes, doesn't it?

First you make the mistake. Then you make the same mistake. Then you make the same mistake twice.

If you simply say, 'Don't make the same mistake,' you'll avoid the first mistake, won't you?"

~ George Carlin


1. Wednesday, December 9, 2009 - The Class of 1957 will hold its Holiday Party at Angelo's on Route 17.  RSVP no later than December 6.  For details, contact Pat Beck Letzinger at - CLASS OF 1957

2. Tuesday, December 15, 2009 - The Class of 1958 will hold its annual Holiday Party at Al Fresco Italian Ristorante, 11710 Jefferson Avenue. For details, contact Joe Drewry at - CLASS OF 1958

3. Friday and Saturday, August 6 and 7, 2010 - The NNHS Class of 1970 will hold its 40-Year Reunion. Saturday night will be at the Kiln Creek Golf & Country Club. For details, contact Carol Comer Cutler at or visit the reunion website at - CLASS OF 1970

4. Friday , Saturday, and Sunday, August 6, 7, and  8, 2010 - The NNHS Class of 1960 will hold its 50-Year Reunion at the Marriott Newport News at City Center. For details, contact Karen Weinstein Witte at - CLASS OF 1960

PRAYER ROLL: - updated 11/16/09

BLOG: - updated 08/04/09

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

                          Love to all, Carol





Carol Buckley Harty

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Whistling Away the Dark

Lyrics by Johnny Mercer
18 Nov 1909 - 25 June 1976)

Music by Henry Mancini
(16 Apr 1924 - 14 June 1994)

For the film Darling Lili, 1970

Often I think this sad old world is whistling in the dark.
Just like a child, who, late from school walks bravely home through the park.
To keep their spirits soaring and keep the night at bay.
Neither quite knowing which way they are going, they sing the shadows away,
Often I think my poor old heart has given up for good.
and then I see a brand new face, I glimpse some new neighborhood.
So walk me back home, my darling, tell me dreams really come true.
Whistling whistling here in the dark with you.
Often I think my poor old heart has given up for good.
and then I see a brand new face, I glimpse some new neighborhood.
So walk me back home, my darling, tell me dreams really come true.
Whistling whistling here in the dark with you.

"Whistling Away the Dark" midi (sequenced by Gene Confrey) courtesy of - 11/16/09

 "Whistling Away the Dark" lyrics courtesy of - 11/16/09

"Dark Mood" Image courtesy of - 11/16/09

Animated Blue Divider Line clip art courtesy of - um, a while back.....

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!

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

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

Animated Coast Guard 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!

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

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

Animated Big Hugs Smiley clip art courtesy of Sarah Puckett Kressaty ('65) of VA - 06/19/09
Thanks, Sarah Sugah!

Animated Ringing Gold Bell clip art (designed by Art Holden) courtesy of - 12/08/05

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