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01/04/14 - NNHS Newsletter - Holding Out for a Hero

“Unconsciously we all have a standard by which we measure other men, and if we examine closely
we find that this standard is a very simple one, and is this: we admire them, we envy them,
for great qualities we ourselves lack. Hero worship consists in just that. Our heroes
are men who do things which we recognize, with regret, and sometimes with a secret shame,
that we cannot do. We find not much in ourselves to admire, we are always privately wanting
to be like somebody else. If everybody was satisfied with himself, there would be no heroes.”

- Mark Twain
(30 Nov 1835 -  21 Apr 1910)

Dear Friends and Schoolmates,

   We all have heroes in our lives, whether we realize it or not.  I think perhaps I have more than most people, including many of you yourselves.....

BONUS #1 - Holding Out for a Hero - Bonnie Tyler, 1984

BONUS #2 - Holding Out for a Hero - Jennifer Saunders - Shrek 2 Soundtrack 14, 2004


"Holding Out for a Hero" is a song written by Jim Steinman and Dean Pitchford, originally recorded by Welsh singer Bonnie Tyler. It was released in 1984 on the soundtrack to the film Footloose. It later appeared on Tyler's album Secret Dreams and Forbidden Fire. It hit #96 for the first time in the United Kingdom in 1984, #2 in 1985, #69 in 1991. The opening couplet – "Where have all the good men gone and where are all the gods?/ Where's the streetwise Hercules to fight the rising odds?" – could be seen as an example of the ubi sunt motif in literature.

The song's instrumental break was reused from "Stark Raving Love" on Steinman's 1981 album Bad for Good. The song also appeared on a radio station in the game Saints Row: The Third, and plays in the background during the last mission. [1]

Music video: Produced by Jeffrey Abelson, directed by Doug Dowdle, concept by Keith Williams, it was the first music-video that successfully promoted a movie while having no movie footage in the video.

At the beginning of the music video, Bonnie Tyler escapes from a burning house; the video is set primarily in the vicinity of the burning house and on the edge of the Grand Canyon – interspersed with shots of angelic background singers dressed all in white. Evil cowboys dressed in black, carrying neon whips appear before Tyler, threatening her; a cowboy hero dressed in white, brandishing a pistol, appears on horseback and the evil cowboys flee on horseback, with the hero in pursuit. As the song fades out, the hero cowboy appears in front of Bonnie Tyler.[2]

It was used as the opening theme for the Channel 4 American Football show in the 1980s.

“Great heroes need great sorrows and burdens, or half their greatness goes unnoticed. It is all part of the fairy tale.”

- Peter S. Beagle, The Last Unicorn, 1968
(b. 20 Apr 1939)


       Happy Birthday today to Norma Howell Morgan ('57) AND    Bill Bost ('61) of NC AND Randy Tosh ('63) of VA AND           My #6 Son, Dale Harty, (Hillsboro HS, IL / American School, IL - '02) of NC!
Happy Birthday tomorrow to    Carolyn McCormick Holmes ('57) AND  Cammie Dick Gibson ('57) AND the late      Doc Hudson (Warwick HS - '60) (d. 24 Apr 2010) AND Vickie Hankins Rudy ('63) of GA;

   Happy Birthday this week to:

06 -       Harry Covert ('57) of Northern VA AND    Steve Veazey ('60) of VA AND Diane Sandler Marcus ('69) of MD;

07 -     Jimmy Shires ('57) of VA AND Brucey Smith Slama ('57) AND Paige Smith Morahan ('57) AND   My Daughter-in-Law, Laura Adams Harty (Cardston HS, Alberta - '95) of AL;

08 -    Mrs. Wilma Salmon Robinson (Warwick HS - '51) of VA AND Dreamadon Dillon Skidmore ('57) AND Sonja Settles Allen ('57) AND    Pat Branch Coltrane ('57)  Bill Collins ('63) AND Ruth Thom Chapman ('63);

09 - Joan Burcher Green ('57) AND Alvin Blankenship ('63) AND   Joe Dickson ('66) of VA;

10 - Peggy Taylor Hudson ('57) AND the late    Bob Parrish ('68) (deceased 12 Jan 2013)!

11 - My Brother-in-Law, the late   Miles Nowitzky (Granby HS - '50) (d. 07 May 2005) AND     Frances Goodson Wang ('65) of MD AND   Ron Haney ('65) of VA AND   Ron Smith ('65) of VA  AND Barbara Dye Hensley ('69) of VA AND   FlyLady of NC!
   Many Happy Returns to You All! 


January 04, 1944 - Operation Carpetbagger, involving the dropping of arms and supplies to resistance fighters in Europe, began.


Saturday, January 04, 1964 - Actress Dot Jones was born Dorothy-Marie Jones in Turlock, California.

“Heroes are made by the paths they choose, not the powers they are graced with.”

- Brodi Ashton, Everneath, 2012

  From Judy Phillips Allen ('66) of VA - 01/03/14 - "Happy New Year!":

Our God has certainly provided us with a BEAUTIFUL place to live surrounded by beautiful, interesting, and precious creatures.  I pray that we can keep it that way.
God bless you in 2014.
Jerry and Judy

   Thank you so much for this peaceful video, Dearest Judy! Blessings to you and Jerry, too!

“To be heroic does not have to mean possessing the ability to stand against the evils of the world, either well or successfully, but just that one is willing to stand.”

- Mike Alsford, Heroes and Villains
, 2007

“I am of certain convinced that the greatest heroes are those who do their duty in the daily grind of domestic affairs whilst the world whirls as a maddening dreidel.”

- Florence Nightingale

(12 May 1820 – 13 Aug 1910)

     From Me ('65) of NC - 01/03/13:


“My own heroes are the dreamers, those men and women who tried to make the world a better place than when they found it, whether in small ways or great ones. Some succeeded, some failed, most had mixed results... but it is the effort that's heroic, as I see it. Win or lose, I admire those who fight the good fight.”

- George R.R. Martin
(b. 20 Sept 1948)

From My Friend, Susan, of NC - 01/03/14 - "5 Minute 4 Ingredient No-Bake Cheesecake": 

         YUMMY! Thanks, Susan!


“Every society needs heroes. And every society has them. The reason we don't often see them is because we don't bother to look.

There are two kinds of heroes. Heroes who shine in the face of great adversity, who perform an amazing feat in a difficult situation. And heroes who live among us, who do their work unceremoniously, unnoticed by many of us, but who make a difference in the lives of others.

Heroes are selfless people who perform extraordinary acts. The mark of heroes is not necessarily the result of their action, but what they are willing to do for others and for their chosen cause. Even if they fail, their determination lives on for others to follow. The glory lies not in the achievement, but in the sacrifice.”

- Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono
(b. 09 Sept 1949)

       From George Helliesen ('61) of MI - 12/20/13 - "One Word Essays (#15 in a Series of 28)":

As they say, a picture is worth a thousand words.

Neat things in life!

May your troubles be less,
May your blessings be more;
May nothing but happiness come through your door!!
   Thanks so much, George! These are cool!

Yes, there are plenty of heroes and heroines everywhere you look. They are not famous people. They are generally obscure and modest people doing useful work, keeping their families together and taking an active part in the health of their communities, opposing what is evil (in one way or another) and defending what is good. Heroes do not want power over others.”

Edward Abbey, Postcards from Ed: Dispatches and Salvos from an American Iconoclast, 2006
(29 Jan 1927 - 14 Mar 1989)


From - 01/03/14:
An airplane encountered some turbulence, it started juddering and rocking noticeably from side to side.

The flight crew wheeled out the drinks cart to keep the passengers calm. The attendant asked a business man “Would you like a drink?

“Why not?” he replied unkindly “I’ll have whatever the pilot’s been having.

1. Thursday, February 6, 2014 - 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, February 12, 2014 - 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.  

PRAYER ROLL: - updated 12/30/13

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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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Holding Out for a Hero

Written by Jim Steinman (b. 01 Nov 1947) and Dean Pitchford (b. 29 July 1951)

Recorded by Bonnie Tyler (b. 08 June 1951), 1984

Where have all the good men gone
And where are all the gods?
Where's the street-wise Hercules
To fight the rising odds?
Isn't there a white knight upon a fiery steed?
Late at night I toss and I turn and I dream
of what I need


I need a hero
I'm holding out for a hero 'til the end of the night
He's gotta be strong
And he's gotta be fast
And he's gotta be fresh from the fight
I need a hero
I'm holding out for a hero 'til the morning light
He's gotta be sure
And it's gotta be soon
And he's gotta be larger than life

Somewhere after midnight
In my wildest fantasy
Somewhere just beyond my reach
There's someone reaching back for me
Racing on the thunder and rising with the heat
It's gonna take a superman to sweep me off my feet


Up where the mountains meet the heavens above
Out where the lightning splits the sea
I could swear that there's someone somewhere
Watching me

Through the wind and the chill and the rain
And the storm and the flood
I can feel his approach
Like the fire in my blood


I need a hero. I'm holding out for a hero 'til the end of the night


"Holding Out for a Hero" midi courtesy of - 01/08/13 (sic)

"Holding Out for a Hero" lyrics courtesy of - 01/08/13 (sic)

"HEROES" Image courtesy of - 01/08/13 (sic)

Peach Zigzag Divider Line courtesy of - 11/28/05

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

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 USMC, Navy, and Army Flags clip art courtesy of - 06/18/03

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

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