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01/07/11 - NNHS Newsletter -
Till There Was You

“All, everything that I understand,
I understand only because I love.” 

- Leo Tolstoy
( 28 Aug 1828 - 20 Nov 1910)

Dear Friends and Schoolmates, 

   Today's Newsletter is being revisited from exactly five years ago today:

BONUS #1 - - Till There Was You - Shirley Jones and Robert Preston

BONUS #2 - - Till There Was You - Kristin Chenoweth and Matthew Broderick


"Till There Was You" is a song written by Meredith Willson for his 1957 musical play The Music Man, and which also appeared in the 1962 movie version. The song is sung by librarian Marian Paroo (Barbara Cook on Broadway, Shirley Jones in the film) to Professor Harold Hill (portrayed by Robert Preston) toward the end of Act Two.

The first recording of this song to be released came even before the original cast album version of January 1958. Promotional copies of the 45 rpm single, Capitol P3847, were released on November 26, 1957, even before the Broadway production had premiered on December 19. Produced by Nelson Riddle, it featured his orchestra and 17-year-old vocalist Sue Raney...


    Happy Birthday today to       Harry Covert ('57) of Northern VA AND    Steve Veazey ('60) of VA AND Diane Sandler Marcus ('69) of MD!

    Happy Birthday tomorrow to      Jimmy Shires ('57) of VA AND Brucey Smith Slama ('57) AND Paige Smith Morahan ('57)!

    Happy Birthday this week to:

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);

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

10 - Peggy Taylor Hudson ('57) AND    Bob Parrish ('68) of VA;

11 - My Brother-in-Law, the late   Miles Nowitzky (Granby HS - '50) (11 Jan 1930 - 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!
   Many Happy Returns to You All! 


January 07, 1861 - Virginia called a special session of its Assembly to consider convening a convention on the question of secession.

January 07, 1861 - A special Tennessee legislative session to consider holding a secession convention began in Nashville.

January 07, 1861 - In Washington, Senator John Crittenden of Kentucky spoke for conciliation and moderation, although he was against secession: "I am for the Union; but, my friends, I must also be for the equal rights of my state under the great Constitution and in this great Union."

January 07, 1861 - Seizure of Fort Marion (Castillo de San Marcos): Like all such actions, this met with little, if any, opposition; most of the arsenals and forts were unmanned, and the Federal government was loath to prvide confrontation by making outright defense preparations. 

January 07, 1862 - The troops which had been posted at Hancock, Maryland were now directed away from the vicinity of the Potomac, moving toward Romney, Virginia. A result of this is skirmishing between Federals and Confederate soldiers at Blue's Gap, Virginia, where Colonel Dunning's Northern troops routed Confederates and seized two of their cannon.

January 07, 1863 - There was a major attack on Springfield, Missouri by Confederate troops under Generals John Sappington Marmaduke and Sterling Price. They moved on, and captured, Ozark, Arkansas.

January 07, 1863 - The XIV Corps was officially renamed to the Army of the Cumberland.

January 07, 1864 - Meridian Campaign - General Polk continued his withdrawal before Maj. Gen. William Tecumseh Sherman's advance toward Meridian; skirmishes broke out at Brandon, Morton, Satartia, Mississippi. Elsewhere, Union troops took over Jacksonville, Florida, with little resistance from Confederates; over the next few days a Federal expedition moved out from Jacksonville to destroy Southern supply bases.

January 07, 1865 - The Washington War Office issued an order relieving (the odious) Maj. Gen. Benjamin F. Butler of Commander of the Army of the James and of the Department of Virginia and North Carolina. Major General Edward O.C. Ord was named to fill the vacant posts.

January 07, 1865 - In the Valley Campaign, more troops from General Philip H. Sheridan's dwindling army left the Shenandoah Valley to reinforce the Union Army besieging Petersburg.

January 07, 1865 - Federal soldiers battled Indians in the Colorado Territory, at Julesburg and Valley Station.

January 07, 1865 - The Danish ironclad Sphinx set sail from Copenhagen to Quiberon Bay, France. The Confederate government had already secretly bought the Sphinx; it became the CSS Stonewall.

      From Gloria Woolard Price (Hampton HS - '65) of FL - 01/06/11:


I don’t know if someone already told you, but the NJ man (in the news this week),   John P. Wheeler, III, graduated from HHS in 62. He was voted Most Likely to Succeed. You probably can’t get an obit from Newark, but maybe you could mention him.

   Oh, Gloria! I had no idea!  This is a terribly tragic end for an extraordinary man, and he deserves far more than a mere mention, so I've pieced together a Memorial Newsletter for him:

My condolences to Paul and all your family.  Even when expected, death is always sorrowful. 

Gloria Price

   Thanks so much, Gloria! It is sad, because Jack was such a great guy, and we'll all miss him so much. Since moving back to Illinois two years ago, we were able to see him every few months, but even when we were not able to visit as much as we'd like, he was always only a phone call away.  Jack and Paul would talk regularly on the phone, usually for about an hour.  They would discuss cars and people and politics and solve all the world's problems, and laugh and cry, and his absence here will leave a tremendous void.

   He was a big man with a great bear hug, and he always made me laugh.  Sooner or later (to my great delight), he'd always refer to some unsavory being as an "eggsucker".  I sometimes wondered if he worked that into the conversation just because I got such a big kick out of it, but he never let me down.  Actually, he never let anybody down.

      From Wayne Stokes ('65) of VA - 01/06/11 - "The next Pistol Pete":

With continued work, may have been able to play for NNHS!!:-) Actually, some of his drills were things we did or at least tried:-) One ball was enough to practice enough to STILL be the leader in state championships in the top division in Virginia high school basketball--even after the school being closed for so long!! What was the last school year--70-71??

The next Pistol Pete


And he's not even in High School yet!

   WOWZERONI! Thanks, Wayne Honey!

   Yeah, '71 was the last NNHS graduating class.

      From My Niece, Shari, of VA - 01/06/10 - "Friday":

I have a friend coming in this weekend if she can get flight plans. If so I will not be sending out an email 'til probably next weekend.
More--A commercial


Baker Street--Gerry Rafferty (who just passed away, at age 63 after a long illness) Soft Rock and one of my long time favorites.


A policeman pulls a man over for speeding and asks him to get out of the car. After looking the man over he says, "Sir, I couldn't help but notice your eyes are bloodshot. Have you been drinking?"

The man gets really indignant and says, "Officer, I couldn't help but notice your eyes are glazed. Have you been eating doughnuts?"


Golf Questions

Jill: I just don't understand the attraction golf holds for men.

Mary: TELL me about it! I went golfing with my husband one time, and he told me I asked too many questions!

Jill: Well, I'm sure you were just trying to understand the game. What questions did you ask?

Mary: I thought I asked legitimate questions . . . like, "Why did you hit the ball into that lake?"


To get rid of a scratch on a glass vase or drinking glass, rub with non-gel white toothpaste and a soft cloth. The paste's abrasive properties will smooth the glass to make the scratch invisible.


Imitate the Elephant

"An elephant isn’t troubled over a pebble in its path but an ant might be. So it is with people, as the many small things that others never seem to notice trouble the smallest among us."

~ Walt Haskins


"Each of us makes his own weather, determines the color of the skies in the emotional universe which he inhabits."

~Fulton J. Sheen


Handy Hints

If your carpet is starting to take on unpleasant odors due to pets or spills, use this cheap and natural method to make it smell as good as new. Lightly sprinkle baking soda over the carpet and let sit 20 minutes. Vacuum, and any odors will be done. The baking soda sinks into the fibers so it helps remove deep dirt and any odors.

Peel off price stickers in seconds by passing a hair dryer set on low over the sticker for a few seconds. As the glue warms, the sticker will peel right off.

Smelly Shoes---Simply fill a tube sock with kitty litter, baking soda, or tea leaves; tie the end closed; and place the filled socks in the shoes when you're not wearing them. These sachets can be used over and over in any kind of shoe. Works great especially in gym shoes...

Spill something on the carpet? First, soak up the spill with a paper towel, then blot with a baby wipe or pre-moistened facial wipe. Turn the wipe over on the stain until everything is absorbed and the spot is gone. Then lightly rinse the area with a damp cloth and let it dry.

One that I just tried and it works
If candle wax gets on carpet, place a fairly warm iron over a brown bag, the wax will stick to the bag and the stain will be lifted from the carpet. Any remaining stain can be removed with a slight bit of rubbing alcohol.


The Fourth Kind

I was trying to make a point with the kids to be early. I've learned in life that often the difference between success and failure, meritocracy and excellence, diligence and nonchalance can be seen in the simple act of timeliness.

Simply put, the early bird gets the worm, the money, the contract, the job, the raise, the success and yes, even the girl.

So I stood there with my eight-year-old son, Christian, at karate class. We were early. I wanted him to recognize and remember the three types of people, early, on time and late.

So I asked him, "We are here early, now what are the three types of people, early and..."

He said, "late."

"Right," I replied.

"Now, what's the third type?" I asked, fishing for the answer of on time.

"Not there," Christian replied.

The profound truth of his answer startled me as I recognized there was a great value in simply showing up, even if you were late.

Some of you with some things in life have moved into the not there category. For you, better late than never.

Get going!

~A MountainWings Original~

Thank you, Shari!

From - 01/02/11 - "Baby boomers: Officially, you're now senior citizens":

Baby boomers: Officially, you're now senior citizens

By Brad Knickerbocker – Sun Jan 2, 9:24 am ET

It's official.

That generation of Americans raised on “Leave It to Beaver,” who came of age during the battles over racial segregation, fought in (or over) the Vietnam War, joined the Peace Corps, marched for women’s rights, and populated suburbia with their offspring are now senior citizens.

We’re talking about baby boomers here – people born between 1946 and 1964, the first of whom turned 65 on New Years Day.

OK, so it’s mainly a big deal for demographers, wonkishly charting and graphing society.

IN PICTURES: 2010 pictures of the year

In fact, boomers have been eligible to join the AARP (formerly the American Association of Retired Persons) for 15 years, and they’ve already seen three of their number become president – Bill Clinton, George W. Bush, and Barack Obama (at the youngest end of baby boomerhood).

But the image is distinct.

They’re still boogying to geezer rock. (Thank you Mick Jagger and Keith Richards.) Though their tie-dye may be fading and their pony tails dangling beneath bald pates, many are still certified political lefties – even though most boomers’ political dissent these days comes as the graying base of the solidly conservative tea party movement.

Beyond image is the reality of a generational cohort that sent astronauts (of both genders and all races) into space, built a post-war economy on everything from Chevrolets to computer chips, invented “exurbs” and the shopping mall … and failed to heed Dwight Eisenhower’s warning about a “military-industrial complex” as the United States became the most powerful nation in human history – and consequently was at war or involved in military intervention someplace on the planet virtually the whole time since 1946.

If baby boomers seem ubiquitous (we’ll get to the self-absorbed part in a minute), their numbers tell the story.

“At over 76 million people, baby boomers represent the largest single population growth in US history and have had an enormous impact on every institution in the country, as well as lived through some of the most interesting times in American history,” begins a recent report by AARP “Approaching 65: A Survey of Baby Boomers Turning 65 Years Old.”

Another number indicating boomer clout among the senior citizen class: On average, 7,000 a day are turning 65.

As the nation tackles health care and economic issues related to retirement – need I mention Social Security, Medicare, and Wall Street-based pension plans? – their sizable cohort will have increasing influence in Washington. Most members of the US House of Representatives and the US Senate are boomers.

They already do have political clout in the form of AARP, a major lobbying force on behalf of older Americans.

(That can be controversial. In a burst of tea party-fueled anger, about 60,000 members quit AARP in 2009 over its advocacy of Obama-backed health care reform. Still, it was a relative blip for the organization, which gained 400,000 new members and had 1.5 million membership renewals during the same period.)

So how are boomers feeling these days?

Quite self-aware, for one thing.

“There is a sense among members of the baby boom cohort that they are special or unique,” according to the AARP report. “This sense of uniqueness has been reinforced throughout their life cycle.”

“The impact of the baby boom generation and of specific baby boomers cannot be underestimated,” the report continues. “In every aspect of American life, from entertainment to politics or to sport, baby boomers are the prime movers…. One only needs to look at the number of remade television programs and movies from the 60s and 70s to see how entertainment decisions are being made by boomers or for boomers.”

Boomers are “generally satisfied with their lives and optimistic about the next third of life.” Seven out of 10 “say they have achieved all or most of what they wanted out of life.”

Not surprisingly, they’re concerned about health and economic issues, and most see themselves as working beyond the traditional age of retirement, at least part of the time – not necessarily because they have to but because they want to.

One main reason: They’re more college-educated than any previous generation and therefore more inclined to define themselves in terms of their careers. “It is much harder to visualize retirement if your job is what you prepared for by spending years in school, spending more years in graduate or professional school, working long hours to advance at work, or practicing what you consider to be your life’s work,” the AARP survey concludes.

So happy birthday, boomers. Amaze and amuse your grandkids. Put that old vinyl copy of "Jumpin' Jack Flash" on the stereo, turn up the volume, and let's see your best dance moves.

      From Wayne Stokes ('65) of VA - 12/31/10 - "Calvin & Hobbes - Snowmen (#7 in a Series of 14)":

Nobody does snowmen quite like Calvin and Hobbes!

Remember, if these made you laugh, share the smile with someone else.

     Thanks, Wayne Honey!


  From Jane Chambers of VA - 07/01/09, 02/07/10, AND 07/31/10 - "CNC BOOK BROCHURE & AD" AND 61-62 DECADERS ADDENDA AND DRAMATIC WORKSHOPS STUDENTS: 

   Contact Dr. Chambers at

   Thanks, Jane!


From Will and Guy's Joke of the Day - 01/06/11:
** Actual questions asked of Canadian reference librarians **

Do you have books here?

Do you have that book by Rushdie, 'Satanic Nurses'? [Actual title: "Satanic Verses"]

I am looking for a list of laws that I can break that would send me back to jail for a couple of months.

Can you tell me why so many famous Civil War battles were fought on National Park sites?

Do you have a list of all the books I've ever read?

Do you have any books with photographs of dinosaurs?

* Out of the mouths of babes ...

A nursery school teacher was observing her classroom of children while they were drawing. She would occasionally walk around to see each child's work.

As she got to little Sarah who was working diligently, she asked what the drawing was. Sarah replied, "I'm drawing God."

The teacher paused and said, "But no one knows what God looks like."

Sarah replied, "They will in a minute."


Top 10 FORBIDDEN Library Titles For Children

1) Gerbil merry-go round, and other great microwave games.
2) Fifty new places to poke a pencil.
3) The little girl who died from eating all her vegetables.
4) Why washing clothes causes childhood allergies.
5) Children's guide to hitch-hiking.
6) Flying lessons for kittens.
7) Toys that your neighbours are getting.
8) Where mothers hide treats.
9) Advanced screaming, crying and whining.
10) How to avoid washing daddy's car.

1. Friday, January 28, 2011 - Tidewater Friends of Folk Music Coffeehouse - 7:00 PM Wesley United Methodist Church, 2510 N. Armistead Avenue, Hampton, VA 23666 - SEE: 

2. Thursday, February 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 fiends in that year, go visit with them.

3. Wednesday, February 9, 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.

4. Wednesday, April 13, 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.
Saturday, April 30, 2011 - The NNHS Class will have a Luncheon. Team Leaders are Mickey Marcella ( - 757-249-3800), Betty Hamby Neher ( - 757-898-5099), and Dr. Harry Simpson ( - 804-694-0346). - CLASS OF 1954

6. Saturday, July 9, 2011 (6:30 PM to 11:30 PM) - The Class of 1971 will hold its 40-Year Reunion at Newport News Marriott at City Center, 740 Town Center Drive, Newport News. For details, contact Richard Rawls at - CLASS OF 1971

PRAYER ROLL : - updated 12/30/10

BLOG: - updated 10/21/10

  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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Till There Was You

Written by Meredith Willson
(18 May 1902 - 15 June 1984)

The Music Man, 1957)

There were bells on the hill
 But I never heard them ringing
 No, I never heard them at all
 Till there was you.

 There were birds in the sky
 But I never saw them winging
 No, I never saw them at all
 Till there was you.

 And there was music
 And there were wonderful roses
 They tell me
 In sweet fragrant meadows of dawn and dew

 There was love all around
 But I never heard it singing
 No, I never heard it at all
 Till there was you

"Till There Was You" midi courtesy of - 01/01/06
because of the mention made by Joe Madagan ('57) of FL - 12/31/05
Thanks, Joe!

"Till There Was You" midi extracted with the kind assistance of my #5 son, Nathaniel Harty (Hillsboro HS, IL - '97) of IL - 01/04/06
Thanks, Nathaniel!

"Till There Was You" lyrics courtesy of - 01/04/06

Animated Purple Heart clip art courtesy of - 01/04/06

Animated Hearts Divider Line # 63 clip art courtesy of - 02/11/10

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

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

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

Hampton High School's Crab clip art courtesy of - 10/02/05
Replaced courtesy of - 02/17/09

Animated Laughing Elephant courtesy of Frank Blechman ('65) of Northern VA - 10/29/10
Thanks, Frank!

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