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01/07/13 - NNHS Newsletter - Crazy

Of course I'm crazy, but that doesn't mean I'm wrong.”

- Robert Anton Wilson
(18 Jan 1932 - 11 Jan 2007)

Dear Friends and Schoolmates, 
   I love this song, but maybe that's because I'm - well, you know, crazy.

BONUS #1 - - Crazy - Patsy Cline, 1962

BONUS #2 - - Crazy - Diana Krall, Willie Nelson, and Elvis Costello


"Crazy" is a ballad composed by Willie Nelson. It has been recorded by several artists, most notably by Patsy Cline, whose version was a #2 country hit in 1962.[2]

Partly due to the genre-blending nature of the song, it has been covered by dozens of artists in several genres over the years; Nevertheless, the song remains inextricably linked with Cline.

Nelson wrote the song in early 1961; at the time he was a journeyman singer-songwriter who had written several hits for other artists but had not yet had a significant recording of his own. Nelson originally wrote the song for country singer Billy Walker who turned it down for the same reason Roy Drusky turned down I Fall to Pieces the previous year - that it was ``a girl's song. The song's eventual success helped launch Nelson as a performer as well as a songwriter.

Musically the song is a jazz-pop ballad with country overtones and a complex melody. The lyrics describe the singer's state of bemusement at the singer's own helpless love for the object of his affection.

Patsy Cline, who was already a country music superstar and working to extend a string of hits, picked it as a follow up to her previous big hit I Fall to Pieces. "Crazy", its complex melody suiting Cline's vocal talent perfectly, was released in late 1961 and immediately became another huge hit for Cline and widened the crossover audience she had established with her prior hits. It spent 21 weeks on the chart and eventually became one of her signature tunes. Cline's version is #85 on Rolling Stone's list of The 500 Greatest Songs of All Time.[3]

According to the Ellis Nassour biography Patsy Cline, Nelson, who at that time was known as a struggling songwriter by the name of Hugh Nelson, was a regular at Tootsie's Orchid Lounge on Nashville's Music Row, where he frequented with friends Kris Kristofferson and Roger Miller, both unknown songwriters at that time. Nelson met Cline's husband, Charlie Dick, at the bar one evening and pitched the song to him. Dick took the track home and played it for Cline, who absolutely hated it at first because Nelson's demo "spoke" the lyrics ahead of and behind the beat, about which an annoyed Cline remarked that she ``couldn't sing like that.

However, Cline's producer, Owen Bradley, loved the song and arranged it in the ballad form in which it was later recorded. On Loretta Lynn's album I Remember Patsy Bradley reported that as Patsy was still recovering from a recent automobile accident that nearly took her life, she'd had difficulty reaching the high notes of the song on the original production night due to her broken ribs. So after about four hours of trying, in the days of four songs being recorded in three hours - they called it a night. A week later she came back and recorded the lead vocal we all know in one take.

On the same interview, Loretta remembers the first time Cline performed it at the Grand Ole Opry on crutches, and received three standing ovations. Barbara Mandrell remembers Cline introducing the song to her audiences live in concert saying "All my recent hits have come true in my life. I had a hit out called Tra-La-La Triangle and people thought about me and Gerald and Charlie. I had another hit out called 'I Fall to Pieces' and I was in a car wreck. Now I'm really worried because I have a new hit single out and its called 'Crazy'."

Willie Nelson stated on the 1993 documentary Remembering Patsy that Cline's version of "Crazy" was his favorite song of his that anybody had ever recorded because it "was a lot of magic."


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

    Happy Birthday tomorrow to    Mrs. Wilma Salmon Robinson (Warwick HS - '51) of VA AND Dreamadon Dillon Skidmore ('57) AND Sonja Settles Allen ('57) AND    Pat Branch Coltrane ('57)!

    Happy Birthday this week to:

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

10 - Peggy Taylor Hudson ('57) AND Suzanne Mason Haff (NNHS / Warwick HS - '61) of NC AND     Bob Parrish ('68) of Northern VA;

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 07, 1935 - French Foreign Minister Pierre Laval and Italian Prime Minister Benito Mussolini signed the Franco–Italian Agreement

January 07, 1940 - The Finnish 9th Division stopped and completely destroyed the overwhelming Soviet forces on the Raate-Suomussalmi road.

January 07, 1942 - The siege of the Bataan Peninsula began.

January 07, 1945 - British General Bernard Montgomery held a press conference in which he claimed credit for victory in the Battle of the Bulge.


Monday, January 07, 1963 - Politician and Junior Senator from Kentucky Rand Paul was born in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.

Monday, January 07, 1963 - Premier of Queensland Arthur Moore (b. 09 Feb 1876 in Napier, New Zealand) died in Brisbane, Queensland, Australia at the age of 86.


    From Marcus C. Higgins ('65) of AZ - 01/02/13 (via snail mail):

   WOWZERONI! Thank you so much, Marcus!

   I actually began this site back in 2000 as an offshoot of my trying to locate items for my high school scrapbooks I was finally assembling.

   When we were preparing to move from IL (the first time) back in October of 2001, my graduation announcement is one of the items that mysteriously reappeared to my great joy. Mine is thus safely ensconced in my 12th grade album, and is posted here:

   Your treasured announcement is now up for grabs to the most exciting request (sent to me) received from a member of the Class of 1965, courtesy of Marcus' generosity.

 I do not believe       
Captain Spriggs ('64 - of VA) served on USS Enterprise; he served on USS Spruance (DD 963) - which is not to say he would not be interested in obtaining this treasure. After Marcus hears from David, all other interested parties contact Marcus directly by email or phone for further details.

   As for    Carla Fine Cripps's ('65 of South Australia) JFK portrait,         Paul (Harty - Bardolph HS, IL - '61 - of NC) says if for some strange reason she does not want it, he would be extraordinarily interested in obtaining it!

   I've only seen the Christmas lights on Temple Square twice myself, in Salt Lake City in January of 1968, and at the Washington Temple in December of 2001, but they are unforgettably beautiful; glad y'all enjoyed those in Mesa!

   Thanks again, Marcus!

    From Norm Covert ('61) of MD - 01/04/13 - "The Covert Letter:What hath the D.A.R.’s Merry Wright Wrought? ":

What hath the D.A.R.’s Merry Wright Wrought?

Posted: 03 Jan 2013 09:42 AM PST

  1. READER ALERT: The Covert Letter published a two-part series April  30  and May 3, 2012, on a brewing controversy within the hallowed halls of the Daughters of the American Revolution in Washington, D. C.  Word had leaked that it was removing the name of Jesus Christ from the Chaplain’s Missal and those who learned of the proposal began circulating the secret to other chapters. It became a matter that would certainly threaten membership; friendships were stretched to their limits as it rose to an emotional peak.

The controversy waned until this morning (Jan. 3, 2012). In case you missed it, FoxnewsReporter Todd Starnes revealed the D.A.R. has indeed removed references to Jesus Christ and God in its literature, including the hymn “America the Beautiful.”  Here’s the link:

The Covert Letter is republishing the series for your edification at and

Norman M. Covert, Publisher

     What, are you kidding me? How can this be?!? The D.A.R. was founded upon certain beliefs and principles and... Never mind. I don't think I want to know. Sigh. Thanks, Norm!

  From Ruth Ann Reece Horace ('67) of FL - 01/04/13 - "GOD'S CAKE":

God's Cake....

This is about the best thing I've ever read as an explanation.

Sometimes we wonder, 'What did I do to deserve this?' or 'Why did God have to do This to me?

Here is a wonderful Explanation!

A daughter is telling her mother how everything is going wrong, she's failing Algebra, her boyfriend broke up with her and her best friend is moving away.

Meanwhile, her mother is baking a cake and asks her daughter if she would like a snack, and the daughter says, 'Absolutely Mom, I love your cake.'

'Here, have some cooking oil,' her mother offers.

'Yuck' says her daughter.

'How about a couple raw eggs?'

'Gross, Mom!'

'Would you like some flour then? Or maybe baking soda?'

'Mom, those are all yucky!'

To which the mother replies: 'Yes, all those things seem bad all by themselves, but when they are put together in the right way, they make a wonderfully delicious cake!

God works the same way. Many times we wonder why He would let us go through such bad and difficult times.
But God knows that when He puts these things all in His order, they always work for good!
We just have to trust Him and, eventually, they will all make something wonderful!

God is crazy about you.
He sends you flowers every Spring and a sunrise every morning.
Whenever you want to talk, He'll listen.
He can live anywhere in the Universe, and He chose your heart.

Life may not be the party we hoped for,
but while we are here we might as well dance!

   Thanks so much, Ruthie!

    From Glenn Dye ('60) of TX - 01/04/13 - "US Navy Carrier--In Operation":

US Navy Carrier... no wonder the Iranians want this vessel out of the Persian Gulf.
This is a great example of technology, teamwork and strength in action.
This is pretty impressive... Go for the ride!

   WOWZERONI-RINI! This is amazing! Thank you so much for sharing this fascinating video, Glenn!

  From Bill Hobbs ('66) of Northern VA - 01/01/13 (but apparently hiding in cyberspace...) - "This Is Why I Email You": 

Sometimes, we wonder why friends forward things to us without writing a word. Maybe this explains it:
When you're busy, but still want to keep in touch, you can forward emails. When you have nothing to say, but still want to keep in contact, you can forward jokes. When you have something to say, but don't know exactly how, you can forward stuff. A 'forward' lets you know you're still remembered, still important, still cared about. So the next time you get a 'forward,' don't think of it as just another joke. Realize you've been thought of today and your friend on the other end just wanted to send you a smile.

P.S. : You're welcome at my watering hole anytime.
Life is short... forgive quickly, love truly, laugh uncontrollably... and never regret anything that made you smile.

   Thanks so much, Billy!

From My Friend, Tina, of NC - 01/05/13, 3:18 PM - "Using 2 Liter Recycled Plastic Bottles For Compact Food Storage ":

  Using 2 Liter Recycled Plastic Bottles For Compact Food Storage

COOL BEANS! What a great idea! Thanks for sharing this, Tina!


BONUS CROCHET PATTERNS: - Forget Me Not Baby Blanket - "One look at this Forget Me Not Baby Blanket and you'll remember it forever! The square motifs make this crocheted pattern unique and fun. Babies will love staring at this intricate afghan. It's perfect for little ones who are learning and growing!" - Rainbow Delight Baby Afghan - "Looking for a baby blanket that is full of class and vintage appeal? Make a Rainbow Delight Baby Afghan and see why this easy crochet pattern appeals to everyone. All you need is a Size J hook and pastel variegated yarn." - Kelly Klem's Picadilly Baby Blanket - "This simple crochet pattern makes a great keepsake! Give this Picadilly Baby Blanket at your next baby shower."

Classic Baked Goulash - "There are a variety of different casserole recipes, but none compare to the simplicity and our tasty Classic Baked Goulash that has been made in households for generations and generations. Easy to make and perfect for a quick weeknight casserole, it's made with ingredients that you most likely have on hand. A budget friendly dish, there's no reason not to make it." - Beyond Easy King Ranch Casserole - "This king of all casseroles gets a punch of great flavor from picante sauce, chili powder and green onions. This Beyond Easy King Ranch Casserole is a flavorful way to use leftover chicken or turkey that will have your family coming back for more! We absolutely love easy casserole recipes for delicious weeknight meals, and this one from Campbell's Kitchen is one of our favorites." - Pennsylvania Dutch Ham & Noodle Casserole - "Sure to become a family favorite, this quick cooking casserole recipe combines cubed cooked ham, noodles and tender onions blended with a creamy cheesy sauce. Make this Pennsylvania Dutch Ham & Noodle Casserole for your next family dinner."


From - 01/06/12:
A rooster was strutting around the henhouse one Easter morning and came across a nest of eggs dyed every color of the rainbow.

The rooster took one look at the colorful display, ran outside and beat the heck out of the resident peacock.

1.Thursday, February 7, 2013 - 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.

3. Wednesday, February 13, 2013 - 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 01/04/13

BLOG: - updated 03/13/11

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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Written by Willie Nelson
(b. 30 Apr 1933)

Recorded by Patsy Cline, 1962
(08 Sept 8 1932 – 05 Mar 1963)

I'm crazy for feelin' so lonely...
I'm crazy,
Crazy for feelin' so blue...
I knew you'd love me as long as you wanted,
And then someday, you'd leave me for somebody new.
Why do I let myself worry?
What in the world did I do?
For thinkin' that my love could hold you...
I'm crazy for tryin',
And crazy for cryin',
And I'm crazy for lovin' you...
For thinkin' that my love could hold you...
I'm crazy for tryin',
And crazy for cryin',
And I'm crazy for lovin' you...

"Crazy" midi courtesy of - 01/04/05

  "Crazy" lyrics courtesy of - 01/04/05

Flashing Eye clip art courtesy of - 01/04/05

Animated Nutsy Smiley courtesy of - 05/04/09

Animated Goofy Divider Line clip art courtesy of - 08/12/04

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

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

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!

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

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