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01/09/11 - NNHS Newsletter - Silhouettes

“Against the dark background of this contemporary
civilization of well-being, even the arts tend to mingle,
to lose their identity.” 

- Eugenio Montale
(12 Oct 1896 - 12 Sept 1981)

Dear Friends and Schoolmates, 

   Today's golden oldie Newsletter is a new one for us here.

BONUS - - Silhouettes - The Rays


"Silhouettes" is a doo-wop song made famous by The Rays in 1957. A competing version by The Diamonds was also successful, and the song was a hit again in 1965 for Herman's Hermits.

In May 1957, songwriter Bob Crewe saw a couple embracing through a windowshade as he passed on a train. He quickly set about turning the image into a song. Frank Slay, who owned the small Philadelphia record label XYZ with Crewe, added lyrics, and they soon had a complete song ready to record.[1] The story has frequently been reported that Slay heard The Rays audition for Cameo-Parkway Records, for which he worked, and immediately decided that they were the perfect group for "Silhouettes". However, Slay and Crewe were actually already familiar with the group, as "Silhouettes" was their third single with them.[2]

The song received a break when popular local disc jockey Hy Lit fell asleep with a stack of newly released records on his record player. "Silhouettes" happened to be the last to play, and so it repeated until he woke up. He began to play the song on his show.[1] It became popular enough that Cameo-Parkway picked it up for national distribution, and it eventually reached number 3 on Billboard Top 100, while also hitting the top five on both the sales and airplay charts. It was the group's only top 40 hit...


   Happy Birthday today to Joan Burcher Green ('57) AND    Joe Dickson ('66) of VA!

    Happy Birthday tomorrow to Peggy Taylor Hudson ('57) AND    Bob Parrish ('68) of VA!

    Happy Birthday this week to:

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;

15 - Skippy Weitz ('57) AND   Mary Markiewich Hux ('67) of VA;

16 -   Johanne Coates Richardson ('57) AND Steve Kiger ('66) of VA!

   Many Happy Returns to You All! 


January 08, 1811 - Slaves under Charles Deslondes revolted.

January 08, 1818 - Missouri petitioned for statehood:

January 08, 1818 - Yearly increase in manufacturing dropped nearly 80% in 1817 over 1816:

January 08, 1867 - Kentucky rejected the 14th Amendment:


January 09, 1861 - Artillery fired on the Star of the West from Morris Island as it crosses into the main entrance channel to Charleston Harbor. As the ship came about, Fort Moultrie opened fire, also with cannon shot. A mile and a half from Fort Sumter, the ship withdrew.

January 09, 1861 - Mississippi seceded from the Union.

January 09, 1867 - Virginia rejected the 14th Amendment:


     From Me ('65) of IL - 01/09/11:

            My #2 Son, Brent Harty (Hillsboro HS, IL - '90) of TX left recently for a year's deployment to "the lands dark and dusty". Your thoughts and prayers for his safety and for his family's well-being during his absence would be most appreciated.

    From Joe Madagan ('57) of FL - 01/08/11 - "Nomination for Famous Marine Page."

Hi, Carol:

This week
    Ron Timberlake ('67) of TN reached out to me to determine if I was a Life Guard at the Municipal Swimming Pool in Newport News, VA recalling that I was his swimming instructor when he was a youngster.

I remember him very well, as well as his older brother    Herb Timberlake ('58) and his late father who passed away in 1980. His father was the maintenance mechanic for the World War II Memorial Recreation Center.

Ron is currently a Professor of Health and Physical Education at the
Volunteer State College near Nashville, TN. He served in the United States Marine Corps and was assigned to the 1st Recon Battalion and pulled a tour in Vietnam with that unit. He held the record for the three mile run at Camp Pendleton, in just over 15 minutes. He went to WKC on a track and field scholarship.

I would like to nominate him for your Famous Marine page on your outstanding website.

TYPHOON Regards,
Joe Madagan ('57) of FL

   Certainly, Joe!   I just happily and gratefully added Ronnie to our list of Famous Marines:

   Okay, that part was easy. What really has me confused is - I cannot find Ronnie on his Alumni Page OR on my subscriber list (though I was quite certain he was) - yet I knew he was in the Marine Corps AND I scanned his senior portrait! Now, knowing how much I "enjoy" scanning, y'all know I didn't do it just for the fun of it all (as I just did his older brother's). I think I just short-circuited my last remaining functioning brain cell.....

    From Sandi Bateman Chestnut ('65) of VA - 01/08/11 - "Cemetery Watchman.. A must read":

A must read - This is awesome!!!

Thanks just isn't enough.....
Cemetery Watchman ....

My friend Kevin and I are volunteers at a National cemetery in Oklahoma and put in a few days a month in a 'slightly larger' uniform.

Today had been a long, long day and I just wanted to get the day over with and go down to Smokey's and have a cold one. Sneaking a look at my watch, I saw the time, 16:55. Five minutes to go before the cemetery gates are closed for the day. Full dress was hot in the August sun Oklahoma summertime was as bad as ever--the heat and humidity at the same level--both too high.

I saw the car pull into the drive, '69 or '70 model Cadillac Deville, looked factory-new. It pulled into the parking lot at a snail's pace.. An old woman got out so slow I thought she was paralyzed; she had a cane and a sheaf of flowers--about four or five bunches as best I could tell.

I couldn't help myself. The thought came unwanted, and left a slightly bitter taste: 'She's going to spend an hour, and for this old soldier, my hip hurts like hell and I'm ready to get out of here right now!' But for this day, my duty was to assist anyone coming in.

Kevin would lock the 'In' gate and if I could hurry the old biddy along, we might make it to Smokey's in time.

I broke post attention. My hip made gritty noises when I took the first step and the pain went up a notch. I must have made a real military sight: middle-aged man with a small pot gut and half a limp, in marine full-dress uniform, which had lost its razor crease about thirty minutes after I began the watch at the cemetery.

I stopped in front of her, halfway up the walk. She looked up at me with an old woman's squint.

'Ma'am, may I assist you in any way?'

She took long enough to answer.

'Yes, son. Can you carry these flowers? I seem to be moving a tad slow these days.'

'My pleasure, ma'am.' (Well, it wasn't too much of a lie.)

She looked again. 'Marine, where were you stationed?'

' Vietnam, ma'am.. Ground-pounder. '69 to '71.'

She looked at me closer. 'Wounded in action, I see. Well done, Marine. I'll be as quick as I can.'

I lied a little bigger: 'No hurry, ma'am.'

She smiled and winked at me. 'Son, I'm 85-years-old and I can tell a lie from a long way off.. Let's get this done. Might be the last time I can do this. My name's Joanne Wieserman, and I've a few Marines I'd like to see one more time.'

'Yes, ma 'am. At your service.'

She headed for the World War I section, stopping at a stone. She picked one of the flower bunches out of my arm and laid it on top of the stone. She murmured something I couldn't quite make out.. The name on the marble was Donald S. Davidson, USMC: France 1918.

She turned away and made a straight line for the World War II section, stopping at one stone I saw a tear slowly tracking its way down her cheek. She put a bunch on a stone; the name was Stephen X.Davidson, USMC, 1943.

She went up the row a ways and laid another bunch on a stone, Stanley J. Wieserman, USMC, 1944..

She paused for a second and more tears flowed. 'Two more, son, and we'll be done'

I almost didn't say anything, but, 'Yes, ma'am. Take your time.'

She looked confused.. 'Where's the Vietnam section, son? I seem to have lost my way.'

I pointed with my chin. 'That way, ma'am.'

'Oh!' she chuckled quietly. 'Son, me and old age ain't too friendly.'

She headed down the walk I'd pointed at. She stopped at a couple of stones before she found the ones she wanted. She placed a bunch on Larry Wieserman, USMC, 1968, and the last on Darrel Wieserman, USMC, 1970. She stood there and murmured a few words I still couldn't make out and more tears flowed.

'OK, son, I'm finished. Get me back to my car and you can go home.'

Yes, ma'am. If I may ask, were those your kinfolk?'

She paused. 'Yes, Donald Davidson was my father, Stephen was my uncle, Stanley was my husband, Larryand Darrel were our sons. All killed in action, all Marines.'

She stopped! Whether she had finished, or couldn't finish, I don't know. She made her way to her car, slowly and painfully.
I waited for a polite distance to come between us and then double-timed it over to Kevin, waiting by the car.

'Get to the 'Out' gate quick.. I have something I've got to do.'

Kevin started to say something, but saw the look I gave him. He broke the rules to get us there down the service road fast. We beat her. She hadn't made it around the rotunda yet.

'Kevin, stand at attention next to the gatepost. Follow my lead.' I humped it across the drive to the other post

When the Cadillac came puttering around from the hedges and began the short straight traverse to the gate, I called in my best gunny's voice: 'TehenHut! Present Haaaarms!'

I have to hand it to Kevin; he never blinked an eye--full dress attention and a salute that would make his DI proud.
She drove through that gate with two old worn-out soldiers giving her a send-off she deserved, for service rendered to her country, and for knowing duty, honor and sacrifice far beyond the realm of most.

I am not sure, but I think I saw a salute returned from that Cadillac.

Instead of 'The End,' just think of 'Taps.'

As a final thought on my part, let me share a favorite prayer: 'Lord, keep our servicemen and women safe, whether they serve at home or overseas. Hold them in your loving hands and protect them as they protect us.'

Let's all keep those currently serving and those who have gone before in our thoughts. They are the reason for the many freedoms we enjoy.

'In God We Trust.'

Sorry about your monitor; it made mine blurry too!

If we ever forget that we're one nation under God, then we will be a nation gone under!

   AMEN! Thank you so much, Sandi!

  From Bill Hobbs ('66) of Northern VA - 01/08/11 - "Japanese Surrender 9/2/45 And Other War News":

Some really historic film here. I'm sure you old timers are going to enjoy. I recall seeing much of this kind of stuff in the news reels at the movie theaters as a kid. Historic.

This is an actual film made of the surrender ceremony of the Japanese to McArthur in Tokyo Bay on September 2, 1945. Actual voice of the General. Never been shown to the general public before. We always saw the "stills" but never the film itself.

Historical Footage: Japanese Surrender Signing Aboard Battleship Missouri Sunday, Sept. 2, 1945 - An important piece of history.

   WOWZERONI!!! This reminds me so of all the WWII documentaries I used to watch on television with       my daddy, the late Robert Buckley (John Marshall HS - '25) (19 Oct 1907 - 25 Apr 1960)! Of course, given the opportunity, I am still pretty much glued to watching more of the same on the History Channel, History International, or the Military Channel.  Some things, at least, do not change all that much.....

   Thanks so much, Billy!

        From Jerry Blanchard ('62) of VA - 01/08/11 - "Aren't animals the Greatest?":


Hope all enjoy, and follow Libby's example. 

Jerry Blanchard Class of 62

  Meet Cashew the Lab, and her seeing eye cat, Libby. I wish, for all our sakes, that this was possible with humans.  Aren't animals the Greatest?

"You cannot do a kindness too soon, for you never know how soon it will be too late." 
-- Ralph Waldo Emerson~

   AWWW - WOWZERS! Wouldn't that be wonderful??

   Thanks, Jerry!


    From Joan Lauterbach Krause ('60) of VA - 01/07/11 - "Should I really get on Facebook":

A good laugh for people in the over 50 group !!! Also for those who know people like us.

When I bought my Blackberry I thought about the 30-year business I ran with 1800 employees, all without a cell phone that plays music, takes videos, pictures and communicates with Facebook and Twitter. I signed up under duress for Twitter and Facebook, so my seven kids, their spouses, 13 grandkids and 2 great grand kids could communicate with me in the modern way. I figured I could handle something as simple as Twitter with only 140 characters of space.

That was before one of my grandkids hooked me up for Tweeter, Tweetree, Twhirl, Twitterfon, Tweetie and Twittererific Tweetdeck, Twitpix and something that sends every message to my cell phone and every other program within the texting world.

My phone was beeping every three minutes with the details of everything except the bowel movements of the entire next generation. I am not ready to live like this. I keep my cell phone in the garage in my golf bag.

The kids bought me a GPS for my last birthday because they say I get lost every now and then going over to the grocery store or library. I keep that in a box under my tool bench with the Blue tooth [it's red] phone I am supposed to use when I drive. I wore it once and was standing in line at Barnes and Noble talking to my wife and everyone in the nearest 50 yards was glaring at me. I had to take my hearing aid out to use it, and I got a little loud.

I mean the GPS looked pretty smart on my dash board, but the lady inside that gadget was the most annoying, rudest person I had run into in a long time. Every 10 minutes, she would sarcastically say, "Re-calc-u-lating." You would think that she could be nicer. It was like she could barely tolerate me. She would let go with a deep sigh and then tell me to make a U-turn at the next light. Then if I made a right turn instead. Well, it was not a good relationship.
When I get really lost now, I call my wife and tell her the name of the cross streets and while she is starting to develop the same tone as Gypsy, the GPS lady, at least she loves me.

To be perfectly frank, I am still trying to learn how to use the cordless phones in our house. We have had them for 4 years, but I still haven't figured out how I can lose three phones all at once and have run around digging under chair cushions and checking bathrooms and the dirty laundry baskets when the phone rings.

The world is just getting too complex for me. They even mess me up every time I go to the grocery store. You would think they could settle on something themselves but this sudden "Paper or Plastic?" every time I check out just knocks me for a loop. I bought some of those cloth reusable bags to avoid looking confused, but I never remember to take them in with me.

Now I toss it back to them. When they ask me, "Paper or Plastic?" I just say, "Doesn't matter to me. I am bi-sacksual." Then it's their turn to stare at me with a blank look. I was recently asked if I tweet. I answered, No, but I do toot a lot."

P.S. I know some of you are not over 50. I sent it to you to allow you to forward it to those who are.

We senior citizens don't need anymore gadgets. The TV remote and the garage door remote are about all we can handle.

  Thanks, Joan!

      From Wayne Stokes ('65) of VA - 01/08/11 - " HOTEL BILL":

Don't mess with seniors!! Got it?? You should have!! You will!!
I know that my sending you--all of you (Y'all)- so much email on a regular basis probably gets on your nerves!! But, remember--in addition to passing on something that is actually of value every now and then--ok rarely--it also means that I'm thinking about you!! You were on my mind, that vast unknown area of darkness that resides within my brain!!
Now, 2011 is upon us and you will remain on my mind--I'm just not going to let you know as often!! See, it was worth reading the entire speech :-) Also, I'm going to do my annual cleaning of my address book and you may be fortunate enough to be one of those that is removed--now you see I really was thinking of you!!
What I'm sending this time is just below--have a great 2011 and may all the best of all things good be yours!! I mean it.

A married couple was traveling by car from Victoria to Prince George. Being seniors, after almost eleven hours on the road, they were too tired to continue, and decided to take a room. But, they only planned to sleep for four hours and then get back on the road. When they checked out four hours later, the desk clerk handed them a bill for $350.00.

The man exploded and demanded to know why the charge is so high. He told the clerk although it's a nice hotel, the rooms certainly aren't worth $350.00 for four hours. Then the clerk tells him that $350.00 is the 'standard rate'. He insisted on speaking to the Manager.

The Manager appeared, listened to him, and then explained that the hotel has an Olympic-sized pool and a huge conference centre that were available for us to use.'

But we didn't use them," the husband said.

''Well, they are here, and you could have," explained the Manager.

The Manager went on to explain that the couple could also have taken in one of the shows for which the hotel is famous. "We have the best entertainers from New York, Hollywood, and Las Vegas perform here," the Manager said.

"But we didn't go to any of those shows," the husband said.

"Well, we have them, and you could have," the Manager replied.

No matter what amenity the Manager mentioned, the husband replied, "But we didn't use it!"

The Manager is unmoved, and eventually the husband gave up and agreed to pay. As he didn't have the check book, he asked his wife to write the check. She did and gave it to the Manager.

The Manager is surprised when he looks at the check. "But ma'am, this is only made out for $50.00."

''That's correct. I charged you $300.00 for sleeping with me," she replied.

"But I didn't!" exclaims the Manager.

"Well, too bad, I was here, and you could have."

Don't mess with senior citizens. They didn't get there by being stupid!

   WILD GIGGLES! Thank you, Wayne Honey! Of course, if I find that you really have cleaned me clear out of your address book, I'm going to have to phone you and annoy the bee bees out of you!

      From Wayne Stokes ('65) of VA - 12/31/10 - "Calvin & Hobbes - Snowmen (#8 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 Will and Guy's Joke of the Day - 01/08/11:

** Something Slightly Different **

To paraphrase that great comic Monty Python, 'Now for something slightly different'. Here are amusing even clever, plays on words. These are the sort of jokes that make you smile rather than laugh.

# A bicycle can't stand alone because it is two-tired.
# What's the definition of a will? It's a dead giveaway.
# A backward poet writes inverse.
# With her marriage she got a new name and a dress.
# The man who fell into an upholstery machine is fully recovered.
# He had a photographic memory which was never developed.
# Those who jump off a Paris bridge are in Seine.
# When an actress saw her first strands of grey hair, she thought she'd dye.
# Bakers trade bread recipes on a knead to know basis.
# Santa's helpers are subordinate clauses.
# Acupuncture is a jab well done.
# Marathon runners with bad footwear suffer the agony of defeat.

* Five Funny Wedding Shorts

1) Nicky: I'm a man of few words.
Mike: I'm married, too.
2) The five essential words for a good marriage: 'I apologize' and 'You are right.'
3) A wedding ring may not be as tight as a tourniquet, but it does an equally good job of stopping circulation.
4) If your wife wants to learn how to drive, don't stand in her way.
5) My opinions are my wife's, and she says I'm lucky to have them.

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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Written by Bob Crewe (b. 12 Nov 1931) and Frank Slay

Recorded by The Rays, 1957

ah-ah-ah-ah-ah-ah-ah, hut-hut
ah-ah-ah-ah-ah-ah-ah, hut-hut

Took a walk and passed your house (late last night)
All the shades were pulled and drawn (way down tight)
From within, a dim light cast two silhouettes on the shade
Oh, what a lovely couple they ma-ade

Put his arms around your waist (held you tight)
Kisses I could almost taste (in the night)
Wonder why I'm not the guy *whose silhouette's* on the shade
I couldn't hide the tears in my eye-eyes

Silhouettes (silhouettes) silhouettes (silhouettes) silhouettes (silhouettes)
ty-oh, oh-oh
Silhouettes (silhouettes) silhouettes (silhouettes) silhouettes (silhouettes),
ty-oh, oh-oh

Lost control and rang your bell (I was sore)
Let me in or else I'll beat (down your door)
When two strangers who had been two silhouettes on the shade
Said to my shock "you're on the wrong blo-ock"

Rushed down to your house with wings (on my feet)
Loved you like I never loved (you my sweet)
Vowed that you and I would be two silhouettes on the shade
All of our days, two silhouettes on the sha-ade

Silhouettes (silhouettes) silhouettes (silhouettes) silhouettes (silhouettes)
ty-oh, oh-oh
Silhouettes (silhouettes) silhouettes (silhouettes) silhouettes (silhouettes),
ty-oh, oh-oh

Two silhouettes on the shade

"Silhouettes" midi courtesy of - 01/14/11 (sic)

Silhouettes" lyrics courtesy of - 01/14/11 (sic)

Classic Silhouettes Image courtesy of - 01/14/11 (sic)

Dancing Silhouettes Image courtesy of - 01/14/11 (sic)

Animated Red Spark Divider Line clip art courtesy of - 08/29/06

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

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

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!

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!!

John Marshall High School's Justice Scale clip art courtesy of Cheryl White Wilson (JMHS - '64) of VA - 10/13/05 (replaced 02/23/09)
Thanks, Cheryl!

Animated Dancing Snoopy courtesy of Billy Turner ('65) of TX - 11/26/08
Thanks, Billy Turner!

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

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