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01/09/13 - NNHS Newsletter -
The Leader of the Pack

Work is a dull thing; you cannot get away from that. The only
agreeable existence is one of idleness, and that is not,
unfortunately, always compatible with continuing to exist at all

- Rose Macaulay
(01 Aug 1881 - 30 Oct 1958)

Dear Friends and Schoolmates, 

   We take you back now to 1964...

BONUS - - The Leader of the Pack - Shangri-Las, 1964


"Leader of the Pack" is a 1964 pop song recorded by girl group The Shangri-Las.

Released as a single on the Leiber and Stoller label Red Bird Records, the song became number one on the Billboard Hot 100 on November 28, 1964.[1]

The tune was credited to producer George "Shadow" Morton with Jeff Barry and Ellie Greenwich. According to Morton,[2] he wrote the song for the Goodies (also known as the Bunnies[3]), but instead it was needed as a follow-up to the Shangri-Las hit "Remember (Walking in the Sand)". Morton himself wrote the song. He said he did not know that he was supposed to have a second idea ready to follow up "Remember (Walking in the Sands)" until Jerry Leiber and Mike Stoller (Red Bird Records co-owners with George Goldner) asked him "Hey What do you want to do for the second record?" Morton said he "got a bottle of champagne, two cigars" and "went into the shower, sat down, drank the champagne, smoked the cigars, and wrote the song on a shirt cardboard with my kids crayons." Morton claimed he credited Barry and Greenwich as co-writers for business reasons; his recollection has been questioned by Ellie Greenwich.

In July 1964, Morton recorded the vocals for the song with the Shangri-Las at the Ultrasonic Sound studio on the second floor of a Manhattan hotel. These vocals were dubbed over the instrumental parts which had been previously recorded at the Ultrasonic Recording Studios in Hempstead, New York. Billy Joel, then a young session musician, claimed on November 16th, 2010 during an interview with Howard Stern that he played piano on one of the demos for "Leader of the Pack" and is not sure if any of his parts made the final recording. In fact, the piano part was played by Roger Rossi, a staff musician for Ultrasonic Recording Studios at the time. Rossi said, "I remember the date like it was yesterday, there were no written charts, so unfortunately, some musicians kept making mistakes. As I recall, it took 63 recording takes before Shadow Morton was satisfied." Rossi added, "By the end of the session, in take 62, I also messed up and Morton laughingly yelled out, Ohhhh, noooo. Not you, too!!"

According to legend, to add the authentic sound of a motorcycle engine, one was driven through the lobby of the hotel and up to the floor of the recording studio. No one was arrested, but a ticket was issued.[4] However, in an interview four decades later, Shangri-Las lead singer Mary Weiss said the motorcycle sound was taken from an effects record. The Zombies' drummer Hugh Grundy recalls revving up a motorcycle backstage when the Shangri-Las performed on a U.S. tour.

In the United Kingdom, the song was refused airplay by the BBC, probably due to its death theme,[5] although some have speculated that it was considered likely to encourage violence between mods and rockers.[6] It charted three times: #11 in 1965;[7] #3 in 1972[8] (by which time the BBC ban had been lifted); and once again at #7 in 1976[7] when its sales figures as a reissue on two different labels (Charly and Contempo) were combined to arrive at its chart position.[9] The record also reached number 1 in Australia. In 1990, it featured in the soundtrack of the Martin Scorsese film Goodfellas.

In 2004, Rolling Stone ranked the song among the 500 Greatest Songs of All Time, at #447.

The song is about a girl named Betty, asked by friends to confirm that she is dating Jimmy, the leader of a motorcycle gang. After singing of love at first sight ("I met him at the candy store/He turned around and smiled at me/You get the picture?/That's when I fell for the Leader of the Pack"), Betty's heart turns to despair as she bemoans her parents' disapproval. The parents claim Jimmy hails from "the wrong side of town" and ask Betty to tell Jimmy goodbye and find someone new.

Betty does as she is asked, and Jimmy speeds off on his motorcycle. Moments later, he crashes on a rain-slickened surface and dies; Betty's pleas for Jimmy to slow down were in vain...


    From Butch Ragland ('63) of CO - 01/04/13, 2:18 AM - "Emergency Surgery":  

Hi Carol.

I wanted to let you know I am in room 725 at Penrose Hospital after undergoing emergency gangrene surgery to amputate my left foot which originally started with me stepping on a nail a couple days before Labor Day and which later was complicated by my 20 year battle with diabetes. I ask for our Typhoon Family's prayers that I can keep up a positive attitude while I continue to deal with the handicap adaptations that I will face next! I thank God for pulling me thru surgery and have a strong group of family around me. Thanks for placing me in your prayers & God Bless!

   OH, Butch! I'm so very, very sorry to hear this!

   Our internet connection went out inexplicably three days ago and resisted all attempts to repair it. When the technician arrived he found the trouble outside. There was a trap on the cable box. It took him all of ten minutes to detect and remedy the problem, but no one knows how it came to be there in the first place (unless someone else on this street was having their service disconnected, and ours was accidentally disconnected instead).

   I didn't want you to think I had deliberately ignored such a serious message from you.

   As soon as I can get things rolling along again, I'll get the word out to our Typhoon Nation so my prayers and Paul's for your speedy and full recovery can be multiplied by several hundred.

   I think Butch can be reached at this address, should you want to send him cards and notes: 

Henry Ragland
Room 725
2222 N. Nevada Avenue
Colorado Springs, CO 80907


    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 Northern VA!

    Happy Birthday this week to:

11 - My Brother-in-Law, the late   Miles Nowitzky (Granby HS - '50) (deceased 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;

15 - The late   Skippy Weitz ('57) (deceased 22 Nov 2012) AND/font>   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, 1940 - Britain introduced food rationing.

January 08, 1940 - Italian dictator Benito Mussolini sent a message to Adolf Hitler that cautioned against waging war against Britain.

January 08, 1945 - Philippine Commonwealth troops under the Philippine Commonwealth Army units entered the province of Ilocos Sur in Northern Luzon and attacked Japanese Imperial forces.


January 09, 1941 - First flight of the Avro Lancaster.

January 09, 1941 - The Greek Triton (S.112) sank the Italian submarine Neghelli in Otranto.

January 09, 1945 - The United States invaded Luzon in the Philippines.


Tuesday, January 08, 1963 - Leonardo da Vinci's Mona Lisa was exhibited in the United States for the first time, at the National Gallery of Art in Washington, D.C.

Tuesday, January 08, 1963 - Director Bimal Roy (বিমল রায়)) (b. 12 July 1909 in Suapur, Bengal Presidency, Indian Empire) died of cancer in Mumbai, Maharashtra, India at the age of 56.


Wednesday, January 09, 1963 - American-Irish linguist Michael Everson was born in Norristown, Pennsylvania.

      From Mickey ('54) and   Carol Moell ('56) Marcella of VA - 01/07/13, 8:47 AM - "RE -     From Butch Ragland ('63) of CO":

Thanks, Carol. 

We will keep him in our prayers. 

Carol and Mickey 

   Thank you so much, Sweetie-Pies! I certainly appreciate that, and I'm sure Butch will!

  From Kathy Cooper ('70) of VA - 01/07/13 - "Hey Carol":

Can you please add me to your mailing address? I changed email addresses and lost contact.

New email is: ____________@_____.___.

It is so sweet of you to keep everyone posted on NNHS graduates. Greatly appreciated by all.


   Thank you, Kathy - I have you all switched now!

    From Adrian Whitcomb ('67) of VA - 01/07/13 - "Please Forward Info: Free Museum Pass":

2013 Newport News Ambassador Pass allows free admission to eight area attractions

Even if you don't live in Newport News or work for the city, you can still help a friend by passing this information on.
The city of Newport News has announced its 2013 Ambassador Pass program, which starts today and runs through the 29th of this month. In its 14th year, the program provides free passes to area attractions for Newport News residents and city employees. The one-time free admission is good for the following eight attractions for two adults and two children on the following dates:
January 2 – 8, 2013
Peninsula Fine Arts Center
Virginia Living Museum
January 9 – 15, 2013
Endview Plantation
Virginia War Museum
January 16 – 22, 2013
The Mariners Museum
Peninsula SPCA & Petting Zoo
January 23 – 29, 2013
James A. Fields House 
Lee Hall Mansion
Passes can be obtained daily from the Newport News Visitor Center (located at the entrance of Newport News Park) from 9 a.m. – 5 p.m. in addition to two other locations [City Hall and the Parks and Recreation Office in City Center]. Proof of residency or city employment must be presented in order to obtain passes. For more information on the program, where to pick up passes, date restrictions and more, visit

   COOL BEANS! Thanks, Adrian!

   From Bill Hobbs ('66) of Northern VA - 01/07/13 - "Old Gas Stations and Old Cars":

MEMORY LANE! Recognize any of the Stations? How about the cars - can  you name all of them?

Some interesting pictures of bygone gas stations that some of you youngsters might not remember.

Just check out the gas prices, cars, station design and the attendants’ dress. There's even a woman pumping her own gas - way back when...
Note the sign for 10% "Corn Alcohol Fuel" "Ethanol" which obviously isn’t something new.

Old Gas Stations

   WOWZERONI! How cool is this?!? Thanks so much from the ride in the Way Back Machine, Billy!

      From My Niece, Shari, of VA - 01/07/13 - "Monday Mix":

Noah's Ark... If it happened today

And the Lord spoke to Noah and said, "In six months I'm going to make it rain until the whole earth is covered with water and all the evil people are destroyed. But I want to save a few good people, and two of every kind of living thing on the planet. I am commanding you to build an Ark."

And in a flash of lightning, He delivered the specifications for an Ark. "Okay," said Noah, trembling with fear and fumbling with the blueprints.

"Six months, and it starts to rain," thundered the Lord. "You'd better have the Ark completed, or learn to swim for a very long time."

Six months passed, the skies clouded up and rain began to fall. The Lord saw that Noah was sitting in his front yard, weeping. ..... and there was no Ark.

"Noah," shouted the Lord, "Where is the Ark?"

"Lord, please forgive me!" begged Noah. "I did my best. But there were big problems. First, I had to get a building permit for the Ark construction project, and your plans didn't meet code. So I had to hire an engineer to re- draw the plans. Then I got into a big fight over whether or not the Ark needed a fire sprinkler system.

"Then my neighbor objected, claiming I was violating zoning by building the Ark in my front yard, so I had to get a variance from the city planning commission.

"Then I had problems getting enough wood for the Ark, because there was a ban on cutting trees to save the Spotted Owl. I had to convince the U.S. Fish and Wildlife that I need the wood to save the Owls. But they wouldn't let me catch any owls. So, no owls.

"The carpenters formed a union and went out on strike. I had to negotiate a settlement with the National Labor Relations Board before anyone would pick up a saw or hammer. Now we have sixteen carpenters going on the boat, and still no owls.

"Then I started gathering up animals, and got sued by an animal rights group. They objected to me taking only two of each kind.

"Just when I got the suit dismissed, EPA notified me that I couldn't complete the Ark without filing an environmental impact statement on your proposed flood. They didn't take kindly to the idea that they had no jurisdiction over the conduct of a Supreme Being.

"Then the Army Corp of Engineers wanted a map of the proposed new flood plain. I sent them a globe.

"Right now, I'm still trying to resolve a complaint from the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission over how many Croatians I'm supposed to hire. The IRS has seized all my assets, claiming I'm trying to avoid paying taxes by leaving the country. And I just got a notice from the state about owing them some kind of use tax. I really don't think I can finish the Ark for at least another five years," Noah wailed.

The sky began to clear. The sun began to shine. A rainbow arched across the sky. Noah looked up and smiled.

"You mean you're not going to destroy the earth?" Noah asked hopefully.

"No," said the Lord sadly. "The government already has."


*-- Q and A Quickies --*

Q: What did the man who was just cloned say?

A: "I'm beside myself!"

Q: What did one dog say to the other?

A: "Sit down quick, here comes old cold nose."

*-- More Q and A Quickies --*

Q: What type of food do you eat in a Taxi?

A: Corn on the cab.

Q: What did the big hand on the clock say to the little hand?

A: "I'll be around in an hour."

*-- Even More Q and A Quickies --*

Q: Why did the germ cross the microscope?

A: To get to the other slide.

Q: What's the difference between a fish and a piano?

A: You can't tuna fish!



Oscar the Grouch used to be orange. Jim Henson decided to make him green before the second season of Sesame Street. How did Oscar explain the color change? He said he went on vacation to the very damp Swamp Mushy Muddy and turned green overnight.

The 3 Musketeers bar was originally split into three pieces with three different flavors: vanilla, chocolate and strawberry. When the other flavors became harder to come by during World War II, Mars decided to go all chocolate.

Fredric Baur invented the Pringles can. When he passed away in 2008, his ashes were buried in one.

There really was a Captain Morgan. He was a Welsh pirate who later became the lieutenant governor of Jamaica.

In 1907, an ad campaign for Kellogg's Corn Flakes offered a free box of cereal to any woman who would wink at her grocer.

Editor Bennett Cerf challenged Dr. Seuss to write a book using no more than 50 different words. The result? Green Eggs and Ham.



Conformity is the jailer of freedom and the enemy of growth.
- John F. Kennedy

Intellectual growth should commence at birth and cease only at death.
- Albert Einstein

As we grow as unique persons, we learn to respect the uniqueness of others.
- Robert H. Schuller

Love dies only when growth stops.
- Pearl S. Buck


The Good OLD Days?

People talk about the good old days.

Life was good, life had less stress, and life didn't have the pollution, the crime, the violence, the drugs, the fears and turmoil of modern life.

It was the good old days,

... or was it?

One of the measures of all of the above is simply how long you lived. Sure, lifespan is not everything, but it is a good relative measuring tool. All of the above factors take its toll in shortened lifetimes.

With increased pollution, you should die sooner.
With increased crime, you should die sooner.
With increased stress, you should die sooner.
With increased drug use, you should die sooner.

Many measuring standards change, years don't.

Money does.

Five dollars now is not five dollars twenty years ago. You will have to make adjustments to compare a dollar now against a dollar twenty years ago.

Time is constant (well almost, there is relatively to consider and the speed variations with stellar movement and their effect on time but that's not important for this discussion).

A second is still a second.
A minute is still a minute.
An hour is still an hour.
A day is still a day.
A year is still a year, whether you are talking about now or a hundred or a thousand years ago.

You would think that we lived much longer in the good OLD days. It looks like I even remember a lot more older folks when I was very young.

These are the average life spans in the U. S. since 1900 according to The Dept. of Health and Human Services.

Year Male Female
1900 48.2 51.1
1940 60.8 65.2
1950 65.6 71.1
1960 66.6 73.3
1970 67.1 74.7
1980 70.0 77.4
1990 71.8 78.8
1996 73.0 79.0
2007 75.4 80.4

2012 78.5 avg male/female

Based on these figures, we are living about three months longer each year since 1900. The more time passes, the longer we live, even with all of the seemingly negatives of the modern world.

Sure, there is a lot wrong with the world, but maybe there was more wrong back then.

A major reason that we are living longer is better medical care. Modern medicine is a big part of the modern world so you can't remove medicine from the equation. There were many things that a dose of castor oil just wouldn't cure.

But what about central heat, better sanitation, electricity, 911, and a host of other interdependent technological advances?

Just going outside in below freezing weather to use an unheated outhouse could kill some people.

I have no desire to live in the past.

No matter what the reason(s), we are living longer.

Maybe the good OLD days weren't all that good, and maybe today isn't all that bad.

It's a matter of both knowledge and perspective.

I'm glad to be living in the good NEW days; there are a lot more of them.

~A MountainWings Original~

   Thanks, Shari!


From - 01/07/13:

Q: Why was the math book sad?

A: Because it had too many problems.


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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Leader of the Pack

Words and Music by
George "Shadow" Morton, Jeff Barry and Ellie Greenwich

Recorded by The Shangri-Las, 1964

Is she really going out with him?
Well, there she is. Let's ask her.
Betty, is that Jimmy's ring you're wearing?
Gee, it must be great riding with him
Is he picking you up after school today?
By the way, where'd you meet him?

I met him at the candy store
He turned around and smiled at me
You get the picture? (yes, we see)
That's when I fell for (the leader of the pack)

My folks were always putting him down (down, down)
They said he came from the wrong side of town
(whatcha mean when ya say that he came from the wrong side of town?)
They told me he was bad
But I knew he was sad
That's why I fell for (the leader of the pack)

One day my dad said, "Find someone new"
I had to tell my Jimmy we're through
(whatcha mean when ya say that ya better go find somebody new?)
He stood there and asked me why
But all I could do was cry
I'm sorry I hurt you (the leader of the pack)

He sort of smiled and kissed me goodbye
The tears were beginning to show
As he drove away on that rainy night
I begged him to go slow
But whether he heard, I'll never know

Look out! Look out! Look out! Look out!

I felt so helpless, what could I do?
Remembering all the things we'd been through
In school they all stop and stare
I can't hide the tears, but I don't care
I'll never forget him (the leader of the pack)

The leader of the pack - now he's gone
The leader of the pack - now he's gone
The leader of the pack - now he's gone
The leader of the pack - now he's gone

"The Leader of the Pack" midi (sequenced by Ron Tilden) courtesy of
at the suggestion of Dave Spriggs ('64) of VA - 01/01/06
Thanks, Dave!

"The Leader of the Pack" lyrics courtesy of
also at the suggestion of Dave Spriggs ('64) of VA - 01/01/06
Thanks again, Dave!

Shangri-Las' Record Album Cover Image courtesy of - 01/06/06

Spark Bar Divider Line clip art courtesy of - 01/06/06

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!

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

Animated Army 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!

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