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01/13/14 - NNHS Newsletter - Fever

“It is like when one has a fever. It can cool off,
or it can flip upwards so high you die.

- James Lovelock
(b. 26 July 1919)

Dear Friends and Schoolmates, 

   I am so sick and out of it, this is the only possible theme we can use today.  I ache all over, I cannot think straight, my eyes can't see straight, and I'd still be in bed, but important news is piling up, and I need to tell you.

BONUS - Fever - Peggy Lee, 1958


"Fever" is a song written by Eddie Cooley and Otis Blackwell, who used the pseudonym John Davenport. It was originally recorded by Little Willie John in 1956. It has been covered by numerous artists from various musical genres, notably Peggy Lee, Elvis Presley, Ella Fitzgerald, Usha Uthup, Ray Charles, Nancy Sinatra, The McCoys, The Blues Band, Boney M., Amanda Lear, La Lupe, Madonna, Fishtank Ensemble, The Jam, The Cramps, Wanda Jackson, Bette Midler,[1] Michael Bublé and Suzi Quatro.[2]

The idea for the song was presented to Otis Blackwell by an old friend, Eddie Cooley. Blackwell said: "Eddie Cooley was a friend of mine from New York and he called me up and said 'Man, I got an idea for a song called "Fever", but I can't finish it. I had to write it under another name because, at that time, I was still under contract to Joe Davis'."[3]

Little Willie John reportedly disliked the song, but was persuaded to record it, on March 1, 1956, by King Records owner Syd Nathan and arranger and producer Henry Glover.[4] His version was released in April 1956 and became a double-sided hit along with the top-ten R&B song "Letter from My Darling". "Fever" reached number one for three weeks on the R&B Best Sellers chart. It also made the pop charts, peaking at number 24 on the Billboard chart.[5]

In 1958, Peggy Lee recorded the first cover version of the song, which featured significantly rewritten lyrics composed by Lee herself without credit.[6] These uncopyrighted lyrics (including the verses beginning "Romeo loved Juliet," and "Captain Smith and Pocahontas") are now generally thought of as a standard part of the song, and have been included in most subsequent covers of "Fever". Only the first and the fourth verse of the Little Willie John version were used, because Lee thought that the second and the third original verses were too risqué for her musical tastes...


1. I was deeply grieved to receive word of the death January 11 of our beloved band director,    Mr. James P. Wilson.

   More details will follow as they become available.

   Expressions of sympathy may be sent to his daughter, Stephanie Wilson Vassar at, and to his wife, Barbara at 4658 Brink Road, Emporia, VA 23847.

2.  From Charlie Phillips ('65) of TN - 01/13/14, 7:41 AM - "Death of David E. Walker Coach National Hall of Famer":

Hi Carol,

Coach David Walker of ETSU passed away on 1/11/14. He coached me, Bill Schroding ('65), Jim Bull ('64), Harry Barritt ('64), Wayne Frizzell ('65) of MD, and the late  Steve Sparkman ('63) (01 Feb 1944 - 04 Feb 1999), all NNHS Track guys. A great man and mentor. Please see Johnson City Press David Walker passing away after 50 years coaching. Thought you might mention in your newsletter.

Thanks, Charlie

  Obituary for David E. Walker

David E. Walker, who served as Track and Field and Cross Country coach at East Tennessee State University for 50 years, died Saturday, January 11, 2014 at Johnson City Medical Center after a courageous battle with cancer. Born in Massena, New York, he was the son of the late Oswald W. and Rose Egly Walker. His sister, Joan Walker LeClair, also predeceased him. Left to cherish his memory are his wife, Cecilia (Susie) Walker, of the home, daughter Cindy Rose of Fairfield, CA, son David E. Walker, Jr. of Winter Springs, FL and several nieces and nephews.

Coach Walker was a graduate of East Tennessee State University, earning his Bachelor’s degree in 1958 and his Master’s degree in 1963. He served in the United States Army during the Korean War era and played in the National Football League for the Baltimore Colts and Cleveland Browns. Some of the significant achievements of his career include his induction into the National Track and Field Hall of Fame, Tennessee Sports Hall of Fame, ETSU Hall of Fame, US Track and Field Coaches’ Association Hall of Fame. He was also a member of the NCAA Track and Field Rules Committee for ten years, serving as its Chair for five of them. Coach was the founder and director of the East Tennessee Indoor Invitational Track and Field meet, now known as the Niswonger Indoor Invitational Track and Field meet. Coach Walker was a mentor and friend to his former athletes, fellow coaches and track and field officials. He played a significant role in the lives of so many people.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the ETSU Track and Field program, P.O. Box 70707, Johnson City, TN 37614 or the American Cancer Society, 508 Princeton Road, Johnson City, TN 37601. Honorary pallbearers will be Coach Walker’s former ETSU athletes.

The family requests the honor of your presence at a Celebration of Life Service for Coach Walker on Thursday, January 16, 2014 at 7:30PM at Tetrick Funeral & Cremation Services, Johnson City. The family will greet friends to share memories from 1:00PM to 2:30PM and again at 6:00PM until the service hour at the funeral home.

Memories and condolences may be shared with the family and viewed at Arrangements for the Walker family are in the care of Tetrick Funeral & Cremation Services, 3001 Peoples St., Johnson City, TN 37604. (423) 610-7171.

   Oh, Charlie, I'm so sorry to hear this! Thank you for letting us know. You and your teammates have my sincerest condolences on the passing of your mentor!


1.       From Phil Hammond ('64) of FL - 01/10/14 - "  Sylvia (Hall Hammond - '66) health update":


Sylvia’s disease has been defined a little more by the Mayo clinic here in Jacksonville. We are very lucky to have them within 5 minutes of our home. As we wait for further test please continue your prayers:

December 29, 2013 begins the date that changed the course of our future as a family. Sylvia was taken to the ER for a cough that wouldn't get better following pneumonia diagnosis 4 weeks prior. CT scan was done to rule out Pulmonary Embolism, and a 5cm mass was found on her right lung. She was admitted to the hospital, biopsy was done on New Year's Eve and results were back by Jan. 2. She has non small cell squamous carcinoma, and it is located in a difficult spot to pick up on Xray, close to sternum/blood vessels/heart. Due to the size and location, surgery will be difficult, but not impossible. We met with Mayo today, Jan. 9 to begin the treatment plan. First step will be to determine if it has metastasized anywhere else with a PET Scan and MRI of the brain. Mayo team will then properly stage the cancer. Preliminary stage is a 3 based on the size. There doesn't seem to be lymph node involvement. The treatment will most likely be chemo/radiation therapy and it will be decided by the Thoracic surgeons if they feel shrinking the tumor will allow lung revision surgery in a few months. Thank you for your prayers, and we will update things as we get new information.

Thanks for my daughter, Jennifer, a nurse, for summarizing her current condition.


   Oh, Phil! I'm so sorry to hear this! We will certainly keep your entire family in our prayers!

2. Word has reached us that Jacque Ray Fisher ('66) of NC had an emergency appendectomy this week - her appendix had been ruptured for two or three days! - and then had even further complications when they were unable to awaken her after the surgery.  Please keep her in your prayers.

3.            My #1 Son, Lewis Harty (Hillsboro HS, MO / Hillsboro HS, IL - '89) of IL had knee surgery on January 8 to repair a torn meniscus - the third of our six sons to undergo a similar operation in a 12-month period.   He's doing well, but will be off work for two to six weeks, and would appreciate your prayers.  (So would we! )

4.           My #2 Son, Brent Harty (Hillsboro HS, IL - '90) of AL had abdominal surgery on January 2. It was supposed to have been an outpatient procedure to repair a hernia, and possibly to clean up a bit of scar tissue which had formed over his intestines in the years following his splenectomy back in 1995.  What they found was that the adhesions were far more extensive than they had imagined.  The hernia repair turned into the more minor of the surgeries, and they kept him over a night or two to monitor his recovery.

   Suddenly last night he was back in the emergency room in horrendous pain fearing an intestinal blockage.  Xrays were inconclusive as to whether it was that or severe gastrointestinal flu, so they once again admitted him for a day or two. While we are worried about his health, he is also concerned that if he misses too much time he will be recycled from his class which would then affect his report date and possibly even his next duty station.  He and his family would definitely be most grateful for your prayers.


   They all began in December.         My daughter, Adrienne's (Harty - Hillsboro HS, IL / American School, IL - of NC) computer started gimping out a bit more than usual. Then her wheezy monitor became even worse.  Then ominous loud popping sounds began, because her video card had gone caput.  We replaced her video card as a Christmas present.  This all worked well for a day or so, then it was discovered that the real culprit was her motherboard.

   Possibly because we have four PCs linked together we soon found all manner of strange things happening - copier/printers not interfacing, RAMs not ramming, parts being transferred all over the house, parts under warranty being returned, people pulling hair...

   The bottom line here is that we now have two functioning computers serving four computer junkies.


   In a totally different and unrelated realm, I began having outrageous problems with the html code on my Front Page.  It's happened before, and I could probably figure it out if I could think straight.  Did I mention that I'm ILL?!?

   Your indulgent patience is requested...

Happy Birthday today to My Grandson,   Hunter Huber of AL!

   Happy Birthday tomorrow to Ronnie Todd ('63)!

   Happy Birthday this week to:

15 - The late Skippy Weitz ('57) (deceased 22 Nov 2012) AND   Mary Markiewich Hux ('67) of VA;

16 -   Johanne Coates Richardson ('57) AND Howard Smith ('63) of VA AND Steve Kiger ('66) of VA;

17 -   Chuck Anspach ('60) of NC;

18 - Eileen Rash Vaught ('57) AND    F.A. Saunders (Hampton HS - '64) of VA;

20 - Ware Morrison ('63) of VA!

   Many Happy Returns to You All! 


January 13, 1942 - In London, representatives of nine German-occupied countries met to announce that all people found guilty of war crimes would be punished after the war ended.

January 13, 1942 - First use of aircraft ejection seat by a German test pilot in a Heinkel He 280 jet fighter.

January 13, 1992 - Japan apologized for forcing tens of thousands of Korean women into sexual slavery (Comfort women) for Japanese soldiers during World War II.


Monday, January 13, 1942 -
Anti-Muslim riots broke out in Calcutta, resulting in 100 deaths.

Monday, January 13, 1942 - Comedian, actor, singer, and guitarist Bill Bailey was born Mark Bailey in Bath, Somerset, England.

Monday, January 13, 1942 - Actress Penelope Ann Miller was born Penelope Andrea Miller in Los Angeles, California.

Monday, January 13, 1942 - Golfer Ronan Rafferty was born in Newry, Northern Ireland.


1.   From Drusilla West Groce ('56) - 01/05/13 - "looking for an old classmate":

Dear Carol,

      Sepi (Dimples Dinwiddie) Prichard ('58 - of NC) suggested that you may be able to help me find Ann Cumming Campbell who graduated with me from the NNHS class of 1956. That is probably way before your time, but who knows...sometimes somebody knows somebody who knows...

Thank you.
Drusilla West Groce

   Thank you, Drusilla - and Dimples! You're right on both counts! I never knew Ann, but perhaps someone else knows where to find her.

   "Anyone? Anyone?"

2.    From Cheryl Mays Howard ('66) of VA - 01/07/13 - "Lost Alumni":

Happy New Year, Carol! Hope you are well.

We received a call from a guy from Wisconsin who was looking for   Don Kirkland who he thinks graduated in 66 or 67. He said he had been in the air force with him. The name sounds familiar. Do you know Don?

   Thanks, Cheryl! "Well" is what I decidedly am NOT, but I DO remember Don quite well! He was in the Class of '66. Unfortunately. I've had no contact with him, nor do I know where he might be.

   "Anyone? Anyone?"

  From Judy Phillips Allen ('66) of VA - 01/12/14 - "Mike's Place":

Hi, Carol! 

Happy New Year and good health to you and Paul.  I thought I’d pass on some information to those who haven’t heard. 
Jerry and I lost power in the storm yesterday and went to Mike’s Place (Warwick Shopping Center) for dinner and football.  We had a great time.  There were several others doing the same thing.  All of Huntington Heights and Windward Towers lost power.  We had the pleasure of meeting the new owners, Rick and Libby Lugent.  They are such nice folks!  They are newlyweds who were married on New Year’s Eve.  We really enjoyed talking too them. They have a lot of great ideas (and listened to ours) of things to do  to keep Mike’s a great place to go.  They are going to paint and do some new things to the place.  They are thinking about trying to get some memorabilia from the different schools in the area.  Of course, since Typhoons, Farmers and Mariners frequent the place, they are hoping to find some things to hang from our archives.    They are in no rush.  They are in the thinking, planning and listening to ideas stage.
Not to worry!  Mike plans to hang around in his usual place.  Those who know him well have not seen the last of him. 
Anyway, I urge everyone in the area to plan a meal at Mike’s soon.  The hours are the same.
Happy New Year all!
Jerry and Judy

   WOWZERS! Thanks so much for this information, Dearest Judy!,0,1694637.story


From ArcaMax Jokes - 01/12/10:

Cup O' Joe

A Grandmother was surprised by her 7 year old grandson one morning when he had made her coffee.

She drank what was the worst cup of coffee in her life. When she got to the bottom there were three of those little green army men in the cup. She said, "Honey, what are the army men doing in my coffee?"

Her grandson said, "Grandma, it says on TV, 'The best part of waking up is soldiers in your cup!'"


"I just had a dream about it ..."

A young woman was taking an afternoon nap. After she woke up, she told her husband, "I just dreamed that you gave me a pearl necklace for Valentine's Day. What do you think it means?"

"You'll know tonight," he said.


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 01/13/14

BLOG: - updated 03/13/11


Carol Buckley Harty
7020 Lure Court
Fayetteville, NC 28311-9309


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                          Love to all, Carol






Written by Eddie Cooley and Otis Blackwell, who used the pseudonym John Davenport, 1956

Recorded by Peggy Lee (26 May 1920 - 21 Jan 2002), 1958

Never know how much I love you
Never know how much I care
When you put your arms around me
I get a fever that's so hard to bear

You give me fever, when you kiss me
Fever when you hold me tight
Fever in the morning
Fever all through the night

Sun lights up the daytime
Moon lights up the night
My eyes light up when you call my name
'Cause I know you're gonna treat me right

Everybody's got the fever
That is something you should know
Fever isn't such a new scene
Fever started long ago

 "Fever" midi courtesy of - 08/29/05

 "Fever" lyrics courtesy of - 09/30/05

Little Nell's 1978 "Fever" Front Cover Image courtesy of - 10/01/05

Animated Thermometer Divider line clip art courtesy of - 08/12/04

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!

Hillsboro (MO) High School's Hawks logo courtesy of - 09/20/13

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

American School Logo courtesy of - 09/05/06

Bad Surprise Smiley courtesy of - 10/21/10

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

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

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

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