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01/13/16 - 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 invariably get sick on this day each year. I've no idea why this should be, but it's held true for several years in a row now. Last night I smugly thought to myself, "YAY! I made it this year! I'm not sick at all!" WHOO-HOO!!

   This morning I awoke with a fever and a cough. I'm trying not to think about it. Maybe I'm imagining the whole thing. Yeah. YEAH, that's it! It's all a "fig leaf of my remagelation!" Yeah. Denial ain't just a river in Egypt.....

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...


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

   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, 1666 - French traveler Jean-Baptiste Tavernier arrived in Dhaka and met Shaista Khan.


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.


Thursday, January 13, 1966 -
Robert C. Weaver became the first African American Cabinet member when he was appointed United States Secretary of Housing and Urban Development.

Thursday, January 13, 1966 - Actor and race car driver Patrick Dempsey was born Patrick Galen Dempsey in Lewiston, Maine.

Thursday, January 13, 1966 - Journalist and radio host Shelagh Fogarty was born in Liverpool, Lancashire, England.

Thursday, January 13, 1966 - Speed skater Leo Visser was born in Haastrecht, Netherlands.

From My Friend, Susan, of NC - 01/12/15:

“So much in life depends on our attitude. The way we choose to see things and respond to others makes all the difference. To do the best we can and then to choose to be happy about our circumstances, whatever they may be, can bring peace and contentment.”

-  Thomas S. Monson
(b. 21 Aug 1927)

    Thanks so much, Susan!

      From Harry Covert ('57) of MD - 01/12/16 - "TIME FOR SERIOUS ACTION":

Hugs and Kisses Not the Answer

By Harry M. Covert

How exciting. We’re in the New Year and it seems the world continues to be messier than ever.

Dwelling on gloom and doom is not good. The iPhone buzzed at almost 10 pm and the awful alert was North Korea said it exploded an H-bomb. What?

This is not a joke or a gag. Folks in Washington are still pooh-pooing the story. Citizens everywhere need to pay attention because if the boy dictator decided to go through with a test missile to the left coast of the United States, fun-and-games will stop.

The preference here is try for a bit of wit and wisdom. That’s impossible today.

No Police Actions in Mideast and Orient

How long will Americans be willing to sit back and watch the turmoil continue around the universe? Events in the Middle East are no joke. The battling, threats and reality are no strangers. For one thousand years the Shiites, Shia and Sunnis have been killing one another over who is the successor to Muhammad? Well, I don’t know, but the fight continues and we must face it. The battle continues and will.

Think about the brave American soldiers and sailors who went into the “police action” in Korea. I’ve seen lots of law enforcement activities and they were nothing in comparison.

The honor of those who gave up their youth for Korea is at stake again. A drop of an incendiary device will do the trick. Why not?

Hugs and kisses will not do the job in the Middle East or the Orient. This is not pleasant or easy to say but the United States has been given a place in history. I don’t know why this nation, state and county should be the world’s policeman but it must be.

In these days of trial and tribulations, and they are, terrorists, their leaders and the North Koreans, and the goofball in charge, just poke the U.S. in the eye, daring the “most powerful nation in the world” to take any action.

Codes of justice and life do get in the way. Why we put up with the knotheads is something to question. Feeding the world, elimination of poverty, working to alleviate sickness, homelessness and evil has long been the job of American. I’m for that. But, hasn’t the time come to say enough. Good over evil must occur and stop all of the philosophical conversation.

Dollars and Pounds Wasted?

An international relief agency I know spent thousands of American dollars and English pounds build orphanages and schools in Liberia, Sudan, Zaire (The Congo), Haiti, Guatemala, Kenya and other nations. The tragedies in these places continue. As governments change, army and civilians change and the schools and orphanages are destroyed. The gall of the new leaders, and mostly the leaders of old now the new, ask for more help in rebuilding. The money well is drying up.

Lots of our countrymen and women have been involved in the humanitarian efforts – churches of all denominations and others. Among the heroes is Rev. Paul Maxey, head of Allied Medical Ministries.

The conflicts continue and the U.S. must lead and does.

If anything is evident of world conditions, Americans hold the key to peace and prosperity. American citizens have always been eager to help ease the world’s pains. To lead does not mean Americans become like the rest of the world. People around the planet look up to the good old US of A. They want to enjoy the prosperity of the 50 states plus.

Be Strong and Courageous

Once in The Sudan two decades ago a village elder walked two weeks to meet an American relief worker. He only wanted funds to construct a roof for his school. He didn’t want an American school but simple aluminum roof for a one-room school else. The cost? Less than $1,500 dollars. American Christians provided the money.

Another time funds for a Haitian school, still operating, provided food for 250 students and after the earthquake has continued to feed over 2,000 weekly, all because of the generosity of Virginians and Marylanders.

The point today? The U.S. must be strong and lead with strength and courage. The North Korean H-bomb threat and the continual terrorism ought to be dealt with immediacy. Not one American soldier, man or woman, should be risked. The ability to eliminate the evil masterminds is available. Kim Jung Un should be removed immediately. To be clear knocked off. His people are starving. Why waste time with such a figure?

The time for talking is at an end with the terrorists. The free world has the task and can do it, bring the thousand-year war to an end.

Here ends the lesson.◄◄◄◄◄

   Thank you so much for your insights, Harry!

      From My Cousin, Jean Atkinson Mallory (Warsaw HS / Rappahannock HS / John Marshall HS - '65) of VA - 01/12/16 - "Stress":

   BOY HOWDY! Thanks, Jean! It runs in the family...

“He is the kind of opponent who would stab you in front of your face and then stab you in the chest when your back is turned.”

- Sir Boyle Roche
(Oct 1736 – 05 June 1807)

        From My Husband, Paul Harty (Bardolph HS, IL - '61) of NC - 01/05/16 - "TO MY FRIENDS WHO THINK THEY HAVE SEEN EVERYTHING (#3 in a series of 60)":

  I think you will enjoy this!

   OOH! Thanks, Dools!


PATTERN (Sorry; not theme related):

   - African Flower Square from The Treasure Room


NADA. Doncha know you're "posta" starve a fever?!?

From - 01/12/16:
A blonde driving a car became lost in a snowstorm. She didn't panic however, because she remembered what her dad had once told her.

"If you ever get stuck in a snowstorm, just wait for a snow plow to come by and follow it."

Sure enough, pretty soon a snow plow came by, and she started to follow it. She followed the plow for about forty-five minutes. Finally the driver of the truck got out and asked her what she was doing; she explained that her dad had told her if she ever got stuck in a snow storm, to follow a plow.

The driver nodded and said, "Well, I'm done with the Wal-Mart parking lot, do you want to follow me over to Best Buy now?"

1. Wednesday, January 13, 2016 - 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.

2. Wednesday, March 09, 2016 - 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.

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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 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

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!

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

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