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01/14/13 - NNHS Newsletter - Ordinary Lives

It's amazing what ordinary people can do
if they set out without preconceived notions.

- Charles F. Kettering
(29 Aug 1876 - 24 or 25 Nov 1958)

Dear Friends and Schoolmates, 
   Today's theme is being revisited from three years ago today when it came to us by request of
Joe Madagan ('57) of FL on 01/09/10:

May I suggest that you consider the song "Ordinary Lives" by the Bee Gees as a theme for one of your Newsletters?
The line in the song "Ordinary People living Ordinary Lives" somehow seems to apply to our youth in Newport News.
One very hot evening in Philadelphia, at an outdoor venue while watching and listening to Barry, Robin, and Maurice Gibb sing this song it struck me as being almost ironic. They were hardly ordinary people living ordinary lives as they withstood the oppressive heat and humidity to carry on the concert and give it their all to entertain the audience. I sure miss the creative music of this group. This song was from their album "One."
Hope this suggestion is not too corny.

   Certainly not too corny for me, Adonis - Thanks again!

   Unfortunately, I was still unable to locate a midi file for it, so just watch the video clip:

BONUS - - Ordinary Lives - The Bee Gees


"Ordinary Lives" is a single released by the Bee Gees in 1989. It was taken from their 16th studio album One. Following the premature death of their younger brother Andy Gibb in 1988, the Bee Gees dedicated this song and their new album to him. Originally the song was titled "Cruel World" but was changed and the name was "Ordinary Lives".

Scott Glasel recalled that "Ordinary Lives" was started before Andy died, but as completed it seems to be a philosophical comment on life and death, For a time it was called "Cruel World", a phrase heard at the start of the second verse as completed, The rhythm has some similarity to "You Win Again" and may have been a deliberate attempt to follow it up, But it has many new features including the brief spoken word parts and the existential musings of the lyrics, something often associated with Robin but clearly here coming from Barry, Probably the finished recording has added dubs by the musicians who worked on the album One.[1]


    Happy Birthday tomorrow to the late  Skippy Weitz ('57) (deceased 22 Nov 2012)  AND   Mary Markiewich Hux ('67) of VA!

    Happy Birthday this week to:

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

17 -   Chuck Anspach ('60) of NC;

18 - Eileen Rash Vaught ('57);

21 - Carol Collier Sparrow ('63) of VA!

   Many Happy Returns to You All! 


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


January 14, 1942 - The U.S. and Great Britain agreed to have the British Chiefs of Staff and the U.S. Joint Chiefs work together to advise their leaders on military policy during the war.

January 14, 1942 - U.S. President Roosevelt issued an order that required all aliens to register with the government.

January 14, 1943 - Japan began Operation Ke, the successful operation to evacuate its forces from Guadalcanal during the Guadalcanal Campaign.

January 14, 1943 - Franklin D. Roosevelt and Winston Churchill began the Casablanca Conference to discuss strategy and study the next phase of the war.

January 14, 1943 - Franklin D. Roosevelt became the first President of the United States to travel by airplane while in office when he traveled from Miami, Florida to Morocco to meet with Winston Churchill.


Sunday, January 13, 1963 - Businessman Kevin McClatchy was born in Sacramento, California.


Monday, January 14, 1963 - Director, screenwriter, and producer Steven Soderbergh was born in Atlanta, Georgia.

Monday, January 14, 1963 - Cyclist Gert-Jan Theunisse was born in Oss, the Netherlands.


  From Rick Chandler ('65) of TX - 01/12/13, 10:12 PM:


Bobby Parrish's brother notified me that he died suddenly this morning of unknown causes - he had been in good health.
I believe Bobby was class of 68.
He was a lifelong friend, Boy Scouts onward.
No further information is currently available.

Rick Chandler

   Oh, Rick, I'm so very shocked and saddened to hear this! Thank you for letting me know. You have my sincerest sympathies on the death of your friend.


  From Jay Styles ('68) of VA - 01/13/13, 10:43 AM:

Good Morning, Carol,

I have some bad news. Last night I received an E-mail informing me that
   Robert Parrish, class of '68, had passed away yesterday morning. I don't know any more details; I would assume that the obituary will be in this morning's or tomorrow morning's newspapers. Please be on the lookout for it.

Hope you and yours are doing well; I keep rolling along. Retirement is good, and I have a new Siberian Husky puppy that keeps me, let's say, alert and aware!

Take care

   Jay, I'm very sad to know that you, too, have lost a close friend.  My thoughts are with you.


  From Kathy Cooper ('70) of VA - 01/12/13, 11:55 PM AND 01/13/13, 1:30 PM - "RE:    Butch Ragland ('63) of CO":

Carol, any news on Butch Ragland? Didn't he have surgery Friday?

   Kathy, I just walked in the door from church, and at the very moment when I was un-muting my cell phone, Butch called! He was still heavily under the influence of the wonderful morphine, but he survived the surgery (and Ethel is holding on well, too), and wanted to thank everyone for their love and prayers and thoughts and notes, and to say that he knew it was only by the grace of God that he is doing as well as he is. Thanks for checking!

Thanks, Carol.  So glad he is ok.


    From HP Lucas ('65) of VA - 01/13/13 - "Updated photo":

  You asked for a current photo about 30 years ago. Sorry for the late reply. Ha!!

Hope you are having a terrific 2013 so far.

As previously mentioned, my DOB is 1.29.1947

Thanks in advance for posting at the end of this month.

I did drop a card to
   Butch Ragland ('63 - of CO). Hope to hear some good news soon.

Again, many thanks for all you do keeping us current.

Your classmate!!

HP Lucas

   Thanks so much, HP! This is now posted on our Alumni Page; your birthday was already posted:


    From Frances Goodson Wang ('65) of MD - 01/13/13 - "Shakespeare and Wordsworth boost the brain, new research reveals - Telegraph":

Very interesting.

   WOWZERS! Thanks, Frances! This is fascinating! I think we could all use a little brain boosting, although I myself would much prefer to read Chaucer and Dickens. I should think they would be sufficiently challenging to produce the same effect - at least, I would hope so!


        From My Husband, Paul Harty (Bardolph HS, IL - '61) of NC -  01/13/13 - "Noah's Ark Found In Hong Kong":  

   WOWZERONI! How cool is this?!? Thanks, Haul Party!


From Wayne Agee ('58) of FL - 01/13/13 - "Take a little time to look at this!!!":

Regina Brett's 45 life lessons and 5 to grow on

Published: Thursday, September 20, 2007, 2:03 PM     Updated: Wednesday, October 28, 2009, 9:49 AM

   Thank you, Wayne, for sending this! I was unable to locate a usable version of this online, and being a slacker I did not include the 45 breathtaking images, but the wisdom remains the same.


  From Norris Perry (Warwick HS - '59) - 01/13/13 - "2013 Newsletters":

Could you please send me the icon or address for 2013, I'm unable to click on it for review. Thanks,

   Certainly, Norris Sweetie! You'll find them all right here:



From - 01/13/13:

A man wrote a letter to the IRS: I have been unable to sleep knowing that I have cheated on my income tax. I understated my taxable income and have enclosed a check for $200.00. If I still cant sleep, I will send the rest.



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. 


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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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Ordinary Lives

Recorded by the
Bee Gees, 1989

There'll be one small light all over the world tonight.
The search will go on for the one.
It was love with no name
and we glowed in the sun.

There was one small dream,
incredible highs and lows,
what little we knew living ordinary lives (lives).
Made a dream for you, living ordinary lives (lives).

Ordinary people living ordinary lives.
Ordinary people living ordinary lives.

We were ordinary people living ordinary lives.
We were ordinary people living ordinary lives.

The clock on the wall keeps moving,
time stands still,
no matter how the dice may fall,
someone else always gets to call the number.

Say goodbye cruel world.
No pity no pain tonight.
Whatever the cost all is lost.
If this is love with no name,
then it's all in the stars.

Whether it's wrong (wrong) or right,
there's no one to blame no (no) lies.
What else could we do
living ordinary lives (lives)?
Made a dream for you,
living ordinary lives (lives).

Oh, oh. We were ordinary people living ordinary lives.
We were ordinary people living ordinary lives.
We were ordinary people.

What else could we do,
living ordinary lives (lives)?
Made a dream for you,
living ordinary lives (lives).

Oh, oh. We were ordinary people living ordinary lives.
We were ordinary people living ordinary lives.
We were ordinary people living ordinary lives.
We were ordinary people living ordinary lives.

"Ordinary Lives"  lyrics courtesy of - 01/09/10

Flower clip art courtesy of - 01/14/10

Animated Flower Bar Divider Line #14 clip art courtesy of - 01/14/10

Marine Corps Seal clip art courtesy of the late Herbert Hice of MI - one of my Famous Marines who fought in WWII
Thanks again, Herbie!

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!

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

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