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01/18/14 - NNHS Newsletter -
In the Still of the Night

Night time is really the best time to work. All the ideas are there
to be yours because everyone else is asleep.”

- Catherine O'Hara
(b. 04 Mar 1954)

Dear Friends and Schoolmates,

   What a great old dance tune!

BONUS - In the Still of the Night - Fred Parris and The Satins


"In the Still of the Night" is a song written by Fred Parris and recorded by his Five Satins.

The song was recorded in the Saint Bernadette Catholic School basement in New Haven, Connecticut, in February, 1956. Marty Kugell produced the song. The saxophone solo was played by Vinny Mazzetta, of New Haven.The rhythm section was Doug Murray, bass, Bobby Mapp, drums and Curlee Glover, piano. It was originally released as a B-side (to "The Jones Girl", a play on the Mills Brothers' 1954 hit, "The Jones Boy") on Kugell's Standard Records label. Although the single was only a moderate hit (after it was reissued on the Ember label), peaking at #24 on the national pop charts and #3 on the R&B "race" charts (Billboard's chart designation for R&B during that time), its reputation came to surpass its original chart placement. For three decades, the single almost always topped the influential Top 500 Songs countdown on oldies radio station WCBS-FM. The track sold over 10 million copies in 1987 and 1988 as part of the Dirty Dancing soundtrack. It is ranked #90 on the Rolling Stone magazine's list of "the 500 Greatest Songs of All Time". (The song was included on the highly influential 1959 LP Oldies But Goodies on Original Sound.)

"In the Still of the Night" is the only song to have charted on the Billboard Hot 100 three separate times, by the same artist with the same version each time. After initially reaching #24 in 1956, it was released again in 1960 and reached #81. Then more than a year later in 1961 it reached #99.

"In the Still of the Night" is one of two songs that may lay claim to being the origin of the term doo-wop. The plaintive doo wop, doo wah refrain in the bridge has often been suggested as the origin of the term to describe that musical genre. (The other contender for the honor is "When You Dance" by The Turbans, in which the chant "doo-wop" can be heard.)


      From Phil Hammond ('64) of FL - 01/17/14 - "Good News":

I wanted to update everyone on   Sylvia’s (Hall Hammond - '66) condition after meeting with her oncologist. She had a MRI of the brain and a PET scan today and both were negative. Needless to say it was an emotional time and we are so happy with these important results. She will have another bronchial scope next week to biopsy nodes between the lungs but at this point they are not enlarged. She is still considered to be in stage 3A. Her case will be presented to the Mayo cancer review board on Tuesday morning to determine the next course of action. We are grateful for all your prayers. I know it helped. I was on the golf course yesterday and some time in the afternoon calm came over me and I knew it was going to be alright today. We still have a long way to go but every positive is a good positive.

God Bless,


   OUTSTANDING! Thank you so much for this update, Phil! Please give Sylvia our love!

2.   From My Daughter-in-Law, Laura Adams Harty (Cardston HS, Alberta - '95) of AL - 01/17/14 - "RE:           Brent (Harty - Hillsboro HS, IL - '90):

  My poor handsome husband!

He's BACK in the hospital. It turns out that he had a bowel obstruction after all. In fact, the doctors had to open him up along his splenectomy scar, and remove a small section of his intestines.

He'll be in the hospital for five days - and will definitely have to recycle (and possibly deploy to somewhere rather unpleasant...).

I wish this had been diagnosed properly the first time; he's needlessly been in excruciating pain all this time.

   OH, NO! Poor Brent! Thank you, Laura! We'll keep y'all in our prayers!



    Happy Birthday today to Eileen Rash Vaught ('57) AND    F.A. Saunders (Hampton HS - '64) of VA!

    Happy Birthday this week to:

20 - Ware Morrison ('63) of VA;

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

22 -   Bruce Sims ('56) of VA AND Carolyn Clark Wilt ('57) AND Sandra Sherman Filippo ('57) AND    Rochelle Spooner ('63) of NY;

23 -     Chandler Nelms (Hampton HS - '63) of MD;

25 -     Jeannie Collier Fitzgerald ('65) of VA!

   Many Happy Returns to You All! 


January 18, 1941 - British troops launched a general counter-offensive against Italian East Africa.

January 18, 1943 -Warsaw Ghetto Uprising: The first uprising of Jews in the Warsaw Ghetto.

January 18, 1944 -Soviet forces liberated Leningrad, effectively ending a three year Nazi siege, known as the Siege of Leningrad.

January 18, 1945 - Liberation of the Budapest ghetto by the Red Army.

January 18, 1945 - Liberation of Krakow, Poland by the Red Army


Saturday, January 18, 1964 - Baseball player Brady Anderson was born Brady Kevin Anderson in Silver Spring, Maryland.

Saturday, January 18, 1964 - Jockey Richard Dunwoody was born Thomas Richard Dunwoody in Belfast, Northern Ireland.

Saturday, January 18, 1964 - Actress Jane Horrocks was born Barbara Jane Horrocks in the Rawtenstall, Lancashire, England.

Saturday, January 18, 1964 - Tennis player Andrea Leand was born in the United States.

Saturday, January 18, 1964 - Actor Enrico Lo Verso was born in Palermo, Italy.

      From Albert Dorner ('66) of VA - 01/17/14 - "photo":

Hey Carol, Thought you might want to post this.
  These four athletes and two coaches were the reason NNHS completely dominated track & field in the state of Virginia during the decade of the 60's.

Peace, Albert

   WOWZERONI-RINI! Thank you so much for this treasure, Albert!

   I've added it to our archive:  

(l-r) Fred Anspach '64, Billy Schroding '65, David Cutler '67, Doug Dickinson '69, Coach Nuttycombe, Coach Conn (seated)


From Paul's Niece, Maura, of PA - 01/17/14:

I stay fat because it just wouldn't be fair to all the thin people to be this good-looking, intelligent, funny AND thin. I'm doing a public service, really.

     Thanks, Maura! I feel your pain!

       From George Helliesen ('61) of MI - 12/20/13 - "One Word Essays (#28 in a Series of 28)": 

  May your troubles be less,
May your blessings be more;
May nothing but happiness come through your door!!

   Thanks so much, George! These have been cool!


       From George Helliesen ('61) of MI - 01/04/14 - "Paws for a Smile (#14 in a Series of 17)":

  Paws for a smile.......

You can’t help but smile.

     AWWW! How adorable! Thanks, George!




From - 01/17/14:

Four high school boys afflicted with spring fever skipped morning classes. After lunch they reported to the teacher that they had a flat tire.

Much to their relief she smiled and said: "Well, you missed a test today so take seats apart from one another and take out a piece of paper."

Still smiling, she waited for them to sit down. Then she said:

"First Question: Which tire was flat?"


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 01/18/14

BLOG: - updated 03/13/11

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


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                          Love to all, Carol





 In the Still of the Night

Recorded by
Five Satins, 1956

In the still of the night
I held you Held you tight
'Cause I love
Love you so
Promise I'll never
Let you go
In the still of the night

I remember
That night in May
The stars were bright above
I'll hope and I'll pray
To keep
Your precious love
Well before the light
Hold me again
With all of your might
In the still of the night

So before the light
Hold me again
With all of your might
In the still of the night
In the still of the night

"In the Still of the Night" midi courtesy of 
at the suggestion of Dave Spriggs ('64) of VA - 01/09/05
Thanks, Dave!

"In the Still of the Night" lyrics courtesy of - 01/10/05

First Image courtesy of - 01/17/07

Second Image courtesy of Cal's Gallery,, located by my niece, Shari, of VA - 01/10/04
What a great site! Thanks, Shari!

Blue 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

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

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