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01/23/11 - NNHS Newsletter - In the Still of the Night

O wild and wondrous midnight,
There is a might in thee
To make the charmed body
Almost like spirit be,
And give it some faint glimpses
Of immortality. 

- James Russell Lowell, Midnight
(22 Feb 1819 - 12 Aug 1891)

Dear Friends and Schoolmates, 

   Today's Newsletter theme was last used here exactly four years ago today:  

BONUS - - In the Still of the Night - Five 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, CT. Marty Kugell produced the song. It was originally released as a B-Side (to "The Jones Girl", a play on the Mills Brothers' 1954 hit, "The Jones Girls") on Kugell's "Standord 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". (Clearly, one of the primary reasons why the song became such a standard was its inclusion in the highly influential 1959 LP "Oldies But Goodies" on Original Sound.)

"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 doo-wop 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.)... 


     Happy Birthday today to     Chandler Nelms (Hampton HS - '63) of MD!

     Happy Birthday this week to:

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

26 -      Charis Bean Duke (Governor Thomas Johnson HS, MD - '85) of NC;

28 - Courtney Russ ('57) AND      Jennie Sheppard ('62) of NC AND    Rick Billings ('65) of NC AND My Granddaughter,   Becca Harty of IL;

29 - Nancy Keesee (Tucker) Crawley ('57) of TX;

30 -  Charlie Phillips ('65) of TN!

   Many Happy Returns to You All! 


January 23, 1854 - Following a discussion with Franklin Pierce and Secretary of War Jefferson Davis, Stephen A. Douglas released the Nebraska act with two significant changes: Two territories, Kansas and Nebraska would be formed and the Missouri Compromise was superseded and inoperative.

January 23, 1864 - Trade restrictions for Missouri and Kentucky were lifted.

January 23, 1867 - Indiana ratified the 14th Amendment:

    From Joe Madagan ('57) of FL - 01/22/11 - "   Thomas Jonathan Jackson":

Hi, Carol:

Well, it seems you are making good progress in the backlog, but working until midnight. Did anyone ever tell you that you just might put too many demands upon yourself?

    Why, yes, thank you, Adonis, I do believe I have heard that mentioned from time to time..... Unfortunately, somehow, every time I think of some great time-saving method, it ends up taking me twice as long!

So glad you posted the theme remembering General T. J. "Stonewall" Jackson CSA
in your Newsletter last evening. Your son         Brent (Harty - Hillsboro HS, IL - '90 - of TX - currently deployed) admires the courage and leadership skills of this great Virginian, and I dare say that Brent will someday be on the academic staff at the Virginia Military Institute, to fulfill a dream.

For those who would like to learn more of the life of this outstanding leader, let me recommend a book by another outstanding Virginian, James I. Robertson, Jr. His book, Stonewall Jackson, The Man, The Soldier, The Legend, is the finest work of this historian. For those interested in acquiring this book, it can be purchased directly from the author at VPI.

With the urgency of his deployment orders, Brent has not responded to my question as to whether he has this book in his library. It would make good reading while he is deployed in the Sand Box. Help me with this "gift idea" for the young LT, by asking him about this book when you speak with him. Give him a Hand Salute for me!!!

No doubt, he will be wearing Captain's bars by the time he returns to the States.

TYPHOON Regards,
Joe Madagan ('57) of FL

   Thanks, Major Madagan! Hand Salute delivered:

No, I don't have the book.  I don't recall his asking if I did have least recently.  You might want to tell him that in March I plan on starting my Masters degree in Military History at American Military University based out of Charles Town, West Virginia.  Of course, I will be focusing on the Civil War with a slant towards Cavalry Studies.

I can't wait to get my Civil War books that I stowed away in the CONEX!  It will be nice to have them.

Well, thanks for the forward and give Joe a 'hand salute' back for me!
love bh

        From My #2 Son, Brent Harty (Hillsboro HS, IL - '90) of TX (currently deployed to "the lands dark and dusty") - 01/23/11 - "RE: Robert E. Lee and the  Bonnie Blue Flag":


Nice articles as always.  I enjoyed reflecting on one of the great Americans, General Robert E. Lee - of course, as you know, one of my favorites figures in history.  I have felt for a long time a deep respect for the man, and hope to be able to meet him on the other side and chit chat about different things as they come up in conversation. 

The Bonnie Blue info was great.  I would like to add a caveat, if I may.  I know the original version did not have all the States of the Confederacy listed in verse.  And that is correct, of course.  As other States joined, someone added a verse in for them as well.  But in your version it lacks the verse of my native State of Missouri (a horrible, yet unintentional, oversight I'm sure.)

To Missouri we extend both heart and hand
And welcome her a sister to our Confederate band
Tho' surrounded by oppression, no one dare deter
Her adding to our Bonnie Blue Flag
Her bright and twelfth star!

Also, some may not be aware of the background of the Bonnie Blue Flag prior to secession and forming of the Confederacy.  Here is some information I found on the history of the flag that I was already aware of (from some random website) that sums up the background fairly succinctly....

"The Bonnie Blue Flag was written by Harry McCarthy in 1861. He was inspired by the long history of the flag. It was first flown in 1810 by a group of men gathered together under the auspices of what they called the West Florida Convention. This group planned to set up a Republic after they conquered Baton Rouge. President Madison promptly declared the area a part of Louisiana Territory and the section was pulled into the United States.

In 1836, the Texas Republic adopted the flag. It is still thought to represent Texas which is often referred to as the "Lone Star State". At the beginning of the Civil War a crowd raised the flag over the Capitol of the State of Mississippi when secession was declared in 1860. Harry McCarthy was evidently a witness to this event and was stirred to write the following lyrics:

The one thing it doesn't mention is that those folks from west Florida marched against the Spanish governmental headquarters then located in Baton Rouge.  Spain took this area from Britain during the American Revolution.  Follow the link for more information on this battle (which I was not aware of...pretty cool story and a wise move on Spain's part during this time of empire building by the European nations).  

The American settlers in the area (don't forget it covered Alabama and Mississippi all the way to Louisiana as well) wanted to form an independent state.  In 1803 France signed the land away in the Treaty of France (Lewis & Clark Corps of Discovery - remember?) but Spain was stubbornly squatting on the land.  So basically, those folks from Florida showed up, the US stated the obvious and said, 'hey, we already own that land...take off!'

That link goes into a bit more detail.  So there is some American History there for you all.  The flag has military background closely tied to the early sentiments in the American ideal of self government.  It makes sense that the citizens of Texas related strongly to that flag, as their story & struggle is basically the same, except they had a much more difficult fight ahead of them against Mexico.  (I guess Spain was probably still a bit ticked off about losing West Florida and wanted to stick it to those Texans, eh?!)  Which by the way, Texas was settled by a lot of folks from Missouri.

And now the conversation comes full circle to great State of Missouri...the best state in these United States if I may say so myself!

Salus Populi Suprema Lex Esta - The Welfare of the People Shall be the Supreme Law

If you don't know, that is the Missouri State Motto as listed on the crest of the flag.  Ok, I'll get off my history lesson soap box - for now!

Love, Brent

   WOWZERONI! Thank you so very much, Brent!

  From Edna Whitcomb Harrison ('65) of VA - 01/22/11 - "year born plus age equals 111":


Actually the solution to the "year born plus age equals 111" is quite simple.
When you add one year to the age born it takes a year away from the age of  the person so that is why it always adds up to 111. (Will not work for anyone born in 2000 or later of course.)
1947 plus 64
1948 plus 63
1949 plus 62
Wish all of life's problems were so easy to solve.

Thanks, Carol, for all that you do.

   Ah, yes - very simple... just like me. There's a very good reason I did not major in mathematics.

   Thanks, Edna!

  From Ivan Anker ('67) of VA - 01/22/11 - "Donation":

Hi Carol,

Hope you are enjoying the dreary winter doldrums. I have tried for several weeks now to donate to your worthy cause but the donate button won't click. Please send me your address and I will gladly donate to the newsletter. I enjoy receiving them. My high school days were possibly the best times of my life. Keep up the great job.

Regards, Ivan Anker

Thank you so much, Ivan!  Ja, that donation button on the Newsletters broke over a year ago, and we can't figure out how to fix it.  Strangely, the one on the main page still works:

  From Bill Hobbs ('66) of Northern VA AND       From Wayne Stokes ('65) of VA - 01/21/11 - "Feeling Unappreciated?":


  Bill Hobbs sent this my way and I'm sharing it (as he may well do) so that when you think things couldn't get worse--just ask others!!

Oh yeah, going back a few years to a discussion we (all of us) were having, I received another piece of mail that introduced itself with: Dear R,.. :-)


The next time you feel that nobody loves you, no one cares, or that no one ever notices you, think of this guy:

Things Got Ya Down? Well Then, Consider These.....

In a hospital's Intensive Care Unit, patients always died in the same bed, on Sunday morning, at about 11:00 am, regardless of their medical condition. This puzzled the doctors and some even thought it had something to do with the super natural. No one could solve the mystery as to why the deaths occurred around 11:00 AM Sunday, so a worldwide team of experts was assembled to investigate the cause of the incidents. The next Sunday morning, a few minutes before 11:00 AM all of the doctors and nurses nervously waited outside the ward to see for themselves what the terrible phenomenon was all about. Some were holding wooden crosses, prayer books, and other holy objects to ward off the evil spirits. Just when the clock struck 11:00, Pookie Johnson, the part-time Sunday sweeper, entered the ward and unplugged the life support system so he could use the vacuum cleaner.

Still Having a Bad Day?
The average cost of rehabilitating a seal after the Exxon Valdez Oil spill in Alaska was $80,000.00. At a special ceremony, two of the most expensively saved animals were being released back into the wild amid cheers and applause from onlookers. A minute later, in full view, a killer whale ate them both.

Still think you are having a Bad Day?
A woman came home to find her husband in the kitchen shaking frantically, almost in a dancing frenzy, with some kind of wire running from his waist towards the electric kettle. Intending to jolt him away from the deadly current, she whacked him with a handy plank of wood, breaking his arm in two places. Up to that moment, he had been happily listening to his Walkman.

Are Ya OK Now? - No?
Two animal rights defenders were protesting the cruelty of sending pigs to a slaughterhouse in Bonn, Germany. Suddenly, all two thousand pigs broke loose and escaped through a broken fence, stampeding madly. The two helpless protesters were trampled to death.

What? STILL having a Bad Day?
Iraqi terrorist Khay Rahnajet didn't pay enough postage on a letter bomb. It came back with 'Return to Sender' stamped on it. Forgetting it was the bomb; he opened it and was blown to bits. God is good!

There now, Feeling Better?

  Yes, I am! I am indeed! Thank you, Gentlemen!

      From Wayne Stokes ('65) of VA - 01/22/11 - "HOW FOOTBALLS ARE MADE === Wilson Company video":


"Are you ready for some football?"

Interesting!! The Super Bowl - without my team AGAIN! -- is soon to be and if any pass falls apart in flight, we'll know whose fault it is :-)



I thought you would enjoy this video of how the NFL footballs are manufactured.

Quite a business, their only product, lifetime employment for maybe 40-50 people. It amazes me how someone can continue working a very repetitious assembly job for many years!

Watch the one older guy in particular who has to continuously turn the footballs inside out. Takes a lot of strength. Imagine doing that for eight hours every day!

    WOWZERS! That's really very impressive! Thanks, Wayne Honey!

        From Jerry Blanchard ('62) of VA - 01/22/11 - "P51 Mustang Film":


This is one I hope ALL will watch to the end. We all should be so lucky as to meet one of these men, and thank him...I have met a couple and I never fail to say thanks!

So many of these HEROES live in the Williamsburg, Va. area, and I have the pleasure to see them ever so often.

Jerry Blanchard (Class of 62) of Va.

There're so few of these heroes left. A great story about an airplane and an ACE Fighter Pilot from Virginia reunited.

15 minutes but well worth it. Do have some Kleenex handy...

     Thank you so very much, Jerry! As you might imagine, this one really got to me. I have come to believe that I was the only one to whom       my daddy, the late Robert Buckley (John Marshall HS - '25) (19 Oct 1907 - 25 Apr 1960) confided all his WWII stories. I think after a while he didn't tell them to              my mama, the late Maxine Frix Buckley (John Marshall HS - '25) (19 May 1908 - 15 Feb 1999), as they upset her so. I don't recall ever hearing him discuss them with my uncles - all of whom were veterans themselves - at family gatherings.        My sister (Eleanor Buckley Nowitzky - '59 - of NC) said he surely did not tell her. Yet he told me - repeatedly and often. It's really strange looking back and realizing that.  They were hardly the stories that one would tell a little girl.  I wasn't quite thirteen when he died, and he had been telling me stories for years, often illustrating them with the many souvenirs and paraphernalia he brought home.   

   I vividly remember when one of the major magazines (Life? Look? The Saturday Evening Post? Okay, that part I don't recall, but it was one of the three) ran a feature story on the Holocaust. The images were extremely graphic. He brought it to me and told me to read it - not glance at it - but read it, study it, know it beyond all knowing.  He wanted to make certain that I never fell victim to the horrendous lie that the holocaust never really occurred.  After many years, I realized that he himself had been there at the liberation of at least one concentration camp.  He knew those horrors, because he had seen them firsthand.

   Thanks again, Daddy!

  From Norris Perry (Warwick HS - '59) of VA - 01/22/11 - "History Lesson":

For those that don't know about history ... Here is a condensed version:

Humans originally existed as members of small bands of nomadic hunters/gatherers. They lived on deer in the mountains during the summer and would go to the coast and live on fish and lobster in the winter.

The two most important events in all of history were the invention of beer and the invention of the wheel. The wheel was invented to get man to the beer. These were the foundation of modern civilization and together were the catalyst for the splitting of humanity into two distinct subgroups:

1 . Liberals
2. Conservatives.

Once beer was discovered, it required grain and that was the beginning of agriculture. Neither the glass bottle nor aluminum can were invented yet, so while our early humans were sitting around waiting for them to be invented, they just stayed close to the brewery. That's how villages were formed.

Some men spent their days tracking and killing animals to BBQ at night while they were drinking beer. This was the beginning of what is known as the Conservative movement...

Other men who were weaker and less skilled at hunting learned to live off the conservatives by showing up for the nightly BBQ's and doing the sewing, fetching, and hair dressing. This was the beginning of the Liberal movement.

Some of these liberal men eventually evolved into women. They became known as girlie-men. Some noteworthy liberal achievements include the domestication of cats, the invention of group therapy, group hugs, and the concept of Democratic voting to decide how to divide the meat and beer that conservatives provided.

Over the years conservatives came to be symbolized by the largest, most powerful land animal on earth, the elephant. Liberals are symbolized by the jackass for obvious reasons.

Modern liberals like imported beer (with lime added), but most prefer white wine or imported bottled water. They eat raw fish but like their beef well done. Sushi, tofu, and French food are standard liberal fare. Another interesting evolutionary side note: most of their women have higher testosterone levels than their men. Most social workers, personal injury attorneys, journalists, dreamers in Hollywood and group therapists are liberals. Liberals invented the designated hitter rule because it wasn't fair to make the pitcher also bat.

Conservatives drink domestic beer, mostly Bud or Miller. They eat red meat and still provide for their women. Conservatives are big game hunters, rodeo cowboys, lumberjacks, construction workers, firemen, medical doctors, police officers, engineers, corporate executives, athletes, members of the military, airline pilots and generally anyone who works productively.

Conservatives who own companies hire other conservatives who want to work for a living.

Liberals produce little or nothing. They like to govern the producers and decide what to do with the production. Liberals believe Europeans are more enlightened than Americans. That is why most of the liberals remained in Europe when conservatives were coming to America. They crept in after the Wild West was tamed and created a business of trying to get more for nothing.

Here ends today's lesson in world history:

It should be noted that a Liberal may have a momentary urge to angrily respond to the above before forwarding it.

A Conservative will simply laugh and be so convinced of the absolute truth of this history that it will be forwarded immediately to other true believers and to more liberals just to tick them off.

And there you have it. Let your next action reveal your true self.....I'm going to have another beer.

     Thanks, Norris Sweetie!

WEBMISTRESS' DISCLAIMER: This is a JOKE. It does not invite further political comment.  I posted it because I thought it was outrageously funny.  It is safe to say that I myself am quite apolitical, being a rather liberal conservative and a staunchly conservative liberal - or an anachronistic populist - or something.....

  From Ruth Ann Reece Horace ('67) of FL - 01/15/11 - "CAN'T FIX STUPID" (#6 in a Series of 10):

This one says it all.
     Thanks, Ruthie!


"Stop or Slow Down"

A cop stops a guy for running a stop sign.

The driver immediately protests "Oh come on, I slowed down! Stop, slow down, what's the difference?"

The cop politely says, "Step out of the car please", and then proceeds to hit the driver with his nightstick.

While swinging away, the cop asks "Sir, would you like me to stop or slow down?!"

1. Friday, January 28, 2011 - Tidewater Friends of Folk Music Coffeehouse - 7:00 PM Wesley United Methodist Church, 2510 N. Armistead Avenue, Hampton, VA 23666 - SEE: 

2. Thursday, February 3, 2011 - 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 fiends in that year, go visit with them.

3. Wednesday, February 9, 2011 - 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.

4. Wednesday, April 13, 2011 - 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.
Saturday, April 30, 2011 - The NNHS Class will have a Luncheon. Team Leaders are Mickey Marcella ( - 757-249-3800), Betty Hamby Neher ( - 757-898-5099), and Dr. Harry Simpson ( - 804-694-0346). - CLASS OF 1954

6. Saturday, July 9, 2011 (6:30 PM to 11:30 PM) - The Class of 1971 will hold its 40-Year Reunion at Newport News Marriott at City Center, 740 Town Center Drive, Newport News. For details, contact Richard Rawls at - CLASS OF 1971

PRAYER ROLL : - updated 12/30/10

BLOG: - updated 10/21/10

  Y'all take good care of each other!  TYPHOONS FOREVER!  We'll Always Have Buckroe!

                           Love to all, Carol





Carol Buckley Harty

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In the Still of the Night

Written by Fred Parris, 1955

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

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!

Governor Thomas Johnson High School's Logo courtesy of - 06/16/08

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 Laughing Smiley courtesy of Janice McCain Rose ('65) of VA - 02/07/05
Thanks, Janice!

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

Small Bonnie Blue Flag clip art courtesy of - 01/21/11

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

Animated Nutsy Smiley courtesy of - 05/04/09

Animated BOO-HOO courtesy of Glenn Dye ('60) of TX - 08/28/09
Thanks, Glenn!

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!

Animated Army Flag clip art courtesy of - 06/18/03

Animated Kissing Smiley clip art courtesy of my friend, Judy Bundy Bowermaster (Litchfield HS, IL - '59), of IL - 09/19/08
Thanks, Judy!

Animated Laughing Frog courtesy of Joyce Lawrence Cahoon of VA - 05/31/08
Thanks, Joyce!

Animated Hiding Mallard (by AF Artist - Josh Doohen) courtesy of - 05/15/08

Animated Laughing Kitty courtesy of Tom Flax ('64) of VA - 06/03/06
Thanks, Tom!

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