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01/24/13 - NNHS Newsletter - The Old Lamplighter

Only the lamplighter of the single street lamp at the North Pole
and his colleague of the single street lamp at the South Pole
led carefree, idle lives: they work twice a year.”

- Antoine de Saint-Exupéry, The Little Prince, 1943
(29 June 1900 - 31 July 1944)

Dear Friends and Schoolmates,

   We first used this song a year ago today, and we're revisiting it because I really like it - and besides, it's a great time saver!

BONUS #1 - - The Old Lamplighter - Sammy Kaye and His Orchestra, Billy Williams on vocals, 1946

BONUS #2 - - The Old Lamplighter - The Browns


"The Old Lamp-Lighter" is a popular song.

The music was written by Nat Simon, the lyrics by Charles Tobias. The song was published in 1946. Several versions of the song made the best-seller charts in 1946-1947:

The most popular recording, by Sammy Kaye, was released by RCA Victor Records as catalog number 20-1963. It first reached the Billboard Best Seller chart on November 8, 1946, and lasted 14 weeks on the chart, peaking at number one.[1]

The recording by Kay Kyser was released by Columbia Records as catalog number 37095. It first reached the Billboard Best Seller chart on November 22, 1946, and lasted 11 weeks on the chart, peaking at number three.[1]

The recording by Hal Derwin was released by Capitol Records as catalog number 288. It first reached the Billboard Best Seller chart on December 6, 1946, and lasted two weeks on the chart, peaking at number six.[1] This was Derwin's only charted hit.

It was a major country-pop hit for The Browns in 1960, released as a single in March of that year. It went on to become a major top-ten hit on the US pop singles chart, peaking at number five, and country chart.

The song was performed under the name Luktar-Gvendur, by the icelandic singer Björk on the album Gling-Gló, in 1990. On that album Björk teams up with the jazz trio of Guðmundur Ingólfsson: consisting of Guðmundur Ingólfsson on piano, Guðmundur Steingrímsson on drums and Þórður Högnason on bass. The album has become one of the classics of icelandic contemporary pop music albums.


    From Jean Poole Burton ('64) of RI - 01/24/13, 11:48 AM - "  Anne Davidson Matthis class of 64 (of NC)":

Carol, please ask for prayers for Anne. She is in hospice care at home. Her family members are taking turns caring for her. I do not have any details.


   Oh, Jean, I'm so sorry to hear this! I know you and Anne have been good friends for many years! Thank you for letting us know. Our prayers will certainly be with her now:


   From Butch Ragland ('63) of CO - 01/23/13, 8:48 AM:

Good Morning Carol;

I wanted to drop you a line to update you on my progress; but first wanted you to know my wife and I are praying for
      Paul's (Harty - Bardolph HS, IL - '61 - of NC) speedy recovery, and for you to have the strength to continue your care for him.  You are both close to all of us, as we all have grown closer to each other over the years through your great efforts in keeping our Typhoon Family together!  We pray for God's Blessings on both of you!  

I can testify to the power of Typhoon Family Prayer, because I truly believe the prayer and support from all you guys plus many other friends and family, is why I am here today!

I also want to thank the many individuals whom I haven't seen or spoken to for nearly fifty years for their phone calls, cards and letters since my hospitalization!  You guys are the greatest, and I thank each of you for your continued prayers and support.  Your encouragement has helped me look beyond the pain and discomfort of today toward what the future holds for me and what I can do as long as I keep a positive attitude!  I look around the rehab unit and realize that I may have some major changes ahead of me for the rest of my life; but there are many with much more serious needs than mine!  With God's Grace and all of the prayers from you guys, my other family and friends, old Butch will succeed and grow stronger!  I am determined to overcome the  barriers ahead.  Thanks Typhoons!

I am expecting to be released to minor home care on Monday, January 28, 2013, but will remain in room 800 until I complete rehab therapy!  My doctors feel I am recovering quicker than expected for an old man with a weak heart, so this makes me feel even better for my continued healing.  

Some of you asked for a phone number which is:
 (719) 778-2273
, which I am told is a direct line.

I will be responding to the many calls and cards individually once I get home.

Thank you, Carol, for all you do for each of us and take good care of Paul; he is a lucky man to have you on his side!

We love you, and pray that God will give you strength and good health!

Butch Ragland

      Thanks so very much, Butch!

   Butch can still be reached at this address, should you want to send him cards and notes: 

Henry Ragland
Room 800
2222 N. Nevada Avenue
Colorado Springs, CO 80907


   Happy Birthday tomorrow to      Jeannie Collier Fitzgerald ('65) of VA!

   Happy Birthday this week to:

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 AND      HP Lucas ('65) of VA;

30 -  Charlie Phillips ('65) of TN;

31 - Lynn Stewart Schroeder ('71) of NC!

   Many Happy Returns to you all!  


January 24, 1942 - The Allies bombarded Bangkok, leading Thailand to declare war against the United States and United Kingdom.

January 24, 1943 - Franklin D. Roosevelt and Winston Churchill concluded a conference in Casablanca.


Thursday, January 24, 1963 - Field hockey player Martyn Grimley was born Martyn Andrew Grimley in England.

Thursday, January 24, 1963 - Boxer Arnold Vanderlyde was born Arnold Petrus Maria Vanderlyde in Sittard, Limburg, Netherlands.

   From Eva Ellis Madagan ('61) of FL - 01/23/13, 8:42 PM - "New email address":

Hi Carol

Hope you guys are feeling lots better.

I have a new email address: __________@_______.___

Thanks, Eva Madagan

   Thank you so much, Eva! We think we're making some progress; it's just taking longer than we had expected. What's the old joke? "Lord, give me patience - and I want it right NOW!" 

   I've switched your email addy in my files; let me know if you want it posted or kept private!

    From Joe Madagan ('57) of FL - 01/23/13, 8:50 PM - "Newsletter":

Hi, Carol:

Please update your Subscriber email list for your Newsletter to reflect a change in email address for me. Verizon has dropped the connection with MSN Premium.

Old email: ________@___.___

New email:  _______@_______.___

Thank You!!!
TYPHOON Regards,
Joe Madagan ('57) of FL

   Well, wasn't that just special of them?!?   Thanks, Major Madagan! As with your lovely bride, let me know if you'd like your new addy published!

      From Wayne Stokes ('65) of VA - 01/23/13 - "Forget 2013 for a few minutes and head on back to 1950 for a while":

 A bit long, but a journey many will remember because we were there!!
This video is great if you grew up in the 50's and if you didn't it's still good!

Turn on your speakers!!!

In those days there was no sugar added. Check out the shape the kids were in.

Thank you so much, Wayne Honey! This is delightful!

   From Bill Hobbs ('66) of Northern VA - 01/23/13 - "SENT TO YOU BECAUSE I KNOW YOU WILL KEEP IT GOING":


How's this story for a reminder that "We don't know we're alive"?

   Thank you, Billy! This poignant story is quite true: 

BONUS CROCHET LAMPSHADE PATTERNS: - Cylinda Mathews's Victorian Friendship Lampshade Cover - "If you're going for that vintage look in your home then this Victorian friendship lampshade cover should do the trick. It's a beautiful and easy crochet pattern that uses crochet cotton thread.": - Esther Leavitt's Crocheted Lampshade - "This Crochet Lamp Shade is a cute little design that can help spruce up your home. If you have scraps of yarn lying around your house then this is a great crochet pattern to follow. Use colors that match your home." - Kathleen Sams' Hanging Luminaries - "Add something unique to your next outdoor party. Light up the sky with these hanging luminaries. It'll be a magical night if you use this free crochet pattern.":

BONUS LAMPLIGHTER CAFE RECIPES: - Butter Crust Sandwich Bread - "Touch guides you in three ways as you make this bread: Knead the dough until it feels smooth and elastic; press it to see if it has risen enough; and then tap the baked loaf to determine if it has finished baking. Serve toasted with preserves, or use for sandwiches." - Appetizer Ham and Cheese Pie - "The “crust” of this savory pie is a round bread slice; the filling is shrinking circles of cheese spread, deviled ham, cucumber slices, caviar or pimiento, and hard-cooked eggs." - Provençal Chicken Stew - "...This simple chicken stew draws on the characteristic flavors of Provence: tomatoes, basil, olives, olive oil, and garlic. This dish was traditionally made in an earthenware casserole such as those produced in the Provençal town of Vallauris, located in the Alpes-Maritimes above Cannes. Vallauris has been home to producers of such casseroles for centuries and has been a pottery center in France since the nineteenth century."


From - 01/21/13:

A couple celebrated their 25th wedding anniversary. When they were asked what their secret was to a long lasting marriage they said:

"We take the time to go out to a restaurant two times a week. A candlelight dinner, soft music and a slow walk home. She goes on Tuesdays, and I go on Fridays."


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.

2. 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. 

3. Friday and Saturday, October 4 and 5, 2013 - The NNHS Class of 1963 will hold their 50-Year Reunion at the Crowne Plaza Hotel, Hampton on the Water. SEE: The website which has been set up for their class at; CONTACT: Frank Gibson,, Joyce Williams Nettles,, or Susie Overton Jones,

PRAYER ROLL: - updated 01/24/13

BLOG: - updated 03/13/11

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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The Old Lamplighter

Music by Nat Simon; Words by Charles Tobias (15 Aug 1898 – 07 July 1970), 1946

Recorded by Sammy Kaye (13 Mar 1910 – 02 June 1987), 1946

Recorded by Kay Kyser (18 June 1905 – 23 July 1985), 1946

Recorded by The Browns, 1960

He made the night a little brighter
Wherever he would go
The old lamplighter
Of long, long ago.

His snowy hair was so much whiter
Beneath the candle glow
The old lamplighter
Of long, long ago

You'd hear the patter of his feet
As he came toddling down the street
His smile would hide a lonely heart you see
If there were sweethearts in the park
He'd pass a lamp and leave it dark
Remembering the days that used to be.

For he recalls when dreams were new
he loves someone who loves him too
Who walks with him alone in memory
He made the night a little brighter
wherever he would go
The old lamplighter of long, long ago.

Now if you look up at the sky
You'll understand the reason why
The little stars at night are all aglow
He turns them on when night is here
He turns them off when dawn is near
The little man we loved of long ago.

He made the night a little brighter
wherever he would go
The old lamplighter
Of long, long ago...

"The Old Lamplighter" midi courtesy of - 01/23/12

 "The Old Lamplighter" lyrics courtesy of - 01/23/12 

Animated "The Old Lamplighter" Image courtesy of - 01/23/12

Animated Greenery with Flashing Amber Lights Divider Line clip art courtesy of - 12/15/08

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

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

Crying Baby clip art courtesy of - 09/28/05 (resaved 02/27/09)

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

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!

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