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01/25/10 - NNHS Newsletter -
Softly As I Leave You

I've been making a list of the things they don't teach you
at school. They don't teach you how to love somebody. They don't
teach you how to be famous. They don't teach you how to be rich
or how to be poor. They don't teach you how to walk away
from someone you don't love any longer. They don't teach you
how to know what's going on in someone else's mind...”

- Neil Gaiman
(b. 10 Nov 1960)

Dear Friends and Schoolmates,

   I have a soft spot for sad songs.....

BONUS - - Softly As I Leave You - Matt Monro


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

    Happy Birthday tomorrow to      Charis Bean Duke (Governor Thomas Johnson HS, MD - '85) of NC!

    Happy Birthday this week to:

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;

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

01 -     Paul Dobie ('66) of CO!

   Many Happy Returns to you all!  


     From Me ('65) of IL - 01/20/10 - "Site Renewal":

As you know, our website is up for renewal tomorrow (01/26/10). Because 00FreeHost has become increasingly problematic in the last year or so, and because we have been able to locate another server who offers far more services for far less money, I cannot in good conscience throw another $150.00 to However, switching sites is both tedious and time consuming, and we anticipate there will be some downtime involved - not just for the Newsletters, but possibly for the entire site. We will try to make this transition as painless as possible for all of us, and I will not only add a feature which will automatically transfer you to the new page, but I'll keep you posted with the progress if there are any unforeseen problems.
Thanks for your patience.


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


January 25, 1942 - Thailand declared war on the United States and United Kingdom. Japan had made an amphibious landing on the coast of Thailand on December 8, 1941.

January 25, 1945 - The Battle of the Bulge ended.


Sunday, January 24, 1965 - Professional wrestler Mike Awesome (d. 17 Feb 2007 in Tampa, Florida at the age of 42) was born Michael Lee Alfonso in Tampa, Florida.

Sunday, January 24, 1965 - Film director Carlos Saldanha was born in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.


Monday, January 25, 1965 - Ice hockey player Esa Tikkanen was born in Helsinki, Finland.

Monday, January 25, 1965 - Actor Mark Jordon was born in Oldham, Lancashire, England, UK.

      From Jerry Blanchard ('62) of VA - 01/23/10 - "Chili      (Richard) Dawes (NNHS / HHS - '62 - of VA)!":


Thought you folks might like to know my old buddy Dickie Dawes might not be the best but he is in the top TWO! One of our local papers had an article and picture of a group of folks that entered into a chili cook off contest. My buddy Dickie took SECOND place. I am so proud of him! I just have to catch up with him to try his Chili. 

Jerry Blanchard (Class of 62) of Va.

   WOWZERONI-ROONI! Thanks for letting us know, Jerry! Congratulations, Dickie!

    From Norm Covert ('61) of MD - 01/21/10 - "Strange What a Song Can Do":



Happy New Year, Carol, and Typhoon family.  While writing this note, my ADD kicks in considering the current weather and pulls up a memory of seeing the play “January Thaw,” perhaps one of the last performed in the old NNHS auditorium. Maybe someone else was there, too. There is no thaw here – we expect a hefty snowfall tonight (Jan. 21).


My purpose is to thank  Maj. Joe Madagan (’57) Fla., (plus      Bill Black (’66) GA), for providing the title of Roger Clark’s WGH-AM 1310 midnight theme song.  My library lacked this memorable tribute to Harry James’ soaring Trumpet virtuosity and the warm, vocal stylings of Marian Morgan. Somehow Roger carved his niche with music that found compatibility with Baron Be Bop.  The title eluded me long ago.


Armed with Joe’s info, the ensuing on-line search of Ms. Morgan unearthed one available copy of the CD “Sentimental Souvenirs” (“The complete Marion Morgan with Harry James and his orchestra”). It arrived today. Track Seven features “Strange What a Song Can do.” It was my first choice, but accompanied by disappointment that Roger didn’t open his mike and begin his relaxed overnight schtick.


The CD has been “ripped” to my computer for further use. The music allows me to slip back through time and remember when my body was actually as young as my mind thinks it is today. 


Norm Covert ('61) MD


     Thank you so much, Normie!

   Speaking of which.....

  From My Friend, Judy Bundy Bowermaster (Litchfield HS, IL - '59) of IL - 01/23/10 - "THEN IT IS quickly it comes!":

Enjoy and remember ..... .and then it is Winter.

You know, time has a way of moving quickly and catching you unaware of the passing years.

It seems just yesterday that I was young, just married and embarking on my new life with my mate. And yet in a way, it seems like eons ago, and I wonder where all the years went.

  I know that I lived them all...

And I have glimpses of how it was back then and of all my hopes and dreams... But, here it is... the winter of my life and it catches me by surprise... How did I get here so fast? Where did the years go and where did my youth go? 

I remember well...seeing older people through the years and thinking that those older people were years away from me and that winter was so far off that I could not fathom it or imagine fully what it would be like...  But, here it friends are retired and getting gray...they move slower and I see an older person now. Lots are in better shape than me... but, I see the great change...  Not like the ones that I remember who were young and vibrant... but, like me, their age is beginning to show and we are now those older folks that we used to see and never thought we'd be.

Each day now, I find that just getting a shower is a real target for the day!  And taking a nap is not a treat's mandatory!  Cause if I don't on my own free will..I just fall asleep where I sit!

And so, now I enter into this new season of my life unprepared for all the aches and pains and the loss of strength and ability to go and do things that I wish I had done but never did!! 

But, at least I know, that though the winter has come, and I'm not sure how long it will last...this I know, that when it's over...its over....Yes , I have regrets. There are things I wish I hadn't done ,,,,,things I should have done, but indeed, there are many things I'm happy to have done.  It's all in a lifetime....

So, if you're not in your winter yet...let me remind you, that it will be here faster than you think. So, whatever you would like to accomplish in your life please do it quickly!  Don't put things off too long!!

Life goes by quickly.  So, do what you can today, as you can never be sure whether this is your winter or not!

You have no promise that you will see all the seasons of your, live for good today and

 say all the things that you want your loved ones to remember...

and hope that they

appreciate and love you

for all the things that you have done for them in all the years past!!

'Life is a gift to you. The way you live your life is your gift to those who come after.

 Make it a fantastic one.'



   BOY HOWDY and AMEN! Thanks, Judy!

       From George Helliesen ('61) of MI - 01/24/10 - "History of 'Aprons'":

This is such a wonderful memory.

The History of 'APRONS'

I don't think our kids know what an apron is.

The principal use of Grandma's apron was to protect the dress underneath, because she only had a few; it was easier to wash aprons than dresses and they used less material, but along with that, it served as a potholder for removing hot pans from the oven.

It was wonderful for drying children's tears, and on occasion was even used for cleaning out dirty ears.

From the chicken coop, the apron was used for carrying eggs, fussy chicks, and sometimes half-hatched eggs to be finished in the warming oven.

When company came, those aprons were ideal hiding places for shy kids.

And when the weather was cold, grandma wrapped it around her arms.

Those big old aprons wiped many a perspiring brow, bent over the hot wood stove.

Chips and kindling wood were brought into the kitchen in that apron.

From the garden, it carried all sorts of vegetables. After the peas had been shelled, it carried out the hulls.

In the fall, the apron was used to bring in apples that had fallen from the trees.

When unexpected company drove up the road, it was surprising how much furniture that old apron could dust in a matter of seconds.

When dinner was ready, Grandma walked out onto the porch, waved her apron, and the men knew it was time to come in from the fields to dinner.

It will be a long time before someone invents something that will replace that 'old-time apron' that served so many purposes.

Send this to those who would know (and love) the story about Grandma's aprons.


Grandma used to set her hot baked apple pies on the window sill to cool.

Her Granddaughters set theirs on the window sill to thaw.

They would go crazy now trying to figure out how many germs were on that apron.

* I don't think I ever caught anything from an apron, except maybe a little love and caring. *

   Thanks so much, George!

    From Jennie Sheppard ('62) of NC - 01/24/10 - "1950's EMAIL... BEAUTIFULLY DONE":

Don't know if this can be put on the webpage but this should bring back memories for lots of people that visit. 

Thanks, Jen

   Thanks, Jen! It's way too big to use in a Newsletter, but we do already have something quite similar to it on the website itself:


  From Jane Chambers of VA - 07/01/09 - "CNC BOOK BROCHURE & AD":

   Contact Dr. Chambers at

Thanks, Jane!


From ArcaMax Jokes - 01/23/09:

Road Crew

The road by my house was in bad condition. Every day I dodged potholes on the way to work, so I was relieved to see a construction crew working on the road one morning.

Later, on my way home, I noticed the men were gone and no improvement in the road. But where the crew had been working stood a new, bright-yellow sign with the words "Rough Road."


1. Friday, February 12, 2010, 6:00 PM - The NN/Hampton Breakfast Bunch will hold their Annual Valentine's Dinner at the Hampton Yacht Club. Those interested can call Mickey Marcella at (757) 249-3800.

2. Friday and Saturday, August 6 and 7, 2010 - The NNHS Class of 1970 will hold its 40-Year Reunion. Saturday night will be at the Kiln Creek Golf & Country Club. For details, contact Carol Comer Cutler at or visit the reunion website at - CLASS OF 1970

3. Friday, Saturday, and Sunday, August 6, 7, and  8, 2010 - The NNHS Class of 1960 will hold its 50-Year Reunion at the Marriott Newport News at City Center. For details, contact Karen Weinstein Witte at - CLASS OF 1960

PRAYER ROLL: - updated 01/08/09

BLOG: - updated 08/04/09

   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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Softly as I Leave You

Composed by Antonio De Vita (1932–1998), with original Italian lyrics by Giorgio Calabrese; English lyrics by Hal Shaper

Recorded by Matt Monro, 1962
(01 Dec 1930 – 07 Feb 1985)

Softly, I will leave you softly
For my heart would break if you should wake and see me go
So I leave you softly, long before you miss me
Long before your arms can beg me stay
For one more hour or one more day
After all the years, I can't bear the tears to fall
So, softly as I leave you there
(Softly, long before you kiss me)
(Long before your arms can beg me stay)
(For one more hour) or one more day
After all the years, I can't bear the tears to fall
So, softly as I leave you there
As I leave I you there
As I leave I you there

"Softly As I Leave You" midi and lyrics courtesy of - 01/25/10

Image of Luggage courtesy of - 01/25/10

Animated Divider Bar 116 clip art courtesy of - 01/25/10

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

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

Animated Applause clip art courtesy of Al Farber ('64) of GA - 08/18/05 (re-saved 02/27/09)
Thanks, Al!

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!

Litchfield High School's Purple Panther Paw Print courtesy of - 06/23/07

Valentines clip art courtesy of John London (Warwick HS - '57) of VA - 10/09/09
Thanks, John!

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