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01/31/13 - NNHS Newsletter -
Was a Sunny Day

“What a beautiful, sunny morning. It makes you happy to be alive.
We can’t let the sun outshine us! We have to beam, too!

- Takayuki Ikkaku

Dear Friends and Schoolmates,

    The other day       my sister (Eleanor Buckley Nowitzky - '59 - of NC) called me from her magic hands-free phone in her magic car all excited because this song was playing on her magic Sirius radio.. Neither of us remembers ever hearing it before - but didja catch the second line in the second stanza?!?

   No midi file could be found...  

BONUS - - Was a Sunny Day - Paul Simon, 1973:

"... Mr. Earl in the lyric is a reference to the great lead singer of the Cadillacs, Earl Carroll who, sadly, passed away (on November 25, 2012). He was 75...."

   Thanks, Eleanor!



Earl "Speedoo" Carroll (November 2, 1937[1] – November 25, 2012[2]) was the lead vocalist for the doo-wop group The Cadillacs. The group's biggest hit was "Speedoo", Carroll's subsequent nickname. It was released in 1955. He joined The Coasters in 1961, leaving the group in the early 1990s to permanently reform The Cadillacs.

In the 1990s, a newspaper reported that Carroll had worked as a custodian at PS 87, a New York elementary school, where he was a beloved figure whom the children called "Speedo". Earl was chosen to be the subject of a children's book, That's Our Custodian, by Ann Morris (Brookfield, Connecticut: Millbrook Press). The publicity helped him to revive his career. He became a mainstay of the PBS series honoring doo wop, hosted by Jerry Butler.

Carroll died in a nursing home in New York at the age of 75, following a stroke and a battle with diabetes.[3]


    Happy Birthday today to Lynn Stewart Schroeder ('71) of NC!

    Happy Birthday tomorrow to     Paul Dobie ('66) of CO!

    Happy Birthday this week to:

02 - Porter Phillips Booker ('57) AND the late    Thelma Spade Roberts ('57) (deceased - 08/26/05)  AND   John Patterson ('59) of TN AND    Alan Nesbitt ('64) of NC;

03 - Maynard Thweatt ('57);

04 -       John London (Warwick HS - '57) of VA AND the late   Ronnie Sanders ('65) (deceased - 10/08/06);

05 - The late   Dickie Krause ('57(deceased - 12/27/99) AND    Charles Braslow ('65) of the Virgin Islands AND      Mark Hutcherson ('66) of VA;

06 -     Sue Miller Dearnley ('64) of VA AND    Steve Burns ('65) of MN

   Many Happy Returns to you all! 


January 31, 1942 - Allied forces were defeated by the Japanese at the Battle of Malaya and retreated to the island of Singapore.

January 31, 1943 - German Field Marshal Friedrich Paulus surrendered to the Soviets at Stalingrad, followed 2 days later by the remainder of his Sixth Army, ending one of World War II's fiercest battles.

January 31, 1944 - American forces landed on Kwajalein Atoll and other islands in the Japanese-held Marshall Islands.

January 31, 1944 -  During Anzio campaign 1st Ranger Battalion (Darby's Rangers) was destroyed behind enemy lines in a heavily outnumbered encounter at the Battle of Cisterna, Italy.

January 31, 1945 - US Army private Eddie Slovik was executed for desertion, the first such execution of an American soldier since the Civil War.

January 31, 1945 - About 3,000 inmates from the Stutthof concentration camp were forcibly marched into the Baltic Sea at Palmnicken (now Yantarny, Russia) and executed.


Thursday, January 31, 1963 - Was apparently not only a sunny day, but a boring day; nothing of import seems to have transpired.

   From Bill Hobbs ('66) of Northern VA - 01/29/13 - "Soon to be gone...":

This has been around before but it never gets old.


These days you never know if stories like this are true or simply made for the Internet.  In this case, true or not the message is accurate. As the WWII and veterans age we are, indeed, losing an incredible generation.

     Thank you so much, Billy! 

   From Bill Hobbs ('66) of Northern VA - 01/29/13 - "Adult learning center classes for women":

Read last line first if you're a gal. This is for humor only!

Teaching Classes for Women at

By January 29, 2013


Class 1

Up in Winter, Down in Summer - How to Adjust a Thermostat
Step by Step, with Slide Presentation.

Meets 4 weeks, Monday and Wednesday for 2 hrs beginning at 7:00 PM..

Class 2
Which Takes More Energy - Putting the Toilet Seat Down,
or Bitching About It for 3 Hours?
Round Table Discussion.

Meets 2 weeks, Saturday 12:00 for 2 hours.

Class 3
Is It Possible To Drive Past a Wal-Mart Without Stopping?--Group Debate.

Meets 4 weeks, Saturday 10:00 PM for 2 hours.

Class 4
Fundamental Differences Between a Purse and a Suitcase--
Pictures and Explanatory Graphics.
Meets Saturdays at 2:00 PM for 3 weeks.

Class 5
Curling Irons--Can They Levitate and Fly Into The Bathroom Cabinet?
Examples on Video.

Meets 4 weeks, Tuesday and Thursday for 2 hours beginning
At 7:00 PM

Class 6
How to Ask Questions During Commercials and Be Quiet During the Program
Help Line Support and Support Groups.

Meets 4 Weeks, Friday and Sunday 7:00 PM

Class 7
Can a Bath Be Taken Without 14 Different Kinds of Soaps and Shampoos?
Open Forum
Monday at 8:00 PM, 2 hours.

Class 8
Health Watch--They Make Medicine for PMS - USE IT!

Three nights; Monday, Wednesday, Friday at 7:00 PM for 2 hours.

Class 9
I Was Wrong and He Was Right!--Real Life Testimonials.

Tuesdays at 6:00 PM Location to be determined.

Class 10
How to Parallel Park In Less Than 20 Minutes Without an Insurance Claim.
Driving Simulations.

4 weeks, Saturday's noon, 2 hours.

Class 11

Learning to Live--How to Apply Brakes Without Throwing Passengers Through the Windshield.
Tuesdays at 7:00 PM, location to be determined

Class 12
How to Shop by Yourself.

Meets 4 weeks, Tuesday and Thursday for 2 hours beginning at 7:00 PM.

Send this to all your guy friends for the
best chuckle of their day...
And to all your gal friends who have a sense of humor!


     This is hysterical! Thanks again, Billy!


   From Bill Hobbs ('66) of Northern VA - 01/29/13 - "Paraprosdokian Sayings":

Paraprosdokian sayings (Winston Churchill loved them!) are figures of speech in which the latter part of a sentence or phrase is surprising or unexpected; frequently humorous.

1. Where there's a will, I want to be in it.

2. The last thing I want to do is hurt you. But it's still on my list.

3. Since light travels faster than sound, some people appear bright until you hear them speak.

4. If I agreed with you, we'd both be wrong.

5. We never really grow up, we only learn how to act in public.

6. War does not determine who is right - only who is left.

7. Knowledge is knowing a tomato is a fruit. Wisdom is not putting it in a fruit salad.

8. To steal ideas from one person is plagiarism. To steal from many is research.

9. I didn't say it was your fault, I said I was blaming you.

10. In filling out an application, where it says, 'In case of emergency, Notify:' I put 'DOCTOR'.

11. Women will never be equal to men until they can walk down the street with a bald head and a beer gut, and still think they are sexy (ever been to WALMART?).

12. You do not need a parachute to skydive. You only need a parachute to skydive twice.

13. I used to be indecisive. Now I'm not so sure.

14. To be sure of hitting the target, shoot first and call whatever you hit the target.

15. Going to church doesn't make you a Christian any more than standing in a garage makes you a car.

16. You're never too old to learn something stupid.

17. I'm supposed to respect my elders, but its getting harder and harder for me to find one now.

Spread the Laughter

       Thanks again, Billy!

BONUS SUNNY CROCHET PATTERNS: - Nyan Pon's Sunny Day Poi - Joyce Nordstrom's Sunny Day Girl's Dress - "What little girl and her dolly wouldn’t love our sunny yellow dresses? Pattern includes a matching headband. Make our matching Doll Dress (WC1651) as a special gift!" - Orbie's Sunny Day Afghan Square

BONUS SUNNY DAY CASSEROLE RECIPES: - WOWZERS! A plethora of good things to eat!


From - 01/30/13:

A man takes his place in the theater, but his seat is too far from the stage.

He whispers to the usher, "This is a mystery, and I have to watch a mystery close up. Get me a better seat, and I'll give you a handsome tip."

The usher moves him into the second row, and the man hands the usher a quarter.

The usher looks at the quarter, leans over and whispers, "The wife did it."


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 01/28/13

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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Was a Sunny Day

Written and recorded by Paul Simon (b. 12 Oct 1941), 1973

Was a sunny day
Not a cloud was in the sky
Not a negative word was heard
From the peoples passing by
Was a sunny day
All the birdies in the trees
And the radio’s singing song
All the favorite melodies

He was a navy man
Stationed in
Newport News
She was a high school queen
With nothing left to lose
She was a high school queen
With nothing left to lose

Was a sunny day
Not a cloud was in the sky
Not a negative word was heard
From the peoples passing by
Was a sunny day
All the birdies in the trees
And the radio’s singing song
All the favorite melodies

Her name was Lorelei
She was his only girl
She called him Speedoo
But his Christian name
Was Mr. Earl
She called him Speedoo
But his Christian name
Was Mr. Earl

Was a sunny day
Not a cloud was in the sky
Not a negative word was heard
From the people passing by
Was a sunny day

"Was a Sunny Day" lyrics courtesy of - 01/30/13

Sun Title clip art courtesy of -10/24/10

Rising Sun Divider Line clip art courtesy of - 04/11/05

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

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!

Air Force Seal clip art courtesy of - 07/07/06

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

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

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

Animated Laughing Kitty courtesy of Al Farber ('64) of GA - 10/08/07
Thanks, Al!

Animated LOL Cats courtesy of Paul Harty (Bardolph HS, IL - '61) of NC - 12/10/11
Thanks, Paul!

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