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02/04/10 - NNHS Newsletter -
Darling, Je Vous Aime Beaucoup

If I love you, what business is it of yours?”

 - Johann Wolfgang von Goethe
(28 Aug 1749 – 22 Mar 1832)

Dear Friends and Schoolmates,  

   Can you believe we've never used this great old classic before?!?  That's probably because I couldn't find a nice, mellow midi file that I liked.  I still couldn't - not really - so just try the bonus video to hear Nat's beautiful voice:

BONUS - - Darling, Je Vous Aime Beaucoup - Nat King Cole, 1954


The deliberately bad French in the title (and used as a refrain along with "Wish my French were good enough") means "Darling, I love you a lot."

Although "Je vous aime" is grammatically correct, "I love you" in French is generally said "Je t'aime," incorporating the familiar address "te" rather than the formal (or polite) address "vous."

"Je ne sais pas" in the song means "I don't know." "Compris" (or "compree" as it is sometimes phonetically spelled in printed lyrics) means "understand." "Toujours" means "always." "Chérie" means "dear." "Très très fort" means "very very strong."


     Happy Birthday today to       John London (Warwick HS - '57) of VA AND Ronnie Sanders ('65)  (deceased - 10/08/06)!

     Happy Birthday tomorrow to  Dickie Krause ('57) (deceased - 12/27/99) AND Charles Braslow ('65) of the Virgin Islands AND    Mark Hutcherson ('66) of VA!

     Happy Birthday this week to:

06 -     Sue Miller Dearnley ('64) of VA;

08 - Bob Hines ('66) of VA;
09 -
  Tina Burroughs Farmer ('62) of VA AND  
  Janice McCain Rose ('65) of VA AND Elliott Smith ('65) of TX?? AND Mary Frances Southall Waller ('66) of VA;

10 -   Meyera Ellenson Oberndorf ('58) of VA AND     Norm Covert ('61) of MD AND Bobby Helmer ('61) of VA AND the late    Bernie Helmer ('61) (deceased 03/12/99) AND   Mike Miller ('65) of NC;

11 -   Harmon Gordon ('63) of VA!

   Many Happy Returns to You All! 


February 4, 1941 - The United Service Organization (USO) was created to entertain American troops.

February 4, 1942A baby was born at sea onboard the USS WEST POINT (ex-SS AMERICA, NNS Hull #369) to a couple amongst over 2,000 British civilians rescued from Singapore just days before it fell to the enemy. In appreciation, the baby boy was named Westpoint Leslie Sheldrake. To this day, he remains in contact with members of the ship's crew that rescued his parents, plus his own two grandsons also have 'Westpoint' as their middle names. (Thanks, Bill! )

February 4, 1945 - The Yalta Conference began as U.S. President Roosevelt, British Prime Minister Winston Churchill, and Soviet leader Josef Stalin set about to outline plans for Germany's defeat.

February 4, 2004 - A Japanese movie distributor canceled plans to display a watercolor by Adolf Hitler. The work was planned to be shown to promote a film, 2002's "Max", that was loosely based on the Nazi dictator's life. The distributor said that the painting could not be shipped in time for the movie's opening.


Thursday, February 4, 1965 - Football player Jerome Brown (d. 25 June 1992 at the age of 27, following an automobile accident in Brooksville, Florida) was born in Brooksville, Florida.

  From Harmon Gordon ('63) of VA - 02/03/10 - "SPAM":

I hope you get this return message.  The last couple of messages you’ve sent are coming to me as “SPAM.”  I cannot open them at all.  This is the first time in all the years you’ve been sending the NNHS newsletter to me that I’m now getting SPAM.  Do you have any idea what’s going wrong?  Please try to retransmit the newsletter (announcement) for 2/2/2010 to the following email address……….

Hope all else is going good for you.  You do an excellent job maintaining the newsletter.


   I'm sorry to hear this, Harmon!  The problem is that the spam filters are getting completely out of hand.

   We can try a number of things, but there's no guarantee any of them will work; please let me know if something actually does! First, I've transferred your addy to the group I send from Yahoo rather than gmail, but I doubt that will have any effect. When we switch servers on or before the 26th, that might prove to be the best chance of a solution. Maybe if you go directly to the site itself without trying to go through a notification link from me it would work??  

   Thanks for letting me know!

      From Harry Covert ('57) of Northern VA - 02/03/10 - "Harry Covert - The Covert Letter: Sheriffs Office Celebrates Christmas Lunch, Then Delivers Meals on Wheels":

Sheriffs Office Celebrates Christmas Lunch, Then Delivers Meals on Wheels

Posted: 01 Feb 2010 09:51 AM PST

The Christmas spirit was evident in the Alexandria Sheriff’s Office. Food was out of this world. And the occasion featured the 90th birthday of Mr. Irwin Burnham.
Pictured are (left to right) Rose Abilmona, Chief Deputy Tim Gleeson, Commander Mondre’ Kornegay, Deputy George Burnham, his father Irwin Burnham and Rose Stewart. (Photo by Lenora Murphy).
Also taking time out for the Sheriff’s Christmas luncheon were (left to right)
Harry Covert, Mr. Irwin Burnham, enjoying his 90th birthday, Chief Deputy for Administration Lenny George, Chief Magistrate George Franklin Ball, Jr., and Sheriff Dana Lawhorne. (Photo by Lenora Murphy).

Sheriff Lawhorne, a community service enthusiast, learned the Meals on Wheels needed help on Tuesday, Oct. 22. He answered the call from the city’s Senior Services, executive director Janet Barnett. Along with his daughter Mallory, Lawhorne delivered 15 meals. Other staff members who volunteered were Chief Deputy Tim Gleeson, who fed 15 seniors, George Burnham delivered 15 and Deputy Chris O’Dell delivered 11.

Menus for shut-ins included fruit, soft drinks and juices, sandwiches, fruit and Greek salads and milk.

Ms. Barnett praised the Sheriff and his associates for delivering the meals. “Had we not had your help, these folks would have gone four says without food (Saturday, Sunday, Monday and Tuesday).”

The Senior Services program, in conjunction with the city, provides meals five days a week. “For the past year, we have provided meals through the generous donation from the Ronald M. Bradley Foundation. Our hope is to raise funds for weekends, so these folks will have a hot meal seven days a week, said Ms. Barnett. “We eat seven days a week without even thinking about.”

Sheriff Lawhorne, a longtime supporter of this program, has also had his Inmate Work Detail, under the direction of Lt. Doug Schuler along with deputies Greg Zedalis, James Velez and George Wooden, to provide assistance in cleaning streets with snow removal. Lawhorne was also driving a snow removal truck during the weekend.

Lawhorne said, “Everybody should have to volunteer for this at least one day a month. It is a stark reminder of how unfortunate some of our seniors are. Me and my daughter Mallory did the Old Town route and most of our deliveries were to people who are in wheelchairs, on oxygen, immobile and lonely. Tim (Gleeson), George (Burnham) and Deputy Chris O’dell reported the same after making their rounds. Thanks for letting us help.”

During the holiday season, beginning before Thanksgiving week, the Sheriff’s Office has been involved with other deliveries of food throughout the city. In cooperation with IBM, Chief Deputy Lenny George and Deputy Monique Edwards were busy, too. They picked up turkeys for needy families and completed a canned-food drive. The food drive was instigated by Deputy Edwards who collected the items from the staff of the sheriff’s office, largest ever for the Alexandria Sheriff’s Office.

John Porter, executive director, Alexandria Community Trust, (left) and Janet Barnett are leaders in community assistance. At right is Harry Covert. (Photo courtesy Alexandria Sheriff’s Office).

   WHOO-HOO! Thanks so much, Harry! Happy news such as this is always a special, heart-warming treat for the soul!

    From Joe Madagan ('57) of FL - 02/02/10 - "Fwd from       Harry Covert ('57) of Northern VA: My Haiti essay for British Publication":

Hi, Carol and Pat:
Just thought you might enjoy learning more of the missionary work by a TYPHOON, Harry Covert, Class of 1957 of Virginia.
Joe Madagan

While in England last week, the UK's Christian Today newspaper, a nondenominational publication, asked me to contribute a column about World Emergency Relief-UK's efforts in Haiti.  Here's the link:
Take a second and look it over.

   WOWZERS!!! Thank you so much for sharing these sobering insights with us, Harry - and Joe!

  From Mike White ('67) of VA - 02/03/10 - "The Belgium Central Train Station video of 'Do, Re, Mi'":

If you have 4 minutes... I think you will get a hoot from this video.


The Belgium Central Train Station video of 'Do, Re, Mi'

How many of you "old folks" remember when "The Sound of Music" first played in 1965 at the Newmarket Movie Theater with their rocking chair feature?

This is pretty amazing...

Turn on your the link...

This video was made in the Antwerp, Belgium Central (Train station on March 23, 2009, with no warning to the passengers passing through the station. At 8:00 am a recording of Julie Andrews singing 'Do, Re, Mi' began to play on the public address system. As the bemused passengers watch in amazement, some 200 dancers began to appear from the crowd and station entrances. They created this amazing stunt with just two rehearsals!

   Thanks so much, Mike - I REALLY like this! We ran it several months ago, but we've had many new people added to our group since than, and I wouldn't want anyone to miss it; it's just so delightful!

  From My Friend, Judy Bundy Bowermaster (Litchfield HS, IL - '59) of IL - 02/03/10 - "Walking the dog":



A WOMAN was flying from Melbourne to Brisbane. Unexpectedly, the plane was diverted to Sydney along the way. The flight attendant explained that there would be a delay, and if the passengers wanted to get off the aircraft the plane would re-board in 50 minutes.

Everybody got off the plane except one lady who was blind. A man had noticed her as he walked by and could tell the lady was blind because her Guide Dog lay quietly underneath the seats in front of her throughout the entire flight.

He could also tell she had flown this very flight before because the pilot approached her, and calling her by name, said, 'Kathy, we are in Sydney for almost an hour. Would you like to get off and stretch your legs?'

The blind lady replied, 'No thanks, but maybe Buddy would like to stretch his legs.'

Picture this:
All the people in the gate area came to a complete standstill when they looked up and saw the pilot walk off the plane with a Guide dog! The pilot was even wearing sunglasses…

People scattered.

They not only tried to change planes, but they were trying to change airlines!

True story... Have a great day and remember...


   Thanks, Judy!

      From My Niece, Shari, of VA - 02/03/10 - "Thursday":
Something cute - fitting for the sick & tired of snow blues.
What's your strongest quality? test

   Oh GOODY! Thanks, Shari! I love these tests!  My results said my strongest quality was Charity.

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Little Johnny had been naughty and had been sent to his room to think things over. After a while he came out all smiles saying, "I thought and prayed."

"Fine," his mother said, "That will help you to be good."

"Oh," said Little Johnny, "I didn't ask God to help me to be good, I just asked Him to help you put up with me."

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The detective was leafing through the suspect's crime history folder. "Hmmm, quite a record." he said. "Shoplifting, hit-and-run, disorderly conduct, armed robbery, assault, forgery, attempted man-slaughter..."

"Yeah, I know." said the prisoner. "It took me quite a while to figure out what I was good at."

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        =Laws of Household Physics=

1.)  Three children plus two cookies equals a fight.
2.)  The potential for disaster is in direct proportion to the number of TV remote-controls divided by the number of viewers.
3.)  The capacity of any hot-water heater is equal to one and one-half sibling showers.

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"The reason why worry kills more people than work is that more people worry than work."
~Robert Frost (1874-1963)~

"Everybody wants to go to heaven, but nobody wants to die."
- Joe Louis

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19 Horses

One rich man owned 19 horses when he died. In his last will and testament he had written that upon his death, half the horses he owned should go to his only son; one fourth to the village temple and one fifth to the faithful servant. The village elders could not stop scratching their heads. How can they give half of the 19 horses to the son? You cannot cut up a horse. They puzzled over this dilemma for more than two weeks and then decided to send for a wise man who was living in a neighboring village.

The wise man came riding on his horse and asked the villagers if he can be of any help to them. The village elders told him about the rich man's last will and testament which stated that half of the (19) horses must be given to his only son, one fourth must go to the temple and one fifth to the faithful servant.

The wise man said he will immediately solve their problem without any delay whatsoever. He had the 19 horses placed in a row standing next to one another. Then he added his own horse as the 20th horse. Now he went about giving half of the 20 horses that is ten horses to the son. One fourth of 20-that is 5 horses were given to the temple committee. One fifth of twenty-that is 4 horses were given to the faithful servant. Ten plus five plus four made 19 horses. The remaining 20th horse was his own which he promptly mounted, spoke a few inspiring words, and rode back home.

The villagers were simply dumfounded, full of disbelief and filled with admiration. And the parting words of the wise man were inscribed in their hearts and minds which they greatly cherished and passed on to their succeeding generations till today.

The wise man said: In our daily lives, in our daily affairs, simply add God's name and then go about facing the day's happenings. Ever come across problems in life that are seemingly insurmountable? (Like the villagers, do we feel that such problems cannot be solved?).

The wise man continued: Add the God Principle in our daily lives and the problems will become lighter and eventually will disappear. In the manner of the ice which, with the addition of the heat principle will turn into water, and that will eventually evaporate as steam and disappear. And how do we add God's name in our daily lives? Through prayers, filled with true love and devotion with sincerity of purpose and dedication that only total faith can bring about. Meditation is a powerful means of directing the mind Godward.

But without true love and devotion entering into it, it remains like a boat without water. It is not difficult to push a boat that is floating in water, but extremely hard to drag the same boat on dry land.
[ Author Unknown ]

   Thanks again, Shari!

  From Mike White ('67) of VA - 02/03/10 - "Seniors (#1 in a Series of 19)":


For anyone age appropriate…that means almost everyone in the Typhoon Nation ! 


Someone had to remind me, so I'm reminding you too.

Don't is all true...these are the perks of reaching 60 and heading towards 70 and older!

 Kidnappers are not very interested in you.
 In a hostage situation you are likely to be released first.  
 No one expects you to run----anywhere.
 People call at 9 pm and ask, did I wake you?
 People no longer view you as a hypochondriac.
 There is nothing left to learn the hard way.
 Things you buy now won't wear out...
You can eat supper at 4 pm.
 You can live without sex but not your glasses.
  You get into heated arguments about pension plans. 
 You no longer think of speed limits as a challenge. 
  You quit trying to hold your stomach in no matter who walks into the room.
13.  You sing along with elevator music. 
 Your eyes won't get much worse. 
. Your investment in health insurance is finally beginning to pay off.  
  Your joints are more accurate meteorologists than the national weather service. 
  Your secrets are safe with your friends because they can't remember them either. 
 Your supply of brain cells is finally down to manageable size.   
 You can't remember who sent you this list - 

But forward this to every one you can remember right now!
And never, under any circumstances, take a sleeping pill & a laxative on the same night.

   Thanks, Mike!  


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

   Contact Dr. Chambers at

   Thanks, Jane!


From ArcaMax Jokes - 02/03/10:

Reality TV

I realized that my five-year-old grandson had been watching too many reality TV shows the day we attended a relative's wedding.

As the four bridesmaids walked down the aisle toward the front of the church, he turned to me and asked,

"Is this where the groom decides which one he wants to marry?


Traffic Court

A New York man was forced to take a day off from work to appear for a minor traffic summons. He grew increasingly restless as he waited hour after endless hour for his case to be heard.

When his name was called late in the afternoon, he stood before the judge, only to hear that court would be adjourned for the next day and he would have to return the next day.

"What for?" he snapped at the judge.

His honor, equally irked by a tedious day and sharp query roared, "Twenty dollars contempt of court. That's why!"

Then, noticing the man checking his wallet, the judge relented. "That's all right. You don't have to pay now."

The young man replied, "I'm just seeing if I have enough for two more words."


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

4. Friday and Saturday, October 15 and 16, 2010 - The NNHS Class of 1965 will hold its 45-Year Reunion at the Point Plaza Hotel, 950 J. Clyde Morris Boulevard, Newport News, VA 23601. For details, contact Dave Arnold at

PRAYER ROLL: - updated 01/08/10
NNHS BLOG: - updated 08/04/09

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

                                  Love to all, Carol





Carol Buckley Harty

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Darling, Je Vous Aime Beaucoup

Words and music by Anna Sosenko, 1936
 (13 June 1909 - 09 June 2000)

Recorded by Hildegarde, 1943 - # 21 on the charts
(01 Feb 1906 - 29 July 2005)

Recorded by
Nat King Cole, 1954 - # 7 on the charts in 1955
(17 Mar 1919 – 15 Feb 1965)

Darling, je vous aime beaucoup
Je ne sais pas what to do
You know you've completely
Stolen my heart

Morning, noon and night-time too
Toujours, wondering what to do
That's the way I've felt
Right from the start

Ah, Cheri!
My love for you is très, très fort
Wish my French were good enough
I'd tell you so much more

But I hope that you compris
All the things you mean to me
Darling, je vous aime beaucoup
I love you, yes I do

Wish my French were good enough
I'd tell you so much more

But I hope that you compris
All the things you mean to me
Darling, je vous aime beaucoup
I love you, yes I do

(Darling, je vous aime beaucoup)
I love you, yes I do


"Darling, Je Vous Aime Beaucoup" midi courtesy of - 02/04/10

"Darling, Je Vous Aime Beaucoup" lyrics courtesy
of - 02/04/10

"Je Vous Aime" clip art courtesy of - 02/04/10

Animated Hearts Bar 76 Divider Line clip art courtesy of - 02/04/10

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

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

Animated Navy and Coast Guard Flags clip art courtesy of - 06/18/03

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

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!

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

Animated Dancing Snoopy courtesy of Billy Turner ('65) of TX - 11/26/08
Thanks, Billy Turner!

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

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

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