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02/07/11 - NNHS Newsletter -
Ob-La-Di, Ob-La-Da

“When you're safe at home you wish you were having an adventure;
when you're having an adventure you wish you were safe at home.”

Thornton Wilder
(17 Apr 1897 - 07 Dec 1975)

Dear Friends and Schoolmates, 

   Today's Newsletter theme comes to us indirectly from   Norris Perry (Warwick HS - '59) of VA who sent us that wondrous list of Beatles' songs recently:

   Thanks, Norris Sweetie!

BONUS -,+Ob-La-Da 


"Ob-La-Di, Ob-La-Da" is a song written mainly by Paul McCartney and credited to Lennon/McCartney and released by The Beatles on their 1968 album The Beatles (also referred to as The White Album). It was released as a single that same year in many countries, but not in the United Kingdom, nor in the United States until 1976.

The song was written, primarily by Paul McCartney , around the time that highlife and reggae were beginning to become popular in Britain. The tag line "ob-la-di, ob-la-da, life goes on, bra" was an expression that Nigerian conga player Jimmy Scott-Emuakpor, an acquaintance of McCartney, used. The song is in the key of B flat and written in 4/4...[citation needed]


     Happy Birthday tomorrow to Bob Hines ('66) of VA!

     Happy Birthday this week to:

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;

13 -    Carla Fine Cripps ('65) of Australia;

14 -      Jimmy Parker ('62) of VA AND My Niece,       Renee Dick Romulus (Booker T. Washington HS - '80) of Northern VA!


February 07, 1861 - The takeover of Fort Marion at St. Augustine, Florida was accomplished by state troops. Like all such actions, this met with little, if any, opposition; most of the arsenals and forts were unmanned, and the Federal government was loath to provoke confrontation by making outright defense preparations.

February 07, 1863 - At Williamsburg, Virginia, Confederates ambushed a Federal cavalry unit, resulting in the death and injury of 11 Union soldiers.

February 07, 1863 - Despite its secure hold on Southern ports, the Federal blockade failed in preventing three Confederate raiders from slipping through its cordon. The three vessels made it safely to port at Charleston, South Carolina. At Galveston, Texas, the South managed to remove the threat of the blockade, announcing the port there and at Sabine Pass to be open.

      From Phil Hammond ('64) of UT - 02/06/11 - "Final night 'FIS Freestyle World Ski Championships at Deer Valley & Park City Ski Resorts' ":

Sorry for the poor picture quality.  It was dark!  I hope some of you watched it on TV and enjoyed it because it was a lot of work to put together and pull apart.  This event was just another great moment for Park City, similar to the Olympics.  I hope it will be my last time working all night.  I will be 65 this month and getting too old to stay out all night.

Take care all,


Phil going back to work The race course Final dual moguls VIP Tent
Saturday, February 5, 2011
Big Screen Big Screen on the move Me catching a ride down the mountain The breakdown goes on all night
Saturday, February 5, 2011

   WOWZERS - BIG TIME! Thanks, Phil!

        From My #2 Son, Brent Harty (Hillsboro HS, IL - '90) of TX (currently deployed to "the lands dark and dusty") - 02/06/11 - "Pics from today":

  Hey are some pics from today..... (a couple of) pics with me and my new Traveler Speedster! It is a pretty awesome, albeit very ugly, little guitar.  It is very travel sized, but has great action (distance from bottom of strings to top of frets) and just plays very well.  And stays in tune well.  I'm quite impressed.

Too bad I didn't order guitar cables when I got everything else!  Not a big deal because I can plug it into my little Vox amp head that I did order.  Unless you of course leave it out on site when you want to play it!!!  grrrrr

love, Brent
Sunday, February 6, 2011

"You may be whatever you resolve to be"

General Thomas 'Stonewall' Jackson

   Ja, you without a guitar - why, now, that just wouldn't be natural! Thanks, Brent!

  From Joyce Lawrence Cahoon ('65) of VA - 02/06/11 - "Beautiful Snow...":

A Lesson here for ALL of us.  ENJOY!!!!!!!!

Take a moment and you will look at life a wee bit differently...


   Thanks, Joyce - it IS beautiful!

      From My Niece, Shari, of VA - 02/06/11 - "Monday Mix":

Sorry, no Super Bowl links.
Thin Lizzy Guitarist, Gary Moore dead at age 58.



A tough looking biker was riding his Harley when he saw a girl about to jump off a bridge so he stops.

"What are you doing?" he asked.

"I'm going to commit a suicide," she said.

While he did not want to appear insensitive, he didn't want to miss an opportunity, so he asked, "Well, before you jump, why don't you give me a kiss?"

So, she did.

After she'd finished, the biker said, "Wow! That was the best kiss I have ever had. That's a real talent you are wasting. You could be famous! Why are you committing suicide?"

"My parents don't like me dressing up like a girl......"


As an airline reservation agent, I took a call from a man who wanted to book a flight for two but wasn't happy with the price of $59 per ticket. "I want the $49 fare I saw advertised," he insisted, saying he would accept a flight at any time.

I managed to find two seats on a 6 a.m. flight.

"I'll take it," he said, then worried his wife might not like the early hour. I warned there was a fee of $25 per person if he changed the reservation.

"Oh, that's no problem," he said dismissively. "What's fifty bucks?"

- Reader's Digest


Redneck Check...

You've been married three times and still have the same in-laws.

Jack Daniels makes your list of "Most Admired People."

You wonder how service stations keep their restrooms so clean.

Anyone in your family ever died right after saying, "Hey, y'all watch

Your wife's hairdo was once ruined by a ceiling fan.

You think the last words to The Star Spangled Banner are, "Gentlemen, start your engines."

The bluebook value of your truck goes up and down, depending on how much gas it has in it.

One of your kids was born on a pool table.

Ya can't get married to yer sweetheart 'cause there's a law against it.

You dated one of your parents' current spouses in high school.

You think loading the dishwasher means getting your wife drunk.

Your toilet paper has page numbers on it.



When I was young I dreamed of being a test pilot. Flying higher, faster, farther. Risking my life for the science of aviation. But when I grew up I found out I wasn't qualified because of my poor eyesight. Now I work in a post office which gives me many of the same thrills.

I'm always pushing the envelope!


Wisdom Tip

Protein diets
Protein may be causing you to pack on the pounds. One of the latest reports states that this might be true. A high intake of protein may lead to a high body mass index. For optimum health, limit your amount of protein intake to about 15% of your daily calories and use complex carbohydrates (fruits and vegetables) as your menu mainstay.


You are important. You are the star - the only star - of your own life show.
Everyone else is a bit player in the great drama of your life.
Be of service to humanity, but never be anyone's doormat.

~ Author Unknown To Me--but I like it.


Handy Hint

Prevent car doors from freezing shut with cooking spray! Spritz cooking oil on the rubber seals around car doors & rub it in with a paper towel. The cooking spray prevents water from melting into the rubber.


Random Tidbits...

Pet parrots often die of the same causes as humans do: too much fat, too much stress, too little exercise. In fact, parrots have a tendency to become obese. Parrots live for 40 or even 100 years!


This is my wish for you:
Comfort on difficult days,
Smiles when sadness intrudes,
Rainbows to follow the clouds,
Laughter to kiss your lips,
Sunsets to warm your heart,
Hugs when spirits sag,
Beauty for your eyes to see,
Friendships to brighten your being,
Faith so that you can believe,
Confidence for when you doubt,
Courage to know yourself,
Patience to accept the truth,
Love to complete your life.
- Anonymous

   Thanks, Shari!


From Will and Guy's Joke of the Day - 02/06/11:

* Grandma Beats Up Airport Security Guards
By Bob Wallace

Charges were dropped yesterday against Ruth "Grammy" Gordon, an 83-year-old wheelchair-bound grandmother, who was originally charged with assault and battery, and assault with a deadly weapon, because of an altercation she had last week with six airport security guards, that left all six hospitalised.

"Justice has been served," said the 95-pound mother of three and grandmother of six, as she sat in her wheelchair, aided in her breathing by an oxygen bottle. "Now I'm going to sue every fool in the federal government for ignorance, stupidity, and just plain general incompetence. I'm an American, and I won't be treated like this."

The problem began last month as Gordon was attempting to board an airplane. "These guys are supposed to be some kind of professionals," she said, "but they're dumber than rocks. Here they were letting guys who looked just like terrorists walk through without searching them, and then they pull me aside and tell me they're going to search me? I don't think so."

According to one witness, Bud Cort of Cuyahoga Falls, Ohio, one guard, "who weighed about 300 pounds, looked like he was drunk, and had his shirt out, told this woman she couldn't board the plane unless they searched her. He was really rude. That's when the trouble started."

Videotapes showed that Gordon ran the guard down with her motorized wheelchair, then sat on top of the screaming man while spinning her chair in circles. "Doofus was so fat he couldn't get up," said Gordon with a giggle.

One guard who attempted to pull Gordon's wheelchair off of the screaming man from behind was hit over the head with an oxygen bottle and knocked unconscious. A third guard, who approached Gordon from the front, was also left dazed on the floor.

Witnesses said she was cackling, "Put your hands on an old lady, will you?" as she bashed both guards. The tape also showed a fourth guard attempting to grab Gordon's wheelchair. Gordon removed a knitting needle from her purse and stabbed him in his left buttock. "What a wimp," she told reporters. "He started screaming and grabbing his butt and running like a puppy that someone kicked."

"It was amazing," said another witness, a Scott Ryan. "The whole crowd just stood there cheering and clapping. I mean, she was whupping butt."

A fifth guard that attempted to grab Gordon had the seat of his pants set on fire with a cigarette lighter than had escaped detection. "He just went whoosh across the concourse, screaming and slapping at all these flames flying out of his rear," said Ryan.

A sixth guard did finally manage to get Gordon in a body hug. "I think that was the wrong thing to do," said another witness, who declined to be identified. "She just grabbed him by his greasy hair with one hand and cracked him across the jaw with her skinny fist. And down and out he went."

After all this, Gordon's chair was still sitting on top of the first guard. The tapes clearly showed her leaning over and yelling, "Apologize to me, you fat sumbitch, or when I'm done with you you'll just be a greasy spot on the floor!"

As the crowd roared, the guard cried, "I'm sorry, I'm sorry! Uncle! I won't do it again!"

Finally, Gordon surrendered without further incident, and was taken to jail and released on her own recognizance. "We didn't have any choice," said an unidentified officer of the court. "Over 200 people showed up to support her. I think if we had demanded bail, there would have been a riot."

Over 20 lawyers offered to defend her for free. However, realizing the precariousness of the case, Gordon was not charged with anything. "I doubt there's a jury in the whole country that would have found her guilty of anything," said one of the lawyers.

"I'm flying again tomorrow," Gordon told reporters. "And I suggest no one at the airport so much as look at me wrong."

## Footnote researched by Alicia Moss

Ruth 'Grammy' Gordon is an urban myth.  In fact, it's a fiction invented by Bob Wallace.  Clues are the references to "Bullwinkle" (Bullwinkle Security Company, R.J. Squirrel Airport; Frostbite Falls, Minnesota; Badanov Hospital) Also the names mentioned in the piece, Bud Cort and  Ruth Gordon happen to be the two stars of the 1971 film Harold and Maude.

1. 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.

2. Thursday, March 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.

. 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

5. 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

6. Saturday, August 20, 2011 - The Class of 1966 will hold its 45-Year Reunion at the Warwick Yacht Club, Newport News.  Further details will be available soon from Dee Hodges Bartram at - CLASS OF 1966

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  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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Ob-La-Di, Ob-La-Da

Written mainly by Paul McCartney (b. 18 June 1942) and credited to Lennon/McCartney, 1968

Recorded by The Beatles, 1968, 1976

Desmond has his barrow in the market place...
Molly is the singer in a band...
Desmond says to Molly "Girl, I like your face"
And Molly says this as she takes him by the hand...
Ob-la-di, ob-la-da, life goes on, brah!...
Lala how the life goes on...
Ob-la-di, ob-la-da, life goes on, brah!...
Lala how the life goes on.

Desmond takes a trolley to the jewelry store...
Buys a twenty carat golden ring...
Takes it back to Molly waiting at the door...
And as he gives it to her she begins to sing...
Ob-la-di, ob-la-da, life goes on, brah!...
Lala how the life goes on...
Ob-la-di, ob-la-da, life goes on, brah!...
Lala how the life goes on.

In a couple of years they have built a home sweet home,
With a couple of kids running in the yard,
Of Desmond and Molly Jones... (Ha ha ha ha ha)

Happy ever after in the market place...
Desmond lets the children lend a hand...
Molly stays at home and does her pretty face...
And in the evening she still sings it with the band...
Ob-la-di, ob-la-da, life goes on, brah!...
Lala how the life goes on...
Ob-la-di, ob-la-da, life goes on, brah!...
Lala how the life goes on.

In a couple of years they have built a home sweet home,
With a couple of kids running in the yard,
Of Desmond and Molly Jones...
Happy ever after in the market place...
Molly lets the children lend a hand...
Desmond stays at home and does his pretty face...
And in the evening she's a singer with the band...
Ob-la-di, ob-la-da, life goes on, brah!...
Lala how the life goes on...
Ob-la-di, ob-la-da, life goes on, brah!...
Lala how the life goes on.

And if you want some fun...take Ob-la-di-bla-da (Thank you)

"Ob-La-Di, Ob-La-Di" midi courtesy of - 02/08/11 (sic)

"Ob-La-Di, Ob-La-Di" lyrics courtesy
of - 02/08/11 (sic)

House clip art courtesy of - 06/14/06

Fence with Pink Roses Divider Line clip art courtesy of - 03/29/05

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!

Animated Coast Guard Flag clip art courtesy of - 06/18/03

Animated Pulsing Heart courtesy of - 02/12/05 (re-saved 02/13/09)

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!

Booker T. Washington logo courtesy of - 09/25/07

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

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

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