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02/10/14 - NNHS Newsletter -
I Can't Stop Loving You

I love you not only for what you are, but for what I am when I am with you. I love you not only for what you
have made of yourself, but for what you are making of me. I love you for the part of me that you bring out.

- Erich Fried (06 May 1921 – 22 Nov1988), translated by Roy Croft

Dear Friends and Schoolmates,  

   Good ol' Ray Charles.....

BONUS #1 - - I Can't Stop Loving You - Ray Charles, back then

BONUS #2 - - I Can't Stop Loving You - Ray Charles, later


"I Can't Stop Loving You" is a popular song written and composed by country singer, songwriter and musician Don Gibson, who first recorded it on December 30, 1957, for RCA Victor Records. It was released in 1958 as the B-side of "Oh, Lonesome Me", becoming a double-sided country hit single.

The song was covered by Ray Charles in 1962, featured on Charles' Modern Sounds in Country and Western Music, and released as a single. Charles' version reached number one on the Billboard Hot 100 in 1962, for Five Weeks, as well as the U.S. R&B and Adult Contemporary charts. The Ray Charles version is noted for his saying the words before the last five lines of the song on the final Chorus: "Sing the Song, Children". It was also a country No. 1 for Conway Twitty. It was ranked #161 on Rolling Stone's list of the 500 Greatest Songs of All Time and #49 on CMT's 100 Greatest Songs in Country Music.


   Happy Birthday today to   Meyera Ellenson Oberndorf ('58) of VA AND     Norm Covert ('61) of MD AND the late   Bobby Helmer ('61) of VA (deceased 02/26/11) AND the late    Bernie Helmer ('61) (deceased 03/12/99) AND   Mike Miller ('65) of NC AND   Tommy Jenkins ('66) of VA!

    Happy Birthday tomorrow to   Harmon Gordon ('63) of VA AND Terry Smith ('63)!

    Happy Birthday this week to:  

12 - Jon Pearl ('57);

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

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

   Many Happy Returns to You All! 


February 10, 1940 - The Soviet Union began mass deportations of Polish citizens from occupied eastern Poland to Siberia.

February 10, 1942 - A  Japanese submarine bombarded Midway Atoll.

February 10, 1943 - Attempting to completely lift the Siege of Leningrad, the Soviet Red Army engaged German troops and Spanish volunteers in the Battle of Krasny Bor.


Monday, February 10, 1964 - Melbourne-Voyager collision: The aircraft carrier HMAS Melbourne collided with and sank the destroyer HMAS Voyager off the south coast of New South Wales, Australia, killing 82.

Monday, February 10, 1964 - Journalist, producer, and author Glenn Beck was born Glenn Lee Beck in Everett, Washington.

Monday, February 10, 1964 - Canadian Olympic and world champion swimmer Victor Davis was born in Guelph, Ontario, Canada. Only a few months after his retirement, on November 11, 1989 while outside a nightclub in the Montreal suburb of Sainte-Anne-de-Bellevue, Davis was struck by a car whose driver fled the scene. It was later determined that, due to an earlier verbal altercation with the driver, Davis had walked to the middle of the road and was brandishing a juice bottle toward the car at the time at which he was struck.[2] Two days later, the 25 year-old died of his injuries in hospital. In February 1992, Glen Crossley was found guilty of leaving the scene of an accident and sentenced to ten months in prison, ultimately serving four months.[3]

Monday, February 10, 1964 - Diplomat Arthur Lenk (ארתור לנק) was born in Patterson, New Jersey.

Monday, February 10, 1964 - Actress Francesca Neri was born in Trento, Italy.

Monday, February 10, 1964 - Engineer Eugen Sänger (b. 22 Sept 1905 in Preßnitz (Přísečnice), near Chomutov in Bohemia, at that time part of the Austro-Hungarian Empire) died in Berlin at the age of 58.

     From Malcolm Davis ('65) of VA - 02/09/14 - "RE: Tracy Langford Heath's (Warwick HS - '77) Request for information about Wayne Langford ('68)":

I knew Wayne. He lived on Madison Avenue near the Boys' Club when it was on Jefferson Avenue. Like all of the boys in the area he enjoyed daily attendance of the club and participated in all of the activities there. It was a safe and fun place to be. There was always adult supervision and so many things to do. Arts and crafts, athletics, wood shop, a games room, a movie room, special events, junior staff employment opportunities, day camp, leadership opportunities for the older youth and socializing with other boys his age.

There is a link to the Boys' Club on the NNHS website. The  (1963) black and white picture on the first page there features a group of boys working on a project.          David Spriggs ('64 - of VA) provided that picture. I am in that photo and in the striped sweater. I graduated NNHS in 1965 as did many of the others in the picture.

They would have been peers of Wayne and they all lived in the community where the club was located.  Tom Oxner from NNHS '65 is not in the picture but he lived near Wayne's home and may be able to share some information. I seem to recall that Wayne was from Lumberton, N.C., and there were staff at the club who were originally from Elizabeth City, N.C. during his membership.

The thing that I seem to remember most about Wayne was that he had a sort of country-boy swagger and a look about him that seemed to hint that he knew a little more than meets the eye.

My belated condolences to his family.

   Thank you so very much, Malcolm! I forwarded your note to Tracy, and added it to the 1968 In Memoriam Page.

      From My Niece, Shari, of VA - 02/08/14 - "Dear Abby, Happy Feet and More":


A rather awkward freshman finally got up the nerve to ask a pretty junior for a dance at the homecoming. She gave him the once-over and said, "Sorry, I won't dance with a child."

"Please forgive me," responded the underclassman. "I didn't realize you were pregnant."


Frequent hand washing in my job as a medical technologist and the harsh weather combined give me very dry skin.

One night as I prepared for bed, I rubbed my hands with petroleum jelly and covered them with an old pair of white gloves. As I sat in bed reading a book with my gloves on, my husband finished showering and came into the room wearing a towel.

Drying himself off, he went to the closet, selected a tie and put it on. "What are you doing?" I asked.

"Well," he replied, "if you are going to be formal. So am I."


* Guaranteed to Roll Your Eyes *

In a small business office they have an answering machine that instructs callers to leave their name and address, and to spell any difficult words.

Early one Monday the secretary was reviewing the weekend messages and she heard an enthusiastic young woman recite her name and address and then confidently offer, "My difficult word is reconciliation. R-E-C-O-N-C-I-L-I-A-T-I-O-N."


Actual Letters

Actual letters, and a few answers, to Dear Abby.

Dear Abby,
I have a man I never could trust. He cheats so much I'm not even sure this baby I'm carrying is his.

Dear Abby,
I suspected that my husband had been fooling around, and when I confronted him with the evidence he denied everything and said it would never happen again.

Dear Abby,
I joined the Navy to see the world. I've seen it. Now how do I get out?

Dear Abby,
My forty-year-old son has been paying a psychiatrist $50 an hour every week for two-and-a-half years. He must be crazy.

Dear Abby,
I was married to Bill for three months and I didn't know he drank until one night he came home sober.

Dear Abby,
Do you think it would be all right if I gave my doctor a little gift? I tried for years to get pregnant and couldn't and he finally did it.

Dear Abby,
Will you please rush me the name of a reliable illegitimate doctor?

Dear Abby,
My mother is mean and short-tempered. I think she is going through her mental pause.

Dear Abby,
I've been married for six years and have five kids. No twins. My husband still wants to have sex every night and sometimes in the morning too. I told him he should get himself a hobby, and he says that is his hobby.

Dear Abby,
I am a twenty-three-year-old liberated woman who has been on the pill for two years. It's getting expensive and I think my boyfriend should share half the cost, but I don't know him well enough to discuss money with him.

Dear Abby,
Then you told some woman whose husband had lost all interest in sex to send him to a doctor. Well, my husband lost all interest in sex years ago and he is a doctor.

Dear Abby,
Our son was married in January. Five months later his wife had a ten-pound baby girl. They said the baby was premature. Tell me, can a baby this big be that early?

Dear Wondering,
The baby was on time, the wedding was late. Forget it.

Dear Abby,
I have always wanted to have my family history traced, but I can't afford to spend a lot of money to do it. Any suggestions?

Dear Sam,
Yes. Run for public office.


Dear Abby,
My boyfriend is going to be twenty years old next month. I'd like to give him something nice for his birthday. What do you think he'd like?

Dear Carol,
Never mind what he'd like. Give him a tie.


Dear Abby,
Are birth control pills deductible?

Dear Kay,
Only if they don't work.


Dear Abby,
Is it possible for a man to be in love with two women at the same time?

Dear Jake,
Yes, and also hazardous.


Dear Abby,
When you are being introduced to someone, is it all right to say, "I've heard a lot about you"?

Dear Rita,
It depends on what you've heard.


Dear Abby,
I am forty-four years old and I would like to meet a man my age with no bad habits.

Dear Rose,
So would I.



Although the fad didn't take off until the 1970s, the first skateboards were mass-produced back in the 1950s, when the sport was promoted as "sidewalk surfing."

The development of polyurethane wheels and the addition of kickplates to the back of skateboards are the two key factors that led to increased interest in skateboarding in the mid-1970s. The improvements allowed riders to travel faster and with more control than ever before.

Before he found success on Saturday Night Live, David Spade worked at a skateboard shop. His talent on the device helped him land his first film role, that of a young skateboarding punk named Kyle in Police Academy 4: Citizens on Patrol.

Among celebrities who have broken bones while riding skateboards are dancer Fred Astaire, comedian Tom Green, and guitarist Brian May.

Despite improved safety measures, including helmets and pads for knees and elbows, as many as 80,000 emergency room visits annually in the United States are the result of skateboarding mishaps.

It is estimated that over one third of the approximately 9 million skateboarders in the United States live in California.


Happy Feet: 10 Tips For Maintaining Healthy Feet

The human foot is one that most of us take for granted until the system fails or breaks down. The average person will walk the equivalent of twice around the world in a lifetime, which is a long time on your feet.

Podiatrists who are part of the UCLA Medical Group offer the following tips for helping maintain healthy feet and avoiding complications.

1. Inspect your feet regularly and pay attention to changes in color, texture or appearance.

2. Maintain good foot hygiene, including washing and drying between the toes.

3. Hydrate the skin. Southern California weather and open shoes can cause rapid loss of moisture from the skin and may result in cracking. It is helpful to replace the moisture content by using lotions or creams on a regular basis.

4. Buy proper-size shoes. You may not wear the same size in shoes made by different manufacturers. Purchase new shoes late in the day, when feet tend to be at their largest. Always buy the shoes that feel the best.

5. Don't ignore foot pain. Symptoms that increase or do not resolve within a reasonable period of time need to be evaluated by your podiatric physician.

6. Cut toenails straight across. Never cut into the corner this could cause an ingrown toenail. Gently file away sharp corners or rough edges with an emery board.

7. Exercise. Walking is a great way to keep weight under control and is an excellent conditioner for the feet. Be sure to wear appropriate athletic shoes when exercising.

8. Alternate your shoes each day. Since the feet have sweat glands, your shoes will absorb moisture from your feet, so it is important to allow your shoes to dry out completely.

9. Avoid walking barefoot to help protect your feet from injury and infection.

10. Put sunblock on your feet while wearing sandals during the day to avoid sunburn.


Life Is Like A Box of Chocolates
Reading MountainWings has taught me how to look for and find a MountainWings Moment, a moment in life, which however small, has a valuable lesson which can be applied to our everyday life.

I would like to share a MountainWings Moment that I recently experienced.

It was the day after Christmas; my brother and I were visiting my aunt. It was a happy day, especially as they have five children, four under the age of six, and I, like many people, love small children.

There was a box of sweets on the side, and kids being kids, naturally couldn't take their eyes off it. When my aunt came into the room, they all clamoured for a sweet, so she opened the box of Quality Street (a selection of chocolates) and divided them into so many for each child.

My youngest cousin, age three, is famous for his funny sayings. Now was no different; he opened each sweet with undisguised glee, throwing the wrappers on the floor and yelling with more delight at each one - "Yay! Chocolate again!! Look, chocolate!!"

Straight away, I recognized this as a MountainWings Moment.

Yes, all of the sweets were chocolate, but the lesson here was that so many things in life we take for granted or expect them to be what they are so when we experience them we take almost no delight in them at all.

Learning to be grateful for the "chocolate" of life, even if it is all "chocolate" is a valuable skill, and something that not many people know how to do.

It is often in small children that it is found the most, and I felt that this was reflected in this story.

~A MountainWings Original by Naomi, England~

   Thanks so much, Shari!

From My Friend, Adrienne, of UT - 02/09/14 - "Cool Soil Test":

  Five Gardening Tips from an Unexpected Place: 

   Thanks, Adrienne - good to know!


     From Me ('65) of NC - 02/09/14 - "Vegetarian": 


        From My Husband, Paul Harty (Bardolph HS, IL - '61) of NC - 02/01/14 - "Dogs (#9 in a Series of 26)":


Happy New Year to dog lovers everywhere!

     HA-HA-HA! Thanks, Dools!



Hookers Don't Bite - Crochet Encounters with Yarn and a Hook


Easy Made from Scratch You Can't Stop Eating It Chocolate Cake


From - 02/09/14:

HR Heaven and Hell

One day while walking down the street a highly successful HR Director was tragically hit by a bus and she died. Her soul arrived up in heaven where she was met at the Pearly Gates by St. Peter himself.

"Welcome to Heaven," said St. Peter. "Before you get settled in though, it seems we have a problem. You see, strangely enough, we've never once had a Human Resources Director make it this far and we're not really sure what to do with you."

"No problem, just let me in," said the woman.

"Well, I'd like to, "replied St. Peter, "but I have higher orders. What we're going to do is let you have a day in Hell and a day in Heaven and then you can choose whichever one you want to spend an eternity in."

"Actually, I think I've made up my mind, I prefer to stay in Heaven," said the woman.

"Sorry, we have rules..."

And with that St. Peter put the executive in an elevator and it went down-down-down to hell. The doors opened and she found herself stepping out onto the putting green of a beautiful golf course. In the distance was a country club and standing in front of her were all her friends - fellow executives that she had worked with and they were all dressed in evening gowns and cheering for her. They ran up and kissed her on both cheeks and they talked about old times. They played an excellent round of golf and at night went to the country club where she enjoyed an excellent steak and lobster dinner. She met the Devil who was actually a really nice guy (kinda cute) and she had a great time telling jokes and dancing. She was having such a good time that before she knew it, it was time to leave. Everybody shook her hand and waved good-bye as she got on the elevator.

The elevator went up-up-up and opened back up at the Pearly Gates and she found St. Peter waiting for her.

"Now it's time to spend a day in heaven," he said.

So she spent the next 24 hours lounging around on clouds and playing the harp and singing. She had a great time and before she knew it her 24 hours were up and St. Peter came and got her.

"So, you've spent a day in hell and you've spent a day in heaven. Now you must choose your eternity," he said.

The woman paused for a second and then replied, "Well, I never thought I'd say this, I mean, Heaven has been really great and all, but I think I had a better time in Hell."

So St. Peter escorted her to the elevator and again she went down-down-down back to Hell.

When the doors of the elevator opened she found herself standing in a desolate wasteland covered in garbage and filth. She saw her friends were dressed in rags and were picking up the garbage and putting it in sacks. The Devil came up to her and put his arm around her.

"I don't understand," stammered the woman, "yesterday I was here and there was a golf course and a country club and we ate lobster and we danced and had a great time. Now all there is, is a wasteland of garbage and all my friends look miserable."

The Devil looked at her and smiled. "Yesterday we were recruiting you; today you're staff..."


1. Wednesday, February 12, 2014 - 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 6, 2014 - 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.  

3. Wednesday, March 12, 2014 - 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.

4. Friday and Saturday, July 25 and 26, 2014 - The NNHS Class of 1954 will hold a 60-YEAR REUNION in Newport News. Further info from Dr. Harry Simpson at 804 694 0346 or, or Mickey Marcella at 757 249 3800 or, or Betty H. Neher at 757 898 5099 or

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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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I Can't Stop Loving You

Written and recorded by Don Gibson, 1957
(03 Apr 1928 – 17 Nov 2003)

Recorded by Ray Charles, 1962
(17 Feb 1940 - 05 Apr 2006)

(I can't stop loving you)
I've made up my mind
To live in memory
Of the lonesome times
(I can't stop wanting you)
It's useless to say
So I'll just live my life
In dreams of yesterday

Those happy hours
That we once knew
Tho' long ago
They still make me blue

They say that time
Heals a broken heart
But time has stood still
Since we've been apart

(I can't stop loving you)
I've made up my mind
To live in memory
Of the lonesome times
(I can't stop wanting you)
It's useless to say
So I'll just live my life
In dreams of yesterday

(Those happy hours)
Those happy hours
(That we once knew)
That we once knew
(Tho' long ago)
Tho' long ago
(Still make me blue)
Still make me blue

(They say that time)
They say that time
(Heals a broken heart)
Heals a broken heart
(But time has stood still)
Time has stood still
(Since we've been apart)
Since we've been apart

(I can't stop loving you)
I said I made up my mind
To live in memory
Of the lonesome times......

"I Can't Stop Loving You" midi and lyrics courtesy of - 02/11/10 (sic)

Nicko real's 2007 Image, "Can't Stop Loving You", courtesy of - 02/11/10 (sic)

Black Vine Divider Line clip art courtesy of - 02/12/08

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 and Army Flags 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 served in the South Pacific during WWII.
Thanks again, Herbie!!

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

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

Animated Wildly Laughing Dog courtesy of Eva Ellis Madagan ('61) of FL - 11/24/07
Thanks, Eva!

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