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02/17/13 - NNHS Newsletter - At Last

“A thing long expected takes the form of the unexpected when at last it comes.”

- Mark Twain
(30 Nov 1835 - 21 Apr 1910)

Dear Friends and Schoolmates, 

   Ummmm, at last I'm getting around to making up all those missing issues of the NNHS Newsletter.....

BONUS #1 - - At Last - Etta James

BONUS #2 - - At Last - Beyonce - Etta James - Fashion Rocks 2008 LIVE


"At Last" is a 1941 song written by Mack Gordon and Harry Warren for the musical film Orchestra Wives, starring George Montgomery and Ann Rutherford. It was performed in the film and on record by Glenn Miller and his orchestra, with vocals by Ray Eberle and Pat Friday. Unreleased recordings of the song, however, had been made in 1941 by Glenn Miller for possible inclusion in the film Sun Valley Serenade. A new version was recorded by Glenn Miller and His Orchestra in Chicago on May 20, 1942, and released by RCA Victor Records as a 78 single, catalogue number 27934-B, backed with the A side "(I've Got a Gal In) Kalamazoo". The song reached number 9 on the Billboard pop charts in 1942, staying on the charts for 9 weeks, and later became a standard. In 1960, it was covered by blues singer Etta James in an arrangement that improvised on Warren's melody. James' version was the title track in the same-named album At Last! and was inducted into the Grammy Hall of Fame in 1999.[1]

The song was a favorite of Warren's and he would occasionally draw the melody of the first two bars of the song when signing an autograph.

The song became Etta James' signature song and was the third in a string of successful songs from her Chess Records debut album At Last!. In April 1961, it became her second number 2 R&B hit and crossed over to pop radio, reaching number 47 on the Billboard Hot 100. Despite its rather low pop chart standing, the song is well-known and is still played regularly on oldies radio stations.

In the decades since its release it has been covered by a number of artists. The Etta James version is perhaps the most famous, and is known to be performed at weddings and wedding receptions because of its romantic lyrics and sweeping orchestration...


   Happy Birthday tomorrow to       The late Bill Sawyer ('57) (deceased 05/16/06) AND    Brooks Bloxom ('64) of NC!

   Happy Birthday this week to:

19 -     Bobby Norris ('62) of VA AND      Linda Lane Lane ('64) of VA AND     Jamey Douglas Bacon ('66) of VA!

20 -    Bobby Callis ('64) of WV;

22 - Ronald Bass ('57) AND Curt Lauterbach ('65) of VA AND Billy Reece ('68) of ID;

23 - Richard Prince ('57)!

24 - Carrie Forrest Fox ('52) of VA AND    Debi Fink Golden ('65) of MA!

   Many Happy Returns to You All! 


February 17, 1944 - The Battle of Eniwetok Atoll began. The battle ended in an American victory on February 22.

February 17, 1944 - Operation Hailstone began. U.S. naval air, surface, and submarine attacked against Truk (Chuuk), Japan's main base in the central Pacific, in support of the Eniwetok invasion.


Sunday, February 17, 1963 - Politician Larry the Cable Guy was born Daniel Lawrence Whitney in Pawnee City, Nebraska.

Sunday, February 17, 1963 - Mountaineer Alison Hargreaves was born in Derbyshire, England. She died in a violent storm on 13 Aug 1995 at the age of 32 while climbing K2 in Pakistan.

Sunday, February 17, 1963 - Businessman Jen-Hsun Huang (黃仁勳) (co-founder of Nvidia) was born at Taipei, Taiwan.

Sunday, February 17, 1963 - Basketball player Michael Jordan was born Michael Jeffrey Jordan in Brooklyn, New York. [His family moved to Wilmington, North Carolina, when he was a toddler.[6]]

Sunday, February 17, 1963 - Journalist Rene Syler was born at Scott Air Force Base, Illinois.

      From Harry Covert ('57) of MD - 02/16/13 - "My Word - The Art of Being Offended":

Posted: 15 Feb 2013 10:21 AM PST

My Word 

The Art of Being Offended

By Harry M. Covert 

How to be offended? Let me count the ways. In this era when everybody is always exasperated, hurt, insulted, outraged and provoked by something, I am beginning to feel as though there should be a national day for crybabies.

Frankly, I’m offended. I’m a Native American, born and raised in the good old US of A. I’m offended at the faux fight to make the Washington Redskins change its name. This comes up often; and if anyone challenges this nonsensical stance, they become a pariah, insensitive, un-American or, politically incorrect.

I don’t feel the least bit troubled that as a boy we played cowboys and Indians in our neighborhood. Nor do I find it a slight to watch western movies where Indians are part of the story. What better hero than Tonto, the loyal sidekick of The Lone Ranger?

It’s a different time, of course, but we had cap pistols. We didn’t run around and try to hold up gas stations, or grocery stores with these toys.

Certainly there have been inequities in society and not all good. Isn’t it time to stop acting as immature adults and be grownups?

I’m not offended either when I read or watch one of my favorite British sleuths, Miss Marple. Throughout the Agatha Christie stories, Miss Marple uses the phrase, “Americans have a lot to answer for.” Or, I learned that British hotels looked down on their American cousins to provide “American rooms” and “television rooms.”

Offended? Absolutely not. “American rooms” back in the ‘20s and ‘30s had plumbing in individual rooms.

Attention-seekers bring up the Indian/Native American issue almost yearly; and, in my mind, it’s stupid. 

I’m offended that Indians can run all kinds of gambling enterprises on their properties outside of federal, state and local jurisdictions.

I don’t intend to be insensitive here, but it’s somewhat silly going through life being offended?

Consider the daily abuse for sports figures, reporters and columnists, attorneys, judges, sheriffs, preachers, teachers, speeders, umpires, referees in all sports, and business owners. The list goes on and on.

Nicknames like Indians, Redskins, and Braves honor the history of the nation. Back in Jamestown, Pocahontas was an Indian. Oklahoma’s Jim Thorpe was an Indian. Pro footballer and wrestler Wahoo McDaniel was an Indian. Roy Rogers, the King of the Cowboys, was proud to be part Cherokee. One college shifted its name from the Indians to the Tribe. Now really, to what does this refer? Certainly not the Twelve Tribes of Israel.

Even the often besmirched U. S. Supreme Court has affirmed usage of Redskins for the professional football team. In the continuing saga, I wonder how many Indians and Native Americans buy tickets to the Landover games.

Maryland’s history includes The Nanticoke, Piscataway, and Susquehannock tribes. Each made its positive mark on the Free State.

It’s high time to stop being offended all the time. We are who we are and should be proud of that. There are so many opportunities out there for everyone. I doubt it will ever occur, but, if it does, would Rome name its new leader the Pope-ess? Or, Holy Mother?

In Potawatomi, Kemo Sabe is a wonderful word meaning “trusty scout” or “faithful friend.” Instead of wringing offended hands, think about being either or both.

As the old saw is remembered, “call me anything; just don’t call me late for dinner – or payday.”

This column appeared in Feb. 15, 2013

     A WEARY AMEN! Thanks so much, Harry!

     From Me ('65) of NC - 02/16/13 - "Snow in Fayetteville!":

  Yea, verily! NO, I didn't go outside; I took this from my back bathroom window!
Saturday, February 16, 2013

     From Me ('65) of NC - 02/16/13 - "Terry Kimbrough's Romancing the Rose Doily - At Last!":

     Sometime between 1998 and 2001, I bought a Leisure Arts publication called, "Romancing the Rose", featuring the crochet designs of Terry Kimbrough - none of which I had ever gotten around to ever making.  She showed this pattern in two options - tri-colored (as shown here) or in a solid white.

   It was meant to be crocheted of size 10 thread with a No. 6 steel hook, which would have produced a 12-3/4" doily.

   When I saw I was going to be largely confined to bed while my left knee was "behaving badly", I thought the time had come at last to make something seasonal for my kitchen/dining table - only I wanted it to be bigger...

   By using Red Heart yarn in white and cherry red and a size H hook, I was able to make this Almighty Doily - which measures 30" in diameter, and needed no blocking! WHOO-HOO!

copyright 1998 Saturday, February 16, 2013
Terry Kimbrough's
Romancing the Rose Doily
   Of course, the height of the roses does not allow for plates to be placed around it, so it must be removed before meals are actually served, but, hey!

BONUS FINISHED AT LAST CROCHET: - Lilja Þorsteinsdóttir's Hexagon Blanket - "I posted a sneak preview of my crochet hexagon blanket the other day. Lo and behold, it’s finished! I followed the Attic24 tutorial but had to improvise with the 1/2 and 1/3 hexagons I needed to make a square blanket. I didn’t like the way it looked with the crooked hexagon edges. I think I might make a separate post about how I did them and finished the edges, so if anyone else is having trouble it might help. I love the outcome, I think it’s one of the most beautiful things I’ve ever crocheted. The colours are so pretty and the hexagons mix together in a fun way, I can’t keep my eyes of it." - She's right; the colors are GORGEOUS! The basic pattern can be found in the tutorial.

BONUS CAKE THAT DOESN'T LAST RECIPE: -  Jenny Busch's The Cake That Doesn't Last - "This is a very moist, and delicious pineapple banana nut cake. I've had this recipe for about 20 years and no one ever turns it down."


From - 02/16/13:


A college's student body is composed of the sons and daughters of the very rich who could not meet the academic requirements of any other college. Lo and behold, the college basketball team wins every game and dominates their league. All this success is due to one amazing player - a cross between Larry Bird and Michael Jordan.

This kid is terrific. The player and the team become the center of nationwide media attention. The student body is thrilled. Now, the NCAA goes to the college and asks for proof of this player's academic eligibility. The college administration promises such documentation in a few days. The faculty works night and day coaching the student for the crucial test.

The day of the public examination arrives, and the entire student body is there to support their star player. A professor stands, and announces the first question, "How much is five and two?" The student frowns in deep concentration - he thinks, he sweats, he shakes with effort. At last he shouts the answer, "SEVEN." The entire student body rises, and as a single voice, they cry. "Give him another chance. Give him another chance."


1. Thursday, March 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, April 10, 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,

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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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At Last

Written by Mack Gordon
(21 June 1904 - 01 Mar 1959)


Harry Warren
(24 Dec 1893 - 22 Sept 1981)

for the film, Orchestra Wives, 1941

Recorded by Etta James, 1960
(25 Jan 1938 - 10 Jan 2012)

At last, my love has come along
My lonely days are over
And life is like a song
Oh, yeah, at last
The skies above are blue
My heart was wrapped up in clovers
The night I looked at you
I found a dream that I could speak to
A dream that I can call my own
I found a thrill to rest my cheek to
A thrill that I have never known
Oh, yeah when you smile, you smile
Oh, and then the spell was cast
And here we are in heaven
For you are mine
At last

"At Last" midi courtesy of - 02/16/09

"At Last" lyrics courtesy of - 02/16/09

"Hugging Penguins" Image courtesy of - 02/16/09

Animated Multi-colored Heart Divider Line clip art courtesy of - 02/16/09

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

Animated USMC flag courtesy of - 06/18/03

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

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