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02/17/16 - 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 some things done.....

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 Sandra Smith Overby ('63) 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 Janice Clark Palmer ('63) AND Curt Lauterbach ('65) of VA AND Billy Reece ('68) of ID;

23 - Richard Prince ('57) AND Tommy Payne ('63) of VA;

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.


Thursday, February 17, 1966 - Guitarist and songwriter (Bathory) Quorthon was born Tomas Börje Forsberg in Stockholm, Sweden. He found dead in his apartment in Stockholm on 7 June 2004, apparently from heart failure, at the age of 38.

Thursday, February 17, 1966 - Bass player (Symphony X and Seven Witches) Michael Lepond was born Michael Anthony LePond III in Newark, New Jersey.

Thursday, February 17, 1966 - Rally co-driver Robert Reid was born.

Thursday, February 17, 1966 - Ice hockey player, manager, and actor Luc Robitaille was born Luc Jean-Marie Robitaille in Montreal, Quebec, Canada.

Thursday, February 17, 1966 - Painter Hans Hofmann (b. 21 Mar 1880 in Weißenburg, Bavaria) died in at the age of 85.

“The grand essentials to happiness in this life are something to do, something to love, and something to hope for.”

- Joseph Addison
(01 May 1672 - 17 June 1719)

  From Wanda Thornhill Gatewood ('62) of VA - 02/16/16 - "NNHS":

Such a great high school. Practice on the football field with the band and the flag twirlers at 6:30 AM. Work on the BEACON until 11:30 P.M. Catch the bus and ride home at midnight. Study, shower and roll hair on orange juice cans to get that flip. Never once felt scared or threatened. The only thing that ever scared me was my mom when she got on the warpath if my room wasn't clean. What a great life we had!
      ABSOLUTELY! Thank you so much for the memories, Wanda!
1962 Anchor, p. 89
FRONT ROW: Irene James ('62), Carol Petenbrink ('62) (co-head), Juanita Hayes ('62) (co-head), Wanda Thornhill ('62), and Paula Sturtevant ('62);
BACK ROW: Mary Lou Knowles ('63), Vicki Hankins ('63), Norma Helmick ('63),
and Sharon Lamberth ('63)

      From Gene Moore ('67) of CA - 02/15/16:


EXACTAMUNDO! Thank you, Gene! I quite agree!



    From Catherine Slusser Hudson ('64) of VA - 02/15/16:

  ALWAYS! Thank you, Catherine!

        From David Whitley ('67) of VA - 02/16/15:

  And this is news? Bears love people. Because people are easy! How many times must I say this? They are out to get us. Forget about zombies, it's the bears that will eat us all. OMGosh, I think I've just created a new nightmare...... Grizzombies! I'll never sleep again..

         Thanks, David!


   And speaking of zombies.....

  From Candy Hixson Whitley (Ferguson HS - '68) of VA - 02/16/16 - "Cops surround home only to find family watching ‘The Walking Dead’ ":

Cops surround home only to find family watching ‘The Walking Dead’ - A Montana family gave their neighbors quite a scare while enjoying a favorite TV show Sunday evening.

    Thank you, Candy! That's certainly understandable!

“Even if they had it in the streets, I wouldn't go.” -- On Mardi Gras.

- Samuel Goldwyn, film producer
(17 Aug  1882 - 31 Jan

        From My Husband, Paul Harty (Bardolph HS, IL - '61) of NC - 01/05/16 - "TO MY FRIENDS WHO THINK THEY HAVE SEEN EVERYTHING (#38 in a series of 60)":


I think you will enjoy this!

  OOH! Thanks, Dools!


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.

WEBMISTRESS' NOTE: Scroll all the way down for another zombie surprise!

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 - 02/16/15:

A man and a woman were involved in a terrible car wreck. Both of their vehicles were completely destroyed, but fortunately, no one was hurt.

Thankful, the woman says to the man in a flirting tone, "We're both okay, we should celebrate."

So the woman got a bottle of wine out of the trunk of the smashed car, and handed it to the man with a smile.

The man, almost forgetting about the accident, took a really big drink, and handed the bottle to the woman.

The woman closed the bottle and put it away.

The man asked, "Aren't you going to take a drink?"

The woman replied, "No, I'll celebrate after the cops leave."


1. Wednesday, March 09, 2016 - 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. Friday and Saturday, September 16 and 17, 2016 - The NNHS Class of 1966 will hold their 50-Year Reunion - OPEN TO ALL CLASSES. Friday Night: Meet and Greet at The Cove Restaurant, City Center, NN. Saturday Night: Marriott Hotel, City Center, NN.

PRAYER ROLL: - updated 01/20/16

BLOG: - updated 03/13/11

   Y'all take good 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 clip art courtesy of - 06/18/03

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

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

Animated Teddy Roosevelt with Gun (by AF Artist - Josh Doohen) courtesy of - 09/20/07

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 Laughing Cat courtesy of Joyce Lawrence Cahoon ('65) of VA - 07/29/08
Thanks, Joyce!

Ferguson High School's Anchor clip art courtesy of Steve Silsby (FHS - '72) of NC - 12/14/05
Thanks, Steve!

Laughing Jester Smiley clip art courtesy of Bill Hobbs ('66) of Northern VA - 10/06/09
Thanks, Bill!

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