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02/18/11 - NNHS Newsletter -
Stranger on the Shore

As I gaze upon the sea! All the old romantic legends,
all my dreams, come back to me

Henry Wadsworth Longfellow
(27 Feb 1807 - 24 Mar 1882)
Friday, October 27, 2000
Grandview Beach,
Hampton, Virginia
Friday, October 27, 2000
Grandview Beach,
Hampton, Virginia

Dear Friends and Schoolmates, 

   Today's Newsletter theme is making its third appearance here today:

BONUS - - Stranger on the Shore - Acker Bilk


"Stranger on the Shore" is a piece for clarinet written by Acker Bilk for his young daughter and originally named Jenny after her[1]. It was subsequently used as the theme tune of a BBC TV drama serial for young people that was also called Stranger on the Shore.[2]

The track, performed by Bilk (as "Mr. Acker Bilk") with backing by the Leon Young String Chorale, was released as a single on Columbia Records DB 4750 in October 1961, with the label of the single openly proclaiming "Theme from the BBC TV. Series". The B-side was "Take My Lips". The single became a phenomenal success, topping the NME singles chart and spending nearly a year on the Record Retailer Top 50. It was the UK's biggest-selling single of 1962[3], the biggest-selling instrumental single of all time, and appears fifty-eighth in the official UK list of best-selling singles issued in 2002.

On May 26, 1962, "Stranger on the Shore" became the first British recording to reach number one on the U.S. Billboard Hot 100 where it was issued by Atlantic Records on the Atco label, but it was quickly followed, on December 22, by The Tornados' "Telstar", another instrumental. In the pre-rock era, Vera Lynn's "Auf Wiederseh'n Sweetheart" had reached #1 in 1952, on the shorter "Best Sellers In Stores" survey. After "Telstar", the next British performers to top the U.S. charts were The Beatles, with their first Capitol Records single "I Want to Hold Your Hand". "Stranger on the Shore" was Billboard's #1 single of 1962, and it spent seven weeks atop the "Easy Listening" chart, which would later become known as the Adult Contemporary chart [4]. The tune became the second of three "one hit wonders" named pop single of the year by Billboard (the others being 1958's "Volare (Nel Blu Di Pinto Di Blu)" by Domenico Modugno and 2006's "Bad Day" by Daniel Powter.


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

  Happy Birthday tomorrow to     Bobby Norris ('62) of VA AND      Linda Lane Lane ('64) of VA AND    Jamey Douglas Bacon ('66) of VA!

  Happy Birthday this week to:

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

23 - Richard Prince ('57);
25 - Peggy Wellington Craft ('57)
AND the President of the Class of 1965,     Joe Wingo of NC!

   Many Happy Returns to You All!




To     Stan Musial of MO on being awarded the Presidential Medal of Freedom!

From - 02/16/11 - "Cardinals fans, thank you for taking a Stand for Stan!":

Cardinals Fans...thank you for taking a Stand for Stan!
He has been called one of the greatest players to ever play the game. Baseball's best fans have known that for generations. Now, thanks to your efforts, you have shown the whole world that when Cardinals Nation is asked to take a stand, well, let's just say that you know how to take a stand! You helped recognize an extraordinary American deserving of the nation's highest civilian honor. Congratulations Stan and congratulations to you for taking a Stand for Stan!

    From the Head Flagtwirler of 1965, Janice McCain Rose of Northern VA - 02/16/11 - "National Anthem at the Super Bowl - an editorial":

National Anthem at the Super Bowl - an editorial

My sentiments EXACTLY… AMEN! 

"So, with all the kindness I can muster, I give this one piece of advice to the next pop star who is asked to sing the national anthem at a sporting event: save the vocal gymnastics and the physical gyrations for your concerts. Just sing this song the way you were taught to sing it in kindergarten — straight up, no styling. Sing it with the constant awareness that there are soldiers, sailors, airmen and Marines watching you from bases and outposts all over the world. Don’t make them cringe with your self-centered ego gratification. Sing it as if you are standing before a row of 86-year-old WWII vets wearing their Purple Hearts, Silver Stars and flag pins on their cardigans and you want them to be proud of you for honoring them and the country they love — not because you want them to think you are a superstar musician. They could see that from the costumes, the makeup and the entourages. Sing “The Star Spangled Banner” with the courtesy and humility that tells the audience that it is about America, not you."

   Thank you, Janice! I'll add my AMEN to all the others!

    From Jerry ('65) and    Judy Phillips ('66) Allen of VA - 02/17/11 - "She's only 5!"

She's only 5!
Why didn't the Super Bowl committee have this young lady to sing?

   WOWZERS! Good question! Thanks, Sweetie Pies!

      From My Niece, Shari, of VA - 02/17/11 - "Kidney Infection":

Olive Leaf works well to cure infections. Hope you feel better quickly.

   Thank you so much, Shari!  I've been using olive oil, not leaf, as well as various cranberry juice blends; I'd not heard of the leaf itself!

      From Wayne Stokes ('65) of VA - 02/17/11 - "AGREE OR DELETE":


This is by a daughter of a murdered couple in Raytown, MO, who had a Bible and Bookstore on 63rd Street.

When I had to testify at the murder trial of my parents a week ago, I was asked to raise my right hand. The bailiff started out, "Do you swear to tell the truth, the whole truth and nothing but the truth?"

I stood there and waited but she said nothing. She said, "Do you?"

I was so stunned I blurted out, "What happened to 'So help me God'?"

She came back with "Do you?"

I replied yes, but I was perplexed.

Then the judge said,
"You can say that if you want to."

I stopped, raised my right hand, and finished with,
"So help me God!"

I told my son and daughter that when it came time for them to testify, they should do the same.

I don't know what can be done about it, but it's time for us to step up and DO something.

NBC recently had a poll on this question. They had the highest number of responses that they have ever had for one of their polls, and the percentage was the same as this:
86% to keep the words, 14% against. That is a pretty 'commanding' public response.

I was asked to
send this on if I agreed or delete if I didn't.

Now it is your turn. It is said that
86% of Americans believe in God.

Therefore, I have a very hard time understanding why there is such a mess about having "In God We Trust" on our money and having God in the Pledge of Allegiance.

Why is the world catering to this 14%?

If you agree, pass this on, if not, simply delete....

In God We Trust

If You Choose To Delete
Perhaps Then You
Are Part Of The Problem 

Me? I'm Passing It On.
It seems to get worse daily.

   Thank you, Wayne Honey - I agree!

      From Wayne Stokes ('65) of VA - 02/17/11 - "This one is Beautiful... Don't Miss!":

    Janice McCain Rose ('65 - of Northern VA) sent this my way, and perhaps yours as well. I would rather err on the side of duplicating sending the message than not sent it at all.
It is worthy of your time.

   Thanks so much, Wayne Honey - and Janice! I needed this today! Perhaps other do as well!



Lessons we can learn from a snowman:

* Wearing white is always in style - even after Labor Day.

* Getting outside in the winter is good for your health.

* It's fun just to hang out in your front yard.

* We're all made up of mostly water.

* Accessories don't have to be expensive.

* Don't get too much sun!

* If you're a little bottom heavy - hey, that's okay!

* In a confrontation, a hand-held hairdryer can be an effective weapon.

* You know you've made it when they write a song about you.

* If you look down and can't see your feet - you're probably not very active.

* Sometimes sweating too much can have disastrous results.


1. 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.

2. 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.

3. 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

4. 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

5. 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

PRAYER ROLL : - updated 02/18/11

BLOG: - updated 10/21/10

  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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Stranger on the Shore

Music by
Acker Bilk (b. 28 Jan 1929), 1961
Words by Robert Mellin

Here I stand, watching the tide go out
So all alone and blue
Just dreaming dreams of you

I watched your ship
As it sailed out to sea
Taking all my dreams
And taking all of me

The sighing of the waves
The wailing of the wind
The tears in my eyes burn
Pleading, "My love, return"

Why, oh, why must I go on like this?
Shall I just be a lonely
Stranger on the Shore?

The sighing of the waves
The wailing of the wind
The tears in my eyes burn
Pleading, "My love, return"
Why, oh, why must I go on like this?
Shall I just be a lonely
Stranger on the shore?

"Stranger on the Shore" midi courtesy of Lisa's Nostalgic Cafe -,
located through the genius of Dave Spriggs ('64) of VA - 04/23/07
Thanks so much, Dave!

"Stranger on the Shore" lyrics courtesy of,
located through the genius of Dave Spriggs ('64) of VA - 04/23/07
Again, thank you so much, Dave!

Grandview Beach Images courtesy of - uh - ME - 10/27/00

 Blue Celtic Divider Line clip art courtesy of - 05/16/06

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

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 Applause clip art courtesy of ??? - 10/06/08

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