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02/23/11 - NNHS Newsletter - Chantilly Lace

ďI consider lace to be one of the prettiest imitations ever made of the fantasy of nature;
lace always evokes for me those incomparable designs which the branches and leaves
of trees embroider across the sky, and I do not think that any invention of the human spirit
could have a more graceful or precise origin.Ē

Coco Chanel, April 29, 1939
(19 Aug 1883 - 10 Jan 1971)

Dear Friends and Schoolmates, 

   Today's Newsletter theme is being revisited from exactly six years ago today:

BONUS - - Chantilly Lace - The Big Bopper on American Bandstand, 1958


"Chantilly Lace" is the name of a rock and roll song, written and originally performed by The Big Bopper (J.P. Richardson) in 1958. Originally cut for Pappy Daily's D label, Mercury bought the recording and released it in the summer of 1958; what ensued was that the song gained popularity (mostly on pop, with regional country music appeal). A 1972 version by Jerry Lee Lewis was a No. 1 hit on the Billboard magazine Hot Country Singles chart and top forty pop hit both in the US and the UK.

The song depicts one side of a flirting telephone conversation, with a young man talking about what he likes about his girlfriend, including:

Chantilly lace and a pretty face
And a pony tail hangin' down
A wiggle in the walk and a giggle in the talk
Make the world go 'round.

The song reached #6 on the pop charts and spent 22 weeks on the national Top 40. It was the third most played song of 1958.[1]


   Happy Birthday today to Richard Prince ('57)!

   Happy Birthday tomorrow to   Debi Fink Golden ('65) of MA!

   Happy Birthday this week to:

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

27 -     Evelyn Vretos ('55) of VA AND       Phil Hammond ('64) of UT AND     My Grandson, Azrae Woods of IL;

28 -  Wayne Agee ('58) of FL;

29 - Bob Schweida ('54) of NH;

01 - Alan Cohen ('57) AND   Robert Shapiro ('63) of VA!

   Many Happy Returns to You All! 


  From Jackie Belote Ward ('63) of VA - 02/23/11, 6:48 AM:

Thank you for your kind work- It makes a difference in times of loss as well as in great times !

----Jackie Belote Ward

   Thank you so much, Jackie! Again you have my deepest sympathies on the loss of your mama.

  From Judy Phillips Allen ('66) of VA - 02/22/11 - "TLS Save the Date - Barnes & Noble Book Fair":

This is Josh's school.  He and I spend our days there.....learning lots of stuff.  The first graders that I work with will be performing.  Drop by if you are in the area....or tell a friend.
Trinity Lutheran School
Tuesday, March 15, 2011
4-7 PM
Barnes & Noble
Peninsula Town Center
Come see our students perform!
A few of the performances include:
  • Third Grade's "De Colores"
  • Preschool's "For the Love of Irish"
  • Martial Arts Exhibition
  • Fourth Grade's "Virginia Reel"
  • First Grade's "Patriotic Medley"
  • Gymnastics Demonstration
  • and much, much more!
Can't attend our bookfair at Barnes & Noble? 
Visit to support us online from 3/15/2011 - 3/20/2011
by entering Bookfair ID # 10314847 at checkout.
A percentage of your Barnes & Noble purchases will benefit our school.

   COOL BEANS! Thanks, Judy Dearest!

    From Joan Lauterbach Krause ('60) of VA - 02/22/11 - "National Anthem":


I missed seeing the National Basketball opening this past Sunday (Feb 20th).  Josh Groban sang the National Anthem.   His fans on his site are cheering him, because he sang the anthem so beautifully.  I am so sorry I missed hearing him.  Just thought I would mention this because of the dialog about the Super Bowl singing.

Check out what I just found.

Finally the way itís supposed to be heard.

Side note: the TNT camera man just HAD to film that near naked lady. He couldnít just let it be done right. Sometimes, todayís folks just break my heart with the morals of our society.


    OOOH! Thanks so much, Joan!

   I think I sadly must have become morally desensitized; I didn't even notice the half-naked lady.  Maybe I was just too mesmerized by Josh Groban's beautiful voice.....

  From Judy Phillips Allen ('66) of VA - 02/22/11 - "The near future - Glass is very interesting":

All I can say is WOW! - The Mother of all LCD and LED Screens l A Day Made of Glass

   DOUBLE WOW! Thanks again, Judy!

      From My Husband, Paul Harty (Bardolph HS, IL - '61) of IL - 02/22/11 - "God doesn't make mistakes":

Consumed by my loss, I didn't notice the hardness of the pew where I sat. I was at the funeral of my dearest friend - my mother. She finally had lost her long battle with cancer. The hurt was so intense; I found it hard to breathe at times. Always supportive, Mother clapped loudest at my school plays, held box of tissues while listening to my first heartbreak, comforted me at my father's death, encouraged me in college, and prayed for me my entire life.  When mother's illness was diagnosed, my sister had a new baby and my brother had recently married his childhood sweetheart, so it fell on me, the 27-year-old middle child without entanglements, to take care of her.  I counted it an honor.  'What now, Lord?'  I asked sitting in church.

My life stretched out before me as an empty abyss. My brother sat stoically with his face toward the cross while clutching his wife's hand.  My sister sat slumped against her husband's shoulder, his arms around her as she cradled their child...  All so deeply grieving, no one noticed I sat alone.
My place had been with our mother, preparing her meals, helping her walk, taking her to the doctor, seeing to her medication, reading the Bible together.   Now she was with the Lord.  My work was finished, and I was alone.  I heard a door open and slam shut at the back of the church.  Quick footsteps hurried along the carpeted floor....
An exasperated young man looked around briefly and then sat next to me.  He folded his hands and placed them on his lap. His eyes were brimming with tears.  He began to sniffle. 'I'm late,' he explained, though no explanation was necessary.
After several eulogies, he leaned over and commented, 'Why do they keep calling Mary by the name of ' Margaret?''  'Because, that was her name, Margaret.  Never Mary, no one called her 'Mary,'' I whispered.  I wondered why this person couldn't have sat on the other side of the church.  He interrupted my grieving with his tears and fidgeting. Who was this stranger anyway?
'No, that isn't correct,' he insisted, as several people glanced over at us whispering, 'Her name is Mary Peters.'

'That isn't who this is.'  'Isn't this the Lutheran church?'

'No, the Lutheran church is across the street.'  'Oh.'  'I believe you're at the wrong funeral, Sir.'  The solemnness of the occasion mixed with the realization of the man's mistake bubbled up inside me and came out as laughter.  I cupped my hands over my face, hoping it would be interpreted as sobs. The creaking pew gave me away..  Sharp looks from other mourners only made the situation seem more hilarious.  I peeked at the bewildered, misguided man seated beside me.  He was laughing; too, as he glanced around, deciding it was too late for an uneventful exit.  I imagined Mother laughing.  At the final 'Amen,' we darted out a door and into the parking lot.  'I do believe we'll be the talk of the town,' he smiled.  He said his name was Rick and since he had missed his aunt's funeral, asked me out for a cup of coffee.

That afternoon began a lifelong journey for me with this man who attended the wrong funeral, but was in the right place.  A year after our meeting, we were married at a country church where he was the assistant pastor.  This time we both arrived at the same church, right on time...
In my time of sorrow, God gave me laughter.  In place of loneliness, God gave me love.   This past June, we celebrated our twenty-second wedding anniversary.  Whenever anyone asks us how we met, Rick tells them, 'Her mother and my Aunt Mary introduced us, and it's truly a match made in heaven.'
REMEMBER, God doesn't make mistakes. He puts us where we are supposed to be.

   GOOD 'UN! Thanks, Dools!

    From Joan Lauterbach Krause ('60) of VA - 02/22/11 - "Rules for Clotheslines -- You'll love this":

Rules for Clotheslines -- You'll love this

You have to be a certain age to appreciate this. I can hear my mother now ...

My mother would have loved this! Do you remember? Be sure to read to the end...the poem is so true.

THE BASIC RULES FOR CLOTHESLINES: (if you don't know what clotheslines are, better skip this)

1. You had to wash the clothes line before hanging any clothes - walk the entire lengths of each line with a damp cloth around the lines.

2. You had to hang the clothes in a certain order, and always hang "whites" with "whites," and hang them first.

3. You never hung a shirt by the shoulders - always by the tail!. What would the neighbours think?

4. Wash day on a Monday! . .. . Never hang clothes on the weekend, or Sunday, for Heaven's sake!

5. Hang the sheets and towels on the outside lines so you could hide your "unmentionables" in the middle (perverts & busybodies, y'know!)

6. It didn't matter if it was sub zero weather ... clothes would "freeze-dry."

7. Always gather the clothes pins when taking down dry clothes! Pins left on the lines were "tacky!"

8. If you were efficient, you would line the clothes up so that each item did not need two clothes pins, but shared one of the clothes pins with the next washed item.

9. Clothes off the line before dinner time, neatly folded in the clothes basket, and ready to be ironed.

10. IRONED?! Well, that's a whole other subject!


A clothesline was a news forecast
To neighbours passing by,
There were no secrets you could keep
When clothes were hung to dry.

It also was a friendly link
For neighbours always knew
If company had stopped on by
To spend a night or two.

For then you'd see the "fancy sheets"
And towels upon the line;
You'd see the "company table cloths"
With intricate designs.

The line announced a baby's birth
From folks who lived inside -
As brand new infant clothes were hung,
So carefully with pride!

The ages of the children could
So readily be known
By watching how the sizes changed,
You'd know how much they'd grown!

It also told when illness struck,
As extra sheets were hung;
Then nightclothes, and a bathrobe, too,
Haphazardly were strung.

It also said, "Gone on vacation now"
When lines hung limp and bare.
It told, "We're back!" when full lines sagged
With not an inch to spare!

New folks in town were scorned upon
If wash was dingy and gray,
As neighbours carefully raised their brows,
And looked the other way .. . .

But clotheslines now are of the past,
For dryers make work much less.
Now what goes on inside a home
Is anybody's guess!

I really miss that way of life.
It was a friendly sign
When neighbours knew each other best
By what hung on the line.

   GIGGLES! Thanks again, Joan! I myself was never very fond of clotheslines. Once when we lived near some railroad tracks, I found an actual clump of soot hanging on my "fresh, clean" sheets.  The occasional visit of a passing skunk proved no delight, and birds consistently used my hanging laundry for target practice.

   My worst encounter with them was while I was still in high school.  I used to wash my blouses out by hand on a scrub board in our bathroom sink at Stuart Gardens, then hang them out on the line to dry.  I knew it would turn cold on this particular day, but I thought I could work in one last load.  I was wrong.  When I went out to retrieve my blouses, they were frozen, and I actually broke one right in half while taking it off the line!


From - 02/22/11:

Groups of Americans were traveling by tour bus through Holland. As they stopped at a cheese farm, a young guide led them through the process of cheese making, explaining that goat's milk was used. She showed the group a lovely hillside where many goats were grazing.

"These' she explained, "Are the older goats put out to pasture when they no longer produce."

She then asked, "What do you do in America with your old goats?"

A spry old gentleman answered, "They send us on bus tours!" 

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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 Chantilly Lace

Written and recorded by
The Big Bopper (Jiles Perry "J. P." Richardson, Jr. - 24 Oct 1930 Ė 03 Feb 1959), 1958

Hello, baaaaby!
Yeah, this is the big bopper speakiní
Ha ha ha ha ha! oh, you sweet thing!
Do I what? will I what?
Oh baby, you knoooow what I like!

Chantilly lace had a pretty face and a ponytail hanginí down
A wiggle in her walk and a giggle in her talk
Make the world go íround
Ainít nothing in the world like a big eyed girl
To make me act so funny, make me spend my money
Make me feel real loose like a long necked goose
Like a--oh baby, thatís a-what I like!

Whatís that, baby?
But... but... but... oh, honey!
Oh baby, you know what I like!

Chantilly lace had a pretty face and a ponytail hanginí down
A wiggle in her walk and a giggle in her talk
Make the world go íround
Ainít nothing in the world like a big eyed girl
To make me act so funny, make me spend my money
Make me feel real loose like a long necked goose
Like a--oh baby, thatís a-what I like!

"Chantilly Lace" midi courtesy of
at the suggestion of Dave Spriggs ('64) of VA - 02/09/05
Thanks, Dave!

"Chantilly Lace" lyrics courtesy of,-the/118312.html
also at the suggestion of Dave Spriggs ('64) of VA - 02/09/05
Thanks again, Dave!

Chantilly Lace Image courtesy of - 02/23/11

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!

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!!

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

Animated Tantrum Smiley clip art courtesy of - 03/05/09

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