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02/25/14 - NNHS Newsletter - Book of Love

A wise man can learn more from a foolish question than a fool can learn from a wise answer.”

- Bruce Lee
( 27 Nov 1940 - 20 July 1973)

Dear Friends and Schoolmates,

   Though more than fifty years have passed, I have yet to hear a single person utter the words, "I wonder.." without responding (at least silently), "who wrote the book of love?"

BONUS - - The Book of Love - The Monotones, 1957 - The video quality on this fades out from time to time. I like that; my memories of that time do the same thing.


"The Book of Love" (also titled "(Who Wrote) The Book of Love") is a rock and roll song, originally by The Monotones. It was written by three members of the group, Warren Davis, George Malone and Charles Patrick, and it peaked at #5 on the Billboard Hot 100.

Lead singer Charles Patrick heard a Pepsodent toothpaste commercial with the line "wonder where the yellow went". From there he got the idea for the line, "I wonder, wonder, wonder who, who wrote the book of love", working it up into a song with Davis and Malone. The "boom" part of the song was a result of a kid kicking a ball against the garage while they were rehearsing. It sounded good, so they added it to the song.

In September 1957, the Monotones recorded "The Book of Love", which was released on the Mascot label in December that year. The small record company could not cope with its popularity, and it was reissued on Chess Records' subsidiary Argo label in February 1958. It attained a Billboard ranking of #5 for pop songs and #3 for R&B in 1958. It also reached #5 in Australia...


   Happy Birthday today to  Peggy Wellington Craft ('57) AND     The President of the Class of 1965, Joe Wingo of NC!

   Happy Birthday this week to:

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

    28 -    Wayne Agee ('58) of FL;

    29 - What WOULD Be a Happy Leap Year Day Birthday to: Bob Schweida ('54) of NH;

    01 - Alan Cohen ('57);

    03 -   Jerry Seay ('63) of VA AND   Robert Shapiro ('63) of VA;

    04 -   The late Mr. William Etheridge (NNHS Principal) (deceased - 04/19/05) AND   Roland McCoy (June '45) of VA!

       Many Happy Returns to You All! 


    February 25, 1932 - Adolf Hitler obtained German citizenship by naturalization, which allowed him to run in the 1932 election for Reichspräsident.

    February 25, 1933 - The USS Ranger was launched. It was the first US Navy ship to be built solely as an aircraft carrier.

    February 25, 1941 - February Strike: In occupied Amsterdam, a general strike was declared in response to increasing anti-Jewish measures instituted by the Nazis.

    February 25, 1945 - Turkey declared war on Germany.

    TODAY IN 1964:

    Tuesday, February 25, 1964 - North Korean Prime Minister Kim Il-sung called for the removal of feudalistic land ownership aimed at turning all cooperative farms into state-run ones.

    Tuesday, February 25, 1964 - The U.S. Air Force launched a satellite employing a US Air Force Atlas/Agena combination from Point Arguello (LC-2-3) in California and from Cape Kennedy in Florida.

    Tuesday, February 25, 1964 - Comedian and actor Lee Evans was born in Avonmouth, Bristol, England.

    Tuesday, February 25, 1964 - Football player Don Majkowski was born Donald Francis Vincent Majkowski in Buffalo, New York.

    Tuesday, February 25, 1964 - Rugby player Luigi Troiani was born Luigi Rosario Troiani in Afragola, Province of Naples, Italy.

    Tuesday, February 25, 1964 - Sculptor and illustrator Alexander Archipenko (b. Alexander Porfyrovych Archipenko [Олександр Порфирович Архипенко] on 30 May 1887 in Kiev, in present-day Ukraine - at the time a part of the Russian Empire) died in New York City, New York at the age of 76.

    Tuesday, February 25, 1964 - Songwriter Johnny Burke (b. John Francis Burke on 03 Sept 1908 in Antioch, California) died of a heart attack in New York City, New York at the age of 55.

    Tuesday, February 25, 1964 - Politician Mariano Jesús Cuenco (b. 16 Jan 1888 in Carmen, Cebu) died at the age of 76.

    Tuesday, February 25, 1964 - Race car driver and pilot Maurice Farman (b. 21 Mar 1877 in Paris, France) died in Paris, France at the age of 86.

    Tuesday, February 25, 1964 - Politician David Logan (b. David Gilbert Logan on 22 Nov 1871 in in the Scotland Road area of Liverpool, Scotland) died at the age of 92.

    Tuesday, February 25, 1964 - Nazi German politician Hinrich Lohse (b. 02 Sept 1896 in Mühlenbarbek, Schleswig-Holstein) died in Mühlenbarbek, Schleswig-Holstein at the age of 67.

    Tuesday, February 25, 1964 - Author Grace Metalious (b. Marie Grace DeRepentigny on 08 Sept 1924 in Manchester, New Hampshire) died in Boston, Massachusetts at the age of 39 from cirrhosis of the liver from years of heavy drinking.

    Tuesday, February 25, 1964 - Opera singer and actor Kenneth Lee Spencer (b. 25 Apr 1913 in Los Angeles, California) died in the crash of Eastern Air Lines Flight 304 (which crashed into Lake Pontchartrain after leaving the New Orleans International Airport) at the age of 50.

      From Domi O'Brien ('64) of NH - 02/24/14 - "Broken Link on Announcement":

    The link on the 5th newsletter, Tears, is not working.


       ARGHHH! It's those odious announcements again! I failed to link the final "l" in html - and I can only send ONE announcement per day, so I cannot correct it at the time. If you missed yesterday's Newsletter, here it is again:

      You can also grab it from the Newsletter link: Newsletters-2014.html  

       Thanks for telling me, Domi!

       From Bill Hobbs ('66) of Northern VA - 02/24/14 - "Lexophile":


    "Lexophile" is a word used to describe those that have a love for words, such as, "you can tune a piano, but you can't tuna fish," or "to write with a broken pencil is pointless."

    A competition to see who can come up with the best lexophillies is held every year. This year's winning submission is posted at the very end.

    .. When fish are in schools, they sometimes take debate.

    .. A thief who stole a calendar got twelve months.

    .. When the smog lifts in Los Angeles U.C.L.A.

    .. The batteries were given out free of charge.

    .. A dentist and a manicurist married. They fought tooth and nail.

    .. A will is a dead giveaway.

    .. With her marriage, she got a new name and a dress.

    .. A boiled egg is hard to beat.

    .. When you've seen one shopping center you've seen a mall.

    .. Police were called to a day care center where a three-year-old was resisting a rest.

    .. Did you hear about the fellow whose whole left side was cut off? He's all right now.

    .. A bicycle can't stand alone; it is two tired.

    .. When a clock is hungry it goes back four seconds.

    .. The guy who fell onto an upholstery machine is now fully recovered.

    .. He had a photographic memory which was never developed.

    .. When she saw her first strands of grey hair she thought she'd dye.

    .. Acupuncture is a jab well done. That's the point of it.

    And the cream of the wretched crop:

    .. Those who get too big for their pants will be exposed in the end.

       GROAN! Thanks, Billy!

        From Jimmy Smith ('62 / '63) of VA - 02/24/14 - "Final Inspection":

    We always have time to read jokes. Do we have the same time to read "why" we have time to read them? Please take a little time, please.
    Now "THIS" is a Poster!

    I hope this poster circles the globe.

    If it weren't for the United States military,
    There'd be NO United States of America.


    THE FINAL INSPECTION - Author Unknown~

    The Soldier stood and faced God,
    Which must always come to pass.
    He hoped his shoes were shining,
    Just as brightly as his brass.

    'Step forward now, Soldier,
    How shall I deal with you?
    Have you always turned the other cheek?
    To My Church have you been true?'

    The soldier squared his shoulders and said,
    'No, Lord, I guess I ain't.
    Because those of us who carry guns,
    Can't always be a saint.

    I've had to work most Sundays,
    And at times my talk was tough.
    And sometimes I've been violent,
    Because the world is awfully rough.

    But, I never took a penny,
    That wasn't mine to keep...
    Though I worked a lot of overtime,
    When the bills got just too steep.

    And I never passed a cry for help,
    Though at times I shook with fear...
    And sometimes, God, forgive me,
    I've wept unmanly tears.

    I know I don't deserve a place,
    Among the people here.
    They never wanted me around,
    Except to calm their fears.

    If you've a place for me here, Lord,
    It needn't be so grand.
    I never expected or had too much,
    But if you don't, I'll understand.

    There was a silence all around the throne,
    Where the saints had often trod.
    As the Soldier waited quietly,
    For the judgment of his God.

    'Step forward now, you Soldier,
    You've borne your burdens well.
    Walk peacefully on Heaven's streets,
    You've done your time in Hell.'

    God bless our all of our veterans. And, God bless the United States of America.
    Matty Ritch


    It's the Soldier, not the reporter
    Who has given us the freedom of the press.
    It's the Soldier, not the poet,
    Who has given us the freedom of speech.
    It's the Soldier, not the politicians that ensures
    Our right to Life, Liberty and the Pursuit of Happiness.
    It's the Soldier who salutes the flag,
    Who serves beneath the flag,
    And whose coffin is draped by the flag.

    If you care to offer the smallest token of recognition and appreciation for the Military, please pass this on.
    I DID!!!

         Thank you so much, Jimmy!

    From My Friend, Adrienne, of UT - 02/24/14 - "I am no cook, but...":

      WILD GIGGLES! Thank you, Adrienne!

    From My Friend, Mariel, of NC - 02/24/14 - "Creamy Lemon Crumb Squares":

      Creamy Lemon Crumb Squares

    What a great treat! Um, we have to try these!! Absolutely perfect for any occasion, make these as soon as you can you won't regret it!    

       OOOH! Thanks, Mariel!


            From My Husband, Paul Harty (Bardolph HS, IL - '61) of NC - 02/01/14 - "Dogs (#23 in a Series of 26)":


    Happy New Year to dog lovers everywhere!

         HA-HA-HA! Thanks, Dools!


        From Jimmy Smith ('62 / '63) of VA - 02/06/14 - "OLD CANS .... (#14 in a Series of 15)":

      OLD CANS!

    He used to go to all the public functions...especially the picture theaters. And he always carried a sugar bag to collect empty bottles and cans. His name was... Albert (Tapper) Torney.

    Everyone thought he was a bit eccentric and kids would tease and hassle him. Then it was discovered that he sold the empty bottles but only some of the cans.

    After he died in 1998 (aged 86) his large collection of model cars made from aluminum cans was discovered.

    This goes to prove..."you shouldn't judge a book by its cover" - or a sculptor by his sugar bag. Some of his collection ---- AMAZING!

       WOWZERS! Thanks, Jimmy!

        From Joan Lauterbach Krause ('60) of VA - 02/14/14 - "Snow in Russia (#9 in a Series of 37)":

    Hope these come through. In light of recent weather....

    Snow in Russia

    Now THIS is winter!


       YIKESARONI! Thanks again, Joan!


        From Joan Lauterbach Krause ('60) of VA - 02/19/14 - "LAUGHS FOR THE DAY (#2 in a Series of 16)":

      ...These should be some fun.

       GIGGLES! Thanks, Joan!


    BONUS (FLOWER) BOOK (OF LOVE) CROCHET PATTERN: - Crochet Flower Books - Okay, it's a stretch!

    BONUS BOOK OF LOVE RECIPES: - Tara's Book of Love - Five recipes


    From - 02/24/13:

    The driving instructor was giving lessons to an extremely nervous student who panicked whenever another car approached on a particular two-lane road. One day, however, they got to the same stretch of road; and the student remained completely calm.

    “This time you’re doing fine!” exclaimed the instructor. “Yes,” the novice driver agreed.

    “Now when I see another car coming, I shut my eyes.”


    1. 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.  

    2. 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.

    3. 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

    PRAYER ROLL: - updated 02/20/14

    BLOG: - updated 03/13/11

    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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    The Book of Love

    Written by Warren Davis, George Malone and Charles Patrick

    Recorded by The Monotones, 1957/8

    [ I wonder, wonder who, bi du du, who
    Who wrote the book of love ]

    Tell me, tell me, tell me
    Oh, who wrote the book of love
    I've got to know the answer
    Was it someone from above

    [ repeat ]

    I love you, darling
    Baby, you know I do
    But I've got to see this book of love
    And find out why it's true

    [ repeat ]

    { Chapter One says to love her
    You love her with all your heart
    Chapter Two, you tell her
    You're never never never never ever gonna part
    In Chapter Three remember
    The meaning of romance
    In Chapter Four you break up
    But you give her just one more chance }

    [ repeat ]

    Baby, baby, baby
    I love you, yes I do
    Well, it says so in this book of love
    Ours is the one that's true

    [ repeat ]

    { repeat }

    [ repeat ]

    Baby, baby, baby
    I love you, yes I do
    Well, it says so in this book of love
    Ours is the one that's true

    [ repeat ]
    I wonder who (yeah)
    Who wrote the book of love

     "The Book of Love" midi courtesy of
    at the suggestion of Dave Spriggs ('64) of VA - 07/26/03
    Thanks, Dave!

    "The Book of Love" lyrics courtesy of lyrics courtesy of,
    also at the suggestion of Dave Spriggs ('64) of VA - 07/26/03
    Thanks again, Dave!

    Big Books and Line of Books Divider Line clip art courtesy of - 02/01/05

    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

    Animated Laughing Smiley courtesy of Janice McCain Rose ('65) of VA - 02/07/05
    Thanks, Janice!

    Crying Baby clip art courtesy of - 09/28/05 (resaved 02/27/09)

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

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