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03/02/13 - NNHS Newsletter - Unchained Melody

What greater thing is there for two human souls that to feel that they are
joined... to strengthen each other... to be at one with each other in silent
unspeakable memories.

- George Eliot (Mary Anne Evans)
(22 Nov 1819 - 22 Dec 1880)

Dear Friends and Schoolmates, 

   This is one of my favorite songs.  Really.  Really, really.

BONUS #1 - - Unchained Melody - Todd Duncan, 1955 (original movie version)

BONUS #2 - - Unchained Melody - Les Baxter Orchestra, 1955

BONUS #3 - - Unchained Melody - The Righteous Brothers, live

BONUS #4 - - Unchained Melody - The Righteous Brothers, better audio quality

BONUS #5 - - Unchained Melody - Susan Boyle, 2011 - WOWZERS!   


"Unchained Melody" is a 1955 song with music by Alex North and lyrics by Hy Zaret. It has become one of the most recorded songs of the 20th century, by some estimates having spawned over 500 versions in hundreds of different languages.[1]

In 1955, Alex North used the music as a theme for the prison film Unchained, hence the name. Todd Duncan sang the vocals for the film soundtrack.[2] Les Baxter (Capitol Records catalog number 3055), released an instrumental version which reached #2. Then song recordings were released by Al Hibbler (Decca Records #29441) reaching #3 on the Billboard charts, Jimmy Young which hit #1 in the United Kingdom, and Roy Hamilton (Epic Records no. 9102) reaching #1 on the R&B Best Sellers list and #6 on the pop chart.[3] Hundreds of other recordings followed.

It was the July 1965 version by The Righteous Brothers that became a jukebox standard for the late 20th century, regaining massive popularity when used in the 1990 blockbuster film Ghost.

In 1955, Alex North and lyricist Hy Zaret were contracted to write a song as a theme for the obscure prison film Unchained,[4] and their song eventually became known as the "Unchained Melody". The song does not actually include the word "unchained", and songwriter Zaret chose instead to focus his lyrics on someone who pines for a lover he has not seen in a "long, lonely time".[4] The 1955 film centers around a man who contemplates either escaping from prison to live life on the run, or completing his sentence and returning to his wife and family.[4]

With Todd Duncan singing the vocals,[2] the song was nominated for an Oscar in 1955, but the Best Song award went to the hit song "Love Is a Many-Splendored Thing"...


  From Ruth Ann Reece Horace ('67) of FL - 03/02/13, 12:50 AM - "Prayer roll":


Would you please add our youngest daughter, Kimmy Dryden, to the prayer roll? When she was pregnant, she had a lump come up on her thyroid. They thought it would go away once Kylie was born. It has not and has gotten harder. A biopsy has shown some abnormal cells and she will have the right side removed April 4th. It will be sent right away for a complete biopsy and if cancer is found, they will go in again and remove the left side. Harry and I will be driving to Colorado Springs, CO from Lecanto, FL to help her and husband,
Chris, out and give moral support. This has been hard on her, 25 years old with a year old daughter and a hubby who is being discharged from the Army because of a back injury in Afghanistan. All prayers will be very much appreciated.


   OH, NO! Ruthie, I'm so very sorry to hear this! So many of our friends seem to be going through such tremendous trials right now! We will certainly keep Kimmy - and Chris and Kylie and you and Harry - in our hearts and prayers!


   Happy Birthday tomorrow to   Jerry Seay ('63) of VA AND    Robert Shapiro ('63) of VA!

   Happy Birthday this week to:

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

05 -   Hazel Pegram Southall ('57) AND    Helen Pegram Ignace ('57) AND   Jeanie Scruggs Anderson ('65) of VA;

07 -   Shirley Eanes Matthews ('66) of VA;

08 -    The late Mildred Mae Linkous Spriggs (June '38) - also Mother of        Dave Spriggs ('64) of VA AND Doris Burns ('38) - also Mother of    Steve Burns ('65) of MN;

09 - Patrick Burke ('57) AND   Bobby Hilling ('62) of VA AND   Katie Haan Spaulding ('64) of CA!

   Many Happy Returns to You All! 

March 02, 1941 - The first German military units entered Bulgaria after it joined the Axis Pact.

March 02, 1943 - Bulgaria signed the Tripartite Pact, allying itself with the Axis powers.


Saturday, March 02, 1963
Pistol shoot
er Tanyu Kiryakov (Таню Киряков) was born in Bulgaria

From Cim of WA - 02/24/13, 10:07 PM - "We had your missionary daughter (        Adrienne Harty - Hillsboro HS, IL / American School, IL - of NC - currently serving an eighteen-month mission for The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints in Seattle, Washington) over for dinner":

  Hi, Your daughters are doing such a great job! We are thrilled to have them in our ward. Thought you would enjoy this cute picture of them.

Warmly, Cim
Bellevue 7th Ward

  OH, WOW! Thank you so much, Cim, what a special treat!  Paul and I really appreciate your thoughtfulness, not only for feeding the gals, but for sharing this image! Aren't they beautiful (my impartial, unbiased, unprejudiced opinion, of course!)?!?

   This might very well be the last image of Sister Harty that we'll receive while she's still serving, as she's being released on Tuesday, March 26, and will be flying into St. Louis that afternoon. Paul and I will be driving out on the 21st, and we'll pick her up and take her to see the president of the O'Fallon (IL) Stake (from whence she was called) to receive her formal release. After visiting with our children and other relatives there in the midwest for a few days, we'll mosey on home sometime in early to mid April.

Sunday, February 24, 2013
Bellevue, WA
Sisters Thompson and Harty

NOTE FROM WEBMISTRESS: Adrienne herself didn't seem to be overly fond of this snapshot because she said she "was hunched over and making a weird face, but".  Maybe we'd better not tell her I posted it.....

   From Bill Hobbs ('66) of Northern VA - 03/01/13 - " Unique Seat Belt Commercial":

Without a single word, this says it all

This is the new "wear your seatbelt" ad the UK is doing - started by some dude not hired to do it, but because the cause is important to him, he came up with this idea, and now it's being hailed across the world as a "beautiful" commercial.

...And now the video has become so popular with the general public that people are forwarding it to friends/family on their own so quickly that it has spread all over the world in a very short time. 

  Thanks, Billy! We've seen this before, but because it's so beautiful and shares such an important message, we're going to watch it again!

     From Me ('65) of NC - 03/02/13 - "Monroe Restaurant":

     It "only" took me seven-and-a-half years, but I finally added this ad from the '57 Anchor to this page in our archive.


   I personally have no memory of this establishment (not surprisingly).  Do any of y'all have one you'd like to share with the class?

1957 Anchor, p. 193

     From Me ('65) of NC - 03/01/13 - "Disappointments":


  From Bill Wynne ('63) of MD - 03/01/13 - "If Dogs Worked in Offices... (#1 in a Series of 17)":

      These are hysterical, Bill - thanks!

BONUS CROCHET CLOCK PATTERNS (as in "time goes by..."): - Vintage Clock Potholder - "... This potholder pattern would probably be easier than most crochet patterns because the clock potholder is basically a circle with embroidered numerals and hands..." - Fleur de Temps Clock - "If you must keep track of time in the yarn room, do it with this elegant crocheted clock." - It's About Time Clock - "Tight tapestry crochet stitches with J&P Coats Crochet Nylon produces a very sturdy fabric perfect for this clock face from the August 2009 issue of Crochet World. Tapestry crocheting with nylon is hard on the hands, but much easier with a hook with a handle." - Nat King's Crocheted Wall Clock - The pattern is yours for $5.50. - Lace Wall Clocks - transforming doilies, even plastic ones, into clocks

BONUS FASTEST RECIPES EVER (as in "time can do so much..."): - The 100 Easiest, Fastest Recipes Ever - "To celebrate our 100th issue, we asked top chefs, foodies and cookery writers for their all-time quickest and simplest summer dishes."


From - 03/01/13:

Three visitors to London climb up the tower that houses Big Ben and decide to have a contest. They're going to throw their watches off the top, run down the stairs and try to catch the watches before they hit the ground.

The first tourist throws his watch, takes three steps and hears his watch crash. The second throws his watch and takes only two steps when he hears his watch shatter.

The third tosses his watch off the tower, jogs down the stairs, goes to a candy store, buys a snack, walks back to Big Ben and catches his watch.

"How did you do that?" asks one of his friends.

"My watch is 30 minutes slow."


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,

PRAYER ROLL: - updated 03/02/13

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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Unchained Melody

Music by Alex North (04 Dec 1910 08 Sept 1991), 1955

Words by Hy Zaret (21 Aug 1907 02 July 2007), 1955

Recorded by The Righteous Brothers, 1965

Oh, my love, my darling,
I've hungered for your touch a long, lonely time,
Time goes by so slowly and time can do so much.
Are you still mine?
I need your love, I need your love, God speed your love to me.

Lonely rivers flow to the sea, to the sea
To the open arms of the sea
Lonely rivers sigh, 'Wait for me, wait for me'
'I'll be coming home, wait for me!'

Are you still mine?
I need your love, I need your love, God speed your love to me

"Unchained Melody" midi courtesy of 
at the suggestion of Dave Spriggs ('64) of VA - 02/06/06
Thanks, Dave!

"Unchained Melody" lyrics courtesy of
also at the suggestion of Dave Spriggs ('64) of 02/06/06
Thanks again, Dave!

"Longing", Painting by Noelle Holden, courtesy of - 03/01/06

Cupids Divider Line courtesy of - 03/13/05

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

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

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!!

Hillsboro High School's Topper (Band Version) clip art courtesy of - 06/07/08
Thanks, Mark!

American School Logo courtesy of - 09/05/06

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

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