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03/02/16 - 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

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"...


   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        The late Roland McCoy (June '45) (deceased - 09 Jan 2015);

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) (deceased 07/04/07) - 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.

March 02, 1943 - Battle of the Bismarck Sea – United States and Australian forces sank Japanese convoy ships.


Wednesday, March 02, 1966 - The Ba'ath Party took power in Syria.

Wednesday, March 02, 1966 - Lawyer and politician Simon Reevell was born Simon Justin Reevell in the West Riding of Yorkshire, Yorkshire, England.

From My Friend, Roshana, of NC (now of TX) - 02/28/15:

“If we are serious about our discipleship, Jesus will eventually request each of us to do the very things which are most difficult for us to do.”

- Neal A. Maxwell
06 July 1926 - 21 July 2004)

    Thanks so much, Roshana!

      From Buster Vest ('63) of VA - 03/01/16 - "The Christmas Scale":
A Keeper! Enjoy!

   A KEEPER IS RIGHT! Thank you, Buster!

   From Bill Hobbs ('66) of Northern VA - 03/01/16 - "Divided American Families!":  

For buddies who may have interest in the War between the States.....

Many American families, some prominent and others that were not, found themselves on very different sides in a war that killed over 600,000 American men, more than have been killed in any other war in our country's history. One side called it the War for Southern Independence or the War of Northern Aggression, whereas the other side referred to it as the War of the Rebellion or the Great Rebellion, but officially it is now the War Between the States, or simply the Civil War.

Dick's family was one of the prominent ones to be divided when war was declared, and I recently began thinking about his family while reading about him in S.C. Gwynne's Rebel Yell, an excellent, new and very readable Stonewall Jackson biography. (Rebel Yell is also the name of my favorite Kentucky bourbon, but last year I was disappointed when political correctness apparently caused the distillery to remove the Confederate cavalry figure from its label.) Dick initially served as a brigade commander under Jackson in the early part of the war, and time after time, he proved himself on the battlefield. He was born in Kentucky (a divided but neutral state during the war), was a Yale University graduate and lived much of his adult life in Louisiana. Dick's father was elected President of the United States of America (USA), and his brother-in-law was elected President of the Confederate States of America (CSA). Dick was a Confederate general who led soldiers against the Union, while his uncle (bearing the same last name) was a Union general who led troops against him. Those rather interesting facts may surprise some of you, but divided loyalties even existed in the immediate family of President Abraham Lincoln, and General Stonewall Jackson's only sister was a Unionist who disowned her Confederate brother. My family is also divided on the subject of the war, for my ancestors fought for the Union, whereas I was later born in the Heart of Dixie and now have three of my children married to the descendants of Confederate soldiers. Because of my varied roots, I will always love Civil War history. 

But who was the man who found himself as a member of two of America's First Families that were divided in the middle of the 19th Century? He was Richard Scott Taylor, the only son of President Zachary Taylor, a popular military hero of the Mexican War. Dick had two sibling sisters who survived childhood. One of them was the first wife of Jefferson Davis, and the other served as the official hostess for their widower President father at the White House in Washington. Dick was a Louisiana plantation owner and politician, with no prior military experience, but even while constantly battling the debilitating effects of rheumatoid arthritis, he proved to be an effective battle strategist and eventually became a lieutenant general. Once called the "Soldier Prince of Dixie" in a book about his life, Dick miraculously survived the war. He died at the age of 53 in 1879 and is buried in New Orleans. The Civil War not only heatedly divided families and our country for those four bloody years of fighting, but it instilled deep hatred on both sides, and even though the fighting finally stopped, the hatred did not.

Not only were Confederates demoralized by their final military defeat, but most Civil War battles were fought on their soil, and the Union victors showed little mercy for the civilians and property that they found on that soil, literally laying waste to all that they found, particularly toward the end of the war. The war killed soldiers and drastically changed the lives of those left behind on both sides, but the south was more severely affected. 

Not long after the military surrenders of the Confederate armies, the United States Government took a distinctly vengeful tact with the eleven states that had left the Union, initiating and ruthlessly enforcing a 12-year Reconstruction of those states. Though Lincoln had planned otherwise, he was assassinated by Confederate sympathizers and was not around to help direct more agreeable, post-war events. Historically referred to as the Radical Reconstruction Era, it was in fact the "Destruction" Era in the south, for it caused further economic devastation on the people and institutions of the south, leaving even deeper scars on the land and on the hearts of the people who lived there. Though slavery is now most often given as the main cause of the Civil War, we should remember that the vast majority of Confederates never owned any slaves but were still punished for being part of the Confederacy. During Reconstruction, many former Confederates were at least temporarily not allowed to vote or hold public office, whereas "Carpetbaggers" (northern "do-gooders" and financial opportunists) and their local Unionist friends (called "Scallywags") were allowed to take charge of things and were supported by Union troops who used martial law to rule the southern people. Older historical accounts report that official corruption was rampant, and out-of control, spending inspired by the greedy Unionists increased the government debt in every southern state, debt that remained on the books well into the 20th Century. Today's historians seem to paint a prettier picture of Reconstruction.

Though Reconstruction eventually ended, it unfortunately was followed by a racially discriminatory segregation system that was put in place in the south to control the former slaves, and that system deprived the free slaves (and also generations of their descendants) of the constitutional rights and opportunities that should have been guaranteed to them in our democratic republic after the war. Segregation also ended, but not until a century of time had passed since the war, and the former Confederacy finally became a land of opportunity for all people, regardless of their race. All of the "Rebels" and "Yankees" who fought in the war and all of the slaves who were freed are long gone. Most of the folks who suffered and endured Segregation have also passed away. In my opinion, things have changed for the better for all people in the south, but even after 150 years since the war, our country still seems to be deeply divided by it, and even words that might offend someone are being banned. The division is particularly heated as it relates to how Americans should remember the war and how they should publicly commemorate it and its leaders. Whether some of us like it or not, we had two functioning nations during that war, and many Americans greatly sacrificed for their respective beliefs and national governments. I trust that our divided American family can somehow peacefully come together and find a reasonable way to honor the Civil War, a really important part of our country's history. The Civil War should never be erased from our memory, for the lives of too many of our citizens were affected by it for too many years. 

Perhaps we could follow the example of the soldiers who fought each other during those hellish war years but yet seemed to find some commonality during the winter of 1863. At that time, after the Battle of Fredericksburg, an unofficial truce existed between the two armies, as they faced each other from opposite banks along the icy Rappahannock River in Virginia. Historian S.C. Gwynne tells in his book what happened: The sweetest and saddest of this dreamy season came one evening when several Union bands appeared on the northern play some favorites, songs such as "When This Cruel War is Over," "Tenting Tonight on the Old Campground," "John Brown's Body" and "The Battle Cry of Freedom." Thousands of (Union) soldiers in groups on the hillside sang along while the rebels listened. Finally the Confederates called out across the river, "Now play one of ours!" Without missing a beat, the Yankee bands pitched into "Dixie, "The Bonnie Blue Flag," and "Maryland, My Maryland." They ended the concert by playing "Home Sweet Home," with 150,000 men on both sides choking up as they sang it. Remember that America is home to all of us, brothers and sisters from north and south, regardless of our roots. - Your Bud

"A Scout should Be Prepared, a Marine should be Semper Fidelis (Always Faithful), and a "G-Man" should be dedicated to Fidelity, Bravery and Integrity (FBI), but only trust in The Good Lord can make that happen."

      Thank you so very much, Billy!

“I have been laid up with intentional flu.”

- 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 (#52 in a series of 60)":


I think you will enjoy this!

  OOH! Thanks, Dools!


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." - 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 - 03/01/16:

I spotted several pairs of men’s Levi’s at a garage sale. They were sizes 30, 31, and 32, but I was looking for size 33, so I asked the owner if he had a pair.

He shook his head. “I’m still wearing the 33s,” he said. “Come back next year.”


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 02/28/16

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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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

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!!

Coast Guard Seal clip art courtesy of - 10/03/07

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