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03/06/14 - NNHS Newsletter - Yakety Yak

Sometimes when I'm talking, my words can't keep up
with my thoughts. I wonder why we think faster
than we speak. Probably so we can think twice

- Bill Watterson
(b. 05 July 1958)

Dear Friends and Schoolmates,

   This silly song makes me smile - and it always has!

BONUS - - The Coasters


"Yakety Yak" is a song written, produced, and arranged by Jerry Leiber and Mike Stoller for The Coasters and released on Atlantic Records in 1958, spending seven weeks as #1 on the R&B charts and a week as number one on the Hot 100 pop list.[1] This song was one of a string of singles released by The Coasters between 1957 and 1959 that dominated the charts, one of the biggest performing acts of the rock and roll era.[2]

The song is a "playlet," a word Stoller used for the glimpses into teenage life that characterized the songs Leiber and Stoller wrote and produced.[3] The lyrics describe the listing of household chores to a kid, presumably a teenager, the teenager's response ("yakety yak") and the parents' retort ("don't talk back") — an experience very familiar to a middle-class teenager of the day. Leiber has said the Coasters portrayed "a white kid’s view of a black person’s conception of white society."[2] The serio-comic street-smart “playlets” etched out by the songwriters were sung by the Coasters with a sly clowning humor, while the screaming saxophone of King Curtis filled in hot, honking bursts in the up-tempo doo-wop style. The group was openly theatrical in style—they were not pretending to be expressing their own experience.[4]

The threatened punishment for not taking out the garbage and sweeping the floor is, in the song's humorous lyrics:[5]

"You ain't gonna rock and roll no more,"

And the refrain is:

"Yakety yak; don't talk back."

   If you need help getting your act together so you can go rock and roll some more, by all means visit the  FlyLady, who has changed countless lives (including mine):


      From the Incomparable Charis Bean Duke (Governor Thomas Johnson HS, MD - '85) of PA - 03/05/14 - "New Grandson!":

  I guess I don't mind being a grandma when the kid looks like this.

Milo Benjamin S_______: 8 lbs., 5 oz., 20-1/2" long

Arrived in UT on Wednesday, March 5, 2014 at 5:18 PM

   WOWZERONI! What a beautiful little redheaded (no surprise there!) baby boy! Thank you, Charis!

   Congratulations to one and all! I'm still having trouble adjusting to the thought of you as a grandmother, let alone Catherine as a mother!



   Happy Birthday tomorrow to    Shirley Eanes Matthews ('66) of VA!

   Happy Birthday this week to:

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;  

10 -   Helen Avant Neal ('57) of VA AND (if Plaxo is to be believed) Bill Douthat ('66) of VA;

11 -  Margaret Blayton Cowan ('57) AND    Nancy Horton Wilkes ('62) of FL AND   Shirley Caudill Williamson ('65) of VA AND  Betty Ames Burton ('71) of VA;

13 -   Betty Spain Uecker ('63) of VA AND My Daughter-in-Law,       Kim Woods Harty (Hillsboro HS, IL / Richard Milburn Academy, FL - '03) of IL!

   Many Happy Returns to You All! 


   Hit #135,000 was made on Wednesday, March 05, 2014 (probably around noon) by an unknown user. 


March 06, 1945 - Cologne was captured by American Troops.

TODAY IN 1964:

Thursday, March 06, 1964 - Nation of Islam's Elijah Muhammad officially gave boxing champion Cassius Clay the name Muhammad Ali.

Thursday, March 06, 1964 - Constantine II became King of Greece.

Thursday, March 06, 1964 - Drummer (Forbidden, Slayer, Testament, and Systematic) Paul Bostaph was born Paul Steven Bostaph in San Francisco, California.

Thursday, March 06, 1964 - Singer-songwriter Skip Ewing was born Donald Ralph Ewing in Redlands, California.

Thursday, March 06, 1964 - Keyboard player (Marilyn Manson) Madonna Wayne Gacy was born Stephen Gregory Bier, Jr. in Fort Lauderdale, Florida.

Thursday, March 06, 1964 - Actress Yvette Wilson was born Yvette Renee Wilson in Los Angeles, California. She died on June 14, 2012 in Los Angeles, California from cervical cancer at the age of 48.

Thursday, March 06, 1964 - Paul of Greece (Παῦλος, Βασιλεὺς τῶν Ἑλλήνων), King of the Hellenes, (b. 14 Dec 1901 in Athens, Greece) died in Athens, Greece at the age of 62, following an operation for stomach cancer.

   From F.A. Saunders (Hampton HS - '64) of VA - 03/05/14 - "Teachers":

Hi Carol,

Do you have in your library files of NNHS any pictures or information on teachers? I am looking for someone who graduated from NNHS in 1960 and came back to teach there in 1964. All I can remember is her first name was Joan. Does that ring a bell? If I saw the picture perhaps I would remember her.



   Hey, F.A.! I think you can only mean      Joan Mckenna Ward ('60) of VA:

   Hope this helps!

   For more NNHS teachers, see here:

WOW!! You are good. Thanks so much.

   You're welcome - glad I could help!

      From Harry Covert ('57) of MD - 03/05/14 - "Orthodox Mr. Putin is no Sunday School Teacher ":

Orthodox Mr. Putin is no Sunday School Teacher

U.S. ‘Black-Baggers’ Weren’t Listening to James Bond Doppelganger

Putin’s God Squad, His Army March to the Same Tune,

World Sleeping, Talking, Russians Quietly Grab Crimea

By Harry M. Covert

Many people, wizened and otherwise, have long believed that Russia of the past and present is the Great Satan. It’s probably a bit too late now but the question looms: did American intelligence agencies drop the ball, completely and totally of late.

The furor over the National Security Agency’s phone-tapping and listening in to world leaders didn’t mean much because the black baggers apparently didn’t sneak in on Mr. Putin’s telephonic commiserations.

Somehow Edward Snowden’s stealing NSA files and defecting to Moscow, Russia has been silenced.

The professionals at Maryland’s Fort Meade may have been too busy with other issues involving the Middle East (as always) or following the bubbling antics in Venezuela, Afghanistan, Iraq, Iran, North Korea and other international hot spots.

Mr. Putin, however, has been anything but asleep. While Americans were talking about the expected terrorist attacks at Sochi Olympics, which didn’t happen, the Russian president continued on his merry way. As usual the United States debated and debated with academics and commentators filling time.

Russian Orthodox Church officials have been seen giving “spiritual” encouragement to Russian soldiers, identified and unidentified, in Ukraine and Crimea.  Mr. Putin is a member of the Russian Orthodox Church and its priests and membership are considered his God squad.

Roman Catholic Pope Francis I has asked for prayers and talk among the leaders.

It’s a nice thing to work for peace around the world. While that’s something all desire, dealing with the Russians and their leader is akin to kissing a deadly rattlesnake.

The populace in the 50 states accepts the idea the USA is the most powerful nation on earth. That’s nice. While the bragging continues, the alerts are echoing that the Cold War of the 1950s is re-emerging big time, under the noses of the nation’s intelligence agencies.

How could Mr. Putin’s planning and action be so missed? Surely it has been, right on top of Mr. Obama’s recent decision to cut the military back to pre-WWII levels? The world is watching, paying attention and all the wannabe leaders and dictators are back in business dreaming of the day when they can sit on their thrones shooting, killing and starving their people.

Plus, these world despots aren’t worried too much about an intrusion into their affairs. Of course, they will want to tap the American treasury.

Mr. Putin apparently doesn’t like the braggadocios talk that says the Russians aren’t a world power.

So after the success of the Sochi Olympics the former KGB agent and spy leader just quietly went about his business, silently moving in his soldiers to the Ukraine capturing the Crimea acting like he’s Daniel Craig, his James Bond doppelganger.

May the Almighty forbid a return to a time when the Unitarian British prime minister waved a paper noting “peace in our time,” gladly giving up territory to another hard-cold killer.

Mr. Putin has had a plan. He doesn’t do a lot of talking about them but he does act quickly. A 90-minute presidential confab from Washington to Moscow and strong words haven’t solved a thing nor deter him.

No one wants war; it’s out of the question anyway. Mr. Putin is no wall-flower or video talk show debater and he’s flat out walking to his own drums. It is high time world leaders of the western variety realize there’s a problem out there. Not a small one at that.

The computer genius who walked out of the Fort Meade headquarters with thumb-drives and other highly secret files could end up as a Russian intelligence colonel. He’s certainly no American patriot and not misunderstood at all.

Mr. Putin is no Sunday School teacher. Former Defense Secretary Bob Gates, after looking the Russian president in the eye, described him “a stone-cold killer.”

And, not a single American soldier, sailor, marine, coast guardsman, intelligence officer, diplomat, doctor, nurse or journalist should suffer any wound, maiming, death or prison for the invasion of Ukraine or the capture of Crimea.

   Thank you so very much for your insights, Harry!

WEBMISSTRESS' DISCLAIMER: Remember - the above thoughts belong to Harry, just as the ones to follow belong to Charis:

      From the Incomparable Charis Bean Duke (Governor Thomas Johnson HS, MD - '85) of PA - 03/05/14 - "Poutin' Putin":

Politics, politics, politics…
I'd better go listen to some Rachmaninoff to calm down.

Last Tango with Charis: Poutin' Putin

   YOWZERONI-RINI! NEVER would I have suspected that you were bullied as a child, Charis! The very thought of bullying is abominable in any case, but is positively astounding when it is inflicted upon such a superior being as YOU! Thank you so much for sharing this with us, Charis Dear!

    From Jimmy Smith ('62 / '63) of VA - 03/05/14 - "50s car checkweb":

Alright, you young and older whipper-snappers, let’s see how you do.

Be honest with yourself…no cheating. See how you do.
The average score is 73%.

This will really rattle the cobwebs in the 'ole brain.

Car Show Game - 1950s - American -
    OOPS! I got 65% (31 right out of 48). The average score is 73%.

    I'm so ashamed! Thanks, Jimmy!

      From the Incomparable Charis Bean Duke (Governor Thomas Johnson HS, MD - '85) of PA - 03/05/14 - "18 Things Highly Creative People Do Differently":

This is the closest description of the inside of my head I have ever read. I always thought I was special. Turns out I'm just a "type." Lol!

18 Things Highly Creative People Do Differently
Carolyn Gregoire

   This is spot-on YOU, Lady - and you're as special as they come! Thanks again, Charis!

    From Jimmy Smith ('62 / '63) of VA - 03/05/14 - To old times, my dear friends. A Little Poem, so true it hurts!":

A Little Poem, so true it hurts!

Another year has passed
And we're all a little older.
Last summer felt hotter
And winter seems much colder.

There was a time not long ago
When life was quite a blast.
Now I fully understand
About 'Living in the Past'

We used to go to weddings,
Football games and lunches..
Now we go to funeral homes
And after-funeral brunches.

We used to have hangovers,
From parties that were gay.
Now we suffer body aches
And wile the night away.

We used to go out dining,
And couldn't get our fill.
Now we ask for doggie bags,
Come home and take a pill.

We used to often travel
To places near and far.
Now we get sore asses
From riding in the car .

We used to go to nightclubs
And drink a little booze.
Now we stay home at night
And watch the evening news.

That, my friend is how life is,
And now my tale is told.
So, enjoy each day and live it up...
Before you're too damned old!

   AMEN! Thanks again, Jimmy!

    From Joan Lauterbach Krause ('60) of VA - 02/14/14 - "Snow in Russia (#18 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 (#11 in a Series of 16)":

  ...These should be some fun.

   GIGGLES! Thanks, Joan!


  From Ruth Ann Reece Horace ('67) of FL - 02/24/14 - "Who says men can't decorate? (#8 in a Series of 10)":

  Who says men can't decorate?

They can decorate very well!

   SO COOL! Thanks, Ruthie!


        From My Husband, Paul Harty (Bardolph HS, IL - '61) of NC - 03/01/14 - "Modern Gadgets (#5 in a series of 15)":

  WILD GIGGLES! Thanks, Dools!

BONUS CLEAN OUT YOUR YARN SCRAP BASKET CROCHET PATTERNS: - Don't Throw Away Your Leftover Yarn -- Crochet With It! - "If scrap yarn is accumulating in your yarn stash, you’ll appreciate these free scrap yarn patterns for crochet. Find a variety of different projects and patterns that can be crocheted using yarns left over from other projects." - How to Crochet a Shawl from Scrap Yarn: A Pretty Stash Busting Crochet Project by - "I don’t know about you, but I find my scrap yarn pile grows at an alarming rate. If I finish a project and there’s still some yarn left I end up stashing it away 'just in case.' How could I part with these lovely leftovers? If you find yourself in the same situation as me than this stash busting shawl might be the perfect solution. It’s a fun, colorful way to put small amounts of yarn to good use." - Shelby Allaho's Blossom Necklace - "Make a stunning Blossom Necklace like this free crochet pattern. It's lightweight and a great way to use up your leftover yarn. Using a few different stitches you can have this necklace ready to wear in no time." - Debbie Williams' Bottle Cap Flower Pin Cushion - "Using up your leftover yarn and a plastic bottle cap you can make this flower pin cushion. Crochet a pattern for your sewing needs all while recycling. This is a great step by step tutorial you can easily follow making it an enjoyable free crochet pattern." - How to Organize Bits of Yarn by Rachel Hunnicutt - "Chances are, you have little bits of leftover yarn from your crochet projects. These pieces of yarn can come in handy for a variety of free crochet patterns, but keeping them organized in the meantime can be a bit of a challenge. Read this free tutorial on How to Organize Bits of Yarn using clothespins. This is such an easy and clever idea, and a great way to reuse old clothespins." - Why didn't she tell me this forty-eleven years ago?!?

BONUS CLEAN OUT YOUR REFRIGERATOR RECIPES: - Everyday Leftovers - "Looking for recipes that will use up your leftovers? Allrecipes has more than 770 trusted recipes for everyday leftovers complete with ratings, reviews and ......" - Leftover Recipes, Planned or Not - "Using leftovers well is one of the best ways to save money in the kitchen. Wasting food isn't an option in this economy! Use leftovers in these quick and easy, delicious recipes, including Risotto Cakes with Tomato Sauce and Baked Turkey Sandwiches." - Use Up Leftovers! - "Simply choose up to 3 ingredients or flavors, and BigOven will tell you what you can make!"


From - 03/05/14:

A man was driving down a country road, when he spotted a farmer standing in the middle of a huge field of grass. He pulled the car over to the side of the road and noticed that the farmer was just standing there, doing nothing, looking at nothing.

The man got out of the car, walked all the way out to the farmer and asked him, "Ah, excuse me, mister, but what are you doing?

“The farmer replied, "I'm trying to win a Nobel Prize."

“How?" asked the man, puzzled.

“Well, I heard they give the Nobel Prize . . . to people who are out standing in their field."


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. Thursday, April 3, 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.  

4. 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

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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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Yakety Yak

Words and Music by: Jerry Leiber (25 Apr 1933 – 22 Aug 2011) and Mike Stoller (b. 13 Mar 1933)

Recorded by The Coasters,  1958

Take out the papers and the trash
Or you don't get no spendin' cash
If you don't scrub that kitchen floor
You ain't gonna rock and roll no more

Yakety yak (don't talk back)

Just finish cleanin' up your room
Let's see that dust fly with that broom
Get all that garbage out of sight
Or you don't go out Friday night

Yakety yak (don't talk back)

You just put on your coat and hat
And walk yourself to the Laundromat
And when you finish doin' that
Bring in the dog and put out the cat
Yakety yak (don't talk back)

<chiefly sax instrumental>

Don't you give me no dirty looks
Your father's hip; he knows what cooks
Just tell your hoodlum friend outside
You ain't got time to take a ride

Yakety yak (don't talk back)

Yakety yak, yakety yak
Yakety yak, yakety yak
Yakety yak, yakety yak

Yakety yak, yakety yak

"Yakety Yak" midi courtesy of 
at the suggestion of Dave Spriggs ('64) of VA - 02/24/05
Thanks, Dave!

"Yakety Yak" lyrics courtesy of lyrics courtesy of
also at the suggestion of Dave Spriggs ('64) of VA - 02/24/05
Thanks again, Dave!

Dishes in Sink Image courtesy of - 02/24/05

Paper Towels Image courtesy of - 02/24/05

Broom Image courtesy of - 02/24/05

Brush and Dust Pan Image courtesy of – 02/24/05

Divider Line clip art courtesy of - 02/24/05

dy Cartoon courtesy of - 10/13/11

Governor Thomas Johnson High School's Logo courtesy of - 06/16/08 

Animated Applause clip art courtesy of Al Farber ('64) of GA - 08/18/05 (re-saved 02/27/09)
Thanks, Al!

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!

Page Hit Counter clip art courtesy of - 03/07/06

Hampton High School's Crab clip art courtesy of - 10/02/05
Replaced courtesy of - 02/17/09

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!

Bad Surprise Smiley courtesy of - 10/21/10

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