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03/08/10 - NNHS Newsletter - In the Mood

Any art communicates what you're in the mood to receive.

- Larry Rivers
(17 Aug 1923 - 14 Aug 2002)

Dear Friends and Schoolmates,   

    We're going to be running Big Band Sounds all this week because - well, for now let's just say I'm in the mood.


"In the Mood" is a song popularized by the American bandleader Glenn Miller in 1939, and one of the best-known arrangements of the big band era. Miller's rendition topped the charts one year later and was featured in the 1941 movie Sun Valley Serenade... The song was composed by Joe Garland and Andy Razaf, and arranged by Glenn Miller.[1] The main theme previously appeared under the title of "Tar Paper Stomp", credited to jazz trumpeter/bandleader Wingy Manone, who recorded it several times in 1929 and 1930. A story says that after "In the Mood" became a hit, Manone was paid by Miller and his record company not to contest the copyright.  

BONUS - - In the Mood - Tex Beneke and the Glenn Miller Orchestra, 1946


   Happy Birthday today to    the late Mildred Mae Linkous Spriggs ('38) of VA - 1921 (deceased 07/04/07) - also Mother of        Dave Spriggs ('64) of VA AND Doris Burns ('38) - also Mother of    Steve Burns ('65) of MN!

   Happy Birthday tomorrow to Patrick Burke ('57) AND   Bobby Hilling ('62) of VA AND   Katie Haan Spaulding ('64) of CA!

  Happy Birthday this week to:

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;

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;

15 - Joan Williams Eberwine ('57) AND Linda Robinson Gillespie ('71) of VA!

   Many Happy Returns to You All!


1.  From Bridget Whitt Jones ('65) of AR - 03/06/10:

Saturday 03/06/2010 11:46:43am
Name: Bridget (Whitt) Jones
Marital Status Divorced ( twice, how sad)
City/Country: Little Rock, AR
Favorite Teachers Mrs. Masters, Ms. Nelson, Ms. McGuire, and so many others I can't remember names, but remember their faces and every time I got into trouble for chewing gum or talking in class.
Hobbies Reading, dining out with family & friends, making beaded bracelets, listening to music and watching Caprica on the SyFy channel.
Comments I appreciate you so much, Carol. I know you spend countless hours on this because I have recently spent countless hours reading everything (over & over). We would all be wondering where our school friends are without you.

Note: I last signed the guestbook sometime in 2003 and that e-mail address is no longer valid.

   Thanks so much, Bridget! Welcome home!


March 07, 1936 - In violation of the Locarno Pact and the Treaty of Versailles, Germany reoccupied the Rhineland.

March 07, 1945 - American troops seized the Ludendorff Bridge over the Rhine River at Remagen.


March 08, 1941 - Martial law was proclaimed in Holland in order to extinguish any anti-Nazi protests.

March 08, 1942 - Japanese forces captured Rangoon, Burma.

March 08, 1942 - The Dutch surrendered to Japanese forces on Java.

March 08, 1943 - Japanese forces attacked American troops on Hill 700 in Bougainville. The battle lasted five days.

March 08, 1945 - Phyllis Mae Daley received a commission in the U.S. Navy Nurse Corps, becoming the first African-American nurse to serve duty in World War II.


Sunday, March 07, 1965 - Bloody Sunday: A group of 600 civil rights marchers was forcefully broken up in Selma, Alabama.

Sunday, March 07, 1965 - Baseball player Jack Armstrong was born in Englewood, New Jersey.

Sunday, March 07, 1965 - Football player Steve Beuerlein was born in Hollywood, California.

Sunday, March 07, 1965 - Actor Cameron Daddo was born in Melbourne, Victoria, Australia.

Sunday, March 07, 1965 - Golfer Jesper Parnevik was born in Stockholm, Sweden.


Monday, March 08, 1965 - Fashion designer Fátima Lopes was born in Funchal, Madeira, Portugal.

Monday, March 08, 1965 - Basketball player Kenny Smith was born in Rochester, New York.

       From Bill Lee (Warwick HS - '54) of NC - 03/06/10 - "A non-nautical offering":

The attached has been 'in the works' for over a year. I think current and former residents of the Virginia Peninsula will find it interesting; particularly those of you mentioned in the story and/or those on distribution who contributed invaluable information and illustrations for my use. This is your story, as much as mine.

   WOWZERONI-RINI! Thank you so very much for sharing this important work with us, Bill! I so enjoyed reading it! I've added it to Our Old Stomping Grounds:


   From the Head Cheerleader of 1958, Evelyn Fryer Fish of TX - 03/06/10 - "Hi Carol":

Hi Carol - just thinking about you - as I have just read your email.
I have noticed the mention more of the website being class of 65 - and even noticed that "annual payment" somewhere in the text.
Does that mean you do not want us anymore?    I hope not.
Dick and I will be going to Buckroe THIS year for a month in Sep - will I still be able to send invitation text for you to include in website?  And I want all of you to come too!!
love, ev


NO-NO-NO-NO-NO-NO! The site is still for EVERYONE! I have never been fond of confining restrictions in most cases.  In this case, if we were to limit the site only to members of the Class of 1965, we'd only have about 100 people. To never hear from the other 550 or so of y'all??? Why, that's just unthinkable! I've always been outrageously flattered that you'd want to join with us; I'd NEVER tell y'all to go take a hike now!

   We kept the "65" in its name for two reasons - one, just for sentiment, 'cause that's how it began nine years ago. Whether we were using or or or whomever as our internet provider, it always said, "nnhs65" in the title.

   Also, I believe simply "NNHS" belongs to someone else, and things would be even more confusing than they already are.

   The "annual payment" is something we must contend with each year to give us all the space and bandwidth we need to function. It's now only $96.00 as opposed to the $150.00 we've been paying yearly since 2003 - and our benefits are much greater. Some kind soul (or souls) always manages to send me just what I need to cover it just before it's due. There are no annual fees per se for the subscribers to cover either this or monthly internet fees or my time (usually eight to twelve hours a day), because that would eliminate too many people from joining us, and I have steadfastly resisted any suggestions along those lines - even though they made a great deal of sense.
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      I'm delighted to know you're returning to Buckroe! That was a bright point in the lives of so many, and of course I'll promote it all I can!

Oh - that makes me soooo happy.  You have opened the doors or soooooooooo many - and each of us is very appreciative.  We Love You Carol. 

   I love you, too, Ev - ALL of y'all!     

    From Jean Poole Burton ('64) of RI - 03/07/10 - "quote from Og Mandino":

Did you use this quote recently?  I copied and sent it to a friend but now I cannot find the day that it was in the newsletter...she wanted to know the site and I was going to send her the newsletter for that day but I cannot find it!
“Never allow anyone to rain on your parade and thus cast a pall of gloom and defeat on the entire day. Remember that 
no talent, no self-denial, no brains, no character, are required to set up in the fault-finding business. Nothing external 
can have any power over you unless you permit it. Your time is too precious to be sacrificed in wasted days combating 
the menial forces of hate, jealously, and envy. Guard your fragile life carefully. Only God can shape a flower, 
but any foolish child can pull it to pieces.”
Og Mandino
(12 Dec 1923 - 03 Sept 1996)

   Yes'm, Lady - here ya go - and thanks!

        From Sydney Dearing ('56) of TN - 03/07/10 - "An Amazing Thing":

Hi Carol,
On TV, especially on The History Channel and others of similar content, documentary films depicting scenes from World War II, Korea, Vietnam, Iraq and Afghanistan are a rather common feature. I imagine that it's a natural thing for anyone whose father or brother or son had been in combat would watch closely whenever film would be shown from a particular battle in which their loved one had participated, consciously or unconsciously hoping to catch a glimpse of him. Over the years, I have seen a lot of film documentaries about Iwo Jima, especially during February and March, the months when the battle for Iwo Jima raged. Whenever I watch a film about Iwo Jima, I always scan the faces of the guys that can be seen sitting in the landing craft speeding toward shore, or the marines on the beach and in fox holes, or the images of the troops on the transport ships being briefed for the upcoming battle, looking for Dad (          Syd Dearing - Hampton HS - '36) (30 Dec 1918 - 16 Feb 2002). Since more than 100,000 troops participated in that battle, I knew the chance of that happening were slim to none.
A week ago on Sunday Feb 28th, I was channel surfing and came across a listing for a show on the History International Channel called Inside the Great Battles which was scheduled to start shortly at 8 pm. I clicked on the info button and all the description for the show said was "Investigating historic battles" so I didn't think a whole lot about it but just out of curiosity I set the Tivo to record it. I generally don't subject my wife to the ordeal of sitting through all the history shows and assorted other things that I find interesting that she usually doesn't so we watched a movie we had rented from Blockbuster. Anyway, yesterday I after I was caught up on my honey-do's for the moment I decided to take a break and watch one or two of my Tivo recordings. I started it playing and walked into the kitchen to pop some popcorn. When I came back it had been playing for about ten minutes and I saw right away that it was about Iwo Jima. I thought I had seen just about every documentary ever filmed about Iwo Jima but I had not seen this one. I was making my nest on the sofa when I happened to glance up just as the cameraman was slowly scanning across some of the troops on deck of the troop transport ship as they were preparing to go ashore on Iwo. The camera caught a group of four or five guys standing together in a relatively close up shot. The shot only lasted 2-3 seconds but as it went by I almost fell off of the sofa. In those couple of seconds I was looking at a front view closeup shot of my father. It had happened so fast I thought surely it was just wishful thinking so I grabbed the remote and rewound the recording to the exact spot and paused it when his face came on screen.  Even though Dad was only 26 years old at the time and didn't look anything like he did in his last years, I was certain it was him. I called my wife to come and look and when she did, she said that it did look some like him but she wasn't as sure as I was. So then, I started to doubt it myself, but I have a ton of pictures of Dad from just before and after the war and I still felt that it was him so I started digging through them. I came across a full face head and shoulder shot of Dad taken in boot camp at Parris Island, in 1944. I PhotoShopped a marine corps helmet onto his picture and printed it then brought the image on TV back on screen and held my picture up next to it (ain't modern technology wonderful?) and called my wife back down. She looked at the two images and her jaw dropped about two feet and she said "My God, that's your father."
I promptly went on line to The History Channel website and ordered a DVD of that particular documentary. I'm not sure you can do it but IF it is possible to print an image from a DVD I am going to try to do that when it comes.
By the way, this coming Tuesday, March 9th will be the 65th anniversary of the date he was severely wounded by a Japanese mortar round which went off right behind him and he was evacuated from the island the next day.  He was a piano player in a couple of big bands before the war (after the war his injuries ended that career), so I wonder if you would be so kind as to use a big band song as the theme song on that day in his honor. His favorite song was "After Hours" by Erskine Hawkins but I don't think a midi of that song exists so any big band song of your choosing would be just fine with me.
Sydney Dearing
   WOWZERONI-RINI-ROONI!!! How wonderful is that?!? Thanks so much for sharing this thrill with us, Sydney!

   And this explains our Big Band Celebration! You were right.  Countless hours of searching didn't net me a midi of After Hours, but I did find this rather unusual captioned video, plus some interesting background material: - After Hours - Erskine Hawkins - 1940

   Our celebration will continue tomorrow.....

  From Judy Phillips Allen ('66) of VA AND       From Wayne Stokes ('65) of VA - 03/06/10 - "Sack lunches":

I love this one! (Judy)

I left the sender of this email visible on purpose. We share a number of the same email buddies and if this has come your way a 2nd. time, she won't mind. (Wayne)

Cousin Donald sent this e-mail.  Although I've read it before, it touches my heart on many levels.  Thanks be to God for all who defend our country/our freedom.

The Sack Lunches

I put my carry-on in the luggage compartment and sat down in my assigned seat. It was going to be a long flight. 'I'm glad I have a good book to read. Perhaps I will get a short nap,' I thought.

Just before take-off, a line of soldiers came down the aisle and filled all the vacant seats, totally surrounding me. I decided to start a conversation.

'Where are you headed?' I asked the soldier seated nearest to me.

'Petawawa. We'll be there for two weeks for special training, and then we're being deployed to Afghanistan
After flying for about an hour, an announcement was made that sack lunches were available for five dollars. It would be several hours before we reached the east, and I quickly decided a lunch would help pass the time...

As I reached for my wallet, I overheard a soldier ask his buddy if he planned to buy lunch.  'No, that seems like a lot of money for just a sack lunch. Probably wouldn't be worth five bucks.  I'll wait till we get to base.'

His friend agreed.

I looked around at the other soldiers. None were buying lunch. I walked to the back of the plane and handed the flight attendant a fifty  dollar bill.  'Take a lunch to all those soldiers.' She grabbed my arms and squeezed tightly. Her eyes wet with tears, she thanked me. 'My son was a soldier in Iraq ; it's almost like you are doing it for him.'
Picking up ten sacks, she headed up the aisle to where the soldiers were seated. She stopped at my seat and asked, 'Which do you like best - beef or chicken?'

'Chicken,' I replied, wondering why she asked. She turned and went to the front of plane, returning a minute later with a dinner plate from first class.
'This is your thanks..'

After we finished eating, I went again to the back of the plane, heading for the rest room. A man stopped me. 'I saw what you did. I want to be part of it. Here, take this.' He handed me twenty-five dollars.

Soon after I returned to my seat, I saw the Flight Captain coming down the aisle, looking at the aisle numbers as he walked, I hoped he was not looking for me, but noticed he was looking at the numbers only on my side of the plane. When he got to my row he stopped, smiled, held out his hand and said, 'I want to shake your hand.' Quickly unfastening my seatbelt I stood and took the Captain's hand. With a booming voice he said, 'I was a soldier and I was a military pilot. Once, someone bought me a lunch. It was an act of kindness I never forgot.' I was embarrassed when applause was heard from all of the passengers.
Later I walked to the front of the plane so I could stretch my legs. A man who was seated about six rows in front of me reached out his hand, wanting to shake mine. He left another twenty-five dollars in my palm.

When we landed I gathered my belongings and started to deplane. Waiting just inside the airplane door was a man who stopped me, put something in my shirt pocket, turned, and walked away without saying a word. Another twenty-five dollars!

Upon entering the terminal, I saw the soldiers gathering for their trip to the base.  I walked over to them and handed them seventy-five dollars. 'It will take you some time to reach the base.. It will be about time for a sandwich. God Bless You.'
Ten young men left that flight feeling the love and respect of their fellow travelers.

As I walked briskly to my car, I whispered a prayer for their safe return. These soldiers were giving their all for our country. I could only give them a couple of meals. It seemed so little...

A veteran is someone who, at one point in his life, wrote a blank check made payable to 'The United States of America  ' for an amount of 'up to and including my life.'
That is Honor, and there are way too many people in this country who no longer understand it.'
May God give you the strength and courage to pass this along to everyone on your email buddy list....
Let us pray....
Prayer chain for our Military... Don't break it!

Please send this on after a short prayer.. Prayer for our soldiers Don't break it!
'Lord, hold our troops in your loving hands. Protect them as they protect us. Bless them and their families for the selfless acts they perform for us in our time of need. Amen.'
Prayer Request: When you receive this, please stop for a moment and say a prayer for our troops around the world.
There is nothing attached. Just send this to people in your address book. Do not let it stop with you. Of all the gifts you could give a Marine, Soldier, Sailor, Airman, & others deployed in harm's way, prayer is the very best one.

   Thank you so much, Wayne Honey and Dearest Judy!

  From Judy Phillips Allen ('66) of VA - 02/18/10 - "Panda Therapy (#10 in a Series of 19)":

I love these Panda emails!  I hope you get the "warm fuzzies", too!

Is it any wonder the world has fallen in love with these animals?


   Yes, I do! Thanks, Judy!

  I'll give you two seconds to get off me or I'm calling Mom.   


  From Jane Chambers of VA - 07/01/09 AND 02/07/10 - "CNC BOOK BROCHURE & AD" AND 61-62 DECADERS ADDENDA:

   Contact Dr. Chambers at

   Thanks, Jane!


From ArcaMax Jokes - 03/07/10:


An older couple is lying in bed one morning, having just awakened from a good night's sleep. He takes her hand and she responds, "Don't touch me."

"Why not?" he asks.

She answers back, "Because I'm dead."

The husband says, "What are you talking about? We're both lying here in bed together and talking to one another."

She says, "No, I'm definitely dead."

He insists, "You're not dead. What in the world makes you think you're dead?"

"Because I woke up this morning and nothing hurts."


1. Friday, Saturday, and Sunday, April 16, 17, and 18, 2010 - The NNHS Class of 1953 will hold its 57-Year Reunion. For details, contact Robert Walker at (757) 596-7722 or Betty Burns at (757) 223-9488 - CLASS OF 1953

2.Saturday, April 24, 2010,11:30 AM - The NNHS Class of 1954 will hold a 56-Year Mini-Reunion Luncheon at The Chamberlin.
For details, contact Mickey Marcella at (757) 249-3800 or Betty Hamby Neher at (757) 898-5099 or Dr. Harry Simpson at (804) 694-0346 -

3. Friday and Saturday, August 6 and 7, 2010 - The NNHS Class of 1970 will hold its 40-Year Reunion. Saturday night will be at the Kiln Creek Golf & Country Club. For details, contact Carol Comer Cutler at or visit the reunion website at - CLASS OF 1970

4. Friday, Saturday, and Sunday, August 6, 7, and  8, 2010 - The NNHS Class of 1960 will hold its 50-Year Reunion at the Marriott Newport News at City Center. For details, contact Karen Weinstein Witte at - CLASS OF 1960

5. Friday and Saturday, October 15 and 16, 2010 - The NNHS Class of 1965 will hold its 45-Year Reunion at the Point Plaza Hotel, 950 J. Clyde Morris Boulevard, Newport News, VA 23601. For details, contact Dave Arnold at

PRAYER ROLL: - updated 01/08/10

BLOG: - updated 02/21/10

   Y'all take care of each other!  TYPHOONS FOREVER!  We'll Always Have Buckroe!

                                   Love to all, Carol





Carol Buckley Harty  

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In the Mood

Composed by Joe Garland (15 Aug 1903 in Norfolk, Virginia; died 21 Apr 1977)


Andy Razaf (born Andriamanantena Paul Razafinkarefo on 16 Dec 1895 in Washington, D.C; died 03 Feb 1973)
He was the son of Henri Razafinkarefo, nephew of Queen Ranavalona III of Madagascar,
and Jennie (Waller) Razafinkarefo, the daughter of John L. Waller, the first African American consul to

Arranged and recorded by Glenn Miller (01 Mar 1904 – missing 15 Dec 1944), 1939

"In the Mood" midi courtesy of - 03/08/10

Image of Moody Expressions courtesy of - 03/08/10

Animated Gold Musical Bar Divider Line clip art courtesy of - 02/03/05

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!!

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

Animated Guest Book clip art courtesy of - 03/07/06

Sad Face clip art courtesy of - 08/03/08 (re-saved 02/16/09)

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

Animated Big Hugs Smiley clip art courtesy of Sarah Puckett Kressaty ('65) of VA - 06/19/09
Thanks, Sarah Sugah!

Animated Kissing Smiley clip art courtesy of my friend, Judy Bundy Bowermaster (Litchfield HS, IL - '59), of IL - 09/19/08
Thanks, Judy!

Air Force Seal clip art courtesy of - 07/07/06

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

Animated United States Marine Corps Flag clip art courtesy of - 06/18/03

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

Animated "Happy Little Rabbits We Are" clip art courtesy of - 04/25/09

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