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03/11/10 - NNHS Newsletter -
After You've Gone

Regret for the things we did can be tempered by time;
it is regret for the things we did not do that is inconsolable.

- Sydney Smith
(03 June 1771 - 22 Feb 1845)

Dear Friends and Schoolmates,   

    We're continuing to run Big Band Sounds all this week


"After You've Gone" is a 1918 popular song composed by Turner Layton, with lyrics written by Henry Creamer. It was recorded by Marion Harris on July 22, 1918 and released on Victor 18509. It is the basis for many other jazz songs, as it can easily be improvised over. It is also the theme song for the BBC sitcom After You've Gone.

BONUS - - After You've Gone - Benny Goodman - from Make Mine Music (musica maestro), 1946


   Happy Birthday today to 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;

16 -     Linda May Bond Crayton ('66) of VA AND  Jacque Ray Fisher ('66) of NC;

17 –   Barbara Brewer (’69) of VA;

18 -   Johnny Mitchell ('57) of VA AND   Kay Knight Midkiff Evans ('59) of VA AND Aderon Gibbs ('66) of VA AND   Wade Scott ('66) of MO!

   Many Happy Returns to You All!


March 10, 1945 - The U.S. Army Air Force firebombed Tokyo, and the resulting firestorm kills more than 100,000 people, mostly civilians.


March 11, 1935 - The German Air Force became an official organ of the Reich.

March 11, 1941 - President Franklin D. Roosevelt signed the Lend-Lease Act into law, allowing American-built war supplies to be shipped to the Allies on loan.

March 11, 1942 - General Douglas MacArthur abandoned Corregidor for Australia. He vowed, "I shall return."

March 11, 1945 - The Imperial Japanese Navy attempted a large-scale kamikaze attack on the U.S. Pacific Fleet anchored at Ulithi atoll in Operation Tan No. 2.


Wednesday, March 10, 1965 - Football player Rod Woodson was born in Fort Wayne, Indiana.


Thursday, March 11, 1965 - Football manager Nigel Adkins was born in Birkenhead, England.

Thursday, March 11, 1965 - Politician Jesse Jackson, Jr. was born in Greenville, South Carolina.

Thursday, March 11, 1965 - Actor Wallace Langham (probably best known for his role as David Hodges in CSI: Crime Scene Investigation) was born in Fort Worth, Texas.

Thursday, March 11, 1965 - Television presenter Laurence Llewelyn-Bowen was born in London, England.

       From Bill Lee (Warwick HS - '54) of NC - 03/09/10 - "The Colony Inn":

I forgot to mention that I was inspired by your web site and its readers' comments when The Colony Inn was an item of active discussion for a while last year.
Otherwise...who knows?

   WOWZERS! Thanks so much, Bill! You do such great work; we'll just have to think of more topics to inspire you!

      From My Niece, Shari, of VA - 03/07/10 - "Jessie's Girl - The story behind the song.":

"Jessie's Girl" - Written and Recorded by Rick Springfield - The story behind the song.

I was in between writing songs and, as I usually do during those times, I wanted to do something with my hands -- work with clay, paint, draw. I decided to take a stained glass class in Pasadena, California.

There was a girl in the class I really fell for -- until I found out that her boyfriend was also in the class. His name wasn't Jessie, it was actually Gary but that name didn't fit in the song. Besides, Jessie is tougher sounding....

Nothing happened with her, and the song lasted longer than the relationship would have, I'm sure.

I generally have my writing sessions at home. I was in my music room and originally was going to title this song "Don't Talk To Strangers." After I changed the title to "Jessie's Girl," I wrote another song entitled "Don't Talk To Strangers" that also became well known, fortunately.

I wrote "Jessie's Girl" in pieces and held on to it a bit, then put the pieces together over time. I thought it would only be an album track, but I played several cuts for Keith Olsen, who produced Fleetwood Mac, Foreigner, Pat Benatar and many others, because he expressed interest in doing a song with me. "Jessie's Girl" stuck out to him, so that's the one we worked on together. It's hard for me to select a song -- they're all my babies. I had recorded the demo in my home studio and we followed it pretty closely except there was a long guitar solo part in the demo that we took out.

The song took a long time to become a hit. It took a year to reach #1 on the charts. Those were the days when songs were still meaningful to record companies and they stayed on them.

It was a serendipitous time of my life. "Jessie's Girl" was a catalyst for me and my career. It has become my "Thanks For the Memories" that I'll be performing until I'm 106.

   Thanks, Shari!

        From David Whitley ('67) of VA - 03/09/10 - "A Man's BBQ Grill and the Rules to Go With It........":

A Man's BBQ Grill and the Rules to Go With It

MANLY BBQ....IS...... A Man's Grill!

Now this is a BBQ guaranteed to get everyone's attention.......I think it should be towed with the barrel facing backwards...then you wouldn't have to worry about anyone tailgating you....I don't know for sure but my guess is the owner is from Texas!!!!!!

We are about to enter the BBQ season. Therefore it is important to refresh your memory on the etiquette of this sublime outdoor cooking activity. When a man volunteers to do the BBQ the following chain of events are put into motion:


(1) The woman buys the food. 
(2) The woman makes the salad, prepares the vegetables, and makes dessert. 
(3) The woman prepares the meat for cooking, places it on a tray along with the necessary cooking utensils and sauces, and takes it to the man who is lounging beside the grill - beer in hand. 
(4) The woman remains outside the compulsory three meter exclusion zone where the exuberance of testosterone and other manly bonding activities can take place without the interference of the woman. 

Here comes the important part: 

 More routine... 
(6) The woman goes inside to organize the plates and cutlery. 
 The woman comes out to tell the man that the meat is looking great. He thanks her and asks if she will bring another beer while he flips the meat. 

 Important again: 

 More routine... 
(9) The woman prepares the plates, salad, bread, utensils, napkins, sauces, and brings them to the table. 

 After eating, the woman clears the table and does the dishes.

 And most important of all: 
 Everyone PRAISES the MAN and THANKS HIM for his cooking efforts. 

(12) The man asks the woman how she enjoyed ' her night off ' and, upon seeing her annoyed reaction, concludes that there's just no pleasing some women!

   Thanks, Gorgeous!

From - 03/10/10 - "Awareness":

So Much Noise - By Jim McDonald

Can you be alone and quiet? Can you simply sit and be still in silence, with YOU? Are you walking around unconscious, asleep?

It seems that everywhere we go these days there is "human" noise of some kind or other obscuring the peace of quiet.

One typical day:

Bank - music playing from small radio on the counter. An advertisement is broadcasting on two large TV screens, with sound. Two people in line talking on cell phones and yes, one at the counter talking on a cell while interacting with the Customer Service Agent.

Restaurant -- music playing through overhead sound system. Fourteen TV screens, all on. When asked to turn the music down, the server explains that it is company policy that the music must be on and they are not permitted to change the volume.

Grocery store -- music playing overhead, announcements, TV monitors blaring the news throughout the store and one positioned overhead at each cashier line.

Gas station -- music playing inside through overhead sound system. TV screens at the pumps, all on, all blaring advertising with sound loud enough to be heard while in the car. And here's the best -- speakers mounted on the top of the building playing different music than what is playing inside.

Bookstore -- music playing overhead, different music playing in coffee area, and yes, speakers outside playing more music on the patio.

What's the point, you may ask. Well, my response is exactly that; What is all this noise for, and what role does it play in MY life?

The gift we can give to ourselves is the gift of willingness to pause, and notice. Notice how our experience changes as we begin to awaken, and discover the veil of unconsciousness the noise offers. A veil we may have never noticed before.

Many of us don't even think about it, but we somehow need the noise. We play the radio the minute we start the car. We turn on the television as soon as walked in the house (often before taking off our coat). We eat in front of the TV. We work in offices or stores that have music playing throughout the building, all day. We are entrenched in the noise, and we don't realize it because it is so prevalent in our society. Only when we begin to listen, and to look at our daily experience, do we find it finally letting go of us.

As a Student of Experience™, I don't often delve into the "why" of things; why takes us into mind, into thinking, and there is so much more offered in looking at our experience. However, occasionally it can be beneficial in helping us to discover the "how". So, for that reason alone, let's take a quick look at why.

It is quite simple; we need the noise to block out all of the obsessive and excessive thinking going on inside our heads. Once we begin looking; being still and intentionally looking at our thoughts and the experience within our body, we quickly see that there is typically so much going on inside, we just are not equipped to handle it all. The noise; the music, the television, the cell phone texting, it all serves as a buffer to separate us from our thoughts. The interesting thing is, many people are completely unaware of their perpetual state of unconsciousness. If you asked them about the relentless thinking in their heads that the music covers up, many would say, "what thinking, I just really like music."

Well, that may be true. In fact, I myself do like music a great deal, and today I can listen when I choose to listen. Not so long ago I lived exactly as noted above, with music on all the time, never even noticing it was everywhere and the role it played in my life. Today, listening to music is no different for me than doing anything else; when I am listening to music, that's what I am doing. I no longer "need" it on in the background while doing other things and it no longer plays the role of covering up my obsessive mind.

Exercise: See how you experience yourself as you attempt to be still, just sitting with yourself, in silence. There is no need to try to meditate or anything else, just take a few minutes -- planned minutes -- to simply sit quietly. Or, turn you car radio off on the drive today, even just for a few minutes, and notice how it feels. Notice as you do this, how it is for you. You may just find, as I did, that you don't know YOU, and you can't be WITH yourself, alone and in silence.

If you find the experience too unsettling, stop. There is no need to force an unpleasant experience upon yourself. But again, notice that it was unpleasant and realize the gift that comes in that unpleasantness. The gift is the experience, because you now know yourself a little better. If you wish to continue working toward being peaceful in your stillness, take small steps. Try a few minutes each day, or keep the radio off in the car a bit longer each day. Eventually you will discover that you make it all the way home one day without turning the radio on, in silence with yourself.

Turn off the noise and awaken to you!

About the Author:

Jim McDonald has a B.A. in Interpersonal Communication and Group Leadership, which he built upon as a Training & Development professional for nearly two decades. His education, training, and life influences have shaped Jim into a dynamic and inspirational Student of Experience™ guide and teacher. He follows inspiration by sharing his powerful message of self-awareness and inner peace through talks, printed materials, workshops, and coaching sessions. Who Would I Be Without is his first book. To learn more about Jim and his work, visit his website:

        From David Whitley ('67) of VA - 03/10/10 - "MY KIND OF STORY!!":

A man is dining in a fancy restaurant and there is a gorgeous redhead sitting at the next table.

He has been checking her out since he sat down, but lacks the nerve to talk with her. 

Suddenly she sneezes, and her glass eye comes flying out of its socket toward the man.

He reflexively reaches out, grabs it out of the air, and hands it back. 

'Oh my, I am so sorry,' the woman says as she pops her eye back in place... 

'Let me buy your dinner to make it up to you,' she says. 

They enjoy a wonderful dinner together, and afterwards they go to the theatre followed by drinks. They talk, they laugh, she shares her deepest dreams and he shares his.. She listens. 

After paying for everything, she asks him if he would like to come to her place for a nightcap and stay for breakfast. They had a wonderful, wonderful time. 

The next morning, she cooks a gourmet meal with all the trimmings. The guy is amazed. Everything had been SO incredible! 'You know,' he said, 'you are the perfect woman. Are you this nice to every guy you meet?' 

'No,' she replies. . . 

Wait for it. 

It's coming... 

The suspense is killing you, isn't it? 

She says:


'You just happened to catch my eye.' 

    Thanks again, Gorgeous!

  From Judy Phillips Allen ('66) of VA - 02/18/10 - "Panda Therapy (#12 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!

  Paparazzi!   Could we have a little privacy please?


  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 - 03/10/10:

Missing Tail light

"How long have you been driving without a tail light?" asked the policeman after pulling over a motorist.

The driver jumped out, ran to the rear of his car and gave a long, painful groan and put his face in his hands.

He seemed so upset that the cop was moved to ease up on him a bit.

"Come on, now," he said, "you don't have to take it so hard. It isn't that serious."

"It isn't?" cried the motorist. "Then you know what happened to my boat and trailer?"


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 - CLASS OF 1954

3. Saturday, June 12, 2010 - George Wythe Schools Closing Celebration. Contact Glory Gill (Wythe school nurse) at 727-2965 / with any questions or to contribute old memories - OPEN TO PUBLIC

4. 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

5. 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

6. 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

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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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After You've Gone

Music by Turner Layton (06 July 1894 - 06 Feb 1978)

Lyrics by Henry Creamer (21 June 1879 in Richmond, Virginia - 14 Oct 1930), 1918

Recorded by Benny Goodman (30 May 1909 - 13 June 1986), 1935

After you've gone and left me cryin'
After you've gone there's no denyin'
You'll feel blue, you'll feel sad
You'll miss the dearest pal you've ever had

There'll come a time, now don't forget it
There'll come a time when you'll regret it
Someday, when you grow lonely
Your heart will break like mine and you'll want me only
After you've gone, after you've gone away

After you've gone and left me cryin'
After you've gone there's no denyin'
You're gonna feel blue, and you're gonna feel sad
You're gonna feel bad
And you'll miss, and you'll miss,
And you'll miss the bestest pal you ever had

There'll come a time, now don't forget it
There'll come a time when you'll regret it
But baby, think what you're doin'
I'm gonna haunt you so, I'm gonna taunt you so
It's gonna drive you to ruin
After you've gone, after you've gone away.


"After You've Gone" midi courtesy of - 03/11/10

"After You've Gone" lyrics courtesy of - 03/11/10

"After You've Gone" Record Image courtesy
of - 03/11/10

 Colored Musical Notes Divider Line clip art courtesy of - 06/06/08

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

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

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

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 Rolling on the Floor Laughing Boy courtesy of - 04/06/05

Animated Laughing Frog courtesy of Joyce Lawrence Cahoon of VA - 05/31/08
Thanks, Joyce!

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

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