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03/16/10 - NNHS Newsletter - Poison Ivy

“One man's poison Ivy is another man's spinach.

- George Ade
(09 Feb 1866 - 16 May 1944)

Dear Friends and Schoolmates,   

    Today's Newsletter is being rerun from exactly five years ago today:


"Poison Ivy" is a popular song by American songwriting duo Jerry Leiber and Mike Stoller. It was originally recorded by The Coasters in 1959. It went to #1 on the R&B chart and #7 on the Billboard Hot 100 chart. [1]. This was their third top-ten hit of that year following "Charlie Brown" and "Along Came Jones".

The song discusses a girl named Ivy, calling her "Poison Ivy" because of her reputation with men as a player. The song makes references to other flowers such as a rose and a daisy, and diseases like measles, mumps, chickenpox, the common cold, and whooping cough. In a recently published biography about Jerry Lieber & Mike Stoller, the song's authors, it was revealed that the song's lyrics are about sexually-transmitted disease, not the illnesses previously thought.

BONUS #1 - - Poison Ivy - The Coasters - with still shots from Batman & Robin (1997) featuring Uma Thurman as Poison Ivy

BONUS #2 - - Poison Ivy - The Coasters, 2007??



   Happy Birthday today to     Linda May Bond Crayton ('66) of VA AND  Jacque Ray Fisher ('66) of NC!

   Happy St. Patrick's Day Birthday tomorrow to   Barbara Brewer (’69) of VA!

   Happy Birthday this week to:

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;

19 -    Cheryl Mays Howard ('66) of VA;
20 -   My Cousin, Stuart Atkinson (Warsaw HS - '63) of VA
AND  Sid Melton ('64) of NY AND   Terri McAfee Artman ('66) of VA AND My Nephew, Kevin Dick (Weber HS, UT - '82) of NC;

21 - Bob Morgan ('56) of MA AND        My #4 Son, Joshua Harty (Hillsboro HS, IL - '95) of IL;

22 -   Cookie Phillips Tyndall ('64) of VA!

   Many Happy Returns to You All!


March 16, 1935 - Adolf Hitler ordered a German rearmament and violated the Versailles Treaty. Conscription is reintroduced to form the Wehrmacht.

March 16, 1939 - From Prague Castle, Hitler proclaimed Bohemia and Moravia a German protectorate.

March 16, 1940 - Germany bombed the Scapa Flow naval base near Scotland.

March 16, 1942 - U.S. President Roosevelt ordered men between the ages of 45 and 64 to register for non-military duty.

March 16, 1942 - The first V-2 rocket test launch: It exploded at lift-off.

March 16, 1945 - Iwo Jima was declared secure by the Allies. However, small pockets of Japanese resistance still existed.

March 16, 1945 - Ninety percent of Würzburg, Germany is destroyed in only 20 minutes by British bombers. 5,000 are killed.

March 16, 1998 - The Vatican expressed remorse for the cowardice of some Christians during the holocaust of World War II. However, the Vatican did defend the actions of Pope Pius XII.

March 16, 2000 - Thomas Wilson Ferebee died at the age of 81. He was the bombardier of the Enola Gay and was the person that dropped the atomic bomb on Hiroshima.


Tuesday, March 15, 1965 - Songwriter and record producer Richard Daniel Roman was born in London, England.

Tuesday, March 15, 1965 - Actress Belén Rueda was born in Madrid, Spain.

     From Me ('65) of IL - 03/16/10 - "Cleaning Images Off the Camera":

   In response to     Linda May Bond Crayton ('66) of VA - 02/14/10:

Hi Carol,

Loved ' hearing' about your family visits! Where are the pictures? You and Paul have such a happy, loving group. It makes me feel a part of the gathering. Of course you make every one feel that way.....

   I finally had my resident tech-reppies unload my camera yesterday.  I was "posta" be watching so I could figure out how to do it my OWN self like a big girl, but I'm not sure the lesson was fully absorbed.  We shall see.  Anyway, here are the best of what we found thereon.

   Happy Birthday, Linda May!

Saturday, January 29, 2010 Saturday, Feb. 13, 2010 Sun., Feb. 14, 2010 Fri., March 12, 2010
Fairview Heights, IL Edwardsville, IL Edwardsville, IL Edwardsville, IL
 Table at Andrew's Eagle Scout Court of Honor Paul, Carol, Lewis, Andrew, Mary, and Dee (Mary's mother) Rachel, Andrew, Elizabeth and Becca Kaiya Paul and Carol Paul and Kaiya

From Norris Perry (Warwick HS - '59) of VA - 03/15/10 - "Popcorn in the Village Theatre":

The popcorn in the Village was in large plastic bags.  It was removed and put in the warmer and boxed up and sold.  Lord knows how long it was in the plastic bags. 

  The blonde lady buying tickets in       John London's (Warwick HS - '57 - of VA) image carried in         Bill Lee's (Warwick HS - '54 - of NC) article looks a lot like Codi Sinclair. 

   AHA! Thanks, Norris! I've updated those pages:

About 1962
Attached is a picture I made of The Paramount box-office when I was on the staff of The Daily Press. The year is about 1962. It was part of a series I did about what folks in NN do for entertainment. Hope you like it.
Image by John London
(Warwick HS - '57) of VA - 03/16/06

From Billy Turner ('65) of TX - 03/15/10:


Thanks for all you do in keeping the NNHS web site up and running. I still remember your wrap-around skirts and wonderful smile, but I do have to wonder about anyone your age who has never learned to drive.

God Bless you and yours.

   WILD GIGGLES! Thanks, Billy Turner!

        From David Whitley ('67) of VA - 03/15/10 - "Grateful song":

My dear Carol,

This was passed along from one of the gals here at the power station who went to Tussing Elementary School. She was/is understandably proud. I’m way more impressed than I was with that sad teacher that had her children sing praises to Obama. But hey, that’s just me.


Finally, a teacher who teaches 3rd graders a good song!!

After all the bad press over a few teachers who stepped out of line teaching songs with a political persuasion to our children, this one is one you will be so proud to hear!

At the end of the song you can even order the sheet music!!  Awesome!  I hope this sweeps our Country and gets sung in all our schools!

The music teacher wrote the song and had all the third graders sing. Click & enjoy; great message.  (Third graders from Tussing Elementary in Colonial Heights on You Tube)

   WOWZERS! Thank you so much, Gorgeous!

  From Joyce Lawrence Cahoon ('65) of VA - 03/15/10 - "Meet 'Belle' ":

Here are some pictures of the newest edition to our family.  She's 12 weeks old, her name is "Izzy Belle" and she is a Yorkshire Terrier.  We've always had cats before but "so far" she's less trouble and a lot more fun than a cat.  She still is crate training but (knock on wood) hasn't had an accident in the house in over a week, not bad for just a baby, but it means a lot of trips outside all hours of the day and night.  Anybody got any tips for making house breaking easier?  Anybody?......
 Joyce Cahoon
Monday, March 8, 2010

   AWWW! Thanks, Joyce! I don' know nuffin' 'bout cute little puppy dogs, but I've forwarded this to my friend who (when last I saw her) had three Yorkies of her own!

    From Richard Dawes (NNHS / HHS - '62) of VA - 03/15/10 - "Think about it...":

Even when opportunity knocks, you still have to get off your a__ and open the door.

1. I think part of a best friend's job should be to immediately clear your computer history if you die.

2. Nothing sucks more than that moment during an argument when you realize you're wrong.

3. I totally take back all those times I didn't want to nap when I was younger.

4. There is great need for a sarcasm font.

5. How the hell are you supposed to fold a fitted sheet?

6. Was learning cursive really necessary?

7. Map Quest really needs to start their directions on #5. I'm pretty sure I know how to get out of my neighborhood.

8. Obituaries would be a lot more interesting if they told you how the person died.

9. I can't remember the last time I wasn't at least kind of tired.

10. Bad decisions make good stories.

11. You never know when it will strike, but there comes a moment at work when you know that you just aren't going to do anything productive for the rest of the day.

12. Can we all just agree to ignore whatever comes after Blue Ray? I don't want to have to restart my collection...again.

13. I'm always slightly terrified when I exit out of Word and it asks me if I want to save any changes to my ten-page research paper that I swear I did not make any changes to.

14. "Do not machine wash or tumble dry" means I will never wash this - ever.

15. I hate when I just miss a call by the last ring (Hello? Hello? Damn it!), but when I immediately call back, it rings nine times and goes to voice mail. What did you do after I didn't answer? Drop the phone and run away?

16. I hate leaving my house confident and looking good and then not seeing anyone of importance the entire day. What a waste.

17. I keep some people's phone numbers in my phone just so I know not to answer when they call.

18. I think the freezer deserves a light as well.

19. I disagree with Kay Jewelers. I would bet on any given Friday or Saturday night more kisses begin with Miller Lite than Kay.

21. Sometimes, I'll watch a movie that I watched when I was younger and suddenly realize I had no idea what the heck was going on when I first saw it.

22. I would rather try to carry 10 plastic grocery bags in each hand than take 2 trips to bring my groceries in.

23. The only time I look forward to a red light is when I'm trying to finish a text.

24. I have a hard time deciphering the fine line between boredom and hunger.

25. How many times is it appropriate to say "What?" before you just nod and smile because you still didn't hear or understand a word they said?

26. I love the sense of camaraderie when an entire line of cars team up to prevent a dick from cutting in at the front. Stay strong, brothers and sisters!

27. Shirts get dirty. Underwear gets dirty. Pants? Pants never get dirty, and you can wear them forever.

28. Is it just me or do high school kids get dumber & dumber every year?

29. There's no worse feeling than that millisecond you're sure you are going to die after leaning your chair back a little too far.

30. As a driver I hate pedestrians, and as a pedestrian I hate drivers, but no matter what the mode of transportation, I always hate cyclists.

31. Sometimes I'll look down at my watch 3 consecutive times and still not know what time it is.

32. Even under ideal conditions people have trouble locating their car keys in a pocket, finding their cell phone, and Pinning the Tail on the Donkey - but I'd bet my a__ everyone can find and push the snooze button from 3 feet away, in about 1.7 seconds, eyes closed, first time, every time!

     Thanks, Dicky!

      From My Niece, Shari, of VA - 03/15/10 - "Jesus Knows You're Here":

Way different from what I expected by the title.  I think I read this one before, but it made me laugh out loud again!

A burglar broke into a house one night. He shined his flashlight around, looking for valuables when a voice in the dark said, "Jesus knows you're here.'"

He nearly jumped out of his skin, clicked his flashlight off, and froze.

When he heard nothing more, after a bit, he shook his head and continued.

Just as he pulled the stereo out so he could disconnect the wires, clear as a bell he heard, "Jesus is watching you.'"

Freaked out, he shined his light around frantically, looking for the source of the voice.

Finally, in the corner of the room, his flashlight beam came to rest on a parrot.

Did you say that?" he hissed at the parrot.

"Yep," the parrot confessed, then squawked, "I'm just trying to warn you that he is watching you."

The burglar relaxed. "Warn me, huh? Who in the world are you?"

"Moses," replied the bird.

"Moses?" the burglar laughed. "What kind of people would name a bird 'Moses'?"

"The kind of people that would name a Rottweiler 'Jesus.' "

   Thanks, Shari!

  From Judy Phillips Allen ('66) of VA - 02/18/10 - "Panda Therapy (#17 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!

  Forgive me, Father, for I have sinned...


  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 - 03/15/10:

Newlywed Surprise

The newly wed wife said to her husband when he returned from work: "I have great news for you. Pretty soon we're going to be three in this house instead of two."

The husband started glowing with happiness and kissing his wife said: "Oh darling, I'm the happiest man in the world."

Then she said: "I'm glad that you feel this way because tomorrow morning my mother moves in with us."


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

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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Poison Ivy

Written by
Jerry Leiber (b. 25 Apr 1933) and Mike Stoller (b. 13 Mar 1933)

Recorded by The Coasters, 1959

She comes on like a rose
But everybody knows (don't cha know, don't cha know)
She'll get you in Dutch (awww)
You can look but you'd better not touch

Poison Ivy, Poison Ivy
Late at night when you're sleeping
Poison Ivy comes a creeping around

She's pretty as a daisy (pretty as a daisy)
But look out man she's crazy (yeah, yeah, yeah, yeah)
She'll really do you in (really do you in)
If you let her get under your skin (let her get under your skin)
(repeat chorus)

Measles makes you mumpy
And mumps will make you lumpy
And chicken pox will make you jump and twitch (make you jump and twitch)
A common cold will fool ya
And whooping coughs will cool ya
But poison ivy loves to make you itch (make you itch)

Your gonna need an ocean (gonna need an ocean)
Of calamine lotion (oh, your gonna need it)
You'll be scratching like a hound (boy, you'll be itching)
The minute you start to mess around
(repeat chorus)

Your gonna need an ocean (big, big ocean)
Of calamine lotion
You'll be scratching like a hound (you'll be scratching, you'll be scratching)
The minute you start to mess around
(repeat chorus)

"Poison Ivy" midi courtesy of
at the suggestion of Dave Spriggs ('64) of VA - 03/08/05
Thanks, Dave!

"Poison Ivy" lyrics courtesy of
 also at the suggestion of Dave Spriggs ('64) of VA - 03/08/05
Thanks again, Dave!

First Image of Poison Ivy courtesy of
- 03/16/05

Second Image of Poison Ivy courtesy of - 03/16/05

 Green Leaves Divider Line clip art courtesy of - 03/15/05

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!

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

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

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

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

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