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03/18/10 - NNHS Newsletter
Forty Shades of Green

“I'd like the memory of me to be a happy one, I'd like to leave an afterglow of smiles when life is done.
I'd like to leave an echo whispering softly down the ways, of happy times and laughing times and bright and sunny days.
I'd like the tears of those who grieve, to dry before the sun, of happy memories that I leave when life is done.”

 - Dermot O'Brien
(23 Oct 1932 - 22 May 2007)

Dear Friends and  Schoolmates,  

   We don't normally repeat a regular issue after an interval of only one year, but this one's for    the Head Cheerleader of 1958, Evelyn Fryer Fish of TX, just because she enjoyed it so last year:

BONUS - - Forty Shades of Green - Johnny Cash


From - 03/17/09 - "Forty Shades of Green":

"Johnny Cash was so taken in by the Emerald Isle in 1961 that he penned a whole album in celebration of Ireland. The most enduring of Cash's Irish songs is "Forty Shades of Green", including the confession that "most of all I miss a girl in Tipperary town, and most of all I miss her lips as soft as eiderdown". Mention of Dingle, Donaghadee, the Shannon, Skibbereen, Cork and Larne, make this a very all-Irish song, and a celebration of the good old times when "the farmers drain the bogs and spade the turf".

"Never mind that a lot of these farmers might have told Cash to be on his way, preferring some modern comforts themselves. And so, Johnny Cash was responsible for creating the idea of Ireland being " forty shades of green". There is also an Irish language version by Diarmaid Ó Tuama who while taking a few liberties is quite close to the original both in the language, spirit, and in the rhyme. Cash's original was added on by Ireland's seminal rock group "Boomtown Rats", with singer Bob Geldof also mentioning "sixty shades of red" in reference to the "Troubles".

"[1] Eiderdown comes from a large migratory Eider Duck, is exceptionally soft and has insulating properties superior to any other down. [Pronounced: eye der down}
[2] Shalamar is a very pleasant perfume.
[3] Larne is a large town in Co. Antrim."

Courtesy of Vivian and Jack Hennessey, Nov, 2007


  From Barbara Fritsche Barnes ('63) of VA - 03/17/10 - "Announcement":

Hi Carol

Can you please post the following announcement on the NNHS website asap. Thanks!

NNHS Class of 1963 classmates will be celebrating our 65th (yikes) birthdays at a party on October 9th at the Virginia Power Clubhouse, 1701 Waterview, Yorktown, VA from 5:00pm to 10:00pm. $25 per person registration feel will include: live 60's band, buffet meal and beer/wine. Contact
    Susie Overton Jones, event contact at to confirm we have your current email and snail mail addresses for event flyer distribution. Event open to 1963 classmates and guests only due to space limitations.
Hope to see you there!
Barb Barnes

Thanks, Carol!

Barbara L. Barnes

    SUPER-DE-DUPER! Thanks, Barbara! I love to hear of people celebrating!
 Your announcement is posted on the main page of the site, and of course on each Newsletter from now until then!

   Y'all have fun!


   Happy Birthday today to    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!

   Happy Birthday tomorrow to    Cheryl Mays Howard ('66) of VA!

   Happy Birthday this week to:

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;

23 -  Jack Harrison ('61) of VA AND    Richard Marshall ('66) of VA;

24 -   Olivia House Brickey ('65) of VA;

25 -   The late Billy Williams ('57) (d. 21 May 2007) AND    Joan McKenna Ward ('60) of VA AND   Bill Hobbs ('66) of Northern VA!

   Many Happy Returns to You All!


March 18, 1940 - Axis Powers Adolf Hitler and Benito Mussolini met at the Brenner Pass in the Alps and agreed to form an alliance against France and the United Kingdom.

March 18, 1945 - 1,250 American bombers attacked Berlin.


Thursday, March 18, 1965 - Cosmonaut Aleksei Leonov, leaving his spacecraft Voskhod 2 for 12 minutes, became the first person to walk in space.

Thursday, March 18, 1965 - Actress Yoriko Douguchi was born in Japan.

Thursday, March 18, 1965 - Heptathlete Birgit Clarius was born in Gießen, Germany.

Thursday, March 18, 1965 - King Farouk I of Egypt (born 11 Feb 1920 in Abdeen Palace, Cairo, Egypt) collapsed and died at his dinner table following a characteristically heavy meal in the Ile de France restaurant in Rome, Italy at the age of 45. Some claim he was poisoned by Egyptian Intelligence,[8] though no official autopsy was conducted on his body.

Thursday, March 18, 1965 - American sports broadcaster Jack Quinlan (born 23 Jan 1927 in Peoria, Illinois) was killed in an auto accident after leaving a golf outing during spring training of 1965 in Scottsdale, Arizona at the age of 38.

      From John London (Warwick HS - '57) of VA - 03/16/10 - "Are you Ok?":

Carol -

I can no longer get images on the 2010 NL site, and it stops in February. Did you change severs?

Hope you are Ok.

John London


Behold! What is a bell? A bell is that which sounds, far, and high ... It will echo far and wide like the peal of thunder but under utmost purity. And evil men, hearing the bell, will be saved.



   John Darlin'! I thought you were lost or sumpin'!  

   Ja, we switched servers at the end of February and were down for about a week, but are back up and running now.

But as to your original question - uh, define "OK"..... Thanks, Sweetie!

    From Norm Covert ('61) of MD - 03/16/10 - "Village Theater":

Thanks         Bill Lee (Warwick HS -- '54 -- NC) and       John London (Warwick HS - '57 - VA), for stirring memories of Hilton Village. From 1956-'58 we lived in the Sedgefield development across Jefferson Avenue, easy access to the Village Theater, Hilton Pier, and the Scout Troop at the Baptist Church (Thursday nights), well, I think they were Baptists. The church was located on the north side of Main Street where the Colony Inn apparently occupied the original footprint.
My Aunt Rena Tillery often handled both the ticket booth and helped with the refreshment stand at the Village Theater. That isn't her in the ticket booth in John's picture. Love that they actually "dressed" for work as well as going out to a movie. If I happened to be there at the right time, Aunt Rena would comp me both the ducat and a bag of popcorn. 
Some of you may recall Aunt Rena's two grandsons, Randolph and Roy Trousdell, who were champion athletes at Warwick High in the '50s. Bill and John also may have bought ice cream from my grandmother, Elizabeth Goodson, who worked the counter in the High's Store in the Village for several years. Good times.
Norm Covert ('61) MD

   Thanks for the added memories, Normie! I posted them on the Village Theater page:

   From Fred Field (June '45) of CA - 03/16/10 - "       Bill Lee's Collage of The Old Bridges":

Hello Carol, Tue. Mar. 16, 2010

I enjoyed Bill Lee's collection of old postcards. The one presenting a 1908 view of the 34th Street bridge shows it in its original design - a three span overhead truss with long ramps at each end. In the background is the 28th Street bridge with the same design. Further back, but not visible would be the 25th Street bridge, also then an overhead truss. In the mid-thirties the 25th Street and 34th Street bridges were replaced with reinforced concrete types. These were shorter and on the west ends, connected with Virginia Avenue (now Warwick Boulevard). I think the original design was chosen because streetcars needed the long ramps. The 28th Street bridge had the streetcar tracks and spent its lifetime career in its original truss form. Those long ramps of the 28th Street bridge also made life easier for pedestrians, cyclists, old trucks, and drivers of horse drawn wagons.

Nostalgic best wishes, Fred
Fred W. Field
Fullerton, CA

   Thank you so much, Fred! As always, your expertise and incredible flawless memory have greatly enlarged our collective knowledge, and we very much appreciate it!

   And now I must make another confession. I've been stalling, hoping against hope it wouldn't be necessary, but time is up. I don't know where Bill collage of old postcards is posted on the site. I cannot find it. I cannot remember it (though it sounds lovely). I cannot even conceive of where I might have posted such a thing. This means it is just as I've feared. My mind is gone. Totally gone. Sigh. Whatever am I gonna do now?!?

  From Dale Lucado ('68) of VA - 03/16/10 - "WHAT TO DO WITH OLD BUMPER CARS LIKE THE ONES AT BUCKROE":

I always had a hard time making my bumper car go forward!  Looks like these may do a little better.

What do you do with old Bumper Cars?

Yes, these little beasties are street legal. They run on either Kawasaki or Honda motorcycle engines and co-opt vintage bumper car bodies into the most awesome form of mini-car we've seen in too long. 
There's seven of these little monsters floating around California , and they're all the creation of one man, Tom Wright, a builder in the outskirts of San Diego who figured the leftovers of the Long Beach Pike amusement park needed a more dignified end than the trash heap. They were originally powered by Harley motors but they rattled like hell and Tom replaces them with Honda or Kawasaki 750's and a couple have been measured as capable of 160 MPH, which is terrifyingly fast in machines with such a short wheelbase. Doesn't mean we would totally rock one should the opportunity present itself. 

      Ohhh, Dale! OHHHH, Dale! Almost - ALMOST - do
   these images make me wish I could drive a car!

   If I could, one of these would be my heart's desire!

   Thank you so much for sharing these with me!


  From Joyce Lawrence Cahoon ('65) of VA - 03/16/10 - "I OWE MY MOTHER":

I'll bet "most" of us heard our mothers say "most" of these things at least once in our lifetime.  I know I heard some of them.  I'd love to hear them again!!!  Wouldn't you?  For those who still have your mother........SHUT UP, LISTEN, APPRECIATE AND ENJOY!!!!

 I  Owe My Mother   

1.  My mother taught me TO APPRECIATE A JOB WELL DONE 
"If you're going to kill each other, do  it outside. I just finished cleaning."

2. My mother taught me RELIGION.  
"You better pray that will come out of the carpet."

3.  My mother taught me about TIME TRAVEL
"If you don't straighten up, I'm going to knock  you into the middle of next week!"

4. My mother taught me LOGIC
"Because I said so, that's why."

5. My mother taught me MORE LOGIC .  
"If you fall out of that swing and break your neck, you're not going to the store with me."

6. My  mother taught me FORESIGHT
"Make sure you wear clean underwear, in case you're in an accident."

7. My mother taught me IRONY.  
"Keep crying, and I'll give you something to cry about.."

8.  My mother taught me about the science of OSMOSIS 
"Shut your mouth and eat your supper."

9. My mother taught  me about CONTORTIONISM
"Will you look at that dirt on the back of your neck!"

10. My mother taught me about STAMINA. 
"You'll sit there until all that spinach is gone." 

11.  My mother taught me about  WEATHER
"This room of yours looks as if a tornado went through it." 

12. My mother taught me about HYPOCRISY
"If I told you once, I've told you a million times. Don't exaggerate!"

13. My mother taught me the CIRCLE OF  LIFE
"I brought you into this world, and I can take you out.."

14. My mother taught me about BEHAVIOR MODIFICATION 
"Stop acting like your father!" 

15. My  mother taught me about ENVY
"There are millions of less fortunate children in this world who don't have wonderful parents like you do." 

16.. My mother taught me about ANTICIPATION
"Just wait until we get home." 

17. My mother taught me about RECEIVING 
"You are going to get it when you get home!"

18. My mother taught me MEDICAL SCIENCE
"If you don't stop crossing your eyes, they are going to get stuck that way."

19. My mother taught me ESP
"Put your sweater on; don't you think I know when you are cold?"

20.  My mother taught me HUMOR
"When that lawn mower cuts off your toes, don't come running to me."

21. My mother taught me HOW TO BECOME AN ADULT 
"If you don't eat your vegetables, you'll never grow up." 

22. My mother taught me GENETICS.  
"You're just like your father."

23. My mother taught me about my ROOTS
"Shut that door behind you.  Do you think you were born in a barn?"

24. My mother taught me WISDOM.  
"When you get to be my age, you'll understand."

And my favorite:

 25.  My mother taught me about JUSTICE
"One day you'll have kids, and I hope they turn out just like you

 Joyce Cahoon
GIGGLES!!! Thanks, Joyce!
My mama didn't say most of these to me; she was pretty much in a league of her own and these just weren't her style. I do remember her trying to coax me as a four-year-old (one of the great picky eaters of all time) into eating my food once by saying. "Don't forget the starving Armenians!"

   After she explained that story to me, I failed to see how my eating my allotted food was going to help their empty tummies at all, so I graciously offered to send them MY food, and then we'd both be happy.  She somehow didn't find that a satisfactory solution.....

  From Carol Collier Sparrow ('63) of VA - 03/17/10 - "I double dog dare you to read this one (welcome to my world of 'old')":

I remember ALL of these things!

How's This For Nostalgia?

If you can remember most or all of these, Then You Have Lived!!!!!!!

Pass this on to anyone who may need a break from their 'Grown-Up' Life . .

I Double-Dog-Dare-Ya!

   Thanks so much, Carol! We have these fun treasures posted on the site:

      From My Niece, Shari, of VA - 03/16/10 and 03/17/10 - "For Thursday":

  Another busy week--have a great rest of the week and weekend! 
10 Cases Of Animals Saving Humans 
What's Your Inner Spirit? (Test) 
Our House - Crosby, Stills and Nash

Telephone Poetic Justice

Leola, who lived in Tennessee, had a serious telephone problem. But unlike most people, she did something about it . . . .

The brand-new $10 million Ribrock Plaza Motel opened near her house and had acquired almost the same telephone number as Leola's.

From the moment the motel opened, Leola was besieged by calls not for her. Since she had the same phone number for years, she felt that she had a case to persuade the motel management to change its number.

Naturally, the management refused claiming that it could not change all its stationery, etc.

The phone company was not helpful, either. A number was a number, and just because a customer was getting someone else's calls 24 hours a day didn't make it responsible. After her pleas fell on deaf ears, Leola decided to take matters into her own hands.

At 9 o'clock the phone rang. Someone from Memphis was calling the motel and asked for a room for the following Tuesday. Leola said,

"No problem. How many nights?"

A few hours later Dallas checked in. A secretary wanted a suite with two bedrooms for a week. Emboldened, Leola said the Presidential Suite on the 10th floor was available for $600 a night. The secretary said that she would take it and asked if the hotel wanted a deposit.

"No, that won't be necessary," Leola said. "We trust you."

The next day was a busy one for Leola. In the morning, she booked an electric appliance manufacturers convention for Memorial Day weekend, a college prom and a reunion of the 82nd Airborne veterans from World War II.

She turned on her answering machine during lunchtime so that she could watch Days Of Our Lives, but her biggest challenge came in the afternoon when a mother called to book the ballroom for her daughter's wedding in June.

Leola assured the woman that it would be no problem and asked if she would be providing the flowers or did she want the hotel to take care of it. The mother said that she would prefer the hotel to handle the floral arrangements. Then the question of valet parking came up.

Once again Leola was helpful.

"There's no charge for valet parking, but we always recommend that the client tips the drivers."

Within a few months, the Ribrock Plaza Motel was a disaster area. People kept showing up for weddings, bar mitzvahs, and Sweet Sixteen parties and were all told there were no such events.

Leola had her final revenge when she read in the local paper that the motel might go bankrupt. Her phone rang, and an executive from Marriott said:

"We're prepared to offer you $200,000 for your motel."

Leola replied . . . .

"We'll take it . . . . . . . . . . . but only if you change your phone number."


Newly arrived in Boston from the old country, Paddy O'Shea called his brother back home. "Sean, it's amazin, these American cities. On most every street, they got glass outhouses, and it's TELEPHONES they put in 'em!"


The Poem

When my children were younger (they are grown with children now), I wrote a small poem for them to remember that God watches them and cares for them always. It was short so that they could remember it and say it whenever they needed help.

Here it is:

God sent His angels from above
To wrap us in His wings of Love
And keep us in His Loving care
And know that He is always there
~Ramona Lucas~

My children learned this poem, and my youngest (now 25) still uses it. I was in the store about two weeks ago when I heard a small child's voice clearly repeating my poem over and over.

I followed the sound and came across a child of around four sitting in the aisle crying and repeating the poem. I slowly knelt down and asked the child "Are you lost?" and with a small smile the child said "Yes." I reached for the child's hand and said "I wrote that poem for my boys a long time ago, where did you learn it?" The little boy looked up at me and said the most incredible thing, "I don't know."

This is when I had my "MountainWings Moment." I realized that maybe I didn't "hear" the poem at all, at least not from the child. I believe that the message was sent, so that I could help the child find his parents.

I took the boy to the front of the store, holding his hand and waiting. Momentarily a woman came running back into the store. She was the child's caregiver and had forgotten that he was with her that day. She was overcome with fright until she saw him holding my hand. I smiled and handed him over to her and she asked me, "Who are you?" and then "THANK GOD!"

The boy turned to her and said this is my angel. I started to cry and kissed his head, turned away and continued my shopping, knowing that I was just an instrument; but oh, how glad I was to be one.

~Ramona Lucas~

   Thank you, Shari!

  From Judy Phillips Allen ('66) of VA - 02/18/10 - "Panda Therapy (#19 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'm going to miss these adorable little pandas!

  Absolutely nothing accomplished.
The perfect day for a panda...


  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 - 03/17/10:

Lamaze Class

The room was full of pregnant women and their partners, and the Lamaze class was in full swing. The instructor was teaching the women how to breathe properly, along with informing the men how to give the necessary assurances at this stage of the plan.

The teacher then announced, "Ladies, exercise is good for you. Walking is especially beneficial. And, gentlemen, it wouldn't hurt you to take the time to go walking with your partner!"

The room really got quiet.

Finally, a man in the middle of the group raised his hand.

"Yes?" replied the teacher.

"Is it all right if she carries my golf bag while we walk?"


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

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. Saturday, October 9, 2010 - The NNHS Class of 1963 will celebrate their 65th Birthdays at a Party on Saturday, October 9, 2010 at the Virginia Power Clubhouse, 1701 Waterview, Yorktown, VA from 5:00 PM to 10:00 PM. For details, contact Susie Overton Jones at CLASS OF 1963

7. 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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   Y'all take care of each other!  TYPHOONS FOREVER!  We'll Always Have id="role_document32617">color="#000080"> Buckroe!

                                   Love to all, Carol





Forty Shades of Green

Forty Shades of Green

Carol Buckley Harty

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Forty Shades of Green

1. Ar thaisteal dom im’ chuimní
chuig oileáinín mo chroí
Ó naomhóga an Daingin
go tránna Donaghdee,

Is fada uaim an tSionainn
agus muintir Sciobairín,
Na móintigh is na móinéir
go haoibhinn is go caoin.

2. Is fada uaim mo chailín breá
I dTiobraid Árann Theas,
Is faide fós a bhraithim uaim
a béilín tana tais;

Ba bhreá liom seal a chaitheamh ann
go bhfeicfinn mar a bhí
Na móintigh is na móinéir
go haoibhinn is go caoin.

3. Ba bhreá liom seal a chaitheamh ann
cois trá i mBail’ Áth’ Clí
’S go bhfeicfinn baint na móna
is an choirce aibí bhuí,

Go bhfeicfinn mná ag diasrú dos
na tithe beag’ ceann tuí –
Do shiúlfainn cúigíbh Éireann
go haoibhinn is go caoin.

4. Is fada uaim mo chailín breá
I dTiobraid Árann Theas,
Is faide fós a bhraithim uaim
a béilín tana tais;

Ba bhreá liom seal a chaitheamh ann
go bhfeicfinn mar a bhí
Na móintigh is na móinéir
go haoibhinn is go caoin.

1. I close my eyes and picture
The emerald of the sea
From the fishing boats at Dingle
To the shores of Donaghadea

I miss the River Shannon,
The folks at Skibbereen
The moorlands and the meadows
And the forty shades of green

2. But most of all I miss a girl
in Tipperary town
And most of all I miss her lips
As soft as eiderdown [1]

I long again to see and do
The things we've done and seen
Where the breeze is sweet as Shalamar [2]
there's forty shades of green.

3. I wish that I could spend an hour
at Dublin´s churning surf.
I long to watch the farmers drain
the bogs and spade the turf

to see again the thatching
of the straw the women clean.
I´d walk from Cork to Larne [3] to see
those Forty Shades of Green.

4. But most of all I miss a girl
in Tipperary town
And most of all I miss her lips
As soft as eiderdown.

I long again to see and do
The things we've done and seen
Where the breeze is sweet as Shalamar
there's forty shades of green.

NOTE: Webmistress is NOT responsible for the faulty grammar of the lyricist.


Forty Shades of Green midi, lyrics, background, and homework courtesy of - 03/17/09

Adrian Reilly's "Forty Shades of Green" Image (16 May 2006) courtesy of - 03/17/09

Small Shamrock Divider Line clip art courtesy of - 03/10/09

Animated Cheering Smiley 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!

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

Animated Silly Bear (designed by AF Artist - Ryan Hagen) courtesy of - 10/04/05

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 BOO-HOO courtesy of Glenn Dye ('60) of TX - 08/28/09
Thanks, Glenn!

Animated Drooling Smiley courtesy of - 02/16/09

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

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