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03/22/10 - NNHS Newsletter - Walk, Don't Run

“Walk while ye have the light, lest darkness come upon you.”

 - John Ruskin
(08 Feb 1819 - 20 Jan 1900)

Dear Friends and Schoolmates,   

   We're revisiting this Newsletter from exactly five years ago today because it's such a grand favorite of mine - maybe yours, as well!

BONUS - - Walk, Don't Run - Ventures, somewhat later than 1960


"Walk, Don't Run" is a rock'n'roll instrumental composition written and first performed by Johnny Smith in 1955. It became a hit single in autumn 1960 for the Seattle-based instrumental rock band The Ventures. In the UK, the tune was covered by the John Barry Seven, whose version, while only peaking at #11 on the Record Retailer chart, compared with the Ventures' #8, outcharted them to reach the Top 10 on other UK charts, such as that of the NME.

The Ventures' version is believed to be one of the first surfing songs to make the Billboard Hot 100 chart, peaking at #2 and reaching #3 on the Cash Box magazine chart for five weeks in August and September 1960.[1]


1. Denise Roane (Hampton HS - '71) of VA - 03/21/10 - "NNHS class site":

I would like to join the class site on NNHS. I am class of 71 HHS.

Thanks for any assistance! Y'all have a wonderful web site. Keep up the good work..... my BD is April 9th!

Denise Roane

   Thanks so much, Denise! Welcome aboard!


    Happy Birthday today to   Cookie Phillips Tyndall ('64) of VA!

   Happy Birthday tomorrow to   Jack Harrison ('61) of VA AND    Richard Marshall ('66) of VA!

   Happy Birthday this week to:

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;

26 -   Gene Collins Glave ('60) of SC;

28 -   Elizabeth Tedder Nunnally ('65 and '68) of VA;

29 -   David Hatchett ('65) of VA!

   Many Happy Returns to You All!


March 22, 1942 - In the Mediterranean Sea, the Royal Navy confronted Italy's Regia Marina in the Second Battle of Sirte.

March 22, 1942 - Britain's Sir Stafford Cripps arrived in India for talks with Mohandas Gandhi on Indian independence.

March 22, 1943 - The entire population of Khatyn in Belarus was burnt alive by German occupation forces.


Monday, March 22, 1965 - Ice hockey player John Kordic (died 08 Aug 1992 in Quebec City, Quebec, Canada) was born in Edmonton, Alberta, Canada.

Monday, March 22, 1965 - Actress Emma Wray was born in Birkenhead, England.

      From Dave Arnold ('65) of VA - phone call of 03/20/10 - "Class of 1965's 45-Year Reunion":

We're finalizing our plans now.  Be expecting a Big Announcement with exciting details about our Big Open Reunion to be arriving in the next couple of weeks!

   SUPER-DE-DUPER! Thanks so much, Dave!

        From Sydney Dearing ('56) of TN - 03/21/10 - "This and that":

Hi Carol,
Thanks for the week of big band sounds in honor of my dad (          Syd Dearing - Hampton HS - '36) (30 Dec 1918 - 16 Feb 2002). I'm sure he was at the very least smiling down from Heaven. But I would bet that he was more likely sitting at a very large white grand piano playing along. Maybe jamming along with Glenn Miller and Erskine Hawkins on Tuxedo Junction.
I think it was       Bill Lee (Warwick HS - '54 - of NC) that wrote about his experiences as an usher at the Paramount Theatre. I really enjoyed that. It brought back a flood of memories from my year and a half as an usher at the Paramount from the summer of 1954 to January 1956. I remember vividly doing everything on his list of duties. When I think about the Paramount it always brings back the memories of Doc Scoggin and me spending the night inside the theatre when Hurricane Hazel tore across Virginia which I wrote about on this site previously.
For about the last six months to a year or so (before the site server change) I was unable to get the newsletter 95% of the time (every once in a while one would slip through my PC's defenses) but I was able to keep up with them by going to the website and reading them there...
Thanks again for all that you do.

   Thank you, Sydney - it was my honor!

      From My Niece, Shari, of VA - 03/20/10 - "´´¯`•.¸¸ More Spring Flowers ´´¯`•.¸¸":

     Thanks, Shari!

       From My Husband, Paul Harty (Bardolph HS, IL - '61) of IL - 03/21/10 - "Walking can add minutes to your life":

Walking can add minutes to your life:

This enables you at 85 years old to spend an additional 5 months in a nursing home at $7000 per month.

I like long walks, especially when they are taken by people who annoy me.

The only reason I would take up walking is so that I could hear heavy breathing again.

I have to walk early in the morning, before my brain figures out what I'm doing..

I joined a health club last year, spent about 400 bucks. Haven't lost a pound. Apparently you have to go there.

Every time I hear the dirty word 'exercise', I wash my mouth out with chocolate.

I do have flabby thighs, but fortunately my stomach covers them.

The advantage of exercising every day is so when you die, they'll say, 'Well, she looks good doesn't she.'

If you are going to try cross-country skiing, start with a small country.

I know I got a lot of exercise the last few years, just getting over the hill.

You could run this over to your friends but why not just e-mail it to them!

We all get heavier as we get older, because there's a lot more information in our heads. That's my story and I'm sticking to it.

AND every time I start thinking too much about how I look, I just find a Happy Hour and by the time I leave, I look just fine.

   Thanks, Paul!

      From My Niece, Shari, of VA - 03/21/10 - " `* Inspirations *` ":

Will not be back on until Wednesday.  Have a nice start to the week.




Billy Bass Lives On

Many of you remember Billy Bass. The animated singing toy that resembles a largemouth bass that contains a motion detector that activates a small computer chip that prompted him to start singing, startling anyone who happens to be walking by. You might remember seeing him most recently in a McDonald's Restaurant commercial singing, "Give that Filet O' Fish, Give me that fish....."
Officially, he's known as Big Mouth Billy Bass. The animatronic singing toy was a popular gag gift item about ten years ago.
Made of plastic stretched over a mechanical frame, at first glance it closely resembles a mounted trophy fish. A product of Gemmy Industries, Billy turns his head outwards, wiggles on its trophy plaque and sings kitschy songs, such as "Don't Worry, Be Happy" and "Take Me To The River."
I share all of this to share a story I encountered on a discussion group recently. Unfortunately, I lost the address link.
It seems a lady on the group and her husband had gotten a Billy Bass as a gag gift at a Christmas party many years ago. While they'd had a lot of fun with Billy, he was, well, quite honesty, getting on their nerves. Still, there was some fondness for Billy and all the laughs he generated. They wanted to get rid of him, but also were sentimental enough they didn't want to just summarily dump him in the garbage.
After some thought, they installed a new long-life battery, packed up Billy Bass and headed to her husband's favorite fishing lake up north. Now, this lake was in a really remote area of Michigan. In the middle of the lake there happened to be a small island. On that island was an old abandoned fishing cabin. Over the years the cabin had sort of become community property. Local folks would head out to the cabin by canoe to camp a couple of days.
They lady and her husband took their canoe, bundled up Billy Bass and headed to the cabin in the middle of nowhere. They carried Billy Bass to the remote cabin, affixed him to the wall, and headed home.
Can you imagine the surprise of some fisherman heading out into the great outdoors with plans to get away from everything opening the door of the cabin and being greeted by a singing Billy Bass?
I just wish the lady and her husband had enough foresight to install a battery powered video camera to capture the reaction of unsuspecting fishermen walking through the door of that old cabin
The lady and her husband are planning to return to the lake every few years with fresh batteries. You wouldn't want Billy Bass to lose his voice would you?
I've often thought that God does us that way sometime. He puts surprises in our lives that we'd never expect in places we'd never expect. You've been warned.


The LORD doesn't make decisions the way you do! People judge by outward appearance, and individual tastes and preferances, but the LORD looks at a person's thoughts and intentions.

A man holding a basket of eggs does not dance on stones.
African Buji Proverb (Nigeria)

"... Each of us is responsible for one life only, and that is our own.  Each of us is immeasurably far from being 'perfect as our heavenly Father is perfect' and the task of perfecting our own life and character is one that requires all our attention, our will-power and energy. If we allow our attention and energy to be taken up in efforts to keep others right and remedy their faults, we are wasting precious time. We are like ploughmen each of whom has his team to manage and his plough to direct, and in order to keep his furrow straight he must keep his eye on his goal and concentrate on his own task. If he looks to the side and that to see how Tom and Harry are getting on and to criticize their ploughing, then his own furrow will assuredly become crooked."
Baha'i Shoghi Effendi Living the Life, pp. 2-3

He who treads the Path in earnest
Sees not the mistakes of the world;
If we find fault with others
We ourselves are also in the wrong.
When other people are in the wrong, we should ignore it,
For it is wrong for us to find fault.
By getting rid of this habit of fault-finding
We cut off a source of defilement.
When neither hatred nor love disturb our mind
Serenely we sleep.
Buddhism Sutra of Hui Neng 2

Judge not, and ye shall not be judged.  For with what judgment ye judge, ye shall be judged: and with what measure ye mete, it shall be measured to you again.
Matthew 7:1-2 King James Version

Confucius said, "The gentleman calls attention to the good points in others; he does not call attention to their defects. The small man does just the  reverse of this."
Confucianism Analects 12.16

Take oneself to task instead of putting faults on others.
The Gayan of Hazrat Inayat Khan

To God belongeth the Mystery of the heavens and the earth, and the decision of the hour of judgment, as the twinkling of an eye, or even quicker, for God hath power over all things.
Islam The Holy Qur'an Sura XVI v 77

Judge not they neighbor until thou hast stood in his place.
Judaism Talmud, Mishnah, Abot 2.5 a saying of Hillel

Great Spirit, Let me not criticize another until I have walked a mile in his moccasins.
Native American
~Author Unknown


Looking In The Rearview Mirror

When I was a young boy my family would always make a Summer trip out of state to visit my Grandma and Aunt. It was a long drive over curvy, mountainous roads. It often took up to eight hours to get there. This was before the age of i-pods and DVD players too. My Dad didn’t care much for the rock music the radio stations played in the nineteen seventies either, so the trip was a quiet one. Stuffed in the back seat of the family sedan with my two brothers, I only had one thing that I could do and that was look out the window.

A window seat was best for scenery watching, but being the youngest and the smallest I was always stuck in the middle. That left gazing over my brothers’ shoulders or looking through the rearview mirror at what we had just passed. The second option, however, could never be done for long. With mountain roads I never knew when the next curve was coming up and if what I was looking at didn’t match what my body was feeling then I was carsick in minutes.

After a few times of my stomach turning flip flops I learned my lesson and kept my eyes on the road ahead. That way I could gaze in wonder at the golden light of the sun shining down on the green leafs of the trees as we drove by them. That way I could enjoy seeing the deer peacefully eating grass along the side of the road. That way I could delight in what was coming next instead of being sick over what was already left behind.

Those long trips taught me that you can’t live your life always looking in the rearview mirror. If you want to enjoy the beautiful moments of today then you have to see them as they happen. God doesn’t want us to live in the past. He wants us to embrace the joy that each new day brings. He wants us to realize the preciousness of every second and use them all to love Him, ourselves, and others. Keep your eyes on the road ahead then and trust God to lead you Home.

~ Joseph J. Mazzella ~

   Thank you so much, Shari!

       From My Husband, Paul Harty (Bardolph HS, IL - '61) of IL - 03/21/10 - "Bad Times Have Hit.........Very Sad!!!!!":

Got Milk?

I live on a farm and times are pretty hard as the area I live in is considered economically depressed.

It's so bad, that I've heard some of our neighbors were having a hard time making ends meet.

This morning, I woke up to hear a knock at the door. When I went to answer the door -- this is the sad sight that I saw. It just about broke my heart...!!



just absolutely heartbreaking!!!

"A government big enough to give you everything you want, is also big enough to take away everything you have."                    
                     -Thomas Jefferson

     Thanks again, Dools!

        From David Whitley ('67) of VA - 03/10/10 - "Oh my... I actually find this funny! (#4 in a Series of 9)":

What to do when really bored...

1. Kill a few flies

2. Put them in the sun to dry for one hour.

3. Once they are dry, pick a pencil and paper... Let your imagination flow.

Here are a few examples...


  So do I! Thanks, Gorgeous!



  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 - 03/21/10:


"I filled out a rental application that asked, 'Do you own any liquid-filled furniture?' Couldn't they just have said 'waterbed'? How many other forms of liquid-filled furniture are there? 'Yeah, I have a beer couch, will that be a problem?'" --Lisa Goich


"Kids? It's like living with homeless people. They're cute but they just chase you around all day long going, 'Can I have a dollar? I'm missing a shoe! I need a ride!'" --Kathleen Madigan


"I never get tired of housework - I don't do any. When guests come to visit I just put down dropcloths and say, 'We're painting.'" --Joan Rivers


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. 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 - OPEN TO ALL CLASSES, HOSTED BY THE CLASS OF 1965

PRAYER ROLL: - updated 03/19/10

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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Walk, Don't Run

Written by
Johnny Smith (b. 25 June 1922), 1955

Recorded by The Ventures, 1960

"Walk, Don't Run" midi (sequenced by John Walker) courtesy of
at the suggestion of Dave Spriggs ('64) of VA - 03/08/05
Thanks so much, Dave! 

"Walk" Image courtesy of - 03/22/10

 Gold Sparkle Divider Line clip art courtesy of - 03/22/05

Animated "NEW" 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

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

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

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!!

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

Animated Laughing Jerry courtesy of Cookie Phillips Tyndall ('64) of VA - 06/14/06
Thanks, Cookie!

Animated Laughing Kitten courtesy of Joyce Lawrence Cahoon of VA - 07/29/08
Thanks, Joyce!

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

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