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03/29/11 - NNHS Newsletter -
And Your Bird Can Sing

“Birds sing after a storm; why shouldn't people feel as free
to delight in whatever remains to them?”

Rose Fitzgerald Kennedy
(22 July 1890 - 22 Jan 1995)

Dear Friends and Schoolmates, 

   Today's Newsletter theme comes to us indirectly from   Norris Perry (Warwick HS - '59) of VA who sent us that wondrous list of Beatles' songs back in January:

   Thanks, Norris Sweetie!



"And Your Bird Can Sing" is a song by The Beatles, released on their 1966 album Revolver in the United Kingdom and on Yesterday...and Today in the United States. The songwriting credit is Lennon/McCartney, though the song was written solely by John Lennon. The working title was "You Don't Get Me". Lennon was later dismissive of the song, as he was of many of his compositions at the time, referring to it as "another of my throwaways...fancy paper around an empty box".[2]

The song, a hard-edged rocker, is memorable for its extended dual-guitar melody, played by George Harrison and Paul McCartney. A version of the song, featuring George on his Rickenbacker 12-string guitar, was recorded on 20 April 1966 but was scrapped: the group recorded the album version on April 26.[3] The rejected version, heard on the Anthology 2 album, features a vocal track on which Lennon and McCartney are giggling hysterically. The Anthology liner notes states that the tapes do not indicate the source of the laughter. However, given the group's excessive consumption of cannabis during this period, it is likely that they were under the influence at the time of recording.

A number of incidents have been suggested as inspirations for the song's cryptic lyrics, which recall in tone those of She Said, She Said:

"And Your Bird Can Sing" was used as the theme song of the Beatles's cartoon series during its third season. The song is playable in the music video game The Beatles: Rock Band.


      From John London (Warwick HS - '57) of VA - 03/28/11, 7:32 PM - "Hello to ...":

.. my good friend, CarolDarlin;

I just wanted to let you know that I am much recovered from my bout with congestive heart failure. Had more cardiac tests today (stress and another echo) but feeling much (I can breath) better. Are you allowed [by the grammar gods] to have two sets of parans in the same sentence??? And, why is parans spelled wrong in spite of my best efforts? I should not have skipped English class in favor of pool in downtown NN!

Anyhow, and always, thanks for all that you do, CarolDarlin'!

John London

     SUPER-DE-DUPER! Parans? I just do not know, John Darlin'. I was an English major, but I seem to have concentrated more on literature than on grammar.  I never even heard of parentheses referred to as parans - and I know that I personally choose to over punctuate. Now if you'd ask me instead about Chaucer, well, then!

   Thanks so much for sharing your wonderful news, John Darlin'!


    Happy Birthday today to    David Hatchett ('65) of VA!

    Happy Birthday tomorrow to Alex Nicol (February '49) of VA AND Webb Edwards ('57) AND       Don Jett (NNHS / WHS - '60) of FL AND    Tina Crowder Adderholdt ('65) of VA AND    Ivan Anker ('67) of VA!

   Happy Birthday this week to:

01 - Harold Smith ('57);

04 - Robert Workman ('57) AND   Sylvia Hall Hammond ('66) of UT;

   Many Happy Returns to You All!


        From Jerry Blanchard ('62) of VA - 03/28/11 - "Train ride 2011":

Carol, I wish to pass this on to the TYPHOON nation, from my heart...

Jerry Blanchard (Class of 62) of Va.

   Thanks so much, Jerry! It took a bit of searching, but I think I was finally able to find this in a form we could "share with the rest of the class": 

  From Judy Phillips Allen ('66) of VA - 03/28/11 - " 'Pick Me Up' For the Day!":

And we do need "pick me ups", don't we?

"Pick Me Up" For the Day!

If this doesn't cheer you up, nothing will!!!!!!!!Wisdom/OrangutanAndHound.html - Humans Are Not the Only Beings with Interspecies Friends

National Geographic

When Surya, the orangutan, meets a hound dog by the river, the two carry on like long lost friends.

   Thanks, Dearest Judy! I know I certainly needed a "pick me up" today!

      From My Niece, Shari, of VA - 03/28/11 - "The Money Bear":

A resend, but worth a try!

The Money Bear

All who receive this bear, comes to your life a lot of Love, a lot of Money or Good News. Have faith and pass on, pass back and
get that good luck and money flowing.

Nothing to lose.. It only takes a minute.

Send to 6 friends or family. Money will appear in 4 days, weeks or months. Expect great news!!

Send to 12 friends or family. A fortune will appear in 2 days, weeks or months; good luck, money and love will appear at your door. Expect it!

This is not a joke.


   Thanks, Shari! Apart from any attendant blessings (which I could most definitely use!), I found both the image and the wording to be quite charming!

  From Judy Phillips Allen ('66) of VA - 03/28/11 - "AIR FORCE TEST - WILL DRIVE YOU CRAZY!":

I did a little over 4 seconds....that's all.

Here's a great test of your hand-eye coordination skill. You do not need to report your score!

This will drive you nuts!! Have fun!  

The object of the game is to move the red block around without getting hit by the blue blocks or touching the black walls. 
If you can go longer than 18 seconds on any one test, you are phenomenal. It's been said that the US Air Force uses this for fighter pilots.

They are expected to go for at least 2 minutes.  

Give it a try but be is addictive (or forward it to someone you want to frustrate)!!

   Thanks again, Dearest Judy! I won't mention my abysmal score. I'll just say that there are several very good reasons why I don't drive a car, much less pilot fighter planes for the Air Force!

     From Jerry ('65) and    Judy Phillips ('66) Allen of VA - 03/28/11 - "Thanks for Your Time! don't waste it":

To all my family 
& friends I want to

A young man learns what's most important in life from the guy next door.

It had been some time since Jack had seen the old man. College, girls, career, and life itself got in the way. In fact, Jack moved clear across the country in pursuit of his dreams.

There, in the rush of his busy life, Jack had little time to think about the past and often no time to spend with his wife and son. He was working on his future, and nothing could stop him.

Over the phone, his mother told him, "Mr. Belser died last night. The funeral is Wednesday."

Memories flashed through his mind like an old newsreel as he sat quietly remembering his childhood days.

"Jack, did you hear me?"

"Oh, sorry, Mom. Yes, I heard you. It's been so long since I thought of him. I'm sorry, but I honestly thought he died years ago," Jack said.

"Well, he didn't forget you. Every time I saw him he'd ask how you were doing. He'd reminisce about the many days you spent over 'his side of the fence' as he put it," Mom told him.

"I loved that old house he lived in," Jack said.

"You know, Jack, after your father died, Mr. Belser stepped in to make sure you had a man's influence in your life," she said

"He's the one who taught me carpentry," he said. "I wouldn't be in this business if it weren't for him. He spent a lot of time teaching me things he thought were important...Mom, I'll be there for the funeral," Jack said.

As busy as he was, he kept his word. Jack caught the next flight to his hometown. Mr. Belser's funeral was small and uneventful. He had no children of his own, and most of his relatives had passed away.

The night before he had to return home, Jack and his mom stopped by to see the old house next door one more time.

Standing in the doorway, Jack paused for a moment. It was like crossing over into another dimension, a leap through space and time. The house was exactly as he remembered. Every step held memories. Every picture, every piece of furniture.... Jack stopped suddenly.

"What's wrong, Jack?" his mom asked..

"The box is gone," he said.

"What box?" Mom asked.

"There was a small gold box that he kept locked on top of his desk I must have asked him a thousand times what was inside. All he'd ever tell me was 'the thing I value most,'" Jack said.

It was gone. Everything about the house was exactly how Jack remembered it, except for the box.. He figured someone from the Belser family had taken it.

"Now I'll never know what was so valuable to him," Jack said. "I better get some sleep. I have an early flight home, Mom."

It had been about two weeks since Mr. Belser died. Returning home from work one day Jack discovered a note in his mailbox.

"Signature required on a package. No one at home. Please stop by the main post office within the next three days," the note read.

Early the next day Jack retrieved the package. The small box was old and looked like it had been mailed a hundred years ago. The handwriting was difficult to read, but the return address caught his attention.

"Mr. Harold Belser," it read. Jack took the box out to his car and ripped open the package. There inside was the gold box and an envelope. Jack's hands shook as he read the note inside.

"Upon my death, please forward this box and its contents to Jack Bennett. It's the thing I valued most in my life."

A small key was taped to the letter. His heart racing, as tears filling his eyes, Jack carefully unlocked the box. There inside he found a beautiful gold pocket watch.

Running his fingers slowly over the finely etched casing, he unlatched the cover. Inside he found these words engraved:

"Jack, Thanks for your time! - Harold Belser."

"The thing he valued most time"

Jack held the watch for a few minutes, then called his office and cleared his appointments for the next two days.

"Why?" Janet, his assistant asked.

"I need some time to spend with my son," he said.

"Oh, by the way, Janet, thanks for your time!"

"Life is not measured by the number of breaths we take but by the moments that take our breath away."

Think about this. You may not realize it, but it's 100% true.

1. At least 2 people in this world love you so much they would die for you.

2. At least 15 people in this world love you in some way.

3. A smile from you can bring happiness to anyone, even if they don't like you.

4. Every night, SOMEONE thinks about you before they go to sleep.

5. You mean the world to someone.

6. If not for you, someone may not be living.

7. You are special and unique.

8. When you think you have no chance of getting what you want, you probably won't get it, but if you trust God to do what's best, and wait on His time, sooner or later, you will get it or something better.

9. When you make the biggest mistake ever, something good can still come from it.

10. When you think the world has turned its back on you, take a look: you most likely turned your back on the world.

11. Someone that you don't even know exists loves you.

12. Always remember the compliments you received. Forget about the rude remarks.

13. Always tell someone how you feel about them; you will feel much better when they know and you'll both be happy.

14. If you have a great friend, take the time to let them know that they are great.

Send this letter to all the people you care about, if you do so, you will certainly brighten someone's day and might change their perspective on life...for the better.

To everyone I sent this to, "Thanks for your time".

Thank you so much, Sweetie-Pies!

    From Jerry ('65) and    Judy Phillips ('66) Allen of VA - 03/28/11 - "HOW TO TELL THE SEX OF A BIRD":


This Is AMAZING!!!

Until now I never fully understood how to tell The difference Between Male and Female Birds. I always thought it had to be determined surgically. Until Now.

Below are Two Birds. Study them closely...See If You Can Spot Which of The Two Is The Female. It can be done. Even by one with limited bird watching skills.

Send this to all of the men you know, who could do with a good laugh . . . and to all women who have a great sense of humor!

     Thanks again, Sweetie-Pies!

  From Joyce Lawrence Cahoon ('65) of VA - 03/12/11 - "Some Maxines" (#17 in a Series of 19):

Finally, Some NEW Maxine's!
  AND REMEMBER: Good friends are like stars.

You don't always see them but you always know they are there.
   SAD GIGGLES!  Thanks, Joyce!


From - 03/28/11:

A little boy came home with his parents from church one Sunday. He seemed a little depressed, so his mother asked him if something happened in Sunday school class that he would like to talk about. He told his mother "Well, we were singing songs and the teacher made us sing about a poor bear named Gladly that needed glasses and I can't stop thinking about him. She said he was cross-eyed and I feel bad for him.

The mother couldn't understand why the teacher would teach such a song in Sunday school, so she decided to call her. To the woman’s amazement, the teacher said she only taught hymns that morning. Then the teacher began laughing out loud and said to the mother, “I know what Jeffrey’s' talking about! We learned the hymn 'Gladly The Cross I'd Bear'".


1. Thursday, April 7, 2011 - The NNHS Class of 1955 holds Lunch Bunch gatherings on the first Thursday of every month at Steve & John's Steak House on Jefferson Avenue just above Denbigh Boulevard in Newport News at 11:00 AM. The luncheon is not limited to just the Class of '55; if you have friends in that year, go visit with them.

2. Wednesday, April 13, 2011 - The NNHS Class of June 1942 meets at noon on the second Wednesday of every other month for a Dutch treat lunch at the James River Country Club, 1500 Country Club Road. PLEASE JOIN THEM. Give or take a few years makes no difference. Good conversation, food and atmosphere. For details, call Jennings Bryan at 803-7701 for reservations.

3. Saturday, April 30, 2011 - The NNHS Class will have a Luncheon. Team Leaders are Mickey Marcella ( - 757-249-3800), Betty Hamby Neher ( - 757-898-5099), and Dr. Harry Simpson ( - 804-694-0346). - CLASS OF 1954

4. Saturday, July 9, 2011 (6:30 PM to 11:30 PM) - The Class of 1971 will hold its 40-Year Reunion at Newport News Marriott at City Center, 740 Town Center Drive, Newport News. For details, contact Richard Rawls at - CLASS OF 1971

5. Saturday, August 20, 2011 - The Class of 1966 will hold its 45-Year Reunion at the Warwick Yacht Club, Newport News.  Further details will be available soon from Dee Hodges Bartram at - CLASS OF 1966

6. Friday, Saturday, and Sunday, August 26, 27, and 28, 2011 - The Class of 1961 will hold its 50-Year Reunion. - For details, contact Gary Fitzgerald at - CLASS OF 1961

PRAYER ROLL : - updated 03/29/11

BLOG: - updated 03/13/11

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

                           Love to all, Carol





Carol Buckley Harty

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And Your Bird Can Sing

Written by John Lennon[1] (credited to Lennon/McCartney)

Recorded by The Beatles, 1966

You tell me that you've got everything you want
And your bird can sing
But you don't get me, you don't get me

You say you've seen seven wonders and your bird is green
But you can't see me, you can't see me

When your prized possessions start to weigh you down
Look in my direction, I'll be round, I'll be round

When your bird is broken will it bring you down
You may be awoken, I'll be round, I'll be round

You tell me that you've heard every sound there is
And your bird can swing
But you can't hear me, you can't hear me

"And Your Bird Can Sing" midi courtesy of - 03/30/11 (sic)

"And Your Bird Can Sing" lyrics courtesy
of - 03/30/11

Singing Bird Cartoon courtesy of - 03/30/11 (sic)

Animated Beatles Divider Line clip art courtesy of a website which no longer exists - several years ago

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

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

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

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