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04/02/11 - NNHS Newsletter -

“April is a promise that May is bound to keep.”

- Hal Borland
(14 May 1900 - 22 Feb 1978)

Dear Friends and Schoolmates,   

   There's just something about April.....

BONUS - - Pat Boone - April Love, 1957


"April Love" is a popular song with music by Sammy Fain and lyrics by Paul Francis Webster. It was written as the theme song for a 1957 film of the same name starring Pat Boone and Shirley Jones and directed by Henry Levin.

In the film, the Pat Boone character, Nick Conover, leaves Chicago after being put on probation for stealing a car. Living and working on the Kentucky farm of his uncle Jed Bruce and his aunt Henrietta, he falls in love with a neighbour's daughter, played by Shirley Jones. In the same way that Boone is often criticised for singing watered-down versions of rhythm and blues songs, the film April Love can be seen as a milder version of James Dean's Rebel Without a Cause (1955) or Marlon Brando's The Wild One (1955).[citation needed]

Helped by the release of the film, "April Love" became a number-one hit in the United States for Pat Boone in December 1957. In 1958, it was nominated for an Academy Award for Best Music, Original Song.


     Happy Birthday this week to:

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

06 -   Gerald Leonard ('66) of VA AND Aaron (Hank) Smith ('69);

07 -   Marc Snyder ('65) of NC;

09 -   Denise Roane (Hampton HS - '71) of VA!

   Many Happy Returns to You All!


1.     Ray Barnes ('65) of VA - 04/01/11, 6:43 PM:

Friday 04/01/2011 6:43:20pm
Name: Ray Barnes class of '65 NNHS
Marital Status married
City/Country: Roanoke, Va.
Favorite Teachers Eliza Wise
Curtis Fooks
Mr. Leonard
Hobbies Fishing
Comments I recognized a few names.
I ran across Chip Clark's name on another site. I haven't seen the names of any other familiar folks: Lois Moore, Bunny Booker, Richard Billings, Freddy Blechman, Charlie Braswell, or Richard Lee. Where's Donna Windsor these days?

2.     Ray Barnes ('65) of VA - 04/02/11, 6:18 AM:

Saturday 04/02/2011 6:18:21am
Name: Ray Barnes class of '65 NNHS
City/Country: Roanoke, Va.
Favorite Teachers I had some trouble with a few spots on the various locations on this site (could not find URL was a frequent message). Anyway, this is a huge site! Everything NNHS a boomer could ask for: bubblegum, sweatshirt, comic book.
Hobbies I checked the in memoriams and found Chip Clark. Also, several friends from home room with Mrs. Conn (315, wasn't it?) I had hoped to see Steve Burns or Ricky Urrutia or Betty Bass live and well somewhere on the site, but alas.
Comments I've been growing. I've grown fatter, balder (a great crop of freckled scalp), and slower. My moustache is pretty healthy and pain free, but the rest of me...not so much. I remember our date, Carol Buckley. Is the next reunion of class of 65 going to happen?
   Well, Ray Barnes - there you are!
Try these pages for more regarding your questions about where others may be:

 - one of the original pages on the site (2000) - and one of the most neglected.....

   The "broken" issues are two-fold.  When my oldest sister died a couple of years back, I mistakenly thought I could keep working on the site even while I was sobbing my eyes out.

   This does not work.  A slip of the finger caused me to make all of the graphics in all the Newsletters disappear.  Several months later I found their hiding place, and from time to time I replace them - but there were hundreds of them.

   Then last March we switched servers from to  I solved many issues we were having - and gave us far more benefits for far less money - but meant that most links no longer worked automatically - and after ten years there were thousands of them.

   This problem has three cures.  The first would be the simplest - were I not so - well, simple.    Mike Sisk ('63) of CA graciously offered to do something waaay cool (and over my head) to remedy the entire problem in ten minutes.  I'm awaiting my resident tech reppie's help in implementing this - and he's a busy man.

   The second way is for me to manually switch each one independently - which I do when I spot them, and I've corrected hundreds of them - including all (I hope) of the Teacher Pages last night:

   The third way is for the gentle reader to simply remove the offending characters ".00freehost" from each URL bar so afflicted, re-hit "Enter" - and report back to me so I can do more.

   Now about that date of ours.  It was Independence Day 1965.  We went to Fort Monroe to see the continental Army Command Band play the entire 1812 Overture.  It was fabulous!  We had great seats - in a way - right by the cannon!

   Earlier that day I had babysat my sister's three small children.  They were such naughty babies and I was such a crummy babysitter, I decided I would never, ever have children of my own, and probably would never even get married.  Something must have changed my mind.  Four summers later       Paul (Harty - Bardolph HS, IL - '61 - of IL) and I were married, and over the course of the next 18 years we had seven children.

   Oh, yes - one more thing.  Back in 2003 while we lived in Fayetteville, we went to see the fireworks at Fort Bragg.  Hearing that the band was "posta" perform the 1812 Overture, my #6 son (who was 19-and-a-half that very day) and I decided we really, really wanted to hear that - so we left our party at the fireworks spot and sprinted (yes, verily!) about a mile over to the concert grounds.  We saw a magnificent military demonstration followed by a very good pop concert - and the final "famous" movement of the 1812 only.  We were a bit disappointed as we were expecting to hear it in total, but hey - it was still a once in a lifetime opportunity!

   Besides - I still had the memory of seeing it 38 years before!  Thanks again, Ray - and Welcome Aboard!


Thursday, April 2, 1863

It became famous as the “Richmond Bread Riot”, but the actual causes of the outburst are unclear. People were not starving in the streets, but it was unquestionable that runaway inflation and a tightening Yankee blockade was making living increasingly difficult, particularly for widows, orphans, and soldiers’ wives. A crowd gathered around a wagon demanding bread. Things rapidly got out of hand and the crowd, by now a full-fledged mob, abandoned the now-empty wagon and began breaking shop windows and looting anything they could get their hands on. President Davis was so alarmed that he came out into the street, climbed onto a wagon, and begged for order, even taking money out of his own pocket and throwing it to the crowd to show he was no better off than they were. Troops and police eventually broke up the mob without bloodshed or excessive arrests.

      From My Husband, Paul Harty (Bardolph HS, IL - '61) of IL - 03/31/11 - "Amazing recreation of 1890's Main Street made in a man's basement":

An awesome Chicago basement.

   WOWZERONI! I LOVE this! Thanks, Dools!

      From Wayne Stokes ('65) of VA - 04/01/11 - "The Little Rascals and what became of them..................":

From the library of    Bill Hobbs ('66 - of Northern VA)!! I share with you--I knew you'd want to know--I don't know how I knew--I just knew!! I wonder why they didn't include      Rip Collins ('65 - of TN) --he was one--right?

This goes back a long, long time. Mostly sad news about them all, but hope you enjoy the pics and info. 

   Thanks, Wayne Honey - and Bill! This show was a great favorite of mine, though you're right - I didn't see anything in the article about Rip Precious!

    From the Head Flagtwirler of 1965, Janice McCain Rose of Northern VA - 04/01/11 - "Dial A Human":

This was forwarded to me....haven't tried any of the prompts....but it might help in the time of frustration!!!

If you are fed up with dealing with the automated "customer service" processes forced on you by your business, health care provider, phone company, etc. etc. etc.?

Just click on the link below to find out how you can "reach a human.'

This was found in the AARP Mag.....Don't know how accurate it is...

   Oh, this is lovely news that y'all might very well wish to bookmark! I waited on the phone just the other day for 24 minutes trying to reach something other than a recording! Thanks so much, Janice!

      From My Husband, Paul Harty (Bardolph HS, IL - '61) of IL - 04/01/11 - "The Lion Whisperer":

Here kitty kitty.....

   Okay, either he's nuts or I am! Thanks again, Dools!

      From Wayne Stokes ('65) of VA - 04/01/11 - "Check out Josh Spector » Blog Archive » Now THIS Is A Great Commercial":

This is the way to live one's life.  I really feel annoyed with all of that "over the hill crap."  One is over the hill when one begins thinking they are. - Josh Spector » Blog Archive » Now THIS Is A Great Commercial - Why can’t all advertising be this good?
It really is!!

     WOWZERONI! Thanks again, Wayne Honey!



Waking The Baby

The first-time father, beside himself with excitement over the birth of
his son, was determined to do everything right.

"So, tell me, nurse," he asked as his new family headed out the hospital
door, "what time should we wake the little guy in the morning?"

The nurse spent the next 25 minutes trying to stop laughing.


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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April Love

Words by
Paul Francis Webster (20 Dec 1907 – 18 Mar 1984)

Music by
Sammy Fain (17 June 1902 – 06 Dec 1989)

Recorded by Pat Boone (b. 01 June 1934), 1957

April love is for the very young
Every star's a wishing star that shines for you
April love is all the seven wonders
One little kiss can tell you this is true

Sometimes an April day will suddenly bring showers
Rain to grow the flowers for her first bouquet
But April love can slip right through your fingers
So if she's the one don't let her run away

[Instrumental Interlude]

Sometimes an April day will suddenly bring showers
Rain to grow the flowers for her first bouquet
But April love can slip right through your fingers
So if she's the one don't let her run away

"April Love" midi courtesy of - 04/01/08

  "April Love" lyrics courtesy of - 04/01/08

Hummel's "April Showers" Image courtesy of - 04/01/08

 Animated Rain Divider Line clip art courtesy of - 03/30/07

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

Hampton High School's Crab clip art courtesy of - 10/02/05
Replaced courtesy of - 02/17/09

Animated Guest Book clip art courtesy of - 03/07/06

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

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!!

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

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