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04/07/11 - NNHS Newsletter -
When a Man Loves a Woman

What a recreation it is to be in love! It sets the heart aching so delicately,
there's no taking a wink of sleep for the pleasure of the pain.

George Colman the Younger
(21 Oct 1762 - 17 Oct 1836)

Dear Friends and Schoolmates,

   It's still an April thing.....

BONUS - - When a Man Loves a Woman - Percy Sledge


"When a Man Loves a Woman" is a song recorded by Percy Sledge in 1966 at Norala Sound Studio in Sheffield, Alabama. It made number one on both the Billboard Hot 100 and R&B singles charts.[1]. It was listed 54th in the List of Rolling Stone magazine's 500 greatest songs of all time. The sidemen for this recording included Spooner Oldham, organ; Marlin Greene, guitar; Albert "Junior" Lowe, bass and Roger Hawkins, drums. The song is credited to Calvin Lewis and Andrew Wright, who played bass and keyboards with Sledge. However, the song was in fact written by Percy Sledge himself, but he gave it to Lewis and Wright.[2]

Before the recording session, the song had no title or lyrics. The session proceeded with the expectation that Sledge would produce them for the vocal takes. When it came time to record the vocals, Sledge improvised the lyrics with minimal pre-planning. Using the melody as a guide for rhythm and phrasing. The performance was so convincing that others working on the session assumed Sledge had the lyrics written down.


"When a Man Loves a Woman" was Sledge's first song recorded under the contract, and was released in March 1966.[1] The song's inspiration came when Sledge's girlfriend left him for a modeling career after he was laid off from construction job in late 1965.[3] Because bassist Calvin Lewis and organist Andrew Wright helped him with the song, he gave all the songwriting credits to them.[4] It reached #1 in the U.S. and went on to become an international hit. "When A Man Loves A Woman" was a hit twice in the UK, reaching #6 in 1966 and, on reissue, peaked at #2 in 1987. The song was also the first gold record released by Atlantic Records.[5] The soul anthem became the cornerstone of Sledge's career,


     Happy Birthday today to   Marc Snyder ('65) of NC!

     Happy Birthday this week to:

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

10 -      Dale Parsons, Sr. (June '48) of VA AND    Skip Wood ('65) of NC;

11 -     Brownie Shaffer Haracivet ('62) of VA AND   Susan Avent Hill ('66) of VA AND    Kathy Cooper ('70) of VA;

12 -   Harvey Weinstein ('57) AND  Richard Rawls ('71) of VA;

13 -   Gil Hughes ('64)!;

14 -   Linda DeShazo Hatchett (’65) of VA!

   Many Happy Returns to You All!


Thursday, April 6, 1865

The Battle of Saylor’s Creek today marked the last battle between the Army of the Potomac and the Army of Northern Virginia. The Confederates was nearing the Appomattox River, and the lead units got successfully across. The swampy land, though, caused some separations, and when Lt. Gen. Richard Ewell’s men mistakenly followed the wrong road, they were set upon by Federal forces and after battle, compelled to surrender.


Friday, April 7, 1865

US Grant commenced on this day a most delicate negotiation--he sent a letter, under flag of truce, to Gen. Robert E. Lee. “The result of the last week must convince you,” he said, “of the hopelessness of further resistance...(to avoid) any further effusion of blood, by asking of you the surrender of that portion of the CS Army known as the Army of Northern Virginia.”

    From Joe Madagan ('57) of FL - 04/06/11 - "Talking Cat? Doris Day???":

Hey, Carol:

You have been working too hard lately. Might it be that a bad case of "Cabin Fever" has set in with the long winter in Illinois? When a cat makes purring sounds like Doris Day, you might need to see your friendly physician to have your hearing checked.

Not hitting the bottle are you???

TYPHOON Regards,
Joe Madagan ('57) of FL

   Wal, Adonis, that may all be true (except for the inebriation part!), but I don't think so; I'm a well-known hermit who has ventured outside far more lately than I would have preferred. 

   Besides,   Austin didn't really purr it to me; he more or less communicated it to me telepathically - rather the same way you yourself did eight years ago when you somehow (without ever saying a single word) conned me into making those Famous Airmen and Famous Coast Guardsmen pages!

   Thanks, Joe!

   Speaking of which...

       Ray Barnes ('65) of VA and     Marcus C. Higgins ('65) of AZ have now been added to our Famous Airmen page (No, not their photos; they haven't sent me pictures of themselves in uniform, and "Dem Rules Is Da Rules!"):

   Say, Ray, didn't you tell me forty-eleven years ago that you were born in Kansas City?? Was that Missouri or Kansas???

   Speaking of Marcus Higgins.....

    From Marcus C. Higgins ('65) of AZ - 04/09/07 (sic):

   This waay cool basketball schedule - complete with final scores - was sent to me by Marcus on 04/09/07, I scanned it on 05/17/07 - and never posted it!?! 
     I've done so at long last now: 

   Thanks again, Marcus!


    From Glenn Dye ('60) of TX - 04/06/11 - "Mrs. Verna Graves":


I wondered who all had Mrs. Graves for math. I felt sorry for her. Not only were her regular glasses thick, but the pair that she wore over them was thicker. One time she had both pairs lying on her desk, bumped against the trash can, and said excuse me.


   I'm not sure, Glenn. Being "mostly" blind myself, I can certainly identify with her. I believe       Wayne Stokes ('65) of VA told me a very similar story about eight years ago.  I've been meaning to create a Teacher page for her ever since then.  I'm sure there's some perfectly good explanation why I've never done it, though nothing really comes to mind.....

   Thanks for the nudge! Here it is now:


    From Joan Lauterbach Krause ('60) of VA - 04/06/11 - "Check this out, my Brain Age was 58":

   Thanks, Joan! I must warn y'all that if you start taking these tests, make certain that you won't be interrupted. I was interrupted, and when I tried to begin again, it "remembered" me, and would not allow me to begin anew.

      From My Husband, Paul Harty (Bardolph HS, IL - '61) of IL - 04/06/11 - "A TRIBUTE TO THE VIETNAM WAR VETERANS":

This is powerful and very well done. I recommend to all it being seen and sent on. A great tribute and remembrance to those of us who served in the Vietnam War Era.


This is one of the better Vietnam videos made by and for Michigan Vietnam Veterans, but I believe all of you will appreciate this. This story could and is retold by 49 other states and territories as well.

If you know a Vietnam Veteran consider sending this link to them.

     Thanks, Dools!

From - 04/04/11 - "Egoism":

Lighten Up Or Heavy Up...The Choice Is Yours

By Wayne Kehl

Have you ever noticed that a lot of people tend to take themselves too seriously? You know who I mean:

• Those folks who huff and puff with righteous indignation whenever they are challenged.
• Those people who glare and stare whenever someone says something they believe is inappropriate.
• Those individuals who seem to believe that it is okay for them to say things to others that should never be directed at them.

Do you have people like that in your life? Do you from time to time find them becoming annoyed by words, situations, or people that they would accept in the past but which have suddenly become intolerable to their egocentric psyches? Are you one of those people? When you see this happening in yourself or others, what do you think might be happening?

Human beings are driven by ego. Every person with a beating heart possesses some level of egoism. Egoism must not be confused with Egotism. The subtle difference between the two is that egoism is the natural pride and self esteem that we all have for ourselves while egotism is an outward display of self esteem which usually comes across as arrogance or conceit. Egotism is generally undesirable in human society but egoism is necessary for a normal, happy life. People who lose their egoism are usually depressed, miserable, or feeling a sense of despair. They have given up. Egoism is what made human beings the superior beings on our planet. It is that special ingredient that causes us to build huge buildings, fly to the moon and constantly research cures for diseases. It creates in us, a need to win!

Occasionally, egoism can turn to egotism. I call this heavying up. Sometimes a person who is normally even tempered and easy to get along with will change their approach to specific relationships. When that happens, we find folks saying things like this:

• "You can't talk to me like that!" or
• "That's not funny!" or
• "Whatever!" or
• "How would you know?"

Often this is because the person saying those things has allowed his or her ego to take flight in order to elevate them to a higher position than the person they are talking to. They have decided that the words or actions of the other person are repugnant to them in some way and have decided to react in an egotistical, humorless fashion, thereby belittling the other individual. It is intended to put them down or control them. Sometimes they will simply become uncommunicative in an effort to freeze the other person out. Sound familiar?

There can be many reasons for heavying up but usually the person that has allowed his or her ego to take over is feeling demeaned, insulted, hurt or simply afraid. Their ego is telling them to strike out in order to take control. Rather than thinking the situation through and treating the other person as an equal they believe that they can win by being superior, difficult, sarcastic or uncaring. For a moment in time they are acting like someone else. Their behavior is neither characteristic nor acceptable even to them. They have been taken over by their internal self-defense mechanisms and they don't really understand the ramifications of their actions.

When you come across people who are heavying up on you, do not react in kind. Do not retaliate with sarcasm or nastiness. That will only make the situation worse. Instead, take the high road and calmly explain to them that you mean no harm and that you would like help in resolving the issue at hand. Ask if you have offended them somehow and let them know that their opinions matter to you. The idea is to soften their egotistical veneer so that you can get back on track. Usually when it is made clear to someone in the throes of heavying up that they are being unfair or unpleasant, their ego will force them back into a more reasonable frame of mind. You see, no one really wants to be viewed as unfair, rude or egotistical and once they realize that they have been caught, they will revert to a more acceptable mode of communication.
By the way, if you ever find yourself snapping at someone for no apparent good reason, remember this: Stop taking yourself so seriously and LIGHTEN UP! If you can do that every time, your stress level will reduce and you will have a much happier life.

About the Author:

Wayne Kehl is an author, lecturer and personal development coach in British Columbia Canada. Find out more about Wayne at



Eat Plate:

Taipei, Taiwan (AP) - Diners tempted to lick a plate after a delicious meal can now go a step further - eat the plate. Chen Liang-erh, 50, an amateur inventor, announced Friday that he had perfected an edible plate made from wheat grain, and that he planned to mass-produce it and other edible crockery including cups, bowls and food containers. Chen spent six years developing the plate, which he said would retail at about 7 cents each. Diners who don't want to eat the items - which taste like unsalted popcorn - can boil them for a nutritious meal for animals, he said. Chen said this can help reduce pollution caused by discarded crockery. The only disadvantage, he said, is his crockery cannot be washed and reused....


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 or 757-879-2847 - CLASS OF 1961

PRAYER ROLL : - updated 04/05/11

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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  When a Man Loves a Woman

Written by Calvin Lewis and Andrew Wright

Recorded by Percy Sledge, 1966
(b. 25 Feb 1941)

When a man loves a woman
Can't keep his mind on nothing else
He'll trade the world
For the good thing he's found
If she's bad he can't see it
She can do no wrong
Turn his back on his best friend
If he put her down

When a man loves a woman
Spend his very last dime
Tryin' to hold on to what he needs
He'd give up all his comfort
Sleep out in the rain
If she said that's the way it ought to be

Well, this man loves a woman
I gave you everything I had
Tryin' to hold on to your precious love
Baby, please don't treat me bad

When a man loves a woman
Down deep in his soul
She can bring him such misery
If she plays him for a fool
He's the last one to know
Lovin' eyes can't ever see

When a man loves a woman
He can do no wrong
He can never own some other girl
Yes when a man loves a woman
I know exactly how he feels
'Cause baby, baby, baby, you're my world

When a man loves a woman.....

"When A Man Loves A Woman" mov file courtesy of
at the suggestion of Dave Spriggs ('64) of VA - 04/05/06
Thanks, Dave!

 (This is by far the best one, but you have to rip it from the web page.)

OHHHH, but it is soooooo good!  Thanks for your diligence, David!

And thanks to my #6 son, Dale Harty (American School, IL - '02) for extracting a totally new type of file for me! (04/06/06)

"When A Man Loves A Woman" lyrics courtesy of
 also at the suggestion of Dave Spriggs ('64) of VA - 04/04/06
Thanks again, Dave!

Image of Man Loves Woman courtesy of - 04/05/06

Nerve Heart Divider Line clip art courtesy of - 01/20/06

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

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!!

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!

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

Animated Hiding Mallard (by AF Artist - Josh Doohen) courtesy of - 05/15/08

Navy Seal clip art courtesy of - 05/29/06

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

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