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04/09/11 - NNHS Newsletter - Twilight Time


“The hours I spend with you I look upon as sort of a perfumed
garden, a dim twilight, and a fountain signing to and you
alone make me feel that I am alive...Other men, it is said, have seen
angels, but I have seen thee and thou art enough.”

- George A. Moore
(24 Feb 1852 - 21 Jan 1933)

Dear Friends and Schoolmates, 

   I think it's time for the soothing sounds of The Platters.  

BONUS - - Twilight Time - The Platters


"Twilight Time" is a popular song with lyrics by Buck Ram, and the music by The Three Suns (Morty Nevins, Al Nevins and Artie Dunn).

Original hits of "Twilight Time" included the Three Suns (1944) and Les Brown & His Band of Renown (1945).[1]

Les Brown's version of "Twilight Time" was recorded in November 1944 and released in early 1945 as the B-side of "Sentimental Journey", the first recording of that song. While the A-side featured Doris Day's vocals, "Twilight Time" was an instrumental. The first vocal version of the song on record was released, also in 1945, by bandleader Jimmy Dorsey with Teddy Walters on vocals.[2]

It has been recorded by numerous acts over the years. However, the best known version of the song was recorded by The Platters and became a number one hit on both the pop singles and R&B Best Sellers charts in 1958 in the United States[3]. The song also reached number three in the United Kingdom. In 1963, the Platters recorded a Spanish version of the song entitled "La Hora del Crepúsculo", sung in a rhumba-style tempo...


     Happy Birthday today to   Denise Roane (Hampton HS - '71) of VA!

     Happy Birthday tomorrow to     Dale Parsons, Sr. (June '48) of VA AND    Skip Wood ('65) of NC! 

     Happy Birthday this week to:

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;

15 -      George Helliesen ('61) of MI!

   Many Happy Returns to You All!


Sunday, April 9, 1865

Robert E. Lee today met with Ulysses S. Grant this day, at Appomattox Station, Va. The historic encounter took place in the parlor of one Wilmer McLean. Mr. McLean’s former residence in Manassas had been damaged in the battle of the same name. Resolving to get his family away from such danger, he had picked up and moved to the most harmless, out-of-the-way place he could find. The war came to him for its ending as it had for its beginning, and the surrender papers were signed on his table by the head of the Army of Northern Virginia. A Confederate soldier later wrote that men came “to their officers with tears streaming from their eyes, and asked what it all meant, and would, at that moment, I know, have rather died the night before than see the sun rise on such a day as this.”.

    From Norm Covert ('61) of MD - 04/08/11 - "The Covert Letter":

Welcome Back

Posted: 06 Apr 2011 09:15 AM PDT

The Covert Letter has a new look today, but we hope the changes do not alter your comfort zone navigating the site. We trust you, as a long-time friend and supporter, will keep your friendship with us.

Norman Covert

It is a challenge and privilege to assume the role of senior editor/publisher as brother Harry Covert steps back into the role of editor at large. Harry will offer occasional commentary in the style to which you’ve become accustomed under the byline H. M. Covert. You may also read occasional articles from other contributors.

When I joined The Covert Letter as a regular in January we provided background on the years of my collaboration, both personal and professional, with Harry. We are still in tandem.

Harry Covert

The Covert Letter requires gathering, digesting, writing and distributing news and information to you, which represents primarily a technology leap for me. It’s the “how” of getting it to you that has changed. Ms. Leia Clark of Digital Power Studio continues to guide us through the cyber world with our sincere gratitude.

In 1961 I maintained the AP/UPI teletypes in the Newport News (Va.) Daily Press city room. I was a copy boy hopeful of a byline. The news clacked across the continuous feed paper with corrections, updates and “new lede(s)” from news centers worldwide. I still love the immediacy of the teletype and the mysterious senders back up the line telling of historic events, which we now witness by satellite television feed.

This electronic medium pops The Covert Letter’s latest edition on your incoming message screen. You have the option to accept or reject any or all. We believe you will always be able to trust our content and intent. We hope you will continue to subscribe and encourage others to join our family of readers. If you feel led to write a commentary, let me know. We value your opinion.

I expect to continue writing about a variety of subjects that will be of interest to you. I cannot predict what will turn up next from my keyboard, but don’t be surprised as I jump from politics to Boy Scout campfire humor.

Feedback, of course, is the source of learning what you want to see in The Covert Letter. We want to be of value to you; to entertain, enlighten and stimulate with the words and pictures we’ll send your way. Thanks for being here. –Norman Covert

   COOL BEANS! Thanks, Norm!

 From Mark Friedman ('65) of VA - 04/08/11 - "Spam":


   Thanks, Mark! I saw that this had been happening. I don't know how it happens either, but I have several other friends who've experienced the same thing in the last six months alone. Hang in there!

      From John London (Warwick HS - '57) of VA - 04/08/11 - "Messin' ..":

.. around.
     OOOH! Thanks, John Darlin'! You just keep messing around; you do such lovely work! I've posted your image on site: 



Sunday, April 3, 2011

      From Phil Hammond ('64) of UT - 04/08/11 - "Wasatch Back Country":  

Hi to all,

I promise this will be my last note from the Wasatch Back Country.
  Here it is 2 days before we close the Resort and this morning I skied 15" of fresh powder. It was the best all year and we are expecting the same thing tomorrow. I skied Lady Morgan Bowl, Centennial, a XX diamond forest and aspen tree area that was just great! I can now retire and go to Florida feeling good about my last year in the mountains. I just have to sell my home first. Of course I may be here next year saying the same thing!


   Thanks so much, Phil! Best wishes with your move!

Friday, April 8, 2011

   From Sarah Puckett Kressaty ('65) of VA - 04/08/11 - "VCS Spring Concert":

Our spring concert will be April 30 @ 8PM and May 1 @ 3PM at Trinity Lutheran Church in Newport News.  Please join us for a really nice concert!  Attached is the flyer with all information and as before if you wish to come I have tickets with me and can put tickets at will call for you to pick up, which ever you prefer!  Hope to see you there!

   Thank you, Sarah Sugah - wish I could be there!



Feed Them:

There was once a man from the city who was visiting a small farm, and during this visit he saw a farmer feeding pigs in a most extraordinary manner. The farmer would lift a pig up to a nearby apple tree, and the pig would eat the apples off the tree directly. The farmer would move the pig from one apple to another until the pig was satisfied, then he would start again with another pig. The city man watched this activity for some time with great astonishment.

Finally, he could not resist saying to the farmer, "This is the most inefficient method of feeding pigs that I can imagine. Just think of the time that would be saved if you simply shook the apples off the tree and let the pigs eat them from the ground!"

The farmer looked puzzled and replied, "What's time to a pig?"


1. 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.

2. 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

3. Thursday, May 5, 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.

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 04/08/11

BLOG: - updated 03/13/11

   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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Twilight Time

Music by The Three Suns [Morty Nevins, Al Nevins (1915 - 25 Jan 1965) and Artie Dunn], 1944

Lyrics by Buck Ram, 1944
(21 Nov 1907 - 01 Jan 1991)

Recorded by
The Platters, 1958

Heavenly shades of night are falling, it's twilight time
Out of the mist your voice is calling, it's twilight time
When purple-colored curtains mark the end of day
I'll hear you, my dear, at twilight time

Deepening shadows gather splendor as day is done
Fingers of night will soon surrender the setting sun
I count the moments darling till you're here with me
Together at last at twilight time

Here, in the afterglow of day, we keep our rendezvous beneath the blue
Here in the same and sweet old way I fall in love again as I did then

Deep in the dark your kiss will thrill me like days of old
Lighting the spark of love that fills me with dreams untold
Each day I pray for evening just to be with you
Together at last at twilight time

Here, in the afterglow of day, we keep our rendezvous beneath the blue
Here in the sweet and same old way I fall in love again as I did then

Deep in the dark your kiss will thrill me like days of old
Lighting the spark of love that fills me with dreams untold
Each day I pray for evening just to be with you
Together at last at twilight time
Together at last at twilight time

"Twilight Time" midi and lyrics courtesy of - 04/09/11

Image of Twilight on Puget Sound courtesy of - 04/09/11

Gold Divider Line clip art courtesy of - 09/09/06

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 (still missing...)
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

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