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04/12/13 - NNHS Newsletter - I Don't Know Why (I Just Do)

In secret we met -
In silence I grieve,
That thy heart could forget,
Thy spirit deceive.
If I should meet thee
After long years,
How should I greet thee? -
With silence and tears.

George Gordon, Lord Byron, When We Two Parted

(22 Jan 1788 - 19 Apr 1824)

Dear Friends and Schoolmates,   

   Oooh - another of my favorite sad ol' love songs.....

BONUS #1 - - I Don't Know Why (I Just Do) - Kate Smith, 1931

BONUS #2 - - I Don't Know Why (I Just Do) - The Andrews Sisters, 1946  

BONUS #3 - - I Don't Know Why (I Just Do) - Dean Martin



"I Don't Know Why (I Just Do)" is a popular song.

The music was written by Fred E. Ahlert, the lyrics by Roy Turk. The song was published in 1931. It had three periods of great popularity: in 1931, right after its publication; in 1946; and in 1961.[1] into 1962.

In 1931, the biggest-selling version was either by Russ Columbo[1] or by Wayne King;[2] both versions and recordings by Bennie Krueger's orchestra (with a vocal by Smith Ballew) and by Kate Smith all had significant popularity.[1]

In 1946, three versions, by Tommy Dorsey's orchestra (with a vocal by Stuart Foster), by Frank Sinatra, and by Skinnay Ennis, all contended for popularity.[1]

In 1961, a US hit recording was issued by Linda Scott. It reached a peak position #12 in 8 weeks on the Billboard chart;[3][4] in early 1962, Eden Kane reached the British Top 10 with his version.

The song has been recorded by many artists (ranging from country-blues legends like Moon Mullican and Jerry Lee Lewis, to swing legends Frank Sinatra and Dean Martin) and is now a standard...


   From Malcolm Davis ('65) of VA - 04/09/13, 8:47 AM - "Special request concerning      Jamey (Douglas) Bacon ('66 - of VA)":

Dear Carol,

Because of your Typhoon newsletter, that has previously alerted all of your readers to Jamey's medical and fiscal needs in the past,
  Polly Norris Davis - '65) and I have been helping Jamey and getting to know her more personally and seeing just how great her needs are. Thank you for making us aware.

It is now my request to ask for financial assistance from our classmates and your readers as we try to provide Jamey with improvements for her driveway so that she can maneuver her motorized wheelchair outdoors without getting stuck in the ground or thrown from her chair. Jamey wishes to fill in the center of the driveway and because of her home being located in Hilton, she must use brick to accomplish the project or it will not be approved.

I have measured the area and priced the brick paving stone. She will need 288 sq. feet of the brick and that will cost $655.44 retail at Lowe's. She will also need 3 yards of crushed stone and 1 yard of sand which I have not priced yet. I am seeking to have the Peninsula Baptist Summer Youth Work Camp take this on as a mission project in July. This could hold down the cost for labor if the city and the community will allow them to do the work. If not, we will need to purchase the labor from a contractor.

I have permission to set up an account at my church, Parkview Baptist Church, to receive any contributions and also to afford us sales tax exempt status when purchasing the materials from this account. An additional 5% discount will be afforded by using the church credit card when making the purchase. You may also deduct the contribution that you make on your income tax returns.

I am seeking contributions now to make this mission a reality. This is a real need. Jamey's quality of life would be enhanced by this improvement to her home and yard. She is an amputee and is completely dependent on her wheelchair for mobility.

Anyone wishing to contribute to this project is asked to make a check out to Parkview Baptist Church and mail it to Malcolm and Polly Davis at 118 Cindy Circle, Newport News, Va. 23602. I will turn the checks over to the church and keep everyone informed, through your news letter, of the running balance of the contributions received and their ultimate disposition. The names of those who contribute will be kept private and I am hoping that enough individuals will be willing to contribute at least $10.00 so we can raise enough to complete the job even if we have to hire a contractor to install the bricks. Please note on the check that this is for the "Jamey Bacon Mission Project."

Here are some pictures of the driveway in its present condition.
Friday, March 22, 2013

Thank you all for considering this request for assistance. Your participation will be a blessing for Jamey and she is grateful for your concern always.

Sincerely, Malcolm and Polly Davis
NNHS Class of 1965

    Thank you so very much, Sweetie-Pies!

   C'mon, Typhoon Nation - y'all know what to do!


   From Malcolm Davis ('65) of VA - 04/11/13, 1:42 PM - "Contributions received as of April 11, 2013 for the     Jamey (Douglas) Bacon ('66 - of VA) Mission Project":

$205.00 A fantastic start.

   From Malcolm Davis ('65) of VA - 04/12/13, 10:59 PM - "    Jamey  (Douglas) Bacon ('66 - of VA) Mission Project total today 4/12/13":

Now $305.00
The gold and Blue are coming through.

     Thanks, Malcolm!



        From Dave Spriggs ('64) of VA - 03/20/13, 4:46 PM - "     Dave Arnold's ('65) (12 Aug 1947 - 21 July 2012) Final Resting Place":


Please post this in an upcoming newsletter.

Dave Arnold’s Ashes to be Distributed by Civil War Cannon at Fort Shenandoah on April 13th

My good friend, Dave Arnold (NNHS ’65), died tragically on 21 July 2012, as a result of an automobile accident. In accordance with his wishes, his body was cremated.

It was also his wish that his ashes be distributed in the Shenandoah Valley. Dave loved "the Valley" (as he called it) of Virginia. He grew up in the Tidewater area, but his heart remained in the Valley area of Virginia. It is only fitting that his ashes should find their final home there.

It is also only fitting that his ashes should be distributed by being fired from his very own cannon, which he was having fabricated, so that he could more fully participate with the 1st Virginia, his skirmish group, which is a part of the North-South Skirmish Association.

His final wish will now be fulfilled, thanks to the efforts of his fellow Civil War skirmishers.

On April 13 at 12:00 noon, this ceremony will take place at Ft. Shenandoah at the primary range where the skirmish events are held. Attendees will enter and pass the range keeper's house, and there are signs to the main range.

All are welcome to attend. Dave would have been thrilled to have you watch his cannon being fired on the skirmish field. I can think of no greater way in which to honor his memory.

Fort Shenandoah is owned and operated by the North-South Skirmish Association and is located near Winchester VA.

You can learn more at their web site:

Directions are here:

For GPS users, the street address is “480 Chalybeate Spring Road, Winchester VA, 22603”.

   Oh, WOW! I had no idea! We wish we could make it ourselves, but I think the chances of that are infinitesimally small.....

  Thank you so much for letting me know, David!

April 13, 1861 American Civil War: Fort Sumter surrendered to Southern forces.


    From the Cutest Boy in the Class of 1965, HP Lucas of VA - 04/10/13, 9:04 AM - "  DALE LUCADO (Class of 1968) GOLF TOURNAMENT":


Please include the Dale Lucado golf information below in next news letter.


HP Lucas

   Certainly, HP! 

   This information is also posted here within Dale's entry:


   Happy Birthday today to Harvey Weinstein ('57) AND   Richard Rawls ('71) of VA!

   Happy Birthday tomorrow to   Gil Hughes ('64)!

   Happy Birthday this week to:

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

15 -        George Helliesen ('61) of MI AND    Linda Bowen Uplinger ('63) of VA;

17 - David Jones ('57);

18 -      The late Monty Phillips ('62) (18 Apr 1943 -15 Apr 2011) AND    Bill Wolfley ('70) of VA!

   Many Happy Returns to You All!


April 11, 1945 - Germany bombers blitzed Conventry, England.

April 11, 1945 - U.S. troops reached the Elbe River in Germany.

April 11, 1945 - American forces liberated the Buchenwald concentration camp.

April 11, 1961 - Israel began the trial of Adolf Eichmann, accused of World War II war crimes, in Jerusalem.

April 11, 1985 - The White House announced that President Reagan would visit the Nazi cemetery at Bitbur.


April 12, 1937 - Sir Frank Whittle ground-tested the first jet engine designed to power an aircraft, at Rugby, England.

April 12, 1945 -U.S. President Franklin D. Roosevelt died while in office; vice-president Harry Truman was sworn in as the 33rd President.


Thursday, April 11, 1963 - Pope John XXIII issued Pacem in Terris, the first encyclical addressed to all instead of to Catholics alone.

Thursday, April 11, 1963 - Poker player Chris Ferguson was born in Los Angeles, California.

Thursday, April 11, 1963 - Cricket umpire Billy Bowden was born Brent Fraser Bowden in Henderson, New Zealand.

Thursday, April 11, 1963 - Guitarist Nigel Pulsford (Bush) was born in Newport, Monmouthshire.

Thursday, April 11, 1963 - Football manager Waldemar Fornalik was born in Myślenice, Poland.


Friday, April 12, 1963 - Journalist Lydia Cacho Ribeiro was born in Mexico City, Mexico.

  From Judy Phillips Allen ('66) of VA - 04/10/13 - "MAYBE HE HASN'T LEFT THE BUILDING YET -----":

Best I’ve seen!  In case you haven’t seen this, I am forwarding so you don’t miss it.   Enjoy!
Happy Birthday to    Susan Avent Hill ('68 p of VA -- on the 11th)!

This will make your hackles stand up…..this guy nails it.

This is almost scary he looks and sounds so much like Elvis…..uncanny!

Please don’t miss the video !!

First European To Win The Ultimate Elvis Impersonator...

Ben Portsmouth and his band, Taking Care of Elvis, present an amazing tribute to the King of Rock and Roll, with his looks, style and fantastic voice which will set hearts racing and feet taping.

In the blink of your eyes you'll be taken back to what it was like to see, hear and experience the young and sexy Elvis when he first burst on to the U.S. music scene in 1954 right through to 1977.

Ben Portsmouth's stunning outfits, all U.S. custom made, span the black leathers of Presley's comeback in 1968 to the white jumpsuits of the later Las Vegas shows, all costumes are exact copies of the originals.

Not only is Ben Portsmouth a natural showman but he is also an extremely talented professional singer/songwriter, a dedicated musician who sincerely goes that bit extra in all his performances; in doing so he leaves his audience craving more!

In 2006 Ben Portsmouth was awarded the title of Best Festival Elvis at the annual Porthcawl Elvis convention in Wales which is the biggest of its kind in Europe. He took the audience of assembled Elvis devotees by storm with his remarkable voice and stage presence. In 2007 he was awarded the Gold Lame (Jacket) Award for his 50's set and in 2008 he was voted best '68 Comeback Special. And now he has won the "The World's Ultimate Elvis Presley Impersonator".

In my opinion it doesn't get better than this.

   WOWZERONI-RINI! Thank you so much, dearest Judy!

      From My Niece, Shari, of VA - 04/10/13 - "Jokes, facts, tip, and a good ponder worthy":

A wife, being the romantic sort, sent her husband a text:  "If you are sleeping, send me your dreams. If you are laughing, send me your smile. If you are eating, send me a bite. If you are drinking, send me a sip. If you are crying, send me your tears. I love you."

He replied, "I am in the bathroom. Please advise."

From Mountain Wings
The Promise

Today's Devotional Reading from the Bible... from Genesis:

"And God promised men that good and obedient wives would be found in all corners of the earth".

Then he made the earth round...
and He laughed and laughed and laughed!

Ponder Worthy

Not how did he die, but how did he live
Not what did he gain, but what did he give?
These are the units to measure the worth
Of a man as a man, regardless of birth.
Not what was his church, nor what was his creed?
But had he befriended those really in need?
Was he ever ready, with word of good cheer,
To bring back a smile, to banish a tear?
Not what did the sketch in the newspaper say,
But how many were sorry when he passed away?

--Author unknown

Did You Know?

As of 2009 numbers there are about 1,900 landfills in the United States.

While 1,900 represents an actual significant decline in numbers over the last 25 years, the size of landfills has gone up dramatically, making them mega-landfills, really.

Fewer, larger landfills also means trash now has to travel farther from your kitchen to its final resting place, and longer trips mean more greenhouse gas emissions.

Either way you look at it, trash is a big problem. But what can you do? All the recycling in the world won't eliminate trash.

Actually it will. Take a look at Sweden.


Today's Random Fact:

In Sweden, where they use an innovative waste-to-energy program and highly efficient recycling habits, they have actually run out of trash.

In order to continue fueling the waste-to-energy factories that provide electricity to a quarter of a million homes and 20 percent of the entire country's district heating, Sweden is now importing trash from the landfills of other European countries. In fact, those countries are paying Sweden to do so, turning garbage into gold for Sweden.

Handy Hints
Hint 1:

Mouthwash fights germs in your mouth, so why not in the rest of the bathroom? Pour 1/4 cup alcohol-based mouthwash (the cheap, generic kind) into your toilet and let sit for a half-hour. Swish around with a brush, then flush. It will sanitize and deodorize the bowl.


Hint 2:

Put baking soda in a salt shaker and keep near your shoes. Before putting the shoes away, freshen them up by sprinkling baking soda in them. This is especially effective for sneakers and running shoes.

   Thank you, Shari!

        From My Husband, Paul Harty (Bardolph HS, IL - '61) of NC - 04/11/13 - "IT'S A ROUND SQUARE WORLD ........."

     Thanks, Dools!

  From Ruth Reece Horace ('67) of FL - 04/08/13 - "Pets make you smile, ya gotta love em' (#3 of 36)":

  To make you smile.....

Happy Pet Day!!!

   AWW! Thanks, Ruthie!



BONUS I DON'T KNOW WHY RECIPE: - How I Make Almond Milk (I don’t know why I make this stuff, Mom.)


From - 04/10/13:

Late one night a mugger wearing a ski mask jumped into a path of a well-dressed man and stuck a gun in his ribs.

"Give me your money," he demanded.

Indignant, the affluent man replied, "You can't do this – I am a United States congressman!"

"In that case," replied the mugger, "give me MY money."


1. Thursday, May 2, 2013 - 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, June 12, 2013 - 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. Friday and Saturday, October 4 and 5, 2013 - The NNHS Class of 1963 will hold their 50-Year Reunion at the Crowne Plaza Hotel, Hampton on the Water. SEE: The website which has been set up for their class at; CONTACT: Frank Gibson,, Joyce Williams Nettles,, or Susie Overton Jones,

PRAYER ROLL: - updated 04/05/13

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
7020 Lure Court
Fayetteville, NC 28311-9309


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I Don't Know Why (I Just Do)

Words by Roy Turk (20 Sept 1892 – 30 Nov 1934), Music by Fred E. Ahlert (19 Sept 1892 – 20 Oct 1953), 1931

Featured in the Film, Faithful In My Fashion, 1946

All day long you're asking me what I see in you
All day long I'm answering but what good does it do?
I have nothing to explain
I just love you, love you, and I'll tell you once again

I don't know why I love you like I do
I don't know why, I just do
I don't know why you thrill me like you do
I don't know why, you just do

You never seem to want my romancing
The only time you hold me is when we're dancing
I don't know why I love you like I do
I don't know why, I just do

You never seem to want my romancing
The only time you hold me is when we're dancing
I don't know why I love you like I do
I don't know why, I just do

"I Don't Know Why (I Just Do)" midi courtesy of't%20no%20why.htm - 04/07/05
and extracted with the kind assistance of my &5 son, Nathaniel Harty of IL.
Thanks, Nathaniel!

"I Don't Know Why (I Just Do)" lyrics courtesy of - 04/07/05

Blue Heart clip art courtesy of - 10/21/04

 Blue Jewels Divider Line clip art courtesy of - 04/07/05

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

Animated Yehaa Typhoon clip art courtesy of Al Farber ('64) of GA - 08/18/05
Thanks, Al!

Animated Air Force and USMC Flags clip art courtesy of - 06/18/03

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

Animated Rolling on the Floor Laughing Smiley clip art courtesy of Jerry ('65) and Judy Phillips ('66) Allen of VA - 08/13/10
Thanks, Sweetie-Pies!

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