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04/22/13 - NNHS Newsletter -
Earth Day Plus 43 Years

“. . . on April 22, 1970, Earth Day was held, one of the most
remarkable happenings in the history of democracy. . ..”

- American Heritage Magazine, October 1993

Dear Friends and Schoolmates,

   Did you remember to celebrate this annual observance?

BONUS #1 - - Across The Universe - The Beatles

BONUS #2 - - Across The Universe - Fiona Apple

BONUS #3 - - Across The Universe - Rufus Wainwright, 2002


"Across the Universe" is a song recorded by the Beatles. It was written by John Lennon, and credited to Lennon–McCartney. The song first appeared on the various artists charity compilation album No One's Gonna Change Our World in December 1969, and later, in different form, on Let It Be, the group's final released album.

One night in 1967, the phrase "words are flowing out like endless rain into a paper cup" came to Lennon after hearing his ex-wife Cynthia, according to Lennon, "going on and on about something." Later, after "she'd gone to sleep—and I kept hearing these words over and over, flowing like an endless stream," Lennon went downstairs and turned it into a song. He began to write the rest of the lyrics and when he was done, he went to bed and forgot about them.

  I was lying next to my first wife in bed, you know, and I was irritated. and I was thinking. She must have been going on and on about something and she'd gone to sleep and I kept hearing these words over and over, flowing like an endless stream. I went downstairs and it turned into a sort of cosmic song rather than an irritated song, rather than a "Why are you always mouthing off at me?"[1]... [The words] were purely inspirational and were given to me as boom!. I don't own it you know; it came through like that.[2]  

The flavour of the song was heavily influenced by Lennon's and the Beatles' interest in Transcendental Meditation in late 1967 – early 1968, when the song was composed. Based on this he added the mantra "Jai guru deva om" (Sanskrit: जय गुरुदेव ) to the piece, which became the link to the chorus. The Sanskrit phrase is a sentence fragment whose words could have many meanings. Literally it approximates as "glory to the shining remover of darkness,"[3] and can be paraphrased as "Victory to God divine", "Hail to the divine guru", or the phrase commonly invoked by the late Maharishi Mahesh Yogi in referring to his spiritual teacher "All Glory to Guru Dev."[4]

The song's lyrical structure is straightforward: three repetitions of a unit consisting of a verse, the line "Jai guru deva om" and the line "Nothing's gonna change my world" repeated four times. The lyrics are highly image-based, with abstract concepts reified with phrases like thoughts "meandering", words "slithering", and undying love "shining". The title phrase "across the universe" appears at intervals to finish lines, although it never cadences, always appearing as a rising figure, melodically unresolved. It finishes on the leading note; to the Western musical ear, the next musical note would be the tonic and would therefore sound complete.

In his 1970 interview with Rolling Stone, Lennon referred to the song as perhaps the best, most poetic lyric he ever wrote: "It's one of the best lyrics I've written. In fact, it could be the best. It's good poetry, or whatever you call it, without chewin' it. See, the ones I like are the ones that stand as words, without melody. They don't have to have any melody, like a poem, you can read them." [5]

The song is in the key of D and the verse beginning "Words are flowing out" (I (D) chord) is notable for a prolonged vi (Bm)- iii (F#m) to ii7 (Em7) minor drop to the dominant chord V7 (A7) on "across the universe" in the 4th bar.[6] On the repeat of this chord sequence a beautiful turn following the ii7 (Em7) through a iv minor (Gm) brings the verse to a close before moving on directly to the tonic on the "Jai Guru Deva Om" refrain. The vi-ii minor drop leading to V had been used earlier in "I Will" (on "how long I've loved you") and George Harrison utilised a shorter vi-iii minor alternation to delay getting back to the dominant (V) in "I Need You".[6] The verse beginning "Words are flowing out like endless rain..." is also notable for the suitably breathless phrasing and almost constant 8th note rhythm (initially four D melody notes, then C#, B, A, B)[7]



    From Joan Lauterbach Krause ('60) of VA - 04/20/13 AND 04/21/13 - "RE: Bobby Harrison":

Update on    Mona Harrison’s husband … Saturday, April 2-, 2013

         From Donna Price Devers ('66) of NC - 04/20/13 - " ********UPDATE ON BOBBY:******** ":

I just talked to Mona and she is on her way to MCV. Bobby is being transported now. Some heart specialists came to see him and decided the best thing for him now is an artificial heart. The surgery he has already had didn't do what was necessary. They will need the whole team for the next surgery and he might be put on the list for a heart transplant. I will let you know when I hear more.

Fervent prayer please.


Update on    Mona Harrison’s husband … Sunday, April 21, 2013

         From Donna Price Devers ('66) of NC - 04/21/13 - " ********UPDATE ON BOBBY:******** ":

I just talked to Mona and Bobby is responding and recognizes people. He cannot talk, but he's opening his eyes and blinking to say yes and no. He can move his fingers and toes, but cannot clinch his fist. They will do another electrocardiogram/test today and they need to get his records from the Levinson Heart Center. After today's test they will need to make a decision on when they will operate again. That will most likely be just a day or two. It will be soon because they cannot leave this device in his chest very long...his organs will grow to depend on it. His heart muscle is only working at 10% now. They are not distressed about that though. At this time they are not considering an artificial heart. He is getting excellent care and everyone is very hopeful, but he still has a very long way to go.

Mona thanks you all for your prayers. They continue to need them, so don't stop praying for Bobby, the doctors, Mona and their family and friends who are supporting them.

We thank God for His presence and for Bobby's improvement. It's times like this that friends and families mean so much. Please continue to pray for God's healing hand in Bobby's recovery.

   News of improvement is always good to hear! We'll keep the prayers going!

  Thanks, Joan - and Donna!


    From Karen Weinstein Witte ('60) of FL - 04/18/13, 10:05 AM - "Sock Hop":

Hi Carol,

I hope it's not too late to put a blurb in your newsletter about this Sock Hop. Wish I had thought of it sooner.

"Hey, any Typhooners in the Sarasota-Florida West Coast area, there will be a Sock Hop organized by Karen Weinstein, NNHS '60, with her brother
       Raoul Weinstein, NNHS '57 as the DJ, actually spinning his old 45's from the 50's and 60's. The Sock Hop is on Saturday, April 27th in Sarasota. For information and reservations, contact Karen at 941-343-2900 or

Thanks so much, Carol. Take care.
Karen Weinstein Witte
  OH, WOW! That sounds like fun! Thanks, Karen! Y'all have a great time!


   Happy Birthday today to Peggy Lovic Hooper-McLain ('57) AND      Gene Shelton ('64) of VA!

   Happy Birthday tomorrow to    Evelyn Casey Snead ('57) of VA AND Peggy Hartsel Sack ('57)!

   Happy Birthday this week to:

24 - Donald Smith ('57) of VA;

25 - Lolly Wynne Burke ('57) AND
  Bobbie Smith Horwitz of TX;

26 - Deanna Steele Capps ('57) AND   Becky Braswell Branch ('65) of AR;

27 -      Bill Campbell ('54) of VA AND Genis Bird Crowder Hornsby ('54) of VA AND Barbara Jones ('54);

28 - Marvin Barnes ('65) of VA;


29 -   Brenda Davis English ('64) of KS AND    Mike Sagman ('66) of VA!

   Many Happy Returns to You All!


April 21, 1941 -
Emmanouil Tsouderos became the 132nd Prime Minister of Greece.

April 21, 1942 - The most famous (and first international) Aggie Muster was held on the Philippine island of Corregidor, by Brigadier General George F. Moore (with 25 fellow Texas A&M graduates who were under his command), while 1.8 million pounds of shells pounded the island over a 5 hour attack.

April 21, 1945 - Soviet Union forces south of Berlin at Zossen attacked the German High Command headquarters.


April 22, 1930 - The United Kingdom, Japan and the United States signed the London Naval Treaty regulating submarine warfare and limiting shipbuilding.

April 22, 1944 -The 1st Air Commando Group using Sikorsky R-4 helicopters staged the first use of helicopters in combat with CSAR operations in the China-Burma-India theater.

April 22, 1944 - Operation Persecution was initiated – Allied forces landed in the Hollandia (currently known as Jayapura) area of New Guinea.

April 22, 1945 - Prisoners at the Jasenovac concentration camp revolted. 520 were killed and 80 escaped.

April 22, 1945 - Führerbunker: After learning that Soviet forces had taken Eberswalde without a fight, Adolf Hitler admitted defeat in his underground bunker and stated that suicide was his only recourse.


Sunday, April 21, 1963 - The Universal House of Justice of the Bahá'í Faith was elected for the first time.

Sunday, April 21, 1963 - Baseball player Ken Caminiti was born in Hanford, California. He died on 10 Oct 2004 at Lincoln Hospital in The Bronx, New York at the age of 41. Preliminary news reports indicated he died of a heart attack,[9] but the autopsy results stated that "acute intoxication due to the combined effects of cocaine and opiates" caused his death, with coronary artery disease and cardiac hypertrophy (an enlarged heart) as contributing factors.[10]

Sunday, April 21, 1963 - Actor Roy Dupuis was born Roy Michel Joseph Dupuis in New Liskeard, Ontario, Canada.

Sunday, April 21, 1963 - Director John Cameron Mitchell was born in El Paso, Texas.


Monday, April 22, 1963 - Comedian Sean Lock was born in Chertsey, Surrey, England[1] .

    From Glenn Dye ('60) of TX - 04/21/13 - "Duane Allen (Oak Ridge Boys) Glenn Dye, and Donnie Wiggins":

     COOL BEANS! Thanks so much for sharing this with us, Glenn!


  From Ruth Reece Horace ('67) of FL - 04/20/13 - "SENIORS' CHEER!":

     WILD SAD GIGGLES! Thanks, Ruthie!

My Friend, Susan, of NC - 04/21/13 - "Don't Give Up":

     AMEN! Thanks, Susan!

  From Ruth Reece Horace ('67) of FL - 04/08/13 - "Pets make you smile, ya gotta love em' (#9 of 36)":

  To make you smile.....

Happy Pet Day!!!

   AWW! Thanks, Ruthie!


BONUS EARTH DAY CROCHET PATTERNS: - Jennifer's Swiffer Cover - "Happy Earth Day everyone! In celebration, I decided to come up with a pattern for a reusable swiffer cover, to prevent excess waste from using disposable liners. It's very easy and a beginner should be able to manage it." - - "If you'd like to celebrate Earth day with an eco-friendly crochet project or craft project, here are tons of easy and fun ideas -- and free patterns too."

BONUS EARTH DAY RECIPES: - Earth Day Recipes - "Honor the Blue Marble--Earth Day is April 22!  Commemorate Earth Day this spring by cooking up some seasonal favorites, or start planning your own kitchen garden..." - Earth Day Recipes - "Celebrate Earth Day with these fun ideas for afternoon snacks and dessert!" - Healthy, Wholesome, Vegan-friendly Recipes For Earth Day - "One of the simplest ways to honor Earth Day is to reevaluate your diet. Believe it or not, some of the greatest strains on the environment come from the foods we eat..."


From - 04/21/13:

A police officer saw an old lady driving and knitting at the same time. so after driving next to her for awhile he yelled to her, "PULLOVER".

She replied, "No, a pair of socks".


1. Saturday, April 27, 2013 - Hey, any Typhooners in the Sarasota-Florida West Coast area, there will be a Sock Hop organized by Karen Weinstein, NNHS '60, with her brother Raoul Weinstein, NNHS '57 as the DJ, actually spinning his old 45's from the 50's and 60's. The Sock Hop is on Saturday, April 27th in Sarasota. For information and reservations, contact Karen at 941-343-2900 or

2. 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.

3. 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.

4. 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 04/20/13

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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Across the Universe

Words and Music by John Lennon (09 Oct 1940 – 08 Dec 1980) and Paul McCartney (b. 18 June 1942)

Recorded by The Beatles, 1969

Words are flowing out like endless rain into a paper cup,
They slither while they pass, they slip away across the universe
Pools of sorrow, waves of joy are drifting through my open mind,
Possessing and caressing me.
Jai guru de va om
Nothing's gonna change my world,
Nothing's gonna change my world.

Images of broken light which dance before me like a million eyes,
That call me on and on across the universe,
Thoughts meander like a restless wind inside a letter box they
Tumble blindly as they make their way
Across the universe
Jai guru de va om
Nothing's gonna change my world,
Nothing's gonna change my world.

Sounds of laughter shades of earth are ringing
Through my open views inviting and inciting me
Limitless undying love which shines around me like a
million suns, it calls me on and on
Across the universe
Jai guru de va om
Nothing's gonna change my world,
Nothing's gonna change my world.

"Across the Universe" midi and lyrics courtesy of - 04/22/08,
at the suggestion of my daughter, Adrienne Harty of NC - 04/21/08
Thanks again, Adrienne!

Earth Day Logo courtesy of - 04/22/08

Trees Divider Line clip art courtesy of - 04/22/08

Animated Dancers clip art courtesy of - well, I cannot locate that information at the moment, but it's been in my files since 01/08/05

Animated Lumpy Bouncy Dancing (by AF Artist - Greg Wilson) courtesy of - 08/28/08

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

Army Seal clip art courtesy of Al Farber ('64) of GA - 05/24/06
Thanks, Al!
Replaced by Norm Covert ('61) of MD - 02/09/09
Thanks, Norm!

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