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04/29/11 - NNHS Newsletter - The Royal Wedding

“O, TO be in England
Now that April's there,”

- Robert Browning, 729. Home-thoughts, from Abroad
(07 May 1812 - 12 Dec 1889)

Dear Friends and Schoolmates, 

   Unless you were sleeping even more soundly than I, you know very well that today was The Big Day.  For such an auspicious occasion, I turned to our Wizard of Wonderment to select the music - and he even located our BONUS VIDEO!

       From Dave Spriggs ('64) of VA - 04/14/11:

Hmmmmm …. British …. Wedding …. Church … Easily recognizable …… Know the words ….

How about “Get Me To The Church On Time” from “My Fair Lady”?




Takes about 1m30s to get into the song. It was the only clip of the actual film that I could find.

   Thank you, Brown Eyes - an excellent choice, as always!


   There are really no required readings today.  The internet, television, and radio can all provide you with as much (or as little) as you'd ever want to read on the subject.  I'll only offer these three selections to you for the reasons given: - The Official Account,0,1407307.story - Peninsula Celebrations,32068,919888511001_2067797,00.html - How to Knit Your Own Royal Wedding

     From Me ('65) of IL - 04/29/11 - "O, TO be in (The United States) Now that April's (almost) there...":

   I thought you might like to see a piece of royal memorabilia that        my daddy, the late Robert Buckley (John Marshall HS - '25) (19 Oct 1907 - 25 Apr 1960) mailed home from England during the war.
     Notice that he himself was the Army Examiner and pre-censored his own mail.
Tuesday, March 16, 1943
Buckingham Palace


   Happy Birthday yesterday to Marvin Barnes ('65) of VA!

   Happy Birthday today to   Brenda Davis English ('64) of KS AND    Mike Sagman ('66) of VA!

   Happy Birthday this week to: 

01 -    The Head Cheerleader of 1958, Evelyn Fryer Fish of TX;

02 -   Billy Turner ('65) of TX AND        My Granddaughter, Rachel Harty (Collinsville HS, IL - '14) of IL;

03 -  Pauline Collins Shofner ('65) of VA;

04 - Wanda Hodge Underwood ('57) AND    Charlie Snead ('64) of NC;

05 - Jane Penn Clark ('57) AND Tom Jones (Warwick HS - '60) of VA!

06 - Patsy Lewis Hancock ('57) AND (according to Plaxo)    Norman Olshansky ('64) of FL AND     Van Rowell ('65) of NC!

    Many Happy Returns to You All!


Tuesday, April 28, 1863

The Armies of Northern Virginia and of the Potomac had sat for most of the winter facing each other across the Rappahannock River at Fredericksburg, Va. Today the faceoff continued, with the twist that about half of Hooker’s army had split off and headed upriver. They crossed at the ford in the Wilderness area, and both armies braced themselves for the contemplated flank attack.



Monday, April 29, 1861

It was a dramatic moment in Annapolis today as the Maryland House of Delegates (the state legislature) met to vote on the question of secession. Virginia had already left the Union; if Maryland followed suit the US Government would be almost forced to relocate, possibly to Philadelphia or New York. The vote was taken, and it came down 53-13 to remain with the United States. This did not, however, put an end to pro-Southern sentiment, particularly in the Eastern Shore area. 

Wednesday, April 29, 1863

The last Union troops passed over the Rappahannock River fords upstream from Fredericksburg today. They were clear of even the far left wing of Lee’s Army of Northern Virginia, but still had to cope with the terrain which was known as the Wilderness for good reason. Federal cavalry forces under Stoneman worked even farther around the Confederate force, hampering communication with Richmond.

      From John London (Warwick HS - '57) of VA - 04/27/11 - "Grand View":

For those of us familiar with the 'Grand View' shoreline from the 50's and 60's - I thought you might like to see it as it appears in 2011.
  AS always, Carol - thanks for what you do and who you are! 

    Ahh, John Darlin', you're making me homesick!

   Thank you so much for this gorgeous image!

Grandview Beach, Hampton, VA

    From Ray Barnes ('65) of VA - 04/28/11 - "W.W. Theiss":


It never occurred to me to Google the guy. I figured it was the same dude. Right family tree, wrong branch, maybe. By the way,
  Ricky Billings' ('65) class photo shows him sporting the "pineapple" hair cut. Several classmates wore that style. I believe that pole vaulter  Steve Sparkman ('63) (01 Feb 1944 - 04 Feb 1999) wore that look for a while, and    Don Harvey ('65), also, if I'm not mistaken.

Anyhow, I'm disappointed about Theiss. I should have checked further. I'm so thilly - to boldly go where no-one has gone before (to the monthly meeting of the split infinitives club).

Thanks, Ray

   GIGGLES! Thanks, Ray!

    From Norm Covert ('61) of MD - 04/28/11 - "RE: The Covert Letter":

I am all aquiver that you would publish each of my dispatches from Jerusalem during Holy Week. It was one of those efforts where I decided to do one, and if one, with brother       Harry's (Covert- '57 - of MD) encouragement,  I had to do the whole week. It was a blessing to me to be able to research and write them. The response has been overwhelming.
My work came with the loss of school mate and Typhoon band comrade/percussionist      Monty Phillips ('62). We know Jesus conquered death with His sacrifice and resurrection and that means Monty is now in the hands of Our Lord, his pain gone and the promise now his.
I pray God's blessings on you and the Typhoon family this holy season.
Norm Covert ('61) MD

   Ah, Normie, the blessings were all ours! Thank you so much for sharing your dispatches with us!

   Your comments about Monty brought me to tears. Thank you again; I've added them to his Memorial Newsletter:

      From My Husband, Paul Harty (Bardolph HS, IL - '61) of IL - 04/28/11 - "Six Seconds to Live":

... Reports of this were to my knowledge never carried on the nightly news of any of the four television stations from St. Louis. I wonder how the fighting men of our country can continue to serve those of us who are more concerned with which ball game to attend, which new car to buy, etc. but deep down I know why--they are all true heroes who love and appreciate a nation which claims to be a bastion of freedom while so few even recognize the great blessings that they enjoy...


     Thanks, Dools!

      From Wayne Stokes ('65) of VA - 04/27/11 - "Back in the Day- Today or Yesterday?":

A little story about the "Green Thing".

That "green thing"

In the line at the store, the cashier told the older woman that she should bring her own grocery bag because plastic bags weren't good for the environment... The woman apologized to him and explained, "We didn't have the green thing back in my day."

The clerk responded, "That's our problem today. The former generation did not care enough to save our environment."

He was right, that generation didn't have the green thing in its day. Back then, they returned their milk bottles, soda bottles and beer bottles to the store. The store sent them back to the plant to be washed and sterilized and refilled, so it could use the same bottles over and over. So they really were recycled.

But they didn't have the green thing back in that customer's day.

In her day, they walked up stairs, because they didn't have an escalator in every store and office building. They walked to the grocery store and didn't climb into a 300-horsepower machine every time they had to go two blocks.

But she was right. They didn't have the green thing in her day.

Back then, they washed the baby's diapers because they didn't have the throw-away kind. They dried clothes on a line, not in an energy gobbling machine burning up 220 volts ­ wind and solar power really did dry the clothes. Kids got hand-me-down clothes from their brothers or sisters, not always brand-new clothing.

But that old lady is right, they didn't have the green thing back in her day.

Back then, they had one TV, or radio, in the house ­ not a TV in every room. And the TV had a small screen the size of a handkerchief, not a screen the size of the state of Montana. In the kitchen, they blended and stirred by hand because they didn't have electric machines to do everything for you. When they packaged a fragile item to send in the mail, they used a wadded up old newspaper to cushion it, not Styrofoam or plastic bubble wrap.

Back then, they didn't fire up an engine and burn gasoline just to cut the lawn. They used a push mower that ran on human power. They exercised by working so they didn't need to go to a health club to run on treadmills that operate on electricity.

But she's right, they didn't have the green thing back then.

They drank from a fountain when they were thirsty instead of using a cup or a plastic bottle every time they had a drink of water. They refilled their writing pens with ink instead of buying a new pen, and they replaced the razor blades in a razor instead of throwing away the whole razor just because the blade got dull.

But they didn't have the green thing back then.

Back then, people took the streetcar or a bus and kids rode their bikes to school or rode the school bus instead of turning their moms into a 24-hour taxi service. They had one electrical outlet in a room, not an entire bank of sockets to power a dozen appliances. And they didn't need a computerized gadget to receive a signal beamed from satellites 2,000 miles out in space in order to find the nearest pizza joint.

But isn't it sad the current generation laments how wasteful the old folks were just because they didn't have the green thing back then?

   AMEN! Thank you, Wayne Honey!

     From Me ('65) of IL - 04/29/11:

   I "chanced" upon this scripture this morning.  It reminded me of all of y'all, so I thought to share it with you.

“And the Lord turned the captivity of Job, when he prayed for his friends: also the Lord gave Job twice as much as he had before.”

- Job 42:10

      From My Husband, Paul Harty (Bardolph HS, IL - '61) of IL - 04/28/11 - " A New Roadrunner Cartoon":

FINALLY!! This is very Good. It's been FAR too long since we last saw one.

This is the first one done with computer animation.

Lots can be done with computer graphics that would be far more expensive to do in drawn animation.

For instance.......note the reflection in the stainless tanker as it speeds past the rock-face.

The computer graphics look good and it still has that old Roadrunner fun!

Only 3 minutes, but it's 3 minutes of fun!

     Thanks again, Dools! It did make me laugh out loud - several times!


From - 04/28/11:  

An acquaintance of mine who is a physician told this story about her then-four-year-old daughter. On the way to preschool, the doctor had left her stethoscope on the car seat, and her little girl picked it up and began playing with it.

"Be still, my heart," thought my friend, "gee, my daughter wants to follow in my footsteps and be a doctor!"

 Then the child spoke into the instrument: "Welcome to McDonald's. May I take your order?"

1. 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

2. 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.

3.  May 13, 14, 15, 20, 21, 22, 2011 - "The Marvelous Wonderettes" at Dinnertainment at The Grey Goose - OPEN TO THE PUBLIC - 

4. Wednesday, June 8, 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.

5. 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

6. 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

7. Friday, Saturday, and Sunday, August 26, 27, and 28, 2011 - The Class of 1961 will hold its 50-Year Reunion. - For details, see: and contact Gary Fitzgerald at or 757-879-2847 - CLASS OF 1961

8. Wednesday and Thursday, October 19 and 20, 2011 - The Class of 1956 will hold its 55-Year Reunion. Be on the lookout for "snail mail" in early May. - CLASS OF 1956

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   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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Get Me to the Church on Time

Lyrics by
Alan Jay Lerner (31 Aug 1918 – 14 June 1986)

Music by Frederick Loewe (10 June 1901 – 14 Feb 1988)

- My Fair Lady, 1956

How much time do I have left?

There's just a few more hours;
That's all the time you've got.
A few more hours
Before they tie the knot.

There are drinks and girls all over London, and I have to track 'em down in just a few more hours.

I'm gettin' married in the mornin'!
Ding, dong! the bells are gonna chime!
Pull out the stopper,
Let's have a whopper;
But get me to the church on time!

I gotta be there in the mornin',
Spruced up and lookin' in me prime.
Girls, come and kiss me,
Show how you'll miss me,
But get me to the church on time!

If I am dancin',
Roll up the floor.
If I am whistlin',
Whewt me out the door!

For I'm gettin' married in the mornin'.
Ding, dong! the bells are gonna chime.
Kick up a rumpus,
But don't lose the compass;
And get me to the church,
Get me to the church,
For Gawd's sake, get me to the church on time!

I'm gettin' married in the mornin'!
Ding, dong! the bells are gonna chime!

Drug me or jail me,
Stamp me and mail me.

But get me to the church on time.

I gotta be there in the mornin',
Spruced up and lookin' in me prime.

Some bloke who's able
Lift up the table.

And get me to the church on time.

If I am flyin', then shoot me down. (Ah,)

If I am wooin',
Get her out of town!

For I'm gettin' married in the mornin'!
Ding, dong! the bells are gonna chime!

Feather and tar me;
Call out the Army;
But get me to the church,

Get me to the church,

For Gawd's sake, get me to the church on time!

Starlight is reelin' home to bed now. (Hmm, Hmm,)
Mornin' is smearin' up the sky. (Hmm, Hmm,)
London is wakin',
Daylight is breakin';
Good luck, old chum.
Good health, goodbye.

I'm gettin' married in the mornin'.
Ding, dong! the bells are gonna chime! (Ah, Ah, Ah, Ah,)
Hail and salute me,
Then haul off and boot me.
And get me to the church, get me to the church,
For Gawd's sake, get me to the church on time.

"Get Me to the Church on Time" midi courtesy of - 04/29/11
at the suggestion of Dave Spriggs ('64) of VA - 04/14/11
Thanks, Dave!

"Get Me to the Church on Time" lyrics courtesy of
also at the suggestion of Dave Spriggs ('64) of VA - 04/14/11
Thanks again, Dave!

Mario Testino's Official Engagement Portrait of William and Kate courtesy
of - 04/20/11

Chris Jackson's Image of Prince William, Duke of Cambridge and Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge Emerging from Westminster Abbey courtesy
of,29307,2068379_2270356,00.html - 04/29/11

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

 Fancy Gold Divider Line64 clip art courtesy of - 12/17/08

John Marshall High School's Justice Scale clip art courtesy of Cheryl White Wilson (JMHS - '64) of VA - 10/13/05 (replaced 02/23/09)
Thanks, Cheryl!

Animated Army 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!

Collinsville High School (IL) Logo courtesy of - 09/22/07

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

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!

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

Animated Dancing Teddy courtesy of Sandi Bateman Chestnut ('65) of VA - 03/08/11
Thanks, Sandi!

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