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05/01/10 - NNHS Newsletter -
I'm So Excited!

“Get excited and enthusiastic about you own dream. This excitement is
like a forest fire - you can smell it, taste it, and see it from a mile away.”

- Denis Waitley
(b. 1933)

Dear Friends and Schoolmates,

  Well, really now, aren't we all just so excited??

BONUS - - I'm So Excited - The Pointer Sisters


"I'm So Excited" is a song written by Trevor Lawrence and the Pointer Sisters. The song was performed by and appeared originally on the Pointer Sisters 1982 album So Excited!, while a remixed version appeared on the 1984 rerelease of their 1983 album Break Out. The song was selected as one of the "Songs of the Century" by the Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA), and ranked #264 out of 365 songs.

Upon its first release in 1982 (through inclusion in the movie Summer Lovers) it peaked at #30 on the Billboard Hot 100 chart and #46 on the Billboard Black Singles chart in the U.S. However, two years later, when the Pointers were experiencing massive success with Break Out, the song was added to that album and re-released. It subsequently reached #9.

     Lest we forget, today is also May Day!  Read all about it in these observances from past years:


     Happy Birthday today to    The Head Cheerleader of 1958, Evelyn Fryer Fish of TX!

   Happy Birthday tomorrow to   Billy Turner ('65) of TX AND        My Granddaughter, Rachel Harty (Collinsville HS, IL - '14) of IL!

    Happy Birthday this week to:

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

04 - Wanda Hodge Underwood ('57);

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;

07 - Judy Abbott Copes ('57);

08 -   Frank Gibson ('63) of VA!

   Many Happy Returns to You All!


May 1, 1927 - Adolf Hitler held his first Nazi meeting in Berlin.

May 1, 1937 - U.S. President Franklin Roosevelt signed an act of neutrality, keeping the United States out of World War II.

May 1, 1941 - German forces launched a major attack on Tobruk.

May 1, 1944 - The Messerschmitt Me 262, the first combat jet, made its first flight.

May 1, 1944 - Soviet leader Joseph Stalin threatened a full-scale invasion if Bulgaria, Rumania and Hungary refused to join the Allies.

May 1, 1945 - The Yugoslav partisans freed Trieste.

May 1, 1945 - A German newsreader officially announced that Adolf Hitler has "fallen at his command post in the Reich Chancellery fighting to the last breath against Bolshevism and for Germany".

May 1, 1945 - Martin Bormann, private secretary to Adolf Hitler, escaped from the Fuehrerbunker as the Red Army advanced on Berlin.

May 1, 1945 - Admiral Karl Doenitz succeeded Adolf Hitler as leader of the Third Reich. This was one day after Hitler committed suicide.

May 1, 1945 - Nazi Propaganda Minister Joseph Goebbels and his wife committed suicide.

TODAY IN 1965:

Saturday, May 01, 1965 - The Battle of Dong-Yin, a naval conflict between ROC and PRC, took place.

Saturday, May 01, 1965 - Band leader, musician, and comedian Spike Jones (born Lindley Armstrong Jones on 14 Dec 1911 in Long Beach, California) died of emphysema in Beverly Hills, California at the age of 53.

  From Domi O'Brien ('64) of NH - 04/30/10 and 05/01/10 - "May Day":

May 1st Traditional Folksong on YouTube

Hal an Tow is a traditional folksong for May 1. This version, by Tempest, a Celtic rock band with a Norwegian lead singer (Lief Sorbye, formerly of Golden Bough), is terrific; I've heard them live before.

There are dozens of versions of this by different bands on Youtube; I like this one best.




May-day, season surpassing!
Splendid is color then.
Blackbirds sing a full lay,
If there be a slender shaft of day.

The dust-colored cuckoo calls aloud:
Welcome, splendid summer!
The bitterness of bad weather is past,
The boughs of the wood are a thicket.

The harp of the forest sounds music,
The sail gathers - perfect peace;
Color has settled on every height,
Haze on the lake of full waters.

(from the Ossian cycle)

   Thank you so much, Domi! I really enjoyed these, and have placed them in my files to repeat again next year when we resume our customary celebration of May Day!

      From John London (Warwick HS - '57) of VA - 04/30/10 - "Photo ops":

  Photo opportunities are EVERYWHERE ! LoL !

   WOWZERS!!! Well, I'm certainly glad you didn't miss this one, John Darlin'! Thank you for sharing your cool image with us!

Thursday, April 29, 2010

    From Glenn Dye ('60) of TX - 04/30/10 - "The Songfellows Quartet":


I meant to tell you about an exciting time I had Saturday, April 24th.

I think I have told you how I do Promoting in Gospel Music here in Grand Prairie, TX. I had a group here from Nashville, TN named The Songfellows Quartet. They have a web site - One of the Gentlemen that sings with them, Mr. Ed Hill, also used to sing with J.D. Sumner and The Stamps Quartet who were back up vocals for Elvis Presley. Ed was the voice that announced, "Elvis has left the building." Ed told me a lot of stories how it was working with Elvis.


  WOWZERONI!!! That IS exciting, Glenn! Thanks so much for sharing it with us!

       From My Husband, Paul Harty (Bardolph HS, IL - '61) of IL - 04/30/10 - "Interesting facts":

Interesting facts

1. Q: Why are many coin banks shaped like pigs?

A: Long ago, dishes and cookware in Europe were made of a dense orange clay called 'pygg'. When people saved coins in jars made of this clay, the jars became known as 'pygg banks.' When an English potter misunderstood the word, he made a bank that resembled a pig. And it caught on.

2. Q: Did you ever wonder why dimes, quarters and half dollars have notches, while pennies and nickels do not?

A: The US Mint began putting notches on the edges of coins containing gold and silver to discourage holders from shaving off small quantities of the precious metals. Dimes, quarters and half dollars are notched because they used to contain silver. Pennies and nickels aren't notched because the metals they contain are not valuable enough to shave.

3. Q: Why do men's clothes have buttons on the right while women's clothes have buttons on the left?

A: When buttons were invented, they were very expensive and worn primarily by the rich. Because wealthy women were dressed by maids, dressmakers put the buttons on the maid's right! Since most people are right-handed, it is easier to push buttons on the right through holes on the left. And that's where women's buttons have remained since.

4. Q. Why do X's at the end of a letter signify kisses?

A: In the Middle Ages, when many people were unable to read or write, documents were often signed using an X. Kissing the X represented an oath to fulfill obligations specified in the document. The X and the kiss eventually became synonymous.

5. Q: Why is shifting responsibility to someone else called 'passing the buck'?

A: In card games, it was once customary to pass an item, called a buck, from player to player to indicate whose turn it was to deal. If a player did not wish to
assume the responsibility, he would 'pass the buck' to the next player.

6. Q: Why do people clink their glasses before drinking a toast?

A: It used to be common for someone to try to kill an enemy by offering him a poisoned drink. To prove to a guest that a drink was safe, it became customary for a guest to pour a small amount of his drink into the glass of the host. Both men would drink it simultaneously. When a guest trusted his host, he would then just touch or clink the host's glass with his own.

7. Q: Why are people in the public eye said to be 'in the limelight'?

A: Invented in 1825, limelight was used in lighthouses and stage lighting by burning a cylinder of lime which produced a brilliant light. In the theatre, performers on stage 'in the limelight' were seen by the audience to be the center of attention.

8. Q: Why do ships and aircraft in trouble use 'mayday' as their call for help?

A: This comes from the French word m'aidez - meaning 'help me' – and is pronounced 'mayday.'

9. Q: Why is someone who is feeling great 'on cloud nine'?

A: Types of clouds are numbered according to the altitudes they attain, with nine being the highest cloud. If someone is said to be on cloud nine, that person is floating well above worldly cares.

10. Q: Why are zero scores in tennis called 'love'?

A: In France, where tennis first became popular, a big, round zero on the scoreboard looked like an egg and was called 'l'oeuf,' which is French for 'egg.' When tennis was introduced in the US, Americans pronounced it 'love.'

11. Q: In golf, where did the term 'Caddie' come from?

A. When Mary, later Queen of Scots, went to France as a young girl (for education & survival), Louis, King of France, learned that she loved the Scot game 'golf.' So he had the first golf course outside of Scotland built for her enjoyment. To make sure she was properly chaperoned (and guarded) while she played, Louis hired cadets from a military school to accompany her. Mary liked this a lot and when she returned to Scotland (not a very good idea in the long run), she took the practice with her. In French, the word cadet is pronounced 'ca-day' and the Scots changed it into 'caddie.'

Now you know just about everything!

   Thanks so much, Dools! I do love random facts!

     From the Head Flagtwirler of 1965, Janice McCain Rose of Northern VA - 04/30/10 - "Things I Have Learned in the South":

Things I Have Learned in the South


A possum is a flat animal that sleeps in the middle of the road.

There are 5,000 types of snakes and 4,998 of them live in the South.


There are 10,000 types of spiders. All 10,000 of them live in the South, plus a couple no one has seen before.


If it grows, it'll stick ya. If it crawls, it'll bite cha.


Onced and Twiced are words.


It is not a shopping cart, it is a buggy!


Jaw-P? means Did y'all go to the bathroom?


People actually grow and eat okra.


Fixinto is one word. It means I'm fixing to do that.


There is no such thing as lunch. There is only dinner and then there is supper.


Iced tea is appropriate for all meals and you start drinking it when you're two. Folks in the south do like a little tea with their sugar.


Backards and forards means I know everything about you.


The word jeet is actually a phrase meaning, Did you eat?


You don't have to wear a watch, because it don't matter what time it is, you work until you're done or it's too dark to see.


You don't PUSH buttons, you MASH 'em.


You measure distance in minutes.


You switch from heat to A/C multiple times in the same day.


All the festivals across the state are named after a fruit, vegetable, grain, insect, or animal.


You know what a DAWG is.


You carry jumper cables in your car - for your OWN car.


You only own five spices: salt, pepper, Dell Sauce, Tabasco and ketchup.


The local papers cover national and international news on one page, but require 6 pages for local high school sports, motor sports, and gossip.


Many think that the first day of deer season is a national holiday.


You find 100 degrees Fahrenheit a bit warm.


You know what a hissy fit is.


Going to Wal-Mart is a favorite pastime known as goin Wal-Martin' or off to Wally World.


You describe the first cool snap (below 70 degrees) as good chicken stew weather.


Fried catfish is the other white meat.


We don't need no dang Driver's Ed. If our mama says we can drive, we can drive.


You understand these jokes and forward them to your Southern and other friends. 

  Thanks, Janice!


  From Jane Chambers of VA - 04/16/10 - "(A Very Cool Surprise Which I'm Reserving for As Soon As I Catch Up to Myself)":

   WOWZERONI! Thanks so much, Jane!


  From Jane Chambers of VA - 07/01/09 AND 02/07/10 - "CNC BOOK BROCHURE & AD" AND 61-62 DECADERS ADDENDA:

   Contact Dr. Chambers at

   Thanks, Jane!


From ArcaMax Jokes - 04/30/10:

Rules for Non-Pet Owners Who Visit and Complain About Our Pets

1. They live here. You don't.

2. If you don't want their hair on your clothes, stay off the furniture. (That's why they call it "fur"niture.)

3. I like my pets a lot better than I like most people.

4. To you, it's an animal. To me, he/she is an adopted son/daughter who is short, hairy and walks on all fours. Although they doesn't speak clearly, they communicate extremely well, especially cats.

5. Dogs and cats are better than kids ... they eat less, don't ask for money all the time, are easier to train, usually come when called (this does not apply to cats), never drive your car, don't hang out with drug-using friends, don't smoke or drink, don't worry about having to buy the latest fashions, don't wear your clothes, and don't need a gazillion dollars for college. Also, if they get pregnant, you can sell the children!!!


Parachute Jump

I volunteered recently to perform a parachute jump for charity. On our first day of training, the instructor made an important point about preparing for landing at 300 feet.

"How do you know when you're at 300 feet?" asked one woman.

"A good question," replied the instructor. "At 300 feet you can recognize the faces of people on the ground."

The woman thought about this for awhile before saying, "What happens if there's no one there I know?"


Church Money

A minister was preoccupied with thoughts of how he was going to ask the congregation to come up with more money than they were expecting for repairs to the church building.

Therefore, he talked with the organist to see what kind of inspirational music she could play after the announcement about the finances to get the congregation in a giving mood.

"Don't worry," she said. "I'll think of something."

During the service, the minister paused and said, "Brothers and Sisters, we are in great difficulty; the roof repairs cost twice as much as we expected, and we need $4,000 more. Any of you who can pledge $100 or more, please stand up."

Just at that moment, the organist started playing, "The Star Spangled Banner."


1. Saturday, June 12, 2010 - George Wythe Schools Closing Celebration. Contact Glory Gill (Wythe school nurse) at 727-2965 / with any questions or to contribute old memories - OPEN TO PUBLIC

2. Friday and Saturday, August 6 and 7, 2010 - The NNHS Class of 1970 will hold its 40-Year Reunion. Saturday night will be at the Kiln Creek Golf & Country Club. For details, contact Carol Comer Cutler at or visit the reunion website at - CLASS OF 1970

3. Friday, Saturday, and Sunday, August 6, 7, and 8, 2010 - The NNHS Class of 1960 will hold its 50-Year Reunion at the Marriott Newport News at City Center. For details, contact Karen Weinstein Witte at - CLASS OF 1960

4. Saturday, October 9, 2010 - The NNHS Class of 1963 will celebrate their 65th Birthdays at a Party on Saturday, October 9, 2010 at the Virginia Power Clubhouse, 1701 Waterview, Yorktown, VA from 5:00 PM to 10:00 PM. For details, contact Susie Overton Jones at - CLASS OF 1963

5. Friday and Saturday, October 15 and 16, 2010 - The NNHS Class of 1965 will hold its 45-Year Reunion at the Point Plaza Hotel, 950 J. Clyde Morris Boulevard, Newport News, VA 23601. For details, contact Dave Arnold at - OPEN TO ALL CLASSES, HOSTED BY THE CLASS OF 1965

6. Saturday, April 30, 2011 - The NNHS Class of 1954 will have a LUNCHEON. Mickey Marcella (757) 249-3800, Betty Hamby Neher, (757) 898-5099 and Dr. Harry Simpson (804) 694-0346 will be the team leaders. - CLASS OF 1954

7. July 2011- The Class of 1971 is planning a 40-Year Reunion. A planning committee has been formed and held their first meeting recently. In an effort to connect with as many class members as possible, they are asking anyone interested in the Class of '71 reunion to contact Richard Rawls. Please provide your name, address, phone number(s) and email address so that they can be in touch with you when final arrangements are made. It has been 20 years since their last class reunion and they are looking forward to seeing everyone again. Send your contact information to: - CLASS OF 1971

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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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I'm So Excited

Written by Trevor Lawrence and the Pointer Sisters
Featured in Summer Lovers (1982)

Performed by the Pointer Sisters, 1982

Tonight's the night we're gonna make it happen
Tonight we'll put all other things aside
Get in this time and show me some affection
We're goin' for those pleasures in the night

I want to love you, feel you, wrap myself around you
I want to squeeze you, please you, I just can't get enough
And if you move real slow I let it go

I'm so excited and I just can't hide it
I'm about to lose control and I think I like it
I'm so excited and I just can't hide it
And I know I know I know I know I know I want you

We shouldn't even think about tomorrow
Sweet memories will last for long long time
We'll have a good time, Baby, don't do worry
And if we're still playin' around boy that's just fine

Let's get excited, we just can't hide it
I'm about to lose control and I think I like it
I'm so excited and I just can't hide it
I know I know I know I know I know I want you, I want you

I want to love you, feel you, wrap myself around you
I want to squeeze you, please you, I just can't get enough
And if you move real slow I let it go

I'm so excited, I just can't hide it
I'm about to lose control and I think I like it
I'm so excited and I just can't hide it
I know I know I know I know I know I want you

"I'm So Excited" midi courtesy of Dave Spriggs ('64) of VA - 03/23/10
Thanks, Dave!

"I'm So Excited" lyrics courtesy
of, also at the suggestion of Dave Spriggs ('64) of VA - 03/23/10
Thanks again, Dave!

"I'm So Excited" Cartoon of courtesy of - 04/30/10

Animated Divider Line 298 clip art courtesy of - 05/01/10

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

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

Animated Wildly Laughing Dog courtesy of Eva Ellis Madagan ('61) of FL - 11/24/07
Thanks, Eva!

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