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05/01/11 - NNHS Newsletter - Happy May Day!

It's spring fever. That is what the name of it is. And when you've got it, you want - oh, you don't
quite know what it is you do want, but it just fairly makes your heart ache, you want it so!

- Mark Twain
(30 Nov 1835 - 21 Apr 1910)

In the spring I have counted one hundred and thirty-six different
kinds of weather inside of four and twenty hours.

Mark Twain
(30 Nov 1835 - 21 Apr 1910)

Dear Friends and Schoolmates,   

   May Day can have a plethora of entirely different meanings, but we're only going to concentrate on one today.

BONUS #1 - - The Fountain in the Park - Stanley Holloway (two days in a row!)

BONUS #2 - - The Fountain in the Park - Jonathan Rhys Meyers


Ed Haley - 1884: This is another one of those familiar pieces that has managed to remain well known, although not as originally written. Known more commonly as While Strolling Through The Park One Day, both the lyrical and melodic content of this ditty have been altered through public performance in the century-plus span since it was first published. Intended as a stage piece, it even includes a schottische after the verse specifically written for a dance. This performance combines elements of the original composition with the more familiar take on it. The first iteration of the song is mostly as composed. Note how the ending of the first section and the bridge are entirely different than the popularized version. Then after the bridge it shifts briefly into waltz time, followed by the final cadence of the verse. The middle portion of the dance has been expanded to fill out the content. The bridge melody that is more widely known today was derived from this dance. Then the piece is completed using the popularized melody.

WEBMISTRESS' NOTE: Sumpin' is a bit screwy som'mers: Several sources report that Mr. Haley wrote this song in 1884 - even while reporting that he wasn't born until 1885. ‹(•¿•)›



   Happy May Day 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) 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;

07 - Judy Abbott Copes ('57);

08 -   Frank Gibson ('63) of VA!

   Many Happy Returns to You All! 


Wednesday, May 1, 1861

In one of his first orders as commander of the state forces of Virginia, Confederate Maj. Gen. Robert E. Lee sent a colonel to take further volunteer troops to Harper’s Ferry, Va. His instructions were to take all the equipment for gun and cannon manufacturing, as well as any munitions found, and move them South. The colonel in question was one Thomas J. Jackson, to whom Lee would give many orders in the future.

Thursday, May 1, 1862

The official change of administration occurred today in New Orleans, La. Having been taken by the fleet of Admiral Farragut, it was turned over today to Maj. Gen. Benjamin Butler for military administration. His tenure was noted by great efficiency in such things as sanitation and engineering, and great difficulties in getting along with the local populace. His dealings with the women of the city would prove particularly strained.

Friday, May 1, 1863

Union Gen. Joseph Hooker had taken 70,000 Union troops across the Rappahannock to bring battle to the Confederates. Robert E. Lee had to leave 10,000 men in Fredericksburg, but brought 47,000 men to the gathering. To everyone’s confusion, after crossing the river and moving forward, Hooker stopped and pulled back on the defensive. Lee consulted with Stonewall Jackson over a cracker barrel, and made the daring decision to split his already outnumbered army, sending Jackson around to attack the Union right.

Sunday, May 1, 1864

As the summer fighting season got seriously underway, the difficulty for Lee and the Confederate military was figuring out which way they would be attacked from first. The main choices involved Gen. William T. Sherman’s army in Georgia, Gen. U.S. Grant in northern Virginia, and the Peninsula. The latter seemed most likely as Gen. Butler’s men were ferried up the York River to West Point by the US Navy.

      From Phil Hammond ('64) of UT - 04/30/11 - "Saturday morning, second storm 4/30, 2011":

I promise to promise that this will be my last set of pictures from snow country. You saw Wednesday’s storm; now here is “the rest of the story”.

Tomorrow we will be on the beach by 4, having another beer in Mexico, listening to Kenny Chesney, I hope.

Take care all, and thank you, Carol, for all you do.
    That card from       your dad (the late Robert Buckley - John Marshall HS - '25) (19 Oct 1907 - 25 Apr 1960)  was amazing.

Saturday, April 30, 2001 - Park City, Utah
   Thank you so much, Phil - enjoy your well-earned vacation!

  From Adrian Whitcomb ('67) of VA - 04/30/11 - "FORT MONROE UPDATE MAY 2011":

CFMNP (Citizens for a Fort Monroe National Park) UPDATE MAY 2011

This is a particularly critical time to contact members of the Congressional delegation who are involved in introducing legislation to create a Fort Monroe National Park. Details are in the update.

Attached is a pdf containing the update. If for any reason you cannot open it, please reply to this message and you will be sent the same message by alternate means. Thanks for your interest in a Fort Monroe National Park.

Adrian Whitcomb

   Thanks so much for your diligence, Adrian!

  Y'all know what to do!

  From Mike Leonard ('68) of VA - 04/30/11 - "Car Keys":

What to take to bed with you - not a joke  Pretty neat idea. Never thought of it before.

Put your car keys beside your bed at night

Tell your spouse, your children, your neighbors, your parents, your Dr's office, the check-out girl at the market, everyone you run across. Put your car keys beside your bed at night.  If you hear a noise outside your home or someone trying to get in your house, just press the panic button for your car.  The alarm will be set off, and the horn will continue to sound and probably draw others attention.

This tip came from a neighborhood watch coordinator.  Next time you come home for the night and you start to put your keys away, think of this: It's a security alarm system that you probably already have and requires no installation.  Test it.  It will go off from most everywhere inside your house and will keep honking until your battery runs down or until you reset it with the button on the key fob chain.

It works if you park in your driveway or garage.  If your car alarm goes off when someone is trying to break into your house, odds are the burglar/rapist won't stick around…After a few seconds all the neighbors will be looking out their windows to see who is out there and sure enough the criminal won't want that.

And remember to carry your keys while walking to your car in a parking lot.  The alarm can work the same way there.  This is something that should really be shared with everyone.  Maybe it could save a life or a sexual abuse crime.

P.S.  I am sending this to everyone I know because I think it is fantastic.

Would also be useful for any emergency, such as a heart attack, where you can't reach a phone. Or an older parent/relative might carry their car keys with them in case they fall outside.  They can activate the car alarm and hopefully someone may investigate the problem.

Please pass this on even IF you've read it before. It's a reminder.

   Thanks so much for this valuable tip, Mike!

      From My Niece, Shari, of VA - 04/30/11 - "Vitamin F":

A Friend shared this article with me and I want to share it with you.

Why do I have a variety of friends who are all different in character ?
How do I get on with them all ?
I think that each one helps to bring out a "different" part of me..
With one of them I am a polite, good girl.
I joke with another friend.
I sit down and talk about serious matters with one of them.
With another I giggle at every silly thing.
I have my tea with one and dance with another.
I listen to one friend's problems and give her advice, then I listen to another advising me.
They are all like pieces of a jigsaw,
When completed they form a treasure box.
A treasure of friends!
They are my friends who understand me better than myself, who support me through good days and bad days.
They are like colourful anti-depressants that I take on different days.

Real Age doctors tell us that friends are good for our health.
Dr. Oz calls them Vitamins F (from Friends) and counts the benefits of friends to our well being.
Research shows that people in strong social circles have less risk of depression and terminal strokes. If you take Vitamin F constantly you can be up to 30 years younger than your real age. The warmth of friendship stops stress and even in your tense moments it decreases the chance of a cardiac arrest or stroke by 50 %.
I am so happy that I have a stock of Vitamins F!

In summary we should value our friends and keep in touch with them.
We should try to see the funny side of things and laugh together, not forgetting to open our mouths big to swallow the floating vitamins F !!!!

Thank you for being my vitamins!

   Thank you so much, Shari!


From - 04/30/11:

TEACHER: What is the chemical formula for water?


TEACHER: What are you talking about?

SARAH: Yesterday you said it's H to O!


1. 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.

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

3. 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.

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, see: and contact Gary Fitzgerald at or 757-879-2847 - CLASS OF 1961

7. 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

PRAYER ROLL : - updated 04/18/11

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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The Fountain in the Park

Words and Music by Ed Haley (Aug 1885 - 03 Feb 1951)

Verse 1: While strolling in the park one day,
All in the merry month of May,
A roguish pair of eyes they took me by surprise,
In a moment my poor heart they stole away!
Oh a sunny smile was all she gave to me
Instrumental phrase
And of course we were as happy as could be.
Instrumental phrase
So neatly I raised my hat
And made a polite remark.
I never shall forget that lovely afternoon,
When I met her at the fountain in the park.

Dance interlude

Verse 2: We linger'd there beneath the trees,
Her voice was like the fragrant breeze.
We talked of happy love until the stars above
When her loving "yes" she gave my heart to please.
A smile was all she gave to me
Instrumental phrase
Of course we were as happy as could be.
Instrumental phrase
I immediately raised my hat
And finally she remarked.
I never shall forget that lovely afternoon,
When I met her at the fountain in the park.

Note: The last six lines of the second verse have been altered from the original to the more familiar lyrics of the twentieth century.

"The Fountain in the Park" midi courtesy of - 05/01/11

"The Fountain in the Park" lyrics courtesy of - 05/01/11

Happy May Day Image courtesy of – 05/01/11

 Flower Bar 22 Divider Line clip art courtesy of - 03/31/10

Kilroy Face courtesy of 5kidz2many of MO - 01/24/10
Thanks, Rhonda!

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

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!

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 Flag clip art courtesy of - 06/18/03

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