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05/03/10 - NNHS Newsletter -
Softly As I Leave You

I've been making a list of the things they don't teach you
at school. They don't teach you how to love somebody. They don't
teach you how to be famous. They don't teach you how to be rich
or how to be poor. They don't teach you how to walk away
from someone you don't love any longer. They don't teach you
how to know what's going on in someone else's mind...”

- Neil Gaiman
(b. 10 Nov 1960)

Dear Friends and Schoolmates,

   If you think we just used this song theme barely three months ago, why, then, you're absolutely right!

   (In all fairness, though, this one has a different midi version and two different Bonus Videos.)

BONUS #1 - - Softly As I Leave You - Andy Williams, 1964

BONUS #2 - - Softly As I Leave You - The Fleetwoods, 1964


"Softly, as I Leave You" is a popular song composed by Antonio De Vita (1932–1998), with original Italian lyrics by Giorgio Calabrese.

It was originally an Italian success in 1960 by Mina, at the Sanremo Music Festival, entitled "Piano" ("Softly"). Mina published a recording of the song first time as a single in 1960, and later as well on an EP and on three LPs.

The English songwriter Hal Shaper noticed the song and in November 1961 wrote English lyrics to the melody, calling it "Softly, as I Leave You". It is best known in versions by Matt Monro (#10 on the British charts in 1962, Monro had US "Bubbling Under the Top 100" entries in Billboard in 1962 and 1964), and Frank Sinatra (#27 on Billboard Hot 100 in 1964). Other recordings have been made by artists such as Bobby Darin, Andy Williams, Robert Goulet, Doris Day (1964), Shirley Bassey (1968) for her album This Is My Life, Elvis Presley (1973), David Whitfield on New Zealand TV (1973), Eydie Gorme, and Cliff Richard (1983).

The Lettermen also recorded it, including it as a track on their 1964 album She Cried. We Five also recorded it, including it as a track eleven on their 1965 album You Were On My Mind. The song also haunted jazz legend Shirley Horn, who recorded a very intimate version on her 1987 album Softly. "Softly, as I Leave You" was reprised by Michael Bublé as a B-side on his 2004 EP Feeling Good.


    Happy Birthday today to  Pauline Collins Shofner ('65) of VA!

    Happy Birthday tomorrow to Wanda Hodge Underwood ('57) AND    Charlie Snead ('64) of NC!

    Happy Birthday this week to:

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;

09 -   Patty Andrews Mays ('61) of VA;

10 -    Mrs. Helen Shelton of VA AND Barbara Johnson Hansford ('57) AND My Cousin,     Clarke Booth (Wakefield HS - '57) of FL!

   Mrs. Shelton has no email, but take note of her NEW address and send her a card for her 93rd Birthday: 866 Denbigh Boulevard, #25, Newport News, VA 23608-4476

   Many Happy Returns to you all!


May 3, 1942 - Japanese naval troops invaded Tulagi Island in the Solomon Islands during the first part of Operation Mo that resulted in the Battle of the Coral Sea between Japanese forces and forces from the United States and Australia.

May 3, 1945 - The sinking of the prison ships Cap Arcona, Thielbek and Deutschland by the Royal Air Force in Lübeck Bay.

May 3, 1946 - The International Military Tribunal for the Far East began in Tokyo with twenty-eight Japanese military and government officials accused of war crimes and crimes against humanity.

TODAY IN 1965:

Monday, May 03, 1965 - Comedian Rob Brydon was born in Swansea, Wales.

Monday, May 03, 1965 - Fashion expert and television personality Nina Garcia was born Ninotchka Garcia in Barranquilla, Colombia.

Monday, May 03, 1965 - Footballer John "Faxe" Jensen was born in Copenhagen, Denmark.

Monday, May 03, 1965 - Industrialist Mikhail Prokhorov was born Mikhail Dmitrievitch Prokhorov (Михаил Дмитриевич Прохоров) in Moscow, Russian SSR.

Monday, May 03, 1965 - Pauline Collins celebrated her 18th birthday in Newport News.

  From Charlie Snead ('64) of NC - 05/02/10 - "My Birthday":


I just noticed that my friend and in-law     Van Rowell ('65 - of NC) is listed as a birthday in May. Not to be outdone, please record me as May 4 and a year older than HIM ! 

   GIGGLES! Thanks, Charlie! I've added you to the list - and Happy Birthday!

      From My Niece, Shari, of VA - 05/01/10 - "pics. of kitten -- Gavyn Kye":

  Stayed with his name, but changed the spelling. He is called both Gavyn and Gavyn Kye and responds to both. He is one of the most affectionate kittens I have encountered, but we always seem to get good cats, minus one little, crazy, hyper, feral kitten.

So far he likes to sleep on my neck, like a choker, or tucked inside my
shirt or gown, so guess it's a good thing I don't move much in my sleep.

He weighed .9 lbs., Monday, but is eating lots, so I foresee fast growth.


I really was not planning on getting a pet until next month, or maybe even June, but (my son) Tyler kept pushing for a dog (which would end up my responsibility) and so, hence the baby kitty. He's already captured my heart and will be doted on like a little king.

I so hope he is one of these cats that will live for 20 years.

   I do too, Shari; he's certainly adorable! Thanks for sharing the images with us!

From   Mickey ('54) and   Carol Moell ('56) Marcella of VA - 05/02/10 - "  Barbara Kemp Bostwick ('57 - of NC)":

It is very sad for us that Barbara Kemp Bostwick has cancer. She and her family are definitely in our prayers. Barbara and my sister Louise Marcella Colletti raised a grandson together from Barbara's son and Louise's daughter. Barbara has been in the family for years. We love her and will be grateful for your prayers on her behalf. Thank you for putting Barbara on your site yesterday.

Mickey Marcella and Carol

   Thank you for that background, Mickey and Carol! It never ceases to amaze me the number of ways our lives are intertwined! We're keeping Barbara - and her entire family - in our prayers!

From My Friend, Darrel, of NC - 04/29/10 - "REMEMBER RED SKELTON":
A message from Christ through a humble comedian.  As we study the scriptures, I encourage all to listen intently for messages from Christ through the gift of the Holy Ghost to each of us.  I don't normally pass along items received or found on the internet, but this is one that I felt extremely important.

Bless each of you,


Red Skelton--from his television show in 1969 WOW ! Just think, he said this on his television show in 1969 and really had no clue it would ever come about. SAD, isn't it? What a wonderful and worthwhile clip to watch and share.

This is one that needs to be passed on to Everyone.  Please watch to the end - his words were surely a prediction!

   Thank you so much, Darrel! We've used this here before, but it bears repeating often!

      From My Niece, Shari, of VA - 05/02/10 - "a fast way to get tight abs & more":
There are other short videos, for arms, thighs, chest and such. All are easy at home exercises.

   Thanks again, Shari!


  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 - 05/02/10:

Business Class

I'd been working on my business degree for about a year when I finally got to take a popular finance course. I went to the bookstore to buy the text and was shocked to find out that it would cost me $96. I asked how much it was worth if I sold it back at the end of the semester.

"You'll get $24," said the clerk.

"This is insane," I protested as I wrote out the check.

"I know," replied the clerk sympathetically. "I've always thought that a person who buys a book for $96 and then sells it back for $24 should fail the course."

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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Softly as I Leave You

Composed by Antonio De Vita (1932–1998), with original Italian lyrics by Giorgio Calabrese; English lyrics by Hal Shaper

Recorded by Matt Monro, 1962
(01 Dec 1930 – 07 Feb 1985)

Softly, I will leave you softly
For my heart would break if you should wake and see me go
So I leave you softly, long before you miss me
Long before your arms beg me to stay
For one more hour or one more day
After all the years, I can't bear the tears to fall
So, softly as I leave you there

Softly, long before you kiss me
long before your arms can beg me stay
For one more hour or one more day
After all the years, I can't bear the tears to fall
So, softly as I leave you there
As I leave I you there
As I leave I you there

"Softly As I Leave You" midi courtesy of
at the suggestion of Dave Spriggs ('64) of VA - 05/05/10 (sic)
Thanks, Dave!

"Softly As I Leave You" midi courtesy of
also at the suggestion of Dave Spriggs ('64) of VA - 05/05/10 (sic)
again, Dave!

Image of Luggage courtesy of - 01/25/10

Animated Laughing Smiley Face clip art courtesy of Dave Spriggs ('64) of VA - 02/27/09
Thanks, Dave!

Animated Divider Bar 116 clip art courtesy of - 01/25/10

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 (still missing...)
Thanks, Al!
Replaced by Norm Covert ('61) of MD - 02/09/09
Thanks, Norm!

Marine Corps Seal clip art courtesy of the late Herbert Hice of MI - one of my Famous Marines who served in the South Pacific during WWII.
Thanks again, Herbie!!

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