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05/04/10 - NNHS Newsletter
The Happy Organ

“Happiness isn't something you experience;
it's something you remember.”

 - Oscar Levant
(27 Dec 1906 - 14 Aug 1972)

Dear Friends and Schoolmates,

   This Newsletter is being rerun from almost exactly one year ago:

     As I mentioned then, if I remember correctly, this song always drove       My Sister, Eleanor Buckley Nowitzky ('59) of NC, crazy.       I ('65) of IL, on the other hand, really liked it.  Or maybe - maybe - I just liked driving my sister crazy!

BONUS - - The Happy Organ - Dave Baby Cortez, 1959


"The Happy Organ" is the name of an instrumental composition made famous by Dave "Baby" Cortez in 1959. Cortez co-composed it with Kurt Wood. A significant portion of the tune bears a strong resemblance to the traditional "Shortenin' Bread" tune. The song topped the Billboard Hot 100 in 1959. The Detroit-born artist, born David Clowney, took the song to number five on Billboard's R&B chart.

The song originally featured lyrics and was intended to be sung accompanied by a piano. Cortez recorded a vocal for it but was unhappy with the result. He spotted an organ in the studio and decided to play the song's melody on it. He also brought in legendary studio drummer, Gary Hammond to provide percussion for the song. Hearing an organ on a rock or R&B song at the time was unusual, but Cortez helped popularize its use outside of the jazz field.


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

    Happy Birthday tomorrow to Jane Penn Clark ('57) AND Tom Jones (Warwick HS - '60) of VA!

    Happy Birthday this week to:

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;

12 -  Lynn Walker Brothers ('65) of VA!

   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 4, 1942 - The Battle of the Coral Sea began with an attack by aircraft from the United States aircraft carrier USS Yorktown on Japanese naval forces at Tulagi Island in the Solomon Islands. The Japanese forces had invaded Tulagi the day before.

May 4, 1945 - British forces liberated Neuengamme concentration camp near Hamburg.

May 4, 1945 - The North Germany Army surrendered to Field Marshal Bernard Montgomery.

TODAY IN 1965:

Tuesday, May 04, 1965 - Nothing noteworthy whatsoever happened.  I am not making this up.

       From My #5 Son, Nathaniel Harty (Hillsboro HS, IL - '97) of IL - 05/03/10 - "  Drew Carey Marine pic":

  Not sure if you have him on your Famous Marines page, or if you have this pic, either way, here you go.

WOWZERONI-RINI-ROONI!!! Several years ago - perhaps 2002 - TV Guide ran a feature article about Drew Carey and it included this image - which he described as his favorite picture ever taken of himself.
Drew Carey, USMC

   I've looked in vain to find a copy of it online off and on through the years. In fact, I do believe it was this very photograph which caused me to create Famous Marines all those years ago!

   Thank you so very much, Faniel!

  From Charles Schneider ('60) of TX - 05/03/10 - "Duty, Honor & Country":


I'm Charles Schneider (Class of 60). I though you could use this. This man believed in duty, honor & country.





The Sailor Pictured Below Is

Navy Petty Officer,


(Petty Officer, Second Class)


(Explosive Ordnance Disposal, Second Class)


April 5th, 1981 ~ September 29th, 2006

Was Posthumously Awarded "The Congressional Medal Of Honor" on 31 Mar 2008,

For Giving His Life in Iraq, As He Jumped on, and Covered with His Body, a Live Hand Grenade,

Saving the Lives of a Large Group of Navy Seals That Was Passing By!


During Mike Monsoor's Funeral,

At Ft. Rosecrans National Cemetery, in San Diego, California,

The Six Pallbearers Removed The Rosewood Casket From The Hearse,

And Lined up on Each Side of Mike Monsoor's Casket,

Were His Family Members, Friends, Fellow Sailors, and Well-wishers.

The Column of People Continued from the Hearse, All The Way to the Grave Site.

What The Group Didn't Know at The Time Was,

Every Navy Seal

(45 To Be Exact)

That Mike Monsoor Saved That Day Was Scattered Throughout the Column!


As The Pallbearers Carried the Rosewood Casket

Down the Column of People to the Grave Side,

The Column Would Collapse,

Which Formed a Group of People that Followed Behind.


Every Time The Rosewood Casket Passed a Navy Seal,

He Would Remove His Gold Trident Pin from His Uniform,

And Slap It Down Hard,

Causing the Gold Trident Pin to Embed Itself

Into the Top of the Wooden Casket!

Then the Navy Seal Would Step Back from the Column, And Salute!


Now For Those Who Don't Know What A Trident Pin Is,

Here Is The Definition!


After One Completes the Basic Navy Seals Program Which Lasts for Three Weeks,

And Is Followed by Seal Qualification Training,

Which Is 15 More Weeks of Training,

Necessary to Continue Improving Basic Skills and to Learn New Tactics and Techniques,

Required for an Assignment to a Navy Seal Platoon.

After Successful Completion,

Trainees Are Given Their Naval Enlisted Code,

And Are Awarded the Navy Seal Trident Pin.

With This Gold Pin They Are Now Officially Navy Seals!

It Was Said That You Could Hear Each of the 45 Slaps from Across The Cemetery!

By The Time The Rosewood Casket Reached The Grave Site,

It Looked As Though It Had a Gold Inlay from the 45 Trident Pins That Lined the Top!

This Was A Fitting End To An Eternal Send-Off For A Warrior Hero!

This Should Be Front-Page News Instead of the Garbage We Listen to and See Every Day!


Here's a Good Idea!

Since the Main Stream Media Won't Make This News.

Then We Choose to Make It News by Forwarding It.


         I Am Proud of All The Branches of Our Military.

  From Ruth Ann Reece Horace ('67) of FL - 05/03/10 - "Gotta love this Judge!":

Florida Court Sets Atheist Holy Day! Gotta love this Judge!

You must read this.....a proper decision by the courts...for a change.


In Florida, an atheist created a case against the upcoming Easter and Passover Holy days.  He hired an attorney to bring a discrimination case against Christians and Jews and observances of their holy days.  The argument was that it was unfair that atheists had no such recognized days.

The case was brought before a judge.  After listening to the passionate presentation by the lawyer, the judge banged his gavel declaring, "Case dismissed!"
The lawyer immediately stood objecting to the ruling saying, "Your honor, How can you possibly dismiss this case?  
The Christians have Christmas, Easter and others.  The Jews have Passover, Yom Kippur and Hanukkah,
yet my client and all other atheists have no such holidays."


The judge leaned forward in his chair saying, "But you do. Your client, counsel, is woefully ignorant."


The lawyer said, "Your Honor, we are unaware of any special observance or holiday for atheists."


The judge said, "The calendar says April 1st is April Fools Day. Psalm 14:1 states, 'The fool says in his heart, there is no God.'  Thus, it is the opinion of this court, that, if your client says there is no God, then he is a fool. Therefore, April 1st is his day. Court is adjourned."


You gotta love a Judge that knows his scripture!

This is too good NOT to forward!

   WILD GIGGLES!!! Thanks, Ruthie!


  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:

Flight Museum

At the Boeing Museum of Flight in Seattle, there is a full size mockup of an F/A-18 fighter. A ramp allows visitors to climb into the cockpit and get a sense of what the pilot sees and feels.

A guide at the top of the ramp points out the various controls and gauges in the cockpit and gives information about the aircraft's capabilities to each visitor who gets in.

When my two-year-old son sat down in the plane, he seemed fascinated by all he saw and heard. Then, he looked out at us and said, "Gramma, could I have a quarter?"

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

PRAYER ROLL: - updated 04/30/10

BLOG: - updated 08/04/09

Y'all take care of each other!  TYPHOONS FOREVER!  We'll Always Have Buckroe!

                                 Love to all, Carol





Carol Buckley Harty

      Thank you so much, Charles - it's good to hear from you again! I've seen this selection a couple of times, but I think I never posted it, and even if I did, it certainly bears repeating!

      I can find no proof of it in my records at the moment, Charles, but in my mind's eye I keep picturing you in dress blues. Were you indeed a member of the Marine Corps, or is this just another case of my overactive imagination?!?

    To donate, click on the Donate Button on the left, or just mail it directly to my home (address available upon request). Thanks!

The Happy Organ

Music by Dave "Baby" Cortez
(b. 13 Aug 1938)

and Kurt Wood, 1959

"The Happy Organ" midi courtesy of - 05/06/09,
reused at the suggestion of Dave Spriggs ('64) of VA - 03/23/10
Thanks, Dave!

Animated clip art of Pipe Organ courtesy of - 05/06/09

Musical Divider Line clip art courtesy of - 05/06/09

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!

Hillsboro High School's Topper (Band Version) clip art courtesy of - 06/07/08
Thanks, Mark!

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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