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05/04/13 - NNHS Newsletter - Stand By Me

Too late we learn, a man must hold his friend
Unjudged, accepted, trusted to the end.

- John Boyle O'Reilly
(28 June 1844 - 10 Aug 1890)

Dear Friends and Schoolmates,   

   I've always liked this 1960 classic; maybe you have, too.

BONUS - - Stand By Me - Ben E. King - sing-along version



"Stand by Me" is the title of a song originally performed by Ben E. King and written by Ben E. King, Jerry Leiber, and Mike Stoller. There have been over 400 recorded versions of "Stand By Me," including versions by John Lennon, Otis Redding, Jimi Hendrix and Elton John.

According to the documentary History of Rock 'n' Roll, Ben E. King had no intention of recording the song himself when he wrote it.[1] King had written the song for The Drifters, who passed on the chance to record it. It was not until after the "Spanish Harlem" recording session that he had some studio time left over. The session's producers, Jerry Leiber and Mike Stoller, asked if he had any more songs and King played "Stand by Me" on the piano for them. They liked it and called the studio musicians back in to record it.

Mike Stoller recalls it differently: "I remember arriving at our office as Jerry and Ben were working on lyrics for a new song. King had the beginnings of a melody that he was singing a capella. I went to the piano and worked up the harmonies, developing a bass pattern that became the signature of the song. Ben and Jerry quickly finished the lyrics…"[2] The fact that arranger Stan Applebaum couldn't possibly have dashed off an entire string chart at the end of a session, much less copied and distributed all the parts, supports this less dramatic version of the events.

Either way, King's record went to number one on the R&B charts[3] and was a Top Ten hit on the U.S. charts twice—in its original release in 1961, when it peaked at #4, and a 1986 re-release coinciding with its use as the theme song for the movie of the same name following its appearance in the film, when it peaked at #9, and also in an advertisement for Levi Jeans. It also reached #1 on the UK Singles Chart in 1987 after its re-release, mostly because of the jeans spot, originally reaching #27 on its first release.

The song was not released on an album until it had been out as a single for two years. After those two years the song appeared as track seven on King's Don't Play That Song album.

"Stand by Me" was ranked number 122 on Rolling Stone's list of the 500 Greatest Songs of All Time. In 1999, BMI named it as the fourth most-performed song of the 20th century, with about 7 million performances...[4]



    From Susie Overton Jones ('63) of VA - 05/02/13, 2:51 PM - "Sad News":

Received word last night that our classmate,   John C. Burton, passed away on April 29, 2013 or a massive heart attack while playing golf.
As soon as I locate the obit I will forward to you for posting on our website.
Again, thank you for your hard work and time on this website.
Susie Overton Jones
NNHS Class of '63

   OH, NO! Susie, I am so sorry to hear this! I didn't really know Johnny, but I somehow remembered without looking that his middle name's Claude. Thank you for letting us know.

   Until his obituary appears, I've added this information to the In Memoriam page for your class:



   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 - The late    Mrs. Helen Hardy Shelton (10 May 1917 - 19 Mar 2011) AND Barbara Johnson Hansford ('57) AND My Cousin,     Clarke Booth (Wakefield HS - '57) of FL!

   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.



Saturday, May 04, 1963 - Nothing - absolutely nothing - happened today (or so it would seem...).


  From Frances Heath Scott ('62) of VA - 05/02/13 - "Additional Villages info":


Hope you are feeling much better by the time you read this.

I had to send a correction on the info in your newsletter.
  Bobby Fowler is a Class of '55 NNHS grad. I double checked what I had sent to you and had '55....I don't want Bobby to think I forgot. (I certainly hope my memory is correct, because I gave him a throw with '55 on it for Christmas! Remember the throws our classmates received at our reunion? Same one, different date.) Also, Bobby not only continues to sing, but over the years, he has become quite proficient as a photographer and has had numerous photos published in The Villages newspaper (can't recall the name).

  JoAnn (Scott Fowler - '58), my sister-in-law, has become a very competitive swimmer on The Villages swim team, although she doesn't compete now, as much as she did. She competed for the team at the Senior Olympics (I think about 2002.) and did quite well, when the Senior Olympics were held at the Midtown Community Center in N.N. She said it was really special to compete in her hometown.
Thanks, Frances!   I must confess. I changed your label from '55 to '56 for a couple of reasons.

   First, I scanned Bobby's senior image several years ago from page 111 of the '56 Anchor (which even bears his autograph, proving he was still there at the time). He is also pictured therein on page 75 with the Senior Chorus and the Boys Glee Club.

   Then I thought perhaps he may be one of those several students who (for a variety of reasons) can lay legitimate claim to two classes, so I checked the '55 Anchor. The only shot of Bobby I could find there was on page 75, again with the Senior Chorus, but no individual portrait at all.

   By then I thought it surely must be that because of my illness, I simply couldn't make sense of anything, so I held off posting your note (and Joe's, below) for a day until my head cleared.

   It didn't help.  "I'm so confused."

   Well, whatever the case, I'm delighted to hear that Bobby and JoAnn are thriving down there in the Deep South, and we wish them well!


      From Joe Madagan ('57) of FL - 05/02/13 - "Florida Cattlemen":

  Hi, Carol:

Hope you received the photo image of the cattle drive at the entrance of the new section of The Villages. The developer must have hired the same artist that designed the similar cattle drive (monument) in Dallas, Texas.

Florida cattlemen fed most of the Confederate Army in the Recent Unpleasantness.

TYPHOON Regards,
Joe Madagan ('57) of FL

   Wal, whodathunkit?!? Certainly not I! What I don't know about Florida history would fill several volumes, I'm sure, but I never knew that any part of the state was ever suitable for raising and grazing cattle!

   Thank you so much for the "edumacation", Major Madagan!

Sunday, March 10, 2013



From My Friend, Jessica, of NC - 05/04/13 - "Perfect Breakfast Sandwiches":

  Bake in 350 oven for 10-15 min = perfect breakfast sandwiches
   WOW! Thanks, Jessica!


From My Friend, Alice, of NV - 05/04/13 - "STUFFED ITALIAN BREAD":


1 Italian loaf, about 12 inches long
1 stick butter, melted
1/8 cup olive oil
3 tsp. minced onion
2-3 cloves garlic, grated
1 Tbsp. Dijon mustard
1 Tbsp. poppy seeds
3 tsp. chopped parsley (add more if you wish)
12 oz. grated cheese (I used a mix of white cheddar and Monterey jack.)

Preheat the oven to 350 F.

Mix the melted butter, olive oil, onion, garlic, Dijon mustard, poppy seeds and parsley in a bowl.

Cut the bread into cubes with X slices without cutting all the way through the bottom crust.

Pour the butter-onion garlic mixture carefully into those X cracks using a small spoon and over the top of the bread. Fill those delicious cracks with the grated cheese. (It seems like a lot of work and trouble but it's all worth it. Yes.)

Wrap the entire loaf with foil, sealing the sides properly and bake for 15-20 minutes. Remove from the oven and unwrap. Bake for another 10 minutes until the cheese is melted and gooey.
   OOH! Thanks, Alice!


     From Me ('65) of NC - 05/03/13 - "CINNAMON ROLL CAKE":

   Buttery, gooey goodness.....oh my. 

3 cups flour
1/4 tsp. salt
1 cup sugar
4 tsp. baking powder
1 1/2 cups milk
2 eggs
2 tsp. vanilla
1/2 cup butter, melted

1 cup butter, softened
1 c
up brown sugar
2 Tbsp. flour
1 Tbsp. cinnamon

Mix everything together except for the butter. Slowly stir in the melted butter and pour into a greased 9x13 pan. For the topping, mix all the ingredients together until well combined. Drop evenly over the batter and swirl with a knife. Bake at 350 for 28-32 minutes.

2 cups powdered sugar
5 Tbsp. milk
1 tsp. vanilla

While warm drizzle the glaze over the cake.

  From Ruth Reece Horace ('67) of FL - 04/08/13 - "Pets make you smile, ya gotta love em' (#20 of 36)":

  To make you smile.....

Happy Pet Day!!!

   AWW! Thanks, Ruthie!



BONUS CROCHET STAND PATTERNS: - Clothespin Doll Stand - Crochet Cactus Gardens - "... These four cacti... are really quick and easy to make and stand about 6-8 inches tall...." - Celia's Heart Throb Tote - "... This tote would be ideal for the cardiologist or cardiac nurse. Most of the bag is worked in tapestry crochet...  I used an unconventional technique to make the bottom of the bag.  See my blog post here.  This enables the bag to stand up by itself as well as reinforces the bottom..."


From - 05/03/13:


Two drunks were driving down the highway, drinking their beer. All of a sudden the driver noticed lights flashing in his mirror; the cops were on his tail.

His buddy said, "What are we going to do?"

The driver said, "Don't worry. Just do exactly what I tell you and everything will work out perfectly. First, peel the labels off our beer bottles and we'll each stick one on our forehead. Then shove the bottles underneath the seat, and let me do the talking."

They pulled over and the cop walked up to the car. He looked at them kind of funny, but asked to see the guy's driver's license, and asked him, "Have you been drinking?"

"Oh, no, sir," the driver replied.

"I noticed you weaving back and forth across the highway. Are you *sure* you haven't been drinking?" the cop askeds.

"Oh, no, sir," the drunk answered. "We haven't had a thing to drink tonight."

"Well, I've got to ask you," said the cop, "What on earth are those things on your forehead?"

"That's easy, Officer," said the drunk. "You see, we're both alcoholics, and we're on the patch."

1. Thursday, June 6, 2013 - 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. Wednesday, June 12, 2013 - 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.

3. Friday and Saturday, October 4 and 5, 2013 - The NNHS Class of 1963 will hold their 50-Year Reunion at the Crowne Plaza Hotel, Hampton on the Water. SEE: The website which has been set up for their class at; CONTACT: Frank Gibson,, Joyce Williams Nettles,, or Susie Overton Jones,

PRAYER ROLL: - updated 04/22/13

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
7020 Lure Court
Fayetteville, NC 28311-9309


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Stand by Me

Written by
Ben E. King
(b. 28 Sept 1938) Jerry Leiber (b. 25 Apr 1933) and
Mike Stoller
(b. 13 Mar 1933)

Recorded by Ben E. King, 1960

Peak: #4; Year: 1961; Week peaked: 6/18/1961

When the night has come
And the land is dark
And the moon is the only light we'll see
No I won't be afraid, no I won't be afraid
Just as long as you stand, stand by me.....

And darlin, darlin, stand by me, oh now now stand by me
Stand by me, stand by me

If the sky that we look upon
Should tumble and fall
And the mountains should crumble to the sea
I won't cry, I won't cry, no I won't shed a tear
Just as long as you stand, stand by me

And darlin, darlin, stand by me, oh stand by me
Stand by me, stand by me, stand by me-e, yeah

----- guitar -----

Whenever you're in trouble won't you stand by me, oh now now stand by me
Oh stand by me, stand by me, stand by me

Darlin, darlin, stand by me-e, stand by me
Oh stand by me, stand by me, stand by me....

"Stand By Me" midi courtesy of 
at the suggestion of Dave Spriggs ('64) of VA - 03/08/05
Thanks, Dave!

"Stand By Me" lyrics courtesy of 
also at the suggestion of Dave Spriggs ('64) of VA - 03/08/05
Thanks again, Dave!

Full Moon clip art courtesy of - 09/20/04

Animated Stars Divider Line clip art courtesy of -

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!

Animated Hiding Mallard (by AF Artist - Josh Doohen) courtesy of - 05/15/08

Animated Silly Bear (designed by AF Artist - Ryan Hagen) courtesy of - 10/04/05

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!!

Animated Drooling Smiley courtesy of - 02/16/09

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