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05/04/14 - 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]



   Happy Birthday today to our Star Wars babies, Wanda Hodge Underwood ('57) AND    Charlie Snead ('64) of NC!

      "May the 4th be with you!"

   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 - German surrender at Lüneburg Heath: The North Germany Army surrendered to Field Marshal Bernard Montgomery.

May 4, 1945 - Denmark was granted liberation,when Germany was forced to step out of Denmark thus ending 5 years of occupation.



Sunday, May 04, 1964 - Actress Mónica Bardem was born Mónica María Encinas Bardem in Madrid, Spain.

Sunday, May 04, 1964 - High jumper Silvia Costa was born Silvia Costa Acosta-Martínez in La Palma, Pinar del Río Province, Cuba.

Sunday, May 04, 1964 - Painter Zsuzsa Mathe was born in Hungary.

Sunday, May 04, 1964 - Basketball player Igors Miglinieks was born in Riga, Latvia.

Sunday, May 04, 1964 - Tennis player Goran Prpić was born in Zagreb, SR Croatia, SFR Yugoslavia.

Sunday, May 04, 1964 - Politician and diplomat Karl Robert Pusta (b. 01 Mar 1883 in Narva, Estonia) died in Madrid, Spain at the age of 81.

     NOW AVAILABLE from    Butch Ragland's ('63 - of CO) eBay store:

1) NNHS Typhoon logo caps for only $12.95! (Soon, the price will rise to the regular retail price of $14.95.)

2) NNHS Typhoon logo tote bags for only $3.89!

   DON'T FORGET: 10% of every purchase of NNHS logo products purchased from Butch will be donated to the Wounded Warrior Project!

   In addition to the discounted prices for NNHS Logo Products, anyone purchasing additional products from any of his websites may contact Butch at: or with information pertaining to your purchases and he will send you a 20% refund of your total purchase price via Paypal to your payment account. You may contact him at anytime for additional information on these items and/or discounts offered.

   Thanks so much, Butch!

    See them here - - and snag yours today!



      From My Niece, Shari, of VA - 05/03/14 - "Saturday Sends":
Weird answers on Yahoo news.
Rossington Collins-One Good Man (Song)



Curious when I found two black-and-white negatives in a drawer, I had them made into prints. I was pleasantly surprised to see that they were of a younger, slimmer me, taken on one of my first dates with my husband.

When I showed him the photos, his face lit up. "Wow, look at that!" he said. "It's my old Plymouth!"


Shortly before our 25th wedding anniversary, my husband sent 25 long-stemmed yellow roses to me at my office. A few days later, I plucked all the petals and dried them. On the night of our anniversary, I spread the petals over the bed and lay on top of them, wearing only a negligee.

As I hoped, I got a reaction from my husband.

When he saw me he shouted, "What are potato chips doing all over the bed!?"


"Facebook has a new feature that allows you to see what you were posting a year ago. You just log on to Facebook and click on the 'I'm wasting my life' button."

-Conan O'Brien


A man was trying to pull out of a parking place, and bashed the bumper of the parked car in front of him. Witnessed by a handful of pedestrians waiting for a bus, the driver got out, inspected the damage, and proceeded to write a note to leave on the windshield of the car he had hit.

The note read:

"Hello. I have just hit your car, and there are some people here watching me who think that I am writing this note to leave you my name and phone number. Youshould be so lucky!"


Bizarre News

*-- 19-year-old takes Granny to prom --*

ROCKFORD, Ohio (UPI) - Nineteen-year-old Austin Dennison asked an older girl to go with him to his senior prom. Much older, in fact, it was his great-grandmother. Austin Dennison said he asked his Granny DD, Delores Dennison, to prom at Parkway High School in Rockford, because she never went to hers, Fox News reported.

"I asked her if she would be my prom date," he said. "How cool would it be to take my great-grandmother to prom?"

"He was so sweet and adamant about it," Delores, 89, said. "I asked him, 'But are you sure that you wouldn't like to take one of the young ladies who could get out there and do everything with you?' He said no. 'I want you.'"

"At first she was a bit resistant," the younger Dennison said. "I assured her I was serious and she finally said yes. It was my privilege to take her."

Delores said she had a little trouble finding a suitable dress for the occasion because they were either "too high or too low." The two enjoyed a dinner at her favorite restaurant, Bob Evans, before the dance, and at the event Austin presented his great-grandmother with a pearl necklace. "It was wonderful and I just loved all the girls in their fancy gowns and the gentlemen in their tuxedos. It was quite a night," Delores said. "Everyone there just could not have been more polite. Everyone got an A+."



Earth is the only planet not named after a god. The other seven planets in our solar system are all named after Roman gods or goddesses. Earth's name comes from the Anglo-Saxon word erda which means ground or soil.

Coral reefs support the most species per unit area of any of the planet's ecosystems, rivaling rain forests. They are the largest living structures on Earth - with some visible even from space.

Earth is about 4.54 billion years old. Researchers calculate the age of the Earth by dating both the oldest rocks on the planet and meteorites that have been discovered.

Depending on where you are on the globe, you could be spinning through space at just over 1,000 miles per hour. People on the equator move the fastest, while someone standing on the North or South pole would be perfectly still.

Earth is gradually slowing down. Every few years, an extra second is added to make up for lost time.

The oceans cover some 70 percent of Earth's surface, yet humans have only explored about 5 percent, meaning 95 percent of the planet's vast seas have never been seen.


Health Tip

Hint 1: This is a really good habit to get into, believe it or not!

Keep your legs limber, and avoid knee injuries!

A super-simple way to do that is to spend 30 seconds a day reaching for your toes while sitting straight-legged on the floor. This is according to University of Central Arkansas researchers.


Good Quote

You Alone

Whoever you are, there is some younger person who thinks you are perfect.

There is some work that will never be done if you don't do it.

There is someone who would miss you if you were gone.

There is a place that you alone can fill.

~Jacob M. Braude~





I sailed by person after person on the track.

Whoosh - Whoosh - Whoosh!

I am a runner. Well, technically a jogger. I often run at the track near my home. Most on the track walk, therefore my speed, however meager in running terms, is far faster than walking.

So it's whoosh, whoosh, whoosh, as I pass the walkers over and over around the track.

My speed and endurance seem amazing to the walkers. Some will come and walk for an hour. I am running when they come and still running when they leave. I have whooshed by them twenty or more times.

I got several lessons in life today on the track.

As I circled the track with my long steady strides passing the walkers like lamp poles, I got to feeling superior. I know you shouldn't, you don't have to tell me, but after the constant whooshing past far younger people, it goes to your head.

Then he came.

He was short, perhaps five feet three. He didn't look like much of a runner. I saw him get out of the car and stretch as I whooshed by a couple holding hands.

He started running a few feet ahead of me.

He was fast. I sped up to keep up. At last, I had someone to pace myself against. After half a lap I was on his heels but my breath was coming harder and heavier. After the first lap I was gasping but still on his heels. After a lap and a half my foot started hurting.

I was hurting; I was gasping for breath.

I had a MountainWings Moment.

I slowed up and got back to my pace. The pain in my foot went away. I could breathe again without sounding like I had a lung disease. He sped away.

In a fairly short time, Whoosh! He went past me.
Whoosh Whoosh Whoosh!

In life, there will always be those slower and faster. Some have natural ability; some have trained harder. For some, speed is simply their destiny.

The point is, we each have our own speed, and we often end up hurting ourselves and pushing ourselves to the point where the breath is knocked out of us...
because we are trying to keep up.

I learned several lessons that day.

Don't get puffed up because you are faster than some.
Don't feel inferior because some are faster than you.
Don't judge the capabilities of others by how they look.

How much of your breath (spirit) is knocked out because you are running someone else's race?

Are you trying to outrun someone's car, house, clothes, looks, job title, etc.?

How much pain are you in trying to keep up with someone who may be running for an entirely different reason, heading to an entirely different place, with entirely different muscles?

Slow down or maybe speed up, but run your race to the best of your ability.

Whether you realize it or not, you are the real pace setter.

Don't run fast when you should be running slowly.
Don't run at all when you should be walking,
and don't walk when you should be running.

~A MountainWings Original~

   Thank you, Shari!

     From Me ('65) of NC - 05/03/14 - "Just Imagine...":


    From Jimmy Smith ('62 / '63) of VA - 04/10/14 - "Pictures for the Day (#19 in a series of 19)":

When the power of love overcomes the love
of power, the world will know peace.

   AWW - SO CUTE! Thanks, Jimmy! These have been darling!


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..."


Standby recipes from days gone by

From - 05/01/14:

A nursery school driver was delivering a van full of kids home one day when a fire truck zoomed past. Sitting in the front seat of the truck was a Dalmatian dog. The children started discussing the dog’s duties.

‘They use him to keep crowds back,’ said Tommy.

‘No,’ said Billy, ‘he’s just for good luck.’

Peter brought the argument to a close. ‘They use the dogs, he said firmly, to find the fire hydrants….'


1. Wednesday, May 14, 2014 - 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.

2. Friday and Saturday, July 25 and 26, 2014 - The NNHS Class of 1954 will hold a 60-YEAR REUNION in Newport News. Further info from Dr. Harry Simpson at 804 694 0346 or, or Mickey Marcella at 757 249 3800 or, or Betty H. Neher at 757 898 5099 or

3. Friday and Saturday, October 17 and 18, 2014 - The NNHS Class of 1964 will hold a 50-YEAR REUNION at the Newport News Marriott at City Center, 740 Town Center Drive. See: and contact David Spriggs at 757-409-2799 or

PRAYER ROLL: - updated 04/29/14

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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
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!

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 Yehaa Typhoon clip art courtesy of Al Farber ('64) of GA - 08/18/05
Thanks, Al!

 Animated Laughter clip art courtesy of Janice McCain Rose ('65) of VA - 01/24/06
Thanks, Janice!

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!

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