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05/06/11 - NNHS Newsletter - Till the End of Time

“If patience is worth anything, it must endure to the end of time.
And a living faith will last in the midst of the blackest storm.

- Mohandas Gandhi
(02 Oct 1869 - 30 Jan 1948)

Dear Friends and Schoolmates,

   Ahh - one of my very favorite songs by one of my very favorite singers from one of my very favorite movies,
Till the End of Time (1946).

BONUS #1 - - Till the End of Time - Perry Como, 1945

BONUS #2 - - Till the End of Time - The Lennon Sisters, 1958


"Till the End of Time" is a popular song written by lyricist Buddy Kaye and composer Ted Mossman and published in 1945. The melody is based on Frédéric Chopin's Polonaise in A flat major, Op. 53, the "Polonaise héroique".

A number of recordings of the song were made in 1945. The biggest hit was by Perry Como; another version by Dick Haymes also charted; the Les Brown orchestra, with vocalist Doris Day, and Ginny Simms also made a recording of the song. It featured prominently in the 1946 film of the same name.

The Perry Como recording was recorded on July 3, 1945, and released by RCA Victor Records as catalog number 20-1709. The record first reached the Billboard magazine charts on August 9, 1945, and lasted 17 weeks on the chart, peaking at #1. This was Como's first #1 hit song. [1]

The Dick Haymes recording was recorded on July 2, 1945, and released by Decca Records as catalog number 18699. The record first reached the Billboard magazine charts on September 13, 1945 and lasted 8 weeks on the chart, peaking at #3. [1]

The Les Brown/Doris Day recording was recorded on May 17, 1945, and released by Columbia Records as catalog number 36828. It peaked at #3 on the Billboard magazine pop chart. [1]

The Ginny Simms recording was recorded on July 15, 1945, and released by Columbia Records as catalog number 36849. It did not chart on Billboard.


From Yahoo Finance - 05/04/11 - "AT&T Capping Download Amounts": 

   In light of this "revolting new development", as our household is one of those Major Users of Bandwidth, the remaining regular issues of the NNHS Newsletter for the next thirty days or so will revert to Old Style - i.e., mostly imageless.  This will not apply of course to Memorial Editions.

      Oh, crum!


    Happy Birthday today to Patsy Lewis Hancock ('57) AND (according to Plaxo)    Norman Olshansky ('64) of FL AND     Van Rowell ('65) of NC!

   Happy Birthday tomorrow to Judy Abbott Copes ('57)!

   Happy Birthday this week to:

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;

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

   Many Happy Returns to You All!


Tuesday, May 6, 1862

The Confederate forces continued to retreat back towards Richmond just barely ahead of the oncoming Union troops. Today it was the town of Williamsburg which essentially saw the rearguard leaving as the Union scouts hit the other side of town. Union forces were being augmented by fresh troops which were being transported up the York River, escorted by the USS Wachusett under Cmdr. W. Smith.

Friday, May 6, 1864

The James River in eastern Virginia was badly needed as a route for Union shipping to support the armies attacking Richmond. The problem was that it was infested with mines, or “torpedoes”. The USS Commodore Jones was searching for these today and found one--an “electric torpedo” which was set off by means of an electric wire by an operator on shore. The ship was blown up out of the water and reduced to splinters. The operator of the torpedoes, Jeffries Johnson, and batteries which powered the wires were promptly captured by a shore party, and placed in the bow of the next minesweeper. Mr. Johnson thereupon became more cooperative in revealing where mines were.

From Mary Dick of VA to        Dave Spriggs ('64) of VA - 05/05/11, 9:28 AM - "Our Old Stomping Grounds":

I stumbled upon this website and couldn't believe there was no mention of Louie's (aka Dirty Louie's)! They had the best burgers/steaks/fries ever!

Mary Dick

       From Dave Spriggs ('64) of VA - 05/05/11, 10:19 AM - "RE: Our Old Stomping Grounds":

Hi Mary,

I have included      Carol Buckley Harty as an addressee on this reply, because she is the webmistress for the site. I merely provide content periodically.

Carol is always looking for “new” Stomping Grounds, so I would suggest that you compile all you know about Louie’s and send it to her. I can almost guarantee that it will receive its own page in short order.

Just out of curiosity, where was Louie’s located?

TYPHOON Regards,
Dave Spriggs, NNHS 1964

From Mary Dick of VA - 05/05/11, 3:34 PM - "RE: Our Old Stomping Grounds":

Right around 28th and Washington. Sam and Steve's were spun off from it. It was a total greasy spoon, but I'd LOVE to have that food again. I was just a little kid when we used to go there, so you may have to put out a broadcast to some of your older folks to get more details.

   Thank you, Mary - and David!

   Okay, eva'body! Does anyone else remember Louie's?? We're looking forward to making a new page!

From Fred Shelton ('63) of VA - 05/05/11, 2:56 PM - "Info. Request":

Hi Carol,
I just read in your " In Memoriam " NNHS Class of 1961 the obituary of  Wendell Williamson (d. 18 Nov 1994). He graduated two years ahead of me ( I was class of ' 63 ) but I remembered & liked him. I worked in design at the NNS&DDCO in the early 1970's next to the department in which his wife worked. Would you be so kind as to send me his widow, Beverly's, e - mail address ? I will certainly appreciate your doing so. Feel free to give her mine also.
Thank you for all the wonderful work you do for all of us NNHS graduates & others. You are a blessing to many.
Your fellow Typhoon,
Fred Shelton

   Hi, Fred! I'd love to be able to help you, but I was unable to locate anything about Beverly online, either from Google or whitepages. Perhaps Wendell's classmates will be able to provide more information. I'm so sorry I could not have been more helpful.

  From Buddy David ('61) of VA - 05/05/11, 4:49 PM - "RE: Info. Request":

I do not have that.  Wendell has been gone a long time.

   Thanks anyway, Buddy!

       From Dave Spriggs ('64) of VA - 05/05/11, 4:46 PM - "RE: Info. Request":

His obit listed many survivors:

He is survived by his wife, Beverly M. Williamson; one daughter, Wendy D. Williamson, of Grafton; one son, S. Wayne Williamson, of Newport News; one sister, Shelby Khoury, of Gloucester; two brothers, Wiley Williamson, of Williamsburg, and Wilburn Williamson, of Wilson, N.C.

One possibility:

Wilburn W Williamson Jr
647 S Mountain Rd
Bostic, NC 28018-8594
(828) 245-9865
Age: 65+

Maybe Fred could call this person and ask.


P.S. I love alliteration as much as the next guy, but it really should be avoided in obituaries:

“…Wiley Williamson, of Williamsburg, and Wilburn Williamson, of Wilson …”

   GIGGLES! Thanks, David - you da man!

  From Norris Perry (Warwick HS - '59) of VA - 05/05/11 - "Rare Events":


Rare Events

Thought you'd enjoy this!
It's one you want your Children and Grandchildren to read.

They won't believe this happened, but it DID.

Harry & Bess
(This seems unreal.)

Harry Truman was a different kind of President.  He probably made as many, or more important decisions regarding our nation's history as any of the other 42 Presidents preceding him.  However, a measure of his greatness may rest on what he did after he left the White House.

The only asset he had when he died was the house he lived in, which was in Independence, Missouri.  His wife had inherited the house from her mother and father and other than their years in the White House, they lived their entire lives there.

When he retired from office in 1952 his income was a U.S. Army pension reported to have been $13,507.72 a year.  Congress, noting that he was paying for his stamps and personally licking them, granted him an 'allowance' and, later, a retroactive pension of $25,000 per year.

After President Eisenhower was inaugurated,  Harry and Bess drove home to Missouri by themselves.  There was no Secret Service following them.

When offered corporate positions at large salaries, he declined, stating, "You don't want me.  You want the office of the President, and that doesn't belong to me.  It belongs to the American people and it's not for sale."

Even later, on May 6, 1971, when Congress was preparing to award him the Medal of Honor on his 87th birthday, he refused to accept it, writing, "I don't consider that I have done anything which should be the reason for any award, Congressional or otherwise."

As president he paid for all of his own travel expenses and food.

Modern politicians have found a new level of success in cashing in on the Presidency, resulting in untold wealth.  Today, many in Congress also have found a way to become quite wealthy while enjoying the fruits of their offices. Political offices are now for sale (cf. Illinois ).

Good old Harry Truman was correct when he observed, "My choices in life were either to be a piano player in a whore house or a politician.  And to tell the truth, there's hardly any difference!

I say dig him up and clone him!

Enjoy life now -- it has an expiration date!

   Thanks, Norris Sweetie!   It does kinda make one yearn for "the good old days" - n'est pas?!?


From - 05/04/11:

Mr. Trent always scheduled the weekly staff meeting for four thirty on Friday afternoons. When one of the employees finally got up the nerve to ask why, he explained. “I will tell you why … I’ve leaned that’s the only time of the week when none of you seem to want to argue with me.”


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

2. Thursday, June 2, 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.

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

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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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Till the End of Time

Words by Buddy Kaye; Music by Ted Mossman
(melody based on Frédéric Chopin's Polonaise in A flat major, Op. 53, the "Polonaise héroique"), 1945

Recorded by Perry Como
(18 May 1912 - 12 May 2001)

Till the end of time, long as stars are in the blue
Long as there's a Spring of birds to sing I'll go on loving you
Till the end of time, long as roses bloom in May
My love for you will grow deeper with every passing day

Till the wells run dry and each mountain disappears
I'll be there for you to care for you through laughter and through tears
So take my heart in sweet surrender and tenderly say that I'm
The one you love and live for till the end of time

Till the wells run dry and each mountain disappears
I'll be there for you to care for you through laughter and through tears
So take my heart in sweet surrender and tenderly say that I'm
The one you love and live for till the end of time

"Till the End of Time" midi courtesy of - 05/05/08

"Till the End of Time" lyrics courtesy of - 05/05/08

Image of Hemipode Chronograph courtesy of - 05/06/08

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!

Navy Seal clip art courtesy of - 05/29/06

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