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06/05/14 - NNHS Newsletter -
Didn't We Almost Have It All?

Oh, the comfort - the inexpressible comfort of feeling safe with a person - having neither
to weigh thoughts nor measure words, but pouring them all right out, just as they are,
chaff and grain together; certain that a faithful hand will take and sift them,
keep what is worth keeping, and then with the breath of kindness blow the rest away.

Dinah Craik, A Life for a Life, 1859
(20 Apr 1826 - 12 Oct 1887)

Dear Friends and Schoolmates,

   Remember this one? 

BONUS - - Whitney Houston - Didn't We Almost Have It All?


"Didn't We Almost Have It All" is the second single from Whitney Houston's second album Whitney. The song was written by Michael Masser and Will Jennings and was released in August 1987. It received a Grammy nomination for Song of the Year.

Originally, another song was to be released as the second single, "For the Love of You", but Arista Records decided to release "Didn't We Almost Have It All" instead because all Houston's singles had to be original material at this point of her career.[1]

The single was number one on the US Billboard Hot 100 even though there was not a video for the song. A live performance of the song recorded during Houston's successful 1987–1988 Moment of Truth World Tour was played on MTV, VH1, and BET. The performance is from a Saratoga Springs, New York date. It was widely speculated that the song is about Houston's relationship with then NFL star Randall Cunningham.

It debuted at number forty one on the Hot 100 the week of August 22, 1987 and six weeks later reached number one. "Didn't We Almost Have It All" reached number one on the Billboard Hot 100 for two weeks, from September 26 to October 3, 1987, where the song became her fifth consecutive number one.[2] The song also topped both component charts, the Hot 100 Singles Sales and Hot 100 Airplay, Houston's fourth song (and fourth consecutive release) to do so. It has sold over one million copies World Wide.

The single stayed in the Top 40 for 13 weeks, and topped the Billboard Adult Contemporary Charts for three weeks.[3]

Internationally, the song hit the top ten in several markets, and reached the top 20 in the United Kingdom (#14); Switzerland (#18); and Germany (#20).

"Didn't We Almost Have It All" was ranked 22nd on the Billboard Hot 100 year-end charts (1987), and remained in the Billboard Hot 100 for 17 weeks. It was her fifth number one single on the Billboard Hot 100, her fourth on the Billboard Hot 100 Singles Sales, her fourth on the Billboard Hot 100 Airplay, and her fifth on the Billboard Adult Contemporary Charts...


   Happy Birthday today to     Brian Blakley (Cheyenne HS, NV - '04) of UT!

   Happy Birthday tomorrow to Robert Hemintoller ('57) AND Bertha Smith Zacharias ('57) AND  My Granddaughter,   Evey Harty of CA!

   Happy Birthday this week to:

07 -    Fred Field ('45) of CA AND   Al Simms ('60) of VA AND Donnie Morris ('67) of VA;

10 -         Sydney Dearing ('56) of TN AND the late    Eileen Casey Sparkman  (Ferguson HS - '68) (deceased 08/16/11);

11 - Joan Warren Smith ('63) AND    Butch Corson ('63) of Northern VA;

12 - Cynthia Clontz Mears ('57)!

   Many Happy Returns to You All!


June 05, 1940 - After a brief lull in the Battle of France, the Germans renewed the offensive against the remaining French divisions south of the River Somme in Operation Fall Rot ("Case Red").

June 05, 1941 - Four thousand Chongqing residents were asphyxiated in a bomb shelter during the Bombing of Chongqing.

June 05, 1942 - The United States declared war on Bulgaria, Hungary, and Romania.

June 05, 1944 - More than 1000 British bombers dropped 5,000 tons of bombs on German gun batteries on the Normandy coast in preparation for D-Day.

June 04, 1945 - The Allied Control Council, the military occupation governing body of Germany, formally took power.


Thursday, June 05, 1964 - The DSV Alvin was commissioned.

Thursday, June 05, 1964 - Director and screenwriter Lisa Cholodenko was born in Los Angeles, California.

Thursday, June 05, 1964 - Author Rick Riordan was born Richard Russell Riordan, Jr. in San Antonio, Texas.

Thursday, June 05, 1964 - Singer-songwriter and guitarist (Nile) Karl Sanders was born in Greenville, South Carolina.

Thursday, June 05, 1964 - Politician Laura Sandys was born Laura Jane Sandys in England.

      From Harry Covert ('57) of MD - 06/04/14 - "Endangered Species List Grows ":

Time to Cutout Political Correctness 

By Harry M. Covert

I took a friend at his word, “don’t be a one-note player.” About the same time I was reading humor from S. J. Perelman, “try everything once except incest and folk-dancing.” So off I headed to newspapering, kept lots of notes and read all kinds of things, ignoring the opinion of a high school teacher that I wouldn’t amount to anything. He was an oboe player. What did he know?

It is interesting how the business of political correctness has sneaked into American life with a threatening bang. It is getting “worser and worser”.

Writing in 2000, Professor Bill Lind wrote “For the first time in our history, Americans have to be fearful of what they say, of what they write, and of what they think. They have to be afraid of using the wrong word, a word denounced as offensive or insensitive, or racist, sexist, or homophobic.”

Does this sound familiar today? Certainly does as society has run and is running amok everywhere. Ever wonder if the vast public airways are leading the way these troublesome days? It is not always good either. I wish there were some ways that cures could be found for mental disease, meanness in normal lives and other evils.

In this period honoring the nation’s military heroes, those who gave their lives and those who still bear the scars of war and “peacekeeping” duties, I wish there were drones in days past available so our men and women could not have suffered being shot down, killed or captured and tortured. They would remain as heroes.

I don’t believe in general public malice. Nor do I believe people should be prosecuted in the courts or in public opinion for their private thoughts.

Time has arrived when everybody is offended in some way or another. I am insulted when I’m not considered a native American. I am proud to be an American, a Virginian by birth. I think the basic tenets of living in the land of the free and the home of the brave are being forgotten big time. It is disturbing that members of the clergy of all denominations and persuasions have lost their way and forgotten how to preach and teach goodness.

Citizens everywhere have been misled by politicians who lead to the discombobulating of the good life.

Of course, this conduct leads away from health and happiness. Many of those candidates have become subjects to severe personal attacks, verbal abuse and insinuations designed to destroy them in the eyes of voters.

Ethics commissions abound. This is good.  Wouldn’t it be just as good if candidates and political consultants, campaign chairmen and party leaders of all stripes be required to swear and affirm to tell the truth, the whole truth and nothing but the truth? As is often said in all courtrooms, honesty and veracity should be the order of the day? But such affirmations more often than not are ignored. Political competitors can have more fun and effect by telling half-truths, “stretchers” and simply make up tales for their own advantage.

A favorite saying is “call me anything you want; just don’t call me late for supper or payday.” Okay, probably a bit trite but makes serious sense.

It was Edmund Burke, journalists Patron Saint, who said: “The only thing necessary for the triumph of evil is for good men to do nothing.” This British politician also tabbed those in journalism as the Fourth Estate. That includes the broadcast folks, not just newspapermen and women.

It is also revolting that the harangue continues to change the name of a professional football team, The Washington Redskins. The federal government still has the Bureau of Indian Affairs. The racism idea permeates the media and sports fields and is in the minds of those who don’t want to talk about The Games. Or, to take attention off of athletes who take the money and off the “hardwood” and “gridirons” are law-breakers on all levels.

For a moment, consider the fact an “atheist chaplain” has been in the military. Can that be possible? Yes.

Well, freedom of thought is on the endangered species list.

   Thank you so very much, Harry! I could scarcely agree with you more!

        From My Husband, Paul Harty (Bardolph HS, IL - '61) of NC - 05/24/14 - "INTERESTING FACTS (#5 in a Series of 27)":

  INTERESTING FACTS  ~  ~  really amazing... ~ ~ ~

   WOWZERS-YOWZERS! Thanks, Dools!


BONUS BEST OF CROCHET PATTERNS: - Crochet - "Sharing the Most Awesome Crochet Ideas!" - "Didn't we have the best of times?"

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     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!

3) NNHS Typhoon logo visors for only $6.00!

   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!


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From - 06/04/14:

Three leaders of the big beer companies met for a drink.

The president of Budweiser ordered a Bud. Miller's president ordered a Miller's, and the president of Coors ordered a Coors.

When it was Guinness' turn to order he ordered a soda.

"Why didn't you order a Guinness?" everyone asked.

"Nah," Guinness replied. "If you guys aren't having a beer, neither will I."

1. Wednesday, July 16, 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 06/02/14

BLOG: - updated 03/13/11

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

                                 Love to all, Carol


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Didn't We Almost Have It All

Written by Michael Masser (b. 24 Mar 1941) and Will Jennings (b. 27 June 1944)

Recorded by Whitney Houston, August, 1987
(09 Aug 1963 - 11 Feb 2012)

Remember when we held on in the rain
The night we almost lost it
Once again we can take the night into tomorrow
Living on feelings
Touching you I feel it all again

Didn't we almost have it all
When love was all we had worth giving?
The ride with you was worth the fall my friend
Loving you makes life worth living
Didn't we almost have it all
The night we held on till the morning
You know you'll never love that way again
Didn't we almost have it all

The way you used to touch me felt so fine
We kept our hearts together down the line
A moment in the soul can last forever
Comfort and keep us
Help me bring the feeling back again


Didn't we have the best of times
When love was young and new?
Couldn't we reach inside and find
The world of me and you?
We'll never lose it again
Cause once you know what love is
You never let it end


 "Didn't We Almost Have It All" midi courtesy of - 06/05/08

"Didn't We Almost Have It All" lyrics courtesy
of't%20We%20Almost%20Have%20It%20All%20Lyrics.html - 06/05/08

Pink Roses Bouquet clip art courtesy of - 04/04/05

Pinky Rose Squiggle Hearts divider clip art courtesy of - 03/24/05

Animated Tiny Birthday Cake clip art courtesy of Sarah Puckett Kressaty ('65) of VA - 08/31/05
Thanks, Sarah Sugah!

Cheyenne High School (NV) Desert Shields Logo courtesy of - 02/05/08  

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

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!!

Air Force Seal clip art courtesy of - 07/07/06

Ferguson High School's Anchor clip art courtesy of Steve Silsby (Ferguson HS - '72) of NC - 12/14/05
Thanks, Steve!

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

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