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06/18/10 - NNHS Newsletter -
(You Are) My Special Angel

“The golden moments in the stream of life rush past us and we see nothing but sand;
the angels come to visit us, and we only know them when they are gone.”

- George Eliot
 (22 Nov 1819 - 22 Dec 1880)

Dear Friends and Schoolmates,

   I think I must have chosen today's song because I like to make myself cry.  It's doing a fine job.....

BONUS #1 - - You Are My Special Angel - Bobby Helms

BONUS #2 - - You Are My Special Angel - Bobby Helms

BONUS #3 - - You Are My Special Angel - Bobby Vinton

BONUS #4 - - You Are My Special Angel - The Lennon Sisters



"My Special Angel" is a popular song by Jimmy Duncan, published in 1957.

The song became a big crossover hit in 1957 for Bobby Helms. "My Special Angel" peaked at number seven on the Billboard Hot 100 chart[1] and also spent four weeks at number one on the Country chart [2]. The single made the R&B chart as well peaking at number eight [3]. The backing vocals were sung by the Anita Kerr Singers.

It was revived in 1968 by The Vogues, a vocal group founded in Pennsylvania who had already scored Top 10 hits in the U.S. with the songs "You're the One" and "Five O'Clock World". This cover of "My Special Angel" also reached number seven on the Hot 100 chart [4]; it fared better on the Easy Listening chart (which would later become known as the Adult Contemporary chart), where it spent two weeks at #1.

In the United Kingdom, a version recorded by Malcolm Vaughan spent 14 weeks on the charts, peaking at #3.



    Happy Birthday today to the late  Mimi Weger Green ('40) - 1923 (deceased 15 Mar 2010)  AND    Tim Whitt ('66) of VA AND    Mike Leonard ('68) of VA AND Kathy McDaniel Adams ('71)!

   Happy Birthday tomorrow to Jill Douglas Schumacher ('57) AND Doris Landon Lewis ('57)!

   Happy Birthday this week to:

20 -   Barbara Houston ('68) of Northern VA;

21 - Ralph Goldstein ('57) AND    Kelly Loose Bustamante ('58) of VA AND    Terry Haney ('66) of VA;

22 -     Jim Cobb ('66) of VA

24 -       From My Cousin, Jean Atkinson Mallory (Rappahannock HS / John Marshall HS - '65) of VA;

25 - David Lundquist ('57) AND      Glenn Dye ('60) of TX AND      Jean Poole Burton ('64) of RI!

   Many Happy Returns, One and All!



June 17, 1940 - Operation Ariel began – Allied troops started to evacuate France, following Germany's takeover of Paris and most of the nation.

June 17, 1940 - The sinking of the RMS Lancastria by the Luftwaffe near Saint-Nazaire, France.

June 17, 1940 - The British Army's 11th Hussars assaulted and took Fort Capuzzo in Libya, Africa from Italian forces.

June 17, 1940 - The three Baltic states of Estonia, Latvia and Lithuania fell under the occupation of the Soviet Union.

June 17, 1940 - France asked Germany for terms of surrender in World War II.

June 17, 1944 - Iceland declared its independence from Denmark and became a republic.


June 18, 1940 - Charles de Gaulle made his Appeal of June 18.

June 18, 1940 - Winston Churchill delivered his "Finest Hour" speech.

June 18, 1940 - Benito Mussolini arrived in Munich to meet with Adolf Hitler. Mussolini's foreign minister, Count Ciano, recorded in his diary that Mussolini left the meeting "very much embarrassed," and feeling "that his role is secondary."

June 18, 1945 - William Joyce (Lord Haw-Haw) was charged with treason.



Thursday, June 17, 1965 - Pittsburgh Steelers football player Dermontti Dawson was born in Lexington, Kentucky.

Thursday, June 17, 1965 - Speed skater Dan Jansen was born.

Thursday, June 17, 1965 - Ultra runner and professional poker player Dara O'Kearney was born in Ennis, County Clare, Ireland.

TODAY IN 1965:

Friday, June 18, 1965 - Vietnam War: The United States used B-52 bombers to attack National Liberation Front guerrilla fighters in South Vietnam.

Friday, June 18, 1965 - Actress and model Kim Dickens was born in Huntsville, Alabama.


  From Fred Mays ('60) of VA - 06/16/10 - "Special treat":

Hello, Miss Carol:

Wow, it has been a long time since I have written to you. I just wanted to report the delightful time    Patty (Andrews Mays - '61) and I had last night and today.    Julie Jaffee Nagel and her husband, Dr. Louis Nagel visited us, all the way from Dexter, Michigan (just outside of Ann Arbor). Patty and Julie were in the first grade together at new Magruder and then graduated high school together. I went to Magruder the year it opened in 1948, Patty and Julie started school the following year.

We had dinner at our house last night and then today, we took a tour of the East End. Julie wanted to see the apartment where she grew up (Stuart Gardens) which is 1058 Garden Drive. Patty and I lived at 1111 Garden Drive after we married August 28, 1965 (wow, 45 years ago). We had such a good time. The Nagels both look great and Patty and Julie had so much to talk about. Julie and her husband are accomplished concert pianists. He teaches at the University of Michigan and she is a Psychologist. I will email her the N.N.H.S. website as she did not have this information.....I fully intended to give it to her; however, I forgot.

There was so much to see this morning and, of course, it was sad to see the East End. The apartments do look really good, however. We directed the Nagels to the temple on Warwick Boulevard as they were to meet with the rabbi and probably have lunch with him today. What a great time we all had. Julie and Louie have one daughter and two granddaughters who live near them. She plans to come back next year for her 50 year reunion. The reason Julie came in this direction was because she received a special award in Washington and was honored....she had a presentation to give and all went really well as she and her husband met with their congressman....this gave her the opportunity to make a plug for some special funding and was delighted to be given exactly what she asked for......after the D.C. time, they headed to Newport News.

Carol, I hope you and
      Paul (Harty - Bardolph HS, IL - '61 - of IL) are doing well. Our class ('60) has our 50 year reunion in August..... is time to close this epistle.

Take care great lady, Fred Mays ('60))

   Thank you so very much, Fred, for this happy news! It came at just the right time to lift my spirits! I would be honored and delighted to include Julie in our list of subscribers; please send her my email addy -

   I'm glad y'all were brave enough to take the Stuart Gardens tour.  One of the last times I tried that - nearly seven years ago - gunfire erupted (domestic disturbance, police on the scene, sirens blaring - very exciting...).

   One of my chopped, sliced, and diced "memories" involves my mother              the late Maxine Frix Buckley (John Marshall HS - '25) and I meeting Julie and some other adult woman (but I think not her mother) and riding in the car together.  It was probably in the summer of 1959 or 60.  I have no clue what the occasion might have been.  I already knew enough of who Julie was (top of her class, brilliant concert pianist, Julliard in her future) to be in complete and total awe of her.  So rather than take advantage of the opportunity to get to know her, I was largely silent and/or incoherent - another one of my missed opportunities in life.  That's why I badger people so often not to let those moments pass.

   Thanks again, Fred! Tell Julie I look forward to hearing from her - and I'll try not to babble this time!


  From Chuck Jones ('66) of Northern VA - 06/16/10 - "Birthday Page":

Hi Carol,

Just thought you should know that the link "Return to NNHS" on the birthday page is broken, and my birthday is 5/30/48 as well.

Thanks. Hope you are well.

Chuck Jones '66

   Why, sho 'nuff - one of the thousands still broken!  I fixed it now - and added your birthday in the process:

   Actually,   Mike Sisk ('63) of CA sent me a program several weeks ago (Thanks, Mike! ) which will automatically "cure" this problem without my having to manually locate and repair each on separately.  Now I just have to "catch and corner" my resident tech-reppie to help me do that.  Meanwhile, whenever you encounter a broken link, just look up at your URL bar.  Backspace out the offending ".00freehost" characters, press, "Enter", and voila!  You're back in business - and so am I.

   Thanks, Chuck - and Belated Happy Birthday Wishes!


  From Bruce Sims ('56) of VA 06/17/10 - "The Poem":

This one will make everyone think. Enjoy.


.....This is the poem:

Around the corner I have a friend,
In this great city that has no end,
Yet the days go by and weeks rush on,
And before I know it, a year is gone.
And I never see my old friend's face,
For life is a swift and terrible race,
He knows I like him just as well,
As in the days when I rang his bell.
And he rang mine if, we were younger then,
And now we are busy, tired men.
Tired of playing a foolish game,
Tired of trying to make a name.
"Tomorrow," I say, "I will call on Jim"
"Just to show that I'm thinking of him."
But tomorrow comes and tomorrow goes,
And distance between us grows and grows.
Around the corner! - yet miles away,
"Here's a telegram, Sir" "Jim died today."
And that's what we get and deserve in the end.
Around the corner, a vanished friend.

Remember to always say what you mean. If you love someone, tell them. Don't be afraid to express yourself. Reach out and tell someone what they mean to you. Because when you decide that it is the right time, it might be too late.

Seize the day. Never have regrets. And most importantly, stay close to your friends and family, for they have helped make you the person that you are today.

   Thank you so much, Bruce! What timely advice!


      From Jerry Blanchard ('62) of VA - 06/17/10 - "Woman and a Fork":


Please pass this on to TYPHOON land for me, as we are all friends for life!!!

Jerry Blanchard (Class of 62) of Va.

Woman and a Fork

There was a young woman who had been diagnosed with a terminal illness and had been given three months to live.  So as she was getting her things 'in order,' she contacted her Pastor and had him come to her house to discuss certain aspects of her final wishes.

She told him which songs she wanted sung at the service, what scriptures she would like read, and what outfit she wanted to be buried in.

Everything was in order and the Pastor was preparing to leave when the young woman suddenly remembered something very important to her.

'There's one more thing,' she said excitedly.

'What's that?' came the Pastor's reply.

'This is very important,' the young woman continued.  'I want to be buried with a fork in my right hand.'

The Pastor stood looking at the young woman, not knowing quite what to say.

That surprises you, doesn't it?' the young woman asked.

'Well, to be honest, I'm puzzled by the request,' said the Pastor.

The young woman explained.  'My grandmother once told me this story, and from that time on I have always tried to pass along its message to those I love and those who are in need of encouragement.  In all my years of attending socials and dinners, I always remember that when the dishes of the main course were being cleared, someone would inevitably lean over and say, 'Keep your fork.'  It was my favorite part because I knew that something better was velvety chocolate cake or deep-dish apple pie.  Something wonderful, and with substance!'

'So, I just want people to see me there in that casket with a fork in my hand and I want them to wonder "What's with the fork?"  Then I want you to tell them: 'Keep your fork - the best is yet to come.'

The Pastor's eyes welled up with tears of joy as he hugged the young woman good-bye.  He knew this would be one of the last times he would see her before her death.  But he also knew that the young woman had a better grasp of heaven than he did.  She had a better grasp of what heaven would be like than many people twice her age, with twice as much experience and knowledge.  She KNEW that something better was coming.

At the funeral people were walking by the young woman's casket and they saw the cloak she was wearing and the fork placed in her right hand.  Over and over, the Pastor heard the question, 'What's with the fork?' And over and over he smiled.

During his message, the Pastor told the people of the conversation he had with the young woman shortly before she died.  He also told them about the fork and about what it symbolized to her.  He told the people how he could not stop thinking about the fork and told them that they probably would not be able to stop thinking about it either.

He was right. So the next time you reach down for your fork let it remind you, ever so gently, that the best is yet to come.  Friends are a very rare jewel, indeed.  They make you smile and encourage you to succeed Cherish the time you have, and the memories you share...being friends with someone is not an opportunity but a sweet responsibility.

Send this to everyone you consider a FRIEND even if it means sending back to the person who sent it to you.

And keep your fork.

   Absolutely! Thanks so much, Jerry; this is one of my faves!


    From Richard Dawes (NNHS / HHS - '62) of VA - 06/17/10 - "Leroy":

A preacher said, "Anyone with 'special needs' who wants to be prayed over, please come forward to the front by the altar."

With that, Leroy got in line, and when it was his turn, the Preacher asked, "Leroy, what do you want me to pray about for you?"

Leroy replied, "Preacher, I need you to pray for help with my hearing."

The preacher put one finger of one hand in Leroy's ear, placed his other hand on top of Leroy's head, and then prayed and prayed and prayed. He prayed a "blue streak" for Leroy, and the whole congregation joined in with great enthusiasm.

After a few minutes, the preacher removed his hands, stood back and asked, "Leroy, how is your hearing now?"

Leroy answered, "I don't know. It ain't 'til next week.."

   Thanks, Dicky - I needed that laugh!



  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 - 06/17/10:

Ranching Out

A big Texas rancher and a little Missouri farmer had a conversation.

The Texas rancher said, "I can get into my truck, drive it all day and not ever get off of my ranch!"

"Yeah," replied the little Missouri farmer, "I had a truck like that one time."


1. Saturday, June 26, 2010 - The NNHS Classes of 1945 will hold their 65-Year Reunion at Warwick Forest Retirement Community. For additional information, please email Roland McCoy at - CLASSES OF 1945

2. Friday and Saturday, July 23 and 24, 2010 - The Hampton HS Class of 1965 will hold its 45-Year Reunion. Friday's gathering will be at the Hampton History Museum. - HAMPTON HIGH SCHOOL CLASS OF 1965

3. 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

4. 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

5. Saturday, October 2, 2010 - Evelyn's Birthday Party for Everyone - Canepa Cottage, Buckroe Beach - 2:00 PM. For details, contact Evelyn Fryer Fish ('58) of TX at - OPEN TO EVERYBODY!

6. 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

7. Friday and Saturday, October 15 and 16, 2010 - The NNHS Class of 1965 will hold its 45-Year Reunion. For details, contact Dave Arnold at - OPEN TO ALL CLASSES, HOSTED BY THE CLASS OF 1965

8. 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

9. Saturday, July 9, 2011 (6:30 PM - 11:30 PM) - The Class of 1971 will hold its 40-Year Reunion at Point Plaza Suites and Conference Hotel, 950 J. Clyde Morris Boulevard, Newport News. For details, contact Richard Rawls at: - CLASS OF 1971


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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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(You Are) My Special Angel

Written by Jimmy Duncan (b. 25 June 1935)

Recorded by Bobby Helms (15 Aug 1933 - 19 June 1997), 1957

(Angel, angel, whoa-oh-oh-oh, ooh)
(Angel, angel, whoa-oh-oh-oh, ooh)

You are my special angel
Sent from up above
The Lord smiled down on me
And sent an angel to love (to love)
You are my special angel
Right from paradise
I know that you're an angel
Heaven is in your eyes

A smile from your lips
Bring the summer sunshine
The tears from your eyes bring the rain
I feel your touch, your warm embrace
And I'm in heaven again

You are my special angel
Through eternity
I'll have my special angel
Here to watch over me

(A smile from your lips)
(Brings the summer sunshine)
(The tears from your eyes bring the rain)
I feel your touch
Your warm embrace
And I'm in heaven again

You are my special angel
Through eternity
I'll have my special angel
Here to watch over me (watch over me)
Here to watch over me
(Angel, angel)
(Whoa-oh-oh-oh, oh, oh, oh, oooooh)


"You Are My Special Angel" midi courtesy of - 06/18/10

"You Are My Special Angel" lyrics courtesy
of - 06/18/10

Image of Baby Angels Kissing courtesy of - 06/18/09

Animated BOO-HOO courtesy of Glenn Dye ('60) of TX - 08/28/09
Thanks, Glenn!

Animated Tiny Angel clip art used to form Divider Lines courtesy of Judy Phillips Allen ('66) of VA - 07/20/07
Thanks, Judy!

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

John Marshall High School's Justice Scale clip art courtesy of Cheryl White Wilson (JMHS - '64) of VA - 10/13/05 (replaced 02/23/09)
Thanks, Cheryl!

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

Animated Laughing Jerry courtesy of Cookie Phillips Tyndall ('64) of VA - 06/14/06
Thanks, Cookie!

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