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06/18/13 - 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 no doubt must have chosen today's song three years ago today because I like to make myself cry.  It did a fine job then and it's doing another fine job now.....

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

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

BONUS #3 - - 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 the late     Mark Wilson ('68) (deceased 04/19/11) 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.



Monday, June 17, 1963 - The United States Supreme Court ruled 8 to 1 in Abington School District v. Schempp against requiring the reciting of Bible verses and the Lord's Prayer in public schools.

Monday, June 17, 1963 - A day after South Vietnamese President Ngo Dinh Diem announced the Joint Communique to end the Buddhist crisis, a riot involving around 2,000 people broke out. One person was killed.

Monday, June 17, 1963 - Actor Greg Kinnear was born Gregory Buck Kinnear in Logansport, Indiana.

Monday, June 17, 1963 - Politician Aleksander Kesküla (b. Aleksander Eduard Kesküla on 21 Mar 1882 in Saadjärve Parish, Tartumaa, Estonia) died in Madrid, Spain at the age of 81.



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.



Tuesday, June 18, 1963 - Musician, composer, and actor Dizzy Reed (Guns N' Roses and Johnny Crash) was born Darren Arthur Reed in Hinsdale, Illinois.

Tuesday, June 18, 1963 - Football player Bruce Smith was born Bruce Bernard Smith in Norfolk, Virginia.

Tuesday, June 18, 1963 - Actor Pedro Armendáriz (b. Pedro Gregorio Armendáriz Hastings on 09 May 1912 in Mexico City, Distrito Federal, Mexico) died in Los Angeles, California at the age of 51. He had began to suffer pain in his hips and years later it was discovered that he had cancer in this region. He learned his condition was terminal while at UCLA Medical Center in Los Angeles, California. He reportedly acted in From Russia with Love while enduring great pain (he visibly limped in most scenes) in order to leave behind financial resources for his family after his impending death. On June 18, 1963, rather than waste away under the haze of pain medication, he took his own life by firing a bullet into his heart from a gun which he had smuggled into the hospital.[2][3]



       From My #5 Son, Nathaniel Harty (Hillsboro HS, IL - '97) of IL -  06/17/13, 11:14 PM - "Typo":
I believe you have a bit of a typo in your Father's Day newsletter. I know you sometimes collect a lot of yarn, but I didn't think you had so much that         Brent needed to mow it. Hehe.

Love you.

       From My Daughter, Adrienne Harty (Hillsboro HS, IL / American School, IL) of NC (temporarily of MA) - 06/17/13, 11:45 PM - "Typo":
Your newsletter for Father's Day says that         Brent mowed your yarn and not yard. Lol
Anyway, I'm glad the car is fixed and y'all had fun....

Well, I love you!
     Thanks for catching this, Faniel and Webby!  That's hysterical!
   It was probably prompted by the yarn I was using to crochet Evey's baby blanket which had a horrific tangle in it.  It looked as though Brent HAD hit it with the mower! It took me two hours to rectify it this morning. I spotted your notes last night about midnight and fixed the silly typo then. What a hoot!
   I love and miss you both!


   From My Daughter of Other Parents, Megan Fulmer Mansfield (Marshall HS, TX - 2002) of MD - 06/18/13, 10:34 AM:
I'm glad you got your car fixed! And your lawn mowed! That is a nice Father's Day gift!

    It was indeed! Thank you, Megan - wish you lived closer!


    From Jimmy Smith ('62 / '63) of VA - 06/17/13 - "Birthdays and Bloopers":
Please add to your list:




  GENE DUNCAN - 6/27 - CLASS OF 60



     Thank you, Jimmy! I added Eddie and Gene to the Birthday page:

   Linda and Joan had already been listed for a while, but I totally scrambled the birthday listings in the Newsletters during the last week of May, and in the process Linda was omitted. I've done my revisionist corrections on the page now (and they may or may not be correct now);

   Please give Linda my apologies when next you see her!


  From Domi O'Brien ('64) of NH - 06/17/13 - "Norwegian Pepper Cookies":
The Norwegian Pepper Cookies (Peperkakor) are a long-time favorite around here. For many years we gathered a few weeks before Yule here to make all sorts of traditional winter cookies, biscuits, cakes, etc. Now the children who so eagerly measured and stirred and reached for the first cookies out of the oven are grown and mostly flown, and it seems everyone is doing Atkins, or Paleo, or something. The cookies that were always present at feasts and  festivals, along with the stuffed dates and the candied pecans, have become forbidden fruit. Maybe we should make and eat more of them. We were a lot skinnier when we ate them with free abandon. Maybe they have metabolism boosters.

Domi O'Brien NNHS '64
  Thanks, Domi! I love your theory! Unfortunately, in my case, at least, it didn't work!


     From Jamey Douglas Bacon ('66) of VA - 06/17/13 - "Age Progression Photo":
  This is the last time I looked cute. I don't know what happened after that...

   AWWW! What an adorable shot, Jamey! I'm sorry I wasn't able to sharpen the image more than this, but the spirit of it survives. 

   Thanks so much! I've added it to the Alumni Page for your class:



  From Ruth Ann Reece Horace ('67) of FL - 06/18/13 - "Your Laugh for Today":

The local bar was so sure that its bartender was the strongest man around that they offered a standing $1000 bet. The bartender would squeeze a lemon until all the juice ran into a glass, and hand the lemon to a patron. Anyone who could squeeze one more drop of juice out would win the money.

Many people had tried.... over time: weightlifters, longshoremen, etc., but nobody could do it.

One day, this scrawny little fellow wearing thick glasses and a polyester suit came into the bar, and said in a small voice, "I'd like to try the bet."

After the laughter had died down, the bartender said, "OK", grabbed the lemon; and squeezed away. Then he handed the wrinkled remains of the rind to the little fellow.

But the Crowd's laughter turned to total silence.... as the man clenched his little fist around the lemon.... and six drops fell into the glass.

As the crowd cheered, the bartender paid the $1000, and asked the little man: "What do you do for a living? Are you a lumberjack, a weight-lifter, or what?




The little fellow quietly replied: "I work for the IRS."

Thanks, Ruthie!


From My Friend, Carolyn, of AZ - 06/10/13 - "Creamy Skillet Lasagna":
Sister in-law made this for us last night! Awesome stuff! 

   OOOH! Thanks, Carolyn!


From My Friend, Alice, of NV - 06/18/13 - "Crispy Cheddar Chicken":
You may never fry chicken again after tasting this baked crispy chicken.

Crispy Cheddar Chicken

2 lbs. chicken tenders or 4 large chicken breasts
2 sleeves Ritz crackers
1/4 teaspoons salt
1/8 teaspoon pepper
1/2 cup whole milk
3 cups cheddar cheese, grated
1 teaspoon dried parsley

1 10-ounce can cream of chicken soup
2 tablespoon sour cream
2 tablespoon butter


Crush crackers. If using chicken breasts and not tenders, cut each chicken breast into 3 large pieces. Pour the milk, cheese and cracker crumbs into 3 separate small pans. Toss the salt and pepper into the cracker crumbs and stir the mixture around to combine. Dip each piece of chicken into the milk and then the cheese. Press the cheese into the chicken with your fingers. Then press the cheesy coated chicken into the cracker crumbs and press it in.

Spray a 9" ×13" pan with cooking spray and lay the chicken inside the pan. Sprinkle the dried parsley over the chicken. Cover the pan with tin foil and bake at 400 degrees for 35 minutes. Remove the tin foil, bake for an additional 10-15 minutes, or until the edges of the chicken are golden brown and crispy.

In a medium sized sauce pan combine the cream of chicken soup, sour cream and butter with a whisk. Stir it over medium high heat until the sauce is nice and hot. Serve over the chicken.

   OHHH! This look so delicious! Thank you, Alice!


From My Friend, Angela, of NC - 06/16/13 - "Chocolate-Cherry Cola Cake":
  Chocolate-Cherry Cola Cake

1 jar (10 oz) maraschino cherries, drained, 1/4 cup liquid reserved
1 box Betty Crocker® SuperMoist® devil's food cake mix
1 cup cherry cola carbonated beverage
1/2 cup vegetable oil
3 eggs
1 container Betty Crocker® Whipped vanilla frosting
1 cup marshmallow creme
24 maraschino cherries with stems, well drained, if desired


1. Heat oven to 350°F (325°F for dark or nonstick pan). Spray bottom only of 13x9-inch pan with baking spray with flour. Chop cherries; set aside.

2. In large bowl, beat cake mix, cola beverage, oil, eggs and 1/4 cup reserved cherry liquid with electric mixer on low speed 30 seconds, then on medium speed 2 minutes, scraping bowl occasionally. Stir in chopped cherries. Pour into pan.

3. Bake 34 to 42 minutes or until toothpick inserted in center comes out clean. Cool completely, about 1 hour.

4. In small bowl, mix frosting and marshmallow creme until smooth. Frost cake. Top each piece with 2 cherries with stems. Store loosely covered.

   OOOH -YUMMY! Thanks, Angela!


BONUS ANGEL CROCHET PATTERNS: - WHOO-HOO! a plethora of designs!


BONUS ANGEL CROSS STITCH PATTERNS: - Celeste - several variations of one design! - Angelitos - Tereena Clarke's Angel of the Earth - not free; $9.95 for online down


BONUS ANGEL RECIPES: - Angel Macaroons - "These chewy coconut cookies start with a boxed angel food cake mix..." - Angel Biscuits - "The addition of yeast will guarantee fluffy biscuits every time." - Tossed Angel Hair Pasta



From - 06/17/13:

Down South, Bubba called his attorney and asked, "Is it true they're suin' the cigarette companies for causing people to get cancer?

"Yes, Bubba, sure is true,” responded the lawyer.

"And now someone's suin' them fast food restaurants for making 'em fat and cloggin' their hearts with all them burgers and fries, is that true, mister lawyer?"

"Sure is, Bubba. But why you asking?"

" 'Cause what I want to know is, I was thinkin' can I sue Budweiser for all them ugly women I've slept with?"


1. Thursday, July 4, 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, August 14, 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. Friday night will also be open to the Classes of 1962 and 1964. SEE: The website which has been set up for their class at; CONTACT: Frank Gibson,, Joyce Williams Nettles,, or Susie Overton Jones,; FORM: Registration-Classes-of-1962-and-1964-B.docx


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

                                   Love to all, Carol





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7020 Lure Court
Fayetteville, NC 28311-9309



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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!

Animated Army Flag clip art courtesy of - 06/18/03

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

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!

Hillsboro High School's Topper (Band Version) clip art courtesy of - 06/07/08
Thanks, Mark!

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!

American School Logo courtesy of - 09/05/06

Animated Rolling Cat clip art courtesy of - page 14 - 11/14/09

John Marshall High School's (TX) Rams logo courtesy of - 04/26/13

Animated OOPS! Smiley Face clip art courtesy of Dave Spriggs ('64) of VA - 02/27/09
Thanks, Dave!

Animated Laughing Elephant courtesy of Frank Blechman ('65) of Northern VA - 10/29/10
Thanks, Frank!

Crying Baby clip art courtesy of - 09/28/05 (resaved 02/27/09)

Animated Laughing Woman courtesy of Joyce Lawrence Cahoon ('65) of VA - 02/23/09
Thanks, Joyce!

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