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06/23/11 - NNHS Newsletter - What Is This Thing Called Love?

“Love never dies a natural death. It dies because we don't
know how to replenish its source. It dies of blindness
and errors and betrayals. It dies of illness and wounds;
it dies of weariness, of witherings, of tarnishings.”

- Anaïs Nin
(21 Feb 1903 - 14 Jan 1977)

Dear Friends and Schoolmates,   

   Ahhh - one of my favorite songs by one of my favorite song writers!

BONUS #1 - - What Is This Thing Called Love? - Gweneth Paltrow in Infamous (2006)

BONUS #2 - - What Is This Thing Called Love? - Leo Reisman and His Orchestra (Lew Conrad providing the vocals), 1930

BONUS #3 - - What Is This Thing Called Love? - Frank Sinatra (of course...)

BONUS #4 - - What Is This Thing Called Love? - Julie London

BONUS #5 - - What Is This Thing Called Love? - Helen Merrill, Merv Griffin and Carroll O'Connor with Roger Kellaway on keyboards

BONUS #6 - - What Is This Thing Called Love? - The Nat King Cole Trio (poor quality audio, but hey - it's Nat King Cole!)

BONUS #7 - - What Is This Thing Called Love? - Wynton Marsalis


"What Is This Thing Called Love?"is a 1929 popular song written by Cole Porter, for the musical Wake Up and Dream. It was first performed by Elsie Carlisle in March 1929. The song has become a popular jazz standard and one of Porter's most often played compositions.[1]

Wake Up and Dream ran for 263 shows in London.[1] The show was also noticed in New York, and the critics praised Tilly Losch's performance of the song.[2] The show was produced on Broadway in December 1929; in the American rendition, "What Is This Thing Called Love" was sung by Frances Shelley. Ginny Simms performed the song in the 1946 biographical film about Porter's life, Night and Day...


Britain’s “Radio Sweetheart Number One,” singer Elsie Carlisle, introduced “What Is This Thing Called Love?” to the London Pavilion on March 27th, 1929. The song was performed as part of Wake Up and Dream, a musical revue with words and music composed by Cole Porter and the book by John Hastings Turner.

The Wake Up and Dream score comprised over a dozen Porter songs, including “Let’s Do It, Let’s Fall in Love,” which was introduced the previous year in the musical Paris...

Leo Reisman and His Orchestra (Lew Conrad, vocal) would be the first artist to place “What Is This Thing Called Love” on the pop charts. On February 15, 1930, 11 months after its introduction, the song made its chart debut rising to number five.

Cole Porter claimed that “What Is This Thing Called Love?” with its innovative alternating major and minor key changes, was inspired by a Moroccan native dance. In the biography Cole: A Biographical Essay by Robert Kimball and Brendan Gill, the lyrics of the song are placed next to a picture of Tilly Losch and Toni Birkmayer in dance pose. Towering over them is William Cavanagh dressed as an African idol. This exotic costuming and dramatization would seem to reflect the supposed origin of the piece.


   Happy Birthday tomorrow to      My Cousin, Jean Atkinson Mallory (Warsaw HS / Rappahannock HS / John Marshall HS - '65) of VA!

   Happy Birthday this week to:

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

26 -  Fred Eubank ('64) of TX;

27 - 
  Jimmy Dick ('65) of FL AND     My #1 Daughter-in-Law, Mary Bennett Harty (Litchfield HS, IL - '89) of IL;

28 - Andrew Puckett ('57) AND    Henry Hoyle ('65) of Northern VA;

29 - Carolyn Frizzelle Hogge ('61) of VA AND     Jimmy Smith ('62) of VA AND  Patricia Eken Miller ('66) of VA;

30 - Blaine Crum ('57)!

   Many Happy Returns, One and All!


Wednesday, June 22, 1864

It was no surprise to Robert E. Lee that U.S. Grant’s plan was to encircle Petersburg and capture the railroads. Grant’s next logical target was the Petersburg-Weldon line, and Lee had the counterstroke ready. He sent A. P. Hill’s corps to intercept, and Hill fell upon the lines of the Federal Second Corps as they marched. Their new commander, David Birney, had been in the job only a few days since Hancock’s wound had reopened and disabled him. His men were driven back from Jerusalem Plank Road in disorder, with 1700 taken prisoner.


Sunday, June 23, 1861

Today the Union Army acquired an air force. One Thaddeus S.C. Lowe, who called himself “professor” although his academic affiliation is unclear, had last week demonstrated his tethered balloon to President Lincoln, communicating by telegraph from it. Today he ascended with an artist and observed the Confederate units around Falls Church, Va. The artist sketched the scene, providing the closest thing to aerial photography that the technology allowed.

Monday, June 23, 1862

A very important meeting was held at Robert E. Lee’s headquarters at Dabb’s House north of Richmond. All principle generals were there, including Stonewall Jackson who had ridden ahead of his divisions to make it. The assessment: McClellan was getting too close to Richmond for comfort. The city could not withstand a siege. It was time to go on the offensive and turn McClellan’s line and drive him back North. The decision reached, Jackson rode back to speed his divisions onward. The attack could not begin without them.

Thursday, June 23, 1864

Gen. David Hunter, USA, was possibly the most hated man in the Shenandoah Valley of Virginia on this day. Emulating the tactics that William T. Sherman had demonstrated in Georgia and South Carolina, he had conducted a campaign of thorough destruction of everything in his path, making less distinction than usual between military and civilian. Now Jubal Early’s army was in hot and furious pursuit, Hunter was withdrawing towards West Virginia. Stopping at Sweet Sulphur Springs he wanted to burn a famous hotel located there, but was talked out of it by his staff.


1.   From Dee Hodges Bartram ('66) of VA - 05/08/11 - "OPEN REUNION SPONSORED BY THE CLASS OF 1966":


A Happy, Happy Mother’s Day to you!! I hope you have a glorious day!

The 45-year reunion plans for the Class of 1966 has been finalized. I would appreciate it if you would put this reunion notice in your newsletter for me.

Thank you so much for all you do!

Dee Hodges Bartram

Dear Classmates,                                                                                                             

The Class of 1966 will hold an OPEN 45 year reunion on Friday and Saturday, August 19 and 20, 2011.  Here is the schedule:

Friday night – 7:00 p.m. until closing - RJ’s Restaurant and Pub located at 12743 Jefferson Avenue (Denbigh Crossing Shopping Center), Newport News, VA.  The owner, Ron Johnson, is a Typhoon alumnus. Each person attending on Friday night is responsible for the cost of their dinner, drinks or snacks. 

Saturday night:  Warwick Yacht Club, located at 400 Maxwell Lane, Newport News, from 7:00 p.m. till midnight.  We will have light Hors D’oeuvres and a cash bar.  Dress Code:  Dressy Casual (no shorts, jeans or ties, please).  Music by the Rock-it-Men Band.

The cost for the reunion will be $40 per person.  Included in this cost is the rental of the Yacht Club, paper, envelopes, printer ink, stamps, food, bartender, carver and server fees.  If any of you would like to make a monetary donation to help underwrite the cost of the reunion, it will be greatly appreciated.

In order to meet planning deadlines, please respond by July 8th by returning the attached form, along with your check, made out to me, Dee Bartram. 

Updates on the reunion will be sent out by via e-mail to those of you that I have e-mail addresses for.  Also, Carol Buckley Harty, Class of 1965, has created a NNHS website at where I will also post updates.

We look forward to seeing you at the reunion!

NNHS Class of 1966 45-Year Reunion Committee

Dee Hodges Bartram      (757) 868-8443            E-mail:
Terri McAfee Artman               898-4042                
Judy Phillips Allen                   928-9748                  
Joe Dickson                            872-0690               

Albert Dorner                          874-3406                 
Richard Marshall                     851-2325              
Marilyn & Chuck Springfield    245-5887                 
Sandra Thomas Reinholdt       989-0942                 

Please send the registration form and your check, payable to Mrs. Dee Bartram, by July 8, 2011.  My address is 21 Laydon Way, Poquoson, VA  23662.   The cost after July 8th will be $50 per person. 

Please give me the count for each night.

Will attend:  Friday Night _______      Saturday Night _______

Name: ________________________________________ (Ladies – please include maiden name)        

Spouse/Guest Name: ____________________________

Address: ______________________________________


Phone: _______________  E-mail address: ___________________________

Amount Enclosed: _______________

NOTE:  If you are going to attend Friday only, I still need to know in order to give the restaurant a count.  Please extend me and the restaurant the courtesy of letting me know if you will be there by either e-mailing me at or calling me at (757) 868-8443.

If you are unable to attend the reunion, please e-mail or call me with any e-mail address updates or home address change updates.

   AN OPEN REUNION?!?  But of course, Dee - thanks so much!

The link is now on the main page as well as the Reunion Page:

2.        From Dave Spriggs ('64) of VA - 05/07/11 - "Newsletter Request":


Could you place the attached item in an upcoming newsletter and run it for a week or two? Any longer than that and people will just scroll past it.


Dave :


BETWEEN 1961 AND 1971 -------

… and you have not yet been contacted by the Reunion Committee, then please get in
touch with us. We want to include you in our reunion, which is scheduled for September
16 &17, 2011, at the David Student Union on the CNU campus.

P.O. BOX 6387
NORFOLK, VA 23508-0387
TEL: 757-627-1441

Plans for the reunion and other cool stuff may be found at our web site:

   Why, certainly, David! The link is now on the main page as well:

    From Dale Parsons ('48) of VA - 06/21/11 - "800 Service numbers- Great Information":

Very useful information.!!!!!!!!!!!!

Any time you call an 800 number (for a credit card, banking, charter communications, health and other insurance, computer help desk, etc) and you find that you're talking to a foreign customer service representative (perhaps in India, Philippines, etc), please consider doing the following:

After you connect and you realize that the customer service representative is not from the USA (you can always ask if you are not sure about the accent), please, very politely (this is not about trashing other cultures) say, "I'd like to speak to a customer service representative in the United States of America.

The rep might suggest talking to his/her manager, but, again, politely say, "Thank you, but I'd like to speak to a customer service representative in the USA."


That's the rule and the LAW.

It takes less than one minute to have your call re-directed to the USA.

Tonight when I got redirected to a USA rep, I asked again to make sure - and yes, she was from Fort Lauderdale.

Imagine what would happen if every US citizen insisted on talking to only US phone reps from this day on.

Imagine how that would ultimately impact the number of US jobs that would need to be created ASAP.

If I tell 10 people to consider this and you tell 10 people to consider doing this - see what I becomes an exercise in viral marketing 101.

Remember, the goal here is to restore jobs back here at home, not to be abrupt or rude to a foreign phone rep.

You may even get correct answers, good advice, and solutions to your problem - in real English.

If you agree, please tell 10 people you know, and ask them to tell 10 people they know....etc...etc.

   Thank you, Dale!

    From Joan Lauterbach Krause ('60) of VA - 06/21/11 - "Natural Born Citizens":

You will love this!


This just might make your day a little brighter! 

You, who worry about democrats versus republicans - relax, here is our real problem. 
In an Ohio State University classroom, they were discussing the qualifications to be President of the United States.  It was pretty simple.  The candidate must be a natural born citizen of at least 35 years of age.  However, one girl in the class immediately started in on how unfair was the requirement to be a natural born citizen.  In short, her opinion was that this requirement prevented many capable individuals from becoming president.  The class was taking it in and letting her rant, and not many jaws hit the floor when she wrapped up her argument by stating, "What makes a natural born citizen any more qualified to lead this country than one born by C-section?" 

Yep, these are the same kinds of 18 year-olds that are now voting in our elections!

They breed and walk among us .......

     YIKESARONI! Thanks, Joan!

      From My Niece, Shari, of VA - 06/22/11 - "Creative Visualization--Tools to manifest your desires":

   Thank you so much, Shari!

  From Ruth Ann Reece Horace ('67) of FL - 06/22/11:

I'm so glad you have gotten safely to Fayetteville and are getting settled in.  While we have all missed your daily newsletter, we understand and know you are doing your very best. 
All our love and thanks,
   Thank you so much, Ruthie!

  From Norris Perry (Warwick HS - '59) of VA - 06/22/11 - "Reagan joke you may like":

The great Communicator at his best! You may love this one, it is a classic!  

   WILD GIGGLES! Thanks, Norris Sweetie - what a hoot!

USUAL DISCLAIMER: This is not meant to be promoting Republicans over Democrats - as you know I'm rather apolitical - it's just funny!

From - 06/22/11 - "Procrastination":

How to Overcome Procrastination

By Kate Stewart

You've got a great idea for a business. You need to lose 10 lbs. You have a major report to write. But it's not getting done.

You're not alone and it's not your fault.

For most people, the major challenge in life is not handling a crisis.'s the daily demand to stay with the program. To accomplish your tasks day after day. To keep going in the face of drudgery, frustration, and boredom. Consistently choosing to do what needs to be done rather than what you want to do.

1. Don't feel guilty -- it's not your fault.
Mark Twain said, "Never put off until tomorrow what you can do the day after tomorrow." 95% of people admit to procrastinating. A quarter of these say procrastination is a chronic characteristic. Is it laziness? Is it perfectionism? Only rarely. Instead, it's evolution.

The limbic system, or "reptile brain", evolved early in our primate history and is similar to that of most creatures. It is controlled by instinct and enables us to meet our immediate survival needs. The prefrontal cortex, or executive function, evolved much later. Its job is to analyze and plan future benefits. Usually the limbic system and prefrontal cortex work together effectively. But when the limbic system is stimulated by immediate sensations, procrastination results. The long horizon view of the prefrontal cortex is cast aside to satisfy immediate desires.

It's not our fault but we have to deal with it.

2. Know when procrastination makes sense.
Sometimes putting off tasks is more productive than compulsively tackling them. Do you have a niggling sense that you need more information, a different perspective, or better timing for your task? What you (and others) may see as procrastination may instead be resistance to the task due to an almost unconscious or instinctual recognition that delay is best.

When this happens, identify what you're waiting for and plan flexibly based on this knowledge. Work on another task until you have everything you need to give ample attention to the first one.

3. Identify your procrastination triggers.
The more impulsive we are (see #1), the more we avoid the anxiety related to deadlines or long-term tasks. No, it's not logical. Yes, it's self-defeating. And yes, we all do it.

Spend time identifying what triggers your impulsiveness. Are the birds singing and golf course beckoning? Ask a friend to hide your clubs until the project is completed. Does a nap seem more inviting than writing that report? Plan your most important work first thing in the morning while you are still fresh.

4. Keep moving.
I've been reminded more than once that it's easier to rudder a ship that is already moving. In those moments when you are tempted to take a break to avoid an unpleasant task, resist. Energy in motion tends to stay in motion. If you work at another task instead of resting, you will find it easier to approach the unpleasant task. Energy at rest tends to stay at rest. That one is self-explanatory.

5. Examine your self-talk.
If you, like me, can easily justify tweaking your website rather than calling that difficult client, your creative self-talk is probably highly evolved. When it works against you, this is not a good thing. Take the time to listen to your reasons for procrastinating. Are they excuses or valid reasons? Most of the time, our justifications have enough truth in them to trick us.

Is your justification entirely true? If not, correct it. For instance, you dread cold calling and tell yourself "I can't make that cold call until I feel more confident (or know more about the product, or practice, etc.)." Is that entirely true? Perhaps you can begin with a few low-risk prospects and learn your technique quickly through making a few calls. Identifying your false self-talk can lift major barriers to productivity.

6. Don't visualize success...alone.
Visualization has been all the rage for the past decade or so. All types of people are enjoying mental images of their future success in the hopes they will attract it. Does it work? Yes and no. Visualization alone tricks your brain into thinking you have already completed your task. This diminishes motivation.

Instead, imagine completing your task. Next, imagine what it will take to get you there. What obstacles and challenges will you face? According to the research, holding these two images in your mind simultaneously is the best guarantee you will reach your goal and overcome procrastination.

7. Use your energy wisely.
You are like a power grid. If you allocate physical, mental, or emotional energy in one area, it decreases energy in other areas. Worry about that upcoming presentation devours energy needed to complete your present task. Multitasking reduces your ability in every area.
At the beginning of the day or the night before, determine your goals and priorities for the day. If possible, tackle them one-by-one. Use the strategies above to keep your mind on the task at hand. You may be very surprised at how much more productive you can be. And at how much more you enjoy your work.

About the Author:

Kate Stewart, Ph.D. is a certified mediator, author, organizational consultant, and executive coach. She recently founded the web-based Gold Scaffold system scheduled for launch in July 2011. The Gold Scaffold portal will enable people to overcome procrastination, impulsiveness, and weak willpower to achieve their goals. Dr. Stewart also authors a blog at


    From Tom Flax ('64) of VA - 05/31/11, 12:07PM - "notice for website":

Good day, Miss Carol,
I hope your move is going smoothly.. but it is surely hot here in the south..
My wife and I would like for you to publish on the website in your own words the following:
Tom and Nancy Flax will be going on a 2 night "cruise to nowhere" on the Carnival Glory on Saturday, October 22, 2011 for a 2 nights out of Norfolk, Virginia, and invite all Typhoons to join them.

If interested you can contact Carnival Cruise online for details, or call 1-800-819-3902 ext 85703 (mention the Flax party to Jean Michel). He will hook you up. The cruise leaves Saturday afternoon from Norfolk, Virginia and returns home on Monday morning 8AM. Come join the "fun, food and friendship on the carnival cruise ship..."

Thanks, Carol.. have a great summer...  

Tom Flax NNHS 64

   COOL BEANS! Your words seem just fine and dandy to me, Tom! Y'all have fun!


From - 06/21/11:
Three handsome male dogs are walking down the street when they see a beautiful, enticing, female Poodle. The three male dogs fall all over themselves in an effort to be the one to reach her first, but end up arriving in front of her at the same time. The males are speechless before her beauty, slobbering on themselves and hoping for just a glance from her in return. Aware of her charms and her obvious effect on the three suitors, she decides to be kind and tells them, “The first one who can use the words “liver” and “cheese” together in an imaginative, intelligent sentence can go out with me.”

The sturdy, muscular black Lab speaks up quickly and says “I love liver and cheese.”

“Oh, how childish,” said the Poodle. “That shows no imagination or intelligence whatsoever.”

She turned to the tall, shiny Golden Retriever and said, “How well can you do?”

“Ummmm...I HATE liver and cheese,” blurts the Golden Retriever.

“My, my,” said the Poodle. “I guess it’s hopeless. That’s just as dumb as the Lab’s sentence.”

She then turns to the last of the three dogs and says, “How about you, little guy?”

The last of the three, tiny in stature but big in fame and finesse, is the Taco Bell Chihuahua. He gives her a smile, a sly wink, turns to the Golden Retriever and the Lab and says...

“Liver alone. Cheese mine.”


1. Thursday, July 7, 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.

2. 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

3. Wednesday, August 10, 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. Friday and Saturday, August 19 and 20, 2011 - The Class of 1966 will hold its 45-Year Reunion at RJ's Restaurant and Pun AND the Warwick Yacht Club, Newport News.  DETAILS:; CONTACT: Dee Hodges Bartram at - OPEN REUNION!

5. 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

6. 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

PRAYER ROLL : - updated 05/05/11

BLOG: - updated 03/13/11

  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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What Is This Thing Called Love?

Written by Cole Porter (09 June 1891 – 15 Oct 1964), 1929

I was a hum-drum person
Leading a life apart
When love flew in through my window wide
And quickened my hum-drum heart
Love flew in through my window
I was so happy then
But after love had stayed a little while
Love flew out again

What is this thing called love?
This funny thing called love?
Just who can solve its mystery?
Why should it make a fool of me?
I saw you there one wonderful day
You took my heart and threw it away
That’s why I ask the lord in heaven above
What is this thing called love?

You gave me days of sunshine
You gave me nights of cheer
You made my life an enchanted dream
’til somebody else came near
Somebody else came near you
I felt the winter’s chill
And now I sit and wonder night and day
Why I love you still?

"What Is This Thing Called Love?" midi courtesy of - 03/30/05

"What Is This Thing Called Love?" lyrics courtesy of - 03/30/05

Pink "I Give You My Love" Heart clip art courtesy of - 04/04/05

Black Vine Divider Line clip art courtesy of - 02/12/08

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!

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!

Litchfield High School's Purple Panther Paw Print courtesy of - 06/23/07

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

Animated Cheering Smiley clip art courtesy of Al Farber ('64) of GA - 08/18/05 (re-saved 02/27/09)
Thanks, Al!

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

Animated Big Hugs Smiley clip art also courtesy of Sarah Puckett Kressaty ('65) of VA - 06/19/09
Thanks again, Sarah Sugah!

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