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06/28/10 - NNHS Newsletter -
Nel blu dipinto di blu

“Keep your face always toward the sunshine -
 and shadows will fall behind you.”

- Walt Whitman
(31 May 1819 - 26 Mar 1892)

Dear Friends and Schoolmates,

   Could you go anywhere in 1958 without hearing this song?!?

BONUS #1 - - Nel blu di pinto di blu (Volare) - Domenico Modugno, 1958

BONUS #2 - - Nel blu di pinto di blu (Volare) - Dean Martin


"Nel blu dipinto di blu" ("I paint the sky with blue"), popularly known as "Volare" (Italian for the infinitive form of the verb "to fly"), is Domenico Modugno's signature song.

Modugno's recording became the first Grammy winner for the Grammy Award for Record of the Year and Grammy Award for Song of the Year in 1958. It is the only foreign-language recording to achieve this honor. It spent five non-consecutive weeks atop the Hot 100 in August and September 1958 and was Billboard's number-one single for the year. It is one of only three one-hit wonders to become single of the year in the history of the Hot 100 (followed by "Stranger on the Shore" by Acker Bilk in 1962 and "Bad Day" by Daniel Powter in 2006).

Written by Domenico Modugno (music and lyrics) and Franco Migliacci (lyrics), "Nel blu dipinto di blu" was presented by Domenico Modugno and Johnny Dorelli at the 1958 Sanremo Music Festival, winning the contest and achieving instant popularity. It was then chosen to represent Italy at the 1958 Eurovision Song Contest, where it came third.

The song is a ballad in a dramatic chanson style, in which Modugno describes the feeling he has, which resembles flying when with his lover. The song opens with a surreal prelude which the cover versions often left out: "Penso che un sogno così non ritorni mai più. Mi dipingevo le mani e la faccia di blu; poi d'improvviso venivo dal vento rapito, e incominciavo a volare nel cielo infinito." ("I think that a dream like that will never return; I painted my hands and my face blue, then was suddenly swept up by the wind and started to fly in the infinite sky.")

The English lyrics were written by Mitchell Parish. Alternative English lyrics were written in 1958 by Dame Gracie Fields, and they were used in most concerts she performed in from then until her death in 1979. She often changed the words to suit her performance and age.


  From Jennings Bryan (June of '42) of VA - 06/26/10, 11:51 AM - "NNHS< June 1942":

The reunion committee of the JUNE 1942 class 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.  Our next luncheon will be August 11, 2010.  PLEASE COME JOIN US.  Give or take a few years makes no difference. Good conversation, food and atmosphere.  Call Jennings Bryan, 873-7701 for reservations.

Have a nice day

   SUPER-DE-DUPER!  Thanks, Jennings! We've added y'all to our list - in three different places. We'll carry it on each Newsletter, as well as on the main page and the Reunion Page:

   Happy Birthday today to Andrew Puckett ('57) AND    Henry Hoyle ('65) of Northern VA!

   Happy Birthday tomorrow to Carolyn Frizzelle Hogge ('61) of VA AND     Jimmy Smith ('62) of VA AND    Patricia Eken Miller ('66) of VA!

   Happy Birthday this week to:

30 - Blaine Crum ('57);

01 -    the late Julius Benton ('58) (deceased 20 Nov 2008) AND    Linda Ray Letchworth Enochs ('60) of TX;

02 -   Fred Mays ('60) of VA;

04 -   Fred Hayman ('57);

05 - Doug Johnson ('57) of VA!

   Many Happy Returns, One and All!


June 27, 1940 - The Germans set up two-way radio communication in their newly occupied French territory using Enigma. Enigma was a sophisticated encoding machine used to transmit information.

June 27, 1941 - Romanian governmental forces, allies of Nazi Germany, launched one of the most violent pogroms in Jewish history in the city of Iaşi, (Romania), resulting in the murder of at least 13,266 Jews.

June 27, 1941 - German troops captured the city of Białystok during Operation Barbarossa.

June 27, 1942 - The FBI announced the capture of eight Nazi saboteurs who had been put ashore from a submarine on New York's Long Island.

June 27, 1944 - American forces completed their capture of the French port of Cherbourg from the German army.


June 28, 1940 - Britain recognized General Charles de Gaulle as the leader of the Free French.

June 28, 1940 - Romania ceded Bessarabia (current-day Moldova) to the Soviet Union.

June 28, 1942 - German troops launched an offensive to seize Soviet oil fields in the Caucasus and the city of Stalingrad.

June 28, 1945 - U.S. General Douglas MacArthur announced the end of Japanese resistance in the Philippines.


Sunday, June 27, 1965 - Jimmy Dick celebrated his 18th birthday.

TODAY IN 1965:

Monday, June 28, 1965 - Actress Jessica Hecht was born in Bloomfield, Connecticut.

Monday, June 28, 1965 - Voice actor Sonny Strait was born in Kaufman, Texas.

Monday, June 28, 1965 - Jazz cornetist and composer Red Nichols (born Ernest Loring Nichols on 08 May 1905 in Ogden, Utah) died in Las Vegas, Nevada at the age of 60.

Monday, June 28, 1965 - Henry Hoyle celebrated his 18th birthday.

    From Frances Goodson Wang ('65) of MD - 06/26/10 - "Saturday's Song":

Hi Carol,

This song struck a note for me.
"An' here I go again on my own
Goin' down the only road I've ever known
Like a hobo I was born to walk alone"

In light of 
       Chip's (Clark - '65) untimely death (on June 12) and the losses that assail us at this time of our lives, the death of loved ones, children growing up and moving on as they should and must, or sadly, divorce which is so prevalent even among older people these day, the lyrics seemed to resonate in my mind with these sorts of losses.

So many of us are walking alone. This is not a bad thing necessarily but it can be another life lesson that we'd perhaps rather not learn.

At least your web site and others that support friendships, no matter how ghostly, lacking in face to face communication, keeps Typhoons from many classes connected. Thank you so much for this special gift. I know it is a lot of work but I know I can speak for all of us who click open to NNHS Class of 65 love you for your time and the sweet gifts of communication you give to us all. After all, we are really still in 1965 somewhere in our hearts. Special people, special places and special memories live forever in our spirits, don't they?

Frances Goodson Wang

   Thank you so much, Frances! Sometimes I wonder if anyone is still reading all this, or if their lives have become too busy with other interests. As often as possible, I choose music for the Newsletters which reflects some of what I'm feeling at any particular moment. If someone else notices, that's an added bonus, and if it reflects their feelings as well - well, it just doesn't get any better than that!

From Giovanni Luca Fabris of Italy - 06/26/10 - " Elvis Presley in Newport News VA on Monday Feb 13th 1956":

Dear Carol
So nice to hear from you....
Hope to hear from you soon....And let's hope you may even find some pics....

   Thanks, Luca - it would seem that we do have one or two - somewhere.  All we need is to find a person who has the images who also has a scanner!

      From Dimples Dinwiddie Prichard ('58) of NC - 06/24/10 - "RE: Elvis in NN":


Perhaps this will add to the story of Elvis and our    Pam Pennington (Cherry) Class of '58 (of VA).  I love what it says on the caption under the picture. I may not get it just right but it said, " Elvis visits Newport News and then goes in the Army !"  We had huge squeals about that ! 
Pam is still teaching her line dancing class every Tuesday !  She must be good, 'cause I hear she has a following ! 

She said the look on Elvis' face made him look like someone was pushing him in the dentist's chair !
Go Pamster !

Dimples aka Sepi

Helen, my dear friend...

Pam and I spoke this morning for over two hours....Get your 50th Reunion Yearbook and go to the back cover. Open.. and on the fourth page you turn to there is Pam's back as she is reaching over to kiss Elvis on the cheek.  Elvis had kissed her and the flashbulb didn't go off.  She is sure it was    Tzina (Zwerdling Richman - '58 -  of VA) that took the pictures.  The other female in the right background is Darlene, an employee at the Record Store where Elvis was making an appearance !   We laughed about the look on Elvis' face !
Hugs and more hugs

   COOL BEANS! Thanks, Dimples! Unfortunately for me, a 50-Year Reunion Booklet for the Great and Noble Class of 1958 is not numbered "among my souvenirs" - but if anyone who has one could scan this image and send it to me, I'm sure that Luca and I would both be delighted!

    From Bonnie Loughran Marshall (Hampton HS - '65) of MN - 06/27/10 - "Hampton Jazz Festival":

Hey Carol...

As you may know, Hampton is this weekend celebrating the 43rd Hampton Jazz Festival. On the heels of my 'Hootenanny' story...I'm remembering that the same trio of us--myself, my sister Val, and our St Vincent's classmate, Mary Banton (also a HHS '65 grad), several years later (in 1968) managed to get tickets to a 'Sly and the Family Stone' show which was held inside a brick walled outdoor arena at HU (at the time named Hampton Institute if I'm not mistaken). After researching online, and if I've concluded correctly, 1968 was pretty much the coming-out year for the group...and the show was planned as part of Hampton's very FIRST Jazz Festival which was held at HU that year...but more recently is held at the Hampton Coliseum. As an aside, we three, to my memory, were the only persons not of color in attendance that evening. The show was great. The following year 'Sly and the Family Stone' were in the Woodstock line-up.

P.S. I today happened upon a 'History of Hampton Jazz Festival Artists' ( which has the group 'Sly and the Family Stone' listed as having performed in the 1969 Hampton Jazz Festival line-up (the 2nd year of the Festival) so I stand corrected on the year they performed at HU.

Bonnie Loughran-Marshall HHS '65 

   WOWZERONI! Thanks, Bonnie!

    From Glenn Dye ('60) of TX - 06/26/10 - "1910":
This will boggle your mind, I know it did mine! 
************ ********* ***********
The year is 1910 
One hundred years ago. 
What a difference a century makes! 
Here are some statistics for the Year 1910:
************ ********* ************ 
The average life expectancy for men was 47 years.
Fuel for this car was sold in drug stores only. 
Only 14 percent of the homes had a bathtub.
Only 8 percent of the homes had a telephone.
There were only 8,000 cars and only 144 miles of paved roads.
The maximum speed limit in most cities was 10 mph.
The tallest structure in the world was the Eiffel Tower !
The average US wage in 1910 was 22 cents per hour.
The average US worker made between $200 and $400 per year.
A competent accountant could expect to earn $2000 per year, 
A dentist $2,500 per year, a veterinarian between $1,500 and $4,000 per year,
 and a mechanical engineer about $5,000 per year.
More than 95 percent of all births took place at HOME.
Ninety percent of all Doctors had NO COLLEGE EDUCATION!
Instead, they attended so-called medical schools, many of which
Were condemned in the press AND the government as 'substandard.'
Sugar cost four cents a pound.
Eggs were fourteen cents a dozen.
Coffee was fifteen cents a pound.
Most women only washed their hair once a month, and used Borax or egg yolks for shampoo.
Canada passed a law that prohibited poor people from entering into their country for any reason.
The Five leading causes of death were:
1. Pneumonia and influenza 
2. Tuberculosis 
3. Diarrhea 
4. Heart disease 
5. Stroke
The American flag had 45 stars.
The population of Las Vegas , Nevada , was only 30!
Crossword puzzles, canned beer, and iced tea hadn't been invented yet.
There was no Mother's Day or Father's Day.
Two out of every 10 adults couldn't read or write and 
Only 6 percent of all Americans had graduated from high school.
Marijuana, heroin, and morphine were all available over the counter at the local corner drugstores.
Back then pharmacists said, 'Heroin clears the complexion, gives buoyancy to the mind,
Regulates the stomach and bowels, and is, in fact, a perfect guardian of health'
( Shocking? DUH! )
Eighteen percent of households had at least one full-time servant or domestic help.
There were about 230 reported murders in the ENTIRE U.S.A. ! 


I am now going to forward this to someone else without typing it myself.
From there, it will be sent to others all over the WORLD - all in a matter of seconds!
Try to imagine what it may be like in another 100 years. 

   WOWZERONI! It does indeed! Thanks, Glenn!

      From My Niece, Shari, of VA - 06/24/10 - "New email address":

Such a busy week, but hope to be up and running by the first part of next week. This move has been a lot more time consuming than I had expected and we are only dealing with one car temporarily... mine.


"I always look for a woman who has a tattoo. I see a woman with a tattoo, and I'm thinking, okay, here's a gal who's capable of making a decision she'll regret in the future."
--Richard Jeni


"There's always one of my uncles who watches a boxing match with me and says, 'Sure. Ten million dollars. You know, for that kind of money, I'd fight him.' As if someone is going to pay $200 a ticket to see a 57-year-old carpet salesman get hit in the face once and cry."
--Larry Miller


"I tried to make money as a kid. I had a lemonade stand for about six weeks. I made no money. I had to burn it down and collect insurance."
--Brian Kiley


"Forgive me my nonsense as I also forgive the nonsense of those who think they talk sense."
~Robert Frost~


Fact: Captain Kangaroo won five Emmy awards.


From bizarre news

Deputies find goat in trunk at checkpoint --------

BEDFORD, Va. - Authorities in Virginia said they found a goat bound in the trunk of a car stopped at a drunken-driving checkpoint. The Bedford County Sheriff's Office said a deputy heard knocking sounds coming from the trunk of a car being driven by Fiona Ann Enderdy, 32, of Washington at the Bedford County-Campbell County line checkpoint, the Lynchburg (Va.) News Advance reported Tuesday. Deputies said Enderdy told deputies the sounds were coming from a goat and the animal was found panting heavily in the trunk. The sheriff's office said an animal control officer working at the checkpoint measured the temperature in the trunk at 94 degrees after it had already been open for 10 minutes. The goat was given water and taken to the Bedford County pound, deputies said. Enderdy, who was charged with cruelty to an animal and released, told deputies she purchased the goat from a farmer for the passengers in her car, four Lynchburg residents originally from Kenya.


*-------------- Guaranteed to Roll Your Eyes ---------------*

Recently launched into the "real world" and shocked by the expenses that came with it, my brother was complaining about the high cost of auto insurance.

"If you got married," teased my dad, "the premium would be much lower."

My brother smiled and said, "Dad, that would be like buying an airline just to get free peanuts."

Love comforteth like sunshine after rain.

- William Shakespeare

An old man going a lone highway,
Came at the evening cold and gray,
To a chasm vast and deep and wide,
T through which was flowing a swollen tide.

The old man crossed in the twilight dim,
T that swollen stream held no fears for him,
But he paused when safe on the other side
And built a bridge to span the tide.

"Old man", said a fellow pilgrim near,
"You are wasting your strength in building here.
Your journey will end with the ending day.
You never again must pass this way.

You've crossed the chasm deep and wide,
Why build you the bridge at the even tide?"
The builder lifted his old gray head,
"Good friend, in the path I have come..." he said,

"There followeth after me today,
A youth whose feet must pass this way.
This swollen stream which was naught to me,
To to that fair haired youth may a pitfall be.

He too must cross in the twilight dim.
Good friend, I am building the bridge for him."


Thanks so much, Shari!

    From Glenn Dye ('60) of TX - 06/26/10 - "The Parrot-----This is U-N-B-E-L-I-E-V-A-B- L-E!!": - Einstein the famous talking African Grey Parrot!

   WOWZERS! That IS incredible! Thanks again, Glenn!

      From My Niece, Shari, of VA - 06/26/10 - "Monday":

If you can dream it, you can do it.
- Walt Disney

If a man does not keep pace with his companions, perhaps it is because he hears a different drummer.
- Henry David Thoreau

Do not follow where the path may lead. Go instead where there is no path and leave a trail.
- Ralph Waldo Emerson


I don't think I'll ever have a mother's intuition. My sister left me alone in a restaurant with my 10-month old nephew.

I said, "What do I do if he cries?"

She said, "Give him some vegetables."

It turns out that jalapeno is not his favorite.


Eco-cleaner for Microwave

Mix together, lemon juice, lemon slices, grated lemon peel, and water in a microwaveable bowl. Heat on high until the mixture boils. Once it cools, wipe down the inside with a damp cloth


Playing It Safe

A young reporter wanted to get a feel for agriculture, so he called upon a farmer and said, "How's your wheat coming along?"

The farmer replied, "I didn't plant any."

"Really?" asked the reporter. "I thought this was supposed to be wheat country."

"Some say it is," came the reply. "But I was afraid we might not see enough rain this year."

"Well, what about your corn. How is it doing?" the young man inquired.

"Didn't plant corn this year. I was afraid of corn blight."


"Nope. Afraid the price might drop."

"Well, then," asked the reporter, "what did you plant?"

"Nothin'," the farmer said. "I just played it safe."

Here is a couple who REALLY played it safe:

The bride, white of hair, is stooped over her cane,
Her footsteps – uncertain – need guiding,
While down the opposite church aisle
With a wan, toothless smile
The bridegroom in wheelchair comes riding.

Now who is this elderly couple, thus wed?
Well, you'll find when you've closely explored it
That here is that rare,
Most conservative pair
Who waited 'til they could afford it!

Do you like playing it safe? If so, I found a Web site you just might love: Dull Men's Club. No excitement there. You'll never have to leave your comfort zone. The Dull Men's Club, found at, is a place in cyberspace for guys who feel "born to be mild" and enjoy adventure of such activities as watching grass grow and paint dry. I think dull women will like it, too.

But, as most of you know, some of best things in life can only be found after we cast aside a bit of caution. I learned that lesson playing baseball as a child. Ninety feet never seems so long as when you're trying to steal second base. And more than once I was thrown out trying to steal, but what a feeling those times I slid in safely.  Joy.  Exhilaration.  The downside was worth it.

There is a life lesson here: you can't steal second base unless you run away from first. In some things, it is all or nothing. Run flat out or stay back, for there is no changing your mind.

Sometimes it takes courage to do what you've never done and go where you've never been. It's like stealing second base - whatever huge decision looms before you, your best solution will likely be made from the side of courage, rather than fear.

If you have any regrets 20 or 30 years from now, what will they be about? I don't think mine will be about the things I did. I think they will be more about the things I could have done, but was afraid to try. Those times I was afraid to take a chance because I might be rejected or thought to be silly. Those times I was afraid to do something new - make a change - because I was afraid I might fail.

Canadian Claude Thomas Bissell is credited with saying something profound about living life fully. He said,

"Risk more than others think is safe.
Care more than others think is wise.
Dream more than others think is practical.
Expect more than others think is possible."

You can't always play it safe if you want to LIVE.

  ~ Steve Goodier ~

   Thanks again, Shari!


  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 - 06/25/10:

Moving Day

One morning as Professor Thompson was leaving for the college his wife told her absent-minded husband, "Don't forget we are moving today. If you come to this house this afternoon it will be empty."

Predictably he didn't remember until he found the house vacated that afternoon. He mumbled to himself, "And where was it we were moving to?"

He went out in front of the house and asked a little girl, "Did you see a moving van here today, little girl?"

"Yes," she replied.

"Can you tell me which way it went?"

She looked up at him and said, "Yes, Daddy, I'll show you." 

1. 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

2. 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

3. 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

4. Wednesday, August 11, 2010 - 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 additional information, please call Jennings Bryan at 873-7701 for reservations.

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

PRAYER ROLL: - updated 06/26/10

BLOG: - updated 08/04/09

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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Nel Blu Dipinto Di Blu (Volare)

Music by Domenico Modugno (09 Jan 1928 - 06 Aug 1994), 1958

Words by Domenico Modugno and Franco Migliacci

Penso che un sogno cosâ non ritorni mai pi-
Mi dipingevo le mani e la faccia di blu
Poi d'improvviso venivo dal vento rapito
E incominciavo a volare nel cielo infinito
Volare, oh, oh! Cantare, oh, oh, oh, oh!
Nel blu, dipinto di blu, felice di stare lass-
E volavo, volavo felice pi- in alto del sole ed ancora pi- su
Mentre il mondo pian piano spariva lontano laggi-
Una musica dolce suonava soltanto per me
Volare, oh, oh! Cantare, oh, oh, oh, oh!
Nel blu, dipinto di blu, felice di stare lass-
Nel biu, dipinto di blu, felice di stare lass
Sometimes the world is a valley of heartaches and tears,
And in the hustle and bustle, no sunshine appears,
But you and I have our love always there to remind us
There is a way we can leave all the shadows behind us.
Volare, oh, oh! Cantare, oh, oh, oh, oh!
Let's fly way up in the clouds, away from the maddening crowds
We can sing in the glow of a star that I know of
Where lovers enjoy peace of mind
Let us leave the confusion and all disillusion behind
Just like birds of a feather, a rainbow together we'll find
Volare, oh, oh! Cantare, oh, oh, oh, oh!
No wonder my happy heart sings, your love has given me wings
Your love has given me wings, your love has given me wings

“Nel blu dipinto di blu” midi courtesy of - 06/27/10

“Nel blu dipinto di blu” lyrics courtesy
of - 06/27/10

Image of Christopher Richmond painting the sky blue courtesy of - 06/27/10

Blue Divider Line clip art courtesy of - 03/09/05

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

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!

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

Hampton High School's Crab clip art courtesy of - 10/02/05
Replaced courtesy of - 02/17/09