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06/28/16 - 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.

   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)
AND Chuck Jones ('66) of Northern VA;

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) AND      Forrest Powell ('63) of VA;

05 - Doug Johnson ('57) of VA!  

   Many Happy Returns, One and All!


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 - Nazi Germany started its strategic summer offensive against the Soviet Union, codenamed Case Blue, 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.

June 28, 1945 - Poland's Soviet-allied Provisional Government of National Unity was formed over a month after V-E Day.


Tuesday, June 26, 1966 - Painter and illustrator Peeter Allik was born in Põltsamaa, Estonia.

Tuesday, June 26, 1966 - Singer and songwriter Bobby Bare, Jr. was born Robert Joseph Bare, Jr. in Nashville, Tennessee.

Tuesday, June 26, 1966 - Actor and screenwriter John Cusack was born John Paul Cusack in Evanston, Illinois.

Tuesday, June 26, 1966 - Actress Mary Stuart Masterson was born in Manhattan, New York City, New York.

Tuesday, June 26, 1966 - Actress Sara Stewart was born Sara Scott Griffith in Edinburgh, Scotland.

Tuesday, June 26, 1966 - The 21st Deputy Prime Minister of Turkey, Mehmet Fuat Köprülü, (b. 05 Dec 1890) died.

“Complaining not only ruins everybody else's day, it ruins the complainer's day, too. The more we complain, the more unhappy we get.”

- Dennis Prager
(b. 02 Aug 1948)

          From My #2 Son, Brent Harty (Hillsboro HS, IL - '90) of TX - 06/24/16 - "New Scout Patches!":

  Joe and Jim with their new patches on their scout uniform. We had to get Joe a brand new shirt because the old from one of his brothers was too far gone to trade out patches.

    Laura (Adams Harty - Cardston HS, Alberta - '95) did a great job sewing on several patches.

Joe is ready to head off to camp for next week. Jim will have to wait till next year. But he did go to Webelos Woods up in Utah before he came back to El Paso, so that is good Scout fun!

Friday, June 24, 2016 - El Paso, TX
Jim (b. 11 Sept 2005) and Joe (b. 12 Aug 2003) Harty

   Great job, eva'body! Ah, if only I had a dollar for all those scout patches I sewed on over the years!


From Pauline Collins Shofner ('65) of VA - 06/25/16 - " Mrs. Wright":

Mrs. Wright, who taught English, was my favorite teacher at NNHS. It wasn't an easy class but I thought that she was fair. I came from my ninth grade English class knowing very little, other than a teacher having a skeleton in her closet (literally) and changing grades in her grade book... I definitely wasn't her favorite and I couldn't tell who in our class was. I am glad that I wasn't aware. I think it made it easier not knowing. I am not sure I was anyone's favorite in any class. I think I talked way too much.

   From Butch Ragland ('63) of CO - 06/25/16 - " Miss Kanter (Hampton HS - '55)":

I am going to admit that I liked all my teachers to a certain degree; but my all time MOST FAVORITE, was Miss Ettalea Kanter! And I hope I spelled her name correctly; my mind is fading on the name spellings in these later days since my last hospitalization!

From Frances Owens Wagner ('66) of FL - 06/25/16 - " Miss Kanter (Hampton HS - '55)":

Butch, Miss. Kanter was one of my faves, too.

From Mark Van Noy ('62) of TX - 06/25/16 - " Miss Kanter (Hampton HS - '55)":

   Yep. Ettalea Esther Kanter, hottie teacher extraordinaire. I took typing to get in her class. I wasn't a particularly good typing student but kept after it and it has turned out to be one of the most valuable skills I ever learned. Thank you EEK!!

Thank you so much for your remembrances, Pauline, Butch, Frances, and Mark! I added your remarks to their Teacher pages:



“I never said most of the things I said.

- Yogi Berra
(12 May 1925 - 22 Sept 2015

Deb Richey's Blue Bunny with Caron Yarn - "Crochet this fun bunny for a child that you know. It's so neat to make because it only uses one skein of yarn. It's an intermediate pattern just for you."

BONUS BLUE RECIPE: - Alfredo Blue Recipe - "This is the best alfredo sauce I have ever come up with and any kind of meat or vegetable can be added to it."


From - 06/27/15:

Mr. Trent always scheduled the weekly staff meeting for 4:30 on Friday afternoons.

When one of the employees finally got up the nerve to ask why, he explained, “I'll tell you why. I’ve leaned that’s the only time of the week when none of you seem to want to argue with me.”

1. Wednesday, July 13, 2016 - 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, September 16 and 17, 2016 - The NNHS Class of 1966 will hold their 50-Year Reunion - OPEN TO ALL CLASSES. Friday Night: Meet and Greet at The Cove Restaurant, City Center, NN, 711 Lakefront Commons, NN from 7:00 PM - closing. Saturday Night: Marriott Hotel, City Center, 740 Town City Drive, NN from 7:00 PM - midnight in the Pearl Room.

3. Wednesday and Thursday, October 19 and 20, 2016 - The NNHS Class of 1956 will hold their 60-Year Reunion.

PRAYER ROLL: - updated 06/20/16

BLOG: - updated 03/13/11

Y'all take good 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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in the bucket."


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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!

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

Laughing Jester Smiley clip art courtesy of Bill Hobbs ('66) of Northern VA - 10/06/09
Thanks, Bill!

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!!

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

Jeffrey Holman's Image "A Drop in the Bucket" courtesy of - 05/23/16

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