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07/08/11 - NNHS Newsletter - The Very Thought of You

We forget the little things, so it's no wonder
some of us screw up the big things.

- Neil Cavuto
(b. 22 Sept 1958)

Dear Friends and Schoolmates,

   I'm in a Nat King Cole kind of mood.....

BONUS - - The Very Thought of You - Nat King Cole


"The Very Thought of You" is a pop standard published in 1934, with music and lyrics by Ray Noble. In addition to Noble's own hit recording of the song with his orchestra, featuring the vocals of Al Bowlly, there was also a popular version recorded that same year by Bing Crosby. A decade later, the song was on the charts again in a version by Vaughn Monroe. Doris Day sang the song in the 1950 movie Young Man with a Horn, a fictional tale partly based on the life of early jazz trumpeter Bix Beiderbecke.

In 1961, "The Very Thought of You" was on the charts again, in a rhythm & blues version recorded by Little Willie John, and three years later a rock and roll version by Ricky Nelson reached #26 on the Billboard chart, lasting 7 weeks in the Hot 100 and crossing to #11 on Billboard's Easy Listening chart.

Ella Fitzgerald recorded this with Nelson Riddle on the 1962 Verve release "Ella Swings Gently with Nelson", and then again, live, on her 1974 Pablo release Ella in London, with Joe Pass on guitar.

There have also been numerous recordings of the song by jazz and pop standards artists, including Frank Sinatra, Nat "King" Cole, Carmen McRae, Billie Holiday, and Elvis Costello; and a blues version on Albert King's Born Under a Bad Sign album. More recently, Tony Bennett and Paul McCartney recorded a duet version of the song for the former's album, Duets: An American Classic. An instrumental version of the song is also among the background music in the film Casablanca in the scene where Sascha kisses Rick Blaine on the cheek...


   Happy Birthday tomorrow to  the late Adrienne Price Cox ('57) (deceased 08/20/06) AND    Eva Ellis Madagan ('61) of FL!

    Happy Birthday this week to:

11 -   Bobby Maddy ('57) AND      Aretie Gallins Patterson ('59) of TN;

13 - James Stidham ('57);

15 -   Robert Fulcher ('64) of VA!

   Many Happy Returns, One and All!



Tuesday, July 8, 1862

With very nearly the entire Army of the Potomac camped out for now on the banks of the James River, following the losses of the Seven Days campaign, some more organized system of logistics was desperately needed. Commander John Rogers was assigned to work on this, and came up with a plan to use gunboats to escort a convoy of ships between Harrison’s Bar to the mouth of the Chicahominy. The plan was to leave at 9 each morning, since that was when mail was delivered to Old Point, near Harrison’s Bar, or Landing.

  From Bill Hobbs ('66) of Northern VA - 07/07/11 - "The little things in life":

From your post 7/7/11. I just wanted you to know that I had the best laugh all day at this! I'm still smiling while writing this; Some of the things you write, well they just make me feel "HAPPY".
Love you,

5. Always do your duty to the utmost, but never volunteer. (I think this was an Army thingie...)

   Thanks so much, Bill! Your note made ME feel very happy!  Love you, too!

From Patricia Matthews Sheene of NC - 07/07/11 - "Did you move ?":

Hi There,
Glad you are back up and running.......I saw on your newsletter it now said North Carolina.........Last I knew you were in Edwardsville, Illinois - which I thought was neat at the time because my sister lives there......then I move to North Carolina and then here you are........just thought it was cute........I don't know about you but I am loving's not Virginia but its very peaceful here in Elizabeth City........Just thought I would ask.......Have a nice day !!!!!!!
Patricia Matthews Sheene

   Thank you, Tricia! Yes'm, we got back out here early on June 4 - hence the "down time" involved!  We DO love it here in Fayetteville - that's why we came back!

      From Wayne Stokes ('65) of VA - 07/07/11 - "Gerber Baby Photo Contest -   April Ann Stokes":

Although I don't think it's the best photo of my youngest granddaughter, it is entered in a contest that calls for votes--much as others we've had along the way.
I wonder if you could post this in the NLs and encourage the Typhoon Nation to vote early and often (you are allowed a vote a day) to support April? It runs through the month of July.
Thanking you in advance for your listing and votes and help-- and hoping all is as well as it can be> if it is true that-- what goes around , comes around and--that for every action there is an equal an opposite re--action--your have earned a huge amount of good fortune--I do so hope you get it.

Gerber Baby Photo Contest

Link to vote for April’s photo for the Gerber baby photo contest. You can vote every day. Tell all your friends.


   Well, of course, we'll run April's contest entry every day remaining in July, Wayne Honey! What a doll baby she is!  And thanks so much for your kind remarks!

   I thought when I saw the Facebook link, I was going to have a problem - you know, Facebook and I don't really get along - but my daughter said I could use her page to vote - so I did! Thanks, Adrienne!

   Now all you Facebook people out there (and I'm pretty sure that includes everybody on the planet but me) git out there and vote!

   And speaking of Facebook.....

       From My Daughter, Adrienne (Harty - Hillsboro HS, IL / American School, IL - of IL) - 07/07/11 - Recipe Found on Facebook":

Hawaiian Joes

1 lb ground birdy (we used chicken and turkey)
salt and pepper, to taste
1 1/2 T Worcestershire sauce (this is my guess, maybe it was closer to 1 T)
1 tsp minced garlic
1/3 - 1/2 C ketchup (to taste)
1/3ish C brown sugar (to taste)
1/2 - 3/4 can of pineapple chunks (again, to taste)

1. Brown the meat in a large frying pan. Salt and pepper it to taste while browning.
2. Add in garlic and Worcestershire, stir, and continue to brown meat.
3. Once meat is fully cooked (we don't want to risk any food-borne illnesses, here, folks), add ketchup and brown sugar. Honestly, I just dumped until it was the consistency of sloppy joes.
4. Simmer over medium-low heat, stirring occasionally, allowing the flavors to blend and soak into the meat, about 5 minutes.
5. Stir in pineapple chunks.
6. Simmer on low (or medium-low), stirring occasionally.
7.  Here is the fun and VERY IMPORTANT part. Let some of it burn, er, caramelize. The brown sugar and the pineapple juices will caramelize and create this DELICIOUS burn that makes you think you grilled your dinner... or ate at Tucano's. It is important that you do not stir it too frequently, or you won't get that divine crisp on your meat/pineapple.
   YUM-YUM! Thanks, Webby!

    From Joe Madagan ('57) of FL - 07/07/11 - "Our Old Stomping Grounds":

Hi, Carol:

Being a subscriber to your fine electronic Newsletter keeps me in touch with so many of the TYPHOON Nation.
For this we are all grateful for all of your hard work on your website.

Contributing to the website on the Internet can cause one some work as well. Today, my telephone rang and it was a young lady, a third generation from the founder of W.T. Grant Company who found my comment about one of the reasons for the failure of this fine company on your website, and called to see if she could obtain more information. Her interest was heightened this week by the appointment of the new CEO for Chase Bank, since there is a connection. At any rate, I suppose she will honor my request and write to me, so that I can validate her request. Hope my memory does not fail in this respect, since the matter was quite involved and is better than a mystery novel.

TYPHOON Regards,
Joe Madagan ('57) of FL

   COOL BEANS! Thanks, Joe! We'll look forward to hearing it!

   Meanwhile I added your note to that page - and "gussied it up" a bit while I was there:



  From Jay Styles ('68) of VA - 07/06/11 AND   From Bill Hobbs ('66) of Northern VA - 07/07/11 - "The Dog That Cornered Osama Bin Laden ... not your standard K9.....":

Thought you might interested. I've been told this is an unusually accurate report on the dogs in service.

The Dog That Cornered Osama Bin Laden ... not your standard K9.....
This is really something!

When U.S. President Barack Obama went to Fort Campbell, Kentucky, (recently) for a highly publicized, but very private meeting with the commando team that killed Osama bin Laden, only one of the 81 members of the super-secret SEAL DevGru unit was identified by name: Cairo, the war dog.

Cairo, like most canine members of the elite U.S. Navy SEALs, is a Belgian Malinois. The Malinois breed is similar to German shepherds but smaller and more compact, with an adult male weighing in the 30-kilo range.

(German shepherds are still used as war dogs by the American military but the lighter, stubbier Malinois is considered better for the tandem parachute jumping and rappelling operations often undertaken by SEAL teams. Labrador retrievers are also favoured by various military organizations around the world.


Like their human counterparts, the dog SEALs are highly trained, highly skilled, highly motivated special ops experts, able to perform extraordinary military missions by SEa, Air and Land (thus the acronym).

The dogs carry out a wide range of specialized duties for the military teams to which they are attached: With a sense of smell 40 times greater than a human’s, the dogs are trained to detect and identify both explosive material and hostile or hiding humans.

The dogs are twice as fast as a fit human, so anyone trying to escape is not likely to outrun Cairo or his buddies.

The dogs, equipped with video cameras, also enter certain danger zones first, allowing their handlers to see what’s ahead before humans follow. As I mentioned before, SEAL dogs are even trained parachutists, jumping either in tandem with their handlers or solo, if the jump is into water.

Last year canine parachute instructor Mike Forsythe and his dog Cara set the world record for highest man-dog parachute deployment, jumping from more than 30,100 feet up — the altitude at which transoceanic passenger jets fly. Both Forsythe and Cara were wearing oxygen masks and skin protectors for the jump.

Here’s a photo from that jump, taken by Andy Anderson for K9 Storm Inc. (more about those folks shortly).

As well, the dogs are faithful, fearless and ferocious — incredibly frightening and efficient attackers.

I have seen it reported repeatedly that the teeth of SEAL war dogs are replaced with titanium implants that are stronger, sharper and scare-your-pants-off intimidating, but a U.S. Military spokesman has denied that charge, so I really don’t know (never having seen a canine SEAL face-to-face). I do know that I’ve never seen a photo of a war dog with anything even vaguely resembling a set of shiny metal chompers.

When the SEAL DevGru team (usually known by its old designation, Team 6) hit bin Laden’s Pakistan compound on May 2, Cairo’s feet would have been four of the first on the ground.

And like the human SEALs, Cairo was wearing super-strong, flexible body Armour and outfitted with high-tech equipment that included “doggles” — specially designed and fitted dog googles with night-vision and infrared capability that would even allow Cairo to see human heat forms through concrete walls.

Now where on earth would anyone get that kind of incredibly niche hi-tech doggie gear?

From Winnipeg, of all places.

Jim and Glori Slater’s Manitoba hi-tech mom-and-pop business, K9 Storm Inc., has a deserved worldwide reputation for designing and manufacturing probably the best body Armour available for police and military dogs.

Working dogs in 15 countries around the world are currently protected by their K9 Storm body Armour.


Jim Slater was a canine handler on the Winnipeg Police Force when he crafted a Kevlar protective jacket for his own dog, Olaf, in the mid-1990s. Soon Slater was making body Armour for other cop dogs, then the Canadian military and soon the world.

The standard K9 Storm vest also has a load-bearing harness system that makes it ideal for tandem rappelling and parachuting.

And then there are the special hi-tech add-ons that made the K9 Storm especially appealing to the U.S. Navy SEALs, who bought four of K9 Storm Inc.’s top-end Intruder “canine tactical assault suits” last year for $86,000. You can be sure Cairo was wearing one of those four suits when he jumped into bin Laden’s lair.

Here’s an explanation of all the K9 Storm Intruder special features:

Just as the Navy SEALS and other elite special forces are the sharp point of the American military machine, so too are their dogs at the top of a canine military hierarchy.

In all, the U.S. military currently has about 2,800 active-duty dogs deployed around the world, with roughly 600 now in Afghanistan and Iraq.....

Several of the photos I have included here are from Foreign Policy, as you will see. Other photos are from K9 Storm Inc.


As for the ethics of sending dogs to war, that’s pretty much a moot point, don’t you think? If it’s ethical to send humans into combat, then why not dogs?

At least the U.S. now treats its war dogs as full members of the military. At the end of the Vietnam War, the U.S. combat dogs there were designated as “surplus military equipment” and left behind when American forces pulled out.

   WOWZERONI! Thank you, Gentlemen!

      From Wayne Stokes ('65) of VA - 07/07/11 - "":

Hey, I don't write this stuff!! Someone troubles me with it and in turn I trouble you with it!! Read it, you may learn something!! :-)

Southerners have the lowest stress rate because they do not take medical terminology seriously.

Southerner's Medical Dictionary

Artery............................... The study of paintings
Bacteria........................... Back door to the cafeteria 
Barium............................. What doctors do when patients die 
Benign............................ What you be, after you be eight 
Cesarean Section......... A neighborhood in Rome   
Cat scan......................... Searching for Kitty 
Cauterize......................... Made eye contact with her 
Colic................................ A sheep dog 
Coma.............................. A punctuation mark 
Dilate............................... To live long 
Enema............................ Not a friend 
Fester............................. Quicker than someone else 
Fibula............................. A small lie 
Impotent.......................... Distinguished, well known 
Labor Pain.................... Getting hurt at work 
Medical Staff.................. A Doctor's cane 
Morbid............................ A higher offer 
Nitrates........................... Cheaper than day rates 
Node............................... I knew it 
Outpatient...................... A person who has fainted 
Pelvis............................. Second cousin to Elvis 
Post Operative............... A letter carrier 
Recovery Room............. Place to do upholstery 
Rectum........................... Dang near killed him 
Secretion........................ Hiding something 
Seizure.......................... Roman emperor 
Tablet............................ A small table 
Terminal Illness............. Getting sick at the airport 
Tumor............................ One plus one more 
Urine.............................. Opposite of you're out

     Thanks again, Wayne Honey!

  From Bill Hobbs ('66) of Northern VA - 07/07/11 - "The Porch":


A young blonde girl in her late teens, wanting to earn some extra money for the summer, decided to hire herself out as a "handy woman" and started canvassing a nearby well-to-do neighborhood.

She went to the front door of the first house and asked the owner if he had any odd jobs for her to do.

"Well, I guess I could use somebody to paint the porch," he said. "How much will you charge me?"

Delighted, the girl quickly responded, "How about $50?"

The man agreed and told her that the paint and brushes and everything she would need were in the garage.

The man's wife, hearing the conversation, said to her husband, "Does she realize that our porch goes ALL the way around the house?"

"That's a bit cynical, isn't it?" he responded.

The wife replied, "You're right. I guess I'm starting to believe all those dumb blonde jokes."

A few hours later the blonde came to the door to collect her money.

"You're finished already??" the startled husband asked.

"Yes," the blonde replied, "and I even had paint left over so I gave it two coats."

Impressed, the man reached into his pocket for the $50 and handed it to her along with a $10 tip.

"Thank you," the blonde said, "And, by the way, it's not a Porch, it's a Lexus."

   OH, NOOOO! Thanks again, Billy!


From - 07/07/11:

HR Heaven and Hell

One day while walking down the street a highly successful HR Director was tragically hit by a bus and she died. Her soul arrived up in heaven where she was met at the Pearly Gates by St. Peter himself.

"Welcome to Heaven," said St. Peter. "Before you get settled in though, it seems we have a problem. You see, strangely enough, we've never once had a Human Resources Director make it this far and we're not really sure what to do with you."

"No problem, just let me in," said the woman. "Well, I'd like to," replied St. Peter, "but I have higher orders. What we're going to do is let you have a day in Hell and a day in Heaven and then you can choose whichever one you want to spend an eternity in."

"Actually, I think I've made up my mind, I prefer to stay in Heaven," said the woman.

"Sorry, we have rules..."

And with that St. Peter put the executive in an elevator and it went down-down-down to hell. The doors opened and she found herself stepping out onto the putting green of a beautiful golf course. In the distance was a country club and standing in front of her were all her friends - fellow executives that she had worked with and they were all dressed in evening gowns and cheering for her. They ran up and kissed her on both cheeks and they talked about old times. They played an excellent round of golf and at night went to the country club where she enjoyed an excellent steak and lobster dinner. She met the Devil who was actually a really nice guy (kinda cute) and she had a great time telling jokes and dancing. She was having such a good time that before she knew it, it was time to leave. Everybody shook her hand and waved good-bye as she got on the elevator.

The elevator went up-up-up and opened back up at the Pearly Gates and she found St. Peter waiting for her.

"Now it's time to spend a day in heaven," he said. So she spent the next 24 hours lounging around on clouds and playing the harp and singing. She had a great time and before she knew it her 24 hours were up and St. Peter came and got her.

"So, you've spent a day in hell and you've spent a day in heaven. Now you must choose your eternity," he said.

The woman paused for a second and then replied, "Well, I never thought I'd say this, I mean, Heaven has been really great and all, but I think I had a better time in Hell."

So St. Peter escorted her to the elevator and again she went down-down-down back to Hell. When the doors of the elevator opened she found herself standing in a desolate wasteland covered in garbage and filth. She saw her friends were dressed in rags and were picking up the garbage and putting it in sacks. The Devil came up to her and put his arm around her.

"I don't understand," stammered the woman, "yesterday I was here and there was a golf course and a country club and we ate lobster and we danced and had a great time. Now all there is, is a wasteland of garbage and all my friends look miserable."

The Devil looked at her and smiled. "Yesterday we were recruiting you, today you're staff..."

1. 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

2. Thursday, August 4, 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.

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. Saturday, September 17, 2011 - 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!

7. 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

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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
7020 Lure Court
Fayetteville, NC 28311-9309



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The Very Thought Of You

Words and Music by Ray Noble, 1934
(17 Dec 1907 - 03 Apr 1978)

Recorded by Nat King Cole, 1958
(17 Mar 1919 – 15 Feb 1965)

The very thought of you
And I forget to do
The little ordinary things
That everyone ought to do
I'm living in a kind of daydream
I'm happy as a king
And foolish though it may seem
To me that's everything

The mere idea of you
The longing here for you
You'll never know how slow the moments go
'Till I'm near to you
I see your face in every flower
Your eyes in stars above
It's just that thought of you
The very thought of you, my love

The mere idea of you
The longing here for you
You'll never know how slow the moments go
'Till I'm near to you
I see your face in every flower
Your eyes in stars above
It's just that thought of you
The very thought of you, my love

"The Very Thought of You" midi (sequenced by Jhunn Mejia )and lyrics courtesy
of - 07/07/06

Daydreaming Woman Image courtesy of - 07/07/06

 Animated Blue Hearts Divider Line clip art courtesy of - 03/06/06

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

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!

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

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

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

American School Logo courtesy of - 09/05/06

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!!

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 Laughter clip art courtesy of Janice McCain Rose ('65) of VA - 01/24/06
Thanks, Janice!

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