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07/10/13 - NNHS Newsletter -
Have You Ever Been Lonely?

“It is strange to be known so universally and yet to be so lonely.”

- Albert Einstein
(14 Mar 1879 – 18 Apr 1955)

Dear Friends and Schoolmates,

   I think this rainy weather has finally put me into a bit of a melancholy mood.  Sigh....

BONUS #1 - - Have You Ever Been Lonely? - Teresa Brewer, 1960

BONUS #2 - - Have You Ever Been Lonely? - Patsy Cline and Jim Reeves


"Have You Ever Been Lonely?" is a popular song with music by Peter De Rose and lyrics by Billy Hill (writing under the name of George Brown), published in 1932. It has been recorded by many singers, becoming a standard.

Ted Lewis and Ray Noble with vocalist Al Bowlly [1] had successful records in 1933. A small cover war emerged between Jaye P. Morgan and Karen Chandler in 1955. The song was a pop chart entry by the Caravelles, a British girl group, in 1964. An electronically edited duet featuring Jim Reeves and Patsy Cline, who never recorded together while alive, became a top 10 country-western hit in the early 1980s.


   Happy Birthday today   Nancy Gordon Schreier ('60) of VA!

   Happy Birthday this week to:

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

12 -     Jerry Gammon ('63) of VA;

13 - James Stidham ('57);

15 - Carol Smith Saunders ('63) AND Robert Fulcher ('64) of VA;

16 -   Dianne Adams Puckette ('65) of VA;

17 - Stevie Gordon Watson ('66) AND Marilyn Payne Springfield ('66) of VA AND        My Oldest Granddaughter, Elizabeth Harty (Collinsville HS, IL - '12) of IL!

   Many Happy Returns, One and All!


July 10, 1940 - The Vichy government was established in France.

July 10, 1940 - Battle of Britain – The German Luftwaffe began attacking British convoys in the English Channel thus starting the battle (this start date is contested, though).

July 10, 1941 - Jedwabne Pogrom: the massacre of Jewish people living in and near the village of Jedwabne in Poland began.

July 10, 1942 - Diplomatic relations between the Netherlands and the Soviet Union were established.

July 10, 1942 - An American pilot spotted a downed, intact Mitsubishi A6M Zero on Akutan Island (the "Akutan Zero") that the US Navy used to learn the aircraft's flight characteristics.

July 10, 1943 - The launching of Operation Husky began the Italian Campaign.  


Wednesday, July 10, 1963 - Actor Richard Waites was born in Shropshire, Oswestry, England.

Wednesday, July 10, 1963 - Rugby player and sportscaster Teddy Wakelam (b. Henry Blythe Thornhill Wakelam on 08 May 1893 in England) died in England at the age of 70.


      - newly expanded page!

 From the Cutest Girl in the Class of 1965, Dianne Adams Puckette, of VA:

HI Carol.. just hoping you get to feeling much better soon! Take care!

Also, I’d like to add my birthday to your list.. July l6, l948. Can’t believe I’m a “MEDICARE MAMA” now!

Feel better soon..............Dianne
    Thank you so much, Dianne! I appreciate your well wishes (just a little pun! )! Congratulations on your Medicare status (I highly recommend you have some sort of supplemental insurance unless you're just planning to stay well... which was my plan... which didn't work so well.....)

  I've added you to our Birthday Page now!

    From Linda May Bond Clayton ('66) of VA - 07/10/13, 4:41 AM - "well?": 

Oh, Ms. Carol, I am so sad to hear this! You must try hard to recover because I really liked the skinny part of that visit - what did you say about rabbits again? Really? You and Paul? WOW!

You're in my thoughts and prayers.
God Bless,
Linda May '66

      Thanks, Linda May! That's really not the kind of rabbit I had in mind, but the cute little bunny rabbits who adorn our back yard have made a reappearance in the last couple of weeks after an absence of several months due to two or three lurking natural predators (who shall not be named to protect the guilty).

     Here's a photo I snapped of one of them last year before they disappeared. I love my precious little bunny rabbits, and I interpret their visits as signs of hope and promise!

   Oh, and the missing blubber hasn't really happened yet (except in my ever optimistic dreams), but I think I've already noticed a tiny improvement in energy levels!

Monday, June 25, 2012

    From Joe Drewry ('58) of VA - 07/09/13 - " Our NNHS 1958 Classmate    Meyera Ellenson Oberndorf continues to lead":

Meyera does not miss an opportunity to be a role model and leader to the Virginia Beach community she served as Mayor for so many years. She is handling her latest challenge with courage, grace, and humor.

Just another example of how the members of the NNHS Class of 1958 continue to make the world a better place.

   WOWZERS! Thanks so much for sharing this, Joe!

     From Jamey Douglas Bacon ('66) of VA - 07/09/13 - "Origin of Song: 'God Bless America'":

I learned something new today. I didn't realize that this was written in 1940 by Irving Berlin and Kate Smith was the first to sing it.

Worth watching.
Do you remember Kate Smith?

Frank Sinatra considered Kate Smith the best singer of her time, and said that when he and a million other guys first heard her sing "God Bless America" on the radio, they all pretended to have dust in their eyes as they wiped away a tear or two.

Here are the facts...

The link at the bottom will take you to a video showing the very first public singing of "GOD BLESS AMERICA". But before you watch it, you should also know the story behind the first public showing of the song.

The time was 1940. America was still in a terrible economic depression. Hitler was taking over Europe and Americans were afraid we'd have to go to war. It was a time of hardship and worry for most Americans.

This was the era just before TV, when radio shows were HUGE, and American families sat around their radios in the evenings, listening to their favorite entertainers, and no entertainer of that era was bigger than Kate Smith.

Kate was also large; plus size, as we now say, and the popular phrase still used today is in deference to her, "It ain't over till the fat lady sings". Kate Smith might not have made it big in the age of TV, but with her voice coming over the radio, she was the biggest star of her time.

Kate was also patriotic. It hurt her to see Americans so depressed and afraid of what the next day would bring. She had hope for America, and faith in her fellow Americans. She wanted to do something to cheer them up, so she went to the famous American song-writer, Irving Berlin (who also wrote "White Christmas") and asked him to write a song that would make Americans feel good again about their country. When she described what she was looking for, he said he had just the song for her.

He went to his files and found a song that he had written, but never published, 22 years before - way back in 1917. He gave it to and she worked on it with her studio orchestra. She and Irving Berlin were not sure how the song would be received by the public, but both agreed they would not take any profits from God Bless America. Any profits would go to the Boy Scouts of America. Over the years, the Boy Scouts have received millions of dollars in royalties from this song.

This video starts out with Kate Smith coming into the radio studio with the orchestra and an audience. She introduces the new song for the very first time, and starts singing. After the first couple verses, with her voice in the background still singing, scenes are shown from the 1940 movie, "You're In The Army Now." At the 4:20 mark of the video you see a young actor in the movie, sitting in an office, reading a paper; it's Ronald Reagan.

To this day, God Bless America stirs our patriotic feelings and pride in our country. Back in 1940, when Kate Smith went looking for a song to raise the spirits of her fellow Americans, I doubt whether she realized just how successful the results would be for her fellow Americans during those years of hardship and worry..... and for many generations of Americans to follow. Now that you know the story of the song, I hope you'll enjoy it and treasure it even more.

Many people don't know there's a lead in to the song since it usually starts with "God Bless America....." So here's the entire song as originally sung.!

   Thank you so much, Jamey!
I've known this for many, many years, but that shouldn't be surprising because this is basically the kind of thing I've always delighted in knowing.

   The account is basically true, although I personally thought the origin of the fat lady phrase referenced the Lovely Ladies of Grand Opera. Let's find out:

   Most, if not all, of Berlin's songs had a first verse; typically they are nowhere near as familiar to us today as the timeless choruses. Composer Jerome Kern said of him, "Irving Berlin has no place in American music—he is American music."

   Many years ago my sister     Eleanor (Buckley Nowitzky, the Best Dressed Girl in the Class of 1959, and her late husband,    Miles (Nowitzky - Granby HS - '50) (11 Jan 1932 - 07 May 2005), gave me a copy of the God Bless America sheet music (I think dated 1943, I'm not real sure) for Christmas, which I treasured. When it was time to lighten my load of goodies just a few years back, I gave it to          my #1 son, Lewis (Harty - Hillsboro HS, IL - '89 - of IL), in the sure and certain knowledge that he would cherish it just the same.

  From Joyce Lawrence Cahoon ('65) of VA - 07/09/13 - "GOOD MORNING - We all need a hug and here is yours for today.":

This morning I searched my wallet.
It was empty.
Then, I checked my pockets
I found a few coins
I then searched my heart and found you.
Then, I realized how rich I really am...

Thanks for being my friend and e-mail buddy!
May you be as rich as I am.
Life isn't about waiting for the storm to pass
It's about learning to dance in the rain.

   Thank you, Joyce! There are some mighty nice thoughts there mingled with the cute images!

        From My Husband, Paul Harty (Bardolph HS, IL - '61) of NC - 07/09/13 - "Dating Ads for Seniors":

Dating Ads for Seniors found in a Florida Newspaper

You can say what you want about Florida, but you never hear of anyone retiring and moving north.
These are actual ads seen in ''The Villages'' Florida newspaper.
(Who says seniors don't have a sense of humor?)

Sexy, fashion-conscious blue-haired beauty, 80's, slim, 5'4' (used to be 5'6'), searching for sharp-looking, sharp-dressing companion. Matching white shoes and belt - a plus.

Recent widow who has just buried fourth husband, looking for someone to round out a six-unit plot. Dizziness, fainting, shortness of breath not a problem.

I am into solitude, long walks, sunrises, the ocean, yoga and meditation. If you are the silent type, let's get together, take our hearing aids out and enjoy quiet times.

Active grandmother with original teeth seeking a dedicated flosser to share rare steaks, corn on the cob and caramel candy.

I still like to rock, still like to cruise in my Camaro on Saturday nights and still like to play the guitar. If you were a groovy chick, or are now a groovy hen, let's get together and listen to my eight-track tapes.

I can usually remember Monday through Thursday. If you can remember Friday, Saturday and Sunday, let's put our two heads together.

My favorite.


Male, 1932 model, high mileage, good condition, some hair. Many new parts including hip, knee, cornea, valves. Isn't in running condition, but walks well.

     Thanks, Dools!

      From My Niece, Shari, of VA - 07/09/13 - "Tuesday Text--Good Handy Hints & More":


I was leaving for a two-day conference, and my seven-year- old daughter, Katherine, was becoming overly clinging and teary.

I was mystified at her emotional reaction until I heard her say to my husband, "Daddy, I have a loose tooth. If it falls out while Mommy is gone, do you know how to handle this tooth fairy thing?"


A Doctor, Minister, and a Lawyer

A rich man on his death bed called his doctor, his minister, and his lawyer to meet with him.

When they all arrived, the dying man said, "I know I'm going to die soon, and all my life people have lectured me that one day I would die, and I couldn't take my money with me! Well, I am going to prove them wrong! I'm giving each of you one million dollars in cash. Just before I'm buried, I want each of you to slip the million dollars into my coffin."

Sure enough, the man died the next day. After the services the doctor, minister, and the lawyer sat down together.

The minister started the conversation saying, "I must confess I was taken by greed and only put three quarters of his money in the coffin."

Then the doctor confessed, "I understand, Reverend, I too was overcome with greed and I only put five hundred thousand in the coffin."

Whereupon the lawyer responded, "I'm ashamed at both of you. How could you have not respected the last wishes of a dying man?'

Both the minister and the doctor looked at him in awe until the lawyer finished with, "I put a check for the full amount in his coffin."


*-- Q and A Quickies --*

Q: Why was the thirsty alien hanging around the computer?

A: He was looking for the space bar!

Q: Why did the fish get kicked out of school?

A: Cause he was caught with seaweed.

*-- More Q and A Quickies --*

Q: What did the dog say when he sat on sandpaper?

A: Rough! Rough!

Q: What did Neptune say to Saturn?

A: Give me a ring sometime!


Did U Know?

The oldest known fossil of an insect dates back 400 million years and is a springtail.

A particular Hawk Moth caterpillar from Brazil, when alarmed, raises its head and inflates its thorax, causing it to look like the head of a snake.

True flies have only one pair of wings, and sometimes, none at all. A hind pair of "wings" is reduced to balancing organs called halteres.

Male mosquitoes do not bite humans, but rather live on plant juices and other natural liquids from plants and decomposing organic material.

To survive the cold of winter months, many insects replace their body water with a chemical called glycerol, which acts as an "antifreeze" against the temperatures.

Beetles account for one quarter of all known species of plants and animals. There are more kinds of beetles than all plants.



"What worries you, masters you."
- John Locke

"When I look back on all these worries, I remember the story of the old man who said on his deathbed that he had had a lot of trouble in his life, most of which had never happened."
- Winston Churchill

"To me, faith means not worrying."
- John Dewey

"Thought is an errand boy, fear a mine of worries."
- Yunus Emre

"If only the people who worry about their liabilities would think about the riches they do possess, they would stop worrying."
- Dale Carnegie

Today's affirmation:
"I reach toward the shining mountains, beyond the fog of daily worries."
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie


Handy Hints

Hint 1: Are your towels not as absorbent as they use to be?

Skip the fabric softener next few times you do laundry. The chemicals in the softener, in both liquid and sheets, can build up in the fabric, which causes them to lose their absorbency. A few softener-free washes will have them as good as new.

Hint 2: Relax

Borrow a few smooth large stones from your yard, clean them and set them in hot water for about 45 seconds. Then hold the rocks in your hands as you close your eyes and breathe deeply. By applying heat and gentle pressure to your palms, massage therapists say you can relax your whole body.

Hint 3:

Need unsalted nuts for a recipe, but only have salted ones? No problem...simply drop them into a pot of boiling water and cook for about a minute. Drain them and then spread the nuts out on a baking sheet and back at 200 degrees until dry. About 5 minutes.

Hint 4:

Vinegar is amazing for your hair, but baking soda has its place in the shower too. Sprinkle a small amount of baking soda into your palm along with your favorite shampoo. Shampoo as usual and rinse thoroughly baking soda helps remove the residue that styling products leave behind so your hair is cleaner and more manageable.

Hint 5:

Skip harsh soaps and gently scrub away ground-in dirt and neutralize odors on hands with a paste of 3 parts baking soda to 1 part water, or 3 parts baking soda to gentle liquid hand soap. Then rinse clean.



I saw a delicate flower had grown up two feet high between the horses' feet and the wheel track. An inch more to the right or left had sealed its fate, or an inch higher.

Yet it lived to flourish, and never knew the danger it incurred. It did not borrow trouble, ...nor invite an evil fate by apprehending it.

~Henry David Thoreau~

   Thank you, Shari!

From My Friend, Felicia, formerly of NC, newly relocated in Northern VA - 07/09/13 - "Easy Crock Pot Potato Soup":


1 (30 oz.) bag frozen hash-brown potatoes (I use the squared, southern style)
2 (14 oz.) cans chicken broth
1 (10.75 oz.) can cream of chicken soup (or S.O.S mix)
1/2 cup chopped onion
1/3 tsp. ground black pepper
1-1/2 cups Greek yogurt
Garnish: minced green onion


1. In a slow cooker, combine potatoes, broth, soup, onion, and pepper.
2. Cover, and cook on low for 5 hours.
3. Stir in greek yogurt, cook 30 minutes, stirring occasionally, until combined.
4. Garnish with green onion.

I topped with shredded cheese and bacon bits, because I had them on hand. Otherwise, I followed the recipe exactly.

You could even have a "toppings bar" at your party, letting your guests choose from all sorts of toppings for their soup...shredded cheese, chives, bacon bits, sour cream, etc. Then serve with crackers or bread.

What I love about it is how EASY it is to make and the fact that it would feed a lot of people!

   YUMMY! Thanks, Felicia!

BONUS LONELY CROCHET PATTERNS: - Pat Sciancalepore's Cat Tea Cozy - "Your teapot get lonely sometimes, so give it a cozy for company. This free crochet pattern is a fun way to jazz up your kitchen. This tea cozy certainly is the cats meow! Give this as a gift to someone with cats, or maybe to your veterinarian as a cute homemade holiday gift. You could even keep it for yourself because it's just so darn cute. This is a great kitchen decor item that serves a useful purpose, too." - Dottie Angel's Crocheted Wooden Coat Hanger Covers - so your coat hangers won't be lonely - Lonely Crocheted Bunny - さびしい SABISHII (lonely) - "This short "film" was created for my final slide presentation assignment in my Color Photography class (Spring 2007). It was created using Sony Vegas and just over 100 photographs. さびしい (sabishii) means 'lonely' in Japanese. The story is about a lonely bunny and a lonely girl who meet. For the crafty ones - the bunny is hand-crocheted out of 100% wool and is stuffed with polyester fiberfill. It is an original amigurumi pattern, which can be found on my website!
Enjoy!~~~" - Not free, but $4.00 for the pattern, and you don't want him to be lonely anymore, do you??

BONUS LONELY RECIPES: - Pup's Lonely Recipes - 26 Recipes


From - 07/09/13:

My wife enjoys sports and anything else that calls for an argument. 

1. Thursday, August 1, 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

PRAYER ROLL: - updated 06/03/13

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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Have You Ever Been Lonely?

Music by Peter De Rose (10 Mar 1900 - 23 Apr 1953), 1932 or 1934;

Lyrics by Billy Hill (writing under the name of George Brown) (14 Jan 1899 - 24 Dec 1940)

Originally a hit for the Paul Whiteman Orchestra, it was recorded
Teresa Brewer in 1960, Patsy Cline in 1961, and Jim Reeves in 1962.


Have you ever been lonely?
Have you ever been blue?
Have you ever loved someone,
Just as I love you?

Can't you see that I'm sorry,
For each mistake I've made?
Can't you see I've changed dear?
Can't you see that I've paid?

Oh, be a little forgiving.
Take me back in your heart.
How can I go on living,
Now that we're apart?

If you knew what I'd been through,
You'd know why I ask you:
Have you ever been lonely?
Have you ever been blue?

Be a little forgiving.
Take me back in your heart.
How can I go on living,
Now that we're apart?

If you knew what I'd been through,
You'd know why I ask you:
Have you ever been lonely?
Have you ever been blue?

"Have You Ever Been Lonely?" midi courtesy of - 07/10/10

"Have You Ever Been Lonely?" lyrics courtesy of - 07/10/10

Lonely Gal Image courtesy of - well, I cannot seem to locate that information at this time.

Lonely Guy Image courtesy of - hmmm, I cannot seem to locate that information either.

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!

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!!

Collinsville High School (IL) Logo courtesy of - 09/22/07

Animated "Happy Little Rabbits We Are" clip art courtesy of - 04/25/09

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

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

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

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

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