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07/12/13 - NNHS Newsletter -
Catch a Falling Star

“Go, and catch a falling star, Get with child a mandrake root,
Tell me, where all past years are, Or who cleft the Devil's foot.”

John Donne, “Song: Go And Catch A Falling Star”, collected in Songs and Sonnets, 1633
(21 Jan 1572 - 31 Mar 1631)

Dear Friends and Schoolmates,

   I love Perry Como.  I've always loved Perry Como.

BONUS - - Catch a Falling Star - Perry Como, 1957


Catch a Falling Star, written by Paul Vance and Lee Pockriss, is a song made famous by Perry Como's hit version, released in 1957. It was Como's last #1 hit, [1] reaching #1 in the Billboard "Most Played By Jockeys" chart but not in the overall top-100, where it reached #2. [citation needed] It was the first single to receive a gold record, on March 14, 1958.[2] The single won Como the 1959 Grammy Award for Best Vocal Performance, Male.

The song has been featured in several films, including The Princess Diaries, Love Actually, Everybody's Fine and Never Been Kissed. It has often been featured in the tv series Lost; it is most often associated with Claire Littleton and could be considered her theme in the series.


"Catch a Falling Star" is a song composed by Lee Pockriss and Paul Vance, and recorded in 1957 by Perry Como. It became the first R.I.A.A.-certified "Gold Record" in 1958 and won Perry Como the award for "Best Vocal Performance, Male" at the first annual Grammy Awards in 1959.



    From Jimmy Smith ('62 / '63) of VA - 07/12/13, 2:29 PM - "  BOBBY BALL, NNHS '63":






     WHAT SUPER FUN! Thanks, Jimmy! Here ya go! Y'all have a great time, and tell Bobby Hi for me!



   Happy Birthday today to     Jerry Gammon ('63) of VA!

   Happy Birthday tomorrow to James Stidham ('57)!

   Happy Birthday this week to:

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;

18 - Bill Queensberry ('57) AND Mary Ellen Brewer ('57);

19 - Dale Chestnut (Nakina HS, NC - '54) of VA AND  Mannie Smith ('57) AND    Sylvia Midgett Mullins Brown ('70) of VA!!

   Many Happy Returns, One and All!



July 12, 1941 - Moscow was bombed by the German Luftwaffe for the first time.

July 12, 1943 - The Battle of Prokhorovka German and Soviet forces engaged in the largest tank engagement of all time.



Friday, July 12, 1963 - 16-year-old Pauline Reade disappeared on her way to a dance at the British Railways Club in Gorton, England, the first victim in the Moors murders.



      - newly expanded page!


        From My #2 Son, Brent Harty (Hillsboro HS, IL - '90) of TX (soon to be AL) - 07/11/13:

  I treated myself with this book for $15 that I've been eyeing up for some time on Patton and Rommel. GEN Patton is one of my heroes. And as he was here (in El Paso) in his young career, I think it fitting that I get a book about him as I depart Fort Bliss and onto the next stage of my career...

   EXCELLENT! That should be a fascinating book to read, as the two enemy generals had such respect for one another. Thanks so much, Brent!



      From Phil Hammond ('64) of FL - 07/11/13 - "Robins":

This is pretty cool.


Robins Nest.............

Great camera work.

If you watch until the end, Mom returns to find herself an empty nester after the last chick takes flight.


I can't imagine anyone of any age not enjoying this!

In an amazing video clip an American robin lays her four eggs in a hanging basket and the home owners set up a camera to film the results.

To see it all, click here. Should hear it with speakers on.....

   AWWW! Thank you so much, Phil! We have a little wren who lays her eggs in one of our hanging baskets on our front porch, but she throws a hissy fit if you try to take her picture. Her four eggs hatched recently, too!

   I feel Mama Robin's pain. After cooking for nine people for all those years and "suddenly" finding there were only two of us was quite a shock!


  From Joyce Lawrence Cahoon ('65) of VA - 07/11/13 - "THREE MEN IN A FOREST":


      Thanks, Joyce!

From My Friend, Nicole, of UT - 07/11/13 - "CONGRATULATIONS!": 

CONGRATULATIONS TO ALL BORN IN 1930's, 1940's, 50's, 60's, 70's and Early 80's !!!

First, you survived being born to mothers who smoked and/or drank while they carried us. They took aspirin, ate blue cheese dressing, tuna from a tin, and didn't get tested for diabetes.

Then after that trauma, your baby cots were covered with bright colored lead-based paints. You had no childproof lids on medicine bottles, doors or cabinets and when you rode your bikes, you had no helmets, not to mention, the risks you took hitchhiking...

As children, you would ride in cars with no seat belts or air bags. Riding in the back of a van - loose - was always great fun. You drank water from the garden hosepipe and NOT from a bottle. You shared one soft drink with four friends, from one bottle and NO ONE actually died from this. You ate cakes, white bread and real butter and drank pop with sugar in it, but you weren't overweight because...... YOU WERE ALWAYS OUTSIDE PLAYING!!

You would leave home in the morning and play all day, as long as you were back when the streetlights came on. No one was able to reach you all day. And you were OK.

You would spend hours building your go-carts out of scraps and then ride down the hill, only to find out you forgot the brakes. After running into the bushes a few times, you learned to solve the problem. You did not have Playstations, Nintendo's, X-boxes, no video games at all, no 99 channels on cable, no video tape movies, no surround sound, no mobile phones, no text messaging, no personal computers, no Internet or Internet chat rooms..........YOU HAD FRIENDS and you went outside and found them!

You fell out of trees, got cut, broke bones and teeth and there were no lawsuits from these accidents. You played with worms (well, most boys did) and mud pies made from dirt, and the worms did not live in us forever. You made up games with sticks and tennis balls and although you were told it would happen, you did not poke out any eyes. You rode bikes or walked to a friend's house and knocked on the door or rang the bell, or just yelled for them!

Local teams had tryouts and not everyone made the team. Those who didn't had to learn to deal with disappointment. Imagine that!! The idea of a parent bailing you out if you broke the law was unheard of. They actually sided with the law!

This generation has produced some of the best risk-takers, problem solvers and inventors ever! The past 50 years have been an explosion of innovation and new ideas. You had freedom, failure, success and responsibility, and you learned HOW TO DEAL WITH IT ALL! And YOU are one of them! CONGRATULATIONS!

You might want to share this with others who have had the luck to grow up as kids, before the lawyers and the government regulated our lives for our own good. And while you are at it, forward it to your kids so they will know how brave their parents were.

   Thanks so much, Nicole! You show remarkable insight for a woman born in the 90's!

    From Jimmy Smith ('62 / '63) of VA - 07/11/13 - "Boogie on twin pianos":


This presentation only lasts for three plus minutes.

You don't hear boogie woogie like this much any more; and never likely have you heard it played on twin pianos.

Hope you get a three-minute kick out of this rare musical presentation. Just click on the link below:

   WOWZERONI! That's fabulous! Thanks, Jimmy!


From My Friend, Susan, of NC - 07/11/13 - "Sometimes...":

  AMEN! Thank you, Susan!

BONUS FALLING STAR CROCHET PATTERN: - Melinda Miller's Falling Star - 12" Square - "...The center star was originally going to be a flower, but it turned out to be a star instead. Oh well, I like it this way..."


BONUS STAR RECIPES: - Recipe Star - "Recipe Star is a food, drink and recipe community built with one goal in mind: providing free recipes on a website that's fun to use. We have over 10,000 free recipes available and that number is growing every day!" - Star's Recipes - "This site is an ongoing project. It contains a link to The Country Bunny Cookbook, some nice glossaries, and links to other online sites. We will continue to add local recipes to Star’s Favorites, Tips & Hints and more links as we find them. Please leave your favorite recipes, cooking Tips & Hints and glossary additions on the Message Page."



From - 07/11/13:

Three men were discussing at a bar about coincidences. The first man said, "My wife was reading A Tale of Two Cities and she gave birth to twins!"

"That’s funny", the second man remarked, "My wife was reading The Three Musketeers and she gave birth to triplets!"

The third man shouted, "Good Grief, I have to rush home!"

When asked what the problem was, he exclaimed, "When I left the house, my wife was reading Ali Baba and the Forty Thieves!!!


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


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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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Catch a Falling Star

Written by Paul Vance (b. 04 Nov 1929) and Lee Pockriss, 1957

Recorded by Perry Como (18 May 1912 – 12 May 2001), 1957

Catch a falling star an’ put it in your pocket,
Never let it fade away!
Catch a falling star an’ put it in your pocket,
Save it for a rainy day!

For love may come an' tap you on the shoulder,
Some star-less night!
Just in case you feel you wanna’ hold her,
You’ll have a pocketful of starlight!

Catch a falling star an’ ( Catch a falling . . . ) put it in your pocket,
Never let it fade away! ( Never let it fade away! )
Catch a falling star an’ ( Catch a falling . . . ) put it in your pocket,
Save it for a rainy day! ( Save it for a rainy day! )

For love may come and tap you on the shoulder,
Some star-less night!
An’ just in case you feel you wanta’ hold her,
You’ll have a pocketful of starlight!

( . . . pocketful of starlight! ) [ hum in time ]

Catch a falling star an’ ( Catch a falling . . . ) put it in your pocket,
Never let it fade away! ( Never let it fade away! )
Catch a falling star an’ ( Catch a falling . . . ) put it in your pocket,
Save it for a rainy day! ( Save it for a rainy . . . Save it for a rainy, rainy rainy day! )

For when your troubles startn’ multiplyin’,
An' they just might!
It’s easy to forget them without tryin’,
With just a pocketful of starlight!

Catch a falling star an’ ( Catch a falling . . . ) put it in your pocket,
Never let it fade away! ( Never let it fade away! )
Catch a falling star an’ put it in your pocket,
Save it for a rainy day!

( Save it for rainy day! ) Save it for a rainy day!

"Catch a Falling Star" midi and lyrics courtesy of - 07/12/10

"Catch a Falling Star" Image courtesy of - 07/11/10

Purple Squiggle Divider Line clip art courtesy of - well, um, I cannot seem to find that information at the moment.....

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 Yehaa Typhoon clip art courtesy of Al Farber ('64) of GA - 08/18/05
Thanks, Al!

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

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

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

Animated Dancing Elephant courtesy of Sandi Bateman Chestnut ('65) of VA - 03/08/11
Thanks, Sandi!

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