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07/23/13 - NNHS Newsletter - Charmaine

Love can sometimes be magic. But magic can
sometimes... just be an illusion.”

- Javan

Dear Friends and Schoolmates,

   This is such a nice, relaxing song - sad, but peaceful, nonetheless.....

BONUS - - Charmaine - violin, cello and piano


"Charmaine" is a popular song written by Erno Rapee, with lyrics by Lew Pollack. The song was written in 1926 and published in 1927. However, Desmond Carrington on his BBC Radio 2 programme marked the song's writing as being in 1913.

The song was originally in waltz time, but later versions were in common time.

The song was originally composed for the silent movie What Price Glory?, and most notably, the best-selling version, recorded by Guy Lombardo & his Orchestra, spent seven weeks at the #1 position in 1927.[1] It was also featured in the movie Two Girls And A Sailor. It was recorded by the Harry James orchestra in 1944.

An instrumental version arranged by Ronald Binge and performed by the Mantovani orchestra was his first hit on the United States charts in 1951. This recording was released by London Records as catalog number 1020. It first reached the Billboard charts on November 9, 1951 and lasted 19 weeks on the chart, peaking at #10. [2]

Another recording, by Gordon Jenkins' orchestra, with a vocal by Bob Carroll, also charted in 1951. This recording was released by Decca Records as catalog number 27859[3]. It first reached the Billboard magazine charts on December 7, 1951 and lasted 1 week on the chart, at #26. [2]

"Charmaine" is one of many popular songs whose lyrics use a "Bluebird of happiness" as a symbol of cheer: "I wonder, when bluebirds are mating, will you come back again?"


     From Me ('65) of NC - 07/23/13:

   I went back to have my lungs checked, and after two weeks (having finished a round of steroids and antibiotics), there was no discernable improvement in the congestion in my right lung, so he ordered a CT scan to be done on 07/26 and scheduled allergy testing for 08/14.  Oh, joy.


    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 Newell Blayton ('57) AND  Bettie Bracey Gosner ('57)!

   Happy Birthday this week to:

25 - Janey Roane Harper ('57);

26 -       My Sister, Eleanor Buckley Nowitzky ('59) of NC AND     Bill Roady ('60) of VA AND Joyce Williams Nettles ('63) of VA;

27 - Harry Horace (Crystal River HS, FL - '65) of FL AND My Granddaughter (by My Children of Other Parents),    Katelyn Mansfield of MD;

30 -   Don Chaney ('66) of MD AND          My Daughter, Adrienne Harty (Hillsboro HS, IL / American School, IL) of NC (temporarily of MA) AND   My Granddaughter, Claire!

   Many Happy Returns, One and All!


July 23, 1940 - United States' Under Secretary of State Sumner Welles's declaration on the U.S. non-recognition policy of the Soviet annexation and incorporation of three Baltic StatesEstonia, Latvia and Lithuania was issued.

July 23, 1942 -
The Holocaust: The Treblinka extermination camp was opened.

July 23, 1942 - Operation Edelweiss began.

July 23, 1945 - The post-war legal processes against Philippe Pétain began.

July 23, 1951 - General Henri-Philippe Pétain died at age 95. Petain had been convicted of collaboration with German occupiers of his country during World War II and was sentenced to life in prison.


Tuesday, July 23, 1963 - Apparently nothing at all of import happened fifty years ago today.....



      - brand new page!

June 1947 Anchor, p.117


    From Jimmy Smith ('62 / '63) of VA - 07/22/13 - "         PAUL'S (Harty - Bardolph HS, IL - '61 - of NC) HEALTH":



   YOWZERONI! Are we all falling apart at once?!? Take care of yourself, Jimmy! We wish you a speedy recovery, too! Paul continues to improve daily. Thanks so much for asking!

    From Frances Goodson Wang ('65) of MD - 07/22/13 - "Joint replacement had been a success, but pain persisted in patient’s shoulder - The Washington Post":

Read this article: I think everyone should have a blood test called the MELISA blood test for allergies of all sorts, even metals, at least once in a lifetime and definitely before any surgery. One never knows what new products are going to be used either outside or inside our bodies, particularly with plastics and metals used so often in surgery these days. Good to know. Read to the end.

This is the second time in a month I have heard about this test. It means the Universe is telling me something. Also, the need to be a strong self advocate or advocate for one you care about, in hospital or dealing with any sort of medical problem, "specialist or not" is driven home by this woman's experience. We know what we are feeling so doctors should, must pay attention.

In such cases doctors should bear the responsibility of research for a "mystery patient" or they are contributing to the high cost of health care by not keeping a wide open and curious mind with so called "problem patients". There may be more than a classic cause for a patient's failure to return to health after procedures or treatments. Doctors and healthcare professionals, listen to your patients. Listen carefully and give their feedback careful thought.


YOWZERONI AND AMEN! Thanks so much, Frances!

      From Harry Covert ('57) of MD - 07/22/13 - "Unruly Dinners with the Colonists":

Unruly Dinners with the Colonists

Posted: 09 May 2013 06:19 PM PDT

Covert Matters Digest

A New Look at English ‘Intruders’

Mr. Jefferson: Master of Monticello

By Harry M. Covert

An era has arrived in a major assault on the history of the continental United States. Seems like the progressives’ time is bound and determined to disparage, decry and devoid the colonials.

The latest refers to Jamestown. That’s still in Virginia.

Apparently some recent assessors have discovered that the colonists there did not exhibit any moral tendencies. They were heathens of the first chop.

When food ran short back in 1609, they apparently became cannibals — Caucasian diners that is. To survive. No evidence abounds they partook of the Indians, whom they described as Indians, not in the modern words Native Americans. [The Bureau of Indian Affairs had not been created at that point.]

The Story of Virginia, to which I was taught in my grammar school, never mentioned such unruly conduct. Those settlers, as I learned in my classrooms just a few miles south, always showed us sweet boys and girls how kindly the mostly Christian intruders from England treated the Redmen and women.

Some of the names I recall these days are Captain John Smith, Pocahontas, Powhatan and John Rolfe.

These creative and godly forerunners, as many have been taught through their formative years and on to the hallowed halls of the College of William and Mary, led to the establishment of the USA.

It should be noted here that the esteemed college is the second oldest institution of higher learning in what is now the 50 states. Harvard ranks first and probably leads the way in some historical rewriting.

Starving time in Jamestown occurred during the winter of 1609 to1610, according to Colonial Williamsburg which is working on the project with the Smithsonian and Preservation Virginia.

A recent wag wondered if the Jamestown tourist center will have to update its cookbook. Now, that’s crass but it’s true.

My education must improve.

A review of Author Jon Meacham’s recent biography, Thomas Jefferson: The Art of Power, attempted to tear down achievements of the William and Mary graduate and founder of the University of Virginia. The headline was “Monster of Monticello.”

Meacham’s fine work doesn’t judge Jefferson by the standards of the present age.

The third president may have been a slave owner but he was a grand president, an outstanding diplomat and a distinctive writer of his own Bible and other memorable documents.

It was great foresight that he introduced the tomato to the US. Imagine no catsup/ketchup, tomato sandwiches on homemade yeast rolls, tomato soup, Thomas Jefferson schools, high and low, and the two dollar bill.

Mr. Jefferson was considered a Deist but knew the Lord’s Prayer.

Some of his contemporaries were religious and believed in “fervent prayer”.

Among them is Mount Vernon’s George Washington, known for his financial derring-do. He was a founder, vestryman and regular worshiper at Christ Church, Alexandria, Va.

It will be surprising to discover in these days of rewriting, that Jamestown’s church was really a garage built by the Indians, that Williamsburg is a myth, that basketball was invented by Mr. Naismith in Jamestown and not in Massachusetts, that documents have been found returning West Virginia to Virginia and that Marylander Francis Scott Key wrote his famous song in Indiana.

And that Thanksgiving never happened because the colonists, even those in Plymouth, weren’t thankful for anything and never learned to hunt or fish and were navel gazers.

Thank you so much, Harry! This one is delightful!

    From Jimmy Smith ('62 / '63) of VA - 07/21/13 - " Are You Smarter Than A 60 Year Old?":

Are You Smarter Than A 60 Year Old?

DON'T LOOK BELOW FOR THE ANSWERS UNTIL YOU HAVE TRIED IT OUT. A TEST FOR 'OLDER' KIDS. I was picky who I sent this to. It had to be those who might  actually remember. So have some fun my sharp-witted friends. This is a test for us 'older kids'! The answers are printed below, (after the questions) but don't cheat! answer them first.....
01. After the Lone Ranger saved the day and rode off into the sunset, the grateful citizens would ask, Who was that masked man? Invariably, someone would answer, I don't know, but he left this behind. What did he leave behind?________________.

02. When the Beatles first came to the U.S. In early 1964, we all watched them on The ____ ___________ Show.
03. 'Get your kicks, __ _________ _______.'

04. 'The story you are about to see is true. The names have been changed to ___________________.'
05. 'In the jungle, the mighty jungle, ________________.'

06. After the Twist, The Mashed Potato, and the Watusi, we 'danced' under a stick that was lowered as low as we could go in a dance called the '____ _________.'
07. Nestle's makes the very best . .. . . _______________.'
08. Satchmo was America's 'Ambassador of Goodwill.' Our parents shared this great jazz trumpet player with us. His name was _________________.
09. What takes a licking and keeps on ticking? _______________.
10. Red Skeleton's hobo character was named __________________ and Red  always ended his television show by saying, 'Good Night, and '________  ________... '
11. Some Americans who protested the Vietnam War did so by burning their______________.
12. The cute little car with the engine in the back and the trunk in the front was called the VW. What other names did it go by? ____________  &_______________.
13. In 1971, singer Don MacLean sang a song about, 'the day the music died.' This was a tribute to ___________________.
14. We can remember the first satellite placed into orbit. The Russians did it. It was called ___________________.

15. One of the big fads of the late 50's and 60's was a large plastic ring that we twirled around our waist. It was called the __________  ______________.
16. Remember LS/MFT _____ _____/_____ _____ _____?
17. Hey Kids! What time is it? It's _____ ______ _____!

18. Who knows what secrets lie in the hearts of men? The _____ Knows!

19. There was a song that came out in the 60's that was "a grave yard smash". It's name was the ______ ______!
20. Alka Seltzer used a "boy with a tablet on his head" as it's Logo/Representative. What was the boy’s name? ________





01.The Lone Ranger left behind a silver bullet.
02. The Ed Sullivan Show
03. On Route 66
04.To protect the innocent.
05.The Lion Sleeps Tonight 
06. The limbo
07. Chocolate
08. Louis Armstrong
09. The Timex watch
10. Freddy, The Freeloader and 'Good Night and God Bless.'
11. Draft cards (Bras were also burned. Not flags, as some have guessed)
12. Beetle or Bug
13. Buddy Holly
14. Sputnik
15. Hoola-hoop
16. Lucky Strike/Means Fine Tobacco
17. Howdy Doody Time
18. Shadow
19. Monster Mash
20. Speedy

   Thanks again, Jimmy! Being older than smoke myself, I earned a perfect score!

From - 07/22/13 - "How to Express Yourself Confidently":

10 Secrets to Expressing Yourself with Confidence

By Tricia Greaves

For too many years I suffered from a bad case of "approval-seeking." I was desperate for validation from others. I never wanted to risk stating how I felt about things for fear that it would rock the boat and cause conflict.

As a result, I saw myself as a victim of others' mistreatment or neglect, when the truth was that I was really just a victim of my own fear: I WAS AFRAID TO BE ME. Living my life dependent on the opinion of others was my prescription for inner turmoil, depression, addiction, and chaos.

Learning to value my own opinions and desires has had a ripple effect through every area of my life: I am free to be myself, and in turn I can allow others to be whomever and however they choose to be.

Here are some important lessons to remember as you learn to find and express your own inner voice:

1. How you feel and what you need are just as important as the feelings and needs of others. Instead of always dismissing your ideas and feelings as "not that important," you need to value them and see that you are equal to all others. WHAT YOU FEEL AND THINK IS WORTHY OF BEING HEARD.

2. You will not die from saying how you feel.
At one time I believed that either I would die, or others would die from hearing my honest feelings and opinions (I am not talking about being hurtful.) Only by practicing speaking up have I learned that this is not the case at all. Not only did I not die, I have become empowered.

3. You will not die if someone disagrees with your decisions.
I thought I would crumble without the approval of others, but when I was willing to feel the initial uncomfortable feelings I experienced when others did not agree with or like my decisions, I got stronger and the fear of such feelings got weaker.

4. When you follow your own heart, people around you may at first be uncomfortable, but THEY ADJUST!
It amazed me that no matter how threatened others were with the "new me," when I persisted in doing what was right for me, they eventually settled down and got used to my new ways; in fact, they even respected me for them!

5. By being true to yourself, and thriving on account of it, you are setting an example that will inspire others to step out and make changes
. Your gift to yourself of changing is also a gift to others.

6. It is no one's responsibility to read you mind. YOU MUST SPEAK UP!
You can't blame others for not doing it "your way" when you are not even willing to express yourself and what you want! Change means letting go of the games of pouting and making others feel bad for not reading your mind. I no longer feel "misunderstood," because I speak up and give others an opportunity to understand me!

7. Resentments come from not speaking up and being heard.
Resentments erode your soul and your health. Discuss your feelings until you feel resolved and then MOVE ON.

8. Practice listening to others.
I was so busy obsessing about my own feelings, what I wanted to say, and how others would receive me that I did not pay close attention to the ideas and feelings of others. When I put aside thoughts about me, and truly listened to others, I found that others began to truly listen to me!

9. "Say what you mean, mean what you say, but don't say it mean."
The tendency for people who are afraid of being honest and forthright is to build up so much fear and resentment, that they blurt out their feelings, often offending others with the force of their delivery. Practice saying what you mean in a direct way, with kindness and respect.

10. Give yourself permission to be awkward as you begin to speak up.
This is not an easy transition to make. Know that at first you may stumble over your words, you may not get your point across, and that others may not like your speaking up. Just because others may not agree with what you say does not mean that your beliefs are wrong. Don't apologize for your opinion: "This may be a stupid thing to say, but..." Or, after they express a difference of opinion, don't backpedal by saying, "You're right, I'm wrong; I don't know what I was thinking." HOLD YOUR HEAD HIGH! Everyone respects people who risk being the minority voice. And you will be surprised to find that often others will join you and you will become the majority voice.
Self-esteem comes from taking risks and being YOU, not from the approval of others. So speak up, and notice how many people begin to listen up!

About the Author:

Having lost 50 lbs. through identifying and addressing the underlying causes of her emotional eating, Tricia Greaves founded Heal Your Hunger an online resource which offers hope and healing for emotional eaters worldwide. Tricia is also the director of The Greaves Foundation for those with nowhere else to turn for help with eating disorders, obesity and addictions. Tricia is the author of many articles on emotional eating, eating disorders, healthy weight loss and addictions. She is also the contributing author of 101 Great Ways to Improve Your Health and the popular Thank God I book series in which she writes a chapter called, "Thank God I Was Fat." To learn more and to register for your free "HYH JumpStart Kit," visit

  From Joyce Lawrence Cahoon ('65) of VA - 07/18/13 - "Please keep this going (#4 in a series of 7)":

Happiness  is always there within reach, no matter how long it  lasts
.   Let's enjoy life and  don't live a complicated life.  Life is too  short.  Work as if it was your first day.   Forgive as soon as possible.  Love without  boundaries.  Laugh without control and never stop  smiling.  Please pray for those suffering from  cancer.  Keep this going. 

   GIGGLES AND AMEN! Thanks, Joyce!


BONUS WAITING FOR SANTA CROCHET PATTERN: and - Waiting for Santa Stockings Crochet Pattern - "Here is a simple striped stocking that comes in papa, mama and child sizes. Crochet them for the whole family and create a personal tradition as you hang them each year."

BONUS WAITING RECIPES: - Waiting Recipes - "...You'll find 1286 recipes for waiting as well as thousands of similar recipes...."


From - 07/22/13:

A couple is sitting on the porch sipping wine. The wife says, "I love you."

The husband says, "Is that you or the wine talking?"

The wife replies, "It's me, talking to the wine."

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. Tuesday, August 13, 2013 - Get Together for Bobby Ball ('63) at 6:30 PM at Angelo's on J. Clyde Morris Boulevard. CONTACT: Jimmy Smith at or 757-438-0287. He will need to furnish a head count to Angelo's.

3. 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.

4. 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 07/18/13

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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Music by Erno Rapee (04 June 1891 - 26 June 1945); Lyrics by Lew Pollack (16 June 1895 - 18 Jan 1946)
for "
What Price Glory" (1926)

  I can't forget the night we met,
How bright were stars above,
That precious memory lingers yet,
When you declared your love.

And then you went away,
And now each night and day,

I wonder why you keep me waiting,
Charmaine, my Charmaine.
I wonder when bluebirds are mating,
Will you come back again?

I wonder if I keep on praying,
Will our dreams be the same?
I wonder if you ever think of me, too.
I am waiting, my Charmaine, for you.
  You went away one dreary day;
I knew you had to go,
'Mid tears and cheers I heard you say, "Charmaine, I love you so."

Tho' old years turn to new,
My heart keeps calling you.

"I wonder why you keep me waiting," Charmaine cries in vain.
"I wonder when bluebirds are mating,
Will you come back again?

"I wonder if I keep on praying,
Will our dreams be the same?
I wonder if you ever think of me, too.
Charmaine's waiting, just waiting, for you."

"Charmaine" midi, lyrics, and available history courtesy of - 07/18/06
at the suggestion of the late Alex Nicol ('49) - 07/17/06
Thanks again, Alex!!

Image of Bluebirds courtesy of - 07/19/06

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

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!

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

American School Logo courtesy of - 09/05/06

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

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