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08/04/11 - NNHS Newsletter - Summer in the City

“Reclusive? The inner city will secure your privacy
better than any desert cave.”

- Mason Cooley
(1927 - 25 July 2002)

Dear Friends and Schoolmates,

     Ah - another blast from the past!

BONUS - - Summer in the City - Lovin' Spoonful, 1966


"Summer in the City" is the title of a song recorded by The Lovin' Spoonful, written by Mark Sebastian (brother of John Sebastian) and Steve Boone. It came from their album, Hums of the Lovin' Spoonful. It reached number one on the Billboard Hot 100 in August 1966.[1] The song featured a series of car horns, during the instrumental bridge, starting with a Volkswagen Beetle horn, and ending up with a jackhammer sound, in order to give the impressions of the sounds of the summer in the city. The song is ranked number 393 on Rolling Stone's list of The 500 Greatest Songs of All Time.[2]

The signature keyboard part is played on a Hohner Pianet, and the organ is a Vox Continental.

When at Blair Academy, Mark Sebastian submitted the lyrics as a poem for the literary magazine. That poem, entitled "Summer In the City," had the refrain "but at night it's a different world, go out and find a girl, come on, come on and dance all night, despite the heat it'll be alright, and babe don't you know it's a pity, the days can't be like the night, in the summer in the city." His older brother John changed the slower verses to a more upbeat model, keeping the title and the refrain. Mark's part remains as he wrote it, words and music. Bassist Steve Boone added the instrumental coda in the middle...


  Happy Birthday today to The United States Coast Guard - 1790 AND Colleen Luke Barton ('57) of England!

  Happy Birthday tomorrow to Barbara Kemp Bostwick ('57) AND   Frank Friedland ('60) of VA!

  Happy Birthday this week to:

06 -   Susan Whitcomb Harlin ('72) of TX;

07 - Elaine Ferrell Taylor ('57) AND   Kenny Branch ('62) of AR AND    Judy Fertitta Gibson (Hampton HS - '62) of VA AND   Anne Davidson Matthis ('64) of NC;

08 -   Virginia Deuell DeBerry ('46) AND Kathy Presgraves Whitt ('71) of VA;

09 - Katherine Adams Barbrey ('57) AND      Hunter Todd  ('57) of TX!

   Many Happy Returns, One and All!



Sunday, Aug. 4, 1861

One of the difficulties of assembling a large army made up of civilians is that once you have gathered them into a camp of instruction, you have to find some way to keep them occupied. Taking matters into their own hands, it was not uncommon for soldiers, trained or otherwise, to seek relief from boredom in drink. Today a meeting was held in New York on the subject of discouraging intemperance in the Army. Drunken soldiers were prone to discipline problems including fighting--but not the enemy.

Monday, Aug. 4, 1862

Another problem of assembling and then using an army made up of civilians was the way regiments were raised. Frequently they were assembled by local politicians or other potentates, who then had the men elect them as commanding officers. Their quality varied widely. Abraham Lincoln issued orders today that Regular Army commanders were to begin the process of weeding out the incompetents and deadwood. This was not entirely successful, nor done as quickly as it might have been.

Tuesday, Aug. 4, 1863

“Battery Wagner”, as it was called in the South, was a mere spit of land with an installation of cannon on it. This establishment was essential to the defense of Charleston Harbor and both sides knew it. The Union called it “Fort Wagner” because it was a little embarrassing to admit that a wall that didn’t even go all the way around the guns could keep the attackers out for so long. Under either name it underwent yet another naval bombardment today as they prepared a huge new gun called the Swamp Angel, which was expected to blow Wagner to little bits.

Thursday, Aug. 4, 1864

US Admiral David Farragut knew what his next assignment was: the seizure of Mobile Bay, Alabama. He was not looking forward to it, and therefore wanted very much to get it underway. He sent orders to senior officers at Pensacola requesting the Monitor-class ironclad Tecumseh, and adding “I can lose no more days. I must go in day after tomorrow morning at is a bad time, but when you do not take fortune at her offer you must take her as you can find her.” It would not be his most notable quote of the battle.

  From Domi O'Brien ('64) of NH - 08/03/11 - "Jefferson Airplane":

Many, many long years ago, when I was a volunteer for something called The People's Hot Line, I worked the bad trip room at a Jefferson Airplane concert. Almost 40 years later, I was talking about that era to some sociology students. They'd never heard of Jefferson Airplane, and they didn't know what a "bad trip room" was. At the next class, I dragged in a record player and some vinyl albums. None of them knew how the record player worked, and only a couple of them knew what the albums were. A couple of them initially thought I'd for some reason brought in old calendars when they saw those big square cardboard things with bright artwork on them. 
Domi O'Brien, NNHS '64
     WHAT?!? There is something basically wrong with that much lack of knowledge among that many "students" about a past that is not really all that distant.....

   Thanks, Domi!

  From Charles Schneider ('60) of TX - 08/03/11 - "Requiem for America's space shuttle program":


Now that the Shuttle program is over, here is a link to a number of articles relating to it's
end. These articles may be of some interest to your readers.;feature-roto   

Charles Schneider (60)

   Thank you so much for sharing these articles, Charles! I enjoyed the insights - particularly those in the first article. I was thinking of you when that last Shuttle flight took place. It's a very surreal thought to realize that the program has come to an end.

  From Norris Perry (Warwick HS - '59) of VA - 08/03/11 - "The Texas Cowboy":

A Texas Cowboy appeared before St. Peter at the Pearly Gates.

'Have you ever done anything of particular merit?'


'Well, I can think of one thing,' the Texan offered.

'On a trip to the Black Hills out in South Dakota, I came upon a gang of bikers who were threatening a young woman. I directed them to leave her alone, but they wouldn't listen. So, I approached the largest and most tattooed biker and smacked him in the face, kicked his bike over, ripped out his nose ring, and threw it on the ground. I yelled, 'Now, back off or I'll kick the @#$% out of all of you!'

St. Peter was impressed. 'When did this happen?'

'Couple of minutes ago.'

      Thanks, Norris Sweetie - you are a hoot!

From - 08/03/11 - "How to Live a Happy Life Starting Today":

How to Live a Happy Life Starting Today 

By Warren Wojnowski

Are you happy? Have you actually made the decision to be happy in your life?

Do you have fun living your life each day? Are you having fun living your life today, right now? If not, why not?

Wouldn't it be terrific to wake up in the morning full of gratitude for the opportunity to live a great life today, and then to go out and live it? How would that make you feel? What would that look like for you? What would it sound like?

You can have all of that, and you can experience all of that; and you can begin to have this right now, starting today.

Do you believe me?

Clearly there is something inside of you that, at the very least, wants to believe these words. Allow me to share my story.

I spent 23 years of my adult life (not to mention most of my formative childhood years) believing that I had to live my life according to someone else's rules. I was locked into a formula that was essentially prescribed to me by the environment (parents, schools, government, church, etc.) in which I was raised.

It went something like this: get a good education, get a good job, work hard and keep your nose to the grindstone, scrimp and save your money, put off what you'd love to do until later, avoid taking any risks, and if you're lucky you'll get to enjoy yourself in your twilight years.

Does this sound vaguely familiar?

In my particular case, it actually was working out reasonably well. I had a "good job", was earning a reasonable salary and had achieved a degree of success in my life. Or at least that's how it appeared on the outside.

But on the inside, I was miserable. I was caught up in the struggle of my day-to-day life -- quite literally choosing to make it a struggle without ever realizing that's what I was doing. I was in a sleep walk of day-to-day drudgery. I was most definitely not living the life of my dreams, the life I love.

Until one day I simply decided it was time to stop. I chose to wake up.

Finally there came a day when I simply couldn't take it anymore and so I made the decision that it was time to stop. I made the decision to change the way I was living and to jump off of the treadmill. I made the decision to change my life. I made the decision to begin living my life on my terms.

The effect was magical. A thousand pound weight was lifted off my shoulders. I felt relieved. I felt alive. I felt inspired. I began actually enjoying my life.

And so now here I am suggesting to you that you can begin to live the life you want -- the life you love -- right now beginning today.

Because all it really takes is for you to make the decision.

Oh, I know that sounds simplistic. Yet it's true, and deep down there's a part of you that knows it's true.

By truly making that decision -- that single, mental decision -- everything changes. Everything changes because your perspective changes.

For me, my decision led to some very explicit actions. I resigned from my job and decided to build my own business with my wife Michelle, from home. Frankly I had no idea how any of it was going to work and how we'd be able to pay the bills or keep the kids fed and clothed, except that I believed it would. Looking back now, I suppose I just knew it would.

Well, go figure, things have worked out beautifully. The sky didn't fall. The world didn't end. Things have certainly changed, mind you. We don't hang out with all of the same people we used to. Our activities have become more focused on family and friends as opposed to fitting things around my job. We live a much more relaxed life. We have fun every day.

What about you? What do you love? What are the things you'd love to do right now with your life? Can you feel them calling you?

If you can, then listen to and follow them. For there is one thing that is absolutely true: there is no need to struggle in your life. You make real whatever you believe is real. This is the basic law of the universe, the law of attraction.

So the first thing to do is to let go of the notion that it's different for you or that somehow you are not allowed to live the life you want. Let go of the notion that you're somehow not deserving of that privilege. Stop marginalizing yourself.

You deserve to be happy and enjoy your life. That's the whole point of living -- to experience the joy of it.

Yes, the entire idea of following your bliss can be extremely frightening. And fear leads to all sorts of wild emotions, but that's part of being human. Remember though, fear is all in your head. It's all about what you imagine might happen. Those wild emotions that you feel as a result of your fears need not define you.

In his book, Conversations With God, Neale Donald Walsh tells us we have three tools of creation. They are thought, words, and action. It is your thoughts, your words, and your actions that define you -- for they are the summation of who you are being.

So this begs the question, who do you want to be?

Get in touch with your own truth about who you want to be and then start being that person right now, today. Begin to live your passion and enjoy your life. It's much easier than you suspect. It's remarkably easy to let the "how" unfold; just let your inspiration be your guide.

Your inspiration will never misguide you. By being focused on who and what you want to be, you will be inspired to think the thoughts, speak the words and take the actions that make that being your reality. The more you are being, the more you'll be doing and the more you'll be having what you want. The more you will be living the life that you love.

And so the circle repeats, over and over, with each cycle more strongly reinforcing who you are and what you love to be.

It's a magnificent thing. It's freedom.

And so now it is time for you to begin your path to living the life you love. Begin living the life you want right now.
Begin by making the decision to be happy with your life right now. Begin today.

About the Author:

Warren Wojnowski is an Intrinsic Coach® and both a dedicated student and practitioner of law of attraction and life success principles. Learn more about Warren and his happiness program at


From - 08/03/11:

Doctor, you were right when you said you’d have me on my feet and walking in no time."

"That’s good, John; when did you start walking?"

"When I got your bill, Doctor; I had to sell my car to pay it."

1. 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.

2. Thursday, September 1, 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. Friday and Saturday, August 19 and 20, 2011 - The Class of 1966 will hold its 45-Year Reunion at RJ's Restaurant and Pub AND the Point Plaza Hotel, 950 J. Clyde Morris Boulevard, Newport News.  DETAILS:; CONTACT: Dee Hodges Bartram at - OPEN REUNION!

4. 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

5. Saturday, August 27, 2011, NOON - Mike O'Neil's Irish Pub, Warwick Shopping Center - Reunion Luncheon for the 97th Rifle Company, USMC

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. Contact Judy Leggett Elliott at or 757-868-1111. - 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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Summer in the City

Written by Mark Sebastian (brother of John Sebastian - b. 17 Mar 1944) and Steve Boone (b. 23 Sept 1943)

Recorded by The Lovin' Spoonful, 1966

Hot town, summer in the city
Back of my neck getting dirty and gritty
Been down, isn't it a pity
Doesn't seem to be a shadow in the city

All around, people looking half dead
Walking on the sidewalk, hotter than a match head

But at night it's a different world
Go out and find a girl
Come-on come-on and dance all night
Despite the heat it'll be alright

And babe, don't you know it's a pity
That the days can't be like the nights
In the summer, in the city
In the summer, in the city

Cool town, evening in the city
Dressing so fine and looking so pretty
Cool cat, looking for a kitty
Gonna look in every corner of the city
Till I'm wheezing like a bus stop
Running up the stairs, gonna meet you on the rooftop

But at night it's a different world
Go out and find a girl
Come-on come-on and dance all night
Despite the heat it'll be alright

And babe, don't you know it's a pity
That the days can't be like the nights
In the summer, in the city
In the summer, in the city

Hot town, summer in the city
Back of my neck getting dirty and gritty
Been down, isn't it a pity
Doesn't seem to be a shadow in the city

All around, people looking half dead
Walking on the sidewalk, hotter than a match head

But at night it's a different world
Go out and find a girl
Come-on come-on and dance all night
Despite the heat it'll be alright

And babe, don't you know it's a pity
That the days can't be like the nights
In the summer, in the city
In the summer, in the city

“Summer in the City” midi courtesy of - 08/03/07
at the suggestion of Sepi Dinwiddie Prichard ('58) of NC - 07/26/07
Thanks, Sepi!

Summer in the City” lyrics courtesy of - 08/03/07
also at the suggestion of Sepi Dinwiddie Prichard ('58) of NC - 07/26/07
Thanks again, Sepi!

Summer in the City” (Hydrant Kids) Image courtesy of - 08/04/07

"Times Square at Night" Image courtesy of - 008/03/07

Fireman Divider Line clip art courtesy of - 08/04/07

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

Animated United States Coast Guard Flag clip art courtesy of - 06/18/03

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!

Hampton High School's Crab clip art courtesy of - 10/02/05 (still missing...)
Replaced courtesy of - 02/17/09

Coast Guard Seal clip art courtesy of - 10/03/07

Bad Surprise Smiley courtesy of - 10/21/10

Animated Laughing Frog courtesy of Joyce Lawrence Cahoon of VA - 05/31/08
Thanks, Joyce!

Skyline clip art courtesy of - 08/04/07

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