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08/13/14 - NNHS Newsletter - Am I That Easy to Forget?

“It's so easy to forget the things that happen
to you because it all happens so fast.
Sometimes I'll just remember weird things.”

Macaulay Culkin
(b. 26 Aug 1980)

Dear Friends and Schoolmates, 
 Good ol' sad love songs!  Who could sing them more sweetly than Jim Reeves??

BONUS - - Am I That Easy to Forget? - Jim Reeves


"Am I That Easy to Forget" is the title of a popular song written by country music singer Carl Belew and W.S. Stevenson and published in 1958. Belew recorded his song in Nashville on December 17, 1958, and released the single in March 1959, where it reached number nine on the U.S. country music chart. Other country music artists who have recorded cover versions of the song include: Skeeter Davis (#11 country, 1960); Ernest Tubb (1960); Gene Vincent (1966); George Jones (1967); Patti Page (1968); Jim Reeves (#12 country, 1973); and Prairie Oyster (1991).

In 1960, singer and actress Debbie Reynolds recorded a version of "Am I That Easy to Forget" that reached number 25 on the U.S. pop chart. The highest charting version of the song on the U.S. pop chart was recorded by singer Engelbert Humperdinck on August 11, 1967. Released as a single in late 1967[1] from his album The Last Waltz,[2] it reached number 18 on the Hot 100 and number one on the Easy Listening chart in early 1968.[3] Humperdinck's version was also a big hit in England, where it spent two weeks at number three on the UK Singles Chart,[4] as well as in Ireland, where it spent three weeks at number one on the Irish Singles Chart. Humperdinck himself recorded a special version for Italy, in the local language, entitled "Dimenticarti non potrei" ("I couldn't forget you").


   Happy Birthday tomorrow to   Tommie Mouser ('60) of VA!

   Happy Birthday this week to:  

15 -   Peggy Johnson ('60) of OH;

17 - Carole Smith Bennett ('57) AND Eugene Chapman ('57) AND   Ruth Ann Reece Horace ('67) of FL;

18 - Etta L. Baker ('57)  AND   Darlene Willis Marshall (Hampton HS - '68) of VA;

19 -      Former President Bill Clinton of NY AND     Jimmy DeBerry ('64) of VA AND           Dave Spriggs ('64) of VA;

20 -        the late Chip Clark ('65) (deceased 06/12/10) AND Eddie Vest ('68) of VA!

   Many Happy Returns, One and All!


August 13, 1814 - The Convention of London, a treaty between the United Kingdom and the United Provinces, was signed in London, England.


August 13, 1937 - The Battle of Shanghai began.

August 13, 1942 - Major General Eugene Reybold of the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers authorized the construction of facilities that would house the "Development of Substitute Materials" project, better known as the Manhattan Project.


Thursday, August 13, 1964 - Peter Allen and Gwynne Evans were hanged for the Murder of John Alan West becoming the last people executed in the United Kingdom.

Thursday, August 13, 1964 - Baseball player Jay Buhner was born Jay Campbell Buhner in Louisville, Kentucky.

Thursday, August 13, 1964 - Actress Debi Mazar was born Deborah Mazar in Jamaica, Queens, New York.

Thursday, August 13, 1964 - Baseball player and manager Tom Prince was born Thomas Albert Prince in Kankakee, Illinois.


    From Jennie Sheppard ('62) of NC - 08/12/14 - "Sad News":

Hi Carol,

Just wanted you to know my Uncle Tommy passed away last night. He was my mother's brother and the last of the 10 children. So now all us 1st Cousins are the older generation. Don't like the sound of that :-)


   That is a strange and lonely feeling indeed, Jen, and I'm sorry you're having to deal with it now. You have my deepest sympathies on the loss of your uncle.

  From Liz Roberts Venton ('66) of VA - 08/12/14 - "New E-Mail Address":


Liz Venton’s new e-mail address is: _____________@_____.___.

   Thanks, Liz! I have you switched in my files. As always, I'll keep your addy private unless you tell me you'd like it published!

  From Judy Phillips Allen ('66) of VA - 08/12/14 - "HILARIOUS VIDEO! Don't Look Good Naked Anymore TURN UP THE SOUND!":
Now, this will make everyone chuckle, young and old.  Love it.  Turn up the sound and enjoy.
I Don't Look Good Naked Anymore!

     Thank you, Judy!

      From My Niece, Shari, of VA - 08/12/14 - "Funnies, Tips and Click-Click-Click":



The Taylor's were proud of their family tradition.

Their ancestors had traveled to America with the Pilgrim Fathers on the Mayflower. They had included Congressmen, successful entrepreneurs, famous sports people and television stars.

They decided to research and write a family history, something for their children and grandchildren. They found a specialist genealogist and writer to help them. Only one problem arose - how to handle Great Uncle Jefferson Taylor who was executed in the electric chair.

The writer said she could handle the story tactfully. When the book appeared the section about Jefferson read:

Great Uncle Jefferson Taylor occupied a chair of applied electronics at an important government institution, he was attached to his position by the strongest of ties, and his death came as a great shock.


Money from God

A little boy who wanted $100 very badly prayed and prayed for two weeks, but nothing happened. Then he decided to write a letter to God requesting the $100.

When the postal authorities received the letter to "God, USA," they decided to send it to the president. The president was so impressed, touched, and amused that he instructed his secretary to send the little boy a $5 bill. The president thought this would appear to be a lot of money to a little boy.

The little boy was delighted with the $5, and immediately sat down to write a thank-you note to God, which read, "Dear God, Thank you for sending me the money. However, I noticed that for some reason you had to send it through Washington D.C., and as usual, those greedy politicians deducted 95 percent."


Passing the Pearly Gates

St. Peter is questioning three married couples to see if they qualify for admittance to heaven.

"Why do you deserve to pass the Pearly Gates?" he asks one of the men, who had been a butler.

"I was a good father," he answers.

"Yes, but you were a drunk all your life. In fact, you were so bad you even married a woman named Sherry. No admittance."

St. Peter then turned to the next man, a carpenter, and asked him the same question.

The carpenter replied that he had worked hard and taken good care of his family.

But St. Peter also rejected him, pointing out that he had been an impossible glutton, so much so that he married a woman named BonBon.

At this point the third man, who had been a lawyer, stood up and said, "Come on, Penny, let's get out of here."



In 1984, President Ronald Reagan designated the third Sunday in July National Ice Cream Day and designated July as National Ice Cream Month.

Industrial production of ice cream begun in 1851 in Boston, United States.

The largest worldwide consumption of ice cream is in United States where one average person consumes 48 pints of ice cream per year.

The biggest ice cream sundae in history was made in Edmonton, Alberta, Canada, in 1988, and weighed in at over 24 tons.

The ice cream cone's invention is linked to the 1904 World's Fair in St. Louis. An ice cream vendor reportedly didn't have enough dishes to keep up with the demand, so he teamed up with a waffle vendor who rolled his waffles into cones.

     WEBMISTRESS' NOTE: See Doumar's Cones and Barbeque

Immigrants at Ellis Island were served ice cream as part of the welcoming to America.


Bizarre News--How scary!

*-- Poltergeist turns out to be woman on 'meth rampage' --*

SEATTLE (UPI) - Even if you "ain't afraid of no ghost," you may want to be wary of "meth rampages." A Seattle couple called police after they returned to their condo and discovered that it looked like a scene from Paranormal Activity. The place was completely trashed and their mail and clothing had been strewn throughout the home. The unknown perpetrator had also "smeared lotion on a door handle, removed the inner soles from all of their shoes, screwed a single screw into a piece of scrap wood and placed an upside-down can of paint on top of their toilet." After a purse with a 27-year-old woman's ID card was found, Seattle Police Department officers were called to the scene. The woman was nowhere to be found, so they departed. Police returned after the couple called them back to the scene when they started hearing noises from under the bed. The mystery woman appeared "to be having a panic attack." According to the SPD, "the woman informed police she had been on a 'meth rampage' for several days and had also broken into another home around the block earlier in the evening." She was arrested and booked for investigation of burglary.



"Faith is taking the first step, even when you don't see the whole staircase."

- Martin Luther King, Jr.


Meditation :: #8
By Dante Monteverde from Chicago USA.

Self hypnosis promises the most as a meditation tool! Meditation is considered as one of the best ways to reduce stress, lower your blood pressure and increase longevity. While there are several ways to use meditation as a relaxation method, self-hypnosis gives you the additional benefit of temporary behavior modification. Contrary to what you might imagine, self-hypnosis is a very simple procedure that you can learn very quickly and only requires a few days of practice to master. This is what you do in a few easy steps:

Select a comfortable position like sitting, lying down, etc, away from all distractions for at least 10 minutes.

Close your eyes and concentrate on relaxing your entire body from one end to the other.

Start at your feet, feel your toes and feet relaxing, keep repeating rhythmically to yourself the words "relax, relax" as a mantra as you feel a warm tingling sensation in each muscle in your body. Whatever happens just relax, anything you do is a plus, we are not looking for perfection, each time you do this it gets easier. Feel your feet totally relaxed, keep your thoughts focused on relaxing the part of the body you’re working on. Experience the calming down effect of letting go of all tension.

Travel up to your legs concentrating in your principal muscles, ankles, calves, knees, thighs, hamstrings, torso, abdominals, your chest, back, hands, arms, head and face. Feel pleasure as each part of your body is rid of tension. Undergo the transformation from tightness to looseness.

When you reach your chest pay particular attention toward your breathe,
making sure to take deep breathes, inhaling and exhaling to a totally relaxing pace. Let go of all tensions feel the tightness disappearing from your back and shoulders, come into contact with the feeling of relaxation in each part of your body as your travel through it. Include your face muscles and your neck, following a sequence to include the entire body.

After covering all your main body parts independently go around your body a second time now at a faster pace while concentrating in larger portions of your body feeling your entire feet and legs completely relaxed. Feel the gentle warmth traveling your entire body, keep your thoughts in this sensation, still repeating to yourself to relax. As you approach your chest area go through the breathing cycle.

Once you accomplish a state of deep relaxation where your thoughts are away from your usual routine and into your body you may select to give yourself a suggestion at this point. You are in a very susceptible state, you may repeat to yourself: I will come out of my self-hypnotic state full of energy ready to do my project X with enthusiasm. Or you may say to yourself: whenever I experience anger I will feel love and trust for myself or others and I will react with compassion. I will have a strong desire to forgive myself and others. Repeat these or other suggestions several times during your hypnotic condition. Do not attempt to make multiple suggestions in the same session.

Try it now, do it today, you will see instant results; just don’t expect miracles only improvements. Develop a routine to meditate once or twice a day. Remember, the more you do it the easier it becomes. In a few weeks you
will be able to relax under the worst types of conditions and very quickly. Meditation as part of a strategy to take care of your emotional health and well-being can add decades to your life and will greatly improve your ability to relax and concentrate. Additionally, self-hypnosis in particular will take advantage of the power of suggestion in practically any area of your life where you can use a little help.


Handy Hint

Olive Oil with salt or sugar is a great exfoliant.
Lightly rub hands with olive oil and then scrub with white sugar or course salt.
Scrub away with warm water and your hands will be oh so soft.


Click - Click - Click

We had finished eating at an oriental restaurant in Barcelona.

I learned in Spain, at least in Barcelona, they don't hurry with your check after your meal. Actually, they don't bring it at all until you ask for it. Quite different from America where your dishes are often removed while you are still chewing and your check is plopped down before you've swallowed.

So we sat talking, no check in sight.

Click - Click - Click

What was that sound?

I looked around. It was emanating from the cash register. There was an elderly Chinese woman standing there. She was adding up the day's receipts as she passed receipts from one pile to another like playing cards.

The Click - Click - Click was the sound of the beads hitting each other on an abacus. The receipts moved by with amazing speed as her hands swiftly and expertly manipulated the ancient adding machine.

I watched - she added.

In case you don't know, an abacus is an ancient mathematical machine. It looks like a picture frame with wire rods running through it with beads the size of marbles on it. It looks like a child's toy.

Click - Click - Click

No power cord. No batteries. No plastic.
No LCD's, LED's, FET's, LSI's, or CRT's.
No DOS, Linux, Palm OS, Android, iOS, Windows 98, 2000, ME, CE, NT, XP, 7 or 8.

Just wood, wire, beads, fingers, and an old lady with focus and skill.

Click - Click - Click

The receipts flew by. I watched.

I wondered, "could I add faster with a modern calculator?"

I watched one pile of receipts shrink as the other grew.

I type fairly fast. I can add on an adding machine fairly fast. I've run a cash register and worked in an accounting office.

I estimated my speed with the benefits of the latest silicon technology against the old lady with wood, wire, and beads.

As I watched the receipts fly, I knew I couldn't keep up.

Years ago, the army tested the electric calculator and it's best operator against a trained abacus user. Guess who won?

The abacus was not only faster, but produced fewer mistakes.

So what's the point of Click - Click - Click?

I have the latest gadgets, the most up to date electronics. The phone on my belt has a calculator that would perform all types of calculations with lightening speed. There was no way the abacus could compare with the speed of my high-powered megahertz processor.

Then why did I feel I would lose in a contest with the abacus?

Because the limiting factor was not the machine, it was me.

We are conditioned to think in terms of the limiting factors in life as the things around us. We want faster computers, faster cars, faster internet connections, faster flows of information, better stuff, better this and better that.

We think, "If I can just get better stuff around me, stuff will be better in me."

The limitations in life are not external, they are internal.

The old lady took a simple device but used it with skill and focus. You will be amazed at what you can do with the simple things of life with skill and focus. You will be amazed that often you can accomplish much more than people with much more.

It's not what you have, it's how you use what you have.

The abacus is a calculating device. As you grow in spirit, you calculate things differently.

With wood, wire, beads, fingers, focus and skill, she added faster than most with the most expensive of modern machines.

She illustrated a principle of life.

~A MountainWings Original~

   Thanks so much, Shari!

   From Bill Hobbs ('66) of Northern VA - 08/12/14 - "A 'Cartoon' is worth a thousand words!":

  Thanks, Billy!

  From Judy Phillips Allen ('66) of VA - 08/01/14 - "Funnies (#11 in a series of 13)":

     Thanks, Dearest Judy!

BONUS EASY TO MAKE, HARD TO FORGET CROCHET PATTERN: - Melissa Connor's 332 Easy Crochet Patterns: The Ultimate Crochet Guide - "This is the ultimate crochet guide to some of our best crochet patterns. With these 332 Easy Crochet Patterns, you'll be ready to make whatever you'd like! From scarves to hats, dishcloths to sweaters, this guide has it all. We were sure to include lots of easy crochet patterns that are great for those just starting to crochet. There are also some more advanced patterns for those who have been "hooked" on crochet for a while! This is a great guide to turn to when you need inspiration for a new crochet project. There are lots of fun crochet afghan patterns, sweaters, and accessories to make, so grab a hook and your favorite yarn and get to work making one of these 332 easy crochet patterns!"

BONUS EASY TO MAKE, HARD TO FORGET RECIPES: - Easy to Make, Hard to Forget Recipes - "Easy to Make, Hard to Forget is a whole new cooking concept to show you how to gain maximum flavor with minimum effort."


From - 08/12/14:

For his entire working life, a dedicated and hardworking Astrophysicist tried in all earnest to find the existence of other being somewhere in the universe. After 58 years of constant effort, he finally received a response from a planet 30 billion light years away.

“What is your planet like?” groaned the extraterrestrial from the other side of the Galaxy.

“It is 12,756 Kilometers in diameter, is 93,000,000 miles from the nearest star, our sun, has an average temperature of 72 degrees F. We breathe oxygen, live about 75 years, and have both men and women,” answered the Physicist.

“Do the you get along with the women on your planet?” the extraterrestrial asked slowly.

Puzzled by the question, but not wanting to insult the female Physicists near by, he answered “Why, yes. We get along quite well here.”

The extraterrestrial perked up, “Can we send you ours?”

1. Wednesday, September 10, 2014 - 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. Friday and Saturday, October 10 and 11, 2014 - The NNHS Class of 1969 will hold a 45-YEAR REUNION at the Newport News Marriott at City Center, 740 Town Center Drive.  For further information, contact Jean Baker Howell at

3. Friday and Saturday, October 17 and 18, 2014 - The NNHS Class of 1964 will hold a 50-YEAR REUNION at the Newport News Marriott at City Center, 740 Town Center Drive. See: and contact David Spriggs at 757-409-2799 or

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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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Am I That Easy to Forget

Words and Music by Carl Belew and W.S. Stevenson, 1958
Recorded by
Jim Reeves, 1973

They say you've found somebody new,
But that won't stop my loving you.
I just can't let you walk away,
Forget the love I had for you.

Guess I could find somebody, too,
But I don't want no one but you.
How could you leave without regret?
Am I that easy to forget?

Before you leave be sure you find
You want your new love much more than mine.
'Cause I'll just say we've never met,
If I'm that easy to forget?
If I'm that easy to forget?

"Am I That Easy to Forget?" midi (sequenced by Peter Wolmarans) courtesy of – 11/14/05

"Am I That Easy to Forget?" lyrics courtesy of - 08/12/06

Title Image courtesy of - 08/12/06

Flowering Vine Divider Line clip art courtesy of - 08/12/04

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

Hampton High School's Crab clip art courtesy of
- 10/02/05
Replaced courtesy of - 02/17/09

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

Animated Laughing Elephant courtesy of Frank Blechman ('65) of Northern VA - 10/29/10
Thanks, Frank!

Animated Laughing Jerry courtesy of Cookie Phillips Tyndall ('64) of VA - 06/14/06
Thanks, Cookie!

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