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08/24/11 - NNHS Newsletter - Barbara Ann

The minute I heard my first love story, I started looking for you,
not knowing how blind that was. Lovers don't finally meet
somewhere. They're in each other all along.”

Maulana Jalalu'ddin Rumi
(30 Sept 1207 - 17 Dec 1273)

Dear Friends and Schoolmates,

   Still being a bit scrambled of mind, I decided to take a look back at this selection first used six years ago today:

BONUS #1 - - Barbara Ann - The Regents, 1961

BONUS #2 - - Barbara Ann - The Beach Boys, 1965



"Barbara Ann" is a song written by Fred Fassert and performed (as "Barbara Anne") by The Regents in 1961. The recording reached a peak position of #13 on the Billboard Hot 100 record chart.

The most famous cover version is by the American rock band The Beach Boys. The song was released as a single on December 20, 1965, with the B-side "Girl Don't Tell Me". The song peaked at #2 in the U.S. Billboard Hot 100 (#1 in Cash Box and Record World) and at #3 in the U.K. It also topped the charts in Germany, Switzerland and Norway. It was The Beach Boys' biggest hit in Italy, reaching #4. The song was also released on the 1965 album Beach Boys' Party!. Brian Wilson and Dean Torrence, who had previously recorded the song as one half of Jan and Dean, are featured on lead vocals. Dean is not credited on the album jacket but "Thanks, Dean" is said by Carl at the end of the track...[1]


      From My Cousin, Jean Atkinson Mallory (Warsaw HS / Rappahannock HS / John Marshall HS - '65) of VA - via phone call last night (greatly paraphrased and condensed):

I was amused to see you were shaken. I live in Louisa, so I was 1/2 mile from the earthquake's center when it hit.  I was at my daughter's home babysitting my 2-year old granddaughter as I do every day.  The baby had just blessedly awaken from her nap when the earth began to quake.  The noise was deafening and glass was flying everywhere. 

The damage to the beautiful old homes was the worst.  My daughter's father-in-law's lovely old home is now wearing one of its chimneys strewn about atop its roof.  A chandelier fell from the ceiling of one of the banks.  When I arrived back home I found a very large cabinet had been toppled; it'll need to wait for my son-in-law to aright it. 

The most frustrating aspect of all was the inability to check on the condition of loved ones due to cell phones being unable to function.  Then to learn that we'll likely need to contend with Hurricane Irene seems a bit much.

   YOWZERONI-RINI-ROONI! Thanks, Jean - we're all just so glad that you and yours are safe!

    From Eric Huffstutler (Bethel HS - '75) of VA - 08/23/11, 11:40 PM:

Hello Dear Heart Carol...
I live in Richmond and work in a high rise on the 17th floor.  We had a smaller quake around 2004 that shook the building a little but nothing like today.  I was sitting at my desk when the building first started to vibrate, then sway, then started bouncing about like a old car driving down a rough dirt road.  It seemed to last forever but was only like 25 seconds.  So far locally I have only seen one wall on someone's brick house on the ground a block from my house.  Downtown Richmond was lucky being only 40 miles from the center of the quake and escaping any damage.  It is the older brick homes that are suffering the most.
Eric Huffstutler
Bethel High '75

   YOWZERONI-RINI! Thanks so much, Eric - good to hear from you again!


1. and 2. From Gary Fitzgerald ('61) of VA - 08/19/11, 7:46 AM - "reunion":

The class of 61 is holding our reunion next weekend. On Saturday, August 27th we will be at Mike's Place, 11000 Warwick, for a Dutch treat lunch starting at 1 PM.


Also   Joe Madagan ('57 - of FL) is having a bunch of old Marines from 97 Rifle Company at the same time in another room. Any and all Marines and normal persons are invited to join us. Please post. Thanks.


   COOL BEANS! Thanks so much, Gary!

3. Evelyn's Birthday Party for Everyone will be held on Saturday, September 17, 2011 at 2:00 PM at the Canepa Cottage, Buckroe Beach.
   For details, contact 
   the Head Cheerleader of 1958, Evelyn Fryer Fish of TX at

4.   From Chuck Jones ('66) of Northern VA - 08/24/11, 10:04 AM - "    Typhoon Tailgate - Saturday, September 17, 2011 at 4:00 PM at Christopher Newport University":

Hi Carol,

Is there any way your can post the tailgate map on the website? Oh yea, my birthday is May 30.
Thanks for everything you are doing for the alumni.


   Wal, certainly, Chuck!  The map was easy; the invitation wasn't so much, but I had        my Super Computer Genius #5 Son, Nathaniel (Harty - Hillsboro HS, IL - '97 - of IL) convert it for me.  They will both be posted on the main page as well as on the bottom of each regular issue of the Newsletter from now until then:

   Thanks, Chuck - and Faniel!

   I posted your birthday as well, Chuck:


   Happy Birthday this week to:

27 - Pat Helmick Glover ('57) AND Nancy Timberlake Spencer ('57) AND     My Cousin, Jim Atkinson (John Randolph Tucker HS - '77) of AZ;

28 -  the late Tony Lapides ('57) (deceased 06/18/09);

29 -    Richard Coltrane ('57) of __ AND    the late Connie Bloxom Thompson ('66) (deceased 09/17/08);

30 -      Me ('65) of NC AND    Chuck Springfield ('66) of VA;

31 -      Pat Beck Letzinger ('57) of VA AND      Joan Lauterbach Krause ('60) of VA AND    Elaine Wilkinson Bracken ('61) of VA AND    My Grandson, Jacob Harty of TX!

   Many Happy Returns, One and All!



Saturday, Aug. 24, 1861

Even this early in the War it was obvious to the more realistic members of the Confederate government that their cause was unlikely to succeed without outside intervention. The most essential first step would be diplomatic recognition of the new nation. Even without that, though there were supplies, ships, munitions and goods of all sorts that the Confederacy did not have the means to produce. Today Jefferson Davis gave commissions to men who were to travel to Europe and lobby for the cause. You probably know the names of two of them: James M. Mason was to go to Great Britain and John Slidell was on his way to France. They would take the ship Trent and pass into fame. But there was a third: Pierre A. Rost was sent to the court of Spain, still considered a world power although slipping down in the rankings. Rost would take a different ship, arrive with no difficulties, accomplish nothing to speak of and fade into obscurity.

Sunday, Aug. 24, 1862

On May 15 a ship known unromantically as No. 209 was completed in the Laird Docks of Liverpool, the premier shipwrights of the world. For a few weeks she was known as the Enrica and her ownership was unclear. Last week she had sailed, innocent and unarmed, as a merchant vessel to the Azores. Another ship loaded with cannon, ammunition and other supplies had sailed, coincidentally, the same day. Today the two ships met off the Azores Islands and history was made. Several of the crew, and most of the stores, of the supply ship were transferred to Enrica, and she got a new name. As of today she was the CSS Alabama, commerce raider and terror of Union ship captains and insurance companies. A Confederate naval jack fluttered overhead. Federal agents in England had tried in vain to prevent the sale and the sailing.

Monday, Aug. 24, 1863

John Singleton Mosby was in a class of Confederate fighter known as a “partisan ranger.” These men, sometimes official members of the military forces but often operating outside the command structure, had one basic assignment--to harass, annoy, disrupt communications, and generally make a pest of themselves. Mosby operated in the Shenandoah Valley of Virginia, ranging so far and wide that the area is known as “Mosby’s Confederacy” in many accounts. Today he was working behind the lines of Gen. Meade, who was camped along the Rappahannock River.

Wednesday, Aug. 24, 1864

The Union Army south of Petersburg was going about its assigned work today, which was destruction. The target of their demolition was the Weldon Railroad, one of the last remaining links capable of carrying supplies from the dwindling Confederacy to its capital city and defending army. Tracks were torn up; the ties were piled in heaps and set afire and the rails were laid on top of these until the intense heat caused them to warp and bend. (Rails were still made of iron in these times, not steel.) This would prevent their rapid reassembly in case the Southerners should reoccupy the area. Rumors were starting to go around that they might, indeed, be planning such a reoccupation.

  From Domi O'Brien ('64) of NH - 08/23/11- "Washington monument/Washington's Prayer for America":

The prayer is not Washington's, and much of the other information is incorrect. Washington frequently referred to God, but there are no references to Jesus Christ in any of his extant writings. (Since many of the Founding Fathers were known to be Deists, any reference to any of them referring to Jesus should be checked.)

(It is also known that he frequently took his wife to church, but he always left the church before Communion.)

Domi O'Brien, NNHS '64

    YIKES! I'm pleading extreme stress from worrying about my cousin Jean when I prepared that Newsletter! I see I've been bamboozled again.....

   I knew that Mr. Washington was quite possibly a Deist after the war, though what his beliefs actually were at any point in his life remain a source of controversy even to this day.  He was a member of record of a number of Anglican/Episcopalian Churches, even serving as a vestryman in his earlier years.  As such he would almost certainly have taken communion at that time.

Washington was buried according to the rite of the Episcopal Church, with the Rev. Thomas Davis, rector of Christ Church, Alexandria, officiating.[24] Masonic rites were also performed by members of his lodge.[25]

   I hadn't thought that even back then our presidents used speechwriters.  Apparently this letter, dated June 8 (or 14), 1783, was written by Washington's aide de camp, David Cobb, but one would think Washington might have approved it.

   Snopes said that the emphasis of the original email seemed to be on the prayer, but I myself focused more on the description of the monument and its inscriptions - yet another illustration of the fact that I am weird.....

   Thanks, Domi!

      From My Niece, Shari, of VA - 08/23/11 - "~~Tuesday~~":

Think About It!

* Money doesn't bring you happiness, but it enables you to look for it in more places.

* Your conscience may not keep you from doing wrong, but it sure keeps you from enjoying it.

* Middle age is when broadness of the mind and narrowness of the waist change places.

* Misers aren't much fun to live with, but they make great ancestors.

* Be careful what rut you choose. You may be in it the rest of your life.

* The trouble with bucket seats is that not everybody has the same size bucket.

* When you see the handwriting on the wall, you can bet you're in a public restroom.

* Opportunities always look bigger going than coming.

* The real reason you can't take it with you is that it goes before you do.

* Junk is something you throw away three weeks before you need it.

* Hospitality is making your guests feel at home, even if you wish they were.

* A closed mouth gathers no feet.

* A man (or woman) who can smile when things go wrong has found someone to blame it on.

* A modern pioneer is a woman who can get through a rainy Saturday with a television on the blink.

* The world is full of willing people: some willing to work and some willing to let them.

* Money isn't everything....there're credit cards, money orders, and travelers checks.


Down at the Retirement Home

80-year old Bessie bursts into the rec room at the retirement home. She holds her clenched fist in the air and announces, "Anyone who can guess what's in my hand can kiss me tonight!!"

An elderly gentleman in the rear shouts out, "An elephant?"

Bessie thinks a minute and says, "Close enough."


In Your Sight

Recognize what is in your sight, and that which is hidden from you will become plain to you.
~Jesus of Nazareth~


Healthy Wisdom Tip

Your sweet tooth may not be as bad as you think. Craving chocolate? Have some dark chocolate! Recent research has shown that moderate consumption of dark chocolate may be good for your heart. Supplementing the average American diet with 1/2 an ounce of dark chocolate has shown to have a healthy effect on blood cholesterol levels. So, go ahead and indulge!



F. Scott Fitzgerald went to Princeton and used the school as the setting for his first novel, This Side of Paradise. He died while eating a Hershey chocolate bar and reading a football article in the Princeton Alumni Weekly.

Katharine Lee Bates, an English professor at Wellesley, wrote the words to "America the Beautiful" after being inspired during a climb to the top of Pikes Peak in 1893.

The first people to witness a striptease were Parisian students who watched a model disrobe at the Bal des Quatre Arts on February 9, 1893. However, she was escorted out and fined 100 francs by a court. The students went crazy and began tearing apart the Latin Quarter - the army had to be called out to calm the riot.

Marcel Duchamp, artist and great chess player, spent his honeymoon contemplating chess problems. One night his bride glued the chess pieces to the board. They were divorced three weeks later.

Cary Grant was expelled from school at the age of 14 for attempting to sneak into the girls' bathroom. He then ran away to join a troupe of traveling acrobats.

When he was president, Calvin Coolidge never turned down an invitation to a social gathering although he never seemed to enjoy himself. When someone finally asked him why he went to the parties, he replied, "Got to eat somewhere."


Quotes from Ben Rand

Ben Rand is the fictional billionaire character in Peter Seller's final movie and one of my favorite movies, "Being There."

"Being There," is the remarkable story of Chance the gardener. Chance could neither read nor write and had no money, yet he ended up as a presidential nominee.

Ben Rand was extremely wealthy and became Chance's friend through a seemingly random accident as Ben was dying.

These are Ben's quotes. Although this is just a movie, "Being There" is one of the most powerful movies that I have ever seen. - a story of how a simple childlike faith and viewpoint surpassed great power and wealth.

Chance and Ben, opposite extremes that found common ground.

...from Billionaire Ben Rand's quotes read at his funeral:

I have no use for those on welfare, no patience whatsoever, but if I am to be honest with myself, I must admit that they have no use for me either.

I do not regret having political differences with men that I respect. I do regret however, that our philosophies kept us apart.

I could never conceive why I could never convince my kitchen staff that I looked forward to a good bowl of chili now and then.

I have heard the word "sir," more often than I have heard the word "friend," but I suppose there are other rewards for wealth.

I have met with kings; during these conferences I have suppressed bizarre thoughts.

Could I beat him in a footrace?

Could I throw a ball further than he?

No matter what our facades, we are all children.

To raise your rifle is to lower your sights.

No matter what you are told there is no such thing as an even trade.

I was born into a position of extreme wealth, but I have spent many sleepless nights thinking about extreme power.

I have lived a lot, trembled a lot, was surrounded by little men who forgot that we entered naked and exit naked and that no accountant can audit life in our favor.

When I was a boy, I was told that the Lord fashioned us from His own image; that's when I decided to manufacture mirrors.

A Well Deserved Rest.
All the aims I have pursued will soon be realized.

Life a state of mind.

~ Ben Rand

from Chance's quotes,
"I understand."

~from the movie, "Being There"~

   Thank you, Shari!

From Glenn Dye ('60) of TX - 08/04/11 - "Some Thought Provoking Signs (#12 in a Series of 16)":

     Thanks, Glenn - I really enjoy these! There's far too little blatant goofiness in the world! 



From - 08/23/11:

Two bachelors, Larry and Frank were out to dinner. The conversation drifted from office, sports to politics and then to cooking.

“I got a cook book once,” said Larry, “but I couldn’t do anything with it.”

“Too much fancy stuff in it, huh?” asked Frank.

“You said it,  Larry replied, nodding. “Every one of those recipes began the same way: 'Take a clean plate…' ” 


1. Friday, Saturday, and Sunday, August 26, 27, and 28, 2011 - The Class of 1961 will hold its 50-Year Reunion: Saturday, August 27, 2011, 1:00 PM - Mike O'Neil's Irish Pub, Warwick Shopping Center - Dutch Treat Luncheon. For details, see: and contact Gary Fitzgerald at or 757-879-2847 - CLASS OF 1961

2. Saturday, August 27, 2011, 1:00 PM - Mike O'Neil's Irish Pub, Warwick Shopping Center - Reunion Luncheon for the 97th Rifle Company, USMC - AND ALL "NORMAL PERSONS"

3. 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.

4. 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!

5.     Saturday, September 17, 2011 - Typhoon Tailgate at CNU - 4:00 PM - TIL. For details, contact Chuck Jones ('66) of Northern VA at 703-474-1389 - OPEN TO ALL CLASSES!

6. Wednesday, October 12, 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.

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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Barbara Ann

Written by
Fred Fassert (b. 1935), © 1961

Recorded by The Regents, 1961

Recorded by The Beach Boys, 1965

(Bar bar bar bar Barbar Ann)
(Bar bar bar bar Barbar Ann)
(Bar bar bar bar Barbar Ann)

Oh Barbara Ann
(Bar bar bar bar Barbar Ann)

Come take my hand
(Bar bar bar bar Barbar Ann)

Barbara Ann
(Bar bar bar bar Barbar Ann)

You got me rockin' and a rollin'
Rockin' and a reelin'

Barbara Ann
(Bar bar bar bar Barbar Ann)

I went to a dance, looking for romance,
Saw Barbara Ann so I thought I'd take a chance

On Barbara Ann
(Bar bar bar bar Barbar Ann)

Come take my hand
(Bar bar bar bar Barbar Ann)

You got me rockin' and a rollin'
Rockin' and a reelin'

Barbara Ann
(Bar bar bar bar Barbar Ann)

(Bar bar bar bar Barbar Ann)
(Bar bar bar bar Barbar Ann)
(Bar bar bar bar Barbar Ann)

Oh Barbara Ann
(Bar bar bar bar Barbar Ann)

Come take my hand
(Bar bar bar bar Barbar Ann)

Barbara Ann
(Bar bar bar bar Barbar Ann)

You got me rockin' and a rollin'
Rockin' and a reelin'

Barbara Ann
(Bar bar bar bar Barbar Ann)

Tried Betty Lou
Tried Peggy, too
Tried Mary Lou
But I knew they wouldn't do

Like Barbara Ann
(Bar bar bar bar Barbar Ann)

Come take my hand
(Bar bar bar bar Barbar Ann)

You got me rockin' and a rollin'
Rockin' and a reelin'

Barbara Ann
(Bar bar bar bar Barbar Ann)

You got me rockin' and a rollin'
Rockin' and a reelin'

Barbara Ann
(Bar bar bar bar Barbar Ann)

"Barbara Ann" midi courtesy of
at the suggestion of Dave Spriggs ('64) of VA - 04/30/05
Thanks, Dave!

"Barbara Ann" lyrics courtesy of 
also at the suggestion of Dave Spriggs ('64) of VA - 04/30/05
Thanks again, Dave!

 Barbara Ann Images Concept courtesy of my # 5 son, Nathaniel Harty of IL - 08/08/05
Thanks, Nathaniel!

 Image of Barbara Bush courtesy of - 08/09/05

Image of Ann Landers courtesy of - 08/09/05

Image of Barbara Walters courtesy of - 08/09/05

Image of Raggedy Ann courtesy of - 08/09/05

Red Petunia Divider Line clip art courtesy of - 08/14/05

John Marshall High School's Justice Scale clip art courtesy of Cheryl White Wilson (JMHS - '64) of VA - 10/13/05 (replaced 02/23/09)
Thanks, Cheryl!

Bethel High School's Bruin clip art courtesy of Eric Huffstutler (Bethel HS - '75) of VA - 03/22/06 (replaced 02/23/09)
Thanks, Eric!

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!!

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!

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

J. R. Tucker High School's Orange Tiger Paw Print courtesy of - 11/12/07

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