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08/26/11 - NNHS Newsletter - Serenade in Blue

“If I love you, what business is it of yours?”

- Johann Wolfgang von Goethe
(28 Aug 1749 - 22 Mar 1832)

Dear Friends and Schoolmates,

   I would think that many of us may be feeling a bit blue due to the recent turmoil...

BONUS #1 - - Serenade in Blue - Glenn Miller & His Orchestra - Ray Eberle and the Modernaires (original version)

BONUS #2 - - Serenade in Blue - Glenn Miller & His Orchestra - Lynn Bari (Pat Friday's voice actually)

"The story goes that Miller assigned Bill Finegan to compose moody, almost classical prologue to the Gordon-Warren melody. Finegan spent hours but couldn't come up with anything Miller liked. So Glenn handed it to Billy May, who came up with this introduction in half an hour. "

BONUS #3 - - Serenade in Blue - Doris Day

BONUS #4 - - Serenade in Blue - Andre Previn and David Rose, 1959/60

BONUS #5 - - Serenade in Blue - Frank Sinatra, 1962

BONUS #6 - - Serenade in Blue - Taco

BONUS #7 - - Serenade in Blue - Tribute to Glenn Miller


"Serenade in Blue" is a 1942 popular song composed by Harry Warren, with lyrics written by Mack Gordon. It was introduced in the 1942 film Orchestra Wives by Lynn Bari (dubbed by Pat Friday).

It was recorded by Glenn Miller & His Orchestra featuring vocalist Ray Eberle with backing vocals by The Modernaires. This record was the year's eleventh-best selling recording in the United States according to Billboard magazine, after having spent fifteen weeks on the Billboard charts.[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):

People in Richmond and Northern Virginia have settled down now, but we in Louisa County are still "having fun."  The after shock continue - some not so tiny - and we're frantically trying to somewhat control the damage before Hurricane Irene arrives.  My church, St. James Episcopal, escaped unscathed (which was remarkable, as it was built in 1881), but our church secretary arrived home to find her house split in two - completely demolished.

My daughter's father-in-law had both of his brick home's chimneys to topple, and they're up on the roof even now trying to tarp it down before they lose everything.  Yes, we're still having "fun" here, and the earth just continues to shake.

   YIKESARONI-RINI! We're still keeping y'all in our prayers, Jean - thanks for the update!


1. and 2.    From Joe Madagan ('57) of FL to Gary Fitzgerald ('61) of VA - 08/25/11, 4:16 PM - "Reunion of the 97th Rifle Company USMCR":

Hi, Gary:

Sure sorry Hurricane Irene fouled the plans for the Reunion on Saturday. Thank for making the arrangements at Mike's Irish Pub. We called to cancel the luncheon; it was a nice surprise that Mike O'Neil had a large banner made up for the Reunion.

Everyone wants to get together sometime in October 2011, so let the planning begin anew.

Semper Fidelis,
Joe Madagan ('57) of FL

   OH, NOOOO! This is the same thing that happened eight years ago when that nasty Hurricane Isabel forced the 40-Year Reunion of the Class of 1963 to be postponed!

   Thanks for letting us know, Joe; my heartfelt condolences to all involved...

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?
... Thanks for everything you are doing for the alumni.


   Wal, certainly, Chuck!  

5.     From Bill Roady ('60) of VA - 08/25/11 - "BRUNCH INVITATION":


Hope all’s well with you and yours and yawl (southern) are enjoying Carolina living. Following you’ll see a Brunch Invitation that might cause you to make a “road trip”. Everyone there, your fans, would love to see you.

Also, please include the invitation in your newsletter’s “save the date” section.


Bill Roady


The NNHS Breakfast Bunch will host a Breakfast Bunch Brunch at the Warwick Restaurant, 12306 Warwick Boulevard, (across from CNU) Newport News, Virginia 23606 at 11am on Saturday, October 1, 2011.

Please come join us for a Dutch Treat Brunch featuring a lot of “War Stories” and maybe a lie or two.  Everyone is welcome so bring your wife, husband, boy friend, girl friend, class mate, school friend or whomever you choose.

Please RSVP to Bill Roady at or call me at 757-595-0716 so we have a head count.

Bill Roady

   WOWZERONI! Now that sounds do-able! Please reserve Paul and me a spot unless I tell you differently between now and then!

   Wait a minute! How am I "posta" lose 65 pounds in a month?!? That doesn't sound overly likely, does it? Oh, well, I guess I'll just hafta arrive looking like Blubberella.  :o(  Sigh.

   Thanks, Bill!


   Happy Birthday tomorrow to Pat Helmick Glover ('57) AND Nancy Timberlake Spencer ('57) AND     My Cousin, Jim Atkinson (John Randolph Tucker HS - '77) of AZ!

   Happy Birthday this week to:

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;

01 - Ellen Overton Weiss ('68) of VA;

02 - Frances Adams Smith ('57) AND     Dustin Baker (Norview HS - '65) of MA!

   Many Happy Returns, One and All!



Sunday, Aug. 25, 1861

In these relatively early days of the War, some days just went by without major battles, and some were even lacking in minor skirmishes. Sundays in particular were still largely respected as days of rest rather than raiding. This is not to say that peace prevailed entirely in the land however. There were some scuffles near Piggot’s Mill in western Virginia. The remaining war-related hostilities were in New Mexico Territory, and tended to involve Confederate forces battling with Indians rather than Yankees. This was not pleasing to the Confederate high command, which hoped to recruit native forces as allies, who had at least as much reason to hate Washington as the Southerners did.

Monday, Aug. 25, 1862

Secretary of War Edwin Stanton today issued some interesting orders to the commander of the Federal Department of the South. Gen. David Hunter, at his headquarters in Hilton Head, South Carolina, was authorized to “receive into United States service” a force numbering up to 5,000 men. These people were to function as guards around plantations, settlements and other areas under Union control. Oh yes, and the troops in question were to be blacks. Hunter, an ardent abolitionist, was undoubtedly thrilled.

Tuesday, Aug. 25, 1863

US Brig. Gen. Thomas Ewing issued one of the most amazing orders of the War today, but since he did it in Kansas City it received little attention. In response to the slaughter in Lawrence, Kansas a few days earlier, he literally ordered the entire area under his command evacuated by all persons. Those considering themselves Union loyalists could reside at military posts, but everyone else in Jackson, Cass, Bates and part of Vernon County, Missouri were to just go....away. His intent was to create what a later day would call a “free-fire zone”, where anyone found would be assumed to be a Confederate and shot on sight. Houses, barns and other outbuildings were burned to eliminated shelter. Some 20,000 people were affected by the order and lost their homes.

Thursday, Aug. 25, 1864

The rumors, for once, were correct. Confederate forces under A.P. Hill had been reinforced and struck hard at the Federals engaged in railroad destruction at Reams’ Station south of Petersburg. Federal casualties were 2372, of which around 2,000 were listed as “missing or captured”. Hancock’s 2nd Corps suffered a clear defeat but in fact Hill’s victory was empty. Destruction of the Weldon Railroad continued apace, and the program to extend the Union lines further and further to the right were not disrupted in the slightest.



Monday, Aug. 26, 1861

The Confederate States of America wanted from the start to achieve diplomatic recognition from other nations of the world, as an independent country. If a European country--preferably England or France, the powerhouses of the world at this time--could be persuaded to recognize them, others would presumably follow. The ultimate hope was to achieve what the original revolutionaries of 1776 had done, attract foreign intervention and assistance with the war effort. Things were not going well. Today King Kamehameha IV of the Kingdom of Hawaii announced that his nation would merely remain neutral in the conflict. This was not entirely bad however, as it permitted Confederate-flag ships to dock in the vital Pacific port.

Tuesday, Aug. 26, 1862

The Battle of Manassas, or Bull Run, needed no number in front of it as there had at this point been only one fight there. This opening conflict of the war in the East had been perceived as a dreadful disaster for the Union, although in fact the results were militarily inconclusive. Today it looked like things were heating up in the area again. Fitzhugh Lee moved his cavalry to Manassas Junction and captured the railway station. Thomas “Stonewall” Jackson’s footsore infantry marched another very long day to get to the area from below the Rappahannock, reaching Bristoe Station before collapsing. Federal Gen. John “Not Worth A Pinch of Owl Dung” Pope had, as usual, no clue what Jackson was up to. His Federal Army of Virginia spent the day at rest in camp.

Wednesday, Aug. 26, 1863

The Federal efforts against Charleston, South Carolina, had been going on since the opening days of the War. Today the major progress was against Fort Wagner. The fort itself was still holding out but Union troops took the rifle pits in front of them. Fort Sumter, where the whole shebang got started, was increasingly threatened. Gen. P.T.G. Beauregard was resolved to hold on to it and got confirmation from President Davis today in this effort. The other president in this conflict, wrote to a political group in Springfield Ill. that “peace does not appear so distant as it did.”

Friday, Aug. 26, 1864

The Union troops of Gen. John Schofield were gathered around East Point, Ga., south of Atlanta. There today they performed a maneuver called a “demonstration”. This very common tactic was not a battle, and not an assault. It basically consisted of an army assembling, flags flying and trumpets blowing and cannons glistening in the sun in full view of the enemy, and doing...nothing. The point was to impress one’s foe with the might assembled against them. In today’s case it also served to tie some of Hood’s Confederate defenders in place just in case the demonstration turned into the real thing. This allowed more units of William T. Sherman’s army to move up into position.

  From Bill Hobbs ('66) of Northern VA to the Class of 1966 - 08/25/11, 10:18 PM - "RE: Reunion":

I would like to add my thanks to Mike's comments addressed to   Dee (Hodges Bartram - '66 - of VA) and the reunion committee. This was such an enjoyable evening for me in all respects that after I recovered from the trip back to N. Va., I wanted to express my appreciation to everyone. I have had quite a few health issues over the past few years, and speaking frankly I didn't know if this might not be my last one I would ever be around for. I give God all the praise for his grace and mercy that I have survived thus far. To those that have experienced these trials either personally or thru loved ones or friends then they know what I mean. Having moved from NN in 1981, reunions are " A Big Deal" for me and was a joy to visit with everyone.

My trip there was pleasant except for the drive down and return. I call I-64 & I-95 the 70 or 5, because you're either going 70 MPH or 5 MPH at various times so that what would be a normal drive of 2.5 hours was 4 down and 4.5 back up! I had to be present at my business Saturday and departed here at 2:30 PM returning Sunday arriving about 6 PM. The trip was worth it. I recently discovered I am losing my hearing (my wife thought it was selective) so the softer music the band was playing enabled me to actually have some conversations with many that I haven't seen for decades. I know many of you hope we don't get a band next time that are as old as we are.

I hope to see all of you in 5 years and wish you the best and remember our school, our classmates and teachers which shaped our lives. I think we turned out pretty good by Typhoon standards.

God bless all of you,

Bill Hobbs

   Thanks so much, Bill! You take super good care of yourself, ya' heah?!?

   From Joe Madagan ('57) of FL - 08/25/11 - "Tribute to the late  John Eugene Ellis III":

Hi, Carol:
  John Eugene Ellis NNHS '61 was quite an accomplished Tennis Player and enjoyed the sport with a select few friends in Lakeland, Florida where he resided. One of his fellow tennis players posted this memorial at the bench where they used to rest between sets at Wood Lake Tennis Complex.

Another is mounted where they played at Grasslands Complex in Lakeland. Nice friends remembering a nice guy who loved the game.
TYPHOON Regards,
Joe Madagan '57 of FL

   OH, WOW! Recognition by friends is always a great testimony of the value of one's life. Thank you so much for sharing this with us, Adonis!

   It's now posted here:

  From My #2 Daughter-in-Law, Bethany (Winona Harty (Siuslaw HS, OR - '94) of TX - 08/25/11 - "GUESS WHAT????          Brent (Harty - Hillsboro HS, IL - '90 - of TX) (currently deployed to "the lands dark and dusty") is home for R&R!!!":

... It was time to get Brent from the airport... I headed off to the gate, and waited. Impatiently, I might add!
  And I swear, that man was the LAST person off of the plane! I was in 10 minutes early (thank goodness! I thought I was gonna pass out with anticipation!). I rushed into his arms, and the world was right again :)

 ... We headed to the car, and drove home.

And when we parked in the garage, the kids, one at a time, RUSHED into the garage screaming DAD'S HOME!!!! It was the cutest things EVER! Even the dog got into it.
Bethany Winona Harty Bethany and Brent Harty  Jacob, Jimmy, Brent, Joe, Eme, Tom - and Boxer
Here's my I CANT BELIEVE HE'S HOME face. hehe.    

     WHOO-HOO!!! How superfluous is it for me to say, "Y'all have fun!"?!? Thanks for the pictures, Bethany!

      From Dimples Dinwiddie Prichard ('58) of NC - 08/25/11 - "New CPR Technique Demonstrated - A Must Watch":

A good review that should be seen by every one !


Good demo, and it’s becoming increasingly more important. 

Subject: New CPR technique - a must see for all


   Thanks, Dimples - great information!

  From Bill Hobbs ('66) of Northern VA - 08/25/11 - "A GOOD ONE.":

Every horse lovin' Marine will love this one.......... - Sgt Reckless - Korean War Horse Hero

   And so will many of the rest of us, Bill - thanks so much!

  From Joyce Lawrence Cahoon ('65) of VA - 08/25/11 - "Disease alert":

PLEASE READ!!!!!!!!!!

The Center for Disease Control has issued a medical alert about a highly contagious, potentially dangerous virus that is transmitted orally, by hand, and even electronically. This virus is called Weekly Overload Recreational Killer (WORK). If you get WORK from your boss, any of your colleagues or anyone else via any means whatsoever - DO NOT TOUCH IT!!! This virus will wipe out your private life entirely. If you should come into contact with WORK you should immediately leave the premises.

Take two good friends to the nearest liquor store and purchase one or all of these three antidotes - Really Urgent Medicine (RUM), Work Isolating Neutralizer Extract (WINE) or Bothersome Employer Elimination Rebooter (BEER). Take the antidote repeatedly until WORK has been completely eliminated from your system.

You should immediately forward this medical alert to five friends. If you do not have five friends, you have already been infected and WORK is controlling your life.

       Thanks, Joyce!

    From Glenn Dye ('60) of TX - 08/04/11 - "Some Thought Provoking Signs (#13 in a Series of 16)":

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


From - 08/25/11:
A wife went to the police station with her next-door neighbor to report that her husband was missing. The policeman asked for a description.

She said, "He's 35 years old, 6 foot 4, has dark eyes, dark wavy hair, an athletic build, weighs 185 pounds, is soft-spoken, and is good to the children."

The next-door neighbor protested, "Your husband is 5 foot 4, chubby, bald, has a big mouth, and is mean to your children."

The wife replied, "Yes, but who wants HIM back?"

1. 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.

2. 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!

3.     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!

4. Saturday, October 1, 2011 - 11:00 AM - The NNHS Breakfast Bunch will host a Breakfast Bunch Brunch at the Warwick Restaurant, 12306 Warwick Boulevard, (across from CNU) Newport News, Virginia 23606. "Please come join them for a Dutch Treat Brunch featuring a lot of 'War Stories' and maybe a lie or two. Everyone is welcome so bring your wife, husband, boy friend, girl friend, class mate, school friend or whomever you choose." Please RSVP to Bill Roady at or call him at 757-595-0716 so they have a head count.

5. 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.

6. 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

PRAYER ROLL: - updated 05/05/11

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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Serenade In Blue

Music by Harry Warren
(24 Dec 1893 – 22 Sept 1981)

Lyrics by Mack Gordon
(21 June 1904 – 01 Mar 1959)

Recorded by Glenn Miller & His Orchestra. 1942
Mar 1904 - missing 15 Dec 1944)

When I hear that Serenade In Blue,
I'm somewhere in another world alone with you,
Sharing all the joys we used to know,
Many moons ago.
Once again, your face comes back to me,
Just like the theme of some forgotten melody,
In the album of my memory,
Serenade In Blue.
It seems like only yesterday,
A small café, a crowded floor;
And as we dance the night away,
I hear you say, "Forever more;"
And then the song became a sigh,
Forever more became goodbye,
But you remained in my heart;
So, tell me, darling, is there still a spark,
Or only lonely ashes of the flame we knew;
Should I go on whistling in the dark?
Serenade In Blue.

"Serenade in Blue" midi courtesy of - 08/26/09

"Serenade in Blue" lyrics courtesy of - 08/26/09

Image of Marla Brate's Painting "Serenade in Blue" courtesy of - 08/26/09

Blue Celtic Divider Line clip art courtesy of somewhere within the first page or two of - some time ago...

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!

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!

Animated Cheering Smiley clip art courtesy of Al Farber ('64) of GA - 08/18/05 (re-saved 02/27/09)
Thanks, Al!

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

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

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

Siuslaw High School's Viking Logo clip art courtesy of - 12/27/07

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

Animated Lumpy Bouncy Dancing (by AF Artist - Greg Wilson) courtesy of - 08/28/08

Animated Rolling Cat clip art courtesy of - page 14 - 11/14/09

Animated Laughing Woman courtesy of Joyce Lawrence Cahoon ('65) of VA - 02/23/09
Thanks, Joyce!

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