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08/28/10 - NNHS Newsletter -
Saturday Night's Alright

Weekends don't count unless you spend them
doing something completely pointless.”

- Bill Watterson
(b. 05 July 1958)

Dear Friends and Schoolmates,

    Today's Newsletter theme is being revisited from exactly six - that's right, SIX - years ago today - when the Newsletters were in their embryonic stage:

BONUS #1 - - Saturday Night's Alright - Elton John, September 13, 1980 - Central Park

BONUS #2 - - Saturday Night's Alright - Elton John, 2001 - Tokyo


"Saturday Night's Alright for Fighting" (sometimes written "Saturday Night's Alright (For Fighting)") is a rock song performed by musician Elton John and covered by W.A.S.P., Flotsam and Jetsam, Nickelback, Kid Rock, Queen and The Who.

The song was written by Bernie Taupin and composed by John for his album Goodbye Yellow Brick Road and is written in the key of G Major alternating with C Major on the chorus. It is one of John's harder-rocking songs (Like "Grow Some Funk of Your Own" and "The Bitch Is Back"), with a sound similar to bands like The Who and The Rolling Stones (indeed, The Who later covered it in 1991). The song is a complete departure from his past renown as a mellow singer/songwriter.[1]

The song was one of the few John-Taupin songs that Elton said wasn't a "typical piano number." According to John's recollection in Elizabeth Rosenthal's His Song: The Musical Journey of Elton John, it may have been written on the piano at first, but the song ended up being recorded somewhat in reverse to the normal way he records, with the band putting their tracks down, and Elton overdubbing his piano afterward. (John's typical process at the time, and to a large extent before and since, was to either record the piano first or play along with the band. "Saturday Night ... " represented a departure from that process.) Elton called the song "hard to record."

The song was released in 1973 (see 1973 in music) as the album's first single, and entered the Top Ten in the UK and the Top 20 in the U.S. Despite only being a modest success compared to his other hits, it remains one of his best-known songs...


      From Dave Arnold ('65) of VA - 08/06/10 - "Update on locations - Class of 1965's 45-Year Reunion - Friday and Saturday, October 15 and 16, 2010 - OPEN TO ALL CLASSES!":


Please post this updated announcement when you have a moment.



Friday evening we’ll meet at the home of    Lynn Walker Brothers ’65 and her husband Barry (York HS - '65).  They have graciously extended an offer to open their home for the event.  Light hors d’oeuvres will be served, and we would request a $5.00 donation to assist in covering the expenses for that evening if you attend.  The change in location was decided when members of the reunion committee thought the original location might not be as suitable for conversation as originally planned.  The Brothers residence is located at 304 Dogwood Drive, Newport News.  The telephone number is 757-595-4116.  We’ll post a map providing directions. - significantly updated 08/07/10!

 - updated 08/18/10! 

   Thank you, Dave!

       From Dave Spriggs ('64) of VA - 07/30/10 - "BIRTHDAY CRUISE":



I just reviewed my contract with the Spirit of Norfolk. I must give them the final attendee count and final payment no later than 23 September. That means that I must receive your reservation and check no later than 20 September.

However, keep in mind that I cannot guarantee you a seat, after the first 40 seats are reserved.

 BOTTOM LINE: Send your reservation now, if you want to be assured of a seat. - Saturday, October 23, 2010, 8:00 to 11:00 PM, Norfolk, VA - updated 07/30/10!

         NNHS-64-64-CRUISE-INVITATION.doc -

        - 30 slots left! - updated 08/22/10! 


   Happy Birthday today to  the late Tony Lapides ('57) (deceased 06/18/09)!

   Happy Birthday tomorrow to    Richard Coltrane ('57) of __ AND    the late Connie Bloxom Thompson ('66) - 1948 (deceased 09/17/08)!

   Happy Birthday this week to:

30 -      Me ('65) of IL 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;

03 - Morton Binder ('57)

   Many Happy Returns, One and All!


August 28, 1941 - In occupied Ukraine, more than 23,000 Hungarian Jews were murdered by the Gestapo.

August 28, 1943 - In Denmark, a general strike against the Nazi occupation was started.

August 28, 1944 - The French cities of  Marseille and Toulon were liberated.

TODAY IN 1965:

Saturday, August 28, 1965 - Game Freak founder Satoshi Tajiri (田尻智) was born in Tokyo, Japan.

Saturday, August 28, 1965 - Actress Amanda Tapping was born in Rochford, Essex, England.

Saturday, August 28, 1965 - Singer Shania Twain was born Eilleen Regina Edwards in Windsor, Ontario, Canada.

Saturday, August 28, 1965 - Physicist Giulio (Yoel) Racah (ג'וליו [יואל] רקח) (b. 1909 in Florence, Italy) died, probably in Israel.

From Norris Perry (Warwick HS - '59) - 08/05/10 - "Vote for Grace (REPEATED)":

  This is my daughter Laura's dog in a contest to be on the cover of a bag of dog food.

Vote every day for Grace. Thanks.

   Oh, Laura is your daughter, Norris! Well, that makes it all the more important! When I tried to vote for Grace again today, I noticed the site was trying to pull a switcheroo on me. It tried to persuade me to vote for the wrong Grace!  OH, NO!


   That's why I've included the link to all the candidates named Grace, along with the image of The Real Grace, lest there be any confusion. As y'all can see, she's a Weimaraner from Richmond.

   LAST FEW DAYS - GRACE NEEDS YOUR HELP!!! Vote early, and vote often - or at least cast your allotted daily vote!


   Don't forget to get your very own autographed copy of Bill's (Fox - Warwick HS - '61) awesome new book today!

Newport News Visitor Center to Hold Book Signing for Local Author

Take a trip down memory lane and save some green at the same time! Newport News native William A. Fox will be signing specially-priced copies of his newly-released book, Downtown Newport News, at the Newport News Visitor Center on Saturday, August 28, 2010 from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. In addition, the first 25 visitors who purchase a copy of Downtown Newport News will also receive a VIP Passport, valued at over $120.

The NNVC is located at 13560 Jefferson Avenue, at the entrance to Newport News Park. Published by Arcadia Publishing, Downtown Newport News is part of their Images of America series. For more information about the book signing or to purchase signed, specially-priced copies of  Downtown Newport News, call the NNVC at 757-886-7777 or go online at

      From Phil Hammond ('64) of UT - 08/27/10 - "Birthday Girl":

Carol dear,

Please have a happy birthday next week.  Make sure hubby takes you out to dinner somewhere nice.

Take care and thanks for all you do for us,

OOOH! Thank you so much, Phil!

   From Sandra Ray ('61) of VA - 08/27/10 - "Just wanted to thank you....":

Wanted to let you know just how much I appreciate you and    Susan Whitcomb Harlin ('72 - of TX) for searching for the year that was the last class of NNH.  And for posting my question, answer and my    great-grandson's (Heyden) photo on the NNHS site.   Thank you so much.
Again, I must say you do a remarkable job.   How you do it, I'll never know.
Sincerely, Sandra Ray

   Thank you, Sandra - that's why we're here!

   And there are only three qualifications necessary to getting this job done: one must have been compulsively obsessive for at least forty-eleven years, one must do it at the exclusion of all else, and most importantly, one must be certifiably insane!

      From Wayne Stokes ('65) of VA - 08/27/10 - "Why NO Newsletters?":

Did ya drop me? I'm not receiving the NL??

   WHAT?!? That's absurd! How long has this nonsense been happening??  I dunno what's going on, Wayne Honey, but I would never do such a thing! I blame the wretched mail-filtering gremlins.

   Meanwhile, I've put you on BOTH of my sending files.  Soon you should receive TWO notifications - one from Yahoo and one from Gmail. Thanks for letting me know!

        From My #2 Son, Brent Harty (Hillsboro HS, IL - '90) of TX - 08/26/10 - "MO&E drills":

Here is our Launcher platoon doing some march order & emplacement drills (packing up & jumping to the next site) & here is a pic of me w/a cooler       Dad gave me. Gotta stay hydrated!

Love, bh

Thursday, August 26, 2010

   WOWZERS! Thanks, Brent! I'd remind you to be careful, but those words have always just rolled off your back! 

  From Judy Phillips Allen ('66) of VA - 08/27/10 - "Hilarious":

She must be related to Maxine.  She is funny.

A funny routine for those of us either over 70 or knows someone over 70...
We will never know all the good a simple smile can do.
Life is Good.
  Thanks so much, Dearest Judy!

  From Randy Bearor ('64) of VA - 08/27/10 - "I don't remember":

You'll love this...UH!....I can't remember what it is , but I think it's great. - Looking for my wallet and car keys

   WILD GIGGLES! Thanks, Randy!


A Wonderful Surprise         From Bill Lee (Warwick HS - '54) of NC!

From - 08/25/10 - "An Article on Negative Thoughts":

Vampire Thinking Tricksters

By Carol Gignoux

I recently coined a concept called Vampire Thinking. Vampire Thinking is the compulsion we all have to suck the juice right out of our possibilities and opportunities. Instead of acting on a good idea, we excel at finding a slew of reasons we should kill it as soon a possible and move on to continuing our "safe" existence. I'm sure you can relate to this idea because you engage in vampire thinking more frequently than you know. How often do you talk yourself right out of what you really want in order that you may choose for the safe option? And your reasons? Silly and ridiculous?

Like all successful vampires, vampire thinking has a lot of tricks up its' sleeve, which most people never notice. These tricks, however, are the true disguises worn by vampire thinking and they are important to recognize if we want to fend them off. So we're going to take off the masks off the vampire tricksters and see what they are really up to.

How many of these Vampire Thinking Tricksters can you recognize in YOUR repertoire of behaviors? Be aware! The more honest you are here, the better your chances to save what you've been squandering and retrieve lost opportunities!

Can't 'Cause I'm Not Sure
"Well, I would do it if I could be sure it was the right thing or I could be sure it would work". We can hardly be sure we will take our next breath, let alone do things guaranteed to succeed. Being sure is just a smoke screen called: "I would rather hide from what I am capable of". We know there are no guarantees. We think we're being smart about our choices, when what we are really doing is shrinking from our responsibilities and hiding from our true gifts and talents. We're unwilling to take risks. We like things that we feel we have control over and that are predictable. We have bought into the lie that says we are safer that way.

The question begging to be asked is: "How can we be safer when shrinking and shirking means we have less of everything"?

Striving to Always Be Right
Many of us find it very important to engage in "I'm right and you're wrong" thinking. There's something about being right that feeds our ego and our need to compete in the pecking order around us. BUT, this is a perfect example of a vampire trickster at work because being right robs us of the opportunity to learn and grow. Being right actually restricts our ability to develop naturally because all of our energy and our focus goes into being right. We don't ask questions because we may be wrong, and we don't allow ourselves to risk making mistakes. All of our creative thinking is spent on propping ourselves up to ensure our being right prevails at all costs and at all times.

Have you ever noticed that the most successful among us have also failed more times than they have succeeded?

Looking Good at All Costs
This is a very popular trickster move that can quickly turn into a habit. Its basic vampire thinking premise is to always do whatever we must do to not look bad. If we have to lie, cheat, steal (even on a small scale) we will do what it takes to look good. Of course many unethical, unlawful, and harmful things are done in the name of looking good. There are also many less obvious and smaller scale actions that we take regularly such as telling little white lies, exaggerations, misrepresentations, gossip, and putting down or competing with others all to make ourselves look better. What we gain from these behaviors is the illusion that we look good to others. What we sacrifice is honesty with ourselves and others. This behavior is like winding poison strings throughout our life and damaging our potential.

Can't make a Decision
"I wish I could decide but I just can't so I guess I won't do it". In this trickster thinking, the person tries to take themselves off the hook by backing down as the safe thing to do since they can't decide. If you look at this reasoning you can easily see the flaws and the smoke and mirrors in this way of thinking. Of course you can decide - unless you are too busy coming up with all of the reasons why you shouldn't do it! This is classic vampire thinking.

Justifying my Actions and Rationalizing my Behavior
These are the more obvious tricksters we are used to doing business with. Justifying and rationalizing are the excuses and so called "causes" we use every day in the place of growth steps and taking the right actions: "I was sick", "I was depressed", "I was tired", "I was too busy", "It was too late", "It wasn't my fault", " I had an emergency", " I tried", " I didn't write it down", "They don't care any way", "It makes me uncomfortable", and on and on and on. Those excuses continually rob us of opportunities to do good things in the world for ourselves and others. And because they are so commonly used and accepted, we have lost our awareness of them and the thieves they are.

Is there a day that goes by when you don't justify your behavior or actions either to yourself or to others? I doubt it. Do yourself a favor and count the times you rationalize in a day and the times you rationalize in a week and see what number you come up with. Then look at that number of cowardly acts and "copping out" choices as the number of good acts you were not able to do for yourself and others as a result.

Ask yourself on these questions:
1) One a scale of 1 - 10, how important is this to me?
2) How long am I willing to continue to sacrifice what is most important to me?
3) Who would I be if I stopped making excuses for myself?
4) What would I have if I ceased rationalizing and justifying my behavior?
5) What am I willing to do RIGHT NOW to stop?
I wish you luck as you uncover and expose the vampire thinking tricksters that are sucking the fun and satisfaction from your life every day. I wish you the courage to face the vampire thinking tricksters squarely and bravely and put them in their place! All the richness, variety and spoils of the life you've been avoiding await your courage and determination. You can let go of these sucking pests and live boldly by YOUR rules - not theirs!

About the Author:

Founded by Carol Gignoux, ADD Insights, LLC is devoted to helping people with ADHD live confidently and well. Her passion is to provide services that transform the lives of people with ADHD. Carol and her team of experts specialize in coaching teens and adults who want to move beyond their issues with ADHD, and develop the skills and confidence to achieve better results in their academic, professional, and personal lives.

Carol Gignoux is well established as an expert within the ADHD coaching, consulting and training profession with over 35 years experience working with ADHD and over 16 years as a professional coach. She is a Licensed Certified Financial Coach and is trained as an Executive Coach. She has worked with executives and managers to create high functioning, successful businesses locally as well as nationwide.

Presently, Carol is writing a book and working with her clients to help them break through their barriers quickly so they may start living the life they deserve.
You can contact Carol by emailing her at or by phone at 617-524-7670.


  From Jane Chambers of VA - 07/01/09, 02/07/10, AND 07/31/10 - "CNC BOOK BROCHURE & AD" AND 61-62 DECADERS ADDENDA AND DRAMATIC WORKSHOPS STUDENTS: 

   Contact Dr. Chambers at

   Thanks, Jane!

  From Ruth Ann Reece Horace ('67) of FL - 08/17/10 - "The Irony of it all! (#8 in a Series of 15)":

  From the Friends of Irony

      Thanks, Ruthie!



From ArcaMax Jokes - 08/27/10:

911 Call:

A man called 911 and spoke frantically into the phone, "My wife is pregnant and her contractions are only two minutes apart!"

"Is this her first child?" the dispatcher asked.

"No, you idiot!" the man shouted, "This is her husband!"


1. Thursday, September 2, 2010 - 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 fiends in that year, go visit with them.

2. Saturday, October 2, 2010 - Evelyn's Birthday Party for Everyone - Canepa Cottage, Buckroe Beach - 2:00 PM. For details, contact Evelyn Fryer Fish ('58) of TX at - SEE: - OPEN TO EVERYBODY!

3. Thursday, October 7, 2010 - 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 fiends in that year, go visit with them.

4. Saturday, October 9, 2010 - "TYPHOON TAILGATE - STOKES' REVENGE 2" - from 10:00 AM and onwards at CNU Parking Lot N - SPONSORED BY THE CLASS OF 1966 AND THE SPD; OPEN TO ALL - -

5. Saturday, October 9, 2010 - The NNHS Class of 1963 will celebrate their 65th Birthdays at a Party at the Virginia Power Clubhouse, 1701 Waterview at Yorktown from 5:00 PM to 10:PM. For details, contact Susie Overton Jones at - CLASS OF 1963

6. Wednesday, October 13, 2010 - 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. Friday and Saturday, October 15 and 16, 2010 - The NNHS Class of 1965 will hold its 45-Year Reunion. For details, contact Dave Arnold at - SEE: - - OPEN TO ALL CLASSES, HOSTED BY THE CLASS OF 1965

8. Saturday, October 23, 2010, 8:00 to 11:00 PM, Norfolk - The NNHS Class of 1964 will hold an evening cruise on the Spirit of Norfolk to celebrate their 64th Birthdays. For details, contact Dave Spriggs at and SEE: -NNHS-64-64-CRUISE-INVITATION.doc - - - CLASS OF 1964

9. Saturday, April 30, 2010 - The NNHS Class will have a Luncheon. Team Leaders are Mickey Marcella ( - 757-249-3800), Betty Hamby Neher ( - 757-898-5099), and Dr. Harry Simpson ( - 804-694-0346). - CLASS OF 1954

10. Saturday, July 9, 2011 (6:30 PM to 11:30 PM) - The Class of 1971 will hold its 40-Year at Point Plaza Suites and Conference Hotel, 950 J. Clyde Morris Boulevard, Newport News. For details, contact Richard Rawls at - CLASS OF 1971

PRAYER ROLL: - updated 08/22/10

BLOG: - updated 08/04/09

Y'all take care of each other!  TYPHOONS FOREVER!  We'll Always Have Buckroe!

                                 Love to all, Carol





Carol Buckley Harty

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Saturday Night's Alright

Words by
Bernie Taupin (b. 22 May 1950)

Music by Elton John (b. 25 March 1947)

Recorded by Elton John (b. 25 March 1947), 1973

It's getting late have you seen my mates
Ma tell me when the boys get here
It's seven o'clock and I want to rock
Want to get a belly full of beer

My old man's drunker than a barrel full of monkeys
And my old lady she don't care
My sister looks cute in her braces and boots
A handful of grease in her hair

Don't give us none of your aggravation
We had it with your discipline
Saturday night's alright for fighting
Get a little action in

Get about as oiled as a diesel train
Gonna set this dance alight
`Cause Saturday night's the night I like
Saturday night's alright alright alright

Well they're packed pretty tight in here tonight
I'm looking for a dolly who'll see me right
I may use a little muscle to get what I need
I may sink a little drink and shout out "She's with me!"

A couple of the sounds that I really like
Are the sounds of a switchblade and a motorbike
I'm a juvenile product of the working class
Whose best friend floats in the bottom of a glass

"Saturday Night's Alright" midi courtesy of
at the suggestion of Dave Spriggs ('64) of VA - 08/27/04

Thanks, Dave!

"Saturday Night's Alright" lyrics courtesy of's%20Alright%20(For%20Fighting)%20Lyrics,
 also at the suggestion of Dave Spriggs ('64) of VA - 08/27/04

Thanks again, Dave!

"Saturday Night" Image courtesy of - 08/27/10

"I Wanna Be" Image courtesy of - 08/26/10

Pulsing Line Divider Line clip art courtesy of - 08/12/04

Air Force Seal clip art courtesy of - 07/07/06

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

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

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 Big Hugs Smiley clip art courtesy of Sarah Puckett Kressaty ('65) of VA - 06/19/09
Thanks, Sarah Sugah!

Animated Rolling on the Floor Laughing Smiley clip art courtesy of Jerry ('65) and Judy Phillips ('66) Allen of VA - 08/13/10
Thanks, Sweetie-Pies!

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

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

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