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08/30/14 - NNHS Newsletter - But Not for Me

For of all sad words
of tongue or pen,
The saddest are these:
'It might have been.'

- John Greenleaf Whittier
(17 Dec 1807 - 07 Sept 1892)

Dear Friends and Schoolmates,

   Oh, goody!  A sad old love song - my fave!

BONUS #1 - But Not for Me - Ella Fitzgerald - flawless, as always!

BONUS #2 - But Not for Me - Judy Garland - film clip from Girl Crazy, 1943

BONUS #3 - But Not for Me - Jo Stafford, 1956


"But Not for Me" is a popular song, composed by George Gershwin, with lyrics by Ira Gershwin.

It was written for their musical Girl Crazy (1930) and introduced in the original production by Ginger Rogers. It is also in the 1992 musical based on Girl Crazy, Crazy for You. Judy Garland sang it in the 1943 film version of Girl Crazy.

Singer Ketty Lester remade "But Not For Me" in a similar arrangement and it reached #10 on the US Adult Contemporary chart, #41 the Billboard Top 40, and #45 in the UK in 1962...[1]


   Happy Birthday today to      Me ('65) of NC AND    Chuck Springfield ('66) of VA!

   Happy Birthday tomorrow to     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 LA!

   Happy Birthday this week to:  

01 -   Jeanette Parrish Houston ('64) of VA AND Ellen Overton Weiss ('68) of VA;
02 - Frances Adams Smith ('57) AND  
  Dustin Baker (Norview HS - '65) of MA;

03 - Morton Binder ('57)

04 -   Marilyn Moren ('63) of VA;

05 -   Donna Marie Vest Hagerman ('71) of VA AND        My #5 Son, Nathaniel Harty (Hillsboro HS, IL - '97) of IL AND My Grandson (by My Children of Other Parents),    Jonathan Mansfield of TX;

06 -    Sarah Puckett Kressaty ('65) of VA!

   Many Happy Returns, One and All!


August 30, 1914 - World War I: The Germans defeated the Russians in the Battle of Tannenberg.


August 30, 1940 - The Second Vienna Award, giving back to Hungary part of Transsylvania, ceded after the First World War.

August 30, 1941 - The Nazis severed the last railroad link between Leningrad and the rest of the Soviet Union.

August 30, 1942 - The Battle of Alam Halfa began.

August 30, 1945 - Hong Kong was liberated from Japan by British Armed Forces.

August 30, 1945 - The Supreme Commander of the Allied Forces, General Douglas MacArthur, landed at Atsugi Air Force Base and set up Allied occupation headquarters in Japan.

August 30, 1945 - Hong Kong was liberated from Japan by British Armed Forces.  

August 30, 1945 - The Allied Control Council, governing Germany after World War II, came into being.


Sunday, August 30, 1964 - Engineer and designer Gavin Fisher was born.

Sunday, August 30, 1964 - Architect Ra Luhse was born in Pärnu, Estonia.

Sunday, August 30, 1964 - Communist politician Salme Dutt (b. Salme Anette Murrik on 29 Aug 1888 in Helme Parish, Governorate of Livonia, Russian Empire) died in England one day after her 76th birthday.

      From Wayne Stokes ('65) of VA - 08/29/14:

...I'm happy that the NLs are back again--that is, being sent as before.
As always you do a tremendous job with them and keeping NNHS alive!! Thank YOU!!

   Wayne Honey! How nice to hear from you! Thank you so much!

        From My Husband, Paul Harty (Bardolph HS, IL - '61) of NC - 08/29/14 - "The Black Telephone":

The Black Telephone

When I was quite young, my father had one of the first telephones in our neighborhood. I remember the polished, old case fastened to the wall. The shiny receiver hung on the side of the box. I was too little to reach the telephone, but used to listen with fascination when my mother talked to it.

Then I discovered that somewhere inside the wonderful device lived an amazing person. Her name was 'Information Please' and there was nothing she did not know. Information Please could supply anyone's number and the correct time.

My personal experience with the genie-in-a-bottle came one day while my Mother was visiting a neighbor. Amusing myself at the tool bench in the basement, I whacked my finger with a hammer, the pain was terrible, but there seemed no point in crying because there was no one home to give sympathy.

I walked around the house sucking my throbbing finger, finally arriving at the stairway. The telephone! Quickly, I ran for the footstool in the Parlor and dragged it to the landing climbing up; I unhooked the receiver in the parlor and held it to my ear.

'Information, please,' I said into the mouthpiece just above my head. A click or two and a small clear voice spoke into my ear.


'I hurt my finger,' I wailed into the phone, the tears came readily enough now that I had an audience.

'Isn't your mother home?' came the question.

'Nobody's home but me,' I blubbered.

'Are you bleeding?' the voice asked.

'No,' I replied. 'I hit my finger with the hammer and it hurts.'

'Can you open the icebox?' she asked.

I said I could.

'Then chip off a little bit of ice and hold it to your finger,' said the voice.

After that, I called 'Information Please' for everything. I asked her for help with my geography, and she told me where Philadelphia was. She helped me with my math. She told me my pet chipmunk that I had caught in the park just the day before, would eat fruit and nuts.

Then, there was the time Petey, our pet canary, died. I called, 'Information Please,' and told her the sad story. She listened, and then said things grown-ups say to soothe a child. But I was not consoled. I asked her, 'Why is it that birds should sing so beautifully and bring Joy to all families, only to end up as a heap of feathers on the bottom of a cage?'

She must have sensed my deep concern, for she said quietly, 'Wayne, always remember that there are other worlds to sing in.'

Somehow I felt better.

Another day I was on the telephone, 'Information Please.'

'Information,' said in the now familiar voice.

'How do I spell fix?' I asked.

All this took place in a small town in the Pacific Northwest. When I was nine years old, we moved across the country to Boston. I missed my friend very much. 'Information Please' belonged in that old wooden box back home and I somehow never thought of trying the shiny new phone that sat on the table in the hall. As I grew into my teens, the memories of those childhood conversations never really left me.

Often, in moments of doubt and perplexity I would recall the serene sense of security I had then. I appreciated now how patient, understanding, and kind she was to have spent her time on a little boy.

A few years later, on my way west to college, my plane put down in Seattle I had about a half-hour or so between planes. I spent 15 minutes or so on the phone with my sister, who lived there now. Then without thinking what I was doing, I dialed my hometown Operator and said, 'Information Please.'

Miraculously, I heard the small, clear voice I knew so well. 'Information.'

I hadn't planned this, but I heard myself saying, 'Could you please tell me how to spell fix?'

There was a long pause. Then came the soft spoken answer, 'I guess your finger must have healed by now.'

I laughed, 'So it's really you,' I said. 'I wonder if you have any idea how much you meant to me during that time?'

'I wonder,' she said, 'if you know how much your call meant to me. I never had any children and I used to look forward to your calls.'

I told her how often I had thought of her over the years and I asked if I could call her again when I came back to visit my sister.

'Please do,' she said. 'Just ask for Sally.'

Three months later I was back in Seattle a different voice answered:  Information.' I asked for Sally.

'Are you a friend?' she said.

'Yes, a very old friend,' I answered.

'I'm sorry to have to tell you this,' she said. 'Sally had been working part-time the last few years because she was sick. She died five weeks ago.'

Before I could hang up she said, 'Wait a minute, did you say your name was Wayne?'

'Yes.' I answered.

'Well, Sally left a message for you. She wrote it down in case you called. Let me read it to you.' The note said, 'Tell him there are other worlds to sing in. He'll know what I mean.'

I thanked her and hung up. I knew what Sally meant.

Never underestimate the impression you may make on others.

Whose life have you touched today?

Why not pass this on? I just did....

Lifting you on eagle's wings - May you find the joy and peace for which you long.

Life is a journey ... NOT a guided tour.

I loved this story and just had to pass it on. I hope you find it lovable too

   Thank you, Paul!

          From My #2 Son, Brent Harty (Hillsboro HS, IL - '90) of LA - 08/29/14 - "RE: The Black Telephone":


I'm sure you have sent this selection to me before, but I read the story again, as it is a nice story. In the story it said, "Whose life have you touched today?

Today I have the day off for Labor Day weekend - "a training holiday" as we say in the Army. At any rate, I wanted to organize some of
   Jacob's Boy Scout records (he just completed his Board of Review for the rank of Life Scout last Wednesday...!). Anyway, I'm getting his records all squared away as he prepares to work on his Eagle Scout rank. Yesterday his mom sent all his merit badges, merit badge cards, and even some items he had when he was a brand new Cub Scout.

I read that line, "Whose life have you touched today?" and it made me think of that practice of saving Boy Scout Merit Badge cards and where I learned that practice. I, of course, was taught to do that by you, as you did the same thing for me. I still have those cards that represent memories - some with your name on them as the counselor - like the three Citizenship merit badges - and some with others' names. When I think on those cards they all represent seemingly simply, but somehow vast, wonderful memories, like being taught how to splice rope at S-Bar-F Scout Ranch in Missouri, or working on leather belt in Handicraft (that I made as a gift for you) at Camp Brady Saunders in Virginia, or even attending the Lincoln Pilgrimage in Illinois.

I could go on about those great Boy Scout memories that you set the stage to provide to me, but the words just don't quite seem sufficient to capture my thoughts and feelings on the subject. By sorting his Merit Badge cards, his past ranks and badges, I realized that by doing the organization for Jacob in an effort to help him out and make his life better and more enjoyable, that your efforts to do the same for me still have that impact of "touching my life."

I wish I was there to say it in person, but I wanted you to know of my thanks and appreciation for touching my life - again. Scouting is just one of the examples of how you have done this for me.

Thank you so very much, Dad...

Your grateful and humbled son...

     Thank you so much for sharing this, Brent!

       From My Daughter, Adrienne Harty (Hillsboro HS, IL / American School, IL) of NC - 08/29/14 - "Major to Minor Key":

Have you seen these? So cool!

Chase Holfelder - Girls Just Want To Have Fun - "As part of my ongoing series in which I take songs in a major (happy) key and transpose them to a minor (sad) key, here is my rendition of "Girls Just Want To Have Fun" by Cyndi Lauper."

Chase Holfelder - The Star Spangled Banner

   WOWZERS! Thank you for showing me these videos, Adrienne! I've always loved the mournful sound of the minor keys, and Chase has such a beautiful, unusual voice!

  From Wayne Agee ('58) of FL - 08/29/14 - "Women, ya got to love 'em":

Happy Labor Day to all.....

Oh, these are soooo bad .... but will go forward.

Some old...some new...all true !

Women, ya got to love 'em

These are brilliant but sadly they really are for women!

'Cash, check or charge?' I asked, after folding items the woman wished to purchase.
As she fumbled for her wallet, I noticed a remote control for a television set in her purse.
'So, do you always carry your TV remote?' I asked.
'No,' she replied, 'but my husband refused to come shopping with me,
and I figured this was the most evil thing I could do to him legally.'

I know I'm not going to understand women.
I'll never understand how you can take boiling hot wax,
pour it onto your upper thigh, rip the hair out by the root,
and still be afraid of a spider.

A couple drove down a country road for several miles, not saying a word.
An earlier discussion had led to an argument and neither of them wanted to concede their position..
As they passed a barnyard of mules, goats, and pigs, the husband asked sarcastically, 'Relatives of yours?'
'Yep,' the wife replied, 'in-laws.'

A man said to his wife one day, 'I don't know how you can be
so stupid and so beautiful all at the same time.
'The wife responded, 'Allow me to explain.
God made me beautiful so you would be attracted to me;
God made me stupid so I would be attracted to you!

A man and his wife were having an argument about who should brew the coffee each morning..
The wife said, 'You should do it because you get up first, and then we don't have to wait as long to get our coffee.
The husband said, 'You are in charge of cooking around here and you should do it, because that is your job, and I can just wait for my coffee.'
Wife replies, 'No, you should do it, and besides, it is in the Bible that the man should do the coffee.'
Husband replies, 'I can't believe that, show me.'
So she fetched the Bible, and opened the New Testament and showed him at the top of several pages, that it indeed says ... 'HEBREWS'

A man and his wife were having some problems at home and were giving each other the silent treatment.
Suddenly, the man realized that the next day, he would need his wife to wake him at 5:00 AM for an early morning business flight.
Not wanting to be the first to break the silence (and LOSE), he wrote on a piece of paper, 'Please wake me at 5:00 AM.' He left it where he knew she would find it.
The next morning, the man woke up, only to discover it was 9:00 AM and he had missed his flight.
Furious, he was about to go and see why his wife hadn't wakened him, when he noticed a piece of paper by the bed..
The paper said, 'It is 5:00 AM. Wake up..'
Men are not equipped for these kinds of contests.

God may have created man before woman, but there is always a rough draft before the masterpiece.


       Thanks, Wayne!

    From Jimmy Hines ('64) of Northern VA - 08/29/14 - "Christmas in Heaven":  



     Thank you, Jimmy!


From My Friend, Nicole, of UT - 08/29/14 - " - Homemade Bread Bowls":   

"The colder weather has arrived, which for our family, means a lot of warm soups! To me, there is nothing more filling and comforting on a cold day than a nice bowl of soup. What’s the best way to eat soup?…In a bread bowl of course! I LOVE bread bowls! This is a family recipe that we use and I hope you enjoy it as much as my family does."
2½ cups warm water
1 Tbsp. yeast
⅓ cup sugar
⅓ cup oil
1 Tbsp. salt
6-7 cups white all purpose flour

Combine warm water, yeast and sugar and let sit for 10 minutes or until yeast is bubbly.
Add oil, salt, and 1½ cups of flour to the yeast mixture. Mix on low speed (if in a bread mixer).
Begin adding the rest of the flour 1 cup at a time until 5 cups total. Mix on high speed and continue to add the flour ½ cup at a time until the dough begins to clean the sides of the bowl and pulls away toward the middle. Do not add more than 7 cups of flour. Knead for 6 minutes.
Divide dough into 6 pieces. Make round balls. Place on large cookie sheet and let rise until doubled in size.
Bake at 350 degrees F for 20-30 minutes.
Rub tops of bread bowls with butter.
Let Cool.
Cut top out and dig out bread, leaving a hollowed out bread bowl.
Fill with your favorite cream soup or chowder.
We usually put the bread from the center on the plate beside the bowl and dip it into the soup. You can also eat the bowl when you are all done! YUM!

   OOH, YUMMY! Thanks, Nicole!

From Paul's Niece, Celesta, of MO - 08/29/14:    

  AMEN! Thanks for the reminder, Celesta!

From Paul's Nephew, Will, of MO - 08/29/14 - "Idiotitis":    


   Thanks, Will!




  From Ruth Ann Reece Horace ('67) of FL - 08/15/14 - "Cool Signs (#15 in a series of 26)":

Need a chuckle today, read these!

 Thanks, Ruthie!


    From Jimmy Smith ('62 / '63) of VA - 08/17/14 - "I'll bet you didn't know all this...HINTS (#13 in a series of 26)":

  I'm certainly going to try some of these!

   Thanks, Jimmy!


       From George Helliesen ('61) of MI - 08/19/14 - "WE ALL NEED HUMOR (#11 in a series of 11)":

  Those evil seniors!

         Thanks, George! These have been fabulous!


  From Ruth Ann Reece Horace ('67) of FL - 08/19/14 - "Life Isn't So Bad After All (#1 in a series of 8)":
     Thanks, Ruthie!

      From Wayne Stokes ('65) of VA - 08/29/14 - "Messages (#1 in a series of 17)":

     Thank you, Wayne Honey!




From - 08/29/14:

Ham and eggs: a day’s work for a chicken, a lifetime commitment for a pig. 

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

PRAYER ROLL: - updated 07/17/14

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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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But Not for Me

Music by George Gershwin (26 Sept 1898 – 11 July 1937)

Words by Ira Gershwin (06 Dec 1896 – 17 Aug 1983)
Girl Crazy (1930)

Old Man Sunshine -- listen, you!
Never tell me Dreams Come True!
Just try it --
And I'll start a riot.
Beatrice Fairfax -- don't you dare
Ever tell me he will care;
I'm certain
It's the Final Curtain.
I never want to hear
From any cheer -
Full Pollyannas,
Who tell you Fate
Supplies a Mate --
It's all bananas!

They're writing songs of love,
But not for me;
A lucky star's above,
But not for me.

With Love to Lead the Way,
I've found more Clouds of Grey
Than any Russian play
Could guarantee.

I was a fool to fall
And Get That Way;
Heigh ho! Alas! and al-
So, Lackaday!

Although I can't dismiss
The mem'ry of his kiss --
I guess he's not for me.

He's knocking on a door,
But not for me;
He'll plan a two by four,
But not for me.

I know that Love's a Game;
I'm puzzled, just the same --
Was I the Moth or Flam...?
I'm all at sea.

It all began so well,
But what an end!
This is the time a Fell --
Er Needs a Friend;

When ev'ry happy plot
Ends with the marriage knot --
and there's no knot for me.

"But Not for Me" midi (sequenced by Mel Webb) courtesy of - 04/06/06

"But Not for Me" lyrics courtesy of - 04/06/06

The Rachels' "No Love Here" Image courtesy of - 04/06/06

Silver Bar Divider Line clip art courtesy of - 03/28/05

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

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

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

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!

American School Logo courtesy of - 09/05/06

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

Crying Baby clip art courtesy of - 09/28/05 (resaved 02/27/09)

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

Animated Wildly Laughing Dog courtesy of Eva Ellis Madagan ('61) of FL - 11/24/07
Thanks, Eva!

Bright Idea clip art (designed by Heather) courtesy of - 10/30/12

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

Animated Laughing Cat courtesy of Joyce Lawrence Cahoon ('65) of VA - 07/29/08
Thanks, Joyce!

Animated Thumbs Up Smiley courtesy of Al Farber ('64) of GA - 10/19/06
Thanks, Al!

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