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09/08/13 - NNHS Newsletter
Grandparents Day

What children need most are the essentials that grandparents
provide in abundance. They give unconditional love,
patience, humor, kindness, comfort, lessons in life.
And, most importantly, cookies.”

- Rudolph W. Giuliani
(b. 28 May 1944)

Dear Friends and Schoolmates,

    Today's Newsletter theme is an annual event we celebrate whenever we manage to remember to do so:

BONUS #1 - - Silver Threads Among the Gold - John McCormack

BONUS #2 - - Silver Threads Among the Gold - Bonnie Prince Billy


"Silver Threads Among the Gold", first copyrighted in 1873, was an extremely popular song in the United States in the late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries. Today it is a staple of barbershop quartet singing. The lyrics are by Eben E. Rexford, and the music by Hart Pease Danks.

In 1930, an Associated Press story published in the New York Times gave some background on the writing of these lyrics. We quote the article:

"Silver Threads Song Traced to Poet’s ‘Re-Hash’ on Order" Shiockton, Wis. (AP).—The love ballad, “Silver Threads Among the Gold,” which has stirred the hearts of more than one generation, was not the inspiration of an aging poet but a “re-hash” produced on order. The story developed after the unveiling of a monument here in honor of the author of the words, Eben E. Rexford, who died in 1916. Rexford made a living by writing verse and flower and garden articles for magazines. When he was 18, he wrote and sold for $3 some verses entitled “Growing Old.” Later, H. P. Danke, composer of the music for “Silver Threads,” wrote to him requesting words for a song. Rexford dug into his scrapbook and revised “Growing Old.” [1]

When Rexford spoke about the song, he explained that he worked his way through college by writing, and it was when he was in college that Danks sent him a request for lyrics, offering to pay three dollars for each song. Rexford submitted nine songs and received $18.00, but no accounting of which six had been accepted or which three had been rejected. In telling the story of the song, Rexford said that he didn't know whether he had been paid $3.00 for it or nothing, since he didn't know if it had been among the six accepted or the three rejected. Rexford first heard the song when a company of Oneida Indians gave a concert in Shiocton and sang it.[2]


    Happy Birthday today to  Carroll Elliott ('57) AND   Gary Fitzgerald ('61) of VA AND   Patti Johnson Stowe ('62) of FL AND   Cheryl Pless Ramsey ('64) of VA!

  Happy Birthday tomorrow to    Wayne DeBerry ('65) of VA!

  Happy Birthday this week to:

10 -    The late Mr. Pete Robinson (deceased 12/23/03);

11 -        The late Bobby Hedrick ('58) (deceased 08/31/09) AND   J. Harrison ('58) of GA AND     My Grandson, Jimmy Harty of TX;

14 -   The late Bill Brewer ('57) (deceased 08/30/12)  AND   Jeanette Parrish Houston ('64) of VA AND    Rick Harman ('65) of VA!

   Many Happy Returns, One and All!


September 07, 1940 - The Blitz Nazi Germany began to rain bombs on London. This was the first of 57 consecutive nights of bombing.

September 07, 1940 - Treaty of Craiova: Romania lost Southern Dobrudja to Bulgaria.

September 07, 1942 - The Russian army counter attacked the German troops outside the city of Stalingrad.

September 07, 1942 - Holocaust: 8,700 Jews of Kolomyia (western Ukraine) were sent by German Gestapo to death camp in Belzec.

September 07, 1942 - First flight of the Consolidated B-32 Dominator.

September 07, 1943 - The German 17th Army began its evacuation of the Kuban River bridgehead (Taman Peninsula) in southern Russia and moved across the Strait of Kerch to the Crimea.

September 07, 1945 - Japanese forces on Wake Island, which they had held since December of 1941, surrendered to U.S. Marines.


Saturday, September 07, 1963 - The Pro Football Hall of Fame opened in Canton, Ohio with 17 charter members.

Saturday, September 07, 1963 - Rapper and producer (N.W.A.) Eazy-E was born Eric Lynn Wright in Compton, California.  He died due to "complications from AIDS" one month after his diagnosis, on 26 Mar 1995 at Cedars Sinai Medical Center in Los Angeles, California. He was 31 years old.

Saturday, September 07, 1963 - Bass player (Social Distortion and Agent Orange) Brent Liles was born Brent Harrold Liles. He died on 18 Jan 2007 at the age of 43.


September 08, 1941 - The Siege of Leningrad began: German forces began a siege against the Soviet Union's second-largest city, Leningrad.

September 08, 1943 - The O.B.S. (German General Headquarters for the Mediterranean zone) in Frascati was bombed by USAAF.

September 08, 1943 - United States General Dwight D. Eisenhower publicly announced the surrender of Italy to the Allies and the Allied armistice with Italy.

September 08, 1944 - London was hit by a V2 rocket for the first time.

September 08, 1944 - Menton, a commune in the Alpes-Maritimes department in the Provence-Alpes-Côte d'Azur region in southeastern France, was liberated from Germany.


Sunday, September 08, 1963 - Footballer Alexandros Alexiou  (Αλέξης Αλεξίου) was born in Greece.

Sunday, September 08, 1963 - Comedian Hitoshi Matsumoto (松本 人志) was born in Amagasaki, Hyōgo, Japan.

Sunday, September 08, 1963 - Director Brad Silberling was born Bradley Mitchell Silberling in Washington, D.C.


       From George Helliesen ('61) of MI - 09/02/13 AND       From Wayne Stokes  ('65) of VA - 09/07/03 - "And Then It Is Winter":

   Thank you, Gentlemen! This essay has become such a popular selection and has touched so many hearts, that it certainly has earned a place in our permanent archive, so as of today it may be accessed directly from our Site Map, and is today's "New on Site" feature:

    From Susie Overton Jones ('63) of VA - 09/07/13, 8:20 AM - " Jane Stephenson Montgomery":

Jane Stephenson Montgomery lost her fight with cancer today...the message below from her husband, Mike, was posted on . 
"Jane went peacefully this morning at 6:45.
She is now with her granddaughter Morgan making beautiful music in the heavens."
Her home address for any who which to send a sympathy card:
3242 Downing Street, Lynchburg, VA 24503

Thank you,
Susie Overton Jones
Class of 1963

   Oh, Susie, I am so very sorry to hear this! Jane was such a lovely woman, brilliant and talented, warm and gracious. I had no idea she was ill. Thank you for letting me know.  

  From Karrin Williams Frankie (Warwick HS - '61) of VA - 09/06/13, 9:18 AM - "DEATH OF   NOWELL ZOUMPLIS":


     Fred Mays ('60 - of VA) called me this week to let me know Nowell Zoumplis ’66 (brother of    Jerry61) died this week. No obit was in the paper and funeral was small and at his church.

Karrin Williams Frankie WHS ‘61

    Thank you, Karrin! I received several notifications of this, and posted it on our Newsletter link in a yellow section, dated 09/01/13:

   This page not only contains links to the Newsletters for an entire year, it serves as a message board. Often I am ill or busy and cannot fully complete something at the moment, but I will leave permanent notifications there, such as card showers, lame excuses, etc.

   Now if only I could persuade anyone to ever look at it!

   As no obituary was published, thoughts of Nowell are published on the In Memoriam Page for his class:

    From Don Chaney ('66) of MD - 09/07/13 - "  Nowell Zoumplis":


Had you seen this?


    From Dee Hodges Bartram ('66) of VA - 09/05/13:

I was informed today that Nowell Zoumplis died on Sunday and that a church funeral was held on Tuesday.  There was nothing in the paper because the family is in a financial crisis due to Nowell’s lengthy illness.  If you would like to send a donation to help his family with expenses here is the name and address of the church:

Chestnut Memorial Methodist Church
1024 Harpersville Road
Newport News, VA 23601

Please note that the donation is for the Love Fund for the Zoumplis Family.

Here is the address I have for his home:  216 Palen Avenue, Newport News, VA  23601.  Anna Zoumplis is his wife’s name.


   No, Donnie, I had not received it; thank you so much for passing it along to me!

   I've permanently posted this information in that same yellow space labeled 09/01/13 I mentioned above:

       From My Daughter, Adrienne Harty (Hillsboro HS, IL / American School, IL) of NC - 09/07/13 - "Funny LDS Humor":

   Thanks so much, Adrienne! This is like a lot of my favorite jokes; it may only appeal to a limited audience, but they will really, really enjoy it!

  From My Friend, Brynn, of IL - 09/06/13 - "Homemade Bouncy Balls":

(NO KIDDING! Just like out of the gumball machine! great to do with the kids...or FOR the kids!)
  Homemade Bouncy Balls

2 cups
Measuring spoons

A stir stick
2 tbsp hot water
1/2 tsp borax
1 tbsp glue
1 tbsp corn starch
Food coloring (optional)

Pour the water and borax into the first cup and stir the mixture until it is dissolved.

Pour the glue, cornstarch and food coloring into the second cup and mix. Then add the mixture from the first cup into the second cup.

Let the ingredients sit for 15 seconds then stir.

Once the mixture becomes difficult to stir, scoop it out of the cup, and roll into a ball. Enjoy!!!


   WOWZERS! Thanks, Brynn!


From My Friend, Tina, of NC - 09/06/13 - "Problem Solving":

  Thanks, Tina!

From My Friend, Dan, of Northern VA - 09/06/13 - "Mornings":

      BOY HOWDY! Thanks, Dan!

From My Friend, CJ, of IL - 09/06/13 - "If You Love Someone":

     Thanks, CJ!

 From My Friend, Angela, of NC - 09/06/13 - "Apple Crisp":

How many of you remember having apple crisp for dessert when you were growing up? I love apple crisp warm with vanilla ice cream and it can't get much easier than this ......
  Apple Crisp

8×8 glass dish, buttered
5 medium apples, peeled, cored and sliced thin
¾ packed brown sugar
½ cup all-purpose flour
½ cup oats
6 tablespoons butter, softened
1 teaspoon cinnamon
½ teaspoon nutmeg
¼ teaspoon salt

Preheat oven to 375 degrees. Put apple slices in bottom of greased dish. Mix remaining ingredients. Sprinkle over apples, completely covering them. Bake about 30-35 minutes. Serve warm with vanilla ice cream. So easy. So Delish!

   YUM! Thank you, Angela!


  From Joyce Lawrence Cahoon ('65) of VA - 08/23/13 - "For the dog lovers" (#14 in a Series of 18):

     AWW!  Thanks, Joyce!


BONUS SILVER THREAD CROCHET PATTERN: - Silver Wire Granny Square Earrings - "If you're like us, after last week's Crocheting with Wire tutorial, you'll be itching to try out your first wire project! Our Granny Square Earrings are the perfect beginner's project. It uses a pattern you probably already know by heart--the traditional granny square--and is simply worked in a new medium. What could be easier? Give it a go! I'll help you out if you get stuck."

BONUS SILVER WHITE CAKE RECIPE: - Silver White Cake - "A delicious light, white cake. Whip one up and get ready to rake in the prizes. This is great iced with French Silk Frosting."

From - 09/07/13:

“I’ve never flown before, said the nervous old lady to the pilot. “You will bring me down safely, won’t you?

“All I can say, ma’am,” said the pilot, “is that I’ve never left anyone up there yet!”

1. Thursday, October 3, 2013 - 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. Friday and Saturday, October 4 and 5, 2013 - The NNHS Class of 1963 will hold their 50-Year Reunion at the Crowne Plaza Hotel, Hampton on the Water. Friday night will also be open to the Classes of 1962 and 1964. SEE: The website which has been set up for their class at; CONTACT: Frank Gibson,, Joyce Williams Nettles,, or Susie Overton Jones,; FORM: Registration-Classes-of-1962-and-1964-B.docx

3. Wednesday, October 9, 2013 - 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.

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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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Silver Threads Among the Gold

Words by
Eben E. Rexford (16 July 1848 - 18 Oct 1916)

Music by
Hart Pease Danks (06 Apr 1834 – 20 Nov 1903), 1873

Darling, I am growing old,
Silver threads among the gold
Shine upon my brow today;
Life is fading fast away;
But, my darling, you will be, will be,
Always young and fair to me,
Yes, my darling, you will be,
Always young and fair to me.

When your hair is silver white,
And your cheeks no longer bright,
With the roses of the May;
I will kiss your lips and say-
Oh! my darling, mine alone, alone,
You have never older grown,
Yes, my darling, mine alone,
You have never older grown.

Love can never more grow old,
Locks may lose their brown and gold,
Cheeks may fade and hollow grow,
But the hearts that love will know
Never, never, winter's frost and chill:
Summer warmth is in them still-
Never winter's frost and chill,
Summer warmth is in them still.

Love is always young and fair,-
What to us is silver hair,
Faded cheeks or steps grown slow,
To the heart that beats below?
Since I kissed you, mine alone, alone,
You have never older grown-
Since I kissed you, mine alone,
You have never older grown.

Darling, I am growing old,
Silver threads among the gold,
Shine upon my brow today;
Life is fading fast away.

"Silver Threads Among the Gold" midi and lyrics courtesy of - 09/09/06

Grandparents' Day clip art courtesy of - 09/08/07

Pink Rose Divider Line clip art courtesy of - 04/05/06

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

Animated USMC and Air Force Flags clip art courtesy of - 06/18/03

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

American School Logo courtesy of - 09/05/06

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

Animated Rolling on the Floor Laughing Boy courtesy of - 04/06/05

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

Animated "Happy Little Rabbits We Are" clip art courtesy of - 04/25/09

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 Laughing Kitty courtesy of Tom Flax ('64) of VA - 06/03/06
Thanks, Tom!

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