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09/13/14 - NNHS Newsletter -
My Dreams Are Getting Better All the Time

All our dreams can come true, if we have the courage to pursue them.”

- Walt Disney
(05 Dec 1901 - 15 Dec 1966)

Dear Friends and Schoolmates,

   Today's theme song was one of the #1 hits from 1945 - and you know what a sucker I am for All Things 40's! To my knowledge no midi file exists (at least not for free), so just watch the two bonus videos, and we'll all be happy!

BONUS #1 - - My Dreams Are Getting Better All the Time - Doris Day with Les Brown and His Orchestra, 1945

BONUS #2 - - My Dreams Are Getting Better All the Time - Perry Como 


"My Dreams Are Getting Better All the Time" is a popular song.

The music was written by Vic Mizzy and the lyrics by Manny Curtis. The song was published in 1945.

The biggest hit version of the song was recorded by the Les Brown Orchestra with a vocal by Doris Day. Another charting version was done by Johnny Long with Dick Robertson.

The Les Brown/Doris Day recording was released by Columbia Records as catalog number 36779. The record first reached the Billboard magazine charts on March 15, 1945 and lasted 12 weeks on the chart, peaking at #1.[1] Although this record was made after the big Brown/Day hit,"Sentimental Journey," it actually hit the charts earlier...


"If ever this was proof that a song had the capacity to crawl in your head and stay there -- invited or not -- I would nominate this one. Though it did reach number one in 1945, it's rarely heard these days, in any form -- even on the oldies radio stations. I stumbled across it while looking for other songs, and happened to have it playing while I continued my search. I'll be doggoned if the melody didn't set up residence in my head."


   Happy Birthday tomorrow to   The late Bill Brewer ('57) (deceased 08/30/12)  AND   Jeanette Parrish Houston ('64) of VA AND    Rick Harman ('65) of VA;!

   Happy Birthday this week to:

16 -   Tena Goodson Hensel ('39) of VA AND    The late Mr. John Huller ('43) (deceased 07/29/09) AND Brian Cooper of SC;

17 - The late Mr. George McIntosh (deceased - 05/04/05) AND Hugh McLawhorne ('57) AND   Ed Nichols ('62) of Northern VA;

18 - Bobby Bell ('57) AND         Gloria Woolard Price (Hampton HS - '65) of FL  AND  The United States Air Force - 1947;

20 - Barry Stutt ('57)!

   Many Happy Returns, One and All!


September 13, 1814 - In a turning point in the War of 1812, the British failed to capture Baltimore.


September 13, 1914 - World War I: South African troops opened hostilities in German south-west Africa (Namibia) with an assault on the Ramansdrift police station.

September 13, 1914 - World War I: The Battle of Aisne began between Germany and France.


September 13, 1940 - German bombs damaged Buckingham Palace.

September 13, 1940 - Italy invaded Egypt by crossing the Libyan border.

September 13, 1942 -Second day of the Battle of Edson's Ridge in the Guadalcanal campaign: U.S. Marines successfully defeated attacks by the Imperial Japanese Army with heavy losses for the Japanese forces.

September 13, 1943 - Chiang Kai-shek was elected President of the Republic of China.

September 13, 1943 - The Municipal Theatre of Corfu, Greece was destroyed during an aerial bombardment by Luftwaffe.

September 13, 1945 - Iran demanded the withdrawal of Allied troops.


Sunday, September 13, 1964 - South Vietnamese Generals Lâm Văn Phát and Dương Văn Đức failed in a coup attempt against General Nguyễn Khánh.

Sunday, September 13, 1964 - Talk show host, journalist, and author Tavis Smiley was born in Gulfport, Mississippi.

   From Malcolm Davis ('65) of VA - 09/12/14, 11:03 AM - "Newsletter":

I have not been getting them again. Are you using another email service or something?

Rainy Days and Mondays is where I stopped receiving them. Thanks for your ongoing hard work.

      No, Darlin', I have just had difficulty concentrating lately, which means I haven't produced any Newsletters lately to announce. Often I have tried to work but became overwhelmingly confused and quit in frustration. Or in other words, sometimes your last sentence is simply not exactly true...

   Thanks, Malcolm! It's good to be missed!  

    From My Cousin, Jim Atkinson (John Randolph Tucker HS - '77) of AZ - 09/13/14 - "Nine-Inch Centipede": 

  Seriously big (9 inch) centipede found out on the desert tonight.

Normally, I let them pass but a friend's daughter has asked us to hold on to one for her.....

      YOWZERS! Thanks, Jim!


    From Jimmy Smith ('62 / '63) of VA - 09/17/14 - "Paraprosdokians":


Winston Churchill loved them. They are figures of speech in which the latter part of a sentence or phrase is surprising or unexpected, and are frequently humorous.

1. Where there's a will, I want to be in it.

2. The last thing I want to do is hurt you. But it's still on my list.

3. Since light travels faster than sound, some people appear bright until you hear them speak.

4. If I agreed with you, we'd both be wrong.

5. We never really grow up, we only learn how to act in public.

6. War does not determine who is right - only who is left.

7. Knowledge is knowing a tomato is a fruit. Wisdom is not putting it in a fruit salad.

8. To steal ideas from one person is plagiarism. To steal from many is research.

9. I didn't say it was your fault, I said I was blaming you.

10. In filling out an application, where it says, 'In case of emergency, Notify:' I put 'DOCTOR'.

11. Women will never be equal to men until they can walk down the street with a bald head and a beer gut, and still think they are sexy.

12. You do not need a parachute to skydive. You only need a parachute to skydive twice.

13. I used to be indecisive. Now I'm not so sure.

14. To be sure of hitting the target, shoot first and call whatever you hit the target.

15. Going to church doesn't make you a Christian any more than standing in a garage makes you a car.

16 You're never too old to learn something stupid.

17. I'm supposed to respect my elders, but it’s getting harder and harder for me to find one now.

      Thanks, Jimmy - these are delightful!

      From Buster Vest ('63) of VA - 09/11/14 - "THE MAGIC BANK ACCOUNT -- WORTH READING":
Never looked at it this way.

The Magic Bank Account

Imagine that you had won the following *PRIZE* in a contest: Each morning your bank would deposit $86,400 in your private account for your use. However, this prize has rules. The set of rules:

1. Everything that you didn't spend during each day would be taken away from you.

2. You may not simply transfer money into some other account.

3. You may only spend it.

4. Each morning upon awakening, the bank opens your account with another $86,400 for that day.

5. The bank can end the game without warning; at any time it can say, “Game Over!". It can close the account and you will not receive a new one.

What would you personally do?

You would buy anything and everything you wanted right? Not only for yourself, but for all the people you love and care for. Even for people you don't know, because you couldn't possibly spend it all on yourself, right?

You would try to spend every penny, and use it all, because you knew it would be replenished in the morning, right?

ACTUALLY, This GAME is REAL ...Shocked ??? YES!

Each of us is already a winner of this *PRIZE*. We just can't seem to see it.


1. Each morning we awaken to receive 86,400 seconds as a gift of life.

2. And when we go to sleep at night, any remaining time is not credited to us.

3. What we haven't used up that day is forever lost.

4. Yesterday is forever gone.

5. Each morning the account is refilled, but the bank can dissolve your account at any time without warning...

So, what will you do with your 86,400 seconds?

Those seconds are worth so much more than the same amount in dollars. Think about it and remember to enjoy every second of your life, because time races by so much quicker than you think.

So take care of yourself, be happy, love deeply, and enjoy life! Here's wishing you a wonderful and beautiful day. Start “spending”....


   Thank you for this reminder, Buster!

      From My Niece, Shari, of VA - 09/11/14 - "Interesting Facts About The Wizard Of Oz, Super Weird News Stories & More":
Touching story of dog's last day. Ahh..made me cry.


*-- Traveler's Complaints --*


1. "I think it should be explained in the brochure that the local convenience store does not sell proper biscuits like custard creams or ginger nuts."

2. "It's lazy of the local shopkeepers in Puerto Vallarta to close in the afternoons. I often needed to buy things during 'siesta' time -- this should be banned."

3. "On my holiday to Goa in India, I was disgusted to find that almost every restaurant served curry. I don't like spicy food."

4. "We booked an excursion to a water park but no-one told us we had to bring our own swimsuits and towels. We assumed it would be included in the price."

5. "The beach was too sandy. We had to clean everything when we returned to our room."

6. "We found the sand was not like the sand in the brochure. Your brochure shows the sand as white but it was more yellow."

7. "They should not allow topless sunbathing on the beach. It was very distracting for my husband who just wanted to relax."

8. "No-one told us there would be fish in the water. The children were scared."

9. "All though the brochure said that there was a fully equipped kitchen, there was no egg-slicer in the drawers."

10. "We went on holiday to Spain and had a problem with the taxi drivers as they were all Spanish."

11. "The roads were uneven and bumpy, so we could not read the local guide book during the bus ride to the resort. Because of this, we were unaware of many things that would have made our holiday more fun."

12. "It took us nine hours to fly home from Jamaica to England. It took the Americans only three hours to get home. This seems unfair."

13. "I compared the size of our one-bedroom suite to our friends' three-bedroom and ours was significantly smaller."

14. "The brochure stated: 'No hairdressers at the resort.' We're trainee hairdressers and we think they knew and made us wait longer for service."

15. "When we were in Spain, there were too many Spanish people there. The receptionist spoke Spanish, the food was Spanish. No one told us that there would be so many foreigners."

16. "We had to line up outside to catch the boat and there was no air-conditioning."

17. "It is your duty as a tour operator to advise us of noisy or unruly guests before we travel."

18. "I was bitten by a mosquito. The brochure did not mention mosquitoes."

19. "My fiancée and I requested twin-beds when we booked, but instead we were placed in a room with a king bed. We now hold you responsible and want to be re-reimbursed for the fact that I became pregnant.. This would not have happened if you had put us in the room that we booked..



*-- Bug Problem --*

One night, as he finished his last beer, Joe's doorbell rang. He answered the door and found a six-foot cockroach standing there. The bug grabbed him by the collar and threw him across the room, then left.

The next night, the doorbell rang, and found the same six-foot cockroach standing there. The big bug punched him in the stomach, then left.

The same thing happened the next night. This time, he was kneed in the groin and hit behind the ear as he doubled over in pain. Then the big bug left.

The following day, Joe went to see his doctor. He explained the events of the preceding four nights. "What can I do?" he pleaded.

"Not much," the doctor replied. "There's just a nasty bug going around."



Makeup in 1939 wasn't as safe as the stuff performers wear today. Buddy Ebsen, who was originally cast as the Tin Man, had to leave the film when his lungs became infected by aluminum dust. The makeup was adjusted for Jack Haley, but he still remembered it as "awful."

Margaret Hamilton's copper-based makeup as the Wicked Witch was poisonous, so she lived on a liquid diet during the film, and the makeup was carefully cleaned off her each day.

The lights required for Technicolor were so bright that Dorothy's dress, which appears blue and white, was actually blue and pink. Also, the slippers -- silver in Baum's book -- were made red to show off the process. Incidentally, the five known pairs from the film are each worth $1.5 million today.

Victor Fleming directed "The Wizard of Oz" and then took over the direction of "Gone With The Wind," for which he won the Oscar for directing, both released in 1939.

Because of the many lights on the set, Bert Lahr's Cowardly Lion costume was especially heavy and hot. After takes, Lahr would remove the costume, and both he and the costume were blasted with air from blow dryers to cool him.

Toto the dog's real name was Terry and was actually a female. Terry appeared in 15 films and was mostly paid $125 per week.


The Merv Griffin Show's director was Dick Carson, Johnny Carson's brother.

Gilligan's first name on Gilligan's Island was Willy. The skipper's name was Jonas Grumby.

Sixty percent of the U.S. television viewing audience watched the last episode of M*A*S*H in 1983.

Jay North, star of TV's Dennis the Menace, was also the voice of Bam-Bam Rubble.

Nancy Reagan appeared in Diff'rent Strokes to tell kids to "Just Say No."

In 1986, in the very last scene of Search for Tomorrow, after 35 years on the air, Stu asks Jo what she is searching for. "Tomorrow," she replies.


Bizarre News

*-- Accused biter allegedly said it was 'zombie game' --*

LAKESIDE, Ore. (UPI) - An Oregon woman accused of breaking into a woman's home and biting the resident allegedly told the victim she "was playing the zombie game," police said. The Coos County Sheriff's Office said Jessica Rocha was caught trying to break into Erica Tate's Lakeside home early Monday and the suspect allegedly attacked Tate by pushing her down the stairs, pulling her hair and biting her, the Coos Bay (Ore.) World reported. Deputies responded to the scene just before 1 a.m. and Rocha was arrested on charges of first-degree attempted burglary, fourth-degree assault, harassment, unlawful entry to a motor vehicle and third-degree criminal mischief. Tate told deputies Rocha told her during the attack she "was playing the zombie game." There was no word Tuesday on exactly what "zombie game" the suspect was referencing.

*-- 14-year-old lives in Texas Walmart undetected for 4 days --*

CORSICANA, Texas (UPI) - A Texas teen was able to hide out in a Walmart in Corsicana for more than half-a-week without anyone forcing him to roll-back or roll-out. The 14-year-old was able to spend four days in the Walmart without being detected after building himself two hiding spaces. He put one in the baby aisle and the other hide-out was behind stacks of paper towels and toilet paper. "You never expect that you're at Walmart and someone has been living there for four days. That's crazy," Walmart customer Myrna Aguilar told CBS 11 News. The boy was able survive off of food he stole from the store and guzzle juice via a hole he cracked in the back wall of the drink aisle. He even had a makeshift bed and a fish from the pet department. In order to avoid being noticed when he was in plain sight, the boy would change his clothes periodically. He also wore diapers to avoid using the restroom at the store. Trash eventually led to the boy being discovered, but he was released into the custody of relatives and Walmart does not plan on filing charges.

*- Teacher arrested for being drunk in classroom -*

FLORENCE, Ariz. (UPI) - At least she kept her pants on, unlike a teacher in Oklahoma. An Arizona math teacher was arrested at San Tan Valley high school on Wednesday after she allegedly had to take a taxi to work because she was too drunk to drive. Kathleen Jardine somehow made it into her classroom and attempted to teach, but then aroused her students' suspicions by "yelling and cursing" at them. "She just seemed slow," student Cole McCormick told CBS 5. After a school security officer found vodka and mixers in her classroom, the 57-year-old allegedly admitted she had been drinking and the alcohol belonged to her. Jardine was cited for consumption of alcohol in public and she could also be facing a disorderly conduct charge, according to a press release from the Pinal County Sheriff's Office. According to Gilbert Police, Jardine was arrested for driving drunk the day before and cited for extreme DUI and failure to maintain a lane. "Learning math can be hard enough, I can't imagine trying to learn it from a drunk teacher," said Sheriff Paul Babeu. "This is not the first time teacher Kathleen Jardine has been intoxicated in the classroom."


Why Me?


Years ago I was in a devastating accident.

I am still in recovery daily.

The thing that has pulled me through it all has been having an Attitude of Gratitude.

When I read the issue "Why Me," I wanted to share with you what I have learned to do for myself each and every day.

To keep an Attitude of Gratitude at all times, I have learned to have a "Gratitude Prayer" once a day.

I have this prayer just before lying down for the night.

I do nothing in it but pray my thankfulness for things that I am grateful for on that particular day.

When I first started this practice, my prayers were very short.

As the years have passed, they have become a time of peace each day that I look forward to as I share with my Father in Heaven all the bounty He has given me that day.

I acknowledge His hand in the giving of that bounty.

My world is beautiful because of constant gratitude.

I have made it such a part of my life, that at times during the day when something happens, I raise my eyes to Heaven and say, "Thank you, God."

My change in taking charge of my life in this manner has indeed been a gift, for I have a constant smile, inside and out, by merely looking at the world differently.

Sue Adams
Cheyenne, Wyoming

   Thank you, Shari!

From My Friend, LaMerle, of VA and NC - 09/11/14 - "Big Duck?":

  WOWZERS! Thanks, LaMerle! I can scarcely believe that I never noticed this before!

      From Wayne Stokes ('65) of VA - 08/29/14 - "Messages (#15 in a series of 17)":

     Thank you, Wayne Honey!

      From My Niece, Shari, of VA - 09/04/14 - "Ways to decorate using old items... (#7 in a series of 18)":  

  Love some of these ideas. The show Flea Market Flip, with Lara Spencer, is another source to get great ideas...

        COOL BEANS! Thanks, Shari!


  From Joyce Lawrence Cahoon ('65) of VA - 09/08/14 - "Church Pics (#1 in a Series of 19)":

  IN GOD WE TRUST--If GOD is your co-pilot, change seats!

     GIGGLES! Thank you, Joyce!


BONUS DREAMY CROCHET PATTERN: - Dreamy Throw - "This classically designed throw is crocheted in panels so it's easy to take with you and keep your fingers busy wherever you may go. The interesting shell stitch patterning forms lacy elegant diamonds."

BONUS DREAMY RECIPES: - Dreamy Basil Pesto - "Homemade pesto is far superior to shop bought and very easy to make. This version uses roast garlic which adds a mellow unctuousness - perfect if you find raw garlic too overpowering." - Jamie Oliver's Dreamy Marshmallow Pavlova - "With cloudlike homemade marshmallow, this pavlova is the stuff dreams are made of."


From - 09/12/14:

A completely inebriated man was stumbling down the street with one foot on the curb and one foot in the gutter.

A cop pulled up and said, "I've got to take you in, pal. You're obviously drunk."

Our wasted friend asked, "Officer, are ya absolutely sure I'm drunk?"

Yeah, buddy, I'm sure," said the copper. "Let's go."

Breathing a sigh of relief, the wino said, "Thank goodness, I thought I was a cripple."

1. 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

2. 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

3. Wednesday, November 12, 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.

PRAYER ROLL: - updated 07/17/14

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   Y'all take good care of each other!  TYPHOONS FOREVER! 
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                          Love to all, Carol





Carol Buckley Harty
7020 Lure Court
Fayetteville, NC 28311-9309


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My Dreams Are Getting Better All the Time

Words by Manny Curtis (1911-1984)
Music by
Vic Mizzy (09 Jan1916 - 17 Oct 2009)

Recorded by
Les Brown Orchestra with a vocal by Doris Day (b. 03 Apr 1924), 1945 (#1)
Introduced by Marion Hutton in the film "In Society"

Well, what do you know
He smiled at me in my dreams last night
My dreams are getting better all the time

And what do you know
He smiled at me in a different light
My dreams are getting better all the time

To think that we were strangers
A couple of nights ago
And though it's a dream, I never dreamed
He'd ever say hello

Oh maybe tonight, I'll hold him tight
When the moonbeams shine
My dreams are getting better all the time

Well, what do you know
He smiled at me in my dream last night
My dreams are getting better all the time

And what do you know
He looked at me in a different light
My dreams are getting better all the time

To think that we were strangers
A couple of nights ago
Though it's a dream, I never dreamed
He'd ever say hello

Oh maybe tonight, I'll hold him tight
When the moonbeams shine
My dreams are getting better all the time

"My Dreams Are Getting Better All the Time" lyrics courtesy of - 09/12/12

"Dreaming World" Image courtesy of - 09/12/12

Laughing Jester Smiley clip art courtesy of Bill Hobbs ('66) of Northern VA - 10/06/09
Thanks, Bill!

Animated Divider Bar 116 clip art courtesy of - 01/25/10

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 Famous Marines who served in the South Pacific during WWII.
Thanks again, Herbie!! 

Animated Air Force, Army, and Navy Flags clip art courtesy of - 06/18/03

Hampton High School's Crab clip art courtesy of - 10/02/05
Replaced courtesy of - 02/17/09

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

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

Animated Hiding Mallard (by AF Artist - Josh Doohen) courtesy of - 05/15/08

Animated Sickly Smiley clip art courtesy of - 06/02/10

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

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

Coast Guard Seal clip art courtesy of - 10/03/07

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

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