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09/17/11 - NNHS Newsletter -
Wind Beneath My Wings

“A hero is somebody who is selfless, who is generous in spirit, who just tries
to give back as much as possible and help people. A hero to me is someone
who saves people and who really deeply cares.”

- Debi Mazar
(b. 13 Aug 1964)

Dear Friends and Schoolmates, 

   We all need heroes in our lives.....

BONUS - - Wind Beneath My Wings - Bette Midler


"Wind Beneath My Wings" (sometimes titled "The Wind Beneath My Wings" and "Hero") is the title of a song written in 1982 by Jeff Silbar and Larry Henley.[1] They recorded a demo of the song, which they gave to musician Bob Montgomery. Montgomery then recorded his own demo version of the song, changing it from the mid-tempo version he was given to a ballad. Silbar and Henley then shopped the song to many artists, eventually resulting in Roger Whittaker becoming the first to release the song commercially. It appeared on his 1982 studio album, also titled Wind Beneath My Wings.

Following Whittaker's recording, many other artists recorded the song, including Sheena Easton (who also recorded it in 1982). Easton's version appeared on her 1982 studio album Madness, Money & Music, though it was not released as a single by her record company. She did, however, perform it on The Tonight Show Starring Johnny Carson, The Merv Griffin Show, her HBO live concert special, as well as her NBC television special.

1983 was the first year "Wind Beneath My Wings" appeared on music industry trade publication charts in the United States. Singer Lou Rawls was the first to score a major hit with the song, as his version peaked at #10 on the Billboard Adult Contemporary chart, as well as #60 on the Billboard Hot Black Singles chart and #65 on the main Billboard Hot 100 singles chart.[2] Gladys Knight & The Pips also released a recording of the song in 1983 under the title "Hero", and their version peaked at #64 on Billboard' Hot Black Singles chart[3] while also reaching #23 on Billboard' Adult Contemporary chart. Singer Gary Morris released a country version of the song in 1983 that charted highest on any of the Billboard music charts that year. Morris's version of the song peaked at #4 on Billboard's Hot Country Singles chart, and also later won both the Academy of Country Music and the Country Music Association awards for Song Of The Year.

But the highest-charting version of the song to date was recorded in 1988 by singer and actress Bette Midler for the soundtrack to the film Beaches. This version of "Wind Beneath My Wings" was released as a single in early 1989, spent one week at #1 on the Billboard Hot 100 singles chart in June 1989, and won Grammy Awards for both Record of the Year and Song of the Year in February 1990. On October 24, 1991, Midler's single was also certitifed Platinum by the Recording Industry Association of America for shipment of one million copies in the United States...

OH, NO!!!:

  From Chuck Jones ('66) of Northern VA - 09/16/11, 6:18 PM - "    tailgate party":


I fell and broke my collar bone this morning. I will be out of commission for the next 6 to 8 weeks.  I am really disappointed that I will not be able to join you.  This is a classic example that reminds me that we should get out and enjoy ourselves at every opportunity, so get out and enjoy yourselves tomorrow.  I have received a lot of emails and telephone calls about the party tomorrow so get your bums out there and party.  Looks like a record breaking number of party goers tomorrow.

Go have some fun.

   YOWZERONI-RINI! Chuck, I am so very sorry to hear this, after all your hard work! Dashed plans have always broken my heart. We wish you a very speedy recovery!


1. 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

2.   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!  

3.     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

   Thanks so much, Bill - if there's any possible way to manage it, I'll see you there!


   Happy Belated Birthday to:

07 -     The late Kathy Pilgrim Clark ('63) (deceased - 03/08/06)!

08 - Carroll Elliott ('57) AND   Gary Fitzgerald ('61) of VA AND   Patti Johnson Stowe ('62) of FL AND   Cheryl Pless Ramsey ('64) of VA;

09 -   Wayne DeBerry ('65) of VA;

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 - Billy Brewer ('57) AND   Jeanette Parrish Houston ('64) of VA;

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


   Happy Birthday today to The late Mr. George McIntosh (deceased - 05/04/05) AND Hugh McLawhorne ('57) AND   Ed Nichols ('62) of Northern VA!

   Happy Birthday tomorrow to Bobby Bell ('57) AND         Gloria Woolard Price (Hampton HS - '65) of FL  AND  The United States Air Force - 1947!

September 18, 1947 - The United States Air Force became an independent branch of the United States armed forces.

   Happy Birthday this week to:

20 - Barry Stutt ('57);

21 - Maxine Petty Ramey ('57);

22 -   Curt Overman ('59) of VA;

23 -        My Oldest Grandson, Andrew Harty (Collinsville HS, IL - '10) of IL currently serving a two-year mission for The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints in Germany;

24 -   Mary Anne Mays Davis ('58) of VA;

   Many Happy Returns, One and All!



Monday, Sept. 16, 1861

Gen. Sterling Price, CSA, was an aggressive commander when he had the opportunity. He had fought Franz Sigel and Nathaniel Lyon to a draw at Wilson’s Creek in August, then withdrawn to Arkansas to get his large but undisciplined army better organized. Today he was back with a vengeance, in the small Missouri town of Lexington. He had the Union forces under Col. James Mulligan surrounded and under siege. Mulligan’s commander, Gen. Fremont, was supposed to be organizing a relief force to march from St. Louis, but was too busy having his supposed allies arrested.

Tuesday, Sept. 16, 1862

It was rapidly becoming obvious that a major battle was soon to take place somewhere near Sharpsburg, Maryland. Lee was calling his scattered army together, and McClellan was on his way, albeit slowly, with his. Ahead of both rode Dr. Jonathan Letterman, Medical Director of the Army of the Potomac. He had the grim task of pre-selecting buildings which would serve as hospitals afterwards. His job, although simplified by the fact that most civilians had long since fled, was complicated by the fact that the ambulances had been left behind in Norfolk, Va. In addition, most of the medical supplies had been used up in the Peninsula Campaign over the summer.

Wednesday, Sept. 16, 1863

Gen. William Rosecrans’ Federal army had taken Chattanooga four days ago, but Braxton Bragg’s Confederate army was nowhere close to defeated. The Southern forces were strung out on a roughly north-south line on the east side of a ridge called Lookout Mountain. Rosecrans’ army was scattered and vulnerable, especially the men with Gen. George Henry Thomas to the south near LeMoyne Cove. Thomas could have easily been isolated and defeated, but the orders to do so never got delivered to Gen. Thomas C. Hindman. The man carrying the orders, a French soldier-of-fortune known as Maj. Nocquot, was not available to testify at the court-martial of Hindman, as he had disappeared. Some $150,000 in Army funds went missing around the same time, but in all the confusion no connection was ever proved.

Friday, Sept. 16, 1864

In the days before mechanical refrigeration, keeping ones' troops in food required some interesting logistics. Hardack could be shipped and stored, but if the troops were to have beef one had to store it on the hoof. Confederate cavalry under Wade Hampton took advantage of superior Union stocks by staging a raid at Coggins' Point, VA, where they captured 300 Federals and, more importantly, what they were guarding--a herd of some 2400 cattle. Getting them back to Petersburg would take several days and several skirmishes, but the food was desperately needed by the besieged forces there.



Tuesday, Sept. 17, 1862

There had been a meeting of certain members of the Maryland state legislature scheduled for today. Despite the fact that the capital of the state is in Annapolis, this little get-together had been planned to take place in Frederick. The reason for the solitude, not to mention the lack of publicity, was that these members were Southern sympathizers, and their intention was to work out a way for Maryland to secede from the Union. Their attempts at secrecy had not been entirely successful, however, and a number of the gentlemen had been arrested by Federal officials on their way to the meeting. They were now on their way to prison on an island in Boston Harbor, and the meeting was cancelled.

Wednesday, Sept. 17, 1862

Sharpsburg, Maryland, was where the two great armies of the East finally met today. McClellan, displaying his characteristic hesitation, kept realigning troops and did not order an attack; Lee, outnumbered two to one, was not inclined to start things either. Although Stonewall Jackson had rejoined the Army of Northern Virginia, A.P. Hill had not, being still on the way from Harpers Ferry. Before the day was done, 23,000 Americans would be dead, wounded or missing: 12,000 Union men and some 11,000 in grey. It has been calculated that during the 12 hours the battle lasted, men died at the rate of 35 per minute. It was the bloodiest single day of the War, or in fact in North American history.

Thursday, Sept. 17, 1863

Braxton Bragg, who had defended Tennessee so well for the Confederacy that he was now backed up into northern Georgia, had had a chance for the last week to attack Rosecrans' exceedingly scattered forces. Although several orders had admittedly been issued, for one reason or another no actual attacks had taken place. One result of this was that acrimonious notes, nastiness and name-calling were making the rounds between Bragg and his corps commanders. The other result of this was that the Union army was now reassembled in much better order, and Bragg had no choice but to attack the whole thing at once. The best plan he could come up with was a thrust at the Federal right, to cut off their line of retreat to Chattanooga. Unfortunately for Bragg, this thought had occurred to Rosecrans as well.

Saturday, Sept. 17, 1864

John C. Fremont, “The Pathfinder”, former commander of the US forces in St. Louis where he spent far more time fighting with Frank Blair Jr. than marching to fight Sterling Price’s Confederates, did a noble deed today. He informed a committee of the Radical Republicans that he was declining their request that he run for President in the primary against Abraham Lincoln. Although he regarded Lincoln as a failure (the fact that Lincoln had relieved him of command in St. Louis may have influenced this opinion), he disliked the Democrat, McClellan, even more. McClellan’s victory, Fremont said, would result in “separation or re-establishment [of the Union] with slavery” still intact.

    From Jennie Sheppard ('62) of NC - 09/11/11 - "New E-mail address":

I've finally gone to broadband internet service. Unfortunately by doing so, I was forced to change my e-mail address. I've only had ONE e-mail address since I got "on-line". 
My computer guy should be here on tomorrow (Monday) to set-up my Outlook Express to work with my new address but I'm not positive he will make it because his work is backed-up from the hurricane.
My new address will be: ______@___________.___ so if you e-mail me at this address and it bounces, please try the old one - ______@__________.___.  Hopefully all this will be cleared up this coming week.

   Thanks, Jennie - I have you all switched!

  From Norris Perry (Warwick HS - '59) of VA - 09/11/11 - "Air Swimmers":

I’m scared   !!!! 

air swimmers- I want one!!

   Oh, every home and business definitely needs one or more of these! If I had had one of these back in the day, I'll bet I wouldn't have had nearly the trouble I did arousing my sleepy-headed little darlings for school and church!

   Thanks, Norris Sweetie!

  From Norris Perry (Warwick HS - '59) of VA - 09/12/11 - "A Twinkle in your Wrinkle":

Never look down on anybody, unless you're helping them up.

Please read the following quietly then send it back on its journey:

To realize the value of a sister/brother,
ask someone who doesn't have one.

To realize the value of ten years:
ask a newly divorced couple.

To realize the value of four years:
ask a graduate.

To realize the value of one year:
ask a student who has failed a final exam.

To realize the value of nine months:
ask a mother who gave birth to a stillborn.

To realize the value of one month:
ask a mother who has given birth to a premature baby.

To realize the value of one minute:
ask a person who has missed the train, bus or plane.

To realize the value of one-second:
ask a person who has survived an accident.

Time waits for no one--treasure every moment you have.

You will treasure it even more when you can share it with someone special.

To realize the value of a friend or family member: LOSE ONE.

The origin of this letter is unknown, but it brings good luck to everyone who passes it on.

Remember....Hold on tight to the ones you love!

Do not keep this letter.

Send it to friends & family to whom you wish a good, long, happy, life.

   Thank you again, Norris Sweetie!

       From George Helliesen ('61) of MI - 09/13/11 - "words to live by":

A great way to live our lives!  We are bombarded by negatives but we all we need is to change our thinking.   Have a great day!


This is AWESOME ... something we should all remember. 
A 92-year-old, petite, well-poised and proud man, who is fully dressed each morning by eight o'clock, with his hair fashionably combed and shaved perfectly, even though he is legally blind, moved to a nursing home today. 
His wife of 70 years recently passed away, making the move necessary. After many hours of waiting patiently in the lobby of the nursing home, he smiled 
sweetly when told his room was ready.    
As he maneuvered his walker to the elevator, I provided a visual description  of his tiny room, including the eyelet sheets that had been hung on his window.  

'I love it,' he stated with the enthusiasm of an eight-year-old having just been presented with a new puppy. 
'Mr. Jones, you haven't seen the room; just wait.' 

''That doesn't have anything to do with it,' he replied.
''Happiness is something you decide on ahead of time. Whether I like my room or not doesn't depend on how the furniture is arranged ... it's how I arrange my mind. I already decided to love it. It's a decision I make every morning when I wake up. I have a choice;  I can spend the day in bed recounting the difficulty I have with the  parts of my body that no longer work, or get out of bed and be thankful  for the ones that do.   

''Each day is a gift, and as long as my eyes open, I'll focus on the new day
  and all the happy memories I've stored away.. Just for this time in my life.'

Old age is like a bank account. You withdraw from what you've put in.   
So, my advice to you would be to deposit a lot of happiness in the bank account of memories!   
Thank you for your part in filling my Memory Bank. I am still depositing.   
'Remember the five simple rules to be happy:   
1. Free your heart from hatred.   
2. Free your mind from worries.   
3. Live simply.   
4. Give more.   
5. Expect less. 
Pass this message to 6 people except me. You will receive a miracle tomorrow.   
Now, STOP! Did you hear what I just said. You WILL receive a miracle  Tomorrow. So send it right now!   

Have a nice day, unless you already have other plans. 

   Thank you so much, George!

  From Judy Phillips Allen ('66) of VA - 09/14/11 - "Philosophy for Old Age":

This is for everyone because we all hope to live a long life.  God bless you!

How to Stay Young

1. Try everything twice. On one woman’s tombstone she said she wanted this epitaph: “Tried everything twice. Loved it both times!”

2. Keep only cheerful friends. The grouches pull you down. (Keep this in mind if you are one of those grouches!)

3. Keep learning: Learn more about the computer, crafts, gardening, whatever… Never let the brain get idle. ‘An idle mind is the devil’s workshop.’
And the devil’s name is Alzheimer’s!

4. Enjoy the simple things.

5. Laugh often, long and loud. Laugh until you gasp for breath. And if you have a friend who makes you laugh, spend lots and lots of time with HIM /HER.

6. The tears happen: Endure, grieve, and move on. The only person who is with us our entire life, is ourselves. LIVE while you are alive.

7. Surround yourself with what you love: Whether it’s family, pets, keepsakes, music, plants, hobbies, whatever… Your home is your refuge.

8. Cherish your health: If it is good, preserve it. If it is unstable, improve it. If it is beyond what you can improve, get help.

9. Don’t take guilt trips… Take a trip to the mall, even to the next county, to a foreign country, but NOT to where the guilt is.

10. Tell the people you love that you love them, at every opportunity. I love you, my special friend.

11. Forgive now those who made you cry. You might not get a second chance… Remember! Lost time can never be found.

12. Be kinder than necessary, for everyone you meet is fighting some kind of battle.

   Thank you, Dearest Judy!


From - 09/16/11:

Did you hear about the two radio antennas that got married?

The wedding was terrible, but the reception was excellent!   

1. 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!

2.     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 - There is now a $15.00 fee to park in the tailgating lot, and you must have cash. - OPEN TO ALL CLASSES!

3. 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.

4. Thursday, October 6, 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.

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 09/02/11

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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Wind Beneath My Wings

Written by
Jeff Silbar and Larry Henley (b. 30 June 1941), 1982

Recorded by Bette Midler (b. 01 Dec 1945), 1988

It must have been cold there in my shadow,
to never have sunlight on your face.
You were content to let me shine, that's your way,
you always walked a step behind.

So I was the one with all the glory,
while you were the one with all the strength.
A beautiful face without a name -- for so long,
a beautiful smile to hide the pain.

Did you ever know that you're my hero,
and ev'rything I would like to be?
I can fly higher than an eagle,
'cause you are the wind beneath my wings.

It might have appeared to go unnoticed,
but I've got it all here in my heart.
I want you to know I know the truth, of course I know it,
I would be nothing with out you.


Fly, fly, fly away,
you let me fly so high.
Oh, fly, fly,
so high against the sky, so high I almost touch the sky.
Thank you, thank you, thank God for you,
the wind beneath my wings.

"Wind Beneath My Wings" midi courtesy of - 09/19/11 (sic)

"Wind Beneath My Wings" lyrics courtesy of - 09/19/11 (sic)

"You're My Hero" clip art courtesy of - 09/19/11 (sic)

Divider Line 256 courtesy of - 09/19/11 (sic)

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!!

Animated USMC, 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

Collinsville High School (IL) Logo courtesy of - 09/22/07

Animated Laughing Smiley courtesy of Janice McCain Rose ('65) of VA - 02/07/05
Thanks, Janice!

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