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09/20/14 - NNHS Newsletter - Pretend

“Be careful what you pretend to be because you are what you pretend to be.”

Kurt Vonnegut
(11 Nov 1922 - 11 Apr 2007)

Dear Friends and Schoolmates,   

   I heard this lovely old Nat King Cole 1952 classic on TV recently, and thought it'd be perfect for today's Newsletter.

BONUS - - Pretend - Nat King Cole


"Pretend" is a popular song, written in 1952 by Lew Douglas, Cliff Parman, and Frank Levere.

The best-known recording, by Nat King Cole was released by Capitol Records as catalog number 2346. It first reached the Billboard magazine Best Seller chart on January 31, 1953 and lasted 20 weeks on the chart, peaking at #3. [1]


  From Judy Phillips Allen ('66) of VA - 09/19/14, 4:02 PM and 09/20/14, 10:11 AM - "    Jerry (Allen - '65 - of VA)":

Hello, everybody!

Just a quick note to let you know that Jerry’s surgery went well. He is napping. The doc said that he had a little more work to do than expected, but that all went well and he can do things as he starts to feel like it...that is slowly and gradually. Of course, he can NOT lift and do heavy work for several weeks. He can come home tomorrow and sit in his new chair that was just delivered. He just needs to rest tonight and the weekend. We aren’t sure how the pain level will be for the next few days. I will keep you posted.

Thanks for the prayers! They are working.
God Bless you all!
J & J

Jerry will stay an additional night at the hospital for precautionary measures. They want to keep him close to watch the drainage from the incision.
He had a very restful night. He feels no pain, the bed is comfortable, and the food is pretty good.

Thanks again for caring.


   SUPER! Thank you, Dearest Judy! Tell your sweet husband that he continues to be in our thoughts and prayers!


   Happy Birthday tomorrow to   Curt Overman ('59) of VA  AND    Lola Babb Hallman ('63) of NC!  

   Happy Birthday this week to:

23 - Fred Fox ('63) AND        My Oldest Grandson, Andrew Harty (Collinsville HS, IL - '10) of IL;

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

25 - Jimmy Stroup ('57) AND James Comer ('57) AND    Robert Coffee ('63) AND   Don Wilson (John Marshall HS - '64) of VA AND     Jerry Allen ('65) of VA;

26 - The late      Tommy Scott ('61) (deceased 01/05/10);

27 -  Judy McCall Nesbitt ('65) of NC!

   Many Happy Returns, One and All!


September 20, 1942 - Holocaust in Letychiv, Ukraine. In the course of two days German SS murdered at least 3,000 Jews.

September 20, 1943 - Operation Source began when British submarines attempted to sink the German battleship Tirpitz as it sat in Norwegian waters. The six submarines involved did enough damage to cripple the battleship for 6 months.

September 20, 1946 - The first Cannes Film Festival  premiered. The original premier was delayed in 1939 due to World War II. 


Sunday, September 20, 1964 - Bass player (Pennywise and One Hit WonderRandy Bradbury was born in Long Beach, California.

Sunday, September 20, 1964 - Actress Maggie Cheung, also known as Cheung Man-yuk (張曼玉), was born in Hong Kong, Hong Kong.

     From Terry Seay ('67) of TN - 09/17/14 - "HOUSE CONCERT: SAT SEPT 27TH 'LADIES IN WAITING' ": 

So very honored to showcase these truly amazing singer/songwriter/artists at our house concert series. Coupled with a couple of opening songwriter rounds this event promises to be one that you surely do not want to miss.

I have also (prepared) an alternate route to our house caused by the fire closing our exit. This 8 minute loop only affects the trip to our house as the trip from our house remains unchanged. (Contact me and I'll forward it to you.) So grab some friends and leave a little earlier and come visit us.

RSVP to me at: 

   COOL BEANS! Thanks, Terry! Y'all have fun!


  From Wayne Agee ('58) of FL - 09/17/14 - " You know you're in a Texas Church when...":

People grumble about Noah letting coyotes on the ark.
The preacher says, "I'd like to ask Bubba to help take up the collection offering" and five guys stand up.
The restrooms are outside.
Opening day of deer season is recognized as an official church holiday.
A member of the church requests to be buried in his 4-wheel drive truck because "It ain't never been in a hole it couldn't get out of."
When it rains, everyone is smiling.
Prayers regarding the weather are standard practice.
The Choir group is known as the "OK Chorale".
The Pastor wears boots.
Four generations of the same family sit together in worship.
There is no such thing as a secret sin.
Baptism is referred to as "branding".
There is a special fund raiser for a new septic tank.
Finding and returning lost sheep isn't just a parable.
The high notes on the organ can get the dogs to howling.
People wonder, when Jesus feed 5,000 whether the two fish were bass or catfish.
People think that "rapture" is when you lift something too heavy.
The final words of the benediction are, "Ya'll come back now, ya hear?"

   GIGGLES! Thanks, Wayne!

    From Catherine Slusser Hudson ('64) of VA - 09/19/14 - "My Choice":

     Thank you so much, Catherine!

   This reminds me of an incident a young mother of three small children (including a newborn) related. When her oldest child, an adorable little boy, was three years old, her husband had been deployed for some time, and on this particular day she was just having a rough time.

   Her son, Everett, noticed this and asked her what was wrong. She explained that she was just upset.

   With amazing wisdom for his tender years, he said, "I'm sorry, Mom. I know it's hard. Are you going to let it ruin your day, or are you going to choose to be happy anyway?"


    From Bobby Callis ('64) of WV -  09/19/14 - "I Wish...":

     Thanks, Bobby!

From My Friend, Tina, of NC - 09/19/14 - "Where I'd Be":

     Thank you, Tina!

From My Friend, Emily, of NC - 09/18/14 - "Cinnamon Glazed Pecans":

  Cinnamon Glazed Pecans


1 cup sugar
4 Tablespoons evaporated milk
2 teaspoons water
1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
2 1/2 cups pecans
1/2 teaspoon vanilla


Line a baking sheet with waxed paper and set aside.
In a medium saucepan, combine sugar, milk, water and cinnamon. Heat over medium heat and bring to a boil, stirring constantly. Once boiling, continue to boil for 3 minutes.
Remove from heat, stir in vanilla and pecans, making sure to coat the pecans well. Spread candied pecans out on prepared baking sheet. Using 2 forks, separate pecans and let cool.
Store in an airtight container.


OOOH! Thanks, Miss Emily!

      From My Niece, Shari, of VA - 09/04/14 - "Ways to decorate using old items... (#14 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 (#8 in a Series of 19)":

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

     GIGGLES! Thank you, Joyce!


From My Husband, Paul Harty (Bardolph HS, IL - '61) of NC - 09/12/14 - "Pets that don't know how furniture works! (#4 in a series of 21)":
  Pets that don't know how furniture works!

      Thanks, Haul Party!


BONUS PRETEND CROCHET PATTERNS: - Shellie Wilson's Pretend Play Strawberries - "This Amigurumi crochet pattern shows you how to make strawberries for pretend play and other fun embellishments." - Knit and Crochet Food - "Crafting is fun for all ages and interests. This blog evolved from researching resources for friends and articles I write as a freelance writer. It is a place to share the information I discovered. Please feel free to leave comments and questions. I am always looking at new projects ideas for family and friends in areas of my own abilities and theirs."



From - 09/20/14:

One reason the Military Services have trouble operating jointly is that they don't speak the same language.

For example, if you told Navy personnel to "secure a building," they would turn off the lights and lock the doors.

The Army would occupy the building so no one could enter.

Marines would assault the building, capture it, and defend it with suppressive fire and close combat.

The Air Force, on the other hand, would take out a three-year lease with an option to buy.

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 09/21/14

BLOG: - updated 03/13/11

   Y'all take good 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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Written by Lew Douglas, Cliff Parman, and Frank Levere, 1952 

Recorded by Nat King Cole (17 Mar 1919 – 15 Feb 1965)

Pretend you're happy when you're blue
  It isn't very hard to do
  And you'll find happiness without an end
  Whenever you pretend
  Remember anyone can dream
  And nothing's bad as it may seem
  The little things you haven't got
  Could be a lot if you pretend
  You'll find a love you can share
  One you can call all your own
  Just close your eyes, she'll be there
  You'll never be alone
  And if you sing this melody
  You'll be pretending just like me
  The world is mine, it can be yours, my friend
  So why don't you pretend?
  <instrumental interlude>
  And if you sing this melody
  You'll be pretending just like me
  The world is mine, it can be yours, my friend
  So why don't you pretend?

"Pretend" midi (sequenced by Deb Ackley) and lyrics courtesy of - 09/02/10

"Pretend" Image courtesy of - 09/02/10

Pink String of Hearts Divider Line clip art - 11/17/05

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

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

John Marshall High School's Justice Scale clip art courtesy of Cheryl White Wilson (JMHS - '64) of VA - 10/13/05 (replaced 02/23/09)
Thanks, Cheryl!

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

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

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

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

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