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09/22/13 - NNHS Newsletter - Autumn Leaves

“No Spring nor Summer Beauty hath such grace
As I have seen in one Autumnal face.”

John Donne
(21 Jan 1572 - 31 Mar 1631)

Dear Friends and Schoolmates,

   At 4:44 PM EDT, Fall will officially begin.  And because this is one of my favorite songs, it seems to repeat nearly every year:

BONUS #1 - - Autumn Leaves - Nat King Cole, October 29, 1957

BONUS #2 - - Autumn Leaves - Frank Sinatra

BONUS #3 - - Autumn Leaves (Les Feuilles Mortes) - Edith Piaf


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

   Happy Birthday tomorrow to Fred Fox ('63) AND        My Oldest Grandson, Andrew Harty (Collinsville HS, IL - '10) of IL!

  Happy Birthday this week to:

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;

28 -     Richard Dawes (NNHS / HHS - '62) of VA AND     My Granddaughter, Kaiya Harty of IL!

   Many Happy Returns, One and All!


September 21, 1939 - Romanian Prime Minister Armand Calinescu was assassinated by ultranationalist members of the Iron Guard.

September 21, 1942 - On the Jewish holiday of Yom Kippur, Nazis sent over 1,000 Jews of Pidhaytsi (west Ukraine) to Belzec extermination camp.

September 21, 1942 - In Poland, at the end of Yom Kippur, Germans ordered Jews to permanently evacuate Konstantynów and move to the Ghetto in Biała Podlaska, established to assemble Jews from seven nearby towns, including Janów Podlaski, Rossosz and Terespol.

September 21, 1942 - In Dunaivtsi, Ukraine, Nazis murdered 2,588 Jews.

September 21, 1942 - The U.S. B-29 Superfortress made its debut flight in Seattle, WA. It was the largest bomber used during World War II. The plane made its bombing-run debut on June 5, 1944.


Saturday, September 21, 1963 - Cricketer Curtly Ambrose was born Curtly Elconn Lynwall Ambrose in Swetes, Antigua and Barbuda.

Saturday, September 21, 1963 - Baseball player Cecil Fielder was born Cecil Grant Fielder in Los Angeles, California.

Saturday, September 21, 1963 - Actor Angus Macfadyen was born in Glasgow, Scotland.

Saturday, September 21, 1963 - Playwright Paulino Masip (b. Paulino Masip Roca on 11 May 1899 in La Granadella, Spain) died probably in Mexico at the age of 63.


September 22, 1939 - There was a joint victory parade of Wehrmacht and Red Army in Brest-Litovsk at the end of the Invasion of Poland.

September 22, 1941 - On Jewish New Year Day, the German SS murdered 6,000 Jews in Vinnytsya, Ukraine. Those were the survivors of the previous killings that took place a few days earlier in which about 24,000 Jews were executed.

September 22, 1944 - The Red Army entered Tallinn.

September 22, 1945 - General George S. Patton told reporters that he did not see the need for "this denazification thing." He compared the controversy over Nazism to a "Democrat and Republican election fight." The comments led to Supreme Commander Eisenhower's removing him as U.S. commander in Bavaria.

September 22, 1988 -
Canada's government apologized for the internment of Japanese-Canadian's during World War II. They also promised compensation.


Sunday, September 22, 1963 - Apparently it was a very boring day everywhere...


"Then I turned, and lifted up mine eyes, and looked, and behold a flying roll."

- Zechariah 5:1 (KJV)

From the Daily Press -,0,6806412.story - 09/20/13:

Newport News' Southeast Community's former hardware store and school see new life

Mesic Hardware and George Washington School will become apartment buildings

The former Mesic Hardware store is being converted to apartments, part of the 50-unit Jefferson Brookville complex in Newport News.


The former Mesic Hardware store on Jefferson Avenue and a school built in 1899 are undergoing makeovers.

The buildings are part of Jefferson Brookville Apartments, a 50-apartment project developed by North Carolina-based Landmark Development Company and the Newport News Redevelopment and Housing Authority. The $8 million project includes new construction — a building slated to go next to and connect with the old hardware store in the 2500 block of Jefferson Avenue, and a new building about a block away — and the conversion of the store and school.

The partners are using federal tax credits obtained from the Virginia Housing Development Authority to help cover construction costs.

On a recent Tuesday, the store building, its name still visible in paint above the front door and former display windows, bristled with activity. Workers chiseled into the brick back wall, opening spaces for windows. Other workers focused on the building's first floor, gutted to the outer walls and interior frame.

Construction superintendent Martin Cooke, of North Carolina-based Rehab Builders, Inc., said the crew would preserve and restore as many of the building's original elements as possible, including its stamped tin ceiling, dark wood balustrade, the rows of windows on the second floor and the store's distinctive marquee. The building will hold five apartments and have a community room on the first floor. The new building next door will have 25 units and is "geared for families," Cooke said.

About two blocks away on 29th Avenue, crews also were busy at the former George Washington School, a two-story square brick structure that once housed students in grades 4-6. The building's large classrooms will become eight one-bedroom apartments. Cooke said construction workers are preserving the building's sweeping staircases, arched windows and transoms over the classroom doors.

Cooke pointed out the original slate chalkboards on the interior walls, now covered with layers of peeling paint, which will be covered with Sheetrock. He marveled that they had survived the building's previous uses. One even had lessons still scrawled on it, he said. One bare upstairs room with windows looking out on tree tops held a dusty, out-of-tune upright piano, a remnant from the prior owner, a church.

NNRHA executive director Karen Wilds said she had eyed the old school for years, hoping to buy it and turn it into housing. When the opportunity came, it became part of the Jefferson Brookville plan.

The apartment project fits into a larger effort to revitalize the area, she noted. Other projects include the proposed Brooks Crossing development about three blocks north on Jefferson Avenue, new public art, Martin Luther King, Jr. Plaza and streetscape improvements that buried overhead utility lines and installed lamp posts and traffic signal standards.

Officials are also considering what to do on the site of the former Harbor Homes and Dickerson Court housing developments, both razed in recent years. Wilds and Economic Development Authority Executive Director Florence Kingston said they hope that 37-acre site will house businesses that bring jobs to the community.

Wilds said Jefferson Brookville will bring affordable "work force" housing to Jefferson Avenue corridor. She called the development an example of "adaptive reuse," giving old buildings with architectural or historic significance new life. The development includes units for older citizens and people with disabilities in two of the buildings.

"There is something magical about 50 units," she said of the mix across the three buildings.

Cooke said construction on the third building in the project, which will house 12 apartments in the 2700 block of Jefferson Avenue, has not yet begun. Wilds said the buildings should be complete in about 14 months. Cooke is enthusiastic about the construction and conversion work.

"I think it's going to be really attractive," he said. "You should see it in May or June."

From Joan S. Hott of WV - 09/21/13:

Harlan and I want to thank you so very much for all your assistance in helping our daughter, Nancy Hott Terrell with the 80th birthday memories album that was presented to her father for his 80th surprise birthday, He received many "congrats" note and letters from former students and friends - all much from your efforts in also getting the word out. We appreciate all your efforts in this endeavor.

Sincerely, Joan Hott (spouse)

P.S. We enjoy the NNHS newsletters; you do a fantastic job.
Joan S. Hott

   Thank you so much, Joan! I'm so glad that campaign was successful, and that his Big Birthday was a memorable one! My husband asked me if I had sent you my own remembrance of Coach Hott. I replied that I did not know any of the coaches except Mr. Powers, as every time I saw one approaching I would generally duck and hide, lest my very presence would cause them great insult; my abysmal performance in P.E. classes surely ranked as some of the worst in the school's history, despite my best efforts.

          From My #2 Son, Brent Harty (Hillsboro HS, IL - '90) of AL - 09/20/13 - "CPT Harty bio assignment":

  Thought you'd like to see this...enjoy!

with love

   WOWZERONI! Thank you so much, Brent! As always, we love you and are enormously proud of you!

Tuesday, July 09, 2013

  From My Daughter-in-Law, Laura Adams Harty (Cardston HS, Alberta - '95) of AL - 09/21/13 - "Our Brand New Truck":

  I had a CT scan; mild concussion and swelling.... I'm going to survive.

My hubby needs surgery, though, (for probable appendicitis - totally unrelated to the accident; he was not in the truck with me).

   OH, NO! Your beautiful shiny new truck - not even a month old!

   We're so grateful that you were not more seriously injured, Laura! People are much more important than things! 

Thursday, September 19, 2013

  From Jimmy Hines ('64) of Northern VA - 09/20/13, 9:21 PM:

I hope           Brent (Harty - Hillsboro HS, IL - '90 - of AL) is ok...


   Thank you so much, Jimmy! The good news is that he's receiving proper medical attention!

    From Jimmy Smith ('62 / '63) of VA - 09/21/13 - "SEPT. BIRTHDAYS":






   Thank you, Jimmy! I had Lola listed for both the 20th and the 22nd, plus it would help if I actually checked this Birthday Page on a regular basis!

   From Bill Hobbs ('66) of Northern VA - 09/21/13 - "THE TYPEWRITER":

This will evoke a memory or two (for many of us, at least). Enjoy!
You don't need to be fluent is Spanish!

The Typewriter

Leroy Anderson (1908-1975) was an American composer of short, light concert pieces, many of which were introduced by the Boston Pops Orchestra under the direction of Arthur Fiedler. As with all his other compositions, Leroy Anderson wrote The Typewriter for orchestra, completing the work on October 9, 1950.

This particular orchestration was performed in a June 12, 2011 concert by members of the National Orchestra and Chorus of Spain in Madrid. The (typewriter) soloist is Alfredo Anaya. Watch his expressions and actions throughout the video...wonderful!

Many of the younger crowd who may see this video won't remember the ol' typewriter. But us geezers remember it well. That was a long time ago.

You will find this rendition absolutely delightful.

If you aren't at least smiling at the end, you REALLY MUST BE HAVING A VERY BAD DAY!

This is for all the ancients who remember what a typewriter was! Enjoy! 

      Okay, you made my day - this is delightful! Thank you so much, Billy!

     From Me ('65) of NC - 09/21/13 - "LETTER FROM A MOTHER TO A DAUGHTER":


"My dear girl, the day you see I’m getting old, I ask you to please be patient, but most of all, try to understand what I’m going through.

If when we talk, I repeat the same thing a thousand times, don’t interrupt to say: “You said the same thing a minute ago”... Just listen, please. Try to remember the times when you were little and I would read the same story night after night until you would fall asleep.

When I don’t want to take a bath, don’t be mad and don’t embarrass me. Remember when I had to run after you making excuses and trying to get you to take a shower when you were just a girl?

When you see how ignorant I am when it comes to new technology, give me the time to learn and don’t look at me that way... remember, honey, I patiently taught you how to do many things like eating appropriately, getting dressed, combing your hair and dealing with life’s issues every day... the day you see I’m getting old, I ask you to please be patient, but most of all, try to understand what I’m going through.

If I occasionally lose track of what we’re talking about, give me the time to remember, and if I can’t, don’t be nervous, impatient or arrogant. Just know in your heart that the most important thing for me is to be with you.

And when my old, tired legs don’t let me move as quickly as before, give me your hand the same way that I offered mine to you when you first walked.

When those days come, don’t feel sad... just be with me, and understand me while I get to the end of my life with love.

I’ll cherish and thank you for the gift of time and joy we shared. With a big smile and the huge love I’ve always had for you, I just want to say, I love you... my darling daughter."

- Unknown

From My Friend, Alice, of NV - 09/21/13 - "Almond Joy Cookies":

How can you go wrong with chocolate and coconut?

1 cup butter

1-1/2 cups white sugar
1-1/2 cups brown sugar
4 eggs
3 teaspoons vanilla
4-1/2 cups flour
2 teaspoons baking soda
1 teaspoon salt
5 cups chocolate chips
2 cups sweetened coconut
2 cups chopped almonds


Pre-heat oven to 375°F Lightly grease cookie sheets.
Combine dry ingredients, set aside.
In a large bowl, cream the butter and sugars together. Beat in the eggs, one at a time, stir in the vanilla. Stir in the dry ingredients until well mixed then stir in the chocolate chips, coconut and almonds. Drop by rounded tablespoonfuls onto the prepared cookie sheets.
Bake for 8 to 10 minutes. Cool on baking sheet for 5 minutes before removing to a wire rack to cool completely.

    OOH, YUMMY! Thanks, Alice!

BONUS AUTUMN CROCHET PATTERNS: - Fall Crochet Patterns - "Crochet is an appealing activity during the fall season, when the weather starts to get chillier; it's lovely to just sit and relax with your latest crochet project. If you're in the autumn mood, and you'd like to crochet a project with a fall theme, why not try one of these free patterns for fall?"

BONUS AUTUMN RECIPES: - Autumn Recipes - "Keep warm as the weather turns cooler with these easy fall recipes. You'll find pumpkin recipes, squash recipes and soup recipes, along with apple pies and more fall dessert recipes."


From - 09/20/13:

A boy was teaching a girl arithmetic; he said it was his mission. He kissed her once; he kissed her twice and said, "Now that's addition."

In silent satisfaction, she sweetly gave the kisses back and said, "Now that's subtraction."

Then he kissed her, she kissed him, without an explanation. And both together smiled and said, "That's multiplication."

Then her dad appeared upon the scene and made a quick decision. He kicked that boy three blocks away and said, "That's long division!"


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.

PRAYER ROLL: - updated 08/20/13

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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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 Autumn Leaves

Music by Joseph Kosma, 1945
(22 Oct 1905 – 07 Aug 1969)

French lyrics by
Jacques Prévert, 1945
(04 Feb 1900 - 11 Apr 1977)

English lyrics by
Johnny Mercer, 1947
(18 Nov 1909 – 25 June 1976)

The falling leaves drift by the window,
The autumn leaves of red and gold.
I see your lips, the summer kisses,
The sun-burned hands I used to hold.

Since you went away the days grow long,
And soon I’ll hear old winter’s song,
But I miss you most of all, my darling,
When autumn leaves start to fall.

C’est une chanson, qui nous ressemble
Toi tu m’aimais et je t’aimais
Nous vivions tous, les deux ensemble
Toi que m’aimais moi qui t’aimais
Mais la vie sépare ceux qui s’aiment
Tout doucement sans faire de bruit
Et la mer efface sur le sable les pas des amants désunis

 "Autumn Leaves" midi courtesy of
and with the kind assistance of my son, Nathaniel Harty of IL
- 09/20/04
Thanks, Nathaniel!

 "Autumn Leaves" lyrics courtesy of - 09/20/04

"It's Autumn" Title clip art courtesy of - 09/21/09

Autumn Leaves Divider Line clip art courtesy of - 09/21/05

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!

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

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 Navy Flag courtesy of - 06/18/03

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

Bad Surprise Smiley courtesy of - 10/21/10

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

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