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09/26/11 - NNHS Newsletter - Hello Stranger

“Love is a strange master, and human nature is still stranger.”

- Edgar Rice Burroughs
(01 Sep 1875 - 19 Mar 1950)

Dear Friends and Schoolmates, 

   This Newsletter theme song first appeared six years ago today:

   WOW - was that really six years ago?!?  It seems like only yesterday.....

BONUS - - Hello Stranger - Barbara Lewis


"Hello Stranger" was a 1963 hit single by Barbara Lewis which spent two weeks at number one on the R&B singles chart in Billboard crossing over to #3 Pop.[1]

"Hello Stranger" was written by Barbara Lewis herself who was originally inspired to write a song with that title while working gigs in Detroit with her musician father: “I would make the circuit with my dad and people would yell out: ‘Hey stranger, hello stranger, it’s been a long time’". The song is notable because its title comprises the first two words of the lyrics but is never at any point repeated throughout the rest of the song.

Lewis recorded "Hello Stranger" at Chess Studios in Chicago in January 1963. The track's producer Ollie McLaughlin recruited the Dells to provide the background vocals. The arrangement by Riley Hampton - then working with Etta James - featured a signature organ riff provided by keyboardist John Young. The track was completed after thirteen takes. Lewis would recall that on hearing the playback of the finished track, Dells member Chuck Barksdale "kept jumping up and down and saying, ‘It’s a hit, it’s a hit.’...I didn’t really know. It was all new to me...” [1]


    From Bill Roady ('60) of VA - 08/25/11 AND 09/19/11 - "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.....

Hey Guys,

It’s me again. Please get your Ducks in a row, don’t miss the boat and be there or you might be square on October 1st. Try your best to adjust your schedule and join us for the BREAKFAST BRUNCH.

Please email or call me so we can plan for you,



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 - we'll see you there!


From Bill Fox (Warwick HS - '61) of VA - 09/25/11 - "Always Good Ships":

Dear Carol,
I continue to enjoy your NNHS postings. Could you say something about my new book, Always Good Ships: Histories of Newport News Ships sometime? It just started shipping yesterday.  I originally wrote it in 1986 for the shipyard's centennial, and now have expanded it, added some color, and added 30 new ship histories and updated 150 others for the yard's 125th.
  A copy of the cover is attached, and there is more, including ordering information, at

I am WHS '61 and we had our 50-year reunion this weekend. It was great fun and our class was so large (about 750, I think) that I made some new friends there.
Thanks, and keep doing what you are doing,
Bill Fox


   WOWZERS! Certainly, Bill! Your book looks fascinating, and we wish you well!


   Happy Birthday today to     The late Tommy Scott ('61) (deceased 01/05/10)!

   Happy Birthday tomorrow to  Judy McCall Nesbitt ('65) of NC!

   Happy Birthday this week to:

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

01 -   Jerry Baker Cobb ('66) of VA;

02 -   Wayne Frizzelle ('65) of MD AND Paige Spencer;

03 - Martha Megann Keesee ('57) AND Mary Megann Peters ('57) AND    Larry Moran ('65) of ID AND      Bridget Whitt Jones ('65) of AR!

   Many Happy Returns, One and All!



Thursday, Sept. 26, 1861

It is difficult to imagine in these later days when errors and misdeeds are atoned for by plea bargains and talk-show appearances, but attitudes were different in 19th century America. Today was observed, in the North, a “day of humiliation, fasting and prayer” by declaration of Abraham Lincoln. The Bible was a more prominent part of public life in those times, and it is mentioned many times in that book that the Lord will look with added favor on a nation which “humbles itself before Him.” However, it was not a day of rest in the Confederacy, which resulting in fights and skirmishes in Fort Thorn, New Mexico Territory; Hunter’s Farm, near Belmont, Missouri; and at the mouth of the Muddy River in Kentucky.

Friday, Sept. 26, 1862

Samuel duPont--yes, he was one of the Delaware duPont’s, of munitions-making and later chemical manufacturing fame--was no young puppy. In 40 years in the Navy he had risen recently to the rank of rear admiral--but he was no opponent of innovation as long-serving officers sometimes were. He proved this today by inventing a concept which would prove exceedingly useful in blockade operations: a floating fuel depot. He ordered a large “coal hulk” to be fitted with a hoist. When full, the ship would hold 1000 tons of coal. With the hoist, it was vastly easier for other ships to simply pull up to this vessel for refueling. The first of these ships went into service today off the coast of Charleston, S. C., greatly increasing efficiency for both the blockade and the several campaigns of attack on the harbor and town.

Saturday, Sept. 26, 1863

The governors, not to mention the generals, of the Confederate states on the west side of the Mississippi River had long felt they were being treated like unwanted stepchildren by the government in Richmond. When they requested guns, supplies, or manpower, they were more likely to be asked to send these items East for the defense of the capital, rather than have them sent out for the defense of the hinterlands. Now that Vicksburg had fallen and the Mississippi River was in Union hands the situation was becoming grim in the extreme. Gen. E. Kirby Smith tried his hand at firebrand speechwriting today when he issued the following to the populace of the Trans-Mississippi: “Your homes are in peril...You should contest the advance of the enemy, thicket, gully and stream; harass his rear and cut off his supplies.” The inclination, not to mention ability, of civilian farmers to follow this advice was questionabl

Monday, Sept. 26, 1864

Richmond, Virginia lies on the James River. This is a wide waterway, easily navigated in most seasons--a virtual highway to the heart of the Confederate government. This point did not escape the Union military, and several attempts to use the river for attack had reached at least the planning stage. This point was well known to the Confederates as well though, and they had taken the precaution of fortifying a number of bluffs to prevent such a naval assault. Today began an effort to bypass these defenses. Union military--primarily black refugees and freed slaves known as “contraband” making up the majority of the workforce--started work on a canal. The Confederates were sufficiently worried about this to consider using gunboats to drive off the canal diggers.

    From Aretie Gallins Patterson ('59) of TN - 09/25/11:

Dear Carol,

Thanks for your continuing work on the NNHS website.

Want to let you know that on the page of email addresses for the NNHS Class of 1959,   John Patterson's email address is no longer

It is now


Aretie Gallins Patterson

NNHS Class of 1959

       YOWZERS! I apologize for the blooper, Aretie; thanks for bringing it to my attention! I've corrected Johns addy on both the 1959 Contact Page and the 1959 Alumni Page, and replaced your missing images on that second page. Unfortunately, that particular page remains the most seriously damaged of any on the entire site, and generally resists my attempts to correct it.

  From Bill Hobbs ('66) of Northern VA - 09/25/11 - "John E. Nevola is a feature writer for Guns and Patriots. He is the author of The Last Jump":

The Last Jump: Chapter Twelve
Newport News, Virginia--June 28, 1942
by John E. Nevola
  The Last Jump

“Whether they give or refuse, it delights women just the same to have been asked.”

Ovid, (Publius Ovidius Naso ) (43 BC - 17 AD)

Macie Vance stepped off the bus and walked tentatively toward one of the access gates to the Newport News Shipyard and Dry Dock Company.  The huge sign overhead read:

Gate 4 - Main Entrance

She followed the surge of shipyard workers flowing toward the gate and noticed an almost equal number emerging from the huge shipyard facility.  People young and old, mostly men but some women, moved quickly with a sense of purpose.  They were the shipwrights, welders, electricians, pipe fitters and machinists who toiled long and hard to give America a new navy to defend her shores and defeat her evil enemies.

As Macie approached the gate she stepped to the side and allowed others to pass so she could gather herself before approaching the guard shack. Her clothes were glaringly out of place compared to the jeans and coveralls the women workers were wearing. Most wore colorful bandanas rolled up and knotted in the front to keep their hair out of the way.

Macie, on the other hand, wore a pink flowered print dress and black high-heeled shoes with ankle straps. Her long black hair was neatly rolled up in a hairnet and she held her clutch bag in white-gloved hands. This was her best Sunday outfit and she decided to travel to Newport News dressed ‘to the nines’. Compared to the men and women walking by, she felt conspicuous. She was too well dressed, too tall and too young.

Her first stop upon arrival was her assigned apartment in Hilton Village, three miles north of the shipyard in Warwick County. Hilton Village was the nation's first Federal War Housing project; a planned community sponsored by the U. S. Shipping Board and the Newport News Shipyard. Upon arrival at her apartment she met her roommate Nora Lee.

Nora was an ex-telephone operator and a sassy blond from Richmond. She was one of the first women employed at the shipyard. She was shorter and a year older than Macie. Her job in the Electricians Department was wiring instrument panels and switchboards. This complex work was done in the shops and the finished components installed on the ships as they were completed. Nora liked the work but was hoping to get promoted to the Joiners Department as a drill press operator with a higher rate of pay.

“This place isn’t all that great but it’s cozy and it’s close to the yard,” Nora explained as she walked a slightly nervous Macie quickly through the tiny apartment. “This whole complex was built by the shipyard during the first war for the workers and they’re out of space already. That’s why we have to share the place. Everyone’s doubling up. I don’t know where they’re going to put all the workers they have to hire but that’s not my problem.” Nora walked through a doorway and pointed into a small room with a bed, chest of drawers, nightstand and a lamp. “This is your bedroom.”

Macie nodded and put her suitcase on the bed. “I’ve seen worse,” she said with a look that Nora realized was not an exaggeration.

“It’s not that bad. We work ten-hour shifts, six days a week. We’ll rarely see each other. And most people work the seventh day as overtime because there is nothing else to do,” Nora explained. “The money is great but with rationing and shortages, there’s not much to buy.” Nora reflected for a second. “Except bonds. You have to buy war bonds. Everybody does.”

“Okay,” Macie smiled. Nora had a way of quickly making people like her.

“What did they hire you to do, Sweetie?” asked Nora.

Macie reached into her handbag and pulled out her offer letter. “I’m going to welding school.” The letter assigned her to Welding School Number 2 with nineteen other young women.

“That’s great,” Nora commented. “You know, the men here haven’t really accepted us yet. Some of them can be real bastards with their smart remarks. I don’t take their shit. I just give it back to them in spades.”

“Well, the men will just have to get used to us,” Macie replied with just a touch of attitude. “We’re here to stay until we win this war. The world is changing and people will just have to change with it.” She immediately recalled her last conversation with Jake, which did not go that well. “Of course,” she continued almost absent-mindedly, “that includes my boyfriend who’s not at all too happy right now that I’m doing this.”

“Where is he? What does he do?” asked Nora.

“He’s in the army soon to be a paratrooper.”

“Oh, I love their uniforms.” Nora’s mood suddenly turned glum as if she suddenly remembered something she wanted to forget. “My boyfriend is in the army too. He’s in the Thirty-first Infantry Regiment in the Philippines. I haven’t heard from him since the surrenders.” She was referring to the surrender of the Bataan Peninsula to the Japanese on 9 April and the adjoining island of Corregidor on 10 May 1942. Those surrenders ended effective American resistance in the Philippines with almost 100,000 Filipino and American soldiers becoming prisoners-of-war. To make matters worse for Americans back home, there were rampant rumors of ruthless and cruel treatment and atrocities being committed by the Japanese. “I just pray every night that Butch is safe, wherever he is.”

Macie was at a loss for words. She was instantly sorry she had brought up the subject. “The faster we build these ships, the faster we can get our boys back home,” was the best she could think of.

“Right, girl!” Nora finally smiled again. “That’s the spirit. Screw them all! The Japs, the Germans and those small-minded bastards who are scared we women are going to take their precious jobs.” Nora seemed to recover. Macie could tell Nora was summoning up some inner reserve of strength to get herself past this awkward moment. Nora glanced at her wristwatch. “I’d love to chat, Sweetie, but I have to leave now. I’m working the swing shift this week.”

Though it was Sunday and she was not to report until the following day, Macie decided she would take a dry run to the shipyard to be sure she would not get lost on her first day on the job. “Can I tag along?” she asked. “ So I know my way tomorrow?”

“Sure, Macie. It looks like we’ll be working different shifts anyway so we probably won’t be seeing much of each other. That makes this small apartment a little more livable.”

“That’s too bad,” answered Macie. “I think I’m going to like having you as a roommate, Nora.”

Nora got off the bus at Gate 3 and explained to Macie where to go and what bus to take back. The busses ran continuously so getting back should be easy, Macie thought.

Macie took off her gloves and put them in her handbag. She took off her shoes and immediately felt less noticeable. Walking barefoot did not present a problem, as her feet were thick with calluses. With her offer letter in hand, she took a deep breath and approached the security shack.

John E. Nevola is a feature writer for Guns and Patriots. He is the author of The Last Jump, and his website is: www.thelastjump

   WOWZERS! Thank you, Bill!

NOTE FROM WEBMISTRESS: The language in this excerpt pushed the boundaries I usually hold for our Newsletters, but I really felt that the only way to censor such a published work was to omit it altogether, and that would be our loss.....

    From Glenn Dye ('60) of TX - 09/25/11 - "A song by Kenna Turner West":  

Kenna, daughter of Ken Turner who sang bass with The Blackwood Brothers, and married to Kerry West, son of legendary country singer Dottie West (11 Oct 1932 - 04 Sept 1991) - I am helping promote her while she's here in the Texas area.

             From Kenna Turner West to Glenn - 09/24/11 - "A song!":


            My new YouTube channel. Check out a song from the musical!



   WOWZERS! That's beautiful! Thanks, Glenn - and Kenna! Y'all check it out!

       From My #4 Son, Joshua Harty (Hillsboro HS, IL - '95) of IL - 09/26/11 - "Looking for     Azrae":

Called for Azrae 'cause I had left him playing PlayStation and hadn't heard from him. No answer. Called again. No answer.
  Went looking for him... aaaah - couldn't find Az. Started thinking maybe he left while I took a nap. Found him on my bed. He fell asleep while playing.

   Ahhh, children! They can scare the bee-bees out of you without even trying!

   Thanks, Joshua! Give Azrae a kiss for me - and      Kaiya, too!


  From Bill Hobbs ('66) of Northern VA - 09/25/11 - "For you":


 I don't know if you have seen this and I thought you might find it interesting. I often think about my dad (USN) and only wish I could have met my namesake Billy Hobbs (USAAF). - Memorial Day Tribute to WWII Servicemen and Servicewomen

     Thank you so very much, Bill - I had not seen this! It reminded me not only of       my daddy (the late Robert Buckley - John Marshall HS - '25) (19 Oct 1907 - 25 Apr 1960), but also of our darling       Herbie Hice (22 Oct 1924 - 18 Apr 2008)!

    From the Head Flagtwirler of 1965, Janice McCain Rose of Northern VA - 09/25/11 - "Solving an old guy's problems":

Have a great day!
  After being married for 40 years, I took a careful look at my wife one day and said ...... "Forty years ago we had a cheap house, a junk car, slept on a sofa bed and watched a 10-inch black and white TV, but I got to sleep every night with a hot 23-year-old girl.

Now ... I have a $500,000.00 home, a $35,000.00 car, a nice big bed and a large screen TV, but I'm sleeping with a 63-year-old woman. It seems to me that you're not holding up your side of things."

My wife is a very reasonable woman. She told me to go out and find a hot 23-year-old girl and she would make sure that I would once again be living in a cheap house, driving a junk car, sleeping on a sofa bed and watching a 10-inch black and white TV.

Aren't older women great? They really know how to solve an old guy's problems.

   WILD GIGGLES! Thank, Janice!


    From Joan Lauterbach Krause ('60) of VA - 09/19/11 - "Wild shoes!!! (#5 in a Series of 19)":
  Which pair are you going to get??

Wild shoes!!! By Kobi Levi, Israeli shoe designer

   I love these - such fun! Thanks, Joan! WHEEE!  No thanks - I'll pass on this pair!



From - 09/25/11:

A man walks into the psychiatrist’s office with a zucchini up his nose, a cucumber in his left ear, and a breadstick in his right ear. He says, “What is wrong with me?

The psychiatrist replies, “You are not eating properly.””


1. 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.

2. 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.

3. 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.

4. 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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 Hello Stranger

Written and recorded by
Barbara Lewis (b. 09 Feb 1943), 1963

(shoo-bop, shoo-bop, my baby)
(shoo-bop, shoo-bop)

Hello, stranger
(ooh) It seems so good to see you back again
How long has it been?
(ooh, seems like a mighty long time)
(shoo-bop, shoo-bop, my baby, ooh)
It seems like a mighty long time

Oh-uh-oh, I my, my, my, my
I'm so glad
You stopped by to say "hello" to me
Remember that's the way it used to be
Ooh, it seems like a mighty long time
(shoo-bop, shoo-bop, my baby, ooh)
It seems like a mighty long time

Lewis sings a series of "oh-uh-oh's"on both sides of "I'm so glad you're here
again" while backups do 7 (shoo-bop, shoo-bop, my baby)'s

If you're not gonna stay
(ooh) Please don't treat me like you did before
Because I still love you so a-a-although
It seems like a mighty long time
Shoo-bop, shoo-bop, my baby, ooh
It seems like a mighty long time

Lewis does " Oh-uh-oh, I my, my, my, my" and "I'm so happy that you're here
again" and backups repeat (shoo-bop, shoo-bop, my baby) to end

 "Hello Stranger" midi courtesy of
at the suggestion of Dave Sprigs ('64) of VA - 09/05/03
Thanks, Dave!

 "Hello Stranger" lyrics courtesy of
also at the suggestion of Dave Sprigs ('64) of VA - 09/05/03
Thanks again, Dave!

Glitter Butterfly "Hello" title clip art courtesy of - 09/26/11

Butterflies Divider Line clip art courtesy of - 02/04/04

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

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 OOPS! Smiley Face clip art courtesy of Dave Spriggs ('64) of VA - 02/27/09
Thanks, Dave!

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

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

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

Animated Military Flags clip art courtesy of - 06/18/03

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!

Animated BOO-HOO courtesy of Glenn Dye ('60) of TX - 08/28/09
Thanks, Glenn!

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