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10/19/10 - NNHS Newsletter - It's My Party

“Have you ever been in love? Horrible isn't it? It makes you so vulnerable. It opens your chest and it opens up your heart
and it means that someone can get inside you and mess you up. You build up all these defenses, you build up a whole suit
of armor, so that nothing can hurt you, then one stupid person, no different from any other stupid person, wanders
into your stupid life...You give them a piece of you. They didn't ask for it. They did something dumb one day, like kiss you
or smile at you, and then your life isn't your own anymore. Love takes hostages. It gets inside you. It eats you out
and leaves you crying in the darkness, so simple a phrase like 'maybe we should be just friends' turns into a glass
splinter working its way into your heart. It hurts. Not just in the imagination. Not just in the mind.
It's a soul-hurt, a real gets-inside-you-and-rips-you-apart pain. I hate love.”

- Neil Gaiman
(b. 10 Nov 1960)

Dear Friends and Schoolmates,

    Today would have been        my daddy's (the late Robert Buckley - John Marshall HS - '25) (19 Oct 1907 - 25 Apr 1960) 103rd birthday party, but well, you know... 

   Today's Newsletter is being repeated from exactly five years ago today:

BONUS - - It's My Party - Leslie Gore, Hollywood A Go Go, 1965


"It's My Party" is a song most famously sung by American singer Lesley Gore in 1963. This song hit #1 on the pop and rhythm and blues charts in the United States. [1]. "It's My Party", peaked at #9 in the United Kingdom, becoming Gore's only major hit there. It was the first hit single for producer Quincy Jones.

The song lyrically portrays the discomfiture of a teenage girl at her birthday party when her boyfriend Johnny disappears only to surface in the company of Judy, another girl, who is "wearing his ring" to indicate she's replaced the birthday girl as his love interest.

The song's chorus, "It's my party, and I'll cry if I want to... You would cry too if it happened to you," became a part of American pop cultural language as a phrase used to describe being utterly humiliated and miserable during an event that is supposed to be a happy occasion.

"It's My Party" was written in 1962 by John Gluck, Wally Gold and Herb Weiner...


       From Dave Spriggs ('64) of VA - 09/20/10 - "NNHS 64/64 Cruise Announcement":





IF YOU WISH TO ATTEND, CONTACT DAVE SPRIGGS AS SOON AS POSSIBLE OR TELEPHONE 757-627-1441 - Saturday, October 23, 2010, 8:00 to 11:00 PM, Norfolk, VA - updated 07/30/10 and 09/21/10!

    NNHS-64-64-CRUISE-INVITATION.doc -  
 - updated 10/04/10! 


   Happy Belated Birthday to:

03 - Larry Moran ('65) of ID!

07- Ellen Anas Smith ('57) AND Dale Parsons ('69) of HA;

08 - Tippy Rowe ('57) AND           Wayne Stokes ('65) of VA AND    Richard Cantor ('65) of KY;

09 - Norma Wilson Mitchell ('57) AND    Linda Alfrey Walker ('61) of VA;

11 -   Judy Phillips Allen ('66) of VA AND         Carol Anne Comer Cutler ('70) of VA;

12 - Charlotte Spade Wilkins (Warwick HS - '65) of NC;

13 - The United States Navy - 1775  AND   Larry Cutler ('64) of VA  AND   Pattie Hilsdon Reisinger ('66) of CO AND          My #1 Son, Lewis Harty (Hillsboro HS, IL - '89) of IL;

14 -       Liz Breeden ('61) of VA AND    My Granddaughter, Eme Harty of TX;

15 -   Milton Nunnally ('66 and '67) of VA;

17 - Betty Jean Dail Phillips ('57);

18 - Lou Kressaty (Butler HS, NJ - '57) of VA  AND   Carol Faith DeArment Blankenship ('61) of VA  AND Jimmy Crank ('63) of VA!

   Happy Birthday today to   Danny Coleman ('63) of NC!

   Happy Birthday tomorrow to Vera Lee Cutchins Hinnant ('57) AND    John DiGiacomo ('69) of VA!

   Happy Birthday this week to:

21 -   Mr. Julius Conn - 1904 - (deceased - Sept 1983)  AND Marlin Eby ('57) AND       Albert Dorner ('66) of VA AND    Belinda Fortner Langston ('70) of VA;

22 -       Herb Hice - 1924 (deceased 18 Apr 2008)  AND   Sharron Wanderer Dawes ('61) - (deceased 22 Sept 2007) AND   Annette Funicello of CA AND    Craig Miller ('63) of FL AND   Al Farber ('64) of GA;

23 -   Jimmy Hines ('64) of Northern VA;

24 - Agnes Dick Kump ('57) AND   Mark Friedman ('65) of VA;

25 - Kitty Taylor Hanrahan ('57) AND  Carol Wornom Sorenson ('57) AND     Bobby Turpin ('58) of VA;

26 -    Terry Hunsucker ('65) of KY AND   Randy Tate ('66) of DE!

   Many Happy Returns, One and All!


October 18, 1936 - Adolf Hitler announced the Four Year Economic Plan to the German people. The plan detailed the rebuilding of the German military from 1936 to 1940.

October 18, 1944 - Adolf Hitler ordered the establishment of a German national militia.

October 18, 1944 - The Soviet Union began the liberation of Czechoslovakia.


October 19, 1944 - United States forces landed in the Philippines.


Monday, October 18, 1965 - Jazz vocalist and saxophonist Curtis Stigers was born in Boise, Idaho.

Monday, October 18, 1965 - Islamic speaker and doctor Zakir Naik (ذاکر عبدالکریم نائیک) was born in Mumbai, Maharashtra, India.

Monday, October 18, 1965 - Actor Henry Travers (born Travers John Heagerty on 05 Mar 1874, supposedly in Berwick-upon-Tweed, Northumberland, England) died in Hollywood, California at the age of 91.

TODAY IN 1965:

Tuesday, October 19, 1965 - Basketball player Brad Daugherty was born in Black Mountain, North Carolina.

From Norris Perry (Warwick HS - '59) of VA - 08/05/10 - "Vote for Grace (REPEATED)":

  This is my daughter Laura's dog in a contest to be on the cover of a bag of dog food.

Vote every day for Grace. Thanks.

   Oh, Laura is your daughter, Norris! Well, that makes it all the more important! When I tried to vote for Grace again today, I noticed the site was trying to pull a switcheroo on me. It tried to persuade me to vote for the wrong Grace!  OH, NO!

Grace is #1 in pet of the month:

and #3 in pet of the year: 

  WOWZERONI!!! That's fabulous, Norris! 
 YIKESARONI-RINI!   Grace's ratings have dropped considerably since I've been gone and stopped nagging you!!! Y'all "git back to work!"

   Vote early, vote often (or at least cast your allotted daily vote) - and don't drop your guard now!


1. From Pete Tench ('65) of VA - 10/15/10 - Q.: "How long do you spend working on the website and/or Newsletter each day?":

A.: Generally from twelve to fourteen hours a day.

   The regular issues of the Newsletter almost invariably begin with song selection.  Graphics and quotations follow.  Sometimes it's fairly quick; sometimes it's not.  The background stories, homework, and history lessons are included wherever possible because I suppose I really did want to be a teacher after all.  I just didn't want to go to school.  Ever.  ‹(•¿•)›

   The processing of any images - whether they are sent to me or I scan them myself - consumes by far the most time (saving, PhotoShopping, compressing, resaving, renaming, uploading, etc.) and space.  That's why I'm always and ever stalling - oh, I mean, running behind - on posting them.

   Often there is a great deal of research involved in throughout the production of each Newsletter.  This tends to be invisible to the reader, but seems to take me a bit of time.

   Memorial Editions are in a league of their own. According to their content, they can run from super fast to super long to create, depending on the number of images and scanning involved, the number of Guest Book entries (each of which must be copied and pasted separately), choosing the Divider Line clip art, and whether or not they must be cross posted into the In Memoriam section of the site. 

   Much of the time involved in each of those Memorial Editions comes from the selection of the attached hymn or other music.  Sometimes that music will pop right into my mind; often I will need to wait a while for inspiration.  Despite appearances, they are never chosen randomly.

   At any rate, whether anyone reads them or not, I gain a great deal of satisfaction from producing Newsletters or any work on the site itself, because they are lasting (as opposed to time spent in cooking, which while apparently necessary, is quickly consumed and just makes me fatter).

   Thanks, Pete!

   From Cheryl Mays Howard ('66) of VA - 10/05/10 - "Memories":

  The "Lasses 3" .....50 years later....Joann Moran Viars,   Eleanor Milne Kenitzer,    Cheryl Mays Howard. Ain't changed a bit...hee hee

   You'll hear no argument from me, Cheryl!

  Thanks so much for this image - it did bring back a lot of memories of your angelic voices! 


      From Harry Covert ('57) of MD - 10/06/10 - "Harry Covert - The Covert Letter":

Harry Covert - The Covert Letter

Sheriff Lawhorne Recognized By Staff

Posted: 05 Oct 2010 12:22 PM PDT

   WOWZERS!!! Thank you so much, Harry!

  From Ivan Anker ('67) of VA - 10/06/10 - "Re: Mrs. Ransone":

Ahhhh, the good old days of youth. As I recall, Mrs. Ransone's first name was Margaret. She was a fine and caring teacher who took a lot of interest in her students.
Ivan Anker '67

   Correct on all counts, Ivan - thanks!

     From Liz Breeden ('61) of VA - 10/06/10 AND  From Mark Friedman ('65) of VA - "New Aspirin ---serious---":

New Aspirin---serious stuff

This is good info. We did not know that you should not lie down while waiting for the EMT!

Heart attack info NEW ASPIRIN/ Serious stuff, no joke!!

Just a reminder to all: purchase a box, keep one in your car, pocketbook, wallet, bedside, etc.


Something that we can do to help ourselves.  Nice to know. 
Bayer is making crystal
aspirin to dissolve under the tongue.
They work much faster than the tablets.

Why keep aspirin by your bedside? 
About Heart Attacks

There are other symptoms of an heart attack besides the pain on the left arm. 
One must also be aware of an intense pain on the chin, as well as nausea and lots of sweating, however these symptoms may also occur less frequently.
 There may be NO pain in the chest during a heart attack..  
The majority of people (about 60%) who  had a heart attack during their sleep, did not wake up.  However, if it occurs, the chest pain may wake you up from your deep sleep.
If that happens, immediately dissolve two aspirins in your mouth and swallow them with a bit of water.


CALL 911
- say "heart attack!"
- say that you have taken 2 aspirins..
- phone a neighbor or a family member who lives very close by
- take a seat on a chair or sofa near the front door, and wait for their arrival and...
 DO NOT lie down! 
A cardiologist has stated that, if each person, after receiving this e-mail, sends it to 10 people, probably one life can be saved!

I have already shared the information- - What about you?

 forward this message; it may save lives!

   Thanks so much, Liz and Mark! We've run this a couple of times in the past, but it bears repeating often. The benefits of aspirin are well-known, but less well-known is the availability of the newest variety - not to mention the advice to NOT LIE DOWN!!! 

   I'd also recommend that we keep our cell phones on our person whenever possible - particularly those who live alone!

From Norris Perry (Warwick HS - '59) of VA - 10/06/10 - "Best Pool Shot Ever by a Naked White Chick":

White Chick

     Thanks, Norris Sweetie - ya got me!


  From Jane Chambers of VA - 07/01/09, 02/07/10, AND 07/31/10 - "CNC BOOK BROCHURE & AD" AND 61-62 DECADERS ADDENDA AND DRAMATIC WORKSHOPS STUDENTS: 

   Contact Dr. Chambers at

   Thanks, Jane!


1. Saturday, October 23, 2010, 8:00 to 11:00 PM, Norfolk - The NNHS Class of 1964 will hold an evening cruise on the Spirit of Norfolk to celebrate their 64th Birthdays. For details, contact Dave Spriggs at and SEE: -NNHS-64-64-CRUISE-INVITATION.doc - - - CLASS OF 1964

2. Thursday, November 4, 2010 - 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 fiends in that year, go visit with them.

3. Wednesday, December 8, 2010 - 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. Saturday, April 30, 2011 - The NNHS Class will have a Luncheon. Team Leaders are Mickey Marcella ( - 757-249-3800), Betty Hamby Neher ( - 757-898-5099), and Dr. Harry Simpson ( - 804-694-0346). - CLASS OF 1954

5. Saturday, July 9, 2011 (6:30 PM to 11:30 PM) - The Class of 1971 will hold its 40-Year Reunion at Newport News Marriott at City Center, 740 Town Center Drive, Newport News. For details, contact Richard Rawls at - CLASS OF 1971

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BLOG: - updated 08/04/09

  Y'all take care of each other!  TYPHOONS FOREVER!  We'll Always Have Buckroe!

                                   Love to all, Carol





Carol Buckley Harty

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It's My Party

Written by John Gluck, Wally Gold and Herb Weiner, 1962

Recorded by Lesley Gore (b. 02 May 1946), 1963

Nobody knows where my Johnny has gone;
Judy left the same time.
Why was he holding her hand
When he's supposed to be mine?

It's my party and I'll cry if I want to,
Cry if I want to, cry if I want to,
You would cry too if it happened to you.

Play all my records, keep dancing all night,
But leave me alone for a while.
'Til Johnny's dancing with me,
I have no reason to smile.

It's my party and I'll cry if I want to,
Cry if I want to, cry if I want to,
You would cry too if it happened to you.

Judy and Johnny just walked through that door
Like a queen with her king.
Oh, what a birthday surprise:
Judy's wearing his ring.

It's my party and I'll cry if I want to,
Cry if I want to, cry if I want to,
You would cry too if it happened to you.

"It's My Party" midi courtesy of
suggested by Dave Spriggs ('64) of VA - 10/15/05
Thanks, Dave!

"It's My Party" lyrics courtesy of
also suggested by Dave Spriggs ('64) of VA - 10/15/05
Thanks again, Dave!

First Crying Girl Image courtesy of - 10/18/05

Second Crying Girl Image courtesy of - 10/17/05

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 Blue Bar Divider Line clip art courtesy of - 10/18/05

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

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 Red Flames courtesy of - 05/19/08

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

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!

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

Animated Cheering Smiley clip art courtesy of Al Farber ('64) of GA - 08/18/05 (re-saved 02/27/09)
Thanks, Al!

Bad Surprise Smiley courtesy of - 10/21/10 (sic)

Kilroy Face courtesy of 5kidz2many of MO - 01/24/10
Thanks, Rhonda!

Animated Tiny Angels clip art courtesy of Judy Phillips Allen ('66) of VA - 07/20/07
Thanks, Judy!

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

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