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10/28/14 - NNHS Newsletter -
We'll Meet Again

In the time of your life, live - so that in that wondrous time you shall not add to the misery
 and sorrow of the world, but shall smile to the infinite variety and mystery of it.

- William Saroyan
(31 Aug 1908 - 18 May 1981)

Dear Friends and Schoolmates,
 This Newsletter theme seems to be a favorite of ours.

BONUS #1 - - We'll Meet Again - Vera Lynn - great images from the 40's

BONUS #2 - - We'll Meet Again - Julie Andrews (with Dick Van Dyke), 1974


"We'll Meet Again" is a 1939 song made famous by British singer Vera Lynn with music and lyrics composed and written by Ross Parker (born Albert Rostron Parker, 16 August 1914 in Manchester) & Hugh Charles (born Charles Hugh Owen Ferry, 24 July 1907 in Reddish, Stockport, Cheshire).

The song is one of the most famous songs of the Second World War era, and resonated with soldiers going off to fight and their families and sweethearts. The assertion that "we'll meet again" is optimistic, as many soldiers did not survive to see their loved ones again. Indeed, the meeting place at some unspecified time in the future would have been seen by many who lost loved ones to be heaven.

The song gave its name to the 1943 musical film We'll Meet Again in which Vera Lynn played the lead role (see 1943 in music). Lynn's recording is featured in the final scene of Stanley Kubrick's 1964 film Dr. Strangelove, and was also used in the closing scenes of the 1986 BBC television serial The Singing Detective. British director John Schlesinger used the song in his 1979 WWII film, "Yanks", which is about British citizens and American soldiers during the military buildup in the U.K. as the Allies prepared for the D-Day Invasion.

During the Cold War, Vera Lynn's recording was included in the package of music and programmes held in 20 underground radio stations of the BBC's Wartime Broadcasting Service (WTBS), designed to provide public information and morale-boosting broadcasts for 100 days after a nuclear attack.[1] Mezzo-soprano Katherine Jenkins reprised the song at her appearance alongside Lynn in London on the 60th Anniversary of VE Day in 2005, and has retained it as an occasional item in her repertoire.


   Happy Birthday today to   Nancy Bigger Alligood ('56) of VA AND    Mary Blandford McGehee ('62) of LA!

   Happy Birthday tomorrow to     Ray Barnes ('65) of VA AND   Christine Wilson Starkman ('68) of CA!

   Happy Birthday this week to:

30 -   Virginia Gall (February '48) of VA;

31 -   Jo Ann Stewart ('64) of Northern VA;

01 -   Russ Stephenson ('57) of MD AND   Colin Faison ('58) of VA;

02 -   John Clark ('57) of VA;

04 -   Mike Jeffers ('61) of VA!

   Many Happy Returns, One and All!


October 28, 1922 - March on Rome: Italian fascists led by Benito Mussolini marched on Rome and took over control of the Italian government.

October 28, 1940 - Greece rejected Italy's ultimatum. Italy invaded Greece through Albania, marking Greece's entry into World War II.


Wednesday, October 28, 1964 - Vietnam War: U.S. officials denied any involvement in bombing North Vietnam.

Wednesday, October 28, 1964 - Illustrator Onofrio Catacchio was born in Bari, Italy.

From Kitty Dichtel Heffington (Ferguson HS - '73) and  Terry Heffington (Warwick HS - '66) of VA - 10/27/14 - "James Curtiss Back":

Hey Carol...

Curtiss was well known in the area... Christopher Newport University, he was past President of the Alumni Society.
Also 40 years at NNSBDDC
All is in the obituary and CNU Alumni Society website.

I didn't know if you would want to list it or not..

Thanks for all you do...

Kitty Dichtel Heffington (Ferguson '73 and Terry Heffington (Warwick '66)

   Thank you, Kitty! As a matter of fact, one of Curtiss' sisters-in-law,   Atlas Ray Back, is a member of the Class of 1963.

   Let's compromise! Rather than create a separate Memorial Newsletter, I'll reference it here within this Newsletter:

From the Daily Press - 10/26/14:

            James Curtiss Back


HAMPTON - James Curtiss Back, age 71, went home to the Lord on October 24, 2014.

Born in Sergent, KY, Curtiss was a resident of Hampton since 1954 and a longtime member of Faith Church of God in Hampton.

He retired from Newport News Shipbuilding as finance manager after more than 40 years of service. Curtiss was a graduate of Hampton High School, Newport News Shipbuilding Apprentice School, and Thomas Nelson Community College. He earned a bachelor's degree in business management from Christopher Newport University.

He was a husband, father, brother, friend, sounding board, influence, teacher, leader, provider, peacemaker, and much more. He was a man of integrity and wisdom, who loved the Lord, and mentored and served others.  



Curtiss was preceded in death by his parents, William and Belvia Back, and his brothers, Elmer, Buford, Odell, Hilmer, Forrest and Ralph. 

He is survived by his wife of 50 years, Bonnie Keel Back; daughter, Kay Helm; sons, David Back (Tami) and Chris Back (Becky); his brothers, Bernie Back (Linda), Don Back (Johnnie), Milton Back (Atlas), and Darrell Back (Sandra); grandchildren Zachary Helm, Taylor Helm, Conner Back, Alissa Back and Everly Back, as well as many devoted friends.

The family will receive friends on Monday, October 27, 2014, from 5:00 to 6:30 p.m. at Peninsula Funeral Home, 11144 Warwick Blvd., Newport News. A memorial service, led by Rev. Don Back, will be held on Tuesday, October 28, at 10:00 a.m. at Peninsula Funeral Home, followed by a graveside service at Parklawn Memorial Park in Hampton.

Memorial donations may be made to Faith Church of God, 1115 Todds Lane, Hampton, VA, 23666. View and post condolences on our online guestbook at

Published in Daily Press on October 26, 2014.
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  From Judy Phillips Allen ('66) of VA - 10/26/14 AND   From Jay Styles ('68) of VA - 10/27/14 - "Amazing how far a 17 year old musician can go in life.......":

How COOL is this?

Amazing how far a 17 year old musician can go in life......

For anyone who remember the Ventures.............

The Ventures, a rock band from the 50s and 60s, and their original 17-year old drummer who left after 8 months (because he was too young to play in bars) and went into the Air Force.

He's now a four star General and he came back to play with them again, in uniform.....


   WOWZERS! Thanks Judy - and Jay!

      From Buster Vest ('63) of VA - 10/27/14 - "Virgin Atlantic - WOW !":

When passengers boarded this plane bound for San Francisco, they never could've guessed what they would encounter near the tail-end of the flight. During the flight, just off the left wing (as visible in the video) there emerges a totally futuristic aircraft. What was it? Virgin Galactic's brand new SpaceShipTwo and its mothership plane, the White Knight II. Even more impressive, the aptly named SpaceShipTwo (it literally goes into space) executed a parallel landing with the commercial airline.

   WOWZERONI! Thank you, Buster!

    From Mayim Bialik (North Hollywood High School, CA - '93) of CA - 10/27/14 - "Three Things That Dont Change Even As My Boys Get Older":

I wrote about three things that don't change as your kids get older for @kveller. Maybe grab a tissue.

       "MAYBE grab a tissue?!?" I tried reading this aloud to my 71-year-old husband, but it took far longer than I would have believed. Our minds kept flashing back decades to when our seven children, six sons and one daughter (now ranging from 44 to 27), were babies and toddlers and teenagers. The tears began and won't seem to stop. I'm going to go watch a rerun of The Big Bang Theory now so that I can perhaps stop weeping.

   Thank you so much for sharing this touching essay, Mayim!

          From My Husband, Paul Harty (Bardolph HS, IL - '61) of NC - 10/27/14 - "Angry Bunny - found this very funny.":


     Love it! Thanks, Dools!


From My Friend, Susan, of NC - 10/27/14 - "Reindeer Cookies":

  SO COOL!   Thanks, Susan!

BONUS HALLOWEEN CROCHET PATTERNS: - Spider Slippers - "Halloween is a chilly time of year and nearly perfect for donning cozy slippers! These spider slippers are fun and easy. Crochet this simple slipper pattern for harvest time and enjoy keeping your feet toastie warm. The entire family will want a pair of spooky sweet spider slippers...they are so much fun for Halloween. This slipper pattern fits a size 6 to 7 woman's shoe." -  Priscilla Hewitt's Pumpkin Towel Ring - "If you're looking for a cute decorating idea for the holiday season then you'll love this Pumpkin Towel Ring. Thanksgiving crochet patterns like this are great to have out during these joyous times. There is a face on one side and it's plain on the other side so you can choose which to display." - Twisted Halloween Hat - "This Twisted Halloween Hat is the perfect thing to wear on Halloween night. It will keep your ears warm as you trick-or-treat with your kids up and down the block. This is an intermediate crochet pattern that is made from bottom to top."

BONUS PETRIFYING HALLOWEEN SNACK RECIPES: - Ghoulish Glazed Meatballs - "A slow cooker is the trick to easily making our Ghoulish Glazed Meatballs. And the treat here is the special saucy flavor these get from chili sauce and grape jelly." - Bloody Witch's Fingers - "Treat your tricksters to some really good finger food! Our Bloody Witchs Fingers are the best darn party-pleasing chicken fingers ever. Dripping with a BBQ dip, every bite is bloody delicious!" - Pumpkin Cheese Ball - "Your Halloween party is sure to shape up to be the talk of the neighborhood when you serve our adorable Pumpkin Cheese Ball to your ghoulish guests. This pumpkin-shaped party appetizer will have everyone wanting to "haunt" you down for your recipe."

    From Joan Lauterbach Krause ('60) of VA - 09/23/14 - "A little food for the soul (#27 in a series of 28)":
  INDEED! Thank you, Joan!

  From Wayne Agee ('58) of FL - 10/03/14 - "Have a nice day (#4 in a series of 18)":
Six Truths in Life
1. You cannot stick your tongue out and look up at the ceiling at the same time, a physical impossibility.
2. All idiots, after reading #1 will try it.
3. And discover #1 is a lie.
4. You are smiling now because you are an idiot.
5. You soon will forward this to another idiot.
6. There is still a stupid smile on your face.
I sincerely apologize about this but I'm an idiot and I needed company... Have a bright sunny day!

    GIGGLES! Thanks, Wayne!


      From My Niece, Shari, of VA - 10/23/14 - "Great Ideas! (#4 in a series of 7)":

  Very nice! Thank you, Shari!


From - 10/27/14:

The CIA had an opening for an assassin. After all of the background checks, interviews, and testing were done there were three finalists...

Two men and a woman.

For the final test, the CIA agents took one of the men to a large metal door and handed him a gun.

"We must know that you will follow your instructions, no matter what the circumstances. Inside of this room, you will find your wife sitting in a chair. Kill Her!!!"

The man said, "You can't be serious. I could never shoot my wife."

The agent said, "Then you're not the right man for this job."

The second man was given the same instructions. He took the gun and went into the room. All was quiet for about five minutes. Then the man came out with tears in his eyes." I tried, but I can't kill my wife."

The agent said, "You don't have what it takes. Take your wife and go home."

Finally, it was the woman's turn. She was given the same instructions to kill her husband.

She took the gun and went into the room. Shots were heard, one shot after another. They heard screaming, crashing, banging on the walls. After a few minutes, all was quiet. The door opened slowly and there stood the woman.

She wiped the sweat from her brow, and said, "This gun is loaded with blanks. I had to beat him to death with the chair." 

1. 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.

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   Y'all take good care of each other!  TYPHOONS FOREVER! 
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                          Love to all, Carol





Carol Buckley Harty
7020 Lure Court
Fayetteville, NC 28311-9309


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We'll Meet Again

Written by Ross Parker and Hughie Charles in 1939
and sung in the movie of the same name in 1942.

Vera Lynn)
(b. 20 Mar 1917)

We'll meet again,
Don't know where,
Don't know when,
But I know
We'll meet again
Some sunny day.

Keep smiling through
Just like you
Always do
Till the blue skies
Drive the dark clouds
Far away.

"We'll Meet Again" midi courtesy of - 06/06/02

"We'll Meet Again" lyrics courtesy of - 10/27/05

"We'll Meet Again" Image courtesy of - 10/27/05

 Peach Flower Divider Line clip art courtesy of - 04/05/03

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

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

Ferguson High School's Anchor clip art courtesy of Steve Silsby (FHS - '72) of NC - 12/14/05
Thanks, Steve!

Hampton High School's Crab clip art courtesy of - 10/02/05
Replaced courtesy of - 02/17/09

Coast Guard Seal clip art courtesy of - 10/03/07

Crying Baby clip art courtesy of - 09/28/05 (resaved 02/27/09)

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

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

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