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10/31/13 - NNHS Newsletter - Happy Halloween!

“Shadows of a thousand years rise again unseen,
Voices whisper in the trees, 'Tonight is Halloween!' ”

- Dexter Kozen

Dear Friends and Schoolmates,

   Here's a Golden Oldie for you, whether or not you're actually celebrating Halloween.

BONUS #1 - - Monster Mash (HQ) - Bobby "Boris" Pickett

BONUS #2 - - Monster Mash - Bobby "Boris" Pickett & the Crypt Kickers

BONUS #3 - - Monster Mash

BONUS #4 - 


"Monster Mash" is a 1962 novelty song and the best-known song by Bobby "Boris" Pickett. The song was released as a single on Gary S. Paxton's Garpax Records label in August 1962 along with a full-length LP called The Original Monster Mash, which contained several other monster-themed tunes. The "Monster Mash" single reached number one on the Billboard Hot 100 chart on October 20 of that year, just in time for Halloween. It has been a perennial holiday favorite ever since.

Pickett was an aspiring actor who sang with a band called The Cordials at night while going to auditions during the day. One night, while performing with his band, Pickett did a monologue in imitation of horror movie actor Boris Karloff while performing The Diamonds' "Little Darlin'". The audience loved it and fellow band member Lenny Capizzi encouraged Pickett to do more with the Karloff imitation.[2]

Pickett and Capizzi composed "Monster Mash" and recorded it with Gary S. Paxton, Leon Russell, Johnny McCrae, Rickie Page, and Terry Berg, credited as "The Crypt-Kickers". (Mel Taylor, drummer for The Ventures, is sometimes credited with playing on the record as well,[3] while pianist Leon Russell, who arrived late for the session, appears on the single's instrumental B-side, "Monster Mash Party".[4]) The song was partially inspired by Paxton's earlier novelty hit "Alley Oop", as well as by the Mashed Potato dance craze of the era.[5] A variation on the Mashed Potato was danced to "Monster Mash", in which the footwork was the same but Frankenstein-style monster gestures were made with the arms and hands.

The song is narrated by a mad scientist whose monster, late one evening, rises from a slab to perform a new dance. The dance becomes "the hit of the land" when the scientist throws a party for other monsters. The producers came up with several low-budget but effective sound effects for the recording. For example, the sound of a coffin opening was imitated by a rusty nail being pulled out of a board. The sound of a cauldron bubbling was actually water being bubbled through a straw, and the chains rattling were simply chains being dropped on a tile floor. Pickett also impersonated horror film actor Bela Lugosi as Dracula with the lyric "Whatever happened to my Transylvania Twist?"[6]

The song was re-released several times and appeared in the Billboard charts on three occasions after the original release — December 1962, August 1970 and May 1973.[7] The BBC had banned the record from airplay in 1962 on the grounds that the song was "too morbid". It was re-released in the United Kingdom in 1973, where it peaked at #3 in early October. To celebrate this popular release, Bobby and the Crypt-Kickers toured Dallas and St. Louis around the 1973 Halloween holiday. On this tour, the Crypt-Kickers were composed of Brian Ray (now guitarist with Paul McCartney), drummer Brian Englund, keyboardist Don Chambers, singer Jean Ray, and others. The "Monster Mash" re-entered the British Charts again on November 2, 2008 at #60.

"Monsters' Holiday", a Christmas-themed follow up, was recorded by Pickett and released in December 1962, peaking at #30 on the Billboard chart. The tune was penned by the renowned novelty song composer Paul Harrison. In 1985, with American culture experiencing a growing awareness of rap music, Pickett released "Monster Rap", which describes the mad scientist's frustration at being unable to teach the dancing monster from "Monster Mash" how to talk. The problem is solved when he teaches the monster to rap. A movie musical based on the song starring Pickett was released in 1995.


From - 10/30/08 - "The Real Story of Halloween":


   Happy Halloween Birthday today to   Jo Ann Stewart ('64) of Northern VA!

   Happy Birthday tomorrow to    Russ Stephenson ('57) of MD AND   Colin Faison ('58) of VA!  

   Happy Birthday this week to:

02 -   John Clark ('57) of VA;

04 -   Mike Jeffers ('61) of VA;

05 -   Patsy Blackard Hallett ('65) of VA AND     My Son of Other Parents, Joe Mansfield (Stanton College Prep School, FL - 2002) of MD AND My Grandson,   Thomas Harty of TX;

06 - Marion Timberlake Gitchel ('57) AND Maria Velma Vidales Scott ('57) AND       Pam Smith Arnold ('65) of VA;

07 -    Pam Larmer Traugott ('62) of VA!

   Many Happy Returns, One and All!


October 31, 1922 - Benito Mussolini became prime minister of Italy.

October 31, 1940 - The Battle of Britain ended – the air victory by the United Kingdom prevented a German invasion.

October 31, 1941 - The destroyer USS Reuben James was torpedoed by a German U-boat near Iceland, killing more than 100 United States Navy sailors. It was the first U.S. Navy vessel sunk by enemy action in WWII. The U.S. had not yet entered World War II.

October 31, 1943 - An F4U Corsair accomplished the first successful radar-guided interception.

October 31, 1944 - Erich Göstl, a member of the Waffen SS, was awarded the Knight's Cross of the Iron Cross, to recognize extreme battlefield bravery, after losing his face and eyes during the Battle of Normandy.


Thursday, October 31, 1963 - An explosion at the Indiana State Fair Coliseum (now Pepsi Coliseum) in Indianapolis killed 74 people during an ice skating show. The explosion also injured 400. A faulty propane tank connection in a concession stand was blamed.

Thursday, October 31, 1963 - Footballer and manager Dunga was born Carlos Caetano Bledorn Verri in Ijuí, Rio Grande do Sul, Brazil.

Thursday, October 31, 1963 - Drummer and songwriter (Motörhead and King Diamond) Mikkey Dee was born Micael Kiriakos Delaoglou (Μιχαήλ Κυριάκος Δελάογλου) in Gothenburg, Sweden.

Thursday, October 31, 1963 - Singer-songwriter and guitarist (The Smiths, Modest Mouse, Electronic, and The Cribs) Johnny Marr was born John Martin Maher in Ardwick, Manchester, England.

Thursday, October 31, 1963 - Baseball player Fred McGriff was born Frederick Stanley McGriff in Tampa, Florida.

Thursday, October 31, 1963 - Actor Dermot Mulroney was born in Alexandria, Virginia.

Thursday, October 31, 1963 - Actor, screenwriter, and producer Rob Schneider was born in San Francisco, California.


  Thanks again, Frank!
Saturday, October 31, 1964

     From Hunter Todd ('57) of TX - 10/29/13 - "October Newsletter from the 47th WorldFest-Houston Intl Film Festival - Entry Deadline.":

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You are very warmly invited to submit your entries into one of the oldest & finest Independent Film & Video Competitions in the world! We offer Remi Awards & Honors in 10 major categories, not just 2! Competition for Features, Shorts, TV Production, TV Commercials, Student Productions, Screenplays, Music Videos, New Media, Experimental, Films for Business & Industry and Documentary entries (New Music Video & New Media categories)!
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The 46th WorldFest's 2012 top honors- The Remi Grand Awards went to the following International Productions:


* BEST THEATRICAL FEATURE ~ First Dog, USA, directed by Bryan Michael Stoller, and First American Cinema, Ca. Bryan, a longtime WorldFest alumni personally accepted the award along with Canadian producer, Gary Bosloy, and main attraction, Little Bear. the four-legged star of the show.
* BEST FILM & VIDEO ~ Flight of the Butterflies, directed by Mike Slee, SK Films, Canada
* BEST TV & CABLE PRODUCTION ~ Icarus's Dream directed by Hyoung-Woon, Kim of the Korean Broadcasting System, Seoul, S. Korea
* BEST NEW MEDIA ~ Avengers of Xtreme Illusions, Shawn Welling, Welling Films, Hous., TX, USA
* BEST EXPERIMENTAL FILM & VIDEO ~ Red Tulips, A Story About Forgetting, director, producer, writer, Lucida Films, LLC, Brooklyn, NY.
* BEST SHORT SUBJECT, The Memory Sculptor, Ken Ochiai, Photosynth Entertainment, Japan & La.Ca.
* BEST STUDENT FILM, Hoe Kan Ik U Helpen, Wooter Wiggeleer, Ledeberg, Ghent, Belgium
* BEST TELEVISION COMMERCIAL, Paul Harvey, "The Farmer"- Dodge Ram, The Richards Group, Dallas, TX.

* BEST MUSIC VIDEO~ Stax - The Early Years, API Photographers, Inc., Memphis, TN  

Other top winners this year at WorldFest included Special Jury Award honors to: Moroccan/French filmmaker Ben Souda, for feature film Behind Closed Doors (Derriere les Portes Fermes); The Mystical Laws (Shinpi-No-Hou), Isamu Imakake (Cowboy Bebop); 

Sebastian Grobler's Der Ganz Grosse Traum; Bryan Ramirez's Mission Park, an FBI drama; Benoy, Badal & Denish with Houston producer Ash Shah on hand to accept; The Sorrows with Arty Papageorgiou & Phoebe Gittins jetting in from New Zealand to accept and Lost for Words by WorldFest alums, Stanley and Maria Orzel here from Hong Kong to accept. WorldFest Best Actor Remi Awards go to Bretten Lord in Lad: A Yorkshire Story, UK.; Best Actress, Emma Vilarasau in Unknown Number (Desclassificats), Catalan/Spain; Best Supporting Actor, Alan Gibson in Lad: A Yorkshire Story, UK and Best Supporting Actress, Priscilla Barnes in First Dog, USA. The Russian-American Publication sponsored the Best Foreign Film Award and presented by Olga Tarasova went to multi-winner, Uncle Hank from Stetz Film, The Netherlands, directed by Elbert van Strien with writer Bert Bouma on hand to accept.


Win your Remi at the 47th WorldFest!


   WOWZERONI! Thank you so much, Hunter!

        From John London (Warwick HS - '57) of VA - 10/30/13 - "Virus":

New virus afoot. It is contained in a zip file. DO NOT OPEN E-MAIL ATTACHMENTS NO MATTER WHO IT'S FROM!!!


Behold! What is a bell? A bell is that which sounds, far, and high ... It will echo far and wide like the peal of thunder but under utmost purity. And evil men, hearing the bell, will be saved.

Photos by J London.

   YIKESARONI! Thanks so much for letting us know, John Darlin'!

      From My Niece, Shari, of VA - 10/30/13 - "More Halloween Jokes & Facts":


*-- What'll You Have? --*

It was Halloween and three young vampires went into a club and walked up to the bar.

"What will you have?" the bartender asked.

"I'll have a full glass of warm blood," the first replied.

"I'll have a full glass of warm blood, too, thanks," said the second.

"I'll have a full glass of warm plasma," said the third.

"OK, let me get this straight," the bartender said. "That'll be two bloods and a blood light?"

(Joke from Davey)

*-- What Are Gonna Be? --*

Guy 1: What are you gonna be for Halloween?

Guy 2: Drunk!

(Joke from bartmart38)

*-- Q and A Quickies --*

Q: What is the problem with two twin witches?

A: You never know which witch is which!

Q: Where did the ghosts go for vacation?

A: Mali-BOO.

(Jokes from Annie G.)

Q: What happened when the werewolf swallowed a clock?

A: He got ticks!

Q: Why are graveyards so noisy?

A: Because of all the coffin!




Believing that spirits and ghosts roamed the land on All Hallows' Eve, the ancients Celts wore costumes and masks to avoid detection by these ghosts.

On All Hallows' Eve, the Celts would leave food on their doorsteps to keep the hungry ghosts from entering their homes.

Black cats were once believed to be witch's assistants who protected their powers.

It's not uncommon for people to be afraid of Halloween. In fact, there's even a name for this fear: Samhainophobia.

Orange and black are Halloween colors because orange represents the fall harvest, and black is associated with darkness and death.

The world's record for biggest pumpkin is currently held by a gigantic gourd weighing a whopping 1,385 pounds!


   Thanks, Shari!

       From My Daughter, Adrienne Harty (Hillsboro HS, IL / American School, IL) of NC - 10/30/13 - "Laffy Taffy Jokes:





     Thanks, Adrienne!

     From Me ('65) of NC - 10/30/13 - "More Laffy Taffy Jokes:










BONUS HALLOWEEN CROCHET PATTERNS: - Sara Sach's Doggie Birthday Hat - "Your dog is going to party like an animal! Crochet a dog birthday hat for him or her to rock on their special day. That pooch is going to be the center of attention, make no bones about it." - Pet Bow Tie Collar - "Looking for a way to dress up your pooch? Create this Crochet Pet Bow Tie Collar and your pet will be the most stylish on the block. Show your pooch some love with this adorable crochet craft." - Button Dog Scarf - "Keep your pooch warm and toasty with this adorable crochet pattern. It's light and comfortable for dogs of any size."


BONUS HALLOWEEN RECIPES: - Halloween Recipes for Families - "Fun-sized treats have their place, but why not go beyond the candy corn this year with a sweet or savory recipe that won't scare you away?"

      From My Niece, Shari, of VA - 09/25/13 - "Life Advice (#28 in a series of 28)":

  Very nice! Thank you, Shari; I've really appreciated these!

  From Wayne Agee ('58) of FL - 09/25/13 - "Popular American Cities 100 Years Ago (#28 in a series of 28)":

  Great and interesting, Carol, to look at that time verses the cities of today......


These are really professional photographers who took these pictures... Note how sharp and clear most of the photos are and these are over a 100 years old. There aren't many old photos as good.

American Cities more than a Century ago

   WOWZERS! Thanks, Wayne; these images have been fascinating!

1915 - Broadway and the building
of The Times, New York City, NY

  From Ruth Ann Reece Horace ('67) of FL - 10/18/13 - "Reflective Moments" (#13 in a series of 16):

   Thanks, Ruthie - I did!



From - 10/30/13:

Some bear hunters were sitting around the cabin the night before the hunt bragging about their past hunts.

The cabin boy was listening and went over and said, "You guys make it seem pretty hard to capture a bear".

They all laughed and said, "it is hard; do you think you could bag one"?

"I can go out and bag you two if you will skin them, and I will bet each of you $100.00."

They agreed and off he went out into the night.

Soon he spotted a big grizzly; he waved his arm and started hollering. The big bear started after him and he started running for the shack. When he got close to the shack he started yelling. "Open the door!"

They looked out and saw the bear chasing the boy. Just as he got to the door they opened it and he stepped aside and the bear went in.

He slammed the door and locked it and shouted. "OK, skin him, I'll go and get the other one". 

1. Thursday, November 7, 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. Wednesday, December 11, 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.


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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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Monster Mash

Written and recorded by Bobby "Boris" Pickett, 1962
(11 Feb1938 – 25 Apr 2007)

I was working in the lab late one night
When my eyes beheld an eerie sight
For my monster from his slab began to rise
And suddenly to my surprise

He did the mash
He did the monster mash
The monster mash
It was a graveyard smash
He did the mash
It caught on in a flash
He did the mash
He did the monster mash

From my laboratory in the castle east
To the master bedroom where the vampires feast
The ghouls all came from their humble abodes
To get a jolt from my electrodes

They did the mash
They did the monster mash
The monster mash
It was a graveyard smash
They did the mash
It caught on in a flash
They did the mash
They did the monster mash

The zombies were having fun
The party had just begun
The guests included Wolf Man
Dracula and his son

The scene was rockin', all were digging the sounds
Igor on chains, backed by his baying hounds
The coffin-bangers were about to arrive
With their vocal group, "The Crypt-Kicker Five"

They played the mash
They played the monster mash
The monster mash
It was a graveyard smash
They played the mash
It caught on in a flash
They played the mash
They played the monster mash

Out from his coffin, Drac's voice did ring
Seems he was troubled by just one thing
He opened the lid and shook his fist
And said, "Whatever happened to my Transylvania twist?"

It's now the mash
It's now the monster mash
The monster mash
And it's a graveyard smash
It's now the mash
It's caught on in a flash
It's now the mash
It's now the monster mash

Now everything's cool, Drac's a part of the band
And my monster mash is the hit of the land
For you, the living, this mash was meant too
When you get to my door, tell them Boris sent you

Then you can mash
Then you can monster mash
The monster mash
And do my graveyard smash
Then you can mash
You'll catch on in a flash
Then you can mash
Then you can monster mash

"The Monster Mash" midi courtesy of - 10/25/12
at the suggestion of Ivan Anker ('67) of VA - 11/01/11
Thanks, Ivan!

"The Monster Mash" lyrics courtesy of - 10/25/12
also at the suggestion of Ivan Anker ('67) of VA - 11/01/11
Thanks again, Ivan!

Animated Frankenstein clip art courtesy of - 10/25/12

Animated Trick or Treaters Divider Line clip art courtesy of - 10/24/08

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

Stanton College Prep School's logo courtesy of - 08/01/10

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!

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

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

American School Logo courtesy of - 09/05/06

Animated Rolling on the Floor Laughing Smiley clip art courtesy of Jerry ('65) and Judy Phillips ('66) Allen of VA - 08/13/10
Thanks, Sweetie-Pies!

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