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11/03/11 - NNHS Newsletter -
Only You

“The hours I spend with you I look upon as sort of a perfumed garden, a dim twilight,
and a fountain singing to it. You and you alone make me feel that I am alive.
Other men it is said have seen angels, but I have seen thee and thou art enough.

- George Moore
(24 Feb 1852 - 21 Jan 1933)

Dear Friends and Schoolmates,

   When I was a little kid, I used to spend a great deal of time irritating my dear sister by singing this song (one of her favorites, then and now) to her in a horrible, annoying falsetto voice.  It worked like a charm - almost as much as fun when a few years earlier, I informed her that I was planning to marry Smokey THE Bear!!  

   Remember that,       Eleanor (Buckley Nowitzky - '59 - of NC)?!? Ah, good times!

BONUS #1 - - Only You - The Platters 

BONUS #2 - - Only You - The Platters


"Only You (And You Alone)" (often shortened to "Only You") is a pop song composed by Buck Ram.[1] It was recorded most successfully by The Platters, with lead vocals by Tony Williams, in 1955.

The first recording of the song on Federal Records, also by Williams and The Platters, turned out poorly in 1954, but after a re-recording, the song scored a major hit when it was released on July 3, 1955. The song held strong in the number-one position on the U.S. R & B charts for seven weeks, and hit number five on the Billboard Hot 100 chart.[2] It remained there for 30 weeks, beating out a rival cover version by a white band called The Hilltoppers. When the Platters track, "The Great Pretender" (which eventually surpassed the success of "Only You"), was released in the UK as Europe's first introduction to The Platters, "Only You" was included on the flipside. In the 1956 film Rock Around the Clock, The Platters participated with both songs "Only You" and "The Great Pretender".


   Happy Birthday today to   John Clark ('57) of VA!

   Happy Birthday tomorrow to to the ever gorgeous   Mike Jeffers ('61) of VA!

   Happy Birthday this week to:

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

08 - Lawson (Buddy) Sparrow ('53) of VA AND Woody Hudson ('57) AND     Joe Madagan ('57) of FL AND David McCoy ('67) of VA;

09 - Hilton Henderson ('57) of NV and FL AND My Grandson (by My Children of Other Parents),     Jacob Mansfield of NC;

10 - The United States Marine Corps - 1775, Tamsie Warren Ellis ('57),  David Wittan ('57),    Angie Ray Smith ('64) of VA, AND    Steve Pullen ('65) of VA!

    Many Happy Returns, One and All!



Sunday, Nov. 3, 1861

Finally, after two days of sometimes less than dignified negotiations, insubordination, trickery and deceit, John Fremont had been persuaded to step down as commander of the US military district of Missouri at his base in Springfield, and return to St. Louis. His replacement, Gen. David Hunter, 59, was one of the comparatively few Union officers who had been a lifelong military man, never leaving the service for a more lucrative job since graduating from West Point in 1822. Experience finally paid off when the Civil War started and he was promoted first to Colonel, of the 3rd US Cavalry, then within weeks to brigadier general. He was badly wounded at Bull Run, and this was his first field command (albeit a desk job) since returning.

Monday, Nov. 3, 1862

Captain Edward W. Fuller of the gunboat CSS Cotton had a particularly enjoyable day in Berwick Bay, Louisiana today. He seemed to be in a thoroughly dreadful situation, being the only Confederate ship in the bay, and being confronted by no less than four Union vessels, the USS Calhoun, Kinsman, Estella and Diana. The odds were not as uneven as they may have seemed, however: what the US captains did not know was that there were Confederate shore batteries concealed on the banks of the waterway. Between the batteries and the Cotton’s own guns, considerable damage was inflicted on the Federal ships until the Cotton started to run low on ammunition. Captain Fuller ordered his men to cut off their pants legs and tie the ends to make additional powder bags to extend the fight. The Union ships withdrew.

Tuesday, Nov. 3, 1863

To the thousands of mortar, cannon and artillery shells which had already been flung at the battered hulk of Ft. Sumter were added another 661 which were shot off today. The problem, from the point of view of the Union attackers, was that as long as the bombproof shelters provided cover for the Confederate defenders, any further damage to the shell of the fort itself was more or less unimportant. The essential point was summed up in a report by Admiral John Dahlgren after inspecting the fort through a telescope from his flagship in Charleston Harbor. He could, he wrote “..plainly observe the further effects of the firing; still, this mass of ruin [Sumter] is capable of harboring a number of the enemy, who may retain their hold until expelled by the bayonet..” The air war was not working and ground forces would have to be used.

Thursday, Nov. 3, 1864

The Confederate Cavalry-Naval Flotilla Force was a unique and short-lived institution created Oct. 27 when Gen. Nathan Bedford Forrest succeeded in capturing a Union gunboat and two transport ships on the Tennessee River. In the ensuing days Forrest had put the vessels to good use hauling his men across the river and into position to threaten a Union supply depot at Johnstonville, Tenn. As the cavalrymen-turned-sailors gained greater experience at managing their new steeds, their confidence increased. Today, which was cold, rainy and foggy on that part of the river, the men challenged three Union gunboats guarding the depot to come out and fight. The more experienced Union sailors declined the offer and stayed under the protection of their shore guns.

From the Daily Press - 11/02/11 - "It's official - President Obama confirms Fort Monroe park designation":

It's official - President Obama confirms Fort Monroe park designation
  HAMPTON — With a stroke of his pen Tuesday, President Barack Obama confirmed Fort Monroe as a national monument, saying it was all about "preserving our nation's treasures."

The president paved the way for a national park of about 325 acres in a ceremony at the White House. It is the first time he has used the Antiquities Act to create a national monument since becoming president.

"Fort Monroe," he said, "…has played a remarkable role in the history of our nation. It was the site of the first slave ships to land in the New World. But then in the Civil War, almost 250 years later, Fort Monroe also became a refuge for slaves that were escaping from the South."

Obama said it paved the way for President Abraham Lincoln to sign the Emancipation Proclamation.

"In September, Fort Monroe closed its doors as a military base. But thanks to advocacy of some outstanding citizens and historians and elected officials who are represented here, as well as the great work of our Department of the Interior and Ken Salazar and … all the people who have been involved in making this day possible, we are going to continue this legacy, making Fort Monroe a national monument," Obama said.

President Obama signing the
proclamation to declare Ft. Monroe,
in Hampton, Virginia
an historic monument
under the Antiquities Act.

Obama also suggested a national monument at Fort Monroe would be an "incredibly important economic boost to the region."

"Local officials estimate that this may end up creating as many as 3,000 jobs in the region. It will add millions of dollars to the local economy in and around Hampton," he said. "And so this is a win-win. Not only is it good for the people of that region now, but it also allows us to set aside this incredibly important site for the enjoyment and appreciation of generations to come."

The president declared Fort Monroe a national monument at 1:45 p.m. Tuesday when he signed a proclamation at the White House. And the historic citadel joined a list of sites including the Grand Canyon and the Statue of Liberty.

A four-page declaration cited Fort Monroe's long history including the arrival of the first "enslaved Africans" who landed at Old Point Comfort in 1619 and the contraband decision of 1861.

Despite the wording of the proclamation and the President's reference to "slave ships," experts are divided on whether the first Africans to land in the English-speaking New World were slaves or indentured servants, with some evidence suggesting the latter.

The document said the Secretary of the Interior would prepare a management plan for the monument within three years of the proclamation. The Fort Monroe National Monument will comprise about 325 acres including an easement. The parcel owned by the National Park Service is expected to be about 244 acres, although this is not defined in the proclamation.

While some of this federal land is due to revert to the commonwealth of Virginia in early 2012, the proclamation makes reference to an agreement with the state to transfer land citing a Sept. 9, 2011, letter from Virginia Gov. Bob McDonnell.

"The governor of the Commonwealth of Virginia and the Fort Monroe Authority, which would have responsibility for such lands and interests in lands upon their reversion, have agreed in principle to then relinquish to the United States ownership or control of those lands and interests in lands," the proclamation states.

A number of people were in Washington, D.C., for the signing including Ward, U.S. Sen. Mark Warner, U.S. Reps. Robert C. "Bobby" Scott, D-Newport News, and Scott Rigell, R-Virginia Beach, members of the Fort Monroe Authority, and Mark Perreault, president of Citizens for a Fort Monroe National Park.

In a statement, Salazar said: "With the strong support of the people of Virginia, from the congressional delegation to Governor (Bob) McDonnell to Mayor (Molly) Ward and the citizens of Hampton, President Obama has ensured that this historic fort, a symbol of the long struggle for freedom for African Americans, will be preserved as a national park for generations to come."

The 150th anniversary of the historic contraband decision was celebrated in Hampton in May. When Fort Monroe's commander, Maj. Gen. Benjamin Butler, refused to return three slaves who came to the fortress in May 1861, effectively classifying them as "contraband" of war, it changed the course of the Civil War and the nation's history. Large numbers of escaped slaves flocked to what became known as "Freedom's Fortress."

Cross party support for the Fort Monroe designation meant Obama's decision to use the Antiquities Act, avoided opposition to the act, that has been expressed by some Republicans in recent months. They are concerned the government will seek to tie up thousands of acres in the western part of the nation.

House Natural Resources Committee Chairman Doc Hastings, R-Washington, is one critic of the Antiquities Act, but in a statement praised the consensus on Fort Monroe.

"In contrast to prior uses of the Antiquities Act that were done unilaterally and in the dark of night, this national monument designation was done with the backing and support of the Virginia governor, the Congressional delegation and the local communities. Additionally, this designation affects only a small, historically significant military site and was not done to rob people of potential jobs and economic growth."

   NOTE:  Bobby Scott (Groton School, MA - '65), shown above left, is the brother of Charles Scott,    Jon Scott ('68), and Valerie Scott Price ('70).  His father, the late Dr. C. Waldo Scott (Huntington HS - '32) (22 Apr 1916 - 09 Jan 1993), was for many years a member of the Newport News School Board, and his mother,    Mae Hamlin Scott, a teacher at Newport News High School during the last few years it was open, passed away in Newport News on Thanksgiving Day, Thursday, November 25, 2010, three days before her 90th birthday.  


  From Adrian Whitcomb ('67) of VA - 11/03/11, 10:05 AM - "Fort Monroe National Monument Celebration Invitation":

President Obama signed a Proclamation on Tuesday,

November 1, 2011 proclaiming Fort Monroe a National Monument.

Please join the City of Hampton and the Fort Monroe Authority in

Celebration of this significant historical event.

Friday, November 4, 2011

Location: Fort Monroe Continental Park [Next to Chamberlin]

Time: 5:30 PM – 7:30 PM

TRADOC Band Fireworks Vendors

Citizens for a Fort Monroe National Park website:

Citizens for a Fort Monroe National Park on Facebook:

   Thank you so much, Adrian! Your years of dedication and hard work have at last paid off for the citizens of Virginia and the entire United States!

      From John London (Warwick HS - '57) of VA - 11/02/11 - "3 Carrier groups together":

Very impressive.

   John Darlin'! You're back! I've been so worried about you! Thank you so much for this; impressive is almost an understatement! How must it have been to have witnessed this in person!



Slow-Cooked Ham

Hi FlyCrew- This is my husband's favorite Ham recipe. I found it in a Quick Cooking magazine (Taste of Home).

1/2 c packed brown sugar
1 tsp ground mustard
1 tsp prepared horseradish
4 Tbsp Coke, divided
1 boneless smoked ham (5 - 6 lbs), cut in half

In a bowl, combine the first three ingredients and 2 Tbsp of the Coke; mix well. Rub over ham. Place in 5 qt slow cooker; pour remaining Coke over ham. Cover and cook on low for 8-10 hours. Yield: 15-20 servings.

- Racine, Wisconsin


From - 11/02/11:

He asked for a putter, then drove three hundred yards onto the green. Then he asked for a driver and drove the ball to within two feet of the cup. Then he asked for a niblick and got the ball into the cup. “Now I’m in trouble,” he told the caddie.


“I don’t know what club to use to get it out.”


1. Thursday, November 3, 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.

2. Thursday, December 1, 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, December 14, 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. Saturday, January 7, 2012 - 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.

PRAYER ROLL: - updated 10/22/11

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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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Only You

Written by Buck Ram (21 Nov 1907 - 01 Jan 1991)

Recorded by The Platters, 1955

Only you can make this world seem right
Only you can make the darkness bright.
Only you and you alone
can thrill me like you do
and fill my heart with love for only you.

Only you can make this change in me,
for it's true, you are my destiny.
When you hold my hand,
I understand the magic that you do.

You're my dream come true,
my one and only you.

Only you can make this change in me,
for it's true, you are my destiny.
When you hold my hand,
I understand the magic that you do.

You're my dream come true,
my one and only you.

One and only you.

"Only You" midi courtesy of - 11/03/07

"Only You" lyrics courtesy of - 11/03/07

Smokey Bear's "Only You" Poster courtesy of - 11/03/07

 One Gold Heart Divider Line clip art courtesy of – 03/11/06

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

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

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

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!

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

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