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11/09/10 - NNHS Newsletter -
Little Deuce Coupe

ďGenerally, cars were not built to sit on dealer lots. It encourages
the wrong kind of behavior in the whole system.Ē

Rick Wagoner, John Randolph Tucker High School Class of 1971,
ormer Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of General Motors
(b. 09 Feb 1953)

Dear Friends and Schoolmates,

   Today's song is being revisited from exactly five years ago today:

BONUS - - Little Deuce Coupe - The Beach Boys


"Little Deuce Coupe" is a song written by Brian Wilson and Roger Christian. The song first appeared as the b-side to The Beach Boys' 1963 single "Surfer Girl". It was released on the Surfer Girl album and then again as the title track of the album Little Deuce Coupe.

"Surfer Girl" reached #7 on the Billboard Hot 100, while "Little Deuce Coupe" became The Beach Boys' highest charting b-side, making it to #15. It was the first of the Beach Boys' b-sides to receive a million spins on US radio.[citation needed] Internationally, it was reported by a French internet publication to be the 20th biggest hit of 1963 in that country.[citation needed]

According to author Jon Stebbins in his book The Lost Beach Boy, while the group was on tour in July 1963 Mike Love hit on the idea to use short instrumental segments of the song in the Beach Boys' live set as a way to introduce the bandmembers to the audience, starting with Dennis Wilson on drums, then adding David Marks (and later Al Jardine) on rhythm guitar, Carl Wilson on lead guitar, and finally Brian on the bass, before launching song from the top.

The music was written by Brian Wilson with the lyric by local radio station DJ Roger Christian; it typified the Beach Boys' "car songs" which along with "surfing", glamourised the teenage 1960s Californian lifestyle. The car referred to is the Ford Model B; the 1932 model was referred to as a "deuce coupe". Model Bs were readily available and easily modified, as auto enthusiasts (or "hot rodders") removed spare weight and improved the engine.

Brian Wilson commented on the song in the liner notes of the 1990 CD re-release of the original Surfer Girl album: "We loved doing 'Little Deuce Coupe'. It was a good 'shuffle' rhythm, which was not like most of the rhythms of the records on the radio in those days. It had a bouncy feel to it. Like most of our records, it had a competitive lyric. This record was my favorite Beach Boys car song."


     From Me ('65) of IL - 11/09/10 - "       Paul's (Harty - Bardolph HS, IL - '61 - of IL)":

  With a family as large as Paul's (he's the oldest of nine children), one might expect a number of health problems to arise at any given moment - kidney stones, knee replacements and such.  Still, this week has been extreme.

1. His brother Jack of IL (age 62) - His cancer, a very aggressive form, has returned with a vengeance.  He's in stage three, and it has attacked his brain now.  Paul talked to Jack on Sunday, but by Monday he was back in the hospital.  Prognosis is not good.

2. His nephew, Will of MO (age 37) - Will has Type 1 diabetes, and this week suffered a spell which brought him close to death.  His paternal grandfather drove down from IA to MO to bring him in for treatment.  He's doing better now.

3. His brother-in-law,   Lyle of AZ (age 62) - On Sunday Lyle (Will's father) had a small stroke and was rushed to the hospital.  Having received treatment in such a timely manner, his prognosis is quite good.

4. His step-mother, Lavern of MO (age 84) has just been diagnosed with throat cancer.  Prognosis is still unknown.

5. His niece, Kelly of IL (age 38), was thought to be having issues with her gall bladder.  Instead, it has just been learned that she too has a very aggressive form of cancer involving her intestines, stomach, and lungs.  Her prognosis is not at all encouraging.  Kelly's father died just last December:

6. Also on Sunday, our son's best friend, Frank of IL (age 40-ish), already suffering from gallstones, had a heart attack.  I'm not sure how he is doing.

   Your thoughts and prayers would be greatly appreciated. Anybody know how to cry "Uncle"?!?


   Happy Birthday today to Hilton Henderson ('57) of NV and FL!  

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

   Happy Birthday this week to:
12 - Barbara Womble Lawson (NNHS / Hampton HS) of VA
AND   Jean Pittman Priest ('64) of FL;

14 -   Glenda Stewart Martin Faires ('68) of GA AND    Timothy of DC (son of    Kathy Cooper - '70 - of VA);

15 -    the late Bobbie Whitehurst Canady ('57) of VA (deceased 11/16/07) AND       My Niece, Shari, of VA;

16 -    the late George-Morewitz ('57) (deceased 06/09/08);

17 - Ronald Creech ('57)! 

   Many Happy Returns, One and All!


November 09, 1923 - In Munich, Germany, police and government troops loyal to the democratic government crushed the Beer Hall Putsch in Bavaria. The failed coup was the work of the Nazis. The event began the evening before when Adolf Hitler took control of a beer hall full of Bavarian government leaders at gunpoint.

November 09, 1938 - Nazi German diplomat Ernst vom Rath died from the fatal gunshot wounds of Jewish resistance fighter Herschel Grynszpan, an act which the Nazis used as an excuse to instigate the 1938 national pogrom, also known as Kristallnacht or "Night of Broken Glass." Nazi troops and sympathizers destroyed and looted 7,500 Jewish businesses, burned 267 synagogues, killed 91 Jews, and rounded up over 25,000 Jewish men.

November 09, 1940 - Warsaw was awarded the Virtuti Militari, Poland's highest military decoration for courage in the face of the enemy.

November 09, 1989 - The Berlin Wall was opened.


Tuesday, November 9, 1965 - Several U.S. states and parts of Canada are hit by a series of blackouts lasting up to 13 hours in the Northeast Blackout of 1965.

Tuesday, November 9, 1965 - Catholic Worker member Roger Allen LaPorte, protesting against the Vietnam War, sets himself on fire in front of the United Nations building.

Tuesday, November 9, 1965 - Welsh Baritone Bryn Terfel was born in Pant Glas, Gwynedd, United Kingdom.

  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!

 YIKESARONI-RINI-ROONI!   Grace's ratings have dropped considerably!  The last time I checked Grace had 4108 votes and Dollar had 6676 votes. This just cannot be allowed to continue!!! Y'all "git back to work!"

   The good news is that Grace has just been named the September 2010 People's Choice!

   Vote early, vote often (or at least cast your allotted daily vote)!!!

  From Bill Hobbs ('66) of Northern VA - 11/08/10 - "Global Hawk UAV MS":

This is a photo of the Global Hawk UAV that
returned from the war zone recently under its own power (Iraq to Edwards AFB in CA) - Not transported via C5 or C17..... 
Notice the mission paintings on the fuselage.. 

It's actually over 250 missions.... (and I would suppose 25 air medals). 

That's a long way for a remotely-piloted aircraft. 

Think of the technology (and the required quality of the data link to fly it remotely). 

Not only that but the pilot controlled it from a nice warm control panel at Edwards AFB. 

Really long legs -- can stay up for almost 2 days at altitudes above 60k. The Global Hawk was controlled via satellite; it flew missions during OT&E that went from Edwards AFB to upper Alaska and back non-stop.

Basically, they come into the fight at a high mach # in mil thrust, fire their AMRAAMS, and no one ever sees them or paints with radar. There is practically no radio chatter because all the guys in the flight are tied together electronically, and can see who is targeting who, and they have AWACS direct input and 360 situational awareness from that and other sensors. 

The aggressors had a morale problem before it was all over.. It is to air superiority what the jet engine was to aviation. 

It can taxi, take off, fly a mission, return, land and taxi on its own. No blackouts, no fatigue, no relief tubes, no ejection seats, and best of all, no dead pilots and no POWs.

Pretty cool, huh? 

   BOY HOWDY!!! Thanks, Bill!

    From Jerry ('65) and    Judy Phillips ('66) Allen of VA - 11/07/10 - "Definitions":

These will make you smile.

These fit so well they should be in a dictionary. 

A person who has stopped growing at both ends and is now growing in the middle. 


A place where women curl up and dye. 

Someone who is fed up with people. 

The only animals you eat before they are born and after they are dead.

A body that keeps minutes and wastes hours. 

Mud with the juice squeezed out. 

Someone who is usually me-deep in conversation. 

Cold Storage. 

Cutting money in half without damaging the paper. 

An insect that makes you like flies better. 

Grape with sunburn.

Something you tell to one person at a time.

A bunch of bones with the person scraped off.

The pain that drives you to extraction.
One of the greatest labour saving devices of today.
An honest opinion openly expressed.

and MY Favorite!! 
Something other people have, similar to my character lines. 

     Thanks, Sweetie-Pies!

  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. Thursday, December 2, 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.

2. 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.

3. Sunday, December 12, 2010 - Noon to 4:00 PM - Holiday Open House at the Chamberlin Lobby - Go see Brownie!

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

PRAYER ROLL : - updated 08/22/10

BLOG: - updated 10/21/10

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

                          Love to all, Carol





Carol Buckley Harty

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Little Deuce Coupe

Written by
Brian Wilson (b. 20 June 1942) and Roger Christian (03 July 1934 Ė 11 July 1991)

Recorded by The Beach Boys, 1963

Little deuce coupe
You donít know what I got
Little deuce coupe
You donít know what I got

Well Iím not bragginí babe so donít put me down
But Iíve got the fastest set of wheels in town
When something comes up to me he donít even try
Cause if I had a set of wings man I know she could fly
Sheís my little deuce coupe
You donít know what I got
(my little deuce coupe)
(you donít know what I got)

Just a little deuce coupe with a flat head mill
But sheíll walk a thunderbird like (sheís) itís standiní still
Sheís ported and relieved and sheís stroked and bored.
Sheíll do a hundred and forty with the top end floored
Sheís my little deuce coupe
You donít know what I got
(my little deuce coupe)
(you donít know what I got)

Sheís got a competition clutch with the four on the floor
And she purrs like a kitten till the lake pipes roar
And if that ainít enough to make you flip your lid
Thereís one more thing, I got the pink slip daddy

And cominí off the line when the light turns green
Well she blows íem outta the water like you never seen
I get pushed out of shape and itís hard to steer
When I get rubber in all four gears

Sheís my little deuce coupe
You donít know what I got
(my little deuce coupe)
(you donít know what I got)
Sheís my little deuce coupe
You donít know what I got
(my little deuce coupe)
(you donít know what I got)
Sheís my little deuce coupe
You donít know what I got

"Little Deuce Coupe" midi courtesy of
at the suggestion of Dave Spriggs ('64) of VA - 10/29/05
Thanks, Dave!

 "Little Deuce Coupe" lyrics courtesy of
also at the suggestion of Dave Spriggs ('64) of VA - 10/29/05
Thanks again, Dave!

 "Little Deuce Coupe" Image courtesy of - 11/08/05

Art Nouveau Divider Line clip art courtesy of - 11/08/05

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

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

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

Animated USMC and Coast Guard Flags clip art courtesy of - 06/18/03

Bad Surprise Smiley courtesy of - 10/21/10

Animated Laughing Jerry courtesy of Cookie Phillips Tyndall ('64) of VA - 06/14/06
Thanks, Cookie!

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