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11/12/13 - NNHS Newsletter -
The Things We Did Last Summer

“There shall be eternal summer in the grateful heart.”

- Celia Thaxter
(29 June 1835 - 25 Aug 1894)

Dear Friends and Schoolmates,

   It's time for another visit to this classic love song from 1946 - and wouldn't you know  it?!?  One of the best-known recordings was by Frank Sinatra!

   I located five great versions for you.  Pick your favorite; you already know mine!

BONUS #1 - - The Things We Did Last Summer - Frank Sinatra

BONUS #2 - - The Things We Did Last Summer - Dean Martin

BONUS #3 - - The Things We Did Last Summer - Jo Stafford, 1946

BONUS #4 - - The Things We Did Last Summer - Edie Gorme

BONUS #5 - - The Things We Did Last Summer - The Lettermen


"The Things We Did Last Summer" is a popular song from 1946. The words were written by Sammy Cahn, with the composition by Jule Styne. Several recordings have been made, the most well known of which include versions by Frank Sinatra, Jo Stafford and Vaughn Monroe. Dean Martin recorded different versions in his 1959 and 1966 Christmas LPs.....

"The Things We Did Last Summer" was a hit song by Jo Stafford released in 1946 on the Capital label. Stafford's version of the song peaked at #10 in the United States.....


   Happy Birthday today to Barbara Womble Lawson (NNHS / Hampton HS) of VA AND   Jean Pittman Priest ('64) of FL!

   Happy Birthday this week to:

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);

18 -   Joe Drewry ('58) of VA AND    Jane Coltrane Leonard ('64) of VA AND   Ann Allen ('65) of NC!

   Many Happy Returns, One and All!


November 12, 1940 - Soviet Foreign Minister Vyacheslav Molotov arrived in Berlin to discuss the possibility of the Soviet Union joining the Axis Powers.

November 12, 1941 - Temperatures around Moscow dropped to -12° C as the Soviet Union launched ski troops for the first time against the freezing German forces near the city.

November 12, 1941 - The Soviet cruiser Chervona Ukraina was destroyed during the Battle of Sevastopol.

November 12, 1942 - The Naval Battle of Guadalcanal between Japanese and American forces began near Guadalcanal. The battle lasted for three days and ended with an American victory.

November 12, 1944 - The Royal Air Force launched 29 Avro Lancaster bombers and sank the German battleship Tirpitz, with 12,000 lb Tallboy bombs off Tromsø, Norway.

November 12, 1944 - The German battleship "Tirpitz" was sunk off the coast of Norway.

November 12, 1948 - In Tokyo, an international war crimes tribunal sentenced seven Japanese military and government officials, including General Hideki Tojo, to death for their roles in World War II.


Tuesday, November 12, 1963 - Actor and singer (The Blanks) Sam Lloyd was born in Weston, Vermont.

Tuesday, November 12, 1963 - Publisher, blogger, journalist and activist Michael Rogers was born in Suffern, New York.

Tuesday, November 12, 1963 - Actor Susumu Terajima (寺島 進) was born in Tokyo, Japan.

  From My Friend, Evelyn Dudzinski Griffis (Mars Hill HS, PA - '75) of NY - 11/12/13 - "Fun Dates":
  COOL BEANS! Thanks so much, Evelyn!

    From Jimmy Smith ('62 / '63) of VA - 11/09/13, 9:39 PM AND   From Ruth Ann Reece Horace ('67) of FL - 11/09/13, 10:47 PM - "PHONE UPDATE":

     Thanks, Jimmy and Ruthie!

    From Glenn Dye ('60) of TX - 11/11/13 - "Watch this video posted live during #FordCVN78 Christening from Newport News Shipbuilding":

This video was posted live during #FordCVN78 Christening from Newport News Shipbuilding on -

   WOWZERONI! Thank you so much, Glenn!

   From Eva Ellis Madagan ('61) of FL - 11/10/13 - "RETIREMENT; ENJOY":

These are hysterical….take a few minutes to read them all.
Happy people don't necessarily have the best of everything, but they make the best of everything they have.

Why I Like Retirement !

 How many days in a week? 
 6 Saturdays, 1 Sunday 

 When is a retiree's bedtime? 
 Two hours after he falls asleep on the couch. 

 How many retirees to change a light bulb? 
 Only one, but it might take all day. 

 What's the biggest gripe of retirees? 
 There is not enough time to get everything done. 

 Why don't retirees mind being called Seniors? 
 The term comes with a 10% discount. 

 Among retirees, what is considered formal attire? 
 Tied shoes. 

 Why do retirees count pennies? 
 They are the only ones who have the time. 

 What is the common term for someone who enjoys work and refuses to retire? 

 Why are retirees so slow to clean out the basement, attic or garage? 
 They know that as soon as they do, one of their adult kids will want to store stuff there. 

Question: What do retirees call a long lunch? 

Question: What is the best way to describe retirement? 
 The never ending Coffee Break. 

 What's the biggest advantage of going back to school as a retiree? 
 If you cut classes, no one calls your parents. 

 Why does a retiree often say he doesn't miss work, but misses the people he used to work with? 
 He is too polite to tell the whole truth. 

 What do you do all week? 
 Monday through Friday, NOTHING....Saturday & Sunday, I rest. 

Just before the funeral services, the undertaker came up to the very elderly widow and asked, 
'How old was your husband?' '98,' she replied....'Two years older than I am' 
'So you're 96,' the undertaker commented.. 
She responded, 'Hardly worth going home, is it?

Reporters interviewing a 104-year-old woman: 
'And what do you think is the best thing about being 104?' the reporter asked... 
She simply replied, 'No peer pressure.'

The nice thing about being senile is you can hide your own Easter eggs and have fun finding them. 

I've sure gotten old! 
I've had two bypass surgeries, a hip replacement, 
new knees, fought prostate cancer and diabetes. 
I'm half blind, can't hear anything quieter than a jet engine, take 40 different medications that make me dizzy, winded, and subject to blackouts. 
I have bouts with dementia, have poor circulation, and can hardly feel my hands and feet anymore. 
I can't remember if I'm 85 or 92, I've lost all my friends.

But, thank God, I still have my driver's license.

I feel like my body has gotten totally out of shape, so I got my doctor's permission to join a fitness club and start exercising. 
I decided to take an aerobics class for seniors. 
I bent, twisted, gyrated, jumped up and down, and perspired for an hour. But, by the time I got my leotards on, the class was over.

An elderly woman decided to prepare her will and told her preacher she had two final requests. 
First, she wanted to be cremated, and second, she wanted her ashes scattered over Wal-Mart 
Wal-Mart?' the preacher exclaimed.  'Why Wal-Mart?' 
'Then I'll be sure my daughters visit me twice a week'

My memory's not as sharp as it used to be. 
Also, my memory's not as sharp as it used to be.

Know how to prevent sagging? 
Just eat till the wrinkles fill out.

It's scary when you start making the same noises as your coffee maker.

These days about half the stuff in my shopping cart says, 'For fast relief.'

Grant me the senility to forget the people I never liked anyway, 
the good fortune to run into the ones I do,
and the eyesight to tell the difference.

     Thanks, Eva!

BONUS CROCHET PATTERNS (Sorry; not theme-related): - Rena Stevens' Neapolitan Throw - Katherine Eng's Christmas Granny Afghan - Lisa James' Oreo Cookie Afghan - Katherine Eng's Crimson Tree Skirt

BONUS RECIPES (Sorry; not theme-related): - Autumn Sweet Potatoes - "Layers of sweet potatoes, pineapple, and carrots come together in a casserole that you and your family just won't be able to resist! Try this delicacy tonight." - "Bag 'n' Bake" - "Bag 'n' Bake is a potato recipe that'll have the kids begging to help you. This easy side dish recipe is fun and yummy, too!"

      From My Niece, Shari, of VA - 11/06/13 - "Some Things People Regret the Most Before They Die (#7 in a series of 19)":

  AMEN! Thank you, Shari!


From - 11/11/12:

After 17 years of marriage, a man dumped his wife for a younger woman. The downtown luxury apartment was in his name and he wanted to remain there with his new love so he asked the wife to move out and then he would buy her another place. The wife agreed to this, but asked that she be given 3 days on her own there to pack up her things.

While he was gone the first day, she lovingly put her personal belongings into boxes and crates and suitcases. On the second day she had the movers come and collect her things. On the third day she sat down for the last time at their candlelit dining table, soft music playing in the background, and feasted on a pound of shrimp and a bottle of chardonnay. When she had finished, she went into each room and deposited a few of the resulting shrimp shells into the hollow of the curtain rods. She then cleaned up the kitchen and left.

The husband came back with his new girl and all was bliss for the first few days. Then it started, slowly but surely. Clueless, the man could not explain why the place smelled so bad. They tried everything; cleaned and mopped and aired the place out. Vents were checked for dead rodents, carpets were steam cleaned, air fresheners were hung everywhere. Exterminators were brought in, the carpets were replaced, and on it went.

Finally, they could take it no more and decided to move. The moving company arrived and did a very professional packing job, taking everything to their new home...including the curtain rods.  

1.Thursday, December 5, 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.

PRAYER ROLL: - updated 10/02/13

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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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The Things We Did Last Summer

Words by Sammy Cahn (18 June 1913 – 15 Jan 15, 1993)

Music by Jule Styne (31 Dec 1905 – 20 Sept 1994), 1946

The boat rides we would take, the moonlight on the lake
The way we danced and hummed our fav'rite song
The things we did last summer I'll remember all winter long

The midway and the fun, the kewpie dolls we won
The bell I rang to prove that I was strong
The things we did last summer I'll remember all winter long

The early morning hike, the rented tandem bike
The lunches that we used to pack
We never could explain that sudden summer rain
The looks we got when we got back

The leaves began to fade like promises we made
How could a love that seemed so right go wrong?
The things we did last summer I'll remember all winter long

<brief instrumental>

I've tried so to forget, at times I do, and yet
The mem'ry of you lingers like our song
The things we did last summer, I'll remember all winter long

"The Things We Did Last Summer" midi (sequenced by Gene Confrey) courtesy of - 11/12/09

"The Things We Did Last Summer" lyrics courtesy of - 11/12/09

 "homigl14's" Image, "Summer Love" courtesy of - 11/12/09

Green Leaves Divider Line clip art courtesy of - 03/15/05

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

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

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!

Animated Wildly Laughing Dog courtesy of Eva Ellis Madagan ('61) of FL - 11/24/07
Thanks, Eva!

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