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11/14/11 - NNHS Newsletter - Can't Take My Eyes Off You

“But to see her was to love her, love but her, and love her forever.”

Robert Burns, “Ae Fond Kiss”, 1791
(25 January 1759 – 21 July 1796)

Dear Friends and Schoolmates,

   This song was suggested by my friend, Tammy, whose father sang it at her wedding reception some years back. Thanks, Tammy!

BONUS #1 - - Can't Take My Eyes Off You - Frankie Valli and The 4 Seasons

BONUS #2 - - Can't Take My Eyes Off You - Andy Williams - interesting video.....


"Can't Take My Eyes Off You" is a 1967 single by Frankie Valli. The song was among Valli's biggest hits, reaching #2 on the Billboard Hot 100 and earning a gold record. It was Valli's biggest "solo" hit until he hit #1 in 1975 with "My Eyes Adored You".[1] The song has had a major cultural impact, with hundreds of cover versions, many of which have been on the charts themselves in different countries. The song is a staple of television and film soundtracks, even being featured as part of the plot of some films, such as when the lead characters sing or arrange their own version of the song. The Valli version was also used by NASA as a wake-up song for a mission of the Space Shuttle, on the anniversary of astronaut Christopher Ferguson...

The song was written by Bob Crewe and Bob Gaudio...

Happy Birthday today to   Glenda Stewart Martin Faires ('68) of GA AND    Timothy of DC (son of    Kathy Cooper - '70 - of VA)!

   Happy Birthday tomorrow to    the late Bobbie Whitehurst Canady ('57) of VA (deceased 11/16/07) AND       My Niece, Shari, of VA!

   Happy Birthday this week to:

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!



Wednesday, Nov. 13, 1861

No, Gen. George McClellan, newly appointed head of the Army of the Potomac, didn’t get married today, but he did go the wedding of somebody else. The commander in chief who had just named “Little Mac” to the top job came to call while McClellan was out, and assuming he would be home shortly, Lincoln, his secretary John Hays, and Secretary of War Seward decided to wait for him. McClellan returned after about an hour, was told he had guests waiting, and went to his room. After waiting another half hour, a servant went to get McClellan and discovered that he had gone to bed. After this, when Lincoln wanted a meeting, he scheduled it for the White House.

Thursday, Nov. 13, 1862

The presence or absence of a railroad, like an interstate highway connection today, could make or break a town in the 1860’s. To have a rail intersection, where two or more lines passed through the same city, made it of considerable military importance, too. It was this factor that inspired a skirmish in the otherwise little-known hamlet of Holly Springs, Mississippi today. Federal troops wound up in possession of the town, rail connections and all. Other minor actions took place in Sulphur Springs, Va., near Nashville, Tenn., and along the coast of Georgia. Bragg decided to relocate the Army of Tennessee from Chattanooga north towards Murfreesboro, which would allow him to link up with Breckinridge.

Friday, Nov. 13, 1863

Gen. Robert E. Lee and his men had had a rough summer. Heavy action in the spring, constant movement, finally the desperate move into Maryland and Pennsylvania culminating in the three days of Gettysburg. Even after that, movement if not active battle had been constant. This had been hard on the men of the Army of Northern Virginia, harder on their supplies and equipment. It had, however, been hardest of all on the members of the army least able to protest: the horses and other beasts of burden. Gen. Lee sent a telegram from Orange Court House, Va., to Jefferson Davis in Richmond today, imploring him to find a supply of food for the animals, saying that they had had only three pounds of corn per day per horse for the last five days. Davis ordered other supplies delayed until corn could be shipped in.

Sunday, Nov. 13, 1864

Gen. Jubal Early and his force had been detached from the siege of Petersburg five months ago and sent North on a mission: scare the bejeebers out of the Yankees, particularly the ones living in or near Washington, D.C. The hope was that these alarmed people would put pressure on the fellow living at 1600 Pennsylvania Ave. to bring some troops home to protect them. Neither Lincoln nor General of the Armies U.S. Grant was inclined to oblige him, and now Early’s men were beginning to be brought back to Richmond for the defense effort. Early and company had marched nearly 1700 miles and fought 72 battles in this five months, but to no avail. The Shenandoah Valley now pretty well belonged to Phil Sheridan and his Yankee cavalry.



Thursday, Nov. 14, 1861

Citizens of cities of the Confederacy were no more thrilled to have a prison open up in the middles of their towns than you or I would likely be today. Residents of Salisbury, North Carolina were nonetheless faced with this now as the local paper had informed them yesterday. The Carolina Watchman wrote that the old Salisbury Factory had been bought for this purpose “to accommodate ...Yankees who are encumbering the tobacco factories of Richmond. Our citizens don't much like the idea...”, but it was done whether they liked it or not. Today one Capt. H. McCoy of the Confederate States Army was named quartermaster of the facility, and left Richmond to get the former factory ready to accept its new residents.

Friday, Nov. 14, 1862

Irregular though their enlistments might have been, there were black troops in the Union army even at this early date. Gen. H. W. Mercer wrote his headquarters that a captain with the Lamar Rangers had captured “six negroes in Federal uniforms with muskets in their hands”, killed two of them and captured the other four. Mercer's opinion was clear. “I most earnestly request that these negroes be made an example of. They are slaves taken with arms in hand against their masters and wearing the abolition uniform. Some swift and terrible punishment should be inflicted....” His commander, P.T.G. Beauregard, forwarded the letter to his superiors in Richmond for a ruling. Secretary of War Seddon also recommended to Jefferson Davis that the blacks be executed.

Saturday, Nov. 14, 1863

Still on duty in the Charleston, S. C area, Gen. P. T. G. Beauregard had a different assignment today than last year, but not a more pleasant one. His job was to inspect the gunboats protecting the harbor and river, and report on them His report was not happy. “Our gunboats are defective in six respects”, he wrote. “First, they have no speed...second, they are of too great a draft to navigate our inland waters. Third, they are unseaworthy...even in the harbor they are at times...unsafe in a storm. Fourth, they are incapable of resisting the enemy’s...shots. Fifth, they can not fight at long range. Sixth, they are very costly, warm, uncomfortable and badly ventilated; consequently sickly.” Beauregard’s bluntness gained him no friends. Everybody knew the ships were awful, but they were the only ships the South had.

Monday, Nov. 14, 1864

Gen. Benjamin Butler had certain talents, including administering occupied cities without excessive violence, making money, and commanding political support for Abraham Lincoln. In other fields he was not so successful, including battlefield command and, it seemed, engineering designs. He had concocted a plan to cut a canal to connect two bights of the James River. This would eliminate the necessity of Union ships to pass the seemingly impregnable Confederate fort on Drewry’s Bluff. Canals had been tried before, including in front of Vicksburg, and had never succeeded yet. This one, started in August, was still a work in progress today. The black laborers who provided most of the workforce were not only ill-fed and subject to disease, they were under constant assault from both Confederate gunboats in the river and snipers on the bluff.

From One of My Six Sons - 11/12/11:

Dad and Mom,

I was reading some more in (Dad's) journal. It was neat to read along some of the stories, especially as the years caught up to where my memory starts. Brings back lots of great memories. I can honestly say, I have nothing but good memories as a kid being raised by you and Mom. I guess really, far too many of our brothers and sisters CANNOT say that. How terribly and profoundly sad!

Really the only unpleasant memories were the occasional tussles with brothers..... I'm sure you and Mom have your own personal views over maybe tough times, but from my perspective, it was a great life! We had a lot of fun, and lived an enjoyable simple life with simple pleasures, which of course, are the best kind!

What great blessings we have been given! I think of our ancestors as I type this... I know they were always somehow, someway, tied to these blessings. I can't quite put my finger on it.....

With love....
Thank you so very much, Sweetie; your words mean a great deal to me!    

      From Dave Spriggs ('64) of VA - 11/12/11 - "THANK YOU, PING":

If I were a golfer, these guys would get my business ….

I also checked this with snopes and this is factual. Ping Clubs are made in the USA and they do support Wounded Warriors, giving 50 sets of fitted clubs and lessons to our returning wounded warriors.

I think this is something that all golfers should be aware of. I think all Americans should be aware of this also.


This isn't a joke or cartoon; just something interesting to know... you may want to forward this on to others.

On Monday, I played the Disney, Lake Buena Vista course. As usual the starters matched me with three other players. After a few holes we began to get to know each other a bit. One fellow was rather young and had his wife riding along in the golf cart with him. I noticed that his golf bag had his name on it and after closer inspection, it also said "wounded war veterans". When I had my first chance to chat with him I asked him about the bag. His response was simply that it was a gift. I then asked if he was wounded and he said yes. When I asked more about his injury, his response was "I'd rather not talk about it, Sir".


  Over a few holes I learned that he had spent the last 15 months in an army rehabilitation hospital in San Antonio Texas. His wife moved there to be with him and he was released from the hospital in September. He was a rather quiet fellow; however, he did say that he wanted to get good at golf. We had a nice round and as we became a bit more familiar I asked him about the brand new set of Ping woods and irons he was playing. Some looked like they had never been hit. His response was simple. He said that this round was the first full round he had played with these clubs.

Later in the round he told me the following. As part of the discharge process from the rehabilitation hospital, Ping comes in and provides three days of golf instruction, followed by club fitting. Upon discharge from the hospital, Ping gives each of the discharged veterans, generally about 40 soldiers, a brand new set of custom fitted clubs along with the impressive golf bags.

The fellow I met was named Ben Woods and he looked me in the eye and said that being fitted for those clubs was one of the best things that ever happened to him and he was determined to learn to play golf well enough to deserve the gift Ping had given him. Ben is now out of the service, medically discharged just a month ago. He is as fine a young man as you would ever want to meet.

Ping, whose products are made with pride here in America (Arizona), has the good judgment not to advertise this program. God Bless America and the game of golf. Thank you "PING"!!!

"May God Bless our Military!!!"

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   WOWZERONI! Thank you so much, David!



From - 11/13/11:

There was a man driving a pickup truck down a country road, when suddenly he was broad sided by a trailer truck. Some time went by, and the case got to court.

The defense attorney said to the plaintiff, "How can you be suing my client now when you told a trooper after the accident that you felt fine?"

The man replied, "Well sir, it was like this. We was drivin' down the road, mindin' our own business, when a big trailer truck came out of nowhere and creamed us. When I came to, I was in the ditch, and a trooper was pullin' up with his car. He looked at the hogs, and they was 'most dead, so he shot 'em. Then he looked at my dog, and he was hurt real bad, so he shot him. Then he came over to me and he said, 'How you feeling?'"

"I said, 'I never felt better in my life.'" 


1. 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.

2. 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.

3. 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.

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Can't Take My Eyes Off You

Written by Bob Crewe (b. 12 Nov 1931) and Bob Gaudio (b. 17 Nov 1942)

Recorded by Frankie Valli (b. 03 May 1934), 1967

You're just too good to be true.
Can't take my eyes off you.
You'd be like Heaven to touch.
I wanna hold you so much.
At long last love has arrived
And I thank God I'm alive.
You're just too good to be true.
Can't take my eyes off you.

Pardon the way that I stare.
There's nothing else to compare.
The sight of you leaves me weak.
There are no words left to speak,
But if you feel like I feel,
Please let me know that it's real.
You're just too good to be true.
Can't take my eyes off you.

I love you, baby,
And if it's quite alright,
I need you, baby,
To warm a lonely night.
I love you, baby.
Trust in me when I say:
Oh, pretty baby,
Don't bring me down, I pray.
Oh, pretty baby, now that I found you, stay
And let me love you, baby.
Let me love you.

You're just too good to be true.
Can't take my eyes off you.
You'd be like Heaven to touch.
I wanna hold you so much.
At long last love has arrived
And I thank God I'm alive.
You're just too good to be true.
Can't take my eyes off you.

I love you, baby,
And if it's quite alright,
I need you, baby,
To warm a lonely night.
I love you, baby.
Trust in me when I say:
Oh, pretty baby,
Don't bring me down, I pray.
Oh, pretty baby, now that I found you, stay..

"You're Just Too Good to Be True" midi courtesy of - 11/21/11 (sic)

"You're Just Too Good to Be True" lyrics courtesy of - 11/21/11 (sic)

"Love at First Sight" Image courtesy of - 11/21/11 (sic)

Divider Line 151 clip art courtesy of - somewhere or other - 02/01/10

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

Animated Coast Guard Flag clip art courtesy of - 06/18/03

Animated Big Hugs Smiley clip art courtesy of Sarah Puckett Kressaty ('65) of VA - 06/19/09
Thanks, Sarah Sugah!

Animated Kissing Smiley clip art courtesy of my friend, Judy Bundy Bowermaster (Litchfield HS, IL - '59), of IL - 09/19/08
Thanks, Judy!

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

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