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11/29/11 - NNHS Newsletter
Stand By Me

“Keep away from people who try to belittle your ambitions.
Small people always do that, but the really great
make you feel that you, too, can become great.”

Mark Twain
(30 Nov 1835 - 21 Apr 1910)

Dear Friends and Schoolmates,  

   This song is a real "pick-me-up" when you're down!

BONUS - - Stand By Me - Ben E. King


"Stand by Me" is the title of a song originally performed by Ben E. King and written by King, Jerry Leiber, and Mike Stoller, based on the spiritual "Lord Stand by Me,",[1] plus two lines rooted in Psalms 46:2-3. There have been over 400 recorded versions of "Stand by Me", including versions by John Lennon, Otis Redding, Jimi Hendrix, U2, and Elton John.

According to the documentary History of Rock 'n' Roll, Ben E. King had no intention of recording the song himself when he wrote it.[2] King had written the song for The Drifters, who passed on the chance to record it. It was not until after the "Spanish Harlem" recording session that he had some studio time left over. The session's producers, Jerry Leiber and Mike Stoller, asked if he had any more songs and King played "Stand by Me" on the piano for them. They liked it and called the studio musicians back in to record it.

Mike Stoller recalls it differently: "I remember arriving at our office as Jerry and Ben were working on lyrics for a new song. King had the beginnings of a melody that he was singing a capella. I went to the piano and worked up the harmonies, developing a bass pattern that became the signature of the song. Ben and Jerry quickly finished the lyrics…"[3] The fact that arranger Stan Applebaum could not possibly have dashed off an entire string chart at the end of a session, much less copied and distributed all the parts, supports this less dramatic version of the events.

Either way, King's record went to #1 on the R&B charts[4] and was a Top Ten hit on the U.S. charts twice—in its original release in 1961, when it peaked at #4, and a 1986 re-release coinciding with its use as the theme song for the movie of the same name following its appearance in the film, when it peaked at #9, and also in an advertisement for Levi Jeans. It also reached #1 on the UK Singles Chart in 1987 after its re-release, mostly because of the jeans spot, originally reaching #27 on its first release.

The song was not released on an album until it had been out as a single for two years. After those two years the song appeared as track seven on King's Don't Play That Song album.

"Stand by Me" was ranked number 121 on Rolling Stone's list of the 500 Greatest Songs of All Time. In 1999, BMI named it as the fourth most-performed song of the 20th century, with about 7 million performances.[5]

The song uses a version of the common chord progression now called the 50s progression, which have been called the "'Stand by Me' changes"[6] after the song.


    Happy Birthday today to Jimmy Key ('57) AND    Randy Bearor ('64) of VA!

   Happy Birthday tomorrow to       Rip Collins ('65) of TN AND      Sandi Bateman Chestnut ('65) of VA!

   Happy Birthday this week to:

01 - My Daughter of Other Parents, Megan Fulmer Mansfield (Marshall HS, TX - 2002) of NC;

02 -   Ann Lillaston Wilson ('57) AND Jimmy McDonald ('57) AND    George Konstant ('65) of VA;

03 - The late  Barbara Nell Howard Floyd ('67) (deceased 10/01/88);

04 - William D. Dangler ('57) of VA AND  Howard Williamson (Hampton HS - '63) of VA;

05 - Eugene Peters ('57) AND the late    Gene Peters ('57) (deceased - 07/24/09) AND      Melody Clendenin DeBerry (Warwick HS - '66) of VA;

06 - Frances Scheinman Berkman ('57)! 

   Many Happy Returns, One and All!



Friday, Nov. 29, 1861

Perhaps it was premature, possibly it was downright hysteria. In any case the concern was real, and it showed the level of dedication people had to the Confederate cause. The Union blockade was by now beginning to take serious effect. The next step, it was assumed, was going to be a Union attack in the region of either Georgia or South Carolina. Bombardment of installations in Charleston harbor had, after all, been going on for some time and it was felt that troops would not be far behind. Whipped up by newspaper headlines, planters who had just completed the cotton harvest were burning it. Some fires were so big they could be seen by the same Union ships of the blockade. “Let the torch be applied,” said the Charleston “Mercury”, “whenever the invader pollutes our soil."

Saturday, Nov. 29, 1862

The Union blockade of the Confederacy’s East Coast ports was in full steam by this time. Unfortunately, “full steam” was a literal term in these days, and the vessels of the blockade required huge amounts of coal, delivered on a regular basis, in order to remain on station. Virtually all the coal the US Navy used came from the anthracite mines of eastern Pennsylvania, a region not blessed with many navigable rivers. To solve this problem, the tycoons who were in the process of creating the great industries of America dug a canal system to parallel the rivers, primarily the Lehigh and Susquehanna and thence to the Delaware. Never very stable, and prone to collapse in years of rough winters, parts of this canal system remain in existence.

Sunday, Nov. 29, 1863

Gen. James Longstreet was one of the greatest corps commanders the South ever produced, but as today’s action demonstrates, he frequently did not do so well when in independent command. It was his final chance to capture the city of Knoxville, Tenn., and to complicate matters, he had to do it during a sleet storm. The objective was called Ft. Sanders in some accounts, Ft. Loudon in others, but it was the key to the Union defenses of the city. Attacks started at dawn, in horrid conditions so slick that it was difficult to merely walk, much less charge, fire and reload a gun. Despite these handicaps Longstreet’s men got as far as planting their flag on the parapet of the fort---but they could get no farther, and were finally driven back. Longstreet, knowing that Bragg had been defeated at Chattanooga and could provide no assistance, decided he had done all he could, and began making arrangements to move his men back to Virginia.

Tuesday, Nov. 29, 1864

Sand Creek, Colorado Territory, was the site of a large camp of Arapaho and Cheyenne Indians, about 40 miles south of Denver. Nervous about thefts and isolated attacks which had been occurring since most Federal cavalry forces had been called East to fight in the Civil War, Denver citizens demanded that something be done. U.S. Col. J. M. Chivington, who had done some good work against Confederate forces in New Mexico Territory earlier, therefore recruited around 900 volunteers and proceeded to Sand Creek. There, they attacked a village of 500, mostly women and children, without warning. Chivington was quite clear that he took, and had intended to take, no prisoners. When word of the massacre reached the East people were appalled, and the US Government eventually paid indemnities to the survivors.

  From Wayne Agee ('58) of FL - 11/28/11 - "E-mailing list":

For some reason I have been deleted from your NNHS e-mail list and I would ask if you will please put me back on at this address:    ____________@_____.___
Appreciate all the good work you do.
   I hadn't really deleted you, Wayne! I was happily sending your announcement to your old address!   I somehow missed the announcement you had switched! Gotcha covered now! Thanks for letting me know!

        From Jerry Blanchard ('62) of VA - 11/27/11 - "  Gene Stephenson ('62 - of SC)":


Hope this will help find Gene Stephenson. (___) ___-____. His address is _________________, ______, SC _____

Jerry Blanchard (Class of 62) of Va.

   WOWZERONI! Thank you so much, Jerry! Find Gene; find Ronnie.....


  From Gene Shelton ('64) of VA - 11/28/11 - "Many thanks!":


I was successful in contacting    Gene Stephenson ('62 - of SC) ...obtained    Ronnie's ('64 of ??) phone and e-mail address. Thanks for your assistance. You are a valuable resource!


     I love a good success story - especially when it involves old friends reconnecting! Thanks for letting us know, Gene!


       From My Daughter, Adrienne Harty (Hillsboro HS, IL / American School, IL - of NC) - currently serving an eighteen-month mission for The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints in Seattle, Washington - 11/28/11 - "Nov 21-27":

This week we had a ton of random meetings... spiritual but unfortunately we didn't have as much time to actually work in the field -  or so it seems, anyway.  We did run into a lot of interesting people though! 
Thanksgiving was great!  ..... The food all day was AMAZING.  How were everyone's dinners and Turkey days?
..... Oh, and our area is really hard to tract in, but we have been working really really hard.  The Lord blessed us immensely in one day.  We had three lessons on the doorstep in a single night! We were so excited! 
..... Well, my dear family - I hope y'all are doing well.  I love and pray for you all!
Sister Harty

   WONDERFUL! Thank you so much, Sister Webby!

   From Jack Nelson ('54) of Northern VA - 11/28/11 - "NNHS CLASS OF '54 HEALTH TRENDS":

Happy Belated Thanksgiving & An Early Merry Christmas!

This month's Health Trends Newsletter is entitled "Do You Know"?  These are multiple choice questions depicting things we should know about health which may help us make correct choices.  Answering these questions and submitting the answers to us by email on or before Thursday, December 15th, will enable you to be eligible for a Free Christmas Health Gift which will be based on the most correct answers submitted.  In case of ties, the tie-breaker question will be used.  Please include with your answers your name, mailing address, zip code and phone number.  Correct answers and the winner of the contest will be announced in the January issue of "Health Trends".

Merry Christmas And A Happy New year! 

Yours in health,

Alvin & Jean Mizelle


“NNHS Class of ’54 – Health Trends”

December – 2011

Do You Know?


  1. What is the best protection against the flu?
    • Flu Shot
    • Good Hygiene (wash hands frequently)
    • Vitamin D
    • Antibiotics


  1. Which water is best to consume?

·        Tap

·        Bottled

·        Distilled

·        Mineral

·        Reverse Osmosis


  1. Which beverage is considered to be the worst to consume?

·        Coffee

·        Orange Juice

·        Hot Chocolate

·        Green Tea


  1. Which of the following contains the most calories?

·        McDonald’s Chicken Selects

·        Burger King Quad Stacker

·        Ruby Tuesday’s Fresh Chicken & Broccoli Pasta

·        1 Slice of Cheesecake Factories 6 Carb Cheesecake


 5.    Which of the following oils is not recommended for consumption?

·        Olive

·        Coconut

·        Soy, Corn

·        Canola


 6.    Which of the following depletes the most alkaline reserves in the body?

·        Eggs

·        Beef Steak

·        Sausage

·        Scallops


7.      Which of the following statements is true?

·        90% coronary artery blockage causes heart attacks

·        Angioplasty & by-pass surgery prevent heart attacks

·        A plant based diet will open blocked arteries

·        A truly safe cholesterol level is between 150 & 200


8.      Which of the following statements is false?

·        Fluoride prevents tooth decay and is beneficial to your thyroid

·        Aspartame contributes to brain tumors

·        Soda is linked to osteoporosis, obesity, tooth decay and heart disease

·        Milk contributes to Type 1 Diabetes, MS and breast cancer


9.      Cancer risks among people who drink chlorinated water is what percentage higher than those without chlorine?

·        34%

·        63%

·        93%

·        99%


10.   Heavy cell phone users have what percentage increase in brain tumors?

·        125%

·        240%

·        285%

·        320%


11.   People who prefer meat cooked well done are what percentage more likely to get

pancreatic cancer than those who eat it raw or rare?

·        60%

·        70%

·        80%

·        90%


12.   What percentage of lower limb amputation occurs with diabetics?

·        20%

·        35%

·        50%

·        60%


13.   What has 4 times the vitamin “C” of an orange?

·        Strawberries

·        Peppers

·        Papaya

·        Broccoli


        14.   Cooking food above how many degrees destroys all enzymes?

·        100

·        117

·        136

·        212


15.   Genetics account for what percentage of total cancer risks?

·        1-2%

·        4-5%

·        8-10%

·        12-15%

·        20-25%


16.   Tie Breaker.   How many people are exposed to unnecessary hospitalization annually?  Pick a

number between 1.1 and 14.3 million.

Alvin & Jean Mizelle

“Health Educators”

   COOL BEANS! Thanks, John - and best wishes to all you contestants!

  From Ruth Ann Reece Horace ('67) of FL - 11/28/11 - "Be seein' ya!":

To help save the economy, the Government will announce next month that the  Immigration Department will start deporting seniors (instead of illegals) in order to lower Social Security and Medicare costs.

Older people are easier to catch and will not remember how to get back home.

I started to cry when I thought of you.

Then it dawned on me ... Oh, @#$% ... I'll see you on the bus!

     Thanks, Ruthie!

From - 11/28/11 - "5 Anxiety Busters":

5 Tips to 'Think Positive' When You Are Anxious

By Sharon Melnick, PhDDo you ever have the experience where you are worried what is going to happen in the future? It's not anything specific, or maybe it's many specific challenges that are all adding up. You might even know your anxiety is 'irrational' but that doesn't help!

Here are two approaches you can use to 'think positive' and get back into a state where you have ease and can concentrate.

Focus on the Moment

1. Focus on the specific physical feeling you are having in your body, not on your thoughts.
For example, say to yourself slowly, "I feel tension in my shoulders; I have a sinking feeling in my stomach." Don't focus on thoughts like, "What if I lose my job" or "I have so much to do". Before 7 seconds have passed, you will notice a shift in the feeling in your body and breathing will come easier. Keep doing this a few times until the feeling of anxiety has passed.

2. Focus on what you CAN control in the moment.
Your thoughts tend to run wild towards worst case scenarios and what you can't control. Try to pinpoint something specific you are worried about, and determine specifically what worries you about the situation. Ask yourself, "What can I do right now to have more control over the outcome of this situation?" Action replaces fear.

3. Train your body to get rid of fear.
Do this exercise: Bring together the tips of the thumb and index finger and bring your hands up so they are in front of your chest facing away from you. You will breathe in through your nose, and out through your mouth. Each time you breathe out, forcefully push your hands away from you like you are pushing away something you don't want and blow out through your mouth. Then breathe in through your nose and bring your hands back towards your chest, with your elbows by your side. Do this exercise for 1-3 minutes and you will train your body to get rid of fear.

Take yourself out of the moment -- Sometimes overfocusing on the moment keeps you stressed. Instead:

4. Project yourself into the future.
Picture yourself in the distant future, when this particular moment is insignificant and you have worked out your current problems. This 'future' version of your self has more perspective on your overall life than you do right now -- ask it what the best way is to proceed in the current situation.

5. Use distraction.
Make the distraction productive: connect with other people, go outside in a natural environment that is soothing for your senses, do a breathing exercise, listen to music or a motivating talk. Don't just numb out with an unmemorable surfing session on the internet or putter around at your desk. Probably the best distraction you can do is to be grateful for the problems that you have. Though it sounds trite, there are many people in the world whose problems are much worse than yours. I immediately think of a child I support in Africa barely living with running water, or a man I often see in the subway station who has no arms. It immediately gives me renewed appreciation for all that I have and then energizes me to do something with it. This works for a lot of people and may work for you too!

Here's a link to a recording that previews the Success under Stress for Women program. We start the actual program next week so if you want to be more efficient at accomplishing work, have good concentration and energy all day long and sleep through the night, then don't miss getting on the train that's about to leave the station. Click here to find out more:

Here's to you being positive when you are anxious!

About the Author:

Dr. Sharon Melnick, the Official Guide to Stress Management, is a business psychologist dedicated to helping talented and successful people "get out of their own way". Informed by 10 years of research at Harvard Medical School and trained in cutting edge stress resilience techniques, she is a leading authority in helping business professionals move to the next level and feel secure about themselves in insecure times.

From - 11/28/11 - "Preparing for Winter Driving":

Dear FlyLady and Crew,

I've been fluttering along for about 18 months now and, thanks to you, things are running smoother around our house.

You may have seen on the news about the 2,000 car back-up on the Interstate in Wisconsin last week caused by the severe winter storm we had. The motorists that were stranded in their cars for hours, up to 14 hours in some cases. Although I do keep my cell phone and a few snack supplies in our car for errand trips that run long, I realized that I needed to put together an emergency kit for the car as well. Being stranded in the car with 3 small children in a winter snowstorm would be less frightening knowing I have emergency supplies. Here's what I put in my kit.

Emergency Car Kit:
water bottles
juice boxes
trail mix
granola bars
applesauce packs
plastic spoons
flashlight and batteries
jumper cables
change of clothes
first aid kit
"emergency potty" (coffee can and toilet paper)
windshield wiper fluid
red and white bandannas for tying on car antenna (red for visibility
in the snow)
Snow scoop (cut milk jug)

Flybaby in Wisconsin

FlyLady here: This testimonial from a few years ago is a timely reminder for all of us who will be traveling during the winter months.

You can never be too prepared!



From - 11/28/11:

LOG ON: Making a wood stove hotter.

LOG OFF: Don't add no more wood.

MONITOR: Keeping an eye on the wood stove.

DOWNLOAD: Gettin' the farwood off the truck

MEGA HERTZ: When yer not keerful gettin' the farwood

FLOPPY DISC: Whatcha git from tryin to carry too much farwood

RAM: That thing tha splits the farwood

HARD DRIVE: Gettin' home in the winter time

PROMPT: What the mail ain't in the winter time

WINDOWS: What to shut when it's cold outside

SCREEN: What to shut when it's black fly season

BYTE: What them dang flies do

CHIP: Munchies fer the TV

MICRO CHIP: What's in the bottom of the munchie bag

MODEM: Whatcha did to the hay fields

DOT MATRIX: Old Dan Matrix's wife

LAP TOP: Where the kitty sleeps

KEYBOARD: Where ya hang the dang truck keys

SOFTWARE: Them dang plastic forks and knives

MOUSE: What eats the grain in the barn

MOUSE PAD: That's hippie talk fer the mouse hole

MAIN FRAME: Holds up the barn roof

ENTER: Northerner talk fer "c'mon in, y'all"

RANDOM ACCESS MEMORY: When ya can't 'member what ya paid fer the rifle

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. Thursday, January 5, 2012 - 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.

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

BLOG: - updated 03/13/11

Carol Buckley Harty
7020 Lure Court
Fayetteville, NC 28311-9309


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Stand by Me

Written by Ben E. King (b. 28 Sept 1938), Jerry Leiber (25 Apr 1933 – 22 Aug 2011), and Mike Stoller  (b. 13 Mar 1933)

Recorded by Ben E. King  (b. 28 Sept 1938), 1960; Released 1961

When the night has come
And the land is dark
And the moon is the only light we'll see
No I won't be afraid, no I won't be afraid
Just as long as you stand, stand by me

And darlin', darlin', stand by me, oh, now now stand by me
Stand by me, stand by me

If the sky that we look upon
Should tumble and fall
And the mountains should crumble to the sea
I won't cry, I won't cry, no I won't shed a tear
Just as long as you stand, stand by me

And darlin', darlin', stand by me, oh stand by me
Stand by me, stand by me, stand by me-e, yeah

Whenever you're in trouble won't you stand by me, oh now now stand by me
Oh stand by me, stand by me, stand by me

Darlin', darlin', stand by me-e, stand by me
Oh stand by me, stand by me, stand by me

"Stand by Me" midi courtesy of - 11/29/04

"Stand by Me" lyrics courtesy of - 11/29/04

Victorian Souvenir of Friendship clip art courtesy of - 11/12/04

Blue Flower Divider Line clip art courtesy of - 11/30/11 (sic)

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

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!

Hampton High School's Crab clip art courtesy of - 10/02/05
Replaced courtesy of - 02/17/09

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

Animated Yehaa Typhoon clip art courtesy of Al Farber ('64) of GA - 08/18/05
Thanks, Al!

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 Laughing Kitty courtesy of Tom Flax ('64) of VA - 06/03/06
Thanks, Tom!

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