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12/16/13 - NNHS Newsletter
Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas

“Whatever else be lost among the years, Let us keep Christmas still a shining thing:
Whatever doubts assail us, or what fears, Let us hold close one day, remembering;
Its poignant meaning for the hearts of men. Let us get back our childlike faith again.”

- Grace Noll Crowell
(31 Oct 1877 - 31 Mar 1969)

Dear Friends and Schoolmates, 

   The beloved Christmas song for today's Newsletter was chosen specifically for its ability to create warm fuzzies.

BONUS #1 - - Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas - Judy Garland from Meet Me In St. Louis

BONUS #2 - - Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas - Frank Sinatra


"Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas" is a song introduced by Judy Garland in the 1944 MGM musical Meet Me in St. Louis. Frank Sinatra later recorded a version with modified lyrics, which has become more common than the original. The song was written by Hugh Martin and Ralph Blane. In 2007, ASCAP ranked "Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas" the third most performed Christmas song during the preceding five years that had been written by ASCAP members.[3]

The song was written while Martin was vacationing in a house in the neighborhood of Southside in Birmingham, Alabama, that his father Hugh Martin[4] designed for his mother as a honeymoon cottage. Located at 1919 South 15th Avenue, (just down the street from his birthplace at 1900 South 14th Avenue) the house became the home of Martin and his family in 1923.[5] The song first appeared in a scene in Meet Me in St. Louis, in which a family is distraught by the father's plans to move to New York City for a job promotion, leaving behind their beloved home in St. Louis, Missouri, just before the long-anticipated 1904 World's Fair begins. In a scene set on Christmas Eve, Judy Garland's character, Esther, sings the song to cheer up her despondent five-year-old sister, Tootie, played by Margaret O'Brien.[6]

Some of the original lyrics that were penned by Martin were rejected before the show began. They were: "Have yourself a merry little Christmas / It may be your last/ Next year we may all be living in the past / Have yourself a merry little Christmas / Pop that champagne cork / Next year we may all be living in New York."[7] When presented with the original draft lyric, Garland, her co-star Tom Drake and director Vincente Minnelli criticized the song as depressing, and asked Martin to change the lyrics.[1] Though he initially resisted, Martin made several changes to make the song more upbeat. For example, the lines "It may be your last / Next year we may all be living in the past" became "Let your heart be light / Next year all our troubles will be out of sight".[1] Garland's version of the song, which was also released as a single by Decca Records, became popular among United States troops serving in World War II; her performance at the Hollywood Canteen brought many soldiers to tears.[8]

In 1957, Frank Sinatra asked Martin to revise the line "Until then we'll have to muddle through somehow." He told Martin, "The name of my album is A Jolly Christmas. Do you think you could jolly up that line for me?"[1] Martin's new line was "Hang a shining star upon the highest bough." Martin made several other alterations, changing the song's focus to a celebration of present happiness, rather than anticipation of a better future. On The Judy Garland Show Christmas Special, Judy sings the song to her children Joey and Lorna Luft with Sinatra's alternate lyrics.[9]

The lyrics Judy Garland sang in Meet Me in St. Louis have been recorded with only slight variations by a number of artists, including Sinatra himself (in 1950 and 1963 single recordings), Doris Day (in The Doris Day Christmas Album), Ella Fitzgerald (in Ella Wishes You a Swinging Christmas), James Taylor (in October Road) and Luther Vandross (in This Is Christmas)...[1]


   From Butch Ragland ('63) of CO - 12/16/13, 6:11 AM:
Hi Carol,

I wanted to wish you and         Paul (Harty - Bardolph HS, IL - '61 - of NC) a Very Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year to come!

Also wanted to post this message which I have already posted on my Face Book page in appreciation of the prayers and well wishes I have received recently from my NNHS friends and family. Your prayers and support during my most recent set back with medical problems which flared up again while in Newport News for our Class of '63, 50-year reunion.

My thanks to my family member and buddy, Eddie Whitley for helping to keep all you guys updated on my condition. Also, to       Wayne Stokes ('65 of VA), Marvin Barnes ('65 of VA),          David Spriggs and many others of our old NNHS gang for spearheading prayer chains keeping me in the thoughts and prayers of our NNHS groups. I have counted Wayne, Marvin and David as some of my staunchest supporters and friends during this period of most recent medical problems and greatly appreciate the support, prayers and friendship I have received from them during this downturn! They are some of the first people I informed because of our history of friendship which dates back to the Old North End Days when we played sandlot ball; Boys Club Days and NNHS.

I was admitted on Wednesday for the first surgery, which identified additional problems that we did not expect were going on. On Friday I underwent a 5 hour Angiogram/Angioplasty to eliminate blockages in my remaining leg where three (3) stents were placed. This morning I had an additional surgery which removed the 4th and 5th toes of my remaining foot in order to allow proper closing of the wound; which we are hoping will solve this most recent problem.

And I guess I can say; I'm back and hope to continue visiting you guys and gals for many years to come! I missed you guys this past week but tried to keep up with things via cell phone posts I received from time to time. I have been able to continue following the NNHS65 gang and greatly appreciate all the hard work      Carol Buckley Harty ('65 - of NC) continues to do on behalf of all us old NNHS Typhoon!

Well, I feel like I have been rode hard and put away wet after these last 5 days so goodnight to each of you and God Bless! Hope all are doing well and thanks again for all prayers and support during the rough patch I was going through!

YOWZERONI-RINI! Thank you so much for letting us know, Butch! We were just thinking of you, and now I know why you came so strongly to our minds! I did not realize that your health had taken a dip when you came to Virginia in October. I'm not sure how I could have missed that, except that I have always had a tendency to absorb only what I wish, even when I'm reading words to the contrary.

   You're back on the Prayer Roll, and we're all keeping you in our hearts, prayers, and best wishes.

   Do have a speedy recovery, Darlin'!  


     Happy Birthday today to   Betty Brockwell McClure ('58) of VA!
   Happy Birthday tomorrow to
    Tom Oxner ('65) of AR!

   Happy Birthday this week to:

18 - James Strickland ('57);

19 - Durwood Adams ('57) AND Susan Bauz ('63);

20 -   Ellen Carney Manson ('63) of SC;

22 -   Kitty Norman Haskins ('57) of VA AND Elliot Schlosser ('63) AND    Dottie Pegram Daniels (NNHS / George Washington HS - '64) of WV AND    Harry Barritt ('64) of VA AND    Dale Mueller ('64) of VA AND   Bill Rash ('67) of VA;

23 -     Tom Flax ('64) of VA AND   Joyce Lawrence Cahoon ('65) of VA AND  Holly Hill Campbell (Hampton Roads Academy - '72) of VA!

   Many Happy Returns to You All! 

December 16, 1938 - Adolf Hitler instituted the Cross of Honor of the German Mother.

December 16, 1941 - World War II: Japanese forces occupy Miri, Sarawak.

December 16, 1942 - Holocaust: Porajmos Heinrich Himmler ordered that Roma candidates for extermination be deported to Auschwitz.

December 16, 1944 - The Battle of the Bulge began with the surprise offensive of three German armies through the Ardennes forest.


Monday, December 16, 1963 -
Benjamin Bratt was born in San Francisco, California.

Monday, December 16, 1963 - Singer Jeff Carson was born Jeffrey Lee Herndon in Tulsa, Oklahoma.

Monday, December 16, 1963 - Director and screenwriter James Mangold was born in New York City, New York.

  From Joyce Lawrence Cahoon ('65) of VA - 12/15/13 - "Christmas: Teaching Us To Give":  

This is Charles Stanley's sermon that was on TV this morning. Such a good sermon on the true meaning of giving at this most special time of the year!!

   Thanks so much, Joyce!

   From Bill Hobbs ('66) of Northern VA - 12/15/13 - "Lurch's Warrior crucifix":

Here is Bill Lochridge's story of his Warrior Crucifix.

   Thank you so much, Bill!

  From Joyce Lawrence Cahoon ('65) of VA - 12/15/13 - "Christmas is coming":


Please don't break this even if you only send it to one person. Look at the date when this was started. Thanks.

I am not going to be the one who lets it die. I found it believable --- Angels have walked beside me all my life----and they still do.
This is to all of you who mean something to me, I pray for your happiness.
The Candle Of Love, Hope & Friendship

This candle was lit on the
15th of September, 1998.
Someone who loves you has helped keep it alive by sending it to you.
Don't let The Candle of Love, Hope and Friendship die!

Pass It on to All of Your Friends and Everyone You Love!
May God richly bless you as you keep this candle burning.

Please keep this candle alive.
Don't walk in front of me, I may not follow. Don't walk behind me, I may not lead. Just walk beside me and be my friend.

   Thanks again, Joyce! That was before I even had access to a computer, much less one of my own!

  From Judy Phillips Allen ('66) of VA - 12/15/13 - "A short, but awesome holiday story":

Couldn’t help but think of my buddy,   Jay Styles ('68  of VA), a retired state trooper and a Typhoon 

If you don't read or see any other short Christmas story this year, I think you will find this one worthwhile.
Just had to share this with you.


      Thank you, Dearest Judy - and Jay Sweetie!

BONUS WINTER CROCHET PATTERN: - Leg Warmers  - "Super cute legwarmers with shell edging detail! These are so fun to wear and they are WARM! Ha ha! The weather has been a little kooky lately. Just 2 weeks ago we were running the A/C and then one morning we just woke up and needed the heater on! No in-between (otherwise known as "autumn" or "fall"), straight from hot to cold. Now, YOU need a pair of legwarmers!! This project didn't take me long at all. You could easily whip these up while watching a movie... like I did. ;) "


      From Me ('65) of NC - 12/15/12:

   I've had this recipe since 1968.  Despite the name and the strange ingredients, they are uber-delicious, and the recipe makes enough to feed the Army and the Royal Navy. 

Norwegian Pepper Cookies

1 cup sugar
1 cup dark corn syrup
1 cup butter
1 Tbsp. vinegar
2 eggs, slightly beaten
1/2 tsp. ground black pepper
1 tsp. ground ginger
1 tsp. ground cloves
1 tsp. ground cinnamon
1 tsp. baking soda
5 cups sifted flour
   Combine sugar, corn syrup, butter, and vinegar into small pan and bring almost to a boil.  Cool to room temperature, then stir in eggs.  Sift together remaining ingredients and stir into butter mixture, blending well.  Chill overnight.  Divide into 8 or 9 equal portions and roll each out very thin on floured board.  Cut into diamond (or any other) shapes and bake on greased baking sheet at 350 degrees for 7 or 8 minutes.  Makes about 225 3" cookies.  Store in loosely covered jar in dry place so cookies will remain crisp.  They will keep for a long time. 

                                                       - Winifred Jardine, Salt Lake City, UT - Tasty Toffee Cheesecake - "When I can't quite make up my mind between cookies, candy, or doesn't matter! With this one, I don't have to choose!" - Chocolate Silk Pie - "When you're talking about fabric, silk has always been considered among the finest and most elegant. When you're talking about pie...well, try this one and see if you see any similarity." - Black Bottom Pie - "Make this special treat tonight! Black Bottom Pie is a delicious pie-within-a-brownie that's perfect for anybody with an extreme sweet tooth!"

From - 12/15/13:
A Cub Scout troop was half an hour late to its den meeting. The den mother asked them severely, “Why are you so late?”

“Oh,” said one boy, “we were helping an old man cross the street.”

“That’s a nice thing for scouts to do,” said the mother. She paused. “But it shouldn’t make you half an hour late.”

“Well, you see,” said another boy, “he didn’t want to go.”


1. Thursday, January 2, 2014 - 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, February 12, 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 12/16/13

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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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Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas

Hugh Martin (b. 11 Aug 1914) and
Ralph Blane
(26 July 1914 - 13 Nov 1995)
, 1943
Featured in
Meet Me In St. Louis
, 1944

Have yourself a merry little Christmas,
Let your heart be light
From now on,
our troubles will be out of sight

Have yourself a merry little Christmas,
Make the Yule-tide gay,
From now on,
our troubles will be miles away.

Here we are as in olden days,
Happy golden days of yore.
Faithful friends who are dear to us
Gather near to us once more.

Through the years
We all will be together,
If the Fates allow
Hang a shining star
upon the highest bough.
And have yourself
A merry little Christmas now.


“Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas” midi courtesy of - 12/14/04

“Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas” lyrics courtesy of - 12/14/04
Animated Christmas Tree clip art courtesy of Renee Helterbran Benton ('59) of VA - 12/11/08
Thanks, Renee!

Animated Christmas Lights Divider Line clip art courtesy of - well, I don't know, but it's been in my files since 12/04/05

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!!

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

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!

Crying Baby clip art courtesy of - 09/28/05 (resaved 02/27/09)

Animated Ringing Christmas Bell clip art (designed by Art Holden) courtesy of - 12/08/05

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