10/05/10 - NNHS Newsletter - In My Room
“The whole value of solitude depends upon
one's self; it may be a sanctuary
John Lubbock, 1st Baron Avebury
Dear Friends and Schoolmates,
Once again, today's Newsletter is being revisited from exactly five years ago today:
BONUS - http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pRrHw5Kn3ZE - In My Room - The Beach Boys, live, March 14, 1964
I've always loved this song - just as I've always loved my room. With my computer, television, books, crochet, cross-stitch, and scrapbooking supplies all handy, why should I leave my room? Even now I generally need to be dragged kicking and screaming from my room. Little has changed since I was a tiny tot. Why do you think I managed to weasel my way out of going to school any more than was absolutely necessary? Besides the fact that I was an extraordinarily sickly little runt (yes, it's true: I missed 50 days of school in the second grade alone), I really didn't want to leave my room.
I'll be leaving my room tomorrow, though! I'll be catching a plane to Raleigh, and I'll see y'all in Newport News on the 15th and 16th! WHOO-HOO!!!
"In My Room" is a song written by Brian Wilson and Gary Usher for the American pop band The Beach Boys. It was released on their 1963 album Surfer Girl. It was also released as the B-side of the "Be True to Your School" single. The single peaked at number six in the U.S. A remake by Usher's own band, Sagittarius, peaked at number eighty-six in 1969.
Gary Usher explained that
"'In My Room' found us taking our craft a little more seriously. Brian and I came back to the house one night after playing 'over the line' (a baseball game). I played bass and Brian was on organ. The song was written in an hour... Brian's melody all the way. The sensitivity... the concept meant a lot to him. When we finished, it was late, after our midnight curfew. In fact, Murry [The Wilson brother's father] came in a couple of times and wanted me to leave. Anyway, we got Audree [The Wilson brothers' mother], who was putting her hair up before bed, and we played it for her. She said, 'That's the most beautiful song you've ever written.' Murry said, 'Not bad, Usher, not bad,' which was the nicest thing he ever said to me."
Gary Usher who co-wrote the lyrics with Brian Wilson further describes that "Brian was always saying that his room was his whole world." Brian seconds this opinion: "I had a room, and I thought of it as my kingdom. And I wrote that song, very definitely, that you're not afraid when you're in your room. It's absolutely true."
In 1990, Brian wrote,
"I also enjoyed producing 'In My Room'. There is a story behind this song. When Dennis, Carl and I lived in Hawthorne as kids, we all slept in the same room. One night I sang the song 'Ivory Tower' to them and they liked it. Then a couple of weeks later, I proceeded to teach them both how to sing the harmony parts to it. It took them a little while, but they finally learned it. We then sang this song night after night. It brought peace to us. When we recorded 'In My Room', there was just Dennis, Carl and me on the first verse...and we sounded just like we did in our bedroom all those nights. This story has more meaning than ever since Dennis' death."
1. FOUR MORE DAYS!!!
From Chuck Jones ('66) of Northern VA - 07/16/10 - "TYPHOON TAILGATE - STOKES' REVENGE 2":
|Saturday, October 9, 2010 - "TYPHOON TAILGATE - STOKES' REVENGE 2" - from 10:00 AM and onwards at CNU Parking Lot N - SPONSORED BY THE CLASS OF 1966 AND THE SPD; OPEN TO ALL!|
2. FOUR MORE DAYS!!!
From Susie Overton Jones ('63) of VA - 03/17/10:
|The NNHS Class of 1963 will
celebrate their 65th Birthdays at a Party on Saturday, October 9, 2010
at the Virginia Power Clubhouse, 1701 Waterview, Yorktown, VA from 5:00
PM to 10:00 PM.
For details, contact Susie Overton Jones at email@example.com.
From Dave Arnold ('65) of VA - 08/06/10 and 09/23/10 - "Update on locations AND Hotel Info - Class of 1965's 45-Year Reunion - Friday and Saturday, October 15 and 16, 2010 - OPEN TO ALL CLASSES!":
Friday evening we’ll meet at 7:00 PM at the home of Lynn Walker Brothers ’65 and her husband Barry (York HS - '65). They have graciously extended an offer to open their home for the event. Light hors d’oeuvres will be served, and we would request a $5.00 donation to assist in covering the expenses for that evening if you attend... The Brothers residence is located at 304 Dogwood Drive, Newport News. The telephone number is 757-595-4116. We’ll post a map providing directions.
The Saturday afternoon picnic at Newport News Park, 13560 Jefferson Avenue, Newport News, begins at 1:00 PM. $20.00 will cover the cost of your food.
http://nnhs65.com/REUNION-2010-65-ATTENDING.html - updated 10/04/10!
45-Year NNHS Class of ’65 Reunion – Hotel Information
you’re using a GPS the address for Lynn Walker Brothers home is 304
Dogwood Drive, Newport News 23606.
News Park is located at 13560 Jefferson Avenue, Newport News 23603.
Event begins at 1:00 p.m. October 16th.
Thank you, Dave!
From Dave Spriggs ('64) of VA - 09/20/10 - "NNHS 64/64 Cruise Announcement":
http://nnhs65.com/64-BIRTHDAY-1964.html - Saturday, October 23, 2010, 8:00 to 11:00 PM, Norfolk, VA - updated 07/30/10 and 09/21/10!
From Me ('65) of IL - 10/04/05 - Repeated from http://nnhs65.com/10-04-05-NNHS-One-Fine-Day.html:
If you don't know what I'm going to say next, you don't know me very well.
Last year (2004) just
before the reunion, I tried to be subtle and sensitive and allude to this as
gently as possible.
Have you not
noticed how very quickly one of us can be gone? If you're thinking of
waiting until "next time" to see
If you can't
attend, you can't attend, and that's that. But if you're vacillating about
whether or not to come, if you're
As I can't find
the exact quotation, I cannot find the exact date, but I believe it was about
sixty-five years ago when
wholeheartedly agree with that, I would extend it to read, "The next greatest
forces of evil are those
I might get off this soapbox soon - but don't count on it.
"I excuse not myself."
THIS WEEK'S BIRTHDAYS:
Happy Birthday today to George Pipkin ('57) AND Butch Ragland ('63) of CO!
Happy Birthday tomorrow to Nancy McCormick Nicholson ('57) AND Renee Helterbran Benton ('59) of VA!
Happy Birthday this week to:
07 - Ellen Anas Smith ('57) AND Dale Parsons ('69) of HA;
08 - Tippy Rowe ('57) AND Wayne Stokes ('65) of VA AND Richard Cantor ('65) of KY;
09 - Norma Wilson Mitchell ('57) AND Linda Alfrey Walker ('61) of VA;
11 - Judy Phillips Allen ('66) of VA AND Carol Anne Comer Cutler ('70) of VA;
12 - Charlotte Spade Wilkins (Warwick HS - '65) of NC!
Many Happy Returns, One and All!
TODAY IN WWII:
|October 05, 1942 - Joseph Stalin sent a telegram to
the German/Soviet front at Stalingrad. The message was "That part of
Stalingrad which has been captured must be liberated."
October 05, 1944 - Royal Canadian Air Force pilots shot down the first German jet fighter over France.
October 05, 1955 - The play "The Diary of Anne Frank" opened at the Cort Theatre in New York.
TODAY IN 1965:
Tuesday, October 05, 1965 - Football player Trace Armstrong was born in Bethesda, Maryland.
Tuesday, October 05, 1965 - Ice hockey player Mario Lemieux was born in Montreal, Quebec, Canada.
Tuesday, October 05, 1965 - Ice hockey player Patrick Roy was born in Sainte-Foy, Quebec, Canada.
From Norris Perry (Warwick HS - '59) of
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! When I tried to vote for Grace again today, I noticed the site was trying to pull a switcheroo on me. It tried to persuade me to vote for the wrong Grace! OH, NO!
Grace is #1 in pet of the month: http://www.adogslife.net/photo_gallery_contests.php?t=1
and #3 in pet of the year: http://www.adogslife.net/photo_gallery_contests.php?t=2
WOWZERONI!!! That's fabulous, Norris!
Vote early, vote often (or at least cast your allotted daily vote) - and don't drop the ball now!
From Doug Donnelly of MI via Joe Drewry ('58) of VA - 10/05/10 - " Catherine Barter Buchanan":
|I am searching for
Catherine Barter Buchanan (maybe Jordan-Buchanan now) … her mother was
Maude (Donnelly) Mixon. I think she graduated from
Newport News High School either in late 1950s or 1961.
Any help finding her would be much appreciated.
Monroe Evening News
20 W. First St.
Monroe MI 48161
I didn't know her, I do remember Catherine. She graduated in 1961, and
as an eighth-grader, I usually didn't have a great deal of contact with
the seniors. She was in chorus and I was in band, so I did pass her in
the halls on a daily basis. She was on the high honor roll, and a member
of the Latin Club and National Honor Society, and she won the Sherman
Award that year for highest achievement in chorus - one smart lady!
Best wishes, Doug - and thanks, Joe!
From Fred Mays ('60) of VA - 10/04/10 - "RE: Shackelford Auto Company":
|I have searched and cannot
put my hands on anything.....If nothing else, I just knew they
advertised in the N.N.H.S. Anchor; however, they did not put an
image there. I looked at numerous yearbooks.....I just KNEW they had an
image of their business in some of the yearbooks.... Of course, I will
find something after it is no longer needed. I will keep looking.
Fred Mays of Newport News, VA
The images from
the 1945 and 1960
which I posted were the only two different ads I
could find. They apparently did not buy advertising beginning with the
From Mary Kayaselcuk of VA - 10/04/10 - "RE: Shackelford Auto Company":
|Thank you, Carol. I've
passed your response along to the interested party.
Historic Site Coordinator
Lee Hall Depot
You're welcome, Mary!
From Jane Chambers of VA - 10/04/10 - "Spam Filters":
I've returned from a family reunion in NC & have found all these
NNHS newsletters are being put INTO
my SPAM. That never happened before.
ARGHHH! In an effort to outsmart the Evil Spam Filters, I changed the titles of the announcements and began sending the second batch from firstname.lastname@example.org instead of from NNHS65@yahoo.com. In so doing I picked my niece Shari back up, lost you, some of my own mail isn't even making it into the Spam filter but simply disappearing, and who knows what else happened?!?
I suppose I'll need to figure all this out upon my return from The Sacred Soil.
Thanks for letting me know, Jane!
From My Niece, Shari, of VA - 10/04/10 - "Monday":
Drowning Pool 37 Stitches--Alt. Rock - Love not just his awesome voice, but the guitar too. The lead singer (Dave Williams) died in 2002 at age 30, from a heart problem. Had this song on my mine off and on all morning.
Thanks, Shari - love the special brownies story!
From My Husband, Paul Harty (Bardolph HS, IL - '61) of IL - 10/04/10 - " A Man Named Carl":
|Carl was a quiet man.
He didn't talk much. He would always greet you with a big smile and a
Even after living in our neighborhood for over 50 years, no one could really say they knew him very well.
Before his retirement, he took the bus to work each morning. The lone sight of him walking down the street often worried us.
He had a slight limp from a bullet wound received in WWII.
Watching him, we worried that although he had survived WWII, he may not make it through our changing uptown neighborhood with its ever-increasing random violence, gangs, and drug activity.
When he saw the flyer at our local church asking for volunteers for caring for the gardens behind the minister's residence, he responded in his characteristically unassuming manner. Without fanfare, he just signed up.
He was well into his 87th year when the very thing we had always feared finally happened.
He was just finishing his watering for the day when three gang members approached him. Ignoring their attempt to intimidate him, he simply asked, "Would you like a drink from the hose?"
The tallest and toughest-looking of the three said, "Yeah, sure," with a malevolent little smile.
As Carl offered the hose to him, the other two grabbed Carl's arm, throwing him down. As the hose snaked crazily over the ground, dousing everything in its way, Carl's assailants stole his retirement watch and his wallet, and then fled.
Carl tried to get himself up, but he had been thrown down on his bad leg. He lay there trying to gather himself as the minister came running to help him.
Although the minister had witnessed the attack from his window, he couldn't get there fast enough to stop it.
"Carl, are you okay? Are you hurt?" the minister kept asking as he helped Carl to his feet.
Carl just passed a hand over his brow and sighed, shaking his head. "Just some punk kids. I hope they'll wise-up someday."
His wet clothes clung to his slight frame as he bent to pick up the hose. He adjusted the nozzle again and started to water.
Confused and a little concerned, the minister asked, "Carl, what are you doing?" "I've got to finish my watering. It's been very dry lately," came the calm reply.
Satisfying himself that Carl really was all right, the minister could only marvel. Carl was a man from a different time and place.
A few weeks later the three returned. Just as before their threat was unchallenged. Carl again offered them a drink from his hose.
This time they didn't rob him. They wrenched the hose from his hand and drenched him head to foot in the icy water.
When they had finished their humiliation of him, they sauntered off down the street, throwing catcalls and curses, falling over one another laughing at the hilarity of what they had just done.
Carl just watched them. Then he turned toward the warmth giving sun, picked up his hose, and went on with his watering.
The summer was quickly fading into fall Carl was doing some tilling when he was startled by the sudden approach of someone behind him. He stumbled and fell into some evergreen branches.
As he struggled to regain his footing, he turned to see the tall leader of his summer tormentors reaching down for him. He braced himself for the expected attack.
"Don't worry, old man, I'm not gonna hurt you this time."
The young man spoke softly, still offering the tattooed and scarred hand to Carl. As he helped Carl get up, the man pulled a crumpled bag from his pocket and handed it to Carl.
"What's this?" Carl asked.
"It's your stuff," the man explained. "It's your stuff back. Even the money in your wallet."
"I don't understand,"
Carl said. "Why would you help me now?"
Thanks, Dools, I really like this one!
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 email@example.com.
|DATES TO REMEMBER:|
Thursday, October 7, 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. Saturday, October 9, 2010 - "TYPHOON TAILGATE - STOKES' REVENGE 2" - from 10:00 AM and onwards at CNU Parking Lot N - SPONSORED BY THE CLASS OF 1966 AND THE SPD; OPEN TO ALL - http://www.nnhs65.com/reunion-page/10-09-10-Typhoon-Tailgate.pdf - http://nnhs65.com/frat-soro-SPD.html
3. Saturday, October 9, 2010 - The NNHS Class of 1963 will celebrate their 65th Birthdays at a Party at the Virginia Power Clubhouse, 1701 Waterview at Yorktown from 5:00 PM to 10:PM. For details, contact Susie Overton Jones at firstname.lastname@example.org - CLASS OF 1963
4. Wednesday, October 13, 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.
5. Friday and Saturday, October 15 and 16, 2010 - The NNHS Class of 1965 will hold its 45-Year Reunion: Friday night at 7:00 PM at the home of Barry (York HS - '65) and Lynn Walker Brothers, 304 Dogwood Drive, Newport News, VA 23606 ($5.00@); Saturday afternoon at 1:00 PM at Newport News Park, 13560 Jefferson Avenue, Newport News, VA 23603 ($20.00@) For more details, contact Dave Arnold at email@example.com - SEE: http://nnhs65.com/REUNION-2010-65.html - http://nnhs65.com/REUNION-2010-65-ATTENDING.html - OPEN TO ALL CLASSES, HOSTED BY THE CLASS OF 1965
6. Saturday, October 23, 2010, 8:00 to 11:00 PM, Norfolk - The NNHS Class of 1964 will hold an evening cruise on the Spirit of Norfolk to celebrate their 64th Birthdays. For details, contact Dave Spriggs at NNHS64@cox.net and SEE: http://nnhs65.com/64-BIRTHDAY-1964.html -NNHS-64-64-CRUISE-INVITATION.doc - http://nnhs65.com/64-BIRTHDAY-1964-RESERVATION-FORM.html - http://nnhs65.com/64-BIRTHDAY-1964-ATTENDING.html - CLASS OF 1964
7. Thursday, November 4, 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.
8. Wednesday, November 10, 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.
9. Saturday, April 30, 2010 - The NNHS Class will have a Luncheon. Team Leaders are Mickey Marcella (firstname.lastname@example.org - 757-249-3800), Betty Hamby Neher (email@example.com - 757-898-5099), and Dr. Harry Simpson (firstname.lastname@example.org - 804-694-0346). - CLASS OF 1954
10. 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 Richard@Rawls.com - CLASS OF 1971
http://www.nnhs65.com/requests-prayers.html - updated 08/22/10
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NNHS CLASS OF '65 WEB SITE:
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In My Room
Written by Brian Wilson (b. 20 June 1942), and Gary Usher (14 Dec 1938 – 25 May 1990)
The Beach Boys,
There’s a world where I can go and tell my secrets to
In my room, in my room
In this world I lock out all my worries and my fears
In my room, in my room
Do my dreaming and my scheming
Lie awake and pray
Do my crying and my sighing
Laugh at yesterday
Now it’s dark and I’m alone
But I won’t be afraid
In my room, in my room
In my room, in my room
In my room, in my room
My Room" midi courtesy of
at the suggestion of Dave Spriggs ('64) of VA - 09/26/05
Thanks so very much, Dave!
My Room" lyrics courtesy of
also at the suggestion of Dave Spriggs ('64) of VA - 09/26/05
Thanks again, Dave!
Dancing Figures clip art courtesy of http://www.twosteptidewater.com/free_dance_clipart2.htm - 03/20/05
Animated Lumpy Bouncy Dancing (by AF Artist - Greg Wilson) courtesy of http://www.animationfactory.com - 08/28/08
Blue Flower Divider Line clip art courtesy of http://www.wtv-zone.com/nevr2l82/bars4.html - 08/20/05
Air Force Seal clip art courtesy of http://www1.va.gov/opa/feature/celebrate/milsongs.htm - 07/07/06
Navy Seal clip art courtesy of http://www.onemileup.com/miniSeals.asp - 05/29/06
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!!
Animated Red Flames courtesy of http://members.tripod.com/mrfire/animations.html - 05/19/08
Animated Cheering Smiley
clip art courtesy of Al Farber ('64) of GA - 08/18/05 (re-saved 02/27/09)
Animated Tantrum Smiley clip art courtesy of http://www.clipartof.com/details/emoticon/1923.html - 03/05/09
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