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01/07/17 - NNHS Newsletter - Crazy

Of course I'm crazy, but that doesn't mean I'm wrong.”

- Robert Anton Wilson
(18 Jan 1932 - 11 Jan 2007)

Dear Friends and Schoolmates, 
   I love this song, but maybe that's because I'm - well, you know, crazy.

BONUS - - Crazy - Patsy Cline, 1962


"Crazy" is a ballad composed by Willie Nelson. It has been recorded by several artists, most notably by Patsy Cline, whose version was a #2 country hit in 1962.[2]

Partly due to the genre-blending nature of the song, it has been covered by dozens of artists in several genres over the years; Nevertheless, the song remains inextricably linked with Cline.

Nelson wrote the song in early 1961; at the time he was a journeyman singer-songwriter who had written several hits for other artists but had not yet had a significant recording of his own. Nelson originally wrote the song for country singer Billy Walker who turned it down for the same reason Roy Drusky turned down I Fall to Pieces the previous year - that it was ``a girl's song. The song's eventual success helped launch Nelson as a performer as well as a songwriter.

Musically the song is a jazz-pop ballad with country overtones and a complex melody. The lyrics describe the singer's state of bemusement at the singer's own helpless love for the object of his affection.

Patsy Cline, who was already a country music superstar and working to extend a string of hits, picked it as a follow up to her previous big hit I Fall to Pieces. "Crazy", its complex melody suiting Cline's vocal talent perfectly, was released in late 1961 and immediately became another huge hit for Cline and widened the crossover audience she had established with her prior hits. It spent 21 weeks on the chart and eventually became one of her signature tunes. Cline's version is #85 on Rolling Stone's list of The 500 Greatest Songs of All Time.[3]

According to the Ellis Nassour biography Patsy Cline, Nelson, who at that time was known as a struggling songwriter by the name of Hugh Nelson, was a regular at Tootsie's Orchid Lounge on Nashville's Music Row, where he frequented with friends Kris Kristofferson and Roger Miller, both unknown songwriters at that time. Nelson met Cline's husband, Charlie Dick, at the bar one evening and pitched the song to him. Dick took the track home and played it for Cline, who absolutely hated it at first because Nelson's demo "spoke" the lyrics ahead of and behind the beat, about which an annoyed Cline remarked that she ``couldn't sing like that.

However, Cline's producer, Owen Bradley, loved the song and arranged it in the ballad form in which it was later recorded. On Loretta Lynn's album I Remember Patsy Bradley reported that as Patsy was still recovering from a recent automobile accident that nearly took her life, she'd had difficulty reaching the high notes of the song on the original production night due to her broken ribs. So after about four hours of trying, in the days of four songs being recorded in three hours - they called it a night. A week later she came back and recorded the lead vocal we all know in one take.

On the same interview, Loretta remembers the first time Cline performed it at the Grand Ole Opry on crutches, and received three standing ovations. Barbara Mandrell remembers Cline introducing the song to her audiences live in concert saying "All my recent hits have come true in my life. I had a hit out called Tra-La-La Triangle and people thought about me and Gerald and Charlie. I had another hit out called 'I Fall to Pieces' and I was in a car wreck. Now I'm really worried because I have a new hit single out and its called 'Crazy'."

Willie Nelson stated on the 1993 documentary Remembering Patsy that Cline's version of "Crazy" was his favorite song of his that anybody had ever recorded because it "was a lot of magic."

   Happy Birthday today to    Jimmy Shires ('57) of VA AND Brucey Smith Slama ('57) AND Paige Smith Morahan ('57) AND   My Daughter-in-Law, Laura Adams Harty (Cardston HS, Alberta - '95) of TX!

   Happy Birthday tomorrow to  Mrs. Wilma Salmon Robinson (Warwick HS - '51) of VA AND Dreamadon Dillon Skidmore ('57) AND Sonja Settles Allen ('57) AND  Pat Branch Coltrane ('57) AND Bill Collins ('63) AND Ruth Thom Chapman ('63) of VA!

   Happy Birthday this week to:

09 - Joan Burcher Green ('57) AND Alvin Blankenship ('63) AND  Joe Dickson ('66) of VA;

10 - Peggy Taylor Hudson ('57) AND the late Bob Parrish ('68) (deceased 12 Jan 2013)!

11 - My Brother-in-Law, the late Miles Nowitzky (Granby HS - '50) (d. 07 May 2005) AND Frances Goodson Wang ('65) of MD AND Ron Haney ('65) of VA AND   Ron Smith ('65) of VA AND Barbara Dye Hensley ('69) of VA AND   FlyLady of NC;

13 - My Grandson,  Hunter Huber of Alberta;

14 - Ronnie Todd ('63)!
   Many Happy Returns to You All! 


January 07, 1935 - French Foreign Minister Pierre Laval and Italian Prime Minister Benito Mussolini signed the Franco–Italian Agreement

January 07, 1940 - Winter War: The Finnish 9th Division stopped and completely destroyed the overwhelming Soviet forces on the Raate-Suomussalmi road.

January 07, 1942 - The siege of the Bataan Peninsula began.

January 07, 1945 - British General Bernard Montgomery held a press conference in which he claimed credit for victory in the Battle of the Bulge.


Saturday, January 07, 1967 - The Deputy Prime Minister of the United Kingdom, Nick Clegg, was born Nicholas William Peter Clegg in Chalfont St Giles, Buckinghamshire, England.

Saturday, January 07, 1967 - Basketball player and referee Tim Donaghy was born in Havertown, Pennsylvania.

Saturday, January 07, 1967 - Ice hockey player Guy Hebert was born Guy Andre Hebert in Troy, New York.

Saturday, January 07, 1967 - Rugby player, coach, and sportscaster Ricky Stuart was born Ricky Bob Stuart in Queanbeyan, New South Wales, Australia.

Saturday, January 07, 1967 - Author and screenwriter David Goodis (b. David Loeb Goodis on 02 Mar 1917 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania) died of a stroke in Albert Einstein Medical Center, Northern Division in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania at the age of 49.

Saturday, January 07, 1967 - Conductor Carl Schuricht (b. Carl Adolph Schuricht on 03 July 1880 in Danzig (Gdańsk), German Empire) died at the age of 86 in his home at Corseaux-sur-Vevey, Switzerland.

From My Friend, Susan, of NC - 01/06/15:

“As you hear or read the words of the ancient and modern prophets, refrain from thinking about how the words apply to someone else and ask the simple question: “Lord, is it I?” We must approach our Eternal Father with broken hearts and teachable minds. We must be willing to learn and to change. And, oh, how much we gain by committing to live the life our Heavenly Father intends for us.”

- Dieter F. Uchtdorf
(b. 06 Nov 1940)

    Thanks so much, Susan!

   From Harry Covert ('57) of MD - 01/06/17 - "FOR TWO CENT$ PLU$ ":

New Political Hieroglyphics Coming

By Harry M. Covert

THERE IS NO GOOD REASON here to resurrect events of the past 16th year of the 21st century. Neither is there any idea for resolutions over the next 12 months.

The reason? Just the same old same old. At year ends and new beginnings all of us scribes and Pharisees are forced to come up with clever verbiage for our brilliant readers. From the email bag I have a few faithful followers. Some are extremely witty, a couple more are anonymously cute, scornful and offer suggestions with some off-color scribbles.

To be frank it’s the latter that grab attention. This desk isn’t the only wordsmith getting nasty informative notes. Now and then over the past entrées here, some communicators do sign their real names. I like and enjoy them all. It’s part of the game.

There is an urge to have a rude retort. That ain’t nice for a “responsible” commenter.

One sweet reader said our words weren’t worth two cents. I asked, “why does everything have to include a dollar mark?” I’m making excuses. Some folks just don’t know the difference between wit and shinola.

Another responder suggested writing more about local politics in a sane and proper manner. I do believe that would be nice. Over the course of this year the public will be accosted with Trumpian style hieroglyphics. I can’t wait.

Think I’m kidding here? I’ve been “researching” the future of local and Free State maneuvers. The smart set is eager to get started. While Maryland’s governor hasn’t kissed the ring of the new firebrand riding in on his golden stallion, he and his wizards believe they can cash in on his style.

Ladies and gentlemen, you’re in for fiery and exciting campaigns in coming days and weeks. Gosh, the news fraternity is jumping with joy. Me too.

Hopefully, all those political minions putting the arm on donors for campaign cash should not ignore paid advertisements and commercials, regularly.

Let me remind the pros to make ad buys in local newspapers, radio and television outlets and, internet news sites. This is an alert.

Politicians have received free rides from local and state media. It isn’t fair. The ins and would-bes like to viciously attack reporters who mention them all the time and don’t take time for a little schmoozing and making advertising buys.

Citizens deserve to know all about their leaders, warts and all. That’s the price of being first among equals, ambition and keys to the public trea$ury.

The pols always like to talk about free rides in the public sectors and expect the same themselves in the press of various forms.

What’s wrong with local prints getting city and county paid public ads? Nothing! I keep haranguing about growing disrespect of media.

Here’s a reminder. It’s been proven time and time again, keeping the public blind to daily government activities is not only dangerous but leads to felonious deeds in the name of public service.

Any doubts? Merely check around. Residents know truth is always discovered.

The stage is set. I’d wager the state is keeping eyes on candidates for Frederick County offices. Probably plenty of money will be infused in local goings-on.

The pots are boiling. You heard it here first. I’m keeping these emails on a separate thumb drive. Further, in answer to another wag, I’m working on improving my attitude.

    Thank you so much, Harry!

From Wayne Agee ('58) of FL - 01/06/17 - "Mayonnaise Jar & Two Beers...":

A new year rerun reminder on values.
Besides, it's later than you think. 

Mayonnaise Jar & Two Beers...

When things in your life seem almost too much to handle, when 24 hours in a day are not enough, remember the mayonnaise jar and the 2 beers.

A professor stood before his philosophy class and had some items in front of him.

When the class began, he wordlessly picked up a very large and empty mayonnaise jar and proceeded to fill it with golf balls. He then asked the students if the jar was full.

They agreed that it was.

The professor then picked up a box of pebbles and poured them into the jar. He shook the jar lightly. The pebbles rolled into the open areas between the golf balls. He then asked the students again if the jar was full.

They agreed it was.

The professor next picked up a box of sand and poured it into the jar. Of course, the sand filled up everything else. He asked once more if the jar was full.

The students responded with a unanimous 'yes.'

The professor then produced two beers from under the table and poured the entire contents into the jar effectively filling the empty space between the sand.

The students laughed!

“Now”, said the professor as the laughter subsided,

“I want you to recognize that this jar represents your life. The golf balls are the important things like *your family, your children, your health, your friends and your favorite passions,* *and if everything else was lost and only they remained, your life would still be full.*

The pebbles are the *other things that matter*, like your job, your house and your car…

The sand is everything else - the small stuff”.

“If you put the sand into the jar first”, he continued “there is no room for the pebbles or the golf balls. The same goes for life. If you spend all your time and energy on the small stuff you will never have room for the things that are important to you. Pay attention to the things that are critical to your happiness”.

“Spend time with your children. Spend time with your parents. Visit with grandparents. Take your spouse out to dinner. Play another 18 holes of golf. There will always be time to clean the house, fix the disposal or deal with things from your job.

"Take care of the golf balls first---the things that really matter. Set your priorities. The rest is just sand."

One of the students raised her hand and inquired what the beer represented.

The professor smiled and said, “I'm glad you asked. The beer just shows you that no matter how full your life may seem, there's always room for a couple of beers with a old friend.*

Thank you, Wayne - great reminder!

 From My Niece, Shari, of VA - 12/27/16 - "More Positive Thoughts (#5 in a series of 11)":

  SO TRUE! Thank you, Shari!

“I concluded from the beginning that this would be the end, and I am right, for it is not half over.”

- Sir Boyle Roche
(Oct 1736 – 05 June 1807)

BONUS CROCHET PATTERN (Sorry, not theme related); - Tamara Kelly's Circle of Love Afghan - "The Circle of Love Afghan tells a love story in the stitches. Moments of clarity, bursts of brightness, a deep ombre of feeling, and an oversized ruffle to share. And it always comes around again, if you stick with it. And it’s just in time for Valentine’s Day!



From - 01/06/17:

A man walked by a table in a hotel and noticed three men and a dog playing cards. The dog was exhibiting an extraordinary performance.

"That is a very smart dog," the man commented.

"Not really," said one of the irked players. "Every time he gets a good hand he wags his tail."

1. Wednesday, January 11, 2017 - 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.

2. Wednesday, March 08, 2017 - 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 01/03/17

BLOG: - updated 03/13/11

   Y'all take good 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

"Never underestimate
the power of a drop
in the bucket."


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Written by Willie Nelson
(b. 30 Apr 1933)

Recorded by Patsy Cline, 1962
(08 Sept 8 1932 – 05 Mar 1963)

I'm crazy for feelin' so lonely...
I'm crazy,
Crazy for feelin' so blue...
I knew you'd love me as long as you wanted,
And then someday, you'd leave me for somebody new.
Why do I let myself worry?
What in the world did I do?
For thinkin' that my love could hold you...
I'm crazy for tryin',
And crazy for cryin',
And I'm crazy for lovin' you...
For thinkin' that my love could hold you...
I'm crazy for tryin',
And crazy for cryin',
And I'm crazy for lovin' you...

"Crazy" midi courtesy of - 01/04/05

  "Crazy" lyrics courtesy of - 01/04/05

Flashing Eye clip art courtesy of - 01/04/05

Animated Nutsy Smiley courtesy of - 05/04/09

Animated Goofy Divider Line clip art courtesy of - 08/12/04

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

Animated Military Flags clip art courtesy of - 06/18/03

FlyLady Logo courtesy of - 10/13/11

Jeffrey Holman's Image "A Drop in the Bucket" courtesy of - 05/23/16

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