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01/08/12 - NNHS Newsletter - Dream Lover

“I think we dream so we don't have to be apart so long.
If we're in each other's dreams, we can play together all night.”

- Bill Watterson
(b. 05 July 1958)

Dear Friends and Schoolmates, 

   This Newsletter theme just popped into my mind, and surprisingly it appears we have never used it.

BONUS - - Dream Lover - Bobby Darin on the Ed Sullivan Show, 1959


"Dream Lover" is a song written and recorded by Bobby Darin on March 5, 1959. It was produced by Ahmet Ertegun and Jerry Wexler and engineered by Tom Dowd. It is considered a soulful rock song. The song became a multi-million seller, reaching #2 in US charts and was #1 in UK for three weeks during July 1959.[1] It was released as a single on Atco Records in 1959. In addition to Darin's vocal, the song features Neil Sedaka on piano[2]. A picture sleeve was also issued for this record.

The song is featured in the movie "Hot Shots!" starring Charlie Sheen. It is played during a scene in which Sheen's character performs several stunts on a motorcycle, trying to impress a girl. Darin's recording is also played, in full, during the end credits.

The song was also used in Michael Apted's movie "Stardust" (1974) and Barry Levinson's debut film "Diner" (1982).

   Happy Birthday today 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)!

   Happy Birthday tomorrow to Joan Burcher Green ('57) AND    Joe Dickson ('66) of VA!

   Happy Birthday this week to:

10 - Peggy Taylor Hudson ('57) AND    Bob Parrish ('68) of VA;

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;

15 - Skippy Weitz ('57) AND   Mary Markiewich Hux ('67) of VA!

   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, 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.


January 08, 1940Britain introduced food rationing.

January 08, 1945 - Philippine Commonwealth troops under the Philippine Commonwealth Army units entered the province of Ilocos Sur in Northern Luzon and attacked Japanese Imperial forces.


Sunday, January 07, 1962 - Politican Aleksandr Dugin (Алекса́ндр Ду́гин) was born in Moscow, Moscow Oblast, Russian SFSR.

Sunday, January 07, 1962 - Actress Hallie Todd was born Hallie Eckstein in Los Angeles, California.


Monday, January 08, 1962 -The Harmelen train disaster killed 93 people in the Netherlands.

Monday, January 08, 1962 - Musician Chris Marion was born in Belton, Texas.


From Erick Allen of NC - 01/04/12 and 01/05/12 - "A little help?":


I am doing some genealogical research on my mother's side. She provided me with this photo. Her family first lived on Seminole Road, then moved to 395 E Street, Copeland Park.

They moved there in 1941 and stayed in Newport News until 1952 when they moved back to NC. Her father, George Strickland, worked at the shipyard.

  This photo is from her first grade class in 1947. She thinks the teacher's name was Mrs. Ainsley. The only student's full name she remembers is Ronnie Cutler. She cannot remember the name or location of the school.

Mother's name was Wanda Kay Strickland. She is on the middle row, 4th from the left with the dark hair. She would have been class of 1959, and had an older sister, Shirley, and an older brother, Jerry.

Anybody in your group that might be able to help me fill in some gaps?

Thanks so much,
Erick Allen
1947 - Mrs. Ainsley's First Grade
Class of 1959

    Thanks, Erick! Let's see what we can learn! Can anyone identify the school or any of the students? Does anyone remember Mrs. Ainsley or any of the member of this Strickland family?

   "Anyone? Anyone?"

      From Tom Norris (Hampton HS - '73) of VA - 01/06/12 - "RE: A little help?":

Hi Carol ...

1946 city directory lists a Raymond B Strickland, bus driver for CRT, @230 F Street in
Copeland Park ... Listed in the NN section of the directory.

Hope all is well ....

Tom the Crabber babe :)
Thanks so much, Babe! All is well except for my confused brain.....

      From Harry Covert ('57) of MD - 01/06/12 - "SAILOR, TENNIS PLAYER, WOODWORKER, ALL CRAFTSMEN":


Posted: 05 Jan 2012 07:30 PM PST


This is the happiest holiday of the year for me. Lots of good things are happening, including my venture into retirement from the Alexandria Sheriff’s Department and prognosis of good health.  In the spirit of the holiday and such happy prospects, I didn’t want to neglect recognition of three of the finest Alexandrians I know.

Harry Covert

For 25 years, Michael David Lieberman has been my primary doctor.  He’s kept me healthy and has always been ahead of the curve when advising me on how to stay fit and live a long time.  He recently informed me there is no reason I couldn’t have another quarter-century or more of productive and happy life.  That’s nice to hear.

Dr. Lieberman and I are about the same age, he’s three months younger, and we both don’t look bad for a couple of guys at three score and 10 plus.  He’s an avid sailor, I’m an avid talker and thankfully he has always been on the mark with medical advice.

It was in the middle of a hot July day in the early 1990s when mowing the lawn I broke out in a heavy sweat halfway through and then could not continue.  I sat down for a while to recover my strength.  Over the next hour or so, I managed to finish the yard.  It was not easy.

The next morning I thought I’d take a walk around the block and suddenly, exhaustion hit me again.   This time I figured I’d better see the doctor.  Fortunately, Lieberman was in the office and immediately looked me over and calmly said I may be having a heart attack.  He sent me around the corner of the medical complex to the “newest and best young cardiologist.”  Amazing because the young physician, Narian J. Rajan, instantly diagnosed the problem – heart arrhythmia (irregular heartbeat).

No heart attack thankfully and a prescription for the next decade did the job.  I continued regular visits to these medical men, par excellence.  Then, unexpectedly, following a checkup, Dr. Rajan said I needed a stent.  That almost sent me into mental paralysis since I’d never had any type of surgical procedure.  I was scared almost to death.

Dr. Narian Rajan

Dr. Rajan did the job the next morning at Fairfax Inova Hospital.  I couldn’t believe it but I watched the procedure.  He explained everything as he went along; even though I shut my eyes watching him push the stent into place.  Four and a half months later, preparing for a Caribbean cruise, I had to have a checkup.  “We have to go in again,” Dr. Rajan, an expert tennis player, reported.  “And, we have to do it tomorrow.”

I wanted to take the cruise and pleaded to put off the second procedure until after the cruise.  The wise doctor, smile and said, “Sure, go ahead if you insist.  Do they have an operating room on the ship?”  I said I didn’t know.  “Well, you better check it out today because you’re going to need it.”

He was right and back to the hospital, he burned out scar tissue, inserted a new stent and I’ve been perfect since.

For three years, I began to suffer severe back pain.  I tried everything to ease discomfort.  Nothing worked.  So Dr. Lieberman checked me out again and, after discussing life in Alexandria, some politics he was blunt.  “If you don’t get this fixed, you’ll be riding in a wheel chair,” he said.

I was walking with a cane.  One of my friends thought I was affecting a new look as an addition to sartorial splendor.  It was pain I’ve never felt.  We discovered I had two slipped discs and another one slipping.   Excruciating.

Dr. Corey Wallach

“I want you to go see this new orthopedic surgeon,” Lieberman said.  “If it were me, I’d do it tomorrow.”  The pain was so great, I took his counsel and called Dr. Corey J. Wallach of Alexandria.

Dr. Wallach agreed to see me.  “I can fix you up,” he said.  “If you can endure the pain there’s no need for surgery.”  I thought he was kidding.  He was serious.  “Go home and think about it and let me know,” he said.

Half-way home, I called Dr. Wallach’s office and said I couldn’t stand the pain.  Within two weeks, this young surgeon had me on the table at Mount Vernon Inova Hospital.  We laughed and joked in pre-op.  I reminded him it was back surgery not brain surgery.  We all grinned and the nurse inserted the needle in my arm “to see if all was well.”  And for the past one-and—a-half years, I’ve never had any pain, no prescription painkillers and the discs are perfect. Walking is fun.

In the rush of our holiday celebrations, we sometimes forget to thank those who know how to make our lives better and better.  Lieberman, Rajan and Wallach.  What a first-class triumvirate.

I step into my new “private life” now — no cane and no pain, just smiles and years to come.–©Harry M. Covert 2012

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The original version was published Dec. 29, 2011 in The Alexandria Gazette and is used with permission.

   WOWZERS! Thank you so much, Harry - good news is always welcome!

      From My Niece, Shari, of VA - 01/06/12 - "Jokes_N_Stuff":

Why did he fire you?

Two neighbors were talking about work, when one asked, "Say, why did the foreman fire you?"

Replied the second, "Well, you know how a foreman is always standing around and watching others do the work. My foreman got jealous. People started thinking I was the foreman."


One Question

Bubba applied for an engineering position.

Jim applied for the same job. Both applicants, having the same qualifications, were asked to take a test by the manager. Upon completion of the test, both men only missed one of the questions.

The manager went to Bubba and said: "Thanks for your interest, but we've decided to give the Jim the job."

Bubba asked: "And why are you giving him the job? We both got nine questions correct!"

The manager said: "We have made our decision not on the correct answers, but, rather, on the one question that you both missed."

Bubba then asked: "And just how would one incorrect answer be better than the other?"

The manager said: "Bubba, it's like this. On question No. 4 Jim put down; 'I don't know.'

You put down, 'Neither do I.'"


The Cellar

I had eighteen bottles of whiskey in the cellar and my wife insisted I empty the contents of each bottle down the sink, or else... After careful consideration, I reluctantly agreed and finally proceeded with the unpleasant task.

I withdrew the cork from the first bottle and poured the contents down the sink with the exception of one glass, which I drank. Then, I withdrew the cork from the second bottle and did likewise with it, with the exception of one glass, which I drank.

I then withdrew the cork from the third bottle and poured the whiskey down the sink which I drank. I pulled the cork from the fourth bottle down the sink and poured the bottle down the glass, which I drank. I pulled the bottle from the cork of the next and drank one sink out of it, and threw the rest down the glass.

I pulled the sink out of the next glass and poured the cork down the bottle. Then, I corked the sink with the glass, bottled the drink and drank the pour. When I had everything emptied, I steadied the house with one hand, counted the glasses, corks, bottles, and sinks with the other, which were twenty-nine, and as the houses came by I counted them again, and finally I had all the houses in one bottle, which I drank.

I'm not under the affluence of incohol as some tinkle peep I am. I'm not half as thunk as you might drink. I fool so feelish I don't know who is me, and the drunker I stand here, the longer I get. I'm not drunk, you shilly groof!?


Bob meets Bill at the bar after work and is once again looking down in the dumps.

"What's wrong now, Bob," asked Bill.

Bob replies, "They called in a management team and gave everyone in the office an aptitude test to see what they were best suited for."

"Yeah, so what's the problem with that," asks Bill.

Bob sighs, "Well, it seems that I am best suited for unemployment."


Skiing? I do not participate in any sport with ambulances at the bottom of the hill.

~Erma Bombeck~



Life's most urgent question is: what are you doing for others?
- Martin Luther King, Jr.

One thing I know: the only ones among you who will be really happy are those who will have sought and found how to serve.
- Albert Schweitzer

What do we live for, if it is not to make life less difficult for each other?
- George Eliot

Universal compassion is the only guarantee of morality.
- Arthur Schopenhauer


We need sleep!

By Cathryn Conroy, Netscape News Editor could be sleep deprived and putting yourself at risk for an early death. That stunning conclusion was reached by researchers at Penn State College of Medicine, who determined that when we get just six hours of sleep a night, we are actually sleep deprived. And sleep deprivation not only makes us sleepy during the day and decreases our productivity and performance levels, but also promotes the potentially dangerous process of inflammation. Inflammation of this sort can lead to a variety of problems, including heart disease and hardening of the arteries, reports WebMD.

Previous studies have examined the effects of severe sleep deprivation, which is five hours or less of sleep. This one looked at the effects of modest sleep restriction, something that many people live with day in and day out in order to meet the pressing demands of work and family. The levels of inflammatory factors skyrocketed in the 25 study volunteers--who spent 12 consecutive nights in a sleep laboratory--when they had just six hours of sleep, compared with eight hours.
So when you pass up sleep to watch more television, talk to your spouse, or clean the house, you are putting yourself at risk for cardiovascular disease and osteoporosis.


Wherever You Go

Wherever you go, there you are.

from The Mountain:
No one knows for sure who said the above but when I first read the quote it seemed obviously silly. The more I thought about it, the more profound it became.

It applies to more than to where you physically go, it also applies to where your thoughts go.

Wherever you go this year, there you are.

Yes indeedy.

    Thanks, Shari!

  From Norris Perry (Warwick HS - '59) of VA - 01/03/12 AND   From Bill Hobbs ('66) of Northern VA - 01/06/12 - "A Real Cowboy Has NO FEAR":  

  Ya gotta LUV IT !!

Happy New Year

       Thanks, Fellas!

A Real Cowboy Has NO FEAR

    From Eva Ellis Madagan ('61) of FL - 12/20/11 - "Clever Ideas to Make Life Easier (#17 in a Series of 24)":

  Some of these ideas are really good.

Bake cupcakes directly in ice-cream cones; so much more fun and easier for kids to eat. Definitely doing this!

   EXCELLENT! Thank you so much, Eva - I do love clever tips!



From - 01/06/12:

If you had purchased $1,000 of AIG stock one year ago, you would have $42 left. With Lehman, you would have $6.60 left. With Fannie or Freddie, you would have less than $5 left. But if you had purchased $1,000 worth of beer one year ago, drunk all of the beer, then turned in the cans for the aluminum recycling refund, you would have had $214. Based on the above, the best current investment advice is to drink heavily and recycle. It’s called the 401-Keg…


1.Thursday, February 2, 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.

2. Wednesday, February 8, 2012 - 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, April 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.

4. Friday and Saturday, October 5 and 6, 2012 - Class of 1962 - 50-Year Reunion - Crowne Plaza Hotel, Hampton on the Water. More information after the Holidays. Meetings are second Tuesday of each month. CONTACT: Brenda Amos Williams at 

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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                          Love to all, Carol





Dream Lover

Written and recorded by Bobby Darin (14 May 1936 - 20 Dec 1973), 1959

Every night I hope and pray
A dream lover will come my way
A girl to hold in my arms
And know the magic of her charms
'Cause I want (yeah-yeah yeah) a girl (yeah-yeah yeah)
To call (yeah-yeah yeah) my own (yeah-yeah)
I want a dream lover so I don't have to dream alone

Dream lover, where are you
With a love, oh, so true?
And a hand that can hold,
To feel you near as I grow old?
'Cause I want (yeah-yeah yeah) a girl (yeah-yeah yeah)
To call (yeah-yeah yeah) my own (yeah-yeah)
I want a dream lover so I don't have to dream alone

Someday, I don't know how,
I hope she'll hear my plea
Some way, I don't know how,
She'll bring her love to me

Dream lover, until then,
I'll go to sleep and dream again
That's the only thing to do,
Till all my lover's dreams come true
'Cause I want (yeah-yeah yeah) a girl (yeah-yeah yeah)
To call (yeah-yeah yeah) my own (yeah-yeah)
I want a dream lover so I don't have to dream alone

Dream lover, until then,
I'll go to sleep and dream again
That's the only thing to do,
Till all my lover's dreams come true
'Cause I want (yeah-yeah yeah) a girl (yeah-yeah yeah)
To call (yeah-yeah yeah) my own (yeah-yeah)
I want a dream lover so I don't have to dream alone

Please don't make me dream alone
I beg you don't make me dream alone
No, I don't wanna dream

"Dream Lover" midi and lyrics courtesy of - 01/13/12 (sic)

Pink Heart Image courtesy of - 01/13/12 (sic)

Pink Hearts Line clip art courtesy of - 09/29/04

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

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

Animated Army Flag clip art courtesy of - 06/18/03

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

Animated Silly Bear (designed by AF Artist - Ryan Hagen) courtesy of - 10/04/05

Animated Dancing Elephant courtesy of Sandi Bateman Chestnut ('65) of VA - 03/08/11
Thanks, Sandi!

Animated Laughing Elephant courtesy of Frank Blechman ('65) of Northern VA - 10/29/10
Thanks, Frank!

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