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01/12/18 - NNHS Newsletter - Swinging on a Star

“The best cure for one's bad tendencies is to see them in action in another person.”

- Alain de Botton
(b. 20 Dec 1969)

Dear Friends and Schoolmates, 

      My daddy, the late Robert Buckley (John Marshall HS - '25) (19 Oct 1907 - 25 Apr 1960) was as big a fan of Bing Crosby as I am of Frank SinatraFrom time to time he'd play  this old 78 and the two of us would sing-a-long with Bing. Great times.

BONUS - - Swinging on a Star - Bing Crosby, 1944


     For My Husband, Paul Harty (Bardolph HS, IL - '61) of NC - 01/12/18:

     As they do once or twice a year,  Paul's legs and veins flared up again, leaving us in a pickle, as we were out of food and medications.

   Thanks again to the tender mercies of the Lord,    Our #2 Son, Brent Harty (Hillsboro HS, IL - '90) of NC was here to bail us out. Last night he went to Walmart, picked up my thyroid meds, bought Paul some slippers, bought our groceries, brought me red and white carnations (to remind me that even in the darkest times, there is still beauty in the world - and yes, I did burst into tears), did 2 loads of laundry, made us homemade low-sodium chili and cornbread, gave Paul a beautiful Priesthood blessing, and rebooted our router (as my smart phone inexplicably lost its WiFi connection Sunday night and refused to listen to reason). Today he took his dad to the doctor for a life saving antibiotic injection.

    Paul is grounded for a while, and has some upcoming appointments with various specialists, but we are very grateful; your prayers would be most appreciated! 



"Swinging on a Star" is an American pop standard with music composed by Jimmy Van Heusen and lyrics by Johnny Burke.[1] It was sung by Bing Crosby in the 1944 film Going My Way, winning an Academy Award for Best Original Song that year,[1] and has been recorded by numerous artists since then.

Song writer Jimmy Van Heusen was at Crosby’s house one evening for dinner, and to discuss a song for the movie Going My Way. During the meal one of the children began complaining about how he didn’t want to go to school the next day. The singer turned to his son and said to him, “If you don’t go to school, you might grow up to be a mule. Do you wanna do that?”

Van Heusen thought this clever rebuke would make a good song for the movie. He pictured Crosby, who played a priest, talking to a group of children acting much the same way as his own child had acted that night. Van Heusen took the idea to his partner lyricist Johnny Burke, who approved. They wrote the song.[2]

The first recording of "Swinging on a Star" took place in Los Angeles on February 7, 1944, released as Decca Records no. 18597. The Williams Brothers quartet, including Andy Williams, sang backup vocals to Crosby.[3]


   Happy Birthday tomorrow to    My Grandson, Hunter Huber (Overhills HS, NC - '21), of NC!

   Happy Birthday this week to:

14 - Ronnie Todd ('63)!

15 - The late Skippy Weitz ('57) (d. 22 Nov 2012) AND  Mary Markiewich Hux ('67) of VA;

16 -  Johanne Coates Richardson ('57) AND   Howard Smith ('63) of VA AND Steve Kiger ('66) of VA;

17 -  Chuck Anspach ('60) of NC;

18 - Eileen Rash Vaught ('57) AND  F.A. Saunders (Hampton HS - '64) of VA!

   Many Happy Returns to You All! 

January 12, 1918 - The Minnie Pit Disaster coal mining accident occurred in Halmer End, Staffordshire, in which 155 men and boys died.

January 12,
1940 - Soviet bombers raided cities in Finland.

January 12,
1942 - U.S. President Franklin Roosevelt created the National War Labor Board.

January 12, 1943 - Soviet troops created a breach in the German siege of Leningrad. The breach allowed the Soviets to receive supplies.

January 12,
1945 - The Red Army began the Vistula–Oder Offensive against the Germans in Eastern Europe.


Friday, January 12, 1968 - Director, producer, and composer Junichi Masuda (増田 順一) was born in Yokohama, Kanagawa Prefecture, Japan.

Friday, January 12, 1968 - Businesswoman, activist and model Heather Mills was born Heather Anne Mills in Aldershot, Hampshire, England.

Friday, January 12, 1968 - Footballer Mauro Silva was born Mauro da Silva Gomes in São Bernardo do Campo, Brazil.

“Success has nothing to do with what you gain in life or accomplish for yourself. It's only what you do for others.”

- Danny Thomas
(06 Jan 1912 - 06 Feb 1991)

From Joan Lauterbach Krause ('60) of VA - 01/12/18:

   Thank you, Joan!

 From Ruth Ann Reece Horace ('67) of FL - 01/11/18:
You somehow missed my brother
Garland Reece of the Class of '70. He would have been 66 on the 8th. He had 3 boys who were his world and they are each doing well. The oldest, Dale, lives in Texas and has a beautiful sweet wife and 5 kids. Matthew lives here in Florida, and has a little girl. Jesse still lives on the peninsula, and works for Poquoson City Public Schools as an IT tech.

Thanks, Ruth

   OOPS! Sorry, Ruthie! I've added Garland's name to the Birthday Page, and just so I won't do it again next year, I've played my own version of revisionist history, and added his entry to the week's worth of issues preceding his birthday this year. Those "missing chair" birthdays rarely seem to grow easier with the passing of time. 

From My Friend, Anne, of MO - 01/11/16:

  A great thing...

  Thank you, Ann! That's a good approach!


From My Friend, Jamie, of OK - 01/11/16:

     Thanks, Jamie!

“Many of them were destitute of even the goods they possessed.”

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

BONUS CROCHET STARS PATTERNS: - Amy James Gray's Large and Small Stars - "I was playing around with an idea one afternoon, trying to figure out how to fill in a star and these little guys just appeared, almost fully formed, on my hook. They work up very quickly and are a great gift in themselves or as a package embellishment." - Kate's Quick Star - "... just the nitty-gritty directions" - Five Different Stars!


Knit Stars - "Twinkle, twinkle, little knit stars, in every color of Northampton Sport! These pretty little stars are made in two simple pieces, first in the round*, then in rows, and sewn together. The ends, secured and buried within, make just the right amount of stuffing. String them into holiday garlands, tree trimmings, or a soft mobile for a baby’s room.

* This pattern has now been updated to include alternate instructions for working the stars entirely in rows."


From - Seven Layer Taco Dip - "I am continuously asked to bring this dip for parties and family get-togethers. People gather around the platter until it's gone." - Luscious Slush Punch - "This is without a doubt the best punch I've ever had! Makes enough for 2 punch bowls. This is our Christmas Eve punch tradition, and there is never a drop left!" - Jamie's Cranberry Spinach Salad - "Everyone I have made this for RAVES about it! It's different and so easy to make!"


From - 01/11/18:

A man was very much in love with a woman. One day she told him that the next day was her birthday. He told her he would send her a bouquet of roses... one for each year of her life.

That evening he ordered twenty-one roses with instructions that they be delivered first thing the next morning. As the florist was preparing the order, he decided that since the young man was such a good customer, he would put an extra dozen roses in the bouquet.

The fellow never found out what made his girlfriend so angry with him.

1. Every Tuesday, 7:30 AM - Male grads meet at Angelo's Restaurant on J. Clyde Morris Boulevard for breakfast and camaraderie.

2. Wednesday, March 14, 2018 -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

PRAYER ROLL: - updated 01/12/18

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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Swinging on a Star

Music by Jimmy Van Heusen (26 Jan 1913 - 06 Feb 1990)

Lyrics by Johnny Burke (03 Oct 1908 - 25 Feb 1964)

Recorded by Bing Crosby from Going My Way, 1944

Would you like to swing on a star
Carry moonbeams home in a jar
And be better off than you are
Or would you rather be a mule

A mule is an animal with long funny ears
Kicks up at anything he hears
His back is brawny but his brain is weak
He's just plain stupid with a stubborn streak
And by the way, if you hate to go to school
You may grow up to be a mule

Or would you like to swing on a star
Carry moonbeams home in a jar
And be better off than you are
Or would you rather be a pig

A pig is an animal with dirt on his face
His shoes are a terrible disgrace
He has no manners when he eats his food
He's fat and lazy and extremely rude
But if you don't care a feather or a fig
You may grow up to be a pig

Or would you like to swing on a star
Carry moonbeams home in a jar
And be better off than you are
Or would you rather be a fish

A fish won't do anything, but swim in a brook
He can't write his name or read a book
To fool the people is his only thought
And though he's slippery, he still gets caught
But then if that sort of life is what you wish
You may grow up to be a fish
A new kind of jumped-up slippery fish

And all the monkeys aren't in the zoo
Every day you meet quite a few
So you see it's all up to you
You can be better than you are
You could be swingin' on a star


"Swinging on a Star" midi courtesy of - 01/12/13

"Swinging on a Star" lyrics courtesy of - 01/12/13

"Swinging on a Star" Image courtesy of - 01/12/13

John Marshall High School's Justice Scale clip art courtesy of Cheryl White Wilson (JMHS - '64) of VA - 10/13/05 (replaced 02/23/09)
Thanks, Cheryl!

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

Golden, Red, and Blue Stars Divider Line clip art courtesy of - 11/11/09

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

Hillsboro High School's Topper (Band Version) clip art courtesy of - 06/07/08
Thanks, Mark!

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!

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

Overhills High School (NC) logo courtesy of - 09/11/17

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

Animated Wildly Laughing Dog courtesy of Eva Ellis Madagan ('61) of FL - 11/24/07
Thanks, Eva!

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

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