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01/23/12 - NNHS Newsletter - My Girl

A cloudy day or a little sunshine have as great
an influence on many constitutions
as the most recent blessings or misfortunes.

- Joseph Addison
(01 May 1672 - 17 June 1719)

Dear Friends and Schoolmates,

   Today's Newsletter theme is being revisited from 2006.

BONUS - - My Girl - The Temptations, 1965


"My Girl" is a 1964 song recorded by The Temptations for the Gordy (Motown) label which became a number one hit in 1965. Written and produced by The Miracles members Smokey Robinson and Ronald White, the song became the Temptations' first U.S. number-one single, and is today their signature song. Robinson's inspiration for writing this song was his wife, Miracles member Claudette Rogers Robinson. The song was featured on the Temptations album The Temptations Sing Smokey.

Musically, the song is notable because the six ascending guitar notes in the opening riff over the C chord are a perfect example of a C major pentatonic scale, played exactly from octave to octave. Similarly, the analogous riff in the song that is played over the F chord is a perfect example of an F major pentatonic scale, also with notes ascending from octave to octave...

"My Girl" climbed to the top of the U.S. pop charts after its Christmas time 1964 release, making it the Temptations' first number-one hit. The single was also the first number-one hit on the reinstated Billboard R&B Singles chart, which had gone on a fifteen-month hiatus from 1963 to 1965.[2]

...In 2004, "My Girl" was ranked number 88 on Rolling Stone's list of "The 500 Greatest Songs of All Time".[3]


   Happy Birthday today to     Chandler Nelms (Hampton HS - '63) of MD!

   Happy Birthday this week to:

25 -
    Jeannie Collier Fitzgerald ('65) of VA;

26 -      Charis Bean Duke (Governor Thomas Johnson HS, MD - '85) of NC;

28 - Courtney Russ ('57) AND      Jennie Sheppard ('62) of NC AND    Rick Billings ('65) of NC AND My Granddaughter,   Becca Harty of IL;

29 -      Nancy Keesee (Tucker) Crawley ('57) of TX;

30 -  Charlie Phillips ('65) of TN!

   Many Happy Returns to you all!  


January 22, 1941 - British and Commonwealth troops captured Tobruk from Italian forces during Operation Compass.

January 22, 1944 - The Allies commenced Operation Shingle, an assault on Anzio, Italy.


January 23, 1943 - The Battle of Mount Austen, the Galloping Horse, and the Sea Horse on Guadalcanal during the Guadalcanal campaign ended.

January 23, 1945 -  Karl Dönitz launched Operation Hannibal.

January 23, 1945 -     Chandler Nelms (Hampton HS - '63) of MD was born on the coolest birthday ever - 01/23/45!


Monday, January 20, 1962 - The Organization of American States suspended Cuba's membership.

Monday, January 20, 1962 - Actor Choi Min-sik was born in Seoul, South Korea.

Monday, January 20, 1962 - Yang di-Pertuan Agong of Malaysia, Sultan Mizan Zainal Abidin of Terengganu was born in Kuala Terengganu, Malaysia.

Monday, January 20, 1962 - Actor and director Eric Schaeffer was born in New York City, New York.


Tuesday, January 23, 1962 -Writer and journalist Elvira Lindo was born in Cádiz, Spain.

    From Bill Campbell ('54) of VA - 01/21/12:

Hi Carol, 

... I am sorry to learn that
      Paul (Harty - Bardolph HS, IL - '61 - of NC) is still having health problems. Let's hope that you can come up with a 'magic cure' for him, as I did for myself. You won't believe this. For the past several months, I have had severe pains in both of my legs. I went to the orthopedic surgeon, who took x-rays, examined me, etc., and couldn't find any problems. Then one night a few weeks ago, during another night of terrible pain, I got a sign from God, Allah, Buddha, whomever, that said, 'perhaps there is a link between severe leg pains and excessive alcohol consumption (to which I had to plead guilty). Go and check it out.'
So, when I arose the next day, I spoke with Google Search, and found that there is, indeed, a link between severe leg pains and excessive alcohol consumption. So, I immediately stopped drinking any alcohol, and the pains also went away immediately. They haven't returned, and I am now a teetotaler (at least for the moment). So, God DOES move in mysterious ways, and I hope that He will somehow move in such a ways as to eradicate Paul's pains.
Thanks again for all that you do for the NNHS family and also for your real family. You are an angel to all of them. 

   YOWZERS-WOWZERS! Thanks, Bill! I'm glad you were able to find out what was causing you health problems and take steps to correct it!

   Haul Party has never had a single drop of any alcoholic beverage in his entire life (I know!), but we have pin-pointed a few things that do cause us both trouble - sugar, most sugar substitutes, carbonated water, and not enough water. These all seem to exacerbate whatever ailments we have three-fold.

   I'm pretty sure that several of my family members would argue that I'm a she-devil rather than an angel, but I appreciate your kind words!

    From Eric Huffstutler (Bethel HS - '75) of VA - 01/22/12, 7:32 PM and 9:04 PM - "NNHS Post":

Just curious about my email to you concerning the Cold War and my project... which back issue will it be appearing in? Thanks.

   Sorry for the delay, Eric. As your note arrived on the 14th, it'll be the main article in the 01/15/12 issue - which should be so extraordinarily easy I could have done it long since, had it not been for that persistent (and recurring) mush-for-brains thingie.....

Not to be a pessimist but "what if"... (and hope that never happens) but what if you are at some point not able to continue with the newsletters and website upkeep?  (I know some of the links on pages are currently dead or not working especially photo links to old stomping grounds I have noticed).  Do you have someone to pick up the reigns?

   The simple answer to that is - Yes and No. As long as he receives donations (currently @ $50.00 a year) to renew the site fees each February,        my #5 son, Nathaniel Harty (Hillsboro HS, IL - '97) of IL will keep the site online permanently (I think...).  I'll have to repair the broken links in the Archive before I kick over (I still mend a few each day in my "spare time"), and the Newsletters will cease to be produced.  As I've said many times, a person would have to be certifiably insane to do what I do.        My sister, Eleanor Buckley Nowitzky ('59) of NC told me recently that she wouldn't do what I do for a firm contract salary of $10,000 a year.  So far no volunteers have come forth to take over my job.

   Thanks, Eric!

      From Wayne Stokes ('65) of VA - 01/22/12 - "Swing Dancers at Denver International Airport":

Swing Dancers



This year Holiday travelers at Denver International Airport were surprised with an entertaining treat when 100 dancers performed to a medley of Swing classics. If young people can still dance to this music, there just may be hope for them yet!

   COOL BEANS! Thanks, Wayne Honey!

  From Kenny Branch ('62) of AR - 01/21/12 - "New stroke indicators":

Stroke has a new indicator.

They say if you email this to ten people, you stand a chance of saving one life. Will you send this along?
Blood Clots/Stroke - They Now Have a Fourth Indicator, the Tongue

I will continue to forward this every time it comes around!

STROKE: Remember the 1st Three Letters..... S. T. R.


During a BBQ, a woman stumbled and took a little fall - she assured everyone that she was fine (they offered to call paramedics) ...she said she had just tripped over a brick because of her new shoes.

They got her cleaned up and got her a new plate of food. While she appeared a bit shaken up, Jane went about enjoying herself the rest of the evening.

Jane's husband called later telling everyone that his wife had been taken to the hospital - (at 6:00 PM Jane passed away.) She had suffered a stroke at the BBQ. Had they known how to identify the signs of a stroke, perhaps Jane would be with us today. Some don't die. They end up in a helpless, hopeless condition instead.

It only takes a minute to read this.

A neurologist says that if he can get to a stroke victim within 3 hours he can totally reverse the effects of a stroke...totally. He said the trick was getting a stroke recognized, diagnosed, and then getting the patient medically cared for within 3 hours, which is tough.


Thank God for the sense to remember the '3' steps, STR. Read and Learn!

Sometimes symptoms of a stroke are difficult to identify. Unfortunately, the lack of awareness spells disaster. The stroke victim may suffer severe brain damage when people nearby fail to recognize the symptoms of a stroke.

Now doctors say a bystander can recognize a stroke by asking three simple questions:

S *Ask the individual to SMILE.
T *
Ask the person to TALK and SPEAK A SIMPLE SENTENCE (Coherently).
(I.e. It is sunny out today.)

*Ask him or her to RAISE BOTH ARMS.

If he or she has trouble with ANY ONE of these tasks, call emergency number immediately and describe the symptoms to the dispatcher.

New Sign of a Stroke -------- Stick out Your Tongue

NOTE: Another 'sign' of a stroke is this: Ask the person to 'stick' out his tongue.
If the tongue is 'crooked', if it goes to one side or the other
that is also an indication of a stroke.

A cardiologist says if everyone who gets this e-mail sends it to 10 people;
you can bet that at least one life will be saved.

I have done my part. Will you?

   Thanks so much, Kenny! We're of an age now that we need to remind ourselves every so often!

      From My Husband, Paul Harty (Bardolph HS, IL - '61) of NC - 01/22/12 - "English??":

   WILD GIGGLES! Thanks, Dools!

      From My Niece, Shari, of VA - 01/22/12 - "Some Make U Think":

When you are feeling down

1. If you want your dreams to come true, don't oversleep.
2. The smallest good deed is better than the grandest intention.
3. Of all the things you wear, your expression is the most important.
4. The best vitamin for making friends....B1.
5. The 10 commandments are not multiple choices.
6. The happiness of your life depends on the quality of your thoughts.
7. Minds are like parachutes...they function only when open.
8. Ideas won't work unless YOU do.
9. One thing you can't recycle is wasted time.
10. One who lacks the courage to start has already finished.
11. The heaviest thing to carry is a grudge.
12. Don't learn safety rules by accident.
13. We lie the loudest when we lie to ourselves.
14. Jumping to conclusions can be bad exercise.
15. A turtle makes progress when it sticks its head out.
16. One thing you can give and still keep your word.
17. A friend walks in when everyone else walks out.
18. The pursuit of happiness is: the chase of a lifetime!

- JWD -


I have no idea why I am sitting here about to tell the world about my situation, but maybe it will help someone.

A little over a year ago I found myself back home, working two jobs, single, feeling alone and pregnant.

Now the reason for my being back home was so that I could save some money so that I might be able to buy my first home. I was working two jobs so that I could pay my current bills off.

I also wanted to start a new career. I was a nail tech and an intake person. I was 28 years old, a single woman longing to be married but finding myself alone and pregnant which I thought would never happen.

My mother and step-father gave me the option to move in for one year so that I could save a little faster. Well, my year had come to a close and it was time to go, if you know what I mean.

One day I felt like I was sitting in a chair in the middle of the room and looking above only to see the whirlwind of my problems going around me. I was like "Wow, if I get pulled up into this mess I'd just keel over." Well, you know what happened next. Our words do have power because all of a sudden it seems as though I became trapped in this whirlwind.

I then began to give up until I remembered that God said that we should cast all of our worries unto Him, so I began to pray a prayer with all my heart. With faith I believed that He would fix all of this, but I didn't quite know how.

The next day while working at the nail shop around 5 p.m., I began to tell a client of mine about my situation. After crying all over myself at the end of her appointment, she gave me a big hug and said that I was strong and everything would work itself out. Now that was the last thing that I wanted to hear. I was in trouble and needed major help.

So by the end of my shift around 10 p.m. that client of mine who had been a client for eight years or better called just as I was leaving. She said she talked my situation over with her husband and that I was like a daughter to her and that it fell upon her heart to do something about it.

She then told me that she would give me $5,000.00 to help me out and that I was not to pay the money back because it was a gift. God put it on her heart to help a friend in need. I was out done!!!

I didn't quite believe it until a week or so later when she came up with the check. She told me to pay her back by paying for my child to go to college when it was her time to go. Needless to say I never told any one of my parents my story, but I have decided to tell MountainWings only to let you know that when God has anything to do with you, He doesn't half-step. He goes all the way. If I never believed in prayer before, I did after that.

You have to have faith and believe in God's word. It does make a difference; it did in my life. Now I am the proud owner of my first home, and I have a beautiful daughter who I chose to name Trinity. We are happy. I would like to thank MountainWings because you continue to keep me inspired.




The use of whole grain bread may be better than you think! Using whole grain bread may be the way to go to stay lean.

A recent study revealed that hearty, whole-grain breads with high fiber content received the highest scores on tests measuring the feeling of satisfaction with food. In the study, people tended to feel fuller longer, and also ate less later on, when they filled up on whole-grain breads instead of highly refined "white" breads.


God's Plan

Some things are beyond planning.
And life doesn't always turn out as planned.
You don't plan for a broken heart.
You don't plan for a failed business venture.
You don't plan for an adulterous husband
or a wife who wants you out of her life.
You don't plan for an autistic child.
You don't plan for spinsterhood.
You don't plan for a lump in your breast.

You plan to be young forever.
You plan to climb the corporate ladder.
You plan to be rich and powerful.
You plan to be acclaimed and successful.
You plan to conquer the universe.
You plan to fall in love - and be loved forever.

You don't plan to be sad.
You don't plan to be hurt.
You don't plan to be broke.
You don't plan to be betrayed.
You don't plan to be alone in this world.
You plan to be happy. You don't plan to be shattered.
Sometimes if you work hard enough, you can get what you want.

But MOST times, what you want and what you get are two different things.

We, mortals, plan. But so does God in the heavens. Sometimes, it is difficult to understand God's plans especially when His plans are not in consonance with ours.

Often, when God sends us crisis, we turn to Him in anger. True, we cannot choose the cross that God wishes us to carry, but we can carry that cross with courage knowing that God will never abandon us nor send something we cannot cope with.

Sometimes, God breaks our spirit to save our soul.
Sometimes, He breaks our heart to make us whole.
Sometimes, God allows pain so we can be stronger.
Sometimes, God sends us failure so we can be humble.
Sometimes, God allows illness so we can take better care of
ourselves. Sometimes, God takes everything away from us
so we can learn the value of everything He gave us.

Make plans, but understand that we live by God's grace.

~Author Unknown~

Who's Your Daddy?

A number of years ago a seminary professor was vacationing with his wife in Gatlinburg, Tennessee where they were eating breakfast at a little restaurant, hoping to enjoy a quiet family meal.

While they were waiting for their food, they noticed a distinguished looking, white-haired man moving from table to table visiting with the guests. The professor leaned over and whispered to his wife:

"I hope he doesn't come over here." But sure enough, the man did come over to their table.

"Where are you folks from?" he asked in a friendly voice.

"Oklahoma," they answered.

"Great to have you here in Tennessee," the stranger said. "What do you do for a living?"

"I teach at a seminary," he replied.

"Oh, you teach preachers how to preach? Well, I've got a really great story for you." And with that, the gentleman pulled up a chair and sat down at the table with the couple.

"See that mountain over there?" (pointing out the restaurant window). Not far from the base of that mountain, there was a boy born to an unwed mother. He had a hard time growing up, because every place he went, he was always asked the same question:

'Hey boy, Who's your daddy?'

Whether he was at school, in the grocery store or drug store, people would ask the same question, "Who's your daddy?" He would hide at recess and lunchtime from other students. He would avoid going in to stores because that question hurt him so bad.

When he was about 12 years old, a new preacher came to his church. He would always go in late and slip out early to avoid hearing the question, "Who's your daddy?" But one day, the new preacher said the benediction so fast he got caught and had to walk out with the crowd.

Just about the time he got to the back door, the new preacher not knowing anything about him, put his hand on his shoulder and asked him,

"Son, who's your daddy?"

The whole church got deathly quiet. He could feel every eye in the church looking at him. By now, everyone knew the answer to the question, 'Who's your daddy?'

This new preacher, though, sensed the situation around him and using discernment that only the Holy Spirit could give, said the following to that scared little boy...

'Wait a minute!' he said, 'I know who you are. I see the family resemblance now. You are a child of God.'

With that he patted the boy on his shoulder and said, 'Boy, you've got a great inheritance. Go and claim it.'

With that, the boy smiled for the first time in a long time and walked out the door a changed person. He was never the same again. Whenever anybody asked him, 'Who's your Daddy?' he'd just tell them, 'I'm a Child of God.'

The distinguished gentleman got up from the table and said, "Isn't that a great story?"

The professor responded that it really was a great story!

As the man turned to leave, he said,

"You know, if that new preacher hadn't told me that I was one of God's children, I probably never would have amounted to anything!" And he walked away.

The seminary professor and his wife were stunned. He called the waitress over and asked her,

"Do you know who that man was who just left who was sitting at our table?"

The waitress grinned and said, "Of course. Everybody here knows him. That's Ben Hooper. He's the former governor of Tennessee!"

~by Dr. Fred Craddock
Seminary professor of homiletics at Emory University in Atlanta~

   Thanks so much, Shari!

RECIPE BONUS: - No Worries Tater Tot Casserole - "No Worries Tater Tot Casserole is the simplest and cheesiest casserole you can make on the fly. All you need to do is mix in the ingredients and bake for this easy casserole recipe."


    From Joan Lauterbach Krause ('60) of VA - 01/17/12 - "Bent Humor (#3 in a Series of 13)":


Carol, check this one out.  Funny.


What artists do if given wire and household objects and too much time on their hands!  

   WILD GIGGLES! Thanks, Joan!



From - 01/22/12: 
Knock, knock

Who’s there?


Lettuce who?

Lettuce in, its cold out here!

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

  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


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My Girl

Written by Smokey Robinson (b. 19 Feb 1940) and Ronald White (05 Apr 1939 – 26 Aug 1995)

Recorded by The Temptations, 1964

I've got sunshine on a cloudy day.
When it's cold outside I've got the month of May.
I guess you'd say
What can make me feel this way?
My girl (my girl, my girl)
Talkin' 'bout my girl (my girl).

I've got so much honey the bees envy me.
I've got a sweeter song than the birds in the trees.
I guess you'd say
What can make me feel this way?
My girl (my girl, my girl)
Talkin' 'bout my girl (my girl).

Hey hey hey
Hey hey hey

I don't need no money, fortune, or fame.
I've got all the riches baby one man can claim.
I guess you'd say
What can make me feel this way?
My girl (my girl, my girl)
Talkin' 'bout my girl (my girl).

I've got sunshine on a cloudy day
with my girl.
I've even got the month of May
with my girl (fade)

"My Girl" midi courtesy of 
at the suggestion of Dave Spriggs ('64) of VA - 01/01/06
Thanks, Dave! WOWZERS!!! This is a goodie!

 "My Girl" lyrics courtesy of 
also at the suggestion of Dave Spriggs ('64) of VA - 01/01/06
Thanks again, Dave!

Sunshine on a Cloudy Day Image #1 courtesy of - 01/23/06

Sunshine on a Cloudy Day Image #2 courtesy of - 01/23/06

Rising Sun Divider Line clip art courtesy of - 04/07/05

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

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

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!

Governor Thomas Johnson High School's Logo courtesy of - 06/16/08

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!

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

She Devil clip art courtesy
of - 01/23/12

Tiny Angel courtesy of - 08/14/05

Bethel High School's Bruin clip art courtesy of Eric Huffstutler (Bethel HS - '75) of VA - 03/22/06 (replaced 02/23/09)
Thanks, Eric!

Sad Face clip art courtesy of - 08/03/08 (re-saved 02/16/09)

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

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

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