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01/24/12 - NNHS Newsletter - The Old Lamplighter

Only the lamplighter of the single street lamp at the North Pole
and his colleague of the single street lamp at the South Pole
led carefree, idle lives: they work twice a year.”

- Antoine de Saint-Exupéry, The Little Prince, 1943
(29 June 1900 - 31 July 1944)

Dear Friends and Schoolmates,

   We've never used this song as a Newsletter theme before - probably because I've never heard of it before (even though it is a year older than I am...).

BONUS #1 - - The Old Lamplighter - Sammy Kaye

BONUS #2 - - The Old Lamplighter - The Browns


"The Old Lamp-Lighter" is a popular song.

The music was written by Nat Simon, the lyrics by Charles Tobias. The song was published in 1946. Several versions of the song made the best-seller charts in 1946-1947:

The most popular recording, by Sammy Kaye, was released by RCA Victor Records as catalog number 20-1963. It first reached the Billboard Best Seller chart on November 8, 1946, and lasted 14 weeks on the chart, peaking at number one.[1]

The recording by Kay Kyser was released by Columbia Records as catalog number 37095. It first reached the Billboard Best Seller chart on November 22, 1946, and lasted 11 weeks on the chart, peaking at number three.[1]

The recording by Hal Derwin was released by Capitol Records as catalog number 288. It first reached the Billboard Best Seller chart on December 6, 1946, and lasted two weeks on the chart, peaking at number six.[1] This was Derwin's only charted hit.

It was a major country-pop hit for The Browns in 1960, released as a single in March of that year. It went on to become a major top-ten hit on the US pop singles chart, peaking at number five, and country chart.

The song was performed under the name Luktar-Gvendur, by the icelandic singer Björk on the album Gling-Gló, in 1990. On that album Björk teams up with the jazz trio of Guðmundur Ingólfsson: consisting of Guðmundur Ingólfsson on piano, Guðmundur Steingrímsson on drums and Þórður Högnason on bass. The album has become one of the classics of icelandic contemporary pop music albums.


   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;

31 - Lynn Stewart Schroeder ('71) of NC!

   Many Happy Returns to you all!  


January 24, 1942 - The Allies bombarded Bangkok, leading Thailand to declare war against the United States and United Kingdom.

January 24, 1943 - Franklin D. Roosevelt and Winston Churchill concluded a conference in Casablanca.


Wednesday, January 24, 1962 - Basketball player Argiris Kambouris (Αργύρης Καμπούρης) was born in Athens, Greece.

Wednesday, January 24, 1962 - Painter André Lhote (b. 05 July 1885 in Bordeaux, France) died in Paris, France.

Wednesday, January 24, 1962 - Stanley Lord, captain of the SS Californian the night of the Titanic disaster (b. 13 Sept 1877 in Bolton, Lancashire, England) died at the age of 84.

   From Fred Field (June '45) of CA - 01/23/12, 12:44 PM - "La Forza del Destino":

Hello Carol,        Mon. Jan. 23, 2012
Perhaps       Haul Party is actually suffering from a spell levelled on him by some obscure nearby sage. 
Check around for evidence of a subtle spiritual agent that might lurking nearby -- perhaps projecting forces of evil.  They sometimes use code names and are even known to wrap them around victims.
Look for clues -- perhaps something similar to Dee Shevil or      Harrol Carty?
Good luck,
Fred W. Field
Loma Linda & Fullerton, CA

     Thanks, Fed Frield! But surely you're not suggesting that I (formerly known as Barrel Cuckley) could be to blame?!? It just couldn't be me; why, I'm a perfect little angel!

  From Doug Nelson ('64) of VA - 01/23/12 - "Wheeler's Kandy Kitchen":
Hi Carol,

Just saw your posting about Wheeler's Kandy Kitchen from your Newsletter:

I have never heard of this place myself, but I noticed the address on the matchbox cover. I entered it into Google Maps and looked at the location using the "StreetView" (I love StreetView!) and the "Get Directions" features. It turns out that it was less than a mile from where I grew up on 22nd Street almost at the corner of Parish Avenue. Using StreetView I "traveled" a block or two further northwest on Chestnut Avenue until I noticed a small seafood market named, surprisingly, "Seafood Market" on the other side of the street on the corner of 32nd Street and Chestnut. I remembered when I was a boy I would go with my mother when she went to a seafood market that was located in a small building very close to this place. It seems unbelievable that this could be the very same building. As for it being the very same seafood market, that would be just about impossible. That place sold very fresh fish and other seafood as I recall. But, as a boy I had very little appreciation for seafood.

You can tell from the style of the art on the 
  matchbook that it may go back to the '20's. I have a ninety-one year-old maternal uncle (Wesley Berryman, NNHS, '38) who lived on 23rd Street near where Sammy's Confectionary used to be on Chestnut. There is a very small chance that he would remember this place. Distances seemed so much greater when I was a kid. That trip to the seafood market seemed much longer than it actually was.

Doug Nelson
Dahlgren, VA

   Thanks so much, Doug! Wouldn't that be super if he did remember?!?


   From Frank Blechman ('65) of Northern VA - 01/23/12, 6:06 PM - "RE: Ben Hooper":

Your story today about Ben Hooper is a very old one.  He was Governor of Tennessee from 1911-15.  He died in 1957. 

   Thanks, Frank - exactly! Can you even imagine the possibility of such a thing happening today? That's why the story is so charming!

   I meant to include Governor Hooper's biography, but my brain is still not operating on all eight cylinders:


Ben Walter Hooper (October 13, 1870 – April 18, 1957) was the 28th Governor of the U.S. state of Tennessee from 1911 to 1915.

Hooper, who was of illegitimate birth, spent part of his childhood in an orphanage, was unofficially "adopted" by members of his rural Baptist church, and was belatedly acknowledged by his natural father, a prominent physician. He was a native of Newport in Cocke County, Tennessee. He was admitted to the bar in 1894, and served in the state legislature. He was a captain of the 6th U.S. Volunteer Infantry in the Spanish-American War of 1898, and nominated by the Republicans for governor in 1910 over Alfred A. Taylor. His initial Democratic opponent, incumbent Governor Malcolm R. Patterson, despite winning the nomination withdrew from race due to diffences among Democrats, which in turn led to the nomination of United States Senator and three-term former governor Robert Love Taylor, younger brother of Alf Taylor.

Then the Prohibition issue badly split the Democrats and a faction of them called "Independents" endorsed Hooper, the challenger for governor, leading to his election. During legislative sessions Hooper's administration employed armed guards. Nonetheless, he was reelected in 1912, but was subsequently defeated for a third term in 1914 by Democrat Thomas C. Rye, a Prohibition advocate. During his terms, early child labor laws were enacted and school attendance was made compulsory for young children provided that they lived within a realistic walking distance of a school. The method of the death penalty was changed from hanging to electrocution.

Hooper continued the practice of law after his time as governor and maintained a keen interest in public affairs and Republican politics until just before his death in 1957. He wrote an autobiography, The Unwanted Boy, and was widely regarded in East Tennessee as an inspirational figure.

       From My Daughter, Adrienne Harty (Hillsboro HS, IL / American School, IL) of NC - currently serving an eighteen-month mission for The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints in Seattle, Washington - 01/23/12 - "snow":

Yup... we got snow this week. Since snow doesn't happen often out here we couldn't drive our cars. Just as well, Sister Keller and I were down and out with flu like symptoms. So, we were able to recover in that time period. And we were fortunate to have our power still. Anyway, we are doing better. We are still achy and shaky, but good enough to work more. The snow was gorgeous though. I might send some pictures soon...

Oh, we went to one of those new investigators/recent convert meetings at President Larkin's house yesterday. It was the first one I have attended thus far. It was pretty cool hearing testimonies from those still learning (okay, we are all still learning) and those that have been converted. Anyway, sweet experience. I would love to attend more of those.

I love y'all!
Talk to you later,
Sister Harty

   AWWW! Get all better soon, Sister Baby Girl - love you, too!

  From Ruth Ann Reece Horace ('67) of FL - 01/23/12, 1:18 AM - "  Kylie is home":


Sorry, somehow this update did not get to you.  It is about 10 days old.  Kylie is doing great.  She is back up to her birth weight as of Friday and her color is almost back to normal.  It's been a long road but thanks to blessings and prayers, she is a healthy, growing little cutie.


   Oh, no, it got to me just fine, Ruthie! Being down and out myself for sometime now, I just did not get to it! I'm so sorry for the delay in posting it until yesterday, but you should see the carnage that happens when I try to work while I'm sick! 

   We're all so glad Kylie's all better now - thanks!

       From Dave Spriggs ('64) of VA - 01/23/12 - "For my friends who drive------Motion Induced Blindness":

… and for my friends who are mariners or aviators.  Nifty web site.

Please note this is a safety issue and may save your life one day while on the highway. 

No one should get drowsy or lose attention, even for a second. A second is quite a distance at 65 mph! 

Good for Car, motorcycle, and airplane drivers

Lack of motion Induced Blindness (pilots and drivers too)

Good info, excellent with a demonstration at the link below.  Lack of motion Induced Blindness was presented as a flying issue, but one can also miss things (pedestrians, motorcycles, other cars) while driving, so, keep your heads and eyes moving. The below link is a great illustration of what was taught about scanning outside the cockpit when military pilots went through training.  Shipboard lookouts were also given the same training.  They were told to scan the horizon for a short distance, stop momentarily, and repeat the process.

This was the most effective technique to locate other ships and aircraft. It was emphasized repeatedly to not fix one's gaze for more than a couple of seconds on any single object. The instructors, some of whom were combat veterans with years of experience, instructed pilots to continually "keep your eyes moving and head on a swivel" because this was the best way to survive, not only in combat, but from peacetime hazards (like a midair collision) as well.

The most dangerous target is the one that has NO apparent motion. This is the one you will hit without evasive action and also the one you will NOT see - as presented below.

This advice had to be taken on faith until technology produced the display linked below.

   YOWZERS! Thanks so much for this valuable information, Captain!

      From My Husband, Paul Harty (Bardolph HS, IL - '61) of NC - 01/23/12 - "A mother's arms can have a long reach....":

This is a wonderful video tribute.

     Thank you so much, Dools! I've watched this twice now, and it still gives me chills! What an amazing story!

      From My Husband, Paul Harty (Bardolph HS, IL - '61) of NC - 01/23/12 - "Fastest State Trooper":

  This sounds like something your crowd would enjoy.  I can actually picture this happening and can sense how the trooper must have enjoyed his brief moment of levity.  He was taking a chance that the car wouldn't come out of the snow bank, though.

     Thanks again, Dools! This should soon be a classic!


    From Joan Lauterbach Krause ('60) of VA - 01/17/12 - "Bent Humor (#4 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 - 01/23/12: 
1. A day without sunshine is like night.

2. On the other hand, you have different fingers.

3. 42.7 percent of all statistics are made up on the spot.

4. 99 percent of lawyers give the rest a bad name.

5. Remember, half the people you know are below average.

6. He who laughs last; thinks slowest.

7. Depression is merely anger without enthusiasm.

8. The early bird may get the worm, but the second mouse gets the cheese in the trap.

9. Support bacteria. They're the only culture most people have.

10. A clear conscience is usually the sign of a bad memory.

11. Change is inevitable, except from vending machines.

12. If you think nobody cares, try missing a couple of payments.

13. How many of you believe in psycho-kinesis? Raise my hand.

14. OK, so what's the speed of dark?

15. When everything is coming your way, you're in the wrong lane.

16. Hard work pays off in the future. Laziness pays off now.

17. How much deeper would the ocean be without sponges?

18. Eagles may soar, but weasels don't get sucked into jet engines.

19. What happens if you get scared half to death, twice?

20. Why do psychics have to ask you your name?

21. Inside every older person is a younger person wondering, 'What the heck happened?'

22. Just remember -- if the world didn't suck, we would all fall off.

23. Light travels faster than sound. That's why some people appear bright until you hear them speak.

24. Life isn't like a box of chocolates. It's more like a jar of jalapenos. What you do today, might burn your butt tomorrow.

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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The Old Lamplighter

Music by Nat Simon; Words by Charles Tobias (15 Aug 1898 – 07 July 1970), 1946

Recorded by Sammy Kaye (13 Mach 13, 1910 – 02 June 1987), 1946

Recorded by Kay Kyser (18 June 1905 – 23 July 1985), 1946

Recorded by The Browns, 1960

He made the night a little brighter
Wherever he would go
The old lamplighter
Of long, long ago.

His snowy hair was so much whiter
Beneath the candle glow
The old lamplighter
Of long, long ago

You'd hear the patter of his feet
As he came toddling down the street
His smile would hide a lonely heart you see
If there were sweethearts in the park
He'd pass a lamp and leave it dark
Remembering the days that used to be.

For he recalls when dreams were new
he loves someone who loves him too
Who walks with him alone in memory
He made the night a little brighter
wherever he would go
The old lamplighter of long, long ago.

Now if you look up at the sky
You'll understand the reason why
The little stars at night are all aglow
He turns them on when night is here
He turns them off when dawn is near
The little man we loved of long ago.

He made the night a little brighter
wherever he would go
The old lamplighter
Of long, long ago...

"The Old Lamplighter" midi courtesy of - 01/23/12

 "The Old Lamplighter" lyrics courtesy of - 01/23/12 

Animated "The Old Lamplighter" Image courtesy of - 01/23/12

Animated Greenery with Flashing Amber Lights Divider Line clip art courtesy of - 12/15/08

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

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

Animated Laughing Kitty courtesy of Al Farber ('64) of GA - 10/08/07
Thanks, Al!

Tiny Angel courtesy of - 08/14/05

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

American School Logo courtesy of - 09/05/06

Animated BOO-HOO courtesy of Glenn Dye ('60) of TX - 08/28/09
Thanks, Glenn!

Animated Laughing Jerry courtesy of Cookie Phillips Tyndall ('64) of VA - 06/14/06
Thanks, Cookie!

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