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01/26/11 - NNHS Newsletter - Because

I knew I belonged to the public and to the world, not because I was talented
or even beautiful, but because I had never belonged to anything or anyone else.

Marilyn Monroe
(01 June 1926 - 05 Aug 1962)

Dear Friends and Schoolmates, 

   I selected this1969 Beatles song especially for today - well, because. There is no midi attached, because - well, that will become obvious soon.


"Because" is a ballad written by John Lennon[1] (credited to Lennon/McCartney) and performed by The Beatles. It features a 3-part harmony vocal performance between Lennon, McCartney and George Harrison, overdubbed three times to make nine voices in all.[2] The results of this have been compared in sound to the Beach Boys.[citation needed] It appeared on the 1969 album Abbey Road, and is the song that precedes the extended medley that formed side two of the original LP record.

The song begins with electric harpsichord played by George Martin and then joined by Lennon's guitar doubling the harpsichord and played through a Leslie speaker. Vocals and bass guitar enter in what Alan Pollack calls the "mini-bridge."[3]

The song was one of the few Beatles' songs to include an analogue synthesizer arrangement (although analog keyboards such as the Mellotron had been used often by The Beatles, few songs featured the use of a traditional analog synthesizer with voltage-controlled oscillators). The Beatles at the time of Abbey Road were among the first contemporary rock bands to experiment with the Moog synthesizer (the first, or at least the first to chart on the top 40, had been The Monkees). According to Lennon, "Because" was inspired by Ludwig van Beethoven's "Moonlight Sonata". "Yoko was playing Beethoven's 'Moonlight Sonata' on the piano ... I said, 'Can you play those chords backwards?', and wrote 'Because' around them. The lyrics speak for themselves ... No imagery, no obscure references."[1][4]

The main recording session for "Because" was on 1 August 1969, with vocal overdubs on 4 August, and a Moog synthesizer overdub by George Harrison on 5 August.[5] As a result, this was the last song on the album to be committed to tape, although there were still overdubs for other incomplete songs. A vocals-only version of the song can be found on Anthology 3 and Love and is an example of three part harmony from Lennon, McCartney, and Harrison, although the latter is slowed down and includes quiet nature sound effects, predominantly birdsong.


   Happy Birthday today to      Charis Bean Duke (Governor Thomas Johnson HS, MD - '85) of NC!

   Happy Birthday this week to:

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;

01 -     Paul Dobie ('66) of CO;

02 - Porter Phillips Booker ('57) AND the late    Thelma Spade Roberts ('57) (deceased - 08/26/05) AND   John Patterson ('59) of TN     Alan Nesbitt ('64) of NC!

   Many Happy Returns to You All! 


January 26, 1830 - Daniel Webster stated, "Liberty and Union, now and forever, one and inseparable" during a debate on state's rights.

January 26, 1861 - By a vote of 112 to 17, the Louisiana Secessionist Convention voted to secede from the Union.

January 26, 1861 - The sovereign state of Mississippi established a state flag: It featured a white, five-pointed star on a dark blue canton (commonly called the   Bonnie Blue), a field of white with a magnolia tree and a red banner on the fly end.

January 26, 1862 - General P. G. T. Beauregard was ordered west to become second-in-command to Albert Sidney Johnston.

January 26, 1863 - In a letter to Joe Hooker, President Lincoln stated that Hooker "...thwarted him (Burnside) as much as you could..."

January 26, 1864 - The Battle of Athens was fought in Alabama.

January 26, 1864 - Local elections were permitted in Tennessee where the federal government felt it is in control of the state.

January 26, 1870 - The state of Virginia was granted readmission to Congress if the members of the Legislature agreed never to amend their state constitution to deny the Negro the right of suffrage, the right to hold office, or their educational privileges.


  From Adrian Whitcomb ('67) of VA - 01/25/11 - "Please come, listen, & enjoy":

This message is to remind you of the TFFM (Tidewater Friends of Folk Music) Coffeehouse. Details are at


We hope to see you at 7:00 PM on Friday January 28th, at the Wesley United Methodist Church, 2510 N. Armistead Ave. at Tide Mill Lane.


Thanks to all of you who have come to our performances in the past and those who take the time to come this year. It means a lot to us.




   Thanks, Adrian! Break a leg!

  From Norris Perry (Warwick HS - '59) of VA - 01/24/11 - "BEATLES":

Thought you may like these.
These are all the songs that the Beatles recorded...Enjoy
Click on the song to play - some have video.

A Day in the Life <
A Hard Day's Night <
A Taste of Honey <
Across The Universe <
Act Naturally <

All I've got to Do <
All My Loving <
All Together Now <
All You Need Is Love <
And I Love Her <

And Your Bird Can Sing <
Anna (Go To Him) <
Another Girl <
Any Time At All <
Ask Me Why <

Baby It's You <
Baby You're A Rich Man <
Bad Boy <
Because <
Being for the Benefit of Mr. Kite! <

Birthday <
Blackbird <
Blue Jay Way <
Boys <
Can't Buy Me Love <

Carry That Weight <
Chains <
Come Together <
Cry Baby Cry <
Day Tripper <

Dear Prudence <
Devil In Her Heart <
Dig A Pony <
Dig It <
Dizzy Miss Lizzie <

Do You Want to Know a Secret <
Doctor Robert <
Don't Bother Me <
Don't Let Me Down <
Don't Pass Me By <

Drive My Car <
Eight Days a Week <
Eleanor Rigby <
Every Little Thing <
Everybody's Got Something to Hide Except For Me and My Monkey <

Everybody's Trying to be My Baby <
Fixing a Hole <
Flying (instrumental) <
For No One <
For You Blue <

Free As A Bird <
From Me To You <
Get Back <
Getting Better <
Girl <

Glass Onion <
Golden Slumbers <
Good Day Sunshine <
Good Morning, Good Morning <,+Good+Morning
Good Night <

Got To Get You Into My Life <
Happiness is a Warm Gun <
Hello, Goodbye <,+Goodbye
Help <
Helter Skelter <

Her Majesty <
Here Comes The Sun <
Here, There And Everywhere <,+There+And+Everywhere
Hey Bulldog <
Hey Jude <

Hold Me Tight <
Honey Don't <
Honey Pie <> 
I Am the Walrus <
I Call Your Name <

I Don't Want to Spoil the Party <
I Feel Fine <
I Me Mine <> 
I Need You <
I Saw Her Standing There <

I Should Have Known Better <
I Wanna Be Your Man <
I Want To Hold Your Hand <
I Want To Tell You <
I Want You (She's So Heavy) <

I Will <
I'll Be Back <
I'll Cry Instead <
I'll Follow the Sun <
I'll Get You <

I'm a Loser <
I'm Down <
I'm Just Happy to Dance with You <
I'm Looking Through You <
I'm Only Sleeping <

I'm so tired <
I've Got A Feeling <
I've Just Seen a Face <
If I Fell <> 
If I Needed Someone <

In My Life <
It Won't Be Long <
It's All Too Much <
It's Only Love <
Julia <

Kansas City/Hey, Hey, Hey, Hey <,+Hey,+Hey,+Hey
Komm Gib Mir Deine Hand <
Lady Madonna <
Let it Be <> 
Little Child <

Long Tall Sally <
Long, Long, Long <,+Long,+Long
Love Me Do <
Love You To <
Lovely Rita <

Lucy in the Sky with Diamonds <
Maggie Mae <
Magical Mystery Tour <
Martha My Dear <
Matchbox <

Maxwell's Silver Hammer <
Mean Mr. Mustard <
Michelle <
Misery <
Money (That's What I Want) <

Mother Nature's Son <
Mr. Moonlight <
No Reply <
Norwegian Wood <
Not a Second Time <

Nowhere Man <
Ob-La-Di, Ob-La-Da <,+Ob-La-Da
Octopus's Garden <
Oh! Darling <
Old Brown Shoe <

One After 909 <
Only A Northern Song <
P.S. I Love You <
Paperback Writer <
Penny Lane <

Piggies <
Please Mister Postman <
Please Please Me <
Polythene Pam <
Rain <

Real Love <> 
Revolution 1 <
Revolution 9 <
Rock and Roll Music <
Rocky Raccoon <

Roll Over Beethoven <
Run For Your Life <
Savoy Truffle <
Sexy Sadie <
Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band <

Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band (Reprise) <
She Came In Through The Bathroom Window <
She Loves You <
She Said, She Said <,+She+Said
She's A Woman <

She's Leaving Home <
Sie Liebt Dich <
Slow Down <> 
Something <
Strawberry Fields Forever <

Sun King <
Taxman <
Tell Me What You See <
Tell Me Why <
Thank You Girl <

The Ballad of John And Yoko <
The Continuing Story of Bungalow Bill <
The End <
The Fool On The Hill <
The Inner Light <>

The Long And Winding Road <
The Night Before <
The Word <
There's A Place <
Things We Said Today <

Think For Yourself <
This Boy <
Ticket to Ride <
Till There was You <
Tomorrow Never Knows <
Twist and Shout <

   WOWZERONI! Thanks so much, Norris Sweetie!

  From Ruth Ann Reece Horace ('67) of FL - 01/15/11 - "CAN'T FIX STUPID" (#9 in a Series of 10):

I would have guessed after age 19.

"Life's tough.....  It's even tougher if you're stupid." - John Wayne


     Thanks, Ruthie!


From Will and Guy's Joke of the Day - 01/25/11:

* Parrot Exposes Cheating Husband

A cheating husband was exposed after his wife's parrot mimicked his voice calling out another woman's name.

Frank Ficker, 50, has now been kicked out of the family home by wife Petra, also 50, after she heard their 12-year-old parrot Hugo impersonating him on the phone to another woman.

Petra, of Freiburg, Germany, said, 'Hugo always liked to mimic Frank and he could do his voice perfectly.

'Frank asking who's at the door, Frank yelling at our nephews, Frank telling me he loved me. And then one day I heard him doing Frank's voice, but saying ' Uta, Uta'.'

Petra turned the house upside down and found two plane tickets for a weekend break in Paris booked for her husband - and a mystery woman named Uta.

She said, 'I kicked him straight out. It's just me and my parrot now.'


1. Friday, January 28, 2011 - Tidewater Friends of Folk Music Coffeehouse - 7:00 PM Wesley United Methodist Church, 2510 N. Armistead Avenue, Hampton, VA 23666 - SEE: 

2. Thursday, February 3, 2011 - 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 fiends in that year, go visit with them.

3. Wednesday, February 9, 2011 - 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.

4. Wednesday, April 13, 2011 - 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.
Saturday, April 30, 2011 - The NNHS Class will have a Luncheon. Team Leaders are Mickey Marcella ( - 757-249-3800), Betty Hamby Neher ( - 757-898-5099), and Dr. Harry Simpson ( - 804-694-0346). - CLASS OF 1954

6. Saturday, July 9, 2011 (6:30 PM to 11:30 PM) - The Class of 1971 will hold its 40-Year Reunion at Newport News Marriott at City Center, 740 Town Center Drive, Newport News. For details, contact Richard Rawls at - CLASS OF 1971

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BLOG: - updated 10/21/10

  Y'all take good care of each other!  TYPHOONS FOREVER!  We'll Always Have Buckroe!

                           Love to all, Carol





Carol Buckley Harty

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Written by John Lennon[1] (credited to Lennon/McCartney)

Recorded by The Beatles, 1969

Ah, because the world is round, it turns me on
Because the world is round, ah

Because the wind is high, it blows my mind
Because the wind is high, ah

Love is old, love is new
Love is all, love is you

Because the sky is blue, it makes me cry
Because the sky is blue, ah, ah, ah, ah

"Because" midi courtesy of - 01/28/11 (sic)

"Because" lyrics courtesy of - 01/28/11 (sic)

Image of the World courtesy of - 01/28/11 (sic)

Animated Beatles Divider Line clip art courtesy of a website which no longer exists - several years ago

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!

Small Bonnie Blue Flag clip art courtesy of - 01/21/11

Animated Laughing Kitty courtesy of Tom Flax ('64) of VA - 06/03/06
Thanks, Tom!

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