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01/31/15 - NNHS Newsletter -
Johnny B. Goode

“If people are good only because they fear punishment,
and hope for reward, then we are a sorry lot indeed.”

- Albert Einstein
(14 Mar 1879 – 18 Apr 1955)

Dear Friends and Schoolmates,
   Does this song make your feet wanna get up and dance, or what?!?

BONUS - Johnny B.  Goode - Chuck Berry



"Johnny B. Goode" is a 1958 rock and roll song written and originally performed by Chuck Berry. The song was a major hit among both black and white audiences peaking at #2 on Billboard magazine's Hot R&B Sides chart and #8 on the Billboard Hot 100.[1]

The song is one of Berry's most famous recordings, has been covered by many artists, and has received several honors and accolades. It is also considered to be one of the most recognizable songs in music history.

Written by Berry in 1955, the song is about a poor country boy who plays a guitar "just like ringing a bell," and who might one day have his "name in lights." [2] Berry has acknowledged that the song is partly autobiographical, and originally had "colored boy" in the lyrics, but he changed it to "country boy" to ensure radio play.[3] The title is suggestive that the guitar player is good, and hints at autobiographic elements because Berry was born at 2520 Goode Avenue in St. Louis.[2] The song was initially inspired by Berry's piano player, Johnnie Johnson,[4][5] though developed into a song mainly about Berry himself. Though Johnnie Johnson played on many other Chuck Berry songs, it was Lafayette Leake who played piano on this song.[2]

The opening guitar riff on "Johnny B. Goode" is essentially a note-for-note copy of the opening single-note solo on Louis Jordan's "Ain't That Just Like a Woman" (1946), played by guitarist Carl Hogan.[6]

Berry has written thirty more songs involving the character Johnny B. Goode, "Bye Bye Johnny", "Go Go Go", and "Johnny B. Blues"; and titled an album, and the nearly 19 min instrumental title track from it, as "Concerto in B. Goode".



    Happy Birthday today to Lynn Stewart Schroeder ('71) of NC!

    Happy Birthday tomorrow to     Paul Dobie ('66) of CO!

   Happy Birthday this week to:

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

03 - Maynard Thweatt ('57) AND   Phyllis Sweeney Snyder ('63) of TN;

04 -        John London (Warwick HS - '57) of VA AND Inez Clemmons Bruce ('63) AND the late   Ronnie Sanders ('65) (deceased - 10/08/06);

05 - The late   Dickie Krause ('57(deceased - 12/27/99) AND Stephanie Spritzer Gellman ('63) of CT AND   Charles Braslow ('65) of the Virgin Islands AND      Mark Hutcherson ('66) of VA;

06 -     Sue Miller Dearnley ('64) of VA AND    Steve Burns ('65) of MN!

   Many Happy Returns to you all! 


January 31, 1865 - American Civil War: The United States Congress passed the Thirteenth Amendment to the United States Constitution, abolishing slavery and submits it to the states for ratification.

January 31, 1865 - American Civil War: Confederate General Robert E. Lee became general-in-chief.



January 31, 1915 - World War I: Germany was the first to make large-scale use of poison gas in warfare in the Battle of Bolimów against Russia.



January 31, 1942 - Allied forces were defeated by the Japanese at the Battle of Malaya and retreat to the island of Singapore.

January 31, 1943 - German Field Marshal Friedrich Paulus surrendered to the Soviets at Stalingrad, followed 2 days later by the remainder of his Sixth Army, ending one of the war's fiercest battles.

January 31, 1944 - American forces landed on Kwajalein Atoll and other islands in the Japanese-held Marshall Islands.

January 31, 1944 - During the Anzio campaign the 1st Ranger Battalion (Darby's Rangers) was destroyed behind enemy lines in a heavily outnumbered encounter at Battle of Cisterna, Italy.

January 31, 1945 - US Army private Eddie Slovik was executed for desertion, the first such execution of an American soldier since the Civil War.

January 31, 1945 - About 3,000 inmates from the Stutthof concentration camp were forcibly marched into the Baltic Sea at Palmnicken (now Yantarny, Russia) and executed.



Sunday, January 31, 1965 - Basketball player and coach Giorgos Gasparis (Γιώργος Γάσπαρης) was born in Greece.


From My Friend, Ashley, of AZ - 01/30/15 - Super Bowl":

       Thanks, Ashley!

   For the rest of y'all, here are some details:

  • What: Super Bowl XLIX (Super Bowl 49)
  • Where: University of Phoenix Stadium, Glendale, AZ.
  • Teams: Seattle Seahawks (NFC) vs. New England Patriots (AFC)
  • Kickoff Time: 6:30 p.m. ET
  • TV: NBC
  • Announcers: Al Michaels, Cris Collinsworth, Michele Tafoya


    “Don't improve it into a flop!”

    - Samuel Goldwyn, film producer
    (17 Aug  1882 - 31 Jan


            From My Husband, Paul Harty (Bardolph HS, IL - '61) of NC - 01/09/15 - "A few examples of why we seniors get confused (#21 in a series of 26)":

      Confusing……..or maybe tooooo true!

         Thanks, Dools!



        From Jimmy Smith ('62 / '63) of VA - 01/10/15 - "Commentaries On Life ;-)) (#21 in a series of 26)":


              Thanks, Jimmy!




    Linda Permann's Retro Stripes Hat



    GoodFood Healthy Recipes - "24 recipes packed with the good stuff to get you feeling great."



    From LadyHawke's Weekly Jokes - 01/30/11:

    "Female-to-Female Truisms"

    I've seen two shows recently on female mid-life that went on and on about how mid-life is a GREAT time for women. Just last week Oprah had a whole show on how great menopause will be...

    Puh-leeeeeeze! I've had a few thoughts of my own and would like to share them with you. Whether you girls are pushing 40 or 50, (or just pushing your luck), you'll probably relate.

    Mid-life is when the growth of hair on our legs slows down. This gives us plenty of time to care for our newly acquired mustache.

    In mid-life women no longer have upper arms, we have wingspans.

    We are no longer women in sleeveless shirts, we are flying squirrels in drag.

    Mid-life is when you are standing naked, feel something rub against the back of your thighs and realize that it's just your soggy butt.

    Mid-life is when you go for a mammogram and realize that it is the only time someone will ask you to appear topless on film.

    Mid-life is when you want to grab every firm 'young lovely' in a tube top and scream, "Listen honey, even the Roman Empire fell, and those will too!"

    Mid-life brings with it the wisdom to know that life throws us curves.. and we're sitting on our biggest ones.


    1. Wednesday, March 11, 2015 - 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.


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       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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    Johnny B. Goode

    Written and Recorded by Chuck Berry (b. 18 Oct 1926), 1958

    Deep down in Louisiana, close to New Orleans,
    Way back up in the woods among the evergreens,
    There stood a log cabin made of earth and wood
    Where lived a country boy named Johnny B. Goode
    Who never ever learned to read or write so well?
    But he could play the guitar just like a ringin' a bell.

    Go! Go! Go, Johnny, go! go!
    Go, Johnny, go! go!
    Go, Johnny, go! go!
    Go, Johnny, go! go! Johnny B. Goode

    He used to carry his guitar in a gunnysack,
    Go sit beneath the tree by the railroad track.
    Old engineers would see him sittin' in the shade,
    Strummin' with the rhythm that the drivers made.
    When people passed him by they would stop and say,
    'Oh, my but that little country boy could play'


    His mother told him, 'someday you will be a man,
    You will be the leader of a big ol' band.
    Many people comin' from miles around
    Will hear you play your music when the sun go down.
    Maybe someday your name'll be in lights,
    Sayin' 'Johnny B. Goode tonight''



    "Johnny B. Goode" midi courtesy of
    at the suggestion of Dave Spriggs ('64) of VA - 01/22/05
    Thanks, Dave!  This MIDI is WAAAY cool!

    "Johnny B. Goode" lyrics courtesy of
    also at the suggestion of Dave Spriggs ('64) of VA - 01/22/05
    Thanks again, Dave!

    Twirling Guitar clip art courtesy of  – 01/27/05

    Animated Lumpy Bouncy Dancing (by AF Artist - Greg Wilson) courtesy of - 08/28/08

    Twirling Treble Clef clip art courtesy of - 01/23/05

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

    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!

    Air Force Seal clip art courtesy of - 07/07/06

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

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

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

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

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

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