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01/31/17 - 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  Bill Black ('66) of GA AND   Margaret Kailos Lee ('67) of NC AND 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  the late Charles Braslow ('65) (deceased - 08/28/15) 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, 1917 -
World War I: Germany announced that its U-boats would resume unrestricted submarine warfare after a two-year hiatus.



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.

January 31, 1945 - The end of fighting in the Battle of Hill 170 during the Burma Campaign, in which the British 3 Commando Brigade repulsed a Japanese counterattack on their positions and precipitated a general retirement from the Arakan Peninsula.



Tuesday, January 31, 1967 - Singer-songwriter, bass player, and producer Fat Mike was born Michael John Burkett in Newton, Massachusetts.

Tuesday, January 31, 1967 - Sprinter and educator Eddie Tolan (born Thomas Edward Tolan on 29 Sept 1908 in Denver, Colorado) died from heart failure in Mt. Carmel Hospital in Detroit, Michigan while undergoing one of his weekly dialysis treatments. He was 58.


From My Friend, Susan, of NC - 01/30/16:

“In the end, the number of prayers we say may contribute to our happiness, but the number of prayers we answer may be of even greater importance..”

- Dieter F. Uchtdorf, October 2008
(b. 06 Nov 1940)

    Thanks so much, Susan!


From My Daughter of Other Parents, Ashley, of AZ - 01/30/15 - "Super Bowl":

       Thanks, Ashley!

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

  • What: Super Bowl LI (51)
  • Where: NRG Stadium, Houston, Texas
  • Teams: New England Patriots (AFC) vs. Atlanta Falcons (NFC)
  • Kickoff Time: Sunday, February 5, 2016, 6:30 p.m. ET
  • TV: Fox Broadcasting Company
  • Announcers: Joe Buck (play-by-play); Troy Aikman (analyst);
    Erin Andrews and Chris Myers (sideline reporters)


     From Terry Seay ('67) of TN - 01/30/17 - "Opening Event for 2017 - Feb 11th House Concert  - 'Gary Burr & Georgia Middleman' ":

      We are so please to open 2017 with Gary & Georgia...​and​ Michael Johnathon...This promises to be a packed house so arrive early. The doors open at 6:00 sharp......potluck, BYOB....donation at the door for this event is $20. RSZP by replying to this email or email me at: Terry.Seay@itsallaboutZmusic. com.

    GARY BURR is a Nashville Songwriter Hall of Fame member and an ASCAP, Billboard and NSAI Country Songwriter of the Year. He has written fourteen #1 hits and has had songs recorded by LeAnn Rimes, Garth Brooks, Carole King, Ringo Starr, Reba McEntire, Faith Hill, Christina Aguilera and Ricky Martin, Kelly Clarkson and many others.

    GEORGIA MIDDLEMAN is an award-winning songwriter from San Antonio, TX who has had songs recorded by Faith Hill, Kenny Chesney, Reba McEntire, Joe Nichols, Martina McBride, Sheila E., Radney Foster, Maia Sharp and many others. In 2011, she watched her song “I’m In” climb to the top of the country charts, courtesy of Keith Urban. Her song “When The Right One Comes Along” was featured in the ABC-TV show “Nashville.”

    ......with MICHAEL JOHNATHON who is a folksinger, songwriter, concert performer, author who created and hosts the worldwide broadcast of the WoodSongs Old-Time Radio Hour with a radio audience with over a million listeners each week on over 500 public radio stations, PBS-TV coast-to-coast plus American Forces Radio Network in 173 nations. Michael is also a playwright … his play Walden: The Ballad of Thoreau has over 8,000 registered performances in 42 countries and translated into four languages.

    Terry G. Seay
    Songwriter House Concerts Since 2009 
    Mobile # 703.628.4657

       WOWZERS! Thank you, Terry! Y'all have fun! 


     From Bill Hobbs ('66) of Northern VA - 01/30/17 - "To all you Teachers, past & present":

    To all you teachers, past and/or present, . . . .

    This is the actual answering-machine message for the Maroochydore High School in Queensland, Australia.

    Wait until you HEAR the phone ring.

         Thanks, Billy! This is, of course, just a hoax, but it is quite hilarious!


    “Don't improve it into a flop!”

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


     From My Niece, Shari, of VA - 01/16/17 - "Smile Makers (#4 in a Series of 12)":

      GIGGLES! Thanks, Shari!


    Linda Permann's Retro Stripes Hat



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



    From - 01/30/17:

    I feel inadequate when talking with a mechanic, so when my vehicle started making a strange noise, I sought help from a friend. He drove the car around the block, listened carefully, then told me how to explain the difficulty when I took it in for repair.

    At the shop I proudly recited, "The timing is off, and there are premature detonations, which may damage the valves."

    As I smugly glanced over the mechanic's shoulder, I saw him write on his clipboard, "The man says it makes a funny noise."


    1. Wednesday, March 08, 2017 - 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.


    PRAYER ROLL: - updated 01/19/17

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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

    "Never underestimate
    the power of a drop
    in the bucket."


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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 Frog courtesy of Wayne Stokes ('65) of VA - 07/16/08
    Thanks, Wayne!

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

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