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02/09/12 - NNHS Newsletter - Maybe Baby

“Have you ever been in love? Horrible, isn't it? It makes you so vulnerable. It opens your chest
and it opens up your heart and it means that someone can get inside you and mess you up.
You build up all these defenses, you build up a whole suit of armor, so that nothing can hurt you,
then one stupid person, no different from any other stupid person, wanders into your stupid life...
You give them a piece of you. They didn't ask for it. They did something dumb one day, like kiss you
or smile at you, and then your life isn't your own anymore. Love takes hostages. It gets inside you.
It eats you out and leaves you crying in the darkness, so simple a phrase like 'maybe we should be
just friends' turns into a glass splinter working its way into your heart. It hurts. Not just in the
imagination. Not just in the mind. It's a soul-hurt, a real gets-inside-you-and-rips-you-apart pain...”

- Neil Gaiman
(b. 10 Nov 1960)

Dear Friends and Schoolmates, 

   Today's Newsletter theme is being revisited from 2005.

BONUS - - Maybe Baby - Buddy Holly and the Crickets - with nifty images, mostly from the 50's


"Maybe Baby" was originally recorded by The Crickets (with Buddy Holly) in 1957.[1] It was written by Norman Petty and Buddy Holly and reached 17th in the US charts but 4th in the UK charts (where Holly toured that year) - see Buddy Holly discography. The rather simple lyrics are augmented by a characteristic twangy percussive accompaniment (rockabilly), especially effective in the 8-bar instrumental introduction, and the short conclusion.


  From Elizabeth Tedder Nunnally ('68) of VA - 02/08/12, 9:04 PM - "Death":


It is with a great loss and broken heart that I wanted to let everyone know that I lost my daughter, Susan Marie Bradley, on Sunday, February 5, 2012. She died very unexpectedly. Her father,   Edward Bradley, also graduated from NNHS in the Class of '62. This has truly been the hardest thing I have had to handle. Thanks for letting the NNHS family know the loss that we have had.

Thanks for all you do in keeping the NNHS family together!

Elizabeth Tedder Nunnally '68

   Oh, Elizabeth! I'm so very, very sorry! I cannot begin to imagine your pain and loss, but you're the thoughts and prayers of all our Typhoon Family.


    Happy Birthday today to   Tina Burroughs Farmer ('62) of VA AND     Janice McCain Rose ('65) of VA AND Elliott Smith ('65) of TX?? AND    Mary Frances Southall Waller ('66) of VA!

    Happy Birthday tomorrow to   Meyera Ellenson Oberndorf ('58) of VA AND     Norm Covert ('61) of MD AND the late   Bobby Helmer ('61) of VA (deceased 02/26/11) AND the late    Bernie Helmer ('61) (deceased 03/12/99) AND   Mike Miller ('65) of NC AND   Tommy Jenkins ('66) of VA!

    Happy Birthday this week to:  

11 -   Harmon Gordon ('63) of VA;

12 - Jon Pearl ('57);

13 -
     Carla Fine Cripps ('65) of Australia;

14 -      Jimmy Parker ('62) of VA AND to my niece,        Renee Dick Romulus (Booker T. Washington HS - '80) of Northern VA!

   Many Happy Returns to you all!


February 09, 1942 - Top United States military leaders held their first formal meeting to discuss American military strategy in the war.

February 09, 1942 - Year-round Daylight saving time was re-instated in the United States as a wartime measure to help conserve energy resources.

February 09, 1943 - Allied authorities declared Guadalcanal secure after Imperial Japan evacuated its remaining forces from the island, ending the Battle of Guadalcanal.

February 09, 1945 - The Battle of the Atlantic HMS Venturer sank U-864 off the coast of Fedje, Norway, in a rare instance of submarine-to-submarine combat.

February 09, 1945 - A force of Allied aircraft unsuccessfully attacked a German destroyer in Førdefjorden, Norway.


Friday, February 09, 1962 - Ballet dancer Anik Bissonnette (Les Grands Ballets Canadiens) was born in Montreal, Quebec, Canada.

    From Norm Covert ('61) of MD - 02/07/12 - "FACETS OF THE DIAMOND JUBILEE":


Posted: 06 Feb 2012 10:46 PM PST

We threw out King George III and his Red Coats from the 13 colonies with the Declaration of Independence in July 1776. However, we never lost our fascination with royalty, its trappings and splendor. An excuse may be that many of us have the blood of our English antecedents.

Newly crowned, Queen Elizabeth II and consort Prince Philip flank heir to the throne Prince Charles and Princess Anne, while acknowledging well wishers at Buckingham Palace June, 2, 1953.

Therefore, we are alert to the latest news from Windsor Castle. Queen Elizabeth II has captured the headlines with the launch of the year-long Diamond Jubilee, feting her as the longest ruling British monarch.  Elizabeth assumed the throne Feb. 6, 1952 when her father King George VI died of lung cancer at Sandringham Castle.

Title page of souvenir book (Credit L. T. A. Robinson, LTD, London S. W. 9)

Then 25, Elizabeth was vacationing in Kenya with husband Philip and family when the tragic news of her father’s death arrived. She was hustled home as Parliament and her new subjects in the Empire swore fealty to the new Queen.

A personal connection to England at the time included a long-time family friend. She was a U. S. Air Force wife living in Ramsgate Kent, outside London.  She introduced my brother Harry Covert to a teenage acquaintance. They struck up a pen pal relationship.

Formal portrait of Queen Elizabeth II at Buckingham Palace.

The long-distance friendship yielded a commemorative book, “The Queen Elizabeth Coronation Souvenir,” recording the elaborate rite in June 1953. It revealed a Walt Disney-like window into the world of British aristocracy, which continues to dazzle us plebian Colonists. In addition to a narrative account of the event, the book includes roto-gravure color and black and white prints of Elizabeth, the family and coronation from beginning to end. Its life on the book shelf reveals yellowed edges and the evidence of frequent use.

Arrival of the book came some months after the marathon event, which was broadcast live by British Broadcasting Corporation. American audiences had to wait several hours for the ABC and NBC broadcasts, which came via hookup with the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation.

The BBC telecast was recorded on kinescope film at Heathrow Airport, then put aboard aircraft and flown to Gander, Newfoundland, thence to Montreal, where American television networks could tap the feed and broadcast nationwide.

Elizabeth II seated in King Edward's Chair as Archbishop intones, "God crown you with a crown of glory and righteousness."

It certainly did not compare to today’s high definition transmission on flat screen monitors, but it was a curious and historic broadcast. BBC reported 20 million people watched the broadcast, which was transmitted in 44 languages.

Our black and white, 16-inch Admiral Console television became an amazing household appliance that day. Despite the irritating signal interference from our Norfolk, Va., broadcast station, television suddenly overshadowed Howdy Doody, Hopalong Cassidy and the Friday night fights. History and tradition exploded on our little window on the world.

Historic Orb and St. Andrew Crown.

We watched as the rain fell on the endless procession of military units escorting Elizabeth and the Royal Family between Buckingham Palace and Westminster Abbey.

Although Elizabeth ascended to the throne the moment of her father’s death, the formal coronation of Elizabeth did not occur until 16 months later. Tradition dictated an appropriate period of mourning for the deceased King George VI.

Hundreds of thousands lined the streets of London that day, while Westminster Abbey hosted an overflowing assembly of the world’s elite. They witnessed Elizabeth seated in her Chair of Estate as the Archbishop of Canterbury placed the historic St. Edward’s Crown on her head. He had presented the royal Orb, reminding her, “…the whole world is subject to the power and empire of Christ our Redeemer….” Elizabeth then received the Scepter in her right hand, “The ensign of kingly power and justice.”

Throngs outside gates of Buckingham Palace hoping for glimpse of Royal family and new Queen Elizabeth II.

I was a few days from my ninth birthday when Elizabeth succeeded her father. Time has not dimmed the wonder of the 1953 coronation broadcast, nor the elaborate rite that marked Elizabeth’s ascension to a throne dating to the English and Scottish monarchs circa 1000. The book remains a treasured possession.—©Norman M. Covert 2012

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You may contact Mr. Covert at or

   Thank you so much, Norm! One of my favorite childhood memories (I was five years old) is of watching the coronation on a friend's television (we did not buy our own set until 1954 when we moved to Newport News).

      From Don Jett (NNHS / Warwick HS - '60) of FL - 02/08/12 - "Arlington Cemetery":

Hi Carol,
Hope all is well with you.  Thought you might find this information interesting.
Don Jett
  'In God We Trust'

The Jeopardy Question No One Could Answer


On Jeopardy (recently), the final question was "How many steps does the guard take during his walk across the tomb of the Unknowns?" ---- All three contestants missed it! -- This is really an awesome sight to watch if you've never had the chance. Very fascinating. - Tomb of the Unknowns: Changing of the Guard

Tomb of the Unknown Soldier

1. How many steps does the guard take during his walk across the tomb of the Unknowns and why?

21 steps: It alludes to the twenty-one gun salute which is the highest honor given any military or foreign dignitary.

2. How long does he hesitate after his about face to begin his return walk and why?

21 seconds for the same reason as answer number 1

3. Why are his gloves wet?

His gloves are moistened to prevent his losing his grip on the rifle.

4. Does he carry his rifle on the same shoulder all the time and, if not, why not?

He carries the rifle on the shoulder away from the tomb. After his march across the path, he executes an about face and moves the rifle to the outside shoulder.

5. How often are the guards changed?

Guards are changed every thirty minutes, twenty-four hours a day, 365 days a year.

6. What are the physical traits of the guard limited to?

For a person to apply for guard duty at the tomb, he must be between 5' 10' and 6' 2' tall and his waist size cannot exceed 30.

They must commit 2 years of life to guard the tomb, live in a barracks under the tomb, and cannot drink any alcohol on or off duty for the rest of their lives. They cannot swear in public for the rest of their lives and cannot disgrace the uniform or the tomb in any way.

After two years, the guard is given a wreath pin that is worn on their lapel signifying they served as guard of the tomb. There are only 400 presently worn. The guard must obey these rules for the rest of their lives or give up the wreath pin.

The shoes are specially made with very thick soles to keep the heat and cold from their feet. There are metal heel plates that extend to the top of the shoe in order to make the loud click as they come to a halt.

There are no wrinkles, folds or lint on the uniform. Guards dress for duty in front of a full-length mirror.

The first six months of duty a guard cannot talk to anyone nor watch TV. All off duty time is spent studying the 175 notable people laid to rest in Arlington National Cemetery. A guard must memorize who they are and where they are interred. Among the notables are:

President Taft,

Joe Lewis {the boxer}

Medal of Honor winner Audie L. Murphy, the most decorated soldier of WWII and of Hollywood fame.

Every guard spends five hours a day getting his uniforms ready for guard duty.


In 2003 as Hurricane Isabelle was approaching Washington, DC, our US Senate/House took 2 days off with anticipation of the storm. On the ABC evening news, it was reported that because of the dangers from the hurricane, the military members assigned the duty of guarding the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier were given permission to suspend the assignment. They respectfully declined the offer, "No way, Sir!" Soaked to the skin, marching in the pelting rain of a tropical storm, they said that guarding the Tomb was not just an assignment, it was the highest honor that can be afforded to a service person. The tomb has been patrolled continuously, 24/7, since 1930.

God Bless and keep them.

I'd be very proud if this email reached as many as possible. We can be very proud of our young men and women in the service no matter where they serve. God Bless America

Thank you so much, Don!

VALENTINE CROCHET BONUS: - Sweet Heart - complete with tutorial!

  From Ruth Ann Reece Horace ('67) of FL - 01/26/12 - "Smile (#10 in a Series of 13)!!":



   MORE WILD GIGGLES! Thanks, Ruthie!

    From Joan Lauterbach Krause ('60) of VA - 02/06/12 - "Just a Few Laughs (#2 in a Series of 11)":


Some of these might fit into the newsletter.


    What if we couldn’t laugh?????

   Just Laughs………… 

   WILD GIGGLES! Thanks, Joan!



From - 02/08/12:

A very loud Texan Engineer was visiting Australia, and talking big about all of the large civil works in the USA that he was involved in. To be polite his Australian counterpart took him on a tour of some of Sydney’s larger constructions.

First he took him to Gladesville Bridge. The Texan exclaimed, "What’s that?!”

In reply the Australian said, "That's the Gladesville Bridge".

"Hmmph" said the Texan, "How long and how many men did it take to build?”

The Australian replied, "About 5 years with 1000 men."

The Texan replied, "Well, in Texas we would've done it in 2 years with 500 men."

Next they went to the Sydney Opera House. "What's that?" asked the Texan.

"That's the Sydney Opera House," was the reply.

"Hmmph" said the Texan, "How long and how many men did it take to build?”

The Australian replied, "About 10 years with 200 men."

The Texan replied "Well, in Texas we would've done it in 4 years with 200 men."

By this stage the Australian was a little put out by the Texan's attitude so he decided to get some revenge. They walked around the Sydney Opera House and as they did the Sydney Harbor Bridge came into view.

Immediately the Texan exclaimed, "Wow! What's that?"

The Australian Engineer replied, "I don't know, it wasn't there yesterday."


1. Thursday, March 1, 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. 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.

3. Wednesday, April 11, 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.

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 02/08/12

BLOG: - updated 03/13/11

Carol Buckley Harty
7020 Lure Court
Fayetteville, NC 28311-9309


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                          Love to all, Carol





Maybe Baby

Written by Norman Petty (25 May 1927 – 15 Aug 1984) and Buddy Holly (07 Sept 1936 – 03 Feb 1959)

Recorded by The Crickets (with Buddy Holly), 1957 or 1958

Maybe baby, I'll have you
Maybe baby, you'll be true
Maybe baby, I'll have you for me

It's funny honey, you don't care
You never listen, to my prayer
Maybe baby, you will love me some day

Well you are the one that, makes me glad
Any other one that, makes me sad
When some day, you'll want me
Well, I'll be there, wait and see ee ee

Maybe baby, I'll have you
Maybe baby, you'll be true
Maybe baby, I'll have you for me**

Da da ta da da da da da da
Da da ta da da da da da da
Da da ta da da da da da da

Well you are the one that, makes me glad
Any other one that, makes me sad
When some day, you'll want me
Well, I'll be there, wait and see ee ee

Maybe baby I'll have you for me

"Maybe Baby" midi courtesy of
at the suggestion of Dave Spriggs ('64) of VA - 01/22/05
Thanks, Dave!

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

Question Mark clip art courtesy of - 02/01/05

Gold Divider Line clip art courtesy of – 01/29/05

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!

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

Animated Coast Guard Flag clip art courtesy of - 06/18/03

Animated Pulsing Heart courtesy of - 02/12/05 (re-saved 02/13/09)

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!

Booker T. Washington logo courtesy of - 09/25/07

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