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02/11/15 - NNHS Newsletter -
Only Love Can Break a Heart

The heart was made to be broken.”

- Oscar Wilde
(16 Oct 1854 – 30 Nov 1900)

Dear Friends and Schoolmates,  

   Here's another sad pre-Valentine's Day love song!

BONUS - Only Love Can Break a Heart - Gene Pitney


"Only Love Can Break a Heart" is the title of a popular song from 1962 (see 1962 in music) performed by the American singer-songwriter Gene Pitney. The song was written by Hal David (words) and Burt Bacharach (music) and appears on Pitney's second album Only Love Can Break a Heart.

Pitney had enjoyed some success as a songwriter prior to breaking through as a performer in his own right. He wrote the songs "Hello Mary Lou", "Rubber Ball", and "He's a Rebel", the latter a number-one Billboard Hot 100 hit for The Crystals in 1962.[1] Ironically, Pitney's success as a singer was beginning at this time, and "He's a Rebel" kept "Only Love Can Break a Heart" from topping the Billboard pop chart, where it spent one week at number two.,[2] and two weeks atop the Billboard Easy Listening chart in October and November 1962.[3] "Only Love Can Break a Heart" also reached number 16 on the Billboard R&B chart...[3]


     Happy Birthday today to    Harmon Gordon ('63) of VA AND Terry Smith ('63)

     Happy Birthday tomorrow to Jon Pearl ('57)!

    Happy Birthday this week to:

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

14 -      Jimmy Parker ('62) of VA AND         My Niece,  Renee Dick Romulus (Booker T. Washington HS - '80) of Northern VA AND My Granddaughter (by My Children of Other Parents),     Rebekah Mansfield of TX;

18 - The late Bill Sawyer ('57) (deceased 05/16/06) AND  Brooks Bloxom ('64) of NC!

   Many Happy Returns to You All! 


February 11, 1942 - The Battle of Bukit Timah was fought in Singapore.

February 11, 1943 - General Dwight David Eisenhower was selected to command the allied armies in Europe.

February 11, 1945 - Yalta Conference: The Yalta Agreement was signed by President Franklin D. Roosevelt, Prime Minister Winston Churchill, and General Secretary Joseph Stalin at the Livadia Palace.


Thursday, February 11, 1965 - Netball player Vicki Wilson was born in Brisbane, Queensland, Australia.

From My Friend, Daniel, of UT - 02/08/15:

“If I may be pardoned for suggesting the obvious, I do so only because the obvious is not observed in so many instances. The obvious includes four imperatives with reference to children: Love them, Teach them, Respect them, Pray with them and for them.”

- Gordon B. Hinckley
(23 June 1910 - 27 Jan 2008)

    Thanks so much, Daniel!

   From My Daughter of Other Parents, Megan Fulmer Mansfield (Marshall HS, TX - 2002) of TX - 02/11/15, 9:26 AM:

You forgot   Rebekah's birthday is on the 14th!


   ARGHH! How can this be?!? I'm so sorry, Megan! Thank you for letting me know! I'll perform a little revisionist history now..... 

   There. All done. Shhh! No one will ever know!

  From Lucy Southall Propst ('63) of VA - 01/03/15 - via snail mail to IL and arriving here in NC on 01/31/15:

Dear Carol,

I'm sure you will enjoy reading about the paperboys of Newport News. The Daily Press is moving to the upscale Oyster Point Area.

My paperboys were Johnny Mooney ('63) (d. before 2001), then his brother, Joe ('65) (22 Oct 1946 - 30 Oct 2001), Paul Martin, and Rocky Gary ('64). They collected a few coins a week and punched the payment card. I'd keep them talking at the door as long as possible.

I lived in the Riverside Apartments. That was the legal name. Everyone called the four brick buildings Shipyard Apartments, though. I could see the busy 46th Street and Washington Avenue gate from our windows.

Happy New Year
Always remember NNHS
Class of '63
Lucy Southall Propst

P.S. My birthday is Dec. 30. I don't have birthdays anymore. Gifts, cards, and calls are still appreciated.

From - 01/03/15:

•        Bobby Hilling, Newport News:

"From the early 1940s to 1962 the Hilling boys of North End in Newport News, Jackson School and Newport News High School were the sales representatives of the Daily Press at the 46th Street gate of the Newport News Shipyard. We sold the newspapers to the workers as they started their 7 a.m. shift Monday through Saturday. The tradition was started in the early 1940s by our oldest brother Harry and brother Billy followed him. Next in the order was our sister Mary Jane, but because selling the newspapers was just something girls did not do back then (and she would have been terrific at it), a family friend filled the gap until brother Clarence was of age to take over. Upon Clarence's graduation brother Charlie ('56) was at the gate, and when he graduated I was the 'man.'

"What a thrill for me being the youngest of the family and carrying on the tradition until 1962 when I graduated from Newport News High School.

"How did this experience impact our lives? Responsibility: Monday-Saturday we were up at 5:30 a.m. to be at the gate to prepare our small business for the workers who would start arriving at 6 a.m. or before looking for their Daily Press and you had better be there for them. Courage: Like the mail, inclement weather did not keep the Hilling boys from manning their post. It took courage for us to be out there on Washington Avenue as the winter weather came at you down the street or off the James River. No amount of layers of clothes was enough to keep you warm. Financially: The paper sold for a nickel: 3 cents for the Daily Press and 2 cents profit for us.

"For myself the most papers sold was during the 1950s ESSO tank storage fire in the Stuart Gardens area of Newport News. The coverage was in the paper and that next morning of the fire one could still see the smoke from the 46th Street gate."

   Thanks so much, Lucy!
   That same article carried this concerning another of our subscribers, Ed Gwaltney ('46) of VA:

...Ed Gwaltney, now of Hampton but originally from Newport News, remembers the route he had as a paper boy for the Daily Press.

"My first customer was the 800 block of 20th Street. I delivered newspapers from the time I was old enough to be on a bicycle," he said. "I delivered the very first paper to Stuart Gardens when it was built."

Gwaltney, 86, is one of several readers who contacted the newspaper to share their thoughts about the Daily Press.

For some, delivering the newspaper was their first job...

   Way to go, Ed!

From Mary Hutchingson Harvey ('__) of __ - 01/15/15 (but somehow hiding in my spam folder undetected...) - "Shipyard Apartments":

Hello. I was trying to research the Girls Club of Newport News, VA that I attended in the sixties and early 70's and I came across your page.

I lived with my mom, dad, and sister in the Shipyard Apartments. We lived there probably from 1963 to about 1970 or '71.

I went to Jackson Elementary and, as an eighth grader, went to Newport News High School. I remember how big the high school was and that they called the eighth graders mice. I remember there being some racial tension which I never understood.

I had a black friend, but I was not allowed to invite her to my home. This did not seem unusual though because my mother never had anyone to our home.

I remember a white teacher throwing a trash can at a black kid and they said it caused a riot. I don't ever remember a riot. I never felt unsafe at Newport News High School. That is just what people said.

I do remember a fabulous math (or algebra maybe) teacher that I had there. She was so good and would be the last good math teacher I would ever have until I went through my first Master's Degree.

I saw that someone mentioned Calvary Baptist across from the elementary school. I did attend there also on a part-time basis.

My dad was gone most of the time in the military. When he returned from Vietnam in the early seventies, we moved to MS because he got stationed in Gulfport, MS.

There you have it, not many memories from Newport News High School. If you come across any references to the Girls Club down near 28th Street, I would love to find more information.

Oh! I do remember the dress code. Our skirts had to be fingertip length.

Thank you!
Mary Harvey, Maj, USAF, (ret)

P. S. My sister is older than I; when we attended we were Mary and Teresa Hutchingson.

   WOWZERS! Thank you so much, Mary!

  From Lucy Southall Propst ('63) of VA - 02/10/15 - "Mean girls":

I graduated from NNHS in 1963. I remember being happy and having so much fun.

I saw a TV show about meanness on Facebook among girls. Maybe I was naive.

Do you recall "personality books". It was a spiral notebook anyone could start. You began by writing the owner's name on the cover. A friend's name was written at the top of each page. The names were written in a column in back, with initials by each name. So, I could write on     Sarah Puckett's page, for example, "Can't keep a secret, but is a faithful friend" - LP. When Sarah finally got the notebook, she could read all the comments and look up the writer, if she couldn't guess by the comment with the initials, and write a short comment on every page.

Did you do this? Were any mean? I just thought it was as much fun as signing yearbooks. Wonder if any Personality books survived the last 50 years.

Lucy Southall Propst, in Williamsburg, VA

   Thanks again, Lucy! I'm sure I'm at least as naive as you, but I don't remember anyone's being mean at all. Our parents and teachers trained us better back then. We were taught to be nice to others. Nowadays that's considered "subjecting our values" with a resulting population of rude, inconsiderate people who think it's perfectly acceptable to say and do anything that comes to mind with no consideration for the feelings of others.

   Admittedly my memory is shot, but I'm quite sure I was never exposed to any personality books! I would so love to hear more on this subject from others!

   "Anyone? Anyone??"

  From Judy Phillips Allen ('66) of VA - 02/10/15 - "How long have you been married?":

Just in time for Valentine’s Day!

How long have you been married?

A group of women were at a seminar on how to live in a loving relationship with their husband.
The women were asked, "How many of you love your husband?"
All the women raised their hands.
Then they were asked, "When was the last time you told your husband you loved him?"
Some women answered today, a few yesterday, and some couldn't remember.
The women were then told to take out their cell phones and text to their husband: "I love you, sweetheart."
The women were then instructed to exchange phones with another person, and to read aloud the text message they received, in response.

Below are 11 replies; some are hilarious. If you have been married for quite a while....
a sign of true love....who else would reply in such a succinct and honest way?

1. Who the hell is this?

2. Eh, mother of my children, are you sick or what?

3. Yeah, and I love you too. What's up with you?

4. What now? Did you crash the car again?

5. I don't understand what you mean?

6. What the heck did you do now?

7. Don't beat about the bush, just tell me how much you need.

8. Am I dreaming?

9. If you don't tell me who this message is actually for, someone will die.

10. I thought we agreed you wouldn't drink during the day.

11. Your mother is coming to stay with us, isn't she?

      Thank you, Dearest Judy!

       From My Cousin, Cheryl White Wilson (James Blair HS / John Marshall HS - '64) of VA - 02/10/15:

  AMEN and AMEN! Thank you, Cheryl!

From - 02/09/15 - "Valentine's Day Is About Love Not Lovers":

Valentine's Day Is About Love Not Lovers
by Dr. Karen Gail Lewis

When you think about Valentine's Day, do you feel pleasure? Grief? Anger? If you are single, Valentine's Day, along with New Years, are the two most hated holidays. Too many single women say they "hide out" on February 14.

Valentine's Day, though, is not about lovers; it's about love. It has become commercialized for lovers, but it's really a time to connect with people you care about. In the midst of the hearts and flowers that have become associated with this day, the origin of the holiday is lost.

In fact, there is no agreed upon origin. There are numerous stories about the man Valentine and the holiday of love. They range from Roman days to honor the god Lupercus, to Emperor Claudius forbidding marriage, to Pope Gelasium turning a pagan game of romance into a game about saints.

You can choose which version of the origin of the holiday you prefer, in the same way you can choose how to relate to Valentine’s Day. It can be a day of shame because you do not love and are not loved by a special man, or you can honor this day by acknowledging those people who make your life better. Valentine’s Day is not about lovers, it’s about love.

Here are some tips for how to make this a special day.

1. Send cards to everyone you love, male and female, young and old. Not only will the recipients feel cherished, you will be reminded how blessed you are to have so many special people in your life. For a fun flashback to your school days, buy a pack of the colorful cards you used to pass out to classmates, or make them yourself.

2. Honor the service people who make your life better. Give cards to people in your everyday life, showing how much you appreciate them. It might be the person who cuts your hair or cleans your home. It might be the bank teller who helps when your checkbook gets out of balance. You don’t have to wait for Christmas to let your mailperson know you appreciate the effort made to bring you 30 mail order catalogues a day. Think about the people who make your life easier; this is the day to remind yourself (and them) that you don’t take them for granted.

3. Spend it with friends. Specifically choose February 14 to spend with people you appreciate but don’t tell often enough. Take a favorite co-worker or office assistant to lunch. Or have a Valentine’s dinner party for good friends.

4. Send flowers to yourself. Rather than mope or feel sorry for yourself that there is no man in your life to send you flowers, send them to yourself. Flowers are the love letters from Mother Nature.

5. Monitor your music. If you are likely to have a hard time on February 14, make sure for the few days leading up to the 14th you aren’t listening to love songs or songs about longing for love or about brokenhearted love.

6. Don’t hide. Don’t pretend it isn’t Valentine’s Day. Say Happy Valentine’s Day to everyone you see. Wear a pin with hearts or at least wear red and white.

7. Get together with other single women and share ideas for how you can help your family and friends talk to you and treat you no differently than they do married people.

8. If you are blue, don’t fight it. Give yourself permission to be sad there isn’t a loving man in your life. Give yourself an hour, even two, for your “Pity Party.” Then stop. Move on. Be careful you don’t drown your unhappiness in excessive alcohol, drugs, or food. There is no reason to be self-abusive just because you are alone and sad.

Author's Bio:

Dr. Karen Gail Lewis is founder of Unique Retreats for Single Women, weekends bringing small groups of women together to shift their thinking about being single in a society prejudiced against single women. She’s a marriage and family therapist, author of "With or Without a Man: Single Women Taking Control of Their Lives" and other books about single and married women. Join her for a FREE teleseminar on Unspoken Truths About Being Single in a Married World. Register at

“Go see that turkey for yourself, and see for yourself why you shouldn't see it.”

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

        From My Husband, Paul Harty (Bardolph HS, IL - '61) of NC - 01/23/15 - "20 Weird Facts I'll Bet You Didn't Know (#11 in a series of 20)":


Believe it or not, I actually knew some of these facts!

   WOWZERS! Thank you, Haul Party!


       From George Helliesen ('61) of MI (soon to be VA) - 01/30/15 - "Priceless Pets (#11 in a series of 22)":


She’s discovered a comfy sofa replacement…

     AWW! Thanks, George!



Broken Heart


Love Hurts: Recipes for a Broken Heart


From - 02/09/15:

Q: What rock group has four men that don't sing?

A: Mount Rushmore.


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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Only Love Can Break a Heart

Music by Burt Bacharach (b. 12 May 1928)

Words by Hal David (b. 25 May 1921)

Recorded by Gene Pitney, 1962
(17 Feb 1940 - 05 Apr 2006)

Only love can break a heart; only love can mend it again

(whistling and instrumental)

Last night I hurt you, but darlin', remember this
Only love can break a heart; only love can mend it again, hmm, hmm
You know I'm sorry, I'll prove it with just one kiss
Only love can break a heart only love can mend it agai-ai-ain

Give me a chance to make up for the harm I've done
Try to forgive me and let's keep the two of us one.

Please let me hold you and love you for always and always
Only love can break a heart; only love can mend it agai-ai-ain
Only love can break a heart; only love can mend it--again

(whistling and instrumental)

"Only Love Can Break a Heart" midi and lyrics courtesy of - 02/11/10

Title Image courtesy of - 02/11/10

Animated Hearts Divider Line # 63 clip art courtesy of - 02/11/10

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

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

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

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!

John Marshall High School's (TX) Rams logo courtesy of - 04/26/13

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

Animated Laughing Elephant courtesy of Frank Blechman ('65) of Northern VA - 10/29/10
Thanks, Frank!

John Marshall High School's Justice Scale clip art courtesy of Cheryl White Wilson (JMHS - '64) of VA - 10/13/05 (replaced 02/23/09)
Thanks, Cheryl!

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

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