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02/13/12 - NNHS Newsletter - Deep Purple

“We've been in a war and a recession. That's why accent colors with yellow
and purple are popular. They're optimistic and flirty and happy colors.”

- David Bromstad
(b. 17 Aug 1973)

Dear Friends and Schoolmates,   

   I "chanced" across the song for today's Newsletter and couldn't resist it.  It's a beautiful old song from the 30's, as you'll hear in the first two videos, but I remembered the wacko rendition by Spike Jones and his City Slickers of the third video best. The YouTube description said it was "originally released on the "Spike Jones New Band" Vinyl LP on Liberty Records in 1964," but this is not correct; it was more likely sometime between 1948 and 1954, but I've been unable to pinpoint it.

BONUS #1 - - Deep Purple - Artie Shaw Orchestra with Helen Forrest

BONUS #2 - - Deep Purple - Nino Tempo and his sister April Stevens, 1963

BONUS #3 - - Deep Purple - Spike Jones' New Band - Paul Frees' impression of Billy Eckstine trying to stay awake until the end of the record.


"Deep Purple" was the biggest hit written by pianist Peter DeRose, who broadcast, 1923 to 1939, with May Singhi as "The Sweethearts of the Air" on the NBC radio network. "Deep Purple" was published in 1933 as a piano composition. The following year, Paul Whiteman had it scored for his suave "big band" orchestra that was "making a lady out of jazz" in Whiteman's phrase. "Deep Purple" became so popular in sheet music sales that Mitchell Parish added lyrics in 1938:
When the deep purple falls over sleepy garden walls
And the stars begin to twinkle in the sky—
In the mist of a memory you wander back to me
Breathing my name with a sigh...

Larry Clinton and His Orchestra recorded one of the most popular versions of the song on 23 December 1938. Featuring vocalist Bea Wain, the Clinton version was a huge hit. Released in January 1939 on Victor Records, the Clinton recording was number one on the U.S. popular music charts for nine consecutive weeks in 1939. The next most popular version was made by Artie Shaw with vocalist Helen Forrest. The song is a sentimental ballad. The tune was a favorite of Babe Ruth, and Peter DeRose performed the song at Ruth's birthday parties for about a decade...


   Happy Birthday today to    Carla Fine Cripps ('65) of South Australia!

   Happy Valentine Birthday tomorrow to      Jimmy Parker ('62) of VA AND My Niece,       Renee Dick Romulus (Booker T. Washington HS - '80) of Northern VA!

   Happy Birthday this week to:

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

19 -     Bobby Norris ('62) of VA AND      Linda Lane Lane ('64) of VA AND    Jamey Douglas Bacon ('66) of VA;

20 -    Bobby Callis ('64) of WV!

   Many Happy Returns to you all!


February 13, 1945 - The siege of Budapest concluded with the unconditional surrender of German and Hungarian forces to the Red Army.

February 13, 1945 - Royal Air Force bombers were dispatched to Dresden, Germany to attack the city with a massive aerial bombardment.


Tuesday, February 13, 1962 - Politician Aníbal Acevedo Vilá and 8th Governor of the Commonwealth of Puerto Rico was born in San Juan, Puerto Rico.

Tuesday, February 13, 1962 - Actor and comedian Hugh Dennis was born in Kettering, Northamptonshire, England.

Tuesday, February 13, 1962 - Singer May Sweet was born Swe Aye Myint in Yangon, Myanmar.

  From The Best Student in the Class of 1960, Pete Hoyle of VA - 02/12/12:

Hi Carol -- (you apologized for a 13-hour delay in responding... I am terrible about doing replies, but usually, as now, I get around to it before too many days (weeks?? months??).

Thanks for your response, and also for putting me on my class page. I'd be happy to have my "" e-mail address posted there.

As you surmised, I do still live in Virginia, Williamsburg in fact. I first came here in '60 to attend William & Mary; after graduation, I went to Charlottesville for 2 years to attempt graduate school, but when that wasn't really successful, I came back to the 'burg to work with computers at W&M. And I've lived here ever since. I retired in '02, and later started a fun seasonal job at Busch Gardens, greeting guests and cleaning up after them in the Festhaus; just completed 6 years there.

Thanks again -- Pete

   COOL BEANS! Thanks, Pete! I myself tend to "write" letters while I'm lying in bed and they never really go anywhere!

   I've added your email addy to your Alumni Page and Contact page:

  From Doug Nelson ('64) of VA - 02/12/12 - "Down in the River to Pray":

A few days ago I came across this link. It is a scene from the movie "O Brother, Where Art Thou?", one of my favorite movies. Perhaps you have seen it on cable. It is a strange movie. It sort of makes fun of itself -- of the South and the deep southern culture of 80 years ago -- in ways that sometimes offends me. But, somehow they pull it off. It is funny and deep at the same time. Sort like "Groundhog Day".

The video does not have the actual dialog from the movie. If you could hear the dialog, you would get a quite different sense of what the scene is about, I think. I like it without the dialog. - Down in the River to Pray

The story of the movie is the story of Odysseus, in a very rough way. Homer's "The Odyssey".

   OHHH, Doug, thank you so much! O Brother, Where Art Thou? (2000) is one of my very favorite movies, too!

   In fact, it, Hope and Glory  (1987), and McLintock! (1963) are my top three "comfort movies" - you know, the ones you pop in when "The World Is Too Much with Us".  I've seen these three dozens of times, and they just never get old.

   This one is a particular favorite because it has so many great one-liners - things that don't necessarily make sense when you inject them into a conversation to anyone who hasn't seen the movie often enough to practically memorize the script, but will send those who have into wild convulsive laughter under the right circumstances:

   Washington Hogwallop: "Mrs. Hogwallop up and R-U-N-N-O-F-T." (I usually paraphrase this one, as in "I thought YOU had R-U-N-N-O-F-T!)

   Pete: "I seen 'em first!"

   Delmar O'Donnell: "We thought you was a TOAD."

   Pete: "Do NOT seek the treasure!"

   Ulysses Everett McGill: "We're in a tight spot."

   Ulysses Everett McGill: "You two are just dumber than a bag of hammers!"

   George Nelson: "COWS! I hate cows worse than coppers!"

   Delmar O'Donnell: "Oh, George, NOT the livestock!"

   Penny Wharvey McGill: "He's bona fide. What are you?"

   Ulysses Everett McGill: "I'm a Dapper Dan man!" 

   Wharvey Gal: "But you ain't bona fide!"

   Homer Stokes: "Is you is, or is you ain't, my constituency?"

   Penny Wharvey McGill: "I've spoken my piece and counted to three."

   I personally use all of these lines (and probably more!) on a regular basis.  People who are not familiar with this delightful movie no doubt think I'm nuts, but then, it's only a matter of time before they would come to that conclusion anyway.

      From Phil Hammond ('64) of FL - 02/11/12 - "Ski Trip to Park City":

Hi Carol and all you skiers,

  Sylvia (Hall Hammomd - '66) and I returned to Park City, Utah for 11 days of skiing last week and contrary to the snow reports it was great.  As you can see I was able to find some powder in my favorite trees!  We stayed with friends in the old neighborhood and of course all my fiends at Deer Valley gave me tickets to ski which made the trip affordable for a retiree.  I also skied one day at Park City.  So if anyone is worried about the snow pack, don’t.  The snow was great!

Glad to be back in sunny Jacksonville,


January 29, 2012 January 30, 2012 January 30, 2012 January 31, 2012 January 31, 2012

   Thanks, Phil!

February 04, 2012 February 06, 2012 February 06, 2012 February 06, 2012

   Your images of the snow on the mountains are still as breathtaking as ever!

      From My Niece, Shari, of VA - 02/11/12 - "RIP, Whitney":

One of the most angelic angelic voices.......Ever!
Run To You
Greatest Love Of All
So Emotional
I Will Always Love You---thought I was going to make it thru this tribute
without tears.. no, so sad and poignant. Her voice is perfect and beautiful.

   Thank you so much, Shari! What a tragedy!

VALENTINE CROCHET BONUS: - Ann Regis' Warm My Heart Throw

    From Joan Lauterbach Krause ('60) of VA - 02/06/12 - "Just a Few Laughs (#6 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 - 02/12/12:

An Israeli soldier who just enlisted asked the Commanding Officer for a 3-day pass.

The CO said, "Are you crazy? You just joined the Israeli army, and you already want a 3-day pass? You must do something spectacular for that recognition!"

So the soldier came back a day later in an Arab tank! The CO was so impressed, he asked, "How did you do it?"

"Well, I jumped in a tank, and went toward the border with the Arabs. I approached the border, and saw an Arab tank. I put my white flag up, the Arab tank put his white flag up. I said to the Arab soldier, 'Do you want to get a three-day pass?' So we exchanged tanks!" 


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





Deep Purple

Music by Peter DeRose (10 Mar 1900 – 23 Apr 1953), 1933

Words by Mitchell Parish (10 July 1900 – 31 Mar 1993), 1938

When the deep purple falls over sleepy garden walls
And the stars begin to twinkle in the night
In the mist of a memory you wander on back to me
Breathing my name with a sigh

In the still of the night once again I hold you tight
Though you're gone, your love lives on when moonlight beams
And as long as my heart will beat, sweet lover we'll always meet
Here in my deep purple dreams
Here in my deep purple dreams

When the deep purple falls over sleepy garden walls
And the stars begin to twinkle in the night
In the mist of a memory you wander back to me
Breathing my name with a sigh

In the still of the night once again I hold you tight
Though you're gone, your love lives on when moonlight beams
And as long as my heart will beat, sweet lover we'll always meet
Here in my deep purple dreams
And as long as my heart will beat, sweet lover we'll always meet
Here in my deep purple dreams

"Deep Purple" midi (sequenced by Bob Sorem) courtesy of - 02/13/12

"Deep Purple" lyrics courtesy of - 02/13/12

Sam Abell's Image of Australia's Tasmanian Bridge courtesy of - 02/13/12

Animated Red, Blue, and Purple Divider Liner clip art courtesy of  - well, I cannot seem to locate that information at the moment...

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 fought in WWII
Thanks again, Herbie!

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

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

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

Animated Laughing Smiley courtesy of Janice McCain Rose ('65) of VA - 02/07/05
Thanks, Janice!

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!

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