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02/14/12 - NNHS Newsletter

“Love is missing someone whenever you're apart, but somehow
feeling warm inside because you're close in heart.”

- Kay Knudsen

Dear Friends and Schoolmates,

   Today is Valentine's Day, so I want to send all of y'all my love!

   Today's celebration repeats every possible year, but we've never used this song before.  There are literally hundreds of interpretations of it; I listened to fifteen or twenty before selecting these four for you - which are as close to perfection as you'll ever hear:

BONUS #1 - - My Funny Valentine - Frank Sinatra, 1955

BONUS #2 - - My Funny Valentine - Ella Fitzgerald, 1956

BONUS #3 - - My Funny Valentine - Johnny Mathis

BONUS #4 - - My Funny Valentine - Barbra Streisand


"My Funny Valentine" is a show tune from the 1937 Richard Rodgers and Lorenz Hart musical Babes in Arms in which it was introduced by former child star Mitzi Green. After being recorded by Chet Baker, Frank Sinatra and Miles Davis, the song became a popular jazz standard, appearing on over 1300 albums performed by over 600 artists.

The basic structure of the song on a c-minor tonic is as follows:

  • C-, C-maj7, C-7, C-6, Abmaj7, F-7, D-7(b5), G7(b9)
  • ditto thru to the F-7, then Db9, Bb7(b9)
  • (bridge) Ebmaj7, F-7, G-7, F-7, Ebmaj7, F-7, G-7, F-7, Ebmaj7, G7(+5),C-,(Bb7,A7) Abmaj7, D-7(b5) G7,
  • C-, C-maj7, C-7, C-6, Abmaj7, D-7(b5) G7(b9), C-, Bb-7 A7, Abmaj7, F-7, Bb7(b9), C-7 (preferred, or Ebmaj7)

This simple and classic structure makes it easy to adapt to other genres and for jazz musicians to improvise over the established chords.

Babes in Arms opened at the Shubert Theatre on Broadway, in New York City on April 14, 1937 and ran for 289 performances.[1] In the original play, a character named Billie Smith (played by Mitzi Green) sings the song to Valentine "Val" LaMar (played by Ray Heatherton).[2] In the song, Billie pokes fun at some of Valentine's characteristics, but ultimately affirms that he makes her smile and that she doesn't want him to change. The song first hit the charts in 1945, performed by Hal McIntyre with vocals by Ruth Gaylor.[3] It only appeared for one week and hit #16...[4]

In a 2006 survey of people between 10 and 49 years of age in Japan, Oricon Style found "My Funny Valentine" to be the fifth most popular Valentine's Day song in Japan. The most popular song was Sayuri Kokushō's 1986 debut single "Valentine Kiss" followed by "Love Love Love" from Dreams Come True, "Valentine's Radio" from Yumi Matsutoya, and "Happy Happy Greeting" from the KinKi Kids.[11]


   Happy Valentine Birthday today 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 14, 1942 - The Battle of Pasir Panjang contributed to the fall of Singapore.

February 14, 1943 - Rostov-on-Don, Russia was liberated.

February 14, 1943 - Tunisia Campaign – General Hans-Jurgen von Arnim's Fifth Panzer Army launched a concerted attack against Allied positions in Tunisia.

February 14, 1944 - The anti-Japanese revolt on Java.

February 14, 1945 - On the first day of the bombing of Dresden, the British Royal Air Force and the United States Army Air Forces began fire-bombing Dresden, the capital of the German state of Saxony.

February 14, 1945 - Prague was bombed, probably due to a mistake in the orientation of the pilots bombing Dresden.

February 14, 1945 - President Franklin D. Roosevelt met with King Ibn Saud of Saudi Arabia aboard the USS Quincy, officially starting the U.S.-Saudi diplomatic relationship.

February 14, 1945 - Mostar was liberated by Yugoslav partisans.


Wednesday, February 14, 1962 - Jimmy Parker celebrated his 18th Birthday.

Wednesday, February 14, 1962 - First Lady Jacqueline Kennedy took television viewers on a tour of the White House.

Wednesday, February 14, 1962 - Cosmetologist Kevyn Aucoin was born in Shreveport, Louisiana. He died on 07 May 2002 at Westchester Medical Center in Valhalla, New York at the age of 40 of kidney and liver failure due to acetaminophen toxicity, caused by his addiction to prescription painkillers.

Wednesday, February 14, 1962 - Actor Michael Higgs was born in Birmingham, England.

Wednesday, February 14, 1962 - Actress Sakina Jaffrey was born in Manhattan, New York.

Wednesday, February 14, 1962 - Rugby player Philippe Sella was born in Tonneins, France.

      From My Niece, Shari, of VA - 02/13/12 - "Valentine's Day": - How to Make a Paper Rose for Valentine's Day - How to make crepe paper roses / flowers

   OOOH! Thanks so much, Shari! (There was a problem with the making roses link you sent, so I substituted these two videos! )

  From Joyce Lawrence Cahoon ('65) of VA - 02/13/12, 6:47 PM - "Connection Problem?":

For some unknown reason I can't open my newsletter.  I've never had this problem before.  Miss ya!!!  Is anyone else having this same problem? 
 Joyce Cahoon

   YOWZERS! My FTP was "behaving badly" all last evening but I don't know if there's a connection; yours is the only such report I've received, Joyce! Try again:

    From Joan Lauterbach Krause ('60) of VA - 02/13/12 - "We're Rich!":


O.M.G., we're rich!

Silver In The Hair

Gold In The Teeth

Crystals In The Kidneys

Sugar In The Blood

Lead In The Ass

Iron In The Arteries


An Inexhaustible Supply Of Natural Gas.

I Never Thought we would accumulate Such Wealth!

   WILD GIGGLES! Thanks, Joan!

  From Joyce Lawrence Cahoon ('65) of VA - 02/13/12 - "Something You Never Had":

"To get something you never had, you have to do something you never did."

When God takes something from your grasp. He's not punishing you, but merely opening your hands to receive something better. Concentrate on this sentence. "The will of God will never take you where the Grace of God will not protect you."

Something good will happen to you today, something that you have been waiting to hear. Please do not break. Just 27 Words, 'God our Father , walk through my house and take away all my worries and illnesses and please watch over and heal my family in your name, Amen.'

This prayer is so powerful. Pass this to 12 people including me. A blessing is coming to you in form of a new job, a house, marriage or financially. Do not break or ask questions. This is a test. Does God come first in your life? If so, stop what your doing & send it to 12 people now. Watch what He does.

   AMEN! Thank you so much, Joyce!

    From Stacy Dorn Davis ('64) of CA - 02/13/12 - "SHOULD I REALLY JOIN FACEBOOK?":

Should I Really Join Facebook?

Read it all the way through! It's a good laugh! AND really quite true!!

A good laugh for people in the over 50 group !!!

When I bought my Blackberry I thought about the 30-year business I ran with 1800 employees, all without a cell phone that plays music, takes videos, pictures and communicates with Facebook and Twitter. I signed up under duress for Twitter and Facebook, so my seven kids, their spouses, 13 grandkids and 2 great grand kids could communicate with me in the modern way. I figured I could handle something as simple as Twitter with only 140 characters of space.

That was before one of my grandkids hooked me up for Tweeter, Tweetree, Twhirl, Twitterfon, Tweetie and Twittererific Tweetdeck, Twitpix and something that sends every message to my cell phone and every other program within the texting world.

My phone was beeping every three minutes with the details of everything except the bowel movements of the entire next generation. I am not ready to live like this. I keep my cell phone in the garage in my golf bag.

The kids bought me a GPS for my last birthday because they say I get lost every now and then going over to the grocery store or library. I keep that in a box under my tool bench with the Blue tooth [it's red] phone I am supposed to use when I drive. I wore it once and was standing in line at Barnes and Noble talking to my wife and everyone in the nearest 50 yards was glaring at me. I had to take my hearing aid out to use it, and I got a little loud.

I mean the GPS looked pretty smart on my dash board, but the lady inside that gadget was the most annoying, rudest person I had run into in a long time. Every 10 minutes, she would sarcastically say, "Re-calc-u-lating." You would think that she could be nicer. It was like she could barely tolerate me. She would let go with a deep sigh and then tell me to make a U-turn at the next light. Then if I made a right turn instead. Well, it was not a good relationship.
When I get really lost now, I call my wife and tell her the name of the cross streets and while she is starting to develop the same tone as Gypsy, the GPS lady, at least she loves me.

To be perfectly frank, I am still trying to learn how to use the cordless phones in our house. We have had them for 4 years, but I still haven't figured out how I can lose three phones all at once and have run around digging under chair cushions and checking bathrooms and the dirty laundry baskets when the phone rings.

The world is just getting too complex for me. They even mess me up every time I go to the grocery store. You would think they could settle on something themselves but this sudden "Paper or Plastic?" every time I check out just knocks me for a loop. I bought some of those cloth reusable bags to avoid looking confused, but I never remember to take them in with me.

Now I toss it back to them. When they ask me, "Paper or Plastic?" I just say, "Doesn't matter to me. I am bi-sacksual." Then it's their turn to stare at me with a blank look. I was recently asked if I tweet. I answered, No, but I do toot a lot."

P.S. I know some of you are not over 50. I sent it to you to allow you to forward it to those who are.

We senior citizens don't need anymore gadgets. The TV remote and the garage door remote are about all we can handle.

  Thanks, Stacy!

From - 02/13/12 - "Valentine's Day Ideas for Couples & Singles":

The Valentine's Day Gift of Time

By Dr. Charles D. Schmitz and Dr. Elizabeth A. Schmitz

In these tough economic times we think it is important to again remind folks that the best things in life are free. To love, to be loved, and to give the gift of time is the best gift you can give to someone. This is an especially important message on Valentine's Day 2012.

In our book, Building a Love that Lasts we report the findings and practical tips from our 27-year study of successfully marriage couples in the USA and around the world. In fact, we have interviewed couples on SIX continents of the world.

We found in our studies that there are seven pervasive characteristics that thread throughout all successful marriages. For our Valentine's gift to you, we are pleased to offer suggestions related to each of those "seven surprising secrets" for saving your hard-earned money on Valentine's Day by giving the most precious gift of all -- your time!

Here goes, the Gift of Time just for you.

1. The Gift of Time for Turning "Two Into One" without Losing Individual Identity
• Share ideas for what you would like to do together in 2012.
• Talk about the dreams you share for yourself as well as for your marriage.
• Find several favorite old photos and relive those precious moments together.

2. The Gift of Time so there are No "Sacred Cows" in your Marriage
• Engage in an extended conversation about why you love each other.
• Write your lover a note with three things you admire most about him or her.
• Tell your lover something that has been a nice "secret" of yours over the years.

3. The Gift of Time to Show Respect for the One You Love
• Treat her like a princess -- treat him like a king.
• Write an email telling your lover what you believe to be their greatest strength.
• Make a note to put on the refrigerator door with a thank you for something special your lover did for you.

4. The Gift of Time for Good Health and Health Promotion
• Cook a special healthy dinner and serve it by candlelight.
• Take a long walk with your spouse for Valentine's Day.
• Hit the "snooze" button on your alarm clock at least three times so you can snuggle a little extra in the morning.

5. The Gift of Time for Marital Financial Health
• Don't go to the movies, make your own romantic movie together.
• Forget the $60 bouquet of roses -- instead paint or draw a bouquet or write a love note to your lover.
• Don't waste your money on jewelry or chocolates. Just tell why you love them.

6. The Gift of Time for Touching and Intimacy
• Take a long walk together holding hands.
• Make romantic time for intimacy.

7. The Gift of Time To Make Your Marriage Spontaneously Exciting
• Have breakfast in bed together.
• Read a romantic bedtime story to your lover.
• Shut off all electronics for Valentine's Day -- no phones, no cell phones, no computers, no PDA, no television -- just the two of you.

You see, the best things in life are, indeed, free. In these tough economic times, people are looking to save money at every turn. And the truth is, love -- true love -- should never be about money. As they song says, "Money can't buy you love."

Our 27 years of research on successful marriage has revealed to us that true love, true commitment, and truly successful marriages are based on many things, but how much money you spend on the one you love is almost never an indication of real love.

In life, love, and marriage, the most important gift you can give to the one you love is the gift of time. Why should Valentine's Day 2012 be any different?

We have been married for nearly 44 years. Valentine's Day has always been special for us. We make a point each year to NOT spend money on each other on this special day. If you follow our advice to you, expect the most wonderful Valentine's Day ever!

Simple Things Matter in love and marriage. Love well!

About the Author:

As America's #1 Love and Marriage Experts, award-winning authors, and the Official Guides to Marriage, Drs. Charles and Elizabeth Schmitz help international audiences answer questions about love, marriage and relationships. With 26 years of research on love and successful marriage across six continents of the world and their own 43-year marriage, the Doctors know what makes relationships work.




    From Joan Lauterbach Krause ('60) of VA - 02/06/12 - "Just a Few Laughs (#7 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 - 02/13/12:

Reaching the end of a job interview, the human resources person asked a young engineer fresh out of MIT, "And what starting salary were you looking for?"

The engineer said, "In the neighborhood of $125,000 a year, depending on the benefits package."

The interviewer said, "Well, what would you say to a package of 5-weeks vacation, 14 paid holidays, full medical and dental, company matching retirement fund to 50% of salary, and a company car leased every 2 years - say, a red Corvette?"

The engineer sat up straight and said, "Wow! Are you kidding?"

And the interviewer replied, "Yeah, but you started it." 


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





My Funny Valentine

Music by Richard Rodgers
(28 June 1902 – 31 Dec 1979)

Lyrics by Lorenz Hart
02 May 1895 – 22 Nov 1943), 1937

Behold the way our fine feathered-friend
his virtue doth parade.
Thou knowest not, my dim witted friend,
the picture thou hast made.
Thy vacant brow and thy tousled hair
conceal thy good intent.
Thou noble upright, truthful, sincere
And slightly dopey gent - you are..


My funny valentine
Sweet comic valentine
You make me smile with my heart

Your looks are laughable, unphotographable
Yet you're my favorite work of art

Is your figure less than Greek?
Is your mouth a little bit weak?
When you open it to speak, are you smart?

Don't change a hair for me
Not if you care for me
Stay, little Valentine, stay

Each day is Valentine's Day

"My Funny Valentine" midi courtesy of - 02/12/12

"My Funny Valentine" lyrics courtesy of - 02/12/12

Valentine Forever Yours Image courtesy of - 02/13/12

"Happy Valentine's Day" Title clip art courtesy of - 02/09/07

Valentines clip art courtesy of John London (Warwick HS - '57) of VA - 10/09/09
Thanks, John!

Animated Kissing Smiley clip art courtesy of my friend, Judy Bundy Bowermaster (Litchfield HS, IL - '59), of IL - 09/19/08
Thanks, Judy!

Flashing Red Hearts Divider Line clip art courtesy of ??? - 08/17/05

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 Marine Flag clip art courtesy of - 06/18/03

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

Animated Dancing Snoopy courtesy of Billy Turner ('65) of TX - 11/26/08
Thanks, Billy Turner!

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