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02/26/12 - NNHS Newsletter - Michelle

That Love is all there is,
Is all we know of Love.
It is enough, the freight should be
Proportioned to the groove."

- Emily Dickinson
(10 Dec 1830 - 15 May 1886)

Dear Friends and Schoolmates,

Today's Newsletter theme is being revisited from 2009.

BONUS #1 - - Michelle - The Beatles

BONUS #2 - - Michelle - Paul McCartney, Live in Quebec, July 20, 2008


"Michelle" is a love ballad by The Beatles, mainly written by Paul McCartney, with the middle eight co-written with John Lennon.[1][2] It is featured on their Rubber Soul album. The song departs from most of The Beatles' other recordings in that some of the lyrics are in French. "Michelle" won the Grammy Award for Song of the Year in 1966, and has become one of the most famous Beatles songs in France.[3]

The instrumental music of "Michelle" originated separately from the lyrical concept:

...'Michelle' was a tune that I'd written in Chet Atkins' finger-picking style. There is a song he did called 'Trambone' with a repetitive top line, and he played a bass line whilst playing a melody. This was an innovation for us; even though classical guitarists had played it, no rock'n'roll guitarists had played it. The first person we knew to use finger-picking style was Chet Atkins. .. I never learned it. But based on Atkins' "Trambone", I wanted to write something with a melody and a bass line in it, so I did. I just had it as an instrumental in C.

The words and style of "Michelle" have their origins in the popularity of French Left Bank culture during McCartney's Liverpool days. McCartney had gone to a party of art students where a student with a goatee and a striped T-shirt was singing a French song. He soon wrote a farcical imitation to entertain his friends that involved French-sounding groaning instead of real words. The song remained a party piece until 1965, when John Lennon suggested he rework it into a proper song for inclusion on Rubber Soul.[1]

...we'd tag along to these parties, and it was at the time of people like Juliette Greco, the French bohemian thing... So I used to pretend to be French, and I had this song that turned out later to be 'Michelle'. It was just an instrumental, but years later John said: 'You remember that thing you wrote about the French?' I said: 'Yeah.' He said: 'That wasn't a bad song, that. You should do that, y'know.'

McCartney decided to remain with the French feel of his song and asked Jan Vaughan, a French teacher and the wife of his old friend Ivan Vaughan, to come up with a French name and a phrase that rhymed with it. "It was because I'd always thought that the song sounded French that I stuck with it. I can't speak French properly so that's why I needed help in sorting out the actual words", McCartney said.[1]

Vaughan came up with "Michelle, ma belle", and a few days later McCartney asked for a translation of "these are words that go together well" — sont des mots qui vont très bien ensemble.[1] When McCartney played the song for Lennon, Lennon suggested the "I love you" bridge. Lennon was inspired by a song he heard the previous evening, Nina Simone's version of "I Put a Spell on You", which used the same phrase but with the emphasis on the last word, "I love you".[1][2]

This is the first song recorded with more than a 4-track.

Each version of this song has a different length. The UK mono is 2:33 but the stereo version is 2:40 due to an extra guitar solo. The US mono was the longest of all, at 2:43, until the Rock Band version was released; it runs 2:50..


   Happy Birthday tomorrow to      Evelyn Vretos ('55) of VA AND       Phil Hammond ('64) of FL AND     My Grandson, Azrae Woods of IL!

   Happy Birthday this week to:

28 -   Wayne Agee ('58) of FL;
29 -
Bob Schweida ('54) of NH;

01 - Alan Cohen ('57) AND    Robert Shapiro ('63) of VA;

   Many Happy Returns to You All! 


February 25, 1941 - February Strike: In occupied Amsterdam, a general strike was declared in response to increasing anti-Jewish measures instituted by the Nazis.

February 25, 1945 - Turkey declared war on Germany.


Sunday, February 25, 1962 - Kayaker Birgit Fischer was born in Brandenburg an der Havel, then in East Germany.

Sunday, February 25, 1962 - Singer, songwriter, record producer and multi-instrumentalist Foster Sylvers (The Sylvers) was born in Pasadena, California.

Sunday, February 25, 1962 - Computer scientist Faron Moller was born in Trail, British Columbia.


February 26, 1935 - Adolf Hitler ordered the Luftwaffe to be re-formed, violating the provisions of the Treaty of Versailles.

February 26, 1935 - Robert Watson-Watt carried out a demonstration near Daventry which led directly to the development of RADAR in the United Kingdom.

February 26, 1936 - In the February 26 Incident, young Japanese military officers attempted to stage a coup against the government.


Monday, February 26, 1962 - Baseball player Kelly Gruber was born in Houston, Texas.

        From George Helliesen ('61) of MI - 02/24/12 - "As I Grow Older":


Another jewel that us seniors might like to read. Wisdom makes it easy to understand.

Have a good day and God bless.

George H., class of 61

Some very true words to ponder. I hope you enjoy.

As I've aged I've become kinder to myself and less critical of myself. I've become my own friend.

I have seen too many dear friends leave this world too soon before they understood the great freedom that comes with aging.

Whose business is it if I choose to read or play on the computer until 4 AM or sleep until noon? I will dance with myself to those wonderful tunes of the 50, 60 &70's, and if I, at the same time, wish to weep over a lost love, I will.

I will walk the beach, in a swim suit that is stretched over a bulging body and will dive into the waves with abandon, if I choose to, despite the pitying glances from the jet set. They, too, will get old.

I know I am sometimes forgetful. But there again, some of life is just as well forgotten. And I eventually remember the important things.

Sure over the years my heart has been broken. How can your heart not break when you lose a loved one, or when a child suffers, or even when somebody's beloved pet gets hit by a car? But broken hearts are what give us strength and understanding, and compassion. A heart never broken is pristine and sterile, and will never know the joy of being imperfect.

I am so blessed to have lived long enough to have my hair turning gray and to have my youthful laughs be forever etched into deep grooves on my face. So many have never laughed and so many have died before their hair could turn silver.

As you get older it is easier to be positive. You care less about what other people think. I don't question myself anymore. I've even earned the right to be wrong.

So to answer your question, I like being old. It has set me free. I like the person I have become. I am not going to live forever but while I am still here I will not waste time lamenting what could have been or worrying about what will be. And I shall eat dessert every single day (if I feel like it).


   Thank you so much, George, I did enjoy this - very much!

      From Phil Hammond ('64) of FL - 02/24/12 - "Luke Air Force Base, Arizona":

This is really sad.

Luke Air Force Base, Arizona

Luke AFB is west of Phoenix and is rapidly being surrounded by civilization that complains about the noise from the base and its planes, forgetting that it was there long before they were... A certain lieutenant colonel at Luke AFB deserves a big pat on the back. Apparently, an individual who lives somewhere near Luke AFB wrote the local paper complaining about a group of F-16s that disturbed his/her day at the mall.

When that individual read the response from a Luke AFB officer, it must have stung quite a bit.

The complaint:

Question of the day for Luke Air Force Base:

Whom do we thank for the morning air show?  Last Wednesday, at precisely 9:11 AM, a tight formation of four F-16 jets made a low pass over Arrowhead Mall, continuing west over Bell Road at approximately 500 feet.  Imagine our good fortune!  Do the Tom Cruise-wannabes feel we need this wake-up call, or were they trying to impress the cashiers at Mervyn’s early bird special?

Any response would be appreciated.

The response:

Regarding 'A wake-up call from Luke's jets': On June 15, at precisely 9:12  a.m., a perfectly timed four- ship fly by of F-16s from the 63rd Fighter Squadron at Luke Air Force Base flew over the grave of Capt. Jeremy Fresques.  Capt Fresques was an Air Force officer who was previously stationed at Luke Air Force Base and was killed in Iraq on May 30, Memorial Day.

At 9 a. m. on June 15, his family and friends gathered at Sunland Memorial Park in Sun City to mourn the loss of a husband, son and friend.  Based on the letter writer's recount of the fly by, and because of the jet noise, I'm sure you didn't hear the 21-gun salute, the playing of taps, or my words to the widow and parents of Capt. Fresques as I gave them their son's flag on behalf of the President of the United States and all those veterans and servicemen and women who understand the sacrifices they have endured..

A four-ship fly by is a display of respect the Air Force gives to those who give their lives in defense of freedom.  We are professional aviators and take our jobs seriously, and on June 15 what the letter writer witnessed was four officers lining up to pay their ultimate respects.

The letter writer asks, ’Whom do we thank for the morning air show'?  The 56th Fighter Wing will make the call for you, and forward your thanks to the widow and parents of Capt Fresques, and thank them for you, for it was in their honor that my pilots flew the most honorable formation of their lives.

Only 2 defining forces have ever offered to die for you....Jesus Christ and the American Soldier.  One died for your soul, the other for your freedom.

Lt. Col. Scott Pleus


   Thank you so much, Phil!

From - Truth!

This exchange of letters to the editor was published in the Arizona Republic newspaper in June, 2005.

Luke Air Force Base is located west of Phoenix near Glendale, Arizona.

The original complaint letter was published in the newspaper on June 23 and was written by Tom MacRae.

The response that is included in the eRumor was penned by Lt. Col. Scott Pleus, the commanding officer of the 63rd Fighter Squadron at Luke, and published on June 28.  In it, he explained that the flyby was in honor of a fallen airman, Captain Jeremy Fresques, who died in Iraq.

McRae wrote a follow-up letter to the newspaper that was published on July 9 in which he apologized for his original complaint:

I read with increasing embarrassment and humility the response to my
unfortunate letter to The Republic concerning an Air Force flyby ("A
wake-up call from Luke's jets," Letters, June 23).

I had no idea of the significance of the flyby, and would never have
insulted such a fine and respectful display had I known.

I have received many calls from the fine airmen who are serving or have
served at Luke, and I have attempted to explain my side and apologized
for any discomfort my letter has caused.

This was simply an uninformed citizen complaining about noise.

I have been made aware in both written and verbal communications of the
four-ship flyby, and my heart goes out to each and every lost serviceman
and woman in this war in which we are engaged.

I have been called un-American by an unknown caller and I feel that I
must address that. I served in the U.S. Navy and am a Vietnam veteran. I
love my country and respect the jobs that the service organizations are

Please accept my heartfelt apologies.

Tom MacRae, Peoria

Captain Fresques died on May 30, 2005.  He was one of four American airmen who were killed in the crash of an Iraqi air force Comp Air 7SL during a training mission in Iraq.  The Iraqi pilot was also killed in the crash. Fresques was assigned to the 23rd Special Tactics Squadron in Florida although he had at one time been chief of communications and information for the 56th Communications Squadron at Luke Air Force Base.

From June Veneris Collie (Hampton HS - '62) of VA - 02/25/12 - "This is a WOW!!":

This one will bring tears to your eyes--so meaningful and beautiful

This video is taken from a British series where a guy called Gareth Malone takes a group of people and turns them into a choir. This time he's taken a group of military wives whose husbands are all away in Afghanistan and turned them into a choir. Gareth looks about 16 years old but is actually in his mid-30s and a Choir master for the London Symphony Orchestra, among other things. They wrote a song based on excerpts from letters written by the couples whilst apart and this is the beautiful result.

The single is out in the UK and thousands have been pre-ordered and all the money raised is going to military charities.

Enjoy! - In My Dreams (Military Wives) Official Video

    Thank you so much, June, this is absolutely beautiful!

      From Phil Hammond ('64) of FL - 02/24/12 - "Send 'em up, I'll wait!":

Send 'em up, I'll wait!

Love it! This has got to be one of the greatest quotes of all time.
I thought this might make you smile. :-)

...conversation overheard on the VHF Guard (emergency) frequency 121.5 MHz while flying from Europe to Dubai.

Iranian Air Defense Site: 'Unknown aircraft you are in Iranian airspace. Identify yourself.'
Aircraft: 'This is a United States aircraft. I am in Iraqi airspace.'
Air Defense Site: 'You are in Iranian airspace. If you do not depart our airspace we will launch interceptor aircraft!'
Aircraft: 'This is a United States Marine Corps FA-18 fighter. Send 'em up, I'll wait!'
Air Defense Site: (... total silence)

God bless our troops.  There is something about a Marine that makes other countries listen to reason.  
How ALL phones SHOULD be answered!


Please Press '1' for English..
Press '2' to disconnect until you learn to speak English.

And remember only 2 defining forces have ever offered to die for you....Jesus Christ and the American Soldier.  One died for your soul, the other for your freedom.

   AMEN! Thanks again, Phil!

  From Bill Hobbs ('66) of Northern VA - 02/25/12 - "X FACTOR":

You have got to see and hear this incredible youngster sing. Click on this link. - Emmanuel

     Thanks so much, Bill!

    From the Head Flagtwirler of 1965, Janice McCain Rose of Northern VA - 02/24/12 - "MY NEW CELL":

JUST WHAT I NEED!!!!!!!!!!!!!!


It's called the iOLD phone…..

I just got my new cell phone, and it's one that I can understand, outsmart, and know how to operate!!!

I got it at the "Verizon Cell Phone for Seniors Store" at the mall!

You REALLY have to be OLD to appreciate THIS!

I know some of you are not old enough to get this, but you can pass it on to some old person who needs a laugh today!!!

     Thanks, Janice, that would simplify life, n'est pas??

CROCHET BONUS: - Shari White's Four Leaf Clover Throw

RECIPE BONUS: - Brown Sugar Pie

      From My Niece, Shari, of VA - 02/06/12 - "Recent Solar Storms Trigger Beautiful Auroras (#5 in a Series of 12)":

OOOH! Thanks, Shari!



From - 02/25/12:

A kindergarten teacher handed out a coloring page to her class. On it was a picture of a duck holding an umbrella. The teacher told her class to color the duck in yellow and the umbrella green, however, Bobby, the class rebel, colored the duck in a bright fire truck red.

After seeing this, the teacher asked him, "Bobby, how many times have you see a red duck?"

Young Bobby replied, "The same number of times I've seen a duck holding an umbrella."


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 02/20/12

BLOG: - updated 03/13/11

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Mainly written by Paul McCartney
(b. 18 June 1942)

Recorded by The Beatles, 1965

Michelle, ma belle.
These are words that go together well,
My Michelle.

Michelle, ma belle.
Sont des mots qui vont très bien ensemble,
Très bien ensemble.

I love you, I love you, I love you.
That's all I want to say.
Until I find a way
I will say the only words I know that
You'll understand.

Michelle, ma belle.
Sont des mots qui vont très bien ensemble,
Très bien ensemble.

I need to, I need to, I need to.
I need to make you see,
Oh, what you mean to me.
Until I do I'm hoping you will
Know what I mean.

I love you...

I want you, I want you, I want you.
I think you know by now
I'll get to you somehow.
Until I do I'm telling you so
You'll understand.

Michelle, ma belle.
Sont des mots qui vont très bien ensemble,
Très bien ensemble.

I will say the only words I know that
You'll understand, my Michelle.

"Michelle" midi courtesy of - 02/25/09

"Michelle" lyrics courtesy of - 02/25/09

Animated "I Love You" title art courtesy of - 02/25/09

Purple Hearts Vine Divider Line clip art courtesy of - 02/05/09

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!

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!!

Hampton High School's Crab clip art courtesy of - 10/02/05 (still missing...)
Replaced courtesy of - 02/17/09

Animated BOO-HOO courtesy of Glenn Dye ('60) of TX - 08/28/09
Thanks, Glenn!

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

Crying Baby clip art courtesy of - 09/28/05 (resaved 02/27/09)

Animated Dancing Elephant courtesy of Sandi Bateman Chestnut ('65) of VA - 03/08/11
Thanks, Sandi!

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