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03/02/12 - NNHS Newsletter - Unchained Melody

What greater thing is there for two human souls that to feel that they are
joined... to strengthen each other... to be at one with each other in silent
unspeakable memories.”

- George Eliot (Mary Anne Evans)
(22 Nov 1819 - 22 Dec 1880)

Dear Friends and Schoolmates, 

   Today's Newsletter theme is being revisited from 2006.

BONUS #1 - - Unchained Melody - Todd Duncan, 1955 (original movie version)

BONUS #2 - - Unchained Melody - Les Baxter Orchestra, 1955

BONUS #3 - - Unchained Melody - The Righteous Brothers, live

BONUS #4 - - Unchained Melody - The Righteous Brothers, better audio quality


"Unchained Melody" is a 1955 song with music by Alex North and lyrics by Hy Zaret. It has become one of the most recorded songs of the 20th century, by some estimates having spawned over 500 versions in hundreds of different languages.[1]

In 1955, Alex North used the music as a theme for the prison film Unchained, hence the name. Todd Duncan sang the vocals for the film soundtrack.[2] Les Baxter (Capitol Records catalog number 3055), released an instrumental version which reached #2. Then song recordings were released by Al Hibbler (Decca Records #29441) reaching #3 on the Billboard charts, Jimmy Young which hit #1 in the United Kingdom, and Roy Hamilton (Epic Records no. 9102) reaching #1 on the R&B Best Sellers list and #6 on the pop chart.[3] Hundreds of other recordings followed.

It was the July 1965 version by The Righteous Brothers that became a jukebox standard for the late 20th century, regaining massive popularity when used in the 1990 blockbuster film Ghost.

In 1955, Alex North and lyricist Hy Zaret were contracted to write a song as a theme for the obscure prison film Unchained,[4] and their song eventually became known as the "Unchained Melody". The song does not actually include the word "unchained", and songwriter Zaret chose instead to focus his lyrics on someone who pines for a lover he has not seen in a "long, lonely time".[4] The 1955 film centers around a man who contemplates either escaping from prison to live life on the run, or completing his sentence and returning to his wife and family.[4]

With Todd Duncan singing the vocals,[2] the song was nominated for an Oscar in 1955, but the Best Song award went to the hit song "Love Is a Many-Splendored Thing"...


   Happy Birthday this week to:

04 -   The late Mr. William Etheridge (NNHS Principal) (deceased - 04/19/05) AND   Roland McCoy (June '45) of VA;

05 -   Hazel Pegram Southall ('57) AND    Helen Pegram Ignace ('57) AND   Jeanie Scruggs Anderson ('65) of VA;

07 -   Shirley Eanes Matthews ('66) of VA;

08 -    The late Mildred Mae Linkous Spriggs (June '38) (deceased 07/04/07) - also Mother of        Dave Spriggs ('64) of VA AND Doris Burns ('38) - also Mother of    Steve Burns ('65) of MN;

09 - Patrick Burke ('57) AND   Bobby Hilling ('62) of VA AND   Katie Haan Spaulding ('64) of CA!

   Many Happy Returns to You All! 

March 02, 1941 - The first German military units entered Bulgaria after it joined the Axis Pact.

March 02, 1943 - Bulgaria signed the Tripartite Pact, allying itself with the Axis powers.

Friday, March 02, 1962 - In Burma, the army led by General Ne Win seizeed power in a coup d'état.

Friday, March 02, 1962 - Wilt Chamberlain set the single-game scoring record in the National Basketball Association by scoring 100 points.

Friday, March 02, 1962 - Musician Jon Bon Jovi (Bon Jovi) was born John Francis Bongiovi, Jr. in Sayreville, New Jersey.

Friday, March 02, 1962 - Football player Al Del Greco was born in Providence, Rhode Island

Friday, March 02, 1962 - Science fiction novelist Morioka Hiroyuki (森岡 浩之) was born in Hyōgo Prefecture, Japan.

Friday, March 02, 1962 - Football coach Tom Nordlie was born in Norway

Friday, March 02, 1962 - Poet Michael Salinger was born, possibly in Ohio.

Friday, March 02, 1962 - Musician Scott "La Rock" Sterling (Boogie Down Productions) was born in South Bronx, New York. He was murdered at the age of 25 on 27 Aug 1987.

Friday, March 02, 1962 - Ice hockey player and coach Raimo Summanen was born Raimo Olavi Summanen in Jyväskylä, Finland.

Friday, March 02, 1962 - Mathematician Charles Jean de la Vallée-Poussin (b. Charles-Jean Étienne Gustave Nicolas de la Vallée Poussin on 14 Aug 1866 in Leuven, Belgium) died in Boitsfort (Watermaal-Bosvoorde), Brussels at the age of 93.

     From My Niece, Shari, of VA - 03/01/12 - "You will love this: Magic": - Greatest Card Trick Ever

   WOWZERS! How'd he DO that?!? Thanks, Shari! (I love Times Square!)

     From My Niece, Shari, of VA - 03/01/12 - "Please return the penny. This is neat!!":

Please return the penny. This is neat!!

A Penny

That Little Penny In the Parking lot   

Remember this every time you pass that little penny in the parking lot. I always thought that it was for good luck, but I love this version better.

I found a penny today,
Lying on the ground.   
But it's not just a penny,   
This little coin I've found.   
Found pennies come from heaven,   
That's what my Grandpa told me.   
He said Angels toss them down.

Oh, how I loved that story.   

   He said when an Angel misses you, they toss a penny down;   
Sometimes just to cheer you up,

To make a smile out of your frown.      
So, don't pass by that penny   
When you're feeling blue.   
It may be a penny from heaven   

That an Angel's tossed to you.      


So now pass this on to people you care about   
And who you feel are Angels to you..   

I just did...    An Angel is now watching over you. 

   Thanks so much, Shari! I think we can all use happy, uplifting thoughts on a regular basis!

From - 02/27/12 - "3 Conversation Secrets":

Conversation Secrets On How To Talk To Anyone About Anything

By Greg S. Baker

This very simple and easy to follow procedure will help you develop strong conversation skills with people you know and people you don't know. This skill is meant to help you build lasting connections with people and feel at ease while doing it regardless of your knowledge of the subject or topic.

Proverbs 15:23 - A man hath joy by the answer of his mouth: and a word spoken in due season, how good is it!
The secret, if there is one, lies in the quality of a good question. I'll explain in a moment, but first there is another factor that must be addressed.

In order for this simple procedure to work, you must be comfortable with your own ignorance. You can't be intimidated by another's superior knowledge or expertise. To be ashamed or embarrassed of what you know or don't know will bleed through in your conversation. Except for some egomaniacs, people normally get embarrassed when others are embarrassed and that just makes the entire conversation awkward.

For example, I do a lot of public speaking. If I mess up in what I say, the worst thing to do is become flustered, embarrassed, or ashamed. If I start to profusely apologize, my audience becomes embarrassed for me and will begin to become uncomfortable. I not only loose the audience, but I make it so that others wish they were elsewhere. Instead, if I crack a joke about the mess up and everyone laughs, the audience not only is pulled back to what I am saying but they are relieved to see that I am comfortable with my own mistakes.

Your ignorance or awkwardness is not the problem with developing communication or social skills. It is how you come across to the other person. If you are at ease with your own lack or mistakes, you will invariably draw others to you.

Now for the procedure.

Again, the key lies within the quality of the questions you ask. Everybody on the planet has their topics which they have become passionate about. Asking good questions about other people and what they do or like to do is one of the easiest and simplest ways to engage someone in a meaningful conversation.

Step #1 - Be Observant.
This is important. When you meet people, notice what they wear, how they sit, their surroundings (especially if they were in control of the décor) and any jewelry, or pictures.

Even noticing if someone is sad, lonely, depressed, joyful, or happy is important. Picking up on another's mood could help you determine where or if you should engage them in a conversation.

Try to pick up on the likes or dislikes of a person. For example, if you are eating with someone, notice what they order and what they specifically tell the waitress to withhold or add extra of.

Step #2 - Ask Quality Questions about their Likes, Dislikes, Hobbies, and Ambitions.
This is to find common ground. The right types of questions, even if you know nothing about the subject, will give you valuable insights into the mind and thinking of the person you are talking to.

For example, questions about a person's career may lead to similar desires for a longer vacation and may lead you to realize you share a similar like for fishing. The conversation, from there, may center on your questions of his best fishing holes, favorite bait, and largest catch.

Be aware that your questions hint at your design. Asking someone why he's a jerk may not be the best way to engage someone in a conversation. The right question, asked in genuine curiosity, is the easiest way to start a good conversation.

For example, I met a guy who was a private detective. The only thing I know about PIs is the Hardy Boys series I read as a kid. So instead of skirting the subject, or asking ridiculous questions like, "You ever shoot someone?" I asked, "Do you find that line of work very intense?" His answer was yes and no. He then gave examples to prove his point. Nodding in understanding, I was then able to ask better questions about his job. We talked for a good hour and walked away feeling like we knew each other better.

When your questions express your interest and curiosity in another person, you will normally get positive responses to your questions.

Step #3 - Insert Similar Feelings or Emotions of Your Own into the Conversation
Using the PI example from step 2, I said, after his response to my first question, "I know exactly how you feel. My job as a pastor can be intense and at other times just plain grueling." His curiosity was piqued and he asked a question or two about my job. Soon we discovered that one of the things we both shared was our like for the variety our jobs offered every day.

It is easy to hold a conversation once you have found common ground. Asking good questions and then adding your own similar thoughts into the conversation related to an area you understand, is one of the easiest ways to get to know someone.

Here is a short list of do's and don'ts for asking questions.


* Don't ask questions that will put the other person immediately on the defensive. An example is, "Did your mother pick that outfit out for you?" or, "Do you always talk like that?"
* Don't ask questions that are personal unless you know them really well or they have already brought you into their personal life.
* Don't ask questions about yourself. This could make people very uncomfortable. Examples would be, "Do you like me?" or, "Why doesn't anyone like me?" or, "I like football. Do you like football?" This last one makes it sound that if the person you ask doesn't like football then you won't like them.
* Don't ask demanding questions. For example, "Why won't you go with me?" or, "Aren't you going to help?" or, "Is there a reason for...?"
* Don't ask off the wall or unrelated questions. Don't ask a question just for the sake of saying something. It will come across that way and make the rest of the conversation awkward.
* Don't just disagree with someone's answer. Everyone is entitled to their opinion. Just ask questions.


* Learn to laugh at yourself. One of the best ways to put someone at ease is to respond with a personal antidote that puts yourself in a negative light. Making a joke of it, will cause people to realize that you are at ease with yourself. You will find that in many cases they will respond with their own antidote. Be careful about making it too personal—there is such a thing as too much and inappropriate information.
* Ask questions that show you are interested in who they are and what they do. Here is an example, "Is that a wedding ring? Awesome! How long have you been married? Really? Have any kids? Do you have any pictures of them?"
* Ask questions that lead to more specific questions. Using the example in the last point, if you would have started the conversation with, "Can I see some pictures of your children?" without first leading to it with obvious questions, you might get a weird look. Start out with what is obvious.
* Learn to ask for help or advice. Most people like to feel useful. If you are comfortable with your own ignorance and just want a bit of advice, ask. For example. "Man, I know nothing about cars. But maybe you can tell me why it does this?" After you get your answer, you can ask, "Wow! Where did you learn all that?" The answer will tell you a lot about that person and help you with relating to him in some manner.

Take the time to study the procedure and practice it. Again, if you mess up, make a joke about it. Soon you will be talking to anyone about anything.

About the Author:

Greg S. Baker is a Pastor, Counselor, and Author specializing in building and strengthening relationships.
Please visit his website at:
For more books and resources on how to communicate better, express yourself, and strengthen social skills, check out 'Fitly Spoken', a Christian based book that explores the intricacies of human communication and expression in relationships.
See Greg's article directory for more articles:

CROCHET BONUSES: - "This Itty Bitty Shamrock is the perfect St. Patrick's Day crochet project. Use it to embellish sweaters or pants for a cute holiday touch to any outfit." - "Get your house decked out for St. Patrick's Day with this Leprechaun Door Hanger. If you crochet this fun pattern, maybe you'll find a pot of gold at the end of the rainbow!" - "Use this Lucky Shamrock Coaster pattern to bring some St. Patrick's Day charm to your table. This crochet coaster pattern is easy and you'll be able to work some up in no time. It's a practical and cute decoration for your holiday party!"

RECIPE BONUS: - Slow Cooked Meat Loaf and Potatoes - "Have you ever thought of making meat loaf in a slow cooker? It's a worry-free way to make the family favorite. (But it's so good that, sorry, we can't promise there'll be leftovers for cold meat loaf sandwiches!)"

      From My Niece, Shari, of VA - 02/06/12 - "Recent Solar Storms Trigger Beautiful Auroras (#9 in a Series of 12)":

OOOH! Thanks, Shari!


      From Wayne Stokes ('65) of VA - 02/29/12 - "Aww pictures......... (#2 in a Series of 43)":

  I can do this!!

   AWWW! Thanks, Wayne Honey! Paul tried sending these to me several days ago, and inexplicably only one of the images arrived!



From - 03/01/12:

Little Johnny's class were on an outing to their local police station where they saw pictures, of the ten most wanted men, tacked to a bulletin board.

On the way out of the police station Little Johnny said to the officer, "Iit was so nice of you to put my daddy's picture up there." 


1. Thursday, April 5, 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

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


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                          Love to all, Carol




Unchained Melody

Music by Alex North (04 Dec 1910 – 08 Sept 1991), 1955

Words by Hy Zaret (21 Aug 1907 – 02 July 2007), 1955

Recorded by The Righteous Brothers, 1965

Oh, my love, my darling,
I've hungered for your touch a long, lonely time,
Time goes by so slowly and time can do so much.
Are you still mine?
I need your love, I need your love, God speed your love to me.

Lonely rivers flow to the sea, to the sea
To the open arms of the sea
Lonely rivers sigh, 'Wait for me, wait for me'
'I'll be coming home, wait for me!'

Are you still mine?
I need your love, I need your love, God speed your love to me

"Unchained Melody" midi courtesy of 
at the suggestion of Dave Spriggs ('64) of VA - 02/06/06
Thanks, Dave!

"Unchained Melody" lyrics courtesy of
also at the suggestion of Dave Spriggs ('64) of 02/06/06
Thanks again, Dave!

"Longing", Painting by Noelle Holden, courtesy of - 03/01/06

Cupids Divider Line courtesy of - 03/13/05

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

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

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!!

Quill Pen Divider Line clip art courtesy of - 06/14/04

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