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03/02/18 - NNHS Newsletter - Unchained Melody

What greater thing is there for two human souls than 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, 

   This is one of my favorite songs. Really. Really, really.

BONUS #1 - Unchained Melody - Todd Duncan, 1955

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

BONUS #5 - Unchained Melody - Susan Boyle, 2011 - WOWZERS!   


"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 tomorrow to  Jerry Seay ('63) of VA AND  Robert Shapiro ('63) of VA!

   Happy Birthday this week to:

04 -  The late Mr. William Etheridge (NNHS Principal) (deceased 04/19/05) AND     the late Roland McCoy (June '45) (deceased 09 Jan 2015);

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

07 -  The late Shirley Eanes Matthews ('66) (deceased 05/26/16);

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 - Pat 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.

March 02, 1943 - Battle of the Bismarck Sea – United States and Australian forces sank Japanese convoy ships.


Friday, March 02, 1968 - Baggeridge Colliery closed marking the end of over 300 years of coal mining in the Black Country.[1]

Friday, March 02, 1968 - Actor and producer Daniel Craig was born Daniel Wroughton Craig in Chester, Cheshire, England.

From My Friend, Roshana, of NC (now of TX) - 02/28/15:

“If we are serious about our discipleship, Jesus will eventually request each of us to do the very things which are most difficult for us to do.”

- Neal A. Maxwell
06 July 1926 - 21 July 2004)

    Thanks so much, Roshana!

From Joan Lauterbach Krause ('60) of VA - 03/02/18:

   Thank you, Joan!

From the Most School Spirited Boy in the Class of 1965, Otis Glamore of GA - 03/01/18 - "Pictures for the NNHS Gallery":

   Thank you, Otis, so good to hear from you! Where have you been for the last forty-eleven years?

  It's funny you should send me your senior portrait now. Exactly two days ago I was thinking that I really, REALLY need to finish scanning all the seniors from the Class of 1965; it's been on my To Do List for 18 years now. Only the A, B, and C pages are complete now.

   You see, back in July of 2000 when     my #5 Son, Nathaniel (Harty - Hillsboro HS, IL - '97 - of IL) suggested that I start "a simple little web page" for the members of our class, I could barely open an email. When he said, "C'mon, I'll get you started," I thought he must have flipped out, but decided I'd better humor him, so we sat down to work. (Years later, he jokingly said it was the worst decision of his life, in that he created a monster, but he claims to have no memory of that now.)


   After two or three months of having Nathaniel and     my #6 Son, Dale (Harty - Hillsboro HS, IL / American School, IL - '02 - of CA)  do all the work for me at my direction, we all thought it would be a pretty good idea if I learned to do it myself.

   One of the very first things I learned was that I really did not like to scan images, especially from books. Even at 15, Dale was a real pro at it. Being lazier than two boxes of rocks, I kept thinking that if I stalled long enough, I could talk him into doing it for me, but he kept insisting that he DO things, such as move away, and serve a two-year mission for our church, and go off to school, and get married, and other such crazy things, and it finally became clear that, having taught me how to do many things, he wasn't going to enable me on this particular point after all. Sheesh.

   Then, because I always like to complicate things as much as possible, in about 2003 I opened the site to include the Classes of 1961 to 1964. Somehow that grew to include ALL NNHS classes, then neighboring (dare we say, rival) schools, and now it's open to really anyone who ever drove through the area and passed Newport News on their way, or even read about it once in a book. The important thing is, we've all become one big ol' family, and we're all having fun!

   But back to our story. As Dale is now 34 and living 2866.8 miles away with a wife and four young children, I suppose I'd better bite the bullet and stat scanning those yearbook images in earnest. As I am loathe to make promises only to break them, let me just say I'm going to give this top priority, and then move on to scanning the images for the Hall of Fame pages for the Classes of 1954 to 1967. Stay tuned. Curiously, you'll be appearing in both!

   By the way, even from that distance Dale still routinely and frequently helps me with various computer issues through the magic of TeamViewer. Thank you, Dale!  

From Patty Andrews Mays ('61) of VA - 02/27/18:

  Good Reading

   Thank you, Patty! As the person in charge of choosing the hymns for my congregation, I really appreciate the wisdom of Rev. Graham's words!

   Speaking of Billy Graham...


   From Harry Covert ('57) of MD - 02/28/18 - "Billy Graham's Faithful Life":

By Dennis Daily
  The death of the Rev. Billy Graham could not have come at a worse time in the history of this country, if for no other reason than a major voice of moderation is gone. This is an era where there seems to be no middle ground. The stalemate in Washington – made worse by a rising time of posturing and name-calling – is the kind of intransigence that flies in the face of all that Dr. Graham had preached against.

Although he was traditionally aligned with the more conservative side of American society and politics, his constant call to follow the dictates of Christ … feed the poor, take care of the oppressed … seemed a more moderate and charitable course than the signals he may have been sending due to his association with prominent GOP leaders.

Dr. Billy Graham’s death is a huge loss. Even though, in his later years, he may have left the giving out of the message to others, he WAS here. Among us. Looming large. A call for charity and moderation.



As a kid growing up in a Catholic home in rural southern Indiana, I had an interesting way of looking at the Rev. Billy Graham. I remember in eighth grade telling one of the nuns at my school that Graham was what I thought of as a “Protestant Pope.”

Her retort was half scolding, half smiling. I am sure she understood what I meant. I also remember feeling good about sharing my positive feelings about Graham and his growing ministry with the nun.

Just the year before, on the playground, she had come up to me and asked me why I was singing a Protestant hymn? It was “In the Garden.” “Why do you know that song,” she asked. “My mother was a Protestant before marrying my dad and she plays all that stuff on the piano all the time,” was my answer.

“Start it again,” the nun said. I did. She sang along with me. “Why do YOU know it,” I asked? “Same reason, she answered.” I guess when it had come time to share my feelings about Billy Graham with her, I felt I was safe.


Graham, from his earliest days, seemed to exude a kind of gentle authority, whenever and wherever he spoke. Even though I wasn’t sure that I should be watching … Catholic upbringing and all .. I could not wait until the next Billy Graham Crusade was on television.

One of the reasons was that I began to really love and admire the late George Beverly Shea. As a matter of fact, a long documentary piece I did on Shea, which I uploaded to YouTube shortly after his death, has gotten an incredible number of “hits” in the past few years.

Shea, of course, always seemed to be there when it was time to wrap up the crusade broadcast and really send the message home. With his deep, rich voice, Shea also demonstrated a lot of authority. In one of his final concerts, in his 90s, he belted out “How Great Thou Art.” The audience, tears running down their cheeks, reveled as the old master sang his heart out, never missing a note, in the praise of the Lord.

Shea had first sung the song in Madison Square Garden, at the 1957 Billy Graham Crusade. He sang it every night for 16 consecutive nights. He would sing it so many times over the years, in subsequent crusades and personal performances, that he lost count.

Shea may have sung live before more people than anyone else in history. I would like to think that that is the case. There is no reason to doubt that.

His contribution to the work of Billy Graham can not be calculated. Along with the late Cliff Barrows, Graham’s long-serving music director, Shea brought an incalculable number of people out of their seats and to the altar.

The next time you see an old film of a Billy Graham crusade, just look at the faces of people as Barrow’s music and Shea’s voice filled the auditorium. If you believe in the ability of music to be the “hand of God,” you have proof in what happened at each and every night at each and every crusade.

And, in many ways, that was Billy Graham’s secret. No fire-and-brimstone preaching here. No faith healing, with people being tapped on the head and falling backward into the arms of waiting assistants. No screaming and yelling and talking in tongues. None of that. Graham was as simple as his message … and as powerful.

Billy Graham told it as it was, whether people were ready to hear it or not. He was fearless and his attitude and delivery made others feel that way … fearless enough to conquer life’s problems, fearless enough to come forward and answer the call to come to the altar.


Just about every nation seemed to welcome the Billy Graham Crusades. He ended up preaching on six continents, in 185 countries at 417 separate crusades. His patented method of having a native fellow preacher stand beside him, repeating his words in the language of the people he was visiting, is an indelible image.

People who were interviewed after the crusades said that when Graham spoke through the interpreter, they still heard Graham’s voice and inflection. Even though Graham was not speaking their language, he essentially was – through his body language and soaring voice.

His message rang true wherever he spoke. It is no stretch of the imagination to say that Billy Graham actually DID speak in many tongues.

Graham’s longest crusade lasted 16 weeks. It was the 1957 event in New York City’s Madison Square Garden. He used that venue, where prize fighters had beaten each others brains out, to batter some sense into the attendees … gently. No doubt, some had warned Graham not to attempt a crusade in the Big Apple. That urban environment might not be the right place to spread the gospel. Crowds might be thin. It all might be a huge and costly mistake. But, Billy Graham knew the need and had faith in the outcome.

But, it is also safe to assume that attendance, or the lack of it, was the last thing on Graham’s mind as he prepared for the crusade. He was known for speaking to his audience, one-on-one. Had he walked away from New York City with but a single convert, that would have been enough.


Billy Graham had begun his method of holding crusades … a new form of the old revival meeting … in 1947. The first venue was in, of all places, the Civic Auditorium in Grand Rapids, Michigan. More than 6,000 people attended. That was just the start. As his popularity grew and people sought out his message, the size and prestige of the venues grew.

Often has many as 5,000 locals would be enlisted to sing in a mass choir. By 1973, his international appeal guaranteed large audiences wherever he went. But, no one expected what would happen at the crusade that year in Seoul, South Korea. That crusade marked one of the high points – at least as far as attendance – of his ministry.

Before he left the city after the final session, more than 1.1 million people had come to hear him preach.


Over the years, the coming of the Billy Graham crusades became important events in many cities. It was not unusual for many different denominations to assist in the publicity prior to the event. It became a “quiet” fact that whenever Billy Graham came to a city ALL churches benefited. It wasn’t just the Baptists who came to his services. Methodist congregations and even Catholic churches reported upswings in attendance in the wake of Graham’s crusades.

Graham always brought an awareness of the Gospel wherever he preached. Someone once quipped that Graham “could speak on a street corner in any small town, and someone would come forward.” He had that much charisma and ethical magnetism.


Billy Graham certainly was the default Protestant religious leader in America. Many others, over the years, came to the forefront … then either faded or self-destructed.

After Oral, Jim and Tammy, Jerry, Jimmy, Ernest and the rest had their day in the evangelistic sun, Billy Graham remained. Solid as a rock.

He was not a big dabbler in politics, while many around him became spokesmen for national civic causes, Graham left most of his rhetoric to the heavenly side of the issues. He could have possibly swung the election to Nixon in 1960 had he played the “religion card” against Kennedy. He didn’t. In his later years he told a reporter that he regretted any involvement in politics he may have had over the years.

His image of stability and bi-partisanship, though, won him a place on the dais and on the agenda at more than half a dozen presidential inaugurations over the years.


Over the years, there has been but one real change in the way Billy Graham carried out his work. After the attacks of 9/11, the Billy Graham Evangelistic Association started calling the mass meetings “missions,” instead of “crusades.” With an increased sensitivity of the Muslim community, it was decided that “crusade” had a negative connotation and the word was dropped.


Everyone who preaches the Gospel today owes a debt to him. Every singer and musician and organist and choir director owes a debt to his organization and the men and women who planned and carried out all the background work that made his crusades such comfortable places.

Every denomination owes a debt to Billy Graham. He was an anchor and a solid foundation in a time when other evangelists had feet and lives of clay. He was the constant that made others proud to be preachers.

There is a great story about a small-town Baptist minister who is rehearsing his Sunday sermon. His wife walks into his office to tell him that she thought she heard a second voice coming from the room. “Oh, I was imitating Billy Graham,” he told her. She responded: “Just be yourself. Let Billy Graham do the rest.”

He may not have been the Protestant Pope but, in his own way, he lived up to one of the terms used in describing a Roman Pope: Pontifex Maximus … The Great Bridge Builder.

Whether it was his ability to bring religions together in cities where he spoke or his ability to bridge international gaps or language and culture and religion, Billy Graham succeeded in his mission.

America needed Billy Graham. He was among us much longer than most men. For that we are grateful. We need to be grateful. Billy Graham was one of the greatest messengers the Gospel ever had … and he walked among us.

Billy Graham gave this nation a kind of strong, continuum through some really rough times. Through Vietnam and Watergate, unemployment and White House scandals, riots and embarrassments, Billy Graham seemed to move with a certain ease a quiet, calming authority. It showed in his message and his voice and his smile. It was as if he were holding God’s hand while he spoke.

He holds God’s hand … again.


Dennis Daily writes from Indiana. He is also a columnist and longtime wire service religion editor at United Press International (UPI).

   WOW. Thank you for sharing your colleague's thoughts with us, Harry!

“I have been laid up with intentional flu.”

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

From Wayne Agee ('58) of FL - 02/12/18 - "ONE WORD ESSAYS ... Beautiful!" (#12 in a Series of 26):

  May your troubles be less...

May your blessings be more...

May nothing but happiness come through your door.

   Thank you, Wayne!


BONUS CROCHET CLOCK PATTERNS (as in "time goes by..."):

Vintage Clock Potholder - "... This potholder pattern would probably be easier than most crochet patterns because the clock potholder is basically a circle with embroidered numerals and hands..."

Fleur de Temps Clock - "If you must keep track of time in the yarn room, do it with this elegant crocheted clock."

It's About Time Clock - "Tight tapestry crochet stitches with J&P Coats Crochet Nylon produces a very sturdy fabric – perfect for this clock face from the August 2009 issue of Crochet World. Tapestry crocheting with nylon is hard on the hands, but much easier with a hook with a handle."

Lace Wall Clocks - transforming doilies, even plastic ones, into clocks

BONUS KNIT ON THE GO PATTERNS (as in "time goes by..."):

Audrey Huggett's Knit On The Go: 17 Easy Knitting Patterns - "I love to knit on the go. I know that might be a strange thing to say; most people think of knitting as something you do while sitting in a rocking chair, next to a merrily crackling fire, with a cat on a your lap, when in reality none of those things are necessary, except the needles and the yarn. In fact, I find that I’m able to get a stunning amount of knitting done when sitting in the car or train while traveling to visit family and friends. Long trips are especially handy for the knitter, since there aren’t many other things you can do for hours at a time. During those hours spent in the car, traveling to far-off places, you can get a surprising amount of knitting done. Whether you’re working on a pattern for mittens or a scarf, the time passes more quickly and enjoyably when you’re working on those stitches. These patterns are perfect for the on-the-go knitter who needs an easy knitting pattern that doesn’t require a lot of her attention. You can easily pick up and put down these projects without losing your place or forgetting which decrease round you were on."

BONUS FASTEST RECIPES EVER (as in "time can do so much..."):

The 100 Easiest, Fastest Recipes Ever - "To celebrate our 100th issue, we asked top chefs, foodies and cookery writers for their all-time quickest and simplest summer dishes."


From - 03/01/18:

Teacher: If you had one dollar and you asked your father for another, how many dollars would you have?

Student: One dollar.

Teacher: You don't know your arithmetic.

Student: You don't know my father!


1. Every Tuesday, 7:30 AM - Male grads meet at Angelo's Restaurant on J. Clyde Morris Boulevard for breakfast and camaraderie.

2. Wednesday, March 14, 2018 -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.

PRAYER ROLL: - updated 02/21/18

BLOG: - updated 03/13/11

  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

"Never underestimate
the power of a drop
in the bucket."


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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!

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!

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

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

Hillsboro High School's Topper (Band Version) clip art courtesy of - 06/07/08
Thanks, Mark!

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

American School Logo courtesy of - 09/05/06

Animated Cheering Smiley clip art courtesy of Al Farber ('64) of GA - 08/18/05 (re-saved 02/27/09)
Thanks, Al!

Jeffrey Holman's Image "A Drop in the Bucket" courtesy of  - 05/23/16

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