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03/02/20 - 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) (d. 19 Apr 2005) AND     the late Roland McCoy (June '45) (d. 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) (d. 26 May 2016);

08 -   The late Mildred Mae Linkous Spriggs (June '38) (d. 04 July 2007) - also Mother of   Dave Spriggs ('64) of VA AND the late Doris Harris Burns ('38) (d. 14 Aug 2018)  - also Mother of Steve Burns ('65) of MN;

09 - The late Pat Burke ('57) (d. 14 Jan 2020) 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.


March 02, 1970 - Rhodesia declared itself a republic, breaking its last links with the British crown.

March 02, 1970 - The Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, James Purnell, was born James Mark Dakin Purnell in the City of London, England.

March 02, 1970 - Footballer and manager Ciriaco Sforza was born in Wohlen, Aargau, Switzerland.

March 02, 1970 - Pianist and composer Wibi Soerjadi was born in Leiden, Netherlands.

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 Margaret Kailos Lee ('67) of NC - 02/26/19:

    Thanks, Margaret!

  From Jane Chambers of VA - 02/27/19:

    Thanks, Jane!

“I have been laid up with intentional flu.”

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

 From My Niece, Shari, of VA - 02/28/20, 9:32 AM - "Saint Patrick's Day" (#2 in a Series of 17):

  Wishing you all a happy Saint Patrick's Day.

Don't forget to wear

   OOH! Thank you, Shari!


 From My Niece, Shari, of VA - 02/28/20, 9:12 AM - "Funny Dogs" (#2 in a Series of 22):

  ~ I hope these pictures make you smile. ~

   BAH-HA-HA-HA! Thanks, Shari!

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 - 03/01/19:

A daughter asked her mother, “What are character qualities that I should look for in a marriage partner? You know, for someone that I will be spending eternity with."

The mother replied, ”Go ask your father, he did better than I did.”


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

Wednesday, March 11, 2020 -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.

3. Friday, May 15, 2020 - The NNHS Class of 1965 will hold their 55-Year Reunion at the Burger Theory Restaurant in the Holiday Inn, 980 Omni Boulevard, Newport News. CONTACT:

PRAYER ROLL: - updated 02/29/20

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!

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

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

Animated Laughing Kitten courtesy of Joyce Lawrence Cahoon ('65) of VA - 07/29/08
Thanks, Joyce!

Animated Laughing Cat courtesy of Joyce Lawrence Cahoon ('65) of VA - 07/29/08
Thanks, Joyce!

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

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