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03/18/14 - NNHS Newsletter
Forty Shades of Green

“I'd like the memory of me to be a happy one, I'd like to leave an afterglow of smiles when life is done.
I'd like to leave an echo whispering softly down the ways, of happy times and laughing times and bright and sunny days.
I'd like the tears of those who grieve, to dry before the sun, of happy memories that I leave when life is done.”

 - Dermot O'Brien
(23 Oct 1932 - 22 May 2007)

Dear Friends and  Schoolmates,

   Did you think that once St. Patrick's Day was over that we'd be done visiting Ireland?  If so, in that you did err!  

BONUS - - Forty Shades of Green - Johnny Cash


"Forty Shades of Green" is a well known song about Ireland. It was written by Johnny Cash in 1959 while on a trip to Ireland.[1] Contrary to popular belief, Cash did not invent the term 'forty shades of green', it had been used in Ireland many years before he wrote the song.

He released it as a B-side of The Rebel-Johnny Yuma released in 1961. It is also featured on two albums: 1. Ring of Fire: The Best of Johnny Cash, released on Columbia Records in 1963 and 2. Johnny Cash: The Great Lost Performance - Live at the Paramount Theatre, Asbury Park, New Jersey recorded live in 1990 and released in 2007.


 From Jim Brinkley ('65) of IN - 03/17/14:

Dear Carol;

 Lynne (Dannelly Brinkley - '65) and I are praying for you to have a full recovery, with renewed strength, and hope that you will find time this spring for plenty of rest and relaxation.

I would greatly appreciate your prayers also. Last week, I underwent surgery on my right kidney to remove a suspected cancer growth. Robotic surgery had been planned to remove the growth. However, because of some complications, robotic surgery could not be performed and a more radical surgery was used instead. My doctor is confident that all the cancer was removed. My recovery time, however, will be longer. I would greatly appreciate all prayers on my behalf for a successful healing and recovery.

Thanks for all your hard work in keeping us all informed of our prayer needs.

Jim and Lynne Brinkley

   YOWZERONI! Thank you so much, Jim! I'm so sorry to hear your news! We shall certainly enlist the help of all our mighty Typhoon prayer warriors on your behalf!


    Happy Birthday today to   Johnny Mitchell ('57) of VA AND   Kay Knight Midkiff Evans ('59) of VA AND Claudia Dellapenta Melgaard ('63) of VA AND Linda Coates Jones ('63) of VA  AND  Aderon Gibbs ('66) of VA AND     Wade Scott ('66) of MO!

   Happy Birthday tomorrow to    Cheryl Mays Howard ('66) of VA!

   Happy Birthday this week to:

20 -       My Late Cousin, Stuart Atkinson (Warsaw HS - '63) (d. 10 Sept 2013) AND  Sid Melton ('64) of NY AND   Terri McAfee Artman ('66) of VA AND My Nephew, Kevin Dick (Weber HS, UT - '82) of NC;

21 - Bob Morgan ('56) of MA AND        My #4 Son, Joshua Harty (Hillsboro HS, IL - '95) of IL AND     My Granddaughter (by My Children of Other Parents) Jane Mansfield of TX; 

22 - Cookie Phillips Tyndall ('64) of VA;

23 -   Jack Harrison ('61) of VA AND    Mary Beth Sawyer ('63) AND    Richard Marshall ('66) of VA;

24 -   Charlie Hilling ('56) of FL AND a Beary Happy Birthday to   Olivia House Brickey ('65) of VA;

25 -   The late Billy Williams ('57) (d. 21 May 2007)  AND    Joan McKenna Ward ('60) of VA AND   Bill Hobbs ('66) of Northern VA!

   Many Happy Returns to You All!


March 18, 1940 - Axis Powers Adolf Hitler and Benito Mussolini met at the Brenner Pass in the Alps and agreed to form an alliance against France and the United Kingdom.

March 18, 1942 - The War Relocation Authority was established in the United States to take Japanese Americans into custody.

March 18, 1945 - 1,250 American bombers attacked Berlin.


Tuesday, March 18, 1964 - Singer Rozalla was born Rozalla Miller in Ndola, Zambia.

Tuesday, March 18, 1964 - Speed skater Bonnie Blair was born in Cornwall, New York.

Tuesday, March 18, 1964 - Race car driver Alex Caffi was born in Rovato (province of Brescia), Northern Italy.

Tuesday, March 18, 1964 - Footballer Paul Elliott was born Paul Marcellous Elliott in Lewisham, London, England.

Tuesday, March 18, 1964 - Saxophonist Courtney Pine was born in London, England.

        From My Husband, Paul Harty (Bardolph HS, IL - '61) of NC - 03/17/14 - " Van T. Barfoot died":

I remember Mr. Barfoot and his fight with his home association. I applauded his action then, and I will say a prayer for him now. The country has lost a great man!

   OH, NO! Thank you for letting me know, Dools; I had missed this!

      From Harry Covert ('57) of MD - 03/17/14 - "The Ralph E. Haines Jr. Story ":

The Ralph E. Haines Jr. Story - Proud to be a General, Proud to be a Private

By Harry M. Covert

Gen. Ralph E. Haines Jr.
ex-Army Vice Chief of Staff,
ex-Army Commander in Pacific
ex-Commander, Fort Monroe

Ralph Haines enjoyed weekly and monthly breakfasts and lunches. Attendance, even though not required, usually was filled to capacity.  

He could have been mistaken for a traveling Baptist evangelist.       

He was a serious practicing charismatic Christian, an Episcopalian, to be exact. When he boomed “Amens” the choruses followed by large audience responses. If he raised his arms during remarks similar displays would follow.  

Who was Ralph E. Haines Jr.? He was a Texan, a four-star general in the U. S. Army who served as vice chief of staff, the Pacific commander and commanding general of the Continental Army Command (CONARC) at Fort Monroe, Va., where he retired in 1973. 

He was no shrinking violet in any sense of the word. He died at age 98 in 2011, the army’s oldest living four-star general. 

He came to mind a few weeks ago as a congressional committee was investigating alleged bias against military chaplains. 

Of course, the brass at the Pentagon, both a civilian assistant secretary and the uniformed army deputy chief of chaplains, explained there is no bias. “They’re never told they cannot share their own personal faith of any sort,” said a one-star general. 

Sounds nice. But let one of the uniformed chaplains, protestant of course, close a prayer “in Jesus’ name” and the intolerant wrath is deafening, if only in a memo to the culprit. “Thou shalt not” is the gist from the chain of command.

Now back to General Haines whose strength and character seems missing in today’s Episcopal leadership.  

A 1971 military night evangelical crusade in Hampton, Va., featured the general. His remarks, not a sermon, mind you, included these words: 

“I’m proud to be a General in the U. S. Army. I’m even more proud to be a private in the army of Jesus Christ.” 

Fort Monroe, Historic Army Base

Just imagine the outcry in this day and age if a flag officer dared speak these words. Cable television and radio and newspapers would explode.  

These words were on the front page of the local newspaper and distributed by a wire service.  

To the more than 11,000 in attendance, the general received a five-minute standing ovation. It was an exciting night to see and hear this impressive general talk from his heart. Four-star flag officers of all services are big time influential leaders. 

At the time, Richard Nixon was in the White House. To show his religious Quaker side he held Sunday morning church services in the executive mansion, at least for a while. 

It wasn’t but a few days later that General Creighton Abrams, Army chief of staff, made a special visit to Fortress Monroe to see his longtime friend and ally regarding the “volunteerization” of the army. 

General Abrams also brought a message from Mr. Nixon. Haines must be careful in the future about his “preaching.” Haines retired after 38 years of active service in 1973 and was active in military and religious activities. 

The military chaplaincy is important and provides valuable service to the men and women of the armed services. Things have changed in the modern day, especially among the “men and women” of the cloth who choose a military career. 

In past times, Protestant, Roman Catholic and Jewish religious persuasions were the corps of the corps. In this time of alleged progressiveness and permissiveness, lots of things have changed. There are Sikhs wearing turbans in military uniforms, bearded rabbis and skull caps, Imams, Buddhists, Mormons and others.  

I haven’t heard of any Scientologists, Church of Satan and its founder Anton Szandor LaVey, or even Mennonites in uniform and providing religious support for the military. 

Military officers in uniform are not supposed to preach at non-military religious services and by regulation must avoid what the military calls “proselytizing.” This is to sidestep offending those of non-traditional religious beliefs or none at all.

Pentagon leaders may well deny any biases toward traditional churching but it’s there. Those uniformed ministers must toe the line. Or else. 

General Haines was a distinguished military leader, a 1935 West Point graduate. He was confident in his professional career and had the confidence of his fellow officers.  

His Christian commitment was strong powerful. He was a regular worshiper at Virginia Episcopal services while the CONARC commander.  

He would have made a powerful Episcopal Presiding Bishop or the Anglican Archbishop of Canterbury. He was more than qualified.† 

This article has appeared in Virtue on Line.

   Thank you so much, Harry! Ya gotta love those Texans!

        From My Husband, Paul Harty (Bardolph HS, IL - '61) of NC - 03/17/14 - "Cat with cat spot on his back":

  Look carefully!

   NOW, THAT'S COOL! Thank you, Haul Party!


From My Friend, Susan, of NC - 03/17/14 - "The things you say.....":

  INDEED! Thank you, Susan!

    From Joan Lauterbach Krause ('60) of VA - 02/14/14 - "Snow in Russia (#30 in a Series of 37)":

Hope these come through. In light of recent weather....

Snow in Russia

Now THIS is winter!


   YIKESARONI! Thanks again, Joan!


From Sarah Puckett Kressaty ('65) of VA - 03/07/14 - "Fun with Snow (#10 in a series of 13":

  Thought you'd enjoy these!

   BOY HOWDY! Thanks, Sarah Sugah!


        From My Husband, Paul Harty (Bardolph HS, IL - '61) of NC - 03/09/14 - "Cold anyone? (#7 in a series of 15)":

   HA-HA-HA! Thanks, Haul Party!

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   From Butch Ragland ('63) of CO - 03/09/14 - "NNHS Logo Caps":

  Our 1st Shipment/Order of the NNHS Logo Caps have arrived and are being packaged for shipping today; with shipments being sent out Monday & Tuesday: I have approximately 27 caps out of the first 100 ordered remaining. Anyone wishing to get a cap at the introductory price of $10.00 plus S/H of $4.59 may do so at my eBay Store:  After the initial order has been sold the price will go to the regular retail price of $14.95., or

Thanks to those who purchased from the 1st Shipment! When I review the sales at the end of this month, I will begin offering other items, such as Mugs, T-Shirts, Jackets, key chains, etc.

I have already made a contribution to the NNHS65 Newsletter for support of Carol's efforts toward keeping us NNHS Classmates informed of noteworthy news; plus the Charity of Wounded Warriors Fund will receive a donation check quarterly from the proceeds from Sales of these NNHS Logo Products.

In addition to the discounted prices for NNHS Logo Products, anyone purchasing additional products from any of my websites may contact me at: or with info pertaining to your purchases and I will send you a 20% refund of your total purchase price via Paypal to your payment account. You may contact me at anytime for additional information on these items and/or discounts offered.

   Thank you so very much, Butch!


From - 03/16/14:

One day a man found an odd-looking lamp and rubbed it. From inside came a genie that told him he would get three wishes, but whatever he wished for, his mother-in-law would get double of what he did.

"What would you like for your first wish?" asked the genie.

"I want one billion dollars," replied the man.

"Remember," said the genie, "Your mother-in-law will get double of what you do."

"I know," replied the man.

The man then chooses his second wish. "I wish I had a brand new sports car."

So he got his second wish and was very content.

"Your mother-in-law gets double what you get. Now what would you like for your third wish?" asked the genie.

The man pondered for a moment, then answered, "I wish to be beaten half to death."


1. Thursday, April 3, 2014 - 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. Wednesday, May 14, 2014 - 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.

3. Friday and Saturday, July 25 and 26, 2014 - The NNHS Class of 1954 will hold a 60-YEAR REUNION in Newport News. Further info from Dr. Harry Simpson at 804 694 0346 or, or Mickey Marcella at 757 249 3800 or, or Betty H. Neher at 757 898 5099 or

PRAYER ROLL: - updated 03/18/14

BLOG: - updated 03/13/11

Y'all take 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


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Forty Shades of Green

Written and recorded by Johnny Cash (26 Feb 1932 – 12 Sept  2003), 1959/1961


1. Ar thaisteal dom im’ chuimní
chuig oileáinín mo chroí
Ó naomhóga an Daingin
go tránna Donaghdee,

Is fada uaim an tSionainn
agus muintir Sciobairín,
Na móintigh is na móinéir
go haoibhinn is go caoin.

2. Is fada uaim mo chailín breá
I dTiobraid Árann Theas,
Is faide fós a bhraithim uaim
a béilín tana tais;

Ba bhreá liom seal a chaitheamh ann
go bhfeicfinn mar a bhí
Na móintigh is na móinéir
go haoibhinn is go caoin.

3. Ba bhreá liom seal a chaitheamh ann
cois trá i mBail’ Áth’ Clí
’S go bhfeicfinn baint na móna
is an choirce aibí bhuí,

Go bhfeicfinn mná ag diasrú dos
na tithe beag’ ceann tuí –
Do shiúlfainn cúigíbh Éireann
go haoibhinn is go caoin.

4. Is fada uaim mo chailín breá
I dTiobraid Árann Theas,
Is faide fós a bhraithim uaim
a béilín tana tais;

Ba bhreá liom seal a chaitheamh ann
go bhfeicfinn mar a bhí
Na móintigh is na móinéir
go haoibhinn is go caoin.

1. I close my eyes and picture
The emerald of the sea
From the fishing boats at Dingle
To the shores of Donaghadea

I miss the River Shannon,
The folks at Skibbereen
The moorlands and the meadows
And the forty shades of green

2. But most of all I miss a girl
in Tipperary town
And most of all I miss her lips
As soft as eiderdown [1]

I long again to see and do
The things we've done and seen
Where the breeze is sweet as Shalamar [2]
there's forty shades of green.

3. I wish that I could spend an hour
at Dublin´s churning surf.
I long to watch the farmers drain
the bogs and spade the turf

to see again the thatching
of the straw the women clean.
I´d walk from Cork to Larne [3] to see
those Forty Shades of Green.

4. But most of all I miss a girl
in Tipperary town
And most of all I miss her lips
As soft as eiderdown.

I long again to see and do
The things we've done and seen
Where the breeze is sweet as Shalamar
there's forty shades of green.

NOTE: Webmistress is NOT responsible for the faulty grammar of the lyricist.

Forty Shades of Green midi, lyrics, background, and homework courtesy of - 03/17/09

Adrian Reilly's "Forty Shades of Green" Image (16 May 2006) courtesy of - 03/17/09

Laughing Jester Smiley clip art courtesy of Bill Hobbs ('66) of Northern VA - 10/06/09
Thanks, Bill!

Small Shamrock Divider Line clip art courtesy of - 03/10/09

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!!

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

Teddy Bear clip art courtesy of - 03/23/05 (replaced 03/23/09)

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

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