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03/18/15 - 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.


   Happy Birthday today to   Johnny Mitchell ('57) of VA AND   Kay Knight Midkiff Evans ('59) 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, 1915 - World War I: During the Battle of Gallipoli, three battleships were sunk during a failed British and French naval attack on the Dardanelles.


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.


Thursday, March 18, 1965 - Cosmonaut Alexey Leonov, leaving his spacecraft Voskhod 2 for 12 minutes, became the first person to walk in space.

Thursday, March 18, 1965 - Heptathlete Birgit Clarius was born in Gießen, Germany .

Thursday, March 18, 1965 - Actress Yoriko Douguchi (洞口 依子) was born in Tokyo, Japan.

Thursday, March 18, 1965 - King Farouk of Egypt (فاروق الأول) (b. 11 Feb 1920 in Alexandria, Egypt), died in Rome, Italy at the age of 45.

Thursday, March 18, 1965 - Sportscaster Jack Quinlan (b. 23 Jan 1927 in Peoria, Illinois), was killed in an auto accident after leaving a golf outing during spring training of 1965 in Scottsdale, Arizona at the age of 38.

“Happiness is a butterfly, which, when pursued, is always just beyond your grasp, but which, if you will sit down quietly, may alight upon you.”

- Nathaniel Hawthorne
(04 July 1804 - 19 May 1864)

From My Friend, April, of NC - 03/17/15:


  Thanks, April!


      From Harry Covert ('57) of MD - 03/16/15 - "TIME AGAIN TO REMEMBER    CHARLIE KELLER":

Thankfully, Baseball Still No. 1
By Harry M. Covert

I STILL HOLD OUT THAT BASEBALL is the nation’s pastime. Sitting in the stands watching a no-hitter, or seeing snappy double plays and homeruns, what’s better to any sport lover? It’s preferable in these quarters to watch a direct throw from catcher to the second baseman and an out. Similarly for an outfielder’s throw.

Back in the days learning the ropes to a long life, I remember well when an 18-year-old catcher named Johnny Bench, on his haunches, warmed up throwing out runners in the minor leagues in Newport News, Va. Those in the park knew exactly he’d be a Hall of Famer. He spent his career with the Cincinnati Reds.

Approaching the Frederick Keys’ April 9 debut this year is a good time to rejuvenate, clear our heads from all the political foolishness all around us and, as lots of older people think, time to drool about The Masters, the annual Augusta, GA, golf tournament leading to the spring and summer.
Fun Days in the Piedmont, Carolina Leagues

FREDERICK’S LATE, GREAT Charlie Keller is remembered too as baseball gets under way. He was a terrific Yankees player and coach. I have no anecdotes about him except that his baseball notoriety is legion – also about horses and farming.

But back to baseball. It was a privilege to meet Gil Hodges, the late, great first baseman when he became the manager of the long ago Washington Senators at Griffith Stadium. Hodges did his minor league baseball with the Newport News Baby Dodgers of the Piedmont League. It was fun, as a kid, watching him. We could go to the game and, if wearing a Baby Dodgers tee-shirt, admission was 50 cents. Our bus ride by ourselves on Citizens Rapid Transit (CRT) cost a dime.

Never can I forget the night back in the early 50s when the Baby Dodgers were playing the old Portsmouth Cubs. No radio coverage. In the top of the fifth inning, lots of razzing was under way from the Cubs’ bench. A fight ensured. The Baby Dodgers pitcher came off the mound and slugged the big mouth. Suddenly, blood was flowing. The hurler bit off the ear of the hazer and spit it to the ground. Both were tossed from the game. Lots of clapping and cheering.

Back in the day I was watching a Carolina League game in Lynchburg (VA). By the way, the Hillcats of today are playing the Keys in Frederick April 13-14-15. But the 1983 game involved the then Lynchburg Met Lenny Dykstra. Lenny attempted to explain to an umpire how infielders need only swipe, not tag, for a second base out. That was the major league way he insisted. When the ump ruled against the would-be legend, he stomped around, threw down his glove and generally created a ruckus. The umpire prevailed and tossed him from the game. It was a crowd-pleasing moment.

Forgot to mention that Sam Perlozzo, former Frederick Keys and Baltimore Orioles manager, led the L-Mets in 1983, stood by and grinned as Dykstra headed for the showers, still grousing.

SELDOM IF EVER, AS A BOY, did we miss Saturday television baseball game of the week with   Dizzy Dean. Ol’ Diz often broke

out singing the “Wabash Cannonball” but kept everybody up to date on the field festivities. Often, it was fun to watch the live, local, commercials. On one afternoon, the local announcer misspoke the sponsor, Schlitz. Still funny. Nowadays things are different, often wearisome and not the least bit humorous.

Dizzy Dean and broadcasters like Buddy Blattner, Mel Allen, Red Barber, Vin Scully and Harry Carey, just to name a few, could teach modern sportscasters a thing or two, especially that they stop talking so much.

Maybe we live in the past too much, but the above mentioned all lead to the nostalgia of the recreated broadcast. In Tidewater Virginia we listened to Josh Barry describe the games on Norfolk’s WNOR AM. He was terrific. You may recall a fellow named Lindsay Nelson, another named Russ Hodges and Gordon McLendon, founder of the Liberty Broadcasting System. Imagine, McLendon paid major league baseball $1,000 dollars a season for broadcast rights. My how time flies – or tempus fugit for you smart people. ◄◄◄◄

   Thanks so much, Harry!

        From My Husband, Paul Harty (Bardolph HS, IL - '61) of NC - 03/17/15 - "THE PRICE OF GASOLINE IN FRANCE...":

Recently, a Parisian burglar nearly got away with stealing several paintings from the Louvre.

However, after planning the crime, getting in and out past heavy security, he was captured only two blocks away, when his van ran out of gas.

When asked how he could mastermind such a daring crime, and then make such an obvious error, he replied, “I had no Monet to buy Degas to make the Van Gogh.”

     GROAN! Thanks, Dools!

From My Friend, LaMerle, of VA - 03/17/15:


  Thanks, LaMerle!


From My Friend, Nicole, of UT - 03/17/15:

  ...I found a salad you may like.

    OH, I DO, I DO! Thanks, Nicole!


“Put it out of your mind. In no time, it will be a forgotten memory.”

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

       From George Helliesen ('61) of MI - 02/12/15 - "Had to Send..... So Relevant ! (#10 in a Series of 11)":
       PRECISELY! Thanks, George!

  From Judy Phillips Allen ('66) of VA - 02/24/15 - "Taken At Just The Right Moment (#6 in a Series of 31)":
  February was a stressful month for many of us… take the time to relax and check out these!

     Thank you, Dearest Judy!


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BONUS GREENS RECIPES: - Greens Recipes - "Looking for recipes for your greens? Allrecipes has more than 1540 trusted recipes for greens complete with ratings, reviews and cooking tips."


From - 03/17/15:

Joe, a college student, was taking a course in ornithology, the study of birds. The night before the biggest test of the semester, Joe spent all night studying. He had the textbook nearly memorized. He knew his class notes backward and forward. Joe was ready.

The morning of the test, Joe entered the auditorium and took a seat in the front row. On the table in the front was a row of ten stuffed birds. Each bird had a sack covering its body, and only the legs were showing. When class started, the professor announced that the students were to identify each bird by looking at its legs and give its common name, species, habitat, mating habits, etc.

Joe looked at each of the birds' legs. They all looked the same to him. He started to get angry. He had stayed up all night studying for this test and now he had to identify birds by their LEGS? The more he thought about the situation, the angrier he got.

Finally he reached his boiling point. He stood up, marched up to the professor's desk, crumpled up his exam paper and threw it on the desk. "What a ridiculous test!" he told the prof. "How could anyone tell the difference between these birds by looking at their legs? This exam is the biggest rip-off I've ever seen!"

With that, Joe turned and stormed toward the exit. The professor was a bit shocked, and it took him a moment to regain his composure. Then, just as Joe was about to walk out the door, the prof shouted out, "Wait a minute, young man, what's your name?"

Joe turned around, pulled up his pant legs and hollered, "You tell me, prof! You tell me!"


1. Wednesday, May 13, 2015 - 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.

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   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


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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 Laughing Kitty courtesy of Tom Flax ('64) of VA - 06/03/06
Thanks, Tom!

Animated Laughing Woman courtesy of Joyce Lawrence Cahoon ('65) of VA - 02/23/09
Thanks, Joyce!

Animated LOL Cats courtesy of Paul Harty (Bardolph HS, IL - '61) of NC - 12/10/11
Thanks, Paul!

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

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

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