04/01/14 - NNHS Newsletter -
“I wonder what fool it was that first invented kissing.”
Dear Friends and Schoolmates,
Today's theme song just seemed to be a natural.
BONUS - Poor Little Fool - Rick Nelson
It's a well known fact (I hope) that I personally dislike April Fool's Day (or practical jokes at any time). We celebrate it here each year simply because we endeavor to observe everything - and because I am such a Sweetie-Pie!
|"Poor Little Fool" is a
song written by
Sharon Sheeley. Sheely penned the song when she was only fifteen
years old. Sheely had met Elvis Presley, and he encouraged her to write.
Sheely sought after Rick Nelson to record the tune. Sheely drove to
Nelson's house, and decided she might be able to meet the star if she
claimed her car had broken down. Rick came to her aid, and that was when
Sheely sprang the song on him. Sheely's version was much faster. Rick
recorded the song, slowing it down. Sheely became a success, and soon
after she decided that she wanted to work with Eddie Cochran.
The song was based on her disappointment following a short-lived relationship with a member of a popular singing duo. The best-known version of the song was recorded by Ricky Nelson on April 17, 1958 and released on Imperial Records 5528. It holds the distinction of being the first number 1 song on Billboard magazine's then newly created Hot 100 chart, replacing the magazine's Jockeys and Top 100 charts. It spent two weeks at the number 1 spot. The record also reached the top ten on the Billboard Country and Rhythm and Blues charts.
"Poor Little Fool" became a radio hit when it was released as part of a four-song Extended Play 45 rpm disc which was excerpted from the artist's second LP, Ricky Nelson. Responding to the buzz, Lew Chudd of Imperial Records rushed out a single version (on both 45 and 78 rpm). Nelson objected, however, believing that the move would hurt sales of the EP. Under his contract with Imperial, the singer had approval rights for all picture-sleeve art and to express his displeasure with Chudd's decision, he chose not to select a photograph for the "Poor Little Fool" single. As a result, "Poor Little Fool" was the only Ricky Nelson single released by Imperial to be issued in the United States without a photo in a plain label-cut-out sleeve.
The Fleetwoods released a cover version of the song in 1962.
| NNHS Typhoon logo tote bags are now available from
Ragland's ('63 - of CO)
store for only $3.89!
DON'T FORGET: 10% of every purchase of NNHS logo products purchased from Butch will be donated to the Wounded Warrior Project!
Thanks so much, Butch!
See them here - www.raglandtradingpost.com - and snag yours today!
THIS WEEK'S BIRTHDAYS:
Happy Birthday today to Harold Smith ('57) AND Barbara Fritsche Barnes ('63) of VA!
Happy Birthday this week to:
04 - Robert Workman ('57) AND Sylvia Hall Hammond ('66) of FL;
06 - Gerald Leonard ('66) of VA AND Aaron (Hank) Smith ('69);
07 - Marc Snyder ('65) of NC!
Many Happy Returns to You All!
THIS DAY IN WWII:
|April 1, 1924 -
Adolf Hitler was sentenced to five years in
for high treason for his participation in the "Beer
Hall Putsch". However, he spent only nine months in jail, during
which he wrote the book
April 1, 1933 - The recently elected Nazis under Julius Streicher organized a one-day boycott of all Jewish-owned businesses in Germany, ushering in the series of anti-Semitic acts that would gradually, yet ultimately lead to the Holocaust.
April 1, 1944 - Navigation errors led to an accidental
American bombing of the
Swiss city of
THIS DAY IN 1965:
|Tuesday, April 01, 1964 - Cyclist and manager
Erik Breukink was born in
Tuesday, April 01, 1964 - Basketball player Kevin Duckworth was born Kevin Jerome Duckworth in Harvey, Illinois. He died of hypertrophic cardiomyopathy with congestive heart failure on August 25, 2008 in Gleneden Beach, Oregon at the age of 44.
From My #6 Son, Dale Harty, (Hillsboro HS, IL / American School, IL - '02) of NC (en route to CA by way of MA and NY) - 03/31/14 - "Onward and Westward":
At the Kirtland Temple
NOW THAT'S BETTER! Thanks, Dale!
|Monday, March 31, 2014|
CLOCKWISE FROM TOP:
Dale, Diana, Evey,
Buckley, and Claire
From Bill Hobbs ('66) of Northern VA - 03/31/14 - "A Special American!":
Jack was a special American, but unfortunately, the folks in his hometown and in his home country would not allow him to prove that to them while he was alive, so as a 17-year-old in 1912, he decided to go elsewhere to make a better life for himself. He stowed away on a merchant ship that was headed for Scotland, became a successful prize fighter and fought his way to stardom in the boxing rings of Europe. When WWI started in 1914, he enlisted in the French Foreign Legion and eventually transferred to the 170th Infantry Regiment, where for two years he manned a machine gun in the wet and bloody, battlefield trenches of the Western Front. Thousands of soldiers on both sides of this terrible conflict died, and Jack came close to death himself on more than one occasion. Finally, while delivering messages on the battlefield, he was seriously wounded in his thigh and spent months recovering in a French hospital. Though Jack survived his injury, it had made him a disabled veteran who could no longer provide service as an infantryman, but it earned him the gratitude of the French government, which awarded him the Croix de Guerre (Cross of War), which was also adorned with the Bronze Star because his heroic actions had been mentioned in dispatches at the regimental or brigade level.
This American could have returned to a quieter life after serving the cause of freedom, but he wasn't ready to quit yet. The French Army was looking for pilots for their new air force, and Jack signed up and successfully completed his flight training. He became one of the 269 Americans assigned to the Lafayette Flying Corps of the French Air Service, where he flew Nieuport and Spad aircraft on 20 combat missions, during which he has been credited with shooting down at least two German planes. When America entered the war in 1917, Jack applied for transfer to the United States Army Air Service, but he was turned down simply because of the color of his skin, for you see, Jack was the son of a black man and a Creek Indian woman, and our armed forces were not yet racially integrated. Nevertheless, Jack, who was born Eugene Jacques Bullard in Columbus, Georgia, rose above his country's discrimination and distinguished himself as the world's very first black aviator, being one of only two black men to fly in the defense of freedom in WWI, and who was awarded 14 additional medals for his military service.
After WWI, Jack married into a wealthy French family, had two daughters, and operated a popular nightclub in Paris, where his clientele included both movie stars and princes. During WWII, he first spied on the Germans for the allies and then fought with the French infantry until he was wounded again. He fled occupied France and ended up in New York City, where he died of stomach cancer in 1961. He reportedly visited his old hometown before his death to reconnect with his family, but he was unable to locate any of them. Of course, times have changed since Jack left Columbus in 1912, and this special American is now appropriately remembered and revered by his hometown and his native land. You may find his story in the 2007 book Columbus Connections, by Lynn Willoughby, and a prominent plaque that tells about Jack is now affixed to the wall in the lobby of the Columbus Metro Airport. In 1994, he was posthumously commissioned as a second lieutenant in the United States Air Force, and the 2006 movie, Flyboys, which I highly recommend, loosely portrays Jack and his American comrades who valiantly flew for the French in WWI. - Your Bud
"A Scout should Be Prepared, a Marine should be Semper Fidelis (Always Faithful), and a "G-Man" should be dedicated to Fidelity, Bravery and Integrity (FBI), but only trust in The Good Lord can make that happen."
WOWZERS! Thanks so much, Billy!
From Jimmy Smith ('62 / '63) of VA - 03/08/14 - "Hand Paintings? (#6 in a series of 16)":
|COOL BEANS! Thanks, Jimmy!|
From Bill Hobbs ('66) of Northern VA - 03/28/14 - "Who Knew? (#3 in a series of 25)":
|WOWZERS! Thanks, Billy!|
BONUS FOOL CROCHET PATTERN:
|Rachel Choi's April Fool’s Crochet Pattern: Spaghetti|
BONUS APRIL FOOL RECIPES:
|April Fool's! A fun menu for 6 with wacky April Fool's recipes|
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
After the initial order has been sold the price will go to the regular
retail price of $14.95.
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: email@example.com or raglandtradingpost.com 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!
DATES TO REMEMBER:
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. Thursday, May 1, 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.
3. 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.
4. 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 firstname.lastname@example.org, or Mickey Marcella at 757 249 3800 or email@example.com, or Betty H. Neher at 757 898 5099 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
http://www.nnhs65.com/requests-prayers.html - updated 03/21/14
http://nnhs.wordpress.com/ - updated 03/13/11
Y'all take care of each other! TYPHOONS FOREVER! We'll Always Have Buckroe!
Love to all, Carol
NNHS CLASS OF '65 WEB SITE:
PERSONAL WEB SITE: http://www.angelfire.com/weird2/cluckmeat
midi (sequenced by the late Robert Dupler on 06/06/98) courtesy
of http://www.midistudio.com/Guests/Robert_Dupler/index.html - 02/04/10
"Poor Little Fool" lyrics courtesy of http://www.lyricsdomain.com/18/ricky_nelson/poor_little_fool.html - 02/03/10
Image of Fool courtesy of http://windynights.homestead.com/files/fool.jpg - 02/04/10
Laughing Jester Smiley clip art courtesy of Bill Hobbs
('66) of Northern VA - 10/06/09
Animated Bar 117 Divider Line clip art courtesy of http://onyxk8.tripod.com/bars7.html - 02/03/10
Marine Corps Seal clip art
courtesy of the late Herbert Hice of MI
one of my
who served in the South
Pacific during WWII.
Thanks again, Herbie!!
Animated Yehaa Typhoon clip art courtesy of Al Farber ('64) of GA - 08/18/05
Animated Tiny Birthday Cake clip art courtesy of Sarah Puckett Kressaty ('65) of VA - 08/31/05
Thanks, Sarah Sugah!
Hillsboro High School's Topper (Band Version) clip art courtesy of
American School Logo courtesy of http://www.americanschoolofcorr.com/grads.asp - 09/05/06
Navy Seal clip art courtesy of http://www.onemileup.com/miniSeals.asp - 05/29/06
Army Seal clip art courtesy of Al Farber ('64) of GA - 05/24/06 (still
Replaced by Norm Covert ('61) of MD - 02/09/09
Thanks, Norm! <
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