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04/01/14 - NNHS Newsletter -
April Fool's Day

I wonder what fool it was that first invented kissing.”

 - Jonathan Swift
(30 Nov 1667 - 19 Oct 1745)

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!


From http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Poor_Little_Fool:

"Poor Little Fool" is a pop/rock 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.[2]

The Fleetwoods released a cover version of the song in 1962.


REMINDER:

     NNHS Typhoon logo tote bags are now available from    Butch Ragland's ('63 - of CO) eBay 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!

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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!

http://www.nnhs65.com/Happy-Birthday.html 


THIS DAY IN WWII:

April 1, 1924 - Adolf Hitler was sentenced to five years in jail 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 Mein Kampf.

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, 1937 - Spanish Civil War: Jaén, Spain was bombed by Nazi forces.

April 1, 1939 - Spanish Civil War: Generalísimo Francisco Franco of the Spanish State announced the end of the Spanish Civil War, when the last of the Republican forces surrendered.

April 1, 1941 - Fântâna Albă massacre: Between 200 and 2,000 Romanian civilians were killed by Soviet Border Guards.

April 1, 1941 - The Blockade Runner Badge for the German navy was instituted.

April 1, 1941 - A military coup in Iraq overthrew the regime of 'Abd al-Ilah and installed Rashid Ali as Prime Minister.

April 1, 1944 - Navigation errors led to an accidental American bombing of the Swiss city of Schaffhausen.

April 1, 1945 - Operation Iceberg United States troops landed on Okinawa in the last campaign of the war.

April 1, 1948 - Cold War: The Berlin Airlift began. Military forces, under direction of the Soviet-controlled government in East Germany, set-up a land blockade of West Berlin.


THIS DAY IN 1965:

Tuesday, April 01, 1964 - Cyclist and manager Erik Breukink was born in Rheden, the Netherlands.

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.

Tuesday, April 01, 1964 - Cricketer John Morris was born John Edward Morris in Crewe, Cheshire, England).[1]

Tuesday, April 01, 1964 - Journalist, author, and educator José Rodrigues dos Santos was born José António Afonso Rodrigues dos Santos in Beira, Overseas Province of Mozambique.

Tuesday, April 01, 1964 - Ice hockey player Scott Stevens was born Ronald Scott Stevens in Kitchener, Ontario, Canada.


          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!":

Guys,

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!

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Eugene_Bullard


    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


REMINDER:

   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.

www.raglandtradingpost.com, or
www.raglandmilitaryproducts.com.

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: butchrag840@cs.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.

TYPHOONMART.html

   Thank you so very much, Butch!


FINALLY:

From www.ajokeaday.com - 03/31/14:

An Accident Report

I am writing in response to your request for “additional information.” In block number 30 of the accident report form, I put “poor planning” as the cause for my accident. You said in your last letter that I should explain more fully. I trust that the following detail will be sufficient.

I am an amateur radio operator. On the day of the accident, I was working alone on the top section of my new 80-foot antenna tower. When I completed my work, I discovered that I had, over the course of several trips up the tower, brought about 300 lbs. of tools and spare hardware. Rather than carry the now unneeded tools and materials down by hand, I decided to lower the items in a small barrel by using a pulley, which fortunately was attached to the pole at the tip of the tower. Securing the rope at ground level, I went up to the top of the tower and loaded the tools and materials into the barrel. Then I went back to the ground and untied the rope, holding it tightly to insure a slow descent of the 300 lbs. of tools.

You will note in block number 11 of the accident report form that I weigh 155 lbs. Due to my surprise at being jerked off the ground so suddenly, I lost my presence of mind and forgot to let go of the rope. Needless to say, I proceeded at a rapid rate up the side of the tower. In the vicinity of the 40-foot level, I met the barrel coming down. This explains my fractured skull and broken clavicle.

Slowed only slightly, I continued my rapid ascent, not stopping until the fingers of my right hand were two knuckles deep into the pulley. Fortunately by this time I had regained my presence of mind and was able to hold tightly on the rope in spite of the pain. At about the same time however, the barrel hit the ground. The bottom fell out of the barrel. Devoid of the weight of the tools, the barrel now weighed 20 pounds.

I refer you again to my weight in block number 11. As you might guess, I began a rapid descent down the side of the tower. In the vicinity of the 40-foot level, I met the barrel coming up. This accounts for the two fractured ankles and the lacerations or my legs and lower body.

The encounter with the barrel slowed me enough to lessen my injuries when I fell into the pile of tools, and fortunately only three vertebras were cracked. I am sorry to report, however, that as I lay there on the tools in pain, unable to stand, and watching the empty barrel 80 feet above me, I again lost my presence of mind.


DATES TO REMEMBER:

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. 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 hdsdds@aol.com, or Mickey Marcella at 757 249 3800 or mcmiceli@verizon.net, or Betty H. Neher at 757 898 5099 or bjneher@cox.net.


PRAYER ROLL:

http://www.nnhs65.com/requests-prayers.html - updated 03/21/14

BLOG:

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

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NNHS CLASS OF '65 WEB SITE: http://www.nnhs65.com

PERSONAL WEB SITE: http://www.angelfire.com/weird2/cluckmeat

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Carol Buckley Harty
7020 Lure Court
Fayetteville, NC 28311-9309
915-780-3048
 


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2. Go to www.PayPal.com, log in, select "Send Money (Services) to nnhs65@gmail.com; or

3. Just mail it directly to my home. Thanks!    
             


 

Poor Little Fool

Written by Sharon Sheeley
 (04 Apr 1940 – 17 May 2002)

Recorded by Rick Nelson, 1958
(08 May 1940 – 31 Dec 1985)


I used to play around with hearts that hastened at my call,
But when I met that little girl I knew that I would fall.

(chorus)
Poor little fool, oh yeah, I was a fool, uh huh..

She played around and teased me with her carefree devil eyes,
She'd hold me close and kiss me but her heart was full of lies.

(chorus)

She told me how she cared for me and that we'd never part,
And so for the very first time I gave away my heart.

(chorus)

The next day she was gone and I knew she'd lied to me,
She left me with a broken heart and won her victory.

(chorus)

I'd played this game with other hearts but I never thought I'd see,
The day that someone else would play love's foolish game with me.

(chorus)

 


"Poor Little Fool" 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
Thanks, Bill!

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 Famous Marines 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
Thanks, Al!

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 http://www.hillsboroschools.net/schools/hhs/activities/music2/Band/bio.html - 06/07/08
Thanks, Mark!

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 missing...)
Thanks, Al!
Replaced by Norm Covert ('61) of MD - 02/09/09
Thanks, Norm! <

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