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04/24/17 - NNHS Newsletter - Let It Be Me

“Love is an act of endless forgiveness, a tender look which becomes a habit.”

- Sir Peter Ustinov
(16 Apr 1921 – 28 Mar 2004)

Dear Friends and Schoolmates,   

   Ahhh - such a dreamy ol' Golden Oldie! 

BONUS #1 - Let It Be Me - The Everly Brothers, 1964

BONUS #2 - - Let It Be Me - The Everly Brothers, umm, later...

BONUS #3 - - Let It Be Me - Elvis, February 19, 1970


"Let It Be Me" is a popular song originally published in 1955 as "Je t'appartiens". The score was written and first recorded by Gilbert Bécaud. The lyrics were penned in French by Pierre Delanoë. The English language version used lyrics by Mann Curtis and was performed in 1957 by Jill Corey in the television series Climax!. Corey's version, with orchestration by Jimmy Carroll, was released as a single and was moderately successful. The most popular version of "Let It Be Me" was released in 1960 by The Everly Brothers. It reached 7th position on the Billboard Hot 100.[1] The harmony arrangement of this version was often emulated in subsequent remakes.


   Happy Birthday today to Donald Smith ('57) of VA AND  My Grandson, Christopher Huber of Alberta!

   Happy Birthday tomorrow to Lolly Wynne Burke ('57) of Northern VA AND  Bobbie Smith Horwitz ('65) of TX!

   Happy Birthday this week to:

26 - Deanna Steele Capps ('57) AND The late Linda Decell Sorrell ('63) (deceased 08/13/14) AND   Leslie Decell ('63) of VA AND Deanna Steele Capps ('57) AND Vickie Bonday Goodhart ('63) of VA AND   Becky Braswell Branch ('65) of AR;

27 -  Bill Campbell ('54) of VA AND Genis Bird Crowder Hornsby ('54) AND Barbara Jones ('54);

28 - Marvin Barnes ('65) of VA;

29 -   The late Jesse Miller ('63)) (d. 28 Jan 2016) AND  Brenda Davis English ('64) of KS  AND  Mike Sagman ('66) of VA;

30 -
 The Head Cheerleader of 1963, Judy Horton Lindstrom of FL

01 -  The Head Cheerleader of 1958, Evelyn Fryer Fish of TX!

   Many Happy Returns to You All!


April 24, 1933 - Nazi Germany began its persecution of Jehovah's Witnesses by shutting down the Watch Tower Society office in Magdeburg.

April 24, 1944 - The SBS launched a raid against the garrison of Santorini in Greece.


Monday, April 24, 1967 - Cosmonaut Vladimir Komarov (b. Vladimir Mikhaylovich Komarov [Влади́мир Миха́йлович Комаро́в] on 16 Mar 1927 in Moscow, Soviet Union) died at the age of 40 in Soyuz 1 when its parachute failed to open. He was the first human to die during a space mission.

Monday, April 24, 1967 - Vietnam War: American General William Westmoreland said in a news conference that the enemy had "gained support in the United States that gives him hope that he can win politically that which he cannot win militarily."

Monday, April 24, 1967 - Basketball player Dino Rađa was born in Split, SR Croatia, SFR Yugoslavia.

Monday, April 24, 1967 - Baseball player and coach Omar Vizquel was born Omar Enrique Vizquel González in Caracas, Venezuela.

From My Friend, Susan, of NC - 04/23/15:

We either make ourselves miserable, or we make ourselves strong. The amount of work is the same.

- Carlos Castaneda
(25 Dec 1925 - 27  April 1998)

   Thanks so much, Susan!

From Joe Drewry ('58) of VA - 04/23/16, 11:20 AM - " Jesse Kersey ('58) died Saturday 4/22/2017":

The cancer that first struck Kersey in 2015 took his life Saturday morning. He was 76 and died at his Williamsburg home, family at his side — he is survived by his wife, Kathy, and sons Bryan and Todd.
  Peninsula icon, former NBA referee Jess Kersey remembered for 'magnetic personality'


Jess Kersey's proudest officiating moment wasn't about him. It didn't involve Kareem, Jordan, Bird or LeBron. It wasn't derived from the staggering numbers he compiled refereeing professional basketball for three decades.

Indeed, the memory that made Kersey beam most came eight years after his final game.

It was the 2015 NCAA Final Four in Indianapolis, where his oldest son, Bryan, refereed on college basketball's grandest stage. How important was that experience to Jess?

He postponed a chemotherapy treatment to make it happen.

The cancer that first struck Kersey weeks before the trip took his life Saturday morning. He was 76 and died at his Williamsburg home, family at his side — he is survived by his wife, Kathy, and sons Bryan and Todd.

"Every aspect of my life, he influenced," Bryan said. "He was a great father and a great referee."

Though his dad, a welder by trade, volunteered as a baseball and softball umpire, Kersey had no ambition to officiate any sport. A 1958 Newport News High School graduate, he was an accomplished athlete as a student and adult, playing two decades at second base for the renowned Fox Hill fast-pitch softball team.

But as a youth director in Newport News, he refereed kids' basketball games in a pinch, catching the eye of Otis Almond, an established college official from the area. Soon Kersey was fast-tracking from high school to college to the American Basketball Association to the NBA.

Kersey's first pro assignment was a 1974 Carolina Cougars-New York Nets exhibition at Appalachian State University. His career numbers: 2,200 NBA games, 190 in the playoffs, 19 NBA Finals and five All-Star games.

"It's the greatest job in the world," Kersey told the Daily Press' Dave Fairbank when he was inducted into the Virginia Sports Hall of Fame in 2012. "You only have to concentrate for two hours-and-a-half."

Few did it better.

"Jess Kersey's magnetic personality and engaging communication skills were part of the reason for his success as an NBA referee," said Bob Delaney, the league's vice president of referee operations and director of officials. "Rules knowledge and play-calling abilities are expected, yet those who get to the top of our profession understand how to interact with the will-to-win emotions and heat-of-the-moment reactions by player and coaches. Jess had great people skills that served the NBA well."

Delaney knows first-hand. As a rookie official in 1987, he was assigned to work a majority of his games with Kersey.

That was the final season of two-man crews — the NBA added a third referee to each contest in 1988-89 — and life on the road together bonded the pair indelibly.

So when Delaney learned recently that Kersey's health was failing, he and a co-worker took photos and videos around the NBA office, where pictures, several showing Kersey, adorn the walls. Delaney sent them to Bryan for sharing with his dad.

"I had the honor and privilege to be mentored by Jess not only about the game of basketball but also about all the nuances of our profession," Delaney said. "I'm eternally grateful to him."

"The NBA family mourns the passing of former longtime referee Jess Kersey," the league tweeted to its nearly 25 million followers Saturday afternoon. "Jess relished the job and was one of the best at his craft."

The iconic photo of Kersey on the job is of him separating two very large humans, Mitch Kupchak and Hakeem Olajuwon, during a scuffle. Arms wrapped around Olajuwon, head imbedded in Olajuwon's ribs, Kersey still has his whistle in his mouth.

But Bryan said the only picture prominently displayed in his dad's office is of Larry Johnson making a late 3-pointer for the New York Knicks against the Indiana Pacers in Game 3 of the 1999 Eastern Conference finals.

Kersey whistled Indiana's Antonio Davis for a questionable foul on the shot, and Johnson's subsequent free throw gave New York a 92-91 victory.

"I knew right away I had screwed that play up," Kersey told ESPN The Magazine a year later. "As a ref you don't need to see it on tape. You know it, you feel it. … I took something away from a team that didn't deserve to have it taken away."

Of all the mementos, why display that painful one?

"The ones that stay with you are the ones that you missed," Delaney said. "It's a constant reminder that you're pursuing perfection. … That's the official's mindset: pursue perfection, with the reality that there's no perfect game out there."

Kersey took Bryan to scores of games, and when he couldn't he always returned with a trinket. A basketball, pair of socks, T-shirt, even a bag of airline peanuts.

Bryan's career path was clear and he became a staple in the ACC and other major conferences. He worked in the college ranks for 30 years before transitioning to administration this past season as the ACC's supervisor of officials.

The disarming manner Bryan brought to the college game was reflection of Jess.

"He wanted me to be great," Bryan said. "He encouraged me to be great. He pushed me every day, critiquing games, telling me what I was doing right, a lot of times telling me what I was doing wrong. … I just hope all these guys who work for me, I can pass something down to them from him."

Late in his NBA career, Kersey took an involuntary sabbatical. In April 1997, federal authorities charged him and six colleagues with filing false tax returns — they didn't report as income, money they received from downgrading to coach from the first-class airline tickets provided by the NBA.

Kersey pleaded guilty, paid back taxes and a $20,000 fine, served three years' probation and was forced to resign.

Why mention this at such a solemn moment? Because Kersey's response speaks to his considerable character.

Rather than stew in bitterness, denial or shame, he shared his setback with church groups, troubled kids and respected business types. Such remorse and humility earned him reinstatement from an uncompromising boss: then-NBA commissioner David Stern.

Moreover, Stern wrote the following in recommending Kersey for the Virginia Sports Hall of Fame: "While (his statistics) alone are impressive, the truest measures of Jess's success are the consistent excellence, integrity, and work ethic he displayed in one of the most difficult jobs in all of sports."

"The toughest (time) I ever spent," Kersey told me in 2001 of his NBA leave. "It's something you grow from or go into a cave and hide from. If you try to hide the truth, you do somebody an injustice."

As reflective as Kersey was then, he was at his best spinning yarns. And heaven knows he had plenty of material.

"Oh, my goodness, and some of them were actually true," joked Henry Morgan, a friend and former softball teammate. "He was very funny and entertaining. … He was also a very caring person. He did a lot of little things for people."

The owner of the Peninsula Pilots baseball team, Morgan and Kersey shared a love of that sport, especially at the grassroots level. Kersey attended many Pilots games in the Coastal Plain League, a summer outlet for college players, and was a regular at the Little League World Series in Williamsport, Pa.

But it was basketball that captured his heart, witness the NBA T-shirt he wore during his final days.

Grinding through seasons into his late 60s, Kersey understood his time on the court was short. But the end was sudden.

In an April 2007 game, Kersey was unable to avoid a collision with Los Angeles Clippers guard Corey Maggette in a transition sequence. Ensuing left-hip replacement sidelined him permanently.

"With me being 5-10 and 160 pounds, and Corey being 6-5 and 225 pounds, I did not win that battle," Kersey said five years later.

Block or charge?

Jess Kersey probably would have whistled himself for the foul.

Teel can be reached by phone at 757-247-4636 or by email at For more from Teel, read his blog at and follow him at
Copyright © 2017, Daily Press


   Thank you so much for this article and the great images, Joe! My condolences are with you on the loss of your classmate.  

 From Fred Mays ('60) of VA - 04/23/16, 7:47 PM - "Death of Jesse Ray Kersey ('58)":

Hi Carol:

In case you are unaware, Jess Kersey passed away on Saturday, April 22, 2017. He graduated in 1958 with my sister Mary Anne. He left quite a reputation as an NBA referee and, according to Daily Press, officiated 2,200 games. He lived in Williamsburg, VA. There has not been an obituary yet; however the reporting of his death is in the D. P. today, Sunday, pages 1 and 6 of the Sports Section. David Teel, Sports Editor, reports that he loved basketball and his family. He died of cancer. Look for the obituary later.

Keep up the good work, my friend.

Fred Mays, class of 1960

   Thank you so much, Fred! I wish I had known Jesse by more than name and reputation. He sounds like such a good friend.

“It's so legato it's difficult to splice. Sibelius was famous for that.

- Eugene Ormandy, conductor
(18 Nov 1899 - 12 Mar

  From George Helliesen ('61) of VA - 04/16/17 - "25 Actual Predictions That Were Absolutely Wrong!" (#4 in a Series of 25):

  WOWZERONI! Thanks, George!


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From - 04/23/17:

It was 6 p.m., and I was about to leave the coin laundry where I was employed. My boss called me over and asked if I would mind dropping off someone's laundry on my way home. "It's for my cousin," she said, "who is eight months pregnant and can't get out much anymore."

I cheerfully agreed and, driving to the address, knocked at the door. A little girl, the sister-to-be, answered.

"Hi, there," I said with a big smile. "Is your mommy home?" Holding up the white bundle of clothes, I explained, "I have a delivery for her."

The child's mouth dropped, and her eyes went wide. "Mom!" she shrieked, "come quick! It's the stork!"


1. Wednesday, May 10, 2017 - 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.

2. Friday and Saturday, June 23 and 24, 2017 - The NNHS Class of 1962 will hold their 55-Year Reunion at Doubletree Hotel, 50 Kingsmill Road, Williamsburg, VA. SEE: and CONTACT:

3. Friday and Saturday, September 22 and 23, 2017 - The NNHS Class of 1967 will hold their 50-Year Reunion.

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Y'all take good care of each other!  TYPHOONS FOREVER! 
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                          Love to all, Carol





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Fayetteville, NC 28311-9309

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Je T'appartiens

Assise à ta place
Dans cette maison de glace
Je compte un à un mes torts
Je vois ces carafes
Remplies du vide
Qui transperce mon corps
Et toutes mes nuits se fondent
Jamais tes yeux ne tombent
De mon coeur qui succombe
à ton départ, mais...
Je t'appartiens
Comme l'orque et la mer ne font qu'un
Elles n'aiment qu'une seule fois
Puis s'échouent comme on se noie

Des projets, des ríves
S'arrachent et j'en crève
Je ne vis plus, je meurs
Míme en surface
Te voir, me glace
Et m'éventre le coeur
Et toutes les nuits se fondent
Dans tes bras une autre tombe
Je méprise míme son ombre
Et ton départ, mais...


Elles n'aiment qu'une seule fois

(poème 2)

Let It Be Me (Je T'appartiens)

Written by Gilbert Bécaud,
(24 Oct 1927 – 18 Dec 2001)

Mann Curtis,

and Pierre Delanoë
(16 Dec 1918 - 27 Dec 2006)

(The Everly Brothers, 1960)

God bless the day I found you
I want to stay around you
And so I beg you
Let it be me

Don't take this heaven from one
If you must cling to someone
Now and forever
Let it be me

Each time we meet, love,
I find complete love
Without your sweet love
Tell me, what would life be?

So never leave me lonely
Tell me you love me only
And that you'll always
Let it be me


Je T'appartiens (Translation)

I belong to you
I sit where you stood
Into these empty rooms
I wonder where we went wrong
I try to forget
Drink you out of my head
Still I can hear the sound
Here comes the dawn again
I lie awake in bed
This heart of mine has come undone
Because you're gone, still...
I belong to you
Like the sea and orca are one
They love only once
And then succumb on the shore

The dreams that we planned
Suddenly just end
How do I stay alive ?
I freeze in place
At the sight of your face
It's killing me inside
Here comes the dawn again
In your arms, another flame
I despise her every part of her
And your betrayal, still...


They love only once

(2nd poem)


"Let It Be Me" midi courtesy of - 04/23/09

"Let It Be Me" lyrics courtesy of - 04/23/09

"Je T'appartiens" lyrics and translation courtesy of - 04/24/09

"All My Love Now and Forever" Poster courtesy of - 04/23/09

Multi-Rose Divider Line clip art courtesy of - 04/24/09

Animated Tiny Birthday Cake clip art courtesy of Sarah Puckett Kressaty ('65) of VA - 08/31/05
Thanks, Sarah Sugah!

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!

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

Virginia State Police Patch courtesy of - 04/13/16

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

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