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04/27/10 - NNHS Newsletter -
It Don't Come Easy

“If things don't come easy, there is no premium on effort.
There should be joy in the chase, zest in the pursuit.”

- Branch Rickey
(20 Dec 1881 - 09 Dec 1965)

Dear Friends and Schoolmates,   

  Does this 1971 song bring back even more memories??

BONUS - - It Don't Come Easy - Ringo Starr


"It Don't Come Easy" is a song released as an Apple Records single by Ringo Starr in April 1971, reaching number four in both the U.S. and UK singles charts. It was Starr's first solo single in the UK, but his second in the US (the first was "Beaucoups of Blues"), following the breakup of The Beatles.

Starr reportedly composed the song in 1970. Decades later, he admitted that the song's producer George Harrison "co-wrote" the song[citation needed] (as he did with other hits such as "Photograph").


     Happy Birthday today to     Bill Campbell ('54) of VA AND Genis Bird Crowder Hornsby ('54) AND Barbara Jones ('54);

     Happy Birthday this week to:

29 -
  Brenda Davis English ('64) of KS AND    Mike Sagman ('66) of VA;

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

02 -   Billy Turner ('65) of TX AND        My Granddaughter, Rachel Harty (Collinsville HS, IL - '14) of IL;

03 -  Pauline Collins Shofner ('65) of VA;

04 - Wanda Hodge Underwood ('57)!

   Many Happy Returns to You All!


April 27, 1941 - German troops entered Athens.

April 27, 1941 - The Communist Party of Slovenia, the Slovene Christian Socialists, the left-wing Slovene Sokols (also known as "National Democrats") and a group of progressive intellectuals established the Liberation Front of the Slovenian People.

April 27, 1945 - German troops were finally expelled from Finnish Lapland.

April 27, 1945 - The Völkischer Beobachter, the newspaper of the Nazi Party, ceased publication.

April 27, 1945 - Benito Mussolini was arrested by Italian partisans in Dongo, while attempting escape disguised as a German soldier.


     From Me ('65) of IL - 04/26/10:

  My mama              the late Maxine Frix Buckley (John Marshall HS - '25), decided it would be nice to have a photo or two of the three first cousins who were so close together in age following the funeral of        my daddy, the late Robert Buckley (John Marshall HS - '25). 

     It's amazing how swollen a face can become after only two days of constant crying.....  Oh, well, they're good shots of        Cheryl (White Wilson - John Marshall HS - '64 - of VA) and       Jean (Atkinson Mallory - Rappahannock HS / John Marshall HS - '65 - of VA), anyway!
Wednesday, April 27, 1960
1309-A 16th Street, Newport News, VA
Cheryl White (age 13), Carol Buckley (age 12), and Jean Atkinson (age 12)

TODAY IN 1965:

Tuesday, April 27, 1965 - Journalist Edward R. Murrow (b. 25 Apr 1908 in Guilford County, North Carolina) died in Pawling, Dutchess County, New York of lung cancer two days after his 57th birthday. His colleague and friend Eric Sevareid said of him, "He was a shooting star; and we will live in his afterglow a very long time."

  From Harry Simpson ('54) of VA - 04/26/10 - "NNHS Class of 1954": 


I, as Chair for the NNHS Class of 1954, want to say "Thank You" for listing our 56-Year Class Luncheon at the Chamberlin on your web pages.  The Class members seemed to have such a good time that I have been asked to plan our 57-Year gathering for 2011.  So, The NNHS Class of 1954 will have a LUNCHEON on Saturday, April 30, 2011. Mickey Marcella 757 - 249 - 3800, Betty Hamby Neher, 757 - 898 - 5099 and Dr. Harry Simpson 804 - 694 - 0346 will be the team leaders. 

Thank you for ALL that you do for the ALUMNI of Newport News High School.   

Harry Simpson

   SUPER-DE-DUPER!!! Thanks, Harry!

   From F.A. Saunders (Hampton HS - '64) of VA - 04/26/10 - "Post Cards":

You have probably seen this but thought I would pass it on just in case you hadn't.

F.A. Saunders (HHS 64)

   Thank you so much, F.A.! As it happens, I've seen other postcard sites, but I had not seen this particular site - and it's waaay cool!

      From My Niece, Shari, of VA - 04/26/10 - "new kitten":

  Here is my new kitten Gaven. Ky for the middle name.
Will send pictures of him within the week. He's actually cuter than this, though his eyes look sort of possibly gray, they are really pretty. He has a very sweet demeanor and loves to be held.
This is the pic. of him at the SPCA.

   AWWW, Shari, how could he possibly be any cuter than this?!? That is one adorable little baby kitty cat! Thanks! Y'all have fun together!

Gaven Ky

 From Sarah Puckett Kressaty ('65) of VA - 04/26/10 - "How to dance in the rain":

Seen before.  Worth repeating from time to time.



 How  to Dance in the Rain

It  was a busy morning, about 8:30 , when an elderly  gentleman in his 80's arrived at the hospital to have stitches removed from his thumb.  

He  said he was in a hurry as he had an appointment at 9:00  am. The nurse took his vital signs and had him take a seat,  knowing it would be over an hour before someone would to  able to see him. I saw  him looking at his watch and decided, since I was not busy with another patient, I would evaluate his wound.

On exam, it was well healed, so I talked to one of the doctors, got the needed supplies to remove his sutures and redress his wound.

While taking  care of his wound,
I asked  him if he had another doctor's appointment this morning, as he was in such a hurry.
The  gentleman told me no, that he needed to go to the nursing home to eat breakfast with his wife.  

I inquired as to her health.

He told me that she had been there for a while and that she was a victim of  Alzheimer's Disease.  As we talked,  
I asked if she would be upset if he was a bit late.

He  replied that she no longer knew who he was, that she had  not recognized him in five years now.  I was surprised, and asked him, 'And you still go every morning, even though she doesn't know who you are?'

He  smiled. As he patted my hand and said,
'She  doesn't know who I am,  But I still  know who she is.' 

I had to hold back tears as he left, I had goose bumps on my arm, and thought, 'That is the kind of love I want in my life.'

True love is neither physical,  nor romantic.

True love is an acceptance of  all that is, has been, will be, and will not be.

With  all the jokes and fun that are in e-mails, sometimes  there is one that comes along that has
an important  message. This one I thought  I should  share with you.

The  happiest people don't necessarily have the best of  everything;
They just make the best of everything they have.

I  hope you share this with someone you care about.  
I just  did.

And as you keep teaching me,    

'Life  isn't about how to survive the storm,

"How  to dance in the rain."

   Thanks so much, Sarah Sugah!


  From Jane Chambers of VA - 04/16/10 - "(A Very Cool Surprise Which I'm Reserving for As Soon As I Catch Up to Myself)":

   WOWZERONI! Thanks so much, Jane!


  From Jane Chambers of VA - 07/01/09 AND 02/07/10 - "CNC BOOK BROCHURE & AD" AND 61-62 DECADERS ADDENDA:

   Contact Dr. Chambers at

   Thanks, Jane!


From ArcaMax Jokes - 04/26/10:

Senior Breakfast

We went to breakfast at a restaurant where the "seniors' special" was two eggs, bacon, hash browns and toast for $1.99.

"Sounds good," my wife said. "But I don't want the eggs."

"Then I'll have to charge you two dollars and forty-nine cents because you're ordering a la carte," the waitress warned her.

"You mean I'd have to pay for not taking the eggs?" My wife asked incredulously. "I'll take the special."

"How do you want your eggs?"

"Raw and in the shell," my wife replied. She took the two eggs home. DON'T MESS WITH SENIORS!


1. Saturday, June 12, 2010 - George Wythe Schools Closing Celebration. Contact Glory Gill (Wythe school nurse) at 727-2965 / with any questions or to contribute old memories - OPEN TO PUBLIC

2. Friday and Saturday, August 6 and 7, 2010 - The NNHS Class of 1970 will hold its 40-Year Reunion. Saturday night will be at the Kiln Creek Golf & Country Club. For details, contact Carol Comer Cutler at or visit the reunion website at - CLASS OF 1970

3. Friday, Saturday, and Sunday, August 6, 7, and 8, 2010 - The NNHS Class of 1960 will hold its 50-Year Reunion at the Marriott Newport News at City Center. For details, contact Karen Weinstein Witte at - CLASS OF 1960

4. Saturday, October 9, 2010 - The NNHS Class of 1963 will celebrate their 65th Birthdays at a Party on Saturday, October 9, 2010 at the Virginia Power Clubhouse, 1701 Waterview, Yorktown, VA from 5:00 PM to 10:00 PM. For details, contact Susie Overton Jones at - CLASS OF 1963

5. Friday and Saturday, October 15 and 16, 2010 - The NNHS Class of 1965 will hold its 45-Year Reunion at the Point Plaza Hotel, 950 J. Clyde Morris Boulevard, Newport News, VA 23601. For details, contact Dave Arnold at - OPEN TO ALL CLASSES, HOSTED BY THE CLASS OF 1965

6. Saturday, April 30, 2011 - The NNHS Class of 1954 will have a LUNCHEON. Mickey Marcella (757) 249-3800, Betty Hamby Neher, (757) 898-5099 and Dr. Harry Simpson (804) 694-0346 will be the team leaders. - CLASS OF 1954

7. July 2011- The Class of 1971 is planning a 40-Year Reunion. A planning committee has been formed and held their first meeting recently. In an effort to connect with as many class members as possible, they are asking anyone interested in the Class of '71 reunion to contact Richard Rawls. Please provide your name, address, phone number(s) and email address so that they can be in touch with you when final arrangements are made. It has been 20 years since their last class reunion and they are looking forward to seeing everyone again. Send your contact information to: - CLASS OF 1971

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BLOG: - updated 08/04/09

Y'all take care of each other!  TYPHOONS FOREVER!  We'll Always Have Buckroe!

                                 Love to all, Carol





Carol Buckley Harty

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It Don't Come Easy

Words and Music by Ringo Starr (b. 07 July 1940) and George Harrison (25 Feb 1943 – 29 Nov 2001), 1970

Recorded by Ringo Starr (b. 16 Sept 1925), 1971

It don't come easy,
You know it don't come easy.

It don't come easy,
You know it don't come easy.

Got to pay your dues if you wanna sing the blues,
And you know it don't come easy.
You don't have to shout or leap about,
You can even play them easy.

Forget about the past and all your sorrows,
The future won't last,
It will soon be over tomorrow.

I don't ask for much, I only want your trust,
And you know it don't come easy.
And this love of mine keeps growing all the time,
And you know it just ain't easy.

Open up your heart, let's come together,
Use a little love
And we will make it work out better.

(ah -)
(ah -)

Got to pay your dues if you wanna sing the blues,
And you know it don't come easy.
You don't have to shout or leap about,
You can even play them easy.

Peace, remember peace is how we make it,
Here within your reach
If you're big enough to take it.

I don't ask for much, I only want your trust,
And you know it don't come easy.
And this love of mine keeps growing all the time,
And you know it don't come easy.

"It Don't Come Easy" midi courtesy of Dave Spriggs ('64) of VA - 03/23/10
Thanks, Dave!

"It Don't Come Easy" lyrics courtesy
of, also at the suggestion of Dave Spriggs ('64) of VA - 03/23/10
Thanks again, Dave!

Image of Easy Button courtesy of - 04/28/10 (sic)

Red Buttons Divider Line clip art courtesy of - 07/17/09

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!

Collinsville High School (IL) Logo courtesy of - 09/22/07

John Marshall High School's Justice Scale clip art courtesy of Cheryl White Wilson (JMHS - '64) of VA - 10/13/05 (replaced 02/23/09)
Thanks, Cheryl!

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

Hampton High School's Crab clip art courtesy of - 10/02/05
Replaced courtesy of - 02/17/09

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