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06/04/08 - NNHS Newsletter -
Robert Merrill's 91st Birthday

“When you sing the (national) anthem, there's a legitimacy to it.
I'm extremely bothered by these different interpretations of it.”

Robert Merrill
(4 June 1917 - 23 Oct 2004)

Dear Friends and Schoolmates,   

   Continuing with our birthday themes, I just couldn't resist this one.  You will note (if not remember) that the incomparable Mr. Merrill died "at home in New Rochelle, NY, while watching Game 1 of the 2004 World Series between the Boston Red Sox and the St. Louis Cardinals" - and while the Fabulous 40-Year Reunion of the Class of 1964 was in full swing:

BONUS #1 - - Robert Merrill - "Largo al Factotum" Aria from Rossini's "The Barber of Seville"

BONUS #2 - - Robert Merrill (billed as Merrill Miller) - The Star-Spangled Banner, Movietone News, 1944: "Since "The Star-Spangled Banner" officially became the U.S. National Anthem in 1931, it became a custom for theaters to show films like this one at the top of their programs, for the same reason it's sung at sporting events: to honor America. Patrons were encouraged to stand and sing. This was especially important to theater-goers during the Second World War, when sincere patriotism was at an all-time high. This was the one shown in Fox-owned theatres beginning in 1944."

   Would someone please explain to me just when and by what wretchedness this practice was abandoned?!?

BONUS #3 -  - Pagliacci - Prologo, 1955

BONUS #4 - - Robert Merrill - a Three-Fer surprise!

BONUS #5 - - Robert Merrill - "Il Balen" from Verdi's "Il Trovatore", 1957

BONUS #6 - - Robert Merrill - the "Drinking Song" from "Hamlet", 1957

BONUS #7 - - Robert Merrill - "Tevje's Song" from "Fiddler on the Roof", 1978

HOMEWORK: - contains a built-in BONUS!


   Happy Birthday today to          Raoul Weinstein ('57) of FL AND    Catherine Slusser Hudson ('64) of VA!

  Happy Birthday tomorrow to     Brian Blakley (Cheyenne HS, NV - '04) of NV!

   Happy Birthday this week to:

06 - Robert Hemintoller ('57) AND Bertha Smith Zacharias ('57);
07 -
   Fred Field ('45) of CA AND   Al Simms ('60) of VA AND Donnie Morris ('67) of VA;

10 -         Sydney Dearing ('56) of TN!

   Many Happy Returns, One and All!  


1. Former WGH - DJ, Dave Cummins of FL - 06/03/08:

Tuesday 06/03/2008 9:37:12am
Name: Dave Cummins
Marital Status widower
City/Country: Homosassa, Florida
Comments Interesting to see sites about WGH...a real powerhouse in the 60's. I was a DJ there from 63-67, then went to CHED in Edmonton, Alberta, Canada, and worked with Keith James. I retired about 8 years ago, and am enjoying life in Florida.

   WOWZERONI-RINI - "Dandy Dave Cummins"!!! Thanks so much, Dave!

      From Me ('65) of NC - 06/04/08:

   My communications systems have all been behaving strangely this week for one reason or another.  With a computer/TV/phone bundle, theoretically, if one goes down they all go down.  Inexplicably, this is not always the case.  This week alone we had instances of both shutdowns.

   If outside interference would not suffice, I caused my own difficulties to boot.  More than once, I left my hand-held phone off the base overnight, resulting in "dead-phone" syndrome the next day.  That wouldn't be that disastrous; I can always (when I remember) check for messages.

   Unfortunately, with my "mad technology skills", I managed to erase all the messages, rather than listen to them. EEEK!!!

       From Dave Spriggs ('64) of VA - 06/01/08 - "BEACON - 26 MARCH 1964 (Part two of two)":


Thursday, March 26, 1964
Page Four - TOP Page Four - BOTTOM Page Five - TOP Page Five - Bottom Page Six - Top Page Six - BOTTOM

   I saw the date of that Beacon issue and knew immediately what must have been inside - WOWZERS, what a treasure! Thanks so much, Brown Eyes!


From Norris Perry (Warwick HS - '59) of VA - 06/02/08 - "RE: 06-02-08-Elgars-151st-Birthday":

What ever happened to         Syd Dearing's ('56 - of TN) father? Did he survive?

   Norris, I remembered the answer, but I thought you'd rather read it in Sydney's own words. The entire account is here:

I know this is a "small world" story, but I called on Syd Dearing (Sr.) down at the C&O coal piers in the early 70's.  He was the Assistant Store Keeper and I sold him brake shoes on consignment.  He had a lot of friends that he would bring with him to Baltimore to go to Colt football games.  Once they came in a big camper and the heat didn't work properly, they were very cold.  They parked the camper in my yard in Arnold, MD.  They were the good ole days. One of his friends was from Buckroe and ran some of the concessions there. I believe we called him Froggie; I never knew his real name. 

If this is the Syd Dearing that I remember, his job wasn't just a clerk's job; he managed millions of dollars of inventory and his job carried quite a lot of responsibility.

   OHHH, GOODY! Small world stories - my fave! And this is a classic! I can scarcely wait to hear Sydney's reply!

   Thanks so much, Norris - you made my day!

      From Gloria Woolard Price (Hampton HS - '65) of FL - 06/03/08 - "Battle Hymn of the Republic":

This is absolutely and pictures!  God Bless America and our troops!

   This IS all beautiful, Gloria, thanks so much! The arrangement, by the way, is one used by the Mormon Tabernacle Choir.

    From Glenn Dye ('60) of TX - 06/03/08:

Was   Miss Suttle the teacher related in any way to the Suttle Motor Company?

   I've always wondered that myself, Glenn, but never asked anyone who might have known the answer.

   So often people tend to forget their family relationships after two or three generations; it's quite sad, actually.  Thanks for the mystery question, Glenn! Let's see if anyone has an answer for us!

   "Anyone?  Anyone?"

    From Richard Dawes (NNHS / HHS - '62) of VA - 06/03/08 - "Words Women Use":


1. Fine:
This is the word women use to end an argument when they are right and you need to shut up.

2. Five Minutes:
If she is getting dressed, this means a half an hour. Five minutes is only five minutes if you have just been given five more minutes to watch the game before helping around the house.

3. Nothing:
This is the calm before the storm. This means something, and you should be on your toes. Arguments that begin with nothing usually end in fine.

4. Go Ahead:
This is a dare, not permission. Don't Do It!

5. Loud Sigh:
This is actually a word, but is a non-verbal statement often misunderstood by men. A loud sigh means she thinks you are an idiot and wonders why she is wasting her time standing here and arguing with you about nothing.   (Refer back to # 3 for the meaning of nothing.)

6. That's Okay:
This is one of the most dangerous statements a women can make to a man. That's okay means she wants to think long and hard before deciding how and when you will pay for your mistake.

7. Thanks:
A woman is thanking you, do not question, or Faint. Just say you're welcome. (I want to add in a clause here - This is true, unless she says 'Thanks a lot' - that is PURE sarcasm and she is not thanking you at all.  DO NOT say you're welcome' ... that will bring on a 'whatever').

8. Whatever:
Is a woman's way of saying F@!K YOU!

9. Don't worry about it, I got it:
Another dangerous statement, meaning this is something that a woman has told a man to do several times, but is now doing it herself. This will later result in a man asking, 'What's wrong?' For the woman's response refer to # 3.

   WILD GIGGLES! Thanks, Dicky, these are all quite true!  I have actually observed women making these very statements with just such meanings hundreds of times. I myself am so rabidly non-confrontational, I would never utter such things.  Never, ever, under any circumstances!

   Well, maybe #3, 4, and 6.....

PRAYER ROLL (arranged alphabetically, but not necessarily complete):

1.   Jerry Allen ('65) of VA - began radiation for cancer last week of February; it was delayed when he was diagnosed with pneumonia on 02/20/08; update of 03/11/08: recovered from pneumonia, is in his third week of radiation, and seems to be doing well. He is back at work and comes home tired, but overall, he is in pretty good shape; update of 03/24/08: last radiation treatment was Friday; "looking good and feeling pretty good except for very irritated skin and fatigue"; update of 04/05/08: "getting better each day"; update of 04/14/08: "now dealing with a blood clot in his pic line; receiving daily injections in the abdomen and taking antibiotics and blood thinners; feels pretty good in spite of everything and his ATTITUDE is great---as usual"; update of update of 04/24/08: "no longer taking daily abdominal injections for blood clot that developed a few weeks ago; everything is looking pretty good.  The PET scan will be in the next few weeks.  We are expecting good results." update of 05/05/08 - "scheduled for two more chemo visits; will have the first chemo on Thursday, May 8th followed up by an injection on Friday to boost his immune system"; update of 05/08/08 - "did pretty well with the chemo today in spite of the risky business with the procedure without the pic line that was removed due to a clot"; update of 05/28/08: has chemo again on 05/29/08

2.   Connie Bloxom Thompson ('66) of MD - multiple heath and financial issues; needing cataract surgery to prevent inevitable blindness ASAP; update of 03/11/08: "SO FAR, 1/2 FUNDS FOR 1 EYE PROCEDURE"; update of 03/28/08: re-hospitalized; $1475.00 received so far; still short of $2000.00 goal; update of 04/28/08 - SEE ABOVE

Connie Bloxom Thompson
2237 Hunter Chase
Bel Air, M
D 21015

3. Clyde Bryant ('58) of PA - heart replacement surgery - 12/13/07

4.       My Niece Shari of VA - 05/26/08 - dangerous abscess in mouth

5.      Me ('65) of NC - recent (late January) development of congestive heart failure plus the usual financial woes; update of 03/28/08: not as well as I'd hoped to be by now; more downs than ups..... ; update of 04/18/08 - SEE: 04/18/08

6. Emily (daughter of        My Niece Shari) of VA - advancing scoliosis; surgery 03/11/08; update of 03/12/08: surgery went well, running slight fever; update of 03/18/08: had some ups and lows, but is home again; update of 04/14/08 - still in pain, running a fever; update of 04/18/08 - SEE: 04/18/08; update of 05/05/08 - "finally getting better. Her hamstring stretching is painful, but making a big difference. She has years of physical therapy ahead of her, but is doing soo much better"; update of 05/13/08 - has had a setback; going to see the surgeon in Richmond on 05/15/08.

7. My second granddaughter,      Rachel Harty of IL - broke her ankle/leg in 3 places on 05/17/08; clean breaks, no surgery required, but located in a tricky place for a growing girl, so proper healing is essential; update of 05/30/08 - "healing nicely. They put her in a cast below the knee. She still can't put any weight on it for 2 more weeks. Then she will be in a walking cast for 3 weeks after that."

. Frances Heath Scott ('62) of VA - inflammation of nerves; due to have been released from hospital on 02/27/08; update of 04/14/08 - "at home recuperating"; update of 05/22/08 - "still at home recuperating"

9. Bobby Hedrick ('58) of VA - recently diagnosed with pancreatic cancer; update of 03/22/08: "doing very well, no pain, just some soreness"; update of 05/10/08: "continues to do well since the surgery for pancreatic cancer and will now begin the follow-up treatment to be decided upon following the consultation and evaluation at MD Anderson (Houston)."

10.        John London (Warwick HS - '57) of VA - lumbar surgery to fix a spinal stenosis [ laminectomy]; will also involve fusion of vertebrae - 02/05/08

11. Pam Pennington Cherry ('58) of VA - congestive heart failure; cardiac ablation procedure - 02/06/08; second surgery on 02/20/08 for aneurysm; update of 03/17/08 - still experiencing difficulty with heart racing, breathing and pressure in her chest; pray that cardiac ablation procedure will not have to be repeated, and that Pam can learn to REST!;  update of 05/04/08 - "in about eight months she will indeed have to have the ablation process repeated. "

12. Tommy Scott ('61) of VA - update of 04/14/08 - "at home recuperating"; update of 05/22/08 - "still at home recuperating"

13. Jenny Willett Wilson (daughter of the late    Edie Hallett Willett - '63) of VA - 05/05/08 - "underwent a double mastectomy in 2007, has just completed vigorous chemo and is now undergoing radiation treatments every day for seven weeks"

14. All of Us

1. Saturday, June 7, 2008 - NNHS CLASS OF 1957 AND OTHER NNHS ALUMNI  

2. Saturday, June 7, 2008 - NNHS CLASS OF 1961:

Mini reunion at the home of    Buddy and     Libby Blechman David of VA

3. Saturday and Sunday, June 14-15, 2008 - NNHS CLASSES OF FEBRUARY AND JUNE 1948:

4. Friday, Saturday, and Sunday, September 26 - 28, 2008 - NNHS CLASS OF 1968: - 03/31/08

5. Friday, Saturday, and Sunday, October 17 - 19, 2008 - NNHS CLASS OF 1963:  - 03/26/08

   Remember, there's so much more to come - soon - REALLY-REALLY! 

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

                          Love to all, Carol





Carol Buckley Harty
219 Four Ply Lane
Fayetteville, NC 29311-9305  
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 Largo al Factotum Aria

Words and Music by Gioacchino Rossini (29 Feb 1792 - 13 Nov 1868), from The Barber of Seville, 1816

Largo al Factotum

Largo al factotum della città.
Presto a bottega che l'alba è già.
Ah, che bel vivere, che bel piacere
per un barbiere di qualità!

Ah, bravo Figaro!
Bravo, bravissimo!
Fortunatissimo per verità!
Pronto a far tutto,
la notte e il giorno
sempre d'intorno in giro sta.
Miglior cuccagna per un barbiere,
vita più nobile, no, non si da.
Rasori e pettini

lancette e forbici,
al mio comando
tutto qui sta.
V'è la risorsa,
poi, del mestiere
colla donnetta... col cavaliere...
Tutti mi chiedono, tutti mi vogliono,

donne, ragazzi, vecchi, fanciulle:
Qua la parrucca... Presto la barba...
Qua la sanguigna...
Presto il biglietto...
Qua la parrucca, presto la barba,
Presto il biglietto, ehi!

Figaro! Figaro! Figaro!, ecc.
Ahimè, che furia!
Ahimè, che folla!
Uno alla volta, per carità!
Ehi, Figaro! Son qua.
Figaro qua, Figaro là,
Figaro su, Figaro giù,

Pronto prontissimo son come il fulmine:
sono il factotum della città.
Ah, bravo Figaro! Bravo, bravissimo;
a te fortuna non mancherà.

Make Way for the Factotum

Make way for the factotum of the city,
Hurrying to his shop since dawn is already here.
Ah, what a fine life, what fine pleasure
For a barber of quality!

Ah, bravo Figaro!
Bravo, bravissimo!
A most fortunate man indeed!
Ready to do everything
Night and day,
Always on the move.
A cushier fate for a barber,
A more noble life, is not to be had.
Razors and combs,

Lancets and scissors,
At my command
Everything's there.
Here are the tools
Of my trade
With the ladies...with the gentlemen...
Everyone asks for me, everyone wants me,

Ladies, young lads, old men, young girls:
Here is the wig...the beard is ready...
Here are the leeches...
The note is ready...
Here is the wig, the beard is ready,
The note is ready, hey!

Figaro! Figaro! Figaro!, etc.
Ah, what frenzy!
Ah, what a crowd!
One at a time, please!
Hey, Figaro! I'm here.
Figaro here, Figaro there,
Figaro up, Figaro down,

Swifter and swifter, I'm like a thunderbolt:
I'm the factotum of the city.
Ah, bravo Figaro! Bravo, bravissimo,
You'll never lack for luck!

Rossini's "Largo al Factotum Aria" (Figaro, from The Barber of Seville) midi (Submitted by Vincenzo Palleschi) courtesy of - 05/31/08

Rossini's "Largo al Factotum Aria" (Figaro, from The Barber of Seville) lyrics courtesy of - 05/31/08

First Image of Robert Merrill courtesy of - 05/31/08

Second Image of Robert Merrill (April 1995) courtesy of - 05/31/08

 Animated Gold Musical Divider Line clip art courtesy of - 02/03/05

Cheyenne High School's Desert Shields Logo courtesy of - 02/05/08

Navy Seal clip art courtesy of - 05/29/06

Army Seal clip art courtesy of Al Farber ('64) of GA - 05/24/06
Thanks, Al!

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!

Air Force Seal clip art courtesy of - 07/07/06

Animated Guest Book clip art courtesy of - 03/07/06

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

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