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06/09/10 - NNHS Newsletter -
Cole Porter's 119th Birthday

“My sole inspiration is a telephone call from a director.”
(press interview Feb. 8, 1955)

Cole Porter
 (09 June 1891 - 15 Oct 1964)

Dear Friends and Schoolmates,

   Today's birthday celebration repeats here every year because I am one of Cole Porter's biggest fans:

BONUS #1 - - Cole Porter Tribute

BONUS #2 - - Cole Porter Medley - Judy Garland, 1965 Academy Awards - introduced by Gene Kelly



   Happy Birthday tomorrow to         Sydney Dearing ('56) of TN AND Eileen Casey Sparkman (Ferguson HS - '68) of VA!

   Happy Birthday this week to:

12 - Cynthia Clontz Mears ('57) AND       My #3 Son,  Randolph Harty (Hillsboro HS, IL - '92) of IL;

14 - The United States Army - 1775 AND  Rosalee Wills Jecmenek ('65) of TX AND Cindy _____ Konstant of VA (wife of   George Konstant - '65 - of VA) AND    Linda McKenna Sivilich ('66) of PA AND    My Youngest Grandson, Buckley Harty of MA;

16 - Jane Hoffman ('57) AND Kay Walker Gray ('57) AND        Nancy Dearing Berry ('62) of TX

   Many Happy Returns to You All!


June 09, 1940 - Norway surrendered to the Nazis.

June 09, 1944 - 99 civilians awere hung from lampposts and balconies by German troops in Tulle, France, in reprisal for maquisards attacks.

June 09, 1944 - The Soviet Union invaded East Karelia and the previously Finnish part of Karelia, occupied by Finland since 1941. Russia was fighting to gain back territory that had been ceded to it under the terms of the Treaty of Moscow of 1940.

June 09, 1995 - Japan's parliament passed a controversial resolution designed to atone for the country's role in World War II.

TODAY IN 1965:

Wednesday, June 9, 1965 - Nothing noteworthy whatsoever happened anywhere. Incredible.

   From F.A. Saunders (Hampton HS - '64) of VA - 06/08/10 - "Remembering Wythe":

Someone sent this to me. Not sure who it was but it came from HR Towne Square at the Daily Press. Sounds like fond memories whoever wrote it. 
Here it is:
This thread has brought back so many memories of growing up in Wythe.  And with the Wythe reunion June 12th, maybe I'll run into some of the people making these posts. 

I remember walking home from Wythe Elementary past the volunteer firefighters, stopping at Bill's Barbeque for 6 cent drink or High's for a 5 cent ice cream cone, past the "Don't Cook Tonight, Call Chicken Delight", past the Rendezvous, past some houses, past the used car lot, past the Wythe Florist, then turning onto Robinson at the church, and heading home.  You had to live another 2 blocks away to be able to catch the bus.  I remember catching the "city bus" to go downtown Newport News to Leggett's basement to spend my allowance. 

In the Wythe Shopping Center, there were 2 grocery stores, Field's (children's clothing and collector dolls), a drug store - I remember when there was a soda fountain and drinks were in a cone shaped cup that fit into a metal holder. There was a movie theater where you could get 10 tickets for the summer for a dollar.  That summer program was later moved to the Center Theater in Southampton.  There was a dime store (Woolworth's), a beauty parlor, and a bank.   Across the street was Main's - I remember when she opened up and remember her poodle laying all over the Villager sweaters.  And there was a bowling alley, cleaners, barber shop, hardware store, and an auto parts store that later moved down past Wythe Elementary. 

I remember sitting on the wall at the creek (Robinson and Chesapeake - the boulevard) and waving to passing cars.  And walking out into the creek trying not to slip on the slimy concrete.    I remember the rivalry with my NN cousins over the Thanksgiving games.  There were the George Wythe Owls and Freddie the Crab!  And we had sorority meetings and fraternity meetings on Wednesdays followed by circling Shoney's to see who was there.  And the drag races that started from the testosterone at Shoney's.

A good walk down memory lane is good for the soul.

   AMEN to that! Thanks, F.A.!

  From Judy Phillips Allen ('66) of VA - 06/08/10 - "Recommendation from a friend":

This is a good one.  It gave me chills.  It brings back memories of all the military funerals I attended when   Jerry (Allen - '65 - of VA) played "Taps".  He played in 376 funerals while in the Army. 

Judy recommends the following page:

   Thank you so much, Dearest Judy!

          My #5 Son, Nathaniel (Harty - Hillsboro HS, IL - '97) of IL used to play "Taps" on his bugle at military funerals and Memorial Day observances as well as various Boy Scout functions when he was in high school.

   But, ah, Judy, y'all never told me that Jerry was in the Army! I'm so completely mortified that in all these years he's never had that Army emblem before his image! 

   Well, it's there now!

   (Y'all gotta tell me these things. I'm just a psycho, not a psychic, you know.)

       From My Husband, Paul Harty (Bardolph HS, IL - '61) of IL - 06/08/10 - "Red Marbles":


I was at the corner grocery store buying some early potatoes... I noticed a small boy, delicate of bone and feature, ragged but clean, hungrily appraising a basket of freshly picked green peas.

I paid for my potatoes but was also drawn to the display of fresh green peas. I am a pushover for creamed peas and new potatoes. Pondering the peas, I couldn't help overhearing the conversation between Mr. Miller (the store owner) and the ragged boy next to me.

'Hello Barry, how are you today?'

'H'lo, Mr. Miller. Fine, thank ya. Jus' admirin' them peas. They sure look good.'

'They are good, Barry. How's your Ma?'

'Fine. Gittin' stronger alla' time.'

'Good. Anything I can help you with?'

'No, Sir. Jus' admirin' them peas.'

'Would you like to take some home?' asked Mr. Miller.

'No, Sir. Got nuthin' to pay for 'em with.'

'Well, what have you to trade me for some of those peas?'

'All I got's my prize marble here.'

'Is that right? Let me see it' said Mr. Miller.

'Here 'tis. She's a dandy.'

'I can see that. Hmmmmm, only thing is, this one is blue and I sort of go for red. Do you have a red one like this at home?' the store owner asked.

'Not zackley, but almost.'

'Tell you what. Take this sack of peas home with you and next trip this way let me look at that red marble'. Mr. Miller told the boy.

'Sure will. Thanks Mr. Miller.'

Mrs. Miller, who had been standing nearby, came over to help me. With a smile she said, 'There are two other boys like him in our community, all three are in very poor circumstances. Jim just loves to bargain with them for peas, apples, tomatoes, or whatever.

When they come back with their red marbles, and they always do, he decides he doesn't like red after all and he sends them home with a bag of produce for a green marble or an orange one, when they come on their next trip to the store.'

I left the store smiling to myself, impressed with this man. A short time later I moved to Colorado, but I never forgot the story of this man, the boys, and their bartering for marbles.

Several years went by, each more rapid than the previous one. Just recently I had occasion to visit some old friends in that Idaho community and while I was there learned that Mr. Miller had died. They were having his visitation that evening and knowing my friends wanted to go, I agreed to accompany them. Upon arrival at the mortuary we fell into line to meet the relatives of the deceased and to offer whatever words of comfort we could.

Ahead of us in line were three young men. One was in an army uniform and the other two wore nice haircuts, dark suits and white shirts... all very professional looking. They approached Mrs. Miller, standing composed and smiling by her husband's casket. Each of the young men hugged her, kissed her on the cheek, spoke briefly with her and moved on to the casket.

Her misty light blue eyes followed them as, one by one; each young man stopped briefly and placed his own warm hand over the cold pale hand in the casket. Each left the mortuary awkwardly, wiping his eyes.

Our turn came to meet Mrs. Miller. I told her who I was and reminded her of the story from those many years ago and what she had told me about her husband's bartering for marbles. With her eyes glistening, she took my hand and led me to the casket.

'Those three young men who just left were the boys I told you about. They just told me how they appreciated the things Jim 'traded' them.. Now, at last, when Jim could not change his mind about color or size, they came to pay their debt.'

'We've never had a great deal of the wealth of this world,' she confided, 'but right now, Jim would consider himself the richest man in Idaho.'

With loving gentleness she lifted the lifeless fingers of her deceased husband. Resting underneath were three exquisitely shined red marbles.

The Moral:
We will not be remembered by our words, but by our kind deeds. Life is not measured by the breaths we take, but by the moments that take our breath.

Today I wish you a day of ordinary miracles ~

A fresh pot of coffee you didn't make yourself....

An unexpected phone call from an old friend....

Green stoplights on your way to work....

The fastest line at the grocery store....

A good sing-along song on the radio....

Your keys found right where you left them....

Send this to the people you'll never forget. I just did.

If you don't send it to anyone, it means you are in way too much of a hurry to even notice the ordinary miracles when they occur.


   Thanks, Paul, this is a good 'un!


      From Phil Hammond ('64) of UT - 06/04/10 - "Fox Cubs at Deer Valley Shop":


The local Fox mom has a den of 6 fox cubs under our shop bridge at Deer Valley.  I could only see a few this time but they are awesome to watch.


          AWWW! Aren't they
   adorable?!? Thanks, Phil!


  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 - 06/08/10:

Bird Calls

For forty years we have studied bird calls. There are so many different species, and to make it more difficult they have territorial accents just like people do.

The really amazing thing is, we have translated all of their calls. And the message is always the same. No matter the breed or the location, the message is always the same:

"Yah! Yah! Yah! Cats can't fly!"

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. Saturday, June 26, 2010 - The NNHS Classes of 1945 will hold their 65-Year Reunion at Warwick Forest Retirement Community. For additional information, please email Roland McCoy at - CLASSES OF 1945

3. 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

4. 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

5. Saturday, October 2, 2010 - Evelyn's Birthday Party for Everyone - Canepa Cottage, Buckroe Beach - 2:00 PM. For details, contact Evelyn Fryer Fish ('58) of TX at - OPEN TO EVERYBODY!

6. 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

7. Friday and Saturday, October 15 and 16, 2010 - The NNHS Class of 1965 will hold its 45-Year Reunion. For details, contact Dave Arnold at - OPEN TO ALL CLASSES, HOSTED BY THE CLASS OF 1965

8. 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

9. Saturday, July 9, 2011 (6:30 PM - 11:30 PM) - The Class of 1971 will hold its 40-Year Reunion at Point Plaza Suites and Conference Hotel, 950 J. Clyde Morris Boulevard, Newport News. For details, contact Richard Rawls at: - CLASS OF 1971

PRAYER ROLL: - updated 06/01/10

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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You're the Top, What is This Thing Called Love, Let's Do It, I Get a Kick Out of You,
My Heart Belongs to Daddy, Begin the Beguine, Night and Day

Music and Lyrics by Cole Porter
 (09 June 1891 - 15 Oct 1964)

Why pick one, when there are so many?

Howsabout a medley? Runs for 9m46s.

Cole Porter selection includes, You're the Top, What is This Thing Called Love, Let's Do It,
I Get a Kick Out of You, My Heart Belongs to Daddy, Begin the Beguine, Night and Day.

Lyrics:  Forget 'em. Too many songs. Everybody knows the words, anyway, right?

Well, they certainly should!!!

Cole Porter Medley for Piano midi courtesy
of at the brilliant suggestion of Dave Spriggs ('64) of VA - 06/08/06
Thanks so much, Dave!

Both Images of Cole Porter courtesy of - 06/08/06

Brown Star Divider Line clip art courtesy of - 08/12/04

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

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 - 03/24/03

Ferguson High School's Anchor clip art courtesy of Steve Silsby (FHS - '72) of NC - 12/14/05
Thanks, Steve!

Hillsboro High School's Topper (Band Version) clip art courtesy of - 06/07/08
Thanks, Mark!

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

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!

Embarrassed Smiley clip art courtesy of - 03/01/09

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

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