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06/28/18 - NNHS Newsletter -
Nel blu dipinto di blu

“Keep your face always toward the sunshine -
 and shadows will fall behind you.”

- Walt Whitman
(31 May 1819 - 26 Mar 1892)

Dear Friends and Schoolmates,

   Could you go anywhere in 1958 without hearing this song?!?

BONUS #1 - Nel blu di pinto di blu (Volare) - Domenico Modugno, 1958

BONUS #2 - Nel blu di pinto di blu (Volare) - Dean Martin


"Nel blu dipinto di blu" ("I paint the sky with blue"), popularly known as "Volare" (Italian for the infinitive form of the verb "to fly"), is Domenico Modugno's signature song.

Modugno's recording became the first Grammy winner for the Grammy Award for Record of the Year and Grammy Award for Song of the Year in 1958. It is the only foreign-language recording to achieve this honor. It spent five non-consecutive weeks atop the Hot 100 in August and September 1958 and was Billboard's number-one single for the year. It is one of only three one-hit wonders to become single of the year in the history of the Hot 100 (followed by "Stranger on the Shore" by Acker Bilk in 1962 and "Bad Day" by Daniel Powter in 2006).

Written by Domenico Modugno (music and lyrics) and Franco Migliacci (lyrics), "Nel blu dipinto di blu" was presented by Domenico Modugno and Johnny Dorelli at the 1958 Sanremo Music Festival, winning the contest and achieving instant popularity. It was then chosen to represent Italy at the 1958 Eurovision Song Contest, where it came third.

The song is a ballad in a dramatic chanson style, in which Modugno describes the feeling he has, which resembles flying when with his lover. The song opens with a surreal prelude which the cover versions often left out: "Penso che un sogno così non ritorni mai più. Mi dipingevo le mani e la faccia di blu; poi d'improvviso venivo dal vento rapito, e incominciavo a volare nel cielo infinito." ("I think that a dream like that will never return; I painted my hands and my face blue, then was suddenly swept up by the wind and started to fly in the infinite sky.")

The English lyrics were written by Mitchell Parish. Alternative English lyrics were written in 1958 by Dame Gracie Fields, and they were used in most concerts she performed in from then until her death in 1979. She often changed the words to suit her performance and age.

   Happy Birthday today to Andrew Puckett ('57) AND   Henry Hoyle ('65) of Northern VA!

   Happy Birthday tomorrow to Carolyn Frizzelle Hogge ('61) of VA AND   Jimmy Smith ('62) of VA AND Bobby Allen ('64) of MS AND  Patricia Eken Miller ('66) of VA!

  Happy Birthday this week to:

30 - Blaine Crum ('57) AND   Chuck Jones ('66) of FL;

01 -   The late Julius Benton ('58) (d. 20 Nov 2008) AND  Linda Ray Letchworth Enochs ('60) of TX;

02 -   Fred Mays ('60) of VA;

04 -  Fred Hayman ('57) AND    Forrest Powell ('63) of VA;

05 - Doug Johnson ('57) of VA!  

   Many Happy Returns, One and All!


June 28, 1940 - Britain recognized General Charles de Gaulle as the leader of the Free French.

June 28, 1940 - Romania ceded Bessarabia (current-day Moldova) to the Soviet Union.

June 28, 1942 - Nazi Germany started its strategic summer offensive against the Soviet Union, codenamed Case Blue, to seize Soviet oil fields in the Caucasus and the city of Stalingrad.

June 28, 1945 - U.S. General Douglas MacArthur announced the end of Japanese resistance in the Philippines.

June 28, 1945 - Poland's Soviet-allied Provisional Government of National Unity was formed over a month after V-E Day.


Thursday, June 28, 1968 - Singer-songwriter and actor Chayanne was born Elmer Figueroa Arce in Rio Piedras, Puerto Rico.

“Complaining not only ruins everybody else's day, it ruins the complainer's day, too. The more we complain, the more unhappy we get.”

- Dennis Prager
(b. 02 Aug 1948)

  From Joan Lauterbach Krause ('60) of VA - 06/28/18:
  Thank you, Joan!

 From Domi O'Brien ('64) of NH - 06/26/18:

  Thanks, Domi!

10 Signs You May Have a Thyroid Problem

While approximately 59-million people in the US suffer from thyroid issues—the great majority aren’t even aware they have a problem. However, when the thyroid (the butterfly-shaped gland in the neck) is dysfunctional, it can cause an array of health issues—including weight gain, depression, sexual dysfunction, depression, heart disease, and extreme fatigue. That’s why it’s vital to determine if you have any of the following common symptoms that might indicate a thyroid condition…

1. Fatigue

Feeling exhausted when you wake up, feeling as if 8 or 10 hours of sleep a night is insufficient or being unable to function all day without a nap can all be signs of thyroid problems. (With hyperthyroidism, you may also have nighttime insomnia that leaves you exhausted during the day.) Fatigue symptoms are usually mild at first before increasing in intensity.

The key identifier of thyroid-related fatigue is that is remains unrelieved, no matter how much you sleep or nap during the day. This fatigue inhibits patients’ ability to remain productive in day-to-day life, and it’s often what causes them to see a doctor for a diagnosis.

2. Weight Changes

If you’ve tried every low-fat, low-carb, low-calorie diet with little weight loss success, you might have hypothyroidism. An underactive thyroid gland is like miring your metabolism in quicksand, slowing it down to the point of ineffectualness.

With an overactive thyroid, or hyperthyroidism, patients usually cannot gain weight no matter how much they eat. This is because overly active thyroids push metabolisms to warp speed, causing the body to burn calories like rocket fuel. Many patients also experience dramatic and unexplained weight loss.

3. Muscle & Joint Pain

Unexplained aches and pains in the muscles and joints (following no period of physical exertion) can be symptomatic of a thyroid condition. These pains and be intense and unrelenting, interfering with normal activities and inhibiting the patient’s ability to perform movements and actions within their normal ranges of motion.

These symptoms can also manifest as muscle weaknesses, leading specific muscle groups suddenly unable to bear normal workloads. Some people experience tremors in their hands, which can become severe. Pain, swelling and stiffness can also occur in muscles and joints.

4. Swollen Neck

Swelling in the neck or a visibly enlarged thyroid that leads to neck pain and a gravelly voice can indicate thyroid disease. This condition is known as a “neck goiter,” and it typically presents as a localized enlargement at the base of the neck, affecting the skin and surrounding tissues which protect the actual thyroid gland.

However, the presence of a neck goiter does not necessarily signal that there is a problem with the thyroid itself. This type of swelling simply means that there is some underlying condition that is affecting the size of the thyroid and causing it to grow, and if it occurs in isolation without the presence of other symptoms, it may not require aggressive treatment.

5. Hair & Skin Changes

The hair and skin often show the first signs of thyroid problems, including symptoms such as dry hair, loss of hair, scaly skin, or excessively dry skin. Normal, regulated hair growth is actually dependent on the proper functioning of the thyroid gland, and problems with thyroid function can cause balding of the head in both men and women, as well as the loss of body hair.

The thyroid also regulates delivery of hormones which play important roles in the maintenance of healthy skin. When the thyroid is underactive or overactive, these hormones aren’t delivered in the proper quantities, and noticeable changes in the skin are the end result.

6. Bowel Disturbances

Both hypothyroidism and hyperthyroidism can cause changes in bowel habits, as both conditions interfere with the body’s ability to digest food and generate waste. People suffering from an underactive thyroid often experience difficulties in passing bowel movements, resulting in chronic constipation. Bowel movements can also be painful and cause additional problems such as hemorrhoids.

For people with hyperthyroidism, bowel movements can become more frequent and more urgent. Diarrhea can also take place. Stools tend to be loose, with higher volumes of liquid and may occur even if the patient has had little to eat.

7. Menstrual Abnormalities

Both underactive and overactive thyroids can disrupt women’s menstrual cycles, and like other condition-dependent symptoms, the nature of the changes depend on whether the patient is suffering from hypothyroidism or hyperthyroidism. Women with underactive thyroids may experience lighter than normal periods, and they may also miss periods altogether.

On the other hand, overactive thyroids can cause heavier than normal periods, or periods which last several days longer than normal. The menstrual cycle itself may shorten, and spotting can occur.

8. Depression

Depression or anxiety disorders can indicate thyroid disease, although these symptoms are typically not enough on their own to warrant a diagnosis. These psychiatric symptoms and mood disturbances may present in a generalized or acute manner. In other words, patients may slowly sink into sustained periods of mild to severe depression, or they could experience unexpected, sudden and intense outbursts of symptoms, such as panic attacks.

Mood imbalances are more often seen with underactive thyroids. These symptoms may be accompanied by a general feeling of malaise or lethargy, an inability or lack of desire to concentrate, or a feeling of mental sluggishness.

9. Carpal Tunnel

Weakness or tingling in the arms, wrists, hands, and legs is a sign of carpal tunnel syndrome, a common sign of undiagnosed thyroid condition. While clinically significant numbers of patients experience these symptoms, many doctors and even specialists are not aware of the strong links between thyroid problems and carpal tunnel syndrome. As such, the root cause of the carpal tunnel symptoms is often misdiagnosed.

Treatment for thyroid-related carpal tunnel syndrome is the same as it is for stress- or injury-related carpal tunnel syndrome. Ergonomic improvements, wrist braces, physical therapy, specialized exercise regimens and anti-inflammatory medications may all be recommended.

10. Family History

If you have a family history of troublesome glands or “goiter” you may expect thyroid problems down the road. The disease is believed to have a strong genetic component, and you should be particularly vigilant if you have a close female relative who develops an overactive or underactive thyroid condition.

Additional risk factors include a family history of autoimmune disorders, as well as age and gender. Women have thyroid problems more often than men, and the majority of cases appear in patients who are over 50 years of age. Thyroid disease is yet another reason you should butt out, as research has found that smokers of both genders are at increased risk.

I never said most of the things I said.”

- Yogi Berra
12 May 1925 - 22 Sept 2015)

Deb Richey's Blue Bunny with Caron Yarn - "Crochet this fun bunny for a child that you know. It's so neat to make because it only uses one skein of yarn. It's an intermediate pattern just for you."


Beginner Blue Baby Blanket - "This is a simple, beginner's level baby blanket. It falls in the category of TV knitting, you know, that project you can do while watching tv and not get too lost with what you are knitting. This blanket was designed as a newborn receiving blanket, but could easily be adjusted to other sizes. It takes about 700 yards of worsted cotton, but could be done in a machine washable wool or acrylic. While easy, this is what I call a month of Sundays to make. So give yourself a little time to complete it."

Alfredo Blue Recipe - "This is the best alfredo sauce I have ever come up with and any kind of meat or vegetable can be added to it."


From - 06/27/18:

A first-time father was taking a turn at feeding the baby some strained peas. Naturally, there were traces of the food everywhere, especially on the infant.

His wife came in, looked at the baby, then at her husband staring into space, then asked, "What in the world are you doing?"

He replied, "I'm waiting for the first coat to dry, so I can put on another."

1. Every Tuesday, 7:30 AM - Male grads meet at Angelo's Restaurant on J. Clyde Morris Boulevard for breakfast and camaraderie.

2. Wednesday, July 11, 2018 -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.

3. Friday and Saturday, September 28 and 29, 2018 - The NNHS Class of 1968 will hold its 50-Year Reunion at the Mulberry Inn on Warwick Boulevard next to Fort Eustis. Visit, and contact

PRAYER ROLL: - updated 06/27/18

BLOG: - updated 03/13/11

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

                          Love to all, Carol





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

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the power of a drop
in the bucket."


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Nel Blu Dipinto Di Blu (Volare)

Music by Domenico Modugno (09 Jan 1928 - 06 Aug 1994), 1958

Words by Domenico Modugno and Franco Migliacci

Penso che un sogno cosâ non ritorni mai pi-
Mi dipingevo le mani e la faccia di blu
Poi d'improvviso venivo dal vento rapito
E incominciavo a volare nel cielo infinito
Volare, oh, oh! Cantare, oh, oh, oh, oh!
Nel blu, dipinto di blu, felice di stare lass-
E volavo, volavo felice pi- in alto del sole ed ancora pi- su
Mentre il mondo pian piano spariva lontano laggi-
Una musica dolce suonava soltanto per me
Volare, oh, oh! Cantare, oh, oh, oh, oh!
Nel blu, dipinto di blu, felice di stare lass-
Nel biu, dipinto di blu, felice di stare lass
Sometimes the world is a valley of heartaches and tears,
And in the hustle and bustle, no sunshine appears,
But you and I have our love always there to remind us
There is a way we can leave all the shadows behind us.
Volare, oh, oh! Cantare, oh, oh, oh, oh!
Let's fly way up in the clouds, away from the maddening crowds
We can sing in the glow of a star that I know of
Where lovers enjoy peace of mind
Let us leave the confusion and all disillusion behind
Just like birds of a feather, a rainbow together we'll find
Volare, oh, oh! Cantare, oh, oh, oh, oh!
No wonder my happy heart sings, your love has given me wings
Your love has given me wings, your love has given me wings

"Nel blu dipinto di blu” midi courtesy of - 06/27/10

“Nel blu dipinto di blu” lyrics courtesy
of - 06/27/10

Image of Christopher Richmond painting the sky blue courtesy of - 06/27/10

Blue Divider Line clip art courtesy of - 03/09/05

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

Navy Seal clip art courtesy of - 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!

Animated Ape clip art courtesy of Al Farber ('64) of GA - 11/08/06
Thanks, Al!

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

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