07/02/08 - NNHS Newsletter
"Of course, Western is my native music."
- Ken Curtis
"Of course, Western is my native music."
- Ken Curtis
Dear Friends and Schoolmates,
I personally always thought that with his handsome looks and that beautiful voice of his (what an incredible range he had!), Ken Curtis should have played the romantic lead, but I suppose his talents as a character actor were just too powerful to ignore.
BONUS #1- http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eBmxMsDKW-8 - Ken Curtis and The Sons of the Pioneers, I'll Take You Home Again, Kathleen
BONUS #2 - http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OceQdHaLmV8 - Ken Curtis and The Sons of the Pioneers, Bold Fenian Men
BONUS #3 - http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hU6RcFxAEao - Ken Curtis and The Sons of the Pioneers, Home on the Range
BONUS #4 - http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MVl3i-69u70 - Ken Curtis and his Golden Voice: I'll Take You Home Again, Kathleen AND Lead Me Gently Home, Father
If you're not crying by now, slow down and listen to to that last one again. If that doesn't work, telephone your physician.....
Back in late August of 1979, Mr. Curtis came to a Schnuck's Supermarket in Arnold, Missouri to meet the public and pass out autographed pictures. We happily loaded up our four young sons and drove up to meet him. Even though Gunsmoke had been out of production for four years (though of course it continues in syndication to this day), his doting fans had turned out in droves. We waited in a line which snaked all through the supermarket for hours. No one seemed to mind the waiting at all, but chatted happily with each other. None seemed happier than Ken Curtis himself; rarely have I seen a man so thrilled to be somewhere. He was simply radiant - warm and wonderful, delighted to be with those who returned the love, and happily posed for individual pictures with the crowd, and greeted each one personally. If we loved him before, we adored him afterward.
Ken Curtis' Farewell
Note - 1991
If there are to be prayers said for me, let them be said in the hearts of my friends and those whose lives I may have touched during my lifetime - by all means let there be no sadness or grief - I want my family and friends to remember only the happy times we were together, my attributes (if any) and try to overlook all of my faults - (That should keep you busy until the time we all meet up again!!)
- TODAY AND UPCOMING:
Happy Birthday today to Fred Mays ('60) of VA!
Happy Birthday this week to:
07 - Frank Blechman ('65) of Northern VA AND Steve Silsby (Ferguson HS - '72) of NC;
09 - Eva Ellis Madagan ('61) of FL!
Many Happy Returns, One and All!
From Joyce Lawrence Cahoon ('65) of VA - 07/01/08 - 07/01/08 - "It Takes A Big Man":
Actually, Joyce, I am - but then I always have been. Thank you so much!
From Joe Madagan ('57) of FL - 07/01/08:
Let me eliminate the possibility of
Nuttycombe from the list posted in the update, for he arrived in
Newport News during the summer of 1956 where he was Head Life Guard at the
World War II Memorial Municipal Pool
and began coaching at Newport News High School
during the 1956-1957 school year.
Thanks so very much, Sweet Adonis, I believe it has!
From Cookie Phillips Tyndall ('64) of VA - 07/01/08 - "Two ways to look at it":
From Jay Styles ('68) of VA - 07/01/08 - "Up on My Soapbox":
I'll pass on a tip to all of the motorcycle riders out there. It seems that if one shows up at a dealership with a VIN they are most happy to make a key for you, no questions asked, then they just return to where the motorcycle is parked and off they go. Matter of fact, last month I made just such an arrest for just that. You can't drive a vehicle without a VIN number, but you can hide part of it, or use a chain and lock to slow them down. Being slowed down, they do not like.
If anyone finds themselves in need of our services, remember, dialing
911 will get you the nearest emergency operations center, and on the
cell phone, #77 will get the nearest VSP HQ. Slow down, and be SAFE!
Thank you, Jay Sweetie! It's always good to hear from an expert!
From Judy Phillips Allen ('66) of VA AND Wayne Stokes ('65) of VA - 07/01/08 - "Keepers":
Thank you so much, Dear Judy and Wayne Honey!
You're right! Whereas I've received this beautiful selection many times, I think I always opted not to post it, for fear it might cause someone (who may not have been able to 'keep' all they wished) some unnecessary pain. But when it's viewed in the light you mentioned, Judy, I think we can all agree that we're ALL 'keepers' here!
PRAYER ROLL (arranged alphabetically, but not necessarily complete):
1. 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: 04/28/08; update of 06/23/08 - surgery on right eye - 07/01/08; surgery on left eye to follow several weeks later as financial goals are met
Connie Bloxom ThompsonD 21015
2. Betty Brockwell McClure ('58) of VA - broken hip - early this year; still recovering and in pain; update of 06/17/08 - SEE:06/18/08
3.Clyde Bryant ('58) of PA - heart replacement surgery - 12/13/07
4. Jimmy DeBerry ('64) of VA - stroke on 06/17/08; update of 06/25/08 - SEE: 06/26/08
5. 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; update of 06/15/08 - SEE: 06/17/08
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";
06/14/08 - Her leg is healing much faster than the doctor had expected. She
is in a waterproof walking cast now for 3 weeks, then this cast will come
off and she will have physical therapy.
7. 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"; update of 06/09/08 - "still at home recovering. I am sure they would love receiving cards/notes from NNHS friends."
8. 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).
9.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. "
10. Tommy Scott ('61) of VA - update of 04/14/08 - "at home recuperating"; update of 05/22/08 - "still at home recuperating"; update of 06/09/08 - "still at home recovering. I am sure they would love receiving cards/notes from NNHS friends."
12. Jim Wilson ('58) of VA recovering from prostate surgery on 06/02/08
13. All of Us
DATES TO REMEMBER:
1. Friday, Saturday, and Sunday, September 26 - 28, 2008 -NNHS CLASS OF 1968:
http://www.nnhs65.00freehost.com/reunion-class-of-1968.html - 03/31/08
2. Friday, Saturday, and Sunday, October 17 - 19, 2008- NNHS CLASS OF 1963:
http://www.nnhs65.00freehost.com/reunion-class-of-1963.html - 03/26/08
Y'all take care of each other!TYPHOONS FOREVER! We'll Always Have Buckroe!
Love to all, Carol
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I'll Take You Home Again, Kathleen
Words and Music by Thomas Westendorf, 1875
(1848 - 1923)
I'll Take You Home Kathleen is not, in fact, a tune of Irish origin. It was written in 1875 by Thomas Westendorf, a public school music teacher in Plainfield, Illinois, and was the first public performance of the tune was in Plainfield's town hall. Westendorf wrote the tune for his wife Jeanie, while she was visiting her home town of Ogdensburg, New York.
"In 1876 it was one of two most popular songs in America - the other being Grandfather's Clock."
I'll take you home again, Kathleen
Across the ocean wild and wide
To where your heart has ever been
Since you were first my bonnie bride.
The roses all have left your cheek.
I've watched them fade away and die
Your voice is sad when e'er you speak
And tears bedim your loving eyes.
Oh! I will take you back, Kathleen
To where your heart will feel no pain
And when the fields are fresh and green
I'll take you to your home again!
I know you love me, Kathleen, dear
Your heart was ever fond and true.
I always feel when you are near
That life holds nothing, dear, but you.
The smiles that once you gave to me
I scarcely ever see them now
Though many, many times I see
A dark'ning shadow on your brow.
To that dear home beyond the sea
My Kathleen shall again return.
And when thy old friends welcome thee
Thy loving heart will cease to yearn.
Where laughs the little silver stream
Beside your mother's humble cot
And brightest rays of sunshine gleam
There all your grief will be forgot.
"I'll Take You Home Again, Kathleen" midi (sequenced by Barry Taylor), lyrics, and history courtesy of http://www.contemplator.com/america/kathleen.html - 07/01/08
First Image of Ken Curtis courtesy of http://www.surfnetinc.com/chuck/kcurtis.htm - 7/01/08
Second Image of Ken Curtis courtesy of the Webmistress' Private Collection (since 1979)
Gold Rope Divider Line clip art courtesy of http://www.wtv-zone.com/nevr2l82/bars10.html - 05/26/07
Birthday Cake clip art courtesy of
Sarah Puckett Kressaty ('65) of
VA - 08/31/05
Thanks, Sarah Sugah!
Navy Seal clip art courtesy of http://www.onemileup.com/miniSeals.asp - 05/29/06
Ferguson High School's Anchor clip art courtesy of Steve Silsby (FHS - '72) of NC - 12/14/05
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!
Army Seal clip art courtesy of
Al Farber ('64) of GA - 05/24/06
Animated Laughing Jerry courtesy of Cookie Phillips
Tyndall ('64) of VA - 06/14/06
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