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07/02/09 - NNHS Newsletter - Sing, Sing, Sing

“Some days there won't be a song in your heart. Sing anyway.”

- Emory Austin

Dear Friends and Schoolmates,   

   I'm in a Benny Goodman kind of mood, so I thought I'd pass it along! This may have been precipitated by my watching 1936's After the Thin Man the other night, where the song was featured at the unexpected New Year party given at the Charles residence - much to the surprise of Nick and Nora Charles when they arrived home.

BONUS #1 - - Sing, Sing, Sing - Benny Goodman Orchestra - featuring Gene Krupa on drums and Harry James on trumpet - 2 minute film version from Hollywood Hotel, 1937

BONUS #2 - - Sing, Sing, Sing - Benny Goodman Orchestra - 5 minute version - "I think this is the best quality version on YouTube. I should also point out that this obviously isn't an original recording!"

BONUS #3 - - Sing, Sing, Sing - Benny Goodman Orchestra - full 9 minute version!  WHOO-HOO!!!


   And for you "young 'uns", Sing, Sing, Sing is not to be confused with Sing Sing:


  From Jane Chambers of VA - 06/26/09:

Hello from Jane Chambers, CNC/U retired prof. of English.....

In Dec. of 2008, 3 of us who are all retired CNC/U faculty, published a book (see attached BROCHURE) called Memories of Christopher Newport College: The First Decade, 1961-71. Some 35 people--retired faculty, staff, & former students, wrote short essays for this book, which was paid for by individual donations.  The book is dedicated to   "Scotty" Cunningham, CNC's first president, who unfortunately died before we completed the book. All profit from the book goes into a scholarship in his memory at CNU.
Virtually all of our earliest students came to us from the Peninsula high schools. We are trying now to locate them, for several reasons. Of course, we want them to know about Memories. Some of them have their names and/or pictures in the book, along with names and pictures and information about some of their CNC professors and classmates. Also, since virtually all records of the earliest students have been lost or misplaced at CNU, and the Alumni Association there has virtually no records until the mid-1970s, we want to fill this major gap in the history of CNC/U
We are creating lists of each CNC class from 1961-71, with names, addresses, e-mails, degree(s) if any, occupations, and family members. These will circulate only among the former students and interested retired professors until sometime in 2011, when CNC/U has its 50th Anniversary. At that time, we'll share the information with CNU, so that the "lost decade" students can be officially listed.  Since these are our students from the First Decade, we're calling them the "First Decaders." We plan to honor them in some fashion during that 50th year. So we want to find them in order to invite them to our celebration of their part in the creation of the college.
We're using various avenues to locate those "First Decaders," including Alumni records at William and Mary, since many of them transferred there after 2 yrs. with us. (CNC was a 2-yr branch of W&M until 1971).  Connecting with Alumni groups at the high schools is another avenue I'm pursuing. This is why I asked Sylvia Weinstein, who asked   Nancy (Bigger) Alligood ('56 - of VA), who asked you to help!
And I thank you very much for that help!
What I'll need also for the NNHS graduates who then went to CNC will be some way to contact them--preferably by e-mail or SnailMail.
I've noticed that there is a NEWSLETTER put out by the NNHS Alumni. Is it possible for me to put an article in that? MANY THANKS!

   Yes, ma'am - and here it is once again today (but I'm still working on attaching that brochure.....)!

   Thank you, Jane - and much success!

   Y'all spread the word, please! You may contact Dr. Chambers at


   Happy Birthday today to   Fred Mays ('60) of VA!

   Happy Birthday this week to:

04 -   Fred Hayman ('57);

05 - Doug Johnson ('57) of VA;

07 -    Frank Blechman ('65) of Northern VA AND    Steve Silsby (Ferguson HS - '72) of NC;

09 -   the late Adrienne Price Cox ('57) (deceased 08/20/06) AND    Eva Ellis Madagan ('61) of FL!

   Many Happy Returns, One and All!

  From Ruth Ann Reece Horace ('67) of FL - 07/01/09 - "Missed you!":

Just wanted to let you know, in spite of the craziness of the past few weeks, I have really missed you this week. 

The last week in May my husband, Harry, was in the hospital for possible heart problems. Turned out to be nothing.

End of May, husband (Chris) of daughter number 4 (Kimmy) deployed to Afghanistan.  

June 3, daughter number 2 (Sheri) had a beautiful healthy baby boy (Jace) at home in Ozello, Florida.  No, it's not even on the map; just a wide spot in the marsh.  She also has a 20 month old (Maddi) and is studying for her RN and can't figure out why she is tired.  Spent most of the next week or so helping her. 

Then had to spend time getting daughter number 3 (Sandy) ready for a study abroad trip to Panama with the University of South Florida (USF) College of Nursing. 

Got her off and last week, my husband had his gallbladder removed.

And I take care of daughter number 1 (Amy)'s 2 girls two or three times a week when she goes for her workout with her trainer for her Fibor.  

Now, I'm the one who is tired. I need my fix of NNHS to raise my spirits and keep the Nana going.

Hope you are well and it is the hardware that is sick.

Love ya,

   YOWZERS-WOWZERS! You really know how to keep from being bored, doncha, Ruthie?!? Most of the things you mentioned were good and happy and positive, but they all sounded exhausting! Congratulations wherever it applies!

   Aside from being prepped for the dreaded reformatting, my computer has been doing better than I have this week, I'm afraid.  I've spent most of my time lying in bed (reading, crocheting, watching TV, sleeping, or a combination of any and all), and the rest of my time moaning and groaning and acting like a weenie.

   It all began Saturday when I awoke feeling less than my best (not so unusual, really...), but headed up to the family reunion in Winchester anyway.  The first four people I encountered gasped and spluttered some variation of, "Good Grief? Are you okay?!? What happened to you? May I help you??"

   Sigh.  And it's all been rather downhill since then.....

   However, after listening to your week, I'm going to try to buckle down, get back to work, and quit complaining - even silently.

   Thank you for your note, Ruthie! It's good to know someone missed me!

  From Jim Dossett ('66) of FL - 07/01/09 - "mother nature is funny":

This is a webpage that I received from a NC Planners List Serve.  It shows a bunch of places taken over by Kudzu that end up looking like animals covered with ivy.  Sounds pretty boring (and it may be to most of you) but is worth the few seconds it takes to visit.

   OH, JIM! KUDZU!!! I love kudzu! Thanks so much! (I miss my kudzu.....)

      From My Niece, Shari, of VA - 07/01/09 - "Dancing Philippine Convicts - Thriller ...":

Dancing Philippine Convicts - Thriller ... - "Check out 1,500 plus inmates of the Cebu Provincial Detention and Rehabilitation Center in the Philippines as they practice their dance to Michael Jackson's Thriller. This is not a punishment for the inmates. "

   Thanks, Shari! This is, um, strange.....

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  From Ruth Ann Reece Horace ('67) of FL - 07/01/09 - "Marijuana in the firewood":

"Hello, is this the Sheriff's Office?"

"Yes, What can I do for you?"

"I'm calling to report 'bout my neighbor, Virgil Smith.... He's hidin' marijuana inside his firewood! Don't quite know how he gets it inside them logs, but he's hidin' it there."

"Thank you very much for the call, sir."

The next day, the Sheriff's Deputies descend on Virgil's house. They search the shed where the firewood is kept. Using axes, they bust open every piece of wood, but; find no marijuana. They sneer at Virgil and leave.

Shortly, the phone rings at Virgil's house.

"Hey, Virgil! This here's Floyd....Did the Sheriff come?"


"Did they chop your firewood?"


"Happy Birthday, buddy!"

(Rednecks know how to git-R-dun)

      Thanks again, Ruthie!


        From David Whitley ('67) of VA - 06/23/09 - "Redneck Humor" (#6 in a Series of 11):

  Redneck Mailbox

   Thanks, Gorgeous!

Redneck Mailbox


1. Friday, Saturday, and Sunday, September 4, 5 and 6 (Labor Day Weekend), 2009 - The Class of 1969 will hold its 40-Year Reunion at the Point Plaza Hotel, Newport News, VA. For details, see: and contact Jean Baker Howell at - OPEN TO ALL NNHS ALUMNI

2. Friday, Saturday, and Sunday, September 18, 19, and 20, 2009 - The Warwick High School Class of 1959 will hold its 50-Year Reunion at the Marriott Newport News at City Center, Newport News, VA. For details, contact - WHS CLASS OF 1959

3. Friday and Saturday, October 9 and 10, 2009 - The Class of 1964 will hold its 45-Year Reunion - For details, see: - CLASS OF 1964

4. Friday and Saturday, August 6 and 7, 2010 - The NNHS Class of 1970 will hold its 40-Year Reunion. Friday night they will all meet at RJ's; Saturday night will be at the Kiln Creek Golf & Country Club. For details, contact Carol Comer Cutler at - CLASS OF 1970

5. 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  kwitte@tampabay, - CLASS OF 1960

PRAYER ROLL: - updated 07/01/09

BLOG: - updated 01/09/09

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

                          Love to all, Carol





Carol Buckley Harty

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Sing Sing Sing

Words and Music by Louis Prima, 1936
(07 Dec 1910 – 24 Aug 1978)

The Benny Goodman version was arranged by Jimmy Mundy.

Sing, sing, sing, everybody start to sing like dee dee dee, bah bah bah dah
Now you're singin' with a swing
Sing sing sing everybody start to sing like dee dee dee, bah bah bah dah
Now you're singin' like everything.

When the music goes around,
Everybody's gonna go to town.
But here is one thing you should know
Sing it high and sing it low.
Oh, sing sing sing sing everybody start to sing like dee dee dee, bah bah bah dah
Now you're singin' with a real good swing!

"Sing, Sing, Sing" midi courtesy of - 07/02/09

"Sing, Sing, Sing" lyrics courtesy of - 07/02/09

Image of Clarinet Detail courtesy of - 07/02/09

Musical Divider Line clip art courtesy of - 05/06/09

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

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

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

Animated Laughing Woman courtesy of Joyce Lawrence Cahoon ('65) of VA - 02/23/09
Thanks, Joyce!

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 Rolling on the Floor Laughing Boy courtesy of - 04/06/05

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