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07/05/15 - NNHS Newsletter - I Believe

“I believe that unarmed truth and unconditional love
will have the final word in reality. This is why right,
temporarily defeated, is stronger than evil triumphant.”

- Martin Luther King, Jr.
(15 Jan 1929 - 04 Apr 1968)

Dear Friends and Schoolmates,

   I've always loved this song. 

BONUS #1 - - I Believe - Frankie Laine

BONUS #2 - - I Believe - Tom Jones - PLUS In Dreams - beautiful video (A BONUS BONUS...)

BONUS #3 - - I Believe - Engelbert Humperdinck

BONUS #4 - - I Believe - Robson & Jerome


"I Believe" is the name of a popular song written by Ervin Drake, Irvin Graham, Jimmy Shirl and Al Stillman in 1953.

I Believe was commissioned and introduced by Jane Froman on her television show, and became the first hit song ever introduced on TV. Froman, troubled by the uprising of the Korean conflict in 1952 so soon after World War II, asked Drake, Graham, Shirl and Stillman to compose a song that would offer hope and faith to the populace. In addition to Froman, "I Believe" has been recorded by many others, and has become both a popular and religious standard.

Frankie Laine had the big hit version of the song, which still holds the record for the most weeks spent at number one in the UK Singles Chart.[1] However, that total of 18 weeks was not consecutive, as the hit had three separate periods at number one in the UK.[1] For comparison the longest consecutive period at number one in the UK was 16 weeks by Bryan Adams with "(Everything I Do) I Do It for You" (1991), whilst Wet Wet Wet spent 15 consecutive weeks there in 1994 with "Love Is All Around".[2]

During Laine's single's stay at number one, Queen Elizabeth II was crowned, Mount Everest was climbed and the England cricket team won back The Ashes after 19 years.[1]


   Happy Birthday today to  Doug Johnson ('57) of VA!

   Happy Birthday tomorrow to   The late Gene Ellis ('61) (deceased 05/02/11)!

   Happy Birthday this week to:

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;

10 -   Nancy Gordon Schreier ('60) of VA AND    Bill Wynne ('63) of MD;

11 -    Bobby Maddy ('57) AND     Aretie Gallins Patterson ('59) of TN;

12 -     Jerry Gammon ('63) of VA!

   Many Happy Returns, One and All!


July 05, 1915 - The Liberty Bell left Philadelphia by special train on its way to the Panama-Pacific International Exposition. This was the last trip outside Philadelphia that the custodians of the bell intended to permit.


July 05, 1940 - The United Kingdom and the Vichy France government broke off diplomatic relations.

July 05, 1940 -
Romania allied itself with Nazi Germany. Germany invaded Romania on October 7, 1940, as part of Hitler's strategy of a single eastern front against the Soviet Union.

July 05, 1941 -
German troops reached the Dnieper River in the Soviet Union.

July 05, 1943 -
The Battle of Kursk, the largest full-scale battle in history (which would include the world largest tank battle at Prokhorovka village on July 12.) began as German tanks attack the Soviet salient.

July 05, 1943 - An Allied invasion fleet sailed for Sicily (Operation Husky, July 10, 1943).

July 05, 1943 - Liberation of the Philippines was declared.

July 05, 2002 -
Former Nazi SS officer Friedrich Engel was convicted of 59 counts of murder stemming from massacre of Italian resistance fighters on May 19, 1944.


Monday, July 05, 1965 - Pianist Eyran Katsenelenbogen was born in Israel.

Monday, July 05, 1965 - Race car driver, polo player, and diplomat Porfirio Rubirosa (b. Porfirio Rubirosa Ariza on 22 Jan 1909 in San Francisco de Macorís, Dominican Republic) died in Paris, France at the age of 56 when he crashed his silver Ferrari 250 GT into a chestnut tree in the Bois de Boulogne after an all-night celebration at the Paris nightclub "Jimmy's" in honor of winning the polo Coupe de France.


“We are not obedient because we are blind, we are obedient because we can see.”

- Boyd K. Packer   
(10 Sept 1924 - 03 July 2015)


   From the Head Cheerleader of 1958, Evelyn Fryer Fish of TX - 07/04/15:
Thank u so much for including my brother      JACKIE Fryer ('56) in your last Class email.

Love, Evelyn Fryer Fish

   Certainly, Evelyn! Jackie was always such a sweetie-pie, and you and your family remain in our hearts and prayers.

   From Stacy Dorn Davis ('64) of OR - 07/04/15:

Happy 4th of July, Carol.  I’ve enjoyed catching up on your newsletters!
Please change the “CA” behind my name (for California) to “OR” (for Oregon).   We moved here the 1st of June, and I’m enjoying it very much!  However, if we decide to take another left turn, we shall be in the middle of the Pacific!!  My husband apparently is taking that “Go West, Young Man” more than a little seriously.      
Take care, stay well, God bless...
(Martha) Stacy Dorn Davis
p.s.  Just saw that the house we lived in at 1301-18th Street in Newport News is on the market... $46,000.  I didn’t recognize it.  It is only one year older than I am...  come to think of it, a lot of people wouldn’t recognize me either.   Best wishes!

   Thanks so much, Stacy! I have you all "moved" now:

   I deeply regret to report there was some trouble on your block (and my old neighborhood) over the holiday weekend. You can see your old house in the bottom video:

   I cannot say more than that without tearing up...

From Dale Parsons ('69) of HI - 07/04/15:

Aloha Carol,

I was thinking about you today and all you do. Hope this will help.

   OH! Thank you very much, Dale! What a nice holiday surprise!

      From the Incomparable Charis Bean Duke (Governor Thomas Johnson HS, MD - '85) of PA - 07/05/15:

One year ago this past week I had cancer surgery, which, miraculously, turned out to not be cancer. So I've been a bit reflective.

Here are the things I've learned:
1. Friends matter. Find the best ones you can and cherish them.
2. Prayers, positive thoughts, positive energy, all those things we can do for each other are powerful, tangible, and important.
3. Every day, no matter how filled with sorrow, pain, or disappointment, is a day worth living.

Have a blessed Sabbath y'all.

   Thank you so much, Dear Charis!

   From My Daughter of Other Parents, Megan Fulmer Mansfield (Marshall HS, TX - 2002) of TX - 07/04/15 - "Happy Fourth":

   Happy 4th of July!

    Thank you, Megan! Love those T-shirts!


    From Linda May Bond Crayton ('66) of VA - 07/04/15 - "Cockroaches":

Tip of the Day: If your home gets cockroaches, you know they can be even worse in the winter than in the summer! So here's another great tip for keeping them away without using a single harmful chemical.

Buy catnip at the pet store, then submerge a tablespoon of the leaves in hot water and let sit for several minutes. Strain the resulting "tea" into a spray bottle, and spray the mixture in the kitchen, bathroom, and other areas where you've seen roaches every time you mop or vacuum.

There's a chemical in catnip called nepetalactone that scientists have found repels cockroaches 100 times better than DEET, even though it's perfectly safe for kids and pets.

   WOWZERS! Thanks, Linda May!

From My Daughter of Other Parents, Ashley, of AZ - 07/04/15 - "Selective OCD":

  This is the perfect description of my particular brand of OCD!! 

     Thanks, Ashley! You really are my missing daughter!


From The Walking Dead - 07/04/15 - "Be Careful!":

     This is what happens when walkers get too close to fireworks. Stay safe and Happy Fourth of July!

   The Walking Dead will return in October at 9:00/8:00 on AMC!

   Be there.


“We're lost, but we're making good time.”

- Yogi Berra
b. 12 May 1925)

  From Judy Phillips Allen ('66) of VA - 06/01/15 - "Texas Humor (#21 in a series of 33)":

    Thanks, Dearest Judy!

BONUS BELIEVE FILET CROCHET PATTERN: - Believe in the Word - $5.00

BONUS I CAN'T BELIEVE RECIPE: - I Can't Believe You Made That Cake - "This cake is made with chocolate cigarillos, but if you can't get them, use chocolate rolled wafers instead."


From - 07/05/15:

A New Yorker was forced to take a day off from work to appear for a minor traffic summons. He grew increasingly restless as he waited hour after endless hour for his case to be heard.

When his name was called late in the afternoon, he stood before the judge, only to hear that court would be adjourned for the rest of the afternoon and he would have to return the next day.

"What for?!?!?" he snapped at the judge.

His honor, equally irked by a tedious day and sharp query, roared out loud: "Twenty dollars contempt of court! That's why!"

Then, noticing the man checking his wallet, the judge relented, "That's all right. You don't have to pay now."

The young man replied, "I know. But I'm just seeing if I have enough for two more words."


1. Wednesday, July 8, 2015 - 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.

2. Friday and Saturday, September 25 and 26, 2015 - The Warwick HS Class of 1960 will hold its 55-Year Reunion. Friday night: at the Warwick Yacht Club; Saturday night: James River Country Club. DETAILS: WWW.WARWICKFARMERS.COM

3. Friday and Saturday, October 16 and 17, 2015 - The NNHS Class of 1965 will hold its 50-Year Reunion at the Marriott at City Center, 740 Town Center Drive, Newport News. Friday night will be open to all graduates of NNHS; Saturday night will be reserved for 1965 Class members and their guests. CONTACT: Lynn Walker Brothers @ or Pauline Collins Shofner @ 

PRAYER ROLL: - updated 07/03/15

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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I Believe

Written by Ervin Drake (b. April 3, 1919), Irvin Graham, Jimmy Shirl,
Al Stillman
(26 June 1906 – 1979), 1953

I believe, for every drop of rain that falls,
A flower grows.
I believe that somewhere in the darkest night,
A candle glows.

I believe for everyone who goes astray,
Someone will come, to show the way,
I believe, I believe.
I believe, above the storm the smallest prayer,
Will still be heard.

I believe, that someone in the great somewhere,
Hears every word.
Every time I hear a newborn baby cry,
Or touch a leaf, or see the sky,
Then I know why, I believe!

“I Believe" midi and lyrics courtesy of - 06/28/10

"I Believe" Image courtesy of - 07/04/10

Silver Scroll Divider Line clip art courtesy of - um, I cannot seem to locate that information at the moment.....

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 (Ferguson HS - '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!!

Governor Thomas Johnson High School's (MD) Logo courtesy of - 06/16/08 

John Marshall High School's (TX) Rams logo courtesy of - 04/26/13

Animated Laughing Elephant courtesy of Frank Blechman ('65) of Northern VA - 10/29/10
Thanks, Frank!

Animated Laughing Smiley courtesy of Janice McCain Rose ('65) of VA - 02/07/07
Thanks, Janice!

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