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07/12/15 - NNHS Newsletter -
Catch a Falling Star

“Go, and catch a falling star, Get with child a mandrake root,
Tell me, where all past years are, Or who cleft the Devil's foot.”

John Donne, “Song: Go And Catch A Falling Star”, collected in Songs and Sonnets, 1633
(21 Jan 1572 - 31 Mar 1631)

Dear Friends and Schoolmates,

   I love Perry Como.  I've always loved Perry Como.

BONUS - - Catch a Falling Star - Perry Como, 1957


Catch a Falling Star, written by Paul Vance and Lee Pockriss, is a song made famous by Perry Como's hit version, released in 1957. It was Como's last #1 hit, [1] reaching #1 in the Billboard "Most Played By Jockeys" chart but not in the overall top-100, where it reached #2. [citation needed] It was the first single to receive a gold record, on March 14, 1958.[2] The single won Como the 1959 Grammy Award for Best Vocal Performance, Male.

The song has been featured in several films, including The Princess Diaries, Love Actually, Everybody's Fine and Never Been Kissed. It has often been featured in the tv series Lost; it is most often associated with Claire Littleton and could be considered her theme in the series.


"Catch a Falling Star" is a song composed by Lee Pockriss and Paul Vance, and recorded in 1957 by Perry Como. It became the first R.I.A.A.-certified "Gold Record" in 1958 and won Perry Como the award for "Best Vocal Performance, Male" at the first annual Grammy Awards in 1959.



   Happy Birthday today to     Jerry Gammon ('63) of VA!

   Happy Birthday tomorrow to James Stidham ('57) AND  Bobby Jeffries ('63)!

   Happy Birthday this week to:

15 - Carol Smith Saunders ('63) AND Robert Fulcher ('64) of VA;

16 -   Dianne Adams Puckette ('65) of VA;

17 - Barbara Hinson Ellis ('63) AND Stevie Gordon Watson ('66) AND Marilyn Payne Springfield ('66) of VA AND        My Oldest Granddaughter, Elizabeth Harty (Collinsville HS, IL - '12) of IL;

18 - Bill Queensberry ('57) AND Mary Ellen Brewer ('57);

19 - Dale Chestnut (Nakina HS, NC - '54) of VA AND Mannie Smith ('57) AND    Sylvia Midgett Mullins Brown ('70) of VA!

   Many Happy Returns, One and All!


July 12, 1941 - Moscow was bombed by the German Luftwaffe for the first time.

July 12, 1943 - The Battle of Prokhorovka German and Soviet forces engaged in the largest tank engagement of all time.



Monday, July 12, 1965 - Cricketer and sportscaster Sanjay Manjrekar was born Sanjay Vijay Manjrekar in Mangalore, Mysore State (Karnataka), India.

Monday, July 12, 1965 - Singer and guitarist (Gin Blossoms and Gas Giants) Robin Wilson was born in Detroit, Michigan.

Monday, July 12, 1965 - Speed skater Christfried Burmeister (b. 26 May 1898 in Tallinn, Estonia) died in Bradford, England at the age of 67.


From My Friend, Susan, of NC
- 07/11/15:


You have not failed until you quit trying.”

- Gordon B. Hinckley
(23 June 1910 - 27 Jan 2008)

    Thanks so much, Susan!




1966 Anchor, p. 14


From Kitty Dichtel Heffington (Ferguson HS - '73) of VA - 07/11/15, 11:58 AM - "  Jeanette (Siceloff) Thomas Obituary - Newport News, VA | Daily Press":

In case you didn't see it...

Hope you're feeling better:)

I'm hoping to come by and say hello when you're here for your reunion in October.

Kitty and Terry Heffington
Newport News

   Thanks, Kitty! This time, I actually did catch it! In fact, I had both of Friday's Newsletter up and posted before 11:00 AM, and in an act of what my mama would have called supreme conceit, I thought I'd "take a little break" and come back and finish another missing issue before I announced them.

   What really happened was that I climbed into bed, started binge crocheting while watching old movies on tellybision, and never returned to my office. Sigh.

   By all means, go to the 50-Year Reunion of the Class of 1965. They'll do a fabulous job as always, and you'll have a marvelous time - but, I must repeat, barring three miracles of epic proportions,
I will NOT be there! As much as I'd love to see everyone, that's simply not going to happen. 

      From My Niece, Shari, of VA - 07/11/15 - "Shark From The Sky In Virginia Beach & 13 Life Saving Tips":


From Clean Laughs...

As the high school teacher was correcting essays written by her students she read, "Pedro jumped on his burrow and rode off into the sunset."

She wrote at the bottom of the page, "You obviously have problems with homonyms. A burrow is a hole in the ground. A burro is an ass. At your age it's time to learn the difference."

*-------------- Guaranteed to Roll Your Eyes --------------*

My brother Scott brought over a photo album of his camping trip. One picture showed a brown bear helping itself to his food. "What kind of bear is that?" I asked.

"It's called a Kodiak," Scott replied.

"Oh, yeah?" my husband Keith shot back. "And I suppose those white ones in the Arctic are called Polaroids."


From Bizarre News...

*-- Shark drops from the sky into Virginia woman's yard --*

VIRGINIA BEACH, Va. (UPI) - The real-life version of Sharknado proved to be far less threatening than its Syfy counterpart when a small shark fell from the sky into a Virginia back yard. Sue Bowser of Virginia Beach said her grandchildren found the 13-inch dogfish shark, also known as a sand shark, dead near a pond in her back yard about two weeks ago. "This could be the shark house, but hopefully not too many more will be falling from the sky," Bowser told WAVY-TV. "The kids found it, and they came upstairs and they were all excited and said, 'We found a shark in the backyard.'" Bowser said she suspects the baby shark was the victim of an osprey that lost its lunch. "There's a little mark on his side where the talons probably went in, and it's a little bloody on the side where the talons had poked him," she said. Susan Barco, research coordinator and senior scientist with the Virginia Aquarium and Marine Science Center Foundation, said it would not be unusual for an osprey to grab a dogfish shark pup from the shallow waters where they are born. Bowser said she is keeping the shark frozen as an object of curiosity. "I would like to preserve the shark because a lot of people have asked about it and I think it's just so unique," she said.

* Skeleton 'driving' Jeep turns heads in Kentucky *

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (UPI) - A Jeep seen driving around the Louisville area is turning heads for an unusual reason -- it looks like a skeleton is driving. Mr. Bonz, a prop skeleton belonging to mechanic Andrew Johnson, has become a regular sight "driving" Johnson's Jeep around Louisville and the surrounding area. Johnson said the driving skeleton was born out of his affection for the Jeep, which has its steering wheel and pedals on the right side -- which is usually the passenger side for cars in the United States. Johnson installed a fake steering wheel in front of the left front seat and hired Mr. Bonz as his fake driver. "I get everything from screams, to 'Man, that's fantastic,'" Johnson told WDRB-TV. "It's just all in fun. It's just to make people smile. If I've scared anybody, I apologize." Johnson said Mr. Bonz was originally a temporary feature of the Jeep two Halloweens ago, but locals demanded his return. "People would stop me in Walmart, Kroger, Kmart, wherever and say, 'Where's your skeleton?'"

From Living Green

Twenty years ago, the world's forests were in bad shape. Brazil, the country with more tropical trees than any other, was cutting down an area of forest two-thirds the size of Belgium every year. Roughly half of all the planet's once-luxuriant tropical forests had been felled and the further degradation of the Earth's green spaces seemed inevitable.

It would be too much to say that forests have made a full recovery. Worldwide, over 5m hectares of jungle are still being felled or burned down each year. But the crisis is passing and the prognosis is starting to improve. Fears that the great forests of the Congo would be cleared have proved unfounded so far. Brazil and Mexico have reduced their deforestation rates by well over two-thirds. India and Costa Rica have done more than reduce the rate of loss: they are replanting areas that were once clear-cut.

Over time countries trace a "forest transition curve". They start in poverty with the land covered in trees. As they get richer, they fell the forest and the curve plummets until it reaches a low point when people decide to protect whatever they have left. Then the curve rises as reforestation begins. At almost every point along the line, countries are now doing better: deforesters are chopping down less; reforesters are replanting more.

This matters to everyone, including rich countries in temperate zones, because of the extraordinary contribution that tropical forests make to mitigating carbon emissions. Trees are carbon sinks. If you fell and burn them, you release carbon into the atmosphere. If you let them grow, they squirrel carbon away in their trunks for centuries. Despite decades of destruction, tropical forests are still absorbing about a fifth of emissions from fossil fuels each year.

Encouraging countries to plant trees (or discouraging them from logging) is by far the most effective way of reducing greenhouse-gas emissions. If Brazil had kept on felling trees as rapidly as it was cutting them down in 2005, it would, by 2013, have put an extra 3.2 billion tons of carbon dioxide into the atmosphere. That means that over those eight years it managed to save six times as much carbon as ultra-green Germany did in the same period through one of the world's most expensive renewable-energy regimes. As a way of helping the environment, protecting trees is hard to beat. It is in everyone's interest to find out which forest policies work--and back them.

Great Quotes

"Keep away from people who try to belittle your ambitions. Small people always do that, but the really great make you feel that you, too, can become great."

- Mark Twain

"Like so much of life, it's a balance. It's important not to abandon family and friends, but it's also important to spend most of your time in the company of people who support you without meddling, who give you the space to grow, who applaud when you spread your wings in whatever way YOU want to fly."

- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

From Mountains Wings


Failure doesn't mean you are a failure, it does mean you haven't succeeded yet.

Failure doesn't mean you have accomplished nothing, it does mean you have learned something.

Failure doesn't mean you have been a fool, it does mean you had a lot of faith.

Failure doesn't mean you have been disgraced, it does mean you were willing to try.

Failure doesn't mean you don't have it, it does mean you have to do something in a different way.

Failure doesn't mean you are inferior, it does mean you are not perfect.

Failure doesn't mean you've wasted your life, it does mean you've a reason to start afresh.

Failure doesn't mean you should give up, it does mean you should try harder.

Failure doesn't mean you'll never make it, it does mean it will take a little longer.

Failure doesn't mean God has abandoned you, it does mean God has a better idea!

~Robert Schuller~

   Thank you, Shari!


From My Friend, Rachel, of ID - 07/11/15:

  This is the best way to get to know the world.

        ABSOLUTELY! Thank you, Rachel! I quite agree!



“It ain't the heat, it's the humility.”

- Yogi Berra
b. 12 May 1925)


  From Judy Phillips Allen ('66) of VA - 06/01/15 - "Texas Humor (#28 in a series of 33)":

  Thanks, Dearest Judy!


BONUS FALLING STAR CROCHET PATTERN: - Melinda Miller's Falling Star - 12" Square - "...The center star was originally going to be a flower, but it turned out to be a star instead. Oh well, I like it this way..."


BONUS STAR RECIPES: - Star's Recipes - "This site is an ongoing project. It connects to The Country Bunny Cookbook, some nice glossaries, and links to other online sites. We will continue to add local recipes to Star’s Favorites, Tips & Hints and more links as we find them. Please leave your favorite recipes, cooking Tips & Hints and glossary additions on the Message Page."


From - 07/11/15:

Dear Dad,
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The Reply:

Dear Son,

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1. Wednesday, September 9, 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 07/10/15

BLOG: - updated 03/13/11


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

                          Love to all, Carol





Catch a Falling Star

Written by Paul Vance (b. 04 Nov 1929) and Lee Pockriss, 1957

Recorded by Perry Como (18 May 1912 – 12 May 2001), 1957

Catch a falling star an’ put it in your pocket,
Never let it fade away!
Catch a falling star an’ put it in your pocket,
Save it for a rainy day!

For love may come an' tap you on the shoulder,
Some star-less night!
Just in case you feel you wanna’ hold her,
You’ll have a pocketful of starlight!

Catch a falling star an’ ( Catch a falling . . . ) put it in your pocket,
Never let it fade away! ( Never let it fade away! )
Catch a falling star an’ ( Catch a falling . . . ) put it in your pocket,
Save it for a rainy day! ( Save it for a rainy day! )

For love may come and tap you on the shoulder,
Some star-less night!
An’ just in case you feel you wanta’ hold her,
You’ll have a pocketful of starlight!

( . . . pocketful of starlight! ) [ hum in time ]

Catch a falling star an’ ( Catch a falling . . . ) put it in your pocket,
Never let it fade away! ( Never let it fade away! )
Catch a falling star an’ ( Catch a falling . . . ) put it in your pocket,
Save it for a rainy day! ( Save it for a rainy . . . Save it for a rainy, rainy rainy day! )

For when your troubles startn’ multiplyin’,
An' they just might!
It’s easy to forget them without tryin’,
With just a pocketful of starlight!

Catch a falling star an’ ( Catch a falling . . . ) put it in your pocket,
Never let it fade away! ( Never let it fade away! )
Catch a falling star an’ put it in your pocket,
Save it for a rainy day!

( Save it for rainy day! ) Save it for a rainy day!

"Catch a Falling Star" midi and lyrics courtesy of - 07/12/10

"Catch a Falling Star" Image courtesy of - 07/11/10

Purple Squiggle Divider Line clip art courtesy of - well, um, I cannot seem to find 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!

Collinsville High School (IL) Logo courtesy of - 09/22/07

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

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

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