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07/12/19 - 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 - The late Carol Smith Saunders ('63) (d. 08/04/17) 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 FL 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.


July 12, 1969 - Actress Lisa Nicole Carson was born in Brooklyn, New York.

July 12, 1969 - The French Minister of Youth Affairs and Sports, Chantal Jouanno, was born in Vernon, Eure, France.

July 12, 1969 - Cricketer and sportscaster Alan Mullally was born in Southend-on-Sea, Essex, England.

July 12, 1969 - Chef Anne-Sophie Pic was born in Valence, Drôme, France.

July 12, 1969 - Guitarist Jesse Pintado was born Jesus Ernesto Pintado Andrade in Mexico, probably in Sonora. On 27 Aug 2006 at the age of 37, "he died[1] in a hospital in the Netherlands due to liver failure after a diabetes-induced coma. His death also stemmed from excessive drinking."

July 12, 1969 - Farmer and author Henry George Lamond (b. on 13 June 1885 in Carl Creek, Queensland, Australia) died in Brisbane, Queensland, Australia at the age of 84.

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!

From Joan Lauterbach Krause ('60) of VA - 07/12/17:

  Thank you, Joan!

   From My Cousin, Jean Atkinson Mallory (Warsaw HS / Rappahannock HS / John Marshall HS - '65) of VA - 07/11/18:

  BRILLIANT (a.k.a. very smart)! Thank you so much, Jean!

 From Jean Poole Burton ('64) of RI - 07/11/19:

  Thanks, Jean!

 From Bill Hobbs ('66) of Northern VA - 07/10/18 - "Final answer to the proverbial question":

  Thanks, Billy!

   From Jimmy Hines ('64) of VA - 07/11/16:

  Let's try it and see what happens.

    GREAT IDEA! Thank you, Santa Jim! Please make mine a Mounds, though; I'm more of a dark chocolate, more coconut, fewer peanuts kinda gal! Of course, being Santa, you already knew that!


“It's getting late early.”

- Yogi Berra
12 May 1925 - 22 Sept 2015)


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..."


Falling Stars Hat by Melissa Schaschwary "It’s coming on the time of year where I start bringing hot cocoa and hot cider to the bonfires I enjoy with my husband, my sister, brothers and our friends. It’s become a tradition to get together once a month, to listen to the music we love while laughing with each other under the night time, country sky until we each see a shooting star. The stitch pattern on the brim of this hat reminds me of those stars. This is a mega quick knit and great stash buster project!" - $2.42


Star's Recipes - "This site is an ongoing project. It contains a link 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 - 07/11/19:

One day Al was driving to the lake for a swim when he noticed a man on the side of the highway dressed all in red.

“Who are you?” asked Al as he pulled up to the stranger.

“I’m the Man in Red and I’m very hungry,” said the man.

Reaching into his lunch sack, Al pulled out a sandwich, handed it to the man, then sped off down the road.

A few miles later, Al spotted another man, this time dressed all in yellow.

“Who are you, and what can I do for you?” asked Al.

“I’m the Man in Yellow and I’m very thirsty.”

Pulling out a can of soda, Al handed the Coke to the man, then resumed his journey.

Anxious to get to the lake before sunset, Al put his foot to the pedal and roamed off down the road, only to spot yet another man, dressed all in blue, signaling for Al to stop.

“Don’t tell me!” said Al impatiently. “You’re the Man in Blue, right?”

”That's right!” replied the man.

”Well, what do you want?”

”Driver’s license and registration, please.”

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

2. Friday, August 02, 2019 - Sunday, August 04, 2019 - The NNHS Class of 1969 will hold their 50-Year Reunion at the Marriott at City Center in Newport News. Open to ALL Typhoons! The entire weekend - Friday night re-meet and re-greet with hor d’oeuvres served, a Saturday night dinner and dance and a Sunday morning breakfast - is $100 per person. CONTACT: Jean Baker Howell at for registration forms.

3. Wednesday, September 11, 2019 -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.

4. Friday, October 11, 2019 - Saturday, October 12, 2019 - The NNHS Class of 1964 will hold their 55-Year Reunion at the Holiday Inn Newport News - City Center (formerly the Omni). SEE:;  CONTACT: David Spriggs at    

PRAYER ROLL: - updated 06/18/19

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

"Never underestimate
the power of a drop
in the bucket."


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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!

Air Force Seal clip art courtesy of - 07/07/06

John Marshall High School's Justice Scale clip art courtesy of Cheryl White Wilson (JMHS - '64) of VA - 10/13/05 (replaced 02/23/09)
Thanks, Cheryl!

Animated Laughing Cat courtesy of Joyce Lawrence Cahoon ('65) of VA - 07/29/08
Thanks, Joyce!

Navy Seal clip art courtesy of - 05/29/06

Animated Lumpy Bouncy Dancing (by AF Artist - Greg Wilson) courtesy of - 08/28/08

Laughing Jester Smiley clip art courtesy of Bill Hobbs ('66) of Northern VA - 10/06/09
Thanks, Bill!

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

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