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07/31/09 - NNHS Newsletter -
Blue Bayou

“Good bye, proud world! I'm going home;
Thou art not my friend, and I'm not thine.”

- Ralph Waldo Emerson
(25 May 1803 - 27 Apr 1882)

Dear Friends and Schoolmates,

   Can you believe it?? We've never used this song here before!

BONUS #1 - - Blue Bayou - Roy Orbison, 1963 - with slide show

BONUS #2 - - Blue Bayou, Linda Ronstadt, 1977 - live

BONUS #3 - - Blue Bayou Waterpark

BONUS #4 - - Blue Bayou Restaurant at Disneyland Park


" 'Blue Bayou' is the title of a song written by Roy Orbison and Joe Melson and sung by Orbison. The best known version remains Linda Ronstadt's 1977 cover, which was a top-ten pop, country and easy listening single in the U.S.; the song was included on Ronstadt's Triple-Platinum-Plus Simple Dreams album.

... Linda Ronstadt took the song to #3 on the Billboard Hot 100 chart in late 1977 - as well as #2 Country and #3 Easy Listening. The single was RIAA certified Gold (for sales of over 1 million US copies) in early 1978. It was later certified Platinum (for over 2 million US copies sold). It was also popular in a Spanish-language version called "Lago Azul".

Because of this song, Dickson's Baseball Dictionary records that a 'Linda Ronstadt' is a synonym for a fastball, a pitch that 'blew by you.'"


Thursday, July 31, 1969 - The halfpenny ceased to be legal tender in the UK.


  Happy Birthday today to    Helen Flax Kierstead ('58) of Ontario AND   Anne Sawyer Turpin ('65) of VA!

  Happy Birthday tomorrow to  Bette Heath ('57) of VA AND          My Husband, Paul Harty (Bardolph HS, IL - '61) of IL AND   Betty Burton Gary ('65) of VA!

  Happy Birthday this week to:

02 -   Roy Parrish ('61) of CA AND   Eddie Beasley ('64) in Ethiopia ( or somewhere equally exciting) AND  Sandra Tilles Snyder ('65) (deceased 03/11/99);

04 -   The United States Coast Guard - 1790 AND Colleen Luke Barton ('57) of England;

05 - Barbara Kemp Bostwick ('57) AND   Frank Friedland ('60) of VA;

06 -   Susan Whitcomb Harlin ('72) of TX;

07 - Elaine Ferrell Taylor ('57) AND    Kenny Branch ('62) of AR AND Judy Fertitta Gibson (Hampton HS - '62) of VA AND    Anne Davidson Matthis ('64) of NC!

Many Happy Returns, One and All!

        From David Whitley ('67) of VA - 07/30/09 - "Born Again American....awesome triple awesome":

 Born Again American.. it's an awesome video

This is absolutely amazing!!!!!!!! Had to pass this on!!!!!

I hope you can all listen to this. I can't imagine the work it took to pull this off It is great. 

   Thanks, David! We've run this several times before, but just because you're so gorgeous, we'll run it again.

   Well, that, and because you're right, it is so very awesome!

      From My Niece, Shari, of VA - 07/30/09 - "Thursday":

I'm going out of town this weekend, for a few days.

                                                                                    Take Care.
Mattress Dominoes
Pink Floyd - Wizard of Oz
Pink Floyd - Wizard of Oz


Criminally Stupid

In Farmington, Missouri, Susan Faraday, 28, in court facing a drug charge, was also charged with theft after she stole several items from the court, including the judge's gavel, on her way out of the courtroom.

In Milwaukee, Wisconsin, David Keeler, 33, a bank robber, wrote his holdup note on the back of his probation papers, which noted he was on probation for bank robbery.

Ann Baker, 45, planning to burn down her house for the insurance money in Greensburg, Pennsylvania, removed almost all of her furniture, a TV, clothes, and several large appliances, and covered them with a protective tarp, in her back yard, before setting the house on fire.

In Butler, Pennsylvania, Joel Crytzer, 63, was charged with marijuana possession, when officers spotted the drug on the floor of his car, which they had stopped, because Crytzer had been cruising down the road, seemingly oblivious to the fact that, his car had only three tires.

On Long Island, New York, Martin Maynard, 28, stole a TV, an MP3 player, a desktop computer and a phone from an electronics store, returned a few days later to return the TV, the MP3 player, the desktop computer, and the phone for a refund.

An Atlanta woman, Diane Cartwright, 22, with counterfeit bills she wanted to pass, went to a grocery store, and attempted to pay for goods, by mixing the counterfeit bills in with some real cash. When a clerk noticed that some of the bills were fake, Cartwright fled, leaving all the cash behind. Upon returning home, she had her boyfriend, Carl Weston, 24, call the police, and ask if they could come by the station and claim the money she'd left behind, that wasn't fake. The cops said, "Sure," Cartwright and Weston were arrested, when they arrived at the police station.

[ Author Unknown -- from 'Buffalos Chips' ( ]


Random Fact:
Ants stretch when they wake up in the morning.


When you hear the word Impossible, turn it around to I'm Possible!


"Speak when you are angry--and you will make the best  speech you'll ever regret."
- Laurence J. Peter


Glued Glasses and Sewed Jackets

The longer I live the more I see that our souls’ eyes and the world’s eyes aren’t the same. Just today, for instance, I was sitting at my kitchen table when suddenly my soul’s memories took me back 13 years in an instant. I remembered sitting at that same table getting out a needle and thread to sew a rip in my jacket. It was one of many gotten from years of working in a lumber mill. That day, however, was my day off and I was enjoying every moment of it with my kids.

Suddenly my toddler climbed on my knee for a game of "blow on my belly". His giggles tickled my soul but his arm also accidentally knocked off my glasses, breaking the frames for the hundredth time that year. At that time money was tight, miracle glue was cheap, and new glasses were not. I put my son down then, glued and reset the frames, and set them on the table to dry. Sewing the jacket without my glasses, though, was no easy task. On my thirtieth try at threading the needle my little daughter came in the room. I asked her if she could put the thread through the eye for me. She did on the first try and handed it back to me with a smile. "There you go, Daddy!", she said with sparkling eyes before heading back to her room to play.

I often wondered back then why I was having to struggle so hard just to get by. I wondered why I didn’t have the money to buy the new clothes and glasses that others took for granted. Now thirteen years later I think that maybe God was having my soul spend that time learning what the true riches in life really are. That giggling toddler in my arms was one of them. That loving daughter with the sparkling eyes was another. Compared to them all the money in the world was just worthless paper. Nowadays money doesn’t seem quite so important, but every loving hug I get from one of my children remains priceless. These lessons in love sometimes take a lifetime to learn, but what’s a lifetime when seen from the eternal eyes of your soul.

~ Joseph J. Mazzella ~

   WOWZERS! Thank you, Shari!

  From Jerry ('65) and    Judy Phillips ('66) Allen of VA - 07/30/09 - "Mini-Retreat":

God bless you!

This is an awesome little one minute mini-retreat for one's mind. 

Great thoughts and music!  Great way to start or end a day.

   Thanks, Sweetie-Pies! We've run this a couple of times before, too, but you're both such Sweetie-Pies, we'll run it again!

   Well, that, and because you're right, it is a great way to start or end a day!

  From Joyce Lawrence Cahoon ('65) of VA - 07/23/09 - "CLEAN FUNNIES FOR TWISTED PEOPLE (#8 in a Series of  9)":

   Joyce Cahoon

   GIGGLES!!! Thanks, Joyce!


      From My Niece, Shari, of VA - 07/24/09 - "~ Friendship~ (#7 in a Series of  8)":


OOOH! Thanks, Shari!



1.   From Jane Chambers of VA - 07/01/09 - "CNC BOOK BROCHURE & AD":

Attached is the two-sided brochure.... It has an order form on it. All former CNC students (whether or not they got a degree from CNC) can get the $5 alumni discount if they order the book with this form. They will need to write on the order form "alumni discount" and put $24.95 in the blank beside $29.95. They will have to pay S&H also and (if in Virginia) 5% Sales Tax.
Attached also is an ad we ran in the Daily Press, which lists places where the book can be bought in the Tidewater area. Except for the CNU bookstore, there is no discount price for these copies. However, buyers can get signed copies at all of these places EXCEPT the CNU Bookstore, which did not want signed copies.  Signed means signed by all 3 authors: Chambers, Hubbard, and Wood.

   Contact Dr. Chambers at

   Thanks, Jane!

2.        From Dave Spriggs ('64) of VA - 07/02/09 - "NNHS 64/45 REUNION PAGE UPDATES":


Attention all 1964 TYPHOONS:

If we have a current mailing address for you, then your 45th Reunion package was mailed to you on 23 June. In it you will find a letter detailing our plans for the reunion, a reservation form to be completed and returned to us no later than 1 September, and an input form for the 2009 Edition of the Old Rusty Anchor.

If you do not receive this package (or put it aside and misplace it - - yes, it happens), then you may find these same documents available to you on the NNHS web site at this address:

These documents are in Adobe PDF format. If you do not have the free Adobe Reader, you may download and install it from this address:

You may print out the forms, fill them in, and mail them to us WITH YOUR CHECK.

We look forward to seeing you at the Newport News Marriott City Center on October 9th and 10th … and at The Chamberlin for Sunday brunch.

Best wishes from your Class of 1964 45-Year Reunion Committee.

   Thank you, Captain!


From ArcaMax - 07/30/09:

These Lights

Halfway through a romantic dinner out, my husband smiled and said, “You look so beautiful under these lights.”

I was falling in love all over again when he added, “We gotta get some of these lights.”



After browsing the restaurant menu, I had a question for the waitress. “About the salmon entrée, is that a steak or a fillet?”

“Neither,” she said. “It’s a fish.”


Peat Moss

A woman went into a hardware store to purchase a bale of peat moss. She gave a personal check in payment and said to the clerk, “I suppose you will want some identification.”

He replied, without hesitation, “No ma’am, that won’t be necessary.”

“Why not?” asked the woman.

“Crooks don’t buy peat moss.” answered the clerk.


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 - CLASS OF 1960

PRAYER ROLL: - updated 07/16/09

BLOG: - updated 07/23/09

  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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Blue Bayou

Written by Roy Orbison
(23 Apr 1936 – 06 Dec 1988)

and Joe Melson, 1963
(b. May 1935)

(Linda Ronstadt, 1977)
(b. 15 July 1946)

I feel so bad, I've got a worried mind.
I'm, so lonesome all the time,
Since I left my baby behind
On Blue Bayou.

Saving nickels, saving dimes.
Working till the sun don't shine.
Looking forward to happier times
On Blue Bayou.

I'm going back some day, come what may,
To Blue Bayou.
Where you sleep all day, and the catfish play,
On Blue Bayou.
All those fishing boats, with their sails afloat.
If I could only see
That familiar sunrise though sleepy eyes,
How happy I'd be.

Oh, to see my baby again,
And to be with some of my friends.
Maybe I'd be happy then,
On Blue Bayou.

Saving nickels, saving dimes.
Working till the sun don't shine.
Looking forward to happier times
On Blue Bayou.

I'm going back some day, gonna stay,
On Blue Bayou.
Where the folks are fine and the world is mine,
On Blue Bayou.
Ah, that girl of mine, by my side,
The silver moon and the evening tide.
Oh, some sweet day, I'm gonna take away
This hurting inside.

Oh, I'll never be blue,
My dreams come true
On Blue Bayou.

Oh, I'll never be blue,
My dreams come true
On Blue Bayou.

"Blue Bayou" midi and lyrics courtesy of - 07/31/09

Image of Scarlet Pirate Voyager's Extreme Digital Imagery, "Blue Bayou", courtesy of - 07/31/09

Animated Red/Blue/Purple Divider Line clip art courtesy of - 07/31/09

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

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 United States Coast Guard Flag clip art courtesy of - 06/18/03

Hampton High School's Crab clip art courtesy of - 10/02/05
Replaced courtesy of - 02/17/09

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