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08/04/15 - NNHS Newsletter
Dueling Banjos

“Poetry is a rich, full-bodied whistle, cracked ice crunching in pails,
the night that numbs the leaf, the duel of two nightingales, the
sweet pea that has run wild, Creation's tears in shoulder blades

- Boris Pasternak
(10 Feb 1890 - 30 May 1960)

Dear Friends and Schoolmates,

    It's rather incredibly hot here in Fayetteville this week; I hope you're not dueling the heat and humidity today...

BONUS #1 - - Dueling Banjos - Clip from Deliverance (1972) - The submitter describes this as, "The best scene in one of the greatest movies of all time."

   Personally, I've never seen the movie.  The descriptions alone always struck me as - well, strongly disturbing.....

   And if you thought THAT was strange.....

BONUS #2 - - ?!?


"Dueling Banjos" is an instrumental composition by Arthur "Guitar Boogie" Smith. The song was composed in 1955 by Smith as a banjo instrumental he called "Feudin' Banjos", which contained riffs from "Yankee Doodle". Smith recorded it playing a four-string plectrum banjo and accompanied by five-string bluegrass banjo player Don Reno. The composition's first wide scale airing was on the 1963 television episode of "The Andy Griffith Show" featuring the music of "The Darlings", otherwise known as "The Dillards", a bluegrass group. The show was aired in season four, production number 96 which aired in 1963, "Brisco Declares For Aunt Bee". A brief version was played by the parents of Mindy, in the pilot of Mork and Mindy.

The version by Eric Weissberg and Steve Mandell went to #2 for four weeks on the Hot 100 in 1973, all four weeks behind Roberta Flack's "Killing Me Softly With His Song", and topped the adult contemporary chart for two weeks the same year.[1] The song also reached No. 5 on the Hot Country Singles chart at the same time it was on the Hot 100 and Adult Contemporary Singles charts.

The song was made famous by the 1972 film Deliverance, which also led to a successful lawsuit by the song's composer, as it was used in the film without his permission. A cover of the song by Steve Ouimette (using electric guitars, bass, and drums) was released as downloadable content for the video game Guitar Hero World Tour. The Toy Dolls also covered the song on their album Absurd-Ditties.

In Deliverance, a scene depicts Billy Redden playing it opposite Ronny Cox, who joins him on guitar. Redden plays "Lonnie"—a mentally challenged inbred but extremely gifted banjo player. (Redden could not actually play the banjo. A local musician, Mike Addis, disguised using careful camera angles, reached around from behind Redden.[2]) Two young musicians, Ron Brentano and Mike Russo, had originally been signed to play their adaptation for the film, but instead it was performed by the others.[3]

"Dueling Banjos" was arranged and performed for the film by Eric Weissberg and Steve Mandell and was included on its soundtrack.[4] When Smith was not acknowledged as the composer by the filmmakers, he sued and eventually won, receiving songwriting credit as well as royalties.

For corrections, see entry   from Terry Haney on Thanks, Terry!


   Happy Birthday today to The United States Coast Guard - 1790 AND Colleen Luke Barton ('57) of England AND Buzzy Blanchard (Kecoughtan HS - '68) of LA!

   Happy Birthday tomorrow to   The late Barbara Kemp Bostwick ('57) (deceased  04/22/12) AND   Frank Friedland ('60) of VA!

   Happy Birthday this week to:

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 The late Anne Davidson Matthis ('64) (deceased 02/08/13);

08 -   Virginia Deuell DeBerry ('46) AND Kathy Presgraves Whitt ('71) of VA;

09 - Katherine Adams Barbrey ('57) AND      Hunter Todd  ('57) of TX;

10 - Marshall Conley ('63) of VA!

   Many Happy Returns, One and All!


August 04, 1915 - World War I: The German 12th Army occupied Warsaw during the Gorlice–Tarnów Offensive and the Great Retreat of 1915.


August 04, 1944 - The Holocaust: a tip from a Dutch informer led the Gestapo to a sealed-off area in an Amsterdam warehouse where they found Jewish diarist Anne Frank, her family, and others. Anne, a teenager at the time, was one of the eight people arrested. Her diary would be published after her death. The last entry in the diary was on this day.


Wednesday, August 04, 1965 - The Constitution of the Cook Islands came into force, giving the Cook Islands self-governing status within New Zealand.

Wednesday, August 04, 1965 - Businessman and politician Adam Afriyie was born in Wimbledon, London, England.

Wednesday, August 04, 1965 - Singer-songwriter, drummer, and producer (Yellowjackets) Terri Lyne Carrington was born in Medford, Massachusetts.

Wednesday, August 04, 1965 - Actress, director, producer, and screenwriter Crystal Chappell was born in Silver Spring, Maryland.

Wednesday, August 04, 1965 - Author, screenwriter, and producer Dennis Lehane was born in Dorchester, Boston, Massachusetts.

Wednesday, August 04, 1965 - Humanitarian and author Wayne Pacelle was born in New Haven, Connecticut.

Wednesday, August 04, 1965 - The 42nd Prime Minister of Sweden, Fredrik Reinfeldt, was born John Fredrik Reinfeldt in Österhaninge, Sweden.

Wednesday, August 04, 1965 - Footballer and manager Michael Skibbe was born in Gelsenkirchen, West Germany.

Wednesday, August 04, 1965 - Actor and screenwriter James Tupper was born in Dartmouth, Nova Scotia, Canada.

From My Friend, Susan, of NC - 08/03/15:

“In moments of fear or doubt or troubling times, hold to the ground you have already won, even if that ground is limited. … When these moments come and issues surface, the resolution of which is not immediately forthcoming, hold fast to what you already know and stand strong until additional knowledge comes.”

- Jeffrey R. Holland
(b. 03 Dec 1940)

    Thanks so much, Susan!

          From My #6 Son, Dale Harty, (Hillsboro HS, IL / American School, IL - '02) of CA - 08/03/15:

  Why have I not thought of this sooner?!
  Thanks, Dale!

“If by chance some day you're not feeling well and you should remember some silly thing I've said or done and it brings back a smile to your face or a chuckle to your heart, then my purpose as your clown has been fulfilled.

- Red Skelton
18 July 1913 - 17 Sept 1997)

        From My Husband, Paul Harty (Bardolph HS, IL - '61) of NC - 07/23/15 - "These Will Make You Smile (#10 in a series of 25)":

  Thanks, Haul Party!
I'm warning you! I'll hang a peckin' on you!

From My Husband, Paul Harty (Bardolph HS, IL - '61) of NC -  07/26/15 - "Smile Propensities (#4 in a series of 28)":
  "Blessed are the cracked….   
For they are the ones who let in the light."

     Thank you, Dools!


BONUS BANJO CROCHET PATTERN: - Sharon Ballsmith's Banjo Bag - "... a fun little summer tote that is also reversible…no lining needed!"

BONUS BANJO RECIPES: - Banana Banjo Recipe - Exploding Egg Banjo Recipe - "The exact origins of the Exploding Egg Banjo are unknown to me. For years I had thought it was just another name for a sandwich. A colloquialism. But no! When I started delving, and by that I mean Googling, I discovered (to my shame) that The Egg Banjo (or exploding egg banjo) is a very special sandwich indeed. The ironic thing is that, like a fool who isn’t in on the joke, I had been enjoying Exploding Egg Banjos for many, many years without understanding quite what I was doing. I was doing it right, it’s just that I never quite made the connection. Try one yourself and you’ll get it soon enough. The exploding bit is easy. It’s the banjo part that promises – and delivers – that very brilliant eureka moment..." - Banjo with Egglands Eggs Recipe - "...About two decades ago, when my husband was an Engineering student, he often visited his Aunt who lived in the Indian city of Indore. There, he frequented an eatery where a vendor fed him something that was called ‘Banjo’. After we met, which was sometime after he had left his student life behind, he waxed eloquent about it at every opportunity he got. He even tried replicating it a couple of times. That’s when I figured out that whatever this ‘banjo’ was, it consisted of eggs and bread. To me it looked like a plain omelet squished between two pieces of bread..."


From - 08/03/15:

A bent-over old lady hobbled into a doctor's office. Within minutes, she came out again but miraculously, she was standing up as straight as could be.

A man in the waiting room who had been watching her said in amazement; "My goodness, what did the doctor do to you?"

The old lady replied, "He gave me a longer cane!"


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.

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Y'all take 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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Dueling Banjos (Originally titled "Feudin' Banjos")

Co-composed and recorded by Don Reno (21 Feb 1927 - 16 Oct 1984) and Arthur "Guitar Boogie" Smith (01 Apr 1921 - 04 Apr 2014), 1955

Used in
Deliverance (1972) without the composer's consent

 "Dueling Banjos" midi courtesy of - 08/04/10

"Eight Banjos" Image courtesy of - 08/03/10

Animated Musical Divider Line clip art courtesy of - well, 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!

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!

Coast Guard Seal clip art courtesy of - 10/03/07

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

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

Hillsboro High School's Topper (Band Version) clip art courtesy of  - 06/07/08
Thanks, Mark!

American School Logo courtesy of - 09/05/06

Animated Laughing Jerry courtesy of Cookie Phillips Tyndall ('64) of VA - 06/14/06
Thanks, Cookie!

Big Grin Smiley courtesy of Domi O'Brien ('64) of NH - 07/05/09
Thanks, Domi!

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