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08/04/18 - 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,

    This summer here in Fayetteville our weather has delightfully been much cooler (if much wetter) than normal; 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 - Squirrel vs. Penguin - ?!?


"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 08-07-14-NNHS-Once-There-Were-Greenfields.html. 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) (d. 04/22/12) AND the late Frank Friedland ('60) (d. 09/07/16)!

   Happy Birthday this week to:

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

07 - Elaine Ferrell Taylor ('57) AND  Kenny Branch ('62) of AR AND  Alice Menin Daniels ('62) of Northern VA AND Judy Fertitta Gibson (Hampton HS - '62) of VA AND The late Anne Davidson Matthis ('64) (d. 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 - The late Marshall Conley ('63) (d. 06/21/18)!

   Many Happy Returns, One and All!


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.


Saturday, August 04, 1968 - Actor Daniel Dae Kim was born Daniel Dae Hyun Kim in Busan, South Korea.

Saturday, August 04, 1968 - Comedian, actor, producer, and screenwriter Lee Mack was born Lee Gordon McKillop in Southport, Lancashire, England.

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 Joan Lauterbach Krause ('60) of VA - 08/04/17:
  Thank you, Joan!

From My Cousin, Jim Atkinson (John Randolph Tucker HS - '77) of AZ, Sonoran Pronghorn Recovery Coordinator at U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service - 08/04/17:

  GIGGLES! Thanks, Cousin Jim!


 From Rick Harman ('65) of VA - 08/03/18, 4:37 PM - " Judy Head":

Hi Carol,

Thank you for all of the hard work you do for everyone and as I read you have many personal challenges to contend with but still maintain. Amazing!

I read a very brief obituary on August 1 in the Daily Press regarding Judith Ann Head, age 70. I thought she went to school with us. I knew her, but not well.

Think this is someone that went to NNHS.

Thanks so much for looking into this. Take care of yourself and your husband.


   Oh, thank you so much, Rick! Possibly because I didn't really know Judy, but probably because it was such an abbreviated obituary, I missed this altogether.

 From Malcolm Davis ('65) of VA - 08/03/18, 5:33 PM:

Thank you. I enjoy your journalism and humor. I am so glad that your family in California escaped the fire and got to return home. We pray that     Paul (Harty - Bardolph HS, IL - '61 - of NC) is better and progressing.

   Thank you so much, Malcolm! The safety and protection granted to my sweet chickadees throughout the Carr Fire ordeal I count as a great miracle, combined with several smaller ones! Paul continues to grow stronger each day, as you can see.....

   From My #2 Son, Brent Harty (Hillsboro HS, IL - Most Popular Boy in the Class of 1990) of NC - 08/03/18 - "Dad's 75th Birthday Party:

  Food from the party... Carolina Homestyle Peppered Cornbread, some NC grown watermelon. and one of my dessert specialties, inspired originally by Dad's layered banana pudding... Grasshopper Layered Pistachio Pudding!

  Thank you, Brent! The dessert was beautiful, the entire meal was delicious, and it was a big fun surprise for Haul Party, too! It was especially gratifying to see his appetite finally return after so many weeks!

Paul Harty
Thursday, August 02. 2018 - Fayetteville, NC

  From Adrian Whitcomb ('67) of VA - 07/31/18 - "Meetings: City Farm, Comprehensive Plan":

Without the involvement of people like you, we would not have 6,000 signatures on our petition to keep the City Farm as part of Riverview Farm Park, or persuaded the Planning Commission to vote 8-0 to remove “under study” from the City Farm on the Future Land Use Map in the Draft Comprehensive Plan and designate it as park. To reach our goal of saving all of Riverview Farm Park, we must continue to involve more citizens in this effort.

The City Council will hold a public hearing and vote on the Draft Comprehensive Plan on Tuesday August 14, 7:00 PM. What we as citizens supporting the park need to do now is to express our concerns to City Council. In addition to showing the City Farm as park on the Future Land Use Map, the City Council should re-establish the Citizen Task Force to work with the public in designing the park. Letters, e-mails, and especially attendance at City Council meetings is important. If you are willing to speak at a City Council meeting, especially on the evening of the public hearing on the Comprehensive Plan, that will certainly be a plus.

Citizens for Riverview Farm Park will hold a General Meeting, open to all, on Tuesday, August 7. The purpose of the meeting is to inform the public concerning the current status of the City Farm and to give the public an opportunity to ask questions of the two Central District members of City Council, Pat Woodbury and Dave Jenkins. We hope that you can join us and encourage others to attend also.

Details of our August 7 meeting are below. A response to this e-mail indicating that you plan to attend the August 7 meeting and the City Council public hearing on the Draft Comprehensive Plan public hearing on August 14 would be greatly appreciated.



Adrian Whitcomb
President, Citizens for Riverview Farm Park

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Tuesday, August 7, 7:00 PM, at the UUFP (Unitarian Church),
415 Young’s Mill Lane, General Meeting of Citizens for Riverview Farm Park, open to all. We will present our plans for supporting the City Farm as park land at the City Council’s public hearing for the Draft Comprehensive Plan. City Council members Pat Woodbury and Dave Jenkins will answer questions on the status of the City Farm and how it relates to the Draft Comprehensive Plan now being considered by the City Council. Please encourage others to attend this very important meeting.


Calendar Page:
Comprehensive Plan and Analysis: 

   Thank you for your diligence, Adrian!

“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)


Sharon Ballsmith's Banjo Bag - "Crochet this cute carry-all!" - No longer free, but $5.50 for instant access to pattern.


Dyann's Banjo Cable


How to Make the Perfect Egg Banjo - "...Egg Banjo's have been popular with British troops since WW2 because they are incredibly quick to make and taste great. All you need is two slices of buttered bread (margarine is acceptable) and a fried egg (with the yolk still a bit runny. It really is that simple a fried egg between two slices of buttered bread. So why is this egg sandwich is called an egg Banjo? The accepted explanation is that when eating is not unusually for the egg yolk to drip onto your chest causing the eater to hold the sandwich to one side whilst using their free hand to brush drips off their chest. The holding of the egg sandwich away from you body whilst flicking food with your fingers (mimicking a banjo player)...."

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 - 08/03/18:

I went to a new bank in town to open a joint account. At one point in the application they ask for the second name on the account.

Apparently the bank did not like my response. I wrote down, "Anyone who has a lot of money."

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

2. Wednesday, September 12, 2018 -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.

3. Friday and Saturday, September 28 and 29, 2018 - The NNHS Class of 1968 will hold its 50-Year Reunion as follows:
FRIDAY: 6:30 to 9:30 PM at Cove Tavern, Newport News City Center, 711 Lakefront Commons, Newport News, VA. All food and beverages will be paid by each participant. The attire will be casual, and is OPEN to all NNHS graduates.
SATURDAY: Mulberry Inn on Warwick Boulevard next to Fort Eustis. Visit, and contact

PRAYER ROLL: - updated 07/16/18

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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the power of a drop
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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!

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

Animated Military Flags 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

J. R. Tucker High School's Orange Tiger Paw Print courtesy of - 11/12/07

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!

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!

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

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