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08/04/19 - 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 been... well, it's been summer. I hope you're not dueling the heat and humidity today...

BONUS - 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.....


"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 VA 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.


August 04, 1969 - Vietnam War: At the apartment of French intermediary Jean Sainteny in Paris, American representative Henry Kissinger and North Vietnamese representative Xuân Thuỷ began secret peace negotiations. The negotiations would eventually fail.

August 04, 1969 - Footballer and coach Mark Bickley was born Mark Alan Bickley in Port Pirie, South Australia.

August 04, 1969 - Singer-songwriter and guitarist Max Cavalera was born Massimiliano Antonio Cavalera in Belo Horizonte, Brazil.

August 04, 1969 - Baseball player Troy O'Leary was born Troy Franklin O'Leary in Compton, California.

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 - 08/04/17:

  GIGGLES! Thanks, Cousin Jim!

  From Me ('65) of NC - 08/03/19, 8:04 PM - "     Paul's 76th Birthday Party":

     Following an especially rough month with his health, I think Haul Party had a good 76th birthday, especially with the multiple cards, phone calls, texts, and IMs from his children and siblings.

   Our friendly little Back Yard Bunny Rabbit dropped by to offer his birthday wishes, and scampered around to our great delight.

    Eleanor (Nowitzky - '59 - of NC) picked up some burgers and sherbet for us all to enjoy.

   I gave him a Passat Tall Ship model I earned playing verydice on my phone. By watching five 30-second ads every available hour for the last seven months, I was able to accumulate the needed 40,000 points, just in time.

From My Friend, Rhonda, of VA - 07/25/19:

  BRILLIANT! Thank you so much, Rhonda!

“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 - 08/03/19:

Doctors at a hospital in Brooklyn, New York have gone on strike.

Hospital officials say they will find out what the doctors' demands are as soon as they can get a pharmacist over there to read the picket signs.

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 is holding their 50-Year Reunion at the Marriott at City Center in Newport News. Open to ALL Typhoons!

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 07/16/19

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

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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

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

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