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08/07/09 - NNHS Newsletter -
Cherry Pink (and Apple Blossom White)

“Happy marriages begin when we marry the ones we love,
and they blossom when we love the ones we marry.”

- Tom Mullen

Dear Friends and Schoolmates,

   Every time I hear this song I seem to want to cha-cha. I think it must be reminding me of those great summer dances at Magruder School:

BONUS #1 - - Cherry Pink (and Apple Blossom White) - Perez Prado, 1955 - set to a REALLY fun slide show - "lots of pink pink pink and white"

BONUS #2 - - interesting song background


Thursday, August 07, 1969 - Well, okay, not so much happened today; it was apparently the quiet before the storm (literally).  But there was this item:


  Some of you are still being blocked from viewing the site out of safety concerns.  Most of y'all are not.  Our server, also hosts many, many other sites.  Six of them are having malware "issues".  Here's the latest from Google: 

What is the current listing status for

Site is listed as suspicious - visiting this web site may harm your computer.

Part of this site was listed for suspicious activity 18 time(s) over the past 90 days.

What happened when Google visited this site?

Of the 416 pages we tested on the site over the past 90 days, 86 page(s) resulted in malicious software being downloaded and installed without user consent. The last time Google visited this site was on 2009-08-03, and the last time suspicious content was found on this site was on 2009-07-30.

   Surely things will be better soon; it's been several days since they last checked, and even longer since they found anything vicious.....


   Happy Birthday today to 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!

   Happy Birthday tomorrow to   Virginia Deuell DeBerry ('46) AND  Kathy Presgraves Whitt ('71) of VA!

   Happy Birthday this week to:

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

12 - Lois Marie King Earwood ('57) AND       Dave Arnold ('65) of VA, AND      Linwood Wright ('65) of VA  AND       My Grandson, Joseph Harty of TX;

14 -    Tommie Mouser ('60) of VA!

  Many Happy Returns, One and All!

      From My Niece, Shari, of VA - 08/05/09 - "Full Moon Blessings":

  AWWW! How sweet! Thanks, Shari!

        From My #2 Son, Brent Harty (Hillsboro HS, IL - '90) of TX - 08/05/09 - "Tool Descriptions":

These are quite funny, especially the last tool...very funny...  bh

Brent Harty
"You may be whatever you resolve to be."  General Thomas "Stonewall" Jackson

This is an accurate description of tools and their use. 

DRILL PRESS: A tall upright machine useful for suddenly snatching flat metal bar stock out of your hands so that it smacks you in the chest and flings your beer across the room, denting the freshly-painted fender which you had carefully placed in the corner where nothing could get to it. 

WIRE WHEEL: Cleans paint off bolts, then throws them somewhere under the workbench with the speed of light. Also removes fingerprints and hard-earned calluses from fingers in about the time it takes you to say, 'Oh s__t!' 

ELECTRIC HAND DRILL: Normally used for spinning pop rivets in place in their holes. 

SKILL SAW: A portable cutting tool used to make studs too short. 

PLIERS: Used to round off bolt heads. Sometimes used in the creation of blood-blisters. 

BELT SANDER: An electric sanding tool commonly used to convert minor touch-up jobs into major refinishing jobs. 

HACKSAW: One of a family of cutting tools built on the Ouija board principle. It transforms human energy into a crooked, unpredictable motion, and the more you attempt to influence its course, the more dismal your future becomes. 

VISE-GRIPS: Generally used after pliers to completely round off bolt heads. If nothing else is available, they can also be used to transfer intense welding heat to the palm of your hand. 

WELDING GLOVES: Heavy duty leather gloves used to prolong the conduction of intense welding heat to the palm of your hand. 

OXYACETYLENE TORCH: Used almost entirely for lighting various flammable objects in your shop on fire. Also handy for igniting the grease inside the wheel hub you want the bearing race out of. 

TABLE SAW: A large stationary power tool commonly used to launch wood projectiles for testing wall integrity. 

HYDRAULIC FLOOR JACK: Used for lowering an automobile to the ground after you have installed your new brake shoes, trapping the jack handle firmly under the bumper. 

EIGHT-FOOT LONG YELLOW PINE 2X4: Used for levering an automobile upward off of a trapped hydraulic jack handle. 

E-Z OUT BOLT AND STUD EXTRACTOR: A tool ten times harder than any known drill bit that snaps neatly off in bolt holes thereby ending any possible future use.  

BAND SAW: A large stationary power saw primarily used by most shops to cut good aluminum sheet into smaller pieces that more easily fit into the trash can after you cut on the inside of the line instead of the outside edge. 

TWO-TON ENGINE HOIST: A tool for testing the maximum tensile strength of everything you forgot to disconnect before lifting the engine out of the car. 

CRAFTSMAN 1/2 x 24-INCH SCREWDRIVER: A very large pry bar that inexplicably has an accurately machined screwdriver tip on the end opposite the handle. 

PHILLIPS SCREWDRIVER: Normally used to stab the vacuum seals under lids and for opening old-style paper-and-tin oil cans and splashing oil on your shirt; but can also be used, as the name implies, to strip out Phillips screw heads.    (Works very well for this last use)

STRAIGHT SCREWDRIVER: A tool for opening paint cans. Sometimes used to convert common slotted screws into non-removable screws. 

PRY BAR: A tool used to crumple the metal surrounding that clip or bracket you needed to remove in order to replace a
50 cent part. 

HOSE CUTTER: A tool used to make hoses too short. 

HAMMER: Originally employed as a weapon of war, the hammer nowadays is used as a kind of divining rod to locate the most expensive parts adjacent the object we are trying to hit.  Also used to hit finger nails before hitting the metal  nail
MECHANIC'S KNIFE: Used to open and slice through the contents of cardboard cartons delivered to your front door; works particularly well on contents such as seats, vinyl records, liquids in plastic bottles, collector magazines, refund checks, and rubber or plastic parts. Especially useful for slicing work clothes, but only while you're wearing them.   

WHATCHAMACALLIT: Any tool that is asked for by your father when doing intense assembly/repairs.  This tool can range from anything obtainable within a large rolling toolbox.  Typically those with ESP know exactly what this tool is.

BACK POCKET:  Used for storing all those missing tools during the course of your work.

DAMMIT TOOL: Any handy tool that you grab and throw across the garage while yelling 'DAMMIT' at the top of your lungs. It is also, most often, the next tool that you will need.

   Thanks, Brent!

      From Harry Covert ('57) of Northern VA - 08/06/09 - "The Covert Letter":

Dave Baker’s Outstanding Career

Posted: 05 Aug 2009 11:36 AM PDT

Dave Baker made Alexandria a safer city.

He was an innovative policeman, far-seeing in management style as police chief and always on the hunt for new and effective ideas to control crime. He aimed high to eliminate crime and criminals on city streets. Under his leadership, Alexandria’s police were mighty effective.

Of course, police can’t stop crime. No one expects that but police can control it with effective methods.

I found Baker to be an articulate chief. I was glad when he started wearing a single silver star as symbol of his rank some months ago. I think it matched his stylish silvery mane. He is an elegant dresser in uniform or civilian togs. He looks like the man-in-command and he cared for the rank-and-file. Everybody knows this.

Harry Covert and Dave Baker

Today, most everybody knows David P. Baker has retired as Alexandria’s police chief. Unfortunately, and unexpectedly for the citizens, himself and his family, he was charged with driving under the influence. Arlington police said he had had a few too many beers on a late Saturday night (July 25), after a week of vacationing with his family by the seaside.

Big news, quite naturally. Certainly a career-ending mistake. I call it unfortunate. Chief Baker established a truly 40-year career in law enforcement. He grew to distinguished stature which he’s had to relinquish. I know the law is for all of us. I had that heartsickening feeling when I got an early morning call last week.

Dave Baker spent two decades with the Washington, D.C., Metropolitan Police Department. That was no easy task. He grew as a leader, handling every sort of dangerous crime, stared down some mighty mean people and never shot in self-defense. The next 20 years was in Alexandria, most of them as deputy chief before his elevation three years ago. Baker never let anger or revenge get in his way of making decisions. He told me that. That was obvious.

I read the anonymous comments by people on blogs of local media. They weren’t very nice. I think citizen-writers who won’t sign their real names to critical opinions are cowards. I also don’t think news sources ought to permit anonymous writers to contribute. It might not be pleasing, but if you have the courage of your convictions, I say stand up and be counted, no mealy-mouthing or hiding. There are lots of those people around though. From my years of journalistic experience, anonymous is a popular byline.

Baker has been beaten up pretty well over the past few days. I don’t think this takes away from a truly outstanding career, both in Washington and Alexandria. He took strong stands to support his officers, he established the city’s strategic policing program, he transferred officers, uniformed and plain clothes, who were not effective. He was a good representative for the police and the city. He is a good speaker, a fine writer and at the lectern or the platform, people listened.

His career may be over in Alexandria but his professionalism and leadership still matters. There are jurisdictions around the Commonwealth of Virginia, Maryland and other locales who can certainly use his services. There are federal agencies that should take advantage of Dave Baker’s talents. I don’t suspect he’ll be idle too long. That would be a crime.#

   What a sad tale. Thanks so much for sharing it with us, Harry!

  From Ron Miller ('59) of NC - 08/06/09 - "Critical Windows Update Scam":


 Ron Miller

Subject: Critical Windows Update

Dear Microsoft Customer

A Critical Upgrade is available for your version of Windows. Click here to begin installation.

Thank you for your cooperation, protecting our customers is our number one priority.bridlecow

Microsoft Support Agent #10

   YOWZERONI! Thanks, Ronnie! Y'all be careful!

  From Carol Collier Sparrow ('63) of VA - 08/06/09 - "Pets":

This explains why I forward jokes. 

A man and his dog were walking along a road. The man was enjoying the scenery, when it suddenly occurred to him that he was dead.

He remembered dying, and that the dog walking beside him had been dead for years. He wondered where the road was leading them.

After a while, they came to a high, white stone wall along one side of the road. It looked like fine marble. At the top of a long hill, it was broken by a tall arch that glowed in the sunlight.

When he was standing before it he saw a magnificent gate in the arch that looked like mother-of-pearl, and the street that led to the gate looked like pure gold. He and the dog walked toward the gate, and as he got closer, he saw a man at a desk to one side.

When he was close enough, he called out, 'Excuse me, where are we?'

'This is Heaven, sir,' the man answered.

'Wow! Would you happen to have some water?' the man asked.

Of course, sir. Come right in, and I'll have some ice water brought right up.' The man gestured, and the gate began to open. 

'Can my friend,' gesturing toward his dog, 'come in, too?' the traveler asked. 

'I'm sorry, sir, but we don't accept pets.'

The man thought a moment and then turned back toward the road and continued the way he had been going with his dog. After another long walk, and at the top of another long hill, he came to a dirt road leading through a farm gate that looked as if it had never been closed. There was no fence. As he approached the gate, he saw a man inside, leaning against a tree and reading a book.

'Excuse me!' he called to the man. 'Do you have any water?' '

Yeah, sure, there's a pump over there, come on in.' '

How about my friend here?' the traveler gestured to the dog. 

'There should be a bowl by the pump.'

They went through the gate, and sure enough, there was an old-fashioned hand pump with a bowl beside it. The traveler filled the water bowl and took a long drink himself, then he gave some to the dog. When they were full, he and the dog walked back toward the man who was standing by the tree.

'What do you call this place?' the traveler asked. 

'This is Heaven,' he answered. '

Well, that's confusing,' the traveler said. 'The man down the road said that was Heaven, too.' 

'Oh, you mean the place with the gold street and pearly gates? Nope. That's hell.' 

'Doesn't it make you mad for them to use your name like that?' 

'No, we're just happy that they screen out the folks who would leave their best friends behind.' 

Soooo..... Sometimes, we wonder why friends keep forwarding jokes to us without writing a word. Maybe this will explain. When you are very busy, but still want to keep in touch, guess what you do? You forward jokes. When you have nothing to say, but still want to keep contact, you forward jokes. When you have something to say, but don't know what, and don't know how, you forward jokes. 

Also to let you know that you are still rememberedyou are still importantyou are still loved, you are still cared for, guess what you get?

A forwarded joke.

So, next time if you get a joke, don't think that you've been sent just another forwarded joke, but that you've been thought of today and your friend on the other end of your computer wanted to send you a smile.

You are all welcome @ my water bowl anytime!

   Thanks so much, Carol Lee!

From - 08/06/09 - "Daily Encounter ... Creativity in the Mature Years":

Creativity in the Mature Years, by Dick Innes

"The silver-haired head is a crown of glory, If it is found in the way of righteousness."1

I have read that "Studies show that older people who hold jobs from which they do not have to retire get along best. Those who have a chance to do something creatively after they retire get along second best. Those with less chance to do something creatively go down most quickly. The body is a closed unit with lots of energy in it. Unless the individual has a way to discharge the energy, he gets into difficulty, and the difficulty is sickness and death."2

Remember that "Michelangelo painted the ceiling of the Sistine Chapel lying on his back on a scaffold when almost 90; Paderewski at 79 played the piano  superbly; at 88 John Wesley preached every day; Tennyson, when 83, wrote Crossing the Bar. Booth Tarkington wrote sixteen novels after 60, some of them when he was almost totally blind. Benjamin Franklin went to France in the service of his country when 78, and wrote his autobiography when over 80."3

Jerry Beavan, at age 90, is another man who is still living a very active and productive life. He has worked in various foreign countries for extended periods of time … has been a professor in both a Liberal Arts College and a Theological Seminary … has been involved in the American government process as a state and federal lobbyist … and has been a journalist and news commentator. For 15 years he worked with the Billy Graham team ending up as Director of Crusade Planning and Organization. Dr. Graham said of him, "Jerry Beavan is the architect of world evangelism as we know it today." In his so[-]called retirement years Jerry has been able to develop a weekly email newsletter, "American News Commentary," which discusses and explains current events in the light of historic Christian viewpoints. His comments are well worth reading. You can read his website blog at To subscribe send a blank email to

Speaking personally, I am currently 76 and admit that I have never been healthier in my life or more productive. And Carol, my proofreader, is 81 and is a very capable and excellent help for our work. Being actively involved in something to live for that is bigger than one's self and big enough to die for is a great help for productive and fulfilling living for most, if not all. of one's life.

Suggested prayer: "Dear God, thank you that you have a purpose for my life. Please help me to know what that purpose is, help me to get the training I need to sharpen my skills so that I can serve you more effectively and therein glorify your name all the days of my life. Thank you for hearing and answering my prayer. Gratefully, in Jesus'  name, amen."

1. Proverbs 16:31 (NKJV).
2. Dr. Ewald W. Busse, in Knight's Treasury of Illustrations, p. 244.
3. Walter B. Knight, Ibid, p. 243.


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

   Contact Dr. Chambers at

   Thanks, Jane!

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


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 - 08/06/09:


Hospital regulations require a wheelchair for patients being discharged. However, while working as a student nurse, I found one elderly gentleman--already dressed and sitting on the bed with a suitcase at his feet--who insisted he didn't need my help to leave the hospital.

After a chat about rules being rules, he reluctantly let me wheel him to the elevator. On the way down I asked him if his wife was meeting him.

"I don't know," he said. "She's still upstairs in the bathroom changing out of her hospital gown."


Why ENGLISH is so Hard to Learn

1) The bandage was wound around the wound.

2) The farm was used to produce produce.

3) The dump was so full that it had to refuse more refuse.

4) We must polish the Polish furniture.

5) He could lead if he would get the lead out.

6) The soldier decided to desert his dessert in the desert.

7) Since there is no time like the present, he thought it was time to present the present.

8) A bass was painted on the head of the bass drum.

9) When shot at, the dove dove into the bushes.

10) I did not object to the object.

11) The insurance was invalid for the invalid.

12) There was a row among the oarsmen about how to row.

13) They were too close to the door to close it.

14) The buck does funny things when the does are present.

15) A seamstress and a sewer fell down into a sewer line.

16) To help with planting, the farmer taught his sow to sow.

17) The wind was too strong to wind the sail.

18) After a number of injections my jaw got number.

19) Upon seeing the tear in the painting I shed a tear.

20) I had to subject the subject to a series of tests.

21) How can I intimate this to my most intimate friend?


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

PRAYER ROLL: - updated 08/04/09

BLOG: - updated 08/04/09

  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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Cherry Pink (and Apple Blossom White)

Music by
Louiguy, 1951
(03 Apr 1916 – 04 Apr 1991)

French lyrics by Jacques Larue;

English lyrics by Mack David
(05 July 1912 – 30 Dec 1993)


It's cherry pink and apple blossom white
When your true lover comes your way
It's cherry pink and apple blossom white
The poets say

The story goes that once a cherry tree
Beside an apple tree did grow,
And there a boy once met his bride to be
Long, long ago

The boy looked into her eyes
It was a feat to enthrall
The breezes started their sighs
The blossoms started to fall
And, as they gently caressed
The lovers looked up to find
The branches of the two trees
Were intertwined

And so that's why the poets often write
When there's a new moon up above
It's cherry pink and apple blossom white
When you're in love

"Cherry Pink and Apple Blossom White" midi courtesy of - 08/07/09

"Cherry Pink and Apple Blossom White"  lyrics and background information courtesy
of - 08/07/09

"flemming christiansen's" Image (on Flickr) of an Apple Blossom, the Arkansas State Flower, courtesy
of - 08/07/09

Pink Divider Line clip art courtesy of - well, I don't know, but it's been in my files for a mighty long time.....

Animated Tiny Birthday Cake clip art courtesy of Sarah Puckett Kressaty ('65) of VA - 08/31/05
Thanks, Sarah Sugah!

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

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

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

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!

Animated Laughing Woman courtesy of Joyce Lawrence Cahoon ('65) of VA - 02/23/09
Thanks, Joyce!

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

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