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08/10/12 - NNHS Newsletter
August October

“If the sight of the blue skies fills you with joy, if a blade of grass springing up
in the fields has power to move you, if the simple things in nature
have a message you understand, Rejoice, for your soul is alive.”

- Eleonora Duse

Dear Friends and Schoolmates, 

   Even though I could find no midi file for it, this seemed to be as good a choice as any for today's theme.

BONUS - - August October - Robin Gibb, 1970


"August October" is a song written and performed by English singer-songwriter Robin Gibb, the third and the last song released from the album Robin's Reign. It reached #45 in the UK, #12 in Germany and #11 in New Zealand.

The Italian LP Best of Bee Gees, Volume 2 has a mono mix of this song with a fadeout ending (at 2:25), but then it comes to a full ending seconds later. If this was to be a true mono mix, it was hardly used, as most Polydor divisions issued stereo singles, and Atco's mono single appears to be a reduction from stereo. Additionally, for the second time Gibb recorded an Italian alternate vocal.[1]


  Happy Birthday this week to:

12 - Lois Marie King Earwood ('57) AND       The late Dave Arnold ('65) (d. 21 July 2012) AND      Linwood Wright ('65) of VA AND       My Grandson, Joseph Harty of TX;
17 - Carole Smith Bennett ('57) AND Eugene Chapman ('57) AND   Ruth Ann Reece Horace ('67) of FL!

   Many Happy Returns, One and All!

August 09, 1942 - Battle of Savo Island Allied naval forces protecting their amphibious forces during the initial stages of the Battle of Guadalcanal were surprised and defeated by an Imperial Japanese Navy cruiser force.

August 09, 1944 - Continuation War: The Vyborg–Petrozavodsk Offensive, the largest offensive launched by Soviet Union against Finland during World War II, ended to a strategic stalemate. Both Finnish and Soviet troops at the Finnish front dug to defensive positions, and the front remained stable until the end of the war.

August 09, 1944 - Nagasaki, Japan was devastated when an atomic bomb, Fat Man, was dropped by the United States B-29 Bockscar. 39,000 people were killed outright.

August 09, 1945 -The Soviet Union declared war on Japan and began the Manchurian Strategic Offensive Operation.

August 10, 1944 - American forces defeated the last Japanese troops on Guam.

August 10, 1944 - The Battle of Narva ended with a combined GermanEstonian force successfully defending Narva, Estonia, from invading Soviet troops.

Thursday, August 09, 1962 - Football player Louis Lipps was born Louis Alan Lipps in New Orleans, Louisiana.

Thursday, August 09, 1962 - Football player Kevin Mack was born James Kevin Mack in Kings Mountain, North Carolina.

Thursday, August 09, 1962 - Basketball player John "Hot Rod" Williams was born in Sorrento, Louisiana.

Thursday, August 09,1962 - Writer and Nobel Prize laureate Hermann Hesse  (b. 02 July 1877 in the Black Forest town of Calw in Württemberg, Germany) died in Montagnola, Switzerland at the age of 85.

Friday, August 10, 1962 - Screenwriter and author Suzanne Collins was born in Hartford, Connecticut.

Friday, August 10, 1962 - Singer-songwriter Julia Fordham was born in Portsmouth, England.

Friday, August 10, 1962 - Actor Alan Muraoka was born in Mission Hills, California.

    From Joe Madagan ('57) of FL - 08/08/12, 10:43 AM - "  Bette Lee Heath (Deceased)":

Hi, Carol:
What a pleasant surprise to find your Newsletter today. Glad you are back and running again. Nice to have you back, for you sure have been missed.

The obituary for Bette Lee "Bitsy" Heath, NNHS 1957, of VA did not mention one important "Small World" fact.
She worked as a Nurse at the Kecoughtan Veterans Administration Hospital, after she completed nursing training and most likely knew your late father
-       Robert Buckley (John Marshall HS - '25) (19 Oct 1907 - 25 Apr 1960) - while working at that facility.

TYPHOON Regards,
Joe Madagan ('57) of FL

   WOWZERS! I had never considered such a possibility! Thanks so much, Sweet Adonis - you made my day with that happy thought!

  From Ed Nichols ('62) of Northern VA - 08/08/12, 4:12 PM:

Happy traveling and it is FANTASTIC to have you back. I knew you would work it out to come back. God bless!

   Thank you so very much, Eddie Darlin'! We had a marvelous trip, and it is wonderful to be back and back to work!

    From Linda May Bond Crayton ('66) of VA - 08/09/12, 7:32 AM - "Yahoo!":

Something told me to check your site and there you were!
Boy-&Girl, I've missed you.

Love always, Linda May '66

   Thanks so much, Linda May! I've certainly missed you, too!

  From Judy Phillips Allen ('66) of VA - 08/09/12, 2:18 PM - "How Great Thou Art":

We’ve all lost loved ones, some more recent than others.  I sure feel better watching and listening to this one.  I hope it does the same for you.
How Great Thou Art
I've seen a lot of things in my 20 plus years on the internet, and I'd have to say, this clip is one of the most amazing and imaginative talents on the web!
For those who are not so geeky, let me explain that this singer had to record each of the tracks one at a time, and had to get the timing just perfect in order for it to work. LOTS of technology went into this. And the song isn't bad, either. (That's an understatement!)
So, turn up your volume, maximize your screen, click on the link below, then sit back and enjoy!

   WOWZERONI! Thanks so much, Dearest Judy!

BONUS RECIPES: - My Family's Favorite Casserole - "There's nothing homier or more welcoming than a hearty casserole at the end of a busy day. My Family's Favorite Casserole is a different one that's even better the day after, if there's any left!" - Beefy Rice Pie - "After a hectic day, we all look forward to a home-cooked meal. But when we're the ones doing the cooking, nothing beats Beefy Rice Pie at making short work in the kitchen!"

    From Wayne Stokes ('65) of VA - 02/29/12 - "Aww pictures......... (#17 in a Series of 43)":

  I can do this!!

   AWWW! Thanks, Wayne Honey!  


  From Ruth Ann Reece Horace ('67) of FL - 03/27/12 - "HANDY IDEAS (#7 in a Series of 13)":

  COOL BEANS! Thanks, Ruthie!


From - 08/07/12:

A couple is in bed sleeping when there's a rat-a-tat-tat on the door.

The husband rolls over and looks at the clock, and it's half past 3 in the morning.

"I’m not getting out of bed at this time," he thinks, and rolls over. Then, a louder knock follows. So he drags himself out of bed, goes downstairs, opens the door, and there's a man standing there. It didn't take the homeowner long to realize the man was drunk.

"Hi there," slurs the stranger, "Can you give me a push?"

"No, get lost. It's half past three and I was in bed," says the man as he slams the door. He goes back up to bed and tell his wife what happened and she says,

"That wasn't very nice of you. Remember that night we broke down in the pouring rain on the way to pick the kids up from the baby-sitter and you had to knock on that man's house to get us started again? What would have happened if he'd told us to get lost?"

"But the guy was drunk," says the husband.

"It doesn't matter," says the wife. ”He needs our help and it would be the Christian thing to help him."

So the husband gets out of bed again, gets dressed, and goes downstairs.

He opens the door, and not being able to see the stranger anywhere,

He shouts, "Hey, do you still want a push?"

And he hears a voice cry out, "Yeah, please."

So, still being unable to see the stranger he shouts, "Where are you?"

The drunk replies, "Over here, on the swing."


1. Thursday, September 6, 2012 - The NNHS Class of 1955 holds Lunch Bunch gatherings on the first Thursday of every month at Steve & John's Steak House on Jefferson Avenue just above Denbigh Boulevard in Newport News at 11:00 AM. The luncheon is not limited to just the Class of '55; if you have friends in that year, go visit with them.

2. Friday and Saturday, October 5 and 6, 2012 - Class of 1962 - 50-Year Reunion - Crowne Plaza Hotel, Hampton on the Water. More information after the Holidays. Meetings are second Tuesday of each month. CONTACT: Brenda Amos Williams at 

3. Wednesday, October 10, 2012 - 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.

PRAYER ROLL: - updated 02/20/12

BLOG: - updated 03/13/11

Carol Buckley Harty
7020 Lure Court
Fayetteville, NC 28311-9309


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    Love to all, Carol






August October

Written and recorded by Robin Gibb, 1970
(22 Dec 1949 – 20 May 2012)

Autumn and Friday the winds blew
July September I knew you.
Now as I sit on that sand - hill
I sing our song to the sea.

August October the grass grew
The sky was blue and I wanted you.
Now as I look out my window
I see the world carry on.

August October
mid April November May
Beckoning hands made you fly
I cried it's curtains to day.


"August October" lyrics courtesy of - 08/18/12 (sic)

Green Grass Blue Sky Image courtesy of - 08/18/12 (sic)

Green Leaves Divider Line clip art courtesy of - 03/15/05

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

Animated Air Force Flag clip art courtesy of - 06/18/03

Marine Corps Seal clip art courtesy of the late Herbert Hice of MI - one of my Famous Marines who served in the South Pacific during WWII.
Thanks again, Herbie!!

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!

John Marshall High School's Justice Scale clip art courtesy of Cheryl White Wilson (JMHS - '64) of VA - 10/13/05 (replaced 02/23/09)
Thanks, Cheryl!

Animated Army Flag clip art courtesy of - 06/18/03

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