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08/13/15 - NNHS Newsletter - Am I That Easy to Forget?

“It's so easy to forget the things that happen
to you because it all happens so fast.
Sometimes I'll just remember weird things.”

Macaulay Culkin
(b. 26 Aug 1980)

Dear Friends and Schoolmates, 
 Good ol' sad love songs! Who could sing them more sweetly than Jim Reeves??

BONUS - - Am I That Easy to Forget? - Jim Reeves


"Am I That Easy to Forget" is the title of a popular song written by country music singer Carl Belew and W.S. Stevenson and published in 1958. Belew recorded his song in Nashville on December 17, 1958, and released the single in March 1959, where it reached number nine on the U.S. country music chart. Other country music artists who have recorded cover versions of the song include: Skeeter Davis (#11 country, 1960); Ernest Tubb (1960); Gene Vincent (1966); George Jones (1967); Patti Page (1968); Jim Reeves (#12 country, 1973); and Prairie Oyster (1991).

In 1960, singer and actress Debbie Reynolds recorded a version of "Am I That Easy to Forget" that reached number 25 on the U.S. pop chart. The highest charting version of the song on the U.S. pop chart was recorded by singer Engelbert Humperdinck on August 11, 1967. Released as a single in late 1967[1] from his album The Last Waltz,[2] it reached number 18 on the Hot 100 and number one on the Easy Listening chart in early 1968.[3] Humperdinck's version was also a big hit in England, where it spent two weeks at number three on the UK Singles Chart,[4] as well as in Ireland, where it spent three weeks at number one on the Irish Singles Chart. Humperdinck himself recorded a special version for Italy, in the local language, entitled "Dimenticarti non potrei" ("I couldn't forget you").


   Happy Birthday tomorrow to   Tommie Mouser ('60) of VA!

   Happy Birthday this week to:  

15 -   Peggy Johnson ('60) of OH;

17 - Carole Smith Bennett ('57) AND Eugene Chapman ('57) AND   Ruth Ann Reece Horace ('67) of FL;

18 - Etta L. Baker ('57)  AND   Darlene Willis Marshall (Hampton HS - '68) of VA;

19 -      Former President Bill Clinton of NY AND     Jimmy DeBerry ('64) of VA AND           Dave Spriggs ('64) of VA;

20 -        the late Chip Clark ('65) (deceased 06/12/10) AND Eddie Vest ('68) of VA!

   Many Happy Returns, One and All!


August 13, 1937 - The Battle of Shanghai began.

August 13, 1942 - Major General Eugene Reybold of the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers authorized the construction of facilities that would house the "Development of Substitute Materials" project, better known as the Manhattan Project.


Friday, August 13, 1965 - Baseball player, coach, and radio host Mark Lemke was born Mark Alan Lemke in Utica, New York.

Friday, August 13, 1965 - The 58th Prime Minister of Japan, Hayato Ikeda (池田 勇人), (b. 03 Dec 1899 in present-day Takehara, Hiroshima, Japan) died of pneumonia (a complication of surgery for laryngeal cancer) in Tokyo, Japan at the age of 65.

“Acceptance of what happened is the first step to overcoming the consequence of any misfortune.”

- William James
(11 Jan 1842 - 26 Aug 1910)

  From Margaret Elmore Tolly ('58) of VA - 08/12/15:

    SO SADLY TRUE! Thank you, Margaret!

      From My Niece, Shari, of VA - 08/12/15 - "Really Interesting Facts, Coincidences & Mysteries":

According to the 110 year-old in the Bizarre News article you need God and Beer for a long life.
TV parents disturbingly close in age to their TV children. (Some of these were very surprising!!)
10 great home remedies for nails that work.


-ooo- Funnies -ooo-

From Clean Laughs

Report from The Washington Post, in which they asked readers to come up with absurd warning labels for common products.

Fourth Runner-Up -- On an infant's bathtub: Do not throw baby out with bath water.
(Gary Dawson, Arlington)

Third Runner-Up -- On a package of Fisherman's Friend(R) throat lozenges: Not meant as substitute for human companionship.
(Tom Witte, Gaithersburg)

Second Runner-Up -- On a Magic 8 Ball: Not advised for use as a home pregnancy test.
(Chuck Smith, Woodbridge)

First Runner-Up -- On a roll of Life Savers: Not for use as a flotation device.
(Jean Sorensen, Herndon)

And the winner of the Power Ranger piñata: On a cup of McDonald's coffee: Allow to cool before applying to groin area.
(Elden Carnahan, Laurel)


From Jokes2U


The phone rings at FBI headquarters.


"Hello, is this FBI?"

"Yes. What do you want?"

"I'm calling to report my neighbor Bill Brown as a drug dealer. He is hiding cocaine in his firewood."

"We will check it out."

Next day, the FBI goons come over to Brown's house. They search the shed where the firewood is kept, break every piece of wood, find no cocaine and leave.

The phone rings at Brown's house.

"Hello, Bill! Did the FBI come?"


"Did they chop your firewood?"

"Yes, they did."

"Okay, now it's your turn to call. I need my vegetable garden plowed up."


-ooo- Quotes -ooo-

From Daily Inspiration

Happiness is not the absence of problems, but the willingness to deal with them joyfully.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

A cloudy day is no match for a sunny disposition.
- William Arthur Ward

Count your blessings - not your troubles.
- Dale Carnegie

If I feel depressed I will sing.
If I feel sad I will laugh.
If I feel ill I will double my labor.
If I feel fear I will plunge ahead.
If I feel inferior I will wear new garments.
If I feel uncertain I will raise my voice.
If I feel poverty I will think of wealth to come.
If I feel incompetent I will think of past success.
If I feel insignificant I will remember my goals.
Today I will be the master of my emotions.
- Og Mandino


-ooo- Trivia Today -ooo-

In ancient times, it was believed that certain colors could combat the evil spirits that lingered over nurseries. Because blue was associated with the heavenly spirits, boys were clothed in that color, boys then being considered the most valuable resource to parents. Although baby girls did not have a color associated with them, they were mostly clothed in black. It was only in the Middle Ages when pink became associated with baby girls.

When fabric gets wet, light coming towards it refracts within the water, dispersing the light. In addition, the surface of the water causes incoherent light scattering. The combination of these two effects causes less light to reflect to your eyes and makes the wet fabric appear darker.

Drinking water after eating hot spicy food will not calm your tongue. The spices in most of the hot foods that we eat are oily, and oil and water don't mix. In this case, the water just rolls over the oily spices. What can you do to calm your aching tongue? Eat bread. The bread will absorb the oily spices. A second solution is to drink milk. Milk contains a substance called "casein" which will bind to the spices and carry them away.

Blood is bright red in its oxygenated form and a dark red in deoxygenated form. In simpler terms, it is bright red when it leaves the lungs full of oxygen and dark red when it returns to the lungs for a refill. Veins appear blue because light penetrating the skin is absorbed and reflected in high energy wavelengths back to the eye. Higher energy wavelengths are blue.

This reaction produces molecules such as ethylsufine which make your eyes water. Camels are called "ships of the desert" because of the way they move, not because of their transport capabilities. Camels sway from side to side because they move both legs on one side at the same time, elevating that side. This is called pacing, a ship-like motion which can make the rider feel sick.


-ooo- Bizarre News ooo-

*-- Woman, 110, drank three Miller High Lifes a day for 70 years --*

ENGLEWOOD, N.J. - A New Jersey woman marking her 110th birthday said a doctor's orders led her to drink three Miller High Life beers and a shot of scotch every day for 70 years. Agnes Fenton of Englewood, who officially became a supercentenarian Saturday, credited God with helping her to reach her advanced age. "When I was 100 years old, I went to the mirror to thank God that I was still here. And I thank him every morning," Fenton told The Record newspaper. "He gave me a long life and a good life, and I have nothing to complain about. ... You've got to have God in your life. Without God, you've got nothing." Fenton was interviewed by ABC News around her 105th birthday, and she said some advice she received from her doctor about 70 years earlier had been invaluable. "He said, 'Agnes, you must drink three Miller High Lifes a day,'" she said. Fenton said she dutifully downed three of the beers with a shot of scotch each day until recently, when nurses said her limited diet wouldn't allow her to keep drinking. She said her scotch of choice was top-shelf: Johnny Walker Blue Label. "Each of our centenarians has their different secrets," said Stacy Andersen, a project manager with the New England Centenarian Study. "If Agnes feels hers is alcohol, maybe it is, but certainly we don't find that to be consistent across all our centenarians."


Keep Going You're Almost There

This past summer, I attended "Welcome Week" at MSU with a few of my friends. It was there where I had my first MountainWings Moment.

My friends and I were walking the strip on our way back to the car when a random guy stopped us in the middle of the sidewalk. His pupils were huge, his face red and he was sweating like a mad man. "Just keep going, you're almost there!", he shouted at us. It was with such excitement that he couldn't be ignored.

"Almost where?" we asked.

He replied with that same excitement, "Congratulations, you made it!"

It became apparent that the man was on some type of drug. He proceeded to tell us he knew all of our names and had met us before (even though with names like 'Jonesy and Leisel' he was completely off). He stated that he knew me personally as Sarah from Cambodia. We laughed and wished the guy a good night as we kept on to our car.

It took months for me to look at the whole situation as more than a mere inside joke between a group of friends. It took months to recognize this MountainWings Moment for what it was, rather than just a funny story to be told to get a few laughs.

I am fifteen years old. I have already struggled through being witness to an abusive relationship between my parents, the death of a few friends due to drunk driving, being raped and experimenting with too many drugs. Just recently I realized I had lost my love for life entirely. Even more so, I lost the love and respect for myself.

"Just keep going, you're almost there."

I think I know now what that man was truly telling me. I think I understand now why such a random thing would happen on such a random night. I know now that not everything is as meaningless as most people make them out to be.

Lately I've been struggling with rediscovering the love for myself and for my life. I've been losing many friends, making many enemies, and dealing with a lot of confusion, heartbreak and betrayal.

It's all to get that love back, and I know someday it will be worth it.

It's hard to fight with yourself to blossom into the person you are meant to be; the person meant to shine through mediocrity and discontentment. It's hard to find the will to move on after a heartbreak, a let down and a tragedy.

But keep going. You're almost there.

~A MountainWings Original by Brooke F., Dimondale, MI~

   Thank you, Shari! (I'm skipping those beers, though!)

    From My Daughter-in-Law, Laura Adams Harty (Cardston HS, Alberta - '95) of TX - 08/12/15:

  This is us.... Lol  

        Thank you, Laura!


From My Daughter of Other Parents, Ashley, of AZ - 08/12/15:

    BOY HOWDY! Thank you, Ashley!

“I can tie a cherry stem into a knot with my tongue. Now, if only I could do the same with my shoelaces, I wouldn’t have to banana pudding my way to success.”

- Jarod Kintz
(b. 05 Mar 1982


        From My Husband, Paul Harty (Bardolph HS, IL - '61) of NC - 07/23/15 - "These Will Make You Smile (#19 in a series of 25)":

  Thanks, Haul Party!
Nope, not a big enough catfish for my supper, better catch one more!


        From My Husband, Paul Harty (Bardolph HS, IL - '61) of NC -  07/26/15 - "Smile Propensities (#13 in a series of 28)":
  "Blessed are the cracked….   
For they are the ones who let in the light."

     Thank you, Dools!



  From Judy Phillips Allen ('66) of VA - 07/22/15 - "Clever drawings. How does he earn his living? (#3 in a series of 33)":

    I love these!

   This guy has a great sense of his creativity. Here is a guy with talent who is having a good time for all to enjoy.

   David Zinn is an artist from Michigan. He runs around all day in the streets of Ann Arbor, with street construction, cracks, etc. on the road with chalk to create a lot of street fairy tales.  

           Thanks, Dearest Judy!


BONUS EASY TO MAKE, HARD TO FORGET CROCHET PATTERN: - Melissa Connor's 332 Easy Crochet Patterns: The Ultimate Crochet Guide - "This is the ultimate crochet guide to some of our best crochet patterns. With these 332 Easy Crochet Patterns, you'll be ready to make whatever you'd like! From scarves to hats, dishcloths to sweaters, this guide has it all. We were sure to include lots of easy crochet patterns that are great for those just starting to crochet. There are also some more advanced patterns for those who have been "hooked" on crochet for a while! This is a great guide to turn to when you need inspiration for a new crochet project. There are lots of fun crochet afghan patterns, sweaters, and accessories to make, so grab a hook and your favorite yarn and get to work making one of these 332 easy crochet patterns!"

BONUS EASY TO MAKE, HARD TO FORGET RECIPES: - Easy to Make, Hard to Forget Recipes - "Easy to Make, Hard to Forget is a whole new cooking concept to show you how to gain maximum flavor with minimum effort."


From - 08/12/15:

“Doc!” the man yelled. I’ve lost my memory!”

“Calm down, sir. When did this happen.”

The man looked at him. “When did what happen?”


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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Am I That Easy to Forget

Words and Music by Carl Belew and W.S. Stevenson, 1958
Recorded by
Jim Reeves, 1973

They say you've found somebody new,
But that won't stop my loving you.
I just can't let you walk away,
Forget the love I had for you.

Guess I could find somebody, too,
But I don't want no one but you.
How could you leave without regret?
Am I that easy to forget?

Before you leave be sure you find
You want your new love much more than mine.
'Cause I'll just say we've never met,
If I'm that easy to forget?
If I'm that easy to forget?

"Am I That Easy to Forget?" midi (sequenced by Peter Wolmarans) courtesy of – 11/14/05

"Am I That Easy to Forget?" lyrics courtesy of - 08/12/06

Title Image courtesy of - 08/12/06

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

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

Animated Laughing Kitten courtesy of Joyce Lawrence Cahoon ('65) of VA - 07/29/08
Thanks, Joyce!

Animated Wildly Laughing Dog courtesy of Eva Ellis Madagan ('61) of FL - 11/24/07
Thanks, Eva!

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

Animated Cheering Smiley clip art courtesy of Al Farber ('64) of GA - 08/18/05 (re-saved 02/27/09)
Thanks, Al!

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