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08/23/14 - NNHS Newsletter
Blue Suede Shoes

NO!  WAIT!  My shoes are in there!!!”

- Anonymous

Dear Friends and Schoolmates,

    Today's Newsletter theme repeats on this same day every year that it's possible.

BONUS #1 - - Blue Suede Shoes - Carl Perkins, May 26, 1956 on The Perry Como Show

BONUS #2 - - Blue Suede Shoes - Elvis Presley


"Blue Suede Shoes" is a rock and roll standard written and first recorded by Carl Perkins in 1955. The 12-bar blues is considered one of the first rockabilly (rock and roll) records and incorporated elements of blues, country and pop music of the time.

Johnny Cash planted the seed for the song in the fall of 1955, while Perkins, Cash, Elvis Presley, and other Louisiana Hayride acts toured throughout the South. Cash told Perkins of a black airman whom he had met when serving in the military in Germany. He had referred to his military regulation air shoes as "blue suede shoes." Cash suggested that Carl write a song about the shoes. Carl replied, "I don't know anything about shoes. How can I write a song about shoes?"[1]

When Perkins played a dance on December 4, 1955, he noticed a couple dancing near the stage. The girl was gorgeous, he thought, and the boy wore blue suede shoes. As they danced the boy cautioned his date "don't step on my suedes." Perkins was bewildered that a guy would value shoes over a beautiful girl.[2]

Perkins began working on a song based on that incident. His first thought was to frame it with a nursery rhyme. He considered, and quickly discarded "Little Jack Horner..." and "See a spider going up the wall...". Then settled on "One for the money..." Leaving his bed and working with his Les Paul guitar, he started with an A chord. After playing five chords while singing "Well, it's one for the money... Two for the show... Three to get ready... Now go, man, go!" and broke into a boogie rhythm.[3] He quickly grabbed a brown paper potato sack and wrote the song down, writing the title out as "Blue Swade, S-W-A-D-E". "I couldn't even spell it right," he later said.[4] According to Perkins, "On December 17, 1955, I wrote "Blue Suede Shoes"." I recorded it on December 19."[5] Producer Sam Phillips suggested that Perkins's line "go boy go" be changed to "go cat go".


   Happy Birthday today to  Charles Allen ('57) AND Pam Russell Hanzlik ('63) of NC AND        My Cousin, Cheryl White Wilson (John Marshall HS - '64) of VA!

   Happy Birthday this week to:  

27 - Pat Helmick Glover ('57) AND Nancy Timberlake Spencer ('57) AND      My Cousin, Jim Atkinson (John Randolph Tucker HS - '77) of AZ;

28 -  the late Tony Lapides ('57) (deceased 06/18/09);

29 -    Richard Coltrane ('57) of __ AND    the late Connie Bloxom Thompson ('66) (deceased 09/17/08);

30 -      Me ('65) of NC AND    Chuck Springfield ('66) of VA!

   Many Happy Returns, One and All!


August 23, 1514 - The Battle of Chaldiran ended with a decisive victory for the Sultan Selim I, Ottoman Empire, over the Shah Ismail I, founder of the Safavid dynasty.


August 23, 1614 - Fettmilch Uprising: Jews were expelled from Frankfurt, Holy Roman Empire, following the plundering of the Judengasse.

August 23, 1614 - The University of Groningen was established in the Dutch Republic.


August 23, 1914 - World War I: Japan declared war on Germany and bombed Qingdao, China.

August 23, 1914 - World War I: Battle of Mons: The British Army began withdrawal.


August 23, 1939 - Germany and the Soviet Union signed a non-aggression treaty, the Molotov-Ribbentrop Pact. In a secret addition to the pact, the Baltic states, Finland, Romania, and Poland were divided between the two nations.

August 23, 1940 - The first Germany air raids on Central London took place.

August 23, 1941 - Adolf Hitler officially suspended Aktion T4 (the Nazi euthanasia program). The program accounted for nearly 100,000 deaths by this time. The program continued quietly until the demise of the Nazi regime in 1945 and even beyond[2], during which physicians killed thousands of people specified in Hitler's secret memo of September 1, 1939 as suffering patients "judged incurably sick, by critical medical examination",[3] but described in a denunciation of the program by Cardinal Galen as long-term inmates of mental asylums "who may appear incurable".[4]

August 23, 1942 - Beginning of the Battle of Stalingrad.

August 23, 1943 - Kharkov was liberated.

August 23, 1944 - Marseille was liberated by Allied troops.

August 23, 1944 - King Michael of Romania dismissed the pro-Nazi government of General Antonescu, who was arrested. Romania switched sides from the Axis to the Allies.Romanian prime minister Ion Antonescue was dismissed. Soon after the country would abandon the Axis and join the Allies.

August 23, 1944 - Freckleton Air Disaster – A United States Army Air Forces B-24 Liberator bomber crashed into a school in Freckleton, England killing 61 people.


Sunday, August 23, 1964 - Cyclist Johan Bruyneel was born in Izegem, Belgium.

Sunday, August 23, 1964 - Founder of the City Harvest Church, Kong Hee (康希), was born in Singapore.

Sunday, August 23, 1964 - Wrestler Yoshikazu Taru was born in Kobe City, Japan.

Sunday, August 23, 1964 - Fashion designer Wendy Pepper was born in Dayton, Ohio.

    From Joe Madagan ('57) of FL - 08/22/14 - " Gary Farnsworth, Wanted Dead or Alive.":
Greetings, Carol:

What a nice surprise to learn that the information about the demise of Gary Farnsworth ('58) of Sparks, NV was greatly exaggerated.

Reminds me of the similar story of NNHS Classmate
  Russell Garrison Stephenson when his fighter jet aircraft was shot down by a SAM in Vietnam, and rumors spread that he died in the attack. Later we found Gary in Maryland, as a retired USAF Colonel.

In trying to find Gary for a planned Reunion of the 97th Rifle Company USMCR, Newport News, VA several Marines told me he was deceased, but had no details. One source said he was still alive and living in West Virginia or maybe Carrolton, Ohio.

My letters were returned "Undelivered" much later. Confusion did abound!

Please provide Gary with my email address, for I would like to add his name to the list of Marines of the 97th Rifle Company for our next Reunion.

It will be my duty to ask the web administrator of to change his status on that website, too.

Semper Fidelis, Gary, and TYPHOON Regards to our Conduit!!!

Joe Madagan ('57) of FL

   Thank you, Major Madagan! Isn't that just the most exciting and amazing news we've had lately?!?

    From the Best Dressed Girl in the Class of 1959, My Sister, Eleanor Buckley Nowitzky of NC - 08/22/14 - "        Cheryl's (White Wilson - John Marshall HS - '64 - of VA) Visit":

Here are some of the pictures I took of Cheryl at your house just before she left from our visit the other day. I particularly like the last one, when        Adrienne (Harty (Hillsboro HS, IL / American School, IL - of NC) and I snapped our flash cameras simultaneously.
Saturday, August 09, 2014 - Fayetteville, NC
Cheryl White Wilson (John Marshall HS - '64) of VA
   Oh, my, yes! That is a nice effect - sort of a metaphor for how sick we all five became repeatedly during those three days, hmmm?   Nevertheless, I think I'm going to go with the first one for Cheryl's new image. Oh, wait - I already did! Thanks, Eleanor!


       From My #4 Son, Joshua Harty (Hillsboro HS, IL - '95) of IL - 08/22/14:

    Kaiya started her first day of Pre-K today.  :( and :)

   WHAT?!?   No! Wait! No! Oh. Sigh. Thanks, Joshua! Kiss your "babies" for us!


   From Malcolm Davis ('65) of VA - 08/22/14 - "ALS ICE BUCKET CHALLENGE":

Please consider making a contribution to the ALS ASSOCIATION  in memory of Martha Blevins and others who now have or have had ALS.  charnavlogoMartha is a friend that we knew from church.  Sadly, there is not a cure for this disease yet.

2000 Capital Drive
Annapolis, MD 21401

   Thank you, Malcolm! Typhoon Nation, you know what to do!

Martha Estelle Phipps Blevins

January 24, 2007:
YORKTOWN — Martha Estelle Blevins, 66, passed away Sunday, Jan. 21, 2007.

Martha was a native of Bristol, Va., and was a Peninsula resident since 1973. She was a member of Parkview Baptist Church and was active in the church choir and the church kitchen committee. She and Anson enjoyed traveling and together they vacationed throughout most of the United States. Martha was preceded in death by two brothers, Harold and Clarence Phipps.

She is survived by her loving husband of 33 years, Anson L. Blevins; two brothers, Paul Phipps and Warren Phipps and his wife, Mary Lee, of Bristol, Va.; a sister, Minnie Mae Phipps Carr and her husband, Bill, of Bluff City, Tenn.; a sister-in-law, Rona Phipps of South Carolina; special niece Cynthia Hicks and her husband, Darrell; special niece, Tammy Watson; and a great- grandniece, Laura Watson; and several other nieces and nephews. Martha also leaves to cherish her memory two very special friends and longtime neighbors, Tom and Mary Debnam; also many friends at Parkview, especially "the gang."

The family would like to express a special thank you to the health care workers, Jean Johnson, Josie Southers, La Tonya Robinson, Marilyn McClelland, and to Sarah Stein from the Richmond Chapter of the ALS Association. Anson would like to thank all the neighbors, church and work friends for their visits, love, and support.

A Funeral Service will be held at 2 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 25, 2007, at Parkview Baptist Church. The family will receive friends from 7 to 8 p.m. Wednesday, Jan. 24, at Amory Funeral Home, Grafton. A Graveside Service will be held at 2 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 27, 2007, in Glenwood Cemetery, Bristol, Tenn.

In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to the ALS Association, 7507 Standish Place, Rockville, MD 20855, or to the Parkview Baptist Church Kitchen Committee, 604 Hilton Blvd., Newport News, VA 23605.

       From George Helliesen ('61) of MI - 08/22/14 - "If You Delete This, Take Me Off Your Email List.":

My Grandfather watched as his friends died in WWI..
My Father watched as his friends died in WWII and Korea...
I watched as my friends died in Vietnam...
None of them died for the Mexican Flag...
Everyone died for the U.S. Flag...

In Texas, a student raised a Mexican flag on a school flag pole; another student took it down.
 Guess who was expelled...The kid who took it down.

Kids in high school in California were sent home this year on Cinco de Mayo because they wore
T-shirts with the American flag printed on them.

Enough is enough.

The e-mail message below needs to be viewed by every American; and every American needs to stand up for America.
We've bent over to appease the America-haters long enough...
I'm taking a stand!

I'm standing up because the hundreds of thousands who died fighting in wars for this country, and for the U.S. Flag can't stand up...
And shame on anyone who tries to make this a racist message... Let me make this perfectly clear!
THIS IS MY COUNTRY! And, because I make this statement, DOES NOT Mean I'm against immigration!!!

To come through legally:
1. Get a sponsor!
2. Get a place to lay your head!
3. Get a job!
4. Live By OUR Rules!
5. Pay YOUR Taxes!
6. Learn the LANGUAGE Like immigrants have in the past.
7. Please don't demand that we hand over our lifetime savings of Social Security Funds to you.

If you don't want to forward this for fear of offending someone, then YOU'RE PART OF THE PROBLEM!
When will AMERICANS STOP giving away THEIR RIGHTS ???
We've gone so far the other way... Bent over backwards not to offend anyone...
But it seems no one cares about the AMERICAN CITIZEN being offended!
WAKE UP America!!!
If You agree...
Pass this on...
If You don't agree...
Then Just Delete It,
But Shame On You!!!

    AMEN! Thank you, George! Remember what Teddy Roosevelt said over 100 years ago?

Theodore Roosevelt's ideas on Immigrants and being an AMERICAN in 1907.

"In the first place, we should insist that if the immigrant who comes here in good faith becomes an American and assimilates himself to us, he shall be treated on an exact equality with everyone else, for it is an outrage to discriminate against any such man because of creed, or birthplace, or origin. But this is predicated upon the person 's becoming in every facet an American, and nothing but an American...There can be no divided allegiance here. Any man who says he is an American, but something else also, isn't an American at all. We have room for but one flag, the American flag... We have room for but one language here, and that is the English language... and we have room for but one sole loyalty and that is a loyalty to the American people."

- Theodore Roosevelt (27 Oct 1858 - 06 Jan 1919), 1907

Every American citizen needs to read this!

   Oh, and Honey, struggle as I may, I'm still at least a Level One hoarder. I never delete anything but junk mail, so --- no worries there...

  From Ruth Ann Reece Horace ('67) of FL - 08/15/14 - "Cool Signs (#8 in a series of 26)":

Need a chuckle today, read these!

 Thanks, Ruthie!



    From Jimmy Smith ('62 / '63) of VA - 08/17/14 - "I'll bet you didn't know all this...HINTS (#6 in a series of 26)":

  I'm certainly going to try some of these!

        Thanks, Jimmy!


        From George Helliesen ('61) of MI - 08/19/14 - "WE ALL NEED HUMOR (#4 in a series of 11)":
  Those evil seniors!

         Thanks, George!


BONUS BLUE SUEDE CROCHET PATTERN: - Blue Suede iPad Cozy - "Protect your iPad® from dings and scratches by crocheting this quick and easy cover. With over a hundred colors in RED HEART® Super Saver®, you can choose your favorite to personalize it further!"

BONUS BLUE SUEDE CAKE RECIPES: - Blue Suede Cake - "This is a very easy variation of the ever-so-popular and very delicious red velvet cake... hope you like it!" - Blue Suede Cake - " I adapted the recipe from James McNairs Cakes. It has a ... pretty, cake, and you just may have to tell people to Lay Off your Blue Suede Cake!"


From - 08/22/14:

Ah! Yes, love is blind, and marriage is an eye opener!


1. Wednesday, September 10, 2014 - 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, October 10 and 11, 2014 - The NNHS Class of 1969 will hold a 45-YEAR REUNION at the Newport News Marriott at City Center, 740 Town Center Drive.  For further information, contact Jean Baker Howell at

3. Friday and Saturday, October 17 and 18, 2014 - The NNHS Class of 1964 will hold a 50-YEAR REUNION at the Newport News Marriott at City Center, 740 Town Center Drive. See: and contact David Spriggs at 757-409-2799 or

PRAYER ROLL: - updated 07/17/14

BLOG: - updated 03/13/11

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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Blue Suede Shoes

Written and recorded by Carl Perkins, 1955
(09 Apr 1932 – 19 Jan 1998)

Well it's one for the money, two for the show,
Three to get ready, now go, cat, go.
But don't you, step on my blue suede shoes.
You can do anything but lay off of my blue suede shoes

You can knock me down, step on my face
Slander my name all over the place.
Do anything that you wanna do
But uh uh, honey, lay off of my shoes.
You can do anything but lay off of my blue suede shoes.

You can burn my house, you can steal my car
Drink my liquor from an old fruit jar
Do anything that you wanna do
But uh uh, honey, lay off of my shoes
But don't you, step on my blue suede shoes.
Well, you can do anything but lay off of my blue suede shoes.

Well it's one for the money, two for the show,
Three to get ready, now go, cat, go
But don't you, step on my blue suede shoes.
You can do anything but lay off of my blue suede shoes.

Well it's blue, blue, blue suede shoes
Blue, blue, blue suede shoes yeh!
Well blue, blue, blue suede shoes
Blue, blue, blue suede shoes
Well, you can do anything but lay off of my blue suede shoes.

"Blue Suede Shoes" midi (Carl Perkins ... not Elvis) courtesy of
located by Dave Spriggs ('64) of VA - 07/08/06
Thanks, Dave!

"Blue Suede Shoes" lyrics courtesy of
also located by Dave Spriggs ('64) of VA - 07/08/06
Thanks again, Dave!

Image of Blue Suede Shoes courtesy of - 08/21/06

Blue Tennis Shoe clip art used to form Divider Line courtesy of - 08/21/06

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

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!

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

Marine Corps Seal clip art courtesy of the late Herbert Hice of MI - 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!

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!

American School Logo courtesy of - 09/05/06

Animated Sick Smileys courtesy of - 05/04/09

Animated Kissing Smiley clip art courtesy of Al Farber ('64) of GA - 11/07/07
Thanks, Al!

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

Animated Teddy Roosevelt with Gun (by AF Artist - Josh Doohen) courtesy of - 09/20/07

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

Bright Idea clip art (designed by Heather) courtesy of - 10/30/12

Animated Laughing Frog courtesy of Joyce Lawrence Cahoon of VA - 05/31/08
Thanks, Joyce!

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