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08/26/12 - NNHS Newsletter -
For Once in My Life

“Once in his life, every man is entitled to fall
madly in love with a gorgeous redhead.”

- Lucille Ball
(06 Aug 1911 - 26 Apr 1989)

Dear Friends and Schoolmates,
   Today's Newsletter is new to us here - mostly because I couldn't locate an old one to swipe for this day that I hadn't already swiped before.  So much for my time-saving methods....

BONUS - - For Once in My Life - Stevie Wonder, @ 1968


"For Once in My Life" is a swing song written by Ron Miller and Orlando Murden for Motown Records' Jobete publishing company in 1967 (see 1967 in music). The composition was originally recorded by Jean DuShon, while other artists, such as Tony Bennett and The Temptations, recorded slow ballad versions of the song. Jack Soo was the first male artist to record a version of the song—it never made it to any public market and the recording was permanently shelved in the Motown Records archives.[1][2]

The most familiar and successful version of "For Once in My Life" is an uptempo arrangement by Stevie Wonder, recorded immediately after DuShon's original.[citation needed] Wonder's version (issued on Motown's Tamla label) was a top-three hit in the United States in late 1968 and early 1969...


   Happy Birthday tomorrow to Pat Helmick Glover ('57) AND Nancy Timberlake Spencer ('57) AND     My Cousin, Jim Atkinson (John Randolph Tucker HS - '77) of AZ!

   Happy Birthday this week to:

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;

31 -     Pat Beck Letzinger ('57) of VA AND      Joan Lauterbach Krause ('60) of VA AND    Elaine Wilkinson Bracken ('61) of VA AND   My Grandson, Jacob Harty of TX;

01 - Ellen Overton Weiss ('68) of VA!

   Many Happy Returns, One and All!

August 25, 1939 - The United Kingdom and Poland formed a military alliance in which the UK promised to defend Poland in case of invasion by a foreign power.

August 25, 1942 - Battle of Milne Bay, Papua New Guinea.

August 25, 1942 - The second day of the Battle of the Eastern Solomons. A Japanese naval transport convoy headed towards Guadalcanal was turned-back by an Allied air attack, losing one destroyer and one transport sunk, and one light cruiser heavily damaged.

August 25, 1944 - Paris was liberated by the Allies.

August 26, 1940 - Chad became the first French colony to join the Allies under the administration of Félix Éboué, France's first black colonial governor..

August 26, 1942 - Holocaust in Chortkiav, western Ukraine: At 2.30 am the German Schutzpolizei started driving Jews out of their houses, divided them into groups of 120, packed them in freight cars and deported 2000 to Belzec death camp. 500 of the sick and children were murdered on the spot.

August 26, 1944 - Charles de Gaulle entered Paris.


Saturday, August 25, 1962 - Triple jumper Māris Bružiks was born in Pļaviņas, Latvia.

Saturday, August 25, 1962 - Guitarist and songwriter Vivian Campbell (Def Leppard, Whitesnake, Dio, Thin Lizzy, and Sweet Savage) was born Vivian Patrick Campbell in Belfast, County Antrim, Northern Ireland.

Saturday, August 25, 1962 - Cricketer Shahid Mahboob (شاہد محبوب) was born in Karachi, Sindh, Pakistan.

Saturday, August 25, 1962 - Actor David Packer was born in Passaic, New Jersey.

Saturday, August 25, 1962 - Footballer Michael Zorc was born in Dortmund, West Germany.


Sunday, August 26, 1962 - Cyclist and attorney Bob Mionske was born Robert Charles Mionske in Evanston, Illinois.


1. 05/20/12 -   Peggy Lenz Turnage - Class of June 1943


1. 04/19/12 -     Claude Eley – Class of 1936

2. 04/25/12 -   John "Buck" Nettles - Father of Patricia Nettles Wright (Hampton HS - '61) of VA and John Nettles (Hampton HS of VA, and Father-in-Law of   Davis Wright ('61) of VA

    From Norm Covert ('61) of MD - 08/23/12 - "Where Are You, Miss Landers?":

Where Are You, Miss Landers?

Posted: 22 Aug 2012 09:00 AM PDT


If you are a third grader about to start school you may not have identified her, but you hope Miss Landers is at the chalkboard when you arrive. I don’t know the odds of this happening, but would like to think that your chances are pretty good.

Of course, Miss Alice Landers (portrayed by the late Sue Randall), not Ms., not Alice, but Miss Landers the teacher, was the smiling and warm face and personality that saved Theodore (Beaver) Cleaver from a “fate worse than death.” He was entering the third grade at Grant Ave. Grammar School in the popular late ‘50s television show “Leave It to Beaver.”

Miss Landers (Sue Randall) meets her third graders at Grant Ave school.

It is worth noting that children today are still exposed to the long-running show featuring Jerry Mathers in the title role. Miss Landers is there and we still love her. The show is on a number of cable channels, sharing space with “I Love Lucy,” “The Dick Van Dyke Show,” and others in the half-hour genre that showed America in what many think was an innocent but wonderful era.

You know of course that Miss Landers taught “Theodore” through the fifth grade when she broke his heart, announcing her engagement to be married. Grant Ave. Grammar School was never the same.

Every day I am bombarded on FACEBOOK with local discussion, pro and con, angry and clinical over the state of education. They beat up on curriculum, text books, budgets, an apparently dysfunctional and “devious” school board and a superintendent, who is trying to make a positive impact with a skeptical audience. It may be true that the locals just don’t like out-of-towners, a notion with which I disagree.

It does, however seem that the ideologues on both sides have gone off into an empty arena and drawn weapons, slinging arrows and cutting remarks that don’t resonate with many, especially Third Graders.

The real concern, as noted above, is about who will manifest him/herself as your teacher.

Of course, schools are quite different than the environment within Grant Ave. Grammar School, which was a virtual clone of my Thomas Jefferson Elementary School, three short blocks from our home in Newport News, Va.

I admit to still having a dislike for my first grade teacher. I fell in love with my second grade teacher and was an eager student of third grade teacher, Mrs. Nelson. She wasn’t Miss Landers, but more like, perhaps, the unseen, but obviously mature Miss Othmar in the PEANUTS™ cartoon. Her son, Lloyd, was my age and a pal on the playground.

One of Mrs. Nelson’s influences was the wonder of nature. She introduced me to Hermit crabs in the classroom terrarium. What a thrill it was to realize “our” crab had tossed away the old shell and moved into a larger “home” with which we had tempted it.

Beaver Cleaver (left, second desk) and friends meet teacher Miss Landers. (Studio screen still)

These days we care for three hermit crabs for my third grade grandson. It isn’t an exciting venture. They just lie there, the good thing being they don’t have to be taken for a walk.

I should say how lucky I am that when I was registered for first grade; it was in the three-story early 20th century construction standard, an imposing edifice cloned throughout the city for other neighborhood schools. I started in the all-new facility; a plus for me was that 1948 was the first year boys were no longer wearing knickers!

Our eight- and nine-year-old boys and girls will spend this school year locked in a classroom with a teacher who can make or break their thirst for formal education. This year can be the moment that influences an educational journey filled with wonder, excitement and the tools of a happy, successful life.

Teachers are the key to education. Unions, money and salary raises don’t make them better teachers. They either have “IT” or they don’t. These special teachers are worth whatever we can afford to pay them!

Now if the various departments of “education,” the National Education Association (NEA) and its affiliates and the dysfunctional school boards would get out of the way, perhaps we can attract more of the Miss Landers teachers.

More immediate though is to find out Friday at the Open House whether my grandson’s third grade teacher displays the “IT” to make this a good year. Would that he can establish a bond as he did with his first grade teacher. She earned his love and respect and she appreciated the challenge of sharing learning with him.

Fingers crossed? Ready, set, go! ©2012 Norman M. Covert

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This appeared in its original form at and is used with permission of the author and The OCtopus, LLC.

You may contact Norm at or

   AMEN! Thank you so much, Norm!

   From Sarah Puckett Kressaty ('65) of VA - 08/24/12 - "Check out this deck of cards....":

Very interesting and touching! s.

This is unique.
Check out this deck of cards....great email!
This is touching, and great card dealing!

   WOWZERS! Thanks so much, Sarah Sugah!

BONUS RECIPES: - Olive Garden Copycat House Dressing - "The salad dressing is the most important part of a salad. Olive Garden is known for their delicious house salad and this delicious copycat recipe tastes just like the real thing. Bring the flavors of Italy to your own home and make Olive Garden Copycat House Dressing." - Bennigan's Copycat Broccoli Bites - "Cheesy and loaded with flavor, you'll be popping these in your mouth one by one. Bennigan's Copycat Broccoli Bites are loaded with cheese, broccoli, and bacon! It doesn't get much better than that. Wow your guests with only the best appetizer recipes."

    From Wayne Stokes ('65) of VA - 02/29/12 - "Aww pictures......... (#26 in a Series of 43)":

  I can do this!!

   AWWW! Thanks, Wayne Honey!  



From - 08/24/12:

While getting a checkup, a man told his doctor that he thought his wife was losing her hearing.

The doctor said, "You should do a simple test. Stand about 15 feet behind your wife and say 'Honey?’ Move 3 feet closer and do it again. Keep moving 3 feet closer until she finally responds. Remember how close you were when she gives you an answer. That will help me know how bad her hearing loss is."

About a month later the same guy was at the doctor again and the doctor asked, "Well, did you do that experiment with your wife's hearing?”

The man said, "Yes".

"How close did you get before she answered?"

"Well, by the time I got about 3 feet away she just turned around and said, "For the FIFTH TIME... WHAT???"

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

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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For Once in My Life

Written by Ron Miller (c. 1933 - July 23, 2007) and Orlando Murden, 1967

Recorded by Stevie Wonder, 1968
(b. 13 May 1950)

For once in my life I have someone who needs me
Someone I've needed so long
For once, unafraid, I can go where life leads me
And somehow I know I'll be strong

For once I can touch what my heart used to dream of
Long before I knew
Someone warm like you
Would make my dreams come true

For once in my life I won't let sorrow hurt me
Not like it's hurt me before
For once, I have something I know won't desert me
I'm not alone anymore

For once, I can say, this is mine, you can't take it
As long as I know I have love, I can make it
For once in my life, I have someone who needs me

"For Once in My Life" midi courtesy of - 08/26/12
"For Once in My Life" lyrics courtesy of - 08/26/12

"For Once in My Life" image courtesy of - 08/26/12

Blue Bar Divider Line clip art courtesy of - 07/20/11

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

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 - one of my Famous Marines who served in the South Pacific during WWII.
Thanks again, Herbie!!

Merchant Marine Flag clip art courtesy of - 07/15/09

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

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

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