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09/02/09 - NNHS Newsletter - September Song

“Sorrow and scarlet leaf,
Sad thoughts and sunny weather.
Ah me, this glory and this grief
Agree not well together!”

- Thomas Parsons, A Song For September”, 1880

Dear Friends and Schoolmates,   

   This Newsletter theme frequently repeats about this time each year because I love this 1938 classic so!

BONUS #1 - - September Song - Jimmy Durante, 1955

BONUS #2 - - September Song - Lotte Lenya - Austrian singer, actress, and wife of this song's German composer, Kurt Weill; also widely remembered for her performance as Rosa Klebb in From Russia with Love.

BONUS #3 - - September Song - Frank Sinatra (who else??), 1965


Tuesday, September 02, 1969 - The first automatic teller machine in the United States was installed in Rockville Centre, New York.

Tuesday, September 02, 1969 - Bestselling author Chris Kuzneski was born in Indiana, Pennsylvania.

Tuesday, September 02, 1969 - Singer Cedric "K-Ci" Hailey was born in Wingate, North Carolina.

Tuesday, September 02, 1969 - Photographer and musician Dave Naz was born in Los Angeles, California.

Tuesday, September 02, 1969 - Ho Chi Minh, former president of the Democratic Republic of Vietnam, (b. 19 May 1890) died in Democratic Republic of Vietnam at the age of 79.


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   Happy Birthday today to Frances Adams Smith ('57) AND   Dustin Baker (Norview HS - '65) of MA!

   Happy Birthday tomorrow to Morton Binder ('57)!

   Happy Birthday this week to:

05 -   Donna Marie Vest Hagerman ('71) of VA AND        My #5 Son, Nathaniel Harty (Hillsboro HS, IL - '97) of IL;

06 -
  Sarah Puckett Kressaty ('65) of VA;

07 -   the late Kathy Pilgrim Clark ('63) (deceased - 03/08/06);

08 - Carroll Elliott ('57)
  Gary Fitzgerald ('61) of VA AND   Patti Johnson Stowe ('62) of FL AND   Cheryl Pless Ramsey ('64) of VA

09 -   Wayne DeBerry ('65) of VA!

   Many Happy Returns, One and All!

    From Joe Madagan ('57) of FL - 08/31/09 - "East End Schools":

Hi, TYPHOON Nation Conduit:

    Norm Covert ('61) of MD sure made a wonderful contribution to your website with some great photos. Allow me to refresh his memory a bit regarding a couple of elementary schools in East End.

(The original) Magruder Elementary was situated in the middle of the block on 22nd Street. It was one of the few that did not occupy the entire width of the block as it sat very close to the curb line of 22nd Street.

The George Washington Elementary was located in the 800 Block of 29th Street and 28th Street as it was situated in the center of the block, and midway between Marshall Avenue and Wickham Avenue. When the school building was no longer used as a school, it was occupied by a trade union for many years as a Union Hall.

I am certain of the details of this place in our Old Stomping Grounds for it was located in the midst of a newspaper route that kept me out of trouble for several years growing up in East End. The Union would not allow me to deliver The Times-Herald  and Daily Press to the Union Hall and the building and property took up a huge space within the boundary of my newspaper route.

TYPHOON Regards,
Joe Madagan ('57) of FL

   WOWZERONI! Thanks so much, Adonis! I've posted this on Our Schools When We Were Younger to help keep us straight:

 From Jay Styles ('68) of VA - 08/31/09, 8:12 AM - "Success":

Good Morning Carol,

Yes, that was the version of Nights in White Satin that I had been trying to send you.  Knew you would like it. - Mario Frangoulis & Justin Hayward (2002) - Nights In White Satin

I liked the theme of the newsletter also, "Little Red Corvette".  We have a 2003, 50th anniversary Corvette, and it is Red, which according to my book on Corvettes, all Corvettes are red deep down.  It is also the most economical car we've ever owned, on the way home from Hilton Head, I filled up in Wytheville and averaged 34.5 mph coming home.  Our first one got 18mph on a good day! 

Thanks for listing the song by George Jones; I had never heard it before, very powerful indeed.

Hope you had a great birthday celebration.  Take Care.

Jay, '68

   I'm glad we were finally able to locate the right file, Jay! I think you'll enjoy this next note from my #2 son, too (which I somehow neglected to post earlier  ).

  All Corvettes are red deep down - I like that! Thanks, Sweetie!

        From My #2 Son, Brent Harty (Hillsboro HS, IL - '90) of TX - 08/29/09 - "Red Corvette Issue - George Jones":


I tried following that link to the George Jones song  50,000 Names.  I found this link on YouTube...appears to be a video he had made for the song.

Enjoy!  love bh

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

   Oh, WOW! Thanks, Brent! (Sorry I didn't post this earlier!  )

    From Joe Madagan ('57) of FL - 09/01/09 - " Buddy Ray Martin":

Hi, Carol:

Buddy Ray Martin was born in Newport News, VA in 1948, so it is possible that he was in the Class of 1966 or 1967. He was Killed In Action in Vietnam in 1968 while serving in the United States Marine Corps.

A student at the University of Arizona is trying to secure some information on this Fallen Marine.

Perhaps you or some of your subscribers recall this young man. If so, it would be helpful if we can identify relatives.

TYPHOON Regards,
Joe Madagan ('57) of FL

   Thank you, Joe! I didn't know Buddy, nor can I find mention of him the the relevant Anchors.  It's possible he went to either Warwick High or Ferguson High. Let's see what we can learn.

   "Anyone? Anyone?"

    From the President of the Class of 1965, Joe Wingo of NC -

Hi Carol,

I am not aware of the other Wingo’s mentioned by    Jane Chambers (of VA). The name is not that commonplace so I would assume some connection along the way however. Personally, I think we are all related when you get right down to it!

Sterling Wingo, quite the football standout at Va.Tech years ago, is one I get asked about the most. I believe he became a doctor?

My family has it’s roots in southwest Virginia but that’s more information than you need!

Most importantly,


             HAPPY BIRTHDAY


   Thank you so much, Joe Sweetie! I forwarded your note to Jane:

   From Jane Chambers of VA - 09/01/09 - "RE: Fwd from     Joe Wingo of NC, President of the NNHS Class of 1965":

Carol, thanks for sending this. I'm beginning to think that Bill Wingo is a phantom!


   WILD GIGGLES!!! Sorry, Jane!

      From My Niece, Shari, of VA -  08/23/09 AND 08/30/09:

Positive Thinking--Quotes set to a powerful messaged song.

Little River Band -Lonesome Loser (soft)
Seether Breakdown--(hard)--unique video and rad music.


At the Store...

A man observed a woman in the grocery store with a three year old girl in her basket. As they passed the cookie section, the little girl asked for cookies and her mother told her, "No." The little girl immediately began to whine and fuss, and the mother said quietly, "Now Monica, we just have half of the aisles left to go through - don't be upset. It won't be long now."

Soon, they came to the candy aisle and the little girl began to shout for candy. When told she couldn't have any, she began to cry. The mother said, "There, there, Monica, don't cry - only two more aisles to go and then we'll be checking out."

When they got to the checkout stand, the little girl immediately began to clamor for gum and burst into a terrible tantrum upon discovering there'd be no gum purchased. The mother said serenely, "Monica, we'll be through this check out stand in 5 minutes and then you can go home and have a nice nap."

The man followed them out to the parking lot and stopped the woman to compliment her. "I couldn't help noticing how patient you were with little Monica," he began.

The mother replied, "I'm Monica - my little girl's name is Tammy."


You Must Keep Going

Sometimes you must keep going.

Life punches you in the stomach. It knocks your breath out and leaves you bowed and gasping.

You lose a job. . . you must keep going.

You find out you have a serious illness. . .you must keep going.

You have a headache. . . you must keep going.

Sometimes the things in life are not serious but they affect you nevertheless. . . you must keep going.

You have a big argument with your spouse. Neither of you feels like talking and maybe not even looking at each other. . . you must keep going.

Your son rebels and you have a blowout with him. . . you must keep going.

The bills seem to never end and the money seems to never start.

You must keep going.

There are times that make us just want to curl up, stick our heads in a hole, and make the world go away.

We can't, because we must keep going.

Life is full of those circumstances.

Many of you when you woke up this morning, for a variety of reasons, didn't feel like getting out of bed, but you had to.

You must keep going.

In times like those, and we all have them, remember the blessing.

The blessing is not in that we must keep going.

The blessing is that we can.

~A MountainWings Original~

   Thanks, Shari!

  From Steve Hochman ('60) of VA - 09/01/09, 7:11 AM:


Today everything comes up as HTTP server error 503.  Thanks for all you do.  You are greatly appreciated!

Steve Hochman

   Hi, Steve, why, so it does! That always means that is down, presumably going maintenance. Say, d'ya think this might mean they're finally gonna fix "The Problem"?!?  Now, wouldn't that be lover-ly!

   Thanks for letting me know!  

    From Pat Beck Letzinger ('57) of VA - 09/01/09, 8:52 AM - "Newsletters":

Hi Carol:

Bad news!!!  I tried to open all of these Newsletters, including the Newsletters Site and I received the following message,  Don't know if this is just my server or what?

HTTP Server Error 503
No available server to handle this request

Pat Letzinger

Class of '57

   No, ma'am, as I told    Steve (Hochman - '60 - of VA), this MIGHT even be GOOD news!  Thanks, Pat!

NOTE: Well, of course, that was just another one of my unfulfilled fantasies. When the server came back up, it was still having the same "issues".

    From Evelyn Vretos ('55) of VA - 09/01/09 - "note fr ev":

Hi Carol,

I'm still getting red flags about "malware" so, I'm not opening the emails.  It's so disappointing my mac doesn't want me to open the website.  I'm going to forward next email to my brother in Denver - he works for Apple, also a NNHS alum.  Maybe he'll have advice for me.  

Love, Ev

   Let's hope so, Evelyn - thanks!


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 - 09/01/09:

Spelling Difficulties

The teacher says to her new class, "For our first lesson, each of you will stand up, tell us your name, what your father does, spell what your father does, and then explain it to us. All right, Billy. You go first."

Billy stands up and says, "My name's Billy. My father's a lawyer, l-a-w-y-e-r, and he defends people in court."

The teacher says, "Very good. All right, Benjamin."

Tyrone stands up and says, "My name's Benjamin. My father's a pharmacist, f-a-m... f-a-r-n... f-n..."

The teacher says, "Benjamin, you go home tonight and learn how to spell pharmacist. All right, Angelo."

Angelo stands up and says, "My name's Angelo. My old man's a bookie, b-o-o-k-i-e, and if he was here, he'd give you nine-to-five odds Benjamin ain't spellin' pharmacist by tomorrow." 


Windows Problem

An unfailingly polite lady called to ask for help with a Windows installation that had gone terribly wrong.

Customer: "I brought my Windows disks from work to install them on my home computer."

Training stresses that we are "not the Software Police," so I let the little act of piracy slide.

Tech Support: "Umm-hmm. What happened?"

Customer: "As I put each disk in it turns out they weren't initialized."

Tech Support: "Do you remember the message exactly, ma'am?"

Customer: (proudly) "I wrote it down. 'This is not a Macintosh disk. Would you like to initialize it?'"

Tech Support: "Er, what happened next?"

Customer: "After they were initialized, all the disks appeared to be blank. And now I brought them back to work, and I can't read them in the A: drive; the PC wants to format them. And this is our only set of Windows disks for the whole office. Did I do something wrong?"


New Game

Back in the days of the Roman Empire, the famous Emperor Nero instituted a new game. The players would take those little disks you set your glass on in order to protect the furniture, and see who could get the most distance rolling them across the floor.

They were the first roller coasters.

Back in those days, the disks were made of iron, and they would bet on whose disk would roll the farthest.

They called them ferrous wheels.


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: -

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 or visit the reunion website at - CLASS OF 1970

5. Friday , Saturday, and Sunday, August 6, 7, and  8, 2010 - The NNHS Class of 1960 will hold its 50-Year Reunion at the Marriott Newport News at City Center. For details, contact Karen Weinstein Witte at  kwitte@tampabay, - CLASS OF 1960

PRAYER ROLL: - updated 08/31/09

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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September Song

Music by Kurt Weill, 1938
(02 Mar 1900 - 03 Apr 1950)

Lyrics by
Maxwell Anderson
(15 Dec 1888 - 28 Feb 1959)

(Recorded by Frank Sinatra, April 13, 1965)

When I was a young man courting the girls
I played me a waiting game
If a maid refused me with tossing curls
I'd let the old Earth make a couple of whirls
While I plied her with tears in lieu of pearls
And as time came around she came my way
As time came around, she came

When you meet with the young girls early in the Spring
You court them in song and rhyme
They answer with words and a clover ring
But if you could examine the goods they bring
They have little to offer but the songs they sing
And the plentiful waste of time of day
A plentiful waste of time

Oh, it's a long, long while
From May to December
But the days grow short
When you reach September
When the autumn weather
Turns the leaves to flame
One hasn't got time
For the waiting game

Oh, the days dwindle down
To a precious few
September, November
And these few precious days
I'll spend with you
These precious days
I'll spend with you

 "September Song" midi courtesy of - 09/09/04

"September Song" lyrics courtesy of - 09/02/08

 Image of Yellow Leaves courtesy of - 09/01/08

Autumn Leaves Divider Line clip art courtesy of - 08/23/05

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

Hillsboro High School's Topper (Band Version) clip art courtesy of - 06/07/08
Thanks, Mark!

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!

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

Animated OOPS! Smiley Face clip art courtesy of Dave Spriggs ('64) of VA - 02/27/09
Thanks, Dave!

Animated BOO-HOO courtesy of Glenn Dye ('60) of TX - 08/28/09
Thanks, Glenn!

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