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09/02/10 - NNHS Newsletter - September Song

“Departing summer hath assumed
An aspect tenderly illumed,
The gentlest look of spring;
That calls from yonder leafy shade
Unfaded, yet prepared to fade,
A timely carolling.”

William Wordsworth, September
(07 April 1770 - 23 April 1850)

Dear Friends and Schoolmates,   

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

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 - Jackie Gleason's Orchestra

BONUS #4 - - September Song - Frank Sinatra (who else??), actually prior to 1965


"September Song" is an American pop standard composed by Kurt Weill, with lyrics by Maxwell Anderson. It was introduced by Walter Huston in the 1938 Broadway musical Knickerbocker Holiday, which enjoyed only moderate success and closed after six months. The song has since been recorded by numerous singers and instrumentalists. It was used in the 1950 film September Affair, and the popularity of the film caused Huston's recording to hit the top of the 1950 hit parade.[1] It was used as the music for the credits in the television series May to December (a quote from the opening line of the song).

It originated from Walter Huston's request that he should have one solo song in Knickerbocker Holiday, if he was going to play the role of the aged dictator Peter Stuyvesant. Anderson and Weill wrote the song specifically for Huston's gruff voice and limited vocal range, in a couple of hours.[2] The musical closed in April 1939 after six months, but the song quickly became established as a modern standard.....


      From Dave Arnold ('65) of VA - 08/06/10 - "Update on locations - Class of 1965's 45-Year Reunion - Friday and Saturday, October 15 and 16, 2010 - OPEN TO ALL CLASSES!":


Please post this updated announcement when you have a moment.



Friday evening we’ll meet at 7:00 PM at the home of    Lynn Walker Brothers ’65 and her husband Barry (York HS - '65).  They have graciously extended an offer to open their home for the event.  Light hors d’oeuvres will be served, and we would request a $5.00 donation to assist in covering the expenses for that evening if you attend.  The change in location was decided when members of the reunion committee thought the original location might not be as suitable for conversation as originally planned.  The Brothers residence is located at 304 Dogwood Drive, Newport News.  The telephone number is 757-595-4116.  We’ll post a map providing directions. - significantly updated 08/07/10 and 09/02/10!

 - updated 09/01/10! 

   Thank you, Dave!

       From Dave Spriggs ('64) of VA - 07/30/10 - "BIRTHDAY CRUISE":



I just reviewed my contract with the Spirit of Norfolk. I must give them the final attendee count and final payment no later than 23 September. That means that I must receive your reservation and check no later than 20 September.

However, keep in mind that I cannot guarantee you a seat, after the first 40 seats are reserved.

 BOTTOM LINE: Send your reservation now, if you want to be assured of a seat. - Saturday, October 23, 2010, 8:00 to 11:00 PM, Norfolk, VA - updated 07/30/10!

         NNHS-64-64-CRUISE-INVITATION.doc -

        - 28 slots left! - updated 09/02/10! 


   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) AND   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!


September 02, 1939 - Following the start of the invasion of Poland the previous day, the Free City of Danzig (now Gdańsk, Poland) was annexed by Nazi Germany.

September 02, 1944 - A U.S. Navy squadron was given the assignment to take out a radio tower on the island Chichi Jima. Ensign George H.W. Bush scored four direct hits on the tower and then headed out to sea where he ejected. He was rescued by the crew of the USS Finback.
September 02, 1945 - Combat ended in the Pacific Theater: the Instrument of Surrender of Japan was signed by Japanese Foreign Minister Mamoru Shigemitsu and accepted aboard the battleship USS Missouri in Tokyo Bay, ending World War II six years and one day after it began.

TODAY IN 1965:

Thursday, September 02, 1965 - Canadian boxer Lennox Lewis was born in West Ham, London, England.

Thursday, September 02, 1965 - Filmmaker Partho Sen-Gupta was born in Mumbai (Bombay), India.

Thursday, September 02, 1965 - Lyric poet and writer Johannes Bobrowski (b. 09 Apr 1917 in Tilsit in East Prussia) died in East Berlin at the age of 48 as a result of a perforated appendix.

  From June Veneris Collie (Hampton HS - '62) of VA - 09/01/10 - "Small Lighthouse in Yard in Fox Hill":

Hello Carol,
         Bill Lee's (Warwick HS - '54 - of NC) reminiscing of Grandview and the little lighthouse in a front yard sure brought back memories for me.  Our family visited Grandview many times in the 1950's and into the 60's.  We always drove by the house with this small lighthouse in the front yard.  This picture was taken in Oct. 2004 when my class of HHS62 held their Hampton High Happy 60th Birthday Party in the Grandview area.  I was so glad to see it still existed.  I have not been there since, so not sure about today, but sure hope so.  Thanks to Bill and you for bringing back so many wonderful memories!
October 2004

June Veneris Collie

   Thank you, June!
And special thanks not only to Bill, but to       John London (Warwick HS - '57) of VA for inspiring the newest page on our site with his spectacular images! 


       From George Helliesen ('61) of MI - 09/01/10 - "Happy Birthday":

Dear Miss Typhoon,
Just wanted to wish you a very HAPPY BIRTHDAY!  You are a very SPECIAL person that holds the Typhoon Nation together.  We all thank you.  I'm sure you don't realize all that your newsletter means to us and how it holds us together with its memories and announcements.  We laugh, cry, and drift in and out of our days at NNHS.  We remember the halls and classrooms, our friends, our teachers and that damn old gym where we would sweat until we couldn't stand up any longer and playing games with our want-a-be girl friends in hopes we would be noticed.  What a great time and experience we had at NNHS and you keep those memories alive.  Please keep your health in check.  We could not stand to lose you and all that you do for us.  Where would we go and what would we do if you get down and out?  No one can replace you! 
Thank you and God bless you.  You're a very special person.
George Helliesen

     OH, WOW!!!
   Thank you so very much, George - you really touched my heart!

From Norris Perry (Warwick HS - '59) of VA - 09/01/10 - "Irish route to heaven - from the Irish relatives": 

How to get to Heaven - in Ireland 

I was testing children in my Dublin Sunday school class to see if they understood the concept of getting to heaven.

I asked them, 'If I sold my house and my car, had a big jumble sale and gave all my money to the church, would that get me into heaven?'

'NO!' the children answered.

'If I cleaned the church every day, mowed the garden, and kept everything tidy, would that get me into heaven?'

Again, the answer was 'No!' By now I was starting to smile.

'Well, then, if I was kind to animals and gave sweeties to all the children, And loved my husband, would that get me into heaven?'

Again, they all answered 'No!'.

I was just bursting with pride for them.

I continued, 'Then how can I get into heaven?'

A six year-old boy shouted out 'YUV GOTTAE BE FOCKN'DEAD..........'

   WILD RAUCOUS GIGGLES! Thanks, Norris - you baaad!!!

  From Mark Wilson ('68) of NC - 09/01/10:


My name is Mark A. Wilson Jr., class of '68. Please change the email address from my wife's email to mine. It is

       Our apologies to Bettie! You're all set now, Mark!

I enjoy reading the news from high school. Of course I am saddened by the passing of some of my high school friends.

I would like to say that I also enjoyed living in the Shipyard Apartments. My family lived on the second floor next door to the Creals.    Mary Frances ('66) and
  Lucy ('63) Southall's mother used to babysit me.

It would be nice to hear from some of my classmates.


   As you want to hear from your friends, I've added your email addy to the contact page for your class (which I apparently abruptly stopped producing on March 29), and your note to the Shipyard Apartments page:

   Thanks, Mark!


  From Jane Chambers of VA - 07/01/09, 02/07/10, AND 07/31/10 - "CNC BOOK BROCHURE & AD" AND 61-62 DECADERS ADDENDA AND DRAMATIC WORKSHOPS STUDENTS: 

   Contact Dr. Chambers at

   Thanks, Jane!

  From Ruth Ann Reece Horace ('67) of FL - 08/17/10 - "The Irony of it all! (#13 in a Series of 15)":

  From the Friends of Irony

      Thanks, Ruthie!



From ArcaMax Jokes - 09/01/10:

Funny puns

* I wondered why the baseball was getting bigger. Then it hit me.

* He drove his expensive car into a tree and found out how the Mercedes bends.

* Those who jump off a Paris bridge are in Seine.

* A cardboard belt would be a waist of paper.

* He wears glasses during math because it improves division.

* Two peanuts were walking in a tough neighborhood and one of them was a-salted.

* Did you hear about the guy whose whole left side was cut off? He's all right now.

* When the smog lifts in Los Angeles, U C L A.

* It was an emotional wedding. Even the cake was in tiers.

* Those who throw dirt are sure to lose ground.

* When the waiter spilled a drink on his shirt, he said, "this one is on me."


1. Saturday, October 2, 2010 - Evelyn's Birthday Party for Everyone - Canepa Cottage, Buckroe Beach - 2:00 PM. For details, contact Evelyn Fryer Fish ('58) of TX at - SEE: - OPEN TO EVERYBODY!

2. Thursday, October 7, 2010 - 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 fiends in that year, go visit with them.

3. Saturday, October 9, 2010 - "TYPHOON TAILGATE - STOKES' REVENGE 2" - from 10:00 AM and onwards at CNU Parking Lot N - SPONSORED BY THE CLASS OF 1966 AND THE SPD; OPEN TO ALL - -

4. Saturday, October 9, 2010 - The NNHS Class of 1963 will celebrate their 65th Birthdays at a Party at the Virginia Power Clubhouse, 1701 Waterview at Yorktown from 5:00 PM to 10:PM. For details, contact Susie Overton Jones at - CLASS OF 1963

5. Wednesday, October 13, 2010 - 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.

6. Friday and Saturday, October 15 and 16, 2010 - The NNHS Class of 1965 will hold its 45-Year Reunion. For details, contact Dave Arnold at - SEE: - - OPEN TO ALL CLASSES, HOSTED BY THE CLASS OF 1965

7. Saturday, October 23, 2010, 8:00 to 11:00 PM, Norfolk - The NNHS Class of 1964 will hold an evening cruise on the Spirit of Norfolk to celebrate their 64th Birthdays. For details, contact Dave Spriggs at and SEE: -NNHS-64-64-CRUISE-INVITATION.doc - - - CLASS OF 1964

8. Saturday, April 30, 2010 - The NNHS Class will have a Luncheon. Team Leaders are Mickey Marcella ( - 757-249-3800), Betty Hamby Neher ( - 757-898-5099), and Dr. Harry Simpson ( - 804-694-0346). - CLASS OF 1954

9. Saturday, July 9, 2011 (6:30 PM to 11:30 PM) - The Class of 1971 will hold its 40-Year at Point Plaza Suites and Conference Hotel, 950 J. Clyde Morris Boulevard, Newport News. For details, contact Richard Rawls at - CLASS OF 1971

PRAYER ROLL: - updated 08/22/10

BLOG: - updated 08/04/09

Y'all take care of each other!  TYPHOONS FOREVER!  We'll Always Have Buckroe!

                                 Love to all, Carol





Carol Buckley Harty

    or just mail it directly to my home (address available upon request). Thanks!

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

Air Force Seal clip art courtesy of - 07/07/06

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

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!

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

Animated Big Hugs Smiley clip art courtesy of Sarah Puckett Kressaty ('65) of VA - 06/19/09
Thanks, Sarah Sugah!

Animated Kissing Smiley clip art courtesy of my friend, Judy Bundy Bowermaster (Litchfield HS, IL - '59), of IL - 09/19/08
Thanks, Judy!

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

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

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

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