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09/09/12 - NNHS Newsletter
Grandparents Day

What children need most are the essentials that grandparents
provide in abundance. They give unconditional love,
patience, humor, kindness, comfort, lessons in life.
And, most importantly, cookies.”

- Rudolph W. Giuliani
(b. 28 May 1944)

Dear Friends and Schoolmates,

    Today's Newsletter theme is an annual event we celebrate whenever we manage to remember to do so:

BONUS #1 - - Silver Threads Among the Gold - John McCormack

BONUS #2 - - Silver Threads Among the Gold - Bonnie Prince Billy


"Silver Threads Among the Gold", first copyrighted in 1873, was an extremely popular song in the United States in the late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries. Today it is a staple of barbershop quartet singing. The lyrics are by Eben E. Rexford, and the music by Hart Pease Danks.

In 1930, an Associated Press story published in the New York Times gave some background on the writing of these lyrics. We quote the article:

"Silver Threads Song Traced to Poet’s ‘Re-Hash’ on Order" Shiockton, Wis. (AP).—The love ballad, “Silver Threads Among the Gold,” which has stirred the hearts of more than one generation, was not the inspiration of an aging poet but a “re-hash” produced on order. The story developed after the unveiling of a monument here in honor of the author of the words, Eben E. Rexford, who died in 1916. Rexford made a living by writing verse and flower and garden articles for magazines. When he was 18, he wrote and sold for $3 some verses entitled “Growing Old.” Later, H. P. Danke, composer of the music for “Silver Threads,” wrote to him requesting words for a song. Rexford dug into his scrapbook and revised “Growing Old.” [1]

When Rexford spoke about the song, he explained that he worked his way through college by writing, and it was when he was in college that Danks sent him a request for lyrics, offering to pay three dollars for each song. Rexford submitted nine songs and received $18.00, but no accounting of which six had been accepted or which three had been rejected. In telling the story of the song, Rexford said that he didn't know whether he had been paid $3.00 for it or nothing, since he didn't know if it had been among the six accepted or the three rejected. Rexford first heard the song when a company of Oneida Indians gave a concert in Shiocton and sang it.[2]


   Happy Birthday today to   Wayne DeBerry ('65) of VA!

   Happy Birthday tomorrow to    The late Mr. Pete Robinson (deceased - 12/23/03) !

   Happy Birthday this week to:

11 -        The late Bobby Hedrick ('58) (deceased 08/31/09) AND   J. Harrison ('58) of GA AND     My Grandson, Jimmy Harty of TX;

14 -   The late Bill Brewer ('57) (deceased 08/30/12)  AND   Jeanette Parrish Houston ('64) of VA AND    Rick Harman ('65) of VA;

16 -   Tena Goodson Hensel ('39) of VA AND    The late Mr. John Huller ('43) (deceased 07/29/09) AND Brian Cooper of SC;!

   Many Happy Returns, One and All!


September 08, 1941 - The Siege of Leningrad began: German forces began a siege against the Soviet Union's second-largest city, Leningrad.

September 08, 1943 - The O.B.S. (German General Headquarters for the Mediterranean zone) in Frascati was bombed by USAAF.

September 08, 1943 - United States General Dwight D. Eisenhower publicly announced the surrender of Italy to the Allies and the Allied armistice with Italy.

September 08, 1944 - London was hit by a V2 rocket for the first time.

September 08, 1944 - Menton, a commune in the Alpes-Maritimes department in the Provence-Alpes-Côte d'Azur region in southeastern France, was liberated from Germany.


September 09, 1942 - A Japanese floatplane dropped an incendiary bomb over Oregon in an attempt to set fire to the forests in Oregon and Washington. The forest did not ignite.

September 09, 1943 - The Allies landed at Salerno and Taranto, Italy.

September 09, 1944 - The Fatherland Front took power in Bulgaria through a military coup in the capital and armed rebellion in the country. A new pro-Soviet government was established.

September 09, 1943 - Second Sino-Japanese War: Japan formally surrendered to China.


Saturday, September 08, 1962 - Newly independent Algeria, by referendum, adopted a constitution.

Saturday, September 08, 1962 - Last run of the famous Pines Express over the Somerset and Dorset Railway line (UK) fittingly using the last steam locomotive built by British Railways, 9F locomotive 92220 Evening Star.

Saturday, September 08, 1962 - Tennis player Sergio Casal was born in Barcelona, Spain.

Saturday, September 08, 1962 - Novelist Christopher Klim was born in Trenton, New Jersey.

Saturday, September 08, 1962 - Actor Thomas Kretschmann was born in Dessau, former German Democratic Republic.

Saturday, September 08, 1962 - Drummer and producer Jay Ziskrout (Bad Religion) was born

TODAY IN 1962:

Sunday, September 09, 1962 - Apparently nothing of import happened anywhere in the world.....




1.   Barbara Kemp Bostwick - Class of 1957 - Sister of   Pat Merilic Duncan ('62) of VA and the late   L.D. Kemp, Jr. (d. 20 Oct 2008), and Sister-in-Law of    Gene Duncan ('60) of VA

2.   Lucille Harris Raper Mixon - Mother of    Bill Raper ('66), Mary Lou Raper Toole, and John Raper

  From Brenda Amos Williams ('62) of VA - 09/08/12, 10:46 PM - "NNHS Class of 1962 50th Reunion":

Dear Classmates of NNHS
The Class of 1962 will be having their '50'-year Reunion on Oct. 5/6 at the Crowne Plaza Hotel and Marina in Hampton, Va.

We are inviting members of other classes from NNHS to our Friday nite social. It will start at 6pm. If you know of anyone from other NNHS Classes that would be interested please tell them. There will be food and beverages and lots of other NNHS Classmates to see and gossip with, (Ha. Ha.) We are really excited about this event and it will be a Great One!!

Hoping to see you there. Casual dress and come prepared to have a great time!!


Brenda Amos Williams
NNHS Class of 1962 Reunion Committee

       Thanks so much, Brenda! See you there!

  From Brenda Shepard McCoy ('67) of VA - 09/08/12, 11:04 PM:

Carol, thanks for all your hard work keeping NNHS Typhoons in touch. You may scan my picture and post my birthday (January 30, 1949), and thanks for keeping me on your mailing list.

Class of '67

   Thank you so much, Brenda!

  From Bill Hobbs ('66) of Northern VA - 09/07/12, 1:05 PM - "Watch New Zealand infantry performs Maori haka in spine-tingling farewell to fallen comrades":

What a moving video showing respect for fallen brothers in arms. May be a good example for our troops in light of the respect our leaders give to our troops.

New Zealand infantry performs Maori haka in spine-tingling farewell to fallen comrades

Video of moving tribute goes viral after being released by NZ Defence Force

     Thanks so very much, Bill!

BONUS RECIPES: - Lazy Day Hamburger Casserole - "If you want to enjoy a delicious, hearty dinner without spending the whole day in the kitchen preparing, try this recipe for a Lazy Day Hamburger Casserole. With ground beef, potatoes and veggies, this is one of those easy ground beef recipes that tastes great but requires minimal effort. Just layer the ingredients in your slow cooker and by the end of the day you'll have a tasty dinner ready for your family to enjoy." - No-Fuss Shepherd's Pie - "Why spend unnecessary time and effort making a shepherd's pie for dinner when you have a recipe as easy as this one for No Fuss Shepherd's Pie? In just a few simple steps you can create a ground beef casserole topped with fluffy mashed potatoes that your family will love. Downsize your time in the kitchen by collecting easy casseroles like this one. You'll be glad you did!"

    From Wayne Stokes ('65) of VA - 02/29/12 - "Aww pictures......... (#37 in a Series of 43)":

  I can do this!!

   AWWW! Thanks, Wayne Honey!  



From - 09/08/12:

A policeman brought four boys before a judge. 

"They were causing an awful lot of commotion at the zoo, your Honor," he said.

"Boys," said the judge sternly, "I never like to hear reports of juvenile delinquency. 

Now I want each of you to tell me your name and what you were doing wrong."

"My name is George," said the first boy, "and I threw peanuts into the elephant pen."

"My name is Pete," said the second boy, "and I threw peanuts into the elephant pen."

"My name is Mike," said the third boy, "and I threw peanuts into the elephant pen."

"My name is Peanuts," said the fourth boy.

1. Thursday, October 4, 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. 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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Silver Threads Among the Gold

Words by
Eben E. Rexford (16 July 1848 - 18 Oct 1916)

Music by
Hart Pease Danks (06 Apr 1834 – 20 Nov 1903), 1873

Darling, I am growing old,
Silver threads among the gold
Shine upon my brow today;
Life is fading fast away;
But, my darling, you will be, will be,
Always young and fair to me,
Yes, my darling, you will be,
Always young and fair to me.

When your hair is silver white,
And your cheeks no longer bright,
With the roses of the May;
I will kiss your lips and say-
Oh! my darling, mine alone, alone,
You have never older grown,
Yes, my darling, mine alone,
You have never older grown.

Love can never more grow old,
Locks may lose their brown and gold,
Cheeks may fade and hollow grow,
But the hearts that love will know
Never, never, winter's frost and chill:
Summer warmth is in them still-
Never winter's frost and chill,
Summer warmth is in them still.

Love is always young and fair,-
What to us is silver hair,
Faded cheeks or steps grown slow,
To the heart that beats below?
Since I kissed you, mine alone, alone,
You have never older grown-
Since I kissed you, mine alone,
You have never older grown.

Darling, I am growing old,
Silver threads among the gold,
Shine upon my brow today;
Life is fading fast away.

"Silver Threads Among the Gold" midi and lyrics courtesy of - 09/09/06

Grandparents' Day clip art courtesy of - 09/08/07

Pink Rose Divider Line clip art courtesy of - 04/05/06

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

Animated USMC, Air Force, and Army Flags clip art courtesy of - 06/18/03

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!

Animated Yehaa Typhoon clip art courtesy of Al Farber ('64) of GA - 08/18/05
Thanks, Al!

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

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

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