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09/17/12 - NNHS Newsletter - Angels

“The golden moments in the stream of life rush past us and we see nothing but sand;
the angels come to visit us, and we only know them when they are gone.”

- George Eliot
 (22 Nov 1819 - 22 Dec 1880)

Dear Friends and Schoolmates,
   We all have more
angels walking among us than we realize.  We generally call them friends.

BONUS - -  Angels - Robbie Williams



"Angels" is a song originally part written by uncredited Irish songwriter, Ray Heffernan and covered by Robbie Williams. Williams and Guy Chambers were subsequently credited as "joint co-writers" and the song was released as a single in December 1997.[1] It became the singer's biggest selling single and has been voted the best song of the past 25 years at the BRIT Awards. "Angels" has since been covered by many artists including Jessica Simpson, Beverley Knight, in Spanish (as Ángel) by Mexican singers Yuridia and Marco Moré, in Italian (as Un Angelo) by Patrizio Buanne, All Angels, singer Declan Galbraith as well as Verena Von Strenge's latest group, Moon Dust, and American Idol series 7 runner-up David Archuleta.

"Angels" was the fourth single from Williams' debut album, Life Thru a Lens. It has been credited with saving the singer's floundering solo career, and is used to conclude almost all of his concerts. The song was the 38th best selling of 1997 in the UK, and the 26th of 1998. It was the 34th best selling single of the decade. Despite only reaching a peak of No.4, it is Williams' biggest selling UK single and according to Official UK Charts Company figures passed the million sales mark in June 2009, with a combination of both physical and download sales. It was released in 1999 in the U.S., after his debut of "Millennium." The U.S. released video has Williams atop a roof, watching the city below.

"Angels" re entered the ARIA Top 100 at 91, on 5 May 2008.[2] Due to download sales, the song has re-entered the UK Charts on a number of occasions in recent years.

The writing credits attributed to the song were Robbie Williams and Guy Chambers. However, it later emerged that an unknown Irish songwriter, Ray Heffernan actually composed much of the song a year earlier.[3] In an interview with RTE, Heffernan said that he met Williams in a Dublin pub and brought him back to his home where they embarked on a songwriting session. Heffernan played him the basis of what would become "Angels" and they recorded an early version of it. Heffernan acknowledges however that Guy Chambers later added the chorus. Heffernan was paid £7,500 for the use of the song, relinquishing any rights to royalties. He was uncredited as a songwriter but received a cryptic message on the CD, saying: "Even fallen angels laugh last, thanks to Ray Heffernan".

Robbie Williams has said that he wrote the song with Guy Chambers in 25 minutes and the song is about his aunt and uncle. Williams and Chambers were sitting outside a cafe watching a water fountain, this is what inspired them for the chorus...[4]



Today is Constitution Day. Did you remember?



   Happy Birthday today to The late Mr. George McIntosh (deceased - 05/04/05) AND Hugh McLawhorne ('57) AND   Ed Nichols ('62) of Northern VA!

   Happy Birthday tomorrow to Bobby Bell ('57) AND         Gloria Woolard Price (Hampton HS - '65) of FL  AND  The United States Air Force - 1947!

September 18, 1947 - The United States Air Force became an independent branch of the United States armed forces.

   Happy Birthday this week to:

20 - Barry Stutt ('57);

21 - Maxine Petty Ramey ('57);

22 -   Curt Overman ('59) of VA;

23 -         My Oldest Grandson, Andrew Harty (Collinsville HS, IL - '10) of IL currently serving a two-year mission for The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints in Germany;

24 -   Mary Anne Mays Davis ('58) of VA!

   Many Happy Returns, One and All!



September 17, 1939 - The Soviet Union joined Nazi Germany's invasion of Poland during the Polish Defensive War of 1939. Germany had invaded Poland on September 1.

September 17, 1939 - A German U-boat U 29 sank the British aircraft carrier HMS Courageous.

September 17, 1941 - A decree of the Soviet State Committee of Defense, restoring Vsevobuch in the face of the Great Patriotic War, was issued.

September 17, 1943 - The Russian city of Bryansk was liberated from Nazis.

September 17, 1944 - Allied Airborne troops parachuted into the Netherlands behind German lines as the "Market" half of Operation Market Garden.



Monday, September 17, 1962 -  Film director Baz Luhrmann was born in Sydney, New South Wales, Australia[1].

Monday, September 17, 1962 - Actor Dustin Nguyen was born Nguyen Xuan Tri in Saigon, Vietnam.

Monday, September 17, 1962 - Gospel and R&B singer BeBe Winans was born Benjamin Winans in Detroit, Michigan.

Monday, September 17, 1962 - Eddie Nichols celebrated his eighteenth birthday.



1.   Charles Wicke - Class of June 1945 - WEBMISTRESS' NOTE: If you're not in the habit of reading Memorial Editions, I strongly recommend you make an exception this time for this remarkable individual.


        From My #2 Son, Brent Harty (Hillsboro HS, IL - '90) of TX - 09/16/12, 2:04 AM - "DA Photo":

     (Upon my telling him he looked gorgeous in his uniform...)


... Glad you liked the photo and thought I looked good in it. I think its my best DA Photo to date. ...I look pretty much unchanged over the last 4 years. But again, I like this photo the best.

I got a few compliments on the way to where I get the photos done. There are 2 places on post to get your DA photo done. The one I go to is sparsely used. Actually it is at the hospital. So I was hustling up to the place and an older gentlemen (he must have been a veteran of some sort, else he likely would not have been there) said I "made the uniform look very nice that day". Or something to that effect. It was a nice compliment. Then a female doctor passed me in the stairwell and said, "You're looking very sharp!" So I got some good compliments on the uniform that day. It is kinda an odd thing to see someone wear at the hospital!

... Again, glad you liked the photo...with love...


      Thank you again, Brent - just trying to keep from popping my buttons here!


      From Harry Covert ('57) of MD - 09/16/12, 7:07 AM - "Burning Ears, Enough is Enough":

Burning Ears, Enough is Enough

Posted: 15 Sep 2012 04:52 AM PDT

Insulting Christians Seems Okay by Broadcasters

By Harry M. Covert

The other day driving just a few miles over the limit, I was listening to one of the sports radio stations. The experts were newspaper sportswriters turned sportscasters, who were prattling on the state of football and baseball.

Trying to be provocative, the boys debated the title chances for Baltimore’s Ravens and Orioles and Washington’s Nationals and Redskins.

The raggedy talk by the would-be clever airmen caused my car to bolt to 78 mph. My eyes glanced in the rearview mirror on Maryland’s I-270, the sign to Frederick read 10 miles and then nervously and thankfully I didn’t see any flashing blue lights.

“For chrissakes,” exclaimed John Feinstein of The Washington Post. “Thanks John,” said his colleague Mike Wise, “we look forward to hearing you next week.” After a chuckle they cut to commercial. What?

Normal day on the radio. No complaints, no calls and no riots.

It’s supposed to be a cool thing, this so-called progressiveness on the airways and general conversation. On another station, the discussion sounded like locker room chatter with lots of damns, p—ed offs, SOBs, and other off-color talk. I called the station, suggested the sports guys’ language be curbed and the cheery female secretary to the general manager said, “You don’t like it?” I responded in the negative and she said unfazed, “no one else has complained but you.”

The Federal Communications Commission and Christians of all denominations these days seem to be afraid to speak out against profanity on radio and television. This is cause for grave concern.

We should all be appalled by the Muslim attacks on American Embassies and the killings of an ambassador and American staff personnel. And, on the 9/11 anniversary. Muslims used an amateur video attacking their prophet as excuses to throw bombs, kill innocents and hurt those trying to help bring their societies from the Stone Age to the present.

I’ve spent a lifetime working in humanitarian projects throughout the world, including many Muslim and Arabic countries. Our governments and many religious and non-religious American charities have spent millions upon millions to feed, clothe and educate Muslims. Frankly, enough is enough. The United States spends billions, yes, billions, to the Egyptians and other Muslim leaders to keep the peace. These dollars aren’t doing the job.

When I hear radio and newspaper people use disparaging words publicly against Christians of all stripes, it rankles me, too. Christians are muzzled these days and I believe by fear of ridicule. But Christians don’t bomb cars or threaten local radio stations and newspapers for instances of severe and mean criticism.

A fine example of anti-Christian criticism is Tim Tebow, the professional footballer now with the New York Jets. He’s been ridiculed unmercifully by sportswriters, columnists and sportscasters on all of the ESPN networks. Just because he is not a freak and not a criminal and a young man who lives his faith, he’s a good target. Almost every day Tebow is reported as not a very good quarterback and probably won’t last in the game.

There are other players and coaches and managers who are subjected to severe ridicule. The newcomers though are the ones who get it most now. I can recall a few classy players who were champions and lived their personal faiths. How about the late right-hander (and first-class harmonica player) Carl Erskine of the Brooklyn Dodgers, the second baseman Bobby Richardson of the New York Yankees, respected and depended on by his teammates and the Los Angeles Dodgers great lefty Sandy Koufax, who wouldn’t pitch on a Jewish Sabbath or holiday.

The murderous and cowardly attacks on Americans, in Muslim countries and on our own soil, are unthinkable and inexcusable. It’s time to bring an end to this madness. Cut off the money, and take an even harder line dealing with the stupid and ignorant and bombers.

I haven’t forgotten the capture of Warren Weinstein by the Pakistanis a year ago. Mr. Weinstein, a Marylander, retired from the U.S. Agency for International Development, and spent his public life and career helping people around the world. American  special agents ought to be out in force trying to find him and kill his captors.  They probably are.

Mr. Weinstein is a good man. A family man and a man who always helped people, no matter their race, religion or whatever. Warren should be honored and not forgotten. He must be returned home unharmed. I pray for him every day.

This article appeared in

   AMEN AND AMEN! Thank you so much, Harry!


          From My #6 Son, Dale Harty, (Hillsboro HS, IL / American School, IL - '02) of MA - 09/16/12, 7:10 AM:

  Hi Lady,

Have you and Dad seen this comic I drew? - Party Harty # 2 -- I'm Freaking Out - This is a comic strip that I drew based on an actual conversation my wife had with our "chillens."

You can click on it to make it slightly bigger. Anyway, love you Mom! Thought you guys might enjoy it.

   Thank you, Dale, this is really darling! What a great job you did! Kiss your silly babies for me!

I've been trying to call you guys since your birthday and keep getting a busy signal. Is there "summat" wrong with your phone or are you really just super popular? I'm guessing the second one. I'll try again this evening.


   Actually, Sweetie-Weetie, you had it right the first time! The battery on my phone decided it needed to be replaced (on what seems to have been a dark and fateful day weeks and weeks ago, but I suppose it hasn't really been that long). A new one was ordered on September 5 and was shipped on September 6, but has not yet arrived. So to all the hundreds of my adoring fans who have desperately been trying to reach me in vain since that time, let me just say, hold on but a short time more and all shall be well again.

   Thanks again, Weetie, I love you, too!


BONUS CROCHET PATTERN: - Newborn Beanie with Satin Trim - by Amber Dupont from The Flighty Crafter - 
"This beautiful Newborn Beanie with Satin Trim is a fancy twist on a classic crochet pattern. Make this for yourself if you're expecting, or give this as a special baby shower gift. Babies always love the feel of satin, so this is definitely a popular crochet pattern."


BONUS RECIPES: - Crunchy Cookie Cupcakes - "No cupcake recipe is complete without cookies in it! Make these crunchy little cakes for parties or birthdays! This is one of the best cupcake recipes around because it is a fun idea!" -
Best Easy Dump Cake Ever - "I love dump cake recipes as they are always the easiest cake recipes you can find. This Best Easy Dump Cake Ever is fantastic, it has nuts, coconut and pineapple giving it a real Hawaiian like flavor." - Mashed Potato Candy - "Use leftover potatoes to make a delicious candy everyone will love with this simple desserts recipe. This no-bake dessert is incredibly easy to whip up, and you will be surprised by how much flavor it has."


    From Wayne Stokes ('65) of VA - 02/29/12 - "Aww pictures......... (#42 in a Series of 43)":

  I can do this!!

   AWWW! Thanks, Wayne Honey!  




From - 09/16/12:

Heaven is a place where the police are English; the chefs are Italian; the car mechanics are German; the lovers are French, and it's all organized by the Swiss.

Hell is a place where the police are German; the chefs are English; the car mechanics are French; the lovers are Swiss, and it's all organized by the Italians.


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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Originally part written by uncredited Irish songwriter, Ray Heffernan and covered by Robbie Williams (b. 13 Feb 1974).
Williams and
Guy Chambers were subsequently credited as "joint co-writers".

Recorded by Robbie Williams, 1997

I sit and wait
Does an angel contemplate my fate
And do they know
The places where we go
When we're grey and old
'Cause I've been told
That salvation lets their wings unfold

So when I'm lying in my bed
Thoughts running through my head
And I feel that love is dead
I'm loving angels instead


And through it all she offers me protection
A lot of love and affection
Whether I'm right or wrong
And down the waterfall
Wherever it may take me
I know that life won't break me
When I come to call she won't forsake me
I'm loving angels instead

When I'm feeling weak
And my pain walks down a one way street
I look above
And I know I'll always be blessed with love
And as the feeling grows
She breathes flesh to my bones
And when love is dead
I'm loving angels instead


And through it all she offers me protection
A lot of love and affection
Whether I'm right or wrong
And down the waterfall
Wherever it may take me
I know that life won't break me
When I come to call she won't forsake me
I'm loving angels instead

Repeat chorus


"Angels" midi courtesy of - 09/13/12

"Angels" lyrics courtesy of - 09/13/12

Image of Baby Angels Kissing courtesy of - 06/18/09

Animated Smiley Angel courtesy of Al Farber ('64) of GA - 05/05/07
Thanks, Al!

Animated Tiny Angel clip art used to form Divider Lines courtesy of Judy Phillips Allen ('66) of VA - 07/20/07
Thanks, Judy!

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

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

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

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

Collinsville High School (IL) Logo courtesy of - 09/22/07

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

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!

American School Logo courtesy of

Animated Applause clip art courtesy of Al Farber ('64) of GA - 08/18/05 (re-saved 02/27/09)
Thanks, Al!

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

Animated Bored Smiley courtesy of Al Farber ('64) of GA - 05/05/07
Thanks, Al!

Animated Rolling on the Floor Laughing Smiley clip art courtesy of Jerry ('65) and Judy Phillips ('66) Allen of VA - 08/13/10
Thanks, Sweetie-Pies!

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