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10/24/12 - NNHS Newsletter - Sunny

“There is no season when such pleasant and sunny spots may be lighted on,
and produce so pleasant an effect on the feelings, as now in October.”

- Nathaniel Hawthorne
(04 July 1804 - 19 May 1864)

Dear Friends and Schoolmates,

    If there's no sun where you are today, then just shine yourself.   (I'm not hearing today's midi file for some reason; I hope you are.).  

BONUS #1 - - Sunny - Marvin Gaye, 1966

BONUS #2 - - Sunny - Stevie Wonder, 1968

BONUS #3 - - Sunny - Boney M, 2006


"Sunny" is the name of a song written by Bobby Hebb. It is one of the most covered popular songs, with hundreds of versions released. BMI rates "Sunny" number 25 in its "Top 100 songs of the century".

Hebb wrote the song after 22 November 1963, the day U.S. President John F. Kennedy was assassinated and Hebb's older brother Harold was killed in a knife fight outside a Nashville nightclub. Hebb was devastated by both events and many critics say that those events inspired the tune. According to Hebb, he wrote the song as an expression of a preference for a "sunny" disposition over a "lousy" disposition.[1] Certainly, events influenced Bobby's songwriting, but his timeless melody, crossing over into R&B (#3 on U.S. R&B chart) Country and Pop (#2 on U.S. Pop chart), together with the optimistic lyrics, came from the artist's desire to express that one should always "look at the bright side" - a direct quote from the author. Hebb has said about "Sunny":

"All my intentions were just to think of happier times – basically looking for a brighter day – because times were at a low tide. After I wrote it, I thought "Sunny" just might be a different approach to what Johnny Bragg was talking about in 'Just Walkin' in the Rain'"... 


   Happy Birthday today to  Agnes Dick Kump ('57) AND   Mark Friedman ('65) of VA!

   Happy Birthday tomorrow to  Kitty Taylor Hanrahan ('57) AND  Carol Wornom Sorenson ('57) AND     Bobby Turpin ('58) of VA!

   Happy Birthday this week to:

26 -    Terry Hunsucker ('65) of KY AND   Randy Tate ('66) of DE;

27 -   Carolyn Simpson Knight ('56) of VA AND Kermit Whiteside ('57) AND        Dimples Dinwiddie Prichard ('58) of NC AND   Frances Heath Scott ('62) of VA;

28 -   Nancy Bigger Alligood ('56) of VA;

29 -     Ray Barnes ('65) of VA AND   Christine Wilson Starkman ('68) of CA;

31 - Jo Ann Stewart ('64) of Northern VA!

   Many Happy Returns, One and All!


October 23, 1942 - The Battle for Henderson Field began during the Guadalcanal Campaign; it ended on October 26.

October 23, 1942 - Second Battle of El Alamein: – At El Alamein in northern Egypt, the British Eighth Army under Field Marshal Montgomery began a critical offensive to expel the Axis armies from Egypt.

October 23, 1944 - Battle of Leyte Gulf – The largest naval battle in history began in the Philippines.

October 23, 1944 - The Soviet Red Army entered Hungary.

October 23, 1998 - Japan nationalized its first bank since World War II.


October 24, 1795 - Partitions of Poland: The Polish-Lithuanian Commonwealth was completely divided among Austria, Prussia, and Russia.

October 24, 1944 -The Japanese aircraft carrier Zuikaku, and the battleship Musashi were sunk in the Battle of Leyte Gulf.

October 24, 1945 - The United Nations (UN) was formally established less than a month after the end of World War II.

October 24, 1945 - Pierre Laval of France and Vidkum Abraham Quisling of Norway were executed. The two men were recognized as the two most prominent collaborators of the Nazis.


Tuesday, October 23, 1962 - Football player Doug Flutie was born Douglas Richard Flutie in Catonsville, Maryland.


Wednesday, October 24, 1962 - Race car driver Dave Blaney was born in Hartford Township, Trumbull County, Ohio.

Wednesday, October 24, 1962 - Football player Jay Novacek was born Jay McKinley Novacek in Martin, South Dakota.


1.  NADA.




1.    From Belinda Fortner Langston ('70) of VA - 10/19/12, 9:01 AM - "Can you please get this information out to all NNHS people?":

The establishment of the  DALE LUCADO ('68) (21 July 1950 - 20 Feb 2012) “TYPHOON BOY” Spirit Scholarship Fund has been completed. This scholarship will be given to a deserving young person who is going to continue their education by attending college. The committee would like to “challenge” everyone who knew Dale or just want to contribute to this worthwhile scholarship to do so by mailing their tax deductible donation to:

The Dale Lucado Scholarship Fund
C/o Boys and Girls Club of the VA Peninsula
Administrative Office
11825 Rock Landing Drive
Chesapeake Building, Suite B
Newport News, VA 23606


The Dale Lucado Scholarship Fund
C/o Mrs. Donna Lucado Dudley
137 Winsome Haven Drive
Seaford, VA 23693

Thanks for your help – class of 1970

   WOWZERS! Thanks so much, Belinda!

  From Mark Friedman ('65) of VA - 10/20/12 - "Cool Photos": 

More fantastic pictures.

   Thank you so much, Mark! These fascinating pictures really should have been included on Monday's Newsletter, but I initially thought I would run them as a series beginning later this week until I found this site where we can enjoy all 58 images in the same sitting!

   Happy Birthday!

From Anonymous of Newport News, VA - 10/20/12 - "This is a dog":

  This is a dog.

     This, too, should have been included in Monday's Newsletter, but first it landed in my spam folder and I missed it for a time, and then I thought I could certainly figure out who had sent it to me. I was wrong.....   But thanks so much anyway, Sweetie!


     From Me ('65) of NC - 10/21/12 - "This is a cat":

  Well, if you can't beat 'em, join 'em!  

      From Wayne Stokes ('65) of VA - 10/23/12, 2:40 PM - "A thought":
In reading your NL of 10/22/12 it came to mind that the last of the North End Mooney family-- Jimmy ('57) - has his birthday listed -- as well it should be -- whenever it comes around (October 4). The reason that thought crossed my mind was that October 22nd is one of my closest friend's and Jimmy's brother,    Joe (Mooney's) ('65) birthday; he was exactly 2 weeks younger than I. From memory I can't give you the exact date of his passing just after his 55th birthday in 2001 -- 10/?/2001. So, may I request that my friend's BD be added and his departure date truly noted with the correct date of that October of '01?

     Wal, JA, Wayne Honey! Why hadn't we done this forty-eleven years ago?!?

    I just revised history once more, and while I was at it, found his obituary which (unknown to me) was somehow MIA on the original website
, and redid it so it's all restored as it should be:
- (This, of course, was over four years before we started making the Memorial Newsletters as we know them today.)

  Thanks for the nudge!  

As to young    Mr. (Bill) Hobbs, from a "city/county" unknown (Northern Virginia--does he drift about in said area?) I must remind you that he is absolutely correct about NOT being a member of the class of '55 and is indeed a member of the class of '66. I was a member of the class of '65, one short year previous to him! I would suggest that anyone concerned with my advancing years that is only one year behind me not make many references to my age!! :-) Got that William?
As you know, as does Bill, he copied me on that email you posted -- but never let a chance for a little fun pass -- right?? Northern Virginia -- wasn't that a Yankee army during the "War of Northern Aggression" <1861-1865>?

       As I recall, I was the one who convinced Billy in a phone call way back in 2003 or some such time that he did indeed live in The Great State of Northern Virginia, a grand and glorious place full of fun and excitement, but not for the faint of heart!

In all seriousness, I would ask that you give consideration to my request regarding Joe.
I do truly hope that all is well, as it can be, for all!!

   Well, lemme see, the bed's still broken, the car is getting wonky, and my beloved clothes dryer broke Saturday. Yeah, pretty much normal!  Thanks again, Wayne Honey!

Thank YOU!

From - 10/22/12 - "5 Ways to Cope with Calamities":

5 Ways to Cope Well with Cancer & Other Calamities

By Janet Jacobsen

I've been on a cancer journey for 3 years and I can honestly say that my life has been enriched by the experience. I'd like to share 5 ways I've learned to consciously cope well with cancer. These tips can apply to any kind of life challenge:

1. Face and feel your feelings fully.
It's only natural that when adversity strikes, we're going to have feelings come up. I've learned that trying to rise above my feelings just positions me better for them to bite me in the butt!

I've learned instead to move towards my feelings, to befriend them and allow them to be here. I talk to my feelings compassionately, as if they were children. When I was receiving chemo I had to get a blood test once a week and it was not fun! One day when I was sitting in the waiting room, I heard a little girl about 5 years old in the next room, screaming "No, no, no!" They were trying to draw her blood and she didn't want any part of it!

They kept telling her things like, "It won't hurt much. Just get it over with." I wanted to tell them, "Acknowledge and respect her fear." When she finally came out I felt like giving her a big hug. Instead I gave my own inner child a hug, telling her, "I know this is scary. It's okay to feel scared. Let yourself feel it. I'm here with you. I love you." Feelings need to be heard and held and allowed and then they can relax a bit and naturally move through.

I've heard two acronyms for FEAR: one is Feel Everything And Recover. The other is F*** Everything And Run! That brings us to the next tip:

2. View the challenge as a growth opportunity.
Ego wants to avoid suffering at any cost. Spirit wants to learn and grow at any cost. Spirit sees all adversities as opportunities to learn and grow. Here's what I wrote about this in my book, Oh No, Not Another 'Growth' Opportunity!:

"When challenges befall me, my ego wails in a Mr. Bill whine, "Oh Nooo. Not another learning opportunity!" My spirit says, "Oh Yeah! Another opportunity to grow! Bring it on!" My ego moans, "We are in deep doodoo!" My spirit exalts, "Rich compost, yay!"

Growth wants to happen one way or another. It could be a cancerous growth in our body, or personal growth in our life. I'm going for the personal growth!

3. Follow your bliss.
When I first found out I had uterine cancer I realized that I'd been stagnating -- I'd done the same work for 27 years and was no longer inspired by it. It had always been my dream to do inspirational writing. Cancer shook me awake and compelled me to take a risk and live my dream.

The beauty part of doing what you love is that it can be healing. That's what happened to a woman named Phoebe Snetsinger. When she was told that she had terminal cancer, instead of checking into hospice, she decided to fulfill her dream by traveling the world, spotting birds. Her cancer went into remission, and twenty years later she held the world record for spotting the most birds ever!

4. Use the tremendous power of suggestion.
I love this Deepak Chopra quote: "Our cells are constantly eavesdropping on our thoughts and being changed by them." A perfect example of this is the amazing, true account of "Mr. Wright", who in the mid 1950's had terminal cancer with tumors the size of oranges; he was clearly on his way out. His doctors gave him an experimental drug called Krebiozen and in ten days his tumors were almost completely gone and he was restored to good health!

But then he heard a report that the drug was ineffective, and his tumors grew back! His doctors decided to tell him that the report was wrong, that the drug did work at a higher dose, but this time they gave him a placebo. Once again his tumors disappeared! Alas, a few months later the AMA came out with an official announcement that the drug was useless. Mr. Wright died shortly afterward. The moral of this story is: we must choose our thoughts wisely because they can cure us or kill us!
I do a morning practice of affirming how I want my day to go, saying and feeling it as if it is already so. When I completed my cancer treatment almost 2 years ago I was in pain and discomfort. Every day I verbally affirmed: "I am becoming pain free. I am comfortable in my body." In a very short time the pain went away!

5. Be Here Now.
Whenever I have a twinge of fear about what might happen in the future, I remind myself, "I'm alright right now and right now is all there is." Knowing that my time here may be limited has galvanized me into the present moment. I want to be fully alive while I am alive. My husband and I look into each other's eyes, really seeing each other, feeling the eternity of the present moment. When I'm fully in the present, time actually expands. Being present has given me the gift of time.
I'm hoping that you too may be empowered and enriched by your life challenges.

About the Author:

Janet Jacobsen is the author of the book, Oh No, Not Another 'Growth' Opportunity! An Inspirational Cancer Journey With Humor, Heart, and Healing. If you or someone you know are coping with cancer or other life challenges, you can read more of Janet's FREE, inspirational and informative essays, as well as the first 4 chapters of her book, at

BONUS CROCHET SUN PATTERNS: - Kristine's Little Sunshine Appliqué - Rachel Choi's Sun Appliqué - Debbie Williams' Sun Motif

BONUS RECIPES: - Slow Cooker Pork 'n' Beans - "The tastes of long cooking don't always require us to be tied to the kitchen. That's why we know you'll love our version of Slow Cooker Pork'n'Beans, 'cause our cooker does all the work!" - Banana Pudding Cake - "Make sure to loosen your belt buckle because you'll certainly wanna save room for this moist Banana Pudding Cake." - Pickled Sausage Rolls - "Mr. Food first had Pickled Sausage Rolls when he was in the Carolinas on a road trip from New York to Florida. The only difference in those was that the dough was made from scratch. Honestly, you won't be able to tell the difference!"

   From Bill Hobbs ('66) of Northern VA - 09/20/12, 10:40 PM - "Rare Photos! (#16 in a Series of 17)":  
  You might like these too.

Great old pics….



   WOWZERS! Thanks, Bill!  

Charlie Chaplin and Ghandi

      From Wayne Stokes ('65) of VA - 10/01/12, 11:05 AM - "Priceless Rare Photos (#16 in a Series of 25)":  
  Some more memories.

Some of these photos will blow you away.

A Baby Boomer's Time Machine


   MORE WOWZERS! Thanks, Wayne Honey  

Liza Minnelli and her mother,
Judy Garland


From - 10/22/12:

A lady was walking down the street to work and she saw a parrot on a perch in front of a pet store.

The parrot said to her, "Hey, lady, you are really ugly."

Well, the lady was furious! She stormed past the store to her work.

On the way home she saw the same parrot and it said to her, "Hey, lady, you are really ugly."

She was incredibly ticked now.

The next day the same parrot again said to her, "Hey, lady, you are really ugly."

The lady was so ticked that she went into the store and warned she would sue the store and kill the bird. The store manager replied profusely and promised he would make sure the parrot didn't say it again.

When the lady walked past the store that day after work the parrot called to her, "Hey, lady."

She paused and said, "Yes?"

The bird said, "You know."

1. Thursday, November 1, 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. Wednesday, December 12, 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 10/15/12

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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 Written by Bobby Hebb,1963
(26 July 1938 – 03 Aug 2010)

Recorded by Marvin Gaye, 1966
(02 Apr 1939 – 01 Apr 1984)

Sunny, yesterday my life was filled with rain.
Sunny, you smiled at me and really eased the pain.
The dark days are gone, and the bright days are here,
My Sunny one shines so sincere.
Sunny one so true, I love you.

Sunny, thank you for the sunshine bouquet.
Sunny, thank you for the love you brought my way.
You gave to me your all and all.
Now I feel ten feet tall.
Sunny one so true, I love you.

Sunny, thank you for the truth you let me see.
Sunny, thank you for the facts from A to C.
My life was torn like a wind-blown sand,
And the rock was formed when you held my hand.
Sunny one so true, I love you.

Sunny, thank you for the smile upon your face.
Sunny, thank you for the gleam that shows its grace.
You're my spark of nature's fire,
You're my sweet complete desire.
Sunny one so true, I love you.

Sunny, yesterday my life was filled with rain...

"Sunny" midi courtesy of -10/24/10

"Sunny" lyrics courtesy of - 10/24/10

Sun Title clip art courtesy of -10/24/10

Rising Sun Divider Line clip art courtesy of - 04/11/05

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

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

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

Animated Laughing Cat courtesy of Joyce Lawrence Cahoon of VA - 07/29/08
Thanks, Joyce!

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

Animated Laughing Frog courtesy of Wayne Stokes ('65) of VA - 07/16/08
Thanks, Wayne!

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