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10/31/12 - NNHS Newsletter - Happy Halloween!

“Shadows of a thousand years rise again unseen,
Voices whisper in the trees, 'Tonight is Halloween!' ”

- Dexter Kozen

Dear Friends and Schoolmates,

   We've waited an entire year to use Ivan Anker's suggestion for today's theme song:

  From Ivan Anker ('67) of VA - 11/01/11 - "Missed Opportunity":


You missed the chance of picking two songs for your Halloween edition. They were "Spooky" and "Monster Mash". Guess we'll have to wait 'til next year.

Ivan '67

   So we did. You know what they say - "Better Nate than Lever" (or something like that), so here's the second one! Thanks, Ivan!

BONUS #1 - - Monster Mash (HQ) - Bobby "Boris" Pickett

BONUS #2 - - Monster Mash - Bobby "Boris" Pickett & the Crypt Kickers

BONUS #3 - - Monster Mash

BONUS #4 - 


"Monster Mash" is a 1962 novelty song and the best-known song by Bobby "Boris" Pickett. The song was released as a single on Gary S. Paxton's Garpax Records label in August 1962 along with a full-length LP called The Original Monster Mash, which contained several other monster-themed tunes. The "Monster Mash" single reached number one on the Billboard Hot 100 chart on October 20 of that year, just in time for Halloween. It has been a perennial holiday favorite ever since.

Pickett was an aspiring actor who sang with a band called The Cordials at night while going to auditions during the day. One night, while performing with his band, Pickett did a monologue in imitation of horror movie actor Boris Karloff while performing The Diamonds' "Little Darlin'". The audience loved it and fellow band member Lenny Capizzi encouraged Pickett to do more with the Karloff imitation.[2]

Pickett and Capizzi composed "Monster Mash" and recorded it with Gary S. Paxton, Leon Russell, Johnny McCrae, Rickie Page, and Terry Berg, credited as "The Crypt-Kickers". (Mel Taylor, drummer for The Ventures, is sometimes credited with playing on the record as well,[3] while pianist Leon Russell, who arrived late for the session, appears on the single's instrumental B-side, "Monster Mash Party".[4]) The song was partially inspired by Paxton's earlier novelty hit "Alley Oop", as well as by the Mashed Potato dance craze of the era.[5] A variation on the Mashed Potato was danced to "Monster Mash", in which the footwork was the same but Frankenstein-style monster gestures were made with the arms and hands.

The song is narrated by a mad scientist whose monster, late one evening, rises from a slab to perform a new dance. The dance becomes "the hit of the land" when the scientist throws a party for other monsters. The producers came up with several low-budget but effective sound effects for the recording. For example, the sound of a coffin opening was imitated by a rusty nail being pulled out of a board. The sound of a cauldron bubbling was actually water being bubbled through a straw, and the chains rattling were simply chains being dropped on a tile floor. Pickett also impersonated horror film actor Bela Lugosi as Dracula with the lyric "Whatever happened to my Transylvania Twist?"[6]

The song was re-released several times and appeared in the Billboard charts on three occasions after the original release — December 1962, August 1970 and May 1973.[7] The BBC had banned the record from airplay in 1962 on the grounds that the song was "too morbid". It was re-released in the United Kingdom in 1973, where it peaked at #3 in early October. To celebrate this popular release, Bobby and the Crypt-Kickers toured Dallas and St. Louis around the 1973 Halloween holiday. On this tour, the Crypt-Kickers were composed of Brian Ray (now guitarist with Paul McCartney), drummer Brian Englund, keyboardist Don Chambers, singer Jean Ray, and others. The "Monster Mash" re-entered the British Charts again on November 2, 2008 at #60.

"Monsters' Holiday", a Christmas-themed follow up, was recorded by Pickett and released in December 1962, peaking at #30 on the Billboard chart. The tune was penned by the renowned novelty song composer Paul Harrison. In 1985, with American culture experiencing a growing awareness of rap music, Pickett released "Monster Rap", which describes the mad scientist's frustration at being unable to teach the dancing monster from "Monster Mash" how to talk. The problem is solved when he teaches the monster to rap. A movie musical based on the song starring Pickett was released in 1995.


From - 10/30/08 - "The Real Story of Halloween":


   Happy Halloween Birthday today to   Jo Ann Stewart ('64) of Northern VA!

   Happy Birthday tomorrow to    Russ Stephenson ('57) of MD AND   Colin Faison ('58) of VA!  

   Happy Birthday this week to:

02 -   John Clark ('57) of VA;

04 -   Mike Jeffers ('61) of VA;

05 -   Patsy Blackard Hallett ('65) of VA AND     My Son of Other Parents, Joe Mansfield (Stanton College Prep School, FL - 2002) of MD AND My Grandson,   Tom Harty of TX;

06 - Marion Timberlake Gitchel ('57) AND Maria Velma Vidales Scott ('57) AND       Pam Smith Arnold ('65) of VA;

07 -    Pam Larmer Traugott ('62) of VA!

   Many Happy Returns, One and All!


October 31, 1922 - Benito Mussolini became prime minister of Italy.

October 31, 1940 - The Battle of Britain ended – the air victory by the United Kingdom prevented a German invasion.

October 31, 1941 - The destroyer USS Reuben James was torpedoed by a German U-boat near Iceland, killing more than 100 United States Navy sailors. It was the first U.S. Navy vessel sunk by enemy action in WWII. The U.S. had not yet entered World War II.

October 31, 1943 - An F4U Corsair accomplished the first successful radar-guided interception.


Wednesday, October 31, 1962 - Nada? Nothing at all?!? Now, that's weird!


  Thanks again, Frank!
Saturday, October 31, 1964


1.  NADA.


1. NADA.

          From My #6 Son, Dale Harty, (Hillsboro HS, IL / American School, IL - '02) of MA - 10/30/12, 10:45 AM - "RE: Hurricane Sandy":

Alright Franklin! As far as I can tell we never even lost power or internet. Not bad for having watched from my window as a tree blew over in a gust of wind.

   SUPER-DE-DUPER! Thanks, Dale! That's fabulous news!

  From Domi O'Brien ('64) of NH - 10/20/12 - "Charity Salaries Outdated/False":

The Salvation Army head actually makes $126,000, not $13,000, etc....

Snopes is your friend...


     AHHH! Well, that explains it! I thought they all must have taken a vow of poverty or something! Thanks, Domi!

   My main purpose in posting it so quickly without verifying it as I should was my memory of The Great Flood of 1993.

   My personal bias in favor of the Salvation Army is based not upon who's making how much money, but on the fact which         Paul (Harty - Bardolph HS, IL - '61 - of NC) and I learned first hand that they were there first doing the most. In 2008 they changed their motto to "Doing the Most Good" - and I would be inclined to agree.

   Of course that's based upon a personal experience from nineteen years ago. It too may be outdated by now.

    And speaking of the Great Flood.....

      From My Niece, Shari, of VA - 04/16/07 - "Life presents us with interesting challenges":

Drove My Chevy to the Levee

Challenge: In 1993, 24-year-old James Scott lived on the Illinois side of the Mississippi River. His wife worked on the Missouri side. All Scott wanted to do was “party,” but his wife wouldn’t let him.

Bad Idea: Scott removed some sandbags from a nearby levee, hoping the river would wash out the road that his wife used to take home.

Outcome: Not only did Scott wash out the road … he also flooded 14,000 acres, destroying crops as well as dozens of homes and businesses, and causing a local bridge to be closed for more than three months. After bragging about his “success” to his friends, Scott was arrested and sentenced to life in prison (the maximum penalty for “causing a catastrophe”).

   Thanks again, Shari!

    From My Daughter-in-Law, Kim Woods Harty (Hillsboro HS, IL / Richard Milburn Academy, FL - '03) of IL - 10/30/12:

  AWWWWW! Thanks so much, Kim!    
Tuesday, October 30, 2012
Nokomis, IL
Kitty Kaiya and Mario Azrae

   From My Daughter of Other Parents, Megan Fulmer Mansfield (Marshall HS, TX - 2002) of MD - 10/29/12 6:30 PM:

  We made our mummies, we are ready for Halloween......and a power outage.  We put gauze around a jar, and put a battery operated candle inside. Then just glued on the eyes!

   WOWZERS! These are so cute! Thanks, Megan - and I'm glad your power outage never materialized!    

Monday, October 29, 2012

       From My Daughter, Adrienne Harty (Hillsboro HS, IL / American School, IL) of NC - currently serving an eighteen-month mission for The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints in Seattle, Washington - 10/30/12:

  ... In other news - yesterday we had all had impromptu interviews with President Larkin and they told us we might be going to the temple today....WE DID! WOOT! It was AWESOME as usual...

Well, I should get going.

I love you all!
Sister Harty

OH, WOW! Thanks so much, Sister Baby Girl - good to "see" you again!    

Tuesday, October 30, 2012
 Bellevue, WA
Sister Harty

From - 10/30/12 - "Yadier Molina wins fifth consecutive Gold Glove":

  Yadier Molina wins Gold Glove

St. Louis Cardinals catcher Yadier Molina was named a Gold Glove winner for the 2012 season. The award is his fifth overall, all coming in consecutive seasons, and extends his franchise record for the position.

Molina threw out 48 percent of baserunners this year while his .997 fielding percentage and three errors were career bests for a full season.



From the Commercial Appeal (Memphis, TN) - 10/30/12:  - Homemaker's secret to a clean, uncluttered house: FLYing

     From Me ('65) of NC - 10/30/12 - "Obnoxious Together":

  How very true!

BONUS HALLOWEEN CROCHET PATTERNS: - Sara Sach's Doggie Birthday Hat - "Your dog is going to party like an animal! Crochet a dog birthday hat for him or her to rock on their special day. That pooch is going to be the center of attention, make no bones about it." - Pet Bow Tie Collar - "Looking for a way to dress up your pooch? Create this Crochet Pet Bow Tie Collar and your pet will be the most stylish on the block. Show your pooch some love with this adorable crochet craft." - Button Dog Scarf - "Keep your pooch warm and toasty with this adorable crochet pattern. It's light and comfortable for dogs of any size."


BONUS PETRIFYING HALLOWEEN SNACK RECIPES: - Cobweb Cupcakes AND Spiderweb Brownies - "Make no bones about it, it's time to conjure up some creepy cuisine for a ghoulishly good Halloween party for the kids." - Flank Steak on Pumpkin-Shaped Rolls AND Spooky Crackers with Savory Cheese Spread - "Scare up a happy Halloween party to celebrate the spookiest season. Bring out the orange and black linens, spiderweb doilies and skull coasters ... so easy and effective! The entertaining experts from the Wilton Test Kitchen say it's easier to mix and mingle if you don't have to juggle a fork. So cast a spell with a savory buffet starring these deliriously delicious recipes."

      From Wayne Stokes ('65) of VA - 10/10/12, 11:05 AM - "Priceless Rare Photos (#23 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!  

  From Norris Perry (Warwick HS - '59) of VA - 10/22/12, 10:36 AM - "Morning Awwwww (#5 in a Series of 22)":  


     AWWWWW! Thanks, Norris Sweetie!  

Bring me a margarita with a little umbrella in it, darling.


From - 10/30/12:

To impress his date, the young man took her to a very chic Italian restaurant. After sipping some fine wine, he picked up the menu and ordered.

"We'll have the Giuseppe Spomdalucci," he said.

"Sorry, sir," said the waiter. "That's the owner."

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 10/30/12

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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Monster Mash

Written and recorded by Bobby "Boris" Pickett, 1962
(11 Feb1938 – 25 Apr 2007)

I was working in the lab late one night
When my eyes beheld an eerie sight
For my monster from his slab began to rise
And suddenly to my surprise

He did the mash
He did the monster mash
The monster mash
It was a graveyard smash
He did the mash
It caught on in a flash
He did the mash
He did the monster mash

From my laboratory in the castle east
To the master bedroom where the vampires feast
The ghouls all came from their humble abodes
To get a jolt from my electrodes

They did the mash
They did the monster mash
The monster mash
It was a graveyard smash
They did the mash
It caught on in a flash
They did the mash
They did the monster mash

The zombies were having fun
The party had just begun
The guests included Wolf Man
Dracula and his son

The scene was rockin', all were digging the sounds
Igor on chains, backed by his baying hounds
The coffin-bangers were about to arrive
With their vocal group, "The Crypt-Kicker Five"

They played the mash
They played the monster mash
The monster mash
It was a graveyard smash
They played the mash
It caught on in a flash
They played the mash
They played the monster mash

Out from his coffin, Drac's voice did ring
Seems he was troubled by just one thing
He opened the lid and shook his fist
And said, "Whatever happened to my Transylvania twist?"

It's now the mash
It's now the monster mash
The monster mash
And it's a graveyard smash
It's now the mash
It's caught on in a flash
It's now the mash
It's now the monster mash

Now everything's cool, Drac's a part of the band
And my monster mash is the hit of the land
For you, the living, this mash was meant too
When you get to my door, tell them Boris sent you

Then you can mash
Then you can monster mash
The monster mash
And do my graveyard smash
Then you can mash
You'll catch on in a flash
Then you can mash
Then you can monster mash

"The Monster Mash" midi courtesy of - 10/25/12

"The Monster Mash" lyrics courtesy of - 10/25/12

Animated Frankenstein clip art courtesy of - 10/25/12

Animated Trick or Treaters Divider Line clip art courtesy of - 10/24/08

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

Stanton College Prep School's logo courtesy of - 08/01/10

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!

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

American School Logo courtesy of - 09/05/06

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

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 Al Farber ('64) of GA - 11/07/07
Thanks, Al!

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

Bright Idea clip art (designed by Heather) courtesy of - 10/30/12

FlyLady Cartoon courtesy of - 10/13/11

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