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10/31/14 - 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,

   Here's a Golden Oldie for you, whether or not you're actually celebrating Halloween.

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 TX AND My Grandson,   Thomas Harty of UT;

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.

October 31, 1944 - Erich Göstl, a member of the Waffen SS, was awarded the Knight's Cross of the Iron Cross, to recognize extreme battlefield bravery, after losing his face and eyes during the Battle of Normandy.


  Thanks again, Frank!
Saturday, October 31, 1964

Saturday, October 31, 1964
- Journalist and critic Frank Bruni was born Frank Anthony Bruni in White Plains, New York.

Saturday, October 31, 1964 - Drummer and songwriter (My Bloody Valentine, Mazzy Star, and Hope Sandoval & the Warm Inventions) Colm Ó Cíosóig was born Micael Kiriakos Delaoglou (Μιχαήλ Κυριάκος Δελάογλου) in Dublin, Ireland.

Saturday, October 31, 1964 - Footballer and manager Marco van Basten was born Marcel van Basten in Utrecht, The Netherlands.

Saturday, October 31, 1964 - Singer-songwriter and guitarist Darryl Worley was born Darryl Wade Worley in Memphis, Tennessee.


  My three oldest little darlings!
Thursday, October 31, 1974
Cape Girardeau, MO


  My three oldest little darlings - and me (somewhat expecting...)!
Sunday, October 31, 1976
Ste. Genevieve, MO


  My two youngest little darlings!
Monday, October 31, 1994
Taylor Springs, IL


  My two youngest little darlings - and me!

   I dunno where all the images are of my two middle darlings taken on Halloween day proper...

Friday, October 31, 1997
Taylor Springs, IL

From Kitty Dichtel Heffington (Ferguson HS - '73) of VA - 10/30/14 - "Daily Press - Newport News cheese shop closing its doors":


It closes tomorrow...

Kitty Heffington

   Oh, what a shame! I'm so sorry to learn of this, but thank you for telling us, Kitty!

 From Wayne Agee ('58) of FL - 10/03/14 - "Have a nice day (#7 in a series of 18)":
Six Truths in Life
1. You cannot stick your tongue out and look up at the ceiling at the same time, a physical impossibility.
2. All idiots, after reading #1 will try it.
3. And discover #1 is a lie.
4. You are smiling now because you are an idiot.
5. You soon will forward this to another idiot.
6. There is still a stupid smile on your face.
I sincerely apologize about this but I'm an idiot and I needed company... Have a bright sunny day!

    GIGGLES! Thanks, Wayne!



      From My Niece, Shari, of VA - 10/23/14 - "Great Ideas! (#7 in a series of 7)":

  Very nice! Thank you, Shari - these have been - well, great ideas!

    From the Head Flagtwirler of 1965, Janice McCain Rose of Northern VA - 10/27/14 - "They had only one simple job to do and still fouled it up" (#3 in a series of 19):
  They had one job to do...

   OH, NOOO! Thanks, Janice!



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 HALLOWEEN RECIPES: - Halloween Recipes for Families - "Fun-sized treats have their place, but why not go beyond the candy corn this year with a sweet or savory recipe that won't scare you away?"


From - 10/30/14:

Two judges from a small county happened to be stopped for speeding on the same day. They agreed that there was no point in calling the state Supreme Court for a visiting judge; they'd just go ahead and hear each other's case.

The next morning, one judge took the bench, the other sat at counsel table. The first judge admitted he was guilty, and the second judge suspended the fine and court costs for him.

They then switched places. The second judge pleds guilty as well, but the other judge fined him $200 plus all court costs.

The second judge was exceedingly upset: "I suspended your fine and costs and you go and give me the maximum!"

The first judge responded: "Well, look at the increase we've just had for this crime. SOMEBODY has to do something about it!"


1. Wednesday, November 12, 2014 - 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 10/17/14

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   Y'all take good 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
at the suggestion of Ivan Anker ('67) of VA - 11/01/11
Thanks, Ivan!

"The Monster Mash" lyrics courtesy of - 10/25/12
also at the suggestion of Ivan Anker ('67) of VA - 11/01/11
Thanks again, Ivan!

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!

Valentines clip art courtesy of John London (Warwick HS - '57) of VA - 10/09/09
Thanks, John!

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

Animated Silly Bear (designed by AF Artist - Ryan Hagen) courtesy of - 10/04/05

Ferguson High School's Anchor clip art courtesy of Steve Silsby (FHS - '72) of NC - 12/14/05
Thanks, Steve!

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