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10/31/18 - 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 - The Monster  


"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": (Be patient; it'll pop up.)


From Maureen O'Brien Lowder ('68) of VA - 10/31/18, @ 10:00 AM - "  Elizabeth Tedder Nunnally ('65 / '68)":

Just got word that Elizabeth Tedder Nunnally passed away last night. She has been fighting cancer for some time. She was at home and was surrounded by family and friends. No other details at this moment. Keep her family and friends in your prayers.

   OH, NO! Even though it was hardly unexpected, I'm so very sorry to hear this, Maureen, but thank you for letting us know.


   Happy Halloween Birthday today to   Nuel Quisenberry ('58) of FL AND   Jo Ann Stewart ('64) of Northern VA!

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

   Happy Birthday this week to:

02 - The late John Clark ('57) (d. 01/06/15);

04 - Mike Jeffers ('61) of VA;

05 -  Patsy Blackard Hallett Parker ('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 (Maple Mountain High School, UT - '18) 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, 1918 - World War I: The Aster Revolution terminated the Austro-Hungarian Compromise of 1867, and Hungary achieved full sovereignty.


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.


Wednesday, October 31, 1968 - Vietnam War October surprise: Citing progress with the Paris peace talks, US President Lyndon B. Johnson announced to the nation that he has ordered a complete cessation of "all air, naval, and artillery bombardment of North Vietnam" effective November 1.

Wednesday, October 31, 1968 - Basketball player and sportscaster Antonio Davis was born Antonio Lee Davis in Oakland, California.

“It is a wise thing to be polite; consequently, it is a stupid thing to be rude. To make enemies by unnecessary and willful incivility, is just as insane a proceeding as to set your house on fire. For politeness is like a counter--an avowedly false coin, with which it is foolish to be stingy.”

- Arthur Schopenhauer
(22 Feb 1788 - 21 Sept 1860)


From Joan Lauterbach Krause ('60) of VA - 10/31/17:

   Thank you, Joan!

 From My Niece, Shari, of VA - 10/14/18 - "A cute Halloween treat from a family that knows how to have fun together.": - Boris The Spider - A Jackson Family Halloween Treat

    Thank you, Shari! What a hoot!

   From Alice Menin Daniels ('62) of Northern VA - 10/30/18:

  BRILLIANT! Thank you, Alice!


 From My Niece, Shari, of VA - 10/27/18 - "Doll question":

  As you can see the doll is made in a differently scaled way. At first thought it was possibly a walnut head, but appears instead to be carved wood. She is long, an estimate is between two and a half to three feet. The initials CG seem to be professionally added, so I don't really think this was a person who made this as a hobby. There is a local girl who does a great job of restoring old dolls, but she had no clue.

Do any of you know what this type of doll is called? I have her hanging up in one of my display spaces and have gotten quite a few questions about her. In my mind she is the Beetlejuice doll, for the obvious reason, but it would be nice to have an actual answer. Possibly there may have been a time where tiny head dolls were in style. The material and buttons show the doll was made in an earlier time.

   Thank you, Shari! I keep thinking I once knew the answer to this, but it certainly isn't coming to me now.

   "Anyone? Anyone?"


From Carlene Matthews Vannoy ('60 / '64) of VA - 10/31/18:  

     Thanks, Carlene!

 From Domi O'Brien ('64) of NH - 10/29/18:

     Thanks, Domi!

“By the time a man realizes that his father was right, he has a son who thinks he’s wrong.

- Charles Wadsworth
b. 21 May 1929)

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."



Halloween Recipes - "Cookies. Cupcakes. Pumpkin seeds. Popcorn balls. Punch. Find cute or creepy goodies to feed your Halloween fun."

Our Top 50 Halloween Recipes - "Throw a party with these Halloween party treats and easy Halloween snacks from Food Network."


From - 10/31/18:

It was Halloween. The door bell rang and a man answered it. There stood a plain but well dressed kid, saying, "Trick or Treat!"

The man asked the kid what he was dressed up as.

The kid replied, "I'm an IRS agent."

Then he took 40 percent of the man's candy, left, and didn't say thank you.

1. Every Tuesday, 7:30 AM - Male grads meet at Angelo's Restaurant on J. Clyde Morris Boulevard for breakfast and camaraderie.

2. Wednesday, November 14, 2018 - 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.

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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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the power of a drop
in the bucket."


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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!

Coast Guard Seal clip art courtesy of - 10/03/07

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

Animated Army Flag clip art courtesy of - 06/18/03   
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!
Maple Mountain High School (UT) logo courtesy of - 09/11/17

Animated Laughing Smiley courtesy of Janice McCain Rose ('65) of VA - 02/07/07
Thanks, Janice!

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

Animated Flying Witch clip art courtesy of Joyce Lawrence Cahoon ('68) of VA - 10/31/08
Thanks, Joyce!

Jeffrey Holman's Image "A Drop in the Bucket" courtesy of - 05/23/16

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