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11/07/12 - NNHS Newsletter -
Al Hirt's 90th Birthday

“I don't know, ... I do not know.”

- Al Hirt
(07 Nov 1922 - 27 Apr 1999)

Dear Friends and Schoolmates,

   Oh, goody - another celebrity birthday celebration!

BONUS - - Live on The Ed Sullivan Show, 1963 - Al Hirt - Java


"Java" is an instrumental adaptation from a 1958 LP of piano compositions, The Wild Sounds of New Orleans, by Tousan, also known as New Orleans producer/songwriter Allen Toussaint. As was the case of the rest of Toussaint's LP, "Java" was composed at the studio, primarily by Toussaint.

In 1963, trumpet player Al Hirt recorded the instrumental, and the track was the first single from his album, Honey in the Horn. It was Hirt's first and biggest hit on the US pop charts, reaching number four on the Billboard Hot 100[1] and spending four weeks at number one on the easy listening chart in early 1964.[2]

Hirt's recording won the Grammy Award for Best Performance by an Orchestra or Instrumentalist with Orchestra in 1964.



   Happy Birthday today to    Pam Larmer Traugott ('62) of VA!

   Happy Birthday tomorrow to Lawson (Buddy) Sparrow ('53) of VA AND Woody Hudson ('57) AND     Joe Madagan ('57) of FL AND David McCoy ('67) of VA!

   Happy Birthday this week to:

09 - Hilton Henderson ('57) of NV and FL;

10 - The United States Marine Corps - 1775, Tamsie Warren Ellis ('57),  David Wittan ('57),    Angie Ray Smith ('64) of VA, AND  the late   Steve Pullen ('65) (deceased 22 Apr 2012);

11 -    David Bell ('64) of NJ;

12 - Barbara Womble Lawson (NNHS / Hampton HS) of VA AND   Jean Pittman Priest ('64) of FL;

14 -   Glenda Stewart Martin Faires ('68) of GA AND    Timothy of DC (son of    Kathy Cooper - '70 - of VA)!

    Many Happy Returns, One and All!


November 07, 1941 - World War II: Soviet leader Joseph Stalin addressed the Soviet Union for only the second time during his three-decade rule (the first time was earlier that year on July 2). He stated that even though 350,000 troops had been killed in German attacks so far, that the Germans had lost 4.5 million soldiers (a gross exaggeration) and that Soviet victory was near. - Stalin's speech - November 7, 1941 - English subtitles

His speech was followed by a military parade in Moscow, when marching through Red Square, Soviet soldiers went straight on the front line: - Soviet Military Parade at the Red Square of Moscow, November 07, 1941

November 07, 1941 - World War II: The Soviet hospital Ship Armenia was sunk by German planes while evacuating refugees, wounded military and the staff of several Crimean hospitals. It is estimated that over 5,000 people died in the sinking.

November 07, 1942 - President Franklin D. Roosevelt announced the opening of a second front in French North and West Africa.

November 07, 1944 - Soviet spy Richard Sorge, a half-Russian, half-German World War I veteran, was hanged by his Japanese captors along with 34 of his ring.

November 07, 1944 -Franklin D. Roosevelt was elected for a record fourth term as President of the United States of America.


Wednesday, November 7, 1962 - Actress and journalist Tracie Savage was born in Ann Arbor, Michigan.

Wednesday, November 7, 1962 - First Lady of the United States, Eleanor Roosevelt (b. 11 Oct 1884 at 56 West 37th Street in New York City, New York), died in New York City, New York at the age of 78.


1. NADA.


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From Denise Rynders of WI (I think...) - 11/06/12 - "RE: Carol: Suggestion for your Hanukkah page...":

Thanks very much, Carol! :)
Take care,

You're most welcome, Denise - Thanks again!

    From Frances Goodson Wang ('65) of MD - 11/06/12 - "Re: Newsletter":

Hi Carol,

I personally think it is a good idea to avoid ANY kind of political posting in the NNHS news letter. Politics can be a volatile subject. Therefore, it seems to me that it is wise to avoid political articles or cartoons in our public forum which is meant to inform, support and entertain fellow NNHS students. Keeping the site for member news, walks down memory lane, and updates for planned events and the like is work enough. I know how much we all appreciate your hard work.

Also, anything you have to Snopes Check should be chunked immediately. Your time is too precious.

Our aim as readers should be to make your job as simple as possible by fact checking material before submission to you and by following simple rules which you as webmistress make. Setting rules for content is simply reasonable. You may wish to consult with some of us and come up with site guide lines if you like. Conference calls make this possible. I would not mind donating time to help you work out "rules of publication". Just some things to think about from an old crone in Maryland!!

One bit of happy news, well, maybe two:

I want to extol the virtues of adopting an older pet. My beloved Bu, a Benji terrier mix look alike, died on my birthday, Jan. 11, 2012 at age 13. Cancer. It is true that pets can be a tremendous comfort to the elderly. I was devastated for the longest time. For some reason I'd returned again and again to Lab rescue sites even though I looked at many others.
Finally in April, I went to see a seven year old black lab, hound mix, who'd been found wandering in the mountains of VA. Well, Toby became a member of my household. He has worked out beautifully. He has even accepted the outdoor cats and they him! Peace reigns. I'm old. He's old. We oldies deserve second chances, right, so it was a perfect fit. He adores me and lets me love him, things that make an old lady happy. Simple, yet a miracle. Giving and receiving love is the fundamental ingredient in a happy life, I think, even if it is between people and pets. I have a hunch that the giving part is the most important part of the formula.

The second bit is that my son, Devan, passed the MD Bar Exam first time out! We got the news at precisely four thirty last Friday via email. He graduated from Washington School of Law at American this May. Months of prepping for the bar; later it paid off big time. His high scores permit him to be waived into DC to work, too. Presently he is working at a nonprofit, The Lawyers' Committee, in DC but is looking all the while for a permanent job. He uses a manual wheel chair, as you know, so has an inherent interest in fighting for clients rights of access to housing, jobs, education and anything else. Anyway, we are so proud and relieved.

My daughter is working at two small shops. Being an artist she is an accomplished framer of all sorts of art, high end included. She also cards, spins and knits fibers from wool to alpaca. She teaches classes at a local yarn shop. One of these days she wants to have her own shop. For fun I do seasonal decorating for the frame store owner. I am a frustrated artist so love to be around creative types.

Let us know if you want to establish guidelines for posting materials. If you want help deciding what they should be let us know. My phone is ___-___-____. I am more than willing to help. If I knew how to do a web site I'd help you with that but I don't. Thank you, thank you for all the hard work you do for us.

Frances in MD

Thank you so much, Frances! It's good to hear the great news about your children! I also appreciate your kind words and your willingness to help.

   I'd personally love to see more memories - particularly concerning our teachers, our old neighborhoods, and our old stomping grounds - arrive for our archive before they are all forever lost:

   We are such a very diverse lot; some of us enjoy one thing and some another. Many of our readers enjoy hearing thoughts and opinions of their old schoolmates and new friends they've "met" through this forum, so I'm somewhat loathe in setting hard and fast restrictions. Also, people quite frequently like the ease of just hitting "SEND" to everyone in their address book, and if I squawk too much I'm apt to find myself removed!

   We'll all mull this over a bit; meanwhile I'll try to be more diligent and discerning in what I post. Maybe. Possibly maybe.

"You can please some of the people some of the time, all of the people some of the time, some of the people all of the time, but you can never please all of the people all of the time."

~ A Variation of ~

"You can fool some of the people some of the time, all of the people some of the time, some of the people all of the time, but you can never fool all of the people all of the time."

- Abraham Lincoln
(12 Feb 1809 - 15 Apr 1865)

“To me there are three things everyone should do every day. Number one is laugh. Number two--spend some time in thought. Number three, you should have your emotions move you to tears. If you laugh, think, and cry, that's a heck of a day.”

- Coach
Jim Valvano of NC State University  
(10 Mar 1946 – 28 Apr 1993)

        From My Husband, Paul Harty (Bardolph HS, IL - '61) of NC - 11/06/12 - "The Lone Ranger - Funny!":

Jay Thomas does a great job on this story on Letterman's show. It is about Clayton Moore, who played the Lone Ranger on television, who was known for taking his role seriously and never breaking character in public.

     WILDEST GIGGLES! Thanks, Dools! I keep telling y'all - "he was a fabulous individual!"  

  From Bill Hobbs ('66) of Northern VA - 11/04/12 - "The origin of Beer Run!":


In the lighter moments of WWII, the Spitfire was used in an unorthodox role: bringing beer kegs to the men in Normandy:

   Thank you, Billy - interesting story!

         From My Husband, Paul Harty (Bardolph HS, IL - '61) of NC - 11/06/12 - "SKIRT ZIPPER - HILARIOUS!":

Ain't those Texans something!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
As the bus stopped and it was her turn to get on, she became aware that her skirt was too tight to allow her leg to come up to the height of the first step of the bus.

Slightly embarrassed and with a quick smile to the bus
driver, she reached behind her to unzip her skirt a little, thinking that this would give her enough slack to raise her leg.  She tried to take the step, only to discover that she couldn't.

So, a little more embarrassed, she once again reached
behind her to unzip her skirt a little more, and for the second time attempted the step.

Once again, much to her chagrin, she could not raise her leg.
With a little smile to the driver, she again reached behind to unzip a little more and again was unable to take the step.

About this time, a large Texan who was standing
behind her picked her up easily by the waist and placed her gently on the step of the bus.

She went ballistic and turned to the
would-be Samaritan and yelled, "How dare you touch my body!  I don't even know who you are!"

The Texan smiled and drawled,
"Well, ma'am, normally I would agree with you, but after you unzipped my fly three times, I kinda figured we was friends."

      Thanks, Haul Party!

From - 11/05/12 - "Your Morning Routine":

7 Steps to Developing an Empowering Morning Routine

By Lorene Collier Purcy

Would you like to feel more in control of your day? Developing a morning routine that will boost your productivity can help you stay on top of your commitments for the day.

Many people benefit from rising early and following a set routine every morning. While this won't benefit everyone, it might be just what you need to feel more in control of your daily life!

Consider these ideas when developing a morning routine:
1. Avoid making any drastic changes.
Begin this process slowly. Start by waking up just 15 minutes earlier than you normally would. Allow yourself to get used to this over a few days to a week before waking even earlier. Continue this gradually until your goal wake-up time is met.
2. Allow yourself to go to sleep earlier.
Staying up too late when you're trying to get up earlier will have negative consequences. Early rising will allow you to go to sleep more easily earlier in the evening so you can work on getting up earlier.
3. Keep your alarm clock away from your bed.
If you keep your alarm clock close to your bed, you'll hit the snooze button and destroy your chances of improving your morning routine. Keep your alarm clock at a distance so you must get out of bed to deal with it and resolve not to climb back under the covers.
4. Leave the bedroom as soon as your alarm wakes you.
Avoid rationalizing going back to bed. Make yourself leave the room. Create a habit, such as to use the restroom as soon as you get up, so you don't convince yourself to go back to sleep.
• By the time you've used the restroom or otherwise distracted yourself, you'll no longer be thinking about going back to bed, so you can proceed with your daily routine.
5. Have your routine mapped out ahead of time.
Plan something important to do first thing in the morning. If you have a specific task at hand early in the morning, then this will motivate you to wake up and get out of bed.
• It's important to have a good reason to wake up in the morning. If you have a plan for your morning, you can slip out of bed and right into your routine.
6. Follow the same basic routine daily.
If you practice the same basic steps every day, you'll be able to automate many of your early morning tasks to make them easier.
7. Take advantage of your extra time.
Don't wake up earlier than usual just so you can lounge around and read Facebook updates. Avoid wasting the extra time that you've created in your schedule.
• Instead, get a jump on your day, doing tasks that are best done in the early morning, such as reading, writing, and planning for the day.

Ultimately, you get to decide the best course of action when developing an early morning routine. These seven considerations should steer you in the right direction and can serve as a foundation for your own practice. When you customize and standardize your morning habits, they'll drive your productivity throughout the day.

About the Author:

Lorene Collier Purcy, a Certified Entrepreneur & Life Coach has been helping small business owners grow their business for more than a decade, while balancing their personal and professional life.

BONUS CROCHET PATTERNS: - Lee Mathewson's Ornamental Corn Door Ornament (scroll down a bit) - Indian Corn Cone

RECIPES: - Engagement Chicken - "Want a rock? If you're looking to get married, try this recipe for Engagement Chicken. It has been proven to help you get your man to propose! Glamour Magazine has proven that this classic chicken recipe really works." - Lemon Afternoon Delight - "Indulge in easy to make dessert recipes like this heavenly Lemon Afternoon Delight. The lemon Jell-O, Cool Whip and cream cheese make a to-die-for combination."

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



     AWWWWW! Thanks, Norris Sweetie!  

This isn't in MY job description
either, for Pete's sake!!

  From Ruth Ann Reece Horace ('67) of FL - 10/24/12, 12:32 PM - "More Really Cool Ideas (#4 in a Series of 18)":

Some of these are really great ideas.
Had 2 Share

     WOWZERS! Thanks, Ruthie!  



From - 11/06/12:

A man is complaining to a friend: “I had it all, money, a beautiful house, a nice car, a great motorcycle, the love of a beautiful woman. Then it was all gone!”

“What happened?” asks the friend.

“My wife found out!” replied the man.


1. Thursday, December 6, 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.

3. 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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Written by Allen Toussaint (b. 14 Jan 1938), 1958

Recorded by Al Hirt (07 Nov 1922 - 27 Apr 1999), 1963

"Java" midi courtesy of - 11/13/09

First Image of Al Hirt courtesy of - 11/08/09

Second Image of Al Hirt courtesy of - 11/08/09

Animated Gold Musical Divider Line clip art courtesy of - 02/03/05

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

Marine Corps Seal clip art courtesy of the late Herbert Hice of MI - one of my Famous Marines who served in the South Pacific during WWII.
Thanks again, Herbie!

Army Seal clip art also courtesy of Al Farber ('64) of GA - 05/24/06
Thanks again, Al!

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

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

Laughing Jester Smiley clip art courtesy of Bill Hobbs ('66) of Northern VA - 10/06/09
Thanks, Bill!

Animated Laughing Woman courtesy of Joyce Lawrence Cahoon ('65) of VA - 02/23/09
Thanks, Joyce!

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