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11/09/12 - NNHS Newsletter -
Dear Hearts and Gentle People

The love of our neighbor in all its fullness simply means
being able to say to him, 'What are you going through?''

- Simone Weil
(03 Feb 1909 - 24 Aug 1943)

Dear Friends and Schoolmates,

   I think we could all use a little gentleness right about now.....

BONUS #1 - - Dear Hearts and Gentle People - Dinah Shore, 1949

BONUS #2 - - Dear Hearts and Gentle People - Bing Crosby

BONUS #3 - - Dear Hearts and Gentle People - Jim Reeves


"Dear Hearts and Gentle People" is a popular song published in 1949 with music by Sammy Fain and lyrics by Bob Hilliard. They were inspired to write the song based on a scrap of paper with the words "Dear friends and gentle hearts" written on it that was found on the body of Stephen Foster when he was discovered in a New York hotel room in January 1864.

Popular versions were recorded in 1949 by Dinah Shore, Gordon MacRae, Bing Crosby and Dennis Day.[1] In the United Kingdom, the song was recorded by Doreen Lundy. Later recordings were made by Perry Como in 1959 and again in 1980. The song references the singer's hometown, and different versions allude to a range of U.S. states.

The Dinah Shore recording was recorded on September 9, 1949, and released by Columbia Records (as catalog number 38605). This version alludes to Tennessee, Shore's home state. The recording first appeared on the Billboard charts on November 18, 1949, lasting 16 weeks and peaking at position number seven.[1]

The Gordon MacRae recording was recorded on October 21, 1949, and released by Capitol Records (as catalog number 777). It peaked at number 19 on the Billboard charts. The flip side was "Mule Train," which MacRae recorded October 1, 1949.[1]

The Bing Crosby recording was recorded on October 26, 1949, and released by Decca Records (as catalog number 24798). This version mentions Idaho, close to Crosby's home state of Washington. The flip side was "Mule Train". The recording first appeared on the Billboard charts on November 25, 1949, lasting 16 weeks and peaking at number two.[1]

The Dennis Day recording was released by RCA Victor Records as a 78rpm single (catalog number 20-3596), and as a 45rpm single (catalog number 47-3102). The recording first appeared on the Billboard charts on January 13, 1950, lasting three weeks and peaking at number 19.[1]

The Doreen Lundy recording was recorded on February 22, 1950, and released by EMI's UK Columbia Records label (as catalog number DB 2649).

The song was performed by Gene Autry and the Cass County Boys in the 1950 Columbia Pictures film Beyond the Purple Hills.

The Perry Como recording of April 23, 1959, was released as a track on the album Como Swings (catalog number LSP-2010). The Como recording of July 1980, from a live performance, was released on the album Perry Como Live on Tour in 1981 (catalog number AQL1-3826).

A version of the song was also recorded by The Springfields, featuring Dusty Springfield on vocals.

A recording of the song by Bob Crosby and the Bobcats was featured in the trailer for the 2008 retro-futuristic video game Fallout 3.[2], as well as being one of the songs on the in-game radio.


   From Rochelle Spooner ('63) of NY - 11/08/12 - "Sandy in Piermont": 

Hi There

See the videos of my sweet town.
This is my idyllic town that Sandy blew apart.

Just wanted to let all know. I am okay and helping those who lost more than I. I am feeding and sheltering those who have lost their homes and have no power.
We will rebuild Piermont.

With love and an understanding heart

GASP! Oh, Rochelle - NOOO! For some strange reason I thought you lived father inland - WAAAY farther inland! I am so very sorry to see what happened to your beautiful village, but very grateful that you are safe and as spunky as always. Our hearts and thoughts and prayers are with you and your friends and neighbors.

   Thank you for updating us!


        From My #2 Son, Brent Harty (Hillsboro HS, IL - '90) of TX - 11/08/12:

Well, pleased to say I just completed my first 'normal' weight training routine since the day of my 'scope surgery. It was chest/chin up/dips routine (with DB shrugs and single calf press). did a lot of stretching. Also rode a bike yesterday (albeit one of my kiddies' mountain bikes) yesterday above moderate effort for 35 min. I had some swelling today, but no pain. So I'll keep taking it somewhat easy. But its good to be able to weight train again in earnest! (at least for flat bench!)

   WHOO-HOO! That's great, Brent - thanks for letting us know!


   Happy Birthday today to Hilton Henderson ('57) of NV and FL AND My Grandson (by My Children of Other Parents),     Jacob Mansfield of MD!

   Happy Birthday tomorrow to 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)!

   Happy Birthday this week to:

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);

15 -    the late Bobbie Whitehurst Canady ('57) (deceased 11/16/07) AND       My Niece, Shari, of VA;

16 -    the late George-Morewitz ('57) (deceased 06/09/08) !

    Many Happy Returns, One and All!


November 09, 1923 - In Munich, Germany, police and government troops loyal to the democratic government crushed the Beer Hall Putsch in Bavaria. The failed coup was the work of the Nazis. The event began the evening before when Adolf Hitler took control of a beer hall full of Bavarian government leaders at gunpoint.

November 09, 1938 - Nazi German diplomat Ernst vom Rath died from the fatal gunshot wounds of Jewish resistance fighter Herschel Grynszpan, an act which the Nazis used as an excuse to instigate the 1938 national pogrom, also known as Kristallnacht or "Night of Broken Glass." Nazi troops and sympathizers destroyed and looted 7,500 Jewish businesses, burned 267 synagogues, killed 91 Jews, and rounded up over 25,000 Jewish men.

November 09, 1940 - Warsaw was awarded the Virtuti Militari, Poland's highest military decoration for courage in the face of the enemy.

November 09, 1989 - The Berlin Wall was opened. 


Friday, November 9, 1962 - Actress Teryl Rothery was born in Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada.


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      From Wayne Stokes ('65) of VA - 11/08/12 - "Newsletter of the Class of '65":

Regarding the issue of establishing rules as it relates to what will be printed and what won't in the Newsletter would simply be satisfied by the omission of anything political. There is no need to come together in some form of committee to fix the obvious.
Being one that has forwarded political emails on down the line, I can fully understand a block being applied to that kind of correspondence--the election will resolve that issue for better or worse based on your personal preference. No amount of email is going to change anyone's opinion--it is perhaps the worst way to even try!!
As time has passed, what started as a site for the NNHS Class of '65 has morphed into something entirely different as has it's tone. I've heard it called "The Newsletter of the Typhoon Nation", among other things. Yet, that still fails to describe what it really has become as a number of contributors are not from NNHS--for me, not a problem, for others--they can speak for themselves.
Yet, I would be less than honest if I didn't say that the sharing of memories long ago past, the number of "do you remember" and "whatever happened to...",or "is such and such a place still there?", was a much more pleasant format in this idiot's opinion! With the untold number of memories that we have shared over the years being considerable, I still think that the canvas has yet to be completed, there is paint yet to be applied. There remains many stories that have yet to be shared about the events of our youth and with those stories shared we all take a journey back to a time much simpler and ever increasingly falling farther and farther behind in the time that has past. But for a few precious moments, those kind of contributions make us young once again.
A clean joke within the Newsletter at times brings a smile and at other times a laugh and the sharing of some good ideas on how to better get things done are helpful. Add to those the memories of the best time of our lives and you will have once again what we did have in the beginning, and that is what brought more and more good people onboard. As the old saying goes: "If it ain't broke, don't fix it" - our mistake has been--although unknowingly--doing exactly that--fixing that which wasn't broken.
No politics--it really is that simple. It's a waste of space and time and does nothing to change a single mind--certain things are immortal--among those is the fact that birds of a feather will do their thing!!

   Thank you so much, Wayne Honey! I hope your post will jumpstart a fresh sharing of those old memories!

    From Frances Goodson Wang ('65) of MD - 11/08/12 - "Nick, Nora (And Asta) Return In 'Thin Man' Novellas : NPR":


I thought you might be a fan of old movies. I read mysteries often and find some of the oldies the best.
Anyway, just sharing.
This is for your pleasure.

   OHHH! Thank you so much, Frances! I LOVE The Thin Man series! I used to own a complete set of the movies - which are true "comfort" films to me. Since our last two moves, I'm no longer certain what I do and do not have, but this was a definite pick-me-up!

Mark Friedman ('65) of VA - 11/08/12 - "a reason to retire":

Good answer, Harold!!

As we get older we sometimes begin to doubt our ability to “make a difference” in the world.  It is at these times that our hopes are boosted by the remarkable achievements of other “seniors” who have found the courage to take on challenges that would make many of us wither.

  Harold Schlumberg is such a person…


I've often been asked, 'What do you old folks do now that you're retired'?  

“Well… I'm fortunate to have a chemical engineering background, and one of the things I enjoy most is converting beer, wine and whisky into urine. It's rewarding, uplifting, satisfying and fulfilling. I do it every day and I really enjoy it."

Harold should be an inspiration to us all.

    Thanks, Mark, that's very comforting, I'm sure!

     From Me ('65) of NC - 11/08/12:





14 Ways To Procrastinate Productively

For too long I’ve sat idly by while the good name of procrastination is dragged through the muck. For the sake of getting things done we’re advised to banish, kill, and avoid procrastination without any acknowledgment of the good it’s done.

We owe procrastination. Big time. It’s responsible for our best ideas and busiest hours. Used effectively, procrastination is a powerful motivator and source of inspiration.

Structured Procrastination

Productive procrastination falls into two categories, structured and unstructured. With structured procrastination (via pmarca, via via 43F) you use the desire to avoid an important task as motivation to crank out dozens others. Anything to postpone what you really need to do, right?

Whenever I need to avoid something important, I turn to a few tasks that rarely get the attention they deserve.

  • Get Organized – There’s no better way to feel productive while avoiding the inevitable than organizing your home or work space. Without procrastination my desk would be perpetually cluttered and the dishes would never get done.
  • Network – Have a bunch of contacts you should really touch base with but don’t have the time? Procrastination is a great opportunity to politely reply to nonessential email. Taking the time to stay in touch with people pays dividends in the long-run.
  • Plan Ahead – The only thing better than actually doing something is thinking/talking about doing something. Take the time to identify, record, and schedule all your tasks, obviously leaving the most important for last.
  • Odds and Ends – Procrastination is the best time to find closure for everything that’s on your mind. Use it as an excuse to investigate and resolve issues that have been nagging you.
  • Meetings – If you’re not going to be productive, you might as well take other people down with you.
  • Errands – Need to schedule a dentist appointment? How about that oil change? Procrastination is capable of making the most tedious and trivial errands appealing.
  • Get Up To Date – Have a bunch of dull reports and memos you should probably read? They’re starting to look a lot more interesting.
  • Assist Others – If you’re not going to do your own work, you can at least deliver on the help you promised your colleague last week.

Unstructured Procrastination

Structured procrastination is a great way to keep busy, but sometimes that doesn’t cut it. When you’d rather not do anything work related, unstructured procrastination is the way to go. It might seem like laziness, but what’s wrong with that?

Unstructured procrastination is essential for recharging creative energy and allowing the unconscious mind to work on difficult problems. These are 6 productive ways to avoid work completely.

  • Go to Lunch – You need to eat, might as well do it now so you can’t use it as an excuse later.
  • Exercise – Same as lunch, with the added benefit of increased alertness.
  • Take a Walk – A casual walk is a great way to unburden your mind and allow great ideas to come to you.
  • Relax – If you feel a strong desire to procrastinate, there’s probably a reason behind it. Relax ation is important for a healthy productive lifestyle, why not do it now when you can’t get anything else done?
  • Come Up With a Great Idea – This one can’t exactly be completed on demand, but studies have shown that entrepreneurs and other creative people tend to get their best ideas during down time.
  • Read a Good Book – If you’d rather not think for yourself, you might as well absorb the great ideas someone else took the trouble to record.

BONUS CROCHET PATTERNS: - Turkey Dishcloth - Fall Motifs

RECIPES: - Scalloped Potatoes - "Scalloped? Au gratin? Creamed? Whatever you call them, everyone will say 'OOH it's so GOOD!!' about this Scalloped Potatoes recipe." - Taco 'Tatoes - "We all love tacos, and we all love baked potatoes. It's only natural to combine these two favorites to get a dish worthy of a grand 'Ole! '"

  From Norris Perry (Warwick HS - '59) of VA - 10/22/12, 10:36 AM - "Morning Awwwww (#14 in a Series of 22)":



     AWWWWW! Thanks, Norris Sweetie!  

Wait, wait…

  From Ruth Ann Reece Horace ('67) of FL - 10/24/12, 12:32 PM - "More Really Cool Ideas (#6 in a Series of 18)":

Some of these are really great ideas.
Had 2 Share

     WOWZERS! Thanks, Ruthie!  



From - 05/08/12:

About 3:30 in the morning, a wife awoke to find she was alone in the bed and she could hear her husband crying uncontrollably. She got up and started to look for him. He wasn't in the bathroom, living room, or in the kitchen. As she passed the laundry room, she heard his faint sniffles coming from the basement. She turned on the light and went downstairs to find him. Finally, she found him huddled in the corner, rolled up into a ball, and crying hysterically. She ran over to him and asked why he was crying.

He said, "Do you remember when we got married twenty years ago?"

She looked at him and said, "Yes".

He said, "Well, a couple of months before, your dad said that I could marry you or go to jail."

She said, "I already know that. I don't see what the problem is."

He said, "Don't you see?!? I would have gotten out today!" 


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.


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   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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Dear Hearts and Gentle People

Words by Bob Hilliard (28 Jan 1918 – 01 Feb 1971);

Music by Sammy Fain (17 June 1902 – 06 Dec 1989), 1949

I love those dear hearts and gentle people,
Who live in my home town.
Because those dear hearts and gentle people
Will never ever let you down.

They read the good Book from Fri' till Monday,
That's how the weekend goes.
I've got a dream house I'll build there one day,
With picket fence and ramblin' rose.

I feel so welcome each time that I return
That my happy heart keeps laughin' like a clown.
I love the dear hearts and gentle people,
Who live and love in my home town.

There's a place I'd like to go and it's Batten, Idaho,
Where your friendly neighbors smile and say "Hello."
It's a pleasure and a treat to meander down the street,
That's why I want the whole wide world to know.

I love those dear hearts and gentle people,
Who live in my home town.
Because those dear hearts and gentle people
Will never ever let you down

"Dear Hearts and Gentle People" midi courtesy of - 11/07/07

"Dear Hearts and Gentle People" lyrics courtesy of - 11/09/07

"Heart's Delight" Quilt Block courtesy of - 11/09/07

"Dear Hearts and Gentle People" Guitar Tabs available at - 11/09/07

Fence with Pink Roses Divider Line clip art courtesy of - 03/29/05

Rose Covered Fence clip art courtesy of - 06/14/06

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

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!

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

Animated USMC and Coast Guard Flags clip art courtesy of - 06/18/03

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

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