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11/12/09 - NNHS Newsletter -
The Things We Did Last Summer

“There shall be eternal summer in the grateful heart.”

- Celia Thaxter
(29 June 1835 - 25 Aug 1894)

Dear Friends and Schoolmates,

    Today was one of the first days that we here in the middle of country have experienced anything other than non-perfectly-delightful weather, in a season which spoiled us with the warmest October on record.  But today it really looks and feels like something not like summer (albeit with gorgeous falling leaves).  And in Hampton Roads and beyond, y'all seem to be having weather "fun" and excitement of your own:,0,668458.story,0,,0,7915272.story - 32,299 homes without power?!? YOWZERONI!!!

   All of this brought to mind this classic love song from 1946 - and wouldn't you know  it?!?  One of the best-known recordings was by Frank Sinatra!

   I located five great versions for you.  Pick your favorite; you already know mine!

BONUS #1 - - The Things We Did Last Summer - Frank Sinatra

BONUS #2 - - The Things We Did Last Summer - Dean Martin

BONUS #3 - - The Things We Did Last Summer - Leslie Gore

BONUS #4 - - The Things We Did Last Summer - The Lettermen

BONUS #5 - - The Things We Did Last Summer - The Beach Boys


1.   Jo Ann Cooper Atkinson ('56) of - um, I dunno...


I graduated from NNHS class of 1956. I want to join this site too. Add me to your news letter please.

Jo Ann Cooper Atkinson

2.   Don Harvey ('53) of VA - 11/12/09 "NNHS":


Please add me to your e-mailing list.  I'm a 1953 graduate of NNHS.

Don Harvey

   Welcome aboard, Jo Ann and Don! I've added your email addies to my address book (let me know if you'd like them published; otherwise I'll keep them private), and placed you on the Alumni Lists for your respective classes:

   Don, you may be surprised to know your name has been mentioned here before - and especially to differentiate you from the other two Don Harveys - Mr. Don Harvey of VA and   Donald Harvey ('65) of VA ("Oh, you didn't know?!?)

   (Most of the images in these two Newsletters were broken a year ago, and I don't have the required time right now to recover and replace them.  )


   Happy Birthday today to Barbara Womble Lawson (NNHS / Hampton HS) of VA AND   Jean Pittman Priest ('64) of FL!

   Happy Birthday this week to:

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) of VA (deceased 11/16/07) AND       My Niece, Shari, of VA;

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

17 - Ronald Creech ('57);

18 -   Joe Drewry ('58) of VA AND    Jane Coltrane Leonard ('64) of VA AND   Ann Allen ('65) of NC!

   Many Happy Returns, One and All!


November 12, 1942 - During World War II, the naval battle of Guadalcanal began between Japanese and American forces. The Americans won a major victory.

November 12, 1944 - During World War II, the German battleship "Tirpitz" was sunk off the coast of Norway.

November 12, 1948 - The war crimes tribunal sentenced Japanese Premier Hideki Tojo and six other World War II Japanese leaders to death.


Thursday, November 12, 1964 - Musician David Ellefson (Megadeth) was born in Jackson, Minnesota).

      From Wayne Stokes ('65) of VA - 11/10/09 - "A Little known story from 9/11/01":

I don't know if you've seen this, and I know I'm loading things on you today, <that's the way they come to me> but, I do hope this one is true!

If not, it makes for wonderful fiction and what should be.

A pretty neat story.  I wonder why it has taken 8 years for it to be public!

This is little-known story from the Pentagon on 09/11/2001:

During a visit with a fellow chaplain, who happened to be assigned to the Pentagon, I had a chance to hear a first-hand account of an incident that happened right after Flight 77 hit the Pentagon. The chaplain told me what happened at a daycare center near where the impact occurred.

"This daycare had many children, including infants who were in heavy cribs. The daycare supervisor, looking at all the children they needed to evacuate, was in a panic over what they could do; there were many children, mostly toddlers, as well as the infants that would need to be taken out with the cribs. There was no time to try to bundle them into carriers and strollers.

"Just then a young Marine came running into the center and asked what they needed. After hearing what the center director was trying to do, he ran back out into the hallway and disappeared. The director thought, 'well, there we are- on our own.' About 2 minutes later, that Marine returned with 40 others in tow. Each of them grabbed a crib with a child, and the rest started gathering up toddlers. The director and her staff then helped them take all the children out of the center and down toward the park near the Potomac and the Pentagon.

"Once they got about 3/4 of a mile outside the building, the Marines stopped in the park, and then did a fabulous thing- they formed a circle with the cribs, which were quite sturdy and heavy, like the covered wagons in the West. Inside this circle of cribs, they put the toddlers, to keep them from wandering off. Outside this circle were the 40 Marines, forming a perimeter around the children and waiting for instructions.

There they remained until the parents could be notified and come get their children."

The NORTHCOM chaplain then said- "I don't think any of us saw nor heard of this on any of the news stories of the day. It was an incredible story of our men there.'' I must say- there wasn't a dry eye in the room. The thought of those Marines and what they did and how fast they reacted - could we expect any less from them?? It was one of the most touching stories from the Pentagon I've EVER heard.

"Remember Ronald Reagan's great compliment: 'Most of us wonder if our lives made any difference. Marines don't have that problem.' "

   Thank you, Wayne Honey, I like that story, too!

    From Pat Beck Letzinger ('57) of VA - 11/11/09 - "Holiday Invitation":


Here is the Holiday Invitation for the Class of '57.  You don't have to print it, but I thought you could get the information off the invitation.

The Class of 1957 will hold its Holiday Party at Angelo's on Route 17 on Wednesday, December 9, 2009 at 6:00 PM.
RSVP no later than December 6 to W.D. Dangler or Nancy Spencer (phone numbers available upon request). 

For details, contact Pat Beck Letzinger at

Thanks for everything you do for NNHS Alumni.

Pat Beck Letzinger

   Thank you, Pat - I've posted this in the usual places!

    From Joe Madagan ('57) of FL - 11/11/09 - "NNHS Links":

Hi,      Carol ('65 - of IL) and       Dimples (Dinwiddie Prichard - '58 - of NC):

This link did not work for me, but the issue is the "L" is missing from the URL.

That may be why the page could not be found.

Copying and pasting will do that sometimes!!!

As for me, I "Phat-Phinger" the keyboard.

Joe Madagan

   Yes, wasn't THAT a wondrously timely blooper of mine?!?

   Mr. Holbrook's significantly updated Memorial Newsletter is actually available here:

   Thanks, Adonis!

        From Sydney Dearing ('56) of TN - 11/11/09 - Missing Newsletters":

Hi Carol,

I haven't received a newsletter e-mail for about three weeks now. I wonder if you would check to make sure I am still on the mailing list. If the problem is on my end, I am not sure how. I am not having any problem receiving anything else (including a lot of spam). The newsletter e-mails are not coming to my spam folder, they just aren't getting to me at all. Fortunately I am still able to read them by visiting the NNHS website and clicking on 2009 newsletters.

By the way, thanks for       Paul's (Harty - Bardolph HS, , IL - '61 - of IL) entry about the Iwo Jima memorial. I got goosebumps reading it.

Sydney Dearing

   Oh, Sydney, how can this be?!? Those email announcement drive me so crazy! I checked and double-checked, and your name was there just as always. I'm glad you found the other route still worked for you - as it does for a great many of our "non-subscribing  readers"!  Thanks for letting me know!

   I switched your name from the "A" list to the "B" list, just to see if that would make a difference - but it really shouldn't have any bearing!

From Bill Hobbs ('66) of Northern VA - 11/11/09 - "I did not know":

The writer, director and star of comedies such as "Space Balls" and "Blazing Saddles" has kept audiences laughing for decades. However, before he became a comedic director, Mel Brooks was a corporal in the U.S. Army. The graduate of the Virginia Military Institute served in World War II, fought in the Battle of the Bulge, and on occasion, defused landmines — a job that requires a good sense of humor. Today, Brooks is still acting and has had cameo or supporters rolls in films such as "Robots" and "The Producers."

   C'est vrai - and we've had Mr. Brooks listed in our Famous Soldiers section for quite some time time.  The part I have difficulty remembering is the VMI connection! Thanks, Bill!

   And by a very strange "coincidence", last night I just added Paul's late uncle's name and obituary (though currently lacking images) to that very page just above Mel's name. Bill Brinkopf (11 Mar 1926 - 06 Aug 2005)  was a Korean War veteran:

 - brand new page!

   I also added his late distant cousin's Evelyn's late husband,    Kenny Webber (30 May 1917 - 07 Feb 2009) to the Famous Airmen page.  We just learned during our trip to Missouri that Kenny (always a great favorite of ours, and an unfailingly smiling, pleasant and gentle man) was a decorated combat veteran of World War II, having earned the Air Medal with Two Oak Leaf Clusters and the Distinguished Flying Cross with One Oak Leaf Cluster:

 - brand new page (still in process)!

        From My #2 Son, Brent Harty (Hillsboro HS, IL - '90) of TX - 11/11/09 - "GREAT IDEA !":

Hey all...this seemed like a great idea.  Thought I'd share it with you to consider. 

Love bh

When doing your Christmas cards this year, take one card and send it to this address.  If we pass this on and everyone sends one card, think of how many cards these wonderful special people who have sacrificed so much would get. When you are making out your Christmas card list this year, please include the following:

        A Recovering American Soldier
        c/o Walter Reed Army Medical  Center
        6900 Georgia Avenue, NW
        Washington, D.C. 20307-5001

 Please pass it on.

   Thank you, Brent - what a super idea!

From - 10/28/09 - "On Eagle's Wings"

On Eagle's Wings

Watch this Christian Hymn/Song Video and add your comments:

Pass this on to your family and friends as well...


  From Jane Chambers of VA - 07/01/09 - "CNC BOOK BROCHURE & AD":

   Contact Dr. Chambers at

   Thanks, Jane!


From ArcaMax Jokes - 11/10/09:

Perplexing Riddle

"It's time to see how clearly you can think," the teacher said to his class. "Now, listen carefully, and think about what I'm saying. I'm thinking of a person who has the same mother and father as I have. But this person is not my brother and not my sister. Who is it?"

The kids in the class furrowed their brows, scratched their heads, and otherwise showed how hard they were thinking. But no one came up with the right answer.

When everyone in the class had given up, the teacher announced, "The person is me."

Little Jeffrey beamed at learning the answer. "That's a good one," he said to himself. "I'll have to try that on Mom and Dad."

At dinner that night, little Jeffrey repeated the riddle to his parents. "I'm thinking of a person who has the same mother and father as I have," he said. "But this person isn't my brother and isn't my sister. Who is it?"

His parents furrowed their brows, scratched their heads, and otherwise pretended that they were thinking hard. Then they both said, "I give up. Who is it?"

"It's my teacher!" Jeffrey said.


1.  Wednesday, December 9, 2009 - The Class of 1957 will hold its Holiday Party at Angelo's on Route 17.  RSVP no later than December 6.  For details, contact Pat Beck Letzinger at - CLASS OF 1957

2. Tuesday, December 15, 2009 - The Class of 1958 will hold its annual Holiday Party at Al Fresco Italian Ristorante, 11710 Jefferson Avenue. For details, contact Joe Drewry at - CLASS OF 1958

3. Friday and Saturday, August 6 and 7, 2010 - The NNHS Class of 1970 will hold its 40-Year Reunion. Saturday night will be at the Kiln Creek Golf & Country Club. For details, contact Carol Comer Cutler at or visit the reunion website at - CLASS OF 1970

4. Friday , Saturday, and Sunday, August 6, 7, and  8, 2010 - The NNHS Class of 1960 will hold its 50-Year Reunion at the Marriott Newport News at City Center. For details, contact Karen Weinstein Witte at - CLASS OF 1960

PRAYER ROLL: - updated 11/10/09

BLOG: - updated 08/04/09

  Y'all take good care of each other!  TYPHOONS FOREVER!  We'll Always Have Buckroe!

                          Love to all, Carol





Carol Buckley Harty

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The Things We Did Last Summer

Words by
Sammy Cahn, Music by Jule Styne, 1946

The boat rides we would take, the moonlight on the lake
The way we danced and hummed our fav'rite song
The things we did last summer I'll remember all winter long

The midway and the fun, the kewpie dolls we won
The bell I rang to prove that I was strong
The things we did last summer I'll remember all winter long

The early morning hike, the rented tandem bike
The lunches that we used to pack
We never could explain that sudden summer rain
The looks we got when we got back

The leaves began to fade like promises we made
How could a love that seemed so right go wrong?
The things we did last summer I'll remember all winter long

<brief instrumental>

I've tried so to forget, at times I do, and yet
The mem'ry of you lingers like our song
The things we did last summer, I'll remember all winter long

"The Things We Did Last Summer" midi (sequenced by Gene Confrey) courtesy of - 11/12/09

"The Things We Did Last Summer" lyrics courtesy of - 11/12/09

 "homigl14's" Image, "Summer Love" courtesy of - 11/12/09

Green Leaves Divider Line clip art courtesy of - 03/15/05

Animated "NEW" clip art courtesy of - 03/07/06

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

Animated Coast Guard, Army, and Air Force Flags clip art courtesy of - 06/18/03s

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 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 OOPS! Smiley Face clip art courtesy of Dave Spriggs ('64) of VA - 02/27/09
Thanks, Dave!

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

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

Animated Head-Banging Smiley courtesy of - 07/0/09

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

Animated Kissing Smiley clip art courtesy of my friend, Judy Bundy Bowermaster (Litchfield HS, IL - '59), of IL - 09/19/08
Thanks, Judy!

Animated Ringing Gold Bell clip art (designed by Art Holden) courtesy of - 12/08/05

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