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12/07/07 - NNHS Newsletter -
Pearl Harbor Day
Plus 66 Years

"Yesterday, December 7, 1941 - a date which will live in infamy -
the United States of America was suddenly and deliberately
attacked by naval and air forces of the Empire of Japan."

- President Franklin D. Roosevelt
(30 Jan 1882 - 12 Apr 1945)
War Message to Congress, December 8, 1941

"Tug boats push the battleship USS Missouri (BB 63) to its new berth at Ford Island, on June 22, 1998, as it joins the USS Arizona Memorial (foreground) in Pearl Harbor, HA. Secretary of the Navy John H. Dalton signed the Donation Agreement on May 4th, 1998"

"(The agreement allows) Missouri to be used as a museum near the Arizona Memorial as symbols of the beginning and the end of World War II. The Missouri was towed 2,600-miles across the Pacific Ocean from Bremerton, WA."

Dear Friends and Schoolmates, 

   This day is always observed here:

   When I decided to redo this page from 2005 and 2006, I had thought that I would reuse the theme, and the magnificent midi and powerful images, and perhaps tweak here a little there and a little.  But during the initial beta test, I listened to the entire midi.  As I always do, I began to weep uncontrollably for forty-eleven good and great reasons and memories which it never ceases to evoke in me.  I always have some foolish thought that "it won't get me this time."  It always does - always.  Not that I'm a big ol' cry baby or anything.  Well, okay, yes, I am.......

   Then I reread          Captain Spriggs' ('64 - of VA) notes from last year.  I kept them intact as well.  The homework too is the same.  The rest is all new:


   It isn't time for school break yet.  It's time once more to do your homework:

       From Dave Spriggs ('64) of VA - 11/27/05 - "Music for Pearl Harbor Day":

The attack on Pearl Harbor set in motion the largest sea war in history. Nowhere is that war musically depicted any better than in Richard Rodgers' score for "Victory At Sea".

Attached is a 117 KB (10 min 30 sec) MIDI file which excerpts all the major and recognizable themes from the score. Best of all, it will not repeat while subscribers are reading the Newsletter ... unless they click a link and return.

The source site contains individual MP3 files for each of the sections of the score for those who wish to hear more of the original: 

I recall watching the series in first run in the early 50s. While it certainly did not glamorize war, it surely intoxicated an impressionable 7 year old. And it was even more poignant in that my dad had REALLY been there as a submariner. With all of that at work, how could I ever choose any way of life except the Navy. Those themes still evoke very strong emotions in me, and make me wish I could go to sea once again on an old destroyer. Those who have been there know precisely what I mean; those who have not will never know.

For a very evocative realization of a storm at sea, listen to this track at about the 1:00 minute mark:

You may already have considered this, but the image for that newsletter must be the USS Arizona Memorial juxtaposed against the USS Missouri, the "alpha" and "omega" of World War II in the Pacific:

   Other than Cesar Franck's Symphony in D minor which will take you to Heaven and Hell and back again, I know of no symphonic work which covers such a range of emotions as "Victory at Sea".  What a powerful MIDI you located!  And the image you chose is beyond perfection.
   I used to watch that series with my daddy as well.  For an Army man, he had enormous respect for the Navy and the job they did in winning that war.  I cannot begin to imagine how you must have felt as a child, or now, or during all the intervening years as your career passed through so many stages.  It overwhelms me to even try.
   When Mr. Wilson chose an arrangement of that piece for us to play in concert (was it in 1962?),  I was so thrilled, for so many reasons.  The band had played it several years earlier, and I was afraid he wouldn't use it again.  Parts of it I can still play to this day, more than forty years later.
   Thank you, Captain.  No one could have done it better.  No one ever does.

       From Dave Spriggs ('64) of VA - 11/27/05 - "Pearl Harbor Day":

Re: CLIPART.  If you are looking for some small images of ships, you might look here:

Specifically, some images of ARIZONA can be found here:
but also have a look at the other pages of photos linked there.

   Thank you, David.  I did look, but I decided to use only images of Arizona as a metaphor for all the other ships and lives lost on that horrible day.

The death of Arizona (BB-39), 0805, December 7, 1941
The forward magazines of Arizona explode after she was hit by a Japanese bomb. Frame clipped from a color motion picture taken from on board Solace (AH-5). The forward magazines of Arizona explode after she was hit by a Japanese bomb. Black and white photo from a picture taken from on board Solace (AH-5). Photo shows greater contrast than the color one at left. The forward magazines of Arizona (BB-39) explode after she was hit by a Japanese bomb. Frame clipped from a color motion picture taken from on board Solace (AH-5). The forward superstructure and Number Two 14"/45 triple gun turret of the sunken Arizona (BB-39), afire after the Japanese raid. The foremast is leaning as a result of the collapse of the hull structure below its front leg, following the explosion of the ship's forward magazines. Arizona (BB-39) sunk and burning furiously. Her forward magazines had exploded when she was hit by a Japanese bomb. At left, men on the stern of Tennessee (BB-43) are playing fire hoses on the water to force burning oil away from their ship. Arizona (BB-39) sunk and burning after the Japanese attack. Her forward magazines had exploded when she was hit by a Japanese bomb, resulting in the collapse of structure below her two forward turrets and superstructure. The tug Hoga(YT-146) is alongside, fighting fires on board the wrecked battleship.
Official U.S. Navy Photograph, USNHC # 80-G-K-13513, now in the collections of the National Archive  Official U.S. Navy Photograph, USNHC # 80-G-6683, now in the collections of the National Archives.   Official U.S. Navy Photograph, USNHC # 80-G-K-13512, from the collections of the Naval Historical Center. Official U.S. Navy Photograph, USNHC # NH 97379, from the collections of the Naval Historical Center. Official U.S. Navy Photograph, USNHC # 80-G-19942, from the collections of the Naval Historical Center.

Submitted by Scott Dyben.
Official U.S. Navy Photograph, USNHC # 80-G-32485, from the collections of the Naval Historical Center


    Today we have another Happy Birthday Three-Fer!    Jay Styles ('68) of VA AND Janice Pratt McGrew (Hampton HS - '67) of VA AND   Tim Parsons ('73) of VA!

    On Sunday, Shirley Smith Langston ('57) will be celebrating, followed by    Glen Davenport ('63) of VA on Monday!

   Many Happy Regards to all of y'all!

      From one of my Famous Marines,  Herb Hice of MI, who served in the Pacific Theater during WWII -  12/04/07 - "Dear Carol / Dimples, This Friday is Dec.07th, Lets return to 1941 for a reflection !!!":

Dear Carol / Dimples,

I had just passed my 17th birthday, Oct. 22, 1941, The Japs Attacked Pearl Harbor on Dec. 07, 1941.

Attached is a copy of my "Walk Down Memory Lane", about what I remember on that date and what I was doing.
My girlfriend Betty was an avid Stamp Collector.  She was showing me some "RARE STAMPS" and I must say, I got excited !!!
Here is my recollection of that date. As President Roosevelt said at the time, "A date that will live in Infamy".

   Herbie Darlin', thanks so much for sharing your, umm, exciting recollections with us!  WILDEST RAUCOUS GIGGLES!!!

  From Sandra Ray ('61) of VA - 12/04/07 - "Happy Holidays to you, Carol......":

Hope all is good with you and your family and you haven't gone into hiding for the Holidays. 
I ran across this article of Liz Breeden in 1971 and wondered if you would like to post a little history of C & P.  Liz worked there when my mother worked there.  I tried several ways to scan and make clear, so I'm not sure if you can even use the article.  When I bring it up you can enlarge it and it is very clear to see and read.  I think Liz would get a kick out of this being on the web site.
Let me know if there is a problem.
Thanks again for all you do.

Thanking you in advance,

Wednesday, July 14, 1971

Sandra Ray 1961

   COOL! Thanks, Sandra! I added it to the Odds and Ends page: - very near the bottom, as it's all in chronological order

   From Linda May Bond Crayton ('66) of VA - 12/04/07 - "Typhoon cowboy":

You know,   Al (Farber - '64 - of GA) , I think I forgot to tell you how surprised I was when I got my car decal from Carol and it did not have that cowboy on it!!!!

I still smile when I close the back door of the jeep and see it.

Your "sweet tater"
Linda May

   GIGGLES - Thanks, Linda May!

 From Sarah Puckett Kressaty ('65) of VA - 12/04/07 - "Upcoming concerts!":

Hello everyone! 

Our Christmas concert season is beginning this weekend!  We will be in Hampton, NN, and Williamsburg.  Please see the attached flyer for dates and ticket prices.  Remember that if you want to attend, I can put tickets on hold for you at will call and you will only pay the advance price!!  If you wish to attend one of the Trinity concerts I WILL have to know which night you want because of the limited seating I have to add a special ticket!  I can still put them at will call.

This is my favorite concert series and will be a good one.  Hope you can come.


   Thanks, Sarah Sugah! Wish I could be there! As usual, I was less than successful at doing anything at all with the .pdf file you sent, so I'm just posting the website for the Virginia Choral Society, and the link for the concert information: - "A Family Festival of Carols"

    From Glenn Dye ('60) of TX - 12/05/07 - "Statler Brothers":

You've got to see and hear's beautiful; sung by the Statler Brothers.
Click here:   "There's A Man In Here"

   Thanks, Glenn! I've always liked the Statler Brothers, and this really is nice (though if there's "posta" be sound, I personally couldn't pick it up...)!


    From Joe Madagan ('57) of FL - 12/06/07:

Hi, Carol:
What a nice surprise. Thanks for setting the theme for this Newsletter based upon my earlier suggestion, and for the tip and link to the "Song Facts" website.

It is always so interesting to see how many views are expressed about a particular song and this one is certainly no exception. I enjoyed reading the remarks about this song, and the composer. Strongly held views to say the least!

When I checked out the recording by Ray Charles it was not surprising to find that he had taken certain liberties by changing some of the lyrics such as "Don't let the sun catch you lying" and at first I was not sure that was what he was singing, but after repeating his version, he did change the lyrics in a portion of his recording, which was an expression of his musical genius.
I was not aware of the recording of "You'll Never Walk Alone" by Gerry and the Pacemakers, and it is a fine rendition of this song, which was a favorite of   Ms. Sherman, as many of her former students will recall.
Well, I better close for now since not everyone shares my passion for music and I surely do not want to run off any of your subscribers with my nonsense. Maybe I am having withdrawal symptoms now that       Raoul Weinstein ('57) of FL is too busy dancing away on cruise ships to write his monthly music quiz for the TYPHOON Nation.
TYPHOON Regards,
Joe Madagan ('57) of FL

   I'm glad you enjoyed it, Adonis!


1.       From Sepi Dinwiddie Prichard ('58) of NC - 12/05/07:

Hi Carol...

For     Joe Madagan ('57 - of FL), "Don't Let the Sun Catch You Crying":  After being married to a popular tenor sax player for some years, in the 60's, these sound like tenor saxophone more than oboe.  Hey, I could be wrong, but after seven years of opening closet doors and finding him practicing in the closet (better acoustics), I am familiar with the sound of all saxophones, yes, even the soprano, which looks like a clarinet, more than a sax.   I suppose oboes are used in Rock music, but how many have you seen at concerts ?  Perhaps in a 'studio band' for recording purposes; sorry I can't give you an absolute answer, Joe, but did want you to know some one was paying attention.  Maybe I'll ask, but after my last phone call to him I'm not sure we are still speaking....sigh !

Dimples.....Never a Bridesmaid, always the Bride !

   GIGGLES - Thanks, Sepi!

2.   From Doug Nelson ('64) of VA - 12/05/07:

HI Carol,
I expect that by the time you receive this you will have gotten several answers to     Joe Madagan's ('57 - of FL) question about  "Don't Let the Sun Catch You Crying" by Gerry and the Pacemakers.

If Joe goes to, he can hear several versions of that song by Gerry and the Pacemakers, and other performers.

I listened to two performances:

A 1964 TV performance

and a more symphonic version

In both versions I clearly hear an oboe in the background.  In the second version, I clearly hear a French horn also.  I am pretty sure that there is also a French horn in the first version.  There is no saxophone in either version that I hear.  I was a very bad saxophone player, but I still remember what they sound like.

I'm still enjoying your newsletters.

Doug Nelson ('64)
Dahlgren, Virginia

   Thanks so much, Doug!

3.   From Ron Miller ('59) of NC - 12/05/07:

Carol: in reply to Joe Madagan's question about"Don't Let The Sun Catch You Crying" recorded by Gerry and The Pacemakers: 

Is it an Oboe or a Tenor Saxophone Duet?

If he's talking about the original recording, I think the answer is "neither". I had some of their singles recordings at one time, and as I recall, they only performed with 2 guitars, drums, and a piano.

However, they very well may have recorded it on an album, or performed it in concert, with more instruments. So there very well could be a version with oboe or sax.

Attention Joe: how's that for a vague, non-committal answer?  ;-)  Sorry I can't be of more help.

   GIGGLES!!! Thanks, Ronnie!

4.     From Glenn Dye ('60) of TX - 12/05/07:


The instrument that Joe is talking about in the song:  I think it is called a xylophone ..... a table-like with metal bars of different links played with sticks that have like cotton balls on the end. I hope that is a half way clear definition.

Glenn Dye (60)

   Thanks, Glenn!

5.   From Bill Black ('66) of GA - 12/05/07 - "Answer to the Madagan Mystery":

It's kinda hard to tell from that saccharine version of "Don't Let the Sun Catch You Cryin' " you chose for the newsletter ( Jeeze-a-Lou.... Where'd        (Dave) Spriggs ('64 - of VA) come up with that?  Something he recorded on a AAA battery-powered eight track recorder one night at Mister MacNamara's Pier One at Buckroe?  ), but I'm gonna go with "B".  It is a tenor saxophone du-  No.. Hold on..  Is there any money riding on this?  I'm changing my answer to "A"... It's definitely an-  Wait.  Okay.  I'm going with "B".  Tenor Saxophone Duet.  Final answer, Regis. 
And all of you who disco'ed the night away at Mister MacNamara's back in the seventies can thank me for that lavender and silver Mylar wallpaper, and the mirror tiles behind the DeeJay.   That was back when Brother Jonathan ( who doubled as the club DJ ) and I were known as the "Disco Decorators".   We only did that one job, but hey... the older I get, the better I was.
Play some Anne Murray...  "It's All I Can Do" will be fine.  Then spin Sara Hickman's "A Song for You" off of "Motherload".  And watch me start to cry.
Bartender.. A round for all my Typhoon friends.. 

     Thank you for the music files, Bill! I cannot use them in a Newsletter, of course, as they are not in a midi format, and are much too large to attach. Sara Hickman's "A Song of You" requires 6281 KB; Anne Murray's "It's All I Can Do" takes 4076 KB - both, unfortunately, quite impossible. (The midis we use generally range from 2 to 50 KB.) Especially in view of all the images we now incorporate into each production, such a page would never even open for dial-up users, and may even cause a few computer crashes.

   With few exceptions - rare special occasions (because it doubles my work load as well as using additional web space) - the music we attach to the Newsletters (or any of the pages on the site, really) must first have been sequenced into a midi format by some thoughtful soul. Midis are an art form all their own. Sometimes - often - the sequencer's interpretation of the song does not match our own. In such cases I select the one which most closely resembles what I had in mind. This one may grate on your senses, but you should have heard the only other one I found!  YIKES!!!

   Also, let me reassure you; the good captain had nothing to do with finding that midi. He is innocent of all charges, as you will see in the closing credits on that Newsletter, which did not invoke his name:

"Don't Let The Sun Catch You Crying" midi courtesy of - 12/01/07

   David is quite busy at the moment, so whereas his choices are generally far superior to my own, I've not troubled him with finding music for us for several months.  Today's truly magnificent selection is one he gave us two years ago:

"Victory at Sea Symphonic Scenario" midi courtesy of
at the brilliant suggestion of Dave Spriggs ('64) (USNA - '69) of VA - 11/27/05
Thank you so much, Captain!

    I am the guilty party for that number.  And of course for the entire month of December, we'll be focusing on "December" music as we do every year - Christmas carols, Christmas songs, Hanukkah tunes - and this historical moment.  Just grin and bear it!

   But you know, I liked that Anne Murray song so very much, that come January I might check to see if a midi file of it is available.  It's definitely my kind of song.  Chances are excellent, though, when you hear that midi (if indeed one even exists) that it will drive you so bonkers, that it will be "all you can do" to keep from taking off from Georgia and coming up here to bonk me on the head for defiling such a special number!


The NNHS Class of 1958 Holiday Gathering will be held Tuesday, December 11, 2007 at 6:00 PM
(Dinner at 7:00 PM) at Mike's Place, An Irish Pub, (757-599-5500) 458 Warwick Village Shopping Center, (
Hilton Village,
across from the Cedar Lane entrance to the
Mariners' Museum
), Newport News, VA 23601-3240.

The NNHS Class of 1957 Holiday Party will be held Wednesday, December 12, 2007 at 6:00 PM
Angelo's (Route 17), Newport News, VA.


1. Tuesday, December 11, 2007, 6:00 PM - Class of 1958 Holiday Party - Mike O'Neal's (Warwick Village Shopping Center, Hilton Village, across from the Cedar Lane entrance to the Mariners' Museum) - NNHS CLASS OF 1958 

2. Wednesday, December 12, 2007, 6:00 PM - Class of 1957 Holiday Party - Angelo's (Route 17) - NNHS CLASS OF 1957 

3. Friday and Saturday, May 16 - 17, 2008 - NNHS CLASS OF 1958

    From Glenn Dye ('60) of TX - 11/28/07 - "Feel good - AAAHHH!" (#4 in a series of 10):

Have a great week!

Live simply.
Love generously.
Care deeply.
Speak kindly.

Leave the rest to God!

Look for affection when you need it...

 "Be kinder than necessary, for everyone you meet is fighting some kind of battle."

   Thanks so much, Glenn! I love these images - and the advice is great!

   Take some time today to remember all the sacrifices that were made on your behalf by those who have kept our nation free, and voice a few words of gratitude.

   There's much more to come - next time!  Meanwhile, Happy Hanukkah, Good Yule - and Merry Christmas!

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

                          Love to all, Carol





Carol Buckley Harty
219 Four Ply Lane
Fayetteville, NC 29311-9305

Victory at Sea Symphonic Scenario

- Richard Rodgers
(28 June 1902 - 30 Dec 1979)

"Victory at Sea Symphonic Scenario" midi courtesy of
at the brilliant suggestion of Dave Spriggs ('64) (USNA - '69) of VA - 11/27/05
Thank you so much, Captain!

Image of the USS Arizona Memorial juxtaposed against the USS Missouri courtesy of
DoD photo by Petty Officer 2nd Class Kerry E. Baker, U.S. Navy)
also at the suggestion of Dave Spriggs ('64) (USNA - '69) of VA - 11/27/05
Thank you once again, Captain!

Images of the Death of Arizona (BB-39) courtesy of
once again at the suggestion of
Dave Spriggs ('64) (USNA - '69) of VA - 11/27/05
Thank you once more, Captain!

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

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

Crab clip art courtesy of - 10/02/05

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

Animated Yehaa Typhoon clip art also courtesy of Al Farber ('64) of GA - 08/18/05
Thanks again, Al!

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

Animated Anchor clip art courtesy of - 05/06/03

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