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12/13/19 - NNHS Newsletter
There's No Place Like Home
for the Holidays

“Christmas is, of course, the time to be home -
in heart as well as body.”

- Garry Moore
(31 Jan 1915 - 28 Nov 1993)

Dear Friends and Schoolmates, 

   This is a sentimental favorite!

BONUS #1 - Home For The Holidays - Perry Como

BONUS #2 - Home For The Holidays - The Carpenters, 1978

BONUS #3 - Home For The Holidays - The Osmonds


"(There's No Place Like) Home for the Holidays" is a popular song, commonly associated with the Christmas season although the lyrics are more applicable to the Thanksgiving holidays.

The music was written by Robert Allen, the lyrics by Al Stillman.[1] The song was published in 1954.

The best-known recordings were made by Perry Como, who recorded the song twice. The first recording, done on November 16, 1954, was released as a single for Christmas, 1954, by RCA (catalog number 20-5950-B on 78rpm and 47-5950-B on 45rpm). The flip side was "Silk Stockings" (which appeared in the Cash Box magazine top 50). "Home for the Holidays" reached #8 on the Billboard magazine chart in the United States. The next Christmas it was released again, with "God Rest Ye Merry Gentlemen" as the flip side, as RCA 20-6321-A and 47-6321-A. The same recorded version was released in the United Kingdom by HMV with the catalog number POP-103, with the flip side "Tina Marie". This recording has appeared on many compilation albums over the years and remains a Christmas radio staple.

Como's second recording of the song, in stereo and with a different musical arrangement, was made on July 15, 1959. It was released as a 33rpm single (RCA catalog # VP-2066), with flip side "Winter Wonderland" in the US, and as a 45rpm single by HMV in the UK (catalog number RCA-1215). This 1959 version was also included on the album Season's Greetings from Perry Como and has appeared on many compilations.

The Carpenters recorded a popular cover version that was eventually released on their 1984 album An Old-Fashioned Christmas.

In 2002, Barry Manilow covered the song for his second Christmas-themed album, A Christmas Gift of Love.

On November 30, 2011, T-Mobile announced a surprise event at the Woodfield Mall.[2] On December 1, 2011, Alfonso Gomez-Rejon directed about six surprise singing and dancing mall performances of "Home for the Holidays" by Carly Foulkes and 100 Chicago-area women in magenta dresses. The performances were later edited into a music video with the hope that it would go viral.[3][4] The full video that was posted on YouTube has a run time of 3:48 and it was presented in a 60-second national television commercial starting on December 12. The video was produced by Ridley Scott and Tony Scott's RSA Films.[5] The musical director was Paul Mirkovich.[6]

The song was also remade as a duet between Cyndi Lauper and Norah Jones in 2011 for an exclusive iTunes release. The 1-track single was available to download on November 1 and did well on the Billboard Adult Contemporary chart, peaking at #12 and at #22 on the Adult Contemporary Radio Airplay Chart in the US.


   Don't forget the Big Football Game tomorrow:

Navy vs. Army
Saturday, December 14, 3:00 PM on CBS
Lincoln Financial Field, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

   Go Navy!


     Happy Birthday today to The late Kay Davis Smith ('57) (d. 25 June 2019)!

     Happy Birthday tomorrow to Elizabeth Mitchell Hedgepeth ('57) AND  Kathie Avant Taylor ('64) of GA!

   Happy Birthday this week to:

15 - Jewell Hamner Crowe ('57) AND     Buster Vest ('63) of VA;

16 -   Betty Brockwell McClure ('58) of MA;

17 - Norma Helmick Burks ('63) AND  Tom Oxner ('65) of AR;

18 - James Strickland ('57);

19 - Durwood Adams ('57) AND the late Suzie Bauz ('63) (d. 11/03/14);

20 -  Ellen Carney Manson ('63) of SC!

   Many Happy Returns to You All!


December 13, 1769
- Dartmouth College was founded by the Reverend Eleazar Wheelock, with a royal charter from King George III, on land donated by Royal governor John Wentworth.


December 13, 1937 - The Second Sino-Japanese War: Battle of NankingNanjing, defended by the National Revolutionary Army under the command of General Tang Shengzhi, fell to the Japanese.

December 13, 1937 - The Nanjing Massacre: Japanese troops began carrying out several weeks worth of raping and murdering hundreds of thousands civilians and suspected Chinese resistance after the fall of Nanjing.

December 13, 1938 - The Holocaust: The Neuengamme concentration camp opened in the Bergedorf district of Hamburg, Germany.

December 13, 1939 - Battle of the River Plate – Captain Hans Langsdorff of the German Deutschland class cruiser (pocket battleship) Admiral Graf Spee engaged with Royal Navy cruisers HMS Exeter, HMS Ajax and HMNZS Achilles.

December 13, 1941 - Hungary and Romania declared war on the United States.

December 13, 1943 - The Massacre of Kalavryta: by German occupying forces in Greece.

December 13, 1944 - The U.S. cruiser Nashville was badly damaged in a Japanese kamikaze suicide attack. 138 people were killed in the attack.


December 13, 1969 - Ice hockey player and manager Sergei Fedorov was born Sergei Viktorovich Fyodorov (Серге́й Викторович Фёдоров) in Pskov, Russian SFSR, Soviet Union.

December 13, 1969 - The United States Ambassador to the Philippines, Admiral Raymond A. Spruance (b. 03 July 1886 in Baltimore, Maryland) died in Pebble Beach, California at the age of 83.

“The best of all gifts around any Christmas tree: the presence of a happy family all wrapped up in each other.”

- Burton Hillis
(08 Oct Nov 1915 - 25 Feb 1977)

From Joan Lauterbach Krause ('60) of VA - 12/13/17:

   Thank you, Joan!

 From Domi O'Brien ('64) of NH - 12/11/19, 10:52 AM:

May the holidays bring good surprises to us all!

Thank you so much, Domi! Good Yule to you and yours!

   From Sarah Puckett Kressaty ('65) of VA - 12/12/19, 7:48 PM - "   Mike Cash - Class of 1970":

Mike Cash was five years behind us, but I worked with him for a long time!! His visitation was today!


    Thank you, Sarah Sugah! You have my deepest condolences on the loss of your friend!

   From Joe Madagan ('57) of FL - 12/12/19, 8:52 PM - "    Billy Roady - Most Typical Boy in the Class of 1960":

Hi, Carol:

Thank you for reporting the passing of Billy Roady in your Newsletter for those of us who no longer reside in the Tidewater area.

Billy and I were friends from our early childhood in East End of Newport News.

He was raised by his grandparents on Marshall Avenue, and they were the most generous and loving family. Billy’s grandfather was the co-owner of Mingee and Roady Furniture Store on 28th Street in downtown Newport News. When television sets were placed in the market, Mr. Roady purchased one of the first TV sets that arrived at their store.

They opened their home to neighbors to come by in the evenings to watch TV, and Billy’s grandmother was quick to serve up popcorn to the guests. Usually the living room floor was crowded with neighborhood children.

Billy was a fine
football player, in the position of Center for the TYPHOON.

He worked as a Life Guard at the World War II Memorial Municipal Swimming Pool, and replaced me as the Manager of both municipal swimming pools. He was the manager of the new pool built near Magruder School when the older pools were closed down. He was on site while the pool was being built, and had a fine grasp on the new technology employed then.

Billy was so well liked, with his cheerful way, and great smile. He was friend to many, the kind of friend for life. Fond memories roll over me as I reflect back on our friendship.

TYPHOON Regards,
Joe Madagan

    Thank you so much, Adonis! You also have my sincerest sympathies on the passing of your friend!

  From Jimmy Dick ('65) of FL - 12/13/19, @ 4:50 AM:

  Well, I couldn't sleep and I think it's because of the rain, the first nice rain at night in quite some time. While rain would normally make sleep come easy, if it wakes me too early, well, then I just can't get back to sleep. It must be a shortfall in my internal wiring, but I know there's one thing that isn't wrong with my wiring. That thing is the Christmas cheer for with only twelve more days until the big event, be it bright and sunny or gray and dark outside, all things are bright and beautiful. And Friday is also here again, meaning that those of you who have to go out and labor in the trenches each week will get a couple of days off for ..... doing whatever you must to get ready for Christmas.

So, be of good cheer for that special day is very near. Get all of your preparations done, so you can have more time for family and fun. But don't forget what it is that is really important and it's the celebration of that special and precious bundle of joy, that baby boy who was delivered in a manger since there was no place for Him in the inn. What a great gift He is as our Savior. Blessings to you all on this Friday morning

    Thank you, Jimmy!


     From Me ('65) of NC - 12/12/19:

  From My Cousin, Cheryl White Wilson (James Blair HS / John Marshall HS - '64) of VA - 12/10/18:

   Thanks, Cheryl!

“When you are courting a nice girl an hour seems like a second. When you sit on a red-hot cinder a second seems like an hour. That's relativity.”

- Albert Einstein
(14 Mar 1879 - 18 Apr 1955)

 From My Niece, Shari, of VA - 11/29/19, 9:29 AM - "Smiles & Crafts" (#13 in a Series of 19):

  COOLThank you, Shari!


Making Festive Bows


  From Me ('65) of NC - 12/12/12:

Quick Chicken A La King

3 lbs. boneless skinless chicken
1/2 cup butter
2 cans cream of mushroom soup
2 cups instant rice
2 soup cans water
garlic, salt and pepper to taste
1 cup grated cheddar cheese
    To Use Immediately: Preheat oven to 350°. Place chicken breasts in 9” X 13” baking dish. Spread dry rice evenly over chicken. In separate bowl mix together soup, melted butter and water; pour over rice & chicken. Season with garlic, salt, and pepper to taste. Bake (or Freeze) 60 minutes or until chicken is tender and done. Remove chicken and mix together rice and juices – let stand for 5 minutes. Serve rice, with chicken on top and sprinkle with grated cheese
   To Freeze: Prepare entire dish as directed above and freeze prior to baking. Place cheese in separate ziplock on top. When ready to use, thaw in fridge over-night and bake as directed (350° for 60 min) or bake straight from freezer for 2 ½ hours at 350°.

From - 12/12/18:
A participant in a duel showed up armed with a pencil and paper.

He then proceeded to draw his weapon.


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

2. Wednesday, January 08, 2020 -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.

PRAYER ROLL: - updated 12/12/19

BLOG: - updated 03/13/11

   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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(There's No Place Like) Home for the Holidays

Music by Robert Allen
(05 Feb 1927 - 01 Oct 2000)

Words by Al Stillman, 1954
(26 June 1906 - 1979)
Oh, there's no place like
home for the holidays,
'Cause no matter how far away you roam
When you pine for the sunshine
Of a friendly face
For the holidays, you can't beat
Home, sweet home

I met a man who lives in Tennessee
And he was headin' for Pennsylvania
And some home made pumpkin pie
From Pennsylvania folks a travelin' down
To Dixie's sunny shore
From Atlantic to Pacific, gee
The traffic is terrific

Oh there's no place like home
For the holidays, 'cause no matter
How far away you roam
If you want
To be happy in a million ways
For the holidays, you can't beat
Home, sweet home

 "There's No Place Like Home for the Holidays" midi and lyrics courtesy of - 12/03/05

 "There's No Place Like Home for the Holidays" postcard image courtesy of - 12/06/05

Bears and Lights Divider Line clip art courtesy of - 1206/05

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

Small Yule Log clip art courtesy of ??? - 12/22/06

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

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 BOO-HOO courtesy of Glenn Dye ('60) of TX - 08/28/09
Thanks, Glenn!

John Marshall High School's Justice Scale clip art courtesy of Cheryl White Wilson (JMHS - '64) of VA - 10/13/05 (replaced 02/23/09)
Thanks, Cheryl!

Animated Wildly Laughing Dog courtesy of Eva Ellis Madagan ('61) of FL - 11/24/07
Thanks, Eva!

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

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

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