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12/29/19 - NNHS Newsletter - Winter Wonderland

“O Winter! ruler of the inverted year, . . .
I crown thee king of intimate delights,
Fireside enjoyments, home-born happiness,
And all the comforts that the lowly roof
Of undisturb'd Retirement, and the hours
Of long uninterrupted evening, know.”

- William Cowper
(26 Nov 1731 - 25 Apr 1800)

Dear Friends and Schoolmates, 

   Does it seem like winter where you are today? There seems to be one form of wacky weather or another everywhere.

BONUS #1 - Winter Wonderland - Ray Conniff Singers

BONUS #2 - Winter Wonderland - Perry Como and Ann Blyth, 1958

BONUS #3 - Winter Wonderland - Bing Crosby

BONUS #4 - Winter Wonderland - Doris Day

BONUS #5 - Winter Wonderland - Dean Martin

BONUS #6 - Winter Wonderland - Pat Boone

BONUS #7 - Winter Wonderland - Elvis Presley

BONUS #8 - Winter Wonderland - Johnny Mathis

BONUS #9 - Winter Wonderland - Eurythmics

BONUS #10 - Winter Wonderland - Jason Mraz

   Unless you find this to be one of the top five most annoying holiday songs of all time as reported by a news poll I heard several years ago, you should be able to find a version there that you remember and enjoy.


"Winter Wonderland" is a winter song, popularly treated as a Christmas time pop standard, written in 1934 by Felix Bernard (composer) and Richard B. Smith (lyricist). Through the decades it has been recorded by over 150 different artists.

Dick Smith, a native of Honesdale, Pennsylvania, was reportedly inspired to write the song after seeing Honesdale's Central Park covered in snow. Mr. Smith had written the lyrics while in the West Mountain Sanitarium, being treated for tuberculosis, better known back then as consumption. The West Mountain Sanitarium is located off N. Sekol Ave. in Scranton, Pennsylvania.[citation needed]

The original recording was by Richard Himber and his Hotel Carelton Orchestra on RCA Bluebird in 1934. At the end of a recording session with time to spare, it was suggested that this new tune be tried with an arrangement provided by the publisher. This excellent "studio" orchestra included many great New York studio musicians including the legendary Artie Shaw. The biggest chart hit at the time of introduction was Guy Lombardo's orchestra, a top ten hit. Singer-songwriter Johnny Mercer took the song to #4 in Billboard's airplay chart in 1946. The same season, Perry Como hit the retail top ten. Como would record a new version for his 1959 Christmas album.

Due to its seasonal theme, "Winter Wonderland" is often regarded as a Christmas song in the Northern Hemisphere, although the holiday itself is never mentioned in the lyrics. There is a mention of "sleigh-bells" several times, implying that this song refers to the Christmas period...


  Happy Birthday today to  Jack Nelson ('54) of Northern VA AND Roy Tate ('57) AND Ginny Goolsby James ('63) AND   the late Kenny Lipscomb ('63) (d. 04/20/15) AND Michael Artman ('66) of VA!

   Happy Birthday tomorrow to William Gwynn ('57) AND   the late Ron Miller ('59) (d. 07/29/14) AND  Lucy Southall Propst ('63) of VA AND   Carole Althaus Tanenhaus ('65) of MD AND the late Joyce Tedder Rossman ('68) (d. 05/11/15) AND    Sarah Stewart Vance ('69) of VA!

   Happy Birthday this week to:

31 - Pat Floyd Pride ('62) of VA AND   Susie Overton Jones ('63) of VA AND  David Rosenwasser ('64) of MO;

01 - Gloria Hand Burns ('57) AND  Bill Fitzgerald ('58) of VA;

03 - The late Carl Rossman (Hargrave Military Academy - '66) (d. 04/24/16);

04 - Norma Howell Morgan ('57) AND   Bill Bost ('61) of NC AND Randy Tosh ('63) of VA AND     My #6 Son, Dale Harty, (Hillsboro HS, IL / American School, IL - '02) of CA;

05 -  Carolyn McCormick Holmes ('57) AND  Cammie Dick Gibson ('57) AND   the late Doc Hudson (Warwick HS - '60) (d. 04/24/10) AND Vickie Hankins Rudy ('63) of GA!

   Many Happy Returns to You All!


December 29, 1934 - Japan renounced the Washington Naval Treaty of 1922 and the London Naval Treaty of 1930.

December 29, 1939 - The first flight of the Consolidated B-24 Liberator. 

December 29, 1940 - In the Second Great Fire of London, the Luftwaffe fire-bombs London, England, killing almost 200 civilians.


December 29, 1969 - Actress Jennifer Ehle was born Jennifer Anne Ehle in Winston-Salem, North Carolina.

December 29, 1969 - Race car driver and journalist Allan McNish was born in Dumfries, Scotland.

From My Friend, Susan, of NC - 12/27/15:

“Unhappiness does not and cannot exist on its own. Unhappiness is the feeling that accompanies negative thinking about your life. In the absence of that thinking, the unhappiness, or stress, or jealously, cannot exist. There is nothing to hold your negative feelings in places other than your own thinking.”

- Richard Carlson
(16 May 1961 - 13 Dec 2006)

    Thanks so much, Susan!

From Joan Lauterbach Krause ('60) of VA - 12/29/17:
   Thank you, Joan!

  From Jimmy Dick ('65) of FL - 12/13/18, 11:00 AM - "A Different Kind of 'Winter Wonderland' in December":

  Have you ever taken a walk along the ocean on a gray, stormy and cold December morning? Just the mention of it to some brings thoughts of being wet and cold or just plain damp and ugly, but if you look at it from the perspective of God's power it brings a different result. Oh, we all love the sea when the sun is bright, the winds are light, the water is calm and warm, but beauty is in the eye of the beholder. When I look at this picture or stand in a similar setting, I see a winter wonderland to rival any Christmas snow scene that exists. I will warn anyone who hasn't done this, however, that make sure you respect the power of those waves coming. If you get too close, they can carry you out to sea.

The wind is strong, the waves are raging and the tide is high, yet despite it all, the seagull has the power, strength and smarts to use the wind to his advantage. He keeps the wind at his back gliding along as he looks beyond the breaker line for any sign of his next meal. It's risky business as he has to time his dives perfectly, yet the high amount of energy he must expend to fly makes it necessary. To the naked eye, however, he makes his continual quest for food look almost effortless.
A stormy December morning offers a different kind of beauty.

The waves breaking send salt brine flying, yet each wave is an impressive show of power with no two being exactly alike. And then I look at those pilings standing there and I wonder what they were used for. Was there a pier or an oceanside home perched atop them at some point in time past? Did it finally succumb to the power of the ocean after it was enjoyed for many years? Things like that just float through my head as the grandeur of the great sea comes clear to my sight.

So, why am I saying this and what is my underlying message? Well, we who love the sea and the beach always love the calm, warm and sunny days which show us so vividly the bright and shining love and grace that God shows for us. But those cold, stormy and gray days also offer us a wonderful message from Him if we just take the time to look. That message is that He is all powerful and all knowing. We can't hide from Him or keep Him from knowing what is in our mind and He want us, mortals who were made in his own image, to live according His ways. If we believe that and believe in Him by faith, we can work hard to improve ourselves on the long road to Salvation. If we don't, well, I really don't want to find out or face His power as an adverse consequence of His disappointment with me. How about you? The choice belongs to each of us. Choose wisely.

   Thank you, Jimmy!

  From Me ('65) of NC - 12/28/18:


I couldn't resist this one today!



  From Mark Hutcherson ('66) of VA - 12/29/18:

   AWW! Thanks, Mark - he's in a Winter Wonderland, for sure!

“I have not failed. I've just found 10,000 ways that won't work.”

- Thomas A. Edison
(11 Feb 1847 - 18 Oct 1931)


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"Funny New Year Resolutions"

* I will polish my pate - Bald person
* I will do less laundry and use more deodorant. - Executive
* I will not regale the same yarn at every get together. - Incorrigible bore
* I will remember that 'Cream Cake Day' is on the 29th of every month. - Foodie
* Many people look forward to the New Year for a new start on old habits. - Anonymous
* Also, remember: A New Year's resolution is something that goes in one year and out the other.

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

2. Monday, January 06, 2020, noon to 1:30 PM - The NNHS Class of 1958 New Year Luncheon at Cypress Grille Embassy Suites, Hampton. Dutch Treat. CONTACT: Joe Drewry at

3. 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.

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   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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Winter Wonderland

Music by Felix Bernard Words by Richard B. Smith (1901 - 28 Sept 1935), 1934

Sleigh bells ring
Are you listening?
In the lane
Snow is glistening
A beautiful sight
We're happy tonight
Walking in a winter wonderland

Gone away is the bluebird
Here to stay is a new bird
He sings a love song
As we go along
Walking in a winter wonderland

In the meadow we can build a snowman
Then pretend he is Parson Brown
He'll say: Are you married?
We'll say: No man
But you can do the job
When you're in town

Later on
We'll conspire
As we dream by the fire
To face unafraid
The plans that we've made
Walking in a winter wonderland

In the meadow we can build a snowman
And pretend that he's a circus clown
We'll have lots of fun with mister snowman
Until the other kiddies knock him down

When it snows
Ain't it thrilling
Though your nose gets a chilling
We'll frolic and play
The Eskimo way
Walking in a winter wonderland

"Winter Wonderland" midi and lyrics courtesy of - 01/02/07 (sic)

First Image - Royal Pond in MA, located on the Otis/Monterey town line - November 2005 - by Geoff Coelho, -
courtesy of - 01/02/07 (sic)

Second Image - Lewis, Co, NY - 01/02/03 - courtesy of - 01/02/07 (sic)

Line 362 Divider Line clip art courtesy of - 12/28/17

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

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

Animated Military Flags clip art courtesy of - 06/18/03

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

American School Logo courtesy of - 09/05/06

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 Happy New Year clip art courtesy of - 12/26/17

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

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