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01/14/10 - NNHS Newsletter - Ordinary Lives

ďIt's amazing what ordinary people can do
if they set out without preconceived notions.Ē

- Charles F. Kettering
(29 Aug 1876 - 24 or 25 Nov 1958)

Dear Friends and Schoolmates, 
   Today's theme comes to us by request of
Joe Madagan ('57) of FL on 01/09/10:

May I suggest that you consider the song "Ordinary Lives" by the Bee Gees as a theme for one of your Newsletters?
The line in the song "Ordinary People living Ordinary Lives" somehow seems to apply to our youth in Newport News.
One very hot evening in Philadelphia, at an outdoor venue while watching and listening to Barry, Robin, and Maurice Gibb sing this song it struck me as being almost ironic. They were hardly ordinary people living ordinary lives as they withstood the oppressive heat and humidity to carry on the concert and give it their all to entertain the audience. I sure miss the creative music of this group. This song was from their album "One."
Hope this suggestion is not too corny.

   Certainly not too corny for me, Adonis - Thanks!

   Unfortunately, I was unable to locate a midi file for it, so just watch the video clip:

BONUS - - Ordinary Lives - The Bee Gees


    Happy Birthday tomorrow to Skippy Weitz ('57) AND   Mary Markiewich Hux ('67) of VA!

    Happy Birthday this week to:

16 -   Johanne Coates Richardson ('57) AND Steve Kiger ('66) of VA;

17 -   Chuck Anspach ('60) of NC;

18 - Eileen Rash Vaught ('57);

21 - Carol Collier Sparrow ('63) of VA!

   Many Happy Returns to You All!


1. Marvin Barnes of VA - 01/13/10:

Wednesday 01/13/2010 2:23:50pm
Name: Marvin Barnes
City/Country: Gloucester, VA
Favorite Teachers Thomas
Hobbies Coin collecting

   Thanks, Marvin!


  From Ivan Anker ('67) of VA - 01/13/10 - 11:29 AM - "Earthquake in Haiti":


The country of Haiti has suffered through a devastating earthquake yesterday. I urge that our family in the Typhoon Nation make generous donations to the Red Cross Relief Fund. We too are a small nation but we are a very caring one. Give til it hurts.

   Thanks so much, Ivan!

Red Cross - To donate money, go to, hit donate now button at top and then International Response Fund. You also can text "Haiti" to 90999 to donate $10 to the International Response Fund. The money will go directly to relief efforts in Haiti. Or call 1-800-Red-Cross.

Salvation Army - To donate money, go to  or call 1-800-SAL-ARMY. Make sure you designate the donation for "Haiti Earthquake." Money will go to the Salvation Army in Haiti, which will determine the country's immediate needs, including water, food, medicine and transportation.


January 14, 1942 - The U.S. and Great Britain agreed to have the British Chiefs of Staff and the U.S. Joint Chiefs work together to advise their leaders on military policy during the war.

January 14, 1942 - U.S. President Roosevelt issued an order that required all aliens to register with the government.

January 14, 1943 - Operation Ke, the successful Japanese operation to evacuate their forces from Guadalcanal during the Guadalcanal campaign, began.

January 14, 1943 - Franklin D. Roosevelt became the first President of the United States to travel via airplane while in office when he traveled from Miami, Florida to Morocco to meet with Winston Churchill.

January 14, 1943 - Prime Minister Winston Churchill and President Franklin D. Roosevelt met in Casablanca, Morocco (Casablanca Conference), to discuss strategy and study the next phase of the war. This event was the first time an American president left American soil during wartime.


Thursday, January 14, 1965 - Chechen Rebel Shamil Basayev (killed 10 July 2006 in Ekazhevo, Ingushetia) was born in Dyshne-Vedeno, Chechnya.

Thursday, January 14, 1965 - Field hockey player Marc Delissen was born in Amsterdam, Noord-Holland.

Thursday, January 14, 1965 - Ice hockey player Bob Essensa was born in Toronto, Ontario.

Thursday, January 14, 1965 - Chef Hugh Fearnley-Whittingstall was born in Hampstead, London.

Thursday, January 14, 1965 - Singer-songwriter and folk musician Ellis Paul was born Paul Plissey in Fort Kent, Aroostook County, Maine.

Thursday, January 14, 1965 - Actress and singer Jeanette MacDonald was (b. 18 June 1903 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania) died of heart trouble in Houston, Texas at the age of 61.

    From Linda May Bond Crayton ('66) of VA - 01/12/10 - "Leaders-of-the pack":


This was, for me, the best newsletter, ever. The talent, intelligence, sensitivity and passion shown by
     Paul (Harty - Bardolph HS, IL - '61 - of IL) and  Joyce (Lawrence Cahoon - '65 - of VA) was, for me, so perfect in what I feel but cannot express. The picture never more clear than I could paint. The words more perfect than I could ever even look up.

You are blessed, Carol.
I love you for being there.

Linda May ' 66

   Thank you so much, Linda May! That issue was special to me, also - and I love you, too!

From Domi O'Brien ('64) of NH - 01/13/10 - "retirement":

I am contemplating whether to retire at my earliest possible date from NH state service-- May 1, 2010-- or my next birthday (Nov 27, 2010, actual retirement date would be Dec 1) or any year thereafter.... there are financial and other considerations, surely-- but I know some of the folks I knew are already retired-- and I'm asking-- what do you retirees wish you'd considered? If you had it to do over, would you retire earlier? Or later? What do you love about being retired? What do you wish was different?

Domi O'Brien, NNHS '64

   Thanks, Domi!

   "Anyone? Anyone??"

      From My Husband, Paul Harty (Bardolph HS, IL - '61) of IL - 01/13/09 - "Lessons for Living":

Lessons for Living

1. Respect others, even if they donít respect you. Later in life they may remember that respect.

2. Love with your whole heart. It may be broken, but you canít say that you never loved.

3. Treat animals with kindness, and it will be repaid to you a hundredfold.

4. Be honest with the people you love. Honesty really IS the best policy.

5. Admit your mistakes; it shows you are human.

6. Learn from your mistakes, but donít dwell on them. Negative thinking will only make you depressed ó and thatís not good for you or those around you.

7. Tell your family often that you love them. You never know when it will be the last time you get to say it.

8. Never tell others that their dreams are stupid or dumb. Each of us is entitled to our dreams. Who are we to say they wonít come true?

9. Realize that the only person you can change is yourself.

10. Be thankful for everything you have. Knowing you are blessed isnít arrogant or cocky if youíre truly thankful for your blessings.

   Thanks, Paul!

    From Stacy Dorn Davis ('64) of VA - 01/12/10 - "Just a Note":

Here's hoping 2010 is being good to you!  Just a brief note to let you know my email is changed to as we are moving to California sometime around the spring.   After the move the Cox email won't be any good.  Hopefully after the move I'll be warm!!
Feel free to pass that on...
regards and best wishes!
Stacy (Dorn) Davis
   Thanks, Stacy! I have you all switched now: 

   Best wishes on your move!

      From My Niece, Shari, of VA - 01/13/10 - "Have a great rest of the week-stuff": - Mini Pig
way cute!

During those 200 years
About the time our original thirteen states adopted their new constitution in 1787, Alexander Tyler, a Scottish history professor at the University of Edinburgh, had this to say about the fall of the Athenian Republic some 2,000 years earlier:

"A democracy is always temporary in nature; it simply cannot exist as a permanent form of government.

"A democracy will continue to exist up until the time that voters discover they can vote themselves generous gifts from the public treasury.

"From that moment on, the majority always vote for the candidates who promise the most benefits from the public treasury, with the result that every democracy will finally collapse due to loose fiscal policy, which is always followed by a dictatorship.

"The average age of the world's greatest civilizations from the beginning of history, has been about 200 years. During those 200 years, those nations always progressed through the following sequence:

1. From bondage to spiritual faith;

2. From spiritual faith to great courage;

3. From courage to liberty;

4. From liberty to abundance;

5. From abundance to complacency;

6. From complacency to apathy;

7. From apathy to dependence;

8. From dependence back into bondage

   Hmmm... Thanks, Shari!

          From David Whitley ('67) of VA - 01/05/10 - "This Made My Day" - "#8 in a Series of 12":

There's always a lot to be thankful for if you take time to look for it.

 For example, I am sitting here thinking how nice it is 
that wrinkles don't hurt....

   GIGGLES!!! Thanks, Gorgeous!




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

   Contact Dr. Chambers at

   Thanks, Jane!


From ArcaMax Jokes - 01/13/09:

Repair Estimate

When my printer's type began to grow faint, I called a local repair shop where a friendly man informed me that the printer probably needed only to be cleaned. Because the store charged $50 for such cleanings, he told me, I might be better off reading the printer's manual and trying the job myself.

Pleasantly surprised by his candor, I asked, "Does your boss know that you discourage business?"

"Actually it's my boss's idea," the employee replied sheepishly. "We usually make more money on repairs if we let people try to fix things themselves first."


1. 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

2. 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 01/08/09

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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Ordinary Lives

Recorded by the
Bee Gees, 1989

There'll be one small light all over the world tonight.
The search will go on for the one.
It was love with no name
and we glowed in the sun.

There was one small dream,
incredible highs and lows,
what little we knew living ordinary lives (lives).
Made a dream for you, living ordinary lives (lives).

Ordinary people living ordinary lives.
Ordinary people living ordinary lives.

We were ordinary people living ordinary lives.
We were ordinary people living ordinary lives.

The clock on the wall keeps moving,
time stands still,
no matter how the dice may fall,
someone else always gets to call the number.

Say goodbye cruel world.
No pity no pain tonight.
Whatever the cost all is lost.
If this is love with no name,
then it's all in the stars.

Whether it's wrong (wrong) or right,
there's no one to blame no (no) lies.
What else could we do
living ordinary lives (lives)?
Made a dream for you,
living ordinary lives (lives).

Oh, oh. We were ordinary people living ordinary lives.
We were ordinary people living ordinary lives.
We were ordinary people.

What else could we do,
living ordinary lives (lives)?
Made a dream for you,
living ordinary lives (lives).

Oh, oh. We were ordinary people living ordinary lives.
We were ordinary people living ordinary lives.
We were ordinary people living ordinary lives.
We were ordinary people living ordinary lives.

"Ordinary Lives"  lyrics courtesy of - 01/09/10

Flower clip art courtesy of - 01/14/10

Animated Flower Bar Divider Line #14 clip art courtesy of - 01/14/10

Marine Corps Seal clip art courtesy of the late Herbert Hice of MI - one of my Famous Marines who fought in 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 Tiny Birthday Cake clip art courtesy of Sarah Puckett Kressaty ('65) of VA - 08/31/05
Thanks, Sarah Sugah!

Animated Guest Book clip art courtesy of - 03/07/06

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

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

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