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01/17/11 - NNHS Newsletter -
Benjamin Franklin's 305th Birthday

A slip of the foot you may soon recover, but a slip
of the tongue you may never get over.

- Benjamin Franklin
(17 Jan 1706 - 17 Apr 1790)

Dear Friends and Schoolmates,

   We try to observe this day each year (though admittedly, we are not always successful...):

BONUS - - Philadelphia Freedom - Elton John



    Happy Birthday today to   Chuck Anspach ('60) of NC!

    Happy Birthday tomorrow to Eileen Rash Vaught ('57) AND    F.A. Saunders (Hampton HS - '64) of VA!

    Happy Birthday this week to:

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

22 -   Bruce Sims ('56) of VA AND Carolyn Clark Wilt ('57) AND Sandra Sherman Filippo ('57) AND    Rochelle Spooner ('63) of NY;

23 -     Chandler Nelms (Hampton HS - '63) of MD!

   Many Happy Returns to You All! 


January 17, 1824 - A plan for the gradual emancipation of slaves, approved by the Ohio legislature, was sent to all the states.
January 17, 1856 - Georgia Democrat Alexander Stephens debated Tennessee Know-Nothing Felix Zollicoffer.

January 17, 1870 - Mississippi ratified the 14th Amendment.

  From Ruth Ann Reece Horace ('67) of FL - 01/15/11 - "Burma Shave with the Statler Brothers":

OMG, I love this one !!!  Brings back so many memories !!!!!  I hope you enjoy it as much as I did !

Burma Shave with the Statler Brothers.  You may need to watch it twice: once to watch the Burma shave signs change, and once to catch all the pictures plus listening to the music of the Statler Brothers.  
I am only sending this to  a "selected few"  because most folks under 50 would have no idea what I am talking about...'Too bad they missed it!'

   WOWZERS! Thanks, Ruthie!

  From Eva Ellis Madagan ('61) of FL - 01/16/11 - "Friendship":

I had an X-ray done today, and they found you in my heart.
The Doctor said if they took you out, I would die, because I could not live without you as a friend, or e-mail buddy!!!

Give this heart to everyone you don't want to lose in 2011 including me if you care.
Try to collect 12; it's not easy!

YOU HAVE 20 MINUTES TO TELL 12 FRIENDS that they are important to you -- (INCLUDING ME).
SO, cherish your friends!

   AWWW! Thanks, Eva!

  From Bill Hobbs ('66) of Northern VA - 01/16/11 - "Maybe it's too darn COLD!!!":

You can say what you want about the South,
But you never hear of anyone retiring and moving North.

   BOY HOWDY! Thanks, Bill!

  From Joyce Lawrence Cahoon ('65) of VA - 01/15/11 - "How to Tell the Sex of a Fly":

How to Tell the Sex of a Fly


This is the cleanest E-mail joke I've come across in a long while!            

A woman walked into the kitchen to find her husband stalking around with a fly swatter. 

"What are you doing?" she asked.          

"Hunting Flies," he responded. 

"Oh! Killing any?" she asked. 

"Yep, 3 males, 2 Females," he replied. 

Intrigued, she asked, "How can you tell them apart?"          

He responded, 
"3 were on a beer can, 2 were on the phone."

      Thanks, Joyce!

  From Norris Perry (Warwick HS - '59) of VA - 01/16/11 - "Golf on Christmas Day":

Golf on Christmas Day

Four old timers were playing their weekly game of golf, and one remarked how nice it would be to wake up on Christmas morning, roll out of bed and without an argument go directly to the golf course, meet his buddies and play a round. His buddies all chimed in and said, "Let's do it! We'll make it a priority; figure out a way and meet here, early Christmas morning."

Months later, that special morning arrives, and there they are on the golf course.

The first guy says, "Boy this game cost me a fortune! I bought my wife such a diamond ring that she can't take her eyes off it."

The second guy says, "I spent a ton, too. My wife is at home planning the cruise I gave her. She was up to her eyeballs in brochures."

The third guy says, "Well, my wife is at home admiring her new car, reading the manual."

They all turned to the last guy in the group who is staring at them like they have lost their minds.

"I can't believe you all went to such expense for this golf game. I slapped my wife on the butt and said, 'Well, Babe, Merry Christmas! It's a great morning for sex or golf,' and she said, 'You'll need a sweater....'"

      Thanks, Norris Sweetie! This one was really pushing the envelope, but the tears streaming down my face from laughing so hard seem to have clouded my judgment!

  From Ruth Ann Reece Horace ('67) of FL - 01/15/11 - "CAN'T FIX STUPID" (#1 in a Series of 10):

Did we elect these people??
Lane County did.

     Thanks, Ruthie!


From Will and Guy's Joke of the Day - 01/16/11:
* Ten common fishing expressions explained

1) Catch and Release: This is a conservation term that happens right before the local Fish and Game Protection Officer stops your boat when you have caught over the limit.

2) Hook: (i) A small curved piece of metal used to catch fish. (ii) A clever advertisement to entice a fisherman to spend his live savings on a new rod and reel. (iii) The punch administered by said fisherman's wife after he spends their life savings [see also, right hook, left hook].

3) Line: Something you give your colleagues when they ask on Monday how your fishing went over the weekend.

4) Lure: An object that is semi-enticing to fish, but will drive an angler into such a frenzy that he will charge his credit card to the limit before exiting the tackle shop.

5) Reel: A weighty object that causes a rod to sink quickly when dropped overboard.

6) Rod: An attractively painted length of fibreglass that keeps an angler from ever getting too close to a fish.

7) School: A grouping in which fish are taught to avoid your 15.99 [$USD30] lures and hold out for bread instead.

8) Tackle: What your last catch did to you as you reeled him in, but just before he wrestled free and jumped back overboard.

9) Tackle Box: A box shaped amazingly like your comprehensive first aid kit. Only a tackle box contains many sharp objects, so that when you reach in the wrong box blindly to get an elastoplasts [band aid], you soon find that you need more than one.

10) Test: (i) The amount of strength a fishing line affords an angler when fighting fish in a specific weight range. (ii) A measure of your creativity in blaming 'that flippin' line' for once again losing the fish.

* Moose Hunters

Two moose hunters, Wally and Jeff from New Mexico, fly to a remote area in Alberta, Canada. They have a fabulous hunting expedition and both manage to shoot a large moose.

When the plane returns to pick them up, Ronnie, the pilot, looks at the animals and says, 'This little plane won't lift all of us, the equipment, and both of those animals. You'll have to leave one. We'd never make it over the trees on the take off.'

'That's gobbled-gook and nonsense!' explodes an angry Wally.

Yep,' agrees Jeff, 'you're just a cowardly custard. We came out here last year and got two moose and that pilot had some guts. He wasn't afraid to take off!'

'Mmmm,' adds Wally, 'and his plane wasn't any bigger than yours, Ronnie.'

Ronnie becomes cross, as well, and snaps, 'Dang me, if he did it, then I can do it! I can fly as well as anybody.'

Wally and Jeff load up the plane; they taxi at full throttle and the plane almost makes it, but doesn't have the lift to clear the trees at the end of the lake. It touches the tree tops, flips, and breaks up. Everything scatters; the baggage, animal carcasses, and passengers.

Still alive, but dazed, Ronnie pilot sits up, shakes his head to clear it, and mumbles, 'Where are we?'

Wally appears dishevelled from behind a shrub, looks around and replies, 'Oh.....I'd say ... about a hundred  metres further than last year.'


* Hunters Take Instructions *

Josh and Olly are hunters and they are dragging their dead deer back to their truck after a successful expedition. As they go they meet another hunter, who is pulling his deer along too, who shouts to them both, 'Oiga! I don't want to tell you how to do something ... but I can tell you that it's much easier if you drag the deer in the other direction. Then the antlers won't dig into the ground.'

The third hunter leaves and Josh and Olly decide to try to do exactly what he has suggested.

Some considerable time later Josh says, 'You know, Olly, that man was right. This is an awful lot easier!'

'Yep, Josh, but we're getting farther from the truck,' moans Olly.

1. Friday, January 28, 2011 - Tidewater Friends of Folk Music Coffeehouse - 7:00 PM Wesley United Methodist Church, 2510 N. Armistead Avenue, Hampton, VA 23666 - SEE: 

2. Thursday, February 3, 2011 - The NNHS Class of 1955 holds Lunch Bunch gatherings on the first Thursday of every month at Steve & John's Steak House on Jefferson Avenue just above Denbigh Boulevard in Newport News at 11:00 AM. The luncheon is not limited to just the Class of '55; if you have fiends in that year, go visit with them.

3. Wednesday, February 9, 2011 - 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. For details, call Jennings Bryan at 803-7701 for reservations.

4. Wednesday, April 13, 2011 - 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. For details, call Jennings Bryan at 803-7701 for reservations.
Saturday, April 30, 2011 - The NNHS Class will have a Luncheon. Team Leaders are Mickey Marcella ( - 757-249-3800), Betty Hamby Neher ( - 757-898-5099), and Dr. Harry Simpson ( - 804-694-0346). - CLASS OF 1954

6. Saturday, July 9, 2011 (6:30 PM to 11:30 PM) - The Class of 1971 will hold its 40-Year Reunion at Newport News Marriott at City Center, 740 Town Center Drive, Newport News. For details, contact Richard Rawls at - CLASS OF 1971

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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

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Philadelphia Freedom

Written by
Elton John (b. 25 Mar 1947)


Bernie Taupin (b. 22 May 1950), 1975

I used to be a rolling stone
You know if the cause was right
I'd leave to find the answer on the road
I used to be a heart beating for someone
But the times have changed
The less I say the more my work gets done

`Cause I live and breathe this Philadelphia freedom
From the day that I was born I've waved the flag
Philadelphia freedom took me knee-high to a man
Yeah gave me peace of mind my daddy never had

Oh Philadelphia freedom shine on me, I love you
Shine a light through the eyes of the ones left behind
Shine a light shine a light
Shine a light won't you shine a light
Philadelphia freedom I love you, yes I do

If you choose to you can live your life alone
Some people choose the city
Some others choose the good old family home
I like living easy without family ties
Till the whippoorwill of freedom zapped me
Right between the eyes

"Philadelphia Freedom" midi courtesy of
at the suggestion of Dave Spriggs ('64) of VA - 01/09/06
Thanks, Dave!

"Philadelphia Freedom" lyrics courtesy of
 also at the suggestion of Dave Spriggs ('64) of VA - 01/09/06
Thanks again, Dave!

Painting of Benjamin Franklin courtesy of - 01/09/06

Etching of Benjamin Franklin courtesy of - 01/09/06

Benjamin Franklin Autograph used to form Divider Lines courtesy of - 01/09/06

Quill Pen Divider Line clip art courtesy of - 06/14/04

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

Hampton High School's Crab clip art courtesy of - 10/02/05
Replaced courtesy of - 02/17/09

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!

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

Animated Laughing Kitty courtesy of Al Farber ('64) of GA - 10/08/07
Thanks, Al!

Animated Laughing Frog courtesy of Joyce Lawrence Cahoon of VA - 05/31/08
Thanks, Joyce!

Animated Laughing Kitty courtesy of Tom Flax ('64) of VA - 06/03/06
Thanks, Tom!

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