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01/18/11 - NNHS Newsletter -
Still Alive (Portal)

ďThe cake is a lie.Ē 

Dear Friends and Schoolmates, 

   Last night we were visiting my          my #1 son, Lewis (Harty - Hillsboro HS, IL - '89 - of IL) in Collinsville (yes, I did actually leave home).  I mentioned that I needed some obscure music themes for upcoming Newsletters.  Lewis suggested this theme song from the 2007 video game Portal. 

   Thanks, Lewis! This not only qualifies (to me, anyway) as obscure, but it's strangely and weirdly pretty.

BONUS - - Portal - Still Alive (High Quality sound) with lyrics


Portal is a single-player puzzle-platformer developed by Valve Corporation. The game was released in a bundle package called The Orange Box for Microsoft Windows and Xbox 360 on October 9, 2007,[3][4] and for the PlayStation 3 on December 11, 2007.[7] The Windows version of the game is also available for download separately through Valve's content delivery system Steam[2] and was released as a standalone retail product on April 9, 2008.[8] A stand-alone version called Portal: Still Alive was released on the Xbox Live Arcade service on October 22, 2008; this version includes an additional fourteen puzzles. A Mac OS X version was released as part of the Mac-compatible Steam platform on May 12, 2010.[10]

The game consists primarily of a series of puzzles that must be solved by teleporting the player's character and simple objects using the Aperture Science Handheld Portal Device (ASHPD, also dubbed the "portal gun"), a unit that can create inter-spatial portals between flat planes. The player character, Chell, is challenged by an AI named GLaDOS to complete each puzzle in the Aperture Science Computer-Aided Enrichment Center using the portal gun with the promise of receiving cake when all the puzzles are completed. The unusual physics allowed by the portal gun are the emphasis of this game and are an extension of a similar portal concept in Narbacular Drop; many of the team members from the DigiPen Institute of Technology that worked on Narbacular Drop were hired by Valve for the creation of Portal.

Portal was acclaimed as one of the most original games of 2007, despite being considered short in length. The game received praise for its unique gameplay and darkly humorous story, created with the assistance of Erik Wolpaw and Chet Faliszek of Old Man Murray fame. It also received acclaim for the character of GLaDOS, voiced by Ellen McLain in the English-language version, and the final credits song "Still Alive" written by Jonathan Coulton for the game. The game's popularity has led to official merchandise from Valve including plush Companion Cubes, and fan creations such as recreations of the cake and portal gun. A sequel, Portal 2, was announced in March 2010 for release during Q4 2010, but has now been given a release date of April 18th, 2011.[11]...



     Happy Birthday today 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;

25 -     Jeannie Collier Fitzgerald ('65) of VA!
   Many Happy Returns to You All! 


January 18, 1864 - All white males between 18 and 45 (shortly to be changed to 17 and 50) had been conscripted for service into the Southern Army. In North Carolina, protest meetings were held as opposition to the conscription law grew.

     From Hunter Todd ('57) of TX - 01/17/11 - "We wish you a Very Bountiful New Year!":

January 17, 2011

The 44th Annual WorldFest-Houston Intl Film Festival
Sends you this Very Special Final Deadline Extension...


Howdy from Houston!

In response to hundreds of emails and phone calls, we are delighted to announce our traditional Final "Brick Wall" Deadline for the 44th Annual WorldFest-Houston Film & Video Remi Awards Competition. Be part of the 3rd oldest International Film Festival in North America, and the oldest Indie Festival in the world. Enter the festival that gave first awards to Spielberg, Lucas, David Lynch, Ang Lee, John Lee Hancock, Randal Kleiser, Gavin Hood, Ridley Scott and The Coen Brothers!

Be Part of the 44th Annual WorldFest!
April 8-17, 2011!

The Wonderful City of Houston,
4th largest city in America!

We have extended our final Entry Deadline to January 31, 2011. Your entry must reach us by then. We offer competition for the coveted Remi award in 12 major categories, not just 2; Features, Shorts, Docs, TV Production, Music Videos, Student, Screenplays, TV Commercials, Business Films, Experimental, Film & Video Production, & New Media. Described as "quite possibly the best organized film festival in the World" - Before there was Sundance or SXSW, before there was Toronto or Tribeca, there was WorldFest! We screen our Shorts and Features in Big AMC Theaters and are the only Film Festival in the World offering a VIP Tour of NASA and a Sailboat Regatta on Beautiful Galveston Bay at the Classic Houston Yacht Club!

It is quick and easy to enter WorldFest...

To Enter, Click on FAQ, Categories, & Entry Form...

The coveted WorldFest-Houston Remi Award is the symbol of Creative Excellence and is named after Frederick Remington, the brilliant Artist that captured the spirit of Texas and The West with his paintings and sculptures.

Enter the 44th Annual WorldFest-Houston International Film & Video Festival!

Team WorldFest
WorldFest-Houston Intl Film Festival

voice: 713-965-9955 Fax: 713-965-9960

The 44th WorldFest-Houston is very proudly sponsored by AMC Theaters, the Houston Arts Alliance (HAA), Boxer Property, Amtrak, Panasonic 3D/HD, Eastman Kodak, The City of Houston, The Houston Film Commission, The Marriott Renaissance Hotel at Greenway Plaza, Space Center Houston, Texas Longhorns, Wagner Media, NASA, The Houston Yacht Club, InkTip, The Houston Film Society, OnlyInHouston, , The Wellness Center and our Sister-Festivals USAFilmFestival/Dallas , & The Seoul Drama Awards. To everyone that has already entered, we thank you! To other Intl Film Fests, if we can assist you in any way, please feel free to contact us!

   WOWZERONI! Thanks, Hunter! Happy New Year to you and yours, too!

      From Wayne Stokes ('65) of VA - 01/17/11 - "Two performances - 50 years apart! This is great!! The Diamonds!":

This came my way from   Dan Crockett ('65 - of FL). It both brings back memories and gives us encouragement that we're not the only ones aging--some are just doing it better. :-(
Wow, these guys look and still sound great after all these years!! This is AWESOME!! 
Two performances - 50 years apart! This is great!!!

Play 'Before' video first...then the 'After' video! - BEFORE - Little Darling  - The Diamonds, @ 1957 - AFTER - Little Darling  - The Diamonds, @ 2007

   WOWZERS! Thanks, Wayne Honey - and Danny!

      From My Husband, Paul Harty (Bardolph HS, IL - '61) of IL - 01/17/11 - "North Platte Canteen":

I always wondered how the USO got started.
Great video. I didn't know about North Platte Canteen until I saw this video. This is awesome.

     MORE WOWZERS! Thanks, Dools!

From - 01/17/11 - "Goal Setting":

Setting Performance Goals - 6 Steps To Escape Your Smelly Rut!  

By Joe DePalma

In all of the research I've done on high level achievers I've found they all agree that regardless of your individual goals; there is a series of six steps that must be implemented to bring those goals to realization.

* Setting Performance Goals: Step 1 - DECLARE THE GOAL (publicly)

Whether your goal is to be in better physical shape, have more money in your savings, or quit smoking you must take the first step to go out on a limb and tell the world (or just friends and family) exactly what you intend to accomplish.

The single act of verbally expressing a goal or desire breathes life into a concept and transforms it into an obtainable reality. This first step is monumentally important because of the basic fact that if you cannot bring yourself to declare your goal to other people, it shows that you simply don't want that "goal" bad enough.

Declaring goals to others also makes it harder for you to slack off or procrastinate. It's much more difficult for you to become weak and slack on your goals if you know other people are keeping track of your progress.

* Setting Performance Goals: Step 2 - RECRUIT HELP

A main reason why some people fail to obtain their goals is because they lose leverage and willpower. That is why you must enlist the aid of at least three supportive people to provide continuous encouragement throughout your quest to achieve your goals.

The support you need to achieve your goals must be found in a combination of friends, co-workers, parents, and siblings. When you recruit help, just don't rely solely on your spouse or best friend. The magic of this strategy is in the continuous contact with supportive people in every aspect of your life, which enables you to truly believe that you can accomplish whatever it is you have set out to do.

Occasionally a supportive person of yours will become so inspired by you and your quest to obtain your goal that they will also declare a goal they have been secretly struggling with. This allows each of you to positively feed off of one another and provide direct motivation toward ultimately achieving your goals.


In order for you to keep your confidence high while attempting to realize an objective, you must take your long-term goals and break them down into many individual missions. Doing this enables you to continually feel the rush of excitement and satisfaction when a mission is completed rather than consistently experiencing guilt and disappointment when the long-term goal seems so far away and unobtainable regardless of your effort.

Example - (Long-Term Goal):
"I want to deposit an extra $500 in my savings by the end of next month."

Example - (Short Missions):
"I'm going to conduct a budget analysis and keep track of every dime I spend for the next two months to see where I can save money."


This is the goal setting step that separates the REAL achievers from the excuse makers. All serious goal seekers must keep a strict calendar or planner to schedule their missions and record their progress.

If you are truly determined to accomplish your goals you will:

A) Schedule the smallest missions by writing them down in a planner or on a calendar.

B) Keep the mission schedule short and ultra specific.

Example: "Exercise: stretching, treadmill, free weights."

C) Always underestimate how long the missions will take to accomplish. This will give you added motivation when you find out you have worked longer than you anticipated.

EXAMPLE - "The Lose 10 Pounds Goal":
"Exercise: stretching (10 minutes) + treadmill (15 minutes) + free-weights (30 minutes). Total workout time = 55 mins." You'll find that when you plan to work out for between a half an hour and an hour, you'll feel so good that you'll almost never stop until at least the hour is up.

* Setting Performance Goals: Step 5 - THE GREAT EQUALIZER (Establishing a Quest Fund)

The Great Equalizer is a solemn pact which you make with yourself and share with a supportive second party. This pact states that you will give a sum of money to the second party in order to establish a "Quest Fund" whenever continued procrastination is exhibited on your behalf with regards to accomplishing your short-term missions.

The magic behind a "Quest Fund" is that it gives you a physical example of just how much it is costing you whenever you fail to stay focused on your goals. Ultimately, the "Quest Fund" will be held by the second party to donate to a good cause if you completely cave in and embrace mediocrity by giving up on your goal, or the sum will remain relatively small until you obtain your goal. Then, once your goal has been realized you can transform the "Quest Fund" into a celebration account to purchase an item that will aid you in continually achieving your future goals.

The essence of The Great Equalizer strategy becomes quite apparent when you are asked the question, "If you had to bet on one of two people who were both chasing a similar objective; wouldn't you bet on the one with the most at stake?"

Here's an Example: Let's say people are swimming from one side of a lake to the other. Both individuals can swim equally as well and both have had just about the same amount of racing experience. Who would you bet your money on? It's a tough wager, right? Now let's say swimmer #1 was only racing for his own satisfaction and the thrill of competition, but swimmer #2 noticed that his beloved family dog was on the other side of the lake being chased by a madman who clearly wanted to do him harm. Who would you bet your money on now, swimmer #1 or swimmer #2?

For most people the fear of losing ten dollars is more powerful a motivator than the reward of conquering a predefined goal that would enhance their life tenfold. That's why The Great Equalizer is such a powerful step.

* Setting Performance Goals: Step 6 - ACT AS IF

No matter what your goals may be, the best way for you to avoid becoming discouraged is to simply act as if you have already achieved it. By "Acting As If" the goal has been accomplished, you will naturally assume successful and confident characteristics which will continually reaffirm your positive outlook.

Whenever you act the way you want to become, you will most certainly become the way you act. The key to "Acting As If" is in the action. (Read the next sentence 3 times)

"Actions change attitudes, movements change moods, and motion changes emotions." Act As If with the body and the mind will follow!

About the Author:

Joe DePalma,'s VP of Promotions & Advertising, is giving away 10,000 copies of the "Positive Thinking & Law of Attraction Action Pack ($100 Value)" at:

Joe is also the President of the #1 Positive Success Website called which features the greatest Positive Sayings anywhere at

  From Ruth Ann Reece Horace ('67) of FL - 01/15/11 - "CAN'T FIX STUPID" (#2 in a Series of 10):

Civil War planes? Let me know how that works out.

     Thanks, Ruthie!


From Will and Guy's Joke of the Day - 01/17/11: 
"True Story about 'Flash the Entrepreneur' by Guy Thomas"

Flash and I went to the same school.  We were not close friends, but our paths crossed from time to time. This is the story of how Flash came by his epithet.

In 1966, you could by about 12 packets of flash washing powder for a UK pound.  To give the story perspective you could also get 40 mars bars for one UK pound.  As a marketing gimmick, flash offered four UK pounds if your birthday happened to match a date, which they printed on each packet.  Each packet had a different date printed inside the lid. As I remember, you had to send in your birth certificate by way of proof.

To digress, the first lesson of this story is that no one suddenly becomes an entrepreneur, you have to serve your apprenticeship.  Flash had just taken money from us by betting that two boys in any class of thirty would have the same birthday.  We could choose any class in the school.  Many of us lost money, then we foolishly doubled our losses by betting on another class.  Flash, even as a fifteen year old, knew what we didn't; the break-even point for this bet is 24 people, over that number the odds are more and more in favour of two birthdays on the same date.

Anyway, armed with his winnings Flash hatched his famous plan.  He bought 12 packets of flash washing powder, ripped off the labels and carefully noted the birthdays.  He then went around the school of 350 boys asking each their birthday and if any matched, he sold them a flash label with their birthday for 50p down and another 50p when they got the four pounds.  He soon sold eight birthday labels for 4 pounds, so making a profit of three pounds.

His next move was smart, he bought up the entire stock of flash from the only store in town.  This tactic prevented copycats from easily getting their hands on the stock.  Legend has it that flash said to the shocked grocer, "rip me off the labels and give the powder to needy pensioners".

After a fortnight flash had made over one hundred pounds.  His exploits even featured on the local news.  Moreover, the first boys started receiving their four pounds and thus he was receiving a second 50p not to mention a flood of new orders.

Then disaster nearly struck.  Flash the powder manufacturer, wrote to the boys saying that unfortunately they had exhausted their local quota of payouts.  However, by way of consolation, they offered kitchen knife.  I say disaster nearly struck, because the first boy to receive such a letter was Fred, captain of the school rugby team.   Fred was not impressed with the kitchen knife, a fact he told to Flash in no uncertain terms, when he cornered him in the changing room.

Flash was the antithesis of a sportsman, and avoided physical exertion at all costs, but he was quick witted, and not only did he give Fred a full refund, but he made Fred an offer to act as his protector.  Fred listened carefully and after folding money changed hands, agreed to protect Flash from the rest of the disgruntled boys.

The above story, I can vouch for as I was there.  I did not realise it at the time, but fortunately my birthday did not come.

You just know that a boy like Flash is not going to become a model member of the community.  Unfortunately, I lost touch with Flash shortly after this escapade.  Persistent rumours and stories about Flash's life in the army and an escapade with an Australian free fall team, have filtered down over the years, but sadly none are publishable.

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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Still Alive

Written by Jonathan Coulton
(b. 01 Dec 1970)  

Sung by Ellen McLain (a classically trained operatic soprano) as the GLaDOS character

From Portal, 2007

This was a triumph.
Iím making a note here: HUGE SUCCESS.
Itís hard to overstate my satisfaction.
Aperture Science
We do what we must
because we can.
For the good of all of us.
Except the ones who are dead.
But thereís no sense crying over every mistake.
You just keep on trying till you run out of cake.
And the Science gets done.
And you make a neat gun.
For the people who are still alive.
Iím not even angry.
Iím being so sincere right now.
Even though you broke my heart.
And killed me.
And tore me to pieces.
And threw every piece into a fire.
As they burned it hurt because I was so happy for you!
Now these points of data make a beautiful line.
And weíre out of beta.
Weíre releasing on time.
So Iím GLaD. I got burned.
Think of all the things we learned
for the people who are still alive.
Go ahead and leave me.
I think I prefer to stay inside.
Maybe youíll find someone else to help you.
Maybe Black Mesa
Anyway, this cake is great.
Itís so delicious and moist.
Look at me, still talking
when thereís Science to do.
When I look out there, it makes me GLaD Iím not you.
Iíve experiments to run.
There is research to be done.
On the people who are still alive.
And believe me I am still alive.
Iím doing Science and Iím still alive.
I feel FANTASTIC and Iím still alive.
While youíre dying, Iíll be still alive.
And when youíre dead, I will be still alive.

"Still Alive" midi courtesy of - 01/20/11 (sic)

"Still Alive" lyrics courtesy of - 01/20/11 (sic)

Aperture Science Image courtesy of - 01/20/11 (sic)

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

Animated Blue Light Divider Line clip art courtesy of - 01/01/10

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 served in the South Pacific during WWII.
Thanks again, Herbie!

Coast Guard Seal clip art courtesy of - 10/03/07

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

Crying Baby clip art courtesy of - 09/28/05 (resaved 02/27/09)

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

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