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01/19/11 - NNHS Newsletter -
Robert E. Lee’s 204th Birthday

Do your duty in all things. You cannot do more,
you should never wish to do less.

- Robert Edward Lee
(19 Jan 1807 - 12 Oct 1870)

Dear Friends and Schoolmates,

   We try to celebrate this very special day dear to the heart of all Virginians each year: - 3.74 MB .mp3 version



   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;

26 -      Charis Bean Duke (Governor Thomas Johnson HS, MD - '85) of NC!

   Many Happy Returns to you all!  


January 19, 1861 - Following two days of debate and a day of hammering out the wording of the secession document, Georgia voted to leave the Union.

January 19, 1862 - Confederates were defeated at Mill Springs, Kentucky by Northern soldiers in a battle that claimed 39 Union lives, wounded 207, and saw 15 Federals captured. The Southern forces indicated 125 killed, 309 wounded, and 99 missing. Due to Zolliecoffer's poor strategy, the Southerners were obliged to retreat across the Cumberland River when Union General Thomas' men forced them to fall back. Zolliecoffer was killed in this battle; Crittenden, as senior officer, was castigated for having lost control of the positioning of troops. This exchange was perhaps most significant because the Southern defeat meant a gap in the Confederate line of defense in the Tennessee-Kentucky area. This clash proved invaluable to the North as it enabled the capture of ten cannon, one hundred wagons, over 1,000 horses, and a large number of boats as well as munitions and provisions.

January 19, 1863 - The Federal Army of the Potomac was about to engage in its second attempt to gain control of Fredericksburg, Virginia.  General Burnsides made preparations to cross the Rappahannock River with his troops and was aided by division commanders Hooker and Franklin.  There was some minor skirmishing elsewhere in Virginia, near Williamsburg, and Burnt Ordinary. 

January 19, 1865 - After much prodding from President Davis, General Robert E. Lee agreed to accept the position of General-in-Chief of all of the armies of the Confederacy.  Davis was anxious to head off mounting criticism of his control of the armies by acceding to Congress's "advice" to appoint Lee as Military Commander of all military forces. 

January 19, 1865 - General Sherman issued orders commanding the units of his army to begin their march into South Carolina.  Heavy rains would delay the march until early February, but some troop movement commenced.

  From Charles Schneider ('60) of TX - 01/18/11 - "Space Shuttle From Hanger To Lift Off":


Here is a fascinating look at the Space Shuttle from hanger to lift off.

This is the stuff you DON'T see. And after next year(?) you won't see it ever again.

It is silent until the last few seconds.

Charles Schneider
Class of 1960

   WOWZERONI!!! Thanks so much, Charles! This is not only fascinating, it's downright mesmerizing!

   (Am I the only one who sits wide-eyed gaping at the computer screen with my mouth hanging open like a little kid?!?!)

      From Wayne Stokes ('65) of VA - 01/18/11 - "Life Lessons & The beauty of snow (7%)":

This came my way from   Dan Crockett ('65 - of FL)--it's a little different take on snow!! I forget who sent it to him--but enjoy!!

I know that people who have never seen snow like this cannot possibly believe just how absolutely beautiful it can be........maybe this will help. And, just think, you don't even have to get cold to enjoy it !

Happy New Year from our house to yours …. - 42 Lessons in Life

   OOOH! Beautiful - nicely done! Thanks so much, Wayne Honey - and Danny!

      From My Husband, Paul Harty (Bardolph HS, IL - '61) of IL - 01/18/11 - "New High School Exit Exam":


New High School Exit Exam

New High School Exit Exam, you only need 4 correct out of 10 questions to pass. 

(Passing requires only 4 correct answers)

1) How long did the Hundred Years' War last?

2) Which country makes Panama hats? 

3) From which animal do we get cat gut?

4) In which month do Russians celebrate the October Revolution? 

5) What is a camel's hair brush made of? 

6) The Canary Islands in the Pacific are named after what animal? 

7) What was King George VI's first name? 

8) What color is a purple finch? 

9) Where are Chinese gooseberries from? 

10) What is the color of the black box in a commercial airplane?

Remember, you need only 4 correct answers to pass. 

Check your answers below ....


1) How long did the Hundred Years War last?  116 years  
2) Which country makes Panama hats?   Ecuador 
3) From which animal do we get cat gut?  Sheep and Horses
4) In which month do Russians celebrate the October Revolution? November 
5) What is a camel's hair brush made of?  Squirrel fur  
6) The  Canary Islands  in the Pacific are named after what animal?   Dogs 
7) What was King George VI's first name?  Albert  
8) What color is a purple finch?  Crimson 
9) Where are Chinese gooseberries from?   New Zealand 
10) What is the color of the black box in a commercial airplane? 
Orange (of course)
What do you mean, you failed?
Me, too. 
(And if you try to tell me you passed, you LIED!) 

Pass this on to some brilliant friends, so they may feel useless too.

   I DID fail, Dools! I only answered three correctly. I'm so ashamed..... Thanks for this eye-opening quiz, Paul!

  From My Friend, Judy Bundy Bowermaster (Litchfield HS, IL - '59) of IL - 01/18/11 - "Health care is out there!":

If you can't afford a doctor, go to an airport - you'll get a free x-ray and a pat down, and if you mention Al Queda, you get a free colonoscopy!

     Thanks, Jude!

      From My Husband, Paul Harty (Bardolph HS, IL - '61) of IL - 01/18/11 - "How to spot a Meth Lab":

As a law enforcement officer I have been approached by several people lately wanting to know how to identify a Meth Lab.

Here is a picture of four Labs. I think it's pretty obvious which one is the Meth Lab. I hope this helps.

Let me know if I can be of any further service in this matter.


     Thanks again, Dools!

  From Ruth Ann Reece Horace ('67) of FL - 01/15/11 - "CAN'T FIX STUPID" (#3 in a Series of 10):

I'm saying GREAT paint job.

     Thanks, Ruthie!


Will and Guy's Joke of the Day - 01/18/11: 
* The New Recruit

A few weeks after a young man had been employed; he was called into the Human Resources administrator's office. "What is the meaning of this?" the personnel officer asked. "When you applied for this job, you told us you had three years experience. Now I have discovered this is the first position you've ever held."

"True," the young man answered with a smile, "in your advertisement you said you wanted a person with imagination."

* Unintentional yet funny gaffs from real job application forms

1. "I procrastinate, especially when the task is unpleasant."

2. "Personal interests: donating blood. Fourteen gallons so far."

3. "As indicted, I have over five years of analyzing investments."

4. "Instrumental in ruining entire operation for a Midwest chainstore."

5. "Note: Please don't misconstrue my 14 jobs as 'job-hopping'. I have never quit a job."

6. "Marital status: often. Children: various."

7. "Reason for leaving last job: They insisted that all employees get to work by 8:45 am every morning. I couldn't work under those conditions."

8. "The company made me a scapegoat, just like my three previous employers.

9. "Finished eighth in my class of ten."

10. "References: none. I've left a path of destruction behind me."

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

PRAYER ROLL : - updated 12/30/10

BLOG: - updated 10/21/10

  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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Ashokan Farewell

Words by Grian MacGregor
Music by Jay Ungar, 1982

The sun is sinking low in the sky above Ashokan.
The pines and the willows know soon we will part.
There's a whisper in the wind of promises unspoken,
And a love that will always remain in my heart.

My thoughts will return to the sound of your laughter,
The magic of moving as one,
And a time we'll remember long ever after
The moonlight and music and dancing are done.

Will we climb the hills once more?
Will we walk the woods together?
Will I feel you holding me close once again?
Will every song we've sung stay with us forever?
Will you dance in my dreams or my arms until then?

Under the moon the mountains lie sleeping
Over the lake the stars shine.
They wonder if you and I will be keeping
The magic and music, or leave them behind.

"Ashokan Farewell" midi courtesy of
at the suggestion of Dave Spriggs ('64) of VA - 05/24/06
Thanks, Dave!

"Ashokan Farewell" lyrics courtesy of
also at the suggestion of Dave Spriggs ('64) of VA - 05/24/06
Thanks again, Dave!  I did not know that lyrics existed!

Early R. E. Lee Image courtesy of - 07/23/04

Later R. E. Lee Image courtesy of - 01/18/05

Large Confederate Divider Bar clip art courtesy of - 01/18/05

Small Confederate Divider Line clip art courtesy of - 05/31/06

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!

Governor Thomas Johnson High School's Logo courtesy of - 06/16/08

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

Bad Surprise Smiley courtesy of - 10/21/10

Litchfield High School's Purple Panther Paw Print courtesy of - 06/23/07

Animated Laughing Jerry courtesy of Cookie Phillips Tyndall ('64) of VA - 06/14/06
Thanks, Cookie!

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

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