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01/20/11 - NNHS Newsletter -
Bonnie Blue Flag

I think if we are realistic, the South - the old Confederate states - really only has one entirely unique feature
that other parts of the country don't have, and that is this nearly 400-year history of tremendous intimacy,
in every sense of the word, good and evil, between two very different kinds of peoples: people who were
brought here against their wishes from Africa and a largely Anglo-white population.

- Reynolds Price
(01 Feb 1933 - 20 Jan 2011)

Dear Friends and Schoolmates,

   This song was suggested by       my husband, Paul Harty (Bardolph HS, IL - '61) of IL on 01/17/11 for possible future use, and I thought it fitting that it should fall here between Lee and Jackson's birthdays.  Thanks, Paul!

   It struck me as rather strange that the author of the most appropriate quotation died on today at the age of 77:




... On January 26, 1861, Mississippi officially adopted a new flag, which included the Bonnie Blue Flag in its canton and a magnolia tree in its center field (known as the Magnolia Flag). This flag remained in use until 1894. An Ulster immigrant named Harry McCarthy was present, and later wrote The Bonnie Blue Flag ("bonnie" being a Scottish word meaning "beautiful") which became a popular marching song, and led to the flag being used as an unofficial flag of the Confederate States of America during the Civil War. Typically, the refrain is:[2][3]
Hurrah! Hurrah!
For Southern Rights, Hurrah!
Hurrah for the Bonnie Blue Flag
That bears a Single Star![2][3]

The Bonnie Blue Flag holds special significance to the Texas brigade...


"The Bonnie Blue Flag", also known as "We Are a Band of Brothers", is an 1861 marching song associated with the Confederate States of America. The words were written by Irish born entertainer Harry McCarthy, with the melody taken from the song "The Irish Jaunting Car". The song's title refers to the unofficial first Flag of the Confederacy, the "Bonnie Blue Flag, the symbol of secession from the Union, that bears the "single star" of the chorus.

"The Bonnie Blue Flag" holds special significance to the Texas brigade. The song was premiered by lyricist Harry McCarthy during a concert in Jackson, Mississippi, in the spring of 1861 and performed again in September of that same year at the New Orleans Academy of Music for the First Texas Volunteer Infantry regiment mustering in celebration.[citation needed]

The New Orleans music publishing house of A.E. Blackmar issued six editions of "The Bonnie Blue Flag" between 1861 and 1864 along with three additional arrangements. The "Band of Brothers" mentioned in the first line of the song is a reference to the St. Crispin's day speech in William Shakespeare's play Henry V...





   Happy Birthday tomorrow to   Carol Collier Sparrow ('63) of VA!

   Happy Birthday this week to:
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 20, 1815 - James Madison vetoed the second act creating the Second Bank of the United States.

January 20, 1861 - Mississippi troops took Fort Massachusetts on Ship Island in the Mississippi Gulf after several previously unsuccessful attempts at seizure of this military installation.

January 20, 1862 - Federals attempted to disrupt rebel blockade running by sinking stone-laden vessels in the harbor at Charleston, South Carolina. Off the coast of Alabama, a Confederate ship trying to run the Union blockade was halted; running the J W Wilder ashore, Federals made an effort to board the vessel, but were prevented from doing so by rebel troops in the area.

January 20, 1863 - The Army of the Potomac continued its plans to sweep down on Fredericksburg, Virginia. A change in the weather conditions from snow to rain created transportation difficulties. Reflecting on this change, General Burnside reported, "From that moment we felt that the winter campaign had ended". It became increasingly more difficult for the Federal forces to make any significant progress on this front.

January 20, 1864 - Abraham Lincoln instructs Arkansas commander General Frederick Steele to permit elections following the proposed anti-slavery constitution of the state.

January 20, 1865 - Sherman's army in the vicinity of Savannah continued preparations for its northward march.

January 20, 1865 - There was fighting near Fort Larned, Kansas between Federal troops and Indians.


      From Wayne Stokes ('65) of VA - 01/19/11 - "This will knock your socks off.":

This came my way from
  Dan Coleman ('63 - of NC)--I think he received it from       Buster Vest ('63 - of VA). It is a video about the good a person can do for others and the lasting effect it can have on those others. If you've seen it, you'll know what I'm talking about, if not--it is 10 minutes long--if you really want to see goodness, it will be worth your time.

Very Moving !!

This will knock your socks off. If you are old enough... - Bob Hope Christmases with the troops

   WOWZERONI! Thank you so much, Wayne Honey - and Danny - and Buster!


  From Joyce Lawrence Cahoon ('65) of VA - 01/19/11 - "The Ladies Room - hysterical!":

When you have to visit a public bathroom, you usually find a line of women, so you smile politely and take your place.
Once it's your turn, you check for feet under the stall doors. Every stall is occupied.
Finally, a door opens and you dash in, nearly knocking down the woman leaving the stall.

You get in to find the door won't latch. It doesn't matter, the wait has been so long you are about to wet your pants!
The dispenser for the modern "seat covers" (invented by someone's Mom, no doubt) is handy, but empty.
You would hang your purse on the door hook, if there was one, but there isn't - so you carefully, but quickly drape it around your neck, (Mom would turn over in her grave if you put it on the FLOOR!), yank down your pants, and assume " The Stance."
In this position your aging, toneless (Glory, I should have gone to the gym!!!)  thigh muscles begin to shake..
You'd love to sit down, but you certainly hadn't taken time to wipe the seat or lay toilet paper on it, so you hold "The Stance". 
To take your mind off your trembling thighs, you reach for what you discover to be the empty toilet paper dispenser. In your mind, you can hear your mother's voice saying, "Honey, if you had tried to clean the seat, you would have KNOWN there was no toilet paper!" Your thighs shake more.. 
You remember the tiny tissue that you blew your nose on yesterday - the one that's still in your purse. (Oh yeah, the purse around your neck, that now, you have to hold up trying not to strangle yourself at the same time). That will have to do. You crumple it in the puffiest way possible. It's still smaller than your thumbnail. 
Someone pushes your door open because the latch doesn't work.
The door hits your purse, which is hanging around your neck in front of your chest, and you and your purse topple backward against the tank of the toilet.
"Occupied!" you scream, as you reach for the door, dropping your precious, tiny, crumpled tissue in a puddle on the floor, lose your footing altogether, and slide down directly onto the TOILET SEAT.
It is wet of course.
You bolt up, knowing all too well that it's too late. Your bare bottom has made contact with every imaginable germ and life form on the uncovered seat because YOU never laid down toilet paper - not that there was any, even if you had taken time to try.
You know that your mother would be utterly appalled if she knew, because, you're certain her bare bottom never touched a public toilet seat because, frankly, dear, "You just don't KNOW what kind of diseases you could get". 
By this time, the automatic sensor on the back of the toilet is so confused that it flushes, propelling a stream of water like a fire hose against the inside of the bowl that sprays a fine mist of water that covers your butt and runs down your legs and into your shoes.
The flush somehow sucks everything down with such force that you grab onto the empty toilet paper dispenser for fear of being dragged in too.
At this point, you give up. You're soaked by the spewing water and the wet toilet seat.
You're e-x-h-a-u-s-t-e-d.
You try to wipe with a gum wrapper you found in your pocket and then slink out inconspicuously to the sinks.
You can't figure out how to operate the faucets with the automatic sensors, you wipe your hands with spit and a dry paper towel and walk past the line of women still waiting.
You are no longer able to smile politely to them.
A kind soul at the very end of the line points out a piece of toilet paper trailing from your shoe. (Where was that when you NEEDED it??) You yank the paper from your shoe, plunk it in the woman's hand and tell her warmly, "Here, you just might need this".
As you exit, you spot your hubby, who has long since entered, used, and left the men's restroom.
Annoyed, he asks, "What took you so long, and why is your purse hanging around your neck?................

This is dedicated to women everywhere who deal with a public restrooms (rest??? you've GOT to be kidding!!). It finally explains to the men what really does take us so long. It also answers their other commonly asked questions about why women go to the restroom in pairs. It's so the other gal can hold the door, hang onto your purse, and hand you Kleenex under the door!
Send this to all women that understand what bonding in the bathroom is all about!

Share with anyone who needs a good laugh!

 Joyce Cahoon

   WILD GIGGLES! Thanks, Joyce!


      From My Niece, Shari, of VA - 01/18/11 - "Tuesday":

Donovan Hurdy Gurdy--Old Rock
Drowning Pool --37 Stitches Alt. Rock


My wife has not spoken to me in three days. I think it has something to do with what happened on Sunday night when she thought she heard a noise downstairs.
She nudged me and whispered, "Wake up, wake up!"
"What's the matter?" I asked.
"There are burglars in the kitchen. I think they're eating the tuna casserole I made tonight."
"That'll teach them!" I replied.
"One of the funniest "most-embarrassing-moment" stories I've come upon in a long time was about a lady who picked up several items at a discount store.
When she finally got up to the checker, she learned that one of her items had no price tag.  Imagine her embarrassment when the checker got on the intercom and boomed out for all the store to hear: "Price check on lane thirteen, Tampax, supersize."
That was bad enough, but somebody at the rear of the store apparently misunderstood the word "Tampax" for "Thumbtacks."
In a business-like tone, a voice boomed back over the intercom: "Do you want the kind you push in with your thumb or the kind you pound in with a hammer?"


Studies indicate that holding on to the handrails during exercise may not be the best way to workout. Using the handrails for support means that you burn about 8% fewer calories than when you do not use the handrails. Even light handrail holding lessens the amount of calories burned. Of course, if you need the handrails for balance, use them.

By Carrie Roberts from Avon USA.
 Guaranteed to Roll Your Eyes.....
"Do you remember first meeting your wife?"
"Sure, I found Jill lying face down in the gutter. I lifted her to her feet and promised her that if she agreed to marry me, she would begin a new life and I'd never allow her near the gutter again."
"Wow, what an incredible story! I hope she appreciates what you did for her."
"Not really. Even though she stunk at it, Jill hated to give up bowling."


Years of smoking finally caught up with my friend John one morning when he keeled over at work, clutching his heart. He was rushed to a hospital and peppered with questions.

"Do you smoke?" asked a paramedic.

"No," John whispered. "I quit."

"That's good. When did you quit?"

"Around 9:30 this morning."


Refiner and Purifier

Malachi 3:3 says: 'He will sit as a refiner and purifier of silver...'
This verse puzzled some women in a Bible study and they wondered what this statement meant about the character and nature of God ...
One of the women offered to find out the process of refining silver and get back to the group at their next Bible Study.
That week, the woman called a silversmith and made an appointment to watch him at work. She didn't mention anything about the reason for her interest beyond her curiosity about the process of refining Silver.
As she watched the silversmith, he held a piece of silver over the fire and let it heat up. He explained that in refining silver, one needed to hold the silver in the middle of the fire where the flames were hottest as to burn away all the impurities.
The woman thought about God holding us in such a hot spot; then she thought again about the verse that says: ' He sits as a refiner and purifier of silver.'
She asked the silversmith if it was true that he had to sit there in front of the fire the whole time.
The man answered that yes, he not only had to sit there holding the silver, but he had to keep his eyes on the silver the entire time it was in the fire. If the silver was left a moment too long in the flames, it would be destroyed.
The woman was silent for a moment. Then she asked the silversmith, 'How do you know when the silver is fully refined?'
He smiled at her and answered, ' Oh, that's easy -- when I see my image in it.'
If today you are feeling the heat of the fire, remember that God has his eye on you and will keep watching you until He sees His image in you.
Pass this on right now. This very moment, someone needs to know that God is watching over them. And, whatever they're going through, they'll be a better person in the end.

~Author Unknown

   Thanks so much, Shari!


From - 01/17/11 - "Dream Builders":

The Four Pedestals of a Successful Dream Builder

By Anthony Johnson

What has four legs and moves mountains?

"One day we will learn that the heart can never be totally right if the head is totally wrong. Only through the bringing together of head and heart -- intelligence and goodness -- shall man rise to a fulfillment of his true nature."

Well said! Rev. Martin Luther King. Jr. -- I, too, often wonder how to bridge the gap between head and heart. You did it! If you only lived to see what became of this country -- you would be proud of the progress. Don't get me wrong, we still have a long way to go.

In the 60's and 70's many people had dreams of living in a peaceful world -- a world of equality. But, only a handful actually did something about it. Your dream of equality for humankind was HUGE. You not only had your own doubts to deal with, but others were willing and ready to kill; to see to it that your dream was not built in the minds of others. Why? What empowered you to charge after that dream -- at the time it seemed unachievable, while many others remained a spectator of life?

You were a Dream Builder -- a breed of people I call RHYNO! I also believe RHYNOs must have three characteristics. These characteristics are required when hunting for success in life's jungle. Those who possess them will gain a tremendous advantage in the hunt for success.
The Four Pedestals of a Successful Dream Builder:

1. Passion: Have a love for what you do for a living.

Everyday people settle into careers, to pay the bills, they later regret. Start a business simply because of the income potential without any consideration for their passion; which later they come to regret after a tremendous waste of time and invested financial resources.

So, how about you? What is your passion? Is it something you've buried in the past, in the attic of your mind, or in excuses? You know your passion -- you feel it in your bones -- something you recognize in the deepest recesses of your mind as "the right thing" for you. Are you living it now? If not, why not?

2. Belief: You must believe in the end results and have faith you'll get there.

To have hope you must take risks, to take risks you must believe. To achieve what you believe, you must take action. I believe the more risks you take no matter how small, you'll accumulate enough faith in yourself to charge (take action) and breakthrough most barriers and challenges in life's jungle. What risks are you willing to take? What past, and possibly out dated, beliefs are limiting your actions?

3. Attitude: You absolutely must possess a positive mental attitude towards your business, customers, associates, friends, family members, and most importantly, towards YOURSELF.

Do not allow negative self-talk dominate the majority of your thoughts. If it does, you are doomed for gloom. Attitude can have a dramatic effect on your health and wealth. A negative attitude is the wind that keeps your candle light of passion at bay. It prevents you from igniting any chances of creating a better life. Pessimistic people become depressed, angry at the world, and tend to live a shorter life.

Optimistic People tend to have positive views of situations differently from those of negative people; here are some general observations:

In times of uncertainty...

I usually expect the worst
I look on the dark side of things
I hardly ever expect things to go my way

I usually expect the best
I look on the bright side of things
I do not always expect things to go my way. When they do not, I try to learn something from the experience

The words you use can also affect your attitude; "I won't" indicates a choice, whereas "I can't" indicates a powerlessness. Our attitudes develop throughout the course of our lives -- so it would be difficult for pessimists to change overnight. However, it is possible through a process I call "Thought Stomping". The next time you are thinking or saying a negative comment or statement, picture a 6000 pound RHYNO stomping it with the crashing power of its front hooves; then replace it with a positive thought. Example: Negative statement; "For the life of me I can't finish this article." (STOMP IT OUT & REPLACE IT) Positive statement; "I enjoy writing and my article could have a positive impact on another life. I can and will finish it!"

4. Knowledge: You must have a strong desire and willingness to learn from your experiences and others. It's essential you obtain both "Book Smarts" and "Street Smarts" to successfully build dreams.

Education is commonly referred to as the process of learning and obtaining knowledge. The process of education does not begin when a child starts school; it begins at home. Knowledge can be obtained from teachers, parents, family members, and even acquaintances. In most societies receiving an education is extremely vital and necessary if one is to achieve success. For the elite RHYNOs of the world, the process of education does not end at graduation. It's a life-long endeavor. Where did your education end?

Knowledge is the key that allows people to move mountains of limitations, replace out-dated beliefs, build better societies, experience better lives, and ultimately succeed individually and collectively. No one should be deprived of it! Are you still learning?

So, Rev. Martin Luther King, Abraham Lincoln, President Roosevelt & J.F. Kennedy, Founding fathers of our Great Nation, Sam Walton of Wal-Mart, Bill Gates of Microsoft, Michael Dell of Dell Computers, Steve Jobs of Apple, Walt Disney of Disneyland and Disney World, writers and authors who chronicled their journeys, and many other RHYNOs who charged after and achieved their dreams... thank you for lighting my path.

What has four legs and moves mountains? A RHYNO. Build your dreams on all four pedestals; you too can charge toward and accomplish great legacies.

Those of you who are still charging after your dreams; looking to start a business, would like to go to college, achieve your ideal weight, live and provide a better life; and currently have not seen much in the way of results...

Keep charging!

"To accomplish great things you must not only act but also dream, not only plan but also believe."

About the Author:

Anthony Johnson is the founder of and, based in McKinney, TX. He has over 12 years Website Development experience within the Direct Marketing Industry. While developing sites for some of industry's top speakers he has gain a unique perspective on self improvement and marketing.


  From Ruth Ann Reece Horace ('67) of FL - 01/15/11 - "CAN'T FIX STUPID" (#4 in a Series of 10):

"We had no idea anyone was buried there."
     Thanks, Ruthie!



From LadyHawke's Weekly Jokes - 01/16/11: 
"Dinner Date"

Hoss met his close friend Rich for guidance, and narrated to him that he recently met the girl of his dreams. He asked Richard advise as to how should he proceed now!

The wise Rich said, "Well, send her roses, and on the name card invite her for a home-cooked meal."

Hoss liked the idea, so he followed Rich's advice and invited the woman.

Next day after the dinner Rich called Hoss and asked him how did the home-cooked dinner go.

Hoss cried, "It flopped."

Rich asked, "Why? Didn't the girl come to your house?"

Hoss said, "She came, but she refused to cook and left angrily!"


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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                           Love to all, Carol





Carol Buckley Harty

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The Bonnie Blue Flag

Lyrics by
Harry McCarthy (1804-1874), 1861

Music - old Irish tune, The Irish Jaunting Car

We are a band of brothers and native to the soil
Fighting for our Liberty, With treasure, blood and toil
And when our rights were threatened, the cry rose near and far
Hurrah for the Bonnie Blue Flag that bears a single star!

For Southern rights, hurrah!
Hurrah for the Bonnie Blue Flag that bears a single star.

As long as the Union was faithful to her trust
Like friends and brethren, kind were we, and just
But now, when Northern treachery attempts our rights to mar
We hoist on high the Bonnie Blue Flag that bears a single star.

For Southern rights, hurrah!
Hurrah for the Bonnie Blue Flag that bears a single star.

First gallant South Carolina nobly made the stand
Then came Alabama and took her by the hand
Next, quickly Mississippi, Georgia, and Florida
All raised on high the Bonnie Blue Flag that bears a single star.

For Southern rights, hurrah!
Hurrah for the Bonnie Blue Flag that bears a single star.

Ye men of valor gather round the banner of the right
Texas and fair Louisiana join us in the fight
Davis, our loved President, and Stephens statesmen are
Now rally round the Bonnie Blue Flag that bears a single star.

For Southern rights, hurrah!
Hurrah for the Bonnie Blue Flag that bears a single star.

And here's to brave Virginia, the Old Dominion State.
With the young Confederacy at length has linked her fate.
Impelled by her example, now other States prepare
To hoist on high the Bonnie Blue flag that bears a single star.

For Southern rights, hurrah!
Hurrah for the Bonnie Blue Flag that bears a single star.

Then here's to our Confederacy, strong we are and brave,
Like patriots of old we'll fight, our heritage to save.
And rather than submit to shame, to die we would prefer
So cheer for the Bonnie Blue flag that bears a single star.

For Southern rights, hurrah!
Hurrah for the Bonnie Blue Flag that bears a single star.

Then cheer, boys, cheer, raise a joyous shout
For Arkansas and North Carolina now have both gone out;
And let another rousing cheer for Tennessee be given
The single star of the Bonnie Blue Flag has grown to be eleven!


"Bonnie Blue Flag" midi (sequenced by Barry Taylor) courtesy of - 01/21/11 (sic)
at the suggestion of Paul Harty of IL - 01/17/11
Thanks, Paul!

"Bonnie Blue Flag" lyrics courtesy of - 01/21/11 (sic)

Image of the Bonnie Blue Flag courtesy of - 01/21/11 (sic)

Small Bonnie Blue Flag clip art used to form Divider Lines courtesy of - 01/21/11 (sic)

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

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

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

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

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