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02/02/11 - NNHS Newsletter -
Happy Groundhog Day

I pity people who can’t find laughter or at least some bit of amusement
in the little doings of the day. I believe I could find something ridiculous
even in the saddest moment, if necessary. It has nothing to do
with being superficial. It’s a matter of joy in life.

 - Sophie Scholl
(09 May 1921 - 22 Feb 1943)

Dear Friends and Schoolmates,  

   Today's observance is supposed to repeat here every year, and usually, it does!

BONUS - - Standing in the Shadows of Love - The Four Tops



"Standing in the Shadows of Love" is a 1966 hit single recorded by the Four Tops for the Motown label. Written and produced by Motown's main production team Holland–Dozier–Holland, the song is one of the most well-known Motown tunes of the 1960s. A direct follow-up to the #1 hit "Reach Out I'll Be There" (even featuring a similar musical arrangement), "Standing in the Shadows of Love" reached #6 on the Billboard Hot 100 in 1967. It is ranked #464 on Rolling Stone 's list of The 500 Greatest Songs of All Time.


     Happy Birthday today to Porter Phillips Booker ('57) AND  Thelma Spade Roberts ('57) of VA (deceased - 08/26/05) AND   John Patterson ('59) of TN AND   Alan Nesbitt ('64) of NC!

     Happy Birthday tomorrow to Maynard Thweatt ('57)!

     Happy Birthday this week to:

04 -       John London (Warwick HS - '57) of VA AND Ronnie Sanders ('65)  (deceased - 10/08/06);

05 - The late   Dickie Krause ('57) (deceased - 12/27/99) AND    Charles Braslow ('65) of the Virgin Islands AND      Mark Hutcherson ('66) of VA;

06 -     Sue Miller Dearnley ('64) of VA AND    Steve Burns ('65) of MN;

08 - Bob Hines ('66) of VA;
09 -
  Tina Burroughs Farmer ('62) of VA AND  
  Janice McCain Rose ('65) of VA AND Elliott Smith ('65) of TX?? AND    Mary Frances Southall Waller ('66) of VA!

   Many Happy Returns to You All!


February 02, 1865 - President Abraham Lincoln left Washington, D.C. for Hampton Roads, Virginia where he planned to meet with Confederate peace commissioners the next day.

February 02, 1865 - Rhode Island and Michigan became the second and third states to ratify the 13th Amendment:

      From Harry Covert ('57) of MD - 02/01/11 - "The Covert Letter":

Sarah Isn’t Spiro: It’s all in the sayin’

Posted: 31 Jan 2011 10:56 AM PST

By     NORMAN M. COVERT ('61) of MD
Former Alaskan Gov. Sarah Palin sets off a fire storm wherever she goes, whatever she says and whatever happens external to her. She is a politician both men and women take pleasure in seeing, whether it is her beauty or the way she identifies with us.

She has become a media “darling,” in a black humor sort of way – but she isn’t any Spiro Agnew! 

Palin The Riveter

Governor Palin has been in the eye of every national storm, whether she likes it or not. The latest when more than one media boob blamed her for the Tucson shooting of Rep. Gabrielle Giffords (D., AZ). One would have thought she wielded the 9 mm Glock semi-automatic pistol herself.

 You probably would have reached a different conclusion had you seen her miss four clear shots at a Caribou from more than 100 yards in her reality documentary “Sarah Palin’s Alaska.” She changed rifles and scored with one shot.

 Her aim was also true a few weeks ago when she took the dangerous leap of criticizing mainstream media and left-wing bloggers whose discourse amounts to shoot first and ask questions later.

 Still Governor Palin needs no “psycho-semanticist” as described by author James Thurber. She has not reached the heights of the oratorical dance moves performed by the late former favorite son of Maryland. Vice President Agnew was eventually brought down by greed while in office, but that in no way diminished his word power, most of which came from the typewriters of Patrick Buchanan and William Safire.

 Calling “foul” has been long in coming for Governor Palin. The media has unashamedly carried out an overt, coordinated, dirty tricks attack on her since she stepped to the dais at the 2008 Republican National Convention, accepting its nomination as candidate for vice president.

 But Governor Palin’s words of chastisement only amounted to a soft blow to the want-ads section.

 Consider the words of Mr. Agnew, the son of Greek immigrants, who carried on the tradition of corruption as former Baltimore County executive and governor of Maryland. Here’s how he described the media:

 – “We have more than our share of the nattering nabobs of negativism.”

 – “…tiny and closed fraternity of privileged men, elected by no one.”

 – “…pusillanimous pussyfooters,” “…vicars of vacillation” and “…hopeless, hysterical hypochondriacs of history…”

 Governor Palin would certainly set off a firestorm of media backlash if she

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tried to adopt and interject Mr. Agnew’s brilliant bon mots in her Twitter™ or Facebook™ posts. 

Who among the 1970 “The Silent Majority” didn’t appreciate Mr. Agnew and the vicarious thrill. His description of anti-war protestors still hits the mark:

 – “A spirit of national masochism prevails,” Mr. Agnew exhorted, “encouraged by an effete corps of impudent snobs who characterize themselves as intellectuals.”

 Ironically many of these “effete snobs” are still under foot, some finding themselves elected to the House and Senate, or appointed as a “Czar” in the Obama Administration.

 Both President Richard M. Nixon and Mr. Agnew resigned in disgrace, but neither can hold a candle to the antics of Mr. Obama and his entourage. I suppose one could ascribe Mr. Agnew’s words to the current crop, calling them “Limousine Liberals.”

 It would seem evident that, just as the media and the U. S. Attorney brought down Mr. Agnew, who was in effect “hoisted on his own petard,” Governor Palin may have to linger another four years before she attempts a run at the presidency. She has thwarted every hint of scandal, though, unlike Mr. Agnew.

 Mr. Agnew once described the “older generation’s leadership” as a “sniveling hand-wringing power structure.” Who would argue that this fits today’s Republican majority, which took over the House January 6th?

 Thus far, we are unimpressed with its disparate attacks on the Obama agenda. Speaker of the House Rep. John Boehner (R., OH) cannot rein in the old legislative nags, who continue to ignore the mandate ordered by the Tea Party Movement and voters spurred on by Governor Palin’s district-hopping campaign efforts.

 Mr. Agnew would, perhaps, have loved to use the words of Lt. Gen. Russel L. Honore, who at a critical time in the Hurricane Kristina recovery effort in 2005, warned reporters not to get “stuck on stupid!” The first question at the press conference brought the response, “See, you’re stuck on stupid.”

 Sarah Palin isn’t “stuck on stupid,” like her party, which it would seem is more infected with the “Green Eyed Monster” syndrome. Keep your powder dry and your eye on the target, Governor! 

(Editor’s Note: Published in its original form in Jan. 19, 2011, reprinted with permission of The Octopus™ LLC and the author.)
   Thanks, Norm - and Harry!

    From Jerry ('65) and    Judy Phillips ('66) Allen of VA - 02/01/11 - "My Lucky Day...":

Can you believe those crazy cops at the end?

   WOWZERS! These people must have their guardian angels on overtime! Thanks, Sweetie-Pies!

      From Wayne Stokes ('65) of VA - 02/01/11 - "Undeniable adult truths":

Just in case you forgot, here they are again!!

Undeniable adult truths

1. I think part of a best friend's job should be to immediately clear your computer history if you die.

2. Nothing sucks more than that moment during an argument when you realize you're wrong.

3. I totally take back all those times I didn't want to nap when I was younger.

4. There is great need for a sarcasm font.

5. How the hell are you supposed to fold a fitted sheet?

6. Was learning cursive really necessary?

7. Map Quest really needs to start their directions on # 5. I'm pretty sure I know how to get out of my neighborhood.

8. Obituaries would be a lot more interesting if they told you how the person died.

9. I can't remember the last time I wasn't at least kind of tired.

10. Bad decisions make good stories.

11. You never know when it will strike, but there comes a moment at work when you know that you just aren't going to do anything productive for the rest of the day.

12. Can we all just agree to ignore whatever comes after Blue Ray? I don't want to have to restart my collection...again.

13. I'm always slightly terrified when I exit out of Word and it asks me if I want to save any changes to my ten-page technical report that I swear I did not make any changes to.

14. I keep some people's phone numbers in my phone just so I know not to answer when they call.

15. I think the freezer deserves a light as well.

16. I disagree with Kay Jewelers. I would bet on any given Friday or Saturday night more kisses begin with Miller Lite than Kay.

17. I wish Google Maps had an "Avoid Ghetto" routing option.

18. I have a hard time deciphering the fine line between boredom and hunger.

19. How many times is it appropriate to say "What?" before you just nod and smile because you still didn't hear or understand a word they said?

20. I love the sense of camaraderie when an entire line of cars team up to prevent a jerk from cutting in at the front. Stay strong, brothers and sisters!

21. Shirts get dirty. Underwear gets dirty. Pants? Pants never get dirty, and you can wear them forever.

22. Sometimes I'll look down at my watch 3 consecutive times and still not know what time it is.

23. Even under ideal conditions people have trouble locating their car keys in a pocket, finding their cell phone, and Pinning the Tail on the Donkey - but I'd bet everyone can find and push the snooze button from 3 feet away, in about 1.7 seconds, eyes closed, first time, every time.

24. The first testicular guard, the "Cup," was used in Hockey in 1874 and the first helmet was used in 1974. That means it only took 100 years for men to realize that their brain is also important.

Ladies.....Quit Laughing.

     Thanks, Wayne Honey!

      From My Niece, Shari, of VA - 01/31/11 - "Song Oldies & More":

Peter, Paul And Mary--Puff The Magic Dragon
California Dreamin - Mamas & The Papas

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Scene: A conversation between two of my friends.

Friend #1: Are you visiting us tomorrow? Do you need directions?

Friend #2: I'm all set. I have the address, a GPS, and a GPS override.

Friend #1: What's a GPS override?

Friend #2: My wife.

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In my job with a delivery company, I was getting phone directions to a customer's home. The woman very specifically said, "From the main road in the center of town go two lights. Look for the post office. Turn left onto the next street. Go 1.3 miles. Drive past one red hydrant and then take the next right. Go 50 yards. My driveway is the second on the right, and the number is on the mailbox."

As I entered the information into the computer, I asked, "What color is your house?"

The woman paused a second and said, "Hold on. I'll go check."

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"The owner of a wrinkly dog in Australia has given his pet a full face-lift and a double eye-lift so it won't go blind. Unfortunately, after getting all that plastic surgery, the dog left its owner to live with a younger, hotter family."

-Jimmy Fallon

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Random Fact:

In 2006 about 4,935 people were killed riding motorcycles of different kinds. Most motorcycle accidents involve a short trip associated with shopping, errands, friends, entertainment or recreation, and the accident is likely to happen in a very short time close to the trip origin.

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Guaranteed to Roll Your Eyes

A prospective juror in a Dallas District Court was surprised by the definition of voluntary manslaughter given the panel: "An intentional killing that occurs while the defendant is under the immediate influence of sudden passion arising from an adequate cause, such as when a spouse's mate is found in a 'compromising position.'"

"See, I have a problem with that passion business," responded the jury candidate. "During my first marriage, I came in and found my husband in bed with my neighbor. All I did was divorce him. I had no idea that I could have shot him." She wasn't selected for the jury.

    WILD GIGGLES! Thanks, Shari!

From - 01/31/11 - "Body Image":

How to Love the Skin You're In

By Susan Liddy

No matter our size or shape -- long and lean, compact and curvy, top-heavy, pear-shaped... many of us seem to have a negative perception of our bodies. Instead of seeing our beauty, we focus on what we believe are our negative qualities making it more difficult to feel confident and fulfilled in our lives.

Without going too much into why, let's briefly look at the culture we were brought up in. Television ads, magazines, radio, movies. Every day, we are bombarded with messages of what we SHOULD look like.

* Do you know that the majority of clothing line designers use sizing to manipulate us? That size four jean you purchased last year is likely considered size zero this year.

* Did you ever stop to think... that gorgeous model on the cover of Cosmo had her cleavage enhanced and her skin tone evened out by a neat trick they call air brushing?

Remember that nobody is perfect -- not even the world's supermodels. We all have those parts of us that we love, and other areas we wish we could change. Realize that you don't need to subscribe to all the disempowering messages our consumer-based society screams at you!

Walking through life with a negative body image perception creates a cycle of unfulfillment. This spills into all areas of your life:

* Your intimate relationships
* Your social life
* Adventures and vacations you want to take
* Invitations that you decline

What if instead of focusing on what you looked like, you could address those unmet needs that keep that negative self talk reel playing over and over in your mind? You know, those needs that you attempt to fulfill with a plethora of disempowering behaviors like:

* Over-eating
* Under-eating
* People-pleasing
* Complaining
* Making excuses
* Overspending
* Wearing clothes that are too big or too small
* Scouring magazines for the latest styles
* Drinking too much

Now, I'm not suggesting that you resort to wearing burlap sacks and ditch your cosmetic drawer. Being a girly girl myself, I love indulging in fun clothes and different hair styles. Being able to play up your features is a fun part of being a female! Yet, we don't have to indulge in these things to the point that we're trying to be someone else.

Really loving your body means working to bring out your inner beauty, your essence and wearing clothing that shows who you truly are.

Next time you catch yourself thinking and behaving poorly about your body, ask why. Why am I behaving impulsively/self-destructively and what would really help me to lift my self-esteem?

Maybe instead of stocking up on larger sizes, then "drowning" our sorrows, or "eating" them away... we can realize that what we really want is to treat our bodies better, and to feel better. And maybe that begins with something as simple as taking a brisk walk every morning.

It's just a small step -- but it's the difference between masking or escaping from our poor body image perception, and instead learning to appreciate, respect and nurture the body that you were given.

Here are tips to overcome a negative body image:

1. Define your own version of beauty.
2. Engage in self care so you feel vibrant and alive.
3. Replace negative self talk with the truth of how well your body serves you.
4. Identify your unmet emotional needs and create empowering ways to meet them.
5. Realize that other people don't focus on your flaws the way that you do -- because to them, the outer package holds a truly wonderful and beautiful gift -- YOU.
Today, make the choice to bring fulfillment into your life no matter what you look like. By taking action to feel whole and complete today, you'll create the energy and motivation that allows your outside to reflect your inside.

About the Author:

Susan Liddy is on a mission to let every woman know that she can live a confident and fulfilling life. Since 2004 she has helped women around the globe achieve goals and dreams such as heal relationships, write books, change careers, start businesses and create overall life balance.

Learn more about Susan Liddy by visiting her website: or blog: 


From Will and Guy's Joke of the Day - 02/01/11:

Today we have a classic of our philosophy - something for everyone.


In 1980, a Las Vegas hospital suspended workers for betting on when patients would die.

Thomas Edison was afraid of the dark.

"Kemo Sabe" means "soggy shrub" in Navajo.

In Kentucky, 50% of the people who get married for the first time are teenagers.

Kotex was first manufactured as bandages, during WWI.

Einstein couldn't speak fluently when he was nine. His parents thought he might be retarded.

In Los Angeles, there are fewer people than there are automobiles.

About a third of all Americans flush the toilet while they're still sitting on it.

You're more likely to get stung by a bee on a windy day that in any other weather.

An average person laughs about 5 times a day.

Research indicates that mosquitoes are attracted to people who have recently eaten bananas.

Penguins can jump as high as 6 feet in the air.

Donald Duck comics were banned from Finland because he doesn't wear pants.

The average person is about a quarter of an inch taller at night.

A sneeze zooms out of your mouth at over 600 mph.

The three best-known western names in China: Jesus Christ, Richard Nixon, and Elvis Presley.

The Neanderthal's brain was bigger than yours is.

A Saudi Arabian woman can get a divorce if her husband doesn't give her coffee.

The average bank teller loses about $250 every year.

1. 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.

2. 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.

3. Thursday, March 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.

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

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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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Standing in the Shadows of Love

Written by

Brian Holland (b. 15 Feb 1941), Lamont Dozier (b. 16 June 1941), and Edward Holland, Jr. (b. 30 Oct 1939)

Recorded by The Four Tops, 1966

Standing in the shadows of love
Waitin' for the heartaches to come
Can't you see me standing in the shadows of love
I'm getting ready for the heartaches to come
I'd run but there's no where to go
'Cause heartaches will follow me I know
Without your love, the love I need
It's the beginning of the end for me
'Cause you've taken away all me reasons for livin'
When you pushed aside all the love I've been giving
Now wait a minute
Didn't I teach you right, didn't I?
Didn't I do the best I could, didn't I?
So don't you leave me standin' in the shadow of love
I'm gettin' ready for the heartaches to come
Don't you see me standing in the shadow of love
Just tryin' my best to get ready for the heartaches to come

All alone I'll desperately be
With misery my only company
Come today, in fact come tomorrow
Sorrow, I ain't got nothin' but sorrow
Don't your conscience bother you
How can you watch me cry after all I've done for you
Now hold a minute
Gave you all the love I had, didn't I?
When you needed me I was there, now wasn't I?
(Standing in the shadows of love
Gettin' ready for the heartaches to come)
I've tried not to cry out loud
No gal you ain't gonna help me now
What did I do to cause all this grief
Now what'd I say to make you want to leave
Now wait a minute
I gave my heart and soul to you, didn't I?
Now didn't I always treat you good, didn't I?
I'm Standing in the shadows of love
I'm gettin' ready for the heartaches to come
Hope to see you standing in the shadows of love
Tryin' my best to get ready for the heartaches to come
Standing in the shadows of... [Fade]

"Standing in the Shadows of Love" midi courtesy of
at the suggestion of Dave Spriggs ('64) of VA - 01/22/05
Thanks, Dave!

"Standing in the Shadows of Love" lyrics courtesy of
also at the suggestion of Dave Spriggs ('64) of VA
- 01/22/05
Thanks again, Dave!

Animated Happy Groundhog Day clip art courtesy of - 02/02/08

Animated Paw Print Divider Line clip art courtesy of – 01/29/05

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

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!

Air Force Seal clip art courtesy of - 07/07/06

Animated Navy Flag clip art courtesy of - 06/18/03

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

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

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