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03/04/14 - NNHS Newsletter -
March Forth on the Fourth

“March on. Do not tarry. To go forward is to move toward perfection.
March on, and fear not the thorns, or the sharp stones on life's path.

- Kahlil Gibran
(06 Jan 1883 - 10 Apr 1931)


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Dear Friends and Schoolmates, 

   Today is the only day of the year which when spoken in English forms a sentence. 
And that, of course, is cause enough for celebration today - just as it has been for the last four years.

BONUS - - Radetzky March - Johann Strauss Sr. "Radetzky March", the last piece at the New Year's Concert Vienna 1987, with Herbert Von Karajan conducting the Vienna Philharmonic AND THE AUDIENCE!


Radetzky March, Op. 228, is a march composed by Johann Strauss Sr. in 1848. It was dedicated to the Austrian Field Marshal Joseph Radetzky von Radetz, and became quite a popular march among soldiers. It has been remarked that its tone is more celebratory than martial-- Strauss was commissioned to write the piece for a celebration of Radetsky's victory at the Battle of Custoza.

For the Trio Strauss used an older folk melody called „Alter Tanz aus Wien“ or „Tinerl-Lied“ in 3/4 time signature (named after a then popular singer). When Radetzky came back to Vienna after winning the battle of Custoza (1848), his soldiers were singing the then popular song. Allegedly Strauss heard this singing and included the melody, this time in 2/4 time signature, into the Radetzky march. [1]

When it was first played in front of Austrian officers they spontaneously clapped and stamped their feet when they heard the chorus. This tradition is kept alive today when the march is played in classical music venues in Vienna, among members of the audience who are familiar with the tradition. It is almost always played as the last piece at the Neujahrskonzert, the Vienna New Year Concert...


   Happy Birthday today to   The late Mr. William Etheridge (NNHS Principal) (deceased - 04/19/05) AND   Roland McCoy (June '45) of VA!

   Happy Birthday tomorrow to   Hazel Pegram Southall ('57) AND    Helen Pegram Ignace ('57) AND   Jeanie Scruggs Anderson ('65) of VA!

   Happy Birthday this week to:

07 -   Shirley Eanes Matthews ('66) of VA;

08 -    The late Mildred Mae Linkous Spriggs (June '38) (deceased 07/04/07) - also Mother of          Dave Spriggs ('64) of VA AND Doris Burns ('38) - also Mother of    Steve Burns ('65) of MN;

09 - Patrick Burke ('57) AND       Bobby Hilling ('62) of VA AND   Katie Haan Spaulding ('64) of CA;

10 -   Helen Avant Neal ('57) of VA AND (if Plaxo is to be believed) Bill Douthat ('66) of VA;

11 - Margaret Blayton Cowan ('57) AND   Nancy Horton Wilkes ('62) of FL AND  Shirley Caudill Williamson ('65) of VA AND Betty Ames Burton ('71) of VA!

   Many Happy Returns to You All!


March 04, 1941 - The United Kingdom launched Operation Claymore on the Lofoten Islands.

March 04, 1943 - The Battle of the Bismarck Sea in the South West Pacific came to an end.

March 04, 1944 - After the success of Big Week, the USAAF began a daylight bombing campaign of Berlin.

March 04, 1945 - Lapland War: Finland declared war on Nazi Germany.


Tuesday, March 04, 1964
Journalist Scott Baker was born in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.

Tuesday, March 04, 1964 - Poker player David Colclough was born in Carmarthen, Wales.

Tuesday, March 04, 1964 - Politician Brian Crowley was born in Dublin, Ireland.

Tuesday, March 04, 1964 - Singer-songwriter (The Seekers) Karen Knowles was born in Melbourne, Australia.  

Tuesday, March 04, 1964 - Baseball player Tom Lampkin was born Thomas Michael Lampkin in Cincinnati, Ohio

Tuesday, March 04, 1964 - Director and screenwriter Paolo Virzì was born in Livorno, Italy.


   Daylight Saving Time begins at 2:00 AM on Sunday, March 9, 2014.

   From Mark Hutcherson ('66) of VA - 10/14/09 - "Daylight Savings Time explained":


This is the best explanation I've heard yet!

   AHA!!! This IS perfect! Thanks again, Mark, I could scarcely agree more!


      From My Niece, Shari, of VA - 03/03/14 - " Can You Guess These Cyberaliases?":

Cyberaliases 1

Can you name the celebrity owners for these email cyberaliases? Hint: all of the celebs are deceased 1960's icons and missed out on surfing the internet. (These are all fake, don't try to send email to these addresses.) Answers are below.

(Answers: Andy Warhol, Jim Morrison, Elvis Presley, Jimi Hendrix, Robert Kennedy, Dr. Martin Luther King, Janis Joplin)


Cyberaliases 2

Can you name the cartoon owners for these email cyberaliases? (These are all fake, don't try to send email to these addresses.) Answers are below.

(Answers: Professor Peabody, Bart Simpson, Elmer Fudd, Donald Duck, Mighty Mouse, Sylvester the cat, Popeye)


When my granddaughter, Ann, was nine years old, she was given an assignment by her teacher to write a story on "Where my family came from." The purpose was to understand your genealogy.

I was not aware of her assignment when she asked me at the dining room table one night, "Grandma, where did I come from?"

I responded quite nervously because my son and daughter-in- law were out of town and I was stalling until they returned home, "Well, honey, the stork brought you."

"Where did Mom come from then?"

"The stork brought her, too."

"OK, then.... where did you come from?"

"The stork brought me too, dear."

"Okay, thanks, Grandma."

I did not think anything more about it until two days later when I was cleaning Ann's room and read the first sentence of her paper... "For three generations there have been no natural births in our family."

Wisdom Tip

Make better decisions faster

If you’re straggling to make a tough decision after examining the issue from all angles, make a point to stand firmly in place. A new study in the journal Psychological Science had subjects try tai chi movements that involved swaying left and right and discovered the body movements increased people’s ambivalence. Similarly, when subjects stood on a Wii Balance Board as they read an article that presented and issue’s pros and cons, they literally swayed from side to side. Only when prompted to pick a side people stop swaying.

~ Chris



"Racism isn't born, folks, it's taught. I have a two-year-old son. You know what he hates? Naps! End of list."
~Denis Leary~


Random Facts

McDonald's is the largest purchaser of beef, pork, and potatoes and the second largest purchaser of chicken in the world. Its annual orders for french fries constitute 7.5 percent of America's entire potato crop.

Due to anti-German sentiment during WWI, an alternative name for a hamburger (which was derived from the Hamburg steak sandwiches eaten on immigrant ships between Hamburg, Germany, and America in the 1800s) was "salisbury steak." It was named after Dr. Salisbury who prescribed ground beef for patients suffering from anemia, asthma, and other illnesses.


Handy Hints

Hint 1:

Getting ketchup out of a fresh bottle. Sometimes you find ketchup won’t flow out of a fresh bottle despite some shaking. Insert a drinking straw and push it to the bottom. Enough air will be admitted to start even flow.


Hint 2:

Keep your handbags and purses off the counters and table. Research shows that the bottom of most purses contain traces of bacteria such as Salmonella and E Coli.


Just a Place to Lay Your Head

A comment on "The Issue of Money."

The recent MountainWings and especially this quote from the Bible - Jesus replied, "Foxes have holes and birds of the air have nests, but the Son of Man has no place to lay his head." (Matt. 8:20 NIV) - really "struck home" with me.

My mother and sister were in town two weeks ago so, because he has a large house, my younger brother's place is where we chose to have the family gathering.

As we entered his development and drove past the nicely manicured lawns, professionally-designed landscaping and plenty of spectacular dwellings with huge curb appeal, I admonished myself, "See, if only you had been more 'successful' like your brother is, you and your family could be enjoying the benefits of living in a neighborhood like this, too!"

I certainly wasn't envious of my brother, just disappointed in myself for not having been able to better provide for my family.

Later that week, we also took my mother and sister to view each of my daughters' new houses. While they are each wonderful, first-time-homeowner houses, something strange happened. I found myself longing for the spaciousness and comfort of my own home, the same home I had only recently diminished in my eyes!

I further realized that after a few months of familiarity with their elegant new home, even my brother and his wife may have desired an even nicer dwelling in an even more upscale community. As you had written, The problem with wanting more is that it never stops, and most find that even when they get "the stuff," it's not what they thought in terms of real contentment.

How silly of me to be so concerned with something that really doesn't matter! That thought was even punctuated by a comment my sister then made later during her visit: "I really like your house!" she said.

"Our brother's house just seems so . . . dark."

~A MountainWings Original by Ted Janusz, Hilliard, Ohio~

Web Movie

You Are More Beautiful Than You Think

   Thank you, Shari!

    From Joan Lauterbach Krause ('60) of VA - 02/14/14 - "Snow in Russia (#16 in a Series of 37)":

Hope these come through. In light of recent weather....

Snow in Russia

Now THIS is winter!


   YIKESARONI! Thanks again, Joan!


    From Joan Lauterbach Krause ('60) of VA - 02/19/14 - "LAUGHS FOR THE DAY (#9 in a Series of 16)":

  ...These should be some fun.

   GIGGLES! Thanks, Joan!


  From Ruth Ann Reece Horace ('67) of FL - 02/24/14 - "Who says men can't decorate? (#6 in a Series of 10)":

  Who says men can't decorate?

They can decorate very well!

   SO COOL! Thanks, Ruthie!


        From My Husband, Paul Harty (Bardolph HS, IL - '61) of NC - 03/01/14 - "Modern Gadgets (#3 in a series of 15)":

  WILD GIGGLES! Thanks, Dools!

BONUS BACK AND FORTH CROCHET TUTORIAL: - How to Crochet with Two Colors Back and Forth

BONUS MARCH RECIPES: - Food Network's What to Cook in March


From - 03/03/14:

Selling at an auction was halted when the auctioneer announced, “Someone in the room has lost his wallet containing $2,000. He is offering a reward of $500.00 for its immediate return.”

After a moment of silence, there was a call from the back of the room, “$550.00.”


1. Thursday, March 6, 2014 - 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 friends in that year, go visit with them.  

2. Wednesday, March 12, 2014 - 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, April 3, 2014 - 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 friends in that year, go visit with them.  

4. Friday and Saturday, July 25 and 26, 2014 - The NNHS Class of 1954 will hold a 60-YEAR REUNION in Newport News. Further info from Dr. Harry Simpson at 804 694 0346 or, or Mickey Marcella at 757 249 3800 or, or Betty H. Neher at 757 898 5099 or

PRAYER ROLL: - updated 02/20/14

BLOG: - updated 03/13/11

Y'all take care of each other!  TYPHOONS FOREVER!  We'll Always Have Buckroe!

                                 Love to all, Carol





Carol Buckley Harty
7020 Lure Court
Fayetteville, NC 28311-9309


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Radetzky March

- Johann Strauss I
(14 Mar 1804 - 25 Sept 1849)

"Radetzky March" midi courtesy of - 03/04/09

March 2013 Calendar courtesy of - 03/04/13

Divider Line clip art courtesy of - 03/03/09 (but probably used previously as well.....)

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

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

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!!

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