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04/22/11 - NNHS Newsletter - Good Friday

“And when they were come to the place, which is called Calvary, there they
crucified him, and the malefactors, one on the right hand, and the other
on the left. Then said Jesus, Father, forgive them; for they know not
what they do. And they parted his raiment, and cast lots.”

- Luke 23: 33-34 (KJV)

Dear Friends and Schoolmates, 

   Today is the fourth full day of Passover as well as Good Friday.

   The hymn on today's Holiday Edition was sequenced by our own   Al Simms ('60) of VA, and appears elsewhere on the site here:

   Thanks again, Al!

BONUS #1 - - At Calvary

BONUS #2 - - At Calvary - Lynda Randle and Jessy Dixon


From Many Christians around the world observe Good Friday on the Friday before Easter Sunday. It commemorates Jesus Christ’s Passion, crucifixion and death, which is told in the Christian bible. It is the day after Maundy Thursday.


   Today is also Earth Day.

From Earth Day is a name used for two different observances, both held worldwide annually. While some people celebrate Earth Day around the time of the vernal equinox, others observe the occasion on April 22 each year. Earth Day aims to inspire awareness of and appreciation for earth's environment. It is currently observed in more than 140 countries around the world.


   Happy Birthday today to  Peggy Lovic Hooper-McLain ('57)!

   Happy Birthday tomorrow to   Evelyn Casey Snead ('57) of VA AND Peggy Hartsel Sack ('57)!

   Happy Birthday this week to: 

24 - Donald Smith ('57) of VA;

25 - Lolly Wynne Burke ('57) AND    Bobbie Smith Horwitz ('65) of TX;

26 - Deanna Steele Capps ('57) AND   Becky Braswell Branch ('65) of AR;

27 -     Bill Campbell ('54) of VA AND Genis Bird Crowder Hornsby ('54) AND Barbara Jones ('54);

28 - Marvin Barnes ('65) of VA;

29 -   Brenda Davis English ('64) of KS AND    Mike Sagman ('66) of VA!

    Many Happy Returns to You All!


Monday, April 22, 1861

Nobody wants to pay for a navy in peacetime. Now Norfolk Navy Yard in Virginia was lost; the railroads south were useless, those North were cut at Baltimore and Harper’s Ferry. The Washington Navy Yard was essential. It was also running short of personnel. Today the commandant, Capt. Franklin Buchanan suffered a change of allegiance and went South. The Chief of Navy Ordnance, George Magruder, had a outbreak of pacifism and went to Canada for the duration. The entire yard was down to 150 men after the shuffling was done.

From Gary Fitzgerald ('61) of VA - 04/21/11 - "The Class of 1961":

Please add our new web site to our announcement (61)

Thanks - Have a nice Easter


   WOWZERS! Thank you, Gary! I just added your super impressive Class website to our Reunion page (as well as to all the other announcement areas of our website): 

     From Me ('65) of IL - 04/21/11 - "In Memoriam Class of 1961":

   While I was pouring over the website ( for the Class of 1961 - which I highly recommend! - I saw that I had somehow omitted three of their deceased members from our 1961 In Memoriam page:
     I was unable to locate any details about Doris or Robert either from the SSDI or the Daily Press Archives, but I was appalled to discover that Mamie passed away on 14 Aug 2009 and I had not noticed it at all! I may have to do some of my infamous Revisionist History and make her a belated Memorial Edition Newsletter.  Meanwhile, I've posted her obituary on that page:

Doris Pellum Johnson Robert Spackman Mamie Stanfield Martin
Fall of 1960 Fall of 1960 Fall of 1960

    From Joe Madagan ('57) of FL - 04/21/11 - "Interesting Post in Newsletter.":

Hi, Carol:

    Norm Covert ('61) of MD and his brother        Harry Covert ('57) of MD have carried on the tradition of the late father. Thanks for posting The Covert Letter. Harry has had quite a ministry in Haiti.

  Delano Wray ('62) of MD has also had quite a ministry. We had the pleasure of visiting with him when he was pastoring in a congregation in Reading, Pennsylvania. He had a large youth group, and seemed to at home in the mountains of Pennsylvania. We lost track of him, so thanks for posting his message.

You are very generous in sharing the Good News. We always look forward to your Newsletters.

TYPHOON Regards,
Joe Madagan ('57) of FL

   Thanks so much, Joe! I'm glad y'all are enjoying these special Holiday Editions!

    From Norm Covert ('61) of MD - 04/21/11, 6:09 AM - "The Covert Letter":

Reader Alert

Posted: 18 Apr 2011 02:55 PM PDT

The Covert Letter is pleased to publish a series of Holy Week daily reports from Jerusalem covering Jesus of Nazareth and his pilgrimage in concert with the Feast of Passover. Our special correspondent will have reports for you each day on the unfolding story. The first installment begins today.

This was inspired by a five-part series written in 1959 by        Harry Covert ('57 - of MD) in The Times-Herald, Newport News, Virginia. Harry had the late    Rev. Harry M. Covert Sr. (20 Sept 1908 - 04 Dec 1985) to verify the accuracy of his work. The editor is solely responsible for the accuracy of the reports. Illustrations are from The Rev. Mr. Covert’s collection of lantern slides shown on a circa 1900 Magic Lantern as part of his ministry.

Norman Covert

Jerusalem Dispatches — Part III

Posted: 20 Apr 2011 03:54 PM PDT

Judas Iscariot shown kissing Jesus of Nazareth, leading Sanhedrin arrest squad. (Blackhawk Lantern Slide)


Jesus arrested by Sanhedrin;

Disciple Judas identified as betrayer

Special to The Covert Letter

JERUSALEM (April 19) –
Jesus of Nazareth, in a stunning turn of events, was arrested late yesterday in the Garden of Gethsemane. One of his closest companions identified him to an enforcement unit representing the Sanhedrin, according to witnesses. 

A source said Judas Iscariot unexpectedly met the delegation, then embraced Jesus kissing his cheek in greeting. Jesus was immediately seized.

Judas, from Kerioth, South Judea, was identified as one of “The Twelve,” accompanying Jesus on his ministerial journey. No explanation was provided for his betrayal and other disciples refused to condemn him.

The Garden of Gethsemane is at the foot of the Mount of Olives, just outside the city, not far from Temple Mount and facilities of the Sanhedrin.

Jesus was confined in a facility adjacent to the Temple on charges said to include heresy and blasphemy. Some evidence is reported to date to Jesus’ activities with the late John the Baptist, who like Jesus preached doctrine beyond the Torah and its interpretation by Temple intelligentsia.

There was no official word from the office of Chief Priest Joseph Caiaphas when a trial might be scheduled, but those familiar with the situation expect quick resolution.

A spokesman in the office of Roman Prefect Pontius Pilot said it would not interfere with the “privilege” of the high priest to govern events within the Jewish community.

“It is important,” the spokesman quoted Pilot, “that the matter be resolved for the good of the community.”

The arrest marked the end of another triumphant day for the precocious young rabbi, who has attracted overflow crowds throughout the Metroplex. He stormed into this ancient and revered city three days ago, welcomed by throngs along the main route.

Jesus of Nazareth (center) explains the communion rite in upper room. (Blackhawk Lantern Slide)

The queue of reporters tracked Jesus and his associates to a spacious bed and breakfast in what is called the Upper City of Jerusalem. Two disciples had arranged for the entourage to have its Passover meal as guests in the upper room.

Jesus spent much of the day speaking again in the Temple and in spontaneous opportunities with local residents.

Reporters identified guests at the invitation-only affair. It included former Sea of Galilee fishermen Simon Peter, his brother Andrew, John and his brother James. Also: Matthew, a former government tax official; Phillip of Bethsaida, Galilee; Thomas, Bartholomew, James the son of Alpheus; Thaddeus, Simon the Zealot and Judas Iscariot.

Jesus’ remarks were said to have shocked his followers. They again heard him predict his death and betrayal, personally identifying Judas, who Jesus said would make his prophecy possible.

“I have earnestly desired to eat this Passover with you before I suffer,” he was quoted.

Jesus, in solemn tones, predicted he would shed his blood and his body would be broken as “atonement for the sins of the people.”

He offered a blessing, then broke the traditional matzo bread, Matthew said, giving each guest a piece.

“He said it was his body. He then blessed a goblet of wine and asked all to drink from it, saying it represented his blood to be shed in sacrifice. He urged us to repeat the tradition, remembering the elements of this first communion of disciples.”

It was consensus that Jesus’ deity was without question.

“I will not drink wine again until the day when I drink it new with you in my father’s kingdom, ” Matthew quoted Jesus.

Reporters were energized again as Jesus led a procession to the Garden of Gethsemane after dinner. He is said to have found the garden perfect for contemplation. He asked his companions to “watch and wait” with him.

Jesus praying in Garden of Gethsemane to have "the cup" pass from him. He was arrested shortly after. (Blackhawk Lantern Slide)

Jesus reportedly had prayed, “My Father, if it is possible, let this cup pass from me; not as I want, but as you want.”

Reporters learned that after the third time finding his followers asleep, Jesus said, “Are you still sleeping? It is time for the Son of Man to be betrayed into the hands of sinners. Come on, let’s go.

“Look,” he continued, nodding toward Judas, “My betrayer is here.”

According to eyewitnesses, the Temple delegation stormed into the clearing brandishing swords. Judas greeted Jesus and he was arrested. Judas reportedly walked away and wasn’t seen again.

Jesus did not resist. He is said to have attended to one of the chief priests, whose ear was severed by a disciple’s sword. Another eye witness confirmed the ear was completely healed by Jesus’ touch. It could not be explained otherwise. 

As he was led away, Jesus remarked he had been arrested as if he were a common criminal. He said he could have called 12 legions of angels to rescue him, but it was important that the prophecy be fulfilled.—©Norman M. Covert.

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Contact Norman Covert at

   Thank you so much, Norm - and Harry!

    From Norm Covert ('61) of MD - 04/22/11, 6:03 AM - "The Covert Letter":

Reader Alert

Posted: 18 Apr 2011 02:55 PM PDT

The Covert Letter is pleased to publish a series of Holy Week daily reports from Jerusalem covering Jesus of Nazareth and his pilgrimage in concert with the Feast of Passover. Our special correspondent will have reports for you each day on the unfolding story. The first installment begins today.

This was inspired by a five-part series written in 1959 by        Harry Covert ('57 - of MD) in The Times-Herald, Newport News, Virginia. Harry had the late    Rev. Harry M. Covert Sr. (20 Sept 1908 - 04 Dec 1985) to verify the accuracy of his work. The editor is solely responsible for the accuracy of the reports. Illustrations are from The Rev. Mr. Covert’s collection of lantern slides shown on a circa 1900 Magic Lantern as part of his ministry.

Norman Covert

Jerusalem Dispatches — Part IV

Posted: 21 Apr 2011 03:00 PM PDT



Special to The Covert Letter

JERUSALEM (April  21) – Avant garde Rabbi Jesus of Nazareth is almost certain now to be facing the death penalty after claiming to be “The Christ,” according to legal analysts in this Judean capital city.

Caiaphas (left) listens as priests and officers shout out their belief that Jesus must suffer the death penalty. (Blackhawk Lantern Slide)

Jesus’ admission came during hearings held today by the powerful Sanhedrin. It has jurisdiction over the Jewish population, which has been wildly receptive of Jesus’ evangelistic crusade.

High Priest Joseph Caiaphas withheld comment on the unofficial guilty verdict shouted at the proceeding and was mum about public accusations that Jesus suffered vicious beatings at the hands of his captors.

The spokesman for Gov. Pontius Pilot referred reporters to the Temple.

The non-binding acclamation seeking the death penalty overshadowed the obvious abuse endured by the prisoner at the hands of his Hebrew brethren.

Jesus had little reaction to the shouted cries of those calling for his death, some of whom slapped him and spit on him. He was mostly uncooperative, listening with obvious interest to the witnesses, some of whom admitted privately that they were recruited off the street.

Jesus being spat upon and accused of heresy by Sanhedrin witnesses. (Blackhawk Lantern Slides)

His blindfold removed, the Bethlehem-born Jesus displayed visible wounds while seated on the ground at the makeshift, outdoor interrogation site on Temple Mount.

He broke his silence after sitting stoically through much of the intense interrogation procedure. Jesus managed to confound a high priest, who loomed over him and pointed aggressively, shouting, “Are you the Christ, the son of the Blessed One?”

“I am!” Jesus nodded, looking intently at the interrogator. “You shall see the Son of Man sitting at the right hand of power and coming with the clouds of heaven.”

“There is your blasphemy,” the high priest shouted, trying to be heard over the noise of the audience jammed in the court yard. Shredding his tunic, he proclaimed, “We don’t need any more witnesses!”

Officers refused to characterize the ordeal as a trial or interrogation. Instead they said it was a fact-finding investigation. It began a few hours after Jesus’ arrest late last night in the Garden of Gethsemane. A  fire was built to warm the long line of potential witnesses, who were greeted by a rooster heralding the sunrise.

Only one of Jesus’ 12 closest companions was seen in the vicinity. However, Simon Peter was heard denying to three persons that he was affiliated with Jesus. He reportedly is Jesus’ closest confidant. He was seen mingling with the crowd as Jesus was brought to the courtyard and stayed to monitor the events. He did not testify.

Reporters still sought to interview Judas Iscariot, who identified Jesus for the officers bearing the indictment last night. He has not been seen since then.

Caiaphas took his prominent seat, but did not interfere as the line of witnesses was grilled by officers and priests. They seemed frustrated by the lack of credible evidence against Jesus. Testimony was inconsistent and at times contradictory during the marathon event.

Archive image of Jesus at time of his bar mitzvah already preaching in the Temple in Jerusalem. (Blackhawk Lantern Slide)

“I will destroy this temple made with hands,” Jesus said, according two witnesses in their sworn testimony.  “And in three days I will build another made without hands.”

Following the testimony, a priest rose and walked toward Jesus, standing over him and shouting, “Don’t you have anything to rebut what these men have testified against you?”

Jesus remained silent, but his follow-on claim to be “The Christ,” may be the prima facie evidence needed to send a “true bill,” as it were, to Governor Pilot for prosecution. The Sanhedrin will have to convince the Roman government to accept the case, which appears to be primarily a question of temple discipline.

Legal analysts agreed that Jesus is facing the death penalty for the real and imagined charges. The Sanhedrin is believed to have sent an emissary to Governor Pilot asking that he accept the case as part of his Friday docket that includes several accused thieves.

Jesus, who reportedly has not eaten since the Passover Seder last night, was taken inside by guards. The panel of high priests and officers went to their chambers, but the crowd stayed, preserving their seats.

A spokesman said any further official statements would come only after formal disposition of Jesus’ case is determined.

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Contact Norman Covert at

   Thank you so much, Norm - and Harry!



The Bully:

The strong young man at the construction site was bragging that he could outdo anyone in a feat of strength. He made a special target of one of the older workmen. After several minutes, the older worker had enough. "Why don't you put your money where your mouth is?" he said. "I will bet a week's wages that I can haul something in a wheelbarrow over to that outbuilding that you won't be able to wheel back."

"You're on, old man," the braggart replied. "Let's see what you got."

The old man reached out and grabbed the wheelbarrow by the handles. Then, nodding to the young man, he said, "All right. Get in."


1. 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

2. Thursday, May 5, 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 friends in that year, go visit with them.

3.  May 13, 14, 15, 20, 21, 22, 2011 - "The Marvelous Wonderettes" at Dinnertainment at The Grey Goose - OPEN TO THE PUBLIC - 

4. Wednesday, June 8, 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.

5. 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

6. Saturday, August 20, 2011 - The Class of 1966 will hold its 45-Year Reunion at the Warwick Yacht Club, Newport News.  Further details will be available soon from Dee Hodges Bartram at - CLASS OF 1966

7. Friday, Saturday, and Sunday, August 26, 27, and 28, 2011 - The Class of 1961 will hold its 50-Year Reunion. - For details, see: and contact Gary Fitzgerald at or 757-879-2847 - CLASS OF 1961

8. Wednesday and Thursday, October 19 and 20, 2011 - The Class of 1956 will hold its 55-Year Reunion. Be on the lookout for "snail mail" in early May. - CLASS OF 1956

PRAYER ROLL : - updated 04/18/11

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


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At Calvary

Words by William R. Newell, 1895
(22 May 1868 - 01 Apr 1956)

Music by Daniel B. Towner
(05 Apr 1850 - 03 Oct 1919)

Years I spent in vanity and pride,
Caring not my Lord was crucified
Knowing not it was for me He died
On Calvary...

Mercy there was great and grace was free,
Pardon there was multiplied to me,
There my burdened soul found liberty
At Calvary

By God's Word at last my sin I learned,
Then I trembled at the law I'd spurned,
Till my guilty soul imploring turned,
To Calvary...

Now I've giv'n to Jesus ev'rything,
Now I gladly own Him as my King,
Now my raptured soul can only sing,
Of Calvary...

O the love that drew salvation's plan!
O the grace that brought it down to man!
O the mighty gulf that god did span
At Calvary...

"At Calvary" midi courtesy of Al Simms ('60) of VA, who sequenced it himself - 01/10/04
WOW!  Thanks, Al!

"At Calvary" lyrics courtesy of - 01/11/04

"Good Friday" Image courtesy of - 04/09/09

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

Army Seal clip art also courtesy of Al Farber ('64) of GA - 05/24/06
Thanks, Al!
Replaced by Norm Covert ('61) of MD - 02/09/09
Thanks, Norm!

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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