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04/24/11 - NNHS Newsletter - Easter Sunday

“...the assembly of the wicked have inclosed me: they pierced my hands and my feet.”

- Psalms 22: 11 (KJV)

“And one shall say unto him, What are these wounds in thine hands?
Then he shall answer, Those with which I was wounded in the house of my friends.”

- Zechariah 13: 6 (KJV)

“...I shall see in his hands the print of the nails...”

 - John 20: 25 (KJV)

Dear Friends and Schoolmates, 

   Today is the sixth full day of Passover as well as Easter Sunday.

   The theme song for our Newsletter was suggested by        my #5 son, Nathaniel Harty (Hillsboro HS, IL - '97) of IL yesterday.  It has never been sequenced into a midi file, so just enjoy the sing-along bonus video:

BONUS - - The Hand Song - Nickel Creek

   Thanks, Nathaniel!



   Happy Easter Birthday to Donald Smith ('57) of VA!

   Happy Birthday tomorrow to Lolly Wynne Burke ('57) AND    Bobbie Smith Horwitz ('65) of TX!

   Happy Birthday this week to: 

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;

01 -    The Head Cheerleader of 1958, Evelyn Fryer Fish of TX!

    Many Happy Returns to You All!


Friday, April 24, 1863

Like all governments, that of the Confederate States of America was faced with the obligation of raising funds to support its operations. When the operations included fighting a war for independence, it became a case of desperate times calling for desperate measures. Today a “tax in kind” was enacted, requiring a one-tenth contribution of all produce of the land.

    From Jerry ('65) and    Judy Phillips ('66) Allen of VA - 04/23/11 - "YouTube -      Monty (Phillips - '62) Movie":

Here is a special email with a big Thank You for all the prayers and support.
Jerry and Judy

   Thank you so much, Sweetie-Pies - it's a very moving video!

    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 VI

Posted: 23 Apr 2011 08:57 PM PDT

(Editor’s Note: This is the final article in our series, “Jerusalem Dispatches.” We hope you have enjoyed the intent and the journalistic look at the first “Holy Week.” The Covert Letter sought to remain true to scripture in reporting events leading to the death and resurrection of Jesus Christ, seminal event in our hope of salvation and eternal life.)


JERUSALEM (April 24) – The Roman Praetorian Guard issued conflicting reports today trying to explain how the virtually impregnable tomb of Jesus of Nazareth is empty. His followers proclaim he is risen, claiming sightings that verify his prediction of returning on the third day.


Guards are stupefied, women in tears at door of empty sepulcher. (Blackhawk Lantern Slide)

He was said to have been identified in several locations, the first as the Passover Shabat ended at sunrise. Local followers proclaimed themselves “Christians” and defied Sanhedrin discipline to share their news that Jesus “The Christ” has risen from the dead.

Guards at the scene were reportedly stunned at the sight of two men occupying the rock-hewn sepulcher in which Jesus’ body was sealed Friday before sunset. The sergeant of the guard said nothing out of the ordinary was reported to him prior to the first light of day, when two women arrived to find the body missing.

Soldiers who had gone to report the empty tomb to the Sanhedrin high priests were berated, according to one unidentified soldier, who said he didn’t see anyone attempt to steal the body.

“We had the perimeter sealed and would have seen someone trying to move the rock,” he said. “I know we felt some aftershocks from the earthquake, but all of a sudden the tomb was open and we saw the men, who were dressed in white and seemed to be glowing.”

Other soldiers, however, said they thought thieves might have sneaked in when they weren’t looking, but could not explain where the body may have been taken.

The Sanhedrin had no further comment and the office of Governor Pontius Pilate again referred reporters to the Praetorium.

Reporters were able to talk with Mary Magdalene, a friend of Jesus, who was first to see the empty tomb and says Jesus actually spoke to her not far away. She verified the guards were in a trance-like state, even when known Jesus associates, including Simon Peter, came to verify the empty tomb.

“I didn’t recognize Jesus when he asked why I was weeping?” she was quoted. “I said someone has taken away my lord; then I recognized him. What a shock!”

Jesus of Nazareth placed in the impregnable tomb. (Blackhawk Lantern Slide)

Mary admitted she saw the two “Angels,” as she described them, sitting at either end of the shelf on which Jesus body had been laid. The linen swaddling lay end to end with the face cloth neatly folded.

“They told me not to be afraid,” she said, “and that I shouldn’t be looking for the living among the dead.

“They said, ‘He isn’t here. He has come back to life, just as he said. Take a look and go tell the news.’”

The reference was to Jesus telling interrogators of the Sanhedrin that he would destroy the Temple and rebuild it in three days. Scholars acknowledge that Jesus’ moment of death on the cross coincided with destruction of the veil separating the “Holy of Holies” in the Temple. The connection cannot be denied, they said.

Jesus took this city by storm after arriving a week ago. He was escorted with great fanfare through the Damascus Gate in a parade through the city.

Crowds grew on an hourly basis, and reporters scrambled to take notes and interview followers. He had the biggest impact in the Temple, where he first spoke as a young man at the time of his Bar Mitzvah. This time he announced unashamedly that this was his house and it would not be used by the vendors with kiosks.

His capture in the Garden of Gethsemane came at the hands of the Sanhedrin, which was visibly upset by Jesus’ evangelical style and illustrations suggesting he was the son of God. His message connected with the primarily Jewish populace, but was considered anathema by High Priest Caiaphas and his associates.

The public humiliation and trial was intentional, the Sanhedrin spokesman admitted. It is well within their charter from the government of Roman Emperor Tiberius Caesar Augustus. He has directed the Praetorian Guard and its legions in Judea to leave local discipline to the leaders at Temple Mount.

Jesus’ journey through the main street, decumanus maximus, to Golgotha was a reprise of his earlier entry. In contrast, he nearly crawled to his public execution because of the heavy cross and his weakened condition from physical and emotional beatings.

Environmentalists and weather experts still cannot explain the ominous sky that covered the area beginning at noon, or the devastating earthquake, which occurred at the moment Jesus declared, “It is finished.”

The risen Christ and His message, "Come Unto Me." (Blackhawk Lantern Slide)

Christians report they are vindicated in their faith in this young man, who was born in Bethlehem and reared in Nazareth.

Reports of miracles and spectacular events surrounding his ministry have been legend. Simon Peter, de facto leader of Jesus disciples, said there is no doubt that the record of this week will be written for generations to come.

“It will be one of the most remarkable historical and teaching volumes since the Ten Commandments were given to Moses.

“Any doubts about Jesus’ resurrection from the dead will be allayed in the next few hours,” Simon Peter continued. “I wouldn’t be surprised to see him at dinner this evening.”–©NORMAN M. COVERT

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   Thank you so much, Norm - and Harry! I have certainly enjoyed your dispatches!

   I just this moment realized why I so looked forward to them; you told the Easter story in the same way that               my mama, the late Maxine Frix Buckley (John Marshall HS - '25) (19 May 1908 - 15 Feb 1999) taught it to me when I was a very little girl - by retelling it in contemporary terms after she read the scriptures to me from the Bible!

    From Ray Barnes ('65) of VA - 04/22/11 - "donation":

Hey Carol,

I just tried to make a donation by clicking on the box on the left. I was unsuccessful. I'm doing something wrong. Nothing new there.


   Thank you so much, Ray! For unknown reasons, the button I've been posting at the bottom of each non-Memorial Newsletter broke well over a year ago. For inexplicable reasons, we have been unable to repair it, despite repeated efforts. It maketh me to be crazy(er).....

   I've now changed the posting to read:


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2. Go to, log in, select "Send Money (Services) to; or

3. Just mail it directly to my home (address available upon request). Thanks! 

   From Sarah Puckett Kressaty ('65) of VA - 04/23/11 - "Everything I learned from 'the bunny' ":

All I need to know I learned from the Easter Bunny!

  •  Don't put all your eggs in one basket.
  •  Everyone needs a friend who is all ears.
  • There's no such thing as too much candy.
  • All work and no play can make you a basket case.
  • A cute tail attracts a lot of attention.
  • Everyone is entitled to a bad hare day.
  • Let happy thoughts multiply like rabbits.
  • Keep your paws off of other people's jelly beans.
  • Good things come in small, sugar coated packages.
  • The grass is always greener in someone else's basket.

To show your true colors, you have to come out of the shell.

The best things in life are still sweet and gooey.

May the joy of the season fill your heart.


Happy Easter!

   GIGGLES! Thanks, Sarah Sugah!

 From Mark Friedman ('65) of VA - 04/23/11 - "Kathlicks - Cute, had to share":

Here's your "Good Friday " chuckle....

Three little boys were concerned because they couldn't get anyone to play with them.

They decided it was because they had not been baptized and didn't go to Sunday school.

So they went to the nearest church. Only the janitor was there. One said, "We need to be baptized because no one will come out and play with us. Will you baptize us?"

"Sure," said the janitor. He took them into the bathroom and dunked their heads in the toilet bowl, one at a time. Then he said, "Now go out and play."

When they got outside, dripping wet, one of them asked, "What religion do you think we are?"

The oldest one said, "We're not Kathlick, because they pour the water on you. We're not Babtis because they dunk all of you in it. We're not Methdiss because they just sprinkle you."

The littlest one said, "Didn't you smell that water?"

"Yes. What do you think that means?"

"That means we're Pisscopalians."

     Thanks, Mark!

      From My Niece, Shari, of VA - 04/23/11 - "A Little Easter Humor":
     MORE GIGGLES! Thanks, Shari!




When Jim walked into the office, he knew something was up. There was a message on his desk that the boss wanted to see him as soon as he arrived. The boss didn't look very happy when Jim reported to his office. The older man didn't say anything, he just pointed at the newspaper on his desk. It was opened to the sports page, and there was a picture of a smiling Jim, holding up the trophy for winning the local golf tournament the day before.

"I just checked. You called in sick yesterday!" the boss said. "What if everybody just claimed to be sick and took off whenever they wanted to? What do you have to say for yourself?"

There was a moment of silence in the big corner office, until Jim finally spoke up, "I was really surprised to win the tournament, sir. I have never played that well. Think of the score I could have had if I hadn't been sick!"



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


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

                                   Love to all, Carol


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The Hand Song

Written by Sean Watkins
(b. 18 Feb 1977)

Recorded by Nickel Creek, 2000

The boy only wanted to give Mother something
And all of her roses had bloomed
Looking at her as he came rushing in with them
Knowing her roses were doomed
All she could see were some thorns buried deep
And the tears that he cried as she tended his wounds

And she knew it was love
It was one she could understand
He was showing his love
And that's how he hurt his hands

He still remembers that night as child
On his mother's knee
She held him close and she opened her bible
And quietly started to read
And seeing a picture of Jesus he cried out
"Momma, he's got some scars just like me."

And he knew it was love
It was one he could understand
He was showing his love
And that's how he hurt his hands

Now the boy's grown and moved out on his own
When Uncle Sam comes along
A foreign affair, but our young men were there
And luck had his number drawn
It wasn't that long till our hero was gone
He gave to a friend what he learned from the cross

But they knew it was love
It was one they could understand
He was showing his love
And that's how he hurt his hands

It was one they could understand
He was showing his love
And that's how he hurt his hands


"The Hand Song Lyrics" lyrics courtesy of - 04/23/11

Image of Jesus' Pierced Hands courtesy of - 04/25/11 (sic)

Peach Zigzag Divider Line courtesy of - 11/28/05

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

Army Seal clip art 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!

Animated USMC and Army Flags clip art courtesy of - 06/18/03

John Marshall High School's Justice Scale clip art courtesy of Cheryl White Wilson (JMHS - '64) of VA - 10/13/05 (replaced 02/23/09)
Thanks, Cheryl!

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

Animated Head-Banging Smiley courtesy of - 07/0/09

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!!

Animated Laughing Kitty courtesy of Al Farber ('64) of GA - 10/08/07
Thanks, Al!

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