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05/08/11 - NNHS Newsletter

“My mother was the most beautiful woman I ever saw. All I am I owe to my mother.
I attribute all my success in life to the moral, intellectual and physical education I received from her.

George Washington
(22 Feb 1732- 14 Dec 1799)

Dear Friends and Schoolmates,

   We're remembering our mothers today - as we do every year.




Mother’s Day is a day for many people to show their appreciation towards mothers and mother figures worldwide. It is an annual event but is held at different dates in the calendar, depending on the country.

What do people do?

Many people remember their mothers and mother figures on Mother’s Day. Mother figures may include stepmothers, relatives, mothers-in-law, a guardian (eg. a foster parent), or a family friend. There are many different ways to celebrate Mother’s Day. They include (but are not limited to):

  • Giving cards, flowers, or cakes.
  • Family gatherings or visits.
  • Family breakfasts, brunches, lunches, and dinners either at home, at a café or at a restaurant.
  • Personal phone calls, particularly from children who live away from their mothers and/or mother figures.
  • Mother’s Day poems and messages.
  • Gifts of chocolate, jewelry, accessories, clothing, hobby equipment or tools, handmade items, or gift vouchers.
  •  A day at the movies with mothers and/or mother figures.

... Background

Early Mother's Day celebrations can be dated back to the spring celebrations to honor Rhea, the Mother of the Gods, in ancient Greek civilization, according to some sources. Later, Mothering Sunday in the United Kingdom was traditionally a day for people to visit the church where they were baptized, although it now also celebrates motherhood in modern times.

The modern-day origins of Mother's Day can be attributed to two women – Julia Ward Howe and Anna Jarvis, who were important in establishing the tradition in the United States. Around 1870, Julia Ward Howe called for Mother's Day to be celebrated each year. It continued to be held in Boston for about 10 years under her sponsorship, but died out after that. Other sources say that Juliet Calhoun Blakely initiated Mother’s Day in Albion, Michigan, in the late 1800s. Her sons paid tribute to her each year and urged others to honor their mothers.

In 1907, Anna Jarvis held a private Mother's Day celebration in memory of her mother, Ann Jarvis, in Grafton, West Virginia. In 1908, she played a key role in arranging a church service that attracted 407 children and their mothers. A Mother’s Day International Association was founded in 1912 to promote the holiday in other countries. Mother’s Day has grown increasingly popular since then.

Many people believe that Mother’s Day is now largely commercialized, with card companies, flower shops, jewelry stores, gift shops, restaurants, hotels, and department stores advertising promotions and special deals for this event. Anna Jarvis, in her lifetime, unsuccessfully filed a lawsuit to stop the over-commercialization of Mother's Day.


There are various ways to show an appreciation for mothers and mother figures on Mother’s Day. They include white carnations, which Anna Jarvis asked to be the official symbol for the day, as well as the International Mother’s Day Shrine. This shrine is dedicated to the preservation of motherhood. The structure is listed on the National Register of Historic Places in the United States. It is located together with a museum at Grafton, West Virginia, and aims to preserve, promote and develop the spirit of motherhood...


From Yahoo Finance - 05/04/11 - "AT&T Capping Download Amounts": 

   In light of this "revolting new development", as our household is one of those Major Users of Bandwidth, the remaining regular issues of the NNHS Newsletter for the next thirty days or so will revert to Old Style - i.e., mostly imageless.  I'll not be able to post any of your images, nor scan and post any new ones of my own.  (If they're already in my files, that's different.)  Clip art will be kept to a minimum.  This will not apply of course to Memorial Editions.

      Oh, crum!

  From Ruth Ann Reece Horace ('67) of FL - 05/06/11 - "AT&T Capping Downloads":

We used an AT&T air card in a router for years and were supposed to have unlimited internet.  Due to their overload in taking on Apple and their iphones, etc. they had to limit usage.  We had no warning, just our internet cut off.  When we called, we were told they would restore it, if we paid a bunch of money for "over use" we did not know we had used and agreed to pay that 'over use" every month.  We left them and went with an unlimited MIFI card that ran all three computers in the house for $40.  We now have moved our daughter and two granddaughters in with us and have gone with Roadrunner (after trying to get it up our hill in the country for 15 years, even offering to pay some of the cost).  It is a blessing that just as we needed more internet, they decide to bring it to us.

Look around and you may find something for you also.

Thanks for all you are doing.

Love ya,

   Thank you so much, Ruthie! We're investigating our options right now - and changes will be made!


    Happy Mother's Day Birthday today to   Frank Gibson ('63) of VA!

   Happy Birthday tomorrow to !

   Happy Birthday this week to:

09 -   Patty Andrews Mays ('61) of VA;

10 - The late    Mrs. Helen Hardy Shelton (10 May 1917 - 19 Mar 2011) AND Barbara Johnson Hansford ('57) AND My Cousin,     Clarke Booth (Wakefield HS - '57) of FL;

12 -  Lynn Walker Brothers ('65) of VA;

14 -     Johnnie Bateman ('70) of VA!

   Many Happy Returns to You All!


Thursday, May 8, 1862

It must have seemed like a good idea at the time as Robert Schenck took his 6000 men (detached from Gen. Fremont’s command) into a battle today at McDowell, or Bull Pasture Mountain, in western Virginia. Unfortunately, he soon discovered that he was up against 10,000 Confederates under Stonewall Jackson, and retreating seemed like an even better idea. Jackson’s men pursued as far as Franklin, Va. They were already getting the name of “foot cavalry” for their speed of movement.

Sunday, May 8, 1864

Skirmishing and establishment of lines continued around Spotsylvania Court House today, with the Confederate forces getting into position first. They were therefore in position when G.K. Warren’s corps arrived, thinking that they were moving around the Confederate right flank. A fight ensued. Two of Lee’s three corps had inexperienced commanders today as Longstreet had been severely wounded on Friday and A.P. Hill called in sick today.

  From Bill Hobbs ('66) of Northern VA - 05/07/11 - "Hello":


Please send me your address. I know it's out there somewhere but to tell you the truth I can't find it and also want to verify. You said "upon request" so here I am!

I do so look forward to your newsletter everyday when I get home from work and even though the communication is one-way I feel we are having a conversation. You wouldn't believe the satisfaction I receive from this.....

I just adore you and the wisdom you have shared with me about life.

Much love,
Bill Hobbs "66"

     Thank you so very much, Bill - bless your sweet heart!

       From Dave Spriggs ('64) of VA - 05/07/11 - "Newsletter Request":


Could you place the attached item in an upcoming newsletter and run it for a week or two? Any longer than that and people will just scroll past it.


Dave :


BETWEEN 1961 AND 1971 -------

… and you have not yet been contacted by the Reunion Committee, then please get in
touch with us. We want to include you in our reunion, which is scheduled for September
16 &17, 2011, at the David Student Union on the CNU campus.

P.O. BOX 6387
NORFOLK, VA 23508-0387
TEL: 757-627-1441

Plans for the reunion and other cool stuff may be found at our web site:

   Why, certainly, David! The link is now on the main page as well:

From George Mirmelstein (NNHS / Hampton Roads Academy - '69) of VA - 05/07/11 - "Marion Mirmelstein":


I saw your posting of my mother's passing and I wanted to say thank you.. Her husband A.B. Mirmelstein was a NNHS grad class of 193_. I was a Typhoon from 1965 through 1967 and graduated from HRA in 1969.

   Bobbie (Smith) Horwitz ('65 - of TX) was a close friend of our family.

George Mirmelstein

   Thank you, George, it was my privilege.  Once again you have my deepest condolences.

     From Hunter Todd ('57) of TX - 05/07/11 (following an email mix-up) - "thanks":

Howdy from Houston... thanks for letting me know.... ain't the internet grand? you never know what is happening!

Just back from my 50th at W&M... now a member of the "olde guarde!" ... after all these years... strange, most of my classmates looked really old! (;-D

all the best from Texas,


   Thank you, Hunter! How wonderful that you were able to attend your college reunion! It's funny you should mention that situation you encountered.     Linda Lane Lane ('64) of VA - called me Friday night and we were discussing that very phenomenon. Clearly, we are both still seventeen, but sometimes it seems as though possibly some of our classmates may no longer be that young. Maybe. Possibly maybe.

  From Judy Phillips Allen ('66) of VA - 05/07/11 - "The Eagle":

This is awesome!  I love it!

The Eagle

This is amazing info, and especially as we get older. It is no wonder there are scriptural references to the eagle! I hope you enjoy reading it as much as I did.

And, no there is no wonder the bald eagle has such a significant symbolism to our country. What hope…!!!!

Our lives are not determined by what happens to us but by how we react to what happens…

Not by what life brings to us, but by the attitude we bring to life. A positive attitude causes a chain reaction of positive thoughts, events, and outcomes. It is a catalyst, a spark that creates extraordinary results.

Isaiah 40:31:
But they that wait upon the LORD
shall renew their strength ;
they shall mount up with wings as eagles;
they shall run, and not be weary;
and they shall walk, and not faint.

When it rains, most birds head for shelter; the eagle is the only bird that, in order to avoid the rain, starts flying above the clouds...

An amazing tidbit about the Eagle's eyesight: The eagle can probably identify a rabbit moving almost a mile away. That means that an eagle flying at an altitude of 1000 feet over open country could spot prey over an area of almost 3 square miles from a fixed position.

No wonder God wants us to spread our wings and soar with eagles.

   Thank you, Dearest Judy! The images and hope contained in this slide show are awesome! Some of the information is apparently misrepresented, so concentrate on the first two and let your souls be uplifted - as was mine!

      From My Niece, Shari, of VA - 05/07/11 - "Whoops! The 10 Greatest (Accidental) Inventions of All Time":

Ever make mistakes?

Perhaps perusing this list of the ten greatest accidental inventions of all time will help you to find the gold in the dirt, the diamond in the rough and the lesson in the lashing.

1. The Microwave - Percy L. Spencer

Percy Spencer, an engineer at Raytheon after his WWI stint in the Navy, was known as an electronics genius. In 1945, Spencer was fiddling with a microwave-emitting magnetron-used in the guts of radar arrays-when he felt a strange sensation in his pants. A sizzling, even. Spencer paused and found that a chocolate bar in his pocket had started to melt. Figuring that the microwave radiation of the magnetron was to blame (or to credit, as it would turn out), Spencer immediately set out to realize the culinary potential at work. The end result was the microwave oven-savior of eager snackers and single dudes worldwide.

2. Saccharin - Ira Remsen, Constantin Fahlberg

In 1879, Ira Remsen and Constantin Fahlberg, at work in a laboratory at Johns Hopkins University, paused to eat. Fahlberg had neglected to wash his hands before the meal-which usually leads to a quick death for most chemists, but led to him noticing an oddly sweet flavor during his meal. Artificial sweetener! The duo published their findings together, but it was only Fahlberg's name that made it onto the (incredibly lucrative) patent, now found in pink packets at tables everywhere. That is to say, Remsen got screwed-he later remarked, "Fahlberg is a scoundrel. It nauseates me to hear my name mentioned in the same breath with him."

3. Slinky - Richard James

In 1943, Navy engineer Richard James was trying to figure out how to use springs to keep the sensitive instruments aboard ships from rocking themselves to death, when he knocked one of his prototypes over. Instead of crashing to the floor, it gracefully sprang downward, and then righted itself. So pointless-so nimble-so slinky. The spring became a goofy toy of many childhoods-that is before every kid inevitably gets theirs all twisted up and ruins it. 300 million sold worldwide!

4. Play-Doh - Kutol Products

Before being found ground into the rugs of child-rearing homes everywhere, Play-Doh was ironically created to be a cleaning product. The paste was first marketed as a treatment for filthy wallpaper-before the company that produced it began to go down the tubes. The discovery that saved Kutol Products-headed for bankruptcy-wasn't that their wall cleaner worked particularly well, but that schoolchildren were beginning to use it to create Christmas ornaments as arts and crafts projects. By removing the compound's cleanser and adding colors and a fresh scent, Kutol spun their wallpaper saver into one of the most iconic toys of all time-and brought mega-success to a company headed for destruction. Sometimes, you don't even know how brilliant you are until someone notices for you.

5. Super Glue - Harry Coover

In what have been a very messy moment of discovery in 1942, Dr. Harry Coover of Eastman-Kodak Laboratories found that a substance he created-cyanoacrylate-was a miserable failure. It was not, to his dismay, at all suited for a new precision gun sight as he had hoped-it infuriatingly stuck to everything it touched. So it was forgotten. Six years later, while overseeing an experimental new design for airplane canopies, Coover found himself stuck in the same gooey mess with a familiar foe-cyanacrylate was proving useless as ever. But this time, Coover observed that the stuff formed an incredibly strong bond without needing heat. Coover and his team tinkered with sticking various objects in their lab together, and realized they had finally stumbled upon a use for the maddening goop. Coover slapped a patent on his discovery, and in 1958, a full 16 years after he first got stuck, cyanoacrylate was being sold on shelves.

6. Teflon - Roy Plunkett

The next time you make a frustration-free omelette, thank chemist Roy Plunkett, whose experienced immense frustration while inadvertently inventing Teflon in 1938. Plunkett had hoped to create a new variety of chlorofluorocarbons (better known as universally-despised CFCs), when he came back to check on his experiment in a refrigeration chamber. When he inspected a canister that was supposed to be full of gas, he found that it appeared to have vanished-leaving behind only a few white flakes. Plunkett was intrigued by these mysterious chemical bits, and began at once to experiment with their properties. The new substance proved to be a fantastic lubricant with an extremely high melting point-perfect at first for military gear, and now the stuff found finely applied across your non-stick cookware.

7. Bakelite - Leo Baekeland

In 1907, shellac was commonly used to insulate the innards of early electronics-think radios and telephones. This was fine, aside from the fact that shellac is made from Asian beetle poop, and not exactly the cheapest or easiest way to insulate a wire. What Belgian chemist Leo Baekeland found in instead was-get ready-polyoxybenzylmethylenglycolanhydride, the world's first synthetic plastic, commonly known as Bakelite. This pioneering plastic was moldable into virtually any shape, in any color, and could hold its form against high temperatures and daily wear-making it a star among manufacturers, jewelers, and industrial designers.

8. Pacemaker - Wilson Greatbatch

An assistant professor at the University of Buffalo thought he had ruined his project. Instead of picking a 10,000-ohm resistor out of a box to use on a heart-recording prototype, Wilson Greatbatch took the 1-megaohm variety. The resulting circuit produced a signal that sounded for 1.8 milliseconds, and then paused for a second-a dead ringer for the human heart. Greatbatch realized the precise current could regulate a pulse, overriding the imperfect heartbeat of the ill. Before this point, pacemakers were television-sized, cumbersome things that were temporarily attached to patients from the outside. But now the effect could be achieved with a small circuit, perfect to tuck into someone's chest.

9. Velcro - George de Mestral

A dog invented velcro.

Alright, that's something of an exaggeration, but a dog did play an instrumental role. Swiss engineer George de Mestral was out for a hunting trip with his pooch, and noticed the annoying tendency of burrs to stick to its fur (and his socks). Later, looking under a microscope, Mestral observed the tiny "hooks" that stuck burrs to fabrics and furs. Mestral experimented for years with a variety of textiles before arriving at the newly invented nylon-though it wasn't until two decades later that NASA's fondness for velcro popularized the tech.

10. X-Rays - Wilhelm Roentgen

Okay, yes, x-rays are a phenomenon of the natural world, and thus can't be created. But sshhh! The story of their discovery is a fascinating one of incredible chance. In 1895, German physicist Wilhelm Roentgen was performing a routine experiment involving cathode rays, when he noticed that a piece of fluorescent cardboard was lighting up from across the room. A thick screen had been placed between his cathode emitter and the radiated cardboard, proving that particles of light were passing through solid objects. Amazed, Roentgen quickly found that brilliant images could be produced with this incredible radiation-the first of their kind being a skeletal image of his wife's hand.


   WOWZERS! Thank you, Shari!


From - 05/0611:
The young boy protested vigorously when his mother asked him to take his little sister along fishing.

“The last time she came,” he objected, “I didn’t catch a single fish.”

“I’ll talk to her,” his mother said, “and I promise this time she won’t make any noise.”

“It wasn’t the noise, Mom,” the boy replied. “She ate all my bait.”


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

2. Thursday, June 2, 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. 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.

4. 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

5. 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

6. 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

7. 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





Carol Buckley Harty



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Lyrics by Howard Johnson (02 June 1887 - 01 May 1941)

M Is for the many things she gave me,
O Means only that she's growing old.
T Is for the tears she shed to save me,
H Is for her heart of purest gold.
E Is for her eyes with lovelight shinning,
R Means right and right she'll always be.

Put them all together, They spell MOTHER.
A word that means the world to me.

"M-O-T-H-E-R" midi courtesy of - 05/06/05

"M-O-T-H-E-R" lyrics courtesy of - 05/06/05

"Happy Mother's Day" Greeting and Bouquets clip art courtesy of - 05/05/05

Animated "Happy Mother's Day" Divider Line clip art courtesy of!momsday.htm - 05/06/05

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!

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

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

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