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05/12/10 - NNHS Newsletter - Apache

Apache - Rancheria

Thursday, July 1, 1852 - Apache Treaty - Yahnoza, Chappo, Fun,
and Geronimo

I cannot think that we are useless or God would not have created us.
There is one God looking down on us all. We are all the children of one God.
The sun, the darkness, the winds are all listening to what we have to say.

 -- Geronimo (a.k.a. Goyaałé or One Who Yawns)
Leader of the Chiricahua Apache
(16 June 1829 - 17 Feb 1909)

Dear Friends and Schoolmates,   

   Today's Newsletter theme is being repeated from exactly four years ago today:

   It was originally located for us by our Wizard of Wonderment,        Dave Spriggs ('64) of VA.

  Thanks again, David!

BONUS - - Apache - The Shadows, 1964 - with a most unusual ending.....


"Apache" is an instrumental written by Jerry Lordan. It has been recorded by many people, but the first released version was recorded by British group The Shadows in June 1960 and released the following month. The song topped the UK singles chart for five weeks. In March 2005, Q magazine placed "Apache" at number 96 in its list of the 100 Greatest Guitar Tracks.

In North America, the song is identified with Jørgen Ingmann, a jazz guitarist from Denmark. In 1961, Ingmann produced a cover version that, billed to "Jørgen Ingmann and His Guitar," made number two on the US pop chart, and number one on Canada's CHUM Chart.


   Happy Birthday today to  Lynn Walker Brothers ('65) of VA!

   Happy Birthday this week to:

14 -     Johnnie Bateman ('70) of VA;

19 -         David Whitley ('67) of VA!

   Many Happy Returns to You All!


May 12, 1941 - Konrad Zuse presented the Z3, the world's first working programmable, fully automatic computer, in Berlin.

May 12, 1942 - Second Battle of Kharkov: in eastern Ukraine, Red Army forces under Marshal Semyon Timoshenko launched a major offensive from the Izium bridgehead, only to be encircled and destroyed by the troops of Army Group South two weeks later.

May 12, 1942 - Holocaust: 1,500 Jews were sent to gas chambers in Auschwitz.

TODAY IN 1965:

Wednesday, May 12, 1965 - The Soviet spacecraft Luna 5 crashed on the Moon.

Wednesday, May 12, 1965 - West Germany and Israel established diplomatic relations.

Wednesday, May 12, 1965 - Lynn Walker celebrated her 18th birthday in Newport News.

      From My Niece, Shari, of VA - 05/11/10 - "It's Cool To Be A Mormon": 
It's Cool To Be A Mormon

   GIGGLES!!! Thanks, Shari!

       From Dave Spriggs ('64) of VA - 05/11/10 - "Don't Try This At Home":

American ingenuity … gotta love it.

This is absolutely incredible.  Seems a guy has invented a means to stop a table saw BEFORE it can cut off a finger.  You have to see it to believe it.

   WOWZERONI-RINI!!! How'dheDOOdat?!? Thank you, Captain!

      From My Niece, Shari, of VA - 05/11/10 - "Quote Of The Day":

Yesterday is a canceled check, and tomorrow is little more than a promissory note.
Today is cash. It is real, it is tangible, and you and I have to spend it wisely.
 --Jim Stovall

   That's a good 'un - thanks again, Shari!

 From Sarah Puckett Kressaty ('65) of VA - 05/11/10 - "Feng Shui":

Feng Shui

This is without a doubt one of the nicest good luck  forwards I have received. Hope it works for you  -- and me!

Lotus Touts: You have 6 minutes.

There's some mighty fine advice in these words, even if you're not superstitious. This Lotus Touts has been sent to you for good luck from the Anthony Robbins organization. It has been sent around the world ten times so far. 

Do not keep this message. The Lotus Touts must leave your hands in 6 MINUTES. Otherwise you will get a very unpleasant surprise. This is true, even if you are not  superstitious, agnostic, or otherwise faith impaired.

ONE.  Give people more than they expect and do it cheerfully. 

TWO.  Marry a man/woman you love to talk to. As you get older, their conversational skills will be as important as any other.

THREE.  Don't believe all you hear, spend all you have or sleep all you want.

FOUR.  When you say, 'I love you,' mean it. 

FIVE.  When you say, 'I'm sorry,' look the person in the eye.

SIX.  Be engaged at least six months before you get married.

SEVEN.  Believe in love at first sight. 

EIGHT.  Never laugh at anyone's dreams. People who don't have dreams don't have much. 

NINE.  Love deeply and passionately. You might get hurt but it's the only way to live life completely. 

TEN.  In disagreements, fight fairly. No name calling. 

ELEVEN.   Don't judge people by their relatives. 

TWELVE.  Talk slowly but think quickly. 

THIRTEEN. When someone asks you a question you don't want to answer, smile and ask, 'Why do you want to know?'

FOURTEEN.  Remember that great love and great achievements involve great risk.

FIFTEEN.  Say 'bless you' when you hear someone sneeze. 

SIXTEEN. 'When you lose, don't lose the lesson. 

SEVENTEEN.  Remember the three R's: Respect for self; Respect for others; and Responsibility for all your actions. 

EIGHTEEN.  Don't let a little dispute injure a great friendship. 

NINETEEN.  When you realize you've made a mistake, take immediate steps to correct it. 

TWENTY. Smile when picking up the phone.  The caller will hear it in your voice. 

TWENTY-ONE. Spend some time alone. 


Now, here's the FUN part!

Send this to at least 5 people and your life will improve. 

1-4  people: Your life will improve slightly. 

5-9  people: Your life will improve to your liking. 

9-14  people: You will have at least 5 surprises in the next 3 weeks.

15 and above: Your life will improve drastically and everything you ever dreamed of will begin to take shape.

A true friend is someone who reaches for your hand and touches your heart. Do not keep this message.

No trees were harmed in the sending of this message, but a large number of electrons were terribly inconvenienced.

   Thanks, Sarah Sugah, I like this one! Besides, you and I just sent this this to over 650 people, so stand back and watch out for everything wonderful to pour all over you - and me, too!


      From My Niece, Shari, of VA - 05/11/10 - "What My Father Left Behind":

What My Father Left Behind
by Janet Perez Eckles

At 13 years of age, my parents and I visited an ophthalmologist. As I sat in the examining chair, my face firmly on the chin rest and pupils dilated, the doctor looked into my eyes, shining a bright light.

"She did inherit it," he said with coldness. "You need to be prepared. There is no cure for this retinal disease."

My father carried the Retinitis Pigmentosa gene causing a deterioration of the retina which, in most cases, results in blindness. Although my brother's retinas seemed to be fine, I'd inherited the gene.

Fifteen years after my initial diagnosis, my father began to lose his eyesight and so did I. He was 55 years old, but I was only 28. In a matter of two years, we had both lost our sight completely.

I focused on the effects of my own darkness. My world crumbled as the black curtain fell, destroying the dreams my husband and I had for us and for our three little boys. But when I turned to God for hope and strength, He responded by opening my eyes to a new revelation.

My father had given me not just the RP gene, but the example of determination and tenacity as well. We were all living in Bolivia in 1964 when he defied the family's opposition to move to America. He and Mom worked tirelessly to satisfy the requirements imposed by the U.S. Immigration Department to enter the country and establish residency.

Once in the states, he overcame humiliation, intense loneliness, helplessness and uncertainty. He endured ridicule due to his lack of fluency in English, but he pressed on. And he managed to gather enough money for the basics - rent a small apartment, buy modest furniture from thrift stores and put a down payment on a car. Nine months later, he sent airline tickets for my mom, my brother and me.

Decades later, as an American citizen, I look back at what he'd shown me. He taught me the determination to move forward when facing adversity. He set an example proving that humility is crucial to success. He demonstrated the commitment to family and the importance of setting priorities.

His journey taught me valuable lessons for my own path in the darkness. Much like a baby takes its first steps holding tight to his father's hand, my dad held onto God as he stepped from the comfort of our hometown in Bolivia to the unknown in a foreign land.

I did the same as I stepped into the unfamiliarity of a sightless world. Holding onto God's hand, I gained confidence and learned the language of gratitude. With profound appreciation for my father's example, I learned how he had applied a powerful blend of faith and tenacity; the same blend I used to fulfill my own role as a wife, mom, Sunday school teacher, Spanish court interpreter, inspirational speaker and writer.

What I inherited from my father helped me to see my life with a more radiant and meaningful glow.

About the Author

Janet Perez Eckles, feature in The New York Times is an inspirational national speaker, freelance writer, and contributor to seven books including Chicken Soup for the Soul. She has authored Trials of Today, Treasures for Tomorrow: Overcoming adversities in Life. You can visit Janet's website at:

   Thank you so much, Shari!


       From George Helliesen ('61) of MI - 05/11/10 - "You got Male.........."

Daddy , how was I born? 

A little boy goes to his father and asks 'Daddy, how was I born?' 

The father answers, 'Well, son, I guess one day you will need to find out anyway!  Your mom and I first got together in a chat room on Yahoo.  Then I set up a date via e-mail with your mom and we met at a cyber-cafe..  We sneaked into a secluded room, and Googled each other.  There your mother agreed to a download from my hard drive.  As soon as I was ready to upload, we discovered that neither one of us had used a firewall, and since it was too late to hit the delete button, nine months later a little Pop-Up appeared that said:  

Scroll down...You'll love this 

'You got Male!'

(keep watching the little nipper)

     Thanks, George!


From My Friend, Cheryl, of NC - 05/11/10 - "Now, say your ABCs (if you can remember!)":

This cracks me up!!!  The sad thing is I can totally relate.

Now, say your ABCs (if you can remember!)

A for arthritis,
B for bad back,
C is for chest pains. Perhaps cardiac?
D is for dental replacements and decline,
E is for eyesight--can't read that top line.
F is for fissures and fluid retention
G is for gas (which I'd rather not mention)
H high blood pressure (I'd rather have low)
I for incisions with scars you can show.
J is for joints, that now fail to flex
L for libido--what happened to sex?
Wait! I forgot about K!
K is for my knees that crack when they're bent
(Please forgive me, my Memory ain't worth a cent)
N for neurosis, pinched nerves and stiff neck
O is for osteo- and all bones that crack
P for prescriptions, I have quite a few
Give me another pill; I'll be good as new!
Q is for queasiness. Wine or flu?
R is for reflux-- one meal turns into two
S is for sleepless nights, counting my fears
T for tinnitus--I hear bells in my ears
U is for urinary: difficulties with flow
V is for vertigo, that's "dizzy", you know.
W is worry, now what's going 'round?
X is for X ray-- and what might be found.
Y for another year I've left behind
Z is for zest that I still have my mind!
Have survived all the symptoms my body's deployed,
And kept twenty-six doctors gainfully employed!!!
Ain't being a "senior citizen" great??? 

He is your friend, your partner, your defender, your dog.  You are his life, his love, his leader.  He will be yours, faithful and true, to the last beat of his heart.  You owe it to him to be worthy of such devotion. 

Author Unknown.

   Thanks, Cheryl! "GREAT??" Well, okay, if you say so.....


  From Jane Chambers of VA - 07/01/09 AND 02/07/10 - "CNC BOOK BROCHURE & AD" AND 61-62 DECADERS ADDENDA:

   Contact Dr. Chambers at

   Thanks, Jane!


From ArcaMax Jokes - 05/11/10:


One afternoon a man came home from work to find total mayhem in his house.

His three children were outside, still in their pajamas, playing in the mud, with empty food boxes and wrappers strewn all around the front yard.

The door of his wife's car was open, as was the front door to the house.

Proceeding into the entry, he found an even bigger mess.

A lamp had been knocked over, and the throw rug was wadded against one wall.

In the front room the TV was loudly blaring a cartoon channel, and the family room was strewn with toys and various items of clothing.

In the kitchen, dishes filled the sink, breakfast food was spilled on the counter, dog food was spilled on the floor, a broken glass lay under the table, and a small pile of sand was spread by the back door. He quickly headed up the stairs, stepping over toys and more piles of clothes, looking for his wife.

He was worried she may be ill, or that something serious had happened. He found her lounging in the bedroom, still curled in the bed in her pajamas, reading a novel. She looked up at him, smiled, and asked how his day went. He looked at her bewildered and asked, "What happened here today?"

She again smiled and answered, "You know everyday when you come home from work and ask me what in the world did I do today?"

"Yes," was his incredulous reply.

She answered, "Well, today I didn't do it."

1. Saturday, June 12, 2010 - George Wythe Schools Closing Celebration. Contact Glory Gill (Wythe school nurse) at 727-2965 / with any questions or to contribute old memories - OPEN TO PUBLIC

2. Friday and Saturday, August 6 and 7, 2010 - The NNHS Class of 1970 will hold its 40-Year Reunion. Saturday night will be at the Kiln Creek Golf & Country Club. For details, contact Carol Comer Cutler at or visit the reunion website at - CLASS OF 1970

3. Friday, Saturday, and Sunday, August 6, 7, and 8, 2010 - The NNHS Class of 1960 will hold its 50-Year Reunion at the Marriott Newport News at City Center. For details, contact Karen Weinstein Witte at - CLASS OF 1960

4. Saturday, October 9, 2010 - The NNHS Class of 1963 will celebrate their 65th Birthdays at a Party on Saturday, October 9, 2010 at the Virginia Power Clubhouse, 1701 Waterview, Yorktown, VA from 5:00 PM to 10:00 PM. For details, contact Susie Overton Jones at - CLASS OF 1963

5. Friday and Saturday, October 15 and 16, 2010 - The NNHS Class of 1965 will hold its 45-Year Reunion. For details, contact Dave Arnold at - OPEN TO ALL CLASSES, HOSTED BY THE CLASS OF 1965

6. Saturday, April 30, 2011 - The NNHS Class of 1954 will have a LUNCHEON. Mickey Marcella (757) 249-3800, Betty Hamby Neher, (757) 898-5099 and Dr. Harry Simpson (804) 694-0346 will be the team leaders. - CLASS OF 1954

7. July 2011- The Class of 1971 is planning a 40-Year Reunion. A planning committee has been formed and held their first meeting recently. In an effort to connect with as many class members as possible, they are asking anyone interested in the Class of '71 reunion to contact Richard Rawls. Please provide your name, address, phone number(s) and email address so that they can be in touch with you when final arrangements are made. It has been 20 years since their last class reunion and they are looking forward to seeing everyone again. Send your contact information to: - CLASS OF 1971

PRAYER ROLL: - updated 05/11/10

BLOG: - updated 08/04/09

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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Written by Jerry Lordan (30 April 1934 - 24 July 1995)

Recorded by The Shadows, 1960

Recorded by Jørgen Ingmann (b. 26 Apr 1925), 1961

"Apache" midi courtesy of
located by Dave Spriggs ('64) of VA - 05/07/06 at my request of 05/07/06
Thanks so much, Dave!

Image of Apaches - Rancheria courtesy of - 05/10/06

July 1, 1852 Image of Yahnoza, Chappo, Fun, and Geronimo, After the Apache Treaty
courtesy of - 05/10/06

 Gold Arrow Divider Line clip art courtesy of - 05/10/06

TRIVIA ALERT: The above scripture fragment, Ecclesiastes 7: 26, was quoted in the film noir classic, Born to Kill (1947) ***

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

Animated Blue Angel courtesy of My Niece, Shari, of VA - 06/29/09
Thanks, Shari!

Animated Laughing Woman courtesy of Joyce Lawrence Cahoon ('65) of VA - 02/23/09
Thanks, Joyce!

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