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05/17/10 - NNHS Newsletter - Rooster

“There is the guilt all soldiers feel for having broken the taboo against killing,
a guilt as old as war itself. Add to this the soldier's sense of shame for having
fought in actions that resulted, indirectly or directly, in the deaths of civilians.
Then pile on top of that an attitude of social opprobrium, an attitude that made
the fighting man feel personally morally responsible for the war, and you get
your proverbial walking time bomb.”

Philip Caputo, 1982
(b. 10 June 1941

Dear Friends and Schoolmates,   

   Today's Newsletter theme was suggested by        my #5 son, Nathaniel Harty (Hillsboro HS, IL - '97) of IL on 05/14/10.

   Thanks, Nathaniel!

BONUS - - Rooster - Alice in Chains, 1993



"Rooster" is a grunge song by the band Alice in Chains. The song was released as a single in 1993 and is featured on the band's second studio album, Dirt (1992). The song was included on the compilation albums Unplugged (1996), Music Bank (1999), Greatest Hits (2001), and The Essential Alice in Chains (2006)...

It was written by guitarist Jerry Cantrell for his father, who served in the Vietnam War. His nickname was "Rooster."[2] The nickname most likely originated from men who used machine guns (see the second verse, first line) as when it would strafe an area the tracers would make a pattern that looked like a rooster's tail, but there is speculation that it may have been in relation to the 101st Airborne Division, in which Cantrell's father served. The 101st Airborne wore patches on their arms featuring a bald eagle. There are no bald eagles in Vietnam, so the closest thing to which the Vietnamese could reference them was the chicken. They referred to them as "chicken men".[3]

In the liner notes of 1999's Music Bank box set collection, Jerry Cantrell said of the song:

It was the start of the healing process between my Dad and I from all that damage that Vietnam caused. This was all my perception of his experiences out there. The first time I ever heard him talk about it was when we made the video and he did a 45 minute interview with Mark Pellington and I was amazed he did it. He was totally cool, totally calm, accepted it all and had a good time doing it. It even brought him to the point of tears. It was beautiful. He said it was a weird experience, a sad experience and he hoped that nobody else had to go through it.[1]



      From Buster Vest ('63) of VA - 05/17/10, 11:08 - "Prayer List":


I would like to add Susan Whitt Vest, class of '67, to the NNHS prayer list. She fighting for her life with brain cancer. Today is Susan's birthday; she is the wife of Eddie Vest ('68). Sister-in-law to Buster Vest ('63) and
  Donna Marie Vest Hagerman ('71 - of VA).

   Oh, Buster, I'm so very sorry to hear this! Certainly we'll keep Susan - and Eddie - in our prayers!



   Happy Birthday today to Susan Whitt Vest ('67) of VA!

   Happy Birthday this week to:

19 -         David Whitley ('67) of VA;

20 -    Chuck Ragland ('66) of VA ;

21 -
  Faye Merritt Houk ('66) of VA;

22 - Judy Blechman Morenoff ('57);

24 - Zoe Pappas Marcopoulds ('57) AND Betsy Wilson Ellis ('57)!

   Many Happy Returns to You All!



May 17, 1940 - Germany occupied Brussels, Belgium and began the invasion of France.

May 17, 1940 - The old city centre of the
Dutch town of Middelburg was bombed by the German Luftwaffe to force the surrender of the Dutch armies in Zeeland.

May 17, 1941 - German planes bombed British forces in Iraq.

May 17, 1943 - The
United States Army contracted with the University of Pennsylvania's Moore School to develop the

May 17, 1943 - The Dambuster Raids by No. 617 Squadron RAF on German dams took place.


TODAY IN 1965:
Monday, May 17, 1965 - Musician Trent Reznor (Nine Inch Nails) was born in Mercer, Pennsylvania.

Monday, May 17, 1965 - Actress Paige Turco was born in Springfield, Massachusetts.



From Alex Nicol (June, 1949) of VA - 05/16/10, 11:06 AM - "spelling of last name":

On (the Newsletter page for) 05/13 you have Joe Toley instead of   Joe Tolly ('56).

P.S. I missed leaving a post.. Joe and I had worked together years ago.

Yours truly,
Alexander Nicol

   OH, NO!  That no doubt happened when I was wishing I knew how the name was pronounced - "TAH-lee" or "TOE-lee".

   Thank you, Alex; I fixed it! And it's never too late to post a remembrance. The Daily Press gives you a full month from the day the obituary is first carried (hopefully I'll have all the entries updated in a few days...).  Just enter the name on the search box. After one month, you can add a note onto any Memorial Newsletter just by sending it to me; they have no expiration date, and are kept online permanently.


       From Dave Spriggs ('64) of VA - 05/16/10, 12:06 PM - "Newsletter of 13 May":

I don’t think that ever realized just how much the song, “Kentucky Rain”, sounds like “The Lonely Bull”.

   YIKESARONI! Well, isn't that special?!? Thank you, David!

   I switched that midi file as soon as I found your note:

   Have I mentioned I haven't been feeling over well in the "mind"?!?


        From David Whitley ('67) of VA - 05/17/10, 7:10 AM:

Hi sweet thing, how are ya doing? Hope you are feeling more betterer.

Here’s some useless trivia about John Wayne ( I’m assuming your son
        Brent (Harty - Hillsboro HS, IL - '90 - of TX) likes “the Duke”, right?). Years ago, after going through some difficult times caused by PTSD, I was contacted by a local guy, Steve Yedinak, who had gone through a similar period years earlier. Steve had been a Green Beret and is the author of “Hard to Forget”, a book chronicling his time in Viet Nam. Anyway, after meeting him & spending a little time at his house, I saw some black & white pictures on his wall of (a much younger) him & John Wayne. Come to find out Yed was the technical assistant for John Wayne’s 1966 movie “The Green Berets”. Yed later sponsored me into an organization of combat veterans  called “A Band of Brothers” (not associated w/the HBO series), which was mentored by the late, great Col. David Hackworth, also an author, “Steel My Soldiers Hearts” and a real American hero (at the time he passed away, a few years ago, Hack had been awarded the most medals of any living soldier). I feel so honored to be able to call both these men my friends & brothers, but that’s another story for another time.
 I have a deep admiration & love for Yed. He’s mostly responsible for my climb out of that horribly dark pit in which I was stuck for too long.
love, d
P.S. And oh yeah, you cute thang, before you even ask, I will tell you, my dear, feel free to use any or all of this as you see fit.
   Well, in that case, you gorgeous creature, I shall use it all! Thank you so much, David - for everything!


  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 - 05/16/10:


The other day, Nancy and I got into some petty argument. (I say it was petty. She would have said it was Armageddon.) As is our nature, neither of us would admit the possibility that we might be in error.

To her credit, Nancy finally said, "Look. I'll tell you what. I'll admit I'm wrong if you admit I was right."

"Fine." I said.

She took a deep breath, looked me in the eye and said, "I'm wrong."

I grinned and replied, "You're right."


Fairy Godmother

A Fairy Godmother told a married couple: "For being such an exemplary married couple for 35 years, I will give you each a wish".

"I want to travel around the world with my dearest husband" said the wife.

The Fairy moved her magic stick and abracadabra! two tickets appeared in her hands.

Now it was the husband's turn. He thought for a moment and said: "Well, this moment is very romantic, but an opportunity like this only occurs once in a lifetime.

So.....I'm sorry, my love, but my wish is to have a wife 30 years younger than I am".

The wife was deeply disappointed, but a wish was a wish. The Fairy made a circle with her magic stick and.....abracadabra!... Suddenly the husband was 90 years old.

Reminder: Fairies are Female!

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. Saturday, July 9, 2011 (6:30 PM - 11:30 PM) - The Class of 1971 will hold its 40-Year Reunion at Point Plaza Suites and Conference Hotel, 950 J. Clyde Morris Boulevard, Newport News. For details, contact Richard Rawls at: - CLASS OF 1971

PRAYER ROLL: - updated 05/17/10

BLOG: - updated 08/04/09


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





Carol Buckley Harty

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Words and music by Jerry Cantrell (b. 18 Mar 1966), 1992

Recorded by Alice in Chains, 1992/1993

Ain't found a way to kill me yet
Eyes burn with stinging sweat
Seems every path leads me to nowhere
Wife and kids household pet
Army green was no safe bet
The bullets scream to me from somewhere

Here they come to snuff the rooster
Yeah here come the rooster
You know he ain't gonna die

Walkin' tall machine gun man
They spit on me in my home land
Gloria sent me pictures of my boy
Got my pills 'gainst mosquito death
My buddy's breathin' his dyin' breath
Oh god please won't you help me make it through

Here they come to snuff the rooster
Yeah here come the rooster
You know he ain't gonna die


"Rooster" midi and lyrics courtesy of - 05/17/10
at the suggestion of
my #5 son, Nathaniel Harty (Hillsboro HS, IL - '97) of IL - 05/14/10
Thanks, Nathaniel!

"Don't Snuff the Rooster" Drawings courtesy of - 05/17/10

Woodland Camouflage Background (also used to form Divider Lines) courtesy of - 05/26/06

Hillsboro High School's Topper (Band Version) clip art courtesy of - 06/07/08
Thanks, Mark!

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

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 OOPS! Smiley Face clip art courtesy of Dave Spriggs ('64) of VA - 02/27/09
Thanks, Dave!

Animated Silly Bear (designed by AF Artist - Ryan Hagen) courtesy of - 10/04/05

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