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05/25/13 - NNHS Newsletter -
Ralph Waldo Emerson's 210th Birthday

“It is one of the blessings of old friends that you can afford to be stupid with them.

- Ralph Waldo Emerson
(25 May 1803 - 27 Apr 1882)

Dear Friends and Schoolmates,

   Ah, nice - another celebrity birthday!  This one features Emerson's poem, "Ode", which was set to the tune of "America"/

   As the tune is so very familiar in so many lands, I thought I'd find an interesting instrumental version to accompany Emerson's Ode for your bonus videos.  These were even more unusual than I had imagined:

BONUS #1 - - Chris Fleischer, Piano

BONUS #2 - -  Tuba Solo - Henry Carey, 2007

BONUS #3 - - Bowed Dulcimer - David Summerford

BONUS #4 - - Harmonica Duet with magnificent images - and Korean subtitles



   Happy Birthday today to    The late Edna Martin Clemence ('57) (deceased 04 Nov 2009) !

   Happy Birthday tomorrow to     Stacy Dorn Davis ('64) of CA!

27 - Mary Johnson Weaver ('57);

29 -   Donna Chadwell Nunemaker ('64) of VA and FL AND    Dee Hodges Bartram ('66) of VA;

30 -    Mickey Spivey ('65) of FL AND    Chuck Jones ('66) of Northern VA;

31 - Calmet Sawyer ('57) AND    JoAnn Houston Parrott ('61) of NC AND  Edna Whitcomb Harrison ('65) of VA AND Kathy Reece Burke (Warwick HS - '72);

01 - Dawn _____ Yevak of VA!    

   Many Happy Returns to You All!


May 24, 1941 - In the Battle of the Atlantic, the German Battleship Bismarck sank the then pride of the Royal Navy, HMS Hood. Of the 1,418 crew, only three men (Ted Briggs (1923–2008), Robert Ernest Tilburn (1921–1995) and William John Dundas (1921–1965) survived;[32] they were rescued about two and a half hours after the sinking by the destroyer HMS Electra.

May 24, 1943
- Holocaust: Josef Mengele, known as "the Angel of Death," became the chief medical officer of the Auschwitz concentration camp..

May 24, 1943 - German Admiral Dönitz ordered a halt to sub warfare due to heavy losses to the Axis since March.


Friday, May 24, 1963 - The Baldwin–Kennedy meeting on race relations in the US was held.

Friday, May 24, 1963 - Race car driver Ivan Capelli was born Ivan Franco Capelli in Milan, Italy.

Friday, May 24, 1963 - Author Michael Chabon was born in Washington, DC.

Friday, May 24, 1963 - Basketball player Joe Dumars was born Joe Dumars III in Shreveport, Louisiana.

Friday, May 24, 1963 - Singer Kathy Leander was born in Canton of Jura, Switzerland.[1].

Friday, May 24, 1963 - Football player and coach Rich Rodriguez was born in Grant Town, West Virginia,[1][3][4][5][6][7]

Friday, May 24, 1963 - Singer-songwriter, guitarist, and bandleader Elmore James, "the King of the Slide Guitar", (b. 21 Jan 1918 in Richland, Holmes County, Mississippi) died of his third heart attack in Chicago, Illinois at the age of 45.


May 25, 1940 - The Battle of Dunkirk began.

TODAY IN 1963:

Saturday, May 25, 1963 - In Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, the Organisation of African Unity was established.

Saturday, May 25, 1963 - Filmmaker George Hickenlooper was born George Loening Hickenlooper III in St. Louis, Missouri. He died in his sleep on 29 Oct 2010 in Denver, Colorado at the age of 47. Despite initial reports that Hickenlooper had suffered a heart attack, the coroner ruled that his death was the result of accidental painkiller overdose, combining oxymorphone with alcohol. Sleep apnea and a "moderately enlarged heart" were contributing factors.[11

Saturday, May 25, 1963 - Actor Mike Myers was born Michael John Myers in Scarborough, Ontario, Canada.

Saturday, May 25, 1963 - Shot putter and discus thrower Eha Rünne was born in Tallinn, Estonia.

      From Joe Madagan ('57) of FL - 04/24/13 - "Stuart Gardens":
Hi, Carol:

You recently asked me for my former address on Roanoke Avenue in Stuart Gardens in one of your Newsletters, after I teased you about three Marines living in the same court in Stuart Gardens when you and your late mother resided there.

Well, I thought I could remember the apartment address, but it seems that 
   Eva (Ellis Madagan - '61 - of FL) and I cannot recall the number, but we think it was 1339 Roanoke Avenue. it was the end apartment, one story type, at the far end of the court, on the right side facing the court.

I rummaged through my old military papers where I was granted a Secret Clearance that listed my residences for many years, but I did not find that particular Clearance Application, so you will just have to rely on my very old memory.

Your dear mother was fixed in my memory from the days that I taught you the Red Cross Beginners Swimming Course at the World War II Memorial Swimming Pool, since I had to break the rules to permit you to bring your eye glasses into the pool, so you could see the swimming demonstrations. While we did violate the rules, surely the Statute of Limitations has run with respect to this code violation.

TYPHOON Regards,
Joe Madagan ('57) of FL

   WHAT?!? How can this possibly be?!? I keep pouring over Google satellite maps to try to catch the full impact of what you're saying. This means y'all would have had to walk right past my front door in order to reach your apartment, and in all those seven or so years I never once recognized or even noticed either one of you?!?  I believe I have just won the Lifetime Achievement Award for Cluelessness!

   Thank you for letting me know, Adonis! As soon as I regain my senses I'll add this thread to that Stuart Gardens page.....

  From Joyce Lawrence Cahoon ('65) of VA - 05/23/13 - "DOES GOD EXIST? This Is good!!":

This is one of the best explanations on the nature of God that I have ever seen...

A man went to a barbershop to have his hair cut and his beard trimmed. As the barber began to work, they began to have a good conversation. They talked about so many things and various subjects.
When they eventually touched on the subject of God, the barber said: 'I don't believe that God exists.'
Why do you say that?' asked the customer.

'Well, you just have to go out in the street to realize that God doesn't exist. Tell me, if God exists, would there be so many sick people? Would there be abandoned children? If God existed, there would be neither suffering nor pain. I can't imagine a loving God who would allow all of these things.'
The customer thought for a moment, but didn't respond because he didn't want to start an argument.

The barber finished his job and the customer left the shop. Just after he left the barbershop, he saw a man in the street with long, stringy, dirty hair and an untrimmed beard. He looked dirty and unkempt. The customer turned back and entered the barber shop again and he said to the barber:
'You know what? Barbers do not exist.'

'How can you say that?' asked the surprised barber. 'I am here, and I am a barber. And I just worked on you!'

'No!' the customer exclaimed. 'Barbers don't exist because if they did, there would be no people with dirty long hair and untrimmed beards, like that man outside.'
'Ah, but barbers DO exist! That's what happens when people do not come to me.'

'Exactly!' affirmed the customer. 'That's the point! God, too, DOES exist! That's what happens when people do not go to Him and don't look to Him for help. That's why there's so much pain and suffering in the world.'


I really liked this, I hope you share it.........

Thank you, Joyce, I really liked it, too!

From My Friend, Kathy, of TN - 05/24/13 - "Look What I Found":


  Look what I found!

   OOOH! A peacock! Thanks, Kathy!


    From My Friend, Daniel Pratt (Foothills Composite HS, Alberta - '02) of Alberta, Canada - 04/23/13 - "Water":
  Please remember, when you hear a statistic, correlation does not equal causation.

     I know, right? Thanks, Daniel!


From My Friend, Susan, of NC - "Life Is Too Short"":

  AMEN! Thanks, Susan!

     From Me - 05/24/13 - "Slow Cooker Hot Fudge Sundae Cake":

Slow Cooker Hot Fudge Sundae Cake


2 cups all-purpose flour
1 cup sugar
12 Tbsp. baking cocoa powder (divided into 4 Tbsp. and 8 Tbsp.)
1 tsp. salt
1 cup milk
4 Tbsp. oil
2 tsp. vanilla extract
1 cup chopped nuts (optional)
1-1/2 cups brown sugar, packed
3 cups hot water
vanilla ice cream for topping


Spray a 4-5 quart slow cooker with nonstick cooking spray.

In a bowl, sift together flour, sugar, 4 T. cocoa powder, baking powder and salt. Stir in milk, oil and vanilla extract. Stir well until combined, then fold in nuts (if using). Spread batter evenly into the slow cooker.
In a separate bowl, combine brown sugar and remaining 8 T. cocoa powder. Stir in hot water until smooth. Pour evenly over batter in slow cooker.

Cover and cook on high setting for 2 to 2-1/2 hours. Test to see if it is done by sticking a toothpick into the center. If it comes out clean, it is done.
Let cake stand, uncovered for 30-40 minutes before serving.

The cake layer will be on the top; underneath that will be the fudge sauce. Slice up the cake (it's okay if it falls apart a bit; this is a very moist cake. Spoon it up on a plate or bowl. Then scoop up some of the hot fudge sauce that is on the bottom, and drizzle on top. Add a scoop of vanilla ice cream.

  From Ruth Reece Horace ('67) of FL - 04/08/13 - "Pets make you smile, ya gotta love em' (#36 of 36)":

  To make you smile.....

Happy Pet Day!!!

   HA-HA! Thanks, Ruthie; these were all great fun!



From - 05/23/13:

Q. What do you call a bug with manners?

A. A lady bug

1. Thursday, June 6, 2013 - 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.

2. Wednesday, June 12, 2013 - 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.

3. Friday and Saturday, October 4 and 5, 2013 - The NNHS Class of 1963 will hold their 50-Year Reunion at the Crowne Plaza Hotel, Hampton on the Water. Friday night will also be open to the Classes of 1962 and 1963. SEE: The website which has been set up for their class at; CONTACT: Frank Gibson,, Joyce Williams Nettles,, or Susie Overton Jones,; FORM: Registration-Classes-of-1962-and-1964-B.docx

PRAYER ROLL : - updated 05/20/13

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
7020 Lure Court
Fayetteville, NC 28311-9309



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Words by Ralph Waldo Emerson

to the tune of "My Country, 'Tis of Thee"

O tenderly the haughty day
Fills his blue urn with fire;
One morn is in the mighty heaven,
And one in our desire.

The cannon booms from town to town,
Our pulses beat not less,
The joy bells chime their tidings down,
Which children's voices bless.

For he that flung the broad blue fold
O'er-mantling land and sea,
One third part of the sky unrolled
For the banner of the free.

The men are ripe of Saxon kind
To build an equal state,—
To take the stature from the mind
And make of duty fate.

United States! the ages plead,—
Present and Past in under-song,—
Go put your creed into your deed,
Nor speak with double tongue.

For sea and land don't understand,
Nor skies without a frown
See rights for which the one hand fights
By the other cloven down.

Be just at home; then write your scroll
Of honor o'er the sea,
And bid the broad Atlantic roll,
A ferry of the free.

And henceforth there shall be no chain,
Save underneath the sea *
The wires shall murmur through the main
Sweet songs of liberty.

The conscious stars accord above,
The waters wild below,
And under, through the cable wove
Her fiery errands go.

For He that worketh high and wise,
Nor pauses in his plan,
Will take the sun out of the skies
Ere freedom out of man.

* These lines refer not only to the chains of slavery, but to the laying
of the transatlantic cable in 1857, the same year as this song was composed.

"My Country, 'Tis of Thee" midi (sequenced By MTA) courtesy
of - 05/24/06

"Ode" lyrics courtesy of - 05/24/06

First Image of Ralph Waldo Emerson courtesy of - 05/24/06

Second Image of Ralph Waldo Emerson courtesy of - - 05/24/06

Pastel Divider Lines clip art courtesy of - 05/24/06

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

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!!

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!

Animated Head-Bonking Smiley courtesy of - 02/20/09

Foothills Composite High School Provincials' logo courtesy of - 05/34/13

Animated Wildly Laughing Dog courtesy of Eva Ellis Madagan ('61) of FL - 11/24/07
Thanks, Eva!

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