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05/26/10 - NNHS Newsletter -
John Wayne's 103rd Birthday

“I've always had deep faith that there is a Supreme Being, there has to be. To me that's
just a normal thing to have that kind of faith. The fact that He's let me stick around
a little longer, or She's let me stick around a little longer, certainly goes great with me --
and I want to hang around as long as I'm healthy and not in anybody's way.”

- John Wayne
(26 May 1907 - 11 June 1979)

Dear Friends and Schoolmates,

   If TCM is celebrating with a John Wayne birthday celebration today (and they are!), I say we should have an birthday celebration of our own once again!

BONUS #1 - - John Wayne Doing the Jitterbug - Clip from The Fighting Seabees (1944)

BONUS #2 - - John Wayne - Clip from She Wore a Yellow Ribbon (1949)

BONUS #3 - - John Wayne - Introduction to Gunsmoke, 1955

BONUS #4 - - John Wayne IS The Last Shootist, 1975

BONUS #5 - - John Wayne - America: Why I Love Her

BONUS #6 - - John Wayne's 100th Birthday Celebration at the Newport Beach Film Festival, 2007



   Happy Birthday today to     Stacy Dorn Davis ('64) of VA!

   Happy Birthday tomorrow to Mary Johnson Weaver ('57)!

   Happy Birthday this week to:

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

30 -   Mickey Spivey ('65) of FL;

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

01 - Dawn _____ Yevak of VA;

02 -     Jerry Blanchard ('62) of VA!

   Many Happy Returns to You All!


May 25, 1940 - The Battle of Dunkirk began.


May 26, 1940 - U.S. President Roosevelt made a radio appeal to the Red Cross due to the dire straits of Belgian and French civilians.

May 26, 1940 - Battle of Dunkirk – In France, Allied forces began a massive evacuation from Dunkirk, France. The evacuation was known as Operation Dynamo.

May 26, 1942 - The Battle of Bir Hakeim took place.

May 26, 1952 - The borders between East and West Germany and between East Germany and West Berlin were closed. The border between East and West Berlin remained open. 


Tuesday, May 25, 1965 - Documentary film-maker George Hickenlooper was born in St. Louis, Missouri.

Tuesday, May 25, 1965 - Blues singer, songwriter and harmonica player Aleck "Rice" Miller, a.k.a. Sonny Boy Williamson II, died in Tallahatchie County, Mississippi.

TODAY IN 1965:

Wednesday, May 26, 1965 - Television presenter Hazel Irvine was born in St Andrews, Scotland.

      From Phil Hammond ('64) of UT - 05/17/10 (sic) - "Vacation in Puerto Vallarta Mexico":


These pictures were so good I had to share with friends.  After and still a cold snowy winter we always have to thaw out some where south.  This is a great place to visit.  We stayed with Sylvia’s old boss from Park City.  He now lives and works there. 


Sunday, May 09. 2010 Sunday, May 09. 2010 Monday, May 10. 2010 Monday, May 10. 2010
Puerto Vallarta, Mexico
Wednesday, May 12. 2010 Wednesday, May 12. 2010 Thursday, May 13. 2010 Friday, May 14. 2010
Puerto Vallarta, Mexico
   Thanks, Phil! These are really beautiful images, and I'm glad y'all had such fun!

   Sorry it took me so long to post them; I just haven't felt up to processing them before now.


   From Frank Blechman ('65) of Northern VA - 05/25/10, 3:25 PM:

I try not to get into political debates in your newsletter but the piece in (the Sink the Bismarck edition) by   Mr. Jones ('66 of Northern VA) is factually quite wrong.  Health care legislation passed this Spring includes Congress.   


  From Domi O'Brien ('64) of NH - 05/25/10, 5:15 PM - "Congress":

Congressmembers DO pay Social Security.  I get annoyed at the Congresscritters for many things, but not for not paying into SS, because in fact they do.


   Thanks so much, Frank and Domi! I was just checking to see if anyone was paying attention!

   As y'all all know by now, I rarely publish anything of a political nature. I used to check all items for their veracity, and then run the amended items with corrections in red in an effort to educate and illuminate, but I found this had less than successful results.....

   So rather than try any of that, I thought I'd simply run the item - with which I would certainly agree, were it all true - and see what happened.  And you didn't let me down!  Soooo - how many laws ARE there from which Congress is exempt??

        From David Whitley ('67) of VA - 05/24/10 - "FARMERS SOLUTION TO CLEANING UP THE OIL SPILL":


Possible Solution to Assist in Cleaning Up The Oil Spill

I had this passed to me and can't help but pass it along. 
It will be interesting to know if BP..... ever think of this idea that Bubba is showing in this film clip.....
Stay safe and best wishes.....

These good ole' boys are far ahead of so called experts..........

(Those in charge) will probably want to spend $Millions and more for a panel of engineers to study the problem, and then most likely won't find the simple solution these good ole' southern boys have.... 

   How cool would this be?!? Thanks, Gorgeous!

  From Wayne Agee ('58) of FL - 05/25/10 - "Kids....... a good one to share.":

A good one to share..........

1. HOW DO YOU DECIDE WHO TO MARRY? (written by kids)

You got to find somebody who likes the same stuff. Like, if you like sports, she should like it that you like sports, and she should keep the chips and dip coming.
 -- Alan, age 10

No person really decides before they grow up who they're going to marry. God decides it all way before, and you get to find out later who you're stuck with.
 -- Kristen, age 10


Twenty-three is the best age because you know the person FOREVER by then.
 -- Camille, age 10


You might have to guess, based on whether they seem to be yelling at the same kids.
 -- Derrick, age 8


Both don't want any more kids.
 -- Lori, age 8


Dates are for having fun, and people should use them to get to know each other. Even boys have something to say if you listen long enough.
 -- Lynnette, age 8 (isn't she a treasure?)

On the first date, they just tell each other lies and that usually gets them interested enough to go for a second date.
 -- Martin, age 10


When they're rich.
 -- Pam, age 7

The law says you have to be eighteen, so I wouldn't want to mess with that.
 - - Curt, age 7

The rule goes like this: If you kiss someone, then you should marry them and have kids with them. It's the right thing to do.
 - - Howard, age 8


It's better for girls to be single but not for boys. Boys need someone to clean up after them.
 -- Anita, age 9 (bless you, child)


There sure would be a lot of kids to explain, wouldn't there?
 -- Kelvin, age 8

And the #1 Favorite is.......


Tell your wife that she looks pretty, even if she looks like a dump truck.
 -- Ricky, age 10

Thanks, Wayne!

        From David Whitley ('67) of VA - 05/24/10 - "BREAKFAST AT GINGER'S":


   MORE GIGGLES!!! This is just delightful! Thanks again, Gorgeous!

    From Glenn Dye ('60) of TX - 05/25/10 - "Why I Like Retirement":

And they ask---Why I Like Retirement

Question: How many days in a week?
Answer: 6 Saturdays, 1 Sunday

Question: When is a retiree's bedtime?
Answer: Three hours after he falls asleep on the couch.

Question: How many retirees to change a light bulb?
Answer: Only one, but it might take all day.

Question: What's the biggest gripe of retirees?
Answer: There is not enough time to get everything done.

Question: Why don't retirees mind being called Seniors?
Answer: The term comes with a 10% percent discount.

Question: Among retirees what is considered formal attire?
Answer: Tied shoes.

Question: Why do retirees count pennies?
Answer: They are the only ones who have the time.

Question: What is the common term for someone who continues to work and refuses to retire?
Answer: NUTS!

Question: Why are retirees so slow to clean out the basement, attic or garage?
Answer: They know that as soon as they do, one of their adult kids will want to store stuff there.

Question: What do retirees call a long lunch?
Answer: Normal

Question: What is the best way to describe retirement?
Answer: The never ending Coffee Break.

Question: What's the biggest advantage of going back to school as a retiree?
Answer : If you cut classes, no one can call your parents.

Question: Why does a retiree often say he doesn't miss work, but misses the people he used to work with?
Answer: He is too polite to tell the whole truth.

Question: What do you do all week?
Answer: Monday to Friday: Nothing; Saturday & Sunday: I rest.

Share this one with all the retirees that you know. I'm sure they can relate to some of them!

AND, If you have not yet retired, look what you have to look forward to.

Happiness is a voyage, not a destination. There is no better time to be happy than... NOW!

   AMEN! Thanks, Glenn!

      From My Niece, Shari, of VA - 05/24/10 - "4 TUES.":

Going out of town some this week and don't know if I will back on or not.
Take Care & God Bless

Easy Listening-------------
Glen Campbell - Wichita Lineman
Bruce Hornsby - "Mandolin Rain"


One night our dog suddenly began barking almost every night at around 3 a.m.

Irritated and sleepy, my husband, Larry, searched the backyard for what might have disturbed this otherwise peaceful animal.

For three days he found nothing amiss. When the dog woke up the neighborhood a fourth night at 3 a.m. with frantic barking Larry finally snuck around the house through the alley only to discover our quiet neighbor, the last man you'd suspect of wrongdoing, throwing pebbles over the fence at the dog.

My husband demanded to know what he was doing.

"My mother-in-law is visiting," the embarrassed neighbor explained. "If she gets woken up in the middle of the night one more time she says she'll leave."


Pizza Delivery

"What's the usual tip?" a man growled when, Jason, a college boy delivered his pizza.

"Well," Jason replied, "this is my first delivery, but the other guys said that if I got a quarter out of you, I'd be doing great."

"Is that so?" grunted the man. "In that case, here's five dollars."

"Thanks," Jason said, "I'll put it in my college fund."

"By the way, what are you studying?" inquired the man.

Jason replied, "Applied psychology."



BY: Janis Bonnie

My husband and I tried for about a year and a half to get pregnant. We went through one round of in vitro fertilization and got pregnant, but lost it at about three weeks. We talked about domestic adoption, but feared falling in love with a child and then having the birth parents change their minds.

One day, my father-in-law took me to an agency that specializes in international adoption, and we were shown videos of some children who were up for adoption. The first video I saw was of a little boy from Russia who was 8-10 months old. I fell in love with him!

I took the video, two pictures, and an application home and showed them to my husband. Looking at the little boy in the picture, my husband said, "He's got Grandpa's ears!" He was referring to my grandfather, who had recently passed away. Needless to say, we filled out the application and started our journey toward adopting our son.

As the process went along, there seemed to be so many coincidences, or signs of destiny, as I called them. My son's birth mother's birthday was the same day as my mother's. The information provided about the child was done on my birthday. We kept asking for an update on his weight and height, etc., and finally received it on my mother-in-law's birthday. We went to court in Russia on my husband's birthday. But to me, the biggest confirmation of all occurred on the day before we left for Russia. We finally received the rocking chair we had been waiting for from my grandfather (the one who recently passed away).

I always tell my son he was my destiny. I found a photo album that I use as his scrapbook, and the word DESTINY is written on it, along with the saying, "If I could sit across the porch from God, I'd thank Him for lending me you."

All children are God's gift to us, no matter how they become part of our lives. Three short years later, God blessed us with another gift -- our daughter, also from Russia. Although there weren't as many signs of destiny there, I truly believe she was meant to be our daughter, too.


thank you for the gifts
that you bestow on us each day.
Help us to understand that our prayers
are always heard by you,
and answers to them are forthcoming.
Even when we are unsure of the outcome,
please help my faith in you to never waver.




"This hung on a plaque in my college room, it still applies."

Go placidly amid the noise and haste, and remember what peace there may be in silence.

As far as possible, without surrender, be on good terms with all persons. Speak your truth quietly and clearly; and listen to others, even to the dull and ignorant; they too have their story.

Avoid loud and aggressive persons; they are vexations to the spirit.

If you compare yourself with others, you may become vain or bitter, for always there will be greater and lesser persons than yourself.

Enjoy your achievements as well as your plans. Keep interested in your own career, however humble, it's a real possession in the changing fortunes of time.

Exercise caution in your business affairs, for the world is full of trickery. But let this not blind you to what virtue there is; many persons strive for high ideals, and everywhere life is full of heroism.

Be yourself. Especially do not feign affection. Neither be cynical about love; for in the face of all aridity and disenchantment, it is as perennial as the grass.

Take kindly the counsel of the years, gracefully surrendering the things of youth.

Nurture strength of spirit to shield you in sudden misfortune. But do not distress yourself with dark imaginings. Many fears are born of fatigue and loneliness.

Beyond a wholesome discipline, be gentle with yourself. You are a child of the universe no less than the trees and the stars; you have a right to be here.

And whether or not it is clear to you, no doubt the universe is unfolding as it should.

Therefore be at peace with God, whatever you conceive him to be. And whatever your labors and aspirations, in the noisy confusion of life, keep peace in your soul. With all its sham, drudgery and broken dreams, it is still a beautiful world.

Be cheerful.

Strive to be happy.

Written in 1927 by Max Ehrmann

   Thanks so much, Shari!

  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 - 05/25/10:


A man walked into a bar and ordered a glass of white wine. He took a sip of the wine, then tossed the remainder into the bartender's face. Before the bartender could recover from the surprise, the man began weeping.

"I'm sorry," he said. "I'm really sorry. I keep doing that to bartenders. I can't tell you how embarrassing it is, to have a compulsion like this."

Far from being angry, the bartender was sympathetic. Before long, he was suggesting that the man see an analyst about his problem. "I happen to have the name of a Psychoanalyst," the bartender said. "My Brother and my Wife have both been treated by him, and they say he's as good as they get."

The man wrote down the name of the Doctor, thanked the bartender, and left. The bartender smiled, knowing he'd done a good deed for a fellow human being.

Six months later, the man was back. "Did you do what I suggested?" the bartender asked, serving the glass of white wine.

"I certainly did," the man said. "I've been seeing the Psychoanalyst twice a week." He took a sip of the wine. Then he threw the remainder into the bartender's face.

The flustered bartender wiped his face with a towel. "The Doctor doesn't seem to be doing you any good." He sputtered.

"On the contrary," the man claimed, "he's done me world of good."

"But you threw the wine in my face again!" The bartender exclaimed.

"Yes." The man replied. "But it doesn't embarrass me anymore!"

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!

                          Love to all, Carol





Carol Buckley Harty

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Ballad of the Green Berets

Written and Performed by Sgt. Barry Sadler

Fighting soldiers from the sky
Fearless men who jump and die
Men who mean just what they say
The brave men of the Green Beret

Silver wings upon their chest
These are men, America's best
One hundred men we'll test today
But only three win the Green Beret

Trained to live, off nature's land
Trained in combat, hand to hand
Men who fight by night and day
Courage deep, from the Green Beret

Silver wings upon their chest
These are men, America's best
One hundred men we'll test today
But only three win the Green Beret

Back at home a young wife waits
Her Green Beret has met his fate
He has died for those oppressed
Leaving her this last request

Put silver wings on my son's chest
Make him one of America's best
He'll be a man they'll test one day
Have him win the Green Beret

"Ballad of the Green Berets" midi courtesy of - 05/26/07

"Ballad of the Green Berets" lyrics courtesy of - 05/26/07

First John Wayne Image courtesy of - 05/26/07

Second John Wayne Image courtesy of - 05/26/07

Gold Rope Divider Line clip art courtesy of - 05/26/07

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!

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

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!

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