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07/03/09 - NNHS Newsletter - Free America

“Liberty must at all hazards be supported. We have a right to it, derived from our Maker.
But if we had not, our fathers have earned and bought it for us, at the expense
of their ease, their estates, their pleasure, and their blood.”

- John Adams, A Dissertation on the Canon and Feudal Law, 1765
(30 Oct 1735 - 04 July 1826)

Dear Friends and Schoolmates,   

   I'll start celebrating Independence Day one day early with the rest of the country.

BONUS #1 - - The British Grenadiers (the tune to which Dr. Warren set his words in 1775)

BONUS #2 - - 1775 American Revolutionary War from tyranny of taxes

SUPER BONUS #3 - - America Revolutionary War - 8-1/2 minute stirring video featuring a clip from The Patriot (2000)



    From My Cousin, Jean Atkinson Mallory (Rappahannock HS / John Marshall HS - '65) of VA - 07/03/09, 2:31 PM - "Newest granddaughter":

Dear Carol,
Just a quick note to announce the birth of Margot Lenore Byrd, my 6th grandchild (2nd granddaughter), born July 1.  Her mother is my baby, Samantha.  She joins Stacy's children, Tanner, 12; Garrett, 9; Schuyler, 7; and Hayden, 3 1/2; and Michael's son, Cooper, 8 months.  We're all very happy with her arrival!
Love ya,

   WHOO-HOO!!! A new baby girl - how wonderful! Thanks so much for letting us know, Jean! Warmest congratulations to all!


  Happy Birthday tomorrow to:

04 -   Fred Hayman ('57);

  Happy Birthday this week to:

05 - Doug Johnson ('57) of VA;

07 -    Frank Blechman ('65) of Northern VA AND    Steve Silsby (Ferguson HS - '72) of NC;

09 -   the late Adrienne Price Cox ('57) (deceased 08/20/06) AND    Eva Ellis Madagan ('61) of FL!

   Many Happy Returns, One and All!

       From Dave Spriggs ('64) of VA - 07/02/09 - "NNHS 64/45 REUNION PAGE UPDATES":


It is time for some updates on the Reunion page:

Please take down the 45-Year REUNION SURVEY page and the DETAILS page. These will be replaced.

Please add the following pages in PDF format, which are attached:

·         64-45 Invitation Letter

·         64-45 Reservation Form

·         64-45 2009 OLD RUSTY ANCHOR Input Form

You may place the following entry in an upcoming series of newsletters to announce these forms: 


Attention all 1964 TYPHOONS:

If we have a current mailing address for you, then your 45th Reunion package was mailed to you on 23 June. In it you will find a letter detailing our plans for the reunion, a reservation form to be completed and returned to us no later than 1 September, and an input form for the 2009 Edition of the Old Rusty Anchor.

If you do not receive this package (or put it aside and misplace it - - yes, it happens), then you may find these same documents available to you on the NNHS web site at this address:

These documents are in Adobe PDF format. If you do not have the free Adobe Reader, you may download and install it from this address:

You may print out the forms, fill them in, and mail them to us WITH YOUR CHECK.

We look forward to seeing you at the Newport News Marriott City Center on October 9th and 10th … and at The Chamberlin for Sunday brunch.

Best wishes from your Class of 1964 45-Year Reunion Committee.


   Oh, NO, David Darlin', not you, too !?! I may forget my own name on a regular basis, but YOU, Sir, are a Soo-per Genius, and you must surely recall that the mere sight of the words, "PDF format" will immediately cause me to break out in hives, and a nasty burning / itching scale to appear on my face, and my hair to fall out in clumps, and my belly to twist into cramps, and my heart to begin to flutter wildly, because -  "I don' know NUFFIN' 'bout no PDF files!!!" They just SIT there and look at me tauntingly and steadfastly REFUSE to cooperate and make me feel like a big dummy and .....

   Oh. "Wit a minute."

   My resident techno-geek just traversed my path, and he said (for the forty-eleventh time, I am sure) that "alls I hafta do" is save the file into the proper folder just as if it were an image or a midi, and upload and attach it as usual.

    Okay. Hold on. Lemme try. It sounds way too easy to be true. Save - CHECK. Upload - CHECK. Attach - NADA!!!

   AHA!!! I was right! Absolutely NOTHING happens!!! ARGHHH!!!

  Sigh. Okay, I'll try again later. Sheesh. Sorry, Captain!


  From Jane Chambers of VA - 06/26/09:

Hello from Jane Chambers, CNC/U retired prof. of English.....

In Dec. of 2008, 3 of us who are all retired CNC/U faculty, published a book (see attached BROCHURE) called Memories of Christopher Newport College: The First Decade, 1961-71. Some 35 people--retired faculty, staff, & former students, wrote short essays for this book, which was paid for by individual donations.  The book is dedicated to   "Scotty" Cunningham, CNC's first president, who unfortunately died before we completed the book. All profit from the book goes into a scholarship in his memory at CNU.
Virtually all of our earliest students came to us from the Peninsula high schools. We are trying now to locate them, for several reasons. Of course, we want them to know about Memories. Some of them have their names and/or pictures in the book, along with names and pictures and information about some of their CNC professors and classmates. Also, since virtually all records of the earliest students have been lost or misplaced at CNU, and the Alumni Association there has virtually no records until the mid-1970s, we want to fill this major gap in the history of CNC/U
We are creating lists of each CNC class from 1961-71, with names, addresses, e-mails, degree(s) if any, occupations, and family members. These will circulate only among the former students and interested retired professors until sometime in 2011, when CNC/U has its 50th Anniversary. At that time, we'll share the information with CNU, so that the "lost decade" students can be officially listed.  Since these are our students from the First Decade, we're calling them the "First Decaders." We plan to honor them in some fashion during that 50th year. So we want to find them in order to invite them to our celebration of their part in the creation of the college.
We're using various avenues to locate those "First Decaders," including Alumni records at William and Mary, since many of them transferred there after 2 yrs. with us. (CNC was a 2-yr branch of W&M until 1971).  Connecting with Alumni groups at the high schools is another avenue I'm pursuing. This is why I asked Sylvia Weinstein, who asked   Nancy (Bigger) Alligood ('56 - of VA), who asked you to help!
And I thank you very much for that help!
What I'll need also for the NNHS graduates who then went to CNC will be some way to contact them--preferably by e-mail or SnailMail.
I've noticed that there is a NEWSLETTER put out by the NNHS Alumni. Is it possible for me to put an article in that? MANY THANKS!

   Yes, ma'am - and here it is once again today (but I'm still working on attaching that PDF brochure - see above note)!

   Thank you, Jane - and much success!  

   Y'all spread the word, please! You may contact Dr. Chambers at

  From Jane Chambers of VA - 07/01/09:

Dear Carol,
How delighted I was to see that you put into your NNHS newsletter of 07/01/09 my e-mail about Memories of Christopher Newport College: The First Decade, 1961-1971!  I was not even aware of the newsletter yet when I got an e-mail from    Charles G. Snead (NNHS, 64; CNC, AA degree, 66; W&M, BA,68 & MEd, 71)-- who of course got my e-mail address from your newsletter! He's a former student of mine and we talked for at least an hour.


Attached is the two-sided brochure that I failed to attach before. It has an order form on it. All former CNC students (whether or not they got a degree from CNC) can get the $5 alumni discount if they order the book with this form. They will need to write on the order form "alumni discount" and put $24.95 in the blank beside $29.95. They will have to pay S&H also and (if in Virginia) 5% Sales Tax.
Attached also is an ad we ran in the Daily Press, which lists places where the book can be bought in the Tidewater area. Except for the CNU bookstore, there is no discount price for these copies. However, buyers can get signed copies at all of these places EXCEPT the CNU Bookstore, which did not want signed copies.  Signed means signed by all 3 authors: Chambers, Hubbard, and Wood. 

   No, ma'am, you attached the brochure quite nicely. I on the other hand, am having, uh, "technical difficulties.....

Thanks again for the "ALERT" item. You even included a photo of me in the 1960s, taken from one of the Trident annuals. That was a nice touch!

Take care!
Jane C.

   Adding your portrait was a simple matter; I picked up a couple of Tridents (1965 and 1969) on six years or so ago for just such a moment as this.

   For the attachments, see my Wild Rant above, and stay tuned for further developments.....

   Thanks again, Jane; sorry for the delay.

   From Mark Hutcherson ('66) of VA - 07/02/09:

"The galleries are full of critics. They play no ball. They fight no fights. They make no mistakes because they attempt nothing. Down in the arena are the doers. They make mistakes because they try many things. The man who makes no mistakes lacks boldness and the spirit of adventure. He is the one who never tries anything. He is the break in the wheel of progress. And yet it cannot be truly said he makes no mistakes, because his biggest mistake is the very fact that he tries nothing, does nothing, except criticize those who do things."

- David M. Shoup
General, United States Marine Corps

   Thank you, Mark!

From My Friend, Tina of NC - 07/02/09 - "4th of July - Happy Day!":

And thanks to all who have served and are serving today!!!!  TH

Turn your speakers on for a treat from Elvis!

HAPPY EARLY JULY 4th This is beautiful!

I don't think I ever heard Elvis in "better voice" than on this--it's a "chill-maker", even a "tear-dropper"!

How fitting for 2009 perhaps we need the reminder so... please don't delete before reading as I know you will really enjoy it!! - A Tribute to our Flag - Submitted by Bob Thompson, Retired Military Veteran, Panama City, Florida

   Thanks so much, Tina! I was somehow not able to hear the promised rendition of Elvis singing "America the Beautiful", so I've supplied these two clips from YouTube: - America the Beautiful - Elvis Presley, December 13, 1975 at the Las Vegas Hilton - America the Beautiful - Elvis Presley - A still picture slideshow of American landscapes and pics of Elvis Presley

From ArcaMax Health and Fitness Ezine - 07/02/09:

47,000 seniors hurt using canes, walkers

ATLANTA (UPI) -- More than 47,000 seniors were treated in hospitals from 2001 to 2006 for injuries from falls involving walkers and canes, U.S. health officials said.

A study by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, published in the Journal of the American Geriatrics Society, found that people were seven times more likely to be injured in a fall with a walker as with a cane.

The study, which examined six years of emergency department medical records, determined older women sustained 78 percent of the walker-related injuries and 66 percent the cane-related injuries.

"Walking aids are very important in helping many older adults maintain their mobility. However, it's important to make sure people use these devices safely," lead author Judy Stevens of the CDC said in a statement.

"Walkers are often used by frail and vulnerable older adults; people for whom falls, if they occur, can have very serious health consequences."

Other key findings include:

-- The highest injury rates were among those ages 85 and older.

-- Fractures were the most common type of fall injury associated with walkers and canes, and about one-third involved the hip or pelvis.

-- More than half of fall injuries associated with walkers and canes occurred at home.

-- One in three people whose fall involved a walker and more than one in four whose fall involved a cane had to be hospitalized..

Copyright 2009 by United Press International


From Well Aware - BCBSKC - Summer 2009:

Long Life Secrets - Wholesome habits can help lead to a long, healthy life.

If someone handed you the map to the fountain of youth, would you use it? Of course you would. Many people hope to outsmart the aging process and enjoy their later years in good health.

And while it's true that heredity plays a roll in how well we age, research shows that our lifestyle is also very important. The best part is that you already hold the map.

Embracing healthier habits can help put you on the road to a long, healthy life. To get started:

Stop Smoking. Quit smoking, and you'll benefit immediately. Smoking is he most preventable cause of death, according to Centers foe Disease Control and Prevention. Talk to your doctor for help quitting.

Start moving. Regular exercise helps reduce the risk of heart disease, type 2 diabetes, cancer, high blood pressure and other serious health conditions. It helps control weight and contributes to healthy bones, muscles and joints.

Not exercising may actually speed up the aging process, according to a study reported in the Archives of Internal Medicine. Most healthy adults should try to get at least 2 1/2 hours of exercise a week - more is even better.

Eat well. A well-balanced diet with plenty of fruits, vegetables, beans and whole grains can help lower your risk of chronic disease, such as heart disease, stroke, some types of cancer, diabetes and osteoporosis.

See your doctor. Get regular checkups and preventive screenings. Many diseases are easier to treat if caught early.  Keep current with immunizations.

Manage health conditions. If you already have a health condition, learn hot to manage it. Know the names of your medicines and how to take them.


        From David Whitley ('67) of VA - 06/23/09 - "Redneck Humor" (#7 in a Series of 11):

  Redneck Time Out

   Thanks, Gorgeous!

Redneck Time Out


1. Friday, Saturday, and Sunday, September 4, 5 and 6 (Labor Day Weekend), 2009 - The Class of 1969 will hold its 40-Year Reunion at the Point Plaza Hotel, Newport News, VA. For details, see: and contact Jean Baker Howell at - OPEN TO ALL NNHS ALUMNI

2. Friday, Saturday, and Sunday, September 18, 19, and 20, 2009 - The Warwick High School Class of 1959 will hold its 50-Year Reunion at the Marriott Newport News at City Center, Newport News, VA. For details, contact - WHS CLASS OF 1959

3. Friday and Saturday, October 9 and 10, 2009 - The Class of 1964 will hold its 45-Year Reunion - For details, see: - CLASS OF 1964

4. Friday and Saturday, August 6 and 7, 2010 - The NNHS Class of 1970 will hold its 40-Year Reunion. Friday night they will all meet at RJ's; Saturday night will be at the Kiln Creek Golf & Country Club. For details, contact Carol Comer Cutler at - CLASS OF 1970

5. 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  kwitte@tampabay, - CLASS OF 1960

PRAYER ROLL: - updated 07/01/09

BLOG: - updated 01/09/09

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

                          Love to all, Carol





Carol Buckley Harty

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Free America

Words by
Dr. Joseph Warren, 1775
(11 June 1741 - killed at the
Battle of Bunker Hill
, 17 June 1775)

Tune: The British Grenadiers

That seat of science Athens, And earth's proud mistress, Rome,
Where now are all their glories We scarce can find a tomb.
Then guard your rights, Americans, Nor stoop to lawless sway,
Oppose, oppose, oppose, oppose For North America.

Proud Albion bow'd to Caesar, And numerous lords before,
To Picts, to Danes, to Normans, And many masters more;
But we can boast Americans Have never fall'n a prey,
Huzza, huzza, huzza, huzza For Free America.

We led fair Freedom hither, And lo, the desert smiled,
A paradise of pleasure New opened in the wild;
Your harvest, bold Americans, No power shall snatch away,
Preserve, preserve, preserve your rights In Free America.

Torn from a world of tyrants Beneath this western sky
We formed a new dominion, A land of liberty;
The world shall own we're freemen here, And such will ever be,
Huzza, huzza, huzza, huzza For love and liberty.

God bless this maiden climate, And through her vast domain
May hosts of heroes cluster That scorn to wear a chain.
And blast the venal sycophants Who dare our rights betray;
Assert yourselves, yourselves, yourselves For brave America,

Lift up your hearts, my heroes, And swear with proud disdain,
The wretch that would ensnare you Shall spread his net in vain;
Should Europe empty all her force, We'd meet them in array,
And shout huzza, huzza, huzza For brave America.

The land where freedom reigns shall still Be masters of the main,
In giving laws and freedom To subject France and Spain;
And all the isles o'er ocean spread Shall tremble and obey,
The prince who rules by Freedom's laws In North America.

"Free America" (1775) midi (sequenced by Lesley Nelson) and lyrics courtesy
of - 07/02/09

Vintage Images courtesy of - 07/03/09

Musical Divider Line clip art courtesy of - 05/06/09

John Marshall High School's Justice Scale clip art courtesy of Cheryl White Wilson (JMHS - '64) of VA - 10/13/05 (replaced 02/23/09)
Thanks, Cheryl!

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

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

Ferguson High School's Anchor clip art courtesy of Steve Silsby (FHS - '72) of NC - 12/14/05
Thanks, Steve!

Animated Tantrum Smiley clip art courtesy of - 03/05/09

Animated Nutsy Smiley courtesy of - 05/04/09

Animated Head-Banging Smiley courtesy of - 07/0/09

Animated USN Flag clip art courtesy of - 06/18/03

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 Rolling on the Floor Laughing Boy courtesy of - 04/06/05

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