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07/03/11 - NNHS Newsletter - White Flag

“We cannot, we will not, choose the path of surrender.”

- Woodrow Wilson
(28 Dec 1856 - 03 Feb 1934)

Dear Friends and Schoolmates,

   My internet is driving me so bonkers. I'm 'bout to hang out a white flag, I tell you.....

BONUS - - White Flag - Dido - with David BoreanazThat's a Double Bonus, n'est pas?


"White Flag" is a song by English singer-songwriter Dido, released as the lead single from her second album Life for Rent on September 2003. "White Flag" is the biggest hit of Dido's career. It is considered one of her signature songs, and helped Life for Rent sell over ten million copies worldwide. The song was nominated for the Best Female Pop Vocal Performance at the 46th Grammy Awards, but lost to Christina Aguilera's "Beautiful". It won the Best British Single at the 2004 Brit Awards. The music video, directed by Joseph Kahn features actor David Boreanaz as Dido's love interest. The song ranked on Blender's list "The 500 Greatest Songs Since You Were Born" at number 317.[1] The single fared very well on the charts around the world, peaking at number one in Australia, Austria, Germany, Italy, and Norway; number two on the Irish Singles Chart, and number eighteen in the U.S. Billboard Hot 100. The song reached number two in the UK being kept off the top spot by the UK top selling single of the year, "Where Is the Love?".


  Happy Birthday tomorrow to   Fred Hayman ('57)!

  Happy Birthday this week to:

05 - Doug Johnson ('57) of VA!

06 -    The late Gene Ellis ('61) (deceased 05/02/11);

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!


   The Battle of Gettysburg ended 148 years ago today:



Monday, July 1, 1861

The Department of War in Washington D.C. released an order today which in retrospect they might wish they had not. The order authorized the raising of troops in the “border states” of Kentucky and Tennessee. Both states, being border regions between north and south, were very close to evenly balanced in sympathies. Kentucky had pretty well decided to maintain a neutral stance, not leaving the Union but not sending men to fight against the South either. Tennessee, although more heavily Southern in sympathies in the powerful towns along the Mississippi River, was heavily Unionist in the mountainous eastern areas. The call for troops from the North was not accepted kindly in either state.

Tuesday, July 1, 1862

The Seven Days Battle came to an end today, at a conflict generally agreed to be known as Malvern Hill. (Yesterday’s conflict can win you trivia games, having as many as eight names in use: Frayser’s Farm, White Oak Swamp, Glendale, Nelson’s Crossroads, Charles City Crossroads, New Market Road, Willis’ Church, and Turkey Bridge.) McClellan had been pushed back from Richmond every day of the fight, and now had his back up against the Potomac River. While this sounded desperate, he was in fact in a perfect defensive position and well dug-in. Lee, having failed again yesterday to split the Union forces in two, launched one last assault in hopes of a decisive conquest. Poor coordination of attacks doomed the effort. Lee’s only consolation was that Richmond was safe, or at least safer than it had been before the offensive started.

Wednesday, July 1, 1863

Was it random chance, overconfidence, or just a good road network that brought the two great armies of the Eastern Theater together in Pennsylvania today? Whatever the reason, skirmishers from A. P. Hill’s Confederate corps encountered what they first took to be Pennsylvania militia on Chambersburg Pike west of Gettysburg. The “militia” was in fact the crack cavalry of Gen. John Buford, fighting dismounted . As one group after another was unable to dislodge these “militia”, eventually Buford’s Co. E of the 9th New York Cavalry was standing off two brigades in one of the classic fighting withdrawals of this or any war. The delay was just long enough for Gen. John Reynold’s 1st Corps to get up to carry on the fight, although without Reynolds who was killed early on. O.O. Howard’s 11th Corps was right behind. The early efforts to fight north of town were quickly swamped, and chaos followed fleeing Union men and pursuing Confederates alike as they headed for the high ground of Cemetery and Culp’s Hills. That “lovely ground” was in Union hands at the end of this day.



Tuesday, July 2, 1861

The right of habeas corpus is so basic to America that it is enshrined in the Constitution. Including such features as protection from arrest without specific charge, right to reasonable bail and the like, it went straight out the window today. President Lincoln, in what would become one of the most controversial actions of the war years, today authorized Winfield Scott, Commanding General of the US Army, to suspend this right as he saw fit anywhere between Washington and New York. Many saw the suspension of civil liberties as the first step down the road to tyranny and the failure of the American experiment in democracy.

Wednesday, July 2, 1862

And on the eight day (after the series of battles which became known as the Seven Days) Gen. George McClellan would no doubt have liked to have rested, as would his men of the Army of the Potomac. Unfortunately although the battle was over the retreat was not. The army marched from Malvern Hill to Hampton Roads. The advantage of this position was that Union gunboats in the James River could provide covering fire for the entire force, both flanks. Lee’s forces were mostly too tired to attack anyway, except for cavalry attacks on infantrymen.

Thursday, July 2, 1863

Hundreds of books have been written about the Battle of Gettysburg; dozens about various aspects of this, the Second Day, alone. Meanwhile, the end of the Siege of Vicksburg was drawing very near. Attempts by the Confederacy to break reinforcements through Grant’s lines had failed, and supplies were running low. Mule meat was beginning to seem tasty, considering that the alternative was to eat rats. Negotiations were proposed.

Saturday, July 2, 1864

Harper’s Ferry, at the confluence of the Potomac and Shenandoah Rivers and at the bottom of steep bluffs, is also where Maryland, Virginia and the new state of West Virginia come together. It was fought over repeatedly and changed hands more than once. It was under threat again today from the forces of Jubal Early. The Confederate general, head of virtually the only remaining Rebel force able to move, was in Winchester today. There was skirmishing on Bolivar Heights.



Wednesday, July 3, 1861

Northern Virginia was to be the most trampled and damaged part of either North or South during the course of the war, and it was starting already. The Union men under Gen. Robert Patterson were marching through this area today, making it as far as Martinsburg. They were in pursuit of the Confederate forces under the command of Joseph E. Johnston, who were currently in Winchester, Va. That town would have the distinction of changing hands more times than any other.

Thursday, July 3, 1862

The Army of the Potomac was safe under the guns of the Navy vessels on the James River, and already criticism of the Seven Days campaign was flowing freely in the media of both capitals. In Washington, McClellan was whining that he had not been given enough men, even though he outnumbered Lee by at least 30,000. In Richmond the complaint was that Lee should have defeated McClellan rather than just running him off. Lee, at least, maintained a dignified silence on the matter.

Friday, July 3, 1863

The Army of Northern Virginia had attacked the Federal right on Cemetery and Culps’ Hills yesterday and failed to dislodge them. They had attacked the left at Little Round Top, the Wheatfield and Devil’s Den, and failed to roll up the line. Today it was decided to attack the center. Preceded by an immense artillery barrage (which mostly overshot the line it was intended to hit on Cemetery Ridge) the divisions of Pickett, Pettigrew and Trimble set forth on their march into history. Although a few men made it across the stone wall, they were soon killed or captured. The Union center held.

   From Carla Fine Cripps ('65) of Australia - 06/30/11 - " Mrs. Forbes":

OMG! Carol, I don't believe I ever knew  Dr. Forbes, but I sure have an indelible memory of being in her Mom's seventh grade class at Walter Reed School! I can still see the old wooden desks, and Mrs. Forbes not letting us leave for our next class until she'd silently peered down each row and held up a finger indicating our row number had passed muster on tidiness.

Nevertheless, I was still saddened to read of Dr. Forbes' tragic passing in the auto crash. She was undoubtedly a great loss to the community and will be greatly missed by her family and those who knew her.

Thanks yet again for the unbelievably wonderful service you do to our far-flung community with the newsletter.

Hope the new house is another haven reflecting your love and caring and that y'all have many happy, healthy years there,

Love to everyone,

Carla (Fine) Cripps, NNHS Class of '65

   Thank you so much, Carla! My memories of Mrs. Forbes from that year are warm and wonderful. I especially recall the pride she felt in her daughter's accomplishments. Her face would simply shine when she mentioned her name - as well it should have!

   We are all delighting at being back in North Carolina again - thanks again!

   From the Head Cheerleader of 1958, Evelyn Fryer Fish of TX - 06/30/11 - "The Virus Email Sent To You By Evelyn <>< :(":

Dear Friends,

I am so sorry that the Viagra Message was sent to all of you.  Don't know how I got it.  And have been bewildered as to how to get rid of it.  Recently send messages were the second round that went out  - so I HAD to find out what to do.
A Norton Virus Team Technician has been on my computer REMOTE CONTROL for over TWO HOURS this evening deleting the Virus and surveying my computer and cleaned it up.
He advised me to and I will let you know - PLEASE DO NOT ASK ME TO OPEN ANYMORE EMAILS.  I WILL NOT BE FORWARDING ANYMORE TO YOU.  I know I have said this in the past BUT now I HAVE to follow through.
If you get a virus - the first thing you need to do immediately is to Change Your Password!
I was told by Norton that CERTAIN viruses cannot be detected - and thereby have to be erased by their Virus Team.  With a Charge, by the way.  And if it happens again, I will have to pay AGAIN.  Soooooooo - I don't want that to happen.
Hopefully, you will not get anymore such stuff from me - but I would please ask you to let me know if you do.
Thank U for your patience.
So sorry, ev     :) One of my friends has been called already by the Viagra Company to discuss her Order!!  NOT

   Thank you, Ev! I'm so sorry for your troubles! These things would be amusing if they weren't so, you know, un-amusing (not to mention costly)! 

  From Norris Perry (Warwick HS - '59) of VA - 06/30/11 - "Sergeant Reckless":

A real Hero.

I believe she may have been God's gift to the U.S. - Sgt. Reckless - Korean War Horse Hero

   WOWZERONI! Thank you so much, Norris Sweetie!

  From Adrian Whitcomb ('67) of VA - 07/01/11 - "Please Vote in Virginian-Pilot Fort Monroe Poll":

Please help support a Fort Monroe National Park by voting in the following Virginian-Pilot Poll, which can be found at:

I have been working for five years with "Citizens for a Fort Monroe National Park" to help make Fort Monroe a national park when the Army leaves in September.

For more information you can read, "Fort Monroe gets push as a national park," by Kate Wiltrout, The Virginian-Pilot, June 30, 2011, at:

Please take the time to vote in this poll.


Adrian Whitcomb, NNHS, Class of 1967


Poll Question Results as of 2:39 PM, 7/1/11

Should Fort Monroe be turned into a national park after the Army leaves it in September?

91% (1120 votes)

8% (93 votes)

Not sure
2% (20 votes)

Total votes: 1233

   Thanks so much, Adrian! I cast my vote; y'all go and do likewise!

  From Norris Perry (Warwick HS - '59) of VA - 07/01/11 - "Great AD !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!":

Try to guess what this commercial is for …

BEFORE it ends …

It's one of the best ads I've ever seen.

   This is delicious! I made three incorrect guesses; I doubt I ever would have guessed it! Thank you again, Norris Sweetie!

   From the Head Cheerleader of 1958, Evelyn Fryer Fish of TX - 07/02/11 - "Everyone's Birthday Party":

Thank U so much for including invite to BB Party on Sep 17!!!

   But of course, Pretty Lady!


From - 07/02/11:
A police officer sees an old lady driving and knitting at the same time, so after driving next to her for awhile, he yells to her, "PULLOVER."

She replies, "No, a pair of socks."


1. Thursday, July 7, 2011 - 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. Saturday, July 9, 2011 (6:30 PM to 11:30 PM) - The Class of 1971 will hold its 40-Year Reunion at Newport News Marriott at City Center, 740 Town Center Drive, Newport News. For details, contact Richard Rawls at - CLASS OF 1971

3. Wednesday, August 10, 2011 - 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.

4. Friday and Saturday, August 19 and 20, 2011 - The Class of 1966 will hold its 45-Year Reunion at RJ's Restaurant and Pun AND the Warwick Yacht Club, Newport News.  DETAILS:; CONTACT: Dee Hodges Bartram at - OPEN REUNION!

5. Friday, Saturday, and Sunday, August 26, 27, and 28, 2011 - The Class of 1961 will hold its 50-Year Reunion. - For details, see: and contact Gary Fitzgerald at or 757-879-2847 - CLASS OF 1961

6. Saturday, September 17, 2011 - Evelyn's Birthday Party for Everyone - Canepa Cottage, Buckroe Beach - 2:00 PM. For details, contact Evelyn Fryer Fish ('58) of TX at - OPEN TO EVERYBODY!

7. Wednesday and Thursday, October 19 and 20, 2011 - The Class of 1956 will hold its 55-Year Reunion. Be on the lookout for "snail mail" in early May. - CLASS OF 1956

PRAYER ROLL : - updated 05/05/11

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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White Flag

Written and recorded by Dido, 2002
(b. 25 Dec 1971)

I know you think that I shouldn't still love you,
Or tell you that.
But if I didn't say it, well I'd still have felt it
where's the sense in that?

I promise I'm not trying to make your life harder
Or return to where we were

I will go down with this ship
And I won't put my hands up and surrender
There will be no white flag above my door
I'm in love and always will be

I know I left too much mess and
destruction to come back again
And I caused nothing but trouble
I understand if you can't talk to me again
And if you live by the rules of "it's over"
then I'm sure that that makes sense

I will go down with this ship
And I won't put my hands up and surrender
There will be no white flag above my door
I'm in love and always will be

And when we meet
Which I'm sure we will
All that was there
Will be there still
I'll let it pass
And hold my tongue
And you will think
That I've moved on....

I will go down with this ship
And I won't put my hands up and surrender
There will be no white flag above my door
I'm in love and always will be

I will go down with this ship
And I won't put my hands up and surrender
There will be no white flag above my door
I'm in love and always will be

I will go down with this ship
And I won't put my hands up and surrender
There will be no white flag above my door
I'm in love and always will be

"White Flag" midi courtesy of - 04/15/05

"White Flag" lyrics courtesy of - 04/15/05

White Flag image courtesy of – 04/15/05

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 Big Hugs Smiley clip art courtesy of Sarah Puckett Kressaty ('65) of VA - 06/19/09
Thanks, Sarah Sugah!

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