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07/07/10 - NNHS Newsletter -
Gustav Mahler's 150th Birthday

“If I weren't the way I am, I shouldn't write my symphonies.”

- Gustav Mahler
7 July 1860 - 18 May 1911)

Dear Friends and Schoolmates,

   We celebrate this birthday together here every year.

BONUS #1 - - Mahler: Symphony No. 1: Movement 1 - Part 1 of 2, Leonard Bernstein conducting the Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra

BONUS #2 - - Mahler: Symphony No. 1: Movement 1 - Part 2 of 2, Leonard Bernstein conducting the Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra


Gustav Mahler (7 July 1860 – 18 May 1911) was a late-Romantic Austrian composer and one of the leading conductors of his generation. As a composer, he acted as a bridge between the 19th century Austro-German tradition and the modernism of the early 20th century. While in his lifetime his status as a conductor was established beyond question, his own music gained wide popularity only after periods of relative neglect which included a ban on its performance in much of Europe during the Nazi era. After 1945 the music was discovered and championed by a new generation of listeners; Mahler then became one of the most frequently performed and recorded of all composers, a position he has sustained into the 21st century...

A technical device much used by Mahler is that of "progressive tonality", which Deryck Cooke describes as "the procedure of resolving a symphonic conflict in a different key from that in which it was stated"[139], and which is often used "to symbolise the gradual ascendancy of a certain value by progress from one key to another over the whole course of a symphony".[142] This technique was also used by Mahler's Danish contemporary Carl Nielsen. Mahler first employed the device in an early song, Erinnerung ("Memory"), and thereafter used it freely in his symphonies. For example, the predominant key of the First Symphony is D major; at the beginning of the Finale, the "conflict" movement, the key switches to F minor, and only after a lengthy battle gets back to D, near the end. The Second Symphony begins in C minor and ends in E flat.[139] The movements of the Fifth Symphony progress successively from C-sharp minor to A minor, then D major, F major and finally to D major.[119] The Sixth Symphony, unusually for Mahler, begins and ends in the same key, A minor, signifying that in this case the conflict is unresolved.[143]


      From Dave Arnold ('65) of VA - 05/11/10 - "Class of 1965's 45-Year Reunion":

The NNHS Class of 1965 will hold its 45-Year Reunion on Friday and Saturday, October 15 and 16, 2010 - which is OPEN to all classes!

Friday evening we will meet at R.J.'s Restaurant and Sports Bar. The only cost will be what you choose to eat and drink. The company will be priceless. 

Saturday will be spent at Newport News Park. We've reserved a group shelter that can seat 150 people with sufficient cover to take care of any weather concerns. If you made it to the 55th Birthday Party you'll recall it was held at the Park in one of the smaller shelters. The facility we're using this time is a new addition and will give us lots of flexibility to meet and reminisce. The cost of this event is $15.00 per person through August 31, 2010. After that date the cost will be $20.00 per person. The charge for Saturday will cover your food and beverages.

   Thanks, Dave!

       From Dave Spriggs ('64) of VA - 07/04/10 - "NNHS 64-64 BIRTHDAY CRUISE ANNOUNCEMENT":


Please ... run a small reminder of the event and links to forms in each newsletter for a month or two...


Dave - - Saturday, October 23, 2010, 8:00 to 11:00 PM, Norfolk, VA


   Certainly, David!


   Happy Birthday today to    Frank Blechman ('65) of Northern VA AND    Steve Silsby (Ferguson HS - '72) of NC!

    Happy Birthday this week to:

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

11 - Bobby Maddy ('57) AND POSSIBLY      Aretie Gallins Patterson ('59) of TN);

13 - James Stidham ('57)!

   Many Happy Returns, One and All!


July 07, 1941 - U.S. forces landed in Iceland to forestall an invasion by Germany.

July 07, 1941 - Beirut was occupied by Free France and British troops.

July 07, 1942 - Heinrich Himmler decided to begin experimenting on women and extending experimentation on males in the Auschwitz concentration camps. Adolf Hitler agreed to the plan for medical experiments on the condition that it remain top secret.

TODAY IN 1965:

Wednesday, July 07, 1965 - Actress Paula Devicq was born in Edmonton, Alberta.

Wednesday, July 07, 1965 - Actress Mo Collins was born Maureen Ann Collins in Minneapolis, Minnesota.

Wednesday, July 07, 1965 - Television presenter Jeremy Kyle was born in Canning Town, London, England.

Wednesday, July 07, 1965 - Rugby player Jeremy Guscott was born in Bath, England.

Wednesday, July 07, 1965 - Frank Blechman celebrated his 18th birthday. As I happen to remember (Yes, it's true; I actually do remember something!) that he was narrating Harbor Tours that summer, I'm going to go out on a limb and say that more than likely he observed his birthday in Newport News.

   From Eva Ellis Madagan ('61) of FL - 07/06/10, 10:25 AM - "Birthday":

Hi Carol

John Eugene Ellis (Gene) class 61 birthday July 6

Thanks for the wonderful job you do keeping us all connected.

Blessings, Eva

   OOPS!  And we've been missing it all this time?!?

   Thanks so much, Eva! I've added Gene to our Birthday Page and redone all the Newsletters for the past week as though we'd had that information all along. That will keep us from missing it next year!

   Happy Belated Birthday, Gene!

       From Dave Spriggs ('64) of VA to his Classmates of 1964 - 07/06/10 - "NNHS CLASS OF 1965 FORTY-FIVE YEAR REUNION - 15/16 OCTOBER 2010":


The Class of 1965 has scheduled their 45-Year Reunion for 15 and 16 October and has graciously invited all classes to join them.

The details may be found at this link:

Speaking only for myself, I believe that our class has a maintained a closer relationship with the Class of ’65 than with any other class. I plan to attend, and I hope that many of you will join me.

   Thank you so much, David!

   From F.A. Saunders (Hampton HS - '64) of VA - 07/05/10 - "Hampton 400 DVD":

I saw this on TV and thought some of our classmates would like to know about it. It is Hampton's 400th anniversary this weekend and there is a DVD available for $20 with over 100 stories about the history of Hampton. Check it out at Click on "shop" tab at this site....


   WOWZERS! Thanks, F.A.!

  From Margaret Burns Edwards ('67) of VA - 07/06/10 - "Min Pin Rescue commented on their status...":

Here is an update on King, the little min-pin that was thrown from a moving car. As a result he hit the cement and suffered a broken pelvis. As you can see, the surgery was successful, but we still need $$$$ to pay for follow up care, etc.
  "King is now in his foster home with Penny in Canton, PA. He was released yesterday. His surgery appears to have been a success!  I will hopefully have pictures later this week.  His kidneys are now functioning!  However, we have only raised 1/2 of the money needed to pay for his surgery! PLEASE continue to spread the word about the urgent need for funds to help King!  THANK YOU!"  

If anyone can donate to this, PLEASE PLEASE do so. Every dollar is important to help these little critters. Thank you for your generous spirit.

Thank you Carol! I truly appreciate all you do!

Margaret Burns-Edwards

Saving a pet will not change the world...but the world will change forever for that pet.
Please adopt a rescued pet.

   You're most welcome, Margaret! To donate, try this link, or just write or phone them, specifying "King's Surgical Expenses":

Friends of Penny Min Pin Rescue

Operations: P.O. Box 174 Greensboro NC  27402 

Phone (888) 685-6613 | Fax (888) 685-6613

From Norris Perry (Warwick HS - '59) of VA - 07/05/10 - "history lesson":

Have you ever wondered what happened to the 56 men who signed the Declaration of Independence?

Five signers were captured by the British as traitors, and tortured before they died.

Twelve had their homes ransacked and burned.

Two lost their sons serving in the Revolutionary Army; another had two sons captured.

Nine of the 56 fought and died from wounds or hardships of the Revolutionary War.

They signed and they pledged their lives, their fortunes, and their sacred honor.

What kind of men were they?

Twenty-four were lawyers and jurists. Eleven were merchants, nine were farmers and large plantation owners; men of means, well educated,
but they signed the Declaration of Independence knowing full well that the penalty would be death ifthey were captured.

Carter Braxton of Virginia, a wealthy planter and trader, saw his ships swept from the seas by the British Navy. He sold his home and properties to pay his debts, and died in rags.

Thomas McKeam was so hounded by the British that he was forced to move his family almost constantly. He served in the Congress without pay, and his family was kept in hiding. His possessions were taken from him, and poverty was his reward.

Vandals or soldiers looted the properties of Dillery, Hall, Clymer, Walton, Gwinnett, Heyward, Ruttledge, and Middleton.

At the battle of Yorktown, Thomas Nelson, Jr., noted that the British General Cornwallis had taken over the Nelson home for his headquarters. He quietly urged General George Washington to open fire. The home was destroyed, and Nelson died bankrupt.

Francis Lewis had his home and properties destroyed. The enemy jailed his wife, and she died within a few months.

John Hart was driven from his wife's bedside as she was dying. Their 13 children fled for their lives. His fields and his gristmill were laid to waste. For more than a year he lived in forests and caves, returning home to find his wife dead and his children vanished.

So, take a few minutes while enjoying your 4th of July holiday and silently thank these patriots. It's not much to ask for the price they paid.

Remember: freedom is never free!

I hope you will show your support by sending this to as many people as you can, please. It's time we get the word out that patriotism
is NOT a sin, and the Fourth of July has more to it than beer, picnics and baseball games.

Thank you so much for this important reminder, Norris!

    From Jerry ('65) and    Judy Phillips ('66) Allen of VA - 07/05/10 - "America, Why I Love Her":

John Wayne's voice and our beautiful America! WOW!


Visit this great site!

   Oh, WOW! Thanks, Sweetie-Pies!

       From My Husband, Paul Harty (Bardolph HS, IL - '61) of IL - 07/06/10 - "Ragged Old Flag by Johnny Cash":

There are many powerful songs to be opened on the right side.  There are also Native American songs if you go to the bottom of the list. 
Have your tissues handy........

   Thanks, Dools! Yeah, a lot of time and contemplative thinking could be spent in that section of YouTube alone!

  From Bill Hobbs ('66) of Northern VA - 07/05/10 - "Silver Bear Cafe's Featured Article...":

I trust the Silver Bear Cafe, everyday, to provide wonderfully informative articles. Here is one I thought you would appreciate: - Happy Secession Day by Thomas J. DiLorenzo

   AHHH, Billy, what a provocative article that is! I did enjoy it on several levels - but I can only imagine the brouhaha which would begin if it were tossed out into any crowd of say, five or more people for discussion!

   So, thanks, Sweetie! And y'all enjoy it - either to reinforce your current beliefs or to raise your dander - but we'll not be re-fighting any of those wars (past, present, or future!) here!

      From Wayne Stokes ('65) of VA - 07/06/10 - "check this out..... My Friend":

  Dan Crockett ('65 - of FL ) sent this my way and it is in accord with my position as to why I forward email--yeah, really!!

This answers all questions . . . . .This explains why I forward jokes.

A man and his dog were walking along a road. The man was enjoying the scenery, when it suddenly occurred to him that he was dead. He remembered dying, and that the dog walking beside him had been dead for years. He wondered where the road was leading them.

After a while, they came to a high, white stone wall along one side of the road. It looked like fine marble. At the top of a long hill, it was broken by a tall arch that glowed in the sunlight.

When he was standing before it he saw a magnificent gate in the arch that looked like mother-of-pearl, and the street that led to the gate looked like pure gold. He and the dog walked toward the gate, and as he got closer, he saw a man at a desk to one side. When he was close enough, he called out, 'Excuse me, where are we?'

'This is Heaven, sir,' the man answered. 'Wow! Would you happen to have some water?' the man asked.

Of course, sir. Come right in, and I'll have some ice water brought right up'. The man gestured, and the gate began to open.

'Can my friend,' gesturing toward his dog, 'come in, too?' the traveler asked.

'I'm sorry, sir, but we don't accept pets.'

The man thought a moment and then turned back toward the road and continued the way he had been going with his dog. After another long walk, and at the top of another long hill, he came to a dirt road leading through a farm gate that looked as if it had never been closed. There was no fence. As he approached the gate, he saw a man inside, leaning against a tree and reading a book.

'Excuse me!' he called to the man. 'Do you have any water?'

'Yeah, sure, there's a pump over there, come on in.'

'How about my friend here?' the traveler gestured to the dog.

'There should be a bowl by the pump.'

They went through the gate, and sure enough, there was an old-fashioned hand pump with a bowl beside it. The traveler filled the water bowl and took a long drink himself, then he gave some to the dog. When they were full, he and the dog walked back toward the man who was standing by the tree.

'What do you call this place?' the traveler asked.

'This is Heaven,' he answered.

'Well, that's confusing,' the traveler said. 'The man down the road said that was Heaven, too.'

'Oh, you mean the place with the gold street and pearly gates? Nope. That's hell.'

'Doesn't it make you mad for them to use your name like that?'

'No, we're just happy that they screen out the folks who would leave their best friends behind.'


Sometimes, we wonder why friends keep forwarding jokes to us without writing a word. Maybe this will explain.

When you are very busy, but still want to keep in touch, guess what you do? You forward jokes.

When you have nothing to say, but still want to keep contact, you forward jokes.

When you have something to say, but don't know what, and don't know how, you forward jokes.

Also to let you know that you are still remembered, you are still important, you are still loved, you are still cared for, guess what you get?

A forwarded joke.

So, next time if you get a joke, don't think that you've been sent just another forwarded joke, but that you've been thought of today and your friend on the other end of your computer wanted to send you a smile.

You are all welcome at my water bowl anytime!

   Thanks so much, Wayne Honey!


  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 - 07/06/10:

Taking a Walk

One afternoon I was walking on a trail with my baby daughter, chatting to her about the scenery.

When a man and his dog approached, I leaned down to the carriage and said, "See the doggy?"

Suddenly I felt foolish talking to my baby as if she understood me.

However, just as the man passed, he reached down, patted his dog, and said, "See the baby?"


Scottish Lad

A Scottish lad and lass were sitting together on a heathery hill in the Highlands. They had been silent for a while, when the lass said, "A penny for your thoughts."

The lad was a bit abashed, but he finally said, "Well, I was thinkin' how nice it would be if ye'd give me a wee bit of a kiss."

So she did so. But he again lapsed into a pensive mood which lasted long enough for the lass to ask him, "What are ye thinkin' now?"

To which the lad grumbled, "Well, I was hopin' ye hadn't forgot the penny!"

1. Friday and Saturday, July 23 and 24, 2010 - The Hampton HS Class of 1965 will hold its 45-Year Reunion. Friday's gathering will be at the Hampton History Museum. - HAMPTON HIGH SCHOOL CLASS OF 1965

2. Thursday, August 5, 2010 - 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, VA 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.

3. 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

4. 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

5. Wednesday, August 11, 2010 - 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 additional information, please call Jennings Bryan at 873-7701 for reservations.

6. Thursday, September 2, 2010 - 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, VA 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.

7. Saturday, October 2, 2010 - Evelyn's Birthday Party for Everyone - Canepa Cottage, Buckroe Beach - 2:00 PM. For details, contact Evelyn Fryer Fish ('58) of TX at - SEE: - OPEN TO EVERYBODY!

8. Thursday, October 7, 2010 - 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, VA 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.

9. 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

10. Wednesday, October 13, 2010 - 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 additional information, please call Jennings Bryan at 873-7701 for reservations.

11. 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 - SEE: - - OPEN TO ALL CLASSES, HOSTED BY THE CLASS OF 1965

12. Saturday, October 23, 2010, 8:00 to 11:00 PM, Norfolk, VA - The NNHS Class of 1964 will hold an evening dinner cruise on the Spirit of Norfolk to celebrate their 64th Birthdays. For additional information, please contact Dave Spriggs at and SEE: - NNHS-64-64-CRUISE-INVITATION.doc - - CLASS OF 1964

13. 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

14. 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 07/05/10

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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Symphony No. 1 in D Major, Movement 1

Composed by Gustav Mahler (07 July 1860 - 18 May 1911), 1888

Midi of Mahler's Symphony No. 1 in D Major, Movement 1 (sequenced by Robert Van Herk) courtesy
of - 07/06/10

First Image of Gustav Mahler courtesy of - 07/07/06

Second Image of Gustav Mahler courtesy of - 07/07/06

Red and Blue Diamond Divider Line clip art courtesy of - 07/05/07

Air Force Seal clip art courtesy of - 07/07/06

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

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

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

Hampton High School's Crab clip art courtesy of - 10/02/05
Replaced courtesy of - 02/17/09

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 Laughing Smiley courtesy of Janice McCain Rose ('65) of VA - 02/07/05
Thanks, Janice!

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