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08/15/09 - NNHS Newsletter -
Napoleon's 240th Birthday

“Great ambition is the passion of a great character. Those endowed with it may perform
very good or very bad acts. All depends on the principles which direct them. ”

- Napoleon Bonaparte
(15 Aug 1769 – 5 May 1821)

Dear Friends and Schoolmates,
   Today's Celebrity Birthday Newsletter and its accompanying music from Les Misérables was suggested several months ago by one of my little chickadees.

   And once again, to my great surprise, I was unable to locate an individual midi file for "Red and Black", so I attached this "Les Miz Medley" - and here's the magnificent six-minute video:

BONUS - - Les Misérables - 10th anniversary - ABC Cafe - Red and Black 

NOTE:  In this clip, Enjolras, played by Michael Maguire (Warwick HS - '73), is singing the Red, while Marius, played by Michael Ball, is singing the Black.





 From Rosalee Wills Jecmenek ('65) of TX - 08/14/09, 8:14 PM - "Fred":

Dear Carol,

I am writing this note to let you know that I have just spoken with       Janice (McCain) Rose ('65 - of VA), and she tearfully let me know that Fred passed away today....he died quickly and apparently during a nap...It is a very difficult time for Janice and her children so please inform all our wonderful class-mates so that everyone can have Janice and her children and grandchildren in their prayers.....times like these are never easy, and Janice and Fred had many wonderful years together, so I know this is going to be very hard on her and for those of us who knew Fred too, he will be missed.....please keep the entire family in your prayers!!! 

Lots of love, Rosalee (Wills) Jecmenek


     From the Head Flagtwirler of 1965, Janice McCain Rose of VA - 08/15/09, 2:32 AM - "Fred":

Dear Carol...

 Rosalee (Wills Jecmenek - '65 - of TX) was going to try to contact you to let you know that my darling husband died unexpectedly this afternoon while taking a nap.  Please pray for my kids and grandkids....who are hurting so much.  I'll be ok....there will be a memorial service some time later.  He loved going to our reunions as much as I did....and loved my friends also. 


   OHHH, Janice!

    I found your note and Rosalee's almost simultaneously, and was shocked and anguished to receive your sad news.  Each time I met Fred there were several things that were quite evident - he absolutely adored you, and he was delighted to be at all the reunions, and obviously enjoyed them as much as anyone there.  His whole character showed quite clearly as well.  He was a kind, gentle, and compassionate man, one full of dignity and integrity, and we'll remember him with great fondness.

   Paul and I both send our deepest condolences to you and all your family; you'll of course be in our prayers at this difficult time.  We had both chosen to believe that he was "all better now" - and of course, now, he really is.

Saturday, October 28, 2000
Fred and Janice Rose

   Thank you for letting me know, Rosalee - and Janice!



Friday, August 15, 1969 - The Woodstock Music and Art Festival opened in Max Yasgur's Dairy Farm in upstate New York, featuring some of the top rock musicians of the era.

Friday, August 15, 1969 - Television actor and singer Kevin Cheng was born in San Francisco, California.

Friday, August 15, 1969 - Musician Justin Broadrick was born in Birmingham, England.

  Friday, August 15, 1969 - Paul and I were married in the   Salt Lake Temple of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints - hence my fascination with "What Happened During the Momentous Summer of 1969".



   Happy Birthday this week to:

17 - Carole Smith Bennett ('57) AND Eugene Chapman ('57) AND   Ruth Ann Reece Horace ('67) of FL;

18 - Etta L. Baker ('57)  AND   Darlene Willis Marshall (Hampton HS - '68) of VA;

19 -     Former President Bill Clinton of NY AND      Jimmy DeBerry ('64) of VA  AND        Dave Spriggs ('64) of VA;

20 -     Chip Clark ('65) of Northern VA AND Eddie Vest ('68) of VA;

21 -    Lynn Wright Hickman ('63) of VA!

  Many Happy Returns, One and All!



  Some of you are have been blocked from viewing the site since 07/20/09 out of safety concerns.  Most of y'all are not.  Our server, also hosts many, many other sites.  Six of them are having malware "issues", so to protect the general public from any possible harm, a warning has been placed by some systems.  Here's the latest from Google: 

What is the current listing status for

Site is listed as suspicious - visiting this web site may harm your computer.

Part of this site was listed for suspicious activity 18 time(s) over the past 90 days.

What happened when Google visited this site?

Of the 397 pages we tested on the site over the past 90 days, 86 page(s) resulted in malicious software being downloaded and installed without user consent. The last time Google visited this site was on 2009-08-13, and the last time suspicious content was found on this site was on 2009-07-30.

   Sooo - they last checked it two days ago, and it's been over two weeks since they found anything harmful.....  Surely this nightmare will end soon.....



   The question - first finally asked on 08/10/09 after more than a month of blatant clues - is "What's going on??"

   Still not a nibble.  You're just not concentrating..... The clue lies here:

   In fact, today's Newsletter is itself a MAJOR clue.....


    From Linda May Bond Crayton ('66) of VA - 08/14/09 - "Hormonally Unbalanced not senile!":

Ok, wise guy.

A. No I do not put the metal spoon in the wave.
   Although finding myself in the kitchen, looking at the wave and wondering, why, does occur more than I'd like to admit.
   But no fear there. I always carry my notes  with me and a quick check of my hand steers me where I need to go. ( I used to use a piece of paper to make notes but was forever leaving it behind!)

   OH, I'm SOOO relieved!

B. About
       Paul's (Harty - Bardolph HS, IL - '61 - of IL) e-mails.......
   Does he share your computer or have his own?  Is it in another room and y'all e-mail one another? Or do you each have a computer, but in different rooms, share the same site and just holler at each other when something good comes along? Maybe he even waits until you go downstairs with clothes to do and people to count and then uses yours.

I'm just playing. I love you guys. You're the best. Hi, Paul honey.

Linda May '66

   Share a computer?!? YOWZERS, no! My computer is right here upstairs in our bedroom, and Paul's is downstairs in the office between the living room and dining room.  I'm not really sure of a definite count, but there are at least six working computers in this  house.          Adrienne (Harty - Hillsboro HS, IL / American School, IL - of IL) uses a laptop in her room here upstairs. Another computer is located down the upstairs hall in the Nerd Room - which also houses spare computer parts and any computers which may be under construction at any random time.         Nathaniel's (Harty - Hillsboro HS, IL - '97 - of IL) Almighty Computer is in his bedroom upstairs just past the Nerd Room.  And The Lady of the House is (I'm pretty sure) physically attached to her laptop, either in their upstairs bedroom, downstairs in the living room, at work, and in her many frequent business travels.  I think she typically works 18 hour days, poor baby.

   Paul has waaay too much integrity to use my computer.  I, on the other hand, have been known to sneak a peak at his computer to check my mail or eBay (or play a fast game of freecell) when I find myself downstairs for a while.  My files are not on his computer, though, so I really cannot do anything productive there.  So, uh, yeah - we DO email each other - often!

   Thanks, Linda May, we love you, too!


      From Dimples Dinwiddie Prichard ('58) of NC - 08/15/09 - "The Oldest Showgirl":

Quit Bichin'...start dancing !

What an inspiration for us baby boomers and beyond.  Doesn't she look great?  All of you gals that like to dance keep on keeping on. Someone said it worked for men too !  Legs better than Grable !!


The Oldest Showgirl

One of the best reasons for us to keep dancing.
Showgirl...85 years young!!!!!

"The Fabulous Palm Springs Follies holds the Guinness record for being the oldest professional chorus line in the world, and one of its performers, Dorothy Dale Kloss, holds the record at age 85 for being the oldest still-performing showgirl."

   WOWZERONI! Thanks, Dimples! It's just as I told you on the phone yesterday. This woman doesn't cheat fair.


      From Wayne Stokes ('65) of VA - 08/12/09 - BUT JUST DISCOVERED THIS AFTERNOON - "Life":

Some good points!

My friend was looking in his wife's underwear drawer and picked up a silk paper wrapped package:

'This, - he said - isn't any ordinary package.'

He unwrapped the box and stared at both the silk paper and the box.

'She got this the first time we went to New York, 8 or 9 years ago. She has never put it on , was saving it for a special occasion.

Well, I guess this is it.

He got near the bed and placed the gift box next to the other clothing he was taking to the funeral house; his wife had just died.

He turned to me and said:

'Never save something for a special occasion. Every day in your life is a special occasion'.

I still think those words changed my life.

Now I read more and clean less.
I sit on the porch without worrying about anything.
I spend more time with my family, and less at work.

I understood that life should be a source of experience to be lived up
to, not survived through.

I no longer keep anything.

I use crystal glasses every day...

I'll wear new clothes to go to the supermarket, if I feel like it.

I don't save my special perfume for special occasions, I use it whenever I want to.

The words 'Someday.. .' and ' One Day...' are fading away from my dictionary....

If it's worth seeing, listening or doing, I want to see, listen or do it now...

I don't know what my friend's wife would have done if she knew she wouldn't be there the next morning, this nobody can tell.

I think she might have called her relatives and closest friends.

She might call old friends to make peace over past quarrels.

I'd like to think she would go out for Chinese, her favorite food.

It's these small things that I would regret not doing, if I knew my time had come.

Each day, each hour, each minute, is special.

Live for today, for tomorrow is promised to no-one.

If you got this, it's because someone cares for you and because, probably, there's someone you care about. If you're too busy ... and you say to yourself that you will send it 'One of these days' , remember that 'One day' is far away... or might never come..

...Spend some time reading it. It holds useful messages for the soul...

   Thank you so very much, Wayne Honey!


  From Bill Hobbs ('66) of Northern VA - 08/14/09 - "Prayer":

“More things are wrought by prayer than this world dreams of.”

- Alfred Lord Tennyson

   Thank you, Billy! I'll certainly agree with that!


       From My #5 Son, Nathaniel Harty (Hillsboro HS, IL - '97) of IL - 08/14/09 - ""Weird Al" Yankovic - CNR":

Here's Weird Al's homage to Charles Nelson Reilly (and Chuck Norris).  It's hilarious.

   WILD GIGGLES! Thanks, Faniel!


From - 08/14/09 - "Self Improvement: The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People":

The Seven Habits of Highly Effective People

Stephen Covey wrote a runaway bestseller in the Self Improvement Industry, titled the 7 Habits of Highly Effective People. This book has sold over 10 million copies worldwide! In the book, Covey lays out 7 proven principles for success.

Let me explain exactly what I think these mean and what I learned from them.

Number 1 – Be Proactive.
That’s almost self explanatory. It means you are taking the initiative. You are not living reactively, but are taking a proactive stance in your life.

Number 2 – Begin with the End in Mind.
The End is really your goal or your goals. Effectiveness is not just a matter of reaching a goal but rather of achieving the right goal. Imagine yourself sitting in the back of the room at your funeral, and what people could honestly say about you based on the way you are now. Do you like what you hear? Is that how you want to be remembered? If not, change it.

Number 3 – Do first things first.
This means to focus on your most important priorities, your top priorities. This doesn’t always mean urgent. The phone is ringing, and picking it up might seem urgent, but the caller is not always important. It could be a telemarketer. Focus on your top priorities.

Number 4 – Think Win Win.
In personal, business or other relationships, exercise “interpersonal leadership” to make both parties winners. Two wins make everyone better off; two losses hurts everyone. A win/lose relationship creates a victor and leaves someone injured. Think Win Win.

Number 5 - “Seek First to Understand, Then to Be Understood”.
Communication is a two-way street. To develop win/win relationships, find out what the other parties want, and what winning means to them. Try to put yourself in the other person’s shoes.

Number 6 - “Synergize”.
Cooperation multiplies the power of one. In fact, “creative cooperation” may yield a force greater than the sum of the parts. The buzzword to describe this kind of relationship is “synergy,” which means bringing together a whole that is greater than the sum of the parts.

Number 7 - “Sharpen the Saw”.
There’s an old story about a man sawing a log. The work is going slowly and the man is exhausted. The more he saws, the less he cuts. A passerby watches for a while and suggests that the man take a break to sharpen the saw. But the man says he can’t stop to sharpen the saw because he is too busy sawing! A dull saw makes the work tiresome, tedious and unproductive. Highly effective people take the time they need to sharpen their tools, which are, in fact, their bodies, souls, mind and hearts. It’s time for “self-renewal.”



1.   From Jane Chambers of VA - 07/01/09 - "CNC BOOK BROCHURE & AD":

   Contact Dr. Chambers at

   Thanks, Jane!

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


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.

   Thank you, Captain!



From ArcaMax - 08/14/09:


My co-worker was being let go due to a nasty habit she had of not always showing up for work. As an officer in our union, I was preparing to argue on her behalf when she took matters into her own hands and insisted, "But I was really sick this time!"



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


PRAYER ROLL: - updated 08/15/09

BLOG: - updated 08/04/09


  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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Red and Black

From Les Misérables (1980)

Music by Claude-Michel Schönberg
(b. 06 July 1944)

Lyrics by Herbert Kretzmer
(b. 05 Oct 1925)

(The ABC Cafe, where the students, led by Enjolras,
meet to discuss their revolutionary plans)

At Notre Dame the sections are prepared!

At rue de Bac they're straining at the leash!

Students, workers, everyone
There's a river on the run
Like the flowing of the tide
Paris coming to our side!

The time is near
So near it's stirring the blood in their veins!
And yet beware
Don't let the wine go to your brains!
For the army we fight is a dangerous foe
With the men and the arms that we never can match
It is easy to sit here and swat 'em like flies
But the national guard will be harder to catch.
We need a sign
To rally the people
To call them to arms
To bring them in line!

(Marius enters)

Marius, you're late.

What's wrong today?
You look as if you've seen a ghost.

Some wine and say what's going on!

A ghost you say... a ghost maybe
She was just like a ghost to me
One minute there, and she was gone!

I am agog!
I am aghast!
Is Marius in love at last?
I've never heard him `ooh' and `aah'
You talk of battles to be won
And here he comes like Don Ju-an
It's better than an o-per-a!

It is time for us all
To decide who we are
Do we fight for the right
To a night at the opera now?
Have you asked of yourselves
What's the price you might pay?
Is it simply a game
For rich young boys to play?
The color of the world
Is changing day by day...

Red - the blood of angry men!
Black - the dark of ages past!
Red - a world about to dawn!
Black - the night that ends at last!

Had you been there tonight
You might know how it feels
To be struck to the bone
In a moment of breathless delight!
Had you been there tonight
You might also have known
How the world may be changed
In just one burst of light!
And what was right seems wrong
And what was wrong seems right!


I feel my soul on fire!


My world if she's not there!


The color of desire!


The color of despair!

Marius, you're no longer a child
I do not doubt you mean it well
But now there is a higher call.
Who cares about your lonely soul?
We strive toward a larger goal
Our little lives don't count at all!

Red - the blood of angry men!
Black - the dark of ages past!
Red - a world about to dawn!
Black - the night that ends at last!

Well, Courfeyrac, do we have all the guns?
Feuilly, Combeferre, our time is running short.
Grantaire, put the bottle down!
Do we have the guns we need?

Give me brandy on my breath
And I'll breathe them all to death!

In St. Antoine they're with us to a man!

In Notre Dame they're tearing up the stones!

Twenty rifles good as new!

(Gavroche rushes in shouting)


Twenty rounds for every man!

Listen to me!

Double that in Port St. Cloud!

Listen everybody!

Seven guns in St. Martin!

General Lamarque is dead!

Lamarque is dead.
Lamarque! His death is the hour of fate.
The people's man.
His death is the sign we await!

On his funeral day they will honor his name.
It's a rallying cry that will reach every ear!
In the death of Lamarque we will kindle the flame
They will see that the day of salvation is near!
The time is near!
Let us welcome it gladly with courage and cheer
Let us take to the streets with no doubt in our hearts
But a jubilant shout
They will come one and all
They will come when we call!


"Les Misérables Medley" midi courtesy of - 08/15/09

"Red and Black" lyrics courtesy of - 08/15/09

Image of Painting of Napoleon as a Young Officer courtesy of - 08/15/09

Image of Dabos' Painting of Napoleon courtesy of - 08/15/09

Hillsboro High School's Topper (Band Version) clip art courtesy of - 06/07/08
Thanks, Mark!

Clip Art of Napoleon used to form Divider Lines courtesy of - 08/15/09

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

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

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

American School Logo courtesy of - 09/05/06

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