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09/07/09 - NNHS Newsletter -
Happy Labor Day!

A hundred times every day I remind myself that my inner and outer life
depend on the labors of other men, living and dead, and that I must exert myself
in order to give in the same measure as I have received and am still receiving.

Albert Einstein
(14 Mar 1879 - 18 Apr 1955)

Dear Friends and Schoolmates, 

   This event repeats every year - to one degree or other:

    Be sure to click on that "Happy Labor Day!" link above!

BONUS - - Coming to America - Neil Diamond, 2001



The Sad Story Behind Labor Day

by Claudine Zap, Sep 4, 2009

For most of us, Labor Day means backyard barbecues, weekend sales, and a last carefree day before school starts. But the laid-back holiday has some seriously sad history, including chaos, riots, and even death. Let us explain.

A tragic tale
Back in the days of the Industrial Revolution, workers were expected to put in 12-hour days, seven days a week (yes, including kids). Already sounds awful, right? It gets worse. In Pullman, Illinois, a company town that employed and housed workers to build posh railway cars, times had gotten tough. In response, George Pullman cut jobs and wages. It was 1893. Thousands of workers walked off their jobs in protest, demanding higher salaries and lower rents. Other unions joined, refusing to work the Pullman cars, turning the small-town fracas into a national fury.

With mail cars backing up, and riots worrying train execs, President Grover Cleveland stepped in. He declared the strike illegal and sent 12,000 troops to break the strike. Cue brutal protests and bloodshed. The strike was broken, but so was the spirit of the workers. To reach out to the labor movement, Congress rushed the national holiday into law. The bad will resulted in Cleveland losing re-election. But the day off for hot dogs endures.

When is it?
Labor Day falls on the first Monday of September. This year, that would be Monday, September 7. According to the Department of Labor, Congress passed an act in 1894 making the first Monday in September of each year a legal holiday.

So, working stiffs everywhere, say it now, with feeling: Happy Labor Day.

REVIEW: - Check the HOMEWORK section


Sunday, September 07, 1969 - Actress Diane Farr was born in Manhattan, New York City, New York.

Sunday, September 07, 1969 - Naturalist and author Gavin Maxwell (b. 15 July 1914) died on the island of Eileen Ban near Kyle of Lochalsh at the age of 55.


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   As of 09/07/09, 10:03 AM Central time - THIS BAN HAS BEEN LIFTED!  WHOO-HOO!


   Happy Birthday today to   The late Kathy Pilgrim Clark ('63) (deceased - 03/08/06)!

   Happy Birthday tomorrow to Carroll Elliott ('57) AND   Gary Fitzgerald ('61) of VA AND   Patti Johnson Stowe ('62) of FL AND   Cheryl Pless Ramsey ('64) of VA!

   Happy Birthday this week to:

09 -   Wayne DeBerry ('65) of VA;

10 -    The late Mr. Pete Robinson (deceased - 12/23/03);

11 -        The late Bobby Hedrick ('58) (deceased 08/31/09) AND     My Grandson, Jimmy Harty of TX;

14 - Billy Brewer ('57) AND   Jeanette Parrish Houston ('64) of VA!

   Many Happy Returns, One and All!

   Y'all be sure to take a look at that page.  How are we going to wish you a happy birthday if we don't know when it is?!?  Thanks!

      From My Niece, Shari, of VA - 09/06/09 - "Awesome Video": - Magic Carpet Ride - Steppenwolf - U.S. Navy Aviation

   Thanks, Shari, this IS an awesome video (Go, Navy!)! Also, thanks so much for today's waay cool animated title art!

        From My #2 Son, Brent Harty (Hillsboro HS, IL - '90) of TX - 09//06/09 - "RE: Dweezil Zappa's 40th Birthday":


I really enjoyed the Dweezil Zappa clips.  He is a great guitar player.  Hasn't gotten a lot of exposure over the years.  Usually they have to have some real hot marketability.  Just being super talented often isn't enough in music.  But he is known, that is for sure.  I enjoyed the old vid of him. I really enjoyed his Eddie Van Halen story.  And Eruption is still a song that gets me pumped up to play guitar.  Back in the day (like 1995 or so...oddly enough I just realized that the height of my guitar playing abilities was just before I was married and had children and jobs and such...what a strange coincidence!) I used to be able to play Eruption.  Not perfectly, but pretty well.  Now, if I could some how remember how to, I know my left hand would freeze up and/or my pinky would simply snap off from the stress of trying.  I think I'll go try real quick anyway!  Nice stuff....good clips.

PS.  You should do a birthday tribute to Brad Paisley (his birthday is sometime in October) and one to James Hetfield too while you're at it!  My favorites of course!   

love bh

Brent Harty
"You may be whatever you resolve to be."  General Thomas "Stonewall" Jackson

   Thanks, Brent! I remember well your electric guitars, your HUGE amplifiers, and your excellent Metallica renditions!  I was amazed at how proficient you became in such a short time.  I know you've kept up with your acoustic guitar; I hadn't stopped to consider how very different the techniques might be.  And of course, there does seem to be a much larger demand on your time these days!

   Lemme see - Brad Paisley - October 28, 1972 (six months younger than you!), check; James Hetfield - August 3, 1963 - OOOH, we just missed him due to our celebration of all things Red, White, and Blue - but I've put him on the docket for next year!

   Due to the technical difficulties we've had lately (plus your own hectic schedule), I'm not sure you caught this Newsletter, but I think you'll really enjoy it:

   Love you, too!

     From Me ('65) of IL - 09/06/09 - "Suttle Motor Company":

  I came across this item for sale on eBay the other day.  Well, what else could I do?!?



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.

   Thanks, Captain!

From ArcaMax Jokes - 09/06/09:

The Gas Men

Two gas company servicemen, a senior training supervisor and a young trainee, were out checking meters in a suburban neighborhood. They parked their truck at the end of the alley and worked their way to the other end. At the last house a woman looking out her kitchen window watched the two men as they checked her gas meter.

Finishing the meter check, the senior supervisor challenged his younger co-worker to a foot race down the alley back to the truck to prove that an older guy could outrun a younger one.

As they came running up to the truck, they realized the lady from that last house was huffing and puffing right behind them. They stopped and asked her what was wrong.

Gasping for breath, she replied, "When I see two gas men running as hard as you two were, I figured I'd better run too!"


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1. 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

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

  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

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 09/03/09

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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Coming to America

Written and Performed by Neil Diamond

We’ve been traveling far
Without a home
But not without a star

Only want to be free
We huddle close
Hang on to a dream

On the boats and on the planes
They’re coming to America
Never looking back again
They’re coming to America

Home, don’t it seem so far away
Oh, we’re traveling light today
In the eye of the storm
In the eye of the storm

Home, to a new and a shiny place
Make our bed, and we’ll say grace
Freedom’s light burning warm
Freedom’s light burning warm

Everywhere around the world
They’re coming to America
Every time that flag’s unfurled
They’re coming to America

Got a dream to take them there
They’re coming to America
Got a dream they’ve come to share
They’re coming to America

They’re coming to America
They’re coming to America
They’re coming to America
They’re coming to America
Today, today, today, today, today

My country ’tis of thee
Sweet land of liberty
Of thee I sing
Of thee I sing

"Coming to America" midi (Sequenced By Peter Wolmarans - 1998) courtesy
at the suggestion of Dave Spriggs ('64) of VA - 08/26/05

"Coming to America" lyrics courtesy of - 08/27/05

Animated Labor Day Title clip art courtesy of My Niece, Shari, of VA - 09/06/09
Thanks, Shari!

American Stars Divider Line clip art courtesy of Mark Hutcherson ('66) of VA - 09/01/09
Thanks, Mark!

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!

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

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

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 Kissing Smiley clip art courtesy of my friend, Judy Bundy Bowermaster (Litchfield HS, IL - '59), of IL - 09/19/08
Thanks, Judy!

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

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