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09/26/13 - NNHS Newsletter - World Maritime Day

“Piracy is a global menace. We need to confront it with a strategy that focuses on deterrence,
security, the rule of law and development. I commend the International Maritime Organization
for its efforts to strengthen global cooperation on this challenge.”

- Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon, 03 Feb 2011
(b. 13 June 1944)

Dear Friends and Schoolmates,   

   This is but our third observance of World Maritime Day.

BONUS - - Jimmy Buffett - Son of a Sailor - Oct. 21, 2004



The United Nations (UN), via the International Maritime Organization (IMO), created World Maritime Day to celebrate the international maritime industry’s contribution towards the world’s economy, especially in shipping. The event’s date varies by year and country but it is always on the last week of September.

What do people do?

World Maritime Day focuses on the importance of shipping safety, maritime security and the marine environment and to emphasize a particular aspect of IMO's work. The day also features a special message from the IMO’s secretary-general, which is backed up by a discussion paper on the selected subject in more detail.

World Maritime Day is celebrated in many countries worldwide, including Australia, Canada, the United Kingdom, and the United States. Many maritime organizations and unions hold special events and activities to celebrate this day. These activities and events range from symposiums to luncheons, as well as school lessons that focus on the day. Some classes may organize a trip to a maritime museum so students can understand the significance of the maritime industry in shaping world history and its importance in world trade.

Public life

World Maritime Day is a global observance and not a public holiday.


Throughout history, people have understood that international regulations that are followed by many countries worldwide could improve marine safety so many treaties have been adopted since the 19th century. Various countries proposed for a permanent international body to be established to promote maritime safety more effectively but it was not until the UN was established that these hopes were realized. An international conference in Geneva in 1948 adopted a convention formally establishing the IMO, a specialized UN agency that develops and maintains a comprehensive regulatory framework for shipping.

The IMO’s original name was the Inter-Governmental Maritime Consultative Organization (IMCO) but the name was changed in 1982 to IMO. The IMO focuses on areas such as safety, environmental concerns, legal matters, technical co-operation, maritime security and the efficiency of shipping.

World Maritime Day was first held on March 17, 1978 to mark the date of the IMO Convention’s entry into force in 1958. At that time, the organization had 21 member states. It now has about 167 member states and three associate members. This membership includes virtually all the nations of the world with an interest in maritime affairs, including those involved in the shipping industry and coastal states with an interest in protecting their maritime environment...

      Happy Birthday today to the late      Tommy Scott ('61) (deceased 01/05/10)!

     Happy Birthday tomorrow to  Judy McCall Nesbitt ('65) of NC!

     Happy Birthday this week to:

28 -      Richard Dawes (NNHS / HHS - '62) of VA AND       My Granddaughter, Kaiya Harty of IL!

29 -   Bill Shaw ('63) of VA AND   Bill Weaver ('63) of VA;

01 -   MaeLea Somervold Cifers ('62) of VA AND    Jerry Baker Cobb ('66) of VA;

02 - Stuart Nachman ('63) of VA AND    Wayne Frizzelle ('65) of MD AND Paige Spencer;

03 -   Martha Megann Keesee ('57) AND   Mary Megann Peters ('57) AND   Larry Moran ('65) of ID AND      Bridget Whitt Jones ('65) of AR!

     Many Happy Returns, One and All!


September 26,
1942 - The Holocaust: August Frank, a higher official of the SS concentration camp administration department, issued a memorandum containing a great deal of operational detail in how Jews should be "evacuated".

September 26, 1944 - Operation Market Garden failed when thousands of British and Polish troops were killed in an attempt to seize bridges in the Dutch town of Arnhem.

September 26, 1944 - On the central front of the Gothic Line Brazilian troops controlled the Serchio valley region after ten days of fighting.


TODAY IN 1963:

Thursday, September 26,
1963 - Actress Lysette Anthony was born Lysette Chodzko in Fulham, London, England.

Thursday, September 26, 1963 - Race car driver Joe Nemechek was born Joseph Frank Nemechek III in Lakeland, Florida.

Thursday, September 26, 1963 - Soccer player Otto Christman (b. 21 Feb 1880 in Canada) died in Orillia, Ontario, Canada at the age of 83.

    From Jimmy Smith ('62 / '63) of VA - 09/25/13 - "OCTOBER BIRTHDAYS CLASS 0F '63":






   Thanks so much, Jimmy! I've added those who were not already there to our Birthday Page:

     From Terry Seay ('67) of TN - 09/24/13 - "House Concert Sat Sept 28th - RSVP":

  COOL BEANS! Thanks, Terry! Y'all have fun!

      From My Niece, Shari, of VA - 09/25/13 - "Mid Week Mix of Things":

One of the facts in Random Tidbits explains it is impossible to hum while holding your nose. Try it, it is true.
Dancing Bus Stop Lady--Cute! (Preview) Otter entertains himself with rock. Another cute one.



A Terrible Illness

Just wanted to let you know that I have recently been diagnosed with a very serious condition and there's no hope I will ever recover. The scientific world is frantically searching for a cure.

This is an ailment many of us suffer from and may not as yet have been diagnosed, however now you may be able to discuss it with your loved ones and try to explain what really happened to you all those times you tried so hard to accomplish something and couldn't.

I call it the "But First Syndrome." You know, it's like when I decide to do the laundry, I start down the hall and notice the newspaper on the table. OK, I'm going to do the laundry..... BUT FIRST, I'm going to read the newspaper.

After that, I notice the mail on the table. OK, I'll just put the newspaper in the recycle stack..... BUT FIRST, I'll look through that pile of mail and see if there are any bills to be paid. Yes, now where's the checkbook?

Oops..... there's the empty glass from yesterday on the coffee table. I'm going to look for that checkbook, BUT FIRST, I need to put the glass in the sink. I head for the kitchen look out the window, notice my poor flowers need a drink of water. I put the glass in the sink, and darn it, there's the remote for the TV on the kitchen counter.

What's it doing here? I'll just put it away..... BUT FIRST, I need to water those plants. Head for door and..... Aaaagh! Stepped on the cat. Cat needs to be fed. Okay, I'll put that remote away and water the plants..... BUT FIRST, I need to feed the cat.

End of day: Laundry is not done, newspapers are still on the floor, glass is still in the sink, bills are still unpaid, checkbook is still lost, and the cat ate the remote control.

And, when I try to figure out how come nothing got done all day, I'm baffled because I KNOW I was BUSY ALL DAY!!

I realize this condition is serious and I need to get professional help, BUT FIRST..... I think.... I'll check my email... !!!!!


Some of the best Norm Peterson quotes from "Cheers":

"What's shaking, Norm?"
"All four cheeks and a couple of chins."

"What's new, Normie?"
"Terrorists, Sam. They've taken over my stomach and they're demanding beer."

"What'd you like, Normie?"
"A reason to live. Give me another beer."

"What'll you have, Normie?"
"Well, I'm in a gambling mood, Sammy. I'll take a glass of whatever comes out of the tap."
"Looks like beer, Norm."
"Call me Mister Lucky."

"Hey Norm, how's the world been treating you?"
"Like a baby treats a diaper."

"What's the story, Mr. Peterson?"
"The Bobsey Twins go to the brewery. Let's cut to the happy ending."

"Hey Mr. Peterson, there's a cold one waiting for you."
"I know, if she calls, I'm not here."

"What's going on, Mr. Peterson?"
"A flashing sign in my gut that says, 'Insert beer here.'"

"Whatcha up to, Norm?"
"My ideal weight if I were eleven feet tall."

"How's it going, Mr. Peterson?"
"I'm sorry to hear that."
"No, I mean pour."

"How's life treating you, Norm?"
"Like it caught me sleeping with its wife."

"Women. Can't live with 'em.... pass the beer nuts."

"What's going down, Normie?"
"My butt cheeks on that bar stool."

"Pour you a beer, Mr. Peterson?"
"Alright, but stop me at one....make that one-thirty."

"How's it going, Mr. Peterson?"
"It's a dog eat dog world, Woody, and I'm wearing Milk Bone underwear."

"What's the story, Norm?"
"Boy meets beer. Boy drinks beer. Boy meets another beer."

"Can I pour you a beer, Mr. Peterson?"
"A little early, isn't it, Woody?"
"For a beer?"
"No, for stupid questions."


Quote Of Value

"Take some time in a quiet place to contemplate the balance between being of service - both to this generation and to generations yet unborn - and renewing your vitality with play and celebration. Without play, one becomes old and dry. Without service, life becomes meaningless."

- Jonathan Lockwood Huie



Elephants use the skin folds on their backs to crush mosquitoes.

A flamboyance is a group of flamingos.

The sleeve on the outside of a coffee cup is called a "zarf."

"Sphenopalatine ganglioneuralgia" is the scientific term for brain freeze.

Armadillos give birth only to quadruplets.

It's impossible to hum while holding your nose.


Imagination Power
One of your greatest powers is ... your imagination.

Let me explain. William James was a philosopher and one of the leading thinkers a century ago. He said this about the power of the mind: “Anything you may hold firmly in your imagination can be yours.” He believed there was tremendous power in imagination and wrote in length about how humans can bring about significant positive changes in their attitudes, behaviors and relationships by first holding a vivid image of their best selves, or the person they want to become, in their imagination.

In his book THE WINNER'S EDGE, writer Denis Waitley tells of high school basketball players who learned the power of holding something firmly in their imaginations. The students were divided into three groups. Group One was told not to practice shooting free throws for one month. Group Two was told to practice shooting free throws in the gym every afternoon for a month. Group Three was told to IMAGINE shooting free throws every afternoon for one hour for a month. (Frankly, I can hardly “imagine” a group of athletes, after sitting in class all day, dressing out, going to the gym, sitting in the bleachers and just thinking about shooting free throws for an hour every day. I suppose it's all in the name of research.)

But look at these results. Group One, the no-practice group, slipped slightly in their percentage free-throw average. Group Two, the students that practiced, increased their accuracy by about two percentage points. Group Three, the ones who imagined shooting, also increased about two percentage points – the same as the group that practiced.

Neuroscience is just now discovering that there are biological reasons for this phenomenon William James talked about so long ago. But here is the point. Do you want to excel at some endeavor? Do you want to improve your outlook? Is there a skill you'd like to perfect? Do you want better relationships? Or would you like to replace your fear of something, such as speaking in public or heading up a project, with more confidence and courage? If so, then mental practice, holding a vivid image of what you what in your mind, is as important as physical practice. The time you spend "seeing" in your mind what you are trying to accomplish actually helps to bring it to pass.

I don't mean we have to sit down and imagine something for an hour every day. It's as simple as holding a vivid mental picture of what you truly desire and returning to it as often as possible.

Imagine your success. Visualize doing that thing you fear. Get it in your mind. Then imagine your success in that area again and again, like free throws going into the basket. What does it look like to be confident? How does it look to be actually doing the thing you're afraid to do? How does it feel? Can you imagine it in detail? In a short time, you will discover that things really are changing for you.

And after that, well, just imagine what else you can do.

~ Steve Goodier ~


A Good Life

Calvin, of the "Calvin and Hobbes" comic strip fame, once imparted some timeless wisdom: "If people sat outside and looked at the stars each night," he observed, "I'll bet they'd live a lot differently."

I believe he's right. I try to sit outside every night before bedtime to breathe the night air and look at the sky. It's a simple practice. For me, a time of deep relaxation and spiritual cleansing.

Year by bewildering year our world grows more complex. We crave peace in our souls. We long for simplicity in lives that too easily become relentlessly tangled in complicated webs.

One man, David, enjoyed the simple things of life. He sometimes took jobs in the American west at dude ranches, national parks and seasonal resorts.

His brother, however, wanted to entice him to get a "real" job and live in a world surrounded by things that only money can buy. So David's brother often sent him photos of himself enjoying the so-called "good life." He labeled his snapshots, "My new sound system" or "My new car."

But the photographs stopped arriving after David responded with a picture of his own. He sent his brother a large poster with a breathtaking view of Wyoming's Grand Teton National Park. On the back was David's message: "My back yard."

I believe I understand how David feels. While his brother was striving for THE Good Life, David aimed for A Good Life. There's a difference.

THE good life requires that we take pleasure in new things; A good life requires that we take pleasure in moments.

To enjoy THE good life we have to get ahead; to enjoy A good life we have to make the trip worthwhile.

THE good life is supported by feeding our pocketbooks; A good life is supported by feeding our souls.

Over a century ago, John Burroughs put it like this: "To find the universal elements enough; to find the air and the water exhilarating; to be refreshed by a morning walk or an evening be thrilled by the stars at night; to be elated over a bird's nest or a wildflower in spring -- these are some of the rewards of the simple life." I call it a good life.

I don't want to collect more stuff at the expense of collecting memories. And I don't want to let making a buck interfere with my making a difference.

I'm already looking forward to tonight when I'll sit outside and look up at the stars.

~ Steve Goodier ~

   Thanks so much, Shari!

      From Harry Covert ('57) of MD - 09/24/13 - "Special Citizens Need Special Care":

First Responders and Impairments

A Case for Common Sense

Special Citizens Need Special Care

By Harry M. Covert

How to deal with those of mental and physical impairments is a serious matter. Awareness and education should begin at family and community levels long before public difficulties ensue.
Maryland’s governor has created a commission aimed a training First Responders who face the difficult task of handling public or private situations where those with mental and physical impairments are involved.
The initial problem in the executive order is the name: the Maryland Commission for Effective Community Inclusion of Individuals with Intellectual and Development Disabilities.
This is the result of Robert Ethan Saylor’s death on Jan. 12 in Frederick. A down syndrome young man who succumbed after sheriff’s deputies attempted to remove him from a theater.

Without a doubt the situation is tragic not only for the young man and his family but the sheriff’s deputies having to deal with the incident.

The governor’s commission will salve the feelings of many. There’s nothing improper about that. However, organizations and professionals are already in place locally, statewide and nationally able to further teach First Responders. The Arc of Frederick County and similar agencies throughout the state, have long been major players. They do a grand job.

These professionals are readily available for all public agencies. They perform magnificently and can provide incredibly good leadership.

Dealing with “special” citizens is not an easy or simple task. Take a look at the tragedies at the Washington Navy Yard. The “shooter’s” mental impairments were known but nothing could be done to stop him or to help him.

Common sense is the quickest and simplest way to handle those with Down’s Syndrome. That’s this bureau’s preferred description. When Mr. Saylor’s situation occurred, I was incensed as others.

How to teach common sense is a tough question. But, it begins early on and we must treat our offspring as other siblings, teach our “special” children as normal and use every available method for their happy lives.

Schools provide special teachers, they are unsung heroes but are first-class educators.

The idea of a large commission, 16-plus members, sounds good but people and facilities are already in place.

First Responders means local, state and federal police agencies, sheriff’s offices, natural resources agents, U.S. Marshals, ATF, FBI, secret service, animal control officers, game wardens, park rangers and many more.

The keys though lie with families. The “feel good” commission will only do what’s already known.

My words are not to pooh-pooh the headlines for the governor or to disrespect Mr. Saylor or the national organizations. The reality is to use every available method to help every citizen.

More training is obviously important but local law enforcement agencies are not out there to hurt people. I could teach the class.

As a parent of a “special” son, I am blessed. At 47, he leads a productive life, reads, writes and is an expert in the kitchen. At my age, that’s more than a joy. He follows all sports, knows the scores, standings, loves music, his family and is active in his church.

On the way to church one Sunday, I quizzed him on Bible verses. He reversed the question, what’s the shortest verse? Before I could answer he said, “Jesus wept, John 11:35.”

Recently the phone rang. A friend invited us to a football game at FedEx Field. I mean box seats with lunch. Said my son, “I don’t want to go. You know, I don’t like the Redskins.”

We watched the Baltimore Ravens instead.

   Thank you so very much, Harry!

      From Jimmy Smith ('62 / '63) of VA - 09/24/13 - "Great stroll down memory lane":

Very WONDERFUL... YES, I remember.
Enjoy!! - Statler Brothers - Do You Remember These?

Thanks again, Jimmy! This was a great journey! I don't really remember knickers except on he Little Rascals, but I think I can recall everything else!

From My Friend, Susan, of NC - 09/25/13 - "I Screwed Up My Diet":

  Thanks, Susan! What a marvelous excuse!

From My Friend, Tina, of NC - 09/25/13 - "Dusting":

     Thanks, Tina!

BONUS CROCHET PATTERN (Sorry; not theme-related):
- Turkey Talk Throw - Designed by Michelle Maks - "This crocheted throw is perfect for napping after having Thanksgiving dinner! You’ll love having this throw as part of your fall decorating style."

BONUS RECIPES (Sorry; not theme-related): - Cheesy Bacon Ranch Potato Soup - "Traditional rich and creamy potato soup just got a makeover with this awesome recipe for Cheesy Bacon Ranch Potato Soup. This satisfying soup recipe has everything you love about "loaded" baked potatoes, but in the form of a warm and comforting soup. When the weather gets cool, there's nothing quite like curling up with a big bowl of hearty potato soup, so be sure to save this dish to your list of easy soup recipes. You're going to love it!" - Country Cider Pot Roast - "When my family thinks of Fall we think of apple picking, the leaves changing, sweaters and Mom's Country Cider Pot Roast. Simmered in apple cider this sweet roast is a seasonal must. This is not your average beef roast recipe and is worth a try." - Lazy Man's Pot Roast - "For a hearty meal that doesn't require a ton of time in the kitchen, turn to this easy recipe for Lazy Man's Pot Roast. With the help of your slow cooker, you can make a flavorful meal for the whole family and you'll barely have to lift a finger. Like all of our favorite easy slow cooker recipes, this pot roast recipe allows you to go about your day while your dinner basically cooks itself. How convenient!"

From - 09/25/13:

In the Chemistry class the teacher was describing how August Kekulé, the scientist, accidentally discovered a formula to express Benzene.

Kekulé once dozed off in his lab while trying to arrange the six carbon atoms in a particular format alongside six-hydrogen. The scientific community in the entire world had no answer either. Suddenly he had a dream and in his dream he saw two snakes eating each other and suddenly he woke up and tried to write out the formula that way and that was how we got the Benzene ring as we know it today, she said.

The teacher, however, felt bad finding a girl in the front bench dozing off all this while and pulled her up.

A boy from the rear said, "Ma'am, please spare her; who knows she might come up with another formula for Benzene!"

1.Thursday, October 3, 2013 - 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. Friday and Saturday, October 4 and 5, 2013 - The NNHS Class of 1963 will hold their 50-Year Reunion at the Crowne Plaza Hotel, Hampton on the Water. Friday night will also be open to the Classes of 1962 and 1964. SEE: The website which has been set up for their class at; CONTACT: Frank Gibson,, Joyce Williams Nettles,, or Susie Overton Jones,; FORM: Registration-Classes-of-1962-and-1964-B.docx

3. Wednesday, October 9, 2013 - 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.

PRAYER ROLL: - updated 08/20/13

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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Son of a Son of a Sailor

Words and Music by Jimmy Buffett, 1978
(b. 25 Dec 1946)

“I saw a picture of my grandfather after he had come back from a trip to Nova Scotia. He was born there but left when he was a young man
and didn’t return until he was 84. He was standing on dock staring at an old sailing schooner, and the look on his face told the story of where he
had come from and where he had been. I have always been very proud of my heritage as a sailor and wrote this for the men who taught me the skills.”

- Jimmy

As the son of a son of a sailor
I went out on the sea for adventure
Expanding the view of the captain and crew
Like a man just released from indenture

As a dreamer of dreams and a travelin’ man
I have chalked up many a mile
Read dozens of books about heroes and crooks
And I’ve learned much from both of their styles

Son of a son, son of a son, son of a son of a sailor
Son of a gun load the last ton
One step ahead of the jailer

Now away in the near future, southeast of disorder
You can shake the hand of the mango man
As he greets you at the border

And the lady she hails from Trinidad
Island of the spices
Salt for your meat and cinnamon sweet
And the rum is for all your good vices

Haul the sheet in as we ride on the wind that our
Forefathers harnessed before us
Hear the bells ring as the tide rigging sings
It’s a son of a gun of a chorus

Where it all ends I can’t fathom, my friends
If I knew, I might toss out my anchor
So I’ll cruise along always searchin’ for songs
Not a lawyer, a thief or a banker

But a son of a son, son of a son, son of a son of a sailor
Son of a gun, load the last ton
One step ahead of the jailer
I’m just a son of a son, son of a son, son of a son of a sailor
The sea’s in my veins, my tradition remains
I’m just glad I don’t live in a trailer

"Son of a Son of a Sailor" midi courtesy of
at the suggestion of Dave Spriggs ('64) of VA - 05/21/09
Thanks, Dave!

Sailor" lyrics courtesy of
also at the suggestion of Dave Spriggs ('64) of VA - 05/21/09
Thanks again, Dave!

Maritime Day Image courtesy of - 09/22/11

Animated Anchor clip art used to form Divider Lines courtesy of - 05/06/03

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

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!

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 Laughing Elephant courtesy of Frank Blechman ('65) of Northern VA - 10/29/10
Thanks, Frank!

Animated Dancing Elephant courtesy of Sandi Bateman Chestnut ('65) of VA - 03/08/11
Thanks, Sandi!

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