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10/04/12 - NNHS Newsletter - The Feast of St. Francis of Assisi

“He judged the cause of the poor and needy for his own good:
was it not therefore because he knew me, saith the Lord?”

- Jeremiah 22:16 (Douay-Rheims Version)

“Those who sing pray twice.”

 - Saint Francis of Assisi (1181 - 03 Oct 1226)

Dear Friends and Schoolmates,

    Today we are celebrating the Feast of St. Francis of Assisi, because we are a very varied lot, and we celebrate everything together like the big happy Typhoon familywe have become.  Strangely, this seems to be our first observance here of this feast day; I do not know just why that might be.

BONUS #1 - - Feast of St. Francis of Assisi

BONUS #2 - - Neumann University Celebrates the Feast of St. Francis of Assisi

BONUS #3 - - A Reflection for the Feast of St. Francis


All Things Bright and Beautiful is an Anglican hymn, also popular with other Christian denominations.

The piece can be sung to several melodies, in particular the 17th-century English melody "Royal Oak", adapted by Martin Shaw, and "All Things Bright and Beautiful" by William Henry Monk (1823–1889). There have also been other adaptations, such as a full choral piece by John Rutter.

Composition of the hymn's text has been attributed to three locations: at Llanwenarth House in Govilon, Monmouthshire, in the valley of the River Usk; at Markree Castle near Sligo; and in Minehead and the nearby village of Dunster in 1848 by Mrs. Cecil F. Alexander (from Dublin, Ireland). The hymn may have been inspired by a verse from Samuel Taylor Coleridge's The Rime of the Ancient Mariner: "He prayeth best, who loveth best; All things great and small; For the dear God who loveth us; He made and loveth all."

Alternatively, inspiration may have come from William Paley's Natural Theology, published in 1802, that argues for God as the designer of the natural world. For example, the hymn's second verse alludes to "wings" and verse 7 refers to "eyes". Paley cited wings and eyes as examples of complexity of design, analogous to that of a watch, with God as the "Divine Watchmaker".

The hymn was first published in Alexander's Hymns for Little Children. It consists of a series of stanzas that elaborate upon verses of the Apostles' Creed.




        From My #2 Son, Brent Harty (Hillsboro HS, IL - '90) of TX - 10/04/12, @ 2:30 AM: meniscal stitching but debriement was done (the doctor saw it was not viable to stitch so he had to remove the junk). I can't sleep, knee is very stiff and swollen (still filled with extra fluid from the surgery). Upside is that my heal time will be much faster and I'll be able to do things this fall like, help out at     Joe's YMCA Hockey, be around for various BSA events and meetings, and maybe even make it up to Fort Stanton for the OCT event! Definitely I'll make NOV. And then I'll now be able to participate in our upcoming TDY Mission. All in all - good news.

Now if I can just go to sleep...I can only imagine how bad this would hurt without Percocet....

   WOWZERS-YOWZERS! Hope you feel better soon, Brent!


1.   From Brenda Amos Williams ('62) of VA - 09/08/12, 10:46 PM - "NNHS Class of 1962 50th Reunion":

Dear Classmates of NNHS
The Class of 1962 will be having their '50'-year Reunion on Oct. 5/6 at the Crowne Plaza Hotel and Marina in Hampton, Va.

We are inviting members of other classes from NNHS to our Friday nite social. It will start at 6pm. If you know of anyone from other NNHS Classes that would be interested please tell them. There will be food and beverages and lots of other NNHS Classmates to see and gossip with, (Ha. Ha.) We are really excited about this event and it will be a Great One!!

Hoping to see you there. Casual dress and come prepared to have a great time!!


Brenda Amos Williams
NNHS Class of 1962 Reunion Committee

       Thanks so much, Brenda! If Paul gets well in time (and he seems to be improving, at last!), we may just make it yet!

2.     From Pat Beck Letzinger ('57) of VA - 09/21/12, 12:13 PM:

Hi Carol,
Just to inform you, the Class of '57 is celebrating its 55-Year Reunion at the Marriott Hotel in Town Center, Newport News on October 9, 10 and 11, 2012. 
Thanks for all you do.
Typhoon regards,
Pat Beck Letzinger 

   SUPER-DE-DUPER! Thank you, Pat! Y'all have fun!


   Happy Birthday today to        My Former Brother-in-Law, Rennie Dick ('54) of VA AND  Jimmy Mooney ('57) AND   Brenda Eakes Insley ('66) of VA!

   Happy Birthday tomorrow to George Pipkin ('57) AND    Butch Ragland ('63) of CO!

   Happy Birthday this week to:

06 - Nancy McCormick Nicholson ('57) AND   Renee Helterbran Benton ('59) of VA;

07 -Dale Parsons ('69) of HA;

08 - Tippy Rowe ('57) AND           Wayne Stokes ('65) of VA AND    Richard Cantor ('65) of KY;

09 - Norma Wilson Mitchell ('57) AND    Linda Alfrey Walker ('61) of VA;

11 -   Judy Phillips Allen ('66) of VA AND        Carol Anne Comer Cutler ('70) of VA!

   Many Happy Returns, One and All!


October 04, 1940 - Adolf Hitler and Benito Mussolini met in the Alps at the Brenner Pass. Hitler was seeking help from Italy to fight the British.

October 04, 1943 - The U.S. captured the Solomon Islands.

October 04, 1944 - Gen. Dwight D. Eisenhower distributed to his combat units a report by the U.S. Surgeon General that revealed the hazards of prolonged exposure to combat ("shell shock").

October 04, 1990 - The German parliament had its first meeting since reunification.

TODAY IN 1962:

Thursday, October 04, 1962
- Alpinist Carlos Carsolio was born in Mexico City, Mexico.

Thursday, October 04, 1962 - Singer and songwriter Jon Secada was born Juan Francisco Secada Martínez in Havana, Cuba.




1.    From Fred Field (June '45) of CA - 08/19/05 and 07/30/06 (sic) - " NNHS - The Backward School":

It deals with the forgotten original plan to place the NNHS building between West Avenue and the River Bank (The Casino Ground).  The design was customized and detailed for that location.  A sudden decision to build it on Huntington Avenue ignored the fact that the orientation would be backward from the original intent.  Problems resulted. The credits at the end mention my classmate,   Betty Savage Palmer (d. 22 Aug 2009).  She is the mother of      Sandi Bateman Chestnut ('65 - of VA) and      Johnnie Bateman ('70) of VA.

 NNHS - The Backward School

by Fred W. Field

NNHS Class of June 1945, June 19, 2005


       Our Newport News High School building sat on the east side of Huntington Avenue between 30th and 32nd Streets.  The front of the building faced west.  As we went in and out of the front doors during those four long years, we never realized that our school building was sitting backwards!  The reason for the school's 180 degree disorientation was revealed in a long-forgotten article published in the April 28, 1944 issue of The Beacon, our weekly school newspaper of the era. 

        To understand how NNHS came to face the wrong way we have to go back to the closing years of the 19th century.  It was then that the leaders of the steadily growing city realized that schools needed to be quickly built.  And many of the new families wanted their sons and daughters to get a full schooling.  Or as was often put, "to have an education that we never had a chance to get."  High school classes were hurriedly established in 1896 using temporary quarters in the newly-built First National Bank building.  Then in September 1899 the students moved into the brand-new Central School located in the 200-block on 32nd Street.  By 1908 this building was renamed John W. Daniel.  The school was badly damaged in a 1913 fire but was rapidly rebuilt and opened again the following year.  However the steady growth of the city had already brought more students than the building could accommodate.  So by 1918 the City had a new school ready exclusively for high school students.  This was the Walter Reed School, built on Wickham Avenue between 24th and 25th Streets.  But the School Board could not possibly have anticipated the explosion in population that World War I would bring.  By 1921 the visionary new Superintendent, Dr. Joseph Saunders had inspired the School Board to consider even newer and more ambitious plans.

        A tentative decision was reached to build a new super-size high school on the Casino grounds.  This was then an open recreational area between West Avenue and the James River, just north of 26th Street.  On the basis of this plan, a formal building design was rendered which would have the front facing east (toward West Avenue).  But after further consideration, the Board became concerned about instability of the shoreline, which seemed to be receding at the rate of about 3 feet a year.  Somehow, a seawall did not seem like a practical solution.  And someone complained that there was inadequate space for an athletic field.  Then the Board's attention focused on an alternative site on the east side of Huntington Avenue between 30th and 32nd Streets.  The new location was on swampy ground occupied by only a few scattered shacks.  And behind the school would be a huge space (all the way to Virginia Avenue) which would be ideal for a large athletic field.  In all the enthusiasm, no one gave any thought to the fact that the building had been designed to face the other way around!

        Work began in 1922 with the filling in of the marshes.  In early 1923 the foundations were laid and in April the cornerstone was placed.  By June, 1924 the auditorium was completed and was used in graduation ceremonies for the Walter Reed seniors.  Two members of that class later joined the NNHS faculty: Jeanette Ward in the English Department, and Elizabeth Saunders as Librarian. 

        A great surprise was that the whole town seemed to want to attend that first graduation.  The auditorium quickly filled but outside a large restless group milled around, unable to gain entrance.  When the excluded mob became unruly, Superintendent Saunders made a speech from a second floor window to try to convince them to go home.  His plea was followed by another from the Board president, and then one from the building contractor - all to no avail.  Police finally had to use force to disperse the crowd and in the melee that followed, two participants ended up in the hospital.  All this was recalled in 1944 by Lamar R. Stanley who had been one of the early high school teachers.

        In the 1944 interview, Principal Stanley blamed the reversed position of the building as the reason that the north end of the building was notoriously difficult to heat.  He said that the building's designer had placed the furnace room north of the cafeteria, so that the steam pipes to the naturally colder north rooms would be as short as possible.  But when the building was constructed in the reversed position the south end rooms got the short steam pipe run, and the folks in the north rooms were left to shiver.

        Oh well, somehow we all managed to get a superior education - even if we did go to a definitely backward high school!

Many thanks to Helen Holland Blanton, NNHS Class of June 1944 for supplying the April 28, 1944 Beacon interviewAlso to Betty Savage Palmer, Class of June 1945  (d. 22 Aug 2009)  for recalling observations of her father who was NNHS custodian for some of our high school years.

   Thank you so very much, Fred! I've added your essay here:

   For further background, see here:

   From Fred Field (June '45) of CA - 10/03/12  - "  Jean Pugh Obit.":

Hello Carol,        Wed. Oct. 3, 2012
Jean Pugh appears on page 20 of the Feb. 1946 Anchor.
Nostalgic best,
Fred, NNHS June 1945

   Thank you so very much, Fred!

From John ('59) and     Aretie Gallins ('59) Patterson of TN - 10/03/12, 4:03 PM - "  Richard Oliver":

Carol & Eleanor,

We would like to get in touch, if possible, with our classmate, Richard Oliver. Perhaps you would have his e-mail address and could let him know that we're trying to reach him.

At our NNHS Class of 1959 30th reunion we talked with Richard and learned that he had immigrated to Costa Rica, but that was over 20 years ago. He may have since moved or passed away since then.

We look forward to hearing from you.

Best regards,

John Patterson

   Hi, John and Aretie!          Eleanor (Buckley Nowitzky - '59 - of NC) dropped by here yesterday just after I found your note. She does not have any news on Richard, but she remembered him fondly, as they served on the Senior Dance Committee together. Having just endured the "joys" of Fayetteville rush hour traffic, she was in a particularly rowdy mood, and said if y'all were planning to go down to Costa Rica to look for him, she'd be glad to accompany you.

   Perhaps someone else can help.

   "Anyone? Anyone?"


      From the Incomparable  Charis Bean Duke (Governor Thomas Johnson HS, MD - '85) of NC - 10/03/12 - "American Angst Only, Please":

There's a new blog on Last Tango with Charis. Don't miss this one, I alert you to some worst case scenarios in these troubled times. Thus you can prepare! Stock up on that duct tape!

   Charis Dear, you are a hoot! Thanks!

From My Friend, Cheryl, of NC (Wife of a Soldier and Mother of a Marine) - 10/02/12 - "Now This is a Poster! Please read !!!!":

GOD BLESS AMERICA and the men and women who fight to keep us free!!!
NOW THIS is a Poster!

I hope this poster circles the globe.

If it weren't for the United States military,
there'd be NO United States of America.



The Soldier stood and faced God,
which must always come to pass.
He hoped his shoes were shining,
just as brightly as his brass.
'Step forward now, Soldier,
how shall I deal with you?
Have you always turned the other cheek?
To My Church have you been true?'

The soldier squared his shoulders and said,
'no, Lord, I guess I ain't.
Because those of us who carry guns,
can't always be a saint.
I've had to work most Sundays,
and at times my talk was tough.
And sometimes I've been violent,
because the world is awfully rough.
But, I never took a penny,
that wasn't mine to keep.
Though I worked a lot of overtime,
when the bills got just too steep.

And I never passed a cry for help,
though at times I shook with fear.
And sometimes, God, forgive me,
I've wept unmanly tears.

I know I don't deserve a place,
among the people here.
They never wanted me around,
except to calm their fears
If you've a place for me here, Lord,
it needn't be so grand.

I never expected or had too much,
but if you don't, I'll understand.
There was a silence all around the throne,
where the saints had often trod.

As the Soldier waited quietly,
for the judgment of his God.
'Step forward now, you Soldier,

you've borne your burdens well.

Walk peacefully on Heaven's streets,
you've done your time in Hell.'

~ Sgt. Joshua Helterbran of the 224th Engineer Battalion

It's the Soldier, not the reporter
who has given us the freedom of the press.
It's the Soldier, not the poet,
who has given us the freedom of speech.
It's the Soldier, not the politicians that ensures
our right to Life, Liberty and the Pursuit of Happiness.
It's the Soldier who salutes the flag, 
who serves beneath the flag,
and whose coffin is draped by the flag.

If you care to offer the smallest token of recognition and appreciation for the Military, please pass this on.
I DID!!!

      Thank you so much, Cheryl!

BONUS ST. FRANCIS CROSS STITCH PATTERNS: - not free, but reasonable - and gorgeous!

BONUS ST. FRANCIS RECIPE IDEAS: - St. Francis of Assisi Cupcake Ideas

   From Bill Hobbs ('66) of Northern VA - 09/20/12, 10:40 PM - "Rare Photos! (#3 in a Series of 17)":  
  You might like these too.

Great old pics….



   WOWZERS! Thanks, Bill!  

Martin Luther King Jr. and
Marlon Brando (The Godfather)

    From Wayne Stokes ('65) of VA - 10/01/12, 11:05 AM - "Priceless Rare Photos (#3 in a Series of 25)":  
  Some more memories.

Some of these photos will blow you away.

A Baby Boomer's Time Machine


   MORE WOWZERS! Thanks, Wayne Honey  

Angelina Jolie and her father,
Jon Voight, 1986

From - 10/03/12:

A young executive was leaving the office late one evening when he found the CEO standing in front of a shredder with a piece of paper in his hand.

"Listen," said the CEO, "this is a very sensitive and important document here, and my secretary has gone for the night. Can you make this thing work for me?"

"Certainly," said the young executive. He turned the machine on, inserted the paper, and pressed the start button.

"Excellent, excellent!" said the CEO, as his paper disappeared inside the machine. "I just need one copy..."

1. Friday and Saturday, October 5 and 6, 2012 - Class of 1962 - 50-Year Reunion - Crowne Plaza Hotel, Hampton on the Water. CONTACT: Brenda Amos Williams at  

2. Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday, October 9,10, and 11, 2012 - Class of  1957 - 55-Year Reunion - Marriott Hotel in Town Center, Newport News. CONTACT: Pat Beck Letzinger at

3. Wednesday, October 10, 2012 - 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. Thursday, October 4, 2012 - 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.

PRAYER ROLL: - updated 10/04/12

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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All Things Bright and Beautiful

Words by Cecil F. Alexander (April 1818 - 12 Oct 1895), 1848

17th-century English melody "Royal Oak", adapted by Martin Shaw (09 Mar 1875 - 24 Oct 1958), 1915


All things bright and beautiful,
All creatures great and small,
All things wise and wonderful:
The Lord God made them all.

Each little flower that opens,
Each little bird that sings,
He made their glowing colors,
He made their tiny wings.


[Most hymnals omit the following verse]

The rich man in his castle,
The poor man at his gate,
He made them, high or lowly,
And ordered their estate.


The purple headed mountains,
The river running by,
The sunset and the morning
That brightens up the sky.


The cold wind in the winter,
The pleasant summer sun,
The ripe fruits in the garden,
He made them every one.


The tall trees in the greenwood,
The meadows where we play,
The rushes by the water,
To gather every day.


He gave us eyes to see them,
And lips that we might tell
How great is God Almighty,
Who has made all things well.


 "All Things Bright and Beautiful" midi and lyrics courtesy of - 10/03/12

Image of Giotto's (1266/7 – 08 Jan 1337) Painting, "St. Francis Before the Sultan (Trial by Fire)", 1297/1300, courtesy
of - 10/03/12

Brown Carved Divider Line clip art courtesy of - 10/10/05

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 Yehaa Typhoon clip art courtesy of Al Farber ('64) of GA - 08/18/05
Thanks, Al!

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

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 Red Flames courtesy of - 05/19/08

Animated Rolling on the Floor Laughing Smiley clip art courtesy of Jerry ('65) and Judy Phillips ('66) Allen of VA - 08/13/10
Thanks, Sweetie-Pies!

Governor Thomas Johnson High School's Logo courtesy of - 06/16/08 

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