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10/10/11 - NNHS Newsletter -
Happy Columbus Day!

ďEvery ship that comes to America got its chart from Columbus.Ē

- Ralph Waldo Emerson
(25 May1803 - 27 Apr 1882)

Dear Friends and Schoolmates,

   This theme repeats on the second Monday of October each year (unless I'm out of town as I was last year)!

BONUS #1 - - Columbia, the Gem of the Ocean - The Mormon Tabernacle Choir

BONUS #2 - - Columbia, the Gem of the Ocean - The Robert Shaw Chorale (with pretty slide show)


Columbus Day, which is annually on the second Monday of October, remembers Christopher Columbus' arrival to the Americas on October 12, 1492. This holiday is controversial because the European settlement in the Americas led to the demise of the history and culture of the indigenous peoples.

What do people do?

Officially, the people of the USA are invited to celebrate the anniversary of the discovery of their country with church services and other activities. In some towns and cities, special church services, parades and large events are held. Most celebrations are concentrated around the Italian-American community. The celebrations in New York and San Francisco are particularly noteworthy. In Hawaii Columbus Day is also known as Landing Day or Discoverer's Day.

Not all parts of the United States celebrate Columbus Day. It is not a public holiday in California, Nevada and Hawaii. Moreover, Native Americansí Day is celebrated in South Dakota, while Indigenous Peopleís Day is celebrated in Berkeley, California. 

Public life

Columbus day is a public holiday in many parts of the United states, but is not observed or is not a holiday in some states. Government offices and schools are generally closed, but businesses may be open. The flag of the United States is displayed on Government buildings.


Christopher Columbus is often portrayed as the first European to sail to the Americas. He is sometimes portrayed as the discoverer of the New World. However, this is controversial on many counts. There is evidence that the first Europeans to sail across the Atlantic were Viking explorers from Scandinavia. In addition, the land was already populated by indigenous peoples, who had 'discovered' the Americas thousands of years before.

Columbus Day originated as a celebration of Italian-American heritage and was first held in San Francisco in 1869. The first state-wide celebration was held in Colorado in 1907. In 1937, Columbus Day become a holiday across the United States. Since 1971, it has been celebrated on the second Monday in October. The date on which Columbus arrived in the Americas is also celebrated as the DŪa de la Raza (Day of the Race) in Latin America and some Latino communities in the USA. However, it is a controversial holiday in some countries and has been re-named in others.

Columbus Day celebrations are controversial because the settlement of Europeans in the Americas led to the deaths of a very large proportion of the native people. It has been argued that this was a direct result of Columbus' actions. It is clear that the arrival of the European settlers led to the demise of a large proportion of the history and culture of the indigenous peoples of the Americas. It has also been argued that Columbus should not be honored for discovering the United States, as he only went as far as some islands in the Caribbean and never got as far as mainland America.

Note: states the facts and issues associated with this observance but does not disclose its opinion on the matter...


   Happy Birthday tomorrow to   Judy Phillips Allen ('66) of VA AND        Carol Anne Comer Cutler ('70) of VA!

   Happy Birthday this week to:

12 - Charlotte Spade Wilkins (Warwick HS - '65) of NC;

13 - The United States Navy - 1775  AND   Larry Cutler ('64) of VA AND   Pattie Hilsdon Reisinger ('66) of CO AND          My #1 Son, Lewis Harty (Hillsboro HS, IL - '89) of IL;

14 -       Mickey Marcella ('54) of VA AND       Liz Breeden ('61) of VA AND   My Granddaughter, Eme Harty of TX;

15 -   Milton Nunnally ('66 and '67) of VA;

17 - Betty Jean Dail Phillips ('57)!

   Many Happy Returns, One and All!



Wednesday, Oct. 9, 1861

One thousand angry soldiers landed in Pensacola today and the result was about what you would expect: fights broke out all over. Of course, this was the intention when Confederate Gen. Richard Heron Anderson led his troops on Santa Rosa Island. They were trying to capture the batteries guarding the entrance to Pensacola Bay, with the final objective of capturing Ft. Pickens, which lay within. The night attack began successfully, with the first battery being promptly overrun. After that things bogged down, and when reinforcements began issuing from the fort itself, Anderson exercised the better part of valor and withdrew.

Thursday, Oct. 9, 1862

After the ferocity of the last Confederate invasion of Maryland, which ended with the battle of Antietam Creek in Sharpsburg, Md., it was hardly to be expected that any other such incursion would be attempted so soon. Therefore that was exactly what James Ewell Brown Stuart did today, leading his cavalrymen across the fords of the Potomac River into Union territory. By nightfall he was at Chambersburg, Pa., and he was not a comfortable guest to have. Every telegraph line in the route of march was cut or torn down, every horse of any possible military use was taken, and then he started burning pubic buildings and records. McClellan, as usual, did nothing.

Friday, Oct. 9, 1863

There had been indications for some time that Robert E. Lee was not ready to quit for the winter in the Eastern Theater. Things had been relatively slow since Gettysburg, with most of the action taking place in the Western Theater and on the Carolina coast. Parts of both armies had even been shifted to the West (Longstreetís Corps from the Army of Northern Virginia, and the 11th and 12th Corps of the Army of the Potomac) to strengthen the combatants there. Lee now hoped to take advantage of the weakening of Meadeís forces around Washington, and today took his army back across the Rapidan River yet again. The hope was to turn Meadeís right flank and open the way for an assault on Washington.

Sunday, Oct. 9, 1864

The campaign to run the Confederate cavalry force of Jubal Early out of the Shenandoah Valley of Virginia continued apace today. Phil Sheridan delegated the job to a couple of fellows reasonably well-known in their own right: Wesley Merritt and George Armstrong Custer. Under overall command of Gen. A.T. A. Torbet, they attacked and then pursued men under Confederate generals Rosser and Lomax for several miles, capturing some 300 prisoners. Federal losses for the day were only 9 killed and 48 wounded. The pursuit continued.



Thursday, Oct. 10, 1861

Jefferson Davis took seriously his title of ďcommander in chiefĒ of his nationís military forces. In fact he often practiced what a later day would call micromanagement, as shown today by a letter he wrote to Maj. Gen. Gustavus Woodson Smith as a follow-up to their conference in Centerville on the first of the month. In the letter Davis discussed his concerns about the Southern railroad network, the organization of troops and the need for efficiency in staff officers. Davis went so far as to discuss the use of Negro laborers for the army, then wound up with further comment on the ultimate objectives: the Union army around Washington.

Friday, Oct. 10, 1862

The biggest battle of the Civil War to occur in Kentucky had been over for two days now. Confederate Gen. Braxton Bragg, although heavily outnumbered, had fought well enough that the Union forces had pulled back. Realizing that the numbers still left the odds against him, Bragg began to withdraw towards Tennessee as well. Today fighting still went on around the edges of both forces. Skirmishing took place in Harrodsburg and Danville Cross Roads, Ky. Bragg was attempting to move south and east, and having a difficult time of it.

Saturday, Oct. 10, 1863

Gen. William Tecumseh Sherman had a job to do and was anxious to get on with it. His assignment: march through Tennessee to Chattanooga, and secure it for the Union. His problem: the campaign was designed in such a way that support and supply was required to be provided by gunboats on the Tennessee River, and the water just wasnít there to do it. It had been a very dry year and the level of the rivers was low all over. Admiral David D. Porter apologized to Gen. Shermanís boss Gen. U. S. Grant for the situation. Porter, conceding that there was nothing he could do about the river, offered to find shallow-draft boats if necessary, as it was the heavily-armored ironclads that were having the difficulties.

Monday, Oct. 10, 1864

A year to the day after Sherman had his difficulties on the waters of the Western theater, another group of Union men found themselves in an even more dire situation. A group of gunboats were offloading troops at Eastport, Mississippi, on the Tennessee River. Suddenly there was the sound of cannon fire and the men and ships were under a blistering crossfire from hidden Confederate shore batteries. The transports Aurora and Kenton were hit almost at once and began to drift downstream out of control. Lt. King, captain of the USS Key West and commander of the expedition, ordered another vessel, the Undine, to follow and corral the stray ships. King remained behind to evacuate the men who had already gone ashore, and to cover the escape of the lightly-armed and armored USS Pekin.

  From Ruth Ann Reece Horace ('67) of FL - 10/08/11 - "Nash":

I have always loved the song "Beep, Beep" for a special reason. My dad (
    Bill Reece) (31 Mar 1926 - 16 Nov 2009) was working for Sears, Roebuck back in the 60's selling fencing and farm equipment. He needed a small car that would get good gas mileage to go out to all his appointments. What he found was a little red Nash Metropolitan with a white convertible top. It needed a little work, and he set out to fix it up. One day he was fixing the grill and had the emblem off when he spotted a round "Sears" emblem they put on their chain link fences. Wow, he thought, it is the same size. You guessed it, he replaced the Nash with Sears. As he remembered it, he was asked by people hundreds of times "I didn't know 'Sears' made cars. Where can I get one?" He always told them it was a one of a kind and no, he did not want to sell it.
Thanks for the memory jogger,
Love ya all,

   WOWZERS! How cool! Thanks for sharing that, Ruthie!


       From Bill Lee (Warwick HS - '54) of NC - 10/09/11 - "Bill Fox's (Warwick HS - '61 - of VA) book - Always Good Ships":

His audio/visual presentation at the Mariners' Museum on September 29th was attended by over 200 people. Afterwards he signed quite a few copies of his new book. Here's a photo I took of him then.

   OH, WOW! Thank you so much, Bill - and Bill!



       From My #5 Son, Nathaniel Harty (Hillsboro HS, IL - '97) of IL - 10/08/11 - "Born a Cardinals Fan":

Thought you might get a kick out of this: - I Was Born a Cardinals Fan

   Thanks, Faniel, that you were! I remember once in '88 when we all attended one of those games together in St. Louis. We saw Ozzie hit a homerun and do one of his famous back flips, too - and of course the redbirds won that day!


  From Norris Perry (Warwick HS - '59) of VA - 10/08/11 - "Patsy Cline":

This could ring a bell for some of us. - She's Got You

     Thank you, Norris Sweetie!


  From My #2 Daughter-in-Law, Bethany (Winona Harty (Siuslaw HS, OR - '94) of TX - 10/08/11 - "Please make me one": - Grey Chunky Knit Cowl with Large Black Button

   Well, okay, Lady, this is knitted, but I have several very similar patterns which are crocheted, and that I can do! - Again with the knit, but I'll see what I can find in my hundreds and thousands of patterns.

Bethany Harty (Studio Bethany)

   Thanks, Sweet Bethany!


     From Me ('65) of NC - 10/08/11 - "Speaking of Patterns...":

   It's that time of year again:



  From Bill Hobbs ('66) of Northern VA - 10/08/11 - "Viet Nam Veteran Statistics":

Interesting Veterans Statistics off the Vietnam Memorial Wall

"Carved on these walls is the story of America, of a continuing quest to preserve both Democracy and decency, and to protect a national treasure that we call the American dream." ~President George Bush

SOMETHING to think about - Most of the surviving Parents are now Deceased.

There are 58,267 names now listed on that polished black wall, including those added in 2010.

The names are arranged in the order in which they were taken from us by date and within each date the names are alphabetized. It is hard to believe it is 36 years since the last casualties.

Beginning at the apex on panel 1E and going out to the end of the East wall, appearing to recede into the earth (numbered 70E - May 25, 1968), then resuming at the end of the West wall, as the wall emerges from the earth (numbered 70W - continuing May 25, 1968) and ending with a date in 1975. Thus the war's beginning and end meet. The war is complete, coming full circle, yet broken by the earth that bounds the angle's open side and contained within the earth itself.

The first known casualty was Richard B. Fitzgibbon, of North Weymouth, Massachusetts, listed by the U.S. Department of Defense as having been killed on June 8, 1956. His name is listed on the Wall with that of his son, Marine Corps Lance Cpl. Richard B. Fitzgibbon III, who was killed on Sept. 7, 1965.

· There are three sets of fathers and sons on the Wall.

· 39,996 on the Wall were just 22 or younger.

· 8,283 were just 19 years old.

· The largest age group, 33,103 were 18 years old.

· 12 soldiers on the Wall were 17 years old.

· 5 soldiers on the Wall were 16 years old.

· One soldier, PFC Dan Bullock was 15 years old.

· 997 soldiers were killed on their first day in Vietnam.

· 1,448 soldiers were killed on their last day in Vietnam.

· 31 sets of brothers are on the Wall.

· Thirty-one sets of parents lost two of their sons.

· 54 soldiers on the Wall attended Thomas Edison High School in Philadelphia. I wonder why so many from one school.

· 8 Women are on the Wall. Nursing the wounded.

· 244 soldiers were awarded the Medal of Honor during the Vietnam War; 153 of them are on the Wall.

· Beallsville, Ohio with a population of 475 lost 6 of her sons.

· West Virginia had the highest casualty rate per capita in the nation. There are 711 West Virginians on the Wall.

· The Marines of Morenci - They led some of the scrappiest high school football and basketball teams that the little Arizona copper town of Morenci (pop. 5,058) had ever known and cheered. They enjoyed roaring beer busts. In quieter moments, they rode horses along the Coronado Trail, stalked deer in the Apache National Forest. And in the patriotic camaraderie typical of Morenci's mining families, the nine graduates of Morenci High enlisted as a group in the Marine Corps. Their service began on Independence Day, 1966. Only 3 returned home.

· The Buddies of Midvale - LeRoy Tafoya, Jimmy Martinez, Tom Gonzales were all boyhood friends and lived on three consecutive streets in Midvale, Utah on Fifth, Sixth and Seventh avenues. They lived only a few yards apart. They played ball at the adjacent sandlot ball field. And they all went to Vietnam. In a span of 16 dark days in late 1967, all three would be killed. LeRoy was killed on Wednesday, Nov. 22, the fourth anniversary of John F. Kennedy's assassination. Jimmy died less than 24 hours later on Thanksgiving Day. Tom was shot dead assaulting the enemy on Dec. 7, Pearl Harbor Remembrance Day.

· The most casualty deaths for a single day was on January 31, 1968 ~ 245 deaths.

· The most casualty deaths for a single month was May 1968 - 2,415 casualties were incurred.

For most Americans who read this they will only see the numbers that the Vietnam War created. To those of us who survived the war, and to the families of those who did not, we see the faces, we feel the pain that these numbers created. We are, until we too pass away, haunted with these numbers, because they were our friends, fathers, husbands, wives, sons and daughters. There are no noble wars, just noble warriors.

Please pass this on to those who served during this time, and those who DO Care.

   Thank you so much, Bill! I posted this on a little known page in our archive:


    From the Head Flagtwirler of 1965, Janice McCain Rose of Northern VA - 10/09/11 - "Things I Have Learned in the South":

Things I Have Learned in the South

  • A possum is a flat animal that sleeps in the middle of the road.
  • There are 5,000 types of snakes and 4,998 of them live in the South.
  • There are 10,000 types of spiders. All 10,000 of them live in the South, plus a couple no ones seen before.
  • If it grows, it'll stick ya. If it crawls, it'll bite cha.
  • Onced and Twiced are words.
  • It is not a shopping cart, it is a buggy!
  • Jaw-P? means Did y'all go to the bathroom?
  • People actually grow and eat okra.
  • Fixinto is one word. It means I'm fixing to do that.
  • There is no such thing as lunch. There is only dinner and then there is supper.
  • Iced tea is appropriate for all meals and you start drinking it when you're two. We do like a little tea with our sugar.
  • Backwards and forwards means I know everything about you.
  • The word jeet is actually a phrase meaning Did you eat?
  • You don't have to wear a watch, because it doesn't matter what time it is, you work until you're done or it's too dark to see.
  • You don't PUSH buttons, you MASH 'em.
  • No, Jew? is a common response to the question, Did you bring any beer?
  • You measure distance in minutes.
  • You switch from heat to A/C in the same day.
  • All the festivals across the state are named after a fruit, vegetable, grain, insect, or animal.
  • You carry jumper cables in your car - for your OWN car.
  • You only own five spices: salt, pepper, Tonys, Tabasco and ketchup.
  • The local papers cover national and international news on one page, but require 6 pages for local high school sports and motor sports, and gossip.
  • You think that the first day of deer season is a national holiday.
  • You find 100 degrees Fahrenheit a bit warm.
  • You know what a hissy fit is.
  • Going to Wal-Mart is a favorite pastime known as goin' Wal-Martin' or off to Wally World.
  • You describe the first cool snap (below 70 degrees) as good chicken stew weather.
  • Fried catfish is the other white meat.
  • We don't need no dang Driver's Ed. If our mama says we can drive, we can drive, dag-nabbit.
  • You understand these jokes and forward them to your Southern friends and those who just wish they were from the SOUTH.

     Thanks, Janice!


  From Joyce Lawrence Cahoon ('65) of VA - 10/09/11 - "FROM ONE PUMPKIN TO ANOTHER":

From one pumpkin to another!!!!!!!

A woman was asked by a coworker, "What is it like to be a Christian?"
The coworker replied, "It is like being a pumpkin. God picks you from the patch, brings you in, and washes all the dirt off of you. Then He cuts off the top and scoops out all the yucky stuff. He removes the seeds of doubt, hate, and greed. Then He carves you a new smiling face and puts His light inside of you to shine for all the world to see."
This was passed on to me by another pumpkin. Now it's your turn to pass it to other pumpkins. I liked this enough to send it to all the pumpkins in my patch.

 Joyce Cahoon

   Thank you, Joyce!

  From Michael Sisk ('63) of CA - 10/07/11 - "Ghoulishly grand carved pumpkins - these are totally amazing!!! (#2 in a series of 18)":

  Getting close to Halloween...

Artist Ray Villafane began carving pumpkins on a lark for his art students in a small rural school district in Michigan. The hobby changed his life as he gained a viral following online and unlocked his genuine love of sculpting. Here are images of pumpkin carvings Villafane created over the past five years.

   Thanks, Michael! These are incredible! Mostly gross, but incredible, nonetheless! 

Who let me outta here?

    From Joan Lauterbach Krause ('60) of VA - 09/19/11 - "Wild shoes!!! (#15 in a Series of 19)":
  Which pair are you going to get??

Wild shoes!!! By Kobi Levi, Israeli shoe designer

   I love these - such fun! Thanks, Joan! OOOH, I really do like these - save a pair for me!  



From - 10/08/11:

The barn at Larry and Susan's farm burned down, and Susan called the insurance company.

Susan: "We had that barn insured for fifty thousand and I want my money."

Agent: "Wait just a minute, Susan... it doesn't work quite like that. We will determine the value of the old barn and provide you with a new one of comparable worth."

Susan, after a pause: "I'd like to cancel the policy on my husband." 


1. Wednesday, October 12, 2011 - 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.

2. Wednesday and Thursday, October 19 and 20, 2011 - The Class of 1956 will hold its 55-Year Reunion. Contact Judy Leggett Elliott at or 757-868-1111. - CLASS OF 1956

3. Thursday, November 3, 2011 - 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.

4. Saturday, January 7, 2012 - 11:00 AM - The NNHS Breakfast Bunch will host a Breakfast Bunch Brunch at the Warwick Restaurant, 12306 Warwick Boulevard, (across from CNU) Newport News, Virginia 23606. "Please come join them for a Dutch Treat Brunch featuring a lot of 'War Stories' and maybe a lie or two. Everyone is welcome so bring your wife, husband, boy friend, girl friend, class mate, school friend or whomever you choose." Please RSVP to Bill Roady at or call him at 757-595-0716 so they have a head count.

PRAYER ROLL: - updated 09/02/11

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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Columbia, Gem of the Ocean

The version that was written in 1843 (Thomas Š Becket, David T. Shaw; © 1999 AmeriMusic, Inc.)
was extremely popular during the Lincoln years, and was usually included among the
patriotic songs played by the Marine Band for the President's ceremonial gatherings.
But the song was apparently a rewrite of a very well known British tune entitled
"Red, White, and Blue" that was composed and written by Thomas
Š Becket in 1750.

O, Columbia! the gem of the ocean,
The home of the brave and the free,
The shrine if each patriot's devotion,
A world offers homage to thee.
Thy mandates make heroes assemble
When Liberty's form stands in view;
Thy banners make tyranny tremble

When borne by the Red, White and Blue!
When borne by the Red, White and Blue!
When borne by the Red, White and Blue!
Thy banners make tyranny tremble
When borne by the Red, White and Blue!

The wine cup, the wine cup bring hither,
And fill you it true to the brim!
May the wreaths they have won never wither,
Nor the star of their glory grow dim!
May the service united ne'er sever,
But they to their colors prove true!

The Army and Navy forever,
Three cheers for the red, white and blue,
Three cheers for the red, white and blue,
Three cheers for the red, white and blue,
The Army and Navy forever,
Three cheers for the red, white and blue.

Well, "Columbia" in this case is the USA, but the tune is familiar and the key name is there, so ........

"Columbia, the Gem of the Ocean" midi courtesy of
at the suggestion of Dave Spriggs ('64) of VA - 10/08/05
Thanks, Dave!

"Columbia, the Gem of the Ocean" lyrics and history courtesy of
also at the suggestion of Dave Spriggs ('64) of VA - 10/08/05
Thanks again, Dave!

Columbus Day Title Image courtesy of - 10/10/11

Columbus' Ship divider line clip art courtesy of - 09/20/04

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

Animated Navy and USMC Flags clip art courtesy of - 06/18/03

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!!

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 Laughing Frog courtesy of Joyce Lawrence Cahoon of VA - 05/31/08
Thanks, Joyce!

Siuslaw High School's Viking Logo clip art courtesy of - 12/27/07

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

Animated Dancing Snoopy courtesy of Billy Turner ('65) of TX - 11/26/08
Thanks, Billy Turner!

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