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10/25/08 - NNHS Newsletter -
Georges Bizet's 170th Birthday

“Let us have fantasy, boldness, unexpectedness, enchantment -- above all,
tenderness, morbidezza!”

- Georges Bizet,  letter to Edmond Galabert
(25 Oct 1838 - 3 June 1875)

Dear Friends and Schoolmates,

 Ah - back to the celebrity birthday celebrations!  And Carmen is one of my very favorite operas, so I hope you'll enjoy it as well.

BONUS #1 - - "Habanera" from Bizet's Carmen - Rise Stevens, 1951

BONUS #2 - - "Habanera" from Bizet's Carmen - Maria Callas, 1962

BONUS #3 - - "Habanera" from Bizet's Carmen - Angela Gheorghiu, April 29th, 2005

   And if high opera is just not for you:

BONUS #4 - - "Habanera" from Bizet's Carmen - Muppet Style - Beaker and the Swedish Chef have a go at Carmen's famous aria ...with a little help from Animal. 


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 Happy Birthday today to  Kitty Taylor Hanrahan ('57) AND Carol Wornom Sorenson ('57) AND     Bobby Turpin ('58) of VA!

   Happy Birthday tomorrow to   Terry Hunsucker ('65) of KY AND   Randy Tate ('66) of DE!

   Happy Birthday this week to:

27 -   Carolyn Simpson Knight ('56) of VA
AND Kermit Whiteside ('57) AND
       Dimples Dinwiddie Prichard ('58) of NC;

28 -    Nancy Bigger Alligood ('56) of VA;

29 -   Christine Wilson Starkman ('68) of CA;

31 -   Jo Ann Stewart ('64) of Northern VA;

01 -   Russ Stephenson ('57) of MD AND   Colin Faison ('58) of VA!

    Many Happy Returns, One and All!


The Denbigh High School Marching Band, Staff and Boosters invite you to the

day, October 25, 2008, Todd Stadium, Newport News, VA - Ticket Booth Opens at 4:30 pm

Come see13 of the best High School Marching Bands in Virginia.
There will be a special appearance by The Christopher Newport Marching Captains at the end of the show.

Admission: $6.00 for adults, $3.00 for students, Children 6 and under—free

CONTACT: Tanya Barrow at 757-236-5353
Denbigh High School PTSA, President
Denbigh High School Band Booster, President

The only place that SUCCESS comes before WORK is in the dictionary!


 From Rosalee Wills Jecmenek ('65) of TX - 10/24/08:

Dear friends and family, 
I am writing all of you to ask a big favor for me....My son, Matt, is turning the big 40..on Nov. 1st..and I would love for him to just get a big ole pile of cards for his special day...I did this four years ago for his sister, Amy, and it was a great success....since Matt is my only other child, I won't be bothering my friends and family for something like this please, if you can, mail him a birthday card around the 30th of October.. and he should get them on time!!  I hope he gets a lot and that he is blown away!!
I really appreciate each one of you who will take part in this for me...if you really don't know Matt, then just write inside the card that his Mom told you it was his birthday!!  I think it will be a lot of fun, and thanks so much ...I will REALLY APPRECIATE this gesture on your part helping me to make his day a little more special....

Lots of love,  Rosalee

Matt's  address is:  Matt Souder
                                  3706  Ascot Lane
                                  Houston, Texas  77092

   Oh, such FUN! What a thoughtful mama you are, Rosalee! Okay, Sweetie-Pies, "Keep those cards and letters coming!"


1. Unbelievable treasures from      Sandi Bateman Chestnut ('65) of VA;

   Thank you, Sandi!

2. About 30 images from the NNHS Tour with the Class of 1968 PLUS another 30 or so from Evelyn's Birthday Party for All of Us from
  Me ('65) of NC;

3. A lesser number of photographs of those two events from       my sister, Eleanor Buckley Nowitzky ('59) of NC;

4. More Birthday Party pictures from        Dimples Dinwiddie Prichard ('58) of NC;

5. A HUGE number of images from various sources from the 45-Year Reunion of the Class of 1963!

      From Wayne Stokes ('65) of VA - 10/20/08 - "Amazing tree in Africa":

  Mark (Friedman - '65 - of VA) sent this my way and it is truly amazing; have a look!

Looks normal from a distance...well, kinda stubby!

But, look at 'this' as you get closer!

Wow! Whatever you can imagine...some artist can carve.

  Here're some close-up pics.

It amazes me how someone can actually carve and sculpture like this and not kill (girdle) the tree!

   Well, guys, I thought this was absolutely phenomenal! Just now as I was posting the images, I began to wonder how many people had worked on the carvings, and how they could possibly have known in advance the effect the growth of the tree would have on their work (not to mention what the tree must have been thinking as it was being mutilated - however beautifully), and in its vulnerable condition, what would keep it from being subject to diseases which would topple and destroy it, and  so on and  so on.

   So I ran it through  I had no match with "African tree", so I tried "carved tree".  There I found that it was usually purported in emails to be a tree in India, but in fact, is neither.  In fact, it isn't a live tree at all, nor is it located abroad.

   It's in Orlando, Florida in the Discovery Island portion of the Animal Kingdom Park.  Known as the Tree of Life, it is the 14-story, 50 foot wide centerpiece of the park - as well it should be!  There are 325 animal carvings created by more than a dozen artisans.  The story of its creation is as fascinating to read as the pictures are to see, so be sure to read the full account on, then check here for more images:

   Thanks so much, Gentlemen! I really enjoyed it!

  From Judy Phillips Allen ('66) of VA - 10/25/08 - "Harmonica Dude":

I am so happy to forward this one.  WE can all use a break from the political and depressing emails.

OK now...set your volume, then sit back and ENJOY the heck out of this one!!!!! - Harmonica Dude - Guy plays the classics on his harmonica at Carnegie Hall.

   This is wildly uplifting! Thank you so much, Dearest Judy!

  From Mark Friedman ('65) of VA - 10/24/08 - "relax":


Have a fabulous STRESS FREE Day!


Thought for the day

Handle every stressful situation like a dog.
Pee on it and walk away.

   GIGGLES!!! Sounds like a great plan to me, Mark! Thanks!

  From Joyce Lawrence Cahoon ('65) of VA - 10/25/08 - "The Preacher's Son":

Preacher's Son
An old country preacher had a teenage son, and it was getting time the boy should give some thought to choosing a profession. Like many young men his age, the boy didn't really know what he wanted to do, and he didn't seem too concerned about it.

One day, while the boy was away at school, his father decided to try an experiment. He went into the boy's room and placed on his study table four objects.
           1. A Bible.
           2. A silver dollar.
           3. A bottle of whisky.
           4. A Playboy magazine.
"I'll just hide behind the door," the old preacher said to himself.  "When he comes home from school today, I'll see which object he picks up. If it's the Bible, he's going to be a preacher like me, and what a blessing that would be! If he picks up the dollar, he's going to be a business man, and that would be okay, too. But if he picks up the bottle, he's going to be a no-good drunken bum, and Lord, what a shame that would be. And worst of all if he picks up that magazine he's going to be a skirt-chasing womanizer."
The old man waited anxiously, and soon heard his son's foot- steps.  As he entered the house whistling and headed for his room. The boy tossed his books on the bed, and as he turned to leave the room he spotted the objects on the table. With curiosity in his eye, he walked over to inspect them. Finally, he picked up the Bible and placed it under his arm. He picked up the silver dollar and dropped into his pocket.  He uncorked the bottle and took a big drink, while he admired this month's centerfold.
"Lord, have mercy," the old preacher disgustedly whispered.  "He's gonna run for Congress."
 Joyce Cahoon

   Thanks, Joyce!

      From Tom Norris (Hampton HS - '73) of VA - 09/25/08 - "He's Back.. ENJOY! (#22 in a Series of 26):

  Carol ... more pics for the newsletter. Amazing artwork!


   Thanks, Babe! These are amazing!


PRAYER ROLL: - updated 10/23/08
NNHS BLOG: - updated 10/25/08

   Y'all take care of each other.  TYPHOONS FOREVER!  We'll Always Have Buckroe!

                                   Love to all, Carol





Carol Buckley Harty
219 Four Ply Lane
Fayetteville, NC 29311-9305  
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"Habanera" from Carmen

Composed by Georges Bizet, 1845
(25 Oct 1838 - 3 June 1875)

- Libretto by Henri Meilhac (21 Feb 1831 - 6 July 1897) and Ludovic Halévy (1 Jan 1834 -8 May 1908)

Based on the novella by Prosper Mérimée, 1845, which was influenced by the Russian narrative poem "The Gypsies" by Pushkin, 1824

L’amour est un oiseau rebelle
Que nul ne peut apprivoiser,
Et c’est bien in vain qu’on l’appelle
S’il lui convient de refuser.

Rien n’y fait, menace ou prière.
L’un parle bien, l’autre se tait.
Et c’est l’autre que je préfère.
Il n’a rien dit mais il me plait.

L’amour! L’amour! L’amour! L’amour!

L’amour est enfant de Bohême,
Il n’a jamais jamais connu de loi.
Si tou ne m’aimes pas, je t’aime.
Si je t’aime, prends garde à toi!

Si tou ne m’aimes pas, si tou ne m’aimes pas, je t’aime,
Mais si je t’aime, si je t’aime, prends garde à toi!

L’oiseau que tu croyais surprendere
Battit d’aile et s’envola.
L’amour est loin, tu peux l’attendre.
Tu ne l’attends pas, il est là.

Tout atour de toi, vite vite,
Il vient, s’en va, puis il revient.
Tu crois le tenir, il t’evite.
Tu crois l’eviter, il te tient.

L’amour! L’amour! L’amour! L’amour!

L’amour est enfant de Bohême,
Il n’a jamais jamais connu de loi.
Si tou ne m’aimes pas, je t’aime.
Si je t’aime, prends garde à toi!

Si tou ne m’aimes pas, si tou ne m’aimes pas, je t’aime,
Mais si je t’aime, si je t’aime, prends garde à toi!

Love is a rebellious bird
that nobody can tame,
and you call him quite in vain
if it suits him not to come.

Nothing helps, neither threat nor prayer.
One man talks well, the other's mum;
it's the other one that I prefer.
He's silent but I like his looks.

Love! Love! Love! Love!

Love is a gypsy's child,
it has never, ever, known a law;
love me not, then I love you;
if I love you, you'd best beware!

The bird you thought you had caught
beat its wings and flew away ...
love stays away, you wait and wait;
when least expected, there it is!

All around you, swift, so swift,
it comes, it goes, and then returns ...
you think you hold it fast, it flees
you think you're free, it holds you fast.

Love! Love! Love! Love!

Love is a gypsy's child,
it has never, ever, known a law;
love me not, then I love you;
if I love you, you'd best beware!

"Habanera" midi courtesy of - 10/25/08

"Habanera" test and translation courtesy of by Aaron Green, - 10/25/08

First Image of Georges Bizet courtesy of - 10/25/08

Second Image of Georges Bizet courtesy of - 10/25/08

 Animated Keyboard Divider Line clip art courtesy of Musical clip art courtesy of - 01/23/05

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

Air Force Seal clip art courtesy of - 07/07/06

Animated Laughing Jerry courtesy of Cookie Phillips Tyndall ('64) of VA - 06/14/06
Thanks, Cookie!

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

Animated "NEW" clip art courtesy of - 03/07/06

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