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10/29/11 - NNHS Newsletter
We Are the Champions!

Great champions have an enormous sense of pride. The people
who excel are those who are driven to show the world and prove
to themselves just how good they are.”

- Nancy Lopez
(b. 06 Jan 1957)

Dear Friends and Schoolmates,
  You could see this one coming, couldn't you?!?   Congratulations to my St. Louis Cardinals, the 2011 World Series Champions!   

BONUS - - We Are the Champions - Queen


"We Are the Champions" is a power ballad written by Freddie Mercury, recorded and performed by British rock band Queen for their 1977 album News of the World.[1] One of their most famous and popular songs, it remains among rock's most recognisable anthems.[2] The song was a worldwide success, reaching number two in the UK Singles Chart, and number four on the Billboard Hot 100 in the United States.[3][4] In 2009, "We Are the Champions" was inducted into the Grammy Hall of Fame,[5] and was voted the world's favourite song in a 2005 Sony Ericsson world music poll.[6] In 2011, a team of scientific researchers concluded that the song was the catchiest song in the history of pop music.[7]

"We Are the Champions" has become an anthem for sporting victories,[2] including as official theme song for 1994 FIFA World Cup, and has been often used or referenced in popular culture (see below)...



Eleventh heaven: Cardinals are Series champs

Magical run ends with St. Louis adding to NL-best title total

ST. LOUIS -- It was so improbable, so unthinkable, that it had to happen. Despite massive deficits in August and September, despite playing four elimination games in the postseason, despite twice being down to their last strike the night before, the St. Louis Cardinals are the World Series champions for 2011 after winning Game 7, 6-2, over the Texas Rangers on Friday.

The Cards won the first World Series Game 7 since 2002 and brought home the 11th World Series championship in franchise history. They are the fifth Wild Card team, and the first since 2004, to win the title. St. Louis triumphed behind six-plus impressive innings from ace Chris Carpenter, more big hits by David Freese and Allen Craig, and a return to form by a bullpen that had sprung some leaks lately...


   Happy Birthday today to     Ray Barnes ('65) of VA AND   Christine Wilson Starkman ('68) of CA!

   Happy Birthday this week to:

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

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

02 -   John Clark ('57) of VA;

04 -   Mike Jeffers ('61) of VA;

05 -   Patsy Blackard Hallett ('65) of VA AND
    My Son of Other Parents, Joe Mansfield (Stanton College Prep School, FL - 2002) of NC AND My Grandson,   Tom Harty of TX!

   Many Happy Returns, One and All!



Tuesday, Oct. 29, 1861

It was the biggest fleet, and the largest joint Army-Navy effort, ever assembled to this date in North America. A total of 77 Union vessels had been brought together at or near Ft. Monroe at Hampton Roads, Virginia. In addition to the captains and crews of the ships, who were under the command of Flag Officer Samuel du Pont, there were assembled more than 16,000 soldiers under Gen. Thomas W. Sherman (no relation to William Tecumseh Sherman, incidentally.) They departed today for Port Royal, S.C., where they knew they would face considerable danger as it had been heavily fortified by the Confederacy. They faced dangers of another sort as the expedition was getting underway, as a gale had blown up off Cape Hatteras and all landlubbers were miserable.

Wednesday, Oct. 29, 1862

In the days before refrigeration for meat and other perishables, a reliable supply of salt was essential if produce was to be kept safely for any period of time. One source of salt was mines, which were the residues of salt from ancient evaporated ocean beds. Lacking those, the alternative involved taking water from whatever ocean was currently available, putting it in large kettles or pans over fires to evaporate the water and leave the salt and sea minerals behind. One such salt works was in operation today at New Topsail Inlet, North Carolina. At least it was until Lt. Cushing landed a party from the USS Ellis in the inlet, as they destroyed the works. “It could have furnished all Wilmington with salt,” Cushing said in his report.

Thursday, Oct. 29, 1863

The campaign to open the “cracker line” to get supplies to the Union forces in Chattanooga swung into full gear today. Hooker’s men, under Geary, made a final sweep of Raccoon Mountain to flush out and drive off Confederate sharpshooters and artillery which had been threatening the river crossing at Brown’s Ferry. And Admiral D. D. Porter authorized the departure of quite a bit of Naval support for the effort. The war- and supply-ships Robb, Romeo, Peosta, Lexington, Hastings, Key West and Cricket were all sent up the Tennessee River today. Several others would be joining the effort as soon as they could be repaired, resupplied and refueled.

Saturday, Oct. 29, 1864

The dreaded CSS Albemarle was no more, thanks to the courage of Lt. William B. Cushing and the sacrifice of his men who had taken small boats from the USS Shamrock up the Roanoke River and blown her up with a spar torpedo. Cushing himself was the only one to both survive the sinking of his own ship and escape capture by the Confederates, and as soon as he made his way back to Union lines plans had started to exploit the accomplishment. Today Commander Macomb took five ships up the Roanoke while sending a sixth, the USS Valley City, up the nearby Middle River, in hopes of taking out Confederate artillery there. Alas, the expedition got only as far up the Roanoke as the site of the sunken USS Southfield, which blocked half the channel. It turned out that the other half was now blocked as well, by a couple of schooners creative Confederates had towed there and sunk. There was some long-range shooting at the offending artillery, then everybody steamed for home.

        From My #2 Son, Brent Harty (Hillsboro HS, IL - '90) of TX (currently deployed to "the lands dark and dusty") -

... As for the Cardinals...go to my FB and you'll see all my gushing....WOW!!! HISTORIC!!! AMAZING!!! We won't see something like this season again probably ever. Think about it...not one, but two historic wild card flops (Braves & Red Sox) Cards win it on the last day of the season with a 3 hit, complete game shut out of Houston by Carp(enter). Then he does a 2 hit, CG shut out on game 5 against the Phillies (and don't forget the rally squirrels!). Phillies were picked to win it all...

Then they beat the Brewers (who were also almost picked to win it all!). No one picked the Cards at all...except Cardinal Nation!

And that game 6 of the W.S....there are a bunch of 'never happened' before in that game. I'm glad I didn't watch game 6 or 7, because I would have had a cardiac arrest in game 6. Game 7 I just would have jinxed! I did watch the award show at the end. But look at Carp again!

The rain-out of game 6 causing the postponed game, allowing Carp to pitch game 7 on 3 days rest...well, that proves that God is a Cardinals fan and the Busch Stadium is Baseball Heaven!!! :)

In game 6, the Cards were behind in the game FIVE TIMES!!! TWICE they were down to the FINAL strike of the game!!! Never has a team come back in the bottom of the ninth facing elimination and won. They did it twice in the same game! Never has a team scored in each of the 8,9,10 & 11th innings! And never has a team blown three saves to lose a WS game.

Just a great historic WS ...and don't forget Pujols's amazing record of 3 HRs and 6 RBIs in one game. Heck, game 6 was so amazing, we've all forgot about that!!! Just a great series...I'll always remember it. It sure picked me up when I was probably at my lowest here.

Yes, I agree, I couldn't be more proud of them. I do hope the Rangers (yep, felt so sorry for the great Nolan Ryan) do break their drought some day. Very similar teams...

   Thank you so much, Brent - AMEN on all counts!

  From Renee Helterbran Benton ('59) of VA - 10/28/11 - "The Grey-Haired Brigade":

The Grey-Haired Brigade

They like to refer to us as senior citizens, old fogies, geezers, and in some cases dinosaurs. Some of us are "Baby Boomers" getting ready to retire. Others have been retired for some time. We walk a little slower these days and our eyes and hearing are not what they once were. We have worked hard, raised our children, worshiped our God and grown old together. Yes, we are the ones some refer to as being over the hill, and that is probably true. But before writing us off completely, there are a few things that need to be taken into consideration.

In school we studied English, history, math, and science which enabled us to lead America into the technological age. Most of us remember what outhouses were, many of us with firsthand experience. We remember the days of telephone party-lines, 25 cent gasoline, and milk and ice being delivered to our homes. For those of you who don't know what an icebox is, today they are electric and referred to as refrigerators. A few even remember when cars were started with a crank. Yes, we lived those days.

We are probably considered old fashioned and out-dated by many. But there are a few things you need to remember before completely writing us off. We won World War II, fought in Korea and Viet Nam. We can quote The Pledge of Allegiance, and know where to place our hand while doing so. We wore the uniform of our country with pride and lost many friends on the battlefield. We didn't fight for the Socialist States of America, we fought for the "Land of the Free and the Home of the Brave." We wore different uniforms but carried the same flag. We know the words to the Star Spangled Banner, America, and America the Beautiful by heart, and you may even see some tears running down our cheeks as we sing. We have lived what many of you have only read about in history books and we feel no obligation to apologize to anyone for America.

Yes, we are old and slow these days but rest assured, we have at least one good fight left in us. We have loved this country, fought for it, and died for it, and now we are going to save it. It is our country and nobody is going to take it away from us. We took oaths to defend America against all enemies, foreign and domestic, and that is an oath we plan to keep. There are those who want to destroy this land we love but, like our founders, there is no way we are going to remain silent.

..... We entrusted (
the young people of this nation) (most of whom are) all too interested in their careers or "Climbing the Social Ladder" to be involved in such mundane things as patriotism and voting... with the Torch of Liberty and (they) traded it for a paycheck and a fancy house.

Well, don't worry youngsters, the Grey-Haired Brigade is here..... We may drive a little slower than you would like but we get where we're going..... This land ... belongs to "We the People" and "We the People" plan to reclaim our land and our freedom. We hope this time you will do a better job of preserving it and passing it along to our grandchildren. So the next time you have the chance to say the Pledge of Allegiance, Stand up, put your hand over your heart, honor our country, and thank God for the old geezers of the "Grey-Haired Brigade."

Author, Anon. Grey-Haired Brigade Member


This is spot on. I am another Gray-Haired Geezer signing on. I will circulate this to other Gray-Haired Geezers all over this once great county. Can you feel the ground shaking??? It's not an earthquake, it is a STAMPEDE.

   Thanks, Renee! (I removed just a tiny bit of this toward the end to avoid inciting a political brouhaha.....)



Easy Ginger Ale Pot Roast

Here is a recipe for a fantastic pot roast! My mother has made it for years -- I have no idea where she got it!!! It works really well for Sunday dinner! Just cook the roast overnight, and add the veggies before church. When you get home from church, your house will smell YUMMY!!! This has NEVER failed for me, or anyone to whom I have given the recipe.

- from a flybaby in Scappoose, Oregon

1 pot roast (whatever kind you like -- I usually get about 3 pounds)
1/4 cup flour
4+ cups Ginger Ale
1 pkg. brown gravy mix
1 pkg. onion soup mix
Raw Potatoes and Carrots

Note: if you use a bigger pot roast, increase the ginger ale (just cover the roast with it) and use 2 pkgs. each of gravy and soup mix.

1. Coat Roast with flour and place in crock pot. (Reserve remaining flour.)

2. Mix remaining flour with ginger ale, gravy mix and soup mix.

3. Pour mixture over opt roast.

4. Cook roast on Low for at least 8 hours.

5. Cut up potatoes and carrots and add to roast in the last 3 to 4 hours of cooking time.

6. Put roast and veggies on a pretty platter, and put the gravy (this recipe makes its own gravy!) in a gravy boat or bowl.

7. Say "thank you!" to all the compliments you will get!

WEBMISTRESS' NOTE: I made this yesterday, and it was fabulous!  As I was expecting company, and the hours were running differently, I started the roast at 8:00 AM and cooked it on high for 2-1/2 hours before switching it to low.  I also precooked the vegetables a bit to soften them before adding them to the pot.  The roast was bigger (as was the crowd) so I used two packages each of gravy mix and soup mix, and increased the ginger ale to 5 cups.  By 6:00 PM it was all set!

  From Bill Hobbs ('66) of Northern VA - 10/19/11 - "Granny's Pie [and other profound observations] (#7 in a series of 8)":


    A Hug is like a perfect gift.
One size fits all and nobody minds if you exchange it.

May your troubles be less,
Your blessings be more,
And nothing but happiness
Come through your door.

  Thanks, Bill!


  From Michael Sisk ('63) of CA - 10/07/11 - "Ghoulishly grand carved pumpkins - these are totally amazing!!! (#15 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! 

  Native American portrait


From - 10/28/11:

A boy was having a lot of difficulty in French class. To encourage him, his teacher said, "You'll know you're really beginning to get it when you start dreaming in French."

The boy ran into class all excited one day, saying, "Teacher, teacher! I had a dream last night and everyone was talking in French!"

"Great!" said the teacher, "What were they saying?"

"I don't know," the boy replied; "I couldn't understand them."


1. 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.

2. Wednesday, December 14, 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.

3. 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 10/22/11

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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We Are the Champions

Words and Music by
Freddie Mercury (05 Sept 1946 – 24 Nov 1991)

Recorded by Queen, 1977

I've paid my dues
Time after time
I've done my sentence
But committed no crime
And bad mistakes
I've made a few
I've had my share of sand
Kicked in my face
But I've come through
And I need to go on and on and on and on

We are the champions - my friend
And we'll keep on fighting till the end
We are the champions
We are the champions
No time for losers
'Cause we are the champions of the world

I've taken my bows
And my curtain calls
You've bought me fame and fortune
And everything that goes with it
I thank you all
But it's been no bed of roses no pleasure cruise
I consider it a challenge before the whole human race
And I ain't gonna lose
And I need to go on and on and on and on

We are the champions - my friend
And we'll keep on fighting till the end
We are the champions
We are the champions
No time for losers
'Cause we are the champions of the world

We are the champions - my friend
And we'll keep on fighting till the end
We are the champions
We are the champions
No time for losers
'Cause we are the champions

"We Are the Champions" midi courtesy of
at the suggestion of Dave Spriggs ('64) of VA - 04/13/04

"We Are the Champions" lyrics courtesy of - 04/14/04

Image of St. Louis Cardinals Logo courtesy of - 10/29/11

Animated Applause clip art courtesy of Al Farber ('64) of GA - 08/18/05 (re-saved 02/27/09)
Thanks, Al!

Baseball Divider Line clip art courtesy of - 05/14/03

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

Stanton College Prep School's logo courtesy of - 08/01/10

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!

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

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

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

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