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10/31/10 - NNHS Newsletter -
Happy Halloween

A house is never still in darkness to those who listen intently; there is
a whispering in distant chambers, an unearthly hand presses the snib
of the window, the latch rises. Ghosts were created when the first man
awoke in the night.

- Sir James M. Barrie
(09 May 1860 19 June 1937)

Dear Friends and Schoolmates,

   We always celebrate Halloween together here - even if we all might not celebrate Halloween individually.

   I'm reusing the Danse Macabre theme song from 2008 because I do so love it, but HEY! They graphics are basically new this year, and there's a great new video with a lovely history of the piece!

BONUS #1 - - Danse Macabre - Eugene Ormandy and the Philadelphia Orchestra

BONUS #2 - - Danse Macabre - SAINT-SANS' Danse Macabre - The Florence Piano Duet - Sara Bartolucci & Rodolfo Alessandrini (repeated from 2008)


From - "The Real Story of Halloween":


   Happy Halloween Birthday today to    Jo Ann Stewart ('64) of Northern VA!

   Happy Birthday tomorrow to      Russ Stephenson ('57) of MD AND    Colin Faison ('58) of VA;

   Happy Birthday this week to:

02 -   John Clark ('57) of VA;

04 -   Mike Jeffers ('61) of VA;

05 -   Patsy Blackard Hallett ('65) of VA AND      My Grandson, Tom Harty of TX;

06 - Marion Timberlake Gitchel ('57) AND Maria Velma Vidales Scott ('57) AND       Pam Smith Arnold ('65) of VA;

07 -    Pam Larmer Traugott ('62) of VA! 

   Many Happy Returns, One and All!


October 31, 1922 - Benito Mussolini became prime minister of Italy.

October 31, 1940 - The Battle of Britain ended the air victory by the United Kingdom prevented a German invasion.

October 31, 1941 - The destroyer USS Reuben James was torpedoed by a German U-boat near Iceland, killing more than 100 United States Navy sailors. It was the first U.S. Navy vessel sunk by enemy action in WWII. The U.S. had not yet entered World War II.

October 31, 1943 - An F4U Corsair accomplished the first successful radar-guided interception.


  Thanks again, Frank!
Saturday, October 31, 1964


Sunday, October 31, 1965 - Hey! It was Halloween then, too!

Sunday, October 31, 1965 - Basketball player Blue Edwards was born Theodore Edwards in Washington, D.C.

Sunday, October 31, 1965 - Footballer Denis Irwin was born in Cork, Ireland.

Sunday, October 31, 1965 - Voice actor Rob Rackstraw was born in Sunderland, Tyne and Wear, England.

  From Norris Perry (Warwick HS - '59) of VA - 08/05/10 - "Vote for Grace (REPEATED)":

  This is my daughter Laura's dog in a contest to be on the cover of a bag of dog food.

Vote every day for Grace. Thanks.

   Oh, Laura is your daughter, Norris! Well, that makes it all the more important!


 YIKESARONI-RINI-ROONI!   Grace's ratings have dropped considerably since I left town and stopped nagging you!!!  The last time I checked Grace had 3990 votes and Dollar had 6277 votes. This just cannot be allowed to continue!!! Y'all "git back to work!"

   Vote early, vote often (or at least cast your allotted daily vote)!!!

      From My Niece, Shari, of VA - 10/25/10 - "Happy Halloween":

Good one... Boo!

Greatest Halloween Card Ever ...

   WOWZERS! I'll have to agree! Thanks, Shari!

   From Frank Blechman ('65) of Northern VA - 10/29/10 - "Corny Halloween Joke":


Two brooms were hanging in the closet and after a while they got to know each other so well, they decided to get married.
One broom was, of course, the bride broom, the other the groom broom.
The bride broom looked very beautiful in her white dress. The groom broom was handsome and suave in his tuxedo. The wedding was lovely.
After the wedding, at the wedding dinner, the bride-broom leaned over and said to the groom-broom, 'I think I am going to have a little whisk broom!'
'IMPOSSIBLE !' said the groom broom.
Are you ready for this?
Brace yourself; this is going to hurt! ! ! ! ! !



Oh for goodness sake... Laugh, or at least groan.

Life's too short not to enjoy... Even these silly

...little cute............. And clean jokes!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Sounds to me like she's .......

......been .....sweeping around!!!

   WILDEST GIGGLES!!! Thanks so much, Frank!

      From My Niece, Shari, of VA - 10/28/10 - "- - Halloween Stuff - -":

Whatever Happened To Baby Jane?-- Jane Snaps Yikes!!!
Whatever Happened To Baby Jane?-- Blanche's Lunch Scene--Gosh this scared me as a kid!

   Actually, it's Joan Crawford who frightens me, Shari - almost always!  YIKESARONI!

A Nightmare On My Street--Will Smith and Jazzy Jeff
The Specials--Ghost Town
Talking Heads--Psycho Killer
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Halloween Personae

When selecting treats to pass out at the homestead, avoid non- nutritious candies and gums. Instead offer celery and blue cheese sauce platters. While the neighborhood rugrats may loathe you, you'll undoubtedly be a hit with the local dental hygienist (Note: House windows should be securely boarded before attempting).

Take care to choose a Halloween personae that lends itself to self- defense. A wicked witch with the trademark broom has a vast combative edge over an wand-wielding fairy.

When trying to choose an appropriate costume, be sure to select the darkest colors available. Go for black ninja suits or other non-reflective garb.

Costume accessories can really make the difference. Avoid using plastic props. Opt for real cutlery to stand out in the crowd. If living in the deep rural South, avoid dressing up in a white sheet, for any reason. Such action can be misconstrued and ultimately lead to grotesque bodily harm.

And for little tikes, don't garb them in a white bed sheet that's bound to get tarnished! To cut Halloween budget corners, use white kitchen garbage bags. The costume also doubles as a large goodie bag, in the event that the feelings of asphyxiation simply become too unbearable for the youngster.

With so much geared toward the youngest family members, awkward teens can often feel left out. Insist that they dress up in a costume that will complement the young sibling's attire (Raggedy Ann and Andy, Prince and Princess, etc.).

When out collecting candy, visit houses in out-of-the-way dimly lit areas. Especially look for houses without *any lights on. These are the enthusiasts trying to make Halloween especially authentic and eerie for little ghoulies.
If no unlit houses can be found in your area, you will be forced to approach the well-lighted houses. But don't knock on the door! Instead, sneak around an knock on windows or rustle around in crawl- spaces. The resident family will appreciate your sense of originality and will likely reward you handsomely.

After you've been trick-or-treating, simply disregard all wrapped or "store-bought" candy. People handing this stuff out just don't give a damn and simply took the easy out. Go for the home-baked goodies.

You can also look for organized community events to entertain teens. Who can forget playing "Disintegrate The Mailbox," "Pumpkin Toss," "Teacher Toilet Paper Party," "Plastic Pumpkin Pillage," and "Pummel The Ghoulies."

Before bobbing for apples at your local Halloween carnival, fill your mouth brimming full with ketchup. When underwater, discharge the goo, then frantically jerk your head up out of the water screaming, "Razor! Razor!"
     Shari, you are SO baaad!

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Sick Leave

I urgently needed a few days off work, but,  knew the Boss would not allow me to take leave.

I thought that maybe if I acted 'Crazy' then he would tell me to take a few days off.

So I hung upside-down on the ceiling and made funny noises.

My co-worker (who's blonde) asked me what I was doing.

I told her that I was pretending to be a light bulb so that the Boss might think I was 'Crazy' and give me a few days off..

A few minutes later the Boss came into the office and asked, 'What in the name of good HEAVENS are you doing?'

I told him I was a light bulb.

He said, 'You are clearly stressed out.' Go home and recuperate for a couple of days.'

I jumped down and walked out of the office...

When my co-worker (the blonde) followed me, the Boss asked her, '..And where do you think you're going?!'

(You're gonna love this....)

She said, 'I'm going home, too. I can't work in the dark.

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Be gentle first with yourself.
- Lama Yeshe

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Handy Hint
When you burn a pan let it set overnight in a splash of bleach and you'll save the pan from being ruined.

- Lama Yeshe

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When stress looms

Dab jasmine scented oil on pulse points, and spritz a jasmine spray on linens to drift off at night. German researchers discovered that this floral aroma activates the same brain pathways as barbiturates prescribed for anxiety and insomnia.

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Tell them that you love them, because if they are gone tomorrow they may never know.

   Thanks again, Shari!

  From Ruth Ann Reece Horace ('67) of FL - 10/29/10 - "DO NOT LEAVE ALCOHOL NEAR YOUR PUMPKINS!":

This was sent to me by my cousin Lucy. It is too cute not to pass on.

Happy Halloween



       Thanks, Ruthie!


  From Jane Chambers of VA - 07/01/09, 02/07/10, AND 07/31/10 - "CNC BOOK BROCHURE & AD" AND 61-62 DECADERS ADDENDA AND DRAMATIC WORKSHOPS STUDENTS: 

   Contact Dr. Chambers at

   Thanks, Jane!


1. Thursday, November 4, 2010 - 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 fiends in that year, go visit with them.

2. Wednesday, December 8, 2010 - 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. Sunday, December 12, 2010 - Noon to 4:00 PM - Holiday Open House at the Chamberlin Lobby - Go see Brownie!

4. Saturday, April 30, 2011 - The NNHS Class will have a Luncheon. Team Leaders are Mickey Marcella ( - 757-249-3800), Betty Hamby Neher ( - 757-898-5099), and Dr. Harry Simpson ( - 804-694-0346). - CLASS OF 1954

5. Saturday, July 9, 2011 (6:30 PM to 11:30 PM) - The Class of 1971 will hold its 40-Year Reunion at Newport News Marriott at City Center, 740 Town Center Drive, Newport News. For details, contact Richard Rawls at - CLASS OF 1971

PRAYER ROLL : - updated 08/22/10

BLOG: - updated 10/21/10

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

                          Love to all, Carol





Carol Buckley Harty

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Danse Macabre

- Camille Saint-Sans
(09 Oct 1835 - 16 Dec 1921)

 Art song for voice and piano (first performed in 1872) with a French text by the poet Henri Cazalis (1840 - 1909)
which is based in an old French superstition.

An English translation of the poem follows:

Zig, zig, zig, Death in cadence,
Striking a tomb with his heel,
Death at midnight plays a dance-tune,
Zig, zig, zag, on his violin.
The winter wind blows, and the night is dark;
Moans are heard in the linden trees.
White skeletons pass through the gloom,
Running and leaping in their shrouds.
Zig, zig, zig, each one is frisking,
You can hear the cracking of the bones of the dancers.
A lustful couple sits on the moss
So as to taste long lost delights.
Zig zig, zig, Death contines
The unending scraping on his instrument.
A veil has fallen! The dancer is naked.
Her partner grasps her amorously.
The lady, it's said, is a marchioness or baroness
And her green gallant, a poor cartwright.
Horror! Look how she gives herself to him,
Like the rustic was a baron.
Zig, zig, zig. What a saraband!
They all hold hands and dance in circles.
Zig, zig, zag. You can see in the crowd
The king dancing among the peasants.
But hist! All of a sudden, they leave the dance,
They push forward, they fly; the cock has crowed.
Oh what a beautiful night for the poor world!
Long live death and equality!

The composer, two years later, expanded and reworked the piece for orchestra, replacing the vocal line with a solo violin.

"Danse Macabre" midi courtesy of - 10/24/08

"Danse Macabre" lyrics and history courtesy of - 10/24/08

Animated "Happy Halloween" Title clip art courtesy of - 10/30/10

Animated Halloween Divider Line clip art courtesy of - 10/30/05

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

Bad Surprise Smiley courtesy of - 10/21/10

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

Animated Rolling on the Floor Laughing Boy courtesy of - 04/06/05

Animated Laughing Kitty courtesy of Al Farber ('64) of GA - 10/08/07
Thanks, Al!

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