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11/10/09 - NNHS Newsletter -

234th Birthday
of the United States Marine Corps

“Those of us who have had the privilege of serving in the Marine Corps value
our experience as among the most precious of our lives. The fellowship of shared hardships
and dangers in a worthy cause creates a close bond of comradeship. It is the basic reason for the
cohesiveness of Marines and for the pride we have in our corps and our loyalty to each other.”

 - Senator Paul H. Douglas
(26 Mar 1892 - 24 Sept 1976)

Dear Friends and Schoolmates,

    This event repeats each year:  - featuring The United States Marine Corps Hymn  - featuring Semper Fidelis  - featuring The Liberty Bell March - featuring Esprit de Corps - featuring The Washington Post

   Semper Fidelis to all you Marines out there from one of your all-time biggest fans!

BONUS - - Bullets and Bayonets - The Nassau County Division V All-County Band under the conduction of Scott Teeple


"Sousa composed this march at the height of America's involvement in World War I to salute the efforts of the U.S. infantry in that conflict. In the trio, one can hear the percussion beating out a staccato rhythm meant to recall machine gun fire. --James Huff 21:52, March 25, 2007 (EDT) (from the program notes of The Claremont Winds, submitted with permission)":

HOMEWORK (required viewing):

ASSIGNMENT #1 - - The Few. The Proud. The Marines.

ASSIGNMENT #2 - - The Marine Band plays The Marines' Hymn at the Marine Corps War Memorial, 11/10/07

ASSIGNMENT #3 - - Marine Corps Barracks Washington Evening Parade, 08/31/07


  From My Friend, Judy Bundy Bowermaster (Litchfield HS, IL - '59) of IL - 11/10/09, 7:51 AM - "family update":

To begin....GG Daughter Savannah went home Wednesday and has gained 1/2 oz. but grown 1/2 inch, so now she is 4 lbs., 15-1/2 oz. and 18 inches long. Mom and baby doing fine. Prayers are still welcome to keep this miracle thriving. I don't know when I will get to see them as I don't know if they will get home for Christmas or not.

Now for me.... I have to go the 20th and have cortisone shots in my spine which I'm dreading, but if it helps OK!!! I was raking leaves yesterday and when my back got too tired to do any more I started cleaning up, and as I was on my way in the house (remember I have no vision in my left eye, therefore little depth perception, and a back that twinges and spasms) as I stepped up on the porch I caught my toe and made an acquaintance with the front porch. I hit my right cheek bone and look like I went a round or two with Ali but nothing broke. Just really sore today.

And I hope that closes that chapter! Let's face it - I need a ramp!


    Raking leaves?!? Judy, Judy, Judy! You're posta get some guys from church to do that for you! YOWZERONI!!! Okay, Lady, send Erin our love and blessings with her teeny-tiny little baby girl, try to hold still for a little while, and we'll update you on the prayer roll!


   In other birthday news: WOWZERONI-RINI-ROONI! We have four Typhoons celebrating their own birthdays today! Happy Birthday to Tamsie Warren Ellis ('57),  David Wittan ('57),    Angie Ray Smith ('64) of VA, AND    Steve Pullen ('65) of VA!

 Happy Birthday this week to:

12 -   Jean Pittman Priest ('64) of FL;

14 -   Glenda Stewart Martin Faires ('68) of GA AND    Timothy of DC (son of    Kathy Cooper - '70 - of VA);

15 -    the late Bobbie Whitehurst Canady ('57) of VA (deceased 11/16/07) AND       My Niece, Shari, of VA;

16 -    the late George-Morewitz ('57) (deceased 06/09/08);

17 - Ronald Creech ('57)!

   Many Happy Returns to you all!


November 10, 1954 - The Iwo Jima Memorial was dedicated in Arlington, VA.


Tuesday, November 10, 1964 - Baseball player Kenny Rogers was born in Savannah, Georgia.

Tuesday, November 10, 1964 - Athlete < Magnús Scheving was born in Reykjavik, Iceland.

Tuesday, November 10, 1964 - Actor and MC of The Mickey Mouse Club, Jimmie Dodd (b. 28 Mar 1910) died of cancer in Honolulu, Hawaii at the age of 54.


Monday, November 10, 1969 - National Educational Television (the predecessor to the Public Broadcasting Service) debuted the children's television program, Sesame Street.


Monday, November 10, 1975 - The Wreck of the Edmund Fitzgerald  


"34 years ago today, on November 10, 1975, the SS Edmund Fitzgerald - aka "Mighty Fritz," - foundered and sank during a storm on Lake Superior."

      From My Niece, Shari, of VA - 10/04/09 - "The Wreck Of The Ed Fitzgerald":

The Wreck Of The Ed Fitzgerald by; Gordon Lightfoot

The sinking of the SS Edmund Fitzgerald - November 10, 1975

1. Tuesday, December 15, 2009 - The NNHS Class of 1958 will hold its annual Gathering and Dinner at  Al Fresco Italian Ristorante, 11710 Jefferson Avenue. For details, contact Joe Drewry at - CLASS OF 1958

2. Friday and Saturday, August 6 and 7, 2010 - The NNHS Class of 1970 will hold its 40-Year Reunion. Saturday night will be at the Kiln Creek Golf & Country Club. For details, contact Carol Comer Cutler at or visit the reunion website at - CLASS OF 1970

3. Friday , Saturday, and Sunday, August 6, 7, and  8, 2010 - The NNHS Class of 1960 will hold its 50-Year Reunion at the Marriott Newport News at City Center. For details, contact Karen Weinstein Witte at - CLASS OF 1960

PRAYER ROLL: - updated 11/10/09

BLOG: - updated 08/04/09

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

                          Love to all, Carol





Carol Buckley Harty

    To donate, click on the Donate Button on the left, or just mail it directly to my home (address available upon request). Thanks!

Bullets and Bayonets

- John Phillip Sousa, 1919
(6 Nov 1854 - 6 Mar 1932)

"Bullets and Bayonets" midi courtesy of - 11/10/09

USMC Image courtesy of - 11/10/09

Animated USMC Flag clip art courtesy of - 06/18/03

Divider Line clip art courtesy of Joe Madagan ('57) of FL - um, a long time ago........

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

Litchfield High School's Purple Panther Paw Print courtesy of - 06/23/07

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

Animated Ringing Gold Bell clip art (designed by Art Holden) courtesy of - 12/08/05

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   Thanks, Shari, I saved this back for today!

    From Wayne Stokes ('65) of VA - 11/09/09 - " Mrs. Nettles":


Although much belated, I had to express my sadness regarding the passing of Mrs. Nettles. What a wonderful lady!! She was truly caring, helpful, and concerned with the welfare of her students. I was fortunate enough to have been taught Biology by Mrs. Nettles and have nothing but fond memories of her and her class.

To me, it seemed she never forgot anyone. Some twenty years after '65 I saw Mrs. Nettles at the Warwick Restaurant during breakfast hours and she addressed me by name! Spoke with me about what I had been doing, my family, and assured me that I would succeed in any endeavor I undertook. She even mentioned my being in her class!!

Many are the times that I have thought about her over the passing years. What a magnificent and decent human being. A great loss.


   Thank you, Wayne Honey, what a beautiful remembrance! I added it to her Memorial Newsletter:

  From Jane Chambers of VA - 11/09/09 - "PHOTO PEOPLE LOCATED":

I'm happy to report that two "missing" beauties from that Miss CNC photo have been found: Miss CNC herself, Charlotte Anderson (I forgot to list her as still missing) and attendant JoAnne Dispenza. (E-mails and phone numbers are available upon request.) Full entries will come later.

STILL MISSING: Virginia Carey (attendant in beauties photo) and (in the second photo) Ellen Rankin (sophomore class secretary).

Miss Marple appreciates your help!

COOL BEANS! Thanks for your update, Jane!

From Wayne Agee ('58) of FL - 11/09/09 - "A good read":


Here's one for all, The Good Old Days in Hampton and Newport News by Parke Rouse, Jr.

  Thought I'd pass this on for any of the Typhoon readers out there that this is must, a great book to get the facts on some of the beginnings on the Peninsula, Hampton and Newport News.  For those who have read this I'm sure it broaden their horizons as it did mine; I learned a lot of things than I never knew about our forefathers and their quest to bring us from there to here.

The Shipyard, Collis Huntington and Homer Ferguson, Washington Avenue, The Hygeia, and Chamberlin Hotel at Old Point, Hampton's Oystermen and Crabbers, and the Crabber-Typhoon Rivalry, great chapters to name a few of many and bring back wonderful memories of an era that we all love and cherish so well.

A great read!



   Thanks, Wayne, it is indeed a great read!

   My junior U.S. history teacher,     Aretie Gallins Patterson ('59) of TN, very graciously sent me a copy a few years ago, and it has been an invaluable help in building the site. Thank you again, Aretie!

   For those of y'all who would like to obtain a copy - and I heartily recommend it - you may find it at these and several other locations online:

      From My Niece, Shari, of VA - 11/09/09 - "Monday":

Random Fact:

A skunk's smell can be detected by a human a mile away.


Bizarre Trivia

Over 2500 left handed people a year are killed from using products made for right handed people.

Taphephobia is the fear of being buried alive.

Clinophobia is the fear of beds.

The sloth (a mammal) moves so slowly that green algae can grow undisturbed on it's fur.

The electric chair was invented by a dentist.

Astronauts cannot cry. In space, there is no gravity, so the tears can't flow.

A company in Taiwan makes dinnerware out of wheat, so you can eat your plate.

In Tokyo, they sell toupees for dogs.



You know when people see a cat's litter box, they always say, "Oh, have you got a cat?"

Just once I wanted to say, "No, it's for company!"

   GIGGLES! Thanks again, Shari!

From - 11/09/09 - "Time":

What's More Important - Health, Wealth or Time
By Debi A. Davis

Humans are guided by health, wealth and time and we're usually not focused on all of them at once. We pick one and base our life around it whether consciously or subconsciously, but which is the most important?

The debate is on about which holds the crown of importance, because we have the privilege of determining that for ourselves. Once the choice is made, you are delivered to your respective box in which you'll shape your life. There you'll find service, opportunity and consequence aptly matching your decision.

When asked, most people will choose "health" as the most important. When one chooses health, a series of rituals are instituted designed specifically for the benefit of the physical body. Luckily, the benefits of maintaining optimum body balance are also enjoyed by the emotional and intellectual parts as well. They are better served with a well running machine of support behind the scenes.

Not a bad choice, for without health, you cannot gain wealth, because you're too sick to do what's necessary for its achievement. Besides, a lack of health means the time you spend here is not considered "Grade A". Humanity has established that a happy, prosperous life and poor health are not in harmony and cannot coexist. Who wants a life of illness, struggle and limitation?

Those in good health are ideal in helping those who are not. Caring for the sick and less fortunate is easy for one with a strong physical ability. Service and teaching opportunities can bring rewards on yet another scale and it is believed that endurance is more apt to be won during good health.

Games of competition are on the radar, which can bring pleasure to those who watch as well as fame and fortune to those who participate. With good health, one can run marathons through the business world with a cap that reads entrepreneur, inventor or employee.

The adventures of exploring this planet await you in the mountains, in the ocean, up in the sky and on land.

When we're physically strong and in good health, we have an open book before us in which we can write new history notes for others to read and share. Granted, it's a good candidate for the crown, but is it really the most important of the three?

Let's talk now about "wealth". This word offers different options to its chooser. For instance, a wealth of knowledge is sought by lifelong learners. Financial wealth is chased around the globe. Relational wealth is chosen by those who love people. A wealth of power is wielded by good and bad alike, and hunted by many well-armed foot soldiers. Spiritual wealth is gained through study and prayer.

It's another good choice, for without wealth, it may be difficult to find good health care. Our living conditions may be poor, thus making it easy for health to diminish. The consistent lack of fresh and nutritious food will surely suffer the physical body, and the emotional and intellectual parts will reduce our time.

Daily life will be a struggle, searching for ways to produce income in which to pay for shelter and food. This struggle will wane on our emotions and we'll have little, if any contentment.

Relational wealth surrounds those who love people. They are the life of the party, the event is always at their house or they're in charge of making the arrangements. They are good friends, always willing to lend a helping hand or a listening ear and can empathize and make you feel special. Their funeral is the best reflection of their relational wealth as people fill to capacity and overflow outside and surround the building, with even more who mourn from afar. They are missed dearly, talked and written about.

A wealth of power is usually sought by those who wish to feed the ego, and a wealth of knowledge is available to all, yet only those who are inclined, driven or tickled toward this path will oblige. The mind is truly a terrible thing to waste and those that don't waste it feel enriched.

Wealth is another great candidate for the crown, but is it really the most important?

Now let's talk about "time". Time is unique in that we all receive it equally. Some are here longer than others, true, but I'm referring to the breakdown of time we have while we're here. The distribution of hours in any given day is equally available to all and its assignment is freely granted to every walk of life, whether human or animal.

The cauldron of time is poured out consistently. At best, we make a guess at how much time was in the cauldron to start, and further, we know not how much remains, yet its effect is dynamic.

We invest time because it is a non-renewable commodity, one in which the youth generally pay no mind, but one in which the elders cherish. We assign blocks of time to ventures of interest throughout our lives and try to steal time by visiting the plastic surgeon.

Time can be navigated by perception. Do we have time to go to the game and clean the house before your mother comes to dinner? With my work and the kids, I just don't have time to write that book. I have plenty of time for college, but first I want to backpack through Europe for a while.

What if we had no time? I think we can safely say that if there is no time, there is no us, according to our present understanding. Time is inherent to our existence. Life and time are bonded from our perspective and we cannot have one without the other.

Can we have life without health? Yes. Sad and shortened perhaps, but yes, we can have life without health.

Can we have life without wealth? Yes. Many of us already do.

But, we can't have life without time. Therefore, time is the most important. When we have time we have life. Along with life comes choice. With time, life and choice we have the foundation of opportunity that makes up our visit to this place. It's like being put in a giant toy box and allowed to play for a while.

Some of us play with health, some with wealth and others with time. The choice is ours. The decisions we make each moment are based on one of these areas and it's what we choose to do with our time that will determine our health as well as our wealth. Time provides the color, but these choices become the brushes that paint the landscape of our life.

Regardless of our canvas, it all comes back to time. Time enables us to seek health to the desired degree and the acquisition of wealth in varying type and measure.

May each of our choices transform into skilled and stylish brush strokes, fed with the color dispensed by time. I think time gets the crown.

     From Me ('65) of IL - 11/09/09 - "Blessed Assurance":

   This came to me in my email from a site I've used for choosing midi files of hymns for Memorial Newsletters.  It's not something I would normally place in a Newsletter, but I knew that more than a good handful of y'all would really enjoy it, perhaps even be blessed by viewing it.

  From - 11/09/09 - "Blessed Assurance":

Blessed Assurance

Watch this Christian Hymn/Song Video and add your comments:

Pass this on to your family and friends as well.


  From Jane Chambers of VA - 07/01/09 - "CNC BOOK BROCHURE & AD":

   Contact Dr. Chambers at

Thanks, Jane!


From ArcaMax Jokes - 11/09/09:

School Notes

These are real notes written from parents in a Mississippi School District. (Spellings have been left intact.)

My son is under a doctor's care and should not take P.E. today. Please execute him.

Please excuse Lisa for being absent. She was sick and I had her shot.

Dear School: Please ekscuse John being absent on Jan. 28, 29, 30, 31, 32, and also 33

Please excuse Roland from P.E. for a few days. Yesterday he fell out of a tree and misplaced his hip.

John has been absent because he had two teeth taken out of his face.

Chris will not be in school cus he has an acre in his side.

Please excuse Jimmy for being. It was his father's fault.

I kept Billie home because she had to go Christmas shopping because I don't know what size she wear.

Please excuse Jennifer for missing school yesterday. We forgot to get the Sunday paper off the porch, and when we found it Monday, we thought it was Sunday.

Maryann was absent December 11-16, because she had a fever, sore throat, headache and upset stomach. Her sister was also sick, fever and sore throat, her brother had a low grade fever and ached all over. I wasn't the best either, sore throat and fever. There must be something going around, her father even got hot last night.



Every morning during our coffee break, my co-workers and I listened to the culinary disasters of a newlywed colleague. We then tried to share some helpful hints and recipes.

One day she asked us for step-by-step instructions on cooking sweet potatoes, one of her husband's favorites. "I've finally been able to make them sweet," she said, "but how do you make them orange?"


Church Social

Our minister announced that admission to a church social event would be six dollars per person.

"However, if you're over 65," he said, "the price will be only $5.50."

From the back of the congregation, a woman's voice rang out, "Do you really think I'd give you that information for only fifty cents?"