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11/14/10 - NNHS Newsletter - Mad World

“In a mad world, only the mad are sane.”

Akira Kurosawa
(23 Mar 1910 - 06 Sept 1998)

Dear Friends and Schoolmates,

   This Newsletter theme is being revisited from exactly three years ago today:

    The song has always touched something deep within me.  Of course, that may just be because I'm, you know, mad.....

BONUS #1 - - Mad World - Tears for Fears

BONUS #2 - - Mad World - clip from Donnie Darko, 2001


"Mad World" is a song by the British band Tears for Fears. Written by Roland Orzabal and sung by bassist Curt Smith, it was the band's third single release and first chart hit, reaching #3 on the UK Singles Chart in November 1982. Both "Mad World" and its B-side, "Ideas As Opiates", would turn up on the band's debut LP The Hurting the following year. The song would eventually become Tears for Fears' first international hit, reaching the Top 40 in several countries between 1982 and 1983.

Two decades later, the song made a popular resurgence when it was covered in a much slower, ballad-like style by composers Michael Andrews and Gary Jules for the soundtrack to the movie Donnie Darko. This version reached #1 in the UK in December 2003, and became an international hit...

Lyrically the song is pretty loose. It throws together a lot of different images to paint a picture without saying anything specific about the world.[2]
—Roland Orzabal
It's very much a voyeur's song. It's looking out at a mad world from the eyes of a teenager.[2]
—Curt Smith

Happy Birthday today to    Glenda Stewart Martin Faires ('68) of GA AND    Timothy of DC (son of    Kathy Cooper - '70 - of VA)!

   Happy Birthday tomorrow to     the late Bobbie Whitehurst Canady ('57) of VA (deceased 11/16/07) AND       My Niece, Shari, of VA!

   Happy Birthday this week to:

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

17 - Ronald Creech ('57);

18 -   Joe Drewry ('58) of VA AND    Jane Coltrane Leonard ('64) of VA AND   Ann Allen ('65) of NC! 

   Many Happy Returns, One and All!


November 14, 1940 - In England, the city of Coventry was heavily bombed by about 500 German Luftwaffe bombers. Coventry Cathedral was almost completely destroyed.

November 14, 1941 - The aircraft carrier HMS Ark Royal sank due to torpedo damage from U-81 sustained on November 13.


Sunday, November 14, 1965 - Vietnam War: The Battle of the Ia Drang began – the first major engagement between regular American and North Vietnamese forces.

Sunday, November 14, 1965 - Poet Dawn Powell (b. 28 Nov 1896 in Mount Gilead, Ohio) died of colon cancer in New York, New York just shy of her 69th birthday.

  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!

   Grace has been named the
September 2010 People's Choice!

   BUT - She's falling considerably behind a dog in California named Dollar!

   The last time I checked Grace had 4168 votes and Dollar had 6805 votes. We cannot allow this to happen! Doncha wanna go shopping and spot Grace's image on a bag of dog food and know that YOU played a large part in placing her there?!?

   It only takes about two seconds to cast your allotted daily vote)!!!

  From Norris Perry (Warwick HS - '59) of VA - 11/07/10 - "Scientific Death of Jesus":

Scientific Death of Jesus

At the age of 33, Jesus was condemned to the death penalty. 

At the time crucifixion was the "worst" death. Only the worst criminals condemned to be crucified. Yet it was even more dreadful for Jesus, unlike other criminals condemned to death by crucifixion, Jesus was to be nailed to the cross by His hands and feet.

Each nail was 6 to 8 inches long.

The nails were driven into His wrist. Not into His palms as is commonly portrayed. There's a tendon in the wrist that extends to the shoulder. The Roman guards knew that when the nails were being hammered into the wrist that tendon would tare and break, forcing Jesus to use His back muscles to support himself so that He could breath. 

Both of His feet were nailed together. Thus He was forced to support Himself on the single nail that impaled His feet to the cross. Jesus could not support himself with His legs because of the pain so He was forced to alternate between arching His back then using his legs just to continue to breath. Imagine the struggle, the pain, the suffering, the courage. 

Jesus endured this reality for over 3 hours. Yes, over 3 hours! Can you imagine this kind of suffering? A few minutes before He died, Jesus stopped bleeding. He was simply pouring water from his wounds.

From common images we see wounds to His hands and feet and even the spear wound to His side. But do we realize His wounds were actually made in his body. A hammer driving large nails through the wrist, the feet overlapped and an even large nail hammered through the arches, then a Roman guard piercing His side with a spear. But before the nails and the spear Jesus was whipped and beaten. The whipping was so severe that it tore the flesh from His body.. The beating so horrific that His face was torn and his beard ripped from His face. The crown of thorns cut deeply into His scalp.. Most men would not have survived this torture.

He had no more blood to bleed out, only water poured from His wounds. The human adult body contains about 3.5 liters (just less than a gallon) of blood.

Jesus poured all 3.5 liters of his blood; He had three nails hammered into His members; a crown of thorns on His head and, beyond that, a Roman soldier who stabbed a spear into His chest.

All these without mentioning the humiliation He passed after carrying His own cross for almost 2 kilometers, while the crowd spat in his face and threw stones (the cross was almost 30 kg of weight, only for its higher part, where His hands were nailed). 

Jesus had to endure this experience, so that you can have free access to God, so that your sins could be "washed" away. All of them, with no exception! ...

   For I delivered unto you first of all that which I also received, how that Christ died for our sins according to the scriptures;

- 1 Cor. 15: 3

   Whosoever therefore shall confess me before men, him will I confess also before my Father which is in heaven.
   But whosoever shall deny me before men, him will I also deny before my Father which is in heaven.

- Matt. 10: 32-33

   I can do all things through Christ which strengtheneth me.

- Philip. 4: 13

   Thank you, Norris Sweetie! And as horrible as it was, the torture of the crucifixion paled in comparison to the incomprehensible agony Jesus had just endured in the Garden of Gethsemane while making the actual atonement for the sins of the world, to the extent that he bled from every pore of His body.

   Saying, Father, if thou be willing, remove this cup from me: nevertheless not my will, but thine, be done.
   And there appeared an angel unto him from heaven, strengthening him.
   And being in an agony he prayed more earnestly: and his sweat was as it were great drops of blood falling down to the ground.

- Luke 22: 42-44

  The next day John seeth Jesus coming unto him, and saith, Behold the Lamb of God, which taketh away the sin of the world.

- John 1: 29

   NOTE: I would have reserved this for Easter - or even for Christmas - but I feared I would misplace it by then, so I just saved it for this Sabbath day.

      From My Husband, Paul Harty (Bardolph HS, IL - '61) of IL - 11/10/10 - "Lord, Send Me A Refuge (song)":

   Thanks, Dools!

      From Phil Hammond ('64) of UT - 11/13/10 - "Paul's Family":

Hi Carol,

After reading about the sickness your husband has in his family I am sure most of us realize just how lucky we are. I will never again complain about the pain I have due to rotator cuff (plus) surgery. I call it my 3 hour, five hole surgery that will take a year to fully heal. You two hang in there and God bless you and yours.


A few notes from the Wasatch Back Mountains.  Obviously I will not ski this year, maybe in the spring.  We now have 2 resorts open in big cotton wood canyon and expect Snowbird to open next week.  We have had good snow storms and cold temperatures to blow snow thus far although it looks like warmer weather next week.  Deer Valley opens Dec 4 and we can only wish for a big dump prior to that.

Good wishes to all,


   Thank you very much, Phil! You take care and heal well!

Wednesday, November 10, 2010

  From Norris Perry (Warwick HS - '59) of VA - 11/13/10 - "    Elvira Irby":


Your mention of Elvira Irby kind of rang a bell for me. My mother's maiden name was Ester Jefferson. I can remember her speaking of Elvira Irby, probably in relation to her Sunday School classes at Temple Baptist Church. I think Elvira was a distant relative. My mother graduated from Callands High School around 1938. Callands is near Danville. I'll check on the family tree.

   Thanks so much, Norris Sweetie - I'd appreciate that!

   Your mention of Temple Baptist caused me to see that nothing had been developed on that page since it was first created over six-and-a-half years ago, so I improved it a bit. It still needs a hymn to be suggested by a member of former member of the congregation.....

      From John London (Warwick HS - '57) of VA - 11/13/10 - "Will You Give This To My Daddy?":

Rarely do I do the 'forwarding' trick, but this one speaks to me in a fundamental, heartfelt way.
John London


Behold! What is a bell? A bell is that which sounds, far, and high ... It will echo far and wide like the peal of thunder but under utmost purity. And evil men, hearing the bell, will be saved.

Kumejima Website

I went to a DAR meeting today, and this being a special day, we had a young soldier address us. He was slim, good-looking, and I could swear was no more than 22. Turns out he's finally retired with honors from flying all the major combat helicopters we have for decades. This man is not only the father of soldiers, he's a GRANDFATHER. I was astounded. Amazed. And incredibly proud. He said that, since the troops get sent quite a lot of toothpaste and necessities now, the one thing the soldiers really need is diversions for boredom: games, books, and.....SNICKERS!!! They love snickers! And every single soldier who gets cookies or goodies from home shares them with soldiers who never receive any. It really got me sobbing. It's true that those guys are really there for each other, as much as they're there for us.

Will you give this to my Daddy?

As a Company, Southwest Airlines is going to support 'Red Fridays.'

Last week I was in Atlanta, Georgia attending a conference. While I was in the airport, returning home, I heard several people behind me beginning to clap and cheer. I immediately turned around and witnessed one of the greatest acts of patriotism I have ever seen.

Moving through the terminal was a group of soldiers in their camos. As they began heading to their gate, everyone (well almost everyone) was abruptly to their feet with their hands waving and cheering.

When I saw the soldiers, probably 30-40 of them, being applauded and cheered for, it hit me. I'm not alone. I'm not the only red-blooded American who still loves this country and supports our troops and their families.

Of course I immediately stopped and began clapping for these young unsung heroes who are putting their lives on the line everyday for us so we can go to school, work and home without fear or reprisal.

Just when I thought I could not be more proud of my country or of our service men and women, a young girl, not more than 6 or 7 years old, ran up to one of the male soldiers. He kneeled down and said 'hi.'

The little girl then asked him if he would give something to her daddy for her.

The young soldier, who didn't look any older than maybe 22 himself, said he would try and what did she want to give to her Daddy. Then suddenly the little girl grabbed the neck of this soldier, gave him the biggest hug she could muster and then kissed him on the cheek.

The mother of the little girl, who said her daughter's name was Courtney, told the young soldier that her husband was a Marine and had been in Iraq for 11 months now. As the mom was explaining how much her daughter Courtney missed her father, the young soldier began to tear up.

When this temporarily single mom was done explaining her situation, all of the soldiers huddled together for a brief second. Then one of the other servicemen pulled out a military-looking walkie-talkie. They started playing with the device and talking back and forth on it..

After about 10-15 seconds of this, the young soldier walked back over to Courtney, bent down and said this to her, 'I spoke to your daddy and he told me to give this to you.' He then hugged this little girl that he had just met and gave her a kiss on the cheek. He finished by saying 'your daddy told me to tell you that he loves you more than anything and he is coming home very soon.'

The mom at this point was crying almost uncontrollably and as the young soldier stood to his feet, he saluted Courtney and her mom. I was standing no more than 6 feet away from this entire event.

As the soldiers began to leave, heading towards their gate, people resumed their applause. As I stood there applauding and looked around, there were very few dry eyes, including my own. That young soldier in one last act of selflessness, turned around and blew a kiss to Courtney with a tear rolling down his cheek.

We need to remember everyday all of our soldiers and their families and thank God for them and their sacrifices. At the end of the day, it's good to be an American.

RED FRIDAYS ----- Very soon, you will see a great many people wearing Red every Friday. The reason? Americans who support our troops used to be called the 'silent majority'. We are no longer silent, and are voicing our love for God, country and home in record breaking numbers.

We are not organized, boisterous or over-bearing. We get no media coverage on TV, to reflect our message or our opinions. Many Americans, like you, me and all our friends, simply want to recognize that the vast majority of Americans support our troops.

Our idea of showing solidarity and support for our troops with dignity and respect starts this Friday -and continues each and every Friday until the troops all come home, sending a deafening message that. Every red-blooded American who supports our men and women afar will wear something red.

By word of mouth, press, TV -- let's make the United States on every Friday a sea of red much like a homecoming football game in the bleachers.

If every one of us who loves this country will share this with acquaintances, co-workers, friends, and family. It will not be long before the USA is covered in RED and it will let our troops know the once 'silent' majority is on their side more than ever; certainly more than the media lets on.

The first thing a soldier says when asked 'What can we do to make things better for you?' is...We need your support and your prayers.

Let's get the word out and lead with class and dignity, by example; and wear something red every Friday...


     Thank you so much, John Darlin'!


  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, December 2, 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

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  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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Mad World

Written by
Roland Orzabal
(b. 22 Aug 1961)

Recorded by Tears for Fears, 1982

All around me are familiar faces
Worn out places, worn out faces
Bright and early for their daily races
Going nowhere, going nowhere
And their tears are filling up their glasses
No expression, no expression
Hide my head I want to drown my sorrow
No tomorrow, no tomorrow
And I find it kind of funny
I find it kind of sad
The dreams in which I'm dying
Are the best I've ever had
I find it hard to tell you
'Cause I find it hard to take
When people run in circles
It's a very, very
Mad World
Children waiting for the day they feel good
Happy Birthday, Happy Birthday
Made to feel the way that every child should
Sit and listen, sit and listen
Went to school and I was very nervous
No one knew me, no one knew me
Hello teacher tell me what's my lesson
Look right through me, look right through me

"Mad World" midi courtesy of - 11/13/07

"Mad World" lyrics courtesy of - 11/13/07

"emrah icten's" Photograph, "Mad World!" courtesy of - 11/13/07

Animated Blue Slash Divider Line clip art courtesy of - 11/13/07

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

Animated Coast Guard Flag clip art courtesy of - 06/18/03

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

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!

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

Animated BOO-HOO courtesy of Glenn Dye ('60) of TX - 08/28/09
Thanks, Glenn!

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