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12/01/10 - NNHS Newsletter - Happy Hanukkah!

Wishing you and those you love
all the good fortunes of life,
health, happiness and peace
throughout the New Year.

Best Wishes at Hanukkah!

Dear Friends and Schoolmates,  

   Hanukkah begins tonight at sundown - so let's celebrate!

BONUS #1 - - The Dreidel Song (I Have a Little Dreidel)

BONUS #2 - - The Dreidel Song (I Have a Little Dreidel) - Natalie Gelman

BONUS #3 - - Crocheter's Bonus



    From Peyton Clark ('68) of NC - 11/29/10 - "Smithsonian Memorial for        Chip (Clark - '65)":

Hi Carol,

... I know you cannot make it, but I wanted to let you know of a special celebration that the Smithsonian is having in Chip's honor this Friday. The invitation is below...

Thanks, and I hope you have a happy holiday season,

***** ***** ***** ***** ***** ***** ***** ***** ***** **** ***** *****

You are invited to attend “A Celebration of the Life and Photography of NMNH Photographer Chip Clark ('65)” on Friday, December 3, 2010 at 10 AM in Baird Auditorium, National Museum of Natural History. This illustrated program will be an opportunity to celebrate his career, stories and accomplishments.

   Thank you so much, Peyton! How I wish I could be there!


   Happy Birthday tomorrow to  Ann Lillaston Wilson ('57) AND Jimmy McDonald ('57) AND    George Konstant ('65) of VA!

   Happy Birthday this week to:

03 - The late  Barbara Nell Howard Floyd ('67) (deceased 10/01/88);

04 - William D. Dangler ('57) of VA AND  Howard Williamson (Hampton HS - '63) of VA;

05 - Eugene Peters ('57) AND the late    Gene Peters ('57) (deceased - 07/24/09) AND      Melody Clendenin DeBerry (Warwick HS - '66) of VA;

06 - Frances Scheinman Berkman ('57);

07 -   Jay Styles ('68) of VA AND  Janice Pratt McGrew (Hampton HS - '67) of VA AND    Tim Parsons ('73) of VA! 

   Many Happy Returns, One and All!


December 01, 1941 - Fiorello La Guardia, Mayor of New York City and Director of the Office of Civilian Defense, signed Administrative Order 9, creating the Civil Air Patrol.

December 01, 1942 - In the U.S., nationwide gasoline rationing went into effect.

December 01, 1944 - Edward R. Stettinius Jr. became Secretary of State of the United States after the retirement of Cordell Hull.

December 01, 1969 - The U.S. government held its first draft lottery since World War II. NOTE: This entry is in error.  SEE:


Wednesday, December 1, 1965 - The Border Security Force was formed in India as a special force to guard the borders.

  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 was named the September 2010 People's Choice!  This is the last month we can vote for Grace - the last 31 days we have to make a difference.

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

  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?!?

   From Dustin Baker (Norview HS - '65) of MA - 11/29/10 - "Mind Clutter":

Hi Carol,

When we were kids MAD Magazine was "25 cents cheap" (big money then) and our parents ranked it right down there with The Three Stooges and didn't want it in our homes. Well, they might have kept it out of our homes but not out of our impressionable young minds and even today this parody by MAD still sticks in my mind. Here's that holiday classic from about 50 years ago. Hint, think of Kookie from the old "77 Sunset Strip" series.

Smiles everyone...

‘Twas the night before Christmas, and all through the pad,
Not a hipster was swinging, not even old Dad;
The chimney was hung in the stocking routine,
In hopes that “The Fat Man” would soon make the scene;
The moon and the snow were, like, faking together,
Which made the scene rock in the Day People weather,
When, what to these peepers should come on real queer,
But a real crazy sleigh, and eight swinging reindeer,
As sidemen in combos pick up as they stomp,
When they swing with the beat of a Dixieland romp,
So up to the top of my bandstand they flew,
With the sleigh full of loot, and St. Nicholas, too.
His lids-Man, they sizzled! His dimples were smiles!
His cheeks were like “Dizzy’s,” his break was like “Miles!”
His puckered-up mouth was, like, blowing flat E,
And his chin hid behind a real crazy goatee!
He blew not a sound, but skipped right to his gig,
And stashed all the stockings, then came on real big,
And flashing a sign, like that old “Schnozzle” bit,
And playing it hip, up the chimney he split;
And then, in a quick riff, I dug on the roof,
The jumpin’ and jivin’ of each swinging hoof.
As I pulled in my noggin, and turned around fast,
Down the chimney came Nick like a hot trumpet blast.
The tip of a butt he had snagged in his choppers,
And he took a few drags just like all cool be-boppers;
He had a weird face, and a solid reet middle
That bounced when he cracked, like a gutbucket fiddle!
He was wrapped up to kill, Man, a real kookie dresser!
And his rags were, like, way out! Pops! He was a gasser!
A sack full of goodies hung down to his tail,
And he looked like a postman with “Basie’s” fan mail.
He was shaking with meat, meaning he was no square,
And I flipped, ‘cause I’d always thought he was “longhair!”
But the glint in his eye and the beat in his touch
Soon gave me the message this cat was “too much!”
He flew to his skids, to his group blew a lick,
And they cut out real cool, on a wild frenzied kick.
But I heard him sound off, with a razz-a-ma-tazz:
“A cool Christmas to all, and, like all of that jazz!”

Didn't know I was the literary type, did you!
I just hope it made someone grin.
Merry Christmas everyone (and happy hanukkah too)
Now I'm all verklempt.


   WILD GIGGLES! I'm impressed, Dusty!  

   My mama had me memorize the original when I was four years old, but I never could have remembered this version from all that while back!

   I do seem to remember a comic strip song parody from Mad magazine, though.  Set to the tune of "It Ain't Necessarily So", this one referred to Little Orphan Annie:

Now Annie is young, so you hear,
Now Annie is young, so you hear,
Well, I am assertin'
That I know for certin'
She's now in her forty-eighth year.

   Thanks, Dusty! Happy Hanukkah!

      From My Husband, Paul Harty (Bardolph HS, IL - '61) of IL - 11/29/10 - "FAREWELL MARINE":

Honoring those who our government cannot honor, and for those who do understand what this country is worth!

This is very well done. It takes only a minute or so.

"Farewell Marine" 

      Thank you, Dools!

From - 11/29/10 - "Negative Criticism":

The Lack of Grace

By Sharice D. Harris

"Give so much time to the improvement of yourself that you have no time to criticize others." -Thomas Jefferson

Has anyone noticed that negatively directed criticism seems to be the number one divider worldwide? How many hearts actually keep their dreams a secret because they are aware that the environment they live in doesn't support cheerful optimism? Mother Teresa once said, "If you judge people, you have no time to love them". It is so easy in a second to speak hateful or hurtful words but it takes careful time and consideration to actually understand what someone else might be going through in their own life. It requires that we dig deeper and do the hard inner work.

The Greek word (kritikós) or critic is a person who offers reasoned judgment or analysis, valued judgment, interpretation, or observation. However, many times the people who are criticizing our dreams or beliefs on our personal self discovery journey are not in fact expert judges or even experienced connoisseurs, most times they are people just like you and me having a human experience as well. They are usually people who live within our immediate social circles, our spouses, parents and many times even friends. Yet they can be the harshest critics many of us will ever cross. Ideally, these same people are suppose to positively want our success, right? So what happened? Why is it when you joyously leap through the air and announce your brilliantly self inspired plan to arrive at a successful destination in your life, the people closest to you seem less than enthusiastic? Are they all out to get you?

Hasn't negative criticism been forewarned to us in almost every great text from the bible to Judaism and even in Buddhist practices? So why are we still throwing stones directed at hurting others chances of personal success? Shouldn't everyone be allowed to harness their innate power to create the life that they want? I mean we are not the ultimate decision makers in their lives and we have enough challenges living our own lives to our highest success. So why do we send out these hopeful failures upon others, when we could just as gracefully send them loving supporting thoughts that could help them help themselves and maybe someone else on this journey through life? Are we crabs in a bucket desperately doing our best to pull the next crab down so they won't succeed? If we are, we must now ask deeper questions, such as: Am I a negative person? What happened to me? When did I stop smiling? When did I stop enjoying and loving life? Why did I start hating people? and what can I do now to change?

Negative criticism is almost always the shadow of some success looming, rather it be spiritual or emotional growth. And yes, everyone from Jesus to Gandhi was criticized even although their entire life's work was to expose the power of virtues such as love, tolerance, dignity, grace and compassion. Compassion, discernment and understanding are all wise tools of grace. We can practice using our tools of grace in combination with our power of positive focus during times of any prolonged negative critical attack. Whether it is verbal or nonverbally aimed at bringing down our psyche.

Another loss for negative criticism is that it comes from an insecure state of mind. That is why it lashes out on others it considers 'weak'. In the moment of negatively criticizing another, the person who is criticizing doesn't have to focus on the non-incessant and regular negative self talk they hear going on in their own mind. In those moments of negatively criticizing another person, the negative criticizer is able to escape working on themselves by redirecting their negative energy on you. That is why there seems to be so many negatively pessimistic people. It's a lot easier to criticize someone else than it is to look inside of ourselves and start cleaning up our own mess.

Nevertheless, this ignorant closed hearted state of mind has the capability to cut down your dreams if you are unconscious about when you will arrive at them. Fool proofing your success is always a sure way to counteract such negative critical attacks. What's more is when we witness negativity, we learn that the giver is many times unknowingly shining light on their insecurities, they are shining light on their lack of faith in life, their lack optimism and lastly their belief in their incapacity to love unconditionally. So basically, all of their negative criticism is in fact a sign of their own inner suffering.

Keeping light on negative criticism we can also notice that nine times out of ten people who subconsciously throw these hate directed daggers of failure, usually feel threatened by even the slightest possibility of your success. That's right, that means if you are reading this and experiencing a negative critical event in your life, you are most likely harnessing your power to positively change not only your life but also, positively affect those around you! This use of your personal power will immediately make the critical attacker aware that you are using something they feel they don't know how to use.

So why all the ruckus over your success in life? Well, when you achieve the success that others swore you would never be able to do, and we have all heard the word 'never'. People in your immediate circle are forced to ask deeper questions and change. That's a lot of inner work! Your success is a critical factor in determining how far other people within your circle of life feel they can go in their own lives. Seeing someone on T.V. who is already successful in their personal or financial life makes many people feel comfortable with complacency. That person is far away or at least on a screen which doesn't look back at them. But your successes are so tangible and so close to home that you are literally shaking up their whole perception about what they thought was possible.

About the Author:

Sharice D. Harris is an American born writer/entrepenuer from Chicago. She is currently working on her new book 'A Permanent Summer', which aims to help others overcome debilitating states of mind that keep them from living their higher purposes in life.

      From John London (Warwick HS - '57) of VA - 11/19/10 - "Newport News scenes." (#5 in a Series of 8):

  CarolDarlin -

I thought that you and the group might like to see a few images I made of Newport News scenes recently.

Hope you enjoy them.

- JohnDarlin

   WOWZERONI! Thank you, John Darlin', they're beautiful!

And of course, I enjoy them; I only hope I've labeled them all correctly!

Monday, November 15, 2010
Lake Biggins in Huntington Park. Legend has it that lovers would come here in the evening to park along the James river for fun and 'relaxation.'

I never heard of such, but legend persists.


  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!


From - Jewish Jokes:

Three Jewish mothers are sitting on a bench in Brent Cross shopping centre talking about (what else?) how much their sons love them.

Sadie says "You know the Chagall painting hanging in my living room? My son, Arnold, bought that for me for my 75th birthday. What a good boy he is and how much he loves his mother."

Minnie says, "You call that love? You know the Mercedes I just got for Mother's Day? That's from my son Bernie. What a doll."

Shirley says "That's nothing. You know my son Stanley? He's in analysis with a psychoanalyst in Harley Street. Five session a week. And what does he talk about? Me." 


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. Friday, December 3, 2010, 10:00 AM - You are invited to attend “A Celebration of the Life and Photography of NMNH Photographer Chip Clark ('65)” in Baird Auditorium, National Museum of Natural History. This illustrated program will be an opportunity to celebrate his career, stories and accomplishments.

3. 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.

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

5. Wednesday, December 15, 2010 - 6:00 PM - The NNHS Class of 1958 will hold its Holiday Party at Al Fresco Ristorante, 11710 Jefferson Avenue, Newport News, VA 23606. CONTACT: Joe Drewry (, 757-244-4443, ext 4)

6. Thursday, January 6, 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 fiends in that year, go visit with them.

7. Wednesday, February 9, 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.

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

9. 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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I Have A Little Dreidle

I have a little dreidle                      It has a lovely body  
I made it out of clay                       With legs so short and thin
And when it's dry and ready              And when it gets all tired
Then dreidle I shall play                  It drops and then I win

Oh dreidle, dreidle, dreidle               Oh dreidle, dreidle, dreidle 
I made it out of clay                       I made it out of clay
Oh dreidle, dreidle, dreidle               Oh dreidle, dreidle, dreidle 
Then dreidle I shall play                  Then dreidle I shall play 

My dreidle's always playful
         It loves to dance and spin
       A happy game of dreidle 
Come play, now let's begin!

“Dreidle Song” midi courtesy of - 11/23/04

“Dreidle Song” lyrics courtesy of - 11/23/04

Dreidle clip art courtesy of - 12/26/05

Small Dreidle clip art used to form Divider Line courtesy of Google Images - 12/26/05

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

Hampton High School's Crab clip art courtesy of - 10/02/05
Replaced courtesy of - 02/17/09

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

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

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

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!

Marine Corps Seal clip art courtesy of the late Herbert Hice of MI - one of my Famous Marines who served in the South Pacific during WWII.
Thanks again, Herbie!

Animated Hiding Mallard (by AF Artist - Josh Doohen) courtesy of - 08/28/08

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

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