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12/03/10 - NNHS Newsletter - Christmas Sonata for Brass

“The earth has grown old with its burden of care
But at Christmas it always is young,
The heart of the jewel burns lustrous and fair
And its soul full of music breaks the air,
When the song of angels is sung.”

Phillips Brooks
(13 Dec 1835 - 23 Jan 1893)

Dear Friends and Schoolmates,

   We've been making NNHS Christmas Newsletters for six years now, and in addition to all "the old familiar carols" and songs, from time to time I like to bring you the more unusual and downright obscure.  Along with a few reruns from past years, you may jolly well expect quite a few of those this year!


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

   Happy Birthday tomorrow to  The late  Barbara Nell Howard Floyd ('67) (deceased 10/01/88)!

   Happy Birthday this week to:

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;

09 - Shirley Smith Langston ('57);

10 -     John Murden ('60) of VA AND   Glen Davenport ('63) of VA! 

   Many Happy Returns, One and All!


December 03, 1944 - Greek Civil War: Fighting broke out in Athens between the ELAS and government forces supported by the British Army.


Friday, December 3, 1965 - Actor Steve Harris was born in Chicago, Illinois.

Friday, December 3, 1965 - Animator Andrew Stanton was born in Rockport, Massachusetts.

Friday, December 3, 1965 - Figure skater Katarina Witt was born in Staaken, in then East Germany, just outside of West Berlin.

Friday, December 3, 1965 - George Konstant celebrated his 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 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 My Friend, Judy Bundy Bowermaster (Litchfield HS, IL - '59) of IL - 12/01/10 - "This is a Christmas Tree":

YES YES YES!!!! CHRISTMAS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!  Always has been,  ALWAYS WILL BE! I hope and pray your CHRISTMAS Season  will be filled with warmth, cheer, lots of love and warm hugs so wrap your arms around yourself and have your first CHRISTMAS hug from me!

This is a Christmas Tree.

And these are Christmas Trees also.

These are NOT Holiday Trees.

They are NOT Winter Festival trees.

They are NOT Hanukkah bushes.

They are NOT Allah plants

They are Christmas trees.

Say it...

Christmas, Christmas, CHRISTmas.

Yes, CHRISTmas - not Holiday.

We are not celebrating the birth of a Holiday!!!

We are Celebrating the Birth of Jesus Christ!!!

So I would like to say to each and everyone of you Have a Very Merry CHRISTMAS
and may GOD BLESS each and every one of you!!!

   Thanks, Judy! Hugs and Merry Christmas to you, too!

"In the old days, it was not called the Holiday Season; the Christians called it 'Christmas' and went to church; the Jews called it 'Hanukkah' and went to synagogue; the atheists went to parties and drank.  People passing each other on the street would say 'Merry Christmas!' or 'Happy Hanukkah!'  or (to the atheists) 'Look out for the wall!' "

~Dave Barry, "Christmas Shopping:  A Survivor's Guide"

        From George Helliesen ('61) of MI - 12/01/10 - " Yes, I'm a redneck, and proud of it, bet you are too":

This is very good! Not the type of redneck jokes we hear.

We have enjoyed the redneck jokes for years. It's time to take a reflective look at the core beliefs of a culture that values home, family, country and God. If I had to stand before a dozen terrorists who threaten my life, I'd choose a half dozen or so rednecks to back me up. Tire irons, squirrel guns and grit -- that's what rednecks are made of. I hope I am one of those. If you feel the same, pass this on to your redneck friends.
Y'all know who ya are.

You might be a redneck if: It never occurred to you to be offended by the phrase, "Heavenly Father .."

You might be a redneck if: You've never protested about seeing the 10 Commandments posted in public places.

You might be a redneck if: You still say "Christmas" instead of "Winter Festival."

You might be a redneck if: You bow your head when someone prays.

You might be a redneck if: You stand at attention when they play the National Anthem

You might be a redneck if: You treat our armed forces veterans with great respect, and always have.

You might be a redneck if:
You've never burned an American flag, nor intend to.

You might be a redneck if: You know what you believe and you aren't afraid to say so, no matter who is listening.

You might be a redneck if: You respect your elders and raised your kids to do the same.

You might be a redneck if: You'd give your last dollar to a friend.

If you got this email from me, it is because I believe that you, like I, have just enough
Red Neck in you to have the same beliefs as those talked about in this email.

God Bless the USA and YOU!

   Thank you, George!

      From Phil Hammond ('64) of UT - 12/01/10 - "Chewy Coconut Macaroons":


Since you are the baking expert do you have a recipe for Chewy Coconut Macaroons?  I remember them from somewhere, probably Mom, but the only recipe I have is for the fluffy type with egg whites.



   I'm sure there are those among us who would be amused at your description of me as the baking expert, but how about this recipe?

   Thanks, Phil!

    From Jerry ('65) and    Judy Phillips ('66) Allen of VA - 12/01/10 - "Candy (also Cookies, Cakes, Pies, Breads, and More!) Recipes at a click of a button!!":

Thought you might like this one for the holidays!


   YUM-YUM! Thank you so much, Sweetie-Pies!

      From My Niece, Shari, of VA - 12/01/10 - "Thursday":
"Best Quotes Of All Time."


The Places You'll Go

"You have brains in your head. You have feet in your shoes. You can steer yourself any direction you choose. You're on your own. And you know what you know. And YOU are the one who'll decide where to go..."

~Dr. Seuss~



Ten things good about having the flu:

10. No one wants to come near you.

9. You can legally take sedatives.

8. You realize guests on daytime talk shows have worse lives than you do.

7. You get away with being rude, obnoxious and surly.

6. You can smell like a zoo and nobody complains.

5. You can schlep about the house unwashed and in your housecoat all day.

4. No matter how bad you feel, it's still better than how you felt after last month's tequila 'n' gin party.

3. Star Trek re-runs.

2. Your dog is allowed on the bed.

1. You get to pass the virus on to those you really dislike.



Sharks are able to feel vibrations in the water using a line of canals that go from its head to its tail. Called a "lateral line", these canals are filled with water and contain sensory cells with hairs growing out of them. These hairs move when the water vibrates and alerts the shark to potential prey.

In some form, sharks have been around for about 400 million years. Even before dinosaurs roamed the earth, sharks hunted through the oceans. They're such good survivors that they've had little need to evolve in the last 150 million years.

Sharks have the most powerful jaws on the planet. Unlike most animals' jaws, both the sharks' upper and lower jaws move. A shark bites with it's lower jaw first and then its upper. It tosses its head back and forth to tear loose a piece of meat which it swallows whole.

Each type of shark has a different shaped tooth depending on their diet. A shark may grow and use over 20,000 teeth in its lifetime! If one tooth is lost, another spins forward from the rows and rows of backup teeth.

A shark's skin is made of denticles instead of ordinary fish scales. The denticles are constructed like hard, sharp teeth and help to protect the shark from injury.

Baby sharks are called pups. There are three ways that sharks are born: eggs are laid, eggs hatch inside the mother and then are born, or pup sharks grow inside the mother. Sharks can have from 1 to 100 babies at a time, depending on the type of shark.


You Won't Get Your Money Back

"You won't get your money back," she said.

If I had to paint a picture of stately elegance, it would have been as if she jumped from the canvas of my mind into real life.

She was the teacher.

You won't get your money back.

The words pierced me as though she were talking to me.
She wasn't.
She was talking to another student.

It was like one of those high-powered bullets that can go through several people and a car without even slowing down.

You won't get your money back, kept echoing off the walls of my head like a BB in an empty corn flakes box.

To most of the students in the class, it was just a statement.
It was more than that to me.
I saw a whole attitude of life in that simple statement.

Maybe it was her.
Often it's not what you say, but who says it.
She was the teacher.

She spoke softly yet underneath you could feel she had a depth of knowledge and wisdom that didn't come from her Yale degree. It was polished by Yale, but didn't originate there.

You won't get your money back.

A student had asked the teacher, "What if I don't produce anything in this class? What if I freeze up? What if I come away from this series of workshops and have nothing? What if I draw a blank?"

They were honest questions.

The class was about creativity and that's something that no one can force.

It was possible that you could draw a blank. What if you did?

The teacher said, "If you do draw that blank, you won't get your money back."

I always choose my teachers carefully, for you become a part of what they are. I felt very comfortable with this choice.

She reminded me so much of life.
She was full.
She was a grandmotherly type with sparkling hair like spun silk.

She was someone's grandmother I was sure. Though she had a degree from Yale, she spoke with wisdom more like a grandmother than a college professor.

I could hear the grandmother wisdom dodge and duck its way around the fine parchment of the Yale degree and silently shout to ears that hear more than sound, "If you miss out on what you've paid for, life won't give you your money back."

We've all paid for the class of life. The minute the doctor eased our heads out of our mother's womb, we got a full scholarship.

Your joy is all paid for.
Your adventure is all paid for.
Your tingles, thrills, and exciting moments of discovering every wonder imaginable are all paid for.

We are all students in the class of life.
Some of us will get more out of it than others.
Some will nod off and miss most of what life has to offer.
Some will cut class and leave early, never to return.
Some will get distracted and miss the main points.
Others will soak it in, learn, grow, and glow.

There are those that will get more than their money's worth, every minute in every class in an ever-unfolding adventure.

Another group spend their time watching a clock that freezes motionless like a shy freckled faced girl when eyes fall upon her and stare.

You are in class, get all that you can.

If you miss out,

You won't get your money back.

~A MountainWings Original~

   Thank you, Shari!


      From John London (Warwick HS - '57) of VA - 11/19/10 - "Newport News scenes." (#7 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
The Magic of Three - My attempt at artsey. Also at Huntington Park.


  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:

You Never Call

A man calls his mother in Florida. "Mom, how are you?"

"Not too good", says the mother. "I've been very weak."

The son says, "Why are you so weak?"

She says, "Because I haven't eaten in 38 days."

The man says, "That's terrible! Why haven't you eaten in 38 days?"

The mother answers, "Because I didn't want my mouth to be filled with food if you should call."


1. 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.

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. 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)

5. 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.

6. 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

8. 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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Christmas Sonata for Brass

"Christmas Sonata for Brass" midi (sequenced by M. J. Starke) courtesy
of - 12/02/10

Image of Christmas Brass Cover courtesy of - 11/02/10

Poinsettia Divider Line clip art courtesy of - 12/12/09

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

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!

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

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

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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