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12/06/10 - NNHS Newsletter - Happy St. Nicholas Day!

“It's always good for us to pause
And think awhile of Santa Claus--
That jolly symbol we revere
When we approach the changing year.
Behind his beard so long and white,
In which our children take delight,
There beats a heart from color free
Which bids all children 'come to me.'”

- Marshall M. Morgan, “The Spirit of Santa Claus”

Dear Friends and Schoolmates,

   This Holiday Celebration repeats every year: - Jolly Old Saint Nicholas - Up On the Housetop - Santa Claus Is Coming to Town - Up On the Housetop - Here Comes Santa Claus - Insel Lmulek Missier Taghna

DOUBLE BONUS #1 - - Jolly Old St. Nicholas AND Bring a torch, Jeanette, Isabella -  Riga Dom Cathedral Boys Choir

BONUS #2 - - Jolly Old St. Nicholas - Follow the bouncing ball version - but you have to supply all the singing yourself!


   Happy Birthday today to Frances Scheinman Berkman ('57)!

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

   Happy Birthday this week to:

09 - Shirley Smith Langston ('57);

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

12 -   Mary Massey Lyle ('61) of NJ AND      Marcus C. Higgins ('65) of AZ AND       Tom Norris (Hampton HS - '73) AND   My #2 Daughter-in-Law, Bethany Winona Harty (Siuslaw HS, OR - '94) of TX;

13 - Kay Davis Smith ('57)! 

   Many Happy Returns, One and All!


December 06, 1941 - U.S. President Roosevelt sent a telegram to Japanese Emporor Hirohito that requested intervention "to prevent further death and destruction in the world." Intelligence reports had convinced Roosevelt that the Japanese fleet was headed for Thailand.

December 06, 1941 - The United Kingdom declared war on Finland in support of the Soviet Union during the Continuation War.


Monday, December 6, 1965 - Pakistan's Islamic Ideology Advisory Committee recommended that Islamic Studies be made a compulsory subject for Muslim students from primary to graduate level.

Monday, December 6, 1965 - Footballer Gordon Durie was born in Paisley, Scotland.

  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 #5 Son, Nathaniel Harty (Hillsboro HS, IL - '97) of IL - 12/05/10 - "Video":

I thought you'd like this. - Calming the Baby Beast

   WILD GIGGLES! Thanks, Faniel!

      From My Niece, Shari, of VA - 12/05/10 - "Monday":

50 Ways to Get of a Blind Date

1. Pull out a harmonica and play blues songs when your date begins talking about himself/herself.

2. When ordering, inquire whether the restaurant has any lbecalmedive food.

3. Without asking, eat off of your date's plate. Eat more from their plate than they do.

4. Chew with your mouth open, talk with your mouth full, and spray crumbs. If a crumb lands anywhere near your date, pick up the crumb, put it in your mouth and say, "I'm all about conservation."

5. Eat everything on your plate within 30 seconds of it being placed in front of you.

6. Excuse yourself to use the restroom. Go back to the head waiter/hostess and ask for another table in a different part of the restaurant. Order another meal. When your date finally finds you, ask them, "What took you so long in the bathroom?"

7. Recite graphic limericks to the people at the table next to you.

8. Ask the people at neighboring tables for food from their plates.

9. Beg your date to tattoo your name on their derriere. Keep bringing the subject up periodically throughout the meal.

10. Order a bucket of lard.

11. Ask for crayons to color the placemat. You'll need to be extra persuasive in fancier restaurants with linen tablecloths.

12. Howl and whistle at women's legs, especially if you are female.

13. Recite your dating history. Improvise. Include pets and relatives.

14. Upon entering the restaurant, ask for a seat away from the windows, with a good view of all exits, and where your back will be facing a wall. Act nervous.

15. Lick your plate.

16. Hum. Loudly. In monotone.

17. Stare at your date's neck and grind your teeth audibly.

18. Twitch spastically. If asked about it, pretend you don't know what they are talking about.

19. Drool. Belch. Drool.

20. Stand up every five minutes, circle your table with your arms outstretched, and make airplane sounds.

21. Sacrifice french fries to a Pagan God.

22. Discretely fill your pockets with sugar packets, napkins, salt shakers, silverware, floral arrangements, etc...

23. Hold a debate. Take both sides.

24. Undo your shoes, or belt, periodically while loudly proclaiming you retain fluid.

25. Attempt to auction your date off to people nearby.

26. After getting your food slide under the table. Take your plate with you.

27. Order a baked potato. When the waiter brings your food, hide the potato, wait a few minutes, and ask the waiter for the potato you "never got". When the waiter returns with another potato, have the first one back on your plate.

28. Order beef tongue. Make weird comparisons or comments about it.

29. Get your date drunk. Talk about their philosophy and tape the conversation. Later use good judgment in editing to twist their words around.

30. Discuss boils and lesions, as if from personal experience.

31. Occasionally speak in Pig Latin throughout the meal.

32. Take a break, and go into the restroom. When you return to the table, throw a spare pair of underwear on the back of one of the chairs. Tell your date, "They need to air out."

33. Order for your date. Order more food then he/she can possible eat. Tell them they "must eat it all or suffer the consequences."

34. If they are paying, order the most expensive thing on the menu. Take one bite, pretend like the food is disgusting and say, "Man, did you get ripped off!"

35. Bring twenty candles with you to the restaurant. During the meal get up and arrange them around the table in a circle. Chant.

36. Save the bones from your meal, and explain that you're taking them home to your invalid, senile old mother, because it's a lot cheaper than actually feeding her.

37. Ask your date how much money they have with them.

38. Refuse to speak to your date. Request that they mime the conversation instead.

39. During dinner guard your plate with your fork and steak knife. Give the impression that you'll stab anyone, including the waiter, reaching for it.

40. Collect all of the salt shakers from tables surrounding yours. Use them to build a tower on your table.

41. Wipe your nose on your date's sleeve. Twice.

42. Make funny faces at other patrons, then sneer at their reactions.

43. Repeat every third third word you say say.

44. Proudly explain to your date that you were voted "Most Festerous" in your high school yearbook. Give examples of why it was appropriate.

45. Read a newspaper, book or listen to a book on tape during the meal.

46. Order your food by colors and textures. Sculpt.

47. Insist that the waiter cut your food into little pieces.

48. Insist that the waiter take one bite from everything served to you. Explain that you need to make sure no one has poisoned your food.

49. Accuse your date of espionage. Pretend you have a secret microphone hidden on your body and you are talking the CIA.

50. Don't use any verbs during the entire meal.


Protecting yourself from an attack.

One of the best ways of protecting yourself from attack is to avoid things that may provoke it. Stay out of unfamiliar areas, dress appropriately, avoid walking in unlit areas, and don't display valuables. Sometimes this however is unavoidable. Here are some steps that may be taken:

1. Take a self-defense class be it a paid one or free one offered by law enforcement.

2. Understand self defense equipment and its use. Pepper spray and stun guns are good products if used correctly. Although a set of keys or a kubaton may be a better choice both are hard to get away from you by your assailant. The kubaton is pointy object that won't pierce the skin but is small and handheld. It will inflict a lot of pain and deter an attack.

3. Another good choice is a personal alarm that you carry and can be set off. It produces a loud alarm to scare an attacker and alert others of your trouble. There also are models for you and your child that will alert you when your child gets out of range from you. These are usually adjustable for a 6 to 30 foot area. Especially helpful in store and mall settings.

4. Remember most cell phones have a speed dial setting for 911.


"Through humor, you can soften some of the worst blows that life delivers. And once you find laughter, no matter how painful your situation might be, you can survive it."

- Bill Cosby

"Life's burdens are lighter when I laugh at myself."

- Jonathan Lockwood Huie



Success comes in cans, not cant’s.

Thanks, Shari!

      From John London (Warwick HS - '57) of VA - 12/05/10 - "Little Larry":

Too cute not to share. 


  A new teacher was trying to make use of her psychology courses. She started her class by saying, 'Everyone who thinks they're stupid, stand up!' After a few seconds, Little Larry stood up. The teacher said, 'Do you think you're stupid, Larry?' 'No, ma'am, but I hate to see you standing there all by yourself!' +#+#+

Larry watched, fascinated, as his mother smoothed cold cream on her face. 'Why do you do that, mommy?' he asked. 'To make myself beautiful,' said his mother, who then began removing the cream with a tissue. 'What's the matter, asked Larry, 'Giving up?'


The math teacher saw that Larry wasn't paying attention in class. She called on him and said, 'Larry! What are 2 and 4 and 28 and 44?' Larry quickly replied, 'NBC, FOX, ESPN and the Cartoon Network!'


Larry's kindergarten class was on a field trip to their local police station where they saw pictures tacked to a bulletin board of the 10 most wanted criminals. One of the youngsters pointed to a picture and asked if it really was the photo of a wanted person. 'Yes,' said the policeman. 'The detectives want very badly to capture him. Larry asked, "Why didn't you keep him when you took his picture ?"


Little Larry attended a horse auction with his father. He watched as his father moved from horse to horse, running his hands up and down the horse's legs and rump, and chest. After a few minutes, Larry asked, 'Dad, why are you doing that?' His father replied, 'Because when I'm buying horses, I have to make sure that they are healthy and in good shape before I buy. Larry, looking worried, said, 'Dad, I think the UPS guy wants to buy Mom ...'

Thanks, 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!


From - Jewish Jokes:

No trouble

Q - How does a Jewish mother change a light bulb?

A - (Sigh) Don't bother, I'll sit in the dark, I don't want I should bother anybody.


1. 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.

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

3. 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)

4. 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.

5. 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

7. 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

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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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Jolly Old Saint Nicholas

Jolly old Saint Nicholas,
Lean your ear this way!
Don't you tell a single soul
What I'm going to say;
Christmas Eve is coming soon;
Now, you dear old man,
Whisper what you'll bring to me; 
Tell me if you can.
When the clock is striking twelve,
When I'm fast asleep,
Down the chimney broad and black, 
With your pack you'll creep;
All the stockings you will find
Hanging in a row;
Mine will be the shortest one,
You'll be sure to know.

Johnny wants a pair of skates;
Suzy wants a dolly;
Nellie wants a story book;
She thinks dolls are folly;
As for me, my little brain
Isn't very bright;
Choose for me, old Santa Claus,
What you think is right.

 "Jolly Old Saint Nicholas" midi courtesy of - 12/03/04

"Jolly Old Saint Nicholas" lyrics courtesy of - 12/06/03

Image of Santa Claus courtesy of - 12/05/06

Animated Santa Heads Divider Line clip art courtesy of - 12/05/08

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!

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

Siuslaw High School's Viking Logo clip art courtesy of - 12/27/07

Animated "Happy Little Rabbits We Are" clip art courtesy of - 04/25/09

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

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