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12/16/10 - NNHS Newsletter
Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas

“Whatever else be lost among the years, Let us keep Christmas still a shining thing:
Whatever doubts assail us, or what fears, Let us hold close one day, remembering;
Its poignant meaning for the hearts of men. Let us get back our childlike faith again.”

- Grace Noll Crowell
(31 Oct 1877 - 31 Mar 1969)

Dear Friends and Schoolmates, 

   The beloved Christmas song for today's Newsletter was first used here six years ago today - and again four years later:

BONUS #1 - - Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas - Judy Garland from Meet Me In St. Louis

BONUS #2 - - Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas - Frank Sinatra


     Happy Birthday today to   Betty Brockwell McClure ('58) of VA!
   Happy Birthday tomorrow to
    Tom Oxner ('65) of AR!

   Happy Birthday this week to:

18 - James Strickland ('57);

19 - Durwood Adams ('57);

22 -    Kitty Norman Haskins ('57) AND    Harry Barritt ('64) of VA AND    Dale Mueller ('64) of VA AND Bill Rash ('67) of VA;

23 -   Tom Flax ('64) of VA AND   Joyce Lawrence Cahoon ('65) of VA AND Holly Hill Campbell (Hampton Roads Academy - '72) of VA!

   Many Happy Returns to You All! 

December 16, 1938 - Adolf Hitler instituted the Cross of Honor of the German Mother.

December 16, 1941 - World War II: Japanese forces occupy Miri, Sarawak.

December 16, 1942 - Holocaust: Porajmos Heinrich Himmler ordered that Roma candidates for extermination be deported to Auschwitz.

December 16, 1944 - The Battle of the Bulge began with the surprise offensive of three German armies through the Ardennes forest.


Thursday, December 16, 1965 - Vietnam War: General William Westmoreland sent U.S. Secretary of Defense Robert McNamara a request for 243,000 more men by the end of 1966.

Thursday, December 16, 1965 - Baseball player Chris Jones was born in Utica, New York.

Thursday, December 16, 1965 - Attorney Melanie Sloan was born.

Thursday, December 16, 1965 - Actress Nancy Valen was born in Hallandale Beach, Florida.

Thursday, December 16, 1965 - Author W. Somerset Maugham (born 25 Jan 1874 in the UK Embassy, Paris, France) died in Nice, France at the age of 91. There is no grave for Maugham. His ashes were scattered near the Maugham Library, The King's School, Canterbury.

  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!  We only have 15 more days to vote for Grace!

   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 Dennis Bowman ('56) - 12/15/10 - "information":

Hi Carol,

Can you send me info on when class of 56 reunion is?

Thanks, Dennis Bowman 

Merry Christmas to you and your family....................

   Hmmm, I've not heard anything yet about the 55-Year Reunion next year for the Class of 1956.  I checked here to see if there might be an announcement, but did not find one: 

 There's still time; anything could happen.  Meanwhile, check with   Carolyn Simpson Knight of VA at

   Thank you, Dennis!

  From Domi O'Brien ('64) of NH - 12/15/10 - "O Bethlehem of Holy Worth midi is here...traditional Catholic chant":

   Thank you, Domi! I did see that midi as well as the one I used, but I couldn't find Wikipedia's standard background story, or any video of anyone performing the old carol. And that meant that we had a divergence from my normal pattern. And that set off my OCD, so now I'm really bonkers! WILD GIGGLES!

  From Ed Nichols ('62) of Northern VA - 12/15/10:

Hi webmistress!

Hope life is serving you well in Edwardsville, IL. It has been quite cold here in Reston, VA for a few days, like highs of 28 or so, so as you know us Virginians do not like it that cold.....

 I stay concerned for both yours and Paul's health. You'all seem to have more than your share of health related problems and I will keep the both of you in my prayers.

Wishing Carol, Paul and your ever expanding family just a glorious and wonderful Christmas season and a bright and blessed New Year. What would TYPHOON NATION do without you?

Merry Christmas,
Eddie Nichols

   BRRR! I think most of us are experiencing nasty cold weather right about now!

   Thank you so much, Eddie Darlin'! Merry Christmas to you, too!

       From Dave Spriggs ('64) of VA - 12/15/10 - "For an Upcoming Newsletter":

  My records indicate that I have now filled all orders for Saunders Stadium Commemorative Bricks.

If anyone ordered a brick and has not received it, please send me an e-mail:

There are still plenty of bricks available, and I have a few extra brass plaques.


   Mmmm - I do love my commemorative brick!  Thanks so much, David!

   "Anyone? Anyone?"

      From John London (Warwick HS - '57) of VA - 12/15/10 - "Merry Christmas - Happy Hanukkah!":

  This is my Christmas greeting card to friends and family. It is one of my all-time favorite photos. I think it speaks eloquently to the spirit of Christ; to the spirit of joy and comfort. Enjoy.

March 17, 1973: Heidi Hess, 9, runs to greet her father, Air Force Maj. Jay C. Hess, at March Air Force Base following his release by the North Vietnamese. Hess was a prisoner of war for more than five years after enemy fire downed his F-105 bomber. Photo by Times photographer, Ben Olender

They say that every picture tells a story - This one does.

Merry Christmas - and may you have a Wonderful 2011! And to my Jewish friends; Happy Hanukkah!

~ John London
Saturday, March 17, 1973
Jay and Heidi Hess
Photo by Times photographer, Ben Olender

   AMEN! What a totally awesome image! Thank you so much for sharing it, John Darlin'! Merry Christmas to you and yours, too!

  From Jay Styles ('68) of VA - 12/15/10 - "Eating Tips For The Holidays. LOL":

I'm not recommending this, but it's funny!

Eating Tips for the Holidays

1. Avoid carrot sticks. Anyone who puts carrots on a holiday buffet table knows nothing of the Christmas spirit. In fact, if you see carrots, leave immediately. Go next door, where they're serving rum balls.

2. Drink as much eggnog as you can and quickly. You can't find it any other time of year but now. So drink up! Who cares that it has 10,000 calories in every sip? It's not as if you're going to turn into an "eggnog-aholic" or something. It's a treat. Enjoy it!!!! Have one for me. Have two. It's later than you think. It's Christmas!

3. If something comes with gravy, use it. That's the whole point of gravy. Gravy does not stand-alone. Pour it on. Make a volcano out of your mashed potatoes. Fill it with gravy. Eat the volcano. Repeat.

4. As for mashed potatoes, always ask if they're made with skim milk or whole milk. If it's skim, pass. Why bother? It's like buying a sports car with an automatic transmission.

5. Do not have a snack before going to a party in an effort to control your eating. The whole point of going to a Christmas party is to eat other people's food for free. Lots of it. Hello???

6. Under no circumstances should you exercise between now and New Year's. You can do that in January when you have nothing else to do. This is the time for long naps, which you'll need after circling the buffet table while carrying a 10-pound plate of food and that vat of eggnog.

7. If you come across something really good at a buffet table, like frosted Christmas cookies in the shape and size of Santa, position yourself near them and don't budge. Have as many as you can before becoming the center of attention. They're like a beautiful pair of shoes. If you leave them behind, you're never going to see them again.

8. Same for pies. Apple, pumpkin and mincemeat - have a slice of each. Or, if you don't like mincemeat, have two apples and one pumpkin. Always have three. When else do you get to have more than one dessert? Labor Day?

9. Did someone mention fruitcake? Granted, it's loaded with the mandatory celebratory calories, but avoid it at all cost. I mean, have some standards.

10. One final tip: If you don't feel terrible when you leave the party or get up from the table, you haven't been paying attention. Reread tips: Start over, but hurry, January is just around the corner.

Remember this motto to live by:
"Life should NOT be a journey to the grave with the intention of arriving safely in an attractive and well preserved body. But rather to skid in sideways, chocolate in hand, body thoroughly used up, totally worn out and screaming, "WOO-HOO what a ride!"

MERRY CHRISTMAS!! great in little things!

     Thanks so much, Jay Sweetie - Merry Christmas!



"The Story of Christmas Spiders"

In a quiet cottage in the woods lived a gentle widow and her eight children. The widow worked very hard to keep her children warm and well-fed, but money was not plentiful. When the air grew crisp, and the snow began to fall, the widow knew Christmas was coming. But instead of feeling joyful as the holiday approached, she felt sadness and sorrow. She knew that she did not have enough money to buy her children any gifts to open on Christmas morning.

"I cannot afford new toys or books," she thought, walking home through the woods one night. "What will I give my children?"

On Christmas Eve the family ate their simple Christmas dinner together, and the widow tried to conceal her worries. After tucking her excited children snugly into bed, she pulled her chair close to the fire and tried to erase the visions of their little disappointed faces from her mind. After all, what fun is Christmas morning without gifts to open?

"Perhaps a Christmas tree would make my children happy," the widow sighed.

She put on her coat and hat and walked through the woods in search of the right tree. She chose a small but beautiful evergreen, chopped it down with her husband's ax, and brought it to the cottage.

For hours, the widow carefully decorated the fragrant tree branches with colorful fruits, bits of ribbon, and Christmas cookies. Then she blew out her candle and went to bed, hoping the tree would make her children's empty Christmas a little bit brighter.

While the tired widow slept, tiny spiders crept from the cracks and corners of the cottage. They had watched her hard at work, decorating the tree for her children. Onto the branches they jumped, spinning delicate strands of silky web which gracefully covered the small tree from trunk to top. It was a beautiful sight.

When the family awoke on Christmas morning, they could not believe their eyes. The webs of silk had been turned into pure silver, covering the tree with dazzling brightness! During the night, Santa Claus had come with gifts for the children and saw the tree covered with spiderwebs. He smiled as he saw how happy the spiders were, but knew how heartbroken the widow would be if she saw her tree covered with spiderwebs. So he turned the silky webs into pure, shining silver. The next morning, as the widow watched her children sing and dance around the beautiful shining tree, she knew it would be a wonderful Christmas after all!

From that day forward, people have hung strands of shiny silver tinsel on their Christmas trees in honor of the poor widow and her tiny Christmas spiders.

-- By Stephanie Herbek


  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!



"The strange Christmas scene"

In a small southern town there was a "Nativity Scene" that showed great skill and talent had gone into creating it. One small feature bothered me.

The three wise men were wearing firemen's helmets.

Totally unable to come up with a reason or explanation, I left. At a "Quik Stop" on the edge of town, I asked the lady behind the counter about the helmets. She exploded into a rage, yelling at me, "You stupid Yankees never do read the Bible!"

I assured her that I did, but simply couldn't recall anything about firemen in the Bible.

She jerked her Bible from behind the counter and ruffled through some pages, and finally jabbed her finger at a passage. Sticking it in my face she said, "See, it says right here, 'The three wise man came from afar.'"


1. 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.

2. 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.

3. Wednesday, April 13, 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

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

PRAYER ROLL : - updated 08/22/10

BLOG: - updated 10/21/10

   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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Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas

Hugh Martin (b. 11 Aug 1914) and Ralph Blane (26 July 1914 - 13 Nov 1995), 1943
Featured in
Meet Me In St. Louis
, 1944

Have yourself a merry little Christmas,
Let your heart be light
From now on,
our troubles will be out of sight

Have yourself a merry little Christmas,
Make the Yule-tide gay,
From now on,
our troubles will be miles away.

Here we are as in olden days,
Happy golden days of yore.
Faithful friends who are dear to us
Gather near to us once more.

Through the years
We all will be together,
If the Fates allow
Hang a shining star
upon the highest bough.
And have yourself
A merry little Christmas now.

“Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas” midi courtesy of - 12/14/04

“Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas” lyrics courtesy of - 12/14/04
Animated Christmas Tree clip art courtesy of Renee Helterbran Benton ('59) of VA - 12/11/08
Thanks, Renee!

Animated Christmas Lights Divider Line clip art courtesy of - well, I don't know, but it's been in my files since 12/04/05

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

Animated Nutsy Smiley courtesy of - 05/04/09

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

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

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!

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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