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12/26/10 - NNHS Newsletter

“The moment we break faith with one another, the sea engulfs us and the light goes out.”

- James Baldwin
(02 Aug 1924 - 01 Dec 1987)

Dear Friends and Schoolmates, 

   We've only observed this holiday here together once before, six years ago today:

BONUS #1 - - Kwanzaa

BONUS #2 - - What in the World Is Kwanzaa?

BONUS #3 - - Sesame Street: Kwanzaa



   Happy Birthday tomorrow to    Anita Morgan Becker ('66) of VA!

    Happy Birthday this week to:

29 - Roy Tate ('57);

30 -  William Gwynn ('57) AND   Ron Miller ('59) of NC AND (if Plaxo is to be believed)   Carole Althaus Tanenhaus ('65) of MD AND Sarah Stewart Vance ('69) of VA;

31 - Pat Floyd Pride ('62) of VA AND     Susie Overton Jones ('63) of VA AND (again, if Plaxo is to be believed)   David Rosenwasser ('64) of MO;

01 - Gloria Hand Burns ('57)!

   Many Happy Returns to You All! 


December 26, 1943 - The German battlecruiser Scharnhorst was sunk in the North Sea off of Norway's North Cape, after a battle against major Royal Navy forces.

December 26, 1944 - Patton's Third Army broke the encirclement of surrounded U.S. forces at Bastogne, Belgium.


Sunday, December 26, 1965 - Hmmm - no major event, no births, no deaths - just nuffin'!

  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 6 more days to vote for Grace!

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

  All that is necessary for Dollar to win is that Typhoons do nothing to help Grace!

      From Wayne Stokes ('65) of VA - 12/25/10 - "Miracle!":

The most sacred of the sacred soil -THE Peninsula- is also having a "White Christmas" today as snow is falling and we could have as much a 10" before it ends tomorrow night or Monday morning--how bout dat??!! I Truly can't remember getting snow on Christmas day?? Christmas Eve, I can remember a couple of times--one caught the old green bomb Plymouth without anti-freeze--that was quickly remedied and onward I went.
So, you don't have to move to the Midwest for Christmas snow!! Take that!! :-) Merry Christmas!!
All my best to all!!

   WOWZERONI! Y'all have fun in all that snow, Wayne Honey! We'll not be having that much, but what we have is one of the prettiest I can recall! Merry Christmas!

     From Mark Hutcherson ('66) of VA - 12/25/10 - "Updated Photos":

  Sunday, November 14, 2010

    OH, WOW! Thanks, Mark! I've added the cropped image to your Alumni Page:


      From My Husband, Paul Harty (Bardolph HS, IL - '61) of IL - 12/24/10 - "NYC Veterans Day Parade's Amazing faces":

  From Lee Winters of NY:

I didn't expect the tears.
I'm a former marine and retired NYC Transit Police detective.
I took photos at the veterans day parade and I worked hard putting them into a video. When I finished and viewed it, my eyes began to burn and somehow the screen became blurry.

Then I then sent this email to my family and friends:

Dear Family, Friends, Acquaintances, Fellow Retirees and Fellow Veterans.

I never made a you tube video before. But I recently had an experience that I recorded through my camera lens that I'd like to share with you.

I was at the NYC Veterans Day parade and I saw in the men and women who served our country an indelible grace that caused their faces to exude a radiance. A shining so evident, so beautiful, so deserving of our appreciation. And our love.

But it didn't end there.

The faces of the young and old who came to honor them, the faces of the marching bands who came to play for them, the faces of the toddlers who were so awed by them was evidence of an Amazing heart, an Amazing grace. I was moved by it. I was awed by it.

So I simply had to share it with all of you. I hope you get as much out of my humble camera effort as I did.
Love to all.
God bless America.
Lee Winters


   WOWZERONI! Thanks so much, Dools - and Lee!

      From Phil Hammond ('64) of UT - 12/25/10 - "Merry Christmas to NNHS friends":

Hi Carol,

Just wanted to wish y'all a Merry Christmas. I have attached a few pictures to let you know the difference from last Christmas! We have a 78" base with all 21 lifts and 97 out of 100 runs open. The snow is heavy but deep. We expect more snow starting tomorrow and a major winter storm (very cold) starting next Thursday for the New Year.

Take care and be safe,
Oh, yeah, I am working today as usual since we are a service town!



    OOOH! So pretty - and so deep! Thanks for the gorgeous images, Phil - Merry Christmas!

  From Wayne Agee ('58) of FL - 12/25/10 - "Joy of Christmas":

I send this to you on this special day and thank you for all the wonderful things you do for all of us.
NNHS is blessed to have you as someone who continues to carry the traditions and heritage of all of the Newport News High School classes.
Warm Regards....... Wayne
Subject: Joy of Christmas
Happy Holidays to all and best wishes for the coming New Year !


I have a list of people
All written in a book -
And every year at Christmas time
I go and take a look.
 And that is when I realize
That those names are all a part -
Not of the book they're written in
But of my very heart.  

For each name stands for someone
Who has crossed my path some time -
And in that meeting they've become
A treasured friend of mine.

And once you've met some people
the years can not erase -
The memory of a pleasant word
Or of a friendly face.

So when I send an email

That is addressed to you -

It's because you're on that 'Special list'

Of folk that I'm indebted to.

And you are one of several folk

In times past that I've met -

And happen to be one of those

I don't want ever to forget.

And whether I have known you

For many years or few -

In some way you have had a part

In shaping things I do.

So this is the Spirit of Christmas

That forever still endures -

May it leave its richest blessing

In the hearts of you and yours.


    Thank you so much, Wayne! Merry Christmas to you and yours, too!

KWANZAA BONUS RECIPES: - Herbed Skillet Cornbread - Beef Stew - Apple Spiced Muffins



"The Festival of Kwanzaa"

Kwanzaa is a 7 day festival celebrating the African American people, their culture and their history. It is a time of celebration, community gathering, and reflection. A time of endings and beginnings. Kwanzaa begins on December 26th, the day after Christmas, and continues until New Years Day, January 1st.

Each evening a family member, usually the youngest child, lights candles in a special candleholder (kinara) and discusses one of the seven principles of Kwanzaa. On the sixth day, which falls on New Years Eve, family and friends get together to enjoy a large feast and to celebrate their history, culture, and the upcoming new year.

The holiday of Kwanzaa was created by Dr. Maulana Karenga in 1966, during the period of US history in which African Americans were involved in struggles for their civil rights. This was the period of Martin Luther King, the Civil Rights movement, and Black Power.

Dr. Karenga wanted to create a holiday that would bring African Americans together in celebration of their black culture. He was inspired by the "first fruit" or harvest festivals that were celebrated throughout Africa.

In fact the name he gave to the holiday, "Kwanzaa," comes from the Kiswahili phrase for "first fruit" - matunda ya kwanza. (Kiswahili, or Swahili, is the largest spoken language on the African continent and thus the language of Kwanzaa). When Dr. Karenga chose the word "kwanza" for the name of his festival he added the extra "a" at the end to give the word greater significance.

Dr. Karenga used these first fruit festivals as his model for Kwanzaa because they shared characteristics which he felt were important. These characteristics were:

1. The people gathered together to celebrate their crops and harvest
2. The people would give thanks to their Creator for a good harvest and life.
3. They would remember and celebrate their ancestors and the past.
4. They allowed the people to recommit themselves to their community.
5. They celebrated their history, culture, Creator, and the promise of the next year.

It was these characteristics that inspired Dr. Karenga when he developed the Nguzo Saba, or Seven Principles, of Kwanzaa. (Nguzo Saba is Kiswahili for "Seven Principles") These principles are unity, self-determination, collective work and responsibility, cooperative economics, purpose, creativity, and faith. These are the foundation of Kwanzaa.

The dates of the celebration, December 26 - January 1, were chosen to correspond to the end of the year celebrations in America. Kwanzaa begins the day after Christmas. This to bypass the commercial buying period but to take advantage of the seasonal holiday spirit.


  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!



"An Alternative and Funny Look At Festivals"

Continuing the current trend of large-scale mergers and acquisitions, it was announced today at a press conference that Christmas and Hanukkah will merge. An industry source told Will and Guy that the deal had been in the works for about 1300 years.

While details were not available at the time of writing, it is believed that the overhead cost of having twelve days of Christmas and eight days of Hanukkah was becoming prohibitive for both sides. By combining forces, we're told, the world will be able to enjoy consistently high-quality service during the Fifteen Days of Chrismukah, as the new holiday is being called.

Massive layoffs are expected, with lords a-leaping and maids a-milking being the hardest hit. As part of the conditions of the agreement, the letters on the dreidel currently in Hebrew, will be replaced by Latin, thus becoming completely unintelligible to a wider audience.

Also, instead of translating to "A great miracle happened there," the message on the dreidel will be the more generic "Miraculous stuff happens." In exchange, it is believed that Jews will be allowed to use Santa Claus and his vast merchandising resources for buying and delivering their gifts.

One of the sticking points holding up the agreement for at least three hundred years was the question of whether Jewish children could leave milk and cookies for Santa even after having eaten meat for dinner. A breakthrough came last year, when Oreos were finally declared to be Kosher. All sides appeared happy about this.

A spokesman for Christmas, Inc., declined to say whether a takeover of Kwanzaa might not be in the works as well. He merely pointed out that, were it not for the independent existence of Kwanzaa, the merger between Christmas and Chanukah might indeed be seen as an unfair cornering of the holiday market. Fortunately for all concerned, he said, Kwanzaa will help to maintain the competitive balance. He then closed the press conference by leading all present in a rousing rendition of "Oy Vey, All Ye Faithful."

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

. 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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The Circle of Life

Written by Tim Rice and Elton John

From the day we arrive on the planet
And blinking, step into the sun
There's more to see than can ever be seen
More to do than can ever be done
There's far too much to take in here
More to find than can ever be found
But the sun rolling high
Through the sapphire sky
Keeps the great and small on the endless round

It's the circle of life
And it moves us all
Through despair and hope
Through faith and love
Till we find our place
On the path unwinding
In the circle
The circle of life

It's the circle of life
And it moves us all
Through despair and hope
Through faith and love
Till we find our place
On the path unwinding
In the circle
The circle of life

"The Circle of Life" midi courtesy of, with the assistance of Dave Spriggs ('64) of VA - 12/20/04
Thanks, Dave!

"The Circle of Life" lyrics courtesy of - 12/20/04

"Happy Kwanzaa" and Dancing Woman animated clip art courtesy of - 12/20/04

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

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!

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

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

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