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12/28/10 - NNHS Newsletter - Parade of the Wooden Soldiers

“All furnish'd, all in arms;
All plumed like estridges that with the wind
Baited like eagles having lately bathed;
Glittering in golden coats, like images;
As full of spirit as the month of May,
And gorgeous as the sun at midsummer;
Wanton as youthful goats, wild as young bulls.”

- William Shakespeare, Henry IV, Part 1 (4.1.101-7)

Dear Friends and Schoolmates, 

   Today's Newsletter is being revisited from four years ago today:

BONUS #1 - - Parade of the Wooden Soldiers - Paul Whiteman and His Orchestra, 1923

BONUS #2 - - Parade of the Wooden Soldiers, 1933

BONUS #3 - - Parade of the Wooden Soldiers - Crystals, 1963

BONUS #4 - - Parade of the Wooden Soldiers - Disney Version


Parade of the Wooden Soldiers is a 1933 Fleischer Studios animated short film starring Betty Boop. It is now public domain.

The instrumental title theme (also known as "Parade of the Tin Soldiers") was composed by Leon Jessel, and is popular as Christmas music.


A large factory complex struggles to produce a single package, which is rushed to a toy store. The box opens, and out steps a Betty Boop doll. The other toys come to life, parade around to the music of Parade of the Wooden Soldiers and crown her their queen. But a large stuffed toy of King Kong begins breaking things up. Eventually, the big ape is defeated, and the (somewhat damaged) toys resume their parade.


    Happy Birthday tomorrow to  Roy Tate ('57)!

    Happy Birthday this week to:

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);

04 - Norma Howell Morgan ('57) AND    Bill Bost ('61) of NC!

    Many Happy Returns to You All! 


December 28, 1941 - U.S. Rear Admiral Ben Moreell requested authority from the Bureau of Navigation to create a contingent of construction units. The units, later known as the "Seabees," would be able to build everything from airfields to roads under battlefield conditions. 

December 28, 1943 - After eight days of brutal house-to-house fighting, the battle of Ortona concluded with the victory of the1st Canadian Infantry Division over the German 1st Parachute Division and the capture of the Italian town of Ortona.



Tuesday, December 28, 1965 - Nordic combined skier Allar Levandi was born in Estonia.

  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 4 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 Jerry ('65) and    Judy Phillips ('66) Allen of VA - 12/27/10 - "Count your blessings":

Worth the time. Count your blessings!

What a special time of year to remember how blessed we are.
May 2011 be a year of many blessings for you all and for our country.
Happy New Year. - Nick Vujicic

   WOWZERS! Thanks, Sweetie-Pies!

      From My Niece, Shari, of VA - 12/27/10 - " ^^^ Monday ^^^":

"A new study found that women's faces age and wrinkle just like their mothers. The study was conducted by the American Society of Wrong Things to Say to Your Wife."

- Jimmy Fallon


"Archeologists in Egypt now say it's not true that the pyramids were built by slaves. They say the pyramids were built by paid workers. You know how they financed it? A pyramid scheme."

- Jay Leno


"Some scholars of ancient Hebrew are now suggesting that certain portions of the Bible could have been written centuries earlier than others. The scholars say they know this because the newer portions all begin, 'Previously, on 'The Bible.'"

- Conan O'Brien


"It takes twenty years of hard work to become an overnight success."

- Diana Rakin


Q and A

Q How do crazy people go through the forest?
A. They take the psycho path.

Q. How do you get holy water?
A. Boil the hell out of it.

Q. What did the fish say when he hit a concrete wall?
A. "Damn."

Q. What do Eskimos get from sitting on the ice too long?
A. Polaroids.

Q. What do prisoners use to call each other?
A. Cell phones.

Q. What do you call a boomerang that doesn't work?
A. A stick.

Q. What do you call cheese that isn't yours?
A. Nacho Cheese.

Q. What do you call Santa's helpers?
A. Subordinate Clauses.

Q. What do you call four bull fighters in quicksand?
A. Quatro sinko.

Q. What do you get from a pampered cow?
A. Spoiled milk.

Q. What do you get when you cross a snowman with a vampire?
A. Frostbite.

Q. What has four legs, is big, green, fuzzy, and if it fell out of a
tree would kill you?
A. A pool table.

Q. What lies at the bottom of the ocean and twitches?
A. A nervous wreck.

Q. What's the difference between roast beef and pea soup?
A. Anyone can roast beef.

Q. Where do you find a dog with no legs?
A. Right where you left him.

Q. Why are there so many Smiths in the phone book?
A. They all have phones.

Q. Why do bagpipers walk when they play?
A. They're trying to get away from the noise.

Q. Why do gorillas have big nostrils?
A. Because they have big fingers.

Q. What do you get when you cross a pit bull with a collie?
A. A dog that runs for help ... after it bites your leg off.

Q. What does it mean when the flag is at half mast at the post office?
A. They're hiring.

Q. What kind of coffee was served on the Titanic?
A. Sanka.

Q. What kind of lettuce was served on the Titanic?
A. Iceberg


"For those men who, sooner or later, are lucky enough to break away from the pack, the most intoxicating moment comes when they cease being bodies in other men's command and find that they control their own time, when they learn their own voice and authority."

- Theodore H. White



Q: Who did the mortician invite to his party?
A: Anyone he could dig up!

Q: Which president was least guilty?
A: Lincoln. He is in a cent.

   GIGGLES! Thanks, Shari!

From - 12/27/10 - "New Year's Resolutions":

New Year's Resolutions - First Steps to a Better Life?

By Clare Mann

As the New Year approaches, thousands of people make New Year resolutions, determined to change their lives or aspects of them. By the third or fourth of January, many have broken them and by the middle of the month, most have forgotten them completely, yet alone used them as the impetus to change their lives. What is this collective urge to usher in a New Year, determined to make it different from the previous one? Why are so many people failing to put in place the changes they believe will transform their lives?

New Year Resolutions are often made in response to a self-censoring of one's behavior or punishment for not doing what they believe will bring happiness. Giving up smoking, losing weight or getting fit are often at the top of the list when it comes to the top ten resolutions. Self-disgust, low self esteem or admonishment by others is often the reason for making resolutions. When we look at New Year resolutions, they are focused on changing aspects of one's unacceptable behavior - rarely are they couched in terms that reflect a larger vision for our lives or the values that might underpin a personal mission for what we want lives are about. Thus, conscious and unconscious resistance to the punishments that resolutions demand, sabotage us from keeping them. The outcome is that we continue our lives as before with humor, cynicism or increased self-loathing for our inability to change. We risk, as Henry Thoreau said 'Living a Life of Quiet Desperation'.

What alternatives are there for changing aspects of our lives in more productive and nurturing ways? The following questions help you look at your life more strategically so changes you desire can be assessed in terms of their alignment with your vision and desires.

1.What do you really want to do with your life? What do you want your life to stand for and how would you like to be remembered?

2.What would you do if you knew you couldn't fail? Don't answer this question within the constraints of what you believe is currently possible. Think big and worthy dreams.

3.What are your values and what is so important to you that you would stake 'even life itself' to act in ways to celebrate these values?

4.What thoughts, feelings and actions do you believe align with achieving your vision, values and dreams of how you want your life to be?

5.What stops you from achieving the life you so desire? What reasons do you give yourself for not having what you want? Do you blame others for your failures or are you taking full responsibility for your own life?

6.What reasons do you give yourself for not having what you want? Do you blame others for your failures or are you taking full responsibility for your entire life?

7.What do you need to do to support achievement of your desired life? If those supports are not in place, what stories do you tell yourself for why this is so?

By asking these and similar questions, you can create a pen picture of the life you want. Take that picture and set goals, targets and the means for measuring and assessing your success.

The late Earl Nightingale once said 'Success is the progressive realization of a worthy ideal'. Dare to dream something worthy and examine your thoughts, feelings and actions to assess the extent to which you are progressively realizing it.

New Year Resolutions are temporary ways to assuage the anxiety of not living the life you truly want. They provide a temporary salve hoodwinking you into believing that positive change is on the horizon.

This year, replace your New Year resolutions with value aligned ways to create a life that is worth living so temporary setbacks no longer determine your success or failure.

About the Author:

Clare Mann is a Counseling Psychologist in Sydney Australia who specialises in assisting people to remove the myths of limitation in their lives. She is the author of the "Myths of Life and The Choices We Have", and existential self-help book. Visit

BONUS HOLIDAY RECIPE: - Holiday Potato Pancakes


  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!



"A New Year Prayer for the Elderly"

God, grant me the senility to forget the people I never liked anyway,
The good fortune to run into the ones that I do,
And the eyesight to tell the difference.

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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Parade of the Wooden Soldiers

Written by Leon Jessel (22 Jan 1871 – 04 Jan 1942), 1933

The toy shop door is locked up tight
And ev'rything is quiet for the night.
When suddenly the clock strikes twelve
The fun's begun.

The dolls are in their best array,
There's going to be a wonderful parade.
" Hark to the drum, oh, here they come,"
Cries ev'ryone.

Hear them all cheering
Now they are nearing
There's the captain stiff as starch

Bayonets flashing
Music is crashing
As the wooden soldiers march

Sabers a-clinking
Soldiers a-winking
At each pretty little maid

Here they come!
Here they come!
Here they come!
Here they come!
Wooden soldiers on parade.

"Parade of the Wooden Soldiers" midi, lyrics, and animated Title clip art - also used to form Divider Lines - courtesy
- 12/02/06

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!

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