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12/29/10 - NNHS Newsletter - Winter Wonderland

“O Winter! ruler of the inverted year, . . .
I crown thee king of intimate delights,
Fireside enjoyments, home-born happiness,
And all the comforts that the lowly roof
Of undisturb'd Retirement, and the hours
Of long uninterrupted evening, know.”

- William Cowper
(26 Nov 1731 - 25 Apr 1800)

Dear Friends and Schoolmates, 

   In view of the unusual weather conditions which are affecting much of the country at the moment, it seemed only natural to repeat the Newsletter theme from exactly four years ago today, as well as just last year:

BONUS #1 - - Winter Wonderland - Ray Conniff Singers

BONUS #2 - - Winter Wonderland - Perry Como and Ann Blyth, 1958

BONUS #3 - - Winter Wonderland - Bing Crosby

BONUS #4 - - Winter Wonderland - Doris Day

BONUS #5 - - Winter Wonderland - Dean Martin

BONUS #6 - - Winter Wonderland - Pat Boone

BONUS #7 - - Winter Wonderland - Elvis Presley

BONUS #8 - - Winter Wonderland - Johnny Mathis

BONUS #9 - - Winter Wonderland - Eurythmics

BONUS #10 - - Winter Wonderland - Jason Mraz

   Unless you find this to be one of the top five most annoying holiday songs of all time as reported recently by a news poll I heard, you should be able to find a version there that you remember and enjoy.

   My personal candidate for the most obnoxious Christmas song is Feliz Navidad: - Feliz Navidad - Jose Feliciano

   It makes me want to throw something. 

   Every year without fail when this comes on the radio,       my sister, Eleanor Buckley Nowitzky ('59) of NC, calls me up to play it to me over the phone, and this year was no exception.  Thanks, Eleanor!



"Winter Wonderland" is a winter song, popularly treated as a Christmas time pop standard, written in 1934 by Felix Bernard (composer) and Richard B. Smith (lyricist). Through the decades it has been recorded by over 150 different artists.

Dick Smith, a native of Honesdale, Pennsylvania, was reportedly inspired to write the song after seeing Honesdale's Central Park covered in snow. Mr. Smith had written the lyrics while in the West Mountain Sanitarium, being treated for tuberculosis, better known back then as consumption. The West Mountain Sanitarium is located off N. Sekol Ave. in Scranton, Pennsylvania.[citation needed]

The original recording was by Richard Himber and his Hotel Carelton Orchestra on RCA Bluebird in 1934. At the end of a recording session with time to spare, it was suggested that this new tune be tried with an arrangement provided by the publisher. This excellent "studio" orchestra included many great New York studio musicians including the legendary Artie Shaw. The biggest chart hit at the time of introduction was Guy Lombardo's orchestra, a top ten hit. Singer-songwriter Johnny Mercer took the song to #4 in Billboard's airplay chart in 1946. The same season, Perry Como hit the retail top ten. Como would record a new version for his 1959 Christmas album.

Due to its seasonal theme, "Winter Wonderland" is often regarded as a Christmas song in the Northern Hemisphere, although the holiday itself is never mentioned in the lyrics. There is a mention of "sleigh-bells" several times, implying that this song refers to the Christmas period...



    Happy Birthday today to Roy Tate ('57)!

    Happy Birthday tomorrow to 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!

    Happy Birthday this week to:

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;

05 -   Carolyn McCormick Holmes ('57) AND  Cammie Dick Gibson ('57) AND the late     Doc Hudson (Warwick HS - '60) of VA!

   Many Happy Returns to You All! 



December 29, 1934 - Japan renounced the Washington Naval Treaty of 1922 and the London Naval Treaty of 1930.

December 29, 1940 - In The Second Great Fire of London, the Luftwaffe firebombed London, killing almost 200 civilians.



Wednesday, December 29, 1965 - Filming began on Stanley Kubrick's 2001: A Space Odyssey in England.

Wednesday, December 29, 1965 - Musician Dexter Holland (The Offspring) was born Bryan Keith Holland in Garden Grove, California.


  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 3 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 My Niece, Shari, of VA - 12/27/10 - "The Next Time You Feel...":

Like God Can’t Use You,
Just Remember…

NOAH was a drunk.
ABRAHAM was too old.
ISAAC was a daydreamer.
JACOB was a liar.
LEAH was ugly.
JOSEPH was abused.
MOSES had a stuttering problem.
GIDEON was afraid.
SAMSON had long hair, and was a womanizer!
RAHAB was a prostitute!
JEREMIAH and TIMOTHY were too young.
DAVID had an affair and was a murderer.
ELIJAH was suicidal.
JONAH ran from God.
NAOMI was a widow.
JOB went bankrupt.
JOHN the Baptist ate bugs.
PETER denied Christ.
The DISCIPLES fell asleep while praying.
MARTHA worried about everything.
MARY MAGDALENE was, well, you know …
The SAMARITAN WOMAN was divorced …
more than once!
ZACCHEUS was too small.
PAUL was too religious.
TIMOTHY had an ulcer …

   BOY HOWDY! Thanks, Shari!


  From Adrian Whitcomb ('67) of VA - 12/28/10 - "2011 Newport News Ambassador Pass - FREE museum admission":

The message below applies to people who are residents of Newport News or work for the City of Newport News. If this does not apply to you, you could still pass along the information to someone who it does apply to.

The 2011 Newport News Ambassador Pass provides free admission to museums in Newport News during specified weeks in January.

Please go to:

Adrian Whitcomb NNHS 1967

   WOWZERONI! Thanks so much, Adrian! Now I'm homesick. Again. As usual.


From - 12/27/10 - "Organization":

Home Organization: Room By Room

By Get Organized

Getting your home clean and organized can sometimes be a great yet rewarding challenge. Each room in your home poses a different set of requirements, and putting all of your needs into a plan can be quite the chore. The process of cleaning your home from top to bottom can be quite fulfilling. The significant difference in appearance for each room can create a refreshing change in atmosphere that serves as an excellent reward for your hard work. In order to get to this sense of fulfillment, however, you will need to first create a plan to make everything work.

Formulating a plan to clean your entire house can be tricky, but with a few key steps can be easily accomplished. The first and most important step is to identify the specific conditions and requirements attached to each specific room. Before you can tackle your entire house, you need to know how to take down each individual space.

The kitchen is often the most troubling room to clean and should therefore be tackled first. The need for perfection is more significant there than any other space in your home and your plan of action will need to be well thought out. The first step in cleaning your kitchen is taking a detailed inventory. You will need to sort through the various items sprawled throughout your cupboards, pantries and refrigerator. In this process you should clean off every item as well as the shelf, and along with that be sure to throw away those items that or old and ones you never really use. Go through your pots, pans, and other cooking utensils and make sure everything is still in working order. Check all of your condiments and cooking or baking supplies to make sure they are still good. There is limited space in your kitchen for clutter, therefore you need to discard as much as possible. If you find yourself running out of space, try investing in simple organization tools such as extra shelving or storage containers that can hang off of shelves for items such as plastic wrap and aluminum foil. Also consider purchasing a hanging storage device for your pots and pans. An inventory will help considering that the hardest part about getting your kitchen in order is dealing with the amount of items that regularly get used.

The family room can pose similar problems to the kitchen. It is usually a larger space with a lot of frequently used items. Therefore, cleaning it well will require a good inventory and possibly some investment into organizational products. Purchasing a media player with storage space is a great way to store CD's, DVD's and videos neatly. If you have a very large collection of media, then consider purchasing a revolving library. This product is basically a bookshelf designed for media items that can revolve and hold double the amount of items that a normal bookshelf of its size can store. Again, dealing with clutter is the greatest challenge when it comes to cleaning your living room. Inventory your items well so that you can properly adjust to a need that will always be growing.

The bedroom is another room in your home that is dedicated to storage and therefore can sometimes become untidy and unorganized. The challenge in cleaning your bedroom is not necessarily taking inventory and figuring out where to put everything, but instead trying to set it up in such a way that it stays clean and your items are easily accessible. Try investing in storage hutches designed for smaller items such as your cosmetics and jewelry, to keep those items out of the way. Put in extra shelves on the side of your closet to keep the floor space from getting cluttered.

Garages, attics and basements are similar to bedrooms in that they often are used primarily for storage. The challenge in them comes with properly using the space you are given. Since attics and garages are more exposed to harmful elements than the rest of your house, items stored in there are always at a risk. Be sure to cover anything that will be left alone for a long period of time. If items are left uncovered they will take in dust and condensation in their deepest nooks, and eventually may rust or become otherwise damaged. Be sure that you provide quality protection from extreme temperatures as well for these rooms can get very hot in the summer and very cold in the winter. Finally, put important items in a basement up on boards. While it may be unlikely in many cases, basements are always at a threat to flood. Prepare items that could rot if they get wet by elevating them. These tools will make your basic cleaning easier, and your long term projects much more manageable.

The same sort of process of going through the specific individual rooms, and identifying trouble spots, should be done for the rest of the house as well. Try to coordinate the cleaning of specific rooms with times when those rooms will not be needed. Also, try your best to keep at least one or two rooms fully accessible while cleaning the house, so that those not cleaning have a place to be that is out of your way. In the end, cleaning can be a very fulfilling process, but be sure to plan well and prepare for each room specifically while you work to take care of the entire house.

And remember: a clean room is a happy room!

About the Author:

Get Organized, The Official Guide to Organizing and Learning How to Organize, provides you with tips and tools to help you organize your home, office, and any other area that needs organization.


BONUS HOLIDAY RECIPE: - Recipes for a New Year's Buffet: Chopped Holiday Salad



  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!




"Funny New Year Resolutions"

* I will polish my pate - Bald person
* I will do less laundry and use more deodorant. - Executive
* I will not regale the same yarn at every get together. - Incorrigible bore
* I will remember that 'Cream Cake Day' is on the 29th of every month. - Foodie
* Many people look forward to the New Year for a new start on old habits. - Anonymous
* Also, remember: A New Year's resolution is something that goes in one year and out the other.


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

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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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Winter Wonderland

Music by Felix Bernard (28 Apr 1897 - 20 Oct 1944)

Words by Richard B. Smith (1901 - 28 Sept 1935), 1934

Sleigh bells ring
Are you listening?
In the lane
Snow is glistening
A beautiful sight
We're happy tonight
Walking in a winter wonderland

Gone away is the bluebird
Here to stay is a new bird
He sings a love song
As we go along
Walking in a winter wonderland

In the meadow we can build a snowman
Then pretend he is Parson Brown
He'll say: Are you married?
We'll say: No man
But you can do the job
When you're in town

Later on
We'll conspire
As we dream by the fire
To face unafraid
The plans that we've made
Walking in a winter wonderland

In the meadow we can build a snowman
And pretend that he's a circus clown
We'll have lots of fun with mister snowman
Until the other kiddies knock him down

When it snows
Ain't it thrilling
Though your nose gets a chilling
We'll frolic and play
The Eskimo way
Walking in a winter wonderland


"Winter Wonderland" midi and lyrics courtesy of - 01/02/07 (sic)

First Image - Royal Pond in MA, located on the Otis/Monterey town line - November 2005 - by Geoff Coelho, -
courtesy of - 01/02/07 (sic)

Second Image - Lewis, Co, NY - 01/02/03 - courtesy of - 01/02/07 (sic)

Tree Scene clip art used to form Divider Lines courtesy of - 01/02/07 (sic)

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!

Animated USMC Flag clip art courtesy of - 06/18/03

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