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12/31/10 - NNHS Newsletter - Happy New Year's Eve!

Drop the last year into the silent limbo of the past. Let it go, for it was imperfect, and thank God that it can go.”

- Brooks Atkinson
(28 Nov 1894 - 14 Jan 1984)

Dear Friends and Schoolmates, 

 This observance - and this theme - repeats each year (when possible):

BONUS - - Auld Lang Syne


"...auld lang syne literally means "old long since", but a more idiomatic English translation would be something like "long long ago",[3] "days of long ago", or "olden days". "For old times' sake," or "to the (good) old days," or "To days (or times) gone by" may be modern-day expressions, in common use as toasts, that capture the spirit of "for auld lang syne". Although the song begins with a question whether old times should be forgotten, the song is generally interpreted as a call to remember long standing friendships.[11] "


    Happy Belated Birthday to Joyce Tedder Rossman ('68) of PA, who turned 61 yesterday!

   Happy Birthday today to Pat Floyd Pride ('62) of VA AND     Susie Overton Jones ('63) of VA AND (if Plaxo is to be believed)   David Rosenwasser ('64) of MO!

    Happy Birthday tomorrow to Gloria Hand Burns ('57)!

    Happy Birthday this week to:

03 - Carl Rossman of PA!

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 (05 Jan 1942 - 24 Apr 2010);

06 -       Harry Covert ('57) of Northern VA AND    Steve Veazey ('60) of VA AND Diane Sandler Marcus ('69) of MD;

07 -     Jimmy Shires ('57) of VA AND Brucey Smith Slama ('57) AND Paige Smith Morahan ('57)!

   Many Happy Returns to You All! 

       From Bill Lee (Warwick HS - '54) of NC - 12/29/10 - "For use on December 31st":
USS ESSEX (CV/CVA/CVS-9), commissioned on December 31, 1942, was the lead ship of the largest number of large-deck aircraft carriers ever built (24) to the same design. Her design was created at Newport News Shipbuilding and she was built there (NNS Hull #392) in a remarkably short period if time. NNS also built eight sister ships of the ESSEX Class during the 1940's. Several other shipyards, using NNS plans, built the rest of that class.

Her keel was laid on April 28, 1941. Launched on July 31, 1942, she was rushed to completion by year-end. Her design was influenced by prior USN carrier operations and British wartime experiences in operating carriers in the 1939-1940 time frame. Her design proved to be extremely capable, durable and adaptable.

ESSEX participated in several campaigns in the Pacific during World War II, earning a Presidential Unit Citation and 13 battle stars. Decommissioned shortly after the end of the war, she was modernized and recommissioned in the early 1950s as an attack carrier (CVA), and then eventually became an antisubmarine carrier (CVS). In her second career she participated in the Korean War, earning four battle stars and a Navy Unit Commendation.

She was the primary recovery carrier for the Apollo 7 space mission. ESSEX was decommissioned for the last time in 1969 and sold for scrap in 1975. Three of her sister ships, all built by NNS are still in existence, now serving as museum ships (INTREPID, YORKTOWN and HORNET).

   WOWZERS! Thank you so much, Bill! One of my greatest joys is having so many experts such as you in our midst who generously share your wealth of knowledge with the rest of us!



December 31, 1944 - Hungary declared war on Nazi Germany.

December 31, 1946 - U.S. President Harry Truman officially proclaimed the end of hostilities in World War II.

December 31, 1951 - The Marshall Plan expired after distributing more than $13.3 billion USD in foreign aid to rebuild Europe.[1]


Friday, December 31, 1965 - Jean-Bédel Bokassa, leader of the Central African Republic army, and his military officers begins a coup d'état against the government of President David Dacko.

Friday, December 31, 1965 - Underground cartoonist
Julie Doucet was born in Montreal, Quebec, Canada.

Friday, December 31, 1965 - Actress Gong Li (巩俐) was born in Shenyang, China.

Friday, December 31, 1965 - Author Nicholas Sparks was born in Omaha, Nebraska.

Friday, December 31, 1965 - Footballer Tony Dorigo was born Anthony Robert Dorigo in Melbourne, Victoria, Australia.

  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 your last opportunity 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 Elizabeth Tedder Nunnally ('68) of VA - 12/30/10 - "update": 12/30/10 - "update":
Hope you and yours have had a wonderful Holiday!  We did, including a 10-12 inch winter wonderland on Christmas Day and the 26th!  How beautiful it was coming down!  Of course, I can say "how beautiful" since we are both retired and really don't have to get out in it. 

My sister,   Joyce Tedder Rossman, ('68) and her husband, Carl, spent the holidays in sunny San Juan, but living near Pittsburg, PA, they are used to this kind of snow and enjoyed the warm weather, I am sure!  They always go somewhere for the holidays to celebrate their anniversary 12/27 (40th this year), her birthday 12/30 (61st this year) and Carl's birthday 1/3 (62nd in 2111)!

I wanted to let you know that I got a call this morning from    Dale Lucado ('68 - of VA) to let me know that      Henry Liverman, Class of '68, died on Christmas Day.  Dale asked me to be sure and let you know about Henry since the obit did not mention that he graduated from NNHS.  Dale spoke with another classmate and said that they believe Henry had a heart attack shoveling snow.  When I looked in the paper I noticed that the Class of '56 also lost one of their members,     Sonja Kepler Womack on Christmas Day.
Thanks for all you do to keep all NNHS alumni informed.  Don't know what we would do without you.  Have a Happy New Year!!
Elizabeth Tedder Nunnally, NNHS '68

   Thanks so much, Elizabeth! I spotted Henry's notice right away, but had somehow overlooked Sonja's.

   I added Joyce and Carl to our birthday page so we can annoy - I mean, celebrate with - them more often!

  From Ed Nichols ('62) of Northern VA - 12/31/10 - "HNY":
Wishing Lady Typhoon a glorious and blessed New Year.   You, yes you, are the thread that ties us all at Typhoon Nation together and informed.   And when that thread is weakened and weary most of us become concerned that our thread, usually strong and robust, may chuck it in and just say, "I am tired of being Lady Typhoon, it is too much".   You are loved more, I think, than you will ever know.   Yet we have the tendency, as a group maybe, of forgetting how much you mean to us, ALL!   So this is for everybody in Typhoon Nation.   Folks, Carol and Paul still need our prayers and they still need some financial help periodically.   She would never ask but we need to be ever aware of these precious people and nurture their love with our love.   So, as they say, the ball is in Typhoon Nation's court and that means ME too!
Carol, if this offends you in any way please accept my apology and feel free not to publish it or to edit it (I'm sure it needs that!) as you see fit.
Go Virginia Tech!
Ed Nichols
     Eddie Darlin', thank you so very much! I really appreciate your kind words - more than I can say!


      From My Niece, Shari, of VA - 12/30/10 - "Friday":

Have a blessed new year.

New Years Resolutions You Can Keep

Are you sick of making the same resolutions year after year that you never keep? Why not promise to do something you can actually accomplish? Here are some resolutions that you can use as a starting point:

Gain weight. At least 30 pounds.

Stop exercising. Waste of time.

Read less. Makes you think.

Watch more TV. I've been missing some good stuff.

Procrastinate more. Starting tomorrow.

Spend more time at work, surfing with the T1.

Stop bringing lunch from home: I should eat out more.

Get in a whole NEW rut!

Personal goal: bring back disco.

Buy an '83 Eldorado and invest in a really loud stereo system.

Speak in a monotone voice and only use monosyllabic words.

Only wear jeans that are 2 sizes too small and use a chain or rope for a belt.

Get further in debt.

Break at least one traffic law.

Get wired with high-speed net connections at home.

Associate with even worse business clients.

Spread out priorities beyond my ability to keep track of them.

Wait around for opportunity.

Focus on the faults of others.

Mope about my faults.

Never make New Year's resolutions again.



The first-ever celebration of New Year's Eve in Times Square happened in 1904, the same year that the city's first subway line opened. The NYE bash commemorated the official opening of the new headquarters of The New York Times. The newspaper's owner, German Jewish immigrant Alfred Ochs, had successfully lobbied the city to rename Longacre Square, the district surrounding his paper's new home, in honor of the famous publication.


The Times Tower was the focus of Ochs' elaborate celebration which featured an all-day street festival culminating in a fireworks display set off from the base of the tower. At midnight, the over 200,000 attendees joyfully rang in the new year with sounds of cheering, rattles and noisemakers. The night was such a rousing success that Times Square instantly replaced Lower Manhattan's Trinity Church as "the" place in New York City to ring in the new year.


When the city banned the fireworks display two years later, Ochs arranged to have a large, illuminated seven-hundred-pound iron and wood ball lowered from the tower flagpole precisely at midnight to signal the end of 1907 and the beginning of 1908. The original ball was built by a young immigrant metalworker named Jacob Starr, and for most of the twentieth century the company he founded, sign maker Artkraft Strauss, was responsible for lowering the ball.


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New Year's Eve

"New Year's eve is like every other night; there is no pause in the march of the universe, no breathless moment of silence among created things that the passage of another twelve months may be noted; and yet no man has quite the same thoughts this evening that come with the coming of darkness on other nights."

~ Hamilton Wright Mabie


A friend had a waitressing position open at his diner and asked job seekers to fill out an application. Under "Salary Expected," a woman wrote "Friday."


The highlight of our zoo trip was a peacock showing off its plumage. My four-year-old son was particularly taken with it. That evening, he couldn't wait to tell his father: "Dad, guess what! I saw a Christmas tree come out of a chicken!"


Driving in Ohio, we spotted a sign that read, "Wildlife Refuge." Seeing a dead deer lying in front of it, my husband shook his head. "He almost made it."



* Although things are not perfect
* Because of trial or pain,
* Continue in thanksgiving
* Do not begin to blame.
* Even when the times are hard
* Fierce winds are bound to blow.
* God is forever able,
* Hold on to what you know!
* Imagine life without His love,
* Joy would cease to be.
* Keep thanking Him for all the things
* Love imparts to Thee.
* Move out of "Camp Complaining!"
* No weapon that is known
* On earth can yield the power
* Praise can do alone.
* Quit looking at the future;
* Redeem the time at hand;
* Start every day with worship--
* To "thank" is a command.
* Until we see Him coming,
* Victorious in the sky
* We'll run the race with gratitude
* Xalting God most high.
* Yes, there'll be good times and yes some will be bad, but...
* Zion waits in glory...where none are ever sad!

~Author Unknown~

  Thanks so much, Shari!

      From Dimples Dinwiddie Prichard ('58) of NC -
 12/30/10 - " A "must see" video.........":


This will make your day!   Love when the 2 year old tries and succeeds with the high note and harmony.
Happy New Year to everyone !


This is the sweetest video.     ENJOY

Oh, WOW! You're right! How could anyone possibly watch this without laughing with joy at this adorable little girl?!? I love it when she makes a "pucker-up-kissy-face" every time she says, "you"! Thank you, Dimples!

BONUS HOLIDAY RECIPES: - Recipes for a New Year's Buffet: Cheesy Mashed Potato Pots - Recipes for a New Year's Buffet: Green Beans with Lime - Recipes for a New Year's Buffet: Honeyed Carrots


  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!




"Lecture Tour with A Difference"

On New Year's Eve, Daniel was in no shape to drive, so he sensibly left his van in the car park and walked home.  As he was wobbling along, he was stopped by a policeman.  'What are you doing out here at four o'clock in the morning?' asked the police officer.

'I'm on my way to a lecture,' answered Roger.

'And who on earth, in their right mind, is going to give a lecture at this time on New Year's Eve?' enquired the constable sarcastically.

'My wife,' slurred Daniel grimly.

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. Thursday, February 3, 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.

3. Wednesday, February 9, 2011 - 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.

4. Wednesday, April 13, 2011 - 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

6. 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 12/30/10

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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Auld Lang Syne

Words believed to be written by Robert Burns, 1788[2]
(25 Jan 1759 – 21 July 1796)
(There is some thought that Burns merely first recorded these ancient words at that time.)

Set to the tune of a traditional folk song (Roud # 6294)

Should auld acquaintance be forgot
And never brought to mind?
Should auld acquaintance be forgot
And days of auld lang syne?

For auld lang syne, my dear,
For auld lang syne
We'll tak' a cup o' kindness yet
For auld lang syne.

We twa hae run about the braes
And pu'd the gowans fine
But we've wander'd mony a weary foot
Sin' auld lang syne.

We twa hae paidl't in the burn
Frae morning sun till dine
But seas between us braid hae roar'd
Sin' auld lang syne.

And surely ye'll be your pint stoup
And surely I'll be mine
And we'll tak' a cup o' kindness yet
For auld lang syne.

"Auld Lang Syne" midi and lyrics courtesy of  
at the suggestion of Dave Spriggs ('64) of VA - 12/20/04
Thanks, Dave! What a perfect version!

Rolling 2010/2011 Odometer clip art courtesy of My Niece, Shari of VA - 12/30/10
Thanks, Shari!

Animated "Happy New Year" clip art courtesy of - 12/30/06

New Year Divider Line clip art courtesy of - 12/30/06

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

Animated USMC and Navy Flags clip art courtesy of - 06/18/03

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

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