10/31/11 - NNHS Newsletter
“There are nights when the wolves are silent and only the moon howls.”
Dear Friends and Schoolmates,
It's that time again... We always celebrate Halloween together here - even if we all might not celebrate Halloween individually.
From http://www.history.com - "The Real Story of Halloween":
THIS WEEK'S BIRTHDAYS:
Happy Halloween Birthday today to Jo Ann Stewart ('64) of Northern VA!
Happy Birthday tomorrow to Russ Stephenson ('57) of MD AND Colin Faison ('58) of VA!
Happy Birthday this week to:
02 - John Clark ('57) of VA;
Mike Jeffers ('61) of VA;
05 - Patsy Blackard Hallett ('65) of VA AND My Son of Other Parents, Joe Mansfield (Stanton College Prep School, FL - 2002) of NC AND My Grandson, Tom Harty of TX;
06 - Marion Timberlake Gitchel ('57) AND Maria Velma Vidales Scott ('57) AND Pam Smith Arnold ('65) of VA;
07 - Pam Larmer Traugott ('62) of VA!
Many Happy Returns, One and All!
TODAY IN THE WAR BETWEEN THE STATES:
Thursday, Oct. 31, 1861
SCOTT SHUFFLED SUDDENLY SLOTHWARD
Gen. Winfield Scott had been a hero of the Mexican War, and had risen after that until he was not only the commander of the United States Army but almost the embodiment of it. It was nearly impossible to imagine anyone else at the head of the nation’s military in the worst crisis in its history. Today, however, Scott formally submitted his resignation to President Abraham Lincoln. As beloved as Scott was, he was also by now quite elderly, and so fat he was unable to mount his horse for parades without assistance. In addition, Scott felt the hot breath of one George McClellan on his neck. McClellan was young, vigorous and very ambitious, and felt Scott was no longer fit for command.
Friday, Oct. 31, 1862
NEW NAVAL NASTINESS NOTED
For all the dedication of the Confederate States of America to a conservative approach to government and social structure, the military high command of the country was often surprisingly open to innovative approaches to weaponry and warfare. Some of this was by necessity, as the South lacked the massive industrial capacity that the North could gear up to produce conventional weapons. Today, for example the Congress of the Confederacy passed a bill authorizing two new divisions of the Navy Department. Brig. Gen. Gabriel J. Rains was placed in charge of the Torpedo Bureau, and Lt. Hunter Davidson was named to command the Naval Submarine Battery Service. The purpose of both bureaus was to investigate, organize and improve creative methods of “torpedo” warfare, what would today be described as mines.
Saturday, Oct. 31, 1863
ACADEMY ACHIEVES ANCHORING ACTION
As grim in many ways as the summer fighting season of 1863 had been for the Confederacy, the new nation still had plans for the future. In witness thereof, improvements were being made to the Confederate Naval Academy, where the new generation of Southern patriots could be trained in the arts of the sea. As important as academic classroom work was, in mathematics, navigation and the like, there is no way to learn about the sea without a ship to practice on. One was acquired today, and the CSS Patrick Henry was brought to her moorings at Drewry’s Bluff on the James River. Many of the dreams begun here would not come to fruition: the Patrick Henry would later be moved closer to Richmond for safety.
Monday, Oct. 31, 1864
TUSCUMBIA, TENNESSEE TRICKERY TRIED
Any parent who has ever fooled a stubborn child into following by turning one’s back and walking away from the brat, will understand the move Gen. John Bell Hood engaged in today. Arriving in Tuscumbia, Alabama, he began to vigorously fortify the place and send reinforcements across the Tennessee River to the town of Florence, who also gave every appearance of preparing to be attacked by Gen. William Tecumseh Sherman. It was well known to one and all that Sherman, having taken Atlanta long since, was gearing up for a large-scale march, most probably a campaign of destruction heading for the coast. Hood’s last chance to deter or at least delay Sherman was to sucker him into chasing Hood’s army. Sherman, however, was not buying this plan. He was already headed back for Atlanta.
From My Niece, Shari, of VA - 10/31/11, 5:17 AM - "Halloween Q and A & Rocky":
What do you say to a skeleton going on vacation?
What do you call two witches in the same room???
What's the ratio of a jack-o'-lantern's circumference to its diameter?
How do you mend a broken Jack-o-lantern?
With a pumpkin patch!
What's black, white, orange, and waddles?
A penguin with a jack-o-lantern.
Why do ghouls hang around with demons?
(sing this one): 'Cause demons are a ghoul's best friend!
What time would it be if five demons were chasing you?
Five after one.
Why did the monster eat the caboose?
The locomotive told him to "Choo, choo."
Why did the monster salute his vegetable soup.
He looked in his bowl and saw a kernel of corn.
One Halloween a trick-or-treater came to my door dressed as "Rocky" in
boxing gloves and satin shorts. Soon after I gave him some goodies, he
returned for more.
"Aren't you the same 'Rocky' who left my doorstep several minutes ago?" I asked.
"Yes," he replied, "but
now I'm the sequel. I'll be back three
From Fred Field (June '45) of CA - 10/30/11, 12:55 PM - " Daniel West Obit.":
|Hello Carol, Sun. Oct. 30,
Daniel West appears on page 53 of the June 1947 Anchor.
Fred W. Field
Loma Linda & Fullerton, CA
Thank you so much, Fred! Not owning either of the 1947 Anchors, I was unable to pinpoint which class was his.
From Dave Spriggs ('64) of VA to the Members of the Class of 1964 - 10/30/11, 9:25 AM - "Death of Patsy Miller Freeman, Sister of Sue Miller Dearnley":
I am saddened to report to you the death of Patsy Miller Freeman. Patsy is the sister of our classmate, Sue Miller Dearnley.
You may read her obituary and leave messages of condolence at this web page:
Dave Spriggs ‘64
Thank you, David!
From Jimmy Parker ('62) of VA - 10/30/11, 9:42 PM - "???":
I was unable tonight to bring up anything you mailed to us today. First time this has ever happened. Oh well, I guess there is a first time for anything!
The same thing happened to
us last night, too, Jimmy-Jimmy!
I thought it was our computers acting wacko, but if you had the same
problem, it must have been one of the servers - possibly an aftermath of
the storm in the northeast.
Thanks for letting me know we weren't crazy (well, not about that, anyway)!
From My Husband, Paul Harty (Bardolph HS, IL - '61) of NC - 10/30/11 - "No laughing at grave on unknown soldier":
A loud AMEN to that! Thanks, Dools!
From Jay Styles ('68) of VA - 10/30/11 - "TELL ME THIS WON'T HAPPEN TO US!":
TELL ME THIS
WON'T HAPPEN TO US!!!
Three sisters, ages
92, 94 and 96, live in a house together. One night the 96-year-old draws
a bath. She puts her foot in and pauses. She yells to the other sisters,
'Was I getting in or out of the bath?'
She starts up the
stairs and pauses, 'Was I going up the stairs or down?
Three retirees, each with a hearing loss, were playing golf one fine March day. One remarked to the other, “Windy, isn't it?”
“No,” the second man replied, “it's Thursday.”
And the third man chimed in, “So am I. Let's have a beer.”
TELL ME THIS WON'T HAPPEN TO US!!!
A little old lady was going up and down the halls in a nursing home. As she walked, she would flip up the hem of her nightgown and say “Supersex.”
She walked up to an elderly man in a wheelchair. Flipping her gown at him, she said, “Supersex.”
He sat silently for a moment or two and finally answered, “I'll take the soup.”
TELL ME THIS WON'T HAPPEN TO US!!!
Now this one is just too Precious...LOL!
Two elderly ladies had been friends for many decades. Over the years, they had shared all kinds of activities and adventures. Lately, their activities had been limited to meeting a few times a week to play cards.
One day, they were playing cards when one looked at the other and said, “Now don't get mad at me. I know we've been friends for a long time, but I just can't think of your name! I've thought and thought, but I can't remember it. Please tell me what your name is.”
Her friend glared at her for at least three minutes; she just stared and glared at her. Finally she said, “How soon do you need to know?”
TELL ME THIS WON'T HAPPEN TO US!!!
As a senior citizen was driving down the freeway, his car phone rang.
Answering, he heard his wife's voice urgently warning him, “Herman, I just heard on the news that there's a car going the wrong way on Interstate 77.
Please be careful!”
“Heck,” said Herman, “It's not just one car. It's hundreds of them!”
TELL ME THIS WON'T HAPPEN TO US!!!
Two elderly women were out driving in a large car--both could barely see over the dashboard. As they were cruising along, they came to an intersection. The stoplight was red, but they just went on through.
The woman in the passenger seat thought to herself 'I must be losing it. I could have sworn we just went through a red light.'
After a few more
minutes, they came to another intersection and the light was red. Again,
they went right through. The woman in the passenger seat was almost sure
that the light had been red but was really concerned that she was losing
it. She was getting nervous.
|Thanks, Jay Sweetie!|
From My Husband, Paul Harty (Bardolph HS, IL - '61) of NC - 10/30/11 - "Health Message":
As I was lying in bed pondering the problems of the world,
I rapidly realized that I don't really give a rat's tail anymore.
It's the tortoise life for me!
1. If walking/cycling is good for your health, the postman would be immortal.
2. A whale swims all day, only eats fish, drinks water, and is fat.
3. A rabbit runs and hops and only lives 15 years.
4. A tortoise doesn't run and does nothing, yet it lives for 450 years.
And you tell me to exercise?? I don't think so.
I'm tired. Go around me!
Thanks again, Dools!
From http://www.SelfGrowth.com - 10/24/11 - "Top 10 Success Traits":
Top 10 Traits of Highly Successful People
- That You Can Learn!
By Dr. Philip E. Humbert
We have all read about people who
are successful briefly. They win a gold medal, make a fortune, or star
in one great movie and then disappear. Or, there are those like Marilyn
Monroe and Howard Hughes who achieve extraordinary success, at the cost
of their own lives. These examples do not inspire me!
From Michael Sisk ('63) of CA - 10/07/11 - "Ghoulishly grand carved pumpkins - these are totally amazing!!! (#17 in a series of 18)":
close to Halloween...
Artist Ray Villafane began carving pumpkins on a lark for his art students in a small rural school district in Michigan. The hobby changed his life as he gained a viral following online and unlocked his genuine love of sculpting. Here are images of pumpkin carvings Villafane created over the past five years.
Thanks, Michael! These are incredible! Mostly gross, but incredible, nonetheless!
|From www.aJokeADay.com - 10/31/11:|
Three vampires walk into a bar. The bartender looks at him suspiciously, but decides to serve them anyway. "What’ll be, boys?"
The first vampire says "Blood. Give me blood."
The second vampire says "I too wish for blood!"
The third vampire says "Give me plasma."
The Bartender smiles and says "Got it. Two bloods, and a blood-light."
DATES TO REMEMBER:
1. Thursday, November 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 friends in that
year, go visit with them.|
2. Wednesday, December 14, 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.
3. Saturday, January 7, 2012 - 11:00 AM - The NNHS Breakfast Bunch will host a Breakfast Bunch Brunch at the Warwick Restaurant, 12306 Warwick Boulevard, (across from CNU) Newport News, Virginia 23606. "Please come join them for a Dutch Treat Brunch featuring a lot of 'War Stories' and maybe a lie or two. Everyone is welcome so bring your wife, husband, boy friend, girl friend, class mate, school friend or whomever you choose." Please RSVP to Bill Roady at email@example.com or call him at 757-595-0716 so they have a head count.
http://www.nnhs65.com/requests-prayers.html - updated 10/22/11
http://nnhs.wordpress.com/ - updated 03/13/11
NNHS CLASS OF '65 WEB SITE:
PERSONAL WEB SITE: http://www.angelfire.com/weird2/cluckmeat
Carol Buckley Harty
7020 Lure Court
Fayetteville, NC 28311-9309
2.Go to www.PayPal.com, log in, select "Send Money (Services) to firstname.lastname@example.org; or
3. Just mail it directly to my home. Thanks!
Spooky Halloween Music
"Spooky Halloween Music" midi courtesy of
a site previously located for us by Dave Spriggs ('64) of VA - 10/23/05
"Happy Halloween" animated title art courtesy of http://helfyre.com/2009/10/17/ - 10/31/11
Animated Halloween Divider Line clip art courtesy of http://www.halloween-clipart.com/index.html - 10/30/05
Birthday Cake clip art courtesy of
Sarah Puckett Kressaty ('65) of
VA - 08/31/05
Thanks, Sarah Sugah!
Air Force Seal clip art courtesy of http://www1.va.gov/opa/feature/celebrate/milsongs.htm - 07/07/06
Stanton College Prep School's logo courtesy of http://www.stantoncollegeprep.org/central/ - 08/01/10
Army Seal clip art courtesy of Al Farber ('64) of GA - 05/24/06 (still
Replaced by Norm Covert ('61) of MD - 02/09/09
Laughing Kitty courtesy of Al Farber ('64) of GA - 10/08/07
Navy Seal clip art courtesy of http://www.onemileup.com/miniSeals.asp - 05/29/06
Animated Army Flag clip art courtesy of http://www.angelfire.com/ny4/KevsGifsGalore/Patriotic.html - 06/18/03
Seal clip art courtesy of the late
Herbert Hice of MI
- one of my
Marines who served in the South Pacific during
Thanks again, Herbie!!
Animated Fat Frog courtesy of
Stokes ('65) of VA - 07/16/08
Animated Laughing Cat courtesy
of Joyce Lawrence Cahoon of VA - 07/29/08
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