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01/01/12 - NNHS Newsletter - Happy New Year!

“A happy New Year! Grant that I
May bring no tear to any eye
When this New Year in time shall end
Let it be said I've played the friend,
Have lived and loved and labored here,
And made of it a happy year.” 

- Edgar Guest
(20 Aug 1881 – 05 Aug 1959)

Dear Friends and Schoolmates, 

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

BONUS #1 - - Lead, Kindly Light - Mormon Tabernacle Choir and Orchestra, 2009

BONUS #2 - - Lead, Kindly Light - BYU Vocal Point, March 7, 2009 - cool bloopers at beginning, belying that which is to come

BONUS #3 - - Happy New Year!  from My Chemical Romance & Taking Back Sunday


Lead, Kindly Light is a hymn with words written in 1833 by John Henry Newman as a poem titled "the Pillar of Cloud". In some hymnals, one may find a fourth verse added by Edward H. Bickersteth, Jr. It is usually sung to the tune Lux Benigna, composed by John Bacchus Dykes in 1865; or to Alberta, by William H Harris. Libera, a London-based boys choir, released a new interpretation of the song with an original composition and additional Latin lyrics by their musical director, Robert Prizeman, as track 10 in their album Peace (March 2010).[1][2]

As a young priest, John Newman became sick while in Italy and was unable to travel for almost three weeks. In his own words:

Before starting from my inn, I sat down on my bed and began to sob bitterly. My servant, who had acted as my nurse, asked what ailed me. I could only answer, "I have a work to do in England." I was aching to get home, yet for want of a vessel I was kept at Palermo for three weeks. I began to visit the churches, and they calmed my impatience, though I did not attend any services. At last I got off in an orange boat, bound for Marseilles. We were becalmed for whole week in the Straits of Bonifacio, and it was there that I wrote the lines, Lead, Kindly Light, which have since become so well known.

Lead, Kindly Light was sung by a soloist on the RMS Titanic during a hymn-singing gathering led by Rev. Ernest C. Carter, shortly before the ocean liner struck an iceberg on April 14, 1912.[3]


    Happy New Year's Day Birthday today to  Gloria Hand Burns ('57)!

    Happy Birthday this week to:

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);

08 -    Mrs. Wilma Salmon Robinson (Warwick HS - '51) of VA AND Dreamadon Dillon Skidmore ('57) AND Sonja Settles Allen ('57) AND    Pat Branch Coltrane ('57)!

   Many Happy Returns to You All! 


  Page Hit # 112,000 was made on Saturday, December 31, 2011 at 9:41 AM by   Shirley Eanes Matthews ('66) of VA:

Good morning, Carol.

Looks like I'm number 112,000.

Happy New Year!

Shirley Eanes Matthews ('66)

   Thanks, Shirley - and congratulations!


January 01, 1934 - Nazi Germany passed the "Law for the Prevention of Genetically Diseased Offspring".

January 01, 1942 - U.S. President Franklin D. Roosevelt and British Prime Minister Winston Churchill issued a declaration called the "United Nations." It was signed by 26 countries that vowed to create an international postwar World War II peacekeeping organization.

January 01, 1945 - In retaliation for the Malmedy massacre, U.S. troops massacred 30 SS prisoners at Chenogne.

January 01, 1945 - The German Luftwaffe launched Unternehmen Bodenplatte, a massive, but failed attempt to knock out Allied air power in northern Europe in a single blow.

January 01, 1946 - About 20 Japanese soldiers surrendered to an American soldier after they read in the newspaper that the war was over.


Monday, January 01, 1962 - Western Samoa achieved independence from New Zealand; its name was changed to the Independent State of Western Samoa.

Monday, January 01, 1962 - United States Navy SEALs established.

Monday, January 01, 1962 - Musician Ari Up of The Slits was born in Munich, Germany. She died from cancer on 20 Oct 2010 in Los Angeles, California at the age of 48.

      From Harry Covert ('57) of MD - 12/29/11 - "The Covert Letter":


Posted: 28 Dec 2011 04:46 PM PST

Dinner with Foxes and Confederate Money

December 1, 2011

By H a r r y  C o v e r t




I always chuckled hearing the old line, “Save yore Confederate money boys, the South’s gonna rise again.”  Andy Griffith made that famous.

For years as a gag, I had fun using $100 confederate bills as a notepad, long before we had the joy of electronic mail. It felt good using first-class U.S. stamps especially to those Yankee carpetbaggers who invaded the Commonwealth for fame, fortune and good living.

So, now we are in the sesquicentennial commemoration of what many still refer to as the War of Northern Aggression or the War Between the States.  A history buff can really get involved with all of the “celebrations” scheduled through 2015.

I wasn’t giving much thought to the Civil War period until recently visiting Reigate,

Confederate Currency

Surrey, the beautiful historic market town in England.  My friends Margaret Edwards and Wendy Allen took me to a neighborhood weekend barbecue.  The food was terrific and the people made me feel at home, even the three red foxes – mother, daddy and young foxes – who watched us eat, waiting for scraps, which they received.

These foxes had adopted the back yard of the hosts and were unbelievably tame, only afraid of a large white cat that kept them at bay.  The fox family would frequently walk slowly around the beautiful flowers and shrubs, checking every now and then the availability of tasty morsels.

Across the table from me sat a delightful white-haired gentleman who introduced himself as Stephen Straker.  “I heard you are a Yank?” he said and laughed.  “No sir, I’m a Virginian.” I corrected with a smile.

Mr. Straker informed me his family had had a long association with Virginia and the Confederate States of America, noting the 150th anniversary commemorations were underway.  I was impressed.

He was right on the money.  He mentioned his longtime friend, Phillip Melville, of Alexandria.  It’s a small world I said.  And it is.

The CSA’s Printing Plates

Mr. Straker explained that among his prized family possessions were the actual printing plates of Confederate States of America currency in denominations of $1, $10, $20, $50 and $100.  His forebears’ company had contracted to print CSA currency back in 1861.  The family business was forced to use great care in providing the paper money and ship to the southern ports, through British Caribbean possessions.


Just how the Straker family firms were paid I didn’t find out but I figured they traded for cotton and tobacco.  They were enterprising businessmen in those days as well as today.

I could hardly wait to return to Alexandria and report my discovery to E. Hunt Burke, chairman of Burke & Herbert Bank.  Burke and Herbert, established in 1852, held deposits of the CSA and the U.S. and for years maintained the Lee family’s personal papers.

I’ve also discovered that the first CSA dollar was issued into circulation in April 1861 when the CSA was only two months old.  According to experts, the currency was “not actually money, but bills of credit.”  The paper was not secured by hard assets.

My stock of $100 CSA notepaper has been long depleted.  Before running out, I did try to use one of the bills to secure membership in the Sons of Confederate Veterans.  I was refused unless I paid with some U.S. Federal Reserve Notes containing pictures of Washington, Jefferson or Lincoln and none with Jefferson Davis.

Similar to my notepads, the CSA currency is worthless.  Any CSA currency existing today would be highly valuable.  The most valuable though are those items that say, “this note is legal tender for all debts, public and private.”
Copyright 2011 by Harry Covert


Posted: 28 Dec 2011 04:12 PM PST

Every Spy a Patriot

By H a r r y  C o v e r t

It’s no secret that Alexandria, Virginia, has one of the largest populations of taxpayers who are either retired or active spies.  Many have played extraordinary roles and distinguished themselves in defending America and its allies.

These folks have had a lifetime of working behind the scenes, out of the glare of public recognition.  That’s part of the game and they keep their oath not to talk out of school.  Only as the years pass do details leak.  Usually friends and neighbors are surprised and amazed at what can be described as derring-do among those with whom they’ve lived, shopped and raised families.

The afternoon came when my office telephone rang.  The voice on the other end was forceful and direct.  “What do you know about a sheriff’s association in Texas?”

OSS Veteran Anne Mary Ingraham

“Pardon me?” I said.

“I always get these letters asking for money and I like to know about them before I give any money,” she interrupted.  “I live in Old Town and thought you’d know.”

Okay, another crank on the phone or somebody who just wants to talk.  I tried to explain that I was partial to the Alexandria Sheriff’s Association and the National Sheriff’s Association.  “Well, I know about some of this stuff.”

I was trying to humor her along and not to appear unconcerned.

Will Bill’s Formidable Driver

With a name like yours you ought to know something,” We chuckled.  I asked how she knew so much about sheriffs and police.  We were off to the races and talked for over an hour.  The then 85-year-old Anne Mary Ingraham of Royal Street, Alexandria, explained she was born and raised in Scotland.   At the beginning of WWII, she worked for an aircraft company.

In 1942, she joined the motor pool of Services of Supply (SOS) driving all vehicles including a half-track and was assigned a 2½ ton truck.

In October, 1944, she was recruited by the London-based Office of Special Services (OSS) and became a driver for General William Donovan, founder of the OSS, forerunner of the Central Intelligence Agency (CIA).  She was later was assigned to the OSS in Washington.

As Mrs. Ingraham took control of our conversation, I “googled” the OSS Society.  She gave me the full and accurate details.

She invited me to come by for a visit and talk her days.  I suggested she’d be a great subject for a newspaper story or broadcast interview.  “No, we did what we had to do and there were lots of people who did their duty.”

She had been and was then a senior vice president of the McLean-based OSS Society.  She had been a 30-year resident of Alexandria and was an active life member of the city’s American Legion Post 24. One of her favorite activities was representing the OSS and Post 24 in Alexandria’s yearly President’s Day parade.

Ms. Ingraham, a horsewoman, was also an active member of Alexandria’s St. Mary’s Catholic Church and the mother of one daughter, five grandchildren and eight great-grandchildren.

I never dropped by her house for a visit much to my regret. She died at her home at age 88 on Dec. 12, 2009.  She was a treasure trove and one of the unexpected callers who make life exciting and right at home.
© Copyright 2011 by Harry Covert.

  WOWZERS! Thanks so much, Harry!

    From Norm Covert ('61) of MD - 12/31/11, 7:16 AM - "The Covert Letter":


Posted: 30 Dec 2011 04:55 PM PST


The Covert Letter must take this space to announce that today, Friday, Dec. 30, 2011 marks the final day of Harry Covert’s formal employment. After five years on the job, he officially retires from his duty as public information officer for the City of Alexandria (Va.) Sheriff’s Department.

Harry Covert

Harry has been working the long and unpredictable hours of a professional journalist, writer, editor and public relations practitioner since 1957.

It is time for him to take a break from the daily grind. His decision to retire was on-again, off-again, but the timing matched up well and his desk has been emptied this afternoon. The department and many friends and colleagues will give him an official sendoff next week.

Retirement is the only thing I was able to get over on Harry in our sibling rivalry. I retired in 1999. Brother Harry has been advised that the future will just be different and what he makes of it. Take a little time off, I advised, then get back to the charitable projects that still fill so many of his non-duty hours, and don’t forget we both have www.thecovertletter to feed.

It seems not so long ago (1964) that Harry and I sat in the Sports Department of the Newport News (Va.) Daily Press in what might be described as pilot and bombardier fashion. Being the rookie, I had the desk closest to the doorway, he sat just behind. It was a good arrangement that allowed us to pool our resources when the deadline loomed and we needed two more hands on the typewriters.

In addition to major sports assignments, Harry had the professional and amateur golf beat as one of the plum details on the staff. He spent weekends knocking around golf courses in the region. It included his covering the Masters Tournament, one of several events that created a close race to file his story in time to get home for the birth of his sons Harry Edward, Alan Scott and Christopher Ross.

One of several Daily Press column
heads for Harry's opinion pieces
in either sports or news. This one
circa 1968

One of several Daily Press column heads for Harry's opinion pieces in either sports or news. This one circa 1968.

Harry was instrumental in my being hired by Daily Press General Manager Robert B. Smith, who packed me off to the Williamsburg Bureau.

Harry was assisted by his Newport News High School Journalism teacher John (Scooter) Huller, who convinced Sports Editor Gene Markham of the The Times-Herald to hire the 17-year-old a matter of days after his graduation. Good fortune and friends put us in the hands of numerous mentors at the Daily Press.

I’ll use the word matriculated to note Harry’s career because he managed to develop his craft with every change in newspapers and publications. Drawing strictly on my memory, Harry’s successful journalistic road saw him serve a stint in the College of William and Mary Sports Information Office; write news and sports for the Norfolk Virginian-Pilot; manage the Hampton (Va.) Bureau of the Daily Press; found, edit and publish The Hampton Monitor; be city editor of the Petersburg (Va.) Progress-Index; and accept the challenge of public relations representative and editor of official publications for The Rev. Jerry Falwell’s Thomas Road Baptist Church ministry in Lynchburg (Va.), including Liberty University.

In addition, he joined the staff of Insight Magazine of The Washington Times and did other public relations and fund raising work with such internationally known figures as The Rev. Larry Jones’ Feed the Children charity and The Rev. Franklin Graham’s Samaritan’s Purse.

Harry was ordained himself and established a ministry that continues to obtain medical supplies and equipment for transport to Third World countries. He continues as a director with World Emergency Relief-Emerge Poverty Free out or London, England, and Amsterdam, Holland, and has been instrumental in sending relief to an orphanage and school in the aftermath of the tragic earthquake in Haiti.

Election handout for
Lynchburg (Va.) State
Senate Seat. Harry
lost a close election.

He also has been a sports official, was barely defeated in two elections for seats in the Virginia General Assembly, operated his own bail bonds business and served as a magistrate in Fairfax, Va.

Working to provide news and information regarding activities of Alexandria Sheriff Dana Lawhorne’s department has earned Harry the respect of Washington Metropolitan area news media.

The attempt here has not been to give you curriculum vitae of Brother Harry’s distinguished career, rather to mark this milestone in his life.

The late Dwight McSmith of Hampton, a former NASA-Langley Engineer and fount of sage advice, wrote a column for The Hampton Monitor called “Hmmm! Along With Me.” He advised the young entrepreneur:

“Harry, whatever you do in life, don’t be a one-note player.”

Harry has turned out an etude or two on his typewriter, computer, and smart phone and as we advised at the bottom of developing news stories, with him there is certainly “mortucom.”

Best wishes in your retirement, brother. You’ve earned a hiatus.

# # #

   WOWZERONI! Thank you so much, Norm - and congratulations, Harry!

  From Gene Shelton ('64) of VA - 12/31/11, 11:55 AM - "Another favor":

Hello Carol,
I have another request.   A friend from my past has come to mind.  I wonder If I could obtain some pictures from his yearbook when he was a senior at Phoebus High School in the Class of '80.  His name is Robert Bruce Evans.  I knew Bruce through our medical service at several hospitals when we discovered that I had taught several of his friends in Hampton.   If you can locate and send me any of his senior pictures, they would be greatly appreciated.  Bruce no longer has his yearbooks.  Like most of us, they become lost, misplaced or destroyed during our many moves. 

Happy New Year!

   (Hmmm... This is soooo far over my head...  Time to call in our Wizard of Wonderment...)

   Oh, Da-vid!

       From Dave Spriggs ('64) of VA - 12/31/11, 1:39 PM - "RE: Phoebus HS Yearbooks":

Phoebus HS yearbooks are housed at the Hampton Library on Victoria Boulevard.

Might be a while before I can get there to locate the images.

Tell    Gene that one of your agents is on the job.

   Thank you, David! Nobody does it better!

  From Mary Blandford McGehee ('62) of LA - 12/31/11, 7:03 PM - "RE: Newsletter":

Hi, Carol,

Happy New Year, and thanks for your wonderful newsletter!

Wonder how many bell aficionados we have? On April 22, 2012, Sunday, at 3 pm, the Raleigh Ringers will perform at Willett Hall in Portsmouth. I'm not familiar with that venue, but I do know that the Raleigh Ringers are the number 1 bell ringer choir in the U.S. We heard them at Gulfport on the Gulf Coast last summer, and they were more than worth the three hour drive for us from Baton Rouge! They also put on a good show!

The concert is sponsored by the Portsmouth Community Concert organization, so more info will be available from them and at the web site for Raleigh Ringers.

Take care, and again, Happy New Year, Carol.
Mary McGehee

   Well, here I am an hour away from Raleigh, and I never heard of them before! How embarrassing! Thank you so much for this information, Mary; it sounds like a wonderful opportunity for many of our subscribers to enjoy a fabulous evening! - 2008 - 2009

   Happy New Year to you and yours, Mary!

    From Bill Campbell ('54) of VA - 12/31/11, 7:33 PM:

Hi Carol, 
Each time I go to your website, I reflect upon what a jewel you are for your good work in keeping as many Typhoons together as wish to be kept together. 
Now, I have seen this work before, so I am going to try it here. If anyone who reads this will donate $25 to keep this website 'on the air', I will match it. Just the FIRST $25. I am still not yet made of money, although my only forgotten son, Bill Jr., continues to think that I am.  
So, as the old barkers at Buckroe used to say, 'Step right up, folks, who is going to be first?' 
Take care, folks. Happy New Year to all. 
Bill C.   

   GASP! Thank you so much, Bill! I'm rather overwhelmed!

   Several of your fellow subscribers generously sent me contributions in the past couple of weeks, and instead of hoarding them like a good little girl, I paid a couple of bills which were coming due early and then foolishly squandered the rest on Christmas and Christmas related items (which was great fun, I must say).   Then I just remembered today that the server fees would come due on February 25. 

  From Ivan Anker ('67) of VA - 12/31/11, 7:47 PM - "Happy New Year":

I want to wish everyone a Happy New Year and good health.

I found a great rendition of Barry Manilow's ( either you love him or hate him ) " Just Another New Year's Eve " on YouTube. I hope you will include it in next year's New Year's Eve Newsletter.

Keep up the fantastic work that you do for all of us.

Ivan '67

   Thank you, Ivan! I personally love Barry Manilow! Why should we wait a whole year when we can enjoy this now?!?

   OOOH, I like this one! Thanks again, Ivan!

   From Eva Ellis Madagan ('61) of FL - 12/20/11 - "Clever Ideas to Make Life Easier (#12 in a Series of 24)":

  Some of these ideas are really good.

For those who can’t stand the scrunching and bunching: how to perfectly fold a fitted sheet.

   EXCELLENT! Thank you so much, Eva - I do love clever tips!



1. - Amish Church Spread - "This creamy, sweet peanut butter spread is often served at Amish gatherings — on everything from bread to cakes. One taste and you'll know why!"

2. - Fast Chocolate Pecan Fudge - "This brings back memories of the county fair when we always looked forward to buying a box of homemade pecan fudge. We're sure glad that now we can create that taste whenever we want in minutes."

3. - Holiday Appetizer Party - "We bet you're invited to a holiday party or two this year, or maybe you're hosting your own! Whether your holiday gathering is big or small, these tasty bites are sure to be the first dishes gone. They're that good...and what's even better? They're all easy-as-can-be!"


From - 12/31/11:

Pick-up Line:

Man: Excuse me Miss, but were you born in Tennessee?

Woman: No, why?

Man: Because you're the only ten-I-see!

1. Thursday, January 5, 2012 - 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. 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 or call him at 757-595-0716 so they have a head count.

3. Wednesday, February 8, 2012 - 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. Friday and Saturday, October 5 and 6, 2012 - Class of 1962 - 50-Year Reunion - Crowne Plaza Hotel, Hampton on the Water. More information after the Holidays. Meetings are second Tuesday of each month. CONTACT: Brenda Amos Williams at 

PRAYER ROLL: - updated 10/22/11

BLOG: - updated 03/13/11

Carol Buckley Harty
7020 Lure Court
Fayetteville, NC 28311-9309


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   Happy New Year, Everyone! Y'all take care of each other!  TYPHOONS FOREVER!  We'll Always Have Buckroe!

                                 Love to all, Carol





Lead, Kindly Light

Lyrics by
John Henry Newman, 1833
(21 Feb 1801 – 11 Aug 1890)

Fourth Verse written by Edward H. Bickersteth, Jr.

Music by John B. Dykes, 1865
(10 Mar 1823 – 22 Jan 1876)

Lead, kindly Light, amid th’encircling gloom,
Lead Thou me on!
The night is dark, and I am far from home;
Lead Thou me on!
Keep Thou my feet; I do not ask to see
The distant scene; one step enough for me.

I was not ever thus, nor prayed that Thou
Shouldst lead me on;
I loved to choose and see my path; but now
Lead Thou me on!
I loved the garish day, and, spite of fears,
Pride ruled my will. Remember not past years!

So long Thy power hath blessed me, sure it will,
Will lead me on.
O’er moor and fen, o’er crag and torrent, till
The night is gone,
And with the morn those angel faces smile,
Which I have loved long since, and lost awhile!

Meantime, along the narrow rugged path,
Thyself hast trod,
Lead, Savior, lead me home in childlike faith,
Home to my God.
To rest forever after earthly strife
In the calm light of everlasting life.

 "Lead, Kindly Light" midi (MIDI sequence copyright © 2002 Brian M. Ames) and lyrics courtesy of - 12/20/04

Downloadable Sheet Music (Craig Petrie's TTBB arrangement) available at - 01/01/04

"Happy New Year" title clip art courtesy of - 12/31/11

Animated Pastel Hearts Divider Line clip art courtesy of - 08/17/05

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

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

Page Hit Counter clip art courtesy of - 03/07/06

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

Embarrassed Smiley clip art courtesy of - 03/01/09

Animated OOPS! Smiley Face clip art courtesy of Dave Spriggs ('64) of VA - 02/27/09
Thanks, Dave!

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