|01/01/12 - NNHS Newsletter - Happy New Year!|
“A happy New Year! Grant that I
Dear Friends and Schoolmates,
This observance - and this theme - repeats each year (when possible):
BONUS #1 - http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=O8og_kWv0as - Lead, Kindly Light - Mormon Tabernacle Choir and Orchestra, 2009
BONUS #2 - http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eKbwkzaj7Z4 - Lead, Kindly Light - BYU Vocal Point, March 7, 2009 - cool bloopers at beginning, belying that which is to come
BONUS #3 - http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9xO2BSotzcI - 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).
As a young priest, John Newman became sick while in Italy and was unable to travel for almost three weeks. In his own words:
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.
THIS WEEK'S BIRTHDAYS:
Happy New Year's Day Birthday today to Gloria Hand Burns ('57)!
Happy Birthday this week to:
04 - Norma Howell Morgan ('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 (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.
Thanks, Shirley - and congratulations!
THIS DAY IN WWII:
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 -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.
THIS DAY IN 1962:
January 01, 1962
achieved independence from
New Zealand; its name was changed to the Independent State of
Monday, January 01, 1962 - United States Navy SEALs established.
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,
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
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?”
“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.
|WOWZERS! Thanks so much, Harry!|
From Norm Covert ('61) of MD - 12/31/11, 7:16 AM - "The Covert Letter":
|MILESTONES & STOPPING OFF
Posted: 30 Dec 2011 04:55 PM PST
By NORMAN M. COVERT
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.
One of several Daily Press
WOWZERONI! Thank you so much, Norm - and congratulations, Harry!
From Gene Shelton ('64) of VA - 12/31/11, 11:55 AM - "Another favor":
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...)
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.
Thank you, David! Nobody does it better!
From Mary Blandford McGehee ('62) of LA - 12/31/11, 7:03 PM - "RE: Newsletter":
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.
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!
Happy New Year to you and yours, Mary!
FromBill Campbell ('54) of VA - 12/31/11, 7:33 PM:
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.
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.
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)":
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!
MR. FOOD'S TOP FAVORITERECIPES OF 2011:
|1. http://www.mrfood.com/Snacks/Amish-Church-Spread/ml/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!" 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."|
From http://www.ajokeaday.com - 12/31/11:
|DATES TO REMEMBER:|
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 firstname.lastname@example.org 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 email@example.com
http://www.nnhs65.com/requests-prayers.html - updated 10/22/11
http://nnhs.wordpress.com/ - updated 03/13/11
Happy New Year, Everyone! Y'all take care of each other! TYPHOONS FOREVER! We'll Always Have Buckroe! Love to all, Carol
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Lead, Kindly Light
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
http://junior.apk.net/~bmames/ht0320_.htm - 12/20/04
Downloadable Sheet Music (Craig Petrie's TTBB arrangement) available at http://www.petriefamily.org/ldsmusic/pdfs/leadkind.pdf - 01/01/04
"Happy New Year" title clip art courtesy of
Animated Pastel Hearts Divider Line clip art courtesy of http://www.wtv-zone.com/nevr2l82/bars11.html - 08/17/05
Animated Tiny Birthday Cake clip art
Sarah Puckett Kressaty ('65) of
VA - 08/31/05
Thanks, Sarah Sugah!
Animated USMC Flag clip art courtesy of http://www.angelfire.com/ny4/KevsGifsGalore/Patriotic.html - 06/18/03
Page Hit Counter clip art courtesy of http://www.bravenet.com - 03/07/06
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
Navy Seal clip art courtesy of http://www.onemileup.com/miniSeals.asp - 05/29/06
Embarrassed Smiley clip art courtesy of http://www.pdclipart.org/displayimage.php?album=108&pos=96 - 03/01/09
OOPS! Smiley Face clip art courtesy of Dave Spriggs ('64) of VA - 02/27/09
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