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01/04/13 - NNHS Newsletter - Holding Out for a Hero

“Unconsciously we all have a standard by which we measure other men, and if we examine closely
we find that this standard is a very simple one, and is this: we admire them, we envy them,
for great qualities we ourselves lack. Hero worship consists in just that. Our heroes
are men who do things which we recognize, with regret, and sometimes with a secret shame,
that we cannot do. We find not much in ourselves to admire, we are always privately wanting
to be like somebody else. If everybody was satisfied with himself, there would be no heroes.”

- Mark Twain
(30 Nov 1835 -  21 Apr 1910)

Dear Friends and Schoolmates,

   We all have heroes in our lives, whether we realize it or not.  I think perhaps I have more than most people, including many of you yourselves.....

BONUS - http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7f_HsjpSVaI - Holding Out for a Hero - Bonnie Tyler, 1984


From http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Holding_Out_for_a_Hero:

"Holding Out for a Hero" is a song written by Jim Steinman and Dean Pitchford, originally recorded by Welsh singer Bonnie Tyler. It was released in 1984 on the soundtrack to the film Footloose. It later appeared on Tyler's album Secret Dreams and Forbidden Fire. It hit #96 for the first time in the United Kingdom in 1984, #2 in 1985, #69 in 1991. The opening couplet – "Where have all the good men gone and where are all the gods?/ Where's the streetwise Hercules to fight the rising odds?" – could be seen as an example of the ubi sunt motif in literature.

The song's instrumental break was reused from "Stark Raving Love" on Steinman's 1981 album Bad for Good. The song also appeared on a radio station in the game Saints Row: The Third, and plays in the background during the last mission. [1]

Music video: Produced by Jeffrey Abelson, directed by Doug Dowdle, concept by Keith Williams, it was the first music-video that successfully promoted a movie while having no movie footage in the video.

At the beginning of the music video, Bonnie Tyler escapes from a burning house; the video is set primarily in the vicinity of the burning house and on the edge of the Grand Canyon – interspersed with shots of angelic background singers dressed all in white. Evil cowboys dressed in black, carrying neon whips appear before Tyler, threatening her; a cowboy hero dressed in white, brandishing a pistol, appears on horseback and the evil cowboys flee on horseback, with the hero in pursuit. As the song fades out, the hero cowboy appears in front of Bonnie Tyler.[2]

It was used as the opening theme for the Channel 4 American Football show in the 1980s.


SAD NEWS:

   From Butch Ragland ('63) of CO - 01/04/13, 2:18 AM - "Emergency Surgery":

Hi Carol. 

I wanted to let you know I am in room 725 at Penrose Hospital after undergoing emergency gangrene surgery to amputate my left foot which originally started with me stepping on a nail a couple days before Labor Day and which later was complicated by my 20 year battle with diabetes.  I ask for our Typhoon Family's prayers that I can keep up a positive attitude while I continue to deal with the handicap adaptations that I will face next!  I thank God for pulling me thru surgery and have a strong group of family around me. 

Thanks for placing me in your prayers & God Bless!

   Oh, Butch! I'm so very, very sorry to hear this! My heart is heavy, but my thoughts and prayers - as well as those of the entire Typhoon Nation - are and will be with you.

http://www.nnhs65.com/requests-prayers.html

   I think Butch can be reached at this address, should you want to send him cards and notes: 

Henry Ragland
Room 725
2222 N. Nevada Avenue
Colorado Springs, CO 80907

   Butch is another one of my heroes. Not even counting his service in the Marine Corps (and as you might suspect, all of y'all who have devoted several years of your lives in service to our nation are special heroes of mine), Butch has been a dear and supportive friend of mine in many different ways over the past several years. At the risk of embarrassing him, I will tell you now that we would not even be online today without Butch.  When my hard drive began to fail last spring, it was he who bought me a new one. He said he could get it for me wholesale, yet when it arrived I could find no evidence that it had been discounted at all. Thanks again, Sweetie!



“Great heroes need great sorrows and burdens, or half their greatness goes unnoticed. It is all part of the fairy tale.”

- Peter S. Beagle, The Last Unicorn, 1968
(b. 20 Apr 1939)


THIS WEEK'S BIRTHDAYS:

       Happy Birthday today to Norma Howell Morgan ('57) AND    Bill Bost ('61) of NC AND           My #6 Son, Dale Harty, (Hillsboro HS, IL / American School, IL - '02) of MA!

     
Happy Birthday tomorrow to    Carolyn McCormick Holmes ('57) AND  Cammie Dick Gibson ('57) AND the late     Doc Hudson (Warwick HS - '60) of VA (d. 24 Apr 2010) !

   Happy Birthday this week to:

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);

09 - Joan Burcher Green ('57) AND    Joe Dickson ('66) of VA;

10 - Peggy Taylor Hudson ('57) AND Suzanne Mason Haff (NNHS / Warwick HS - '61) of NC AND    Bob Parrish ('68) of Northern VA;

11 - My Brother-in-Law, the late   Miles Nowitzky (Granby HS - '50) (d. 07 May 2005) AND     Frances Goodson Wang ('65) of MD AND   Ron Haney ('65) of VA AND   Ron Smith ('65) of VA  AND Barbara Dye Hensley ('69) of VA AND   FlyLady of NC!
 
   Many Happy Returns to You All!

http://www.nnhs65.com/Happy-Birthday.html 


THIS DAY IN WWII:

January 04, 1944 - Operation Carpetbagger, involving the dropping of arms and supplies to resistance fighters in Europe, began.


THIS DAY IN 1963:


Friday, January 04, 1963
- Comedian and actor Dave Foley was born in Etobicoke, Ontario, Canada.

Friday, January 04, 1963 - Singer Till Lindemann (Rammstein and First Arsch) was born in Leipzig, Saxony, East Germany.



“Heroes are made by the paths they choose, not the powers they are graced with.”

- Brodi Ashton, Everneath, 2012


From Leonard Harville of VA - 01/03/13 - "LIVING IN SEVEN OAKS DURING THE 1960'S":

I REMEMBER LIVING IN SEVEN OAKS BETWEEN 1959 THROUGH 1962. WE USED TO GATHER AT THE LITTLE CLUMP OF APPLE AND CHERRY TREES NEAR THE OLD SLAUGHTER PEN FIELD. DURING THE SPRING AND SUMMER MONTHS, THE KIDS USED TO TIE THE JUNE BUGS' LEGS TO STRING AND WATCH THEM FLY ROUND AND ROUND. A GROUP OF US KIDS WENT OVER TO THE SLAUGHTER PEN FIELD AND BUILT A BIG DUGOUT CLUBHOUSE COMPLETE WITH A LEAF AND GRASS COVERED ROOF. WE LOVED GOING TO THE OLD STORE AT WICKHAM AND BUY MARY JANES AND BANANA SPLITS AND NECCO CANDIES. THE MEMORIES OF GETTING IN GROUPS TO PLAY RED ROVER AND FOOTBALL IN FRONT OF THE 847 BUILDING SEEMS LIKE YESTERDAY.

DURING THE HEAVY RAINS THE ALLEYWAYS USED TO BACK UP WITH FLOODING WATER. I REMEMBER SEEING TWO GROWN MEN FIGHTING AT THE RAILROAD TRACKS BEHIND THE OLD WAREHOUSE AND SLAUGHTER PENS. I WOULD WALK UP MARSHALL TO THE KINDERGARTEN AT THE RECREATION CENTER AT 25TH STREET. LATER ON I RODE THE YELLOW SCHOOL BUS TO THE SCHOOL NEAR THE SHIPYARD. I REALLY MISS ALL THE CLOSENESS OF THE NEIGHBORHOOD KIDS !
 
     WOWZERONI! Thank you so much, Leonard! These are the first vintage images of Seven Oaks that we've ever received!

   I've posted them on that page for our archive, along with your memories of that idyllic time:

http://www.nnhs65.com/apartments.html

     http://www.nnhs65.com/seven-oaks.html

     
     

   There's plenty of room on these neighborhoods and apartment pages for y'all to share your memories as well, and if you have old photos, that would be lovely, too!

http://www.nnhs65.com/neighborhoods.html

http://www.nnhs65.com/apartments.html



“To be heroic does not have to mean possessing the ability to stand against the evils of the world, either well or successfully, but just that one is willing to stand.”

- Mike Alsford, Heroes and Villains
, 2007


   From Jack Nelson ('54) of Northern VA - 01/03/13 - "Don't open that bikini screensaver email!":

A harmful Trojan horse is invading inboxes via a holiday greeting that claims to contain photographs of women in sexy swimwear. Click here for details:

http://www.nbcnews.com/technology/technolog/dont-open-bikini-screensaver-email-not-even-italian-one-1B7812868#/technology/technolog/dont-open-bikini-screensaver-email-not-even-italian-one-1B7812868

   YOWZERONI! Thanks, Jack! I thought I somehow managed to receive all the "exciting" scam emails, but I haven't noticed this one appearing in any of my accounts yet.



Yes, there are plenty of heroes and heroines everywhere you look. They are not famous people. They are generally obscure and modest people doing useful work, keeping their families together and taking an active part in the health of their communities, opposing what is evil (in one way or another) and defending what is good. Heroes do not want power over others.”

-
Edward Abbey, Postcards from Ed: Dispatches and Salvos from an American Iconoclast, 2006
(29 Jan 1927 - 14 Mar 1989)


  From Joyce Lawrence Cahoon ('65) of VA - 01/03/13 - "High Speed...St. Louis to Chicago":
 

I thought it was probably a joke, "a train laying it's own track", so I love a good laugh and decided to play along. As I watched this short video I realized
it was for real!! My dad worked for the C&O for many years and I wish he could have seen this and I could hear his comments!!! I'm interested in hearing what train lovers think!!
 

Thought you would like to see how the new new high speed train tracks are being laid from St Louis to Chicago. Click on the URL at the bottom and go to a video that shows a train laying its own tracks.

Pretty amazing…

For those who live in the Springfield, IL area and have seen all the machines running up and down the tracks, here is a link to a video that shows you how the concrete ties and rail are put in place. The road bed was raised 13 inches to accommodate for the new high speed rail line between St. Louis, MO and Chicago, IL.

There are only two of these track laying machines in the world, one here and one in Europe...

Ever see a train lay its own tracks?

THIS IS UNBELIEVABLE!!!!!!!!!!!!  I wonder what all those laborers who laid the first cross country tracks would think if they could only see this!

Http://www.wimp.com/traintrack/

   WOWZERS! This is amazing, Joyce - thanks so much!



“I am of certain convinced that the greatest heroes are those who do their duty in the daily grind of domestic affairs whilst the world whirls as a maddening dreidel.”

- Florence Nightingale

(12 May 1820 – 13 Aug 1910)


     From Me ('65) of NC - 01/03/13:

   
 
 



“My own heroes are the dreamers, those men and women who tried to make the world a better place than when they found it, whether in small ways or great ones. Some succeeded, some failed, most had mixed results... but it is the effort that's heroic, as I see it. Win or lose, I admire those who fight the good fight.”

- George R.R. Martin
(b. 20 Sept 1948)


     From Me ('65) of NC - 01/03/13 - "       Chip Clark's Amazing Photograph":

   In recent months I have been noticing this photograph appearing here, there, and elsewhere with no mention of its source:

Thursday, June 3, 1965 Image of Newport News High School courtesy
of
Photo Journalist Chip Clark ('65) of Northern VA - 11/08/05
WOWZERONI-RINI-ROONI-ROOTIE-TOOT-TOOTIE!  Thanks, Chip!

    I keep seeing and hearing the line, "I found it on the internet" - as though it simply "appeared" there as manna from heaven or pixie dust sprinkled by fairies from cyberspace.  At the risk of sounding condescending, I feel obliged to remind you that things do not simply "appear" online.  No magic is involved, only effort.  They must first be created, and then posted, not necessarily by the same person.

   In this case, a 17-year boy named Chippy Clark, who would soon become the world-renown photojournalist Chip Clark, had the creative vision on    the day of his graduation to find the perfect spot on an external fire escape of a building across the street from which to capture this amazing photograph, then preserve it for over 40 years, and then generously share it with me over seven years ago so that I could share it with you.  He frequently told me he was "not jealous" concerning his images, and obviously that is a good thing, as it seems he is being given no credit for this one, at least, anywhere.

   Everywhere I have posted it, I believe I have given Chip the credit.  It can be found all over our site:

http://www.nnhs65.com/ - Centerstage - with credit at the top and bottom of the page

     http://www.nnhs65.com/Bonus-ChipsPix.html - Notice the comments Chip made about the taking of that picture. 

     http://www.nnhs65.com/GRADUATIONS.html

          http://www.nnhs65.com/GRAD-1964.html 

          http://www.nnhs65.com/GRAD-1965.html

          http://www.nnhs65.com/GRAD-1966.html 

          http://www.nnhs65.com/GRAD-1967.html  

http://www.nnhs65.com/GRAD-1968.html

http://www.nnhs65.com/GRAD-1970.html

   My darling Chippy is no longer with us to speak for himself.:

http://www.nnhs65.com/06-16-10-NNHS-Chip-Clark.html

   As he was the dearest of friends to me - and one of my biggest heroes - ever since we were in second grade together at Magruder School, I would count it as a great favor if the next time you see this iconic image being used without crediting the genius behind it, you would speak up and say, "That amazing picture was taken by the late Chip Clark, Newport News High School Class of '65, when he was only seventeen."

   Thank you.



“Every society needs heroes. And every society has them. The reason we don't often see them is because we don't bother to look.

There are two kinds of heroes. Heroes who shine in the face of great adversity, who perform an amazing feat in a difficult situation. And heroes who live among us, who do their work unceremoniously, unnoticed by many of us, but who make a difference in the lives of others.

Heroes are selfless people who perform extraordinary acts. The mark of heroes is not necessarily the result of their action, but what they are willing to do for others and for their chosen cause. Even if they fail, their determination lives on for others to follow. The glory lies not in the achievement, but in the sacrifice.”

- Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono
(b. 09 Sept 1949)


FINALLY:

From http://www.ajokeaday.com - 01/03/12:
 
When things go wrong,

When sadness fill your heart,

When tears flow in your eyes,

Just let me know,

Cause I want to be there for you,

I am selling tissues; buy one get one free.


DATES TO REMEMBER:
1. Thursday, February 7, 2013 - 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.

3. Wednesday, February 13, 2013 - 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. 


PRAYER ROLL:

http://www.nnhs65.com/requests-prayers.html - updated 01/04/13

BLOG:

http://nnhs.wordpress.com/ - updated 03/13/11



  
Y'all take care of each other!  TYPHOONS FOREVER!  We'll Always Have Buckroe!

                                 Love to all, Carol

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Please find a few minutes of your busy schedule to support

Thank you so much!



Carol Buckley Harty
7020 Lure Court
Fayetteville, NC 28311-9309
915-780-3048
 


THREE WAYS TO DONATE:  

1. Visit the main page (http://www.nnhs65.com), scroll halfway down, and click on the Pay Pal Donate Button (nnhs65@gmail.com);

2. Go to www.PayPal.com, log in, select "Send Money (Services) to nnhs65@gmail.com; or

3. Just mail it directly to my home. Thanks!    
             


Holding Out for a Hero

Written by Jim Steinman (b. 01 Nov 1947) and Dean Pitchford (b. 29 July 1951)

Recorded by Bonnie Tyler (b. 08 June 1951), 1984


Where have all the good men gone
And where are all the gods?
Where's the street-wise Hercules
To fight the rising odds?
Isn't there a white knight upon a fiery steed?
Late at night I toss and I turn and I dream
of what I need

[Chorus]

I need a hero
I'm holding out for a hero 'til the end of the night
He's gotta be strong
And he's gotta be fast
And he's gotta be fresh from the fight
I need a hero
I'm holding out for a hero 'til the morning light
He's gotta be sure
And it's gotta be soon
And he's gotta be larger than life

Somewhere after midnight
In my wildest fantasy
Somewhere just beyond my reach
There's someone reaching back for me
Racing on the thunder and rising with the heat
It's gonna take a superman to sweep me off my feet

[Chorus]

Up where the mountains meet the heavens above
Out where the lightning splits the sea
I could swear that there's someone somewhere
Watching me

Through the wind and the chill and the rain
And the storm and the flood
I can feel his approach
Like the fire in my blood

[Chorus]

I need a hero. I'm holding out for a hero 'til the end of the night


 


"Holding Out for a Hero" midi courtesy of http://www.sequinsbyeileen.com/midi.htm - 01/08/13 (sic)

"Holding Out for a Hero" lyrics courtesy of http://www.stlyrics.com/lyrics/footloose/holdingoutforahero.htm - 01/08/13 (sic)

"HEROES" Image courtesy of http://www.layoutsparks.com/1/49190/heroes-eclipse-words-image.html - 01/08/13 (sic)

Peach Zigzag Divider Line courtesy of http://www.wtv-zone.com/nevr2l82/bars26.html - 11/28/05

Marine Corps Seal clip art courtesy of the late Herbert Hice of MI - one of my Famous Marines who served in the South Pacific during WWII.
Thanks again, Herbie!!

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

Hillsboro High School's Topper (Band Version) clip art courtesy of http://www.hillsboroschools.net/schools/hhs/activities/music2/Band/bio.html - 06/07/08
Thanks, Mark!

American School Logo courtesy of http://www.americanschoolofcorr.com/grads.asp - 09/05/06

Animated USMC and Army Flags clip art courtesy of http://www.angelfire.com/ny4/KevsGifsGalore/Patriotic.html - 06/18/03

Navy Seal clip art courtesy of http://www.onemileup.com/miniSeals.asp - 05/29/06

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