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01/19/12 - NNHS Newsletter -
Robert E. Lee’s 205th Birthday

You can have anything you want - if you want it badly enough.
You can be anything you want to be, have anything you desire,
accomplish anything you set out to accomplish -
if you will hold to that desire with singleness of purpose.

- Robert Edward Lee
(19 Jan 1807 - 12 Oct 1870)

Dear Friends and Schoolmates,

   We try to celebrate this very special day dear to the heart of all Virginians each year: - 3.74 MB .mp3 version



   Happy Birthday this week to:

21 -   Carol Collier Sparrow ('63) of VA;
22 -
  Bruce Sims ('56) of VA AND Carolyn Clark Wilt ('57) AND Sandra Sherman Filippo ('57) AND   
 Rochelle Spooner ('63) of NY;
23 -
  Chandler Nelms (Hampton HS - '63) of MD;
25 -
    Jeannie Collier Fitzgerald ('65) of VA;

26 -      Charis Bean Duke (Governor Thomas Johnson HS, MD - '85) of NC!

   Many Happy Returns to you all!  


January 18, 1941 - British troops launched a general counter-offensive against Italian East Africa.

January 18, 1943 - Warsaw Ghetto Uprising: The first uprising of Jews in the Warsaw Ghetto.

January 18, 1944 - Soviet forces liberated Leningrad, effectively ending a three year Nazi siege, known as the Siege of Leningrad.

January 18, 1945 - Liberation of the Budapest ghetto by the Red Army.


January 19, 1942 - Japanese forces invaded Burma.

January 19, 1945 - Soviet forces liberated the Łódź ghetto. Out more than 200,000 inhabitants in 1940, fewer than 900 had survived the Nazi occupation.

January 19, 1946 - General Douglas MacArthur established the International Military Tribunal for the Far East in Tokyo to try Japanese war criminals.

January 19, 1977 - U.S. President Gerald Ford pardoned Iva Toguri D'Aquino (a.k.a. "Tokyo Rose").

January 19, 1983 - Nazi war criminal Klaus Barbie was arrested in Bolivia.


Thursday, January 18, 1962 - Actress Alison Arngrim was born in New York, New York.

Thursday, January 18, 1962
- Equestrian rider David O'Connor was born in Gaithersburg, Maryland.


Friday, January 19, 1962 - Cyclist Hans Daams was born in Valkenswaard, North Brabant, Netherlands.

Friday, January 19, 1962 - Basketball coach Jeff Van Gundy was born in Hemet, California.

Friday, January 19, 1962 - Baseball player Chris Sabo was born in Detroit, Michigan.

     From Eric Huffstutler (Bethel HS - '75) of VA - 01/18/12, 10:23 PM:

Carol... can't get the website to load... saying it doesn't exist?  Even the main page.

   Well, Sweetie, I cannot even imagine what that was all about! I thought at first it was the protest blackout, but our site wasn't affected by that, and it would not have begun for another 97 minutes after your note arrived anyway.  When I awoke at 3:00 AM (as seems to be one of my new customs...) it was fine and dandy. I'd have to say it was gremlins at work; that's my best guess. I trust all is well now. Thanks for telling me, Eric!

      From Wayne Stokes ('65) of VA - 01/18/12, 12:39 PM AND        From Dave Spriggs ('64) of VA - 01/18/12, 1:08 PM - "Arigato! (Thank you ) From Japan ~ Then and now showing rescue / recovery":

We're all in this together. I get by with a little help from my friends!!

Please take the time to watch this … and feel good about America …

… because that is who we are. We forgive and embrace once mortal enemies.

‘Thank you’ from Japan……

   WOWZERONI! Thank you so much, Gentlemen! This is certainly well worth watching!

      From Mickey ('54) and   Carol Moell ('56) Marcella of VA - 01/18/12 - "The Way We Were Bookshop":

Hi, Carol,
There is a place in Hampton, Virginia that sells rare and out-of-print books.  The name of the place is The Way We Were Bookshop.   The address is 32 E. Mellen Street, Hampton, VA 23663 and their phone No. is 757-726-2300.
We are telling you this because he carries high school year books quite often and we have gotten some Anchors from him.  We gave him your name and your e-mail address today also so that you will  know about each other and touch base if someone is looking for something in particular and you both would like to help that person.  Hope this will help someone down the road.  Thanks for all you do. 

Carol and Mickey Marcella

   Thanks so much, Sweetie-Pies! This is great information to have!

        From Jerry Blanchard ('62) of VA - 01/18/12 - "The 7-8-9 Chevy":


I got this e-mail today, and I know it will bring back some memories!

Jerry B. (Class of 62) of Va.

I would love to have one of these!
This is Neat!

he New 7~8~9 Chevy

A 1957, 1958 and 1959 Chevy all rolled into one! This car was built by N2A motors (No 2 A like). Unbelievable!
The company is planning a production run of about 100 vehicles. It sits on a Corvette C6 chassis, front styled like a '57 Chevy, Side like a '58, rear like a '59.  Hence the designation "789."
Is this a hot looking car, or what ???

You need to be at least 50 years old to truly appreciate this!!!

   OOOH! What a magnificent creation! Thanks so much for sharing this with us, Jerry!

  From Domi O'Brien ('64) of NH - 01/18/12 - "Veterinarian":


One Sunday, in counting the money in the weekly offering, the Pastor of a small church
found a pink envelope containing $1,000. It happened again the
next week!

The following Sunday, he watched as the offering was collected and saw an elderly woman put the distinctive pink envelope on the plate. This went on for weeks until the pastor, overcome by curiosity, approached her.

"Ma'am, I couldn't help but notice that you put

$1,000 a week in the collection plate," he stated.

"Why yes," she replied, "every week my son sends me money and I give some of it to the church."

The pastor replied, "That's wonderful. But $1000 is a lot, are you sure you can afford this?
How much does he send you?"

The elderly woman answered, "$10,000 a week."

The pastor was amazed. "Your son is very
successful; what does he do for a living?"

"He is a veterinarian," she answered.

"That's an honorable profession, but I had no idea they made that much money," the pastor said.
"Where does he practice?"

The woman answered proudly, "In Nevada ... He has two cat houses, one in Pahrump, and one in Reno."
Have a great day!
   WILD GIGGLES! Thanks, Domi!

CROCHET BONUS: - Sheila Leslie's Lemon Drops (Baby Layette)

From - 01/16/12 - "How to be a Leader":

Traits of the Effective, Respected, and Liked Leader

By Virginia Reeves

A truly energizing leader acts as a catalyst - the one who ultimately gets people going. They move others out of their comfort zone by believing in them and providing the support those people need to take risks. This person can raise the passion and enthusiasm of others so they want to take action. Change is looked upon as something to embrace, not fear. Challenges are met with open minds and more optimism versus pessimism. One of the principles in the Dale Carnegie Training program is for a leader to become a consensus builder. A major point is to arouse interest in your ideas by asking for advice and opinions. Make the phrase "What if..." a standard working tool. When people have had a say in setting a goal or putting together a proposal, they are more willing to work hard to make it work right.

A respected and liked leader operates from a base of integrity and honesty. You can be trusted to do what you say you will do and people believe that you will act for the good of the situation, the firm, and/or them-depending on the circumstances. Others may not like what is happening but they know the leader is acting upon what he or she believes is the best option given the timing and situation. While these traits can make you vulnerable, you will generally find that people will stand up with you and behind you for support. Telling people the good, the bad, and all the important details in between builds a base for them to share with you. Many times, an innovative suggestion will emanate from an unexpected source.

Leaders find ways to create small wins for the team as this helps to motivate people to continue striving and achieving towards individual and group efforts. Opportunities are set up to reach achievable goals so that good feelings of esteem and attitude are regularly obtained.

A sense of humor helps keep the perspective - especially when times are tense or troubled. Let's face it, hardly anything in life can't be laughed at if you look for that element. We tend to look for the worst so go for it and magnify those scenarios until you find the ludicrous in the situation. Of course, humor is important for everyday use as well - so many studies have proven this over and over. We've all heard that laughter is the best medicine, and it's true. Jim Rohn states that "in leadership we learn that it's okay to be witty, but not silly. It's okay to be fun, but not foolish."

Over the years I have found a great deal of truth to the following statement made by General H. Norman Schwarzkopf. "Some of the best leadership lessons I learned as a young officer were from terrible officers. I mean, absolutely morally bankrupt officers who had no redeeming qualities. People followed them out of sheer wonder for what they would do next. You learn far more from negative leadership than from positive leadership because you learn how not to do it. And, therefore, you learn how to do it."

A good leader learns to listen attentively to what is said between the lines and for ferreting out what else needs to be brought out into the open. Words left unspoken can often be the most dangerous because they lurk and fester. Also, an astute leader notices who isn't saying anything and tries to find out why and then find out what was left unstated. An open environment will tell you a lot but rarely will each individual involved be totally upfront about what is on their mind. Feedback and alternative perspectives are essential to a healthy organization of any type.
Discovering the way someone processes their thoughts and how those turn into actions is a prime responsibility for an effective leader. The method a person arrives at for his or her conclusions can be the basis for understanding how that person views their world, how they find solutions to problems, how they will interact with others, and if they work better on their own or as part of a team.

An innovative and interesting way to engage people's imagination is to make use of slogans. These can make a big difference in attitude and productivity. Advertisers have known this for a long time and companies have built up a certain image internally and externally by branding their strategy, product, or service with a slogan. The words may be forceful (as in Martin Luther King's famous "I have a dream") or they may be more subtle and only used within a small group as their private cheer or motivating statement. This idea can work for a corporate company, a special team, a club, or an individual entrepreneur.
Being an effective, liked, and respected leader entails a lot of characteristics that aren't always easy to live up to and live with. But they will make you successful and people will be loyal to you-regardless of the circumstances. Act with integrity, be accountable, express interest, act with quality, be dynamic and flexible, show humor, reassure your working companions that you are there for them, create winning situations, and be a catalyst. You probably already incorporate most of these traits into your life - now enhance them to enlarge your base of positive power.

About the Author:
(c) 2001 by Virginia Reeves.

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    From Joan Lauterbach Krause ('60) of VA - 01/17/12 - "Bent Humor (#1 in a Series of 13)":


Carol, check this one out.  Funny.


What artists do if given wire and household objects and too much time on their hands!  

   WILD GIGGLES! Thanks, Joan!



From - 01/17/12:

On the first day of college, the Dean addressed the students:

"The female dormitory is out-of-bounds for all male students, and the male dormitory to the female students. Anybody caught breaking this rule will be fined $20 the first time. The second time you will be fined $60. A third time will cost you a fine of $180. Are there any questions?"

A male student inquired, "How much for a season pass?"


1.Thursday, February 2, 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. 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.

3. Saturday, April 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.

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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                          Love to all, Carol





Ashokan Farewell

Words by Grian MacGregor
Music by Jay Ungar, 1982

The sun is sinking low in the sky above Ashokan.
The pines and the willows know soon we will part.
There's a whisper in the wind of promises unspoken,
And a love that will always remain in my heart.

My thoughts will return to the sound of your laughter,
The magic of moving as one,
And a time we'll remember long ever after
The moonlight and music and dancing are done.

Will we climb the hills once more?
Will we walk the woods together?
Will I feel you holding me close once again?
Will every song we've sung stay with us forever?
Will you dance in my dreams or my arms until then?

Under the moon the mountains lie sleeping
Over the lake the stars shine.
They wonder if you and I will be keeping
The magic and music, or leave them behind.

"Ashokan Farewell" midi courtesy of
at the suggestion of Dave Spriggs ('64) of VA - 05/24/06
Thanks, Dave!

"Ashokan Farewell" lyrics courtesy of
also at the suggestion of Dave Spriggs ('64) of VA - 05/24/06
Thanks again, Dave!  I did not know that lyrics existed!

Early R. E. Lee Image courtesy of - 07/23/04

Later R. E. Lee Image courtesy of - 01/18/05

Large Confederate Divider Bar clip art courtesy of - 01/18/05

Small Confederate Divider Line clip art courtesy of - 05/31/06

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

Hampton High School's Crab clip art courtesy of - 10/02/05
Replaced courtesy of - 02/17/09

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!!

Governor Thomas Johnson High School's Logo courtesy of - 06/16/08

Bethel High School's Bruin clip art courtesy of Eric Huffstutler (Bethel HS - '75) of VA - 03/22/06 (replaced 02/23/09)
Thanks, Eric!

Animated Silly Bear (designed by AF Artist - Ryan Hagen) courtesy of - 10/04/05

Navy Seal clip art courtesy of - 05/29/06

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!

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