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01/21/12 - NNHS Newsletter -
Stonewall Jackson’s 188th Birthday

You may be whatever you resolve to be.

- Thomas Jonathan Jackson
(21 Jan 1824 - 10 May 1863)

Dear Friends and Schoolmates,

   We try to celebrate this very special day each year:


   Happy Birthday today to   Carol Collier Sparrow ('63) of VA!

   Happy Birthday tomorrow to    Bruce Sims ('56) of VA AND Carolyn Clark Wilt ('57) AND Sandra Sherman Filippo ('57) AND     Rochelle Spooner ('63) of NY!

   Happy Birthday this week to:
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;

28 - Courtney Russ ('57) AND      Jennie Sheppard ('62) of NC AND    Rick Billings ('65) of NC AND My Granddaughter,   Becca Harty of IL!

   Many Happy Returns to you all!  


January 20, 1887 - The U.S. Senate approved an agreement to lease Pearl Harbor in Hawaii as a naval base.

January 20, 1942 - Senior Nazi German officials held the Wannsee Conference in the Berlin suburb of Wannsee, during which they arrived at their "Final Solution to the Jewish Question", accelerating The Holocaust.

January 20, 1944 - The British RAF dropped 2,300 tons of bombs on Berlin.

January 20, 1945 - Hungary agreed to an armistice with the Allies.


January 21, 1941 - The British communist newspaper, the "Daily Worker," was banned due to wartime restrictions.


Saturday, January 20, 1962 - Poet Robinson Jeffers (b. 10 Jan 1887 in Allegheny, Pennsylvania) died in Carmel, California ten days after his 75th birthday.


Sunday, January 21, 1962 - Economist Tyler Cowen was born.

Sunday, January 21, 1962 - Actress Marie Trintignant was born in Boulogne-Billancourt, France. She died of a cerebral edema on 01 Aug 2003 in Neuilly-sur-Seine, France at the age of 41, as a result of being repeatedly punched by her boyfriend Bertrand Cantat (b. 05 Mar 1964), lead singer with the French rock group, Noir Désir, during a domestic dispute provoked by a text message. He served four years of an eight-year sentence for manslaughter.

    From Eric Huffstutler (Bethel HS - '75) of VA - 01/18/12, 10:47 PM:

Yup, (the site) seems to be working now.
I have been away from the site for a while and sent you a query to post but wondered what is going on that has you so backlogged.  Don't think I have ever seen this happen before, not even when you moved.
Hope everything is okay?

   Oh, this happens all the time, Eric! This time it was primarily due to a weird virus which only seemed to affect thinking processes. Most of our family members had it. Had my nephew not had the same thing, the rest of us would have thought we'd either had a stroke or gone completely senile. A full run-down of the symptoms would just be too painfully embarrassing; suffice it to say I'd sit down at the keyboard and say, "Duh, what do I do now?!?" and give up in total frustration.

   And, oh yes, just when you think you've ditched it, it comes back - again and again and again...

   Thanks for checking on me, Sweetie! I'm catching up slowly but surely!

        From My #2 Son, Brent Harty (Hillsboro HS, IL - '90) of TX (newly returned home from a year's deployment to "the lands dark and dusty") - 01/19/12 - "Operation Iraqi Freedom/New Dawn (UNCLASSIFIED)":

... Mom...

Here is a letter that came out in mid December. I meant to forward it on then, but got too busy with re-deployment stuff. I thought you might like to see it. It is from the Secretary of the Army, General of the Army, and Sergeant Major of the Army.

It is certainly an honor to say I'm a part of this group, even though I have never served in Iraq. I was a part of the operation that protected the withdrawal, though. I can say that for sure. 

Anyway, with love...
Brent L. Harty
"You may be whatever you resolve to be."

       LTG Thomas J. Jackson, C.S.
  Operation Iraqi Freedom/New Dawn

   They [Soldiers] will cross the border out of Iraq with their heads held high. One of the most extraordinary chapters in the history of the American military will come to an end. Iraq's future will be in the hands of its people. America's war in Iraq will be over.

President Obama, 14 December 2011

The magnitude of what this Nation and our Soldiers have accomplished in Iraq is unprecedented. We have never been more proud of our Army – our Soldiers, Civilians and our Families. You freed over twenty-five million people from tyranny and given hope when hope was forsaken. Our Army provided new opportunity for the people of Iraq. No other Army in the world could have accomplished what you have done - Only American Soldiers.

Throughout Operation Iraqi Freedom and Operation New Dawn, our Soldiers embodied physical and mental toughness and courage under fire. Over the past eight years, the quality of our Soldiers has stood in stark contrast to the desert sands. Just as the WWII generation defeated tyranny across the globe, a new generation - galvanized by the attacks of September 11th - bravely defeated tyranny once again. Even during the darkest days in Iraq, our Soldiers never wavered in the face of growing doubt. They continued to risk life and limb for a cause larger than themselves. For their heroic action, they received nearly 9,000 awards for valor including two Medals of Honor, 16 Distinguished Services Crosses, and 408 Silver Stars.

We remember those who have made the ultimate sacrifice, our Wounded Warriors, our Gold Star Families, and all of our loved ones who have been touched by the horror of war. Their sacrifices have given meaning to our values and ideals. For that, we thank them. A grateful Nation will always remember, respect, and appreciate these heroes as the Next Greatest Generation.

We are extremely proud of all of our Soldiers, Civilians, and Families. Our Army has once again proved that it is America's Force of Decisive Action. Thank you for a job well done. Army Strong!

//Original Signed//
Raymond F. Chandler III
Sergeant Major of the Army

//Original Signed//
Raymond T. Odierno
General, United States Army Chief of Staff

//Original Signed//
John M. McHugh
Secretary of the Army

   WOWZERONI-RINI!  Congratulations, Brent - we're so proud (um, I mean, "well pleased!")  May I post this on Stonewall's 188th Birthday Newsletter??

Mom - thanks for the kind words. Yes, you can repost this on your newsletter. And a bonus that it falls on my favorite American's birthday!

With love...

   Oh, GOODY!  Thanks again, Brent!

      From My Niece, Shari, of VA - 01/18/12 - "Don't Duck, Computer Maintenance & Jokes":
Baths Salts connected to flesh eating disease.
Most shocking unhealthy soups in America


"A recent article says yoga-related injuries are on the rise. It's not surprising that yoga fans are upset with this article. After all, it's easy for them to get bent out of shape."

- Craig Ferguson


"A survey found that 61 percent of people are more afraid of outliving their money than dying. The other 39 percent have already outlived their money and have faked their own death to avoid creditors."

- Jay Leno


"A man in Colorado dropped an engagement ring down a sewer drain while proposing to his girlfriend. Up until then, his romantic proposal atop a sewer was going so well."

- Jimmy Fallon


My boss phoned me today.

He said, "Is everything okay at the office?"

I said, "Yes, it's all under control. It's been a very busy day, I haven't stopped for a minute."

"Can you do me a favor?" he asked.

I said, "Of course, anything, what is it?"

He said, "Hurry up and take your shot, I'm right behind you on the 7th hole."




You are in big trouble, Aquarius. Watch out for Scorpio. Don't go out with Leo. Send back the Capricorn.


Time to pick up the pieces of a failing relationship and move on, Pisces. Have some fish.


Aries, I don't like you and I never have. Kiss my butt, Aries.


Taurus, you will go into a china shop and destroy the place. Good month to buy stocks.


Gemini, it's like there are two of you, both boring.


Cancer, you're a crab, a real pain in the butt.


Leo, you're the king of the jungle. Big deal.


Virgo, what are you doing this Friday night?


Libra, sorry to wake you, but it's time you went out and finally got a job.


Scorpio, you have no sense of humor and are very gullible. In other words: a dumb shmuck.


Sagittarius, the Archer! A lot of good a bow and arrow's gonna do you when three guys in ski masks stick a .38 in your ribs and ask for your money.


Capricorn, what can I say? You're nuts.



The fear of Friday the 13th is called friggatriskaidekaphobia (Frigga being the free-spirited goddess after whom "Friday" is named and triskaidekaphobia meaning fear of the number "13").

As many as 21 million Americans are afflicted by this phobia, according to the Stress Management Center and Phobia Institute in Asheville, North Carolina.

Most tall buildings in the U.S. don't have a 13th floor while some airport terminals don't have a 13th gate.

The number was feared to such an extent even among top officials in the country that, in the 1880s, an organization called "The Thirteen Club" was created to demystify the belief that 13 people seated together at a table will die within a year of each other.

President Franklin Delano Roosevelt had an abnormal fear of the number "13." The President would never host 13 guests at a meal and refused to travel on the 13th day of any month.

The dollar bill features 13 steps on the pyramid, 13 stars above the eagle's head and in its right talon holds an olive branch with 13 leaves and 13 olives.

Source: International Business Times (


Computer Maintenance

Do you change the oil and spark plugs in your car? Does your computer seem to run slower than when you bought it? Lock up often? Do you perform maintenance on your PC? If not, just like with your car, your computer will get slower, less responsive, not start or run right, and cause a lot of problems.

Think of your computer as a toy chest. You play with something and when you are done with it you toss it back in the box. Every time you do this, your "toys" get more mixed up. Eventually, if Mom and Dad don't re-sort your toys, games, and puzzles, you can't find all the parts of anything to play.

Visualize your RAM (Random Access Memory) as a hand reaching into your hard drive to pull out a program to run. If that "hand" has to look all over your hard drive for the parts to the program, it can use up all its energy just opening the program, let alone running it.

Run Maintenance on your PC (scandisk, defragment, & get rid of Temp files).
Get the speed back!


Don’t Duck

It was a bitterly cold day and six inches of snow had fallen the night before. I was five years old and being bundled up by my Mom in front of the stove. In those days a heavy snow was no reason to cancel school. After my Mom pulled on my mittens and snapped the hood around my head I walked outside to wait for the school bus to arrive.

The snow was heavy on the old, swinging bridge that led from our house, across the river and to the main road. Me and my brothers had grown up walking across it, though, so I wasn’t scared. In fact, when I saw my ten and twelve year old brothers involved in a snowball fight on it I joined right in. After hitting my oldest brother in the back with a well thrown snowball, I laughed while he picked one up to throw back at me. I ran back to the far end of the bridge and thought I was safe, but he flung his snowball at me with all his might. In slow motion I saw the white sphere getting closer and closer. I bent down and ducked thinking it would sail harmlessly over my head. But at the last second the icy missile dropped and instead of bouncing off of my thick coat, it hit me square in the face. It stung so much that I ran crying back inside to my Mom who just shook her head and wiped off my nose, mouth, and eyes. Then she smiled, hugged me and sent me back outside to get on the bus and face life once again.

That wasn’t the last time that I tried to duck the troubles that were headed my way and got smacked in the face instead. Over the years I have learned that it is far better to not duck them at all, but rather to look them straight in the eye and learn what they have to teach me.

In truth, God uses both the good and the bad to strengthen our souls, open our hearts, and teach us the value of love in this life. And when we cry out to Him, He is always there as well to comfort us with a smile, give us a hug, and send us back out to face life once again.

~ Joseph J. Mazzella ~
[ by: Joseph J. Mazzella Copyright © 2011

   Thanks so much, Shari! I think I may have seriously injured myself laughing at those "horrorscopes"!

  From Ruth Ann Reece Horace ('67) of FL - 01/20/12 - "Never irritate a woman":

Thou Shalt Never irritate a woman who can operate a backhoe...
Thus endeth the lesson.

Women are Angels.
And when someone breaks their wings... !
   OH, NO!!! Thanks, Ruthie!

    From Joan Lauterbach Krause ('60) of VA - 01/17/12 - "Bent Humor (#2 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 - 01/19/12: 
A man was walking along a California beach and stumbled across an old lamp. He picked it up and rubbed it and out popped a genie.

The genie said, "OK. You released me from the lamp, blah blah blah. This is the fourth time this month and I'm getting a little sick of these wishes so you can forget about three. You only get one wish!"

The man sat and thought about it for a while and said, "I've always wanted to go to Hawaii but I'm scared to fly and I get very seasick. Could you build me a bridge to Hawaii so I can drive over there to visit?"

The genie laughed and said, "That's impossible. Think of the logistics of that! How would the supports ever reach the bottom of the Pacific? Think of how much much steel!! No, think of another wish."

The man said OK and tried to think of a really good wish.

Finally, he said, "I've been married and divorced four times. My wives always said that I don't care and that I'm insensitive. So, I wish that I could understand women....know how they feel inside and what they're thinking when they give me the silent treatment....know why they're crying, know what they really want when they say 'nothing'....know how to make them truly happy...."

The genie asked, "Do you want that bridge two lanes or four?"

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

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

                           Love to all, Carol





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


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[From the Richmond Dispatch, March 19, 1893.]
 Dan Emmett its Author and New York the Place of Its Production.

I wish I was in the land of cotton,
old times there are not forgotten,
Look away, look away, look away, Dixie land.
In Dixie land where I was born in, early on a frosty mornin',
Look away, look away, look away, Dixie land.

Then I wish I was in Dixie, hooray! Hooray!
In Dixie land I'll take my stand, to live and die in Dixie,
Away, away, away down south in Dixie,
Away, away, away down south in Dixie.

Old Missus marry Will de Weaber, Will-yum was a gay deceaber,
Look away, look away, look away, Dixie land.
But when he put his arm around her,
smiled as fierce as a forty pounder.
Look away, look away, look away, Dixie land. (Chorus)

Dars buckwheat cakes an' ingen batter, makes you fat or a little fatter,
Look away, look away, look away, Dixie land.
Den hoe it down and scratch your grabble to Dixie's land
I'm bound to travel,
Look away, look away, look away Dixie land. (Chorus)

"Dixie" midi courtesy of
at the suggestion of Dave Spriggs ('64) of VA - 08/10/03
Thanks, Dave!

"Dixie" lyrics courtesy of and - 01/19/08

Images of General Jackson courtesy of - 01/19/05

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!

Hillsboro High School's Topper (Band Version) clip art courtesy of - 06/07/08
Thanks, Mark!

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!

Animated Big Hugs Smiley clip art courtesy of Sarah Puckett Kressaty ('65) of VA - 06/19/09
Thanks, Sarah Sugah!

Animated Kissing Smiley clip art courtesy of my friend, Judy Bundy Bowermaster (Litchfield HS, IL - '59), of IL - 09/19/08
Thanks, Judy!

Animated Cheering Smiley clip art courtesy of Al Farber ('64) of GA - 08/18/05 (re-saved 02/27/09)
Thanks, Al!

Animated Laughing Smiley courtesy of Janice McCain Rose ('65) of VA - 02/07/05
Thanks, Janice!

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