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01/25/11 - NNHS Newsletter -
The Whistling Gypsy

“As the mother teaches her children how to express themselves in their language,
so one Gypsy musician teaches the other. They have never shown any need for notation.”

Franz Liszt
(22 Oct 1811 - 31 July 1886)

Dear Friends and Schoolmates, 

   I "chanced upon" this song and thought I'd share it with y'all.

BONUS #1 - http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=59U6gAnOKDU - The Whistling Gypsy - The Kingston Trio

BONUS #2 - http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=e_VPsu-m1-A - The Whistling Gypsy - Thomascow


From http://ingeb.org/songs/thegypsy.html

The Whistling Gypsy was written by Leo McGuire in Dublin about 1950 and first sung by Joe Lynch, the popular ballad singer from Cork. The song was written on a dare - I heard this from McGuire himself - that he could write a popular Irish song that would not have a sad ending ! The song was very popular throughout the 1950s. I last heard it sung by a quartet in Los Angeles in 1999. I was so surprised that I ran over and joined in with them. Oddly, they were pleased, because it turned out that they knew only one verse of the song and I knew them all ! (TC)
 

 

THIS WEEK'S BIRTHDAYS:

    Happy Birthday today to     Jeannie Collier Fitzgerald ('65) of VA!

    Happy Birthday tomorrow to      Charis Bean Duke (Governor Thomas Johnson HS, MD - '85) of NC!

    Happy Birthday this week to:

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

29 -     Nancy Keesee (Tucker) Crawley ('57) of TX;

30 -  Charlie Phillips ('65) of TN;

31 - Lynn Stewart Schroeder ('71) of NC;

01 -     Paul Dobie ('66) of CO!

   Many Happy Returns to You All!

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


THIS DAY IN THE WAR BETWEEN THE STATES:


http://www.civilwarinteractive.com/This%20Day/thisday0125.htm - ALSO:

January 25, 1863 - Abraham Lincoln relieved General Ambrose Burnside [US} from command of the Army of the Potomac, replacing him with General Joseph "Fighting Joe" Hooker.

January 25, 1863 - Union forces withdraw from Corinth, Mississippi. They had been ordered to help protect Mississippi River shipping from northern states

January 25, 1864 - The Confederates organized a government around General Henry W. Allen. Its capital was Shreveport.

January 25, 1864 - Nathan Bedford Forrest [CS] attacked and defeated William Sooy Smith [US] near Meridian, Mississippi.

January 25, 1867 - Missouri ratified the 14th Amendment: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Fourteenth_Amendment_to_the_United_States_Constitution



SPECIAL FEATURE:

From Ron Lowder of VA to       Dave Spriggs ('64) of VA - 01/18/11 - "NNHS 1918":

Capt. Dave,

I was looking through some old photos handed down from my relatives and discovered some vintage NNHS pictures. One is a 1918 Football team photo. Seems they were the state champs that year and no one scored against them. Pretty amazing. I’ve got to work on the scans to clean them up but they will be available soon. I guess Walter Reed High School was co-existent with NNHS about that time…see attached photo. Do you think your
NNHS65 site would like some of the scans I am doing, or is this stuff too old for that site?

Ron


       From Dave Spriggs ('64) of VA - 01/18/11 - "RE: NNHS 1918":

Ron,

A way cool scan. It will be interesting to research “Walter Reed High School” and its connection with NNHS. We know that NNHS existed earlier than 1918. It was once in a building on Washington Avenue. Later, it was located in what became Daniel School on 31st Street. The Huntington Avenue school was completed ca. 1922. So, it is a mystery to be solved just how WRHS fits into this.

In answer to your other question, NOTHING is too old for the NNHS site. I am so sure of this that I have CCed Carol, so that she can see and use the image.

She and I will look forward to the other scans, as you prepare them for publication.

Thanks,

Dave


From Ron Lowder of VA - 01/20/11 - "Old NNHS photos 1918 - 1920 or so":

Capt. Dave and Carol,

I’ve cleaned these photos up as much as I can. Hope the NNHS web community enjoys them.

There is one common thread in these photos. In each one is my uncle, G. Edward Travis, who was sports editor and then managing editor of the Times Herald newspaper for many years before its demise. He also broadcasted the news on WGH Radio once or twice daily from the old Daily Press building downtown...

Best Regards, Ron

   Thank you so very much, Ron - and Dave!

   According to the 1996 lithograph, the "new" Newport News High School building was completed in 1923:

http://nnhs65.com/nnhs.html

   Now we have a brand new section to hold these six valuable vintage images. Go treat yourselves:

http://nnhs65.com/SITE-MAP.html

     http://www.nnhs65.com/NNHS-The-Early-Years.html - brand new page!


 



  From Norris Perry (Warwick HS - '59) of VA - 01/24/11 - "Prayer Request":

Please pray for our defenders.

We are asking everyone to say a prayer for "Darkhorse" 3rd Battalion 5th Marines and their families. They are fighting it out in Afghanistan & they have lost 9 marines in 4 days. IT WOULD BE NICE TO SEE the message spread if more could pass it on.

Semper Fi, God Bless America and God Bless the United States Marine Corps...IT WOULD BE NICE TO SEE the message spread if more could pass it on.

God Bless America and God Bless the United States Marine Corps... Semper Fi,

Often Tested, Always Faithful, Brothers Forever

But, Nothing in the media about these guys because no one seems to care:

Justin Allen, 23,
Brett Linley, 29,
Matthew Weikert, 29,
Justus Bartett, 27,
Dave Santos, 21,
Chase Stanley, 21,
Jesse Reed, 26,
Matthew Johnson, 21,
Zachary Fisher, 24,
Brandon King, 23,
Christopher Goeke, 23,
Sheldon Tate, 27,

All are Marines that gave their lives for YOU & I this week!

Honor THEM by forwarding this. I just did.

   ABSOLUTELY! Thanks, Norris!

http://www.snopes.com/inboxer/prayer/darkhorse.asp - True:

   Since 08 Oct 2010, the 3/5 has lost 23 Marines while conducting Operation Enduring Freedom combat operations in Helmond Province.



       From Dave Spriggs ('64) of VA - 01/24/11 - "Staircase vs. escalator - This is awesome!":
 

How cool is this??!!

Wish I’d thought of it.

What I would do next is organize a flash mob to position themselves on the stairway and “play” Bach’s “Toccata and Fugue in D Minor”.

Watch what a group of engineers did, using fun to get people to use a long staircase with a moving escalator right next to it...

At first no one took the stairs, almost 97% of the people took the escalator...

Notice how engineers changed how people reacted to climbing a long stair case as first choice...66% more people took the stairs...
 

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ybdSzN2vr4w
 

   Thanks so much, David! I absolutely LOVE this! Of course, I have a deep-rooted (and horribly embarrassing) fear of escalators, and would have taken the stairs anyway, but I would have have enjoyed them ever so much more if they played music for me!


 


  From Ruth Ann Reece Horace ('67) of FL - 01/15/11 - "CAN'T FIX STUPID" (#8 in a Series of 10):

What are the odds of that?
 
     Thanks, Ruthie!


 


FINALLY:

From Will and Guy's Joke of the Day - 01/24/11:
 
* Mr. Angry - Golfing

A very angry golfer was on his way to carding a round of 150. He turned to his caddy and said," You must be the worst caddy in the world."

"That would be too much of a coincidence, sir," answered the caddy in a quiet voice.

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* Golfing Priest

A young man and a priest are playing together. At a short par-3 the priest asks, "What are you going to use on this hole, my son?"

The young man says, "An iron, father. How about you?"

The priest says, "I'm going to hit a soft seven and pray."

The young man hits his iron and puts the ball on the green. The priest tops his iron and dribbles the ball out a few yards.

The young man says, "I don't know about you, father, but in my church when we pray we keep our heads down."

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* Ten Marvellously True But Very Funny Sayings about Golf

1) I'll always remember the day I broke ninety. I had a few beers in the clubhouse and was so excited I forgot to play the back nine. - Bruce Lansky

2) They say golf is like life, but don't believe them. It's more complicated than that. - Gardner Dickinson

3) I'm hitting the woods just great, but I'm having a terrible time getting out of them. - Harry Tofcano

4) Golf! You hit down to make the ball go up. You swing left and the ball goes right. The lowest score wins. And on top of that, the winner buys the drinks. - Anon

5) I play in the low 80s. If it's any hotter than that, I won't play. - Anon

6) Putts get real difficult the day they hand out the money. - Lee Trevino

7) The best wood in most amateurs' bags is the pencil. - Unknown

8) I'd like to see the fairways more narrow. Then everybody would have to play from the rough, not just me. - Seve Ballesteros

9) If you think it's hard to meet new people, try picking up the wrong golf ball. - Jack Lemmon

10) Golf is a game whose aim is to hit a very small ball into a even smaller hole, with weapons singularly ill-designed for the purpose. - Winston Churchill
 


 


DATES TO REMEMBER:

1. Friday, January 28, 2011 - Tidewater Friends of Folk Music Coffeehouse - 7:00 PM Wesley United Methodist Church, 2510 N. Armistead Avenue, Hampton, VA 23666 - SEE: http://www.tffm.org/coffeehouse.html. 

2. Thursday, February 3, 2011 - 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 fiends in that year, go visit with them.

3. Wednesday, February 9, 2011 - 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. Wednesday, April 13, 2011 - 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.
5.
Saturday, April 30, 2011 - The NNHS Class will have a Luncheon. Team Leaders are Mickey Marcella (mcmiceli@verizon.net - 757-249-3800), Betty Hamby Neher (bjneher@cox.net - 757-898-5099), and Dr. Harry Simpson (hdsdds@aol.com - 804-694-0346). - CLASS OF 1954

6. Saturday, July 9, 2011 (6:30 PM to 11:30 PM) - The Class of 1971 will hold its 40-Year Reunion at Newport News Marriott at City Center, 740 Town Center Drive, Newport News. For details, contact Richard Rawls at Richard@Rawls.com - CLASS OF 1971


PRAYER ROLL :

http://www.nnhs65.com/requests-prayers.html - updated 12/30/10

BLOG:

http://nnhs.wordpress.com/ - updated 10/21/10


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

                           Love to all, Carol

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PERSONAL WEB SITE: http://www.angelfire.com/weird2/cluckmeat

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Carol Buckley Harty
915-780-3048

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The Whistling Gypsy

Written by Leo McGuire, 1950
 

1. The Whistling Gypsy came over the hill,
Down thru the valley so shady;
He whistled and he sang
til the greenwood rang,
And he won the heart of a lady.

A dee do a dee do die day,
A dee do a dee day-o
He whistled and he sang
Til the greenwood rang,
And he won the heart of a lady.

2. She left her father's castle gate,
she left her fair young lover;
She left her servants
And her estate
to follow the gypsy rover.

A dee do a dee do die day,
A dee do a dee day-o
She left her servants
And her estate
to follow the gypsy rover.

3. She left behind her velvet gown,
And shoes of Spanish leather;
They whistled and they sang
Till the greenwood rang,
As they rode off together.

A dee do a dee do die day,
A dee do a dee day-o
They whistled and they sang
Till the greenwood rang,
As they rode off together.

4. Last night she slept on a goose feather bed
With silken sheets for cover;
Tonight she sleeps
On the cold, cold ground
Beside her gypsy lover.

A dee do a dee do die day,
A dee do a dee day-o
Tonight she sleeps
On the cold, cold ground
Beside her gypsy lover.

5. Her father saddled up his fastest steed
And roamed the valleys all over
Sought his daughter
At great speed
And the whistling gypsy rover.

A dee do a dee do die day,
A dee do a dee day-o
Sought his daughter
At great speed
And the whistling gypsy rover.

6. He came at last to a mansion fine,
Down by the river Claydee
And there was music
And there was wine,
For the gypsy and his lady.

A dee do a dee do die day,
A dee do a dee day-o
And there was music
And there was wine,
For the gypsy and his lady.

7. "He is no gypsy, my father" she said
"But lord of these lands all over,
And I shall stay
'til my dying day
With my whistling gypsy rover."

A dee do a dee do die day,
A dee do a dee day-o
And I shall stay
'til my dying day
With my whistling gypsy rover."


"The Whistling Gypsy" midi and lyrics courtesy of http://ingeb.org/folkWhi_.html - 01/26/11 (sic)

Gypsy Man Image courtesy of Google Images (original source - http://bakati.com/s~q-hot%20gypsy%20man.aspx - no longer showing this) - 01/26/11 (sic)

Celtic Heart Divider Line clip art courtesy of http://www.wtv-zone.com/nevr2l82/bars11.html - 10/05/05

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

Governor Thomas Johnson High School's Logo courtesy of http://www.tjathletics.org/ - 06/16/08

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 http://www.onemileup.com/miniSeals.asp - 05/29/06

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

Animated Laughing Kitty courtesy of Tom Flax ('64) of VA - 06/03/06
Thanks, Tom!

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