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02/12/12 - NNHS Newsletter -
Abraham Lincoln's 203rd Birthday

“Common looking people are the best in the world:
that is the reason the Lord makes so many of them.”

“I claim not to have controlled events, but confess plainly that events have controlled me.”

If I were to try to read, much less answer, all the attacks made on me, this shop might as well be closed for any other business.
I do the very best I know how - the very best I can; and I mean to keep doing so until the end. If the end brings me out all right,
what's said against me won't amount to anything. If the end brings me out wrong,
ten angels swearing I was right would make no difference.

- Abraham Lincoln
(12 Feb 1809 - 15 Apr 1865)

Dear Friends and Schoolmates,   

   Today's theme is supposed to repeat every year, barring technical difficulties.....

BONUS - - Battle Hymn of the Republic - The Mormon Tabernacle Choir on Touched By An Angel - WOWZERONI-RINI!



   Happy Birthday today to Jon Pearl ('57)!

   Happy Birthday this week to:

13 -    Carla Fine Cripps ('65) of Australia;

14 -      Jimmy Parker ('62) of VA AND My Niece,       Renee Dick Romulus (Booker T. Washington HS - '80) of Northern VA;

18 -     The late Bill Sawyer ('57) (deceased 05/16/06)  AND    Brooks Bloxom ('64) of NC;

19 -     Bobby Norris ('62) of VA AND      Linda Lane Lane ('64) of VA AND    Jamey Douglas Bacon ('66) of VA!

   Many Happy Returns to you all!


February 12, 1946 - Operation Deadlight ended after scuttling 121 of 154 captured U-boats.


Monday, February 12, 1962 - Field hockey player and Irish cricketer Jimmy Kirkwood was born in Northern Ireland.

From the Daily Press - 02/11/12 - "Citizen of the Year: Citizens for a Fort Monroe National Park":

Citizen of the Year: Citizens for a Fort Monroe National Park
HAMPTON— In an economic climate where so few federal resources are earmarked to preserve the treasures of America's past, the Citizens for a Fort Monroe National Park managed to rally the community around the common goal of preserving the historic Army post.

Leading a public campaign, the group successfully took its fight to Capitol Hill, where President Barack Obama utilized the Antiquities Act to place nearly two-thirds of the land at Fort Monroe on the list of National Park Service monuments.

In recognition of the group's work to lobby state, local and federal officials, as well as unite an entire community, the Daily Press Editorial Board honors the Citizens for a Fort Monroe National Park as its Citizen of the Year for 2011.

The award has been presented annually by the Daily Press since 1989 and was awarded in 2010 to Hampton University President Dr. William R. Harvey.

For this year's award, readers nominated 25 people including numerous pastors, volunteers and community leaders from areas throughout the Peninsula area.

Citizens for a Fort Monroe National Park group. FRONT ROW, L to R: Gerri Hollins, Betty Harper Wyatt, Karen Perreauct, Joanne Berkley, Monika Malone; BACK ROW, L to R: Adrian Whitcomb, Philip Adderley, Mark Perreault, Ron Wilson, Alec Gould, Scott Butler
(Rob Ostermaier, Daily Press / February 8, 2012)

A 'grand public place'

The initial charge for a "grand public place" at Fort Monroe didn't come from paid lobbyists or out-of-town consultants. Local scientists, environmentalists, teachers, historians and planners found a common interest in preserving the Army's only stone fort and the land surrounding it.

Even after President Obama declared the north beach and stone fort area as a National Park Service monument, Citizens members have continued working with the Fort Monroe Authority.

The authority will oversee the day-to-day operations of the property once the Army leaves this year.

Authority Executive Director Glenn Oder said he keeps an open line to the Citizens group to solicit its opinion on numerous issues including the views from the fort to the water.

As Obama noted during his signing of the national monument declaration, the Citizens group was working to improve Fort Monroe from early in the base realignment process.

"This success is a testament to what can be accomplished when citizens act in the best interests of their community, and leaders put the interests of the country ahead of political party," Obama said.

The effort by Citizens for a Fort Monroe National Park began before the ink dried on the Base Realignment and Closure Commission's authorization in August 2005 to deactivate Fort Monroe. By that summer's end, the citizens already received status as a non-profit entity.

Following the BRAC announcement, few people could comprehend the fate of the land that had been used for more than four centuries to protect the waters of Hampton Roads. After all, the Army was as much a part of Hampton as the English who first landed in 1606 and the seafood industry that helped finance construction when the town was burned during the Civil War.

Old Point Comfort's military history dates to the early 1600s when the southeastern tip of the Peninsula was recognized as a strategic stronghold to protect ports in the Chesapeake Bay and along the James River.

During its nearly 200-year existence, Fort Monroe was a destination for escaped slaves. The stone fort was also used to imprison Confederate President Jefferson Davis following the Civil War.

The military personnel may have been lost with BRAC, but the Citizens weren't ready to drain the fort's moat and raise the white flag.

Instead of "Hampton's newest neighborhood" — which some planners used to denote the development that could spring up on Fort Monroe if the land was gifted to the city — the Citizens called for the post's historic nature to be preserved and that the site be a "grand public place" for all.

And so the public campaign began.

National Park Service

Citizens for a Fort Monroe National Park

Board of Directors and Officers:

President: Mark D. Perreault, Norfolk. A general solicitor atNorfolk Southern Corp. and a former president of the Norfolk Preservation Alliance

Vice president: Gerri L. Hollins, Hampton. Founder of the Contraband Historical Society

Secretary: Samuel R. Martin, Hampton. Senior consultant with S.R. Martin Associates, an architecture and planning firm, and a civic leader in the Buckroe area

Treasurer: Dr. H. Scott Butler, Newport News. Retired English literature professor at Thomas Nelson Community College

Webmaster: Adrian Whitcomb, Newport News. Teacher, writer, photographer, civic advocate

Philip Adderley, Yorktown. Works at Thomas Jefferson National Accelerator Facility in Newport News

Joanne Berkley, Norfolk. Founder of the Norfolk Preservation Alliance and a trustee on the Chesapeake Bay Foundation

Louis L. Guy, Norfolk. A civil engineer and former president of the Norfolk Historical Society

Monika Malone, Hampton. Foreign language instructor at Thomas Nelson Community College

Ron Wilson, Norfolk. Retired from the National Park Service

Betty Harper Wyatt, Williamsburg. Member of Preservation Virginia

Jane Yerkes, Williamsburg. Founding trustee and past president of the Preservation Alliance of Virginia; was the 2011 recipient of the Katherine Glaize Rockwood Award, which is presented by Preservation Virginia for contributing to historic preservation.

   WAY TO GO, Adrian!

       From George Helliesen ('61) of MI - 02/11/12 - "Creation - The Modern Story":

Dear Miss Typhoon,

Thought your readers may be interested in the latest revelations regarding the universe. Quite interesting!

We will think of you often while we are in Florida for the winter. We may try and sell our house in Michigan and move back to Virginia when we get back home in April. I'm a southern boy, not a damn Yankee. We will rise again!

Give my regards to
      Paul (Harty - Bardolph HS, IL - '61 - of NC).

Take care,

George Helliesen, 61

   Thanks so much, George Sweetie! I'm glad to know of your Noble Aspirations!

   I wasn't able to find a usable version of the PowerPoint show you sent me, but here is the transcript of the original version of the selection:


In The Beginning, God created the Heaven and the Earth. And the Earth was without form, and void, And darkness was upon the face of the deep.

And the Devil said, "It doesn't get any better than this."

And so God created Man in His own image; male and female He created them.

And God looked upon Man and Woman and saw that they were lean and fit. And God populated the earth with broccoli and cauliflower and spinach and green and yellow vegetables of all kinds, so Man and Woman would live long and healthy lives.

And so the Devil created McDonald's. And McDonald's brought forth the 79-cent double cheeseburger. And the Devil said to Man, "You want fries with that?" And Man said, "Super size them." And Man gained five pounds.

And so God created the healthful yogurt, that Woman might keep her figure. But the Devil brought forth chocolate. And Woman gained five pounds.

And God said, "Try my crispy fresh salad." And the Devil brought forth Ben and Jerry's. And Woman gained 10 pounds.

And God said, "Why doth thou eatest thus? I have sent thee heart-healthy vegetables and olive oil with which to cook them." But the Devil brought forth chicken fried steak so big it needed its own platter. And Man gained 10 pounds and his bad cholesterol went through the roof.

And so God brought forth running shoes. And Man resolved to lose those extra pounds. And the Devil brought forth cable TV with remote control so Man would not have to toil to change channels between ESPN and ESPN2. And Man gained another 20 pounds.

And so God brought forth the potato, A vegetable naturally low in fat and brimming with nutrition. And the Devil peeled off the healthful skin and sliced the starchy center into chips and deep-fat fried them. And the Devil created sour cream dip. And Man clutched his remote control and ate the potato chips swaddled in cholesterol. And the Devil saw and said, "It is good."

And Man went into cardiac arrest. And God sighed and created Quadruple bypass surgery. And the Devil canceled Man's health insurance.

So God showed Woman how to peel the skin off chicken and cook the nourishing whole grain brown rice. And the Devil created light beer so Man could poison his body, while feeling righteous because he had to drink twice as much of the now-insipid brew to get the same buzz. And Man gained another 10 pounds.

And Woman ventured forth Into the land of Godiva chocolate, and upon returning asked Man, "Do I look fat?" And the Devil said, "Always tell the truth." And Man did.

And Woman went out from the presence of Man and dwelt in the land of the divorce lawyer, east of the marriage counselor.

And the Devil said, "It doesn't get any better than this."

        From My #2 Son, Brent Harty (Hillsboro HS, IL - '90) of TX - 02/11/12 - "Brent's new DA Photo":

Hey all,
  Here is my new DA Photo. I thought you'd like to see it. I think it is my best photo yet. And good timing, eh? This will be the one the Captain's and MISO board ORB (officer record brief) that they will view.
with love...
"You may be whatever you resolve to be."

       LTG Thomas J. Jackson, C.S.
Thursday, February 9, 2012

WOWZERS! Looking better than ever! Thanks, Brent!

  From Ruth Ann Reece Horace ('67) of FL - 02/11/12 - "$85.00 to change a headlight bulb?!!?":

I have been in Tampa the past two days, watching my daughter Sheri's two little ones. Her husband, Doug, is in Estacada, OR helping family after his mom passed away this past Tuesday. I'm home from Sheri's and glad for a safe trip. While down there one of the headlights on my Prius went out. I called AutoZone, they had the bulb and would even put it in for me. When I left Sheri's it was almost dark, I bought a bulb but the guy could not get the old one out. There just was not enough room. On the way home, I passed Wesley Chapel Toyota just off I75, and stopped in to see if they could help. Their service department was closed but the one guy still there said he would see what he could do. He also could not get it off. I drove home with one headlight and called Village Toyota here this morning to let them know I was bringing it in so they could change the bulb.

Them: "We can do it Tuesday at 9am."

Me: "I need it right away."

Them: "We don't have time today."

Me: "Why?"

Them: "IT TAKES AN HOUR. YOU HAVE TO TAKE THE BUMPER OFF TO GET TO IT. OH, BY THE WAY, IT COATS $85.00(!!!!!!!) We suggest you change all of them while we have it off."

No kidding. I think the Prius is going to go the way of the Lexmark printer and be replaced.

   YOWZERONI! I'm so sorry to hear all your sad and outrageous news, Ruthie!

  From Renee Helterbran Benton ('59) of VA - 02/11/12 - "Michelle's thank you note":

   Thanks, Renee! I'm going out on a limb here and hoping this is what you had in mind, as your note was mostly empty... 

      From My Niece, Shari, of VA - 02/11/12 - "Things............":

*-- 15 1/2 pound baby born in China --*

XINXIANG CITY, China - A set of parents in China said they expected a large baby, but they were shocked when their son came out weighing a potentially record-setting 15 1/2 pounds. Han Jingang and Wang Yujuan said they were expecting a large baby, but they were surprised when baby Chun Chun was born Saturday in Xinxiang City weighing a staggering 15 1/2 pounds, a number state-run China Daily said is half a pound heavier than the three China record-holding 15-pounders born between 2008 and 2010, New Tang Dynasty Television reported Thursday. "My wife was no different from other pregnant women. She ate and drank normally as she should. But she's given birth to such a big, fat son. Today is the first day of spring in the Chinese calendar and he's a 'dragon baby.' I feel very happy," Han Jingang said. Wang Yujuan said she knew the baby would be large. "I clearly felt that my body was more clumsy than when I had been pregnant with my daughter. My belly was bigger than it was then. I guessed the baby would be between 10 and 11 pounds. I never expected to hear that he weighs 15 1/2," she said. Guinness World Records said the heaviest baby ever born weighed nearly 24 pounds when it was born in Ohio in 1879, but it died hours later.



Italian sailors from Genoa, whom the French called Genes, wore cotton workpants. These pants became known as "genes." Eventually, the word morphed into "jeans."

Levi Strauss arrived in California during the Gold Rush, trying to sell canvas tents to miners, but he learned what the prospectors needed most were pants. He turned his tents into pants, but some complained the rough fabric chaffed. This caused Levi to switch to a twilled cotton imported from Nimes, France.

The cloth from Nimes was known as "de Nimes" or "denim." The term blue jeans finds its roots in the Nimes cloth that the Genoese dyed blue.

In 1885, a person could buy a pair of Levi's overalls for $1.25. By 1900, the company charged $8.50 for a pair of their famous blue jeans.

In 2005, an original pair of 501 Levi's aged more than 100 years were sold to a collector for $60,000. An original pair of Levi's jeans is part of the Smithsonian Institution's permanent collection.

In Spain, blue jeans are known as "vaqueros" or "cowboys;" in Danish "cowboybukser;" and in Mandarin Chinese "niuzaiku" - both of which translate literally to "cowboy pants."

Largest Pair of Jeans - Strange But True

Levis celebrated their 150th anniversary by producing the 'largest pair of jeans' which was displayed in Seol. These jeans are as tall as a 10 story building, and the back pockets are the size of a queen size bed.

Watch It Now: Largest Pair of Jeans - Strange But True


Thrifty Tip.....

Pay up front

If you’re looking to save some cash on your hotel bill, try paying before you go. Some hotels, including some Marriot Hotels offer discounts of up to 50% if you pay two to three weeks in advance. It’s called an Advance Purchase Rate and it can save you money!


*-- Q and A Quickies --*

Q: What has four legs, is big, green, fuzzy, and if it fell out of a tree would kill you?

A: A pool table.

Q: What do you call a bear with no teeth?

A: A gummy bear.


Until It Sputters

Psychologists say that we only use 10% of our brain.
Our brain is not the only thing we don't fully use.

I sat writing.
I had been writing for hours.
I was signing one of my books.

"I know your hand must be hurting," one of the ladies helping to pack the books said.
I had no pain or strain in my hand.
It was an absolute pleasure as the ink flowed like blue milk.
It did not feel like work; it felt like an impartation.
I knew each reader would be blessed by the book.

So what does that have to with fully utilizing your brain?

My new pen ran out of ink, that's what it has to do with it.

I buy pens by the dozen.
I lose them.
I misplace them.
I leave them at various places.
I go through pens like others go through tissue paper.

For the first time in my life, I fully used a pen.
I ran a pen dry,

...until it sputtered.

It was a MountainWings Moment.

I sat thinking as my pen sputtered and refused to write,
"How many more things do I have that I have never fully used?"

Although I have done much with what I have been given, I could
have done so much more, if only I had fully utilized it.
If only I had used the pen of life until it sputtered.

How many books can you sign with one pen?

I signed 1,510 books before my first pen gave out.
On book 1,511 the blue river of ink turned into a white scratch.

How many under-utilized, thrown away, and lost pens do you have?
How much time, love, energy, thought, money, and unworn and unseen
items do you have that you have never fully utilized?

Pens of Life

Upon how many hearts and minds can you write if you just fully use what you have?

If you used it until it sputtered.

~A MountainWings Original~

Thanks, Shari! That was one big baby! As you know, the largest of my seven children was        my #4 son, Joshua (Harty - Hillsboro HS, IL - '95 - of IL); he was 23" long, and weighed 11 lbs., 11-1/4 oz., but he missed the hospital record (at that time) by only 1/4 ounce. 

          Adrienne (Harty - Hillsboro HS, IL / American School, IL - of NC - currently serving an eighteen-month mission for The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints in Seattle, Washington) was not my second largest, but she weighed 10 lbs., 2 oz. and was 22-1/2" long. She and Joshua evenly tied for being the easiest deliveries - one hour total labor, no anesthesia, four hard contractions, and no stitches:

Monday, March 21, 1977
Ste. Genevieve, MO
Monday, March 21, 1977
Ste. Genevieve, MO
Tuesday, March 22, 1977
Ste. Genevieve, MO
Thursday, July 30, 1987
Hillsboro, IL
Thursday, July 30, 1987
Hillsboro, IL
Sunday, August 2, 1987
Hillsboro, IL
Me at 29, in labor
and leaving for the hospital,
having gained 67 pounds,
and not being able to clasp
my hands around my waist.
Joshua - newly born Joshua - 17 hours old Me at 39 years and 11
months,arriving in the
hospital labor room
Adrienne - newly born Adrienne - three days old

    From Stacy Dorn Davis ('64) of CA - 02/11/12 - "Four Worms in Church":

Four Worms in Church
(Four worms and a lesson to be learned !!!)

A minister decided that a visual demonstration would add emphasis to his Sunday sermon.

Four worms were placed into four separate jars.

The first worm was put into a container of alcohol.
The second worm was put into a container of cigarette smoke.
The third worm was put into a container of chocolate syrup.
The fourth worm was put into a container of good clean soil.

At the conclusion of the sermon, the minister reported the following results:

The first worm in alcohol -
The second worm in cigarette smoke –
The third worm in chocolate syrup – Dead.
The fourth worm in good clean soil - Alive.

So the Minister asked the congregation - What can you learn from this demonstration?

Maxine was sitting in the back, quickly raised her hand and said,

"As long as you drink, smoke and eat chocolate, you won't have worms!"

That pretty much ended the service.

Today is International Disturbed People's Day.

Please send an encouraging message to a disturbed friend ... Just as I have done.

   WILD GIGGLES! Thanks, Stacy!

VALENTINE CROCHET BONUS:!&utm_content=Lovey+Hat+for+Baby - Lovey Hat for Baby

  From Ruth Ann Reece Horace ('67) of FL - 01/26/12 - "Smile (#13 in a Series of 13)!!":



   MORE WILD GIGGLES! Thanks, Ruthie - these have been great!

    From Joan Lauterbach Krause ('60) of VA - 02/06/12 - "Just a Few Laughs (#5 in a Series of 11)":


Some of these might fit into the newsletter.


    What if we couldn’t laugh?????

   Just Laughs………… 

   WILD GIGGLES! Thanks, Joan!



From - 02/11/12:

An elderly woman called 911 on her cell phone to report that her car had been broken into.

She was hysterical as she explained her situation to the dispatcher: "They've stolen the stereo, the steering wheel, the brake pedal and even the accelerator!" she cried.

The dispatcher said, "Stay calm. An officer is on the way."

A few minutes later, the officer radioed in.  "Disregard." He said. "She got in the back-seat by mistake."


1. Thursday, March 1, 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, 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.

3. Wednesday, April 11, 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 

PRAYER ROLL: - updated 02/08/12

BLOG: - updated 03/13/11

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


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                          Love to all, Carol





The Battle Hymn of the Republic

- Julia Ward Howe

Mine eyes have seen the glory of the coming of the Lord
He is trampling out the vintage where the grapes of wrath are stored,
He has loosed the fateful lightening of His terrible swift sword
His truth is marching on.

Glory! Glory! Hallelujah!
Glory! Glory! Hallelujah!
Glory! Glory! Hallelujah!
His truth is marching on.

I have seen Him in the watch-fires of a hundred circling camps
They have builded Him an altar in the evening dews and damps
I can read His righteous sentence by the dim and flaring lamps
His day is marching on.

Glory! Glory! Hallelujah!
Glory! Glory! Hallelujah!
Glory! Glory! Hallelujah!
His truth is marching on.

I have read a fiery gospel writ in burnish`d rows of steel,
"As ye deal with my contemners, So with you my grace shall deal;"
Let the Hero, born of woman, crush the serpent with his heel
Since God is marching on.

Glory! Glory! Hallelujah!
Glory! Glory! Hallelujah!
Glory! Glory! Hallelujah!
His truth is marching on.

He has sounded forth the trumpet that shall never call retreat
He is sifting out the hearts of men before His judgment-seat
Oh, be swift, my soul, to answer Him! be jubilant, my feet!
Our God is marching on.

Glory! Glory! Hallelujah!
Glory! Glory! Hallelujah!
Glory! Glory! Hallelujah!
His truth is marching on.

In the beauty of the lilies Christ was born across the sea,
With a glory in His bosom that transfigures you and me:
As He died to make men holy, let us die to make men free,
While God is marching on.

Glory! Glory! Hallelujah!
Glory! Glory! Hallelujah!
Glory! Glory! Hallelujah!
His truth is marching on.

"Battle Hymn of the Republic" midi courtesy of
at the suggestion of Dave Spriggs ('64) of VA - 02/09/05
Thank you so much, Dave!  This rendition has exactly the period flavor I had hoped against hope to capture.

"Battle Hymn of the Republic" lyrics courtesy of
also at the suggestion of Dave Spriggs ('64) of VA - 02/09/05
Thanks again, Dave!

First Lincoln Image courtesy of - 02/12/09

Second Lincoln Image courtesy of - 02/12/09

Flag Divider Bar clip art courtesy of - 02/09/05 and re-saved 02/12/09

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

Animated Pulsing Heart courtesy of - 02/12/05 (re-saved 02/13/09)

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

Booker T. Washington logo courtesy of - 09/25/07

Animated USMC Flag clip art courtesy of - 06/18/03

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

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

 Animated Laughter clip art courtesy of Janice McCain Rose ('65) of VA - 01/24/06
Thanks, Janice!

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!

American School Logo courtesy of - 09/05/06

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