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02/13/09 - NNHS Newsletter -
Tennessee Ernie Ford's 90th Birthday

“Looking back on it, I wouldn't change a thing.”

- Tennessee Ernie Ford
(13 Feb 1919 - 17 Oct 1991)

Dear Friends and Schoolmates,

   My how time flies.....

BONUS #1 - - "16 Tons" - Tennessee Ernie Ford - Introduced by Dinah Shore

BONUS #2 - - "Pickin' Time" - Tennessee Ernie Ford and Johnny Cash

BONUS #3 - - "O Holy Night" - Ernie Ford and Gordon MacRae, December, 1958 - WOW! This was so beautiful, I just couldn't resist it!

BONUS #4 - - "Try A Little Tenderness" -  Tennessee Ernie Ford

BONUS #5 - - "Shenandoah" - Tennessee Ernie Ford



      From Wayne Stokes ('65) of VA - 02/12/09:

Did you get this? There is definitely a need!

   No, Wayne Honey, I did NOT get this, so thank you for sending it to me!

     From the Head Flagtwirler of 1965, Janice McCain Rose of VA - "Please say a prayer for us":

Hello.....just wanted to ask you to please say prayers for us.  Fred (Rose) has been found to have a small malignant tumor in his esophagus. 
He will have to have major surgery (8 hours plus) to remove the esophagus and make a new one by pulling and stretching his stomach.  We don't know yet if any chemo or radiation will be done before or after surgery.  The test to determine this will be done next Thursday.
In the meantime, he has another test on Monday, two on Tuesday, and two on Wednesday...then we meet again with the surgeon on Feb. 25th.
The surgery is very complicated and long.  Fred is in good shape for his age and this is a plus.
We will know more on the the meantime, please pray for him and for us and our family.....Janice

   YOWZERONI!!! That we will most certainly do, Janice!


   Happy Birthday today to    Carla Fine Cripps ('65) of Australia!

   Happy Valentine Birthday tomorrow to      Jimmy Parker ('62) of VA AND My Niece,       Renee Dick Romulus (Booker T. Washington HS - '80) of Northern VA!

   Happy Birthday this week to:
18 -
    Bill Sawyer ('57) - 1939 (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;

20 -    Bobby Callis ('64) of WV!

   Many Happy Returns to you all!

  From Jamey Douglas Bacon ('66) of VA - 02/12/09 - "Maddie and Brian - SON AND GRANDS":

     WOWZERS!!! Thanks, Jamey, what a beautiful family you have! When did Maddie grow up?!?

   Sorry I missed your call the other night. I'll try to reach you tonight. I've grown totally unaccustomed to having to schedule and time my calls - EEK!!!!

Saturday, September 20, 2008
Maddie and Brian Brian and Spencer Maddie, Brian, and Spencer

   Thanks again, Lady!

        From David Whitley ('67) of VA - 02/12/09 - "Gender-Specific Driving Etiquette":

Gender-Specific Driving Etiquette                                         
A woman is driving at night on a narrow road .. At the same time, a man is driving in the opposite direction on that same road.                       
When they narrowly pass each other, the woman rolls down her window and loudly yells, 'HORSE!' Immediately, the man shouts back, 'Witch!'         
The man laughs. He is proud to have reacted so quickly to the shouting woman and takes the next turn in the road, maintaining his speed. 

Moral of the story:

Men never listen, and when they do, they don't understand one word a woman says.

   Thanks, Gorgeous!


    From Glenn Dye ('60) of TX - 02/12/09 - "Steve & His Riding Lawn Mower":

    Glenn, this all but defies comment! Thanks for the laugh!

    From Eric Huffstutler (Bethel HS - '75) of VA - 02/12/09 - "S.S. United States":


I am hoping you can post a plea to those on the NNHS website concerning the S.S. United States which was built at Newport News Shipbuilding in 1952.  During the age of grand ocean travel, few original specimens remain today and the SS United States was the Blue Ribbon Trophy holder (and still is) for the fastest liner to cross the Atlantic.
It was retired in 1969, been shuffled from owner to owner and pier to pier until where it currently sits at Pier 82 in Philadelphia today.
In 1999 the ship was placed on the National Registry of Historic Places but this is in name only and can not protect the ship.
The Norwegian Cruise Lines purchased the liner in 2003 in what they claimed was an effort to save this icon that represents our country by name from the scrapyard and planed to restore it for Pacific travel but remained cloaked in mystery.
Now we learn that NCL is planning to sell it to the "highest bidder" but refuses to elaborate if this means the scrap yard?
The SS United States Foundation is a non-profit group that has been on top of every aspect of the future of this monument but now needs your help to avoid loosing it forever.  Please contact any and all branches of government local, state, and national to voice your opinion and get newspapers, magazines, and television involved.

Here is a link of interest to go with the SS United States plea...

And another link with info and how to help

Eric S. Huffstutler
Bethel HS '75

   YIKESARONI!!! How can this be?!? Thanks for the alert, Eric! I'm sure we'll all try to do what we can to help!

   From F.A. Saunders (Hampton HS - '64) of VA - 02/12/09 - "Neat Web Site":

Hi Carol,
I've been sharing a really neat website with my friends and thought someone on your website may benefit from it as well. I recently needed to take a software course and didn't want to spend a fortune or have it take forever. I found a site at that offers hundreds of video classes on all kinds of subject matter pertaining to the computer. Here is the really neat part about this. You subscribe for a month and it cost $30 which entitles you to take as many of the courses as you desire. If you complete a course you can receive a certificate showing you took it, the date and the name of the course. Things like Microsoft Word, Excel, Power Point plus website development software like Dream Weaver. If you go to the site they let you see a sample of some of the courses. It is a very easy way to learn as you don't have do any reading, just sit there and watch the video.
Just thought this just may be the thing someone reading this may find useful especially if they are thinking about finding a job or just wanting to brush up a bit on their software skills in the spare time.
F.A. Saunders, Can't Crush A Crabber '64 (although the NNHS 64 basketball team sure tried that year and came real close)

   This is waaay cool, F.A. - thanks so much!

    But, ah, ummm - "CLOSE???"


       From Dave Spriggs ('64) of VA - 02/13/09 - "Are You Scottish?":

There is a lot of junk on YouTube, but now and then, something really impressive comes along.

If you have one platelet of Scottish blood in you, then I defy you to watch these videos and not have a tear in your eye.

If one Scottish piper is good, then imagine a thousand Scottish pipers, all marching right at you, playing "Scotland The Brave".

Two videos of the same event. Pick your favorite

   WOWZERONI!!! I myself am Scottish (well, as well as Welsh, English, Irish, Swiss, German, French Huguenot, Dutch, and Algonquian), and I certainly didn't make it through dry-eyed! Thanks so much, Brown Eyes!

From - 01/19/09 - "The Gift of Love":

Love -The Greatest Gift to Give
By Ainsworth Forgenie, Jan. 6, 2009

Ever dreamt of giving a gift which the recipient would gladly receive and eternally appreciate, regardless of their cultural experience, ethnic origin or religious classification?

One that the babe, teen, middle aged and old all eternally desire. A gift you could give whether you are rich or poor, intimately acquainted with or totally unfamiliar to the one whose heart you seek to bring delight to?

A gift whose waters gush forth as an elixir of joy, peace and perpetual youth. One that costs you nothing yet is the most expensive, rare and precious commodity in all the world. So much so that men traverse the five continents of the globe in their quest to find this priceless gem.

Philosophers are at pains to adequately describe it. Babies cannot live without it's comforting reassuring touch. Men and women survive longer without food or water than without this vital nutrient. Hardened criminals are transformed into gentle pussy cats by its effective, life changing power. The rich would give all they possess if they can its succulent taste enjoy and the sick are by its curative powers healed.

This most complete of all gifts is LOVE. Love is the greatest energy in the universe. The greatest revelation comes when we realize that God is love. It is not what He has or does it is who He is.

Since God is love, all love must come from Him. And if it is love it must not only represent Him but it must also look like Him. When we say to someone, "I love you.", we are actually saying to that individual, "Today I will be like God towards you, all that He is and expresses I will be, all that He is not, will not be in my thoughts or actions towards you."

Many times when we say we love an individual we do not really mean it, because we do not understand it. For example when a singer stands before her adoring fans and says to them, "I love you, I love you all." with tear filled eyes, what she is really saying is, "You give me such a thrill. I am ecstatic about your response to my singing."

When the young man says to the the girl, "I love you." he is really saying: "I would like to have sex with you, because I believe you will satisfy my urge and make me the pride of my friends." When his partner says to him, "I love you," she really means, "I enjoy how it feels to be seen with you. I admire the clothes you wear, the car you drive and I am excited about the future you can give me."

When we speak about love we are usually speaking about what the person can do for us, it is self centered, it is about receiving or giving to receive. If after much giving there is no receiving then we stop loving. When God speaks about love He has only one thing in mind - giving. He is not giving so that He can receive or be thought of as kind. He is simply doing what love does. He is only being what He can't help but be. He gives for the purpose of benefiting the person, no other reason, it is pure love.

The only thing that true love wants from you is for you to be the best that you can be. Therefore, it is impossible to 'fall out of love', because we cannot 'fall in love'. The acts of 'falling in and out of love' is based on conditionality - certain conditions have to be met before a person can receive 'love' and those conditions have to be maintained in order for the person to 'stay in love'. Love, true love since it does not seek anything for itself, is not based on the worthiness of the individual to receive love and so there is nothing they can do to not merit that love - It is unconditional.

The greatest gift we can give someone is to love them truly. True love is not judgmental, it is liberating, it is healing, it is limitless in its forgiveness and it has the power to be transformational.

Author's Bio

Having spent over thirty (30) years as a teacher and counselor and the past fifteen years training individuals to overcome their negative past and move confidently and victoriously into their future, Ainsworth Forgenie is well equipped to enable men and women to overcome their hurts, walk in their Divine purpose and come to the place where they could truly experience the wealthy life.

Being an avid student of the human mind, Ainsworth has spent considerable time helping individuals move past their hurts and come to the place where they enjoy their new found freedom and joy.

An excellent communicator and gifted teacher, Ainsworth's conferences and seminars are known to be truly eye opening and life impacting. His focused desire is to bring individuals to a place of wholeness, connectedness and self awareness so that they become empowered to live truly transformed lives.


From Norris Perry (Warwick HS - '59) of VA - 02/12/09 - "ANNIVERSARIES":


A woman awoke during the night to find that her husband was not in their bed.

She put on her dressing gown and went downstairs to look for him.

She found him sitting at the kitchen table with a hot cup of coffee in front of him. He appeared to be in deep thought, just staring at the wall.

She watched as he wiped a tear from his eye and took a sip of his coffee.

'What's the matter, dear?' she whispered as she stepped into the room, 'Why are you down here at this time of night?'

The husband looked up from his coffee, 'I am just remembering when we first met 20 years ago and started dating. You were only 16. Do you remember back then?' he asked solemnly.

The wife was touched to tears thinking that her husband was so caring, so sensitive.

'Yes, I do,' she replied.

The husband paused. The words were not coming easily.

'Do you remember when your father caught us in the back seat of my car?'

'Yes, I remember!' said the wife, lowering herself into a chair beside him.

The husband continued. 'Do you remember when he shoved the shotgun in my face and said, 'Either you marry my daughter, or I will send you to jail for 20 years?'

'I remember that too' she replied softly.

He wiped another tear from his cheek and said...

'I would have been released today.'



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Sixteen Tons

- Merle Travis

Some people say a man is made outta mud
A poor man's made outta muscle and blood
Muscle and blood and skin and bones
A mind that's a-weak and a back that's strong

You load sixteen tons, what do you get?
Another day older and deeper in debt
Saint Peter don't you call me 'cause I can't go
I owe my soul to the company store

I was born one mornin' when the sun didn't shine
I picked up my shovel and I walked to the mine
I loaded sixteen tons of number nine coal
And the straw boss said "Well, a-bless my soul"

You load sixteen tons, what do you get?
Another day older and deeper in debt
Saint Peter don't you call me 'cause I can't go
I owe my soul to the company store

I was born one mornin', it was drizzlin' rain
Fightin' and trouble are my middle name
I was raised in the canebrake* by an ol' mama lion
Cain't no-a high-toned woman make me walk the line

You load sixteen tons, what do you get?
Another day older and deeper in debt
Saint Peter don't you call me 'cause I can't go
I owe my soul to the company store

If you see me comin', better step aside
A lotta men didn't, a lotta men died
One fist of iron, the other of steel
If the right one don't a-get you, then the left one will

You load sixteen tons, what do you get?
Another day older and deeper in debt
Saint Peter don't you call me 'cause I can't go
I owe my soul to the company store

"Sixteen Tons" midi and lyrics (sequenced by "Sassy Lady") courtesy of - 02/12/09

First Image of Tennessee Ernie Ford courtesy of - 02/12/09

Second Image of Tennessee Ernie Ford courtesy of - 02/12/09

Colorful Divider Line clip art courtesy of - 02/12/09

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

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

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

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

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!

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

Animated Laughing Frog courtesy of Wayne Stokes ('65) of VA - 07/16/08
Thanks, Wayne!

Bethel High School's Bruin clip art courtesy of Eric Huffstutler (Bethel HS - '75) of VA - 03/22/06 (still missing...)
Thanks, Eric!

Hampton High School's Crab clip art courtesy of - 10/02/05 (still missing...)

Animated Laughing Jerry courtesy of Cookie Phillips Tyndall ('64) of VA - 06/14/06
Thanks, Cookie!

Animated "NEW" clip art courtesy of - 03/07/06

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