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03/14/11 - NNHS Newsletter
Skibbereen

“What the horrors of war are, no one can imagine. They are not wounds and
blood and fever, spotted and low, or dysentery, chronic and acute, cold and heat
and famine. They are intoxication, drunken brutality, demoralization and
disorder on the part of the inferior... jealousies, meanness, indifference,
selfish brutality on the part of the superior.”


 - Florence Nightingale
(12 May 1820 - 13 Aug 1910)

Dear Friends and Schoolmates,   

   Just as we did three years ago, all this week leading up to St. Patrick's Day (at least until I go out of town for a week on Tuesday morning), we'll be celebrating with Irish songs. In fact (as I'm so very far behind), we'll be using the very same themes all week as we did then.  

   This is one of the saddest, telling the story of that bleak period in Irish history, from 1845 to 1850, when millions of Irish people died of hunger. Because of it's importance, this is our third visit:

http://nnhs65.com/03-14-08-NNHS-Skibbereen.html 

http://nnhs65.com/03-14-09-NNHS-Skibbereen.html

   This first video offers not only the brutal history, but views of the Abbeystrowry Cemetery in Skibbereen wherein so many of those victims are buried.  According to this account - no hint of which I was ever taught, the "famine" was not simply the result of natural conditions, but a planned genocide by the British landlords, during a time of full and plenty.

BONUS #1 - http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XPrLBggC8q8 - Oliver

BONUS #2 - http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TNNuE7nyDoQ - The Ronnie Drew Ballet Group (no video, but I found it easier to understand the words)

BONUS #3 - http://gurukul.ucc.american.edu/ted/POTATO.HTM - REQUIRED READING


HOMEWORK - highly recommended today:

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Skibbereen

http://www.skibbereen.ie/

http://www.skibbereen.ie/top-ten.html

http://www.westcorktravel.com/Towns/Skibbereen.htm

http://skibbereen.org/

http://www.historyplace.com/worldhistory/famine/introduction.htm

   Now draw your own conclusions.....


     From Me ('65) of IL - 03/14/11:

   When I said that "barring some miraculous intervention" there would be no more Newsletters this week until I returned from our trip to Southeast Missouri, I didn't know it would SNOW this morning!  ARGHH!
  • Today: Cloudy with rain and snow this morning. Rain and snow will become intermittent this afternoon. High 39F. Winds NE at 10 to 20 mph. 1 to 3 inches of snow expected.
  • Tonight: Showers this evening becoming less numerous overnight. Low near 35F. Winds NE at 10 to 20 mph. Chance of rain 40%.
  • Tomorrow: Showers in the morning, then cloudy in the afternoon. High 48F. Winds NNW at 5 to 10 mph. Chance of rain 30%.
  • Tomorrow night: Mostly cloudy skies early, then partly cloudy after midnight. Low 37F. Winds WSW at 5 to 10 mph.
...WINTER WEATHER ADVISORY IN EFFECT UNTIL 4 PM CDT THIS AFTERNOON...


THE NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE IN ST LOUIS HAS ISSUED A WINTER WEATHER ADVISORY FOR HEAVY WET SNOW...WHICH IS IN EFFECT UNTIL 4 PM CDT THIS AFTERNOON.
* TIMING...SNOW WILL CONTINUE TO FALL THROUGH NOON BEFORE MIXING AND CHANGING BACK OVER TO RAIN. * ACCUMULATIONS...ACCUMULATIONS WILL BE IN THE 2 TO 5 INCH RANGE...WITH LOCALLY HIGHER AMOUNTS POSSIBLE. * WINDS...NORTHEAST WINDS OF 10 TO 15 MPH ARE EXPECTED.
* IMPACTS...TRAVEL CONDITIONS WILL CONTINUE TO DETERIORATE THIS MORNING. MOTORISTS SHOULD BE ALERT FOR RAPIDLY CHANGING ROAD CONDITIONS.
PRECAUTIONARY/PREPAREDNESS ACTIONS... A WINTER WEATHER ADVISORY MEANS THAT UP TO 5 INCHES OF SNOW IS EXPECTED ACROSS THE ADVISORY AREA. ROADS MAY RAPIDLY BECOME SLIPPERY ONCE THE SNOW BEGINS...SO MOTORISTS SHOULD PLAN FOR A SLOWER THAN NORMAL TRIP. BE ESPECIALLY ALERT WHEN APPROACHING BRIDGES...OVERPASSES...AND CURVES.


THIS WEEK'S BIRTHDAYS:

  Happy Birthday tomorrow to Joan Williams Eberwine ('57) AND Linda Robinson Gillespie ('71) of VA!
  Happy Birthday this week to:

16 - Bill Gross (February '48) of VA  AND      Linda May Bond Crayton ('66) of VA AND  Jacque Ray Fisher ('66) of NC;

17 -   Barbara Brewer (’69) of VA;

18 -   Johnny Mitchell ('57) of VA AND   Kay Knight Midkiff Evans ('59) of VA AND Aderon Gibbs ('66) of VA AND   Wade Scott ('66) of MO;

19 -    Cheryl Mays Howard ('66) of VA;

20 -     My Cousin, Stuart Atkinson (Warsaw HS - '63) of VA AND  Sid Melton ('64) of NY AND   Terri McAfee Artman ('66) of VA AND My Nephew, Kevin Dick (Weber HS, UT - '82) of NC!

   Many Happy Returns to You All!

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


THIS DAY IN THE WAR BETWEEN THE STATES:

http://www.civilwarinteractive.com/This%20Day/thisday0314.htm


  From Bill Hobbs ('66) of Northern VA - 03/14/11 - "Japan Before and After photos!!! Drag mouse across photo to see after":

http://www.abc.net.au/news/events/japan-quake-2011/beforeafter.htm

   Thank you so much, Bill! The enormity of this tragic devastation simply defies comprehension! Our prayers are with all concerned.


  From Domi O'Brien ('64) of NH - 03/14/11 - "today's wisdom":

A paraprosdokian is a figure of speech in which the latter part of a sentence or phrase is surprising or unexpected in a way that causes the reader or listener to reframe or reinterpret the first part. It is frequently used for humorous or dramatic effect, sometimes producing an anticlimax. For this reason, it is extremely popular among comedians and satirists.

Going to church doesn't make you a Christian any more than standing in a garage makes you a car.

The last thing I want to do is hurt you, but it's still on the list.

If I agreed with you, we'd both be wrong. (I have to remember this one)

We never really grow up, we only learn how to act in public.

War does not determine who is right — only who is left.

Knowledge is knowing a tomato is a fruit; wisdom is not putting it in a fruit salad.

Evening news is where they begin with "Good evening," and then proceed to tell you why it isn't.

To steal ideas from one person is plagiarism; to steal from many is research.

A bus station is where a bus stops. A train station is where a train stops. On my desk, I have a workstation.

Dolphins are so smart that within a few weeks of captivity, they can train humans to stand on the very edge of the pool and throw them fish.

I thought I wanted a career, turns out I just wanted paychecks.

A bank is a place that will lend you money, if you can prove that you don't need it.

Whenever I fill out an application, in the part that says "In an emergency, notify:" I put "DOCTOR."

I didn't say it was your fault; I said I was blaming you.

Why does someone believe you when you say there are four billion stars, but check when you say the paint is wet?

Why do Americans choose from just two people to run for president and 50 for Miss America ?

A clear conscience is usually the sign of a bad memory.

You do not need a parachute to skydive. You only need a parachute to skydive twice.

The voices in my head may not be real, but they have some good ideas!

Always borrow money from a pessimist. He won't expect it back.

A diplomat is someone who can tell you to go to hell in such a way that you will look forward to the trip.

Money can't buy happiness, but it sure makes misery easier to live with.

I discovered I scream the same way whether I'm about to be devoured by a great white shark or if a piece of seaweed touches my foot.

I used to be indecisive. Now I'm not sure.

I always take life with a grain of salt, plus a slice of lemon, and a shot of tequila.

You're never too old to learn something stupid.

To be sure of hitting the target, shoot first and call whatever you hit the target.

Nostalgia isn't what it used to be.

A bus is a vehicle that runs twice as fast when you are after it as when you are in it.

Change is inevitable, except from a vending machine.

   Thanks so much, Domi! These are quite delicious!


        From My Husband, Paul Harty (Bardolph HS, IL - '61) of IL - 03/11/11 - "Military Words of Wisdom . . .":

"If the enemy is in range, so are you."
Infantry Journal
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"It is generally inadvisable to eject directly over the area you just bombed."
U.S. Air Force Manual
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"Whoever said the pen is mightier than the sword obviously never encountered automatic weapons."
- General MacArthur
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"You, you, and you .... Panic. The rest of you, come with me."
- U.S. Marine Corps Gunnery Sgt.
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"Tracers work both ways."
- U.S. Army Ordnance
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"Five second fuses only last three seconds."
- Infantry Journal
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"Any ship can be a minesweeper....Once."
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"Never tell the Platoon Sergeant you have nothing to do."
- Unknown Marine Recruit
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Clean it, if it's Dirty. Oil it, if it Squeaks. But: Don't Screw with it if it Works!
USAF Electronic Technician
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 "If you see a bomb technician running, keep up with him."
USAF - Ammo Troop
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"Yea, Though I Fly Through the Valley of Death, I Shall Fear No Evil, For I am at 80,000 Feet and Climbing."
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"You've never been lost until you've been lost at Mach 3."
- Paul F. Crickmore ( test pilot )
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A Navigator's Definition of Latitude & Longitude:
Latitude is Where We are Lost, & Longitude is How Long We've been Lost There!
USAF Navi-guesser
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"The only time you have too much fuel is when you're on fire."
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"If the wings are traveling faster than the fuselage, it's probably a helicopter -- however, it's probably unsafe in any case "
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"When one engine fails on a twin-engine air plane, you always have enough power left to get you to the scene of the crash."
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"What is the similarity between air traffic controllers and pilots?
If a pilot screws up, the pilot dies;
If ATC screws up, .... The pilot dies."
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The three most common expressions (or famous last words), in aviation are:
"Why is it doing that?"
"Where are we?"
and
"Oh S--t!"
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" Airspeed, altitude and brains. Two out of three are needed to successfully complete the flight."
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"Mankind has a perfect record in aviation. We never left one up there!"
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"Flying the air plane is more important than radioing your plight to a person on the ground who is incapable of understanding or doing anything about it."
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"The Piper Cub is the safest air plane in the world; it can just barely kill you."
- Attributed to Max Stanley (Northrop test pilot)
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"There is no reason to fly through a thunderstorm in peacetime."
 - Sign over squadron ops desk at Davis-Monthan AFB, AZ, 1970
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"If something hasn't broken on your helicopter, it's about to."
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"You know that your landing gear is up and locked when it takes FULL power to taxi to the terminal."
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As the test pilot climbs out of the experimental aircraft, having torn off the wings and tail in the crash landing, the crash truck arrives; the rescuer sees a bloodied pilot and asks, "What happened?" The pilot's reply: "Beats the s--t outta me, I just got here myself."

     GIGGLES! Thanks, Dools!


  From Joyce Lawrence Cahoon ('65) of VA - 03/12/11 - "Some Maxines" (#2 in a Series of 19):

Finally, Some NEW Maxine's!
 
  AND REMEMBER: Good friends are like stars.

You don't always see them but you always know they are there.
 
 
  
   WILD GIGGLES! Thanks, Joyce!


FINALLY:

From http://www.ajokeaday.com - 03/13/11:

Joe had asked Bob to help him out with the deck after work, so Bob just went straight over to Joe's place. When they got to the door, Joe went straight to his wife, gave her a hug and told her how beautiful she was and how much he had missed her at work. When it was time for supper, he complimented his wife on her cooking, kissed her and told her how much he loved her.

Once they were working on the deck, Bob told Joe that he was surprised that he fussed so much over his wife. Joe said that he'd started this about six months ago, it had revived their marriage, and things couldn't be better. Bob thought he'd give it a go. When he got home, he gave his wife a massive hug, kissed her and told her that he loved her. His wife burst into tears.

Bob was confused and asked why she was crying. She said, "This is the worst day of my life. First, little Billy fell off his bike and twisted his ankle. Then, the washing machine broke and flooded the basement. And now, you come home drunk!"
 


DATES TO REMEMBER:
1. Thursday, April 7, 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 friends in that year, go visit with them.

2. 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.

3. 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

4. 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

5. Saturday, August 20, 2011 - The Class of 1966 will hold its 45-Year Reunion at the Warwick Yacht Club, Newport News.  Further details will be available soon from Dee Hodges Bartram at dhbartram@cox.net - CLASS OF 1966


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http://www.nnhs65.com/requests-prayers.html - updated 02/26/11

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

                           Love to all, Carol

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Skibbereen


Oh father dear, I oft-times hear you speak of Erin's isle
Her lofty hills, her valleys green, her mountains rude and wild
They say she is a lovely land wherein a saint might dwell
So why did you abandon her, the reason to me tell.

Oh son, I loved my native land with energy and pride
Till a blight came o'er the praties; my sheep, my cattle died
My rent and taxes went unpaid, I could not them redeem
And that's the cruel reason why I left old Skibbereen.

Oh well do I remember that bleak December day
The landlord and the sheriff came to take us all away
They set my roof on fire with their cursed English spleen
I heaved a sigh and bade goodbye to dear old Skibbereen.

Your mother too, God rest her soul, fell on the stony ground
She fainted in her anguish seeing desolation 'round
She never rose but passed away from life to immortal dream
She found a quiet grave, me boy, in dear old Skibbereen.

And you were only two years old and feeble was your frame
I could not leave you with my friends for you bore your father's name
I wrapped you in my cóta mór in the dead of night unseen
I heaved a sigh and bade goodbye to dear old Skibbereen.

Oh father dear, the day will come when in answer to the call
All Irish men of freedom stern will rally one and all
I'll be the man to lead the band beneath the flag of green
And loud and clear we'll raise the cheer, Revenge for Skibbereen!


"Skibbereen" midi and lyrics courtesy of http://www.contemplator.com/tunebook/ireland.htm - 03/10/08

1846 Image of the Interior of an Irish Peasant's Cottage courtesy of http://www.historyplace.com/worldhistory/famine/introduction.htm - 03/13/08

Image of Irish Potato Dinner courtesy of http://www.ccsdedtech.com/cc/projects/scrapbook/potato/potatofamine.htm - 03/13/08

Celtic Divider Line clip art courtesy of http://www.ireland-information.com/celticclipart/celticclipart.htm - 03/13/08

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

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

Navy Seal clip art courtesy of http://www.onemileup.com/miniSeals.asp - 05/29/06

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!!

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