03/20/11 - NNHS Newsletter -
“As the Earth prepares for Spring,
Dear Friends and Schoolmates,
After one of the most exciting winters in recent memory, today is the first day of Spring! While this is in and of itself cause for celebration for all of us, some of us observe it more carefully than others. For those of you just joining us (or who just really, really haven't been paying attention), I'll tell you that Domi O'Brien ('64) of NH is a Druid Priestess. We here like to celebrate and educate (or at least take notice) of all our varied celebrations and observances like the Big Happy Family that we have become. As we do not always succeed in this goal, it appears that we have only observed this day together here twice before:
BONUS #1 - http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=l-dYNttdgl0 - Vivaldi's Spring - Itzhak Perlman with the Israel Philharmonic Orchestra
BONUS #2 - http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MsikfCqiUUs - Etno Classic Band
BONUS #3 - http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6XhZh1BwXNc - Skateboarding Dog, Vivaldi's Spring Flavour
From Domi O'Brien ('64) of NH - 03/18/08 (sic):
Thanks for helping our understanding, Domi!
EXTRA CREDIT HOMEWORK:
http://vxnightingalexv.livejournal.com/14584.html - written by Domi's daughter, Avens
OLDIES - NEWBIES:
1. Tom Hayslett ('68) of AL??
|Please add me to your
Tom Hayslett 1968
Certainly, Tom! I thought you were already connected with us, but I've made note of your newer email addie! Are you still in Alabama?
THIS WEEK'S BIRTHDAYS:
Happy Birthday today to My Cousin, Stuart Atkinson (Warsaw HS - '63) of CO AND Sid Melton ('64) of NY AND Terri McAfee Artman ('66) of VA AND My Nephew, Kevin Dick (Weber HS, UT - '82) of NC!
Happy Birthday tomorrow to Bob Morgan ('56) of MA AND My #4 Son, Joshua Harty (Hillsboro HS, IL - '95) of IL!
Happy Birthday this week to:
22 - Cookie Phillips Tyndall ('64) of VA;
23 - Jack Harrison ('61) of VA AND Richard Marshall ('66) of VA;
24 - Olivia House Brickey ('65) of VA;
25 - The late Billy Williams ('57) (d. 21 May 2007) AND Joan McKenna Ward ('60) of VA AND Bill Hobbs ('66) of Northern VA;
26 - Gene Collins Glave ('60) of SC!
Many Happy Returns to You All!
THIS DAY IN THE WAR BETWEEN THE STATES:
http://www.civilwarinteractive.com/This%20Day/thisday0320.htm - INCLUDING BUT NOT LIMITED TO:
|Thursday, March 20
DAVIS DEFINES DREWRY’S DEFENSES
Drewry’s Bluff was the name of a high cliff on the James River as you came upstream from the Atlantic to Richmond. With this in mind, Jefferson Davis had ordered the construction of a fort there. He wrote today: “The position of Drewry’s Bluff, seven or eight miles below Richmond, was chosen to obstruct the river against such vessels as the ’Monitor." It worked, too--the fort was still in use until the Confederate government fled Richmond.
From Tricia Matthews Sheene of VA - soon to be NC - 03/19/11 - "We are moving new address":
|Dear Friends and Family,
We are moving to North Carolina by the 1st of April......and I wanted to send you my new email address which you can start using ...as this one will not be working as of the 31 of March.
From Harry Covert ('57) of MD - 03/18/11 - "Harry Covert - The Covert Letter":
|Froth off mug: No ‘Beer Summit’ by Mr. Boh
Posted: 17 Mar 2011 12:03 PM PDT
Modern coaster recalls heydey of "Mr. Boh," as official brew of Orioles at Memorial Park; now brewed in North Carolina.
Boh” gave Maryland a
pretty good beer and the moniker, “The Land of Pleasant Living.” It was
official brew at Memorial Stadium on 33rd Street where Baltimore had the
Colts and the blue collar Orioles. “Charm City” also had Bethlehem
Steel, the B&O and seafood dives that gave the inner harbor
It is still pronounced: (ˈbɒltɨmɔr/, colloquially /ˈbɒlmɔr/), but the beer, city and state have changed, Hon.
The Colts moved away, Coors is served at Oriole Park at Camden Yards, “Natty Boh” now comes from North Carolina, and unions still don’t get it! The Golden Goose has gone south.
Indications are that labor’s stranglehold on business and government is about to loosen dramatically nationwide. We have the courage of Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker to thank for lancing the festering sore created by its government employee bargaining unions. This trend can only continue as states scramble to restore fiscal sanity and fend off virtual bankruptcy.
Maryland Gov. Martin O’Malley apparently has the courage to follow the lead of Governor Walker and New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie in crossing swords with unions.
Democrat Gov. O’Malley’s budget faces $19 billion in unfunded pension liabilities and $16 billion in retiree health liabilities. He is confronting his rank and file constituency, proposing bigger contributions to their benefits packages. Republican Ohio Gov. John Kasich is next up to bat against labor.
S.E.I.U and other union demonstrators mass in Annapolis to protest contract reductions. Photo courtesy of Del. Kelly Schulz.
Anathema also is in the offing with Maryland senator Allan H. Kittleman (R.-Howard County) proposing SB660. Languishing in committee, the bill would have the state join 22 others with a “Right to Work” statute; that is, paying union dues would be an option with no penalty attached.
Union calls for protestors in Annapolis brought an estimated “thousands” outside the State House. We may be seeing what may be the last vestiges of union power in Maryland. Teachers affiliated with the National Education Association (NEA), largest and best-funded union, is facing increasing challenges in local jurisdictions, which may be unable to fund projected personnel contract obligations alone.
Unions dramatically changed America’s working environment for the better, but it took muscle power and some thuggery to convince management that workers deserve basic rights. However, labor was a monster with a big appetite. It became so powerful after World War II that it virtually declared war with management, eventually breaking the back of some industries.
A recent Baltimore Economic Council analysis supports the notion that Baltimore’s industrial base crumbled under the weight of The American Federation of Labor and Congress of Industrial Organizations (AFL-CIO), its United Steel Workers of America (USWA), Teamsters and the newest iteration Service Employees International Union (SEIU).
The union-dominated Pennsylvania and Baltimore and Ohio railroads once thrived in the northeast corridor, serving the several high-production Baltimore plants, including Bethlehem Steel. They are but a memory, having declared bankruptcy and/or merged into CSX and Amtrak.
Union bargaining rights came to Bethlehem Steel’s 15,714 workers in 1941, and shortly after they were granted better pay plans, health benefits, vacation and sick leave. Families in Dundalk, across the Patapsco River from Baltimore, were committed to the steel and shipbuilding industries. If you didn’t go to college, you did a stint at Bethlehem Steel or its shipbuilding yard.
Baltimore was sixth largest city in the country in 1950 with a population of 950,000 and a “thriving manufacturing and shipping industry,” the report cited. A true blue collar metropolis, Baltimore’s textile and automobile production joined Bethlehem Steel in providing 75 percent of all jobs for workers in the region.
The industrial decline started in the late 1970s. More than 100,000 manufacturing jobs were lost between 1950 and 1995, including 75 percent of Baltimore’s industrial employment – most boasted union representation. Today only six percent of all Baltimore metro jobs are found in manufacturing.
February 1919 photo shows USS Boxnar ready for launching at Sparrows Point Shipyard. New Owners went bankrupt and auctioned site in 2004.
Bethlehem Steel could not compete with imported steel despite efforts to keep up with new technology. The price of domestic product was being held hostage by generous labor contracts. The company couldn’t cope. It capitulated in the face of a pending strike at Sparrows Point in 1993, amounting to the beginning of the end of prosperity. The contract tightened the economic stranglehold.
The shipyard complex was auctioned in 2004 when successor owner Baltimore Marine Industries went bankrupt. The steel plant itself was sold and now is operated by a Moscow-based conglomerate. Not surprisingly, United Steel Workers Local 9477 has been in a running fight with the new owners over issues that have already negatively impacted the company’s bottom line.
To make things worse for Baltimore’s steel producers, two non-union shop plants in Alabama and Mississippi are out-producing Sparrows Point. Both states have a “right-to-work” statute.
Dealing with the unions, which reject the notion of concessions, is a battle Maryland legislators didn’t want to fight, but the state cannot print its own money and taxpayers have lost patience. It’s time to get on with business with or without the unions, who must choose to be part of the solution.
(Published in its original form March 16, 2011 at www.thetentacle.com . Used with permission of The Octopus, L.L.C., and the author.)
Contact Norman Covert at email@example.com
Thank you so much, Harry and Norm!
From Fred Field (June '45) of CA - 03/19/11 - "Miracle in Philadelphia":
March 19, 2011
copy to Ralph Wicke ('50) of PA.
Here is the SE Pennsylvania version of the humor that appeared in the 3-11-11 issue.
MIRACLE IN PHILADELPHIA
Amish families often travel to Philadelphia to visit Wanamaker's huge department store They find that the large assortment of high quality black cloth at very reasonable prices makes all the ornate surroundings worth tolerating. And being devout keeps one strong in the presence of temptation.
On one occasion a small family visited for the first time. The mother soon found the textile section and began examining swatches. The husband and son wandered about.
Against a wall they noticed two shiny, silver doors that could move apart and then slide back together again.
The boy asked, "What is this, Father?"
The father responded, "Son, I cannot tell thee."
While the boy and his father were watching with amazement, an elderly and very obese matron in a wheel chair rolled up to the moving walls and pressed a button.
The doors opened and the lady rolled between them into a small room. The doors closed and the boy and his father watched the small circular numbers above the walls light up sequentially.
They continued to watch until the highest number was reached. Then the numbers began to light in the reverse order.
Finally the doors opened up again and a gorgeous, voluptuous 24-year-old blonde woman stepped out.
The father, not taking his eyes off the young woman, said quietly to his son, "Go fetch thy mother."
Fred W. Field
GIGGLES! Thank you, Fred; I far prefer your version to the one I used!
From Joyce Lawrence Cahoon ('65) of VA - 03/12/11 - "Some Maxines" (#8 in a Series of 19):
Finally, Some NEW Maxine's!
REMEMBER: Good friends are like stars.
You don't always see them but you always know they are there.
GIGGLES! Thanks, Joyce!
From http://www.ajokeaday.com - 03/19/11:
|A man wrote a letter to the IRS: “I have been unable to sleep
knowing that I have cheated on my income tax. I understated my taxable
income and have enclosed a check for $200.00. If I still can’t sleep, I
will send the rest.”
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
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 (firstname.lastname@example.org - 757-249-3800), Betty Hamby Neher (email@example.com - 757-898-5099), and Dr. Harry Simpson (firstname.lastname@example.org - 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 email@example.com - CLASS OF 1966
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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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Concerto No. 1 in E major, Op. 8, RV 269, "La primavera" (Spring) - First Movement
- Antonio Vivaldi
Vivaldi's "Spring" midi courtesy of http://www.geocities.com/missionpraise_scotland/vivaldi-spring.mid - 03/19/08
Image of British artist William Worthington's Painting, "The Druid" courtesy of http://www.mythinglinks.org/ct~trees.html - 03/19/08 Celtic Heart Divider Line clip art courtesy of http://www.wtv-zone.com/nevr2l82/bars11.html - 10/05/05
Animated "NEW" clip art courtesy of http://gifsnow.com/ - 03/07/06
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 of MI - one of my Famous Marines who served in the South Pacific during WWII.
Hillsboro High School's Topper (Band Version) clip art courtesy of http://www.hillsboroschools.net/schools/hhs/activities/music2/Band/bio.html - 06/07/08
Navy Seal clip art courtesy of http://www.onemileup.com/miniSeals.asp - 05/29/06
Army Seal clip art courtesy of Al Farber ('64) of GA - 05/24/06 (still
Replaced by Norm Covert ('61) of MD - 02/09/09
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