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04/13/10 - NNHS Newsletter -
Thomas Jefferso
n's 267th Birthday

“Determine never to be idle. No person will have occasion to complain of the want of time
who never loses any. It is wonderful how much may be done if we are always doing.”

- Thomas Jefferson
(13 Apr 1743 - 04 July 1826)

Dear Friends and Schoolmates,   

   This observance is supposed to repeat every year:



   Happy Birthday today to    Gil Hughes ('64)!

   Happy Birthday this week to:

14 -   Linda DeShazo Hatchett (’65) of VA;

15 -      George Helliesen ('61) of MI;

17 - David Jones ('57); 

18 -     Monty Phillips ('62) of VA AND    Bill Wolfley ('70) of VA!

   Many Happy Returns to You All!


April 13, 1941 - Pact of neutrality between the USSR and Japan was signed.

April 13, 1941 - German troops captured Belgrade, Yugoslavia.

April 13, 1943 - The discovery of a mass grave of Polish prisoners of war executed by Soviet forces in the Katyń Forest Massacre was announced, alienating the Western Allies, the Polish government in exile in London, from the Soviet Union.

April 13, 1943 - The Jefferson Memorial was dedicated in Washington, D.C., on the 200th anniversary of Thomas Jefferson's birth.

April 13, 1944 - Diplomatic relations between New Zealand and the Soviet Union were established.

April 13, 1945 - Vienna fell to Soviet troops.

April 13, 1945 - German troops killed more than 1,000 political and military prisoners in Gardelegen Germany.

April 13, 1990 - The Soviet Union accepted responsibility for the World War II murders of thousands of imprisoned Polish officers in the Katyn Forest. The Soviets had previously blamed the massacre on the Nazis. 


Tuesday, April 13, 1965 - Futurist Architect Patricio Pouchulu was born in Buenos Aires, Argentina.

From Ed Peeples (Feb 1947) of VA - 04/12/10 - "Two Memorial Editions??":

Sunday, 4/11/2010
Two NNHS Alumni obits which haven't been listed yet:
Nancy Lucille Houser Morris, (Born 1917), NNHS Mid-1930s graduate, died at Sunnyside Home - Massanetta Springs, Harrisonburg, VA, died April 1, 2010.
Jules Bernard Morgenstern, NNHS June 1945 - died at Richmond, VA, died March 30, 2010
Submitted by Ed Peeples, NNHS Feb, 1947.

   Thanks for the heads up, Ed, but I actually made both of these Memorial Editions early on Easter Sunday morning:

   I really appreciate your looking out for me, as I do not always catch them all. Generally speaking (faulty announcements from me notwithstanding) if you do not spot either a Memorial Newsletter listed here on the main Newsletter link (or at least the promise of one yet to come!) by11:00 AM Eastern time, I have surely missed it for one reason or another:

   From the Head Cheerleader of 1958, Evelyn Fryer Fish of TX - 04/12/10 - "How to wash strawberries (bugs in strawberries) GOOD TO KNOW !!":

That's it! No more strawberries for me. 


I'm never going to pop one in my mouth without washing.

This is pretty interesting about strawberries.  Strawberry insects!
I did not know this and I eat a lot of strawberries…yikes!
How to properly clean strawberries!

   EWWW!!! The nasty little seeds are gross enough, but this is totally disgusting! BLUCHH!!! Thank you so much, Evelyn!

    From Tom Flax ('64) of VA - 04/12/10 - "fond memories":

Hey Carol..

I hope this finds your gang doing well.. and enjoying the new spring weather..

Your newsletter of 4-9-10 had a message from    Linda Boatright Fitzgerald ('66) of FL.....

A shout out to Linda and   Sandra Boatright Carroll ('65) of VA. Where are you now? Your names bring fond memories to me from our years at NNHS.

Thanks.. Tom Flax '64..

   Thanks, Tom! Um, ah, lemme see, Linda's in Florida - somewhere - and Sandy's in Virginia - somewhere - or that was the case back in 2001, anyway..... I really rarely keep track of mailing addresses.

   Let's find out, shall we??

   "Oh, San-dy..... Lin-da....."

      From My Husband, Paul Harty (Bardolph HS, IL - '61) of IL - 04/12/10 - "Map of USA Puzzle":


Map of USA Puzzle. THIS IS NEAT.  Good learning tool for kids, also for their parents and grandparents.

See how you do in placing the states of the United States of America.

All you do is look at the top of the page and drag'n'drop the state to where it belongs. [Smart map, varies the order of the states' placement with each new try!]

It ain't easy mostly because placing a state in the precise location when it as yet has no boundaries in place is a bit tricky!

   This is so cool, Dools! I took the test twice just for fun. The first time I only scored 44 out of 50 (or 88% right) with an average error of 19 miles, so I tried it again.  This time I scored 47 out of 50 (or 94% correct) with an average error of 9 miles. Curiously, I botched Illinois both times, though I never had any trouble with Virginia, North Carolina, or Missouri!

   Thanks, Paul!

        From David Whitley ('67) of VA - 04/12/10 - "The Orangutan and the Hound":

I think this has been around before, but it’s good enough to see again.
The Orangutan and the Hound 

   This is just delightful, David! I personally do not really recall having seen it before. Thanks so much, Gorgeous!


      From My Niece, Shari, of VA - 04/12/10 - "No Carts":
2 less than intelligent criminals of 2009


Optimism vs. Pessimism

A shoe manufacturer sent two salesmen to a remote country. Not long after, he received a telegram from each.

One wrote: "Get me out of here - no one wears shoes."

The other wrote: "Quick, send me more inventory - everyone here needs shoes!"


Little Johnny's father asked him what he wanted for his birthday.

"A baby brother," he said.

Later that year, his mother came home from the hospital with a baby boy. Little Johnny was delighted.

"And what would you like this year for your birthday?" his father asked.

He said, "If it isn't too uncomfortable for mother, I would like a pony."


A man speaks frantically into the phone, "My wife is pregnant, and her contractions are only two minutes apart!"

"Is this her first child?" the doctor queries.

"No, you idiot!" the man shouts. "This is her *husband*!"



Blueberry Jelly Bellies were created especially for Ronald Reagan.


No Carts - Chicken Soup for the Soul: The Golf Book
BY: James Swigert

Golf is not just a game; it can save someone's life. I know it did mine. Fifteen years ago, I went through a divorce. I had married my high school sweetheart, but after nineteen years together, it was over. I was devastated.

I moved into a two-room apartment in the center of town. The place was a far cry from the four-bedroom, three-acre ranch in the country where we had been living previously.

All of my friends were married and after a while I realized I couldn't spend every day at their houses. So when I wasn't at work, I found myself sitting on a barstool. I was in the worst mental and physical shape of my life. I didn't care if I lived or died. And believe me, there were times I wished it was the latter. I was drinking heavily just to fall asleep at night.

My best friend kept trying to get me to go golfing with him. I had played football, basketball, and baseball in school and couldn't see how anyone could call golf a sport. You didn't run or jump and the uniforms were really ugly, especially the ones the older players seemed to fancy.

I had a birthday coming up. My children secretly asked my friend what I wanted. Instead of telling them what I wanted, he told my children what he thought I needed. So on my fortieth birthday, when I opened my card from the kids, out dropped a gift certificate for eighteen holes of golf at our local municipal course, cart not included. My friend and I set up a tee time and met on the day.

I kept saying, "Let's get a cart," as we made our way from the parking lot to the clubhouse, but he kept insisting we walk. I offered to pay for both of us to ride but he wouldn't budge. "But this is my birthday," I said. "What kind of present makes you lug thirty pounds on your back for six miles?" But my friend won out. We walked.

I didn't realize it at the time, but it was the best birthday present gift I could have received given my circumstances. I hit a couple of shots from 100 to 150 yards that landed within ten feet of where I was aiming. I was hooked. My friend said he hadn't seen such a look on my face in a long time. It was a mixture of surprise, excitement, and joy all rolled into one.

We finished the round and I actually had a couple of bogeys on my scorecard. Before we got back to the clubhouse, we were already making plans for our next outing.

By walking, I was getting all this fresh air in my lungs, and you know, the bag really isn't that heavy when you set it down every 100 yards or more. I found that swinging the club served two purposes. It stretched my back out so I was ready for the next haul. It also helped to beat away the stress and frustrations that life had handed me.

That night I found myself exhausted, but in a different way than the other nights when I had gone to bed at closing time. I slept like a baby, dreamt of pars.

Thanks to my friend and my children, I was introduced to the greatest sport ever invented. Yeah, that's right, I said "sport."

I truly feel that the life I was living wouldn't have lasted very long at the rate I was living it. And today I still head to the course instead of the bar.

This weekend, I'm taking my eight-year-old grandson to the course and am looking forward to that look of surprise and excitement and joy on his face when he gets a hold of one. Also the thought of him going to sleep dreaming of pars.

If you know of someone who's going through a rough time, buy them a round of golf without a cart. You might just save their life.


   Thanks so much, Shari!


  From Jane Chambers of VA - 07/01/09 AND 02/07/10 - "CNC BOOK BROCHURE & AD" AND 61-62 DECADERS ADDENDA:

   Contact Dr. Chambers at

   Thanks, Jane!


From ArcaMax Jokes - 04/12/10:

Darn Women Drivers

This morning on the Freeway I looked over to my left and there was a woman in a brand new Cadillac doing 65 mph with her face up next to her rear view mirror putting on her eyeliner.

I looked away for a couple of seconds and when I looked back she was halfway over in my lane, still working on that makeup.

As a man, I don't scare easily. But she scared me so much; I dropped my electric shaver, which knocked the donut out of my other hand. In all the confusion of trying to straighten out the car using my knees against the steering wheel, it knocked my cell phone away from my ear which fell into the coffee between my legs, splashed, and burned everything it touched, ruined the darn phone, soaked my trousers and disconnected an important call.

Darn women drivers...


Friday, Saturday, and Sunday, April 16, 17, and 18, 2010 - The NNHS Class of 1953 will hold its 57-Year Reunion. For details, contact Robert Walker at (757) 596-7722 or Betty Burns at (757) 223-9488 - CLASS OF 1953

2. Saturday, April 24, 2010,11:30 AM - The NNHS Class of 1954 will hold a 56-Year Mini-Reunion Luncheon at The Chamberlin. For details, contact Mickey Marcella at (757) 249-3800 or Betty Hamby Neher at (757) 898-5099 or Dr. Harry Simpson at (804) 694-0346 - CLASS OF 1954

3. Saturday, June 12, 2010 - George Wythe Schools Closing Celebration. Contact Glory Gill (Wythe school nurse) at 727-2965 / with any questions or to contribute old memories - OPEN TO PUBLIC

4. Friday and Saturday, August 6 and 7, 2010 - The NNHS Class of 1970 will hold its 40-Year Reunion. Saturday night will be at the Kiln Creek Golf & Country Club. For details, contact Carol Comer Cutler at or visit the reunion website at - CLASS OF 1970

5. Friday, Saturday, and Sunday, August 6, 7, and  8, 2010 - The NNHS Class of 1960 will hold its 50-Year Reunion at the Marriott Newport News at City Center. For details, contact Karen Weinstein Witte at - CLASS OF 1960

6. Saturday, October 9, 2010 - The NNHS Class of 1963 will celebrate their 65th Birthdays at a Party on Saturday, October 9, 2010 at the Virginia Power Clubhouse, 1701 Waterview, Yorktown, VA from 5:00 PM to 10:00 PM. For details, contact Susie Overton Jones at - CLASS OF 1963

7. Friday and Saturday, October 15 and 16, 2010 - The NNHS Class of 1965 will hold its 45-Year Reunion at the Point Plaza Hotel, 950 J. Clyde Morris Boulevard, Newport News, VA 23601. For details, contact Dave Arnold at - OPEN TO ALL CLASSES, HOSTED BY THE CLASS OF 1965

PRAYER ROLL: - updated 04/13/09

BLOG: - updated 01/09/09

PRAYER ROLL: - updated 04/11/10
NNHS BLOG: - updated 08/04/09

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





Carol Buckley Harty

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Liberty Song

Words by John Dickison *, 1778
Tune - "Heart of Oak"

Come, join hand in hand, brave Americans all,
And rouse your bold hearts at fair Liberty's call;
No tyrannous acts shall suppress your just claim,
Or stain with dishonor America's name.

In Freedom we're born and in Freedom we'll live.
Our purses are ready. Steady, friends, steady;
Not as slaves, but as Freemen our money we'll give.

Our worthy forefathers, let's give them a cheer,
To climates unknown did courageously steer;
Thro' oceans to deserts for Freedom they came,
And dying, bequeath'd us their freedom and fame.


The tree their own hands had to Liberty rear'd,
They lived to behold growing strong and revered;
With transport they cried, Now our wishes we gain,
For our children shall gather the fruits of our pain.


Then join hand in hand, brave Americans all,
By uniting we stand, by dividing we fall;
In so righteous a cause let us hope to succeed,
For heaven approves of each generous deed.


In Freedom we're born and in Freedom we'll live.
Our purses are ready. Steady, friends, steady;
Not as slaves, but as Freemen our money we'll give.

"Liberty Song" midi (sequenced by Lesley Nelson), lyrics, and history courtesy
of - 04/13/06

* John Dickison was one of the leaders of the American Revolution. 
He was also a famous lawyer, prominent in the governments of Delaware and Pennsylvania.

First Painting of Jefferson courtesy of - 04/12/06

Second Painting of Jefferson courtesy of - 04/12/06

 Peach Flowers and Butterflies Divider Line clip art courtesy of - 04/05/05

(If you think it a strange choice, I'll remind you that Mr. Jefferson was a gardener of great renown. 
Besides, the colors match the page so nicely.  WILD GIGGLES!!!)

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 of MI - one of my Famous Marines who served in the South Pacific during WWII.
Thanks again, Herbie!!

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!

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