04/18/14 - NNHS Newsletter - Good Friday
ďAnd when they were come to the place, which is called Calvary, there they
- Luke 23: 33-34 (KJV)
Dear Friends and Schoolmates,
We try to observe this day every year; somehow things often seem to interfere with that plan...
The hymn on today's Holiday Edition was sequenced by our own Al Simms ('60) of VA, and appears elsewhere on the site here:
Thanks again, Al!
BONUS #1 - http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HYxRPEZSYLo&NR=1 - At Calvary
BONUS #2 - At Calvary - Bill and Gloria Gaither
BONUS #3 - At Calvary - The Collingsworth Family
From http://www.timeanddate.com/holidays/common/good-friday: Many Christians around the world observe Good Friday on the Friday before Easter Sunday. It commemorates Jesus Christís Passion, crucifixion and death, which is told in the Christian bible. It is the day after Maundy Thursday.
THIS WEEK'S BIRTHDAYS:
Happy Birthday today to The late Monty Phillips ('62)(deceased 15 Apr 2011) AND Bill Wolfley ('70) of VA!
Happy Birthday this week to:
21 - Betsy Turner Bateman ('70) of VA AND My #2 Son, Brent Harty (Hillsboro HS, IL - '90) of AL;
22 - Peggy Lovic Hooper-McLain ('57) AND Gene Shelton ('64) of VA;
23 - Evelyn Casey Snead ('57) of VA AND Peggy Hartsel Sack ('57);
24 - Donald Smith ('57) of VA AND My Grandson, Christopher Huber of Alberta;
25 - Lolly Wynne Burke ('57) AND Bobbie Smith Horwitz of TX!
Many Happy Returns to You All!
THIS DAY IN WWII:
THIS DAY IN 1964:
|Friday, April 18, 1964 - Drummer-dancer (Happy Mondays and Black Grape) Bez was born Mark Berry in Salford, Lancashire, England.|
NOW AVAILABLE from
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Thanks so much, Butch!
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From Bill Lee (Warwick HS - '54) of NC - 04/14/10 - "WW II date":
April 18th this year will mark the 68th anniversary of the famous Doolittle Raid on Tokyo. I leave it up to you to report on the raid itself, but offer the following since I'm pretty sure your source for such abbreviated announcements won't include some NNSconnections (below) which I am sure will be of interest to your readers....
The so-called Doolittle Raid got started on December 21,
1941 when FDR expressed a desire that Japan be bombed as soon as
possible to boost American morale following the attack on Pearl Harbor.
The military quickly determined that it seemed possible that a medium army bomber (B-25) could fly off an aircraft carrier and do the job. Two were loaded onboard USS HORNET (CV-8) and secretly and successfully flown off on February 3, 1942 (at-sea recovery was not possible for that large an aircraft in 1942). Construction of the HORNET had been completed by Newport News Shipbuilding just a few months before, in October, 1941.
|Army Air force Lt. Colonel Jimmy Doolittle was put in charge of the secret project. Sixteen B-25s were modified for the over-water mission and then flown to Alameda, California. On April 1, 1942 they were loaded onboard HORNET and tied down as far aft on the flight deck as possible. All of the HORNET's aircraft were stored below, in the hangar bay.|
|HORNET sailed westward the next day and met up with north of Hawaii with a task force that included the carrier ENTERPRISE (CV-6); built by NNS and delivered in 1938. Until the B-25s could be launched, ENTERPRISE's aircraft were the only air cover that could be provided to the task force as it approached Japan.|
Tactical circumstances dictated that the raid be launched earlier than originally planned, several hundred miles off the Japanese coast. After the raid commenced, the carriers returned unharmed to Pearl Harbor to prepare for their next assignments. Their sister ship, the USS YORKTOWN (CV-5), was also there, having battle damage repaired following the Battle of the Coral Sea. YORKTOWN was the lead ship in that class that totaled three carriers - all of which were built at NNS.
YORKTOWN and HORNET were lost during later actions during World War II. ENTERPRISE survived the war, but was latter scrapped. Three other carriers, all built at NNS, carried on their names, and their aircraft carrier traditions. The second carriers to be named YORKTOWN, and the second HORNET are museum ships. The second ENTERPRISE, the first of a fleet of nuclear-powered aircraft carriers built (and building) at NNS has now been in commission for almost 49 years.
The Doolittle Raid, as history analyses it, did little material damage, but did have some other benefits. But the news of the raid caused American morale to soar, and severely shocked the Japanese, which caused them to pull back some of their far-flung forces to defend their homeland.
When the raid was first announced, a reporter had asked the President where the attack started. FDR responded "Shangri-La", which was the name of a mysterious place of supposedly perpetual youth in the Himalalas identified in the then-popular book and movie: Lost Horizon.
Doolittle was later promoted and presented the Medal of Honor by FDR. In 1944, the Navy named one of its carriers USS SHANGRI-LA, in honor of the raid. That carrier was not built by NNS, but it was built to the NNS-created and super-successful ESSEX-Class design just across Hampton Roads at the Norfolk Navy Yard. Appropriately enough, SHANGRI-LA was christened by Mrs. Jimmy Doolittle.
On April 21,
1992, as part of the nation's 50th anniversary remembrance of World War
II accomplishments, two restored B-25s thundered down the flight deck of
the USS RANGER (CV-61) and took flight. You guessed it: RANGER was yet
another of the many carriers built by the craftsmen of Newport News
Now you know many (but perhaps not all) of the Newport News connections to the story of this historic event.
WOWZERONI-RINI!!! Thank you again so very much for this fascinating account, Bill!
From My Husband, Paul Harty (Bardolph HS, IL - '61) of NC - 04/17/14 - "Landing in New Zealand":
landing through thick clouds.
Known as the land of the long white cloud, so if you fly into NZ you could well encounter this scenario. Hold on to your seat. This is spectacular. I often have wondered why the airline industry doesn't have a live video feed from the aircraft's nose streamed into the cabin in order to amuse and bedazzle their weary travelers.
This is the descent into Queenstown, New Zealand. It must take great faith in your instruments to pilot an approach like this but the rush must be amazing.
YOWZERS-WOWZERS! Thanks, Dools!
From My Husband, Paul Harty (Bardolph HS, IL - '61) of NC - 04/17/14 - "Rush Hour Traffic in Ho Chi Minh City, Viet Nam":
|Frisco Lakes on a
Crazy is what I call it and STRESS... No thanks~~~
MORE YOWZERS-WOWZERS! Thanks again, Haul Party (Remind me not to go there; I have enough trouble going up and down Ramsey Street without freaking out!)
From Bill Hobbs ('66) of Northern VA - 03/28/14 - "Who Knew? (#16 in a series of 25)":
|YOWZERS! Thanks, Billy!|
From Jimmy Smith ('62 / '63) of VA - 04/10/14 - "Pictures for the Day (#3 in a series of 19)":
When the power of love overcomes the love
of power, the world will know peace.
AWW - SO CUTE! Thanks, Jimmy!
BONUS FRIDAY CROCHET PATTERNS:
BONUS GOOD FRIDAY RECIPES:
|Nonna's Italian Good Friday Recipes|
A sweet little boy surprised his
grandmother one morning and brought her a cup of coffee. He made it
himself and was so proud. He anxiously waited to hear the verdict on the
quality of the coffee. The grandmother had never in her life had such a
bad cup of coffee, and as she forced down the last sip she noticed three
of those little green army guys in the bottom of the cup.
DATES TO REMEMBER:
May 1, 2014 - 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, May 14, 2014 - 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. Friday and Saturday, July 25 and 26, 2014 - The NNHS Class of 1954 will hold a 60-YEAR REUNION in Newport News. Further info from Dr. Harry Simpson at 804 694 0346 or email@example.com, or Mickey Marcella at 757 249 3800 or firstname.lastname@example.org, or Betty H. Neher at 757 898 5099 or email@example.com.
4. Friday and Saturday, October 17 and 18, 2014 - The NNHS Class of 1964 will hold a 50-YEAR REUNION at the Newport News Marriott at City Center, 740 Town Center Drive. See: www.nnhs1964.com and contact David Spriggs at 757-409-2799 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
http://www.nnhs65.com/requests-prayers.html - updated 03/21/14
http://nnhs.wordpress.com/ - updated 03/13/11
NNHS CLASS OF '65 WEB SITE:
PERSONAL WEB SITE: http://www.angelfire.com/weird2/cluckmeat
"At Calvary" midi courtesy of Al
Simms ('60) of VA, who sequenced it himself - 01/10/04
"At Calvary" lyrics courtesy of http://www.angelfire.com/nf/music4christ/hymns/lyrics/atcalvarylyrics.html - 01/11/04
"Good Friday" Image courtesy of http://thechristianmanifesto.wordpress.com/2008/03/21/ - 04/09/09
Army Seal clip art also courtesy of Al Farber ('64) of GA - 05/24/06
Rope of Thorns clip art courtesy of - well, I cannot seem to locate that information at the moment.....
Navy Seal clip art courtesy of http://www.onemileup.com/miniSeals.asp - 05/29/06
Animated Tiny Birthday Cake clip art courtesy of Sarah Puckett Kressaty ('65) of VA - 08/31/05
Thanks, Sarah Sugah!
Animated USMC Flag clip art courtesy of http://www.angelfire.com/ny4/KevsGifsGalore/Patriotic.html - 06/18/03
Hillsboro High School's Topper (Band Version) clip art courtesy of
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!!"