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04/26/11 - NNHS Newsletter - Last Day of Passover

“Passover has a message for the conscience and the heart of all mankind. For what does it
commemorate? It commemorates the deliverance of a people from degrading slavery, from most
foul and cruel tyranny. And so, it is Israel's - nay, God's protest against unrighteousness,
whether individual or national.”

- Morris Joseph

“Passover affirms the great truth that liberty is the inalienable right of every human being.”

- Morris Joseph

Dear Friends and Schoolmates, 

   Today is the last day of Passover - hmm, just as the title suggests.....




Many Jewish communities in the United States mark the last day of Passover as the end of a Jewish holiday that celebrates the deliverance of Jewish people from slavery in Egypt. Passover is also known as Pesah, Pesach, or the Feast of Unleavened Bread.

What do people do?

Passover lasts for up to eight days (or seven days among Reform Jewish groups). There are many Jewish people who adhere to most of the Sabbath observances during the last day of Passover. Some may take a holiday around this time of the year. It is also a time for Jewish people to recite special blessings or prayers, as well as visit a synagogue or listen to readings from the Torah and eat a ceremonial meal.

Many Jewish families in the United States eat a ceremonial meal known as the Seder, which involves telling the story of the exodus from Egypt as well as eating various symbolic foods, such as meat of the paschal lamb and bitter herbs (recalling the harsh life of slavery). 

Public life

None of the Passover days are federal holidays in the United States. However, many Jewish businesses and organizations are closed for some of the days or have restricted opening hours on others.

Background and symbols

Passover celebrates Jewish people’s deliverance from slavery in Egypt. It is one of the three pilgrim festivals.  Passover is related to the Christian observances of Good Friday and Easter Sunday and the Islamic Day of Ashura. Read about other Jewish observances, such as Tu B'Shevat (Arbor Day), Purim, Yom HaShoah, Lag B'Omer, Shavuot, Tisha B'Av and Rosh Hashana.





   Happy Birthday today to Deanna Steele Capps ('57) AND   Becky Braswell Branch ('65) of AR!

  Happy Birthday tomorrow to       Bill Campbell ('54) of VA AND Genis Bird Crowder Hornsby ('54) AND Barbara Jones ('54)!

  Happy Birthday this week to:

28 - Marvin Barnes ('65) of VA;

29 -   Brenda Davis English ('64) of KS AND    Mike Sagman ('66) of VA;

01 -    The Head Cheerleader of 1958, Evelyn Fryer Fish of TX;

02 -   Billy Turner ('65) of TX AND        My Granddaughter, Rachel Harty (Collinsville HS, IL - '14) of IL;

03 -  Pauline Collins Shofner ('65) of VA!

   Many Happy Returns to You All!  



Sunday, April 26, 1863

U.S. Grant continued to prepare today to move his army from the west to the east bank of the Mississippi River for the attack on Vicksburg. In other operations, a Confederate unit under Gen. Marmaduke launched an attack on Cape Girardeau, Mo., but it was repelled. Gen. Abel Streight continued to progress through Alabama for Georgia with his cavalry, mounted on mules for lack of available horses.


"To laugh often and much; to win the respect of intelligent people and the affection of children; to earn the appreciation of honest critics and endure the betrayal of false friends; to appreciate beauty, to find the best in others; to leave the world a little better; whether by a healthy child, a garden patch or a redeemed social condition; to know even one life has breathed easier because you have lived. This is the meaning of success."

- Ralph Waldo Emerson


    From Ray Barnes ('65) of VA - 04/24/11 - "Does anybody remember this guy?":

Hey Carol,

I'm a Star Trek fan. No, I don't go to Trekkie conventions in my Klingon get-up. I wear that for my wife on birthdays and anniversaries (just kidding, just kidding). Anyhow, in the credits for the t.v. show (old and new) and for the movies, there is listed one William Ware Theiss as costume designer. Now, in home room 315,
Mrs. Conn's (20 Mar 1908 - 24 Mar 2005) H.R., we had a William Ware Theiss for one semester (maybe less). Bill Theiss had transferred in from somewhere and he wasn't around very long and his family moved away, maybe to California.   Ricky Billings ('65 - of NC) and      Bunny Booker ('65 - of MI) and Richard Lee ('65 - of VA) and     Freddie Blechman ('65 - of Northern VA) and about 15 other kids were in that home room with me. Does anyone else remember this Theiss fellow? I recall him as being sort of pasty and I believe he had a little thin black moustache and black hair. He wore a cape once to school and he definitely marched to the beat of a waaaayyy different drummer. 

Thanks,  Ray

   Hmmm. Well, Ray, I don't remember "our" Bill Theiss or where he is now (no big surprise there... ), but I can tell you for a fact it's not the same one. The Star Trek costume designer was about 17 years older  (20 Nov 1930 - 15 Dec 1992) than we were.  Still, the name is rather unusual, and they both seem to have a flair for the dramatic, so perhaps there is a close family relationship - uncle/nephew, perhaps??

   Thanks, Ray!


      From My Niece, Shari, of VA - 04/25/11 - "YUCK, Good Links & Inspirations":


  Let's hope this doesn't become a fad!

There was a cashier that used to wear this type of magnifying studs in her gauged ears. I found it so distracting, although interesting, but the teeth--yuck.
Wallet Drop Prank



A taxi passenger tapped the driver on the shoulder to ask him a question.

The driver screamed, lost control of the car, nearly hit a bus, went up on the sidewalk, and stopped inches from a shop window.

For a second everything went quiet in the cab, then the driver said, "Look, don't ever do that again. You scared the daylights out of me!"

The passenger apologized and said he didn't realize that a little tap could scare him so much.

The driver replied "Sorry, it's not really your fault. Today is my first day as a cab driver. I've been driving hearses for the last 25 years."


One Week

This is a true story.

It happened with one of the people who works for me, the writer of

Last week, a young man in the shipping department asked to take some time off from work. His wife's grandmother had passed (away), and he and his family were driving up north to the funeral. She passed (away) on the 8th of this month.

I talked with the young man today and asked him how things went.

"You know we went to the funeral for my wife's grandmother and while we were there, her grandfather died also. She died on the 8th and he died on the 14th. He died 20 minutes after the viewing of the body at the funeral home. They buried them both at the same funeral, and they buried them in the same grave, one on top of the other."

They had been married over 50 years.

The events had the appearance of tragedy, yet I saw something greater. The shortest MountainWings issue of recent times was a simple quote.

This was the issue:

This was the quote:

"If you live to be a hundred, I want to live to be a hundred minus one day, so that I never have to live without you."

That's real marriage. That's real love. It's stuff that most will only read about in romance novels. Few live it, few feel it, fewer still would die for it.

Few people realize that to truly achieve a love like that, you do have to die. You have to die to self.

The grandfather simply couldn't make it one week without his love. Or maybe, she had already said to him:

"If you live to be a hundred, I want to live to be a hundred minus one week, so that I never have to live a week without you."

If your marriage isn't this bonded, you should follow the free program with your spouse at

~A MountainWings Original~


"Look deep, deep into nature, and then you will understand everything better."

~Albert Einstein~



The term spam pre-dates e-mail as we know it, and has been traced back to online role playing chat rooms from the '80s called MUDs. Generally, the term refers to any type of abusive online behavior.


The first e-mail from space was sent in 1991. The crew of STS-43 Atlantis used Apple's early AppleLink software on a Macintosh Portable to transmit the following: "Hello Earth! Greetings from the STS-43 Crew. This is the first AppleLink from space. Having a
GREAT time, wish you were here...send cryo and RCS! Hasta la vista, baby...we'll be back!"


While many dictionaries and style guides are beginning to drop the hyphen and the caps in favor of "email," the The Associated Press Stylebook still insists on seeing the word as an abbreviation of "electronic mail" and therefore sticks with e-mail.


As of September 2010, Compete revealed that, based on the U.S. Internet browsing population, Yahoo! Mail clearly dominates in the webmail service industry.. Hotmail comes in second, and Gmail follows in third place.


Google has a little fun with spam via an Easter egg that can be viewed in any Gmail account. Opening the "Spam" folder turns the "web clips" display into recipes for the canned pork product. Spam Primavera, Spam Swiss Pie, Creamy Spam Broccoli Casserole and Spam Veggie Pita Pockets are just four examples of the delicious recipe links Google offers.


Identity Theft Advice

Here is some advice from the Theft Resource Center to help keep a lock on your identity during the holiday season.

Use a Credit Card, not a debit card, to make purchases. It’s easier to get a fraudulent credit card charge erased than it is to get a bank to restore funds to your bank account.

Carry one credit card; leave the rest home “It’s easier to close one credit card than it is to close six, and it’s less damaging in the long run.”

Be aware of your surroundings. If you’re opening a new credit account, don’t do it at a register or counter where strangers can overhear you or the clerk talking about your information.

Watch for people looking at your credit card as it’s being passed to or from the clerk.

Watch your card every moment that the clerk has it so it’s not “skimmed” by a dishonest store employee.

Put your credit receipt in your wallet or purse, not in the bag with the item.

- Most credit card receipts are truncated, but the last thing you want is somebody to do a quick drip (in your bag), and they’ve got it. -


The Gift Of Music

"Time can bring you down, time can bend your knees.
Time can break your heart, have you begging please.
Beyond the door there's peace I'm sure,
And I know there'll be no more tears in heaven."

These lyrics were penned in response to tragedy, when guitarist Eric Clapton's son Conor fell to his death from a New York high-rise window. The music helped him heal.

In 1994 the city of Sarajevo was daily under siege. Mortars and artillery fire instantly transformed once beautiful buildings into rubble. Sarajevo's citizens were frightened, weary and increasingly despondent. Then, one February day, a mortar shell exploded in the market killing 68 civilians. Many more were wounded and maimed from the blast.

A cellist with the Sarajevo symphony could no longer stand the chaos. He took his cello to the market, sat down amidst the rubble and played a concert. When he finished, he simply took up his instrument and left.

Every day, for 67 days, he came to the market. Every day he played a concert. It was his gift to the city. He did it because he felt his community must find a way to survive, and music can bring hope.

Music is a great gift. When I need to start my day in the right frame of mind, sometimes I'll sing. Music aligns my thoughts and emotions; my mind and spirit. When I awake in the middle of the night, I go back to sleep best if I sing in my head. Music calms and centers. When I find myself experiencing a moment of happiness, I'll sometimes sing out loud. (It works best when others are not present.) Music expresses joy like nothing else can.

One of the greatest cellists of all time was Pablo Casals. He exiled himself from his native Spain during the regime of Francisco Franco and became a world citizen and a great humanitarian. Casals passionately desired that the world exist in peace and harmony. He said once that if all the orchestras in the world were to play Beethoven's 9th Symphony simultaneously, then peace would come to the world.

I wonder if that is true. But if not peace, then perhaps joy might come. Or hope. Or healing.

It's the gift of music.

~ Steve Goodier ~

[ by: Steve Goodier - Copyright © 2011 - from Steve Goodier
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   Thank you so much, Shari!


  From Joyce Lawrence Cahoon ('65) of VA - 04/25/11 - "money bags":

Here we go again!  I keep trying but I haven't gotten rich yet, maybe you will.

Good Luck Everyone !!!!   I hope it pours.  

This year we experienced and are going to experience four unusual dates: 1/1/11, 1/11/11, 11/1/11, 11/11/11; that's not all .. Take the last two digits of the year in which you were born; now add the age you will be this year, and the result will be 111 for everyone!

For example - Harry was born in 1957, and 57 + 54 = 111

This is the year of Money!!!

This year July and October will have 5 Sundays, 5 Mondays and 5 Saturdays. This happens only every 823 years.

These particular years are known as 'Moneybags' - the proverb goes that if you send this to eight good friends, money will appear in the next four days as is explained in Chinese feng-shui.

Those who don't continue the chain won't receive, it's a Mystery, but worth a try, so good luck!

   Hmmm. We ran this a few months ago, as well as a few months before that, and a couple of the National Smart People in our midst pointed out that this situation actually arises much more frequently than that, as this post on attests:

   But, HEY, I certainly do not want to tamper with Chinese Feng Shui, so let's not bother ourselves with trivial details (such as facts), and just keep those money bags rolling!  


   WILD GIGGLES! Thanks so much, Joyce!



From - 04/24/11:  

One reason the Military Services have trouble operating jointly is that they don't speak the same language. For example, if you told Navy personnel to "secure a building," they would turn off the lights and lock the doors. The Army would occupy the building so no one could enter. Marines would assault the building, capture it, and defend it with suppressive fire and close combat. The Air Force, on the other hand, would take out a three-year lease with an option to buy.



1. Saturday, April 30, 2011 - The NNHS Class will have a Luncheon. Team Leaders are Mickey Marcella ( - 757-249-3800), Betty Hamby Neher ( - 757-898-5099), and Dr. Harry Simpson ( - 804-694-0346). - CLASS OF 1954

2. Thursday, May 5, 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.

3.  May 13, 14, 15, 20, 21, 22, 2011 - "The Marvelous Wonderettes" at Dinnertainment at The Grey Goose - OPEN TO THE PUBLIC - 

4. Wednesday, June 8, 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.

5. 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 - CLASS OF 1971

6. 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 - CLASS OF 1966

7. Friday, Saturday, and Sunday, August 26, 27, and 28, 2011 - The Class of 1961 will hold its 50-Year Reunion. - For details, see: and contact Gary Fitzgerald at or 757-879-2847 - CLASS OF 1961

8. Wednesday and Thursday, October 19 and 20, 2011 - The Class of 1956 will hold its 55-Year Reunion. Be on the lookout for "snail mail" in early May. - CLASS OF 1956


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

                                   Love to all, Carol





Carol Buckley Harty



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Yerushalaim Shel Zahav


Avir harim tsalul kayayin

Vere'ach oranim

Nisa beruach ha'arbayim

Im kol pa'amonim


Uvtardemat ilan va'even

Shvuyah bachaloma

Ha'ir asher badad yoshevet

Uvliba choma


Yerushalayim she zahav

Veshel nechoshet veshel or

Halo lechol shirayich ani kinor (2x)


Eicha yavshu borot hamayim

Kikar hashuk reika

Ve'ein poked et Har Habayit

Ba'ir ha'atika


Uvam'arot asher basela

Meyalelot ruchot

Ve'ein yored el Yam Hamelach

Baderech Yericho


Yerushalayim ...


Ach bevo'i hayom lashir lach

Velach likshor ketarim

Katonti mitze'ir banayich

Ume'acharon hameshorerim


Ki shmech tsorev et hasfatayim

K'neshikat saraf

Im eshkachech Yerushalayim

Asher kula zahav


Yerushalayim ...


Chazarnu el borot hamayim

Lashuk velakikar

Shofar korei beHar Habayit

Ba'ir ha'atika


Uvam'arot asher basela

Alfei shmashot zorchot

Veshuv nered el Yam Hamelach

Baderech Yericho


Yerushalayim ...

Jerusalem of Gold


The air of the mountains is as clear as wine

And the fragrance of the pine trees

Is lifted upon the evening breeze

With the ringing of the bells


And in the deep sleep of the tree and the stone

Held captive in a dream

The city which sits alone

And in her heart, a wall


Jerusalem of gold

And of copper and of light

For all of your songs

I am the harp


How the water cisterns have dried up

The city square is empty

Nobody goes up to the Temple Mount

In the Old City


And in the caves of the rocks

Winds howl

And no one goes down to the Dead Sea

Upon the Jericho Road


Jerusalem of gold...


Although I come to sing to you today

And to tie crowns upon you

I am less than the youngest of your sons

And the last of the sweet singers


For your name singes the lips

Like the kiss of the serpent

If I forget thee, oh Jerusalem

She is completely golden


Jerusalem of gold...


We have returned to the water cisterns

To the marketplace and the square

A shofar calls out on the Temple Mount

In the Old City


And in the caves in the rocks

A thousand suns shine forth

And again we will go down to the Dead Sea

Upon the Jericho Road


Jerusalem of gold...


"Yerushalaim Shel Zahav (Jerusalem of Gold)" midi and lyrics courtesy
of - 04/18/08

Passover Image (© courtesy of - - 04/27/11 (sic)

Image of Gold Star of David Pendant used to form Divider Lines courtesy
of - 11/23/08

Army Seal clip art also courtesy of Al Farber ('64) of GA - 05/24/06
Thanks, Al!
Replaced by Norm Covert ('61) of MD - 02/09/09
Thanks, Norm!

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

Air Force Seal clip art courtesy of - 07/07/06

Navy Seal clip art courtesy of - 05/29/06

Animated Nutsy Smiley courtesy of - 05/04/09

Twirling Dollar Bills clip art courtesy of - um, well, I dunno, but it's been in my files since 09/01/05...

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