05/28/11 - NNHS Newsletter - Stairway to Heaven
“To different minds, the same world is a hell, and a heaven.”
Dear Friends and Schoolmates,
At this point, I'd settle for a Stairway to North Carolina - a Star Trek transporter, perhaps...
BONUS - http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=w9TGj2jrJk8 - Stairway to Heaven - Led Zeppelin
|"Stairway to Heaven" is a song by the
Led Zeppelin, released in late 1971. It was composed by guitarist
Jimmy Page and vocalist
Robert Plant for the band's untitled fourth studio album (usually
referred to as
Led Zeppelin IV). The song, running eight minutes and two
seconds, is composed of several sections, which increase in tempo and
volume as the song progresses. The song begins as a slow acoustic-based
song accompanied by recorders before electric instrumentation is
introduced. The final section is a high-tempo
rock section highlighted by an intricate guitar solo by Page.
The song, often considered one of the greatest rock songs of all-time, was voted #3 in 2000 by VH1 on its list of the 100 Greatest Rock Songs, and was placed at number 31 on Rolling Stone magazine's list of the 500 Greatest Songs of All Time. It was the most requested song on FM radio stations in the United States in the 1970s, despite never having been officially released as a single there. In November 2007, through download sales promoting Led Zeppelin's Mothership release, "Stairway to Heaven" hit #37 on the UK Singles Chart...
THIS WEEK'S BIRTHDAYS:
Happy Birthday tomorrow to Donna Chadwell Nunemaker ('64) of VA and FL AND Dee Hodges Bartram ('66) of VA!
Happy Birthday this week to:
30 -Mickey Spivey ('65) of FL;
31 - Calmet Sawyer ('57) AND JoAnn Houston Parrott ('61) of NC AND Kathy Reece Burke (Warwick HS - '72);
01 - Dawn _____ Yevak of VA;
02 - Jerry Blanchard ('62) of VA;
03 - Gail Kiger Bonsey (Ferguson HS - '73) of OR;
04 - Raoul Weinstein ('57) of FL AND Catherine Slusser Hudson ('64) of VA!
Many Happy Returns to You All!
THIS DAY IN THE WAR BETWEEN THE STATES:
Tuesday, May 28, 1861
COMMONS COMMENCES CONTENTIOUS QUESTIONS
The question of the survival of the Confederate States of America could not be answered strictly within the confines of the boundaries of North America. One thing that could weigh heavily in the balance would be recognition of the new government by one of the real political heavyweights of the world powers: France, Spain, England, Germany....somebody in Europe. Interestingly enough, the House of Commons today took up the debate on recognition in London.
Wednesday, May 28, 1862
RUM RATION RULED RUINOUS
Since long before the Revolutionary War, it had been the tradition in British naval service to issue sailors a ration of a pint of rum per day at sea. This tradition had carried over to American sailors. Not willing to leave a good thing alone, Asst. Navy Sec. Fox wrote today to a senator, “I beg you for the enduring good of the service, to abolish the spirit ration and forbid any distilled liquors being placed on board any vessel belonging to the U States, excepting of course the Medical Department. All insubordination, all misery, every deviltry on board ships can be traced to rum.” Tragically, the forces of enforced temperance would eventually prevail.
Thursday, May 28, 1863
MASSACHUSETTS MEN MAKE MILITARY MARVEL
At first it was unthinkable. Later it was just too risky politically. Finally it seemed inevitable, and so it was done: Black men were allowed to enlist as soldiers in the United States Army. Today the first unit allowed to be recruited was dispatched from its training facility near Boston. They were sent to Hilton Head, S.C, not far from a certain Confederate stronghold known as Fort Wagner.
Saturday, May 28, 1864
CAVALRY CONTINUES CONSTANT COMBAT
The maneuvering between Lee and Grant continued. Grant’s objective was to get around the Confederate right flank, and he was headed across the Pamunkey River for the vicinity of Hanoverville. Lee, needing to keep between Grant and Richmond, repositioned towards Cold Harbor. Cavalry battles occurred today at Aenon Church, Jones’ Farm Crump's Creek, Haw’s Shop, and the Totopotomoy River. No one knows if Haw ever got his shop back in business again.
1. From Dee Hodges Bartram ('66) of VA - 05/08/11 - "OPEN REUNION SPONSORED BY THE CLASS OF 1966":
A Happy, Happy Mother’s Day to you!! I hope you have a glorious day!
The 45-year reunion plans for the Class of 1966 has been finalized. I would appreciate it if you would put this reunion notice in your newsletter for me.
Thank you so much for all you do!
Dee Hodges Bartram
The Class of 1966 will hold an OPEN 45 year reunion on Friday and Saturday, August 19 and 20, 2011. Here is the schedule:
Friday night – 7:00 p.m. until closing - RJ’s Restaurant and Pub located at 12743 Jefferson Avenue (Denbigh Crossing Shopping Center), Newport News, VA. The owner, Ron Johnson, is a Typhoon alumnus. Each person attending on Friday night is responsible for the cost of their dinner, drinks or snacks.
Saturday night: Warwick Yacht Club, located at 400 Maxwell Lane, Newport News, from 7:00 p.m. till midnight. We will have light Hors D’oeuvres and a cash bar. Dress Code: Dressy Casual (no shorts, jeans or ties, please). Music by the Rock-it-Men Band.
cost for the reunion will be $40 per person.
Included in this cost is the rental of the Yacht Club, paper,
envelopes, printer ink, stamps, food, bartender, carver and server
fees. If any of you would like to make a monetary donation to help
underwrite the cost of the reunion, it will be greatly appreciated.
Updates on the reunion will be sent out by via e-mail to those of you that I have e-mail addresses for. Also, Carol Buckley Harty, Class of 1965, has created a NNHS website at http://nnhs65.com/NNHS-Newsletters-2011.html where I will also post updates.
We look forward to seeing you at the reunion!
NNHS Class of 1966 45-Year Reunion Committee
Dee Hodges Bartram (757) 868-8443
Please send the registration form and your check, payable to Mrs. Dee Bartram, by July 8, 2011. My address is 21 Laydon Way, Poquoson, VA 23662. The cost after July 8th will be $50 per person.
Please give me the count for each night.
Will attend: Friday Night _______ Saturday Night _______
Name: ________________________________________ (Ladies – please include maiden name)
Spouse/Guest Name: ____________________________
______________________________________________ Phone: _______________ E-mail address: ___________________________
Amount Enclosed: _______________
NOTE: If you are going to attend Friday only, I still need to know in order to give the restaurant a count. Please extend me and the restaurant the courtesy of letting me know if you will be there by either e-mailing me at firstname.lastname@example.org or calling me at (757) 868-8443.
If you are unable to attend the reunion, please e-mail or call me with any e-mail address updates or home address change updates.
AN OPEN REUNION?!? But of course, Dee - thanks so much!
The link is now on the main page as well as the Reunion Page:
2. From Dave Spriggs ('64) of VA - 05/07/11 - "Newsletter Request":
Could you place the attached item in an upcoming newsletter and run it for a week or two? Any longer than that and people will just scroll past it.
IF YOU ATTENDED
BETWEEN 1961 AND 1971 -------
… and you
have not yet been contacted by the Reunion Committee, then please get in
CNC DECADER STEERING COMMITTEE
Plans for the reunion and other cool stuff may be found at our web site:
Why, certainly, David! The link is now on the main page as well:
From Christine Wilson Starkman ('68) of CA - 05/27/11:
Perfect timing! You've been on my catch-up list for a long time now. Have a great trip, and try to avoid those nasty typhoons--I mean tornadoes!
Love to you and your family, Christine (Wilson) Starkman
Thank you so much, Chris - for everything!
I know the timing (for you - in the midst of packing) is terrible, but the attached story is being shared today (Saturday), since that day of the week is the most appropriate.
You'll understand why when you read the story.
WOWZERONI!!! Thank you so very much for sharing this, Bill!
From Glenn Dye ('60) of TX - 05/27/11:
I understand that the shipyard is going back its old name again - Newport News Shipbuilding.
I wondered if you or
Dinwiddie Prichard - '58 - of NC)
who I think lives there close to Raleigh N.C. knew the young man,
Scotty (McCreery) who won the American Idol contest? He was from
Raleigh or close by.
Hmmm... Well, I don't know him, Glenn; I'm basically a hermit (or try to be, anyway), doncha know, but Dimples might! He seems to be from Garner, and at least one of our subscribers lives there, so we'll see what we hear!
|Carol and Glenn,
I feel as though I know him after hearing about him for months, actually almost a year.
Garner is a small community about 15 or 20 miles from where I live in Raleigh, and since he is only 17, I would not have much occasion to run into him. I do know that he is a very humble Christian young man who was not too impressed with Lady Gaga, which I think shows a lot about his character. He is well thought of by everyone who does know him and even the little girls like him better that they like Justin Bieber ! I am talking 7 year old girls - black and white and Hispanic ! He has done wonders for the entire community of Garner. I feel that he is someone that they can look up to that will not disappoint them as he and his career mature together. He has maintained an A-B average in his studies while in L.A. for these long months and cannot wait to get back to his hometown. I love the fact that he still blushes and cries openly in a crowd of his friends.
I feel it would be an honor if I did know him, as well as his parents !
OH, WOW! Thanks so much, Dimples!
From My Husband, Paul Harty (Bardolph HS, IL - '61) of IL - 05/25/11 - " Blondes in the news":
|THE BLONDES ARE BACK!
A blonde & her husband are lying in bed listening to the next door neighbor's dog.. It has been in the backyard barking for hours & hours.
The blonde jumps up out of bed and says, "I've had enough of this". She goes downstairs.
The blonde finally comes back up to bed and her husband says, "The dog is still barking. What have you been doing?"
The blonde says, "I put the dog in our backyard, let's see how THEY like it!
Two Blondes With Hammers...
Lynda & Judy were doing some carpenter work on a Habitat for Humanity House. Lynda was nailing down house siding, would reach into her nail pouch, pull out a nail & either toss it over her shoulder or nail it in.
Judy, figuring this was worth looking into, asked, "Why are you throwing those nails away?"
Lynda explained, "When I pull a nail out of my pouch, about half of them have the head on the wrong end and I throw them away."
Judy got completely upset and yelled, "You moron! Those nails aren't defective! They're for the other side of the house!"
Did you hear about the two blondes who froze to death in a drive-in movie?
They had gone to see 'Closed for the Winter.'
You might have to think twice about this one.
A blonde hurried into the emergency room late one night with the tip of her index finger shot off.
"How did this happen?" the emergency room doctor asked her.
The first blonde told her how the repairman had instructed her to
blow into the tail pipe in order to get all the dents to pop out.
From My Niece, Shari, of VA - 05/25/11 - "Handy Hints & The Father":
Good Morning Groanies,
Whenever someone calls you on the phone and then asks you what you're doing you more often than not answer, "Nothing". Why is that? Come on now, we are all guilty of this.
Why don't you just tell the truth? Say that you're just dancing by yourself while listening to 's . Say that you're currently going to the bathroom. Say that you're out of breath because you were just wrestling your neighbors dog naked. What's wrong with a little honesty?
If you aren't one for revealing the activity that you were engaged in when the phone rang, then just say, "You want to know what I'm doing? I'm talking to you, you goof." That's what I do.
Just remember, whenever you call someone you have a good chance that they may be holding a conversation with you in the buff...unless it's grandma...then it's a guarantee.
Steve from The Daily Groaner
Disinfect your toilet bowl by pouring 2 cups of vinegar into the bowl and letting it soak overnight before flushing.
Hint 2: This hint really does cut down on the scrubbing time.
Clean your microwave by placing a glass bowl filled with a quarter cup of vinegar and 1 cup of water inside. Turn on your microwave to the highest setting for about 5 minutes and once the bowl cools, use the liquid to sponge away the grime.
Handy Hint 3: Treat a cold sore by dabbing it with a cotton ball soaked in vinegar 3 times a day. The vinegar will soothe the pain and heal the sore.
Hint 4: How many times has this happened: you're hosting a holiday party or attending one and at dinner someone spills gravy on the tablecloth?
Well, now you don't have to panic about it staining. Simply grab for the artificial sweetener Splenda. The fine powder absorbs the oil and keeps the greasy goo from making a permanent stain.
Hint 5: Have a bumper sticker you just can get off? Try this...
Bumper stickers are easy to remove without any scraping which could scratch your car's finish. Simply rub mayonnaise over the entire sticker and let sit for 15 - 10 minutes. The mayonnaise will help dissolve the glue, so you can peel it right off!
The Secretary's Prayer
I NEED HELP. Help me to be a good secretary, and help me to have the memory of an elephant, or one at least three years long. Help me by some miracle to be able to do six things at once, answer four telephones at the same time while typing a letter that must go out today. And, when that letter doesn't get signed until tomorrow, give me the strength to keep from going over the brink of hysteria. Never let me lose patience, even when the boss has me searching the files for hours for data that is later discovered in his desk.
HELP ME to have the intelligence of a college professor; help me to understand and carry out all instructions without being given clear explanations. Let me know always just where the boss is, even though he left without telling me where he was going. And when the year ends, please let me have the foresight not to destroy records that will be asked for in a few weeks, even though I was told to destroy them all.
HELP ME to keep a level head and my feet on the ground, so that my secretarial performance will be a proper reflection of the pioneer women who made a place for me in the business world, and those who established me in a profession.
Source--Celebrity News Whoops!
Sharon Osbourne left red faced over phone mishap...
Sharon Osbourne was left red faced when she forgot to hang up the phone after chatting to her daughter Kelly during a revealing therapy session.
Sharon blames her under-developed technological skills for the gaffe, which allowed her kid to listen in on the private conversation, the whole time.
While co-hosting her TV show "The Talk," Sharon recalled, "My daughter Kelly called me and I was in a session with my therapist. And I was talking about Kelly and I said, 'I'll call you back,' and I didn't click her off. And she spent the whole hour listening to my therapist session about her. The whole hour!
"She told me probably about three days later. She was mad at me and I was very mad at her. (But) it (wasn't really about her), it was just about Kelly's boyfriend... I (just) can't work a phone properly. "
After a few of the usual Sunday evening hymns, the church's pastor slowly stood up, walked over to the pulpit, and before he gave his sermon for the evening, briefly introduced a guest minister who was in the service that evening.
In the introduction, the pastor told the congregation that the guest minister was one of his dearest childhood friends and that he wanted him to have a few moments to greet the church and share whatever he felt would be appropriate for the service.
With that, an elderly man stepped up to the pulpit and began to speak.
"A father, his son, and a friend of his son were sailing off the Pacific coast," he began, "when a fast approaching storm blocked any attempt to get back to the shore. The waves were so high, that even though the father was an experienced sailor, he could not keep the boat upright and the three were swept into the ocean as the boat capsized."
The old man hesitated for a moment, making eye contact with two teenagers who were, for the first time since the service began, looking somewhat interested in his story.
The aged minister continued with his story, "grabbing a rescue line, the father had to make the most excruciating decision of his life: to which boy he would throw the other end of the life line. He only had seconds to make the decision.
The father knew that his son was a Christian and he also knew that his son's friend was not. The agony of his decision could not be matched by the torrent of waves. As the father yelled out, 'I love you, son!' he threw out the life line to his son's friend.
By the time the father had pulled the friend back to the capsized boat, his son had disappeared beneath the raging swells into the black of night. His body was never recovered."
By this time, the two teenagers were sitting up straight in the pew, anxiously waiting for the next words to come out of the old minister's mouth.
"The father," he continued, "knew his son would step into eternity with Jesus and he could not bear the thought of his son's friend stepping into an eternity without Jesus. Therefore, he sacrificed his son to save the son's friend. How great is the love of God that he should do the same for us.
Our Heavenly Father sacrificed his only begotten son that we could be saved. I urge you to accept his offer to rescue you and take a hold of the life line he is throwing out to you in this service."
With that, the old man turned and sat back down in his chair as silence filled the room. The pastor again walked slowly to the pulpit and delivered a brief sermon with an invitation at the end. However, no one responded to the appeal. Within minutes after the service ended, the two teenagers were at the old man's side.
"That was a nice story," politely stated one of the boys, "but I don't think it was very realistic for a father to give up his only son's life in hopes that the other boy would become a Christian."
"Well, you've got a point there," the old man replied, glancing down at his worn bible. A big smile broadened his narrow face, he once again looked up at the boys and said, "it sure isn't very realistic, is it?
But I'm standing here today to tell you that story gives me a glimpse of what it must have been like for God to give up his son for me.
You see ---
I was that father and your pastor is my son's friend."
Thank you so much, Shari!
www.ajokeaday.com - 05/27/11:
DATES TO REMEMBER:
1. Thursday, June 2, 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, 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.
3. 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
4. Friday and Saturday, August 19 and 20, 2011 - The Class of 1966 will hold its 45-Year Reunion at RJ's Restaurant and Pun AND the Warwick Yacht Club, Newport News. DETAILS: http://www.nnhs65.com/reunion-class-of-1966/45th-Reunion-Letter-2011.doc; CONTACT: Dee Hodges Bartram at email@example.com - OPEN REUNION!
5. Friday, Saturday, and Sunday, August 26, 27, and 28, 2011 - The Class of 1961 will hold its 50-Year Reunion. - For details, see: www.nnhs1961.org and contact Gary Fitzgerald at Fitz43@cox.net or 757-879-2847 - CLASS OF 1961
6. 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
http://www.nnhs65.com/requests-prayers.html - updated 05/05/11
http://nnhs.wordpress.com/ - updated 03/13/11
Y'all take care of each other! TYPHOONS FOREVER! We'll Always Have Buckroe!
Love to all, Carol
NNHS CLASS OF '65 WEB SITE:
PERSONAL WEB SITE: http://www.angelfire.com/weird2/cluckmeat
2.Go to www.PayPal.com, log in, select "Send Money (Services) to firstname.lastname@example.org; or
Just mail it directly to my home (address available upon request).
Stairway to Heaven
Composed by guitarist Jimmy Page and vocalist Robert Plant
There's a lady
All that glitters is gold
And she's buying a stairway to heaven
When she gets there she knows
If the stores are all closed
With a word she can get what she came for
Ooh, ooh, ooh, ooh, ooh
And she's buying a stairway to heaven
There's a sign on the wall
But she wants to be sure
'Cause you know sometimes words have
In a tree by the brook
There's a songbird who sings
Sometimes all of our thoughts are
Ooh, it makes me wonder
Ooh, it makes me wonder
There's a feeling I get
When I look to the west
And my spirit is crying
In my thoughts I have seen
Rings of smoke through the trees
And the voices of those
Who stand looking
Ooh, it makes me wonder
Ooh, it really makes me wonder
And it's whispered that soon
If we all call the tune
Then the piper will lead us to reason
And a new day will dawn
For those who stand long
And the forests will
Echo with laughter
Oh, whoa, whoa, whoa, whoa, ooh, whoa, oh
If there's a bustle in your hedgerow
Don't be alarmed now
It's just a spring clean
For the May queen
Yes, there are two paths you can go by
But in the long run
There's still time to change
The road you're on
And it makes me wonder
Aw, uh, oh
Your head is humming and it won't go
In case you don't know
The piper's calling you to join him
Dear lady, can you hear the wind blow?
And did you know
Your stairway lies on the whispering wind?
And as we wind on down the road
Our shadows taller than our soul
There walks a lady we all know
Who shines white light and wants to show
How everything still turns to gold
And if you listen very hard
The truth will come to you at last
When all are one and one is all
To be a rock and not to roll
And she's buying a stairway
"Stairway to Heaven" midi courtesy of http://www.eadcentral.com/go/1/1/0/http://patmw.tripod.com/PatMWsMidiCollectionindex.html - 05/28/09
"Stairway to Heaven" lyrics courtesy of http://www.lyricsmode.com/lyrics/l/led_zeppelin/stairway_to_heaven.html - 05/28/09
"Stairway to Heaven" Image courtesy of http://www.sacredhands.co.uk/StairwayToHeaven123.htm - 05/28/09
Gold Scroll Divider Line clip art courtesy of http://www.wtv-zone.com/nevr2l82/bars17.html - 03/21/05 (re-saved 03/22/09)
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
who served in the South Pacific during WWII.
Navy Seal clip art courtesy of
Thanks again, Herbie!
Navy Seal clip art courtesy ofhttp://www.onemileup.com/miniSeals.asp - 05/29/06
Ferguson High School's Anchor clip art courtesy of
(FHS - '72) of NC - 12/14/05
Animated Cheering Smiley
clip art courtesy of Al Farber ('64) of GA - 08/18/05 (re-saved 02/27/09)
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
Animated Laughing Elephant courtesy of Frank Blechman ('65) of Northern VA -
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