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07/07/09 - NNHS Newsletter -
Gustav Mahler's 149th Birthday

“All that is not perfect down to the smallest detail is doomed to perish.”

 - Gustav Mahler
7 July 1860 - 18 May 1911)

Dear Friends and Schoolmates,   

   For some reason, when we began celebrating Mahler's birthday together here, I began with the second lieder in his song cycle.  So now we'll return to the beginning, No. 1. - "Lieder eines fahrenden Gesellen N:o 2: Ging heut' Morgen übers Feld (Songs of a Traveling Journeyman No. 2: I Went This Morning over the Field)" - "Lieder eines fahrenden Gesellen N:o 3: Ich hab' ein glühend Messer (Songs of a Traveling Journeyman No. 3: I Have a Gleaming Knife)" - "Lieder eines fahrenden Gesellen N:o 4: Die zwei blauen Augen (Songs of a Traveling Journeyman No. 4: The Two Blue Eyes of my Beloved)"

BONUS - -  Mahler's No. 1 - Wenn mein Schatz Hochzeit macht (When My Sweetheart is Married) - Dietrich Fischer-Dieskau, baritone, NHK Symphony Orchestra, Paul Kletzki, conductor (Salle Pleyel, Paris, 1960 live recording)


  Happy Birthday today to      Frank Blechman ('65) of Northern VA AND    Steve Silsby (Ferguson HS - '72) of NC!

  Happy Birthday this week to:

 09 -  the late Adrienne Price Cox ('57) (deceased 08/20/06) AND    Eva Ellis Madagan ('61) of FL;

11 - Bobby Maddy ('57);

   Plaxo informed me on 07/04/09 that the 11th would also be     Aretie Gallins Patterson's ('59 - of TN) birthday, but the last time they informed me of an upcoming birthday, it was a Big Fat Whopper, so if you could confirm or deny, Aretie, that would be lovely!

13 - James Stidham ('57)!

   Many Happy Returns, One and All!


     From Me ('65) of IL - 07/07/09 - "        Paul's (Harty - Bardolph HS, IL - '61 - of IL) Renal Ultrasound":

   Paul underwent a renal ultrasound this morning at 9:15 this morning at the John Cochran VA Hospital in St. Louis regarding the complex lesion on his left kidney which was previously detected.  It showed a small renal cyst of no consequence. 

   "... and there was much rejoicing."

   Thanks for your prayers and concern!

       From Dave Spriggs ('64) of VA - 07/06/09 - "  Mr. Warren Reed":


For the Newsletter and for inclusion on the NNHS 64/45 Reunion page of the web site:

The 45 Year Reunion Committee of the Class of 1964 is pleased to announce that our Class Co-Sponsor, Mr. L. Warren Reed, will attend our reunion on Saturday, 10 October 2009.


   SUPER NEWS! Thanks, David!

  From Cookie Phillips Tyndall ('64) of VA - 07/06/09:

Wonderful news. 

  Ditto! Thanks, Cookie!

    From Linda Lane Lane ('64) of VA - 07/06/09:

Sounds Good to Me.


  Double Ditto! Thanks, Linda-Linda!

    From Glenn Dye ('60) of TX - 07/06/09 - "The Star Spangled Banner":

Some of us were talking about The Star Spangled Banner yesterday, and how hard it was to sing. I was telling them about Sandi Patty's version of it. Here it is by her in '97. She did it earlier, but I haven't found a video of it. I think it was done in New York City at a patriotic celebration, but I really can't remember. But this version of it is good.

  Thank you so very much, Glenn! I had posted a copy of this on last year's Independence Day issue, but this year I was chagrined to find it had unfortunately been removed. I must admit I did not devote enough time to searching for it, so I really appreciate your sending this to me. Her rendition is my favorite!

  From Donna Chadwell Nunemaker ('64) of FL and VA - 07/06/09 - "  NICK'S SEAFOOD PAVILION":

Hi Carol -

Was replying to    Renee Helterbran Benton's '59 article about Chef Jimmy (Krikales) formerly of Nick's and his salad dressing.  Chef Jimmy is currently operating the RIVER ROOM  at the Duke of York Motor Hotel on the water in Yorktown, Va.

We were there recently and the food is just like being at Nick's again. He has the enormous lobster tails, seafood shish kabob and most of all the "famous" Baked Alaska. Salads taste like they did at Nick's and are served with basket of assorted breads & the dressing is also sold at the restaurant. They serve breakfast & lunch from 7:00am-2:00pm and dinner 4:30-9:00pm. Casual atmosphere & worth the trip !

   WOWZERONI - great news! Thank you, Donna!

      From Jerry Blanchard ('62) of VA - 07/06/09 - "USS New York (LPD 21)":


For those who are interested, the USS New York will be in New York on 9/11/09 for the show that is planned. There was some doubt she would be ready, but the yard in New Orleans where my brother Buzzy (Blanchard  - Kecoughtan HS - '68 - of LA) works says it will be there.

Jerry B. (Class of 62) of Va.


Photo Release -- New York (LPD 21), With World Trade Center Steel Leading the Way,
Reaches Significant Milestone With Successful Builder's Sea Trial

AVONDALE, La., July 2, 2009 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- The Northrop Grumman Corporation-built (NYSE:NOC) New York (LPD 21) successfully accomplished builder's sea trials this week in the Gulf of Mexico. The ship's bow stem contains seven-and-a-half tons of steel recovered from the World Trade Center following the terrorist attacks of Sept. 11, 2001. LPD 21 is under construction at the company's Avondale facility in Louisiana.

A photo accompanying this news release is available at:

A video accompanying this news release is available at:

"This ship is a symbol of American patriotism at its finest, not only for the steel in the bow stem cutting through the water, but also for the committed shipbuilders who constructed her with a focus on quality," Tim Farrell, vice president and program manager, LPD program, Northrop Grumman Shipbuilding - Gulf Coast.

New York (LPD 21), Northrop Grumman's fifth ship in the USS San Antonio (LPD 17) class of amphibious transport dock ships, plows through the Gulf of Mexico during her Builder's sea trials.

"This ship will perform many different missions for our sailors and Marines and our shipbuilding workforce continues to instill their sense of pride into every part of this ship. We understand how sending this ship to the Fleet honors the heroes and victims of that terrible day in our Nation's history."

Northrop Grumman Shipbuilding's test and trials group tested LPD 21's main propulsion, communications, steering, navigational, radar and other systems. Other exercises included anchor handling, flight operations, compartment air balancing and ballasting/de-ballasting of the well deck, where amphibious landing craft will be launched.

"I've been very pleased across the board with everything I've seen on this builder's trials," said U.S. Navy Cmdr. F. Curtis Jones of Binghamton, N.Y., the prospective commanding officer of the ship who will lead the crew of 360 officers and enlisted personnel.

"It's a huge undertaking and the level of effort, pride and attention to detail by the shipbuilders is extraordinarily apparent. Between the individual crafts and all the workers, it's clear a lot of extra hard work went into getting the ship to this point. I'm very excited and happy with the way the ship has performed. I'm looking forward to being able to call this ship our own."

New York is the fifth amphibious transport dock ship in the San Antonio class. The LPD 17 San Antonio class is the newest addition to the Navy's 21st-Century amphibious assault force.

LPD 21 is the fifth ship to bear the name New York. Previous ships include the battleship USS New York (BB 34), which served as a flagship in World War I. In World War II, the battleship participated in a pre-invasion bombardment of Iwo Jima and in the invasion of Okinawa and was grazed by a kamikaze. USS New York earned three battle stars for its World War II service.

The 684-foot, 105-foot-wide LPD transport dock ships are used to transport and land U.S. Marines, their equipment and supplies by embarked air cushioned or conventional landing craft, expeditionary fighting vehicles, amphibious assault vehicles, helicopters, and vertical take off and landing aircraft such as the Osprey. The ships will support amphibious assault special operations, or expeditionary warfare missions throughout the first half of the 21st century.

Northrop Grumman Corporation is a leading global security company whose 120,000 employees provide innovative systems, products, and solutions in aerospace, electronics, information systems, shipbuilding and technical services to government and commercial customers worldwide.

Bill Glenn
Northrop Grumman Shipbuilding
(228) 935-3972         

   Thanks so much, Jerry!

  From Joyce Lawrence Cahoon ('65) of VA - 07/06/09 - "Bob and Betty on Vacation":

Bob Hill and his wife Betty were vacationing in Europe. They were driving along a deserted highway near Transylvania . It was late and raining very hard.

Bob could barely see the road in front of the car. Suddenly the car skids out of control and despite Bob's efforts, the car swerves and smashes into a tree..

Moments later Bob shakes his head. Dazed, he looks and sees that Betty is unconscious, her head bleeding severely. Despite the rain and unfamiliar countryside, Bob knows he has to get her medical assistance.

He carefully picks his wife up and begins trudging down the road and after a short while, he sees a light coming from a large, old house. He approaches the door and knocks. A minute passes and a small, hunched man opens the door.

Bob immediately blurts out, "My name is Bob Hill and this is my wife Betty. We've been in a terrible accident and I need to use your phone. "

"We don't have a phone," replies the hunchback, "but, my master is a doctor. Come in and I will summon him!"

Bob brings his wife in and in couple of minutes an older man comes down the stairs.

"I'm Doctor Phremmis, I have not practiced in many years but, I will see what I can do. Igor, take them down to the laboratory."

With that, Igor picks up Betty and carries her downstairs, with Bob following closely. Igor places Betty on a table in the lab. Bob collapses from exhaustion and his own injuries and Igor places him on an adjoining table. After a brief examination, the doctor looks worried. Igor and the doctor work feverishly. He he applies the paddles, then mouth to mouth all to no avail. Bob and Betty Hill are no more.

Their deaths greatly upset the doctor. Slowly, he climbs the steps to his conservatory and begins playing his grand piano and soon a stirring, haunting melody fills the house.

Meanwhile, in the lab, as Igor begins tidying up, a movement catches his eye. He turns and stunned, sees Betty's fingers twitching, keeping time to the piano music. Suddenly, Bob's arm begins to rise, marking the beat! He is further amazed as Betty and Bob both sit up straight!

Unable to contain himself, Igor dashes up the stairs to the conservatory and bursts in shouting:

"Master, Master ...

The Hills are alive with the sound of music!"

(Sorry... But you really should've seen that coming)

Thanks, Joyce!

        From David Whitley ('67) of VA - 07/06/09 - "Riddle":

If H2o is on the inside of a fire hydrant, what is on the outside?

scroll down...........



   Thanks, Gorgeous!

  From Ruth Ann Reece Horace ('67) of FL - 07/06/09 - "Electronically Challenged Seniors":

Couldn't remember if I sent this to you.  I have been so out of it these past few weeks.  I have been mowing the yard and it is great to sit on the mower and just cut grass.  Harry can't do it for another 3 weeks.  I even started mowing the front pasture.  Anything to get out of the house and relax. A lot of this is just like me so when you read it you can think of me and I won't be insulted.


Electronically Challenged Seniors

Things are spiraling out of control. I think I have become lost in a world of electronic madness.

One of my sons informed me this week that my cell phone has become obsolete and I must head down to the Cell Phone store and get a phone that is contemporary with the time.

I pointed out that the fancy Razor/Slim line phone with camera built in that he made me trade my perfectly good flip-top Motorola cell phone for two years ago still works perfectly fine. Well, except for the camera thing. Never could figure that out.. Even the few times I actually did take pictures I couldn’t figure what to do with them and gave up.

That is except when I would push the wrong button and take a video of the ceiling or my feet.

Seems the issue is that I am unable to text with the tiny little 3 character buttons. "Hi, son," would come out looking like, "Gh Qmo." My grandkids have even spoken to my wife about Poppa’s crazy text messages. Give me a break. Whatever happened to actually talking on a phone? Isn’t that what they were invented for?

They want me to get one of those phones that you can turn upside down and sideways and has a typewriter keyboard with keys about one-eighth the size of my pinky finger.

One of my four sons is a realtor whose real occupation is fly fishing. "Way to go, son." Or in my text language, "Xbz um Io, rmo."

We were floating the Yakima River in his guide quality drift boat south of  Ellensburg ,  Washington . We were miles from anything remotely resembling civilization. Rock canyon walls were on either side of us. Bear with me as I try to explain this strange thing.

His "Blackberry" rang. It was blue and I asked him why it wasn’t called a Blueberry. He shook his head with that “dealing with an elder” despair look I get a lot these days. It was another realtor who called to say that the sellers he represented had agreed to my son’s client’s changes and he had the signed documents in hand.

My son told him to FAX the papers to his office and he would get them signed and Faxed back, to close the deal that morning. A minute later the phone rang and he hit a few buttons and looked over the FAX, now on the Yakima River  with us.

He then called his clients and told them he was Faxing the papers to them to sign and asked them to FAX them back to his office. While he was waiting, he hooked into a fat rainbow and was just releasing this 22 inch beauty as his phone rang again with the signed FAX from his clients.

He called the other realtor and told him he was sending the signed papers back by FAX. The deal was closed. He smiled and just said, "You are a little behind the times, Dad." I guess I am.

I thought about the sixty million dollar a year business I ran with 1800 employees, all without a Blackberry that played music, took videos, pictures and communicated with Facebook and Twitter.

I signed up under duress for Twitter and Facebook, so my seven kids, their spouse, 13 grandkids and 2 great grand kids could communicate with me in the modern way. I figured I could handle something as simple as Twitter with only 140 characters of space.

That was before one of my grandkids hooked me up for Tweeter, Tweetree, Twhirl, Twitterfon, Tweetie and Twittererific Tweetdeck, Twitpix and something that sends every message to my cell phone and every other program within the texting world.

My phone was beeping every three minutes with the details of everything except the bowel movements of the entire next generation. I am not ready to live like this. I keep my cell phone in the garage in my golf bag.

The kids bought me a GPS for my last birthday because they say I get lost every now and then going over to the grocery store or library. I keep that in a box under my tool bench with the Blue tooth [it’s red] phone I am supposed to use when I drive. I wore it once and was standing in line at Barnes and Nobles talking to my wife as everyone in the nearest 50 yards was glaring at me. Seems I have to take my hearing aid out to use it and got a little loud.

I mean the GPS looked pretty smart on my dash board, but the lady inside was the most annoying, rudest person I had run into in a long time. Every 10 minutes, she would sarcastically say, "Re-calc-ul-ating" You would think that she could be nicer. It was like she could barely tolerate me. She would let go with a deep sigh and then tell me to make a U-turn at the next light. Then when I would make a right turn instead, it was not good.

When I get really lost now, I call my wife and tell her the name of the cross streets and while she is starting to develop the same tone as Gypsy, the GSP lady, at least she loves me.

To be perfectly frank, I am still trying to learn how to use the cordless phones in our house. We have had them for 4 years, but I still haven’t figured out how I can lose three phones all at once and have run around digging under chair cushions and checking bathrooms and the dirty laundry baskets when the phone ring.

The world is just getting too complex for me. They even mess me up every time I go to the grocery store. You would think they could settle on something themselves but this sudden "Paper or Plastic?" every time I check out just knocks me for a loop.

I bought some of those cloth re-usable bags to avoid looking confused but never remember to take them in with me.

Now I toss it back to them. When they ask me, "Paper or Plastic?" I just say, "Doesn’t matter to me. I am bi-sacksual." 
 Then it‘s their turn to stare at me with a blank look.

   Thanks, Ruthie - I can totally identify with ALL of this!

        From My #2 Son, Brent Harty (Hillsboro HS, IL - '90) of TX - 07/02/09 - "WW II posters :~ (#3 in a Series of 18)":

Thought you might like bh

  Some old fashioned  Patriotism.

I wonder whatever happened to this kind of thinking in America. I got a lump in my throat when I read this..  I "grew up" thinking: patriotism, it is the AMERICAN  way!  I am glad to see that somebody saved these. The statement at the end says it all!


These were our parents. What in God's name have we let happen to our Country? We were taught these values and then we let them die .....  I guess we are the last generation to see, or even remember anything like these? Whatever happened? Political correctness (or "re-education") happened, lack of God's name happened, lack of personal responsibility happened, lack of personal integrity and honesty happened, lack of respect and loyalty to our country happened, lack of being an American happened.

Brent Harty
"You may be whatever you resolve to be."  General Thomas "Stonewall" Jackson

   Oh, I DO like them! Thanks so much, Brent!


1.   From Jane Chambers of VA - 07/01/09 - "CNC BOOK BROCHURE & AD":

Attached is the two-sided brochure.... It has an order form on it. All former CNC students (whether or not they got a degree from CNC) can get the $5 alumni discount if they order the book with this form. They will need to write on the order form "alumni discount" and put $24.95 in the blank beside $29.95. They will have to pay S&H also and (if in Virginia) 5% Sales Tax.
Attached also is an ad we ran in the Daily Press, which lists places where the book can be bought in the Tidewater area. Except for the CNU bookstore, there is no discount price for these copies. However, buyers can get signed copies at all of these places EXCEPT the CNU Bookstore, which did not want signed copies.  Signed means signed by all 3 authors: Chambers, Hubbard, and Wood.

   Contact Dr. Chambers at

   Thanks, Jane!

2.        From Dave Spriggs ('64) of VA - 07/02/09 - "NNHS 64/45 REUNION PAGE UPDATES":


Attention all 1964 TYPHOONS:

If we have a current mailing address for you, then your 45th Reunion package was mailed to you on 23 June. In it you will find a letter detailing our plans for the reunion, a reservation form to be completed and returned to us no later than 1 September, and an input form for the 2009 Edition of the Old Rusty Anchor.

If you do not receive this package (or put it aside and misplace it - - yes, it happens), then you may find these same documents available to you on the NNHS web site at this address:

These documents are in Adobe PDF format. If you do not have the free Adobe Reader, you may download and install it from this address:

You may print out the forms, fill them in, and mail them to us WITH YOUR CHECK.

We look forward to seeing you at the Newport News Marriott City Center on October 9th and 10th … and at The Chamberlin for Sunday brunch.

Best wishes from your Class of 1964 45-Year Reunion Committee.

   Thank you, Captain!


        From David Whitley ('67) of VA - 06/23/09 - "Redneck Humor" (#11 in a Series of 11):

  Redneck Christmas Sleigh

   Thanks, Gorgeous - these have been fun, and I think this one's my favorite of them all!

Redneck Christmas Sleigh


1. Friday, Saturday, and Sunday, September 4, 5 and 6 (Labor Day Weekend), 2009 - The Class of 1969 will hold its 40-Year Reunion at the Point Plaza Hotel, Newport News, VA. For details, see: and contact Jean Baker Howell at - OPEN TO ALL NNHS ALUMNI

2. Friday, Saturday, and Sunday, September 18, 19, and 20, 2009 - The Warwick High School Class of 1959 will hold its 50-Year Reunion at the Marriott Newport News at City Center, Newport News, VA. For details, contact - WHS CLASS OF 1959

3. Friday and Saturday, October 9 and 10, 2009 - The Class of 1964 will hold its 45-Year Reunion - For details, see: - CLASS OF 1964

4. Friday and Saturday, August 6 and 7, 2010 - The NNHS Class of 1970 will hold its 40-Year Reunion. Friday night they will all meet at RJ's; Saturday night will be at the Kiln Creek Golf & Country Club. For details, contact Carol Comer Cutler 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  kwitte@tampabay, - CLASS OF 1960

PRAYER ROLL: - updated 07/01/09

BLOG: - updated 01/09/09

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

                          Love to all, Carol





Carol Buckley Harty  

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Lieder eines fahrenden Gesellen N:o 1:
Wenn mein Schatz Hochzeit macht
Songs of a Traveling Journeyman No. 1:
When My Sweetheart is Married

 Wenn mein Schatz Hochzeit macht,
Fröhliche Hochzeit macht,
Hab' ich meinen traurigen Tag!
Geh' ich in mein Kämmerlein,
Dunkles Kämmerlein,
Weine, wein' um meinen Schatz,
Um meinen lieben Schatz!

Blümlein blau! Verdorre nicht!
Vöglein süß!
Du singst auf grüner Heide.
Ach, wie ist die Welt so schön!
Ziküth! Ziküth!

Singet nicht! Blühet nicht!
Lenz ist ja vorbei!
Alles Singen ist nun aus!
Des Abends, wenn ich schlafen geh',
Denk'ich an mein Leide!
An mein Leide!

  When my darling has her wedding-day,
her joyous wedding-day,
I will have my day of mourning!
I will go to my little room,
my dark little room,
and weep, weep for my darling,
for my dear darling!

Blue flower! Do not wither!
Sweet little bird
you sing on the green heath!
Alas, how can the world be so fair?
Chirp! Chirp!

Do not sing; do not bloom!
Spring is over.
All singing must now be done.
At night when I go to sleep,
I think of my sorrow,
of my sorrow!


Midi of Mahler's "Lieder eines fahrenden Gesellen N:o 1: Wenn mein Schatz Hochzeit macht" courtesy
of - 07/07/09

Lyrics of Mahler's "Lieder eines fahrenden Gesellen N:o 1: Wenn mein Schatz Hochzeit macht" courtesy
of - 07/07/09

First Image of Gustav Mahler courtesy of - 07/07/06

Second Image of Gustav Mahler courtesy of - 07/07/06

Red and Blue Diamond Divider Line clip art courtesy of - 07/05/07

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

Ferguson High School's Anchor clip art courtesy of Steve Silsby (FHS - '72) of NC - 12/14/05
Thanks, Steve!

Animated Laughing Kitty courtesy of Tom Flax ('64) of VA - 06/03/06
Thanks, Tommy!

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!

Animated Laughing Woman courtesy of Joyce Lawrence Cahoon ('65) of VA - 02/23/09
Thanks, Joyce!

Animated Laughing Frog also courtesy of Joyce Lawrence Cahoon of VA - 05/31/08
Thanks again, Joyce!

Hillsboro High School's Topper (Band Version) clip art courtesy of - 06/07/08
Thanks, Mark!

Animated Rolling on the Floor Laughing Boy courtesy of - 04/06/05

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