07/07/13 - NNHS Newsletter
strange how one feels drawn forward
- Gustav Mahler
Dear Friends and Schoolmates,
I've been celebrating Mahler's birthday for years and years now, but then haven't we all?!?
BONUS #1 - http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dvZSzQ89M5k - Gustav's Mahler's Lieder eines fahrenden Gesellen N:o 2:
Gustav Mahler (7 July 1860 – 18 May 1911) was a late-Romantic Austrian composer and one of the leading conductors of his generation. As a composer, he acted as a bridge between the 19th century Austro-German tradition and the modernism of the early 20th century. While in his lifetime his status as a conductor was established beyond question, his own music gained wide popularity only after periods of relative neglect which included a ban on its performance in much of Europe during the Nazi era. After 1945 the music was discovered and championed by a new generation of listeners; Mahler then became one of the most frequently performed and recorded of all composers, a position he has sustained into the 21st century...
A technical device much used by Mahler is that of "progressive tonality", which Deryck Cooke describes as "the procedure of resolving a symphonic conflict in a different key from that in which it was stated", and which is often used "to symbolise the gradual ascendancy of a certain value by progress from one key to another over the whole course of a symphony". This technique was also used by Mahler's Danish contemporary Carl Nielsen. Mahler first employed the device in an early song, Erinnerung ("Memory"), and thereafter used it freely in his symphonies. For example, the predominant key of the First Symphony is D major; at the beginning of the Finale, the "conflict" movement, the key switches to F minor, and only after a lengthy battle gets back to D, near the end. The Second Symphony begins in C minor and ends in E flat. The movements of the Fifth Symphony progress successively from C-sharp minor to A minor, then D major, F major and finally to D major. The Sixth Symphony, unusually for Mahler, begins and ends in the same key, A minor, signifying that in this case the conflict is unresolved.
THIS WEEK'S BIRTHDAYS:
Birthday today to
Frank Blechman ('65) of Northern VA
(Ferguson HS - '72) of NC!
Happy Birthday this week to:
11 - Bobby Maddy ('57) AND Aretie Gallins Patterson ('59) of TN;
13 - James Stidham ('57)!
Many Happy Returns, One and All!
THIS DAY IN WWII:
July 07, 1942 - Heinrich Himmler decided to begin experimenting on women and extending experimentation on males in the Auschwitz concentration camps. Adolf Hitler agreed to the plan for medical experiments on the condition that it remain top secret.
THIS DAY IN 1963:
NEW ON SITE:
http://www.nnhs65.com/dr-pepper.html - newly expanded page!
http://www.nnhs65.com/hobby-center.html - newly expanded page!
http://www.nnhs65.com/royal-crown-cola.html - brand new page!
From Harry Covert ('57) of MD - 06/28/13 - "From Keyboards to Sporks?":
Keyboards to Sporks?
By Harry M. Covert
Aw shucks. Just when it looked like Alexandria, Virginia would be “home” to another spy he’s slipped through the grasp of authorities. Sadly, it’s the story of a Maryland boy.
The late night bulletin hit all news media. A federal espionage warrant for Edward Snowden had been issued. It came under the direction of the federal court in Alexandria. Heavy duty business.
It was quite certain, many thought, that U.S. Marshals would be at the ready, allowed to do their job and swiftly nab him. Problem No. 1? The fellow remained in Hong Kong. He’s now in Moscow.
Still it was exciting to know the alleged computer wizard was going to have his day in court and everybody would be glued to the reporting how this guy could get lots of secrets onto thumb drives. Now, it appears his arrival will be later instead of sooner.
The reason for the delay? Complications with extradition rules and political derring-do with Russia, Cuba and Ecuador.
Through no fault of the U.S. Marshals, Mr. Snowden was enjoying the courtesies of the Hong Kong government, overseen by the Chinese government. Not good.
Alexandria’s history with secret-stealing Americans for the former Soviets goes back many years. These people, convicted as traitors, were tried in the city’s fast-action federal court. They now reside in the highest security federal prisons. The life terms are not being served in sweet and nice penitentiaries or what some would like to describe as houses of correction.
There are no work release programs for them. They are fortunate to have avoided the ultimate prices of times past.
While the U.S. Department of Justice seems to have bungled Snowden’s arrest and extradition plans for the moment, those charged with rounding up such dangerous people are chomping at the bit.
As this is being written, the subject, Mr. Snowden, is awaiting political asylum in Moscow, Havana or Quito, capital of Ecuador.
Supposedly the founder of WikiLeaks, Julian Assange, and his crowd are assisting Snowden.
LIFE AND TIMES OF A COMPUTER WIZARD
Stealing secrets is not a good thing. Such conduct is more than whistleblowing. [Assange is lucky to be in the Ecuadoran Embassy in London He likes to think of himself as “man of honor” and hides to avoid extradition to Sweden on sex crimes. The United States would like to have him too.]
Snowden grew up in Maryland’s Anne Arundel County. It is interesting that his computer wizardry landed him highly-paid jobs with the CIA, NSA and a government contractor for such agencies.
If history is to be remembered, his future is not bright. No matter how he and/or his legal counsel want to portray his leaking secrets, he will become a blip on a computer screen. He seems to be bragging on how he has hurt the United States. He will not be considered a patriot, not on the order of Maryland’s Barbara Fritchie or Francis Scott Key.
The day will come when he is captured, placed in handcuffs and leg-irons and brought by a Marshal’s Learjet to the William G. Truesdale Adult Detention Center of the Alexandria Sheriff’s Office.
His outward appearance may be smug and without regrets, but the bottom line is he will pay with a severe life of scorn, incarceration and solitude and be well-acquainted with restraints.
For a short while he may enjoy life in a South American refuge. He will always be anxious and looking over his shoulder. The day he makes a slip, lets his guard down, the marshals will be there. His computer days will be over and his home will be in a cell ranging from 77 to 87 square feet in the Florence, Colorado Federal Supermax prison. No rehab there.
Among the former inmates of the Alexandria jail now in the Supermax are Robert Hanssen, an FBI agent convicted of spying for the Soviets, and Zacarias Moussaoui, the 9/11 terrorist. These two are not role models of any sort
There will be no welcoming party for Snowden in the Alexandria Jail with the exception of the duty commander and deputies. The serious business of law enforcement, federal prosecution and jail reality will be the order of the day or night under the efficiency of the Sheriff’s staff.
He will also receive visits from the jail chaplain and a court-appointed attorney. Make no mistake about it because he will need both spiritual and legal counsels and have his meals on plastic plates with utensils such as sporks – the latter a combination of fork and spoon.
Thank you for your views and insights, Harry!
From Harry Covert ('57) of MD - 07/06/13 - "Sequel, Homicide: Life on the Street":
Threatening Peace and Calm
By Harry M. Covert
The Georgia cooking queen has been paying the price for using imprudent and careless adjectives of known ill-repute. A Florida murder trial is blared across the news system as the most grievous of modern times.
Yet, the “sociologists” of the airways and print have been ignoring the mass shootings under way in Charm City where sports fans and visitors are more than somewhat scared to enjoy the numerous pleasures of the Inner Harbor and Fells Point to mention just a few.
At the same time, there have been no public responses from the Episcopal Diocese of Baltimore or the many leading evangelical and pentecostal churches, both black and white, as to how Christians should address the rampant shooting activities, further evidence of abounding sin.
How are church outreaches meeting this challenge? There is no easy answer but the Bible admonishes Believers preach and teach. What better mission field that the inner city?
Another question arises sharply that when denominations speak of serious social issues today, they are not speaking of inner city but sexual deviations.
Let’s put it plainly about one of America’s major and historic cities. From June 21 to June 28 a total of 35 people were shot. There were tragic deaths in the neighborhoods.
David Zurawik, Baltimore-Sun television critic, called out the city’s broadcast news staffs for ignoring the mass shootings. Only WBAL-TV reported the flying bullets and the chaos. Since the others have followed suit.
Just quoting the Baltimore Sun and keeping this story in perspective:
“Just after 9 p.m. Thursday (June 20), between 50 and 100 residents on Elmora Avenue in the Four by Four neighborhood of Northeast Baltimore milled around outdoors in small cliques and circles, arguing among themselves in what police would later describe as a ‘community altercation.’
“Suddenly, police said, bullets were fired into the crowd, and three women were injured. One, 21-year-old Gennie Shird of Pen Lucy, was pronounced dead before 10 p.m.
“Hours later, on the city’s west side, an unidentified 26-year-old Glen Burnie man was shot in the city’s Harlem Park neighborhood, becoming the city’s 14th homicide victim in half as many days. Officers were called at 5:22 a.m. to the 900 block of Bennett Place and found the victim suffering from gunshot wounds to his head and chest.”
Among the first thing the city’s police commissioner did was to immediately fire the police public information officer. He apparently didn’t describe the events properly in public pronouncements. The mayor was in Delaware on a vacation.
Apparently this correspondent was the only one astonished by the flying bullets, the murders, lack of police quick reaction and the silence of politicians from the governor, general assembly members and Baltimore’s elected officials.
In fact the indiscriminate shootings and murders in Baltimore are more evidence that the ban on concealed carry permits for law-abiding citizens is ridiculous. Good citizens don’t run around their neighborhoods pulling triggers. It’s time the majority come out from under politically correct fear and call the murderous conduct exactly what it is — crime, ignorance, undisciplined.
It’s not the fault of achievers, builders, educators, PIOs, journalists or government at all levels that unruly people, young and old, continue to create unsafe cities and towns without recourse.
Sheriff Chuck Jenkins of Frederick County, Md., said, “It’s not at all astonishing to me. We will continue to see lawless social chaos in our cities and it will eventually bleed out of the big cities into the rural areas. No one will admit that these animals will become increasingly bold in their violent acts. All of the law enforcement buildup in the world cannot control what will happen in cities like Baltimore, Chicago, Los Angeles, Atlanta, Detroit and the like. There are an estimated 800,000 gang members on our streets and roughly 750,000 cops.
He continued, “Also, my guess is that not one shooter out of the 35 is a law abiding legal firearm owner.”
Many leaders feel that Maryland’s Governor Martin O’Malley will never respond to or acknowledge that fact that the vast majority, if not all of those guns, are stolen from legal gun owners.”
How to curb the Baltimore grievous situation? There’s no easy answer but building more playgrounds or recreation centers is not the answer. However responsibility is fully there for Christian leaders to jump into the fray and sermonize and talk about changing lives, one at a time.
It may be time to declare martial law in Baltimore before the gangs get a stranglehold throughout Maryland and adjoining states and communities. The danger is there.
Remember the television drama about Baltimore, “Homicide: Life on the Streets?” Truth is better than fiction.
If the state and city governments can’t control the violence, the federal government — or the courts — should step in immediately, nationalize the Maryland National Guard and clamp down on the lawless neighborhoods. The Posse Comitatus Act prevents the federal government using soldiers for police actions.
For certain crime sprees under way in Baltimore should be taking priority on the news shows, particularly in the mid-Atlantic. The trials and tribulations of kitchen doyennes and the Florida trials may be time fillers but Maryland’s big story these days is uncontrolled lawlessness.
Shame on the governor and Baltimore’s elected leaders for working on their own futures instead of the citizens present safety.
Thank you again, Harry!
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DATES TO REMEMBER:
Thursday, August 1, 2013 - 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, August 14, 2013 - 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, October 4 and 5, 2013 - The NNHS Class of 1963 will hold their 50-Year Reunion at the Crowne Plaza Hotel, Hampton on the Water. Friday night will also be open to the Classes of 1962 and 1964. SEE: The website which has been set up for their class at www.nnhs1963.com; CONTACT: Frank Gibson, firstname.lastname@example.org, Joyce Williams Nettles, email@example.com, or Susie Overton Jones, firstname.lastname@example.org; FORM: Registration-Classes-of-1962-and-1964-B.docx
http://www.nnhs65.com/requests-prayers.html - updated 06/03/13
http://nnhs.wordpress.com/ - updated 03/13/11
NNHS CLASS OF '65 WEB SITE:
PERSONAL WEB SITE: http://www.angelfire.com/weird2/cluckmeat
Carol Buckley Harty
7020 Lure Court
Fayetteville, NC 28311-9309
2.Go to www.PayPal.com, log in, select "Send Money (Services) to email@example.com; or
3. Just mail it directly to my home. Thanks!
Midi of Mahler's "Lieder eines fahrenden Gesellen N:o 2: Ging heut' Morgen übers
of http://www.cs.hut.fi/~mam/music.html - 07/05/06
Midi of Mahler's "Lieder eines fahrenden Gesellen N:o 2: Ging heut' Morgen übers Feld" courtesy
of http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lieder_eines_fahrenden_Gesellen - 07/06/07
First Image of Gustav Mahler courtesy of http://www.classical-composers.org/comp/mahler - 07/07/06
Second Image of Gustav Mahler courtesy of http://www.npr.org/templates/story/story.php?storyId=4801501 - 07/07/06
Blue Flower Divider Line clip art courtesy of http://www.wtv-zone.com/nevr2l82/bars4.html - 08/20/05
Animated Tiny Birthday Cake clip art courtesy of Sarah Puckett Kressaty ('65) of VA - 08/31/05
Thanks, Sarah Sugah!
Navy Seal clip art courtesy of http://www.onemileup.com/miniSeals.asp - 05/29/06
Ferguson High School's Anchor clip art courtesy of Steve Silsby (Ferguson HS - '72) of NC - 12/14/05
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!!
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