- NNHS Newsletter -
“I don't know if there are men on the moon, but if there are
George Bernard Shaw
Dear Friends and Schoolmates,
We first used this music on a Newsletter back in the very early stages of our Newsletter feature almost five years ago. Have a look at how much simpler the Newsletters were back in those days:
In honor of the moon landing forty years ago today, my daughter, Adrienne (Harty - Hillsboro HS, IL / American School, IL - of IL), suggested we use it again today. Thanks, Adrienne!
BONUS #1 - http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4218R-gBmts - Blue Moon - Ella Fitzgerald
BONUS #2 - http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4NkLUh_zMP8 - Blue Moon - Elvis Presley
BONUS #3 - http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xrIstkuso98 - Blue Moon - Dean Martin
- I really, really like all three of these videos! I hope you enjoy them as
40 YEARS AGO TODAY:
Wednesday, July 16, 1969 - Apollo 11 and its astronauts, Neil Armstrong, Edwin "Buzz" Aldrin, and Michael Collins, blasted off from Cape Kennedy on the first manned mission to the surface of the Moon, a journey of 244,930 miles.
http://neilaarmstrong.blogspot.com/ - Hey! I thought this was an urban legend!
From My Friend, Judy Cress Bowermaster (Litchfield HS, IL - '58) of IL - 07/15/09, 7:25 PM - "Doctors":
I saw my eye doctor yesterday and my eye is stable and doing well. Makes me feel better.
I also saw the skin doctor and the eczema is coming back. I haven't had any steroids or antibiotics since April so that was a long time to be free of it. He found I have a crop of sun sores on my temples and one in each eyebrow They are the result of all the sun I was exposed to 20 years ago and they have to come off. I see him again in 4 weeks and he will freeze them and they will peel off. Turns out they are pre-cancerous but VERY treatable in this stage. No worries.
YOWZERS-WOWZERS!!! Thanks, Jude - I've added this update, and we'll keep you in our thoughts and prayers!
THIS WEEK'S BIRTHDAYS:
Happy Birthday tomorrow to Marilyn Payne Springfield ('66) of VA AND My Oldest Granddaughter, Elizabeth Harty (Collinsville HS, IL - '12) of IL!
Happy Birthday this week to:
18 - Bill Queensberry ('57) AND Mary Ellen Brewer ('57);
19 - Dale Chestnut (Nakina HS, NC - '54) of VA, Mannie Smith ('57) AND Sylvia Midgett Mullins Brown ('70) of VA;
20 - Harlan Hamby ('57) AND Alan Jecmenek of TX (? HS - '?);
21 - The Lucado Twins, Gail and Dale ('68) of VA;
22 - Jerry Saunders ('57) AND Bryce Bartel (Brighton High, UT - '04) of UT;
23 - Newell Blayton ('57) AND Bettie Bracey Gosner ('57)!
Many Happy Returns, One and All!
From the Daily Press - 07/16/09:
Our lunar legacy: celebrating 40 years
10:13 PM EDT, July 15, 2009
Astronaut visits on Monday
• Astronaut Susan Kilrain will meet with the public
from 12:30 to 2:30 p.m. Monday at the
Virginia Air & Space Center in
Hampton. Her visit coincides with the 40th anniversary of the first
manned moon landing. The appearance of Kilrain, a veteran of two space
flights, is part of a series of events and features at the space center.
• Until Monday, the space center will knock $1 off the admission cost to anyone who says "Apollo" when buying a ticket. From Saturday to Monday, the first 500 guests will receive a free MoonPie.
• The space center will also host daily Apollo-themed science demonstrations from noon to 4 p.m. until Monday.
Copyright © 2009, Newport News, Va., Daily Press
From Evelyn Casey Snead ('57) of VA - 07/15/09 - "John W. Daniel School":
I loved Harry Covert's('57 - of Northern VA) talk about Daniel School. I especially loved seeing the picture of Mr. Baines. He was a great principal. I can remember his playing kick ball at recess with us kids. He told me one time he made his suits. I was really impressed with that. I never heard of a man sewing. Of course I did not think about tailors because no one in my family could afford a tailored suit. His suits were very nicely tailored! He was truly a good influence in our lives. Thank you Harry for jogging our memories on a really good school.
Also in reference to the
boarding houses, I have
recommended reading Andy Shankland's book, Beyond the Grail, 'A thorn
rose. Surely not an Irish lullaby.'
Andy was 1958 ( I think) Warwick High School. It is based on Andy's ancestors' stories and coming to America from Ireland. The ancestors worked in the shipyard and roomed at the boarding houses nearby. I loved the book and enjoyed reading about the Irish coming to Newport News. The comment on eating at the boarding houses reminded me of the book once again. I do hope some of you would try to get the book and read it.
Carol, thanks again for the pleasure you bring to us old Typhoons!
Evelyn Casey Snead
Thank you so much for this remembrance of Mr. Baines, Evelyn! I was so painfully shy as a child, I tried to avoid direct contact with almost everyone outside my family, so I regret I never availed myself of the opportunity to get to know this fine man. Nevertheless, I can recall after all these years that he was not only a gentleman, but a truly gentle man.
I've posted your comments on the pages for both elementary schools:
Thank you also for your recommendation of Andy's book!
It is available for purchase at this site - with free shipping: http://www.ecampus.com/book/9780595486731
This writing illustrates the experiences of people in life as a result of their thoughts and actions, as well as the thoughts and actions of others towards them. Happenings based on hearsay along with distorted facts are presented for the sole purpose to engage the reader. Historical data is included at times to correlate to the thoughts and actions of people in America and the Emerald isle during the twentieth century. Sayings and writings by people well known and otherwise are denoted to communicate understanding of the background for a person's thoughts and beliefs during any specific area or episode of the story. The trials and tribulations of the human experiences during the period is done to show a thread of commonality in the happenings in two countries, as it effects the lives of people in a similar measure due to economics, greed, prejudice and war. Moreover, the early part of the mental conditioning of a person in life as it relates to their conduct and attitudes in later years. Finally, a major intent of the story besides the tales described therein, is to stimulate the reader to analyze his or her journey in life; recognizing the brief time span of life, and the importance of striving for fulfillment with a purpose of good acts irrespective of the understanding of it all.
From Me ('65) of IL - 07/16/09 - "Back to Stuart Gardens Shopping Center":
I became so annoyed yesterday when the images - which I even scanned and everything! - refused to display in the two new pages I made refused to display, that I quit in frustration. Then I realized that for this missing entry, there are no images to post anyway, so I made and posted it this morning:
http://www.nnhs65.00freehost.com/garden-pharmacy.html - brand new page!
The many memories of this
pharmacy - where we of the Class of 1965 as seventh graders at
Walter Reed School always stopped on
our walk back home to Stuart Gardens -
have not yet been located or posted. I myself had my first cherry coke at
the soda fountain here.
How 'bout you??
From Jean Baker Howell ('69) of VA - 07/14/09 - "Class of '69":
I have attached the list of who has responded and will be attending the reunion. Could you please post it for us? Hope you and your husband are doing okay. Thanks again for all you do.
Thanks, Jean - I have this posted for you now!
http://www.nnhs65.00freehost.com/reunion2009-69-Attending.html - brand new page!
From Wayne Stokes ('65) of VA - 07/14/09 - "YOU DON'T SEE THIS EVERYDAY":
Nope, you don't.
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iQyF9J-i9VY - Harrier out of control and pilot has to eject...right off of a swimming beach.
YOWZERS-WOWZERS!!! Thanks, Wayne Honey!
From My Friend, Judy Cress Bowermaster (Litchfield HS, IL - '58) of IL - 07/15/09 - "He's My Brother - This is Priceless....":
I love it!
Two young boys walked into a pharmacy one day, picked out a box of tampons and
proceeded to the checkout counter.
The man at the counter asked the older boy, "Son, how old are you?"
"Eight," the boy replied.
The man continued, "Do you know what these are used for?"
The boy replied, "Not exactly, but they aren't for me. They're for him. He's my brother. He's four. We saw on TV that if you use these you would be able to swim and ride a bike. Right now, he can't do either."
From http://www.selfgrowth.com - 07/15/09 - " An Article on Curiosity By Expert Charlotte A. Michie":
Transforming Difficult Relationships with Curiosity - By Charlotte A. Michie
The Portsmouth Daily
Times, March 1915, in a piece headed The Height of Curiosity:
Mother - "Don't ask so many questions, child. Curiosity killed the cat."
Willie - "What did the cat want to know, Mom?"
The proverb "curiosity killed the cat" warns against being inquisitive. However, if we want to have healthy interpersonal relationships, curiosity is a prerequisite. A lack of curiosity is much more dangerous. Curiosity is not referring to prying into other people's business. The definition I am using is having the curiosity to know (to look within) self and how having this knowledge will help transform difficult relationships.
People consult me when their lives are not working because: they feel unhappy, they worry excessively, they do not like their job, their marriage is in trouble, their kids are misbehaving, they are lonely, they are having feelings of inadequacy, anxiety, overwhelmed, unappreciated, cannot take it anymore, and the list continues.
To be curious about your self is a lifelong venture. There are no short cuts that are effective meaning there are no short cuts that work. The short cuts are what get you into trouble with yourself. Here are some popular short cuts:
• It's easier to do it myself.
• I don't want to hurt his/her feelings.
• I don't want to be rejected.
• I don't know what I want.
• Nobody will listen to me.
• I just want to feel something.
• I don't want to feel disappointment.
• If he/she would only change.
• If I move then everything will be better.
• It's all his/her fault.
• I'm to blame for everything.
One thing all these shortcuts have in common is the belief: It's not okay to be curious about your thoughts, feelings or actions. Curiosity requires the willingness to listen to your self-talk. Our actions do not occur in a vacuum. Before we act, we have had thoughts and feelings. Many times these thoughts and feelings are on automatic pilot and we are unconscious (not aware) of the actual dialog we are having with our self. If you listened in you might hear something like this: "He's so pig-headed and stubborn. He's just out for himself. He doesn't care about anyone but himself." You might then notice that you are feeling angry towards this person. Then you hear yourself say, "I'm just not going to meet his schedule, too bad about his schedule." In this person's mind the feeling of anger is justified, and they decide they are not going to cooperate in meeting the schedule. So, be curious about your thoughts and feelings.
How to Be Curious
1. Take a deep breath and ask yourself what am I feeling right now?
John takes a deep breath and he hears himself say: "It's my project. I'm the one who did all the work." John remembers other projects with the same manager and with other managers where he felt the project was taken from him. John is feeling sad and angry.
2. Is this feeling familiar?
John admits to himself that the feelings are familiar.
3. Who or what does this situation remind me of?
John then remembers how his father criticized him as a child. He remembers how he could not wait to be a grown up so he could do projects the way he wanted.
4. If the feeling(s) are familiar what did you do back then?
John is aware the he is feeling just like he did when he was a child. He could feel himself getting angry and deciding he would just not let his father know what it was he wanted from him. Feeling disappointed and not meeting his father's expectations was just too painful to experience.
5. What keeps happening over and over?
John becomes aware of his belief that it is the project that determines his self worth. He is more aware now that he keeps repeating the same pattern of identifying with the project and feeling the hurt and disappointment like he did when he was a child.
6. What am I going to do instead?
John decides for this project that he's okay and that the project is not the determining factor for his value as a person. John realizes his manager is not his father.
As human beings, we like to know, to be sure, and we don't like uncertainty. Practicing being curious means we are willing to listen to our own way of making the world certain for us. Even if that certainty is painful, at least it's our pain. By following the same pattern, you are experiencing the same thoughts and feelings which bring the same results. Many people want different results and yet will keep doing the same thing over and over again thinking the results will be different.
Being curious can
lead to 5 distinct levels of awareness, and with each level there is an increase
in conscious behavior. The more conscious you become, the easier it is to have
relationships that are satisfying, and the easier it is to recognize what is
making some relationships difficult. You will find yourself at different levels
of awareness depending up the issue. Listed below are the 5 levels of awareness
you could experience by practicing being curious.
Curiosity and Levels of Awareness
1. You are not aware of your inner dialog. You are aware that your life is not working for you. You are feeling really stuck and it takes a long time to feel better about yourself, and you have no clue how the change occurred.
2. You decide to listen to your self-talk and you reject what you are hearing, "That isn't me talking". You are feeling stuck again. It takes a long time before you feel better about yourself and you collect one possible clue for feeling better.
3. You encourage yourself to tune in again and listen to what you are saying to yourself. "Oh, my goodness! I sound just like (insert name) or I feel just like I did when I was kid." You notice that you are feeling better about yourself rather than feeling stuck. The good feeling stays a little longer and you collect another clue. You think maybe this curiosity thing works after all.
4. You decide there's something to tuning in to your inner dialog and you decide to listen every day. You begin to notice that your thinking is clearer. The good feeling stays longer and you now connect two dots.
5. You decide to change the inner dialog channel. You become aware that other dialogs are possible by deciding to move your attention from the familiar thoughts to new thoughts. You discover this when you connect the dots and a picture begins to develop. You become aware that you are doing all of your own thinking, feeling, and behaving. Nobody makes you feel, think or do. You are more aware and feeling alive rather than following an old script that you wrote a long time ago. You now know you have a choice!
About the Author:
Ms. Michie is in private practice as a psychotherapist in Cary, NC. She offers alternative and traditional approaches to emotional healing.
From My #2 Son, Brent Harty (Hillsboro HS, IL - '90) of TX - 07/02/09 - "WW II posters :~ (#12 in a Series of 18)":
Thought you might like these...love 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.
"You may be whatever you resolve to be." General Thomas "Stonewall" Jackson
"FIRST TO FIRE!"
Oh, I DO like them! Thanks so much, Brent!
1. From Jane Chambers of VA - 07/01/09 - "CNC BOOK BROCHURE & AD":
Contact Dr. Chambers at firstname.lastname@example.org.
2. From Dave Spriggs ('64) of VA - 07/02/09 - "NNHS 64/45 REUNION PAGE UPDATES":
CLASS OF 1964, 45 YEAR REUNION PLANS
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 ArcaMax Jokes.com - 07/15/09:
Martha Stewart's Rules for Rednecks
1. Never take a beer to a job interview.
2. Always identify people in your yard before shooting at them.
3. It's considered tacky to take a cooler to church.
4. If you have to vacuum the bed, it is time to change the sheets.
5. Even if you're certain that you are included in the will, it is still considered tacky to drive a U-Haul to the funeral home.
1. When decanting wine, make sure that you tilt the paper cup, and pour slowly so as not to "bruise" the fruit of the vine.
2. If drinking directly from the bottle, always hold it with your fingers covering the label.
ENTERTAINING IN YOUR HOME
1. A centerpiece for the table should never be anything prepared by a taxidermist.
2. Do not allow the dog to eat at the table...no matter how good his manners are.
1. While ears need to be cleaned regularly, this is a job that should be done in private using one's OWN truck keys.
2. Proper use of toiletries can forestall bathing for several days. However, if you live alone, deodorant is a waste of good money.
3. Dirt and grease under the fingernails is a social no-no, as they tend to detract from a woman's jewelry and alter the taste of finger foods.
DATES TO REMEMBER:
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: http://www.nnhs65.00freehost.com/reunion2009-69.html and contact Jean Baker Howell at email@example.comOPEN 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 WHSREUNION1959@aol.com - WHS CLASS OF 1959
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 firstname.lastname@example.org. - 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,rr.com. - CLASS OF 1960
http://www.nnhs65.00freehost.com/requests-prayers.html - updated 07/16/09
http://nnhs.wordpress.com/ - updated 01/09/09
Y'all take good 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
746 Hillsboro Avenue
Edwardsville, IL 62025-1821
Words by Lorenz Hart
Music by Richard Rodgers
You saw me standing alone,
Without a dream in my heart,
Without a love of my own.
You knew just what I was there for,
You heard me saying a pray'r for....
Someone I really could care for,
And then there suddenly appeared before me,
The only one my arms will ever hold,
I heard somebody whisper, "Please adore me",
And when I looked the moon had turned to gold!
Now I'm no longer alone,
Without a dream in my heart,
Without a love of my own.
"Blue Moon" lyrics and midi (arranged and/or sequenced by Mickey
McBride) courtesy of
through the magic of Dave Spriggs ('64) of VA - 07/29/04
Image of Moon Landing Map courtesy of http://solomonhezekiah.wordpress.com/2008/07/20/ - 07/16/09
White Star (Ja, I know the moon is not a star!) Divider Line clip art courtesy of http://www.wtv-zone.com/nevr2l82/bars4.html - ummm, some time back.....
Hillsboro High School's Topper (Band Version) clip art courtesy of
American School Logo courtesy of http://www.americanschoolofcorr.com/grads.asp - 09/05/06
Litchfield High School's Purple Panther Paw Print courtesy of http://www.litchfield.k12.il.us/ - 06/23/07
Birthday Cake clip art courtesy of
Sarah Puckett Kressaty ('65) of
VA - 08/31/05
Thanks, Sarah Sugah!
Collinsville High School (IL) Logo courtesy of http://www.kahoks.org/chs/ - 09/22/07
Brighton High School (UT) Logo courtesy of http://www.jordandistrict.org/schools/high/brighton/index.htm - 08/02/07
Animated Cheering Smiley
clip art courtesy of Al Farber ('64) of GA - 08/18/05 (re-saved 02/27/09)
Animated Wildly Laughing Dog courtesy of Eva Ellis Madagan ('61) of FL -
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
Navy Seal clip art courtesy of http://www.onemileup.com/miniSeals.asp - 05/29/06
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