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07/17/09 - NNHS Newsletter - 99 Red Balloons

“Imagination is like a lofty building reared to meet the sky -
 fancy is a balloon that soars at the wind's will.”

- Frank Gelett Burgess
(30 Jan 1866 - 18 Sept 1951)

Dear Friends and Schoolmates,   

   I'm not sure I've ever seen 99 red balloons released into the sky, but it must be a pretty sight to behold.

BONUS #1 - - 99 Luftballoons - Nena (German version), 1983

BONUS #2 - - 99 Red Balloons - Nena (English version), 1983


Thursday, July 17, 1969 - The New York Times publicly retracted the ridicule of the rocket scientist Robert H. Goddard published on 13 Jan 1920 that "spaceflight is impossible".

Thursday, July 17, 1969 - Spain's General Francisco Franco (04 Dec 1892 – 20 Nov 1975) named Prince Juan Carlos (b. 05 Jan 1938) to succeed him as head of state.

Thursday, July 17, 1969 - Marvin Pierce (b. 17 June 1893), president of McCall Corporation and father of Barbara Pierce Bush (b. 08 June 1925), died at the age of 76.


  Happy Birthday today to Marilyn Payne Springfield ('66) of VA AND        My Oldest Granddaughter, Elizabeth Harty (Collinsville HS, IL - '12) of IL!

  Happy Birthday tomorrow to Bill Queensberry ('57) AND Mary Ellen Brewer ('57)!

  Happy Birthday this week to:

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 Alex Nicol (February, '49) of VA - 07/16/09, 2:44 AM - BUT NOT ARRIVING IN MY MAIL UNTIL 07/17/09, @ 5:30 PM - "linux":

Hi Carol,   

It is almost time for me to upgrade my OS (Windows XP Home).  It will cost $200, if  I upgrade to Windows 7.  I think this is far, far, too much money.  A few years ago I used Windows 98.  I  paid $50 for an upgrade  to Windows ME.  I have been looking at Linux in depth, because it is free.  I have a big problem in  choosing Linux , because I will have to learn a complete new set of commands, which I think, to me, are very complicated.  I have no desire to get complicated at my age.  I like Windows and I have tried Linux, out of curiosity.

What are the members of NNNS site using on their computers? Would you be willing to find out?

Thank You,

Alex Nicol ..Class of Feb '49

P.S. I had  enough trouble in trying to learn Spanish when at NNHS.

   Alex, I'm so sorry for this delay! :o( Your email popped up on my screen for the very first time at about 5:30 PM today. Heaven only knows where it spent the last several hours.....

   I sent it over to my #5 son, the most knowledgeable techno-geek I know.  Here is his report:

       From My #5 Son, Nathaniel Harty (Hillsboro HS, IL - '97) of IL - 07/17/09, 5:52 PM - "Linux vs. Ubuntu":

I'm not sure why an upgrade is necessary.  XP is still an excellent OS, and Microsoft's support for it has been extended yet again as many users are loath to jump ship.  OS design is tricky business.  You want to create something people are confident in, but then you need to sell them on the idea that it's no longer any good. I digress.

If I had to go the Linux route, I would go with Ubuntu.

It's close enough to Windows that most basic functions look and feel pretty much the same.  There are other builds that try to mirror Windows even closer, but Ubuntu has a strong following, and therefore problems are more likely to be addressed sooner than with other builds.  You can try out Ubuntu via their live disk without installing it.  You download the OS, for free of course, burn it to a disc, and then boot to that disc.  It will let you get an idea of whether or not adapting to Linux will be a feasible option.

All that said, Windows 7 is also a very nice OS.  Most of the problems users found with Vista are all but gone, and a few new features definitely make 7 superior to Vista.  It is expensive though.  I guess the real question is what the PC is used for.  If it's just for browsing the net, document editing, etc., then Ubuntu is a nice way to go. 

   Thank you, Nathaniel!

From Alex Nicol (February, '49) of VA - 07/16/09, 7:36 PM:

Hi Carol

Thank you for your quick reply.. I will keep Windows XP HOME for a while. I just cannot see a need to pay $200 for an upgrade.

I have already downloaded 3 Linux Distos and when I get around to  getting a complete tutorial I may try Linux, just to learn.

Please do thank your son for his help and advice.


P.S. I have been into computers since the early 1980's.

   The early 1980's?!? WOWZERONI!!! Nathaniel wasn't even born until September of 1979, and he and his baby brother taught me everything I know on the subject, so you're way up on us! (They were "fast learners", though - GIGGLES!)

   Thanks, Alex!

   As to your original question of what others here are using, I checked my stats (which will only tell me what the last ten visitors to the site are using), and it said that 8 were using Windows XP, one used Windows 98, and another used Vista.

   Soooo, Sweetie-Pies, what are the rest of y'all using, hmmm?!?


  From Jo Ann Stewart ('64) of Northern VA - 07/16/09 - "Stuart Gardens":

Hi Carol--a couple of comments on Stuart Gardens--

First I would die for a jelly donut from    David Rosenwasser's  ('64 - of MO) family bakery--David, I can still remember the taste and have never ever been able to find a bakery that could duplicate. 

Second--a little tidbit about the Stuart Gardens Apartments - my father and a roommate moved in to the spanking brand new Stuart Gardens apartments when they opened-then he married and in came the wife and out went the roommate-that became 1066 Garden Drive (I believe it was Stuart Gardens Drive at first) where my sister and I grew up.  My parents lived there until around 1972-my father loved it and never wanted to move-the sound of the waves hitting the beach, the fog horns at night and the view as we were on the water, the fishing, the crabbing and digging for clams-best childhood ever.

Jo Ann Stewart

   Thanks, Jo Ann! I've posted your comments on those pages:


From Debby Livingston of VA - 07/16/09 - "NNHS shirts and hats":


I saw on the website (which was added in '06) - "Coming Soon - Typhoon Shirts and Hats."  Do you think you will be able to get some made sometime?  I'm sure my husband, Gary, (Class of '69) would buy one of each.

Thanks again for all your hard work on the website.

Debby Livingston

     Thanks, Debby! That would be on TYPHOONMART:

   I've forwarded your query on to the two people from the Class of 1966 who would know most about the subject. We'll await their reply, 'cause I don' know nuffin' (English major, ya know). :o)


From Norris Perry (Warwick HS - '59) of VA - 07/16/09 AND        From Dave Spriggs ('64) of VA - 07/17/09 - "Memorial for 'Shifty' ":

Someone worth remembering - 'Shifty' Powers of Easy Company, 506th Infantry


Darrell Shifty Powers of Band of Brothers fame passed away June 17th.

He was not the celebrity that so many others have recognized. His passing did not get 24/7 news coverage and no memorial service at the Staples Center. Several have started a sort of online memorial service for him (see story below). I remember him best for the following quote about the men he killed (and it was apparently quite a few) in the film:

"We might have had a lot in common. He might've liked to fish, you know, he might've liked to hunt. Of course, they were doing what they were supposed to do, and I was doing what I was supposed to do. But under different circumstances, we might have been good friends."

The Roanoke Times recently published his obituary: 


We're hearing a lot today about big splashy memorial services.

I want a nationwide memorial service for Darrell "Shifty" Powers. 

Shifty volunteered for the airborne in WWII and served with Easy Company of the 506th Parachute Infantry Regiment, part of the 101st Airborne Infantry. If you've seen Band of Brothers on HBO or the History Channel, you know Shifty. His character appears in all 10 episodes, and Shifty himself is interviewed in several of them.

I met Shifty in the Philadelphia airport several years ago. I didn't know who he was at the time. I just saw an elderly gentleman having trouble reading his ticket. I offered to help, assured him that he was at the right gate, and noticed the "Screaming Eagle", the symbol of the 101st Airborne, on his hat.


Making conversation, I asked him if he'd been in the 101st Airborne or if his son was serving. He said quietly that he had been in the 101st. I thanked him for his service, then asked him when he served, and how many jumps he made.

Quietly and humbly, he said "Well, I guess I signed up in 1941 or so, and was in until sometime in 1945 . .. . " at which point my heart skipped.

At that point, again, very humbly, he said "I made the 5 training jumps at Toccoa, and then jumped into Normandy . . . . do you know where Normandy is?" At this point my heart stopped.

I told him yes, I know exactly where Normandy was, and I know what D-Day was. At that point he said, "I also made a second jump into Holland, into Arnhem." I was standing with a genuine war hero . . . . and then I realized that it was June, just after the anniversary of D-Day. 

I asked Shifty if he was on his way back from France, and he said, "Yes. And it's real sad because these days so few of the guys are left, and those that are, lots of them can't make the trip." My heart was in my throat and I didn't know what to say.

I helped Shifty get onto the plane and then realized he was back in Coach, while I was in First Class. I sent the flight attendant back to get him and said that I wanted to switch seats. When Shifty came forward, I got up out of the seat and told him I wanted him to have it, that I'd take his in coach.

He said, "No, son, you enjoy that seat. Just knowing that there are still some who remember what we did and still care is enough to make an old man very happy." His eyes were filling up as he said it. And mine are brimming up now as I write this.

Shifty died on June 17 after fighting cancer.

There was no parade.

No big event in Staples Center.

No wall to wall back to back 24x7 news coverage.

No weeping fans on television.

And that's not right.

Let's give Shifty his own Memorial Service, online, in our own quiet way. Please forward this email to everyone you know. Especially to the veterans.

Rest in peace, Shifty.

Tom Hiter

(Tom Hiter is the Commander of the Kentucky Division Sons of Confederate Veterans - career US Army officer and former combat leader himself.  I could have sent it to about a thousand more, but will trust y'all to do so for me.   I didn't know "Shifty" personally, but I served with many like him, and I DO know the guy who initiated the e-mail.)

"Live Simply, Love Generously, Care Deeply, Speak Kindly, Leave the rest to God."

"Those who are merciful to the cruel will be cruel to the merciful."

   Thank you so much, Gentlemen! As the mini-series "Band of Brothers" is a family favorite which we own and have watched many times, everyone in our household knew about Shifty's death except me.  I apparently was lost in La-La-Land, so I appreciate your telling me.

   The only Memorial Service I can give him is a place on our Famous Soldiers page, which now he has:

        From David Whitley ('67) of VA - 07/16/09 - "Dogs And People///This is GREAT":

cute & TRUE!

   Thanks, Gorgeous!

      From Buster Vest ('63) of VA - 07/16/09 - "What a Threesome":

Dancing With Stars Has Nothing on This Guy! - Double Your Pleasure - Gary & Charlotte Chaney, Debbie Wheelis at the 2008 Rolling on the River Dance Event in St. Louis, MO
DOUBLE WOWZERS!! Thanks, Buster!

        From My #2 Son, Brent Harty (Hillsboro HS, IL - '90) of TX - 07/02/09 - "WW II posters :~ (#13 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 ArcaMax - 07/15/09:


While reading the newspaper, Walter came across an article about a beautiful actress and model who married a boxer who was not noted for his IQ.

"I'll never understand," he said to his wife, "why the biggest jerks get the most attractive wives."

His wife replied, "Why, thank you, dear."


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 07/16/09

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
746 Hillsboro Avenue
Edwardsville, IL 62025-1821  

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99 Luftballons (99 Red Balloons)

"99 Luftballoons (99 Red Balloons) was originally released in German (1983) and re-released in English (1984). The English version
had mixed success on the charts across the world, perhaps due to the poor conversion/translation. Below are both sets of lyrics: note that
this is not 1980-89's translation, it is simply the lyrics of how the song was released in both languages by Nena.

"However a more direct translation of the German lyrics shows that while the overall meaning was generally kept the same, a lot of the imagery
was lost. Many English speakers still prefer the German version since the English version is a little less rhythmic and appears to be forced."

- Nena, 1983
(b. 24 Mar 1960)

99 Luftballoons

99 Red Balloons

Hast Du etwas Zeit für mich
Dann singe ich ein Lied fuer Dich
Von 99 Luftballons
Auf ihrem Weg zum Horizont
Denkst Du vielleicht grad' an mich
Dann singe ich ein Lied fuer Dich
Von 99 Luftballons
Und dass sowas von sowas kommt

99 Luftballons
Auf ihrem Weg zum Horizont
Hielt man fuer UFOs aus dem All
Darum schickte ein General
Eine Fliegerstaffel hinterher
Alarm zu geben, wenn es so war
Dabei war da am Horizont
Nur 99 Luftballons

99 Duesenjaeger
Jeder war ein grosser Krieger
Hielten sich fuer Captain Kirk
Das gab ein grosses Feuerwerk
Die Nachbarn haben nichts gerafft
Und fuehlten sich gleich angemacht
Dabei schoss man am Horizont
Auf 99 Luftballons

99 Kriegsminister
Streichholz und Benzinkanister
Hielten sich fuer schlaue Leute
Witterten schon fette Beute
Riefen: Krieg und wollten Macht
Mann, wer haette das gedacht
Dass es einmal soweit kommt
Wegen 99 Luftballons

99 Jahre Krieg
Liessen keinen Platz fuer Sieger
Kriegsminister gibt es nicht mehr
Und auch keine Duesenflieger
Heute zieh ich meine Runden
Seh die Welt in Truemmern liegen
Hab' nen Luftballon gefunden
Denk' an Dich und lass' ihn fliegen

You and I in a little toy shop
Buy a bag of balloons with the money we've got.
Set them free at the break of dawn
'Til one by one, they were gone.
Back at base, bugs in the software
Flash the message, Something's out there.
Floating in the summer sky.
99 red balloons go by.

99 red balloons.
Floating in the summer sky.
Panic bells, it's red alert.
There's something here from somewhere else.
The war machine springs to life.
Opens up one eager eye.
Focusing it on the sky.
Where 99 red balloons go by.

99 Decision Street.
99 ministers meet.
To worry, worry, super-scurry.
Call the troops out in a hurry.
This is what we've waited for.
This is it boys, this is war.
The president is on the line
As 99 red balloons go by.

99 Knights of the air
Ride super-high-tech jet fighters
Everyone's a superhero.
Everyone's a Captain Kirk.
With orders to identify.
To clarify and classify.
Scramble in the summer sky.
As 99 red balloons go by.

99 dreams I have had.
In every one a red balloon.
It's all over and I'm standing pretty.
In this dust that was a city.
If I could find a souvenir.
Just to prove the world was here.
And here is a red balloon
I think of you and let it go.

"99 Red Balloons" midi courtesy of - 07/06/09

"99 Red Balloons" German and English lyrics (and background information) courtesy of - 07/16/09

Jacob E.'s Image of Red Balloons courtesy of - 07/16/09

Red Balloon Divider Line clip art courtesy of - 07/17/09

Animated Tiny 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 - 09/22/07

Brighton High School (UT) Logo courtesy of - 08/02/07

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

Coast Guard Seal clip art courtesy of - 10/03/07

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!

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

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