07/27/10 - NNHS Newsletter - America
“My country owes me
nothing. It gave me, as it gives every boy and girl,
Dear Friends and Schoolmates,
The reason for today's theme will become apparent in just a moment, but first, enjoy these two cool videos:
BONUS #1 - http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Qy6wo2wpT2k - America - Extended clip from West Side Story (1961) with George Chakiris as Bernardo and Rita Moreno as Anita
BONUS #2 - http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aJdMqZKG7ic - America - Karen Olivo and the cast of West Side Story perform "America" on The David Letterman Show, March 12, 2009.
"America" is a well-known song from the musical West Side Story. Leonard Bernstein composed the music; Stephen Sondheim wrote the song's lyrics. It is well known for using a mixed meter.....
In the original stage version of the musical, Anita (the girlfriend of the leader of the Sharks, and the musical's most important female character besides Maria) literally sings the praises of the United States of America, while a fellow Puerto Rican immigrant, Rosalia, sings in favor of Puerto Rico. This version of the song arguably provides an unfavorable caricature of the island, while only highlighting positive qualities of the United States ("I'll drive a Buick through San Juan," "if there's a road you can drive on").
In the 1961 film version of the musical, Anita (played by Rita Moreno) still sings in favor of the United States, while Bernardo responds to her praises with corresponding criticisms satirizing latent racism in American society, especially towards Puerto Ricans ("Life is all right in America," "If you're all white in America"). Most of the song's original disparaging elements towards Puerto Rico have been removed.
Seventy years ago, on July 27, 1940, the SS AMERICA, at the time the nation's newest, largest and finest passenger liner left her NNS birthplace and embarked on a varied and productive career that lasted over fifty years.
This lithograph commemorated the occasion. The markings on her black hull were for neutrality identification purposes (plus a little advertising - U-Boat captains probably didn't care that the vessel's owner was US Lines!). They came off, for good, the next year when America (and AMERICA) entered WW II.
Created by T.C. Skinner, the shipyard's artist in residence at the time, it was made available by the Mariners' Museum and sold for $10 a copy ($25 for the hand-colored version - a lot of money in 1940). Which explains why so few of these treasures exist.
Included in the image, ahead of the ship's bow is the Hotel Warwick, C&O passenger station, train pier/shed and "Smokey Joe". Shown escorting the liner, just off her stern, is the shipyard tug HUNTINGTON, with shipways and cranes in the background.
WOWZERONI! Thank you so much for this valuable information, Bill - and for the inspiration for today's Newsletter!
From Dave Arnold ('65) of VA - 05/11/10 - "Class of 1965's 45-Year Reunion":
The NNHS Class of 1965 will hold its 45-Year Reunion on Friday and Saturday, October 15 and 16, 2010 - which is OPEN to all classes!
Friday evening we will meet at R.J.'s Restaurant and Sports Bar. The only cost will be what you choose to eat and drink. The company will be priceless.
will be spent at Newport News Park. We've reserved a group shelter that can seat
150 people with sufficient cover to take care of any weather concerns. If you
made it to the 55th Birthday Party you'll recall it was held at the Park in one
of the smaller shelters. The facility we're using this time is a new addition
and will give us lots of flexibility to meet and reminisce. The cost of this
event is $15.00 per person through August 31, 2010. After that date the cost
will be $20.00 per person. The charge for Saturday will cover your food and
http://nnhs65.com/REUNION-2010-65-ATTENDING.html- updated 07/21/10!
From Dave Spriggs ('64) of VA - 07/04/10 - "NNHS 64-64 BIRTHDAY CRUISE ANNOUNCEMENT":
http://nnhs65.com/64-BIRTHDAY-1964.html - Saturday, October 23, 2010, 8:00 to 11:00 PM, Norfolk, VA
THIS WEEK'S BIRTHDAYS:
Birthday today to
Harry Horace (Crystal River HS, FL -
'65) of FL!
Happy Birthday this week to:
30 - Don Chaney ('66) of MD AND My Daughter, Adrienne Harty (Hillsboro HS, IL / American School, IL - of IL;
Helen Flax Kierstead ('58) of Ontario
Anne Sawyer Turpin ('65) of VA;
Roy Parrish ('61) of CA
Eddie Beasley ('64) of Panama
Sandra Tilles Snyder ('65)
02 - Roy Parrish ('61) of CA AND Eddie Beasley ('64) of Panama AND the late Sandra Tilles Snyder ('65) (deceased 03/11/99)!
Many Happy Returns, One and All!
TODAY IN WWII:
July 27, 1944 - U.S. troops completed the liberation of Guam.
TODAY IN 1965:
From Me ('65) of IL - 07/13/10 - "My Anniversary Gift to You (continued from Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Saturday, Sunday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday, Saturday, and Monday)":
I decided to actually work on the site itself and do some long overdue scanning. As a result, these pages are either entirely new or newly fleshed-out with images:
http://www.nnhs65.com/teach-Priode.html - brand new page!
http://www.nnhs65.com/teach-Linda-Scott.html - brand new page!
http://www.nnhs65.com/teach-Mae-Scott.html - brand new page!
Why, you may well wonder, did I concentrate solely on the Class of 1967?? That's because David Whitley ('67) of VA graciously loaned me his 1967 Anchor back in the Fall of 2006 and it's high time to return it to him!
Thanks again, Gorgeous!
NOTE: I had planned to finish several more sections, but this is taking even longer (and making me even nutzier!) than I had anticipated, so I'll be working on this for the next few days.
Just in case you've wondered...I'm still alive and well and beating the odds a day at a time. Even with Parkinson's I still do a little quick picking and fun strumming on my faithful old Guild. The other day I was playing Dona Dona and singing (?) along when you popped into my mind and it made me feel a little better so I thought it would be nice to touch base with you. I've wondered, from time to time, about your health, your living arrangements, how that big family of yours is doing, so if you find yourself with a free moment perhaps you could bring me up to date?
By the way, that reconstructed aortic
valve is working almost perfectly and aneurysm repair hasn't leaked at all so
tell any of your friends who might also be facing complicated heart surgery that
a good surgeon and some strong faith can work wonders...I know! Oh, and I wanted
to tell you that I'm getting a new walker soon, one of those neat ones with hand
brakes, a padded seat, a basket and 8" wheels that roll well in grass. No horn,
radio or chrome though. :-)
Best wishes always and hoping to hear from you,
Thanks, Dusty - so good to hear from you!I'm glad to hear you're feeling better and still having fun! At the moment I myself am feeling better than I have in well over a year. As a matter of fact I just traipsed up and down the stairs "like a big girl" - which was a nice surprise, even to me. I'm crediting a complete change in diet.
The family is well at the moment. We're expecting our 13th grandchild, sixth granddaughter any day now, so we're all excited!
I'll spread the word about your improved health! In fact, I think I just did!
From Barry Rew (NNHS / Ferguson HS - 65) of VA - 07/26/10:
iamlds2. I think I was all along. Just didn't know it. I was baptized April 20, 1998. Baptized my 3 youngest. They're 15, 11 and 9 now. But I'm done. Arthritis caught up with me. Had to retire 2 years ago just to keep up the pace.
Sorry you won't be at the reunion. If I can get Wayne Agee ('58 - of FL) up here we'll be there. Wayne's heart is giving him problems. It's good to be back but sometimes the obits get to me.
Buckroe was great.
But we'll always have Nauvoo.
WOWZERONI! Small world - again.
Maybe - maybe - I'll be at the reunion in October. I think I may have a 12% chance of being there. It could happen. Not overly likely, but it could happen. I hope Wayne's feeling better and that y'all both make it!
Sometimes the obits get to you?!? I've been all but paralyzed with grief for the last six weeks now.....
Thanks, Barry - it's great to hear from you again!
From Joe Madagan ('57) of FL - 07/26/10 - "Small World, Small Corps":
The website where I volunteer, Marines-Together We Served.com once again reconnects the TYPHOON Nation who served in the United States Marine Corps.
Jimmy Van Noy's brother, Mark Van Noy of TX is a Vietnam Veteran and made contact with me recently.
Small World, Small Corps.
Joe Madagan ('57) of FL
COOL BEANS! Thanks, Adonis!
From Bill Lee (Warwick HS - '54) of NC - 07/26/10 - "Downtown Newport News":
Downtown Newport News is the appropriate title of a
just-published book that is chock-full of memories. The author is Bill
Fox, a native of Newport News whose grandmother once owned and
operated Mrs. Fox's Nut and Candy Store across the side street
This treasure contains over
200 vintage photos of 'The Newport News That Was', plus captions.
Downtown businesses, churches and schools (including numerous ones of
NNHS) are represented, including some rare scenes of yesteryear that
Bill has laboriously dug out of various archives on the Virginia
WOWZERS!!! Thanks again, Bill!
Music by Leonard Bernstein (25 Aug 1918 – 14 Oct 1990); Lyrics by Stephen Sondheim (b. 22 Mar 1930)
My heart's devotion
Let it sink back in the ocean
Always the hurricanes blowing
Always the population growing
And the money owing
And the sunlight streaming
And the natives steaming
I like the island Manhattan
Smoke on your pipe
And put that in!
I like to be in America
Okay by me in America
Everything free in America
For a small fee in America
Buying on credit is so nice
One look at us and they charge twice
I have my own washing machine
What will you have though to keep clean?
Skyscrapers bloom in America
Cadillacs zoom in America
Industry boom in America
Twelve in a room in America
Lots of new housing with more space
Lots of doors slamming in our face
I'll get a terrace apartment
Better get rid of your accent
Life can be bright in America
If you can fight in America
Life is all right in America
If you're all white in America
Here you are free and you have pride
Long as you stay on your own side
Free to be anything you choose
Free to wait tables and shine shoes
Everywhere grime in America
Organized crime in America
Terrible time in America
You forget I'm in America
I think I'll go back to San Juan
I know a boat you can get on
Everyone there will give big cheer!
Everyone there will have moved here
"America" midi courtesy of http://home.gci.net/~glenn/midipage.html - 07/27/10
"America" lyrics courtesy of http://www.elyrics.net/read/w/west-side-story-lyrics/america-lyrics.html - 07/27/10
Image of USS America courtesy of Bill Lee (Warwick HS -
'54) of NC - 07/24/10
Animated Blue Divider Line 21 clip art courtesy of http://www.wtv-zone.com/nevr2l82/bars6.html - 04/19/10
Air Force Seal clip art courtesy of http://www1.va.gov/opa/feature/celebrate/milsongs.htm - 07/07/06
Navy Seal clip art courtesy of http://www.onemileup.com/miniSeals.asp - 05/29/06
Birthday Cake clip art courtesy of
Sarah Puckett Kressaty ('65) of
VA - 08/31/05
Thanks, Sarah Sugah!
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
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
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