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08/06/09 - NNHS Newsletter - When the Red,
Red, Robin Comes Bob, Bob, Bobbin' Along

“If I can stop one heart from breaking, I shall not live in vain;
If I can ease one life the Aching, Or cool one pain,
Or help one fainting Robin Unto his Nest again,
I shall not live in vain.”

- Emily Dickinson
(10 Dec 1830 - 15 May 1886)

Dear Friends and Schoolmates,  

  Wow.  Another golden oldie, this one from 1946.

BONUS - - When the Red, Red, Robin Comes Bob, Bob, Bobbin' Along - Doris Day, 1946



Wednesday, August 06, 1969 - Musician/singer/songwriter Elliott Smith (d. 21 Oct 2003) was born in Omaha, Nebraska.

Wednesday, August 06, 1969 - German sociologist and philosopher Theodor W. Adorno (b. 11 Sept 1903) died in Visp, Switzerland at the age of 65.



   Happy Birthday today to   Susan Whitcomb Harlin ('72) of TX!

   Happy Birthday tomorrow to Elaine Ferrell Taylor ('57) AND    Kenny Branch ('62) of AR AND Judy Fertitta Gibson (Hampton HS - '62) of VA AND    Anne Davidson Matthis ('64) of NC!

   Happy Birthday this week to:

08 -   Virginia Deuell DeBerry ('46) AND  Kathy Presgraves Whitt ('71) of VA;

09 - Katherine Adams Barbrey ('57) AND      Hunter Todd  ('57) of TX;

12 - Lois Marie King Earwood ('57) AND       Dave Arnold ('65) of VA, AND      Linwood Wright ('65) of VA  AND       My Grandson, Joseph Harty of TX!

  Many Happy Returns, One and All!


      From My Niece, Shari, of VA - 08/05/09 - "Elton John":
Tiny Dancer
Madman Across The Water- Still pretty version from 2007

   Thanks, Shari!


      From Harry Covert ('57) of Northern VA - 08/05/09 - "      Mr. Huller":

Thank you.  That is very nice.  Mr. Huller was one of the finest people and one of the finest teachers ever in the Newport News public school system.  We were fortunate to have so many other outstanding teachers.  They set examples that have stood each of us well.  When I think of heroes I think of him.

   Wow. Thanks, Harry! I've double-posted your comment:



      From My Niece, Shari, of VA - 08/05/09 - "Trees That Wood & Other Things":

Have a gazillion things to do, but I won't say I won't send more. I only hope I won't til the weekend. :)
Mean Kitty Song.

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"Art, like morality, consists of drawing the line somewhere."

  --C.K. Chesterton (1874 - 1936)


"Every decent man is ashamed of the government he lives under."

   --H.L. Mencken (1880 - 1956)


"The man who reads nothing at all is better educated than the man who reads nothing but newspapers."

--Thomas Jefferson

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Bizarre News

Bizarre Entertainment Facts

Captain Jean-Luc Picard's fish was named Livingston.

Chocolate syrup was used for blood in the famous 45 second shower scene in Alfred Hitchcock's movie, Psycho, which actually took 7 days to shoot.

Donald Duck's middle name is Fauntleroy.

George Harrison, with "My Sweet Lord," was the first Beatle to have a Number 1 hit single following the group's breakup.

In 1920, 57% of Hollywood movies billed the female star above the leading man. In 1990, only 18% had the leading lady given top billing.

In 1969, Midnight Cowboy became the first and only X-rated production to win the Academy Award for Best Picture. (Its rating has since been changed to R.)

In Disney's Fantasia, the Sorcerer's name is Yensid, which is Disney spelled backward.

Jimi Hendrix, Janis Joplin, and Jim Morrison were all 27 years old when they died.

Mickey Mouse is known as 'Topolino' in Italy.

Movie detective Dirty Harry's badge number is 2211.

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"Opportunities are like sunrises; if you wait too long, you miss them."

William Arthur Ward

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"There are four ways, and only four ways, in which we have contact with the world.  We are evaluated and classified by these four contacts: what we do, how we look, what we say,  and how we say it."
Dale Carnegie

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Trees That Wood
Once there were three trees on a hill in the woods. They were discussing their hopes and dreams when the first tree said, "Someday I hope to be a treasure chest. I could be filled with gold, silver and precious gems. I could be decorated with intricate carving and everyone would see the beauty."
Then the second tree said, "Someday I will be a mighty ship. I will take kings and queens across the waters and sail to the corners of the world. Everyone will feel safe in me because of the strength of my hull."
Finally the third tree said, "I want to grow to be the tallest and straightest tree in the forest. People will see me on top of the hill and look up to my branches, and think of the heavens and God and how close to them I am reaching. I will be the greatest tree of all time and people will always remember me."
After a few years of praying that their dreams would come true, a group of woodsmen came upon the trees. When one came to the first tree he said, "This looks like a strong tree, I think I should be able to sell the wood to a carpenter" ... and he began cutting it down. The tree was happy, because he knew that the carpenter would make him into a treasure chest.
At the second tree a woodsman said, "This looks like a strong tree, I should be able to sell it to the shipyard." The second tree was happy because he knew he was on his way to becoming a mighty ship.
When the woodsmen came upon the third tree, the tree was frightened because he knew that if they cut him down his dreams would not come true. One of the woodsmen said, "I don't need anything special from my tree so I'll take this one", and he cut it down.
When the first tree arrived at the carpenters, he was made into a feed box for animals. He was then placed in a barn and filled with hay. This was not at all what he had prayed for. The second tree was cut and made into a small fishing boat. His dreams of being a mighty ship and carrying kings had come to an end. The third tree was cut into large pieces and left alone in the dark. The years went by, and the trees forgot about their dreams.
Then one day, a man and woman came to the barn. She gave birth and they placed the baby in the hay in the feed box that was made from the first tree. The man wished that he could have made a crib for the baby, but this manger would have to do. The tree could feel the importance of this event and knew that it had held the greatest treasure of all time. Years later, a group of men got in the fishing boat made from the second tree. One of them was tired and went to sleep. While they were out on the water, a great storm arose and the tree didn't think it was strong enough to keep the men safe. The men woke the sleeping man, and he stood and said "Peace" and the storm stopped. At this time, the tree knew that it had carried the King of Kings in its boat.
Finally, someone came and got the third tree. It was carried through the streets as the people mocked the man who was carrying it. When they came to a stop, the man was nailed to the tree and raised in the air to die at the top of a hill. When Sunday came, the tree came to realize that it was strong enough to stand at the top of the hill and be as close to God as was possible, because Jesus had been crucified on it.
The moral of this story is that when things don't seem to be going your way, always know that God has a plan for you. If you place your trust in Him, He will give you great gifts. Each of the trees got what they wanted, just not in the way they had imagined. We don't always know what God's plans are for us. We just know that His ways are not our ways, but His ways are always best.
Author Unknown

   Thanks so much, Shari!



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

   Contact Dr. Chambers at

   Thanks, Jane!

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


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 - 08/05/09:

A Sodium Love

A small piece of sodium which lived in a test tube fell in love with a Bunsen burner.

"Oh Bunsen, my flame. I melt whenever I see you . . .", the sodium pined.

"It's just a phase you're going through", replied the Bunsen burner.



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


PRAYER ROLL: - updated 08/04/09

BLOG: - updated 08/04/09


  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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When the Red, Red, Robin Comes Bob, Bob, Bobbin' Along

Words and Music by
Harry M. Woods, 1946
(04 Nov 1896 - 14 Jan 1970)

When the red, red, robin
Comes bob, bob, bobbin'
Along, along,
There'll be no more sobbin'
When he starts throbbin'
His old sweet song.

Wake up, wake up you sleepy head,
Get up, get up, get out of bed,
Cheer up, cheer up, the sun is red,
Live, love, laugh and be happy.

What if I've been blue,
Now I'm walkin' through
Fields of flow'rs,
Rain may glisten
But still I listen
For hours and hours.

I'm just a kid again, doin' what I did again,
Singing a song,
When the red, red,robin
Comes bob, bob, bobbin' along.


"When the Red, Red, Robin Comes Bob, Bob, Bobbin' Along" midi (sequenced by Melanie) and lyrics courtesy of - 08/06/09

John Barratt's Image, "Red, Red, Robin Redbreast", courtesy of - 08/06/09

Robin clip art used to form Divider Lines courtesy of - 08/06/09

Animated Tiny Birthday Cake clip art courtesy of Sarah Puckett Kressaty ('65) of VA - 08/31/05
Thanks, Sarah Sugah!

Hampton High School's Crab clip art courtesy of - 10/02/05
Replaced courtesy of - 02/17/09

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

Air Force Seal clip art courtesy of - 07/07/06

Animated Army Flag clip art courtesy of - 06/18/03

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

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