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08/09/09 - NNHS Newsletter - Red Flag

“Using a metaphor in front of a man as unimaginative as Ridcully
was like a red flag to a bull, was like putting something
very annoying in front of someone who was annoyed by it.”

- Terry Pratchett
(b. 28 Apr 1948)

Dear Friends and Schoolmates,
   Today's theme, which admittedly can be interpreted in a variety of ways, is used today as a warning of danger - especially in the sense of the horrendous events of forty years ago today.

BONUS - - Red Flag - Billy Talent, 2006 - Official Video



A red flag in motor sports is used to stop either a practice session or a race due to conditions been considered too dangerous. Unlike a yellow flag which temporarily suspends race conditions, a red flag indicates that the race is over. This flag is typically used after a major accident where safety marshals are required out on the track for longer than desirable period, and having cars drive past, even slowly would pose a significant danger. This flag can also be used where weather conditions and/or the track surface prevent racing from been undertaken safely. It is usually up to the race organizers as to how they wish to handle the race after that. They may either decide to cancel the race and declare no winner, cancel the race but declare a winner and award race points, or they may chose to restart the race at a later time or date. If a restart happens then it is up to the organizers to decide if the race will restart with the same number of laps or with a reduced number of laps.[15][16]

Other uses of red flags

"Waving a red flag" is a metaphor for incitement; the metaphor comes from the sport of bullfighting, in which the matador provokes the bull by waving a red cape at it.

A signal of danger or a problem can be referred to as a red flag, a usage that originated in the 18th century. In many countries a red flag is flown to signify that an outdoor shooting range is in use. The United States Air Force refers to its largest annual exercise as Operation Red Flag. Red flags are used for various signals in team sailing races (see Racing Rules of Sailing).

Red flags are also used on railroad to signal a danger to the drivers. They have to be treated as a signal at danger and so not to be trespassed.


"...Red Flag was originally released in 2005 as a part of the soundtracks of a number of Electronic Arts video games, including NHL 06, Burnout Revenge, Burnout Legends, and SSX On Tour. As well, a leaked demo of the song made its way across the internet. This demo was released by atlantic records on the black sampler II. The album version is different than the earlier release, with the bridge and refrain being changed. It has also been used in the soundtrack for the 2007 movie TMNT.

"...The video depicts a spontaneous socialist revolution by the youth. It begins with a group of school children locked inside a school, screaming "we want out!". Finally, they break through the handcuffed doors, and proceed to run around the school and surrounding area, covering various symbols of authority and luxury – including a traffic light, a barbecue, a boat, a car, gas pumps and eventually the town hall – with red flags. As they run through the town, more people join in. Finally, they arrive at city hall where the members of Billy Talent are performing, and which has been covered with red flags. Most children begin to mosh to the song, while others continue to run around, covering things with red flags. One of the children throws history books into the crowd, destroying them. That could suggest that previous generations made many mistakes, and that the kids wish history could be erased; or it could be seen as a protest against how the teaching of history in schools serves to reinforce the status quo and marginalise all alternatives. The video ends with the children standing under a red sky, with pages of the books falling behind them, all wearing Russian Army IP-6 Gas Masks. Voices chanting "we want out!" can also be heard at the end of the video."


Saturday, August 09, 1969 -  Members of a cult led by Charles Manson murdered Sharon Tate, (who was 8 months pregnant), and her friends: Folgers coffee heiress Abigail Folger, Wojciech Frykowski, and Hollywood hairstylist Jay Sebring at Roman Polanski's home in Los Angeles, California. Also killed was Steven Parent, leaving from a visit to the Polanskis' caretaker. More than 100 stab wounds were found on the victims, except for Parent, who had been shot almost as soon as the Manson Family entered the property.,,20296856,00.html

Saturday, August 09, 1969 - Major League Baseball player Troy Percival (Tampa Bay Rays) was born in Fontana, California.

Saturday, August 09, 1969 - British physicist and Nobel Prize laureate Cecil Frank Powell (b. 05 Dec1903) died in Valsassina, Italy at the age of 65.


  From Jane Chambers of VA - 08/08/09, 3:14 PM - "Possible Newsletter item.":

Dear Carol,
I thought you might want to consider mentioning the passing of Mrs. Jane (Carney) Pillow in your NNHS Newsletter. I received the message below earlier today from her husband,    Graham Pillow, who taught at NNHS before he came over to CNC (then on 32nd Street) in 1962,  to begin his 16-year teaching career with us as physics professor (and later, computer science professor). I expect many NNHS alumni of the late 50s-early 60s will remember him, as well as some of your alumni who went to CNC in the 1960s- late 70s.

Many of your alumni of the later 60s - mid 70s will remember Jane Pillow as well, because she was CNC's Registrar from 1965 until 1974.  She was a gracious, warm, good-natured lady--very well liked by many students, and the student staff of the 1971 Trident dedicated that yearbook to her.

Both Jane and Graham Pillow are featured (including period photos) on pages 146-149 of Memories of Christopher Newport College: The First Decade.

Thanks for your time and consideration.


From     Graham Pillow to   Jane Chambers of VA - 08/08/09, 12:51 PM - "Jane":

I wanted to let you know that Jane died this morning.  As far as we can tell she died peacefully in her sleep.  She had been heavily medicated for the past week to suppress pain and slept a lot because of that.  The conclusion of a four year battle with cancer and a valiant effort on her part.  We will probably try to plan a memorial service in Newport News sometime later but I don't know when.  Steve will probably have more information later this month.

    Oh, no, I'm so very, very sorry to learn this! Thank you for letting us know, Jane. We will definitely create a Memorial Edition of the NNHS Newsletter for Mrs. Pillow when more information becomes available. Meanwhile, our deepest condolences are extended to Mr. Pillow and his entire family and all their many friends.


   Happy Birthday today to Katherine Adams Barbrey ('57) AND      Hunter Todd  ('57) of TX!

   Happy Birthday this week to:

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;

14 -    Tommie Mouser ('60) of VA!

  Many Happy Returns, One and All!


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      From My Niece, Shari, of VA - 08/08/09 - "John Hughes *Rip* Teenage Wasteland":
John Hughes - 18 Feb 1950 - 06 Aug 2009
Cool tribute. I was fortunate enough to see the Who in concert.

The Breakfast Club teaches one of the best lessons I have seen in a movie.

   Thanks, Shari!

  From Joyce Lawrence Cahoon ('65) of VA - 08/08/09 - "Why the dog left":





       YOWZERONI-RINI! Thanks Joyce! That must be the biggest housecat EVER!!

      From My Niece, Shari, of VA - 08/08/09 - "Where is the Love?":

Please take a moment to listen. So true!
Not only is this this a kick a__ song, it asks a poignant question.
I think written by Will I Am.  "Would You Turn the Other Cheek?" & "Where is the Love?"
Hard to do at times, but we are so much better doing for being that better person.


What's wrong with the world, mama
People livin' like they ain't got no mamas
I think the whole world addicted to the drama
Only attracted to things that'll bring you trauma
Overseas, yeah, we try to stop terrorism
But we still got terrorists here livin'
In the USA, the big CIA
The Bloods and The Crips and the KKK
But if you only have love for your own race
Then you only leave space to discriminate
And to discriminate only generates hate
And when you hate then you're bound to get irate, yeah
Madness is what you demonstrate
And that's exactly how anger works and operates
Man, you gotta have love just to set it straight
Take control of your mind and meditate
Let your soul gravitate to the love, y'all, y'all

People killin', people dyin'
Children hurt and you hear them cryin'
Can you practice what you preach
And would you turn the other cheek

Father, Father, Father help us
Send some guidance from above
'Cause people got me, got me questionin'
Where is the love (Love)

Where is the love (The love)
Where is the love (The love)
Where is the love
The love, the love

It just ain't the same, always unchanged
New days are strange, is the world insane
If love and peace is so strong
Why are there pieces of love that don't belong
Nations droppin' bombs
Chemical gasses fillin' lungs of little ones
With ongoin' sufferin' as the youth die young
So ask yourself is the lovin' really gone
So I could ask myself really what is goin' wrong
In this world that we livin' in people keep on givin'
Makin' wrong decisions, only visions of them dividends
Not respectin' each other, deny thy brother
A war is goin' on but the reason's undercover
The truth is kept secret, it's swept under the rug
If you never know truth then you never know love
Where's the love, y'all, come on (I don't know)
Where's the truth, y'all, come on (I don't know)
Where's the love, y'all

People killin', people dyin'
Children hurt and you hear them cryin'
Can you practice what you preach
And would you turn the other cheek

Father, Father, Father help us
Send some guidance from above
'Cause people got me, got me questionin'
Where is the love (Love)

Where is the love (The love)
Where is the love (The love)
Where is the love (The love)
Where is the love (The love)
Where is the love, the love, the love?

I feel the weight of the world on my shoulder
As I'm gettin' older, y'all, people gets colder
Most of us only care about money makin'
Selfishness got us followin' our wrong direction
Wrong information always shown by the media
Negative images is the main criteria
Infecting the young minds faster than bacteria
Kids wanna act like what they see in the cinema
Yo', whatever happened to the values of humanity
Whatever happened to the fairness in equality
Instead of spreading love we're spreading animosity
Lack of understanding, leading lives away from unity
That's the reason why sometimes I'm feelin' under
That's the reason why sometimes I'm feelin' down
There's no wonder why sometimes I'm feelin' under
Gotta keep my faith alive till love is found
Now ask yourself

Where is the love?
Where is the love?
Where is the love?
Where is the love?

Father, Father, Father help us
Send some guidance from above
'Cause people got me, got me questionin'
Where is the love?

Sing wit me y'all:
One world, one world (We only got)
One world, one world (That's all we got)
One world, one world
And something's wrong wit it (Yeah)
Something's wrong wit it (Yeah)
Something's wrong wit the wo-wo-world, yeah
We only got
(One world, one world)
That's all we got
(One world, one world)

   Thanks again, Shari!

  From Joyce Lawrence Cahoon ('65) of VA - 08/08/09 - "Dave":

Dave and his buddies were hanging out and planning an upcoming fishing trip. Unfortunately, he had to tell them that he couldn't go this time because his wife wouldn't let him. After a lot of teasing and name calling, Dave headed home frustrated. The following week when Dave's buddies arrived at the lake to set up camp, they were shocked to see Dave. He was already sitting at the campground with a cold beer, swag rolled out, fishing rod in hand, and a camp fire glowing.

"How did you talk your missus into letting you go, Dave?"

"I didn't have to," Dave replied. Yesterday, when I left work , I went home and slumped down in my chair with a beer to drown my sorrows because I couldn't go fishing. Then the ol' lady snuck up behind me and covered my eyes and said, 'Surprise'."

"When I peeled her hands back, she was standing there in a beautiful see through negligee and she said, 'Carry me into the bedroom, tie me to the bed and you can do whatever you want' .....

"So, here I am!"

      Thanks again, Joyce!


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 - 08/08/09:

It's So Hot In Here...

The birds have to use pot holders to pull worms out of the ground.

Farmers are feeding their chickens crushed ice to keep them from laying hard boiled eggs.

The cows are giving evaporated milk.

The trees are whistling for the dogs.

You can say 110 degrees without fainting.

You eat hot chilies to cool your mouth off.

The temperature drops below 95, you feel a bit chilly.

You discover that in August, it takes only 2 fingers to drive your motorcycle.

You discover that you can get a sunburn through your face shield.

You notice the best parking place is determined by shade instead of distance.

Hot water now comes out of both taps.

You can actually burn your hand on the clutch lever.

No one would dream of wearing shorts and sitting on a vinyl motorcycle seat!

Your biggest motorcycle wreck fear is, "What if I get knocked out and end up lying on the pavement and cook to death?"

You realize that asphalt has a liquid state.

Riding breaks are measured by bottles of water rather than the need for gas.

Now that your yard has burnt, you do not have to spend time mowing but it is still too hot to ride.

You have to chew the air properly before you can swallow it.

The next person to ask you "Hot 'nuff for ya?" WILL receive a black eye.


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 08/05/09

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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Red Flag

Written and performed by members of Billy Talent, 2006
(Jonathan Gallant, Ian D'Sa, Aaron Solowoniuk, and Benjamin Kowalewicz)

Cast off the crutch that kills the pain,
The red flag wavin' never meant the same,
The kids of tomorrow don't need today,
When they live in the sins of yesterday. (x2)

Well, I've never seen us act like this,
Our only hope is the minds of kids,
And they'll show us a thing or two.

Our only weapons are the guns of youth,
It's only time before they tighten the noose,
And then the hunt will be on for you.

The red flag wavin' never meant the same, NO
The red flag wavin' never meant the same

Cast off the crutch that kills the pain,
The red flag wavin' never meant the same,
The kids of tomorrow don't need today,
When they live in the sins of yesterday. (x2)

Like a smallest bee packs a sting,
Like a pawn checkmates a king,
We'll attack at the crack of dawn.

Build a ladder if there's a wall,
Don't be afraid to slip and fall,
Speak for yourself or they'll speak for you.

The red flag wavin never meant the same, NO
The red flag wavin never meant the same

Cast off the crutch that kills the pain,
The red flag wavin never meant the same,
The kids of tomorrow don't need today,
When they live in the sins of yesterday. (x2)

Like a fire don't need water,
Like a jury needs a liar,
Like a riot don't need order,
Like a mad man needs a martyr.

We don't need them.(x8)

Cast off the crutch that kills the pain,
The red flag wavin' never meant the same,
The kids of tomorrow don't need today,
When they live in the sins of yesterday. (x2)

(We don't need them, we don't need them) Cast off the crutch that kills the pain
(We don't need them, we don't need them) The Red Flag waving never meant the same
(We don't need them, we don't need them) The kids of tomorrow don't need today
(We don't need them, we don't need them) When they live in the sins of yesterday

We don't need them.

"Red Flag" midi courtesy of - 07/11/09

"Red Flag" lyrics courtesy of - 07/11/09

Image of Red Flag courtesy of - 08/09/09

Animated Red Wiggly Divider Line clip art courtesy of - 08/09/09

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

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

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

Animated Wildly Laughing Dog courtesy of Eva Ellis Madagan ('61) of FL - 11/24/07
Thanks, Eva!

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

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