08/17/09 - NNHS Newsletter - Blue Skies
“Arithmetic is where the answer is right and everything is nice and you can
Dear Friends and Schoolmates,
Today's BLUE Newsletter is all about blue skies - which they definitely were NOT in the southeastern United States 40 years ago today!
BONUS #1 - http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=E6cZKcRhQes - Blue Skies - Frank Sinatra - no video, but no matter, it's Frank!
BONUS #2 - http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aglqFRvEdPw - Blue Skies - Betty Hutton
BONUS #3 - http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yRXcinv8jn0 - Blue Skies - Benny Goodman and His Orchestra
BONUS #4 - http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xkjXieeVSJk - Blue Skies - Jim Reeves
BONUS #5 - http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WSCplj40uuY - Blue Skies - Willie Nelson
Written after his first daughter's birth as a song just for her. In it he distilled his feelings about being married and a father for the first time: "Blue days, all of them gone; nothing but blue skies, from now on." #1 for Ben Selvin with five other hits in 1927, besides being the first song performed by Al Jolson in the first feature sound film, "The Jazz Singer that same year." In 1946 it returned to the top 10 on the charts with Count Basie and Benny Goodman. In 1978, Willie Nelson made the song a #1 country hit — 52 years after it was written.
40 YEARS AGO TODAY:
Sunday, August 17, 1969 - The Woodstock Music and Art Festival continued in Max Yasgur's Dairy Farm in upstate New York, featuring some of the top rock musicians of the era.
Sunday, August 17, 1969 - Category 5 Hurricane Camille, the most powerful tropical cyclonic system at landfall in history, hit the Mississippi coast, killing 248 people and causing US$1.5 billion in damage.
Sunday, August 17, 1969 - German physicist and Nobel Prize laureate Otto Stern (b. 17 Feb 1888) died in Berkeley, California at the age of 81.
THIS WEEK'S BIRTHDAYS:
Happy Birthday today to Carole Smith Bennett ('57) AND Eugene Chapman ('57) AND Ruth Ann Reece Horace ('67) of FL!
Happy Birthday tomorrow to Etta L. Baker ('57) AND Darlene Willis Marshall (Hampton HS - '68) of VA!
Happy Birthday this week to:
19 -Former President Bill Clinton of NY AND Jimmy DeBerry ('64) of VA AND Dave Spriggs ('64) of VA;
20 - Chip Clark ('65) of Northern VA AND Eddie Vest ('68) of VA;
21 - Lynn Wright Hickman ('63) of VA;
23 - Charles Allen ('57) AND Pam Russell Hanzlik ('63) of NC AND My Cousin, Cheryl White Wilson (John Marshall HS - '64) of VA!
Many Happy Returns, One and All!
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THE WINNER IN THE HIDDEN CONTEST - 08/16/09:
From Shirley Eanes Matthews ('66) - 08/15/09 - "Answer?":
Since July 4, Independence Day, other than birthday editions, each newsletter has had a theme of
YES! We have a winner!!!
Thanks so much, Shirley! I might add they were becoming increasingly difficult to locate - especially the "white" ones. But as I do have a number of such songs stockpiled now, they'll probably continue for a little while.
CONGRATULATIONS!!! Thanks for your mailing address; I'll be sending your prize to you at my usual "speedy speed" (which is to say, hopefully - sometime before Christmas).....
I didn't have a clue what you were talking about? The Red, White and Blue were so obvious.
EXACTLY!!! That's why I thought that SURELY, sooner or later, SOMEBODY would say, "HEY, Lady! What's up with the red, white and blue??"
Remember that early episode of "M*A*S*H" where Captain Benjamin Franklin "Hawkeye" Pierce bet Captain "Trapper" John McIntyre that the two of them could walk stark naked across the entire compound and not a soul would notice??
I'd been getting an increasingly stronger feeling that no one was paying the slightest attention to what I was doing here. Hideous bloopers I made went unnoticed for weeks on end, people would excitedly send me the same materials I'd just posted three or four days before - making it abundantly obvious that they hadn't read any Newsletters lately, and I began to wonder why I was spending eight hours or more a day doing something that no one among 550+ people noticed at all.
So I just kept going on and on with the red, white, and blue themes, using increasingly obscure songs, trying to get a rise out of someone, and I still had to extract a response with very large pliers.
I thought maybe you were referring to those of us who were married in the spring/Summer of 1969. Jimmy and I on May 17, 69. Rosie (Woodard and Dan Davis) in June of 69 and you and Paul (Harty - Bardolph HS, IL - '61 - of IL) on August 15th . I'm sure there are others during this time period. As usual, I've been a little out of it lately.
There were indeed more, Linda, but the only other wedding I can recall at the moment is George ('61) and Mary Helliesen of MI on May 29.
Returning to VA today in hopes of avoiding any Tropical Depressions that our anywhere near Tampa.
I sent Janice (McCain Rose - '65 - of VA) a note yesterday. I was shocked to read about Fred. You and Paul take care of each other and stay well.
Funny you should mention that, Lady. I've spent the day in bed with a raging fever. What a crock.
From Shirley Eanes Matthews ('66) - 08/17/09 - "Thanks!":
I didn't realize what you were actually asking for in your contest. I had noticed the red, white and blue theme way back in July.
My address is: ______________________________________________________________________________.
Shirley Eanes Matthews ('66)
OH, GOOD - I'm so relieved! Thanks again, Shirley!
From Joyce Lawrence Cahoon ('65) of VA - 08/16/09 - "Cash for Clunkers....":
CASH FOR CLUNKERS..........I QUALIFY
IF MY BODY WERE A CAR...
Almost every time I sneeze, cough or laugh, either my radiator leaks or my exhaust backfires.
CASH FOR CLUNKERS..........I QUALIFY - How about You?
WILD GIGGLES! I feel your pain, Joyce - thanks!
From My Niece, Shari, of VA - 08/16/09 - "Sends 4 Monday":
"Where there is shouting, there is no true knowledge."
- Leonardo da Vinci
The little boy's grandfather had taken him for a trip to the zoo and an ice cream. When he came home his mother asked, "Did you thank your grandfather for taking you to the zoo and buying you ice cream?"
The boy didn't answer.
She asked again, "I said, did you thank Granddad for taking you to the zoo and buying you ice cream?"
Still no answer.
"You answer me, young man! DID YOU THANK YOUR GRANDFATHER?!?"
"Yes," the boy said at last.
"Well, why didn't you say so?"
"Because he told me not to mention it!'"
"Love, it has been said, flows downward. The love of parents for their children has always been far more powerful than that of children for their parents; and who among the sons of men ever loved God with a thousandth part of the love that God has manifested to us?"
- August W. Hare
A little boy wanted to meet God.
He knew it was a long trip to where God lived, so he packed his suitcase with Twinkies and a six-pack of Root Beer and he started his journey.
When he had gone about three blocks, he met an old man. He was sitting in the park just staring at some pigeons. The boy sat down next to him and opened his suitcase. He was about to take a drink from his root beer when he noticed that the old man looked hungry, so he offered him a Twinkie.
He gratefully accepted it and smiled at him. His smile was so pleasant that the boy wanted to see it again, so he offered him a root beer.
Again, he smiled at him. The boy was delighted! They sat there all afternoon eating and smiling, but they never said a word.
As it grew dark, the boy realized how tired he was and he got up to leave, but before he had gone more than a few steps, he turned around, ran back to the old man, and gave him a hug. He gave him his biggest smile ever.
When the boy opened the door to his own house a short time later, his mother was surprised by the look of joy on his face. She asked him, "What did you do today that made you so happy?
"He replied, "I had lunch with God." But before his mother could respond, he added, "You know what? God's got the most beautiful smile I've ever seen!"
Meanwhile, the old man, also radiant with joy, returned to his home. His son was stunned by the look of peace on his face and he asked," Dad, what did you do today that made you so happy?"
He replied, "I ate Twinkies in the park with God." However, before his son responded, he added,
"You know, he's much younger than I expected."
Thank you, Shari!
From Glenn Dye ('60) of TX - 08/16/09 - "High School - 1952 vs. 2009":
From Bill Hobbs ('66) of Northern VA - 08/16/09 - "Excerpts from a D. C. Airline Ticket Agent":
Maybe this is why they couldn't get the health care bill read!
This is good for a laugh; too bad it's from a lot of our elected officials.
Excerpts from a D. C. Airline Ticket Agent
God Bless America!
A DC airport ticket agent offers some examples of 'why' our
country is in trouble!
1. I had a New Hampshire Congresswoman (Carol Shea-Porter) ask for an aisle seat so that her hair wouldn't get messed up by being near the window. (On an airplane!)
2. I got a call from a Kansas Congressman's (Moore) staffer (Howard Bauleke), who wanted to go to Capetown. I started to explain the length of the flight and the passport information, and then he interrupted me with, ''I'm not trying to make you look stupid, but Capetown is in Massachusetts ..''
Without trying to make him look stupid, I calmly explained, ''Cape Cod is in Massachusetts , Capetown is in Africa ''
His response -- click.
3. A senior Vermont Congressman (Bernie Sanders) called, furious about a Florida package we did. I asked what was wrong with the vacation in Orlando . He said he was expecting an ocean-view room. I tried to explain that's not possible, as Orlando is in the middle of the state.
He replied, 'Don't lie to me, I looked on the map and Florida is a very thin state!'' (OMG)
4. I got a call from a lawmaker's wife (Landra Reid) who asked, ''Is it possible to see England from Canada ?''
I said, ''No.''
She said, ''But they look so close on the map.'' (OMG, again!)
5. An aide for a cabinet member (Janet Napolitano) once called and asked if he could rent a car in Dallas . I pulled up the reservation and noticed he had only a 1-hour layover in Dallas . When I asked him why he wanted to rent a car, he said, ''I heard Dallas has a big airport, and we will need a car to drive between gates to save time.'' (Aghhhh)
6. An Illinois Congresswoman (Jan Schakowsky) called last week. She needed to know how it was possible that her flight from Detroit left at 8:30 a.m., and got to Chicago at 8:33 a.m.
I explained that Michigan was an hour ahead of Illinois , but she couldn't understand the concept of time zones. Finally, I told her the plane went fast, and she bought that.
7. A New York lawmaker, (Jerrold Nadler) called and asked, ''Do airlines put your physical description on your bag so they know whose luggage belongs to whom?'' I said, 'No, why do you ask?'
He replied, ''Well, when I checked in with the airline, they put a tag on my luggage that said (FAT), and I'm overweight. I think that's very rude!''
After putting him on hold for a minute, while I looked into it. (I was dying laughing). I came back and explained the city code for Fresno , Ca. is (FAT - Fresno Air Terminal), and the airline was just putting a destination tag on his luggage.
8. A Senator John Kerry aide (Lindsay Ross) called to inquire about a trip package to Hawaii . After going over all the cost info, she asked, ''Would it be cheaper to fly to California and then take the train to Hawaii ?''
9. I just got off the phone with a freshman Congressman, Bobby Bright (D) from Alabama who asked, ''How do I know which plane to get on?''
I asked him what exactly he meant, to which he replied, ''I was told my flight number is 823, but none of these planes have numbers on them.''
10. Senator Dianne Feinstein (D) called and said, ''I need to fly to Pepsi-Cola , Florida . Do I have to get on one of those little computer planes?''
I asked if she meant fly to Pensacola , FL on a commuter plane.
She said, ''Yeah, whatever, smarty!''
11. Mary Landrieu (D) La. Senator called and had a question about the documents she needed in order to fly to China . After a lengthy discussion about passports, I reminded her that she needed a visa. 'Oh, no I don't. I've been to China many times and never had to have one of those.''
I double checked and sure enough, her stay required a visa. When I told her this she said, ''Look, I've been to China four times and every time they have accepted my American Express!''
12. A New Jersey Congressman (John Adler) called to make reservations, ''I want to go from Chicago to Rhino, New York .''
I was at a loss for words. Finally, I said, ''Are you sure that's the name of the town?''
'Yes, what flights do you have?'' re plied the man.
After some searching, I came back with, ''I'm sorry, sir, I've looked up every airport code in the country and can't find a rhino anywhere."
''The man retorted, ''Oh, don't be silly! Everyone knows where it is. Check your map!''
So I scoured a map of the state of New York and finally offered, ''You don't mean Buffalo , do you?''
The reply? ''Whatever! I knew it was a big animal.''
Now you know why the Government is in the shape that it's in!
Could anyone be this DUMB?
YES, THEY WALK AMONG US, ARE IN POLITICS, AND THEY CONTINUE TO BREED.
I don't write it, I just offer it for your consideration. Like manure, you just gotta spread it around.
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
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 - 08/16/09:
Philadelphia's Highway Patrol officers hear all kinds of creative excuses that drivers give for speeding. Here are some of the officers' favorites. By the way, none of them worked.
A man told the officer he was rushing to the hospital because had been stung by a bee, and was allergic. "There's the bee right there," he said, pointing to his dashboard. The officer looked. The bee was not only dead, but in a advanced state of decomposition.
A man was doing 70 mph on the shoulder of I-95, avoiding the bumper-to-bumper traffic. After a third of a mile, he was stopped by an officer. He jumped out of the car, brushing off his pants, and told the cop he had dropped a cigarette on his lap. "I was looking for a place to park," he explained.
A speeder said that he and his wife were trying to have a baby. "My wife is ovulating," he told the officer. "I have to get home right now."
An officer stopped a man doing 80 mph. When he asked the driver whether he had seen the speed-limit signs, the man responded, "I went by them so fast I probably missed them."
A man going south on I-95 was stopped near Washington Avenue doing 79 mph. "My engine misses, and I'm trying to clean out the carburetor," he told the officer. For good measure, he added, "If I don't go this fast, my car won't go at all."
"I'm due in traffic court," one speeder said. "If I'm late they're going to enforce the bench warrant."
When an officer told a speeder that the speed limit on the Schuylkill Expressway was 50 mph, the driver responded, "Officer, where have you been? It's 65 now."
One speeder said simply, "I'm trying to beat my wife home. Don't ask."
An elderly person was stopped after doing 73 mph. When told he was getting a ticket, he asked the officer, "Is there a senior citizen's discount?"
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.com- 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 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
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Y'all take good care of each other! TYPHOONS FOREVER! We'll Always Have Buckroe!
Love to all, Carol
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Words and Music by
(11 May 1888 - 22 Sept 1989)
I was blue, just as blue as I could be
Ev'ry day was a cloudy day for me
Then good luck came a-knocking at my door
Skies were gray but they're not gray anymore
Smiling at me
Nothing but blue skies
Do I see
Singing a song
Nothing but bluebirds
All day long
Never saw the sun shining so bright
Never saw things going so right
Noticing the days hurrying by
When you're in love, my how they fly
All of them gone
Nothing but blue skies
From now on
I should care if the wind blows east or west
I should fret if the worst looks like the best
I should mind if they say it cant be true
I should smile, that's exactly what I do
"Blue Skies" midi courtesy of http://www.freemidi.org/download.html?id_cmp=10414&id=610&Blue+Skies&Willie+Nelson - 08/17/09
"Blue Skies" lyrics courtesy of http://www.lyricsfreak.com/i/irving+berlin/blue+skies_20068097.html - 08/17/09
"iamofdoom's" 2006 Image of "Brilliant Blue Skies with Clouds" courtesy of http://outdoors.webshots.com/photo/2508211700086883959jzZhlU - 08/17/09
Animated Blue Divider Line clip art courtesy of http://www.wtv-zone.com/nevr2l82/bars1.html )I think...) - 07/25/09
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
Replaced courtesy of http://www.hamptonhigh1964.com - 02/17/09
Navy Seal clip art courtesy of http://www.onemileup.com/miniSeals.asp - 05/29/06
John Marshall High School's Justice Scale clip art courtesy of
Cheryl White Wilson (JMHS - '64) of VA - 10/13/05 (replaced 02/23/09)
Animated Lumpy Bouncy Dancing (by AF Artist - Greg Wilson) courtesy of http://www.animationfactory.com - 08/28/08
Animated Arrows clip art courtesy of http://www.fg-a.com/arrows.htm - 04/19/08
Animated Head-Banging Smiley courtesy of http://www.clipartof.com/gallery/emoticons/upset.html - 07/0/09
Animated Sick Smiley courtesy of http://www.hauntedhamilton.com/cgi-bin/scripts/board-image-lister.cgi - 05/04/09
Thermometer Divider line clip art courtesy of http://www.bravenet.com - 08/12/04
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