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08/24/09 - NNHS Newsletter - Red Barchetta

“Youth is not a time of life; it is a state of mind; it is not a matter
of rosy cheeks, red lips and supple knees; it is a matter of the will,
quality of the imagination, a vigor of the emotions; it is the freshness
of the deep springs of life.”

- Samuel Ullman
(13 Apr 1840 - 21 Mar 1924)

Dear Friends and Schoolmates,
   Today's Red Newsletter is for Domi (O'Brien - '64 - of NH) - to whom I promised another Rush Newsletter before August ended - not to mention all of y'all who like fancy little fast red sports cars!

BONUS #1 - - Red Barchetta - Rush

BONUS #2 - 


"The song describes a post-petroleum future in which the "primitive" gasoline-burning sports cars are prohibited by "the Motor Law." The narrator's uncle has kept one of these illicit vehicles (the titular red Barchetta) in pristine condition for some "fifty-odd years" and keeps it hidden at his secret country home (previously a farm before the aforementioned Motor Law). During one of his weekly drives, the narrator encounters an "alloy air car" that begins to chase him along the roads. A second such vehicle soon joins the pursuit, which continues until the narrator drives his Barchetta across a one-lane bridge that is too narrow for the air cars. The song ends with the narrator returning safely to his uncle's farm to dream with him at the fireside...

"The song was inspired by the futuristic short story "A Nice Morning Drive," written by Richard Foster and published in the November, 1973 issue of Road and Track magazine. The story describes a similar future in which increasingly-stringent safety regulations have forced cars to evolve into massive "Modern Safety Vehicles" (MSVs), capable of withstanding a 50-mile-per-hour impact without injury to the driver. Consequently, drivers of MSVs have become less safety-conscious and more aggressive, and "bouncing" (intentionally ramming) the older, smaller cars is a common sport among some...

"In the original album version, Geddy Lee mispronounces "Barchetta" -- the correct pronunciation sounds like "Barketta," but Lee pronounces the "ch" like that in "cheese," not the proper Italian pronunciation. Due to the fact that Lee has continued to use the incorrect pronunciation during live shows it is possible that the mistake is deliberate - an illustration of the narrator's lack of knowledge of the "old" petroleum cars."


Sunday, August 24, 1969 - No WAY! Three days in a row during the momentous summer of 1969 when apparently nothing happened, no one was born, and no one died?!? "Inconceivable!"


   Happy Birthday this week to:

27 - Pat Helmick Glover ('57) AND Nancy Timberlake Spencer ('57) AND   My Cousin, Jim Atkinson (John Randolph Tucker HS - '77) of AZ;

28 -   Tony Lapides ('57) (deceased 06/18/09);

29 -    Richard Coltrane ('57) of __ AND    Connie Bloxom Thompson ('66) - 1948 (deceased 09/17/08);

30 -      Me ('65) of IL AND    Chuck Springfield ('66) of VA;

31 -     Pat Beck Letzinger ('57) of VA AND      Joan Lauterbach Krause ('60) of VA AND    Elaine Wilkinson Bracken ('61) of VA AND    My Grandson, Jacob Harty of TX!

   Many Happy Returns, One and All!


  Some of you are have been blocked from viewing the site since 07/20/09 out of safety concerns.  Most of y'all are not.  Our server, also hosts many, many other sites.  Five (down from six) of them are having malware "issues", so to protect the general public from any possible harm, a warning has been placed by some systems.  Here's the latest from Google: 

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Of the 393 pages we tested on the site over the past 90 days, 86 page(s) resulted in malicious software being downloaded and installed without user consent. The last time Google visited this site was on 2009-08-22, and the last time suspicious content was found on this site was on 2009-08-21.

   OH, NO!!!  They checked it again on Saturday, and found something harmful again on five of 00freehost's hosted sites on Friday.....  I'm beginning to wonder if  this nightmare will ever end...

    From Jean Poole Burton ('64) of RI - 08/23/09 - "Newsletter":

Hi Carol,

Sadly I still get the malware message and so I have not read the newsletter since the early part of July.  You could copy and paste and then a bulk e-mail...I don't know what else to suggest...I really miss keeping in touch with everyone.  

Love, Jeanb

   Thanks, Jean! I am about to do that now. I originally thought that surely this horror would only last a few days, but today marks the beginning of the fifth week. ARGHHH!!!

  From Ivan Anker ('67) of VA - 08/23/09 - "RE: NNHS Reunions for Orthodox Observers??":

Please do not feel as if you are insensitive. Our religious beliefs are passed down to us mostly by our parents. I doubt if many of us really have learned much about other people's religious beliefs. It was not being insensitive, more like not knowing. Your idea of a pot luck dinner sounds interesting and might be just the thing. I know that Orthodox Jews are such a small minority, but why leave anyone out of a reunion if we can come up with the right solutions. No matter what religion we are we were all formed by the one Creator.

   Thanks, Ivan! I appreciate your kindness in providing me an easy way out of an awkward situation.  Unfortunately, I've spent the last 47 years studying as much as I could about other religions, and I should have known better.  I thought Saturday night AFTER sunset and Sunday morning would both have been viable options. And I've long been familiar with the injunction against driving on the Sabbath (and is there not a very short distance one may walk - say, 3/10 of a mile?).  I just neglected to consider out-of-towners - probably because I'm still stunned and in denial that anyone would willingly leave the area.

   And I certainly concur with your statements!



"Isaiah 58:13-14 speaks out against travel during Shabbat."

13 ¶ If thou turn away thy foot from the sabbath, from doing thy pleasure on my holy day; and call the sabbath a delight, the holy of the Lord, honourable; and shalt honour him, not doing thine own ways, nor finding thine own pleasure, nor speaking thine own words:
 14 Then shalt thou delight thyself in the Lord; and I will cause thee to ride upon the high places of the earth, and feed thee with the heritage of Jacob thy father: for the mouth of the Lord hath spoken it.

- Isaiah 58: 13-14 (KJV - not the Tanakh)

   With every commandment there is a blessing reserved for obedience to that commandment.  Here's why I personally really enjoy and appreciate the opportunity to obey the commandment to keep the Sabbath day holy - and in my own interpretation of that law, I generally am successful (barring extenuating circumstances) in observing it quite strictly, certainly by Christian standards.  The attendant blessing is found in Psalm 37: 4:

Delight thyself also in the Lord; and he shall give thee the desires of thine heart.

- Psalm 37: 4 (again KJV - not the Tanakh)

    From Karen Weinstein Witte ('60) of FL - "RE: NNHS Reunions for Orthodox Observers??":

I understand completely. The problem is that the weekend is the most convenient time for the majority of people. A number of classmates have to travel to the reunion and a Friday to Sunday weekend is the most practical timeframe for this type of event.

   Ja, once again, I was thinking only of the locals.....

The NNHS Class of 60 50-year reunion is planning to have a Sunday brunch. Perhaps that would give Orthodox Jews the option to attend one of the reunion events. That seems more practical than a Thursday night event which would probably rule out quite a number of classmates coming in from out of town.

I would also like to add that Jeanene (Anker - '60) did come to the Saturday night event for our 45-year reunion after sundown. Granted it was late in the evening, but everyone was delighted that she made an attempt to join us.

I hope Jeanene and   Bert (Anker - '60 - of MD) will at least be able to attend the Sunday Brunch next August at our 50-year reunion. And, anyone can certainly bring their own food if they feel more comfortable doing so.

I hope this helps. Thanks, Carol.

Karen Witte

   Thanks so much, Karen! I hope so, too!

      From My Niece, Shari, of VA - 08/23/09 - "Really Love This!":

  God has given us so much to be grateful for if we just take the time to look, listen and appreciate.

  AMEN! Thanks, Shari!



I choose to adapt to the circumstances in which I find myself.
I choose to be flexible in my dealings with those around me. I understand that my way is not the only way - that inner peace comes from respecting the ways of others, and that, if I am open, I may gain great insights and happiness from the ideas and traditions of others.

~Author Unknown

(While we don't have to take another's way or opinion as truth, it's important that each of us supports another in their choosing.)


   I like this, too! Thanks again, Shari!


    From Karen Weinstein Witte ('60) of FL - 08/24/09 - "Class of '60 50-Year Reunion":

Hi Carol.

I just happened to notice that the Class of 60 50-Year Reunion notice dropped off the "dates to remember" somewhere in early August. Our reunion is for August, 2010. Could you please "reinstate" us?

Thanks so much!

   YIKESARONI! I'm so embarrassed! That could only have happened in one of two ways - and they're both too embarrassing to mention (though not nearly so embarrassing as the fact that one day I looked at that section and thought, "Hmmm - that doesn't look quite right" - and then failed to pursue it...).   Thanks so much for telling me, Karen! I've reinstated today's notice and have already replaced some on the back issues, and will continue to do so until the job is finished.


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 - 08/23/09:


A minister delivered a sermon in ten minutes one Sunday morning that was about half the usual length of his sermons.

He explained, "I regret to inform you that my dog, who is very fond of eating paper, ate that portion of my sermon which I was unable to deliver this morning."

After the service, a visitor from another church shook hands with the preacher as he was leaving, and said,

"Sir, if that dog of yours has any pups, I sure would like to get one to give to my minister!


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: -

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 08/23/09

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 Barchetta

Inspired by "A Nice Morning Drive" by Richard S. Foster, 1973

Words by Neil Peart
(b. 12 Sept 1952)

Music by Geddy Lee and Alex Lifeson

(Rush, 1981)

My uncle has a country place, that no one knows about
He says it used to be a farm, before the motor law
And on Sundays I elude the eyes and hop the turbine freight
To far outside the wire, where my white-haired uncle waits.

Jump to the ground
As the turbo slows to cross the borderline
Run like the wind,
As excitement shivers up and down my spine
Down in his barn
My uncle preserved for me, an old machine ---
For fifty-odd years
To keep it as new has been his dearest dream

I strip away the old debris, that hides a shining car
A brilliant red Barchetta, from a better, vanished time
I fire up the willing engine, responding with a roar
Tires spitting gravel, I commit my weekly crime...

Wind in my hair ---
Shifting and drifting ---
Mechanical music ---
Adrenalin surge ---

Well-weathered leather
Hot metal and oil
The scented country air
Sunlight on chrome
The blur of the landscape
Every nerve aware

Suddenly, ahead of me, across the mountainside
A gleaming alloy air-car shoots towards me, two lanes wide
I spin around with shrieking tires, to run the deadly race
Go screaming through the valley as another joins the chase

Drive like the wind
Straining the limits of machine and man
Laughing out loud
With fear and hope, I've got a desperate plan

At the one-lane bridge
I leave the giants stranded
At the riverside
Race back to the farm
To dream with my uncle
At the fireside...

"Red Barchetta" midi courtesy of - 08/23/09

"Red Barchetta" lyrics courtesy of - 08/23/09

First Image - 1948 Red Barchetta - courtesy of - 08/23/09

Second Image - 1962 Red Barchetta  - courtesy of - 08/23/09

Red Dots 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!

J. R. Tucker High School's Orange Tiger Paw Print courtesy of - 11/12/07

Marine Corps Seal clip art courtesy of the late Herbert Hice of MI - one of my Famous Marines who served in the South Pacific during WWII.
Thanks again, Herbie!

Embarrassed Smiley clip art courtesy of - 03/01/09

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

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