08/31/08 - NNHS Newsletter -
“Men die but an idea does not.”
Alan J. Lerner
Friends and Schoolmates,
As promised earlier, the musical selection for today's Birthday Celebration comes from my friend, the incomparable Charis Bean Duke (Frederick HS, MD - '85) of NC on 07/18/06: Of course for Lerner any song from Brigadoon would be my pick..
Thanks so much, Charis!
BONUS - http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=t8Od2idW0KM - The Heather On The Hill - clip from Brigadoon (1954) - Gene Kelly and Cyd Charisse
BIRTHDAYS - TODAY AND UPCOMING:
Happy Birthday today
Pat Beck Letzinger ('57) of VA
Joan Lauterbach Krause ('60) of VA
Elaine Wilkinson Bracken ('61) of VA
My Grandson, Jacob Harty of OR, who is
turning eleven years old!
Happy Birthday tomorrow to Ellen Overton Weiss ('68) of VA! !
Happy Birthday this week to:
2 - Frances Adams Smith ('57) AND Dustin Baker (Norview HS - '65) of MA;
3 - Morton Binder ('57);
5 - Donna Marie Vest Hagerman ('71) of VA AND My #5 Son, Nathaniel Harty (Hillsboro HS, IL - '97) of IL;
6 - Sarah Puckett Kressaty ('65) of VA;
7 - The late Kathy Pilgrim Clark ('63) (deceased 03/08/06).
Many Happy Returns to One and All!
As of 08/17/08, the page originally suggested by Frances Goodson Wang ('65) of MD on 01/22/04 has been reactivated:
http://www.nnhs65.00freehost.com/requests-prayers.html - updated 08/26/08
Hopefully, this will help address the problem in a number of ways. Just don't forget to click on it each time!
http://nnhs.wordpress.com/ - updated 08/31/08
The NNHS Class of 1963
Please provide your current email and mailing address to
Barbara Fritsche Barnes at
to receive YOUR reunion registration info. The reunion committee has prepared a reunion registration brochure,
which we hope to have available here for you soon.
FORMER NNHS STUDENTS
We’re Going Back!!!!
The NNHS Class of 1963 invites all former
NNHS students and their guests to join them
at an upcoming class reunion event:
A 60’s Sock Hop in the NNHS High School Gym!!!
What: Sock Hop with DJ in the Newport News High School
When: Friday night, October 17th, 2008
Time: 7:00pm - 10:00pm
Cost: $15 per person
ADVANCED TICKET SALES ONLY
Capacity is Limited. Tickets will be sold on a first come, first served basis. No sales at door.
Names of all members in your party must be provided with payment.
Send check or money order payable to: Barbara Barnes, 4891 Parthenon Drive, Virginia Beach, VA 23462
TRANSPORTATION DEPARTS OMNI HOTEL
All participants must travel
to/from NNHS via shuttle bus from Newport News Omni Hotel
and sign a release of liability form enroute to the event.
Shuttle bus will depart every
half hour from The Newport News Omni Hotel, 1000 Omni
(off Diligence/J. Clyde Morris Boulevard) starting at 6:30 PM.
Last bus will depart the school enroute to The Omni at 10:30 PM.
Hand stamps issued on shuttle bus will be required for entry.
Soft drinks & snacks will be sold
at the event.
No alcoholic beverages allowed on the premises, (some things never change).
CHECK THIS WEB PAGE FOR THE LATEST INFORMATION -
From Sarah Puckett Kressaty ('65) of VA - 08/29/08 - "THINGS TO REMEMBER":
1. Faith is the ability not to panic.
2. If you worry, you didn't pray. If you prayed, don't worry.
3. As a child of God, prayer is kinda like calling home every day.
4. Blessed are the flexible, for they shall not be bent out of shape.
5. When we get tangled up in our problems, be still. God wants us to be still so He can untangle the knot.
6. Do the math. Count your blessings.
7 God wants spiritual fruit, not religious nuts.
8. Dear God: I have a problem. It's me.
9. Silence is often misinterpreted, but never misquoted.
10. Laugh every day -- it's like inner jogging.
11. The most important things in your home are the people.
12. Growing old is inevitable, growing up is optional.
13. There is no key to happiness. The door is always open. Come on in.
14. A grudge is a heavy thing to carry.
15. He who dies with the most toys is still dead.
16. We do not remember days, but moments. Life moves too fast, so enjoy your precious moments.
17. Nothing is real to you until you experience it; otherwise it's just hearsay.
18. Its all right to sit on your pity pot every now and again. Just be sure to flush when you are done.
19. Surviving and living your life successfully requires courage. The goals and dreams you're seeking require courage and risk-taking. Learn from the turtle, it only makes progress when it sticks out it's neck.
20. Be more concerned with your character than your reputation. Your character is what you really are, while your reputation is... merely what others think you are.
No matter the storm, when you are with God, there's always a rainbow waiting. Leave gentle fingerprints on the soul of another for the angels to read. I don't want to get to the end of my life and find that I lived just the length of it. I want to have lived the width of it as well.
Thank you so much, Sarah Sugah!
From Joyce Lawrence Cahoon ('65) of VA - 08/29/08 - "AAADD":
WILD GIGGLES! Thanks, Joyce!
From Judy Phillips Allen ('66) of VA - 08/29/08 - "Carpenter's Glasses":
There is always someone who has
more of a right to complain than we. Just think about it! God IS in control.
My mother's father worked as a carpenter. On this particular day, he was building some crates for the clothes his church was sending to orphanages in China. On his way home, he reached into his shirt pocket to find his glasses, but they were gone. When he mentally replayed his earlier actions, he realized what had happened; the glasses had slipped out of his pocket unnoticed and fallen into one of the crates, which he had nailed shut. His brand new glasses were heading for China!
The Great Depression was at its height and Grandpa had six children. He had spent $20 for those glasses that very morning. He was upset by the thought of having to buy another pair. It's not fair, he told God as he drove home in frustration. I've been very faithful in giving of my time and money to your work, and now this.
Months later, the director of the orphanage was on furlough in the United States. He wanted to visit all the churches that supported him in China, so he came to speak one Sunday at my grandfather's small church in Chicago. The missionary began by thanking the people for their faithfulness in supporting him.
But most of all, he said, I must thank you for the glasses you sent last. You see, the Communists had just swept through the orphanage, destroying everything, including my glasses.
I was desperate. Even if I had the money, there was simply no way of replacing those glasses. Along with not being able to see well, I experienced headaches every day, so my coworkers and I were much in prayer about this. Then your crates arrived. When my staff removed the covers, they found a pair of glasses lying on top.
The missionary paused long enough to let his words sink in. Then, still gripped with the wonder of it all, he continued: Folks, when I tried on the glasses, it was as though they had been custom made just for me! I want to thank you for being a part of that.
he people listened, happy for the miraculous glasses. But the missionary surely must have confused their church with another, they thought. There were no glasses on their list of items to be sent overseas. But sitting quietly in the back, with tears streaming down his face, an ordinary carpenter realized the Master Carpenter had used him in an extraordinary way.
There are times we want to blame God instead of thanking him! Perhaps we ought to try to thank Him more often. May GOD bless your week. Look for the perfect mistakes. People are like tea bags - you have to put them in hot water before you know how strong they are.
Thank you, Dearest Judy!
From George Helliesen ('61) of MI - 08/30/08:
Thank you so much, George! Among the several advantages to the blog are the fact that it will free up more time for me to work on the many pages within the site itself, and that it can carry on without me at times when I may not be feeling well (or am just my usual slow-acting self)!
From Mark Friedman ('65) of VA - 08/30/08:
I WISH YOU A VERY HAPPY BIRTHDAY. THANK YOU FOR ALL THE WORK THAT YOU DO.
BEST REGARDS, MARK FRIEDMAN
Thank you so much, Mark!
From Judy Phillips Allen ('66) of VA - 08/30/08 - "Senior Moment":
The irate customer calling the newspaper office loudly demanded to know where her Sunday edition was.
"Ma'am", said the employee, "today is Saturday. The Sunday paper is not delivered until Sunday."
There was quite a pause on the other end of the phone, followed by a ray of recognition.
"I'll bet that's why no one was in church today, too."
WILDEST GIGGLES! Thanks, Judy!
DATES TO REMEMBER:
1. Friday, Saturday, and Sunday, September 26 - 28, 2008 - NNHS CLASS OF 1968:
2. Saturday, September 27, 2008 - EVERYONE:
Evelyn Fryer Fish's Birthday Party for All of Us
3. Friday, Saturday, and Sunday, October 17 - 19, 2008 - NNHS CLASS OF 1963 - AND EVERYONE ON FRIDAY NIGHT (if pre-registered):
Y'all take good care of each other! TYPHOONS FOREVER! We'll Always Have Buckroe!
Love to all, Carol
NNHS CLASS OF '65 WEB SITE:
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The Heather On The Hill
Alan J. Lerner
(31 Aug 1918 - 14 June 1986)
(10 June 1904 - 14 Feb 1988)
Can't we two go walkin' together, out beyond the valley of trees?
Out where there's a hillside of heather, curtsyin' gently in the breeze.
That's what I'd like to do: see the heather--but with you.
The mist of May is in the gloamin', and all the clouds are holdin' still.
So take my hand and let's go roamin' through the heather on the hill.
The mornin' dew is blinkin' yonder. There's lazy music in the rill,
And all I want to do is wander through the heather on the hill.
There may be other days as rich and rare.
There may be other springs as full and fair.
But they won't be the same--they'll come and go,
For this I know:
That when the mist is in the gloamin', and all the clouds are holdin' still,
If you're not there I won't go roamin' through the heather on the hill,
The heather on the hill.
"The Heather on the Hill" midi courtesy of http://www.hamienet.com/midi6772.html - 08/31/08
"The Heather on the Hill" lyrics courtesy of http://www.elyrics.net/read/a/alan-jay-lerner-lyrics/the-heather-on-the-hill-lyrics.html - 08/31/08
First Image of Alan Jay Lerner courtesy of http://www.jamd.com/search?assettype=g&assetid=2698758&text=Alan+Jay+Lerner - 08/31/08
Second (1975) Image of Alan Jay Lerner courtesy of http://original.britannica.com/eb/art/print?id=57879&articleTypeId=1 - 08/31/08
Governor Thomas Johnson High School's Logo courtesy of http://www.tjathletics.org/ - 06/16/08
Gold Leaf Divider Line clip art courtesy of http://www.wtv-zone.com/nevr2l82/bars4.html - 01/05/06
Birthday Cake clip art courtesy of
Sarah Puckett Kressaty ('65) of
VA - 08/31/05
Thanks, Sarah Sugah!
Hillsboro Topper (Band Version) clip art courtesy of
Marine Corps Seal clip art
Herbert Hice of MI
- one of my
who served in the South Pacific
Animated "NEW" clip art courtesy of http://gifsnow.com/ - 03/07/06
American School Logo courtesy of http://www.americanschoolofcorr.com/grads.asp - 09/05/06
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