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09/11/12 - NNHS Newsletter -
Patriot Day

“The brave die never, though they sleep in dust:
Their courage nerves a thousand living men.

- Minot J. Savage
(10 June 1841 - 22 May 1918)

Dear Friends and Schoolmates,

   Generally our observances here are happy ones.  This day is not one of those, nor is it a celebration, but as with so many things in history, it's important that we remember.

BONUS #1 - - God Bless The USA - Lee Greenwood

BONUS #2 - - God Bless The USA - Lee Greenwood 



"God Bless the USA" is an American patriotic song written and recorded by country music artist Lee Greenwood. The first Greenwood album it appears on is 1984's You've Got a Good Love Comin'. It reached No. 7 on the Billboard magazine Hot Country Singles chart when originally released in the spring of 1984, and was played at the 1984 Republican National Convention with President Ronald Reagan and first lady Nancy Reagan in attendance, but the song gained greater prominence during the Gulf War in 1990 and 1991, as a way of boosting morale.

The popularity of the song rose sharply after the September 11, 2001 attacks and during the 2003 invasion of Iraq, and the song was re-released as a single, re-entering the country music charts at No. 16. The song was also re-recorded in 2003 and released as "God Bless the USA 2003". The song could often be heard on the radio after those events, and versions of the song are widely distributed online. Lee Greenwood also wrote a Canadian version of this song called God Bless Canada. The song also rose up in popularity in May 2011 when Osama bin Laden was killed by an American raid in Pakistan.[1]






   Happy Birthday today to        The late Bobby Hedrick ('58) (deceased 08/31/09) AND   J. Harrison ('58) of GA AND     My Grandson, Jimmy Harty of TX, who is turning seven today!

   Happy Birthday this week to:

14 -   The late Bill Brewer ('57) (deceased 08/30/12)  AND   Jeanette Parrish Houston ('64) of VA AND    Rick Harman ('65) of VA;

16 -   Tena Goodson Hensel ('39) of VA AND    The late Mr. John Huller ('43) (deceased 07/29/09) AND Brian Cooper of SC;

17 - The late Mr. George McIntosh (deceased - 05/04/05) AND Hugh McLawhorne ('57) AND   Ed Nichols ('62) of Northern VA;

18 - Bobby Bell ('57) AND         Gloria Woolard Price (Hampton HS - '65) of FL  AND  The United States Air Force - 1947!

   Many Happy Returns, One and All!



September 10, 1939 - The submarine HMS Oxley was mistakenly sunk by the submarine HMS Triton near Norway and became the Royal Navy's first loss.

September 10, 1939 - Canada declared war on Nazi Germany, joining the Allies France, the United Kingdom, New Zealand and Australia.

September 10, 1940 - In Britain, Buckingham Palace was hit by a German bomb.

September 10, 1942 - The British Army carried out an amphibious landing on Madagascar to re-launch Allied offensive operations in the Madagascar Campaign.

September 10, 1942 - U.S. President Franklin Roosevelt mandated gasoline rationing as part of the U.S. wartime effort.

September 10, 1943 - German forces began their occupation of Rome.

September 10, 1945 - Vidkun Quisling was sentenced to death in Norway for his collaboration with Nazi Germany after the 1940 invasion. He was the founder of Norway's National Party in 1934, which was an imitation of Hitler's National Socialist Party.

September 10, 1948 - Mildred "Axis Sally" Gillars was indicted for treason in Washington, DC. Gillars, a Nazi radio propagandist, was convicted and spent 12 years in prison.

September 10, 1952 - The German and Israeli governments signed an agreement that provided almost a billion dollars in reparations for Nazi war crimes against Jewish people.

September 10, 1989 - The Hungarian government opened its border for East German refugees.

September 10, 2002 - The film "Max" had its world premiere. The movie stars John Cusack as a fictional Jewish gallery owner that becomes mentor to Adolf Hitler.



September 11, 1943 - German troops occupied Corsica and Kosovo-Metohija.

September 11, 1943 - The start of the liquidation of the Ghettos in Minsk and Lida by the Nazis.

September 11, 1944 - The first Allied troops of the U.S. Army crossed the western border of Germany.

September 11, 1944 - RAF bombing raid on Darmstadt and the following firestorm killed 11,500.

September 11, 1945 - The Liberation of the Japanese-run POW and civilian internment camp at Batu Lintang, Kuching, Sarawak on the island of Borneo by Australian 9th Division forces. Over 2,000 prisoners, including women and children, were due to be executed on September 15.



Monday, September 10, 1962 - Apparently nothing whatsoever of import happened anywhere in the world.....



Tuesday, September 11, 1962 - Composer Victoria Poleva (Ukrainian: Вікторія Валеріївна Польова; Russian: Виктория Валерьевна Полевая) was born in Kiev, Ukraine.

Tuesday, September 11, 1962 - Politician Filip Dewinter was born in Bruges, Belgium.

Tuesday, September 11, 1962 - Actress Kristy McNichol was born in Los Angeles, California.

Tuesday, September 11, 1962 - Footballer Julio Salinas was born Julio Salinas Fernández in Bilbao, Basque Country, Spain.

Tuesday, September 11, 1962 - Heiress and businesswoman Jenny Sanford was born Jennifer Sullivan in Winnetka, Illinois.








  From Norris Perry (Warwick HS - '59) of VA - 09/10/12, 6:57 AM:

How do you bookmark ? I have had problems Googling NNHS NEWSPAPERS keep getting Newton, Massachusetts and Naperville, Illinois.

   Thanks, Norris Sweetie; that's a good question!

   The Googling will work better if you try "NNHS Newsletters" or NNHS65 Newsletters" or NNHS65", I think.  As for bookmarking, I think that varies from computer to computer and from browser to browser - and once again, my knowledge of computers is extraordinarily limited - but I have a couple of ways to do it.

   At the extreme top of my screen (I'm using Mozilla), it reads, "File   Edit   View   History   Bookmarks   Tools   Help".

   Once I have opened the page I want to preserve, I left click on the Bookmarks option, and choose the second option within that pop-up window, which in my case reads, "Bookmark this page".  Then I can retrieve that page any time I want.

   There is another method I use more frequently involving marking it with a star and then pulling the URL down into another lineup of choices, but that may not be as general an option, and I cannot seem to explain it adequately anyway.

   I hope some of this information was helpful!


From Sherry Hensel Huycke - ('69) of VA - 09/10/12, 1:09 PM:

Hi Carol,

Thank you again for all of your hard work and dedication to the website. You continue to amaze me! Blessings lady!!!

I just read about Linda Bobbitt Brown:

   Linda Bobbitt Brown
(18 Feb 1950 - 04 Apr 2012)

Newport News High School Class of 1969

If you would please verify her graduating class because it's not 1969. I graduated in 1969 and have never heard of her!!

Just FYI : )

   Thanks, Sherry! I based the 1969 decision on the fact that I found her pictured in the 1967 Anchor with the sophomores.  I just double-checked the listings of the seniors of the Class of 1970 (which I have on a disk graciously provided me several years ago by        Carol Anne Comer Cutler - '70 - of VA - thanks again, Carol! ), but she was not shown there.  I have no other way of verifying this information unless someone reports other facts to me.  I don't know how many people were in the Class of 1969, but there were 304 people in the Class of 1965, not counting many others who transferred elsewhere, and whereas I knew a great many of them, I don't pretend to have known them all.

   Could we hear from some more of Linda's friends, please? 

   "Anyone? Anyone?"

Also, I wonder if you could add me to Faye Covert Stansbury's (NNHS / Ferguson HS - '72) memorial as being her cousin Sherry Hensel from the class of 1969. Perhaps you're only putting siblings and parents on these. If so, I understand and can be left off!

Thanks again for all you do,

Sherry Hensel Huycke, 1969.

Cousin of       Harry ('57 - of MD),     Norman ('61 - of MD),   Rachel Covert Paquette ('64 - of MA), and Faye Covert;   Cecilia Davis, 1965; Niece of Mary Elizabeth Goodson Covert, probably class of 1936, Carl and Margaret Taylor Goodson, class of 1951, I believe; and niece of Myra Goodson Jessen, class of 1955; and daughter of   Ethel Christine Hensel, class of 1939.

   This one is easier, Sherry! Being OCD, I try to include as many relationships (children, grandparents, grandchildren, aunts, uncles, first cousins) as I can on the Memorial Editions; I just can't seem to remember them all!

   Well, actually, I thought this one would be easier; I see there are many more names I could and should attach in the opening lines. So that I do not make a general mess of this, could one of y'all please help me with the wording on this as well? My mind is a bit too foggy for the intricacies of this at the moment.....

   I made just the first addition:

   Thank you again, Sherry!


      Charis Bean Duke (Governor Thomas Johnson HS, MD - '85) of NC - 09/10/12:

Check out the new post on Last Tango with Charis. I solved all of society's ills with the stroke of a pen.

   Good for you, Lady! I have total faith in you!


         From My Oldest Grandson, Andrew Harty (Collinsville HS, IL - '10) of IL - currently serving a two-year mission for The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints in Germany - 09/10/12, 5:24 AM:

... Can you believe I go home in less than three months? I go home two months after my birthday to the day and my birthday is less than two weeks away. It amazes me how fast a mission for the Lord just flies by. Love you.

Elder Andrew Harty

   That is so true, Elder Andrew! Time does seem to be escalating, but I suppose it has always been so, especially under circumstances such as yours! Love you!


  From Norris Perry (Warwick HS - '59) of VA - 09/10/12, 8:39 PM - "OMAHA BEACH AND BEYOND by       Sergeant Bob Slaughter (03 Feb 1925 - 29 May 2012)":

I recently read this book and recognized       your father, the late Robert Buckley (John Marshall HS - '25) (19 Oct 1907 - 25 Apr 1960) around pg 260. He had written a letter about one of his dear friends who was killed right beside him - a terrible experience for anyone.

   Thank you so much, Norris Sweetie!    It was a terrible experience - especially for someone who had led as sheltered a life as my father had.

                 My mama, the late Maxine Frix Buckley (John Marshall HS - '25) (19 May 1908 - 15 Feb 1999) always said that he was killed in the war; it just took him fifteen years to die.

   If y'all would like to read the letter, here it is:  
   Sergeant Slaughter told me a few years ago that he did not personally know my father; he captured Daddy's letter - and this image
  of him - from my online postings.


      From My Niece, Shari, of VA - 09/10/12 - "MONDAY TEXT MIX":

Prison Life vs. Full-Time Job

In prison you spend the majority of your time in an 8' X 10' cell.
At work you spend most of your time in a 6' X 8' cubicle.

In prison you get three meals a day.
At work you only get a break for one meal and you have to pay for that one.

In prison you get time off for good behavior.
At work you get rewarded for good behavior with more work.

In prison a guard locks and unlocks all the doors for you.
At work you must carry around a security card and unlock and open all the doors yourself.

In prison you can watch TV and play games.
At work you get fired for watching TV and playing games.

In prison you get your own toilet.
At work you have to share.

In prison they allow your family and friends to visit.
At work you cannot speak to your family and friends.

In prison all expenses are paid by taxpayers, with no work required.
At work you get to pay all the expenses to go to work and then they deduct taxes from your salary to pay for the prisoners.

In prison you can join many programs which you can leave at any time.
At work there are some programs you can never get out of.

In prison there are wardens.
At work there are managers.


Serenity In Chaos

As an airport skycap checked through a customer at curbside, he accidentally knocked over the man's luggage. He quickly collected the fallen bags and apologized for the mishap. Unappeased, the traveler burst into an angry tirade, raging and swearing at the skycap for his clumsiness.

Throughout the traveler's rant, the baggage handler calmly apologized and smiled. The livid customer continued to berate the man, even as he turned away and headed for his gate. Through it all the baggage handler smiled and remained calm.

The next customer in line witnessed the incident and marveled at the skycap's professionalism and self control. "I have never seen such restraint and humility," he said. "How do you keep your cool when somebody is attacking you so viciously?"

"It's easy," the skycap answered. "He's going to London, but his bags are going to Tokyo."

I won't recommend that we use revenge to relieve stress. But let me tell you about someone who has found a way to go through most of his life unfazed by the turbulence that affects most people.

He is one of the calmest people I've ever known and he describes how he keeps his cool no matter how turbulent a situation becomes. He says, "I look at it this way. A traffic jam has no power to make me angry. It just stops my car. And that's the way I try to look at most of what happens to me."

With that philosophy, this guy goes through life with a serenity I can only envy.

My friend likes to say things like, "A rude customer has no power to make me angry; he just fusses." And, "A mistake I made has no power to make me upset; it's just a chance to do better." He shows how we can truly find calmness in the midst of chaos.

Eminent 20th Century American theologian Reinhold Niebuhr wrote a short prayer that has been reprinted countless times. Bill Wilson, co-founder of the support group Alcoholics Anonymous, became familiar with the prayer about 1941. He edited and adapted it, and then circulated it with the title "Serenity Prayer." You are likely familiar with his version: "God, grant me the serenity to accept the things I cannot change, courage to change the things I can, and wisdom to know the difference."

The prayer has been a great help to many hundreds of thousands, perhaps millions, of people over the years. And the truth of the matter is that there is much which cannot be changed. We can't do anything about this evening's traffic. Another person's reaction is not something we can control. Furthermore, we may have made any number of mistakes that we probably regret, but they are in the past and that is something we cannot change. Reliving the past does not help us change the future.

There's a certain power in calmness. And those who learn to accept with serenity that which they cannot change will find power to change those things they can.

~ Steve Goodier ~



I asked a man, "How are things going?"

He replied,

"I'm fighting lions with switches but I'm making it."

An apt description of how we sometimes feel concerning the lions that we must fight. Always remember, as long as you are with the Lion of Judah, no lions of the world shall defeat you.

For those abroad who do not understand what a switch is, it is defined as: a slender, flexible shoot, rod, etc., used especially in whipping or disciplining.

Those who are from the southern U.S. surely understand.

~A MountainWings Original~

   Thanks, Shari!


BONUS RECIPES: - Oh My Gosh Beef Stew - "If you're wondering how this recipe got its name, all you have to do is look at the picture and you'll understand why. With tender chunks of beef, tons of veggies and seasonings, there's a lot to love about this Oh My Gosh Beef Stew. Best of all, this delicious dish can be made in your slow cooker, so there's minimal cooking effort required. If you're looking for delicious new slow cooker recipes, look no further than this simple stew." - Country Chicken Stew - "This hearty stew recipe, chock full of carrots, green beans, onion, potatoes, and chicken, simmers in a creamy base to tenderness in just minutes. Perfect for the hungry family, enjoy this hearty dinner with your favorite rolls or biscuits."


    From Wayne Stokes ('65) of VA - 02/29/12 - "Aww pictures......... (#38 in a Series of 43)":

  I can do this!!

   AWWW! Thanks, Wayne Honey!  




From - 09/10/12:

Reaching the end of a job interview, the Human Resources Officer asked a young Engineer fresh out of MIT, "And what starting salary were you looking for?"

The Engineer replies, "In the region of $125,000 a year, depending on the benefits package."

The interviewer enquires, "Well, what would you say to a package of 5-weeks vacation, 14 paid holidays, full medical and dental, company matching retirement fund to 50% of salary, and a company car leased every 2 years say, a red Corvette?"

The Engineer sits up straight and says, "Wow! Are you kidding?"

And the interviewer replies, "Yeah, but you started it." 


1. Thursday, October 4, 2012 - The NNHS Class of 1955 holds Lunch Bunch gatherings on the first Thursday of every month at Steve & John's Steak House on Jefferson Avenue just above Denbigh Boulevard in Newport News at 11:00 AM. The luncheon is not limited to just the Class of '55; if you have friends in that year, go visit with them.

2. Friday and Saturday, October 5 and 6, 2012 - Class of 1962 - 50-Year Reunion - Crowne Plaza Hotel, Hampton on the Water. CONTACT: Brenda Amos Williams at  

3. Wednesday, October 10, 2012 - The NNHS Class of June 1942 meets at noon on the second Wednesday of every other month for a Dutch treat lunch at the James River Country Club, 1500 Country Club Road. PLEASE JOIN THEM. Give or take a few years makes no difference. Good conversation, food and atmosphere. For details, call Jennings Bryan at 803-7701 for reservations.


PRAYER ROLL: - updated 02/20/12

BLOG: - updated 03/13/11


Y'all take care of each other!  TYPHOONS FOREVER!  We'll Always Have Buckroe!

                                 Love to all, Carol





Carol Buckley Harty
7020 Lure Court
Fayetteville, NC 28311-9309


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God Bless the USA

Written and recorded by Lee Greenwood (b. 27 Oct 1942), 1983/4

If tomorrow all the things were gone
I worked for all my life
And I had to start again
With just my children and my wife

Thank my lucky stars
To be living here today
Cause the flag still stands for freedom
And they can't take that away

And I'm proud to be an American
Where at least I know I'm free
And I won't forget the men who died
Who gave that right to me
And I'll gladly stand up next to you
And defend her still today
'Cause there ain't no doubt
I love this land
God Bless the U.S.A.

From the lakes of Minnesota
To the hills of Tennessee
Across the plains of Texas
From sea to shining sea

From Detroit down to Houston
And New York to L.A.
There's pride in every American heart
And it's time we stand and say...

That I'm proud to be an American
Where at least I know I'm free
And I won't forget the men who died
Who gave that right to me
And I'ld gladly stand up next to you
And defend Her still today
'Cause there ain't no doubt
I love this land
God Bless the U.S.A.

And I'm proud to be an American
Where at least I know I'm free
And I won't forget the men who died
Who gave that right to me
And I'ld gladly stand up next to you
And defend Her still today
'Cause there ain't no doubt
I love this land
God Bless the U.S.A.


Lee Greenwood's "God Bless the USA" midi courtesy of,
at the suggestion of Dave Spriggs ('64) of VA - 01/21/05
Thanks, Dave!

Lee Greenwood's "God Bless the USA" lyrics courtesy of,
also at the suggestion of Dave Spriggs ('64) of VA - 01/21/05
Thanks again, Dave!

Patriot Day title clip art courtesy of - 09/10/12

Patriot Day ribbon clip art used to form Divider Lines created and © by Bobbie Peachey courtesy
of - 09/10/09

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

Animated USMC, Air Force, Army, and Navy Flags clip art courtesy of - 06/18/03

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!

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

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

Ferguson High School's Anchor clip art courtesy of Steve Silsby (FHS - '72) of NC - 12/14/05
Thanks, Steve!

Animated Hiding Mallard (by AF Artist - Josh Doohen) courtesy of - 05/15/08

Animated Sickly Smiley clip art courtesy of - 06/02/10

Governor Thomas Johnson High School's Logo courtesy of - 06/16/08 

 Animated Laughter clip art courtesy of Janice McCain Rose ('65) of VA - 01/24/06
Thanks, Janice!

Collinsville High School (IL) Logo courtesy of - 09/22/07

Animated Big Hugs Smiley clip art courtesy of Sarah Puckett Kressaty ('65) of VA - 06/19/09
Thanks, Sarah Sugah!

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)
Thanks, Cheryl!

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