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09/27/12 - NNHS Newsletter - World Maritime Day

“Piracy is a global menace. We need to confront it with a strategy that focuses on deterrence,
security, the rule of law and development. I commend the International Maritime Organization
for its efforts to strengthen global cooperation on this challenge.”

- Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon, 03 Feb 2011
(b. 13 June 1944)

Dear Friends and Schoolmates,   

   This is but our second observance of World Maritime Day.

BONUS - - Jimmy Buffett - Son of a Sailor - Oct. 21, 2004



The United Nations (UN), via the International Maritime Organization (IMO), created World Maritime Day to celebrate the international maritime industry’s contribution towards the world’s economy, especially in shipping. The event’s date varies by year and country but it is always on the last week of September.

What do people do?

World Maritime Day focuses on the importance of shipping safety, maritime security and the marine environment and to emphasize a particular aspect of IMO's work. The day also features a special message from the IMO’s secretary-general, which is backed up by a discussion paper on the selected subject in more detail.

World Maritime Day is celebrated in many countries worldwide, including Australia, Canada, the United Kingdom, and the United States. Many maritime organizations and unions hold special events and activities to celebrate this day. These activities and events range from symposiums to luncheons, as well as school lessons that focus on the day. Some classes may organize a trip to a maritime museum so students can understand the significance of the maritime industry in shaping world history and its importance in world trade.

Public life

World Maritime Day is a global observance and not a public holiday.


Throughout history, people have understood that international regulations that are followed by many countries worldwide could improve marine safety so many treaties have been adopted since the 19th century. Various countries proposed for a permanent international body to be established to promote maritime safety more effectively but it was not until the UN was established that these hopes were realized. An international conference in Geneva in 1948 adopted a convention formally establishing the IMO, a specialized UN agency that develops and maintains a comprehensive regulatory framework for shipping.

The IMO’s original name was the Inter-Governmental Maritime Consultative Organization (IMCO) but the name was changed in 1982 to IMO. The IMO focuses on areas such as safety, environmental concerns, legal matters, technical co-operation, maritime security and the efficiency of shipping.

World Maritime Day was first held on March 17, 1978 to mark the date of the IMO Convention’s entry into force in 1958. At that time, the organization had 21 member states. It now has about 167 member states and three associate members. This membership includes virtually all the nations of the world with an interest in maritime affairs, including those involved in the shipping industry and coastal states with an interest in protecting their maritime environment...


1.   From Brenda Amos Williams ('62) of VA - 09/08/12, 10:46 PM - "NNHS Class of 1962 50th Reunion":

Dear Classmates of NNHS
The Class of 1962 will be having their '50'-year Reunion on Oct. 5/6 at the Crowne Plaza Hotel and Marina in Hampton, Va.

We are inviting members of other classes from NNHS to our Friday nite social. It will start at 6pm. If you know of anyone from other NNHS Classes that would be interested please tell them. There will be food and beverages and lots of other NNHS Classmates to see and gossip with, (Ha. Ha.) We are really excited about this event and it will be a Great One!!

Hoping to see you there. Casual dress and come prepared to have a great time!!


Brenda Amos Williams
NNHS Class of 1962 Reunion Committee

       Thanks so much, Brenda! See you there (I hope...)!

2.     From Pat Beck Letzinger ('57) of VA - 09/21/12, 12:13 PM:

Hi Carol,
Just to inform you, the Class of '57 is celebrating its 55-Year Reunion at the Marriott Hotel in Town Center, Newport News on October 9, 10 and 11, 2012. 
Thanks for all you do.
Typhoon regards,
Pat Beck Letzinger 

   SUPER-DE-DUPER! Thank you, Pat! Y'all have fun!

      Happy Birthday today to  Judy McCall Nesbitt ('65) of NC!

     Happy Birthday tomorrow to      Richard Dawes (NNHS / HHS - '62) of VA AND       My Granddaughter, Kaiya Harty of IL!

     Happy Birthday this week to:

01 -   MaeLea Somervold Cifers ('62) of VA AND    Jerry Baker Cobb ('66) of VA;

02 -   Wayne Frizzelle ('65) of MD AND Paige Spencer;

03 - Martha Megann Keesee ('57) AND Mary Megann Peters ('57) AND   Larry Moran ('65) of ID AND      Bridget Whitt Jones ('65) of AR;

04 -         My Former Brother-in-Law, Rennie Dick ('54) of VA AND  Jimmy Mooney ('57) AND   Brenda Eakes Insley ('66) of VA!

     Many Happy Returns, One and All!


September 26, 1944 - Operation Market Garden failed when thousands of British and Polish troops were killed in an attempt to seize bridges in the Dutch town of Arnhem.

September 26, 1944 - On the central front of the Gothic Line Brazilian troops controlled the Serchio valley region after ten days of fighting.



September 27, 1939 - After 19 days of resistance, Warsaw, Poland, surrendered to the Germans after being invaded by the Nazis and the Soviet Union during World War II.

September 27, 1940 - The Tripartite Pact (a.k.a. The Berlin-Rome-Tokyo Axis) was signed in Berlin by Germany, Japan and Italy.

September 27, 1941 - The SS Patrick Henry was launched, becoming the first of more than 2,700 Liberty ships.

September 27, 1942 - Last day of the September Matanikau action on Guadalcanal as United States Marine Corps troops barely escaped after being surrounded by Japanese forces near the Matanikau River.

September 27, 1944 - The Kassel Mission resulted in the largest loss by a USAAF group on any mission in World War II.


Wednesday, September 26, 1962 - Author Mark Haddon was born in Northampton, England.

Wednesday, September 26, 1962 - Actress Melissa Sue Anderson was born in Berkeley, California.

Wednesday, September 26, 1962 - Con artist Peter Foster was born Peter Clarence Foster in Queensland, Australia.

Wednesday, September 26, 1962 - Dancer, choreographer and producer Lawrence Leritz was born in Alton, Illinois.

Wednesday, September 26, 1962 - Guitarist Al Pitrelli (Megadeth) was born in New York, New York.

TODAY IN 1962:

Thursday, September 27, 2012 - The Yemen Arab Republic was established.


1. 08/16/12 -   Billie Leggett - Class of 1952 - Husband of Dot Collins Leggett ('52) of VA and Brother of Judy Leggett Elliott, Queen of the Senior Class of 1956, of VA


1. 04/15/12 - Old Style Newsletter

    From Linda May Bond Crayton ('66) of VA - 09/23/12:

Hi Carol,

I'm so glad your (kidney) stones are gone. I prayed and prayed about it and was in such sorrow you were in so much pain.

I've been doing my family tree these last two years... I am amazed at MY family. So many important people, going back to 1619 Isle of Wight!  So proud-finally- of who I am.

Now I make boxes of all types for the family with a little piece of history on it. I use scrabble tiles. So cool.

Much love,
Linda May '66

   Thank you so much, Linda May! I myself am quite glad those kidney stones passed through! April was NOT a fun month! You know what an utter wuss I am, and Major Pain and I do not get along well. I passed out with the first round, and the second round I quite literally thought was going to kill me. I didn't know I could endure that much physical pain, really. Maybe I'm not such a wuss after all!

   I'm so glad you're enjoying working on your family history. Few options in life are so rewarding as that!

      From Mickey ('54) and   Carol Moell ('56) Marcella of VA - 09/25/12, 4:46 PM:

Hi, Carol. 

Thank you for letting us know when you have sent a NNHS Newsletter.  I don't know if others have problems getting these on Google or opening them as I have, but I

noticed it is just not as reliable for me as they were on the Internet. We are all very thankful that you take the time to do this for us and wish it were as dependable for me as it was prior to Google.  I just wonder if I am the only one who has mentioned this. 

Thank you again, Carol.  

Carol and Mickey Marcella  

   Hi, Sweetie-Pies - thanks for letting me know! Yes, I've heard from several who voiced the same concern you did, so I'll continue to run the announcements. On the other hand, not 20 hours before your note arrived, I heard from some others asking me to remove their names from the mailings, as Googling the site as I suggested was an easier option for them, and didn't clog their inboxes.

   What is more puzzling to me is a very large percentage of people from whom I used to hear quite regularly back before The Troubles began who never write me at all now. I don't know if they're still not getting my notes and don't know we're up and running again, or if they're sick, or if I've offended them, or if they just don't want to be bothered anymore.

   " 'Tis a puzzlement!"

     From Terry Seay ('67) of TN - 09/25/12, 12:50 AM - "Legislation Seeks To Lower Online Radio Royalty Rates":

From Pandora:

Legislation Seeks To Lower Online Radio Royalty Rates

A bill introduced to Congress Friday (9/21) is designed to put streaming radio royalty rates in line with satellite radio royalty rates. Under the Internet Radio Fairness Act, a panel of federal judges would set rates, which would likely lead to lower rates for Pandora, iHeartRadio, Slacker and similar non-interactive online radio services.

Under current circumstances, a high percentage of company income goes to pay artist and songwriter royalties. These royalty rates are based on individual song plays, and though they are fractions of a cent, can add up very quickly to large sums. In Pandora’s case, the artists’ share alone cost the service half of last year’s revenue, according to CEO Tim Westergren.

By comparison, SiriusXM pays about 8 percent of its revenue for artist performance royalties.

Terrestrial radio stations only pay songwriters and publishers, not artists. The recent exception to this rule is the deals made by Big Machine Label Group with terrestrial radio broadcasters Clear Channel and Entercom. The model has BMLG and its artists being paid terrestrial performance royalties in exchange for a lower rate for digital performance royalties, which will distribute the royalty cost more evenly between both kinds of radio.

The Internet Radio Fairness Act was introduced in the House by Jason Chaffetz (Rep.-Utah), and Jared Polis (Dem.- Col.), and in the Senate by Ron Wyden (Dem.-Oregon).

   Thanks for passing this information along to us,Terry!

      From My Niece, Shari, of VA - 09/25/12, 2:08 PM:


*-- I Raise Sea Cows --*

There was a man in Florida who raised "sea cows" or manatees. He soon had so many of them that he stopped giving them names and just assigned them letters of the alphabet. A, B, C, etc. He let them all swim free in the lagoon beside his house. Except for "U", which he kept in a special pen.

I guess he was afraid of losing his "u" manatee.

*-- The Name Game --*

In an age when everyone seems to be playing the name game of glorifying job titles, the man in charge of the meat department at a grocery store in Wisconsin deserves a round of applause.

On his weekly time card he describes his position as: Meat Head.

Handy Hints

Hint 1: Don't let those doggie bags get you sick.

A recent survey found that nearly one in four people get sick after eating restaurant left-overs. To stay safe simply refrigerate take home foods within two hours of your meal and eat them within three days - always reheating to piping hot.

Hint 2: Tired of scrubbing your bathroom? Plant-filled bathrooms contain up to 60% less mold, mildew and bacteria than bathrooms without plants reveals a recent study.

TOP CHOICE: The peace lily
The over-sized leaves soak up microscopic mold spores and carry them down their roots, where they're used for food. Fewer spores landing on your curtains and tiles means less cleaning for you. Peace lilies also absorb chemical vapors from common bathroom products.


On The Mountain

My wife asked me to pick up a prescription at the store for her tonight. She has a cough and we are getting ready to go on a vacation for four days. I left work after seven and headed to the store.

It was crowded at the pharmacy counter. Both pharmacists looked harried and tired after a long day and each customer in the makeshift line didn't look any fresher. I stood there about five minutes in a line that really was no line at all.

My wife's prescription had been called in but most of the folk waiting in line had their prescriptions called in. There is nothing to try your patience like waiting in a seemingly slow moving line.

I started smiling.

Why? I can't exactly answer that. I just did.

I started thinking.

First of all, I wasn't sick. Not that I was gloating or being condescending, I just realized that every person getting medicine was more than likely sick with something. It was a blessing just to be well.

Secondly, I wasn't in a hurry. How many times do we hurry up and wait? We rush rush rush when we really don't need to. If a person in front of us takes more than three seconds to go when the light turns green, we get upset. We rush home to relax and have to spend an hour trying to unwind from the rushing that saved us two minutes.

Well, I just relaxed while standing in line.

So I smiled.

Third, I felt the mountaintop.

I realized all over again (each situation in life grants you the opportunity) that the mountaintop is really not a physical place, it is a state of mind. When Martin Luther King Jr. said, "I've been to the mountaintop," he wasn't talking about an actual mountain. He was in the midst of struggle and rocks and hate mail and jail. He was talking about a state of mind.

He could stand on the mountain even in the midst of struggle.

He could stand on the mountain even with rocks thrown at him.

He could stand on the mountain with venomous calls and hate mail daily. He could even stand on the mountain - sitting in jail.

So I smiled.

My smile got so big and obvious that the lady behind the counter beckoned to me and said, "what's the name?"

"Bronner" I replied.

She immediately went and got the prescription even though everyone else was there before me. She then brought the lady's prescription IN FRONT of me.

The lady in front of me turned to me and said, "being around you must have brought me favor." She recognized that she had been there for a long time before I got there and still had not been able to get her prescription and suddenly both of us had our prescriptions ahead of the crowd. I knew she had been there a long time because I had heard her mumbling angrily in line. She sensed something out of the ordinary had happened.

I tell you this to remind you that life will always present to you the opportunity for the mountain or the valley. Always understand that among animals and man far more live in the valley than on the mountain and you do have a choice, even if you feel you are sitting in jail.

And there really may be someone throwing rocks at you.

It wasn't so much that the pharmacist saw me smiling or recognized me. She saw me standing in a place where the crowd wasn't. She saw the mountain.

Even if they are throwing rocks, remember, the higher you are on the mountain, the harder it is to get hit.

Now just close your eyes and feel the cool fresh wind of the mountain.

And don't forget to smile.

~A MountainWings Original~

   Thank you so much, Shari!

        From My Husband, Paul Harty (Bardolph HS, IL - '61) of NC - 09/26/12 - "A Factory Like You Have Never Encountered Before":

Want to see why the Germans have a positive trade balance, in spite of paying workers some of the highest wages in the world?

Watch this: It is truly on the link below. Turn up sound.

   WOWZERS! That is so awesome! Thanks, Dools!

BONUS CROCHET PATTERN: - Turkey Talk Throw - Designed by Michelle Maks - "This crocheted throw is perfect for napping after having Thanksgiving dinner! You’ll love having this throw as part of your fall decorating style."

BONUS RECIPES: - Cheesy Bacon Ranch Potato Soup - "Traditional rich and creamy potato soup just got a makeover with this awesome recipe for Cheesy Bacon Ranch Potato Soup. This satisfying soup recipe has everything you love about "loaded" baked potatoes, but in the form of a warm and comforting soup. When the weather gets cool, there's nothing quite like curling up with a big bowl of hearty potato soup, so be sure to save this dish to your list of easy soup recipes. You're going to love it!" - Country Cider Pot Roast - "When my family thinks of Fall we think of apple picking, the leaves changing, sweaters and Mom's Country Cider Pot Roast. Simmered in apple cider this sweet roast is a seasonal must. This is not your average beef roast recipe and is worth a try." - Lazy Man's Pot Roast - "For a hearty meal that doesn't require a ton of time in the kitchen, turn to this easy recipe for Lazy Man's Pot Roast. With the help of your slow cooker, you can make a flavorful meal for the whole family and you'll barely have to lift a finger. Like all of our favorite easy slow cooker recipes, this pot roast recipe allows you to go about your day while your dinner basically cooks itself. How convenient!"

   From Bill Hobbs ('66) of Northern VA - 09/17/12, 6:59 AM - "Pay It Forward (#8 in a Series of 12)":

Always trusting in Jesus my Lord,

  One of the pictures reminded me of a very dear friend who is so utterly faithful to her son.



    OH, WOW! Thanks, Bill - this must be the one!  



From - 09/26/12:

A man went to the doctor complaining of insomnia. The doctor gave him an exam and found nothing physically wrong with him.

“Listen,” the doctor said, “if you ever expect to cure your insomnia, you need to stop taking your troubles to bed with you.”

“It’s true,” said the patient, “but my wife refuses to sleep alone.”


1. Friday and Saturday, September 28 and 29, 2012 - Class of 1967 - 45-Year Reunion. CONTACT: Marty Whitmore McCoy at

2. 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.

3. 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  

4. Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday, October 9,10, and 11, 2012 - Class of  1957 - 55-Year Reunion - Marriott Hotel in Town Center, Newport News. CONTACT: Pat Beck Letzinger at

5. 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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Son of a Son of a Sailor

Words and Music by Jimmy Buffett, 1978
(b. 25 Dec 1946)

“I saw a picture of my grandfather after he had come back from a trip to Nova Scotia. He was born there but left when he was a young man
and didn’t return until he was 84. He was standing on dock staring at an old sailing schooner, and the look on his face told the story of where he
had come from and where he had been. I have always been very proud of my heritage as a sailor and wrote this for the men who taught me the skills.”

- Jimmy

As the son of a son of a sailor
I went out on the sea for adventure
Expanding the view of the captain and crew
Like a man just released from indenture

As a dreamer of dreams and a travelin’ man
I have chalked up many a mile
Read dozens of books about heroes and crooks
And I’ve learned much from both of their styles

Son of a son, son of a son, son of a son of a sailor
Son of a gun load the last ton
One step ahead of the jailer

Now away in the near future, southeast of disorder
You can shake the hand of the mango man
As he greets you at the border

And the lady she hails from Trinidad
Island of the spices
Salt for your meat and cinnamon sweet
And the rum is for all your good vices

Haul the sheet in as we ride on the wind that our
Forefathers harnessed before us
Hear the bells ring as the tide rigging sings
It’s a son of a gun of a chorus

Where it all ends I can’t fathom, my friends
If I knew, I might toss out my anchor
So I’ll cruise along always searchin’ for songs
Not a lawyer, a thief or a banker

But a son of a son, son of a son, son of a son of a sailor
Son of a gun, load the last ton
One step ahead of the jailer
I’m just a son of a son, son of a son, son of a son of a sailor
The sea’s in my veins, my tradition remains
I’m just glad I don’t live in a trailer

"Son of a Son of a Sailor" midi courtesy of
at the suggestion of Dave Spriggs ('64) of VA - 05/21/09
Thanks, Dave!

Sailor" lyrics courtesy of
also at the suggestion of Dave Spriggs ('64) of VA - 05/21/09
Thanks again, Dave!

Maritime Day Image courtesy of - 09/22/11

Animated Anchor clip art used to form Divider Lines courtesy of - 05/06/03

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

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

Animated Army Flag clip art courtesy of - 06/18/03

Army Seal clip art courtesy of Al Farber ('64) of GA - 05/24/06 (still missing...)
Thanks, Al!
Replaced by Norm Covert ('61) of MD - 02/09/09
Thanks, Norm!

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