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10/09/12 - NNHS Newsletter -
Leif Erikson Day

“The greatest explorer on this earth never takes voyages as long
as those of the man who descends to the depth of his heart.”

- Julien Green
(6 Sept 1900 - 13 Aug 1998)

Statue of Leif Ericsson Entrance to the Main Building at Mariners' Museum
Statue of Leif Ericsson

Dear Friends and Schoolmates,

   Today is but the second time we've observed this day:



1.     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 Tippy Rowe ('57) AND  Norma Wilson Mitchell ('57) AND    Linda Alfrey Walker ('61) of VA!

   Happy Birthday this week to:

11 -   Judy Phillips Allen ('66) of VA AND        Carol Anne Comer Cutler ('70) of VA;

12 - Charlotte Spade Wilkins (Warwick HS - '65) of NC;

13 -   The United States Navy - 1775 AND Larry Cutler ('64) of VA AND   Pattie Hilsdon Reisinger ('66) of CO AND          My #1 Son, Lewis Harty (Hillsboro HS, IL - '89) of IL;

14 -       Mickey Marcella ('54) of VA AND      Liz Breeden ('61) of VA AND      My Granddaughter, Eme Harty of TX;

15 -   Milton Nunnally ('66 and '67) of VA!

   Many Happy Returns, One and All!


October 09, 1940 - Battle of Britain – During a night-time air raid by the German Luftwaffe, St. Paul's Cathedral in the City of London, England was hit by a bomb.

October 09, 1942 - The Statute of Westminster 1931 formalised Australian autonomy.

October 09, 1942 - The last day of the October Matanikau action on Guadalcanal as United States Marine Corps forces withdrew back across the Matanikau River after destroying most of the Imperial Japanese Army's 4th Infantry Regiment.

October 09, 1945 - Parade in NYC for Fleet Admiral Nimitz and 13 USN/USMC Medal of Honor recipients

TODAY IN 1962:

Tuesday, October 09, 1962
- Uganda became an independent Commonwealth realm.

Tuesday, October 09, 1962 - Footballer Jorge Burruchaga was born Jorge Luis Burruchaga in Gualeguay, Entre Ríos, Argentina.

Tuesday, October 09, 1962 - Sumo wrestler Ōnokuni Yasushi (大乃国 康), the 62nd Yokozuna, was born Yasushi Aoki (青木 康) in Memuro, Hokkaidō, Japan. 

Tuesday, October 09, 1962 - Electrical engineer and chess player Milan Vidmar (born 22 June 1885 in Ljubljana, Austria-Hungary (now in Slovenia) died at the age of 77..




1. Saturday Night at the 50-Year Reunion of the Class of 1962, they did a very cool thing. As MC for the night,     Bobby Hilling ('62) of VA acknowledged their entire Hall of Fame - many of whom were in attendance. That made me realize that such a section should be on our site.

    I thought it would be a very quick and simple thing to list the names of each of these people ----- but you know how I like to complicate issues.  Fourteen hours later it is still not finished, but it is getting closer!  

Hall of Fame - - Brand new 15-page section!


From John ('59) and      Aretie Gallins ('59) Patterson of TN - 10/04/12, 7:25 PM - "RE:   Richard Oliver":


We were hoping to find Richard and communicate with him before going to Costa Rica in hopes of getting the real skinny on the places where and where not to go down there.....

Good to hear from you - - say "Hi" to everybody for us - - and let us know if you find Richard's e-mail address.

Best Regards,


   Hi again, John and Aretie!   

   I personally have no experience in locating people abroad, but we do have some experts in that field among us. And surely someone has remained in touch with Richard all these years. Perhaps one of y'all has experience in traveling to Costa Rica.

  So now there are three ways to help - and this is important!

  "Anyone? Anyone?"

  From Edna Whitcomb Harrison ('65) of VA - 10/08/12:


In the Oct. 5th newsletter you had had information that was supposedly from a newsletter from Johns Hopkins. I read it with interest and considered sending it on to others that might benefit from it. I decided to check before I did that. It turns out that it is a fake. This morning I checked the Johns Hopkins website and discovered that on August 11, 2008 Johns Hopkins posted that the e-mail was not from them. This kind of stuff happens a lot on the internet.

I hope you had a really good time at the recent reunion that you said that you were attending.

Take care,
Edna Harrison

   AHHH! Thanks, Edna! I'll tell ya what happened there. When we awoke that Friday morning I thought that there was no way we would be attending that reunion that very night, so I began working on the daily Newsletter as usual. It was nearly done when we realized we could make it after all, so amidst wildly packing, I closed out the Newsletter without doing all the final touches.

   I realized that some of that information was debatable - and that we had discussed it before - but I really meant to remove Johns Hopkins as the source.

   Now I'll tell you why I carried it.  When I was fifteen, Dr. Nelms diagnosed me with Raynaud's syndrome, which had begun tormenting me with a vengeance:

   He prescribed Vasodilan, which for me was truly a miracle drug, and gave instant and constant heavenly relief for the next seven years.  I discontinued using it for the next 18 years while I was pregnant or nursing (or both).  When it came time to reclaim my relief, I found that Vasodilan had been listed as "One of the 100 Most Useless Medications".  Well, it was anything but useless for me!

   I asked my physician in Illinois about getting another prescription for it, and he told me it was no longer widely prescribed for Raynaud's.

   This article would seem to refute that, so I may be talking to my current physician soon:

   So, ANYWAY, my point - and my justification - is that what works for one person may very well not work for 100 others, but nothing ventured, nothing gained, so I printed it.  I don't care if it's all in my head, if something works, I'm happy! And perhaps seven of our 650+ readers might have the same response!

   Thanks again for double checking that, Edna! Even after all these years, I sometimes still flat out forget to do that!

   From Fred Field (June '45) of CA - 10/08/12 -"RE:  Grayson Williams (Class of Feb 1943) Obit.":

Hello Carol, Mon. Oct. 8, 2012

I see that the Grayson Williams obit. is still "In Process."

He was mentioned in the Robert Fulcher entry in 1-18-10.

My response followed in 1-23-10 which also included some extract from the Feb. 1947 Anchor.

If you wish, I can take another look at my Anchor and see if anything more can be gleaned.

Fred W. Field
Loma Linda & Fullerton, CA

     DOUBLE AHHH! Thanks for reassembling all the elements for me, Fred! As you have no doubt surmised by now, "IN PROCESS" can mean many things, but more often than not - as in this case - it simply means I am overwhelmed by other things.

   Those remaining six Memorial Editions which are yet undone nag at my conscience on a continuous basis.  This Friday night I think I can at last make a big dent in them.  I'll start with Mr. Williams', and then at last force myself to make the one for      Dave Arnold, Class of 1965, husband of      the Head Cheerleader of 1965, Pam Smith Arnold of VA, whose unthinkable unexpected passing paralyzed me into total inertia.

   That will "just" leave four more - and I might just finish them Friday night as well.

   Thanks again for the nudge, Fred!

     From Terry Seay ('67) of TN - 10/08/12, 11:43 PM - "House Concert - This Sunday Oct 14th - FREE WINE & BEER - Doors Open at 5:30 PM":

Awarding Winning Singer-Songwriter-Producer ...Jamie Johnson... Lead Singer for "THE GRASCALS" along with Suzanne Mumpower & Brandon Rickman........Special Guest...Jim "The Hat" Callahan.....

Jamie and Suzanne are returning and bringing along Brandon Rickman, recently seen on David Letterman.....should be a great night of music.

Come hear many of Jim Callahan's songs from his new CD


CD Review: Jim Callahan’s “The Poet”          By Dave Carew

The first country album I ever bought was Kris Kristofferson’s The Silver Tongued Devil and I. I didn’t give a whit about country music at that time—just that Kristofferson seemed like the real deal and that already I’d liked a song or two of his. I appreciated that Kristofferson’s music seemed in no way contrived . . . in no way slick or otherwise divorced from the painful and beautiful world he saw around him. Jim Callahan’s The Poet reminds me of that album.

The songs on this record, in fact, arise from one of the most painful and frightening experiences a human being can have: a battle with cancer. “After winning a battle with cancer in January of 2010,” Jim writes in the album’s liner notes, “I began to evaluate my life. I looked at what I have done, what I have not done, and what I needed to do. Much of that conversation with myself shows up in these songs.”

The conversation must have brought him closer to what mattered to him most—not only the desire to express a spectrum of emotion and feelings through music, but to ask that people respectfully listen to that expression. In everything from the wistful yearning of “The Poet” to the slightly Dylan-y “Other Than That” to the hurts-so-good vibe of “Coming Home,” Jim Callahan is like the ardent street minstrel who catches your eye, and makes you feel it’s important—very, very important—to listen to what he has to say.

If music is—to use the word Jim uses in “The Poet”—the most “mystical” of art forms, then it can be the “painting” from which we derive the most playful joy and the most painful reflection. And that—all of that—is what The Poet feels and sounds like. No fan of Kristofferson, John Prine, or Guy Clark should miss this record.

   WOWZERS! Thanks, Terry!

  From Norris Perry (Warwick HS - '59) of VA - 10/08/12 -"Jews":

Difference between Muslims and Jews

Global Islamic population is approximately 1,200,000,000, that is, ONE BILLION TWO HUNDRED MILLION or 20% of the world's population.

They have received the following Nobel Prizes:

1988 - Najib Mahfooz

1978 - Mohamed Anwar El-Sadat
1994 - Yaser Arafat:
1990 - Elias James Corey
1999 - Ahmed Zewai

1960 - Peter Brian Medawar
1998 - Ferid Mourad


Global Jewish population is approximately 14,000,000, Only FOURTEEN MILLION or about 0.02% of the world's population.

They have received the following Nobel Prizes:

1910 - Paul Heyse
1927 - Henri Bergson
1958 - Boris Pasternak
1966 - Shmuel Yosef Agnon
1966 - Nelly Sachs
1976 - Saul Bellow
1978 - Isaac Bashevis Singer
1981 - Elias Canetti
1987 - Joseph Brodsky
1991 - Nadine Gordimer

1911 - Alfred Fried
1911 - Tobias Michael Carel Asser
1968 - Rene Cassin
1973 - Henry Kissinger
1978 - Menachem Begin
1986 - Elie Wiesel
1994 - Shimon Peres
1994 - Yitzhak Rabin

1908 - Elie Metchnikoff
1908 - Paul Erlich
1914 - Robert Barany
1922 - Otto Meyerhof
1930 - Karl Landsteiner
1931 - Otto Warburg
1936 - Otto Loewi
1944 - Joseph Erlanger
1944 - Herbert Spencer Gasser
1945 - Ernst Boris Chain
1946 - Hermann Joseph Muller
1950 - Tadeus Reichstein
1952 - Selman Abraham Waksman
1953 - Hans Krebs
1953 - Fritz Albert Lipmann
1958 - Joshua Lederberg
1959 - Arthur Kornberg
1964 - Konrad Bloch
1965 - Francois Jacob
1965 - Andre Lwoff
1967 - George Wald
1968 - Marshall W. Nirenberg
1969 - Salvador Luria
1970 - Julius Axelrod
1970 - Sir Bernard Katz
1972 - Gerald Maurice Edelman
1975 - Howard Martin Temin
1976 - Baruch S. Blumberg
1977 - Roselyn Sussman Yalow
1978 - Daniel Nathans
1980 - Baruj Benacerraf
1984 - Cesar Milstein
1985 - Michael Stuart Brown
1985 - Joseph L. Goldstein
1986 - Stanley Cohen [& Rita Levi-Montalcini]
1988 - Gertrude Elion
1989 - Harold Varmus
1991 - Erwin Neher
1991 - Bert Sakmann
1993 - Richard J. Roberts
1993 - Phillip Sharp
1994 - Alfred Gilman
1995 - Edward B. Lewis

1970 - Paul Anthony Samuelson
1971 - Simon Kuznets
1972 - Kenneth Joseph Arrow
1975 - Leonid Kantorovich
1976 - Milton Friedman
1978 - Herbert A. Simon
1980 - Lawrence Robert Klein
1985 - Franco Modigliani
1987 - Robert M. Solow
1990 - Harry Markowitz
1990 - Merton Miller
1992 - Gary Becker
1993 - Robert Fogel

1905 - Adolph Von Baeyer
1906 - Henri Moissan
1907 - Albert Abraham Michelson
1908 - Gabriel Lippmann
1910 - Otto Wallach
1915 - Richard Willstaetter
1918 - Fritz Haber
1921 - Albert Einstein
1922 - Niels Bohr
1925 - James Franck
1925 - Gustav Hertz
1943 - Gustav Stern
1943 - George Charles de Hevesy
1944 - Isidor Issac Rabi
1952 - Felix Bloch
1954 - Max Born
1958 - Igor Tamm
1959 - Emilio Segre
1960 - Donald A. Glaser
1961 - Robert Hofstadter
1961 - Melvin Calvin
1962 - Lev Davidovich Landau
1962 - Max Ferdinand Perutz
1965 - Richard Phillips Feynman
1965 - Julian Schwinger
1969 - Murray Gell-Mann
1971 - Dennis Gabor
1972 - William Howard Stein
1973 - Brian David Josephson
1975 - Benjamin Mottleson
1976 - Burton Richter
1977 - Ilya Prigogine
1978 - Arno Allan Penzias
1978 - Peter L Kapitza
1979 - Stephen Weinberg
1979 - Sheldon Glashow
1979 - Herbert Charles Brown
1980 - Paul Berg
1980 - Walter Gilbert
1981 - Roald Hoffmann
1982 - Aaron Klug
1985 - Albert A. Hauptman
1985 - Jerome Karle
1986 - Dudley R. Herschbach
1988 - Robert Huber
1988 - Leon Lederman
1988 - Melvin Schwartz
1988 - Jack Steinberger
1989 - Sidney Altman
1990 - Jerome Friedman
1992 - Rudolph Marcus
1995 - Martin Perl
2000 - Alan J. Heeger



The Jews are NOT promoting brain washing children in military training camps, teaching them how to blow themselves up and cause maximum deaths of Jews and other non Muslims!
The Jews don't hijack planes, nor kill athletes at the Olympics, or blow themselves up in German restaurants.
There is NOT one single Jew who has destroyed a church.
There is NOT a single Jew who protests by killing people.
The Jews don't traffic slaves, nor have leaders calling for Jihad and death to all the Infidels.
Perhaps the world's Muslims should consider investing more in standard education and less in blaming the Jews for all their problems.
Muslims must ask "what can they do for humankind" before they demand that humankind respects them!!

Regardless of your feelings about the crisis between Israel and the Palestinians and Arab neighbors, even if you believe there is more culpability on Israel's part, the following two sentences really say it all:

"If the Arabs put down their weapons today, there would be no more violence.
If the Jews put down their weapons today, there would be no more Israel."
-Benjamin Netanyahu

I'm not asking you to forward this.......on the other hand, IT WOULDN'T HURT IF YOU DID!

P.S.: The Muslims, using their always impeccable logic, would claim these statistics prove how discriminated against they really are!

   Thanks so much, Norris! This is eye-opening, but certainly not at all surprising!  

    From Bill Hobbs ('55) of Northern VA - 10/08/12 -"Amazing story: Koala Bears":

It is not common for a Koala Bear to give birth to twins. However, in this instance,....the mom was hit by a passing car, and subsequently died...

   Thank you so much, Bill! In looking for a short way to post this, I was directed to, which didn't really confirm or refute the story, but did post all the adorable images:

   I particularly enjoyed this remark from one of the snopes responders:

" I am unable to comment on these photos as I have died from the cute."  

BONUS CROCHET PATTERN: - Jaime Maraia's Perfect Beret - "Crochet hat patterns are relatively simple to make. Plus, they're a great item to have in your closet because they are both functional and fashionable. This free crochet pattern is seriously The Perfect Beret you'll ever find. Add it to your crochet to-do list today if you're in the market for a new hat pattern to make for fall. Use worsted weight yarn and a G hook to complete this free crochet hat pattern."

BONUS RECIPES: - Sauerkraut Potato Casserole - "This Sauerkraut Potato Casserole is a little taste of Germany. Sauerkraut and sausage links join potatoes and mushroom soup in this multicultural casserole. Make this easy casserole recipe to celebrate Oktoberfest at home!" - Black Forest Dump Cake - "Possibly the easiest of all cake recipes, dump cakes are the best! Just take a few ingredients, dump them into a pan, and bake. Voila! You have a tasty cake recipe with almost no effort at all. Now THAT is sweet!" - Hamburger Noodle Casserole - "Make your hamburger into a casserole. Hamburger Noodle Casserole is a great way to bring the flavors between the bun and put them in a delicious easy to prepare dish. Made with your favorite cheese, you'll love this easy casserole recipe."

From Bill Hobbs ('66) of Northern VA - 09/20/12, 10:40 PM - "Rare Photos! (#7 in a Series of 17)":  
  You might like these too.

Great old pics….



   WOWZERS! Thanks, Bill!  

Paul Newman and Clint Eastwood

    From Wayne Stokes ('65) of VA - 10/01/12, 11:05 AM - "Priceless Rare Photos (#7 in a Series of 25)":  
  Some more memories.

Some of these photos will blow you away.

A Baby Boomer's Time Machine

   MORE WOWZERS! Thanks, Wayne Honey  
George Clooney

From - 07/08/12:

Two blondes were walking in the woods when they came upon some tracks.  

The first said, "You know, those look like deer tracks."

The other said, "No, silly, those are moose tracks."

They were still arguing about it when a train hit them.


1. 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

2. 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.

3. 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.

PRAYER ROLL: - updated 10/04/12

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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Drunken Sailor

Way, hay up she rises,
Way, hay, up she rises,
Way, hay, up she rises,
Earlye in the morning!

What will we do with the drunken sailor?
What will we do with the drunken sailor?
What will we do with the drunken sailor?
Earlye in the morning?

Put him in the scuppers with the hose pipe on him

Hoist him aboard with a running bowline

Put him in the brig until he's sober.

Make him turn to at shining bright work.

Other verses from
The Book of Navy Songs
(If the verse is the same I did not repeat it)

Put him in a boat and row him over

Hoist him up to the topsail yardarm

Make him clean out all the spit-kids

That's what you do with a drunken sailor
(The last line of this verse is followed
by "Amen")

"Drunken Sailor" lyrics and midi (transcribed by Mark Johnson) courtesy of - 10/12/03

Image of First Statue of Leif Erikson courtesy of - 10/09/08

Vintage Postcard depicting Leif Erikson Statue outside Mariners' Museum in personal collection of the Webmistress since 1954

Animated Ship Divider Line clip art courtesy of - 05/03/03

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

Animated Navy, Army, Air Force, and USMC 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 WW!!.
Thanks again, Herbie!!

Hillsboro High School's Topper (Band Version) clip art courtesy of - 06/07/08
Thanks, Mark!

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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