10/20/10 - NNHS Newsletter - Whispering Grass
“That we may mark with wonder and chaste
At hour of noon, when, with our limbs outspread
Lazily in the whispering grass, we lie
To gaze out fully upon the windy sky-
Far, far away, and kindly, friend with friend
To talk the old, old talk that has no end,
Roaming-without a name-without a chart
The unknown garden of another's heart.”
Dear Friends and Schoolmates,
Today's Newsletter is for my sister, Eleanor Buckley Nowitzky ('59) of NC. This old standard kept running through her mind all last week. Maybe she has a Magic Shower, too.
BONUS #1 - http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sLm7B7_kSEg - Whispering Grass - The Ink Spots
BONUS #2 - http://www.shortstoryarchive.com/b/whispering_grass.html - The Whispering Grass by Margaret Bemister (b. 1877)
"Whispering Grass (Don't Tell The Trees)" is a popular song written by Fred Fisher and his daughter Doris Fisher. The song was first recorded by Erskine Hawkins & His Orchestra in 1940. The Ink Spots also recorded it the same year. Whispering Grass was a 1975 UK number-one single by Windsor Davies and Don Estelle. Davies and Estelle were actors in the successful sitcom It Ain't Half Hot Mum. It was number one in the British singles chart for three weeks from 7 June 1975.
From Dave Spriggs ('64) of VA - 09/20/10 - "NNHS 64/64 Cruise Announcement":
http://nnhs65.com/64-BIRTHDAY-1964.html - Saturday, October 23, 2010, 8:00 to 11:00 PM, Norfolk, VA - updated 07/30/10 and 09/21/10!
THIS WEEK'S BIRTHDAYS:
Happy Birthday today to Vera Lee Cutchins Hinnant ('57) AND John DiGiacomo ('69) of VA!
Happy Birthday tomorrow to The late Mr. Julius Conn (deceased - Sept 1983) AND Marlin Eby ('57) AND Albert Dorner ('66) of VA AND Belinda Fortner Langston ('70) of VA!
Happy Birthday this week to:
22 - The late Herb Hice (deceased 18 Apr 2008) AND The late Sharron Wanderer Dawes ('61) (deceased 22 Sept 2007) AND Annette Funicello of CA AND Craig Miller ('63) of FL AND Al Farber ('64) of GA;
23 - Jimmy Hines ('64) of Northern VA;
24 - Agnes Dick Kump ('57) AND Mark Friedman ('65) of VA;
25 - Kitty Taylor Hanrahan ('57) AND Carol Wornom Sorenson ('57) AND Bobby Turpin ('58) of VA;
26 - Terry Hunsucker ('65) of KY AND Randy Tate ('66) of DE;
27 - Carolyn Simpson Knight ('56) of VA AND Kermit Whiteside ('57) AND Dimples Dinwiddie Prichard ('58) of NC AND Frances Heath Scott ('62) of VA!
Many Happy Returns, One and All!
TODAY IN WWII:
|October 20, 1941 -
Thousands of civilians in
German-occupied Serbia were killed in the
TODAY IN 1965:
Wednesday, October 20, 1965 - Musician Norman Blake was born in Bellshill, Glasgow, Scotland.
Wednesday, October 20, 1965 - Singer and songwriter Jil Caplan was born in France.
Wednesday, October 20, 1965 - Ice hockey player Mikhail Shtalenkov (Михаил Алексеевич Шталенков) was born in Moscow, USSR.
Wednesday, October 20, 1965 - Actor William Zabka was born in New York City, New York.
From Norris Perry (Warwick HS - '59) of
08/05/10 - "Vote for Grace (REPEATED)":
This is my daughter Laura's dog in a contest to be on the cover of a bag
of dog food.
Vote every day for Grace. Thanks.
Oh, Laura is your daughter, Norris! Well, that makes it all the more important! When I tried to vote for Grace again today, I noticed the site was trying to pull a switcheroo on me. It tried to persuade me to vote for the wrong Grace! OH, NO!
Grace is #1 in pet of the month: http://www.adogslife.net/photo_gallery_contests.php?t=1
and #3 in pet of the year: http://www.adogslife.net/photo_gallery_contests.php?t=2
Vote early, vote often (or at least cast your allotted daily vote) - and don't drop your guard now!
ANSWERS TO RANDOM QUESTIONS HEARD AT THE REUNION:
2. From Jimmy Parker ('62) of VA - 10/16/10 - Q.: "How many classes attended the seventh grade at Newport News High School?":
A.: There were three - the Classes of '61, '62 and '63 were all here for six years instead of five.
| They earned no
credits toward graduation, and could not participate in many activities,
but they were here, as these images will attest:
|FIRST ROW: Roger Callis, Nathan Sharf, Norton Richman, Patty Larsen, M. Wilkinson, Mary Holloman, Betty Bean, M. Jones, L. Bond, James Harrison, Ruby Ezzell. SECOND ROW: Mrs. Bessie Bivens McFall, G. Suttle, M. Sloop, Rochelle Leifer, Bobby Fee, Bobby Boyce, Steve Seltzer, Milt Eason, W. Walker, J. Harrell, K. Berlin. THIRD ROW: Claudia Steel, Katina Hall, N. Forbes, L. Henson, E. Glenn, Joe Thweatt, Zeb Morgan, J. Dobson, Gary Fitzgerald, Lehman Smith, Jimmy Moody, Mike Jeffers.||FIRST ROW: D. Hinnant, T. Taylor, E. Glasgow, Jimmy Parker, H. Joyner, Doug Joyner, Mitchell Strickland, M. Turner, Connie McKinsey, N. Dobson. SECOND ROW: Miss Sarah Wade Owen, J. Hughes, Brownie Shaffer, Jerry Adkins, W. Nalls, L. Bond, I. Ward, J. Jackson, A. D. Strickland, N. N. Hoyle. THIRD ROW: Gerald Schweida, Monty Phillips, E. Phillips, David Riley, C. West, Anita Smith, MaeLea Somervold, Jennie Shepard, Alice Menin, Betsy Barnhouse.||FIRST ROW: Harry Seay, Susie Jeffers, Kay Latta, Diane Booker, Estelle Overton, Annette Hessler, D. Belcher, Craig Miller, Terry Smith, Raymond Ellenson, B. Blum. SECOND ROW: H. Clemm, Bobby Artman, Bernie Whitmer, Carol Smith, Sue Harrison, Bobby Fox, C. Holland, N. Phelps, Paul Moses, Ludwig Malacek, Tommy Payne, Miss Elena Armistead. THIRD ROW: T. Robinson, C. Hall, Charlotte Guilliams, C. Thompson, Marsha Leake, Jackie Belote, J. Shur, Elliot Shemer, R. Phelps, Chuck Lilly, Kenny Lipscomb.|
Anchor, p. 21 - Homeroom 220
Class of 1961 as Seventh Graders
Anchor, p. 58 - Homeroom 103
Class of 1962 as Seventh Graders
Anchor, p. 59 - Homeroom 318
Class of 1963 as Seventh Graders -
From Dave Spriggs ('64) of VA - 10/07/10 - "RE: Margaret Ransome":
Here is what I have found:
Firstly, we can certify that Margaret S. Ransone was the wife of Dr. John Taylor Ransone and a teacher at Magruder.
From the 1956 Hill’s Directory:
I could take you through the steps of the research, but I will simply state the findings:
· Dr. John Taylor Ransome died ca 8 Sep 1967. His obit was published in the D-P.
· On 1 Oct 1967, his widow, Margaret S. Ransone sold the property at 4 Barron Drive and moved next door to an apartment building located at 501 East Pembroke Avenue. That building is no longer standing.
4 BARRON DR
· Margaret S. Ransone died ca. 1 Aug 1986. Her obit was published in the D-P. If we are lucky, there will be a photo.
· The 1989 Hill’s Directory lists J. Taylor Ransome at 501 East Pembroke Ave. I assume that this is a surviving son, most likely John Taylor Ransome, who would be a Junior or a “II”.
· The current online phone directory has:
John T Ransone Jr
There is strong circumstantial evidence that this is the surviving son.
WOWZERS!!! Thank you so much, Cap'n! Nobody does it better!
From Dave Arnold ('65) of VA - 10/08/10 - "Mama's Bible":
What a good laugh. Y'all enjoy!
Four brothers left home for college, and they became successful doctors and lawyers and prospered. Some years later, they chatted after having dinner together. They discussed the gifts they were able to give their elderly mother who lived far away in another city.
The first said, "I had a big house built for Mama."
The second said, "I had a hundred thousand dollar theater built in the house."
The third said, "I had my Mercedes dealer deliver an SL600 to her."
The fourth said, "You know how Mama loved reading the Bible and you know she can't read anymore because she can't see very well.
I met this preacher who told me about a parrot that can recite the entire Bible. It took twenty preachers 12 years to teach him. I had to pledge to contribute $100,000 a year for twenty years to the church, but it was worth it. Mama just has to name the chapter and verse and the parrot will recite it."
The other brothers were impressed. After the holidays Mom sent out her Thank You notes.
She wrote: "Milton, the house you built is so huge I live in only one room, but I have to clean the whole house. Thanks anyway."
"Marvin, I am too old to travel. I stay home, I have my groceries delivered, so never use the Mercedes. The thought was good. Thanks."
"Michael, you gave me an expensive theater with Dolby sound, it could hold 50 people, but all of my friends are dead, I've lost my hearing and I'm nearly blind. I'll never use it. Thank you for the gesture just the same."
"Dearest Melvin, you were the only son to have the good sense to give a little thought to your gift. The chicken was delicious. Thank you."
ARGHH - OH, NO!!! Thanks, Dave!
|I am so glad that you'll
be going after all. Looking forward to seeing you after 45
ME, TOO! Thanks, Bridget!
From Brownie Shaffer Haracivet ('62) of VA - 10/10/10 - "Idea":
I'm going to participate in a Holiday Open House and thought it may be a good time for our classmates who have not seen the refurbished Chamberlin to come and have a look! It will take place on Sunday, December 12th from noon to 4 in the lobby of the Chamberlin.
Everyone who has memories of the Chamberlin needs to take this opportunity to visit. Of course I will enjoy seeing classmates from any year.
Brownie Shaffer Haracivet - Typhoon Forever - NNHS Class of 1962
COOL BEANS - DOUBLE FUN! Thanks, Brownie! I've added it to our Dates to Remember!
From Norris Perry (Warwick HS - '59) of VA - 10/10/10 - "Iwo Jima Today":
(THEY KNEW WHAT THEY WERE FIGHTING FOR AND WHY)
|WOWZERONI!!! Thanks so much, Norris Sweetie!|
From Cheryl Mays Howard ('66) of VA - 10/11/10 - "Memories":
Here is a pic of
Kenitzer - '66 - of CA)
Charles (Milne - '64
- of NC) after their mother's
Jo Walters Milne) graveside service in N.N.
|Wednesday, October 6, 2010|
Thank you so much, Cheryl!
From Joan Lauterbach Krause ('60) of VA - 10/11/10 - "Favorite Hymns":
|Good Morning. :)
Have a happy week, my friend. Enjoy.
The Dentist's hymn: Crown Him with Many Crowns
The Weatherman's hymn: There Shall Be Showers of Blessings
The Contractor's hymn: The Church's One Foundation
The Tailor's Hymn: Holy, Holy, Holy
The Golfer's Hymn: There Is a Green Hill Far Away
The Politician's Hymn: Standing on the Promises
The Optometrist's Hymn: Open My Eyes that I May See
The IRS Agent's Hymn: I Surrender All
The Gossip's Hymn: Pass It On
The Electrician's Hymn: Send the Light
The Shopper's Hymn: Sweet By and By
For those who drive, if you must speed on the highway, please sing these.....
45mph: God Will Take Care of You
55mph: Guide Me, O thou Great Jehovah
65mph: Nearer My God to Thee
75mph: Nearer Still Nearer
85mph: This World Is Not My Home
95mph: Lord, I'm Coming Home
Over 100 mph: Precious Memories
- Received from Timothy Anger
GIGGLES!!! These are great! Thanks, Joan!
From My Friend, Judy Bundy Bowermaster (Litchfield HS, IL - '59) of IL - 10/11/10 - "Mustard":
|OM Gosh, I laughed out
|ARGHH - NO, NO, NO!!! Thanks, Judy (I think)!|
From Jane Chambers of VA - 07/01/09, 02/07/10, AND 07/31/10 - "CNC BOOK BROCHURE & AD" AND 61-62 DECADERS ADDENDA AND DRAMATIC WORKSHOPS STUDENTS:
Contact Dr. Chambers at email@example.com.
|DATES TO REMEMBER:|
Saturday, October 23, 2010, 8:00 to 11:00 PM, Norfolk - The NNHS Class
of 1964 will hold an evening cruise on the Spirit of Norfolk to
celebrate their 64th Birthdays. For details, contact Dave Spriggs at
NNHS64@cox.net and SEE:
- CLASS OF
2. Thursday, November 4, 2010 - 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 fiends in that year, go visit with them.
3. Wednesday, December 8, 2010 - 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.4. Sunday, December 12, 2010 - Noon to 4:00 PM - Holiday Open House at the Chamberlin Lobby - Go see Brownie!
5. Saturday, April 30, 2011 - The NNHS Class will have a Luncheon. Team Leaders are Mickey Marcella (firstname.lastname@example.org - 757-249-3800), Betty Hamby Neher (email@example.com - 757-898-5099), and Dr. Harry Simpson (firstname.lastname@example.org - 804-694-0346). - CLASS OF 1954
6. Saturday, July 9, 2011 (6:30 PM to 11:30 PM) - The Class of 1971 will hold its 40-Year Reunion at Newport News Marriott at City Center, 740 Town Center Drive, Newport News. For details, contact Richard Rawls at Richard@Rawls.com - CLASS OF 1971
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Carol Buckley Harty
Why do you whisper,
"Whispering Grass" midi
extracted with the kind assistance of my son, Nathaniel Harty of IL - 10/21/10 (sic)
"Whispering Grass" lyrics courtesy of http://www.elyrics.net/read/s/sandy-denny-lyrics/whispering-grass-lyrics.html - 10/21/10 (sic)
"Whispering Grass" Image courtesy of http://www.flickr.com/groups/worlandscapes/discuss/72157622371886184/ - 10/21/10 (sic)
Pulsing Divider Line clip art courtesy of http://www.bravenet.com - 08/12/04
Navy Seal clip art courtesy of http://www.onemileup.com/miniSeals.asp - 05/29/06
Birthday Cake clip art courtesy of
Sarah Puckett Kressaty ('65) of
VA - 08/31/05
Thanks, Sarah Sugah!
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!!
Animated USMC Flag clip art courtesy of http://www.angelfire.com/ny4/KevsGifsGalore/Patriotic.html - 06/18/03
Army Seal clip art courtesy of Al Farber ('64) of GA - 05/24/06 (still
Replaced by Norm Covert ('61) of MD - 02/09/09
Air Force Seal clip art courtesy of http://www1.va.gov/opa/feature/celebrate/milsongs.htm - 07/07/06
Animated Cheering Smiley
clip art courtesy of Al Farber ('64) of GA - 08/18/05 (re-saved 02/27/09)
Bad Surprise Smiley courtesy of http://picsdigger.com/image/a935ccd3/ - 10/21/10 (sic)
Litchfield High School's Purple Panther Paw Print courtesy of http://www.litchfield.k12.il.us/ - 06/23/07
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