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10/30/10 - NNHS Newsletter -
Spooky Pre-Halloween

“As spirits roam the neighborhoods at night,
Let loose upon the Earth till it be light...”

- Nicholas Gordon
(b. 1940)

Dear Friends and Schoolmates,

   Now that I'm back in Illinois, we're continuing the custom of celebrating two days (or nights, anyway) of Halloween together as they do here - just as we did last year:



   Happy Halloween Birthday tomorrow to    Jo Ann Stewart ('64) of Northern VA!

   Happy Birthday this week to:

01 -     Russ Stephenson ('57) of MD AND    Colin Faison ('58) of VA;

02 -   John Clark ('57) of VA;

04 -   Mike Jeffers ('61) of VA;

05 -   Patsy Blackard Hallett ('65) of VA AND      My Grandson, Tom Harty of TX;

06 - Marion Timberlake Gitchel ('57) AND Maria Velma Vidales Scott ('57) AND       Pam Smith Arnold ('65) of VA!  

   Many Happy Returns, One and All!


October 30, 1941 - Franklin Delano Roosevelt approved U.S. $1 billion in Lend-Lease aid to the Allied nations.

October 30, 1941 - 1,500 Jews from Pidhaytsi (in western Ukraine) were sent by Nazis to Belzec extermination camp.

October 30, 1944 - Anne Frank and her sister Margot Frank were deported from Auschwitz to the Bergen-Belsen concentration camp.

October 30, 1945 - The U.S. government announced the end of shoe rationing.


Saturday, October 30, 1965 - Vietnam War: Just miles from Da Nang, United States Marines repel an intense attack by wave after wave of Viet Cong forces, killing 56 guerrillas. Among the dead, a sketch of Marine positions is found on the body of a 13-year-old Vietnamese boy who sold drinks to the Marines the day before.

Saturday, October 30, 1965 - Musician Gavin Rossdale was born in London, England, United Kingdom.

  From Norris Perry (Warwick HS - '59) of VA - 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!


 YIKESARONI-RINI-ROONI!   Grace's ratings have dropped considerably since I left town and stopped nagging you!!!  The last time I checked Grace had 3983 votes and Dollar had 6141 votes. This just cannot be allowed to continue!!! Y'all "git back to work!"

   Vote early, vote often (or at least cast your allotted daily vote)!!!

  From My Friend, Judy Bundy Bowermaster (Litchfield HS, IL - '59) of IL - 10/29/10 - "Women are....":

I do like this!
Happy Halloween!  Sent early so you can share with others... 

In case you didn't know...

Women are Angels 

And when someone breaks our wings.... 
We simply continue to fly....


On a broomstick.... 

 We are flexible like that.

   WILD GIGGLES! Thanks, Judy!

From - 10/18/10 - "Celebrating":

The Importance of Celebrating
By Mike Robbins


How do you feel about celebrating? If you're anything like me and most of the people I know, you probably enjoy it.

However, I notice that as much as I like to celebrate, I sometimes find it challenging as well. Here are some of the reasons that I use not to do it:

Can you relate to any of these?

We were recently at Disneyland with our girls. We love it there! One of the many magical aspects of Disneyland is how they fully embrace the power of celebration. Every day at Disneyland feels like your birthday, favorite holiday, and New Year's Eve - all wrapped into one. The parade down Main Street is even called "Celebrate You."

I was really struck by this focus on celebration when we were there most recently and realized that one of the main reasons people come to Disneyland (and keep coming back, like us) is that it's an excuse to celebrate. And while they do an amazing job at Disneyland with the rides, the characters, the shows, the fireworks, and more - the real magic behind it all is the power of celebration.

Too often in life we think we have to have a "legitimate" reason to celebrate - a birthday, winning an award, an anniversary, the completion of a project, the accomplishment of a goal, taking a vacation, or some other "special occasion." While all of these things can be fun to celebrate, we don't have to wait for them to happen to feel justified in our celebration.

At Disneyland they celebrate just to celebrate - on Tuesday mornings and Thursday nights, on special occasions and holidays, and on every single day throughout the year. What if we did more of this in our lives - even and especially when things get tough?

While it may seem counter-intuitive, celebrating for "no reason" and counting our blessings when things are hard can literally transform our experience of being alive.

I was in a cab in Houston a few years ago, heading back to the airport after speaking at an event for Chevron. The cab driver and I got into an interesting conversation about life, family, and the state of our culture in America. The driver told me he was from Ethiopia originally, but had been living in the United States for about twenty years.

I asked him, "What's your take on American culture, given that you didn't grow up here." He paused for a long time; then asked me, "Can I be honest with you?" I said, "Of course." He then said, "I think most people in this culture act like spoiled brats."

"Why do you say that?" I asked, a bit surprised by his response. "Mike," he said, "I'm from Ethiopia...every day here is a good day. I don't understand why people just don't walk around here with their hands in the air saying 'THANK YOU'."

Regardless of what's going on in our lives right now, we have so much to celebrate and be grateful for. We don't have to wait until we close the deal, win the game, finish the project, get to retirement, fall in love, reach out goal, or whatever else it is we feel we need to accomplish in order to celebrate.

Sometimes the best thing for us to celebrate is the mere fact that we've made it to this point in life, especially if things have been challenging, which for many of us they have been recently and/or at times in our lives.

Celebrating is not only an after-the-fact phenomenon; it's a way of being and can become a way of life if we choose to live that way. Stop for a moment right now and think of all the things (big and small) that you can celebrate about your life right now. As Oprah Winfrey says, "The more you praise and celebrate your life, the more there is in life to celebrate."

About the Author:

Mike Robbins is a sought-after motivational keynote speaker, coach, and the bestselling author of Focus on the Good Stuff (Wiley) and Be Yourself, Everyone Else is Already Taken (Wiley). More info -



  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

   Thanks, Jane!


1. 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.

2. 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.

3. Sunday, December 12, 2010 - Noon to 4:00 PM - Holiday Open House at the Chamberlin Lobby - Go see Brownie!

4. Saturday, April 30, 2011 - The NNHS Class will have a Luncheon. Team Leaders are Mickey Marcella ( - 757-249-3800), Betty Hamby Neher ( - 757-898-5099), and Dr. Harry Simpson ( - 804-694-0346). - CLASS OF 1954

5. 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 - CLASS OF 1971

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

                          Love to all, Carol





Carol Buckley Harty

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Spooky Halloween Music

"Spooky Halloween Music" midi courtesy of
 a site previously located for us by Dave Spriggs ('64) of VA - 10/23/05
Thanks again, Dave!

Happy Halloween Title clip art courtesy of - 10/30/10

Animated Chase Divider Line clip art courtesy of Jamey Douglas Bacon ('66) of VA - 10/28/09
Thanks, Jamey!

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

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

Bad Surprise Smiley courtesy of - 10/21/10

Litchfield High School's Purple Panther Paw Print courtesy of - 06/23/07

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