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11/05/12 - NNHS Newsletter - Samhain


Dear Friends and Schoolmates,  

   This is another autumn event which repeats annually.  This marks our sixth such observance. 



   Happy Birthday today to   Patsy Blackard Hallett ('65) of VA AND     My Son of Other Parents, Joe Mansfield (Stanton College Prep School, FL - 2002) of MD AND My Grandson,   Tom Harty of TX!

   Happy Birthday tomorrow to Marion Timberlake Gitchel ('57) AND Maria Velma Vidales Scott ('57) AND       Pam Smith Arnold ('65) of VA!

   Happy Birthday this week to:

07 -     Pam Larmer Traugott ('62) of VA;

08 - Lawson (Buddy) Sparrow ('53) of VA AND Woody Hudson ('57) AND     Joe Madagan ('57) of FL AND David McCoy ('67) of VA;

09 - Hilton Henderson ('57) of NV and FL AND My Grandson (by My Children of Other Parents),     Jacob Mansfield of MD;

10 - The United States Marine Corps - 1775, Tamsie Warren Ellis ('57),  David Wittan ('57),    Angie Ray Smith ('64) of VA, AND  the late   Steve Pullen ('65) (deceased 22 Apr 2012);

11 -    David Bell ('64) of NJ;

12 - Barbara Womble Lawson (NNHS / Hampton HS) of VA AND   Jean Pittman Priest ('64) of FL!

    Many Happy Returns, One and All!


   Hit # 120,500 was made sometime on Sunday, November 04, 2012 by an unknown user when I was away from my computer.


November 5, 1937 - Hossbach Conference: Adolf Hitler held a secret conference in the Reich Chancellery where he revealed his plans for acquiring Lebensraum ("living space") for the German people.

November 5, 1942 - The Second Battle of El Alamein was won by the British in El Alamein, Egypt.


Monday, November 5, 1962 - Computer software designer Marcus J. Ranum was born in New York City, New York.


1. NADA.


1. NADA.

   From Frank Blechman ('65) of Northern VA - 11/04/12 - "Really":

I never comment on stuff on your emails, but this was so wrong that it deserves a rebuttal.
U N B E L I E V A B L E ! 

How they vote in the United Nations:

Below are the actual voting records of various Arabic/Islamic States which are recorded in both the U.S. State Department and United Nations records:
Kuwait votes
the United States
67%of the time
Qatar votes
the United States
67%of the time
Morocco votes
the United States
70%of the time
United Arab Emirates votes
the United States
70%of the time
Jordan votes
the United State
71%of the time
Tunisia votes
the United States
71%of the time
Saudi Arabia votes
the United States
73%of the time
Yemen votes
the United States
74%of the time
Algeria votes
the United States
74%of the time
Oman votes
the United States
74%of the time
Sudan votes
the United States
75%of the time
Pakistan votes
the United States
75%of the time
Libya votes
the United States
76%of the time
Egypt votes
the United States
79%of the time
Lebanon votes
the United States
80%of the time
India votes
the United States
81%of the time
Syria votes
the United States
84%of the time
Mauritania votes
the United States
87%of the time

U.S. Foreign Aid to those that hate us:

Egypt, for example, after voting 79% of the time against the United States,
still receives $2,000,000,000 annually in US Foreign Aid.

votes 71% against the United States,
receives $192,814,000 annually
 in US Foreign Aid.

Pakistan votes 75% against the United States,
$6,721,000,000annually in US Foreign Aid.

India votes 81% against the United States,



Perhaps it's time to get out of the UN and give the tax savings back to the American workers who are having to skimp and sacrifice to pay the taxes.

Pass this along to every taxpaying citizen you know, party lines


We give foreign aid to keep our hand in countries that could really bite us if we didn't. Remember how Reagan and Bush blocked aid to Afghanistan after pushing the Russians out, because "Who cares about Afghanistan?"

9/11 was the result of our disengagement. Great bargain wasn't it? Saved a few million there, didn't we?

Well, NO, that was not a bargain. 9/11 and two wars that followed cost us trillions.

I know you reprint everything and try not to judge. But you really should filter out the dangerous nonsense.
   CONGRATULATIONS!   Frank Sweetie, you have just won the very first   Thanks for Paying Attention Award!

   From time to time (naughty child that I am ) I grow a bit bored, and will deliberately post strange, unusual, and downright outrageous items just to see if anyone is paying attention.


   Rarely if ever does anyone call me on it; I often wonder if anyone is even reading these Newsletters, or if I'm just writing them to amuse myself.... I appreciate your diligence!

   I mentioned yesterday that I thought that item was sufficiently outrageous that I attempted to track the veracity of it.  I was astonished that pronounced it True - at least as of 03 Dec 2007: 

   In dealing just with the first section of the piece - the voting records - what else do we know that has not changed in the past five years?!?

   The jumped-to-conclusion is another matter altogether, involving a much keener understanding of foreign relations than most of us apparently possess.

   For what it's worth, I personally tend to agree with this statement:

“Politicians are like diapers; they need to be changed often and for the same reason.”

 - Mark Twain (30 Nov 1835 - 21 Apr 1910)

   By the way, I actually post only a fraction of what I receive.  I try to weed out the obviously political, inflammatory, vulgar, profane, and outright lewd - although at times we've pushed the boundaries on all these.  Sometimes I choose to let them slip; more often I'm slipping myself. 

   This last month especially, most of my mail has been politically oriented, as one might well imagine. 

   When we went back to Missouri and Illinois in August, we were frequently astonished to learn that many members of our family - our children, Paul's siblings and cousins, and even his mother's 101-year old first cousin - did not think and feel as we had somehow imagined they did. 

   This year, I think more than any other, many of us have (to one degree or another) become extremely passionate.  I hope and pray we do not lose our cherished friendships over political differences.

   I am reminded of the sad case of   J.E.B. Stuart (06 Feb 1833 - 12 May 1864) and his family, which occurred in the early days of the War of Northern Aggression.  It seems Jeb's father-in-law, Philip St. George Cooke, USA (13 June 1809 - 20 Mar 1895), decided not to join the Confederacy but remain instead with the Union.

   Jeb wrote his beloved wife, Flora Cooke Stuart (03 Jan 1836 - 20 Mar 1923) on 09 May 1861, "The greatest anxiety is manifested for your Pa to arrive.  He is regarded as the ne plus ultra as a Cavalry officer - Why don't he come?"

   On 19 Nov 1861, Gen. Cooke accepted the commission as Brigadier General, Volunteers; on 28 Nov 1861 he vacated the position of Brigadier General of Volunteers and was commissioned as Brigadier General, U.S. Army. 

   As Jeb wrote his brother-in-law, John Rogers Cooke, C.S.A (09 June 1833 -  10 Apr 1891), in January of 1862 , "I have felt great mortification at Col. Cooke's course. He will regret it but once, and that will be continuously. Let us so conduct ourselves as to have nothing in our course to be regretted. Certainly thus far we have nothing that we may not be proud of. It is a sad thing, but the responsibility of the present state of the separation in the family rests entirely with the Colonel. Let us bear our misfortunes in silence."

  Gen. Cooke for his part despaired for his son and son-in-law, "Those poor boys."

 Jeb and Gen. Cooke never spoke to each other again, and Stuart in his reports on the battles during the Peninsular Campaign only referred to his clashes with the North - which sometimes included Philip St. George Cooke - as "the enemy".

   How very tragic for all concerned.

   Thanks again, Frank; I have always regarded your opinions with the deepest respect!

   And speaking of Jeb Stuart, this is a perfect time to introduce a new feature which will appear at random moments called:

PEACOCKS AND POMEGRANATES: - Pamela Grennes' Corcheted Peacock Scarf - "It's no secret where the inspiration came from for this beautiful Peacock Scarf. Named after the bright and colorful feathers of peacocks, this intermediate crochet pattern is a must-do for those of you that need to add some color to your wardrobe. Use any combination of green, teal, purple, and blue that you prefer. Nature is definitely a great place to find inspiration for crochet patterns." - with tutorial!

     This design for Kooler Design Studio by Jorja Hernandez appeared in the Spring 1994 issue of "Celebrations to Cross Stitch and Craft" magazine.  It was presented as a 2" magnet, but I adapted it to fit a 5" hoop, and finished it on 10/24/12. - Designer profile


“At this point some of you may be thinking, 'That's all very fine and good, but what does it have to do with flying an airplane?' ”

- Dieter F. Uchtdorf, October 2010 
(b. 06 Nov 1940)

BONUS CROCHET PATTERNS: - Teri Crews' Turkey Time - Amber's Gobble Coaster


From the Pioneer Woman: - Pumpkin Soup - with tutorial!

From the Pioneer Woman: - Mini Corn Loaves with Cranberries and Pecans - with tutorial!

From Norris Perry (Warwick HS - '59) of VA - 10/22/12, 10:36 AM - "Morning Awwwww (#10 in a Series of 22)":



     AWWWWW! Thanks, Norris Sweetie!  

Do I look like a chew toy to you??

  From Ruth Ann Reece Horace ('67) of FL - 10/24/12, 12:32 PM - "More Really Cool Ideas (#2 in a Series of 18)":  

Some of these are really great ideas.
Had 2 Share

     WOWZERS! Thanks, Ruthie!  



From - 11/04/12:

15 things we wouldn’t know if it wasn’t for the movies:

1. The ventilation system of any building is the perfect hiding place. No one will ever think of looking for you in there, and you can travel to any other part of the building you want without difficulty.

2. You're very likely to survive any battle in any war unless you make the mistake of showing someone a picture of your sweetheart back home.

3. Should you wish to pass yourself off as a German officer, it is not necessary to speak the language. A German accent will do.

4. A man will show no pain while taking the most ferocious beating but will wince when a woman tries to clean his wounds.

5. If staying in a haunted house, women must investigate any strange noises in their most diaphanous underwear, which is just what they happened to be carrying with them at the time the car broke down.

6. If a large pane of glass is visible, someone will be thrown through it before long.

7. If someone says, "I'll be right back", they won't.

8. Computer monitors never display a cursor on screen but always say: Enter Password Now.

9. It is not necessary to say hello or goodbye when beginning or ending phone conversations. And none of your friends have to knock when they come for a visit.

10. Even when driving down a perfectly straight road, it is necessary to turn the steering wheel vigorously from left to right every few moments.

11. All bombs are fitted with electronic timing devices with large red readouts so you know exactly when they're going to go off.

12. A detective can only solve a case once he has been suspended from duty.

13. If you decide to start dancing in the street everyone around you will automatically be able to mirror all the steps you come up with and hear the music in your head.

14. Police departments give their officers personality tests to make sure they are deliberately assigned a partner who is their total opposite.

And last but not least:

15. When they are alone, all foreigners prefer to speak English to each other.


1. Thursday, December 6, 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. Wednesday, December 12, 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.



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                                 Love to all, Carol





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Fayetteville, NC 28311-9309


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Realms of the Haunting

"Realms of the Haunting" midi courtesy of - 11/04/06

Samhain Title Graphic clip art courtesy of - 11/04/06

Druid Sigel clip art courtesy of at the suggestion of Domi O'Brien ('64) of NH - 11/04/06
Thanks, Domi!

Animated Fire Divider Line clip art courtesy of - 07/06/04

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

Stanton College Prep School's logo courtesy of - 08/01/10

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

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!

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 - 06/18/03

Page Hit Counter clip art courtesy of - 03/07/06

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

Animated Applause clip art courtesy of Al Farber ('64) of GA - 08/18/05 (re-saved 02/27/09)
Thanks, Al!

"You Win an Award" Image courtesy of - 11/04/12

Animated Cheering Smiley clip art courtesy of Al Farber ('64) of GA - 08/18/05 (re-saved 02/27/09)
Thanks, Al!

Animated Lumpy Bouncy Dancing (by AF Artist - Greg Wilson) courtesy of - 08/28/08

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