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11/17/09 - NNHS Newsletter -
Whistling in the Dark

“You know how to whistle, don't you, Steve? You just put your lips together and ... blow.”

- Lauren Bacall as Marie 'Slim' Browning in To Have and Have Not, 1944
(b. 16 Sept 1924)

Dear Friends and Schoolmates,

   Today's song is the other song we talked about yesterday for another day.  Today's the day! Can you believe it?!?  I could not find a midi!  No matter.  Listen to them sing it:

BONUS - http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=el_pr2OapUk - Whistling in the Dark - They Might Be Giants, 1989/90


SAD NEWS:

  From Ruth Ann Reece Horace ('67) of FL - 11/16/09, 8:29 PM - "My Dad":

My wonderful father, William Andrew Reece, Jr., passed away tonight.  He was everything a father should be and showed me the way my Heavenly Father must be.  He sacrificed much for his family and never complained.  All his life he served others and tried to do what was right. I do not believe that in 83 years on this earth he ever made an enemy, except for maybe Georgia Bill, the sailor he took my mom away from.  He is with my mom, Annie Ruth, and my brother, Garland ('70) (08 Jan 1952 - 23 Mar 2001), now and I know it was a joyous reunion. 

The funeral will be on Saturday. Right now that is all I know.  I will be going up tomorrow or Wednesday depending on whether the doctor says my husband Harry can fly or drive.

I would request that you use "Love at Home" for music for a memorial addition to him since it and "Oh, My Father" were his favorite hymns.

Thanks and Love
Ruthie

   Oh, Dear Ruthie, I'm so very sorry to hear your news - not for him, of course, but for you.  Losing a parent is just never easy, no matter how old they - or we - might be.
  
   I located a midi file of Love at Home, and I'll prepare his Memorial Newsletter as soon as the obituary hits the newspaper. Please extend my deepest condolences to your whole family.


THIS WEEK'S BIRTHDAYS:

Happy Birthday today to Ronald Creech ('57)!

   Happy Birthday tomorrow to   Joe Drewry ('58) of VA AND    Jane Coltrane Leonard ('64) of VA AND   Ann Allen ('65) of NC!

   Happy Birthday this week to:

21 - the late    Rose Woodard Groff ('65) (deceased 10/14/84);

23 -   Sandra Ray ('61) of VA AND    John Howard ('66) of VA AND Peggy Cooke Wolfley ('71) of VA AND Fayetta Covert Stansbury (Ferguson HS - '72) of FL;

24 -     Sharon Hilsdon Bryant ('68) of VA!

 Many Happy Returns to You All!

http://www.nnhs65.00freehost.com/Happy-Birthday.html 


THIS DAY IN WWII:

November 17, 1939 - Nine Czech students were executed as a response to anti-Nazi demonstrations prompted by the death of Jan Opletal. In addition, all Czech universities were shut down and over 1200 Czech students sent to concentration camps. Since this event, International Students' Day is celebrated in many countries, especially in the Czech Republic.

November 17, 1941 - Joseph C. Grew, U.S. ambassador to Japan, cabled the U.S. State Department that he had heard that Japan had prepared a plan to attempt a surprise attack at Pearl Harbor. The attack was "planned, in the event of trouble with the United States."


THIS DAY IN 1964:

Tuesday, November 17, 1964 - Actor and radio personality Ralph Garman was born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.

Baseball player Mitch Williams was born in Santa Ana, California.


    From Joe Madagan ('57) of FL - 11/16/09 - "Amen, 'To a Special Lady' "

Hi, Carol:
I would like to "Second the Emotion" set forth recently by
      John London (Warwick HS-'57) of VA and thank you for publishing it. You provide a great service to the TYPHOON Nation scattered about the nation, and the world by use of electronic mail and your website, and I am sure no one takes it for granted. So to read the kind words in the recent message and know that you do put a lot of tireless effort into creating an interesting newsletter - it was a nice touch, and one that will be "seconded" by many of your newsletter subscribers. We do appreciate you!!!

This might sound like a plug for the old TV Show "Cheers" for I liked the theme song. Mainly because it reminded me of a time in our youth when everyone knew your name. When a customer came into H & B Grocery the owners and clerks knew them and greeted the customers by name. Today, when we shop, they only way the merchant might recognize you is if you have a bar-coded key chain tag, in order to track your buying habits.

Your Newsletters give us that nice touch. Adding the photos to the names mentioned is an extra bit of work, but it does help us older TYPHOON recognize a name. So, where is that Krabba/Marine Corps Jet Jockey     (Chandler Nelms - Hampton HS - '63 - of MD) who suggested placing photos in the Newsletters anyway? Is he in the witness protection program now???

Sincerely,
Joe Madagan ('57) of FL

   Thank you so very much, Adonis! I really appreciate that!

    I don't know where that gorgeous Chandler is now, except that he's retired from DARPA! Maybe he's traveling the world! All I know is we all miss him - especially me!


  From Jane Chambers of VA - 11/16/09, 12:33 PM - "3-day NOR'EASTER -- Nov. 11-13":

I hope those of you who live here in the Tidewater area experienced no damage, or at least, only minor damage, from this record-breaking 3-day Nor'easter. We lost power for 24 hours at "J and K on the James," but lost no more trees and stayed comfortable with our battery lanterns and gas-log fireplace. Our skeletal pier (already ruined by Hurricane Isabel, in 2003) saw only a little more damage, so the seabirds are still happy. Our rip-rap was damaged some, but we lost no more ground above it. In short, we were luckier than those in the low-lying areas. We're too high up to flood...so far! 

Those of you who don't live here probably heard about this nor'easter on the national news, so I'll only add a few details probably not given national attention. The James River Bridge was closed for some 48+ hours because of the flooding at this (the south) end. A barge broke loose at sea and ended up on the beach at Sandbridge. It's still there, fully loaded. The highway south of the Oregon Inlet Bridge buckled and has not yet been replaced. At one point, 25% of all households in Tidewater had no power. Some still have no power. And many people in low-lying areas experienced major flooding of their homes. Overall, this storm was 2nd only to Isabel in its high water and winds. Fortunately, there were very few deaths.

  
   YOWZERONI!
Thank you so much for your report, Jane!
I added it to that page:

http://www.nnhs65.00freehost.com/SITE-MAP.html

     http://www.nnhs65.00freehost.com/Nor-easter-Ida.html


  From My Friend, Judy Bundy Bowermaster (Litchfield HS, IL - '59) of IL - 11/16/09 - "TNOTW......................George Jones":

It made me cry.

TNOTW......................George Jones

A friend sent this to me. I had no idea that the song existed. This is an important piece of music. I think everyone should hear it.. The radio stations probably wouldn't play it because it is not politically correct. So if you feel as I do .......send it on.

http://home.comcast.net/~singingman7/TNOTW.htm

   Thanks so much, Judy!


FINALLY:

From ArcaMax Jokes - 11/16/09:

Rules for Good Housekeeping

1. It is time to clean out the refrigerator when something closes the door from the inside.

2. Keep it clean enough for healthy, dirty enough for happy.

3. Never make fried chicken in the nude.

4. Do not engage in unarmed combat with a dust bunny big enough to choke the vacuum cleaner.

5. You make the beds, you do the dishes and six months later you have to start all over again.

6. If guys were suppose to hang clothes up, door knobs would be bigger.

7. My idea of housework is to sweep the room with a glance.

8. Thou shalt not weigh more than thy refrigerator.

9. Cobwebs artfully draped over lampshades reduce the glare from the bulb, thereby creating a romantic atmosphere.

10. When writing your name in the dust on the table, omit the date.


ABBREVIATED ALERT:

  From Jane Chambers of VA - 07/01/09 - "CNC BOOK BROCHURE & AD":

http://www.nnhs65.00freehost.com/CNC-CNU/brochure(2).pdf

http://www.nnhs65.00freehost.com/CNC-CNU/CNC-Memories-Book-219390602.pdf

   Contact Dr. Chambers at cncmemories61_71@yahoo.com.

  Thanks, Jane!


DATES TO REMEMBER:

1. Wednesday, December 9, 2009 - The Class of 1957 will hold its Holiday Party at Angelo's on Route 17.  RSVP no later than December 6.  For details, contact Pat Beck Letzinger at Pabletz@aol.com - CLASS OF 1957
3. Tuesday, December 15, 2009 - The NNHS Class of 1958 will hold its annual Gathering and Dinner at Al Fresco Italian Ristorante, 11710 Jefferson Avenue. For details, contact Joe Drewry at JWDVT@aol.com - CLASS OF 1958 AND “other NNHS alums and friends of our 1958 class are invited to join with us”!

 
3. Friday and Saturday, August 6 and 7, 2010 - The NNHS Class of 1970 will hold its 40-Year Reunion. Saturday night will be at the Kiln Creek Golf & Country Club. For details, contact Carol Comer Cutler at ca23comerww@aol.com or visit the reunion website at NNHS1970Reunion.myevent.com -
CLASS OF 1970

 
4. Friday, Saturday, and Sunday, August 6, 7, and  8, 2010 - The NNHS Class of 1960 will hold its 50-Year Reunion at the Marriott Newport News at City Center. For details, contact Karen Weinstein Witte at kwitte@tampabay.rr.com - CLASS OF 1960


PRAYER ROLL:

http://www.nnhs65.00freehost.com/requests-prayers.html - updated 11/17/09

BLOG:

http://nnhs.wordpress.com/ - updated 08/04/09


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

                          Love to all, Carol 

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Whistling in the Dark

Words and Music by John Flansburgh (b. 06 May 1960) and John Linnell (b. 12 June 1959)

Recorded by They Might Be Giants, 1989/90
 

 A woman came up to me and said
"I'd like to poison your mind
With wrong ideas that appeal to you
Though I am not unkind"
She looked at me, I looked at something
Written across her scalp And these are the words that it faintly said
As I tried to call for help:

There's only one thing that I know how to do well
And I've often been told that you only can do
What you know how to do well
And that's be you,
Be what you're like,
Be like yourself,
And so I'm having a wonderful time
But I'd rather be whistling in the dark
Whistling in the dark
Whistling in the dark
Whistling in the dark
Whistling in the dark
Whistling in the dark
There's only one thing that I like
And that is whistling in the dark

A man came up to me and said
"I'd like to change your mind
By hitting it with a rock," he said,
"Though I am not unkind."
We laughed at his little joke
And then I happily walked away
And hit my head on the wall of the jail
Where the two of us live today.

There's only one thing that I know how to do well
And I've often been told that you only can do
What you know how to do well
And that's be you,
Be what you're like,
Be like yourself,
And so I'm having a wonderful time
But I'd rather be whistling in the dark
Whistling in the dark
Whistling in the dark
Whistling in the dark
Whistling in the dark
Whistling in the dark
There's only one thing that I like
And that is whistling in the dark

There's only one thing that I know how to do well
And I've often been told that you only can do
What you know how to do well
And that's be you,
Be what you're like,
Be like yourself,
And so I'm having a wonderful time
But I'd rather be whistling in the dark
Whistling in the dark
Whistling in the dark
Whistling in the dark
Whistling in the dark
Whistling in the dark
Whistling, whistling
Whistling in the dark

Whistling (whistling), Whistling (whistling)
Dark (dark), Dark (dark)
Whistling (whistling), Whistling (whistling)
Dark (dark), Dark (dark)
Whistling (whistling), Whistling (whistling)
Dark (dark), Dark (dark)
Whistling (whistling), Whistling (whistling)
Dark (dark), Dark (dark)


"Whistling in the Dark" lyrics courtesy of http://www.kovideo.net/lyrics/t/They-Might-Be-Giants/Whistling-In-The-Dark.html - 11/17/09

Image of Frank Duveneck's 1872 Painting, "The Whistling Boy", courtesy of http://www.ohiohistorycentral.org/image.php?img=1770 - 11/17/09

Pearl and Hearts Divider Line clip art courtesy of - well, I just do not know.....

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

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!

Ferguson High School's Anchor clip art courtesy of Steve Silsby (FHS - '72) of NC - 12/14/05
Thanks, Steve!

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!

Air Force Seal clip art courtesy of http://www1.va.gov/opa/feature/celebrate/milsongs.htm - 07/07/06

Hampton High School's Crab clip art courtesy of http://www.geocities.com/agent99bm/ - 10/02/05
Replaced courtesy of
http://www.hamptonhigh1964.com - 02/17/09

Animated Kissing Smiley clip art courtesy of my friend, Judy Bundy Bowermaster (Litchfield HS, IL - '59), of IL - 09/19/08
Thanks, Judy!

Litchfield High School's Purple Panther Paw Print courtesy of http://www.litchfield.k12.il.us/ - 06/23/07

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