|11/18/11 - NNHS Newsletter - William Gilbert's 175th Birthday|
“In the discovery of secret things and in
the investigation of hidden causes,
Dear Friends and Schoolmates,
We haven't had a celebrity birthday issue in a long time.
BONUS #1 - http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zSGWoXDFM64 - I Am the Very Model of a Modern Major-General - Central Park's Delacorte Theater
BONUS #2 - http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wYZM__VdEjk - I Am the Very Model of a Modern Major-General - Sing-Along Version
|I Am the Very Model of a Modern Major-General (often referred
to as the Major-General's Song or Modern Major-General's Song)
patter song from
Gilbert and Sullivan's 1879
The Pirates of Penzance. It is perhaps the most famous song in
Gilbert and Sullivan's operas. It is sung by
Major-General Stanley at his first entrance, towards the end of Act
I. The song satirises the idea of the "modern" educated
British Army officer of the latter 19th century. It is one of the
most difficult patter songs to perform, due to the fast pace and
tongue-twisting nature of the lyrics.
The song is replete with historical and cultural references, in which the Major-General describes his impressive and well-rounded education, but he says that his military knowledge has "only been brought down to the beginning of the century." The stage directions in the libretto state that at the end of each verse the Major-General is "bothered for a rhyme." Interpolated business occurs here, and in each case he finds a rhyme and finishes the verse with a flourish.
THIS WEEK'S BIRTHDAYS:
Happy Birthday today to Joe Drewry ('58) of VA AND Jane Coltrane Leonard ('64) of VA AND Ann Allen ('65) of NC!
Happy Birthday this week to:
23 -Sandra Ray ('61) of VA AND John Howard ('66) of VA AND Peggy Cooke Wolfley ('71) of VA AND the late Fayetta Covert Stansbury (NNHS / Ferguson HS - '72) (deceased 06/03/10)!
24 - Sharon Hilsdon Bryant ('68) of VA;
25 - Donnie Satisky ('56) of OR AND Michael Sisk ('63) of CA!
Many Happy Returns, One and All!
TODAY IN THE WAR BETWEEN THE STATES:
|Monday, Nov. 18, 1861
CAROLINA CONVENTION CONFOUNDS CONFEDERATES
Anyone under the impression that the Confederate States of America enjoyed the wholehearted solidarity and support of its member states and population, should contemplate the events of today. Missouri had been under two governments for months, with the secessionist (but legally elected) governor Claiborne Jackson ruling in exile in Arkansas. Kentucky, which had had a popular vote rejecting secession but declaring neutrality in any combat, was the scene of a “convention” in Russellville, Ky. today. This meeting, held by Confederate soldiers, issued a declaration of secession and formation of a Confederate state government. On the other hand, a group of North Carolinians met in Hatteras today for a similar cause, but they repudiated secession and declared loyalty to the Union. Such chaos in border states was perhaps to be expected...but North Carolina?
Tuesday, Nov. 18, 1862
FEDERAL FORCES FACE FREDERICKSBURG, FIGHT FRANKLIN
Another day of maneuver, concentration of forces, and minor skirmishing, rather than full-fledged battle. The two Grand Divisions of the Army of the Potomac continued to make progress towards Falmouth, across the Rappahannock River from Fredericksburg, Virginia. The only action here was a small scuffle at Franklin, Va. In the West, the Union and Confederate forces were not far apart, moving around Nashville and Tullahoma in Tennessee. This resulted in minor rucktions at Double Bridge and Rural Hill, Tenn.
Wednesday, Nov. 18, 1863
CAPTAIN CONDUCTS CONFUSING COASTAL COMBAT
As a part of the continuing operations along the Louisiana coast, Union gunboats were frequently under fire from Confederate artillery batteries ashore. One such back-and-forth battle took place at Hog Point, along the Mississippi-Louisiana border, today. Combatants were Captain Thomas A. Faries, Confederate States Army, on land, and the officers and men of the USS Choctaw out to sea. Sailing passed the redoubt the Choctaw fired her bow (front), stern (rear) and side guns, enfilading the shore battery. The extent of damage inflicted was not known, as landing parties were not sent ashore. While all this was going on the Choctaw's sister ships, USS Franklin and Carondelet, simply stood by and observed.
Friday, Nov. 18, 1864
SHERMAN SWATH SEEKS SAVANNAH
The normal procedure for the movement of armies in the Civil War period was to march in lines, usually four men wide. The army would be strung back for miles, with supply wagons trailing towards the end. The army William T. Sherman led out of Atlanta these days completely reversed this procedure. The two wings were strung out at times to a distance of sixty miles from the far left of the Left Wing to the far right of the Right Wing. As to the supply wagons--there weren’t any, except for those carrying ammunition and a modicum of medical supplies. The supplies were being furnished, at gunpoint if necessary, by the residents of the area being swept. The only opponent available was Gen. Howell Cobb in Macon, Ga. He received a telegram from Jefferson Davis today imploring him to use any means necessary to resist Sherman, including employing slaves to build roadblocks.
From Peggy Sue Johnson Ritger Janke ('60) of OH - 11/17/11 - "NNHS Class of February 1939":
One of your posts today
mentioned the NNHS class of Feb 1939. My
Lorraine Grace Cornevin and her aunt,
Beatrice Beaubian were both members of that class.
Thank you so much, Peggy Sue! Your story was so nifty on so many levels! It's always good to learn that our mamas were right all along! She sounds like a very interesting (and beautiful!) woman!
And because we're in the business of reconnecting people, I'm sending you your cousin David's address and phone number in Chesterfield (which I found on www.whitepages.com) so you can give him a call or drop him a line.
I also located this:
Katharine B. Shupe
RICHMOND — Mrs.
Katharine B. Shupe, 83, died Sunday, Oct. 14, 2001, after a short
her son, David P. Shupe of Chesterfield; her sister, Virginia B.
White of Newport News; two grandchildren, David Paul Shupe Jr. of
Allentown, Pa., and Carl S. Shupe of York County; one stepgrandchild,
Michael R. Crisp of Chesterfield County; and three
Published in Daily Press on October 19, 2001.
From My Sister, Eleanor Buckley Nowitzky ('59) of NC - 11/17/11 - "Watch the pictures in the link attached":
Hey! That looks a LOT like your grandson, Pier Dick, Eleanor! I suppose there's a perfectly reasonable explanation for that...
Thanks, Lady! Go, Pier!
From John Patterson ('59) of TN - 11/17/11 - "Special Snow Plow Design":
just around the corner, I've come up with a really neat invention that
should become a good seller in a retirement community such as ours and
would be useful for any senior citizen (not that I think you're getting
I can build you one of these special snow plows for just $49.99 each (some assembly required) - - please view the attached photo and let me know how many you want. I would appreciate your order by the end of this month.
Also, please let me know of any improvements you can think of and let me
have your feedback on this design.
Don't wait - - I think these will go fast!
Just what I need! No, wait a minute - I'm not going out in that snow! Me heap big chicken!
Thanks, John! Best wishes with your great new invention for the adventurous among us!
From My Friend Emily of NC - 11/17/11 - "FRIEND":
I laughed, and I said, "Ha! That's funny!! I freakin' LOVE that chick!! She's funny, caring, crazy as heck, sweet, beautiful, she loves God, and her family, she’s reading this email right now & I love her!!"
Send this to ten ladies you love!! & I better be one!!!!
Be the kind of woman that when your feet hit the floor each morning the devil says~~ "Oh no, She's up!"
Thank you, Miss Emily! I love you, too - and we just sent this to over 650 people - a great many of whom are women!
Susannah's Fabulous Sweet Potato Casserole:
My Daddy's (the late Robert Buckley - John Marshall HS - '25) (19 Oct 1907 - 25 Apr 1960) Spoon Bread (in His Own Handwriting!):
Martha Stewart's Cornbread, Leek, and Pecan Stuffing: http://www.marthastewart.com/285825/cornbread-bacon-leek-and-pecan-stuffing?czone=food/thanksgiving-center/thanksgiving-center-dishes
From http://www.FlyLady.net - 11/17/11 - "Paying it Forward! Blessing Others with Your Abundance!":
Today my dear daughter told me about a gift exchange between her and her boyfriend that had me in tears. They are both out of school and working. One of their friends is married, attending college (will graduate in May), working part time to try to make ends meet and has a young child It has been a very difficult year financially and emotionally and the Christmas budget is slim.
My dear daughter and her boyfriend have decided not to exchange gifts with each other and will instead shop for their friend's daughter. My dear daughter said she remembers when she was little and I was sick and friends came to our rescue. Now she can do the same for someone else. Our babies are always watching and listening and learning. Thank goodness she had some wonderful examples of love and caring.
I am so proud of her.
Flying with grace
From http://www.SelfGrowth.com - 11/14/11 - "4 Steps to Boost Communication":
|4 Steps to
Improve Communication with Your Family
By George Harris
Communication is one
of the most important aspects of our lives that, ironically, many of us
pay the least attention to. Regretfully, the main reason is that many of
us have never been taught how to communicate in a way that benefits us
and the person we are communicating with.
From http://www.FlyLady.net - 11/17/11 - "Pay It Forward! Get out Your Hanky!":
One Christmas we had four young children, and very little money. We knew we could never afford a Christmas tree that year and felt so sad.
One night the phone rang, and a child's voice said, "Do you have a Christmas tree?"
I said, "No", and they said, "Go look outside!"
I hurried to the
door, and called my family to come and look. Someone had left a
beautiful Christmas tree in our front yard.
I said, "Yes! Thank you!"
They giggled and
|From http://www.ajokeaday.com - 11/16/11:|
For a couple years I've been blaming it on lack of sleep and too much pressure from my job, but now I found out the real reason: I'm tired because I'm overworked. The population of this country is 237 million. 104 million are retired. That leaves 133 million to do the work. There are 85 million in school, which leaves 48 million to do the work. Of this there are 29 million employed by the federal government, leaving 19 million to do the work. 2.8 million are in the Armed Forces, which leaves 16.2 million to do the work. Take from the total the 14,800,000 people who work for State and City Governments and that leaves 1.4 million to do the work. At any given time there are 188,000 people in hospitals, leaving 1,212,000 to do the work. Now, there are 1,211,998 people in prisons. That leaves just two people to do the work. You and me. And you're sitting at your computer reading jokes.
DATES TO REMEMBER:
1. Thursday, December 1, 2011 - 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
2. Wednesday, December 14, 2011 - 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. Saturday, January 7, 2012 - 11:00 AM - The NNHS Breakfast Bunch will host a Breakfast Bunch Brunch at the Warwick Restaurant, 12306 Warwick Boulevard, (across from CNU) Newport News, Virginia 23606. "Please come join them for a Dutch Treat Brunch featuring a lot of 'War Stories' and maybe a lie or two. Everyone is welcome so bring your wife, husband, boy friend, girl friend, class mate, school friend or whomever you choose." Please RSVP to Bill Roady at firstname.lastname@example.org or call him at 757-595-0716 so they have a head count.
http://www.nnhs65.com/requests-prayers.html - updated 10/22/11
http://nnhs.wordpress.com/ - updated 03/13/11
Carol Buckley Harty
7020 Lure Court
Fayetteville, NC 28311-9309
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3. Just mail it directly to my home. Thanks!
I Am the Very Model of a Modern Major-General
Gilbert (18 Nov 1836 - 29 May
Music by Arthur Sullivan (13 May 1842 - 22 Nov 1900) for The Pirates of Penzance, 1879
I am the very model of a modern Major-General,
I've information vegetable, animal, and mineral,
I know the kings of England, and I quote the fights historical
From Marathon to Waterloo, in order categorical;a
I'm very well acquainted, too, with matters mathematical,
I understand equations, both the simple and quadratical,
About binomial theorem I'm teeming with a lot o' news,
With many cheerful facts about the square of the hypotenuse.
I'm very good at integral and differential calculus;
I know the scientific names of beings animalculous:
In short, in matters vegetable, animal, and mineral,
I am the very model of a modern Major-General.
I know our mythic history, King Arthur's and Sir Caradoc's;
I answer hard acrostics, I've a pretty taste for paradox,
I quote in elegiacs all the crimes of Heliogabalus,
In conics I can floor peculiarities parabolous;
I can tell undoubted Raphaels from Gerard Dows and Zoffanies,
I know the croaking chorus from The Frogs of Aristophanes!b
Then I can hum a fugue of which I've heard the music's din afore,c
And whistle all the airs from that infernal nonsense Pinafore.
Then I can write a washing bill in Babylonic cuneiform,
And tell you ev'ry detail of Caractacus's uniform:d
In short, in matters vegetable, animal, and mineral,
I am the very model of a modern Major-General.
In fact, when I know what is meant by "mamelon" and "ravelin",
When I can tell at sight a Mauser rifle from a Javelin,e
When such affairs as sorties and surprises I'm more wary at,
And when I know precisely what is meant by "commissariat",
When I have learnt what progress has been made in modern gunnery,
When I know more of tactics than a novice in a nunnery—
In short, when I've a smattering of elemental strategy—
You'll say a better Major-General has never sat a gee.
For my military knowledge, though I'm plucky and adventury,
Has only been brought down to the beginning of the century;
But still, in matters vegetable, animal, and mineral,
I am the very model of a modern Major-General.
"Major General's Song" midi courtesy of http://math.boisestate.edu/gas/pirates/web_op/pirates13.html - 11/19/11 (sic)
"Major General's Song" lyrics courtesy of http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Major_General%27s_Song - 11/19/11 (sic)
First Image of Sir William Gilbert courtesy
of http://www.rbkc.gov.uk/vmgallery/general/large.asp?gallery=vm_blue_plaques&img=blue_plaques/thumb/vm_bp_0037.jpg&size=large&caller=vm_blue_plaques_gallery.asp&cpg=5&tpg=16 - 11/19/11 (sic)
Second Image of Sir William Gilbert courtesy of http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/W._S._Gilbert - 11/19/11 (sic)
Gold Leaf Divider Line clip art courtesy of http://www.wtv-zone.com/nevr2l82/bars4.html - 01/05/06
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
Replaced by Norm Covert ('61) of MD - 02/09/09
Anchor clip art courtesy of
Steve Silsby (FHS - '72) of
NC - 12/14/05
Animated Laughing Jerry courtesy
of Cookie Phillips Tyndall ('64) of VA - 06/14/06
John Marshall High School's Justice Scale clip art courtesy of
Cheryl White Wilson (JMHS - '64) of VA - 10/13/05 (replaced 02/23/09)
Animated Army Flag clip art courtesy of http://www.angelfire.com/ny4/KevsGifsGalore/Patriotic.html - 06/18/03
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