11/21/06 - NNHS Newsletter - More
“The most important things are the hardest to say,
- Stephen King
Dear Friends and Schoolmates,
|I thought when I began that this letter would contain - well, "more", but as usual I'm running behind schedule, so that means we'll just have "more" for next time.|
From Dave Spriggs ('64) of VA - 11/12/06 - "Upcoming Newsletter Midis":
|Not that I am lazy or disinterested,
but there must now be so many in the bank that you could begin to recycle
the earliest ones. I doubt that any subscribers would howl about it ... or
even recognize that one had been used before.
Now .... if you have some newsletter thematic coming up, then some new and applicable MIDIs might be appropriate.
Recycle them, hmmm? Well, okay, Mon Capitan, I bow to your superior wisdom.
Today's theme (which has been playing through my mind for the last month or two anyway) is from almost exactly two years ago:
Thanks, David! I do love this song!
From My Niece, Shari of VA - 11/14/06 - "Internet clock made of people":
From Evelyn Fryer Fish ('58) of TX - 11/15/06 - "Illegal Immigrants, Scary Stats":
Dear Friends - Just like those before us and after us, my father made the decision to bring us (6 children) to this Great Country in 1946 from- for Peace and Prosperity!! -- LEGALLY. Should not the same laws apply to immigration from Mexico?????
YES, of course it Should.......................................................................................
Thank you, Evelyn
If this doesn't open your eyes... nothing will!
Thank you so much,
You have a first-person perspective
on this issue that few of us can approach.
(For those of you who are unfamiliar with this, please take a few moments to read Ev's very moving story here. You will not regret it, I assure you.
For another somewhat different viewpoint - but still upholding the "same laws for all immigrants" position - see the next note, from my youngest son, Dale, who just spent two years in southern California teaching Spanish-speaking - and primarily illegal - immigrants:
My #6 Son, Dale Harty (Hillsboro HS, American School, IL - '02)
of VA - 10/05/06:
here goes my political rant. I've seen so many people talking about this
issue, and all from one of two viewpoints, and I can't seem to understand
why no loud voices see this issue from my perspective, which I know to be
shared by hundreds, if not more, illegal immigrants. So here goes:
I am against illegal immigration. It is not only an issue of national security, it is annoying and frustrating that there are people who enjoy many of the benefits of living here without many of the obligations of the citizens and legal residents.
BUT, I am more against the notion that the majority of illegal aliens are living here illegally simply because they want to evade taxes and hide from responsibility, or undercut honest people, or prey on handouts. I've met one or two illegal aliens, most from Mexico or other parts of Latin America, and that simply is not the case in the vast majority of these people. They are honest people, hard-working, ambitious, with high hopes for the future, especially for their children, who will grow with an education, safe from corrupt government (or at least, that is the hope) and physical harm, in a stable economy where they need never starve. They want to be citizens, but they get denied for citizenship and even so much as visas to be temporary residents time and again.
Of course, they want to be residents! Why wouldn't they want to become legal residents if they plan on staying here for any substantial period of time? Look at the conditions of an illegal immigrant's life:
1) They are discriminated against for job applications - many employers simply won't hire illegal immigrants period, because ... it's not legal to employ illegal immigrants! And when they do find work, they generally get paid much less and offered fewer benefits than other workers, because the employer is taking a risk on them, and there is a huge competition between illegal workers looking for the same jobs from the same employers.
2) They are disrespected and subject to discrimination among the legal residents - many citizens are distrustful of the motives and character of these people who don't pay taxes and who take all the manual labor jobs in their cities. There is a great deal of animosity among the two groups, sometimes leading to hateful demonstrations and even violence.
3) They live in fear of being deported - the concern is even worse if they have an entire family of illegal residents, or children born here and therefore legal citizens. What happens if the parents are deported? The children are placed in a state-home to await adoption. Or what happens if the father is deported to Tijuana, but is actually from southern Mexico, has no relatives in Tijuana, and has now left his family without any support in southern California? They don't even know where he went, and he has no way to contact them, and is in a quandary all his own.
Do you still think they think it's worth the risk to not have to pay taxes? I guarantee you that even paying taxes, if they could be guaranteed fair wages for their work, they could make more money as a legal immigrant. They know that. I promise.
So why don't they become citizens, or at the very least apply for work visas? They do in a lot of cases, but they get denied, because the rules are so strict in allowing someone from say... Mexico or Guatemala to legally enter the country - partly because of rocky political relations between the US and those countries, and partly because there are so many of them that want to come in, the US government thinks it prudent to restrict how many come in at once. I've met some who were placed on a waiting list and told that if they continued to apply and keep themselves high on the list, they could realistically be approved within 10 years! There are differing rules for people from almost every nation. For example, if some random guy wants to move to the US legally from France, its a simple matter of getting a visa, submitting a form, and in a couple weeks, they get approved to stay pretty much indefinitely; if they wanted to become a citizen it would be no problem. On the other hand, if a Mexican wants to move here, and they send in the same application - it will almost assuredly be denied without consideration - unless this is a man of no small repute - a land-owner with a steady income. I have a news flash for ya, most Mexicans that want to come here, come because they have no job and no property in Mexico - no prospects, no hope. They come seeking a better life with more opportunities and a brighter future for their children. If they had a bright future in Mexico, they'd just stay in Mexico.... as the French are content to stay in France for the most part.
My solution: standardize immigration requirements. Tighten security background checks to try to prevent drug-dealers, mobsters, terrorists, and such from coming in. If they check out, give them a short probationary time to enter with limited rights. Reevaluate after a few more months... and again... and again... and after a certain amount of time, say 2-3 years, if they want to go ahead and become citizens, let them! Then they will pay taxes, they will participate openly in building communities and contributing to society - it's what they really want anyway! Would a bunch of 'em come flooding in if given a realistic chance of coming legally? Yeah, I think so. Would a ton of illegals come forward and try to apply for legal status even if they are already here? Yeah, absolutely - right now, several do that anyway, but there is a fear of putting themselves into the spotlight if they do that. What if they are denied even after having lived here peaceably for 15 years? They get deported, like everyone else. Would an influx of poor immigrants create a strain on the economy? Yes. But, it would later even out. You may recall that there was once a time when boatloads of poor foreign immigrants would come to the United States seeking citizenship. They were initially dirt-poor but made lives for themselves - many becoming prominent American leaders and contributors to American society and culture. As a side benefit, it would eventually bolster reforms in governments that would be rapidly lose their population in droves to the US. You can't oppress a people if your people all flee to the US.
It's only fair. So before we talk about getting tough on the illegals, let's get tough on our own legislature - immigration policy reform. And then, I'm all for enforcing the law and keeping social deviants out of our midst. But there's no call for being harsh to a group of good people and creating tension between ethnic groups - I think we have enough of that.
Thank you, Dale! And that's one of the things I most love about America, and for which I am most thankful - the right of free speech and the exchange of ideas! I'm a firm believer in the sharing of dialogues in seeking solutions.
From Frank Friedland ('60) of VA - 11/15/06 "Nehi":
Glenn Dye ('60 -
of TX) said he had a Grape Nehi drink every day....I got paid 15 cents an
hour to load the NEHI trucks after school. You kept me in business, Glenn.
Giggles!!! Thanks, Frank! I posted your comments:
From My Niece, Shari of VA - 11/16/06 - "Nice messages":
A way to support our troops! Something to be thinking about.
Live a life that matters-- really good advice, set to music. This is from the guy who makes all the on-line nice power point shows.
These are great, Shari! Thanks!!!
From Jay Styles ('68) of VA - 11/16/06:
|Good Morning Carol,
Hope you and yours are doing well and things are finally looking better. Everything is normal here in Rockingham (Sometimes Wreckingham) County. Happy belated birthday, "Ducky", remember?
I do, Sweetie! Thanks!
I would like to share something with you:
wonderful!!! That is just delightful, Jay! Thanks for
passing it along. I'd say you were both blessed - to have each other!
Your card and check arrived safely, Sweetie! Thanks so very much!
From the President of the Class of 1965, Joe Wingo of NC - 11/16/06:
|Happy Thanksgiving, Darlin’,
I know it’s a little early but seems like giving thanks is something we all should do more often.
I was extremely pleased to hear of the outpouring of generosity that flowed from Typhoon Land. Not surprised mind you, just very proud!
I thank Charlie Phillips ('65 - of TN) for his input and I like his ideas. I honestly don’t know where anyone could have this much fun for $5.00!!
Most importantly, I am so happy that you can spend your holiday without this burden hanging over you.
What a stellar group of people comprise the title “Typhoon”.
Carol, stay well and thanks again for all you do.
Thank you so much, Joe Darlin'! You are such a Sweetie-Pie! I don't know what I'd do without you!
And you're so right! I've never known such a fine, caring group of people as these. Well, I suppose I have known them all along, haven't I?!? It's just that I continue to be astonished by the depths of their love! Thanksgiving has an even deeper meaning for my family this year!
From My #6 Son, Nathaniel Harty (Hillsboro HS, IL - '97) of IL - 11/16/06 -
Elizabeth II to visit US next year":
this was interesting:
You were at her visit in '57 weren't you?
'Deed I was, Nathaniel!
I wonder if I'll be able to see
her again? I doubt that I'd be able to get quite as close, this time,
|Me - age 10||Unidentified Man, Queen Elizabeth I, and Philip, the Duke of Edinburgh|
|Wednesday, October 16, 1957 - Jamestown, VA|
From John Bateman ('68) of VA - 11/16/06 - "Beck's":
WILD GIGGLES!!! Thanks, Johnnie! I just removed the name and kept the story - and posted your remarks!
From Randy Tate ('66) of DE - 11/16/06 - "PRICELESS PIECE OF TV NOSTALGIA":
Sugar ... this is somewhat long but worth the variety ... and oh, the memories. Hard to believe there were only a couple that I had not seen or do not recall. And some date back ... well ... along time ago ... + 50 years !!
Hope this finds you well and smiling ... you blue eyed angel you ...
When Life Was In Black & White
Darlin', if I hadn't already been smiling, hearing from you and
seeing this fabulous clip would surely have done it! It's funny; there were
only two I didn't recognize also! What a joy to see them all again! I do
have some CD's of some of them (Dragnet, Mr. and Mrs. North, Sergeant
Preston of the Yukon), and some of them are still available on TV (Gunsmoke,
Bonanza), but others I hadn't thought of in years. Good stuff!
From My Niece, Shari of VA - 11/17/06 - "*** A Blast From The Past *** ":
|A fun little trip back in
Uriah Heep was from the 70's and was one of my favorite bands, back then. The rest should be
known. Clip of Jimmy Hendrix shows him playing the guitar with his mouth; Joe Cocker sounds great, too.
The videos are nice and clear.
Jimmy Hendrix - Hey Joe
Joe Cocker- With a Little Help From My Friends.
Here are a few from YouTube.
Cream - Sunshine Of Your Love
Uriah Heep-The Wizard-- The dancing is fun to watch. It looks so nerdy
compared to today..lol
Soooo, you're twelve years younger than I am, Shari. What a difference those twelve years must have meant, musically speaking. WILD GIGGLES!!!
From Cathy Slusser Hudson ('64) of VA - 11/19/06 - "Thanksgiving":
Happy Thanksgiving. As we begin the Holiday Season, I hope we all will take time to Thank God for All that He has Blessed us with. I also hope we will take a moment to remember all of our Friends and Families, please don't forget all those who will not be here to celebrate with us, whether they are working or Serving in the Armed Forces to Protect all our Freedoms or have passed from us to a better place. For some of us it has been a difficult year and for others it has been very blessed, which ever it has been for you, I wish each of you God's Blessings and hope you enjoy the Holiday. If you are traveling I wish you a safe trip.
Thanks so much, Cathy! And I will return those wishes to you - and all of y'all!
From Dave Arnold ('65) of VA - 11/20/06 - "Thoughts and Prayers":
One of my colleagues, Capt. David Hardin of the Williamsburg / James City County Sheriff’s Office and his wife, Dawn, are going through a difficult period. Their 9-month old son, Joseph, had his left eye removed due to cancerous tumors last week. He is receiving treatment to try and save the remaining eye. This will involve repeated trips to Philadelphia for treatment and evaluation over the next several months. Please ask everyone to keep this family in their thoughts and prayers as they face this trying period involving their child. Thanks.
Oh, what tragic news, Dave! We will certainly keep the Hardin family in our hearts and prayers, particularly during this season when so much joy surrounds us! It somehow seems to magnify grief and pain where it exists.
Thank you for letting us know.
From Melody Clendenin DeBerry (Warwick HS - '66) of VA - 11/20/06 - "Mom's passing":
I just want to say thank you for your kindness in creating a memorial page when my mother, Marjorie Clendenin, died on Nov. 12. It really touched Jim (DeBerry - '64) and me that you would do that for my mom. Thanks, too, to the NNHS alumni who posted messages on the Daily Press obituary website and also sent cards. Thoughtfulness of friends always eases the pain of loss when a loved one dies. My mom was a fun lady, always laughing. She loved her family. Although Alzheimer's disease stole her memory, she was sweet and loving to the end. Now she is in a better place with the angels. Thanks for caring.
Melody Clendenin DeBerry
Thank you, Melody. I wish I had known your mama. She must have been very special to have raised such a sweet and wonderful daughter as you.
From Rick Billings ('65) of NC - 11/15/06 (via snail mail):
|..... A little story about how this
newsletter has put me in contact with someone who I knew many years ago
(about 35), but had lost contact with.
You ('65 - of NC) and
Dave Spriggs ('64 - of VA) did a story about
Laverne Spott's (Broczkowski - '63 - of MD) dad, and that he (Dave) said
he was a distant cousin of Laverne's. After getting in touch with
Dave, I was able to obtain her address, and we have been in touch with each
other over the past year.
Sweet! I really love to hear stories of people reconnecting! Thanks so much for sharing that with us, Ricky!
Again, thank you for all your hard work and dedication to a good cause.
Thanks, Rick Billings
P.S. I think I may be the youngest one in our graduating class (17). Please add my birthday to the list: January 28.
WOWZERS!!! I'd have to say you were, Rick! Of course - you're duly added:
Thanks again - for everything!
From Bob Parrish ('68) of VA - 11/19/06:
Thanks for your wonderful work on the NNHS news letter. I wish you and your family a wonderful holiday season. Put me on the birthday list. My birthday is 1/10/1950.
Thank you so much, Bob - for everything! And I'm delighted to add you to that list:
From Anita Morgan Becker ('66) of VA - 11/21/06 - "Birthday List":
Please add my name and birthday to the list – Anita Morgan Becker – Dec 27, 1947
Certainly, Anita! Thanks!
From Sandi Bateman Chestnut
('65) of VA) - 11/21/06 - "Thanksgiving - From our house
Thanks, Sandi! This is beautiful and very moving! Happy Thanksgiving to you and yours, too!
"NNHS 60TH BIRTHDAY CELEBRATION": accessible both from the new Site Map and from the Reunion Page:
"CLASS OF 1966 40-YEAR REUNION IMAGES!":
Reunion information is ALWAYS posted very near the top on the front page, and on the Reunion Page section:
Henceforth, it will be repeated
here, lest you forget:
The NNHS Class of 1957
will hold its Holiday Party on Thursday, December 14, 2006 at the Omni Hotel,
Newport News, VA.
Forms and reservations are due by Monday, December 4, 2006.
The NNHS Class of 1958
will hold its Holiday Party on Thursday, December 14, 2006 at Port Anne Club House, Williamsburg, VA.
Map and Directions to Port Anne Community: http://www.widomaker.com/
More details to follow!
The NNHS Class of 1962
will hold its 45-Year Reunion on Friday, Saturday, and Sunday, September 21, 22 and 23, 2007 at the Point Plaza Suites, 950 J. Clyde Morris Boulevard, Newport News, VA 23601.
Suites will be available that will include breakfast on Saturday and Sunday.
Visit Brenda's 1962 Web Page:
AND CHECK THIS WEB PAGE FOR THE LATEST INFORMATION -10/21/06:
NNHS Class of 1957
is planning its 50-Year Class Reunion,
Friday, Saturday, and Sunday,
September 7, 8 and 9, 2007
at the Omni Hotel in Newport News, VA.
More details to follow!
The NNHS Class of 1958
is planning its 50th Anniversary Reunion,
Friday and Saturday, May 16 -17, 2008.
The Noble Gathering
More details to
From David Whitley ('67) of VA - 11/08/06 - "Friends" (#8 in a series of 12):
And accept you just the way you
Even when you just wake up in the morning
From Jerry Blanchard ('62) of VA - 11/08/06 - "BEWARE of Wild Animals": (#8
in a series of 18):
Look at one a day to brighten your day,
Jerry Blanchard (Class 62) of Va.
.Y'all have a great holiday week. Take care of each other. Thank you for taking such grand care of me. TYPHOONS FOREVER! We'll Always Have Buckroe!
Love to all, Carol
NNHS CLASS OF '65 WEB SITE:
PERSONAL WEB SITE: http://www.angelfire.com/weird2/cluckmeat
219 Four Ply Lane
Fayetteville, NC 29311-9305
More (Theme from "Mondo Cane")
Words & Music by Norman Newell & Riz Ortolani
Originally performed by Kai Winding, former trombonist with Benny Goodman and Stan Kenton A #8 Top 40 hit in 1963 Remade by Frank Sinatra in 1964 More than the greatest love the world has known This is the love I give to you alone. More than the simple words I try to say I only live to love you more each day. More than you'll ever know My arms long to hold you so. My life will be in your keeping Waking, sleeping, laughing, weeping. Longer than always is a long, long time But far beyond forever, you'll be mine. I know I never lived before, And my heart is very sure No one else could love you more. Instrumental Break More than you'll ever know My arms long to hold you so. My life will be in your keeping Waking, sleeping, laughing, weeping. Longer than always is a long, long time But far beyond forever, you'll be mine. I know I never lived before And my heart is very sure No one else could love you more. No one else could love you more.
"More" (Theme from "Mondo Cane") midi courtesy of http://www.intervos.com/archive/midi/ - 11/17/04
"More" (Theme from "Mondo Cane") lyrics courtesy of http://www.jimbowieband.com/Lyrics/more_theme_from_mondo_cane.htm - 11/17/04
"I Love You More" poster courtesy of - http://www.allposters.com/-sp/I-Love-You-More-Posters_i926316_.htm - 11/18/06
Red Roses Line clip art courtesy of http://www.wtv-zone.com/nevr2l82/bar11.html – 02/01/05
Navy Seal clip art courtesy of http://www.onemileup.com/miniSeals.asp - 05/29/06
Hillsboro Topper (Band Version) clip art courtesy of
American School logo courtesy of http://www.americanschoolofcorr.com/student_log-in.asp - 09/05/06
Army Seal clip art also courtesy of Al
Farber ('64) of GA - 05/24/06
Thanks again, Al!
Air Force Seal clip art courtesy of http://www1.va.gov/opa/feature/celebrate/milsongs.htm - 07/07/06
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