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12/01/09 - NNHS Newsletter -
I Wonder As I Wander

“Christ was born in the first century, yet he belongs to all centuries. He was born a Jew,
yet He belongs to all races. He was born in Bethlehem, yet He belongs to all countries.”

George Washington Truett
(06 May 1867 - 07 July 1944)

Dear Friends and Schoolmates,  

   We will be celebrating together one thing or another this entire month of December, so let's begin with another "new, improved" version of an earlier Newsletter.  This one was first seen exactly four years ago today:

BONUS #1 - - I Wonder As I Wander - Maureen Hegarty - A capella at its finest

BONUS #2 - - I Wonder As I Wander - Barbra Streisand

BONUS #3 - - I Wonder As I Wander - "Gramdma"?!? - hissing background noise is annoying, but listen to the pure tones of this woman's voice!

BONUS #4 - - I Wonder As I Wander - David Nevue, 2001 - beautiful piano version with lovely slide show

BONUS #5 - - I Wonder As I Wander - London Gay Men's Chorus Cadogan Hall, December 2008 - WOWZERS!


   From Cheryl Mays Howard ('66) of VA - 11/30/09 - "bday":

Dec. 3 rd would have been    John's (Howard - '66 - of VA) sister Nell's (class of '67) birthday:  Barbara Nell Howard Floyd: 12/3/1949 -10/1/1988

Peace & Blessing,

   Thank you, Cheryl! I do like to remember all birthdays - whether they are still with us here on earth or not!



   Happy Birthday tomorrow to  Ann Lillaston Wilson ('57) AND Jimmy McDonald ('57) AND    George Konstant ('65) of VA!

   Happy Birthday this week to:

03 - the late    Barbara Nell Howard Floyd ('67) (deceased 10/01/88);

04 - William D. Dangler ('57) of VA AND  Howard Williamson (HHS - '63) of VA;

05 - Eugene Peters ('57) AND the late    Gene Peters ('57) (deceased - 07/24/09) AND      Melody Clendenin DeBerry (Warwick HS - '66) of VA;

06 - Frances Scheinman Berkman ('57)

07 -   Jay Styles ('68) of VA AND  Janice Pratt McGrew (HHS - '67) of VA AND    Tim Parsons ('73) of VA!

   Many Happy Returns to You All!



December 01, 1941 - Fiorello La Guardia, Mayor of New York City and Director of the Office of Civilian Defense, signed Administrative Order 9, creating the Civil Air Patrol.

December 01, 1942 - In the U.S., nationwide gasoline rationing went into effect.

December 01, 1944 - Edward R. Stettinius Jr. became Secretary of State of the United States after the retirement of Cordell Hull.

December 01, 1969 - The U.S. government held its first draft lottery since World War II.



Tuesday, December 1. 1964 - Vietnam War: U.S. President Lyndon B. Johnson and his top-ranking advisers met to discuss plans to bomb North Vietnam.

Tuesday, December 1. 1964 - Malawi, Malta and Zambia joined the United Nations.

Tuesday, December 1. 1964 - Footballer Salvatore "Totò" Schillaci was born in Palermo, Italy.

Tuesday, December 1. 1964 - Scottish Geneticist J. B. S. Haldane (b. 1892 in Oxford, England) died in Bhubaneswar, India.


  From Alice Fowler Edwards ('64) of VA - 11/30/09 - "Thanksgiving feast":

Tell Domi (O'Brien - '64 - of NH) that we will ALL come to her house next year ... We'll even bring our own chairs!

Hope all my Typhoon friends had a lovely holiday with friends and family and food. We have so much to be thankful for! Enjoyed the pix of
      Phil ('64) and    Syl (Hall - '66) (Hammond of UT). Sorry I missed seeing you guys at the Saturday event in October! Thanks again, Carol, for your diligence and love.

Alice Fowler Edwards

   Thank you, Alice!


        From Sydney Dearing ('56) of TN - 11/30/09 - "Return of NNHS Newsletters":


Wow, happy days are here again, you are back! I checked my e-mail this morning and there you were. I had just about given up hope of ever receiving the newsletters in my e-mail again. I did console myself with the fact that I could go to the home page and read them that way but I didn't always remember to do that every day, whereas checking the e-mail is almost an automatic thing when I turn the computer on. I tried everything I could think of to get them coming in again. I deleted you and re-added you to my address books on both e-mails, I checked and rechecked my Blocked Senders list and Safe e-mail lists (the same thing    Joe Madagan ['57 - of FL] had suggested to       Dimples [Dinwiddie Prichard - '58 - of NC] a few days ago) but nothing worked. The last two things I did a couple of weeks ago was to get you to delete my e-mail and re-add it. and then I had you add my secondary e-mail address to see if I could receive them there. Nothing worked.

Then today, out of the blue, wonder of wonders, you're baaack!! Not only that, you came in to both my e-mail addresses. The goofy thing is, It's been a couple of weeks since I tried to get it going again, which makes me wonder if you did something on your end or if it was just an immaculate reception.

Whatever it was, it made my day! I just hope they keep coming. Even though it's a few days past Thanksgiving, it is one more thing I have to be thankful for. I'll give it a couple of weeks to make sure I keep receiving them. If so, I will let you know and you can remove my secondary e-mail.

If you did it, thank you, thank you, thank you!


   Sydney, I wish I could take credit for that, but I had nothing to do with it! I do love your term though - "an immaculate reception" - for it all surely falls into the category of Life's Grand Mysteries to me! Thank you, Sweetie - and Welcome Back!


    From Joe Madagan ('57) of FL - 11/30/09 - "Backlogged":

Hi, Carol:

It was refreshing to read that you solved the issue that was giving you such a hard time in creating your Newsletters. Your poor PC, it is probably the most overworked computer in North America.

When you dig through your backlog of emails, I hope you will post my comment regarding    Chandler Nelms (HHS-'63) of MD. His name came up recently during a telephone conversation with a Krabba and I trust he is doing OK.

The Krabba had my mind spinning by throwing out names not heard in a very long time during our phone conversation.

We have not heard from Chandler in quite a long time. Did he come out of retirement???

TYPHOON Regards,
Joe Madagan ('57) of FL

   Well, the problem (I think!) is that he DID retire - from DARPA. Since that time Chandler has basically fallen silent - to me, anyway. There are those dear souls who only access their computers from work. Once they are home they are so tired of looking at those monitors they just want to do something else that doesn't involve technology. Or maybe it's one of those mysterious problems such as Dimples and Sydney experienced. I just do not know. I know I miss him, though.

   Thanks, Adonis!


    From Glenn Dye ('60) of TX - 11/30/09 - "Steve Gillis ('61)":


I was reading the article that      Richard Dawes (NNHS / HHS - '62 -  of VA) sent in about his trip to the caverns and his remembrance of their band trip. Am I correct that Steve Gillis was an honor guard in the band? I know Steve and Mary Gillis lived across the street from me on 24th Street off Parrish Avenue.

Glenn Dye

   Yes, sir, you are! In fact, Steve was in that band image which I posted yesterday but neglected to label. Now, if only I knew the identity of the other three guardsmen.....

   Thanks, Glenn!

1959 Anchor, p. 49
Band Sweetheart Evelyn Thomas ('59); Drum Major Norman Dick ('60); and Color Guardsmen _____ _____, _____ _____, _____ _____, and Steve Gillis ('61)


    From Richard Dawes (NNHS / HHS - '62) of VA - 11/16/09 - " 'One Nation Under God' " AND   From Bill Hobbs ('66) of Northern VA - 11/30/09 - "Incredible painting":

Check this out

It’s a painting done by Jon McNaughton and is called “One Nation Under God.”

You can mouse-over every bit of it and see descriptions of the people depicted in the painting.

Think how much work went into this new painting. As you run your cursor over each person, their name and a brief description will be revealed on the side of your screen. This may be the most timely and powerful new piece of art that Jon McNaughton has done. It has over 40 patriotic heroes speaking to us from the dust as Jesus Christ holds the US Constitution.

Take the time to run your cursor over each figure.  It's a great history lesson as well as a great statement. 

   Ya know, Gentlemen, as this makes both a religious and political statement, I really considered not running it. The name Jon McNaughton was ringing no bells with me. But I thought, well, it's the holiday season, the time when I generally bend such self-imposed "rules", so I thought I'd have a look.

   From the gitgo, I recognized this as the work of a Latter-day Saint artist, both in concept and style.  It immediately evoked the feeling of the mural in the Washington LDS Temple
   I was taken aback that this is the only image of the mural that I was able to find online, and It's difficult to see because of the size, and doesn't show the beautiful blue colors (maybe I wasn't holding my mouth right):  

   Perhaps you'll get a better idea from this image of the framed print we've had hanging in our home for many years.

Tuesday, January 13, 2009
Fayetteville, NC
   But as you two are not LDS and I am, I do not think anyone will think I'm trying to do any unfair proselytizing here.  Besides, I think a growing percentage of our readers are Latter-day Saints now, so I've posted it for the interest and edification of us all. It's an awesome work on several levels, whether you agree with Bro. McNaughton's opinions or not.  I personally would have preferred that he had included Robert E. Lee, but he did not. His notes themselves are fascinating.

   Thanks, Dicky and Bill! And speaking of Latter-day Saints.....   


From My Friend, Cheryl, of NC - 11/30/09 - "NORWAY IS BEAUTIFUL":

Hi from Norway, It is beautiful and very cold here.
Oh, why am I here, you ask? Well, Mike is in Afghanistan and they sent him here to teach. It didn't cost any more for me to stay in the hotel, so he sent me airplane tickets.

The first day Mike was here he saw two young men walking. When he got closer he noticed their badges. He hollered out, "Hey, Elders." Then one of them said "See, I told you he was an American." They talked for a while and Mike got their parents' e-mail addresses and took their picture. He wrote a very nice e-mail telling them how their sons were doing and sent the picture and told them how happy he was to see the gospel of Jesus Christ being spread through out the world and proud of their sons for serving a mission.

Yesterday was the first day of Advent and they know how to celebrate here!!  This place looks like a hallmark Christmas special -t he cobble stone streets, the little shops and the street venders selling warm gingerbread cookies.

My body is still on NC time. It's 4:00pm but I am falling asleep as I type. Send more later.

   WOWZERONI! Thanks, Cheryl - and congratulations on your adventure!


    From My #1 Daughter-in-Law, Mary Bennett Harty (Litchfield HS, IL - '89) of IL - 11/30/09 - "A Special Week":

This coming week is National Mental Health Care week. 

You can do your part
by remembering to contact at least one unstable person to show you care. 

Well, my job is done .....
Your turn!
You hang in there sunshine, you're special. Every sixty seconds you spend angry, upset, or mad, is a full minute of happiness you'll never get back. 

Today's Message of the Day is:
Life is short, Break the rules, Forgive quickly, Kiss slowly, Love truly, Laugh uncontrollably, And never regret anything that made you smile. 
Send to all the people you love and don't want to lose in 2009, even me. 
Life may not be the party we hoped for, but while we're here we should dance.

   WILD GIGGLES!!! Thanks, Miss Mary!


From Norris Perry (Warwick HS - '59) of VA - 11/30/09 - "TAKE MY A** TO JAIL!":

A Virginia State trooper pulled a car over on I-64 about 2 miles south of the Virginia/ West Virginia State line. When the trooper asked the driver why he was speeding, the driver said he was a Magician and Juggler and was on his way to Beckley, WV to do a show at the Shrine Circus. He didn't want to be late.

The trooper told the driver he was fascinated by juggling and said if the driver would do a little juggling for him then he wouldn't give him a ticket. He told the trooper he had sent his equipment ahead and didn't have anything to juggle.

The trooper said he had some flares in the trunk and asked if he could juggle them. The juggler said he could, so the trooper got 5 flares, lit them and handed them to him.

While the man was juggling, a car pulled in behind the patrol car. A drunken good old boy from West Virginia got out, watched the performance, then went over to the patrol car, opened the rear door and got in. The trooper observed him and went over to the patrol car, opened the door asking the drunk what he thought he was doing.

The drunk replied, 'You might as well take my a** to jail, cause there ain't no way I can pass that test.'

   Thanks, Norris!



From ArcaMax Jokes - 11/30/09:

Source for Accurate Weather

To tell the weather, go to your back door and look for the dog. If the dog is at the door and he is wet, it's probably raining.

But if the dog is standing there really soaking wet, it is probably raining really hard.

If the dog's fur looks as if it's been rubbed the wrong way, it's probably windy.

If the dog has snow on his back, it's probably snowing.

Of course, to be able to tell the weather like this, you have to leave the dog outside all the time, especially if you expect bad weather.

Sincerely, The CAT



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

   Contact Dr. Chambers at

  Thanks, Jane!



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 - CLASS OF 1957

2. Saturday, December 12, 2009 - The NNHS Class of 1960 will again encourage the Laugh-A Lot Breakfast Bunch at 9:00 AM at the Candle Light Kitchen in Norge (Williamsburg). Directions: Take I-64 to Exit 231A-Norge, go 1-1/2 miles to Richmond Road, go through light, look for shopping center on left, Candle Light Kitchen on Right. OPEN TO ALL TYPHOONS! RSVP to  NO LATER THAN December 8, 2009.
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 - CLASS OF 1958 AND “other NNHS alums and friends of our 1958 class are invited to join with us”!

4. 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 or visit the reunion website at -

5. 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 - CLASS OF 1960


PRAYER ROLL: - updated 11/30/09

BLOG: - updated 08/04/09


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

                          Love to all, Carol 





Carol Buckley Harty


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I Wonder As I Wander


Words and Music collected by John Jacob Niles, 1933

I wonder as I wander out under the sky,
How Jesus the Savior did come for to die.
For poor on'ry people like you and like I...
I wonder as I wander out under the sky.

When Mary birthed Jesus 'twas in a cow's stall,
With wise men and farmers and shepherds and all.
But high from God's heaven a star's light did fall,
And the promise of ages it then did recall.

If Jesus had wanted for any wee thing,
A star in the sky, or a bird on the wing,
Or all of God's angels in heav'n for to sing,
He surely could have it, 'cause he was the King.


"I Wonder As I Wander" midi courtesy of - 11/26/05

"I Wonder As I Wander" lyrics (and available history) courtesy
of - 11/30/05

"Let There Be Light" Image courtesy of - 12/01/05

Shepherds Silhouette clip art used to form Divider Lines courtesy
of - 12/01/05

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

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!

Hampton High School's Crab clip art courtesy of - 10/02/05
Replaced courtesy of - 02/17/09

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!

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

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

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

Animated "Happy Little Rabbits We Are" clip art courtesy of - 04/25/09

Animated Ringing Christmas Bell clip art (designed by Art Holden) courtesy of - 12/08/05

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