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12/02/10 - NNHS Newsletter - Silver Bells

“When Christmas bells are swinging above the fields of snow, we hear sweet
voices ringing from lands of long ago, and etched on vacant places are half-
forgotten faces of friends we used to cherish, and loves we used to know.”

Ella Wheeler Wilcox
(05 Nov 1850 - 30 Oct 1919)

Dear Friends and Schoolmates,

   We first used this theme exactly five years ago today:

BONUS #1 - - Silver Bells - Jim Reeves

BONUS #2 - - Silver Bells - Dean Martin

BONUS #3 - - Silver Bells - Johnny Mathis

BONUS #4 - - Silver Bells - Andy Williams

BONUS #5 - - Silver Bells - John Denver



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

   Happy Birthday tomorrow to  The late  Barbara Nell Howard Floyd ('67) (deceased 10/01/88)!

   Happy Birthday this week to:

04 - William D. Dangler ('57) of VA AND  Howard Williamson (Hampton HS - '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 (Hampton HS - '67) of VA AND    Tim Parsons ('73) of VA;

09 - Shirley Smith Langston ('57)! 

   Many Happy Returns, One and All!



December 2, 1942 - Manhattan Project: A team led by Enrico Fermi initiated the first self-sustaining nuclear chain reaction.

December 2, 1943 - A Luftwaffe bombing raid on the harbour of Bari, Italy, sank numerous cargo and transport ships, including an American Liberty ship, the John Harvey, with a stockpile of World War I-era mustard gas.


       From Bill Lee (Warwick HS - '54) of NC - 11/30/10 - "Camp Patrick Henry activated"

Hampton Roads Port of Embarkation (HRPE) General Order #1 was issued on December 2, 1942, formally activating Camp Patrick Henry.
Carved out of 1,700 acres of thick woodland in what was once rural Warwick County, the rough-hewn camp was located along the C&O railroad line, fourteen miles northwest of the piers in Newport News. Camp Patrick Henry was essentially a city; albeit a temporary and decidedly military one. At the height of activity there, the staff included 350 officers, 2,300 enlisted men, 175 WAC's and 1,100 civilian employees. 
The camp's initial mission was to house, feed, process and entertain troops heading overseas through HRPE. By the end of World War II, the number of men and women who passed through the camp and then went overseas totaled 1,412,107.
During 1944, some 2,300 German prisoners-of-war and 185 Italian Service Unit personnel worked at the camp, doing KP, grounds' keeping and maintenance work so that American soldiers would not have to do such menial duties. 
After the war ended, the process was reversed. The total number of troops that came home and were processed back into civilian life at Camp Patrick Henry reached 697,341.
The camp was deactivated in early 1946, and the land was sold for commercial development in 1949. A sizable part of the property became Patrick Henry Airport.  
Today, many other commercial entities are located on the grounds of what once was this vital part of the HRPE operations during World War II.

   WOWZERONI! Thank you so much, Bill!



Thursday, December 2, 1965 - Hmmm - it appears to have been a rather quiet day in the world.

Thursday, December 2, 1965 - George Konstant celebrated his birthday.


  From Norris Perry (Warwick HS - '59) of VA - 08/05/10 - "Vote for Grace (REPEATED)":

  This is my daughter Laura's dog in a contest to be on the cover of a bag of dog food.

Vote every day for Grace. Thanks.

   Oh, Laura is your daughter, Norris! Well, that makes it all the more important!


Grace was named the September 2010 People's Choice!  This is the last month we can vote for Grace - the last 31 days we have to make a difference.

   It only takes about two seconds to cast your allotted daily vote)!!!

   Doncha wanna go shopping and spot Grace's image on a bag of dog food and know that YOU played a large part in placing her there?!?


From John Terrell - 12/01/10 - "Picture of Harlan & Joan Hott":

  Here is a picture of Harlan and Joan Hott with the Lettermen who were in concert at Ferguson Center, Nov. 30, 2010.

   MORE WOWZERONI! Thanks, John! I've posted it on his page in the Teachers section:

Tuesday, November 30, 2010


  From Norris Perry (Warwick HS - '59) of VA - 12/01/10 - "lightninginajar":


   Thanks, Norris Sweetie! This is very sobering - and quite beautiful!


      From John London (Warwick HS - '57) of VA - 11/19/10 - "Newport News scenes." (#6 in a Series of 8):

  CarolDarlin -

I thought that you and the group might like to see a few images I made of Newport News scenes recently.

Hope you enjoy them.

- JohnDarlin

   WOWZERONI! Thank you, John Darlin', they're beautiful!

And of course, I enjoy them; I only hope I've labeled them all correctly!

Monday, November 15, 2010
The 'Village Theater' in Hilton Village.



  From Jane Chambers of VA - 07/01/09, 02/07/10, AND 07/31/10 - "CNC BOOK BROCHURE & AD" AND 61-62 DECADERS ADDENDA AND DRAMATIC WORKSHOPS STUDENTS: 

   Contact Dr. Chambers at

   Thanks, Jane!



From - Jewish Jokes:

A  young Jewish man excitedly tells his mother he's fallen in love and going to get married. He says, "Just for fun, Ma, I'm going to bring over 3 women and you try and guess which one I'm going to marry."

The mother agrees.

The next day, he brings 3 beautiful women into the house and sits them down on the couch and they chat for a while. He then says, "Okay, Ma. Guess which one I'm going to marry."

She immediately replies, "The redhead in the middle."

"That's amazing, Ma. You're right. How did you know?"

"I don't like her."



1. Friday, December 3, 2010, 10:00 AM - You are invited to attend “A Celebration of the Life and Photography of NMNH Photographer Chip Clark ('65)” in Baird Auditorium, National Museum of Natural History. This illustrated program will be an opportunity to celebrate his career, stories and accomplishments.

2. Wednesday, December 8, 2010 - 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. Sunday, December 12, 2010 - Noon to 4:00 PM - Holiday Open House at the Chamberlin Lobby - Go see Brownie!

4. Wednesday, December 15, 2010 - 6:00 PM - The NNHS Class of 1958 will hold its Holiday Party at Al Fresco Ristorante, 11710 Jefferson Avenue, Newport News, VA 23606. CONTACT: Joe Drewry (, 757-244-4443, ext 4)

5. Thursday, January 6, 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 fiends in that year, go visit with them.

6. Wednesday, February 9, 2010 - 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.

Saturday, April 30, 2011 - The NNHS Class will have a Luncheon. Team Leaders are Mickey Marcella ( - 757-249-3800), Betty Hamby Neher ( - 757-898-5099), and Dr. Harry Simpson ( - 804-694-0346). - CLASS OF 1954

8. Saturday, July 9, 2011 (6:30 PM to 11:30 PM) - The Class of 1971 will hold its 40-Year Reunion at Newport News Marriott at City Center, 740 Town Center Drive, Newport News. For details, contact Richard Rawls at - CLASS OF 1971


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

                      Love to all, Carol





Carol Buckley Harty

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Silver Bells

Words and Music by Ray Evans and Jay Livingston

Silver bells, silver bells
It's Christmas time in the city
Ring-a-ling, hear them ring
Soon it will be Christmas day

City sidewalks, busy sidewalks
Dressed in holiday style
In the air there's a feeling of Christmas
Children laughing, people passing
Meeting smile after smile
And on every street corner you'll hear

Silver bells, silver bells
It's Christmas time in the city
Ring-a-ling, hear them ring
Soon it will be Christmas day


"Silver Bells" midi courtesy of - 12/02/05

"Silver Bells" lyrics courtesy of - 12/02/05

"Silver Bells" Image ("Do you remember these?" posted by southernbelle104u)
courtesy of - 12/02/05

Silver Bells with Red Bow clip art used to form Divider line courtesy
of - 12/02/05

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

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!

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 Big Hugs Smiley clip art courtesy of Sarah Puckett Kressaty ('65) of VA - 06/19/09
Thanks, Sarah Sugah!

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

Animated Hiding Mallard (by AF Artist - Josh Doohen) courtesy of - 08/28/08

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

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