12/07/06 - NNHS Newsletter -
"Yesterday, December 7, 1941 - a date which will live in infamy -
Franklin D. Roosevelt
"Tug boats push the battleship USS Missouri (BB 63) to its new berth at Ford Island, on June 22, 1998, as it joins the USS Arizona Memorial (foreground) in Pearl Harbor, HA. Secretary of the Navy John H. Dalton signed the Donation Agreement on May 4th, 1998"
"(The agreement allows) Missouri to be used as a museum near the Arizona Memorial as symbols of the beginning and the end of World War II. The Missouri was towed 2,600-miles across the Pacific Ocean from Bremerton, WA."
Dear Friends and Schoolmates,
When I decided to redo this page from last year, I had thought that I would reuse the theme, and the magnificent midi and powerful images, and perhaps tweak here a little there and a little. But during the initial beta test, I listened to the entire midi. As I always do, I began to weep uncontrollably for forty-eleven good and great reasons and memories which it never ceases to evoke in me. I always have some foolish thought that "it won't get me this time." It always does - always. Not that I'm a big ol' cry baby or anything. Well, okay, yes, I am.......
Then I reread Captain Spriggs' ('64 - of VA) notes from last year. I kept them intact as well. The homework too is the same. The rest is all new:
It isn't time for school break yet. It's time once more to do your homework:
From Dave Spriggs ('64) of VA - 11/27/05 - "Music for Pearl Harbor Day":
|The attack on Pearl Harbor set in
motion the largest sea war in history. Nowhere is that war musically
depicted any better than in Richard Rodgers' score for "Victory At Sea".
Attached is a 117 KB (10 min 30 sec) MIDI file which excerpts all the major and recognizable themes from the score. Best of all, it will not repeat while subscribers are reading the Newsletter ... unless they click a link and return.
The source site contains individual MP3 files for each of the sections of the score for those who wish to hear more of the original: http://victoryatseaonline.com/victory_music.html
I recall watching the series in first run in the early 50s. While it certainly did not glamorize war, it surely intoxicated an impressionable 7 year old. And it was even more poignant in that my dad had REALLY been there as a submariner. With all of that at work, how could I ever choose any way of life except the Navy. Those themes still evoke very strong emotions in me, and make me wish I could go to sea once again on an old destroyer. Those who have been there know precisely what I mean; those who have not will never know.
For a very evocative realization of a storm at sea, listen to this track at about the 1:00 minute mark: http://home.comcast.net/~pflyersboy/victory/mare_nostrum.mp3
You may already have considered this, but the
image for that newsletter must be the USS Arizona Memorial juxtaposed
against the USS Missouri, the "alpha" and "omega" of World War II in the
Other than Cesar Franck's Symphony in D minor which will take you to Heaven and Hell and back again, I know of no symphonic work which covers such a range of emotions as "Victory at Sea". What a powerful MIDI you located! And the image you chose is beyond perfection.
I used to watch that series with my daddy as well. For an Army man, he had enormous respect for the Navy and the job they did in winning that war. I cannot begin to imagine how you must have felt as a child, or now, or during all the intervening years as your career passed through so many stages. It overwhelms me to even try.
When Mr. Wilson chose an arrangement of that piece for us to play in concert (was it in 1962?), I was so thrilled, for so many reasons. The band had played it several years earlier, and I was afraid he wouldn't use it again. Parts of it I can still play to this day, more than forty years later.
Thank you, Captain. No one could have done it better. No one ever does.
From Dave Spriggs ('64) of VA - 11/27/05 - "Pearl Harbor Day":
Re: CLIPART. If you are looking for some small images
of ships, you might look here:
Specifically, some images of ARIZONA can be found here:
but also have a look at the other pages of photos linked there.
Thank you, David. I did look, but I decided to use only images of Arizona as a metaphor for all the other ships and lives lost on that horrible day.
The death of Arizona (BB-39), 0805, December 7, 1941
|The forward magazines of Arizona explode after she was hit by a Japanese bomb. Frame clipped from a color motion picture taken from on board Solace (AH-5).||The forward magazines of Arizona explode after she was hit by a Japanese bomb. Black and white photo from a picture taken from on board Solace (AH-5). Photo shows greater contrast than the color one at left.||The forward magazines of Arizona (BB-39) explode after she was hit by a Japanese bomb. Frame clipped from a color motion picture taken from on board Solace (AH-5).||The forward superstructure and Number Two 14"/45 triple gun turret of the sunken Arizona (BB-39), afire after the Japanese raid. The foremast is leaning as a result of the collapse of the hull structure below its front leg, following the explosion of the ship's forward magazines.||Arizona (BB-39) sunk and burning furiously. Her forward magazines had exploded when she was hit by a Japanese bomb. At left, men on the stern of Tennessee (BB-43) are playing fire hoses on the water to force burning oil away from their ship.||Arizona (BB-39) sunk and burning after the Japanese attack. Her forward magazines had exploded when she was hit by a Japanese bomb, resulting in the collapse of structure below her two forward turrets and superstructure. The tug Hoga(YT-146) is alongside, fighting fires on board the wrecked battleship.|
|Official U.S. Navy Photograph, USNHC # 80-G-K-13513, now in the collections of the National Archive||Official U.S. Navy Photograph, USNHC # 80-G-6683, now in the collections of the National Archives.||Official U.S. Navy Photograph, USNHC # 80-G-K-13512, from the collections of the Naval Historical Center.||Official U.S. Navy Photograph, USNHC # NH 97379, from the collections of the Naval Historical Center.||Official U.S. Navy Photograph, USNHC # 80-G-19942, from the collections of the Naval Historical Center.||
BIRTHDAYS - BELATED AND OTHERWISE:
I know I've been stressed, but I just realized I'd forgotten ALL the December birthdays! ARGHHH!!!
Ann Lillaston Wilson ('57)
02 - George Konstant ('65) of VA
04 - Howard Williamson (Hampton HS - '63) of VA - 1944
05 - Melody Clendenin DeBerry (Warwick HS - '66) of VA - 1947
I am so very sorry!
And today we have a Threefer: Jay Styles ('68) of VA - 1949; Janice Pratt McGrew (Hampton HS - '67) of VA - 1949; and Tim Parsons ('73) of VA - 1954!
Many Happy Regards to all of y'all!
From John London (Warwick HS - '57) of VA - 12/06/06:
shopping time again. This is one of the multitude of good reasons that I deserve
to be filthy rich. I would surely hire someone to do this for me if I could.
It's not for lack of being in the holiday way. It's not that I don't love (well, some of 'em) the folks I need to shop for - it's more like I just don't have so much as a clue how to go about shopping for others in anything resembling an efficient manner.
A big part of the problem, for me at least, is that when I finally launch myself to town on the 24th I don't have a plan. A reasonable plan might include: a list of the people you want to buy for, an idea of what you might like to get them, and some idea of where to aim the car when you set out. I do know where the mall is, but other than that I got nothing.
In fairness to myself, I don't really have the training for this, and once a year is not often enough to develop any skill at it. And it's not like I can't shop at all - I can, and often do, go to Lowe's and Home Depot for staple goods, and I like the tool department at Sears. So that helps with buying for my three sons who crave tools too. See; just writing this is helping!
But it's the female soft-goods that are a problem. And here's a little confession; I haven't bought any of my own clothes in many years - Nancy-san does all that. I know it's lame, but there you go - and I feel better now that I've outted myself. Anyway - I don't ever know Nancy's sizes, and even if you find something, like say, a sweater, you still have to answer the clerk when she says; "Well, is she my size do you think?" I don't know, lady. She's kinda like that woman I saw in here earlier.
And jewelry's no good anymore. I used that one up over the years because I don't know sizes.
It's a problem.
So - if on Christmas Eve you see an old man sitting on a bench in the local mall with that glazed-over look in his eyes muttering to himself; come on over and say hello. Better yet, if you know Nancy's sizes I'll buy 'em from you.
Merry Christmas to all my friends and family !!!
Sweetie, I think I hurt myself laughing at all this - but it was worth it! Merry Christmas to you, too!
(I personally believe a woman can never have enough jewelry, but maybe it's just me. There's always fragrance - something you both like....)
Joe Madagan ('57) of FL - 12/06/06:
Well, the main thing bugging me is that my #6 son, Dale (Harty - American School, IL - '02) "highly recommended" I use Mozilla exclusively as my browser. Until now, I had both it and Internet Explorer installed, and used them booth almost equally. He thought the two systems might very well be fighting one another. ARGHHHH-A-RONI-RINI-ROONI!!!
"Somewhat controversial?!?" Adonis Darlin', among your other gifts you seem to be a Master of Understatement!!!
But that's why we're here, as much as any thing else, so as long as y'all don't get violent and remember how much you love each other, "discuss" away!
From Glenn Dye ('60) of TX - 12/06/06 - "Senior Moment"
A 98 year old woman wrote this to her bank. The bank manager thought it amusing enough to have it published in the Times.
I am writing to thank you for bouncing my check with which I endeavored to pay my plumber last month. By my calculations, three 'nanoseconds' must have elapsed between his presenting the check and the arrival in my account of the funds needed to honor it. I refer, of course, to the automatic monthly deposit of my Social Security check, an arrangement which, I admit, has been in place for only eight years. You are to be commended for seizing that brief window of opportunity, and also for debiting my account $30 by way of penalty for the inconvenience caused to your bank.
My thankfulness springs from the manner in which this incident has caused me to rethink my errant financial ways. I noticed that whereas I personally attend to your telephone calls and letters, when I try to contact you, I am confronted by the impersonal, overcharging, Pre-recorded, faceless entity which your bank has become. From now on, I, like you, choose only to deal with a flesh-and-blood person. My mortgage and loan payments will therefore and hereafter no longer be automatic, but will arrive at your bank by check, addressed personally and confidentially to an employee at your bank whom you must nominate.
Be aware that it is an offense under the Postal Act for any other person to open such an envelope. Please find attached an Application Contact Status which I require your chosen employee to complete. I am sorry it runs to eight pages, but in order that I know as much about him or her as your bank knows about me, there is no alternative. Please note that all copies of his or her medical history must be countersigned by a Notary Public, and the mandatory details of his/her financial situation (income, debts, assets and liabilities) must be accompanied by documented proof.
In due course, I will issue your employee with a PIN number which he/she must quote in dealings with me. I regret that it cannot be shorter than 28 digits but, again, I have modeled it on the number of button presses required of me to access my account balance on your phone bank service. As they say, imitation is the sincerest form of flattery.
Let me level the playing field even further. When you call me, press buttons as follows:
1-- To make an appointment to see me.
2-- To query a missing payment.
3-- To transfer the call to my living room in case I am there.
4-- To transfer the call to my bedroom in case I am sleeping.
5-- To transfer the call to my toilet in case I am attending to Nature.
6-- To transfer the call to my mobile phone if I am not at home.
7-- To leave a message on my computer (a password to access my computer is required. A password will be communicated to you at a
later date to the Authorized Contact.)
8-- To return to the main menu and to listen to options 1 through 7.
9-- To make a general complaint or inquiry, the contact will then be put on hold, pending the attention of my automated answering service.
While this may, on occasion, involve a lengthy wait, uplifting music will play for the duration of the call.
Regrettably, but again following your example, I must also levy an establishment fee to cover the setting up of this new arrangement.
May I wish you a happy, if ever so slightly less prosperous, New Year.
Your Humble Client
(Remember: This was written by a 98 year old woman)
WILD GIGGLES!!! Thanks, Glenn! I think this lady needs a new bank!
From Shirley Eanes Matthews ('66) of VA -
12/06/06 - "CRT Link":
I don't know how I missed the CRT link all this time! Thanks for bringing it to my attention.
My dad, Irvin Eanes, Sr., was a driver for CRT from 1948 (the year I was born) until his retirement from Pentran 38 years later. Next Monday, December 11, is the 20th anniversary of his passing, and he has been on my mind more than usual these last few days. Visiting the CRT link has brought back many, many happy memories. Among other routes, Dad drove the afternoon school run to NNHS during the 50's and 60's, delivering many unruly students to the Ivy Farms and Stuart Gardens areas. He always enjoyed these trips, and would come home and regale us with the newest in slang he had learned from "his" kids.
Also, I learned to drive in the Bus Garage parking lot while Mom, my sister, my brother and I were waiting for Dad to get off work. Around and around I'd go until Dad's bus came in, then I'd park and get into the back seat so that he wouldn't notice that Mom had let me practice driving again - especially since I was only 14 and didn't even have a learner's permit!
Thanks again for helping me find the path to walk down memory lane.
Shirley Matthews (Eanes) NNHS '66
WOWZERS!!! How cool! Thanks for sharing this, Shirley! I posted your memory on that page.
And as I type this, I'm beginning to remember your dad! I love this job!
From Catherine Slusser Hudson ('64) of VA - 12/06/06 - "Christmas":
Hope you enjoy the Tree.
OHHHH, thank you, Cathy! It's lovely!
From Me ('65) of NC - 12/06/06:
I had a surprise phone call from my good friend, Jamey Douglas Bacon ('66) of VA today.
That was one of the highlights of my week - especially when she said she remembered me as "such a sweet girl" - which came as a real shock to me, but a very pleasant one.
We laughed and giggled and reminisced and had a great time.
She told me she would be sending me this image of Hilton Pier.
After discovering just how poor my memory is, she asked me if I'd ever been there. I said, "That depends. Was it a place to go parking?"
She said, "No, you hussy!", but by then I was laughing too hard to remember what she said.
Thanks again, Jamey! You really lifted my spirits!
I'll make a Hilton Pier Page for Our Old Stomping Grounds soon......
|Saturday, March 19, 2005, 4:37 PM|
From Linda May Bond Crayton ('66) of VA - 12/07/06:
Oh, of course I have no hard feelings, Lady! Your note was hysterical! I was trying to tell my family about it, but finally I had to go back and read my original note and then your response to them. They liked it, too! Besides, everybody teases me. I think I wear a sign on my back that says, "TEASE HERE", because total strangers in stores do the same thing. I love it!
I myself can break old habits very easily. For instance, I would feel far better (and accomplish far more) if I were to go to bed at 10:00 or 11:00 and wake up at 5:00 or 6:00, as I always did just a couple of years ago.. But no, I've taken to staying up playing and watching TV with these resident goofbuttons until 12:00 or 1:00, and then I can't seem to wake up. I just crawled outta bed this morning at 7:30. I have two sets of company coming today, the house was still a mess (thought the decorating was largely completed!), and worse of all, I had to bake some stuff for the afternoon crowd.
But your note cheered my day, Linda May!
I'm so glad you finally learned to laugh. I can only imagine the horrors which kept that gift from you for all those years. Laughter has gotten me through some of the worst periods of my life, and made the good ones better. That's why I have so many quotations pertaining to it on my Cluckmeat web page.
So keep laughing, and don't worry. I do not offend easily! Usually, I'm too obtuse to figure it out when someone is actively trying to hurt my feelings, and I know you would never do that!
From Karrin Williams Frankie (Warwick HS - '61) of VA - 12/07/06 - "UNCLASSIFIED ":
Carol: Please post the following info on Johnny (NNHS '61) Holland's wife, Gwen WHS '61.
Gwen had a stroke last month and was in Riverside Hospital and then transferred to Riverside Rehab. Recently we just learned she now is in The Newport Nursing home.
I called The Newport yesterday and spoke to Johnny. He said Gwen is doing much better but had to leave the Rehab. She is having PT daily but still doesn't have any feeling in her left side. She can receive calls and visitors and would love cards. He said he is not sure what is wrong with his answering machine at home since he thought he had deleted all old messages but he is not real smart when it comes to mechanical things!!
11141 Warwick Blvd. Newport News, VA. 23601
Something I read in Woman's Day magazine many years ago that makes good sense: When sending cards to hospitals or nursing homes to put that person's OWN ADDRESS as the RETURN address that way when they leave, they still get the card and you don't have to re-mail since these establishments will return the card when they are discharged!
P.S. To Eva Ellis Madagan ('61 - of FL) ~ Johnny was very pleased to receive a card from you and Joe ('57) and wondering how you found out!
Thanks so much for this update, Karrin! I know you must think I'm paranoid about the possibility of getting in trouble for printing matters of personal health, but that's only because - well, because I'm paranoid! GIGGLES!!!
Our thoughts and prayers and best wishes for a speedy recovery will continue to be with Gwen and Johnny, I'm sure they would appreciate hearing from all of y'all!
From Chip Clark of Northern VA - 12/07/06 - "computer wisdom":
Here's a bit of mischief that found it's way onto my desktop...
Why Computers Sometimes Crash!
by Dr. Seuss
If a packet hits a pocket on a socket on a port,
and the bus is interrupted at a very last resort,
and the access of the memory makes your floppy disk abort,
then the socket packet pocket has an error to report.
If your cursor finds a menu item followed by a dash,
and the double-clicking icon puts your window in the trash,
and your data is corrupted cause the index doesn't hash,
then your situation's hopeless and your system's gonna crash!
If the label on the cable on the table at your house,
says the network is connected to the button on your mouse,
but your packets want to tunnel to another protocol,
that's repeatedly rejected by the printer down the hall,
And your screen is all distorted by the side effects of gauss,
so your icons in the window are as wavy as a souse;
then you may as well reboot and go out with a bang,
'cuz sure as I'm a poet, the sucker's gonna hang.
When the copy on your floppy's getting sloppy in the disk,
and the macro code instructions is causing unnecessary risk,
then you'll have to flash the memory and you'll want to RAM your ROM,
and then quickly turn off the computer and be sure to tell your Mom!
(Thank you, Bill Gates, for bringing all this into our lives!)
WILD GIGGLES!!! Thank you, Chippy Darlin'! I love this!
From One of my
Famous Marines -
Herb Hice of MI, who
served in the Pacific Theater
during WWII - 12/07/06 - "Remember Pearl Harbor Day":
Today is REMEMBERDAY, 65 years ago today the Japs plunged the into World War ll. We did not have television yet so all the news of the day was on the Radio and in the Newspapers. In his address to Congress, President Roosevelt said, "a day that will live in Infamy". He then declared WAR ON . I was only 2 months into my 17th Birthday BUT, already I was thinking about joining the Marine Corps. It is difficult to think that was 65 years ago. The Newspapers had lots of pictures of the destruction the Japs had done to us at . In a previous E-Mail I have already told you what I was doing on Sunday Morning, Dec. 07, 1941, so I won't bore you with that story again. All I can say is that the story coming over my car radio was very SOBERING to say the least !!!
Your Friend, Herbie
Herbie Darlin', I may forget my grand children's birthdays, but I never forget Day! As I write this, the Military Channel in the next room is playing, "The True Story of Pearl Harbor". And I remember what you and that pretty little blonde were doing when you heard the news, too - and it was far from boring! WILDEST RAUCOUS GIGGLES!!!
Thank you so much, Sweetie - for everything!
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 were due
The NNHS Class of 1958
will hold its Holiday Party on Thursday, December 14, 2006 at Port Anne Club House, Williamsburg, VA at 5:30 PM.
Map and Directions to Port Anne Community: http://www.widomaker.com/
Reservations are due
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 -11/27/06:
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 Jerry Blanchard ('62) of VA - 11/08/06 - "BEWARE of Wild Animals": (#18 in a series of 18):
Look at one a day to brighten your day,
Jerry Blanchard (Class 62) of Va.
character this little guy is!
From David Whitley ('67) of VA - 11/08/06 - "Polar bears are people, too" (#6 in a series of 12):
Ahhh - lovely! Not as gorgeous as you, of course, but very nice!
|... Good Looks|
Well, my Sweetie-Pies, I must run. I baked a yummy chocolate cake for Adrienne's PartyLite Candle Show this afternoon at 2:30, and I need to bake another one before morning for that Progressive Dinner tomorrow night.
Hey - if you're needing a special gift right away, just visit this website before 12/09/06, mention Adrienne's name, and you'll have it by 12/24!!!
WILD GIGGLES for the shameless plug!!!
Another set of company will arrive tonight at 7:30. After that, I plan to pop in my DVD of Tora, Tora, Tora (1970) that some of my babies gave me for Christmas a couple of years ago. I think it's required viewing for today. If not, it should be.
Take some time today to remember all the sacrifices that were made on your behalf by those who have kept our nation free, and voice a few words of gratitude.
Y'all take care of each other! TYPHOONS FOREVER!
Love to all, Carol
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Victory at Sea Symphonic Scenario
(28 June 1902 - 30 Dec 1979)
"Victory at Sea Symphonic Scenario" midi courtesy of
at the brilliant suggestion of Dave Spriggs ('64) (USNA - '69) of VA - 11/27/05
Thank you so much, Captain!
Image of the
USS Arizona Memorial juxtaposed against the USS Missouri courtesy of
(DoD photo by Petty Officer 2nd Class Kerry E. Baker, U.S. Navy)
also at the suggestion of Dave Spriggs ('64) (USNA - '69) of VA - 11/27/05
Thank you once again, Captain!
Images of the Death of Arizona
(BB-39) courtesy of
once again at the suggestion of Dave Spriggs ('64) (USNA - '69) of VA - 11/27/05
Thank you once more, Captain!
Navy Seal clip art courtesy of http://www.onemileup.com/miniSeals.asp - 05/29/06
Air Force Seal clip art courtesy of http://www1.va.gov/opa/feature/celebrate/milsongs.htm - 07/07/06
Marine Corps Seal clip art
Herbert Hice of MI
- one of my
Famous Marines who served in the South
Pacific during WWII.
Army Seal clip art also courtesy of Al
Farber ('64) of GA - 05/24/06
Thanks again, Al!
Animated Rolling on the Floor Laughing Boy courtesy of http://www.animationfactory.com - 04/06/05
Animated Anchor clip art courtesy of http://www.alibabaweb.com/Gifs.php?Gif=__Lt_0/_rep_anchor/_Num_4 - 05/06/03
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