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12/07/08 - NNHS Newsletter -
Pearl Harbor Day
Plus 67 Years

"Yesterday, December 7, 1941 - a date which will live in infamy -
the United States of America was suddenly and deliberately
attacked by naval and air forces of the Empire of Japan."

- President Franklin D. Roosevelt
(30 Jan 1882 - 12 Apr 1945)
War Message to Congress, December 8, 1941

"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, 

   This day is always observed here: - contains       Herbie's first person account!

   I'll not redo anything, because we got it right the first time.

       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: 

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:

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 Pacific:

   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 (the late Robert Buckley - John Marshall HS - '25)

 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 again, 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.

Submitted by Scott Dyben.
Official U.S. Navy Photograph, USNHC # 80-G-32485, from the collections of the Naval Historical Center


Happy Birthday today to our Three-Fer -     Jay Styles ('68) of VA AND   Janice Pratt McGrew (Hampton HS - '67) of VA AND   Tim Parsons ('73) of VA!

   Happy Birthday this week to:

09 - Shirley Smith Langston ('57);

10 -     John Murden ('60) of VA AND   Glen Davenport ('63) of VA;

12 -   Mary Massey Lyle ('61) of NJ AND      Marcus C. Higgins ('65) of AZ AND       Tom Norris (Hampton HS - '73) AND   My #2 Daughter-in-Law, Bethany Winona Harty (Siuslaw HS, OR - '94) of OR;

13 - Kay Davis Smith ('57);

14 - Elizabeth Mitchell Hedgepeth ('57) AND   Kathie Avant Taylor ('64) of GA!

   Many Happy Returns to You All!

  From Wayne Agee ('58) of FL - 12/06/08 - "Go Gators":

I ask you now...........Can the University of Florida Gators be on their way to another National Championship..........? Go Gators......

Wayne Agee

  Um, uh, well, of that I must admit I have no knowledge whatsoever, Wayne, but if that is your heart's desire, I wish you well!

From Norris Perry (Warwick HS - '59) of VA - 12/06/08:




   Wasn't that amazing, Norris?!? He had perfect attendance, too! Well, let me think. No, that'll never work. I'll check. AHA! Because I never discard anything, I was able to run a mail search, and I located this:

    From Bill Campbell ('54) of VA - 06/18/06 - "Father's Day, Military, Etc.":

Hi Carol.
I read your newsletter every day. Don't even THINK about limiting it to something less, like only once a week. Well, today I am responding to your Father's Day/Military appeal in the 6/18/06 newsletter.:

I was in the U.S. Army for two years after I graduated from NNHS in 1954. My classmates Mac Langston,   Mickey Marcella, Granville Hall, and Joe Lanier were also in the Army during that time. So, we had 5 Typhoons 'guarding the perimeter' just after the Korean War. After basic training at Ft. Jackson, S.C. and Signal Corps School at Camp Gordon (now upgraded to FORT Gordon), Ga., I spent the remainder of my two years as a saxophonist in the Southeastern Signal School Band. I was able to get into the band because I had obtained good musical training at NNHS. (An aside - I was in the Jr. Band in 8th grade under     Miss Sherman, promoted to Sr. Band in 9th grade under Miss Sherman, and then she quit. For the next three years we had 3 different band directors. First, Elmer Cogan, then Mr. Warner, who didn't stay long enough to even have his picture in the Anchor, and finally,    Mr. Leonard Zimet. Four band directors in four years. Was Miss Sherman a tough act to follow or what?)
Anyway, the time that I spent in the U.S. Army was the best investment I ever made, because it allowed me to go to the University of Virginia on the G.I. Bill (couldn't have afforded it otherwise), which allowed me to graduate with an engineering degree, which allowed me to get a job as an engineer with N.A.S.A. at Langley, which allowed me to get jobs with N.A.S.A contractors, which allowed me to make a lot of money, retire, and live happily ever after. 
I also have a son, William Austin Campbell, Jr., so you may add me to your list of fathers, if you have one, and also to your list of military veterans. Keep up the good work, you little Energizer Bunny.
Bill C.

   TA-DAH! Thanks, Norris - and Bill!

From - 12/05/08 - "Overcoming Apathy":

Time Management - The Science of Overcoming Procrastination
By Michael Erwin, Nov. 30, 2008


"Habits are like comfortable beds - Easy to get into, but difficult to get out of."
- Dr. Denis Waitley, Author of The Psychology of Winning

"Seems to apply to my football team!" I said replying to my friend who was talking about the laws of science. Something changed in the second half of the game this weekend. The team performance was amazing.

So how does this relate to science and procrastination? Well, science recognizes two laws - both of which can be related to procrastination. The first law states, "Standing objects tend to remain stationary." The second law is the opposite: "Moving objects tend to stay in motion."

Procrastination is stationary inertia. You aren't doing, and therefore you don't move!

Overcoming Procrastination is about action and this means you allow the law of motion to take over.

Our clients tell us that once they start a project or process it is easier than thy thought it would be -- and so they are able to complete it.

My team had no momentum in the first half. Somehow the momentum started in the second half on Saturday and they could not be stopped.

Here are seven time management techniques to help you build that momentum and overcome procrastination:

What is really stopping you?

1.Take timeout and identify what you are putting off. On a blank sheet of paper, note 3-5 important activities that you are delaying or have put on hold. Next to each describe what is stopping YOU (not the external factors). For at least one of these write 5 small tasks to get you started.

Action eliminates anxiety

2. From the list you wrote in point one, pick a small task do it right now. Put the energy you've been directing toward excuses into the activity you've been avoiding. You will discover that action eliminates anxiety.

The Best Time is

3. If getting started is the hard part for you, set a designated time slot in the day to work on the list. Set aside thirty minutes of your lunch hour for work specifically on one job, project, or personal goal that you've been avoiding or find difficult to start. Many of my clients find the best time is as soon as they get to work (before anything distracts you!)

80% is good enough

4. Focus on quality of effort, not perfect results. Don't worry about perfection. Don't let yourself get bogged down with a preoccupation for perfectionism. Allow yourself to be OK with 80% quality work. A task done at 80% quality is much more useful than a task that could be perfect, but is not done.

Reveal your assumptions

5. If what you are putting off involves other people, consult with them. Your reasons for delaying action may be assumptions you have developed. Lack of communication can mean you make assumptions which turn molehills into mountains.

Face the fear

6. If you fear the consequences associated with the action you've been avoiding, ask yourself, "What's the worst thing that could happen if I did this today?" The worst-case scenario most likely would be a minor inconvenience or a temporary setback.

Feel the sense of achievement and satisfaction

7. Finally, vividly picture how you'll feel once the task is done -- feel the sense of achievement you get from completing the task. How good does that feel?

Accomplishing task you have put-off will give you a great boost of confidence and energy! Ground breaking requires TNT. To blast your way out of apathy and overcoming procrastination.

Remember what TNT means: Today! Not Tomorrow.

Author's Bio

Michael Erwin is a Time Creation Expert and Time Coach. He offers Free time management resources. You can find more time management articles and time management tips at
  Copyright by, Self Improvement Online, Inc.

"The great tragedy of life is not death, but what dies inside of us while we live."

 - Norman Cousins (24 June 1915 - 30 Nov 1990)

      From My Niece, Shari, of VA - 11/17/08 - "TWELVE WONDERFUL COMMANDMENTS" (#12 in a Series of 12):

sweet pictures

   Thank you so much, Shari! These lessons seem to take most of us an entire lifetime to learn.....

   It's been a wonderful series!

And don't forget to always be THANKFUL!

And Thank God for today!


The NNHS Class of 1958 Gathering and Dinner will be held Wednesday, December 17, 2008 at 6:00 PM at Al Fresco Ristorante, 11710 Jefferson Avenue, Newport News, VA 23606 CONTACT: Joe Drewry (, 757-244-4443, ext 4)


1. Thursday, January 1, 2009, 11:00 AM - Class of 1955 Lunch Bunch - Steve & John's Steak House on Jefferson Avenue just above Denbigh Boulevard in Newport News, VA  - OPEN TO ALL WITH FRIENDS IN CLASS OF 1955

2. April 23, 24, & 25, 2009 - Class of 1954 will hold their 55th-Year Reunion. For details contact Dr. Harry Simpson at 804-694-0346 or email him at - CLASS OF 1954

PRAYER ROLL: - updated 12/06/08
NNHS BLOG: - updated 12/01/08

   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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Victory at Sea Symphonic Scenario

- Richard Rodgers
(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!

Animated United States Marine Corps Flag clip art courtesy of - 06/18/03

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

John Marshall High School's Justice Scale clip art courtesy of Cheryl White Wilson (JMHS - '64) of VA - 10/13/05
Thanks, Cheryl!

Animated Army Flag clip art courtesy of - 06/18/03

Animated Tiny 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
Thanks, Al!

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

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!!

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

Siuslaw High School's Viking Logo clip art courtesy of - 12/27/07

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

Animated "NEW" clip art courtesy of - 03/07/06

Animated Anchor clip art courtesy of - 05/06/03

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