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12/10/09 - NNHS Newsletter - Blue Christmas

“Christmas is not a time nor a season, but a state of mind. To cherish peace and goodwill,
to be plenteous in mercy, is to have the real spirit of Christmas.”

- Calvin Coolidge
(04 July 1872 - 05 Jan 1933)

Dear Friends and Schoolmates, 

   Maybe I'm just getting a case of the Holiday Blues myself, but Elvis has been singing this Christmas song to me all week now, so I thought we might just as well revisit this Newsletter from four years and two days ago:

BONUS #1 - - Blue Christmas - Elvis Presley, live

BONUS #2 - - Christmas lights synchronized to Elvis Presley's version of Blue Christmas, 2006

BONUS #3 - - Blue Christmas - Porky Pig (Denny Brownlee - a.k.a. "Seymour Swine") - NO, that is NOT me cackling in the background - although for a moment there, I thought it was!


   If you're feeling even the least bit down - or know someone who is - please read these four short selections:,612,636


     Happy Birthday today to     John Murden ('60) of VA AND   Glen Davenport ('63) of VA!


   Happy Birthday this week to:

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 TX;

13 - Kay Davis Smith ('57);

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

15 - Jewell Hamner Crowe ('57) AND        Buster Vest ('63) of VA;

16 -   Betty Brockwell McClure ('58) of VA;

17 -   Tom Oxner ('65) of AR!

   Many Happy Returns to You All!


December 10, 1941 - Battle of the Philippines Imperial Japanese forces under the command of General Masaharu Homma invaded the Philippine mainland.

December 10, 1941 - In the Battle of Malaya, the Royal Navy capital ships HMS Prince of Wales and HMS Repulse were sunk by Imperial Japanese Navy torpedo bombers near Malaya.


Thursday, December 10, 2008 - Celebrity chef and restaurateur Bobby Flay was born in New York, New York.

Thursday, December 10, 2008 - Actor George Newbern (Danny The Yeti in Friends) was born in Little Rock, Arkansas - or was he really born on December 30?  The experts disagree.....

    From Linda Lane Lane ('64) of VA - 12/09/09 - "Deepest Sympathy":


I was shocked to read about       Paul's (Harty - Bardolph HS, IL - '61 - of IL)  brother-in-law. Please give him an extra hug from me and tell him I am so very sorry about the death of his brother-in-law. You are both in my thoughts and prayers.


   Thank you so much, Linda-Linda! Paul was quite touched by your love and concern; we were extremely shocked ourselves.

       From George Helliesen ('61) of MI - 12/08/09 - "Ho Ho Ho":


Who's jolly and cute,
Wearing a beard and
A red flannel suit,
And if he is chuckling
And laughing away,
While flying around
In a miniature sleigh,
With eight tiny reindeer
To pull him along,

Then let's face it...
 Your eggnog's too strong!

Merry Christmas and a Happy 2O1O 

      Thanks, George! Merry Christmas to you, too!

  From Judy Phillips Allen ('66) of VA - 12/08/09 -"Mellow & Awesome Video (Very Short)":

I love this!  It really made me feel good! - Seven Wonders of the World - "I got this powerpoint presentation by E-mail a while ago and wanted to post it on YouTube. So I made my own version of it. The text is the same, but the pictures are different."

   Thank you so very much, Dearest Judy! (This version is as close as I could find to yours.)

        From My Cousin, Cheryl White Wilson (John Marshall HS - '64) of VA - 12/09/09 - "Kittens for Lunch":

Don't pass this short movie up, it's so uplifting and amazing!

   AMEN to that! Thanks so much, Cheryl! Miss you - and Merry Christmas!

From My Friend, Cheryl, of NC (probably still currently in Norway) - 12/09/09 - "Where did it go?":

Where did the year go? Suddenly it is December ......again - and we realize that with giant strides
we started in January and within a blink of an eye, 2009 is on its back!


A big "Thank You" to each and everyone of you, for any impact you had on my life this year. Especially for all the e-mails I received.......
without you, I'm sure that 2009 would have been extremely boring.

From my side I wish you all a Very Merry Christmas Season filled with Loving Wishes and Beautiful Thoughts.
May 2010 mark the beginning of a Tidal Wave of Love, Happiness and Bright Futures.

And to those who need someone special, may you find that true love. 
To those who need money, may your finances overflow.
To those who need caring, may you find a good heart .
 To those who need friends, I am still here for you.
To those who need life, may you find GOD

Thanks for being my friend!!



   Thank you so much, Cheryl! Merry Christmas to you, too!


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

   Contact Dr. Chambers at

   Thanks, Jane!


From ArcaMax Jokes - 12/09/09:

Actual Accident Summaries

The following are real statements found on insurance claim forms. Drivers attempted to summarize the details of an accident succinctly.

Coming home, I drove into wrong house and collided with a tree I don't have.

I thought my window was down, but found it was up when I put my head through it.

The other car collided with mine without giving warning of its intentions.

The guy was all over the road. I had to swerve a number of times before I hit him.

I pulled away from the side of the road, glanced at my mother-in-law and headed over the embankment.

In my attempt to kill a fly, I drove into a telephone pole.

I had been shopping for plants all day and was on my way home. As I reached an intersection a hedge sprang up obscuring my vision, and I did not see the other car.

The telephone pole was approaching. I was attempting to swerve out of its way when it struck the front end.

I was thrown from the car as it left the road. I was later found in the ditch by some stray cows.

The indirect cause of the accident was a little guy in a small car with a big mouth.

I had been driving for 40 years when I fell asleep at the wheel and had an accident.

I was on my way to the doctor with rear end trouble when my universal joint gave way causing me to have an accident.

As I approached the intersection a sign suddenly appeared in a place where no stop sign had ever appeared before. I was unable to stop in time to avoid the accident. To avoid hitting the bumper of the car in front, I struck the pedestrian.

My car was legally parked as it backed into the other vehicle.

An invisible car came out of nowhere, struck my car and vanished.

I told the police that I was not injured, but upon removing my hat found that I had a fractured skull.

I was sure the old fellow would never make it to the other side of the curb when I struck him.

The pedestrian had no idea which direction to run, so I ran over him.


1. Saturday, December 12, 2009 - The NNHS Class of 1960 will again encourage their friends - TYPHOON OR NOT, CLASS OF 1960 OR NOT - to meet with them for 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.  RSVP to  NO LATER THAN December 8, 2009. OOPS! THAT WAS TUESDAY!!!
2. 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”!

3. 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 - CLASS OF 1970

4. 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 12/09/09

BLOG: - updated 08/04/09


 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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Blue Christmas

Written by Billy Hayes, Jay Johnson, 1948

Recorded by Elvis Presley, 1957
(08 Jan 1935 – 16 Aug 1977 - or IS he???)

I'll have a Blue Christmas without you.
I'll be so blue thinking about you.
Decorations of red on a green Christmas tree,
Won't mean a thing if you're not here with me.

I'll have a Blue Christmas that's certain.
And when that blue heartache starts hurtin'.
You'll be doin' all right, with your Christmas of white,
But I'll have a blue, blue Christmas.

"Blue Christmas" midi courtesy of - 12/03/05

"Blue Christmas" lyrics courtesy of - 12/04/05

Image of "Blue Christmas" Craft Projects courtesy of - 12/04/05

Animated Christmas Lights Divider Line clip art courtesy of - 12/04/05

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

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

Hampton High School's Crab clip art courtesy of
Replaced courtesy of

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

Coast Guard Seal clip art courtesy of - 10/03/07

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

Animated Laughing Jerry courtesy of Cookie Phillips Tyndall ('64) of VA - 06/14/06
Thanks, Cookie!

Animated BOO-HOO courtesy of Glenn Dye ('60) of TX - 08/28/09
Thanks, Glenn!

John Marshall High School's Justice Scale clip art courtesy of Cheryl White Wilson (JMHS - '64) of VA - 10/13/05 (replaced 02/23/09)
Thanks, Cheryl!

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

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