- NNHS Newsletter -
“Somehow, not only for Christmas, But all
the long year through,
John Greenleaf Whittier
Dear Friends and Schoolmates,
I LOVE snowmen!
BONUS #1 - http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gaMNk_Hc8mQ - It Came Upon the Midnight Clear - Frank Sinatra - What more could you really want?!?
BONUS #2 - http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pv5NMG1KYEA - It Came Upon the Midnight Clear - Johnny Mathis, 1958
BONUS #3 - http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=d-l0qGJAqwQ - It Came Upon the Midnight Clear - Ray Conniff Singers, 1965
BONUS #4 - http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LwBajJ3ZFVo - It Came Upon the Midnight Clear - Julie Andrews, 1969
BONUS #5 - http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jH0HDNTrHFw - It Came Upon the Midnight Clear - Sixpence None the Richer, 2003
BONUS #6 - http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cXTk9tadkvY - It Came Upon the Midnight Clear - Josh Groban, 2007
BONUS #7 - http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=m71c9p9a1dA - It Came Upon the Midnight Clear - Mormon Tabernacle Choir, 2010
"It Came Upon the Midnight Clear" (sometimes rendered as "It
Came Upon a Midnight Clear") is a poem and
carol written by
Edmund Sears, pastor of the
Unitarian Church in
Wayland, Massachusetts. Sears' lyrics are most commonly set to one
of two melodies: "Carol," composed by
Richard Storrs Willis, or "Noel," adapted from an English melody.
Edmund Sears composed the five-stanza poem in 1849. It first appeared on December 29, 1849 in the Christian Register in Boston. Sears is said to have written these words at the request of his friend, William Parsons Lunt, pastor of United First Parish Church, Quincy, Massachusetts.
In 1850, Richard Storrs Willis, a composer who trained under Felix Mendelssohn, wrote the melody called "Carol." This melody is most often set in the key of B-flat major in a six-eight time signature. "Carol" is the most widely known tune to the song in the United States.
In the United Kingdom the tune called "Noel", which was adapted from an English melody in 1874 by Arthur Sullivan, is the usual accompaniment. This tune also appears as an alternate in The Hymnal 1982, the hymnal of the United States Episcopal Church.
THIS WEEK'S BIRTHDAYS:
Happy Birthday today to Helen Bost Rainelle ('72) of FL!
Happy Birthday tomorrow to Mary Massey Lyle ('61) of NJ AND Marcus C. Higgins ('65) of AZ AND Tom Norris (Hampton HS - '73) AND My Former Daughter-in-Law, Bethany Winona Harty (Siuslaw HS, OR - '94) of TX (soon to be UT!
Happy Birthday this week to:
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;
18 - James Strickland ('57)!
Many Happy Returns to You All!
THIS DAY IN WWII:
December 11, 1937 -
Second Italo-Abyssinian War: The Fascist Council in Rome withdrew
Italy from the
League of Nations. .
December 11, 1941 - Germany and Italy declared war on the United States, following the Americans' declaration of war on Japan in the wake of the attack on Pearl Harbor. The United States, in turn, declared war on Germany and Italy.
December 11, 1941 -
Poland declared war on Empire of Japan.
December 11, 1957 - It was forbidden to leave East Germany without permission. Violations were prosecuted with prison up to three years.
December 11, 1973 - West German Chancellor Willy Brandt and Czech Prime Minister Lubomir Strougal formally nullified the 1938 Munich pact when they signed a treaty sanctioning Hitler's seizure of Czechoslovakia's Sudetenland.
|THIS DAY IN 1954:
It was 59 years ago today that USS Forrestal (CVA-59) was christened, right there in Newport News. Remember? Even I remember that; I was right there with my family. I was wearing my white organdy dress.....
My sister, Eleanor Buckley Nowitzky of NC, the Best Dressed Girl in the Class of 1959, remembers what she was wearing, too. Yes, she says she distinctly remembers that she was wearing clothes.
THIS DAY IN 1963:
From Jay Styles ('68) of VA - 12/10/13 - "USAF Band":
From Jimmy Smith ('62 / '63) of VA - 12/10/13 - "The Back Nines":
|THE BACK NINE
(as in Golf for you non-golfers)
It's Not What You Gather, But What You Scatter That Tells What Kind Of Life You Have Lived.
Thank you, Jimmy!
From George Helliesen ('61) of MI - 12/10/13 - "Why?":
Now that you've smiled at
least once, it's your turn to spread the stupidity and send this to
someone you want to bring a smile to (maybe even a chuckle)... in other
words, send it to everyone. We all need to smile every once in a while.
From Eva Ellis Madagan ('61) of FL - 12/09/13 - "Reflections: Heart Touching Photos":
|IN GOD WE TRUST
Photographer Tom Hussey created a series of pictures which should grab your attention.
Thank you so much for sharing these poignant images, Eva!
From My Niece, Shari, of VA - 11/07/13 - "A Bunch of Ponder Worthies (in pic. form)" (#11 in a series of 14)":
BONUS CHRISTMAS CROCHET PATTERNS:
BONUS CHRISTMAS RECIPE:
From Me ('65) of NC - 12/10/13 - "Frances' Fabulous Pineapple Cake":
http://www.ajokeaday.com - 12/08/13:
|Bob Hill and his
new wife Betty were vacationing in Europe, as it happens, near
Transylvania. They were driving in a rental car along a rather deserted
highway. It was late, and raining very hard. Bob could barely see 20
feet in front of the car.
Suddenly the car skidded out of control! Bob attempted to control the car, but to no avail! The car swerved and smashed into a tree. Moments later, Bob shook his head to clear the fog. Dazed, he looked over at the passenger seat and saw his wife unconscious, with her head bleeding! Despite the rain and unfamiliar countryside, Bob knew he had to carry her to the nearest phone.
Bob carefully picked his wife up and began trudging down the road. After a short while, he saw a light. He headed towards the light, which was coming from an old, large house. He approached the door and knocked. A minute passed. A small, hunched man opened the door. Bob immediately blurted, "Hello, my name is Bob Hill, and this is my wife Betty. We've been in a terrible accident, and my wife has been seriously hurt. May I please use your phone?"
"I'm sorry," replied the hunchback, "but we don't have a phone. My master is a doctor; come in and I will get him!"
Bob brought his wife in. An elegant man came down the stairs. "I'm afraid my assistant may have misled you. I am not a medical doctor; I am a scientist. However, it is many miles to the nearest clinic, and I have had a basic medical training. I will see what I can do. Igor, bring them down to the laboratory."
With that, Igor picked up Betty and carried her downstairs, with Bob following closely. Igor placed Betty on a table in the lab. Bob collapsed from exhaustion and his own injuries, so Igor placed Bob on an adjoining table. After a brief examination, Igor's master looks worried.
"Things are serious, Igor. Prepare a transfusion." Igor and his master worked feverishly, but to no avail. Bob and Betty Hill were no more.
The Hills' deaths upset Igor's master greatly. Wearily, he climbed the steps to his conservatory, which housed his grand piano, for it is here that he has always found solace. He began to play, and a stirring, almost haunting, melody filled the house.
Meanwhile, Igor was still in the lab tidying up. His eyes caught movement, and he noticed the fingers on Betty's hand twitch, keeping time to the haunting piano music. Stunned, he watched as Bob's arm began to rise, marking the beat! He was further amazed as Betty sat straight up! Unable to contain himself, he dashed up the stairs to the conservatory. He burst in and shouted to his master: "Master, Master! The Hills are alive with the sound of music!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!"
DATES TO REMEMBER:
1. Wednesday, December 11,
2013 - 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.
2.Thursday, January 2, 2014 - 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 friends in that year, go visit with them.
3. Wednesday, February 12, 2013 - 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.
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Richard Storrs Willis
(10 Feb 1819 – 10 May 1900), 1859
It came upon the midnight clear,
That glorious song of old,
From angels bending near the earth,
To touch their harps of gold:
"Peace on the earth, goodwill to men
From heavens all gracious King!"
The world in solemn stillness lay
To hear the angels sing.
Still through the cloven skies they come,
With peaceful wings unfurled;
And still their heavenly music floats
O'er all the weary world:
Above its sad and lowly plains
They bend on hovering wing,
And ever o'er its Babel sounds
The blessed angels sing.
O ye beneath life's crushing load,
Whose forms are bending low,
Who toil along the climbing way
With painful steps and slow;
Look now, for glad and golden hours
Come swiftly on the wing;
Oh rest beside the weary road
And hear the angels sing.
For lo! the days are hastening on,
By prophets seen of old,
When with the ever-circling years
Shall come the time foretold,
When the new heaven and earth shall own
The Prince of Peace, their King,
And the whole world send back the song
Which now the angels sing.
"It Came Upon the Midnight Clear" midi courtesy of http://www.lockergnome.com/midi/ - 11/22/05
"It Came Upon the Midnight Clear" lyrics and history courtesy of http://www.carols.org.uk/it_came_upon_a_midnight_clear.htm - 12/05/05
Herald Angel clip art courtesy of http://www.btinternet.com/~edward.caution/HarkTheHeraldAngelsSing.htm - 12/03/09
Animated Stars Divider Line clip art courtesy of http://www.hellasmultimedia.com/webimages/christ-htm/lines-christ25.htm - 12/03/09
Air Force Seal clip art courtesy of http://www1.va.gov/opa/feature/celebrate/milsongs.htm - 07/07/06
Hampton High School's Crab clip art courtesy of http://www.geocities.com/agent99bm/
Siuslaw High School's Viking Logo clip art courtesy of http://www.answers.com/topic/minnesotavikings-1000-png - 12/27/07
Coast Guard Seal clip art courtesy of http://www.tioh.hqda.pentagon.mil/SealsEmblems/USCG.htm - 10/03/07
Hillsboro High School's Topper (Band Version) clip art courtesy of
Army Seal clip art courtesy of Al Farber ('64) of GA - 05/24/06 (still
Replaced by Norm Covert ('61) of MD - 02/09/09
courtesy of Glenn Dye ('60) of TX - 08/28/09
Animated Wildly Laughing Dog courtesy of Eva Ellis Madagan ('61) of FL -
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