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12/12/08 - NNHS Newsletter
The Chipmunk's Christmas Song

“In the old days, it was not called the Holiday Season;
the Christians called it 'Christmas' and went to church;
the Jews called it 'Hanukkah' and went to synagogue;
the atheists went to parties and drank. People passing
each other on the street would say 'Merry Christmas!' or
'Happy Hanukkah!' or (to the atheists) 'Look out for the wall!' ”

- Dave Barry, “Christmas Shopping: A Survivor's Guide”
(b. 03 July 1947)




Dear Friends and Schoolmates, 

   Today's Newsletter theme is also new to us this year.

BONUS - - The Chipmunk's Christmas Song


     Happy Birthday today to    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 - and of course, to Frank Sinatra!!!

   Happy Birthday tomorrow to Kay Davis Smith ('57)!

   Happy Birthday this week to:
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);

19 - Durwood Adams ('57)!

   Many Happy Returns to You All!

    From Joe Madagan ('57) of FL - 12/11/08 - "Last Icon":

Hi, Carol:
   Fred Field (June '45 - of CA) wrote about the Mennonite Colony in his message carrying the subject "Last Icon" and the cessation of Yoder Dairy home delivery on the Peninsula.
He recalls:
"the Mennonites had a communal store on 30th Street, south side, just east of Washington Avenue.  It was popular because of fresh produce and reasonable prices."
If I am not mistaken, this store was later the location of H & B Grocery, operated by Charlie Burcher and Dick Hockaday as their second location to the store situated in the 700-Block of 31st Street in East End.
TYPHOON Regards,
Joe Madagan ('57) of FL

   WOW! Thanks so much, Joe, your memory just keeps getting better while mine fades away! I've added your note to that page:


 From George Helliesen ('61) of MI - 12/11/08 - "RE: 12/10/08 - Gesù Bambino":

A great newsletter!  One of your best.  I know that you put a lot of time, effort, and energy into it. 
Very sorry about all of the tragedies that come your way.  I know they must become very hard to report at times.
Have a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year.
Also, have a safe trip when you visit your family for the holidays.
Thank you.
George Helliesen, class of 61 

   I truly appreciate that! Thank you so much, George - for everything! Merry Christmas!

  From Renee Helterbran Benton ('59) of VA - 12/11/08 - "Merry Christmas":

  I don't know who they are,
Saying I can't greet the crowd
The way that I want to,
Can't say CHRISTMAS out loud.
I walk into a business place,
See things that I'd rather not see,
But dare I not say CHRISTMAS
And ask for a 'holiday' tree.
  What happened to freedom of speech
And living in the land of the free?
How can they take my CHRISTMAS money
But can't say MERRY CHRISTMAS to me?
Men and women have given their lives
So we could still go free.
I wonder how they would feel
At saying ' HOLIDAY ' TREE?
  Come on, United States, let's wake up!
Don't let our freedom escape.
If they get by with doing this,
What else will they take?
This is starting to get out of hand,
And I've begun to keep track.
Well, I've just about had enough;
I hope this gets all over the net.
If we all stand united and take freedom back,
'Twill be our best CHRISTMAS YET!


   Thank you, Renee, I had a lot of fun with this last year! Any time I checked out of a store, I'd say (none too softly), "Merry Christmas!"

  More often than not, the sales clerk would reply, "Same to you!

   So Merry Christmas to you!

From Norris Perry (Warwick HS - '59) of VA - 12/11/08 - "Holiday eating tips....":

Please Print out and carry with you in case you forget what to do.


1. Avoid carrot sticks. Anyone who puts carrots on a holiday buffet table knows nothing of the Christmas spirit.  In fact, if you see carrots, leave immediately.  Go next door, where they're serving rum balls.

2. Drink as much eggnog as you can. And quickly. It's rare..  You cannot find it any other time of year but now. So drink up! Who cares that it has 10,000 calories in every sip? It's not as if you're going to turn into an eggnog-alcoholic or something. It's a treat. Enjoy it.  Have one for me. Have two.  It's later than you think. It's Christmas!

3. If something comes with gravy, use it. That's the whole point of gravy.  Gravy does not stand alone. Pour it on. Make a volcano out of your mashed potatoes. Fill it with gravy. Eat the volcano. Repeat.

4. As for mashed potatoes, always ask if they're made with skim milk or whole milk. If it's skim, pass. Why bother? It's like buying a sports car with an automatic transmission.

5. Do not have a snack before going to a party in an effort to control your eating. The whole point of going to a Christmas party is to eat other people's food for free. Lots of it. Hello?

6. Under no circumstances should you exercise between now and New Year's.  You can do that in January when you have nothing else to do. This is the time for long naps, which you'll need after circling the buffet table while carrying a 10-pound plate of food and that vat of eggnog.

7. If you come across something really good at a buffet table, like frosted Christmas cookies in the shape and size of Santa, position yourself near them and don't budge. Have as many as you can before becoming the center of attention. They're like a beautiful pair of shoes. If you leave them behind, you're never going to see them again.

8. Same for pies. Apple, Pumpkin, Mincemeat. Have a slice of each. Or if you don't like mincemeat, have two apples and one pumpkin. Always have three. When else do you get to have more than one dessert? Labor Day?

9. Did someone mention fruitcake? Granted, it's loaded with the mandatory celebratory calories, but avoid it at all cost. I mean, have some standards.

10. One final tip: If you don't feel terrible when you leave the party or get up from the table, you haven't been paying attention. Re-read tips; start over, but hurry, January is just around the corner. Remember this motto to live by:

"Life should NOT be a  journey to the grave with the  intention of  arriving  safely in  an attractive and well preserved body, but  rather to skid in sideways, chocolate in one hand, body thoroughly used up, totally worn out and screaming "WOO HOO what a ride!"

Have a very Merry Christmas !!!

   AMEN! Thanks, Norris - and a Merry Christmas to you!

      From Me ('65) of NC - 12/11/08 - "And speaking of food...":

   This is another recipe I might make while I'm visiting in Illinois (when we get bored from eating all those sweet desserts):

Creamy Chicken Broccoli Bake

2 cans chicken breasts
1-1/2 cups uncooked instant rice
21-1/4 cups milk
1 (10-oz.) pkg. frozen chopped broccoli, thawed and drained
1/2 pound processed cheese, cubed
1/2 cup Miracle Whip
    Preheat oven to 375 degrees F.  Combine all ingredients in a large bowl.  Pour into a 12" x 8" baking dish.  Bake for 30 minutes.  Serves 6.

From My Friend, Wanda, of AR - 12/08/08 - "Marriage of Oldsters":

Jacob, age 92, and Rebecca, age 89, living in Florida, are all excited about their decision to get married. They go for a stroll to discuss the wedding, and on the way they pass a drugstore. Jacob suggests they go in.

Jacob addresses the man behind the counter: 'Are you the owner?'

The pharmacist answers, 'Yes.'

Jacob: 'We're about to get married. Do you sell heart medication?'

Pharmacist: 'Of course we do.'

Jacob:  'How about medicine for circulation?'

Pharmacist: 'All kinds.'

Jacob: 'Medicine for rheumatism and scoliosis?'

Pharmacist: 'Definitely.'

Jacob: 'How about  Viagra?'

Pharmacist: 'Of course.'

Jacob: 'Medicine for memory problems, arthritis, jaundice?'

Pharmacist: 'Yes, a large variety.  The works.'

Jacob: 'What about vitamins, sleeping pills, Geritol, antidotes for Parkinson's disease?'

Pharmacist:  'Absolutely.'

Jacob: 'You sell wheelchairs and  walkers?'

Pharmacist: 'All speeds and sizes.'

Jacob: 'We'd like to use this store as our Bridal Registry.'

   Thanks, Wanda!

        From David Whitley ('67) of VA - 12/03/08 (but not discovered until 12/08/08) - "All these pictures are made from FOOD" (#5 in a Series of 7):

This is really cool, look closely at each picture; most everything is a kind of food.

Lots of detail & tons more imagination than I have...

   Thanks, Gorgeous! These are really incredible!



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 12/10/08
NNHS BLOG: - updated 12/08/08

   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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Fayetteville, NC 29311-9305  
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The Chipmunk Song (Christmas Don't Be Late)

Music and Lyrics by Ross Bagdasarian, Sr. (a.k.a. David Seville), 1958
(27 Jan 1972 - 16 Jan 1972)

Dave: "All right you Chipmunks! Ready to sing your song?"
Alvin: "I'll say we are!"
Simon: "Yeah!"
Theodore: "Let's sing it now!"
Dave: "Okay, Simon?"
Simon: "Okay!"
Dave: "Okay, Theodore?"
Theodore: "Okay!"
Dave: "Okay, Alvin? Alvin? ALVIN!!!"
Alvin: "OKAY!!!

Christmas, Christmas time is near,
Time for toys and time for cheer.
We've been good, but we can't last.
Hurry, Christmas, hurry fast!

Want a plane that loops the loop.
Me, I want a hula hoop,
We can hardly stand the wait.
Please, Christmas, don't be late.

Dave: "Okay, fellas, get ready.
That was very good, Simon."
Simon: "Naturally."
Dave: "Very good Theodore."
Theodore: "Ahhh!"
Dave: "Ah, Alvin, you were a little flat, watch it.
Ah, Alvin. Alvin. ALVIN!!!"
Alvin: "OKAY!!!"

Christmas, Christmas time is near,
Time for toys and time for cheer.
We've been good, but we can't last.
Hurry, Christmas, hurry fast!

Want a plane that loops the loop.
Me, I want a hula hoop,
We can hardly stand the wait.
Please, Christmas, don't be late.

We can hardly stand the wait.
Please, Christmas, don't be late.

Dave: "Very good, boys!"
Alvin: "Lets sing it again!"
Simon: "Yeah, lets sing it again!"
Dave: "No, That's enough, lets not overdo it"
Theodore: "What do you mean overdo it?"
Simon:" We want to sing it again!"
Dave: "Now wait a minute, boys..."
Alvin: "Why can't we sing it again?"
[chipmunk chatter]
Dave: "Alvin, cut that out..
Theodore, just a minute.
Simon will you cut that out?

"The Chipmunks Christmas Song" midi, lyrics, and animated Title clip art courtesy of - 12/12/08

Candle and Stars Divider Line clip art courtesy of  - 12/12/08

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 - 10/02/05

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

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

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!

Army Seal clip art courtesy of Al Farber ('64) of GA - 05/24/06
Thanks, Al!

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

Animated Laughing Frog courtesy of Joyce Lawrence Cahoon of VA - 05/31/08
Thanks, Joyce!

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

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

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