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12/13/10 - NNHS Newsletter - Gabriel's Message

And the angel came in unto her, and said, Hail, thou that art highly favoured, the Lord is with thee:
blessed art thou among women. And when she saw him, she was troubled at his saying, and cast
in her mind what manner of salutation this should be. And the angel said unto her, Fear not, Mary:
for thou hast found favour with God. And, behold, thou shalt conceive in thy womb, and bring forth
a son, and shalt call his name Jesus. He shall be great, and shall be called the Son of the Highest:
and the Lord God shall give unto him the throne of his father David: And Mary said, Behold the
handmaid of the Lord; be it unto me according to thy word. And the angel departed from her...

- Luke 1:28 - 32, 38

Dear Friends and Schoolmates,

   Good news! When       my cousin, Jean Atkinson Mallory (Rappahannock HS / John Marshall HS - '65) of VA called me on 12/08/10 with three "obscure or medieval Christmas carols", I thought I only had room to use one of them this year (on the 27th). But I just noticed that the song I had originally planned for today, Home for the Holidays, had been used not only in 2005, but in 2008 as well. So it seems we had an opening after all! Thanks, Jean!

BONUS - - Gabriel's Message - Sting


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

     Happy Birthday tomorrow to Elizabeth Mitchell Hedgepeth ('57) AND   Kathie Avant Taylor ('64) of GA!

   Happy Birthday this week to:

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! 

December 13, 1938 - The Holocaust: The Neuengamme concentration camp opened in the Bergedorf district of Hamburg, Germany.

December 13, 1939 - Battle of the River Plate – Captain Hans Langsdorff of the German Deutschland class cruiser (pocket battleship) Admiral Graf Spee engaged with Royal Navy cruisers HMS Exeter, HMS Ajax and HMNZS Achilles.

December 13, 1941 - Hungary and Romania declared war on the United States.

December 13, 1943 - The Massacre of Kalavryta: by German occupying forces in Greece.

December 13, 1944 - The U.S. cruiser Nashville was badly damaged in a Japanese kamikaze suicide attack. 138 people were killed in the attack.


Monday, December 13, 1965 - Artist Marko Mäetamm was born in Viljandi, Estonia.

  From Norris Perry (Warwick HS - '59) of VA - 08/05/10 - "Vote for Grace (REPEATED)":

  This is my daughter Laura's dog in a contest to be on the cover of a bag of dog food.

Vote every day for Grace. Thanks.

   Oh, Laura is your daughter, Norris! Well, that makes it all the more important!


Grace was named the September 2010 People's Choice!  We only have 18 more days to vote for Grace!

   It only takes about two seconds to cast your allotted daily vote)!!!  

  Doncha wanna go shopping and spot Grace's image on a bag of dog food and know that YOU played a large part in placing her there?!?

    From Glenn Dye ('60) of TX - 12/12/10 - "Merry Christmas":  - The Christmas Tree

   Thank you, Glenn! Christmas Blessings to you, too!  

  From Bobby Hilling ('62) of VA - 12/12/10:

Hi Carol...

Please send me your address, want to send you a Christmas the way, I clicked on the "donate" and got no always you are very much appreciated...Thank you.

Bobby, NNHS Class of '62

   Thank you so much, Bobby - that's very thoughtful of you! That "donate" button" has been broken for about a year now, although the one on the main page still seems to work like a charm:

   Why this one broke is a mystery, and why I cannot seem to repair it is another mystery.  I just tried again.  Nuffin' happened.  Sigh...

    From Glenn Dye ('60) of TX - 12/12/10 - "COUNT YOUR BLESSINGS!": - Count Your Blessings! - This inspirational video was created by Charles Patridge and Greg O'Brien. Its message is circulated through email but it has a deeper impact when you hear it through this video.

   Thank you so very much, Glenn!

From My Friend, Tina, of NC - 12/12/10 - "Enthusiastic conductor":

Watch this 'til the end, which is hilarious.

   WOWZERONI! Thanks, Tina! This three-year-old is not only enthusiastic, his sense of rhythm is extraordinary, and he is obviously quite familiar with Beethoven, as he anticipates the music! Bravo!

        From Sydney Dearing ('56) of TN - 12/12/10 - "The Night Before Christmas":

Hi Carol,

My parents were divorced when I was about 11 years old. A year or two later my mother was seeing a Major in the army who was stationed at Ft. Eustis. She only had a few dates with him but I recall that he was a very funny man, always telling funny stories. Your newsletter about St. Nicholas Day reminded of this. He recited the following verse in a very heavy phony German accent which made it even funnier. I don't even remember his name but I will never forget his version of The Night Before Christmas. If this isn't exactly as he told it, it's very close. I thought others might enjoy it.

It vas the night before Christmas und all over the house,
Everybody vas shleeping, even the cat und the mouse.
Vee ver all tucked in, sixteen in our bed,
Vee needed no pillows, vee used each other's head.
The shtockings ver hung by the vindow mit care,
Poppa had vorn them all veek und they needed the air.
All of a sudden I heard a big noise,
I knew it vas Santy bringing our toys.
I ran to the vindow und threw up the sash,
Tore open the shutters und fell in the trash.
Santy had lots of toys und he drove a tin Lizzie,
He had a box of chocolates for mine brother Izzie.
Ven he vas finished he blew his big nose,
Und quick as a flash up the chimney he rose.
He pulled down his ear flaps und shtraightened his garter,
Jumped in his Lizzie und shtepped on the shtarter.
Vee heard him call out as he drove out of sight,
Merry Christmas to all und be sure to write.

With apologies to Clement Moore,

Sydney Dearing

   This is delightful, Sydney - thanks so much for sharing it! I hope you'll enjoy today's joke below!



"Owed to Joy"

The year our youngest daughter, Shelly, was four, she received an unusual Christmas present from "Santa."

She was the perfect age for Christmas, able to understand the true meaning of the season, but still completely enchanted by the magic of it. Her innocent joyfulness was compelling and catching -- a great gift to parents, reminding us of what Christmas should represent no matter how old we are.

The most highly prized gift Shelly received that Christmas Eve was a giant bubble-maker, a simple device of plastic and cloth the inventor promised would create huge billowing bubbles, large enough to swallow a wide-eyed four-year-old. Both Shelly and I were excited about trying it out, but it was after dark so we'd have to wait until the next day.

Later that night I read the instruction booklet while Shelly played with some of her other new toys. The inventor of the bubble-maker had tried all types of soaps for formulating bubbles and found that Joy dishwashing detergent created the best giant bubbles. I'd have to buy some.

The next morning, I was awakened very early by small stirrings in the house. Shelly was up. I knew in my sleepy mind that Christmas Day festivities would soon begin, so I arose and made my way toward the kitchen to start the coffee. In the hallway, I met my daughter, already wide awake, the bubble- maker clutched in her chubby little hand, the magic of Christmas morning embraced in her four-year-old heart. Her eyes were shining with excitement, and she asked, "Daddy, can we make bubbles now?"

I sighed heavily and rubbed my eyes. I looked toward the window, where the sky was only beginning to lighten with the dawn. I looked toward the kitchen, where the coffeepot had yet to start dripping its aromatic reward for early-rising Christmas dads.

"Shelly," I said, my voice almost pleading and perhaps a little annoyed, "it's too early. I haven't even had my coffee yet."

Her smile fell away. Immediately I felt a father's remorse for bursting her bright Christmas bubble with what I suddenly realized was my own selfish problem, and my heart broke a little.

But I was a grown-up. I could fix this. In a flash of adult inspiration, I unshouldered the responsibility. Recalling the inventor's recommendation of a particular brand of bubble-making detergent -- which I knew we did not have in the house -- I laid the blame squarely on him, pointing out gently, "Besides, you have to have Joy."

I watched her eyes light back up as she realized, in less than an instant, that she could neutralize this small problem with the great and wonderful truth she was about to reveal.

"Oh, Daddy," she promised, with all the honesty and enthusiasm and Christmas excitement she could possibly communicate, "Oh, Daddy, I do."

I broke records getting to the store, and in no time at all we were out on the front lawn creating gigantic, billowing, gossamer orbs--each one filled with Joy and sent forth shimmering into the Christmas sun.

-- By Ted A. Thompson


  From Jane Chambers of VA - 07/01/09, 02/07/10, AND 07/31/10 - "CNC BOOK BROCHURE & AD" AND 61-62 DECADERS ADDENDA AND DRAMATIC WORKSHOPS STUDENTS: 

   Contact Dr. Chambers at

   Thanks, Jane!




"'Twas the Night After Christmas"

'Twas the night after Christmas and all through the trailer, the beer had gone flat and the pizza was staler. The tube socks hung empty, no candies or toys and I was camped out on my old Lay-Z-Boy.

The kids they weren't talking to me or my wife, the worst Christmas they said they had had in their lives. My wife couldn't argue and neither could I, so I watched TV and my wife, she just cried.

When out in the yard the dog started barkin', I stood up and looked and I saw Sheriff Larkin. He yelled, "Roy, I am sworn to uphold the laws and I got a complaint here from a feller named Claus."

I said, "Claus, I don't know nobody named Claus, and you ain't taking me in without probable cause." Then the Sheriff he said, "The man was shot at last night." I said, "That might have been me, just what's he look like."

The Sheriff replied, "Well he's a jolly old feller, with a big beer gut belly, that shakes when he laughs like a bowl full of jelly. He sports a long beard, and a nose like a cherry." I said, "Sheriff, that sounds like my wife's sister, Sherri."

"It's no time for jokes, Roy" the Sheriff he said. "The man I'm describing in dressed all in red. I'm here for the truth now, it's time to come clean. Tell me what you've done, tell me what you've seen."

Well. I started to lie then I thought what the hell, it wouldn't have been the first time that I've spent New Years in jail. I said, "Sheriff. it happened last night about ten, and I thought that my wife had been drinking again."

When she walked in from work she was as white as a ghost. I thought maybe she had seen one of them UFO's. But she said that a bunch of deer had just flown over her head, and stopped on the roof of our good neighbour Red.

Well. I ran outside to look and the sight made me shudder, a freezer full of venison standing right on Red's gutter. Well. my hands were a shakin' as I grabbed my gun, when outta Red's chimney this feller did run.

And slung on his back was this bag over flowin'. I thought he stolen Red's stuff while old Red was out bowling'. So I yelled, "Drop. fat boy, hands in the air!" But he went about his business like he hadn't a care.

So I popped a warning shot over his head. Well. he dropped that bag and he jumped in that sled. And as he flew off I heard him extort, "That's assault with intent. Roy, I'll see ya in court."

The above document was written by Jeff Foxworthy.


1. Wednesday, December 15, 2010 - 6:00 PM - The NNHS Class of 1958 will hold its Holiday Party at Al Fresco Ristorante, 11710 Jefferson Avenue, Newport News, VA 23606. CONTACT: Joe Drewry (, 757-244-4443, ext 4)

2. Thursday, January 6, 2011 - 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 fiends in that year, go visit with them.

3. Wednesday, February 9, 2010 - 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.

4. Wednesday, April 13, 2010 - 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.
Saturday, April 30, 2011 - The NNHS Class will have a Luncheon. Team Leaders are Mickey Marcella ( - 757-249-3800), Betty Hamby Neher ( - 757-898-5099), and Dr. Harry Simpson ( - 804-694-0346). - CLASS OF 1954

6. Saturday, July 9, 2011 (6:30 PM to 11:30 PM) - The Class of 1971 will hold its 40-Year Reunion at Newport News Marriott at City Center, 740 Town Center Drive, Newport News. For details, contact Richard Rawls at - CLASS OF 1971

PRAYER ROLL : - updated 08/22/10

BLOG: - updated 10/21/10

   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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Gabriel's Message

Based on a 13th-Century Basque carol, translated in the 1800s

The Angel Gabriel from Heaven came
His wings as drifted snow
His eyes as flame
"All Hail!" said he, "thou lowly maiden Mary,"
"Most Highly Favoured Lady,"

"For know a Blessed Mother thou shalt be,
All generations laud and honour thee
Thy Son shall be Immanuel, by seers foretold
Most highly favoured Lady,"

Then gentle Mary meekly bowed her head;
"To me, be as it pleaseth God," she said.
"My soul shall laud and magnify His holy Name"
Most highly favoured Lady!

Of her Immanuel, the Christ was born,
In Bethlehem, all on a Christmas morn.
And everyone throughout the world will ever say,
"Most highly favoured lady!"


"Gabriel's Message" midi courtesy of - 12/12/10

"Gabriel's Message" lyrics courtesy of - 12/08/10

Image of Francesco de Mura's (1696 - 1782) Painting, "The Annunciation" courtesy of - 12/12/10

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!

Gold Leaf Divider Line clip art courtesy of - 01/05/06

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

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!!

Animated Head-Banging Smiley courtesy of - 07/0/09

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

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

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