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12/22/12 - NNHS Newsletter

“Praise the LORD with harp: sing unto him with the psaltery
and an instrument of ten strings. Sing unto him a new song;
play skilfully with a loud noise.”

- Psalms 33: 2-3

Dear Friends and Schoolmates, 

  This is a charming old French carol which I remember from the days of my youth.  Merry Christmas!

BONUS #1 - - Pat-a-Pan - Julie Andrews

BONUS #2 - - Pat-a-Pan - Mannheim Steamroller

BONUS #3 - - Pat-a-Pan - Steve Green

BONUS #4 - - Pat-a-Pan - David Archuleta

BONUS #5 - - Pat-a-Pan - The Mormon Tabernacle Choir (Piano Tribute Players)

BONUS #6 - - Pat-a-Pan - Ms. Benke's Flute Choir, 2008

BONUS #7 - - Pat-a-Pan - The Salt Lake Children's Choir, 2008


"Patapan" (or "Pat-a-pan") is a French Christmas carol in Burgundian dialect, later adapted into English. It was written by Bernard de La Monnoye (1641–1728) and first published in Noël bourguignons in 1720.[1] Its original title is "Guillô, Pran Ton Tamborin" ("Willie, Bring Your Little Drum" or "Willie, Take Your Little Drum").

The carol revolves around the birth of Jesus Christ, and is told from the perspective of shepherds playing simple instruments—flutes and drums—the onomatopoetic sound of which gives the song its name; "patapan" is meant to mimic the sound of the drum, and an accompanying lyric, "tu-re-lu-re-lu," the flute. This is similar conceptually to the carol "The Little Drummer Boy", with its chorus of "pa-rum-pa-pum-pum."

American singer-songwriter David Archuleta recorded a contemporary version of "Pat-a-Pan" on his 2009 album Christmas from the Heart.[2]

American Composer John Gerrish wrote Variations on a Burgundian Carol for 3 Recorders published by Associated Music Publishers in 1957, based on the Patapan theme. You can hear it being played by his three children at the composer's 100th birthday party held on 8/14/10 HERE. Pagan folk musician Damh The Bard recorded his version on the 2009 album, 'Tales Of The Crow Man', substituting Christian references in the lyrics with pagan ones to make it a celebration of the Winter Solstice.[3]


   Happy Birthday today to   Kitty Norman Haskins ('57) of VA AND    Dottie Pegram Daniels (NNHS / George Washington HS - '64) of WV AND    Harry Barritt ('64) of VA AND    Dale Mueller ('64) of VA AND   Bill Rash ('67) of VA!

   Happy Birthday tomorrow to     Tom Flax ('64) of VA AND   Joyce Lawrence Cahoon ('65) of VA AND  Holly Hill Campbell (Hampton Roads Academy - '72) of VA!

   Happy Birthday this week to:

24 - James Gay ('57) AND Ann W. Hutcheson ('57) AND   Sandye Jordan Murray ('67) of VA;

25 -   Patsy Bloxom Meider ('57) of NC AND Doug Dickinson ('69) of VA;

27 -   Anita Morgan Becker ('66) of VA;

29 - Roy Tate ('57)! 

   Many Happy Returns, One and All! 


December 22, 1940 - Himarë was captured by the Greek army.

December 22, 1941 - British Prime Minister Winston Churchill arrived in Washington for a wartime conference, the Arcadia Conference, with U.S. President Roosevelt.

December 22, 1942 - Adolf Hitler signed the order to develop the V-2 rocket as a weapon.

December 22, 1944 - Battle of the Bulge German troops demanded the surrender of United States troops at Bastogne, Belgium, prompting the famous one word reply by General Anthony McAuliffe: "Nuts!"

December 22, 1944 - The People's Army of Vietnam was formed to resist Japanese occupation of Indo-China, now Vietnam.

December 22, 1948 -
Hideki Tojo was hanged after being convicted of war crimes by an international tribunal. Tojo had become the prime minister of Japan in October of 1940.

December 22, 1989 -
In Berlin, the Brandenburg Gate was opened.


Saturday, December 22, 1962 - Actor Ralph Fiennes was born Ralph Nathaniel Twisleton Wykeham Fiennes in Ipswich, Suffolk, England.

  From H.P. Lucas ('65) of VA - 12/21/12, 8:18 AM:


Thanks so much, again, for keeping us informed-you do a fantastic job.

Please place my birthday on your birthday list- 1.29.47.

Thanks, and Merry, Merry, Christmas!!


   Thanks so much, H.P! You're all covered on our Birthday List - and a very Merry Christmas to you and yours!

   From My Daughter of Other Parents, Megan Fulmer Mansfield (Marshall HS, TX - 2002) of MD - 12/20/12, 9:11 AM:
 I just saw the Newsletter. You will have to let us know when you're coming home from Missouri with       your baby girl (Adrienne Harty (Hillsboro HS, IL / American School, IL) of NC - currently serving an eighteen-month mission for The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints in Seattle, Washington) so we can plan a trip to North Carolina! 

   ABSOLUTELY! Thanks, Megan - we'll see you then!

   From Jack Nelson ('54) of Northern VA - 12/21/12 - "MERRY CHRISTMAS":

                             MERRY CHRISTMAS
                                                                     "God bless us, every one!"
Those of us, the Newport News High School Class of 1954, who remain above the turf at this time of year often revert back to our youth in memories, if not in physical condition and function.  It is at this time we should be grateful for our many accomplishments as we join our loved ones and celebrate the holidays as each of us choose.  Our faiths and traditions take us in many directions. Thankfully, we live in a country that allows us the freedom to do so.  That is not the case in many places and millions of people throughout our world must celebrate their traditional festivities under the cloak of secrecy and darkness.
Before we begin our traditional proceedings let's take a moment to remember all our classmates who are no longer with us, and those in and out of the United States who are less fortunate than we are.
Another note:  
Last spring we joined the NNHS Class of 1953 for our regular gathering of classmates.  While we are of the opinion the affair at the Newport News Country Club was quite successful, the Class of 1953 has chosen to plan their own gathering for 2013.  Thus, our class president would like to get an accurate estimate of how many people from the NNHS Class of 1954 who would be willing to attend our own gathering this spring or early summer.  For those who are not counting, it will be our 59th year since we left the hallowed halls of TYPHOON land.
So, please take a moment and let us know if you would be willing to attend our 59th NNHS Class of 1954 reunion in the spring or summer of 2013.  If you are willing to attend, please include a total number of people who will be in your party.  We would like to get an estimate of those willing to attend by January 15, 2013.  If you wish, you may include your opinion as to what should be included in the reunion.
You may send your response directly to  Place on the subject line:  "1954 Class Reunion."
      As one of our era's top vocalists so eloquently put it, (as modified by this editor):

                                        's a long, long while from May to December

                                                  But the days grow short when (we) reach September

                                                  When the autumn weather turns the leaves to flame

                                                  One hasn't got time for the waiting game


                                                  Oh, the days dwindle down to a precious few

                                                  September, November

                                                  And these few precious days (we want to spend) with you

                                                  These precious days (we want to spend) with you


                                                  And the wine dwindles down to a precious brew

                                                  September, November

                                                  And these few vintage years (we’ll) spend with you

                                                  These precious years (we’ll) spend with you


                 Wishing all the happiest - and healthiest - holidays ever!

   Thank you so much, Jack - Merry Christmas to you, too!

   Wait a minute! 59 years?!? That cannot possibly be! I'm quite sure that 1954 was only yesterday.....

      From Albert Dorner ('66) of VA - 12/21/12 - "Merry Christmas":

  Hope all are well! The ornament with the tinsel inside was on my very first Christmas tree.

Peace and love, Albert

    WOWZERS! It's lovely! Thanks so much for sharing your treasure with us, Albert! Merry Christmas to you, too!


   From the Head Cheerleader of 1958, Evelyn Fryer Fish of TX - 12/21/12 - "Mama Dog Interacting with Downs Syndrome Child":

Before you click and bring this one up, get a box of tissues.

Love of a child and a dog. Doesn't get much better.

Ev <><

   AWWW! What a beautiful, touching video! Thank you so much, Evelyn - Merry Christmas!

        From My Husband, Paul Harty (Bardolph HS, IL - '61) of NC - 12/21/12 - "My Christmas Wish":

     Thanks, Dools!

   From Jack Nelson ('54) of Northern VA AND    From Norris Perry (Warwick HS - '59) of VA AND    From Bill Hobbs ('66) of Northern VA - 12/21/12 - "Christmas 2012": 

The following poem was submitted by Polly (English) Greene, NNHS Class of 1954.
The poem received national attention when it was read by Dr. Phil and his wife on Dr. Phil's program of  Wednesday, December 19, 2012.

One viewer wrote, "I heard Dr. Phil read such a beautiful and moving poem on air about Sandy Hook Elementary School.  I don't normally watch much TV because I'm always working or busy but it was on and I'm so happy it was.  It was a re-crafted version of the classic holiday poem, 'Twas the Night before Christmas, shared by viewer Trina, and written by Cameo.  I must confess that I sobbed as I heard Dr. Phil and his wife read it aloud but at the same time, the words so eloquently written in the poem comforted me."


It does not matter if you believe in God, or Jesus - or have any inclination toward any faith, this is a truly inspirational poem.  Thank you, Polly, for sharing this with us.


Heaven's Children

T'was 11 days before Christmas, around 9:38
When 20 beautiful children stormed through heaven's gate.
Their smiles were contagious, their laughter filled the air.
They could hardly believe all the beauty they saw there.

They were filled with such joy; they didn't know what to say.
They remembered nothing of what had happened earlier that day.
“Where are we?" asked a little girl, as quiet as a mouse.
“This is heaven" declared a small boy. "We’re spending Christmas at God's house”.

When what to their wondering eyes did appear,
But Jesus, their Savior, the children gathered near.
He looked at them and smiled, and they smiled just the same.
Then He opened His arms and He called them by name.

And in that moment was joy, that only heaven can bring;
Those children all flew into the arms of their King
And as they lingered in the warmth of His embrace,
One small girl turned and looked at Jesus' face.

And as if He could read all the questions she had
He gently whispered to her, "I'll take care of Mom and Dad."
Then He looked down on earth, the world far below
He saw all of the hurt, the sorrow, and woe,
Then He closed His eyes and He outstretched His hand,
“Let My power and presence re-enter this land!

"May this country be delivered from the hands of fools.
"I’m taking back my nation. I'm taking back my schools!“
Then He and the children stood up without a sound.
“Come now my children let me show you around.“

Excitement filled the space, some skipped and some ran.
All displaying enthusiasm that only a small child can.
And I heard Him proclaim as He walked out of sight,
“In the midst of this darkness, I AM STILL THE LIGHT."

Written by Cameo Smith, Mt. Wolf, PA

    Thank you, Gentlemen - and Polly!

  From Jamey Douglas Bacon ('66) of VA - 11/21/12, 9:17 PM:

Gone to bed? You should have; you're real old! Oh, MERRY CHRISTMAS!

     No, not really! We had gone to a late session at the   Raleigh Temple (a great place to be in case of an apocalypse, doncha know!  ). Sorry I missed you! Thanks, Jamey - Merry Christmas to you, too!

      From Me ('65) of NC - 12/21/12:


From - 12/21/12 - "Top 10 Things To Do Before the World Ends on Friday - Which It Did NOT (Maybe You'll Want to Do Them Anyway - Maybe Not...)":

Civilization as we know it is coming to an end. You've got a lot on your plate. It helps to organize. Here's a quick checklist of essential tasks.

It's our last day on Earth. You've got a lot on your mind. It helps to be organized. Here's a quick checklist to make sure you don't forget anything.

1. Rake your leaves to the curb - You don't want to have a cluttered front yard for all eternity now, do you?

2. Change your voicemail message -  Just common courtesy. You don't want to say "I'll call you right back" if you know that it's going to be a while.

3. Tell your obnoxious neighbor what you really think of him
- You've got a few things to get off your chest, but you've always kept quiet just to keep the peace. Well, now's the time to air your grievances without fear of reprisals.

Fill the bird feeder - The Mayan calendar isn't clear if the world is ending for animals, too. You want to take care of your fine feathered friends, just in case.

5. Get gas - What if - just saying, what if - you're in your car at the moment that the world ends. Maybe your car would go with you into the next life (especially if you've got a firm grip on the wheel). Wouldn't it suck to bring your car with you to the afterlife, only to realize that the tank was on empty?
6. Put on some clean underwear - Not to be gross or anything, but you might be wearing this pair for a long, long time. (And, really, we can't stress this enough: You DO NOT want to meet your Creator while going commando.)

7. Program the DVR - "The Sound of Music" is on Sunday night. You don't want to miss that.

8. Curse the Mayans - This is all their damn fault.

9. Leave a knapsack for yourself - First, get a good, sturdy knapsack and fill it with essentials: Swiss Army knife, some rope, a few Snickers bars. Next, hide it somewhere, and make a note to yourself of the location. That way, if one day you return to a post-apocalyptic world like Charlton Heston did in "Planet of the Apes," you'll be able to find it and make use of all that stuff as you try to fend off the enlightened simians that are now ruling the Earth.

10. Two words: Flash mob
- Get your friends together in a public place. On a specific cue, everyone breaks out in a spastic dance while singing "It's the End of the World as We Know It (And I Feel Fine)." It will be cool beyond words. 



"A Gift in the Trees"

God shows his love for us in many ways. Something that may not seem extraordinary to one person might appear as a miracle for someone else. On Christmas Eve 1997, that is exactly how I saw things, though not at first. At first I was feeling too sorry for myself to see anything but my own unhappiness.

The holiday season is a popular time for couples to get engaged. I had been in three long-term relationships by the time I was 29, but none of them had ever produced a marriage proposal. I had always considered myself a loyal, caring, unselfish girlfriend, and boyfriends often told me as much after the relationship had ended. I always seemed to be "the one that got away," and I began to feel like I was special only once the relationship was over. After a while, I started to feel like I just wasn't worth a lifetime commitment.

At the age of 29, I decided I needed to take my own happiness into consideration. It took a couple years of dating mistakes, but I finally figured out how to respect my own needs and not just worry about the needs of my partner. That's when, at the age of 31, I met Paul. He was a wonderful person who didn't expect me to take care of him. He just wanted to be with me, and he respected me for who I was. Everything felt right between us, and I figured I had finally found a man I could marry.

During our second Christmas together, I thought Paul might propose. On December 22, we ventured onto the topic of marriage. Paul said that he did see himself marrying me, but the timing was not good "right now." I couldn't help but feel sorry for myself. So many of my friends had received proposals and engagement rings, but I had never received either. I was at the point where I figured maybe marriage just wasn't in the cards for me.

On the following day, December 23, school was canceled because of a winter storm. I knew my students would be as excited as I was for the extra day off right before the holiday break. It would also be nice to have a beautiful, white Christmas. The roads were covered in snow, and the trees were buried under a sheer layer of ice. It was much too hazardous to venture out, so I just stayed inside and reflected on my situation.

By the end of that snowy day, I had come to the conclusion that it wasn't the proposal I needed. It was simply that I wanted to feel loved and appreciated enough that someone would want to be with me forever. I prayed to God and asked that someday a man would think I was important enough to give me a diamond, the symbol of the commitment that my heart needed the most.

Christmas Eve finally arrived. Paul came to my house so we could ride together to my sister's holiday party. I was happy to be with him but a little sad knowing he wouldn't be proposing that night.

By this time, almost all the snow and ice had quietly melted away. I realized that we wouldn't have a white Christmas after all. It would, however, make the drive to the party much safer.

The gathering was a happy one. My nieces and nephew were a joy to watch as they opened their gifts. Paul and I had a wonderful time with my family. Eventually, after all the gifts had been opened and all goodbyes repeatedly exchanged, we left.

It was a long, quiet ride home, as Paul fell asleep 25 minutes into the trip. The roads were dry and the trees were barren. Yet the stars shone brightly against the black, cloudless sky, adding a touch of beauty to the night.

As I neared my home, a small group of trees caught my attention. They stood out from the rest of the dull, dry landscape. Of all the tress I had passed on my way home, these were the only ones that had any sign of the recent winter storm upon their branches. As I drove, I wondered how this could be. The temperature was much too warm. Yet somehow the branches were covered in an incredible layer of ice. I had seen ice-covered trees many times before, but something about these was extraordinary. This was a dazzling light like I had never seen before.

As I gazed at the beautiful trees, warmth spread through my heart. This was a truly magical moment. No longer was I seeing these winter-decorated branches with the eyes on my face; I now looked upon them with the eyes in my heart and soul. That night -- Christmas Eve 1997--the air was clean and crisp, the sky was entirely filled with stars, and the trees...the trees sparkled with diamonds. Thousands and thousands of diamonds.

In my heart I knew this was God's way of answering my prayers. I had needed him to show me that there was a man who thought I was worth a commitment, the commitment that is symbolized by a diamond ring. That Christmas Eve, God covered the trees in diamonds for my eyes and heart to behold. It was his way of showing me that he thought I was special and worthwhile enough for an eternal commitment.

As Paul slept quietly in the seat next to me, completely unaware of the miracle that had taken place, joyous tears of peace and self-worth streamed down my face. I knew that I had found someone who would love me forever, and realizing this was more profound and meaningful than any marriage proposal I could ever receive.

BONUS CHRISTMAS CROCHET PATTERN: - Jackie Karp's Beaded Snowflake - "This free crochet pattern is great for the winter holiday. No two snowflakes are alike, that is why this pattern uses beads. This pattern uses size 10 thread and a 1.5mm hook."

BONUS CHRISTMAS RECIPE: - Chocolate-Hazelnut "Mousse" Cookies

    From Joan Lauterbach Krause ('60) of VA - 11/14/12 - "More Remarkable beings (and a little break...) (#35 in a Series of 36)":

  Some fun pics. Enjoy

   AWW! How precious - thanks, Joan!


   From Bill Hobbs ('66) of Northern VA AND       From Wayne Stokes ('65) of VA - 12/04/12 - "Live Like Someone Left the Gate Open (#18 in a Series of 23)":


   MORE AWW! How sweet - thank you, Gentlemen!



"The Chinese Pay Off Their Debts"

Jones: "The Chinese make it an invariable rule to settle all their debts on New Year's Day."

Smith: "So I understand, but, then again, the Chinese don't have a Christmas the week before!"


1. Thursday, January 3, 2013 - 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 13, 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. 

PRAYER ROLL: - updated 12/17/12

BLOG: - updated 03/13/11

Y'all take care of each other!  TYPHOONS FOREVER!  We'll Always Have Buckroe!

                                 Love to all, Carol





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Words and Music by Guillô, Pran Ton Tamborin, Bernard de la Monnoye, c. 1700 (1641-1728)
(Source: William Sandys, 1833)
Translator Unknown

Guillô, prends ton tambourin,
Toi, prends ta flûte, Robin
Au son de ces instruments
Tu-re-lu-re-lu, pat-a-pat-a-pan
Au son de ces instruments
Je dirai Noël, gaiement.

C'était la mode autrefois
De louer le Roi des rois
Au son de ces instruments
Tu-re-lu-re-lu, pat-a-pat-a-pan
Au son de ces instruments
Il nous en faut faire autant.

L'homme et Dieu sont plus d'accord
Que la flûte et le tambour
Au son de ces instruments
Tu-re-lu-re-lu, pat-a-pat-a-pan
Au son de ces instruments
Chantons, dansons, sautons-en!
Willie, get your little drum,
Robin, bring your flute and come.
Aren’t they fun to play upon?
Tu-re-lu-re-lu, pat-a-pat-a-pan;
When you play your fife and drum,
How can anyone be glum?

When the men of olden days
Gave the King of Kings their praise,
They had pipes to play upon.
Tu-re-lu-re-lu, pat-a-pat-a-pan;
And also the drums they’d play,
Full of joy, on Christmas Day.

God and man today become
Closely joined as flute and drum.
Let the joyous tune play on!
Tu-re-lu-re-lu, pat-a-pat-a-pan;
As the instruments you play,
We will sing, this Christmas Day.

"Pat-a-Pan" midi courtesy of - 12/20/07

"Pat-a-Pan" French Lyrics courtesy of - 12/20/07

"Pat-a-Pan" English lyrics courtesy of - 12/20/07

Image of Wilhelm Schweizer Pewter Angel Christmas Figurine courtesy of - 12/20/07

Image of Goebel Porcelain Angel Christmas Figurine courtesy of - 12/20/07

Red Bow Bar Divider Line clip art courtesy of - 12/20/07

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

Hillsboro High School's Topper (Band Version) clip art courtesy of - 06/07/08
Thanks, Mark!

American School Logo courtesy of - 09/05/06

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

Animated LOL Cats courtesy of Paul Harty (Bardolph HS, IL - '61) of NC - 12/10/11
Thanks, Paul!

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

Animated Laughing Kitty courtesy of Tom Flax ('64) of VA - 06/03/06
Thanks, Tom!

Laughing Jester Smiley clip art courtesy of Bill Hobbs ('66) of Northern VA - 10/06/09
Thanks, Bill!

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

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