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12/23/20 - NNHS Newsletter

“A Festivus for the Rest of Us!”

“There can be hope only for a society which acts as one big family, not as many separate ones.”

- Anwar Sadat
(25 Dec 1918 - 06 Oct 1981)

Dear Friends and Schoolmates,

   We return today to our observance of the totally ludicrous Seinfeld holiday of Festivus (revealed December 18, 1997):

BONUS #1 - The Story of Festivus

BONUS #2 - Festivus - The Airing of Grievances

BONUS #3 - Five Things You Should Know about Festivus



  From Me ('65) of NC - 12/23/17 - "Top Seven Irritating Hackneyed Phrases":

   In keeping with the spirit of today's observances, I offer these seven phrases guaranteed to send me right over the edge and quite possibly to throw something:

1. "This video is going viral." - Surely there's a better way of expressing this, if only once in a while for the sake of variety.

2. "Give it up for..." - What's wrong with, "Let's have a round of applause for..."?

3. "Put your hands together for..." - Ditto

4. "... not a happy camper." - This was cute the first five times we heard it back in the 80's, but no longer.

5. "Been there, done that..." - Ditto

6. "Last, but not least..." - Pretty much defines trite

7. "Rule of thumb" - This is THE most offensive expression, as the origin of this phrase was to indicate that a stick used to beat one's wife could legally be no bigger around than her husband's thumb.

   Thank you for this opportunity to vent. I shall now resume my usual lovable sweetie-pie nature.


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

   Happy Christmas Eve Birthday tomorrow to James Gay ('57) AND Ann W. Hutcheson ('57) AND  Malcolm Davis ('65) of VA AND   Sandye Jordan Frost ('67) of NC!

   Happy Birthday this week to:

25 -  The late Patsy Bloxom Meider (d. 10/09/20) ('57) AND Doug Dickinson ('69) of VA;

27 -   Gary Farnsworth ('58) of NV AND  Anita Morgan Becker ('66) of VA;

28 - Bob Stalnaker ('63);

29 -  Jack Nelson ('54) of Northern VA AND Roy Tate ('57) AND Ginny Goolsby James ('63) AND the late Kenny Lipscomb ('63) (d. 04/20/15) AND Michael Artman ('66) of VA;

30 -  William Gwynn ('57) AND   the late Ron Miller ('59) (d. 07/29/14) AND  Lucy Southall Propst ('63) of VA AND   Carole Althaus Tanenhaus ('65) of MD AND the late Joyce Tedder Rossman ('68) (d. 05/11/15) AND    Sarah Stewart Vance ('69) of VA!
   Many Happy Returns, One and All!


December 23, 1940 - The Greek submarine Papanikolis (Υ-2) sank the Italian motor ship Antonietta.

December 23, 1941 - American forces on Wake Island surrendered to the Japanese Imperial Army.

December 23, 1942 - Bob Hope agreed to entertain U.S. airmen in Alaska. It was the first of the traditional Christmas shows.

December 23, 1948 - Former Japanese premier Hideki Tojo and six other Japanese war leaders convicted of war crimes by the International Military Tribunal for the Far East were executed at Sugamo Prison in Tokyo. They had been found guilty of crimes against humanity.

December 23, 1970 - The North Tower of the World Trade Center in Manhattan, New York, New York was topped out at 1,368 feet (417 m), making it the tallest building in the world.

December 23, 1970 - The Democratic Republic of the Congo officially became a one-party state.

December 23, 1970 - Speed skater and sportscaster Catriona LeMay Doan was born Catriona Ann LeMay in Saskatoon, Saskatchewan, Canada.

December 23, 1970 - Football player Raymont Harris was born Raymont LaShawn Harris in Lorain, Ohio.

December 23, 1970 - Singer-songwriter and guitarist Karine Polwart was born in Banknock, Stirlingshire, Scotland

December 23, 1970 - Actor Charles Ruggles (b. Charles Sherman Ruggles on 08 Feb 1886 in Los Angeles, California) died of cancer at Saint John's Health Center in Santa Monica, California at the age of 84.

December 23, 1970 - The Prime Minister of Estonia in exile, Aleksander Warma (b. 22 June 1890 in Viinistu, Governorate of Estonia, Russian Empire), died in Stockholm, Sweden at the age of 80.

From My Friend, Daniel, of UT - 12/22/14:

“So I ask you, what can we possibly give to the Lord this Christmastime? Considering all that He has done and is doing for us, there is something that we might give Him in return. Christ's great gift to us was His life and sacrifice. Should that not then be our small gift to Him-our lives and sacrifices, not only now but in the future?”

- Ezra Taft Benson
(04 Aug 1899 – 30 May 1994)

   Thanks so much, Daniel!

From Joan Lauterbach Krause ('60) of VA - 12/23/17:
   Thank you, Joan!

  From John Murden ('60) of VA - 12/22/20, 9:58 AM:

  Thanks, John!

From My Friend, Julie, of NC - 12/21/20, 9:57 AM:

   Thanks, Julie!

“It's simple; if it jiggles, it's fat.” 

- Arnold Schwarzenegger
(b. 30 July 1947)


    - Ice Skates Ornament from The Treasure Room


Amanda Keep's Erastus Snowflake - "Light and airy, this knitted snowflake is a perfect decoration for your home or holiday gifts."


From My Friend, Tina, (then) of SC - "10 Fun Ways to Make Your House Smell Like Christmas":

   WOWZERS! Thank you so much, Tina!


Browned-Butter Sandwich Stars Cookies


From - 12/21/17:
She texted me: "Your adorable!"

I replied: "No. You're adorable!"

Now she likes me a lot. All I did was point out her grammatical error.

PRAYER ROLL: - updated 06/20/20

BLOG: - updated 03/13/11

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

                          Love to all, Carol





Carol Buckley Harty
7020 Lure Court
Fayetteville, NC 28311-9309

"Never underestimate
the power of a drop
in the bucket."


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Let Them Wait!

What a lovely day for Festivus,

A Festivus for the rest of us,

(But this is??) no place to hate,

Let them wait, let them wait, let them wait!

 "Let Them Wait! (Let It Snow!)" midi courtesy of - 12/26/07

"Let Them Wait!" lyrics laboriously (HA HA!) not completely transcribed by the webmistress from - 12/23/09

"Happy Festivus" Title Logo courtesy of - 12/23/10

"Happy Festivus" image courtesy of - 11/30/09

Animated Colored Lights Divider Line clip art courtesy of - um, I cannot seem to access that information at the moment - 12/08/08

Animated Army Flag clip art courtesy of - 06/18/03

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

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

Army Seal clip art courtesy of Al Farber ('64) of GA - 05/24/06 (still missing...)
Thanks, Al!
Replaced by Norm Covert ('61) of MD - 02/09/09
Thanks, Norm!

Animated Dancing Teddy courtesy of Sandi Bateman Chestnut ('65) of VA - 03/08/11
Thanks, Sandi!

Animated Lumpy Bouncy Dancing (by AF Artist - Greg Wilson) courtesy of - 08/28/08

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

Jeffrey Holman's Image "A Drop in the Bucket" courtesy of - 05/23/16

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