12/24/09 - NNHS Newsletter -
Happy Christmas Eve!
happy Christmas, that can win us back to the delusions
Dear Friends and Schoolmates,
It's no secret that I love absolutely everything about Christmas - even the things which might tend to annoy most people - but it's the Christmas music that I really love. And of all the hundreds of Christmas songs and carols, Silent Night is my absolute favorite.
Today's Newsletter is being revisited from exactly four years ago today:
BONUS #1 - http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=V6gnRvumDiA&NR=1 - Stille Nacht - The Innsbrucker Capellknaben
BONUS #2 - http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5-2Tnp9whDU&NR=1 - Silent Night - Bing Crosby
BONUS #3 - http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=J6P3fCDQVMI - Silent Night - Olivia Newton John - WOW! Lovely rendition; it's interesting that she repeated the first verse in place of the third; probably more politically correct or something....
BONUS #4 - http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AN3uPrJR7IY&NR=1 - Silent Night - Enya - in Irish with subtitles and translations
From Me ('65) of IL - 12/13/09 (altered for date and repeated):
I feel strongly impressed today to ask your fervent prayers on behalf of five people whose issues have not been mentioned here before. What I'm actually requesting is Five Christmas Miracles, as the various problems all need to find a resolution by New Year's Eve. I know that's only seven days away now, but I also know among us there are some Mighty Prayer Warriors, and I would deeply appreciate your efforts, as I'm sure would they! Thank you all so very much - and Merry Christmas!
REMINDER FOR LAST-MINUTE SHOPPERS:
From Mark Friedman ('65) of VA - 11/05/09:
AT MARK FRIEDMAN’S JEWELERS IN YORKTOWN I AM GIVING A 20% DISCOUNT ON ALL MERCHANDISE IN STOCK FOR THE HOLIDAY SEASON AND 15% OFF ON JEWELRY REPAIRS TO ALL THE NNHS CLASSMATES.
WHOO-HOO! Thanks, Mark!
THIS WEEK'S BIRTHDAYS:
Happy Christmas Eve Birthday today to James Gay ('57) AND Ann W. Hutcheson ('57) AND Sandye Jordan Murray ('67) of VA!
Happy Christmas Birthday tomorrow to Patsy Bloxom Meider ('57) of NC AND Doug Dickinson ('69) of VA!
Happy Birthday this week to:
27 - Anita Morgan Becker ('66) of VA;
29 - Roy Tate ('57);
30 - William Gwynn ('57) AND Ron Miller ('59) of NC AND (if Plaxo is to be believed) Carole Althaus Tanenhaus ('65) of MD AND Sarah Stewart Vance ('69) of VA;
31 - Pat Floyd Pride ('62) of VA AND Susie Overton Jones ('63) of VA AND (again, if Plaxo is to be believed) David Rosenwasser ('64) of MO!
Many Happy Returns to You All!
THIS DAY IN WWII:
December 24, 1939 - Pope Pius XII made a Christmas Eve appeal for peace.
December 24, 1941 - Hong Kong fell to the Japanese Imperial Army.
December 24, 1941 - Kuching was conquered by Japanese forces.
December 24, 1942 - Jean François Darlan, French admiral and collaborator in the Vichy government, was assassinated in Algiers by French monarchist, Fernand Bonnier de La Chapelle.
December 24, 1943 - U.S. General
Dwight D. Eisenhower became the
Supreme Allied Commander.
December 24, 1944 - A German submarine torpedoed the Belgian transport ship S.S. Leopoldville with 2,235 soldiers aboard. About 800 American soldiers died. The soldiers were crossing the English Channel to be reinforcements at the battle that become known as the Battle of the Bulge
THIS DAY IN 1964:
Friday, December 24, 1964 - Actor Mark Valley (Boston Legal) was born in Ogdensburg, New York.
From Al Farber ('64) of GA - 12/23/09 - "BEST GIFT":
The BEST GIFT for
on the WEB again...
Wishing all a MERRY XMAS @ HAPPY NEW YEAR...
Thank you so much, Al! I must say it's wonderful to be back! Happy Holidays!
From David Whitley ('67) of VA - 12/23/09 - "Mopey Christmas":
Hey,sweet cheeks, and here’s hoping for a great new year too.
And I’m on my way back to the size I was in my Glory Days. Lost 32 lbs in 3 weeks. Not bad huh?
PS I’m very envious ‘cause I’m betting you guys (will) have SNOW, am I right? Heck, we had a veritable snowstorm last weekend, prolly close to an inch or two. Almost covered the crabgrass. Oh well. Take care, and memember that“snowflakes & spittin’, and snowplows on kittens” or something like that.
You had surgery on November 27 and you
lost 32 pounds in three weeks?!? Hey, could I get whatever you had?!?
No, wait a minute - no insurance.
that. Or as my OB/GYN's wife said when I showed up at the hospital for a
far-in-advance-scheduled D&C, newly pregnant with my daughter,
"Some people will
do anything to get out of surgery!"
No snow yet; just lots of rain.
, Even-More-Gorgeous-Than-Before! And you're still the funniest man I know!
From Fred Field (June '45) of CA - 12/23/09 - "Christmas NN 1930s":
Thank you so much for this delightful remembrance, Fred! !
From Pat Beck Letzinger ('57) of VA - 12/23/09, 7:45 AM - "Check out The Christmas Tree - animated Flash ecard by Jacquie Lawson" AND From My #1 Daughter-in-Law, Mary Bennett Harty (Litchfield HS, IL - '89) of IL - 12/23/09, 10:19 AM - "This is beautiful":
Thanks so much, Pat and Miss Mary! very !
From My Friend, Judy Bundy Bowermaster (Litchfield HS, IL - '59) of IL - 12/23/09 - "Our Christmas Card this year":
MERRY CHRISTMAS !
OOOH, a snowman! I love snowmen! Thanks, Jude! !
From Linda McKenna Sivilich ('66) of PA - 12/23/09 - "hi":
Thank you, Linda!
Not everyone who is alive is to be found on the Contact Pages, but hopefully the In Memoriam pages are fairly accurate, though not necessarily complete. If you don't see their names and faces there, chances are that they are still here with us on earth - somewhere!
From Wayne Stokes ('65) of VA - 12/23/09 - "Perspective":
Thanks so much, Wayne Honey - it IS a good 'un!
From Richard Dawes (NNHS / HHS - '62) of VA - 12/23/09 - "What can I say???":
http://media.causes.com/611645?p_id=44185871- Trace Adkins and the West Point Cadet Glee Club, USMA, ACM 2009
Thank you so much, Dicky! It is good to be moved to tears on a regular basis, and this certainly ought to do it! Merry Christmas!
From Domi O'Brien ('64) of NH - 12/23/09 - "a blessing":
Thank you so much, Domi!! This is quite lovely, and somehow brought me to deep, blubbering sobs. It's good to cry! Good Yule
From Norris Perry (Warwick HS - '59) of VA - 12/23/09 - "The awesome power of a wife's love"
This really touches your heart!
A very old man lay dying in his bed. In death's doorway, he suddenly smelled the aroma of his favorite chocolate chip cookie wafting up the stairs.
He gathered his remaining strength and lifted himself from the bed. Leaning against the wall, he slowly made his way out of the bedroom, and with even greater effort forced himself down the stairs, gripping the railing with both hands.
With labored breath, he leaned against the door frame, gazing into the kitchen. Were it not for death's agony, he would have thought himself already in heaven.
There, spread out up on newspapers on the kitchen table were literally hundreds of his favorite chocolate chip cookies.
Was it heaven? Or was it one final act of heroic love from his devoted wife, seeing to it that he left this world a happy man?
Mustering one great final effort, he threw himself toward the table. The aged and withered hand, shaking, made its way to a cookie at the edge of the table, when he was suddenly smacked with a spatula by his wife.
"Stay out of those," she said. "They're for the funeral.”
Thanks so much, Norris!
Chambers of VA - 07/01/09 - "CNC BOOK BROCHURE & AD":
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From Jane Chambers of VA - 07/01/09 - "CNC BOOK BROCHURE & AD":
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From ArcaMax Jokes - 12/23/09:
A female truck driver decided to buy herself a big dog for protection while she was on the road. She went to the local animal shelter and asked about one particularly large and fierce looking dog and the attendant told her, "He doesn't like men."
Perfect, she thought, and so she bought him. Later that week, she was in a dark parking lot and two big, rough looking men started walking toward her. Sure enough, as the attendant at the animal shelter had told her, the dog didn't like men. He promptly ran and cowered under the nearest car.
DATES TO REMEMBER:1. Friday and Saturday, August 6 and 7, 2010 - The NNHS Class of 1970 will hold its 40-Year Reunion. Saturday night will be at the Kiln Creek Golf & Country Club. For details, contact Carol Comer Cutler at firstname.lastname@example.org or visit the reunion website at NNHS1970Reunion.myevent.com - CLASS OF 1970
2. Friday, Saturday, and Sunday, August 6, 7, and 8, 2010 - The NNHS Class of 1960 will hold its 50-Year Reunion at the Marriott Newport News at City Center. For details, contact Karen Weinstein Witte at email@example.com - CLASS OF 1960
http://www.nnhs65.00freehost.com/requests-prayers.html - updated 12/20/09
http://nnhs.wordpress.com/ - updated 08/04/09
Y'all take good care of each other! TYPHOONS FOREVER! We'll Always Have Buckroe!
Love to all, Carol
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Words by Josef Mohr (11 Dec 1792 - 05 Dec 1848), about 1816
Translated to English by John Freeman Young (30 Oct 1820 - 15 Nov 1885), 1863
Music by Franz Xaver Gruber (25 Nov 1787 - 07 June 1963), about 1820
"This hymn’s history is the source
of some disagreement. The traditional story is that Mohr and Gruber
wrote it in Oberndorf, Austria, on Christmas Eve when they discovered the church organ was broken
(different versions say it rusted out, or mice chewed through vital parts). However, recent evidence
indicates this may be only folklore. An old manuscript has reportedly been discovered that shows
Franz Gruber wrote the score 2-4 years after Mohr wrote the lyrics. Whatever the truth, this carol
has been a Christmas favorite for almost 200 years."
night, holy night!
"Silent Night" midi and German and English lyrics courtesy of http://www.ylw.mmtr.or.jp/~johnkoji/hymn/xmas/ – 11/22/05
"Stille Nacht" history and "Silent Night" English lyrics courtesy of http://www.cyberhymnal.org/htm/s/i/silntnit.htm - 12/23/05
Baby Jesus with Bluebird clip art courtesy of http://www.corlisselizabethwilliams.com/files/gimgs/ - 12/23/09
Holly Divider Line clip art courtesy of http://www.hellasmultimedia.com/webimages/christ-htm/lines-christ7.htm - 12/05/05
Birthday Cake clip art courtesy of
Sarah Puckett Kressaty ('65) of
VA - 08/31/05
Thanks, Sarah Sugah!
Pine Forest High School (NC) Trojans Logo clip art courtesy of http://www.pfhs.ccs.k12.nc.us/alumni.htm - 05/19/07
Army Seal clip art courtesy of
Al Farber ('64) of GA - 05/24/06 (still missing...)
Replaced by Norm Covert ('61) of MD - 02/09/09
Navy Seal clip art courtesy of http://www.onemileup.com/miniSeals.asp - 05/29/06
Litchfield High School's Purple Panther Paw Print courtesy of http://www.litchfield.k12.il.us/ - 06/23/07
Animated Laughing Woman courtesy of Joyce Lawrence Cahoon ('65) of VA - 02/23/09
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