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12/24/15 - NNHS Newsletter -
Happy Christmas Eve!

Happy, happy Christmas, that can win us back to the delusions
of our childish days; that can recall to the old man the pleasures
of his youth; that can transport the sailor and the traveller,

thousands of miles away, back to his own fire-side and his quiet home!”

- Charles Dickens, The Pickwick Papers, 1836
(07 Feb 1812 - 09 June 1870)

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. 

BONUS #1 - - Stille Nacht - The Innsbrucker Capellknaben

BONUS #2 - - Silent Night - Bing Crosby with the Mitchell Boys Choir, Philco Playhouse, December 19, 1948

BONUS #3 - - 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 - Silent Night - Enya - in Irish with subtitles and translations

BONUS #5 - Silent Night - Kelly Clarkson

BONUS #6 - Silent Night - Josh Groban

BONUS #7 - Silent Night - David Archuleta and The Mormon Tabernacle Choir and Orchestra, 2012


"Silent Night" (German: Stille Nacht, heilige Nacht) is a popular Christmas carol, composed in 1818 by Franz Xaver Gruber to lyrics by Joseph Mohr in the small town of Oberndorf bei Salzburg, Austria. It was declared an intangible cultural heritage by UNESCO in March 2011. The song has been recorded by a large number of singers from every music genre.

The song was first performed on Christmas Eve 1818 at St Nicholas parish church in Oberndorf, a village on the Salzach river. The young priest, Father Joseph Mohr, had come to Oberndorf the year before. He had already written the lyrics of the song "Stille Nacht" in 1816 at Mariapfarr, the hometown of his father in the Salzburg Lungau region, where Joseph had worked as a coadjutor.

The melody was composed by Franz Xaver Gruber, schoolmaster and organist in the nearby village of Arnsdorf. Before Christmas Eve, Mohr brought the words to Gruber and asked him to compose a melody and guitar accompaniment for the church service.[1] Both performed the carol during the mass on the night of December 24.

The original manuscript has been lost. However a manuscript was discovered in 1995 in Mohr's handwriting and dated by researchers at ca. 1820. It shows that Mohr wrote the words in 1816 when he was assigned to a pilgrim church in Mariapfarr, Austria, and shows that the music was composed by Gruber in 1818. This is the earliest manuscript that exists and the only one in Mohr's handwriting.

In 1859, the Episcopal priest John Freeman Young, then serving at Trinity Church, New York City, published the English translation that is most frequently sung today.[2] The version of the melody that is generally used today is a slow, meditative lullaby, differing slightly (particularly in the final strain) from Gruber's original, which was a sprightly, dance-like tune in 6/8 time. Today, the lyrics and melody are in the public domain.

The carol has been translated into about 140 languages.[3][4]

The song was sung simultaneously in French, English and German by troops during the Christmas truce[5] of 1914 during World War I, as it was one carol that soldiers on both sides of the front line knew.


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

 Happy Christmas Day Birthday tomorrow to   Patsy Bloxom Meider ('57) of NC AND Doug Dickinson ('69) of VA!

   Happy Birthday this week to:

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) (deceased 04/20/15) AND Michael Artman ('66) of VA! 

30 -  William Gwynn ('57) AND   Ron Miller ('59) of NC AND   Lucy Southall Propst ('63) of VA AND (if Plaxo is to be believed)   Carole Althaus Tanenhaus ('65) of MD AND The late Joyce Tedder Rossman ('68) (deceased 05/11/15) AND    Sarah Stewart Vance ('69) of VA;

31 - Pat Floyd Pride ('62) of VA AND     Susie Overton Jones ('63) of VA AND   David Rosenwasser ('64) of MO!

   Many Happy Returns to You All! 


December 24, 1865 - The Ku Klux Klan was formed.


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, Algeria 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


Friday, December 24, 1965 - Bass player, songwriter, and producer (Counting Crows, The Semantics, and Majosha) Millard Powers was born Avery Millard Powers III in Greensboro, North Carolina.

Friday, December 24, 1965 - Businessman John Black (b. John Paul Black on 10 Feb 1895 in Kingston upon Thames, London, England) died suddenly at Cheadle Hospital, Cheadle, Cheshire, England at the age of 70.

Friday, December 24, 1965 - Minister and theologian William M. Branham (b. William Marrion Branham 06 Apr 1909 in Cumberland County, Kentucky) was killed in a car accident in Amarillo, Texas at the age of 56.

“I am saddened to see Christmas becoming less and less about Christ and more and more about marketing and sales, parties and presents.

“And yet, Christmas is what we make of it. Despite all the distractions, we can see to it that Christ is at the center of our celebration. If we have not already done so, we can establish Christmas traditions for ourselves and for our families which will help us capture and keep the spirit of Christmas.”

-  Thomas S. Monson, 1987
(b. 21 Aug 1927)


   A 1958 Anchor is listed on eBay for only $19.99 plus free shipping! This is a rare bargain, so if you're missing yours, bidding ends on Monday evening. Mark your calendar! 

From John Patterson ('59) of TN - 12/23/15 - "Merry Christmas":

Merry Christmas !! & A Healthy & Happy New Year!!

Here's a really cool (but somewhat sappy) Christmas ecard.

   Thanks so much, John! It so happens I like sappy! Besides, it's really adorable! Merry Christmas!

      From Harry Covert ('57) of MD - 12/22/15 - "Advent 2015":

Christmas in a Heartfelt, Invisible Way

By K. Brewster Hastings

  Grief is a strange state of being as one approaches Christmas.
This is my first major holiday since my mother died in June. My father died in 1996 so I am now without parents. A friend tells me, “Now, you’re an orphan in the world.” Also, a few weeks ago, my oldest brother Clark died alone at age 65, in a remote town of the Dominican Republic.

Now, I am assured my father, my mother, my brother died in the peace and mercy of the Lord. So, I have no “salvation anxiety.” Their departure is total gain! Today, this is a matter of the heart. Death is the final seriousness. It sheds a twilight over one’s place in the world. This is not altogether a bad thing. Twilight carries a certain, passing beauty. Birds sing the last songs of the hour. The city begins to settle down and sparkle. Home is appreciated as refuge. We eat and rest. Twilight also signifies a truth about mortality we avoid. We are, indeed, passing through this world and at the end of the day, and life, only love endures…yes, only love endures. (This is one reason why acts of terrorism are so confounding, devoid of meaning, damnable. Explosive fear and hatred are unsubstantial in present and future realm of love.)

With twilight our vision diminishes yet it can also encourage another kind of seeing. Perhaps it is like savoring the after taste of a swallow of wine or the last chew of a chocolate chip cookie; we appreciate the gift especially as it disappears. In twilight, we look more carefully to find the shape of meaning, not with an investigative scrutiny but with a curious receptivity to discern what will last the night.



Two words that likely come with this kind of seeing in a season of grief are regret and hope. It is good to hold these two words together as the Psalms frequently do. “This is my comfort in my trouble; your promise gives me life (Ps 119:50).” Regret and hope do not cancel each other out; they are like the two different keys of a piano, the white (natural notes) and black (sharps, flats). You decide which signifies which.

I can reflect on the complexity of the life and love I shared with my mother. I can consider the tenuous communication due to age and distance between Clark and me. For sure, each contains a very different texture and intensity of regret and hope. My aim is not to get too personal. I just want to say what is sober: recognition of the impossible, unrealistic task of separating regret and hope. Regret being the experience related to disappointment, remorse, and sorrow. Hope being the attitude of trusting God to sift our lives such he subsumes by mercy all that is bound for eternity.

How does this concern Christmas? Have you ever noticed in artistic representations of Mary and Joseph with the Christ Child? You never see them with wide, toothy smiles? I am not saying they were not happy, joyful or relieved parents in profound ways. This is part of the birth of every son or daughter. Hallelujah! What I am noting is the pervasive sense Mary and Joseph know Jesus is the Savior, long-awaited and finally arrived. And, one recognizes the Savior if one knows to the core, yes indeed, the entire world, everyone needs the Savior. The havoc of sin tasted in our regrets pleads for the extravagant means longed for by hope. Imagine the reverence, the delight, the weight, the awe of the Holy Family in Bethlehem. These are extraordinary categories.

Perhaps, our own experience of regret and hope, participates in the mystery of Christmas in a heartfelt, invisible way. Dare we consider a way as singular as a chime of a tiny bell in the midst of a grand and spectacular symphony enthralled with the glory of God.

Rev. K. Brewster Hastings
is rector of Saint Anne’s Church, Abington, Pa. He is a distinguished writer and speaker. His writings and blog are found at

   Thank you so much, Harry - AND Brewster! Merry Christmas!

From My Friend, Tina, of SC - 12/23/14:

  Thank you so much, Tina! Merry Christmas!

"For unto us a child is born, unto us a son is given: and the government shall be upon his shoulder: and his name shall be called Wonderful, Counsellor, The mighty God, The everlasting Father, The Prince of Peace."

- Isaiah 9:6


“How many people here have telekenetic powers? Raise my hand.” 

- Emo Philips
(b. 07 Feb 1956)


From My Friend, Tammy, of UT - 12/07/14 - "Daily Christmas Story (#24 in a Series of 24)":

This year I decided to share some of my favorite Christmas stories and quotes. It is a tradition in our family to read a Christmas story every night in December culminating with the Nativity on the 24th.

Christmas Story Day 24, the Nativity, Luke 2:1-20

1 And it came to pass in those days, that there went out a decree from Cæsar Augustus, that all the world should be taxed.

2 (And this taxing was first made when Cyrenius was governor of Syria.)

3 And all went to be taxed, every one into his own city.

4 And Joseph also went up from Galilee, out of the city of Nazareth, into Judæa, unto the city of David, which is called Bethlehem; (because he was of the house and lineage of David:)

5 To be taxed with Mary his espoused wife, being great with child.

6 And so it was, that, while they were there, the days were accomplished that she should be delivered.

7 And she brought forth her firstborn son, and wrapped him in swaddling clothes, and laid him in a manger; because there was no room for them in the inn.

8 And there were in the same country shepherds abiding in the field, keeping watch over their flock by night.

9 And, lo, the angel of the Lord came upon them, and the glory of the Lord shone round about them: and they were sore afraid.

10 And the angel said unto them, Fear not: for, behold, I bring you good tidings of great joy, which shall be to all people.

11 For unto you is born this day in the city of David a Saviour, which is Christ the Lord.

12 And this shall be a sign unto you; Ye shall find the babe wrapped in swaddling clothes, lying in a manger.

13 And suddenly there was with the angel a multitude of the heavenly host praising God, and saying,

14 Glory to God in the highest, and on earth peace, good will toward men.

15 And it came to pass, as the angels were gone away from them into heaven, the shepherds said one to another, Let us now go even unto Bethlehem, and see this thing which is come to pass, which the Lord hath made known unto us.

16 And they came with haste, and found Mary, and Joseph, and the babe lying in a manger.

17 And when they had seen it, they made known abroad the saying which was told them concerning this child.

18 And all they that heard it wondered at those things which were told them by the shepherds.

19 But Mary kept all these things, and pondered them in her heart.

20 And the shepherds returned, glorifying and praising God for all the things that they had heard and seen, as it was told unto them.

- Luke 2:1-20

     Thank you so very much, Tammy! These have been a real treasure!  

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From - 12/23/15:

During an Interview the employer asked the candidate, "How long did you work at your last job?"

Candidate: "30 years."

Employer: "How old are you?"

Candidate: "20."

The Employer was of course surprised. "How it is possible that you are 20 years old and have a work experience of 30 years?"

Candidate: "Overtime!!"


1. Wednesday, January 13, 2016 - 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.


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   Y'all take good care of each other!  TYPHOONS FOREVER! 
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                          Love to all, Carol





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


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Silent Night

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."


Stille Nacht

1. Stille Nacht! Heil'ge Nacht!
Alles schläft; einsam wacht
Nur das traute heilige Paar.
Holder Knab' im lockigten Haar,
|: Schlafe in himmlischer Ruh! :|

2. Stille Nacht! Heil'ge Nacht!
Gottes Sohn, o wie lacht
Lieb' aus deinem göttlichen Mund,
Da uns schlägt die rettende Stund'.
|: Jesus in deiner Geburt! :|

3. Stille Nacht! Heil'ge Nacht!
Die der Welt Heil gebracht,
Aus des Himmels goldenen Höhn,
Uns der Gnaden Fülle läßt sehn,
|: Jesum in Menschengestalt! :|

4. Stille Nacht! Heil'ge Nacht!
Wo sich heut alle Macht
Väterlicher Liebe ergoß,
Und als Bruder huldvoll umschloß
|: Jesus die Völker der Welt! :|

5. Stille Nacht! Heil'ge Nacht!
Lange schon uns bedacht,
Als der Herr vom Grimme befreit
In der Väter urgrauer Zeit
|: Aller Welt Schonung verhieß! :|

6. Stille Nacht! Heil'ge Nacht!
Hirten erst kundgemacht
Durch der Engel Alleluja,
Tönt es laut bei Ferne und Nah:
|: "Jesus der Retter ist da!" :|


Silent Night

Silent night, holy night!
All is calm, all is bright.
Round yon Virgin, Mother and Child.
Holy infant so tender and mild,
Sleep in heavenly peace,
Sleep in heavenly peace.

Silent night, holy night!
Shepherds quake at the sight.
Glories stream from heaven afar
Heavenly hosts sing Alleluia,
Christ the Savior is born!
Christ the Savior is born.

Silent night, holy night!
Son of God love's pure light.
Radiant beams from Thy holy face
With dawn of redeeming grace,
Jesus Lord, at Thy birth.
Jesus Lord, at Thy birth.




"Silent Night" midi and German and English lyrics courtesy of – 11/22/05

"Stille Nacht" history and "Silent Night" English lyrics courtesy of - 12/23/05

Baby Jesus with Bluebird clip art courtesy of - 12/23/09

Holly Divider Line clip art courtesy of - 12/05/05

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

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 (still missing...)
Thanks, Al!
Replaced by Norm Covert ('61) of MD - 02/09/09
Thanks, Norm!

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

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

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