12/30/06 - NNHS Newsletter -
bells are swinging above the fields of snow, we hear sweet
Dear Friends and Schoolmates,
My precious company has gone back to Illinois (SOB!!!), my internet and phone problems have (hopefully!) been resolved, and even the 00freehost server seems to be working fairly well at the moment. Perhaps I'll be able to catch up with myself after all!
We have another Twofer today!
Ron Miller ('59) of NC and Sarah Stewart Vance ('69) of VA are both celebrating their birthdays!
Many Happy Returns, Sweetie Pies!
From Me ('65) of VA - 12/30/06:
Unless you've been even more sequestered than I this week, you will know that we have lost another former president. Gerald R. Ford passed away on December 26, 2006.
As we did when Ronald Reagan died, we have a page to mark and remember this passing. It is now but a basic shell, but I'll be adding images rapidly, and if you're moved to contribute comments on his passing, they will be added as well:
And no, I'm not making a political statement; I'm recording history. You are encouraged to do likewise.
From My Dear Friend, Judy, of IL - 12/29/06 - "dear friends":
Thank you, dear Judy! This is beautiful!
From Joan Lauterbach Krause ('60) of VA - 12/29/06 - "BILL COSBY-------A MUST READ":
had never seen the Reverend Jesse Louis Jackson cry in public. And he's seldom
upstaged. Until, Bill Cosby came to town.
Last month* Jackson invited Cosby to the annual Rainbow/PUSH conference for a conversation about controversial remarks the entertainer offered May 17 (2004) at an NAACP dinner in . That's when America's Jell-O Man shook things up by arguing that African Americans were betraying the legacy of civil rights victories.
"The lower economic people," he said, "are not holding up their end in this deal. These people are not parenting. They are buying things for their kids. $500 sneakers for what? And won't spend $200 for "Hooked on Phonics!"
Thursday morning, Cosby showed no signs of repenting as he strode across the stage at the Sheraton Hotel ballroom before a standing-room-only crowd. Sporting a natty gold sports coat and dark glasses, he proceeded to unload a
Laundry list of black America's self-imposed ills. The
iconic actor and comedian kidded that he couldn't
compete with the oratory of the Reverend but he
preached circles around Jackson in their nearly
hour-long conversation, delivering brutally frank
one-liners and the toughest of love.
The enemy, he argues, is us:
"There is a time, ladies and gentlemen, when we have to turn the mirror around." Cosby acknowledged he wasn't critiquing all blacks-just "the 50 percent of African Americans in the lower economic neighborhood who drop out of school," and the alarming proportions of black men in prison and black teenage mothers. The mostly black crowd seconded him with choruses of "Amens."
To critics who pose, it's unproductive to air our dirty laundry in public, he responds, "Your dirty laundry gets out of school at 2:30 every day. It's cursing on the way home, on the bus, train, in the candy store. They are cursing and grabbing each other and going nowhere.
And, the book bag is very, very thin because there's
nothing in it."
"Don't worry about the white man," he adds. "I could care less about what white people think about me . . . Let 'em talk. What are they saying that is different from what their grandfathers said and did to us? What is different is what we are doing to ourselves."
For those who say Cosby is just an elitist who's "got his" but doesn't understand the plight of the black poor, he reminds us that, "We're going to turn that mirror around. It's not just the poor-everybody's guilty."
Cosby and Jackson lamented that in the 50th year of Brown vs. Board of Education, our failings betray our legacy. Jackson dabbed away tears as he recalled the financial struggles at Fisk University , a historically black college and Jackson 's Alma mater.
When Cosby was done, the 1,000 people in the room all jumped to their feet in ovation. Long after Cosby had departed, I could not find a dissenter in the crowd. But in the hotel corridor I encountered a vintage poster for sale that said volumes. The poster, which advertised the Million Man March, was "discounted" to $5: Remember the Million Man March?
In 1995, Nation of Islam Minister Louis Farrakhan exhorted "a million sober, disciplined, committed, dedicated, inspired black men to meet in on a day of atonement.
In 2006, perhaps all that is left of that call is a $5 poster. We have shed tears too many times, at too many watershed moments before, while the hopes they inspired have fallen by the wayside.
Not this time!
Cosby's plea to parents: "Before you get to the point where you say 'I can't do nothing with them' - do something with them."
Teach our children to speak English. There's no such thing as "talking white". When the teacher calls, show up at the school.
When the idiot box starts spewing profane rap videos, turn it off.
Refrain from cursing around the kids.
Teach our boys that women should be cherished, not raped and demeaned.
Tell them that education is a prize we won with blood and tears, not a dishonor.
Stop making excuses for the agents and abettors of black-on-black crime.
It costs us nothing to do these things. But if we don't, it will cost us infinitely more tears.
Thanks, Joan! Just to make double sure of the facts, I ran this through Snopes.com:
It's a little dated; the NAACP dinner took place on 17 May 2004, but the facts are correct. Thanks for sharing this with us!
Reunion information is ALWAYS posted very near the top on the front page, and on the Reunion Page section:
Henceforth, it will be repeated
here, lest you forget:
The NNHS Class of 1962
will hold its 45-Year Reunion on Friday, Saturday, and Sunday, September 21, 22 and 23, 2007
at the Point Plaza Suites, 950 J. Clyde Morris Boulevard, Newport News, VA 23601.
Suites will be available that will include breakfast on Saturday and Sunday.
Visit Brenda's 1962 Web Page:
AND CHECK THIS WEB PAGE FOR THE LATEST INFORMATION -11/27/06:
NNHS Class of 1957
is planning its 50-Year Class Reunion,
Friday, Saturday, and Sunday,
September 7, 8 and 9, 2007
at the Omni Hotel in Newport News, VA.
More details to follow!
The NNHS Class of 1958
is planning its 50th Anniversary Reunion,
Friday and Saturday, May 16 -17, 2008.
The Noble Gathering
More details to
May the spirit of this season bring you all as much joy as you've brought to me! Happy New Year to you all!
Y'all take care of each other! TYPHOONS FOREVER! We'll Always Have Buckroe!
Love to all, Carol
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Ring Out, Wild Bells
"Alfred, Lord Tennyson is
considered the most representative poet of the Victorian Age in England, and
many of his works characterize the conflict between the Christian faith and
the beginnings of the scientific revolution. The death of his sister's fiancé,
Arthur Henry Hallam, at the age of 22 plunged Tennyson into profound shock and
a lifelong struggle between faith and doubt. "Ring Out, Wild Bells," generally
considered a New Year's hymn, is taken from the 106th Canto of In Memoriam,
Tennyson's monumental elegy to Hallam that was published in 1850, the same
year that he was appointed Poet Laureate."
Words by Alfred, Lord Tennyson
(6 Aug 1809 - 6 Oct 1892)
|1. Ring out,
wild bells, to the wild sky,
The flying cloud, the frosty light:
The year is dying in the night;
Ring out, wild bells, and let him die.
2. Ring out the old, ring in the new,
Ring, happy bells, across the snow;
The year is going, let him go;
Ring out the false, ring in the true.
3. Ring out the grief that saps the mind,
For those that here we see no more;
Ring out the feud of rich and poor,
Ring in redress to all mankind.
4. Ring out a slowly dying cause,
And ancient forms of party strife;
Ring in the nobler modes of life,
With sweeter manners, purer laws.
|5. Ring out
the want, the care, the sin,
The faithless coldness of the times;
Ring out, ring out my mournful rhymes,
But ring the fuller minstrel in.
6. Ring out false pride in place and blood.
The civic slander and the spite;
Ring in the love of truth and right,
Ring in the common love of good.
7. Ring out old shapes of foul disease,
Ring out the narrowing lust of gold;
Ring out the thousand wars of old,
Ring in the thousand years of peace.
8. Ring in the valiant man and free,
The larger heart, the kindlier hand;
Ring out the darkness of the land,
Ring in the Christ that is to be.
"Ring Out, Wild Bells" midi and lyrics courtesy of http://www.geocities.com/Heartland/Hills/2168/songs009.html - 12/30/06
History of "Ring Out, Wild Bells" courtesy of http://www.hymnsandcarolsofchristmas.com/Hymns_and_Carols/ring_out_wild_bells.htm - 12/30/06
Snowy Bells clip art courtesy of http://d21c.com/AnnesPlace/Xmas1.html - 12/18/04
Ornament Divider Line clip art courtesy of http://www.hellasmultimedia.com/webimages/christ-htm/lines-christ16.htm - 12/18/04
Birthday Cake clip art courtesy of
Sarah Puckett Kressaty ('65) of
VA - 08/31/05
Thanks, Sarah Sugah!
Army Seal clip art also courtesy of Al
Farber ('64) of GA - 05/24/06
Thanks again, Al!
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