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09/08/08 - NNHS Newsletter -
Antonín Dvořák's 167th Birthday

“Mozart is sweet sunshine.”

Antonín Dvořák
(8 Sept 1841 - 1 May 1904)

Dear Friends and Schoolmates,
Not only is today's Newsletter theme a celebrity birthday observation, but it comes to us by special request from     Joe Madagan ('57) of FL on 08/27/08:

Hi, Carol:
Most likely you have used this in the past, but if not...please allow me to suggest Symphony No. 9 in E Op 95 Largo, "Going Home" by Antonín Dvořák.
The inspiration for this composition was the spiritual which he heard while living in the United States and teaching music at a conservatory and he became home sick.
Typhoon Regards,
Joe Madagan

   You were right, Joe! I had indeed used this selection before, just last fall, under somewhat curious circumstances.  When your classmate,     Bobbie Whitehurst Canady ('57), passed away on November 16, I had the very distinct impression to attach this hymn to her Memorial Newsletter.  I thought it would be an easy matter to locate the sound file in a simple form, but was rather started to find only the symphonic version available, so that is what is used there, as I try never to second guess such strong promptings:

   Thanks, Adonis!

BONUS #1 - - Dvořák's Symphony No. 9 - 2nd Movement (first part) - Largo - Dublin Philharmonic conducted by Derek Gleeson

BONUS #2 -  - Dvořák's Symphony No. 9 - 2nd Movement - Largo (first part performed by USAF - Big Band; second part "Going Home" performed by Libera) - breathtaking images from the Hubble Space Telescope - and a different set of lyrics (no author ascribed)

BONUS #3 - - Carlo Curley at Lincoln Cathedral, October 9, 2006 - rather unusual.....

BONUS #4 - - Going Home - Deanna Durbin,  from the movie, It Started with Eve (1941)

BONUS #5 - - Going Home - Phil Coulter - includes images of the Scottish Highlands

BONUS #6 - - Going Home - Paul Robeson at Carnegie Hall, 1958 - WOWZERS!!!

BONUS #7 - - Going Home - Jane Froman



The NNHS Class of 1963
is planning its 45-Year Reunion on
Friday, Saturday, and Sunday, October 17 - 19, 2008.

Please provide your current email and mailing address to Barbara Fritsche Barnes at 
to receive YOUR reunion registration info. The reunion committee has prepared a reunion registration brochure,
which we hope to have available here for you soon.

We’re Going Back!!!! 

The NNHS Class of 1963 invites all former NNHS students and their guests to join them
at an upcoming class reunion event:

A 60’s Sock Hop in the NNHS High School Gym!!! 

What:  Sock Hop with DJ in the Newport News High School Gymnasium 
When:  Friday night, October 17th, 2008 
Time:  7:00pm - 10:00pm 
Cost:  $15 per person

Event Details 


Capacity is Limited. Tickets will be sold on a first come, first served basis.  No sales at door.

Names of all members in your party must be provided with payment. 

Send check or money order payable to: Barbara Barnes, 4891 Parthenon Drive, Virginia Beach, VA  23462 


  • All participants must travel to/from NNHS via shuttle bus from Newport News Omni Hotel
    and sign a release of liability form enroute to the event.

  • Shuttle bus will depart every half hour from The Newport News Omni Hotel, 1000 Omni Boulevard
    (off  Diligence/J. Clyde Morris Boulevard) starting at 6:30 PM. 
    Last bus will depart the school enroute to The Omni at 10:30 PM.

  • Hand stamps issued on shuttle bus will be required for entry.

Socks only, (no shoes of any kind or bare feet) will be permitted in the gymnasium.  

Soft drinks & snacks will be sold at the event. 
No alcoholic beverages allowed on the premises, (some things never change).



All events of the 40-Year Reunion of the Class of 1968 are open to everyone.
It will be held Friday, Saturday, and Sunday, September 26 - 28, 2008.
For further information, call Elizabeth Tedder Nunnally at (757) 874-1666 or e-mail her at   


Evelyn's Birthday Party for All of Us
will be held Saturday, September 27, 2008, 2:00 P.M. at the Canepa Cottage, 760 North 1st Street, Buckroe Beach, VA.

Happy Birthday today to our Four-Fer: Carroll Elliot ('57) AND   Gary Fitzgerald ('61) of VA AND    Patti Johnson Stowe ('62) of FL AND    Cheryl Pless Ramsey ('64) of VA!

    Happy Birthday tomorrow to    Wayne DeBerry ('65) of VA!

   Happy Birthday this week to:

10 -   Mr. Pete Robinson - 1921 - (deceased - 12/23/03);

11 -   My Grandson, Jimmy Harty of OR;

14 - Billy Brewer ('57) AND    Jeanette Parrish Houston ('64) of VA!

   Many Happy Returns to One and All!

From Marc Snyder ('65) of NC - 09/07/08 - "birthdays":

I hope all is well with all of our Newport News Typhoons. Yes, age starts to take a toll on all of us as we go forward in life. My hopes and prayers are with all of you.

Please add my birthday and my late wife's birthday to the calendar.

The late   Sandra Michelle (Tilles) Snyder  Class of '65 -- August 2, 1947
Marc J. Snyder  Class of '65' -- April 7, 1947
Raleigh, North Carolina

   It's good to hear from you, Marc! Thanks so much! I added your birthday and Sandra's to that page: 

 From Sarah Puckett Kressaty ('65) of VA - "Website":

Hi all!

Does anyone know the website for recipes of famous restaurants etc.?  I had it in my old computer but now can’t find it! 


   I've don't believe I've ever seen that site, Sarah Sugah.  For me to have any knowledge of such a site would imply that I have a deep and abiding interest in cooking, and, ah, hmmm....

   Nevertheless, I found a few places online that looked rather interesting:

   Let us know if these help. Thanks, Sarah Sugah!

 Edna Whitcomb Harrison ('65) of VA - 09/07/08 - "Class of 1963 reunion":


I have a few questions about the reunion of the Class of 1963. Maybe you can post this and someone can respond. Those that wish to attend must do so in their socks. Now the question is at what point do they ditch the shoes.....before the shuttle bus ride or upon arrival at the gym?  Also obviously at this age there are those that have foot problems. 

I hope the Class of 1963 has a great reunion.  I am not sure if I will be there or not.

Edna Whitcomb Harrison

  I really had to giggle when I received your note, Edna; I was wondering exactly the same thing! 

   Just what might those logistics be?  Where shall we sit to remove our shoes (surely we'll not need to stand and try to maintain our balance as we did so easily in days of yore?!?)? Where will the shoes be temporarily housed? Will there be sufficient Febreze spray available to protect the sensitive nostrils of the crowd? I kept envisioning days and evenings spent at the Hygeia and Skateland.

   Nevertheless, I'd strongly encourage you to come, Edna! I'm sure a viable solution to our collective fears awaits us, and this will all just be WAAAAY too cool to miss!

    From Joe Madagan ('57) of FL - 09/07/08:

Hi, Carol:
It is sure nice to see that
  Patsy Bloxom Meider (57) of NC is now one of your Newsletter subscribers.
With your permission, the members of the Class of 1957 are fortunate to have such a hard worker. Patsy worked tirelessly for hours on end at the library using a computer and references to locate the members of our class that had lost contact with the Reunion Committee and were not receiving the notices of scheduled Reunions. She began an email notice to remind us of upcoming birthdays. When she began to travel with her husband,   Thelma Spade Roberts (57) in Glory took over the newsletter until just before she passed away.
Thelma handed off the job to      Pat Beck Letzinger (57) of VA who carries on the duties with loving care.
All three of these ladies worked as a labor of love, not appointed by a committee, but to fill a need for our class and have provided outstanding leadership.
TYPHOON Regards,
Joe Madagan (57) of FL

   Thank you so much, Adonis! I have long been in awe of the monumental task accomplished by these dear women! The gathering of the birth dates alone boggles my mind; I cannot begin to fathom all that they accomplished and continue to provide!

    From Sandi Bateman Chestnut ('65) of VA - 09/07/08 - "Photos of Newport News":

Hi, Carol,
A friend of mine sent these pictures from "youtube" of Newport News.  You might already have some of them on the website, but thought you'd enjoy seeing them.  They sure brought back a lot of memories for me when I saw them, as I'm sure they will for most people that view them.

Take care,


   Thanks for thinking of us, Sandi! This video was created by Bill Sasser of VA, and we attached it in June to the most logical place we could imagine - right at the opening of Our Old Stomping Grounds:

   If perchance you've missed it, you're in for a real treat - and a free ride in the Way Back Machine!

From - 09/07/08 - "What's Self-Esteem Got To Do With It?":

What's Self-Esteem Got To Do With It?
By Julie Fuimano

“I don’t think I can do that,” says Shirley.
“Does it matter what you ‘think’ or does it matter what you ‘do’?” I replied.
“I never thought of it like that. I know I should do this; I guess I just don’t think I’m good enough.” Shirley confessed.
To which I replied, “Who asked you what you thought?”

Self-esteem is described as how you think about yourself. You may have been brought up to caution how you express yourself to others. You temper how you think about yourself so that you don’t ‘get out of line’ or become arrogant or ‘too big for your britches.’ But the fact is that by tempering yourself, you shrink yourself. And although others may not feel insecure around you if you are not any bigger or more expansive than them, the fact is that you do not get to experience all that there is of you.

By being less than you are capable of being and doing less than you are capable of doing for fear of being too big or too great, you are limiting yourself. When you limit yourself, the result is that you are left with a sense that you could be so much more and the world loses out because you are not giving all that you have – to BEING YOU! The more ‘you’ you are, the greater the impact you have on the world.

Too often people are taught to do more for others. But by focusing on others rather than on yourself, you lose yourself and miss out on enjoying life. You were born to make manifest all that is possible for you. In doing so, you naturally do more for others around you. It has the opposite effect of making others feel insecure; by being your all, you actually liberate others to be all that is possible for them.

People don’t always know how to bring out the best in themselves. We are limited by how we think about ourselves, by how we were conditioned as children, by not knowing how to be more expansive, and not knowing how to learn. We are also limited by our own ability to take risks, by our lack of courage.

Here’s the good news: It doesn’t matter what you think about yourself, your capabilities, or what other people think of you. Your job in this lifetime is to be who you are capable of being. You do not have a right to hold back for any reason.

Pretty bold, huh?

Think about it. Do you think the rose ‘thinks,’ “I don’t know if I should open completely today. The other flowers get awfully jealous because I am so beautiful.” Sounds silly, doesn’t it? Well, it sounds just as silly when you do it to yourself.

What about a lion saying, “I shouldn’t hunt so well or be so brave for fear of what the others in the pack will think or do.” Even sillier. The fact is that the lion that demonstrates the most ferociousness and strength is the one the others follow.

The rose blooms beautifully and smells sweetly because it’s in its nature. It doesn’t question whether it ‘should.’ And the lion is brave and courageous because that’s who he is. You are who you are. How you think about yourself is a judgment you don’t have the right to make unless you’re using that judgment as the impetus for change.

You are a child of the universe. You have a right to be here. And you have gifts and talents and strengths that are part of you. You are meant to maximize those gifts. Perhaps it’s time to stop ‘thinking’ and start ‘doing.’ Focus your energies on discovering and developing yourself rather than focusing on or trying to change how you think about yourself. As you move forward in becoming the person you are meant to be, you naturally start thinking differently about yourself. You move beyond judgment and into gratitude.

If there is something you don’t like about yourself, then either come to terms with it or fix it in a way that suits you. My client Sue remarked, “I hate my thighs. They just seem too big for my body.” Sue enjoys running. So I asked her, “Do your legs work well? Are you able to run as fast and as far as you’d like?”

If her legs were skinnier, it’s possible they would not be as effective. The point is that she was blessed with two legs that worked perfectly well at carrying her the way she enjoyed. She had no right to criticize how they looked when they functioned so well. And certainly, there are others such as a paraplegic or amputee who long to have both legs of any size and shape.

You are not your body. Your body is your house. You are not your roles such as mom/dad, sister/brother, spouse, employee; they are just the positions you play in this life. It’s time to shift the focus from judgment to gratitude and from thinking and intellectualizing to feeling and being.

You are not what you think of you; you are what you are and what you do. What you think about yourself and what you are doing and being are separate. There is a capacity of who you are capable of becoming; instead of worrying about what you think of yourself, focus your attention on maximizing your capacity. By doing so, you maximize your enjoyment of life too.

Coaching Challenge:
1. Put your self-esteem aside and focus on moving forward in spite of what you think about you. Do what you are meant to do.
2. How do you think about yourself? Is there an element of judgment?
3. What are your special gifts that you were put here to use? How are you using them? How can you use more of your special gifts and talents?
4. Start a gratitude list. Each day add three things to the list that you are grateful for. Consider all dimensions: spiritual, physical, mental, emotional, environmental.

Author's Bio

Julie Fuimano, MBA, RN is an Executive Coach with Nurturing Your Success Inc. She is passionate about partnering with people as they take the challenging journey to a new level of success. Clients report making better decisions, having more time for themselves, being able to say no to requests outside of their responsibilities and desires, being better able to manage emotions as well as conflicts, and an overall feeling of power and confidence...

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1. Friday, Saturday, and Sunday, September 26 - 28, 2008 - NNHS CLASS OF 1968 - OPEN TO ALL TYPHOONS: - 03/31/08

2. Saturday, September 27, 2008 - EVERYONE:

Evelyn Fryer Fish's Birthday Party for All of Us

3. Saturday, September 27, 2008 - SUPERKIDS THIRD ANNUAL CAR SHOW - OPEN TO THE PUBLIC: 

4. Friday, Saturday, and Sunday, October 17 - 19, 2008 - NNHS CLASS OF 1963 - AND ALL TYPHOONS ON FRIDAY NIGHT (if pre-registered):  - 08/29/08

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

            Love to all, Carol





Carol Buckley Harty
219 Four Ply Lane
Fayetteville, NC 29311-9305
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Going Home

- Words by William Arms Fisher and Ken Bible set to Antonín Dvořák's 9th Symphony, third movement.

Going home, going home,
I'm just going home.
Quiet-like, slip away-
I'll be going home.
It's not far, just close by;
Jesus is the Door;
Work all done, laid aside,
Fear and grief no more.
Friends are there, waiting now.
He is waiting, too.
See His smile! See His hand!
He will lead me through.

Morning Star lights the way;
Restless dream all done;
Shadows gone, break of day,
Life has just begun.
Every tear wiped away,
Pain and sickness gone;
Wide awake there with Him!
Peace goes on and on!
Going home, going home,
I'll be going home.
See the Light! See the Sun!
I'm just going home.

Midi of Antonín Dvořák's 9th (New World) Symphony, third movement) courtesy
of - 11/19/07

"Going Home" Lyrics courtesy of - 11/19/07

Printed Music available at - 11/19/07

First Image of Antonín Dvořák courtesy of - 09/08/08

Second Image of Antonín Dvořák courtesy of - 09/08/08

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
Thanks, Al!

Rising Sun Divider Line clip art courtesy of - 04/11/05

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

Animated Laughing Smiley courtesy of Janice McCain Rose ('65) of VA - 02/07/05
Thanks, Janice!

Animated "NEW" clip art courtesy of - 03/07/06

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