10/11/04 - NNHS Newsletter - Columbus Day

Dear Friends and Schoolmates,

   I'm home!  We had a lovely time, and pictures will follow soon.

Happy Birthday to Judy Phillips Allen ('66) of VA!


   I believe just after Labor Day I promised Frank Blechman ('65) of Northern VA that I would be able to pay even less respect
to Columbus Day that I did to Labor Day - which, as you recall, was abysmal.  I do not believe I knew at the time that I would be
flying in from St. Louis and thereby ignoring it almost completely, but a promise is a promise.

 When I was a little kid (okay, okay, I'm still just a little kid!)....  Let me rephrase that.  About 45 or 50 years ago,
 I do not remember any great controversies surrounding the political correctness of Columbus Day or the man
 himself.  We were simply taught that he was a hero to whom we were greatly indebted.  There was nothing
 controversial ever allowed to make its way to our dear little ears.

 Was it in the '70's when all that changed?

   On the other hand, perhaps all of y'all knew it all along, and I was just living in my own little Dixie Cup.  I wouldn't be a bit surprised.

Three Columbus Day Songs You Might Remember from the Olden Days

A Columbus Day Greeting Card for You (requires flash)

The Columbus Navigation Homepage

Columbus and the Destruction of Native Peoples

   Okay, Frank - how's that?  A sentimental, old-fashioned, unbalanced 1950's-style glimpse into the past, with only the merest hint
that something or other might have gone amiss in the process.

   When I wake up tomorrow after forty-eleven or so hours of sleep, I'll try to catch up on all the backlog of mail and write a real Newsletter.  Meanwhile, y'all take care of each other.

                                   Love to all, Carol


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Columbus' First Voyage

(to the tune of "Mary Had a Little Lamb")

Columbus sailed the ocean blue,
Ocean blue, ocean blue.
Columbus sailed the ocean blue
In 1492.

He sailed west to reach the east,
reach the east, reach the east,
He sailed west to reach the east
In 1492.

Asian shores he never reached,
Never reached, never reached,
Asian shores he never reached,
In 1492.

Instead, he found a whole new land,
Whole new land, whole new land
Instead, he found a whole new land,
In 1492.

"Columbus' First Voyage" aka "Mary Had a Little Lamb" midi courtesy of http://www.niehs.nih.gov/kids/musicm.htm -
with the kind and patient assistance of my son, Nathaniel Harty of IL - 10/06/04
Thanks, Nathaniel!

"Columbus' First Voyage" lyrics courtesy of http://www.dltk-kids.com/crafts/columbus/song.htm - 10/03/04

Columbus' Ships clip art courtesy of http://www.hellasmultimedia.com/webimages/columbusday/columbus_images.htm - 09/20/04

Columbus' Ship divider line clip art courtesy of http://www.hellasmultimedia.com/webimages/columbusday/columbus_lines.htm - 09/20/04

Posthumous Portrait of Christopher Columbus courtesy of http://www.tooter4kids.com/classroom/columbus_day.htm - 10/03/04

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