12/24/10 - NNHS Newsletter - Happy Christmas Eve!
she brought forth her firstborn son, and wrapped him in swaddling clothes,
and laid him
Dear Friends and Schoolmates,
Today's Newsletter is using the same beloved Christmas carol as last year's and the one from 2005, because it just wouldn't be Christmas Eve without Silent Night to me.
This year I selected new graphics for you: Michelangelo Caravaggio's 1609 Painting, "Nativity with St. Francis and St. Lawrence" - which has almost as exciting a history as the artist himself.
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=yZUZ_twxVwY - Silent Night - Elvis Presley
BONUS #4 - 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 #5 - http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JtQr81k3TSk - Silent Night - Celtic Woman
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 1965:
|Friday, December 24, 1965 - Musician, songwriter, record producer, grammy nominated recording engineer, and member of Counting Crows, Millard Powers was born in Greensboro, North Carolina.|
From Norris Perry (Warwick HS - '59) of VA - 08/05/10 - "Vote for Grace (REPEATED)":
This is my daughter Laura's dog in a contest to be on the cover of a bag
of dog food.
Vote every day for Grace. Thanks.
Oh, Laura is your daughter, Norris! Well, that makes it all the more important!
Grace was named the September 2010 People's Choice! We only have 7 more days to vote for Grace!
It only takes about two seconds to cast your allotted daily vote)!!!All that is necessary for Dollar to win is that Typhoons do nothing to help Grace!
From Fred Field (June '45) of CA - 12/21/10 and 12/23/10 - "Merry Christmas":
Hello Schoolmates, Tue, Dec. 21, 2010
Seasons greetings and best wishes from our family's generations 1 and 3:
Fred W. Field (82) and granddaughter Sara Sue Burton (17), October 2010.
To quote the favorite salutation of my maternal grandfather, John Henry Lloyd (b. Liverpool 1870):
"May you all live long and die happy!"
|Sara and Fred|
Hello Carol, Thu. Dec. 23
The picture was sent by Adobe Acrobat, Version 9, recently upgraded here. The problem seems to be that Adobe is no longer supporting the very early versions of Acrobat Reader. The latest version can be downloaded (free) and seems to be backward compatible.
In the meantime, here is the same picture as a Word file. Hope this works.
Thank you so much, Fred! This time I was able to capture it! You're looking good and Sara is gorgeous! In fact, that looks like a ribbon-banner-thingamajigger from a beauty pageant she's wearing!
Merry Christmas, Fred! Enjoy your family - as you obviously are!
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From My Husband, Paul Harty (Bardolph HS, IL - '61) of IL - 12/23/10 - "Penguin goes shopping":
|This 10-year-old King Penguin was
rescued from a fisherman's line and refused to leave after he was
healed. He was adopted by a family in a small town in Japan and became a
beloved pet who has his own personal air-conditioned cold room. Lala is
so smart - he walks to the fish store with his little backpack to shop
for fresh fish every day.
AWWW! Isn't he adorable?!? Thanks, Dools!
From http://www.SelfGrowth.com - 12/22/10 - "Perseverance":
|When You Fall Down, Get Back
By Mike Robbins
Have you ever seen a
small child learn how to walk? If you have, you know what a remarkable
experience it is. I'd heard about this, but had never witnessed it first
hand until Samantha, our (almost) five year old, took her first real
steps when she was just over a year. She and I were playing in our
family room one night and although she'd taken a step or two here and
there, and could get around okay while holding onto an adult or a piece
of furniture, she hadn't really "walked" yet.
CHRISTMAS BONUS RECIPE:
From Me ('65) of IL - 12/24/10 - "Pristine White Muffins"
is one of my own favorite recipes - and they're white like the snow
most of us are expecting today.
"The Story of Silent Night"Father Joseph Mohr sat at the old organ. His fingers stretched over the keys, forming the notes of a chord. He took a deep breath and pressed down. Nothing. He lifted his fingers and tried again. Silence echoed through the church.
Father Joseph shook his head. It was no use. The pipes were rusted, the bellows mildewed. The organ had been wheezing and growing quieter for months, and Father Joseph had been hoping it would hold together until the organ builder arrived to repair it in the spring. But now, on December 23, 1818, the organ had finally given out. St. Nicholas Church would have no music for Christmas.
Father Joseph sighed. Maybe a brisk walk would make him feel better. He pulled on his overcoat and stepped out into the night. His white breath puffed out before him. Moonlight sparkled off the snow-crusted trees and houses in the village of Oberndorf. Father Joseph crunched through the snowy streets to the edge of the little Austrian town and climbed the path leading up the mountain.
From high above Oberndorf, Father Joseph watched the Salzach River ripple past St. Nicholas Church. In the spring, when melting snow flowed down the mountains and the river swelled in its banks, water lapped at the foundation of the church. It was moisture from the flooding river that had caused the organ to mildew and rust.
Father Joseph looked out over the Austrian Alps. Stars shone above in the still and silent night.
Silent night? Father Joseph stopped. Of course! "Silent Night!" He had written a poem a few years before, when he had first become a priest, and he had given it that very title. "Silent Night."
Father Joseph scrambled down the mountain. Suddenly he knew how to bring music to the church.
The next morning, Father Joseph set out on another walk. This time he carried his poem. And this time he knew exactly where he was going -- to see his friend Franz Gruber, the organist for St. Nicholas, who lived in the next village.
Franz Gruber was surprised to see the priest so far from home on Christmas Eve, and even more surprised when Father Joseph handed him the poem.
That night Father Joseph and Franz Gruber stood at the altar of St. Nicholas Church. Father Joseph held his guitar. He could see members of the congregation giving each other puzzled looks. They had never heard a guitar played in church before, and certainly not during midnight mass on Christmas Eve, the holiest night of the year.
Father Joseph picked out a few notes on the guitar, and he and Franz Gruber began to sing. Their two voices rang out, joined by the church choir on the chorus. Franz Gruber's melody matched the simplicity and honesty of Father Joseph's words.
When the last notes faded into the night, the congregation remained still for a moment, then began to clap their hands. Applause filled the church. The villagers of Oberndorf loved the song! Father Joseph's plan to bring music to St. Nicholas Church had worked.
A few months later, the organ builder arrived in Oberndorf and found the words and music to "Silent Night" lying on the organ. The song enchanted him, and when he left, he took a copy of it with him.
The organ builder gave the song to two families of traveling singers who lived near his home. The traveling singers performed "Silent Night" in concerts all over Europe, and soon the song spread throughout the world.
Today, cathedral choirs and carolers from New York to New Zealand sing the simple song that was first played in a mountain church in Austria on Christmas Eve nearly 200 years ago.
-- By Dick Smolinski
Chambers of VA -
07/01/09, 02/07/10, AND 07/31/10 - "CNC BOOK BROCHURE & AD" AND 61-62 DECADERS ADDENDA AND DRAMATIC WORKSHOPS STUDENTS:
Contact Dr. Chambers at firstname.lastname@example.org.
"Enter the Pearly Gates"
Three men die in a car accident on Christmas Eve. They all find
themselves at the pearly gates waiting to enter Heaven. On entering they
must present something relating or associated with Christmas.
|DATES TO REMEMBER:|
1. Thursday, January 6, 2011 - The
NNHS Class of 1955 holds Lunch Bunch gatherings on the first Thursday of
every month at Steve & John's Steak House on Jefferson Avenue just above
Denbigh Boulevard in Newport News at 11:00 AM. The luncheon is not
limited to just the Class of '55; if you have fiends in that year, go
visit with them.
2. Wednesday, February 9, 2010 - 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.
3. Wednesday, April 13, 2010 - 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.
4. Saturday, April 30, 2011 - The NNHS Class will have a Luncheon. Team Leaders are Mickey Marcella (email@example.com - 757-249-3800), Betty Hamby Neher (firstname.lastname@example.org - 757-898-5099), and Dr. Harry Simpson (email@example.com - 804-694-0346). - CLASS OF 1954 . Saturday, July 9, 2011 (6:30 PM to 11:30 PM) - The Class of 1971 will hold its 40-Year Reunion at Newport News Marriott at City Center, 740 Town Center Drive, Newport News. For details, contact Richard Rawls at Richard@Rawls.com - CLASS OF 1971
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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
Image of Michelangelo Merisi da Caravaggio's (29 Sept 1571 – 18 July 1610) 1609 Painting, "Nativity with St. Francis and St. Lawrence"courtesy of http://allart.biz/photos/image/Michelangelo_Caravaggio_77_Nativity_with_St_Francis_and_St_Lawrence.html - 12/23/10
Star Divider Line clip art courtesy of http://www.holidaygraphics.com/christmas/graphics/page8.html - 12/18/04
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
Animated Ringing Christmas Bell clip art (designed by Art Holden) courtesy
http://www.animationfactory.com - 12/08/05
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