2. NEW article: Deities, Rulers, and Wrong Numbers: Our Latin Calendar, Part 3 (July & August).
3. NEW article: How Dr. Richard Guthrie Taught Me Personal Responsibility in Thirty Seconds, by Alumna Mary Swift (AMemoriesBook Bit).
4. Lightning Bugs.
5. The Legacy of Christopher Newport, by Dr. James C. Windsor, CNC President 1970-79.
6. NEW humor:Church Bulletin Bloopers.
7.NEW cartoons: Welcome toHell.
To excel is to reach your own highest dream. But you must also help others, where and when you can, to reach theirs. Personal gain is empty if you do not feel you have positively touched another's life.
What did one toilet say to the other?
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First Decaders Indoor Luncheon at CNU:
Sunday, September 16, 2018
SAVE THE DATE!
CNU's David Ballroom during the 2011 first reunion of the CNC First Decaders.
We are delighted to announce that CNU will provide the following for our first indoor fall lunch:
FOOD at 50% cost--around $10 per person. Catering costs at CNU work on a per person basis. The actual cost will be around $20 per person, but the Alumni Relations Office will cover that balance--thanks to the work of Director Baxter Vendrick!
SERVICES at no cost:
1. Use of either the Board Room or Ballroom in David Student Union for the luncheon (depending on number attending).
2. Golf cart transportation to escort everyone to and from the parking lot and David Student Union.
3. Tours of Klich Alumni House before and after the luncheon for those who wish a tour.
4. Use of the university's food staff and Alumni Office staff.
Your First Decaders CREW will meet Monday, July 9, to plan further details, such as beginning and ending times, food choices, whether buffet or not, number of guests allowed, & so forth. These details will be ANNOUNCED by email to all FDs ASAPand POSTED on this website on the next update, July 20th.
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Deadline to sign up will be August 31.
Deities, Rulers, and Wrong Numbers:
Our Latin Calendar
Part 3 of 4
by A. Jane Chambers
When Julius Caesar ruled the Roman Republic (October of 49 BC - March 15 of 44 BC) perhaps his most important achievement was reforming the ancient Roman calendar, which had only 10 months and 304 days, with the new year beginning in March. Under his direction, in 46 BC astronomers replaced that lunar calendar with a solar calendar based on Earth's revolutions around the sun. This Julian calendar, with 12 months and 365 days, and Leap Years of 366 days, was the major western world calendar for 15 centuries, until refined and gradually replaced in 1582 by the Gregorian calendar, under the direction of Pope Gregory XII.
After Julius Caesar's assassination on March 15, 44 BC, four months before his 56th birthday, the lower and middle class Romans, who loved him, rioted, and a civil war quickly followed. During this unsettled time, there was another calendar change. When reforming the 10-month Roman calendar, which began with Martius (Latin for Mars), Caesar had kept Quintilis as the name of the month after Junius (June). So the name of Caesar's birth month was Quintilis ("fifth"), even though Quintilis was then the seventh month. In honor of Caesar, his birth month was renamed Julius--in English, July.
Marble bust of Julius Caesar made posthumously (44 - 30 BC) and located in Museo Pio-Clementino, one of the Vatican Museums.
Head of the Augustus of Prima Porta statue, a high marble statue of Augustus Caesar from the 1st century AD. Discovered in 1863 in the Villa of Livia at Prima Porta, near Rome, the statue is now in the Vatican.
Julius Caesar had no living legitimate children under Roman law, so shortly before his assassination, he had made his grandnephew Gaius Octavius, son of his niece, his sole heir. Only 18 years old when Caesar died, the youth (called Octavian) inherited all of his adoptive father's property and lineage and changed his name to Gaius Julius Caesar. He was then usually called "Caesar." However, most historians refer to him as Octavian between 44 BC and 27 BC to avoid confusion between the two Caesars, as I will do here.
After Julius Caesar's death, Octavian joined Mark Antony and Caesar's close ally Marcus Lepidus in defeating the assassins of Caesar, after which they divided the Roman Republic among themselves and ruled as military dictators. Not surprisingly, the ambitious three soon fought among themselves for more power. Lepidus was driven into exile and Antony committed suicide after he was defeated in battle by Octavian.
A gifted politician as well as warrior, In 27 BC Octavian appeared before the Roman Senate and offered to retire from active politics and government. The Senate rewarded his seeming modesty by increasing his powers, making them lifelong, and awarding him the title of Augustus ("Great" or "venerable," from the Latin augere, "to increase"). He took the name Augustus from that time forward. Historians use this name to refer to him from 27 BC until his death, in 14 AD.
In the year 8 BC, the Romans honored the memory of Augustus by renaming the month of Sextilis (meaning "sixth") as Augustus (in English--August). As in the case of Quintilis, discussed earlier, Sextilis was the old Roman calendar name that had not changed in the switch from the 10-month calendar to the 12-month Julian calendar, so the month name and number do not match. The Romans picked this month, the eighth, because several of the most significant events in the rise of Emperor Augustus to power, culminating in the fall of Alexandria, occurred in that month. Augustus also had died in that month.
SOURCES for Part 3: Personal knowledge--plus Wikipedia and Internet photos.
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Published July 6, 2018
MEMORIES BOOK BIT
A Memories Book Bit:
How Dr. Richard Guthrie Taught Me Personal Responsibility in Thirty Seconds
Alumna Mary Swift's Memory
Excerpts from pages 174 - 175*
My sojourn with Christopher Newport began in the summer of 1967, when, fresh from Hampton High School, I "tiptoed" up to Professor Guthrie to ask, "Where should I sit?" Hurling himself into high animation, all arms and eyes and teeth, gathering his frame to his feet to make his parade, forward he strode from desk to desk spewing German, which I now know, was meant to obviate the necessity of my question. I didn't need to know a word of German to get his drift, "Girlie, you are on your own! Choose and live with it!"
Mary Swift in the 1969 Trident, when she was pursuing her first of three CNC degrees.
Richard Guthrie in the 1970 Trident, as Assistant Professor of Modern Languages.
Instantaneously transformed and locked forever within the freeing jaws of personal responsibility, I decided to take my place....The lesson I learned in thirty seconds with Professor Guthrie ... is the lesson, I feel, which is crucial to an understanding of what an education can mean. Our little "commuter college" remained large on that intangible during my forty-year sojourn. Christopher Newport University, "How are you measuring up to the immeasurable? NOW?"
*“Wheeling Horizons: An Introspection," by Mary Swift, in Memories of Christopher Newport College: The First Decade, by A. Jane Chambers, Rita C. Hubbard, & Lawrence B. Wood, Jr. (Hallmark, 2008). TO ORDER BOOK: Send check for $20 made out to Jane Chambers to: Dr. Jane Chambers, 15267 Candy Island Lane,Carrollton, VA 23314. The money (minus mailing cost) is donated to the CNC First Decaders' Treasury.
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Published July 6, 2018
by A. Jane Chambers
Remember those early summer evenings when the lightning bugs began their twinkling fairy dances at dusk and you raced into the house to get a big jar to put them in? You jabbed some holes in the jar's lid so your captives could breathe and then raced back outside to catch as many of them as you could. I remember the damp grass cooling my bare feet as I ran here and there chasing those blinking lights.
What did you call these magical creatures with the glowing tails? In my hometown, Charlotte, North Carolina, we called them lightning bugs. As my knowledge of the world outside Charlotte grew, I learned that people living in the more western states called them fireflies, and still later I learned that these insects are neither bugs nor flies, but beetles.
Now that I am an octogenarian, I watch the lightning bugs through the windows of my air conditioned house. I watch the males darting about above my deck and back yard, their lights wooing the females who are watching them below from perches of grass and leaves and blinking back their own light signals of "yes"... or "no."
The male lightning bugs wooed us too, when we were children, teasing us with a game of "Catch me if you can!" And catch them we did, sometimes in great numbers, and usually with our bare hands. Even the most squeamish of us, who would scream at the mere sight of most insects, had no fear of these dancing fairy insects.
Our games of "Catch me" lasted until it got so dark that we heard "Come inside now." When "In a minute" and "Okay" no longer gave us another chance to catch just one last lightning bug, we would proudly show off our jar of lights and then, when pleas to bring the prisoners inside were denied, we would humanely release them.
The lightning bug's life cycle is not to be envied. Although, in all stages of its development, the horrible taste of its body protects it from all predators, it spends only a few weeks above ground, flying about and happily flashing its light. After the male mates, he dies. After the female lays her fertilized eggs, she dies too. But on the other hand (see below), that magical light never dies, from egg stage through adulthood.
From a speech given to a civic organization ca. 1980
by Dr. James C. Windsor
President of Christopher Newport College 1970-1979
Not much is known about Christopher Newport. He was born in England 1561 and died in 1617 at the age of 56 years. His life was spent at sea, first as a cabin boy and later as a brave and adventurous captain.
We know that he delivered the first settlers safely to Jamestown in 1607 and made four additional trips to Virginia. Most of his career, however, was spent as a privateer, preying on the cargoes hauled by Spanish and French ships. He escaped death many times, captured treasure ships larger than his own, and lost his right arm in a bitter battle with the crew of a Spanish ship.
His exploits were legendary. An example was his attack on a much larger Spanish ship. He called his men on deck and “wished all the company to stand to their charge like men, and if any displeasure were amongst any of them, to forget and forgive one another…” They then toasted each other’s health, attacked the Spanish, and defeated them. Parke Rouse has likened Captain Newport to our more modern James Bond, because of the similarity of their adventurous lives. With a city and a college bearing his name, Captain Newport will be remembered. What is the significance of his legacy?
It seems to me that what he was as a person was as significant as what he did. His character, his personality, his faith, his sense of purpose, in addition to his achievements, give us a model for the importance of individual competence. At this time in our history we need the inspiration of Captain Newport’s example.
Oil portrait of Captain Newport by Allan D. Jones, from mural in the West Ave. Library in Newport News, VA.
Sketch by artist Jones of head of Capt. Newport used in planning the portrait. Now in the Mariners' Museum in Newport News
Newport News' West Ave. Library, opened 1929, the location of the 1607 Mural of Capt. Newport's landing in Newport News before sailing up the James to found Jamestown.
The full mural (27 feet) in oil depicting Capt. Newport's landing.
In a highly organized technical society, the total system perfects itself as the individual is steadily dwarfed. These forces gravely impair the individual’s ability or willingness to act on his own. Our tradition tells us that we should be individuals, free and responsible. It tells us that every person is important, but in a technical society the individual is transformed into a “specialist link” in a larger system, locked into his role, and may become incapable of autonomous functioning.
The danger lies in the downward spiral of diminishing confidence on the part of the individual that he can affect the system. At the bottom of that downward spiral is the loss of a free society. When the individual begins to believe that he can’t make a difference he takes the easy way and accepts the dictates of politicians or religionists.
Our challenge is to create institutional frameworks within which individual responsibility is feasible. Without such opportunities, passivity is intensified and spectator and consumer habits become deeply ingrained. There is no substitute for the competent individual. E.H. Chapin has made the point eloquently: “Not armies, not nations have advanced the race; but here and there, in the course of ages, an individual has stood up and cast his shadow over the world.”
Captain Newport was such a person. His individual competence saved many a day, and made a significant contribution to mankind’s progress.
The world will always be the responsibility of those who know how to go about doing something well. “Competence will always be the touchstone that separates the producer from the non-producer. Competence is now and will always be the essential requirement for a creative life” (James Michener, The Quality of Life). One of our national goals must be to identify and develop competence. It is through education that the competent individual is nourished and matured, so we must not allow our educational system to deteriorate.
We were the first nation to base our hopes on the general intelligence of our population. Thomas Jefferson once said that, “If a nation expects to be ignorant and free…It expects what never was and never will be.” And James Michener made a related point. He said, “The loss we suffer trying to educate those who fail is insignificant when compared to the gain we make from those who succeed.”
But education alone is not enough. The recent television presentation of “Holocaust” reminded us of the degeneration of Germany, the world’s best educated nation at the time, under the leadership of Adolf Hitler. This moral collapse proved that nations cannot survive by intelligence alone; they also require spiritual guidelines. Democracies in particular must preserve a commonly agreed upon set of values against which to make their decisions. We must insure that these basic values are passed on to each succeeding generation.
What can one person do? He, or she, can continue to believe that one person can make a difference, and in sustaining this belief we have an inspiring example in the life of Captain Christopher Newport.
The individual who retains faith in his own strength will work for change at the same time he works to preserve the continuities without which society would fall apart. Let us remember what Christopher Newport was as a person and commit ourselves anew to the principle which he exemplified so well, that each individual can make a difference and that each of us should try.
Dr. Windsor in 1968 photo. 1968 TRIDENT, p. 20.
Dr. Windsor in 2010. Chambers family photo.
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Modified and published June 22, 2018
CHURCH BULLETIN BLOOPERS
by A. Non
Supposedly these sentences actually appeared in church bulletins or were announced in church services. True or not, they will have you rolling in theaisles!
1. The sermon this morning: “Jesus Walks on the Water.” The sermon tonight: “Searching for Jesus.”
2. Ladies, don't forget the rummage sale. It's a chance to get rid of those things not worth keeping around the house. Bring your husbands.
3. Remember in prayer the many who are sick of our community. Smile at someone who is hard to love. Say “Hell” to someone who doesn't care much about you.
4. Thursday at 5:00 p.m. there will be a meeting of the Little Mothers Club. All wishing to become little mothers, please see the minister in his study.
5. Miss Charlene Mason sang “I Will Not Pass This Way Again,” giving obvious pleasure to the congregation.
6. Please place your donation in the envelope along with the deceased person you want remembered.
7. For those of you who have children and don't know it, we have a nursery downstairs.
8. Our youth basketball team is back in action Wednesday at 8PM in the recreation hall. Come out and watch us kill Christ the King.
9. Scouts are saving aluminum cans, bottles and other items to be recycled. Proceeds will be used to cripple children.
10. At the evening service tonight, the sermon topic will be “What Is Hell?” Come early and listen to our choir practice.
11. Next Thursday there will be tryouts for the choir. They need all the help they can get.
12. Eight new choir robes are currently needed due to the addition of several new members and to the deterioration of some older ones.
13.The Rector will preach his farewell message after which the choir will sing: "Break Forth Into Joy."
14. The pastor would appreciate it if the ladies of the Congregation would lend him their electric girdles for the pancake breakfast next Sunday.
15. A bean supper will be held on Tuesday evening in the church hall. Music will follow.
16. The ladies of the Church have cast off clothing of every kind. They may be seen in the basement on Friday afternoon.
17. The church will host an evening of fine dining, super entertainment and gracious hostility.
18. Low Self Esteem Support Group will meet Thursday at 7 PM. Please use the back door.
19. This evening at 7 PM there will be a hymn singing in the park across from the Church. Bring a blanket and come prepared to sin.
20. The Associate Minister unveiled the church's new campaign slogan last Sunday: “I Upped My Pledge. Up Yours!”
Published July 31, 2015
Republished July 6, 2018
WELCOME TO HELL
Published July 6, 2018
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