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02/20/13 - NNHS Newsletter -
Soon It's Gonna Rain

“Never allow anyone to rain on your parade and thus cast a pall of gloom and defeat on the entire day. Remember that
no talent, no self-denial, no brains, no character, are required to set up in the fault-finding business. Nothing external
can have any power over you unless you permit it. Your time is too precious to be sacrificed in wasted days combating
the menial forces of hate, jealously, and envy. Guard your fragile life carefully. Only God can shape a flower,
but any foolish child can pull it to pieces

- Og Mandino
(12 Dec 1923 - 03 Sept 1996)

Dear Friends and Schoolmates,
   I don't know what the weather is where you are, but it's for sure and certain it'll be raining here in Fayetteville for a day or so...

BONUS #1 - - Soon It's Gonna Rain - Barbra Streisand, 1963

BONUS #2 - - Stars of THE FANTASTICKS Julie Craig ("Lusia") and Douglas Ullman, Jr. ("Matt") perform "Soon It's Gonna Rain" on ABC's "GOOD MORNING AMERICA."


   Happy Birthday today to      Bobby Callis ('64) of WV!

   Happy Birthday this week to:

  • 22 - Ronald Bass ('57) AND Curt Lauterbach ('65) of VA AND Billy Reece ('68) of ID;

    23 - Richard Prince ('57);

    24 - Carrie Forrest Fox ('52) of VA AND    Debi Fink Golden ('65) of MA;

    25 - Peggy Wellington Craft ('57) AND     The President of the Class of 1965, Joe Wingo of NC;

    27 -     Evelyn Vretos ('55) of VA AND       Phil Hammond ('64) of FL AND     My Grandson, Azrae Woods of IL!

       Many Happy Returns to You All! 


    February 20, 1942 -Lieutenant Edward O'Hare became America's first World War II flying ace.

    February 20, 1943 - American movie studio executives agreed to allow the Office of War Information to censor movies.

    February 20, 1943 - German General Erwin Rommel's Afrika Korps broke through the Allied defensive line at the Kasserine Pass in Tunisia, North Africa. It was the site of the first major battle defeat of the war for the United States.

    February 20, 1943 - The Saturday Evening Post published the first of Norman Rockwell's Four Freedoms in support of United States President Franklin Roosevelt's 1941 State of the Union address theme of Four Freedoms.

    February 20, 1944 - The "Big Week" began as U.S. bombers began raiding German aircraft manufacturing centers. 

    February 20, 1944 - The United States took Eniwetok Island.

    TODAY IN 1963:

    Wednesday, February 20, 1963 - Basketball player Charles Barkley was born Charles Wade Barkley in Leeds, Alabama.

    Wednesday, February 20, 1963 - Singer Ian Brown (The Stone Roses) was born in Warrington, England.

    Wednesday, February 20, 1963 - Former Nebraska Congressman Jon Lynn Christensen was born in St. Paul, Nebraska.

    Wednesday, February 20, 1963 - Politician Marilisa Xenogiannakopoulou (Μαριλίζα Ξενογιαννακοπούλου) was born in Athens, Greece.

    Wednesday, February 20, 1963 - Conductor Ferenc Fricsay (b. 09 Aug 1914 in Budapest, Hungary) died of stomach cancer in Basel, Switzerland at the age of 48.

    Wednesday, February 20, 1963 - Violinist and composer Jacob Gade (b. Jacob Thune Hansen Gade on 29 Nov 1879 in Vejle, Denmark) died in Assens, Denmark at the age of 83.

      From Belinda Fortner Langston ('70) of VA - 02/14/13 and 02/19/13 - "  DALE LUCADO (Class of 1968) GOLF TOURNAMENT":

    I am working on a scholarship committee and we are sponsoring a golf tournament – please pass this information on to anyone that may be interested –

    We need individuals and teams - it will be going for a good cause – We are giving away scholarships to boys and girls club members that will be furthering their education –

    If you have any questions, please let me know AND THANKS FOR SHARING -

    UPDATE - Made the entry form so you could complete (type) and email back to George Nichols and send check in the mail -

    Belinda Langston
    Newport News Public Schools
    Athletics and Driver Education
    12465 Warwick Blvd.
    Newport News, VA 23606
    757-591-4601 - phone
    757-591-4683 - fax

       SUPER-DE-DUPER! We wish you much success, Belinda!

    From Wayne Agee ('58) of FL - 02/19/13 - "The Pineapple... A Good Read!":

    This is amazing!  Didn't know this....

    The Pineapple

    A Simple Pineapple - MUST Read

    The pineapple is a member of the bromeliad family. It is extremely rare that bromeliads produce edible fruit. The pineapple is the only available edible bromeliad today.

    It is a multiple fruit. One pineapple is actually made up of dozens of individual floweret's that grow together to form the entire fruit. Each scale on a pineapple is evidence of a separate flower.

    Pineapples stop ripening the minute they are picked. No special way of storing them will help ripen them further. Colour is relatively unimportant in determining ripeness. Choose your pineapple by smell. If it smells fresh, tropical and sweet, it will be a good fruit.

    The more scales on the pineapple, the sweeter and juicier the taste.

    After you cut off the top, you can plant it. It should grow much like a sweet potato will.

    This delicious fruit is not only sweet and tropical; it also offers many benefits to our health. Pineapple is a remarkable fruit.

    We find it enjoyable because of its lush, sweet and exotic flavor, but it may also be one of the most healthful foods available today. If we take a more detailed look at it, we will find that pineapple is valuable for easing indigestion, arthritis or sinusitis.

    The juice has an anthelmintic effect; it helps get rid of intestinal worms.

    Let's look at how pineapple affects other conditions.

    Pineapple is high in manganese, a mineral that is critical to development of strong bones and connective tissue. A cup of fresh pineapple will give you nearly 75% of the recommended daily amount.

    It is particularly helpful to older adults, whose bones tend to become brittle with age.

    Bromelain, a proteolytic enzyme, is the key to pineapple's value. Proteolytic means "breaks down protein", which is why pineapple is known to be a digestive aid. It helps the body digest proteins more efficiently. Bromelain is also considered an effective anti-inflammatory.

    Regular ingestion of at least one half cup of fresh pineapple daily is purported to relieve painful joints common to osteoarthritis. It also produces mild pain relief.

    In Germany, bromelain is approved as a post-injury medication because it is thought to reduce inflammation and swelling.

    Orange juice is a popular liquid for those suffering from a cold because it is high in Vitamin C. Fresh pineapple is not only high in this vitamin, but because of the Bromelain, it has the ability to reduce mucous in the throat. If you have a cold with a productive cough, add pineapple to your diet. It is commonly used in Europe as a post-operative measure to cut mucous after certain sinus and throat operations.

    Those individuals who eat fresh pineapple daily report fewer sinus problems related to allergies. In and of itself, pineapple has a very low risk for allergies.

    Pineapple is also known to discourage blood clot development. This makes it a valuable dietary addition for frequent fliers and others who may be at risk for blood clots.

    An old folk remedy for morning sickness is fresh pineapple juice. It really works! Fresh juice and some nuts first thing in the morning often make a difference.

    It's also good for a healthier mouth. The fresh juice discourages plaque growth.


       WOWZERONI! Thanks so much, Wayne! I love pineapples! And speaking of pineapples.....

         From Me ('65) of NC - 02/19/13 - "Paula Deen's Pineapple Casserole":

       I posted this recipe here:, but I hadn't tried it myself until the other day. It's easy AND fabulous - a win-win! - Paula Deen's Pineapple Casserole

            From My Husband, Paul Harty (Bardolph HS, IL - '61) of NC - 02/19/13 - "A Blast from the Past":

    When you have a little time on your hands, check these out - you won't regret it! - Johnny Cash, Kirk Douglas, Roy Rogers & Dale Evans -- February 3, 1971 - Part 1 of 3 - Johnny Cash, Kirk Douglas, Roy Rogers & Dale Evans -- February 3, 1971 - Part 2 of 3 - Johnny Cash, Kirk Douglas, Roy Rogers & Dale Evans -- February 3, 1971 - Part 3 of 3

       OH, HOW DELIGHTFUL! Thanks, Haul Party!

    BONUS RAINY DAY CROCHET: - "Patterns, tutorials, projects, and general fun with yarn and a hook (and sometimes needles)."

    BONUS RAINY DAY CROCK POT RECIPES: - Sue's Rainy Day Crock Pot Roast  - Pamela Chester's Rainy Day with the Crock Pot


    From - 02/19/13:

    A sign posted in a dentist's office said: "Please be nice to our dentists. They have fillings too."


    1. Thursday, March 7, 2013 - 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 friends in that year, go visit with them.

    2. Wednesday, April 10, 2013 - 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. Friday and Saturday, October 4 and 5, 2013 - The NNHS Class of 1963 will hold their 50-Year Reunion at the Crowne Plaza Hotel, Hampton on the Water. SEE: The website which has been set up for their class at; CONTACT: Frank Gibson,, Joyce Williams Nettles,, or Susie Overton Jones,

    PRAYER ROLL: - updated 02/04/13

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

                                     Love to all, Carol





    Carol Buckley Harty
    7020 Lure Court
    Fayetteville, NC 28311-9309


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    Soon It's Gonna Rain

    From the 1960 musical comedy, The Fantasticks

    Lyrics by Tom Jones (b. 1928); Music by Harvey Schmidt (b.12 Sept 1929)

    Hear how the wind begins to whisper.
    See how the leaves go streaming by.
    Smell how the velvet rain is falling,
    Out where the fields are warm and dry.
    Now is the time to run inside and stay.
    Now is the time to find a hideaway
    Where we can stay.

    Soon it's gonna rain.
    I can see it.
    Soon it's gonna rain.
    I can tell.
    Soon it's gonna rain.
    What are we gonna do?

    Soon it's gonna rain.
    I can feel it.
    Soon it's gonna rain.
    I can tell.
    Soon it's gonna rain.
    What'll we do with you?

    We'll find four limbs of a tree.
    We'll build four walls and a floor.
    We'll bind it over with leaves,
    And run inside to stay.

    Then we'll let it rain.
    We'll not fell it.
    Then we'll let it rain,
    Rain pell-mell.

    And we'll not complain
    If it never stops at all.
    We'll live and love
    Within our own four walls.

    We'll find four limbs of a tree.
    We'll build four walls and a floor.
    We'll bind it over with leaves,
    And run inside to stay.

    Soon it's gonna rain.
    Come run inside to stay!
    Soon it's gonna rain.
    For soon it's gonna rain.
    I can see it.
    I can feel it.
    Run inside and...

    Then we'll let it rain.
    We'll not feel it.
    Then we'll let it rain.
    Ran pell-mell.

    And we'll not complain
    - Happy ending...
    If it never stops at all.
    Then we'll let it rain.
    Why complain?

    We'll live and love within our walls.
    Happily we'll live and love,
    No cares at all.
    Happily we'll live and love
    Within our castle walls.

    "Soon It's Gonna Rain" midi (sequenced by Gene Confrey) courtesy of - 11/12/09

    "Soon It's Gonna Rain" lyrics courtesy of - 02/20/10

    Image of Rain courtesy of - 10/26/09

    Animated Rain Divider Line clip art courtesy of - 03/30/07

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

    Navy Seal clip art courtesy of - 05/29/06

    Army Seal clip art courtesy of Al Farber ('64) of GA - 05/24/06 (still missing...)
    Thanks, Al!
    Replaced by Norm Covert ('61) of MD - 02/09/09
    Thanks, Norm!

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