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02/20/14 - 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; maybe it's already raining or soon will be...

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 1964:

    Thursday, February 20, 1964 -    Bobby Callis ('64) celebrated his 18th birthday.

    Thursday, February 20, 1964 - Actor Willie Garson (Mozzie, in the USA Network series White Collar) was born Willie Garson Paszamant in Highland Park, New Jersey.

    Thursday, February 20, 1964 - Politician Tom Harris was born in Ayrshire, Scotland.

    Thursday, February 20, 1964 - Actor Rodney Rowland was born in Newport Beach, California.

    Thursday, February 20, 1964 - Actor French Stewart (Harry Solomon on the 1990s sitcom 3rd Rock from the Sun) was born Milton French Stewart in Albuquerque, New Mexico.


    From Bob Burns ('58) of VA - 02/19/14 - "  WALTER LEE 1936 NNHS GRADUATE":

    Dear Carol, 

    Thank you so much for posting the obituary of Laurie Guthrie Monitjo ('58). Regretfully I have another obituary of a former NNHS student to post. Walter Lee, Class of 1936, passed away on the morning of February 13th. at Regional Memorial Hospital. Walter and his Wife Evelyn had recently moved from Hampton to the Masonic Home in Richmond. Here is Walter's Obituary:

    A memorial service, with Masonic Rites, will be conducted at 2 P.M. on Saturday, February 22, 2014 at St. Tammany Lodge No. 5 (1456 W. Queen Street, Hampton, VA).  The memorial service for Brother Lee will be held in the upstairs lodge room, to followed by a reception in the downstairs social hall. 
    The family has asked that in lieu of flowers, that donations be made in Brother Walter Lee's name to either the Masonic Home of Virginia or to Monitor Lodge No. 197. 
    The family of Walter Lee, and the Brethren of Monitor Lodge No. 197, wish to convey heartfelt thanks to Wor. Grant Hall and St. Tammany No. 5 for hosting this memorial service for our departed brother. 
    Sincerely and Fraternally,
    Wor. Joe Grist
    Monitor Lodge No. 197
    I met Walter and Evelyn thru a friend who had known them as a child thru her parents. Walter and Evelyn were full of life and quite knowledgeable of current events and local history. Evelyn was a Smith who had graduated from Hampton HS Class of 1942. In a conservation I told Walter I was also a NNHS Graduate, Class of 1958. Walter then gave me a small book of 32 pages. The title is HIGH TIDE. Handwritten on the cover is:
    Walter Lee, 
    231 44 St, Newport News, 
    1 High Tide, 4 Low H. S.
    The first page says "A collection of the creative writing done by the students of Newport News High School." This provides a unique insight of graduating students just before WWII in the City of the WORLD'S GREATEST SHIPYARD...

       Thank you so very much, Bob! You have my condolences on the loss of your friend.

      In addition to Walter's Memorial Newsletter, I've added the High Tide images to our permanent archive on the Odds and Ends page, one of the very oldest pages on our website.


        From Joan Lauterbach Krause ('60) of VA - 02/14/14:

    ... Thought I would mention, I’m going to have a spot of surgery on Monday and be in a rehab center for a few days.  So I will be out of touch for a while.  You guys stay out of trouble.  hehehehehe


       YIKESARONI! Thanks for letting us know, Joan! We'll keep you in our prayers!

         From Terry Seay ('67) of TN - 02/19/14 - "House Concert - Feb 22 - Doors Open at 7:00 PM - 2014 Schedule":

      Send RSVP to

    Potluck - bring your own drink - $15 Cover to the Songwriters

       WOWZERS! Thanks so much, Terry! Y'all have fun!


            From My Husband, Paul Harty (Bardolph HS, IL - '61) of NC - 02/01/14 - "Dogs (#19 in a Series of 26)":


    Happy New Year to dog lovers everywhere!

         HA-HA-HA! Thanks, Dools!


        From Jimmy Smith ('62 / '63) of VA - 02/06/14 - "OLD CANS .... (#10 in a Series of 15)":

      OLD CANS!

    He used to go to all the public functions...especially the picture theaters. And he always carried a sugar bag to collect empty bottles and cans. His name was... Albert (Tapper) Torney.

    Everyone thought he was a bit eccentric and kids would tease and hassle him. Then it was discovered that he sold the empty bottles but only some of the cans.

    After he died in 1998 (aged 86) his large collection of model cars made from aluminum cans was discovered.

    This goes to prove..."you shouldn't judge a book by its cover" - or a sculptor by his sugar bag. Some of his collection ---- AMAZING!

       WOWZERS! Thanks, Jimmy!

        From Joan Lauterbach Krause ('60) of VA - 02/10/14 - "Maxine on cold weather (#10 in a Series of 12)":

    In light of more snow.  Thought you might enjoy these.  :) :)

       WILD GIGGLES! Thanks, Joan!


        From Joan Lauterbach Krause ('60) of VA - 02/14/14 - "Snow in Russia (#5 in a Series of 37)":

    Hope these come through. In light of recent weather....

    Snow in Russia

    Now THIS is winter!


       YIKESARONI! Thanks again, Joan!


    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 - 02/19/14:

    Why do seagulls fly over the sea?

    If they flew over the bay, they’d by bagels.


    1. Thursday, March 6, 2014 - 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, March 12, 2014 - 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, July 25 and 26, 2014 - The NNHS Class of 1954 will hold a 60-YEAR REUNION in Newport News. Further info from Dr. Harry Simpson at 804 694 0346 or, or Mickey Marcella at 757 249 3800 or, or Betty H. Neher at 757 898 5099 or

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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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