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02/23/13 - NNHS Newsletter -
I Dreamed a Dream

Dreams can disappear - poof, just like that. Where do those dreams go?
Are they floating out there with no place to land - songs not sung,
dances not danced, all those dreams that will never come true?

- Marjorie Klein, Test Pattern, 2000, p. 204

Dear Friends and Schoolmates,

   This is one of my favorite songs.  Yes, I know I say that all the time, but that's only because... it's so true.  And this really is one of my favorite songs from one of my favorite musicals, "Les Miz."

BONUS #1 - - I Dreamed a Dream - Ruthie Henshall - (10th Anniversary), 1995

BONUS #2 - - I Dreamed a Dream - Susan Boyle - Official Britain's Got Talent 2009

BONUS #3 - - I Dreamed a Dream -  Anne Hathaway, 2012

   Of course it makes me cry and sob and weep and wail, but isn't that the true test of whether or not a song has touched your heart??

   Oh no, wait a minute.  I forgot.  I never cry; everybody knows that.....


"I Dreamed a Dream" is a solo sung by Fantine during the first act and the play's most famous number. Most of the music is soft and melancholy, but towards the end becomes louder and taut with frustration and anguish; as she cries aloud about the wretched state of her life and her unfair mistreatment.

Some notable musical connections with this song include:

  • "I Dreamed a Dream" starts in E Major, then E Minor, then F Major — "On My Own" starts in D Major, moving to B Major, and ending in F Major.
  • "I Dreamed a Dream,” outlines unfairness and woe in Fantine's life, the second half dedicated to her former male partner, who deserted her after the conception of Cosette. In "On My Own," Éponine outlines her desire to be with the character Marius, and (similarly to Fantine), dreams and imagines him by her side.
  • Near the one-minute mark (slightly after in "I Dreamed a Dream"), the final key signature change is made and the music and singing grows louder and more intense, as is done in "On My Own.


"I Dreamed a Dream" is a song from the musical Les Misérables.[1] It is a solo that is sung by the character Fantine during the first act. The music is by Claude-Michel Schönberg, with orchestrations by John Cameron. The English lyrics are by Herbert Kretzmer, based on the original French libretto by Alain Boublil from the original French production.

The song is a lament, sung by the anguished, dying Fantine, who has just been fired from her job at the factory and thrown onto the streets. She thinks back to happier days and wonders at all that has gone wrong in her life.

In the original Musical, the song occurs after Fantine has been fired, and before Lovely Ladies. In the film adaptation, these two musical numbers were swapped around, to place dramatic emphasis on Fantine's depressing descent into prostitution.


   Happy Birthday today to  Richard Prince ('57)!

   Happy Birthday tomorrow to Carrie Forrest Fox ('52) of VA AND    Debi Fink Golden ('65) of MA!

   Happy Birthday this week to:

  • 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;

    28 -    Wayne Agee ('58) of FL;

    29 - What WOULD Be a Happy Leap Year Day Birthday to: Bob Schweida ('54) of NH;

    01 - Alan Cohen ('57);

    OR 03 -
      Robert Shapiro ('63) of VA!

       Many Happy Returns to You All! 


    February 23, 1942 - Japanese submarines fired artillery shells at the California coastline near Santa Barbara.

    February 23, 1944 - The Soviet Union began the forced deportation of the Chechen and Ingush people from the North Caucasus to Central Asia.

    February 23, 1945 - During the Battle of Iwo Jima, a group of United States Marines and a commonly forgotten U.S. Navy Corpsman, reached the top of Mount Suribachi on the island and were photographed raising the American flag.

    February 23, 1945 - The 11th Airborne Division, with Filipino guerrillas, freed the captives of the Los Baños internment camp.

    February 23, 1945 - The capital of the Philippines, Manila, was liberated by combined Filipino and American forces. 

    February 23, 1945 - Capitulation of German garrison in Poznań: The city was liberated by Soviet and Polish forces.

    February 23, 1945 - The German town of Pforzheim was completely destroyed in a raid by 379 British bombers.

    TODAY IN 1963:

    Saturday, February 23, 1963 - Baseball player Bobby Bonilla was born Roberto Martin Antonio Bonilla in The Bronx, New York.

    Saturday, February 23, 1963 - Politician Radosław Sikorski was born in Bydgoszcz, Poland.

          From Phil ('64) and    Sylvia Hall Hammond ('66) of FL - 02/22/13, 10:42 PM - "RE:   Allen Hall - Class of 1961":

    Please post these photos of Allan Hall from early to late years of his life.  Thanks for all you do.


    Phil & Sylvia

       Thank you so much for the three images, Phil and Sylvia! I've converted them and posted them on these two pages:

    Once again, y'all have my sincerest condolences.

    From Wayne Agee ('58) of FL - 02/22/13 - "Our LIVER -- Great Info":

    This is too important a reminder to not pass on. Please read entirely as I think we sometimes forget what our "liver" does for us.

    Some interesting facts about our Liver!

    When someone shares something of value with you and you benefit from it, you have a moral obligation to share it with others.

       WOWZERS! Thanks, Wayne!

    BONUS DREAMY CROCHET PATTERNS: - Trish Kristoffersen's Dreamy Throw - "This classically designed throw is crocheted in panels so it’s easy to take with you and keep your fingers busy wherever you may go. The interesting shell stitch patterning forms lacy elegant diamonds." - Katherine Eng's Dreamy Quilt Throw - Dreamy Lace Baby Throw - "Add a classic touch to your nursery or child's room with this lace throw."

    BONUS CREAMY DREAMY DESSERT RECIPES: - "Sometimes you just have to dial up the decadence. This sweets menu takes indulgence to new heights: the creamiest, richest, most velvety desserts of all time."


    From - 02/22/13:

    A student burst into his professor’s office and says; "Professor Stigler, I don't believe I deserve this F you've given me."

    To which Stigler replied, "I agree, but unfortunately it is the lowest grade the University will allow me to award."


    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

    BLOG: - updated 03/13/11

    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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    I Dreamed a Dream

    From Les Misérables: Music by Claude-Michel Schönberg (b. 06 July 1944); French libretto by Alain Boublil (b. 1941), 1980
    English lyrics by
    Herbert Kretzmer (b. 05 Oct 1925), 1985.


    There was a time when men were kind
    When their voices were soft
    And their words inviting
    There was a time when love was blind
    And the world was a song
    And the song was exciting
    There was a time
    Then it all went wrong

    I dreamed a dream in time gone by
    When hope was high
    And life worth living
    I dreamed that love would never die
    I dreamed that God would be forgiving
    Then I was young and unafraid
    And dreams were made and used and wasted
    There was no ransom to be paid
    No song unsung, no wine untasted

    But the tigers come at night
    With their voices soft as thunder
    As they tear your hope apart
    And they turn your dream to shame

    He slept a summer by my side
    He filled my days with endless wonder
    He took my childhood in his stride
    But he was gone when autumn came

    And still I dream he'll come to me
    That we will live the years together
    But there are dreams that cannot be
    And there are storms we cannot weather

    I had a dream my life would be
    So different from this hell I'm living
    So different now from what it seemed
    Now life has killed the dream I dreamed.

    "I Dreamed a Dream" midi courtesy of - 02/22/08

    "I Dreamed a Dream" lyrics courtesy of - 02/22/08

    Dreaming Image courtesy of - 03/22/07

    Peach Zigzag Divider Line clip art courtesy of - 11/28/05

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

    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!

    Marine Corps Seal clip art courtesy of the late Herbert Hice of MI - one of my Famous Marines who served in the South Pacific during WWII.
    Thanks again, Herbie!!

    Animated Army and Flag clip art courtesy of - 06/18/03

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