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02/23/14 - 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

   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)!

       Many Happy Returns to You All! 


    February 23, 1941 - Plutonium was first produced and isolated by Dr. Glenn T. Seaborg.

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

    February 23, 1943 - Greek Resistance: The United Panhellenic Organization of Youth was founded is Greece.

    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 1964:

    Sunday, February 23, 1964 - Chemist David E. Clemmer was born in the United States.

    Sunday, February 23, 1964 - Comedian and writer Jeff Green was born in Chester, England.

    Sunday, February 23, 1964 - Guitarist and songwriter (Europe) John Norum was born John Terry Norum in Vardø, Norway.

      From June Veneris Collie (Hampton HS - '62) of VA - 02/22/14 - "NNHS 1934 High Tide":

    Dear Carol,

    I was surprised to see in the pages of the 1934 High Tide which Bob Burns ('58 - of VA) submitted to you, that my husband’s mother,   Virginia Ashburn Collie, was listed as one of the Editorial Assistants. She was a February 1936 graduate of NNHS and I don’t remember her mentioning this publication. Is there any chance that Bob Burns could send you more pages of this 32 page book? I would love to read the entries the students submitted.

    Thank you,
    June Veneris Collie


       HOW COOL! Thanks, June! Let's find out!    

      Odds and Ends

       From Butch Ragland ('63) of CO - 02/22/14 - "NNHS Logo Caps":

    Good Morning Carol,

    I hope you and Paul are doing well!  I have been busy lately working up a line of NNHS Logo Products for our many high school alumni!

    They will be available for sale on my eBay Store @ for $10.00 plus shipping.  All profits over actual cost will be donated to the Wounded Warriors Fund and to you for upkeep of the Newsletter!

    I will make those donations on a quarterly basis, and hope the portion going to you will help in keeping the newsletter going.  We appreciate the service you have provided us alumni over the years and hope your health remains strong also! 

    This is the comment I have on two of our Face Book Threads and which I hope you will place in the Newsletter for me:

    To: NNHS Classmen:

    I will be offering the new NNHS Cap mentioned recently, on my eBay Store @ Pre orders can be made at a discounted price compared to my regular cap prices. First shipment will be here about mid-March and any pre orders will be shipped immediately. Profits will be given to charities and some to NNHS65 newsletter for support of the efforts Carol makes on that site, for us Classmates.

    Thank you! Butch

    (Unlike the photo, the caps will be navy blue with orange embroidery.)


    Take care and Thanks,


       WOWZERONI! As always, you have taken my breath away! What an amazing and generous idea! Thank you so very much, Butch!

       I've posted this here:


            From John London (Warwick HS - '57) of VA - 02/22/14 - "Few photos in NN today.":

    Not so great but it was overcast (my fave excuse).

    Hi res images available.


       Thank you so much, John Darlin'! Is "overcast" a synonym for "ideal conditions"?!? These are glorious images indeed!

       From Sarah Puckett Kressaty ('65) of VA - 02/22/14 - "The Army's Treasure Room":

    The Army's Treasure “Room" - amazing and impressive

    Who knew ???

       WOWZERONI-RINI! Thank you so much, Sarah Sugah! I always suspected such a thing existed, but never knew there was any way to corroborate it!

        From Jimmy Smith ('62 / '63) of VA - 02/22/14  "The Sack Lunches":

    The Sack Lunches

    I put my my carry-on in the luggage compartment and sat down in my assigned seat. It was going to be a long flight. 'I'm glad I have a good book to read. Perhaps I will get a short nap,' I thought.

    Just before take-off, a line of soldiers came down the aisle and filled all the vacant seats, totally surrounding me. I decided to start a conversation.

    'Where are you headed?' I asked the soldier seated nearest to me.

    'Petawawa. We'll be there for two weeks for special training, and then we're being deployed to Afghanistan
    After flying for about an hour, an announcement was made that sack lunches were available for five dollars. It would be several hours before we reached the east, and I quickly decided a lunch would help pass the time...

    As I reached for my wallet, I overheard a soldier ask his buddy if he planned to buy lunch.  'No, that seems like a lot of money for just a sack lunch. Probably wouldn't be worth five bucks.  I'll wait till we get to base.'

    His friend agreed.

    I looked around at the other soldiers. None were buying lunch. I walked to the back of the plane and handed the flight attendant a fifty  dollar bill.  'Take a lunch to all those soldiers.' She grabbed my arms and squeezed tightly. Her eyes wet with tears, she thanked me. 'My son was a soldier in Iraq ; it's almost like you are doing it for him.'
    Picking up ten sacks, she headed up the aisle to where the soldiers were seated. She stopped at my seat and asked, 'Which do you like best - beef or chicken?'

    'Chicken,' I replied, wondering why she asked. She turned and went to the front of plane, returning a minute later with a dinner plate from first class.
    'This is your thanks..'

    After we finished eating, I went again to the back of the plane, heading for the rest room. A man stopped me. 'I saw what you did. I want to be part of it. Here, take this.' He handed me twenty-five dollars.

    Soon after I returned to my seat, I saw the Flight Captain coming down the aisle, looking at the aisle numbers as he walked, I hoped he was not looking for me, but noticed he was looking at the numbers only on my side of the plane. When he got to my row he stopped, smiled, held out his hand and said, 'I want to shake your hand.' Quickly unfastening my seatbelt I stood and took the Captain's hand. With a booming voice he said, 'I was a soldier and I was a military pilot. Once, someone bought me a lunch. It was an act of kindness I never forgot.' I was embarrassed when applause was heard from all of the passengers.
    Later I walked to the front of the plane so I could stretch my legs. A man who was seated about six rows in front of me reached out his hand, wanting to shake mine. He left another twenty-five dollars in my palm.

    When we landed I gathered my belongings and started to deplane. Waiting just inside the airplane door was a man who stopped me, put something in my shirt pocket, turned, and walked away without saying a word. Another twenty-five dollars!

    Upon entering the terminal, I saw the soldiers gathering for their trip to the base.  I walked over to them and handed them seventy-five dollars. 'It will take you some time to reach the base.. It will be about time for a sandwich. God Bless You.'
    Ten young men left that flight feeling the love and respect of their fellow travelers.

    As I walked briskly to my car, I whispered a prayer for their safe return. These soldiers were giving their all for our country. I could only give them a couple of meals. It seemed so little...

    A veteran is someone who, at one point in his life, wrote a blank check made payable to 'The United States of America  ' for an amount of 'up to and including my life.'
    That is Honor, and there are way too many people in this country who no longer understand it.'
    May God give you the strength and courage to pass this along to everyone on your email buddy list....
    Let us pray....
    Prayer chain for our Military... Don't break it!

    Please send this on after a short prayer.. Prayer for our soldiers Don't break it!
    'Lord, hold our troops in your loving hands. Protect them as they protect us. Bless them and their families for the selfless acts they perform for us in our time of need. Amen.'
    Prayer Request: When you receive this, please stop for a moment and say a prayer for our troops around the world.
    There is nothing attached. Just send this to people in your address book. Do not let it stop with you. Of all the gifts you could give a Marine, Soldier, Sailor, Airman, & others deployed in harm's way, prayer is the very best one.

       Thank you so much, Jimmy!

            From My Husband, Paul Harty (Bardolph HS, IL - '61) of NC - 02/01/14 - "Dogs (#21 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 .... (#12 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 (#12 in a Series of 12)":

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

       WILD GIGGLES! Thanks, Joan - these have been a hoot!


        From Joan Lauterbach Krause ('60) of VA - 02/14/14 - "Snow in Russia (#7 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 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 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

    PRAYER ROLL: - updated 02/20/14

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    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!

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

    Animated Wildly Laughing Dog courtesy of Eva Ellis Madagan ('61) of FL - 11/24/07
    Thanks, Eva!

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    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!!

    Hampton High School's Crab clip art courtesy of - 10/02/05
    Replaced courtesy of - 02/17/09

    Air Force Seal clip art courtesy of - 07/07/06