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04/03/13 - NNHS Newsletter - Little April Shower

“...then April came, that daybreak of summer, fresh like every dawn, gay like every childhood;
weeping a little sometimes like the infant that it is. Nature in this month has charming gleams
which pass from the sky, the clouds, the trees, the fields and the flowers, into the heart of man.”

Victor Hugo, Les Misérables, 1862
(26 Feb 1802 - 22 May 1885)

Dear Friends and Schoolmates,   

   Are you enjoying a little April shower where you are today?

BONUS - - Little April Shower - from Bambi, 1942


        From Dave Spriggs ('64) of VA - 03/20/13, 4:46 PM - "     Dave Arnold's ('65) (12 Aug 1947 - 21 July 2012) Final Resting Place":


Please post this in an upcoming newsletter.

Dave Arnold’s Ashes to be Distributed by Civil War Cannon at Fort Shenandoah on April 13th

My good friend, Dave Arnold (NNHS ’65), died tragically on 21 July 2012, as a result of an automobile accident. In accordance with his wishes, his body was cremated.

It was also his wish that his ashes be distributed in the Shenandoah Valley. Dave loved "the Valley" (as he called it) of Virginia. He grew up in the Tidewater area, but his heart remained in the Valley area of Virginia. It is only fitting that his ashes should find their final home there.

It is also only fitting that his ashes should be distributed by being fired from his very own cannon, which he was having fabricated, so that he could more fully participate with the 1st Virginia, his skirmish group, which is a part of the North-South Skirmish Association.

His final wish will now be fulfilled, thanks to the efforts of his fellow Civil War skirmishers.

On April 13 at 12:00 noon, this ceremony will take place at Ft. Shenandoah at the primary range where the skirmish events are held. Attendees will enter and pass the range keeper's house, and there are signs to the main range.

All are welcome to attend. Dave would have been thrilled to have you watch his cannon being fired on the skirmish field. I can think of no greater way in which to honor his memory.

Fort Shenandoah is owned and operated by the North-South Skirmish Association and is located near Winchester VA.

You can learn more at their web site:

Directions are here:

For GPS users, the street address is “480 Chalybeate Spring Road, Winchester VA, 22603”.

   Oh, WOW! I had no idea! We wish we could make it ourselves, but I think the chances of that are infinitesimally small.....

  Thank you so much for letting me know, David!

April 13, 1861 American Civil War: Fort Sumter surrendered to Southern forces.


     Happy Birthday tomorrow to Robert Workman ('57) AND    Sylvia Hall Hammond ('66) of FL!  

     Happy Birthday this week to:

06 -   Gerald Leonard ('66) of VA AND Aaron (Hank) Smith ('69);

07 -   Marc Snyder ('65) of NC;

09 -   Denise Roane (Hampton HS - '71) of VA;

10 -      Dale Parsons, Sr. (June '48) of VA AND    Skip Wood ('65) of NC!

   Many Happy Returns to You All!


April 03, 1942 - Japanese forces began an assault on the United States and Filipino troops on the Bataan Peninsula.

April 02, 1944 - The Soviet Union announced that its troops had crossed the Prut River and entered Romania.

April 02, 1945 - Diplomatic relations between the Soviet Union and Brazil were established.


Wednesday, April 03, 1963 - Guitarist and songwriter (Savatage) Criss Oliva was born Christopher Michael Oliva in Pompton Plains, New Jersey. On October 17, 1993, at around 3:30 a.m., Criss and his wife Dawn were driving north on Highway 301 on his way to the Fourth Annual Livestock Festival held in Zephyrhills, Florida, just north of Tampa. An oncoming car operated by a drunk driver crossed the median and struck Criss' 1982 Mazda RX-7 head-on, killing him instantly. The drunk driver, who had seven prior DUI convictions, survived with minor injuries and was later found guilty of DUI manslaughter, DUI serious injury and vehicular homicide, serving 18 months in prison of a five-year sentence. Criss was but 30 years old.

Wednesday, April 03, 1963 - Video game composer Tsuyoshi Sekito (関戸 剛) was born in Osaka, Japan.

Wednesday, April 03, 1963 - Human rights lawyer Nasrin Sotoudeh (نسرین ستوده‎) was born in Tehran, Iran.

     From Hunter Todd ('57) of TX - 03/22/13 - "Save The Date from the 46th WorldFest-Houston Intl Film Festival":

WorldFest-Houston International Film & Video Festival
It's Show Time!
 Our 46th Annual WorldFest!
Howdy from Houston!


"Save the Date"

April 12-21, 2013     

 Come see the brightest & best of the emerging cinematic talents...!

10 Great Days in April!

      Come see the best in Independent Cinema at WorldFest first!
Remi Award Winners are being notified now, and all nominations will be sent out in the next ten days! Remi Winners will be posted on our website on April 21st. WorldFest discovered Spielberg, Lucas, Ang Lee, Francis Ford Coppola, Randal Kleiser, The Coen Brothers and hundreds more!
April 12-21, 2013 - The 46th Annual WorldFest-Houston Intl Film Festival! 
The 46th WorldFest! 
Who:The 46th Annual WorldFest-Houston International Film Festival


Opening Night Premiere: "FILLY BROWN" with Lou Diamond Phillips, Edward James Olmos, Gina Rodriguez & Chrisie Fit!


What: Important numbers~ 10 great days, 51 award-winning Indie feature films, 107 great short films, 550 Indie filmmakers from around the globe, 6 Master Classes, One Grand Awards Gala & Cocktail Reception with the filmmakers, 2 Closing Day events ~ WorldFest Consular Regatta at HYC & VIP NASA/Space Center Houston Tour & Texas BBQ.


When: Film Festival: April 12 - April 21, 2013

Daily Film screenings: 5 pm, 7 pm, and 9 pm (plus matinees at 1 & 3 pm ~ Sat. & Sun)

Master Classes: Thursday, Friday & Saturday April 18, 19, & 20 at 10 am and 2 pm 


Grand Finale WorldFest Consular Regatta and Texas Barbecue: April 21 at 1 pm at The Houston Yacht Club on Beautiful Galveston Bay!


Get Your Kicks From Indie Flicks!
WorldFest Sold Out AMC Studio  30 Dunvale  Theater!

Where: All films at AMC Studio 30, 2949 Dunvale in SW Houston.

Master Class Seminars / Awards Gala~ Marriott Westchase, 2900 Briarpark Drive. Closing Day Consular Regatta ~ The Houston Yacht Club; VIP tour NASA/Space Center & Texas BBQ.

Ticket Info: Many options available starting at $
7.50 for a single matinee (films at 1, 3 @ 5pm), $12.50 per single admission @ 7 & 9pm;
Film Buff $100 (11 admissions), Silver Screen ~$150 (all films for one person), Gold Pass~$395 (all films, parties & Seminars for one person) to the ultimate VIP Platinum Pass~$500 (all films, parties, Seminars & Awards Gala for one person). Check  for details. Opening night $15 per person, $30 to include Champagne After-Party.  Tickets available now online and up to capacity at Showtime at AMC Box-Office. All films, seminars, parties and events are open to the public.

Come And See!
We are delighted to welcome back with their latest films, these alumni filmmakers: Stanley J. and Maria Orzel back from Hong Kong (Lost for Words); Bryan Michael Stoller (First Dog); Lyle Hatcher (Different Drummers) Matthew S. Tompkins/Michael Crabtree (Odd Man Out) Francesco Campanini (The House in the Wind of the Dead (La Casa nel Vento dei Morti) Paolo Genovese (Immaturi: El Viaggio), Daniel Tesfamariam (Aklasia), San Banarje (The Nowhere Son), and Matt Poitras (To Go Viking) Plus 5 new films from Italy for the 8th Annual Panorama Italia! We are also presenting: Sonja and the Bull from Croatia, A Fallible Girl from Dubai, Garifuna in Peril from Honduras and Behind Closed Doors from France/Morocco. Our 46th Annual Closing Night Premiere is Curtis Graham's The Investigator, a powerful story about a High School baseball coach who teaches his students amazing life lessons.
WorldFest-Houston is the only film festival in the world with a sailboat Regatta and a Texas BBQ!
Highlights: This year's line-up of Indie films offers 9 Feature Film World Premieres...! With over 33 nations represented to include 10 female directors, several comedies, thrillers, 11 compelling documentaries, 2 fantasies, the 2013 program delivers much more than the usual great Narrative Dramas. Don't miss Filly Brown, a brand new Edward James Olmos production that takes a poignant look at a feisty & talented Latina rapper (Gina Rodriguez) struggling to keep her voice true to her heart. Several great Texas productions, such as SEADRIFT VS THE BIG GUY (Randall P. Dark, IN SEARCH OF THE AMERICAN DREAM (Baldemar Rodriguez), THE NOWHERE SON (San Barnaje), SUICIDE NOTES (Travis Ammons' latest) plus the latest Sneak Preview of Shawn Welling's 4th film, The Legend of DarkHorse County with 4 of his brilliant shorts. Three Midnight Madness Shows: Her Cry: La Llorona Investigation, a new take on the old Mexican ghost story (Damir Catic), The Inflicted (Matthan Harris) and Matt's Chance with Edward Furlong, Lee Majors, Margot Kidder & Gary Busey (Nicholas Gyeney). The Six Master Classes will feature Jon Scheide, Hollywood Maverick Producer and Director, Alan Mendelsohn's Docs On A Dime, Leigh Murray's Marketing and Producing your Script, and Trish Avery's SAG/AFTRA for Indie Filmmakers plus a Film Critics Panel moderated by Nick Nicholson. WorldFest is delighted to present a "Salute to India for 100 Years of Cinema" in a tantalizing array of five intriguing films capped off by the benchmark film, A THOUSAND DESIRES LIKE THESE (HAZAARON KHWAISHEN AISI) by Sudhir Mishra depicting the epic history of India in the tumultuous 70's as seen through the lives of 3 young people, Geeta, Siddhart and Vikram whose fates are intricately intertwined.


Background: WorldFest, founded in 1961, is the third oldest film festival in North America & the Oldest Indie Film Festival in the World! This annual event has evolved into a competitive Independent International film festival showcasing rising Indie cinematic talents! WorldFest Houston is a non-profit Educational and Cultural Organization with a 501-(c)-(3) status. Visit Full screening schedule + trailers & ticketing & VIP Pass info is now available on the website. You can also buy WorldFest goodies in our store!


Warmest wishes and Congratulations to all our Wonderful Remi Winners for 2013!

Team WorldFest (Hunter Todd, Chairman & Founding Director - Kathleen Haney, Program Director)
The 46th Annual WorldFest-Houston International Independent Film & Video Festival

   WOWZERONI! Thanks so much, Hunter!

    From Joan Lauterbach Krause ('60) of VA - 03/22/13 - "Sunday clothes":


Children are so cute and so very innocent. I hope this makes you smile. I sure did.

     Thanks, Joan!

   From Eva Ellis Madagan ('61) of FL - 03/22/13 - "Old Car Trivia":

   COOL BEANS! Thank you, Eva!

  From Ruth Ann Reece Horace ('67) of FL - 03/25/13 - "THANKFUL":

   AMEN! Thanks, Ruthie!

    From Glenn Dye ('60) of TX AND   From Joyce Lawrence Cahoon ('65) of VA - 03/25/13 - "Easter Magic":

Very cool the way he did it and the people were as dumb as a box of rocks! Lol!!! Enjoy!

   WHAT A HOOT! Thanks, Glenn and Joyce!

   From Sarah Puckett Kressaty ('65) of VA - 03/26/13 - "HOLY HUMOR":

   THESE ARE GREAT! Thanks, Sarah Sugah!

      From Don Jett (NNHS / Warwick HS - '60) of FL - 03/29/13 - "8 Thoughts":

- - - and as someone recently said to me: "Don't worry about old age--it doesn't last that long."

  ‘In God We Trust’

   THESE ARE GREAT, TOO! Thanks, Don!

    From Glenn Dye ('60) of TX - 03/29/13 - "58 Years Ago":

Those were the days and it wasn't that long ago!!!

Comments heard in the year 1955!

   BOY, HOWDY! Thanks again, Glenn!

From My Friend, Susan, of NC - 03/21/13 - "Happiness Comes...":

  Thank you, Susan!


BONUS APRIL RECIPES:,0,1349193.photogallery - April Recipes - "April is Grilled Cheese Month: 12 recipes from the Test Kitchen"


From - 04/02/13:

One day the first grade teacher was reading the story of Chicken Little to her class. She came to the part of the story where Chicken Little tried to warn the farmer. She read, ".... and so Chicken Little went up to the farmer and said, "The sky is falling, the sky is falling!"

The teacher paused then asked the class, "And what do you think that farmer said?"

One little girl raised her hand and said, "I think he said: 'Holy Mackerel! A talking chicken!'"

The teacher was unable to teach for the next 10 minutes.


1. Thursday, April 4, 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 03/17/13

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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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Little April Shower (from Bambi, 1942)

Words by
Larry Morey (26 Mar 1905 - 08 May 1971)

Music by
Frank Churchill (20 Oct 1901 - 14 May 1942)

Drip, drip, drop
Little April shower
Beating a tune
As you fall all around

Drip, drip, drop
Little April shower
What can compare
To your beautiful sound

Drip, drip, drop
When the sky is cloudy
Your pretty music
Can brighten the day

Drip, drip, drop
When the sun says howdy
You say goodbye right away

Drip, drip drop
Little April shower
Beating a tune
Ev'rywhere that you fall

Drip, drip drop
Little April shower
I'm getting wet
And I don't care at all

Drip, drop, drip, drop
I'll never be afraid
Of a good little
Gay little
April serenade

"Little April Shower" midi and lyrics courtesy of - 04/03/08

Image of Good Housekeeping's April 1922 Cover, "April Showers", courtesy of - 04/03/08

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

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

Animated Air Force Flag clip art courtesy of - 06/18/03

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

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

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!!

Coast Guard Seal clip art courtesy of - 10/03/07

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!

Animated Laughing Kitty courtesy of Al Farber ('64) of GA - 10/08/07
Thanks, Al!

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