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05/13/14 - NNHS Newsletter -
Kentucky Rain

"The best thing one can do when it's raining is to let it rain."

- Henry Wadsworth Longfellow
(27 Feb 1807 - 24 Mar 1882)

Dear Friends and Schoolmates,

   I'm not sure if it's raining in Kentucky today, but it's rained so much here in recent weeks I think even my brain has mildewed...

BONUS #1 - - Kentucky Rain - Elvis Presley

BONUS #2 - - Kentucky Rain - Elvis Presley


"Kentucky Rain" was a 1970 hit song for Elvis Presley. Featuring then-unknown pianist Ronnie Milsap and written by Eddie Rabbitt and Dick Heard, the single peaked at number 16 on the pop charts.

Released as a single on January 29, 1970, "Kentucky Rain" was not included on an album until the compilation package Worldwide 50 Gold Award Hits Vol. 1 (LPM-6401); while the track does appear on the 2000 re-release of From Elvis in Memphis, it was not included on the original 1969 album. During Elvis' February 1970 engagement he performed this at every show, introducing it as a new song "out about a week". Live versions are available on the box sets Elvis Aaron Presley and Live in Las Vegas.

This song was played exclusively every home game pregame at Cleveland Browns Stadium when University of Kentucky quarterback Tim Couch played for the Browns from 1999-2003.


   Happy Birthday tomorrow to       Johnnie Bateman ('70) of VA!

   Happy Birthday this week to:

16 -    Jimmy Todd ('63) of the USA;

17 -     Don Coffey ('54) of VA AND the late    Susan Whitt Vest ('66) (deceased 06/16/10);

19 -         David Whitley ('67) of VA;

20 -    Chuck Ragland ('66) of VA!

   Many Happy Returns to You All


May 12, 1941 - Konrad Zuse presented the Z3, the world's first working programmable, fully automatic computer, in Berlin.

May 12, 1942 - Second Battle of Kharkov: In eastern Ukraine, Red Army forces under Marshal Semyon Timoshenko launched a major offensive from the Izium bridgehead, only to be encircled and destroyed by the troops of Army Group South two weeks later.

May 12, 1942 - The U.S. tanker Virginia was torpedoed in the mouth of the Mississippi River by the German U-Boat U-507.

May 12, 1942 - The Holocaust: 1,500 Jews were sent to gas chambers in Auschwitz.


Monday, May 12, 1964 - Comedian Geechy Guy was born Michael Paul Cathers in Rochester, Michigan.

Monday, May 12, 1964 - Director and cinematographer Pierre Morel was born in France


May 13, 1940 - Germany's conquest of France began as the German army crossed the Meuse. Winston Churchill made his "I have nothing to offer but blood, toil, tears, and sweat" speech to the House of Commons.

May 13, 1940 - Queen Wilhelmina of the Netherlands fled her country to Great Britain after the Nazi invasion. Princess Juliana took her children to Canada for their safety.

May 13, 1941 - Yugoslav royal colonel Dragoljub Mihailović started fighting with German occupation troops, beginning the Serbian resistance.

May 13, 1943 - German Afrika Korps and Italian troops in North Africa surrendered to Allied forces.

May 13, 1944 - Adolf Hitler gave permission for a full Germany withdrawal from the U.S.S.R. merican troops invaded Attu Island in the Aleutian Islands in an attempt to expel occupying Japanese forces.

     From Me ('65) of IL - 05/13/14 - "Seventy-Years Ago Today":

     During World War II, this image was taken of my first cousin   Clarke's (Booth - Wakefield HS - '57 - of FL) Fifth Birthday Party, and sent overseas to       my daddy, the late Robert Buckley (John Marshall HS - '25)  (19 Oct 1907 - 25 Apr 1960) The smiling, happy, chubby children was were in such contrast to the poor, sad starving children of Europe, that the men passed the image around and around the camp. So touched were these strong soldiers by the sight that often tears flowed freely.  More copies were requested and sent.  They, too, soon became frayed with wear.

   I thought you'd like to see the picture which made such an impact on these brave soldiers of Virginia's 29th Division.

Saturday, May 13, 1944
Clarke's Booth's Fifth Birthday Party
Westover Hills, Richmond, VA
FRONT ROW: Steve Disney, Clarke Booth (b. 10 May 1939), Eleanor Buckley (b. 26 July 1941), Dickie Gene Allen;
Gene Hinton, Betty Lou Allen, Alton Frix, Jr. (b. 27 Dec 1938), Bob Armour, Suzanna Martin;
BACK ROW: Jim Disney, Betty Lou Boggs, Bill Snyder


Tuesday, May 13, 1964 - Comedian, actor, and talk show host Stephen Colbert was born Stephen Tyrone Colbert in Washington, D.C..

Tuesday, May 13, 1964 - Bodybuilder Ronnie Coleman was born Ronnie Dean Coleman in Bastrop, Louisiana.

Tuesday, May 13, 1964 - Drummer Chris Maitland (Porcupine Tree and Nosound) was born in Cambridge, Cambridgeshire, England.

Tuesday, May 13, 1964 - Actor and director Tom Verica was born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.

     NOW AVAILABLE from    Butch Ragland's ('63 - of CO) eBay store:

1) NNHS Typhoon logo caps for only $12.95! (Soon, the price will rise to the regular retail price of $14.95.)

2) NNHS Typhoon logo tote bags for only $3.89!

   DON'T FORGET: 10% of every purchase of NNHS logo products purchased from Butch will be donated to the Wounded Warrior Project!

   In addition to the discounted prices for NNHS Logo Products, anyone purchasing additional products from any of his websites may contact Butch at: or with information pertaining to your purchases and he will send you a 20% refund of your total purchase price via Paypal to your payment account. You may contact him at anytime for additional information on these items and/or discounts offered.

   Thanks so much, Butch!

    See them here - - and snag yours today!



    From Jimmy Smith ('62 / '63) of VA - 05/15/14 - "CALENDAR ~ German Old Folks! Beautiful":

A German Retirement Community Did a Calendar Where Seniors Amazingly Re-Created Famous Movie Scenes

   Thanks so much, Jimmy! This is simply fabulous!

      From My Niece, Shari, of VA - 05/12/14 - "Monday":

...and Man Gained Pounds

God populated the earth with broccoli and cauliflower and spinach and green and yellow vegetables of all kinds, so Man and Woman would live long and healthy lives.

And Satan created fast food. And fast food brought forth the 99-cent double-cheeseburger. And Satan said to Man, "You want fries with that?"

And Man said, "Super size them."

And Man gained pounds.

And God created the healthful yogurt that woman might keep her figure that man found so fair.

And Satan froze the yogurt, and he brought forth chocolate, nuts,and brightly colored sprinkle candy to put on the yogurt.

And Woman gained pounds.

And God said, "Try my crispy fresh salad."

And Satan brought forth creamy dressings, bacon bits, and shredded cheese.

And there was ice cream for dessert.

And Woman gained pounds.

And God said, "I have sent you heart healthy vegetables and olive oil with which to cook them."

And Satan brought forth chicken-fried steak in the restaurant so big it needed its own platter. And Man gained pounds, and his bad cholesterol went through the roof.

And God said, "You're running up the score, Devil."

And God brought forth the potato, a vegetable naturally low in fat and brimming with nutrition.

And Satan peeled off the healthful skin and sliced the starchy center into chips and deep-fat fried them. And he created sour cream dip also.

And Man clutched his remote control and ate the potato chips swaddled in cholesterol.

And Satan saw and said, "It is good." And Man went into cardiac arrest.

And God sighed and created quadruple bypass surgery.....

And Satan created HMOs...


Handy Hints

Hint 1:

Have you ever left water in a glass vase too long, and a brown stain then forms? The easy way to remove the stain is to pour vinegar into the vase just above the stain mark and let it sit for a few hours. Then add 1 tsp. of uncooked rice, and place your hand on top of the vase and shake, shake, shake. The vinegar helps lift off the stain, while the grains scrub away any residue. Once done pour liquid and rice out, and rinse.

Hint 2:

Washing makeup brushes keeps your skin clear and lengthens the life of the brushes. That doesn't mean you have to invest in a special makeup brush cleaner though. You can get similar results with a gentle shampoo. Mix one part shampoo to four parts water, swirl the brush in the lather, then rinse with cool water. Let the brushes air-dry overnight.



The first state to require license plates on cars: New York, in 1901.

The first car to offer seatbelts: the 1950 Nash Rambler.

Best-selling passenger car ever: Toyota Corolla. At least 30 million have been sold since it was introduced in 1969.

Raised-bump reflectors on U.S. roads are called Botts' Dots. (Elbert Botts invented them).

The little statue on the grill of every Rolls Royce has a name: "Spirit of Ecstasy."

The slowest time for car dealers is just before Christmas.


5 Barricades

There are 5 barricades that everyone must overcome in order to attain their life's lessons, they are:

1. Money

2. Ego

3. Time

4. Distance

5. Fear


The Bargain

During one of the many battles of the era, a young soldier found himself and his army being soundly defeated by the enemy. He and his comrades hastily retreated from the battlefield in defeat, running away in fear of their very lives.

The enemy gave chase. The young man ran hard and fast, full of fear and desperation, and soon found himself cut off from his comrades. The soldier eventually came upon a rocky ledge containing a cave.

Knowing the enemy was close behind, and that he was exhausted from the chase, he chose to hide there. After he crawled in, he fell to his face in the darkness, desperately crying to God to save him and protect him from his enemies. He made a bargain with God. He promised that if God saved him, he would serve Him for the remainder of his days.

When he looked up from his despairing plea for help, he saw a spider beginning to weave its web at the entrance to the cave. As he watched the delicate threads being slowly drawn across the mouth of the cave, the young soldier pondered its irony.

He thought, "I asked God for protection and deliverance, and He sent me a spider instead. How can a spider save me?"

His heart was hardened, knowing the enemy would soon discover his hiding place and kill him. Soon he did hear the sound of his enemies, who were now scouring the area looking for those in hiding.

One soldier with a gun slowly walked up to the cave's entrance. As the young man crouched in the darkness, hoping to surprise the enemy in a last-minute desperate attempt to save his own life, he felt his heart pounding wildly out of control.

As the enemy cautiously moved forward to enter the cave, he came upon the spider's web, which by now was completely strung across the opening. He backed away and called out to a comrade, "There can't be anyone in here. They would have had to break this spider's web to enter the cave. Let's move on."

Years later, this young man, who made good his promise by becoming a preacher and evangelist, wrote about that ordeal.

What he observed has stood by me in times of trouble, especially during those times when everything seemed impossible:

"Where God is, a spider's web is as a stone wall.
Where God is not, a stone wall is as a spider's web."

~Author Unknown~

   Thank you, Shari!

BONUS KENTUCKY CROSS STITCH PATTERN: - Kentucky Wildcats Cross Stitch Pattern  - $7.99

BONUS KENTUCKY RECIPES: - Kentucky Recipes - "A variety of Kentucky recipes and Derby food traditions"


From - 05/11/14:

Salesman: Lady, this vacuum cleaner will cut your work in half.

Customer: Good. Ill take two of them.


1. Wednesday, May 14, 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.

2. Wednesday, July 16, 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.

2. 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

3. Friday and Saturday, October 17 and 18, 2014 - The NNHS Class of 1964 will hold a 50-YEAR REUNION at the Newport News Marriott at City Center, 740 Town Center Drive. See: and contact David Spriggs at 757-409-2799 or

PRAYER ROLL: - updated 04/29/14

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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Kentucky Rain

Words and Music by Eddie Rabbitt (27 Nov 1941 - 7 May 1998) and Dick Heard, 1970

(Elvis Presley)
(8 Jan 1935 - 16 Aug 1977)

 Seven lonely days
And a dozen towns ago
I reached out one night
And you were gone
Don't know why you'd run
What you're running to or from
All I know, is I want to bring you home

So I'm walkin' in the rain
Thumbin' for a ride
On this lonely, Kentucky backroad
I've loved you much too long
My love's too strong
To let you go, never knowing
What went wrong

Kentucky rain keeps pourin' down
And up ahead's another town
That I'll go walkin' thru
With the rain in my shoes
(rain in my shoes)
Searchin' for you
In the cold Kentucky rain
In the cold Kentucky rain

Showed your photographs
To some old, gray bearded men
Sitting on a bench
Outside a general store
They said, "Yes, she's been here"
But their memory wasn't clear
"Was it yesterday?
No wait, the day before."

Finally got a ride
With a preacher man who asked,
"Where you bound on such a cold, dark afternoon?"
As we drove on thru the rain
As he listened I explained
And he left me with a prayer
That I'd find you

Kentucky rain keeps pourin' down
And up ahead's another town
That I'll go walkin' thru
With the rain in my shoes
(rain in my shoes)
Searchin' for you
In the cold Kentucky rain
In the cold Kentucky rain

In the cold Kentucky rain
In the cold Kentucky rain
In the cold Kentucky rain

"Kentucky Rain" midi courtesy of - 05/13/08

"Kentucky Rain" lyrics courtesy of - 05/13/08

Rain Image courtesy of - 05/13/08

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!

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!!

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

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!

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

John Marshall High School's Justice Scale clip art courtesy of Cheryl White Wilson (JMHS - '64) of VA - 10/13/05 (replaced 02/23/09)
Thanks, Cheryl!

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

Animated Yehaa Typhoon clip art courtesy of Al Farber ('64) of GA - 08/18/05
Thanks, Al!

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