06/29/15 - NNHS Newsletter
Summer Rain

Let the rain kiss you. Let the rain beat upon your head
with silver liquid drops. Let the rain sing you a lullaby.

- Langston Hughes
(01 Feb 1902 - 22 May 1967)

Dear Friends and Schoolmates,

   I think there's an excellent chance that wherever you are today, it's misting, dripping, sprinkling, pouring, or storming. Of course, that might just be my goofy perception.

BONUS - http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HSLGneuOqxk - Summer Rain - Johnny Rivers, 1967


    From Linda May Bond Crayton ('66) of VA - 06/28/15:

I'm feeling lost and alone. My brother lives with me. He has laid down. That's mountain talk for, he's not getting back up. I promised years ago he would be here, not in a hospital, when this happened. But I gotta tell you, it's extremely hard. He's my only brother and I love him. Seeing him disappear before my eyes is heart breaking. But once in a while he opens his eyes and thanks me and says=I love you.

I would ask that you pray for him. That he have peace and comfort on his journey home. Thank you.

   Oh, Linda May, I'm so very sorry to hear this! Of course, I've placed his name on the Prayer Roll, and we'll be keeping you both in our hearts and prayers.


   Happy Birthday today to Carolyn Frizzelle Hogge ('61) of VA AND     Jimmy Smith ('62) of VA AND    Patricia Eken Miller ('66) of VA!

   Happy Birthday tomorrow to Blaine Crum ('57) AND Chuck Jones ('66) of Northern VA!

   Happy Birthday this week to:

04 -   Fred Hayman ('57) AND      Forrest Powell ('63) of VA!!

05 - Doug Johnson ('57) of VA;

06 -    The late Gene Ellis ('61) (deceased 05/02/11)!

   Many Happy Returns, One and All!



June 29, 1915 - The North Saskatchewan River flood of 1915, the worst flood in Edmonton history, took place.


June 29, 1941 - Germany invaded and occupied Lvov, in eastern Galicia, in Ukraine. Thousands of people were slaughtered. 

June 29, 1945 - Carpathian Ruthenia was annexed by the Soviet Union.


Tuesday, June 29, 1965 - Guitarist (Static-X, Dope, and Murderdolls) Tripp Eisen was born Tod Rex Salvador in the USA.

Tuesday, June 29, 1965 - Basketball player Panagiotis Karatzas (Παναγιώτης Καρατζάς) was born in Athens, Greece.

From My Friend, Susan, of NC - 06/29/15:

“The thing about the truth is that it exists outside of belief. Even if nobody believes it, that thing is still true.”

- Dieter F. Uchtdorf
(b. 06 Nov 1940)

   Thanks so much, Susan!

      From Harry Covert ('57) of MD - 06/28/15 - "Of Course, the Language is American!":
American Spoken Here

By Harry M. Covert

Changes popular or not seem to be invading all over and the majority of citizens are like lambs to the slaughter. The latest challenge involves spoken language. The official language of Frederick County, the state of Maryland and the rest of the states of union is American.

Of course it is. Why not? Most citizens are monolingual. From the time they come into the world bawling they don’t hear “buenos dias nino” or “guten morgen kind.” It is rather obvious that amid the daily travels around these environs there are no signs extolling “American spoken here.” Nor are there symbols asking about other tongues such as Finnish, Czech, Dutch or Chinese, simplified or traditional.

A recent move has come up from some elected types on the county council to undo the fact that American (nee English) is the official county language.

Aren’t there more important things needing discussion? There is no doubt about this; big issues and not solely “get even” politics and similar bird-brain measures that politicians come up when they are navel gazing.

It is easy to be somewhat smart-alecky and even a bit impertinent watching the goings-on. Just can’t help it. Just look around the states with their numerous dialects.

Attempts have been serious in years past to learn how to speak Español and German, all to no avail and frustration. Other family members knocked themselves out becoming fluent in Arabic and Kurdish.

Traveling throughout worldly climes, communications through smiles and handshakes opened many conversations. Usually those of other patois had learned “American” at early ages so acquiring words like “bon,” “amigo,” “si,” “in shallah” aided dealing with other peoples.

So, “good”, “friend” and “if God wills” became easy usable words.


In my days as a youthful and happy days reporter the Elks Club was in my jurisdiction. It was a delightful place. Time came when it was forced to leave downtown. Locals who enjoyed lunches and other fun experiences were devastated. But, wise folks didn’t fall into a funk for long. Establishment of a good and proper “literary society” became popular when the workday was completed. The “readings” were fun and educational. No secrets were leaked of course.

One evening during a “reading” of local history and state affairs a wizened member suggested that “American” should be established as the official language of the nation. Deliberations began amid a seafood buffet of crab claws, soft shell crabs, shrimp cocktails and other morsels fresh out of the Chesapeake Bay.

As ministrations continued it was decided that the biggest issue wasn’t the battle of the Monitor and Merrimac in Hampton Roads, the World’s Greatest Harbor. It was that American should officially be declared the national verbal and written word.

One of the readers, a full-fledged graduate of Mr. Jefferson’s university, recited the historical verbosity of Mr. Patrick Henry along the lines of “give me liberty or give me death.” Another society member interrupted with a suggestion for a bibulation with Virginia Gentleman.

A distinguished member of the bar was nominated to prepare the documents. Within a few days an official organization was created, certified, incorporated as non-profit and a news story appeared. A wire service helped tell the story.

Certainly, English then as now is the predominant tongue world-wide. But, why not just call ours “American?” There are plenty of purists out there who will think this is silly or inane. Not so.

All documents, public and private, are today disseminated in American. In these days and times it is easy to find translations everywhere– on computers, on iPhones, in tiny books.

For folks unfamiliar with American it is easy to communicate even though they may be arrested, hospitalized, getting driver’s licenses, or needing other public credentials. Public institutions have contracts with translators of all types. Even Urdu. Telephones do have facilities for the hearing impaired.

No matter what words are spoken or read or written, there is no lack of ability in official business. No local businesses or churches or schools suffer from the fact “American” English is the official word. The Oxford people need not like this.

There are words truly familiar in almost every language: yes, no and thanks.

Another word is menu. There is no dearth of dining pleasures around the country and every American speaker hereabout converses in numerous pleasant words from many grand cuisines.

I say gracious, bon, danke. You get the point.
  Thank you, Harry! Teddy and I salute you.  

  From Jay Styles ('68) of VA - 06/28/15 - "JOHN WAYNE SKIT":

JOHN WAYNE SKIT I smiled through the whole thing.....

This is one I think you will really enjoy.
It’s probably only so special because they’re all pretty much gone now and the younger gen-kids probably won’t even appreciate all that talent in one place.

Enjoy --- and pass it on to your friends.


   OH! Thank you so much, Jay Sweetie!

I'd give my right arm to be ambidextrous.”

- Yogi Berra
b. 12 May 1925)

  From Judy Phillips Allen ('66) of VA - 06/01/15 - "Texas Humor (#15 in a series of 33)":

    Thanks, Dearest Judy!


http://www.redheart.com/free-patterns/rainy-day-ripple-throw and http://www.redheart.com/files/patterns/pdf/LW2243.pdf - Mary Ann Frits' Rainy Day Ripple Throw - "This is so pretty and sure would be cheering on a rainy dark day..."


http://americanfood.about.com/od/resourcesadditionalinfo/tp/Rainy_Day_Recipes.htm - Rainy Day Recipes - "When the weather outside is wet and nasty, stay in and make one of these classic American rainy day recipes. One thing these delicious recipes have in common is their ability to give you that warm, cozy feeling inside, no mater how badly it's pouring outside."


From www.ajokeaday.com - 06/28/15:

Lead me not into temptation

I can find the way myself.


1. Wednesday, July 8, 2015 - 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, September 25 and 26, 2015 - The Warwick HS Class of 1960 will hold its 55-Year Reunion. Friday night: at the Warwick Yacht Club; Saturday night: James River Country Club. DETAILS: WWW.WARWICKFARMERS.COM

3. Friday and Saturday, October 16 and 17, 2015 - The NNHS Class of 1965 will hold its 50-Year Reunion at the Marriott at City Center, 740 Town Center Drive, Newport News. Friday night will be open to all graduates of NNHS; Saturday night will be reserved for 1965 Class members and their guests. CONTACT: Lynn Walker Brothers @ brothersbc@msn.com or Pauline Collins Shofner @ pcshofner@verizon.net


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Summer Rain

Written by Jim Hendricks (b. 10 Feb 1940)

Recorded by
Johnny Rivers (b. 07 Nov 1942), 1967

Summer rain taps at my window
West wind soft as a sweet dream
My love warm as the sunshine
Sittin' here by me,
she is here by me

She stepped out of the rainbow
Golden hair shinin' like moonglow
Warm lips soft as a soul
Sittin' here by me,
she's here by me

All summer long we spent
dancin' in the sand
And the jukebox kept on playin'
Sergeant Pepper's
Lonely Hearts Club Band

We sailed into the sunset
Drifted home caught by a gulf stream
Never gave a thought for tomorrow
Just let tomorrow be, now,
let tomorrow be

She wants to live in the Rockies
She says that's where we'll find peace
Settle down, raise up a family
To call our own, yeah,
we'll have a home

All summer long
we spent groovin' in the sand
Everybody kept on playin'
Sergeant Pepper's
Lonely Hearts Club Band

The snow drifts by my window
North wind blowin' like thunder
Our love's burnin' like fire
And she's here by me, yeah,
she is here with me
Let tomorrow be

Tom Karlo's Image, "Summer Rain", courtesy of http://www.weather24.com/archives/000673.html - 06/29/07

 Animated Rain Divider Line clip art courtesy of http://www.animationlibrary.com/animation/31502/Rain_line/ - 03/30/07

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!

Animated Teddy Roosevelt with Gun (by AF Artist - Josh Doohen) courtesy of http://www.animationfactory.com - 09/20/07

Animated Laughing Smiley courtesy of Janice McCain Rose ('65) of VA - 02/07/07
Thanks, Janice!

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