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08/31/10 - NNHS Newsletter -
Up on the Roof

How often have I lain beneath rain
on a strange roof, thinking of home.”

- William Faulkner
(25 Sept 1897 - 06 July 1962)

Dear Friends and Schoolmates,

    Today's Newsletter theme was first used exactly five years ago today:

BONUS #1 - - Up on the Roof - The Drifters, 1963

BONUS #2 - - Up on the Roof - Carole King

BONUS #3 - - Up on the Roof - Laura Nyro, 1970

BONUS #4 - - Up on the Roof - James Taylor, January 25, 1971

BONUS #5 - - Up on the Roof - James Taylor, 1979 - Sesame Street

BONUS #6 - - Up on the Roof - Neil Diamond

BONUS #7 - - Up on the Roof - Carole King and James Taylor


"Up on the Roof" is a song written by Gerry Goffin and Carole King and recorded in 1962 by The Drifters. Released at the tail end of that year, the song became a big hit, reaching number 5 on the U.S. pop singles chart and number 4 on the U.S. R&B singles chart.

In addition to the hit appeal of the "second Drifters" lineup, "Up on the Roof" epitomized the urban romantic dream as presented by New York City Brill Building writers...


      From Dave Arnold ('65) of VA - 08/06/10 - "Update on locations - Class of 1965's 45-Year Reunion - Friday and Saturday, October 15 and 16, 2010 - OPEN TO ALL CLASSES!":


Please post this updated announcement when you have a moment.



Friday evening we’ll meet at 7:00 PM at the home of    Lynn Walker Brothers ’65 and her husband Barry (York HS - '65).  They have graciously extended an offer to open their home for the event.  Light hors d’oeuvres will be served, and we would request a $5.00 donation to assist in covering the expenses for that evening if you attend.  The change in location was decided when members of the reunion committee thought the original location might not be as suitable for conversation as originally planned.  The Brothers residence is located at 304 Dogwood Drive, Newport News.  The telephone number is 757-595-4116.  We’ll post a map providing directions. - significantly updated 08/07/10!

 - updated 08/30/10! 

   Thank you, Dave!

       From Dave Spriggs ('64) of VA - 07/30/10 - "BIRTHDAY CRUISE":



I just reviewed my contract with the Spirit of Norfolk. I must give them the final attendee count and final payment no later than 23 September. That means that I must receive your reservation and check no later than 20 September.

However, keep in mind that I cannot guarantee you a seat, after the first 40 seats are reserved.

 BOTTOM LINE: Send your reservation now, if you want to be assured of a seat. - Saturday, October 23, 2010, 8:00 to 11:00 PM, Norfolk, VA - updated 07/30/10!

         NNHS-64-64-CRUISE-INVITATION.doc -

        - 30 slots left! - updated 08/22/10! 

   Thanks, David!


   Happy Birthday today to     Pat Beck Letzinger ('57) of VA AND      Joan Lauterbach Krause ('60) of VA AND    Elaine Wilkinson Bracken ('61) of VA AND    My Grandson, Jacob Harty of TX!

   Happy Birthday tomorrow to  Ellen Overton Weiss ('68) of VA!

   Happy Birthday this week to:

02 - Frances Adams Smith ('57) AND    Dustin Baker (Norview HS - '65) of MA;

03 - Morton Binder ('57)

05 -   Donna Marie Vest Hagerman ('71) of VA AND        My #5 Son, Nathaniel Harty (Hillsboro HS, IL - '97) of IL;

06 -    Sarah Puckett Kressaty ('65) of VA;

07 -   The late Kathy Pilgrim Clark ('63) (deceased - 03/08/06)!

   Many Happy Returns, One and All!


August 31, 1939 - Nazi Germany mounted a staged attack on the Gleiwitz radio station, creating an excuse to attack Poland the following day thus starting World War II in Europe.

August 31, 1939 - The British fleet was mobilized.

August 31, 1939 - In London, civilian evacuations began.

August 31, 1943 - The USS Harmon, the first U.S. Navy ship to be named after a black person, was commissioned.

August 31, 1944 - The British 8th Army broke through the German's "Gothic Line." The defensive line was drawn across northern Italy.

TODAY IN 1965:

Tuesday, August 31, 1965 - The Aero Spacelines Super Guppy aircraft made its first flight.

Tuesday, August 31, 1965 - Actor Daniel Bernhardt was born in Switzerland.

Tuesday, August 31, 1965 - Actress Céline Bonnier was born in Lévis, Quebec, Canada.

Tuesday, August 31, 1965 - Cricketer Willie Watson was born in Auckland, New Zealand.

    From Sandi Bateman Chestnut ('65) of VA - 08/30/10 - "  Brian W. MOURING Obituary; Gloucester man remembered during Hampton memorial service: Mouring drowned at Outer Banks on Aug. 18":

Hi, Carol,

As I have not seen anything in your newsletters about this untimely death, I'm sure you didn't pick up on the connection to our school. I'm sending the link to the obituary as I'm pretty sure this young man's grandparents are    Wayne (Class of 63) and 
 Mary Byrd Johnson (Class of 65). It was all over the local news for several days about this drowning, but did not realize that I'd gone to school with his grandparents.

There's also an article in today's (Sunday) Daily Press about the memorial that was held yesterday.....

My neighbor works at Peninsula Funeral Home and said this young man's uncle,    Jimmy Johnson, graduated with      Fred Mays ('60 - of VA). He's also the nephew of    Donna Byrd Yow ('67) and    Rickey Yow ('67), who were living near Winston-Salem, NC three years ago. Sorry to be the bearer of sad news.,0,5292373.story,0,273585.story

I promise I'll try to write you some happier news next time. Hope you and        Paul (Harty - Bardolph HS, IL - '61 - of IL) are doing okay. Talk to you more later.


   OHHH, Sandi! I read these accounts several times, agonizing for the family, never dreaming I knew so many of them! Thank you so much for telling me!

   I'll make a belated Memorial Edition for Brian.....

      From Dave Arnold ('65) of VA - 08/30/10 - "Challenge":


Please post this along with the reunion information when you have a moment. 

Thanks, Dave

I recently received a letter from the president of the Class of ’65,     Joe Wingo (of NC).  Joe was always one of our leaders and that continues today.  As we move closer to the 45-Year Reunion we have had questions regarding plans for the 50-Year.  Several members believe it should be a very special event.  Joe has taken the lead in getting us off to a strong start with his donation of $200.00 to be set aside to begin planning for the 50-Year Reunion.  Joe now challenges other class members to consider making a donation to increase the working fund for that event.  Please give consideration to Joe’s challenge to the members of the Class of 1965.  Thanks, Joe.

   WOWZERONI!!! Thanks, Dave - and Joe!

   From Brownie Shaffer Haracivet ('62) of VA - 08/29/10 - "  Charlotte Rawls":

Dear Carol,
I'm trying to contact Charlotte Rawls ('59) and wonder if you have her email address. If you do, please send mine to her and ask her to contact me.
Thanks for all you do for us.
Warmly, Brownie

   I'm not in touch with Charlotte, Brownie, but I thought I might have more success in finding her than I did.   Her dear mama died almost three years ago, and Charlotte's hubby had predeceased her:
   I tried, but I suppose I didn't "hold my mouth right". Sorry, Brownie!

   Maybe someone else will know where to find her.....

   We'll open it up to the class and see what we can learn, but first, I asked our Wizard of Wonderment:

       From Dave Spriggs ('64) of VA - 08/29/10 - "RE: Charlotte Rawls Bowry ('59)":

Maybe Charlotte’s brother will provide contact information:

Ashburn L. Rawls, Jr..... (in FL)
a.k.a. Lee Rawls - Ferguson HS - '65)
Age: 60-64

I could not find a “Charlotte Bowry” on
, even with that unique surname. Searching on only “Bowry” turned up more than 100 hits nationwide. Searching only Bowry in VA turned up 30.

I can see from the obit that her son is William T. Bowry, Jr., so her husband was William T. Bowry, Sr. SSDI says he died in NN on 12 Jan 2004. I searched whitepages for any William Bowry; not one listed. Was hoping that a phone account was retained in his name; many widows do that.

Methinks that none of them have listed phone numbers. That takes us back to her brother in FL.

Good Luck

   Thank you, Captain!

  From Joe Drewry ('58) of VA - 08/29/10 - "     Donny White, NNHS Alum ('60 - of VA), played in 1954 Little League World Series":,0,7130800.story

   WOWZERONI-RINI!!! Thank you so much, Joe! I missed this story entirely!

   Donny is, of course, the Director of Intercollegiate Athletics at VMIIf his name somehow doesn't ring a bell with you yet, try this link:

   From Fred Field (June '45) of CA - 08/30/10, 10:42 AM - "Emily V. Hoffman Search":

Hello Carol, Mon. Aug. 30

At 86, Emily would have been born ca. 1924.
Presume she started school at age 6 = ca. 1930.
The (then) 11 year track would have her graduating ca. 1941.
So far maiden name is unknown. Can only presume it began with "V".
My earliest annual is Feb. 1942. No prospects found.
I also checked June & Feb. 1943. No prospects..

The most valuable clue would be definite ID of maiden name.

Possibly graduated from Morrison (now Warwick) High which is now in NN.

Fred W. Field
Fullerton, CA

   Thank you so much, Fred!   This one was a stumper, for sure. I even called the funeral home.  They were very helpful, providing me her given names (Emily Elizabeth), nickname (Betty), and birthday (02 Sept 1923), but they and I were both astounded to find they had NO maiden name listed for her!

   By the way, just when was that twelfth grade added, Fred??

   Thanks for all you do to help us, Fred!

From Norris Perry (Warwick HS - '59) of VA - 08/30/10 - "cancer":

I'll forward this till they find a cure for ALL cancers!! 

Cancer is a strange cell.  
You can go along for years in remission and then one day it pops its head up again.  
If you ever have it you will never be free of it.  

Pray for the day there will be a permanent cure.


A small request.....Just one line:

Dear God,
I pray that You will guide someone to find a cure for cancer.

All you are asked to do is keep this circulating - even if it's only to one more person.
In memory of anyone you know who has been struck down by cancer or is still living with it.
A Candle Loses Nothing by Lighting Another Candle.

Please Keep This Candle Going.

   Thanks so much, Norris!

      From My Niece, Shari, of VA - 08/30/10 - "An Urgent Prayer Request & Text":
45 colorful and beautiful places to see before you die.

Although I really don't know this person, only to recognize her in posts I sense her urgency in finding her father, whose in frail health. Please add in your prayers. He has now been missing into the second week. She has corrected his height and date that he went missing.

His picture on site.

"His name is Roger Lee Lowe. He went missing Aug. 10th 2010 from Ann Arbor, Michigan. He has BAD health problems. He is 5'9" or 5'10", he weighs approximately 175 lbs. He shaved his head, and has a few spots of cancer on his face, head and body. He doesn't walk too well and he uses a cane. He is 67 yrs old. If any one sees him, please call 911 or the Wastenaw County Sheriff's Department."

Phoebe Dawn


Our cat, Figaro, comes home between 10 or 11 at night to eat. If he's late, I turn on the carport light and call him until he appears.

One day my daughter was explaining to a friend where we live, and her friend said, "Is that anywhere near the house where the woman stands on her steps late at night and sings opera?"

A horse breeder story

A Kentucky horse breeder had a filly that won every race in which she was entered. But as she got older she became very temperamental. He soon found that when he raced her in the evening, she would win handily, but when she raced during the day she would come in dead last. He consulted the top veterinarians and horse psychologists to no avail. He finally had to give up because it had become a real night mare.

How Do You Build A Better World?

How do you build a better world? That is a question that has puzzled mankind for centuries. Many things have been tried. Some have helped and some haven’t. I think, though, that I was given a part of the answer just the other day.
My brother had just cleaned out his closet. It was something I needed to do as well even though I was afraid I might get lost in there and not find my way back out. When he brought over some of the extra clothes to my dad’s house, he asked me to look through them and see if there was anything I could use. I ended up just picking out a few pair of short pants to replace my worn out cut off jeans. I couldn’t see keeping more clothes that I didn’t need. I volunteered instead to take the rest of them over to the Goodwill store and donate them for him.
I loaded his clothes in the back of my car and then decided to brave the clutter of my own closet to add to his donation. It was a scary sight opening that door. The mess was tremendous. Still, the thought of doing something good for another spurred me on and kept me going. It took a long time, but I got it done. I was left with a much emptier closet, but a much fuller heart. As I carried my own bags of clothes to add to my brother's, I couldn’t help but smile. It was then that I saw how we all can go about building a better world.
We can do it one kind act at a time. We can do it one gift of charity at a time. We can do it one shared smile at a time. We can do it one uplifting word at a time. We can do it one heartfelt hug at a time. We can even do it one donated shirt at a time. We can build a better world with each act of love we share and good thing we do. We can do it with helpful hands and caring hearts. We can do it with cheerful spirits and joyous souls. We can do it knowing that God and His angels are smiling down upon us and helping us every step of the way.

~ Joseph J. Mazzella ~
[ by: Joseph J. Mazzella Copyright © 2010 ( -- submitted by: Joseph Mazzella ]

   Thank you, Shari!


  From Jane Chambers of VA - 07/01/09, 02/07/10, AND 07/31/10 - "CNC BOOK BROCHURE & AD" AND 61-62 DECADERS ADDENDA AND DRAMATIC WORKSHOPS STUDENTS: 

   Contact Dr. Chambers at

   Thanks, Jane!

  From Ruth Ann Reece Horace ('67) of FL - 08/17/10 - "The Irony of it all! (#11 in a Series of 15)":

  From the Friends of Irony

      Thanks, Ruthie!



From ArcaMax Jokes - 08/30/10:

Mutual Attraction

In the middle of an argument a man said to his wife, "I don't know how you can be so stupid and so beautiful all at the same time!"

The wife responded calmly, "Allow me to explain...the good Lord made me beautiful so you would be attracted to me; and he made me stupid so I would be attracted to you!" 


1. Thursday, September 2, 2010 - 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 fiends in that year, go visit with them.

2. Saturday, October 2, 2010 - Evelyn's Birthday Party for Everyone - Canepa Cottage, Buckroe Beach - 2:00 PM. For details, contact Evelyn Fryer Fish ('58) of TX at - SEE: - OPEN TO EVERYBODY!

3. Thursday, October 7, 2010 - 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 fiends in that year, go visit with them.

4. Saturday, October 9, 2010 - "TYPHOON TAILGATE - STOKES' REVENGE 2" - from 10:00 AM and onwards at CNU Parking Lot N - SPONSORED BY THE CLASS OF 1966 AND THE SPD; OPEN TO ALL - -

5. Saturday, October 9, 2010 - The NNHS Class of 1963 will celebrate their 65th Birthdays at a Party at the Virginia Power Clubhouse, 1701 Waterview at Yorktown from 5:00 PM to 10:PM. For details, contact Susie Overton Jones at - CLASS OF 1963

6. Wednesday, October 13, 2010 - 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.

7. Friday and Saturday, October 15 and 16, 2010 - The NNHS Class of 1965 will hold its 45-Year Reunion. For details, contact Dave Arnold at - SEE: - - OPEN TO ALL CLASSES, HOSTED BY THE CLASS OF 1965

8. Saturday, October 23, 2010, 8:00 to 11:00 PM, Norfolk - The NNHS Class of 1964 will hold an evening cruise on the Spirit of Norfolk to celebrate their 64th Birthdays. For details, contact Dave Spriggs at and SEE: -NNHS-64-64-CRUISE-INVITATION.doc - - - CLASS OF 1964

9. Saturday, April 30, 2010 - The NNHS Class will have a Luncheon. Team Leaders are Mickey Marcella ( - 757-249-3800), Betty Hamby Neher ( - 757-898-5099), and Dr. Harry Simpson ( - 804-694-0346). - CLASS OF 1954

10. Saturday, July 9, 2011 (6:30 PM to 11:30 PM) - The Class of 1971 will hold its 40-Year at Point Plaza Suites and Conference Hotel, 950 J. Clyde Morris Boulevard, Newport News. For details, contact Richard Rawls at - CLASS OF 1971

PRAYER ROLL: - updated 08/22/10

BLOG: - updated 08/04/09

Y'all take care of each other!  TYPHOONS FOREVER!  We'll Always Have Buckroe!

                                 Love to all, Carol





Carol Buckley Harty

    or just mail it directly to my home (address available upon request). Thanks!

Up on the Roof

Written by Gerry Goffin (b. 11 Feb 1939) and Carole King (b. 09 Feb 1942)

Recorded by The Drifters, 1962 (Peaked at # 5 in 1963)

Later covered as minor Top 100 singles by The Cryan' Shames in 1968, by Laura Nyro in 1970,
and by James Taylor as a slower-paced Top 30 pop version in 1979.
Also covered as album tracks by co-songwriter Carole King in 1970 [Carole King Writer CD]
and by Neil Diamond in 1993 [Neil Diamond Up on the Roof CD].

When this old world starts getting me down
And people are just too much for me to face
I climb way up to the top of the stairs
And all my cares just drift right into space
On the roof, it's peaceful as can be
And there the world below can't bother me
Let me tell you now

When I come home feelin' tired and beat
I go up where the air is fresh and sweet (up on the roof)
I get away from the hustling crowd
And all that rat-race noise down in the street (up on the roof)
On the roof, the only place I know
Where you just have to wish to make it so
Let's go up on the roof (up on the roof)

brief instrumental-chiefly strings

At night the stars put on a show for free
And, darling, you can share it all with me

I keep a-tellin' you

Right smack dab in the middle of town
I've found a paradise that's trouble proof (up on the roof)
And if this world starts getting you down
There's room enough for two
Up on the roof (up on the roof)
Up on the roo-oo-oof (up on the roof)
Oh, come on, baby (up on the roof)
Oh, come on, honey (up on the roof)

Everything is all right (up on the roof)

"Up on the Roof" midi (sequenced by: Don Carroll) courtesy of
at the suggestion of Dave Spriggs ('64) of VA - 08/27/05
Thanks, Dave!

"Up on the Roof" lyrics courtesy of
also at the suggestion of Dave Spriggs ('64) of VA - 08/27/05
Thanks again, Dave!

Roof Images courtesy of
and - 08/27/05

Animated Star Bar Divider Line clip art courtesy of - 08/27/05

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

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

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

Hillsboro High School's Topper (Band Version) clip art courtesy of - 06/07/08
Thanks, Mark!

Sad Face clip art courtesy of - 08/03/08 (re-saved 02/16/09)

Ferguson High School's Anchor clip art courtesy of Steve Silsby (FHS - '72) of NC - 12/14/05
Thanks, Steve!

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

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