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08/31/14 - 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 is a Golden Oldie from 1962. Wasn't that only yesterday??

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

BONUS #2 - - Up on the Roof - James Taylor, January 25, 1971

BONUS #3 - - Up on the Roof - James Taylor, 1979 - Sesame Street

BONUS #4 - - Up on the Roof - Neil Diamond

BONUS #5 - - 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...


   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 LA!

   Happy Birthday tomorrow to   Jeanette Parrish Houston ('64) of VA AND 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)

04 -   Marilyn Moren ('63) of VA;

05 -   Donna Marie Vest Hagerman ('71) of VA AND        My #5 Son, Nathaniel Harty (Hillsboro HS, IL - '97) of IL AND My Grandson (by My Children of Other Parents),    Jonathan Mansfield of TX;

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, 1941 - Serbian paramilitary forces defeatd Germans in the Battle of Loznica.

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.


Monday, August 31, 1964 - Drug trafficker Ramón Arellano Félix was born in Culiacán, Sinaloa, Mexico. On 10 Feb 2002 he was killed in a gun fight in Mazatlán, Sinaloa, where he was stopped due to a traffic infraction by a Mexican police officer who did not know at the time who Felix really was. Arellano Félix drew his gun and shot the police officer, who shot him back while falling to the ground.

Monday, August 31, 1964 - Poet and critic Raymond P. Hammond was born in Roanoke, Virginia.

    From the Head Flagtwirler of 1965, Janice McCain Rose of Northern VA - 08/30/14 - "HAPPY BIRTHDAY....have a great day!":

  OOH!  Thank you, Janice!

   From Bill Hobbs ('66) of Northern VA - 08/30/14 - "Happy Birthday!":

Glad everything is back to normal with the newsletter. I look forward to opening my email and saying, "Hello, Carol!"


     AWW! Thanks, Billy!

From My Cousin, Robin, of FL - 08/30/14 - "Happiness":  

  ABSOLUTELY! Thank you, Robin!

From My Friend, Susan of NC - 08/30/14 - "Attitude":  

  TRUE, TRUE!  Thank you, Susan!

From My Friend, Katie, of KS - 08/30/14 - "See the Light...":   

  SUCH GOOD ADVICE! Thanks, Katie Darlin'!

From My Friend, Kelley, of AL - 08/30/14:    

   Thanks, Kelley!

From My Friend, Jeanette, of NC - 08/30/14 - "Verbs":    

    Oh, Jeanette, don't get me started! Thanks, Pretty Lady!

  From Ruth Ann Reece Horace ('67) of FL - 08/15/14 - "Cool Signs (#16 in a series of 26)":

Need a chuckle today, read these!

 Thanks, Ruthie!


    From Jimmy Smith ('62 / '63) of VA - 08/17/14 - "I'll bet you didn't know all this...HINTS (#14 in a series of 26)":

  I'm certainly going to try some of these!

   Thanks, Jimmy!


  From Ruth Ann Reece Horace ('67) of FL - 08/19/14 - "Life Isn't So Bad After All (#2 in a series of 8)":
     Thanks, Ruthie!

      From Wayne Stokes ('65) of VA - 08/29/14 - "Messages (#2 in a series of 17)":

     Thank you, Wayne Honey!

BONUS ROOF CROCHET PATTERNS: - Amanda's Crocheted Roofs - Crocheted Victorian Dollhouse

BONUS ROOF RECIPE: - Tin Roof Sundae Pie


From - 08/30/14:

A pipe burst in a doctor's house. He called a plumber. The plumber arrived, unpacked his tools, did mysterious plumber-type things for a while, and handed the doctor a bill for $600.

The doctor exclaimed, "This is ridiculous! I don't even make that much as a doctor!."

The plumber quietly answered, "Neither did I when I was a doctor."

1. Wednesday, September 10, 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, October 10 and 11, 2014 - The NNHS Class of 1969 will hold a 45-YEAR REUNION at the Newport News Marriott at City Center, 740 Town Center Drive.  For further information, contact Jean Baker Howell at

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 07/17/14

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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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 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!

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

Animated LOL Cats courtesy of Paul Harty (Bardolph HS, IL - '61) of NC - 12/10/11
Thanks, Paul!

Animated Head-Banging Smiley courtesy of - 07/0/09

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

Bright Idea clip art (designed by Heather) courtesy of - 10/30/12

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 Cat courtesy of Joyce Lawrence Cahoon ('65) of VA - 07/29/08
Thanks, Joyce!

Animated Thumbs Up Smiley courtesy of Al Farber ('64) of GA - 10/19/06
Thanks, Al!

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