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11/27/11 - NNHS Newsletter
Eddie Rabbitt's 70th Birthday

“Country music is Irish music. Appalachian music was brought over by the Scotch
and Irish. I think the minor chords in my music give it that mystical feel.”

Eddie Rabbitt, 1989
(27 Nov 1941 - 07 May 1998)

Dear Friends and Schoolmates,  

   Ah, goody - another birthday celebration!

BONUS - - Eddie Rabbitt - I Love a Rainy Night



"I Love a Rainy Night" is a rock song by Eddie Rabbitt. It reached number one on the Billboard Hot 100, Hot Country Singles, and Adult Contemporary Singles charts in 1981. The song succeeded Dolly Parton's song "9 To 5" at the #1 position on the Billboard Hot 100 pop singles chart - the last time that pop chart featured back to back country singles in the number one position...

According to music historian Fred Bronson, "I Love a Rainy Night" was 12 years in the making. Rabbitt had a collection of old tapes he kept in the basement of his home. While rummaging through the tapes one day in 1980, he heard a fragment of a song he had recorded one rainy night in the late 1960s.

"It brought back the memory of sitting in a small apartment, staring out the window at one o'clock in the morning, watching the rain come down," wrote Bronson in The Billboard Book of Number One Hits. "He sang into his tape recorder, 'I love a rainy night, I love a rainy night.'"

Upon rediscovery of the old lyrics, Rabbitt completed the song (with help from frequent songwriting partners Even Stevens and David Malloy) and recorded it.

The end result included vivid descriptions of a man's fondness for thunderstorms and the peace it brings him ("I love to hear the thunder/watch the lightnin' as it lights up the sky/you know it makes me feel good") and a renewed sense of hope the storms bring ("Showers wash all my cares away/I wake up to a sunny day").

The song's other mark of distinction is its rhythm pattern of alternating finger snaps and hand claps, which was included with the help of percussionist Farrell Morris. Morris — according to "The Billboard Book of Number One Country Hits" — mixed two tracks of each to complete the record.

"I Love a Rainy Night" came in the midst of Rabbitt's peak popularity as a crossover artist. The follow-up to "Drivin' My Life Away" (No. 1 country, No. 5 Hot 100), the song was Rabbitt's only Hot 100 No. 1. However, he would continue having crossover success with the follow-ups "Step by Step" and "You and I" (the latter a duet with Crystal Gayle).

On Billboard's Hot Country Singles chart, it was his eighth out of 17 career chart toppers, spanning from 1976 through 1990.

"I Love a Rainy Night" was certified gold for sales of 1 million units by the Recording Industry Association of America.[1]


    Happy Birthday today to Gayle Fallin Harris ('57) AND   Domi O'Brien ('64) of NH!

   Happy Birthday this week to:

29 - Jimmy Key ('57) AND    Randy Bearor ('64) of VA;

30 -      Rip Collins ('65) of TN AND      Sandi Bateman Chestnut ('65) of VA;

01 - My Daughter of Other Parents, Megan Fulmer Mansfield (Marshall HS, TX - 2002) of NC;

02 -   Ann Lillaston Wilson ('57) AND Jimmy McDonald ('57) AND    George Konstant ('65) of VA;

03 - The late  Barbara Nell Howard Floyd ('67) (deceased 10/01/88);

04 - William D. Dangler ('57) of VA AND  Howard Williamson (Hampton HS - '63) of VA! 

   Many Happy Returns, One and All!



Wednesday, Nov. 27, 1861

The mail packet Trent docked in London today after a voyage from Havana. It had not been a usual trip. She had picked up six passengers in Havana, who had made their way from Richmond through the Union blockade: commissioners Slide, Mason, their wives and their secretaries. They had then been stopped in the Bahama Passage by the USS San Jacinto and compelled under threat of arms to give up the four males in the party. Such an offense against Her Majesty's ship outraged all of London. Eight thousand troops were immediately dispatched for Canada to fortify the border, and orders went to the shipyards for construction of new warships. Queen Victoria was not amused.

Thursday, Nov. 27, 1862

Abraham Lincoln and his general of the Army of the Potomac continued their conference at Aquia Creek, Va. today. This was going to be Burnside’s first battle since he had been assigned to replace George McClellan, and Lincoln was already getting vexed with him for moving too slowly. To assist, Lincoln had brought along a battle plan: the army would split in pieces, cross the Rappahannock far up and downstream from Fredericksburg, and attack the forces of Robert E. Lee from the sides and rear. Burnside turned the plan down flat. He had resolved to take the entire army straight across the river, through the town, and up the hill behind, known as Marye’s Heights.

Friday, Nov. 27, 1863

The Mine Run Campaign was, in a way, the last gasp of a string of events that had started at Gettysburg, when the Army of Northern Virginia had withdrawn at their own pace from the field. U.S. Gen. George Meade had first been hailed as the savior of the Union, but his failure to follow and crush Lee’s forces soon made him the target of intense pressure from Lincoln. Thus the continued pursuit in this venture when most armies were already in winter camp. Meade was heading for a small valley called Mine Run. Lee knew this and fortified it heavily. U.S. Gen. William Henry French’s corps was vital to Meade’s attack, but they took the wrong road and ran into Jubal Early’s men, which occupied most of the day. Meade later blamed French’s mistake for the failure of the entire project.

Sunday, Nov. 27, 1864

It was an ideal target: the steamer Greyhound was heading up the James River from Bermuda Hundred. It was the headquarters ship of Gen. Benjamin Butler, one of the most hated men in the Confederacy, and he had just taken aboard several other high Union commanders, including Adm. David D. Porter. After steaming five or six miles, the unexpected occurred. “The furnace door blew open,” Butler wrote, “and scattered coals throughout the room.” Porter suspected immediately the source: a Confederate “coal torpedo.” These metal devices were stuffed with explosive, then machined and painted to look like a lump of coal. Porter sounded almost envious when he said “In devices for blowing up vessels the Confederates were far ahead of us, putting Yankee ingenuity to shame.” Although no one was killed, managing to get ashore or to other ships, the Greyhound was destroyed.

   From Fred Field (June '45) of CA - 11/26/11, 11:44 AM - "RE: Shackelford Auto":

Hello Carol,        11-26-11

Re: Shackelford Auto:

See my input in
Someone suggested searching for J. C. Holloway, Jr. possibly in Mobile, AL.  I haven't followed up on this. Would like to hear about any contact with him.

Fred W. Field
Loma Linda & Fullerton, CA

   Thank you, Fred!

  From Mike Leonard ('68) of VA - 11/25/11, 12:49 PM - "RE: Shackelford Auto":

  In response to the request for pictures of Shackelford Auto Company, I was able to come up with a couple of ads from peninsula telephone directories. Sadly, no photos but will pass along a scan of the ads. One is from the 1945-1946 directory and the other is from June 1956.

Thanks for all you do and be well!!

Mike Leonard "68"

1945-1946 Peninsula
Telephone Directory
June 1956 Peninsula
Telephone Directory

Thank you so much, Mike! I have added these treasures to our permanent archive:


From Trent Sturgis of VA - 11/26/11 - "RE: Shackelford Auto":  


Thank you so much for helping me out. I greatly appreciate everything that you and your friends did for me. I will print these out for my family and me to share. Great find and I really appreciate it.


   Certainly, Trent! Say Hi to your brother     Ricky (Sturgis - '66) for me!

     From Me ('65) of NC - 12/26/11 - "My New 33" Tall Indoor  Snowman!":

   For the Christmas season, I really wanted a gigantic snowman to hang on the wall over the loveseat in my hearth room.  This    Jolly Snowman stocking design by Cylinda Mathews (which I thought I shared earlier, but apparently only imagined that part!) was just perfect, except it was only 16" tall.

     By using a large hook and three strands of yarn held together with one of thread, I was able to increase his height to 33".  Because of those modifications, I had to crochet his eyes (rather than buying squiggle eyes).  Then for contrast, I added an orange carrot nose, gave him three crocheted coal buttons, and I crocheted his cheeks rather than using felt circles.

   To give homage to my 35-year old interest in crochenitting, and to reinforce a red and white crochenitted stocking hanging nearby (Christmas Stockings), I replaced Cylinda's beautiful crocheted lacy red thread scarf with a crochenitted hunter green and white yarn one.

   Finally I added Suzetta Williams' Holly Embellishment (see the Newsletter of 11/23/11) to his hat band:  

   Now I have exactly what I wanted all along!

      From My Husband, Paul Harty (Bardolph HS, IL - '61) of NC - 11/26/11 - "NAILS IN THE FENCE":


Make sure you read all the way down to the last sentence (most importantly the last sentence).

There once was a little boy who had a bad temper. His father gave him a bag of nails and told him that every time he lost his temper, he must hammer a nail into the back of the fence.

The first day the boy had driven 37 nails into the fence. Over the next few weeks, as he learned to control his anger, the number of nails hammered daily gradually dwindled down. He discovered it was easier to hold his temper than to drive those nails into the fence. Finally the day came when the boy didn't lose his temper at all. He told his father about it and the father suggested that the boy now pull out one nail for each day that he was able to hold his temper.

The days passed and the young boy was finally able to tell his father that all the nails were gone. The father took his son by the hand and led him to the fence. He said, "You have done well, my son, but look at the holes in the fence. The fence will never be the same. When you say things in anger, they leave a scar just like this one. You can put a knife in a man and draw it out. But It won't matter how many times you say I'm sorry, the wound will still be there. A verbal wound is as bad as a physical one."

Remember that friends are very rare jewels indeed. They make you smile and encourage you to succeed. They lend an ear, they share words of praise and they always want to open their hearts to us... Show your friends how much you care. Send this to everyone you consider a FRIEND, even if it means sending it back to the person who sent it to you! If it comes back to you, you will then know you have a circle of friends.


Now send this to every friend you have - and to your family (they need to know that you love them too)...

Please forgive me if I have ever left a 'hole' in your fence.

   Thank you, Dools!

      From My Husband, Paul Harty (Bardolph HS, IL - '61) of NC -  11/26/11 - "Happy Cows on Thanksgiving!":

Do you think that the cows like jazz, or are they just looking for a handout???

Check out this video!

   This is just crazy! Thanks again, Dools!

From - 11/26/11 - "Morning Musing: Reducing Stress":

Dear Friends,

One of the things that I do to take care of me is not ever getting in a hurry. I know that this does not seem like much, but slowing down keeps me calm.

Stress is one of causes chronic illness. When I take care of me and relieve stress by not getting in a hurry, I am on a road to wellness not illness. Little things like relieving stress, taking my vitamins, getting the proper rest and drinking my water help keep me healthy.

Everything I do in my life brings me joy. If it doesn't I discard it as if it were clutter. Clutter takes all forms! It invades our homes, our minds and our way of life. Learning how to weed out the clutter in our homes is just the beginning to finding our wings to FLY!

As the clutter leaves our homes, we find clear spaces. These open areas help us to slow down and enjoy the calm. Less clutter more peace!

We have a tendency to want it all fixed now. You joined our group looking for a way to get your home in order. The problem with wanting it now is that we are impatient. That means we are in a hurry. Hurry causes stress and stress produces more CHAOS and Clutter! Back on that vicious cycle; It is time for us to jump off of this not so Merry-go-round!

So how do we do this? I feel that the key to our new mode of transportation is taking care of ourselves. I know you don't believe me when you first join, but please don't get in a hurry. It takes time to give birth to a new life. I like to think that we are pregnant and in a few months we will have a newborn.

Your new life starts with nurturing yourself; eventually it will become a way of life. Start by practicing with us this week. You may find that you really enjoy it and when you take care of you; your home will almost take care of itself. I promise! This really does happen!

Are you ready to FLY?


P.S. This week I practiced what I have preached for years. I took three days to prepare our Thanksgiving dinner. I used my Holiday Control Journal to help me remember everything. I had my grocery list there, my cooking schedule and all my recipes. I did two things different this year and they was a huge success.

We got a testimonial about cooking the turkey the day before, slicing it up, putting it in a pan, pouring a little turkey broth over it and sealing it up in aluminum foil. I tried it! All I had to do was put it in the oven the next day to heat up. I also made the rolls on Tuesday. I allowed them to rise and cooked six pans of rolls. They were those aluminum foil cake pans with lids. They stored well and I was able to share the leftovers with my guests. All the pots and pans were washed before our guest got here.

I did something different with our clean up too. I took my time. I washed all my glasses and silverware. Then I put new dishwater in the sink and washed the china and serving dishes. I allowed it all to dry overnight.

Then on Friday Morning as I was watching the Hallmark Channel; during the commercials I would put things away. The kitchen was beautiful by 1:00pm. I kept up the commercial cleanups and decluttered a couple of drawers and washed some new dessert plates and cups for Christmas.

Over all this was the least stressful holiday dinner I have ever cooked. Even Robert noticed how laid back we all were.

CROCHET AND CROSS STITCH PATTERNS: - Suzetta Williams' Little Angel - Suzetta Williams' Paperclip Ice Skate Ornament - 3 Gift Tags - Stocking - Noel Ornament


From - 11/26/11:
A passerby noticed a couple of city workers working along the city sidewalks. The man was quite impressed with their hard work, but he couldn't understand what they were doing.

Finally, he approached the workers and asked, "I appreciate how hard you're both working, but what the heck are you doing? It seems that one of you digs a hole, and then the other guy immediately fills it back up again.

One of the city workers explained, "The third guy who plants the trees is off sick today."

1. Thursday, December 1, 2011 - 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, December 14, 2011 - 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. Thursday, January 5, 2012 - 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.

4. Saturday, January 7, 2012 - 11:00 AM - The NNHS Breakfast Bunch will host a Breakfast Bunch Brunch at the Warwick Restaurant, 12306 Warwick Boulevard, (across from CNU) Newport News, Virginia 23606. "Please come join them for a Dutch Treat Brunch featuring a lot of 'War Stories' and maybe a lie or two. Everyone is welcome so bring your wife, husband, boy friend, girl friend, class mate, school friend or whomever you choose." Please RSVP to Bill Roady at or call him at 757-595-0716 so they have a head count.

PRAYER ROLL: - updated 10/22/11

BLOG: - updated 03/13/11

Carol Buckley Harty
7020 Lure Court
Fayetteville, NC 28311-9309


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I Love a Rainy Night

Written and recorded by Eddie Rabbitt (27 Nov 1941 - 07 May 1998), 1980

Well, I love a rainy night
I love a rainy night
I love to hear the thunder
Watch the lightning
When it lights up the sky
You know it makes me feel good

Well, I love a rainy night
It's such a beautiful sight
I love to feel the rain
On my face
Taste the rain on my lips
In the moonlight shadow

Showers washed
All my cares away
I wake up to a sunny day
'Cos I love a rainy night
Yeah, I love a rainy night
Well, I love a rainy night
Well, I love a rainy night


I love a rainy night
I love a rainy night
I love to hear the thunder
Watch the lightning
When it lights up the sky
You know it makes me feel good

Well, I love a rainy night
It's such a beautiful sight
I love to feel the rain
On my face
To taste the rain on my lips
In the moonlight shadows

Puts a song
In this heart of mine
Puts a smile on my face every time

'Cos I love a rainy night
Yeah, I love a rainy night
Ooh, I love a rainy night
Yeah, I love a rainy night


[Instrumental Interlude]

Showers washed
All my cares away
I wake up to a sunny day
'Cos I love a rainy night
Yeah, I love a rainy night
Well, I love a rainy night
I love a rainy night
Well, I love a rainy night
You can see it in my eyes
Yeah, I love a rainy night
Well, it makes me high
Ooh, I love a rainy night
You know I do, yeah, yeah
I love a rainy night

I love a rainy night
You can see it in my eyes.

"I Love a Rainy Night" midi (Sequenced by Lacey J) courtesy of - 11/28/11 (sic)

"I Love a Rainy Night" lyrics courtesy of - 11/26/11 (sic)

First Image of Eddie Rabbitt courtesy of - 11/28/11 (sic)

Second Image of Eddie Rabbitt courtesy of - 11/28/11 (sic)

Animated Musical Divider Line clip art courtesy of - well, I cannot seem to located that information at the moment.....

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!

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

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

Animated Frosty clip art courtesy of - 12/08/04

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