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02/20/15 - NNHS Newsletter -
Soon It's Gonna Rain

“Never allow anyone to rain on your parade and thus cast a pall of gloom and defeat on the entire day. Remember that
no talent, no self-denial, no brains, no character, are required to set up in the fault-finding business. Nothing external
can have any power over you unless you permit it. Your time is too precious to be sacrificed in wasted days combating
the menial forces of hate, jealously, and envy. Guard your fragile life carefully. Only God can shape a flower,
but any foolish child can pull it to pieces

- Og Mandino
(12 Dec 1923 - 03 Sept 1996)

Dear Friends and Schoolmates,
   "Gonna rain?"
If it's only raining wherever you are on this day of yucky weather and record breaking cold in both VA and NC - as well as in many other parts of the country - you may well count your blessings!

BONUS #1 - - Soon It's Gonna Rain - Barbra Streisand, 1963

BONUS #2 - - Stars of THE FANTASTICKS Julie Craig ("Lusia") and Douglas Ullman, Jr. ("Matt") perform "Soon It's Gonna Rain" on ABC's "GOOD MORNING AMERICA."


"Soon It's Gonna Rain" is a song from the musical comedy The Fantasticks, with lyrics written by Tom Jones, and music composed by Harvey Schmidt.

The song was first sung by Rita Gardner and Kenneth Nelson in the original Off Broadway production of The Fantasticks. Other performers from the long-running Off-Broadway production of the show to sing the song include Kristin Chenoweth, American Idol finalist Anthony Fedorov and winner of the thirteenth season of The Amazing Race, Nick Spangler.

In the Hallmark Hall of Fame broadcast on October 18, 1964, the song was performed by John Davidson and Susan Watson.[1]

We Five did a version of the song on their 1969 album, The Return of We Five.[2]

In the 1995 film version of The Fantasticks, the song was performed by Joey McIntyre and Jean Louisa Kelly.[3

  • Barbra Streisand recorded the song for her debut solo album The Barbra Streisand Album in 1963...[4]


       Happy Birthday today to    Bobby Callis ('64) of WV!

      Happy Birthday this week to:

    22 - Ronald Bass ('57) AND Janice Clark Palmer ('63) AND Curt Lauterbach ('65) of VA AND Billy Reece ('68) of ID;

    23 - Richard Prince ('57) AND Tommy Payne ('63) of VA;

    24 - Carrie Forrest Fox ('52) of VA AND    Debi Fink Golden ('65) of MA;
    25 - Peggy Wellington Craft ('57)
    AND the President of the Class of 1965,     Joe Wingo of NC;

    27 -     Evelyn Vretos ('55) of VA AND       Phil Hammond ('64) of FL AND   My Grandson, Azrae Woods of IL!

       Many Happy Returns to You All! 


    February 20, 1865
    - End of the Uruguayan War, with a peace agreement between President Tomás Villalba and rebel leader Venancio Flores, setting the scene for the destructive War of the Triple Alliance.


    February 20, 1942 - Lieutenant Edward O'Hare became America's first World War II flying ace.

    February 20, 1943 - American movie studio executives agreed to allow the Office of War Information to censor movies.

    February 20, 1943 - German General Erwin Rommel's Afrika Korps broke through the Allied defensive line at the Kasserine Pass in Tunisia, North Africa. It was the site of the first major battle defeat of the war for the United States.

    February 20, 1943 - The Saturday Evening Post published the first of Norman Rockwell's Four Freedoms in support of United States President Franklin Roosevelt's 1941 State of the Union address theme of Four Freedoms.

    February 20, 1944 - The "Big Week" began as U.S. bombers began raiding German aircraft manufacturing centers. 

    February 20, 1944 - The United States took Eniwetok Island.

    THIS DAY IN 1965:

    Saturday, February 20, 1965 - Ranger 8 crashed into the Moon after a successful mission of photographing possible landing sites for the Apollo program astronauts.

    Saturday, February 20, 1965 - Actor Ron Eldard was born Ronald Jason Eldard in Long Island, New York.

    Saturday, February 20, 1965 - Journalist, author, and critic Philip Hensher was born Philip Michael Hensher in South London, England.

    Saturday, February 20, 1965 - Actor Fred Immler (born Ferdinand Immler on 10 Dec 1880 in Coburg in Bavaria, Germany) died at the age of 84, probably also in Coburg in Bavaria, Germany.

    From My Friend, Susan, of NC - 02/17/15:

    “There is no problem which you cannot overcome.”

    - Jeffrey R. Holland
    (b. 03 Dec 1940)

       Thank you, Susan!


      From Jimmy Walker ('62) of VA - 02/14/15 - "Information for the Letter":

    Is there any Typhoon alumnus out there that likes to work on classic cars? I have a 1973 Ford Mustang Convertible that needs some engine work. It’s on my bucket list to get it going by June so I can cruise Buckroe Beach in style. If you have the time and knowledge call or text me at 757-788-9713 or email me at Thanks.

    Jimmy Walker

    NNHS Class of 1962

       COOL! Certainly, Jimmy! I'll keep running this until one of us hears from someone!  

      "Anyone? Anyone?"  

    From Kitty Dichtel Heffington (Ferguson HS - '73) of VA - 02/17/15 - "Thank you so much":

    Thank you so much for putting   Bill Swain's (owner of The Lunch Bell) obituary in your Newport News publication.

    Terry and I went to his funeral on Sunday afternoon. The church is huge and one of the people we know who goes there said that he guessed there were over 500 people there. I don't know if you ever met Bill (and Betty) but not only was a wonderful businessman...his customers became his friends. We have known him for over 30 years when I first started at Kee Business College.....

    Has the date of your 50th reunion been set yet? I want to come over while you are here and meet you face to face.

    There are several others that I need to tell about your publication. I copied this to some people and will send them the link to your newsletter. You really do a great job keeping all of us informed! There are several of us locals still around here too:)

    It might be in one of the newsletters, but I have not read any of them in full since the end of December. My uncle, Sam Jacob, fell and after a horrible roller coast ride for all of us in January, he died on January 31st. He went to Eastville High School on the Eastern Shore, but moved over here over 60 years ago. We really thought that he was going to make it. His death has been tough on all of us. We are only now starting to get to several piles around here, including bills that need to be paid, newspapers, and lots of emails to read.... So your 50th's information might be in one of them.

    Again, thank you and thanks again to those of you who sent us your way.

    Kitty and Terry Heffington

       Certainly, Kitty!   I'm so sorry to learn of your uncle's death! These changes are just never easy, no matter what our age.

       No, I never had the pleasure of meeting Mr. Swain. I moved away from the peninsula at the end of 1967 - which accounts for my ravenous interest in reconnecting myself and everyone else with old friends, and led me to create this website in 2000.

       The dates for our 50-Year Reunion have not yet been confirmed, but I suspect it will be sometime in October.

       Of course anything could happen over the next eight months or so, but at the present time I regrettably have no plans whatsoever to attend. I simply do not feel well enough to make or endure the trip. I feel, ahh, how shall I say this, diminished (except in size...). Due to the severity of the arthritis in both my knees and my hips, "incapacitated" is probably not too strong a term to use.

       I will concede that rather than a question of comfort and ease, it very well may be a sin of pride at seeing others in the condition I am now as opposed to the way I was only a few short years ago, but if so I'm just going to have to suffer the consequences for the latter and pretend it's just the former. Either way, I ain't-a-gonna do it.

    The basis of shame is not some personal mistake of ours, but the ignominy, the humiliation we feel that we must be what we are without any choice in the matter, and that this humiliation is seen by everyone.”

    - Milan Kundera
    (b. 01 Apr 1929),

        From Joan Lauterbach Krause ('60) of VA - 02/19/15:

    The news wants us to 'Drip' our water pipes. So take a look at this article.

       WOW! Thanks so much for this valuable reminder, Joan!

           From My Daughter, Adrienne Harty (Hillsboro HS, IL / American School, IL) of NC - 02/19/15 - "Bunnies":

    Just to make you smile:

       OOH! Cute little bunny rabbits! Thank you, Baby Girl! You know me so well!

          From My Cousin, Jean Atkinson Mallory (Warsaw HS / Rappahannock HS / John Marshall HS - '65) of VA - 02/18/15:

      AMEN!  Thank you, Jean!

      From Jane Monfalcone Simmons ('61) of FL - 02/19/15:


        Thanks, Jane!


    From My Friend, Sherri, of UT - 02/19/15:

      I think I will laugh about this all night long!

        Thank you, Sherri!


    “I don't care if it doesn't make a nickel. I just want every man, woman, and child in America to see it.”

    - Samuel Goldwyn, film producer
    (17 Aug  1882 - 31 Jan

            From My Husband, Paul Harty (Bardolph HS, IL - '61) of NC - 01/23/15 - "20 Weird Facts I'll Bet You Didn't Know (#20 in a series of 20)":


    Believe it or not, I actually knew some of these facts!

       YOWZERS! Thank you, Haul Party! I've really enjoyed these; I'm going to miss them!


           From George Helliesen ('61) of MI (soon to be VA) - 01/30/15 - "Priceless Pets (#20 in a series of 22)":


    “Hmmm, everything seems fine… although I’m afraid you may be a hypochondriac.”

         AWW! Thanks, George!  


    BONUS RAINY DAY CROCHET: - Rainy Day Mobile - "As soon as I saw this picture online, I knew I had to make this adorable amigurumi mobile for my friend's baby! "

    BONUS RAINY DAY CROCK POT RECIPES: - Sue's Rainy Day Crock Pot Roast  - Pamela Chester's Rainy Day with the Crock Pot


    From - 02/19/15:

    An old man decided to go into town one day to run some errands. On the way back, his wife called his cell phone.

    "Look out honey, I just saw on the news that there's a car driving the wrong way on the interstate."

    "Not just one car, they all are!"


    1. Wednesday, March 11, 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.

    PRAYER ROLL: - updated 02/18/15

    BLOG: - updated 03/13/11

       Y'all take good 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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    Soon It's Gonna Rain

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

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    From the 1960 musical comedy, The Fantasticks

    Lyrics by Tom Jones (b. 1928); Music by Harvey Schmidt (b.12 Sept 1929)

    Hear how the wind begins to whisper.
    See how the leaves go streaming by.
    Smell how the velvet rain is falling,
    Out where the fields are warm and dry.
    Now is the time to run inside and stay.
    Now is the time to find a hideaway
    Where we can stay.

    Soon it's gonna rain.
    I can see it.
    Soon it's gonna rain.
    I can tell.
    Soon it's gonna rain.
    What are we gonna do?

    Soon it's gonna rain.
    I can feel it.
    Soon it's gonna rain.
    I can tell.
    Soon it's gonna rain.
    What'll we do with you?

    We'll find four limbs of a tree.
    We'll build four walls and a floor.
    We'll bind it over with leaves,
    And run inside to stay.

    Then we'll let it rain.
    We'll not fell it.
    Then we'll let it rain,
    Rain pell-mell.

    And we'll not complain
    If it never stops at all.
    We'll live and love
    Within our own four walls.

    We'll find four limbs of a tree.
    We'll build four walls and a floor.
    We'll bind it over with leaves,
    And run inside to stay.

    Soon it's gonna rain.
    Come run inside to stay!
    Soon it's gonna rain.
    For soon it's gonna rain.
    I can see it.
    I can feel it.
    Run inside and...

    Then we'll let it rain.
    We'll not feel it.
    Then we'll let it rain.
    Ran pell-mell.

    And we'll not complain
    - Happy ending...
    If it never stops at all.
    Then we'll let it rain.
    Why complain?

    We'll live and love within our walls.
    Happily we'll live and love,
    No cares at all.
    Happily we'll live and love
    Within our castle walls.

    "Soon It's Gonna Rain" midi (sequenced by Gene Confrey) courtesy of - 11/12/09

    "Soon It's Gonna Rain" lyrics courtesy of - 02/20/10

    Image of Rain courtesy of - 10/26/09

    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!

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

    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!

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

    Animated Air Force Flag clip art courtesy of - 06/18/03

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

    American School Logo courtesy of - 09/05/06

    Animated "Happy Little Rabbits We Are" clip art courtesy of - 04/25/09

    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 Dancing Snoopy courtesy of Billy Turner ('65) of TX - 11/26/08
    Thanks, Billy Turner!