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07/11/09 - NNHS Newsletter - Red Rain

“Clouds come floating into my life, no longer to carry rain
or usher storm, but to add color to my sunset sky.”

- Rabindranath Tagore
(07 May 1861 - 07 Aug1941)

Dear Friends and Schoolmates,   

   We're not having red rain here in Edwardsville today (I hope!), but we're certainly having plenty of the regular variety.

BONUS - - Red Rain - Peter Gabriel - Live in Concert, 2006


Friday, July 11, 1969 - The Mobile Service Structure moved down the pad 39-A ramp, leaving the Saturn V alone during a countdown demonstration test . -

Friday, July 11, 1969 - Time Magazine headlined "The Sex Explosion". -,16641,19690711,00.html


  Happy Birthday today to  Bobby Maddy ('57) AND POSSIBLY      Aretie Gallins Patterson's ('59) of TN)!

  Happy Birthday this week to:

13 - James Stidham ('57);

17 - Marilyn Payne Springfield ('66) of VA AND        My Oldest Granddaughter, Elizabeth Harty (Collinsville HS, IL - '12) of IL;

18 - Bill Queensberry ('57) AND Mary Ellen Brewer ('57)!

   Many Happy Returns, One and All!


1.    From Fred Field (June '45) of CA - 07/10/09, 12:00 PM - "Notification e-mail":

Hello Carol,                    Fri. July 10, 09

Is the notification e-mail list still running?  If so, I seem to have slipped off.

I have no problem accessing the issues.

Anyway, still alive here, still at

Fred W. Field
Fullerton, CA

   It's not moi, Fred, it's the spam filters! Even my OWN emails to MYSELF are landing in my spam folder this week! Normally I have about 45 to 60 notifications returned to me as "undeliverable." This week that number inexplicably jumped to more than 150!

   I'm certainly glad you're able to find the Newsletters, because this entire notification process is becoming increasingly problem-laden, and soon, I greatly fear, will become altogether useless.

   I shall keep sending them for now, though, and of course I'll continue to create Newsletters for as long as I'm able to do so.

   Thanks for telling me, Sweetie!

2. From Steve Hochman ('60) of VA - 07/11/09 - 7:27 AM:

Carol, I cannot bring up Friday's Newsletter. Is the problem on my end?

Steve Hochman                              

P.S. Thanks for all you do!

Well, well, that explains why I cannot connect to the FTP to upload today's Newsletter - the site apparently is down!  Nope, the problem is somewhere far, far away, and there's nothing either of us can do about it.  Rats.  I wonder if it might be weather related??

   Thanks for letting me know
, Steve! Now I can stop sitting here pushing that little button over and over and over and wondering why they wouldn't let me connect!

3.  From Joan Ownby Mathieson ('58) of VA - 06/27/09 - BUT ONLY DISCOVERED THIS MORNING !?! - "East End":

Hi Carol;

I was just catching up on reading the news on the web site and memories came flooding back about my growing up years in the east end section of Newport News.  

I lived at 1045 - 20th Street - along with Jimmy Vannoy '58,   Johnny Mitchell 57, Dicky Prince '57 and others on that street I can't think of right now.  Anyhow,    Fred Fields '45 of CA said in a recent letter that Stuart Gardens was being built in 1945 and I think he could be wrong about that. (Maybe he's right?)  I remember our street being the last street before you got to the water....all the land in between our street and the beach was woods and streams and fields.  I remember all us kids in the neighborhood played there.  My daddy kept his boat down at what was later to be Peterson's Yacht Basin.  Back then it was just a place to tie your boat up.  

I remember when the war ended and we all walked down to the corner where Johnny lived so we could see the water better because all the ships across the bay were shooting off fireworks and blowing their horns and sirens to beat the band in celebration of the ending of the war.  I remember mama crying because they still didn't know where her missing brother was - overseas.  (He survived and came home.) In those years when I was little we use to go for walks up Chesapeake Boulevard all the time.  From the end of our street I remember walking down a dirt road to Peterson's creek and over a little bridge to get over to the water's edge on Chesapeake.  There use to be a pier where you could fish.  I think you could catch a streetcar to go into Hampton from there too.  

I remember as I got older - around the 3rd grade when I went out to the new Magruder School - there were new houses being built out there at Stuart Gardens then.  Many east end families bought new homes as they became available and moved out there.  Then by the time I was in the 5th, 6th, 7th grade at Walter Reed I was going to the Skating Rink most Saturday mornings.  We used to have a yearly skating show. All of us had matching costumes made and skated in dancing groups to the organ music.   Evelyn Fryer ('58) and her brother Jackie ('56) were the famous brother-sister skating stars at all the shows.  Boy, could they skate!

Enough of my rambling!  Carol, thank you for what you do for all of us.

Joan Ownby Mathieson

   Well, HEY, Pretty Lady! It's good to hear from you again! I am so sorry I didn't find your note before - and such an exciting note it is! I've no idea why it didn't appear in my mailbox for two weeks.

   It wouldn't be like Fred to be wrong; perhaps there is some understandable confusion between the Stuart Gardens Apartments and the private homes in the Stuart Gardens neighborhood.

   Thanks so much, Joan; I loved hearing your memories! Please come back soon with more of your delightful "ramblings" - and let's hope they don't take a two-week holiday in cyberspace this time!

    From Glenn Dye ('60) of TX - "RE: 07/10/09 - Blue":

Hi Carol

I noticed you had the song Blue at the end of this web page. You know Bill Mack is from TX. here He had a radio program for years on WBAP here in Dallas/Fort Worth area from 12:00 midnight till 6:00am. He was called the midnight cowboy by a lot of the truckers. Anyway he wrote the song Blue years ago for Patsy Cline who never recorded it. Then he pitched it to LeAnn. Her dad did not like the song and did not want her to record it, but she insisted on it and it made her a few millions along with Bill Mack. Bill  tried to marry Connie Smith at one time but she refused, but she did record a few of his songs. I have met him and he is a great person . LeAnn came and sang at our church one time just before she made it big time.

Glenn Dye

   WOWZERS!!! How cool is that?!? Thanks, Glenn!


"Blue" was written by radio disc jockey, Bill Mack in the early 1960s. Mack originally intended legendary country music singer, Patsy Cline to record the song, however, Cline died in a plane crash before it could be recorded. Mack said he had been trying to find the right vocalist to record "Blue," however the statement proved to be a lie. The song had already been recorded by Mack, Kathryn Pitt, and Kenny Roberts. However the idea was spread to the media, leading people to believe Rimes was the successor to Cline's vocal style.

      From Jerry Blanchard ('62) of VA - 07/10/09 - "HELP":


I need help from anyone in the TYPHOON Nation that can help me. I need to know if there is a web site I can go to and see a list of graduates of NNHS by year. I met a man today who graduated from NNHS, but cannot remember what year. He was born in 1912. Any help would be great.

Jerry B. (Class of 62) of Va.

   YOWZERS, Jerry, I cannot imagine where any such list might exist! The  so-called "Alumni List" I carry really only lists the names of our declared subscribers, so they are by no means complete:

   We have graduation programs listing individual graduates from three or four of the classes, but they were long past his time, so they would be useless as well:

   I imagine that your new friend would have graduated in about 1929.  I think it would be far simpler if you gave us his name, and we might be able to locate him in old yearbooks - known back then as "Beacons".

   Sorry, Sweetie!

  From Bill Hobbs ('66) of Northern VA - 07/10/09 - "GOPUSA Message":


I thought you would enjoy this page at GOPUSA: - Amid All The Celebrity Deaths, A Reality Check - By Frank Salvato, July 10, 2009

   Thanks for sending this, Bill - I did enjoy it! It roughly paralleled the thoughts which were going through my own mind, as I watched the lack of balance and attention given by the media to the various lives of those several celebrities and personalities who recently passed away grow greater and wider.

   I broke my own rule about carrying political items, (whether or not it is politically biased), because it addresses an issue which was beginning to disturb me.

          My #5 Son, Nathaniel (Harty - Hillsboro HS, IL - '97 - of IL) pointed out to me that while many of those lives may have been personally more worthy or righteous or self-sacrificing, none had impacted the culture and style worldwide as strongly as had Michael Jackson, and that was while his passing elicited more attention.

   I suppose I can live with that.

  From Joyce Lawrence Cahoon ('65) of VA - 07/10/09 - "LAUGHTER !!!":


 Joyce Cahoon

   GIGGLES!!! Thank you, Joyce!

        From My #2 Son, Brent Harty (Hillsboro HS, IL - '90) of TX - 07/02/09 - "WW II posters :~ (#7 in a Series of 18)":

Thought you might like bh

  Some old fashioned  Patriotism.

I wonder whatever happened to this kind of thinking in America. I got a lump in my throat when I read this..  I "grew up" thinking: patriotism, it is the AMERICAN  way!  I am glad to see that somebody saved these. The statement at the end says it all!


These were our parents. What in God's name have we let happen to our Country? We were taught these values and then we let them die .....  I guess we are the last generation to see, or even remember anything like these? Whatever happened? Political correctness (or "re-education") happened, lack of God's name happened, lack of personal responsibility happened, lack of personal integrity and honesty happened, lack of respect and loyalty to our country happened, lack of being an American happened.

Brent Harty
"You may be whatever you resolve to be."  General Thomas "Stonewall" Jackson

   Oh, I DO like them! Thanks so much, Brent!


1.   From Jane Chambers of VA - 07/01/09 - "CNC BOOK BROCHURE & AD":

Attached is the two-sided brochure.... It has an order form on it. All former CNC students (whether or not they got a degree from CNC) can get the $5 alumni discount if they order the book with this form. They will need to write on the order form "alumni discount" and put $24.95 in the blank beside $29.95. They will have to pay S&H also and (if in Virginia) 5% Sales Tax.
Attached also is an ad we ran in the Daily Press, which lists places where the book can be bought in the Tidewater area. Except for the CNU bookstore, there is no discount price for these copies. However, buyers can get signed copies at all of these places EXCEPT the CNU Bookstore, which did not want signed copies.  Signed means signed by all 3 authors: Chambers, Hubbard, and Wood.

   Contact Dr. Chambers at

   Thanks, Jane!

2.        From Dave Spriggs ('64) of VA - 07/02/09 - "NNHS 64/45 REUNION PAGE UPDATES":


Attention all 1964 TYPHOONS:

If we have a current mailing address for you, then your 45th Reunion package was mailed to you on 23 June. In it you will find a letter detailing our plans for the reunion, a reservation form to be completed and returned to us no later than 1 September, and an input form for the 2009 Edition of the Old Rusty Anchor.

If you do not receive this package (or put it aside and misplace it - - yes, it happens), then you may find these same documents available to you on the NNHS web site at this address:

These documents are in Adobe PDF format. If you do not have the free Adobe Reader, you may download and install it from this address:

You may print out the forms, fill them in, and mail them to us WITH YOUR CHECK.

We look forward to seeing you at the Newport News Marriott City Center on October 9th and 10th … and at The Chamberlin for Sunday brunch.

Best wishes from your Class of 1964 45-Year Reunion Committee.

   Thank you, Captain!


From ArcaMax - 07/10/09:

 Silly Newspaper Headlines

- British Left Waffles On Falkland Islands

- Lung Cancer In Women Mushrooms

- Eye Drops Off Shelf

- Teacher Strikes Idle Kids

- Reagan Wins On Budget, But More Lies Ahead

- Squad Helps Dog Bite Victim

- Shot Off Woman's Leg Helps Nicklaus to 66

- Enraged Cow Injures Farmer with Ax

- Plane Too Close To Ground, Crash Probe Told

- Miners Refuse to Work After Death

- Juvenile Court To Try Shooting Defendant

- Stolen Painting Found By Tree


1. Friday, Saturday, and Sunday, September 4, 5 and 6 (Labor Day Weekend), 2009 - The Class of 1969 will hold its 40-Year Reunion at the Point Plaza Hotel, Newport News, VA. For details, see: and contact Jean Baker Howell at - OPEN TO ALL NNHS ALUMNI

2. Friday, Saturday, and Sunday, September 18, 19, and 20, 2009 - The Warwick High School Class of 1959 will hold its 50-Year Reunion at the Marriott Newport News at City Center, Newport News, VA. For details, contact - WHS CLASS OF 1959

3. Friday and Saturday, October 9 and 10, 2009 - The Class of 1964 will hold its 45-Year Reunion - For details, see: - CLASS OF 1964

4. Friday and Saturday, August 6 and 7, 2010 - The NNHS Class of 1970 will hold its 40-Year Reunion. Friday night they will all meet at RJ's; Saturday night will be at the Kiln Creek Golf & Country Club. For details, contact Carol Comer Cutler at - CLASS OF 1970

5. Friday , Saturday, and Sunday, August 6, 7, and  8, 2010 - The NNHS Class of 1960 will hold its 50-Year Reunion at the Marriott Newport News at City Center. For details, contact Karen Weinstein Witte at  kwitte@tampabay, - CLASS OF 1960

PRAYER ROLL: - updated 07/08/09

BLOG: - updated 01/09/09

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

                          Love to all, Carol





Carol Buckley Harty
746 Hillsboro Avenue
Edwardsville, IL 62025-1821  

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Red Rain

Written by Peter Gabriel, 1986
(b. 13 Feb 1950)

Red rain is coming down
Red rain
Red rain is pouring down
Pouring down all over me

I am standing up at the water's edge in my dream
I cannot make a single sound as you scream
It can't be that cold, the ground is still warm to touch
This place is so quiet, sensing that storm

Red rain is coming down
Red rain
Red rain is pouring down
Pouring down all over me

Well I've seen them buried in a sheltered place in this town
They tell you that this rain can sting, and look down
There is no blood around see no sign of pain
Hay ay ay no pain
Seeing no red at all, see no rain

Red rain is coming down
Red rain
Red rain is pouring down
Pouring down all over me

Red rain-
Putting the pressure on much harder now
To return again and again
Just let the red rain splash you
Let the rain fall on your skin
I come to you defenses down
With the trust of a child

Red rain is coming down
Red rain
Red rain is pouring down
Pouring down all over me
And I cant watch any more
No more denial
It's so hard to lay down in all of this
Red rain is coming down
Red rain is pouring down
Red rain is coming down all over me
I see it
Red rain is coming down
Red rain is pouring down
Red rain is coming down all over me
I'm bathing in it
Red rain coming down
Red rain is coming down
Red rain is coming down all over me
I'm begging you
Red rain coming down
Red rain coming down
Red rain coming down
Red rain coming down
Over me in the red red sea
Over me
Over me
Red rain

"Red Rain" midi courtesy of - 07/11/09

"Red Rain" lyrics courtesy of - 07/11/09

Image of "Red Rain" courtesy of - 07/11/09

Animated Red Rain Divider Line clip art courtesy of - 07/11/09

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

Collinsville High School (IL) Logo courtesy of - 09/22/07

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

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

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!

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