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08/31/18 - 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, 1979 - Sesame Street

BONUS #3 - Up on the Roof - Neil Diamond

BONUS #4 - 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 (Pitkin HS, LA - '15) of UT!

   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 AND My First Granddaughter-in-Law, Micaela Gunn Harty (O'Fallon Township HS, IL - '13), of IL;

07 - The late Kathy Pilgrim Clark ('63) (d. 03/08/06);

08 - Carroll Elliott ('57) AND  Gary Fitzgerald ('61) of VA AND   the late Patti Johnson Stowe ('62) (d. 11/06/15) AND  Bobby Fox ('63) of IA AND the late Cheryl Pless Ramsey ('64) (d. 04/26/14)!

    Many Happy Returns, One and All!

August 31, 1218 - Al-Kamil became sultan of the Ayyubid dynasty.

August 31, 1918 - World War I: Start of the Battle of Mont Saint-Quentin, a successful assault by the Australian Corps during the Hundred Days Offensive.

August 31, 1935 - In an attempt to stay out of the growing turmoil in Europe, the United States passed the first of its Neutrality Acts.

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 defeated 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.


Friday, August 31, 1968 - Politician Valdon Dowiyogo was born Valdon Kape Dowiyogo in the Republic of Nauru. He died on 08 Dec 2016 in Russia at the age of 48.

Friday, August 31, 1968 - Baseball player Hideo Nomo (野茂 英雄) was born in Minato-ku, Osaka, Japan.

Friday, August 31, 1968 - Tennis player Jolene Watanabe was born in the USA.

Friday, August 31, 1968 - Motorcycle racer John Hartle (b. 22 Dec 1933 in Chapel-en-le-Frith, Derbyshire, England) was killed after crashing at the Oliver's Mount circuit in Scarborough, England. He was 34.

From My Friend, Susan, of NC - 08/30/16:

“All of us will be tested. And all of us need true friends to love us, to listen to us, to show us the way, and to testify of truth to us.”

- Henry B. Eyring
(b. 31 May 1933)

    Thanks so much, Susan!

From Joan Lauterbach Krause ('60) of VA - 08/31/17:

  Thank you, Joan!

   From Adrian Whitcomb ('67) of VA - 08/29/18 - "City Farm Archaeological Dig Tours":

Thanks to all those who came to the meetings and the rally in August to show to the City Council that even in the month of August we could turn out a large group of citizens in support of keeping the City Farm as a park! Please check our website and especially our calendar page
for future meetings and events. The City Council's vote to designate the City Farm as park land and not "under study" on the Future land Use Map was a significant turning point, but our work is not over. Please keep in touch.

Adrian Whitcomb
President, Citizens for Riverview Farm Park

The following information from the City of Newport News is what we have been waiting for, to get on the City Farm and observe the archaeological dig. Please sign up for one of the tour dates.
Public Tours of Archaeological Dig Site Available

The Historical Services Division of the Department of Parks, Recreation and Tourism has been hard at work uncovering artifacts at the Warwicktowne site. For the next three weeks, this area, which was formerly the City Farm property, will be continuing intense fieldwork that has already resulted in exciting archaeological discoveries, and the team on site wants to shares those discoveries with citizens while the work is still underway.

In that vein, the division is offering free tours of the dig on the dates and times below. Pre-registration is necessary and space is limited. These tours are weather permitting, and visitors will get a historic overview of the property, introduction to the various work areas and a few lessons on the archaeology methodologies that are being used. Visitors will have a chance to see and learn about the artifacts that have already been found and the possible historical implications. Progress on the archaeological study is updated regularly on both the
website and Facebook page.

Those interested participating in a tour should contact Claire Murphy, Historic Sites Project Supervisor, at 757-247-8523 or

Tour dates and times:

Wednesday, September 5, 2 p.m.
Friday, September 7, 10 a.m.
Saturday, September 8, 9 a.m.
Monday, September 10, 10 a.m.
Wednesday, September 12, 2 p.m.
Friday, September 14, 10 a.m.
Saturday, September 15, 9 a.m.

   Thank you for your diligence, Adrian!

“Outrageous behavior, also known as the lunatic fringe, is the seed bed of innovation and creativity.

- Joel Salatin


Amanda's Crocheted Roofs

Crocheted Victorian Dollhouse

Kayla's Under a Tin Roof Knitting Patterns


Tin Roof Sundae Pie


From - 08/30/18:

A local veterinarian was known for his wry humor. He surpassed himself one summer day when a woman, who was visiting in town, brought a dog to him after an encounter with a porcupine.

After almost an hour of prying, pulling, cutting and stitching, he returned the dog to its owner, who asked what she owed.

"$150 dollars, ma'am," he answered.

"Now that's simply outrageous!" she stormed. "That's what's wrong with you people, you're always trying to overcharge summer visitors. What do you do in the winter, when there is no one here to overcharge?"

"Raise porcupines, ma'am."

1. Every Tuesday, 7:30 AM - Male grads meet at Angelo's Restaurant on J. Clyde Morris Boulevard for breakfast and camaraderie.

2. Wednesday, September 12, 2018 -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. Friday and Saturday, September 28 and 29, 2018 - The NNHS Class of 1968 will hold its 50-Year Reunion as follows:
FRIDAY: 6:30 to 9:30 PM at Cove Tavern, Newport News City Center, 711 Lakefront Commons, Newport News, VA. All food and beverages will be paid by each participant. The attire will be casual, and is OPEN to all NNHS graduates.
SATURDAY: Mulberry Inn on Warwick Boulevard next to Fort Eustis. Visit, and contact

4. Friday, Saturday, and Sunday, October 12, 13, and 14, 2018 - The NNHS Class of 1958 will hold its 60-Year Reunion as follows:
FRIDAY: 7:00 PM - ? - Welcoming Party at Holiday Inn's Burger Theory Indoor/Outdoor Cafe. Snacks will be provided, and there will be a cash bar.
SATURDAY: 10:00 AM - A private coach will take us to the downtown are of NN where we can see our old school and the different businesses we remember. Lunch is open.
SUNDAY MORNING: Farewell Brunch. Contact Gail Gaskins Roberson at

PRAYER ROLL: - updated 07/16/18

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

"Never underestimate
the power of a drop
in the bucket."


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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!

O'Fallon Township High School (IL) Logo courtesy of - 06/01/18

Jeffrey Holman's Image "A Drop in the Bucket" courtesy of - 05/23/16

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