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08/31/19 - 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)!

    Many Happy Returns, One and All!

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.


August 31, 1969 - Skier Nathalie Bouvier was born in Les Rousses, France.

August 31, 1969 - Actor and physician Jonathan LaPagliawas born in Adelaide, South Australia.

August 31, 1969 - Cricketer and referee Javagal Srinath was born in Javagal, Karnataka State, India.

August 31, 1969 - Boxer Rocky Marciano (b. Rocco Francis Marchegiano on 01 Sept 1923 in Brockton, Massachusetts) was killed in the crash of a small private plane, a Cessna 172, heading to Des Moines, Iowa. It was the day before his 46th birthday.

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 Jimmy Dick ('65) of FL - 08/31/19, @ 5:15 AM:


Well, the weatherman offered a bit of a surprise overnight as the storm finally settled on the track to shore and the anticipated turn to the north is also beginning to show in the better models. They've been talking for days about a possible opening in the high pressure ridge to the north, but they didn't know whether it would be before or after landfall. Now it appears the crack will show before landfall and possibly, and I must emphasize the word possibly, allow for a northerly turn early. If that happens and some of the more prominent models indicate it should, the worst of the storm could remain just offshore, meaning the eyewall would remain over the water, making storm surge much less damaging. Under this scenario, as the storm drew parallel to our part of interior North Florida, winds on the ocean would be over 120 but here they would remain in the upper tropical storm range which we can certainly handle. That would also mean much less rain than the 12-15 inches previously projected which would create some serious flooding. Right now, Dorian is heading NNW at about 9 mph with winds up to 145 in gusts and still growing as it hones in on the Northern Bahamas. There is, however, one thing I know for sure. You can't consider yourself clear until the storm moves north of your latitude, for prior to that the fickle nature of storms still can ruin your day.

What next? Well, it could come inland or stay out to sea, but will it be close or far out if it stays over the water? I would bet on following the Gulf Stream and guiding currents will weaken so, Georgia, South Carolina and even North Carolina still need to keep a wary eye out. I'll be back on the storm again with the 5 pm report. In the meantime, I'll pray for the best but expect the worst for now.

   YOWZERONI! Thank you, Jimmy!


From Mickey Spivey ('65) of FL - 08/29/19, 4:58 PM:

  Well, we got a hurricane bearing down on us in central east coast of Florida so we might as well eat cookies!

   Thanks, Mickey!


 From John Murden ('60) of VA - 08/27/19, 1:57 PM:

  BRILLIANT! Thank you, John!

From Margaret Kailos Lee ('67) of NC - 08/29/19, 9:20 AM:

  Thanks, Margaret!

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

- Joel Salatin


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 11, 2019 -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.

3. Friday, October 11, 2019 - Saturday, October 12, 2019 - The NNHS Class of 1964 will hold their 55-Year Reunion at the Holiday Inn Newport News - City Center (formerly the Omni). SEE:; CONTACT: David Spriggs at

PRAYER ROLL: - updated 07/16/19

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

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!

Big Grin Smiley courtesy of Domi O'Brien ('64) of NH - 07/05/09
Thanks, Domi!

Animated Nutsy Smiley courtesy of - 05/04/09

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

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