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01/15/14 - NNHS Newsletter -
Gene Krupa's 105th Birthday

“When I speak of natural drummers I'm talking about guys
that are playing with the talent God gave 'em.

- Gene Krupa
(15 Jan 1909 - 16 Oct 1973)

Dear Friends and Schoolmates, 

   In honor of Gene Krupa's birthday, one song comes immediately to my mind - Sing, Sing, Sing. 

BONUS #1 - - Sing, Sing, Sing - Benny Goodman Orchestra - featuring Gene Krupa on drums and Harry James on trumpet - 2 minute film version from Hollywood Hotel, 1937

BONUS #2 - - Sing, Sing, Sing - Benny Goodman Orchestra - full 9 minute version!  WHOO-HOO!!!


" influential American jazz and big band drummer and composer, known for his highly energetic and flamboyant style.[1]

"Many consider Krupa to be one of the most influential drummers of the 20th century, particularly regarding the development of the drum kit. Many jazz historians believe he made history in 1927 as the first kit drummer ever to record using a bass drum pedal. Others, however, believe this was done earlier by Baby Dodds. His drum method was published in 1938 and immediately became the standard text. He is also credited with inventing the rim shot on the snare drum.

"Krupa in the 1930s prominently featured Slingerland drums. At Krupa's urging, Slingerland developed tom-toms with tuneable top and bottom heads, which immediately became important elements of virtually every drummer's set-up. Krupa also developed and popularised many of the cymbal techniques that became standards. His collaboration with Armand Zildjian of the Avedis Zildjian Company developed the hi-hat stand and standardized the names and uses of the ride cymbal, the crash cymbal, the splash cymbal, the pang cymbal and the swish cymbal."


    Happy Birthday today to The late Skippy Weitz ('57) (deceased 22 Nov 2012) AND   Mary Markiewich Hux ('67) of VA!!

    Happy Birthday tomorrow to   Johanne Coates Richardson ('57) AND Howard Smith ('63) of VA  AND Steve Kiger ('66) of VA!

    Happy Birthday this week to:

17 -   Chuck Anspach ('60) of NC;

18 - Eileen Rash Vaught ('57) AND    F.A. Saunders (Hampton HS - '64) of VA;

21 - Carol Collier Sparrow ('63) of VA;

22 -   Bruce Sims ('56) of VA AND Carolyn Clark Wilt ('57) AND Sandra Sherman Filippo ('57) AND    Rochelle Spooner ('63) of NY!

   Many Happy Returns to You All! 


January 15, 1942 - U.S. President Franklin D. Roosevelt gave baseball the approval to play despite World War II. He encouraged night games so that war workers could attend.

January 15, 1943 - The Soviet counter-offensive at Voronezh began.

January 15, 1943 - The world's largest office building, The Pentagon, was dedicated in Arlington, Virginia.

January 15, 1951 - In West Germany, Ilse Koch, the "Witch of Buchenwald", was sentenced to life in prison. She was the wife of SS Colonel Karl Koch, wife of the commandant of the Buchenwald concentration camp.


Wednesday, January 15, 1964 - Composer Osmo Tapio Räihälä was born Osmo Tapio Everton Räihälä in Suomussalmi, Finland.

Wednesday, January 15, 1964 - Singer-songwriter and trombone player Jack Teagarden (b. Weldon Leo Teagarden on 20 Aug 1905 in Vernon, Texas) died in New Orleans, Louisiana at the age of 58.

  From Patti Johnson Stowe ('62) of FL - 01/14/14 - "New email address":

My new email address is  ___________@_____.___.

   GOTCHA! Thanks, Patti!

     From Me ('65) of NC - 01/14/14 - "Without My Cell Phone":

     Wal, actually, I never have been able to figure out how to use the math function on my cell phone...

       From George Helliesen ('61) of MI - 12/20/13 - "One Word Essays (#25 in a Series of 28)": 

  May your troubles be less,
May your blessings be more;
May nothing but happiness come through your door!!

   Thanks so much, George! These are cool!


       From George Helliesen ('61) of MI - 01/04/14 - "Paws for a Smile (#11 in a Series of 17)":

  Paws for a smile.......

You can’t help but smile.

     AWWW! How adorable! Thanks, George!




From - 01/14/14:

Yesterday scientists revealed that beer contains small traces of female hormones.

To prove their theory, the scientists fed 100 men 12 pints of beer and observed that 100% of them gained weight, talked excessively without making sense, became emotional, and couldn’t drive.

No further testing is planned.


1. Thursday, February 6, 2014 - 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, February 12, 2014 - 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 01/13/14

BLOG: - updated 03/13/11

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


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

                          Love to all, Carol





Sing Sing Sing

Words and Music by Louis Prima, 1936
(07 Dec 1910 – 24 Aug 1978)

The Benny Goodman version was arranged by Jimmy Mundy.

Sing, sing, sing, everybody start to sing like dee dee dee, bah bah bah dah
Now you're singin' with a swing
Sing sing sing everybody start to sing like dee dee dee, bah bah bah dah
Now you're singin' like everything.

When the music goes around,
Everybody's gonna go to town.
But here is one thing you should know
Sing it high and sing it low.
Oh, sing sing sing sing everybody start to sing like dee dee dee, bah bah bah dah
Now you're singin' with a real good swing!

"Sing, Sing, Sing" midi courtesy of - 07/02/09

"Sing, Sing, Sing" lyrics courtesy of - 07/02/09

First Image of Gene Krupa courtesy of - 01/15/10

Second Image of Gene Krupa courtesy of - 01/15/10

Laughing Jester Smiley clip art courtesy of Bill Hobbs ('66) of Northern VA - 10/06/09
Thanks, Bill!

Musical Divider Line clip art courtesy of - 05/06/09

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

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