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06/21/14 - NNHS Newsletter
Send in the Clowns

No matter what your heartache may be,
laughing helps you forget it for a few seconds.”

- Red Skelton
(18 July 1913 - 17 Sep 1997)

Dear Friends and Schoolmates,

   Just a reminder that summer officially began today.

BONUS #1 - Send in the Clowns - Judy Collins, 1975

BONUS #2 - Send in the Clowns - Judy Collins, Live with Arthur Fiedler and the Boston Pops Orchestra, 1976


"Send in the Clowns" is a song written by Stephen Sondheim for the 1973 musical A Little Night Music, an adaptation of Ingmar Bergman's film Smiles of a Summer Night. It is a ballad from Act II in which the character Desirée reflects on the ironies and disappointments of her life. Among other things, she looks back on an affair years earlier with the lawyer Fredrik. Meeting him after so long, she finds that he is now in an unconsummated marriage with a much younger woman. Desirée proposes marriage to rescue him from this situation, but he declines, citing his dedication to his bride. Reacting to his rejection, Desirée sings this song. The song is later reprised as a coda after Fredrik's young wife runs away with his son, and Fredrik is finally free to accept Desirée's offer.

Sondheim wrote the song specifically for the actress Glynis Johns, who created the role of Desirée on Broadway. The song is structured with four verses and a bridge, and uses a complex compound meter. It became Sondheim's most popular song after Frank Sinatra recorded it in 1973 and Judy Collins' version charted in 1975 and 1977. Subsequently, Sarah Vaughan, Judi Dench, Grace Jones, Barbra Streisand, Shirley Bassey, Zarah Leander, Tiger Lillies, Ray Conniff, Glenn Close, Cher and many other artists recorded the song and it became a jazz standard.

The "clowns" in the title do not refer to circus clowns. Instead, they symbolize fools, as Sondheim explained in a 1990 interview:

I get a lot of letters over the years asking what the title means and what the song's about; I never thought it would be in any way esoteric. I wanted to use theatrical imagery in the song, because she's an actress, but it's not supposed to be a circus [...] [I]t's a theater reference meaning "if the show isn't going well, let's send in the clowns"; in other words, "let's do the jokes." I always want to know, when I'm writing a song, what the end is going to be, so "Send in the Clowns" didn't settle in until I got the notion, "Don't bother, they're here", which means that "We are the fools."[1]

In a 2008 interview, Sondheim further clarified:

As I think of it now, the song could have been called "Send in the Fools". I knew I was writing a song in which Desirée is saying, "aren't we foolish" or "aren't we fools?" Well, a synonym for fools is clowns, but "Send in the Fools" doesn't have the same ring to it...[2]


   Happy Birthday today to Ralph Goldstein ('57) AND    Kelly Loose Bustamante ('58) of VA AND    Terry Haney ('66) of VA!

   Happy Birthday tomorrow to     Jim Cobb ('66) of VA!

   Happy Birthday this week to:

23 -   Bobby Ball ('63) AND Faye Pearce Nalls ('63);

24 -     My Cousin, Jean Atkinson Mallory (Warsaw HS / Rappahannock HS / John Marshall HS - '65) of VA;

25 - David Lundquist ('57) AND     Glenn Dye ('60) of TX AND      Jean Poole Burton ('64) of RI;

26 -  Fred Eubank ('64) of TX;

27 - 
  Gene Duncan ('60) of VA AND Eddie Mirmelstein ('62) AND Richard Honeycutt ('63) AND   Jimmy Dick ('65) of FL AND     My #1 Daughter-in-Law, Mary Bennett Harty (Litchfield HS, IL - '89) of IL;

28 -  Andrew Puckett ('57) AND        Henry Hoyle ('65) of Northern VA!

   Many Happy Returns, One and All!


June 21, 1942 - Tobruk fell to Italian and German forces.

June 21, 1942 - A Japanese submarine surfaced near the Columbia River in Oregon, firing 17 shells at nearby attacks by the Japanese against the United States mainland.

June 21, 1945 - The Battle of Okinawa officially ended after 81 days.


Sunday, June 21, 1964 - Three civil rights workers, Andrew Goodman, James Chaney and Mickey Schwerner, were murdered in Neshoba County, Mississippi, United States, by members of the Ku Klux Klan.

Sunday, June 21, 1964 - Actress Sammi Davis was born Samantha Davis in Kidderminster, Worcestershire, England.

Sunday, June 21, 1964 - Actor and director David Morrissey was born David Mark Morrissey in Kensington, Liverpool, Lancashire, England.

Sunday, June 21, 1964 - Director and choreographer Dimitris Papaioannou (Δημήτρης Παπαϊωάννου) was born in Athens, Greece.

Sunday, June 21, 1964 - Footballer and manager Dean Saunders was born Dean Nicholas Saunders in Swansea, Wales.

Sunday, June 21, 1964 - Actor Doug Savant was born in Burbank, California.

     From Fred Field (June '45) of CA - 06/18/14 - "More for     Paul Gresham (February 1946) Obit":

Hello Carol,        6-20-14
Below is some additional information for the Paul Gresham Obit (newsletter for 5-9-14).
Feel free to edit.
Fred W. Field NNHS Class of June 1945

I first met Paul Gresham in the fall of 1938.  After completing my four years at Woodrow Wilson primary, I had entered the 5-low level at Walter Reed intermediate.  The 5th grade was made up of three classes with students coming from Bankhead Magruder, Woodrow Wilson, Thomas Jefferson and George Washington primary schools.  My own class consisted of those from Woodrow Wilson plus a sprinkling from Washington and Jefferson. 

Although Paul was in one of the other classes, I got to know him early for two reasons: First, he had such a dynamic personality that everyone in proximity quickly became aware of him.  Second, he was the grandson of Mom and Pop Gresham, owners of the extremely popular confectionary located just across 25th Street from the school.  Paul often spent his lunch hour helping his grandparents with the crowd.

We both entered NNHS in Sept. 1941. Paul and I tracked along at the same grade levels all the way through high school until just before our scheduled graduation for June 1945.  At that point he chose to stay over for the Fall semester to play one more season of football.  His graduation was with the class of Feb. 1946.

He is prominent in his class Anchor having been a husky 195 lb. tackle Letterman for seasons 1943, 44 and 45. 

       He shows up on the Class Senior Census: 

        Sure to say - “Repeat that.” 

        Admired for - “Athletic ability.”

        Always - “Reading a newspaper.”


My last meeting with Paul was in late 1947.  I had just finished my Navy enlistment.  Paul was waiting for a bus at the corner of 25th and Wickham.  He was wearing the very distinctive uniform of an Army 82nd Airborne Division paratrooper.


On Dec. 19, 2001, my first cousin, George C. Wiatt (1915-1921) died and I learned from the obituary that Paul Gresham was one of the pallbearers.  That news quickly put me in touch with Paul.  We exchanged several letters in the next two years. 


Later I learned from another cousin,       Jeanie Lankes (Hampton HS - ’72 - of VA), that she had lived very close to Paul on Chesapeake Avenue.  Following are some of her recollections.


Fred W. Field,  NNHS Class of June, 1945



Hello Fred,


During my school years, we were neighbors with the Greshams. We were on Chesapeake Avenue, and they were on Braddock Road, overlooking Robinson Park. I knew his children, and still stay in touch with his daughter Robin.

Mr. and Mrs. Gresham moved to a house in Chesapeake Avenue in later years, about three houses down from ours.

Paul was in a serious bridge group with my father,  John “Bud” Lankes (Morrison High School Class of 1933) (06 Apr 1917 - 30 Jan 2010), and my uncle, George Wiatt. They played weekly. Dad thought the world of Paul and even though I didn’t know him all that well, he seemed like a sterling person.


Jeanie Lankes, HHS Class of 1972.

   OHH! Thank you so much, Fred - and Jeanie! I've made all these valuable additions to Mr. Gresham's Memorial Newsletter. You both have my sincerest sympathies on the loss of your friend.  

  From Jean Beach Nelms ('60) of SC - 06/18/14 - "newsletters":

I am not receiving your NNHS emails. Do not know if the problem is on my end or for some other reason. Let me know if you are aware of any problems with my emails and what I need to do. Thank you.
   Thanks, Jean! No, it's not your fault - nor is it mine! The latest news is available on the 2014 NNHS Newsletters link, but beginning April 1, some silly anti-spam measures suddenly and without warning left me unable to initiate any emails.

"Message rejected due to DMARC."

"In April 2014, Yahoo changed its DMARC policy to p=reject, thereby causing misbehavior (DUH!) in several mailing lists.[6] DMARC is not yet a standard protocol, and currently is missing a provision for such sudden changes. This change has caused significant debate in the IETF mailing list about whether DMARC is ready for deployment, about whether it is good for the Internet at all, and about whether its making process was correct, starting with message"

   On very rare occasions I am able to reply to those I receive.  I'm debating about two or three possible solutions to the problem, but haven't had the heart to try any of them yet.  I was really hoping "they" would repent of their evil ways and allow people the opportunity to delete their own inboxes of material they didn't wish to receive, but so far they have not.

   So stay tuned, spread the word, and look here to see what you've been missing for the last three months:

BONUS CLOWN KNIT AND CROCHET PATTERNS: - Grandmother's Clown Patterns - ten!

BONUS CLOWN RECIPES: - Clown Cupcakes - "Throwing a children's party can be a real circus if you serve the colorful clown cupcakes our Test Kitchen created." - Birthday Clown Cake - "I baked this cake for every one of our two sons' birthdays until they became teens. Kids and adults alike love it!" - SOOO CUTE! - Birthday Clown Cake - "It was a great idea for my baby girl's first birthday; I changed the decor quite a bit, everybody loved it :)"

        From My Husband, Paul Harty (Bardolph HS, IL - '61) of NC - 05/24/14 - "INTERESTING FACTS (#20 in a Series of 27)":
  INTERESTING FACTS  ~  ~  really amazing... ~ ~ ~

   WOWZERS-YOWZERS! Thanks, Dools!



   Butch Ragland's ('63 - of CO) eBay store:

  1) NNHS Typhoon logo caps for only $12.95! (Soon, the price will rise to the regular retail price of $14.95.)
2) NNHS Typhoon logo tote bags for only $3.89!
3) NNHS Typhoon logo visors for only $6.00!

   DON'T FORGET: 10% of every purchase of NNHS logo products purchased from Butch will be donated to the Wounded Warrior Project!

   In addition to the discounted prices for NNHS Logo Products, anyone purchasing additional products from any of his websites may contact Butch at: or with information pertaining to your purchases and he will send you a 20% refund of your total purchase price via Paypal to your payment account. You may contact him at anytime for additional information on these items and/or discounts offered.

   Thanks so much, Butch!

    See them here - - and snag yours today!


 Only $12.95!
Only $3.89! Only $6.00!


From - 06/20/14:

There were three Indian squaws.

One slept on a deerskin, one slept on an elk skin and the third slept on a hippopotamus skin.

All three became pregnant and the first two each had a baby boy.

The one who slept on the hippopotamus skin had twin boys.

This goes to prove that the squaw of the hippopotamus is equal to the sons of the squaws of the other two hides.

1. Wednesday, July 16, 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.

2. Friday and Saturday, July 25 and 26, 2014 - The NNHS Class of 1954 will hold a 60-YEAR REUNION in Newport News. Further info from Dr. Harry Simpson at 804 694 0346 or, or Mickey Marcella at 757 249 3800 or, or Betty H. Neher at 757 898 5099 or

3. Friday and Saturday, October 17 and 18, 2014 - The NNHS Class of 1964 will hold a 50-YEAR REUNION at the Newport News Marriott at City Center, 740 Town Center Drive. See: and contact David Spriggs at 757-409-2799 or

PRAYER ROLL: - updated 05/27/14

BLOG: - updated 03/13/11

 Y'all take 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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Send in the Clowns

Written by Stephen Sondheim (b. 22 Mar 1930) for the 1973 musical A Little Night Music, an adaptation of Ingmar Bergman's film Smiles of a Summer Night

Recorded by Judy Collins (b. 01 May 1939), 1975

Isn't it rich, are we a pair?
Me here at last on the ground,
You in mid-air.
Send in the clowns.

Isn't it bliss, don't you approve?
One who keeps tearing around
One who can't move
Where are the clowns?
Send in the clowns.

Just when I'd stopped opening doors,
Finally knowing the one that I wanted was yours.
Making my entrance again with my usual flair,
Sure of my lines;
No one is there.

Don't you love farce?
My fault I fear,
I thought that you'd want what I want,
Sorry my dear
But where are the clowns
Send in the clowns
Don't bother, they're here.

Isn't it rich, isn't it queer
Losing my timing this late in my career
But where are the clowns
there ought to be clowns
Well, maybe next year.

"Send in the Clowns" midi and lyrics courtesy of at the suggestion of Dave Spriggs ('64) of VA- 06/18/06

 Of course we all remember Judy Collins' rendition of "Send In The Clowns."
It is her voice that you hear in your head when the song title is mentioned.

However, the song was part of "A Little Night Music", music and lyrics by Stephen Sondheim. 

Thanks, David!

Image of William Persona's Clown Painting courtesy of - 06/18/06

Image of Red Skelton's Clown Painting courtesy of - 06/18/06

Squiggle Bar Divider Line lip art courtesy of - 04/26/05

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

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!

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!

Litchfield High School's Purple Panther Paw Print courtesy of - 06/23/07

Animated Army Flag clip art courtesy of - 06/18/03

Hampton High School's Crab clip art courtesy of - 10/02/05
Replaced courtesy of - 02/17/09

Animated Tantrum Smiley clip art courtesy of - 03/05/09

Marine Corps Seal clip art courtesy of the late Herbert Hice of MI - one of my Famous Marines who served in the South Pacific during WWII.
Thanks again, Herbie!!

Animated Yehaa Typhoon clip art courtesy of Al Farber ('64) of GA - 08/18/05
Thanks, Al!

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