- NNHS Newsletter -
White Christmas (in July)
“Unless we make Christmas an occasion to share our blessings,
Dear Friends and Schoolmates,
We've celebrated Christmas in July here just two years ago, but I think with this abominable heat it's time to do it again!
BONUS #1 - http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dXcNfA4qebQ - White Christmas - Bing Crosby, Clip from Holiday Inn, 1942
BONUS #2 - http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tRYPWlyU_Zk - White Christmas - Bing Crosby, First Clip from White Christmas, 1954
BONUS #3 - http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7A03tpV-70k - White Christmas - Bing Crosby, Second Clip from White Christmas, 1954
|"White Christmas" is an
Irving Berlin song reminiscing about an
old-fashioned Christmas setting. According to the
Guinness Book of World Records, the version sung by
Bing Crosby is the
single of all time, with estimated sales in excess of 50 million
Accounts vary as to when and where Berlin wrote the song. One story is that he wrote it in 1940, poolside at the Biltmore hotel in Phoenix, Arizona. He often stayed up all night writing — he told his secretary, "Grab your pen and take down this song. I just wrote the best song I've ever written — heck, I just wrote the best song that anybody's ever written!"
The first public performance of the song was by Bing Crosby, on his NBC radio show The Kraft Music Hall on Christmas Day, 1941; the recording is not believed to have survived. He subsequently recorded the song with the John Scott Trotter Orchestra and the Ken Darby Singers for Decca Records in just 18 minutes on May 29, 1942, and it was released on July 30 as part of an album of six 78-rpm songs from the film Holiday Inn. At first, Crosby did not see anything special about the song. He just said "I don't think we have any problems with that one, Irving."
The song initially performed poorly and was overshadowed by the film's first hit song: "Be Careful, It's my Heart". By the end of October 1942, however, "White Christmas" topped the "Your Hit Parade" chart. It remained in that position until well into the new year. (It has often been noted that the mix of melancholy — "just like the ones I used to know" — with comforting images of home — "where the treetops glisten" — resonated especially strongly with listeners during World War II. The Armed Forces Network was flooded with requests for the song.)
In 1942 alone, Crosby's recording spent eleven weeks on top of the Billboard charts. The original version also hit number one on the Harlem Hit Parade for three weeks, Crosby's first-ever appearance on the black-oriented chart. Re-released by Decca, the single returned to the #1 spot during the holiday seasons of 1945 and 1946 (on the chart dated January 4, 1947), thus becoming the only single with three separate runs at the top of the U.S. charts. The recording became a chart perennial, reappearing annually on the pop chart twenty separate times before Billboard magazine created a distinct Christmas chart for seasonal releases.
Following its prominence in the musical Holiday Inn, the composition won the Academy Award for Best Original Song in 1942. In the film, Bing Crosby sings "White Christmas" as a duet with actress Marjorie Reynolds, though her voice was dubbed by Martha Mears. This now-familiar scene was not the moviemakers' initial plan; in the script as originally conceived, Reynolds, not Crosby, was to sing the song.
The version of "White Christmas" most often heard today is not the original 1942 Crosby recording, as the master had become damaged due to frequent use. Crosby re-recorded the track on March 18, 1947, accompanied again by the Trotter Orchestra and the Darby Singers, with every effort made to reproduce the original recording session. There are subtle differences in the orchestration, most notably the addition of a celesta and flutes to brighten up the introduction.
Crosby was dismissive of his role in the song's success, saying later that "a jackdaw with a cleft palate could have sung it successfully." But Crosby was associated with it for the rest of his career. Another Crosby vehicle — the 1954 musical White Christmas — was the highest-grossing film of 1954...
CROSS STITCH BONUSES:
From Dee Hodges Bartram ('66) of VA - 07/26/11 - "The August 19 - 20 Open Reunion Sponsored by the Class of 1966":
Please put the following note in your next newsletter:
The Class of 1966 45-year Reunion has moved the Saturday night function FROM the Warwick Yacht Club TO Point Plaza Hotel, 950 J. Clyde Morris Boulevard, Newport News. The start time has changed FROM 7:00 p.m. TO 7:30 p.m. in the Chesapeake Room. Dress is casual, Bermudas allowed. The reason for the move is that we outgrew the Yacht Club!! Also, this means that we can now accept more people.
Friday night will still be at RJ’s Restaurant on Jefferson Avenue.
Thank you so much, Carol!
Dee Hodges Bartram
Certainly, Dee - what great news! Wish I could join you.....
THIS WEEK'S BIRTHDAYS:
Happy Birthday today to Harry Horace (Crystal River HS, FL - '65) of FL AND My Granddaughter (by My Children of Other Parents), Katelyn Mansfield of NC!
Happy Birthday this week to:
Don Chaney ('66) of MD AND
Adrienne Harty (Hillsboro HS,
American School, IL) of NC
31 - Helen Flax Kierstead ('58) of Ontario AND Anne Sawyer Turpin ('65) of VA;
01 - My Husband, Paul Harty (Bardolph HS, IL - '61) of NC AND Betty Burton Gary ('65) of VA;
02 - Roy Parrish ('61) of CA AND Eddie Beasley ('64) in Ethiopia (or somewhere equally exciting) AND Sandra Tilles Snyder ('65) (deceased 03/11/99)!
Many Happy Returns, One and All!
TODAY IN THE WAR BETWEEN THE STATES:
From http://www.civilwarinteractive.com/This%20Day/thisday0727.htm - INCLUDING:
From Wayne Stokes ('65) of VA - 07/07/11 - "Gerber Baby Photo Contest - April Ann Stokes" AND From Cheryl Mays Howard ('66) of VA - 07/09/11 - "Gerber Baby Photo Contest - Greyson":
Here's the deal, Chickadees: we'll carry both
babies' links here through the end of the month:
From Joe Drewry ('58) of VA - 07/26/11 - "Good news - Eileen Rash NNHS 1957":
I think we all were enthralled with the true life fairy tale of Eileen Rash and Lowell Vaught during our high school days. The story continues.
Eileen Rash graduated with the NNHS Class of 1957.
http://www.fluvannareview.com/index.php?option=com_content&view=article&id=2350:an-unlikely-pair-celebrate-53-years-of-marriage&catid=34:headlines&Itemid=152 - An Unlikely Pair Celebrates 53 Years of Marriage
WOWZERONI! How sweet is that?!? Thanks so much, Joe!
I myself was privileged to take private flute lessons from Eileen in her home back in the fall of 1960 when I was in the eighth grade. I still remember the many things she taught me - and how she always pushed me to exceed that which I thought I could do!
From Brownie Shaffer Haracivet ('62) of VA - 07/26/11:
...Will I see you this year at Evelyn's in Buckroe?
Thanks a bunch for all you do for us.
Thank you, Pretty Lady!
At the moment I think
it's extremely doubtful due to the timing that I'll be able to make
Evelyn's Big Buckroe Birthday Party on September 17, but I've been
I was asked to sing a solo ("Christ the Lord Is Risen Today" - I suppose that meant it was Easter in July!) in Sunday School class Sunday (which in itself was pretty strange as my solo days are long behind me, but I digress...), so for the occasion I wore my beautiful blue neck tiara you made me several years back! Thanks again, Brownie!
From the Head Flagtwirler of 1965, Janice McCain Rose of Northern VA - 07/26/11 - "Stores with Senior Discounts":
|I didn't know about a lot of
Good to know
Looking for a printable version of our list of discounts for seniors? We've got you covered! Click this link to view, then just hit "Print" in your browser:
108 Stores with Senior Discounts (PDF, 141 KB)
No, I didn't! Thanks so much for this useful information, Janice!
From Jay Styles ('68) of VA - 07/26/11 - "Minorities":
(PLEASE READ ALL OF THE WAY TO THE BOTTOM) !
One of Maxine's Very Best!!!!!
We need to show more sympathy for these people.
* They travel miles in the heat.
* They risk their lives crossing a border.
* They don't get paid enough wages.
* They do jobs that others won't do or are afraid to do.
* They live in crowded conditions among a people who speak a different language.
* They rarely see their families, and they face adversity all day ~ every day.
I'm talking about our troops!
Doesn't it seem strange that so many are willing to lavish all kinds of social benefits on illegals, but don't support our troops?
Wouldn't it be great if we took the $360,000,000,000 (that's billion) we spend on illegals every year, and spend it on our troops!!!
AMEN! Thanks so much, Jay Sweetie!
From Cookie Phillips Tyndall ('64) of VA - 07/26/11 - "Never Lie To A Woman":
Never Lie to a Woman....
From www.ajokeaday.com - 07/26/11:
were two guys working for the city. One would dig a hole -- he would
dig, dig, dig.
The other would come behind him and fill the hole -- fill, fill, fill. These two men worked furiously; one digging a hole, the other filling it up again.
A man was watching from the sidewalk and couldn't believe how hard these men were working, but couldn't understand what they were doing. Finally he had to ask them.
He said to the hole digger, "I appreciate how hard you work, but what are you doing? You dig a hole and your partner comes behind you and fills it up again!"
The hole digger replied, "Oh yeah, must look funny, but the guy who plants the trees is sick today."
DATES TO REMEMBER:
Thursday, August 4, 2011 - 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, August 10, 2011 - 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, August 19 and 20, 2011 - The Class of 1966 will hold its 45-Year Reunion at RJ's Restaurant and Pub AND the Point Plaza Hotel, 950 J. Clyde Morris Boulevard, Newport News. DETAILS: http://www.nnhs65.com/reunion-class-of-1966/45th-Reunion-Letter-2011.doc; CONTACT: Dee Hodges Bartram at firstname.lastname@example.org - OPEN REUNION!
4. Friday, Saturday, and Sunday, August 26, 27, and 28, 2011 - The Class of 1961 will hold its 50-Year Reunion. - For details, see: www.nnhs1961.org and contact Gary Fitzgerald at Fitz43@cox.net or 757-879-2847 - CLASS OF 1961
5. Saturday, August 27, 2011, NOON - Mike O'Neil's Irish Pub, Warwick Shopping Center - Reunion Luncheon for the 97th Rifle Company, USMC
6. Saturday, September 17, 2011 - Evelyn's Birthday Party for Everyone - Canepa Cottage, Buckroe Beach - 2:00 PM. For details, contact Evelyn Fryer Fish ('58) of TX at email@example.com - OPEN TO EVERYBODY!
http://www.nnhs65.com/requests-prayers.html - updated 05/05/11
http://nnhs.wordpress.com/ - updated 03/13/11
NNHS CLASS OF '65 WEB SITE:
PERSONAL WEB SITE: http://www.angelfire.com/weird2/cluckmeat
Carol Buckley Harty
7020 Lure Court
Fayetteville, NC 28311-9309
2.Go to www.PayPal.com, log in, select "Send Money (Services) to firstname.lastname@example.org; or
Just mail it directly to my home.
Words and Music by
Irving Berlin (11 May
1888 – 22 Sept 1989), 1940
The sun is shining
The grass is green
The orange and palm trees sway.
I've never seen such a day
In Beverly Hills, LA.
But it's December the 24th
And I am longing to be up North.
I'm dreaming of a white Christmas
Just like the ones I used to know.
Where the treetops glisten,
And children listen
To hear sleigh bells in the snow.
I'm dreaming of a white Christmas
With every Christmas card I write.
May your days be merry and bright.
And may all your Christmases be white.
"White Christmas" midi courtesy of http://www.eadcentral.com/go/1/1/0/http://archive.cs.uu.nl/pub/MIDI/SONGS/CHRISTMAS/ - 07/27/09
"White Christmas" lyrics courtesy of http://www.lyrics007.com/Bing%20Crosby%20Lyrics/White%20Christmas%20Lyrics.html - 07/27/09
Image of White Christmas CD cover courtesy of http://www.musicforgifts.com/Christmas/white%20christmas.htm - 07/27/09
Snowflake Divider Line clip art courtesy of http://www.iconbazaar.com/holidays/christmas/banners/index.html - 12/27/07
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
American School Logo courtesy of http://www.americanschoolofcorr.com/grads.asp - 09/05/06
Navy Seal clip art courtesy of http://www.onemileup.com/miniSeals.asp - 05/29/06
Seal clip art courtesy of Al Farber ('64) of GA - 05/24/06 (still missing...)
Replaced by Norm Covert ('61) of MD - 02/09/09
Animated Laughing Elephant courtesy of Frank Blechman ('65) of Northern VA -
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