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09/01/13 - NNHS Newsletter - September Song

“Departing summer hath assumed
An aspect tenderly illumed,
The gentlest look of spring;
That calls from yonder leafy shade
Unfaded, yet prepared to fade,
A timely carolling.”

William Wordsworth, September
(07 April 1770 - 23 April 1850)

Dear Friends and Schoolmates,   

   This Newsletter theme frequently repeats about this time each year because I do so love this 1938 classic!

BONUS #1 - - September Song - Jimmy Durante, 1955

BONUS #2 - - September Song - Lotte Lenya - Austrian singer, actress, and wife of this song's German composer, Kurt Weill; also widely remembered for her performance as Rosa Klebb in From Russia with Love.

BONUS #3 - - September Song - Jackie Gleason's Orchestra

BONUS #4 - - September Song - Frank Sinatra (who else??), actually prior to 1965


"September Song" is an American pop standard composed by Kurt Weill, with lyrics by Maxwell Anderson. It was introduced by Walter Huston in the 1938 Broadway musical Knickerbocker Holiday, which enjoyed only moderate success and closed after six months. The song has since been recorded by numerous singers and instrumentalists. It was used in the 1950 film September Affair, and the popularity of the film caused Huston's recording to hit the top of the 1950 hit parade.[1] It was used as the music for the credits in the television series May to December (a quote from the opening line of the song).

It originated from Walter Huston's request that he should have one solo song in Knickerbocker Holiday, if he was going to play the role of the aged dictator Peter Stuyvesant. Anderson and Weill wrote the song specifically for Huston's gruff voice and limited vocal range, in a couple of hours.[2] The musical closed in April 1939 after six months, but the song quickly became established as a modern standard.....


   Happy Birthday today to Ellen Overton Weiss ('68) of VA!

   Happy Birthday tomorrow to Frances Adams Smith ('57) AND    Dustin Baker (Norview HS - '65) of MA!

   Happy Birthday this week to:

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 MD;

06 -    Sarah Puckett Kressaty ('65) of VA;

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

08 - Carroll Elliott ('57) AND   Gary Fitzgerald ('61) of VA AND   Patti Johnson Stowe ('62) of FL AND   Cheryl Pless Ramsey ('64) of VA!

   Many Happy Returns, One and All!


September 01, 1939 - Nazi Germany invaded Poland, beginning the war in Europe.

September 01, 1939 - George C. Marshall became Chief of Staff of the United States Army.

September 01, 1939 - The Wound Badge for Wehrmacht, SS, Kriegsmarine, and Luftwaffe soldiers was instituted. The final version of the Iron Cross was also instituted on this date.

September 01, 1939 - Switzerland mobilized its forces and the Swiss Parliament elected Henri Guisan to head the Swiss Army (an event that can happen only during war or mobilization).

September 01, 1939 - Adolf Hitler signed an order to begin the systematic euthanasia of mentally ill and disabled people.

September 01, 1942 - A federal judge in Sacramento, CA, upheld the wartime detention of Japanese-Americans as well as Japanese nationals.

September 01, 1945 - The U.S. received official word of Japan's formal surrender that ended World War II. In Japan, it was actually September 2nd.


Sunday, September 01, 1963 - Footballer Stephen Kernahan was born Stephen Scott Kernahan in Adelaide, South Australia.

Sunday, September 01, 1963 - Singer Carola Smit (BZN) was born Carola Sier-Smit in Volendam, .



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June 1938 Beacon, p. 56

      From Joe Madagan ('57) of FL - 08/31/13 - "Linda Ronstadt no longer able to sing.":

Hi, Carol:

May I request a theme for one of your Newsletters feature a song by Linda Ronstadt. It is so sad that this beautiful voice capable of carrying seven octaves is no longer able to sing.

I am playing "What's News" from her album Round Midnight with Nelson Riddle and his orchestra. She dedicated that album to her father who was a musician and she sang his favorite songs on this album. This is a tragedy.

TYPHOON Regards,
Joe Madagan ('57) of FL

   OH, NO! I'm so very sorry to hear this, Joe! We've used Linda's music at least a couple of times in the past:

   We do have an opening coming up this week, so we'll try this one: - Don't Know Much - Linda Ronstadt and Aaron Neville, 1990

   Thank you for letting me know, Adonis! Our prayers will be with Linda and her family.

    From Bill Campbell ('54) of VA - 08/31/13 - "  Pain":

Dear Carol,

I have a couple of comments about the post made by your friend, Katie, concerning the intense pain suffered by women at childbirth -

1) If is so bad, why do they keep doing it? I rest my case. If it is all that bad, stop doing it.

2) I heard a woman say that she had suffered both and that the pain in passing a kidney stone was much worse than the pain in childbirth. And, she may have something. I have heard many women say, 'I would love to have another baby', but I have never heard one say, 'I would love to pass another kidney stone'. Take care,

Bill C

    AHA!    We have a winner in our Who Is Paying Attention Contest! Thanks, Bill!

   Katie was hundreds of miles away from me when she gave birth to her son who is still just a toddler, and I have no idea how difficult childbirth may have been for her. I couldn't resist posting that image she sent me (if for no other reason than it fit so well our "Don't Worry, Baby" theme that day. I was intrigued by the lumping of all childhood pain in the same category, and was hoping to elicit a response of how that could be possible.

   I myself had such incredibly easy labors, births, and recoveries that I rarely mention them in the presence of other woman for fear they will throttle me. I was a total slug for at least the last five months of each pregnancy, so perhaps that qualifies as my sacrifice (though I doubt it).

   You no doubt recall that I said that childbirth was nowhere near as painful as gallstones, and the pain of kidney stones tripled that. In April of 2012 I passed two kidney stones, passed out with the first, and seriously thought I would not survive the second. That's as much physical pain as I ever want to endure, but how can that be measured?

   When my first son was born nearly 43 years ago, I was scared and uncomfortable (I knew nothing of correct labor breathing techniques), but in the next room, a gal named Ellie was delivering her tiny baby (exactly half the size of mine) by breach birth - and her heart wrenching screams could be heard all through the halls. There is no doubt she was suffering far more pain than I, but how can such things be measured?

   When my second son was born 18 months later, it actually felt good. I asked the attendant to look to see if there might be a twin coming so I could do it again. There was not. SHHH! I never tell anyone this story for fear of my life. 

   You asked why someone would willingly go through such an experience. I've wondered this often as I've considered the plight of hangovers. I cannot conceive that anyone would ever get drunk, knowing what would await them. I was only drunk once in my life, on January 27, 1967. (How did I know two gin fizzes would do such a thing? They tasted like fabulous fruit punch!) The next morning I awoke with THE most horrible headache, and vowed I'd never touch another drop. Less than five weeks later I joined The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints and covenanted never to imbibe alcoholic beverages again, so for me the whole thing became moot.

   We all have choices to make, and those choices all have consequences, and we all do what we can to deal with that in our lives; I try not to judge others for the choices they might make.

   But why do women keep having babies in spite of pain? Did poor Ellie consent to try again after what she had endured? I don't know. I can only answer for myself. I had seven children because I wanted them. I loved AND liked them - when they were babies, when they were toddlers and running me ragged, when they were rambunctious and noisy, and yes, even when they were teenagers. I rejoiced in snow days and summer vacations, because that gave us more play time together. I cried when they went off to school and when they moved out because pieces of my heart moved with them.

   So there you go, Bill; I  hope this answered your question.

   (Aw, c'mon; y'all knew I was weird from the git-go!)

          From My #6 Son, Dale Harty, (Hillsboro HS, IL / American School, IL - '02) of MA - 08/31/13 - "Party Harty #6":

  The long overdue Party Harty #6. Now in technicolor!

  Poor sleepy little Claire! Thank you, Dale!


   From Sarah Puckett Kressaty ('65) of VA - 08/31/13 - "This is amazing":

This is something!!

WOWZERONI! Thanks, Sarah Sugah!

From My Friend, Angela, of NC - 08/30/13 - "Hello, September":

  ... Guess what.. only the rest of today and tomorrow and then.. IT'S SEPTEMBER!!! my favorite month! Not just because its my birth month, but it means we're only 21 days 'til Autumn! my favorite season! Ahh. happiness!

  Thank you, Angela! I'm happy for you and your impending joy! 

    Personally, I've always had problems appreciating September and Autumn, though I have improved over the last few years. I used to always approach this time with feelings of gloom and doom - school was starting, leaves were falling down dead, people were burning them and choking me in the process - SHEESH! I force myself to look for the beauty and delight in each day now, but come September, "it still don't come natch'rel!"


  From Joyce Lawrence Cahoon ('65) of VA - 08/23/13 - "For the dog lovers" (#8 in a Series of 18):


     AWW!  Thanks, Joyce!


BONUS SEPTEMBER CROCHET PATTERNS: - 28 Crochet Patterns from the September Issue of Crochet!

BONUS SEPTEMBER RECIPES: - 49 September Recipes

From - 08/31/13:

A shy man was feeling a little lucky and decided to ask the subdued provocative librarian about seduction, as he tended to be oblique in his intentions.

“Do you have any books on women seducing men?''

The librarian answered without hesitation, ''Why, yes" she murmured. "They're most likely found in the 'Fantasy' section."

1. Thursday, September 5, 2013 - 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. Friday and Saturday, October 4 and 5, 2013 - The NNHS Class of 1963 will hold their 50-Year Reunion at the Crowne Plaza Hotel, Hampton on the Water. Friday night will also be open to the Classes of 1962 and 1964. SEE: The website which has been set up for their class at; CONTACT: Frank Gibson,, Joyce Williams Nettles,, or Susie Overton Jones,; FORM: Registration-Classes-of-1962-and-1964-B.docx

3. Wednesday, October 9, 2013 - 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 08/22/10

BLOG: - updated 08/04/09

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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September Song

Music by Kurt Weill, 1938
(02 Mar 1900 - 03 Apr 1950)

Lyrics by
Maxwell Anderson
(15 Dec 1888 - 28 Feb 1959)

(Recorded by Frank Sinatra, April 13, 1965)

When I was a young man courting the girls
I played me a waiting game
If a maid refused me with tossing curls
I'd let the old Earth make a couple of whirls
While I plied her with tears in lieu of pearls
And as time came around she came my way
As time came around, she came

When you meet with the young girls early in the Spring
You court them in song and rhyme
They answer with words and a clover ring
But if you could examine the goods they bring
They have little to offer but the songs they sing
And the plentiful waste of time of day
A plentiful waste of time

Oh, it's a long, long while
From May to December
But the days grow short
When you reach September
When the autumn weather
Turns the leaves to flame
One hasn't got time
For the waiting game

Oh, the days dwindle down
To a precious few
September, November
And these few precious days
I'll spend with you
These precious days
I'll spend with you

 "September Song" midi courtesy of - 09/09/04

"September Song" lyrics courtesy of - 09/02/08

 Image of Yellow Leaves courtesy of - 09/01/08

Autumn Leaves Divider Line clip art courtesy of - 08/23/05

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!

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!

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!

"You Win an Award" Image courtesy of - 11/04/12

American School Logo courtesy of - 09/05/06

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