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10/18/14 - NNHS Newsletter - Sweetest Day

ďOur sweetest songs are those that tell of saddest thought.Ē

- Percy Bysshe Shelley
(04 Aug 1792 - 08 July 1822)

Dear Friends and Schoolmates,

   As I mentioned yesterday, we try to celebrate everything here together.   This is no doubt a bogus holiday, but any occasion which encourages people to buy candy, flowers, and cards - and (one would think) prompts them to be nicer to everyone they encounter - can't be all bad!

BONUS - - The Sweetest Sounds - Perry Como


"The Sweetest Sounds" is a popular song, written by Richard Rodgers (unlike most of his compositions, writing both music and lyrics) for the musical No Strings, in 1962.

It is also used in the film adaption "Cinderella" starring Brandy, Whitney Houston and Whoopi Goldberg in 1997.

Barbra Streisand recorded the song for "Barbra Streisand...And Other Musical Instruments". Sergio Franchi recorded the song in 1963 on his RCA Victor Red Seal album Broadway, I Love You.[1]

The melodic theme appears to have been inspired by an orchestral figure in the final movement of Johannes Brahms' Piano Concerto No. 2 (Brahms) (measures 64-80).



Sweetest Day is an observance celebrated primarily in the Great Lakes region, and parts of the Northeast United States, on the third Saturday in October.[1] It is described by Retail Confectioners International as an "occasion which offers all of us an opportunity to remember husbands, boyfriends, the sick, aged and orphaned, but also friends, relatives and associates whose helpfulness and kindness we have enjoyed."[2] Sweetest Day has also been referred to as a "concocted promotion" created by the candy industry solely to increase sales of sweets.[3]

Sweetest Day was a promotion concocted by Cleveland confectioners in 1921.[3] The Cleveland Plain Dealer's October 8, 1921 edition, which chronicles the first Sweetest Day in Cleveland, states that the first Sweetest Day was planned by a committee of 12 confectioners chaired by candymaker C. C. Hartzell. The Sweetest Day in the Year Committee distributed over 20,000 boxes of candy to "newsboys, orphans, old folks, and the poor" in Cleveland, Ohio.[3] The Sweetest Day in the Year Committee was assisted in the distribution of candy by some of the biggest movie stars of the day including Theda Bara and Ann Pennington.[3]

There were also several attempts to start a "Sweetest Day" in New York City, including a declaration of a Candy Day throughout the United States by candy manufacturers on October 8, 1922.[4] In 1927, The New York Times reported that "the powers that determine the nomenclature of the weeks of October" decreed that the week beginning on October 10, 1927 would be known as Sweetest Week.[5] On September 25, 1937, The New York Times reported under Advertising News and Notes that The National Confectioners Association had launched a "movement throughout the candy industry" to rank Sweetest Day with the nationally accepted Mother's Day, Father's Day, and St. Valentine's Day.[6] In 1940, another Sweetest Day was proclaimed on October 19. The promotional event was marked by the distribution of more than 10,000 boxes of candy by the Sweetest Day Committee.[7] The candy was distributed among 26 local charities. 225 children were given candy in the chapel at the Society for Prevention of Cruelty to Children on October 17, 1940.[7] 600 boxes of candy were also delivered to the presidents of the Jewish, Protestant and Catholic Big Sister groups of New York.[7]

While it is not as large or widely observed as Valentine's Day, it is still celebrated in parts of the United States, despite persistent allegations of being a "Hallmark holiday."[8]

Retail Confectioners International describes it as "much more important for candymakers in some regions than in others (Detroit and Cleveland being the biggest Sweetest Day cities)".[2] The popularity in Detroit was greatly perpetuated by the Sanders Candy Company. Frederick Sanders of Detroit, MI was a large promoter of the holiday. In 2006, Hallmark marketed 151 greeting card designs for Sweetest Day. American Greetings marketed 178.[9]

Since Sweetest Day was invented by commercial interests which stood to profit from such a holiday, dissenting Cleveland residents refer to it as a "Hallmark holiday"[8] (although it was not invented by Hallmark Cards company).


   Happy Birthday today to Lou Kressaty (Butler HS, NJ - '57) of VA  AND   Carol Faith DeArment Blankenship ('61) of VA AND Jimmy Crank ('63) of VA AND  the late Kathy Agee Glenny ('64(deceased 06/03/06)!

   Happy Birthday tomorrow to   Danny Coleman ('63) of NC!

   Happy Birthday this week to:

20 - Vera Lee Cutchins Hinnant ('57) AND    John DiGiacomo ('69) of VA;

21 -
  The late Mr. Julius Conn (deceased - Sept 1983)  AND Marlin Eby ('57) AND       Albert Dorner ('66) of VA AND    Belinda Fortner Langston ('70) of VA;

22 -       The late Herb Hice (deceased 18 Apr 2008) AND   The late Sharron Wanderer Dawes ('61) (deceased 09/22/07) AND The late   Annette Funicello of CA (deceased 08 Apr 2013) AND    Craig Miller ('63) of FL AND   Al Farber ('64) of GA AND    The late Joe Mooney ('65) (deceased 10/30/01);

23 -     Jimmy Hines ('64) of VA;

24 -   Agnes Dick Kump ('57) AND Susan Perkins Best ('63) AND   Mark Friedman ('65) of VA;

25 - Kitty Taylor Hanrahan ('57) AND  Carol Wornom Sorenson ('57) AND     Bobby Turpin ('58) of VA AND   Owen Smith ('63)!

   Many Happy Returns, One and All!


October 18, 1914 - The Schoenstatt Movement was founded in Germany.


October 18, 1936 - Adolf Hitler announced the Four Year Economic Plan to the German people. The plan detailed the rebuilding of the German military from 1936 to 1940.

October 18, 1944 - Adolf Hitler ordered the establishment of a German national militia.

October 18, 1944 - The Soviet Union began the liberation of Czechoslovakia.


Sunday, October 18, 1964 - The 1964-1965 New York World's Fair closed for its first season after a six-month run.

Sunday, October 18, 1964 - Singer-songwriter and bass player (Anthrax, Stormtroopers of Death, Nuclear Assault, Exit-13, and Brutal Truth) Dan Lilker was born in Bayside, New York.

Sunday, October 18, 1964 - Author Charles Stross was born Charles David George Stross in Leeds, England.

  From Wayne Agee ('58) of FL - 10/17/14 - "This is an excellent video of our planet's history.":

This is an excellent video of our planet's history. Make sure you have the sound on.


Seventeen year old Joe Bush got a high school assignment to make a video production. He chose history as a theme and tucked it all into two minutes.
Take pictures from the internet, add the track Mind Heist by Zack Hemsey (from the movie Interception) and then you get something like this.

Don't blink your eyes for a second! THIS IS AMAZING... 

   WOWZERS! Thanks, Wayne!

From My Friend, Tina, of NC - 10/17/14 - "Symptoms":

  Thank you so much, Tina!

     From Sarah Puckett Kressaty ('65) of VA - 10/17/14:

  AMEN! Thanks, Sarah Sugah!

      From My Cousin, Jean Atkinson Mallory (Warsaw HS / Rappahannock HS / John Marshall HS - '65) of VA - 10/17/14:

  Thank you, Jean!
        From John London (Warwick HS - '57) of VA - 09/18/14 - "So God Made a Dog (#23 in a series of 23)":
  Too precious to miss!

Baby Sitters...

Does it get any better than that ?

        AWW! Thanks, John Darlin'! We're really going to miss these charmers!  


    From Joan Lauterbach Krause ('60) of VA - 09/23/14 - "A little food for the soul (#17 in a series of 28)":
  INDEED! Thank you, Joan!

      From My Niece, Shari, of VA - 09/12/14 - "Autumn Decor (#17 in a series of 17)":

  OH - SOOO PRETTY! Thanks, Shari! I have truly enjoyed these!  

BONUS CROCHET PATTERNS: - Tamara's Sweetest Baby Blanket - "Itís a baby crazy time for our extended family, with one set of twins recently arrived and another on the way! So as you can imagine, I have baby things on the brain again. The set that were just born are a boy and a girl, so I wanted to make them a pair of blankets that were soft, cozy, and coordinate well together without being exactly the same. The result was the Sweetest Baby Blanket!"

BONUS SWEETEST DAY RECIPES: - Your Sweetest Day Dinner For Two
- "Sweetest Day is still second in terms of love holidays, but itís still an excellent reason to stop and celebrate your significant other. Donít take him or her out on a pricey date. It can be so much more romantic to stay in and make a home-cooked meal. Itíll show your date how much you care about him or her, and itíll be fun too!" - Sweetest Day Recipes - "Contains lip-smacking recipes to share with someone dear on this sweetest day." - Sweetest Day Dinner For Two - Sweetest Southern Sweet Potato Pie - "This is a very unique sweet potato pie recipe, given to me by my mother. It's quite sweet, with a lighter texture than your typical sweet potato pie. If you like sweet potatoes and you have a sweet tooth, this one's for you!"


From - 10/17/14:

A rapist, a gangster and a murderer are in the same car...

Who is driving the car?

A police officer!


1. 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 and contact David Spriggs at 757-409-2799 or

2. Wednesday, November 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 10/17/14

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


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The Sweetest Sounds

Words and music by Richard Rodgers (28 June 1902 Ė 31 Dec 1979)

for "
No Strings", 1962

What do I really hear?
What is in the ear of my mind?
Which sounds are true and clear?
And which will never be defined?

The sweetest sounds I'll ever hear
Are still inside my head
The kindest words I'll ever know
Are waiting to be said
The most and entrancing side of all [should be sight, not side]
Is yet for me to see
And the dearest love in all the world
Is waiting somewhere for me
Is waiting somewhere, somewhere for me

"The Sweetest Sounds" midi courtesy of - well, I don't know, but it's been in my files since the summer of 2002.

"The Sweetest Sounds" lyrics courtesy
of - 10/15/11

"Happy Sweetest Day" animated title clip art courtesy of - 10/14/11

Pink and Red Hearts Divider line clip art courtesy of - 08/20/05

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

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 USMC Flag clip art courtesy of - 06/18/03

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!

Air Force Seal clip art courtesy of - 07/07/06

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!

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