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01/12/15 - NNHS Newsletter - Swinging on a Star

“The best cure for one's bad tendencies is to see them in action in another person.”

- Alain de Botton
(b. 20 Dec 1969)

Dear Friends and Schoolmates, 

         My daddy, the late Robert Buckley (John Marshall HS - '25) (19 Oct 1907 - 25 Apr 1960) was as big a fan of Bing Crosby as I am of Frank Sinatra From time to time he'd play    this old 78 and the two of us would sing-a-long with Bing.  Great times.

BONUS - - Swinging on a Star - Bing Crosby, 1944


"Swinging on a Star" is an American pop standard with music composed by Jimmy Van Heusen and lyrics by Johnny Burke.[1] It was sung by Bing Crosby in the 1944 film Going My Way, winning an Academy Award for Best Original Song that year,[1] and has been recorded by numerous artists since then.

Song writer Jimmy Van Heusen was at Crosby’s house one evening for dinner, and to discuss a song for the movie Going My Way. During the meal one of the children began complaining about how he didn’t want to go to school the next day. The singer turned to his son and said to him, “If you don’t go to school, you might grow up to be a mule. Do you wanna do that?”

Van Heusen thought this clever rebuke would make a good song for the movie. He pictured Crosby, who played a priest, talking to a group of children acting much the same way as his own child had acted that night. Van Heusen took the idea to his partner lyricist Johnny Burke, who approved. They wrote the song.[2]

The first recording of "Swinging on a Star" took place in Los Angeles on February 7, 1944, released as Decca Records no. 18597. The Williams Brothers quartet, including Andy Williams, sang backup vocals to Crosby.[3]


   Happy Birthday tomorrow to My Grandson,   Hunter Huber of Alberta!

   Happy Birthday this week to:

14 - Ronnie Todd ('63);

15 - The late Skippy Weitz ('57) (deceased 22 Nov 2012) AND   Mary Markiewich Hux ('67) of VA;

16 -   Johanne Coates Richardson ('57) AND   Howard Smith ('63) of VA AND Steve Kiger ('66) of VA;

17 -   Chuck Anspach ('60) of NC;

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

   Many Happy Returns to You All! 


January 12, 1915 - The Rocky Mountain National Park was formed by an act of U.S. Congress.

January 12, 1915 - The United States House of Representatives rejected a proposal to give women the right to vote.


January 12, 1940 - Soviet bombers raided cities in Finland.

January 12,
1942 - U.S. President Franklin Roosevelt created the National War Labor Board.

January 12, 1943 - Soviet troops created a breach in the German siege of Leningrad. The breach allowed the Soviets to receive supplies.

January 12,
1945 - Soviet forces began a huge offensive against the Germans in Eastern Europe.

TODAY IN 1965:

Tuesday, January 12, 1965 -
DJ and producer (S'Express) Mark Moore was born in London, England.

Tuesday, January 12, 1965 - Actress and producer Alexandra Wentworth was born in Washington, D.C.

Tuesday, January 12, 1965 - Singer-songwriter, producer, actor, and director (White Zombie) Rob Zombie was born Robert Bartleh Cummings in Haverhill, Massachusetts.

Tuesday, January 12, 1965 - Author, playwright, and director Lorraine Hansberry (b. Lorraine Vivian Hansberry on 19 May 1930 in Chicago, Illinois) died in New York City after a battle with pancreatic cancer at the age of 34


   As some issue with the linking has obviously arisen which I cannot identify in advance nor correct, from henceforth we will have a new announcement procedure. Each announcement will now contain the main link with a note of what to seek. For instance, this one would probably say:

Dear Friends and Schoolmates,

   Another issue of the NNHS Newsletter is ready for you now.

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01/12/15 - Swinging on a Star

   Y'all remember those who weep and mourn - and take good care of each other!

       Love to all, Carol 

From My Friend, Rob, of NC - 01/10/15:

  So... As you know, I am a member of the Silent Service Motorcycle Club, and I ride... A LOT! Well, this morning, I rode in during a monsoon. I made it to the gate at Ft. Bragg, and the guard checked my ID... Went something like this:

ME:: Good Morning! (as I hand him my badge)
Guard:: Good Morning... {{Checks my badge thoroughly}} You can't come on post.
ME:: Why Not? Is my badge expired?
Guard:: Nope... You're freaking crazy and I can't let crazy people on Bragg.
ME:: You jump out of airplanes on purpose, and you think I am crazy?!?!
Guard:: Point taken... Have a nice day!

Thank you, Rob! Oh, that horrible, unrelenting, torrential rain! It rained and thundered and rumbled and bumbled all night long and then all day long, too! I think it finally abated somewhat at 2:30 PM.....

From My Friend, Jim, of NV - 01/11/15:

     AMEN! Thanks, Jim!

“Many of them were destitute of even the goods they possessed.”

- Sir Boyle Roche
(Oct 1736 – 05 June 1807)

       From George Helliesen ('61) of MI - 12/22/14 - "Modern Times (#19 in a series of 30)":

   How sad!   

     INDEED! Thanks, George!


        From My Husband, Paul Harty (Bardolph HS, IL - '61) of NC - 01/09/15 - "A few examples of why we seniors get confused (#2 in a series of 26)":

  Confusing……..or maybe tooooo true!

     Thanks, Dools!


    From Jimmy Smith ('62 / '63) of VA - 01/10/15 - "Commentaries On Life ;-)) (#2 in a series of 26)":


          Thanks, Jimmy!


BONUS CROCHET STARS PATTERNS: - Amy James Gray's Large and Small Stars - "I was playing around with an idea one afternoon, trying to figure out how to fill in a star and these little guys just appeared, almost fully formed, on my hook. They work up very quickly and are a great gift in themselves or as a package embellishment." - Kate's Quick Star - "... just the nitty-gritty directions" - Five Different Stars!


From - Seven Layer Taco Dip - "I am continuously asked to bring this dip for parties and family get-togethers. People gather around the platter until it's gone." - Luscious Slush Punch - "This is without a doubt the best punch I've ever had! Makes enough for 2 punch bowls. This is our Christmas Eve punch tradition, and there is never a drop left!" - Jamie's Cranberry Spinach Salad - "Everyone I have made this for RAVES about it! It's different and so easy to make!"

From - 01/11/15:
A guy wanted to become a magician so he went out and bought a magician book. Later he gathered his family around the living room for his first trick.

Reading his new book he reached into a bag and pulled out a hammer, and to the amazement of his family hit himself in the head with it.

He was unconscious and spent a month in the hospital.

Suddenly a nurse noticed his eye lids flicker. She called the family in and they gathered around his bed. Just then he sat up in bed awake and said..."TA-DAA"

1. Wednesday, January 14, 2015 - 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 01/09/15

BLOG: - updated 03/13/11

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


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Swinging on a Star

Music by Jimmy Van Heusen (26 Jan 1913 - 06 Feb 1990)

Lyrics by Johnny Burke (03 Oct 1908 - 25 Feb 1964)

Recorded by Bing Crosby from Going My Way, 1944

Would you like to swing on a star
Carry moonbeams home in a jar
And be better off than you are
Or would you rather be a mule

A mule is an animal with long funny ears
Kicks up at anything he hears
His back is brawny but his brain is weak
He's just plain stupid with a stubborn streak
And by the way, if you hate to go to school
You may grow up to be a mule

Or would you like to swing on a star
Carry moonbeams home in a jar
And be better off than you are
Or would you rather be a pig

A pig is an animal with dirt on his face
His shoes are a terrible disgrace
He has no manners when he eats his food
He's fat and lazy and extremely rude
But if you don't care a feather or a fig
You may grow up to be a pig

Or would you like to swing on a star
Carry moonbeams home in a jar
And be better off than you are
Or would you rather be a fish

A fish won't do anything, but swim in a brook
He can't write his name or read a book
To fool the people is his only thought
And though he's slippery, he still gets caught
But then if that sort of life is what you wish
You may grow up to be a fish
A new kind of jumped-up slippery fish

And all the monkeys aren't in the zoo
Every day you meet quite a few
So you see it's all up to you
You can be better than you are
You could be swingin' on a star


"Swinging on a Star" midi courtesy of - 01/12/13

"Swinging on a Star" lyrics courtesy of - 01/12/13

"Swinging on a Star" Image courtesy of - 01/12/13

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!

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

Golden, Red, and Blue Stars Divider Line clip art courtesy of - 11/11/09

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

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

Navy Seal clip art courtesy of - 05/29/06

Animated Laughing Frog courtesy of Joyce Lawrence Cahoon of VA - 05/31/08
Thanks, Joyce!

Animated  Laughing Jerry courtesy of Cookie Phillips Tyndall ('64) of VA - 06/14/06
Thanks, Cookie!

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!

Animated Wildly Laughing Dog courtesy of Eva Ellis Madagan ('61) of FL - 11/24/07
Thanks, Eva!

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