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01/12/17 - 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 SinatraFrom 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,
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.

Thursday, January 12, 1967 - Dr. James Bedford becomes the first person to be cryonically preserved with intent of future resuscitation.

Thursday, January 12, 1967 - Model and actress Vendela Kirsebom was born Vendela Maria Kirsebom in Stockholm, Sweden.

Thursday, January 12, 1967 - Diplomat Burhan Asaf Belge (b. 01 Feb 1899 in Istanbul, Ottoman Empire) died at the age of 68. He was the first husband of Zsa Zsa Gabor (06 Feb 1917 - 18 Dec 1016).

“Success has nothing to do with what you gain in life or accomplish for yourself. It's only what you do for others.”

- Danny Thomas
(06 Jan 1912 - 06 Feb 1991)

   From Buster Vest ('63) of VA - 01/12/17 - "Obit":
Terry Smith's obit hit this morning's Richmond Times-Dispatch:

   Thank you so much, Buster! I had begun to despair of finding his obituary. I've completed Terry's Memorial Newsletter:

   You have my sincerest condolences on the loss of your friend.


 From David Whitley ('67) of VA - 01/11/16 - "Blue Lite Club":

  Another little reminder of days gone by. Maybe this was a matchbook cover? Blue Lite, upscale, classy, yet friendly enough for us commoners.

   WOW! Thank you, Gorgeous! I've added this to our Archive:



 From Terry Seay ('67) of TN - 01/09/17 - "Opening Event for 2017 - Feb 11th House Concert  - 'Gary Burr & Georgia Middleman' ":

  We are so please to open 2017 with Gary & Georgia...​and​ Michael Johnathon...This promises to be a packed house so arrive early. The doors open at 6:00 sharp......potluck, BYOB....donation at the door for this event is $20. RSZP by replying to this email or email me at: Terry.Seay@itsallaboutZmusic. com.

GARY BURR is a Nashville Songwriter Hall of Fame member and an ASCAP, Billboard and NSAI Country Songwriter of the Year. He has written fourteen #1 hits and has had songs recorded by LeAnn Rimes, Garth Brooks, Carole King, Ringo Starr, Reba McEntire, Faith Hill, Christina Aguilera and Ricky Martin, Kelly Clarkson and many others.

GEORGIA MIDDLEMAN is an award-winning songwriter from San Antonio, TX who has had songs recorded by Faith Hill, Kenny Chesney, Reba McEntire, Joe Nichols, Martina McBride, Sheila E., Radney Foster, Maia Sharp and many others. In 2011, she watched her song “I’m In” climb to the top of the country charts, courtesy of Keith Urban. Her song “When The Right One Comes Along” was featured in the ABC-TV show “Nashville.”

......with MICHAEL JOHNATHON who is a folksinger, songwriter, concert performer, author who created and hosts the worldwide broadcast of the WoodSongs Old-Time Radio Hour with a radio audience with over a million listeners each week on over 500 public radio stations, PBS-TV coast-to-coast plus American Forces Radio Network in 173 nations. Michael is also a playwright … his play Walden: The Ballad of Thoreau has over 8,000 registered performances in 42 countries and translated into four languages.

Terry G. Seay
Songwriter House Concerts Since 2009
Mobile # 703.628.4657
Terry.Seay@itsallaboutZmusic. com

    WOWZERS! Thank you, Terry! Y'all have fun!

 From My Niece, Shari, of VA - 12/27/16 - "More Positive Thoughts (#10 in a series of 11)":

  SO TRUE! Thank you, Shari!

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

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

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 - 01/11/17:

Dentist: Little Johnny, you're not brushing your teeth very well. Do you know what comes after decay?

Little Johnny: De 'L'?

1. Wednesday, March 08, 2017 - 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 01/03/17

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

"Never underestimate
the power of a drop
in the bucket."


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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

Coast Guard Seal clip art courtesy of - 10/03/07

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

Jeffrey Holman's Image "A Drop in the Bucket" courtesy of - 05/23/16

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