02/14/12 - NNHS Newsletter
Love is missing someone whenever you're
apart, but somehow
- Kay Knudsen
Dear Friends and Schoolmates,
Today is Valentine's Day, so I want to send all of y'all my love!
Today's celebration repeats every possible year, but we've never used this song before. There are literally hundreds of interpretations of it; I listened to fifteen or twenty before selecting these four for you - which are as close to perfection as you'll ever hear:
BONUS #1 - http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JGxrE6Mf_6Y&ob=av2e - My Funny Valentine - Frank Sinatra, 1955
BONUS #2 - http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KqjKOalcI10 - My Funny Valentine - Ella Fitzgerald, 1956
BONUS #3 - http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iLTR0nTgbXk&NR=1&feature=endscreen - My Funny Valentine - Johnny Mathis
BONUS #4 - http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ct2Pl8DhxEY&feature=fvwrel - My Funny Valentine - Barbra Streisand
|"My Funny Valentine" is a
tune from the 1937
Richard Rodgers and
Lorenz Hart musical
Babes in Arms in which it was introduced by former child star
Mitzi Green. After being recorded by
Frank Sinatra and
Miles Davis, the song became a popular
jazz standard, appearing on over 1300 albums performed by over 600
The basic structure of the song on a c-minor tonic is as follows:
This simple and classic structure makes it easy to adapt to other genres and for jazz musicians to improvise over the established chords.
Babes in Arms opened at the Shubert Theatre on Broadway, in New York City on April 14, 1937 and ran for 289 performances. In the original play, a character named Billie Smith (played by Mitzi Green) sings the song to Valentine "Val" LaMar (played by Ray Heatherton). In the song, Billie pokes fun at some of Valentine's characteristics, but ultimately affirms that he makes her smile and that she doesn't want him to change. The song first hit the charts in 1945, performed by Hal McIntyre with vocals by Ruth Gaylor. It only appeared for one week and hit #16...
In a 2006 survey of people between 10 and 49 years of age in Japan, Oricon Style found "My Funny Valentine" to be the fifth most popular Valentine's Day song in Japan. The most popular song was Sayuri Kokushō's 1986 debut single "Valentine Kiss" followed by "Love Love Love" from Dreams Come True, "Valentine's Radio" from Yumi Matsutoya, and "Happy Happy Greeting" from the KinKi Kids.
THIS WEEK'S BIRTHDAYS:
Happy Valentine Birthday today toJimmy Parker ('62) of VA AND My Niece, Renee Dick Romulus (Booker T. Washington HS - '80) of Northern VA!
Happy Birthday this week to:
18 - The late Bill Sawyer ('57) (deceased 05/16/06) AND Brooks Bloxom ('64) of NC;
19 - Bobby Norris ('62) of VA AND Linda Lane Lane ('64) of VA AND Jamey Douglas Bacon ('66) of VA;
20 - Bobby Callis ('64) of WV!
Many Happy Returns to you all!
THIS DAY IN WWII:
February 14, 1942 - The Battle of Pasir Panjang contributed to the fall of Singapore.
February 14, 1943 - Rostov-on-Don, Russia was liberated.
February 14, 1943 - Tunisia Campaign General Hans-Jurgen von Arnim's Fifth Panzer Army launched a concerted attack against Allied positions in Tunisia.
February 14, 1944 - The anti-Japanese revolt on Java.
February 14, 1945 - On the first day of the bombing of Dresden, the British Royal Air Force and the United States Army Air Forces began fire-bombing Dresden, the capital of the German state of Saxony.
February 14, 1945 - Prague was bombed, probably due to a mistake in the orientation of the pilots bombing Dresden.
February 14, 1945 - President Franklin D. Roosevelt met with King Ibn Saud of Saudi Arabia aboard the USS Quincy, officially starting the U.S.-Saudi diplomatic relationship.
February 14, 1945 - Mostar was liberated by Yugoslav partisans.
THIS DAY IN 1962:
Wednesday, February 14, 1962 - Jimmy Parker celebrated his 18th Birthday.
Wednesday, February 14, 1962 - First Lady Jacqueline Kennedy took television viewers on a tour of the White House.
Wednesday, February 14, 1962 - Cosmetologist Kevyn Aucoin was born in Shreveport, Louisiana. He died on 07 May 2002 at Westchester Medical Center in Valhalla, New York at the age of 40 of kidney and liver failure due to acetaminophen toxicity, caused by his addiction to prescription painkillers.
Wednesday, February 14, 1962 - Actor Michael Higgs was born in Birmingham, England.
Wednesday, February 14, 1962 - Actress Sakina Jaffrey was born in Manhattan, New York.
Wednesday, February 14, 1962 - Rugby player Philippe Sella was born in Tonneins, France.
From My Niece, Shari, of VA - 02/13/12 - "Valentine's Day":
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LDdxtuUt_5c - How to Make a Paper
Rose for Valentine's Day
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sZ8gbfMBSIk&feature=related - How to
make crepe paper roses / flowers
OOOH! Thanks so much, Shari! (There was a problem with the making roses link you sent, so I substituted these two videos! )
From Joyce Lawrence Cahoon ('65) of VA - 02/13/12, 6:47 PM - "Connection Problem?":
For some unknown reason I can't open my newsletter. I've never had this problem before. Miss ya!!! Is anyone else having this same problem?
YOWZERS! My FTP was "behaving badly" all last evening but I don't know if there's a connection; yours is the only such report I've received, Joyce! Try again:
From Joan Lauterbach Krause ('60) of VA - 02/13/12 - "We're Rich!":
O.M.G., we're rich!
Silver In The Hair
Gold In The Teeth
Crystals In The Kidneys
Sugar In The Blood
Lead In The Ass
Iron In The Arteries
An Inexhaustible Supply
Of Natural Gas.
|WILD GIGGLES! Thanks, Joan!|
From Joyce Lawrence Cahoon ('65) of VA - 02/13/12 - "Something You Never Had":
something you never had, you have to do something you never did."
When God takes something from your grasp. He's not punishing you, but merely opening your hands to receive something better. Concentrate on this sentence. "The will of God will never take you where the Grace of God will not protect you."
Something good will happen to you today, something that you have been waiting to hear. Please do not break. Just 27 Words, 'God our Father , walk through my house and take away all my worries and illnesses and please watch over and heal my family in your name, Amen.'
This prayer is so powerful. Pass this to 12 people including me. A blessing is coming to you in form of a new job, a house, marriage or financially. Do not break or ask questions. This is a test. Does God come first in your life? If so, stop what your doing & send it to 12 people now. Watch what He does.
AMEN! Thank you so much, Joyce!
From Stacy Dorn Davis ('64) of CA - 02/13/12 - "SHOULD I REALLY JOIN FACEBOOK?":
|Should I Really Join Facebook?
Read it all the way through! It's a good laugh! AND really quite true!!
A good laugh for people in the over 50 group !!!
When I bought my Blackberry I thought about the 30-year business I ran with 1800 employees, all without a cell phone that plays music, takes videos, pictures and communicates with Facebook and Twitter. I signed up under duress for Twitter and Facebook, so my seven kids, their spouses, 13 grandkids and 2 great grand kids could communicate with me in the modern way. I figured I could handle something as simple as Twitter with only 140 characters of space.
That was before one of my grandkids hooked me up for Tweeter, Tweetree, Twhirl, Twitterfon, Tweetie and Twittererific Tweetdeck, Twitpix and something that sends every message to my cell phone and every other program within the texting world.
My phone was beeping every three minutes with the details of everything except the bowel movements of the entire next generation. I am not ready to live like this. I keep my cell phone in the garage in my golf bag.
The kids bought me a GPS for my last birthday because they say I get lost every now and then going over to the grocery store or library. I keep that in a box under my tool bench with the Blue tooth [it's red] phone I am supposed to use when I drive. I wore it once and was standing in line at Barnes and Noble talking to my wife and everyone in the nearest 50 yards was glaring at me. I had to take my hearing aid out to use it, and I got a little loud.
I mean the GPS looked pretty smart on my dash board, but the lady inside that gadget was the most annoying, rudest person I had run into in a long time. Every 10 minutes, she would sarcastically say, "Re-calc-u-lating." You would think that she could be nicer. It was like she could barely tolerate me. She would let go with a deep sigh and then tell me to make a U-turn at the next light. Then if I made a right turn instead. Well, it was not a good relationship.
When I get really lost now, I call my wife and tell her the name of the cross streets and while she is starting to develop the same tone as Gypsy, the GPS lady, at least she loves me.
To be perfectly frank, I am still trying to learn how to use the cordless phones in our house. We have had them for 4 years, but I still haven't figured out how I can lose three phones all at once and have run around digging under chair cushions and checking bathrooms and the dirty laundry baskets when the phone rings.
The world is just getting too complex for me. They even mess me up every time I go to the grocery store. You would think they could settle on something themselves but this sudden "Paper or Plastic?" every time I check out just knocks me for a loop. I bought some of those cloth reusable bags to avoid looking confused, but I never remember to take them in with me.
Now I toss it back to them. When they ask me, "Paper or Plastic?" I just say, "Doesn't matter to me. I am bi-sacksual." Then it's their turn to stare at me with a blank look. I was recently asked if I tweet. I answered, No, but I do toot a lot."
P.S. I know some of you are not over 50. I sent it to you to allow you to forward it to those who are.
We senior citizens don't need anymore gadgets. The TV remote and the garage door remote are about all we can handle.
From http://www.SelfGrowth.com - 02/13/12 - "Valentine's Day Ideas for Couples & Singles":
Valentine's Day Gift of Time
By Dr. Charles D. Schmitz and Dr. Elizabeth A. Schmitz
|VALENTINE CROCHET BONUS:|
|http://www.allfreecrochet.com/Valentines-Day-Crochet/How-to-Crochet-a-HeartBrooch-Quick-Crochet-Project - Heart Brooch|
|VALENTINE CROSS-STITCH BONUS:|
http://archive.blisstree.com/live/free-cross-stitch-patterns-for-valentines-day-114/ - Three Free Patterns
|VALENTINE CRAFT BONUSES:|
Lauterbach Krause ('60) of VA -
02/06/12 - "Just a Few Laughs (#7 in a Series of 11)":
From http://www.ajokeaday.com - 02/13/12:
DATES TO REMEMBER:
1. Thursday, March 1, 2012 - 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. Saturday, April 7, 2012 - 11:00 AM - The NNHS Breakfast Bunch will host a Breakfast Bunch Brunch at the Warwick Restaurant, 12306 Warwick Boulevard, (across from CNU) Newport News, Virginia 23606. "Please come join them for a Dutch Treat Brunch featuring a lot of 'War Stories' and maybe a lie or two. Everyone is welcome so bring your wife, husband, boy friend, girl friend, class mate, school friend or whomever you choose." Please RSVP to Bill Roady at email@example.com or call him at 757-595-0716 so they have a head count.
3. Wednesday, April 11, 2012 - 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.
4. Friday and Saturday, October 5 and 6, 2012 - Class of 1962 - 50-Year Reunion - Crowne Plaza Hotel, Hampton on the Water. More information after the Holidays. Meetings are second Tuesday of each month. CONTACT: Brenda Amos Williams at firstname.lastname@example.org
http://www.nnhs65.com/requests-prayers.html - updated 02/08/12
http://nnhs.wordpress.com/ - updated 03/13/11
Y'all take good care of each other! TYPHOONS FOREVER! We'll Always HaveBuckroe!
Love to all, Carol
NNHS CLASS OF '65 WEB SITE:
PERSONAL WEB SITE: http://www.angelfire.com/weird2/cluckmeat
My Funny Valentine
Music by Richard Rodgers
(28 June 1902 31 Dec 1979)
(02 May 1895 22 Nov 1943), 1937
Behold the way our fine feathered-friend
his virtue doth parade.
Thou knowest not, my dim witted friend,
the picture thou hast made.
Thy vacant brow and thy tousled hair
conceal thy good intent.
Thou noble upright, truthful, sincere
And slightly dopey gent - you are..
My funny valentine
Sweet comic valentine
You make me smile with my heart
Your looks are laughable, unphotographable
Yet you're my favorite work of art
Is your figure less than Greek?
Is your mouth a little bit weak?
When you open it to speak, are you smart?
Don't change a hair for me
Not if you care for me
Stay, little Valentine, stay
Each day is Valentine's Day
"My Funny Valentine" midi courtesy of http://jadierose.com/midicollection.html - 02/12/12
"My Funny Valentine"
lyrics courtesy of
http://www.lorenzhart.org/valentinesng.htm - 02/12/12
Valentine Forever Yours Image courtesy of http://www.funnyjunkz.com/funny/funny-ecards/ - 02/13/12
"Happy Valentine's Day" Title clip art courtesy of http://www.wtv-zone.com/IrishRose/Valentine-gifs.html - 02/09/07
Valentines clip art
courtesy of John London (Warwick HS - '57) of VA - 10/09/09
Animated Kissing Smiley clip art
courtesy of my friend, Judy Bundy Bowermaster (Litchfield HS, IL - '59), of IL - 09/19/08
Flashing Red Hearts Divider Line clip art courtesy of ??? - 08/17/05
Birthday Cake clip art courtesy of
Sarah Puckett Kressaty ('65) of
VA - 08/31/05
Thanks, Sarah Sugah!
Animated Pulsing Heart courtesy of http://www.gagirl.com/graphics/graphics.html - 02/12/05 (re-saved 02/13/09)
Marine Corps Seal clip art courtesy of the late Herbert Hice of MI - one of my Famous Marineswho served in the South Pacific during WWII.
Booker T. Washington logo courtesy of http://ww2.nps.k12.va.us/education/components/scrapbook/default.php?sectiondetailid=18567 - 09/25/07
Animated Marine Flag clip art courtesy of http://www.angelfire.com/ny4/KevsGifsGalore/Patriotic.html - 06/18/03
Navy Seal clip art courtesy of http://www.onemileup.com/miniSeals.asp - 05/29/06
Snoopy courtesy of Billy Turner ('65) of TX - 11/26/08
Thanks, Billy Turner!
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