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03/09/10 - NNHS Newsletter -
Tuxedo Junction

The present moment is nice but it does not last. Living in it
is like waiting in a junction town for the morning limited;
the junction may be interesting but some day you will have to leave it
and you do not know where the limited will take you.

- Bruce Catton
(09 Oct 1899 - 28 Aug 1978)

Dear Friends and Schoolmates,   

    We're going to be running Big Band Sounds all this week

   As mentioned yesterday, today's edition pays particular tribute to         Sydney Dearing's ('56 - of TN) father,          Syd Dearing (Hampton HS - '36) (30 Dec 1918 - 16 Feb 2002), a survivor of the Battle of Iwo Jima:

By the way, this coming Tuesday, March 9th will be the 65th anniversary of the date he was severely wounded by a Japanese mortar round which went off right behind him and he was evacuated from the island the next day.  He was a piano player in a couple of big bands before the war (after the war his injuries ended that career), so I wonder if you would be so kind as to use a big band song as the theme song on that day in his honor. His favorite song was "After Hours" by Erskine Hawkins but I don't think a midi of that song exists so any big band song of your choosing would be just fine with me.

   Certainly, Sydney - I'm honored to do so! I chose this Erskine Hawkins composition which is arguably one of the most recognizable of all the songs of the Big Band Era.

From http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tuxedo_Junction:

The song is about a jazz and blues club in the Birmingham, Alabama suburb of Ensley. The area is referred to as "Tuxedo Junction", even though the building is called the "Nixon Building" (built in 1922). This is due to the location of a streetcar crossing at Tuxedo Park, hence "Tuxedo Junction". The empty building still stands at 1728 20th Street as a testament to the musical heritage of the area. A punk rock venue bearing the same name operated near there briefly in the mid 1980s.

The song was originally written as an instrumental. When it was given to Lewis Music Publishing, they farmed it out to several prospective lyricists to see who could write the best words that matched the song. Buddy Feyne asked Erskine Hawkins why he titled it as such. Erskine mentioned that it was a whistle stop on the "Chitlin' circuit", which led to Buddy's lyrics. Erskine selected his above the other candidates. Once the song had been published, then the white bands added it to their playlist.

BONUS #1 - http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BIoU2W5TaU4 - Tuxedo Junction - Erskine Hawkins and His Orchestra, July 18, 1939

BONUS #2 - http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PEYFoDbEZwA&NR=1 - Tuxedo Junction - Glenn Miller

BONUS #3 - http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TNI0DBdWLX4 - Tuxedo Junction - Big Band Tribute - instrumental version from the soundtrack of "The Glenn Miller Story"; vocal version by The Manhattan Transfer


THIS WEEK'S BIRTHDAYS:

   Happy Birthday today to Patrick Burke ('57) AND   Bobby Hilling ('62) of VA AND   Katie Haan Spaulding ('64) of CA!

  Happy Birthday tomorrow to    Helen Avant Neal ('57) of VA AND (if Plaxo is to be believed) Bill Douthat ('66) of VA;

  Happy Birthday this week to:

11 - Margaret Blayton Cowan ('57) AND   Nancy Horton Wilkes ('62) of FL AND  Shirley Caudill Williamson ('65) of VA;

13 -   Betty Spain Uecker ('63) of VA AND My Daughter-in-Law,      Kim Woods Harty (Hillsboro HS, IL / Richard Milburn Academy, FL - '03) of IL;

15 - Joan Williams Eberwine ('57) AND Linda Robinson Gillespie ('71) of VA;

16 -     Linda May Bond Crayton ('66) of VA AND  Jacque Ray Fisher ('66) of NC!

   Many Happy Returns to You All!

http://www.nnhs65.com/Happy-Birthday.htm


THIS DAY IN WWII:

March 09, 1936 - The German press warned that all Jews who vote in the upcoming elections would be arrested.

March 09, 1944 - Japanese troops counter-attacked American forces on Hill 700 in Bougainville in a battle that would last five days. Soviet Air Force terror attack to Tallinn resulted in big damages in Tallinn.

March 09, 1945 - U.S. B-29 bombers launched incendiary bomb attacks against Japan.


THIS DAY IN 1965:

Tuesday, March 09, 1965 - Football player Brian Bosworth ("The Boz") was born in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma.

Tuesday, March 09, 1965 - Baseball player Benito Santiago was born in Ponce, Puerto Rico.


       From Bill Lee (Warwick HS - '54) of NC - 03/06/10 - "USS HOUSTON":

Carol:

Noted the following entry in your March 1st newsletter

February 28, 1942 - The heavy cruiser USS Houston (CA-30) was sunk in the Battle of Sunda Strait with 693 crew members killed, along with HMAS Perth (D29) which lost 375 men.
 
You might like to remind your readers that CA-30 was built in Newport News and delivered in 1930. After she was sunk, the citizens of Houston, Texas raised enough money to built a replacement, and 1,000 local men volunteered to join the navy.
 
A light cruiser, also built by NNS, thus became
the USS HOUSTON (CL-81). Delivered in 1943, she participated in the successful Pacific campaign, revenging her namesake.

A light cruiser, also built by NNS, thus became the USS HOUSTON (CL-81 ). Delivered in 1943, she participated in the successful Pacific campaign, revenging her namesake.

Even later (1982), NNS delivered a third HOUSTON, a nuclear attack sub (SSN-713), which is still on active duty;
home ported at Pearl Harbor.

     
When she was christened in 1981, members of a reunion association representing the crews of both cruisers of the same name were honored guests at the event and had a ring-side seat for her sliding launching.
 
Millions of people have unknowingly seen SSN-713 in action - she performed a dramatic 'emergency ascent' drill for use in the film The Hunt for Red October
A number of survivors of the sinking of CA-30 spent most of WWII in Japanese prison camps. Some who lived through the sinking did not survive being POWs...
 
In honor and memory of all lost CA-30 crew members, divers recovered the ship's bell from the depths of Sunda Strait in recent years and presented it to the city of Houston, where it is currently displayed atop a memorial in a downtown park.
     
  
   WOWZERONI-RINI! Thanks so much for sharing this valuable history lesson with us, Bill!


  From Jane Chambers of VA - 03/07/10 - "BLUE STAR DINER":

 
Here's a recent article about the BLUE STAR DINER that some of you might enjoy. Many people have fond memories of that eatery and its owners.  (Strangely enough, I can't recall ever eating there but once. I seldom ate out in my youth.)
 
Notice that 63 First Decader Pat Perkinson is quoted in the article.
 
(Miss Marple just HAD to correct the headline.)

   AHHH, Jane, you're a woman after my own heart! GIGGLES!!! Thanks so much, Jane!

   I've added it to that page in Our Old Stomping Grounds:

Friday, February 26, 2010
 

http://www.nnhs65.com/SITE-MAP.html

     http://www.nnhs65.com/old-stomping.html

          http://www.nnhs65.com/OOSG-A-B.html

               http://www.nnhs65.com/blue-star-diner.html


      From My Niece, Shari, of VA - 03/07/10 - "Jewelry":

Some times as women we do so much for others that we forget to do for ourselves. Getting rid of a bunch of things in preparation for my move I found this statement to ring true. Looking at my shabby jewelry a few pieces stood out, as I noticed the pieces have remained nice looking, despite being my favorites to wear. The stellar pieces are from the Sarah Coventry line.

Thank goodness for eBay. I have won 5 or so bids on Sarah Coventry pieces since Friday, and finally did a little something for me. The pieces I have are 32 years old. Hopefully these new to me pieces of jewelry will still look great in another 32 years!

   AHH! You've mentioned two of my Favorite Things - eBay and vintage jewelry! I actually prefer jewelry which is about 50 years old. Here are a few of my favorite pieces which I've acquired over the years from eBay. You'll notice a bit of a common theme - super sparkly with rhinestones and/or crystals, hopefully dangly!
 
         
         
  
   Thanks, Shari - and congratulations!



From Herbert A. Riebeling, CDR USNR- RET, of NV to       Dimples Dinwiddie Prichard ('58) of NC - 03/08/10 - " 'Semper Fi.....' ":

Katie Couric, Charlie Gibson, Brian Williams and a tough old U.S. Marine Sergeant were captured by terrorists in Iraq . The leader of the terrorists told them he'd grant each of them one last request before they were beheaded and dragged naked through the streets.
 
Katie Couric said, 'Well, I'm a Southerner, so I'd like one last plate of fried chicken.'
 
The leader nodded to an underling who left and returned with the chicken.

Couric ate it all and said, 'Now I can die content.'

Charlie Gibson said, 'I'm living in New York , so I'd like to hear the song, The Moon and Me, one last time.' The terrorist leader nodded to another terrorist who had studied the Western world and knew the music. He returned with some rag-tag musicians and played the song.

 
Gibson was satisfied.

Brian Williams said, 'I'm a reporter to the end. I want to take out my tape recorder and describe the scene here and what's about to happen. Maybe, someday, someone will hear it and know that I was on the job till the end.' The leader directed an aide to hand over the tape recorder and Williams dictated his comments.

He then said, 'Now I can die happy.'
 
The leader turned and asked, 'And now, Mr. U.S. Marine, what is your final wish?
 
'Kick me in the a__,' said the Marine..
 
'What?' asked the leader, 'Will you mock us in your last hour?'
 
'No, I'm NOT kidding. I want you to kick me in the a__,' insisted the Marine.
 
So the leader shoved him into the yard and kicked him in the a__.
 
The Marine went sprawling, but rolled to his knees, pulled a 9 mm pistol from inside his cammies and shot the leader dead.
In the resulting confusion, he emptied his sidearm on six terrorists, then with his knife he slashed the throat of one, and with an AK-47, which he took from one of the already dead terrorists, sprayed the rest of the terrorists killing another 11.
In a flash, all of them were either dead or fleeing for their lives.
As the Marine was untying Couric, Gibson, and Williams, they asked him, 'Why didn't you just shoot them all in the first place? Why did you ask him to kick you in the a__?'

'What?' replied the Marine, 'and have you three a______s report that I was the aggressor.....?'
 
Semper Fi! 

If You Are Not Willing To Stand Behind Our Troops,
Please, Please Feel Free To Stand In Front Of Them!

 In God we trust

   AMEN!!! Thanks, Dimples - and Herb!
 


      From Dimples Dinwiddie Prichard ('58) of NC to From Herbert A. Riebeling, CDR USNR- RET, of NV- 03/08/10 - "RE: 'Semper Fi.....' ":

Herb,

If you don't mind, I would like to send this to my high school Newsletter !  Carol will print it, it seems as though we all have a great deal of affection for the Marine Corps, which some of our friends dropped out of school to join during the Viet Nam Conflict !  I will happily sent you a copy of the Newsletter when she prints it.   Let me know a.s.a.p.  We need something like this in the Newsletter !  May I have permission to use your name and your Military Ranking ? 


Sepi


From Herbert A. Riebeling, CDR USNR- RET, of NV to       Dimples Dinwiddie Prichard ('58) of NC - 03/08/10:

Sure, I only forwarded The Message.

Herbert A. Riebeling CDR USNR- RET


      From Dimples Dinwiddie Prichard ('58) of NC - 03/08/10:

Carol,

Perhaps someone to fill the spot
      Herbie (Hice) (22 Oct 1924 - 18 Apr 2008) left ?  He is a great guy, met him at Reuben's father's funeral. He lives in Reno, NV and skiing is his sport of choice !

Dimples

   Well, now, wouldn't that be fun?!? Thanks, Dimples - and Herb, we'd be honored if you'd like to join us!



    From Henry Hoyle ('65) of Northern VA (received from   Cheryl Gresham - Hampton HS - '64 - of VA) - 03/08/10 - "Wythe Elementary School/George Wythe Jr. High":


Attention former Wythe Elementary School and George Wythe Jr. High classmates~~~
 
Wythe Elementary will be closing this year after 100 years...and, of course, George Wythe Jr. has been gone many years----but there is going to be a Wythe Closing Celebration on Saturday, June 12, 2010. All interested put this on your calendar now and try to come (no time set yet).
 
They are looking for any history of Wythe Elementary/George Wythe---pictures, newspaper articles, etc. to scan for the memories.
 
Contact Glory Gill (Wythe school nurse) at 727-2965 / ggill@sbo.hampton.k12.va.us with any questions. If you have good memories from those years I'm sure you won't want to miss this occasion~~~
 
   OH, NO!!! It's so sad to see another school losing, but I'm glad to see they are having a celebration to rehearse great old memories.

   Thanks for letting us know, Cousin Henry - and Cheryl! I've added this to our "DATES TO REMEMBER", and will update it when more information becomes available.


  From Judy Phillips Allen ('66) of VA - 02/18/10 - "Panda Therapy (#11 in a Series of 19)":

I love these Panda emails!  I hope you get the "warm fuzzies", too!

Is it any wonder the world has fallen in love with these animals?

DON'T YOU FEEL BETTER ALREADY? 
 

   Yes, I do! Thanks, Judy!

   
  Pardon me, but do you have a napkin? 
 


ABBREVIATED ALERT:

  From Jane Chambers of VA - 07/01/09 AND 02/07/10 - "CNC BOOK BROCHURE & AD" AND 61-62 DECADERS ADDENDA:

http://www.nnhs65.com/CNC-CNU/brochure(2).pdf

http://www.nnhs65.com/CNC-CNU/CNC-Memories-Book-219390602.pdf

http://www.nnhs65.com/61-63-DECADERS-ADDENDA.doc

   Contact Dr. Chambers at cncmemories61_71@yahoo.com.

   Thanks, Jane!


FINALLY:

From ArcaMax Jokes - 03/08/10:

You Might Be From New York If......

* You say "the city" and expect everyone to know that this means Manhattan.

* You have never been to the Statue of Liberty or the Empire State Building.

* The subway makes sense to you, and the subway should never be called anything like the Metro.

* Your door has more than three locks and is made of steel.

* You think Central Park is "nature."

* You pay more each month to park your car than most people in the US pay on their mortgage.

* You haven't seen more than 12 stars in the night sky since you went away to camp as a kid.

* You pay $5 without blinking for a beer that cost the bar 28 cents.

* You have 27 different take-out menus next to your telephone.

* Going to Brooklyn is considered a "road trip." Of course, you only go there to attend weddings or funerals.

* America west of the Hudson is still theoretical to you.

* You have jaywalking down to an art form. You're born with it.

* You take a taxi to get to your health club to exercise.

* You don't hear sirens anymore.

* You live in a building with a larger population than most American towns.


DATES TO REMEMBER:

1. Friday, Saturday, and Sunday, April 16, 17, and 18, 2010 - The NNHS Class of 1953 will hold its 57-Year Reunion. For details, contact Robert Walker at bobsawalker@verizon.net (757) 596-7722 or Betty Burns at bsb0735@cox.net (757) 223-9488 - CLASS OF 1953

2. Saturday, April 24, 2010,11:30 AM - The NNHS Class of 1954 will hold a 56-Year Mini-Reunion Luncheon at The Chamberlin. For details, contact Mickey Marcella at mcmiceli@verizon.net (757) 249-3800 or Betty Hamby Neher at bineher@cox.net (757) 898-5099 or Dr. Harry Simpson at hdsdds@aol.com (804) 694-0346 - CLASS OF 1954

3. Saturday, June 12, 2010 - George Wythe Schools Closing Celebration. Contact Glory Gill (Wythe school nurse) at 727-2965 / ggill@sbo.hampton.k12.va.us with any questions or to contribute old memories - OPEN TO PUBLIC

4. Friday and Saturday, August 6 and 7, 2010 - The NNHS Class of 1970 will hold its 40-Year Reunion. Saturday night will be at the Kiln Creek Golf & Country Club. For details, contact Carol Comer Cutler at ca23comerww@aol.com or visit the reunion website at NNHS1970Reunion.myevent.com - CLASS OF 1970

5. Friday, Saturday, and Sunday, August 6, 7, and  8, 2010 - The NNHS Class of 1960 will hold its 50-Year Reunion at the Marriott Newport News at City Center. For details, contact Karen Weinstein Witte at kwitte@tampabay.rr.com - CLASS OF 1960

6. Friday and Saturday, October 15 and 16, 2010 - The NNHS Class of 1965 will hold its 45-Year Reunion at the Point Plaza Hotel, 950 J. Clyde Morris Boulevard, Newport News, VA 23601. For details, contact Dave Arnold at captarnold@vprj.net.


PRAYER ROLL:

http://www.nnhs65.com/requests-prayers.html - updated 01/08/10

BLOG:

http://nnhs.wordpress.com/ - updated 02/21/10


   Y'all take care of each other!  TYPHOONS FOREVER!  We'll Always Have Buckroe!

                                   Love to all, Carol

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Tuxedo Junction

Co-written by Erskine Hawkins (26 July 1914 - 11 Nov 1993) and Bill Johnson (30 Sept 1912 - 05 July 1960)

Lyrics by Buddy Feyne (09 June 1912 - 10 Dec 1998), 1939


Feelin' low
Rockin' slow
I want to go
Right back where I belong
Way down south in Birmingham
I mean south in Alabam'
There's an old place where people go
To dance the night away
They all drive or walk for miles
To get jive that southern style
It's an old jive that makes you want
To dance till break of day
It's a junction where the town folks meet
At each function in a tux they greet you
Come on down, forget your care
Come on down, you'll find me there
So long town, I'm heading for
Tuxedo Junction now
(instrumental break)
Feelin' low
Rockin' slow
I want to go
Right back where I belong
Way down south in Birmingham
I mean south in Alabam'
There's an old place where people go
To dance the night away
They all drive or walk for miles
To get jive that southern style
It's an old jive that makes you want
To dance till break of day
It's a junction where the town folks meet
At each function in a tux they greet you
Come on down, forget your care
Come on down, you'll find me there
So long town, I'm heading for
Tuxedo Junction now
Tuxedo Junction now


"Tuxedo Junction" midi courtesy of http://www.busyhands.co.za/midis_r_to_t.htm - 03/09/10

"Tuxedo Junction" lyrics courtesy of http://www.lyricsdownload.com/glenn-miller-tuxedo-junction-lyrics.html - 03/09/10

Tim Carr's February 06, 2009 Image of the Tuxedo Junction Historical Marker courtesy of http://www.hmdb.org/marker.asp?marker=25623 - 03/09/10

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!!

Air Force Seal clip art courtesy of http://www1.va.gov/opa/feature/celebrate/milsongs.htm - 07/07/06

Hampton High School's Crab clip art courtesy of http://www.geocities.com/agent99bm/ - 10/02/05
Replaced courtesy of
http://www.hamptonhigh1964.com - 02/17/09

Animated United States Marine Corps Flag clip art courtesy of http://www.angelfire.com/ny4/KevsGifsGalore/Patriotic.html - 06/18/03

 Colored Musical Notes Divider Line clip art courtesy of http://www.wtv-zone.com/nevr2l82/bars16.html - 04/02/05

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 http://www.hillsboroschools.net/schools/hhs/activities/music2/Band/bio.html - 06/07/08
Thanks, Mark!

Animated United States Marine Corps 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

Hampton High School's Crab clip art courtesy of http://www.geocities.com/agent99bm/ - 10/02/05
Replaced courtesy of
http://www.hamptonhigh1964.com - 02/17/09

Animated "Happy Little Rabbits We Are" clip art courtesy of http://users.bigpond.net.au/jellery/index.htm - 04/25/09

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