03/22/12 - NNHS Newsletter - El Paso
“Night time would find me in Rosa's Cantina...”
|Rosa's Cantina||Rosa's Cantina|
3454 Doniphan Drive, El Paso, TX
3454 Doniphan Drive, El Paso, TX
Dear Friends and Schoolmates,
You had to know, given my recent trip, that this theme was coming, didn't you?!?
BONUS #1 - http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=k5k6R4Z1BC8 - El Paso - Marty Robbins, live
BONUS #2 - http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hn3JB51NH_M - El Paso - Marty Robbins, live - later
|"El Paso" is a
country and western
written and originally recorded by
Marty Robbins, and first released on
Gunfighter Ballads and Trail Songs in September 1959. It was
released as a
single the following month, and became a major hit on both the
music charts, reaching number one in both at the start of 1960. It
Grammy Award for Best Country & Western Recording in
1961, and remains Robbins' best-known song. It is widely considered
a genre classic for its gripping narrative, haunting harmonies by
vocalists Bobby Sykes and Jim Glaser (of the Glaser Brothers) and the
Spanish guitar accompaniment by
Grady Martin that lends the recording a distinctive
"El Paso" was, at some four minutes and thirty-eight seconds in duration, far longer than most contemporary singles at the time. Robbins' record company was unsure if radio stations would play such a long song, and so released two versions of the song: the full-length version on one side, and an edited version on the other which was nearer to the three-minute mark. The full-length version was overwhelmingly preferred.
The song is a first-person narrative told by a cowboy who is in El Paso, Texas, in the days of the Wild West. He falls in love with Feleena, who is dancing at "Rosa's Cantina". When another man makes advances on "wicked Feleena", the narrator guns down the challenger, then flees El Paso for fear of being hanged for murder or killed in revenge by his victim's friends. He hides out in the "badlands of New Mexico".
The narrator switches from the past tense to the present tense for the remainder of the song, describing the yearning that drives him to return to El Paso: "It's been so long since I've seen the young maiden / My love is stronger than my fear of death". Upon entering the town, he is attacked and fatally wounded by a posse. At the end of the song, the cowboy is found by Feleena, and he dies in her arms.
Six years later, Robbins wrote a sequel to "El Paso", telling the story from Feleena's point of view. This song confirmed that the cowboy does indeed die in Feleena's arms...
Plotting the hints from Marty Robbins’ “El Paso” trilogy of songs, one can determine approximately where to find Rosa’s Cantina. At a juncture about 1.6 miles (2.6 km) NNW of where Texas, Chihuahua, and New Mexico converge, at the bottom of a hill, with a back door from which the narrator can run, there is an actual neighborhood bar called
Its ambience lends itself to the lyrics of the three songs...[3
NEWS FLASH #1:
From Me ('65) of NC - 03/21/12 - "We're Home!":
|We arrived home Wednesday night after two fabulous weeks in El Paso, courtesy of our #2 son, Brent Harty (Hillsboro HS, IL - '90 - of TX) (newly returned home from a year's deployment to "the lands dark and dusty") and our #2 daughter-in-law, Bethany Winona Harty (Siuslaw HS, OR - '94 - of TX), who shared part of their tax refund by treating us to a great trip of a lifetime. Not only did we get to spend time with them and their five children - most of whom we had not seen in four years - we were able to see some incredible sights. (Pictures will follow when I've had time to catch up...)|
NEWS FLASH #2:
From Me ('65) of NC - 03/21/12 - "Welcome Home!":
Our son of other parents, Joe Mansfield (Stanton College Prep School, FL - 2002), arrived home safe and sound to his wife and three young children several weeks early from a three-month deployment to "the lands dark and dusty" on Thursday, March 8 - the day after we left for El Paso. That was a very, very good thing indeed, because.....
NEWS FLASH #3:
From My Son of Other Parents, Joe Mansfield (Stanton College Prep School, FL - 2002) AND Megan Fulmer Mansfield (Marshall HS, TX - 2002) of NC - 03/21/12 - " Jane Elizabeth Mansfield - 10 Pounds of Cuteness":
on Wednesday, March 21, 2012 at 5:59 PM, weighed 10 lbs., 0 oz., and was
Her name is Jane Elizabeth.
AWWW!!! Such a sweet little baby she is! And we were just preparing to get off the plane in Raleigh when she arrived!
Congratulations! Kiss all your little darlings for me!
Friday, December 08, 2011
Spring Lake, NC
Wednesday, March 21, 2012
Ft. Bragg, NC
|Jonathan, Katelyn, and Jacob||Megan and Jane|
For those of y'all who "have joined us in progress," Joe and Megan are our sorta "extra" children. We encountered them along Life's Way when they were newlyweds and decided to keep them. Even Megan's mother has referred to us for years now as, "the other grandparents". This means we really have 17 grandchildren now! WHOO-HOO!
|Happy Belated Birthday to:|
07 - Shirley Eanes Matthews ('66) of VA;
08 - The late Mildred Mae Linkous Spriggs (June '38) (deceased 07/04/07) - also Mother of Dave Spriggs ('64) of VA AND Doris Burns ('38) - also Mother of Steve Burns ('65) of MN;
09 - Patrick Burke ('57) AND Bobby Hilling ('62) of VA AND Katie Haan Spaulding ('64) of CA;
10 - Helen Avant Neal ('57) of VA AND (if Plaxo is to be believed) Bill Douthat ('66) of VA; 1
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)
Linda Robinson Gillespie ('71) of VA;
16 - Bill Gross (February '48) of VA AND Linda May Bond Crayton ('66) of VA AND Jacque Ray Fisher ('66) of NC;
17 - Barbara Brewer (’69) of VA;
18 - Johnny Mitchell ('57) of VA AND Kay Knight Midkiff Evans ('59) of VA AND Aderon Gibbs ('66) of VA AND Wade Scott ('66) of MO;
19 - Cheryl Mays Howard ('66) of VA;
20 - My Cousin, Stuart Atkinson (Warsaw HS - '63) of CO AND Sid Melton ('64) of NY AND Terri McAfee Artman ('66) of VA AND My Nephew, Kevin Dick (Weber HS, UT - '82) of NC;
21 - Bob Morgan ('56) of MA AND My #4 Son, Joshua Harty (Hillsboro HS, IL - '95) of IL!
THIS WEEK'S BIRTHDAYS:
Happy Birthday today toCookie Phillips Tyndall ('64) of VA!
Happy Birthday tomorrow to Jack Harrison ('61) of VA AND Richard Marshall ('66) of VA!
Happy Birthday this week to:
24 - Olivia House Brickey ('65) of VA;
25 - The late Billy Williams ('57)(d. 21 May 2007) AND Joan McKenna Ward ('60) of VA AND Bill Hobbs ('66) of Northern VA;
26 - The late Gene Collins Glave ('60)(d. 06 July 2011);
28 - Elizabeth Tedder Nunnally ('65 and '68) of VA;
29 - David Hatchett ('65) of VA!
Many Happy Returns to You All!
|YESTERDAY IN WWII:
|March 21, 1943 - Wehrmacht officer Rudolf Christoph Freiherr von Gersdorff plotted to assassinate Adolf Hitler by using a suicide bomb, but the plan fell through. Von Gersdorff was able to defuse the bomb in time to avoid suspicion.|
|YESTERDAY IN 1962:
THIS DAY IN 1962:
From My Daughter, Adrienne Harty (Hillsboro HS, IL / American School, IL) of NC - currently serving an eighteen-month mission for The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints in Seattle, Washington - 03/20/12 - "transfer week":
We were spared from transfers again! WOOT! It's so good because I'd really like to witness Casey's baptism before I leave here. I would also like Sister Keller to witness it before she goes home next transfer. I guess nothing spectacular has happened since last week. Sister Keller has been uber sick all week...so not much could be done. Anyway, sorry for the lame letter.
I do have a cool scripture for y'all
though. Hopefully I have remembered the reference...it's 1 Nephi
21...uh verses 15 through 17? It's says something about the palms
of His hands...you know what? Just read the whole chapter - it's a
good one and is relatively short. That takes care of the issue,
huh? hehe Well, besides that...I love you all!
GIGGLES! Thanks, Sister Baby Girl! You're right, that whole chapter is a gem, but the verses you referenced are especially comforting: 16 Behold, I have graven thee upon the palms of my hands; thy walls are continually before me. 17 Thy children shall make haste against thy destroyers; and they that made thee waste shall go forth of thee. - 1 Nephi 21: 16-17
From Ruth Ann Reece Horace ('67) of FL - 03/21/12 - "LOVE YA!":
|GIGGLES! Thanks, Ruthie!|
From My Niece, Shari, of VA - 02/06/12 - "Recent Solar Storms Trigger Beautiful Auroras (#12 in a Series of 12)":
From Wayne Stokes ('65) of VA - 02/29/12 - "Aww pictures......... (#5 in a Series of 43)":
I can do this!!
AWWW! Thanks, Wayne Honey! Paul tried sending these to me several days ago, and inexplicably only one of the images arrived!
From http://www.ajokeaday.com - 03/21/12:
|His father sends a small boy to bed. Five minutes later....
"What?" "I'm thirsty. Can you bring drink of water?" "No. You had your chance. Lights out."
Five minutes later: "Da-aaaad....."
"I'm THIRSTY. Can I have a drink of water??"
"I told you NO!" If you ask again, I'll have to spank you!!"
Five minutes later......"Daaaa-aaaad....."
"When you come in to spank me, can you bring a drink of water?"
DATES TO REMEMBER:
1. Thursday, April 5, 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 firstname.lastname@example.org 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 email@example.com
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Carol Buckley Harty
7020 Lure Court
Fayetteville, NC 28311-9309
2.Go to www.PayPal.com, log in, select "Send Money (Services) to firstname.lastname@example.org; or
3. Just mail it directly to my home. Thanks!
Y'all take good care of each other! TYPHOONS FOREVER! We'll Always HaveBuckroe!
Love to all, Carol
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Written and Recorded by Marty Robbins (26 Sept 1925 – 08 Dec 1982), 1959
Out in the West Texas town of El Paso
I fell in love with a Mexican girl
"El Paso" lyrics courtesy of http://www.oldielyrics.com/lyrics/marty_robbins/el_paso.html - 03/26/12 (sic)
Image of Rosa's Cantina courtesy of Bethany Winona Harty
(Siuslaw HS, OR - '94 - of TX ) - 03/20/12
Red Roses Divider Line clip art courtesy of- well, I cannot seem to locate that information at the moment, but it's been in my files since 02/01/05.
Hillsboro High School's Topper (Band Version) clip art courtesy of
Army Seal clip art courtesy of Al Farber ('64) of GA - 05/24/06 (still
Replaced by Norm Covert ('61) of MD - 02/09/09
Siuslaw High School's Viking Logo clip art courtesy of http://www.answers.com/topic/minnesotavikings-1000-png - 12/27/07
Stanton College Prep School's logo courtesy of http://www.stantoncollegeprep.org/central/ - 08/01/10
Air Force Seal clip art courtesy of http://www1.va.gov/opa/feature/celebrate/milsongs.htm - 07/07/06
Animated Big Hugs Smiley clip art courtesy of Sarah Puckett Kressaty ('65) of VA
Thanks, Sarah Sugah!
Animated Kissing Smiley clip art
courtesy of my friend, Judy Bundy Bowermaster (Litchfield HS, IL - '59), of IL - 09/19/08
Birthday Cake clip art courtesy of
Sarah Puckett Kressaty ('65) of
VA - 08/31/05
Thanks, Sarah Sugah!
Navy Seal clip art courtesy of http://www.onemileup.com/miniSeals.asp - 05/29/06
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!!
American School Logo courtesy of http://www.americanschoolofcorr.com/grads.asp - 09/05/06
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