03/23/14 - NNHS Newsletter -
“A camel makes an elephant feel like a jet plane.”
Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis
Dear Friends and Schoolmates,
What a happy, fun song this is!
BONUS - Baby Elephant Walk
"Baby Elephant Walk" is a tune written in 1961 by composer Henry Mancini, for the 1962 release of the movie Hatari! The composer combines brass instruments (including repeated blasts from the tuba) and woodwind elements to convey the sense of a toddler that is large and plodding, but nonetheless filled with the exuberance of youth. The catchy, jazzy simplicity of the tune has made it one of Mancini's most popular works, prompting its appearance on nearly twenty later compilation and best of/greatest hits albums. As the allmusic.com album review states, "if Hatari! is memorable for anything, it's for the incredibly goofy 'Baby Elephant Walk,' which has gone on to be musical shorthand for kookiness of any stripe. Get this tune in your head and it sticks."
THIS WEEK'S BIRTHDAYS:
Happy Birthday this week to:AND Joan McKenna Ward ('60) of VA AND Bill Hobbs ('66) of Northern VA;
27 - Linda Williams Snelling ('63);
Many Happy Returns to You All!
THIS DAY IN WWII:
March 23, 1919 - In
Benito Mussolini founded his
March 23, 1933 - The German Reichstag adopted the Enabling act of 1933, making Adolf Hitler dictator of Germany.
March 23, 1936 - Italy, Austria & Hungary signed the Pact of Rome.
March 23, 1939 - The
Hungarian air force attacked the headquarters of
Slovak air force in the city of
Spišská Nová Ves, killing 13 people and beginning the
THIS DAY IN 1964:
|Sunday, March 23, 1964 - Actress
Hope Davis was born in
Sunday, March 23, 1964 - Actor Peter Lorre (born László Löwenstein on 26 June 1904 in Rózsahegy [now Ružomberok], Austria-Hungary [now Slovakia]) died of a stroke in Los Angeles, California at the age of 59.
Thanks so much for your work! I just noticed that I put my grandfather's wrong name in what I sent you. (A senior brain glitch -- sorry). Could you go back and change his name to Roderick, NOT Frederick?
Also, I was hoping to see
this biography show up on the In Memoriam
page. I'm sorry to put you to any trouble. I just noticed there are
other bios there and I think hers would look nice there.
Thank you so much, Charlotte! Umm, speaking of senior moments, had I remembered originally that Betty was a member of the Class of '54, or had I ever finished scanning all the senior portraits for that page, or something, I would have done this all differently, but, ah, well.....
"Nevermind! Here we go - really!"
From the Incomparable Charis Bean Duke (Governor Thomas Johnson HS, MD - '85) of PA - 03/22/14:
There is hope.
WHOO-HOO! Thanks, Charis!Meanwhile, back down here in Fayetteville (where I wish YOU still were!), the Bradford pear trees are in splendid array; the azaleas and wisteria cannot be far behind!
From My Daughter of Other Parents, Megan Fulmer Mansfield (Marshall HS, TX - 2002) of TX - 03/21/14:
|Things are a little nuts
around here! Haha!
Nuts? With five children under the age of 9?? How can that BE??? Kiss 'em all for us!
BOY HOWDY! I know I did under similar circumstances! Thank you for the update, Lady!
From Bill Wynne ('63) of MD - 03/22/14 - "The Chicken Gun":
|Sometimes it does take a rocket scientist!
Scientists at NASA built a gun specifically to launch standard 4 pound dead chickens at the windshields of airliners, military jets and the space shuttle, all traveling at maximum velocity. The idea is to simulate the frequent incidents of collisions with airborne fowl to test the strength of the windshields.
British engineers heard about the gun and were eager to test it on the windshields of their new high speed trains. Arrangements were made, and a gun was sent to the British engineers.
When the gun was fired, the engineers stood shocked as the chicken hurled out of the barrel, crashed into the shatterproof shield, smashed it to smithereens, blasted through the control console, snapped the engineer's back-rest in two, and embedded itself in the back wall of the cabin, like an arrow shot from a bow.
The horrified Brits sent NASA the disastrous results of the experiment, along with the designs of the windshield and begged the U.S scientists for suggestions.
NASA responded with a one-line memo -- "Defrost the chicken." (True Story)
From My Husband, Paul Harty (Bardolph HS, IL - '61) of NC - 03/22/14 - "Talent beyond belief!!!!!":
|Wow!! What a talented
Where do these little girls comes from? A must watch video - be amazed and thrilled when you listen to this youngster sing.
WOWZERONI! Thank you, Dools! The clarity of her voice would be astounding at any age; in a nine-year-old, it's simply phenomenal!
From Paul's Niece, Celesta, of AZ - 03/22/14:
|SO TRUE! Thanks, Celesta!|
From My Friend, CJ, of IL - 03/22/14 - "100 Wise Words for Everyone. Number 28 Is Gold.":
But I refuse to wear a bra to work.
GOOD TO KNOW! Thank you, CJ! These are surprisingly astute!
Friend, Adrienne, of UT - 03/22/14 - "Looking Back":
|AMEN! Thanks, Adrienne!|
From Joan Lauterbach Krause ('60) of VA - 02/14/14 - "Snow in Russia (#35 in a Series of 37)":
Hope these come through. In light of recent weather....
Snow in Russia
Now THIS is winter!
YIKESARONI! Thanks again, Joan!
From My Husband, Paul Harty (Bardolph HS, IL - '61) of NC - 03/09/14 - "Cold anyone? (#12 in a series of 15)":
|HA-HA-HA! Thanks, Haul Party!|
BONUS BABY ELEPHANT CROCHET PATTERN:
|Dedri's Baby Elephant Crochet Pattern|
Our 1st Shipment/Order of the NNHS Logo Caps have arrived and are being
packaged for shipping today; with shipments being sent out Monday &
Tuesday: I have approximately 27 caps out of the first 100 ordered
remaining. Anyone wishing to get a cap at the introductory price of
$10.00 plus S/H of $4.59 may do so at my eBay Store:
After the initial order has been sold the price will go to the regular
retail price of $14.95.
Thanks to those who purchased from the 1st Shipment! When I review the sales at the end of this month, I will begin offering other items, such as Mugs, T-Shirts, Jackets, key chains, etc.
I have already made a contribution to the NNHS65 Newsletter for support of Carol's efforts toward keeping us NNHS Classmates informed of noteworthy news; plus the Charity of Wounded Warriors Fund will receive a donation check quarterly from the proceeds from Sales of these NNHS Logo Products.
In addition to the discounted prices for NNHS Logo Products, anyone purchasing additional products from any of my websites may contact me at: firstname.lastname@example.org or raglandtradingpost.com with info pertaining to your purchases and I will send you a 20% refund of your total purchase price via Paypal to your payment account. You may contact me at anytime for additional information on these items and/or discounts offered.
Thank you so very much, Butch!
"In school one day, a teacher asked my six-year-old son why his
handwriting wasn't as neat as it usually was.
DATES TO REMEMBER:
Thursday, April 3, 2014 - 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
2. Wednesday, May 14, 2014 - 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.
3. Friday and Saturday, July 25 and 26, 2014 - The NNHS Class of 1954 will hold a 60-YEAR REUNION in Newport News. Further info from Dr. Harry Simpson at 804 694 0346 or email@example.com, or Mickey Marcella at 757 249 3800 or firstname.lastname@example.org, or Betty H. Neher at 757 898 5099 or email@example.com.
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Baby Elephant Walk
Written by Henry Mancini (16 Apr 1924 - 14 June 1994), 1961 for Hatari!, 1962
"Baby Elephant Walk"
midi courtesy of
http://www.furf.net/Midi.htm - 03/22/10
at the suggestion of Paul Harty (Bardolph HS, IL - '61) of IL - 03/22/10
Baby Elephant Image courtesy of http://gridskipper.com/tag/animals/index.php?tag=animals/&page=5 - 03/22/10
Animated Tiny Birthday Cake clip art courtesy of Sarah Puckett Kressaty ('65) of
VA - 08/31/05
Thanks, Sarah Sugah!
Teddy Bear clip art courtesy of http://www.resourcesforbears.com/CLIPART/pix/bearb.gif - 03/23/05 (replaced 03/23/09)
Navy Seal clip art courtesy of http://www.onemileup.com/miniSeals.asp - 05/29/06
Animated Hiding Mallard (by AF Artist - Josh Doohen) courtesy of http://www.animationfactory.com - 05/15/08
Governor Thomas Johnson High School's Logo courtesy of http://www.tjathletics.org/ - 06/16/08
Animated Cheering Smiley
clip art courtesy of Al Farber ('64) of GA - 08/18/05 (re-saved 02/27/09)
John Marshall High School's (TX) Rams logo courtesy of http://www.nisd.net/marshall/ - 04/26/13
Animated Big Hugs Smiley clip art courtesy of Sarah Puckett Kressaty ('65) of VA
Thanks, Sarah Sugah!
Animated Kissing Smiley clip art courtesy of
Al Farber ('64) of GA
Animated Laughing Smiley
McCain Rose ('65) of VA - 02/07/05
Animated Laughing Elephant courtesy of Frank Blechman ('65) of Northern VA -
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
Animated Fat Frog courtesy of
Stokes ('65) of VA - 07/16/08
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.
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