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04/05/07 - NNHS Newsletter
Willow Weep for Me

"Willow, in thy breezy moan,
I can hear a deeper tone;
Through thy leaves come whispering low,
Faint sweet sound of long ago--
Willow, sighing willow!"

- Mrs. Felicia D. Hemans, "Willow Song"
(1793 - 1835)

Dear Friends and Schoolmates,   

   Today's theme is brought to you by my Magic Shower.  Last night at 6:00 PM as I stepped into my shower, a very sultry voice began alternately singing and humming this song to me.  I thought it sounded like Julie London rather than Ella Fitzgerald, but when I Googled the lyrics, I saw that this was yet another song by Frank Sinatra It must have been a ventriloquist's trick.....


   Tomorrow we'll have another Twofer!

06 - Gerald Leonard ('66) of VA - 1948
06 - Aaron (Hank) Smith ('69) of ? -1951

   Happy Birthday, Gentlemen!


  Hit #59,000 was made on Wednesday, April 4, 2007 at 4:11 PM by a DSL user in Houston, TX using who somehow stumbled upon the old site at

From Gwen Howard Holland (Warwick HS - '61) of VA to Karrin Williams Frankie (Warwick HS - '61) of VA - 03/18/07:






From Karrin Williams Frankie (Warwick HS - '61) of VA to    Elaine Wilkinson Bracken ('61) of VA - 04/02/07 - "UPDATE ON GWEN HOWARD HOLLAND (UNCLASSIFIED)":

Classification: UNCLASSIFIED
Caveats: NONE

I thought I had sent this out about Gwen but found it in my emails to read. So if I did send out, just remember I'm getting OLD!

Take care and no other news. Just know thoughts and prayers do WORK!

For the NNHS friends: Gwen is married to Johnny Holland

   HALLELUJAH!!!  Thanks so much, Elaine and Karrin - and continued best wishes, Gwen!

 From Rosalee Wilks Jecmenek ('65) of TX - 04/02/07, 10:26 PM - "  Janice McCain Rose in hospital":

Hi there....I received a phone call from Janice McCain Rose ('65 - of VA) just a moment ago.. she is in the hospital, and stable.. but had a FRIGHTENING occurrence....they say she is lucky to be alive....she has two big clots, one in each lung!!!  She said this experience really made her KNOW that we must all tell people we love them whenever we please keep her in your prayers...and hopefully she will be out of the hospital and back with her family VERY SOON!! 

Lots of love, Rosalee

   YOWZERONI-RINI!!!  OH, Rosalee, I didn't discover your note until about an hour after I had released that last Newsletter. When I did, I forwarded it to representatives from the classes of 1962 - 1966, and asked them to share it with all their classmates. I would not have been able to send another large mailing from Yahoo ( until the next day, and this addie ( has been all but useless since my Big Crash of 2005.

   Thank you so much for letting me know!
What a scary thing!!! We have all been praying for her.

  From John London (Warwick HS - '57) of VA - 04/05/07 - "Prayer request.":

Carol -

Perhaps you could find a place for this prayer request in an upcoming news-letter - thanks!

My brother, Roger, who resides in Richmond, was just diagnosed with liver cancer. He is told that the tumor is inoperable. He has had Hep-C for many years and consequently has scaring (cirrhosis) as well as the tumor. Those things, of course, work against him as a candidate for a transplant.

However, our family believes that positive things can and often do happen, and we believe in the power of prayer.

Thanks so much - John London (WHS-57)!

   Oh, John, I am so very sorry to learn this!  I had no sooner read your note and uttered a prayer on his behalf than the sweet sounds of birds singing just outside my window arose in a veritable symphony.  I do not usually hear them there, and I do not hear them now.  I pass that on to you because I like such positive affirmations - some may call them signs.  You may interpret it as you will - as I myself will. 

   We shall keep Roger - and you - in our prayers.

  From Bill Hobbs ('66) of Northern VA - 04/02/07 - "Sometimes you need a good woman...":

Sometimes you need a good woman!!!!

     OHHH, Sweetie, that is just so wrong on so many levels!  WILD GIGGLES!!!

   Thanks, Bill!


  From Elaine Wilkinson Bracken ('61) of VA - 04/02/07 - "It's only me!":

     OHHH, Lady, you're so baaaad!  And that is just soooo funny!!!  WILD GIGGLES!!!

   Thanks, Elaine!

A senior moment

From My Niece, Shari, of VA - 04/02/07 - "Tuesday send -- comes with a new pet warning":

It's probably a good idea to pass on the warning to those you know who own cats or dogs.

pictures and clips of storms

T.V. bloopers -- some of the worst but funniest t.v. bloopers to date!

   OH, GOODY!!!  I LOVE bloopers - and these are hysterical!

Q: What do you call a penguin in the Sahara Desert?  

A: Lost  

Two cows are standing in a field. One turns to the other and says, "Moo".  

The other one says, "Dang, I was just about to say that!"  

Pet Warning
New and Toxic Discovery  

Another little known toxin to dogs and cats is actually grapes and of course, raisins. It was only discovered/decided a couple of years ago that they can actually cause anemia in these animals. Of course, some dogs will eat grapes every day and never have a problem, but it's impossible to tell which animals are the most sensitive to grapes and raisins, and so it is better not to feed them any at all. 
"Harsh words can kill a relationship faster than anything."
~Pearl Norman
"Sure one can win an argument, but at what cost?"
~Duane Brook

"Experience is a hard teacher because she gives the test first,
the lesson afterward."

-Vernon Law
"We shall never know all the good that a simple smile can do."

~Mother Teresa~

   Thanks, Shari!

  From Wayne Stokes ('65) of VA - 04/03/07 - "Viva Mexico??":

 I usually erase the sender's name of any of these things I forward to you to protect them from my New Years Resolution, how quickly you forget, but in this case I happen to agree completely with Joe's words and will leave them as mine. That door swings both ways! This action is disgusting and those involved should be sent back to Mexico, since they love it so dearly. Obviously, they are here against their will and should be set "free"!!

  From the President of the Class of 1965, Joe Wingo of NC - 04/03/07:

My, how much things have changed….in the wrong direction.

It always strikes me as odd how all these protestors have to come to the U.S.A.  in order to tell how great the country they left is!

Seems simple enough to me; if here is so bad and there is so good….GO BACK

You will not see this heart-stopping photo on the front page of the NY Times or on the lead story of the major news networks. The protestors put up the Mexican flag over the American flag flying upside down at Montebello High School in California.

Monday, March 27, 2006 - Montebello High School, CA
Protest prompted and implemented by students from neighboring schools, not Montebello

I predict this stunt will be the nail in the coffin of any guest-worker/amnesty plan on the table in Washington. The image of the American flag subsumed to another and turned upside down on American soil is already spreading on Internet forums and via e-mail.

Pass this along to every American citizen in your address books and to every representative in the state and federal government. If you choose to remain uninvolved, do not be amazed when you no longer have a nation to call your own nor anything you have worked for left since it will be "redistributed" to the activists while you are so peacefully staying out of the "fray". Check history, it is full of nations/empires that disappeared when its citizens no longer held their core beliefs and values. One person CAN make a difference. One plus one plus one plus one plus one plus one.........

The battle for our secure borders and immigration laws that actually mean something, however, hasn't even begun.

If this ticks YOU off...PASS IT ON!

   After last Thanksgiving's debacle on basically the same subject, I myself had resolved simply to drop all stories concerning this issue, but this one was simply too outrageous to ignore.  

   And even though a picture - or four - is worth a thousand words, I ran it through, and it is True!

  Read the rest of the story here:

   Thank you, Gentlemen!

  From Evelyn Fryer Fish ('58) of TX - 04/03/07 - "Re: 04/02/07 - NNHS Newsletter - Passover Wishes":

Hi Carol,
I Thoroughly Enjoyed This - Especially the Penny Postcards - and Do You Remember Love. 

Thank U.  ev

   Thank you, Sweet Lady! I'm glad you liked them!

Penny Postcards

  From Karen Weinstein Witte ('60) of FL - 04/03/07 - "Class of 60":

Carol, thanks for updating the reunion information. On the class of 60 reunion page, the old reunion notice can be deleted. And on the missing list, please note that Marilyn Suskind and   Ricki Bond Brothers have been "found."
Thanks so much,

   Thanks, Karen!  I did (with some effort) manage to talk myself into actually deleting something on the site, and painful as that was for me, the joy of knowing that you'd located those gals somehow compensated for it.  GIGGLES!!!

From My Niece, Shari, of VA - 04/03/07 - "10 things you never knew about the brain":

   Believe them or not, these are quite fascinating, to say the least.  Thanks, Lady!

  From Jay Styles ('68) of VA - 04/03/07:

Good Afternoon, Carol,
Just finished the latest newsletter, and    Stacy Dorn ('64 - of VA) is exactly correct in her reference to NOT using the cruise control during inclement weather.  If you feel the vehicle start to hydro-plane, corrective action has to be done immediately.  If not, your car will cross the line of no return extremely fast, and you will end-up in someone's accident field notes just as fast, along with the appropriate "Reckless Driving: Failure to Maintain Proper Control".  Can't tell you how many times this happens, along with the statement, "it was an act of God", but that is never, ever, the case. 

Take care and safe motoring to everyone.

Jay Styles, '68

   Ahhh, Jay Darlin'!  As soon as I read that article from Stacy, I thought of you!  Thanks for the confirmation!

   (For those who may have missed it, I'm reprinting it here in full.)

  From Stacy Dorn ('64) of VA - 04/02/07 - "~ Important !! Information ~ driving in the rain":

I wonder how many people know about this?

A 36 year old female had an accident several weeks ago and totaled her car. A resident of Kilgore, Texas, she was traveling between Gladewater and Kilgore. It was raining, though not excessively, when her car suddenly began to hydroplane and literally flew through the air.  She was not seriously injured  but very stunned at the sudden occurrence!

When she explained to the highway patrolman what had happened, he told her something that every driver should know:  


She had thought she was being cautious by setting the cruise control and maintaining a safe consistent speed in the rain.

But the highway patrolman told her that if the cruise control is on and your car begins to hydroplane -- when your tires lose contact with the pavement, your car will accelerate to a higher rate of speed and  you take off like an airplane. She told the patrolman that was exactly what had occurred.  The patrolman said this warning should be listed, on the driver's seat sun-visor:


along with the airbag warning. We tell our teenagers to set the cruise control and drive a safe speed - but we don't tell them to use the cruise control only when the pavement is dry.

The only person the accident victim found who knew this (besides the patrolman), was a man who had had a similar accident, totaled his car and sustained severe injuries.

If you send this to 15 people and only one of them doesn't know about this,
then it was all worth it. You might have saved a life. 

   YOWZERONI!!!  Thanks so much, Stacy!

   Just to be certain, I ran this through, and it is True.

From My Niece, Shari, of VA - 04/03/07 - "A must know for women!":

An ancient Middle Eastern beauty technique is becoming more and more popular if you have been paying attention. The technique? Threading, the art of removing unwanted hair, using, as the name implies, thread...  

Many salons and spas offer threading as a service and the cost is much cheaper, (or should be), than waxing. While the legs and arms can be "threaded", the most popular place to have the technique done are the eyebrows and upper lip... Threading is faster than tweezing, and should cost a relatively inexpensive $5.00-$8.00. Actual "threading shops" are starting to pop up all over the place, so it should be easy to find a place that offers this service...  

You don't have to wait for hair to grow a certain length threading removes the tiniest and finest hair right from the root. Tweezing does the same as well, but tweezing is more painful, more time consuming, and tends to leave in-growths... 

   Okay, Ladies, the first one of y'all to become proficient in this technique, be sure to let the rest of us know!

   Thanks again, Shari!

  From Bill Campbell ('54) of VA) - 04/03/07 - "April Fool's Jokes":

Hi Carol,
Good for you, young lady (at my age, EVERYONE is young). For what it's worth, I never cared for pranks made at other folks' expense either, including April Fool's Jokes. Some of the same people who ridicule the likes of The Three Stooges love to pull the same kinds of pranks on people. Never cared for it, neither being the prankster, nor the prankstee. Lots of other ways to have fun if we just look for them. Take care,
Bill Campbell, Class of '54

   WOWZERONI, Bill!!!  I think I've only met about ten people in my entire life who agree with me on that subject, and I can't really recall who those other nine are!  Thanks so much, Sweetie!

  From Marcus C. Higgins ('65) of AZ - 04/04/07 - "Cookies & Sweet Memories":

Hi: I have lived in Phoenix for many years (two score and a bunch as ole Abe Lincoln would say). I truly enjoy the reminiscing from the gang speaking of old eating establishments in the Tidewater area. Too bad about Shoney's; those burgers were great. So, my two favorite childhood haunts were High's Ice Cream and an oatmeal cookie from Crum's Bakery. Since ice cream cannot be mailed to Phoenix (ha) is Crum's Bakery still in existence? Those midnight cravings for tastes of yesteryears won't go away. As a young teen I fell asleep many a nite with a cookie crumbs on my lips and the great sounds of WGH transistoring in my ear.

Keep up the good work, meanwhile in the absence of Crum's cookies I will go fill up on Peeps rabbits. Only the yellow ones and always bite the ears off first. Peeps and Circus Peanuts should always be eaten when soft. Maybe that's an excuse to eat more.


   I'm sorry to say that Crum's Bakery is no more.  I think
   Pauline Collins Shofner ('65) of VA told me at the 55th Birthday Party for the Class of 1965 (10/19/02) that they had only recently closed up shop, but after nearly five years, it's entirely possible that I sucked that whole story out of my big toe.

   Be that as it may, I added your comments to the Crum's page:


   Thanks, Marcus - and enjoy your Peeps and Circus Peanuts! (I'm quite fond of both of those myself!)

  From Ron Miller ('59) of NC - 04/04/07 - "Remember?":

   Ohhh, I remember that!  I remember ALL of that!  Thanks, Sweetie - it was fun!

  From the President of the Class of 1965, Joe Wingo of NC - 04/05/07 - "FOR ALL OF YOU WHO MAY BE HAVING A BAD DAY...":

Dear Carol,

I hope this finds you well and happy.. Simply could not resist sending this along as a reminder to us all that we each have something to be thankful for every day.

Happy Easter to everyone.

Love, Joe


     OHHH, Sweetie-Pie, that is soooo horrible - but it really made my day!  WILDEST GIGGLES!!!

   Thanks, Joe Darlin'!



1.   From Brenda Amos Williams ('62) of VA - 03/16/07 - "Re: HELLO":

Hi Carol,

Here I am again asking for another favor. Would you please post on your website how much we would love to find our 1962 classmates? I know that lots of folks that read your website, much more than our small 62 website. Our reunion is getting close (September 22) and we really would like to find as many as we can. We had a recent mailing and quite a few came back to us, such as wrong address, moved, etc. so sure would appreciate you putting that up for us.

You know also that you are always invited to attend our reunion. We really would like to invite all the classmates from 1960 to 1965 to attend our Friday night affair. Soon we will have a webpage with all the information and invitation on it.

I appreciate all you do and hope things are doing good for all of you now.

Again, thanks for the help. Keep up the GREAT WORK!

Brenda Williams
Typhoon Forever
"Be the change you wish to see in the world". -Ghandi

   Why, certainly, Brenda!   In fact, if you'll send me a list of your "missing", we'll post it and begin to search for them individually.

   Thank you for the invitation!  I'm delighted to see that you've opened your Friday night to include the two classes on either side of you.  It will be a fun time for all, and I'm glad to help you in any way that I can.

   I've posted your note here on your page:


2.     From Dave Arnold ('65) of VA - 03/18/07 - "60th Birthday Party":

If you would be so kind as to post this on your site, we would certainly appreciate the assistance.
The NNHS 1965 Reunion Team is back in action!  As much as we may not like it, we must face the fact that the majority of us will have our 60th birthday this year.  Even though we've only been out of school "a few years", we have verified that 60 is the correct number.  The 55th picnic was well received, so we're going to do the same thing for the 60th. 
Mark your calendars for Saturday, June 30, 2007.  We'll be meeting at Shelter #4 at Newport News Park on Jefferson Avenue in Newport News from 2:00 - 6:00 p.m.   After some discussion among the Reunion Team, we decided this would be an open event with all NNHS classes welcome.  If you haven't yet reached 60, it will afford an opportunity to practice.  If you have, you can act like Jack Benny and move back a few years.  No matter the case, all are welcome.
It's never too early to make plans, so mark your calendar today and we'll follow up shortly with further information.  If you have any questions please contact Dave Arnold at (757) 618-6646.  We look forward to seeing you in June!

Dave Arnold

   YIPPEE!!!  Certainly, Dave!  I made you a brand new page, and our Wizard of Wonderment,    Dave Spriggs ('64) of VA picked the perfect music for it:

   This information is now posted on the main page of the web site, and will be carried in each Newsletter from now until then.

   Thanks, Dave! Sounds like fun!

3.   From Sandra Canepa ('56) of VA) - 03/18/07 - "Buckroe & Crossroads Entertainment Complex":

Supporters for saving Buckroe's Lots B as a professionally designed Bayfront city park.  with ample off-street public parking,  need to be aware there is still action you can take in the latest attempt to save Buckroe's Lots B as a magnificent bay front city park.
Even though Council picked Option B for Lots B on January 24, and Option B calls for the development of two of Buckroe's Lots B with residential housing, those lots cannot be sold to any developer without first going through a public hearing.   Until that time arrives, Hampton City Council needs to continue hearing from the public, and the public as a whole needs to know there is still hope.   Option B can be viewed on
The latest hope to save Lots B as a park has come up because of Hampton's new $200M Plan for the Crossroads Entertainment Complex which is scheduled to be developed in the Coliseum/Convention Center area.  
A Daily Press story on February 16 indicated Crossroads is going to need every ounce of help, vision and imagination a city government can commit in order to vie with the other entertainment venues in the area because, with seven, Hampton Roads  is thought to have more live-performance theaters per capita than any market in the country.
The following Letter to the Editor was printed in today's Daily Press.  It may explain the situation a little better but it also outlines what actions can be taken by anyone still concerned about saving Buckroe's Lots B for our now and future generations.
Why can't Council see the immense value of having both a Crossroads and a beautiful Bay front park, two uniquely different visitor-welcoming attractions,  to tout versus only one?    Further, if Buckroe is destroyed for thousands  by this Council and city staff, and if Crossroads doesn't make it, what unique attraction is Hampton going to be able to offer visitors and tourists in the future?
Why can't Council recognize visitors and tourists want beaches,  and if they don't find something welcoming and attractive in Buckroe they are going to travel to Yorktown or Virginia Beach.   And, believe me, after tourists have spent a long tiring round-trip to those beaches, either through the tunnel or on the interstate, they are not going to want to attend anything that night, no matter how entertaining.
How much better would it be for Hampton and the Crossroads Entertainment Complex to be able to advertise:
Please let Hampton City Council hear your thoughts on developing Buckroe into a welcoming, attractive world class city park to market along beside the Crossroads entertainment complex, and vice versa.  
Thank you.  Sandra Canepa

March 18, 2007

Crossroads & Buckroe

I applaud the Hampton City Council for considering everything the new Crossroads entertainment complex is expected to do for Hampton. The Daily Press reports that Hampton is looking for Crossroads to be "an attempt to make Hampton a destination" and is "looking for people to come in." ("Hampton's $200M plan," Feb. 15)

Buckroe Beach and Lots B have been the goose that has laid, and continue to lay, golden eggs in the form of attracting thousands of people and thousands of dollars in revenue to a proven destination. Now the council wants to cut up, sell off and destroy this known attraction in hopes its "new goose," the Crossroads complex, will lay the golden eggs for Hampton in the future.

How much more sense would it make for Hampton to have two major attractions to tout; one tried and true, but improved into a magnificent bayfront park with ample off-street parking, and the other, new and untried but needing all the help possible to compete with the other six entertainment complexes in the area.

The council is doing the XL Development Group a huge disservice by not doing all it can as the hosting city to help ensure it a success. Why would the council destroy one financially proven "one-of-a-kind" destination spot to lay all the onus on an unproven Crossroads in "an attempt to make Hampton a destination" when together the two certainly would be a winning ticket and better for everyone involved?

Doesn't it make good business sense for the council to reconsider its earlier vote on Buckroe's Lots B (view Option B at

Contact the council at 727-6315 or, and let them hear your thoughts on developing Buckroe along with the Crossroads complex.

Sandra Canepa


   Thank you so much, Sandra!  I'm delighted to see there's still hope and that you and your committee are still working so diligently to save this for all of us.

   Now, y'all do your part, too!


1. Saturday, June 30, 2007 - 60th Birthday Party for the Class of 1965 - OPEN TO ALL NNHS CLASSES

2. Saturday, August 4, 2007 - Typhoon Informal Reunion - NNHS CLASS OF 1960

3. Friday, Saturday, and Sunday, September 7 - 9, 2007 - NNHS CLASS OF 1957

4. Friday, Saturday, and Sunday, August 31 - September 2, 2007 - NNHS CLASS OF 1967

5. Friday, Saturday, and Sunday, September 21 - 23, 2007 - NNHS CLASS OF 1962; FRIDAY NIGHT OPEN TO NNHS CLASSES OF 1960 - 1965

6. Saturday, September 29, 2007 - Evelyn Fryer Fish's Buckroe Beach (Pot Luck) Birthday Party - OPEN TO ALL

7. Friday and Saturday, May 16 - 17, 2008 - NNHS CLASS OF 1958


   Reunion information is ALWAYS posted very near the top on the front page, and on the Reunion Page section:

   Henceforth, it will be repeated here, lest you forget:
The NNHS Class of 1965
will celebrate their 60th Birthdays
 on Saturday, June 30, 2007 at Shelter #4 at Newport News Park on Jefferson Avenue in Newport News from 2:00 - 6:00 PM.   This will be an open event with all NNHS classes welcome. 
If you haven't yet reached 60, it will afford an opportunity to practice.  If you have, you can act like Jack Benny
and move back a few years.  No matter the case, all are welcome.
It's never too early to make plans, so mark your calendar today and we'll follow up shortly with further information. 
  We look forward to seeing you in June!

 CONTACT: Dave Arnold at or call him at 757-618-6646.


The NNHS Class of 1960
will hold a
Typhoon Informal Reunion
on Saturday, August 4th, 2007, at 3:00 PM
at the Beach home of Mary Ann Edwards Elliot,
504 West Ocean View, Norfolk, VA

Afternoon into evening beach party with covered dish dinner
$15.00 per person
For information/reservations, please contact:
Karen Weinstein Witte
14314 Wadsworth Dr. Odessa, FL  33556


The NNHS Class of 1967
will hold its 40-Year Reunion on Labor Day weekend:
Friday, August 31, 2007 -
Friday by the Fountain, City Center/Social, at Red Star Tavern

Saturday, September 1, 2007 -
Buffet Dinner/Dance, The Omni Hotel, Newport News

Sunday, September 2, 2007 -
Omni Sunday Brunch

More information will follow in June.

CONTACTS:; Wanda - 757-867-9070;
or Melissa - 757-874-0094

The NNHS Class of 1962
will hold its 45-Year Reunion
on Friday, Saturday, and Sunday, September 21, 22 and 23, 2007 at the Point Plaza Suites, 950 J. Clyde Morris Boulevard, Newport News, VA 23601.

Suites will be available that will include breakfast
on Saturday and Sunday.

Visit Brenda's 1962 Web Page:


The NNHS Class of 1957 
is planning its 50-Year Class Reunion,
Friday, Saturday, and Sunday,
September 7, 8 and 9, 2007
at the Omni Hotel in Newport News, VA.

More details to follow!

The NNHS Class of 1958
is planning its 50th Anniversary Reunion,

Friday and Saturday, May 16 -17, 2008.

The Noble Gathering


  From Tom Norris (Hampton HS - '73) of VA - 02/02/07 - "Amazing chalk drawings on the road"
(#25 and 26 in a Series of 29):


Hi Carol ... check out these pictures! They would
be good to use one at a time for your newsletter.

Take care!


More chalk drawings from Julian Beever.  Incredible!!!!!  
Julian is an English artist who's famous for his 3D art 
on the pavements of England, France, Germany, USA, 
Australia and Belgium.
Baby Food (a Far Side idea?)


Baby Food in Reverse seen from the opposite side of the drawing

You can still see the blocks of concrete.

   That they would; they're incredible!  Thanks, Babe!

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

                          Love to all, Carol





Carol Buckley Harty
219 Four Ply Lane
Fayetteville, NC 29311-9305

Willow Weep for Me

- Ann Ronnell*

Frank Sinatra)

Willow weep for me
Willow weep for me
Bend your branches green along the stream that runs to sea
Listen to my plea
Hear me willow and weep for me

Gone my lovers dream
Lovely summer dream
Gone and left me here to weep my tears into the stream
Sad as I can be
Hear me willow and weep for me

Whisper to the wind and say that love has sinned
Left my heart a-breaking, and making a moan
Murmur to the night to hide its starry light
So none will see me sighing and crying all alone

Weeping willow tree
Weep in sympathy
Bend your branches down along the ground and cover me
When the shadows fall, hear me willow and weep for me

Oh, Weeping willow tree
Weep in sympathy
Bend your branches down along the ground and cover me
When the shadows fall, hear me willow and weep for me

* John Robert Brown.

"We're in an energetic cocktail-hour press reception in Manhattan during the JVC Jazz Festival. Providing background music an excellent but unannounced jazz trio plays Willow Weep for Me.

"'Did you hear the rumour about that tune?' Dan Morgenstern asks me. Had I heard ten rumours about the song there would only be one wise answer. 'No?'

"Dan is a rich fund of knowledge about jazz and about Manhattan. Odds-on he's going to tell me something new.
'Ann Ronnell, the composer, was seeing George Gershwin regularly when she wrote Willow Weep for Me,' says Dan. 'The story is that George actually wrote it, and made her a present of the copyright.'

"Who knows? With all that motivic repetition, the melody contains enough Gershwin thumb prints to give credence to the anecdote."

"Willow Weep for Me" midi courtesy of - 04/04/07

"Willow Weep for Me" lyrics courtesy of - 04/04/07

* History of "Willow Weep for Me" courtesy of - 04/05/07

 Image of Weeping Willow (Salix babylonica) courtesy of - 04/05/07

Animated Tree clip art used to form Divider Lines courtesy of - 04/05/07

Animated Tiny Birthday Cake clip art courtesy of Sarah Puckett Kressaty ('65) of VA - 08/31/05
Thanks, Sarah Sugah!

Page Hit Counter clip art courtesy of - 03/07/06

Air Force Seal clip art courtesy of - 07/07/06

Army Seal clip art courtesy of Al Farber ('64) of GA - 05/24/06
Thanks, Al!

Crab clip art courtesy of - 10/02/05

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