05/14/11 - NNHS Newsletter - My Way
"I would like to be remembered as a man who had a wonderful time
Francis Albert Sinatra
Dear Friends and Schoolmates,
If today you have noticed that Frank Sinatra is on your mind, there's a very good reason for that. The Chairman of the Board, Ol' Blue Eyes himself, died thirteen years ago today at the age of 85.
BONUS #1 - http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sEbgB6X6S5c - I Did It My Way - Frank Sinatra
BONUS #2 - http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=G1tGdoA6mCc - I Did It My Way - Frank Sinatra
|My Way" is a song popularised by
Frank Sinatra. Its lyrics were written by
Anka and set to music based on the
French song "Comme
d'habitude" composed in 1967 by
Claude François and
Jacques Revaux, with lyrics by Claude François and Gilles Thibault.
Anka's English lyrics are unrelated to the original French song. Anka is
credited as a co-composer of "My Way" because he wrote entirely new
lyrics to the original Claude François/Jacques Revaux music. "My Way" is
often quoted as the most
covered song in history.
The lyrics of "My Way" tells the story of a man who is nearing death. He is comfortable with and takes responsibility for how he dealt with all the twists of his life while maintaining a respectable degree of integrity.
Paul Anka heard the original 1967 French pop song, Comme d'habitude (as usual) performed by Claude François, while on holiday in the south of France. He flew to Paris to negotiate the rights to the song. In a 2007 interview, he said: "I thought it was a bad record, but there was something in it." He acquired publishing rights at no cost and, two years later, had a dinner in Florida with Frank Sinatra and "a couple of Mob guys" at which Sinatra said: "I'm quitting the business. I'm sick of it, I'm getting the hell out."
Back in New York, Anka re-wrote the original French song for Sinatra, subtly altering the melodic structure and changing the lyrics:
Anka finished the song at 5am. "I called Frank up in Nevada - he was at Caesar's Palace - and said, 'I've got something really special for you.'" Anka claimed: "When my record company caught wind of it, they were very pissed that I didn't keep it for myself. I said, 'Hey, I can write it, but I'm not the guy to sing it.' It was for Frank, no one else." Despite this, Anka would later record the song in 1969 (very shortly after Sinatra's recording was released), in 1996 (as a duet with Gabriel Byrne, performed in the movie Mad Dog Time), and in 2007 (as a duet with Jon Bon Jovi).
Frank Sinatra recorded his version of the song on December 30, 1968, and it was rush-released in early 1969. It reached #27 in the U.S. In the UK, the single achieved a still unmatched record, becoming the recording with the most weeks inside the Top 40, spending 75 weeks from April 1969 to September 1971. It spent a further 49 weeks in the Top 75 but never bettered the #5 slot achieved upon its first chart run...
http://www.sinatrafamily.com/ - This assignment come with a built-in bonus or two of its own.....
http://www.time.com/time/time100/artists/profile/sinatra.html - "He loved, he brawled, he had style, he had guts, he could even act. And, oh yeah, he defined American pop."
BAD NEWS REMINDER:
|From Yahoo Finance - 05/04/11
- "AT&T Capping Download Amounts":
In light of this "revolting new development", as our household is one of those Major Users of Bandwidth, the remaining regular issues of the NNHS Newsletter THROUGH THE END OF MAY will be mostly imageless.
Please save your images or documents, as I'll not be able to post any of them, nor scan and post any new ones of my own except in extreme cases of need. (If they're already in my files, that's different.) Clip art will be kept to a minimum.
This will not apply of course to Memorial Editions.
THIS WEEK'S BIRTHDAYS:
Happy Birthday today to
Johnnie Bateman ('70) of VA!
Happy Birthday this week to:
17 - Don Coffey ('54) of VA AND The late Susan Whitt Vest ('66) of VA(deceased 16 June 2010) ;
19 - David Whitley ('67) of VA!
20 - Chuck Ragland ('66) of VA;
21 - Faye Merritt Houk ('66) of VA!
|Many Happy Returns to You All!|
THIS DAY IN THE WAR BETWEEN THE STATES:
http://www.civilwarinteractive.com/This%20Day/thisday0513.htm - INCLUDING BUT NOT LIMITED TO:
Monday, May 13, 1861
1. From Dee Hodges Bartram ('66) of VA - 05/08/11 - "OPEN REUNION SPONSORED BY THE CLASS OF 1966":
A Happy, Happy Mother’s Day to you!! I hope you have a glorious day!
The 45-year reunion plans for the Class of 1966 has been finalized. I would appreciate it if you would put this reunion notice in your newsletter for me.
Thank you so much for all you do!
Dee Hodges Bartram
The Class of 1966 will hold an OPEN 45 year reunion on Friday and Saturday, August 19 and 20, 2011. Here is the schedule:
Friday night – 7:00 p.m. until closing - RJ’s Restaurant and Pub located at 12743 Jefferson Avenue (Denbigh Crossing Shopping Center), Newport News, VA. The owner, Ron Johnson, is a Typhoon alumnus. Each person attending on Friday night is responsible for the cost of their dinner, drinks or snacks.
Saturday night: Warwick Yacht Club, located at 400 Maxwell Lane, Newport News, from 7:00 p.m. till midnight. We will have light Hors D’oeuvres and a cash bar. Dress Code: Dressy Casual (no shorts, jeans or ties, please). Music by the Rock-it-Men Band.
cost for the reunion will be $40 per person.
Included in this cost is the rental of the Yacht Club, paper,
envelopes, printer ink, stamps, food, bartender, carver and server
fees. If any of you would like to make a monetary donation to help
underwrite the cost of the reunion, it will be greatly appreciated.
Updates on the reunion will be sent out by via e-mail to those of you that I have e-mail addresses for. Also, Carol Buckley Harty, Class of 1965, has created a NNHS website at http://nnhs65.com/NNHS-Newsletters-2011.html where I will also post updates.
We look forward to seeing you at the reunion!
NNHS Class of 1966 45-Year Reunion Committee
Dee Hodges Bartram (757) 868-8443
Please send the registration form and your check, payable to Mrs. Dee Bartram, by July 8, 2011. My address is 21 Laydon Way, Poquoson, VA 23662. The cost after July 8th will be $50 per person.
Please give me the count for each night.
Will attend: Friday Night _______ Saturday Night _______
Name: ________________________________________ (Ladies – please include maiden name)
Spouse/Guest Name: ____________________________
______________________________________________ Phone: _______________ E-mail address: ___________________________
Amount Enclosed: _______________
NOTE: If you are going to attend Friday only, I still need to know in order to give the restaurant a count. Please extend me and the restaurant the courtesy of letting me know if you will be there by either e-mailing me at email@example.com or calling me at (757) 868-8443.
If you are unable to attend the reunion, please e-mail or call me with any e-mail address updates or home address change updates.
AN OPEN REUNION?!? But of course, Dee - thanks so much!
The link is now on the main page as well as the Reunion Page:
2. From Dave Spriggs ('64) of VA - 05/07/11 - "Newsletter Request":
Could you place the attached item in an upcoming newsletter and run it for a week or two? Any longer than that and people will just scroll past it.
IF YOU ATTENDED
BETWEEN 1961 AND 1971 -------
… and you
have not yet been contacted by the Reunion Committee, then please get in
CNC DECADER STEERING COMMITTEE
Plans for the reunion and other cool stuff may be found at our web site:
Why, certainly, David! The link is now on the main page as well:
From Joe Drewry ('58) of VA - 05/12/11 - "Hall of Fame dinner is this Sunday":
|One of our
NNHS heroes will be inducted into the
Peninsula Athletic Hall of Fame Sunday night.
starred at NNHS in both football and basketball and graduated in
(June) 1944. He then became a triple-threat tailback for
W&M. In 1949, Lex threw 18 touchdown
passes, a national record at that time. Also in 1949, Lex was runner-up
to Sam Snead as Virginia’s Athlete of the Year.
Buddy is one of 6 inductees to be honored at the Peninsula Athletic Hall of Fame during the May 15, 2011 (this Sunday night) ceremony at the Boo Williams Sports Complex. Buddy is the only one of the 6 inductees that has not had a single person make a reservation in his name. He is also the only NNHS inductee.
NNHS graduated it's last class in 1971, 40 years ago. Since that time, Typhoon alums have prided themselves on keeping the history, the memories, and their support of each other going. We often sign-off our emails to each other with
The lack of any Typhoon
response to what should be a celebration of one of our own is an
WOWZERONI! Thank you, Joe!
From Ron Miller ('59) of NC - 05/13/11 - "If you go to Missouri, take lots of ice water!!":
|Just found this statement
on the Missouri Div of Energy website, when looking up their article
about weather stripping:
"Try to choose a mild day to tackle this project. The outside temperature should be above 400F for the caulk to be applied correctly. So, plan to caulk during the spring, summer or fall for best results.."
Maybe that's where Hell is actually located? Note that 400 degrees is considered a MILD day!! LOL
WILD GIGGLES! Thanks, Ron - gotta love it!
From Bill Hobbs ('66) of Northern VA - 05/13/11 - " 6 boys, 13 hands":
|This is well worth
your time to read.
Six Boys And Thirteen Hands...
Each year I am hired
to go to Washington, DC, with the eighth grade class from Clinton, WI
where I grew up, to videotape their trip. I greatly enjoy visiting our
nation's capitol, and each year I take some special memories back with
me. This fall's trip was especially memorable.
Thank you so much, Bill!
From My Husband, Paul Harty (Bardolph HS, IL - '61) of IL - 05/12/11 - "mice on wheels":
A cat died and
went to Heaven. God met her at the gates and said, 'You have been a good
cat all these years. Anything you want is yours for the asking.'
MORE WILD GIGGLES! Thanks, Dools!
From My Niece, Shari, of VA - 05/13/11 - "The Coffee Is Brewing...Enjoy It!":
|A group of alumni, highly
established in their careers, got together to visit their old university
professor. Conversation soon turned into complaints about stress in work
Offering his guests coffee, the professor went to the kitchen and returned with a large pot of coffee and an assortment of cups - porcelain, plastic, glass, crystal, some plain looking, some expensive, some exquisite - telling them to help themselves to the coffee.
All the students had a cup of coffee in hand, the professor said: "If you noticed, all the nice looking expensive cups were taken up, leaving behind the plain and cheap ones. While it is but normal for you to want only the best for yourselves, that is the source of your problems and stress. Be assured that the cup itself, adds no quality to the coffee in most cases, just more expensive and in some cases even hides what we drink.
What all of you really wanted was coffee, not the cup, but you consciously went for the best cups...and then began eyeing each other's cups.
Now consider this: Life is the coffee, and the jobs, money and position in society are the cups. They are just tools to hold and contain Life, and the type of cup we have does not define, nor change the quality of Life we live. Sometimes, by concentrating only on the cup, we fail to enjoy the coffee God has provided us."
God brews the coffee, not the cups..........enjoy your coffee.
~Yehudit from Brooklyn...
|Thanks so much, Shari! (Make mine hot chocolate!)|
www.ajokeaday.com - 05/13/11:
DATES TO REMEMBER:
May 13, 14, 15, 20, 21, 22, 2011 - "The Marvelous Wonderettes" at Dinnertainment at The Grey Goose - OPEN TO THE PUBLIC -
2. Thursday, June 2, 2011 - 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.
3. Wednesday, June 8, 2011 - 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. Saturday, July 9, 2011 (6:30 PM to 11:30 PM) - The Class of 1971 will hold its 40-Year Reunion at Newport News Marriott at City Center, 740 Town Center Drive, Newport News. For details, contact Richard Rawls at Richard@Rawls.com - CLASS OF 1971
5. Friday and Saturday, August 19 and 20, 2011 - The Class of 1966 will hold its 45-Year Reunion at RJ's Restaurant and Pun AND the Warwick Yacht Club, Newport News. DETAILS: http://www.nnhs65.com/reunion-class-of-1966/45th-Reunion-Letter-2011.doc; CONTACT: Dee Hodges Bartram at firstname.lastname@example.org - OPEN REUNION!
6. Friday, Saturday, and Sunday, August 26, 27, and 28, 2011 - The Class of 1961 will hold its 50-Year Reunion. - For details, see: www.nnhs1961.org and contact Gary Fitzgerald at Fitz43@cox.net or 757-879-2847 - CLASS OF 1961
7. Wednesday and Thursday, October 19 and 20, 2011 - The Class of 1956 will hold its 55-Year Reunion. Be on the lookout for "snail mail" in early May. - CLASS OF 1956
http://www.nnhs65.com/requests-prayers.html - updated 05/05/11
http://nnhs.wordpress.com/ - updated 03/13/11
Y'all take care of each other! TYPHOONS FOREVER! We'll Always Have Buckroe!
Love to all, Carol
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Just mail it directly to my home (address available upon request).
by Paul Anka;
Music ("Comme d'habitude") by Claude François and Jacques Revaux;
(Anka's English lyrics are unrelated to the original French by Claude François and Gilles Thibaut.)
(12 Dec 1912 - 14 May 1998)
And now, the end is near;
And so I face the final curtain.
My friend, I'll say it clear,
I'll state my case, of which I'm certain.
I've lived a life that's full.
I've traveled each and ev'ry highway;
And more, much more than this,
I did it my way.
Regrets, I've had a few;
But then again, too few to mention.
I did what I had to do
And saw it through without exemption.
I planned each charted course;
Each careful step along the byway,
But more, much more than this,
I did it my way.
Yes, there were times, I'm sure you knew,
When I bit off more than I could chew.
But through it all, when there was doubt,
I ate it up and spit it out.
I faced it all and I stood tall;
And did it my way.
I've loved, I've laughed and cried.
I've had my fill; my share of losing.
And now, as tears subside,
I find it all so amusing.
To think I did all that;
And may I say - not in a shy way,
No, oh no, not me,
I did it my way.
For what is a man, what has he got?
If not himself, then he has naught.
To say the things he truly feels;
And not the words of one who kneels.
The record shows I took the blows -
And did it my way!
Yes, it was my way.
"My Way" midi courtesy of http://wsdiyana.tripod.com/midi.html - 05/14/08
"My Way" lyrics courtesy of http://www.lyricsfreak.com/f/frank+sinatra/my+way_20056378.html - 05/14/08
First Frank Sinatra Image courtesy of http://studentweb.hunter.cuny.edu/~cderoma/ - 05/14/08
Second Frank Sinatra Image courtesy of http://www.javno.com/en/bestseller/clanak.php?id=102268 - 05/14/08
Gold Scroll Divider Line clip art courtesy of http://www.wtv-zone.com/nevr2l82/bars17.html - 03/21/06
Animated Tiny Birthday Cake clip art
Sarah Puckett Kressaty ('65) of
VA - 08/31/05
Thanks, Sarah Sugah!
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
Navy Seal clip art courtesy of http://www.onemileup.com/miniSeals.asp - 05/29/06
Animated Cheering Smiley
clip art courtesy of Al Farber ('64) of GA - 08/18/05 (re-saved 02/27/09)
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