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05/14/11 - NNHS Newsletter - My Way

"I would like to be remembered as a man who had a wonderful time living life,
a man who had good friends, fine family - and I don't think I could ask
for anything more than that, actually."

- Francis Albert Sinatra
(12 Dec 1912 - 14 May 1998)

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 


From http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/My_Way_%28song%29:

My Way" is a song popularised by Frank Sinatra. Its lyrics were written by Paul 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.[1] In a 2007 interview, he said: "I thought it was a bad record, but there was something in it."[2] He acquired publishing rights at no cost[3] 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."[2]

Back in New York, Anka re-wrote the original French song for Sinatra, subtly altering the melodic structure and changing the lyrics:

"At one o'clock in the morning, I sat down at an old IBM electric typewriter and said, 'If Frank were writing this, what would he say?' And I started, metaphorically, 'And now the end is near.' I read a lot of periodicals, and I noticed everything was 'my this' and 'my that'. We were in the 'me generation' and Frank became the guy for me to use to say that. I used words I would never use: 'I ate it up and spit it out.' But that's the way he talked. I used to be around steam rooms with the Rat Pack guys - they liked to talk like Mob guys, even though they would have been scared of their own shadows."

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.'"[2] 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."[2] 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).[citation needed]

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.[4]..


HOMEWORK:

http://www.franksinatra.com/

http://www.sinatrafamily.com/ - This assignment come with a built-in bonus or two of its own.....

http://www.spiritofsinatra.com/

http://www.blue-eyes.com/

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": http://finance.yahoo.com/family-home/article/112671/att-capping-broadband-cnnmoney

http://www.broadband.org/usage_calculator.html 

    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.

      Oh, crum!


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!

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


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
BUTLER BAGS BALTIMORE BADDIES

Acting completely without orders or authorization of any sort, Gen. Benjamin Butler, USA, occupied the city of Baltimore today. He moved troops from outlying Relay Station, Md., into town and seized Federal Hill. His first justification was the claim that he had heard that there was a riot going on. As there was in fact no civil disturbance, he searched around until he found weapons stores, munitions and other supplies he claimed were intended for distribution to the “rebels.”


REUNION NEWS:

1.   From Dee Hodges Bartram ('66) of VA - 05/08/11 - "OPEN REUNION SPONSORED BY THE CLASS OF 1966":

Carol,

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

http://www.nnhs65.com/reunion-class-of-1966/45th-Reunion-Letter-2011.doc

Dear Classmates,                                                                                                             

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.

The 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.

In order to meet planning deadlines, please respond by July 8th by returning the attached form, along with your check, made out to me, Dee Bartram. 

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            E-mail:  dhbartram@cox.net
Terri McAfee Artman               898-4042                          t_artman@msn.com
Judy Phillips Allen                   928-9748                            jwallen3@cox.net
Joe Dickson                            872-0690                         widetrack48@cox.net

Albert Dorner                          874-3406                           aldorner@msn.com
Richard Marshall                     851-2325                        DMARS44903@aol.com
Marilyn & Chuck Springfield    245-5887                           mpscws@cox.net
Sandra Thomas Reinholdt       989-0942                          
sthomas4@cox.net

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: ____________________________

Address: ______________________________________

______________________________________________ 

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 dhbartram@cox.net 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:

http://nnhs65.com/

http://nnhs65.com/reunion-page.html
 


2.        From Dave Spriggs ('64) of VA - 05/07/11 - "Newsletter Request":

Carol,

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.

Thanks,

Dave

http://www.nnhs65.com/CNC-CNU/IF-YOU-ATTENDED-CHRISTOPHER-NEWPORT-COLLEGE-BETWEEN-1961-AND-1971.pdf :

IF YOU ATTENDED CHRISTOPHER NEWPORT COLLEGE

BETWEEN 1961 AND 1971 -------

… and you have not yet been contacted by the Reunion Committee, then please get in
touch with us. We want to include you in our reunion, which is scheduled for September
16 &17, 2011, at the David Student Union on the CNU campus.

CNC DECADER STEERING COMMITTEE
P.O. BOX 6387
NORFOLK, VA 23508-0387
E-mail:
cnc6171@cox.net
TEL: 757-627-1441

Plans for the reunion and other cool stuff may be found at our web site:

www.cncfirstdecaders6171.com

   Why, certainly, David! The link is now on the main page as well:

http://nnhs65.com/
 


  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.    Buddy Lex 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

TYPHOONS FOREVER

The lack of any Typhoon response to what should be a celebration of one of our own is an embarrassment.

There is still time to make a reservation and be there to honor the memory of Buddy Lex.

The banquet will be held at 6:30 p.m. at the Boo Williams Sportsplex (5 Armistead Pointe Parkway Hampton, VA 23666). This is the brand new location of the Hall and is reached by taking the Hampton Parkway that begins at Harpersville Rd. and crossing Armistead Ave..

The event will feature video highlights of each athlete’s career and will be emceed by WVEC-13 News sports reporter Scott Cash. Cost is $50.00 per person, including the meal.

Anyone interested in attending should contact:
Cyndi Masterstaff
757.727.8314 (work)
cmasterstaff@hampton.gov

   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

Ron

   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.

On the last night of our trip, we stopped at the Iwo Jima memorial. This memorial is the largest bronze statue in the world and depicts one of the most famous photographs in history -- that of the six brave soldiers raising the American Flag at the top of a rocky hill on the island of Iwo Jima, Japan, during WW II.

Over one hundred students and chaperones piled off the buses and headed towards the memorial. I noticed a solitary figure at the base of the statue, and as I got closer he asked, 'Where are you guys from?'

I told him that we were from Wisconsin. 'Hey, I'm a cheese head, too! Come gather around, Cheese heads, and I will tell you a story.'

(It was James Bradley who just happened to be in Washington, DC , to speak at the memorial the following day. He was there that night to say good night to his dad, who had passed away. He was just about to leave when he saw the buses pull up. I videotaped him as he spoke to us, and received his permission to share what he said from my videotape. It is one thing to tour the incredible monuments filled with history in Washington, DC , but it is quite another to get the kind of insight we received that night.)

When all had gathered around, he reverently began to speak. (Here are his words that night.)

'My name is James Bradley and I'm from Antigo, Wisconsin. My dad is on that statue, and I just wrote a book called 'Flags of Our Fathers' which is #5 on the New York Times Best Seller list right now. It is the story of the six boys you see behind me.

'Six boys raised the flag. The first guy putting the pole in the ground is Harlon Block. Harlon was an all-state football player. He enlisted in the Marine Corps with all the senior members of his football team. They were off to play another type of game. A game called 'War.' But it didn't turn out to be a game. Harlon, at the age of 21, died with his intestines in his hands. I don't say that to gross you out, I say that because there are people who stand in front of this statue and talk about the glory of war. You guys need to know that most of the boys in Iwo Jima were 17, 18, and 19 years old - and it was so hard that the ones who did make it home never even would talk to their families about it.

(He pointed to the statue) 'You see this next guy? That's Rene Gagnon from New Hampshire. If you took Rene's helmet off at the moment this photo was taken and looked in the webbing of that helmet, you would find a photograph...a photograph of his girlfriend. Rene put that in there for protection because he was scared. He was 18 years old. It was just boys who won the battle of Iwo Jima . Boys. Not old men.

'The next guy here, the third guy in this tableau, was Sergeant Mike Strank.... Mike is my hero. He was the hero of all these guys. They called him the 'old man' because he was so old. He was already 24. When Mike would motivate his boys in training camp, he didn't say, 'Let's go kill some Japanese' or 'Let's die for our country.' He knew he was talking to little boys.. Instead he would say, 'You do what I say, and I'll get you home to your mothers.'

'The last guy on this side of the statue is Ira Hayes, a Pima Indian from Arizona ... Ira Hayes was one of them who lived to walk off Iwo Jima . He went into the White House with my dad. President Truman told him, 'You're a hero' He told reporters, 'How can I feel like a hero when 250 of my buddies hit the island with me and only 27 of us walked off alive?'

So you take your class at school, 250 of you spending a year together having fun, doing everything together. Then all 250 of you hit the beach, but only 27 of your classmates walk off alive. That was Ira Hayes. He had images of horror in his mind. Ira Hayes carried the pain home with him and eventually died dead drunk, face down, drowned in a very shallow puddle, at the age of 32 (ten years after this picture was taken).

'The next guy, going around the statue, is Franklin Sousley from Hilltop, Kentucky . A fun-lovin' hillbilly boy. His best friend, who is now 70, told me, 'Yeah, you know, we took two cows up on the porch of the Hilltop General Store. Then we strung wire across the stairs so the cows couldn't get down. Then we fed them Epsom salts. Those cows pooped all night.' Yes, he was a fun-lovin' hillbilly boy. Franklin died on Iwo Jima at the age of 19. When the telegram came to tell his mother that he was dead, it went to the Hilltop General Store. A barefoot boy ran that telegram up to his mother's farm. The neighbors could hear her scream all night and into the morning Those neighbors lived a quarter of a mile away.

'The next guy, as we continue to go around the statue, is my dad, John Bradley, from Antigo, Wisconsin , where I was raised. My dad lived until 1994, but he would never give interviews. When Walter Cronkite's producers or the New York Times would call, we were trained as little kids to say 'No, I'm sorry, sir, my dad's not here. He is in Canada fishing. No, there is no phone there, sir. No, we don't know when he is coming back.' My dad never fished or even went to Canada . Usually, he was sitting there right at the table eating his Campbell 's soup. But we had to tell the press that he was out fishing. He didn't want to talk to the press.

'You see, like Ira Hayes, my dad didn't see himself as a hero. Everyone thinks these guys are heroes, 'cause they are in a photo and on a monument. My dad knew better. He was a medic. John Bradley from Wisconsin was a combat caregiver. On Iwo Jima he probably held over 200 boys as they died. And when boys died on Iwo Jima, they writhed and screamed, without any medication or help with the pain.

'When I was a little boy, my third grade teacher told me that my dad was a hero. When I went home and told my dad that, he looked at me and said, 'I want you always to remember that the heroes of Iwo Jima are the guys who did not come back. Did NOT come back.'

'So that's the story about six nice young boys. Three died on Iwo Jima, and three came back as national heroes. Overall, 7,000 boys died on Iwo Jima in the worst battle in the history of the Marine Corps. My voice is giving out, so I will end here. Thank you for your time.'

Suddenly, the monument wasn't just a big old piece of metal with a flag sticking out of the top. It came to life before our eyes with the heartfelt words of a son who did indeed have a father who was a hero. Maybe not a hero for the reasons most people would believe, but a hero nonetheless.

We need to remember that God created this vast and glorious world for us to live in, freely, but also at great sacrifice

Let us never forget from the Revolutionary War to the current War on Terrorism and all the wars in-between that sacrifice was made for our freedom...please pray for our troops.

Remember to pray praises for this great country of ours and also ...please pray for our troops still in murderous places around the world.

STOP and thank God for being alive and being free due to someone else's sacrifice.

God Bless You and God Bless America!

REMINDER: Everyday that you can wake up free, it's going to be a great day.

One thing I learned while on tour with my 8th grade students in DC that is not mentioned here is . . that if you look at the statue very closely and count the number of 'hands' raising the flag, there are 13. When the man who made the statue was asked why there were 13, he simply said the 13th hand was the hand of God.


Great story - worth your time - worth every American's time. Please pass it on.

   Thank you so much, Bill!


      From My Husband, Paul Harty (Bardolph HS, IL - '61) of IL - 05/12/11 - "mice on wheels":

This is really cute!

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.'

The cat thought for a minute and then said, 'All my life I lived on a farm and slept on hard wooden floors. I would like a real fluffy pillow to sleep on.'

God said, 'Say no more.' Instantly the cat had a huge fluffy pillow.

A few days later, six mice were killed in an accident and they all went to Heaven together. God met the mice at the gates with the same offer that He made to the cat

The mice said, 'Well, we have had to run all of our lives: from cats, dogs, and even people with brooms! If we could just have some little roller skates, we would not have to run again.'

God answered, 'It is done.' All the mice had beautiful little roller skates.

About a week later, God decided to check on the cat. He found her sound asleep on her fluffy pillow. God gently awakened the cat and asked, 'Is everything okay? How have you been doing? Are you happy?'

The cat replied, 'Oh, it is WONDERFUL. I have never been so happy in my life. The pillow is so fluffy, and those little Meals on Wheels you have been sending over are delicious!'

   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 and life.

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!)

FINALLY:

From www.ajokeaday.com - 05/13/11:
 
Hospital regulations require a wheel chair for patients being discharged. However, while working as a student aide, Sam found one elderly gentleman already dressed and sitting on the bed with a suitcase at his feet, who insisted he didn’t need Sam’s help to leave the hospital. After a chat about rules being rules, he reluctantly let Sam wheel him to the elevator. On the way down Sam asked him if his wife was meeting him.

I don’t know,” he said. “She is still upstairs in the bathroom changing out of her hospital gown.”


DATES TO REMEMBER:

1.  May 13, 14, 15, 20, 21, 22, 2011 - "The Marvelous Wonderettes" at Dinnertainment at The Grey Goose - OPEN TO THE PUBLIC - http://www.greygooserestaurant.com 

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 dhbartram@cox.net - 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


PRAYER ROLL :

http://www.nnhs65.com/requests-prayers.html - updated 05/05/11

BLOG:

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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Carol Buckley Harty
915-780-3048
     

 


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My Way

Words 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.)

Recorded by Frank Sinatra, 1968
(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 courtesy of 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 missing...)
Thanks, Al!
Replaced by Norm Covert ('61) of MD - 02/09/09
Thanks, Norm!

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)
Thanks, Al!

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