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05/14/15 - 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 seventeen years ago today at the age of 85.  

BONUS - - I Did It My Way - Frank Sinatra


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: - This assignment come with a built-in bonus or two of its own.....


   Happy Birthday today to     Johnnie Bateman ('70) of VA!

   Happy Birthday tomorrow to    Jimmy Todd ('63) of the USA!

   Happy Birthday this week to:

17 -     Don Coffey ('54) of VA AND the late    Susan Whitt Vest ('66) of VA (deceased 06/16/10);

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! 


May 14, 1940 - Rotterdam was bombed by the German Luftwaffe.

May 14, 1940 - The Netherlands surrendered to Germany.

May 14, 1940 - The Yermolayev Yer-2, a long-range Soviet medium bomber, had its first flight.

May 14, 1943 - A Japanese submarine sank AHS Centaur off the coast of Queensland. Of the 332 medical personnel and civilian crew aboard, 268 were killed.

TODAY IN 1965:

Friday, May 14, 1965 - Author Eoin Colfer was born in Wexford, Ireland.

Friday, May 14, 1965 - Radio and television host Emma Forbes was born Emma Katy Forbes in Hammersmith, London, England.

From My Friend, Susan, of NC - 05/13/15:

“When it comes to hating, gossiping, ignoring, ridiculing, holding grudges, or wanting to cause harm, please apply the following: Stop it! It’s that simple.

- Dieter F. Uchtdorf, "The Merciful Obtain Mercy," April 2012
(b. 06 Nov 1940)

   Thanks so much, Susan!

    From Mayim Bialik (North Hollywood High School, CA - '93) of CA - 05/13/15 - "The First Thirty Days of Mourning My Father": - The First 30 Days of Mourning My Father

My father died last month.

   Thank you so very much for sharing this with us, Mayim! We always like to hear of the experiences and practices of others, and these are particularly valuable, especially right now when so many of us are mourning someone ourselves.

   I was greatly impressed by this Orthodox tradition, as it reminds everyone to "please be gentle" with us while we are grieving. So often during this time of mourning we who are not Orthodox find others seem to expect us to simply carry on as though nothing has happened - but it has.

From My Friend, Susan, of NC - 05/13/15 - "5 Things Happy People Do Before Getting Out of Bed Every Morning": - 5 Things Happy People Do Before Getting Out of Bed Every Morning by Paul Lenda

   Thank you so much, Susan! This must explain why I'm so happy!

   I always, always do #1, 2, and 4; I try to remember to do #3; and, uh, I actually never considered doing #5.....

   Four out of five's not too bad, though, right??

    From Joyce Lawrence Cahoon ('65) of VA - 05/13/15: 

  Yes indeed!!!

   AMEN! Thank you, Joyce!


  From My Friend, Evelyn Dudzinski Griffis (Mars Hill HS, PA - '75) of NY - 05/13/15 - Stop Complaining!"

     OH, YES! Thank you so much, Evelyn!

   Just think how much more pleasant everyone's life would be if we all adopted this practice - because who among us actually enjoys listening to a constant harangue of complaints??

   I personally would rather scrub toilets with a toothbrush - it's exhausting!


    From Bobby Callis ('64) of WV - 05/13/15:

    Thanks, Bobby!

      From Jimmy Hines ('64) of VA - 05/13/15:

  Works for me! Thank you, Jimmy!

  From Jay Gunter (Ferguson HS - '66) of VA - 05/13/15:

     Thanks, Jay!

“More basses, because you are so far away.

- Eugene Ormandy, conductor
(18 Nov 1899 - 12 Mar

BONUS MY WAY CROCHET PATTERN: - Crochet Fedora "My Way" Hat, Part One 

BONUS MY WAY RECIPES: - Jacques Pépin: More Fast Food My Way


From - 05/13/15:

After a woman's car had leaked motor oil on her cement driveway, she bought a large bag of cat litter to soak it up.

It worked so well, that she went back to the store to get another bag to finish the job.

The clerk remembered her. Looking thoughtfully at her purchase, he said, "Lady, if that were my cat, I'd put him outside!"

1. Wednesday, May 13, 2015 - 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.

2. Wednesday, July 8, 2015 - 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, October 16 and 17, 2015 - The NNHS Class of 1965 will hold its 50-Year Reunion at the Marriott at City Center, 740 Town Center Drive, Newport News. Friday night will be open to all graduates of NNHS; Saturday night will be reserved for 1965 Class members and their guests. CONTACT: Lynn Walker Brothers @ or Pauline Collins Shofner @ 

PRAYER ROLL: - updated 05/11/15

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

                          Love to all, Carol





Carol Buckley Harty
7020 Lure Court
Fayetteville, NC 28311-9309


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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 - 05/14/08

"My Way" lyrics courtesy of - 05/14/08

First Frank Sinatra Image courtesy of - 05/14/08

Second Frank Sinatra Image courtesy of - 05/14/08

Gold Scroll Divider Line clip art courtesy of - 03/21/06

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

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!!

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

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 - 05/29/06

Animated Hiding Mallard (by AF Artist - Josh Doohen) courtesy of - 05/15/08

Animated  Laughing Jerry courtesy of Cookie Phillips Tyndall ('64) of VA - 06/14/06
Thanks, Cookie!

Ferguson High School's Anchor clip art courtesy of Steve Silsby (FHS - '72) of NC - 12/14/05
Thanks, Steve!

Animated Dancing Snoopy courtesy of Billy Turner ('65) of TX - 11/26/08
Thanks, Billy Turner!

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