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05/14/19 - 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 twenty-one 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]..



   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 (d. 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.


May 14, 1969 - Actress Cate Blanchett was born Catherine Elise Blanchett in Ivanhoe, Victoria, Australia.

May 14, 1969 - Race car driver and sportscaster Sabine Schmitz was born in Adenau, West Germany.

May 14, 1969 - Politician Henry Smith was born Henry Edward Millar Smith in Epsom, Surrey, England.

May 14, 1969 - Singer-songwriter, record producer, and choreographer Danny Wood was born Daniel William Wood in Dorchester, Massachusetts.

May 14, 1969 - Actress Enid Bennett (b. Enid Eulalie Bennett on 15 July 1893 in York, Western Australia, Australia) died in Malibu, California at the age of 75.

May 14, 1969 - Swimmer Frederick Lane (born Frederick Claude Vivian Lane on 02 Feb 1888 in Millers Point, New South Wales, Australia) died in Avalon, New South Wales, Australia at the age of 89.

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 Joan Lauterbach Krause ('60) of VA - 05/14/18:
  Thank you, Joan!

From Carlene Matthews Vannoy ('60 / '64) of VA - 05/11/19, 1:21 PM:
  Thanks, Carlene!

From My Friend, Ann, of MO - 05/12/19, 12:32 AM:

  Thanks, Ann!

My Sister Eleanor's Granddaughter, Ashley, of Northern VA -

    Thanks, Ashley! This is hysterical; I just keep looking at it and laughing and laughing!

   The boy is absolutely right, though. Whatever would possess anyone to believe that the contamination of a nasty tomato could be removed so easily? Try as you might, there will always remain some disgusting bit of pulp or juice or those obscene seeds! Tomatoes should have the common decency to turn themselves into catsup or lasagna or something edible before coming near real food.

   Once I saw someone bite into a ripe tomato as though it were an apple, with the expected result that it sprayed its nastiness all over his face! BLUCHH! I was so traumatized I had to go to bed for a week.


  From Me ('65) of NC - 05/13/19:


“More basses, because you are so far away.

- Eugene Ormandy, conductor
(18 Nov 1899 - 12 Mar 1985)


Crochet Fedora "My Way" Hat, Part One 


Valerio Farris' I'm Knitting My Way to My Happy Place - "The subway delays were making my neck hot. I unzipped my jacket and pressed a coldish hand against my throat. We’d been underground, immobile, for what was now 10 minutes and my toe was tapping fast—a nervous tic—on the inside of my snow boot. Next to me a woman sighed deep and looked at her watch for what felt like the fifth time in a minute. It was rush hour and the thing about rush hour is that you really are rushing: to home, away from work, to family, or friends, or a couch. To leave behind the stress of a day before you have to return to it tomorrow. I cursed the conductor and the train system and New York City. I shook a fist in the air, but only in my head. Spite can feel nice, momentarily, but it doesn’t do much. So, instead, I pulled out my knitting needles..."


Jacques Pépin: More Fast Food My Way


From - 05/13/19:

I recently ran into an old student of mine, who said, “I always liked you. You never had favorites."

"Why thank you," I replied.

Then he concluded with, "You were mean to everyone.”

1. Every Tuesday, 7:30 AM - Male grads meet at Angelo's Restaurant on J. Clyde Morris Boulevard for breakfast and camaraderie.

2. Wednesday, July 10, 2019 -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.
3. Friday, August 2, 2019 - Sunday, August 4, 2019 - The NNHS Class of 1969 will hold their 50-Year Reunion at the Marriott at City Center in Newport News. Open to ALL Typhoons! The entire weekend - Friday night re-meet and re-greet with hor d’oeuvres served, a Saturday night dinner and dance and a Sunday morning breakfast - is $100 per person. CONTACT: Jean Baker Howell at for registration forms.

4. Friday, October 11, 2019 - Saturday, October 12, 2019 - The NNHS Class of 1964 will hold their 55-Year Reunion at the Holiday Inn Newport News - City Center (formerly the Omni). SEE:;  CONTACT: David Spriggs at    

PRAYER ROLL: - updated 04/26/19

BLOG: - updated 03/13/11

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

"Never underestimate
the power of a drop
in the bucket."


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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!

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 Laughing Mouse clip art courtesy of Al Farber ('64) of GA - 11/07/07
Thanks, Al!

Animated Laughing Kitty courtesy of Tom Flax ('64) of VA - 06/03/06
Thanks, Tom!

Animated Rolling on the Floor Laughing Smiley clip art courtesy of Jerry ('65) and Judy Phillips ('66) Allen of VA - 08/13/10
Thanks, Sweetie-Pies!

Animated Bratty Girl courtesy of Joyce Lawrence Cahoon ('65) of VA - 03/12/08
Thanks, Joyce!

Jeffrey Holman's Image "A Drop in the Bucket" courtesy of - 05/23/16

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