06/04/08 - NNHS Newsletter
“When you sing the (national) anthem, there's a legitimacy to it.
Dear Friends and Schoolmates,
Continuing with our birthday themes, I just couldn't resist this one. You will note (if not remember) that the incomparable Mr. Merrill died "at home in New Rochelle, NY, while watching Game 1 of the 2004 World Series between the Boston Red Sox and the St. Louis Cardinals" - and while the Fabulous 40-Year Reunion of the Class of 1964 was in full swing:
BONUS #1 - http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NSPoTczJYVE - Robert Merrill - "Largo al Factotum" Aria from Rossini's "The Barber of Seville"
BONUS #2 - http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0WmK-Seu_VA - Robert Merrill (billed as Merrill Miller) - The Star-Spangled Banner, Movietone News, 1944: "Since "The Star-Spangled Banner" officially became the U.S. National Anthem in 1931, it became a custom for theaters to show films like this one at the top of their programs, for the same reason it's sung at sporting events: to honor America. Patrons were encouraged to stand and sing. This was especially important to theater-goers during the Second World War, when sincere patriotism was at an all-time high. This was the one shown in Fox-owned theatres beginning in 1944."
Would someone please explain to me just
when and by what wretchedness this practice was abandoned?!?
BONUS #3 - http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PpWRlDQn1aw - Pagliacci - Prologo, 1955
BONUS #4 - http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3FauzdeUGeM - Robert Merrill - a Three-Fer surprise!
BONUS #5 - http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mJyaOSw9QEw - Robert Merrill - "Il Balen" from Verdi's "Il Trovatore", 1957
BONUS #6 - http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ski23yJDyBw - Robert Merrill - the "Drinking Song" from "Hamlet", 1957
BONUS #7 - http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yB-z_sZHLNQ - Robert Merrill - "Tevje's Song" from "Fiddler on the Roof", 1978
http://www.bassocantante.com/opera/merrill.html - contains a built-in BONUS!
BIRTHDAYS - TODAY AND UPCOMING:
Happy Birthday today toRaoul Weinstein ('57) of FL AND Catherine Slusser Hudson ('64) of VA!
Happy Birthday tomorrow to Brian Blakley (Cheyenne HS, NV - '04) of NV!
Happy Birthday this week to:
06 - Robert Hemintoller ('57)
Bertha Smith Zacharias ('57);
07 - Fred Field ('45) of CA AND Al Simms ('60) of VA AND Donnie Morris ('67) of VA;
10 - Sydney Dearing ('56) of TN!
Many Happy Returns, One and All!
GUEST BOOK SIGNERS:
1. Former WGH - DJ, Dave Cummins of FL - 06/03/08:
WOWZERONI-RINI - "Dandy Dave Cummins"!!! Thanks so much, Dave!
From Me ('65) of NC - 06/04/08:
My communications systems have all been behaving strangely this week for one reason or another. With a computer/TV/phone bundle, theoretically, if one goes down they all go down. Inexplicably, this is not always the case. This week alone we had instances of both shutdowns.
If outside interference would not suffice, I caused my own difficulties to boot. More than once, I left my hand-held phone off the base overnight, resulting in "dead-phone" syndrome the next day. That wouldn't be that disastrous; I can always (when I remember) check for messages.
Unfortunately, with my "mad technology skills", I managed to erase all the messages, rather than listen to them. EEEK!!!
From Dave Spriggs ('64) of VA - 06/01/08 - "BEACON - 26 MARCH 1964 (Part two of two)":
|Thursday, March 26, 1964|
|Page Four - TOP||Page Four - BOTTOM||Page Five - TOP||Page Five - Bottom||Page Six - Top||Page Six - BOTTOM|
I saw the date of that Beacon issue and knew immediately what must have been inside - WOWZERS, what a treasure! Thanks so much, Brown Eyes!
From Norris Perry (Warwick HS - '59) of VA - 06/02/08 - "RE: 06-02-08-Elgars-151st-Birthday":
Norris, I remembered the answer, but I thought you'd rather read it in Sydney's own words. The entire account is here:
If this is the Syd Dearing that I remember, his job wasn't just a clerk's job; he managed millions of dollars of inventory and his job carried quite a lot of responsibility.
OHHH, GOODY! Small world stories - my fave! And this is a classic! I can scarcely wait to hear Sydney's reply!
Thanks so much, Norris - you made my day!
From Gloria Woolard Price (Hampton HS - '65) of FL - 06/03/08 - "Battle Hymn of the Republic":
This IS all beautiful, Gloria, thanks so much! The arrangement, by the way, is one used by the Mormon Tabernacle Choir.
From Glenn Dye ('60) of TX - 06/03/08:
I've always wondered that myself, Glenn, but never asked anyone who might have known the answer.
So often people tend to forget their family relationships after two or three generations; it's quite sad, actually. Thanks for the mystery question, Glenn! Let's see if anyone has an answer for us!
From Richard Dawes (NNHS / HHS - '62) of VA - 06/03/08 - "Words Women Use":
9 WORDS WOMEN USE
WILD GIGGLES! Thanks, Dicky, these are all quite true! I have actually observed women making these very statements with just such meanings hundreds of times. I myself am so rabidly non-confrontational, I would never utter such things. Never, ever, under any circumstances!
Well, maybe #3, 4, and 6.....
PRAYER ROLL (arranged alphabetically, but not necessarily complete):
1. Jerry Allen ('65) of VA - began radiation for cancer last week of February; it was delayed when he was diagnosed with pneumonia on 02/20/08; update of 03/11/08: recovered from pneumonia, is in his third week of radiation, and seems to be doing well. He is back at work and comes home tired, but overall, he is in pretty good shape; update of 03/24/08: last radiation treatment was Friday; "looking good and feeling pretty good except for very irritated skin and fatigue"; update of 04/05/08: "getting better each day"; update of 04/14/08: "now dealing with a blood clot in his pic line; receiving daily injections in the abdomen and taking antibiotics and blood thinners; feels pretty good in spite of everything and his ATTITUDE is great---as usual"; update of update of 04/24/08: "no longer taking daily abdominal injections for blood clot that developed a few weeks ago; everything is looking pretty good. The PET scan will be in the next few weeks. We are expecting good results." update of 05/05/08 - "scheduled for two more chemo visits; will have the first chemo on Thursday, May 8th followed up by an injection on Friday to boost his immune system"; update of 05/08/08 - "did pretty well with the chemo today in spite of the risky business with the procedure without the pic line that was removed due to a clot"; update of 05/28/08: has chemo again on 05/29/08
2. Connie Bloxom Thompson ('66) of MD - multiple heath and financial issues; needing cataract surgery to prevent inevitable blindness ASAP; update of 03/11/08: "SO FAR, 1/2 FUNDS FOR 1 EYE PROCEDURE"; update of 03/28/08: re-hospitalized; $1475.00 received so far; still short of $2000.00 goal; update of 04/28/08 - SEE ABOVE
Connie Bloxom ThompsonD 21015
3. Clyde Bryant ('58) of PA - heart replacement surgery - 12/13/07
4. My Niece Shari of VA - 05/26/08 - dangerous abscess in mouth
5. Me ('65) of NC - recent (late January) development of congestive heart failure plus the usual financial woes; update of 03/28/08: not as well as I'd hoped to be by now; more downs than ups..... ; update of 04/18/08 - SEE: 04/18/08
6. Emily (daughter of My Niece Shari) of VA - advancing scoliosis; surgery 03/11/08; update of 03/12/08: surgery went well, running slight fever; update of 03/18/08: had some ups and lows, but is home again; update of 04/14/08 - still in pain, running a fever; update of 04/18/08 - SEE: 04/18/08; update of 05/05/08 - "finally getting better. Her hamstring stretching is painful, but making a big difference. She has years of physical therapy ahead of her, but is doing soo much better"; update of 05/13/08 - has had a setback; going to see the surgeon in Richmond on 05/15/08.
7. My second granddaughter, Rachel Harty of IL - broke her ankle/leg in 3 places on 05/17/08; clean breaks, no surgery required, but located in a tricky place for a growing girl, so proper healing is essential; update of 05/30/08 - "healing nicely. They put her in a cast below the knee. She still can't put any weight on it for 2 more weeks. Then she will be in a walking cast for 3 weeks after that."
9. Bobby Hedrick ('58) of VA - recently diagnosed with pancreatic cancer; update of 03/22/08: "doing very well, no pain, just some soreness"; update of 05/10/08: "continues to do well since the surgery for pancreatic cancer and will now begin the follow-up treatment to be decided upon following the consultation and evaluation at MD Anderson (Houston)."
10.John London (Warwick HS - '57) of VA - lumbar surgery to fix a spinal stenosis [ laminectomy]; will also involve fusion of vertebrae - 02/05/08
11. Pam Pennington Cherry ('58) of VA - congestive heart failure; cardiac ablation procedure - 02/06/08; second surgery on 02/20/08 for aneurysm; update of 03/17/08 - still experiencing difficulty with heart racing, breathing and pressure in her chest; pray that cardiac ablation procedure will not have to be repeated, and that Pam can learn to REST!; update of 05/04/08 - "in about eight months she will indeed have to have the ablation process repeated. "
12. Tommy Scott ('61) of VA - update of 04/14/08 - "at home recuperating"; update of 05/22/08 - "still at home recuperating"
13. Jenny Willett Wilson (daughter of the late Edie Hallett Willett - '63) of VA - 05/05/08 - "underwent a double mastectomy in 2007, has just completed vigorous chemo and is now undergoing radiation treatments every day for seven weeks"
14. All of Us
2. Saturday, June 7, 2008 -NNHS CLASS OF 1961:
Mini reunion at the home of Buddy and Libby Blechman David of VA
3. Saturday and Sunday, June 14-15, 2008 -NNHS CLASSES OF FEBRUARY AND JUNE 1948:
4. Friday, Saturday, and Sunday, September 26 - 28, 2008 - NNHS CLASS OF 1968:
http://www.nnhs65.00freehost.com/reunion-class-of-1968.html - 03/31/08
5. Friday, Saturday, and Sunday, October 17 - 19, 2008- NNHS CLASS OF 1963:
http://www.nnhs65.00freehost.com/reunion-class-of-1963.html - 03/26/08
Remember, there's so much more to come - soon - REALLY-REALLY!
Y'all take care of each other! TYPHOONS FOREVER! We'll Always Have Buckroe!
Love to all, Carol
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Largo al Factotum Aria
Words and Music byGioacchino Rossini (29 Feb 1792 - 13 Nov 1868), from The Barber of Seville, 1816
Largo al Factotum
Largo al factotum della città.
Ah, bravo Figaro!
Figaro! Figaro! Figaro!, ecc.
Pronto prontissimo son come il fulmine:
Make Way for the
Make way for the factotum of
Ah, bravo Figaro!
Lancets and scissors,
Ladies, young lads, old
men, young girls:
Figaro! Figaro! Figaro!,
Swifter and swifter, I'm
like a thunderbolt:
Rossini's "Largo al Factotum Aria" (Figaro, from The Barber of Seville) midi (Submitted by Vincenzo Palleschi) courtesy of http://www.recmusic.org/midi/ - 05/31/08
Rossini's "Largo al Factotum Aria" (Figaro, from The Barber of Seville) lyrics courtesy of http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Largo_al_factotum - 05/31/08
First Image of Robert Merrill courtesy of http://www.robertmerrill.org/personal_pics.htm - 05/31/08
Second Image of Robert Merrill (April 1995) courtesy of http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/6332624/ - 05/31/08
Animated Gold Musical Divider Line clip art courtesy of http://www.wtv-zone.com/nevr2l82/bars15.html - 02/03/05
Cheyenne High School's Desert Shields Logo courtesy of http://www.ccsd.net/schools/cheyenne/sports.htm - 02/05/08
Navy Seal clip art courtesy of http://www.onemileup.com/miniSeals.asp - 05/29/06
Army Seal clip art courtesy of Al Farber ('64) of GA - 05/24/06
Marine Corps Seal clip art
courtesy of the late
Herbert Hice of MI
- one of my
who served in the South Pacific
Thanks again, Herbie!
Air Force Seal clip art courtesy of http://www1.va.gov/opa/feature/celebrate/milsongs.htm - 07/07/06
Animated Guest Book clip art courtesy of http://www.feebleminds-gifs.com/guestbook-gifs.html - 03/07/06
Hampton High School's Crab clip art courtesy of http://www.geocities.com/agent99bm/ - 10/02/05
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