- NNHS Newsletter
Send in the Clowns
“No matter what your heartache may be,
Dear Friends and Schoolmates,
Just a reminder that summer officially began today.
BONUS #1 - Send in the Clowns - Judy Collins, 1975
BONUS #2 - Send in the Clowns - Judy Collins, Live with Arthur Fiedler and the Boston Pops Orchestra, 1976
|"Send in the Clowns" is a
Stephen Sondheim for the 1973
A Little Night Music, an adaptation of
Ingmar Bergman's film
Smiles of a Summer Night. It is a
from Act II in which the character Desirée reflects on the ironies and
disappointments of her life. Among other things, she looks back on an
affair years earlier with the lawyer Fredrik. Meeting him after so long,
she finds that he is now in an
unconsummated marriage with a much younger woman. Desirée proposes
marriage to rescue him from this situation, but he declines, citing his
dedication to his bride. Reacting to his rejection, Desirée sings this
song. The song is later reprised as a
coda after Fredrik's young wife runs away with his son, and Fredrik
is finally free to accept Desirée's offer.
Sondheim wrote the song specifically for the actress Glynis Johns, who created the role of Desirée on Broadway. The song is structured with four verses and a bridge, and uses a complex compound meter. It became Sondheim's most popular song after Frank Sinatra recorded it in 1973 and Judy Collins' version charted in 1975 and 1977. Subsequently, Sarah Vaughan, Judi Dench, Grace Jones, Barbra Streisand, Shirley Bassey, Zarah Leander, Tiger Lillies, Ray Conniff, Glenn Close, Cher and many other artists recorded the song and it became a jazz standard.
The "clowns" in the title do not refer to circus clowns. Instead, they symbolize fools, as Sondheim explained in a 1990 interview:
In a 2008 interview, Sondheim further clarified:
THIS WEEK'S BIRTHDAYS:
Happy Birthday today to Ralph Goldstein ('57) AND Kelly Loose Bustamante ('58) of VA AND Terry Haney ('66) of VA!
Happy Birthday tomorrow to Jim Cobb ('66) of VA!
Happy Birthday this week to:
23 - Bobby Ball ('63) AND Faye Pearce Nalls ('63);
24 - My Cousin, Jean Atkinson Mallory (Warsaw HS / Rappahannock HS / John Marshall HS - '65) of VA;
25 - David Lundquist ('57) AND Glenn Dye ('60) of TX AND Jean Poole Burton ('64) of RI;
26 -Fred Eubank ('64) of TX;
28 - Andrew Puckett ('57) AND Henry Hoyle ('65) of Northern VA!
|Many Happy Returns, One and All!|
THIS DAYIN WWII:
|June 21, 1942 -
fell to Italian and German forces.
June 21, 1942 - A Japanese submarine surfaced near the Columbia River in Oregon, firing 17 shells at nearby attacks by the Japanese against the United States mainland.
June 21, 1945 - The Battle of Okinawa officially ended after 81 days.
THIS DAY IN 1964:
|Sunday, June 21, 1964 - Three civil rights workers, Andrew Goodman, James Chaney and Mickey Schwerner, were murdered in Neshoba County, Mississippi, United States, by members of the Ku Klux Klan.|
From Fred Field (June '45) of CA - 06/18/14 - "More for
Paul Gresham (February 1946) Obit":
Hello Carol, 6-20-14
Below is some additional information for the Paul Gresham Obit (newsletter for 5-9-14).
Feel free to edit.
Fred W. Field NNHS Class of June 1945
I first met
Paul Gresham in the fall of 1938. After completing my four years at
Woodrow Wilson primary, I had entered the 5-low level at
intermediate. The 5th grade was made up of three classes with
students coming from
Bankhead Magruder, Woodrow Wilson,
Thomas Jefferson and
primary schools. My own class consisted of those from Woodrow
Wilson plus a sprinkling from Washington and Jefferson.
Paul was in one of the other classes, I got to know him early for
two reasons: First, he had such a dynamic personality that
everyone in proximity quickly became aware of him. Second, he
was the grandson of Mom and Pop Gresham, owners of the extremely
popular confectionary located just across 25th Street from the
school. Paul often spent his lunch hour helping his grandparents
with the crowd.
entered NNHS in Sept. 1941. Paul and
I tracked along at the same grade levels all the way through high
school until just before our scheduled graduation for June 1945. At
that point he chose to stay over for the Fall semester to play one
more season of football. His graduation was with the class of Feb.
He is prominent in his class Anchor having been a husky 195 lb. tackle Letterman for seasons 1943, 44 and 45.
Sure to say - “Repeat that.”
Admired for - “Athletic ability.”
Always - “Reading a newspaper.”
My last meeting with Paul was in late 1947. I had just finished my Navy enlistment. Paul was waiting for a bus at the corner of 25th and Wickham. He was wearing the very distinctive uniform of an Army 82nd Airborne Division paratrooper.
On Dec. 19, 2001, my first cousin, George C. Wiatt (1915-1921) died and I learned from the obituary that Paul Gresham was one of the pallbearers. That news quickly put me in touch with Paul. We exchanged several letters in the next two years.
Later I learned from another cousin, Jeanie Lankes (Hampton HS - ’72 - of VA), that she had lived very close to Paul on Chesapeake Avenue. Following are some of her recollections.
Fred W. Field, NNHS Class of June, 1945
During my school years, we were neighbors with the Greshams. We were on Chesapeake Avenue, and they were on Braddock Road, overlooking Robinson Park. I knew his children, and still stay in touch with his daughter Robin.
Paul was in a serious bridge group with my father, John “Bud” Lankes (Morrison High School Class of 1933) (06 Apr 1917 - 30 Jan 2010), and my uncle, George Wiatt. They played weekly. Dad thought the world of Paul and even though I didn’t know him all that well, he seemed like a sterling person.
Jeanie Lankes, HHS Class of 1972.
OHH! Thank you so much, Fred - and Jeanie! I've made all these valuable additions to Mr. Gresham's Memorial Newsletter. You both have my sincerest sympathies on the loss of your friend.
From Jean Beach Nelms ('60) of SC - 06/18/14 - "newsletters":
|I am not receiving your
NNHS emails. Do not know if the problem is on my end or for some other
reason. Let me know if you are aware of any problems with my emails and
what I need to do. Thank you.
| Thanks, Jean!
No, it's not your fault - nor is it mine!
The latest news is available on
the 2014 NNHS Newsletters link, but beginning April 1, some silly
anti-spam measures suddenly and without warning left me unable to
initiate any emails.
"Message rejected due to DMARC."
"In April 2014, Yahoo changed
its DMARC policy to
On very rare occasions I am able to reply to those I receive. I'm debating about two or three possible solutions to the problem, but haven't had the heart to try any of them yet. I was really hoping "they" would repent of their evil ways and allow people the opportunity to delete their own inboxes of material they didn't wish to receive, but so far they have not.
So stay tuned, spread the word, and look here to see what you've been missing for the last three months:
http://grandmotherspatternbook.com/?p=4970- Grandmother's Clown Patterns - ten!
BONUS CLOWN RECIPES:
- Clown Cupcakes - "Throwing a
children's party can be a real circus if you serve the colorful clown
cupcakes our Test Kitchen created."
http://www.tasteofhome.com/recipes/birthday-clown-cake - Birthday Clown Cake - "I baked this cake for every one of our two sons' birthdays until they became teens. Kids and adults alike love it!" - SOOO CUTE!
http://www.kraftrecipes.com/recipes/birthday-clown-cake-64180.aspx - Birthday Clown Cake - "It was a great idea for my baby girl's first birthday; I changed the decor quite a bit, everybody loved it :)"
|INTERESTING FACTS ~ ~ really
amazing... ~ ~ ~
WOWZERS-YOWZERS! Thanks, Dools!
|1) NNHS Typhoon logo caps for only
$12.95! (Soon, the price will rise to
retail price of $14.95.)
2) NNHS Typhoon logo tote bags for only $3.89!
3) NNHS Typhoon logo visors for only $6.00!
DON'T FORGET: 10% of every purchase of NNHS logo products purchased from Butch will be donated to the Wounded Warrior Project!
In addition to the discounted prices for NNHS Logo Products, anyone purchasing additional products from any of his websites may contact Butch at: email@example.com or raglandtradingpost.com with information pertaining to your purchases and he will send you a 20% refund of your total purchase price via Paypal to your payment account. You may contact him at anytime for additional information on these items and/or discounts offered.
Thanks so much, Butch!
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From www.ajokeaday.com- 06/20/14:
|There were three Indian squaws.
One slept on a deerskin, one slept on an elk skin and the third slept on a hippopotamus skin.
All three became pregnant and the first two each had a baby boy.
The one who slept on the hippopotamus skin had twin boys.
This goes to prove that the squaw of the hippopotamus is equal to the sons of the squaws of the other two hides.
Wednesday, July 16, 2014 - 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. Friday and Saturday, July 25 and 26, 2014 - The NNHS Class of 1954 will hold a 60-YEAR REUNION in Newport News. Further info from Dr. Harry Simpson at 804 694 0346 or firstname.lastname@example.org, or Mickey Marcella at 757 249 3800 or email@example.com, or Betty H. Neher at 757 898 5099 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
3. Friday and Saturday, October 17 and 18, 2014 - The NNHS Class of 1964 will hold a 50-YEAR REUNION at the Newport News Marriott at City Center, 740 Town Center Drive. See: www.nnhs1964.com and contact David Spriggs at 757-409-2799 or email@example.com.
http://www.nnhs65.com/requests-prayers.html - updated 05/27/14
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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Send in the Clowns
Written by Stephen Sondheim (b. 22 Mar 1930) for the 1973 musical A Little Night Music, an adaptation of Ingmar Bergman's film Smiles of a Summer Night
Judy Collins (b. 01 May 1939), 1975
Isn't it rich, are we a pair?
Me here at last on the ground,
You in mid-air.
Send in the clowns.
Isn't it bliss, don't you approve?
One who keeps tearing around
One who can't move
Where are the clowns?
Send in the clowns.
Just when I'd stopped opening doors,
Finally knowing the one that I wanted was yours.
Making my entrance again with my usual flair,
Sure of my lines;
No one is there.
Don't you love farce?
My fault I fear,
I thought that you'd want what I want,
Sorry my dear
But where are the clowns
Send in the clowns
Don't bother, they're here.
Isn't it rich, isn't it queer
Losing my timing this late in my career
But where are the clowns
there ought to be clowns
Well, maybe next year.
"Send in the Clowns" midi and lyrics courtesy of http://users.openface.ca/~dstephen/clown.htm at the suggestion of Dave Spriggs ('64) of VA- 06/18/06
Of course we all remember Judy Collins' rendition of "Send In The Clowns."
It is her voice that you hear in your head when the song title is mentioned.
However, the song was part of "A Little Night Music", music and lyrics by Stephen Sondheim.
Image of William Persona's Clown Painting courtesy of
Image of Red Skelton's Clown Painting courtesy of http://volcanocom.com/redskelton-gallerycom/ushop/index.cgi?ID=GORXCJ&task=show&cat=LIMITED+EDITION+CLOWNS+ON+PAPER - 06/18/06
Squiggle Bar Divider Line lip art courtesy of http://www.wtv-zone.com/nevr2l82/bars3.html - 04/26/05
Birthday Cake clip art courtesy of Sarah Puckett Kressaty ('65) of VA -
Thanks, Sarah Sugah!
Navy Seal clip art courtesy of http://www.onemileup.com/miniSeals.asp - 05/29/06
John Marshall High School's Justice Scale clip art courtesy of
Cheryl White Wilson (JMHS - '64) of VA - 10/13/05 (replaced 02/23/09)
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
Litchfield High School's Purple Panther Paw Print courtesy
Animated Army Flag clip art courtesy of
http://www.angelfire.com/ny4/KevsGifsGalore/Patriotic.html - 06/18/03
Hampton High School's Crab clip art courtesy of
Smiley clip art courtesy of
Replaced courtesy of http://www.hamptonhigh1964.com - 02/17/09
Animated Army Flag clip art courtesy of http://www.angelfire.com/ny4/KevsGifsGalore/Patriotic.html - 06/18/03
Hampton High School's Crab clip art courtesy of
Animated Tantrum Smiley clip art courtesy of http://www.clipartof.com/details/emoticon/1923.html - 03/05/09
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.
Animated Yehaa Typhoon clip art courtesy of Al Farber ('64) of GA - 08/18/05
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