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06/21/17 - NNHS Newsletter
Send in the Clowns

No matter what your heartache may be,
laughing helps you forget it for a few seconds.”

- Red Skelton
(18 July 1913 - 17 Sept 1997)

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


From http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Send_in_the_Clowns:

"Send in the Clowns" is a song written by Stephen Sondheim for the 1973 musical A Little Night Music, an adaptation of Ingmar Bergman's film Smiles of a Summer Night. It is a ballad 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:

I get a lot of letters over the years asking what the title means and what the song's about; I never thought it would be in any way esoteric. I wanted to use theatrical imagery in the song, because she's an actress, but it's not supposed to be a circus [...] [I]t's a theater reference meaning "if the show isn't going well, let's send in the clowns"; in other words, "let's do the jokes." I always want to know, when I'm writing a song, what the end is going to be, so "Send in the Clowns" didn't settle in until I got the notion, "Don't bother, they're here", which means that "We are the fools."[1]

In a 2008 interview, Sondheim further clarified:

As I think of it now, the song could have been called "Send in the Fools". I knew I was writing a song in which Desirée is saying, "aren't we foolish" or "aren't we fools?" Well, a synonym for fools is clowns, but "Send in the Fools" doesn't have the same ring to it...[2]


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   the late Glenn Dye ('60) (deceased 11 June 2016) AND    Jean Poole Burton ('64) of RI;

26 - Fred Eubank ('64) of TX;

27 - 
 Gene Duncan ('60) of VA AND Eddie Mirmelstein ('62) AND Richard Honeycutt ('63) AND
 Jimmy Dick ('65) of FL AND     My #1 Daughter-in-Law, Mary Bennett Harty (Litchfield HS, IL - '89) of IL;

28 - Andrew Puckett ('57) AND     Henry Hoyle ('65) of Northern VA!

   Many Happy Returns, One and All!

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


THIS DAY IN WWII:

June 21, 1942 - Tobruk 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 1967:

Wednesday, June 21, 1967 - Comedian, actor, and producer Jim Breuer was born in Valley Stream, New York.

Wednesday, June 21, 1967 - Basketball player and sportscaster Derrick Coleman was born in Mobile, Alabama.

Wednesday, June 21, 1967 - Businessman and founder of eBay, Pierre Omidyar, was born Pierre Morad Omidyar (پیر مراد امیدیار‎‎) in Paris, France.

Wednesday, June 21, 1967 - Actress, director, and producer Carrie Preston was born in Macon, Georgia.

Wednesday, June 21, 1967 - The 28th Prime Minister of Thailand, Yingluck Shinawatra (ยิ่งลักษณ์ ชินวัตร), was born in San Kamphaeng, Chiang Mai, Thailand.

Wednesday, June 21, 1967 - Professor of the history of art and a new flag for the city of St. Louis, Missouri (officially adopted on February 3, 1964), Theodore Sizer (b. 19 Mar 1892 in New York City, New York) died in West Haven, Connecticut at the age of 75.



From My Friend, Susan, of NC - 06/20/16:

 

“This is our one and only chance at mortal life—here and now. The longer we live, the greater is our realization that it is brief. Opportunities come, and then they are gone... I believe that among the greatest lessons we are to learn in this short sojourn upon the earth are lessons that help us distinguish between what is important and what is not... I plead with you not to let those most important things pass you by as you plan for that illusive and non-existent future when you will have time to do all that you want to do. Instead, find joy in the journey—now.”

- Thomas S. Monson
(b. 21 Aug 1927)


   Thanks so much, Susan!


    From Bobby Hatten (NNHS / Ferguson HS - '65) of VA - 06/20/17:
 
Carol,
I am deeply touched by the coverage that you have given to
my father’s passing. I was extremely fortunate to live 69 years with him as my mentor and role model. Dad was a champion listener, encourager and comforter, all of which meant that he was loved by everyone who knew him. My favorite question throughout my adult life has been “Are you Dr. Hatten’s son? “ I would of course say “yes” and then the unfailing response would be “I just love your dad, he delivered my babies, he took good care of me, and he always made me feel special”. Well, in fact, he made all of my family feel special too by always being there for us to share our happiness or our sorrows. He will be missed, but he will always live in our hearts and memories to inspire and comfort us.

God bless the Typhoons, God Bless Carol, and may all of you continue to enjoy the friendships and memories that we share.

Your childhood friend,
Bobby

    What a lovely tribute! Thank you so much for your kind words, Bobby; It was my privilege to do so. Again you have my deepest condolences on his passing.

   I've significantly updated his Memorial Newsletter now.


  From Joan Lauterbach Krause ('60) of VA - 06/19/16:

   OOH! Thank you, Joan!
 
 


Money can't buy you happiness but it does bring you a more pleasant form of misery.”

- Spike Milligan
(16 Apr 1918 - 27 Feb 2002)


   From Sarah Puckett Kressaty ('65) of VA - "21 Pictures Only Baby Boomers Will Understand (#1 in a Series of 21)":

  21 Pictures Only Baby Boomers Will Understand 

#1: Cars Were Colorful! Most cars these days look fairly bland, but in the 50's, our cars were big, bright, and fun!  

  Thank you, Sarah Sugah!

 
 


BONUS CLOWN KNIT AND CROCHET PATTERNS:

Knit or Crochet a Clown - ten patterns!


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."

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!

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!


FINALLY:

From www.ajokeaday.com - 06/19/17:

It seems that every time John, our piano tuner, comes to our house, he scolds me for waiting too long between tunings. I agree with him that it should be done every six months, but I don't really think about it until the piano sounds off-key. Last time he came over, I was on the defensive.

"If you would send out a postcard reminder like the dentist," I declared, "I would make sure to call you for an appointment in a timely fashion."

Without hesitating, he replied, "From now on, when the dentist sends you a postcard, call me."


DATES TO REMEMBER:
1. Friday and Saturday, June 23 and 24, 2017 - The NNHS Class of 1962 will hold their 55-Year Reunion at Doubletree Hotel, 50 Kingsmill Road, Williamsburg, VA. SEE: brendawilliams64.wixsite.com/nnhs1962 and CONTACT: brendawilliams64@gmail.com

2. Wednesday, July 12, 2017 - 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, September 22 and 23, 2017 - The NNHS Class of 1967 will hold their 50-Year Reunion. SEE: http://www.nnhsclassof67.myevent.com/



PRAYER ROLL:

http://www.nnhs65.com/requests-prayers.html - updated 06/10/17

BLOG:

http://nnhs.wordpress.com/ - updated 03/13/11



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

                          Love to all, Carol
 

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7020 Lure Court
Fayetteville, NC 28311-9309
910-584-8802

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

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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

Recorded by 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.
http://www.nodanw.com/shows_l/little_night_music.htm 

Thanks, David!

Image of William Persona's Clown Painting courtesy of http://www.personaclowns.com/ - 06/18/06

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


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

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!

Litchfield High School's Purple Panther Paw Print courtesy of http://www.litchfield.k12.il.us/ - 06/23/07

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

Hampton High School's Crab clip art courtesy of http://www.geocities.com/agent99bm/ - 10/02/05
Replaced courtesy of
http://www.hamptonhigh1964.com - 02/17/09

Animated Navy Flag clip art courtesy of http://www.angelfire.com/ny4/KevsGifsGalore/Patriotic.html - 06/18/03

Big Smile courtesy of Kathy Morrow Glazier ('67) of VA - 11/11/16
Thanks, Kathy!

Jeffrey Holman's Image "A Drop in the Bucket" courtesy of https://tearsfromalonelygod.wordpress.com/2009/10/08/a-drop-in-the-bucket/ - 05/23/16

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