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06/21/18 - 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


250 YEARS AGO TODAY:

June 21, 1768James Otis, Jr. offended the King and Parliament in a speech to the Massachusetts General Court.


THIS DAY IN WWII:

June 21, 1940 - Italy began an unsuccessful invasion of France.

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 1968:

Thursday, June 21, 1968 - Singer-songwriter and DJ Sonique was born Sonia Marina Clarke in Crouch End, North London, England.



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
(21 Aug 1927 - 02 Jan 2018)


   Thanks so much, Susan!


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


  From Me ('65) of NC - 06/20/18:

   
 
 


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 My Niece, Shari, of VA - 05/31/18 - "Beautiful Flowers" (#11 in a Series of 16):

  If anyone has noticed, I gather pictures to send out yearly of flowers. There may be other people who love flowers as much as I do, but my guess is no one loves flowers any more than I do. lol

Hope you enjoy them!

 

     Thank you, Shari!

 
 


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

2. Wednesday, July 11, 2018 -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 28 and 29, 2018 - The NNHS Class of 1968 will hold its 50-Year Reunion at the Mulberry Inn on Warwick Boulevard next to Fort Eustis. Visit http://nnhs68.myevent.com, and contact lindameredith@verizon.net.



PRAYER ROLL:

http://www.nnhs65.com/requests-prayers.html - updated 06/11/18

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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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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

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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