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07/27/15 - NNHS Newsletter -
White Christmas (in July)

“Unless we make Christmas an occasion to share our blessings,
all the snow in Alaska won't make it 'white'.”

- Bing Crosby
(03 May 1903 - 14 Oct 1977)

Dear Friends and Schoolmates,

   As a general rule, I start thinking about Christmas every June. Here it is July, and I'm happy to say that this year has been no exception!

BONUS #1 - http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OIVI4cE9PPo - White Christmas - Bing Crosby, First Clip from White Christmas, 1954

BONUS #2 - http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7S-IidmcSN8 - White Christmas - Bing Crosby, Second Clip from White Christmas, 1954


From http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/White_Christmas_(song):

"White Christmas" is an Irving Berlin song reminiscing about an old-fashioned Christmas setting. According to the Guinness Book of World Records, the version sung by Bing Crosby is the best-selling single of all time, with estimated sales in excess of 50 million copies worldwide.[1][2][3][4]

Accounts vary as to when and where Berlin wrote the song.[4] One story is that he wrote it in 1940, poolside at the Biltmore hotel in Phoenix, Arizona. He often stayed up all night writing — he told his secretary, "Grab your pen and take down this song. I just wrote the best song I've ever written — heck, I just wrote the best song that anybody's ever written!"[5]

The first public performance of the song was by Bing Crosby, on his NBC radio show The Kraft Music Hall on Christmas Day, 1941; the recording is not believed to have survived.[4][6] He subsequently recorded the song with the John Scott Trotter Orchestra and the Ken Darby Singers for Decca Records in just 18 minutes on May 29, 1942, and it was released on July 30 as part of an album of six 78-rpm songs from the film Holiday Inn.[4][6] At first, Crosby did not see anything special about the song. He just said "I don't think we have any problems with that one, Irving."

The song initially performed poorly and was overshadowed by the film's first hit song: "Be Careful, It's my Heart".[6] By the end of October 1942, however, "White Christmas" topped the "Your Hit Parade" chart. It remained in that position until well into the new year.[6] (It has often been noted that the mix of melancholy — "just like the ones I used to know" — with comforting images of home — "where the treetops glisten" — resonated especially strongly with listeners during World War II. The Armed Forces Network was flooded with requests for the song.[6])

In 1942 alone, Crosby's recording spent eleven weeks on top of the Billboard charts. The original version also hit number one on the Harlem Hit Parade for three weeks,[7] Crosby's first-ever appearance on the black-oriented chart. Re-released by Decca, the single returned to the #1 spot during the holiday seasons of 1945 and 1946 (on the chart dated January 4, 1947), thus becoming the only single with three separate runs at the top of the U.S. charts. The recording became a chart perennial, reappearing annually on the pop chart twenty separate times before Billboard magazine created a distinct Christmas chart for seasonal releases.

Following its prominence in the musical Holiday Inn, the composition won the Academy Award for Best Original Song in 1942.[8] In the film, Bing Crosby sings "White Christmas" as a duet with actress Marjorie Reynolds, though her voice was dubbed by Martha Mears. This now-familiar scene was not the moviemakers' initial plan; in the script as originally conceived, Reynolds, not Crosby, was to sing the song.[6]

The version of "White Christmas" most often heard today is not the original 1942 Crosby recording, as the master had become damaged due to frequent use. Crosby re-recorded the track on March 18, 1947, accompanied again by the Trotter Orchestra and the Darby Singers, with every effort made to reproduce the original recording session.[5] There are subtle differences in the orchestration, most notably the addition of a celesta and flutes to brighten up the introduction.

Crosby was dismissive of his role in the song's success, saying later that "a jackdaw with a cleft palate could have sung it successfully." But Crosby was associated with it for the rest of his career. Another Crosby vehicle — the 1954 musical White Christmas — was the highest-grossing film of 1954...


THIS WEEK'S BIRTHDAYS:

   Happy Birthday today to Raymond Ellenson ('63) AND   Harry Horace (Crystal River HS, FL - '65) of FL  AND  My Granddaughter (by My Children of Other Parents),      Katelyn Mansfield of TX!

   Happy Birthday this week to:

30 -   Don Chaney ('66) of FL AND          My Daughter, Adrienne Harty (Hillsboro HS, IL / American School, IL) of NC AND     My Granddaughter, Claire Harty, of CA;

31 -   Helen Flax Kierstead ('58) of Ontario AND    Anne Sawyer Turpin ('65) of VA;

01 -      The late Bette Lee Heath ('57) (deceased 08/01/12) AND         My Husband, Paul Harty (Bardolph HS, IL - '61) of NC AND    Betty Burton Gary ('65) of VA AND     My Granddaughter, Ashlee Huber, of Alberta;

02 -    Roy Parrish ('61) of CA AND   Eddie Beasley ('64) of Panama AND  the late Sandra Tilles Snyder ('65) (deceased 03/11/99)!

   Many Happy Returns, One and All!

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


150 YEARS AGO TODAY:

July 27, 1865 - Welsh settlers arrived at Chubut in Argentina.


THIS DAY IN WWII:

July 27, 1941 - Japanese troops occupied French Indo-China.

July 27, 1942 - Allied forces successfully halted the final Axis advance into Egypt.

July 27, 1944 - U.S. troops completed the liberation of Guam.


THIS DAY IN 1965:

Tuesday, July 27, 1965 - Footballer José Luis Chilavert was born José Luis Félix Chilavert González in Luque, Paraguay.

Tuesday, July 27, 1965 - Fencer Wladimir Reznitschenko was born in Almaty, Kazakhstan.

Tuesday, July 27, 1965 - Historian and author Daniel-Rops (b. Henri Jules Charles Petiot on 19 Jan 1901 in Épinal, Vosges, France) died in Aix-les-Bains, Savoie, France at the age of 64.



From My Friend, Susan, of NC
- 07/26/15:
 
“A soft heart has nothing to do with being a coward. In fact, the bravest people I've known have had the softest hearts.”

- Henry B. Eyring
(b. 31 May 1933)


    Thanks so much, Susan!


         From My Cousin, Cheryl White Wilson (James Blair HS / John Marshall HS - '64) of VA - 07/26/15 - "Carrots, Eggs, or Coffee":

 
Carol,

Look! Not only the content, but look at the kitchen and the grandmother!


Grandmother says... Carrots, Eggs, or Coffee; "Which are you?"

A young woman went to her grandmother and told her about her life and how things were so hard for her. She did not know how she was going to make it and wanted to give up. She was tired of fighting and struggling. It seemed as one problem was solved a new one arose.

Her grandmother took her to the kitchen. She filled three pots with water. In the first, she placed carrots, in the second she placed eggs and the last she placed ground coffee beans. She let them sit and boil without saying a word.

In about twenty minutes she turned off the burners. She fished the carrots out and placed them in a bowl. She pulled the eggs out and placed them in a bowl. Then she ladled the coffee out and placed it in a bowl. Turning to her granddaughter, she asked, "Tell me what do you see?"

"Carrots, eggs, and coffee," she replied.

 
 
 
She brought her closer and asked her to feel the carrots. She did and noted that they got soft. She then asked her to take an egg and break it.

After pulling off the shell, she observed the hard-boiled egg.

Finally, she asked her to sip the coffee. The granddaughter smiled, as she tasted its rich aroma. The granddaughter then asked. "What's the point, grandmother?"

Her grandmother explained that each of these objects had faced the same adversity--boiling water--but each reacted differently.

The carrot went in strong, hard and unrelenting. However after being subjected to the boiling water, it softened and became weak. The egg had been fragile. Its thin outer shell had protected its liquid interior. But, after sitting through the boiling water, its inside became hardened.

The ground coffee beans were unique, however. After they were in the boiling water they had changed the water.

"Which are you?" she asked her granddaughter.

"When adversity knocks on your door, how do you respond? Are you a carrot, an egg, or a coffee bean?"

Think of this: Which am I?

Am I the carrot that seems strong, but with pain and adversity, do I wilt and become soft and lose my strength?

Am I the egg that starts with a malleable heart, but changes with the heat? Did I have a fluid spirit, but after a death, a breakup, a financial hardship or some other trial, have I become hardened and stiff?

Does my shell look the same, but on the inside am I bitter and tough with a stiff spirit and a hardened heart?

Or am I like the coffee bean? The bean actually changes the hot water, the very circumstance that brings the pain. When the water gets hot, it releases the fragrance and flavor. If you are like the bean, when things are at their worst, you get better and change the situation around you.

When the hours are the darkest and trials are their greatest do you elevate to another level?

---AUTHOR UNKNOWN

    GASP! Thank you, Cheryl! That looks (and sounds!) like OUR grandmother - AND her kitchen! I can't quite tell, though; do you suppose that sink has the same style of faucet??

http://www.angelfire.com/weird2/cluckmeat/faucet.html 


    From Joyce Lawrence Cahoon ('65) of VA - 07/26/15 - "Aging":

   Know this feeling!!! lolol

   Thank you, Joyce! I myself am back up to TWO naps a day!

 
 


From My Friend, Liam, of NC - 07/26/15 - "Interesting...":

     Thanks, Liam!  
 
 


   From My Grandson, Jacob Harty (Pitkin HS, LA - '15) of TX - 07/26/15 - "Damage":

    BOY HOWDY! Thank you, Jacob! I'm sure many of us will be able to identify with this all too well!  
 
 


“A nickel ain't worth a dime anymore!

- Yogi Berra
(
b. 12 May 1925)


        From My Husband, Paul Harty (Bardolph HS, IL - '61) of NC -  07/23/15 - "These Will Make You Smile (#2 in a series of 25)":

  Thanks, Haul Party!
(Wish I had some peanut butter and jam!)
 


BONUS CHRISTMAS IN JULY CRAFT PATTERNS:


http://www.favecrafts.com/Christmas-Crafts/Christmas-in-July


BONUS CHRISTMAS IN JULY CROCHET PATTERNS:

http://www.crochetpatterncentral.com/directory/christmas.php


BONUS CHRISTMAS IN JULY CROSS STITCH PATTERNS:

http://www.tiag.com/otherproducts/xmasangels.html 
http://www.freepatternsonline.com/xscharts/christmas.htm  
http://www.craftandfabriclinks.com/abc/abcpatterns.html 


BONUS CHRISTMAS IN JULY RECIPES:

http://www.theholidayspot.com/christmas_in_july/recipes.htm - Recipes for Christmas in July - "Christmas in July recipes and summer party recipes put together for special get togethers and jam session."

http://www.taste.com.au/recipes/collections/christmas+in+july - Christmas in July - "If you tend to skip the traditional Christmas meals from the northern hemisphere in December because of our summer heat (in Australia), there is no need to miss out completely. Celebrate Christmas in July and indulge in roasts and puddings this month instead!"


FINALLY:
From www.ajokeaday.com - 07/25/15:

Q: What did the blonde do when she heard that 90% of accidents occur around the home?

A: She moved.


DATES TO REMEMBER:

1. Wednesday, September 9, 2015 - 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, September 25 and 26, 2015 - The Warwick HS Class of 1960 will hold its 55-Year Reunion. Friday night: at the Warwick Yacht Club; Saturday night: James River Country Club. DETAILS: WWW.WARWICKFARMERS.COM

3. Friday and Saturday, October 16 and 17, 2015 - The NNHS Class of 1965 will hold its 50-Year Reunion at the Marriott at City Center, 740 Town Center Drive, Newport News. Friday night will be open to all graduates of NNHS; Saturday night will be reserved for 1965 Class members and their guests.
SEE:
http://.www.nnhs1965typhoon.myevent.com/;
http://nnhs65.com/reunion-class-of-1965/50-Year-Reunion-Letter-2015.docx 

CONTACT: Lynn Walker Brothers @ brothersbc@msn.com or Pauline Collins Shofner @ pcshofner@verizon.net.


PRAYER ROLL:

http://www.nnhs65.com/requests-prayers.html - updated 07/25/15

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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NNHS CLASS OF '65 WEB SITE: http://www.nnhs65.com

PERSONAL WEB SITE: http://www.angelfire.com/weird2/cluckmeat

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


THREE WAYS TO DONATE:  

1. Visit the main page (http://www.nnhs65.com), scroll halfway down, and click on the Pay Pal Donate Button (nnhs65@gmail.com);

2. Go to www.PayPal.com, log in, select "Send Money (Services) to nnhs65@gmail.com; or

3. Just mail it directly to my home. Thanks!    
             


White Christmas

Words and Music by Irving Berlin (11 May 1888 – 22 Sept 1989), 1940
 

The sun is shining
The grass is green
The orange and palm trees sway.
I've never seen such a day
In Beverly Hills, LA.
But it's December the 24th
And I am longing to be up North.

I'm dreaming of a white Christmas
Just like the ones I used to know.
Where the treetops glisten,
And children listen
To hear sleigh bells in the snow.
I'm dreaming of a white Christmas
With every Christmas card I write.
May your days be merry and bright.
And may all your Christmases be white.


"White Christmas" midi courtesy of http://www.eadcentral.com/go/1/1/0/http://archive.cs.uu.nl/pub/MIDI/SONGS/CHRISTMAS/ - 07/27/09

"White Christmas" lyrics courtesy of http://www.lyrics007.com/Bing%20Crosby%20Lyrics/White%20Christmas%20Lyrics.html - 07/27/09

Image of White Christmas CD cover courtesy of http://www.musicforgifts.com/Christmas/white%20christmas.htm - 07/27/09

Snowflake Divider Line clip art courtesy of http://www.iconbazaar.com/holidays/christmas/banners/index.html - 12/27/07

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

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!

Hillsboro High School's Topper (Band Version) clip art courtesy of http://www.hillsboroschools.net/schools/hhs/activities/music2/Band/bio.html - 06/07/08
Thanks, Mark!

American School Logo courtesy of http://www.americanschoolofcorr.com/grads.asp - 09/05/06

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!

Animated Laughing Elephant courtesy of Frank Blechman ('65) of Northern VA - 10/29/10
Thanks, Frank!

Animated Laughing Cat courtesy of Joyce Lawrence Cahoon ('65) of VA - 07/29/08
Thanks, Joyce!

Big Grin Smiley courtesy of Domi O'Brien ('64) of NH - 07/05/09
Thanks, Domi!

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