- NNHS Newsletter -
White Christmas (in July)
“Unless we make Christmas an occasion to share our blessings,
Dear Friends and Schoolmates,
As a general rule, I start thinking about Christmas every June. Here it is July, and I'm happy to report 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
|"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
single of all time, with estimated sales in excess of 50 million
Accounts vary as to when and where Berlin wrote the song. 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!"
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. 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. 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". 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. (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.)
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, 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. 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.
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. 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:
Birthday today to
Raymond Ellenson ('63)
Harry Horace (Crystal River HS, FL -
'65) of FL
My Granddaughter (by My Children of
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;
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!
THIS DAY IN 1966:
Wednesday, July 27, 1966 - Footballer and manager Steve Tilson was born Stephen Brian Tilson in Wickford, Essex, England.
|“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
Thanks so much, Susan!
From Wayne Stokes ('65) of VA - 07/26/16 - " Jimmy Peters' ('66) Obituary":
For reasons unknown by his siblings and older children, no obituary was published about Jimmy's passing in Cape Coral, FL or up here in Newport News where he had numerous friends, and where he lived for most of his life.
Jimmy was a very close and dear friend and had been since we were 6/7 years old and lived across the street on 45th. from each other. His youngest sister informed me that Jimmy's wife had taken his two younger children--the older of the two I understand to be age 9--out to the neighborhood swimming pool or some place leaving Jimmy just fine at home. Upon returning some short time later he was found to be unresponsive and EMTs were called. After about 40 minutes of effort to revive him he was pronounced. Cause listed as a Heart Attack. The news stunned me--he really was a close and valued friend. I am pleased that he had made that known to his family regarding our close friendship, which allowed me to be informed almost immediately.
He was a good man and a friend to many people that would have liked to have been informed of his passing. I send you this is response to your statement regarding no obituary as you noted Jimmy's passing in a Newsletter. I hope this information is of some service to you. Be well and keep those cards and letters coming!!
Thank you so much, Wayne Honey! I was afraid that there was no obituary to be found. She may have found the cost to be prohibitive as they are in some places, or she may have simply been too overwhelmed. In any case, I appreciate your filling in some of the blanks, and again you have my deepest sympathies on the passing of your dear friend.
My son, Craig, just completed the trek here in VA. Even with the oppressive heat they were able to complete it. He got a little sunburned but other than that, he was fine. Said they fed him well (at 17 this was a major priority for him). I am so proud of him!
WOWZERS! As well you should be! Thank you for sharing this with us, Barry! Those pioneer reenactment treks are grueling!
From Jimmy Hines ('64) of VA - 07/25/16:
Thank you all and please God, watch over them.
AMEN! Thank you, Santa Jim!
|Reaching the Winter of My
I don't feel my age most days (thank goodness), but this email really rang a bell. Very thought provoking with its many truisms. Speaking for myself only, I have so much more appreciation now for life and the people I love and wonder about all the years I spent rushing around treating life as if it was a "to do" list --- I still do that somewhat, by the way! Old habits are hard to break. But I'm more conscious of my actions and try not to take anything for granted any more.
Wishing you all a wonderful life, for the rest of your life...........
Thanks so much, Wayne! This is one of our collective faves!
From My Cousin, Jean Atkinson Mallory (Warsaw HS / Rappahannock HS / John Marshall HS - '65) of VA -07/25/16:
“A nickel ain't worth a dime anymore!”
(12 May 1925 - 12 May 1925)
From Judy Phillips Allen ('66) of VA - 07/09/16 - "How to know when it's really HOT!! (#17 in a series of 17)":
Climate Change! . . . is a new phenomenon
THIS IS WHEN YOU REALLY KNOW IT'S HOT!
Thanks, Dearest Judy! These have been painfully funny!
|You know it’s hot outside when…|
|The candy melts while still in the machine.|
BONUS CHRISTMAS IN JULY CRAFT PATTERNS:
CHRISTMAS IN JULY
CHRISTMAS IN JULY
CROSS STITCH PATTERNS:
BONUS CHRISTMAS IN JULY RECIPES:
DATES TO REMEMBER:
Y'all take good care of each other! TYPHOONS FOREVER! We'll Always Have Buckroe!
Love to all, Carol
Words and Music by
Irving Berlin (11 May
1888 – 22 Sept 1989), 1940
The sun is shining
WhiteChristmas" 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
Army Seal clip art courtesy of Al Farber ('64) of GA - 05/24/06 (still
Hillsboro High School's Topper (Band Version) clip art courtesy of
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
Animated Red Flames courtesy of http://members.tripod.com/mrfire/animations.html - ???
Ferguson High School's Anchor clip art courtesy of
(FHS - '72) of NC
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)
Animated Laughing Cat courtesy of Joyce Lawrence Cahoon ('65) of VA - 07/29/08
Smiley courtesy of Janice McCain Rose ('65) of VA - 02/07/07