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07/27/17 - 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 report that this year has been no exception!

BONUS #1 - - White Christmas - Bing Crosby, First Clip from White Christmas, 1954

BONUS #2 - - 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 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...


   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 FL AND the late Sandra Tilles Snyder ('65) (deceased 03/11/99)!

   Many Happy Returns, One and All!


July 27, 1917 - The Allies reached the Yser Canal at the Battle of Passchendaele.


July 27, 1941 - Japanese troops stationed in Tonkin occupied the southern portion of French Indochina.

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

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


Thursday, July 27, 1967 - Journalist, actor, director, and screenwriter Rahul Bose was born in Mumbai, Maharashtra, India.

Thursday, July 27, 1967 - Singer-songwriter and musician Juliana Hatfield was born in Wiscasset, Maine.

Thursday, July 27, 1967 - Guitarist and composer Hans Mathisen was born in Sandefjord, Norway.

Thursday, July 27, 1967 - Cricketer Neil Smith was born Neil Michael Knight Smith in Solihull, Warwickshire, England.

Thursday, July 27, 1967 - Ice hockey player Craig Wolanin was born Craig William Wolanin in Grosse Pointe, Michigan.

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 Joan Lauterbach Krause ('60) of VA - 07/27/17:
  Thank you, Joan!

 From My Cousin, Jim Atkinson (John Randolph Tucker HS - '77) of AZ, Sonoran Pronghorn Recovery Coordinator at U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service - 07/27/17:

  GIGGLES! Thanks, Cousin Jim!


From Bob Allen (June '51) of VA - 07/25/17 - "NNHS alumni meetings?-- Carol--I have not heard from you and NNHS in years. It just popped up in spam !!":


There are several groups of NNHS graduates (and others ) who meet monthly and weekly in various restaurants in NN.

I began meeting with a group of male graduates (different classes)...about 20 who meet at Angelo's Restaurant on J. Clyde Morris Boulevard at 7 :30 each Tuesday morning for breakfast and camaraderie... I only began attending about a year ago, but I would not miss it for anything.

I also have a pen pal e-mail relationship with Buck Marshall, NNHS 1951, who was a groomsman in my wedding 60 years ago; and his sister, Kay Marshall Johnson, NNHS Head Cheerleader 1952--Kay now living in Northern VA with her husband Charlie--also married 60 years.

Here are a few photos of the guys that show up. I do have a photo showing all the names--but cannot find it in my files.

You will have to do a little guessing. If I can identify any, I will let you know. I still live on the Peninsula.

Dr. Bobby Allen NNHS 1951



   WOWZERONI! Thank you so much, Bobby! What fabulous news all around!

   I'm always delighted to learn of Typhoons staying in touch!


   Just why it is that you should suddenly begin again to receive my Newsletter announcements after so long is beyond me; I've been issuing them in exactly the same manner for years. I blame gremlins. At any rate, I'm glad that problem has been resolved.

   As to identifying the faces in the photos, I'm at a pure loss. Having moved from the Peninsula in 1968, I'm afraid that all I recognize are the sugar shakers (my own is cobalt blue), and the adorable little snowman appearing in images #1 and 5.

   Let's turn it over to the class. I'll bet Harry Simpson ('54) can help us out.

   "Anyone? Anyone?"


 - brand new page!

 From Wayne Agee ('58) of FL - 07/26/16 - "Reaching the Winter of My Life...":
Reaching the Winter of My Life...

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:

  Thanks, Jean!

“A nickel ain't worth a dime anymore!

- Yogi Berra
12 May 1925 - 22 Sept 2015)




BONUS CHRISTMAS IN JULY RECIPES: - Recipes for Christmas in July - "Christmas in July recipes and summer party recipes put together for special get togethers and jam session." - 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!"

From - 07/26/16:
A grandfather and grandson were taking a nature hike together. The grandfather remarked how nature can teach us many lessons.

The grandson asked which lesson was the most important one he had learned.

The grandfather replied, "Well, if you find a baby squirrel in the woods, don’t carry it in your shirt unless you’re wearing a very tight belt."

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

2. Wednesday, September 13, 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: 

4. Wednesday, November 08, 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.

PRAYER ROLL: - updated 06/10/17

BLOG: - updated 03/13/11

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

                          Love to all, Carol




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

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


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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 - 07/27/09

"White Christmas" lyrics courtesy of - 07/27/09

Image of White Christmas CD cover courtesy of - 07/27/09

Snowflake Divider Line clip art courtesy of - 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 - 06/07/08
Thanks, Mark!

American School Logo courtesy of - 09/05/06

Navy Seal clip art courtesy of - 05/29/06

J. R. Tucker High School's Orange Tiger Paw Print courtesy of - 11/12/07

Animated Yehaa Typhoon clip art courtesy of Al Farber ('64) of GA - 08/18/05
Thanks, Al!

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

Jeffrey Holman's Image "A Drop in the Bucket" courtesy of - 05/23/16

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