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White Christmas (in July)
“Unless we make Christmas an occasion to share our blessings,
Dear Friends and Schoolmates,
Lest I forget, there's an total lunar eclipse today:
July 27-28: Longest Total Lunar Eclipse This Century
The total lunar eclipse on July 27-28, 2018 is the longest one this century. Find local times for this Blood Moon, watch the animation of what it will look like, and find your location on the map or the 3D globe. And don't forget to check the weather!
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
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...
From ABC7 Eyewitness News - 07/27/18, @ 10:20 AM - "Carr Fire near Redding: Firefighter, bulldozer operator killed":
REDDING, Calif. -- A Redding firefighter and bulldozer operator have died in
the so-called Carr Fire, an explosive wildfire in Northern California.
According to Cal Fire, the blaze is approximately 44,450 acres and is 3 percent contained as of Friday morning.
Flames swept through the communities of Shasta and Keswick before jumping the Sacramento River and reaching Redding, a city of about 92,000 people and the largest in the region.
The Carr Fire is "taking down everything in its path," said Scott McLean, a CalFire spokesman for the crews battling the blaze.
A Redding firefighter and bulldozer operator have died in the so-called Carr Fire, an explosive wildfire in Northern California.
Photo: JOSH EDELSON / AFP/Getty
|According to Cal Fire, the blaze is approximately 44,450 acres and
is 3 percent contained as of Friday morning. Flames swept through the
communities of Shasta and Keswick before jumping the Sacramento River
and reaching Redding, a city of about 92,000 people and the largest in
The Carr Fire is "taking down everything in its path," said Scott McLean, a Cal Fire spokesman for the crews battling the blaze.
Fierce winds are spawning firenadoes in NorCal's Shasta County as deadly Carr Fire rages out of control near Redding.
"It's just a wall of flames," he said.
Residents of western Redding who hadn't been under evacuation orders were caught off guard and had to flee with little notice, causing miles-long traffic jams as flames turned the skies orange. "When it hit, people were really scrambling," McLean said. "There was not much of a warning."
Many firefighters turned their focus from the flames to getting people out alive. "Really we're in a life-saving mode right now in Redding," said Jonathan Cox, battalion chief with Cal Fire. "We're not fighting a fire. We're trying to move people out of the path of it because it is now deadly and it is now moving at speeds and in ways we have not seen before in this area."
Some residents drove to hotels or the homes of family members in safer parts of California, while other evacuees poured into a shelter just outside of town. A reporter with KRCR-TV choked up as she reported live updates about the fire before the station had to go off the air later. Two news anchors told viewers that the building was being evacuated and urged residents to "be safe." Journalists at the Record Searchlight newspaper tweeted about continuing to report on the fire without electricity in their newsroom, and a reporter at KHSL-TV wrote on Twitter that the station's Redding reporters were "running home to gather their things."
Mike Mangas, a spokesman at Mercy Medical Center, said the hospital was evacuating five babies in its neonatal intensive care unit, which cares for premature newborns, and taking them to medical facilities outside of the area. He said the hospital was preparing high-risk patients to be evacuated but there were no immediate plans to do so. He said several burn patients were admitted to the emergency room but that most were being treated and released.
Late Thursday, crews found the body of a bulldozer operator who was hired privately to clear vegetation in the blaze's path, McLean said. The fire burned over the operator and his equipment, making the man the second bulldozer operator killed in a California blaze in less than two weeks. Three firefighters and an unknown number of civilians had burns, but the extent of their injuries wasn't immediately known, McLean said. "It's just chaotic. It's wild," he said. "There's a lot of fire, a lot of structures burning."
Firefighters tried in vain to build containment around the blaze Thursday but flames kept jumping their lines, he said. "It's just a heck of a fight," he said. "They're doing what they can do and they get pushed out in a lot of cases. We're fighting the fight right now."
He said the fire behavior was so erratic, there were tornadoes within the fire "tossing around equipment, blowing windows out of Cal Fire pickup trucks."
The 45-square-mile (115-square-kilometer) fire that began Monday tripled in size overnight Thursday amid scorching temperatures, low humidity and windy conditions. It was sparked by a mechanical issue involving a vehicle, Cal Fire said. Brett Gouvea, incident commander of the crews battling the fire, urged residents to pay close attention to the blaze. "This fire is extremely dangerous and moving with no regard for what's in its path," he said.
Earlier in the day with flames exploding around Whiskeytown Lake, an effort to save boats at a marina by untying them from moorings and pushing them to safety, wasn't swift enough to spare them all. Dozens of charred, twisted and melted boats were among the losses at Oak Bottom Marina.
"The boat docks down there - all the way out in the water - 30 to 40
boats caught fire when the fire laid down on top of them last night and
burned those up," said fire Chief Mike Hebrard of the California
Department of Forestry and Fire Protection. Wildfires throughout the
state have burned through tinder-dry brush and forest, forced thousands
to evacuate homes, and caused campers to pack up their tents at the
height of summer. Gov. Jerry Brown declared states of emergency for the
three largest fires, which will authorize the state to rally resources
to local governments. The wildfires have dispatched firefighters to all
corners of the state amid an oppressive heat wave...
From My #6 Son, Dale Harty, (Hillsboro HS, IL / American School, IL - '02) of CA - 07/26/18, @ 3:00 PM:
|Redding is really beautiful this time of year. A little hot. A little flame-y, but really beautiful.|
From My Daughter-in-Law, Diana Lyons Harty (Portsmouth HS, NH / Eastlake HS, CA - '05) of CA - 07/27/18, @ 4:00 AM:
|Northwest Redding is
destroyed. The whole city has been evacuated, they are calling the whole
thing lost to the fire. Not even trying to contain it now.
OH, NOOOOO! Thank you, Diana!
From My Daughter, Adrienne Harty (Hillsboro HS, IL / American School, IL) of CA - 07/27/18:
Heritage Plaza Apartment friends: As of 4:48 AM they are not only still standing, but unscathed!!! We are NOT homeless! And there was much rejoicing!!!
Oh, Praise the Lord! Thank you so much, Booful Beebee, for letting us know!
THIS WEEK'S BIRTHDAYS:
Birthday today to
Raymond Ellenson ('63)
AND 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 CA AND My Granddaughter, Claire Harty, of CA;
01 - The late Bette Lee Heath ('57) (d. 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 (currently serving an LDS mission in the Tennessee Nashville Mission);
02 - Roy Parrish ('61) of CA AND Eddie Beasley ('64) of FL AND the late Sandra Tilles Snyder ('65) (d. 03/11/99)!
Many Happy Returns, One and All!
THIS DAY IN 1968:
Friday, July 27, 1968 - The New Hampshire Attorney General, Kelly Ayotte, was born Kelly Ann Ayotte in Nashua, New Hampshire.
|“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 Joan Lauterbach Krause ('60) of VA - 07/27/17:
|GIGGLES! Thanks, Cousin Jim!|
From My #6 Son, Dale Harty, (Hillsboro HS, IL / American School, IL - '02) of CA - 07/16/18 (withheld until now pending permission to post):
Here's me, little Hannah, and Dean, the lifeguard who saved Hannah's life on
Friday afternoon (07/13/18).
We were at Brandy Creek Beach at Whiskeytown National Park. I was putting our gear away and getting ready to load up the family after a pleasant afternoon. During the moments I was distracted folding up my hammock, my not quite two year old decided to be braver than she'd been all morning and venture out into the water instead of splashing at the shore. Dean looked over from his post and noticed Hannah splashing and thought she may just be playing. He looked closer and noticed her movements looked a little frantic.
I looked up and noticed a lifeguard holding my little angel who was wet and sputtering. In what couldn't have been more than seconds since I last scanned the beach for my little ones I came dangerously close to losing her while standing no more than 15 yards away.
Thank you Dean for saving little Hannah. I'm so glad that you were there
and that you take your job seriously. I daren't imagine what might have
happened otherwise. I hope your bosses see this and give you a big
bonus, and that all your friends and romantic interests hear about that
time you casually saved another baby from drowning. Just another day in
the office. You should also know that my son told me he wants to name
his first son after you. I can't ever thank you enough.
YOWZERONI-WOWZERONI! Thank you, Dale, and thank you, Dean, so very much! It's as I've always said: human babies are the most untrustworthy beings on the planet! I'm in total agreement with Hannah's big brother on his decision.
From My Niece, Shari, of VA - 07/10/18 - "FooD FoR HealtH" (#11 in a Series of 17)":
|Thank you, Shari!|
“A nickel ain't worth a dime anymore!”
(12 May 1925 - 22 Sept 2015)
BONUS CHRISTMAS IN JULY CRAFT PATTERNS:
BONUS CHRISTMAS IN JULY CROCHET PATTERNS:
BONUS CHRISTMAS IN JULY CROSS STITCH PATTERNS:
BONUS CHRISTMAS IN JULY KNIT 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
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
Bad Surprise Smiley courtesy of http://picsdigger.com/image/a935ccd3/ - 10/21/10
Eastlake High School Logo courtesy of http://www.geocities.com/ehslearningcenter/ - 10/17/07
courtesy of Glenn Dye ('60) of TX - 08/28/09
Animated Tiny Birthday Cake clip art courtesy of Sarah Puckett Kressaty
('65) of VA - 08/31/05
Cold Lake High School (Alberta) logo courtesy of http://coldlakehighschool.ca/ - 09/11/17
J. R. Tucker High School's Orange Tiger Paw Print courtesy of http://www.henrico.k12.va.us/hs/tucker/resources/about.htm - 11/12/07
Animated Big Hugs Smiley clip art courtesy of Sarah Puckett Kressaty ('65) of VA
Animated Kissing Smiley clip art courtesy of
Al Farber ('64) of GA
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