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07/27/19 - 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


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 -   The Best Dressed Girl in the Class of 1966, Don Chaney of FL AND     My Daughter, Adrienne Harty (Hillsboro HS, IL / American School, IL) of CA 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) (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 The late Eddie Beasley ('64) (d. 01/25/19) AND the late Sandra Tilles Snyder ('65) (d. 03/11/99)!

   Many Happy Returns, One and All!


100 YEARS AGO TODAY:

July 27, 1919 - The Chicago Race Riot erupted after a racial incident occurred on a South Side beach, leading to 38 fatalities and 537 injuries over a five-day period.


THIS DAY IN WWII:

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.


THIS DAY IN 1969:

July 27, 1969 - Wrestler and actor Triple H was born Paul Michael Levesque in Nashua, New Hampshire.

July 27, 1969 - Cricketer and coach Jonty Rhodes was born Jonathan Neil Rhodes in Pietermaritzburg, Natal Province, South Africa.



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 - 06/02/18:
 
  Thank you, Joan!
 
 


    From Jimmy Hines ('64) of VA - 07/26/19, 8:55 AM:

  Thanks, Santa Jim!

     That reminds me...

 
 


  From Me ('65) of NC - 07/26/19:

 
 
 


 From My Cousin, Jim Atkinson (John Randolph Tucker HS - '77) of AZ - 07/27/17:
 

  GIGGLES! Thanks, Cousin Jim!
 
 


“A nickel ain't worth a dime anymore!

- Yogi Berra
(
12 May 1925 - 22 Sept 2015)



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 KNIT PATTERNS:

What to Knit Now for Christmas in July - "Christmas in July is upon us! We’ve gathered some fantastic festive patterns – so you can celebrate in July or start getting ready for that other Christmas…in December!"


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!"


FINALLY:
From www.ajokeaday.com - 07/26/19:
 
"This little computer," said the sales clerk, "will do half of your job for you."

Studying the machine, the senior VP said, "Fine. I'll take two."


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. Friday, August 02, 2019 - Sunday, August 04, 2019 - The NNHS Class of 1969 will hold their 50-Year Reunion at the Marriott at City Center in Newport News. Open to ALL Typhoons! The entire weekend - Friday night re-meet and re-greet with hor d’oeuvres served, a Saturday night dinner and dance and a Sunday morning breakfast - is $100 per person. CONTACT: Jean Baker Howell at hokie13mom@cox.net for registration forms.

3. Wednesday, September 11, 2019 -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.

4. Friday, October 11, 2019 - Saturday, October 12, 2019 - The NNHS Class of 1964 will hold their 55-Year Reunion at the Holiday Inn Newport News - City Center (formerly the Omni). SEE: www.nnhs1964.com;  CONTACT: David Spriggs at nnhs64@cox.net.


PRAYER ROLL:

http://www.nnhs65.com/requests-prayers.html - updated 07/18/19

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

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

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

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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!

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

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!

Navy Seal clip art courtesy of http://www.onemileup.com/miniSeals.asp - 05/29/06

Cold Lake High School (Alberta) logo courtesy of http://coldlakehighschool.ca/ - 09/11/17

Purple Heart image courtesy of Joe Madagan ('57) of FL - 06/04/04
Thanks, Joe!

Bronze Star clip art courtesy of http://www.wpclipart.com/armed_services/ - 05/09/08

Animated Army Flag clip art courtesy of http://www.angelfire.com/ny4/KevsGifsGalore/Patriotic.html - 06/18/03

Animated Dancing Oldsters clip art courtesy of Al Farber ('64) of GA - 09/09/06
Thanks, Al!

Animated Waving Santa Smiley courtesy of Ruth Ann Reece Horace ('67) of FL - 10/25/17
Thanks, Ruthie!


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

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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