08/23/12 - NNHS Newsletter
Blue Suede Shoes
“NO! WAIT! My
shoes are in there!!!”
Dear Friends and Schoolmates,
Today's Newsletter theme repeats every year:
BONUS #1 - http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LAa8BW_sR_c - Blue Suede Shoes - Carl Perkins
BONUS #2 - http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=T1Ond-OwgU8 - Blue Suede Shoes - Elvis Presley
"Blue Suede Shoes" is a rock and roll standard written and first recorded by Carl Perkins in 1955. The 12-bar blues is considered one of the first rockabilly (rock and roll) records and incorporated elements of blues, country and pop music of the time.
Johnny Cash planted the seed for the song in the fall of 1955, while Perkins, Cash, Elvis Presley, and other Louisiana Hayride acts toured throughout the South. Cash told Perkins of a black airman whom he had met when serving in the military in Germany. He had referred to his military regulation air shoes as "blue suede shoes." Cash suggested that Carl write a song about the shoes. Carl replied, "I don't know anything about shoes. How can I write a song about shoes?"
When Perkins played a dance on December 4, 1955, he noticed a couple dancing near the stage. The girl was gorgeous, he thought, and the boy wore blue suede shoes. As they danced the boy cautioned his date "don't step on my suedes." Perkins was bewildered that a guy would value shoes over a beautiful girl.
Perkins began working on a song based on that incident. His first thought was to frame it with a nursery rhyme. He considered, and quickly discarded "Little Jack Horner..." and "See a spider going up the wall...". Then settled on "One for the money..." Leaving his bed and working with his Les Paul guitar, he started with an A chord. After playing five chords while singing "Well, it's one for the money... Two for the show... Three to get ready... Now go, man, go!" and broke into a boogie rhythm. He quickly grabbed a brown paper potato sack and wrote the song down, writing the title out as "Blue Swade, S-W-A-D-E". "I couldn't even spell it right," he later said. According to Perkins, "On December 17, 1955, I wrote "Blue Suede Shoes"." I recorded it on December 19." Producer Sam Phillips suggested that Perkins's line "go boy go" be changed to "go cat go".
THIS WEEK'S BIRTHDAYS:
Happy Birthday today to Charles Allen ('57) AND Pam Russell Hanzlik ('63) of NC AND My Cousin, Cheryl White Wilson (John Marshall HS - '64) of VA!
Happy Birthday this week to:
27 - Pat Helmick Glover ('57) AND Nancy Timberlake Spencer ('57) ANDMy Cousin, Jim Atkinson (John Randolph Tucker HS - '77) of AZ;
28 - The late Tony Lapides ('57) (deceased 06/18/09);
29 -Richard Coltrane ('57) of __ AND the late Connie Bloxom Thompson ('66) (deceased 09/17/08);
30 - Me ('65) of NC AND Chuck Springfield ('66) of VA!
Many Happy Returns, One and All!
|August 23, 1939 -
Soviet Union signed a non-aggression treaty, the
Molotov-Ribbentrop Pact. In a secret addition to the pact, the
are divided between the two nations.
August 23, 1942 -The beginning of the Battle of Stalingrad.
August 23, 1944 - Marseille was liberated.
THIS DAY IN 1962:
|Thursday, August 23, 1962 - Politician
Martin Cauchon was born in
Thursday, August 23, 1962 - Musician, actor, author, singer-songwriter, television personality and occasional newspaper columnist Shaun Ryder was born Shaun William George Ryder in Little Hulton, Salford (Greater Manchester), England.
Thursday, August 23, 1962 - Folklorist Walter Anderson (b. Walter Arthur Alexander Anderson on 10 Oct 1885 in Minsk, Russian Empire) died in Kiel, Germany at the age of 76 after having been involved in a traffic accident.
BACKLOGGED NEWSLETTERS COMPLETED ON 08/22/12:
C.T. Schrum – Class of June 1938
2. 07/12/12 - Bernie Malpass - Class of 1960 - brother of Evelyn Malpass Schaal ('61) of VA and Glenn Malpass ('65)
From Fred Field (June '45) of CA - 08/22/12, 5:21 PM - " Linwood Ilish":
|Hello Carol, Wed. Aug. 22, 2012
Linwood Ilish appears on page 17 of the Feb. 1946 Anchor.
Fred W. Field
Loma Linda & Fullerton, CA
Thank you so very much, Fred! I'm so thankful for the clarifications you provide so that the records may be kept complete! I've updated all these Memorial Newsletters accordingly:
From Wayne Stokes ('65) of VA - 08/22/12 - "No One Told This Story---Non Political":
No One Told This Story
A chaplain, who happened to be assigned to the Pentagon, told of an incident that happened right after Flight 77 hit the Pentagon on 9/11.
A daycare facility inside the Pentagon had many children, including infants who were in heavy cribs. The daycare supervisor, looking at all the children they needed to evacuate, was in a panic over what they could do. There were many children, mostly toddlers, as well as infants that would need to be taken out with the cribs. There was no time to try to bundle them into carriers and strollers. Just then a young Marine came running into the center and asked what they needed. After hearing what the center director was trying to do, he ran back out into the hallway and disappeared. The director thought, "Well, here we are, on our own. "About 2 minutes later, that Marine returned with 40 other Marines in tow. Each of them grabbed a crib with a child, and the rest started gathering up toddlers. The director and her staff then helped them take all the children out of the center and down toward the park near the Potomac river.
Once they got about 3/4 of a mile outside the building, the Marines stopped in the park, and then did a fabulous thing - they formed a circle with the cribs (which were quite sturdy and heavy), like the covered wagons in the Old West. Inside this circle of cribs, they put the toddlers, to keep them from wandering off. Outside this circle were the 40 Marines, forming a perimeter around the children and waiting for instructions. There they remained until the parents could be notified and come get their children. The chaplain then said, "I don't think any of us saw or heard of this on any of the news stories of the day. It was an incredible story of our men there".
There wasn't a dry eye in the room. The thought of those Marines and what they did and how fast they reacted; could we expect any less from them?
It was one of the most touching stories from the Pentagon.
Remember Ronald Reagan's great compliment: "Most of us wonder if our lives make any difference. Marines don't have that problem."
God Bless the USA, our troops, and you.
It's the Military, not the politicians who ensures our right to life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness. It's the Military who salute the flag, who serve beneath the flag, and whose coffin is draped by the flag.
If you care to offer the smallest token of recognition and appreciation for the
military, please pass this on and pray for our men and women, who have served and are currently serving our country, and pray for those who have
given the ultimate sacrifice for our freedoms.
From My Husband, Paul Harty (Bardolph HS, IL - '61) of NC - 08/22/12 - "Lost song by Elvis Presley ~ ABSOLUTELY BEAUTIFUL":
|Some of you may not appreciate or like
"The King" but I think this is a quite beautiful song by Elvis.
From Wayne Stokes ('65) of VA - 02/29/12 - "Aww pictures......... (#24 in a Series of 43)":
I can do this!!
AWWW! Thanks, Wayne Honey!
From http://www.ajokeaday.com - 08/22/12:
Q. What did the fish say when it swam into the wall?
|DATES TO REMEMBER:|
|1. Thursday, September 6, 2012 -
The NNHS Class of 1955 holds Lunch Bunch gatherings on the first
Thursday of every month at Steve & John's Steak House on Jefferson
Avenue just above Denbigh Boulevard in Newport News at 11:00 AM. The
luncheon is not limited to just the Class of '55; if you have friends in
that year, go visit with them.
2. Friday and Saturday, October 5 and 6, 2012 - Class of 1962 - 50-Year Reunion - Crowne Plaza Hotel, Hampton on the Water. More information after the Holidays. Meetings are second Tuesday of each month. CONTACT: Brenda Amos Williams at firstname.lastname@example.org
3. Wednesday, October 10, 2012 - 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.
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