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For Once in My Life
“Once in his life, every man is entitled to fall
Dear Friends and Schoolmates,
Today's Newsletter is new to us here - mostly because I couldn't locate an old one to swipe for this day that I hadn't already swiped before. So much for my time-saving methods....
BONUS - http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1vxVyaYuGYE - For Once in My Life - Stevie Wonder, @ 1968
|"For Once in My Life" is a
swing song written by
Ron Miller and Orlando Murden for
Motown Records' Jobete publishing company in 1967 (see
1967 in music). The composition was originally recorded by Jean
DuShon, while other artists, such as
Tony Bennett and
The Temptations, recorded slow ballad versions of the song.
Soo was the first male artist to record a version of the
song—it never made it to any public market and the recording was
permanently shelved in the Motown Records archives.
The most familiar and successful version of "For Once in My Life" is an uptempo arrangement by Stevie Wonder, recorded immediately after DuShon's original. Wonder's version (issued on Motown's Tamla label) was a top-three hit in the United States in late 1968 and early 1969...
THIS WEEK'S BIRTHDAYS:
Happy Birthday tomorrow to Pat Helmick Glover ('57) AND Nancy Timberlake Spencer ('57) AND My Cousin, Jim Atkinson (John Randolph Tucker HS - '77) of AZ!
Happy Birthday this week to:
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;
31 - Pat Beck Letzinger ('57) of VA AND Joan Lauterbach Krause ('60) of VA AND Elaine Wilkinson Bracken ('61) of VA AND My Grandson, Jacob Harty of TX;
01 - Ellen Overton Weiss ('68) of VA!
Many Happy Returns, One and All!
August 25, 1939 - The
United Kingdom and
Poland formed a
military alliance in which the UK promised to defend Poland in case
of invasion by a foreign power.
August 25, 1942 - The second day of the Battle of the Eastern Solomons. A Japanese naval transport convoy headed towards Guadalcanal was turned-back by an Allied air attack, losing one destroyer and one transport sunk, and one light cruiser heavily damaged.
August 26, 1940 -
colony to join the Allies under the administration of
first black colonial
August 26, 1942 - Holocaust in Chortkiav, western Ukraine: At 2.30 am the German Schutzpolizei started driving Jews out of their houses, divided them into groups of 120, packed them in freight cars and deported 2000 to Belzec death camp. 500 of the sick and children were murdered on the spot.
YESTERDAY IN 1962:
|Saturday, August 25, 1962 -
Māris Bružiks was born in
Saturday, August 25, 1962 - Guitarist and songwriter Vivian Campbell (Def Leppard, Whitesnake, Dio, Thin Lizzy, and Sweet Savage) was born Vivian Patrick Campbell in Belfast, County Antrim, Northern Ireland.
THIS DAY IN 1962:
|Sunday, August 26, 1962 - Cyclist and attorney Bob Mionske was born Robert Charles Mionske in Evanston, Illinois.|
BACKLOGGED NEWSLETTERS COMPLETED ON 08/24/12:
1. 05/20/12 - Peggy Lenz Turnage - Class of June 1943
BACKLOGGED NEWSLETTERS COMPLETED ON 08/25/12:
1. 04/19/12 - Claude Eley – Class of 1936
2. 04/25/12 - John "Buck" Nettles - Father of Patricia Nettles Wright (Hampton HS - '61) of VA and John Nettles (Hampton HS of VA, and Father-in-Law of Davis Wright ('61) of VA
From Norm Covert ('61) of MD - 08/23/12 - "Where Are You, Miss Landers?":
Posted: 22 Aug 2012 09:00 AM PDT
By NORMAN M. COVERT
If you are a third grader about to start school you may not have identified her, but you hope Miss Landers is at the chalkboard when you arrive. I don’t know the odds of this happening, but would like to think that your chances are pretty good.
Of course, Miss Alice Landers (portrayed by the late Sue Randall), not Ms., not Alice, but Miss Landers the teacher, was the smiling and warm face and personality that saved Theodore (Beaver) Cleaver from a “fate worse than death.” He was entering the third grade at Grant Ave. Grammar School in the popular late ‘50s television show “Leave It to Beaver.”
It is worth noting that children today are still exposed to the long-running show featuring Jerry Mathers in the title role. Miss Landers is there and we still love her. The show is on a number of cable channels, sharing space with “I Love Lucy,” “The Dick Van Dyke Show,” and others in the half-hour genre that showed America in what many think was an innocent but wonderful era.
You know of course that Miss Landers taught “Theodore” through the fifth grade when she broke his heart, announcing her engagement to be married. Grant Ave. Grammar School was never the same.
Every day I am bombarded on FACEBOOK with local discussion, pro and con, angry and clinical over the state of education. They beat up on curriculum, text books, budgets, an apparently dysfunctional and “devious” school board and a superintendent, who is trying to make a positive impact with a skeptical audience. It may be true that the locals just don’t like out-of-towners, a notion with which I disagree.
It does, however seem that the ideologues on both sides have gone off into an empty arena and drawn weapons, slinging arrows and cutting remarks that don’t resonate with many, especially Third Graders.
The real concern, as noted above, is about who will manifest him/herself as your teacher.
Of course, schools are quite different than the environment within Grant Ave. Grammar School, which was a virtual clone of my Thomas Jefferson Elementary School, three short blocks from our home in Newport News, Va.
I admit to still having a dislike for my first grade teacher. I fell in love with my second grade teacher and was an eager student of third grade teacher, Mrs. Nelson. She wasn’t Miss Landers, but more like, perhaps, the unseen, but obviously mature Miss Othmar in the PEANUTS™ cartoon. Her son, Lloyd, was my age and a pal on the playground.
One of Mrs. Nelson’s influences was the wonder of nature. She introduced me to Hermit crabs in the classroom terrarium. What a thrill it was to realize “our” crab had tossed away the old shell and moved into a larger “home” with which we had tempted it.
These days we care for three hermit crabs for my third grade grandson. It isn’t an exciting venture. They just lie there, the good thing being they don’t have to be taken for a walk.
I should say how lucky I am that when I was registered for first grade; it was in the three-story early 20th century construction standard, an imposing edifice cloned throughout the city for other neighborhood schools. I started in the all-new facility; a plus for me was that 1948 was the first year boys were no longer wearing knickers!
Our eight- and nine-year-old boys and girls will spend this school year locked in a classroom with a teacher who can make or break their thirst for formal education. This year can be the moment that influences an educational journey filled with wonder, excitement and the tools of a happy, successful life.
Teachers are the key to education. Unions, money and salary raises don’t make them better teachers. They either have “IT” or they don’t. These special teachers are worth whatever we can afford to pay them!
Now if the various departments of “education,” the National Education Association (NEA) and its affiliates and the dysfunctional school boards would get out of the way, perhaps we can attract more of the Miss Landers teachers.
More immediate though is to find out Friday at the Open House whether my grandson’s third grade teacher displays the “IT” to make this a good year. Would that he can establish a bond as he did with his first grade teacher. She earned his love and respect and she appreciated the challenge of sharing learning with him.
Fingers crossed? Ready, set, go! ©2012 Norman M. Covert
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This appeared in its original form at www.thetentacle.com and is used with permission of the author and The OCtopus, LLC.
|AMEN! Thank you so much, Norm!|
From Sarah Puckett Kressaty ('65) of VA - 08/24/12 - "Check out this deck of cards....":
|Very interesting and touching! s.
This is unique.
WOWZERS! Thanks so much, Sarah Sugah!
http://www.recipelion.com/Salad-Dressing/Olive-Garden-Copycat-House-Dressing/ml/1 - Olive Garden Copycat House Dressing - "The salad dressing is the most important part of a salad. Olive Garden is known for their delicious house salad and this delicious copycat recipe tastes just like the real thing. Bring the flavors of Italy to your own home and make Olive Garden Copycat House Dressing."
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From Wayne Stokes ('65) of VA - 02/29/12 - "Aww pictures......... (#26 in a Series of 43)":
I can do this!!
AWWW! Thanks, Wayne Honey!
From http://www.ajokeaday.com - 08/24/12:
While getting a checkup, a man told his doctor that he thought his wife was losing her hearing.
The doctor said,
"You should do a simple test. Stand about 15 feet behind your wife and
say 'Honey?’ Move 3 feet closer and do it again. Keep moving 3 feet
closer until she finally responds. Remember how close you were when she
gives you an answer. That will help me know how bad her hearing loss
The man said, "Yes".
"How close did you get before she answered?"
"Well, by the time I got about 3 feet away she just turned around and said, "For the FIFTH TIME... WHAT???"
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 email@example.com
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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