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08/27/18 - NNHS Newsletter -
Day-O (The Banana Boat Song)

“Time flies like an arrow; fruit flies like a banana.”

- Groucho Marx
(02 Oct 1890 - 19 Aug 1977)

Dear Friends and Schoolmates,

    Today is National Banana Lovers Day. "I am not making this up." - Dave Barry (b. 03 July 1947)

BONUS - Day-O (The Banana Boat Song - Harry Belafonte, 1956


"Day-O (The Banana Boat Song)" is a traditional Jamaican folk song; the best-known version was released by Jamaican-American singer Harry Belafonte in 1956 and later became one of his signature songs. That same year The Tarriers released an alternative version that incorporated the chorus of another Jamaican folk song, "Hill and Gully Rider". The Tarriers version was later recorded by Shirley Bassey.

The song has mento influences, but "Day-O (The Banana Boat Song)" was commonly classified as an example of the better known calypso music. It is a work song, from the point of view of dock workers working the night shift loading bananas onto ships. Daylight has come, the shift is over, and they want their work to be counted up so that they can go home.[citation needed]

The song originated as a Jamaican folk song. It was thought to be sung by Jamaican banana workers, with a repeated melody and refrain (call and response); to each set lyric, the workers made a response. There were numerous versions of lyrics, some likely improvised on the spot by the singers. The song was probably created around the second half of the nineteenth century or the first half of twentieth century, where there was a rise of the banana trade in Jamaica...


   Happy Birthday today to Pat Helmick Glover ('57) AND Nancy Timberlake Spencer ('57) AND   My Cousin, Jim Atkinson (John Randolph Tucker HS - '77) of AZ! 

   Happy Birthday tomorrow to The late Tony Lapides ('57) (d. 06/18/09)!

   Happy Birthday this week to:

29 - Richard Coltrane ('57) AND   the late Connie Bloxom Thompson ('66) (d. 09/17/08);

30 -   Me ('65) of NC AND   Chuck Springfield ('66) of FL;

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 (Pitkin HS, LA - '15) of UT;

01 -  Jeanette Parrish Houston ('64) of VA AND Ellen Overton Weiss ('68) of VA;  

02 - Frances Adams Smith ('57) AND    Dustin Baker (Norview HS - '65) of MA;

03 - Morton Binder ('57)!  

   Many Happy Returns, One and All!


August 27, 1918 - Mexican Revolution: Battle of Ambos Nogales: U.S. Army forces skirmished against Mexican Carrancistas in the only battle of World War I fought on American soil.


August 27, 1939 - Nazi Germany demanded the Polish corridor and Danzig.

August 27, 1943 - Japanese forces evacuated New Georgia Island in the Pacific Theater of Operations.

August 27, 1945 - American troops landed in Japan after the surrender of the Japanese government.

August 27, 2001 - Work began on the future site of a World War II memorial on the U.S. capital's historic national Mall. The site is between the Washington Monument and the Lincoln Memorial.


Monday, August 27, 1968 - Computer scientist and academic Daphne Koller was born, probably in Israel.

Monday, August 27, 1968 - Golfer Michael Long was born in Cromwell, New Zealand.

Monday, August 27, 1968 - Rugby player and sportscaster Matthew Ridge was born Matthew John Ridge in Rotorua, New Zealand.

Monday, August 27, 1968 - Princess Marina of Greece and Denmark (Πριγκίπισσα Μαρίνα της Ελλάδας και Δανίας) (b. 13 Dec 1906 in Athens, Greece) died from a brain tumor at the age of 61 in Kensington Palace, London, England.

From My Friend, Susan, of NC - 08/26/15:
“Cultivate an attitude of happiness. Cultivate a spirit of optimism. Walk with faith, rejoicing in the beauties of nature, in the goodness of those you love, in the testimony which you carry in your heart concerning things divine.”

- Gordon B. Hinckley
(23 June 1910 - 27 Jan 2008)

    Thanks so much, Susan! 

From Joan Lauterbach Krause ('60) of VA - 08/27/18:

    Thank you, Joan!


    From Eric Huffstutler (Bethel HS - '75) of VA - 08/26/18 - "NNHS65 - Broken Links":

Carol... the City Directory links for 1954 and 1965, on both the Our Stomping Grounds and Downtown Newport News pages, do not work. They go to a dead link for Can you restore the links so they will work again? Thanks.

   EEK!Thank you so much, Eric! Indeed they did not work - and have not ever since we switched servers in 2009! Because I had stubbornly and against advice improperly linked them originally back in 2003, there were scores of such broken links left to be repaired, and every time I think I have at last caught them all, another one or two rear their ugly heads. These are now fixed, but keep a sharp eye peeled for me!


From Bill Wynne ('63) of MD - 08/26/18 - "When we get older we think differently, don't we?":

This letter was sent to the Principal's office after the school had sponsored a luncheon for the elderly. An elderly lady received a new radio at the lunch as a door prize and was writing to say thank you.
This is a very touching story.

Dear Kean Elementary:

Bless you for the beautiful radio I won at your recent senior citizens luncheon. I am 94 years old and live at the Sprenger Home for the Aged. All of my family has passed away. I am all alone now and it's nice to know that someone is thinking of me. Bless you for your kindness to an old forgotten lady.

My roommate is 95 and has always had her own radio, but before I received one, she would never let me listen to hers, even when she was napping.

The other day her radio fell off the night stand and broke into a lot of pieces. It was awful and she was in tears. Her distress over the broken radio touched me and I knew this was God's way of answering my prayers. She asked if she could listen to mine, and I told her to kiss my a$$. Thank you for that opportunity.


     Thanks, Bill!

You can’t buy love, it’s true. However, I am offering mine for rent. Buy one year and get the next six months at half price.”

- Jarod Kintz
(b. 05 Mar 1982


Crochet Banana by Viktoria - "The pattern is crocheted around in a spiral, without closing the laps. Insert a marker (such as a piece of yarn in a contrasting color) in the first stitch of the row. This makes it easier to see where the laps begin and end."

Monkey Business Crocheted Toy Banana


35 Ripe Banana Recipes to Use Up Your Bunch from Rachel Seis - "Bananas gone brown? Don’t worry, you can put overripe bananas to use with some tasty banana recipes—everything from banana bread to banana cream pie and so so much more."


Knit Banana - not free, but $1.07 for downloadable pattern


From - 08/26/18:

I must be following my diet too closely...

Because I keep gaining on it.


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 12, 2018 -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 28 and 29, 2018 - The NNHS Class of 1968 will hold its 50-Year Reunion as follows:
FRIDAY: 6:30 to 9:30 PM at Cove Tavern, Newport News City Center, 711 Lakefront Commons, Newport News, VA. All food and beverages will be paid by each participant. The attire will be casual, and is OPEN to all NNHS graduates.
SATURDAY: Mulberry Inn on Warwick Boulevard next to Fort Eustis. Visit, and contact

4. Friday, Saturday, and Sunday, October 12, 13, and 14, 2018 - The NNHS Class of 1958 will hold its 60-Year Reunion as follows:
FRIDAY: 7:00 PM to ? -
"Burger Theory" Indoor/Outdoor Cafe. Snacks will be provided, and there will be a "cash bar".
SATURDAY: 10:00 AM - A private coach will take will take us to the downtown area of NN where we can see our old school and the different businesses we remember. Lunch is open.
SUNDAY MORNING: Farewell Brunch. Contact Gail Gaskins Roberson at

PRAYER ROLL: - updated 07/16/18

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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Day-O (The Banana Boat Song)

Day o! Day o!
Daylight come and me wanna go home
Day, me say day, me say day, me say day, me say day, me say day o
Daylight come and me wanna go home

Work all night on a drink a rum
(Daylight come and me wanna go home)
Stack banana till the morning come
(Daylight come and me wanna go home)

Come mister tally man tally me banana
(Daylight come and me wanna go home)
Come mister tally man tally me banana
(Daylight come and me wanna go home)

Lift six foot, seven foot, eight foot bunch
(Daylight come and me wanna go home)
Six foot, seven foot, eight foot bunch
(Daylight come and me wanna go home)

Day, me say day o
(Daylight come and me wanna go home)
Day, me say day, me say day, me say day, me say day, me say day
(Daylight come and me wanna go home)

A beautiful bunch of ripe banana
(Daylight come and me wanna go home)
Hide the deadly black tarantula
(Daylight come and me wanna go home)

Lift six foot, seven foot, eight foot bunch
(Daylight come and me wanna go home)
Six foot, seven foot, eight foot bunch
(Daylight come and me wanna go home)

Day, me say day o
(Daylight come and me wanna go home)
Day, me say day, me say day, me say day, me say day, me say day
(Daylight come and me wanna go home)

Come mister tally man tally me banana
(Daylight come and me wanna go home)
Come mister tally man tally me banana
(Daylight come and me wanna go home)

Day! Day o!
(Daylight come and me wanna go home)
Day, me say day, me say day, me say day, me say day, me say day o
(Daylight come and me wanna go home)

"Day-O (The Banana Boat Song)" lyrics courtesy of - 08/27/18

Image of Bananas (Photo: Vencentchuls/Shutterstock) courtesy of - 08/27/18

Yellow Bar #4 courtesy of... well, I dunno, but it's been in my files since 01/30/10

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

Bethel High School's Bruin clip art courtesy of Eric Huffstutler (Bethel HS - '75) of VA - 03/22/06 (replaced 02/23/09)
Thanks, Eric!

Animated Hiding Mallard (by AF Artist - Josh Doohen) courtesy of - 05/15/08

Animated Laughing Frog courtesy of Joyce Lawrence Cahoon of VA - 05/31/08
Thanks, Joyce!

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

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