- 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,
is National Banana Lovers Day. "I am not making this up." -
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
Harry Belafonte in 1956 and later became one of his signature songs. That
Tarriers released an alternative version that incorporated the chorus of
folk song, "Hill and Gully Rider". The Tarriers version was later recorded
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
from the point of view of dock workers working the night shift loading
ships. Daylight has come, the shift is over, and they want their work to be
counted up so that they can go home.
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...
THIS DAY IN 1969:
August 27, 1969 - Cricketer Mark
Ealham was born Mark Alan Ealham in
August 27, 1969 - Dog trainer, television personality, and author
Cesar Millan was born César Felipe Millán Favela in Culiacán, Sinaloa,
August 27, 1969 - Actor, comedian and writer
Reece Shearsmith was born Reeson Wayne Shearsmith in
Riding of Yorkshire,
August 27, 1969 -
Actress and director
was born Chandra Danette Wilson in
August 27, 1969 - Author Ivy
Compton-Burnett (b. 05 June 1884 in
at the age of 85.
August 27, 1969 -
Actress and author Erika
Mann (b. Erika Julia Hedwig Mann on 09 Nov 1905 in
from a brain tumor at the age of 63 in
From My Friend, Susan, of NC - 08/26/15:
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
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 Jimmy Dick ('65) of FL - 08/27/19,
When the sea is this calm, it's hard to ponder that
a hurricane can be somewhere out there lurking.
Don't believe that. The sea has many mysteries and
can change suddenly. Enjoy it, but recognize what it
is. It is nature and it is very powerful and we can
be no match for it.
Thank you, Jimmy!
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
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.
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.”
(b. 05 Mar 1982)
BONUS BANANA CROCHET PATTERNS:
- "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."
Crocheted Toy Banana
35 Ripe Banana Recipes to Use Up Your Bunch from
- "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."
BONUS BANANA KNIT PATTERN:
Knit Banana - not free, but
$1.07 for downloadable pattern
|An old farmer won the ten million
dollar lottery and was being interviewed. The reporter asked what he was
going to do with all the money.
"Oh, I reckon the first thing I'll do is go and pay a few bills."
"And what about the rest?" the reporter continued.
The farmer shrugs. "Well, I guess they'll just have to wait."
|1. Every Tuesday, 7:30 AM - Male grads meet at
Angelo's Restaurant on J. Clyde Morris Boulevard for breakfast and
2. 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.
3. 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:
David Spriggs at email@example.com.