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08/27/19 - 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


From https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Day-O_(The_Banana_Boat_Song):

"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...


THIS WEEK'S BIRTHDAYS:

   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!


THIS DAY IN WWII:

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.


THIS DAY IN 1969:

August 27, 1969 - Cricketer Mark Ealham was born Mark Alan Ealham in Willesborough, Kent, England.

August 27, 1969 - Dog trainer, television personality, and author Cesar Millan was born César Felipe Millán Favela in Culiacán, Sinaloa, Mexico.

August 27, 1969 - Actor, comedian and writer Reece Shearsmith was born Reeson Wayne Shearsmith in HullEast Riding of Yorkshire, England.

August 27, 1969 - Actress and director Chandra Wilson was born Chandra Danette Wilson in Houston, Texas.

August 27, 1969 - Author Ivy Compton-Burnett (b. 05 June 1884 in PinnerMiddlesex, England) died in KensingtonLondon, England at the age of 85.

August 27, 1969 - Actress and author Erika Mann (b. Erika Julia Hedwig Mann on 09 Nov 1905 in MunichGerman Empire) died from a brain tumor at the age of 63 in Zürich, Switzerland.


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 Jimmy Dick ('65) of FL - 08/27/19, 12:24 PM:

  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!

 
 


 


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.

Sincerely,
Agnes

     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
)


BONUS BANANA CROCHET PATTERNS:

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


BONUS BANANA RECIPES:

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."


BONUS BANANA KNIT PATTERN:

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


FINALLY:

From www.ajokeaday.com - 08/26/19:

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."


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. 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: www.nnhs1964.com; CONTACT: David Spriggs at nnhs64@cox.net.  

PRAYER ROLL:

http://www.nnhs65.com/requests-prayers.html - updated 07/16/19

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

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

THREE WAYS TO DONATE:  

1. Visit the main page (http://www.nnhs65.com), scroll halfway down, and click on the Pay Pal Donate Button (nnhs65@gmail.com);

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! 


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 https://genius.com/Harry-belafonte-day-o-the-banana-boat-song-lyrics - 08/27/18

Image of Bananas (Photo: Vencentchuls/Shutterstock) courtesy of https://www.mnn.com/food/healthy-eating/blogs/banana-nanofiber-key-less-melty-ice-cream - 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 http://www.henrico.k12.va.us/hs/tucker/resources/about.htm - 11/12/07 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!

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 https://tearsfromalonelygod.wordpress.com/2009/10/08/a-drop-in-the-bucket/ - 05/23/16 

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