09/02/11 - NNHS Newsletter - September Song
“Sorrow and scarlet leaf,
Sad thoughts and sunny weather.
Ah me, this glory and this grief
Agree not well together!”
- Thomas Parsons, 1880, A Song For September
Dear Friends and Schoolmates,
This Newsletter theme frequently repeats about this time each year because I do so love this 1938 classic! (Actually, it always make me break down and sob like a baby, but a good cry every now and then is very healing, right?)
BONUS #1 - http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=a-ldVj34Sfo - September Song - Jimmy Durante, 1955
BONUS #2 - http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rdc4oBnu_fw - September Song - Lotte Lenya - Austrian singer, actress, and wife of this song's German composer, Kurt Weill; also widely remembered for her performance as Rosa Klebb in From Russia with Love.
BONUS #3 - http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=t77h2VROnCY&NR=1 - September Song - Jackie Gleason's Orchestra
BONUS #4 - http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wte1uk4A5eU - September Song - Frank Sinatra (who else??), 1965
"September Song" is an American pop standard composed by Kurt Weill, with lyrics by Maxwell Anderson. It was introduced by Walter Huston in the 1938 Broadway musical Knickerbocker Holiday, which enjoyed only moderate success and closed after six months. The song has since been recorded by numerous singers and instrumentalists. It was used in the 1950 film September Affair, and the popularity of the film caused Huston's recording to hit the top of the 1950 hit parade. It was used as the music for the credits in the television series May to December (a quote from the opening line of the song).
It originated from Walter Huston's request that he should have one solo song in Knickerbocker Holiday, if he was going to play the role of the aged dictator Peter Stuyvesant. Anderson and Weill wrote the song specifically for Huston's gruff voice and limited vocal range, in a couple of hours. The musical closed in April 1939 after six months, but the song quickly became established as a modern standard.....
From Ivan Anker ('67) of VA - 09/02/11, 10:46 PM - "FYI":
Just wanted to let my classmates know that I was in the hospital for 17 days. I went in for chest pains on the 16th; nothing but a high blood pressure (232/165) was found. By the next day my pressure was back to normal. The nite of the 17th I woke up with chest pains at 2:30 AM. Pain was not gone for 5 hours. It turned out to be a heart attack. After a heart cath was done it was determined that I needed triple bypass. The surgeons were all booked last week and I had to wait til last Friday to have it done. Things went well but it was also determined that I had a slow irregular heartbeat so I was back in surgery Monday for a pacemaker. I got out late yesterday. I have been pain free since the attack and have lost 27 pounds so far. My goal is at least 50-70 more. It will be a slow process getting back on my feet. Exercise will be the key.
YIKESARONI-RINI! I'm so sorry to hear of your pain and suffering, but certainly glad to know that you're recovering nicely, Ivan! I passed your note on to Marty Whitmore McCoy ('67) of VA, who immediately shared it with your classmates (Thanks, Marty! ).
You take extra good care of yourself, Ivan, and know that many people are thinking of you today!
From Me ('65) of NC - 09/02/11 - "Travel Time Again":
|Just a reminder that I'll be leaving to go to Illinois and Missouri on Wednesday, September 7 and returning sometime after Friday, September 16. Any access to the internet during that time will be purely accidental - and any work I accomplish prior to that time will be purely amazing!|
NEXT THREE MAJOR REUNIONS:
Party for Everyone will be held on Saturday, September 17, 2011 at 2:00
PM at the Canepa Cottage, Buckroe Beach.
For details, contact the Head Cheerleader of 1958, Evelyn Fryer Fish of TX at firstname.lastname@example.org.
2. From Chuck Jones ('66) of Northern VA - 08/24/11, 10:04 AM - " Typhoon Tailgate - Saturday, September 17, 2011 at 4:00 PM at Christopher Newport University":
Is there any way your can post the tailgate map on the website?
... Thanks for everything you are doing for the alumni.
Wal, certainly, Chuck!
3. From Bill Roady ('60) of VA - 08/25/11 - "BRUNCH INVITATION":
Hope all’s well with you and yours and yawl (southern) are enjoying Carolina living. Following you’ll see a Brunch Invitation that might cause you to make a “road trip”. Everyone there, your fans, would love to see you.
Also, please include the invitation in your newsletter’s “save the date” section.
The NNHS Breakfast Bunch will host a Breakfast Bunch Brunch at the Warwick Restaurant, 12306 Warwick Boulevard, (across from CNU) Newport News, Virginia 23606 at 11am on Saturday, October 1, 2011.
Please come join us for a Dutch Treat Brunch featuring a lot of “War Stories” and maybe a lie or two. Everyone is welcome so bring your wife, husband, boy friend, girl friend, class mate, school friend or whomever you choose.
Thanks so much, Bill - see you there!
THIS WEEK'S BIRTHDAYS:
Happy Birthday today to
Frances Adams Smith ('57)
Dustin Baker (Norview HS - '65) of MA!
Happy Birthday tomorrow to Morton Binder ('57)!
Happy Birthday this week to: Jonathan Mansfield of NC;
08 - Carroll Elliott ('57) ANDGary Fitzgerald ('61) of VA AND Patti Johnson Stowe ('62) of FL AND Cheryl Pless Ramsey ('64) of VA;
Many Happy Returns, One and All!
|Hit # 108,500 was made sometime on Tuesday, August 30, 2011 when the webmistress was celebrating her 64th birthday and paying even less attention than before.|
TWO DAYS AGO IN THE WAR BETWEEN THE STATES:
http://www.civilwarinteractive.com/This%20Day/thisday0831.htm - INCLUDING:
Saturday, Aug. 31, 1861
RICHMOND RAPIDLY RAISES RANKINGS
The War of American Independence--the Revolution--was fought with only one man holding the rank of full, or four-star, General: George Washington. The War for Southern Independence--the Civil War--was barely underway and this number had quintupled. Richmond announced today that no less than five men were being named as full generals, the promotions being effective on different dates so that these five would know who was superior to each other. In order they were: Samuel Cooper, Albert Sidney Johnston, Robert E. Lee, Joseph E. Johnston, and Pierre Gustav Toutant Beauregard. The only full General the North would name wouldn’t get the job for almost three years: U.S. Grant.
Sunday, Aug. 31, 1862
DREADFUL DEBACLE DARED ON DUCK
The Tennessee River was supposed to be fairly safe territory for Union shipping and soldiers, but this proved not the case today. The Federal transport ship W. B. Terry was going about her business, hauling a few soldiers, some civilian passengers, and a load of coal. She might have been just a teensy bit overloaded in fact because she ran aground at Duck River Sucks. A force of Confederates was conveniently nearby and promptly attacked. The soldiers aboard attempted to mount a defense but were overwhelmed in short order. In Virginia the cleanup began of the devastation after Second Bull Run.
Monday, Aug. 31, 1863
CHATTANOOGA CAMPAIGN CAUTIOUSLY CONDUCTED
Very few battles come about as complete surprises, and the one which effectively began today was no exception. The Federal Army of the Cumberland, Gen. William Starke Rosecrans commanding, was currently in the area of Shellmouth, in eastern Alabama. Facing him was the Army of Tennessee, Gen. Braxton Bragg commanding. (This force should not be confused with the Union army of THE Tennessee, named for the river in Union custom rather than the state as the South did). Bragg’s force in east Tennessee was roughly centered around a small (pop. 2546, including 451 Negroes) river town formerly known as Ross’s Landing. A town meeting to pick a jazzier name had decided on a variation of the old Creek Indian name of the place, Chatto-to-noo-gee, or Chattanooga. Rosecrans sent the first soldiers on an expedition in their direction today.
Wednesday, Aug. 31, 1864
VALLANDIGHAM VALIDATES VETERAN VOTE
The Democratic National Convention wrapped up in Chicago today with more decorum than would be the case in later years. The nominee for President of the United States in the Year of Our Lord 1864 would be...George McClellan, formerly Major General in the Federal Army, formerly rather lethargic leader of the Army of the Potomac. His nomination was made by acclamation at the proposal of one Charles Vallandigham, former member of the US House of Representatives from Ohio and dedicated opponent of the war. These views had got him exiled from the United States to the Confederacy, which didn’t want him either. He spent most of the war years in Canada. As this convention was made up of Peace Democrats, nobody there cared.
YESTERDAY IN THE WAR BETWEEN THE STATES:
TODAY IN THE WAR BETWEEN THE STATES:
From http://www.civilwarinteractive.com/This%20Day/thisday0902.htm - INCLUDING:
From Joe Madagan ('57) of FL - 08/30/11 - "Reunion of Marines of the 97th Rifle Company USMCR":
Gary Fitzgerald ('61 - of VA) arranged lunch for a bunch of old Marines at Mike's Irish Pub in Newport News, but that lady known as Hurricane Irene came a calling on the Virginia Peninsula and brought a halt our plans. Since Marines do not surrender in Combat, and are never deterred by obstacles, we are going to schedule it again.
Mike O'Neill served in the 97th Rifle Company and that is the reason we have selected his restaurant to hold our Reunion. Mike has a large banner made up for our Reunion, and we will soon put it to use. Maybe you and Paul (Harty - Bardolph HS, IL - '61 - of NC) can join us???
Here is the message sent to the Marines we have located:
Greetings from Tampa Bay:
Hurricane Irene may have changed our plans, so we shall proceed to make a new plan to meet at Mike's Irish Pub in Newport News. Most know that Mike served in the 97th Rifle Company, and if you served with Mike, you would never forget him. He did not forget us, and made up a large banner for our Reunion.
Some have expressed October as a better month to reschedule the Reunion. For sure it will NOT be 22-24 October 2011 since that is the College of William and Mary Homecoming weekend.
If you are in touch with Marines from the 97th Rifle, please let them know of the plans.
Please give me dates that are preferred so we can reduce the number of possible conflicts.
Looking forward to seeing everyone again.
SO glad to hear this, Joe! Thank you for the kind invitation; if we are able to join you for the fun, we most certainly will (I personally would vote for Saturday, October 15)!
From My #5 Son, Nathaniel Harty (Hillsboro HS, IL - '97) of IL 08/31/11 - "Happy birthday, albeit belated":
|I meant to call you on
the way to the bus yesterday, but it somehow slipped my mind. Love ya,
and will talk to ya soon.
That's okay, I had planned to call you late last night after you got off work (11:00 PM Eastern) but fell asleep before I did it! Thanks, Faniel - love you, too!
From Bridget Whitt Jones ('65) of AR - 08/31/11:
|Happy Belated Birthday and have
many more. Thanks, again, for all you do for us.
Bridget (Whitt) Jones
Thanks so much, Bridget!
From My Cousin, Jean Atkinson Mallory (Warsaw HS / Rappahannock HS / John Marshall HS - '65) of VA - 09/01/11 - "Happy Birthday":
|Sorry I forgot, we had power
outage for 26 hours and cleaning up yard...hope it was a good day!
YIKES! Thank you, Jean! I'm sure that my day was much better than yours with all the "fun and excitement" you've been having there in Louisa County!
From Norris Perry (Warwick HS - '59) of VA - 08/31/11 - "South African Handshake":
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=s1n37eg-lFI - South African Handshake
Norris, you goofbutton, I think I hurt myself laughing at this - so I watched it twice more and the very same thing happened! Thanks so much, Sweetie!
From Bill Hobbs ('66) of Northern VA - 09/01/11 - "Want to go for a ride?":
|WOW!!! Maybe this
has been around before and I don't remember if Avion is on the Med., but
if so you guys can now get to RAPTURE much faster!! Yep. The brakes must
be powerful too, or all would have to drag their feet to slow this thing
down. Ha Ha
Best regards and
talk soon, Bill
WOWZERONI-RINI! Thanks, Bill!
Wait a minute - did someone mention trains?!?
From My Friend Cheryl of NC - 08/30/11 - "This is beautiful!!":
|God has blessed
these men with beautiful voices that they use to sing praises to His
WOWZERONI-RINI! Thank you so much, Cheryl! (Why don't I have any animated clip art showing goose bumps?!?)
From Jerry ('65) and Judy Phillips ('66) Allen of VA - 08/30/11 - "Great Video Clip - NOT Little Richard as a Young Child":
http://www.wimp.com/oldschool/ - Old school talent.
... I recently received an email along similar lines that piqued my musicological interest. It was an email forward containing a link to a video claiming to feature a rare film appearance by Little Richard as a child.
Click through and take a look: http://www.wimp.com/oldschool/
Talented kid, no doubt. But Little Richard it ain’t. As indicated by the link at the bottom of the page on which this video appears, the clip is from a 1946 film titled No Leave, No Love staring Van Johnson. Little Richard (aka Richard Wayne Penniman) was born in 1932, which would have made him about 12 at the time. The pianist in this clip looks a bit younger. Some Googling reveals that I haven’t been the only one to question the identity of this performer.
It turns out that this is Frank “Sugar Chile” Robinson (b. 1938) a little-known boogie-woogie pianist who was only 8 when he appeared in No Leave, No Love. He was dubbed a prodigy at an early age, which earned him the opportunity to perform with legends such as Lionel Hampton and Count Basie. He left show business at the age of 14 to pursue his education, an intriguing choice given his talent and popularity. He went on to earn a PhD in psychology. He is still alive, resides in Detroit, and plays the piano publicly from time to time.
The song featured in this supposed Little Richard video–“Caldonia”–was first recorded by the esteemed Louis Jordan in 1945. It is about a girl with “big feet” who is “long, lean, and lanky,” thereby not conforming to expected standards of beauty. Nonetheless, we are informed: “She’s my baby and I love her just the same.” “Suger Chile” Robinson’s filmic performance closely replicates Jordan’s recording, right down to a spoken dialogue interlude. In both we learn that Caldonia doesn’t meet his mother’s approval to which he not-so-subtly retorts: “But momma didn’t know what Caldonia was puttin’ down.” Although it isn’t Little Richard, it is easy to imagine him offering a similar performance.
And that is the allure of this video. Little Richard remains a well-known figure, a household name, whose fame derives from his on-stage persona, frenetic piano playing, and high-energy vocal performances of draws. This video reveals such qualities in their supposed infancy: banging out boogie-woogie figures with fingers, fists, and elbows; delivering dialogue direct to the (white) audience while riffing through a chorus; there is even a punctuated, high-pitched “woo!”
Because of the star power of Little Richard’s name and public expectations of what he sounded like in his youth, this video has gone viral. From what I can surmise, Richard’s name was attached to this video in late May (though it has been online for several years). Doubtless, the clip would not have circulated as widely recently without such association. I don’t know how many times the video has been accessed via the email circulating whimp.com link. But it has nearly 800,000 facebook “likes,” suggesting the likelihood of several million views.
Academics constantly lament misinformation. As we (and our students) become ever more tethered to the internet, we must find ways to deal with misinformation beyond just pointing it out or complaining. I think it is interesting to consider why such misinformation is so appealing, why it persists. Furthermore, in a world where a new multimillion-hit recording “artist” emerges every “Friday” it seems more urgent than ever to think about how the history of music is being represented and written online.
Though I’m a bit tired of the term, this “Sugar Chile” Robinson video provides a “teachable moment.” Here we have a document that brings an obscure figure to light, even if under false pretenses. We have the opportunity to correct the record and bring forward more information about Robinson. As I mentioned, he is still alive. As a result of this new-found publicity, it would be nice if someone would the time to do a formal interview with him. I’m looking to you, musicological friends at the University of Michigan...
WOWZERS AND YOWZERS! Thanks, Sweetie-Pies!
From My Husband, Paul Harty (Bardolph HS, IL - '61) of NC - 08/27/11 - "Bran Flakes":
Tony and Yvonne were 85 years old and had been married for sixty years. Though they were far from rich, they managed to get by because they carefully watched their pennies. Though not young, they were both in very good health, largely due to Yvonne's insistence on healthy foods and exercise for the last decade.
One day, their good health didn't help when they went on yet another holiday vacation and their plane crashed, sending them off to Heaven.
They reached the pearly gates, and St. Peter escorted them inside. He took them to a beautiful mansion, furnished in gold and fine silks, with a fully stocked kitchen and a waterfall in the master bath. A maid could be seen hanging their favorite clothes in the closet. They gasped in astonishment when he said, 'Welcome to Heaven. This will be your home now.'
Tony asked St. Peter how much all this was going to cost.
'Why, nothing,' St.
Peter replied, 'remember, this is your reward in Heaven.'
|Thanks, Glenn - I have really enjoyed these! There's far too little blatant goofiness in the world!|
|From www.ajokeaday.com - 09/01/11:|
The only person in our town who can afford to go on a jaguar is a zoo-keeper.
DATES TO REMEMBER:
2. Saturday, September 17, 2011
Saturday, October 1, 2011 - 11:00 AM -
The NNHS Breakfast Bunch will host a Breakfast
Bunch Brunch at the Warwick Restaurant, 12306 Warwick Boulevard, (across from
CNU) Newport News, Virginia 23606. "Please come
join them for a Dutch Treat Brunch featuring a lot of 'War Stories' and maybe a
lie or two. Everyone is welcome so bring your wife, husband, boy friend, girl
friend, class mate, school friend or whomever you choose."
Please RSVP to Bill Roady at
or call him at
so they have a head count.
5. Thursday, October 6, 2011 - 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.
6. Wednesday, October 12, 2011
- 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.
Thursday, September 1, 2011 - 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. Saturday, September 17, 2011 -Evelyn's Birthday Party for Everyone - Canepa Cottage, Buckroe Beach - 2:00 PM. For details, contact Evelyn Fryer Fish ('58) of TX at email@example.com - OPEN TO EVERYBODY! 703-474-1389 - OPEN TO ALL CLASSES!
4. Saturday, October 1, 2011 - 11:00 AM - The NNHS Breakfast Bunch will host a Breakfast Bunch Brunch at the Warwick Restaurant, 12306 Warwick Boulevard, (across from CNU) Newport News, Virginia 23606. "Please come join them for a Dutch Treat Brunch featuring a lot of 'War Stories' and maybe a lie or two. Everyone is welcome so bring your wife, husband, boy friend, girl friend, class mate, school friend or whomever you choose." Please RSVP to Bill Roady at firstname.lastname@example.org or call him at 757-595-0716 so they have a head count.
5. Thursday, October 6, 2011 - 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.
6. Wednesday, October 12, 2011 - 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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September SongMusic by Kurt Weill, 1938
Recorded by Frank Sinatra (12 Dec 1915 – 14 May 1998), April 13, 1965
was a young man courting the girls
I played me a waiting game
If a maid refused me with tossing curls
I'd let the old Earth make a couple of whirls
While I plied her with tears in lieu of pearls
And as time came around she came my way
As time came around, she came
When you meet with the young girls early in the Spring
You court them in song and rhyme
They answer with words and a clover ring
But if you could examine the goods they bring
They have little to offer but the songs they sing
And the plentiful waste of time of day
A plentiful waste of time
Oh, it's a long, long
From May to December
But the days grow short
When you reach September
When the autumn weather
Turns the leaves to flame
One hasn't got time
For the waiting game
Oh, the days dwindle down
To a precious few
And these few precious days
I'll spend with you
These precious days
I'll spend with you
"September Song" midi courtesy ofhttp://www.smickandsmodoo.com/aaa/lyrics/septsong.htm
"September Song" lyrics courtesy ofhttp://www.oldielyrics.com/lyrics/frank_sinatra/september_song.html - 09/02/08 Image of Yellow Leaves courtesy of http://www.flyawaycafe.com/fall-foliage-beware-of-falling-leaves/ - 09/01/08
Autumn Leaves Divider Line clip art courtesy of
Birthday Cake clip art courtesy of
Sarah Puckett Kressaty ('65) of
VA - 08/31/05
Thanks, Sarah Sugah!
Birthday Cake clip art courtesy of
Sarah Puckett Kressaty ('65) of
VA - 08/31/05
Hillsboro High School's Topper (Band Version) clip art courtesy
Marine Corps Seal clip art
courtesy of the late
Herbert Hice of MI
- one of my
Famous Marines who served in the South
Pacific during WWII.
Thanks again, Herbie!!
Page Hit Counter clip art courtesy of http://www.bravenet.com - 03/07/06
Army Seal clip art courtesy of Al Farber ('64) of GA - 05/24/06 (still
Replaced by Norm Covert ('61) of MD - 02/09/09
Navy Seal clip art courtesy of http://www.onemileup.com/miniSeals.asp - 05/29/06
Animated Yehaa Typhoon
clip art courtesy of Al Farber ('64) of GA - 08/18/05
John Marshall High School's Justice Scale clip art courtesy of
Cheryl White Wilson (JMHS - '64) of VA - 10/13/05 (replaced 02/23/09)
Animated Laughing Jerry courtesy
of Cookie Phillips Tyndall ('64) of VA - 06/14/06
Laughing Kitty courtesy of Al Farber ('64) of GA - 10/08/07
Animated Laughing Woman courtesy of Joyce Lawrence Cahoon ('65) of VA - 02/23/09
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