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09/02/12 - 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 - - September Song - Walter Huston, 1938 (long version)

BONUS #2 - - September Song - Jimmy Durante, 1955

BONUS #3 - - 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 #4 - - September Song - Jackie Gleason's Orchestra

BONUS #5 - - 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.[1] 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.[2] The musical closed in April 1939 after six months, but the song quickly became established as a modern standard.....


   Happy Birthday today to Frances Adams Smith ('57) AND     Dustin Baker (Norview HS - '65) of MA!

   Happy Birthday tomorrow to Morton Binder ('57)!

   Happy Birthday this week to:

05 -   Donna Marie Vest Hagerman ('71) of VA AND        My #5 Son, Nathaniel Harty (Hillsboro HS, IL - '97) of IL AND My Grandson (by My Children of Other Parents),    Jonathan Mansfield of MD;

06 -    Sarah Puckett Kressaty ('65) of VA;

07 -   The late Kathy Pilgrim Clark ('63) (deceased - 03/08/06);

08 - Carroll Elliott ('57) AND   Gary Fitzgerald ('61) of VA AND   Patti Johnson Stowe ('62) of FL AND   Cheryl Pless Ramsey ('64) of VA;

09 -   Wayne DeBerry ('65) of VA!

   Many Happy Returns, One and All!


September 02, 1939 - Following the start of the invasion of Poland the previous day, the Free City of Danzig (now Gdańsk, Poland) was annexed by Nazi Germany.

September 02, 1944 - A U.S. Navy squadron was given the assignment to take out a radio tower on the island Chichi Jima. Ensign George H.W. Bush scored four direct hits on the tower and then headed out to sea where he ejected. He was rescued by the crew of the USS Finback.
September 02, 1945 - Combat ended in the Pacific Theater: the Instrument of Surrender of Japan was signed by Japanese Foreign Minister Mamoru Shigemitsu and accepted aboard the battleship USS Missouri in Tokyo Bay, ending World War II six years and one day after it began.

TODAY IN 1962:

Sunday, September 02, 1962 - Author and illustrator Jon Berkeley was born in Dublin, Ireland.

Sunday, September 02, 1962 - Comedian and actor Eugenio Derbez was born in Mexico City, Mexico.

Sunday, September 02, 1962 - Film director Prachya Pinkaew (ปรัชญา ปิ่นแก้ว) was born in Nakhon Ratchasima Province, Thailand.


1. 05/11/12 -   Dolores Allen Gilbert - Class of 1943 - Mother of    Bill Gilbert ('64) and Debbie Gilbert Gay

2. 07/10/12 -   Lou Cowling - Class of 1943

    From Sandi Bateman Chestnut ('65) of VA - 09/01/12, 10:56 PM - "    Dickie Gray, class of 55":

In reference to Dickie Gray's obituary, his wife went by    Kay Walker in school and I think she graduated from NNHS in 1957.  His email address was Typhoon5557, which I've been told stood for his and her classes.  Also, don't think you realized Kay's brother is our very own (Class of 65)    Bobby Walker, whom I had the chance to talk to at the visitation.   Dale and I both worked for years with Dick and thought so much of him.  He was one of the nicest people you'd want to meet, the perfect gentleman and a very proud NNHS Typhoon.  When I worked with him for the Navy Dept. in the 80s, it was during a time when our wonderful high school was being renovated as Navy barracks and Dick was part of the group tasked with the renovations.  I was in charge of ordering the equipment for the "galley", which was our former cafeteria.  Dick took me on a couple "tours" of the school and he managed to "collect" some memorabilia from the school including one of the "Ns" from the top of the school for himself.  One of the things he gave me was a couple of corner pieces of molding from the library, which I'd planned on having someone make candle holders from them.  With a couple moves, not sure what happened to them.  He will definitely be missed not only by his family, but everyone who knew him.

Thanks again for all you do and don't overdo it, trying to "catch up".


   Thank you so much for these clarifications, Sandi!      I thought it most likely that 1957's "Kay Walker" was now known as Kathleen, but I was loathe to post it without more evidence.  I had not made the connection to Bobby at all, so thanks again.

   I'm glad you were able to attend Dickie's visitation.  You have my sincerest condolences on the loss of your friend.

BONUS RECIPES: - Homemade Hash - "Our Homemade Hash is the perfect easy corned beef hash recipe. Leftover potatoes and cooked corned beef stretches into a hearty new meal that satisfies everybody." - French Country One Pot - "Traditional recipes for dishes like our French Country One Pot are easy but use lots of pots and pans. Well, from the ingredients here, you'll know you're in for a taste treat. And from the title, you'll know you're in for a cleanup treat, too!"

    From Wayne Stokes ('65) of VA - 02/29/12 - "Aww pictures......... (#31 in a Series of 43)":

  I can do this!!

   AWWW! Thanks, Wayne Honey!  



From - 09/01/12:

Did you ever notice that musicians play and doctors practice but the rest of us work for a living!

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. CONTACT: Brenda Amos Williams at  

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.

PRAYER ROLL: - updated 02/20/12

BLOG: - updated 03/13/11

Y'all take 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


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September Song

Music by Kurt Weill, 1938
(02 Mar 1900 - 03 Apr 1950)

Lyrics by
Maxwell Anderson
(15 Dec 1888 - 28 Feb 1959)

Recorded by Frank Sinatra (12 Dec 1915 – 14 May 1998), April 13, 1965

When I 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 while
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
September, November
And these few precious days
I'll spend with you
These precious days
I'll spend with you

 "September Song" midi courtesy of - 09/09/04

"September Song" lyrics courtesy of - 09/02/08

 Image of Yellow Leaves courtesy of - 09/01/08

Autumn Leaves Divider Line clip art courtesy of - 08/23/05

Animated Tiny Birthday Cake clip art courtesy of Sarah Puckett Kressaty ('65) of VA - 08/31/05
Thanks, Sarah Sugah!

Hillsboro High School's Topper (Band Version) clip art courtesy of - 06/07/08
Thanks, Mark!

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!

Animated Navy and Army Flags clip art courtesy of - 06/18/03

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