10/18/14 - NNHS Newsletter - Sweetest Day
ďOur sweetest songs are those that tell of saddest thought.Ē
Percy Bysshe Shelley
Dear Friends and Schoolmates,
As I mentioned yesterday, we try to celebrate everything here together. This is no doubt a bogus holiday, but any occasion which encourages people to buy candy, flowers, and cards - and (one would think) prompts them to be nicer to everyone they encounter - can't be all bad!
BONUS - http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=n9YUB6-0Yss - The Sweetest Sounds - Perry Como
|"The Sweetest Sounds" is a
song, written by
Richard Rodgers (unlike most of his compositions, writing both music
and lyrics) for the
The melodic theme appears to have been inspired by an orchestral figure in the final movement of Johannes Brahms' Piano Concerto No. 2 (Brahms) (measures 64-80).
|Sweetest Day is an
observance celebrated primarily in the
Great Lakes region, and parts of the Northeast United States, on the
third Saturday in October.
It is described by Retail Confectioners International as an "occasion
which offers all of us an opportunity to remember husbands, boyfriends,
the sick, aged and orphaned, but also friends, relatives and associates
whose helpfulness and kindness we have enjoyed."
Sweetest Day has also been referred to as a "concocted
promotion" created by the candy industry solely to increase sales of
Sweetest Day was a promotion concocted by Cleveland confectioners in 1921. The Cleveland Plain Dealer's October 8, 1921 edition, which chronicles the first Sweetest Day in Cleveland, states that the first Sweetest Day was planned by a committee of 12 confectioners chaired by candymaker C. C. Hartzell. The Sweetest Day in the Year Committee distributed over 20,000 boxes of candy to "newsboys, orphans, old folks, and the poor" in Cleveland, Ohio. The Sweetest Day in the Year Committee was assisted in the distribution of candy by some of the biggest movie stars of the day including Theda Bara and Ann Pennington.
There were also several attempts to start a "Sweetest Day" in New York City, including a declaration of a Candy Day throughout the United States by candy manufacturers on October 8, 1922. In 1927, The New York Times reported that "the powers that determine the nomenclature of the weeks of October" decreed that the week beginning on October 10, 1927 would be known as Sweetest Week. On September 25, 1937, The New York Times reported under Advertising News and Notes that The National Confectioners Association had launched a "movement throughout the candy industry" to rank Sweetest Day with the nationally accepted Mother's Day, Father's Day, and St. Valentine's Day. In 1940, another Sweetest Day was proclaimed on October 19. The promotional event was marked by the distribution of more than 10,000 boxes of candy by the Sweetest Day Committee. The candy was distributed among 26 local charities. 225 children were given candy in the chapel at the Society for Prevention of Cruelty to Children on October 17, 1940. 600 boxes of candy were also delivered to the presidents of the Jewish, Protestant and Catholic Big Sister groups of New York.
Retail Confectioners International describes it as "much more important for candymakers in some regions than in others (Detroit and Cleveland being the biggest Sweetest Day cities)". The popularity in Detroit was greatly perpetuated by the Sanders Candy Company. Frederick Sanders of Detroit, MI was a large promoter of the holiday. In 2006, Hallmark marketed 151 greeting card designs for Sweetest Day. American Greetings marketed 178.
Since Sweetest Day was invented by commercial interests which stood to profit from such a holiday, dissenting Cleveland residents refer to it as a "Hallmark holiday" (although it was not invented by Hallmark Cards company).
THIS WEEK'S BIRTHDAYS:
Happy Birthday this week to:
20 - Vera Lee Cutchins Hinnant ('57)
John DiGiacomo ('69) of VA;
22 - The late Herb Hice (deceased 18 Apr 2008) AND The late Sharron Wanderer Dawes ('61) (deceased 09/22/07) AND The late Annette Funicello of CA (deceased 08 Apr 2013) AND Craig Miller ('63) of FL AND Al Farber ('64) of GA AND The late Joe Mooney ('65) (deceased 10/30/01);
23 -Jimmy Hines ('64) of VA;
Many Happy Returns, One and All!
100 YEARS AGO TODAY:
October 18, 1914 -The Schoenstatt Movement was founded in Germany.
THIS DAY IN WWII:
October 18, 1936 -Adolf Hitler announced the Four Year Economic Plan to the German people. The plan detailed the rebuilding of the German military from 1936 to 1940.
October 18, 1944 -Adolf Hitler ordered the establishment of a German national militia.
October 18, 1944 - TheSoviet Union began the liberation of Czechoslovakia.
THIS DAY IN 1964:
|Sunday, October 18, 1964 - The 1964-1965 New York World's Fair closed for its first season after a six-month run.|
From Wayne Agee ('58) of FL - 10/17/14 - "This is an excellent video of our planet's history.":
|This is an excellent video of our planet's
history. Make sure you have the sound on.
HISTORY IN 2 MINUTES..
Seventeen year old Joe Bush got a high school assignment to make a video production. He chose history as a theme and tucked it all into two minutes.
Take pictures from the internet, add the track Mind Heist by Zack Hemsey (from the movie Interception) and then you get something like this.
Don't blink your eyes for a second! THIS IS AMAZING...
WOWZERS! Thanks, Wayne!
From My Friend, Tina, of NC - 10/17/14 - "Symptoms":
|Thank you so much, Tina!|
From Sarah Puckett Kressaty ('65) of VA - 10/17/14:
|AMEN! Thanks, Sarah Sugah!|
From My Cousin, Jean Atkinson Mallory (Warsaw HS / Rappahannock HS / John Marshall HS - '65) of VA - 10/17/14:
|Thank you, Jean!|
John London (Warwick HS - '57) of VA - 09/18/14 - "So God Made a Dog
(#23 in a series of 23)":
From Joan Lauterbach Krause ('60) of VA - 09/23/14 - "A little food for the soul (#17 in a series of 28)":