10/18/15 - NNHS Newsletter - Sweetest Day
“Our sweetest songs are those that tell of saddest thought.”
Percy Bysshe Shelley
Dear Friends and Schoolmates,
As I've often said, 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).
Happy Birthday today to Lou Kressaty (Butler HS, NJ - '57) of VA AND Carol Faith DeArment Blankenship ('61) of VA AND Jimmy Crank ('63) of VA AND Libby Whitcomb Ellis ('63) of FL AND the late Kathy Agee Glenny ('64) (deceased 06/03/06)!
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 Allen Hall ('61) (deceased 02/17/13) 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);
Many Happy Returns, One and All!
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.|
|THIS DAY IN 1965:|
|Monday, October 18, 1965 - Singer-songwriter and
Curtis Stigers was born in
Monday, October 18, 1965 - Captain Lauri Törni (born Lauri Allan Törni on 28 May 1919 in Viipuri, Viipuri Province, Finland) was killed in a plane crash in Phước Sơn District, Quảng Nam Province, Vietnam . He was 46 years old. During his career he fought under three flags: Finnish, German (when he fought the Soviets in World War II), and American (where he was known as Larry Thorne) when he served in U.S. Army Special Forces in the Vietnam War.
|“One's feelings waste
themselves in words; they ought all to be distilled into action . . .
which bring results.”
From John Patterson ('59) of TN - 10/15/15 - "An Amazing Three Putt !":
|The first ball struck
was the last ball to go in and the last struck was the first one
made. Great video.
WOWZERS - SO COOL! Thanks, John!
From Jane Monfalcone Simmons ('61) of GA - 10/17/15 - "Note to Self":
|EXACTLY! Thank you, Jane!|
“My therapist told me the way to achieve true inner peace is to
finish what I start. So far I’ve finished two bags of M&Ms and a
chocolate cake. I feel better already.”
From www.ajokeaday.com - 10/17/15:
DATES TO REMEMBER:
|1. Wednesday, November 11, 2015 - 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.|
http://www.nnhs65.com/requests-prayers.html - updated 09/22/15
http://nnhs.wordpress.com/ - updated 03/13/11
Carol Buckley Harty
7020 Lure Court
Fayetteville, NC 28311-9309
2.Go to www.PayPal.com, log in, select "Send Money (Services) to email@example.com; or
3. Just mail it directly to my home. Thanks!
"The Sweetest Sounds" midi courtesy of - well, I don't know, but it's been
in my files since the summer of 2002.
"The Sweetest Sounds" lyrics courtesy
of http://www.sing365.com/music/lyric.nsf/SWEETEST-SOUNDS-lyrics-Barbra-Streisand/5A4404BAC54C5C29482568690027CA99 - 10/15/11
"Happy Sweetest Day" animated title clip art courtesy of http://www.funscrape.com/Comments/Sweetest_Day.html - 10/14/11
Pink and Red Hearts Divider line clip art courtesy of http://www.wtv-zone.com/nevr2l82/bars11.html - 08/20/05
Animated Tiny Birthday Cake clip art courtesy of Sarah Puckett Kressaty ('65) of VA - 08/31/05
Thanks, Sarah Sugah!
Marine Corps Seal clip art courtesy of the late Herbert Hice of MI
Animated USMC and Army Flags clip art courtesy of
http://www.angelfire.com/ny4/KevsGifsGalore/Patriotic.html - 06/18/03
Army Seal clip art courtesy of Al Farber ('64) of GA - 05/24/06 (still missing...)
Replaced by Norm Covert ('61) of MD - 02/09/09
Air Force Seal clip art courtesy of http://www1.va.gov/opa/feature/celebrate/milsongs.htm - 07/07/06
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