- NNHS Newsletter - Happy Halloween!
“Shadows of a thousand years rise again
- Dexter Kozen
Dear Friends and Schoolmates,
Here's a Golden Oldie for you, whether or not you're actually celebrating Halloween.
BONUS #1 -
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=46GXQ2fTFzo - Monster Mash (HQ) -
Bobby "Boris" Pickett
BONUS #2 - http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0thH3qnHTbI - Monster Mash - Bobby "Boris" Pickett & the Crypt Kickers
BONUS #3 - http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FeZftK2kO6U - Monster Mash
BONUS #4 -
|"Monster Mash" is a 1962
novelty song and the best-known song by
Bobby "Boris" Pickett. The song was released as a
Gary S. Paxton's
Garpax Records label in August 1962 along with a full-length
The Original Monster Mash, which contained several other
monster-themed tunes. The "Monster Mash" single reached number one on
Billboard Hot 100 chart on October 20 of that year, just in
Halloween. It has been a perennial holiday favorite ever since.
Pickett was an aspiring actor who sang with a band called The Cordials at night while going to auditions during the day. One night, while performing with his band, Pickett did a monologue in imitation of horror movie actor Boris Karloff while performing The Diamonds' "Little Darlin'". The audience loved it and fellow band member Lenny Capizzi encouraged Pickett to do more with the Karloff imitation.
Pickett and Capizzi composed "Monster Mash" and recorded it with Gary S. Paxton, Leon Russell, Johnny McCrae, Rickie Page, and Terry Berg, credited as "The Crypt-Kickers". (Mel Taylor, drummer for The Ventures, is sometimes credited with playing on the record as well, while pianist Leon Russell, who arrived late for the session, appears on the single's instrumental B-side, "Monster Mash Party".) The song was partially inspired by Paxton's earlier novelty hit "Alley Oop", as well as by the Mashed Potato dance craze of the era. A variation on the Mashed Potato was danced to "Monster Mash", in which the footwork was the same but Frankenstein-style monster gestures were made with the arms and hands.
The song is narrated by a mad scientist whose monster, late one evening, rises from a slab to perform a new dance. The dance becomes "the hit of the land" when the scientist throws a party for other monsters. The producers came up with several low-budget but effective sound effects for the recording. For example, the sound of a coffin opening was imitated by a rusty nail being pulled out of a board. The sound of a cauldron bubbling was actually water being bubbled through a straw, and the chains rattling were simply chains being dropped on a tile floor. Pickett also impersonated horror film actor Bela Lugosi as Dracula with the lyric "Whatever happened to my Transylvania Twist?"
The song was re-released several times and appeared in the Billboard charts on three occasions after the original release — December 1962, August 1970 and May 1973. The BBC had banned the record from airplay in 1962 on the grounds that the song was "too morbid". It was re-released in the United Kingdom in 1973, where it peaked at #3 in early October. To celebrate this popular release, Bobby and the Crypt-Kickers toured Dallas and St. Louis around the 1973 Halloween holiday. On this tour, the Crypt-Kickers were composed of Brian Ray (now guitarist with Paul McCartney), drummer Brian Englund, keyboardist Don Chambers, singer Jean Ray, and others. The "Monster Mash" re-entered the British Charts again on November 2, 2008 at #60.
"Monsters' Holiday", a Christmas-themed follow up, was recorded by Pickett and released in December 1962, peaking at #30 on the Billboard chart. The tune was penned by the renowned novelty song composer Paul Harrison. In 1985, with American culture experiencing a growing awareness of rap music, Pickett released "Monster Rap", which describes the mad scientist's frustration at being unable to teach the dancing monster from "Monster Mash" how to talk. The problem is solved when he teaches the monster to rap. A movie musical based on the song starring Pickett was released in 1995.
From http://www.history.com - 10/30/08 - "The Real Story of Halloween": (Be patient; it'll pop up.)
THIS WEEK'S BIRTHDAYS:
Happy Halloween Birthday today to Nuel Quisenberry ('58) of FL AND Jo Ann Stewart ('64) of Northern VA!
Happy Birthday tomorrow to Russ Stephenson ('57) of MD AND Colin Faison ('58) of VA!
Happy Birthday this week to:
02 - The late John Clark ('57) (deceased 01/06/15);
04 - Mike Jeffers ('61) of VA;
05 - Patsy Blackard Hallett Parker ('65) of VA AND My Son of Other Parents, Joe Mansfield (Stanton College Prep School, FL - 2002) of TX AND My Grandson, Thomas Harty of UT (Maple Mountain High School, UT - '18) of UT;
06 - Marion Timberlake Gitchel ('57) AND Maria Velma Vidales Scott ('57) AND Pam Smith Arnold ('65) of VA;
07 - Pam Larmer Traugott ('62) of VA!
Many Happy Returns, One and All!
500 YEARS AGO TODAY:
|October 31, 1517 - Protestant Reformation: Martin Luther posted his 95 Theses on the door of the Castle Church in Wittenberg.|
100 YEARS AGO TODAY:
|October 31, 1917 - World War I: Battle of Beersheba: The "last successful cavalry charge in history".|
THIS DAY IN WWII:
October 31, 1922 - Benito Mussolini became prime minister of Italy.
October 31, 1940 - The Battle of Britain ended – the air victory by the United Kingdom prevented a German invasion.
October 31, 1941 - The destroyer USS Reuben James was torpedoed by a German U-boat near Iceland, killing more than 100 United States Navy sailors. It was the first U.S. Navy vessel sunk by enemy action in WWII. The U.S. had not yet entered World War II.
October 31, 1943 - An F4U Corsair accomplished the first successful radar-guided interception.
October 31, 1944 - Erich Göstl, a member of the Waffen SS, was awarded the Knight's Cross of the Iron Cross, to recognize extreme battlefield bravery, after losing his face and eyes during the Battle of Normandy.
THIS DAY IN 1967:
|Tuesday, October 31, 1967 - Rapper, television personality, and real estate investor Vanilla Ice was born Robert Matthew Van Winkle in South Dallas, Dallas, Texas.|
|“It is a wise thing
to be polite; consequently, it is a stupid thing to be rude. To make
enemies by unnecessary and willful incivility, is just as insane a
proceeding as to set your house on fire. For politeness is like a
counter--an avowedly false coin, with which it is foolish to be stingy.”
From Joan Lauterbach Krause ('60) of VA - 10/31/17:
|Thank you, Joan!|
From Jimmy Hines ('64) of VA - 10/31/17:
Thank you, Santa Jim!
From Joyce Lawrence Cahoon ('65) of VA - 10/31/17:
Thank you, Joyce!
From My #2 Son, Brent Harty (Hillsboro HS, IL - '90) of NC - 10/26/17:
I decided to grow my hair out again.
Grew pretty quick, huh?! Lol
WILD GIGGLES! Thank you, Brent! This certainly brings back a lot of memories of your college days!
From Terry Seay ('67) of TN - 10/30/17 - "Join us on Saturday Nov 4th - Jimbeau Hinson's Birthday Bash! w/Marc-Alan Barnette & Friends":
as we celebrate "Beautiful Jim's" Birthday........
Jimbeau Hinson was born in Mississippi, and is a Grammy Nominated American country music singer-songwriter. Among his many credits are:
FANCY FREE for the Oak Ridge Boys
PARTY CROWD with David Lee Murphy
HILLBILLY HIGHWAY with Steve Earle
AFTER ALL by Patty Loveless
TRAIN OF MEMORIES by Kathy Mattea
BROKEN TRUST by Brenda Lee
HARMONY by John Conlee
COLORS by the Oak Ridge Boys (Grammy Nominated)
Doors at 6 PM - Music at 7 PM
Potluck - BYOB - $15 Donation at Z Door
Terry G. Seay
Songwriter House Concerts Since 2009
Mobile # 703.628.4657
RSVP to me at Terry.Seay@itsallaboutZmusic.com.
WOWZERS! Thank you, Terry! Y'all have fun!
From Mark Hutcherson ('66) of VA - 10/30/16:
From Me ('65) of NC - 10/30/17:
BONUS HALLOWEEN CROCHET PATTERNS:
Sara Sach's Doggie Birthday Hat - "Your dog is
going to party like an animal! Crochet a dog birthday hat for him or her
to rock on their special day. That pooch is going to be the center of
attention, make no bones about it."
http://poshpoochdesignsdogclothes.blogspot.com/2010/10/12-collars-of-christmas-pattern-give.html - Pet Bow Tie Collar - "Looking for a way to dress up your pooch? Create this Crochet Pet Bow Tie Collar and your pet will be the most stylish on the block. Show your pooch some love with this adorable crochet craft."
Button Dog Scarf
- "Keep your pooch warm and toasty with this adorable crochet pattern.
It's light and comfortable for dogs of any size."
BONUS HALLOWEEN RECIPES:
http://spoonful.com/halloween/halloween-recipes - Halloween Recipes for Families - "Fun-sized treats have their place, but why not go beyond the candy corn this year with a sweet or savory recipe that won't scare you away?"
From www.ajokeaday.com - 10/30/17:
|My three-year-old grandson sat in the bathroom
with me, watching as I removed my dentures and brushed them.
After a few minutes, he asked, “Can you take your ears off too?”
DATES TO REMEMBER:
Every Tuesday, 7:30 AM - Male grads meet at Angelo's Restaurant
on J. Clyde Morris Boulevard for breakfast and camaraderie.
2. Wednesday, November 08, 2017 - 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.
3. Thursday, November 09, 2017, 6:30 PM - Joyce Bulifant's book signing (My Four Hollywood Husbands), Barnes and Noble, 12170 Jefferson Avenue Newport News, VA 23602, 757-249-2488.
http://www.nnhs65.com/requests-prayers.html - updated 06/10/17
http://nnhs.wordpress.com/ - updated 03/13/11
Love to all, Carol
NNHS CLASS OF '65 WEB SITE:
PERSONAL WEB SITE: http://www.angelfire.com/weird2/cluckmeat
Carol Buckley Harty
7020 Lure Court
Fayetteville, NC 28311-9309
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3. Just mail it directly to my home. Thanks!
Bobby "Boris" Pickett,
"The Monster Mash" midi courtesy of http://www.pcdon.com/monster_mash.html - 10/25/12
at the suggestion of Ivan Anker ('67) of VA - 11/01/11
"The Monster Mash" lyrics courtesy of http://www.lyricsondemand.com/onehitwonders/monstermashlyrics.html - 10/25/12
also at the suggestion of Ivan Anker ('67) of VA - 11/01/11
Thanks again, Ivan!
Animated Frankenstein clip art courtesy of http://www.pcdon.com/monster_mash.html - 10/25/12
Animated Trick or Treaters Divider Line clip art courtesy of http://www.christmas-graphics-plus.com/free/kids-halloween-animated-gifs.html - 10/24/08
Animated Tiny Birthday Cake clip art courtesy of Sarah Puckett Kressaty ('65) of VA - 08/31/05
Thanks, Sarah Sugah!
Coast Guard Seal clip art courtesy of http://www.tioh.hqda.pentagon.mil/SealsEmblems/USCG.htm - 10/03/07
Air Force Seal clip art courtesy of http://www1.va.gov/opa/feature/celebrate/milsongs.htm - 07/07/06
Animated Army Flag clip art courtesy of http://www.angelfire.com/ny4/KevsGifsGalore/Patriotic.html - 06/18/03
Stanton College Prep School's logo courtesy of http://www.stantoncollegeprep.org/central/ - 08/01/10
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
Hillsboro High School's Topper (Band Version) clip art courtesy of
Overhills High School (NC) logo courtesy of https://www.harnett.k12.nc.us/ohhs - 09/11/17
Navy Seal clip art courtesy of
http://www.onemileup.com/miniSeals.asp - 05/29/06