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11/29/18 - NNHS Newsletter - Blue Christmas

“Somehow, not only for Christmas
    But all the long year through,
The joy that you give to others
    Is the joy that comes back to you.
And the more you spend in blessing

    The poor and lonely and sad,
The more of your heart's possessing
    Returns to you glad.”

- John Greenleaf Whittier
(17 Dec 1807 - 07 Sep 1892)

Dear Friends and Schoolmates, 

    We're beginning the Holiday Themed Newsletters a couple of days earlier than usual this year, because... I want to.
Today's newsletter is dedicated to my sister's (the Best Dressed Girl in the Class of 1959) ancient cockatiel, Jinx, (he's 31!) who loves this song so - NOT!!!

   Hey,   Eleanor (Buckley Nowitzky of NC), even better, take your laptop over to Jinx and open this link for him.

   (Let us just say that Jinx is not an Elvis fan, and this is his least favorite Elvis song...)

BONUS - Blue Christmas - Elvis Presley and Martina McBride


"Blue Christmas" is a Christmas song written by Billy Hayes and Jay W. Johnson and most famously performed by Elvis Presley. It is a tale of unrequited love during the holidays and is a longstanding staple of Christmas music, especially in the country genre.

The song was first recorded by Doye O'Dell in 1948,[3] and was popularized the following year in three separate recordings: one by country artist Ernest Tubb, one by musical conductor and arranger Hugo Winterhalter and his orchestra and chorus, and one by bandleader Russ Morgan and his orchestra (the latter featuring lead vocals by Morgan and backing vocals by singers credited as the Morganaires).[4] Tubb's version spent the first week of January 1950 at No. 1 on Billboard magazine's Most-Played Juke Box (Country & Western) Records chart, while Winterhalter's version peaked at No. 9 on Billboard's Records Most Played by Disk Jockeys chart and Morgan's version reached No. 11 on Billboard's Best-Selling Pop Singles chart.[5] Both Morgan's and Winterhalter's versions featured a shorter pop edit of the original lyrics. Also in 1950 crooner Billy Eckstine recorded his rendition, backed by the orchestra of Russ Case, with these shortened lyrics in a variation close to what is now the common standard for this song; the orchestral backing of this recording has often been wrongly accredited to Winterhalter.[6]

Elvis Presley cemented the status of "Blue Christmas" as a rock-and-roll holiday classic[7] by recording it for his 1957 LP Elvis' Christmas Album. Presley's version is notable musicologically as well as culturally in that the vocal group the Jordanaires (especially in the soprano line, sung by Millie Kirkham) replace many major and just minor thirds with neutral and septimal minor thirds, respectively.[citation needed] In addition to contributing to the overall tone of the song, the resulting "blue notes" constitute a musical play on words that provides an "inside joke" or "quail egg" to trained ears.[citation needed] "Blue Christmas" was also included on a 1957 45 EP (Extended Play) entitled Elvis Sings Christmas Songs (EPA-4108), which also included "Santa Bring My Baby Back (To Me)" on side one, with "Santa Claus Is Back in Town" and "I'll Be Home for Christmas" on side two. Presley's original 1957 version was released as a commercially available single for the first time in 1964. This single was also a hit in the United Kingdom, reaching No. 11 on the British singles chart during the week of 26 December 1964.[citation needed] ...


   Happy Birthday today to   The late Jimmy Key ('57) (d. 03/21/12) AND  Randy Bearor ('64) of VA!

   Happy Birthday tomorrow to    Rip Collins ('65) of TN AND    Sandi Bateman Chestnut ('65) of VA!

   Happy Birthday this week to:

01 -  My Daughter of Other Parents, Megan Fulmer Mansfield (Marshall HS, TX - 2002) of TX;

02 -  Ann Lillaston Wilson ('57) AND Jimmy McDonald ('57) AND   George Konstant ('65) of VA:

03 -  Barbara Woods Spiers ('61) of VA AND the late Barbara Nell Howard Floyd ('67) (d. 10/01/88) AND Franki Satisky ('68) of OR;

04 - William D. Dangler ('57) of VA AND Howard Williamson (HHS - '63) of VA;

05 - Eugene Peters ('57) AND the late Gene Peters ('57) (d. 07/24/09) AND     the late Melody Clendenin DeBerry (Warwick HS - '66) (d. 11/21/18);

06 - Frances Scheinman Berkman ('57)!

   Many Happy Returns, One and All!


November 29, 618 - The Tang dynasty scored a decisive victory over their rival Xue Rengao at the Battle of Qianshuiyuan.


November 29, 1942 - Americans received news from the Office of Price Administration (OPA) that coffee would be rationed.

November 29, 1943 - The second session of the Anti-Fascist Council for the National Liberation of Yugoslavia (AVNOJ), held to determine the post-war ordering of the country, concluded in Jajce in what is now Bosnia and Herzegovina.

November 29, 1944 - Albania was liberated by the Albanian partisans.

November 29, 1945 -
The Federal People's Republic of Yugoslavia was declared.


Thursday, November 29, 1968 - Wrestler Hayabusa was born Eiji Ezaki (江崎 英治) in Yatsushiro, Kumamoto Prefecture, Japan. He died on 03 Mar 2016 in Kamata, Tokyo, Japan of a cerebral hemorrhage at the age of 47.

Thursday, November 29, 1968 - Singer-songwriter and dancer Jonathan Knight was born Jonathan Rashleigh Knight in Worcester, Massachusetts.

A life can never be happy that is focused inward. So if you are miserable now, forget your troubles. March right out your door, and find someone who needs you.”

- Robert L. Backman, November, 1985
(b. 22 Mar 1922)

From Joan Lauterbach Krause ('60) of VA - 11/29/17:

   Thank you, Joan!

  From Jimmy Dick ('65) of FL - 11/27/18, 5:00 PM:

  I've used this picture for the end of the day before, but when I think of a cold, crisp late November night I think of a rough sea and a full moon above showing all of it's "power and glory" as it represents for my God. So, I just had to use it on this cold, crisp rising November night, even down here in Florida where we'll get an early freeze. God bless you all and wrap up tight tonight.

   Thank you, Jimmy!


 From Terry Seay ('67) of TN - 11/28/18 - "Wanda's Birthday Bash - House Concert Featuring Danny Wells - Wil Nance - Brandon LePere & Liz Moriondo":

This is our last event for 2018...and what a year it has been!

7:00 PM - Mark Huhta
7:30 PM - Liz Moriondo
8:00 PM - Brandon LePere
9:00 PM - Danny Wells and Wil Nance

The night is full of #1 hits for George Strait, Rascal Flatts, and more with some awesome opening rounds, including Brandon LePere who is back by popular demand for a 1 hour encore performance on guitar and piano!

Come early...stay is gonna be... well,

Saturday, December 8, 2018
Doors open at 6:00 PM
Music starts at 7:00 PM
Potluck - BYOB - Donate $20 at Z door!

Terry G. Seay
Songwriter House Concerts Since 2009 
Mobile # 703.628.4657
RSZP to  


   SUPER! Thank you, Terry! Y'all have fun!

 From My Niece, Shari, of VA - 11/27/18 - "Christmas send- a tiny early":

Sending this out early for some, maybe not for others...

Wishing you and yours a blessed holiday season!
O Come All Ye Faithful- Pentatonix
Christmas songs in different styles
He does a great job.
Hallelujah - Pentatonix
O Silent Night - Pentatonix
Little Tiffany's eyes are open. I am just mesmerized by their cuteness (from afar.) They make cute baby sounds. Who would have thunk?

   WOWZERS! Thank you, Shari!

  From Me ('65) of NC - 11/28/18:


“There is nothing so annoying as to have two people go right on talking when you’re interrupting.”

- Mark Twain
(30 Nov 1835 - 21 Apr 1910)


Festive Step Ladder Throw - "Get ready for the holidays with the Festive Step Ladder Throw! If you're looking for a totally unique throw to snuggle up with this holiday season, then this pattern is definitely for you. Using a classic holiday color scheme of green, red, white, and gold, this crochet afghan creates the unique step ladder design. With each step a different color, it turns into a colorful crochet afghan full of modern flair. This is one crochet afghan pattern you don't want to miss!"

Christmas Wave Afghan - "Celebrate the holiday season with the festive Christmas Wave Afghan. This red, green, and white afghan would make a great meaningful gift for anyone on your "nice" list this year. A homemade blanket crocheted with love is the perfect Christmas gift! With a classic ripple crochet pattern as its design, just about anyone can make this easy crochet pattern. Use a size K hook to complete this free crochet afghan. Holiday family time will be better spent with this Christmas crochet afghan."

Christmas Spirit Mile a Minute Afghan - "Are you itching to prepare for the winter holidays? The Christmas Spirit Mile a Minute Afghan is the perfect crochet blanket to work up as a decoration in your home or as a Christmas gift for someone special. This holly jolly afghan is worked in panels of red and green and features the cross stitch as the special crochet stitch. Even if you start this when you're panicking about gifts and decorations in the beginning of December, you'll be able to finish it because it's a fast mile a minute pattern."

A Warm Winter’s Nap: Knit Blanket Patterns for the Holidays - "As magical as the holiday season can be, there are a ton of stressors that can bring us all down. Frantic gift shopping, over-consumption of sugary treats, and never-ending party invites are just some of the things that can cause emotional, spiritual, and physical wear and tear. Remember to take some time for yourself this holiday season. It’s okay to be a little selfish every once in awhile. Go on a long walk with the dog or take in a movie on a night you would normally go out. Whatever it is, have a plan to relax! Here at AllFreeKnitting, we totally understand how stressful the holiday season can be. That’s why we’ve rounded up our coziest Christmas blankets for your napping pleasure. A warm winter blanket is not only good for sleep, it’s good for the soul. Enjoy!"

BONUS CASSEROLE RECIPES (Sorry; not theme-related):
Eula's Sunday Casserole - "Tired of making the same old chicken casserole for dinner every week? Switch things up by trying Sunday Casserole. It is much richer in flavor than your average chicken casserole recipe, due to a delicious combination of mayonnaise and cream of chicken soup. The broccoli florets and lemon juice add a refreshingly healthy twist, which typically isn't found in most creamy casseroles. This dish would taste great with a slice of crispy garlic bread on the side, and makes an excellent Sunday night dinner option that will satisfy your whole family."

Christin's Old-Fashioned Beef Stroganoff Casserole - "If you like vintage dinner recipes, you will want to try this Old-Fashioned Beef Stroganoff Casserole. This recipe features creamy egg noodles, sirloin steak, and mushrooms, so it is hearty and full of flavor. As this casserole bakes in the oven, you will feel like you're back in your grandmother's kitchen. If you're looking for a great recipe for a special Sunday dinner, this is the perfect meal! You can't go wrong with a classic like Beef Stroganoff and you can't beat the convenience of a casserole. Really, it's a win-win. Enjoy this blast-from-the-past recipe tonight!"

Judith's Southern Biscuits and Gravy Pot Pie - "Biscuits and Gravy Pot Pie may sound complicated to make, but it's really quite easy. Made with 5 simple ingredients, breakfast will be done in no time at all. The sausage and gravy filling rests underneath a layer of delightful biscuits. It's a dinner dish made with breakfast ingredients, so you can eat it for breakfast or dinner. It will be tasty anytime..."


From - 11/28/18:

A mathematician wandered back home at 3 AM and proceeded to get an earful from his wife.

“You’re late!” she yelled. “You said you’d be home by 11:45!”

“Actually,” the mathematician replied coolly, “I said I’d be home by a quarter of 12.”


1. Every Tuesday, 7:30 AM - Male grads meet at Angelo's Restaurant on J. Clyde Morris Boulevard for breakfast and camaraderie.

2. Wednesday, January 09, 2019 -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 11/16/18

BLOG: - updated 03/13/11

   Y'all take good 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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Blue Christmas

Written by Billy Hayes and Jay Johnson, 1948

I'll have a Blue Christmas without you.
I'll be so blue thinking about you.
Decorations of red on a green Christmas tree,
Won't mean a thing if you're not here with me.

I'll have a Blue Christmas that's certain.
And when that blue heartache starts hurtin'.
You'll be doin' all right, with your Christmas of white,
But I'll have a blue, blue Christmas.

"Blue Christmas" midi courtesy of - 12/03/05

"Blue Christmas" lyrics courtesy of - 12/04/05

Image of "Blue Christmas" Craft Projects (and available directions) courtesy
of - 12/04/05

Animated Rolling on the Floor Laughing Boy courtesy of - 04/06/05

Animated Christmas Lights Divider Line clip art courtesy of - 12/04/05

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

John Marshall High School's (TX) Rams logo courtesy of - 04/26/13

Crab clip art courtesy of - 10/02/05

Army Seal clip art courtesy of Al Farber ('64) of GA - 05/24/06 (still missing...)
Thanks, Al!
Replaced by Norm Covert ('61) of MD - 02/09/09
Thanks, Norm!

Jeffrey Holman's Image "A Drop in the Bucket" courtesy of - 05/23/16

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