12/06/14 - NNHS Newsletter - Happy
St. Nicholas Day!
“What do you call people who are
afraid of Santa Claus? Claustrophobic.”
Dear Friends and Schoolmates,
This theme repeats every year, but this version of it is being revisited from 2012.
BONUS #1 - http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9jQy_ppY2bI - Santa Claus Is Coming to Town - Fred Astaire
BONUS #2 - http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iSgEDKjmT5o - Santa Claus Is Coming to Town - Bruce Springsteen, 2007
BONUS #3 - http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SnA52s7qceM - Santa Claus Is Coming to Town - Michael Bublé, 2011
|"Santa Claus Is Coming to Town" (sometimes with "Coming"
changed to "Comin'") is a
Christmas song. It was written by
John Frederick Coots and
Haven Gillespie and was first sung on
Eddie Cantor's radio show in November 1934. It became an instant hit
with orders for 100,000 copies of sheet music the next day and more than
400,000 copies sold by Christmas.
The earliest known recorded version of the song was by banjoist Harry Reser and his band on October 24, 1934 (Decca 264A) featuring Tom Stacks on vocal, the version shown in the Variety charts of December 1934. The song was a sheet music hit, reaching #1. The song was also recorded on September 26, 1935, by Tommy Dorsey & His Orchestra .
The song is a traditional standard at Christmas time, and has been covered by numerous recording artists. In 1970 Rankin-Bass produced an hour-long animated television special based on the song, with narrator Fred Astaire telling the original story of Santa Claus.
Perhaps the most famous version, outside of the original, is by Bruce Springsteen and the E Street Band, a raucous version with a big Clarence Clemons saxophone solo, that makes its way around airwaves during the holidays.
HORRIFIC BLOOPER TIME:
From Bunny Spiers ('54) of VA - 12/06/14, 1:07 PM:
You really do a wonderful job on the newsletter. Merry Christmas.
OH, NO! Oh, no, no, no, no, NO! Your birthdays were supposed to have been on here a year ago! And in fact, they were:
I don't know HOW I could have missed them! Well, that's not so; I do know exactly how I DID it; I just can't imagine how I didn't catch them - EITHER of them - at some point in time! I not only can't think of an adequate apology, I can't even think of a good rationalization!
I am so very sorry! I'm going to resort to some revisionist history to prevent this from ever happening again!
They are both corrected for the full week prior, as well.
Thank you so much for letting me know, and Happy Belated Birthday to both of you!
THIS WEEK'S BIRTHDAYS:
Happy Birthday today to Frances Scheinman Berkman ('57)!
Happy Birthday tomorrow to Jay Styles ('68) of VA AND Janice Pratt McGrew (Hampton HS - '67) of VA AND Tim Parsons ('73) of VA!
Happy Birthday this week to:
09 - Shirley Smith Langston ('57) AND Joan Gardner ('63);
10 - John Murden ('60) of VA AND Glen Davenport ('63) of VA;
11 - Helen Bost Rainelle ('72) of FL;
12 - Mary Massey Lyle ('61) of NJ AND Marcus C. Higgins ('65) of AZ AND Tom Norris (Hampton HS - '73) AND My Former Daughter-in-Law, Bethany Winona McAllister (Siuslaw HS, OR - '94) of UT;
13 - Kay Davis Smith ('57)!
Many Happy Returns, One and All!
THIS DAY IN WWII:
|December 06, 1941 - U.S. President Roosevelt sent a telegram to Japanese Emperor Hirohito that requested intervention "to prevent further death and destruction in the world." Intelligence reports had convinced Roosevelt that the Japanese fleet was headed for Thailand.|
THIS DAY IN 1964:
|Sunday, December 06, 1964 - The Christmas television special "Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer" first aired on the NBC television network in the United States, and was sponsored by General Electric under the umbrella title of The General Electric Fantasy Hour.|
|From Mayim Bialik (North Hollywood High School, CA - '93) of CA - 12/05/14 - "Letter to Santa":|
What happens when a Jewish kid writes a letter to Santa? @kveller has the hilarious results:
From My Friend, Jeanette, of NC - 12/05/14 - "40 Incorrectly Used Words That Can Make You Look Dumb":
|I'm pretty good with
grammar most of the time, but I messed up on several of these!
Thank you so much, Jeanette! Some of these - no, most of these - are pet peeves of mine!
From My Friend, LaMerle, of VA - 12/05/14 - "Living with Chronic Pain":
|BOY HOWDY! Thank you, LaMerle!|
From Sarah Puckett Kressaty ('65) of VA - 12/05/14:
|WISE ADVICE! Thanks, Sarah Sugah!|
From My Cousin, Jean Atkinson Mallory (Warsaw HS / Rappahannock HS / John Marshall HS - '65) of VA - 12/04/14 - "Never Lose Hope":
|ABSOLUTELY! Thanks, Jean!|
From My Friend, Jim, of NV - 12/05/14:
|SO TRUE! Thank you, Jim!|
From My Friend, LaMerle, of VA - 12/05/14 - "Maybe...":
|INDEED! Thanks again, LaMerle!|
From My Husband, Paul Harty (Bardolph HS, IL - '61) of NC - 11/22/14 - "FAMILY PORTRAITS (#12 in a series of 18)":
|AWW! Thanks, Dools!|
|"Owed to Joy"
The year our youngest daughter,
Shelly, was four, she received an unusual Christmas present from
The most highly prized gift
Shelly received that Christmas Eve was a giant bubble-maker, a simple
device of plastic and cloth the inventor promised would create huge
billowing bubbles, large enough to swallow a wide-eyed four-year-old.
Both Shelly and I were excited about trying it out, but it was after
dark so we'd have to wait until the next day.
-- By Ted A. Thompson
|BONUS SANTA CLAUS CROCHET PATTERNS:|
Santa Claus Is Coming to Town Written by John Frederick Coots (02 May 1897 – 08 Apr 1985) and Haven Gillespie (06 Feb 1888 – 14 Mar 1975), 1934
You better watch out You better not cry Better not pout I'm telling you why Santa Claus is coming to town He's making a list And checking it twice; Gonna find out Who's naughty and nice Santa Claus is coming to town He sees you when you're sleeping He knows when you're awake He knows if you've been bad or good So be good for goodness sake! O! You better watch out! You better not cry Better not pout I'm telling you why Santa Claus is coming to town He sees you when you're sleeping He knows when you're awake He knows if you've been bad or good So be good for goodness sake! O! You better watch out! You better not cry Better not pout I'm telling you why Santa Claus is coming to town Santa Claus is coming to town!
"Santa Claus Is Coming to Town" midi courtesy of
http://www.jump-gate.com/christmas/midi.html - 12/02/06
Animated Hiding Mallard (by AF Artist - Josh Doohen) courtesy of http://www.animationfactory.com - 05/15/08
Bad Surprise Smiley courtesy of http://picsdigger.com/image/a935ccd3/ - 10/21/10
Animated Tiny Birthday Cake clip art courtesy of Sarah Puckett Kressaty ('65) of
VA - 08/31/05
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!!
Air Force Seal clip art courtesy of
http://www1.va.gov/opa/feature/celebrate/milsongs.htm - 07/07/06
John Marshall High School's Justice Scale clip art courtesy of
Cheryl White Wilson (JMHS - '64) of VA - 10/13/05 (replaced 02/23/09)
Navy Seal clip art courtesy of http://www.onemileup.com/miniSeals.asp - 05/29/06
Christmas Bell clip art (designed by Art Holden) courtesy of