12/16/13 - NNHS Newsletter
Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas
“Whatever else be
lost among the years, Let us keep Christmas still a shining thing:
- Grace Noll Crowell
Dear Friends and Schoolmates,
The beloved Christmas song for today's Newsletter was chosen specifically for its ability to create warm fuzzies.
BONUS #1 - http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5g4lY8Y3eoo&NR=1 - Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas - Judy Garland from Meet Me In St. Louis
BONUS #2 - http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LpPdl0StUVs - Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas - Frank Sinatra
|"Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas" is a song introduced
Judy Garland in the 1944
Meet Me in St. Louis.
Frank Sinatra later recorded a version with modified lyrics, which
has become more common than the original. The song was written by
Hugh Martin and
Ralph Blane. In 2007,
ASCAP ranked "Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas" the third most
Christmas song during the preceding five years that had been written
by ASCAP members.
The song was written while Martin was vacationing in a house in the neighborhood of Southside in Birmingham, Alabama, that his father Hugh Martin designed for his mother as a honeymoon cottage. Located at 1919 South 15th Avenue, (just down the street from his birthplace at 1900 South 14th Avenue) the house became the home of Martin and his family in 1923. The song first appeared in a scene in Meet Me in St. Louis, in which a family is distraught by the father's plans to move to New York City for a job promotion, leaving behind their beloved home in St. Louis, Missouri, just before the long-anticipated 1904 World's Fair begins. In a scene set on Christmas Eve, Judy Garland's character, Esther, sings the song to cheer up her despondent five-year-old sister, Tootie, played by Margaret O'Brien.
Some of the original lyrics that were penned by Martin were rejected before the show began. They were: "Have yourself a merry little Christmas / It may be your last/ Next year we may all be living in the past / Have yourself a merry little Christmas / Pop that champagne cork / Next year we may all be living in New York." When presented with the original draft lyric, Garland, her co-star Tom Drake and director Vincente Minnelli criticized the song as depressing, and asked Martin to change the lyrics. Though he initially resisted, Martin made several changes to make the song more upbeat. For example, the lines "It may be your last / Next year we may all be living in the past" became "Let your heart be light / Next year all our troubles will be out of sight". Garland's version of the song, which was also released as a single by Decca Records, became popular among United States troops serving in World War II; her performance at the Hollywood Canteen brought many soldiers to tears.
In 1957, Frank Sinatra asked Martin to revise the line "Until then we'll have to muddle through somehow." He told Martin, "The name of my album is A Jolly Christmas. Do you think you could jolly up that line for me?" Martin's new line was "Hang a shining star upon the highest bough." Martin made several other alterations, changing the song's focus to a celebration of present happiness, rather than anticipation of a better future. On The Judy Garland Show Christmas Special, Judy sings the song to her children Joey and Lorna Luft with Sinatra's alternate lyrics.
The lyrics Judy Garland sang in Meet Me in St. Louis have been recorded with only slight variations by a number of artists, including Sinatra himself (in 1950 and 1963 single recordings), Doris Day (in The Doris Day Christmas Album), Ella Fitzgerald (in Ella Wishes You a Swinging Christmas), James Taylor (in October Road) and Luther Vandross (in This Is Christmas)...
From Butch Ragland ('63) of CO -
12/16/13, 6:11 AM:
Also wanted to post this message which I have already posted on my Face Book page in appreciation of the prayers and well wishes I have received recently from my NNHS friends and family. Your prayers and support during my most recent set back with medical problems which flared up again while in Newport News for our Class of '63, 50-year reunion.
My thanks to my family member and buddy, Eddie Whitley for helping to keep all you guys updated on my condition. Also, to Wayne Stokes ('65 of VA), Marvin Barnes ('65 of VA), David Spriggs and many others of our old NNHS gang for spearheading prayer chains keeping me in the thoughts and prayers of our NNHS groups. I have counted Wayne, Marvin and David as some of my staunchest supporters and friends during this period of most recent medical problems and greatly appreciate the support, prayers and friendship I have received from them during this downturn! They are some of the first people I informed because of our history of friendship which dates back to the Old North End Days when we played sandlot ball; Boys Club Days and NNHS.
I was admitted on Wednesday for the first surgery, which identified additional problems that we did not expect were going on. On Friday I underwent a 5 hour Angiogram/Angioplasty to eliminate blockages in my remaining leg where three (3) stents were placed. This morning I had an additional surgery which removed the 4th and 5th toes of my remaining foot in order to allow proper closing of the wound; which we are hoping will solve this most recent problem.
And I guess I can say; I'm back and hope to continue visiting you guys and gals for many years to come! I missed you guys this past week but tried to keep up with things via cell phone posts I received from time to time. I have been able to continue following the NNHS65 gang and greatly appreciate all the hard work Carol Buckley Harty ('65 - of NC) continues to do on behalf of all us old NNHS Typhoon!
Well, I feel like I have been rode
hard and put away wet after these last 5 days so goodnight to each of
you and God Bless! Hope all are doing well and thanks again for all
prayers and support during the rough patch I was going through!
You're back on the Prayer Roll, and we're all keeping you in our hearts, prayers, and best wishes.
Do have a speedy recovery, Darlin'!
THIS WEEK'S BIRTHDAYS:
Happy Birthday today to
Betty Brockwell McClure ('58) of VA!
Happy Birthday tomorrow to Tom Oxner ('65) of AR!
Happy Birthday this week to:
18 - James Strickland ('57);
19 - Durwood Adams ('57) AND Susan Bauz ('63);
20 - Ellen Carney Manson ('63) of SC;
22 - Kitty Norman Haskins ('57) of VA AND Elliot Schlosser ('63) AND Dottie Pegram Daniels (NNHS / George Washington HS - '64) of WV AND Harry Barritt ('64) of VA AND Dale Mueller ('64) of VA AND Bill Rash ('67) of VA;
23 - Tom Flax ('64) of VA AND Joyce Lawrence Cahoon ('65) of VA AND Holly Hill Campbell (Hampton Roads Academy - '72) of VA!
Many Happy Returns to You All!
THIS DAY IN
December 16, 1938 -
Adolf Hitler instituted the
Cross of Honor of the German Mother.
December 16, 1941 -World War II: Japanese forces occupy Miri, Sarawak.
December 16, 1942 -Holocaust: Porajmos – Heinrich Himmler ordered that Roma candidates for extermination be deported to Auschwitz.
December 16, 1944 -The Battle of the Bulge began with the surprise offensive of three German armies through the Ardennes forest.
THIS DAY IN 1963:
Monday, December 16, 1963 - Actor Benjamin Bratt was born in San Francisco, California.
From Joyce Lawrence Cahoon ('65) of VA - 12/15/13 - "Christmas: Teaching Us To Give":
|This is Charles Stanley's sermon
that was on TV this morning. Such a good sermon on the true meaning of
giving at this most special time of the year!!
Thanks so much, Joyce!
From Bill Hobbs ('66) of Northern VA - 12/15/13 - "Lurch's Warrior crucifix":
|Here is Bill
Lochridge's story of his Warrior Crucifix.
Thank you so much, Bill!
From Joyce Lawrence Cahoon
('65) of VA -
12/15/13 - "Christmas is coming":
Please don't break this even if you only send it to one person. Look at the date when this was started. Thanks.
NOTICE AT THE END, THE DATE THE CANDLE WAS STARTED.
Thanks again, Joyce! That was before I even had access to a computer, much less one of my own!
From Judy Phillips Allen ('66) of VA - 12/15/13 - "A short, but awesome holiday story":
but think of my buddy,
Jay Styles ('68
of VA), a retired state trooper and a Typhoon
If you don't read or see any
other short Christmas story this year, I think you will find this one
|Thank you, Dearest Judy - and Jay Sweetie!|
BONUS WINTER CROCHET PATTERN:
|http://idesignadventures.blogspot.com/2011/10/leg-warmers.html - Leg Warmers - "Super cute legwarmers with shell edging detail! These are so fun to wear and they are WARM! Ha ha! The weather has been a little kooky lately. Just 2 weeks ago we were running the A/C and then one morning we just woke up and needed the heater on! No in-between (otherwise known as "autumn" or "fall"), straight from hot to cold. Now, YOU need a pair of legwarmers!! This project didn't take me long at all. You could easily whip these up while watching a movie... like I did. ;) "|
BONUS CHRISTMAS RECIPES:
From Me ('65) of NC - 12/15/12:
I've had this recipe since 1968. Despite the name and the strange ingredients, they are uber-delicious, and the recipe makes enough to feed the Army and the Royal Navy.
1 cup dark corn syrup
1 cup butter
1 Tbsp. vinegar
2 eggs, slightly beaten
1/2 tsp. ground black pepper
1 tsp. ground ginger
1 tsp. ground cloves
1 tsp. ground cinnamon
1 tsp. baking soda
5 cups sifted flour
Combine sugar, corn syrup, butter, and vinegar into small pan and bring almost to a boil. Cool to room temperature, then stir in eggs. Sift together remaining ingredients and stir into butter mixture, blending well. Chill overnight. Divide into 8 or 9 equal portions and roll each out very thin on floured board. Cut into diamond (or any other) shapes and bake on greased baking sheet at 350 degrees for 7 or 8 minutes. Makes about 225 3" cookies. Store in loosely covered jar in dry place so cookies will remain crisp. They will keep for a long time.
- Winifred Jardine, Salt Lake City, UT
http://www.mrfood.com/Cheesecakes/Tasty-Toffee-Cheesecake-2148/ml/1 - Tasty Toffee Cheesecake - "When I can't quite make up my mind between cookies, candy, or cheesecake...it doesn't matter! With this one, I don't have to choose!"
http://www.mrfood.com/Pie/Chocolate-Silk-Pie-2092/ml/1 - Chocolate Silk Pie - "When you're talking about fabric, silk has always been considered among the finest and most elegant. When you're talking about pie...well, try this one and see if you see any similarity."
http://www.mrfood.com/Pie/Black-Bottom-Pie-From-Mr-Food/ml/1 - Black Bottom Pie - "Make this special treat tonight! Black Bottom Pie is a delicious pie-within-a-brownie that's perfect for anybody with an extreme sweet tooth!"
http://www.ajokeaday.com - 12/15/13:
|A Cub Scout troop
was half an hour late to its den meeting. The den mother asked them
severely, “Why are you so late?”
“Oh,” said one boy, “we were helping an old man cross the street.”
“That’s a nice thing for scouts to do,” said the mother. She paused. “But it shouldn’t make you half an hour late.”
“Well, you see,” said another boy, “he didn’t want to go.”
Thursday, January 2, 2014 -
The NNHS Class of 1955 holds Lunch Bunch gatherings on the
first Thursday of every month at Steve & John's Steak House
on Jefferson Avenue just above Denbigh Boulevard in Newport
News at 11:00 AM. The luncheon is not limited to just the
Class of '55; if you have friends in that year, go visit
2. Wednesday, February 12, 2013 - 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 12/16/13
http://nnhs.wordpress.com/ - updated 03/13/11
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
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!
(b. 11 Aug 1914) and
(26 July 1914 - 13 Nov 1995), 1943
Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas
“Have Yourself a Merry Little
Christmas” midi courtesy of
http://www.freemidi.org/download/4612.html - 12/14/04
“Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas” lyrics courtesy of http://www.christmas-carols.net/carols/have-yourself-merry-little.html - 12/14/04
Animated Christmas Tree clip art courtesy of Renee Helterbran Benton ('59) of VA - 12/11/08
Animated Christmas Lights Divider Line clip art courtesy of - well, I don't know, but it's been in my files since 12/04/05
Marine Corps Seal clip art
courtesy of the late Herbert Hice of MI
- one of my
who served in the South
Pacific during WWII.
Thanks again, Herbie!!
Navy Seal clip art courtesy of http://www.onemileup.com/miniSeals.asp - 05/29/06
Army Seal clip art courtesy of Al Farber ('64) of GA - 05/24/06 (still
Replaced by Norm Covert ('61) of MD - 02/09/09
Crying Baby clip art courtesy of http://www.barbspics.com/baby/babypage06index.html - 09/28/05 (resaved 02/27/09)
Animated Ringing Christmas Bell clip art (designed by Art Holden) courtesy of http://www.animationfactory.com - 12/08/05
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