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12/17/15 - NNHS Newsletter - I'll Be Home for Christmas

“Christmas is the keeping-place for memories of our innocence.”

- Joan Mills

I am not alone at all, I thought. I was never alone at all. And that, of course,
is the message of Christmas. We are never alone. Not when the night is darkest,
the wind coldest, the word seemingly most indifferent.
For this is still the time God chooses.

- Taylor Caldwell
(07 Sept 1900 - 30 Aug 1985)

Dear Friends and Schoolmates,

   Today's Newsletter theme is one which seems to get my tears ducts working, no matter where or with whom I spend Christmas. Somehow there always seems to be some one or other missing. 

   Of the very many versions of this Christmas song, I have collected almost all of them over the years, and Frank Sinatra's version is by far, in my humble opinion, a spectacular standout among them all - the very best of the best.

BONUS #1 - http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VFGfCn5rKIM - I'll Be Home for Christmas - Bing Crosby, 1943

BONUS #2 - http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1pk-SLQPYJ0 - I'll Be Home for Christmas - Frank Sinatra, 1957

BONUS #3 - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jg200MLmbXY - I'll Be Home for Christmas - Josh Groban - "...dedicated to all the families that have someone serving in the military ..."



From http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/I%27ll_Be_Home_for_Christmas:

"I'll Be Home for Christmas" is a Christmas song, written by Buck Ram, Kim Gannon and Walter Kent.

In 1943, this song joined "White Christmas" to become one of America's most popular Christmas songs. The recording by Bing Crosby shot to the top ten of the record charts that year and became a holiday musical tradition in the United States. The idea of being home for Christmas originated in World War I when soldiers at first thought that the war would be quick and they would return by Christmastime. This inevitably did not happen, hence the line "if only in my dreams".

A song titled "I'll Be Home for Christmas" was first copyrighted on August 24, 1943, by Kent (music) and James "Kim" Gannon (lyrics). The two revised and re-copyrighted their song on September 27, 1943, and it was this version that was made famous by Crosby. The label on Crosby's recording credits "I'll Be Home for Christmas" to Kent, Gannon, and Ram. Later recordings usually credit only Kent and Gannon. The discrepancy arose from the fact that on December 21, 1942 Buck Ram copyrighted a song titled "I'll Be Home for Christmas (Tho' Just in Memory)"—that song bore little or no resemblance, other than its title, to the Crosby recording.

According to Ram, who was primarily a lyricist, he had written the lyrics as a 16-year-old, homesick college student. Prior to his publishers planned release, he had discussed the song with two acquaintances in a bar. He left a copy with them, but never spoke to them about it again. Both he and his publisher were shocked when the song was released by a competing publishing house. Per news articles of the day, Ram's publisher, who had been holding the song back a year because they were coming out with "White Christmas," sued Gannon and Kent's publisher and prevailed in court.

On October 4, 1943, Crosby recorded "I'll Be Home for Christmas" with the John Scott Trotter Orchestra for Decca Records. Within about a month of Kent and Gannon's copyright the song hit the music charts and remained there for eleven weeks, peaking at number three. The following year, the song reached number nineteen on the charts. It touched a tender place in the hearts of Americans, both soldiers and civilians, who were then in the depths of World War II, and it earned Crosby his fifth gold record. "I'll Be Home for Christmas" became the most requested song at Christmas U.S.O. shows in both Europe and the Pacific and Yank, the GI magazine, said Crosby accomplished more for military morale than anyone else of that era.

"I'll Be Home for Christmas" was recorded by Perry Como (1946), Frank Sinatra (1957) and countless other artists.



THIS WEEK'S BIRTHDAYS:

   Happy Birthday today to Norma Helmick Burks ('63) AND   Tom Oxner ('65) of AR!

    Happy Birthday tomorrow to James Strickland ('57)!  

   Happy Birthday this week to:

19 - Durwood Adams ('57) AND The late    Suzie Bauz ('63) (deceased 11/03/14);

20 -   Ellen Carney Manson ('63) of SC;

21 -   Ray Stinnette ('63) of VA;

22 -   Kitty Norman Haskins ('57) of VA AND Elliott 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;

24 - James Gay ('57) AND Ann W. Hutcheson ('57) AND    Malcolm Davis ('65) of VA AND   Sandye Jordan Frost ('67) of NC!

   Many Happy Returns to You All!

http://www.nnhs65.com/Happy-Birthday.html 



         From Bill Lee (Warwick HS - '54) of NC - 12/16/10 - "December 17, 1944":

On the night of December 17, 1944, Pier 8, one of the largest covered piers on the Newport News waterfront caught fire and burned uncontrollably throughout the night; lighting up the sky for miles. A stiff breeze fanned the flames, and wind-borne sparks endangered nearby structures and piers, as well as private property outside the port area's security boundaries. Telephone calls from frightened citizens flooded the local newspaper office, but, incredibly, for twelve hours the military denied that there even was a fire!

The local fire department was allowed to enter the security perimeter to assist, but reporters and photographers were turned away at the gate. A resourceful Daily Press photographer went to the Warwick Hotel, the tallest and nearest public vantage point that overlooked the port area. Photos were taken and included in the next morning’s edition of the Daily Press, along with information gleaned from civilian dockworkers and firefighters.

Although completely destroyed, Pier 8 was rebuilt and back in use in only 75 days!

   YOWZERONI-WOWZERONI! Thank you again so very much for sharing this exciting story with us, Bill!



150 YEARS AGO TODAY:
December 17, 1865 - First performance of the Unfinished Symphony by Franz Schubert.



THIS DAY IN WWII:
December 17, 1939 - Battle of the River Plate – The Admiral Graf Spee was scuttled by Captain Hans Langsdorff outside Montevideo.

December 17, 1941 - Japanese forces landed in Northern Borneo.

December 17, 1943 - All Chinese were again permitted to become citizens of the United States with the repealing of the Act of 1882 and the introduction of the Magnuson Act.

December 17, 1944 - Battle of the Bulge Malmedy massacre American 285th Field Artillery Observation Battalion POWs were shot by Waffen-SS Kampfgruppe Peiper.



THIS DAY IN 1965:
Friday, December 17, 1965 - Ice hockey player and coach Craig Berube was born in Calahoo, Alberta, Canada.



From My Friend, Daniel, of UT - 12/15/14:

“He came into the world . . . clothed with double power---power to die, which He derived from His mother; and power to resist death, if He had so willed it, which He had inherited from His Father. Thus He had power both to live forever and also power to pass through the ordeal of death, that He might suffer it for all men, and come forth out of the grave to a newness of life-a resurrected being, to be clothed with immortality and eternal life, that all men might come forth out of the grave unto life eternal.”

-  Joseph F. Smith
(13 Nov 1838 - 19 Nov 1918)

    Thanks so much, Daniel!



  From Woodrow Wagner ('66) of VA - 12/15/15:

Christmas will soon be here, everyone. So during this festive Yuletide season, say something to every person to make himself or herself feel good about themselves.

   EXCELLENT IDEA! Thank you so much, Woodrow! Then perhaps it will become a habit, and we can do it every day!



BAH HUMBUG POLL:

      From the Incomparable Charis Bean Duke (Governor Thomas Johnson HS, MD - '85) of PA - 12/16/15 - "RE: Top Five Most Annoying Christmas Songs":

I hate, hate Vince Guaraldi's "Christmas Time is Here." Always have. I'm with you, Carol. It's the most depressing song I've ever heard, descending minor thirds in the melody, droopy jazz 7ths underneath. At best, it's tedious, at worst, it's straight-jacket material.

   HA-HA-HA-HA-HA! Thank you, Charis!! It's been driving me nutso for 50 years now. At last I feel vindicated by an expert!
 



       From My Daughter, Adrienne Harty (Hillsboro HS, IL / American School, IL) of NC - 12/16/15 - "RE: Top Five Most Annoying Christmas Songs":

Anything by Mariah Carey... Absolutely anything.

   Oh, my, yes! Adrienne, thanks! Find me a lasso. If we could catch her and tie her down long enough to stay on the same note for a while, we might be able to enjoy her beautiful voice and phenomenal range; doesn't seem likely, though. Too bad.



      From the Incomparable Charis Bean Duke (Governor Thomas Johnson HS, MD - '85) of PA - 12/16/15:

Now here's my favorite Christmas song (secular, of course). Snoopy's Christmas by the Royal Guardsmen. What's not to love?

http://youtu.be/0-hWZGIWe_U

   Ah, those World War I songs get me right here! Thanks again, Charis Dear!



        From Jerry Blanchard ('62) of VA - 12/16/15:

       Thanks, Jerry!
 
 



From My Friend, Kim, of NC - 12/15/15:

  I hate mornings. Especially when they come in the middle of the night.

It should be illegal to have to get up before the sun.  

     AGREED! Thanks, Kim!

 
 



“If you're gonna be two-faced at least make one of them pretty.”

- Marilyn Monroe
(01 June 1926 - o5 Aug 1962)



BONUS CHRISTMAS STORY:


From My Friend, Tammy, of UT - 12/07/14 - "Daily Christmas Story (#17 in a Series of 24)":

This year I decided to share some of my favorite Christmas stories and quotes. It is a tradition in our family to read a Christmas story every night in December culminating with the Nativity on the 24th.

Christmas Story Day 17, The Wishing Star
 

The Wishing Star

 
Davey looked out the window at the falling snow. Usually he loved snow, but today he was sad. It was Christmas Eve, and the snow was so deep that it might ruin Christmas for Davey. Because of the snowstorm, Davey was afraid that his older brother Josh would never make it home for Christmas.
 
“And I have such a special present for him!” Davey said to himself. “If only he could get here!" With his best crayons, Davey had drawn a picture of the barn on their farm. He was going to give it to Josh for Christmas to hang in his room at college. Davey turned away from the window with a sigh.

Just then, Dad called, “How about some help shoveling the driveway? We’re going to try to make it into town to finish our Christmas shopping. We also have to buy our tree, don’t forget.”

Davey ran to get his boots and coat. He followed Dad out into the snow. Davey picked up his small shovel and set to work, while Dad used his bigger one. Helping Dad shovel the snow made Davey feel better.
 
Soon, Davey and Dad and Mom were on their way to town. Because of the snow, they had to drive slowly. “I brought my picture for Josh with me,” Davey said as they rode along. “Maybe I can find a frame to fit it when we get to the store.” “Good idea,” said Mom. “I’ll help you look.”

When they got to town, they went to the Christmas tree lot. Davey was the first one out of the car. He ran over to a beautiful, glossy, tall tree. “Look at this one!” he shouted to Mom and Dad. “Josh will love this tree!” Then he remembered. Josh probably wouldn’t be home at all. Davey felt sad again.

Mom and Dad came over to see the tree Davey had found. “That’s a great tree, Davey,” said Dad with a smile. “I think you’re right. It’s the one we should get.” Mom added, “And even if Josh doesn’t get here to see it, he’d still be happy we have such a beautiful tree.”
 
Later, at the store, Mom took Davey to the counter where picture frames were sold. Davey looked at all the frames. Finally he said, “I like this wooden one. It reminds me of the wooden barn in my picture.”

The wooden frame was just the right size for his picture. Davey was very pleased. “I’m getting this just in case Josh makes it home for Christmas,” he said. Mom patted him on the shoulder. “I know how much you want Josh to be here tonight,” she said, “but it is still snowing hard. I really don’t think hell make it. So you mustn’t be too disappointed.”

“At least I can wish he’d come,” Davey said. As they were about to leave the store, Davey saw a crowd of people. “What are all those people looking at?” Davey wondered. He ran to get a closer look. Looking around the man in front of him, Davey could see what was at the center of the crowd. It was Santa! Children were sitting on Santa’s lap and talking to him. “Can we get in line, please, Dad?” begged Davey.
 
“Well, we’re kind of in a hurry. We need to be back home before the snow gets too deep,” said Dad. “But since this is Santa, I guess we can spare the time.”

Davey gave Dad a big thank-you hug and ran to get in line. It seemed to take forever, but at last it was his turn. When Davey climbed up on Santa’s lap, Santa said, “Well, well, and what would you like for Christmas?”

“I wish my brother Josh could get home for Christmas,” Davey said. “But the snow is so deep that Mom and Dad don’t think he can make it.”

“I don’t usually deliver people on Christmas Eve, just toys,” said Santa. “But I’ll tell you what. Tonight, before you go to sleep, make your wish on the biggest, brightest star in the sky. That’s the Wishing Star.”

“Will it really work?” Davey asked Santa. “Well, you never can tell about wishes, so I don’t make any guarantees,” said Santa. “But it surely doesn’t hurt to try!”
 

On the way home in the car, Davey saw that the snow was coming down harder and harder. When he and Mom and Dad were almost to the house, Davey talked about Santa’s Wishing Star. “We all make wishes every now and then,” said Mom, “but sometimes they just can’t come true.”

“I’m going to try, anyway,” insisted Davey. That night after dinner, Dad put the Christmas tree in its stand, and Mom and Davey joined him in decorating it with colored lights and balls and lots of tinsel. While they were working, Davey thought sadly, “It would be so great if Josh were here to see our beautiful tree.” Dad put a golden angel on the very top. “I think this is the best tree we’ve ever had!” he exclaimed.
 
Davey went over to the window and looked out. The snow had stopped falling. And there, right overhead, was a star Davey had never seen before. It was big and bright and sparkling. It was the biggest and brightest star in the sky, just as Santa had said.

Davey looked at the star and said, “Wishing Star, please let my Christmas wish come true. I wish that Josh would come home tonight, so we can all be together for Christmas.” Then Davey closed his eyes and wished as hard as he could.
 
Too soon, Davey heard Mom’s voice. “Time for bed, little one. If you go right to sleep, it will be Christmas morning before you know it.”

Davey hung his stocking by the fireplace. He kissed Mom and Dad and started up the stairs to his room.

Just then, the three of them heard a sound outside the front door. “Who could that be?” asked Dad. Suddenly the door flew open, and there was Josh! Davey raced to the door, flung his arms around his brother, and gave him the biggest hug he could manage. Josh had made it home after all. Davey’s Christmas wish had come true!

Later that night, when Davey was finally in bed, he looked out his window. Sure enough, the Wishing Star was still high in the sky. “Thank you, Wishing Star,” he whispered. “I knew you could do it. You’ve made this my best Christmas ever!”

     Thank you so very much, Tammy!



BONUS CHRISTMAS CROCHET PATTERN:

http://freepatternsdonnascrochetdesigns.com/penguins-free-crochet-pattern.html - Donna Collinsworth's Two Little Penguins



BONUS CHRISTMAS RECIPES:

     From Me ('65) of NC - 12/16/15:

Chocolate Éclair Cake

1 box graham crackers
2 (3-oz.) pkgs. instant French Vanilla pudding
9-oz. Cool Whip
3 cups milk
  
   Butter a 9"x13" pan.  Line bottom of pan with graham crackers.  Mix milk and pudding together, then fold in whipped topping.  Spread half of filling on crackers, add another layer of crackers, then the rest of the filling mixture.  Top with a layer of crackers                                           

Chocolate Topping - OUTSTANDING!


   Bring to boil, cook one minute, and remove from heat:

1 box graham crackers
2 (3-oz.) pkgs. instant French Vanilla pudding
9-oz. Cool Whip
3 cups milk
  
     Add to mixture:
                          
1/3 cup cocoa
1 cup sugar
1/4 cup milk
1/2 tsp. salt
1/4 (1/2 stick) butter (NO margarine!)
1 tsp. vanilla
   
     Pour over cake.  Chill.  
 


http://www.mrfood.com/Pie/Gingersnap-Streusel-Pumpkin-Pie-5209/ml/1 - Gingersnap Streusel Pumpkin Pie - "The secret ingredients to this sweet, golden creation are the honey-roasted almonds and the cinnamon. That's all we're saying, though, because we don't wanna give the warm taste away too much. We promise you'll enjoy!"

http://www.mrfood.com/Cakes/Christmas-Crunch-Cake-3102/ml/1 - Christmas Crunch Cake - "Your holiday gathering will be extra special and extra easy, when you start with a store-bought cake and fancy it up with your own homemade frosting and garnishes. Our Christmas Crunch Cake will do you proud!"

http://www.mrfood.com/Pie/Peppermint-Pie-4921/ml/1 - Peppermint Pie - "Wanna know the not-so-secret recipe in this Peppermint Pie? You got it, it's peppermint and boy-oh-boy is it incredible in this dessert! Yum-my!"



FINALLY:

From http://www.ajokeaday.com - 12/16/15:
A guy showed up late for work.

The boss yelled, "You should’ve been here at 8:30!"

He replied, "Why? What happened at 8:30?"



DATES TO REMEMBER:
1. Wednesday, January 14, 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.



PRAYER ROLL:

http://www.nnhs65.com/requests-prayers.html - updated 12/05/15

BLOG:

http://nnhs.wordpress.com/ - updated 03/13/11




   Y'all take good care of each other!  TYPHOONS FOREVER! 
We'll Always Have Buckroe!

                          Love to all, Carol

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Carol Buckley Harty
7020 Lure Court
Fayetteville, NC 28311-9309
910-584-8802
 


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I'll Be Home for Christmas

Written by Buck Ram (21 Nov 1907 - 01 Jan 1991), Kim Gannon (18 Nov 1900 – 29 Apr 1974),
and
Walter Kent (29 Nov 1911 - 02 Mar 1994)


I’m dreaming tonight of a place I love
Even more then I usually do
And although I know it’s a long road back
I promise you

I’ll be home for Christmas
You can count on me
Please have snow and mistletoe
And presents under the tree
Christmas eve will find me
Where the love light beams
I’ll be home for Christmas
If only in my dreams

Christmas eve will find me
Where the love light beams
I’ll be home for Christmas
If only in my dreams
If only in my dreams
 



“I'll Be Home for Christmas” midi courtesy of http://www.christmasmoon.com/christmas_midis.asp
at the suggestion of Dave Spriggs (’64) of VA - 12/16/04
Thanks, Dave!

“I'll Be Home for Christmas” lyrics courtesy of http://www.lyricsfreak.com/l/lonestar/84917.html - 12/17/04

 Christmas Home clip art courtesy of http://www.always-safe.com/homefor.html - 12/16/04

Blinking Christmas Lights Divider Line clip art courtesy of http://gifsnow.com/ - 05/22/03

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

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 missing...)
Thanks, Al!
Replaced by Norm Covert ('61) of MD - 02/09/09
Thanks, Norm!

Governor Thomas Johnson High School's (MD) Logo courtesy of http://www.tjathletics.org/ - 06/16/08 

Animated Cheering Smiley clip art courtesy of Al Farber ('64) of GA - 08/18/05 (re-saved 02/27/09)
Thanks, Al!

Hillsboro High School's Topper (Band Version) clip art courtesy of
http://www.hillsboroschools.net/schools/hhs/activities/music2/Band/bio.html - 06/07/08
Thanks, Mark!

American School Logo courtesy of http://www.americanschoolofcorr.com/grads.asp - 09/05/06

Animated Laughing Frog courtesy of Joyce Lawrence Cahoon of VA - 05/31/08
Thanks, Joyce!

Animated  Laughing Jerry courtesy of Cookie Phillips Tyndall ('64) of VA - 06/14/06
Thanks, Cookie!

Animated Ringing Christmas Bell clip art (designed by Art Holden) courtesy of http://www.animationfactory.com - 12/08/05

Animated BOO-HOO courtesy of Glenn Dye ('60) of TX - 08/28/09
Thanks, Glenn!

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