12/07/07 - NNHS Newsletter -
"Yesterday, December 7, 1941 - a date which will live in infamy -
Franklin D. Roosevelt
"Tug boats push the battleship USS Missouri (BB 63) to its new berth at Ford Island, on June 22, 1998, as it joins the USS Arizona Memorial (foreground) in Pearl Harbor, HA. Secretary of the Navy John H. Dalton signed the Donation Agreement on May 4th, 1998"
"(The agreement allows) Missouri to be used as a museum near the Arizona Memorial as symbols of the beginning and the end of World War II. The Missouri was towed 2,600-miles across the Pacific Ocean from Bremerton, WA."
Dear Friends and Schoolmates,
This day is always observed here:
When I decided to redo this page from 2005 and 2006, I had thought that I would reuse the theme, and the magnificent midi and powerful images, and perhaps tweak here a little there and a little. But during the initial beta test, I listened to the entire midi. As I always do, I began to weep uncontrollably for forty-eleven good and great reasons and memories which it never ceases to evoke in me. I always have some foolish thought that "it won't get me this time." It always does - always. Not that I'm a big ol' cry baby or anything. Well, okay, yes, I am.......
Then I reread Captain Spriggs' ('64 - of VA) notes from last year. I kept them intact as well. The homework too is the same. The rest is all new:
It isn't time for school break yet. It's time once more to do your homework:
From Dave Spriggs ('64) of VA - 11/27/05 - "Music for Pearl Harbor Day":
|The attack on Pearl Harbor set in
motion the largest sea war in history. Nowhere is that war musically
depicted any better than in Richard Rodgers' score for "Victory At Sea".
Attached is a 117 KB (10 min 30 sec) MIDI file which excerpts all the major and recognizable themes from the score. Best of all, it will not repeat while subscribers are reading the Newsletter ... unless they click a link and return.
The source site contains individual MP3 files for each of the sections of the score for those who wish to hear more of the original: http://victoryatseaonline.com/victory_music.html
I recall watching the series in first run in the early 50s. While it certainly did not glamorize war, it surely intoxicated an impressionable 7 year old. And it was even more poignant in that my dad had REALLY been there as a submariner. With all of that at work, how could I ever choose any way of life except the Navy. Those themes still evoke very strong emotions in me, and make me wish I could go to sea once again on an old destroyer. Those who have been there know precisely what I mean; those who have not will never know.
For a very evocative realization of a storm at sea, listen to this track at about the 1:00 minute mark: http://home.comcast.net/~pflyersboy/victory/mare_nostrum.mp3
You may already have considered this, but the
image for that newsletter must be the USS Arizona Memorial juxtaposed
against the USS Missouri, the "alpha" and "omega" of World War II in the
Other than Cesar Franck's Symphony in D minor which will take you to Heaven and Hell and back again, I know of no symphonic work which covers such a range of emotions as "Victory at Sea". What a powerful MIDI you located! And the image you chose is beyond perfection.
I used to watch that series with my daddy as well. For an Army man, he had enormous respect for the Navy and the job they did in winning that war. I cannot begin to imagine how you must have felt as a child, or now, or during all the intervening years as your career passed through so many stages. It overwhelms me to even try.
When Mr. Wilson chose an arrangement of that piece for us to play in concert (was it in 1962?), I was so thrilled, for so many reasons. The band had played it several years earlier, and I was afraid he wouldn't use it again. Parts of it I can still play to this day, more than forty years later.
Thank you, Captain. No one could have done it better. No one ever does.
From Dave Spriggs ('64) of VA - 11/27/05 - "Pearl Harbor Day":
Re: CLIPART. If you are looking for some small images
of ships, you might look here:
Specifically, some images of ARIZONA can be found here:
but also have a look at the other pages of photos linked there.
Thank you, David. I did look, but I decided to use only images of Arizona as a metaphor for all the other ships and lives lost on that horrible day.
The death of Arizona (BB-39), 0805, December 7, 1941
|The forward magazines of Arizona explode after she was hit by a Japanese bomb. Frame clipped from a color motion picture taken from on board Solace (AH-5).||The forward magazines of Arizona explode after she was hit by a Japanese bomb. Black and white photo from a picture taken from on board Solace (AH-5). Photo shows greater contrast than the color one at left.||The forward magazines of Arizona (BB-39) explode after she was hit by a Japanese bomb. Frame clipped from a color motion picture taken from on board Solace (AH-5).||The forward superstructure and Number Two 14"/45 triple gun turret of the sunken Arizona (BB-39), afire after the Japanese raid. The foremast is leaning as a result of the collapse of the hull structure below its front leg, following the explosion of the ship's forward magazines.||Arizona (BB-39) sunk and burning furiously. Her forward magazines had exploded when she was hit by a Japanese bomb. At left, men on the stern of Tennessee (BB-43) are playing fire hoses on the water to force burning oil away from their ship.||Arizona (BB-39) sunk and burning after the Japanese attack. Her forward magazines had exploded when she was hit by a Japanese bomb, resulting in the collapse of structure below her two forward turrets and superstructure. The tug Hoga(YT-146) is alongside, fighting fires on board the wrecked battleship.|
|Official U.S. Navy Photograph, USNHC # 80-G-K-13513, now in the collections of the National Archive||Official U.S. Navy Photograph, USNHC # 80-G-6683, now in the collections of the National Archives.||Official U.S. Navy Photograph, USNHC # 80-G-K-13512, from the collections of the Naval Historical Center.||Official U.S. Navy Photograph, USNHC # NH 97379, from the collections of the Naval Historical Center.||Official U.S. Navy Photograph, USNHC # 80-G-19942, from the collections of the Naval Historical Center.||
BIRTHDAYS - TODAY AND UPCOMING:
Today we have another Happy Birthday Three-Fer! Jay Styles ('68) of VA AND Janice Pratt McGrew (Hampton HS - '67) of VA AND Tim Parsons ('73) of VA!
On Sunday, Shirley Smith Langston ('57) will be celebrating, followed by Glen Davenport ('63) of VA on Monday!
Many Happy Regards to all of y'all!
From one of my Famous Marines, Herb Hice of MI, who served in the Pacific Theater during WWII - 12/04/07 - "Dear Carol / Dimples, This Friday is Dec.07th, Lets return to 1941 for a reflection !!!":
Dear Carol / Dimples,
I had just passed my 17th birthday, Oct. 22, 1941, The Japs Attacked Pearl Harbor on Dec. 07, 1941.
Attached is a copy of my "Walk Down Memory Lane", about what I remember on that date and what I was doing.
My girlfriend Betty was an avid Stamp Collector. She was showing me some "RARE STAMPS" and I must say, I got excited !!!
Here is my recollection of that date. As President Roosevelt said at the time, "A date that will live in Infamy".
Herbie Darlin', thanks so much for sharing your, umm, exciting recollections with us! WILDEST RAUCOUS GIGGLES!!!
From Sandra Ray ('61) of VA - 12/04/07 - "Happy Holidays to you, Carol......":
I ran across this article of Liz Breeden in 1971 and wondered if you would like to post a little history of C & P. Liz worked there when my mother worked there. I tried several ways to scan and make clear, so I'm not sure if you can even use the article. When I bring it up you can enlarge it and it is very clear to see and read. I think Liz would get a kick out of this being on the web site.
Let me know if there is a problem.
Thanks again for all you do.
Thanking you in advance,
|Wednesday, July 14, 1971|
Sandra Ray 1961
COOL! Thanks, Sandra! I added it to the Odds and Ends page:
http://www.nnhs65.00freehost.com/oddsends.html - very near the bottom, as it's all in chronological order
From Linda May Bond Crayton ('66) of VA - 12/04/07 - "Typhoon cowboy":
Al (Farber -
'64 - of GA) , I think I forgot to tell you how surprised I was when I
got my car decal from Carol and it did not have that cowboy on it!!!!
I still smile when I close the back door of the jeep and see it.
Your "sweet tater"
GIGGLES - Thanks, Linda May!
From Sarah Puckett Kressaty ('65) of VA - 12/04/07 - "Upcoming concerts!":
Our Christmas concert season is beginning this weekend! We will be in Hampton, NN, and Williamsburg. Please see the attached flyer for dates and ticket prices. Remember that if you want to attend, I can put tickets on hold for you at will call and you will only pay the advance price!! If you wish to attend one of the Trinity concerts I WILL have to know which night you want because of the limited seating I have to add a special ticket! I can still put them at will call.
This is my favorite concert series and will be a good one. Hope you can come.
Thanks, Sarah Sugah! Wish I could be there! As usual, I was less than successful at doing anything at all with the .pdf file you sent, so I'm just posting the website for the Virginia Choral Society, and the link for the concert information:
http://www.vachoralsociety.org/schedule.htm - "A Family Festival of Carols"
From Glenn Dye ('60) of TX - 12/05/07 - "Statler Brothers":
Thanks, Glenn! I've always liked the Statler Brothers, and this really is nice (though if there's "posta" be sound, I personally couldn't pick it up...)!
MADAGAN SONG MYSTERY:
From Joe Madagan ('57) of FL - 12/06/07:
It is always so interesting to see how many views are expressed about a particular song and this one is certainly no exception. I enjoyed reading the remarks about this song, and the composer. Strongly held views to say the least!
I'm glad you enjoyed it, Adonis!
1. From Sepi Dinwiddie Prichard ('58) of NC - 12/05/07:
ForJoe Madagan ('57 - of FL), "Don't Let the Sun Catch You Crying": After being married to a popular tenor sax player for some years, in the 60's, these sound like tenor saxophone more than oboe. Hey, I could be wrong, but after seven years of opening closet doors and finding him practicing in the closet (better acoustics), I am familiar with the sound of all saxophones, yes, even the soprano, which looks like a clarinet, more than a sax. I suppose oboes are used in Rock music, but how many have you seen at concerts ? Perhaps in a 'studio band' for recording purposes; sorry I can't give you an absolute answer, Joe, but did want you to know some one was paying attention. Maybe I'll ask, but after my last phone call to him I'm not sure we are still speaking....sigh !
GIGGLES - Thanks, Sepi!
2. From Doug Nelson ('64) of VA - 12/05/07:
I expect that by the time you receive this you will have gotten several answers to Joe Madagan's ('57 - of FL) question about "Don't Let the Sun Catch You Crying" by Gerry and the Pacemakers.
If Joe goes to YouTube.com, he can hear several versions of that song by Gerry and the Pacemakers, and other performers.
I listened to two performances:
A 1964 TV performance
and a more symphonic version
In both versions I clearly hear an oboe in the background. In the second version, I clearly hear a French horn also. I am pretty sure that there is also a French horn in the first version. There is no saxophone in either version that I hear. I was a very bad saxophone player, but I still remember what they sound like.
I'm still enjoying your newsletters.
Doug Nelson ('64)
Thanks so much, Doug!
3. From Ron Miller ('59) of NC - 12/05/07:
Carol: in reply to Joe Madagan's question about"Don't Let The Sun Catch You Crying" recorded by Gerry and The Pacemakers:
GIGGLES!!! Thanks, Ronnie!
4. From Glenn Dye ('60) of TX - 12/05/07:
The instrument that Joe is talking about in the song: I think it is called a xylophone ..... a table-like with metal bars of different links played with sticks that have like cotton balls on the end. I hope that is a half way clear definition.
Glenn Dye (60)
5. From Bill Black ('66) of GA - 12/05/07 - "Answer to the Madagan Mystery":
Thank you for the music files, Bill! I cannot use them in a Newsletter, of course, as they are not in a midi format, and are much too large to attach. Sara Hickman's "A Song of You" requires 6281 KB; Anne Murray's "It's All I Can Do" takes 4076 KB - both, unfortunately, quite impossible. (The midis we use generally range from 2 to 50 KB.) Especially in view of all the images we now incorporate into each production, such a page would never even open for dial-up users, and may even cause a few computer crashes.
With few exceptions - rare special occasions (because it doubles my work load as well as using additional web space) - the music we attach to the Newsletters (or any of the pages on the site, really) must first have been sequenced into a midi format by some thoughtful soul. Midis are an art form all their own. Sometimes - often - the sequencer's interpretation of the song does not match our own. In such cases I select the one which most closely resembles what I had in mind. This one may grate on your senses, but you should have heard the only other one I found! YIKES!!!
Also, let me reassure you; the good captain had nothing to do with finding that midi. He is innocent of all charges, as you will see in the closing credits on that Newsletter, which did not invoke his name:
"Don't Let The Sun Catch You Crying" midi courtesy of http://www.sequinsbyeileen.com/midi.htm - 12/01/07
David is quite busy at the moment, so whereas his choices are generally far superior to my own, I've not troubled him with finding music for us for several months. Today's truly magnificent selection is one he gave us two years ago:
"Victory at Sea Symphonic Scenario" midi courtesy of
at the brilliant suggestion of Dave Spriggs ('64) (USNA - '69) of VA - 11/27/05
Thank you so much, Captain!
I am the guilty party for that number. And of course for the entire month of December, we'll be focusing on "December" music as we do every year - Christmas carols, Christmas songs, Hanukkah tunes - and this historical moment. Just grin and bear it!
But you know, I liked that Anne Murray song so very much, that come January I might check to see if a midi file of it is available. It's definitely my kind of song. Chances are excellent, though, when you hear that midi (if indeed one even exists) that it will drive you so bonkers, that it will be "all you can do" to keep from taking off from Georgia and coming up here to bonk me on the head for defiling such a special number!
HOLIDAY REUNION NEWS:
The NNHS Class of 1958 Holiday Gatheringwill be held Tuesday, December 11, 2007 at 6:00 PM
NNHS Class of 1957 Holiday
will be held Wednesday, December 12, 2007 at 6:00 PM
at Angelo's (Route 17), Newport News, VA.
1. Tuesday, December 11, 2007, 6:00 PM - Class of 1958 Holiday Party - Mike O'Neal's (Warwick Village Shopping Center, Hilton Village, across from the Cedar Lane entrance to the Mariners' Museum) - NNHS CLASS OF 1958
2. Wednesday, December 12, 2007, 6:00 PM - Class of 1957 Holiday Party - Angelo's (Route 17) - NNHS CLASS OF 1957
3. Friday and Saturday, May 16 - 17, 2008 - NNHS CLASS OF 1958
From Glenn Dye ('60) of TX - 11/28/07 - "Feel good - AAAHHH!" (#4 in a series of 10):
Have a great week!
Leave the rest to God!
|Look for affection when you need it...|
"Be kinder than necessary, for everyone you meet is fighting some kind of battle."
Thanks so much, Glenn! I love these images - and the advice is great!
Take some time today to remember all the sacrifices that were made on your behalf by those who have kept our nation free, and voice a few words of gratitude.
There's much more to come - next time! Meanwhile, Happy Hanukkah, Good Yule - and Merry Christmas!
Y'all take care of each other! TYPHOONS FOREVER! We'll Always Have Buckroe!
Love to all, Carol
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Victory at Sea Symphonic Scenario
(28 June 1902 - 30 Dec 1979)
"Victory at Sea Symphonic Scenario" midi courtesy of
at the brilliant suggestion of Dave Spriggs ('64) (USNA - '69) of VA - 11/27/05
Thank you so much, Captain!
Image of the
USS Arizona Memorial juxtaposed against the USS Missouri courtesy of
(DoD photo by Petty Officer 2nd Class Kerry E. Baker, U.S. Navy)
also at the suggestion of Dave Spriggs ('64) (USNA - '69) of VA - 11/27/05
Thank you once again, Captain!
Images of the Death of Arizona
(BB-39) courtesy of
once again at the suggestion of Dave Spriggs ('64) (USNA - '69) of VA - 11/27/05
Thank you once more, Captain!
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
Crab clip art courtesy of http://www.geocities.com/agent99bm/ - 10/02/05
Marine Corps Seal clip art
Herbert Hice of MI
- one of my
Famous Marines who served in the South
Pacific during WWII.
Animated Yehaa Typhoon clip art also courtesy of Al Farber ('64) of GA -
Thanks again, Al!
Animated Ringing Christmas Bell clip art (designed by Art Holden) courtesy of http://www.animationfactory.com - 12/08/05
Animated Anchor clip art courtesy of http://www.alibabaweb.com/Gifs.php?Gif=__Lt_0/_rep_anchor/_Num_4 - 05/06/03
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