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1936-12-26 - Page 4. December 26, 1936. Special Collections, University of Houston Libraries. University of Houston Digital Library. Web. April 21, 2014. http://digital.lib.uh.edu/collection/p15195coll22/item/569/show/568.

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(December 26, 1936). 1936-12-26 - Page 4. USS Houston Blue Bonnet Newsletters. Special Collections, University of Houston Libraries. Retrieved from http://digital.lib.uh.edu/collection/p15195coll22/item/569/show/568

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Title 1936-12-26
Publisher USS Houston (CA-30), U.S. Navy;
Date December 26, 1936
Description Volume III, Number L
Subject.Topical (LCSH)
  • Houston (Cruiser : CA-30)
Subject.Geographic (TGN)
  • Long Beach, California
Genre (AAT)
  • newsletters
Language English
Physical Description 1 newsletter
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Original Item Location ID 1981-001, Box 11, Folder 9
Original Collection Cruiser Houston Collection
Original Collection URL http://archon.lib.uh.edu/index.php?p=collections/controlcard&id=23
Digital Collection USS Houston Blue Bonnet Newsletters
Digital Collection URL http://digital.lib.uh.edu/collection/p15195coll22
Repository Special Collections, University of Houston Libraries
Repository URL http://info.lib.uh.edu/about/campus-libraries-collections/special-collections
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Transcript Page Four. THE CHRISTMAS PARTY ( Continued From Page One) fixin's was served. At 1 : 30 all hands and guests assembled on the Well­Deck for a Happy Hour. Lt. Comdr. Inglis, the chairman of the committee, started the proceed­ings with a hearty welcome to our guests. A prize of a box of cigars was awarded to the 5th Division ( Ma­rines) and another box of cigars to the " c" Division ( Communication and Flag), these two divisions having tied in the contest for the best dec­orated compartments. Mr. Inglis then thanked all hands for their generous and willing response to all his re­quests for help and then asked En­sign Quackenbush to take charge as Master of Ceremonies. The following program was then presented ( with the surprise inter­ludes described later). 1. Yuletide Echoes . Ship's Band. 2. ( a) Rio Grande. ( b) Home on the Range Seagoing ( c) La Paloma . Cowboys. 3. Wedding of the Painted Dolt Ship's Band. 4. Musical Novelties . " Sparks" Okins " Ray" Nantz. 5. Parade of the Wooden Soldiers. Ship's Band. 6. Song and Tap ___. Carolyn Londahl 7. Popeye's Christmas - Original. 8. Santa Claus is Coming to Town Ship's Band. After " Home on the Range" the Master of Ceremonies an­nounced that he had a surprise for everyone. Our attention was then directed to an enormous Christmas package wrapped in Red and White bunting placed near the Christmas tree. It soon became ap­parent that this was a Christmas present from the city of Houston to the ship. Lieutenant Vanzant, a na­tive of Houston, presented the gift and read the beautifully illuminated scroll which accompanied it. The wrappings and crate were removed from the package and there in all its pristine glory was a beautiful Gul­bransen piano, White House model, with an appropriate silver plaque. It is a beautiful instrument and a gift which we will treasure for many years to come. Captain Baker then accepted the THE BLUE BONNET gift, with thanks, for the ship's com­pany, stressing the close ties of frienaship, mutual regard and contin­umg interest which have always uni­ted the ship and the city of Houston whose name our good ship proudly bears. It had been planed that the third song by the Seagoing Cowboys should be accompanied by the band, but the Master of Ceremonies quickly made a change in this plan as the wish to hear the new piano couldn't be de­nied. Fortunately, a very acco, mplished pianist, Mrs. Presler, was in the audience and she kindly consented to play the accompaniment for La Paloma. After the " Parade of the Wooden Soldiers" another interruption oc­curred. The Communication Orderiy rushed up to Lt. Comdr. Inglis with an extremely urgent message. Mr. Inglis was forced to stop the show. It seemed that Santa Claus was on the radio telephone and wished to speak to the Master of Ceremonies. After some delay, while the loud speaker was being connected to the radio receiver and amplifier, commun­ication was established with Santa Claus. The weird effect of speaking with that " jolly old elf" by radio was heightened by : he marked southern ( Houston) accent of Santa's voice. It ailpeared that Santa Claus was on his way by airplane and wished every­one to be patient until he arrived. He assured the children that he had a gift for each one and would be with them in person very soon. Sure enough with the closing strains of " Santa Claus is Coming to Town" the good old soul arrived with a perfect three- point landing. The whaleboat was sent to the plane and Santa came aboard over the starboard gangway, being piped over the side with 12 side boys, 6 ruffles and flour­ishes, and a march, " He's a Jolly Good Fellow" by the Band. In the mean­time Mickey Mouse appeared on the scene to assist Santa Claus in dis­tributing the' presents, a pleasant task all too quickly accomplished. The sight of all those happy child­ren, their arms piled high with gifts, going over the gangway into the boat was ample award for the effort we had put into this highly successful Christmas Party of 1936. Navy Bill observes: " Bow legs may not be few, but they are far between." USS Houston 12- 26- 36---- 800. SUPPLY DEPARTMENT It is with the saddest feeling in our hearts that Mr. D. E. Fay leaves the Supply Department. The ship in the Asiatic Fleet that he will be as­signed to will be getting the best of breaks. Here's hoping that we may all get to serve under him once again. There seems to be another un­fortunate or mayhap lucky person in the person of Flossie " Snake" Coch­rane. He is going the way of Mac Elhannon and Chief Johnson and will become another addition to the pop­ular " Golden Grain Club" on board the ship. Then we have that " Old Man" of the department, none other than old " Creepy Springer", not so creepy when it comes to running from ever alert patrols around the " Pike". Our ever happy go lucky Whiskey, or Hippo Viskovich, is still knocking over everything he doesn't mean to. He can't help it if breakable items aren't secured to the deck. Mac Elhannon sure will be uncom­fortable when he comes back from leave and tries to sit on his favorite stool after Cochrane has worked it over for him. " Dog Face" Lewis can't get over not having more than one letter from the loved one. Perhaps a little face­lifting would be to his benefit. Can't understand why Steve can't stay in Long Beach for the Holidays with all the women he knows here. Perhaps Arizona is a better hunting ground. We'll know when he gets back. Finney the Weazle, and Slough sure have their troubles trying to keep their girl friends names on the right letters. Perhaps they could give some of the other men on the ship some of their girls' addresses and then all would be happy. . ..... Officer of the Deck: " What steps would you take if you saw smoke coming out of a powder maga­zine ?" Rocky Marine Sentry: " Rather long ones, I reckon, Sir." Navy Bill: " What sports do you like best ?" Hollywood Katie: " Those who are free with their money and know when to say goodnight and go home."