Dear Sun Spots: Not too long ago you printed the words to the “Maine Stein Song.” It’s a favorite of mine and I’ve happily worked on re-memorizing the words.

Would it be possible for you to print the words to the “Whiffenpoof Song” from Yale? I’d appreciate it very much.

I read your column every day and have garnered much other interesting information. – M.F., Norway.

Answer:
The Yale University Whiffenpoofs are the senior, a cappella (without instrumental accompaniment) men’s singing group in the United States. The “Whiffenpoof Song” was written for the Whiffs when they were formed in 1909, but the song did not reach national prominence until 1946, when versions by Tex Beneke, Rudy Vallee and Robert Merrill hit the charts. Belatedly, Bing Crosby recorded Old Whiff on June 5, 1947, with the Fred Waring Glee Club. Bing’s version topped all the others, reaching as high as No. 7 in December. Bing and Bob Hope sang an excerpt from the song accompanied by a flock of sheep in their 1953 movie “Road to Bali.”

To the tables down at Mory’s

To the place where Louie dwells

To the dear old Temple bar we love so well

Sing the Whiffenpoofs assembled with their glasses raised on high

And the magic of their singing casts its spell

Yes, the magic of their singing of the songs we love so well

“Shall I Wasting” and “Mavourneen” and the rest

We will serenade our Louie while life and voice shall last

Then we’ll pass and be forgotten with the rest

We’re poor little lambs who have lost our way

Baa, baa, baa

We’re little black sheep who have gone astray

Baa, baa, baa

Gentleman songsters off on a spree

Doomed from here to eternity

Lord have mercy on such as we

Baa, baa, baa

Dear Sun Spots: Maybe as long as a year ago or more, I let someone borrow my book of the New Brunswick to Prince Edward Island bridge and how it was built.

I am looking for it now and can’t remember who borrowed it.

If this person reads this letter, I would appreciate having it returned to me. Thank you. I can be reached at (207) 369-0205. – M.M., Rumford.

Dear Sun Spots: I have, for a nonprofit organization, an Epson Stylus Color 400 printer. It is in working order but needs ink cartridges. My phone number is (207) 562-7873. – Albert W. Spaulding, Dixfield.

Dear Sun Spots: I was wondering if anyone would have angel patterns for a quilt they would share with me. I make ABC (AIDs’ Baby) quilts and would like to make some with an angel pattern. – T.M., Livermore.

Dear Sun Spots: Crafters are wanted for the Fayette Historical Society Craft Fair being held Nov. 22 from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the Fayette Central School gym, Route 117, Fayette. Please contact Sue at (207) 685-4702 or Laura at (207) 685-4502 for tables. The cost is $10 each. – No Name, No Town.

Dear Sun Spots: First: I love your column.

Second: The weekend of Oct. 11-12, I had a lawn sale at the corner of Second and Faith streets. A couple picked a set of white dishes with little pink roses. I have the rest of the set. I can be reached at (207) 353-9023. – Monique, Lisbon Falls.

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