Saturday, November 02, 2013

Fifty Years Ago This Week in West Rome - 11/4/1963 to 11/10/1963

Friday, November 8th, brought the football game of the year as West Rome faced off against East Rome at Barron Stadium. Coach Paul Kennedy admitted that the Gladiators had a tough team, adding that "mistakes will probably determine the winner." Alas, Coach Kennedy's statement turned out to be all too true, as a combination of an intercepted pass and two blocked punts led to a 15-7 Gladiator victory over the Chieftains--the first victory East Rome had posted in the history of the two schools.

The Hi-Y and the Tri-Hi-Y Clubs sponsored a sock hop at the West Rome gym after the East-West game; the student bodies of both West Rome and East Rome High Schools were invited to attend.

Rome Bank and Trust president J.B. Dodd announced that more than 5700 Christmas Club members (including, I'm sure, many fellow West Romans) had saved more than $762,000 (an average of $133 per person) during the year. The Christmas Club checks went into the mail on Thursday, November 7th. (You may remember Christmas Club accounts--these were no-interest savings accounts that were opened in mid-November and closed out in early November of the next year to help pay for Christmas gift-giving. The accounts were popular with residents old and young, with many students participating in the program.)

West Rome's band was one of five Northwest Georgia bands invited to appear at the annual Shrine Scottish Rite Hospital football game between the University of Georgia and Georgia Tech on Thanksgiving Day. The City of Rome agreed to furnish buses to transport the band members to the game, while the Shrine Club agreed to pay for a luncheon for the band members and the director.

Seven young ladies from West Rome were part of the second annual Junior Miss Pageant. Alice Evans, Patricia Tompkins, Pat Garrard, Janet Beard, Cynthia Blaylock, Diana Cambron, and Kay Milligan comprised one-third of the twenty-one entries in the competition, which was held at the Rome City Auditorium.

67 West Rome seniors qualified for Honor Study Halls; students had to maintain a scholastic average of 86 or higher to qualify, and if they did, they were rewarded with a totally free period during which time they could skip study hall and talk, play touch football, grab a soft drink, or relax. The only requirement was that they stay on campus and not disturb classes.

Belk-Rhodes advertised the availability of a new men's cologne , Jade East, for those who were looking for something other than Old Spice for a Christmas gift. Belk-Rhodes was one of a select few stores allowed to offer the cologne for Christmas 1963; the rest of the world had to wait until 1964 for the national rollout of the men's fragrance.

Piggly Wiggly had standing rib beef roast for 79¢ a pound, five pounds of Colonial sugar for 47¢, and a one-pound bag of Maxwell House Coffee for 59¢. Kroger had center cut pork chops for 49¢ a pound, Duke's mayonnaise for 39¢ a quart, and five pounds of oranges for 47¢. A&P had shank portion hams for 29¢ a pound, apples for a dime a pound, and center cut ham slices for 79¢ a pound. Big Apple had bread for a dime a loaf, bananas for a dime a pound, and sirloin steaks for 79¢ a pound.

The First Avenue offered a special Wednesday-only showing of Ronald Colman's Tale of Two Cities, which was targeted at area students, with special rates for group tickets. (Did any teacher take his/her students on a field trip to this showing, by any chance? Anyone remember?) Otherwise, movie choices for the week included Gunfight at the OK Corral and Last Train from Gun Hill at the First Avenue and The VIPs at the DeSoto. The West Rome Drive-In, which operated only on the weekends through the winter, was showing Gidget Goes to Rome (Italy, not Georgia).

Fans of comic books and of Edgar Rice Burroughs' Tarzan were undoubtedly thrilled with the release of Korak, Son of Tarzan #1 by Gaylord DuBois & Russ Manning this week in 1963. My Favorite Martian #1, based on the hit TV series, also made its debut, along with Outer Limits #1, Fireball XL-5 #1, Navy War Heroes #1, Marine War Heroes #1, Wagon Train #1, and Burke's Law #1 (comics based on new television shows were quite popular in the wary 1960s, as the big Silver Age superhero boom was just beginning). The Outer Limits was also cover-featured on Famous Monsters of Filmland #26, also on sale this week in 1963--and it was such a striking cover that I passed on a couple of comic books to pick up this magazine instead!

The number one song this week in 1963 was "Deep Purple" by Nino Temple & April Stevens. Other top ten hits included "Sugar Shack" by Jimmy Gilmer & the Fireballs (#2); "Washington Square" by the Village Stompers (#3); "I'm Leaving It Up to You" by Dale & Grace (#4); "It's All Right" by the Impressions (#5); "Maria Elena" by Los Indios Tabajares (#6); "She's a Fool" by Lesley Gore (#7); "Bossa Nova Baby" by Elvis Presley (#8); "Everybody" by Tommy Roe (#9); and "500 Miles Away from Home" by Bobby Bare (#10).

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