Saturday, May 03, 2014

Fifty Years Ago This Week in West Rome - 5/4/1964 to 5/10/1964

Rome certainly had its share of big-dollar burglaries back in the mid-60sBurglars broke into Elliott Sales Company on May 4th and stole more than $6000 in merchandise, including watches, pistols, hair dryers, a cash register, a television set, and more. Detective Bill Terhune said that the police had no suspects, although they did have evidence that two people were involved in the theft.

The Chieftains Club fundraisers paid for several purchases for West Rome in May of 1964, including five sets of World Book Encyclopedias (I loved these encyclopedias, but we couldn't afford a set of them at home, so we settled for a set of "grocery store encyclopedias" purchased a volume each week from Big Apple on Shorter Avenue), two overhead projectors, one set of mathematics overlays for the overhead projectors, and mathematics film strips. (I don't remember any mathematics film strips... did I miss out?)

Dalton's baseball team defeated West Rome 6-5 on Wednesday, May 6th; the game was tied until late in the 9th inning, when Dalton scored the winning run on an infield error.

"How did we ever get by?" department: Floyd Outlaw Sales had a 12 cubic foot frost-free Hotpoint regrigerator/freezer on sale for $260. (How could a full family possibly store everything they needed to keep cold in only 12 cubic feet?)

Piggly Wiggly had tomatoes for a quarter a pound, lettuce for 15¢ a head, and sirloin steak for 79¢ a pound. A& P had large eggs for 39¢ a dozen, chuck roast for 33¢ a pound, and fresh corn for 6¢ an ear. Big Apple had T-bone steak for 69¢ a pound, 32 ounce cans of pork & beans for 25¢, and winesap apples for 17¢ a pound. Kroger and Coca Cola for 89¢ (plus deposit), for a 24-bottle case, ice milk for 39¢ a half-gallon, and pork chops for 49¢ a pound. Couch's had chicken breast for 49¢ a pound, a 16-ounce bottle of Stokely's tomato catsup for 29¢, and bananas for a dime a pound.

The cinematic week began with Advance to the Rear (with Glenn Ford, Stella Stevens, and Melvyn Douglas) at the DeSoto and A Global Affair (with Bob Hope) at the First Avenue. The weekend brought One Man's Way (with Don Murray) to the DeSoto and Muscle Beach Party (with Frankie Avalon and Annette Funicello) to the First Avenue. The West Rome Drive-In continued its weekends-only screening schedule with Friday and Saturday night showings of Mutiny on the Bounty (with Marlon Brando & Trevor Howard).

The Beatles relinquished a bit of their control on the Top Ten this week in 1964, as only two tunes by the Fab Four listed in the top Ten: "Love Me Do" (#3) and "Do You Want to Know a Secret?" (#5). The number one song this week in '64 was "My Guy" by Mary Wells. Other top ten hits included "Hello Dolly!" by Louis Armstrong (#2); "Bits and Pieces" by the Dave Clark Five (#4); "Ronnie" by the Four Seasons (#6); "Don't Let The Rain Come Down (Crooked Little Man)" by the Serendipity Sings (#7); "Dead Man's Curve" by Jan & Dean (#8); "White on White" by Danny Williams (#9); and "It's Over" by Roy Orbison (#10).

I know I spent many a nickel on those at Couch's, Hills, Conn's, and the EZ Shop: Topps' first series of black-and-white Beatles Trading Cards was released this week in 1964. Each nickel pack included five cards (out of a sixty-card set) and a piece of bubble gum. Each photo card had a blue printed "signature" of one of the Beatles added to give it "faux-thenticity."

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