Sunday, August 03, 2014

Fifty Years Ago This Week in West Rome - 8/3/1964 to 8/9/1964

This was a quiet week in West Rome. Summer was coming to an end, and the school year was looming in the not-too-distant future. August began appropriately hot and dry, but to kids enjoying their last weeks of freedom, the was no problem.

The Rome City Board of Education completed its analysis of a potential city-county school system merger, and they concluded that "there would be no purpose to the merger unless the children of both systems were provided with better educational opportunities than are available at present."  Apparently the final decision was that such benefits were not present, since there never was a city or county vote to approve the merger.

Federal government red tape slowed down construction of the East Rome Hwy 411/Hwy 27 interchange. Ledbetter construction spokespeople and district highway engineer WH Jackson were both convinced that the delay would be very brief, and assured Romans that the construction would still be completed on time.

Brazelton-Wallis Printing Company and C&H Transportation both announced expansion plans; the two companies confirmed that they would be relocating just a couple of miles from West Rome High School, on Redmond Court.

Adults who never earned their high school diplomas got a second change as the GED Test was administered in early August at West Rome High School. Testees had to be 20 years of age or older, and they had to supply their own pencils and paper in order to take the test.

The General Forrest Hotel was the site of the Northwest Georgia Coin Show on August 7th and 8th; admission was free, and more than a thousand Romans attended the event.

Piggly Wiggly had lamb shoulder roast for 23¢ a pound, corn for a nickel an ear, and a 20-ounce jar of Maxwell House Instant Coffee for $1.39. Big Apple had chuck roast for 39¢ a pound, bananas for a dime a pound, and Libby's Vienna sausages for 19¢ a can. Kroger had sirloin steak for 79¢ a pound, Duke's mayonnaise for 39¢ a quart, and four rolls of Northern bathroom tissue for 29¢. A&P had 10 pounds of Good Loaf flour for 99¢, pork roast for 29¢  pound, and Sealtest ice milk for 39¢ a half-gallon. Couch's had ground beef for 33¢ a pound, Shopper's Bacon for 49¢ a pound, and Campbell's tomato soup for a mere dime a can (how nice that one of my favorite foods was also so very inexpensive!).

The cinematic week began with Walt Disney's The Moonspinners at the Desoto, The Carpetbaggers at the First Avenue, and The Longest Day at the West Rome Drive-In. The Beatles hit Rome in mid-week as A Hard Day's Night began its run at the DeSoto Theater, The Carpetbaggers hung around for a second week at the First Avenue, and The Sword in the Stone brought Arthurian legendry to the West Rome Drive-In.

Just as A Hard Day's Night finally came to Rome, the film's title song fell out of first place on the Top Ten charts. "Everybody Loves Somebody" by Dean Martin leapt to first place; other top ten hits included "Where Did Our Love Go?" by the Supremes (#2); "A Hard Day's Night" by the Beatles (#3); "Rag Doll" by the Four Seasons (#4); "Under the Boardwalk" by the Drifters (#5); "Wishin' and Hopin'" by Dusty Springfield (#6); "Little Old Lady (From Pasadena)" by Jan & Dean (#7); "C'mon and Swim" by Bobby Freeman (#8); "I Wanna Love Him So Bad" by the Jelly Beans (#9); and "The House of the Rising Sun" by the Animals (#10). However, the Beatles' A Hard Day's Night album did hold onto its number one position for another week.

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