Saturday, January 10, 2015

Fifty Years Ago This Week in West Rome - 1/11/1965 to 1/17/1965

The Chieftains took on Pepperell on the basketball court on Friday, January 15th, winning the game handily 52-32, led by Gerry Law's 16 points. The girls also defeated Pepperell, posting a 32-21 victory, led by Jane McCollum's 22 points. Thankfully, the Chiefs were able to get the game in before the bad weather began. What bad weather? Keep reading...

Rome was caught by surprise when a cold front triggered an unexpected snowfall and freezing rain on January 15th and 16th. Almost two dozen accidents were reported, included one multi-car ice-related collision on Shorter Avenue near Burnett Ferry Road. Temperatures fell to 9 degrees on Saturday morning and 11 degrees on Sunday morning, slowing any melting.

Seniors voted on senior superlatives this week, although the winners wouldn't be announced until later in the year.

The Elm Street Elementary PTA presented a special program entitled "Truth or Consequences" on the evening of Thursday, January 14th, during which Rome psychiatrist Dr. Ralph J. Davis discussed child guidance.

Wonder how many of our parents took us to Murphy's this week in 1965 for the $1.00 11" x 14" portrait special? I know that my parents took my sister to Murphy's to take advantage of the bargain price, and I suspect that many other Chieftains who have 11" x 14" childhood portraits in their parents' home may find Murphy's name stamped on the back...

Back in the days before mobile phones, one of the best ways to talk to people all over the country—and even the world—was with ham radio. This week in 1965, the YMCA offered a class in ham radio basics for interested teens and adults. Ralph Ayers, an electrical engineer at GE, taught the eight-week course; at the end of the course, all who passed would receive a novice license from the FCC.

Remember last week's mention of the prisoner who stayed and helped a guard who suffered a heart attack? Well, good deeds do get rewarded: Judge JD Maddox released the prisoner who helped to aid the 61-year-old guard, and convinced the other prisoners to take the stricken guard to get medical help.

Piggly Wiggly had sirloin steak for 89¢ a pound, Coca-Cola or Tab for 89¢ per case plus deposit, and apples for 12¢ a pound. Kroger has pork chops for 49¢ a pound, tangerines for 19¢ a pound, and Maxwell House Coffee for 69¢ a pound. Big Apple had Irvindale ice cream for 49¢ a half gallon, Oscar Mayer hot dogs for 49¢ a pound, and American Beauty tomato soup for a dime a can. A&P had beef liver for 29¢ a pound, iceberg lettuce for 15¢ a head, and a 16-ounce bottle of Ann Page pancake syrup for 39¢. Couch's had rib steak for 79¢ a pound, 16 ounces of Bama apple jelly for 29¢, and vine ripened tomatoes (back at a time when that actually meant something) for 19¢  pound.

The cinematic week in Rome began with Walt Disney's So Dear My Heart at the DeSoto and the James Bond film Goldfinger at the First Avenue. The midweek switch up brought The Americanization of Emily (with James Garner &  Julie Andrews) to the DeSoto and The First Men in the Moon (with a cast no one would really care about) to the First Avenue... and apparently the Lams were convinced that this SF film was going to be a big, because they also scheduled it at the West Rome Drive-In over the weekend.  

Once again, the Beatles held on to number one this week in 1965 with "I Feel Fine." Other top ten hits included "Downtown" by Petula Clark (#2); "You've Lost That Lovin' Feelin'" by the Righteous Brothers (#3); "Love Potion Number Nine" by the Searchers (#4); "Come See About Me" by the Supremes (#5); "The Name Game" by Shirley Ellis (#6); "Mr. Lonely" by Bobby Vinton (#7); "The Jerk" by the Larks (#8); "How Sweet It Is (To Be Loved By You) by Marvin Gaye (#9); and "Keep Searchin'" by Del Shannon (#10).

The Beatles held on to number one on the album charts with Beatles '65. Meanwhile, another British invasion group, The Who, released their first album, I Can't Explain, this week in 1965.

Sad news for those of us who loved to watch The Outer Limits on ABC: the final episode of the series, "The Probe," aired on January 16th.

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