Saturday, September 26, 2015

Fifty Years Ago This Week in West Rome - 9/27/1965 to 10/3/1965

West Rome ventured to Calhoun on Friday, October 1st, to take on the Jackets in a region game. Once again, Richard Camp had a great game, scoring one touchdown and two extra points. The real star player of the evening, however, was David Garrett, who scored three touchdowns. The end result was a 38-0 victory for West Rome, their second sub-region win. While the season started off with losses, those were not sub-region games, so West Rome's chances of advancing to a championship still remained strong.

And speaking of Richard Camp: he was chosen lineman of the week by the Rome News-Tribune in recognition of his outstanding performance in the West Rome-Lafayette game, in which he scored three touchdowns and five extra points.

Twelve new members were inducted into the West Rome Honor Society. The new inductees included Linda Camp, Carol Culp, Patty Dobbins, Elaine Freeman, David Garrett, Wanda Grantham, Jean Jackson, Dianne Massey, Joey McGee, Ann Peery, Dennis Souder, and Regina Swinford.

Senior magazine sales wrapped up this week in 1965; the top five salespeople were Rusty Oxford, Donita Womack, Regina Swinford, Ann Finley, and Ann Peery.

The junior class elected its officers, choosing Benny Padgett as president, Susan Sprayberry as vice-president, Dianne Massey as secretary, and Tommy Sapp as treasurer.

The new officers of the West Rome FHA included Carol Culp, president; Pat Hicks, vice-president; Dianne Chambers, secretary; Linda Hilley, treasurer; Linda Camp, chaplain; and Mary Ann White and Layne Lucas, projects chairs.

Ah, gender stereotyping! A half-century ago, the YMCA chose to offer a course called "The Feminine Mechanic," intended to teach ladies on "the mysteries of the auto," including such mysterious rituals as changing a tire, filling a gas tank, or checking the oil. The course was taught by Jack Hudson, district manager for Northwest Georgia Chevrolet. The course was open to any female with a driver's license, so it's possible that a few Chieftains signed up!

The YMCA also enlisted West Rome teacher Ronald Midkiff to offer a  linguistics mini-course to inform parents on current educational techniques. "Linguistics emphasizes how words actually generate in the brain and form a complete sentence," Midkiff explained. "Previously, the older method of diagramming sentences placed the emphasis on each separate word, and no thought was given as to how words or sentences first originated." The course also offered an overview of phonetics, which was being taught in elementary schools.

Piggly Wiggly had five pounds of Domino Sugar for 37¢, Castleberry's chili for 33¢ a can, and chuck roast for 69¢ a pound. Big Apple had Diet-Rite or RC Cola for 29¢ a six-pack plus deposit, sirloin steak for 99¢ a pound, and red grapes for 15¢ a pound. Kroger had whole chicken breasts for 45¢ a pound, sliced pineapple for 14¢ a can, and Star-Kist tuna for a quarter a can. A&P had smoked picnic ham for 38¢ a pound, Miracle Whip for 49¢ a jar, and sweet potatoes for a dime a pound. Couch's had ground beef for 33¢ a pound, lettuce for 15¢ a head, and Betty Crocker cake mix for 33¢ a box.

The cinematic week began with The Great Spy Mission (with Sophia Loren & George Peppard) at the DeSoto Theater and the Beatles' Help! at the First Avenue. The midweek switch out brought Marriage on the Rocks (with Frank Sinatra, Deborah Kerr, & Dean Martin) to the DeSoto, while the First Avenue got a real oddity: The Legend of Blood Mountain (with Erin Fleming & Glenda Brunson). it's not the film that was the oddity, however: it was the fact that the film was show in the theater complete with bonus material starring Bestoink Dooley, the horror-host of WAGA-Channel 5's Big Movie Shocker every Friday Night. Dooley (played by Atlantan George Ellis) filmed his clever monologues and segues, which were inserted into the film at the appropriate places. So in effect, we were paying to go to the theater and watch a late-night horror TV program! Help! didn't go away entirely, however: it just moved from the First Avenue to the West Rome Drive-In, where it was part of a double feature with Ferry Cross the Mersey (starring Gerry & the Pacemakers).

Paul McCartney's acoustic ballad "Yesterday" took the Beatles back to the number one position on the charts this week in 1965. Other top ten hits included "Hang on Sloopy" by the McCoys (#2); "Treat Her Right" by Roy Head (#3); "Eve of Destruction" by Barry McGuire (#4); "The 'In' Crowd" by the Ramsey Lewis Trio (#5); "Catch Us If You Can" by the Dave Clark Five (#6); "You've Got Your Troubles" by the Fortunes (#7); "Baby Don't Go" by Sonny & Cher (#8); "You Were On My Mind" by We Five (#9); and "Do You Believe in Magic?" by the Lovin' Spoonful (#10).

Meanwhile, British folk musician Donovan Leitch, best known simply as Donovan, made his American premiere on Shindig on Thursday night, performing his version of Buffy Sainte-Marie's "Universal Soldier." Donovan's folk music never caught on here in the US, but his move into pop with a psychedelic edge would eventually make him a superstar.

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