Saturday, November 14, 2015

Fifty Years Ago This Week in West Rome - 11/15/1965 to 11/21/1965

The final equipment for West Rome’s new state-of-the-art industrial arts shop arrived and the program shifted into high gear this week in 1965. Thanks to a $90,000 investment by taxpayers and the Rome City School System, West Rome’s newly constructed brick industrial arts building had a modern drafting department at one end of the structure and an electronics lab, a metalworking shop, and a woodworking shop at the other end. Thomas Couey and R.L. Matthews shared instructional duties in the expanded industrial arts department, and both had a full roster of students for their expanded course offerings.

Dickie, Tommy, Johnny, and David Sapp were spotlighted in the Rome News-Tribune on November 17th. The article focused on the family’s football skills (Dickie was a halfback for the Darlington Tigers, Tommy was a junior halfback for the Chieftains, Johnny was a part of the Rome junior midgets team, and David was involved with the mite leaguers. “I’ve never pushed them to play football,” their father, Fred Sapp, said. “However, the fact that they were interested really pleased us. The game has meant a lot to them.”

With a Region 3-AA title game against Dalton on the schedule for Friday, November 19th, Coach Paul Kennedy was justifiably concerned when center Doug Meadows suffered an jury in the East Rome game that took him out of the Dalton game. Coach Kennedy moved Benny Padgett to center, while Lane Warner took Padgett’s offensive guard position. Jim Ryan was also out with a broken nose, Jerry Wiseman missed two days of practice with a shoulder injury, Richard Camp had an injured foot that impacted his kicking game, and Lane Brewer was playing with a knee injury that had slowed him down. “Our boys’ spirits are high and we’ve had really good practice sessions,” Coach Kennedy said, “but we’ve got to be ready to play our finest ball game against a tough club. In fact, I think we’ll have to play as good as, if not better than, we did against Kingsport and Rossville.”

In spite of all the injuries, though, the Chieftains managed to defeat Dalton in a 14-7 game, thanks to quarterback Mike Souder, who threw both of West Rome’s touchdown passes—one to Arbie Lovell and one to David Garrett. This advanced West Rome to the next level of the playoffs, setting them up to take on Chamblee.

Piggly Wiggly had baking hens for 35¢ a pound, bacon for 69¢ a pound, and lettuce for 15¢ a head. A&P had hen turkeys for 37¢ a pound, bananas for a dime a pound, and all butter pound cakes for 69¢ each. Kroger and five pounds of Colonial sugar for 38¢, large eggs for 49¢ a dozen, and Tom Turkeys for 31¢ a pound. Big Apple had hams for 59¢ a pound, celery for 19¢ a bunch, and yams for 12¢ a pound. Couch’s had fruit cake mix for 33¢ a pound, pork roast for 59¢ a pound, and ten pounds of potatoes for 45¢.

The cinematic week began with Casanova ’70 (with Marcelo Mastroianni & Virna Lisi) to the DeSotoTheater and Red Line 7000 (with James Caan) at the First Avenue. The midweek switch out brought Sands of the Kalahari (with Stuart Whitman & Susannah York) to the DeSoto and The Hill (with Sean Connery) to the First Avenue. The West Rome Drive-In had a weekend double feature of The Ballad of Cat Ballou (with Jane Fonda & Lee Marvin) and Fate Is the Hunter (with Gelnn Ford and Rod Taylor).

The Supremes held on to the number one slot this week in 1965 with “I Hear a Symphony.” Other top ten hits included “Turn! Turn! Turn!” by the Byrds (#2); “1-2-3” by Len Barry (#3); “Let’s Hang On” by the Four Seasons (#4); “Get Off My Cloud” by the Rolling Stones (#5); “Rescue Me” by Fontella Bass (#6); “A Taste of Honey” by Herb Alpert & the Tijuana Brass (#7); “Ain’t That Peculiar” by Marvin Gaye (#8); “I Got You (I Feel Good)” by James Brown (#9); and “You’ve Got To Hide Your Love Away” by Silkie (#10).

The Yardbirds released their second album, Having a Rave Up With the Yardbirds, this week in 1965. The album featured the guitar skills of both Eric Clapton (who performed on four songs) and Jeff Beck (who played on the remaining six songs).

This was also the week when NBC introduced the first full-color national news broadcast. The Huntley-Brinkley Report became the first newscast to use color for both the studio presentation and the news stories filed from locations around the world.

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