Friday, October 14, 2016

Fifty Years Ago This Week in West Rome - 10/17/1966 to 10/23/1966

The state department of education met in Rome on Friday, October 21st, unveiling the proposed new pay scale for Georgia teachers. The new budget would take the pay for a beginning teacher all the way to $5000 a year. Other proposed improvements included the gradual rollout of a statewide kindergarten program and reduction of the student-to-teacher ratio to 25-to-1 from the then-current 28-to-1.

The Chieftains faced off against Cass Colonels on Thursday night, October 20th in a home game that would determine whether West Rome secured a spot in the Region 6-AA playoffs. Cass seemed to think they had a chance to rack up their first win of the season, but it wasn’t to be: West Rome trounced them 50-13--but at least it did mark the first time that Cass had managed to score all season. So how did they score? Well, by the end of the first half, when West Rome was winning 41-0, Coach Kennedy gave some of his second-stringers a chance to get in some game time. Jimmy Culberson, Jerry Hill, Benny Padgett, Roger Weaver, and Wayne Worsham all scored touchdowns during the game, while Jimmy Edwards was the only Chieftain to score two touchdowns. This put West Rome 6-0 in region play.

The Discount House on Division Street in West Rome (right behind the First National Bank’s West Rome Branch) had a special on “famous name” (which means no one you’ve heard of) 1967 home stereo systems for $49.99 each, which included a built-in turntable, radio, and two speakers. (I don’t remember the Discount House at all, even though I routinely walked to Henson’s Drugs at the Corner of Shorter and Division in my endless quest for comic books and even went a bit further to Super Discount from time to time; apparently I never knew that there was a discount store on Division Street.)

Piggly Wiggly had chuck roast for 39¢ a pound, Lay’s potato chips for 39¢ a twin-pack bag, and a five-pound bag of seat potatoes for 39¢. Kroger had chicken breasts for 49¢ a pound, eggs for 39¢ a dozen, and a six-bottle carton of Coca-Cola, Tab, or Sprite for 29¢ plus deposit. Big Apple had beef liver for 25¢ a pound, turnip greens for 25¢ a pound, and a four-bag pack of Ivory soap for 25¢. A&P had smoke hams for 39¢ a pound, two pounds of Nutley margarine for 35¢, and a dozen glazed donuts for 39¢.  Couch’s had stew beef for 89¢ a pound, Sealtest ice milk for 39¢ a half gallon, and bananas for a dime a pound.

The cinematic week began with The Agony & the Ecstasy (with Charlton Heston & Rex Harrison) at the DeSoto, La Dolce Vita (with Marcello Mastroianni) at the First Avenue, and Modesty Blaise (with Monica Vitti—an espionage-adventure film based on the novels by Peter O’Donnell) at the West Rome Drive-In. The midweek switch out brought The Fighting Prince of Donegal (with Peter McEnery) to the DeSoto, Khartoum (with Charlton Heston & Laurence Olivier) to the First Avenue, and a double feature of Quick Gun (with Audie Murphy) and Fail Safe (with Henry Fonda) to the West Rome Drive-In.

The number one song this week in 1966 was “96 Tears” by the enigmatic ? and the Mysterians. Other top ten hits included “Last Train to Clarksville” by the Monkees (#2); “Reach Out I’ll Be There” by the Four Tops (#3); “Poor Side of Town” by Johnny Rivers (#4); “Walk Away Renee” by The Left Banke (#5); “Dandy” by Herman’s Hermits (#6); “What Becomes of the Brokenhearted” by Jimmy Ruffin (#7); “Hooray for Hazel” by Tommy Roe (#8); “Have You Seen Your Mother, Baby, Standing In the Shadow?” by the Rolling Stones (#9); and “See See Rider” by Eric Burdon & the Animals (#10).

This was also that The Psychedelic Sounds of the 13th Floor Elevators ws released. This debut album made musical history as the first album to use the word “psychedelic” to describe a style of music.

ABC became the first network to broadcast all of its national news programming in full color beginning this week in 1966.

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