Saturday, March 11, 2017

Fifty Years Ago This Week in West Rome - 3/13/1967 to 3/19/1967

Rome City School Superintendent Milton S. McDonald told members of the Board of Education that Rome’s schools would have trouble meeting the new required state school standards. Among the problems he cited were inadequate landscaping on school grounds; absence of a full kindergarten program; teachers teaching too many classes “out of field” (teaching subjects for which they did not hold a degree); fewer than 20% of the faculty possessing master’s degrees; inadequate classroom size; inadequate student assembly space; inadequate school site size; lack of educational television facilities in every classroom; and inadequate libraries. McDonald estimated that it would take a four to five mill tax increase on city residents to pay for all the requirements of the newly proposed state standards. Superintendent McDonald urged the Board to request that the State Department of Education reconsider the costly new changes in educational standards.

West Rome students enjoyed a day off on Friday, March 17th, thanks to a Georgia Education Association meeting. We may have loved our alma mater, but we also loved sleeping late and enjoying a free Friday! 

Burglars had a busy day along Burnett Ferry Road, breaking into four houses and stealing almost $3500 in property (including televisions, guns,  cameras, and watches). All the homes were within three miles of each other, and all four robberies took place within a four-hour period.

Construction on Rome’s first high-rise apartment was completed this week in 1967. The six-story Wilson Hardy apartments, which cost $1.15 million to build, offered just over 100 apartments for elderly tenants who qualified for subsidized housing. At six stories tall, the building was the tallest in Rome (not counting smokestacks of silos).

Piggly Wiggly had whole fryers for 25¢ a pound, grapefruit for 8¢ each, and eggs for 39¢ a dozen. Kroger had bananas for a dime a pound, pork roast for 29¢ a pound, and Kraft mayonnaise for 49¢ a quart. Big Apple had Armour Cure-81 ham for  $1.29 a pound, Stokely catsup for 19¢ a bottle, and Sealtest ice milk for 39¢ a half-gallon. A&P had corned beef for 59¢ a pound, Poss’s chili for 39¢ a can, and strawberries for 29¢ a pint. Couch’s had pork chops for 43¢ a pound, Castleberry’s beef stew for 49¢ a pound, and cabbage for a nickel a pound.

The cinematic week began with A Fistful of Dollars (with Clint Eastwood) at the DeSoto Theatre, Doctor Zhivago (with Omar Sharif) at the First Avenue, and Gambit (with Michael Caine) at the West Rome Drive-In. The midweek switchout brought Easy Come, Easy Go (with Elvis Presley) to the DeSoto Theatre and the West Rome Drive-In, while the good Doctor Z continued to hang around the First Avenue Theatre.

The Beatles climbed to number one this week in 1967 with “Penny Lane.” Other top ten hits included “Ruby Tuesday” by the Rolling Stones (#2); “Happy Together” by the Turtles (#3); “Sock It To Me, Baby” by Mitch Ryder & the Detroit Wheels (#4); “Then You Can Tell Me Goodbye” by the Casinos (#5); “Baby I Need Your Lovin’” by Johnny Rivers (#6); “There’s a Kind of Hush” by Herman’s Hermits (#7); “Love Is Here and Now You’re Gone” by the Supremes (#8); “My Cup Runneth Over” by Ed Ames (#9); and “Dedicated to the One I Love” by the Mamas & the Papas (#10). 

The Grateful Dead released their eponymous debut album this week in 1967. (As much as I love 1960s and early 1970s music, I never developed a taste for the Grateful Dead. They are all over one of my favorite albums, David Crosby's If I Could Only Remember My Name, and I love their contributions, but I never have cared for any of the group's music.)

Two TV series aired their final episodes this week in 1967: Combat! (which ran on ABC for five season) and The Green Hornet (a single-season ABC series that hoped to capitalize on Batman’s popularity, The Green Hornet was primarily memorable because of Bruce Lee’s performance in the role of Kato).

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