Friday, May 12, 2017

Fifty Years Ago This Week in West Rome - 5/15/1967 to 5/21/1967

Two Chieftains took first place in the annual Georgia State Physical Fitness Contest held in Atlanta on May 15th. Charles Murphy was the pushup champ with 88 pushups in two minutes, while Jerry Hill took first in setups with 86 in two minutes.

The West Rome band (along with the junior high band and the beginners band) held their spring concert on Sunday afternoon at the West Rome auditorium. The band was joined by guest conductor Roger Dancz, director of the University of Georgia band.

West Rome lost to Darlington 6-3 in the first round of the Floyd County Baseball Championship on Thursday, May 18th—and since it was a single-elimination tourney, that knocked them out of the running.

The Boys Club Choir performed two concerts at the City Auditorium on Thursday, ,May 18th, and Friday, May 19th. This was their first Rome concert since the choir was named Best Boys Club Choir in the Country in a national talent search. While they had performed in more than two dozen concerts around the country since then, they had not performed n their home town for almost three years.

Piggly Wiggly had round steak for 79¢ a pound, sweet potatoes for 15¢ a pound, and Double Cola for 99¢ a case plus deposit. Big Apple had run roast for 79¢ a pound, Bama grape jelly for 25¢ a jar, and Campbell’s tomato soup for a dime a can. Kroger had sirloin steak for 89¢ a pound, Dixie Crystals sugar for 37¢ for a five-pound bag, and Pillsbury biscuits for a dime a can. A&P had chicken breasts for 39¢ a pound, Maxwell house coffee for 69¢ a can, and cabbage for a nickel a pound. Couch’s had pork chops for 49¢ a pound, Showboat pork & beans for 19¢ a can, and white corn for 6¢ an ear.

The cinematic week began with Bullwhip Griffin (with Roddy McDowell) at the DeSoto Theatre, Blow Up (with Vanessa Redgraves) at the First Avenue, and Endless Summer (“with an all-surfing cast!”) at the West Rome Drive-In.The midweek switch out brought One Million Years BC (with Raquel Welch, who changed our view of prehistoric human beings forever) to the DeSoto and the West Rome Drive-In and the zany James-Bond-but-not-the-James-Bond-you-were-expecting film Casino Royale (with Peter Sellers, Woody Allen, and many more) to the First Avenue.

The Young Rascals’ “Groovin’” took the number one slot this week in 196. Other top ten hits included “The Happening” by the Supremes (#2); “Sweet Soul Music” by Arthur Conley (#3); “Somethin’ Stupid” by Nancy Sinatra & Frank Sinatra (#4); “Respect” by Aretha Franklin (#5); “I Got Rhythm” by the Happenings (#6); “Release Me (And Let Me Love Again)” by Engelbert Humperdinck (#7); “Close Your Eyes” by Peaches & Herb (#8); “Don’t You Care” by the Buckinghams (#9); and “You Got What It Takes” by the Dave Clark Five (#10)

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