The News from East Farewell

The News from East Farewell is a fictional account of the everyday events that took place in East Farewell back in the 1950s and 1960s. Lots of fun. Written to fill out and compliment the songs from the JD Carroll album, East Farewell. Enjoy.

02/15/2018 10:58 PM

Thursday, February 13, 1958   Vol. C659



East Farewell – Extreme cold and a very wet snow caused and massive power outage in town on Monday night. Not only were most of the businesses and homes in the east end of town in the dark but the main power station that fed the entire East Farewell Transit Company was also shut down. The station not only lost power but also suffered massive transformer shots due to the heavy wet snow bringing down the lines and shorting them out. The power outage stranded transit vehicles across the system with many travelers on cars left in the dark and cold. Many riders left the cars and walked along the snow covered streets to their destinations. Luckily, the cars were located along main streets in town and many of the riders were locals and knew their way around. No injuries and missing people were reported. The EFTC maintenance crew was on site very quickly and after completely shutting down the system they were able to carefully clear the snow off the cables, restring the wires, repair the generators and start the system back up again. The entire process took almost eight hours.
            “We were lucky that the maintenance crew didn’t run into any strange problems and they were able to repair and regenerate the system in a very reasonable amount of time. They worked diligently throughout the night and they were able to get the system running before the early morning rush hour. I am very proud of the work that they did and I am sure they are, too,” said EFTC Director Sam Nelson in a news conference on Wednesday morning.

            This is the first outage that the Transit System has suffered since it opened almost two years ago. The system has been a reliable mode of transportation for an estimated 5000 people a week and this minor inconvenience is not likely to change their habits.

Trolley makes a turn in the snow



East Farewell – The Cougars came home to a welcoming crowd on Friday afternoon hoping to repeat their early season success against the Riverview Wildcats. After their disappointing loss in Corning they were trying to regain their momentum and get back in the league race. The Wildcats came into town looking for revenge and the game was a battle from the start.
            The tip-off was an indication of the intensity both teams had. When Cougars replacement center, James Hawkins tipped the ball to forward Don Tasker, Wildcat forward Ben Miller tried to jump in for a steal but ran into Tasker hard and knocked him to the floor, causing the first of many fouls at exactly 15:48 in the first half. Tasker was not hurt but the lingering absence of senior center Dave McGill did hurt the team. Hawkins played a very respectable game and has gotten better with each start but his 6’3” stature just isn’t the same as McGill’s commanding 6’5” tower. Coach Wilson said McGill will be back in the lineup next week but this game was when he was really needed. The Wildcats center, Gerald Mancuso, stood 6’4” and has played the position for three of his four years on the team. Hawkins tried valiantly but Mancuso was just too much for him. Hawkins eventually was to foul out at a critical time in the game. With only two minutes left and the Cougars leading by 2 Hawkins banged Mancuso as Mancuso was turning to shoot and that was the end for Hawkins. Mancuso made one of the foul shots but the Cougars missed their shot and the Mancuso was able to grab the rebound without too much trouble, feed a streaking Barney Fuller down the side who took the ball down to the corner where Cougar, Fergal Conner caught up to him and forced him to shoot an awkward shot but Mancuso was able to rebound it and put it up over both Tasker and Joey Mitchell and sink the winning shot for 50-49 Wildcats win.
            “It was too bad we lost Hawk when we did but we should have not been in that position to begin with. That Mancuso kid is just tremendous. I think if we had Davey in there Mancuso would have been kept in check, but Davey was still hurting and Mancuso got the better of Hawk. Davey will be back next week for sure so I think things will pick up for us,” said Coach Wilson after the game.
            The Cougars stay at home next week to host the Slate Mountain Canaries. The Cougars hope that the return of Dave McGill will turn their fortunes around. The game will be on Friday afternoon at 4:30PM in the gymnasium.



Upstate New York from Albany to Buffalo gets hit with its biggest snowstorm since 1925. Drifts up to 15 feet blocked some highways. Hundreds of persons are stranded with at least 10 deaths reported.

In a recent Gallup Poll, Senator John Kennedy would win if the election were being held this week with Kennedy at 49% and Nixon at 38%.

A German rocket scientist, held by the Russians for the past 13 years says the Russians aren’t kidding when they say they have intercontinental ballistic missiles. Peter Lertes was one of the scientists returned to West Germany with nine colleagues who were finally allowed out after the 13-year period.

General Motors engineers demonstrate a car steered by an electrical cable beneath a concrete surface. To turn off the road or to pass another vehicle, a switch was thrown to put the car back into manual. “We think of it as the first building block in what may become a more sophisticated system for controlling vehicle spacing, detecting location of cars of giving the driver signals for throttle and brake control.”

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02/08/2018 08:26 PM

Thursday, February 6, 1958  Vol. C658



East Farewell - The annual Regional High School science fair took place last week with exhibits throughout the school and a grand display in the gymnasium. Students from all grades participated and exhibits ranged from the weather to electronics. There was a large presence of space related projects with a number of experimental model rockets on display. Interestingly, there was a dearth of exhibits chemistry. There were several volcanoes and more than five weather related exhibits displaying different cloud formation, typhoons, cyclones, and hurricanes. The most popular exhibits were the model rockets and the futuristic space stations and some exhibits that bordered on science fiction. All the students spent many hours designing, developing and building their projects.
There was a competition associated with the science fair and a group of teachers as well as some local business people inspected the exhibits on Friday afternoon and asked students questions about their exhibits. They also asked the students to demonstrate some of the action exhibits like the volcanoes and some of the model rockets. Most of the volcanoes gushed gloriously while all of the rockets were restrained by cables except one that broke away and flew into the ceiling much to the chagrin of the judges and student engineer alike. Student Howard Ball was embarrassed but also elated when his model rocket broke away from the guide wires and blasted into the ceiling of the gymnasium. It ricocheted off a metal roof support, flew along the top edge of the ceiling, hit another support and deflected into a ceiling tile sticking nose first into the tile as the engine ran out. After everyone was sure there were no injuries a spontaneous round of applause broke out. This display did not help Ball in the judging, though, first place went to senior Charlie O’Mara’s three stage rocket display explained how rockets of the future will need several stages to exit the earth’s atmosphere and make their way into outer space. Second place went to junior, Grace Williams, whose volcano exhibit was based on the Hawaiian volcanos that formed the island. Not only did her volcano spew lifelike steaming lava, the lava spilled out into a large tub full of saltwater and hardened to enlarge the existing island.

The science fair is always a highly anticipated event that gives the students a chance to use their imagination and their science skills to explore some very exciting ideas.

Rocket blasts off in Science Fair Project



Corning- The Cougars had recovered from their team flu but they were still without center Dave McGill when they limped into Corning to face the red hot Corning Devils last Friday. The team played valiantly and backup center, Jimmy Hawkins, played an ever improving game in understanding his newly acquired position but the Corning Devils showed why they are the league leading team with flawless foul shooting and a very strong inside game. The Devils were victorious, 52 – 48, but that was not as close as the score indicates. The Cougars were able to close a 10 point deficit in the last three minutes thanks to the Devils clearing the bench. Cougars point guard, Bobby Fox, was leading scorer for the Cougars with 10 points. Forward Donnie Tasker led both teams and rebounds with 15. Devils top scorer, Alex Ward led all scorers with 21. The Devils defense was able to stymie the Cougars continually throughout the game and created 11 turnovers that all turned in the points for the Devils.
“We were not on our game today, I think boys were still recovering and really missed Davey, not that Hawk was bad, he’s not, we just need some more experience in the center,” said Coach Wilson on the bus on the way home.
Next week the Cougars come home to meet the Riverview Wildcats. They beat the Wildcats earlier in the season and hope to repeat the victory on Friday in the Regional High School gymnasium at 4:30.



The United States’ first scientific satellite, “Explorer” is doing nicely as it reaches its top orbit height of 1,700 miles.

An Atlas ICBM takes off from Cocoa Beach, but the flight was not terminated normally. This followed two consecutive ICBM successful test firings over a limited range.

President Eisenhower re-affirms that the Administration might favor a tax cut to break the recession unless the economy turns upward by mid-year.

A 13-member committee to frame legislation concerning the exploration and development of space is created by the Senate. The panel is expected to be headed by Lyndon B. Johnson of Texas, the Senate Democratic leader. It will study proposals for the administration of space programs with the aim of reporting a bill to the Senate by June 1. Recommendations are now being prepared for President Eisenhower by Dr. James Killian Jr., his scientific adviser.

Willie Shoemaker rides to his 3,000-career win. Willie’s been at it for nine years, but this week, he scores his 3000th winning mount in the eighth race at Santa Anita. The horse was Eternal Pere.

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02/01/2018 09:07 PM

Thursday, January 30, 1958   Vol. C657



East Farewell – It has been a long time since Frankie Knox walked down Lake Shore Drive. Eight years and six months to be exact. Frankie enlisted in the Marines in July, 1950 right after he graduated from Regional High. He was acting in response to his country’s call for recruits in response to the North Korean invasion of South Korea. He was in Korea by December of 1950. Knox was involved in the defense of Pusan but was captured by the North in February of 1951. There was no word of his situation for over two years, many thought he had been killed. When the armistice was signed in 1953 his grieving father was told that he was still alive, being held in a Communist prison camp. His mother had tragically passed away in 1952, most said from a broken heart. Frankie was finally released in July 1954 but had to remain in Korea due to medical needs and was finally cleared to come home in August 1956. He was shipped back to the US in September 1958. His father went down to meet him in Philadelphia, where his ship docked after a long trip through the Panama Canal and up to the Philadelphia Naval Base. His father was among the families that had gathered to meet their returning heroes. Since it had been so long since the first ships had arrived home the fanfare was nonexistent and only the families with returning servicemen were on hand. Frankie came down the gangplank to the cheers of the people on the dock and into the arms of his father. He bent down and patted the dock in his only gesture of his happiness to be home.
            Frankie and his father came back to East Farewell quietly and there were no public announcements made. It was only through a tip from a close friend was this newspaper even aware of the homecoming. When approached by this paper Frankie would only say he was grateful to be home and greatly saddened by not being here for his mother’s passing. His father asked that the family be given time and privacy to get acquainted again. This paper will comply with his request and is asking the town to also comply. When alerted of the homecoming many had called for a parade and welcome home ceremony. Those plans have been put on hold. “The guy is a hero and he deserves some recognition, I am sure he will never pay for a beer in this town ever again,” said bartender and lifetime friend, Harry O’Malley.

            For now this paper will only say, “Welcome home, Frankie, thank you for your service.”

Frankie Knox



East Farewell- The Cougars ended their two game losing streak by just beating the Central Bears, 52-50 on Friday night. The Cougars were again without center Dave McGill who is sidelined due to injury, but replacement center, Jimmy Hawkins, did a very respectable job by scoring 10 points and grabbing 12 rebounds. Hawkins was not the Cougars weak spot. The overall play was not the sharp, patterned play that the fans have come to expect. The play was slow and sloppy. The whole team looked lethargic and their passing was inaccurate telegraphed. It wasn’t until after the game that Coach Wilson offered a solution. “Tonight, the whole team seems to have come down with the flu. They were able to take the floor and after the first half I was going to call the game but they collectively wanted to finish. I played my subs who were healthy and we were able to get by the Bears, just barely (laughing). I sent all the sick boys home right after the game. I hope they get better, we will have to forefeet next week if they don’t recover.”
            The subs along with a healthy Hawkins were able to hold off the Bears who may have been a little scared of catching whatever the Cougars had. The poor Bears have had trouble all year and this was just another problem for them to deal with. Their shooting was off and their defense was skittish at best. The Cougars subs, led by Walt Ferguson, Mack MacKensie and Robby O’Shea were able to put together enough of team to turn back the Bears with a defense that kept the Bears off the board for the last two minutes. The final was Cougars 52, Bears 50.
            Hopefully, the Cougars will have recovered when they travel to Corning to face the red-hot Devils next Friday afternoon. The game will be in the Corning High Gym at 4:30.



At least one, and possibly four, Red Army; deserters have cracked the biggest ring of Soviet might displayed in Berlin since 1963 to escaped to the West, it was reported today. The Soviets tacitly admitted defeat in their attempt to bait the defectors by calling off the manhunt at noon. The Western Allied Nations revealed the presence of only one Soviet deserter in the West, but Russian anti-Communist organizations in Berlin and West Germany said four Russian deserters had crossed into West Berlin.
The first two-way moving sidewalk was put in service at Love Field in Dallas, Texas. The length of the walkway through the airport was 1,435 feet. 
Baseball announces players and coaches rather than fans pick all sta
The play "Sunrise at Campobello," by Dore Schary about Franklin D. Roosevelt's struggle against polio, opened on Broadway with Ralph Bellamy as FDR. 
Roy Campanella - the famed Dodgers catcher and the best catcher in the National League, breaks his neck in an auto accident, about a mile from his house in Glen Cove, Long Island. A seven-man team worked over the Negro star for four hours and 20 minutes in an attempt to repair the damage and relieve paralysis from the chest down. It now appears his career is through and he’ll at least be partially paralyzed. Campy’s car skidded on wet pavement as he went into a dangerous S curve. The car flipped over and crashed into a telephone pole. The first doctor to reach him as he lay moaning said, “It doesn’t look good for his baseball career.” Married with six children, ranging in age from 4 to 16, Campanella owns a prosperous Harlem liquor store. As a baseball veteran of more than 10 years, Campanella is eligible for a $175 monthly pension when he reaches the age of 50. If permanently injured, he gets $250 a month for life under baseball’s pension plan. He was getting ready to move with the team from New York to Los Angeles. In his 10 seasons with the Dodgers, Campy thrice was voted the National League’s MVP - in ‘51, ‘53 and ‘55.

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01/25/2018 10:49 PM

Thursday, January 23, 1958   Vol. C656



East Farewell- The fairly new tradition of building snow sculptures on Lakefront Plaza took an interesting twist this year. The semi-art event, which took place last year as an unscheduled, impromptu event due to the Town Council’s reluctance to sponsor the event, again was not sponsored by the Council but that rogue attitude seemed to breathe a bit of reckless abandon into the whole event. The twist this year was that the artists had gathered last week on Lakefront Plaza and started their work, but then an enormous snowball fight broke out and almost all the sculptures were destroyed for ammunition. The snowball fight was reported last week in this paper and once the shenanigans had settled down the artists returned to the Plaza and had to start all over again. Undaunted as many as eighteen artists along with a plethora of high school “assistants” (really, they were leftovers from the snowball fight) plied up, dug out, carved and created some of the most interesting sculptures that the event has ever seen. This year outer space and rocket ships were the general, overall theme. There were several rocket ships, blasting off, in flight and one landing on what can only be guessed at as the moon or Mars. Long time sculpture and organizer, Bernie Talbot, outdid his last year creation of a beautiful snow queen with an enormous rocket blasting off headed to an oversized moon. Another favorite was a giant moon with a “man-in-the-moon” face carved into it. Some spectators suggested that the face resembled Tom Connelly, Town Council president. The sculpture, Alice Mahoney said she was not trying to portray the president, in fact she said she didn’t even know what he looked like. “I wouldn’t recognize him if I bumped into him on the street,” said Mahoney when asked.

            In keeping with the unorganized nature of the event there were no prizes given out and only popular judgment was the deciding factor in the winner. The results were varied, depending on what time of day or evening you took the poll. During the day Talbot’s blastoff was most popular but in the evening Mahoney’s Man-in–the-Moon won out, maybe because she placed a light inside the sculpture making it a bit of a Jack-o-Lantern drawing oohs and ahhs from the crowd. Folks were also treated to several restaurants set up tables and served hot snacks and coco. The sculptures have been left on the Plaza and will eventually melt away, unless of course there is another snowball fight.

Snow sculptures on Lakefront Plaza 1958



Slate Mountain – The league leading Slate Mountain Miners hosted the first meeting of the season between the league leading teams and the home court advantage may have had some effect on the Cougars causing them to lose their second game in as many games last Friday night. The Miners played very strong defense and were able to take advantage of the Cougar’s replacement center, sophomore Jamie Hawkins, to win 36-32. The crowd was decidedly pro-Miners and was very loud throughout the game and their ruckus seemed to have an effect on Hawkins who had to sit out almost the whole third quarter with four fouls.  “Hawk was rattled by the crowd. They threw some pretty mean taunts at him and he took it out on the court, drawing fouls. He is still young and this was the first time he ever encountered this kind of abuse. He will learn from it and promised me he won’t let it happen again,” said Coach Wilson after the game.
            Aside from Hawkins dilemma, the Cougars played a fairly good game with the backcourt showing very strong signs of developing into a pair that will present some problems for other teams later in the season. Both Fox and Conner showed greatly improved communication skills as they worked together to beat a tight Miners press and both score in double figure (10 and 12, Fox and Conner) and almost earn double s in assists ( 9 and 10, respectively).
            The Miners took an early lead, 14-6, but the Cougars patiently whittled away to tie it up at the half, 22 all. In the second half both teams stepped up their defense and even with Hawkins out the Cougars were able to hold the Miners to only 14 points. Unfortunately, the Cougars were held to 10 points.
            The Cougars come home next week and face the Central Bears. They have already played the Bears and won convincingly, 40-32. Center Dave McGill may be able to play but Coach Wilson would not make any promises. “We are waiting to see how things go, we are not going to push this kid, besides Hawk is doing better than anyone thought and I am comfortable with him in there,” said Wilson after the game.
The game begins at 7:00PM in the Regional High Gymnasium. There will be a JV Game before, beginning at 3:45PM.



An Atlas ICBM takes off from Cocoa Beach, but the flight was not terminated normally. This followed two consecutive ICBM successful test firings over a limited range.

A military transport and a Navy patrol bomber collide in mid-air of Norwalk, near Los Angles. 47 are dead.

United Nations Secretary General Dag Hammarskjold says that he had been invited to visit Moscow, presumably to discuss United Nations affairs involving the Soviet Union. Among them is disarmament. He hopes to go in the spring.

Steve Allen is heading to the West coast and will originate his next two Sunday night shows from Hollywood.

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01/18/2018 09:22 PM

Thursday, January 16, 1958   Vol. C655



East Farewell – It is rare that the Regional Schools are closed for a snow day but a huge snowfall on Sunday night paralyzed all traffic including the school busses Monday morning. Some students still walk to school but a large number now ride the bus and they were not going to make it to school on Monday. At 6:30AM Principal Donnelly decided to call the day off for the entire district. Announcement went out to local radio station WEFL and was broadcast every ten minutes along with the other area schools that had closed. Slate Mountain, Fort Lee and Cedar Creek all were cancelled. The alert system has not been used in four years and no one was sure if it would work, but it did and it seemed that everyone got the message because the schools were empty. The schools were empty but the town was not. While many of the high school students took shovels in hand and tried to earn a little spending money by shoveling the sidewalks, many others spent the day on their skies and sleds. About midday on the Lakefront Plaza a group of skaters and snow sculpture builders started a “friendly” snowball fight. Snow was tossed willy-nilly at first but then escalated into a full blown snow ball battle. The snow sculpture kids went on the offensive and the ice skaters tried to out flank them and the fight spread out down Main Street. Soon the battle had spread up Main Street and down Lake Shore Drive. Even some of the shopkeepers became involved. Since business was extremely slow they came out their front doors and joined in the insanity. “It was all in good fun,” said shop owner Bill Swan, “The kids were laughing and running all over the place. When they ran by my front door I looked around and since there was no one in the shop I ran out and joined in. They were all kind of surprised but they just laughed and started throwing at me and me at them.”
            Most people took the tomfoolery in stride there were some curmudgeons that were not amused. “Those hooligans were causing a lot a trouble right on Main Street. If there were any cars or trolleys they could have been hurt. They were noisy and boisterous, why they were laughing and shouting so loud I had to close my front door so I could get some peace,” complained Geraldine Decatur who owns Sew What, a needle and thread shop on Main.

            The snowball fight played itself out as the participants tried themselves out and returned to the Lakefront Plaza laughing and slapping each other on their backs. There was no damage and the police seemed to be content to let the children play partly because their cars were snowed in and the couple of beat policemen were keeping an eye on the whole shenanigans.

The Great Snowball Fight of 1958



East Farewell – On Friday night before the snowstorm the Southport Hawks came into the Regional Gymnasium as the League leading team and left the same way. The Hawks were able to fly out of the gym with a 50-46 win and the Cougars wondering how they were going to stop them at their next meeting. The evening game was sold out and both Cougar fans and Hawks fans filled the gym. The Hawks started off quickly with a 8-0 run right after tip off. The Cougars were finally able to get going and tie things up at 14. Cougar’s center, Dave McGill started out strong matching up against Hawks center, Mike Reilly, one for one but at the end of the first half turned his ankle coming down with a rebound and had to leave the game. After the game Coach Wilson said that luckily nothing was broken and McGill might be ready to play next week or the week after that. Sophomore, James Hawkins took McGill’s place but struggled against the experience of the Hawk senior, Reilly.
            Without McGill the Cougar’s backcourt tried to pick up the slack but the Hawks were able to contain both Fox and Conner. This left the Cougars forwards to try to make a difference. Both Tasker and Mitchell played very strong games taking a lot of the pressure off Hawkins. Tasker was able to really run the court and direct the offense while Mitchell helped Hawkins on the defensive side. Together they were able to contain Reilly in the second half.
            Even with the adjustments the Cougars were coming up short. The Hawks were just too strong and their experience was evident as they broke down the Cougar’s press and ran up a 42-32 lead in the third quarter. The Cougars were able to regroup and battle back and take a slim lead, 44-42 with three minutes left. Unfortunately, Mitchell fouled out with 2:20 left and Reilly was able to take command of the center again and force Hawkins into a fourth foul with 1:30 left. Coach Wilson left Hawkins in but Reilly was able to score the last six points almost unguarded.
            “We had a tough night, with the loss of Davey, we tried to rally and young Jamie, he tried like heck but he is still young, he will be good but he is still learning. The other guys did a really good job but it wasn’t good enough. You can’t expect to beat the Hawks if you aren’t running on all cylinders,” said Coach Wilson after the game.
            The schedule does not get any easier for the Cougars next week as they travel up to Slate Mountain to take on the Miners, the south side of the mountain team. The Miners are also at the top the league standings and will give the Cougars all they could ask for. The game begins at 7:30PM in the Slate Mountain Municipal Arena.



Congress opens and almost immediately, President Eisenhower asks for an extra $1.26 billion this year for missile development, additional government, scientists and defense of strategic Air Command bases.

Radio station KWK St. Louis will play each rock record in its library once - then break it with a sharp snap clearly audible to the listeners. The supply is expected to be exhausted in a week. Robert Convey, KWK president who gave the order after conferring with his DJ’s, said they were in agreement that rock ‘n’ roll “has dominated the music field long enough.”

Football News - The West beats the East in the Pro-Bowl 26-7.

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01/11/2018 09:27 PM

Thursday, January 9, 1958   Vol. C654



East Farewell - The slightly delayed New Year’s parade took place on Saturday much to the delight of everyone in town. The parade started on the Fairgrounds lawn and proceeded down Main Street, turned on Lakeshore Drive and ended at the Lakefront Plaza where the Regional High School band gave a brief concert. The Girl Scouts led the parade for the second year in a row. This year there were more out of town bands and civic associations represented. There were three different fire companies represented along with the local SPCA. The Slate Mountain Pipers made their first appearance this year much to the delight of the crowds and as always the Regional High School Marching Band topped off the parade. The weather this year was on usually cold but the sun was shining brightly making the frigid temperatures bearable.
            “This parade is a lot of fun but very cold. You have to be prepared or you will freeze,” said Mrs. Mallard from the porch of her boarding house on Lakeshore Drive.

            A New Year’s parade is somewhat unusual for this part of the country but East Farewell has held one for the last seven years. The scope and content can hardly match that of the much more famous parades in Philadelphia, New York and Pasadena but the spirit of the marchers and fans match any other venue bar none. Even with the weather delay this year the parade was host to many outside guests who came to celebrate New Year’s Eve and go to the parade on New Year’s Day but the sudden snowstorm changed their plans. The town’s guests made the best of a tough situation and for the most part decided to stay for the weekend. This “extended” holiday was very well received by all the businesses in town. After the snow was cleared the streets were open and the sidewalks were full. The cold weather and snow drifts along Main Street and Lakeshore Drive made a beautiful scene for all the visitors. The restaurants and stores along the streets were very busy and there was a festival like feeling all throughout the town.

The Slate Mountain Pipers inaugural march



East Farewell - The Cougars made short work of the Captains on Friday afternoon. The Cougars were able to control the game and handily walk away with a 50–44 win that was not as close as the score indicated. The game started with a 10–0 run by the Cougars and the hapless Captains were unable to get their footing. The Captains have had a difficult season so far. They are rebuilding the team after losing their entire starting lineup to graduation. This year the team is made up of sophomores and juniors, there is not a single senior in the starting lineup. The younger players are trying very hard and have had moments of very respectable play but they have not been able to be consistent enough to put together a win this season.
            Cougar’s center, Dave McGill, led the way for the Cougars, completely controlling the center and underneath the basket. He was very effective on both the offensive and defensive boards. The Captains center, Billy Wentworth, who only stood 5’ 10”, was outmatched in both skill and experience. McGill led all scoring with 18 points. After leading by as much a 14 Coach Wilson started putting in the second and eventually the third team. For the last five minutes He had cleared his bench and the Captains were able to put together a 12 point run to bring the score p to the final 50-44. “The Captains played a tough game, but we were too much for them today. They have a lot of heart and showed some promise, but we were clearly better. I think they will get better as the season goes on and they get a little more comfortable on the court,” Coach Wilson said after the game.
            The Cougars stay at home next week when the Southport Hawks come into town. The Hawks will present a much tougher game. They are bringing an undefeated record into the Regional High Gym on Friday evening at 7:30.



President Eisenhower dramatically reasserted his authority as Commander in Chief of the armed forces in a hard-hitting state of the Union speech. He then sent Congress a record peacetime budget just short of 74 billion dollars. He said by far the largest part of it, almost two-thirds, is for defense against growing danger from Russia in “the dawning age of space conquest.”

An article in the magazine Soviet Aviation says this week that Russia’s first sputnik disintegrated and fell a week ago. The second sputnik still is circling the globe. It was launched Nov. 3.

Two intercontinental weapons - The Atlas and the Navaho - blasted off in rapid succession at Cape Canaveral.

Ted Williams, king of the batters at the age of 39, is named the outstanding Male athlete of the Year for 1957 in the annual Associated Press year-old poll.

 A Hollywood wedding- Jayne Mansfield (24) to Mickey Hargitay (20).

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01/03/2018 09:06 PM

Thursday, January 2, 1958   Vol. C653



East Farewell - Due to a freak snowstorm on December 30th the annual East FarewellNew Year’s parade has been postponed. The parade was supposed to take place on New Year’s Day but with almost 10 inches of snow on the ground the committee decided to postpone the parade until Saturday, January 4 beginning at 10 AM and traveling down Main Street turning on Lake Shore Drive and ending at the Lakefront Plaza. This is the first time the parade has been postponed in its 11 year history.
            The snowstorm caught everyone by surprise and dumped 9 ½ inches of heavy, wet snow on East Farewell. It caught everyone by surprise and essentially stranded all the visiting bands and marchers in town. On the bright side, all the added people in town made for a business bonanza by keeping rooms booked and restaurants full. Most of the stranded participants took a holiday attitude and made the most of an unfortunate situation. “It looks like this one will go down in the history books, but most everyone seems to be taking it all in stride,” said town Council Pres. Tom Connelly.

            The town has done a splendid job in clearing the mess and the streets department has promised a clear and clean parade route for Saturday. This year the parade will be led again by the Girl Scouts in recognition of their record setting cookie sales from last year. They set a state record for the amount of Girl Scout cookies sold in the four-week sales window. Many other groups will be represented in the parade and a plethora of marching bands will add a musical soundtrack the New Year’s kickoff celebration. Don’t miss it, Saturday morning, 10 AM, Main Street and Lakeshore Drive.

Downtown Lakeshore Drive January 1958



Riverview - The Cougars traveled to Riverview Friday, before the storm, and met their rivals on Friday afternoon. The Wildcats have been rebuilding and have not had much success so far this season. The Wildcats troubles continued on Friday afternoon as the Cougars were able to put together a strong second half and win 46–43. Both teams had a very good first half trading lead 10 times, but the Cougars were able to go into the locker room at halftime leading 26-24. Cougar’s center, Dave McGill, was able to take control of the area under the basket and really started to show an ever increasing knowledge of the game.
            Second half was controlled by a strong Cougars offense led by the backcourt of Bobby Fox and Fergal Connor. Together they were able to keep the Wildcats off balance and set up strategic offense plays time and again. The two guards contributed almost half (22) the entire teams total. The Wildcats did mount a late offense of push to bring the game much closer than it really was. In the last three minutes the Wildcats were able to score 10 points to come within three points of the Cougars. Coach Wilson called a timeout with 1:30 left and basically turned the game over to McGill who went back out on the court and directed the final minute with a steady and cool command. The Wildcats were unable to break the stonewall defense put up by the Cougars in the last minute.
            The Cougars come home next week to face the hapless Fort Lee Captains who have yet to win the game this season. The game begins on Friday at 4:30 in the Regional High Gymnasium.



President Eisenhower tells Soviet Premier Bulganin, “I am ready” for a summit conference provided preliminary negotiations give “good hope of advancing the cause of peace and justice in the world.”

Congress opens and almost immediately, President Eisenhower asks for an extra $1.26 billion this year for missile development, additional government, scientists and defense of strategic Air Command bases.

Exports rose to an all-time high in 1957 - at more than 21 billion dollars.

The West beats the East in the pro-bowl 26-7.

Sarah Churchill, daughter of Sir Winston Churchill is jailed briefly in Los Angeles on a charge of common drunkenness.

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12/28/2017 08:52 PM

Thursday, December 26, 1957   Vol. C652



East Farewell - As 1957 draws to a close it is time for the East Farewell News “Year in Review” 1957 was an exciting year with many memorable events. The year started with a much appreciated snowfall and a surprise appearance of the snow sculptures on the Lakefront Plaza. The Valentine’s Day dance was moved to a new location to support the much larger turnout and turned out to be another great hit. The “new” Flower Show was eagerly and excitedly opened and ran with great reviews from everyone attending. A new look for the Lakefront Plaza as well as a cleanup of the city dump were proposals on the record in the early spring. The Easter egg hunt on the Lakefront Plaza attracted many young hunters and was a huge success. Speaking of successes, both the Memorial Day Parade and the bicycle race proved to be both wonderful and fun for all. No one will forget the explosion of Lou’s Deli in the early summer, Lou has since rebuilt and is open for business once again. The fireworks display was a blast. The Second Annual Sailboat Race drew big crowds from out of town and looks like it will become an annual event. The Second Annual Swim Across the Lake along with the Second Annual Golf Tournament were only part of the summer fun that included the Third Annual Hotdog Eating Contest and the Barbecue Cook-off on Lakefront Plaza. The now traditional Music and Arts Fair hosted huge crowds and as the summer wound down the beloved Travelers finished their season without a title but a respectable 40–10 record. Everyone was shocked at the train robbery in early September and the robbers are still at large but the FBI has been engaged. In the fall the Soviet launch of Sputnik put everyone on edge but the Farmers Market and a wonderful Oktoberfest seemed to soothe everyone’s fears as well as the Science Club’s first blast off somewhat reassured folks that the US is not lagging in science minded students. The Thanksgiving Day Parade saw Santa Claus enter Boyles using the Fire Departments new extension ladder engine and new Christmas lights glowed across Main Street bringing the Christmas season to full bloom. To close out the year, a Christmas Carol, the favorite show from the Playhouse Productions opened with newcomer to East Farewell but well known movie star, James Mason taking the lead as Scrooge. In the closing weekend the Winter Social made a comeback and was a giant success and talk of making it permanent abounded. Next week will usher in 1958 and the promise of a new year will be greeted with the East Farewell traditional parade.



Slate Mountain- The Cougars went on a road for the first time this season and traveled up to Slate Mountain to take on a very strong Canaries team. The Cougars were unable to match the Canaries strong offense and suffered their first defeat of the season, 40-48. The Canaries got off to a quick start taking a 10 to 2 lead and led the entire first half with only two instances of the Cougars’ being able to tie the game. The Canaries lead at the half 26-20. The second half was better for the Cougars as they were to able to close the gap and even take a brief lead at 36-34 but were unable to hold on as the Canaries continuously attacked. Center Dave McGill had his hands full with Canaries center, Larry DiSanto, as DiSanto had almost 2 inches on McGill. Regardless, McGill played a tough game but ended up fouling out in the last two minutes. The Cougars backcourt made up of junior Bobby Fox and senior Fergal Connor were also challenged by a strong defense thrown up by the Canaries. The Cougars tried several different approaches, at one point speeding up the game and another throwing up a full court press. Neither approach worked well enough to stop the Canaries. By the time McGill had fouled out in the last two minutes the Canaries were in a commanding position, leading 46 to 40. Substitute center, Walter Ferguson, was able to slow down DiSanto but the damage had already been done. The Canaries added one last basket on a wild half court, last second shot by canaries sub, Ernie DeAngelis. “It was just a lucky shot and I know they weren’t trying to rub it in. The kid was a substitute and took his chance when he saw it. That was just icing on the cake for them and kind of summed up our frustration with the afternoon,” said Coach Wilson after the game.
The Cougars stay on the road next week as they travel to Riverview to play the Wildcats for the first time this season. The Wildcats are also rebuilding this year having lost four of their five starters to graduation. The game will begin at 4:30 on Friday afternoon in the Riverview gymnasium.



President Eisenhower spends a quiet, but merry Christmas at home in the White House with his immediate family. The Chief Executive appearing rested after his grueling trip to the Paris NATO conference, devoted the early part of the day to “just taking it easy.”

President Eisenhower approves a four-year billion dollar program of Federal aid to education designed mainly to bring the country abreast of Russia in the production of scientists.

Communist East Germany imposes travel restrictions on allied civilians including diplomats traveling in and out of Berlin. And effective Jan. 1, travelers must have East German instead of Soviet visas.

At the movies -
Legend of the Lost - John Wayne, Sophia Loren, Rossano Brazzi
All At Sea - Alex Guinness
Sayonara - Marlon Brando
Walt Disney’s Old Yeller

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12/21/2017 09:38 PM

Thursday, December 19, 1957   Vol. C651



East Farewell- After a five-year absence the East Farewell Winter Social made a comeback on Saturday night. The first social was held back in 1952 and was fairly successful. At that time many people hoped it would become an annual event but it did not due to scheduling problems and the lack of people being available organize the event. This year the Regional High School senior class took on the organizational responsibilities and sponsored the town wide social event in the basement of the Town Hall. Almost the entire senior class participated in some form or another. The chairman of the social dance committee was Jenny Gardner and she was assisted by an assortment of very committed seniors. The whole event was planned by the committee, all the decorating was done by different groups of senior students. The food, while supplied by local restaurants, was solicited by seniors. The entire cleanup was also done by the seniors after the dance. The music was organized by senior band leader Fred Gallagher who was able to bring in East Farewell’s own favorite band leader, Jerry Tabor, and roundup Big Roy and his Magnificents along with two bands from the senior class, the Blackjacks and Tonality, who played rock and roll and pop/show tunes respectively.
            The food was buffet style and supplied by the Lost Oasis restaurant and bar and Joe’s Deli. It was a wide and varied selection of both hot and cold entrées from hot sliced hot’s latest roast beef and fried chicken to decadent chocolate cake. A complete variety of side dishes were also presented from hot baked potatoes and green beans along with several different vegetable medleys. The buffet tables were manned by senior volunteers and guest chefs from the Lost Oasis sporting complete chef attire including the tall chef hat. The dessert table featured the award-winning double chocolate cake donated by Peg O’Malley and Sue Underwood’s delicious cherry pie.

            Jerry Tabor served as master of ceremonies and directed his own wonderful band in lots of very popular dance numbers. He also introduced Big Roy and the youngsters when they took the stage. The great variety of music made it impossible for anyone to remain seated for long. Everyone danced late into the evening and truly enjoyed themselves. The social committee said they would take any profits generated from the ticket sales and put it towards their senior prom that will be in May 1958. Many people were so excited about the event that they signed up for notifications through the mail about school activities that will be taking place throughout the year. Everyone had high praises for the senior class and their organizational expertise they showed in putting this whole event together.

Dancers at the Winter Social 1957



East Farewell-The Cougars were able to squeak by the Corning Devils last Friday afternoon, 38-36, with a last minute steal, pass and layup. The Devils were favored to win the game and played a very strong game but were unable to put any type of extended scoring drive together. They led most of the game but the Cougars were constantly nipping at the lead and never allowed it to get beyond six points. At one point in the first half the Devils had a six point lead, 15-9, and seemed well in control of the game effectively neutralizing center, Dave McGill, and containing wily point guard, Bobby Fox which seemed to throw the Cougars into confusion. A timeout by Coach Wilson and a brief replacement of Fox by sophomore Robbie O’Shea seemed to settle down the Cougars who were able to battle back to a 21-20 deficit at halftime. The Cougars came out in the second half determined to play a more controlled game. They finally were able to gain a lead halfway through the second half, 30-28, after a wonderful back door feed from McGill to forward Don Tasker. The Devils were not giving up and immediately jumped back in the lead 34-32 with only two minutes left. In a frantic last two minutes Bobby Fox and Fergal Connor worked together to bring the score to a tie at 36 with less than a minute to play. Cougars forward Joey Mitchell was able to steal the ball from Devils center, Paul Long, after a rebound and get the ball to half court and call a time out with 29 seconds to play. Fox inbounded the ball to McGill who pivoted around Long but instead of shooting the ball he dropped it off to Tasker who took one dribble and laid the ball in with only five seconds left. The Devils tried one last shot from behind the half court line but it fell short and the Cougars slipped away with a 38-36 unexpected win.
            Next week the Cougars go on the road for the first time this season as they visit the Slate Mountain Canaries. The Canaries have a strong team this year and are expected to put up a good fight on their home court. The game begins at 4:30 in the Slate Mountain gymnasium.



 Soviet leaders challenge the West to sign a “no-war' agreement and propose an international conference on disarmament. At a joint session of Parliament, Communist Party Secretary Khrushchev dares the West to sign a no-war agreement and decide the future “on the basis of which of our two systems gives its people the best lives”

Russia tries and fails to launch its third space satellite during the NATO conference this week. The Russian rocket blew up just off the ground at the launching center north of the Caspian Sea.

All of Hollywood morns the passing of Norma Tallmadge, the movie star of the 1920’s. She was 60.

Singers Steve Lawrence (21) and Eydie Gorme (25) got married this week. They met four years ago when they were teamed on the Steve Allen Tonight television show.

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12/14/2017 09:16 PM

Thursday, December 12, 1957   Vol. C650



East Farewell - Some people in East Farewell feel the Christmas season is not officially started until the town tradition of Charles Dickens ‘A Christmas Carol’opens at the Playhouse. This is the sixth year that the play has been produced and performed in East Farewell Playhouse. The play opened on Saturday night to a sold out crowd and will run through January 6th with performances on Friday, Saturday and Sunday nights with a matinee on Saturday afternoon. Playhouse producer, Jed Bernstein, has once again taken the tradition path and presenting the play but this year the lead role of Scrooge is being played by top movie star James Mason. Leo G Carroll, the much beloved Scrooge from all previous productions was unable to play the role this year due to conflicting engagements. Carroll defined the role in the East Farewell production and Mason knew the bar was set very high. In the opening show he rose to the level and many say he surpassed it. The gruff, miserly and downright mean character, well known to everyone who has read the story, was brought to life by Mason and with wonderful makeup and beautiful costume design he was able to bring the character into the minds and hearts of the audience. Once again this year the role of Belle was played by local Natalie Mallard and in a surprising change she also played the role of Mrs. Cratchit. Two completely different characters but in the first show she was able to pull off the character change seamlessly. Other locals filled out the cast with Randle Cross reprising his role as the humble but loving Bob Cratchit and last year’s surprise star little Billy O’Brian who is now 13 once again played Tiny Tim. This year the three ghosts were played by the same person, Douglas Beaufort. As the ghost of Christmas past he was thin, wiry and agile, bounding around the stage with great ease showing Scrooge scenes from his past but as the ghost of Christmas present he came on stage as over-sized, jovial spirit who portrayed a genuine joy for the moment and as the spirit of Christmas future he reverted to the thin side but was completely covered with a gray hooded cape and what appeared to be a black mask totally obscuring his face. He was truly disconcerting and very convincing.

            The East Farewell Playhouse has gained a reputation for the wonderful sets and scenes they have produced for this play. Owners Rick and Julie Davidson have continued with their hard work and fundraising for the Playhouse. This year with the expert guidance from Bernstein they have been able to produce a full slate of very entertaining shows. Rick Davidson even mentioned in an off-the-cuff comment that they may even make a profit this year. Local support for the Playhouse has been very strong since its opening seven years ago and out of town and support has been steadily growing thanks to a strong advertising campaign developed by Julie Davidson. This year’s show is sold out in advance for many shows. This is not unusual, but tickets remain because the Davidson’s have always held back a few tickets for each show so people showing up on show night at the box office are able to enjoy the show. Everyone in town makes sure they have at least one ticket to the show if not several. As usual this is a show not to be missed.

Ghost of Christmas Present and Scrooge 1957



East Farewell – The 1957-58 Cougars basketball team started their season on Friday night with a convincing win over the Central Bears, 40-32. This year’s Cougars have a new look having lost highly visible and locally loved seniors, center Wilson Watson and forwards Tom O’Hare and Billy Reilly. The new team has only two seniors, center Dave McGill and returning guard Fergal Conner. McGill played last year as backup to Watson. Filling out the starting five this are forwards Don Tasker and Joey Mitchell and point guard Bobby Fox all juniors. This is not a new team. All the starting five were on the team last year and saw a good bit of action. This team has played together as the squad that would scrimmage last year’s starters during practice, so they are familiar with each other. They started the season with a very strong game and looked sure of themselves and communicated well on the court.
            The game started with the first tip off for both centers, McGill for the Cougars and Dunlap for the Bears. Both boys jumped too soon and came down before the ball was tipped with Dunlap swatting the ball standing flat on the floor. Not a rules violation, just an awkward start. The Bears took advantage of the miscue and guard Don Francis grabbed the ball and raced down the court for a quick score. The Cougars then took over and went on a 12-4 run and took a 23-18 lead into halftime. The Bears made a run early in the second half and were able to take a brief lead 28-26 by employing a well run press and double teaming McGill. The Cougars were able to make adjustments and forwards Tasker and Mitchell were able to step up and make critical baskets and calmly break the press enough that the Bears called it off. By the end of the second half the Cougars had regained control and were ahead, 38-32 with only one minute left. Cougars coach, Charles Wilson, started to clear the bench to give the younger players, all sophomores, a chance to play.  Walter Ferguson, Mack MacKensie, Robby O’Shea played very strong defense but were only able to score once brining the final score to 40-32, Cougars.
            Next week’s game is at home against the Corning Devils. The Devils are one of the teams that that have been picked to be a contender for the league championship. The game begins at 4:15, Friday in the Regional High Gymnasium.



UN Secretary General Dag Hammarskjold came home from a seven-day mission to the Middle East, confident that the Arab-Israeli armistice is "reasonably stable”.

President Eisenhower is going to Paris for the NATO summit conference as his doctors pronounce his condition as good.

The second subway strike in 18 months hits New York City and causes thousands commuters to scramble for alternate means of getting to and from work.

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12/07/2017 10:56 PM

Thursday, December 5, 1957   Vol. C649



East Farewell - Christmastime in East Farewell would not be complete without a Christmas light display along Main Street. Traditionally, the Street has been crossed with lines of lights reaching from the intersection of Lake Shore drive to the town square. This would make for a very festive scene all along the main block of Main Street. This year the lights have been upgraded and raised higher to better accommodate truck traffic along Main Street as well as reach over top the trolley lines. Also, multicolored lights have replaced the single white light which makes for a spectacular tunnel affect down the street.
            “I think this new display is just wonderful,” said Lost Oasis owner, Charles Wence, “many people have come into the Oasis and commented on how beautiful the new display is and how the whole effect on the Street brings out a real Christmas spirit in them.”
            The display was designed by local electric firm, Watson Electric Company. Many volunteers from the senior high school class along with the fire department combined to get the display up and running last week. In spite of the very cold (20°) daytime temperatures the crews worked tirelessly and completed the job with great efficiency. While the tasks called for caution and oversight from professionals the students had great fun and there was a true camaraderie between the professional workers and the student workforce. The display consists of 115 parallel lines running across the street, each line is on a separate circuit so if one line were to short out or burn out the other lines which stay lit. This novel wiring scheme was designed by master electrician Ralph Watson, owner of Watson Electric. “It wasn’t all that difficult to figure out the wiring but with such a great number of individual circuits it became more of a strand placement problem so the whole display would look great and not have wires hanging all over the place,” said Watson after the initial lighting on Sunday night.

            The lighting display is truly a magnificent backdrop for a wonderful Christmas spirit that has embraced East Farewell. Townspeople are strolling down Main Street in the evening and since the sun has been setting early, around 4:30, and the stores have remained open later many people are enjoying the brisk evenings and getting their Christmas shopping done at the same time.

New Christmas lights on Main Street



East Farewell- The Cougars ended their season with a win over the Southport Hawks, 31-21. The season ended with the Cougars winning five, losing three and tying one. The record was much better than anyone thought the team would achieve at the beginning of the season. Most observers thought the Cougars would be experiencing a rebuilding year after losing some of their greatest players to graduation. The young team proved that it was certainly not in a rebuilding mindset and came to play every game. Senior quarterback, Bill Dolan was helped greatly by the very strong running of sophomores, fullback Robbie Blackman and running back Joey Neil. Halfback Billy Riley another senior also contributed to a surprisingly strong running game that carried the Cougars to their victories. Kicker Dave Galloway (Jr) was also instrumental in several of the Cougars wins and set a field goal record for a 41 yard field goal he booted through in the homecoming game against Sun City. Dolan’s passing game improved as the season went on as wide receiver Max O’Hara (So) and tight end Richie McGee (Sr) both help Dolan out of some tight spots.
            The Southport Hawks have struggled in the last three games with injuries to their main running back and several offense of lineman. Having dropped their last two games they were hoping to end the season on a high note but that was not to be. The Cougars, coming off a wild and wacky tie with the Fort Lee Captains last week were loose and in a great frame of mind when they took the field. Galloway kicked off and what may have been the longest kickoff of the season he forced Hawks return man, Joe Flagler, to field the ball at the Hawks 10 yard line. Flagler could have let the ball go and hope that it rolled into the end zone for a touchback but he didn’t and he was tackled at the 18. The Hawks line troubles were evident from the very start. The Cougar’s defense led by Daniel Green consistently overwhelmed the Hawks, forcing Hawks quarterback, Richie Wilson, to force several quick passes and valiantly tries to run for positive yardage. The Hawks were only able to move down the field twice in the first half, once in each quarter but they were able to score on both drives and go into halftime down only 21-14. The Cougars scored their three scores in the first quarter with runs by Blackman and Reilly and a Dolan to McGee screen pass at the end of the first quarter. The second half started with the Cougars taking the opening kickoff and driving down to the Hawks 15 yard line where Dolan dropped a beautiful pass into the arms of wide receiver Max O’Hara in the end of the end zone. After that both teams settled into a defensive battle neither one being able to come close to the opponent’s 10 yard line. It wasn’t until the fourth quarter that the Cougars were able to drive down to the Hawks 5 yard line and with almost half the quarter left Galloway kicked a field goal for the final score. The Hawks attempted to mount several more assaults on the Cougars goal line but all fell short and the score ended 31 – 21 in favor of the Cougars.
            Football season in East Farewell has come to an end once again and that can only mean one thing, it is time for Cougars basketball! The basketball season will start next week with an opening game against the Central Bears. The game will be played in the Regional High Gymnasium on Friday night starting at 7:30.



A new effort by the US to fire a baby moon into orbit,possibly this month, is speeding ahead at full strength. The Defense Department dispatches a preliminary report to President Eisenhower on the successful launch of the Vanguard Satellite. An Air Force Thor missile is launched at Cape Canaveral, but the Defense Department later reports the 1,500-mile missile landed short if its target.

A Soviet scientist boasts that Russia had made only two attempts to launch earth satellites and both succeeded. Another Russian expert blames the US failure on "disregard for theoretical research"

The Soviet Union says it is sending notes to all UN members warning that, "The danger of nuclear war has greatly increased".

AB- 8 jet bomber crashes shortly after taking off from Spokane's Fairchild Air Force Base. A mushroom cloud of smoke had many wondering if the plane was carrying nuclear weapons. 8 crewmembers died.

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11/30/2017 09:28 PM

Friday, November 29. 1957   Vol. C648



East Farewell - The 10th annual Thanksgiving Day parade strutted down Main Street on Thanksgiving Day, yesterday. Led by the Regional High School Marching Band the parade started in the High School parking lot and marched down Lake Shore Drive wound up Main Street and ended in front of Boyle’s Department Store where it delivered Santa Claus to open the East Farewell Christmas season. This year a new twist on Santa’s delivery to the store was having Santa climb up a ladder from the new extension ladder fire truck that has been acquired by the East Farewell Fire Department. The gleaming red and white vehicle with the enormous silver ladder was able to extend from the center of Main Street to the second floor of Boyle’s to a specially constructed balcony where Santa with his pack full of toys was able to climb right in and through the specially designed windows/doors and take his place on his Christmas chair that resembled a very comfortable overstuffed easy chair that was also available in the furniture department. Santa was surrounded by his elves and Christmas dressed salespeople who helped him with his enormous sack full of toys. This year Mrs. Clause did not accompany Santa into Boyles. The original story was that she was remaining at the North Pole to take care of the baking chores. That story was amended when Mrs. Clause joined Santa during the halftime show at the football game. The final story was Mrs. Clause was held up by bad weather at the North Pole.
            The 10thyear of the Thanksgiving Day parade was magical as grand Marshall and prime organizer, Charles Boyle said after Santa’s delivery, “this is one of the premier events the town has ever had. People come from far and wide to experience the Boyles Thanksgiving day parade and we are very grateful for everyone’s enthusiastic participation.”
This year the Regional High School Marching Band led the parade where in past years they have been the last to march. The change was made at the school administration level because the Pep Band that usually leads off the parade had too many members come down with a severe case of the flu and was unable to field enough members to make the parade. It was an unfortunate and extremely disappointing circumstance. But the other participants in the parade enthusiastically marched. This group included the fabulous Dancing Super Strutters from Central, the VFW Vets in full dress uniform, the ever popular Slate Mountain String Band, the Flat Rock Twirlers with their lighted batons brought cheers from the crowd and the East Farewell Volunteer Fire Company with its new ladder and new pumper engine carried Santa to Boyles. Santa rode on the back of ladder engine instead of his traditional sled this year to show off the new fire engine.

            The crowds this year set another record for attendance in spite of the fact that this year the parade was held on Thanksgiving Day as opposed to a weekend like last year. That decision was made by the parade committee with the thought that people would have Thanksgiving Day off since it is a national holiday and the committee felt that the holiday might contribute to the tradition of the parade. Either way the town’s economy got a big boost because many of the crowd from out of town said they would be staying for the entire weekend, including Friday. This was great news for all businesses in town creating a three-day shopping extravaganza. As always the parade was a huge success and once again went off without a hitch.

1957 Santa at Boyles



East Farewell - The annual “Gimmick Game” took place on Thanksgiving Day this year in an unusual scheduling variation that set the usually raucous and fun filled game as the next to the last game of the season but moved it to the holiday and did not make it the Homecoming game. The thinking was perhaps this could become a new tradition since both Fort Lee and Regional High always play this game very loosely thanks to the friendship between the coaches. It is always scheduled towards the end of the season and is usually not considered important in the standings for either team.
This year’s game was consistent with earlier games, there was no consistency whatsoever. If either coach had a game plan it was well disguised. Each play appeared to be an individual attempt at showing the most outrageous pranks a football team could pull off while staying within the rules and not hurting anyone on the field. The shenanigans started with the coin toss where usually only the captains of each team and the referees are in the center of the field this year both entire benches flooded the field for the coin toss and what appeared to be a democratic vote the Cougars chose heads by a wide margin. The flip was tales. The Cougars kicked off and as Dave Galloway approached the ball running back Joey Neil jumped in front of him to kick an onsides kick for the start of the game. The Captains were caught off guard but not completely unprepared. The Captains had placed two of their best receivers on either side of the front line just in case. Captain’s wide receiver Vince Snyder grabbed the bouncing ball, attempted to move it forward but was immediately tackled on the Captains 45. The Captains then embarked on a wild and wacky offensive drive that included several double reverses a fake handoff/screen pass and three long bomb attempts to Snyder. Each of the long passes fell incomplete and rolled into the Cougars end zone. The Cougars took over after a fake field goal attempt from the 30 and started their own show with quarterback Billy Dolan acting as the master of ceremonies. The Cougars ran many of their now infamous prank plays like the Statue of Liberty play and the halfback run/pass play. They were equally frustrated by only being able to move the ball down to the Captains 25 yard line where they to attempted, unsuccessfully, a fake field goal. The wildness continued with each team trying many different wild plays and both teams taking the crazy attempts in stride. It wasn’t until five minutes into the third quarter that the Cougars were able to break the ice with a combination end run/lateral to fullback Robbie Blackman as he blasted in to the Captains end zone behind a blocking Dolan and Riley. Surprisingly, Galloway kicked the extra point without any trickery. The Cougars looked like they had the game all sewed up when they drove down and kicked a field goal at the end of the third quarter to make the score 10-0 in their favor. Captains coach Chuck King was not going to roll over, though. He was able to direct his squad through a wonderful assortment of fakes short passes and solid runs to score in the first two minutes of the fourth quarter. While the Cougars attempted to add to their lead a series of fumbles, which were to be expected in this environment, led to the Captains controlling the ball on the Cougars 15 yard line. With only one minute left in the game the Captains kicker, Sal Anthony was able to drive the ball through the uprights to tie to score. The game ended in a tie and a five minute sudden-death overtime was agreed to by the coaches. After a scoreless five minutes an additional five minutes or, technically, a second overtime was added. Finally, after the second overtime elapsed with the score still tied at 10-10 the game was declared a tie. Both teams met in the middle of the field shook hands, laughed and joked with each other while both coaches embraced and slapped each other on the back, shook hands and enjoyed the wonderful moment.
The Cougars will take on the Southport Hawks next week in the last game of the season. The game will be played at home and will begin at 1:30 on Saturday.



President Eisenhower, snapping back from a recent mild stroke, presides over a Cabinet meeting and then hits some golf balls on the White House lawn. He also told Congressional leaders of both parties that the U.S. defense spending will approach 40 billion dollars next year to meet the Soviet threat - a $2 billion boost in defense funds. On one more issue he asked for discretionary power to turn over U.S. atomic weapons secrets to foreign governments.

CBS, NBC and ABC issue directives saying they will not accept or present subliminal advertising in any form. Subliminal advertising is still in the experimental stage. The FCC has said it would undertake a study of subliminal perception as soon as possible and take such action is it deems warranted. Subliminal Projections Inc. - a company promoting the system, says it will work with the FCC.

ABC says it is experimenting with its New York station - WABC with a new compatible AM transmission - one that eliminates both sidebands and places much of the audio on to one side band (single sideband). This would reduce interference in the fringe areas where sky wave and ground waves collide, causing distortion.

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11/25/2017 09:35 PM

Thursday, November 21, 1957   Vol. C647



East Farewell - The Regional High Science Club held its meeting on Tuesday afternoon on the Fairgrounds field. They set up a new experiment in which four teams competed to blast off their own homemade rockets. Each team had chosen a rocket technology and set up their own launch pad. Each rocket was powered by a different type propellant and each had its own guidance system, so to speak. The object of the exercise was to determine which type propellant would be the best and achieved the highest altitude. Four very different rockets were brought to the site and all four blasted off successfully. Unfortunately Team Blue which was using an alcohol-based fuel saw their rocket explode right after liftoff. Team Red had better luck with their compressed air fuel, their rocket lifted off and up to an interesting 50 odd feet before running out of fuel and falling back to earth. Team Green saw their rocket, powered by solid gunpowder, achieve the highest altitude but also the most spectacular demise, exploding like a firework at approximately 150 feet off the ground. Team Yellow tried an unusual fuel mixture of high octane gasoline and ether. While their rocket seemed to have the most power it lacked any control in its ascent and spiraled off into the lake but was very impressive with its thrust and speed.
The whole exercise was sparked by the new interest in space travel that was generated by last month’s Russian launch of Sputnik. Regional High senior science class5050 instructor, Mr. Martin Davis, who also is the coordinator for the science club came up with the idea a couple of weeks ago and presented it to the club as a challenge. The members of the club, who are all seniors, embraced the challenge with great enthusiasm and set about their tasks of building the next United States space ship. Their enthusiasm brought many new ideas to the discussion from forms of propulsion to guidance mechanisms and “reentry” methods. Each of the teams designed their own rocket but all the rockets with similar, pointed cylinders with fins on the end. The propulsion methods varied greatly from the green team’s simple gunpowder system that made the rocket resemble a Chinese New Year’s festival fireworks device to a much more complicated mixture used by the yellow team that involved highly volatile gasoline and ether. The blue team with their alcohol-based propulsion system was hoping for a better outcome but was stymied on the line launch pad when there rocket ignited before liftoff. The red team’s rocket used the simplest form of propulsion, compressed air. That was much akin to letting the air out of a balloon and trying to control where it went. The guidance systems were very basic if existing at all. Only the red team had a bona fide guidance system using a balance level that was connected to the fin system in an ingenious system of fishing line and tackle hardware. All the reentry systems consisted of parachutes that were deployed after the engine shut off. None of the reentry systems deployed.

The event attracted many spectators beyond just the club members. The families of the club members and friends all gathered to watch the event. With each launch the crowd counted down from 10 to 0 and simultaneously shouted blast off. Each launch whether successful or not was greeted with cheers, laughter and in some instances ducking out of the way. After all the rockets had been launched Mr. Davis charged each of the teams to write up an analysis of their own rocket analyzing its performance and what possible improvements could be made for the next launch. Mr. Davis declined to give a date for the next launch but promised there would indeed be another launch.
The crowds watch the blast off



Riverview - The Cougars came in to Riverview hoping to stop the Wildcats red-hot streak at five games. They were able to contain the Wildcats until the last three minutes of the game when Wildcats kicker, Daniel Fishman, was able to kick a season long 30 yard field goal to win the game, 24-21. The Cougars came into the game expecting a battle and they were not let down. The Wildcats showed why they were the league leading team by taking the opening kickoff down the field for a score. Then Cougar’s defensive end, Daniel Green, took command of the defense after the quick score and rallied the Cougars to hold off the Wildcats red-hot offense for the rest of the first half. Meanwhile quarterback Bill Dolan was able to use a mixture of tough running and smart passing to take the Cougars in for two scores by the end of the first half. As the half ended the Cougars were on top 14 to 7. The second half started with the Cougars taking the ball down but not being able to score from the 20 yard line. Galloway’s field goal attempt fell short and was fielded by Wildcats wide receiver, Darren Wilson, who took the ball on a short bounce and ran the ball back catching the Cougars by surprise. He was able to swing around the outside and galloped down the sideline for a Wildcats score. It is believed to be the longest run-back of the year, 101 yards. The momentum had clearly shifted to the Wildcats and the Cougars were held to several nonproductive possessions. Finally in the fourth quarter Dolan was able to connect with wide receiver Max O’Hara who was able to break two tackles and run in for a score putting the Cougars back in the lead, 21 to 14. The Wildcats would not quit and immediately drove down to the Cougars 13 and Wilson was able to take an end around in for the tying score. As the fourth quarter wound down the Wildcats defense wound up and held the Cougars to a one first down, 15 yard advance and forced a punt by Galloway. Wilson fielded the ball on the Wildcat 25 and raced down the sideline into Cougar’s territory. With less than two minutes left and the Wildcats faced with a fourth and three the Wildcats coach decided to take a chance with Fishman and sent him out for a 30 yard attempt. The snap was clean and in spite of Daniel Green’s valiant attempt at a block Fishman booted the ball smartly and aggressively through the uprights. This week the shoe was on the other foot as the Wildcats stormed the field and carried off Fishman in their arms.
Next week the Cougars will take on the Fort Lee Captains in a Thanksgiving Day game that has become a bit of a tradition as the “Gimmick Game” where both coaches, Al Burkowitz for the Cougars and Chuck King for the Captains, try to outdo each other with gimmick plays and other shenanigans that make for a very spirited but slightly unorthodox game. Both coaches are old friends and look forward to the game no matter where either team stands in the league standings. The game will be played on Thanksgiving Day after the Thanksgiving Parade concludes in town. The game is scheduled for 4 o’clock on the Regional High field.



President Eisenhower suffers an artery block in his brain in what is called a mild brain occlusion. His speech is affected slightly and shows no other damage.  As a result of the Eisenhower news, the stock market took a dive - an average loss of $7 per share.
Vice President Nixon declares that President Eisenhower is “perfectly capable of making any major decisions.” 
President Eisenhower is reported recovering rapidly. His resignation rumor is spiked “once and for all” by VP Nixon. Later, it’s revealed’s feeling much better and may fly to the NATO talks in Paris December 16.

Gen. Thomas White Air Force Chief of Staff declares that the Air Force’s next goal will be to rule space.

New shooting erupts on Israel’s borders with Syria and Jordan.

Elvis Presley receives an edict from the Los Angeles Police Department during the singer’s Pan Pacific auditorium concerts, to “clean up the show or else.” The police ordered the vice squad to have Presley eliminate all sexy overtones in the show.
WCFL Chicago bans all Elvis Presley records. It had to do with all the hoopla surrounding the premiere of Elvis’ “Jailhouse Rock” movie.

Elektra Records will market a stereophonic tape line called Dyna-Tapes. 30-minutes will retail at $11.95 and 45 minutes at $14.95. Initial release in the line includes “Four French Horns” by Mat Mathews and “Vibe-rant” featuring Teddy Charles. The format of course is reel-to-reel. Look for it beginning next month.

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11/17/2017 09:17 AM

Thursday, November 14, 1957   Vol. C646



East Farewell - Veterans Day was celebrated in East farewell with solemn respect as high school senior Troy Moses played taps at the Veterans Memorial overlooking Lake Charles. Many people placed wreaths and flowers at the Memorial and many more listened to speeches by town Council Pres. Tom Connelly and several Korean and World War II veterans. The entire ceremony was a short half hour in the noon hour allowing for many people to come out during their lunch hour and participate in the ceremony. Conley spoke of the many local townspeople who were involved in the war effort while Korean vet, Bernie Logan, remembered the four sons who did not return from Korea, Frank Norris, Billy Doyle, David Washington, and Ricky Reynolds. Their names have been inscribed on the Memorial along with the 27 World War II soldiers and the three World War I soldiers who were killed in action. All 21 of the living Korean war veterans as well as the 39 World War II veterans and the one World War I veteran, Thomas Flynn, were at the ceremony and dressed in their full dress attire. The 62-year-old Thomas Flynn spoke of his trials in the trenches of Belgium as an 18-year-old. He enlisted with the expeditionary force in 1917 and served in Belgium in 1917 and 18. He remembered his friend, Billy Mac Donald, who was the only East farewell resident who was killed in the Great War.

            After the brief speeches three large bouquets of poppies and lilies each representing one of the great conflicts were laid at the Memorial while Moses played an inspiring version of taps on the Hill overlooking both the Lake and the Memorial. After he finished and honor guard made up of veterans from the Korean and World War II contingents saluted the fallen with a 21 gun salute. The beautiful weather on a calm afternoon was a fitting memorial to our sons and brothers who paid the ultimate price for our freedom.

Troy Moses plays Taps at Memorial



East Farewell - The Cougars celebrated their homecoming with a wonderful pregame show by the marching band and a fun filled ceremony that crowned the homecoming king and queen. This year’s King and Queen were Johnny McMahon and Kathleen O’Hara, both seniors. There was a football game also. The Cougars took on the Sun City Eagles in a rousing back and forth the game that saw the Cougars end up on top 24 to 21.
            The game began with a 60 yard kickoff runback by Cougars running back Joey Neil. Those put the ball on the Eagles thirteen and quarterback Dolan wasted little time in getting into the end zone using his bulldozer fullback Robbie Blackman to plow 13 yards and two plays. Galloway’s extra point made the homecoming game begins to look like a rout from the start. But the Eagles came to play. They took the ensuing kickoff back to the Cougars 40 and started a long offense of drive that capped with a 2 yard screen pass from quarterback David Davies to wide receiver Albert Molina. With the extra point the game is quickly tied and only 10 minutes in the first quarter had elapsed. The game settled down a bit as both teams fought for first downs and yardage in the middle of the field. The Cougars were able to score again at the very end of the second quarter when wide receiver Max O’Hara snatched a long Dolan pass over the shoulder of defender Tim Molloy and scampered in for a 33 yard score. In the second half Eagles came out on fire and took the initial kickoff right in for a score and tied the game. The third quarter was all Eagles as they scored again with another Davis to Molina pass. The third quarter ended with the Eagles on top 21 to 14. Dolan and Blackman took control the fourth quarter and along with halfback Billy Riley and Joey Neil the Cougars marched down the field and scored on the first possession of the fourth quarter. The Cougars defense clamped down on the Eagles and defensive end Daniel Green was able to corral Davis three times not allowing him to get off his trademark short screen pass to Molina. The Cougars got the ball back after and Eagles punt and again marched down the field this time employing the air game to O’Hara and McGee. The Cougars took the ball down to the Eagles 5 yard line and it looked like a textbook example where Blackman would plow through but Dolan dropped back faked to Blackman floated a lazy pass over the end to McGee for the score. The Eagles would not go easily and they drove down to the Cougars 25 and Davis faked his trademark pass to Molina and tossed the ball to Eagle halfback Angelo Cappelli who raced around the other and into the end zone for a score to tie the game at 21. With time running down the Cougars got the ball again and drove down to the Eagles 15 but were held to a fourth and seven setting up a field goal attempt by Galloway. With 30 seconds left Galloway set up for his longest field goal attempt of the season and walloped the ball through the uprights to put the Cougars up 24-21 and seal the victory. As time ran out the elated Cougars lifted Galloway on their shoulders and paraded him around the field along with the homecoming king and queen. It was quite a scene but a lot of fun for the team and the crowd alike.
            The Cougars travel to Riverview next week to face the Wildcats who they beat earlier in the season. The Wildcats have since strung together a five game winning streak and currently are the league leaders. The Cougars will have their work cut out for them next week. The game begins at 3 o’clock in Riverview Stadium.



In a radio panel discussion - Sen. John Butler (R-Maryland) says the U.S. should shoot down Russia’s satellites as soon as they are launched. “I would like to see our armed forces shoot down Sputnik II. I think it is possible for accomplishment. We just say to them, you put them up and we’ll shoot them down. I think we will come to that someday, and it’s not too far off.

The Air Force discloses that a Northrop Snark guided missile is flown a full 5000 miles under simulated combat conditions and plunges its theoretical hydrogen warhead precisely on target. The Snark is a cruise missile rather than a ballistic missile, such as the Atlas, which blasts hundreds of miles into space and follows a bullet like trajectory. A cruise missile is different in that it depends upon its wings and can be flown within the earth’s atmosphere. It performs much like a jet fighter in speed and altitude.

Ray Bradbury, author and president of the Science-Fantasy Writers Association says “We will be on the moon within 10 years, 25 years from now we will be on the planet Mars.” “I see the next 50 years as being the time of the largest single movement in history (into space). We have been planning it for the last billion years. We will want to colonize the planets in our solar system, then go out to other star systems.”

In a Gallup Poll - Sen. Kefauver of Tennessee continues to lead the field as the 1960 choice for President among rank-and-file Democratic voters questioned. Sen. John F. Kennedy of Massachusetts comes in second and Senator Lyndon Johnson of Texas - third. All followed by Gov Frank Clement of Tennessee and Sen. Stuart W. Symington of Missouri
Sen. Kefauver - 26%
Sen. Kennedy - 19%
Sen. Johnson - 19%
Gov Clement - 6%
Sen. Symington - 5%

Jacob Potofsky - president of the Amalgamated Clothing Workers of America (based in Chicago) says that better clothing makes better teenagers. “I think the American male generally is under-dressed.” He added that the adolescent sector of the population was “under dressed and under-educated.” “It is sad, but Elvis Presley has more influence on young people than our educators.”

Baseball great Willie Mays finally lands a new house in the San Francisco area - where the Giants will begin playing next season. He was having trouble finding a place because of his color. Pressure from neighbors had kept the previous owner of a 3-bedroom home from accepting the Negro star’s $37,500 bid. The home for Mays and his wife will be located by St Francis Wood, an exclusive residential community. Mays said that he also had been rebuffed in his bid to buy another house five blocks away. After the deal went through - Mays exclaimed, “That’s wonderful! I’m glad it’s all over.” His wife Marguerite said “I feel very relieved. We wanted to live in San Francisco.” If the deal didn’t go through, the Mays’ were set to keep their New York home and stay out west during the baseball season.

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11/09/2017 09:14 PM

Thursday, November 7, 1957   Vol. C645



East Farewell - Halloween night in East Farewell saw lots of ghosts, ghouls and goblins but the only aliens seen were small children dressed as extraterrestrial visitors. The streets of East Farewell were full on Halloween night and many trick-or-treaters roamed in search of goodies from neighbors and friends. Much of the talk around town in recent weeks has been centered on the Russian satellite Sputnik. Many people have been tracking it on their radios and attempting to see it in the evening sky with telescopes and binoculars. There has been talk surrounding aliens and whether or not Sputnik would attract them to earth. While this attitude was taken with a grain of salt by most of the townspeople some folks were genuinely concerned. “You just don’t know what those Commies are doing out there in space,” said a very concerned citizen who declined to be named.
            Halloween night was crisp and clear and a full moon made for a wonderful evening of trick-or-treating. Several groups of high school students took part in the tradition of the “graveyard stroll” as they walked through the local cemetery dressed in different degrees of scary costumes. This tradition was started several years ago and caught on among the adolescent group. Parents strolled down Main Street and Lakeshore Drive with a menagerie of young ghosts, goblins, barnyard animals and a couple of cars and tanks. The shops and restaurants on Main Street and Lakeshore Drive stayed open late to greet the crowds and some gave out treats freely to the visitors.

            Once again Halloween night in East farewell was a wonderful experience. Thanks to the beautiful weather and the full moon the atmosphere fit the holiday perfectly.

Goblins in the graveyard 1957



East Farewell- The Cougars were able to break their three game losing streak by beating the Southport Hawks 28-14 on Saturday. While the Hawks came into the game riding a two-game winning streak the Cougars were suffering through a three-game losing streak where they had not been able to combine a sustained offense with a stalwart defense. On Saturday the Cougars came out with a new attitude and got back to basic football fundamentals to score 4 times and hold the hard-driving Hawks to only two scores.
            The game started with the Hawks receiving a Galloway kickoff all the way down on their own 11 yard line. Hawks receiver, Joe Lester, was only able to return the ball to the Hawks 20 yard line. Most of the Hawks offense has been through the air and Saturday was no exception. Hawks quarterback, Bill Dunn, immediately went to his favorite receiver, David McCain, for a 10 yard gain. The Cougars were quick to adjust to the Hawks passing game and were able to stymie the attack at Hawks 45 yard line. The Cougars took over on their own 17 yard line after a line drive punt bounced away from receiver, Joey Neil, who had to run it down. The Cougars wasted no time showing their new “basic football” look with three straight runs by fullback, Robbie Blackman. Blackman easily made the first down on the third run and quarterback Dolan went right back to the run using Blackman as a fake and handed off to Neil who scampered for a nifty 39 yard run right up the center. Dolan stayed with the run as he gave it to his favorite workhorse, Blackman who slammed into the line and pushed a host of Hawks back across the goal line for the Cougars first score. Galloway put the Cougars up 7-0. It was looking like the Cougars were in complete control of the game but the Hawks were not going to let that happen. On the next kickoff Lester took a low Galloway drive and was able to show his speed and agility bobbing and weaving his way all the way down to the Cougars 35. Dunn then put on a short aerial display that showed why the Hawks were on their winning streak. With three passes to three different receivers he moved the ball to the one yard line then with a quick snap and throw he got the Hawks on the board and the half ended tied 7-7.
            The second half gave the Cougars the ball first and they were able to drive down to the Hawks 20 but in their one miscue of the game, an errant snap caused Galloway to miss the field goal. The Hawks then flew down the field and set up their second score with the screen to Lester. All of a sudden the Cougars looked like they were in trouble but Coach Burkowitz called the team together during a timeout and laid down the plan with great emphasis. That was what it took and the Cougars came back on the field with one minute left in the third quarter Neil took another line drive punt but this time fielded it cleanly and was able to follow his blockers all the way down to the Hawks 15. Dolan wasted no time faking to Blackman dropping back and tossing a short screen to his wide receiver, Max O’Hara who scampered in for the score.
The fourth quarter was all Cougars as they stopped the Hawks on every drive and were able to push them back on each of their possessions. The last two Cougar positions ended with scores, one by another bone-crushing run by Blackman and the other by a double reverse, wide end run by Neil. The game ended with the Cougars convincingly on top, 28-14. More importantly, the team came together and played as a unit, worked together for a decisive win. “I think these boys are starting to get it. They are finally playing as team and I think they are starting to understand the whole team concept,” said Coach Burkowitz after the game. The Cougars stay home next week as they celebrate their homecoming against the Sun City Eagles. The festivities begin at 1 o’clock on the Regional High field.  There will be a homecoming ceremony that will crown the homecoming king and queen. There will also be a marching band review.



Khrushchev is on a roll/Soviet propaganda is on a high - and Khrushchev seems to be taking advantage of every moment. An interesting article (this week) says he's using the Sputnik flurry to deal blows in and out of Soviet Russia. The first - he demoted and drove out of power Marshal Georgi Zhukov, victor of Moscow, Leningrad and Stalingrad and conqueror of Berlin. The second, when he told the US that our costly and far- flung air bases in north Africa, Spain and elsewhere are practically worthless since the amazing soviet success in the field of guided missiles. The result is the Western world seems to be stunned and confused.  Soviet scientists close the book on Sputnik II and it's presumed that the little dog Laika has died. The satellite's two radio transmitters are dead. In the meantime Sputnik II made six passes over the US.

Summit meeting in Moscow - Nikita Khrushchev and Mao Tse-tung, the two top men in world Communism, make a double-barreled attack on the United States, gibing at its lag on launching Sputniks and accusing it of plotting trouble all over the world. They spoke from the same platform before 17,000 delegates from 60 nations to mark the 40th anniversary of the Bolshevik Revolution

President Eisenhower names Dr. James Killian, president of MIT as the United States' “science czar” in a drive to overtake Russia in missile and satellite development. Later, Dr. Killian promised to “marshal the best scientific and engineering talent” to accelerate the nation's missile program.

Secretary of Defense McElroy orders the Army to get ready to launch a US satellite using the Jupiter-C rocket. Not date is set.

Navy carrier Philippine Sea joins the search for the missing San Francisco-to- Honolulu bound airliner with 44 aboard.

Gen. Thomas Power, head of the US strategic Air Command warned the Soviet Union that US bombers around the world are loaded with nuclear weapons and ready to strike swiftly in case of attack.

President Eisenhower warned the nation that a 'very considerable” increase in Federal expenditures for weapons will be required to meet the Russian threat in American security. He says the country needs more.

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11/02/2017 07:05 PM

Thursday, October 31, 1957   Vol. C644



East Farewell-The circus may no longer come to town but the Playhouse is open for business. Last year was the circuses swansong to East Farewell as financial difficulties made its continuation impossible. There were many sad faces in the crowd at the closing show last year and they were not the painted clown’s center ring. The show will be missed. On the brighter side the very successful and popular Playhouse has its schedule to offer three more shows in an effort to fill the entertainment vacuum. Playhouse owners Rick and Julie Davidson have been working diligently with local producer and impresario Joel Bernstein to come up with new and current entertainment. This month’s offering is current Broadway smash musical, “My Fair Lady”. The Davidsons and Bernstein were able to obtain the rights to show through Bernstein’s connections with the shows Broadway producers. The leading parts, Henry Higgins and Eliza Doolittle are played by local favorites Sam Wellsand Natalie Mallard. The house band is made up of many local musicians as well as seniors from the Regional High School music program. The show opened right after Oktoberfest closed last week. It will run for four weeks if sales continue to stay strong. So far there have been sellouts for both the Friday and Saturday shows as well as the Sunday matinee. Shows are scheduled for Thursday night Friday night Saturday night and a Sunday matinee. “We are very pleased to be able to present this wonderful show and are grateful but not surprised at the magnificent audience turnout,” said Bernstein after the first Sunday matinee.

            The Playhouse has become an integral part of the East Farewell social scene since it opened four years ago. The Davidson’s commitment to restoring the building and continuing maintenance and updating have let the town enjoy a first-class theater experience. Bernstein’s creative vision and deep connections with the professional theater industry has been crucial to bringing top notch talent and first run shows to the Playhouse. Both the Davidson’s and Bernstein feel there is a long and storied history being written as the Playhouse opens every performance.

Natalie Mallard as Eliza Doolittle



Centralia- The Cougars lost to the Central Bears 21-14 on Saturday. This was the third loss in a row for the Cougars who find themselves in an unfamiliar position of last-place in the league standings. The Cougars season started off with two strong wins and went downhill from there. The young team has shown signs of strong play on both offense and defense but has had consistency problems. In the past three games they have had more turnovers than the entire last season. This game started with a strong Cougar drive with quarterback Dolan taking the ball down to the Bears 10. Then the Bears defense stiffened up and two plays losing yardage and a fumble on third down pushed the Cougars out of field goal range and the Bears were able to take over on their own 20 after a Galloway punt into the end zone. The Bears then took the ball all the way down to the Cougar’s 15 yard line and Bears quarterback Dave Mathias was able to hit tight end Bob Roach for a score to put the Bears ahead. The Cougars spent the rest of the first half chasing the Bears as Mathias and Roach were able to chip away at the Cougars field position. Finally in the last two minutes of the first half Dolan hit wide receiver Max O’Hara for a 40 yard bomb and O’Hara took the ball down to the Bears 2. Fullback Robbie Blackman drove the ball across the line and the half ended tied seven all.
            The second half started with the Bears receiving the ball and quickly driving down to the Cougars 17 but they were stopped by a tenacious Cougars defense. A Bears field goal attempt sailed wide right and the Cougars took over on their own 17. Dolan looked to his tight end Richie McGee to make the most of a soft Bears zone defense. The Cougars moved the ball down to the Bears eight and once again Blackman powered through the middle for the score putting the Cougars up 14 to 7. That was the end of the Cougars offense for the afternoon. The Bears took the kickoff and drove to the 30 but were stopped. An excellent punt by Bears kicker, Eugene Salem, dropped the ball on the Cougars 2 yard line. The Cougars were able to get out of trouble and drive the ball up to the 40 but no more. A Galloway punt put the Bears back on their own 11. It wasn’t until the fourth quarter either team was able to threaten. And while the Cougars threatened the Bears scored. The Bears were able to score two touchdowns in the last eight minutes of the game as the Cougars inconsistency raised its ugly head and the team was unable to stop the Bears on their last two drives. Strong play by Mathias, Roach and halfback, Tommy Newsom also made the Bears offense look top notch. Roach was able to score on a 25 yard slant pass and Newsom had a 13 yard end run for a score.
            “We are not used to being in this position and we don’t like it one bit. This team is still trying to find itself and still has a way to go but I think we will be okay as we get deeper into the season,” said coach Burkowitz in the locker after the game. The Cougars come home next week to face the Southport Hawks and hopefully get back on track. The game will begin on the high school field at 1:30 on Saturday.



Communist Daily Worker dispatch reports that the Russians will launch another Sputnik, just in time for the Bolshevik Revolution anniversary. The Russians launched a second space satellite - this one carrying a dog. The new Sputnik is some six times heavier than the first. It seems to be circulating the earth once an hour.  Sputnik II is sighted all across the country giving scientists the information needed for an accurate fix of its orbit around the earth. The Soviet satellite appeared to be tumbling end over end in its furious flight at nearly 18,000 miles an hour. This caused renewed speculation about the fate of Laika, the little Russian dog harnessed inside.

A Russian scientist discloses that new secret sources of power were developed to shoot Sputnik II and its canine passenger into orbit around the earth.

American scientists are not surprised by Sputnik II and say the Russians deserve credit for a difficult engineering accomplishment.

Queen Elizabeth opens the new session of Parliament, saying science now “should be inspired by the hopes and not retarded by the fears of mankind.” “I believe that never has the threat of Soviet Communism been so great nor the need for the free countries to organize themselves against it so urgent.”

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10/26/2017 09:21 PM

Thursday, October 24, 1957   Vol. C631



East Farewell - It is late October in East Farewell and that must mean Oktoberfest. The festival is enjoying its third year and has seen many changes since it was introduced in 1955. It first started as a two-week affair and it was quickly realized that that was too long and was shortened to a one-week affair in 1956. Since then it has enjoyed enormous success and expanded has from one tent to a full-blown Festival taking place on the Fairgrounds and backing up to the fun pier. This year the Midway took a new twist with many local vendors setting up shop and offering local crafts and food for the many visitors. This year also saw an influx of out-of-town visitors. Also this year two stages for musical entertainment were set up and musical acts performed almost continuously. Of course, the main attraction has been the beer, bratwurst and chicken. Many local young women recruited as frauleins and many young men donning lederhosen and the atmosphere in the tents was very Bavarian.
            The Fest opened on Friday and will run through the week and close next Sunday evening with a farewell concert that will include all of the acts that performed throughout the week. The music acts that are appearing include the always popular Jerry Tabor, Big Roy and the magnificence, local country star Charlie Green and the always popular Hans Snyder’s Bavarian Polka Band. Many local farmers have contributed to the different foods offered throughout the week. Along with the chickens and the locally made bratwurst lots of potatoes and other vegetables have been put out on the tables.     
Many happy beer drinkers attended the festival so far and many have returned several times during the week. “This is the most fun week of the year for me and every year it seems to get bigger and better. The food is better every year, maybe because it’s local and very fresh,” said a lederhosen wearing young man who declined to be named because he was skipping work. Work absence not to be taken lightly but it has been unofficially allowed during the week as long as production is not affected. “While we obviously do not condone absence from work we understand that our workers are more than allowed to use vacation time to attend the Oktoberfest,” said floor manager Ryan Burns who works at the Iron Works.
The Oktoberfest seems to be headed to another successful conclusion at the end of this week and many visitors are pleasantly appreciating all the goodwill, good food, good beer and good music. The Oktoberfest is quickly becoming a local tradition.



Slate Mountain- The Slate Mountain Miners celebrated their homecoming last week with a win over the Cougars, 14 to 7. The Miners caught the Cougars off guard with a surprising new ground game headed up by a new member of their team, Darren Roland, who just arrived from Ohio. Roland played halfback and was able to rush for an extraordinary 105 yards and score both Miners touchdowns. The Cougars seemed unable to keep their hands around the swift and slippery 170 pound runner. In the first half both teams were able to move the ball down the field but neither could score. The first half ended in a 0-0 tie. The second half started with the Cougars taking the opening kickoff down to the Miners 30 and then working their own ground game to move the ball to the five with runs by Robbie Blackman and Joey Neil. Then with a third and goal quarterback Dolan was able to toss a screen pass to tight end Richie McGee who took the ball into the end zone untouched. Galloway converted the extra point and the Cougars lead 7-0. As the third quarter wound down the Miners took the ball down the field with carries by Roland of 20 yards, 10 yards and several short yardage gains. With the Miners set up with a first and goal on the Cougars eight, Miners quarterback Dave Morris handed the ball to Roland who first ran inside then backed off and ran around the end for the score. After the extra point conversion the game was tied at seven. The fourth quarter saw tighter defense on both sides but as the quarter ran down Morris was again able to rely on Roland to gain yardage and move the ball down the field. With 2:54 left on the clock and the Miners controlling the ball on the Cougars 18 yard line Morris dropped back as if to pass but handed off to Roland who was crossing behind him. Roland swept to the right and just out ran the Cougars defense into the end zone for the go ahead score. Again, the extra point was converted and the Miners led 14-7. With only 1:10 left on the clock the Cougars took the kickoff but only made it to their own 30. Despite a valiant effort by Dolan, Blackman and Neil the Cougars ended up with a fourth and three on the Miners 45 yard line. Dolan handed off to Blackman in an effort to continue the drive but Blackman was stopped inches short of the first down marker. The Miners took over with only 20 seconds left on the clock and ran one last play to Roland who was obviously worn out and only gained 1 yard.
       This was the second loss for the Cougars in two weeks and their once promising season is suddenly looking not as spectacular as first reported. “This was a tough game and that new fella Roland was very impressive. We couldn’t stop him today and the Miners were able to enjoy their homecoming with a win. We will get them next time and we will use this loss to improve our own game,” said coach Burkowitz after the game. The Cougars stay on the road next week when they visit the Central Bears in Centralia. The game begins at 1:30 on Saturday at Central High field.



The Russians say the have launched a new satellite - this one carrying a dog. It’s six times heavier than the one launched earlier this month. Moscow says it’s circling the earth every hour and 42 minutes at a height of 937 miles. The dog is hermetically sealed in a container equipped with air conditioning.

President Eisenhower’s popularity slips ... 57% approve and 27% disapprove of the job he’s doing. In January of this year, 79% approved of the job he was doing.

At a gathering of artists in Indianapolis, architect Frank Lloyd Wright tells the group that Indianapolis is “ugly” and that Paris, France is his favorite city because it has resisted skyscrapers.

In sports - 1100 show-up at transplant ceremonies for the Dodgers in Los Angeles. President Walter O’Malley, who received a standing ovation, told the crowd “The next time you will be asked to stand will be when your own Duke Snider hits the first home run for your Dodgers here.”

Elvis Presley performs at the Pan-Pacific Auditorium in Los Angeles. He performed for 50 minutes and sang 18 songs including “Heartbreak Hotel” and “Jailhouse Rock.” Before the concert, he was asked to comment about an article in which Frank Sinatra was attacking rock and roll. “I admire the man, he has a right to his own opinions. You can’t knock success.”

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10/19/2017 08:03 PM

Thursday, October 17, 1957   Vol. C630



East Farewell – A farmers market opened on Lakefront Plaza on Saturday and Sunday and sold many local grown favorites like peppers, tomatoes, cucumbers, corn and all kinds of lettuce, squash and cabbage. The stands that were set up before dawn overflowed with local produce and surprisingly fruits from California. Local farmers experienced a bountiful year and were able to turn much of their surplus over to the Farmers Grange this year as several years before the Grange approached the Town Council and asked to be able to sell the surplus at a Farmers Market on Lakefront Plaza. The Council readily agreed because in the past other farmers markets have been very successful.  The market opened at 7 AM and stayed open until 7 PM. It’s seemed busy the entire time. Many people lingered after closing time as the stalls were being broken down and took advantage of the beautiful autumn evening on Lakefront Plaza. Some notable pieces of produce were pumpkins grown by a local farmer Ted Green. The pumpkins were enormous and many people marveled at not only the size but the copious amounts that were available. Folks picked up the pumpkins with intentions of creating jack-o’-lanterns for Halloween while others spoke of making pumpkin pies and some were going to do both. In the past the Council has tried to set up farmers markets throughout the summer and fall but have been unable to create a continuous event due to the myriad of uses the Plaza experiences.
            The market was a great success because of the farmer’s bountiful production. Many farmers spoke of how much they enjoyed the local market place. It gave them a chance to interact with many of their friends and neighbors and to talk to other farmers about their methods, fields, and produce. The townspeople enjoyed the market immensely while being able to buy local produce they got a chance to see and talk to the people who produced it. This year many local restaurants set up small booths with tables and chairs and offered different delicious entrées made from the local produce. There was even a small stage set up where local country star, Charlie Green, played for two afternoon sessions and entertained the crowd with many of his country hits.
            Once again it will remain to be seen if the town Council will make any move on making the Farmers Market a more permanent feature on the Lakefront plaza but for now the town will have to be satisfied with the occasional fall appearance of the East Farewell Farmer’s Market.

1957 Farmer’s Market with Ted Green and his pumpkins



Corning - The Cougars suffered their first defeat of the young season when they met the Corning Devils on Saturday. The day started off on a positive note for the Cougars as they took the opening kickoff back down to the Devils 25 yard line. The Devils defense then stepped up and held the Cougars to a 30 yard field goal attempt by Galloway that went wide left. The Devils took over on their own 35 and were able to drive down to the Cougars 20 where the Cougars defense stiffened and forced a Devils field goal attempt that also went wide left. The first quarter was a series of back and forth drives between both teams 20 yard lines. In the second quarter both defenses remained intact and it wasn’t until the last minute of the first half that any score occurred. With two minutes left and the ball on the Devils 45 yard line with the Devils in possession, Devils quarterback Arthur Richman threw a short screen to Devils wide receiver Josh Simmons that turned into a 30 yard gain. The next play Richman went back to Simmons for another completion and Simmons ran in for the score. The half ended with the Cougars trailing 7-0. The second half started with the Cougars kicking off to the Devils and the Devils receiver, Bill Newkirk, fumbled the ball. The Cougars were able to recover on the Devils 25 yard line. Cougars quarterback, Bill Dolan, did not waste any time driving the team in for a score with fullback Robbie Blackman leading the charge. Dave Galloway added the extra point and the game was tied at seven. Both defenses played superb games not letting either offense come within 35 yards of either goal line for the rest of the third quarter and well into the fourth quarter. There were two minutes left when Richman let a long bomb soar past a pressing Cougars defense and into the arms of wide receiver Dave Miller. Miller was able to out run Cougars defender Walter Davis and score the go ahead touchdown. The Devils were able to convert the extra point and with only 40 seconds left on the clock the Cougar’s last attempt by Dolan to wide receiver Max O’Hara was a little too long for O’Hara to pull in. The game ended with the Devils on top 14 to 7.
            Next week the Cougars travel to Slate Mountain on the north side to face the Slate Mountain Canaries as the Canaries celebrate their homecoming. The game will begin in Slate Mountain’s Stadium at 3:00 after an opening ceremony staged by the Slate Mountain Homecoming Committee.



President Eisenhower makes an unexpected appearance on Broadway where the First Lady was attending a performance of the hit musical “My Fair Lady.”  The President arrived after speaking at a dinner meeting at the Waldorf-Astoria. Few in the audience realized the first couple was even there until after the show. The show stars Rex Harrison and Julie Andrews.

Fortune Magazine identifies J.P. Getty as the richest man in the world – worth between $700 million and a billion dollars. Other names on the list include the Rockefellers, DuPonts, Astors and Fords.

A bomb thrown from the public gallery in Jerusalem injures Prime Minister David Ben-Gurion and four of his ministers. The bomb thrower is identified as Moshe Ben Jacob. Police quoted him as saying he had a grudge against Youth Alyah, an organization for the immigration, training and absorption of new immigrants in Israel.  Ben-Gurion received injuries from splinters in the hands and left leg.

J. Edgar Hoover puts out 10 rules for teenagers entitled - Don’t Invite Trouble!  Some of the tips include - “Stay out of lover’s lanes” - experience shows that they are favorite haunts of sex criminals... “Don’t go about the house half-dressed” - it’s an invitation to peeping Toms... “If you know of any pornographic pictures or literature being passed around, notify your parents immediately” - obscene reading matter is a favorite habit of the degenerate.

In Doylestown, PA -A state police lieutenant orders Mrs. Anna Werner Casey to stop using the Pennsylvania Turnpike as a private driveway. The lieutenant said that Mrs. Casey would sometime drives up the turnpike and cuts off across private land to her home.

Canned milk concentrate is developed at the University of Wisconsin at Madison.  The milk maintains its fresh flavor even when kept on grocery shelves for several months without refrigeration. The new process will make it possible to market milk in cans.

Errol Flynn, who started a game of “hide the badge” during a Screen Publicist’s Ball, winds up being arrested as a drunk after a policeman didn’t get his badge back. Officer Bill Friedman made the arrest after Flynn started passing his badge around after taking it and began hunting for it. His female companion said she tucked it in a glove and promptly lost the badge.

David Nelson turns 21 and is given $250 thousand from a trust set up by father Ozzie for his radio and now TV work on “Ozzie & Harriet.”

10/12/2017 09:59 PM

Thursday, October 10, 1957 Vol. C629



East Farewell- East Farewell has had its share of alien sightings, the first in 1952 and the last most recent in 1954. With the launch of the Russian satellite Sputnik last week a new perspective has been placed on the UFO sightings. The science shop on Lake Street dive has sold out of its telescopes and Sam’s radio repair shop has sold out of shortwave sets and regular radio receivers. People around town are have taken to going out in the evening and throughout the night and gazing upon the heavens, not to identify astronomical constellations, but in search of the elusive man-made moon. Many others have stayed tuned to their radio sets in attempt to pick up the simple beep that Sputnik is putting out. It has been well documented that the satellite orbits the earth every hour and 35 minutes so being able to pick up the beeping is very possible any time of day. Many people have claimed to have spotted the object in the sky using their newly acquired telescopes.
            The Regional High School has also gotten into the Sputnik mania, so to speak, by offering new clubs for astronomy and radio reception. Students have been seen in groups on the high school field after dark with numerous telescopes all pointed in the same direction and hoping to view Sputnik. Sightings are numerous and very exciting for the ones doing the sighting. As for the radio reception it has turned out to be somewhat anti-climatic because it really only exists as a beep and although there have been numerous attempts to try and decipher any form of beep Morris code interpretation, nothing has been deciphered. One senior, Jack Fitzgerald, has taken the lead in the Sputnik club and has personally claimed 15 different sightings. “I just seem to know where to look in the sky to see it. It is very exciting. I am able to let my friends and other members of the club look through my telescope and verify my sightings,” said a very excited Fitzgerald when asked about his new passion.
            While many people are surprised by the Russian technology advance most feel the United States is still on equal technical ground with the Russians and expect to see a US satellite in space very soon. Some people have expressed concern that Sputnik is a spy device and is spying on the United States. The government has yet to disavow this statement. With the launch of Sputnik, interest in outer space has exploded not just in East Farewell but across the United States. Many academics are very happy with this newfound curiosity and hope that it will lead to a greater exploration of the cosmos.



Riverview- The Cougars traveled to Riverview on Saturday and notched up their second win of the season, 24 to 23. After a well played game against a strong Wildcats team the Cougars were able to walk off the field with their second win of the very young season. The Riverview Wildcats are a very strong team this year and are expected to place well in the league standings. The matchup was highly anticipated because both teams are fairly young but have great potential.
            The game is started as a defensive battle with neither team scoring in the first quarter. Both teams struggled offensively to get first downs and punters, Dave Galloway for the Cougars and Jimmy Smith for the Wildcats had their work cut out for them. They both ended up kicking four times each in the first quarter alone. In the second quarter the Cougars were able to move within field goal range and Galloway was able to connect for a 25 yard field goal to give the Cougars a 3-0 lead. That was the only score in the first half. The second half was an entirely different game. The Wildcats came out and scored on the first drive to take a 7-3 lead and take momentum control of the game. After a short three and out offense by the Cougars the Wildcats took control on their own 35 yard line. They were able to drive down to the Cougars 10 but Daniel Green made a point stealing dive in front of placekicker Smith to foil the Wildcats scoring attempt. This sparked the offense and they were able to drive down behind fullback Robbie Blackman to the Wildcats seven in six plays. Then an end run by back Joey Neil was able to bring the Cougars back into the lead, 10-7. The teams then traded field goals to close out the third quarter. The fourth quarter started with a 13-10 lead by the Cougars and the Wildcats with the ball. Wildcats quarterback, Antonio Carmella, was able to pass for two first downs and move the ball down to the Cougars 28 yard line. Then the Cougars defense took charge. Cougar safety, Jimmy O’Mara, intercepted a Carmella pass and was able to run it back to the Wildcat 7. It didn’t take long for Cougar quarterback, Bill Dolan to hit tight end Richie McGee for a touchdown. A very rare two point extra point was attempted because Galloway seemed to be having some shoe problems. Dolan went around the end with Neil to make the 2 point score moving the score to 21-10 Cougars. On the ensuing kickoff the Wildcats ran the ball back to the Cougars 40. Carmella was able to use his fullback’s, Ball and Johnson to move the ball down to the three. A short pass to his wide receiver Marco brought the Wildcats back within four, 21-17. The short kickoff attempted by the Wildcats did not work as planned and the Cougars took over on the Wildcats 45. The Wildcats defense tightened up and only let Dolan move down to the 25. Galloway having fixed his shoe problems attempted his longest field goal attempt of his career of 40 yards. He was unsuccessful as the ball fell short but was fielded by Wildcats running back, Anthony Cappelli, who was able to run the ball back by a surprised Cougars team all the way to the Cougars 30. Fullback Johnson rumbled down to the five and a center plunge by fullback Ball put the Wildcats in the lead 23-21. On the extra point Daniel Green was able to get up over the top of the line and tip the ball just enough to push it off to the left, leaving the score 23-21 with three minutes left. The Wildcats kicked the ball long into Cougars territory but Joey Neil was able to swing around the outside and take the ball back to the Cougars 45. Dolan tried a couple of running plays and was faced with a third and four. He was able to drop back and hit McGee for a first down at the Wildcats 32. Then Dolan surprised the Wildcats by keeping the ball and running up the middle when he saw all his receivers were covered. He made it to the 19. Dolan is not known for his running so even coach Burcowitz was surprised. Dolan then gave the ball to Blackman who used up most of the clock while plowing to the 13. With only 20 seconds left on the clock Dave Galloway came on for a 23 yard attempt. The ball was placed the kick was straight and true. Time ran out with the Cougars winning 24-23. “That was a great game. Those Wildcat kids have a lot of heart and we had to play our best game to beat them. This is going to be an exciting season with the Wildcats, the Miners and us all looking really strong, I haven’t even had a chance to look at the other teams yet but so far, this looks like it is going to be a wild season,” said Coach Burkowitz after the Game.
            The Cougars travel to Corning for another tough matchup against the Corning Devils. The game begins at 3:00 on Saturday on Coring High’s field.



The Soviet Union announces it has tested a new type H-bomb. This comes in the midst of Sputnik jubilation.  Radio signals from the Russian earth satellite (Sputnik) are being heard again after being silenced for six hours. A State Department spokesperson says the department wouldn’t be surprised if Russia launched another Sputnik “at any time.”

President Eisenhower declares that the first U.S. satellite, a small 4-inch “test vehicle” planned to scout space for the fully instrumented 20-inch sphere, will be sent up this December.

Experts at the Naval Research Laboratory believe Sputnik could stay in space for as long as a year. “Reports that the rocket shell is disintegrating seem =highly unlikely at this time” said a spokesperson.

Soviet Communist Party Chief Khrushchev accuses the U.S. of inciting Turkey to start a war by attacking Syria and challenges the U.S. Senate to investigate his charges.

The Dodgers approve a Los Angeles deal to move out of Brooklyn. Dodger’s President Walter O’Malley pledges the resources of his vast baseball empire to provide his newly adopted city with the best team and biggest attendance figures in the National League.

10/05/2017 09:17 PM

Thursday, October 3, 1957   Vol. C628



East Farewell - Autumn has arrived in East Farewell with temperatures dropping into the low 40s for the first time since last April. Although some leaves are still clinging to their branches, the air is crisp and there have been traces of frost on the grass in the morning. It is not unusual to have a cold spell at the beginning of October but this spell has extended for two weeks and is unusual. Most weather forecasters are predicting a cold winter which is good news to the winter enthusiasts. Many have already brought out their skis, sleds, and snowshoes along with their ice skates and hockey gear in anticipation of Lake Charles freezing over. Many of the businesses in town are making provisions for a cold winter season. They have taken in their outdoor cafés and have purchased the wood for their fireplaces. Most of the summer residences have been closed up and the year-round residences have put up their storm weather protection. While the sun is still bright and the mid-afternoons still warm one can feel the seasons are changing.

Kids play with the fall leaves



East Farewell – The 1957 Cougars football season began with a win on Saturday over arch rivals, the Slate Mountain Miners from the north side of the mountain in a close game 21 to 20. The new, young Cougars team showed a good understanding of the game and was able to create many good plays and string together several strong series that ended in scores. The new team is heavy with sophomores and is relying on senior quarterback Bill Dolan and senior running back Billy Riley to lead the team this year. Senior tight end Richie McGee and junior kicker Dave Galloway will also be instrumental in leading this young team.
            The game began with a long return by Miners star, Anthony Dominic, taking the Galloway kickoff all the way down to the Cougar’s 32. Cougar’s defense end, Daniel Green made a touchdown saving tackle on third down that forced the Miners to kick a field goal on their first series. The Cougars returned the favor and then some by taking the kick off back and with a Dolan to Neil hand off scored the first touchdown of the season. A Galloway kick made the score 7-3. Both teams then settled into a defensive posture for the rest of the first quarter and until two minutes left in the first half when the Miners were able to score again with a Dominic end run. The Miners were able to go into the halftime locker room ahead 10 to 7.
            The Cougars received the ball on the second half kickoff but were only able to move the ball to the Miners 40. A Galloway punt pushed the Miners back to their own five. The Cougars defense stood strong and was able to hold the Miners to only two first downs and was able to get the ball back at their own 35 after a week punt by Miners kicker Davidson. Dolan then went to his new wide receiver Max O’Hara for a 30 yard completion and a 10 yard run after the catch. Halfback Billy Riley was able to scoot through the line for an impressive 20 yard gain and fullback, sophomore, Robbie Blackman was able to drive in for the score. A Galloway kick put the Cougars up by four. The Miners drove down into Cougars territory but were unable to score and the Cougars took over on the 35 after a long missed field goal attempt. Dolan went to his passing game again using tight end Richie McGee and O’Hara to march down the field for another score. Galloway was perfect again. The game remained a 21-10 battle until the fourth quarter when the Miners were able to score off a Dolan interception and tighten the game to 21 to 17. The Cougars defense played hard but their youth was evident in the closing minutes. It was a third down blitz that stopped the Miners drive at the 20 and forced them to kick a field goal making the score 21-20, Cougars with four minutes left. The Miners felt they would be able to get the ball back and score again but they were misinformed as Dolan and the Cougars offense ate up the last three minutes and 40 seconds effectively closing down the Miners offense. On the final play of the game the Miners tried a long pass into the end zone that was broken up by sophomore safety, Jimmy Wilson, who appeared to be everywhere.
            The Cougars travel to Riverview next week to take on the Wildcats. The game begins at 1:30 on Saturday in Riverview High School Stadium.



Russia announces it has the world’s first artificial moon launched. The craft is streaking around the planet at 560 miles out in space. A multiple-stage rocket launched the satellite. The craft is described as 23 inches in diameter and weighing 184 pounds. In another bulletin, the Soviet Tass agency said the Russian moon “is now revolving around the earth at the rate of once circuit every hour and 35 minutes.” Later, the little sphere is dubbed “Sputnikwhich is Russian for satellite.


The White House insists that the Soviet’s launching of an artificial moon was no surprise to the U.S. government. President Eisenhower, golfing at Gettysburg, had no immediate comment. U.S. scientists hailed the dramatic launching of the first artificial satellite by Soviet Russia as a historic event but the emphasized that the U.S. project Vanguard will go ahead at top speed. Russia’s earth satellite speeds round the globe while professional and amateur eavesdroppers listened to the radio signals it was sending. Scientists, not able to de-code the signal, believe it’s sending back information about the temperature in the upper atmosphere.

Race to the moon - A top scientist warns the Russians are driving toward manned flight to the moon and the planets and “We had better be there when they arrive.” The issue is supremacy.” He said the Russians have a tremendous head start and the truly impressive fact is that they launched their first artificial moon their first try. “They made it look easy.”

In Sports - The Yankees beat the Milwaukee Braves in the World Series opener 3-1. Whitey Ford managed to hold the Braves to 5 hits.

09/28/2017 09:50 PM

Thursday, September 26, 1957   Vol. C639



East Farewell – The search for last week’s train robbers has been expanded to a state wide search. Ironically, hard fought battle to place an interchange on the new state spanning turnpike has worked against the police by giving the robbers a quick exit to almost any place in the state or for that matter, the entire country. The State Police have gotten involved and due to the fact that the crime was committed on an interstate rail line the FBI is now getting involved. The brash robbery took place last week on the Philadelphia to Chicago Liberty Bell Special. The Special was stopped just outside East Farewell by a signal that forced the train to stop. The signal function is being investigated because there was no apparent reason for the warning.
            The robbers are not thought to be local as many eyewitnesses said they all seemed to talk with a heavy foreign accent. This may have been a diversion but the authorities are not dismissing anything. “We are looking at everything. We are sure that when we analyze all the evidence we will get to the bottom of this, that is for sure,” said Chief Inspector William Burger from the Philadelphia office of the Mighty Keystone Railroad.
            The town is buzzing over the robbery and many people have their own ideas about who is responsible. Some people have even put forth the idea that the notorious villain and gigolo, “Romando”, from the Flower Show/ Monica Shippensport scandal has come back to town. Others have said that the way they completely vanished shows they were obviously aliens from outer space and still others have pointed to the foreign accents to show they were obviously backed the evil communists from Russia. “No one knows who did that. They could be anyone, anyone at all,” said local boarding house owner Mrs. Mallard, “We are all speculating and some people have come up with some crazy ideas.”
            Since the FBI has started their investigation there has be little information given out to the people or the press. Even the local police have not been able to release any information. The mystery will continue and the stories will continue to grow until the FBI discovers who is responsible and where they went. 



Erie-The Travelers finished the season with a strong win over the Erie Eagles, 6-1 on Saturday. The win seals a solid second place finish in the league standings which was expected but not good enough for the players. “We really should have taken at least part of the championship, we just didn’t play well enough last week against the Miners. We really need to get back on track next year and bring home another title. The town deserves it,” said Johnny Cloos after the game.
            The Eagles have been struggling since they lost their best hitter, Frank Vetter and their “iron man” catcher, Joe Rolls in a freak accident during a promotional event. Without the leadership the team has not been able to put any offense on the field and their defense has been lackluster at best. The Travelers took full advantage of the Eagles woes and began with two runs in the first and then turned pitcher Billy Green loose. He was able to keep the Eagles hitless for the first four innings. The Eagles finally were able to get one run in the fifth with a walk, a steal and a long single by right fielder, Reggie Richmond. Richmond’s hit was the only real contact the Eagles were able to bring to the field. They were able to generate three more hits throughout the rest of the game but that was nowhere near the punch needed to slow down the Travelers. After the first innings the Travelers were able to get at least one hit in every inning but the eighth. They scored two more runs in the fourth with back to back to back doubles by Archibald, Francis and Dunham. Then in the fifth Johnny Cloos finished the season with a two run drive out of the park. He ended up second in the league in homers with 25 just behind Slate Mountain’s slugger, Lou Fannelli who had 27.
            The season wound up in Erie and the Travelers will look to next year to improve their league standings. They will have some players up for contract negotiations and some new, younger players may be added to the roster next year. It will be an exciting off season.
            Next week East Farewell will shift sports gears and host the opening of the Regional High School Cougars football season when they battle their arch-rival the Slate Mountain Miners. This year the Cougars will are rebuilding after losing many players to graduation. Running back Davey Wilson, fullback, Will “Tank” Brown, wide receiver, the legendary Mitch “Merc” McMaster, and defensive end Pat McKean all graduated from the league championship team. They will be replaced by fullback Robbie Blackman, running back Joey Neil, wide receiver Max O’Hara and defensive end, Daniel Green all are sophomores. A new center, Lewis Tiller, will help quarterback Bill Dolan who is a senior this year.  The game will begin at 1:30 on the Regional High football field on Saturday.



President Eisenhower signs a history-making proclamation clearing the way for possible use of Federal troops to quash any further school integration violence at Little Rock, Ark. Later on, he orderd U.S. troops into the area to prevent mob rule “under the leadership of demagogies extremists opposed to school integration.” The Army flies 1000 battle-ready troops into Little Rock and prepares to activate all Arkansas’ National Guard to enforce Federal school integration following orders from the President.
Paratroopers with lowered bayonets take nine Negro students into Central High School in Little Rock and then stand guard over their classrooms. One man was bayoneted and a second was clubbed with a rifle butt in a show of force.

James R. Hoffa - vice-president of the International Brotherhood of Teamsters is indicted on five counts of perjury by a Federal rackets grand jury. The indictment charged Hoffa, a candidate for the presidency of the Teamsters to succeed Dave Beck, lied to the grand jury during its probe into alleged wire tapping of Teamsters Union headquarters in Detroit.

In Sports - Goodbye Giants, Goodbye New York - After 74 years, The New York Giants play their last game at the Polo Grounds and in New York. Thousands hit the field and chased the team to the clubhouse. They also carried-away anything in site. Within a half-hour after their 9-1 loss to Pittsburgh, fans had ripped up the regular and warm-up home plates, the wooden base beneath the main plate, the pitcher’s rubber, two of the bases and the foam rubber sheathing protecting outfielders who crashed into the center field fences. The Giants now head to their new home turf - San Francisco.

What about the Brooklyn Dodgers? ... Reports as of this week say that pressure on owner Walter O’Malley to keep the Dodgers in Brooklyn is being applied from all sides in New York.  National League club owners meet in New York next Monday before the World Series, and unless O’Malley and Los Angeles officials close the Dodger deal by midnight Sunday, he will have to ask the league for an extension of time to continue negotiations. The National League granted O’Malley and New York Giants owner Horace Stoneham permission to move to California at a meeting May 27. The Giants have the green light to move, but as of this week, not the Dodgers. Los Angeles seems to by dilly-dallying. O’Malley wants to buy a 300-acre tract in Chevez-Ravine, not far from downtown Los Angeles to build a new stadium. Also, there seems to be some issues with the Pacific League. Los Angles Mayor Poulson announced this week that the Brooklyn Dodgers are coming to Los Angeles, that he had been personally assured that 10 members of the City Council will vote favorably on a proposed ordinance and contract which would bring the Dodgers to Los Angeles when the legislation comes up for final consideration next Monday... stay tuned!

09/21/2017 06:34 PM

Thursday, August 19, 1957   Vol. C638



East Farewell – There hasn’t been a train robbery on the Mighty Keystone Railroad since 1876 until last week. A passenger train heading from Philadelphia to Chicago was stopped outside East Farewell by signals that had been somehow overridden and force the train to stop. Once the ten car train came to a stop masked armed robbers boarded from a small unused siding. A total of six robbers boarded, three went through the passenger cars robbing passengers and three headed straight to the mail car where there was a huge bank deposit being transported from a Philadelphia branch of the First Pennsylvania Bank to the home office of the Chicago Central Bank. It was estimated that the total deposit was $100,000.00. The robbers were able to blast open the safe and load the entire amount onto a pickup truck waiting next to the train. The robbers in the passenger cars forced riders to dump their wallets and handbags into a set of laundry carts pushed down the center aisle. The operation was efficient and extremely effective. The total time the thieves spent on the train was about seven minutes. They did not even stop to pick up some of the cash that spilled as they were loading the truck. They drove off into the woods before the police arrived and were long gone by the time the police were able to mount any chase.
            “It was very scary, they looked like they would shoot you right away if you didn’t do what they said,” related one passenger who lost their wallet with about $50.00 in it. Most of the passengers were businessmen making a trip from Philadelphia to Chicago. No one was harmed and the only damage to the train was the safe that was completely ruined.
            After the police arrived the passengers were questioned and asked for any possible clues to the robber’s identities. “Quite frankly, this was a well planned job and they knew exactly what they wanted and what they were doing. Right now, we are looking over the train and the crew trying to get a lead on who knew what when,” said Police Chief, Bill Andrews.

            There are no leads at this time and anyone with any information is asked to contact the local police or the FBI.

MKR Philadelphia to Chicago line



Slate Mountain – The Travelers made a run for the title but that run crossed the finish line on Saturday night with the Travelers in second place. They lost to their arch rival, the Slate Mountain Miners, 4-1. The Miners pitching ace, Tony “Michael” Angelo, took the mound and showed the home town crowd a picture perfect display of why he is the leading pitcher in the league. The Travelers put their ace, Joe Nagy, and even though he pitched a wonderful game it is a fact that if you don’t get any hits you will not win many games. Angelo held the Travelers to only three hits and struck out 13. The only highlight for the Travelers was an out of the park smash by Johnny Cloos in the eighth but that was too little too late for the Travelers.
            The Miners were only able to tag Nagy for six hits but in a very rare occurrence Joe walked five batters and gave up a two run homer to the Miners cleanup, Lou Fannelli.  After the third out in top of the ninth the Slate Mountain fans knew they Miners had clinched the title and streamed out onto the field. The Travelers were able to congratulate the Miners but made a hasty retreat from the field. Since the season has one more week and the standings are up in the air for second and third place there was no ceremony to give the Miners the trophy. That will happen after next week’s game. Now the Travelers will have to concentrate on next week in Erie. The Travelers must win their last game or they will fall to third place. The game begins in Erie at 1:30 on Saturday.



President Eisenhower and Arkansas Gov. Orval Faubus agree that school integration, being the law of the land - must be carried out. Arkansas Gov. Faubus ordered the National Guard troops away from Central High School (Little Rock) a few hours after a Federal court ordered him to stop interfering with the school’s integration plan.

The Baltimore Sun reports that the first vaccine against a major common cold virus is successful. The vaccine, developed by Dr. Winston Price of Johns Hopkins University was successful in 400 persons inoculated.

The Albany New York area will become a VHF market as the FCC finalizes channel allotments. The area already has channel 6 and adds channel 13 and keeps channels 35 and 41UHF. The much disputed Vail Mills drop-in, Channel 10 is re-assigned and will go to the Hudson Valley Broadcasting Company, partly owned by Lowell Thomas. 

WIIC (channel 11) Pittsburgh debuts!  Finally, Pittsburgh gets a second VHF station.  Network TV has an all-time audience high according to Nielsen. The average evening network show is reaching 1.3 million more homes than last year.

Labor Day concerts - Elvis Presley smashes all records in the Pacific Northwest, grossing a total of $147,000 for five performances in the area.

Alan Freed’s “Mr. Rock and Roll” movie is previewed by the press. The show features Freed behind his WINS New York microphone from which point most of the action stems. Singer Teddy Randazzo is also seen acting in the movie, which features performances by a number of R&B acts including LaVerne Baker, Clyde McPhatter, Brook Benton, Little Richard and Chuck Berry.

09/14/2017 08:26 PM

Thursday, September 12, 1957   Vol. C637



East Farewell - All Regional School District schools opened for the 1957-58 school year on Monday and everyone got right into the swing of things. For the youngest it was the scariest day of the year as they let go of their mother’s hand and head into class for the first time. For the seniors it was the beginning of the biggest year of their lives, so far. For all the other students it was getting back together with friends and excitement of learning new things. The teachers were excited, too. The school system added teachers in grades 2, 3, 7 & 8 to cover the expanded enrollment. The senior class this year is the largest in school history with a total of 199 up a whopping 26 from last year. The senior class size it expected to increase each year for the foreseeable future so the record will probably be short lived.
            The beginning of classes can only mean the football season is soon to follow. The Cougars will take the field for their fall campaign beginning in three weeks against their arch-rival, Slate Mountain. This year the team will be made up of mostly underclassmen since legendary seniors, Mitch “Merc” McMaster, Davey Wilson, Will “Tank” Brown and Pat McKean all graduated after leading the team to its second league title in four years. Quarterback, Bill Dolan, now a senior thinks this year’s team has a lot going for it. “We have some seniors this year, Billy Reilly is in the backfield with me and I have Richie McGee out there on tight end. We also have some up and coming underclassmen who I think will really be OK once we get started.”

            This year the students are being offered a variety of new classes. In the mathematics department a senior class in trigonometry is being offered for the first time to the highest performing students. In the English department a new course in poetry and poetic history is being offered to a select group of talented and expressive students. Finally, in the Science Department a course in advance physics will be offered to college bound seniors. All the students attended a welcome ceremony in each school to officially open the school year and start the academic year off right.

1957 6thGrade Regional Junior High School Class



Youngstown – The Travelers are going to make a run for the title as the season winds down and they started in Youngstown. The Youngstown Steelers are finishing a rebuilding year this season and have been hard pressed to find wins. Saturday was no exception. The Travelers came into town with bats a-swinging and handed the Steelers their 23rd loss with a strong win, 8-4. The Travelers did not waste any time in getting the scoring started with two runs in the first thanks to a leadoff double by Ralph Francis followed by a sacrifice bunt by Dunham to move him over to third. Bobby Watson then poked a single into center to bring Francis home.  Johnny Cloos was able to move Watson over to second on a very long sacrifice fly to right. The drive backed right fielder, Juan Diego right up to the fence and he was able to make a leaping catch to keep the ball in the park and keep Watson on the base path. But Tony Dimero picked right up where Cloos left off and punched a hit into right in front of Diego, scoring Watson. After the first Steelers pitcher, Eddy Jordan, was able to settle down and get through the next three innings without any trouble. On the Steelers offensive side they were able to get the fans into the game in the fourth with three doubles and a two run blast by Leo Williams to put the Steelers in the lead, 4-2. The lead only lasted for two innings though, in the bottom of the sixth the Travelers got back on track and were able to tie the game and in the eighth they broke it open with a grand slam by Billy Sweet. It was Sweet’s first career slam and he rounded the bases with his arms raised. Even the local crowd applauded, begrudgingly but applauded never the less.
            With the win the Travelers moved closer to the first place Slate Mountain, as the Miners lost their game on Saturday. If the Travelers win the rest of their games and the Miners lose two out of three the Travelers will tie the Miners for the league championship. Next week will pretty much decide the season as the Travelers visit Slate Mountain in an evening game that will begin at 7:05 in Slate Mountain Park. If the Travelers win the season goes on to the next week, if they lose the Miners clinch the title. Either way the Travelers will finish the season at home facing Erie in the evening.



President Eisenhower bluntly warns the Soviet Union not to “push Syria into any acts of aggression against her neighbors.”  U.S. Globemasters and Flying Boxcars begin an airlift of arms to Jordan to buttress the Arab kingdom against any threat from Syria’s leftist-commanded army.

President Eisenhower signs the civil rights bill against a background of actual or threatened violence over school integration in southern cities. The civil rights bill - first if its kind to be passed by Congress since Reconstruction days – is mainly designed to protect voting rights. But in some aspects, it deals with discrimination against Negroes and minority groups in general.  The Eisenhower administration pledges swift action to carry out a Federal court order aimed at achieving school integration in Little Rock. The administration made the pledge shortly after a Federal judge in Little Rock ordered the filing of a petition to block Arkansas Gov. Orval E. Faubus use of State troops to bar Negro pupils from Central High School.  Gov. Orval Faubus declares, “I sincerely hope no one gets shot” if federal authorities try to crash through the National Guard lines he set up at integration-torn Central High School.

White men on anti-integration patrol at a Birmingham high school maul a Negro minister when he attempted to enroll several Negro children. The Rev. F.L. Shuttlesworth suffered cuts and bruises but apparently no severe injuries when slugged by what his wife Ruby said were chains and brass knuckles.

Armed National Guardsmen pull back from gates of the governor’s mansion long enough for Gov. Orval Faubus to be summoned to court in 10 days and answer charges he is obstructing racial integration.
Gov Faubus asks President Eisenhower for a personal meeting on the Little Rock integration dispute and the President agreed to see him later this week.

Nelson D. Rockefeller makes an offer to help build the Dodgers a new stadium in downtown Brooklyn. The move is taking many by surprise, but LA says it has not lost the fight to move the team there.

The two musicians who have been with Elvis Presley since he began his singing career four years ago have quit in a pay dispute. Bill Black and Scotty Moore said Presley has been paying them $100 a week at home and $200 on the road plus $1000 Christmas bonus. They said they had to pay their own expenses on the road. “Elvis is the star and we know it,” said Moore. “I didn’t expect to get rich on this and I certainly don’t begrudge him any of his success. But I did expect to make a good living for my family.” (Black went to form the Bill Black combo and would have a number of hit records).

09/07/2017 07:38 PM

Thursday, September 5, 1957   Vol. C636



East Farewell – In the waning weeks of the summer East Farewell is in full swing of summer even as some people reluctantly look towards the end and are already making plans for next year. After the Music and Arts Fair wound up many visitors left for home while town folk tried to enjoy the last great weeks of what many are calling a fabulous summer. The Fun Pier announced last week that they would be staying open a week longer. They will stay open a week after Labor Day. They usually would hold a big Labor Day Farewell celebration to close out the summer but this year owner, Abe Lendel, who is one of East Farewell’s founder Sid’s son. Abe inherited the Fun Pier when Sid passed in 1955. Abe and his wife, Fiona completed the restoration of the Fun Pier after it was severely damaged in the winter storm of 1952. Father Sid started in 1953 with Abe’s help. After Sid passed Abe took over and while the Pier was up and running Abe added some new rides and made sure the repairs were completed on time and above standards.

            The extended time for the Fun Pier seems to have trickled over to the shops in town and life guard schedules. The one place that has not been affected is the opening day for Regional High Schools. Opening day is Monday, September 9th. While the students will be enjoying the first week of classes the remaining vacationers will be riding the Tilt-O-Whirl and catching the last summer sun on the beach.

Fun Pier at night



East Farewell – Bill “Smoke” Black came into to town with the Corning Glass Works to face the Travelers on Saturday night. A win for the Travelers would move them into a tie for second place in the league with CGW. “Smoke” is leading the league in strikeouts and did not let up Saturday night. He was able to retire an impressive 10 Travelers through strikeouts further extending his lead in that category. But “Smoke’s” fastball was not enough to close down the Travelers as the CGW defense let up four costly errors that accounted for four runs and enough for the Travelers to prevail 5-4.
            CGW scored first with a leadoff homer in the second by Coring slugger, Josh Rinngle. In the bottom of the second after striking out the first two Travelers the error bug raised its head and Joey Brown was able to reach first on a botched throw by shortstop Juan Rodriguez. Brown moved to third on a single by Archibald and they were both brought in by a double by Billy Sweet. Black finally struck out pitcher Billy Green to end the inning. Corning was able to touch Green for two runs in the fifth with three straight doubles by Franks, Cassidy and O’Mara and one more in the eighth with three singles by Cassidy, O’Mara and Rodriguez. But the Travelers were able to profit from CGW’s errors again with misplayed fly, dropped by left fielder, Dave Fuller, scoring two runs and finally a rare passed ball by catcher, Gerry Anderson letting Dimero score for the final Travelers run.
            The win put the Travelers in a tie for second place with CGW as the season starts to wind down. Slate Mountain seems to have an insurmountable lead, leading by four games but they have to play both CGW and the Travelers in the last two weeks of the season. The Travelers will face Slate Mountain in two weeks and close out their season against Erie in three weeks. Next week the Travelers visit Youngstown. The game begins at 1:30 at Youngstown Field.



President Eisenhower “sorrowfully” terms inflation the nation’s major internal problem but rejects the concept of federal controls to combat it. He also said tax cuts could not be justified now.

Gov. Orval Faubus of Arkansas telegraphed President Eisenhower that he was informed Federal agents planned to take him into custody. Just before Faubus’ news conference, Mayor Woodrow Mann of Little Rock criticized the Governor for using the guard. He said Faubus created tensions where none existed and that Little Rock police had no cases of interracial violence reported after almost a week of sensational developments. President Eisenhower tells Gov. Faubus that he will use every legal means at his command to uphold the Federal Constitution in the Little Rock school integration controversy.

A trading stamp craze has hit some 33 million U.S. households - or two out of every three in the country. Seven out of 10 people say that the stores where they regularly shop give trading stamps with purchases.

A new era is launched, as premium cable TV now exists. The service is called “Telemovie.” The movie version of “The Pajama Game” starring Doris Day is the first film to be piped into cabled homes at Bartlesville, OK. The movie was seen on channel 3. Channel 5 viewers could watch Tyrone Power in “River Gambler.” Channel 3 will be used for first-run attractions with 13 changes a month and channel 5 will show re-runs of popular films of the last few years. The programs were transmitted by cable hooked directly into each subscriber’s home. The subscriber is billed $9.50 per month. The response has been good. The operation is owned by Video Theatres, with headquarters in Oklahoma City. One woman said she and her husband had not been to a movie in four years “because we couldn’t afford it.”
Asked if they could now afford Telemovies, she said, “Oh, we haven’t decided to keep it.” Another woman reported she had a house full of people and “reception is wonderful.”  The company was swamped with calls because some viewers didn’t get their installations on time.

At the movies-
Love in the Afternoon - Audrey Hepburn, Gary Copper, Maurice Chevalier
An Affair To Remember - Cary Grant, Deborah Kerr
Jeanne Eagles - Kim Novak, Jeff Chandler
The Pajama Game - Doris Day, John Ratite, Carol Haney
The Delicate Delinquent - Jerry Lewis
The Last Bridge - Maria Schell
The Sun Also Rises - Tyrone Power, Ava Gardner, Mel Ferrer, Errol Flynn

09/01/2017 08:50 AM

Thursday, August 29, 1957   Vol. C635



East Farewell – The 12th Annual Music & Arts Fair opened on Thursday night with the now standard performance by the Regional High School Jazz Band led by the most popular band leader in school history, Ben Grant. The now 17 piece band added an extra trumpet and another trombone to “bring out the brass” as Grant put it. The band started off with the National Anthem, officially opening the Fair. This year an extra evening was added because the roster of musical acts was expanded and the committee wanted to add an extra full day, Friday, for the Arts and Crafts displays. The music roster of Thursday night was a diverse batch from the Jazz Band to a young local group playing some of the new sound of rock and roll with a mixture of rhythm and blues and country and western in between. The music played late into Thursday night and the Midway opened early, 8:00AM, on Friday morning. Local artists set up shop all along the Midway as well as most of the local restaurants and shops from Main Street and Lake Shore Drive. The music continued Friday with mostly local musicians and bands. Slate Rock was represented by three different acts; Michael Tiller had a beautiful voice and sung some modern favorites with a very distinctive style, the Irish Band, the O’Dell’s got the crowd up a jigging with a nice selection a Irish reels, and Emory Davis, a blues singer who was both sassy and smooth.  Hailing from Ondita was the all girl choir from the First Baptist Church who sung moving gospel and something completely different, a rock and roll band named the O-Stars who were actually pretty good. Friday night had more headliners starting off with country and western favorite, Charlie Green followed by local favorite and national star, Jerry Tabor and his Swing Band.
            On Saturday morning the Farm Auction was held at the far end of the Fairgrounds. Starting at 6:30AM the auction is a holdover from the original Country Fair that preceded the Music & Arts Fair. As the Fair moved from being a farm and country fair to being a music and arts fair the auction was so popular that it was continued. It’s traditional time of 6:30AM turned out to be part of the appeal even though most of the current attendees were out until late the night before and not one of them knew the first thing about livestock, the local farmers were there also and this was always a real auction. It seems to have become the realization of the saying “putting lipstick on a pig”. The auction has taken a much less serious mood but it still serves its purpose for the local farmers and now, a large group of watchers.
            Saturday night brought more fantastic music.  The Gus Sloan Quintet played a slick jazz set and Jerry Tabor came back as well as Charlie Green who had Michael Tiller join him for a fantastic group of country and western tunes that had the crowd square dancing and two stepping across the fairground. The night ended with another rock and roll set by a favorite band with the younger set, the Blackjacks. The kids jitterbugged throughout the set and there was a lot of energy from the band.
            The gates opened later on Sunday, 12, noon. Things got underway right away and the afternoon was turned over to the storytellers, a new feature this year. Five different storytellers and poets took the stage and engaged both young and old. Richard Walker was a big hit with the kids as he wove his tales of magic and mayhem taking place in the world he created, New Sunland.  Poet Lucy Blair recited her own musical poems and accompanied herself on a lute. Sunday evening saw a return to the more conventional music with returns of both Jerry Tabor and Gus Sloan. The evening and the Fair ended with an ‘all hands on deck’ gathering of all the stars that had appeared throughout the Fair. The crowded stage was full of fun, arms around each other, smiles, all types of instruments and many, many voices singing in Good Night, Irene in unison. That song has become the de facto closing song for the fair having closed the Fair for the last three years.

            The day after the gates closed preparations were being made for next year’s Fair. The Committee met in the basement of the Town Hall to review the success and discuss what might be done better next year.

The Music & Arts Fair 1957



Bedford – The Travelers did not have much support from home town fans on Saturday but they apparently did not need it as they shut down “Howling” Frank Fowler and the Bedford Bears, 6-3. Fowler started out very strong and it looked like trouble for the Travelers. He was able to strike out the first five batters and only let two hits go in the first four innings. With each strike out he let out his trademark howl that had both an intimidating and irritating effect on everyone. He has been in the league for three years now so his howl and his antics are well known but he has always been able to deliver the wins, being one of the best pitchers in the league.
            The Bears were able to get on the board first with a two run third inning as Travelers pitcher, Billy Green, struggled with his curveball. Green was able to straighten out his problems and the Travelers were able to find a crack in Fowlers fastball. In the sixth inning after a double by catcher Joey Brown, Artie Archibald drew a walk then Billy Sweet was able to double and drive in both. In the seventh the top of the order came to life as Francis and Dunham singled, Watson drew Fowler’s only other walk and Johnny Cloos came up with the bases loaded. Fowler had struck out Cloos in the second and Cloos was able to single in the fourth but in this at bat Johnny waited for Fowler to try and blow his fastball by him. Cloos was not going to let that happen. He stepped into the low, outside bullet and connected. He sent the ball over the right field fence for a grand slam. The Bears we able to score one more in the ninth but that was too little too late as Green was able strike out O’Mara to end the game.
            The Travelers come home next week but they face another pitching ace when Corning comes to town with ace Bill “Smoke” Black who is leading the league in strikeouts. CGW (Corning Glass Works) is also tied for second in the league standings. The evening game will start at 7:05 at the ballpark.



A Federal judge tightens the South’s racial battle lines with a sharp-tongued rejection of a plea to postpone integration at Little Rock Central high School, where armed troops have kept Negro students away for a week.

Russia announces it will begin massive naval war games next week in Arctic waters within a few hundred miles of an era where the western NATO nations have scheduled sea exercises at the same time.

U.S. Globemasters and Flying Boxcars begin an airlift of arms to Jordan to buttress the Arab kingdom against any threat from Syria’s leftist-commanded army.

Architect Frank Lloyd Wright suggests that New York City erect two mile-high skyscrapers in Central Park destroy the rest of the city and plant grass on it. “Think of what you’d have n the way of a beautiful city, with two mile-high skyscrapers in Central Park. It would end the agony. And they would end congestion tremendously, that was one of the ideas in planning one” said Wright on Mike Wallace’s ABC-TV interview program.

Ronnie Burns (22) son of George Burns and Gracie Allen is sentenced to pay a fine of $450 and spend a weekend in jail for having tested a new sports car too exuberantly. Police said Burns was clocked at 85mph in a 25mph zone on Beverly Drive in Beverly Hills.