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.

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 10:14 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 08:05 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 10:21 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 09:03 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.”

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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.

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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.

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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!

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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.

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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).

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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 09:50 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.

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Thursday, August 22, 1957   Vol. C634



East Farewell – The 5th annual Bar-B-Que cook-off took place on Lakefront Plaza on Saturday. Fifteen different “big” grillers were joined by about 30 “small” grillers on the Plaza making for a congested, smoke filled, sweet smelling congregation of skewer swinging chefs who shouted, laughed and shared recipes with each other. The “big” grillers were entrants who set up booths with a large grill or smoker along with tables for fixings, beverages and in some cases chairs for sampling. The “small” grillers were mostly backyard grills with a small tables set up for utensils and fixings. Big or small every chef had a secret recipe for making the best bar-b-que. The Smokers lit up their smokers at 6:00AM and the rest followed throughout the day depending on what they were cooking. By noon the Plaza was filled with smoke and the smell of ribs, pork and brisket. Officially, the only products being judged were ribs, brisket, pork and chicken but that didn’t stop some grillers from throwing on some steaks, burgers and even fish.
            The Plaza was also filled with all sorts of helpers, well wishers and people looking for free samples by midday and the grills and smokers were working at full capacity. Throughout the crowd almost the entire Travelers baseball team was on hand. While only Johnny Cloos and Joe Nagy were officially involved the team has become part of the town and often joins in the festivities. By 4:00 the judges had set up their booth and a large chalk board was set up with the different categories and promptly at 4:15 the judges told the grillers to start bringing their creations up to the table for review. The order of presentation had been previously decided through a lottery and the first to present was last year’s winner, Jimmy Drake. This year he recreated last year’s winner, spicy hot, caramelized short ribs with a splendid presentation of greens and corn.  The judges, a celebrity lineup made up of Travelers stars Johnnie Cloos and Joe Nagy, war vet and local businessman Ralph Dimaio and local chef Lara Driscoll all were very serious about their duty. Each would inspect the presentation, smell it and carefully taste a sample of every dish. Cloos and Nagy were very discerning as they lingered over each dish and would discuss the presentation and sample several times to “get the full experience of the dish” as a sauce covered face Cloos said. Each contestant brought up their dish and the judges would look over, smell and finally taste each entry while the cook explained what he or she was presenting. After all the cooks made their presentation the judges conferred with each other, compared their notes and then announced their decision.
            This year’s winner was local restaurant chef, Al Davis, from the Lost Oasis. This year he offered an amazing baby back rib dish with his own special sauce that wowed the judges. His sauce was a “secret family recipe” handed down from his great uncle Ray. Coming in second was a female senior from Regional High School, Missy Waller with her well presented brisket and sauce and in third was Jimmy Drake’s short ribs.

            The grilling did not stop with the judging it went on well into the evening. It wasn’t until just before the baseball game started at 7:50 that the Plaza finally started to clear out. Both Johnny Cloos and Joe Nagy had left earlier but they said a long goodbye as they made their way through the crowd signing autographs and sampling dishes the were not brought up for the judging. A wonderful food filled day for all. 

Missy Waller, Jimmy Drake & Al Davis at the grill



East Farewell – Sam ‘Cat’ Caterno and the Ondita Cougars did not visit the Bar-B-Que Cookoff but the Travelers wish he had. If he had he might not have been able to pitch the one hit wonder he unleashed on the Travelers. The Travelers on the other hand were all involved with the Cookoff and while it can’t be positively said the team looked a little sluggish on the field and in the batter’s box, they seemed one half step behind the Cougars and out of touch with each other. Perhaps, if they had all taken a nap before the game things would have been different.
            Caterno came in leading the league in strike outs and in the top five of scoreless innings. He dominated the Travelers, allowing only one hit and that wasn’t until the eighth inning. Otherwise he was flawless. The Cougars were able to rack up four runs scattered throughout the game, enough to win 4-0. The only hit the Travelers were able to come up with was bloop single by Joey Brown in the eight. He was left stranded as Caterno went on to strike out the side.
            The Travelers were not in this game from the start and all they can do is take their showers get dressed and move on. Next week they meet another pitching ace in ‘Howlin’ Frank Fowler with the Bedford Bears. They will travel to nearby Bedford and do not expect a big home town crowd to follow due to the Music & Arts Fair taking place in East Farewell. The game begins at 1:30 on Saturday in the Bedford.



Civil Rights Bill Passed - “Most That Could Be Done This Year” says President Eisenhower as the civil rights bill is passed by the House, even though it fell short of what the President wanted.  The measure was put to a motion by Sen. Strom Thurmond of South Carolina, who wanted to send it to the Judiciary Committee, but a vote by the senate was successful enough to shunt the move.  Thurmond conducted a one-man (24hour-19 minute filibuster) against the bill.

In Nashville, segregationist John Kasper at a rally, warns Negroes registering for first integration of public schools in a Deep South metropolis to “get out.” He told a crowd - “We’re going to talk to them and tell them if they want to avoid the shotgun, dynamite and rope they had better get out of the white schools.”

Senate Rackets investigators abruptly call off their grilling of Teamsters Union Boss James R. Hoffa with the charge that “the witness has no memory.”

Teamster’s Western boss Frank Brewster, receives the maximum penalty for contempt of Congress - a year in jail and a $1000 fine.

A federal grand jury indicts Teamster President Dave Beck on seven counts of tax evasion. His son, Dave Jr., is accused of conspiring to aid in the evasion.

Music news - Ricky Nelson (17) has a recording contract approved by a judge. The one-year contract with Imperial Records has a year’s option and gives Ricky approximately 5% of the record sales. 50% of Ricky’s earnings will go into a savings trust fund established with his earnings from participation in his family’s TV show.
Milton Berle signs with Roulette Records to do a series of albums as a conductor, following the likes of Jackie Gleason, Phil Silvers, Steve Allen, Frank Sinatra and Alan Freed. He just cut his first, conducting a 40-pice orchestra and a chorus of 26 voices. Most recently, Phil Silvers did the Columbia album - Phil Silvers and Swingin’ Brass with “Sgt. Bilko” fronting a brass band. Frank Sinatra fronted a symphony orchestra at Columbia a few years ago.

08/17/2017 09:00 PM

Thursday, August 15, 1957   Vol. C633



East Farewell – The 3rd Annual Hotdog Eating Contest sponsored by local meat packer L. Myers and Sons and Nathan’s from New York City was held over the weekend on the Lakefront Plaza. Like the previous contests the event was boisterous, loud and rowdy. The sound track was provided by a local band, the Blackjacks, who played spirited music throughout the whole contest and played after the contest was over for the large crowd that remained after the final ceremony when the winner was awarded the giant hotdog trophy by lead judge, Tom Conally. There were 30 contestants this year cheered on by almost two hundred fans.  The total number of entries was capped at 30, last year’s total, because it was felt by planners that any more would be unmanageable. Last year’s winner was the first on the stage.  Allen Heart jumped up on the stage and waved to the crowd. As the other contestants in the first round followed each was introduced and got a bit of a fanfare from the Blackjacks. All fifteen took their seats and after the rules were read the horn was sounded and the contestants started wolfing down the dogs. The three minutes were counted down on a large clock that had been supplied by local watchmaker, Jerry Kunzel. The second round of contestants were lead on the sage by 1955’s winner, Bernie Wilson, he said his new wife, the former Sue Logan, gave him the go ahead to compete this year. After the second round the top six winners were chosen from both rounds and they took the stage. The final contestants were announced, along with Heart and Logan, Willie Ranch, Big Burt Brown, Dave O’Hara and Sam Fannelli were on the stage. The horn was sounded and the six heavyweights dug in. As the Blackjacks played a spirited version of Turkey in the Straw the contestants munched, stuffed and gulped their way through a mountain of hotdogs. When the clock hit zero and the band wrapped their final note the contestants all stood and proclaimed victory. Alas, there could only be one winner and the judges conferred. After a brief conference top judge, Tom Conally walked over to Dave O’Hara, a 220 pound wrestler from Regional High and raised his arm in victory. O’Hara was able to eat 50 hotdogs total, one shy of last year’s record 51 by Heart. Heart came in second with a total 48. Third place went to local favorite Bernie Wilson with 45 dogs.

            The contest is growing in popularity each year and draws more fans each year. It started out as a grudge match between four big eaters and has developed into a very popular mid-summer event. This year was the first year L. Myers Meatpackers sponsored the contest by supplying the hotdogs. Local baker Dunlap Farms supplied the buns and Nathans from New York City supplied promotional banners and an additional supply of dogs. The left over hotdogs and buns were given away to the fans after the event. The free dogs went very quickly but local restaurants had set up small outlets where they were able to serve snacks and beverages. The music went on until 8:00PM and everyone enjoyed themselves greatly.

Dave O’Hara showing his winning style



Bear Creek – The Travelers entered the Bear Creek Den ballpark with a bit of apprehension on Saturday. The newly refurbished ballpark boasted of the newest stadium accessories highlighted by a beautifully manicure playing field recently reopened and the Bear Creek Cubs immediately won their first five games there. The Cubs have only recently lost in their den and have always played well. The Travelers have been on a small winning streak of their own and went the Bear Creek with cautious expectations. The game was sold out, as most of the Cubs games are, and the weather was perfect, not too hot a mild breeze headed out to center.
            The first three innings were a pitcher’s battle with the Cub’s ace, Richie Ralston, pitching lights out innings striking out seven in the first three innings. The Travelers were not going to be swatted up by the Cubs though, their ace, Joe Nagy, matched Ralston one for one but only struck out six. After the third, though, things started to change. In the top of the fourth the Travelers were able to connect on a couple of doubles by Tony Dimero and Joey Brown scoring one run and breaking Ralston’s stranglehold. The Cubs were able to break through in the fifth with two runs off a slight lapse in Nagy’s routine. The Travelers were able to put one on in the sixth and the seventh but they couldn’t get them around. Finally in the ninth Dale Dunham slipped a single by first Cubs baseman, Felix Campos and Bobby Watson was able to move him to second on Ralston’s only walk then Johnny Cloos came up and the Den went silent. Cloos took the first pitch which was a strike. Ralston decided to go with the heat and try to overpower Cloos. That had worked in the second and fourth but this was well into the game and perhaps Ralston’s fastball wasn’t quite as fast as it was then. He tried to put one right down the middle but it drifted down and Cloos picked it up and drove it over the center fields fence. Nagy went into the bottom of the ninth with a one run lead but that was all he needed. He was able to strike out Johnson but then Grover singled and Conner came up. Conner had been batting well over .300 lately but Nagy had his number. Conner was able to work to a 3-2 count and then Nagy gave him a low inside strike that Conner had to swing at. He got a solid piece of the bat on it but it shot to Dunham at short, who scooped it up, tossed it to Archibald who fired it to Watson for a game ending double play.
            The Travelers were able to leave the Den with a win and will come home next week to host the Ondita Cougars and their ace Sam ‘Cat’ Caterno. Next week’s game will be played after the Bar-B-Que Cookoff in which both Johnny Cloos and Joe Nagy will be honorary judges. Nagy will not be pitching but Johnny may be too full from the Cookoff to play. We will see. The game is an evening game beginning at 5:00PM at the ballpark.



In an open revolt against President Eisenhower’s leadership, the House passes a foreign aid appropriation slashed almost $810 million below what he called a rock-bottom minimum.

President Eisenhower announces the western powers’ proposal to Russia that nuclear weapons tests be suspended for as much as two years in order to reach a “sound and safeguarded first-step arms control agreement.

Testifying in Washington - James A. Hoffa, prospective president of the Teamsters Union, testifies he had borrowed about $120,000 since 1952, including interest free loans from union finds. Much of the money was borrowed without notes or collateral and some of it was used for purposes he could not remember.

Stones are hurled in an eruption of new violence after a Negro family moves into a home in Levittown, PA - an all white community.

DuMont, wants to get back into programming, but on a limited basis. It already has some minor network offerings, primarily news specials from its New York and Washington stations. For example, WABD-TV in New York has long fed the Monday night fights to stations across eastern U.S. And WTTG-TV in Washington is offering the senate labor and management investigation four hours a day to other stations.

Rock ‘n’ Roll in Britain is more popular than ever. Now at the top is Elvis Presley with “All Shook Up.” Next in line comes skiffler Lonnie Donegan with “Puttin’ On the Style,” followed by Elvis Presley’s “Teddy Bear.” Others on the bestseller list are the Everly Brothers “Bye Bye Love,” Pat Boone’s “Loveletters In The Sand,” Tommy Steele’s “Butterfingers” and Little Richard’s “Lucille.”

Arthur Berg, president of the National Association of Dance and Aaffiliated Artists predicts that rock ‘n’ roll and Elvis Presley are here to stay; “Sure, some of that rock ‘n’ roll stuff is sort of savage. But people like it. They want it. And they want Elvis Presley. They’ll want rock ‘n’ roll and Elvis for many years to come.” Berg believes Presley will be around for a while, “But he’ll change his style. Before long, I think you’ll find he’ll swing to ballad style stuff. If he does that, he’ll be around for years and years”

08/10/2017 09:28 PM

Thursday, August 8, 1957   Vol. C632



East Farewell – The second annual golf tournament open with a dignified welcome by Reese Farm Links President Jim Gauge. Gauge has been promoted to President from manager as the Links redefined their organization and greens keeper Stanley Pupeck has been promoted to head greens master. This year there wasn’t the star power that the initial tournament had. Last year golf luminaries Sam Sneed and Ben Hogan along with legend Bobby Jones all played in the opening Tournament. They were all invited this year but other commitments stood in the way of Sneed and Hogan. Jones, although long retired, was on hand to greet members and spectators alike. Jones contributed to the design of the Links which were primarily designed by Robert Trent Lewis who also had a previous commitment. Many other golf stars were on hand; Doug Ford, Tommy Bolt, Ken Venturi along with local pros, Art Fox and Will Heart. Local businessmen like Charles Wentz from the Lost Oasis and Town Council President Tom Conally were also in the group. Many of the members of the Reese Farms Club rounded out the field.
            The tournament started on Saturday and ran Saturday and Sunday in a more condensed version playing only four rounds, two each day. The hot weather made the course less than ideal but did not seem to have any negative impact on the tournament. “The greens are too dry, I have been giving them extra water but this summer sun is just too much for them,” said Pupeck when asked his opinion.
            Among the participants there were no complaints and only positives. They all enjoyed the full schedule and did not seem to mind the somewhat rushed pace of the tournament.  Some felt the schedule was shoehorned in to the summer schedule of events that seem to be occurring every weekend throughout the summer. Manager Gauge had no comment on the timing of the event and reiterated that the tournament was scheduled well in advance and all the entrants knew well in advance of the tight schedule. “They did not have to enter and the all were aware of the schedule, I think any complaints are coming from people who aren’t even involved with this great tournament,” said Gauge when asked.
            Hogan, Sneed and Venturi led the first round with a -4, -3 and even, respectively. Things got interesting as Bolt came on in the third round with an astounding -7 but could not hold on in the fourth round a the great Sam Sneed shot a very clean final round coming in with a -3 overall and winning the tournament. Ken Venturi came in second with a -2 overall and Tommy Bolt came in third with an even score. The local winners were Charles Wentz finishing +3 and top member was Dave Flanagan with a +4. The Tournament was a big hit and is sure to be back next year.

18th Green at Reese Farm Links



East Farewell – The Travelers got back on track with a convincing win over the Senators on Saturday, 7-2. The Senators have been in the basement of the league all season and have not had much pop in their bats. They are suffering through a six game losing streak. The Travelers have had their own troubles lately, squeaking by arch rival Slate Mountain last week in a pitcher’s gem and losing two before that.
            The Travelers started out fast and never let up. They scored 3 runs in the second inning with hits by the middle of the order, Dimero, Brown, Archibald and Sweet with the big blast coming from Billy Sweet as a bounder into the right field corner scoring the previous three batters. In the fifth Johnny Cloos smashed a two run homer and in the eighth Bobby Watson drove in Francis and Dunham to finish the scoring. Danny Lane pitched a very strong game, striking out eight and only allowing seven hits. The Senators were able to score one in the fourth and one in the eighth but that was all they could muster. The hapless Senators have not scored more than three runs in their last six losses. “If you don’t score, you ain’t gonna win,” lamented Senators manager Sammy Seton. No, you will not win if you do not score.
            The Travelers travel next week and visit the Bear Creek Cubs. The game begins at 1:30 at the Bear Creek Den.



The United States ousts Syrian Ambassador Farid Zeineddine and a member of his staff in retaliation for Syria’s action in throwing out three American diplomats on spy charges.  Are the Soviets taking Syria? - The United States and Britain open consultations on the Communist power grab in Syria. Other NATO nations are expected to be called in, notably Turkey. Soviet control over Syria would bring Russian might to the shores of the Mediterranean, allowing it to outflank the West’s Mideast defense line and endanger the free flow of oil from Iraq to the West.
The United States agrees to begin negotiations with Russia in October on exchanges of radio and television broadcasts between the two countries

The jazz festival at New York’s Central Park featured – Michael P. Grace/Chris F. Anderson, Les and Mary Ford, the Hi-Lo’s, Lurlean Hunter, Slim Gaillard, Maynard Ferguson, Eddie Heywood and his Trio, Louis Johnson with Jackie Walcott and the Billy Williams Quartet.

In Sports - Major announcement - The New York Giants will be moving to San Francisco and everybody is holding their breath - will the Dodgers go to Los Angeles?

08/05/2017 09:25 PM

Thursday, August 1, 1957   Vol. C631



East Farewell – The weather was beautiful, the temperature was in the low 90’s and the lake was calm. Seemingly perfect conditions were in place for the 2nd annual ‘Swim Across the Lake’ race. The event built on the enormous success of last year’s race. Race founders, Hugh Reston and Frank Dunlap once again headed the organization, signups and race day logistics. All that work did not keep them from competing though, both ended in the top ten of finishers with Dunlap coming in a very respectable third and Reston coming in eighth on the men’s side. Last year’s winner, Robbie Jenkins, came in fourth. Last year’s female winner, Daisy Forman won again but was very closely followed by a new comer, Joan Early by only 30 seconds.  This year there were over 100 entrants signed up but only 74 actually started the race. While that is a huge number it was very manageable by the larger race lanes and the almost continuous lane edge monitoring by both official boats and avid spectators and supporters. Reston and Dunlap’s prerace planning was inspiring and all encompassing. They took everything into account from the large number of entrants (wider swim lanes) to all insurance and permits needed. They also made provisions for the flotilla of fans by creating outside lanes on the route. This made a designated place for all the fans and supporters during the race. It also made a space for any first-aid boats that may have been needed.
            The race began with the booming of a signal cannon and the crowd raced into the water. There were the fast paced starters and then the long haul, slower paced swimmers behind. All along the way there were fans and supporters egging on their favorites. The fans on the shore could only see the beginning and the end of the race but were seemingly happy with that. They gleefully lined up on Raleigh beach to welcome the swimmers as they came ashore. Raleigh beach is still owned by the N.U.D.E. organization and their nudist retreat is only five miles down the road. N.U.D.E. president, Frank Logan made a statement before the race that the organization would not have any entrants this year but would not say if there would be any spectators from the retreat causing a bit of concern from Reston and Dunlap. As it turns out there were no spectators from the retreat present this year.
            The male winner this was a local swimmer who is going to be senior at Regional High this year, Peter Hagan. He finished the 2.7 mile course in a very respectable 1 hour and 37 minutes. Not as fast as last year’s time of 1 hour 30 minutes by Jenkins. The two top female swimmers, second time winner Daisy Forman and second place Joan Early were right behind Hagan with finishing times of 1 hour 35 minutes and 35 minutes thirty seconds respectively. Out of the 74 swimmers at the beginning of the race 60 finished which is a great percentage increase from last year where less than fifty percent finished. “Looks like people were practicing for this year,” laughed Reston when told of the number.

            This “Swim Across the Lake” is quickly becoming a favorite mid-summer classic event. Reston and Dunlap were only too happy to begin next years planning the day after the race, promising a bigger and better race for next year, if that is possible.

Swimmers take off as race begins in 1957



Slate Mountain – The game between the Slate Mountain Miners and the East Farewell Travelers started at 7:05 in the evening. The game ran only two hours and twenty minutes. It was one of the best pitched games, if not the best, of the season. Both pitchers, Miner’s ace Tony “Michael” Angelo and Traveler’s perfect game ace, Joe Nagy, pitched a dazzling display that went eight innings on both sides without a hit and finally in the top of the ninth Traveler’s local hero, Johnny Cloos got a hold of low and outside Angelo curve ball and sent it out of the park. After that Angelo went back to his methodical perfection and struck out the rest of the side. Nagy came in the bottom of the ninth and also gave up one hit but it was a double to Al DiCerra and he was stranded by Nagy striking out the last batter, Dave Martin.
            While the arch-rivals renewed their animosity for each other the fans were treated to a wonderful pitching show that defined the term, pitcher’s duel. The Travelers fans were happier than the Miner’s fans but both got to view a rare special game that neither side will soon forget. The Travelers come home next week when they host the Albany Senators for the first time since Joe Nagy pitched his perfect game against them. Luckily for the Senators, Nagy will not be pitching this time. The game begins at 1:05 on the Travelers field.



The Senate attaches jury trials to the civil rights bill. It was the second major setback in the senate for the Administration on the civil rights bill. Earlier, Senator Johnson’s forces had stripped it by a vote of 52 to 38, of injunction sanctions that could have been used to force school integration in the south. Vice President Nixon declared: “This is one of the saddest days in the history of the Senate because it was a vote against the right to vote.”  President Eisenhower denounces the senate-voted jury trial amendment in the civil rights bill as a blow to “our whole judicial system.’

Sen. McClelland says that James R. Hoffa’s plan to put the entire nation’s transportation workers into a single union or federation would create a “super government.” Hoffa, the 44-year-old heir apparent to Dave Beck as Teamsters Union president, has said all truck air, rail and shipping unions should be combined into a single union or federation “for their own protection.’

Max Chester a convicted labor racketeer refuses 50 times to answer questions from senate rackets probers who had just heard he used terror tactics to shake down a businessman.

Moscow radio reports that President Tito of Yugoslavia and Nikita Khrushchev met for several days in satellite Romania and agreed on “concrete forms of cooperation”. Western experts say this meeting could be the most significant accord since Tito broke with Stalin in 1948.  Rumors are flying that Premier Bulganin of Russia may be on his way out.

Cuba - President Batista’s government imposes military rule over the Cuban people to combat rebellion. It then seized the rebel hotbed city of Santiago.

A work dispute between ABC and its technicians forces “The Lawrence Welk Show” off the air this week. The dispute affected technicians in Los Angeles, New York, Chicago and San Francisco - but they were retaliating for the network premiere of “American Bandstand” in Philadelphia at WFIL-TV (Channel 6). NABET says the program is using local WFIL-TV employees instead of network union employees - depriving its members of work.  Hosted by Philadelphia disc jockey Dick Clark, “Bandstand” has been a late afternoon mainstay on the station for several years before ABC decided to place the program on the network.

Speaking of which - WFIL-TV’s “Bandstand” makes its national debut this week as “American Bandstand.” It’s described as a 90-minute daytime program of recorded popular music, dance contests and Interviews and sometimes live recording artists. The show has been presented in Philadelphia since 1952. Dick Clark is master of ceremonies. The show replaces ABC-TV’s feature film series titled “Afternoon Film Festival.” (Monday - August 5).

J.P. Shanley of the New York Times reviews “American Bandstand”“Presiding over the show, which originates in Philadelphia is Dick Clark, a well-groomed young man richly endowed with self-assurance. Mr. Clark is inclined, when expressing agreement with guests on his program to use contemporary idioms such as ‘Crazy!’ ‘I’m With You’ and ‘Ah, too much.’ Yesterday’s program began with Elvis Presley’s interpretation of ‘Teddy Bear.’” …“During the program, the studio from which it was televised was crowded with energetic teenagers who danced as the records were played. They were an attractive grip of youngsters. They girls wore pretty gowns and the boys were dressed conservatively. There were no motorcycle jackets and hardly a sideburn in the crowd.” “The quality of the dancing, however, was poor. There also was a shortage of boys. Quite a few girls had to dance with other girls and some of them looked grim about it.” “The format of the program is almost identical to that of a show that has been conducted in here over channel 9 by Ted Steele. The young set dances to records on that program too.” (Note - Ted Steele’s show is on at the same time as Dick Clark’s - 3PM each weekday afternoon).

Passing - Oliver Hardy (65) half the famed “Laurel & Hardy” comedy team. Hardy died from the effects of stroke suffered last September 12. The stroke prevented him from speaking and he could hardly move. Stan Laurel, his skinny partner summed it up: “What’s there to say? ... He was like a brother. That’s the end of the history of Laurel and Hardy.” The pair hadn’t made a picture since 1945.

07/28/2017 08:33 AM

Thursday, July 25, 1957   Vol. C630



East Farewell – The oppressive summer heat is equally suffered by humans and wildlife alike. All around Lake Charles people are trying to find relief by bathing in the lake, from the wee children in their parent arms to the elderly with their prewar swimwear everyone joins in the fun. Not to be excluded all forms of wildlife also join in the fun. Countless deer have been sighted at the water’s edge and just as many smaller animals including beavers and squirrels are merrily splashing in the shallows. Last week a new member of the ‘bathing club’ showed up for the first time. A large black bear showed up on the edge of the lake by the public beach. The beach was filled with bathers but the bear did not seem interested in any of them. He only seemed interested in cooling off. Mothers urgently gathered up their children and the lifeguards cleared swimmers out of the water. The bear remained oblivious to all the commotion and stayed about 50 yards away.  The police were notified but there was not much they could do, they weren’t going to shoot the bear and they certainly weren’t going to try to capture it. There was some talk of shooting guns in the air and scaring it off but more patient heads prevailed and no shots were fired. It was decided to watch and wait. Some of beachgoers started to raise a bit of a ruckus but kept a safe distance from the bear, much to the bear’s consternation. He did look over at the crowd some say he shook his head, but that cannot be confirmed, and after about 15 minutes had had enough. It managed to catch a large fish and eat it in three bites seemed to rinse off its paws, dunk its head lumber ashore and retreat back into the woods. Luckily one of the beachgoers had a small camera and was able to snap some photos. After the bear disappeared, people ventures over to the area where the bear was and eventually calmed down and the summer frivolity resumed.
            Spotting wildlife is not unusual around the lake and in the surrounding areas but to see an animal that large that close to the town is unusual. For the most part the bears, wolves and panthers stay well back in the woods and only hunters or occasional campers ever encounter them. The only other time a large black bear came into town was last June when a large bear, possibly the same one, wandered around the fountains on the Lakefront Plaza. That event was a bit more disconcerting because the bear was well away from the woods and in a very popular area. Luckily, just as the beach occurrence, the ‘Fountain Visit’ did not have any unfortunate outcomes. Being surrounded by forest East Farewell should expect to see its fair share of wildlife. “They have been here much longer than we have,” said the amateur photographer and beachgoer, Walt Cousins, “We should just let them be, they probably have other things on their minds.”
            The summer heat continues to hold the town and the entire east coast in a sweltering grip but luckily for the folks in East Farewell there is a wonderfully cool and refreshing lake and the end of almost every street. The weatherman has no relief in the forecast and with the Music, Arts and Country Fair coming next week there is some amount concern that the heat will hold the crowds back.

Bear take a seat on the beach
Photo by Walt Cousins



Monticello – The Travelers got a rude surprise on Saturday when they met the seemingly hapless Vikings. They were upset 6-2 with the Vikings showing an offense that has not been seen all season. The Travelers have not been able to score more than two runs in the past two games and have lost both. Traveler’s pitcher, Joey Alfred, was not sharp and could not keep the Vikings off base. The Vikings amassed 15 hits and five walks. They did not have any big blasts like last week’s Eagles grand slam but they did take advantage of the runners they put on base. The Vikings were able to score almost 75% of the runners they put on base. The one Travelers highlight was a two run blast from Johnny Cloos in the eighth but it was too little too late.
            The upset came at the best possible time for the Vikings and possibly the worst for the Travelers. Until this game the Vikings had only won three games and have not score more than five runs in any game. Even though it is their inaugural season, their fans patience was beginning to wear thin. This win soothed a lot a anxious feelings in the Vikings bleachers and now they may feel they are hitting their stride.
            The Travelers have lost two in a row and have not looked very strong in either game. “We need to regroup and get back to basics,” said manager Sam Fowler, “These guys are much better than the last two games, much better. We have two more games on the road so I am going to get these guys moving and see if we can salvage a split on this road trip.”
            That may not be as easy a task as it sounds because the Travelers visit Slate Mountain on Saturday. The Miners will likely put their ace Tony “Michael” Angelo on the mound and he has been almost unstoppable this year going 5-1 so far. The Travelers will likely try to match Angelo with their own ace, perfect game pitcher, Joe Nagy. The evening game begins at 7:05PM in Slate Mountain Park.



President Eisenhower’s civil rights bill is stripped in the Senate of all its enforcement powers except those covering voting rights. It was a solid victory for southern senators who have argued for weeks that the bill as it came from the House would permit the Federal government to force racial integration of the schools in their states and impose other social changes.  (Most of section 3 eliminated). Section 3 would have empowered the Attorney General on his own initiative to seek federal court injunctions against all kinds of civil rights violations or threat of violations. Persons flouting the injunctions could be charged with contempt of court and tried by federal judges without a jury.

The machinery to make James R. Hoffa president of the International Brotherhood of Teamsters is set in motion. Two hundred union officials from the East, South and Midwest meet in Chicago to begin a draft movement for the 44-year-old head of the Central states Conference of Teamsters. Mr. Hoffa is fresh from his acquittal of charges that he bribed a senate investigator. He’s made no secret of his readiness to run.

President of Guatemala slain - A palace guard identified as a Communist assassinates President Carlos Castillo Armas with two shots from his sentry rifle in a darkened palace hallway and then committed suicide.  President Eisenhower described the death of President Carlos Castillo Armas of Guatemala as a “great loss to Guatemala and the free world.

The Jacksonville Journal quotes Emil (Buzzie) Bavasi, VP of the Brooklyn Dodgers as saying the club would move to Los Angeles for the 1958 season. In Manhattan, a spokesman for Mayor Robert Wagner said; “The city is doing everything possible to see if something can be done to keep them here but evidently, they don’t want to say, so let them go.”

07/20/2017 09:34 PM

Thursday, July 18, 1957   Vol. C629



East Farewell – The crowds came for the fireworks display last week and it seems they stayed the week and during the week they jammed the Fun Pier and the public beach near the Lakefront Plaza. All around the lake people have been summering on their own docks and local beaches. Swimming in the cool water has been a pleasant respite from the higher than average temperatures and the bright sun has been blamed for several cases of extreme sunburn on young children.
            The sailboat race was an opportunity for the many boat owners to compete for bragging rights and this year there was a trophy presented to winner. Whether to have a trophy or not was the focus of considerable debate. The original creators of the race, Ward James and Earl Dornan did not want a trophy because the wanted the race to stay small and be limited to only five or six competitors, but after last year’s success when a total of fifteen boaters entered the race the smallness factor was never going to happen again. The other racers all wanted some way to recognize the winner and so a trophy was designed and fabricated by local artist Saul Stein. The trophy is a very nice silver cup with a sailboat in full sail on the top. This year the race was open to 20 entrants, up five from last year, and the race was lengthened by adding a lap and the viewing area was widened to cover the entire Lakefront Plaza and half the public beach next to it. The Fun Pier also roped off part of the end of the pier that overlooked the course.
            This year’s entrants varied in age and gender but they all had one thing in common, a desire to make their boat the fastest sailboat on the lake. Along with all of last year’s entrants five new boats were added. One of the new boats was a father-daughter team, Hank Bell and his daughter, Jill. The other newcomers were Dave Walker from Bedford,  Jimmy Thompson, a homegrown boy who will be a senior at Regional High next year, Dave Doyle from Slate Mountain, Bill O’Malley and Frank Furness both summer resident from East Farewell.
            The race enjoyed perfect summer weather with highs in the upper 80’s, clear and bright and a fairly brisk, changeable breeze. The entire group started off at 1:00 with a blast from a starter’s cannon mounted at the end of Lakefront Plaza. The beginning looked a bit crowed with all the boats bunched together for the start but they quickly spread out and the lake looked like a giant tablecloth ruffling in the wind as the many different sails moved gracefully across the water. They wove around the lake and as they passed different locations people would cheer and shout out the sailboats and the crews, in return, would wave and shout back.
            The race wound around the lake with the lead changing as fast as the wind direction. For the first two laps the lead was traded between Dornan, James, Bell and last year’s winner Jake Smart. As they came around for the final lap Smart looked like he was in position to win the race for the second year in a row but he took the last turn too wide and Dornan was able to slip by along with the Bells. In an exciting finish Earl Dornan slid across the finish line first followed by Smart and the Bells. The rest of the field in order of finish was; Billy Green, Walter and son Charlie Scott (they teamed up this year), Sanford Chase, Winnie Baylor, Arthur Dolan, Sam Sweeny, Sonny Fisk, Kathy O’Malley, Will Getz, Charles Hertz and David Wells whose boat overturned during the last turn and took several bystanders who jumped in the lake to help him right his boat.

            After the race everyone gathered on Lakefront Plaza for a makeshift ceremony with presentation of the first trophy. A gala party followed while impromptu there was some wonderful snacks supplied by the Lost Oasis restaurant and music by local musicians who just met on the Plaza and joined together and played requested tunes from the crowd.

The boats come around the last turn in the race



Erie – The Travelers traveled to Erie on Saturday and got clawed by the Eagles, 7-2. The game started well enough for the Travelers scoring two runs in the first two innings and getting runners on base in the third and fourth. That is where the fun for the Travelers ended. In both the third and the fourth the Travelers left their runners stranded while the Eagles were able to score one run in the fourth. Both teams sailed through the fifth, sixth and seventh with no hits and only two walks. But in the seventh after the Travelers went one, two, three the Eagles were able to load the bases on a leadoff single by Thomas, who then stole second, a walk by Dawson and then a passed ball by catcher, Joey Brown loaded the bases. The next batter, ironically for the Travelers was Eagle’s slugger, Beau Richardson, stepped up to the plate. Traveler’s pitcher, Billy Green, had been struggling and called Brown out the mound to discuss the situation. Richardson is leading the league in hits with men on base and they were probably discussing whether to walk him and give up a run or take their chances with Brown’s fastball. They chose to go with the latter and Brown took Richardson to a 3-2 count and delivered and well placed fastball on the edge of the plate that looked like a very hard to hit pitch. Richardson, who is known to have an excellent eye, reached out and tagged the ball towards right. The ball kept going and going. It was hit much harder than it looked or sounded at first but it kept going and ended up in the first row of the bleachers, a line drive grand slam. The other base runners greeted Richardson at home as he came in and the fans were on their feet. Green went on to retire the side with the next three batters, but the damage was done. The Travelers were unable to get any offense and went down with little fanfare.
            The Travelers stay on the road this week as they head down the road to visit Monticello and take on the Vikings. The Vikings are still trying to find their pace. Their debut year has not gone well for them so far. They have only manages three wins and have yet to score more the five runs in a game. The Travelers will try to regain their stride against the Vikings. The game starts at 1:05 in Monticello Park.



The Senate votes to take up President Eisenhower’s civil rights bill. Many expect a bitter North-South fight that may last all summer. The President opposes the idea of guaranteeing jury trials in contempt-of-court cases which might grow out of the legislation.

Backers of the civil rights bill offer an amendment designed to meet southern objections that school integration might be enforced at bayonet point. The civil rights bill will get a good talking on television over the next week as eight senators are slated to appear on network shows to discuss the measure.  NBC lists four who will debate the topic on a special next Thursday. They are Paul H. Douglas (D) Illinois; Jacob K. Javits (Republican) New York; John McClellan (D) Arkansas and Richard Russell (D) Georgia. The issue also comes up on other programs presented by NBC and ABC-TV.

Sen. Robert Kerr (D) Oklahoma (on the Senate floor) - on the subject of fiscal policy said President Eisenhower “hasn’t any brains.” He was asked to apologize since there were school children in the chamber. Kerr replied that he “meant every word I said in attacking the ability of the President to understand the fiscal policies of this administration. “I didn’t say the President has no brains at all. He is uninformed about the fiscal policies of this administration.”

Union Leader James R. Hoffa is acquitted of charges of conspiring and bribing to plant a spy within the Senate Rackets Committee.

In a Gallup Poll - 63% approve of the job President Eisenhower is doing with 23% disapproving and 14% no opinion.

Comics Bud Abbott and Lou Costello come to a friendly parting. Abbott plans to devote full time to his thoroughbred horses on his Ojai (California) ranch. Costello will continue as a “single” in movies, nightclub appearances and on television.

07/13/2017 08:56 PM

Thursday, July 11, 1957   Vol. C628



East Farewell – The annual Fourth of July fireworks display dazzled an estimated 8000 visitors and town folk. The mid-summer evening was spectacular for viewing the wonderful display presented by Fireworks International with the local fire company standing by in case of any problems. There were no problems and the display can only be said to have been fabulous. New firework explosions were set off this year and according to F.I. owner, Geraldo Massi, this was the debut of several new events. “We were actually shooting some brand new displays here because it is such a great place to set off our displays. The area is great, shooting out over the lake and the fire department here is just great. They help us out a whole lot. You don’t see what they do but they are there in the background taking care to be sure that everything moves ahead without a hitch,” said Massi after the event.
            The whole weekend was a party like atmosphere with a Friday evening “stroll” down Main and Lakeshore Drive. All the restaurants and shops stayed open late and many put tables and some of their wares out on the sidewalk so the town resembled a big sidewalk bizarre with cafes to stop and chat with neighbors and friends. On Saturday the Travelers took on the Bear Creek Cubs in an afternoon game that had an Independence Day theme with fife and drum and Minutemen marching around the field during the seventh inning stretch. The game was a sellout with many Riverview fans that came not only for the game but also for the fireworks display after the game. The game started late (3:05PM) and lasted until 6:45. Once the game ended it seemed the entire ballpark moved out and onto Main Street and Lakeshore Drive. Many were able to grab a bite to eat but many moved right on to Lakefront Plaza and onto the Fun Pier to secure their places for viewing the fireworks display. The High School Pep band played several numbers before the display and as dusk was turning into night they opened the display with a rousing version of the ‘Stars and Stripes Forever’ followed by a very respectable rendition of the National anthem. The first display was a carnation explosion that seemed to fill the whole sky. The display went on from there accompanied by a musical sound track supplied by the Pep Band. This year the Lakefront Plaza was used for an extensive ‘ground display’ that involved giant pinwheels, roman candles and an assortment of flags, animals and vehicles igniting peels of excitement from the crowd.

            On Sunday the Fun Pier was open and many folks stayed over and enjoyed the near perfect weather riding the rides and wandering down the midway. Others found their way back into town a strolled down Main Street and Lakeshore Drive widow shopping and talking with others.

Ground display 7/4/1957



East Farewell – The Travelers were able to make the Fourth of July game a winner in every way on Saturday. They not only defeated the Bear Creek Cubs. 4-1, but they also put on a wonderful show during the game in honor of Independence Day. The win was the second this season over the Cubs. The Travelers opened the season with a win against them and they continued the trend on Saturday. It wasn’t until the third inning that either team was able to get on base. Perhaps the pregame “Salute to America” with a brief concert by the High School Pep Band with an enormous American Flag unfurled across the field, or maybe it was the Presidents parade that delivered the ball to the mound for the first pitch, either way both teams did not seem to have their minds on the game in the early innings. There were three errors, a passed ball and two wild pitches in the first three innings. The sold out crowd was amused at the Keystone Kops type play probably because there was a two for one beer offer for the first three innings the beverage station was swamped.
            Things sort of settled down by the bottom of the third when the Travelers were able to string together three hits back to back by Watson, Cloos and Dimero. Dimero’s single scored Watson but that was all the Travelers could muster. The Cubs answered in the fifth with a solo homer by Dash. The seventh inning stretch had another event/distraction when a group of Minutemen and a fife and drum trio marched around the field playing Yankee Doodle Dandy. In the eighth the Travelers ‘erupted’ with a three run rally with five hits and long, out of the park homer run by Johnny Cloos, his 15th on the season. The Cubs were unable to generate any more offense after Dash’s homer. The crowd did not seem to mind the lackluster play and as the game ended most of the fans streamed out before the last out and headed town for the fireworks display.
            The Travelers travel to take on the Erie Eagles. The game begins at 1:05 on Saturday in Erie’s beautiful Lakeview Stadium.



The Public Health Service takes the official position that there was “increasing and consistent evidence” that “excessive cigarette smoking is one of the causative factors of lung cancer.” This changed an official pronouncement in 1954 that cited some evidence of statistical association between the two, but left open the question of cause-and-effect relationship.  Leroy Burney, the Surgeon General, simultaneously began a nationwide informational campaign on this subject. His report says there is an extremely high association between heavy smoking and lung cancer. The statement was challenged immediately by Dr. Clarence Cook Little, chairman of the Scientific Advisory board to the Tobacco Industry Research Committee. He said that three years of research by his group “has produced no evidence that cigarette smoking or other tobacco use contributes to the origin of lung cancer.”

Soviet Communist Boss Khrushchev calls President Eisenhower’s report on the possibility of a “clean” hydrogen bomb stupid. “President Eisenhower is a talented man of great principles, but look at what a stupid thing he says when he says there is a clean hydrogen bomb.” “How can you have a clean bomb to do a dirty thing? It means the destruction of women and children. What a contradiction? They call dirty things clean,” said Khrushchev. In other Russian news, Moscow radio says ex-Premier Georgi Malenkov has been made manager of a hydroelectric plant in East Kazakhstan in remote central Asia. Soviet leaders deposed with him last week and he has been assigned to unspecified other work.

President Eisenhower orders Federal agencies to try to trim almost 2 billion dollars from his original budget requests for the current fiscal year.

Producer Michael Todd and his expectant wife, Elizabeth Taylor return from a European trip cooing like newlyweds and pooh-poohing columnists’ reports of spats on the trip.  Todd said neither took seriously published predictions that the marriage would not last another six months.

07/06/2017 09:07 PM

Thursday, July 4, 1957   Vol. C627



East Farewell – Lou Myer has said he will start to rebuild his demolished deli as soon as the debris is cleared and all the plumbing, electrical and gas lines have been checked and cleared.  He anticipates the project will begin before the end of the summer. “I would like to get underway as soon as possible, hopefully before the end of the summer. I don’t want to have a lot of construction going on in the winter,” said Meyer when he was interviewed after his announcement at the explosion site.
            The deli exploded last week and was completely demolished. A gas leak is the current suspected cause but the investigation is ongoing. Insurance investigators are on the scene as well as local town officials from city license department and the fire department. Fire Chief, Thomas “Cal” Calhoun, has said the most probable cause was a gas leak but he has also cautioned many from making any hasty conclusions. “We will let the whole process play out. There is no reason to jump to conclusions, no matter how clear they may appear.”
            The community has come to help Lou with his rebuilding. Only one week after the explosion and the fund that was set up for Lou at the local bank has already passed $5000.00. “This is a true blessing,” said Lou, “I am going to get some insurance money but there wasn’t going to be enough to do a complete rebuild. Now, with this gift from all my friends in town I will be able to put it back just the way it was, only better. I love this town and I love all the people here. This has been home to me and my family for more than twenty years and I couldn’t imagine leaving. I am truly blessed to have this great town and my family around me.”

Lou’s Deli before the blast



East Farewell – Corning Glass Works came to town on Saturday and melted the Travelers defense in a stunning 9-1 victory. CGW caught the Travelers completely off guard when they started a new pitcher, Al Perkins, who arrived just in time for the warm-ups from parts still unknown. Perkins walked on the mound and completely controlled the game. He was helped by a very strong offense that seemed to have traveler’s pitcher, Danny Lane, in their sights. While Perkins retired the first 15 batters in order Lane struggled from the start letting up three runs in the first and two in the second. It wasn’t until the fourth the Lane calmed down and was able retire the side without any scores. The CGW nine were not finished with Lane though. In the seventh they scored three more with four hits. They started with singles by Travis and Ruhr then a double by O’Hare and a base clearing single by Davis. In eighth they loaded the bases and slugger Franz Heinz smacked a triple the mercifully ended the scoring. The Travelers were only able to score once in the sixth with a double by Dimero and Arty Archibald driving him in with a bloop single to right.
            “I don’t know what went wrong out there today” said manager Sam Fowler, “but I didn’t like it. Those guys looked like they were unconscious. They are going to hear it from me tomorrow. I give them to night to sleep it off, but they are going to get it tomorrow.”
            We will wait and see if Fowler has any impact on the team. The next game is Saturday at home against the Mountain View Explorers with ace, Joe “Freight” Trane and slugger Bobby “Hammer” Taxen. The Travelers will have their work cut out for them. The game starts at 1:05 at the Ballpark.



The chief of police morals squad in Cairo, Egypt held the widely popular music and dance craze from America is a menace to public morals and ordered all spots to ban it. Quipped one nightclub owner” “Imagine barring rock n’ roll but allowing the belly dance’s wiggles.”

In front of a Senate committee, Bing Crosby describes what he termed the musical “trash” now popular. A commerce subcommittee is investigating allegations by some song writers that BMI attempts to dictate pop music tastes by determining what tunes shall be broadcast.  Crosby continued by declaring “a monopolistic trend in music on the part of broadcasters is certainly apparent... the state of this stuff is surely not accidental, attributable to a radical change in public taste, nor due to a sudden unanimous failure of talent among established song writers... I think it is the result of pressure exerted by BMI.”  (BMI has all the rock ‘n’ roll music).

Readers Digest publishes “The facts behind filter-tip cigarettes” in its latest issue. The article is the first of its kind, with research performed exclusively for the magazine. One of the questions posed is “Do filter-tip cigarettes really protect you against lung cancer?” In the same issue - “The perils of promiscuity” and is described: “promiscuity is habit-forming and can make a shambles of a boy’s entire adult life. Here is how parents can help a son to better appreciate its dangers”.

Ava Gardner unleashes a torrent of unprintable words when 5 of her 30 pieces of luggage turn up missing at New York’s Idlewild airport.

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Thursday, June 27, 1957   Vol. C625



East Farewell- The town avoided a full-fledged disaster on Tuesday thanks to the quick thinking of Fire Chief Thomas “Cal” Calhoun.  At approximately 7:00 AM Lou’s Deli, 501 Main, unexpectedly and inexplicably blew up. Debris showered down on Main Street and a huge fire ball rolled into the evening sky. Luckily for everyone the deli was only two blocks down from the fire station. Almost immediately an alarm was sounded and firemen were scrambled. Calhoun arrived on the scene within minutes of the explosion and took charge. He was able to quickly shut down the gas main that fed the block and direct his men to bring the fire under control within eight minutes. The entire structure was demolished but buildings on both sides were spared. The deli was bracketed by a bank and a furniture store and both were closed at the time of the explosion. There was one injury, Miss Monica Shippensport was struck in the head with a ham hock. She was knocked to the ground and suffered cuts and bruises to her head.  She was treated at the scene and sent home to recover further. Miss Shippensport was in the news earlier for other, less catastrophic reasons. She admitted to giving away the Flower Show budget to a con man in the spring. She was sentenced to house arrest and commanded to repay the money. Ironically, last Tuesday was only her third day allowed back on the street. She was walking home from a meeting with her lawyer when she was struck. “I just can’t believe this happened to me. If I was closer I would have been blown to bits. I walking along feeling sorry for myself, I heard the explosion and looked around next thing I know, kapow! This giant hunk of meat hits me in the head and knocks me down. I am feeling like I am the luckiest person in the world right now, a little banged up but still lucky to be alive,” reflected Shippensport to this reporter before she was escorted home.
            It is believed that a gas leak inside the deli caused the explosion but the investigation is ongoing. Owner Lou Myer was in tears out front of the space where his deli used to stand. He had closed the store early because of a family commitment and was called back by Calhoun soon after the fire was brought under control. “This is a tragedy,” sobbed Myer, “I can’t begin to tell you how crushed I am. This deli was my life. Now I have nothing.”

            Many people have already started giving donations to Lou to try and rebuild. Even before he had made any statements a fund was founded at the bank called “Lou’s Deli Fund” and had more than $1000.00 in it through anonymous donations. “We all love Lou and we loved his deli,” said Mrs. Mallard, “I hope he will rebuild and thank goodness no one was seriously injured. How about Monica though, what she doesn’t need right now is a big old ham hitting her in the head. Holy cow, that is some bad luck wrapped in a good luck package. If she was any closer she would have been gone.”

Collapsed Lou’s Deli



East Farewell – The Travelers got back on track as they manhandled the Riverview Anglers, 6-1, as they met the first time this season. The Travelers started off early scoring three runs in the first with back to back singles by Dunham and Watson and then league leading hitter Johnny Cloos tagged his 10th homer. In the sixth the bottom of the order got into the scoring act with Brown smashing a triple followed by a walk by Archibald then a towering center field blast by Billy Sweet. The defense was also very stingy only letting the Anglers get on the board with a single score in the sixth. They were also able to turn three double plays effective killing the Anglers offense.
The Travelers will come home next week to face Corning. The game will begin in the ballpark at 1:05.



Hurricane Audrey batters the Louisiana-Texas coast with 105 mph winds.  Reports say most of the homes in Lake Charles were damaged by winds. 

Ranchers and miners in Nevada claim nuclear tests are threatening the health of their families and livestock. Ranchers as far away as 100 miles from test areas claim increases in blindness, cancer and hair fallout of their livestock. Yet another test was conducted this week from a hot air balloon.

Randolph Churchill (45), only son of Sir Winston Churchill quits, as a contributor to the Evening Standard newspaper in London.  Churchill said the Standard refused to publish a second article defending wire tapping by British security agents. Denouncing Churchill, the paper said “Mr. Churchill’s ideas on this issue are misguided and in complete opposition to the mood at the British Public.”

While appearing at a night club in Detroit, Milton Berle gets robbed of $240.00 back at his hotel. The thief took the cash while Berle was performing.

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Thursday, June 13, 1957   Vol. C624



East Farewell – The 7thRace Around the Race was run over the weekend and again proved to be great fun for both the racers and the fans alike. The official side of the race had a new record of 73 riders and was run by the youngest entrant ever. Richie Watkins, 16, won the official side of the race in 1 hour 32 minutes. Once again this year the time was not as fast as usual bike races because of the “unofficial” side  of the race where people who were not official entrants “entered” the race along the way for a lap or two in all kinds of contraptions and festively decorated bikes or wheeled contraptions that resemble bicycles.
            This year the unofficial winner was an unorthodox type vehicle. It was technically a tri-cycle but that did not seem to matter. Owner, inventor Ralph Jenkins came up with this machine in his garage. It can only be described as a tricycle with a sail. Jenkins rolled his trike out onto the course at about the fourth lap and ran about a lap and a quarter before the whole thing fell apart in the middle of the track and had to be pushed off to the side by fans.
            Every year the race gets wackier and wackier and the inventive ingenuity of the participants seems to increase every year. It won’t be long before there is a nuclear powered bike on the course.

Jenkins Tricycle



Bedford – The Travelers got back on track in a big way Saturday as they dismantled the Bedford Bears, 10-2. The bats started early and continued through every inning with at least one hit in every inning. The Travelers ended up with a team record of 17 hits. They also set a season record with four homeruns. Every Traveler in the lineup was able to register a hit in the game, another record. This game was a display of offensive power by the Travelers. The homers were all extra run blasts by Cloos (3), Dimero (2), Francis (2) and Brown (3). The defense was top notch, too. The Travelers were able to turn tree double plays and winning pitcher, Danny Lane, was able to strikeout eight hapless Bears.
            The Bears have been having trouble all season. They lost their best hitter, Al Kelly, to a broken foot in the first game and then they lost their star pitcher, Billy Thompson to a torn bicep. They have struggled to score and they have not been able to keep opponents off the board. “So far, this has been a rough season. We lost A.K. in the first game and then we lost Billy T. a couple of weeks later. Along with a lot of other little problems we have been playing catch up all season. It has been really tough but we are still getting dressed for every game and we go out there expecting to win,” said Bears coach, Rob Willis.
            The Travelers continue their road trip next week when they make a stop in Riverview and cast their fate against the Anglers. The game begins at 1:45PM in the Angler Fishbowl (Stadium).



The House passes President Eisenhower’s civil rights bill, sending it to a new battleground in the Senate.

Russia offers to admit western inspectors into the Soviet Union provided agreement is reached on ending hydrogen bomb tests.

Haiti trouble - Angry mobs and looting, burning and stoning in protest against ouster of Provisional President Daniel Fignole turn Port-Au-Prince into a jungle.

Jimmy Hoffa, Midwest boss of the Teamsters Union goes on trial on bribery and conspiracy charges after failing to get a last-minute postponement.

Baseball Commissioner Ford Frick tells Congress that “no one knows” whether the Brooklyn Dodgers and New York Giants will move to the West Coast. He said the deals to move the Dodgers to Los Angeles and the Giants to San Francisco are still under negotiation and he himself couldn’t predict whether the deals would go through.

Music news - At least there’s one teacher who lets her students talk about Elvis Presley. Mae Boren Axton - a Jacksonville, Florida high school teacher says - “In spite of what some have said about the adverse Presley influence on teen-agers, I have found the opposite to be true. With the end of school in sight and with warm days urging them to the beach, my high school kids find it a bit difficult to keep their minds on the subjects. So when they become a bit restless, I offer them the privilege of talking about their idol or even permit a record session of his records, if the week is completed with adequately done work. You’d be surprised how enthusiastic they become. The high school crafts teacher has also found that he accomplished a lot by allowing his pupils to work under the Presley influence.”

At the movies -
The Prince and the Showgirl  Marilyn Monroe, Laurence Olivier
The Miller’s Beautiful Wife – Vittorio DeSica, Sophia Loren
This Could Be The Night - Jean Simons, Paul Douglas, Anthony Franciosa
Dragoon Wells Massacre - Barry Sullivan, Dennis O’Keefe, Mona Freeman, Katy Jurado
Tarzan and the Lost Safari - Gordon Scott as the new Tarzan
The Happy Road - Gene Kelly
The Quiet One - John Wayne, Maureen O’Hara

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Thursday, June 6, 1957   Vol. C623



East Farewell - The Memorial Day parade was a great event as it honored the soldiers that had fallen in all the wars and celebrated the survivors from the First World War, the Second World War and the Korean War as they marched and were escorted in fine autos down the parade route. WWI veteran, Tommy Flynn at 61 years old is the town’s oldest living veteran was driven down the parade route in a brand new convertible Cadillac courtesy of Green’s Motors. Sam Green, owner of Green’s Motors, also supplied Cadillac’s for Tom Conally, Town Council president, Faith O’Hara, parade queen and local hero Sid Lagosi. The cars were interspersed between the marching bands, the fire trucks, police cars and even the SPCA group of dogs that were a huge hit with all the spectators and were available for adoption after the parade.
            The parade started off with the Regional High School Marching Band leading the way and setting the tone. Their spirited versions of the John Phillip Sousa March classics were very well executed and their marching was almost military. The packed sidelines cheered and clapped along with the band, led by Band Major Dave Bass, as they ran through fabulous versions of the Stars and Stripes Forever, Semper Fidelis (the Marine Corps March), Liberty Bell and appropriately, High School Cadets.  They led the parade from the High School parking lot down Main Street turned onto Lake Shore drive and ended on the Lake Front Plaza. 
            Along with the band the parade had lots of other marchers. The local Fire Department marched beside two trucks. The Police had a large group marching along with several motorcycles and as mentioned earlier the ASPCA had about 10 dogs ranging from very small terriers to very large collies and retrievers that “marched” the entire route with a couple of water breaks and the terriers being carried at the end.

            This year there was a much larger ceremony on the Lake Front Plaza and the single bugler played taps at the War Memorial above the Plaza. High School senior Thomas Gordon played a stirring rendition after there was a wreath of flowers placed at the Memorial. Gordon is also a member of the High School ROTC program and plans to attend West Point in the fall. The restaurants in town all set up al-fresco dining for after the ceremony and it seemed almost everyone who watched the parade filtered onto the Plaza and enjoyed the fare. In the afternoon the Fun Pier opened for the unofficial start of the summer. Most people enjoyed the pleasant weather spending the afternoon on the Plaza or the Pier and then drifted over to the ballpark to watch the Travelers take on the Cougars in an evening game.

Regional High School Marching Band 1957



East Farewell – The wonderful Memorial Day in town was not fulfilled with a win by the Travelers in their evening game with the Cougars. They were bested by the Cats, 4-1 on Saturday. Many fans came to the game expecting a good game against one of the best pitchers in the league. What they got was a dazzling strikeout display that was just two strikeouts shy of a league record. Cougar’s ace, Steve ‘Cat’ Caterno struck out 17 Travelers and only let four hits, one a home run and no walks get recorded by the Travelers in a surprise Memorial Day performance.
             Caterno started by striking out by striking out the first six Travelers. It wasn’t until the fifth inning that Johnny Cloos was able to connect with one of the rare mistakes Caterno made by offering Cloos a low outside fastball that Cloos connected with and hit it out of the park. Fans thought, mistakenly, that the tide had turned. Caterno came back and struck out both Dimero and Brown to close down the side. On the Travelers’ side pitcher Joey Alfred did not pitch a bad game but in comparison it looked weak.  Alfred was able go the first three innings before the Cougars were able to get a hit. In the fourth Belford squeaked out a single that was followed by a double by Young and another single by Reynolds scoring both Belford and Young. Alfred was able to regroup and get out of the inning without any more damage but was tagged for a run in the seventh and again in the ninth.
            Caterno has an extremely good record in the league but this game was exceptional. By the seventh inning most fans were aware of the superior performance that he was putting on and begrudgingly started to cheer for him or at least not boo him. Traveler fans are known around the league for their great understanding and appreciation of the game. The Travelers head out on the road next week to visit the Bedford Bears and another pitching ace, ‘Howling’ Frank Fowler. The game begins at 1:30 in Bedford.



President Eisenhower is reported resting comfortably at the White House following a “mild stomach upset’ which forced him to cancel all appointments for several days.

The first test of the Atlas intercontinental Atlas missile goes awry at take-off with an explosion just after it launched.

Disneyland adds the Monsanto House of the Future - a forerunner of the dwelling the typical American family of four may be living in 10 years from now.

Late February 1953 - The newspaper France-Soir says Joseph Stalin suffered his fatal stroke while in a fit of rage over Politburo opposition to a plan he had to deport all Jews from Russia. Secret Police Chief Lavrenty Beria, the paper said, danced around the stricken dictator’s body, laughing and crying, “We are free, finally!”

Ted Williams becomes the first player in American League history to hit three homers in one game, twice in one season.

Bandleader Jimmy Dorsey passed away, less than seven months after the death of his brother Tommy. Jimmy was 53, Tommy was 51 when he accidentally choked to death in his sleep last November 26 at his Connecticut home. It seemed like yesterday when their “Stage Show” on CBS-TV featured Elvis Presley.  Jackie Gleason has arranged a special radio program in tribute to Jimmy Dorsey who died of cancer. Guest will include Paul Whiteman, Count Basie, Danny Kaye and Bob Crosby.

Ozzie Nelson says he’s entirely in favor of his son Ricky being a pop singer: “Some parents have a tendency to criticize something like rock ‘n’ roll that is peculiar to modern teenagers without taking the trouble to find out what it’s all about. Each generation thinks that the generation that comes after it has more independence. If parents would only stop to try to realize what the kids are doing, there would be a warmer understanding. I’m not against rock ‘n’ roll. When I heard it, I take the position that maybe I can find something about it that I can enjoy. For the most part, I’ve found that it has simplified chords and a good beat.”

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Thursday, May 30, 1957   Vol. C622



East Farewell- The recent heat wave with temperatures in the 80s had many forecasting a hot summer ahead. The past week has seen the thermometer hovering around 90 degrees and has brought out a lot of people in shorts and t-shirts. Weather forecasters are predicting a very warm summer in their long term forecasts. “This is very unusual for this time of year, I don’t remember heat this high this early and I have been around for a long time,” explained Mrs. Mallard, boarding house owner and self proclaimed local historian, “We did have a very warm spring but it seems the spring just came and went very quickly. Now we are in summer.”

            For the record, summer does not officially begin until June 21st. Many locals are enjoying the warm spell. The Lakefront Plaza has been filled with lots of sun-seekers and many restaurants have put al-fresco dining out on the sidewalks, offering an almost Paris like atmosphere throughout town. There is great hope that the fine weather will continue into the weekend and hold up for the Memorial Day parade and festivities. The parade is scheduled to begin at 10:30AM on Saturday and will run from the High School parking lot down Main Street, turn on Lake Shore Drive and end on the Lakefront Plaza where there will be a ceremony honoring the fallen. The ‘Race Around the Lake’ bicycle race has been rescheduled this year until the second weekend of June because the Memorial Day Parade and ceremony is expected to last until the early afternoon and the Race Planning Committee felt that there would not be enough time to properly hold the race which has evolved into a very festive event in its own right. Many people have started to decorate their bikes and “join” the race in progress. That practice makes for a somewhat chaotic event throughout the day.

Warm evenings bring out strollers



Bear Creek – Rookie Mitch Maxwell hit a homerun with his first professional at bat as the Travelers slashed the Cubs, 4-1 on Saturday. Maxwell joined the team earlier this month and played only as a pinch runner in a previous game. He took the field as a starter on Saturday, playing shortstop giving regular Dale Dunham a day off. “It was great for the kid to homer in his first at bat, he is going to be a good player. We will have to find a place for him in the lineup,” said Travelers manager, Sam Fowler.
            The Cubs started out strong with a run in the first as Joey Alfred had a little trouble giving up four hits in the first. Cub’s slugger, Charles Brown, was able to drive in leadoff hitter Ralph Dunlap for the score. Alfred settled down after the first and the Travelers stepped up the defense and kept the Cubs off the board the rest of the game. After the nearly disastrous first inning the Alfred stuck out nine and only let up four more scattered hits.  The Travelers offense took command in the sixth with Maxwell coming up with his second hit of the game followed by a Bobby Watson single and a Johnny Cloos off the wall triple.  While Cloos was stranded the next inning Joey Brown tagged a low outside fastball for the final score.
            The Travelers come home next week to face the Ondita Cougars and their pitching ace, Steve “Cat” Caterno. Next week’s game will be played in the evening due to the Memorial Day ceremonies the game will begin at 7:30PM at the ball park.



Nikita S. Khrushchev reigning boss of world Communism makes his debut on United States television. He predicted the grandchildren of his millions of American viewers “will live under Socialism,” but said the Soviet Union does not want to impose its type of Socialism on anybody.  President Eisenhower turns down any idea of answering Mr. Khrushchev and his remarks on American television.

Arthur Miller, husband of Marilyn Monroe is found guilty of contempt of Congress for refusing to answer questions about a Communist meeting he attended in 1947. Miller had declined to name persons who attended a 1947 meeting of Communist Party writers. He freely admitted attending the meeting himself, but said he could not name the others on grounds of conscience. A judge ruled that questions put to Miler by the House Committee on un-American Activities were pertinent to its investigation of passport abuses.

 New York’s hopes for keeping the Dodgers and Giants just grew dimmer. A survey by the New York Post shows that members of the Board of Estimate, who will have to pass on any financial measures to build stadiums, are overwhelmingly opposed to granting subsidies to keep the two clubs. Mayor Wagner said the city couldn’t subsidize the baseball teams because every kind of business would demand things.

The FCC grants its first permits for overseas televising between South Florida and cities in Cuba. Permits were issued to AT&T and Florida Micro Communications Inc. They’ll use a technique called “tropospheric scattering” to relay programs to and from Cuba.

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Thursday, May 23, 1957   Vol. C621



East Farewell – The ninth annual Spring Fair took place over the weekend and was, as usual, a big hit. The Fair has come to include a whole weekend of events. On Friday night there was the hugely popular Main Street Strollwhere what seemed like their entire town strolled through town in the evening. They gaily greeted each other, shopped in stores that were gladly opened by their merchants much later than usual and dined at the restaurants that had set up outside tables with festive lighting and snappy tablecloths. Many people commented on the similarity of Main Street to a famous Parisian street even if they had never been to Paris. On Saturday the Fun Pier openedits doors and a midway was setup on the Lakefront Plaza as large crowds flocked to the fair-like atmosphere. Most of the crowd moved down to the Ball Park to watch the Travelers take on the Albany Senators and on Sunday the Midway and Fun Pier reopened and everyone enjoyed a wonderful day by the lake and on the Tilt-A-Whirl and Carousel.

Main Street Stroll - 1957



East Farewell – The Travelers added to the excitement of the Spring Fair events when they handed the Albany Senators their fifth loss on Saturday night, 5-1. The night game was a sold out affair attended by mostly by loyal Traveler fans coming from the hugely successful Spring Fair that opened the Fun Pier and offered sidewalk dining along Main Street. Most of the crowd was in a very festive mood and cheered the Travelers on with gusto. The Travelers did not disappoint the crowd by starting off with two runs in the first. A quick single for Dunham turned into a two run lead when Johnny Cloos send his tenth homer over the left field wall. The Senators tried to get back in the game with a strong fourth inning with two hits back to back by Franks and Doyle a rare wild pitch by Joe Nagy advanced both runners and a Texas league single by Sanders brought Franks in. Nagy then settled down and struck out the side, leaving Doyle and Sanders stranded. That was the only real threat the Senators were able to generate. Except for that inning Nagy was in strong form harking back to his perfect performance at the end of last season. He was able to strike out eight and only walk four. The Travelers were able to turn two double plays and tamp out any possible crowd disappointment. The Travelers went on to score two more runs in the sixth with the bottom of the order, Brown and Archibald both singled and were brought home by a clean double by leadoff hitter, Ralph Francis. They sealed the outcome with a solo homer by Bobby Watson to bring the final to 5-1.
            The Travelers are back on the road next week as they travel to Bear Creek to meet the Cubs for the first time this year. The game begins at 1:30 on Saturday afternoon.



Sen. Irving Ives (R-NY) says the administration’s civil rights bill “is the victim of a quiet southern filibuster” within the Senate Judiciary Committee. Ives said he still is hopeful that the bill will emerge from the Judiciary Committee and be brought to a vote in the Senate before Congress adjourns.

President Eisenhower suffers a first-round defeat in the military budget battle when the House rejects an attempt to restore $80 million of the pared-down Army appropriation.

In A Gallup Poll - Americans who see a major war/conflict within the next five years is the lowest it has been since 1950 - up to 57%

Another Elvis - or the closest thing could be Ricky Nelson (17), who for the past few years has been seen with his family on “Ozzie and Harriet” on ABC-TV. But recently, something happened. Not long ago on the show, he did an Elvis imitation. The show carried tens of thousands of ohs and ahs from teens across the nation.  Record companies began bidding for Rick to record a song. He accepted an offer from Verve and recorded “I’m Walking.” The record was released April 10 and has sold some 500,000 copies. Rick is delighted. He says the only prior singing was around the piano with his family and friends. Rick graduates next month from Hollywood High School and may follow his brother David into USC. But, says Ricky - “I’d rather just sing - a am not crazy about school.” He says he’d like to take a small combo and tour the country this summer, singing in one-night stands. He says he’s a great admirer of Elvis Presley, When they met he said Presley began quizzing him on show business, “I was the old timer.”

New York City mayor Robert Wagner says the city will not be “blackjacked” and is meeting with Dodger’s owner Walter F. O’Malley to keep the team in the city. He’ll do the same with Giant’s owners. Wagner restated the city’s determination to do “everything within reason” to keep the Giants and Dodgers here. The Mayor’s move comes less than 24 hours after the National League had authorized the clubs to move to the West Coast if they desired. Los Angeles wants the Dodgers as does San Francisco and the Giants. Both cities are now represented in the Pacific Coast League.

Jackie Gleason sells all 39 episodes of the filmed “Honeymooners” series to CBS Films for $1.5 million. The shows aired over the 1955-1956 season on CBS-TV. Buick financed production of the films under an agreement made with Jackie Gleason Enterprises in 1954. Buick paid the company $2,535,000 for the series of 39 plus $422,500 to repeat 13 of the shows last summer. After Buick sponsored the shows, they became the property of Jackie Gleason’s company.  CBS Films will syndicate the series on a station-by-station basis.