10/1/64-10/15/64

[Posted 6/5]

The crime wave in town continued as daytime burglaries were conducted on Ashland and Druid Hill.  But Police Chief John Sayre vowed “drastic action” on another matter.  “KKK” signs were painted all over, including railroad underpasses and sidewalks.  However, the police later surmised it was the work of juveniles who really had no clue as to the seriousness of what they were doing.

It’s campaign season and the presidential election is but weeks away.  A rally of “Independent Voters for Johnson” raised $1,000 as 300 attended the event at SHS.  Doesn’t look good for Barry Goldwater, sports fans.

The New Jersey legislature passed a law amending the statute barring corporal punishment.  Teachers could now use force in a classroom to defend themselves, disarm a student or to quell any potentially harmful disturbance.

What were we being served for lunch then?  Celery soup (grass), with spaghetti and meatballs.  But check out the cold plate (for high school).  Jellied apricot loaf.  Goodness gracious.  Nothing in the Herald on the casualty count.  At least a few days later we had the usual grilled cheese sandwich, though you all know the cheese was World War II Army surplus.

Believe it or not, preliminary work on Route 78 in the Summit-Berkeley Heights area commenced in Oct. ’64.

The varsity football team got off to a rough start.  Recall last time that the Balish football forecast had Summit defeating North Plainfield in the season-opening contest, 19-6.  Alas, Summit lost 27-14 before 4,000 at Tatlock Field.  [Nice crowd.]  The following week, 2,500 turned out to see Summit lose to Verona, 13-0, thus ending a nine-game Suburban Conference winning streak for Howie Anderson’s Hilltoppers.

The soccer team was 2-2-1 under Coach Elmer Haldenwang.

And remember those burning leaves?  Back in the fall of ’64, all you had to do was stop by the Fire Dept. for a free permit, though you weren’t allowed to burn them in the street.  Oh yeah, that was great for the environment back then.

St. Teresa’s celebrated its 100th anniversary during this time.  Incidentally, the first school was built around 1880 for all of $975.  Construction on a new church began in 1886, and then the current edition was built, beginning in 1924, as the parish population continued to explode.  Total cost for what you see today was only $300,000.

You could buy a used ’62 Corvair for $1195 at Barnes Chevrolet.  Corvair…the car that made Ralph Nader famous.

And at The Strand…Burton! O’Toole!  “Becket”.

More June 28…including the presidential election results.  Remember, bet with your head, not over it.

BT

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