12/20/73-12/27/73

We had a snow day, 12/17/73, a Monday. Do you remember? [I don’t] Turns out it only snowed three inches, starting Sunday night, but there was a lot of ice and townsfolk were ripping the City for not plowing any of the main streets, especially in the business district. There were nine auto accidents.

The Boy’s varsity basketball team played its first game after winning the state football title and Willie Wilson led the way with 24 points and 13 rebounds in a 73-59 win over Livingston. The Herald reported, “Both teams demonstrated more football than basketball skills during the early going. There were a few hard-hitting body blocks, some jarring collisions and wild scrambles for loose balls.” This was also Johnny Foushee’s first start at point guard and coach Ed Lyons said he passed the test with flying colors as Foushee chipped in with 13 points. George Gross had 15 and our classmate, Bob Kimbrough, 8.

In the second game of the year, Summit defeated Morris Hills, 62-53, with Wilson scoring 16, Tony Zackery and George Gross, 14 apiece, and Foushee, 10.

Sports coverage was so extensive in those days, they actually had a box score for a YMCA ‘varsity’ game I was involved in against Boys Club. I tickled the twine for two points as we lost 46-36. Geezuz, you’d think an editor would be thoughtful enough to keep that out.

The construction of Rt. 78 was a hot item as residents, resigned to the fact the road was going through (and thank god it did), expressed various environmental concerns.

The cost of a first class stamp was going up from 8 to 10 cents in Jan. ’74.

Gas prices were a huge problem then, as you’ll recall, and the Herald had an editorial blasting President Nixon for using a helicopter to go to Camp David instead of taking a car. Also it documented how much fuel his plane flights were using.

Willie Wilson turned out to be the only repeater on the 1973 Parade All-American High School Football Team. The accompanying story said he was leaning towards USC or Arizona State because of their baseball programs.

At the Strand, “The Way We Were,” plus “Snow White and the Three Stooges.”

It hit 76 degrees one day in November, as the County Weather Bureau released, one shy of the record for the month, so global warming was an issue back then and we didn’t even know it.

Next installment, April 24.

BT12/20/73-12/27/73

We had a snow day, 12/17/73, a Monday. Do you remember? [I don’t] Turns out it only snowed three inches, starting Sunday night, but there was a lot of ice and townsfolk were ripping the City for not plowing any of the main streets, especially in the business district. There were nine auto accidents.

The Boy’s varsity basketball team played its first game after winning the state football title and Willie Wilson led the way with 24 points and 13 rebounds in a 73-59 win over Livingston. The Herald reported, “Both teams demonstrated more football than basketball skills during the early going. There were a few hard-hitting body blocks, some jarring collisions and wild scrambles for loose balls.” This was also Johnny Foushee’s first start at point guard and coach Ed Lyons said he passed the test with flying colors as Foushee chipped in with 13 points. George Gross had 15 and our classmate, Bob Kimbrough, 8.

In the second game of the year, Summit defeated Morris Hills, 62-53, with Wilson scoring 16, Tony Zackery and George Gross, 14 apiece, and Foushee, 10.

Sports coverage was so extensive in those days, they actually had a box score for a YMCA ‘varsity’ game I was involved in against Boys Club. I tickled the twine for two points as we lost 46-36. Geezuz, you’d think an editor would be thoughtful enough to keep that out.

The construction of Rt. 78 was a hot item as residents, resigned to the fact the road was going through (and thank god it did), expressed various environmental concerns.

The cost of a first class stamp was going up from 8 to 10 cents in Jan. ’74.

Gas prices were a huge problem then, as you’ll recall, and the Herald had an editorial blasting President Nixon for using a helicopter to go to Camp David instead of taking a car. Also it documented how much fuel his plane flights were using.

Willie Wilson turned out to be the only repeater on the 1973 Parade All-American High School Football Team. The accompanying story said he was leaning towards USC or Arizona State because of their baseball programs.

At the Strand, “The Way We Were,” plus “Snow White and the Three Stooges.”

It hit 76 degrees one day in November, as the County Weather Bureau released, one shy of the record for the month, so global warming was an issue back then and we didn’t even know it.

Next installment, April 24.

BT

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