4/1/65-4/15/65

[Posted 1/29/08]

I saw in the Herald, 4/1, that New Providence won its first state basketball title in Atlantic City, defeating Wildwood, as 1,000 trekked down the Parkway for the game. Pretty cool. Ed Leider was the coach.

Back in Summit, if you didn't have a license for your dog it was a $50 fine, while on 4/8/65, we had the headline: "Anti-Smut Law Dies as Dealers Promise Own Ban".

There were 14 newsdealers in town in those days. I can't think of more than four today, but the agreement with Common Council then was they agreed to police their own and keep the smut out of the hands of the children, because at the end of the day it's always about them, isn't it, sports fans?

There was a 10-acre brush fire along the Erie-Lackawanna tracks that wasn't under control for ten hours. But no one was hurt…or any real property damaged.

Overlook Hospital was in the process of raising $6.5 million for a big expansion program.

And Common Council voted 5-1 to allow local bars to open for the first time on Sundays between 12:30 and 8:00 pm. Councilman Frank Lehr, future mayor, was the lone dissenter. The rules for the bars had gone back to the mid-1930s. Short Hills, Millburn, and Springfield allowed bars to be open on Sunday so Summit was just following suit.

10 city street signs were stolen in a 4 week period. I doubt any of you were involved, seeing as we were just seven. There was also a $1,000 theft at SHS of two typewriters (one electric) and two tape recorders. Ah yes, the electric typewriter.

In the world of sports, Summit's Jeff Cain pitched a no-hitter against Berkeley Heights.

I see there was a hot lunch at the high school consisting of beef-a-roni, Chinese cabbage, Russian dressing, and fruit whip, in what just seems like a ghastly combination. No word on casualties.

And at The Strand, "Mary Poppins." Earlier, "How to Murder Your Wife" with Jack Lemmon and Virna Lisi. You and I probably weren't allowed to see the second one.

Next installment March 20.

BT

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