Willie Wilson was named to the Suburban Conference’s first team for basketball (they chose six) and I thought you might be curious who the others were (memory check time); Joe Pepe (Springfield), Brian Kirk (Millburn), Bob Petica (Caldwell), Harold Morrison (West Orange), and Kevin Bannon (Verona).  George Gross and Anthony Zackery made second team all-conference.

And then the baseball season commenced.  In Coach Art Cotterell’s first game at the helm, the Hilltoppers lost to Berkeley Heights, 4-1.  As would be the case all season, Wilson figured prominently, driving in the only run with a single, walking twice as he was pitched around, and stealing three bases.  But with two on and two outs in the last inning, Wilson was pitched to and he made a bid for a game-tying home run that just fell short.

Next up for the baseball team was Morris Hills and Coach Cotterell got his first win, 6-3.  Bob Miller picked up the win on the mound for Summit and Wilson twice doubled in a run.

But that day was also a tough one for Art Cotterell because at the JV game next door, son Bob, playing the outfield, collided with Mike Kline and Bobby broke his wrist.  I saw Art the other day and he said it was just an awful thing to see Bob taken away in an ambulance, as there was the fear Bobby had also broken his ankle (OK on this front).

The thing is, Bob Cotterell was slated to be the No. 3 hurler on the Varsity.  Fellow classmate John Merchant then inherited the spot in the rotation.  In the third game of the year, Summit defeated Madison 5-3 but the Herald didn’t have any details.

Elsewhere in town…John ‘Jack’ Roux received the YMCA’s annual “distinguished service to youth” award.  Of course Greg Roux was a member of the Class of ’76, but I have to take this opportunity to say that when I was at Wake Forest, Greg’s brother Rob was a good friend.  We quaffed more than a few beers together as I tried to get him to join our fraternity.  Alas he went elsewhere.  But I digress…

Marco Polo was planning to expand in those days.

A Ford Pinto cost $2442 and a Mustang $2895 at Dawson Ford.

A 6BR, 3BA, colonial was going for $57,900.

Nipsey Russell was at The Meadowbrook Theatre in Cedar Grove.

At The Strand, for the kiddies it was “The Ghost and Mr. Chicken” and later “King Kong v. Godzilla” (Tokyo was the big loser…erector sets didn’t stand a chance against either beast), while adults got to take in Al Pacino in “Serpico,” the “Best Picture of the Year!” according to legendary critic Judith Crist of the New York Times.

Summit’s Mark Jeffrey won his 5th straight Grand Prix title in taking the Eastern Clay Courts Indoor Tourney.

Next installment, Dec. 3.



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