Not much going on during this period, except in a horrific tale, a 39-year-old Berkeley Heights man died from inhaling an insecticide he was using on his shrubbery. Remember how your folks used to apply it back then? Through that big cannister? That was obviously strong stuff and this poor fellow died two hours after collapsing in his yard. The article didn’t say what the chemical was but noted it could be bought at the hardware store for $2.67.
There was another tragedy in the news. A local resident was hiking with his companion near Lake Mohonk (New Paltz, N.Y.) when the partner fell 200 feet to his death. The Murray Hill resident wasn’t a suspect (mused your editor).
There was this headline in the Herald…”Luncheonette Among New Features at Kress store.”
Remember that? The lunch counter?
A local resident went to a City Council meeting with a request that a banner reading “One Nation Under God” be hung from City Hall. Council said flying the American flag was enough.
The first Summit High School class to have spent all three years in the new facility was graduating, 386 strong, with Peter Nestler as Student Council president. Alton Gast was principal. And for the first time graduation was held at Tatlock Field.
On the real estate front, the Herald didn’t list individual addresses or specifics, such as the number of bedrooms, in those days, but under the category of “Colonials,” most were going for the low- to mid-$20s.
At the Strand during these three weeks, “Becket,” “Dr. Strangelove” and “The Amorous Adventures of Moll Flanders”…in Technicolor! [Or rather…Kim Novak, in Technicolor!]
I’ll rush through the entire summer of ’65 next time, Aug. 7.
But for now, I thought you may want to see the top ten songs on the Billboard Pop chart for 7/17/65:
1. (I Can’t Get No) Satisfaction…The Rolling Stones
2. I Can’t Help Myself…Four Tops
3. I’m Henry VIII, I Am…Herman’s Hermits
4. Mr. Tambourine Man…The Byrds
5. Cara, Mia…Jay & The Americans
6. Yes, I’m Ready…Barbara Mason
7. Seventh Son…Johnny Rivers
8. You Turn Me On…Ian Whitcomb
9. What The World Needs Now Is Love…Jackie DeShannon
10. What’s New Pussycat?…Tom Jones