Thursday, December 11, 1958   Vol. C702



East Farewell – Leo G. Carroll made his triumphant comeback to East Farewell as he reprised his now classic role as Scrooge in the beloved Dickens story “A Christmas Carol” The Playhouse production has been a favorite in town since the Playhouse opened back in 1952. Carroll basically defined the role for the Playhouse production was unable to play it last year due to previous commitments. James Mason took the lead and did a wonderful job but everyone in town had a warm place in their hearts for Carroll’s portrayal. Producer, Jed Bernstein, was very happy to talk to folks about getting Carroll back. “He was available and we were so happy that he wanted to come back. He said he actually chose us over another show at the same time. We were very flattered. The East Farewell Playhouse holds a special place in his heart and the feeling is likewise,” Bernstein said during the opening night ceremonies.

            The play is has enchanted East Farewell and is the last show of the season for the Playhouse. It opened on Saturday night and will play until January 10th. Along with Carroll local players Natalie Mallard, Randle Cross and Douglas Beaufort played their parts with very professional styles. Mallard, a long time player, played Belle and as with last year she did double duty also playing the role of Mrs. Cratchit. The two roles are completely different and require complete costume and personality changes. She pulled off both seamlessly. Cross was Bob Cratchit and endeared himself to the audience with his humble, caring presentation. Beaufort has grown into his multi-role as all three ghosts, thin and wiry as the ghost of Christmas past, joyful, oversized and jovial as Christmas present and dark and ominous as ghost of the future. This year Tiny Tim was played by a new comer, Jason Bailey, only 11 years old but very poised for a youngster. Favorite from past productions, Billy O’Brian, who is now 14, experienced a growth spurt this year and everyone felt he would not fit the “tiny” role anymore. He did land the role as Nephew Fred and did a wonderful job. Young Bailey came forward at tryouts and charmed the whole crew.

            Playhouse owners, Rick and Julie Davidson, have been very active in the community and are very popular thanks to their continuing efforts to advance the performing arts programs in both the elementary and high schools in the area. They have also developed several programs to help artists explore their talents by offering the Playhouse as a workspace during off hours.  The Playhouse is currently is use full time, though, and the production has added to the wonderful Christmas spirit in town. We look forward to it all.

Tiny Tim & Bob Cratchit 1958



East Farewell – The always popular, sometimes silly but always entertaining “Gimmick Game” took place on Saturday between the Cougars and the Fort Lee Captains. Really, the game is a competition between the two coaches, Coach Burcowtiz for the Cougars and Coach King for the Captains. The two coaches are old friends from their days as players at the University of Pennsylvania. Both went into coaching after graduation and after many years they both ended up at schools only twenty miles from each other. Five years ago they first met as opposing coaches when both teams were residing in the basement of the league. After they reconnected they started their first game. With nothing on the line but the team pride they started to try to outdo the other with outrageous plays. Each one was trying to outdo the other. The game was an instant hit with the fans.

            The year’s game was no different from the earlier ones. Both teams anticipated the game and the players even contributed ideas for different plays suggested to the coaches’ things that were ingenious and could only come from the mind of a young person. The game began promptly at 1:30 on the Regional High Field. The game started as all the other games, totally chaotic. The coin toss that usually only has the captains on the field with the referee had both entire teams on the field. The calling of heads or tails was put up to a voice vote. The Captains chose tails almost unanimously. The Cougars won the toss and chose to kick off after another vote. The Cougars lined up with kicker David Galloway instead of on the line of scrimmage. As Galloway approached the ball the rest of team moved with him and when he kicked the ball the rest of the team was at a full run causing a load of confusion on the Captains side. Unfortunately, Galloway’s kick bounced at the 25 and took a wild bounce, kicked to the left away from the receiver and bounced end over end into the end zone for a touchback. The Captains took over on their 20 and promptly started with the shenanigans that everyone expected. The first play was a double reverse with a lateral that ended up sending speedy end Frankie Lane across the field finally turning up and gaining ten yards. The tone was set. Captain’s quarterback, Gabe Dunbar, tried many clever and entertaining plays only about half worked but they were all done with great sincerity. The Captains were able to score in the second quarter with a long bomb that started out as a run up the center. The Cougars were not left out of the fun in their first series they tried a snap to the halfback and their favorite statue of liberty play. Dungan faded back and cocked his arm to throw and Joey O’Toole ran behind him, took the ball out his hand, ran toward the sideline and tossed the ball downfield to a streaking Richie McGee for a nice gain of 30 yards. The Cougars were able to drive or stumble would better describe it, down to the Captain’s 11. Surprisingly, Galloway kicked a field goal straight away without any silliness. That caught everyone by surprise.

            The game went back and forth with wild plays and more fumbles, dropped passes and interceptions than anyone wanted. There were some spectacular plays though, too. In the fourth quarter Dugan tossed a screen to fullback Robbie Blackman who pitched it to Joey Neil who ran back against the grain and tossed a long pass to Max O’Hara who ran 35 yards for a touchdown. No one thought Neil could pass as far as he did, least of all him. As the fourth quarter wound down the Cougars held a 10-7 lead but they got backed up into their own five yard line. Dugan tried an ill-advised pitch to Neil who was not expecting it and fumbled it in the end zone; he fell on it but was downed in the end zone for a safety. Lucky for the Cougars the game clock ran out and they were able to squeak out a 13-12 win.

            Both teams met in the middle of the field and shook hands and exchanged pleasantries. The two teams respect each other and where able to laugh about some of the plays they tried on each other. Both coaches led the camaraderie and it was rumored that they went to dinner together after the game.

            The game was the last of the season and the Cougars did fairly well this year. They ended the season 6-4 and in second place behind the Central Bears. It is a respectable record for a young team and everyone thinks with the returning players next year’s team will be a very strong team.



A tiny monkey rides a rocket to the fringes of space - accenting to about 300 miles above earth, but disappears in the ocean when a technical mishap prevents recovery of the nose cone. For nearly 13 minutes, good data was sent back to scientists monitoring the monkey’s vital signs. His heartbeat stepped up slightly as the pull of gravity multiplied in the first phase of flight, but remained normal thereafter. After six hours, the army announced it had given up the search for the monkey’s little spaceship and it is presumed to have given his life to science.

Premier De Gaulle announces that he will run for President of the Fifth French Republic. The President of France will be elected December 21 for a seven-year term scheduled to begin in January. Everyone had assumed he would run and that he will be elected.

Russian Poet-Novelist Boris Pasternak – although absent, is honored along with seven others at the 1958 Nobel awards ceremony in Stockholm. Pasternak, the author of the anti-communist novel “Dr. Zhivago”, was forced by Soviet pressure to turn down the 1958 literature prize. His $41,420 cash prize, gold medal and scroll are being held in trust for him in case he ever accepts them.

Soviet Premier Khrushchev says that a western attempt to break through to Berlin by force would bring on war and the use of Russia’s most powerful weapons. He added that he does not believe “the West will pick a war because the Soviet Union proposes to abolish the remnants of the (four-power) occupation regime in Berlin and because East Germany is to receive its full sovereignty after the transfer of functions exercised temporarily by the Soviet side”

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Published by JD Carroll