Thursday, May 22, 1958   Vol. C673



East Farewell – The senior class of Regional High must have invented a time machine in science class because spats, bobbed hair, long necklaces and cloche hats were everywhere on Saturday night at the Regional High Gymnasium. The senior class celebrated their senior prom with a 1920’s theme and everyone got into the spirit. The gymnasium was decked with a décor that can only be described as “Great Gatsby” and the kids all dressed to impress. The music was served up by the local band Big Roy and the Magnificents with a special guest Jerry Tabor and his “reduced” swing band that had only seven of his normal 16 members. The local restaurant, The Lost Oasis, supplied the buffet style food and the soft drinks. The evening was highlighted by a dance contest, the Charleston of course, which was won by flapper Faye Wright and gangster imposter Jimmy Reilly took the first prize after all the other couples were counted out by the roaming judges.

            The event was a fun filled evening for all the seniors. This will probably be the last big social event the seniors share until graduation and most of the class has been together since elementary school so they are a close knit group. Many will be leaving town to attend college all over the country so this was the “Last Dance” for many. Big Roy tugged at all the young heartstrings when he crooned Sam Cooke’s hit “You Send Me” but he also got them stomping with lots of other hits like “All Shook Up” and “Bye Bye Love”. It was a truly memorable event for all that were involved.

Faye Wright & Jimmy Reilly on the right with other flappers at the 1958 Senior Prom



Monticello – The Monticello Vikings are riding on their longest winning streak since they entered the league in 1956. Before their game with the Travelers on Saturday they had won three straight and they had won two at home. The Travelers came into Monticello riding on a two game winning streak of their own and thought the Vikings were going to be another notch on their winning streak. The Travelers were sadly mistaken. The Vikings came to win and win they did, 7-2. The Travelers were caught flat footed and the Vikings to full advantage of their under appreciation.

            The Vikings started fast scoring 2 in the first. Traveler’s pitcher, Joey Alfred, did not look good and had trouble finding the plate. He gave up three hits before he got his first out. Vikings, Bert Wassermann and Al Holt went on to score before Alfred got his fastball on track.  The Travelers struggled against Vikings rookie pitcher, Dave “Goldie” Nugget. The 23 year old Nugget had a fastball, a change-up and a whacky looking curve that looked like it changed direction in midflight as it dropped into the low inside corner. The curve baffled the Travelers all day. It took until the seventh for the Travelers to break Nugget’s no hitter when Bobby Watson smacked a double and Johnny Cloos was able to follow with a long single to right, scoring Watson. By then the Vikings had put the game almost out of reach by scoring three in the fifth with a three run homer by slugger, Richard Wright. The Vikings then added insult to injury by scoring one last run in the eighth with two more hits by Long and Smith. The Travelers scored again in the ninth with two hits by Sweet and Francis but it was way too little way too late.

            The Travelers stay on the road next week as they travel to Albany to meet the Senators on Saturday. The Senators are the other new team in the league and Joe Nagy pitched a perfect game against them last year at the end of the season. Next week Joe will see if he can repeat the spectacular event when he takes the mound at 1:30 in Albany Park.



14 year old Bobby Fischer wins the United States Chess Championship.

United Kingdom Postmaster General Ernest Marples announces that from December, Subscriber Trunk Dialing will be introduced in the Bristol area. Automated telephone connection will make calls easier and cheaper, where 18,000 subscribers will be able to make trunk calls without the aid of the operator.

President Dwight D. Eisenhower becomes the first American elected official to be broadcast on color television.

Explorer 1 ceases transmission. Explorer 1 was the first satellite of the United States, launched as part of its participation in the International Geophysical Year. The mission followed the first two satellites the previous year; the Soviet Union's Sputnik 1 and 2, Explorer 1 was launched on January 31, 1958 atop the first Juno booster from the Cape Canaveral Missile Annex, Florida.

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Published by JD Carroll