EAST FAREWELL NEWS
Thursday, May 5, 1960 Vol. C775
DONNIE’S ROLLER GIRLS START EARLY
East Farewell – The early warm weather and surprisingly pleasant days and evenings has let Donnie Demarco, owner of Donnie’s Burgers, Fries & Shakes, start his roller-hop service early this year. The popular restaurant with its trademark “Roller-hops” has been the go to fast food restaurant in town since it was opened in 1956. “I was raised in a restaurant family, my father still runs a great place in Philadelphia, and this place was a dream of mine. I had a friend out in California who started the roller-hops at his place out there and it was a big hit. I thought it would work here and I was right. I have mostly girls doing it but I have had a couple of boys sign up and they were great, too. The hops are mostly younger, high school seniors or up, but I do have a couple of woman, Vivian and June, who I think were with a roller derby team in Pittsburgh. With this early spring and the parking lots all cleared I thought I could roll out (laughs), pun intended, the service early. I checked with the gang and they were all on board so I went for it,” said Demarco from behind the counter of his restaurant.
It seems everybody has gotten the word because the parking lot has been packed and the hops are rolling all over the place. “I just love this place,” exclaimed Tommy Walsh from his convertible hot rod, “I think it is so cool to ride up here and have some chick roll up to the side of my car and deliver a burger. It is even cooler this year because my girlfriend is one of the roller-girls, so cool.”
The roller-girls, as they have seemed to have been named, have to have some athletic ability to do what they do. It is not easy to carry a full tray of food and drinks across a macadam parking lot on roller skates let alone hook it on to the side of a car. Veterans Vivian and June have been with Demarco since he started and they are constantly giving the new hops pointers and tips on how to make spill proof deliveries. “It is a lot of fun teaching these kids how to move around on skates. The girls are much better than the boys, but I knew that from the start. They really pick it up quickly, too,” laughed Vivian Lee, “senior” roller-girl.
“We will keep this going until the weather gives out and it becomes unsafe for the rollers,” added Demarco as he turned back to his grill.
And it appears the people will keep coming.
Vivian Lee makes a delivery
TRAVELERS LOWER THE BEAM ON THE STEELERS
Youngstown – The Travelers extended their winning streak on Saturday by dispatching the Steelers 7-3. The bats were alive on the Travelers side and they woke up early. In the first inning Bobby Watson smashed a triple and Johnny Cloos drove him in with a double. Arty Archibald brought Johnny home with a Texas-leaguer and Billy Sweet was able to bring him home with a single that ended up in the left field corner. By the end of the first the Travelers were ahead 3-0. The Steelers mounted a comeback in the fifth with two runs but Travelers pitcher, Joey Alfred, was able to shut them down. In the sixth the Travelers struck again with Ralph Francis driving in Arty Archibald and Billy Sweet with a stand up triple. “Mean” Richie Lane who had taken over the third base position at the beginning of the season smacked his seventh homer to put him in the league lead for dingers. The Steelers were able to score one more run in the ninth but it was too little too late and the Travelers went on to win, 7-3.
The Travelers have one more game on the road. Next week they head up to Erie to face the Eagles. The Eagles have been on a winning streak and have yet to lose a home game. The game will begin at 1:30PM at the wonderful Erie Ballpark that boasts of spectacular views of Lake Erie over its right field wall.
MOSCOW BROADCASTS U2 PILOTS INTERROGATION – PRINCESS MARGARET MARRIES – EDDIE COCHRAN DIES IN ENGLAND
Radio Moscow broadcasts extracts of what it called an interrogation of Francis G. Powers, the U-2 spy pilot shot down May 1 over Russia. One question asked -Do you plead guilty? “I plead guilty to the fact that I have flown over Soviet territory and over the points indicated on the chart, turned on and off the necessary controls of the special equipment mounted aboard my plane that I consider was being done with the aim of collecting intelligence information about the USSR”
Princess Margaret becomes Mrs. Antony Armstrong Jones in Westminster Abbey. A million or more persons crowded London’s streets.
Just after a concert in Bristol, England, Rock and Roll singer Eddie Cochran (21) is killed in a taxi crash. Fellow singer Gene Vincent (25) was injured in the accident. The two were headed to London Airport for a trip back to their homes in the USA, when a tire blew out. The pair just finished a 13-week concert tour of Britain. The cab swerved from side to side before it smashed backward into a lamppost. Thrown out of the car with them was Pat Tomkins, manager of their British tour and Sharon Sheeley (20), a songwriter from Los Angeles. Sheeley and Cochran were schoolmates together and she came on the 13-week tour to write songs. The driver of the taxi was not injured.
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Published by JD Carroll