Hello Logan County and all the wonderful people here in! Did you know that great experts estimate there are more people alive today than have lived on earth in all past years. That’s amazing! Later in this issue I plan to update you on a lot of historical facts. Hopefully you will find them interesting.
Memorial Day was earlier in the week. I think that most American families have had relatives that have served in the military. I know that I have had many ancestors that have served the military, on this continent, in many wars. Going back to the British and French when they were here in this country. Then the patriots who participated in the American Revolution. I had ancestors who fought on both sides in the great Civil War. Several relatives fought in the Spanish American War. More fought in World Wars I & II. Several cousins fought in the Korean Conflict and more recently in Desert Storm and Afghanistan. My dad, Simon Dickerson, was gravely wounded in World War II and went back for two more terms of duty after getting out of the hospital each time. There was never any question that my family and millions of others felt their obligation to defend our great nation, our families and our heritage.
I still get chill bumps on my body and my thinning hair seems to stand up when our nation remembers our veterans. It is always a very special time. As a teacher I took many student groups to Washington, D.C. over an extended period of time. Always the special moment was the annual visit to the Tomb of the Unknown Soldiers. (Seems the name has changed to plural.) When I have a food booth at the Strawberry Festival or other such events I always feed the vets for free. I do the same for the fire, rescue and law enforcement officers. God protect these wonderful people who protect our nation.
The Annual Logan County Fair is coming. It will be here in just a matter of weeks. July 18 – 23 out at the County Agriculture Center on the By-Pass in Russellville. The schedule at this time is as follows: Monday July 18, Beef Show at 6:00 P.M.; Tuesday July 19, Lamb, Goat & Hog Show 6:00 P.M. & Little Mr. & Little Miss Fair Pageant at 6:00 P.M.; Wednesday July 20, Gospel Singing 5:30 P.M. (food available); Thursday July 21, Karaoke 6:00 P.M. & Tractor Pull at 6:30 P.M.; Friday July 22, Go Cart Racing at 6:30 P.M., Saturday July 23, Crafts/Farmers Market 7:30 A.M. – Noon, Mule Pull 10:00 A.M. – 3:00 P.M., BBQ Cook Off 4:00/5:00 P.M. & Truck Tug of War 5 P.M. July 30, Horse Show 4:00 P.M. – 6:00 P.M. Admission to the grounds is free. There will be a charge for some events such as the Tractor Pull, Truck Tug of War, Horse Show and BBQ Cook Off if you eat. Make plans to attend and bring the kids.
50 Years Ago was an exciting time. I had been teaching for several years. President Jack Kennedy had been assassinated. Lyndon B. Johnson was President. I received a much prized Fulbright Scholarship and went off to school at the American University in Cairo, Egypt. The Vietnam War was at its’ height. 200,000 American Soldiers were in Vietnam and there were many thousands on casualties/injuries and deaths. In March more than 200,000 people demonstrated in America and in England against the war. Support for the war fell to only 23 % of the American public. Racial segregation still existed in much of the south and other parts of the nation as well. There were race riots around the nation and the National Guard was called out in many states to maintain law & order. Miniskirts were the fad and men were wearing plaid pants, flowered shirts and boots.
Inflation was at 3.01 % due in large part to the war. The average house cost $14,200. The average income was $6,900. (I was a teacher and only received $4,800.) Gas was 32 cents per gallon. The average cost of a new car was $2,650. Ronald Reagan entered politics and was elected Governor of California.
Some of the notables that died that year were Walt Disney – founder of Mickey Mouse and Disney Entertainment, Helen Kane, Buster Keaton, Hedda Hopper, Montgomery Cliff – all actors, Sophie Tucker – singer, Commander Chester W. Nimitz and Lenny Bruce – comedian.
Some notables born that year were: Janette Jackson, Adam Sadler, Luke Perry, Darus Rucker, Mike Tyson, Halle Berry, Sandra Lee, Steven Baldwin, Kieffer Southerland, Cindy Crawford, Lee Ann Womack and Martina McBride.
The top box office stars were: 1. Sean Connery, 2. John Wayne, 3. Doris Day, 4. Julie Andrews, 5. Jack Lemmon, 6. Elvis Presley, 7. Cary Grant, 8. James Stewart, 9. Elizabeth Taylor and 19. Richard Burton.
The top songs were: 1. We Can Work It Out – The Beatles, 2. Sounds of Silence – Simon & Garfield, 3. She’s Just My Style – Gary Lewis & The Outlaws and 4. Flowers on the Wall – Statler Brothers.
The five movies nominated for best picture at the 38 Academy Awards. The Sound of Music, Darling, Doctor Zhivago, Ship of Fools and A Thousand Clowns. The winner – The Sound of Music.
Recognition For Doing A Good Job – Tammy Martin has worked at Wal-Mart in Russellville for almost one year. She is married to Brandon Martin. They have five boys and one girl ages 13, 12, 11, 9 and 8 year old twins. Tammy I do not know how you do it all the while being a wonderful employee.
Dylan Coonts is from Dunmor. He is a Mechanic, Landscaper and Volunteer Fire Fighter. I observed Dylan going up to a very elderly man who was having difficulty walking with a cane and trying to carry groceries. Dylan assisted the man with his groceries and getting to his car. He was so kind and caring.
Time to go. Good night Alberta Sanders a special lady and to Mrs. Calabash where ever you are.
To contact Dick Dickerson about the Logan County News, call 615-389-5495 or email [email protected]