MDJ Time Capsule: The Week of March 21st
by Damon Poirier
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In this week’s Time Capsule we look at moving pictures in Marietta and a wet sheet saving a local housewife from a bullet.

100 years ago …

In the Friday, March 21, 1913 edition of the Marietta Daily Journal and Courier there was a story about Roy Butler, managing director of the Scenic Film Co. of Atlanta, coming to Marietta making arrangements that week for his company to come to Marietta and take moving pictures of the city. All the factories and points of interest were to be photographed with the moving picture camera and the film would then be sent all over the South to be shown in moving picture theatres.

There was also a three-column wide, full-page length ad for the new Gem Theatre’s opening. The theater was billed as “the most complete and up-to-date Moving Picture Theatre in the South.” The opening picture would be The Battle of Bull Run along with the Famous Monarch Quartette singing at each performance. Admission was 15 cents.

50 years ago …

Lockheed was reported in the Friday, March 15, 1963 MDJ as having told its stockholders and employees that 1962 sales were $1.7 billion, which was the largest in company history at the time. The 1962 sales were 53 percent higher than 1961.

Also that day, there was a story about a Marietta housewife who was shielded from a bullet by a wet sheet after it was fired from the woods behind her home. Police said the .22 bullet struck and mashed a 1½ inch dent in the sheet, which absorbed the impact and did not penetrate through to the stomach of the woman standing behind it.

Walter Ball of Smyrna was reported as the only one of a group of 30 Smyrnans to complete a hiking challenge undertaken by Smyrna Jaycees and Optimist Club members in the Monday, March 18, 1963 paper. Ball, a physical education instructor, walked 50 miles in 17½ hours. Two other hikers went 35 miles before giving up.

In the Wednesday, March 20, 1963 paper gusty winds were reported as delaying the flight of two planes from Dobbins Air Force Base that were to spray parts of the metro area to kill fire ants in a program sponsored by the State Agriculture Department. One of the pilots also reportedly ate some of the poison fire ant bait to prove that it was not a danger to the public.

Another story that day reported that Mrs. J. Dana Eastham, a 30-year-old Marietta housewife, was one of four remaining Georgia contestants in the Mrs. America pageant in New York. The four finalists were out of the state’s original 20 contestants.

A story in the Thursday, March 21, 1963 paper reported that some 25 Smyrna teenagers were sentenced to eight hours work at either the city fire station or sanitary department after a group fight at Ward Baseball Park. Smyrna and Cobb officers said over 100 teens had gathered at the park for what was believed to be a fight between the junior and senior class at a local high school.

20 years ago …

The Georgia House was reported in the Thursday, March 18, 1993 MDJ as having voted 116-0 to rename a portion of South Cobb Drive the Gen. Lucius D. Clay Memorial Parkway in honor of the man who played an instrumental role in bringing the Bell Bomber plant to Marietta, which would later become Lockheed.

In the Friday, March 19, 1993 paper it was reported that if a powerful U.S. House committee chairman shot down the troubled McDonnell Douglas C-17 airlifter, Cobb-based Lockheed Aeronautical Systems Co. would have an edge to winning a $4.5 billion contract to modify at least 152 C-141 StarLifter cargo planes and see the revival of the C-5B program. The StarLifters, built at Lockheed’s South Cobb Drive assembly plant in the early 1960s, would then be modified under the Service Life Extension Program (SLEP).

Damon Poirier is the Newsroom Administrator for the Marietta Daily Journal.

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