This week’s Time Capsule looks at the C-130 Hercules “One World,” the integration of Marietta High School and the F-22.
100 years ago …
In Friday, Aug. 28, 1914 edition of the Marietta Journal and Courier, had an advertisement that read “The Greatest Array of Moving Pictures Ever Produced is now headed for The Gem Theatre.” The ad listed that on Aug. 28 the theatre would show “The Perils of Pauline, Number Twelve” a three-part Imp Drama with Pearl White and Jim Web Senator that had “5,000 feet of Moving Picture.” The following day would be “That Famous, Million Dollar Mystery,” a Thanhouser Serial with Flo La Badie, James Cruse and Miss Snow playing lead; and “There Is Destiny,” a Victor Drama with Warren Kerrigan and Vera Sisson. All three specials had a regular admission of five and 10-cents.
50 years ago …
An estimated 6,000 people were reported in the Monday, Aug. 24, 1964 Marietta Daily Journal as being on hand for the parade opening the week-long Acworth Chautauqua. A driving rain, which lasted midway through the Saturday parade, failed to dampen the spirit of the parade or any of activities which followed. Approximately 500 people attended the costume ball that evening. Other features of the weekend were a beauty contest, a water fight, a water ski contest and water games.
In the Tuesday, Aug. 25, 1964 paper, the Marietta Police were reported as having arrested 11 black men after “aimless” shooting had been reported in the city. Officers said the men appeared to have been working in two separate groups. One group was shooting from an automobile on Fort Street and the other was shooting in front of a house on Haley Street.
Also that day, residents of the East Marietta-Red Oak Park area were reported as expecting to begin receiving their long-awaited sewerage service by early October, barring a new onslaught of rain or other unforeseen problems. The installation of the sewer lines was expected to be finishes in two weeks and repaving of the remaining streets would be complete in a month. Cobb Deputy Commissioner Cliff White and M.C. Bishop of the R&H Construction Company said the work would have been done in June or the first of July if the rights-of-way had been cleared before the letting of the contract.
Lockheed-Georgia Company’s “One World” Hercules was reported in the Wednesday Aug. 26, 1964 paper as having grabbed the hearts of many of the nation’s leading aviation writers with a thoroughly awesome, sometimes thrilling, airborne demonstration of its capabilities. “One World,” the first commercial version of the then eight-year-old Lockheed C-130 Hercules, circled over New York City with its rear cargo doors open for a picture window effect as company President Dick Pulver conducted an in-flight press conference. The purpose of the demonstration and press conference was Pulver’s announcement that the Hercules was going on the market as a commercial air freighter. Up until the announcement, it had only been sold to governments.
Another story that day reported that two black 10th-grade girls were expected to register for classes at Marietta High School. It would be the first desegregation of a public school in Cobb County. The girls, transfers from the all-black Lemon Street High School, were expected to arrive by 8:30 a.m. and follow an abbreviated class schedule until school was dismissed at noon.
The following day, Thursday, Aug. 27, 1964, it was reported that integration at MHS went without incident. “I don’t think I’ve seen a calmer day,” said MHS Principal Loyd Cox. There were no gathering crowds as was the scene at other integrations in the South. The three policemen at the front of the school had little to do but direct the normal amount of traffic. The two girls, Traville Grady and Daphne Delk, entered the McCord Street entrance at 8 a.m. and went to their home room. Grady and Delk were to study English, history, biology, geometry, a foreign language and physical education. School Superintendent Henry Kemp said that the high school staff and students “had accepted them, and everyone was living up to the fine reputation Marietta High School has.”
A second story in the Thursday paper reported that Dobbins Air Force Base was serving as a refuge for 25 Navy and Air Force planes evacuated from bases on the east coast of Florida to escape Hurricane Cleo. The planes, both jets and propeller-operated types, were moved from Key West Naval Air Station and Patrick Air Force Base at Cape Kennedy as the furious storm approached from Cuba.
20 years ago …
In the Tuesday, Aug. 23, 1994 MDJ it was reported that Lockheed’s progress to build the F-22 tactical fighter jet, one of the largest single weapon procurements in the 1995 defense budget, came under fire in a memorandum circulated recently to defense department officials. In a memo distributed by Deputy Secretary of Defense John M. Deutch to members of the Defense Resources Board policy council, Deutch asked the Air Force to consider an alternative that “delays the initial procurement of F-22 fighters by up to four years.” Calabasas, Calif.-based Lockheed held two-thirds of the contracts for the F-22 while Seattle-based Boeing Co. held the remaining third.
Also that day, it was reported that Commissioner Gordon Wysong, author of Cobb’s controversial resolution that was critical of the gay lifestyle, urged resolution supporters to stay home rather than attend the weekend human-rights rally on the Marietta Square and set the stage for possible conflict.
Damon Poirier is the Newsroom Administrator for the Marietta Daily Journal.
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