LookingBack July 11

Photo by Vicki Harris

Photo by Vicki Harris

Each week Albany Herald researcher Mary Braswell looks for interesting events, places and people from the past. You can contact her at (229) 888-9371 or mary.braswell@albanyherald.com.


Georgia was readmitted to the Union on July 15.


Five alleged members of the KKK were arrested by Dougherty County Sheriff O.F. Tarver, The five included three Central of Georgia employees, a meat market owner and a barber. The license plate of the vehicle in which the five were traveling was covered in black cloth and officers recovered two pistols and five KKK robes and hoods. The men stated that they were on their way to "give warning" to an unidentified woman.


Between 100 and 150 Boy Scouts began a house-to-house canvas for aluminum. Much needed for the war, an appeal on local radio and in The Albany Herald was made to all citizens to support the collection campaign. A national goal for aluminum collection was set at 30,000,000 pounds.

Anyone tuned into NBC for the Dodgers-Phillies game saw the first television commercial. Bulova paid $9 to advertise its watches on the air.


There were 42 hours of television available each week in America. When asked, 68 percent of viewers remembered the names of the programs' sponsors.


Just north of Smithville, a passenger train rammed into the rear of a stopped freight train that was stopped on the Central of Georgia main line. The single fatality was the engineer of the passenger train. A fireman was severely injured and heavy damage was sustained by both trains. The accident ripped up more than 75 yards of track and snarled traffic for hours.


Dwight D. Eisenhower became the first U.S. president to fly in a helicopter.


Billie Holiday, jazz singer and songwriter, died at age 44 in New York City from cirrhosis of the liver. At the time of her death, Holiday had $750 on her person and 70 cents in the bank. John Coltrane, jazz saxophonist and composer, died on the same day eight years later from liver cancer at age 41.


From the classified ads: Repossessed Singer Zig-Zag sewing machine. Assume payments of $9 a month with an outstanding balance of $88.


John Chancellor became a news anchor on "The Today Show."


Southern Bell announced that calls between Albany and Leary, Leary and Arlington, Albany and Baconton and Baconton and Pelham were now free of long distance calling charges. Customers were reminded that when calling Albany to dial the complete number including the "HE" or "43".


The Continental Bunny Club had nightly entertainment. Located in the New Albany Hotel, Mike Carpenter and the Nomads were performing along with the Go-Go Girls. Except for Saturday nights when the cover charge was $1, admission was free.


Topping the singles chart for July were the following songs:

July 4 -- "The Love You Save" The Jackson 5

July 11 and July 18 -- "Mama Told Me (Not to Come)" Three Dog Night

July 25 -- "(They Long to Be) Close to You" The Carpenters


Albany State College (now ASU) was awarded a $185,000 grant by the National Science Foundation. The funds were earmarked for course and curriculum development, instructional scientific equipment and instructional materials.

Veteran firefighter C.E. Hysler was named second in command of the Albany Fire Department. Hysler took the place of R.C. Nobles who was demoted to captain following an altercation at the department with another fireman.


In pre-game promotion at Atlanta County Stadium, 34 couples wed at home plate followed by Championship Wrestling. The combo event was called "Headlocks and Wedlocks."


Saddam Hussein became president of Iraq.


The state Board of Education recommended that all teachers be given a $1,594 pay raise for the 1983-84 school year. The idea met with opposition from the 33,000-member Georgia Association of Educators. The complaint was that incoming teachers and veteran teachers would be compensated equally. Starting pay for a first year teacher was $12,406.


After years of financial struggles, Clay County Hospital closed its doors. The 35-bed facility was only averaging 7-8 patients per day. The closure resulted in the loss of jobs for about 40 people.


Former Ward 5 City Commissioner Lamar Hudgins soundly defeated Marshall Bailey by a margin of 83 percent to claim the Republican spot on the November ballot for mayor.


Nancy Lopez won the Youngstown-Warren LPGA Golf Classic.


Baker County native Herbert Phipps was sworn in as a judge to the Georgia Court of Appeals. Just four years earlier, Phipps was sworn in as a Dougherty County Superior Court judge.


Former Georgia Governor George Busbee died from a massive heart attack.


The official announcement came that the new owner of Bobs Candy would shut down the plant in the near future. Farley & Sathers Candy Company bought the business a few months earlier from the McCormack family, who opened the Albany company in 1919.

The Albany City Commission and the mayor began interviewing five candidates for the vacant city manager position. The candidate eventually chosen was Alfred Lott.


Bernie Madoff was moved to Atlanta Federal Penitentiary and assigned the number 61727-054.