A L Brown High School - Albrokan Yearbook (Kannapolis, NC)

 - Class of 1953

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EL ss PHUPHEEY i All alone, in my gloomy laboratory, I stepped back and vi wed the work of five years with an artist's pride-the rld's first time machine! Eagerly I set the dial. Time: 68. Place: Kannapolis, my home town. Triumphantly, w I I te ped into the diffusion chamber, and soon felt myself w irling through eternity. The sensation ceased, and I lo ked around anxiously. I had arrived in Kannapolis, g den spot of the world. A arade was coming down the st eet and loudspeakers blaredi Walker Jung for Congress- m n, Joe Glass for Senator. Some of my classmates had a parently gone into politics. I cheered furiously, turned a und, and bumped into Phil Tesh. He was wearing a t edo, and lettered across the front were these words of i nite wisdom: "Rent a tux at Holbrooksf' He ex- p ined that his wife, Isabel. forced him to wear it con- st ntly. Then he began to tell me about our Senior Class. enry McDowell, Conard Baker, and Paul Fisher had le t town abruptly, and were now smuggling guns into gentina. Norma Yates and Sue Hinson had attained t e rank of second lieutenant in the WACS. Others, in t e Armed Services were James Overcash, Gene Simpson, a d Arvil Shepherd. I questioned him further and learned t at a number of my friends were now married. Among t ese were Shirley Armstrong and Jimmy Campbell, Nancy P well and Elmo Hoffman, and Billy Ashley and Gelen utchins. Carol Phillips and Dot Simmons are the co- o ners of a fashionable dress shop where the Gloria Gil- li m exclusives are created. The Business Men's Associa- ti n was passing by now in the parade and I spotted some I knew: Billy Ford, department store ownerg Clyde Lapish, u ed-car dealerg and Wayne Phillips, loan shark. Having nothing else to do, I decided to take in a movie. I bought a ticket from Ann Childers and walked in. I was i mediately greeted by Tommy Thomas, the manager. e began to tell me about the picture, which was 'ADeath 0 the Desert" starring Phil Rainey and Gerry Foil. The cfedits began to flash on the screen as I sat down-produced Joe Dowless, directed by Bobby Hunsucker, musical s ore by Jerry Myers, costumes by ack Middleton, omen's gowns by Gypsy Kennerly, an sets by Ronnie oberts and Wallace Ritchie. My attention was distracted a noisy group of nurses in front of me. Among these ere Bobbie Jean Gibson, Shirleen Cline and Mildred arlow. They were talking to two more of my friends who d been lucky enough to elude marriage. Larry Goldston d Gary Holder. I suddenly became bored with the pic- t re and left. I bumped into Bobby Helms on the way t, and he informed me that he is a dentist in New rleans. He spoke highly of a new singing act at the lub Bayou, which is owned by Carl Morton. They call t emselves the Allen Sisters, but they are really Patsy ussell, Nancy Cloninger, and Barbara Haneline. I walked down the street to a newsstand, bought a paper, nd sat down in the park to read. The first thing I saw, i blazing headlines was: "Local Girl Swims English hannelf' Early this morning, Phyllis Messer became the fth woman to swim the English Channel. Feeding her ndwiches from the rowboat were Carolyn Huffman and arbara Brooks, international tennis stars. Looking further own the page, I noted that Bill Doby had won the Bronze tar in action on the Western Front. I tumed rapidly to e sports page, where many of my classmates were men- 'oned. Grimsley Seamon was playing left end for the hicago Bears, along with Gary Sherrill at right tackle. I oticed that Barbara Hill had become the women's na- ional golf champion. David Castor and Maxine Petrea ad been placed on the Olympic swimming team. Clifford kevin and Sonny Cobb were waging a hot battle for oney-making honors as iockeys at Pimlico. I also saw that rown High had completed another successful season with on Ritchie as coach and Clark Drake as his assistant. LI then began looking over the comics. Jerry Cavin and nn Carter had comic strips of their own, and were making great deal of money. Jean Lindsay also had a humorous aily cartoon in the paper. I I turned to the financial section, and was pleased to' I learn that Guy Freeze and Charles Gribble were suc- cessful Wall Street stockbrokers. Jerry Bradshaw and Jimmy Howell had opened a fac- tory in Charlotte, and were now being investigated by the Government on a charge of having too many secretaries. The paper mentioned their names and I remembered a few: Peggy Canup, Patricia Whitley, Gail Gilliam, and Elaine Goble. Further down the page was a large advertisement stating that Colonel Richard Byrd's Colossal Circus was in town. It featured Steve Falls, sword swallowerg Delma Goins and Bobby Hollar, trapeze artistsg Phil Helms, magician, and Ralph Melton and Bankie Moore, clowns. I turned the page and glanced briefly at the society section. I dis- covered that Max Chandler, noted surgeon, and his wife, the former Peggy Black, had entertained at their home the night before. Among those present were Jimmie Icard, a minister in Charlotteg Carol Ferguson, novelist, Shirley Watts, concert pianist, and Bill Black, one of the vice- presidents of Cannon Mills. On the next page was an announcement that the Sani- tary Cafe was under new managementg namely, Phyllis Canup and Jane Peeler. There was also an ad for the Acme Service Station, which was owned by Pat Whitley and Marvin Overcash. I read also that Hartsell Lea Os- borne had iust returned from a milliner's convention in Chicago, while Marlene Clampet and Doris Lunsford had been to New York to get the latest hair style from Paris. Darlene Herman and Shelia Sasser are also in New York, modeling dresses. I then read a review of Patty Petrea's latest book by Joan Wilson and Barbara Cline, librarians. Well, that ended the paper, so I decided to go for a walk in the park. I walked down the winding path and came upon a group of Boy Scouts. Their leader was none other than Bobby Keller. He told me that Ronald Black- burn and Jerry Daye had opened a large sporting goods store in Atlanta. Also in Atlanta were Faye Lipe and Phyllis Bentley, two of the nation's outstanding women wrestlers. Many of my acquaintances had been captured by the white lights of Broadway. Loretta Crowe, Audrey Grass, and Joann Carlton had big roles in one of the new plays. Hubert Griffin and Keith Austin were owners of a soda shop on Fourth Avenue. Jackie Gabriel owns a large stable of thoroughbreds in Westchester. Danny Argo, Carol Barnett, and Carol Hipps are chorus girls in the musical comedy, "Two for the Money." Some of our girls liked Washington so much when we toured there in 1952 that they decided to return and work for the government. Among these are Martha Poston, Juanita Donaldson, and Jacqueline Davis. Pat McManus and Kay Moss are policewomen in Chicago. Barbara Poole and Kay Turner are stenographers in Los Angeles. In Charlotte, we fmd Mariorie Farmer, Sara Jo Newson, and June Lane Medlin working as telephone operators. Just for kicks, I decided to visit Brown High once again. I walked in the door and found to my surprise that many of the teachers were among the class of '53. These were Luci Ballard, art, Joan Galliher, algebrag Billie McCombs, bookkeepingg Clinton Misenheimer, mathematics, Billie Max Thomason, historyg and Ann Barlow, physical edu- cation. There was nothing exciting happening at high school, so I decided to go home. I Went inside, sat down, and turned on the television set. There was a panel discussion going on with Max Dula as moderator. The Democrats were represented 'by Lloyd Wike and the Republicans by Everett Lovett. This ended with Wike being thrown out by three studio policemen, two of these being Bill Cauble and Charles Scercy. Next came Jimmy Hubbard's variety show, and I sat back to watch it. The first act was the celebrated comedy team of Charles Fink and Richard Griflin, with a short routine of iokes and stories. Next came the Brooklyn Glee Club, under the direction of Ingle Cook. There was a

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