May 12, 1996

25 Years Ago

Jackie Giroux, Young Actress, Visits Mt. Airy – Female Star In “Cross And Switchblade” Speaks To Local Boy Scouts – It is not every day that a real actress comes to Mt. Airy; in fact it just
doesn’t happen. However last Friday night Jackie Giroux, a Hollywood actress and one of the stars of “the Cross and the Switchblade,” was in town, through the courtesy of Edward Hyde, Executive Secretary of the Council on Alcohol and Drug Education in Maryland and Delaware. Rev. James H. Talley, pastor of Calvary United Methodist Church, Mt. Airy, is president of that Council. Through the efforts of Rev. Talley, Miss Giroux was guest speaker Friday evening, May 7, for Boy Scout Troop 460, when they held their Court of Honor. Pat Boone stars in the movie and Jackie Giroux has an important role. Jackie lived for five months in the ghetto area where the movie was filmed to witness first hand some withdrawals experienced by people who have been on an LSD trip. The movie bares the raw needs at the core of drug addiction, racial hatred and violence. It was filmed in its entirety in the very streets, alleys and tenements where the story took place, and members of the cast are frequently acting out their own deeply personal ghetto background. Community Reporter, May 14, 1971.

50 Years Ago

FIELD DAY MAY 17 — To Be Held On The Taneytown Fairgrounds, Morning And Afternoon Programs Arranged – The public school pupils of Carroll county will revive the annual Athletic Meet on May 17. This event was discontinued in 1941, due to war activities and has not been held since that time. This event is the culmination of physical education activities in all of the Carroll county schools and usually attracts large crowds of pupils, teachers and interested parents and friends. It will be held this year on the Fairgrounds at Taneytown the events beginning at 9:30 a.m. Pupils are transported in school buses and in private cars of parents or friends. Preparations have been going on for the Meet since January and a large participation is expected. The morning program will include game tournaments in dodgeball, softball, volley ball, and field events for elementary schools. The afternoon program at 1:15 will begin with running events, for elementary and high schools and will conclude with high school field events. Teachers and principals throughout the county have been assigned responsibility for pupils in certain of the events., Much interest is being shown at the county schools in preparation for the occasion. Democratic Advocate, May 10, 1946.

75 Years Ago

Edison’s Educational Test – College graduates who may want to take up the cudgels against Thomas A. Edison for his strictures upon their fellows might do well to look over these questions (a few of those in the test questionnaire which bowled over lads whom Edison brushed aside as numbskulls): What is Copra? Where is Magdalena Bay? What is zinc? How did Cleopatra die? What are felt hats made of? What is the greatest depth of the ocean? What fabric is used in auto tires? Edison was probably right, if such questions are a sure test of knowledge; for a group of ten men, picked on the spot—five of whom were college men and five not—made a horrible fist of their answers. Not one got a better mark than 60, and most of them were much below that. Sad, isn’t it.? Union Bridge Pilot, May 13, 1921.

100 Years Ago

A Great Game of Ball – The scheduled game between the Baltimore City College base ball team and the Western Maryland team, on Saturday, failed to come off, owing to the inclement weather. This cruel interposition of fate was a sore disappointment to some of our East End enthusiasts, and as the Baltimore team failed to materialize, for the aforementioned reason, they set about to improvise ateam to vie with the college boys. Amid the gentle downpour of a spring shower, Claude Smith took his “Alligators” to the college. The day was such that the “Alligators” should have been in their proper element, but alas! such was not the case. The game was devoid of any exciting features to compensate the audience for their gradual dissolution from the rain; until suddenly the keen ear of “Guinea” Turfle, who hitherto was content to “fan” the whetted sphere as it quickly sped, (like a missile from a catapult) from the pitcher to the catcher, detected the sound of his supper bell, and with a perseverance and an effort unequaled in base ball annals, made a home run, reaching there, so I have been informed, before
his absence was noticed, or the vibrations of his supper bell had ceased. This sudden contingency, against which the “Alligator” captain had not provided, terminated the game which otherwise might have been prolonged far into the night. “Healy,” alias Stevitts, the “Alligator” twirler, succeeded in disfiguring the new grand-stand by effacing the cornice during the first inning. After that he was summarily removed to prevent its total demolition. The score from the most reliable source available was “Alligators” 1, College 36. American Sentinel, May 9, 1896.