Through the Years

Joe Toppe Staff Writer

November 23, 2013

It is Friday, November 22, and before the gathering of years can further tarnish our public recollection, the Easley Progress will shake off the red rust of time and open up the archives to November of 1963.

The Progress featured this front page headline:

“Football Contest Results Delayed”

According to the report, a nationwide postponement had been rendered to all athletic contests due to the assassination of President John F. Kennedy.

The results and the final games would be rescheduled for early December.

The Progress also featured this front page headline:

“School Break”

The accompanying article detailed Easley area school students would be out of school on Monday due to the President’s death.

The Progress featured a photograph of American flags flying at half-mast along Main Street in Easley.

According to the picture’s caption, stores along Main Street closed from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. on Monday during the funeral hours.

In Local sports, the Green Wave Basketball season would open on Tuesday, Dec. 3 with a doubleheader against Anderson, while the boys’ basketball league would meet at the YMCA on Friday, Nov. 29.

The Easley Drive-In was showing “Bye, Bye Birdie” starring Janet Leigh and Dick Van Dyke and “Come Blow Your Horn” starring Frank Sinatra.

Several advertisements were also featured.

Pete’s Drive-In No. 6 on Greenville Road in Easley featured their four day special and included a shrimp basket for 79 cents, half fry oysters for 69 cents, fish sticks for 59 cents, and a jumbo hamburger for 55 cents.

The Pickens County Bowling Center announced it would be open all day on Thanksgiving and would feature a turkey dinner for just $1.

In other news, The Beatles’ released their second U.K. album called, “With the Beatles”, while U.S. President John F. Kennedy was buried at Arlington National Cemetery.

Schools around the nation canceled classes that day and millions watched the funeral on live international television.

By November of 1963, ten years had come and gone since Elvis Pressley made his first recording at Sun Recordings in Memphis, Tennessee, while one year had come and gone since The Rolling Stones played their first gig at The Marquee Club in London.

The Easley Progress was in its 61st year.