50 Years Ago – January 1970

50 Years Ago – January, 1970

    New Years Day of 1970 ushered in a new decade which America hoped would leave the political unrest of the ‘60s behind.  Unfortunately history proved otherwise. Yet in many ways the ‘70s were a time of positive change and technological advancement despite hair styles and clothing fashions. 

     Those of us old enough to remember mood rings, pet rocks, disco dancing, mussel cars, bell bottoms, puka beads, 8-track tapes, leisure suits, platform shoes, pong, black light posters, head shops, fondue pots, bean bag chairs, mini bikes, custom vans, waterbeds, and avocado green, copper-tone, and harvest gold kitchen appliances, do so with nostalgia of simpler times. 

     Cpl. Robert A. Gurney, Jr., of Greenville was serving with the 1st Marines Aircraft Wing in Vietnam.

     CW/4 Arthur E. Arcand of Georgiaville was serving at the 5th Field Hospital in Thailand.

     Airman Gary H. Seward of Esmond was serving in the U. S. Air Force.

     Army Sgt. Thomas St. Jean of Stillwater was stationed in Germany.

     MM 3/c Wesley Wyatt of Esmond was serving in the navy aboard the USS Samuel Gompers.

     PFC George J. Schenck was serving in the U. S. Army 82nd Airborne Division.    

     The Greenville Baptist Church celebrated its 150th year.  The Anniversary Committee consisted of Rev. W. Stanley Pratt, Rev. George Daniels, Fred Potter, Elizabeth Vaughn, Lloyd Stevens, Shelly Parker, Donald Brush, Andrew Winsor, Forrest Marty, Joseph Lopez, Glenn Rawlin, L. Dexter Aldrich, Dorothy Drowne, Robert Turner, and George Leach.        

     On January 5, the soap opera “All My Children” aired for the first time on ABC.  The show continued for 41 years before ending in 2011.    

     On January 9, the Redwood Witches 4-H Club of Greenville, headquartered at Redwood Farm, elected new officers.  President: Erin McQuiddy, V.P.: Debbie Winsor, Treasurer: Robin McQuiddy, Secretary: Kris Rylander, News Reporter: Cathy Carroll, and Refreshment Coordinator: Dianne McLaren. 

     On January 25, the movie “M*A*S*H”, based on the novel by Richard Hooker, premiered in New York City.  The television show of the same name ran from 1972 to 1983.   

     On January 26, musicians Simon and Garfunkel released their song, “Bridge Over Troubled Water”.

     On January 30 the Smithfield Historical Society called a special meeting at the Town Hall to bring awareness to help save three historic buildings that once stood where the dome of Bryant University’s Unistructure is located today.   The buildings were saved, and relocated elsewhere on the campus.       


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