The week in history from the pages of The High Point Enterprise.
• May 19: The Enterprise ran a preview story of a wrestling match to take place at Willis Park. The article went on to say how wrestling was undergoing a change with “football tactics” being used, incorporating head butting, flying tackles and opponents throwing each other out of the ring.
• May 19: The Enterprise ran an advertisement for the Great Atlantic & Pacific Tea Co. grocery store, commonly known as A&P. Palmolive soap was 5 cents a bar, Van Camp’s tomato soup 25 cents a can, a pound of Eight O’Clock Coffee was 19 cents and beer was 20 cents a bottle (no bottle deposit required, limit of 48 bottles per customer). Also spring leg of lamb was selling for 17 ½ cents a pound and pork brains for 7 ½ cents a pound.
• May 20: Busing was a huge issue and dominated the front pages that week. Boston Public Schools were under court order to desegregate through a system of busing students, which had nationwide implications. By 1976, other areas in the country were required to implement busing programs. On this particular day, Wilmington, Delaware, came under court order to implement busing by next school year.
• May 20: The Enterprise ran a news wire story on a man from Nebraska who is credited with developing the familiar “10-4” radio code. Eugne F. Brown, 71, developed the system of “10” signals in 1937 for the Iowa State Police. In this article, he said he wished he had it copyrighted due to the current CB radio craze at the time.
• May 20: A full-page ad for Parker’s Barbecue in the College Village Shopping Center said the restaurant was going “whole hog.” As part of a promotion, customers could register to win a color TV or two CB radios.
• May 20: Prime-time TV lineup for Thursday night included “Space 1999,” “The Waltons,” “Welcome Back, Kotter,” “Barney Miller,” “Hawaii Five-O,” “The Streets of San Francisco,” “Barnaby Jones,” “What’s Happening” and “Harry-O.”
• May 20: High Point College’s Home Furnishings Marketing Program got a boost when George Erath, chairman of Erath Veneer Sales in High Point, pledged to match contributions up to $100,000. Erath was a graduate of the college.
• May 21: The High Point Planning and Zoning Commission authorized a six-member study group to begin drawing development standards for the city-controlled part of the N.C. 68 corridor (Eastchester Drive). The goal was to promote orderly development. The plan grouped commercial development in business clusters along Eastchester Drive and N. Centennial Street and at Wendover Avenue and Skeet Club Road.