The week in history from the pages of The High Point Enterprise.
• April 22: There was an advertisement for the opening of the Town Club Restaurant and Lounge, “High Point’s newest family dining facility featuring the finest in imported and American foods.” It also included the Tap Room Lounge for ladies and gentlemen open 11 a.m. to 11:30 p.m. at 500 N. Main St.
• April 22: The Kingston Trio was set to perform at the Greensboro Coliseum. Tickets were $3, $2.50 and $1.
• April 23: A City Council citizens committee was making progress in its campaign to stop the showing of X-rated films at the Pointer Drive-In Theater, gathering 4,000 signatures on a petition. But it appeared unlikely they would succeed in persuading theater owner Vincent Furio to stop showing films they deem obscene. The screen was in full view of motorists passing outside the gate. Furio did say he would consider better fencing.
• April 23: Grading work was beginning on a new shopping center in south High Point called Fairfield Plaza, at Fairfield Road and S. Main Street. The principal tenants at the time were to be Winn-Dixie and a Mann Drug Store. The shopping center now is anchored by Food Lion.
• April 18: There was a major shakeup of top-level High Point school administrators as the school system braced for the opening of the new T. Wingate Andrews High School in the fall. S.E. Burford, principal at William Penn, was to move to a newly created post of director of secondary schools. W.E. Rogers, principal at Northeast Junior High School, was named the first principal of Andrews. However, that recommendation was put on hold after strong objections from African American leaders that Burford should have been kept on as a principal somewhere else in an integrated school.
• April 18: A divided Thomasville school board voted to retain successful football coach George Cuswha at Thomasville Senior High, despite the superintendent not wanting to rehire him. The vote was 2-1 with two board members not voting. Superintendent W.T. Bird and Cushwa, who also was athletic director, often butted heads on how to run the high school athletic department, mainly dealing with hiring and firing. Bird resigned over the conflict and took a job as superintendent of Richmond County Schools.
• April 23: There was a story on how the Golden B restaurant, located on Church Avenue at the time, was making plans to open a Rush Room behind the main dining room. The room was named for Rush Limbaugh, radio and television personality who was a leader in the new wave of conservatism that was sweeping the country. It was described as a place “for ditto-heads,” i.e. Rush fans, to listen to Rush and watch his afternoon TV show.
• April 22: Top shows for the week based on ratings included “Home Improvement” at No. 1, followed by “Roseanne,” “Seinfeld,” “60 Minutes,” “Coach,” “Delta,” “Murder She Wrote,” “Cheers,” “Prime Time Live” and “20-20.”