It is Friday, August 17th, 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 the October 17th 1962 edition.
That edition reported that the Green Wave of Easley met the Blue Flame of Pickens at Brice Field on Friday Oct. 12 and would come away with a 7-0 win, advancing their undefeated record to seven wins and no losses.
Easley head football coach, Bill Carr said, “Frankly, I thought we were more than one touchdown better than Pickens.”
The Easley Green Wave would go on to win a state title that year.
The front page of that edition reported that a South Carolina educator had spent three weeks behind the Iron Curtain of Communist Russia to study their educational system and concluded that the Soviets had exceeded the U.S. in effort only.
Pickens County experienced a total of seven forest fires from July 1 through Sept. 30 of 1962 and averaged 1.1 acres of destruction per fire.
The paper featured a variety of advertisements.
Townsend Pontiac-Cadillac on Greenville Road in Easley marketed the 1963 Pontiac by saying,
“See the car that’s nicer than the’ 62 Pontiac at your authorized Pontiac dealer’s today.”
The Easley Progress ran a football contest offering $20 in cash to anyone that picked the most winners of that week’s High School games.
In entertainment news, Johnny Carson became the permanent host of NBC’s “Tonight Show” on Oct. 1 and the Beatles released their first single, “Love Me Do” on Oct. 5.
In world news, the Cuban Missile Crisis would begin and end in October of 1962, while U.S. President John F. Kennedy would remain in office until his assassination in Dallas, Texas the following year.
The average monthly rent in 1962 was $110.00 per month and the average income per year was just over $5,500.
The Easley Progress was in its 60th year.