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Grimes’ Looking Back column: So much has changed in last 50 years

Times have certainly changed in the 50 years since 1965. To me it seems as if it was just a few years ago and it blows my mind to think it was so long ago.
In the local The Brewton Standard, it was stated in an article that there was a real future for the Republican Party in the south.
That was surely an under statement. Over the last 50 years the Republican Party has come out on top in many elections, but in 1965, it was a new thing to see so many Republicans in positions of power.
Direct distance dialing was going into effect on telephone users.
Just imagine, if you can, it was not common for all people to have phones in their homes and no one could predict what has happened over the years. Now we carry our phones in our pockets and our calls follow us, even when we are out and about. If someone had told me that I would be carrying my own personal phone in my pocket, I would have thought them to be crazy. It makes me wonder just how many changes will come over the next 50 years.
There was an announcement that 25 students, members of the junior police were going to make a trip to Washington, D.C. They were to tour the White House, the Capitol and many other places.
This makes me remember a trip my senior class took in 1958 to Washington and New York. In those days it was not usual for people to travel that much and so far away from home. At least, it was for me. We had a fabulous trip that took us on a whirlwind visit to places we had only read about.
Confederate Memorial Day was observed in our area. This is something that has fallen by the wayside, and personally I think it is a shame. My hope is to see the time when we can all celebrate our past and look forward to a future without all the mistakes of the past. Sorry, I didn’t mean to get on my soap box.
You know I love to check the prices on items in the past and in 1965, Piggly Wiggly had fresh okra for 29 cents a pound and Frosty Morn smoked ham for 27 cents a pound.
Weaver’s had dresses that were advertised for Mother’s Day. The prices started at $3.98.
Television had taken off and many stores were selling them. No longer did one have to go to a neighbor’s house to watch Ed Sullivan. We could all sit around a tv and fight over the programing. Sears had a big sale on televisions, but you may find this interesting. The prices have not changed much over the past 50 years.
Groud-breaking took place for Jefferson Davis Junior College. Nobody could have guessed that over the past 50 years, so many would change their lives by taking advantage of Jefferson Davis.
Lastly, there was an article that Boykin School and North Brewton were to host a visit by an x-ray machine and a program of information by the Escambia County Health Department.