Roman’s poem ‘Hope’ to be printed
“Hope” is the title of the poem composed by Ronald Midkiff, a member of the West Rome High School faculty.
Recently Mr. Midkiff submitted “Hope” and one other poem to the Board of National Poetry Association in Los Angeles, Calif.
Last week he was notified by mail that “Hope” was accepted by the board and would appear in the 1963 edition of the National Anthology of Poetry along with a short biographical sketch of himself.
This was his first actual attempt in the creation of verse since he received honors for winning a poetry contest in college.
Mr. Midkiff came to Rome in 1958 from the Raleigh, N.C., schools. Previously, he had attended Berry College, Shorter College and the University of Georgia. He received a bachelor of arts degree in English.
He has taught at West Rome High School during the last five years. He instructs the junior English classes in literature, English and grammar and he is presently emphasizing the creation of poetical verse.
Although Mr. Midkiff is very busy with instructing and schoolwork, he still has time for many other activities. He is a member of the National Council of Teachers of English and the Georgia Council of Teachers of English.
At West Rome, he serves as the Student Council Advisor and the director of the chorus.
Monday, Feb. 4, 1963
Eyeing 11th win, Shorter hosts Troy ‘5’ tonight
Following an impressive pair of weekend conference victories the Shorter College cage squad will entertain Troy State tonight at Memorial Gymnasium starting at 7:30 p.m.
Taking the measure of Valdosta State (60-57) last Friday night and following with a double-overtime decision over West Georgia (67-64) Saturday night, the Waves will have no time for rest before facing touted Troy State tonight in a non-loop affair.
The weekend triumphs over the top-rated GIAC duo boosted Shorter’s overall record to 10 victories in 14 starts.
The Waves are 4-2 region-wise and their next conference game will be on the Shorter hardwood in Wednesday night’s Homecoming with the Berry Vikings.
Troy State will present formidable opposition for the Waves tonight with a veteran-laden outfit that shows eight
Last year the Alabama quintet averaged 96.3 points per game to lead the nation in scoring among small colleges.
Last season Troy romped over 25 foes while dropping but a half-dozen games.
Leading the visitors tonight will be Judd Dye, a three-year letterman who cavorts at the guard position.
Shorter Coach Bill Foster said he will likely go with the following starters against Troy: Forwards – Gordon Guin and Robbie Weir; Center – Vernon Desee; Guards – Bill Moore and Wayne Huntley.
Tuesday, Feb. 5, 1963
Lin-Valley Club names board
At a meeting last night in the Lindale Auditorium, the name Lin-Valley Country Club was chosen for the proposed Lindale golf and swimming club, plans for which have been under way for several months.
A permanent board of directors was elected last night, including Scott Johnston, Marshall Toole, G.W. Hopkins Jr., Willard Nixon, Miss Loyce Douglas, Wilburn Holsomback, Jack Henderson, Harold Gresham and Clyde Head.
A president, vice president, secretary and treasurer will be elected by the board of directors at a future meeting.
It was decided to have the following committees: golf, swimming pool, building, finance, entertainment, by-laws, membership, publicity and grounds. Members of the board of directors will either head or will appoint chairmen of these committees, and the chairmen will select their own committee members.
Wilburn Holsomback, temporary treasurer, made a report to the group.
Thursday, Feb. 7, 1963
Shaving on spaceship could create problem
SAN ANTONIO, Texas (AP) – Astronauts will have to bag their whiskers after shaving on a spaceship – to prevent them from floating around the cabin and creating a fuzzy haze.
That’s the word from Dr. Stanley C. White, a key scientist in the man-to-the-moon venture.
White says electric razors are being considered for use by astronauts because, for one thing, water will be at a premium. And, he says, with no water for a man-sized rinse, dried soap might irritate an astronaut’s skin.
And unless corralled, he told a news conference Wednesday at the Space Medicine Symposium at Brooks Air Force Base, the shaved off whiskers – weightless, just like everything else aboard – would float around freely, creating at least a nuisance.
Other space buffs speculated that free-floating whiskers might even gum up the works in delicate electronic gear aboard the ship.
Dr. White, of the space agency’s manned spacecraft center, got into the celestial shaving discussion in relating plans for the personal hygiene and other care of astronauts who participate in the Gemini program.
That’s the venture in which two-man crews will orbit the earth for periods up to two weeks as a prelude to the moon flight.
“Why shave at all on a spaceship?” a newsman asked.
“Because the beard acts as a collector of debris and dead skin,” said White. “They’ll need to shave.”
“But they must gather the whiskers and put them in some kind of a container.”