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Fifty Years Ago


Monday, Sept. 18, 1967

Hunnicutt, Nasworthy turn in winning efforts in a 7-7 tie

Pepperell and Model fought to a 7-7 tie Saturday night and many of the 7,000 fans who packed Barron Stadium feel there’s a good chance these teams will meet again in November in a playoff to decide the Region 3-A North titlist. If this be the case, then you can bet your bottom dollar Lynn Hunnicutt and Tommy Nasworthy will have something to say about the outcome.

Hunnicutt, a glue-fingered end for the Dragons, and Model’s Nasworthy, a tough-running halfback, are the lineman and back of the week for the Rome area for their efforts in that tie game. It’s one of the few times in recent years that both weekly standouts have emerged from the same game.

Model knew it would have to stop the Phil Baker-to-Hunnicutt pass combination to have a chance of handling Pepperell its first loss of the season. With this in mind, the Blue Devils kept pressure on Hunnicutt all night.

Still, he managed to haul in two long-gainers on Pepperell’s lone touchdown drive in the second quarter. He gave a couple of good moves and latched onto a 12-yarder for a crucial first down. Then four plays later, he caught a Baker aerial on the sidelines and roared in from 19 yards out for the score.

Later in the game, Hunnicutt had two more receptions when the Dragons attempted to break the tie.

Nasworthy was just as valuable to Model’s offensive attack. He personally accounted for 40 of the 76 yards in the Blue Devil’s one scoring drive in the third stanza.

Overall, he rushed 16 times and gained a net 91 yards, which represents more than 70 percent of Model’s rushing yardage.

In other weekend action, Coosa downed Armuchee, 6-0; Carrollton blanked West Rome, 26-0; Wills shut out East Rome, 17-0; Rockmart rolled over Calhoun, 28-0; Cedartown nipped Griffin, 7-6; Chattooga knocked Trion from the unbeaten ranks, 31-13; LaFayette upended Cass, 35-6; Adairsville outscored West Side, 19-12; Cartersville nipped Murray County, 13-12 and Dalton blanked McCallie, 19-0.

Sunday, Sept. 17, 1967

Rome jeweler invents new style of earrings

Robert Brock, of Romega, Inc., is not the squeamish sort, but he did wince every time he thought of pierced ears.

Somehow, the idea of women shoving needles though their ear lobes and draping threads through the punctures did not appeal to him. So he tilled a fertile mind and came up with an idea which kept the pierced look and vanquished the squeals and groans that went along with the fad.

The outcome of his inspiration was Romega, Inc., located on Romega Place off Fifth Avenue. Here Mr. and Mrs. Brock and 12 employees manufacture the only earrings of their kind in the world.

The earrings are held to the ear with a non-allergenic tape which is glued to the back of the earring.

Although it takes only a sentence to describe the earrings, it took Mr. Brock many months to discover how to make them.

“I hated to see pierced ears,” he said, “so more than a year ago I began thinking about how to achieve the pierced look without having to pierce the ear.”

His first experiments involved the use of magnets. The idea was to place a magnet behind the earlobe and the earring, with a piece of metal embedded in it, would be placed in front of the lobe. Not successful with magnets, the inventor turned to using a double-backed tape, and met success.

At night, after work, he and Mrs. Brock patiently applied the tape to beads and pearls, making only a few pairs each night.

“Then it occurred to me,” Mr. Brock said, “that many people might be allergic to the tape, so I wrote different companies asking them about non-allergenic tapes. Finally, I found one that seemed to fit my specifications. It is a non-allergenic tape that was first developed for use by astronauts. It is the one we now use on the earrings.”

But tape was only part of the problems encountered in the process of making the earrings.

Mr. Brock discovered that the pearls used must have flat backs. So, characteristically, he invented a machine for flattening them.

His pearl-flattening jig can sand off the backs of 144 pearls a minute.

He made his first sales to a society at Shorter College in October 1966.

In April, he opened Romega, Inc., where 12 employees manufacture 100 dozen pairs of earrings a day. Eventually, Mr. Brock said, six more employees will be needed to bolster the output to 200 dozen a day.

Romega, Inc., is now selling nationally, with more than 1,000 unfilled orders.

Wednesday, Sept. 20, 1967

Pepperell swine win in CVF exhibits

Joe Carroll, Steve Warren, Benny Shell, James Smith and Al House, of the Pepperell High School Future Farmers of America Chapter, exhibited junior gilts yesterday in the Junior and Open Swine Show at the Coosa Valley Fair.

Al House’s entry placed ninth and Joe Carroll’s placed 10th in a class of 53 animals shown in the Duroc division. House also exhibited his Junior Duroc boar.

In the Sears, Roebuck-sponsored special FFA show on Monday at the Coosa Valley Fair, Joe Carroll and Steve Warren won red ribbons on their Junior gilts, and Al House’s Junior boar also won a red ribbon.