Burma-Shave signs fascinating attraction of 1950s

Roving I appreciated the two e-mails received from last week’s listing of popular slogans through the years. One mentioned the Burma-Shave series of small highway signs with catchy messages, introduced in 1925. Here’s a typical series of signs: “Every shaver / Now can snore / Six...

‘Pepsi-Cola hits the spot’ one of my first remembered slogans

Roving I have always been attracted to good advertising slogans. Well, it was more than an attraction when I started out with The Wake Weekly back in 1952 and soliciting and writing advertisements was part of my job. Last week I began to think about all the slogans I could...

Ninety-minute dinner is too long; Son knows what the Bible means

Sometimes even the best laid plans can go astray. Last Friday night Mavis and I decided it was best for us to lay out a weekly evening meal schedule with a time set close to 6:30. We started with me picking up two of Zaxby’s large grilled chicken salads for Saturday night about...

How will you be remembered after you leave this world?

Roving I have been waiting for just such a time as this week — when an outstanding column, For What It’s Worth, by one of my best friends, Rick Stewart, co-publisher of the Kenly News would help me with my column. He also teaches journalism at Barton’s College in Wilson while his...

Never missed Maverick then, hooked on Wheel of Fortune now

Roving Ever since my family got our first TV, many shows have captured our attention. One of these was Maverick, which we loved and wouldn’t miss a single episode. We learned to have TV trays in order to watch it while eating supper. We would also never miss The Lawrence Welk...

Fireworks thrill crowd Thursday at Wake Forest High Stadium

Roving Presenting a good fireworks display July 3 was essential, not only for the huge number of spectators in Trentini Stadium, but especially for each of the Fourth of July committee members who worked hard to pull off a great show after the fiasco last year, which followed a...

Don’t miss Wake Forest’s 41st annual fireworks display July 3

Roving It’s just one week until the big show! Don’t miss the 41st annual Wake Forest fireworks show July 3 at Wake Forest High School. This year’s program is one of the largest fireworks shows since 1973, and is the first time Zambelli Fireworks will present the “the most...

Three different dads in 10 years opened door for teasing

Roving Although I’m a few days late, I still have a few things to say about Father’s Day. My first dad was a great guy, but I was born at the wrong time for him to give me the attention I really needed. It was 1929 at the beginning of the Great Depression, and he passed away from...

Big WF car show, Father’s Day make for an exciting weekend

This weekend should be an outstanding one. First, Saturday is Flag Day, giving us a chance to show our patriotism for this great country by proudly flying the American flag in our front yards. Saturday, there’s the big second annual Wake Forest Charity Car Show presented by Wake...

Sunday’s sermon on togetherness brings back great memories

Roving I was intrigued by Wake Forest United Methodist Church pastor Donald Warren’s sermon Sunday morning titled “Together,” and I want to pass some of it along for you to enjoy. “When you look at your life and where you are right now, are there some things that you miss?”...
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Why are so many reluctant to fly American flags on holidays?

Roving Although I’m a week late, I think it’s important to clear up some confusion between two nationwide observances. We just observed Memorial Day. Did you know Memorial Day, always observed on the last Monday of May, is for remembering the men and women who died while serving...

Marvelous Middleschool concert a relaxing finale to a bustling day

Isn’t it strange how often our day’s plans can go completely astray from what our intentions were? Last Thursday started out as expected and seven of us who regularly attend our breakfast group every Thursday at The Border Restaurant had a great time exchanging stories and...