Sunday, March 21, 2021

Cards and vintage things: September 24, 1966

The colors on this 55-year-old matchbook have not lasted well - it is for a gala banquet at the Fountain Hill Beneficial Society on September 24, 1966. Fountain Valley is a suburb of Bethlehem, PA, in the Lehigh Valley.

Meanwhile, in Japan, 317 people were killed in the devastation wrought by Tropical Storm Helen and Typhoon Ida. Fighting in Vietnam and the Congo also were in the headlines. Meanwhile, in the US, George Skakel, brother of Ethel Kennedy and brother-in-law of Senator Robert Kennedy, was one of four people killed in a plane crash in Idaho. The Skakels had some bad history with dying young not too dissimilar from the Kennedys.

Meanwhile, at Connie Mack Stadium in Philadelphia, an hour's drive south from Fountain Hill, a five-run third inning was enough for the home team to edge the Cardinals, 5-4. Leadoff hitter Cookie Rojas drove in Philly's first run with an RBI single off of Al Jackson, one of Cookie's three hits that day.