These are some highlights from the News Journal on July 21, 1959:
‘Mamie Christens First A-Power Merchant Ship’
“CAMDEN, N.J. (AP) — The launching of the first atom-powered merchant ship, Savannah, was hailed today as a ‘bold and enterprising experiment in the daring and distinguished annals’ of American science and seafaring.” It was christened by First Lady Mamie Eisenhower.
• The Wilmington Chamber of Commerce planned to meet and discuss the local impact of the announced expansion of the Clinton County Air Force Base.
“The Air Force has announced that some 3,100 persons were scheduled to arrive at CCAFB in 1960 when the Strategic Air Command’s KC-97 Refueling Wing occupies the base.
“It has been estimated that some $7 million to $8 million in payroll and purchases will be dumped into the economy’s economic bloodstream annually, but would create issues, including parking.”
• The Clinton Memorial Hospital Board of Trustees discussed purchasing an additional hot water tank for $2,400, as “the shortage of hot water has been a problem ever since the installation of the new laundry.”
Statistics for the past month at CMH included: Admissions, 348; births, 81; major operations, 35; minor operations, 78; and cost per meal per person — food only, 46 cents.
• In 4-H Club news, the Kenton Charcoal Burners met at the Lees Creek Church, according to club reporter Anne Moore. The Blanchester Senior Flying Fingers & Spoons 4-H Club met with Susan Kepner leading the 4-H pledge and demonstrations by Jo Anna Florea and Kathy Rose. The Kenton Kuntry Kookers met with Sylvia Bon leading the pledge. And, the Kingman Klever Kookers met with Virginia Jones leading the pledge.
• In rec baseball games in Wilmington, Dave Swindler pitched a one-hitter for Swindler Florists against Cedar Hill Farms in the 8- and 9-year-old tourney. In the high school league, Wayne Long pitched a two-hitter for Sewell North American Van Lines vs. Borton-McDermott Co.
• An ad for Coney Island in Cincinnati announced upcoming entertainers included Tommy Sands (with Bob Braun emcee); Les Brown; The Four Freshmen; the Jimmy Dorsey Band; and the Three Stooges (in-person).
• Primetime TV shows for the evening included Sugarfoot, Northwest Passage, Jeff’s Collie, Trackdown, Wyatt Earp, To Tell the Truth, The Rifleman, Bob Cummings, the Naked City, and Andy Williams.