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1965-66 Tiger Cheerleaders

  “All set and rarin’ to go” are these four young ladies who will lead the cheering section at the football games this fall. Pictured from left to right are Janet Geddie, sophomore cheerleader, Nelda Penny, senior cheerleader, Joyce McFarland, senior and head cheerleader; and Kathie Martin, junior.
   The photo was taken last week at SMU in Dallas where the girls attended cheerleader camp and won a first place ribbon in competition. Diane Dewees freshman, suffered a broken ankle a few days earlier and was unable to attend.



  Pep rallies will again be held every Thursday night and Friday morning this fall prior to the football games Friday evening.
  On Thursday evenings, the student body will meet downtown at the White Rose Monument at 7 o’clock for the pep rally, and continue the cheering Friday mornings with a rally in the school gymnasium at approximately 10 o’clock.
  The public is urged to attend the pep rallies downtown and at school as well.



  A new fad has already begun in high school this year. A group of senior girls who call themselves the ‘Senior Action Girls’ have organized to cheer the ’65-’66 Tiger teams to victory.
  They are planning their uniforms of action shirts and slacks.
  Members of this club include Carolyn Ferguson, Linda Flanagan, Sheila Barnes, Linda Gunter, Peggy Vinson, Paula Furrh, Mary Woodruff, Libby Craft, Pat Frost, Dianne Deen, Joyce McFarland, Polly McCully, Ginger Roberts, Linda Earnheart, Janet Baker and Barbara Shelby.
   The ‘Action Beau’ is John Allen Shepard. Their colors are blue and white, their motto is “More Action for ’65-’66. Any other senior girl wanting to join may contact one of the girls listed above. They can always be found “where the action is!”



  Chief of Police Hut Sullivan has issued a stern warning to people in this area who persist in the habit of following the fire trucks to the scene of fires.
  This practice greatly hampers the firemen in their efforts to control a fire and also creates a traffic hazard.
  Mr. Sullivan stated that offenders are subject to a fine of $200 and he stated also that the city plans to enforce the law in the interest of those whose property and lives are jeopardized due to this practice.


  Please Paula: I have a very terrible problem. My best friend is slowly taking my boyfriend away. No one knows that I like this certain boy except my friend and me. He doesn’t even know.
  But everyday she speaks to him and he talks to her and even chunks paper wads at her. What can I do if I don’t want to hurt my friend, but I still like the boy? –                   Broken Heart.
   Dear Broken Heart: You aren’t the only girl in high school with this problem. There’s been a lot of this conniving going on lately. But you say no one knows, not even the boy, that you like him?
   Have you ever thought that your girlfriend might not be the one throwing the passes? If the boy likes you he would talk to you instead. Just remember my motto, “If you think you love someone, and he leaves you, he isn’t worth having anyway.” Don’t fight with your friend. “Just find someone else to like, and out-do her!” -- Yours truly, Paula

Tiger Tattler

   Steve Steadham, the Journalism class would like to know if it is easier to take a shower sitting in a chair?
   Sheila, was your muffler dragging the ground going to lunch last Friday?
   The seniors have a new fad: playing hide-and-seek on Thursday nights.
   The tattler wonders why Dale Martin never went out for cheerleader since he did such a good job of leading yells at the game Friday.
   Peggy Vinson to Nelda Penny: Find your own football player to walk off the field!
   Herschel Lybrand, what were you doing on the 7th grade hayride?
   Pat Frost and Jay Stroud, what was the Pep Rally about last Friday.
   Libby, did you tell Walter to ask you for a date, since you had his senior ring for a day?
   Mr. Burden, did the pep rally make it to your house last Thursday night?
   Steve Dewees, we know you like to ride bulls but riding the back of a pickup?
   Fanny, is it fun coasting into the service station?
   The first-aid class is so interesting, Ronnie Travis and Billy Parker slept through it.
   Mike Wright, you don’t have trouble keeping up with your glasses or anything do you? How about it Sandy Owens?
   Tim Sockwell, president of the senior class, sets real good examples, he sleeps in study hall.
   We must congratulate Coach Carter, he got some new glasses. No more army surplus!
   Roy, how many girls did you have singing to you Thursday night?
   Margaret Moore, did anything exciting happen to you during chemistry initiation Friday?
   Tim Provence, what have you done to make Nelda Penny mad at you? Maybe mascot, Marsha, could tell us.
   Paula, why did you say Hawaiians die young? “Excitement?”
   Jerry Estes, how do you sit down in second period study hall?
   Linda Gunter and Fanny are sporting new kinds of cigars—ballpoint pens.
   Linda Rusk, what’s this about you playing football with Steve and Tim?


Top ten songs in 1965
1. (I Can't Get No) Satisfaction - Rolling Stones
2. In The Midnight Hour - Wilson Pickett
3. Like A Rolling Stone - Bob Dylan
4. Papa's Got A Brand New Bag - James Brown
5. My Generation - The Who
6. Mr. Tambourine Man - Byrds
7. Yesterday - Beatles
8. The Sounds Of Silence - Simon & Garfunkel
9. Ticket To Ride - Beatles
10. The Tracks Of My Tears - Miracles


  The S.P.Q.R. Wills Point Chapter of the Junior Classical League met for the first time on Tuesday, September 14, for the purpose of electing officers for the year.
   Jerry Lawrence was elected president; John Holt, vice-president; Kathy Martin, secretary, and Ann Hollandsworth, reporter for the newspapers, Judy Morgan was voted treasurer with Dale Travis as fundraising chairman. Sandra Owens was elected program chairman and Janet Geddie, social chairman. The student council representative is Melissa Hallman and the pianists are Suzanne Lingold, Randy Robertson and Sandra Owens.
   An enthusiastic fifty four members opened the meeting by singing the club song which was followed by the reading of the Pledge of Allegiance and the National J.C.L. Creed. The meeting was concluded after the officers were elected.



Newest craft idea on the market is the paint-it-yourself pillow. Printed with outlines of designs, it comes with a set of felt-tipped-markers for coloring. The pillow’s cotton poplin cover zips off and can be safely machine washed. Colors won’t wash out.



The reporter decided to ask a few students this week the definition of a word. The word was ‘elppa’. These were the responses:
Mr. Jimmy Burden, vegetable.
Pam Parker, help.
Nancy Holden, mean.
Sherry Lasater, elope.
Wayne Lusk, understand.
Mary Furrh, marriage.
Dan Smith, car.
Mike Smith, deformed elephant.
Danny Teel, blind bat.
Jeanie James, boy.
Polly McCully, fraternity.
Linda Flanagan, elbow.
Laquita Fellers, animal.
Barbara Shelby, cat.

The Journalism class looked in Webster’s Dictionary but were unable to find the meaning of this word. The best thing they could do was say that ‘elppa’ is ‘apple’ spelled backwards.

Tiger of the Week!

  Our Tiger of the Week is David Laney class of 1966. David was #26 on the ’65 Class A State Football Championship team.
   After graduation David was off to East Texas State University where he played football his freshman year. In 1970 he graduated and came back home to Wills Point to help his folks out on their farm and for a while, he was in the cattle business himself. In 1974 he married sweetheart Kathy James, WPHS class of ’72.
   In 1977 David began working as a fireman at the Plano Fire Department and that same year his first daughter, Andrea was born. Then in 1982, second daughter, Jamie joined the family. Both girls are graduates of Texas A&M. Andrea is married and lives in Sweetwater, Texas and Jamie lives in Corpus Christi. Wife Kathy is a long time employee of WPISD. David also owned a feed store for many years in Terrell.
   He recently retired from the fire department after 28 years, the last 13 serving as a captain and this past summer, he sold his business in Terrell.  I caught David one morning relaxing with a hot cup of Starbucks coffee, his favorite blend and the newspaper.
   When asked what he does these days for fun, he said, “I just enjoy life. I mess around with my horses and I do what I need to do around the farm and I just take it easy”. His proudest moment since graduation was to see his children graduate from college. David says that he has no regrets. David Laney’s life in five words or less ... good, life is good.

David Laney’s High School Memories:
1) How do you remember WPHS? School was fun, sometimes cruel, but that happens in any school.
2) What was a fun Saturday night for you back then?
Getting out and having a good time. Riding the streets.

3) What is a fun Saturday night for you now?
Most of the time we stay at home. Kathy and I go to the A&M games or sometimes we go out for dinner.

4) Funniest thing you remember about high school?
Funny? Nothing comes to mind.

5) Proudest moment in high school? Graduation.
6) A secret that we never knew?
I was shy.

7) Who did you have a crush on and they never knew it?
I liked all the girls.

8) Ever cheat on a test?
Yes, I was in Coach Carter’s class!

9) Who was your best friend?
Steve Steadham.

10) What's the craziest thing that you two ever did together?
Everything that we did was crazy, it was Steve.

11) Favorite teacher?
Mr. Roberts.

12) What did that teacher teach you that wasn't in a book?

13) Biggest regret?
Not applying myself in school.

14) Very best moment in WPHS?
It was all good.

15) If you could go back for a day, what would you do different? I would have tried harder in everything, in general.


Around Town...

   Here’s Martha Pirtle hard at work at Bruce and Human Drug Store.
She’s worked there for a few months and loves it! She was in the 7th grade in ‘65/’66 and her link to that year? Martha was little sister to two high school students, Mary, who was a sophomore, class of ‘68 and Adelle, who was a freshman, class of ‘69. Hey Martha!


  Not long ago I ran into Maxine Page working very hard at Ben’s Mobil. Maxine’s link to ‘our’ year is that she’s Sheila Barnes Barton’s mother. Sheila was a senior in 65/66. Mom, Maxine lives in Wills Point and has worked at Ben’s Mobil for many years. Sheila is married to Blake, lives in Greenville, TX and visits WP often. Hiddy Ho Maxine!


   Guess who I found barely working at Deen’s Implement? JUST KIDDING of course! We ran across Buddy Blasingame, class of ’69, hard at work when we were out and about doing website business. His boss is Ted Deen Jr.... class of ’71 who is Dianne Deen’s brother, class of ’66, who is Roy Deen’s cousin, class of ’66, who is John Deen’s cousin, class of ’69 .... all those Deen’s and all those WPHS alumni! Hello Buddy!


Oct. 29 - Trick or Treat on the Brick Streets of Wills Point Saturday Morning, 10 - 12PM, Bring your Children in Costume And stop by the downtown stores for treats!



The Elmo Volunteer Fire Department will host the annual Halloween Carnival on Saturday, October 29. There will be all sorts of festivities including a costume contest for the kids. It starts at 7pm and proceeds will benefit the Elmo VFD.


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Meet Kaufman Here Friday Night

   The Wills Point Tigers beat the Eustace Bulldogs 38-6 in the second win of their quest for the District 12 AAA Championship.
   The Tigers have been concerned about going into every district ball game but the kids went out and did a great job”, said WPHS principal, Coach Jim Lamb. They took an early lead shutting the Bulldogs down with a score of 20-0 at the end of the first half.
   The Tigers ran the second half kickoff back for a touchdown but missed the extra point making the score 26-0. Eustace came back with a TD in the third quarter but missed their extra point leaving them with a 26-6 score. Then the Tigers answered with two more scores making the final score 38-6.
Coach Lamb says, “It was a good game, they played great defense”.
   This takes the team to 2 and 0 in their district beating Crandall and Eustace.
   Coach Lamb said, “The next game for the team is a big one. They play Kaufman who is also undefeated. The Tigers cannot make mistakes because Kaufman will be pumped to win district but if they play like they’ve been playing, our team has a very good chance of winning.” When asked what he thought about the Tiger team, Coach Ken Davis said the he believes that if they play like they played against the Commerce team, they will go all the way. Wills Point beat Commerce 20-12.
   Coach Jim Lamb said, “This will be a very big game for Wills Point and Friday night is Parents Night. We want our Tiger fans to fill up the stadium!
   They play the Kaufman Lions Friday night at Ken Autry Davis Field. Kickoff is at 7:30 pm.


A Bit of Trivia...
June 1966 NOW is created.
  The National Organization for Women (NOW) is founded with the stated purpose of bringing ‘women into full participation in the mainstream of American society’.
   About NOW Today -- It is the largest organization of feminist activists in the United States. NOW has 500,000 contributing members and 550 chapters in all 50 states and the District of Columbia. Since its founding in 1966, NOW's goal has been to take action to bring about equality for all women.
   NOW works to eliminate discrimination and harassment in the workplace, schools, the justice system, and all other sectors of society; secure abortion, birth control and reproductive rights for all women; end all forms of violence against women; eradicate racism, sexism and homophobia; and promote equality and justice in our society.
If you would like to read about an early women's rights advocates in Wills Point, read about Mrs. McGee in "Early Wills Point News."

Joke of the Week...
A foursome of senior golfers hit the course with waning enthusiasm for the sport. "These hills are getting steeper as the years go by," one complained. "These fairways seem to be getting longer too," said one of the others. "The sand traps seem to be bigger than I remember them too," said the third senior. After hearing enough from his Senior buddies, the oldest, and the wisest of the four of them at 87 years old, piped up and said, "Just be thankful we're still on the right side of the grass!"

I feel like my body has gotten totally out of shape, so I got my doctor's permission to join a fitness club and start exercising. I decided to take an aerobics class for seniors. I bent, twisted, gyrated, jumped up and down, and perspired for an hour. But, by the time I got my leotards on, the class was over.


   This little guy’s name is Brennen. He is the son of Cindy and Kenneth Mislivets' oldest daughter Kristi and husband Greg of Atlanta, Georgia.
   Brennen is making quite a name for himself in the little league baseball world. This year he was named to the Atlanta All Star Team in his first year to play baseball and is only seven years old. His coaches are astounded by his athletic ability due to his small size (32 lbs) and he is the talk of Atlanta.
   Coaches say that he is faster than any team member and is good in any position. His preference is pitching but he also enjoys third base. When he is playing, he keeps people in the stands cheering and on their feet.
   Little Brennen's dream is to become an Atlanta Brave and who knows – it could happen. He sure has a great start! Kenneth (class of ’65) and Cindy (Moses, class of ’68) have lived in South Carolina for the past twelve years. His great-grandmother, Ferrel Mislivets lives in Wills Point.

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