BLAST FROM THE PAST - What a way to wake up

Dec. 17, 1978 The top stories in the Norwalk Reflector on this date 29 years ago:
Norwalk Reflector Staff
Jul 25, 2010

Dec. 17, 1978

The top stories in the Norwalk Reflector on this date 29 years ago:

What a way to wake up

GREENWICH – It was probably the dresser, mused 75-year-old Dale Rowan, that finally stopped that ’67 Chevy.

The car, in the hands of 17-year-old Gary W. Goeble, 124 Milan Ave., went off of U.S. 234 and across a ditch. But that was only the beginning.

The car crossed a driveway and plunged in the Rowans’ bedroom about 2:30 a.m., awakening the Greenwich couple from a sound sleep. They were not hurt – just a little surprised.

According to Rowan, a retiree, “it sounded like a sonic boom.

“If the dresser hadn’t been where it was,” he said, “the damage might have been worse. It’s pretty good sized.”

United Way Board  elects officers

The Norwalk Area United Way Board of directors re-elected Curtis Casper as president for 1979. Casper, 68, 6 Arlington Circle, will serve for a third term.

Other officers elected are Mrs. Roberta Freeman, vice president; Stanley Pohl, treasurer; and Jeffrey Laycock, secretary.

The board appointed Jeffrey Laycock to a two-year term on the board expiring in 1980 and elected Mrs. Gladys Thomas,, Edward Prack and Mead Parke to three-year terms on the board expiring in 1981.

Teachers’ revenge

Teachers at Norwalk High School regained a bit of dignity Friday morning as six representatives outscored the student “academic challenge” team. Last May in  practice session the students whipped the teachers. This year the tables were turned. When the bell rang, the teachers were ahead 174-158. Three of the six-member student team were pictured in the paper: Maria Albright, Tony Wiseman and Tracey Oglesby. Not pictured were Min Chang, Alex Rupert and Christ Trotta. The faculty was represented by Sue Jump, Tom Kagy, Ralph Vogel, Al Pleasnick, Ann Marett and Bob Gullet.

Truckers get back on winning track

“Shock treatment” can also work for basketball players. Norwalk Trucker Coach Mike Grose used it Friday night and the result was a well-played 68-65 Northern Ohio League victory over Galion.

“I knew I had to something to get the kids thinking about something other than our injury list,” Grose explained after the game. “So I decided to use Eric Baldwin and Bill Howatineck, our two big men, in tandem. Doing that I am sure made the rest of the kids wonder wheat I was trying to prove.”

Grose was pleasantly surprised at the way his “treatment” worked. Baldwin and Howatineck combined for a dozen points while doing a superlative job filling in for the injured Jim Arlin and Craig Colvin.

“We hit the key foul shots when we had to and that was the difference,” added Grose. “Our guards looked especially good and one of these nights Ron Sierhoff is going to have a big scoring game. He has been burning the nets the last few weeks.”

Compiled by Andy Prutsok