Echoes of the Past is a collection of historical articles curated from The Virginian Review and other publications archived since 1914. You may be exposed to content that you find offensive or objectionable. For historical purposes and accuracy, articles are reprinted in their original, unedited form, and do not reflect the opinions and beliefs of the publisher.
100 Years Ago
Shriners and Football Fans off to Roanoke: Kazim Temple to Hold Big Ceremonial; Game to Draw Large Crowd
The annual pilgrimage of followers of the gridiron, which wends its way toward Roanoke from this city each Thanksgiving, started today, with still others leaving early tomorrow morning by automobile for the Magic City.
The crowd was augmented by many Shriners, who will attend the ceremonial to be put on in Roanoke by Kazim Temple. The ceremonial promises to be a gala affair, and quite a number of local Shriners will be on hand to enjoy the fun.
It was impossible for local fans who waited until today to secure tickets for the game, but they left confident of their ability to prize their way into the grounds to see the annual clash between VMI and VPI. Well over 100 people will make the journey to Roanoke on cars alone, and many more will go by train.
50 Years Ago
Focus on Color TV Sets for this Christmas Features Wide Range of Choice in New Models
It wasn’t so long ago that the family would wake up early on a Christmas morning, dress hurriedly, and dash outdoors to enjoy a spin in the family gift —a beribboned Packard sitting in the driveway.
Christmas mornings have changed since then. High on the “most wanted” list of gifts for the family now is a color television set. Whether it is the first or second TV set in the home, it is meant to be shared by all. So its screen size should be either 17-, 19-, 23- or 25-inch diagonal—all practical for group viewing.
There are many important reasons to buy a color TV set this season: an advanced Chromacolor picture tube in five different screen sizes; increased picture power; a protective voltage regulating system built into certain solid state color TV sets; new modular vertical chassis, and refinements in ultrasonic remote control, are from Zenith.
10 Years Ago
Celebration Choir Will Hold Cantata
The Celebration Choir will present a Christmas musical titled “O, What A Night,” Sunday, December 15, at the Lone Star Family Life Center, Nicelytown Road, located five miles east of Clifton Forge.
The program will begin at 7 p.m. and is free to the public.
Songs included in the program have been selected from several different Christmas musical arrangements with a central theme being one of the most well known carols of all time, “Silent Night.”
Celebration Choir member Gene Ayers wrote the narrations for the cantata and arranged the musical selections.
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