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It's tough to say goodbye to King George High School's one-of-a-kind football field.
By Ed Jones
That's the feeling
President John Kennedy was talking about plans for the space program. Dwight Eisenhower, just back from a foreign trip, was getting involved with politics again. Even good ol' Herbert Hoover, at the age of 88, was heading home with an optimistic prognosis after major surgery.
As I read about the local folks making news back then, many of whose names were deeply imbedded in my memory, I recalled the rosiness of the times.
It wasn't all pleasant, to be sure. Integration in local schools was just beginning with a handful of black students at several area schools. The voices of bigotry were still being heard.
But the general mood of those days was optimistic. As my memories were rekindled this week, I wanted to time-travel back to that time to warn those sunny folks about the tough days ahead--political assassinations, a growing war in Southeast Asia, a generation of student protests.
In those sunshine-
I can still recall one
Things didn't go well
Despite the score, I'll always remember being there--as I will last Friday's game, the last I will ever attend at The Pit. This time, 50 years later, things went much better for the Foxes, as they romped over Washington & Lee, 41-0.
The rest of King George's home games will be played at the school's new field, which sports the area's only artificial turf.