Friday, Amfl 14, 1967
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School Dump Thaws
It is again Spring. The great Rocky Mount blizzard
has melted and once again the ground can be seen.
That is, everywhere except in the parking lot. No
amount of melting, or wind blowing, or rain, or
sleet, or anything, will make it so you can see the
ground there, for everything is covered with a layer
of trash. Rumor has it that if all the trash in the
parking lot was laid end to end, the line would
stretch twice the length from one end to the middle.
Others say tha it has been so long sincei the parking
lot met the sun, that all the rock and gravel has
rotted. All this is shameful! We must take better
care of our parking lot, if it is still there, hidden
by all the garbage.
Really, students who refuse to respect the proper
ty which has been set aside for their use should not
be allowed to use it. Means have been provided to
keep the parking lot clean, with trash cans spaced
strategically around. Also, groups of boys misbehave
in school just so they can go out after school to
clean up. All that is left is for you do do your part.
This way, we can all enjoy a clean, nice parking area.
Cactus Flower In N. Y.
“Serious plays may fal to the right or succeed
modestly to the left; but it is the neiwest Odd Couple
that strs an indecent haste to the box office. We
are all partisans of comedy . . (Gaiter Kerr, “A
Love for Comedy,” Playbill, March, 1967, No. 3).
Broadway’s current comedy. Cactus Flower, is an
immoderately funny one, even to the point of being
hilarious at times. Its plot is a tale of jumbled ro
mances involving' a dashing young dentist, played
by Barry Nelson; his spinsterish nurse, played by
Lauren Bacall; a young girl who is the dentist’s
lover at the offset, played by Ethelyne Dunfre; and
a struggling young writer, played by Burt Brincker-
hoff. It is a case of the wrong combinations, all cli
maxed by a delightful righting of all wrongs.
Cuctus Flower is the product of Abe Burrows,
author-director, Pierre Barillet and Jean-Pierre
Gredy, the authors of the original comedy, and
David Merrick, producer.
Burrows applies his multi-creative talents to the
theater as writer and director. Ever since he first
co-authored the book Guys and Dolls which led to
his successful association with Fewer and Martin
on three other musicals, Can-Can, Silk Stockings,
and most recently, the Pulitzer prize musical How
to Succeed, Mr. Burrows has 'been in constant de
Pierre Barillet and Jean-Pierre Gredy, authors of
the original comedy, Fleur de Cactus, have been the
foremost comedy-writing team of the French Thea
ter for the past ten years. Each theatrical season has
seen either another original play or an adaptation
by the Messrs. Barillet and Gredy.
David Merrick, Cactus Flower’s producer, has pre
sented close to fifty shows in the past ten years,
most of which have been srpash hits. Currently he is
represented by the Tony and Drama Critics Award
musical Hello, Dolly!, the highly successful Woody
Allen comedy Don’t Drink the Water and the musical
I Do! I Do! in addition to Cactus Flower.
The cast includes such renowned stars as Lauren
Bacall and Barry Nelson.
Miss Bacall, who plays the part of Stephanie, the
spinster-nurse, made her stage debut in her early
teens before becoming a top fashion model for the
slick magazines. Her recent film is Harper, co-star-
ing Paul Newman. In 1959 she returned to Broad
way in George Alexander’s comedy Goodbye Charlie.
Barry Nelson, the dashing young dentist, has been
associated mostly with hits and long-running ones
at that. He has had quite a versatile career. Last
summer he directed Mary, Mary.
Elthelyne Dunfre, the elusive Toni, made her
broadway bow in The Boy’ Frend. On Broadway she
has acted in the musicals Greenwillow and West Side
Story. She is seen on humerous commercials and the
Ed Sullivan and Girl Talk. It is she who makes Cactus
Flower come alive.
Sporing is, in general, a
good thing. But like most
good things, it does hav« a
few drawbacks. After numer
ous requests by the Health De
partment, the PoMce, and a lit
tle old lady in South Willow
Falls, Alaska, it has been de
cided to write this article tell
ing about the chief drawback
of Spring. This most important
menace is the SCROSCH. As
many of you may remember
from last year, the scrdsch is
a dangerous insect from our
home state whidh pounces
upon its victim’s nose and
sucks until the face caves in.
The reason it is important
to think of the scrosch at this
time of year is because this
is the time when they multi
ply at an astounding rate. The
breeding ground is chiefly cen
tered near the murky d^ths of
Bayview, North Carctoa. It has
been estimated that it aU the
scrosch which mate at Bay
view were laid end to end, the
first scrosch would not be be
hind another scrosch.
The history of the discovery
of scrosdh by man is extreme
ly interesting. It seems that one
day a herd of Pekingese dogs
were grazing in the desert when
suddenly a dark cloud appeared
on the boiuzon. It should be
noted that, at tWis time, the
Pekingese variety of dogs had
noses ovor sevra feet long.
Swiftly, the cloud attacked, (ac
tually, it was a iflock of scroz,
plural of scrosch) and in less
than thirty minutes, the pride
of the Pekingese species, the
seven-foot nose, was gome for
The adult male scrosch is about
two and onenhalf inches wide,
a little over two inches tall,
and one-eighth of an inch thick
(before attacking.) The female
scrosch is similar din size, but
is sbaped more like a kite tail.
The name “SCROSCH” comes
from the peculiar spot forma-,
tion on the back which seems
to speJl out that word.
It hais been rumored that the
practice of fighter pilots paint
ing emblems on the side of their
planes for each victory was de
rived directly from the male
scrosch. After each successful
attack, the sorosdh marks a
small nose on his back with
Since only the female has
wings, the male attaches him
self to his mate for travelling.
He then acts as if he were a
bear iin hibernation and sleeps
and loses weight.
Do you know the seven warn
ing signals of scrosch attack?
No one doeis. No one has sur
vived long enough to reveal
them to an anxiously awaiting
world. Only one thing is cer
tain: that is, the first sign of
attack is a feeling that one’s
face is caving in. Then the
poor victim has only one hope—
Editor’s Note: Check future
issues for additional vital in
formation concerning: man’s
only hope—the shirdlu.
From The Nest
Of The Editor
The resignation of Mr. Dudley
Whitley comes as quite a shock
to the students of RMSH . Mr.
Whitley has been a well-Hked
as well as well^respected teach
er and icoach in his years here.
He has helped ibuild up the ath
letic pi-ogram of RMSH. Al
though everyone is pleased that
Coach Whitley has received this
elevaWon of position, his loss
will be felt deeply by the stu
dents who knew him.
The Rocky Mount Centinnial
celebration is getting quite a
bit of support from both stu
dents and teachers here. There
have been four Centennial BeHe-
chapters organized at RMSH;
one each by the sophomore, jun
ior, and senior girls and also
one by the teachers. There are
several Brothers of the Brush
chapters at RMSH and many of
the iboys have joined groups out
side of school.
It has recently been ibrought
to light thait the gym facilities
here need renovating. The con
dition of and the lack of space
in the dressing rooms is atroc
ious. There is no entirely safe
place for P. E. students to leave
The ventilation in the dressing
rooms is awful. In order to get
the siteam from the showers out,
windows opening onto walkways
have to be opened.
This week has been the week
of the TWIRP. As a boy I
can describe it in only one
way—'Fabulous. The dance to
night promises to be a lot of
fun. I hope everyone plans to
Principal Vincent J. Colombo,
Asst. Principal Dudley Whitley,
and Mrs. Suzanne Salford of
RMHS attended the NCEA Con
vention 'held in Asheville, N. C.
recently. Mr. Colombo was
elected as President of the Prin
cipal’s Dept, of the NCEA.
Burd Of The Week No. 10
Last issue, five students join
ed the ranks of the burds for
their outstanidingly wierd per
formance in the Senior Talent
Show. Of these, four are back
this issue, having done a com
plete repeat performance. The
“Tigers” journeyed to Rober-
sonville the first night RMSH
was out for Easter, to attend
the big dance at a warehouse
there with the “Embers.” As
the show progressed, it seemed
to the Tigers that ithings were a
little slow so they jumped up
on stage land launched into their
lively act. Jackie Gore, lead
singer for ithe Embers, was so
deeply moved when she saw the
Tigers, that he was not sure
what to do. Therefore, he climb
ed onto the rafters to watch
from above. In all, it was very
burd-worthy. Glory, laud and
As spring begins to be obvi
ous, many new burds will hatch
around good ol’ (?) Senior High.
The beach is one of the favorite
hatching areas for Rocky Mount
burds. lit is hoped that as this
big move develops, the burd-
editor will keep posted.
Also, it seems that many here
in our school have forgotten
that the Blaqueiburd will award
a scholarship at the end of the
year. This new Burd of the
Year Sdholarship- is valued at
69 cents for any college, uni-
vers'ity, technical school, busi
ness college or magazine stand.
Such a valuable prize should be
sought by all students, so they
shouM be endeaver to become
burds soon. Also, note that the
Tigers 'have bounded into the
lead with two sitraight wins. To
them, the scholarship is worth
17% cents each. Grirrreat!
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EDITOR Geoirge Clack
ADVERTISING MANAGER Creedi
BUSINESS MANAGER ’.. " Lynda Hairoll
CIRCULATION MANAGER Mack Pridgeo
Is* Roger StancQ
4th Kathy Vlverette and Lynda Hanrell
5th Dan Ballance aad Arthur Marcus
6th George Clack
ADVISER Mrs. Margjiret Williams
PRINCIPAL .' Ml-. V. J. Colombo