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The Greasy Man remembered in this 1954 trip in our TIME MACHINE.

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Posted: Friday, March 22, 2002 12:00 am

* The return of warm weather, unfortunately has caused the return of "the Greasy Man." The walking phantom is in his second year of roaming Negro neighborhoods during the warm nights. He has suddenly appeared in people's house late at night, usually with no clothes on, but has never harmed anyone. People have tried to grab him, but he has always been able to elude their grasp; thus the name Greasy Man. City of Clarksdale Shop Worker Charles Burnett, 65, of Sixth Street almost caught the phantom the other night.

* Former Ole Miss quarterback Farley Salmon has been elected vice-president of the Rebel "M" Club.

* The Clarksdale Wildcats, coached by Wayne Harris, will have road tests this fall at Columbus Lee High, Tupelo, Blytheville and Greenville. Home games at Soldiers' Field include tilts against Memphis South Side, CBHS, Corinth, Greenwood, and Vicksburg Carr.

* The best deal on tractors can be found on Sunflower Ave at Roessler Tractor Co., located next to Gates and Gates Animal Hospital.

* Top radio programs on WROX include The Early Wright Show, The Ike Turner Show and Sky King.

* Television's big hits are I Love Lucy, My Little Margie with Gale Storm, Burns & Allen, Garry Moore and The Cisco Kid. Afternoon shows on WMCT, Channel 5 include Pinky Lee, Howdy Doody and Capt. Video.

* Kentucky finishes first in the final UPI basketball poll despite skipping both post-season tournaments. NCAA tourney winner LaSalle is ranked second while surprising NIT champ Holy Cross finishes third.

* Clarksdale High School is rebuilding their championship tennis team from 1953. Lester Sack is the only returning veteran but will have help from Chris Carruth, Jack Bryan, Lytle McKee, Tom Fyfe, Charles Campassi and Louise Nelson.

* Mississippi State's Arthur Davis runs a second-half kickoff back 92 yards to highlight the Maroons 35-6 win over the Whites in the annual Maroon-White game at State College.

* Audrey Hepburn wins an Academy Award for her performance in Roman Holiday while William Holden earns the Oscar for Stalag 17. The year's best picture is From Here to Eternity.

* $30,000 "bonus baby" Joey Jay is set to start for the Milwaukee Braves despite being only 18 years old.

* The Cub Scout's Pack 8 puts on an all-male version of the Wizard of Oz. Bruce Webster stars as the Tin Man while Charles Youngblood is the Cowardly Lion, Hal Kantor plays a winged-monkey, and Jimmy Bolm is the wicked witch. Dorothy is played by George Cuave.

* CHS veteran righthander Jesse Bonner will start for the Wildcats in their road opener at Belzoni. Charles Medlin will complete the battery with Don Hite, Joel Williams, Lester Sack and Bobbie Ray Franklin forming a solid infield. Other top players are Jimmy Brocato, Floyd Shankerman and Bob Sisk. The team will travel to Belzoni on a Wasson Bus.

* Middleweight champion Bobo Olson retains his title with a unanimous 15-round decision over Kid Gavilan at Chicago.

* Get your brand new Buster Browns in time for the Easter Parade at Okuns Shoe Store at 215 Delta.

* Playing at The Paramount now is How to Marry a Millionaire starring Marilyn Monroe, Betty Grable, Lauren Bacall and William Powell.

* Order your groceries from your house by calling Peny Savr.

* Dr. T. M. Dye, 79, is killed in an early morning fire at his hunting camp reports Sheriff Brick Gotcher.

* Air rifles and B-B guns have been outlawed in the city limits after 56 street lights were shot out in the Oakhurst area.

* Dr. Ike Coe welcomes Dr. Winston Barnard into his practice at 402 Pecan, adjacent to the Clarksdale Hospital.

* Clarksdale High student Holcomb Hector bags a 22 lb. gobbler at Ward Lake.

* The CHS track team is led by mile and 880 runner John Jose and shot putter George Hirsberg. Hirsberg throws the iron ball 46-2-2/3 feet to claim first place honors at Cleveland.

* The Mississippi House of Representatives - on a vote of 30-14 - defeat the much-debated liquor bill. Pressured into changing his vote from yes to no at the last minute is local state representative Hudson Kyle.

* You can get a case of 24 Cokes at the Coca-Cola Bottling Co. for $1.02 - less than 5 cents a bottle.

* Martha Mims Maynard and Oney Shaw Johnson, Jr. are feted as they prepare for their upcoming spring marriage.

* The Mau-Maus have threatened to assassinate Queen Elizabeth II on her upcoming visit to Uganda.

* Fancy Pants starring Bob Hope and Lucille Ball is playing at the Skylark Drive In on Highway 61.

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