55 years ago, in the first week of June, 1960, while the Winston-Salem Teachers College track team was off in Sioux City winning their second consecutive national championship, the sports scene back in Winston-Salem was hopping, Three local golf tournaments and a tennis tournament were gearing up, and there was bowling, baseball, softball, horseshoes and all kinds of racing happening all over town.

Here are a few things that jumped off the page at me, filled with familiar names, and a world championship won by a local country boy who happened to be my first cousin. Click on most pix for full size.

The Tavern on the Green off North Cherry Street was supposedly the busiest bar in North Carolina. It was certainly one of the best. In cold weather, you could gather around the fireplace. In better weather you could sit at picnic tables on the patio. Or you could grab a beer and hit the par three golf course, which was lit for night play. All you needed was a nine iron and a putter. I knew a guy who had one of those all-in-one clubs who could play a full course with just one club.

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Forsyth County Public Library Photography Collection

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R.J. Reynolds’ grandson Zach was about to get back into motorcycle action after recovering from one of his numerous injuries. He was also an air racing champion and had one of the largest motorcycle collections in the world. Zach’s daughter Kathryn is a world class photographer and model. She was just a year old when Zach died. To see her extraordinary series of photos in which she is an avatar for her father, go here and click on the “Fine Arts” tab: http://www.kathrynreynolds.com/

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More about this race event later

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Zach Reynolds, road and air warrior

Cowles Liipfert had just won the highest track and field award at UNC. He would later become a partner in the law firm Craige, Brawley, Liipfert & Ross. When he did the legal work for our mid-19th century farmhouse, he traced the deeds all the way back to the 1760s just for fun.

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NASCAR was revving up for a big show at Bowman Gray Stadium, featuring all the old home boys. The race was rained out after the preliminary heats.

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Curtis Turner with some of his fans

Most folks have probably forgotten the weekly summer drag racing series at the fairgrounds…1/8 of a mile dirt track, but lots of fun in the days before Farmington.

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I couldn’t resist including the weekly women’s golf tournament at Old Town Club. So while Wylie Fleenor was working on the new par three golf course, his wife was taking care of business on the big course.

Uncle Willie Walker’s farm was just on the edge of downtown Farmington on the Huntsville Road. He was a championship winning bird dog trainer, then handed over to his son Paul, who in 1960, pulled off a feat never matched before or since in field trial history. It is a great story about a dog, Home Again Mike, who everybody had given up on until he met Paul Walker…it was love at first sight…

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Paul with Haberdasher, Home Again Mike’s daddy

If all of that vigorous activity was too much for you, you could drop into the Town Steakhouse at Thruway Shopping Center for a steak dinner, just $2.75. Deanna Silverdis, who lived on Academy Street in Ardmore, was the hostess with mostest.

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