the advertisements, "See seven states from atop lookout Mountain" and "See Rock City".
Anyway to get to the falls you take an elevator Way, way down to a cave. Then there is a long walk back to the falls. The walk is beautiful with stalagmites and stalactites along the way. The way back then was then lighted by a stringer of wire with bare 100 watt bulbs just above your heads and tucked into the walls for affect. . AT the falls they turn out the lights and you are in total darkness then there was a colored light show on the water fall. On the way out of the cave I noticed Billy and Doug hanging back…. And back. Dale and I were at the end of the entourage. I looked back to see The cave completely black behind us. Doug and Billy were unscrewing all the lights as they past. I nudged Dale and we started making our way to the front of the crowd. I wanted no association with the culprits. After we were clear we did get a good laugh out of it. (Doug became a well know preacher in Connecticut, but I never let him forget his mischief. Sorry boys if I have burst your bubble about your grandpa Doug, Doug is the grandpa for OUR twins on the mama’s side.)
Going down Lookout Mountain, Dale’s brakes failed on the Desoto. WE gained speed and Doug and Billy asked forgiveness for the mischief but it did not slow the car down. Fortunately there was a car in front and Dale hit him in the rear. The man knew exactly what was happening and slowly stopped both cars. Back then bumpers were BUMPERS ALL METAL there was no damage to ether car, the man was just glad he was there because we were honestly headed to a high cliff and could not have made the turn.
After the excitement we settled down on the trip back to NC. On the way it was suggested that I ask Sherry out on a date. Are you crazy she won’t date me. Dale or Doug said they would ask for me.
They did, Sherry being the girl I have grown to love says , right smartly, “If jack Darnell wants to go out with me let Jack Darnell ask me!”
They assured me all I had to do was ask, she was crazy about me. Just waiting for me to ask. (I KNEW THAT). HAHAHAHA!
Well I finally got the courage, and ask her to go to Tony’s Ice Cream Place after church. She accepted and she kissed on the first date, sorry kids but it is true about your mama and grandma!!!~!!
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Back in mid 1950, you could hear these dire predictions in Belmont, NC:
It won't be long before $2,000.00 will only buy a used one.