Salisbury History, July 31, 1973
- Judge Robert Dallas W. Dallas, the only man ever to serve as a District Court judge for Wicomico County, was renominated to another 10-year term by Gov. Marvin Mandel. But the news was dwarfed by a scary incident earlier that week — a huge hunk of plaster fell from the courthouse ceiling outside the judge’s office, and Dallas narrowly avoided injury. County Purchasing Agent Marvin Long told The Daily Times that the ceiling problems had been “a thorn in my side all summer” and another crew would be put to work repairing damage caused by leaking above.
- Bruce Lee was staring in the kung-fu movie “Fists of Fury” at the Delmar Drive In.
- Poor potato yields had a 100-pound bag of Accomack County-grown potatoes selling for $10, a record price in Wicomico County’s produce market.
- The public was urged to tune into WCPB-TV Channel 28 at 9 p.m. to see the Maryland Lottery’s live drawing for a record prize of $1 million.
- Under “Local Happenings,” Miss Susan Kirby was reportedly spending the summer with her parents, Mr. and Mrs. Frank Kirby, at their home in Oak Hill Townhouses.
- State Sen. Fred Malkus of Dorchester County was set to open his 1st District congressional headquarters at 308 East Main St. in Salisbury. Malkus, a Democrat, was hoping to defeat fellow state Sen. Robert E. Bauman, a Republican, in the special election slated Aug. 21. Mayor Dallas Truitt was scheduled to host the opening event.
- Local State House lawmakers Joe Long, Thomas Merryweather, Carlton “Yank” Dize, John Hargreaves and Calvin Compton came under fire for accepting a free trip to the Louisiana Gulf Coast, paid for by oil interests seeking state political support for offshore drill off Ocean City.