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Looking back: In 1982, TV cable, exotic birds in news

The current cable television in Atmore in 1982 was Pinebelt Cable, but Essex of Greenwich, Conn. wanted to purchase the company and was waiting on the city council to vote on it.

There was a report that one of every 30 exotic birds brought into the country was rejected by the United States Department of Agriculture because of infection of exotic New Castle disease.

People are bad to buy things they have no business buying. At least that is what I think. So many animals are carried home and then just thrown away. It has made for some bad situations in some areas. For instance, pythons are not native to Florida, but they have been dumped there by people who thought it would be fun to have one as a pet and then found out differently. Now they are well established in some

areas and are known to be in residential areas.

It was reported that joblessness was at 14.7 percent and was second only to Michigan. This is nothing to be proud of.

Around town, the residents of Atmore were taking advantage of a few warm days to get some fun and stay outdoors.

I guess that means that it was like it is with us. We have a cold day and overnight it turns warm again. I never know how many layers to put on every morning.

A study by the University of Alabama found that age does not determine the faculties of the elderly. Although they do have some short time memory loss and sensory perception.

See, even the University of Alabama agrees with me. We old folks just have more to remember, but, for the most part, we are fine.

The city of Atmore was hoping for an even bigger crowd at Mayfest than they had last year with more than 3,000.

More than 100 local residents met at Atmore City Hall auditorium to learn about Neighborhood Watch programs.

There was an announcement that computers were probably here to stay.

What cost around $3,000 on 1982’s market, would have cost $500,000 dollars 20 years before.

Gov. Fob James was one of the announced speakers to honor Atmore native Marva Collins, a great educator.

There was a lifestyle story that claimed hats were going to make a big comeback after being out of style for a while. Some of the biggest and fanciest hats used feathers from birds that were endangered.

I have lived through the time of big hats and gloves and I am glad those days are no more. We are much more casual today than we were in the 1950s.