This week in history we look back 10, 25 and 50 years to see what was happening in eastern Wake County. Headlines were dominated by all sorts of crazy and unusual events.
In 2005, Bob Dylan had fans screaming at Five County Stadium, along with Rock ‘n’ Roll Hall-of-Famer Willie Nelson. Twenty-five years ago, siblings partnered with each other on sports teams to create deadly combos. And 50 years ago, a group of Girl Scouts took a day hike.
Ten years ago, Bob Dylan and Willie Nelson rocked out at Five County Stadium, drawing thousands of Triangle fans for a thrilling show.
With her faded blue jeans, a tank-top covered in colorful flowers, and dance moves that looked as if she were swimming in mid-air, a barefooted Shannon Philman could’ve easily passed for a hippie grooving to eclectic sounds at Woodstock.
But this wasn’t three days of peace, love and protest in Bethel, N.Y., in 1969. This was June 12, 2005. And the location was Five County Stadium in Zebulon, North Carolina.
“I’m just a left-wing, liberal hippie,” the 20-year-old Raleigh native said, sporting an effortless smile after witnessing a commanding 13-song set from Bob Dylan, one of her idols. Clutching her mother’s arms, the Wake Forest University rising junior screamed at the top of her lungs, hoping the musician she studied in Paideia class in high school would return for another timeless ballad.
The stage lights darkened, however, and the stadium lights were switched to full blast. Philman would have to wait along with an estimated 7,000 more fans of the freewheeling lyricist of songs that transcended into anthems. Dylan, 64, and fellow Rock ‘n’ Roll Hall of Famer Willie Nelson, 72, were off to another stop on their U.S. tour of minor-league ballparks.
...Nelson, donning his trademark Stetson, ended his set by tossing a sweat-drenched bandana into a crowd saluting him with 16-ounce canned beers and plumes of purple smoke.
Dylan, who never picked up a guitar the entire set, garnered the most obvious applause with the tunes “The Times, They Are A’Changin,’ “ “Highway 61 Revisited,” “Stuck Inside of Mobile with the Memphis Blues Again” and “All Along the Watchtower.”
The Zebulon Record wrote a piece 25 years ago calling “blood ties at East Wake” a cause for “lethal combinations for the Warrior athletic teams” as siblings worked hard together or cheered each other on athletically.
To succeed in athletics, separate entities must be able to bond together as a team and form lethal combinations.
At East Wake High School, there are those individuals not fused by the normal means.
... For a distinct few, the adhesive is a closer thing... a family thing.
...Christi and Deanne Johnson both played the backlines as tennis singles. But, as Coach Bob Langevin attests, each was willing to double their efforts for each other.
“Deanne was always willing to give Christi help,” Lengevin noted. The senior, Deanne, owned the No. 2 singles slot, while sophomore Christi worked the No. 5 position.
...The same can be said for Jennifer and Erick Schult. Jennifer said, “Yeah, I like to cheer for Erick.” The freshman Erick pitched for the junior varsity baseball team.
Senior Jennifer booted across the soccer field and swatted tennis balls.
Fifty years ago, it must have been a slow news day, because a significant portion of the front page was dedicated to a Girl Scout hike, describing the afternoon in charming 1960’s detail.
If you happened to be around the Piggly Wiggly Saturday afternoon, May 22, you saw 43 tired but happy Girl Scouts and their leaders.
The tired and happy Scouts and leaders had just returned from a wonderful day of fun and learning. Leaving at 9:30 a.m. with canteens, knapsacks, etc., the girls hiked out to the Alex Kemp homestead.
After arriving in the tree-shaded yard, the first stop was to the wellhouse. Many of the girls found this an exciting experience because they had never seen a well and had never drawn water from one, as well experiencing the cool, clean, clear, and refreshing taste of real well water.
...Then came a walk down a nature trail. Dr. (J.F.) Coltrane conducted this tour. Along the trail the group saw a lizard and a black snake, causing the girls to squeal with fright and delight.