Jan. 29, 1943, in The Star: The Silver Tone Quartet, a popular local group of black male singers, will perform Sunday afternoon at the USO at 12th and Gurnee when the Rev. Frank Ledford leads a celebration of the songs of Stephen C. Foster. The quartet, well known for their gospel harmony, is composed of James Lawson, janitor of the Wilmer Avenue School; Bob Hayes, janitor of the Quintard Avenue School; Charlie Mathis, janitor of Parker Memorial Baptist Church; and Sidney Coleman, insurance agent. Also singing will be the janitor of the USO building itself, Palmer Pratt, whose fine singing voice was discovered quite by accident by the organizers of the special musical event. Also this date: Starring James Cagney in the role of George M. Cohan, America’s master entertainer, the movie Yankee Doodle Dandy opens Sunday (two days from today) at the Calhoun and the Ritz theaters in Anniston and continues at the Calhoun only on Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday.
Jan. 29, 1993, in The Star: Wellborn Elementary School sponsored its first Science Olympiad Fun Day yesterday. Among the students participating were fourth-grader Janie Bentley, fourth-grader Chris Davis and first-grader Lori Hammet. Also this date: Tom Barker and Ron Hunter, both of Jacksonville State University, and a Birmingham man have completed the book, Police Systems and Practices: An Introduction, which is currently in press with Prentice Hall Publishers. Barker, who is the dean of the College of Criminal Justice, has also signed a contract with Anderson Publishers to co-author a third edition of the textbook, Police Deviance.