MID-SOUTH MEMORIES: DEC. 4
25 years ago — 1992
Dr. Louis W. Sullivan, U.S. Secretary of Health and Human Services, is among six finalists for the chancellorship of the University of Tennessee, Memphis, the school said Thursday. Also a finalist is William R. Rice, 53, who has served as acting chancellor since Dr. James Hunt stepped down from the position Sept. 1 to return to the College of Medicine faculty. Hunt’s annual salary was $140,000. Sullivan, 59, a Bush appointee who will lose his $148,000-a-year job as the nation’s top health official in January, was a late addition to the list of applicants for the chancellor position.
50 years ago — 1967
CAPE TOWN, SOUTH AFRICA — A South African hospital claimed Sunday the world’s first successful human heart transplant. Surgeons removed the heart of a young woman, who died after an automobile crash and placed it in the chest of a 55-year-old man dying because his own heart was damaged, the announcement said. When the transplanted heart was in place, it was started beating by an electric shock. Dr. Jan H. Louw, the hospital’s chief surgeon, said, “It was like turning the ignition switch of a car.” Groote Schuur Hospital said the man was in satisfactory condition late Sunday but the next few days would be a critical period.
75 years ago — 1942
Many parties will honor Capt. and Mrs. Price Curd, home on leave from the Army Air Base in Salt Lake City, Utah. Giving parties for them will be Mr. and Mrs. J.W. Wrape, Mr and Mrs. James C. Rainer and Mrs. William L. Taylor.
100 years ago — 1917
Miss Mary Abbey Leatherman entertained at the Lyceum last night in honor of Miss Adele Orgill and her guest Miss Isabel Orme of New Orleans. Among the guests were Misses Margaret Boyle, Whitney Vinton, Elizabeth Armstrong and Anne Carter, and Messrs. Fontaine Meacham, James Phelan, Jack Falls and Capt. Milt Knowlton.
125 years ago — 1892
The apparatus for combining pictures of successive phases of action to provide a moving figure has been greatly improved by a French optician, M. Reynaud. He has devised a so-called optical theater in which he can produce even a whole scene lasting up to 15 minutes.
BOB WILLIAMS/THE COMMERCIAL APPEAL In Decemaber 1951, Jackie Greer (Left), son of Mr. and Mrs. L.D. Greer of Hickory Flat, MS and Geneva Jamieson (Second Left), daughter of Mr. and Mrs. T.F. Jamieson of Myrtle,were named Mr and Miss Macedonia (MS) High School. Selected as King and Queen of Macedonia Junior High were Robert Crain (Second ), son of Mr. and Mrs. J.C. Crain of New Albany and Carolyn Phillips (Right), daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Shirley Phillips. Honors in the elementary school went to Booker Farr, son of Mr. and Mrs. Boyd Farr and Camille Busby, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. J.W. Busby.