25 Years (Nov. 27, 1991)
Local cast members and Hollywood star Jon Voight had a kind of family reunion for the film “Conrack,” filmed locally, released in 1974 and based on Pat Conroy’s autobiographical book “The Water is Wide.” The film depicts Conroy teaching Gullah children on the South Carolina coast.
The reunion took place on the day before Thanksgiving at the Shiloh Baptist Church, where according to the story in The News, Voight and Eunice Willcox — who worked on the film in wardrobe and makeup — greeted each other with a warm embrace.
She said during filming Voight and the local children who were in the film would show up at her Union Street home for a cookout and socialize.
“Jon and the kids would sit out there and talk, talk, talk,” Willcox said. “When I saw him, that was the first thing that came to mind — ribs and potato pie. That’s what he liked.”
Voight said his favorite part of the filming was the conversations he had with student actors who appeared in the film.
“We talked about everything — the movie, acting, what do you want to do when you’re grown, why something is a certain way,” Voight said. “These conversations would last all day sometimes.”
Later that week in 1991, The News was filled with ads for holiday shopping deals, including what at the time were top-of-the-line electronics. An ad for McDuff Electronics lists a Magnavox camcorder for $597.87 and a 13-inch TV/VCR for $497.87.
50 Years (Nov. 30, 1966)
The big news at the end of November 1966 was the opening of the Georgia Power building on Gloucester Street. In an unbylined piece, The News reported that Georgia Power Brunswick District Manager Guy Brown said the new facility would replace the company’s old offices in the 1500 block of Newcastle Street.
The new building was billed as “all-electric” and Georgia Power invited the public to its grand opening, where there would be door prizes for adults, including, for first prize, “a deluxe 13-cubic-foot refrigerator; second prize, a 10-cubic-foot freezer; third prize, an electric clothes dryer and fourth prize, a vacuum cleaner.” Also given out as prizes were hair dryers, toasters and percolators.
The main floor of the building was first intended to house, “the district manager’s office, a merchandizing sales area, a storage area … an all-electric demonstration kitchen and an assembly room. The assembly room had a seating capacity of 50 people and is available to the public for civic meetings during evening hours.
100 Years (Dec. 3, 1916)
The intermingling of booze and the holidays has a long history, and a century ago The News apprised its readers as to the import of liquor into the county during the previous month.
According to the report, “Records at the office of Ordinary Edwin W. Dart show that exactly 1,045 packages of whiskey were received in Brunswick during the month of November and most of these came from Jacksonville.”
The News noted whiskey imported into the city were of the legal-limited 2 quarts or fewer per bottle.
The report continues, “This month promises to be the largest for the year as many people imbibe only during the Christmas season, starting two weeks before December 25 and sometimes continuing for that length of time after the holidays.”