25 Years (Jan. 9, 1992)
Surprising news hit as U.S. Rep. Lindsay Thomas, D-Ga., announced he wouldn’t seek reelection and instead take a job with the Atlanta Committee for the Olympic Games as what was first reported as the senior vice president of external relations. At the time, Thomas was Georgia’s only member on the House Appropriations Committee.
Thomas said, in declaring his intentions, “I have decided that after 10 years it will be time for a change. I have reached this conclusion after a long period of personal reflection with my immediate family.”
Four days earlier, Thomas had been in Brunswick at the annual Grits & Issues event where he — as reported by The News, looking tired — announced a $27 million Navy contract for local marine manufacturing company Jered Brown Bros.
“I imagine that many of my friends and political supporters will think this is a very off time for me to conclude my career in Congress and in politics,” Thomas said. “Some will note that I won my last election by 71 percent, that I was one of the few members of the Congress to increase his victory margin from the previous election and that I have no announced opponent.
“But the truth is that there is probably never a completely good or bad time to leave public office. My decision is that I want to leave at a time when my flag is flying high and my enthusiasm for a new challenge is unqualified.”
50 Years (Jan. 9 & 11, 1967)
The area geared up to play host to the United States Jaycees, who were set to gather Jan. 13 and 14 on Jekyll Island to honor their 10 Outstanding Young Men of the year. Among those named were consumer rights advocate Ralph Nader and Morris Dees, known then for taking his family business to new heights rather than the civil rights legacy he later developed.
According to the report in The News on the men, “The name Ralph Nader is synonymous with automobile safety and particularly recent legislation aimed at making our highways safer. Nader’s personal belief in the need for safety controls sustained him through hours of painstaking research, lectures, congressional testimony and personal investigations.”
On Dees, the The News stated he, “through acute business skills, combined ideas formulated in college into one of the most rapidly successful corporations in the country.”
Meanwhile, the local General Assembly delegation reflected on the vote that propelled Lester Maddox into the governor’s mansion after a lengthy, disputed election. Rep. Richard Scarlett and Sen. Ronald Adams voted for Maddox, while Rep. Reid Harris cast his vote for Republican nominee Howard Callaway, who actually received more than 3,000 votes more than Maddox on Election Day, though he didn’t cross the necessary 50 percent threshold.
Adams said he supported Harris’ resolution to return the election to the voters of the state, but the resolution was ruled out of order.
“When that was voted down, and we had to make a choice between Mr. Callaway and Mr. Maddox, I voted for Mr. Maddox,” Adams said.
75 Years (Jan. 8-9, 12 & 14, 1942)
As the Golden Isles continued to get under a war footing, The News’ editorial page offered its bits of wisdom.
• “There is no such thing as an idle rumor. All rumors circulate.”
• “A news filler says that fish have no means of communication — which may explain why they so frequently ignore the lines which fishermen drop them.”
• “Turkey announces, despite our lend-lease aid, that she will remain neutral and friendly with everybody. In race track parlance, the Turks are playing ‘em across the board.”
• “Everybody and everything will contribute to the national kitty — at so much purr.”
• “A statesman is one who, in time of emergency, can bury the hatchet. A politician is one who also buries it — in his opponent’s head.”
• “The Russians are using German pincer tactics against Nazi forces at Vyazma. Adolf ought to sue ‘em for plagiarism!”
• “Why is it they build homes with every known convenience except low rents?”
• “Whale meat, it is announced, is being used in German sausages. Nobody, however, has ever identified all the ingredients in American hash.”
100 Years (Jan. 9, 1917)
The front page trumpeted bacon on the way to being brought home from Capitol Hill — $510,000 promised for the Port of Brunswick with $175,000 available soon, thanks to a bill headed to the floor of the U.S. House of Representatives. Rep. John Walker, D-Ga., in a wire to the local board of trade, said Brunswick was one of the few Southern ports included in the bill.
According to The News’ report, “As soon as congress convened, Secretary Smith of the Board of Trade sent to Congressman Walker copies of a brief he had prepared and submitted, about November first, to the commission on navy yards and naval stations, which, while primarily an argument for the establishment of a naval station on the government’s Blythe Island reservation, contained a very strong argument in favor of deepening Brunswick’s harbor to permit its use by the deepest draft merchant vessels, as well as the largest in the navy, the possibilities for economical deepening low maintenance cost being stressed to show the great advantages Brunswick possesses over other South Atlantic ports for both commercial and naval purposes.”