Wake Forest 27587 Magazine

Winter 2018

The quarterly 27587 MAGAZINE is a must-read, in-you-hands publication that strives to give a deeper identity to rapidly growing Wake Forest, N.C. It highlights in-depth stories, targeting higher-income households.

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Wake Forest 27587 Magazine | Winter 2018 9 STATE ARCHIVES OF NORTH CAROLINA STATE ARCHIVES OF NORTH CAROLINA UNITED ARTISTS THE STATE THEATER, Raleigh — A poster at the circa 1924 movie house touts 1940's "Tugboat Annie Sails Again," whose stars included a young Ronald Reagan and Jane Wyman, who married that year and divorced in 1949. He is said to have called her "Little Miss Button Nose," and she dubbed him "America's number one goody two shoes." Reagan, of course, would become president, and Wyman, by extension, would make history as the first wife of the first president to be divorced. Later, in 1960, the feature was Academy Award-winner "Elmer Gantry," starring Burt Lancaster. STATE ARCHIVES OF NORTH CAROLINA THE WAKE THEATER, Raleigh — The 1940 flick "The Westerner," directed by William Wyler, had a stellar cast, topped off by Gary Cooper but also including Walter Brennan, who would win the third of his three supporting actor Oscars for his performance as Judge Roy Bean, and Dana Andrews, who come 1946 would co-star in the classic "The Best Years of Our Lives," also directed by Wyler. the movie and that's what you did. … He was very, very nice, but there were rules and there were consequences." Hers is but one flashback that generations of Americans collectively share growing up, among them baby boomers who'll never forget seeing "The Sound of Music" on the silver screen or sneaking into a movie house for want of the price of admission. Nathan Forrest remembers just such a youthful encounter. Sure, he recalls seeing Julie Andrews' singing the Rodgers & Hammerstein tune "Climb Ev'ry Mountain" at The Ambassador in Raleigh, and there were matinees at The Forest in downtown Wake Forest. But there were also treks to the Forest Drive-In, with spots for up to 500 cars at what is today's Capital Boulevard and New Hope Church Road. "We could sneak a lot of people in the trunk," he said. "One person would go in and pay, and the rest would be crammed in the trunk." Over in Granville County's Creedmoor, Darryl Moss, the city's long-serving mayor, said his mother recalls his dad taking her on a date at the 550-seat Granville movie house to see 1954's "Dragnet," a crime drama starring Jack Webb as a homicide detective in a role he would reprise in a 1960s television series of the same name. "I didn't remember," he said of the era Continued on Next Page ❱❱

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