In 1957, many important events occured. Possibly the
most important was, the launching of Sputnik 1, the first
satellite sent into space, on October 4, 1957 by the country of
Russia. This event left many American’s shocked and surprised,
that it was possible to send something into space successfully.
Four months after the launch of Sputnik 1, America launches
Explorer 1 the first U.S. satellite, this sparked the beginning of
the space race. President Dwight D. Eisenhower sends federal
troops to Little Rock, Ak, to ensure the integration of Central
High School. He also signs the Eisenhower Doctrine,
promising that the United States would resist all Communist
aggression in the Middle East.
This year is also the year the frisbee and the hula hoop
are introduced. The Boeing 707 passenger jet makes its
innaugural flight this year as well. In Disneyland, the “House of
Tomorrow” opened its doors to the public.
In the music industry Rock ; Roll as well as Doo Wop,
made their statements to the world. Elvis became the king of
Rock ; Roll after releasing two hit singles Jailhouse Rock and
All Shook Up. Buddy Holly and the Crickets released their
single That’ll Be The Day. Other career musicians who made
their mark during this year include: Johnny Mathis, Paul Anka,
The Everly Brothers, and Sam Cooke. American Bandstand
goes coast to coast on August 5, 1957, after being a local
Philadelphia show since 1952.
In ’57 Elvis made another big impression on the country
besides with his music, this was the year his first movie opened
it was called Love Me Tender. The same year a twenty-two year
old unknown Michael Landon has the starring role in the B-
movie I Was A Teenage Werewolf.
As all this stuff was going on in the world, Coach Don
Wilson of Bolivar, Tn was getting ready for a new season of
good old highschool football. The ’57 football team was headed
by captain Tommy Baker. The Tiger team consisted of thirty-
three finely tuned atheletic machines, ready for a new season of
bone crunching action. The team was credited for the great
Charles “Bunny” Orr also known as “the pile driver”. Orr was
the states second highest scoring player that year. He managed
to score 108 points for the Tigers, just seven points shy of Larry
Banks of Brownsville who was the top scoring champ.