Lordy, Lordy, look who’s 40. Not me! Eastman. Think about it. Where were you 40 years ago? Were you going to school, working, raising children, close to retiring, or thinking of a second home sometime down the road?
It really doesn’t matter where we were 40years ago – Eastman is the place with the birthday, so let’s parte-e-e!
In this issue, you’ll find many historical articles that might open your eyes and mind about Eastman and how it used to be 40 years ago. Of course, we also have plenty of our customary columns and timely reports.
As you can imagine, much thought, planning and writing went into making this issue one you’ll find hard to put down.
I would like to tell you about some “neat and scary” ideas proposed for Eastman 40 years ago:
Would you believe?
- A campground above South Cove
- A 25-acre, 106-unit mobile home park
- A tent and trailer camping area with 76 sites
- An electric mini-transit system around the lake
- A lake ferry from beach to beach
- A community smoke house and sugar shack
- A skeet shooting range
- A general store
- Hardware, liquor and drugstores at West Cove
- An outdoor swimming pool
- Lighting at road intersections (that would be nice.)
- Post offices at West and South Coves
Those are just some “neat and scary” yet innovative ideas proposed early on for Eastman. If some had come to fruition, we would not have had to leave the community except to go to the doctor and the dentist.
The crown jewel of this issue, however, is the cover photo taken by Richard Sachs. Richard made six trips to the main entrance and shot over 350 frames before he arrived at what we all knew was “the” photo for the cover.
And while I’m at it, many thanks to Carol Moses for designing the 40th Anniversary logo that appears on the flags outside of the South Cove Activity Center, The Center and at the main entrance.
I am sure you will agree that the articles, the “old” photos and the cover truly make this 40th Anniversary issue a memorable keepsake.