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Pat Shingleton: "The Drive-In and More Heat..."

4 years 5 months 1 week ago Saturday, June 22 2019 Jun 22, 2019 June 22, 2019 9:00 AM June 22, 2019 in Pat Shingleton Column
By: Pat Shingleton

The first drive-in theater in McComb, MS, was developed by T.G.”Teddy” Solomon. June 23rd marks the anniversary of the first outdoor theater.  Drive-in theaters still in existence have a transmitting device that secures a radio frequency to advance the movie audio into the vehicle. Since the first outdoor theatre in 1937, a speaker was attached to a post that hung on the window.  We arrived in light rain when a severe thunderstorm erupted. We watched and listened with wipers swishing and static audio. Suddenly, Tarzan swung through and off the screen!  The movie was over; the storm toppled the screen!  My father peeled out of the lot and the next morning, my brother Denis, discovered an audio speaker attached to the rear window of the station wagon. Another Heat Advisory is expected today...Heat Waves are also called Hot Waves and Warm Waves and are defined as a period of abnormally and uncomfortably hot and humid weather.  In order for an “official” heat wave to occur, the period conventionally lasts from several days to several weeks.  The definition was modified years ago to be rigidly defined as a “spell of three or more days when the minimum shade temperature reaches or exceeds 90 degrees.”  In 1901, the Midwest recorded 9,508 heat-related deaths and with the implementation of air conditioning, there were 1,250 deaths during another Midwest heat wave in 1980. In 1988, drought and an accompanying heat wave resulted in 10,000 fatalities.

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