From the build, to the fires, to the future, a treasure of history was shared about the Rook Theater during last week’s video interview with Tobe and Oweita Calvert.
Sitting in the chilly theater, first to be interviewed was Oweita. She shared that growing up she lived in a house near what is today’s Bear Trax business and the Dobson building. “My grandmother had a big tree in her backyard, and during the summer the Rook was built, those branches served as a ring-side seat to watch the construction.” She and six of her classmates, still best friends to this day, climbed that big oak tree to watch the Rook come to life. They were Darlene Leary Rook, Genon Jackson Edwards, Delores Dooty Davidson, Jewrell Hunt Crall, Joy Corvett Briggs, Betty Scott Lamb, and Oweita Proctor Calvert. She added, “And we learned some pretty salty language that summer!”