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October 22, 2012

Step Back in Time: Oct. 22, 2012

25 years ago

Oct. 22, 1987

The Oneonta school board overcame earlier hesitation and approved $8,000 Wednesday night for a Center Street Elementary School playground, which is being improved by the students’ parents.

“It’s good to see some money is going toward children,” said Steven Johnson, president of the school’s Parent-Teacher Organization and planner of the playground project. “Eight thousand dollars should more than address the needs.”

An audience of more than 50, including about 25 parents, attended Wednesday’s school board meeting at Center Street School. The audience applauded the board’s action, and board members returned the applause in appreciation of the PTO’s work.

“It’s really an impressive structure out there,” said board President Suzanne Hollist. “I was just amazed.”

Several parents said after the meeting they were pleased with the school board’s action.

“Play is not a trivial concern,” said Craig Beilert, who has three children enrolled at Center Street. 


50 years ago

Oct. 22, 1962

FRANKLIN — “Like a cigarette should!” 

Is it right or is it wrong to use bad English in an advertisement? Members of the eighth grade discussed this and Kathy Sickler decided to do something about it.

Kathy wrote to R.J. Reynolds Co. of North Carolina for her grade and expressed the opinion that this was a gross error in grammar and a bad example for students in America who heard it constantly on TV and radio.

Kathy received a reply from L.B. Rascoe, of the Advertising Department. In this letter, he said:

“We have had others complain about our use of the word ‘like’ in place of ‘as’ — we have agreed this expression would not stand up under strict grammatical scrutiny _ but to get their point across, copywriters often use colloquial expressions in sort of poetic license.”

Kathy read the reply to the grade but how “like” was more poetical than “as” wasn’t clear. Enclosed to explain new usages of everyday English was a pamphlet, some of the contents of which could made sense.

The eighth grade was interested in this correspondence but quite evidently the tobacco company will remain unmoved in its grammatical misusage.

Kathy is the daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Edward Sickler.

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