Step Back in Time features news items from The Daily Star 25 and 50 years ago.
25 years ago
April 29, 1988
COOPERSTOWN — A Cooperstown skunk with a taste for mayonnaise had a jarring experience, until Jim Jordan rescued it from its glass prison.
“People kept coming in the gym throughout the morning saying there was a skunk outside with a jar on its head,” said Jordan, an instructor at the Clark Gym on Susquehanna Avenue. “Finally, we went outside and found it.”
Jordan said the skunk — “a really big one” — had apparently been dining on the contents of a pint-size mayonnaise jar and had unwittingly wedged its head into the mouth.
“We found it down in the woods. It was trying to rub the jar off on a log,” he said. “I didn’t want it to die or suffer. It was definitely something different to do.”
He pinned the business end of the critter down, and then tried to twist the jar off. Finding that the skunk’s neck wasn’t threaded, he then went for a small stone.
“I tapped on the seam of the jar, and it popped,” said Jordan.
There were no thank yous from the skunk, no card, no spray of flowers — or anything else.
“The skunk just looked up kind of surprised.”
50 years ago
April 29, 1963
The jangle of a telephone in Joe and Mary’s Restaurant Sunday afternoon ended a long period of tense waiting for an Oneonta bowler and his enthusiastic tenpin buddies.
The long-distance telephone call was from Buffalo and it was an American Bowling Congress official to tell Fred Delello his 744 series of April 6 had withstood the onslaught of several hundred bowlers in the days since and that he was officially the 1963 ABC regular division singles champion.
As a matter of fact, not a bowler in any singles division topped Fred’s big series in the entire meet during which some 27,000 bowlers had a go at it, pros included.
Official recognition of Delello’s scores means that the Oneonta telephone lineman wins $500 and a trip to Mexico City next November to compete in a 25-nation meet as a member of the American team.
“Boy, I’m glad that’s over,” was Fred’s comment last night as he and his kegling pals whopped it up at Joe and Mary’s. “I thought the doggone tournament would never end.”