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February 28, 2014

Step Back in Time: Feb. 28, 2014

The Daily Star

---- — 25 years agoFeb. 28, 1989

A new satellite communications system will bring two programs for the area’s small businesses to the State University College at Oneonta this semester.

“Advertising That Sells” for small retail merchants will be offered in the Hunt College Union faculty dining room from 7:30 to 10 p.m. today. Another small business program on store layout and design will be presented in the faculty dining room at SUCO Hunt College Union from 7:30 to 10 p.m. Tuesday, April 18.

The sessions are possible through SUNYSAT, a statewide satellite telecommunications system, developed within the past year. The service is new to south central New York.

Alvin Hall, SUCO dean of continuing education, said the program is important because it brings state-of-the-art information to local businesses and other organizations for the low cost of $15. Most small business operators must be self-reliant for advertising because they can’t afford to hire another person or business to do the work, he said.


50 years agoFeb. 28, 1964

Two former Oneontans, combining the powerful forces of the bouncing English Beatles, American ingenuity and New York salesmanship, have talked themselves into a neat capitalization on the current “Beatlemania.”

They are twins Douglas and Donald Spence, natives of Oneonta, both married with two children, both employed by General Electric and both living in Daytona Beach, Fla.

According to a letter from Mrs. Donald (Meri-K Lockridge) Spence, recently received in Oneonta, the excitement started two weeks ago when the Beatles appeared on TV.

Donald, whose hobby is abstract art, applied his talents to depicting the shaggy four immediately after the program. He came up with what will soon be known officially as the Beatle trademark.

The picture looks like someone laid a paper flat, dumped four ink blots on it, then held it right side up so two dribbles would run from each blob. It really looks like part of a psychologist’s ink blot collection.

Among the suggested uses of the ink-blob drawing, are a stage backdrop for Beatle appearances, a record album cover, an autograph giveaway and a stationery seal.

Step Back in Time features news items from The Daily Star 25 and 50 years ago.