Step Back in Time features news items from The Daily Star 25 and 50 years ago.
25 years ago
Sept. 28, 1988
Catskill Airways will be changing its weekday flight schedule to send more planes to Newark Airport and fewer to New York’s LaGuardia starting Nov. 1.
Currently, the airline has three round-trip flights daily between Oneonta and LaGuardia Airport and a single one-way flight from Newark Airport to Oneonta in the evening.
Starting Nov. 1, the airline will schedule two round-trip flights into Newark and one round-trip flight into LaGuardia during the weekdays, according to Will Lunn, executive vice-president of Catskill Airways.
Lunn said the airline decided to get more flights into Newark to make it easy for businessmen.
“Our weekday travel is mainly business and businessmen have told us it is more convenient to go downtown and get connecting flights from Newark,” he said.
“People don’t realize it but Oneonta is the smallest city in the world with non-stop flights to New York City,” Lunn said.
The airline currently flies into LaGuardia on the weekend and that will not be altered.
50 years ago
Sept. 28, 1963
The car didn’t look strange at all unless you’re the type to check license plates.
But this auto, parked on Oneonta’s Main Street, had strange plates. No state was engraved on the plates. Not even a country. Not even a year.
It was only natural that Patrolman Carl Delberta became suspicious. A downtown lawyer asked the policeman, “Carl, where’s that car from?”
“I don’t know,” he replied, “but I’m going to check as soon as the driver comes back.”
The driver did.
It was driven by former Ambassador to Portugal, C. Burke Elbrick, who is living in Gilbertsville between assignments. He spoke to the Oneonta Rotary Thursday.
The diplomat showed the policeman his credentials.
And Carl smiled.
“I’m pleased to meet you. Me? I’m the ambassador from Oneonta.”
Carl wasn’t being sarcastic. He uses this line on others than ambassadors.
Where else could this happen but in America?