25 years ago
Oct. 8, 1987
Political activist Abbie Hoffman will speak on “Student Activism: 1960s to 1980s” in the Hunt College Ballroom at the State University College at Oneonta at 8 p.m., Thursday, Oct. 22.
Hoffman worked in the civil rights movement organizing voter registration drives in the South during the early 1960s. He protested against the Vietnam War starting in 1964, and his demonstration outside the Democratic National Convention in 1968 brought him national attention.
As a defendant in the Chicago Seven conspiracy trial, Hoffman shocked the nation by his guerilla theater tactics in the courtroom. In 1973, he went underground but still managed to stay politically active.
Hoffman now works with several environmental groups throughout the Great Lakes and the Northeast, and he recently returned from a trip to Nicaragua.
The SUCO College Union Activities Council is sponsoring Hoffman’s lecture.
50 years ago
Oct. 8, 1962
GILBERTSVILLE — Butternut Valley Grange will meet Monday at which time Waldo Cookingham, Oneonta, will be discussion leader on the topic “Is there a need for a mental health clinic in Otsego County.”
Mr. Cookingham is chairman of the Mental Health Division of Otsego County.
Members and friends are asked to come in Halloween costume.
Installation of Grange Officers will be Oct. 22 at which time three Granges will be installed by New York State Grange Master Russell Curtis and staff of Cazenovia.