Step Back in Time features news items from The Daily Star 25 and 50 years ago.
25 years ago
Jan. 26, 1988
Willie Lyle Pankowski of Otego eagerly opened her Jan. 18 Daily Star to the horoscope section only to find that her sign’s advice for the day was missing.
“Will you please put in a ‘Leftout’ notice what the Gemini horoscope … was for that date?” she asked of the paper’s editor. “Your notice will be appreciated not only by me, but all other Geminis.”
Missing her horoscope didn’t upset her that much, Ms. Pankowski said. But she was wondering what it said. Unfortunately, the editors weren’t able to obtain the information.
Denny Degear, a Norwich Gemini, said he reads his horoscope nearly every day.
“If it’s not in the paper I miss it,” he said. “A lot of times what they said had something to do with what happened that day.”
Although he reads his horoscope faithfully, he doesn’t always follow its advice. For example, on Sunday the advice was not to spend more than he could afford, but Degear bought a new truck.
Ms. Pankowski admitted that the advice is very general. However, she said the idea is to pick out specifics and follow those.
Ms. Pankowski said she can usually figure out what a person’s sign is after knowing them for three to six months by their reaction to things, the way they dress, and their approach to people. She also uses her knowledge of astrology to judge people in her job at the Social Services Department.
50 years ago
Jan. 26, 1963
Oneonta Company “C” of the National Guard will hold open house from 7:30 to 10 p.m. Monday in the Academy Street Armory.
During the past year, several renovations have been made in the Armory. These include a new drill and basketball floor, a new lighting system throughout the building, and a permanent fallout shelter in the rifle range area of the building.
Captain Edmund F. Shultis, commanding officer of the Oneonta unit, said visitors will also be shown a regular Company “C” drill and training demonstration by mortar and machine gun squads.
In addition, the company will display military equipment including a personnel carrier, weapons, a field kitchen and a portion of an antique weapons collection. Capt. Shultis hopes the weather will be good enough so guests can ride in the personnel carrier.
An informal refreshment hour will follow.
In a Star staff photo, 1st Lt. William L. Martin of Company “C” National Guard stood among concrete blocks in the bomb shelter, recently built in the Oneonta State Armory. The blocks will be used to seal off the door to the shelter in case of an air raid alert.