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October 18, 2013

Step Back in Time: Oct. 18, 2013

Step Back Text ColorSwatch/NoneStrokeStyle/$ID/SolidText ColorSwatch/NoneStrokeStyle/$ID/Solid$ID/NothingText ColorText Color$ID/NothingText ColorText Colorin Time features news items from The Daily Star 25 and 50 years ago.

25 years ago

Oct. 18, 1988

COOPERSTOWN — A baseball encased in a plastic cube, bearing the logo of the National Baseball Hall of Fame, will be part of the next space shuttle flight scheduled for late November.

It will be the second time a bit of Cooperstown has been flown into outer space this year.

When the shuttle named Discovery blasted off in September, it carried a sample of a blood protein called albumin taken from Dr. Theodore Peters Jr. of Basset Hospital.

The next flight, the shuttle Atlantis, will carry the baseball. On Monday the Cooperstown village office received notice the Cooperstown baseball had been safely delivered to Robert “Hoot” Gibson, the shuttle commander for the upcoming mission.

Gibson, born in Cooperstown, called the village office last month and asked whether he could bring a memento of Cooperstown along on the space flight.

Village Clerk Douglas Walrath, who took Gibson’s first call, said the request so startled him “I about fell off the chair.”

But it was the deputy village clerk, Martha Brown, who handled the follow up telephone calls with Gibson and the correspondence with NASA.

“The baseball seemed to be the right size and seemed to be symbolically correct,” she said Monday.

Village officials are hoping all five astronauts scheduled for the flight of Atlantis will sign the baseball so it can be displayed by the village and later given to the Hall of Fame for safekeeping.

 

50 years ago

Oct. 18, 1963

The severe autumn drought continued to tighten its grip on the tri-county area yesterday.

Though several officials are fearful of the consequences, should the drought continue, there were no reports of communities in danger yesterday.

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