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April 25, 2014

Step Back in Time: April 25, 2014

25 years agoApril 25, 1989

STAMFORD — Dr. Frank Cyr, the father of the standardized school bus, will be honored tomorrow at Columbia University with a scholarship named in his honor.

Cyr, 88, a Stamford resident since retiring as a professor at Columbia’s Teaching College in 1965, made a career of innovation in rural education. In 1939, he organized the effort to standardize the public school bus, including the choice of the distinctive yellow color.

On Wednesday, the 50th anniversary of a nationwide conference to standardize the bus, Cyr will be honored for that effort.

“The Rockefeller Foundation called me one day and wanted to know if I would accept a grant to study rural education,” said Cyr. “It was a two year study, and as we went from state to state, one thing we realized that we had never thought about was a standard for the school bus.”


50 years agoApril 25, 1964

COBLESKILL — Four Cobleskill Central school students will form a team to appear on TV Channel 6, Schenectady, Monday, April 27 at 7 p.m.

The program is called The Little Red School House, on which two teams from different schools compete by answering questions.

The four captained by Christine Sternberg, will include three other seniors Joseph Dunbar, Gregory Farrington and Charles Tremper.

Alternate will be Michael Morschauser. All are members of the National Honor Society and are recipients of Regents scholarships.

Accompanying the group will be Miss Elisabeth Brown as faculty advisor.

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