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July 11, 2013

Step Back in Time: July 11, 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

July 11, 1988

COOPERSTOWN  — The scene could have come from a movie when Robert Roy Patterson, a paraplegic, finished swimming the eight-mile length of Otsego Lake Saturday afternoon.

“We (he and his wife, Wanda,) were hugging and kissing each other while I was bawling. it was like a tear-jerking movie,” Patterson said.

Patterson became paralyzed two years ago when he fell 25 feet from a scaffold during a construction job. The fall severed Patterson’s spinal cord and paralyzed him below the waist.

He picked Saturday for the swim because it marked two years and a day since the accident.

“It (the swim) was for Becky. I was crying the last half-a-mile because Becky was on my mind,” 

Becky is a 6-year-old girl Patterson saw in January when working as a volunteer at Bassett Hospital. She was sitting in her wheel chair even more disabled than Patterson.  “(Seeing her) had a dramatic effect on me. I had tears streaming down my face. I cried because of my situation and because Beccky doesn’t get the  ... years of life I got (before the accident),” Patterson said.

 

50 years ago

July 11, 1963

You just don’t turn railroads off and on like water faucets.

It takes a lot of time, effort and meticulous planning to halt a sprawling railroad system in its tracks and even more time, effort and complex work to get it started again before it had stopped.

But such effort and planning was the unenviable job of Oneonta-based Delaware and Hudson Railroad officials prior to Wednesday afternoon, when President Kennedy announced to the nation that a railroad strike scheduled for 12:01 this morning had been delayed until July 29.

Up until moments before the President’s dramatic announcement, Oneonta railroad brass had been working feverishly on their portion of the planning for a system-wide shutdown.

Moments after the announcement they were given the difficult task of undoing most of what they had done.

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