Step Back in Time features news items from The Daily Star 25 and 50 years ago.
25 years ago
Aug. 21, 1988
COOPERSTOWN — At 8:22 a.m. Sunday, 41-year-old Angus Mackie of Cooperstown jumped into the warm water of Otsego Lake at Lake Front Park and emerged a little more than four hours later in the town of Springfield in record time.
Mackie, who has competed in various triathlons locally and nationally, swam the nine-mile distance in four hours, 18 minutes and 46 seconds, which breaks all records kept by the Freeman’s Journal newspaper and the Cooperstown Athletic Club. A Florida man visiting the area in 1975 swam from tip-to-tip in 4:48.
“Since that 1975 swim there has been probably six attempts to swim the lake but nobody seriously went after the record,” said Mackie.
The most recent swim of Otsego Lake was earlier this summer by Goodyear Lake resident Robert Patterson. A paraplegic, Patterson started at Glimmerglass State Park and finished at Lake Front in 6:48.
50 years ago
Aug. 21, 1963
One hundred seventy-one Oneonta grade school children have read approximately 1,700 library books since the end of school last June, Mrs. Millicent Epps, Huntington librarian reported Monday.
The children are all enrolled in a summer reading program at Huntington Library. For every 10 books a child reads, he gets a star. When the child reads 20 books, he gets a “small prize, donated by an unknown donor,” Mrs. Epps said.
So far, leading readers are Nancy Ruth MacLachlan, with 100 books read; Debby Reynolds, with 85 books read; Susan Reynolds, with 65 books read and Julie Berglund, with 64 books read.
All attended Center Street School last year.
Each child has a card filed in the library which shows how many books he has read and how many stars he has earned.
At the end of the summer, the cards will be given to the young readers for them to “take home to their parents or to school to show their teachers,” Mrs. Epps said.