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January 25, 2014

Step Back in Time: Jan. 25, 2014

25 years agoJan. 25, 1989

BAINBRIDGE — How does a public relations team make the most controversial, most heavily scrutinized vice-presidential candidate this side of Geraldine Ferraro look good? Easy, said Jim Carroll, just let him be himself.

“Everybody was asking, ‘Who is Dan Quayle?’” said the 26-year-old Bainbridge native, who worked with Quayle’s press office during the presidential campaign with George Bush and served as a deputy press secretary for Quayle on the White House transition team following the election. During the transition, Carroll wrote press releases, talked with the national media as an official spokesman, and arranged television interviews for his boss.

“He’s a substantive guy,” Carroll said, adding that Quayle has demonstrated that he is not the “lightweight” he was painted as early in the campaign. “He represents, I think, the future of the Republican party.”

Whether Carroll remains with Quayle during his term in office remains to be seen. Carroll could not be kept following the transition, so he is now waiting to see what government job he will receive next.

“I’ll be taken care of,” he said.


50 years agoJan. 25, 1964

Presentation of the 1964 Retail Program and a talk by a Vermont publisher are highlights of the annual meeting of the Retail Division of the Greater Oneonta Chamber of Commerce slated Tuesday night at the Rex Restaurant.

J. Warren McClure, publisher of the Burlington Free Press, is the speaker. Mr. McClure, once president of an International association of newspaper advertisers with a combined readership of more than 55 million, has been a key figure in downtown development at Burlington.

His talk will reveal to Oneonta’s business people the methods Burlington promotion experts used to bring about drastic improvements of the downtown business climate in the Vermont city.

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