Step Back in Time features news items from The Daily Star 25 and 50 years ago.
25 years ago
May 3, 1988
COOPERSTOWN — Jane Johngren of Hartwick will be honored by the Cooperstown Chamber of Commerce as the recipient of the 1988 Community Service Award.
She will be honored at a public reception from 7 to 9 p.m. Wednesday, May 11, at the Fenimore House, Lake Road, Cooperstown.
Mrs. Johngren was chosen for the award in recognition of her many years of involvement in community activities, according to chamber member Richard McCaffery. He said the award is presented to an individual or organization who has advanced the economic, cultural and civic welfare of the Cooperstown community. “Mrs. Johngren has certainly earned this distinction,” McCaffery said.
Mrs. Johngren said, “It’s been fun and I’ve learned a lot.”
She has been active in the Bassett Hospital Auxiliary, the Cooperstown School-Community Association, The Glimmerglass Opera, Redskins Booster Club, Otsego County Tourism Bureau, the Concert Series, The Cooperstown Bicentennial Committee, The Red Cross, Project Prom and Kid City.
Mrs. Johngren joins previous award recipients Thomas Goodyear, John J. O’Connell, Nicholas J. Sterling, Lake and Valley Garden Club, Ruth Davidson, Arthur J. Goddard, Cooperstown Emergency Squad, Clark Scholarship Foundation, Scriven Foundation, William E.Ross, Cooperstown Fire Department, and Lester G. Bursey.
50 years ago
May 3, 1963
A glimpse into the violent world of professional football through the eyes of a man who has been at it since 1958 revealed Thursday that world is peopled by big men who play hard and think gently.
This is the reaction gleaned from a quiet talk with Dick Lynch, New York Giant defensive halfback who spoke to 200 at the Elks Club Father and Son dinner last night.
A highlight of the dinner was the announcement that Phil Meagley won the Elks Trophy as the most valuable member of the OHS basketball team during the season just over.
Basketball team members were introduced as were senior members of the Oneonta High football team. Dr. Sam Pondolfino was master of ceremonies.
In a pre-dinner interview Lynch explained the Giant practice of attending church the morning of a game day.
“We wouldn’t feel prepared for a Sunday afternoon football game if we didn’t go to church in the morning,” he explained.
Lynch’s smile, when it comes, is an engaging one and he obviously is a man who enjoys life and the people with whom he works in football and in printing, which is his out-of-uniform endeavor.
Lynch feels the Giants will be tough next year barring injuries. He goes so far as to say that if Rosey Grier can come to training camp in July under 300 pounds, the Giants will really be in business.