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25 years ago
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The Otsego County Chamber of Commerce has chosen a new president, along with a board of directors that reflects the growing organization’s mission of switching from an Oneonta base to countywide representation.
The new chamber administration for 1988 includes: Thomas Scholet, president; Rebecca Nesbitt, vice president; Stephen Amell, treasurer; and Carl Loucks, secretary.
Loucks, who is also the chamber’s executive director, said total membership of the chamber has increased nearly 35 percent over the last year, and includes members from all parts of the county. The 1988 membership drive will begin on Feb. 1, and Loucks is looking to increase membership by another 20 percent.
Five of the new chamber directors are from outside of Oneonta — James Marzeski of the Private Industry Council from Cooperstown, Dean A. Roberts from the Greenleaf Steel Rule Die Co. in Schenevus, Dan Robinson of New York Central Insurance in Edmeston, Michael Stein of Bassett Hospital in Cooperstown, and Douglas Willies of Keith Clark in Sidney.
Other directors for 1988 include Richard Anthony, Marc Bresee, Betsy Cunningham, Cynthia Curtis, Rolf Ericson, Lowell Foland, Louis Hager Jr., William Howard, Joseph Judd, Joan Lutz, Roger Masse, Ben Preston, William Stevens, and Steve Zimniewicz.
Loucks said one of the chamber’s primary goals is to better serve the needs of area small businesses, which make up 70 percent of the chamber’s membership.
50 years ago
Jan. 7, 1963
DELHI — John W. Vandercook, 60, world traveler, novelist, and for a score of years a respected radio news analyst and commentator, died Sunday at Delhi Hospital where he had been a patient since Saturday.
Funeral services will be held at 11 a.m. Tuesday at St. John’s Episcopal Church, Delhi, with the Rev. William Homer, rector, officiating.
Burial will be in Woodland Cemetery, Delhi.
Mr. Vandercook was born April 22, 1902, in London, England, son of John F. and Margaret Womack Vandercook, both Americans noted in the world of letters.
Unconfirmed reports from Delhi last night said the senior Vandercook was a pioneer in building the United Press network and he is said to have served as its president. His mother was a novelist and writer of books for girls.
He attended Delaware Academy, Delhi, and was graduated from St. Paul’s School, Garden City, L.I., and attended Yale University.
He was a member of St. John’s Episcopal Church, Delhi, and of numerous associations concerned with news media. He was the author of more than 11 novels and has traveled, including service as an overseas correspondent during World War II in 73 countries.
His radio news career began in 1940 when he joined the National Broadcasting Co. He covered World War II campaigns in North Africa, Italy, and landed in France three days after D-Day.
Vandercook later worked for the Liberty Broadcasting Co. and then spent seven years with ABC.
He insisted on doing his own research and writing his own radio scripts.