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March 31, 2014

Step Back in Time: March 31, 2014

The Daily Star

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March 31, 1989

SIDNEY — Over 42 years, Dennison Crandall has seen a lot of changes in what is now the Amphenol Corp. Since the company’s heyday just after World War II, Crandall has been shaping the public’s perception of Sidney’s largest employer.

After Friday when the 63-year-old public relations director retires, he will be looking at the plant from the outside.

“It will be a bittersweet experience,” Crandall said of the departure, “but I’m sure I’ll adjust quickly. It’s going to be like a long vacation. But it’s not easy to walk away from a place that’s been such a part of you for so many years.”

Crandall has seen a lot of changes at the plant. He arrived just after Bendix saw a major boom brought on by the war, when aircraft ignition production brought the plant’s enrollment up near 9,000 workers.

But the post-war letdown saw employment drop dramatically to about 1,300. Bendix officials, though, had already begun a post-war plan, Crandall said. They realized that they could take the electrical connectors they were using to power their own machines and sell them to airlines and manufacturers of tugboats, tractors and jets.

50 years ago

March 31, 1964

COOPERSTOWN — Two new and unique college graduate programs in History Museum Training and in American Folk Culture, to be offered next fall, were announced by the State University College at Oneonta and the New York State Historical Association at Cooperstown.

The joint programs of the NYSHA, Cooperstown, and SUC, Oneonta, will each lead to a master’s degree, according to Dr. Royal F. Netzer, president of the college, and Dr. Louis C. Jones, NYSHA’s director.

Limited to approximately 15 students each, the programs will begin with the next academic year in September 1964. They will use the college’s campus facilities at Oneonta, and also the vast museum, library and other research resources of the State Historical Association and its Farmers’ Museum at Cooperstown, 22 miles away.

The History Museum Program will train college graduates for work in museum operations at the professional level.

Step Back in Time features news items from The Daily Star 25 and 50 years ago.