Step Back in Time features news items from The Daily Star 25 and 50 years ago.
25 years ago
March 29, 1988
Lucille Donadio agreed immediately when her son proposed a deal on March 28, 1987. Vincent Donadio, 11, said he would refrain from watching television for one year if his mother would pay him $500.
“I thought, he’ll never do it,” she said. “No one can go without television for a year.”
But on Monday, March 28, 1988, Mrs. Donadio and her husband, John, were preparing to hand over $100 in cash to Vincent and put another $400 in the bank.
Ironically, Vincent came up with the deal after watching a television program in which another child did the same thing.
Without television, Vincent said he read books, played with his friends, and concentrated on perfecting his Nintendo game. Nintendo is a series of video strategy games played on a television.
“I think it will change his television habits for the rest of his life,” she said. Mrs. Donadio added that many of his friends will be glad the deal is now over, since the popular entertainment at sleepover parties is television, and in the past year her son has insisted the group instead do something else.
50 years ago
March 29, 1963
BAINBRIDGE — “Showboat Minstrels” will be performed by the Bainbridge Rotary Club at 8:15 p.m. Friday and Saturday, March 29 and 30 at the Bainbridge-Guilford High School Auditorium.
Edward Andrews will act as interlocutor, Gene Houck, Walter Kinney, John Murphy, Floyd Prouty, Bud Marshall, and Floyd Shawler will act as end men.
The chorus of 19 will include Donald Louden, Harry Bluler, William Denman, Harold Salzberg, Al De Clue, Clifford White, Bob Herrick, Tracy Day, Curt Booth, Fran Chunglo, Milt Simmons, Lester Gregory, William Burton, Frank Turk, Sam Di Noto, Cal Loker, Bob Craver, Tom Patterson and Carl Hutchinson.
Included in the program will be selections such as “Dixie,” “Hello, My Baby,” and “Way Down Yonder in New Orleans.”