Step Back in Time features news items from The Daily Star 25 and 50 years ago.
25 years ago
Sept. 21, 1988
FRANKLIN — The new computer, laser disks and screen at Franklin Central School are replacing stacks of filmstrips and narrated movies used in the pre-video era in the science and art departments.
The school bought the laser videodisc system, which is programmed by a MacIntosh computer, and nine disks for a little under $5,000 at the beginning of the school year, said Stanley Swears, teacher of chemistry, biology and physics.
“This offers a lesson plan far better than ever before,” said Swears, who has been teaching for 20 years.
Franklin could be the first school in the area to have the videodisc, said Robert Harrold, assistant superintendent of BOCES.
The Board of Cooperative Education Services bought the system about two years ago and put it in the curriculum center to let schools test it out, Harrold said.
One record-sized videodisc of either physical or life science contains over 6,000 images or frames, Swears said. The traditional slide film usually had about only 20 frames.
A disk from the National Gallery of Art contains 1,645 art images, he said.
Swears said the system has a number of advantages, including the ability to call up information within seconds rather than search through textbooks or filmstrips.
Plus, he said, students relate to watching a television screen.
Individuals interested in seeing the videodisc may attend a demonstration during open house from 7 to 9 p.m. Nov. 16 at Franklin Central School.
50 years ago
Sept. 21, 1963
Monday, Sept. 23, 1883 — Eight Oneonta railroad men, fearful they would lose their jobs, secretively slipped into Caboose No. 10 on the siding at the Main Street crossing.
They were secretive and afraid because these eight men had the audacity to seek the formation of a union.
And they were successful.
Today the Brotherhood of Railroad Trainmen boasts thousands of members in the United States and Canada.
Oneonta’s BRT Lodge is numbered “1.”
The local lodge is celebrating the 80th anniversary of the BRT at a dinner Monday night at the Eagles Club.
The affair will not be as grandiose as the 75th anniversary in Oneonta in 1958. “Because of the national rules dispute, we didn’t plan to have any celebration,” T.J. Rosenfeld, secretary of the local BRT said Friday.
The national rules dispute was highlighted by two threatened strikes this summer.
Mr. Rosenfeld said that 214 men are in the local BRT lodge.
Elmer Wessel was the last charter member of the union to die. He died in Oneonta two years ago.
Oneonta is the home of the BRT Shrine, the red caboose in Neahwa Park.