Step Back in Time features news items from The Daily Star 25 and 50 years ago.
25 years ago
June 17, 1988
Christopher Capozzola’s lucky charms worked, propelling Worcester Central School to win the state championship in the televised game, “Answers Please.”
The team of six students, one of them Capozzola, entered the game for the first time and just wound up a victorious tournament involving 45 schools from all over the state, said Joan Van Valkenburg, team coach.
The semifinal match against Cooperstown will be televised June 18 at 11:30 a.m. on either channel 6 or 26. The final can be seen June 25 at the same time on the same channel, Van Valkenburg said.
Capozzola always carried with him an assortment of good-luck charms which included everything from a little plastic elephant to an empty bottle of Murine eye drops.
“Answers Please” is sponsored by WRGB, a Schenectady television station, and is held every year. Ninety schools participate but only 45 schools play each year. A school plays every other year, Van Valkenburg said.
The Worcester team was made up of Capozzola, Patti Rand, Erdman “Scott” West IV and Mary Collins. There were also two alternates, Seth deMarrais and Jennifer Brown, who play if one of the other players cannot, Van Valkenburg said.
Contestants are asked questions on a variety of subjects ranging from mythology to astronomy and math, Van Valkenburg said. But teams cannot choose the subject, Capozzola said.
50 years ago
June 17, 1963
COOPERSTOWN — Rain did not deter 22 men, who gathered Saturday morning on the Konchar farm on Christian Hill to help build again a barn which almost a month ago was lost in a blaze which also destroyed four other buildings on the property.
The largest structure lost in the fire was the new 32 by 80 feet cement block barn, which was nearly completed when disaster struck. The barn is being rebuilt on the old foundation, the cement shell, which remained after the disastrous fire May 17.
Hartwick Grange, of which the Konchars are members, neighbors and “just friends told us to expect them on Saturday,” gratefully reported Mrs. Stanley Konchar. “They are coming tomorrow … Karl Brunner got them together … we are so grateful,” she said.
The wives and mothers came with the men and brought lunch and supper, said Mrs. Konchar. Sunday evening, Mrs. Konchar reported that all the rafters were up.
The farm is owned by brothers, August and Stanley Konchar. In addition to the barn being rebuilt, a two-story frame barn, two garages and a milk house were destroyed by fire.