Step Back in Time features news items from The Daily Star 25 and 50 years ago.
25 years ago
July 1,Text ColorSwatch/NoneStrokeStyle/$ID/SolidText ColorSwatch/NoneStrokeStyle/$ID/Solid$ID/NothingText ColorText Color$ID/NothingText ColorText Color 1988
DELHI — Several hundred Moslem supplicants touched foreheads in unison to the gymnasium floor in the ritual choreography of their centuries-old faith.
Noon prayer concluded, the first-day gathering of the Islamic Circle of North America then arose and began putting on their sandals, shoes and sneakers.
About 1,000 Circle members convened on Delhi Tech for the weekend, and Friday was their holy day. The rest of the weekend will be devoted to lectures, activities, discussions — and more prayer, five times a day, facing east, toward Mecca, their point of religious origin.
One of the speakers this weekend is Yusuf Islam, formerly known as singer-songwriter Cat Stevens, who converted to Islam nine years ago.
He is among about 1 billion Moslems in the world, between five and nine million of whom live in the U.S. and Canada, said Muhammad Anver Beig of New York City.
Beig is a real estate developer who emigrated from Pakistan. With him on Friday were others born all over the globe. The ties that bind them to the Circle are North American, addresses and deep devotion to the Koran, the book of Islam.
50 years ago
July 1,Text ColorSwatch/NoneStrokeStyle/$ID/SolidText ColorSwatch/NoneStrokeStyle/$ID/Solid$ID/NothingText ColorText Color$ID/NothingText ColorText Color 1963
COOPERSTOWN — A group of Soviet teachers Saturday on a visit to Cooperstown and its museums, appeared genuinely pleased with American hospitality and the “friendship” shown by the American people.
It was a group of 27 Soviet teachers composed of 17 women and 10 men, each one of whom teaches English at universities or language institutes in Soviet Russia.
They came to America to further their language studies and are spending 10 weeks at Cornell University, in Ithaca, in exchange for a similar size group of Americans, Russian language teachers, who are presently studying at the University of Moscva.
Eugene Vance, language instructor at Cornell, who was in charge of the group on its visit to Cooperstown, explained that following each week of study, Saturday’s excursions are planned by the College to various points of interest in the state.
The first such excursion was the visit to Cooperstown, and the first stop here was the Fenimore House where they were greeted by W. Dale Brown, Otsego County agricultural agent on behalf of the New York State Extension Service Association.
It was an interested, alert and well-informed group that listened to Dr. Louis C. Jones, NYSHA’s director, who speaking on the history, background and aims of the Association asked the group if they had heard of James Fenimore Cooper. Each one answered with a loud “yes.”
The group’s spokesman, a tall, handsome blonde Russian in perfect English told this reporter that the works of James Fenimore Cooper are required reading and that he first read “Leatherstocking Tales” when a young child.