Step Back in Time
features news items from The Daily Star 25 and 50 years ago.
25 years ago
Oct. 2, 1987
Vanna White will be showing off Otsego County on the Wheel of Fortune game show tonight, as contestant Jerry Zweigle of Santa Jose, Calif., selects a round-trip for two to Cooperstown as one of his prizes.
The trip is the first of five that were donated by Otsego County businesses to be offered as prizes on the nightly game show, said Will Lunn, executive vice president of Catskill Airways.
The show airs locally at 7 p.m. on Channels 2, 9, 12, 13 and 22.
Transportation for the trip from New York city to Oneonta was donated by Catskill Airways.
Six days and seven nights of lodging was donated by the Otesaga Hotel in Cooperstown. Other activities were donated by area tourism companies, such as the Baseball Hall of Fame, Soccer Hall of Fame, Fenimore House, Farmer’s Museum, Glimmerglass Opera, Catskill Symphony and others, Lynn said.
The locally donated portion of the trip is valued at $1,700, Lunn said.
The total value of the five trips donated by the Otsego County companies is $8,500, Lunn said.
In return, the businesses get publicity on the most widely viewed syndicated television game show in the world, said Lunn.
50 years ago
Oct. 2, 1962
“America has put its money where its fears were,” when Sputnik went up in 1957, stated William Van Till, professor of education, New York University, yesterday in Oneonta.
Speaking to about 1,500 tri-county teachers during the morning general meeting of the New York State Teachers Association, the NYU professor reviewed the loss of confidence and balance suffered by American education as a result of the Russian scientific exploit.
Warning his audience of the hypocrisy of lip worship of education without adequate support, Mr. Van Til noted both confidence and balance of programming are returning to the American education field.
The college professor outlined three conditions existing after World War 2 which colored the country’s educational efforts: a great dependence upon science, a disproportionate emphasis upon specialization and a high degree of insecurity.
The all-day program, held largely on the upper campus of State University College at Oneonta, began with a welcome by Harold V. Hager, superintendent of Oneonta schools, and Dr. Royal F. Netzer, president of SUCO.