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25 years ago

Aug. 27, 1988

The sensual sounds of saxophone and clarinet will echo through the Autumn Café this Saturday evening when a venerable wind player and his quartet take the stage.

Al Gallodoro, who has toured the nation performing, teaching and jamming in world-renowned bands, will push the keys of his gold-plated instruments starting at 9 p.m.

Gallodoro will be joined by drummer Louis Colone, bass and tuba player Bill Stanley and pianist Bud Blacklock, who brought the group together.

Gallodoro knows his instruments well. Born in Chicago in 1913, he has played clarinet and saxophone since the age of 12.

“It’s funny how things connect,” said Blacklock, who is spending his second summer in the area. He heard last year that Gallodoro was living on Franklin Mountain, and now the two men are making music together.

After decades as a musician playing in New York City and touring in bands, Gallodoro now makes music in and around the Oneonta area. He was drawn to the area by relatives, and he has lived on Franklin Mountain for seven and a half years.

“I have done everything in the music business — from New Orleans night clubs to symphonies,” the musician said. Gallodoro played during the vaudeville days and when broadcast companies hired complete orchestras.

“I just love all music,” Gallodoro said.


50 years ago

Aug. 27, 1963

Three and possibly four Oneonta college faculty members will leave for Washington, D.C. at 10 a.m. today to participate in the civil rights demonstration planned Wednesday to urge speedy Congressional action on civil rights measures.

Rev. Dr. Herman Keller, Hartwick College philosophy and religion department chairman; Jay M. Pawa, State University College at Oneonta social studies instructor; and Stanley Weisberger, SUCO English, Speech and Theater instructor said Monday they were making the trip.

A possible fourth is Hoyt Jackson, also a member of the SUCO social studies department.

Dr. Keiter and Mr. Weisberger have long planned to participate in the demonstration for personal reasons. Mr. Pawa and Mr. Jackson want to go just to observe the event, they said.

“For a long time, we’ve been pledging liberty and justice for all and telling the Negroes to take a back seat. My participation in this demonstration will be just a part of the long bill we owe them,” Dr. Keiter said.

“I’m going because I feel I haven’t done much for bettering the position of the Negro in the country. This provides me the opportunity to do something and I’d like to be a part of it,” Mr. Weisberger affirmed.

Mr. Pawa, a teacher of American history at SUCO, commented, “This is a rather respectable reform … and an important event in American history.” He also noted that “a lot of white people should be there” to give weight to the demonstration.

Mr. Jackson, if he decides to go, wants “to be an observer more than anything else.”

A teacher of government at SUCO, he feels “it could be a crucial demonstration and since it is relatively close to home, I should go down and at least observe it.”

Mr. Jackson also stated, “I do sympathize with the purpose of the movement.”

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