Step Back in Time features news items from The Daily Star 25 and 50 years ago.

25 years ago

Aug. 12, 1994

Dr. Glenn Joshpe of Stamford went to Woodstock as a curious neighbor and ended up working non-stop as a medical aide, ushering hundreds of jury-rigged tents and treating their drug overdoses.

Robert Johnson of Franklin went there holding tickets he never needed, dozed on the grass through a performance by Sly and the Family Stone, and left by hitching a ride on the roof of a car.

Joseph Morales of Oneonta drove there with his sister and then-57-year-old mother, who gasped as crowds of cavorting nudes surrounded their small Chevrolet.

Twenty-five years ago, they were among more than 400,000 who experienced a weekend of rain, mud, pulsating rock and thick clouds of marijuana smoke — and loved every minute of it.

50 years ago

aug. 12, 1969

An Oneonta girl, 14-year-old Patricia “Pat” Franzese of 18 Hazel Street, is the new National Juvenile Kayaking champion.

Pat paddled her way to national prominence this past weekend when she won the national championship in her very first competition, defeating the field in the 500 meter event at Lake Sebago, Harriman Park.

She was one of two area girls to place high in the event, the other being Kaite Ecker, daughter of Schoharie County District Attorney and Mrs. Robert Ecker, Cobleskill who won a bronze medal in the Intermediate class of the same event.

Not only did Pat take first honors in her division — heading the field by 12 and 15 yards throughout the 500 meter distance, she then entered the next class above, the Junior Division, and was edged in the last few feet to lose by about one half second.

It all started earlier this year when Pat’s principal at Bugbee School, Dr. H. Glen Martin, asked the 9th Grader if she was interested in trying competition kayaking.