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

25 years ago

Sept. 6, 1994

Dana Swift dreams of a Labor Day he won’t need to spend in front of a television camera or behind a table answering the telephone, seeking money to help fight a disease that he refuses to give in to.

But as the 24-year-old resident knows all too well, there is still a need for his help because there is still no cure for muscular dystrophy. Until there is, he will do what he can.

“I have MD,” he said. “I was told I’d be in a wheelchair by six or eight. I’m not. I think that’s part of surviving. Wanting to tell someone that they’re wrong.”

Since about the time he was in first grade, he said, he has pitched in on the local front for the national annual Labor Day drive, “Stars Across America — Jerry Lewis Labor Day Weekend.”

Operating out of a temporary studio at the Holiday Inn in Oneonta, this year’s local telethon raised $26,368. Coordinator Chuck Smith said local organizers had hoped to raise only $1 more than last year, which netted $33,715.

50 years ago

Sept. 6, 1969

Governor Nelson A. Rockefeller will pay a visit to Oneonta on September 18 when he will appear as the main speaker at what is expected to be one of the largest Republican rallies held in recent years.

The rally will feature the Governor, appearances by all GOP candidates, and a barbecue for all ticketholders.

The barbecue and rally is sponsored jointly by the Otsego County Republican Committee and the City of Oneonta Republican Committee with Scott E. Greene and Sterling P. Harrington as their respective chairmen. They have appointed Mrs. Dorothea Terpenning, a member of the City Committee, and David W. Brenner, currently a candidate for the Board of Representatives, as co-chairmen for the planning of the event.

The County Chairman has sent letters and tickets to all 109 county committee members, and has urged that all county Republicans purchase their tickets early and, “plan to meet the Governor, have a fine barbecue, and still have time to complete their shopping in downtown Oneonta since it is a Thursday evening.”

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