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

25 years ago

sept. 20, 1994

Local Big Band legend Al Gallodoro can out-triple-tongue just about anybody on the sax. He’s also a patient music teacher, a funny storyteller and an expert spaghetti twirler.

Nancy Burnett and Ali Zohoori found out all this — and much more — during the making of the one-hour documentary, “A Big Band Legend: The Al Gallodoro Story,” set to air on WSKG-TV at 10 p.m. Oct. 6.

Gallodoro was the featured soloist for the Paul Whiteman Band, one of the top Big Bands of the 1930s and 1940s. He later played for the NBC Symphony Orchestra under the legendary Arturo Toscanini. Today, the 81-year-old Franklin resident still enjoys giving public performances.

The seeds of the documentary were sown three years ago when Burnett — now a staff assistant in the State University College at Oneonta’s Office of Research Services — produced a three-part series on Gallodoro for WZOZ radio.

50 years ago

sept. 20, 1969

DELHI — “I am greatly involved with this problem of ice and floodwater control at East Branch; therefore I will be in that community Saturday, September 27 to confer with local officials and check on the situation as it stands at present.”

So said Congressman Martin B. McKneally (R-N.Y.) during an interview here Friday, when this writer asked if there were any possibility of a permanent flood control structure being built before the spring breakup of ice at the confluence of the Beaverkill and the west branch of the Delaware River.

The Congressman, whose 27th district includes Delaware County, was in Delhi to address the annual meeting of the Delaware County Electrical Cooperative at Delhi Tech.

Concentrated pressure by Town of Hancock officials and government representatives accelerated the construction early in February of a temporary 3,800 foot earthwork dike, which at that time spared the small community of East Branch from a repetition of the inconvenience, dangers and loss occasioned other years by the annual onrush of ice flows and higher water at the approach of spring.

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