My friend and neighbor over in Gabriels, Don Tucker, has handed me a January 1962 copy of the Adirondack Daily Enterprise. It was about 18 inches wide, is now about 11 inches wide, and in 1962 we were still printing from "hot type."
I never let the opportunity pass to tell my favorite story about that muscular farm boy, Don, now 83, who was tough enough growing up on the farm but also took weight training at Paul Smith's College back in its early days from a guy by the name of Tony O'Neil.
In the late 1940s, I worked for the Tuckers some at potato digging and haying time. I was driving a truck in the hay field with quite a high load of hay and Don on the top of the load. I stopped unexpectedly short of the next windrow of hay, and Don catapulted off the load, did a somersault in the air and landed on his feet by the cab. It is an understatement to say that it scared me half to death, but Don, in his slow drawl, simply said, "Let - me - know - the - next - time - you're - gonna - do - that."
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News briefs from 1962
On Monday, Jan. 22, search teams were called off Wright's Peak because of harsh weather after looking for survivors of an Air Force plane crash. I had climbed the mountain with forest rangers and state troopers on Sunday night when the wreckage was first discovered, and we could not get above the treeline because of the weather. There were no survivors.
Miss Rheingold (that's a beer, folks) had been named queen of the Saranac Lake Winter Carnival by Philip Wolff, who was president of the Chamber of Commerce. Ed Lamy, the world skating champion, was named king.
Gordon Partridge and Grant Cane, who were co-chairing the fundraiser for Carnival, said they had collected $1,400 and would have no problem reaching the goal of $2,800, which was the amount budgeted for the festivities.
John Hawkinson announced that a number of horses and sleighs had been procured for the Winter Carnival parade.
Practice for the four-man-bobsled world championships in Garmisch Partenkirchen, Germany were canceled after several spills. The only names mentioned were Jerome Ropner and Peter Rickett, riding Britain II, who broke their right arms in an accident.
Here is a note about the fundraiser for the March of Dimes: "Party Chairman, Mrs. Edward Heim, stated that due to the hospitality shown by Jack Davis and George Vespa of the Hotel Marcy, two things were accomplished, financial success for our polio party and a fun evening." There was dancing for the 200 guests to the music of Len Carrie and his Kracker Jacks band.
Club meetings listed included the Lions, Women of the Elks, Wachtung Archers, Tri-Lake Chess Club, the Commission on Christian Social Concerns of the Adirondack Community Church, Adirondack Council, Boy Scouts of America and Order of the Eastern Star, Whiteface Mt. Chapter 106.
The Tupper Lake Fine Arts Society announced that Vytautas Bacevicius, internationally known pianist and composer, would be featured in the second concert of the winter series at the high school auditorium. Mr. Bacevicius was graduated from the Conservatory of Paris and had studied piano with Joseph Turczynski and Sartiago Riera.
To me, some of the most interesting copy was in the advertisements McCrea's at 49 Broadway had used: TVs for $29.95 each and a brand-new 19-inch Zenith with a free deluxe TV stand for $209.95.
Munn's Gas and Electric at 8 Woodruff St. was selling portable dishwashers for $179.95 each and an 11-cubic-foot refrigerator, single door, with trade for $209.95.
The Saranac Lake Coal Company ad said "Hudson" coal was the best and that "Mobil-Flame" bottled gas was the highest quality.
The Frenette Brothers distributing company in Tupper Lake were pushing Carling Black Label Beer, and the Troy Laundry was advertising that they could save Mother a lot of time by sending the laundry to them. Madden's said to call them for moving, phone 341, because "we move with care - anywhere." At Casier's, a twin- or full-size mattress was $39.95 and a matching box spring was the same price.
Trailways was advertising two thru trips daily to New York City via Thruway nonstop from Saranac Lake to NYC, $10.20; Albany, $4.70; Philadelphia, $13.35; Baltimore, $16.30, and Washington, $17.55.