Retrospective — July 8

Twenty years ago — 1997

The most action that the old Geitner Theater on Park Place in Silver Creek has seen in years took place July 5 with the debut of “The Backline,” a 20-and-under rock/dance nightclub. Owners Matt and Karen Bogosian have worked daily for the past year to renovate the interior of the old theater into “The Backline.” According to Mr. Bogosian, regardless of the event, there will never be any alcohol in the building — or smoking. The club has a disc jockey booth and on occasion will feature live bands. On Fridays, plans are to experiment will all-age things like line dancing and comedians, with the possibility of national acts. Also on tap are classes such as aerobics, step aerobics, stretch and tone, and yoga.

Thirty years ago — 1987

From Just Between Us ….. Diane Towne Kissinger of Dunkirk went through astronaut training activities recently, leading to two simulated missions in space at the U.S. Space Academy, Level 1, at the Space and Rocket Center in Huntsville, Ala. The simulated missions used a realistic trainer mockup of the Space Shuttle orbiter, the European Space Agency Spacelab and a space station. Trainees also used a Mission Control developed especially Space Academy. During the missions, trainees performed experiments similar to those done by astronauts and scientists in space.

Forty years ago — 1977

County Attorney Edwin Kuzdale, a former Dunkirk city attorney, has agreed to serve as campaign chairman for Gary Michalak, the endorsed Democratic candidate for mayor of Dunkirk. Mr. Michalak, at age 24, is the youngest mayoral candidate in city history.

Fifty years ago — 1967

Legionnaires representing 200 posts in eight counties will arrive in Fredonia for the 29th annual Eighth District Convention hosted by the Fredonia American Legion for the first time in its 48-year history. The convention will be concluded with a parade featuring about 60 marching units from as many communities in Western New York.