Twenty years ago — 1998
A “Do You Remember?” photo shows noted accordionist Frankie Yankovic who appeared in person with the Tubby Wallace Orchestra at Chet and Helen Kozlowski’s Lakeside Restaurant in Dunkirk on Sept. 19, 1976. Also pictured are Dick Elliott, bass; Richard Kalfas, cordavox; Benny Kondzielski, banjo; Tubby Wallace, saxophone; and Joe Kolasa, drums. Tickets advertising the event included the notation, “$6 per person, including beer and booze.”
Thirty years ago — 1988
Three “ordinary Soviet citizens got a taste of American life when they visited Fredonia July 11-14 as part of a Soviet-American exchange program. The English-speaking Soviets spent four days here under the auspices of the “Soviets Meet Middle America” project. Fredonia was one of 240 U.S. cities participating in the project. Fredonia host families were Stephen and Linda Warner of 43 Newton St. and William J. and Virginia K. McGraw of 99 Chestnut St. While in Fredonia, the Soviet guests held two meetings with the public.
Forty years ago — 1978
Joseph J. Vacanti, well-known in the western New York area for his heroic rescues on Lake Erie, is this year’s recipient of the New York State Moose Association “Law Enforcement Man of the Year” award. The presentation was made to Mr. Vacanti during ceremonies held Sept. 6 in Albany. The annual award is in its seventh year and is given to an official who excels and gives more of himself than required in the line of his duties. Mr. Vacanti was selected by three judges from the New York City area and was the nearly unanimous choice among 40 applications received.
Fifty years ago — 1968
Gov. Rockefeller recently named Rep. Charles E. Goodell, 42-year-old upstate liberal Republican, to complete the term of the late Sen. Robert F. Kennedy. Goodell, a 10-year-veteran but known as a “young Turk” in the House of Representatives, was picked by Rockefeller from what the governor described as a powerful and appealing list of candidates. Goodell will become the first Chautauqua County man in the U.S. Senate since former Gov. Reuben E. Fenton assumed the office Dec. 1, 1869.