Old News – Marketing Education Center

Kodak’s Marketing Education Center (MEC) was primarily used for training of salesmen. In the 1980s my niece’s husband came to MEC all the way from California to learn how to repair photocopiers. Sometime in the mid 1990s the Computer Interest Group of Rochester Genealogical Society visited there where we had demonstrations of Kodak’s digital technologies. I also had safety classes there in late 1990s while working for Kodak. It was closed in the early 2000s and sold. It then sat empty until 2017 when it was finally brought back to life.

The postcard view shows the main entrance building (second from left) still being built. The buildings are connected underground. Also notice the Genesee River winding behind the complex.

Brockport, NY

Thursday, Jan. 18, 1968

Kodak to Build At Henrietta

Architects’ drawings have been released to steel contractors interested in supplying Structural steel for the new Kodak Marketing Education Center near Rochester. Eastman Kodak Company will build the multi-million dollar education complex in the suburb of Henrietta, in a 390 acre site along the Genesee River to be known as Riverwood.

Groundbreaking for the buildings will take place sometime in the spring of 1968, with completion of the entire campus expected in 1970. Preliminary road and sewer work is underway.

Riverwood will be the hub of a network of marketing education centers that Kodak plans to open, in time, around the United States. Long range plans call for six regional plans cal for six regional centers. The first of these was opened in Atlanta, Ga., in November and serves the southeastern region.

Another Arch Merrill Book

I uploaded Land of the Senecas (1949) by Arch Merrill. It is the story of the Seneca Indians that used to be all over western New York. The book tells of the lore  and history before the white man came to western NY. It also tells of famous and infamous leaders. Arch also tells about the early locations of settlements. He then tells about treaties that were made and how some were broken.

The Senecas still have 3 reservations in western NY; Tonawanda, Cattaraugus and Allegany. The Allegany reservation has the Village of Salamanca located on it and people can only lease their property. A yearly rent is paid to the Seneca Nation. All 3 reservations are modern places. Just see their website for all the Nation has to provide to their people. They currently have about 8,000 members with about half of that number living off the reservations.

The Senecas now own three casinos; Seneca Niagara (Niagara Falls), Seneca Allegany (Salamanca) and Seneca Buffalo Creek (Buffalo). The casinos also have dining and some entertainment besides gambling.

I also uploaded the book to the Internet Archive where you can download it in some other formats such as a Kindle version.

Hit Songs of 1968 – #1

“I Heard It Through the Grapevine” was recorded by many artists. The first group to record it was Smokey Robinson and the Miracles but they didn’t release it as a single. Then Gladys Knight and the Pips did this great version of the song. It went to number 2 on the Billboard Hot 100 record chart for the weeks of Dec. 2 – 30, 1967. On the Cash Box chart it went to number one for the week of Jan. 7 – 13, 1968. The song will be back again toward the end of the year with another great version by Narvin Gaye.

Gladys Knight and the Pips had been around since 1962 but didn’t have much success until “I Heard It Through the Grapevine.” The song propelled them to popularity.It had always been a family group. By 1968 the Pips consisted of Gladys’ brother Merald “Bubba” Knight, cousin William Guest and cousin Edward Patten. The biggest hit for the group was “Midnight Train to Georgia” (1973) for which they won a Grammy Award. The group was also inducted into the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame in 1996.

Gladys still does some concerts. You can find dates on her very nice looking website. Music starts playing when you go there.

Old News – War Rationing

Rationing during World War I has even effected women’s clothing. Wool is needed for military uniforms for the troops that are headed to Europe. Did this War rationing lead to tighter and shorter skirts for ladies of the 1920s?


Friday, Jan. 11, 1918


Patriotic action is demanded of women in clothes as well as in food. There was an important meeting in New York which consolidated the co-operation of the trade with the commercial economy board, which has its headquarters in Washington. The government knew that it was useless to appeal to women to save wool in the building of their clothes, under the present commercial circumstances of clothes selling. The great majority of women buy their clothes. They do not make them at home. They but what they can get, and they do not know the amount of material contained in a garment.

Therefore, the government  made its appeal for co-operation in the conservation of wool to those who make and design women’s garments. At this meeting it was resolved and rules were formulated that no man or woman in America would use over 4½ yards of wool in any costume, and less, if possible.

The American tailors and manufacturers of ready to wear clothing will cut off the long jacket for women when it is made of wool, no matter how light the weave; they will eliminate fullness in the skirt and cut it as short as decency will permit.

The slim silhouette will be accepted between Hudson Bay and Palm Beach and then crosswise. The women who cries out against a narrow skirt either because of tradition or as artistic perception of what her figure needs, need not gnash her teeth. All she has to do is to eliminate wool from her gown or suit with another material.

One of the quick ways which has leaped into fashion for women to conserve wool for the army is the use of a short, slim separate skirt with a cutaway coat of velveteen, heavily lined. Women who have such costumes declare that they will wear these skirts with corslet blouses of soutached silk and satin in the spring, thereby saving cotton for the government..

Rochester TV Life

Irene Mates; local dancer & dance instructor

I added three issues of Rochester TV Life from 1952 to the GenWeb of Monroe County. There was only one TV station in Rochester at that time; WHAM. That station in 1955 would change there call letters to WROC and remain that until today. these magazines also have TV listings for one station in Buffalo and 2 in Syracuse.

One issue has a story on the western Wild Bill Hickok. There is a picture of Bess Myerson in another issue. She was Miss America in 1945. By 1952 she was appearing on the daytime game show The Big Payoff. She was on other game shows and often appeared in commercials for many products.

Available issues:
March 22 – 26, 1952.
March 29 – April 4, 1952.
April 12 – 18, 1952.