Top Songs of 1964; #16

The next song to hit the top of the record charts in 1964 was “Where Did Our Love Go” by The Supremes. The song was written and produced by the team of Lamont Dozier, Brian Holland and Eddie Holland. They wrote and produced many songs for various Motown artists in the 1960s. The Supremes were …

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Hard Scrapbook

The Rochester Public Library has scanned their James Hard scrapbook of newspaper clippings (126 pages). Mr. Hard was the last verified Union combat veteran of the Civil War. There was one other veteran to died after him but he had only been a drummer boy and nor a soldier. James Albert Hard was born in …

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Top Songs of 1964; #15

During at a time in music that all remember as the British Invasion comes an unlikely number one hit; “Everybody Loves Somebody” by Dean Martin. The song was written by Sam Coslow, Irving Taylor and Ken Lane in 1947. It had been recorded a few times when a recording session in 1964 Lane, who was …

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Old News – Opening of the Panama Canal

More news from the past. This time about the opening of the Panama Canal from the same day. THE POST-EXPRESS Rochester, NY Saturday, August 15, 1914 OPENING OF CANAL; ZONE CELEBRATES Steamship Ancon Making Passage of Isthmian Waterway To-day. DECKS CROWDED WITH DISTINGUISHED GUESTS Band Plays “Star Spangled Banner”—Crowds Line Banks. Panama, Aug. 15,–The United …

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My Woodstock Story

Forty-five years ago this weekend (Aug 15-17) was the original Woodstock music festival. I was supposed to graduate from Alfred State College in May of 1969 but my cumulative average was 0.03 below what you needed to graduate. So I had to go to summer school and take some courses over and raise my grades …

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Onondaga Co. Library Partners with FamilySearch

Press release by Paul G. Nauta from FamilySearch The Onondaga County Public Library and FamilySearch.org, a nonprofit premier family history and records preservation organization, announced today a joint initiative to digitally preserve 40,000 historic titles from the Library’s collections and make them freely accessible online to patrons worldwide. Some of the titles are extremely rare—dating back …

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Super Market from 1942

My dad, Lawrence Halsey, started working for the grocery store chain, Market Basket, after he graduated from high school in 1933. He started as a clerk, then got promoted to assistant manager and then manager, Even as a manager, they would transfer him every couple of years to a bigger store.The picture has dad standing …

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WDYTYA – Tomorrow’s Episode

Valerie Bertinelli is searching for her ancestors on the next episode of Who Do You Think You Are? (WDYTYA). She got the part of Barbara Cooper on the series One Day at a Time in 1975 shortly after her start at acting. After that series ended she was on numerous made  for TV movies. Recently …

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Rochester Music

The Rochester Public Library has uploaded a new digital collection of old sheet music. The collection has music published in Rochester, sold in Rochester and about Rochester. All are dated from the 1890s to the 1920s. The music has been scanned and placed on the RPL website as PDF files. This collection is so new …

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Kodak Movie Film Deal

Kodak competitor Fujifilm stopped making movie film last year. Kodak also was thinking of stopping the manufacture the film that was once used by most Hollywood studios. Sales of film stock have dropped from over 12 billion feet in 2006 to an approximate 450 million feet this year. That is a 96% decrease. Recently Kodak …

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