Glancing Backward, 3/26/13
Today is Tuesday, March 26, the 85th day of 2013. There are 280 days left in the year.
Today's Highlight in History:
On March 26, 1979, a peace treaty was signed by Israeli Prime Minister Menachem Begin and Egyptian President Anwar Sadat and witnessed by President Jimmy Carter at the White House.
Glancing Backward Locally:
25 years ago - 1988
Sayre High School has installed three wheelchair lifts and one pool lift in the school.
Five graduating gridiron stars from Towanda High School will be furthering their athletic and scholastic careers in colleges next year. They include Jeff Mahalik, Gordie Bull, Chris Jennings, John Lynde and Tom Brecher.
Marlene Enlow of Sayre received the Good Shepherd Award at the Sayre First Baptist Church recently.
50 years ago - 1963
Douglas Skinner, 15, son of Mr. and Mrs. Osmun Skinner of Troy, made a 50-mile hike yesterday and did two extra miles for good measure, just to prove that Trojans can do anything anybody else can do, and better.
In an economy move, the Towanda Area Joint School Board last night abolished the position of art teacher in the elementary grades of the Towanda area schools, at an estimated savings of $5,000 per year.
The directors of the Towanda Rotary Club in a special session yesterday elected Newman Benson of Towanda as president for the coming year.
75 years ago - 1938
Meeting last night, the Chamber of Commerce committee for the "Clean Up, Paint Up, Dress Up" week discussed plans. The idea is to clean up premises both outside and in, not only making them look better, but also eliminating fire hazards.
Seen about the borough: Towandians working up an appetite to patronize each of the three bake sales to be held today and trying to decide whether to buy North Towanda pies, American Legion doughnuts or North Orwell cakes.
A meeting was held in the Sullivan County courthouse recently for the purpose of discussing the advisability of merging the several schools in the townships of Davidson, Laporte and Shrewsbury and the boroughs of Laporte and Eagles Mere.
Elsewhere on this date:
In 1874, poet Robert Frost was born in San Francisco.
In 1917, the Seattle Metropolitans became the first U.S. team to win the Stanley Cup as they defeated the Montreal Canadiens.
In 1937, a 6-foot-tall statue of the cartoon character Popeye was unveiled during the Second Annual Spinach Festival in Crystal City, Texas.
In 1962, the U.S. Supreme Court, in Baker v. Carr, gave federal courts the power to order reapportionment of states' legislative districts.
In 1982, groundbreaking ceremonies took place in Washington D.C., for the Vietnam Veterans Memorial.
In 1988, Jesse Jackson stunned fellow Democrats by soundly defeating Michael S. Dukakis in Michigan's Democratic presidential caucuses.
In 1997, the bodies of 39 members of the Heaven's Gate techno-religious cult who'd committed suicide were found inside a rented mansion in Rancho Santa Fe, Calif.
Today's Birthdays: Conductor-composer Pierre Boulez is 88. Retired Supreme Court Justice Sandra Day O'Connor is 83. Actor-director Leonard Nimoy is 82. Actor Alan Arkin is 79. House Democratic Leader Nancy Pelosi is 73. Actor James Caan is 73. Author Erica Jong is 71. Journalist Bob Woodward is 70. Singer Diana Ross is 69. Actor Johnny Crawford is 67. Rock singer Steven Tyler (Aerosmith) is 65. Singer and TV personality Vicki Lawrence is 64. Actor Ernest Thomas is 64. Comedian Martin Short is 63. Country singer Ronnie McDowell is 63. Movie composer Alan Silvestri is 63. Rock musician Monte Yoho is 61. Radio talk show host Curtis Sliwa is 59. Country singer Dean Dillon is 58. Country singer Charly McClain is 57. TV personality Leeza Gibbons is 56. Actress Ellia English is 54. Actress Jennifer Grey is 53. College and Pro Football Hall of Famer Marcus Allen is 53. Actor Eric Allan Kramer is 51. Basketball Hall of Famer John Stockton is 51. Actor Michael Imperioli is 47. Rock musician James Iha is 45. Country singer Kenny Chesney is 45. Actor T.R. Knight is 40. Rapper Juvenile is 38. Actress Amy Smart is 37. Actress Bianca Kajlich is 36. Actress Keira Knightley is 28. Rapper J-Kwon is 27. Actress Carly Chaikin (TV: "Suburgatory") is 23.
Thought for Today: "Life is denied by lack of attention, whether it be to cleaning windows or trying to write a masterpiece." - Nadia Boulanger (boo-lahn-ZHAY'), French music teacher (1887-1979).