Aerodrome concerts were a gas, gas, gas
I have fond memories of my experiences at the Aerodrome (Gazette articles Jan. 31 and Feb. 4), admittedly with some pretty good fake IDs (at 16 years old), seeing all but The Box Tops, Janis Joplin and Led Zeppelin.
Somehow our band at the time, The Dynamics, ended up with the Fuzz Tone Box from The Vanilla Fudge. It was wild on the floor and back then almost everyone was smoking cigarettes, amongst other things.
To us younger musicians at the time, seeing these bands perform up close and personal was the thrill of a lifetime. Chicago, Johnny Maestro, Buddy Miles and the list goes on. Watching these musicians perform live was also a learning experience to watch the masters’ techniques.
Although Drome Sound Music (one end of the Aerodrome building) was in its infancy at the time, as a musician it was the only place to go to see the equipment the big bands used, short of going to Manny’s on West 48th in Manhattan. The Crystal Mansion was at the other end and had the Parrot “Pancho” outside. There was a reward if you could get the parrot to speak.
Omissions: The Sundowners, who weren’t mentioned in any articles, were the opening act for The Monkees, Jimi Hendrix, and Ike and Tina Turner in 1967, and could perform Beatles songs like no other. It was a treat to see them at the Aerodrome. Joe English, drummer from Jam Factory (Syracuse), another Aerodrome group, ended up playing with Paul McCartney and Wings. Quite an accomplishment.
Only sore losers push election lies
I am glad that my children are adults now, as they already learned about how to deal with losing. Most kids learn from playing sports that you can’t win all the time. Unfortunately, not all learn that lesson.
I have seen hundreds of youth sports and have observed numerous coaches help their players cope with the loss of a hotly contested game. Seeing these players learn to handle defeat has always made me proud.
Unfortunately, our national political leaders have not all learned this lesson. Their accusations, along with their whining, exemplify the traits of a sore loser. They set a terrible example for the country, as going along with the majority vote is part of democracy. It is often difficult to accept a loss when on the losing side, but it is essential if we want to keep a democracy.
Violence is the inevitable outcome of believing that the results of a vote are fabricated. We have seen this in other countries. While some suggest the recent results from the presidential elections were fabricated, all states have indicated that they are accurate. It is only the sore losers who insist the results were false.
This is no different than blaming the refs or umpires after a loss. Let’s get back to accepting that we can’t win all the contests, and please let’s be good examples for our nation’s children.
NY has fumbled vaccine rollout
An 80-year-old Marine I know with cancer can’t get a shot. Some travel out of the area to get a shot. If you were a lucky few over 65, you got a shot at CVS. Some people know someone and have gotten a shot. People with preexisting conditions are now prioritized.
Cuomo has had to make tough decisions to plan the rollout. On the other hand, he should have known since last summer that everyone wouldn’t get a shot on Day 1. Now the estimate is that all the shots won’t be given out until the end of July.
Albany is again asleep at the switch. Everyone is on their own to scramble over too few shots. This rollout is another state screw-up.
Capitalize on city’s nickname
The possibility of losing something can make us better appreciate what we have.
As reported in the Feb. 16 Gazette (“Golub suggests new nickname for city”), Neil Golub suggested to the City Council replacing the “Electric City” nickname with “Schenectady Metro” to reflect changes in the past 30 years. It has merit, but not enough.
Electricity is an unmatched marvel. Virtually everything we need and enjoy relies upon it. Schenectady should retain a motto showing pride as a leader in electrifying the world.
Civic leader Brian Merriam initiated and completed lifesize bronze statues of Thomas Edison and Charles Steinmetz by the notable sculptor Dexter Benedict. Brian is now working with historian Laura Lee and myself for a George Westinghouse statue on the adjacent plaza. It is where the Westinghouse Agricultural Works was located. It is where young George Westinghouse learned to invent, manufacture and market products, before launching a career creating many products and jobs.
Electricity is another word for exciting. A music or dance performance can be described as electric. No life could exist without electricity. Growth requires electrochemistry. Our brain works like a computer. Nerves are wires sending electrical signals to our muscles. Nerves feedback to our brain the senses of sight, sound, taste, touch and smell.
Rather than abandoning the “Electric City” nickname, we should extend our thinking to all the mysteries and applications of electricity, while honoring the scientists and engineers who have discovered and applied electricity to create the necessities, conveniences and pleasures of our modern world.
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