Beauty queens and models are on the team.
Gymnasts and high school teens also have made the cut.
So did astronomy whiz Copernicus, a party girl, intrepid reporters and a slightly confused police officer.
Members of The Daily Gazette’s history staff have chosen their favorite photos from the past 51 weeks of “Capital Region Scrapbook” feature stories. As 2008 rolls to the end, our favorite people still look positive in their negatives. Here are their encore appearances.
Copernicus — the real 16th century stargazer — was long gone before photography or even The Gazette came along. Good thing Kim McCarthy dressed as the space professor for her class at Schoharie Elementary School in 1987.
Millie Ray, Pamela Stevens, Linda Williams and Allena Brown all looked glamorous and gorgeous during the 1974 Miss Black Teenage Schenectady contest.
Mary Hartshorne and Maureen O’Connor played convincing nuns for a 1967 school play at St. Columba’s High School. And Linda Milner of Rotterdam played a convincing silly goose for a pajama party at her Melrose Avenue home around 1954.
Models are also part of our “Auld lang syne” package. So is Schenectady Patrolman Frank Barrett, who met a friend from the Schenectady Fire Department in 1953. Bill Porter, a broadcaster for Union College’s WRUC in 1948, gave “track side” a new meaning during his coverage of a Union track meet.
Another intrepid reporter was Kathy McGarry Muller, one of dependables on the Schenectady Gazette’s staff during the 1950s. She was happy to show high school kids around the newspaper; Muller died Dec. 15 in Venice, Fla.
All the pictures, and all the stories behind them, made terrific history in 2008.