Bets and beauties made headlines 40 years ago this month.
In July 1973, racing fans received an assist for their wagers. Schenectady Off-Track Betting invented a portable parlor — the “Bet Mobile.” There were no jokes or riddles involved; the renovated van only needed a telephone line hook-up, and win, place and show bets would become possible.
Other people were more interested in art, beauty, athletics and recreation. Arts and crafts created by teens at Schenectady’s Mont Pleasant and Linton High Schools were on display in City Hall. Others preferred art in motion, and traveled to the Saratoga Performing Arts Center to watch the New York City Ballet.
Beauty was on display at Martin Luther King Jr. Elementary School. Ten teenagers participated in the Miss Black Teenage Pageant on July 14.
Some young people splashed waves to help smash cancer. Swimmers at the American Cancer Society’s Swim-a-thon at the Mohawk Golf Club in Niskayuna completed 200 lengths in less than two hours to raise money.
Summer just meant fun for people in Schenectady. The Central Park Flyer left its home base and rolled down State Street during a downtown sale. Children — and their older friends — stayed in the park and played on the swings.