Doctor Who, the old television time lord himself, would have been impressed with Edwin Raynor, Jackie Kruk and other tech-minded teens in March 1984.
The young people were part of Mont Pleasant High School’s technical program, which offered college-prep courses. Edwin and his friends were working on a computer-assisted architectural design project. Jackie and her team had constructed a three-phrase transformer system. Thirty years ago, the teens were preparing for a March 12 open house.
The Doctor had his own technology, and may have used his “tardis” — the time-traveling ship disguised as a police telephone box — to reach public broadcaster WMHT on March 11, 1984. The station was running its annual membership drive, and a Who entourage made an appearance.
Who’s next visits might have taken him to singers, entrepreneurs, hairstylists and library boosters. Mohawk Valley Chorus was preparing for four March performances in Scotia, Saratoga Springs and Amsterdam. On the song schedule were “September Song,” “Begin the Beguine” and “Bye Bye Blues.”
Teens from Junior Achievement showed off coasters, trivets and other handcrafted goods at Mohawk Mall. Hair expert Rhonda Pierce gave friend Denise Russel an elegant evening look during a “skill Olympics” exercise conducted by Albany-Schoharie-Schenectady BOCES.
The Doctor might have been most interested in the Shenendehowa Library fundraiser. A microwave oven, video cassette recorder, a cruise on Lake George and set of World Book encyclopedias were all going to auction — great things to have in 1984. Or in any other time period.