Jerry Jennings had a reason to celebrate.
Albany’s new mayor had been on the job for three full months when he had lunch with city firefighters on April 1, 1994.
Jennings looked like he had an appetite. He ladled a huge amount of spaghetti onto his plate and proved that pasta and politics mix well.
Other people were also eating lunch during the spring of 1994. Seniors at Schenectady Christian School in Scotia (now Mekeel Christian Academy) grabbed forks and sunshine for their midday break.
Some young people were on the run as spring entered the seasonal limelight. Mike McGrath practiced his street hockey skills in Stillwater. Lori Hewig was on the run in Albany.
Darla Coppola and Erica Besenval were stuck inside. The fifth-graders at Immaculate Conception School in Schenectady participated in a discussion about rain and snow with television meteorologist Steve Caporizzo.
Students at Shenendehowa High School in Clifton Park were also working on the weather. They were designing a comfortable home for the Antarctic, the coldest place on Earth.
Teens received help from NASA astrophysicist and Antarctic researcher Peter Wasilewski. Teacher Dan Nelson had met Wasilewski in 1993, and dialogues between students and scientist began. The collaboration culminated with Wasilewski’s visit to Shen.
Mandee Pixley was climbing the ropes for spring, but it was OK. The Galway High student was participating in an indoor rappelling and rope-climbing course at the school.