Another year goes into the cosmic scrapbook tonight. Places and faces from 2012 will take their spots along the infinite corridors of time. Today, The Daily Gazette’s tunnel into the past has set power accelerators and image controls to points in the local space-time continuum. The newspaper’s history staff has chosen favorites from the past 51 “Capital Region Scrapbooks,” and these portraits from recent decades include big hair, a big blimp and big smiles from bunches of people. Blue Sunoco, a futuristic telephone, singing nurses, laughing pals of the Irish, smiling schoolgirls and friends of Frank Duci are also part of today’s New Year’s Eve party.
Irish eyes are smiling and Irish lips are laughing during the 1982 St. Patrick’s Day Parade in Albany on March 13, 1982.
From left, Linton cheerleaders Kate Frederick, Susan Farstad, Kelle Grimmer and Amanda Daley (left to right) pose in the Linton High School student parking lot. Linton teens from 1987 will gather this weekend for their 25th anniversary reunion.
Jane Cary sits inside her Chevrolet Impala convertible and talks to a friend on her car telephone. The futuristic service, provided by Schenectady Telephone Answering Service Exchange, was big business in 1967.
Rev. Carl B. Taylor of Friendship Baptist Church, left, smiles as Schenectady Mayor Frank J. Duci issues a proclamation for “Negro History Week” in February 1972. Rose Marie Wright, second from left, co-chairwoman of the church’s Black Awareness Committee, and Mrs. Samuel Lee Walker, committee member, also accepted the city document.
Fencers (from left) Joseph Messier, Ann Morrison, Robert Humes and Frank E. Collins Jr. are en garde for the YMCA in October 1968. The rapier wielders gave lessons every Thursday night.
Andrea Hulbert climbs a snowbank on the State Street sidewalk and drops a nickel into a parking meter on Jan. 6, 1961. Andrea’s friend Linda Julin offers support. The women, dressed for a photo session at the Schenectady Gazette, might have wished they had worn snow pants. Both were contestants in the Schenectady Junior Miss Pageant.
A woman smiles as she escorts two bear cubs to a Halloween party on Skaarland Drive in Burnt Hills on Oct. 27, 1985.
Students from the Ellis Hospital School of Nursing practice sassy steps for their stage show “Happiness is . . . HI” in April 1966. From left are Judy Fritz, Kathy Garvey, Diane Singer, Diane Sayers and Bonnie Ballantyne.
Members of the Columbia flight crew use a little pull to maneuver the big balloon during the summer of 1963. The aerial advertising board for Goodyear Tire and Rubber was visiting Albany County Airport.
Johnstown righty Hiroki Kobayoshi prepares a delivery to home plate on May 1, 1991. Gloversville beat the Sir Bills 2-1.
Larry Dougall points the pump — he was selling “Blue Sunoco” at the Crosstown Spur (Route 7) — in 1962. With the gasoline company’s custom blend, motorists could choose the octane for their engines and pay between 241⁄2 cents and 321⁄2 cents per gallon. This sale, for 102⁄10 gallons of gas, cost $3.05.
St. Anthony’s parishioners prepare to march in the May Day parade in Albany on May 1, 1962.
Ah, graduation! Four young women are all smiles after graduating from Notre Dame High School on June 23, 1967. From left are class president Nancy Hassall, Mary Lee Keating, Patty Muldowney and Ann Tierney.