Billy Lopata put on some hot dogs during the summer of 1969. Others put on a play in their neighborhood. And some people put on moon costumes to salute the crew of Apollo 11. Still other folks put on canvas bags to sell newspapers. Lopata used to host a summer party on Madison Street. Billy had been playing big brother to kids for years, grilling hot dogs and serving ice cold soda to young friends. Music and games were other parts of Billy’s big deal. People living in Rotterdam’s Continental Road neighborhood saw a show in July 1969. Kids adapted the story of gold-spinning elf Rumplestiltskin for a play in Beth Ann Flatt’s backyard. The actresses charged for their performance and donated the dough to the Cerebral Palsy Association.
Rotterdam kids put on “Rumplestiltskin” in their neighborhood in July 1969. Seated in the foreground, from left, are Donna Slingerlands and Lisa Juracka. Standing and kneeling, from left, are Laura Manikas, Angela Riccio, Debbie Garvey, Beth Ann Flatt and Brenda Brassaw.
Billy Lopata (second from right, in cap) has his arms full of kids during the annual Lopata summer picnic on Madison Street during the early summer of 1969. Billy treated neighborhood kids to 1,500 hot dogs and more than 50 cases of soda.
The Clark family of Latham welcomed Fresh Air kids Gwen-dolyn Laurel, 14, bottom left, and Elaine Moses, 12, bottom right. The Clarks, clockwise from under the ball, are Jennifer, 8, Molly, 12, Maureen, 11, and Rebecca, 9. Gwen and Elaine were visiting from New York City.
Schenectady Jaycees prepare to sell the Schenectady Gazette around the city during the summer of 1969 — hoping that buyers would add a donation for Jaycee projects along with the price of the newspaper. From left are James S. Erceg, Jaycees president; Wes Millington, vice president; and Norman Chapdelaine, chairman of the project.
With the Apollo 11 moon landing the big news buzz, kids at YMCA Camp Tippecanoe dressed in space costumes on July 21 — the camp's “Moon Day.” The real astronauts had landed on the moon the day before.
A moon lad ponders a trip into space at the camp.