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.” 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 SPAC 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.
Schenectady's Off-Track Betting operation added a new way for people to wager on their favorite horses in July 1973 — the “Bet Mobile.” Sam Ciervo, manager of OTB’s Woodlawn parlor, and cashier Ann Marie Tessitore prepare to send the vehicle out on a mission.
Judi Sparks, a candidate for the Miss Black Teenage Pageant in Schenectady, receives a posture tip from instructor Bonna Parker. Standing in the back row, from left, are fellow candidates Kim Floyd, Pam Stevens, Chandra Goodwin and Millie Ray. Seated from left are candidates Linda Williams, Allana Brown, Michelle Sharp, Marion Porterfield and Toni Ann Blake.
Schenectady Mayor Frank J. Duci has a fine eye for art in July 1973. Paintings and crafts were on display at City Hall. Among the artists and art lovers on Duci’s tour are, from left, Councilman Ray Vacca, Francine Mauro, Kathy Gordon, John Brzostowski, Laurie Brown, Mark McClennahan and Cathy Barber.
Miss New York State Hope Mary Jo Newland, left, joined Schenectady County Miss Hope Mary Jane Wallett to help fight cancer during the American Cancer Society's swim-athon at the Mohawk Golf Club in late July 1973. Swimmers in the back row, from left, are Toni Cioffi, Karen Cooney, Ginny Ward, Kathy Cooney and Ann Savarese. All five women completed 200 lengths in less than two hours.
Fans of summer recreation try out the toys at Schenectady's Central Park.
Celeste and John Bellizzi, left, and Bernard and Adelaide Skaskiw, all of Delmar, walk the grounds of the Saratoga Performing Arts Center before a performance of the New York City Ballet.