Dan DiNicola needed a date for a wedding in October 1978. He asked eight people. DiNicola was then film critic for the Schenectady Gazette and would often receive letters from people commenting on his work. Just for fun, he decided to ask some of his correspondents to watch a movie with him. And work as a critic for a day. DiNicola had contacts at the 20th Century Fox movie studio and knew Phil Garvey, manager of the Cine 1-6 movie complex in Colonie’s Northway Mall. The Fox gang agreed to provide a print of Robert Altman’s “A Wedding,” which had opened during the late summer.
Schenectady Gazette movie reviewer Dan DiNicola stands with the team of civilian movie reviewers he assembled in October 1978. Standing with DiNicola (far left) in the back row are Alan Dean, Dr. Arnold Ritterband and Tony Cotrupi. Standing in the front row, from left, are Racquel Vinick, Carolyn Pasley, Dolores Lorie Malloy, Debbi Dereski and The Rev. John DiCaprio.
Wendy Schneider, right, "Miss Hope 1978" for the Schenectady branch of the American Cancer Society, talks over the "Voice of Hope" campaign with Lois Neufeld, campaign chairwoman, and Dr. Robert Liebers, president of the cancer society.
Kids from Schenectady's Horace Mann school had company during a visit to an apple orchard in October 1978. School board member Elizabeth Jabonaski and Superintendent Charles D. Abba picked fruits with the students. From left, the kids are Scott Kowalski, Christopher Dixon, Susan Hoiland, Leon Stoveall and Tasha Jackson.
Sculptor Alice Manzi, left, shows off her three-quarter ton marble work "The Factory Worker" at the Schenectady Museum in October 1978. Admiring the piece are, from center left, Gail Caufield, Edward Hicks, Nancy Sharlet and James Caufield.
Lisa Alexander and Louie Torres prepare for a collection job in Schenectady in October 1978. The teens, sophomores at Linton High School, secured the work through the Job Junction program of the Schenectady Boys’ Club.