The European Health Spa in Niskayuna opened with Brolin — but without Atlas. The exercise franchise celebrated its first day in business on Balltown Road on March 7, 1974. The spa owners had submitted plans for a statue of Greek mythology’s Atlas — complete with a model of the world on his shoulders — for the grounds. Niskayuna zoning board members nixed the idea for commercial and artistic reasons. Town officials had no problem with actor James Brolin showing up to celebrate the opening. Brolin was a rising movie star at the time, thanks to his role as motorcycle-riding Dr. Steven Kiley in ABC’s “Marcus Welby, M.D.” He would star in 1970s movies such as “Westworld” and “Capricorn One.”
The European Health Spa in Niskayuna opens with star power on Thursday, March 7, 1974. From left are site landlord A. L. Reid; Niskayuna town Councilman Randall F. Atkinson; JoAnn Miller, Miss New York State; actor James Brolin; Niskayuna Supervisor Edwin R. Reilly Jr.; Arthur Bueche of General Electric; and spa manager Joseph Lawn.
Niskayuna Councilman Randall F. Atkinson co-stars with actor James Brolin at the grand opening of the European Health Spa in Niskayuna on March 7, 1974.
Audrey Latterick, left, of Latham and Dorian DeNegris of Rotterdam show off their skates after they passed Northeast Gold Medal testing in Rhode Island in 1974. Audrey and Dorian skated at Rollerama in Rotterdam.
From left, Lois Hayner, Carolyn Conde and Etta Duane judge the West Glenville Grange pie baking and jelly roll contest on March 26, 1974. The little girl at far left was probably hoping for leftovers.
Joseph Curcio, head of the West Glenville Grange in 1974, samples winning entries in the organization’s pie and jelly roll contest on Feb. 26, 1974. Pie champ Katherine Popielarz (left) lends a helping fork. Ruth Parker is ready with her winning jelly roll sample.
Jay Musler, chairman of the 1974 Capital District Miss Universe Pageant, meets contestants before the March event. From left are Kathleen Oliver. Cathy Bogdan, Nancy Consolo, Koran Casey, Laurie Himes, Kathy Zyskowski and Sandy Martin.