There I was. Standing in line in the concourse of the Empire State Plaza at 7:30 in the morning, waiting with hundreds of drivers and their families, waiting to deliver Thanksgiving meals to those in the Capital Region who did not have an opportunity to receive a Thanksgiving bounty. The line for drivers already snaked…Read More
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Ron Guidry is Pitching Tonight at Heritage Park!!
In a five-year span, covering the last two seasons of the Albany-Colonie Yankees (1993, 1994) and the first three seasons of the Albany-Colonie Diamond Dogs (1995, 1996, 1997), I wrote several articles for those teams’ game yearbooks. I received some cash for my efforts, as well as opening-day tickets at Heritage Park. One of those…Read More
When the Beatles Played in Albany… their movies, that is…
There’s a store in Crossgates Mall where, if you’re feeling nostalgic about Albany’s past history, you can purchase an old photograph of Albany’s legacy, and hang it on your wall. Want a picture of downtown from the early 20th century? They’ve got it. Want a picture of the Empire State Plaza’s Egg in mid-construction? They’ve…Read More
My Donation to the Basketball Hall of Fame
It’s Sunday morning, and I’ve just packed my Pontiac 6000 with the last box it can hold. It took a lot of emotional effort on my part, but in my heart of hearts, I knew it was time. Two hours later, I was at the Basketball Hall of Fame in Springfield, Massachusetts, where two employees…Read More
Photo Essay: The 2006-07 Albany Patroons
I honestly thought these photos were lost forever. About a year ago, one of my storage devices suffered a hard drive failure – it came down with the despicable “click of death.” That’s when the read head inside your hard drive just bounces back and forth like a windshield wiper, and your data is irretrievable.…Read More
Is that a naked woman on a horse, on stage in Albany?
While researching the old newspaper microfilms for a recent blog post, I came across what may have been the most scandalous event in 19th century Albany entertainment history. Yes, even more scandalous than the time the Petit Cine 1-2 had an exclusive engagement of The Devil in Miss Jones. Step into the magic time portal…Read More
See John Wilkes Booth performing in an Albany theater!
With all the excitement about President Obama coming to Troy to speak at Hudson Valley Community College Monday, I looked over the list of various presidents who have visited the Capital Region, in one way or another. When Abraham Lincoln was elected President in 1861, he traveled by train from Illinois to Washington, D.C. –…Read More