Before the doors even opened this morning, people were gathering outside the doors of the Clark in anticipation of the grand re-opening of the sports complex which had spent the two years undergoing extensive renovations. Above, Gunter Weldon, Cooperstown, gets a leg up from Adventure Staff member Steph Talaia-Murray on the rock-climbing wall during the grand re-opening of the Clark Sports Center this morning. Right: Staff member Peg Wilson, Dr. Rodman Carter and wife Imogene congratulate board chair Jane Forbes Clark on the state-of-the-art sports center. (Ian Austin/AllOTSEGO.com)
30TH ON USA TODAY LIST
COOPERSTOWN – Jane Forbes Clark was ranked as the most influential woman in baseball in USA Today’s list of the 100 most influential people in the National Pastime.
Ranked 30th, she nonetheless led the field for women. The second most influential was Kim Ng, MLB’s senior VP of baseball operations, ranked 40.
Rare Appearance Draws Overflow Crowd
In a rare local public address, Jane Forbes Clark, Cooperstown’s #1 citizen, packed the Hall of Fame’s Grandstand Theater to overflowing this afternoon with a talk on her family’s legacy in Cooperstown and Otsego County. She detailed the activities of The Clark Foundation (college scholarships, plus much more), The Scriven Foundation (support for local charities, plus much more), and the one for-profit entity, The Leatherstocking Corp., which operates The Otesaga, The Cooper Inn and The Leatherstocking Golf Course. In all, she said, the Clark interests employ 4,000 people. She was greeted with warm applause, her remarks and answers to questions were frequently interrupted by more applause, and the hour-long presentation – 20 minutes formal; 40 minutes Q and A – was capped by a standing ovation. In particularly, the scholarship program, which has helped 11,000 high school graduates attend college since 1961, was singled out for repeated praise. At Miss Clark’s urging, Gary Kuch, scholarship program director, at right, recounted receiving a note from a recipient and her family, which read, “You have given us back our dream.” The theater’s 190 seats were filled, folding chairs were added, and some folks sat on the stage, but more than 100 people were still lined up when capacity was reached; Miss Clark agreed to repeat the talk at a later date to accommodate everyone who hoped to attend. The event was organized by the Friends of the Village Library as part of its Sunday Series. (Ian Austin photos for AllOTSEGO.com)
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HOMETOWN ONEONTA, ON NEWSSTANDS WEDNESDAY
“Yogi Berra was an American icon, whose impact on baseball and everyday American culture was enormous. Yogi connected with every baseball fan, as a 10-time World Series winner with the New York Yankees, as one of the world’s most notable personalities, and as one of baseball’s most beloved Hall of Fame members. His contributions to our game and to our country will never be forgotten. The National Baseball Hall of Fame sends its sympathies to his family and to every baseball fan who adored him.”
– Jane Forbes Clark, Chairman, Baseball Hall of Fame
“The Hall of Fame mourns the loss of a baseball legend, great American, tremendous family man and modern day philosopher. His baseball abilities and acumen are evidenced by his Hall of Fame election in 1972 and as the only manager in history to take both the Yankees and Mets to the World Series. He joined the Navy at 18, was married to his beloved wife Carmen for 65 years, and had more fun with the English language than any player in history. He will especially be missed in Cooperstown where he was beloved by his fellow Hall of Famers and his adoring fans.”
– Jeff Idelson, Hall of Fame President
HOWARD C. TALBOT OBITUARY
COOPERSTOWN – Howard Chase Talbot, Jr., retired National Baseball Hall of Fame director – the equivalent at the time of today’s president – from 1976 to 1993, passed away with his family by his side Saturday evening, July 18, 2015, at Bassett Hospital. He was 89.
Born Oct. 6, 1925, in New Berlin, Howard was the son of Howard C. Talbot, Sr. and Gladys Jacobs Talbot.
Raised in Edmeston, “Juney,” as he was known to his parents, attended Edmeston Central School and later Manlius Military Academy. He spent many summers of his youth on the shores of Otsego Lake as an attendee and counselor of Camp Chenango. Howard would go on to share a lifelong enjoyment of the outdoors with his family and friends.
On Dec. 15, 1943, he was inducted into the Army, serving his country during World War II with the 426th Field Artillery Battalion. Upon receiving his Honorable Discharge from the Military on May 6, 1946, Howard returned home and obtained a degree from the Utica School of Commerce.
Memorial Day Activities
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Celebration On Glimmerglass’ Shores
Opens Bunny Hamilton Amphitheatre
COOPERSTOWN – With a laugh-eliciting comment, “this could be dangerous,” benefactress Mrs. Lewis L. “Bunny” Hamilton cut the ribbon this evening on a lake-side amphitheatre named in her honor at “Otsego: A Meeting Place,” the Native-American-themed exhibit behind The Fenimore Art Museum.
She used a pair of shears crafted especially for the occasion in The Farmers’ Museum blacksmith shop. NYSHA President Paul D’Ambrosio presented the shears to Mrs. Hamilton as a memento of her participation in the project.
A hundred well-wishing guests gathered on a slope leading down to Otsego Lake for the occasion. After the ceremony, Perry Ground, a traditional story teller from the Onondaga Turtle Clan, recounted a traditional story about “Turtle Island – which you know,” he told the audience, “as Earth.”