Via the Greater Oneonta Historical Society, HBO has asked if anyone from Oneonta has footage of Paul Reubens, better known by his stage name of Pee Wee Herman.
Reubens attended Bugbee School in Oneonta and participated in several plays. Producer Brian Becker contacted GOHS and asked them if they could put out a wide net to find someone who had footage of Reubens from his early childhood. According to a Vanity-Fair article, his father Milton owned a Lincoln-Mercury dealership. The Reubens family moved to Sarasota, Florida when Paul was in middle school.
The following is the request from Becker:
Do you have, or know someone who might have, film from Oneonta from the 1950s or 1960s? Brian Becker (firstname.lastname@example.org) is working on archival footage for an HBO documentary on Paul Reubens (Pee Wee Herman) and is looking for general film of Oneonta, plus footage of a play titled “The Legend of Lelewala,” which was put on at Bugbee School. If you have any home movies or leads to someone who may have saved footage from all those years ago, please e-mail him at email@example.com.
Nature or nurture is a question I keep asking myself. Why have I always been afraid? Did I learn fear?
Why did my parents keep to themselves? Kept us close to them?
No overnights with other kids. Or other kids sleeping at our house.
Maybe not just because our house wasn’t as nice as the other kids?
My family lived secrets. Were Mom and Dad just shy? Or were they really afraid? That they would be shunned by neighbors? That they couldn’t measure up? That they might jeopardize the life they wanted to build for their girls’ futures?
Dad had told us why he emigrated from Northern Ireland. But was this the real story?
I had believed his story. It shaped my life. With four daughters on a farm my Dad needed sons. In the 50s and 60s, probably, a man needed at least one son.
He sat under the apple trees at Holy Trinity Monastery outside of Jordanville as the warm breeze lifted the thin pages of the book he was holding. Lush foliage seemed to exude an abundance of life. Church bells marked the time of day, but he didn’t appear to notice as his thin, intent face strained to absorb the words. The thick book he was reading was nearly turned to its end, giving the impression that many afternoons had been spent like this with many books before, but this was not the case.
Sixty-two year old Vasili Shipilov had spent most of his life behind Soviet prison bars.
His crime, officials said, was not carrying proper identification papers, for which he received two years hard labor. From information obtained from men who had served time with Vasili, it was believed that he was a priest who had gotten his early education from monks who had taught him to read. Free world newsletters about religious prisoners in Russia said that Shipilov had suffered greatly in the prison camps. He was reputed to have performed baptisms as a prisoner, and for this he was beaten and his sentence increased. When he got hold of a bible he copied it over by hand so that others could share it. To side track his efforts, in 1958, he was sent to a mental institution and detained there indefinitely. He had no living relatives, no one to remind the world of his existence.
A fundraiser is being held all weekend for a Milford Central School graduate who was involved in a serious ATV accident on Thursday, June 13.
Caleb Radulewicz, 29, has been in recovery since the accident, which occurred in Van Wert, Ohio, who he lived. Radulewicz was a passenger in a side-by-side when it was hit by a car and he was ejected, suffering critical injuries, including head trauma.
According to the Facebook page Radulewicz Recovery, Radulewicz was flown to a hospital in Indianapolis, after initially being take to a local hospital. He had surgery has been recovering since, making steady improvements. However, the medical bills and the need for him and his wife, Christy, to miss work has left them in need of help, according to the Facebook page.
There will be a barbecue benefit at Wilber Park baseball field with food from Big Al’s BBQ from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m., Friday, July 2, Saturday, July 3, and Sunday July 4.
Go to RadulewiczRecovery on Facebook for more information.
After 32 years, local radio legend Chuck D’Imperio turned off the microphone on his WDOS morning show for the last time Tuesday, June 29.
The retiring radio host got his start in 1988 at what was then Hastings Broadcasting in Oneonta. The best offer owner Gordon Hastings had for D’Imperio was an unpaid position changing tape reels and monitoring the station during three-hour broadcasts for the Boston Pops.
D’Imperio said the time around the station early on was enough to further his radio interest.
Soon after, Hastings sold the broadcast company to Jan Laytham and paid opportunities for D’Imperio emerged. There was mutual respect between the two, and D’Imperio soon became the morning host on AM 730, WDOS.
Laytham coined D’Imperio’s radio name “Big Chuck.”
Josh Rawitch, 44, worked with Diamondbacks, Dodgers
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COOPERSTOWN – The National Baseball Hall of Fame and Museum announced Monday, June 28, that Josh Rawitch has been named President of the National Baseball Hall of Fame and Museum effective after the 2021 Induction, according to a media release.
Rawitch will start in his new role Sept. 9. Until that date, Jeff Idelson will continue as interim president, which he has held since returning May 15.
Rawitch, 44, has spent 27 seasons working in baseball, including the last decade with the Arizona Diamondbacks, serving as the team’s senior vice president of content and communications for the past six years. He joined the Diamondbacks after 15 years as part of the Los Angeles Dodgers’ front office.
Cooperstown Central School returned to its grand graduation ceremony Sunday, June 27, as 84 seniors graduated on the lawn of the Fenimore Art Museum in the town of Otsego.
New Superintendent Sarah Spross told the students that Cooperstown’s future is in good hands with this year’s class. She said the students have learned key skills during the coronavirus pandemic that limited their activities during their final two years of high school. She said if the students can take from the experience the skills of resiliency, service and a sense of humor, then they will go on to live good lives.
As is the tradition, the school’s top four students gave a combined speech. For the class of 2021, Brayden White, Caroline Whitaker, Abby Miller and Will Weldon compared grade school to popular movies, “Good Will Hunting,” “The Lion King,” “The Breakfast Club” and “Forrest Gump.”
Cherry Valley-Springfield Central School said congratulations and farewell to 32 students Saturday, June 26, in a ceremony under a big tent on the school’s athletic field.
Valedictorian Mia Horvath told her classmates to strive to be individuals. She said they were each one of just 7.8 billion people and should reach beyond their small-town roots.
Horvath quoted Walt Whitman’s “Songs of Myself” which said, “I am large. I contain multitudes.” She told the graduates to look at the bigger picture, to take in different viewpoints and to try to contain the multitudes themselves.
I graduated from CUNY Brooklyn just as the coronavirus pandemic was starting. After spending a year stringing for local Brooklyn publications and covering Black Lives Matter protests, I was ready to embrace a different lifestyle when I was offered a position as staff reporter for the Freeman’s Journal.
I’m not a sentimental person when it comes to where I live. I lived for three years in Flatbush Brooklyn, which was neither hipster nor trendy.
Instead, I spent my nights huddled up alone in my apartment watching anime and listening to the countless amounts of gunshots and firecrackers all night.
Compare that to moving to Oneonta, where the only thing that broke the silence was the freight train rolling past Neahwa Park and the occasional drunken college students chattering outside.
The weirdest thing about moving to Oneonta though was the fact that everybody seemed to be happy, a foreign concept in the city, apparently.
It seems like most New York City residents fled to Long Island, my home region, which I never liked, and New Jersey. I chose to go Upstate. I guess I’m just a singular experience in that growing trend.
But it was really the job that made me come here. There was nothing I wanted to do more than journalism, and I was finally being given a way to make that tricky career choice of
One thing I’ve learned is that some of the most impactful work you can do as a journalist is in small towns and cities. New York City, Los Angeles and Washington D.C. have no shortage of journalists, all of them competing for the same positions and stories.
In the end, my decision to work for a local paper, one which had been around for literal centuries, seemed like a no brainer, because I was committed to the importance of local journalism.
Loneliness is a bigger issue than anything else I’ve faced so far. In an effort to meet people, feel alive and be happy, I’ve done things I’ve never expected that I would do: I took pictures at a burlesque show, I’ve gone to Main Street and played guitar, I’ve eaten cold cheese pizza at Tino’s, drank coffee and read a book outside the Green Toad Book Store and somehow I’ve had random conversations with complete strangers about nothing in particular.
You can’t really do that in Brooklyn.
Well, yeah you can, but it would be a fruitless endeavor. Nobody is interested in you personally. In New York City, you’re a cog in the machine. You’re just one tiny spec among millions of other tiny specs. You may love the city, but it is unrequited. The city will never love you back.
Oneonta might be strange, different, even bizarre, at least from the perspective of a Long Island kid who moved to Brooklyn, but I can’t believe that the City of the Hills doesn’t care about me. It just doesn’t have that vibe.
Moving? Whether you have changed countries or states or cities or streets you probably have some stories? Hearing a tale from a friend brought to mind some of the terrors.
One of the scariest moves I made was back to upstate New York after years working in cities — first in New Zealand, then London and, finally, in Manhattan. It was a frightening move from my big-time journalism job at NBC to work with my husband to start a business and to become a financial advisor. My friends worried I would regret abandoning that career to move from city life to country life.
We could make this work.
We had to buy a house upstate and simultaneously sell our house in New Jersey. Most everything we owned had to go to upstate New York, except for some things I needed for my last few months working in Manhattan, when I would share an apartment near Carnegie Hall.
Rowing opportunities have been expanding on Otsego Lake the past few years and a two-time Olympian has been a big part of bringing the sport to Cooperstown and Otsego County.
The Otsego Area Rowing program, under the guidance of Oneonta’s two-time Olympian, Andrea Thies, has been expanding for several summers now as people take up the water sport.
A rower from her collegiate years at Cornell University, Thies aims to offer access to the sport regardless of age, ability or experience.
OAR was established in 2017, in conjunction with the Otsego Land Trust and Brookwood Point, with an emphasis on adolescent rowing opportunities.
The not-for-profit offers classes and opportunities for all ages and abilities. Although many of OAR’s programs were restricted last year because of the coronavirus pandemic, this summer’s rowing opportunities are in full swing with various adult and kid camps.
A group of Otsego County residents have been training for the ride of their lives in the Leadville 100 MTB.
The annual “race across the sky” in the Rocky Mountains near Leadville, Colorado, is considered one of the most grueling endurance races in the world. Whether people do the ultramarathon or the mountain bike race, the competitors are embarking on a challenge that breaks even top athletes.
However, that knowledge isn’t going to stop Worcester native Chad Althiser and Cooperstown natives Ryan Miosek and Matt Grady, who have all qualified for the mid-August race and are all training under Althiser’s guidance.
“We grew up in the woods around here, so it makes sense our attempts to continue to be athletes would be outside,” Miosek said.
“And even going back to our days as college athletes playing soccer, if you think about it, we were training to be endurance athletes,” Grady said.
The trio qualified for the Leadville by finishing a 100-mile race. Anyone who finished in a qualifying time of eight hours or less would get a chip to place in the Leadville lottery.
Last week, while section champions accepted their awards, and athletes across the region expressed thanks for being able to get back to competing for championships, the mood was different for one local player.
Arguably the best tennis player in the region, Oneonta senior Chris Catan watched as his classmates played playoff games and his peers on the court won titles. Section IV did not offer a post-season tennis tournament despite offering post-season events for other spring sports, including baseball, softball, lacrosse and track and field.
“I was very, very disappointed,” Catan said during a phone interview Thursday, June 17.
“At first, I was excited to be back out on the court for Oneonta,” Catan continued. “When I heard the news (about the section tournament), I was really upset. I thought to myself, ‘am I just here to practice?’”
The son of a former professional tennis player, Paul Catan, Chris took to his father’s sport when he was four-years old. He quickly became a prodigy.
“My dad introduced me to the game, but I sort of took off from there,” he said.
Cooperstown Elementary School held a car parade through the village Wednesday, June 23, as part of the sixth-grade graduation. Dozens of parents drove their kids down Main Street, around the village and back to the school, where the remainder of the students were waiting to cheer on the Class of 2027.
CES Principal Tracy Durkee said the school has made an effort during the coronavirus pandemic to show the students that their accomplishments are special, even if they can’t be celebrated in the traditional way. The school had a car parade last year, but in her first year in Cooperstown, Durkee said she wanted to bring the rest of the school out to celebrate, too.
Otsego County residents Tim and Henry Horvath reached the summit of Denali over the weekend, about two weeks into their Alaskan journey, according to Ellen Pope of Otsego 2000.
“So excited to report that Henry and Tim reached the summit of Denali yesterday, on Father’s Day,” Pope said. “So far, they’ve raised ($2,275) for improving trails in Otsego County, with a goal of $5,000.”
Henry Horvath, 16, who will be a junior at Middlesex School in Concord, Massachusetts in September, came up with the idea of the Denali climb, after spending his childhood watching his father take on outdoor challenges. Tim, a Cherry Valley native and the owner of Redpoint Design/Build, has climbed all over the world, including some of the highest peaks. He had climbed Denali twice before, reaching the summit successfully in 1999.