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Magician, nurse, optimists among Feb. ’69 newsmakers

Monday, February 24, 2014
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The Schenectady Optimists Club honors several high school students in February 1969. Seated from left are Wendy Diotte; Lawrence Daly, the Optimists’ vice president; and Gary Morey. Standing from left are society president David R. Drumm, Charles Kenney, Dororthy Brown, Richard Porter, Lynn Robinson and John DeLong.
The Schenectady Optimists Club honors several high school students in February 1969. Seated from left are Wendy Diotte; Lawrence Daly, the Optimists’ vice president; and Gary Morey. Standing from left are society president David R. Drumm, Charles Kenney, Dororthy Brown, Richard Porter, Lynn Robinson and John DeLong.

Martene’s mind was on magic.

Stacey was thinking about hope.

Sally stayed busy with athletics.

All three young women were in the pages of the Schenectady Gazette in February 1969 — along with other young people of achievement.

Martene Martin was a practicing magician. As a student of the mystic arts — and mod fashion — she practiced her tricks in white vinyl miniskirt, fishnet stockings and shiny black boots. “The principles are old, but it’s the new twists that make the show,” Martin told reporter Jane Lee Rowe.

Stacey Dunn, a registered nurse at Ellis Hospital, was selected Miss Hope by the Schenectady chapter of the American Cancer Society. She would appear at society functions for the rest of 1969.

Sally Griffin of Niskayuna took off a semester from Northeastern University in Boston to teach physical education at the Schenectady YMCA. Griffin was a sophomore at Northeastern when she took her work break.

Two groups of young people won awards in February ’69. Seven high school students won awards for scholastic, artistic and athletic achievements from the Schenectady Optimists Club. Five members of Boy Scout Troop 45, sponsored by Shenendehowa United Methodist Church, received Eagle badges during a “court of honor” at the church.

 
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