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Focused young photographers among May ’69 ‘newsmakers’

Monday, May 19, 2014
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David Johnson of the Schenectady Ambulance and Oxygen Service, helps members of the Schenectady Boys Club practice first aid. From left are Paul Mango, Gaston Hooks, Brian Bradshaw and Walter Lewis.
David Johnson of the Schenectady Ambulance and Oxygen Service, helps members of the Schenectady Boys Club practice first aid. From left are Paul Mango, Gaston Hooks, Brian Bradshaw and Walter Lewis.

Some kids in Schenectady were crazy about cameras in May 1969.

As part of a visual literacy project at Martin Luther King School, aspiring photographers took pictures near the school on Stanley Street.

Teacher Vyvian d’Estienne taught the youngsters how to focus on subjects and develop film. “Selfies,” the art of the self-portrait popular with modern cellphone aficionados, probably were not in the curriculum.

Also in the picture during the middle of spring in 1969:

-- Charlene Britten starred as Rose Alvarez in Schalmont High School’s production of “Bye Bye Birdie.”

-- Kids at the Schenectady Boys Club learned how to bandage buddies during a visit from David Johnson of the Schenectady Ambulance and Oxygen Service.

-- Mary Ann Connelly won a bicycle in a promotional contest sponsored by the J.M. Fields department store.

-- Firemen from the Carman Volunteer Fire Department prepared their vintage American LaFrance pumper for parade duty.

-- The Establishment — men from the Schenectady County Sheriff’s Department — met members of 1969’s music scene. And “Up With People” was the message.

 
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