In March ’70, kids, grown-ups were up for some unusual fun
Some people were in strange moods during March 1970.
It had to be spring fever — a woman wore a cake on her head, 13 boys climbed a large tree, young women danced in medieval dress and teenagers took over county government.
Paige Gauvreau wore the “cake,” an elaborate hat that won an award at the Schenectady Light Opera Co.’s “funny hat” party. Others at the Woodlin Club bash wore swim caps, feathers, ducks and glitter for their fashion statements.
The kids in the tree were part of a photo stunt. Photographer Ed Schultz shot art for a story promoting National Boys’ Club Week, and persuaded 13 boys from the Schenectady, Rotterdam and Carman outfits to hang out on the limbs. The shot probably would not be attempted today — no matter how sure-footed the boys or persuasive the photographer.
Going back in time
Ele Miller and her dancing friends made moves from the 16th century at the Elizabethan Revel at the First Unitarian Society of Schenectady. Music and food from medieval times were part of the party on March 19.
Schenectady County personnel entertained high school kids on March 17. Teens formed a younger version of the Board of Representatives and learned about government process. Maureen Johnson of Baker Avenue, a student at Notre Dame High School, was named “outstanding student.”
The Schenectady Gazette titled Maureen’s photo caption “Possible Mayor?” Maureen never ran for office, but another Johnson — Karen B. Johnson — would be elected Schenectady’s top official in 1983.