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By Judy Minsavage jminsavage@civitasmedia.com

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In 1958, just what did a brand new, fully-equipped Mercury cost at Julio Motors on South Main Street in Pittston?

1958 – 56 YEARS AGO

It was a good year for the students at the Sammy Tremont Dance and Talent Sudio. By winning a Scranton Home Talent Show, Tremont dancers Gayle Ishley, Doreen Krafjak, Lynn Stephens, Carol Stopak, Patsy Hudock, Jean martin, Charlene Makar, Maureen Flannery, Sally Shento, Marie Kmush, Dorothy Bullock, Betsy Ash, Carol Poslzney, Claire Fedak, Carol Fedak, Carol Goodsfa, Marlene Strobel, Marsha Steinberg, Cathy Nichols, Patsy Dent, Carol Mushok, Bonnie Buckman and Janet Irvin would travel to New York to perform on the Ted Mack Original Amateur Hour. To learn more about the Amateur Hour and obtain copies of shows log on to www.originalamateurhour.com.


Do you remember what company sponsored the Original Amateur Hours? Here’s a hint, it helped something that was poor and tired.

1968 – 46 YEARS AGO

The West Wyoming American Legion Post 904 received from Congressman Daniel Flood an American flag that “flew over the Nation’s Capital” in Washington D.C. The post also received a school bell weighing approximately 500 pounds which was first used at the Eighth Street School in 1889. The bell was to be installed as a monument at the West Sixth Street post home.

It was the first year the Pittston Area High School fielded a golf team and Mike Martin, a senior, went on to win the District 2 golfing championship held at Sugar Loaf Country Club in Hazleton. Martin competed against 79 golfers from 15 high schools throughout the region. At 6’1 and 180 pounds, Martin was also outstanding as a split end and punter on the Patriot football team which took the Big 11 title.

1978 – 36 YEARS AGO

Elaine Yurek, of Wyoming, battled a grueling course and a downpour as she swept in to take second place among all female competitors in the Yonkers Marathon in New York. Competing in and completing the Boston Marathon only a month before, Yurek covered the 26 mile, 385 yard Yonkers course in 3 hours, 16 minutes and 11 seconds - a feat that was heralded by the Roadrunners Club of New York the group that stages the New York Marathon. With such a fine showing, Yurek planned to run in the Washington and New York Marathons. According to their website, www.theyonkersmarathon.com, the Yonkers Marathon is the second oldest marathon in the world. It was first run in 1907 when it was founded by the Mercury Athletic Club.

In May 1978, the Wyoming Area Band was invited to perform at Veterans’ Stadium for a Phillies/Dodgers baseball game. The band was set to perform for approximately 15 minutes prior to the game. The rematch of the 1977 National League playoff teams generated ticket sales of 40,000 with an estimated 60,000 expected to be in attendance by game time. Veterans Stadium was located at the northeast corner of Broad Street and Pattison Avenue in Philadelphia. The Phillies played their first game at the stadium on Saturday, April 10, 1971. The final game ever played at the stadium was on Sept. 28, 2003, during which the Phillies lost to the Atlanta Braves. On March 21, 2004, the 32-year-old stadium was imploded in 62 seconds. To see a photo of the band, log onto www.facebook.com/sundaydispatch. You just may recognize someone.

1988 – 26 YEARS AGO

The Greater Pittston YMCA Aerials Gymnastics Team received a letter of recognition from the State Department of Welfare for the time given to perform for the residents of Clark Summit State Hospital. Members Vicki Guiliano, Denise Insogna, Sara Zigmont, Joyell Gitkos, Lana Exter, Lori Martin, Danielle Battisti, Suzanne Stanski, Claudine Battisti, Chris Lepo and Chris Dolan were lauded for their outstanding volunteer service benefiting the community.

Anthony Botyrius, of West Pittston, received the Masters Honor Circle Award for being in the top five percent of the sales force at Northern Telecom. In 1985, he was named Salesman of the Year and was a Circle of Excellence recipient in 1986. Founded in Montreal, Quebec in 1895, the company name changed to Northern Telecom Limited in 1976 and focused its efforts on digital technology.


A shiny new 1958 Mercury with automatic transmission, power steering, radio, heater, V-8 engine and full wheel covers was advertised for $2,663 at Julio Motors on South Main Street, Pittston.


Geritol, a product that advertised a cure for iron-poor tired blood, sponsored the popular 1950’s Ted Mack’s Original Amateur Hour. Remember the line, Geritol has “twice the iron than a pound of calves liver?”

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