March 22 – Happy Birthday Arlene Fontana

fontana2Friday Night was Teenage Barn Night for the extended Cinquanti family. What did that mean? It meant about ten of us would crowd around the 15″ black and white Philco TV in my Grandmother’s ten foot by twelve foot living room to watch what was back in the 1950’s, the hottest amateur television show in the Capital District. The WRGB produced program had started way back in 1949 and lasted until 1966, and every week it featured live performances from the best young singers, musicians and dancers this area had to offer. It really was must see TV for Amsterdamians because who knew when another Arlene Fontana might turn up…

You can read the rest of my story about this extremely talented Amsterdam native in my new book “A Year’s Worth of Amsterdam Birthdays.” To order your copy, click here.

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