May 8 – Happy Birthday Jake LaBate

JakelabateOne’s memories of Jake LaBate tend to be tilted by the generation from which you were born. Us baby-boomers remember today’s Amsterdam Birthday Celebrant as the guy you didn’t want to see if you were trying to sneak a day off from classes at Lynch High School or Roosevelt Junior High. As Truant Officer of the Greater Amsterdam School District, there wasn’t a pool hall, lunch room, local beach or favorite partying spot that this guy was unaware of.

But if you were from Jake’s generation, you remember him as a superb schoolboy basketball player, who led the …

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

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