June 7 – Happy Birthday John Handy

handyThere have been a whole bunch of folks throughout the history of this old Rug City who never lived in Amsterdam but spent much of their professional lives working here. Many of these commuters enriched our lives either via their professional ability or their friendship. Quite a few were teachers, who lived in nearby communities and taught in Amsterdam’s schools.

Today’s Amsterdam Birthday Celebrant was born in nearby Gloversville on this date in 1937 and was a much loved and respected citizen of that community his entire life. For over thirty of those years beginning in the early 1960’s, he taught high school social studies, first at Wilbur Lynch, when it still housed grades 9 through 12 and later at Amsterdam High School up on Saratoga Avenue.

John “Jack” Handy loved teaching teenagers…

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

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