September 3 – Amsterdam Birthday Bits & Pieces

Bob Louison – A good friend and classmate of my older brother Matt, Bob Louison was very active in the Bert DeRose directed high school and city recreation department plays during the late sixties and early seventies. That exposure helped convince him to go to New York City after he graduated and work on Broadway…

Al Henderson – One of the most popular teachers in Amsterdam history, Alfonso Henderson and his brother Jesse were part of one of the few black families to be raised on the South Side of Amsterdam, when their family moved to that neighborhood from their native Kentucky in 1937. While his brother became a distinguished doctor in the Schenectady, NY community, Alfonso…

Sal Battaglia – Together with his partner Joe Rinella, Battaglia supplied Amsterdam neighborhood grocery stores and restaurants with the fruits and vegetables Rug City residents ate for generations…

You can read the rest of my stories about these three Amsterdamians in my new book “A Year’s Worth of Amsterdam Birthdays.” To order your copy, click here.

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