Over the past few months, many regular readers of the Amsterdam Birthday Blog have approached or messaged me to tell me how impressed they are with my memory. I’m flattered of course but I truly believe the secret to my ability to recall people and events so well is more a credit to the talents, skills, accomplishments and in many cases friendship of the individuals I write about. That plus I appreciate excellence in any form. I’m passionate about so many things, history, sports, music, business, politics, love of family etc. and have been from a very young age so it is extremely easy for me to remember moments in my life when I’ve been thrilled, touched, deeply impressed or enchanted by the performances and actions of others who’ve lived in my hometown.
Today’s Amsterdam Birthday Celebrant is a great example. I will never forget the evening I sat in the Lynch Auditorium and heard Sue Dunning sing the song “Misty” accompanied by the amazing Amsterdam Stage Band. It was either in 1968 or ’69 and I vividly remember being absolutely in awe of that beautiful and talented young woman that night. First of all, I was a big fan of the song she sang. Secondly, back in the 1960s, the Amsterdam High School Stage Band was truly a professional quality ensemble, loaded with extremely gifted young musicians led by the incredible trumpet player Mike Pallotta. But it was Dunning’s voice and pacing that made the magic.
She was just a year ahead of me in school. Her dad was the long-time Amsterdam dentist, Dr. Robert Dunning. Being just a fan and not really a friend, I completely lost track of what happened to her after she graduated from Lynch in 1971. I just hoped she kept on singing.
Well guess what? …
The rest of Sue Dunning Matthews’ birthday post will be published in the second edition of A Year’s Worth of Amsterdam NY Birthdays, which will be available for sale right after Thanksgiving. To make sure you get your hands on one of the first copies, join my mailing list here.
The first edition of A Year’s Worth of Amsterdam NY Birthdays, which features my birthday posts for 320 current or former Amsterdam residents, is currently being sold at Liberty Fresh Market, on Route 30 in Amsterdam. You can also purchase it online here.
I also found this recording of Sue singing “I Love Being Here With You.” Happy birthday Sue and thanks for the memory!
Sue Matthews shares her May 17th Birthday with this former Amsterdam industrialist.