June 25 – Amsterdam Birthday Bits

Judith-Constantino-1449734833Judy Constantino and I served on the Greater Amsterdam School District Board of Education together in the mid 1980’s. Born a Kowalski here in Amsterdam on June 25, 1943, she was a sharp, well-liked and deeply committed member of that board for two consecutive terms. As good a board member as she was, she was an even better nurse. After graduating from Amsterdam High School in 1961, she completed what used to be an excellent RN development program at ….

J.B. auto222Born on June 25, 1915, Ellis Jacobsen was four years old when his father Sam moved his family from Schenectady to Amsterdam and opened J.B. Auto Company on Guy Park Avenue. By the time today’s Birthday Celebrant had graduated from Cornell University and married Clair Pick in 1940, his Dad had built and opened a brand new showroom for his Plymouth and DeSoto dealership at 99 Guy Park Avenue and young Ellis had become service manager of the business. That didn’t last long, however. As WWII broke out, Jacobsen went to Officer’s Candidate School and served in the US Army as an Executive Officer and acting Battalion Commander in the 84th Division. He was discharged as a Lt. Colonel in 1946 and went …

(June 25 is also the birthday of this long-time Amsterdam-based weather procrastinator.)

My complete birthday post for these these two former Amsterdam residents will appear in the new second edition of A Year’s Worth of Amsterdam, NY Birthdays, which will be available before the 2016 Holiday season. On June 30, 2016, I will also once again begin distributing an Amsterdam, NY Birthday Blog Monthly Newsletter that will include the full birthday posts for three of the twenty-to-thirty  people whose birthdays I will recognize each month. Each newsletter will also include an Amsterdam Birthday Quiz that will test your knowledge and memory of people and events in your hometown.

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