July 10 – Happy Birthday David Carlucci

carlucci222David Carlucci was born in Amsterdam, NY on July 10, 1949 and got important exposure to  business and music early on. He was the son of Joe and Roseanne Stelly Carlucci. His dad came home from service in World War II and started the Port Jackson Painting Company, which he would later merge with Otto Greco’s painting firm to form Amsterdam Painting and Decorating, one of the most successful businesses of it’s kind in the city’s history. Roseanne Carlucci played the banjo and used it to entertain David and his sister throughout their childhood.

When he entered Wilbur Lynch High School in the early sixties, he was introduced to another individual who would have a significant impact on his future career. I was just a little kid at the time but I do remember when Bert DeRose made Carlucci a regular presence on that elegant Lynch auditorium stage. DeRose used him as both an actor in many of his productions as well as a valuable member of his backstage crew. Those teenage moments he spent both in front of and behind that curtain helped propel him toward what became a wonderful career in the entertainment industry.

After graduating from Lynch in 1967, he attended Oklahoma City University, where he earned a degree in theater arts in 1972 and went to work for a local performance theater in Oklahoma City. After marrying Amsterdam native LouAnn Cotugno in 1975, he got his big break in 1977, when he was appointed Operations Manager of the Saratoga Performing Arts Center. I remember how nice it was to see this local Amsterdam guy running around the SPAC stage, all mic’d up, making sure everything was absolutely perfect for some of the greatest musical artists in the world who played that wonderful venue every summer. I also remember when budget cuts in the early nineties forced the cutback of his job to a part-time position. Though his brilliant career at SPAC was over, Dave Carlucci’s impact on this country’s music industry was just beginning…

My complete birthday post for David Carlucci 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. I also distribute an Amsterdam, NY Birthday Blog Monthly Newsletter that includes the full birthday posts for three of the twenty-to-thirty  people whose birthdays I recognize each month. Each newsletter also includes an Amsterdam Birthday Quiz that will test your knowledge and memory of people and events in your hometown.

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