October 2 – Happy Birthday Rex Maltbie

rexmaltbiephoto222Back in 1979, I was working for Noteworthy here in Amsterdam and had served as coordinator for a day-long celebration of that company’s 25th Anniversary. The event culminated with a huge banquet at the Auriesville Shrine Cafeteria which was attended by scores of local dignitaries including Rex Maltbie. I had served as the Master of Ceremonies at the banquet and at the end of the evening I remember being exhausted and loosening my tie when all of a sudden today’s Birthday Celebrant approached me, extended his hand and said “I’ve been watching you all day. You tell Tom (Noteworthy owner Tom Constantino) that Rex Maltbie said he better take good care of you or I’m going to steal you away from him!” I never told Tom what he said. I also never went to work for Mr. Maltbie. But at that point in my young career, his kind words gave me a much needed boost of confidence.

Today’s Birthday Celebrant was born in Conneaut, Ohio and attended the Detroit Institute of Technology, where he earned an accounting degree. He came to Amsterdam in 1951 when he was hired by Mohawk Carpet Mills as part of their management team. A year later, Howard Shuttleworth II took over as chairman of that company and during the next few years, Maltbie became his closest confidante. So in 1957, when Mohawk became Mohasco Corporation, Shuttleworth promoted his protege to become his assistant and from that point on, Maltbie was pretty much the second most powerful individual in the huge rug-making enterprise. His growing influence inside that company coincided with a growing involvement in the Amsterdam community. He served…

The rest of my birthday post for Rex Maltbie 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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