Amsterdam, NY has been called lots of things, some of them nice, some not so nice. I was born here and have lived here all 60-plus years of my life, so to me, its always been “home.” One of the things I most love about this place is its people. I’ve said it often, folks from Amsterdam always have an interesting story to tell from some part of their lives. They may express those stories in different ways but if you listen carefully, you’ll grab hold of what makes them special or unique. And when you weave all those stories together what you get is a true picture of the history and personality of this rusty old town of hills, mills and grills.
After writing over 600 of those stories and publishing them in two editions of a book I called A Year’s Worth of Amsterdam, NY Birthdays many of my readers were urging me to also write about the places, events, workplaces, traditions, and pastimes that define Amsterdam. So I came up with an All-Time Amsterdam Top Ten List format that permitted me to do so, eventually publishing a book that includes the first 50 of those lists. In all I’ve written over 1,000 stories about my hometown and you’ll find a preview of each one of them at this blog. What’s especially nice is the fact that you can use the search engine of this blog to find out if Amsterdam people, places, things and memories of interest to you are addressed in my collection. Each story is like a history lesson about this Mohawk Valley community presented in small doses that I hope, depending upon your age and how long you called this place home, will make you smile, maybe shed a tear, but most of all associate something good about Amsterdam, NY.
In May of 2018, I began including posts on this blog that present the first 5-to-10 questions from 20-question trivia quizzes I put together that are designed to test your memory and awareness of all things Amsterdam.
In November of 2019 I was elected Mayor of Amsterdam so for the next four years I am going to be busy doing that job and will not be able to do too much writing for this blog. In the mean time, please continue to enjoy these stories, lists and quizzes about my beloved hometown and the people who made and continue to make it a special place.