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Week of June 20th, 1969 – 50th Anniversary News Series

Week of June 20, 1969

50th Anniversary News | Saratoga Springs, NY

series by Mary Flanagan, Associate Real Estate Broker & lifelong Saratogian

519 Broadway, Saratoga Springs, NY: Currently home to Roohan Realty and other local businesses, this historic building served as the city's movie theater for forty years from 1938 to 1978.

519 Broadway, Saratoga Springs, NY: Currently home to Roohan Realty and other local businesses, this historic building was actually a movie theater for forty years (1938-1978).

2019 marks Roohan Realty’s 50th year in business! We would like to take you back to 1969 and share what was happening in the news – locally and nationally. We’ve been having a great time reading old newspapers and hope you enjoy seeing the historic Roohan Realty connections as much as we do. Community involvement and public service have been ingrained in our business from the very beginning – a commitment that continues today. Check back every Thursday for a fresh flashback to 1969!

1. Bob Hope Visits NY State Republican Convention

“If there’s Hope, there’s humor:” Bob Hope is master of ceremonies at the NY State Republican Convention held at the Waldorf-Astoria in New York City:



2. Rockefeller Announces Successful Bidder

Governor Rockefeller announce the successful bidder for the new Wilton State School. The School is the first of 11 new state schools for the developmentally disabled. The school, which is expected to be completed by the end of 1971, will be located at the northeast corner of the new Wilton summer camp on a gentle slope of ground south of Ballard Road. Currently DA Collins



3. Class of ’69

Some graduating seniors from the class of 1969:

From St. Peter’s Academy:

  • Loretta Towne – sister of Stephen & David Towne and Michele Torres
  • Bernice Benton – sister of Chris Benton
  • Michele Mincher – former Roohan Realty agent

From Saratoga Springs High School:

  • Charles Wait – Chairman of the Board, Adirondack Trust Company
  • Jill O’Hanlon – cousin of Mary Flanagan (who writes this series)
  • Mike Biffer – retired building inspector for Saratoga Springs


4. Face Lift for the Adelphi

The historic Adelphi Hotel gets new look as the 90 year-old building undergoes renovation:

5. St. Peter’s Student Receives Scholarship

St. Peter’s student, Keith Michael Ferrara, is awarded the Kate A. Johnson Memorial Scholarship to the University of Notre Dame. He plans to pursue a career in science.


6. “Open the pod bay doors, HAL.”

The Community Theater is showing Stanley Kubrick’s 2001: A Space Odyssey (1968):

A Space Odyssey 1968

Source: IMDB




mary beth flanaganMary Flanagan is an Associate Real Estate Broker at Roohan Realty with over 30 years of experience as a licensed REALTOR® specializing in residential real estate. A lifelong resident of Saratoga Springs, NY, Mary is extremely knowledgeable about not only Saratoga’s real estate market, but also its history and the community as a whole. She is an active board member for Racing City Rotary Club and U.S. Grant Cottage State Historic Site, and served on the Saratoga Springs Zoning Board of Appeals from 1994 to 2004. In her free time, Mary enjoys researching and writing about Saratoga’s history; she authored Roohan Realty’s Saratoga Centennial blog series in 2015 and is currently working on an Anniversary News series to commemorate our company’s 50th year in business this year (2019). View Mary’s bio & current listings

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