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Week of October 24, 1969 – 50th Anniversary News Series

Week of October 24th, 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. Professional Business Women celebrate 50 years. Happy 100th Anniversary!!


2. Samuel Beckett wins Nobel Prize for Literature

Beckett was a literary wonder of the 20th Century. A very private man Beckett did not attend the award ceremony in December. His publisher, Jerome Lindon, accepted the award on his behalf and the $72,000+ prize money was donated to Trinity College in Dublin.


3. Washington Bathhouse to remain open.

4. Jerry Verrigni from Rocky and Jerry’s Meat Market puts inflation into perspective:

“Don’t squawk about the price of choice meats, you pay over $7.50 a pound for cigarettes.” In 1969 most folks smoked.”

5. Lions Club Light Bulb Sale

6. Mr. Benton takes out a paid political ad to show his support for Mr. Smaldone for Mayor.

7. Request for more cops.

8. Now Showing: Medium Cool

Community Theater is showing Medium Cool.


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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