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‘Twas the day after Christmas — 1958

December 24, 2011
By HOWARD RILEY ( , Adirondack Daily Enterprise

The Enterprise published a weekly winter tabloid sheet in the late '50s, "The Shussboomer," edited by Marge Lamy who was then editor of the Lake Placid News. How she managed to edit (also being the lone reporter) and get out both papers I'll never know. She also sold the advertising.

It was all about Lake Placid back when the Christmas holidays were jammed with events. The following are excerpts form that newspaper of Dec. 26, 1958.

As of this writing (Dec. 13) there is no snowa crushing financial blow to an area that thrives on winter sports. Not so in 1958 from the lead story:

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"Few winter seasons in current history have had the fabulous sendoff that this year 1958-59 is enjoying. After a month of almost steady snow, Lake Placidwill give winter a royal send off-complete with fireworks-next week.

"Charming Carol Heiss, three times figure skating champion of the world, and Donald Jackson, Canada's top male figure skater, will be crowned King and Queen of winter on Tuesday night in the gala coronation ceremonies at the Olympic Arena."

[From the weather column] - "There are two winters in the memory of man, 1918 and 1943 which rival the early snow supply that has stunned us all in 1958."


The Lake Placid Roamers

"The Lake Placid Roamers edged the Syracuse Stars, 5-4 in their opener last weekend at the Olympic Arena, and proved up to their advanced billing as one of the strongest teams iced in their 12-year history.

"Ray Jeannette scored first for the Roamers at the end of the second period making the score 2-1.

"In the third period, the Roamers skated the Stars right into the ice. Billy Brielle, a former Olympic team member, scored at 0.38 and again at 1:26 and the boys were of and running. Bernie Preston scored for the Roamers at 11:42 and flashed back with the winning goal at 17:22. Rodney Dashnaw, formerBrown University star was also outstanding in the game.

"Tomorrow night the Roamers meet the Rochester Olympics, a mixed team of former collegiate and Canadian players. The teams load up with every good player they can find when they come to Lake Placid."


Young ski jumpers

"A dozen young Olympic hopefuls are arriving in Lake Placid tonight to train for a week at the Intervale Olympic Ski Jump. They will be guests of the Lake Placid Club.

'They will be training under Claude Richer, St. Lawrence University ski coach, Al Merrill, Dartmouth ski coach. Art Devlin has offered to help with the training.

"Two of the area's athletes are on the training squad. Craig Lussi, who is in the army, has been invited to join the camp, as has Joe Wilson, one of St, LawrenceUniversity's former stars.

"The other members are Bill Purcell and Eugene Boisvert of Lebanon, Dick Taylor and Frank Noel from Dartmouth, Don Stevenson of Harvard, Phil Wheeler also from St. Lawrence, Martin Paul of Guilford, N.H., Herb Thomas of Middlebury and Roger Dion from the University of New Hampshire.'


Skiing at Whiteface

"In its second year of operation, the Whiteface Mountain Ski Center is already recognized as one of the East's leading ski areas. With nine trails served by two double chair lifts skiers have a minimum of waiting and a maximum of enjoyment.

"The inauguration last week of the 'Learn to Ski' week at Whiteface proved tremendously popular with 137 lessons given as soon as word gets around, there will always be a congenial group to join to make skiing more fun.

"The new head of the Ski School is Cal Cantrell, of Monticello, N.Y. This young fireball is already grinding out advanced skiers with the season only a few weeks old. Cal's wife, Audrey, will be instructing along with Caroline Draper, of Wilmington, Jerry Devlin, Mac Bliss and Bob Rand, all of Lake Placid."

Bobsled protest

"Richard Shearman of Lake Placid has been named chairman of the National A.A.U. Bobsled Committee.

"Shearman succeeds John Morgan of Saranac Lake, who resigned recently as a protest against the failure of the A.A.U. to support the demand for the inclusion of bobsledding in the 1960 Olympic Winter Games in Squaw Valley.

"Bobsledding has been for years one of the most dramatic of the sports of the Winter Games. It is charged that the absence of the sport in 1960 is due to the desire of Squaw Valley authorities to avoid or evade the expense of building a bobrun. The Mt. Van Hovenberg bobrun is the only one in the United States."



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