HISTORY IS COOL: 55 years ago

Jan. 13, 1966

Toboggan chute

(A photo on page 1 showed the new toboggan run at Mirror Lake, as seen looking toward the top from the lake.)

Not merely a run but a parkway or expressway or freeway or something big, because this is it. The toboggan chute is a great addition to this winter sports center. It has four lanes with the take-off 50 feet above the water and a 164-foot-long chute. The village of Lake Placid and town of North Elba are each contributing half to the $5,000 cost.

Ashworth’s crown

Jeanne Ashworth, representing Lake Placid, beat out defending champion Jean Omelenchuck of Warren, Michigan by one alim point as the tiny blonde competitor garnered three first-place finishes, a second and a third.

Miss Ashworth zoomed to first place in the 220, 440 and 880 while her nearest rival, Miss Omelenchuck, copped first in the three-quarter and mile events. Miss Ashworth finished second and third in these events.

1972 Olympic bid

Four and possibly five members of the Lake Placid Sports Council leave tomorrow to make the area bid for the United States designation for the 1972 Winter Olympics.

Sports Council President Norman Hess, American Skating Union President James Sheffield, Ron MacKenzie and Acting Mayor John Wilkins in addition to the possibility of Luke Patnode will leave Montreal Friday afternoon for Chicago and a formal presentation Saturday afternoon.

The U.S. Olympic Committee will be meeting at the Sheraton Hotel in Chicago from those areas wishing to represent the U.S. at the International Olympic Committee meeting in Mexico City later this year.

The Sports Council will seek the right to represent the U.S. after having received a 3-2 vote of confidence last September by the North Elba town board.

In June of 1965, the town board voted no on the proposal by the Sports Council to be allowed to bid, returned again in July with Mr. Hess making an impassioned plea on behalf of the members of the council with the town board again turning a deaf ear to his entreaties.

On both of the no votes, Supervisor William Hurley, Justice of the Peace Jack Shea and Councilman Favor Smith were in opposition to the plan while Councilman J. Bernard Fell and Justice of the Peace Paul Dupree favored it.

A month later, Mr. Smith switched his vote, explaining that some important people in the area had talked to him and he had been swayed by their opinions.

Definitely in the bidding for the U.S. Olympic Committee, in addition to Lake Placid, are Anchorage, Alaska and Salt Lake City, Utah, with a possible joint bid coming from Aspen and Colorado Springs, Colorado.

The Lake Placid committee traveled to Europe two winters ago in an unsuccessful quest for the 1968 Winter Olympics, only to receive three votes as they were dumped in the first round of voting with Grenoble, France receiving the coveted prize.