At the end of last Tuesday's meeting, the Common Council went into executive session to discuss, as Council president Don Moore indicated, Holcim. Presumably, they were going to talk about the transfer of the nine acres on the waterfront. This reminded me of the conditions for the transfer that city attorney Cheryl Roberts explained last month, all of which will be in effect for the next fifty years.
Thinking about the enormity of this commitment inspired me to consider just how long fifty years is by relating that length of time to the lives of the people involved in making the decision.
Fifty years ago . . .
- Common Council president Don Moore was taking a year off from college.
- Alderman Nick Haddad (First Ward) was a third-grader in Red Hook.
- Alderman Abdus Miah (Second Ward) was a toddler in Bangladesh.
- Alderman Wanda Pertilla would not be born for another four years.
- Alderman Chris Wagoner was three months old.
- Aldermen John Friedman (Third Ward) and Ohrine Stewart (Fourth Ward) were both somewhere between conception and birth.
- Alderman Sheila Ramsey (Fourth Ward) was a twenty-four-year-old mother of two living in Hudson.
- Alderman Carmine Pierro (Fifth Ward) was in the seventh grade. Five years later, in 1968, he would graduate from Hudson High School, along with classmate Rick Scalera.
- Alderman Robert Donahue (Fifth Ward) was twenty-five, married, and selling life insurance for John Hancock.
- City attorney Cheryl Roberts was a newborn.
- Alderman David Marston (First Ward)--the only alderman who chose, by abstaining, not support the action--would not be born for another fourteen years. Fifty years ago, Marston's parents were still teenagers, and they very likely hadn't met yet.
As more evidence of the enormous length of fifty years, this is how high school students dressed in 1963.
This photograph is from the Hudson High School yearbook, Blue and Gold, for 1963, and shows the yearbook staff.
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