A Look Back
50 Years Ago
∎ Piles of boxes containing radio parts for the installation of 17 two-way mobile radios in Public Works trucks and vehicles have been received at the Public Works Building on Locust Street, and technicians from Radio Corp. of America are expected momentarily to install the equipment.
∎ Some of the worst driving conditions of the winter were encountered by early morning motorists today as a Lincoln’s Day rainstorm changed to slushy snow in which cars slipped and slithered out of control.
25 Years Ago
∎ Northampton School Superintendent John J. Feeney will retire July 29, after a 38-year education career in his native city. Feeney, 61, announced his retirement at the end of a three-hour School Committee meeting last night in which he emphasized several serious challenges facing the School Department in the next few years.
∎ Just days before the New Hampshire primary, University of Massachusetts students have taken a vote of no confidence in presidential candidate Gov. Michael S. Dukakis’ record on higher education. The UMass undergraduate student senate Wednesday unanimously approved a motion condemning what it calls Dukakis’ “merciless pruning” of the university’s budget.
10 Years Ago
∎ Sen. John Kerry says surgery to treat an early form of prostate cancer will not derail his campaign for the Democratic presidential nomination. “I think the best treatment is going to be getting back on the trail,” the 59-year-old Massachusetts lawmaker said Tuesday.
∎ The Northampton School Committee Thursday will take up the thorny matter of whether to award high school diplomas to students who fail the MCAS exam. If the board votes to defy the state Department of Education, which has mandated that all students must pass the MCAS test in order to graduate, it will make Northampton the fifth community in the state to do so.