A Look Back
50 Years Ago
∎ The Rev. Richard P. Unsworth, chaplain of Smith College, has been appointed dean of Dartmouth College’s William Jewett Tucker Foundation and professor of religion. Prof. Unsworth has been chaplain and a member of the Smith faculty since 1954.
∎ Trees were toppled, huge branches flew through the air, electric and telephone poles came down and extensive property damage was suffered during a brief but violent storm that hit the area around 6 last night.
25 Years Ago
∎ A city union has rejected a contract offer, apparently because the city offered a higher equity raise for the male-dominated public works employees than for the female-dominated City Hall clerical employees. Members of the union local representing public works and City Hall employees yesterday voted not to ratify an agreement reached between the city and the union’s negotiating team.
∎ Supporters of the proposed $650,000 override of Proposition 2½ plan to discuss strategy tonight about convincing voters to approve the measure May 3. Mayor David B. Musante Jr. has proposed the override, which is the first such vote in Northampton since Proposition 2½ took effect in 1980.
10 Years Ago
∎ Anthony W. Marx, 44, a Columbia University political scientist who said he is passionately dedicated to public school education, will be the 18th president of Amherst College. Marx said his new job is an “august responsibility.”
∎ In an executive order signed Friday, President Bush added severe acute respiratory syndrome, or SARS, to the list of diseases for which health authorities have authority to hold Americans against their will. The new mystery illness is highly contagious.