A Look Back
50 Years Ago
∎ Some prominent literary names were among the beneficiaries of the will of Newton Arvin, author, critic and retired Smith College professor who died March 21 at Cooley Dickinson Hospital. Among those he named are critics Kronenberger and Granville Hicks, novelist Truman Capote and Smith faculty members Daniel Aaron and Alfred Y. Fisher.
∎ The weekly record hop at St. Michael’s School will be held Saturday evening in the school auditorium. Bud Stone of WHYN will be the disc jockey. Featured this week will be the Barons, the Royalettes, and the Angels.
25 Years Ago
∎ Three state prisoners from the Hampshire County House of Correction apparently popped a screen window in their temporary cells early this morning to escape for a few hours of freedom before being captured. They got about a 20-minute jump on the 10 or so Northampton and state police officers who caught two of them downtown and the third trying to bicycle over Mount Tom.
∎ A group of Massachusetts citizens is quietly gathering support for establishing a state holiday in honor of the late President John F. Kennedy. James P. Coughlin, chairman of “Citizens for a JFK Day,” recently said legislation has been filed every year for the past 25 years to create a new state holiday honoring the slain president.
10 Years Ago
∎ The 75 parents, children and teachers who attended Thursday’s meeting sat in silence as School Committee members voted to close the century-old Parsons Street School for budgetary reasons. The board voted in favor of closing Parsons rather than the Center School, the other elementary school under consideration.
∎ The citizens group that advisees the developers of the former Northampton State Hospital has backed a controversial plan to expand Earle Street as an entryway to the project. The development is expected to bring 200 housing units and 551,000 square feet of commercial space to the area over the next 20 years.