This week on The Historians Podcast, historian and reporter Bill Buell talk about Schenectady in the 1920s, including Proctor’s Theatre, WGY radio, the Hotel Van Curler, the Western Gateway Bridge and more.
Schenectady was booming in the 1920s with American Locomotive and General Electric both thriving — the city that lighted and hauled the world. GE attracted famed scientists such as Charles Steinmetz. Schenectady even had a socialist mayor for a time.
You can listen to the podcast here.
A long time reporter (40 years) for Schenectady’s Daily Gazette, Buell grew up in nearby Glenville and earned a degree in history at SUNY Albany. He is now Schenectady County Historian.
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Ellen Brown says
Nice interview! Enjoyed it! My great uncle, John Apperson, worked at GE from 1900 until 1947, so he knew many of the people you mentioned here. And, for whatever it is worth, my father worked at GE, too starting in 1940, and my oldest brother was born while my parents were living on Front Street. My next brother was born in Chagrin Falls, and then my parents came back to Schenectady, where I was born, on Clifton Park Road. Although we moved away in 1956, we started coming back to the area every summer, to enjoy the camp our Uncle John had at Lake George. So it is fun to hear more about my birthplace! Thanks.