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The Way Things Were -- 08/20/2014 By Anne Weaver

Wednesday, August 20, 2014 - Updated: 10:37 AM

ABOUT THE WEEK OF AUG. 20, 1965, New York's big game gunning season would begin Oct. 25 in the Adirondacks and Northern Zone counties and end Dec. 7. It would begin Nov. 15 in the rest of state.

The 1965 season would be the longest possible under state law. Based on the 1964 deer harvest, winter starvation data, talks with sportsmen, landowners and department field personnel as well as other factors, the Conservation Department had established a total of 41,600 party permits, a drop from 1963's 48,800. They would be available around mid-September.

Area A, portions of Essex, Clinton, Franklin, Hamilton and St. Lawrence counties, would get 4,450 permits. The Northern Zone bear season coincided with the deer season.

Assemblyman Glenn H. Harris, Arietta, representing Fulton-Hamilton Assembly District, and a candidate for Assemblyman from the new 122nd Assembly District on the Republican ticket in the Sept. 14 Primary, had received the unanimous endorsements of GOP committees in both Hamilton and Fulton counties.

Harris had received the unanimous endorsements of the full Hamilton County Republican Committee and the unanimous endorsement of the Executive Committee of the Republican Committee. He was slated to receive the endorsement of the full Fulton County GOP Committee at its next meeting.

Harris had also received the individual town GOP committees' endorsements in his bid for reelection from the new Assembly District, which included Hamilton and Herkimer counties and most of Fulton County.

At INLET, Jack McNeil, Inlet, set a new nine-hole record of a low 30 on the Inlet Golf Course. Par for the course was 34. In shooting the 30, McNeil broke his own course record of 31 set in 1962. In his record-breaking game, playing with Club Assistant Tom Slocum, McNeil got off to a slow start with a big six on the first hole but from then on, it was gangbusters. He birdied all but two of the remaining eight holes.

The previous weekend brought temperatures into the 90s in nearby cities and as a result every "Tom, Dick and Harry" that could muster the ambition and the price of a tank of gas jumped in the family car and headed for the woods. One glance at the highway anywhere north of Utica was an indication that too many cars and too many people couldn't be left in the cities.

In the Central Adirondacks temperatures rose into the 80s, but cool lake breezes and plenty of wide open spaces lured thousands of city-dwellers who were trying to escape the heat. Beaches, picnic areas, camping grounds, and all other outdoor spots were crowded to near capacity.

The heavy traffic caused a beehive of activity at gas stations, general stores, ice cream stands and outdoor eating places. The warm spell continued through Tuesday, when it was temporarily broken by heavy rains and an electrical storm late that night.

Don Whitmeyer, chef at Chuck Lander's Beaver Lodge, Inlet, and Ann Eppenger, counselor at Camp Eagle Cove, made a big hit on the Danny Sullivan Show over WSYR-TV. The singer and guitar players were scheduled for two numbers but were called back twice more.

While they were appearing, Danny Sullivan was generous with his praise of the Central Adirondacks, Beaver Lodge and other places in the area. The previous week, Sports Announcer Bill O'Donnell of WSYR-TV had stopped at Beaver Lodge and heard the two playing guitars and singing. He invited them to appear on the Syracuse station.

It was official. Tarzan was now really Tarzan, all legal like.

Jean Charles Zerbini had officially become Tarzan Jean Zerbini. The wild animal trainer and circus performer, who was presenting his wild animal circus twice daily at the Enchanted Forest in Old Forge, took the formal step of entering the change of name 49 years ago this week in the Herkimer County Clerk's Office.

Tarzan was the fictional creation of author Edgar Rice Burroughs. He swung through the air on jungle vines, was reared by apes, and could converse with all the wild animals of the jungle. Tarzan Zerbini was, by profession, an actor, and had appeared in the movies, on television, and in numerous big circus acts.


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