Then & Now

West Point cadets and the sex-and-drug ’60s; IBM, Luckey Platt, and ice harvesters; airports, bridges, and those famous ferries. Join us for a look back at the last 100 years of Valley history


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1977 prom photo
Photograph courtesy of Mark Bolger

The Big Date

Then: Does this scene look familiar? Guys in ruffled shirts and monkey suits, girls in fringed shawls, and everybody with the same haircut? If you went to a high school prom in the 1970s, we can guarantee that you’ve got a photo similar to this one safely stashed somewhere at home. And it’s a good bet that the highlight of that unforgettable night was when you “slow-danced” to “Stairway to Heaven” with your date. Ah, those were the days.

Photograph courtesy of
Clear Channel Radio of the Hudson ValleyMark Bolger, Star 93.3 fm's morning show host

Now: These four fresh-faced teens are on their way to the 1977 Beacon High School Senior Prom. The two ladies in the photo shall remain nameless. The guy on the right, however, is someone you may have heard of — it’s Mark Bolger, popular Star 93.3 morning host (who, we must say, looks outta sight in that leafy patterned white tux). But we think that Rich DiNapoli, Mark’s best friend (both then and now), steals the show in the rusty red suit and aviator glasses. Far out, man!

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