Broadcaster celebrated history at Tahawus in 1951

Meteorologists can only predict the weather, not control it.

WRGB television weather man Howard Tupper could not prevent the rain from falling on the historical pageant he narrated at Tahawus, in the town of Newcomb, on April 28, 1951.

“Despite threatening weather, an almost steady stream of cars poured into the Adirondack mining community,” The Adirondack Record-Elizabethtown Post reported on May 3, 1951.

Tupper narrated, produced and co-directed, with Mrs. Michael Breen, the pageant at the annual Sportsmen’s Show to commemorate the 50th anniversary of Theodore Roosevelt’s ride from Tahawus to North Creek on his way to be sworn in as President of the United States.

“Almost 6,000 spectators, including Lt. Governor Frank C. Moore, avidly watched the pageant in spite of a steady drizzle,” the Commercial Advertiser of Potsdam Junction reported on July 24, 1951.

About 500 Boy Scouts and community leaders participated in the pageant that state Historian Albert B. Corey called “absolutely superb and first rate.”



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Maury Thompson

Freelance history writer and documentary film producer from Ticonderoga, NY