When Hudson Valley magazine published its first issue in April 1972, Richard Nixon was president, Nelson Rockefeller was New York’s governor, Volkswagen Beetles ruled the road, and bell-bottoms were all the rage.
Much has changed since then. But, as every good historian knows, what goes around comes around. Although we’re eternally grateful that bell-bottoms haven’t had a second run, the Beetle has made a comeback. And there’s no denying that many of the things that we love about living in the Valley are a direct consequence of the people, places, and events that came before us.
So, whether you admired (or were at odds with) some of these people, liked (or loathed) living through some of these events, here’s our take on the most influential figures and occurrences of the last 40 years.
Meet Angelo Martinelli, Chairman of Today Media and former publisher of Hudson Valley Magazine
By Polly Sparling, Senior Editor of Hudson Valley Magazine
Meet the people who helped shaped the Hudson Valley for the past 40 years
Featuring: Former Governor George Pataki, singer-songwriter Pete Seeger, Scenic Hudson’s Franny Reese, the Bardavon’s Chris Silva
Learn about the places that helped shaped the Hudson Valley for the past 40 years
Featuring: Bethel Woods Center for the Arts, U.S. Military Academy at West Point, the Hudson River
Learn about the events that helped shaped the Hudson Valley for the past 40 years
Featuring: IBM layoffs, Palisades Center opening, GE dredging, Walkway Over the Hudson, Hurricane Irene
A lot happened in the year Hudson Valley was founded — refresh your memory here
Featuring: the price of gas, the year’s hit TV show, the latest in technology, national average income