New website documents Albany during the swing era

Mike Pantone was a banjo and guitar player born in 1900 who in his early 20s joined the King Jazz Orchestra, one of the most prominent bands of the era in Albany. Starting a few years later, Pantone formed several jazz ensembles of his own and ran a music school on lower Madison Avenue in the city, where he made enough of an impression on one of his students, the future author William Kennedy, whose baseball games Pantone umpired, that he ended up, in real or fictionalized form, in several of Kennedy’s books.

Pantone, who also taught music in Voorheesville, in 1942 dropped dead in his home, at 342 Madison Ave. in Albany.

That’s where Michael Catoggio found him, in a manner of speaking.

Catoggio, the Albany-history librarian at the Albany Public Library in the 1970s, went on to spend three decades as a professor of library science in Alaska.

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Improve your golf swing without spending hundreds on lessons

Golf fanatics can be found across the globe and, whether you’re navigating a beautiful course or hitting the links virtually, a common trait is shared among participants — the quest for the perfect swing.

Sure, you could spend hundreds or thousands of dollars attempting to cut down on that score by hiring a personal instructor. But not only does that require hefty financial costs, it restricts your progress to a particular time and place. 

Make bad swings and ill-advised golf-related investments a thing of the past by working with Caddie View: Golf Swing Analyzer. User-friendly for whenever you need it, this is the cost-effective way to finally conquer the course that currently gives you fits.

For only $70, this breakthrough invention — created for golfers by golfers — will eliminate wasted time, wasted swings, and, most importantly, wasted cash.

Tired of asking friends for advice even though you’ve seen their

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