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Frank Martino is 82 years old and was born and raised in Columbia County. He speaks in this life history about his Childhood, including raising a team of horses at the age of eleven, going to a three-room schoolhouse heated by coal, and the many ice cream options in Hudson during his Childhood. He explains his many jobs, from working at Edison Gas Works, to being in the service, to running a bar. He has run the Iron Horse Bar alone for 42 years and speaks at length about the bar. Three movies were shot in the bar, the second of which gave the bar it’s name. Frank was a musician as a young man and played the saxophone and clarinet in a band. Frank also speaks about the changes he sees between generations. He speaks about the value of hard work and about his grandmother’s tonics for sickness. Frank still has dreams, loves to golf, and would like to leave the bar, have a farm, and raise some animals some day.
Karen Gardner is a writer, radio producer, and resident of Hudson, NY. Her written work thus far explores new analyses of microeconomic development theory, including critiques within labor economics, urban economics, and community-based development. She produces and hosts radio on WGXC: Greene and Columbia County’s community radio station. She also bakes bread at Bonfiglio and Bread in Hudson and is an avid long distance runner. Karen received her Bachelor’s in Economics at Bard College.
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