Daniel Clifford Bertrand was born in 1958. He graduated from Rome Free Academy where he designed his senior class ring for the bicentennial class of ‘76. He also created the artwork for his senior yearbook. He received an Associate’s Degree in Advertising, Design and Production from Mohawk Valley Community College (MVCC). 


Tony was born October 27, 1933 in Introdacqua, Italy. He came to the United States at age 13 and immediately found his passion for the silver screen. He attended Rome Free Academy and spent his free time at the Capitol Theatre. He became part of the Kallet Film Company where he learned the skills of a projectionist and those of a stage and film technician. In 1947, he worked for WKAL Radio with Dick Clark.


Denise was born in Fulton, New York. In June 1973, she was an Honors Graduate of G. Ray Bodley High School in Fulton with a major in mathematics. Denise was chosen for All Eastern and All American Choirs while attending high school. She received a B.S. Cum laude in Speech Pathology and Audiology and an M.S. in Speech Pathology from Ithaca College. She moved to Rome in January 1977, and served as a Speech/ Language Pathologist for the Rome City School District until her retirement in June, 2013. She is currently a role player for the Department of Homeland Security.


Philippa Schrader was born and raised in England. Her husband, Gary, was a member of the US Air Force. During his deployments, Philippa took evening classes on fabric collage and free machine embroidery which released her creativity. She continued working in fabric, making children’s clothes with appliqués, often using the children’s own artwork as inspiration. She also created elaborate framed pictures. On the death of their youngest child, Philippa concentrated on making character mice and was known as “The Mouse Lady”. She organized a group for similar “stay at home” mothers to encourage quality crafts. She also organized several successful craft fairs.


Scott was born in Rome in 1957. He attended Westmoreland Schools, graduating in 1976. Scott received his A.A.S. in Music from Onondaga Community College in Syracuse, NY and his B.A. from the Crane School of Music at Potsdam. Scott was a member of the Olympic Symphony Orchestra for the 1980 Winter Olympics in Lake Placid, NY and director for the Crane School of Music Jazz Band ll in 1981. Throughout the 1990s Scott was the featured vocalist and trumpeter on various tours for Carnival and Norwegian Cruise Lines.


Jack Palmer, Jr. was born in 1935 in Rome NY, and began his lifelong career on drums at age five. By age ten, he had appeared on the Ed Hurley show and the Arthur Godfrey show. Jack was influenced and schooled by Frank Sinatra, Harry James and Jackie Gleason among others. As a teenager, he played at many Catskill mountain resorts, as well as performing as a regular drummer for many of the greats from Vaudeville and Hollywood at various resorts throughout the region.


Carol was born in Akron, NY. She moved to Herkimer, graduated from Herkimer High School, and was united in marriage to Robert Stack. Carol and Robert worked shoulder-to-shoulder on their family farm and, for many years, as co-owners of Stack’s South Rome Equipment. Carol attended Syracuse University, where she studied with world-renowned soprano, Helen Boatwright. Carol also studied and sang with professional musicians all over the United States and the world including Great Britain, Switzerland, France, and Spain.