An Amsterdam native has just completed his third book about his hometown. “Fifty Amsterdam, NY Top Ten Lists” by Michael Cinquanti, Sr. offers readers an entertaining and informative array of top-10 lists that focus on the people, places, events and traditions that have in large part shaped and defined the history and identity of the Mohawk Valley community. Included among the book’s lists are Amsterdam’s most popular mayors, most successful women, top all-time boxers, best all-time Amsterdam High School sports teams, most successful companies, top stores from Amsterdam’s old home town, the greatest athletes in the history of Bishop Scully High School and over 40 others.
Cinquanti has lived in Amsterdam for more than six decades and written two other books about the city’s people and history. His two editions of “A Year’s Worth of Amsterdam, NY Birthdays,” published in 2015 and 2016 respectively, identified the birthday’s of over 600 current and former Amsterdam residents with interesting personal accomplishments and experiences to share.
In his newest effort, Cinquanti employed the assistance of some prominent Amsterdam personalities to help him produce some of the book’s featured lists. For example, Bert DeRose contributed 10 of his most memorable stage productions during his distinguished tenure as the director of plays and musicals sponsored by both the Amsterdam High School and the city of Amsterdam’s Recreation Department. Former AHS head football coach Frank Derrico put together a list of his favorite memories from coaching 10 of his great Rugged Ram teams. Former local radio personality Bob Cudmore produced a list of his top ten Amsterdam broadcasters and Amsterdam native and local military historian Bob Going covered the topic of World War II Military Heroes. Recorder Sports Editor Paul Antonelli put together the book’s list of greatest Amsterdam High School boy’s sports teams.
“I really tried to cover a diverse set of topics.” said Cinquanti. “I’ve included lists about Amsterdam’s music, homes, workplaces, churches, traditions, pastimes, favorite streets, politics, mistakes and even pizza-makers. Those that read this book will be getting a panoramic view of Amsterdam’s history and culture in 50 entertaining lessons that each include ten great examples, plus dozens more via honorable mentions.”
Cinquanti has stated that this will be the last book he authors about his hometown.
“I started this because there were so many interesting stories about Amsterdam and its people that had yet to be put down on paper. I’ve now written hundreds of them and these three books represent my effort to make sure future generations can learn about and be inspired from them.”
“Fifty Amsterdam, NY Top Ten Lists” went on sale Sept. 15. Copies are available in the city at both Liberty Fresh Market on Route 30 and The Book Hound on East Main Street. A book-signing event will be announced soon. The book can also be ordered on the Web site maintained by Cinquanti’s publishing company, Genium Group Inc., www.genium.com/book.