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First lady Barbara Bush speaks at graduation ceremony, 1990

First lady Barbara Bush caught her mortarboard as the wind almost took it away, May 4, 1990 during graduation ceremonies at Southeast Community College in Cumberland. The elements were against her almost all the way, but Bush made it to the University of Kentucky’s campus in southeast Harlan County. Braving high winds, crooked roads, a thunderstorm and then sweltering heat, Bush delivered a short, spirited commencement address to 131 graduates. More than 2,500 people came to see the president’s wife as the school celebrated its 25th anniversary. But because a driving rainstorm drove ceremonies inside, only a handful wound up hearing her. High winds that prompted tornado watches in parts of Kentucky grounded the first lady’s helicopter ride from a Wise, Va., airport to the Cumberland campus. Instead, Bush wound up spending about two hours in a small red Oldsmobile, crossing Big Black Mountain on a road that Southeast President W. Bruce Ayers said could only be described as treacherous. At first the ceremony started outside but at 6:45 p.m., a full-scale storm struck. Spectators scurried for cover and Bush, holding on to her mortarboard, left under Ayers’ umbrella. Size and security permitted only the graduates, faculty, Bush, U.S. Rep. Harold Rogers and reporters inside a multipurpose room called the Little Theater in the college’s Falkenstine Hall. The first thing Bush said was, “Open those doors.” Spectators came and stood in the doorways. Then Bush said, “I’m going to take my hat off. Why don’t you?” Wet hats were removed, and Bush also removed her black academic gown. Wearing a black-flecked white blouse and a red skirt, she then began a speech that extolled Southeast for its efforts to educate mountain residents. A White House staff member said Bush decided to speak at Southeast’s graduating after reading an invitation from Kathy Guyn, chairwoman of the school’s biological sciences department.From about 200 requests for graduation speeches, Bush selected four colleges and two high schools. Southeast was the only two-year college selected, Guyn said. Bush, wife of President George H.W. Bush, died Tuesday. She was 92. Photo by Tim Sharp | staff

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First Lady Barbara Bush’s 1992 Lexington trip to improve literacy

Barbara Bush hugged Stonewall Elementary third grader Kirsten Curry Sept. 11, 1992 after she presented the First Lady with a book the class wrote on why they enjoy reading. Bush read “Authur Meets the President” to second and third graders at the Waldenbooks inside Fayette Mall. During her Lexington visit, Bush took a private 20-minute tour of the city’s new Carnegie Center for Literacy and Learning. She dedicated it as “a dream come true – an extraordinary place.” About 1,200 people – at least half of them schoolchildren – crowded onto the lawn for the dedication. Some said they had come primarily to see Bush. The First Lady had a small motorcade that left for what had to be one of the fastest trips down Lexington’s heavily traveled Nicholasville Road, thanks to police escorts. As Bush walked around the mall, only one incident was reported. At least a dozen security agents ringed the crowd outside the bookstore. Bush, who arrived in Lexington the night before, stayed overnight with longtime friends Will and Sarah Farish at their Woodford County horse farm. Farish and Lexington Mayor Scotty Baesler said it was Farish’s interest in literacy that spurred Farish to raise about $500,000 to help renovate the former Carnegie Library. Leaving Lexington, Bush went on to Louisville, visiting another literacy program at Wheatley Elementary School. Bush, wife of President George H.W. Bush, died Tuesday. She was 92. Photo by David Perry | staff

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Thunder over Louisville, 1998

Fireworks during Thunder Over Louisville, April 18, 1998. Started in 1989 as the kickoff show for the Kentucky Derby Festival, Thunder is the largest annual pyrotechnics display in North America. The show is larger than the opening and closing ceremonies of the Atlanta and Barcelona Olympics combined. Along with an afternoon air show, it attracts an estimated average attendance of half a million people to downtown Louisville. This 1998 show, featured 46 tons of fireworks. Today, eight tractor trailers are filled with nearly 60 tons of fireworks shells. The 2018 show will be Saturday. Photo by Mark Cornelison | staff

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Fayette Mall, 1992

Inside Fayette Mall, looking down towards one of it’s anchor stores, Sears, Sept. 17, 1992. The Hess’s department store at right is where the JCPenny is today. In May 1993, the mall expanded, adding nearly two dozen businesses in a new south wing that was accessed through the Sears. The expansion made it Kentucky’s largest mall. The Sears store closed in Jan. 2014 and it was renovated to it’s current form. Note the women in the orange shirt walking towards the camera is smoking. Click on the image for a closer look and click here to see more Fayette Mall images from our archives including bear-wrestling at the shopping center, the food court opening and an aerial picture of the farmland the mall was built on. Photo by Frank Anderson | staff

Interior of Fayette Mall, Sept. 17, 1992. At left, partially cut off is the arcade Aladdin’s Castle. At right is shoe store Stride Rite, Chestnut Street Gallery, The Bombay Company and a Chick-fil-A restaurant. Click on the image for a closer look. Photo by Frank Anderson | staff

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Dustin Hoffman visits UK campus, 1968

Movie star Dustin Hoffman visited the University of Kentucky April 25, 1968 while campaigning for presidential candidate Sen. Eugene McCarthy. Hoffman, at time, had been nominated for an academy award for his role in “The Graduate”. He found himself surrounded by women and signing autographs at the Zeta Tau Alpha sorority house before speaking at the Dormitory Complex Cafeteria and the McCarthy campaign headquarters. Herald-Leader Archive Photo

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Police investigate cracked safe, 1954

Lexington patrolmen Charles Cruse, left, and Bryan Henry used a flashlight to investigate the safe that was cracked in an April 1954 storehouse break-in at the Webb Brothers Distributing Company, 260 East Vine street. Three men were arrested and plead guilty in police court in the Webb case and also to breaking into Roy Hall’s radiator shop, 245 West Vine and stealing a pickup truck used to haul the safe. The safe was found ripped open under the West High Street viaduct. Herald-Leader Archive Photo

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Pete Rose at Keeneland, 1977

Cincinnati Reds third baseman Pete Rose at Keeneland during the Fall Meet, Oct. 22, 1977. Rose, the all-time Major League Baseball leader in hits, was at the track with Reds manager Sparky Anderson and Lexington’s Doug Flynn, a former teammate who was then with the New York Mets. Click here to see another image of Rose at Keeneland from the previous year, just before he won the World Series with the Reds. April 14 is Rose’s 77th birthday. Photo by Ron Garrison | staff

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Children rehearse at Charles Young Center, 1956

Children practice for a square dance demonstration at the Charles Young Center in April 1956. Square dancers were Spencer Lindsay and Emma Smith, center, and from left, William Smith, Russell King Jr., William Bentley, Jacqueline Lindsay, Janet King and Ledoris Shields. Other portions of the center’s “Recreational Review” were to be an art exhibit, tumbling, dramatic skit, presentation of trophies and a social hour. Herald-Leader Archive Photo

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Eclipse Award-winning photo, 2003

Jockey Patti Cooksey lays injured on the track April 12, 2003 as first aid personnel, Will Lockridge, front, of EMT Mediport, and Mike Stout, horse ambulance driver, try to veer Classikas away from her after her mount Ide Rather Not went down in the first turn in the first race at Keeneland. Jockey Inosencio Diego is shown at top right walking away after the three-horse spill. Forty-two-year Herald-Leader photographer Frank Anderson won the 2003 Eclipse Award for Photography for this image. The Eclipse Awards are given annually to members of the media for outstanding coverage of Thoroughbred racing. Anderson died in August 2017 and many of the images on this blog are taken by him. Photo by Frank Anderson | staff

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Newsman David Dick on his farm, 1987

David Dick, a former CBS news correspondent, educator and author, at his farm in Bourbon County in April 1987 on the occasion of being inducted into the Kentucky Journalism Hall of Fame. Dick worked for CBS news from 1966 to 1985. After retiring he became an associate professor and director of the UK School of Journalism. He left UK in 1996 and worked as a farmer, shepherd, author and publisher. He died in 2010. This past Monday marked the 38th Annual Kentucky Journalism Hall of Fame induction ceremony which included long-time Herald-Leader political writer Jack Brammer. Photo by Tim Sharp | Staff

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