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Saratoga restaurant, 1978

The dinning room of the Saratoga Restaurant, 856 East High Street in Lexington in April of 1978.The Saratoga was a Chevy Chase landmark and best known for its characters: bookies, college professors, socialites and city hall types. Totsie Rose opened it in 1953 and named it after the famous Saratoga Race Track in New York. Ted Mims owned it from 1977 to 1989. He bought it from Ed Whitlock, who had bought it from Rose. Rob Ramsey and Joe Reilly, co-owners of Ramsey's Diner, owned it for a short time. A Toga menu, served from 10 p.m. to 1 a.m. Monday through Saturday, featured Mrs. McKinney's snappy beer cheese ($2.95), fried bologna ($2.50), cold meatloaf on white ($4.95) and fried egg sandwich ($2.50). The hot plate special for a Derby weekend was chicken and dumplings for $6.95. Photo by John C. Wyatt | staff

The dining room of the Saratoga Restaurant, 856 East High Street in Lexington, in April 1978. The Saratoga was a Chevy Chase landmark and was known for its characters: bookies, college professors, socialites and City Hall types. Tommy “Totsie” Rose opened it in 1953 and named it after the famous Saratoga Race Course in New York. Ted Mims owned it from 1977 to 1989. He bought it from Ed Whitlock, who had bought it from Rose. Rob Ramsey and Joe Reilly, co-owners of Ramsey’s Diner, owned it for a short time. A late-night Toga menu, served from 10 p.m. to 1 a.m. Monday through Saturday, featured Mrs. McKinney’s snappy beer cheese ($2.95), fried bologna ($2.50), cold meatloaf on white ($4.95) and fried egg sandwich ($2.50). The hot plate special for a Derby weekend was chicken and dumplings for $6.95. Click here to see an exterior view of the restaurant. Photo by John C. Wyatt | Staff

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Linda Standafer and children, Perry County, 1992

Linda Standafer held her 1 1/2 year-old daughter Julie Fugate as her other children Doyle Standafer, 4, and Joyce Fugate, 2 1/2 played outside their home in Harveyton in Perry County on June 18, 1992. Their home was near an abandoned coal mine which had been on fire and continued to smolder for the previous 8 months. A hazy cloud of sulfur and coal ash that constantly hangs over the hollow had been aggravating Julie and Joyce's asthma. At the time Federal and State authorities were debating whose responsibility it was to put the fire out. Photo by Charles Bertram | Staff

Linda Standafer held her 1 1/2-year-old daughter Julie Fugate as her other children, Doyle Standafer, 4, and Joyce Fugate, 2 1/2, played outside their home in Harveyton in Perry County on June 18, 1992. Their home was near an abandoned coal mine which had been on fire and continued to smolder for the previous 8 months. A hazy cloud of sulfur and coal ash that constantly hangs over the hollow had been aggravating Julie and Joyce’s asthma. At the time Federal and State authorities were debating whose responsibility it was to put the fire out. Photo by Charles Bertram | Staff

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‘Herky’ and Adolph Rupp, 1959

Adolph “Herky” Rupp Jr., left, and his father, legendary University of Kentucky basketball coach Adolph Rupp watch a 1959 team practice. Herky grew up around UK basketball and played three seasons for his dad, scoring 11 points in 14 career games from 1959 to 1962. He died June 22, 2016. Herald-Leader archive photo

Adolph “Herky” Rupp Jr., left, and his father, legendary University of Kentucky basketball coach Adolph Rupp, watched a 1959 team practice. Herky, who died Wednesday, grew up around UK basketball and played three seasons for his dad, scoring 11 points in 14 career games from 1959 to 1962. Click here to see another photo from our archives of Herky and his father. Herald-Leader archive photo

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Joyland fire, 1965

Fire destroyed the Joyland Casino and other buildings at what had been Joyland Park on Lexington's north side in June of 1965. The park closed in 1964 and the casino was not rebuilt. Joyland Casino was not a place for gambling, which was illegal, but a gathering place for social events and dances. Mary Todd Elementary School and Joyland Bowling alley were built on the site of the park. Published in the Lexington Leader June 21, 1965 in Lexington. Photo by John C. Wyatt

Fire destroyed the Joyland Casino and other buildings at what had been Joyland Park on Lexington’s north side in June 1965. The park had closed in 1964, and the casino was not rebuilt. Joyland Casino was not a place for gambling, which was illegal, but a gathering place for social events and dances. Mary Todd Elementary School and Joyland Bowling alley were built on the site of the park. Published in the Lexington Leader on June 21, 1965. Photo by John C. Wyatt | Staff

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Lexington Municipal Building, 1962

Workmen began tearing the portico off Lexington's Municipal Building on Walnut Street in early June 1962, in preparation to begin construction of a three-story addition to the building. The cost was expected to be $567,000 and would bring the city  building within three feet of the Walnut Street sidewalk. This structure was built in 1928 as Lexington's City Hall, and was envisioned to be the first piece of a municipal complex that would have been established along Barr Street. The building continued to be Lexington's Municipal Building until the fall of 1983 when city government moved into the Ashland Oil, Inc. building on Main Street. That building has previously housed the Lafayette Hotel and later the Central Kentucky Insurance Company and continues to be the headquarters for Lexington's Urban County Government. Currently, the construction of a new government headquarters is being studied. Published in the Lexington Leader June 8, 1962. Herald-Leader Archive Photo

Workmen began tearing the portico off Lexington’s Municipal Building on Walnut Street in early June 1962 in preparation for construction of a three-story addition to the building. The cost was expected to be $567,000 and would bring the city building within three feet of the Walnut Street sidewalk. This structure was built in 1928 as Lexington’s City Hall and was envisioned to be the first piece of a municipal complex that would have been established along Barr Street. The building continued to be Lexington’s municipal building until fall 1983, when city government moved into the Ashland Oil Inc. building on Main Street. That building had previously housed the Lafayette Hotel and later the Central Kentucky Insurance Co., and it continues to be the home of Lexington’s Urban County Government. Currently, the construction of a new government headquarters is being studied. Published in the Lexington Leader on June 8, 1962. Herald-Leader Archive Photo

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Marie ‘The Body’ McDonald visits Lexington, 1948

Marie "The Body" McDonald, right,  posed with Mrs. Danny Bordett, upon her arrival in Lexington's Blue Grass Field in April 1948. She was enroute to visit relatives in Burgin, Ky., her home town.  McDonald was born Cora Marie Frye,  and after her parents divorce she moved with her mother and stepfather to Yonkers, New York. At the age of 15, she began competing in numerous beauty pageants and was named "The Queen of Coney Island", "Miss Yonkers" and "Miss Loew's Paradise". At the age of 15, she dropped out of school and began modeling. In 1939, McDonald was named "Miss New York State". She landed a showgirl role on Broadway at age 17 and shortly thereafter moved to Hollywood. She appeared in films and on stage until her death in 1965. Published in the Lexington Leader April 27, 1948. Herald-Leader Archive Photo

Marie “The Body” McDonald, right, with Mrs. Danny Bordett, arriving at Lexington’s Blue Grass Field in April 1948. She was en route to visit relatives in Burgin, her hometown. McDonald was born Cora Marie Frye in Burgin, and after her parents divorced, she moved with her mother and stepfather to Yonkers, N.Y. At 15, she began competing in numerous beauty pageants and was named “The Queen of Coney Island,” “Miss Yonkers” and “Miss Loew’s Paradise.” At age 15, she dropped out of school and began modeling. In 1939, McDonald was named “Miss New York State.” She landed a showgirl role on Broadway at age 17 and shortly thereafter moved to Hollywood. She appeared in films and on stage until her death in 1965 at age 42. Published in the Lexington Leader on April 27, 1948. Herald-Leader Archive Photo

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WRFL staff, 1987

WRFL radio station staff in the office basement of Miller Hall on the UK campus September 29, 1987. Top of photo: Mark Beaty. From left to right: Leslie Lyons, Scott Ferguson and Rhea Perkins. Foreground: Jack Kirk and front right: Ellen Jett. Herald-Leader Staff Photo

WRFL radio station staff in the office basement of Miller Hall on the UK campus September 29, 1987. Top: Mark Beaty. Middle, from left: Leslie Lyons, Scott Ferguson and Rhea Perkins. Foreground: Jack Kirk. Front right: Ellen Jett. Herald-Leader Staff Photo

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Downtown Lexington traffic, 1951

Hundreds of out-of-town automobiles added to the difficulty of a typical downtown Lexington traffic jam March 17, 1951. Thousands of loyal fans of teams in the 34th annual state high school basketball tournament flocked to the city for the semi-finals and finals being held at Memorial Coliseum. Clark County won the tournament defeating Cuba 69-44. The photo was taken from the First National Bank Building, with a view toward the east including the busy Main and Limestone intersection. Herald-Leader Archive Photo

Hundreds of out-of-town automobiles added to a typical downtown Lexington traffic jam on March 17, 1951. Thousands of loyal fans of teams in the 34th annual state high school basketball tournament flocked to the city for the semi-finals and finals, being held at Memorial Coliseum. Clark County won the tournament, defeating Cuba 69-44. The photo was taken from the First National Bank building, with a view toward the east, including the busy Main Street and Limestone intersection. The buildings at this intersection are what is now the CentrePointe construction site. Herald-Leader Archive Photo

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Father’s Day at the Red Mile, 1988

Chad Morgan Batten, 7, his grandfather Frank Batten, Jr. and his father Frank Batten III enjoyed a Father's Day outing at the Red Mile on Sunday June 19, 1988. The Standardbred race track had some special festivities for fathers, including the naming of a Father of the Year. Bobby White of Corbin, a father of six, got the award based on a letter written by his daughter Darlene. Photo by Craig Sands | Staff

Chad Morgan Batten, 7, his grandfather Frank Batten Jr., and his father, Frank Batten III, enjoyed a Father’s Day outing at the Red Mile on June 19, 1988. The Standardbred race track had some special festivities for fathers, including the naming of a Father of the Year. Bobby White of Corbin, a father of six, got the award based on a letter written by his daughter Darlene. Photo by Craig Sands | Staff

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State baseball champs, 1973

Henry Clay baseball coach Walter Hill was carried off the field on the shoulders of his players after they won the State High School Baseball championship 5-4 over St. Xavier June 7, 1963 at UK's Shively Field. This year's KHSAA state baseball championship game will be played at Whitaker Bank Ballpark at 7pm tonight. Photo by E. Martin Jessee | Staff

Henry Clay baseball coach Walter Hill was carried off the field on the shoulders of his players after they won the State High School Baseball championship, 5-4, over St. Xavier June 7, 1973, at the University of Kentucky’s Shively Field. This year’s KHSAA state baseball championship game will be played at 7 p.m. Saturday at Whitaker Bank Ballpark. Photo by E. Martin Jessee | Staff

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