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South Limestone and Avenue of Champions, 1993

The corner of South Limestone and Avenue of Champions, April 22, 1993. Shown from left is a Dairy Mart convenience store, the 24-hour restaurant Tolly-Ho, sporting goods store Court Sports and a Dunkin’ Donuts location. Since 2000, Pazzo’s Pizza Pub has been in the spot where Court Sports and Dunkin’ Donuts were. Click on the image for a closer look. Tolly-Ho has been a popular campus hangout since since 1971, when it opened at what was then 108 West Euclid Avenue, today known as Winslow Street. Click here to see a picture from our archives of that location. In March 1985, the 24-hour greasy spoon couldn’t make a deal for a new lease and moved to this location in August 1987. The owners rented there until May 2011, when they opened at their current spot, buying the empty Hart’s Dry Cleaning building at 606 South Broadway. Today the Tolly-Ho location pictured here is a Noodles and Company restaurant and the Dairy Mart is vacant property. Photo by Frank Anderson | staff

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Keeneland race fan Kitty Proctor, 1984

Kitty Proctor, Versailles, took shelter from the sun while studying Keeneland’s racing program in April 1984. Counting today, only five more days of racing remain in this year’s Spring meet. Today’s featured stakes race is the Dixiana Elkhorn (G2) for 4-year-olds and up at 1 1/2 miles on the turf. Photo by David Perry | Staff

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Minor league baseball in Eastern Kentucky, 1982

An estimated 1,200 fans attended the opening game for the Paintsville Yankees as they played the Pikeville Brewers in June 1982. Paintsville had a team in the minor league Appalachian League from 1979 through 1984. Click here to read about how the league was started and how it came to an end. Pikeville had a team in the same rookie league from 1982 through 1984. Paintsville’s home field shown here belonged to Johnson Central High School. Several future Major League Baseball players came through the teams. Future Hall of Famer Greg Maddux was with Pikeville in 1984 and Reds star Jose Rijo played for Paintsville at age 17. Photo by David Perry | staff

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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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