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Visiting Man o’ War, 1947

Making a visit to see famous race horse Man o’ War on May 18, 1947, were three members of the Universal Military Training unit from Fort Knox. From left, William Scribner, Arthur Hohnke, groom Bob Groves and James Adams. About 350 members of the unit spent the weekend in Lexington. Man o’ War, considered one of the greatest race horses of all time, was born on this day in 1917 at Nursery Stud near Lexington. He died at age 30 in November 1947. The Kentucky Horse Park kicks off a 100th-anniversary celebration of Man o’ War on Wednesday, including a preview of the exhibit “The Mostest Horse That Ever Was” at the International Museum of the Horse. Herald-Leader Archive Photo

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Twenty-fifth anniversary of ‘The Shot,’ 1992

The infamous Christian Laettner shot that defeated Kentucky in overtime in the NCAA East Regional Finals in Philadelphia March 28, 1992, fell through the net as UK’s Deron Feldhaus and John Pelphrey turned to watch. Tuesday is the 25th anniversary of the shot. Photo by Janet Worne | Staff

Duke players and coaches celebrated their win over Kentucky in the NCAA East Regional Finals in Philadelphia on March 28, 1992. UK took the defending national champs into overtime before losing on a last-second shot, 104-103. Tuesday is the 25th anniversary of the shot. Photo by Jennifer Podis | Staff

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Calumet Farm auction, 1992

Steve Dance of Swinebroad-Denton Inc. relayed a bid to the auctioneer on March 26, 1992, inside an appropriately colored red and white tent on Calumet Farm, during bidding for the sale of the historic horse farm. The auction was prompted by the farm’s bankruptcy in July. Calumet — which raced eight Kentucky Derby winners, among them two Triple Crown winners — reported debts of $127 million. A crowd of more than 3,000 was on hand to witness Polish native and millionaire Henryk deKwiatowski buy the property for $17 million. DeKwiatkowski also paid $175,000 for a 44-acre tract of land behind Calumet that was sold separately, and he bought the name “Calumet Farm” for $210,000. He received a standing ovation from the crowd when he announced that he would change “not a whisker” of Calumet. After DeKwiatkowski ‘s death in 2003, operation of the farm was passed to his family as a group of trustees. Click here to see an image from our archives of a Calumet Farm horse van in 1944. Photo by Tom Marks | Staff

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UMass coach John Calipari, 1992

University of Massachusetts coach John Calipari reacted during his team’s 87-77 loss to Kentucky during the East Regional semifinal on March 26, 1992, in Philadelphia. Kentucky had built a 21-point lead over UMass, but the Minutemen cut it to two before referee Lenny Wirtz called a technical foul on Calipari with 5:47 left. Calipari received the technical for coming out of the coaching box. The technical sparked a 6-0 UK run and seemed to prompt the game’s last great momentum shift, but both Calipari and UK coach Rick Pitino downplayed its significance. In the crowded interview room after the game, Calipari reminded everyone that despite the momentous sway of the call, the final margin was 10 points. He said that if he was out of the coach’s box, then Wirtz had every right to make the call. Calipari said he was “very embarrassed” that it happened. The win gave Kentucky (29-6) a shot against Christian Laettner and Duke, with a trip to the Final Four on the line. UMass’s season ended at 30-5. Calipari would coach four more seasons at UMass before coaching in the NBA. From 2000-09, he coached at Memphis. Since 2009, he has been at Kentucky. Photo by Jennifer Podis | Staff

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McConnell Springs, 1992

Former longtime Herald-Leader reporter Andy Mead inspected the site that would become McConnell Springs Park in March 1992. McConnell Springs, behind an industrial park off Manchester Street, was then an overgrown dumping ground for old tires, appliances and other debris. Then-Lexington mayor Scotty Baesler and the city council weighed the possibility of buying the site around the spring. In 1993, JP Morgan Chase Bank donated the property to the Lexington-Fayette Urban County Government for the park, and Friends of McConnell Springs raised money to restore the site. The park and the education center is now owned by the city and is managed by the city’s division of parks and recreation. Photo by Ron Garrison | Staff

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William Shatner with colt, 1985

Actor William Shatner held one of the colts out of Sultan’s Great Day on Dec. 28, 1985, at Donna Moore Stables in Woodford County. Shatner’s champion American Saddlebred stallion had about two dozen mares in foal that season. The actor, famous for his television and movie work as Captain James T. Kirk in “Star Trek” and the title role in TV’s “T.J. Hooker,” and his wife, Marcy, had just bought a farm in Woodford County. Both Shatners were competitive show horse riders and had started breeding show horses on their 360-acre Belle Reve Farm. Shatner turned 86 this week. Photo by Ron Garrison | Staff

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Taking a break from roofing, 1981

Charles Parson balanced on the peak of a roof in the 400 block of Walnut Street on March 23, 1981. “I’m not afraid of heights,” Parson said as he took a break from his roofing work. “I used to be in the paratroops.” Parsons and two other men were reroofing the house. Photo by Ron Garrison | Staff

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Woody Harrelson’s Kentucky hemp battle, 2000

Actor Woody Harrelson celebrated his not-guilty verdict with supporters outside Lee County District Court on Aug. 24, 2000, in Beattyville. Harrelson was on trial for possession of marijuana after he symbolically planted four hemp seeds in 1996 in a rural Lee County field. Harrelson said the seeds he planted had a lower THC content, and he was challenging the constitutionality of Kentucky’s marijuana laws and trying to bring attention to the uses of growing hemp. At the time, the state legislature said hemp and marijuana are the same, and the state’s highest court agreed. But five women and one man from Lee County said Harrelson didn’t break the law when he planted the seeds in protest. The jury took only 20 minutes to find Harrelson not guilty of a misdemeanor charge of possession of marijuana. “That wasn’t marijuana he planted, if he planted anything,” juror Sylvia Caldwell said as she left Lee District Court with Harrelson’s autograph on a piece of hemp paper. Outside the courthouse, a crowd of cheering, squealing fans waited for the 39-year-old actor in the dark hemp suit. They carried hand-lettered signs that said “We support hemp.” The decision flew in the face of a law passed by the General Assembly in 1992 and upheld by a unanimous state Supreme Court. It also ended a case that began June 1, 1996, when Harrelson wielded a grubbing hoe to challenge the law, which didn’t distinguish between marijuana and hemp. The latter contains only a minute amount of the psychoactive ingredient that gives marijuana smokers a high. In 2013, the state passed a law allowing production for agricultural research purposes. The federal Agricultural Act of 2014 removed federal restrictions aimed at growing industrial hemp and allowed states that have legalized its manufacturing to set up research programs to study the benefits of cultivating it. Photo by Janet Worne | Staff

Actor Woody Harrelson, left, with former Kentucky Gov. Louie Nunn on Aug. 24, 2000, during a break in Harrelson’s trial in Beattyville. Nunn, one of Harrelson’s four attorneys, during his closing argument, held up a candy bar made from hemp seeds, then took a small bite. “Now I’ve got it in me and I’ve got it on me,” he said. “If you think Mr. Harrelson should be put in jail for one year or one week or even one night, I guess we’ll be there together.” Harrelson, one of Hollywood’s most well-known marijuana enthusiasts, announced recently that he has given up marijuana after decades of what he called partying too hard. Photo by Janet Worne | Staff

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Chuck Berry in Lexington, 1976

Rock ‘n’ roll legend Chuck Berry performed at the Gram Parsons Memorial Country Rock Festival on July 2, 1976, at the University of Kentucky’s Memorial Coliseum. Berry went on at 1 a.m., and after a lengthy set, he refused to leave the stage. Promoters finally turned the power off at 2:30 a.m. What was billed as a three-day music festival met with financial problems, and Sunday’s show, which was to feature Harry Chapin, was canceled. Some performers who did take the stage Friday and Saturday included the Nitty Gritty Dirt Band, Doug Ross, Ian Gillan, Roger McGuinn and The Band. Ray Charles was backstage Saturday night but refused to go on unless he was paid in advance. Berry died Saturday, March 18, at his home in Missouri. He was 90. Photo by Ron Garrison | Staff

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Lexmark keyboard production, 1992

Janet Scott assembled keyboards on March 16, 1992, at Lexmark’s plant on New Circle Road in Lexington. She was working on the Model M IBM Enhanced 101-key keyboard, a Lexmark product that won a 1991 PC Magazine Editor’s Choice Award and sold for $217. The keyboard was known for its satisfying click-thunk-click sound when a key was struck. This photo ran with a story highlighting the company’s first anniversary after the International Business Machines division became Lexmark International Inc. The company touted new and revamped products, industry awards, aggressive marketing strategies, expanded distribution, improved financial performance and better customer service, saying those achievements made Lexmark’s first anniversary a cause for celebration. Then-chairman and CEO Marvin L. Mann said performance was “better than we would have anticipated.” About that time, about 3,000 of Lexmark’s 5,000 employees worked in Lexington, where the company made typewriters, printers and keyboards. It was Lexington’s largest private employer. In 1995, Lexmark became a public company and was listed on the New York Stock Exchange. In 1996, the company decided to stop making computer keyboards and moved its corporate headquarters from Greenwich, Conn., to Lexington. Five years after leaving IBM, Lexmark employed 5,400 workers in Lexington. Over the years the company would slowly move the cornerstone of its business strategy toward the enterprise software business. Lexmark began diversifying its revenue stream with the purchases of many software companies, and in August 2012, it left the inkjet printer business. In 2016, Lexmark was acquired by a consortium of investors led by Apex Technology Co. and PAG Asia Capital. The $3.6 billion acquisition was announced last April, and in November,  the company said it was shedding its enterprise software business. At that time, it employed 2,300 people in Lexington. Click here to see more images from our archives of the Lexington company. Photo by Frank Anderson | Staff

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