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The first Long John Silver’s, 1981

Gene Stathas leaves after dinning June 8, 1981 at the very first Long John Silver's location at 301 Southland Drive in Lexington. Origionally called the Cape Codder, Jerrico Inc. renamed it Long John Silver's and opened for business on Aug. 18 1969. Lexington-based Jerrico also operated Jerry's restaurants and founded Fazoli's. Jerrico was taken private in 1989 in a $626 million leveraged buyout, leaving Long John Silver's with $275 million in high-interest debt. The company struggled with the debt, and Long John Silver's sought bankruptcy protection in June 1998. A year later, A&W bought the chain for $220 million and then was bought by Louisville-based Yum Brands several years later. Private investors made a successful bid to buy the LJS Brand in September 2011. There are currently just over 1,100 locations worldwide, however this origonal location is now a styling salon. Photo by Charles Bertram | staff

Gene Stathas left after eating  at the very first Long John Silver’s on June 8, 1981, at 301 Southland Drive in Lexington. It originally was called the Cape Codder,  and Jerrico Inc. renamed it Long John Silver’s and opened for business on Aug. 18, 1969. Lexington-based Jerrico also operated Jerry’s restaurants and founded Fazoli’s. Jerrico was taken private in 1989 in a $626 million leveraged buyout, leaving Long John Silver’s with $275 million in high-interest debt. The company struggled with the debt, and Long John Silver’s sought bankruptcy protection in June 1998. A year later, A&W bought the chain for $220 million and then was bought by Louisville-based Yum Brands several years later. Private investors made a successful bid to buy the LJS Brand in September 2011. Currently, there are more than 1,100 Long John Silver’s restaurants worldwide, but the restaurant above closed on July 3, 1991, and the property is now a styling salon. Photo by Charles Bertram | Staff

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Ben Ali Theatre closes, 1964

Ben Ali Theater usher Joe Powers, on the ladder, removed titles from the marquee for the last time in September 1964. The Ben Ali Theater, located at 121 East Main Street, was built by Elmendorf Farm owner, James Ben Ali Haggin and opened on September 23, 1913. The building was demolished in 1965 to make way for a parking lot. Published in the Lexington Herald September 9, 1964. Herald-Leader Archive Photo

Ben Ali Theatre usher Joe Powers, on the ladder, removed titles from the marquee for the last time in September 1964. The Ben Ali Theatre, at 121 East Main Street, was built by Elmendorf Farm owner James Ben Ali Haggin, and it opened Sept. 23, 1913. The building was demolished in 1965 to make way for a parking lot. Published in the Lexington Herald on Sept. 9, 1964. Herald-Leader Archive Photo

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Clay County flood, 1992

Billy Ray Hubbard sat in silence July 25, 1992 on tons of rubble that had washed down around his mobile home during a flash flood on Bear Creek in Clay County. The small blue and white trailer, where his son and daughter-in-law lived, was swept 50 feet in the flood and came to rest against his home. Photo by Tom Marks | Staff

Billy Ray Hubbard sat in silence on July 25, 1992, on tons of rubble that had washed down around his mobile home during a flash flood on Bear Creek in Clay County. The small blue-and-white trailer, where his son and daughter-in-law lived, was swept 50 feet in the flood and came to rest against his home. Photo by Tom Marks | Staff

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Blue Grass Field terminal, 1966

A photo of the terminal at what was then called Blue Grass Field, was one of the pictures featured in a story by Herald-Leader reporter Ronnie Thompson in 1966. Thompson wrote about the Lexington airport's high ranking in airport operations. Later that year in October, Eastern Air Lines announced it would launch non-stop jet flights to New York City. Published in the Lexington Herald January 16, 1966. Herald-Leader Archive Photo

A photo of the terminal at what was then called Blue Grass Field was one of the pictures featured in a story by Herald-Leader reporter Ronnie Thompson in 1966. Thompson wrote about the Lexington airport’s high ranking in airport operations. In October that year, Eastern Air Lines announced that it would launch nonstop jet flights to New York. Published in the Lexington Herald on Jan. 16, 1966. Herald-Leader Archive Photo

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African-American playground, 1954

One of the playgrounds in the African American section of the Bluegrass-Aspendale housing project in Lexington's east side in April 1954. An eight-foot fence separated blacks and whites from 1939 until January 1974. Published in the Lexington Herald-Leader April 18, 1954. Herald-Leader Archive Photo

One of the playgrounds in the African-American section of the Bluegrass-Aspendale housing project in Lexington’s east side in April 1954. An eight-foot fence separated blacks and whites from 1939 until January 1974. Published in the Lexington Herald-Leader on April 18, 1954. Herald-Leader Archive Photo

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Stoll Field adds lighting, 1946

One of six 100-foot steel poles erected on Stoll Field for illumination of night football games in September of 1946. The field has been in use since 1880, but the concrete stands were opened in October 1916, and closed following the 1972 season, replaced by Commonwealth Stadium. Published in the Lexington Leader September 16, 1946. Herald-Leader Archive Photo.

One of six 100-foot steel poles erected on Stoll Field for illumination of night football games in September 1946. The field had been in use since 1880. The concrete stands were opened in October 1916 and were closed after the 1972 season, replaced by Commonwealth Stadium. Published in the Lexington Leader on Sept. 16, 1946. Herald-Leader Archive Photo.

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Railroad underpass, 1985

Adrian Surber, an employee of R.R. Dawson Bridge Company, Bloomfield, Ky., maneuvered a bucket holding concrete into position during construction of a bridge abutment for the South Broadway railroad underpass, August 8, 1985. Photo by David Perry | Staff

Adrian Surber, an employee of R.R. Dawson Bridge Co. in Bloomfield, maneuvered a bucket holding concrete into position during construction of a bridge abutment for the South Broadway railroad underpass on Aug. 8, 1985.  In the background is the former Southern Railroad depot, which had been vacant since the early 1970s. On May 4, 1991, it was destroyed by fire. Photo by David Perry | Staff

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Vice President Nixon in Lexington, 1954

Vice President Richard Nixon, right, shakes hands with Fayette County Patrolman Ted Hughes on Oct. 8, 1954. Also pictured from left are Patrol Lieutenant James Bivens, Patrolman George Mulberry and Assistant Chief Leo Kelly. At the time of this photo, Nixon was less than a year into serving as Dwight D. Eisenhower's vice president. He later became the 37th president of the United States. Herald-Leader archive photo

Vice President Richard Nixon, right, shook hands with Fayette County Patrolman Ted Hughes on Oct. 8, 1954. Also pictured from left are Patrol Lt. James Bivens, Patrolman George Mulberry and Assistant Chief Leo Kelly. At the time of the photo, Nixon had been President Eisenhower’s vice president for almost two years. In 1969, he became the 37th president of the United States. Herald-Leader Archive Photo

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Keeneland outrider and his horse, 1981

Outridder Joe Riggs and his horse, Muskett, take a break in-between the third and fourth race Oct. 29, 1981 at Keeneland in Lexington. Photo by Charles Bertram | staff

Outrider Joe Riggs and his horse, Muskett, took a break between the third and fourth races Oct. 29, 1981, at Keeneland Race Course  in Lexington. Photo by Charles Bertram | Staff

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YMCA class, 1951

A YMCA senior life saving class at the YWCA pool, February 1951 in Lexington. Jack Rose and Gerald Mialle dive in, while Estill Lyons, Paul Rose, David Mangione, Billy Wills and Donald Sullivan look on. Herald-Leader archive photo

A YMCA senior life-saving class at the YWCA pool in Lexington, February 1951. Jack Rose and Gerald Mialle dove in, while Estill Lyons, Paul Rose, David Mangione, Billy Wills and Donald Sullivan looked on. Herald-Leader Archive Photo

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