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Downtown Lexington, 1974

Aerial picture of downtown Lexington, looking from the east, Oct. 1974. At the top, just above the Fayette Co. Courthouse, is early construction of Rupp Arena. Herald-Leader archive photo

Aerial picture of downtown Lexington, looking from the east, October 1974. At the top, just above the Fayette County Courthouse, is early construction of Rupp Arena. Herald-Leader Archive Photo

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Firefighter water break, 1986

Lexington firefighter Billy Morgan takes a water break May 6, 1986 while fighting a tobacco warehouse fire on Virginia Ave. Photo by Frank Anderson | staff

Lexington firefighter Billy Morgan took a water break on May 6, 1986, while fighting a fire at a tobacco warehouse on Virginia Avenue. Photo by Frank Anderson | Staff

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Mr. Smiley license plate, 2002

The Mr. Smiley license plate unveiled by Kentucky Gov. Paul Patton Dec. 27, 2002 was met with discontent and ridicule for the less than two years it was in service. Drivers found ways to distort Mr. Smiley's visage, including drawing a mustache on it, or covering it with a frowning-face sticker or duct tape. State police said that was OK, as long as the letters and numbers on plates are not obscured. Despite widespread critisim of Mr. Smiley, some groups benefited from his unpopularity. Sales of specialty plates skyrocketed in 2003, even though drivers have to pay more for them. Beginning Jan. 1, 2005, the sunshine plates were replaced by the "Unbridled Spirit" tags currently being used.

The Mr. Smiley license plate, unveiled by Kentucky Gov. Paul Patton on Dec. 27, 2002, was met with discontent and ridicule for the less than two years it was in service. Drivers found ways to distort Mr. Smiley’s visage, including drawing a mustache on it, or covering it with a frowning-face sticker or duct tape. State police said that was OK, as long as the letters and numbers on plates weren’t obscured. Despite widespread criticism of Mr. Smiley, some groups benefited from his unpopularity. Sales of specialty plates skyrocketed in 2003, even though drivers had to pay more for them. Beginning Jan. 1, 2005, the sunshine plates were replaced by the “Unbridled Spirit” tags currently being used. Herald-Leader Archive Photo

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High Street viaduct, 1981

Looing west from downtown, construction of the new High Street viaduct (U.S. 60) in Lexington, Feb. 3, 1981. At left is the old two-lane road and at right is the new four-lane road that eventually turns into Versailles Road. Photo by E. Martin Jessee | staff

Looking west from downtown, construction of the new High Street (U.S. 60) viaduct in Lexington neared completion on Feb. 3, 1981. At left is the old two-lane road and at right is the new four-lane road that eventually turns into Versailles Road. Photo by E. Martin Jessee | Staff

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Wheeler Pharmacy’s lunch counter, 1985

The breakfast crowd at Wheeler Pharmacy, 336 Romany Road in Lexington, Oct. 8, 1985. A gathering spot since it opened in 1958, the drugstore serves breakfats and lunch. It has a faithful contingent of morning coffee drinkers who settle the affairs of the world and regulars including UK basketball coaches Jon Calipari and Matthew Mitchell. The lunch counter was installed by owner Buddy Wheeler as a place where people could have coffee while waiting for their prescriptions. "At first we featured cold sandwiches and ice cream treats," he said in a 2002 interview. Thanks to its popularity, "We expanded in 1965 and doubled the size and added a grill," he said. Photo by Frank Anderson | staff

The breakfast crowd at Wheeler Pharmacy, 336 Romany Road in Lexington, Oct. 8, 1985. A gathering spot since it opened in 1958, the drugstore serves breakfast and lunch. It has a faithful contingent of morning coffee drinkers who settle the affairs of the world. Other regulars include UK basketball coaches Jon Calipari and Matthew Mitchell. The lunch counter was installed by owner Buddy Wheeler as a place where people could have coffee while waiting for their prescriptions. “At first we featured cold sandwiches and ice cream treats,” he said in a 2002 interview. Thanks to its popularity, “We expanded in 1965 and doubled the size and added a grill.”  Photo by Frank Anderson | Staff

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Dr. Mack Roberts, 1987

Dr. Mack Roberts making a house call on Span Hill in Monticello, Ky. in the summer of 1987. Dr. Roberts practiced medicine in Wayne County for 61 years until his retirement in 1993. He died in March of 2001 at the age of 97. Dr. Roberts  continued making house calls until his retirement. Photo by Charles Bertram | Staff

Dr. Mack Roberts made a house call on Span Hill in Monticello in summer 1987. Dr. Roberts practiced medicine in Wayne County for 61 years, making house calls until he retired in 1993. He died in March 2001 at age 97. That year, his wife, Alma Dolen Roberts, published House Calls: Memoirs of Life with a Kentucky Doctor. Photo by Charles Bertram | Staff

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Transylvania University graduation, 1950

The graduating class at Transylvania College filed up the steps at Old Morrison prior to commencement  ceremonies  June 10, 1950. Today, May 23, 2015,  204 students of the class of 2015 will receive their bachelor’s degrees during a ceremony on the front lawn of historic Old Morrison. Published in the Lexington Leader June 12, 1950.

The graduating class at Transylvania College filed up the steps at Old Morrison for the commencement ceremony in June 1950. 204 students of the class of 2015 will receive their bachelor’s degrees on May 23 during a ceremony on the front lawn of historic Old Morrison. Transylvania College became Transylvania University after 1969. Published in the Lexington Leader on June 12, 1950.

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Injured Bill Spivey, 1951

Six-year-old Ellis Harfford Jr. has a look at University of Kentucky basketball player Bill Spivey's cruthces, Nov. 13, 1951. The Wildcats All-American center underwent a knee operation three weeks prior to this photo. Spivey, UK's first 7-foot-tall player, had dreams of playing for the National Basketball Association, but those dreams were dashed after he was implicated in a point-shaving scandal in the early 1950s. Several current and former UK Wildcats of the era admitted they accepted money to shave points. But Spivey, who was indicted for perjury in the case, was adamant to the end of his life that he never had any part in attempts to fix college games. A New York trial jury voted 9-3 for acquittal, and the district attorney's office said it saw no use in trying the case again. But the damage was done. Although Spivey was never found guilty of any wrongdoing, he was barred from the NBA for life before he had a chance to play his first pro game. He went on to play for some minor professional teams, including a stint with a team opposing the Harlem Globetrotters. Herald-Leader archive photo

Six-year-old Ellis Harfford Jr. had a look at University of Kentucky basketball player Bill Spivey’s crutches on Nov. 13, 1951. The Wildcats All-American center underwent a knee operation three weeks before this photo. Spivey, UK’s first 7-foot-tall player, had dreams of playing for the National Basketball Association, but those dreams were dashed after he was implicated in a point-shaving scandal in the early 1950s. Several UK players and former players of the era admitted that they accepted money to shave points. But Spivey, who was indicted for perjury in the case, was adamant to the end of his life that he never had any part in attempts to fix college games. A New York trial jury voted 9-3 for acquittal, and the district attorney’s office said it saw no use in trying the case again. But the damage was done. Although Spivey was never found guilty of any wrongdoing, he was barred from the NBA for life before he had a chance to play his first pro game. He went on to play for some minor professional teams, including a stint with a team opposing the Harlem Globetrotters. Spivey died in 1995 at age 66. Herald-Leader Archive Photo

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Chuck Woolery at Morehead State, 1977

Television personality Chuck Woolery sings "My Old Kentucky Home" during halftime of the Morehead State football game Oct. 15, 1977 in Morehead. Woolery, a Morehead State alumnus, was the original host for the game show Wheel of Fortune. He also hosted (more than 2,000 episodes) Love Connection, Scrabble, The Home and Family Show, The Chuck Woolery Show, The Dating Game, Greed and Lingo. Woolery who was born in Ashland, studied economics and sociology at Morehead. Photo by David Perry | staff

Television personality Chuck Woolery, a Morehead State University alumnus, sang My Old Kentucky Home during halftime of a Morehead home football game on Oct. 15, 1977. Woolery was the original host of the game show Wheel of Fortune. He also hosted more than 2,000 episodes of other shows, including Love Connection, Scrabble, The Home and Family Show, The Chuck Woolery Show, The Dating Game, Greed, and Lingo. Woolery who was born in Ashland, studied economics and sociology at Morehead.  Photo by David Perry | Staff

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Broomball at Scott’s Roll-Arena, 1949

Broomball hockey being played at Scott's Roll-Arena in Lexington. The photo shows the Black Raiders and the Eight-Balls scrambling for the inflated volleyball. Published in the Herald-Leader February 20, 1949. Herald-Leader Archive Photo

Broomball hockey being played at Scott’s Roll-Arena in Lexington. The Black Raiders and the Eight-Balls scrambled for a volleyball. Published in the Herald-Leader February 20, 1949. Herald-Leader Archive Photo

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