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UK students waiting for football tickets, 1984

A group of UK students waited outside the ticket office at Memorial Coliseum on Sept. 4, 1984, for the “good” seats to become available for UK football’s 1984 season opener at Commonwealth Stadium. The group had been waiting since 8:30 a.m. for the release of tickets at 6 p.m. for sections 208 and 210. The line on the left was for the rest of the seats. Photo by Charles Bertram | Herald-Leader Stafff

A group of UK students waited outside the ticket office at Memorial Coliseum on Sept. 4, 1984, for the “good” seats to become available for UK football’s 1984 season opener at Commonwealth Stadium. The group had been waiting since 8:30 a.m. for the release of tickets at 6 p.m. for sections 208 and 210. The line on the left was for the rest of the seats. Photo by Charles Bertram | Herald-Leader Staff

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Future UK coach Claiborne as UK player, 1946

Newcomers on the University of Kentucky football team in Sept. 1946 included future UK coach  Jerry Claiborne, second from right. Claiborne played three years as halfback under Paul "Bear" Bryant. He went on to become the head coach at Virginia Tech (1961–1970) and  Maryland (1972–1981) before returning to UK in 1982. In his eight seasons as head coach, he led the Wildcats to two bowl games and a record of 41-46-3. He was inducted into the College Football Hall of Fame in 2000.  In the photo from left to right is Harry Ulinski, Nick Odlivak, John Ciepalich, J. C. Williams, Claiborne and Dick Holway. Published in the Lexington Leader September 17, 1946.

Newcomers on the University of Kentucky football team in September 1946 included future UK coach Jerry Claiborne, second from right. Claiborne played three years as halfback under Paul “Bear” Bryant. He went on to become the head coach at Virginia Tech (1961–1970) and Maryland (1972–1981) before returning to UK in 1982. In his eight seasons as head coach, he led the Wildcats to two bowl games and a record of 41-46-3. He was inducted into the College Football Hall of Fame in 2000. From left, Harry Ulinski, Nick Odlivak, John Ciepalich, J. C. Williams, Claiborne and Dick Holway. Published in the Lexington Leader on Sept. 17, 1946.

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Commonwealth Stadium’s first game, 1973

Traffic outside Commonwealth Stadium on Sept. 15, 1973, prior to the first game played at the new home of the Wildcats. After playing 48 years at Stoll Field, the Cats won their first game at Commonwealth, 31-24 over Virginia Tech. The stadium and parking rest on what was once part of the UK Experimental Station Farm Grounds. Commonwealth Stadium had a capacity of 57,800 cost $12 million to build - a tenth of the cost for the current renovation.

Traffic outside Commonwealth Stadium on Sept. 15, 1973, before the inaugural game at the new home of the Wildcats. After 48 years at Stoll Field, the Cats won their first game at Commonwealth, 31-24 over Virginia Tech. The stadium and parking lot are on what was once part of the UK Experimental Station Farm Grounds. Commonwealth Stadium had a capacity of 57,800 and cost $12 million to build – a tenth of the cost of the current renovation, which is to be completed in 2015.

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Advance registration at UK, 1986

Donna Townsend, a University of Kentucky communications graduate student sat far above the crowd as she worked on her class schedule during advance registration in Memorial Coliseum on Monday August 25, 1986. Photo by Gary Landers

Donna Townsend, a University of Kentucky graduate student in communications, sat far above the crowd as she worked on her class schedule during advance registration on Aug. 25, 1986, in Memorial Coliseum.  Photo by Gary Landers | Herald-Leader Staff

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UK students return to classes, 1982

In late August in 1982 University of Kentucky students returned to campus for the fall semester. Students crowded the Kennedy's Bookstore on South Limestone on August 24, 1982. Photo by Gary Landers

In late August of 1982 University of Kentucky students returned to campus for the fall semester. Students crowded the Kennedy’s Bookstore on South Limestone on August 24, 1982. Photo by Gary Landers

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Canine crosswalk guard, 1958

The Lone Ranger, a 4-year old  English Setter owned by Dr. J. O. Van Meter, helped Mrs. Ann Bryant with  traffic supervision each day near Morton Junior High School on Tates Creek Road. Cassidy Elementary can be seen in the background. Published in the Lexington Herald January 7, 1958.

The Lone Ranger, a 4-year-old English Setter owned by Dr. J. O. Van Meter, helped Mrs. Ann Bryant with traffic supervision in 1958 in front of Cassidy Elementary on Tates Creek Road. Morton Junior High, now Morton Middle School, is on the right next to Cassidy. Published in the Lexington Herald on Jan. 7, 1958.

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David Cassidy at Keeneland sale, 1972

Actor, singer, songwriter and teen-idol David Cassidy at the Keeneland Sales, circa 1972.  Cassidy is known for his role as Keith Partridge in the 1970s T.V. show "The Partridge Family". Cassidy bought his first yearling in 1974 and has been involved in horse breeding ever since.

Actor, singer, songwriter and teen idol David Cassidy was at a Keeneland sale, circa 1972. Cassidy is known for his role as Keith Partridge in the 1970s TV show The Partridge Family. Cassidy bought his first yearling in 1974 and has been involved in horse breeding ever since.

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Tobacco cutting, 1982

Tammie McKenney cut 500 sticks of  tobacco in five hours during the women's speed-cutting event at the Bluegrass Tobacco Festival in Scott County August 30, 1982. Officials believed her feat to be an unofficial women's world record. McKenney, 17, was a high school senior from Mount Zion. Photo by Charles Bertram | Staff

Tammie McKenney cut 500 sticks of tobacco in five hours during the women’s speed-cutting event on Aug. 30, 1982, at the Bluegrass Tobacco Festival in Scott County. Officials thought her feat to be an unofficial women’s world record. McKenney, 17, was a high school senior from Mount Zion. Photo by Charles Bertram | Staff

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Happy Chandler, new commissioner of baseball, 1945

Above, the Lexington Co-Operative Club held a testimonial dinner to U.S. Sen. A.B. (Happy) Chandler in April 1945 at the Lafayette Hotel. Chandler was being honored as the newly appointed commissioner of major league baseball. Chandler is seated at the center of the table, turning his head to speak to a man standing behind him. Seated at right, next to Chandler, is Adolph Abraham, president of the Co-Operative Club. Standing, from center to left, are William E. Benswanger, president of the Pittsburgh Pirates; William DeWitt, general manager of the St. Louis Browns; and Earl Hilligan, representing Will Harridge, president of the American League. The identities of the other men in the photo are unknown.Chandler was twice governor of Kentucky and served in the U.S. Senate. He resigned his Senate seat to become the second commissioner of baseball. During his tenure, from 1945 to 1951, he approved Jackie Robinson’s contract with the Brooklyn Dodgers, helping to integrate baseball, and he established the first pension fund for players. Owners became upset with Chandler and did not renew his contract.

Above, the Lexington Co-Operative Club held a testimonial dinner to U.S. Sen. A.B. (Happy) Chandler in April 1945 at the Lafayette Hotel. Chandler was being honored as the newly appointed commissioner of major league baseball. Chandler is seated at the center of the table, turning his head to speak to a man standing behind him. Seated at right, next to Chandler, is Adolph Abraham, president of the Co-Operative Club. Standing, from center to left, are William E. Benswanger, president of the Pittsburgh Pirates; William DeWitt, general manager of the St. Louis Browns; and Earl Hilligan, representing Will Harridge, president of the American League. The identities of the other men in the photo are unknown. Chandler was twice governor of Kentucky and served in the U.S. Senate. He resigned his Senate seat to become the second commissioner of baseball. During his tenure, from 1945 to 1951, he approved Jackie Robinson’s contract with the Brooklyn Dodgers, helping to integrate baseball, and he established the first pension fund for players. Owners became upset with Chandler and did not renew his contract.

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Filming “The Asphalt Jungle,” 1949

Movie director John Huston talked to actress Jean Hagen during the filming of the final scene of "The Asphalt Jungle" in 1949. The film also starred Sterling Hayden and parts of it were filmed in Lexington on the Ben Eubank farm on Briar Hill Road. Published in the Lexington Leader October 14, 1949. "The Asphalt Jungle" is a 1950 film noir  based on the 1949 novel of the same name by W. R. Burnett.

Movie director John Huston talked to actress Jean Hagen during the filming of the final scene of The Asphalt Jungle in 1949. The film also starred Sterling Hayden, and parts of it were filmed on the Ben Eubank farm on Briar Hill Road in Lexington. Published in the Lexington Leader Oct. 14, 1949. The Asphalt Jungle was a 1950 film noir based on the 1949 novel of the same name by W. R. Burnett.

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