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Lafayette High School graduation, 1985

Lafayette High School graduating senior and band member Ronald Chi played one last song with the Lafayette band prior to joining the res both class for graduation ceremonies at the high school on June 8, 1985. Lafayette and Paul Laurence Dunbar both hold their graduation ceremonies today at Rupp Arena. Photo by Charles Bertram | Staff

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Lexington police check speed and seat belts, 1992

Lexington police officer Eric Garner ran a radar display during rush hour on May 18, 1992, on South Broadway in Lexington. Police operated speed-display boards on various streets throughout Fayette County for several days as part of a national traffic-safety campaign called “Buckle up to avoid the summertime blues.” The boards used radar to show speeds for passing motorists on a red digital display. Tickets might have been issued to speeders, but officer Mitchell Smith said the boards primarily were used as “an attempt to remind the motorists to be aware of the speed limit.” Smith said police would be cracking down on speeders in an attempt to enforce the county’s seat belt ordinance, which can be enforced only if the driver is being stopped for another offense. Photo by Charles Bertram | Staff

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Victory garden, 1946

Mrs. James Darnaby, left, and Janet Wood were among more than 100 city gardeners who flocked to the Chinoe Garden Club’s eight-acre tract on April 3, 1946, taking advantage of summer-like weather to plant early vegetables. These community gardens were known as Victory Gardens during World War I and World War II and were meant to reduce pressure on the public food supply and create a civil “morale booster.” Herald-Leader Archive Photo

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Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey circus, 1950

Spectators under the big top during a July 27, 1950, Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey circus performance in Lexington. The circus was in town for a one-day, two-performance stand at the show grounds on Newtown Pike. After nearly 150 years, the Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey circus will perform its final show Sunday, May 21, in New York. Photo by John C. Wyatt | Staff

Felix Adler, known as “The King of Clowns,” prepared for a show in Lexington on July 27, 1950. The world-famous clown also was known as “The White House Clown” because of his many appearances for U.S. presidents. Photo by John C. Wyatt | Staff

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WKYT-TV meteorologists, 1999

WKYT-TV Channel 27 meteorologists from left, Chris Bailey, Brian Collins and T.G. Shuck on Feb. 12, 1999. Collins, the ever-smiling longtime Lexington television weatherman, died May 20, 2004, of complications from lung cancer. He was 62. A beloved television personality, Collins often was often called on to be the master of ceremonies at pageants and the grand marshal of parades. He had been an emcee at spelling bees. He even played Santa Claus, posing for pictures with people’s pets at the Lexington Humane Society. He frequently visited schools to give talks to children. He was WKYT’s “social butterfly,” and he graciously accepted the requests to help out at community events, friends said. Collins started as as a reporter at WLEX-TV Channel 18 in 1981. His contract wasn’t renewed in 1992, partly because he wasn’t a meteorologist at the time. Collins then joined the staff of Channel 27, working part-time at first. He studied meteorology at Mississippi State University and eventually moved up to chief meteorologist at WKYT. Co-workers said they would never forget an incident with a dog up for adoption that was featured on one show. Just as the camera cut away, “the dog lunged at Brian and tore his pants off, ” WKYT news anchor Bill Bryant said. Collins took it in stride. “Brian looked up and said, ‘This dog has ruined a perfectly good suit,'” Bryant said. “It ripped one leg completely down, completely off.” “Anyone else would have just absolutely positively had a coronary. Here you have a five- or six-hundred dollar suit, at least,” said Shuck, who left WKYT in 2012. Bailey, the current WKYT chief meteorologist, said he became a meteorologist because of Collins. Collins made Bailey one of his “weather watchers” when Bailey was in fifth grade in Salyersville. Collins would send Bailey weather books to study, and years later, Collins gave Bailey his first chance to be a weather forecaster. “Had he never moved up to chief meteorologist, I may never have had the opportunity to do what I’ve always wanted to do,” Bailey said. Photo by Mark Cornelison | Staff

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State track and field meet, 1987

Brent Chumbley of Paris High School advertised his specialty with his haircut on May 30, 1987, at the Kentucky State High School Track and Field meet at the University of Kentucky’s Shively track. This year’s state meet gets underway Friday  at the UK outdoor track complex. Photo by Charles Bertram | Staff

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Drag racer and her Corvette Stingray, 1964

Mrs. David Ranck with her trophy and her winning Corvette Stingray after she took first place on Labor Day 1964 at Mountain Parkway Drag Strip near Clay City. The photo ran with a story in the Sept. 15, 1964, Lexington Leader about women competing in the fast-growing sports of stock car racing and drag racing. Ranck said she “always wanted to try and see what it felt like” to drive a car wide open on a straight stretch. “It was the first time I ever ran,” she said. “I don’t know one thing about what’s in that car.” Herald-Leader file photo

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Adolph Rupp, Lawrence Welk at Rupp Arena’s first concert, 1976

Former Univeristy of Kentucky basketball coach Adolph Rupp, left, and musician and bandleader Lawrence Welk during the first first concert in Rupp Arena, Oct. 17, 1976. The concert featuring Welk and his orchestra, was attended by about 20,000 fans on a Sunday afternoon. Welk, then 73, and Rupp had been friends for many years. Welk, told the crowd that Rupp had promised him a chance to play at the opening of the arena named in his honor. He thanked Rupp and gave him a baton as a memento. Rupp died a little more than a year later, on Dec. 10, 1977. Welk died May 17, 1992. Click here to see more images from our archives of that concert. Photo by Chela Richardson | Staff

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Alfalfa restaurant, 1975

Mary Martin served customers at Alfalfa in February 1975. The iconic Lexington restaurant opened here, on South Limestone across from the University of Kentucky, in 1973, started by six twenty-somethings with about $3,700. The restaurant’s menu was modeled after that of a health-food store. Items on the chalkboard in this image include eggplant stew with rice for $1.50, potato pudding with salad for $1.75 and a slice of cranberry loaf for 45 cents. Click on the image for a closer look. “Most of the things we cook are things we like to eat,” co-owner Artie Hoard, 26, said in 1975. In 1973, Alfalfa employed 25 people and didn’t have enough chairs. On opening day, the restaurant promised a free meal to anyone who contributed a chair. Alfalfa moved in 2005 to its current address, 141 East Main Street. In May 2017, new owners said they will update the restaurant’s offerings but keep their local-food roots. Photo by David Perry | Staff

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Chess masters at National High School Champion Chess Tournament, 1992

World chess champion Garry Kasparov signed a chess board for Steve Kreyenbuhl on May 10, 1992, at the National High School Champion Chess Tournament at the Lexington Center. Kasparov, who at age 22 became the youngest ever undisputed world chess champion in 1985, was the star attraction on the final day. Hundreds of competitors stood in line for a chance to shake the grandmaster’s hand, and four members of the Bryan Station Middle School chess team got the chance to lose to the 29-year-old Russian citizen, whom many consider the greatest chess player of all time. Lesley Brashear, 13, was one of the lucky Bryan Station students who got to play the champ. “It was really cool. Every move I made, he always had a comeback. There was no way to get around him,” Lesley said. Kasparov let each student dictate his opening move, allowing the youngsters a strong start. He quietly suggested good moves. Kasparov said chess gives young people self-confidence and self-esteem by teaching responsibility. “You win, you lose; it’s your responsibility.” Photo by Tim Sharp

International chess grandmaster Gregory Kaidanov played 59 games simultaneously on May 7, 1992, during the National High School Champion Chess Tournament. About 1,100 students from more than 30 states came to the Lexington Center for the weekend tournament. More than 150 of them were Kentuckians. Even though it was a high school tournament and most of the players were from that age group, students of all grades were allowed to enter. The defending champion was an eighth-grader from New York. The youngest participant was a fifth-grader from Arizona. A senior from New Jersey won the tournament, during which almost 400 trophies were awarded. Two Kentuckians finished 12th and 26th in the championship division. In team competition, South Oldham High in Crestwood finished 14th in the championship division, and Lexington’s Henry Clay High School finished 21st. Henry Clay also finished fifth in the five-minute speed chess blitz contest. Photo by Tom Marks | Staff

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