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New UK football uniforms, 1990

First-year University of Kentucky football coach Bill Curry unveiled new uniforms a week before his freshmen reported for pre-season practice, July 27, 1990. A pair of mannequins were on hand, sporting the Wildcats' new less-means- more uniforms, complete with the player-popular black footwear. Curry said there was no major significance in the fact that the new coach decided to place his first Kentucky team into a set of subtly different duds. And no, said Curry, he did not try to pattern UK's new attire after any particular team, save maybe his old Baltimore Colts. "I think the uniforms look good, and that's all we need," said the coach. Simplicity being the Curry look for the '90s. Basics remain - white helmets with a blue "K" on the side, blue jerseys, white pants. Gone are the two blue stripes down the center of the helmet, replaced by a single stripe. Gone are the blue pants. The Cats will wear white trousers home and away. Gone are stripes on jersey sleeves, replaced by a single patch commemorating the school's centennial football season. Gone, too, are white shoes, replaced by your basic black models. Because, said Curry, "The players like the black shoes." Photo by Charles Bertram | staff

First-year University of Kentucky football coach Bill Curry unveiled new uniforms a week before his freshmen reported for pre-season practice, July 27, 1990. A pair of mannequins were on hand, sporting the Wildcats’ new less-means- more uniforms, complete with the player-popular black footwear. Curry said there was no major significance in the new coach’s decision to place his first Kentucky team in a set of subtly different duds. And no, Curry said, he didn’t try to pattern UK’s new attire after any particular team, except maybe his old Baltimore Colts. “I think the uniforms look good, and that’s all we need,” he said. Basics remain: white helmets with a blue K on the side, blue jerseys, white pants. Gone are the two blue stripes down the center of the helmet, replaced by a single stripe. Gone are the blue pants. The Cats will wear white trousers home and away. Gone are stripes on jersey sleeves, replaced by a single patch commemorating the school’s centennial football season. Gone, too, are white shoes, replaced by your basic black models. “The players like the black shoes,” Curry said. On Feb. 5, 2016, UK unveiled new football uniforms and a special-occasion basketball uniform. Photo by Charles Bertram | Staff

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Jacobson Park playground construction, 1993

Construction of the wooden playground structure at Jacobson Park in Lexington, Oct. 11, 1993. The popular mazelike playground at the Richmond Road park was Lexington's third creative playground. Picadome Elementary School playground was the first -- followed by the Shillito Park project. About 2,500 volunteers contributed toi the completion of the playground. When it opened about two weeks later, it was the largest iplayground n Kentucky, featuring 30,000 square feet of slides, swings, turrets, bridges and hiding nooks. Photo by Mark Cornelison | staff

Construction of the wooden playground structure at Jacobson Park in Lexington, Oct. 11, 1993. The popular maze-like playground at the Richmond Road park was Lexington’s third creative playground. Picadome Elementary School playground was the first, followed by the Shillito Park project. About 2,500 volunteers helped complete the playground. When it opened about two weeks later, it was the largest playground in Kentucky, featuring 30,000 square feet of slides, swings, turrets, bridges and hiding nooks. Temporary lights were strung around the playground, allowing the volunteers and city park employees to work after dark. On Feb. 8, 2016, design plans were released for a new playground at the site. Photo by Mark Cornelison | Staff

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UK’s Cliff Hagan vs. Georgia, 1951

University of Kentucky sophomore Cliff Hagan grabbed a lose ball during the No.1-ranked Cats' 88-41 win over Georgia, Feb. 23, 1951 at Memorial Coliseum in Lexington. This was UK's first season playing in Memorial Coliseum, which was completed in 1950 at a cost of $3.9 million. UK's Lou Tsioropoulos (16), is at center. UK would finish the season 32-2, winning it's 14th SEC regular season title and later it's third NCAA championship with a 68-58 win over defeated Kansas State. Herald-Leader Archive Photo

University of Kentucky sophomore Cliff Hagan grabbed a lose ball during the No. 1-ranked Cats’ 88-41 win over Georgia on Feb. 23, 1951, at Memorial Coliseum in Lexington. It was UK’s first season playing in Memorial Coliseum, which was completed in 1950 at a cost of $3.9 million. UK’s Lou Tsioropoulos (16), is at center. UK would finish the season 32-2, winning its 14th SEC regular season title and later its third NCAA championship with a 68-58 win over defeated Kansas State. Herald-Leader Archive Photo

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St. Joseph Hospital, 1947

St. Joseph's Hospital at 544 West Second Street in Lexington, Nov. 1947. St. Joseph, Lexington's first hospital opened in 1877 and was initially located on Lincoln Walk, near Maxwell Street. In 1878 it relocated to this Second Street location, going through several additions and renovations in the 81 years to follow. In 1959 they moved to their current location on Harrodsburg Road. The four-story building pictured, which had a 300-bed capacity, was razed in 1966. It is now the site of Connie Griffith Manor, a 10-story senior housing apartment managed by the Lexington Housing Authority. Published in the Lexington Herald-Leader November 16, 1947. Herald-Leader Archive Photo

St. Joseph Hospital at 544 West Second Street in Lexington, November 1947. St. Joseph, Lexington’s first hospital, opened in 1877 on Linden Walk, near Maxwell Street. In 1878, it moved to this Second Street address, going through several additions and renovations in the 81 years to follow. In 1959, the hospital moved to its current site on Harrodsburg Road. The four-story building above, which had a 300-bed capacity, was razed in 1966. It is now the site of Connie Griffith Manor, a 10-story senior housing apartment managed by the Lexington Housing Authority. This photo was published in the Lexington Herald-Leader on Nov. 16, 1947 with a story about the hospital celebrating its 70th anniversary in Lexington. Click here to see a PDF of that page of the newspaper. Herald-Leader Archive Photo

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Balancing act, 1988

Lexingtonian Mark Summers balanced his antique chair purchase atop his head and as he pedalled home along South Limestone Street near the UK campus on February 11, 1988. "I purchased the chair at a downtown antique dealer, " Summers said,  "and this was the onlky way I had to get it home." He said the distance between the antique dealer and his home was roughly two miles. Photo by Michael Malone | Staff

Lexingtonian Mark Summers balanced an antique chair atop his head as he pedaled home along South Limestone near the University of Kentucky on Feb. 11, 1988. “I purchased the chair at a downtown antique dealer, ” Summers said, “and this was the only way I had to get it home.” Summers, a UK history professor, said the distance between the antique dealer and his home was roughly two miles. Photo by Michael Malone | Staff

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Muhammad Ali on the UK bench, 1995

Three-time heavyweight boxing champion Muhammad Ali sat on the Kentucky bench during the Cats' game against Florida, Feb. 18, 1995 at Rupp Arena. Ali attended the game as part of a one-day promotional visit to Lexington for a play, Ali, which ran later that month at the Opera House. A playful Ali met the UK players in the locker room before the game. "He said I'll take you all on," Jeff Sheppard said. Ali also threw some punches. "I jabbed at Anthony Epps," Rodrick Rhodes said. "He told Epps he reminded him of Joe Frazier." UK coach Rick Pitino noted that the UK players were too young to remember Ali in his fighting prime. "For me, personally, it was a thrill of a lifetime," the UK coach said of Ali's presence on the bench. Ali and Sheppard shared a laugh while the game neared its dramatic finish. With 1:23 left and the Cats ahead 77-75, Sheppard was fouled but had to leave the game because of blood on his nose. Chris Harrison entered the game and made both free throws. As Harrison shot and team physician Dr. David Caborn worked on a cut on Sheppard's nose, Sheppard turned to Ali and said something. Ali and Sheppard then smiled. "I told him I got punched in the nose," Sheppard said. Photo by Mark Cornelison | staff

Three-time heavyweight boxing champion Muhammad Ali sat on the Kentucky bench during the Cats’ 87-77 win over Florida on Feb. 18, 1995, at Rupp Arena. Ali attended the game as part of a one-day promotional visit to Lexington for a play, Ali, that ran later that month at the Opera House. A playful Ali met the UK players in the locker room before the game. “He said, ‘I’ll take you all on,'” Jeff Sheppard said. Ali also threw some punches. “I jabbed at Anthony Epps,” Rodrick Rhodes said. “He told Epps he reminded him of Joe Frazier.” UK coach Rick Pitino said the UK players were too young to remember Ali in his fighting prime. “For me, personally, it was a thrill of a lifetime,” the UK coach said of Ali’s presence on the bench. With 1:23 left and the Cats ahead by two, 77-75, Sheppard was fouled but had to leave the game because of blood on his nose. Chris Harrison entered the game and made both free throws. As Harrison shot and team physician David Caborn worked on a cut on Sheppard’s nose, Sheppard turned to Ali and said something. Ali and Sheppard then smiled. “I told him I got punched in the nose,” Sheppard said. Here is another photo from his visit that day to Lexington. Photo by Mark Cornelison | Staff

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Golden Gloves winner, 1948

Aloft went the snappy right hand of Jimmy Barrett, lifted by referee Charley McCarthy on February 3, 1948, after the Lexington boy punched out a decision in four rounds over Archie Ware of Shelbyville to win the state open featherweight title and become the first Open champion crowned in The Herald-Leader Golden Gloves tournament at Woodland auditorium.  The featherweight king won a chance to compete in the national Golden Gloves tourney through his victories here. Published in the Lexington Leader February 4, 1948.

Aloft went the snappy right hand of Jimmy Barrett, lifted by referee Charley McCarthy on Feb. 3, 1948, after the Lexington teen won a four-round decision over Archie Ware of Shelbyville to win the state open featherweight title and become the first Open champion crowned in The Herald-Leader Golden Gloves tournament at Woodland auditorium. The featherweight king won a chance to compete in the national Golden Gloves tourney. Published in the Lexington Leader on Feb. 4, 1948. Herald-Leader Archive Photo

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Police band, 1993

In 1993, Lexington police officer Debbie Wagner, fourth from the left, organized the DARE 911 Band, which used rock music to spread an anti-drug message to area schools. The group, photographed on Feb. 9, 1993, were made up of members of The Lexington Police, Fayette Co. Sheriff's Dept., University of Kentucky Police, and the Horse Park Police. Wagner, a 38-year veteran of the force known for community outreach, retired from the Lexington police force in January, 2016. Photo by Charles Bertram | staff

In 1993, Lexington police officer Debbie Wagner, fourth from left, organized the DARE 911 Band, which used rock music to spread an anti-drug message to area schools. The group, photographed on Feb. 9, 1993, were made up of officers with Lexington and University of Kentucky police, the Fayette County Sheriff’s Department and Kentucky Horse Park Police. Wagner, an officer known for community outreach, retired from the Lexington police force this month after a 38-year career. Photo by Charles Bertram | staff

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Downtown Middlesboro, 1983

Downtown Middlesboro, looking west down Cumberland Avenue at the intersection of 19th Street, Jan. 18, 1983. The town is located in Bell County, near the Cumberland Gap in the southeastern part of Kentucky, near where Tennesse, Kentucky and Virginia meet. Photo by Charles Bertram | staff

Downtown Middlesboro, looking west down Cumberland Avenue at 19th Street, on Jan. 18, 1983. The town is in Bell County, near Cumberland Gap in the southeastern part of Kentucky, near where Tennessee, Kentucky and Virginia meet. Photo by Charles Bertram | Staff

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Kentucky over Tennessee, 1978

Kentucky's Rick Robey put up a shot against the University of Tennessee in Knoxville, February 25, 1978. UK cinched an NCAA berth with a 68-57 victory. Herald-Leader Archive Photo

Kentucky’s Rick Robey put up a shot against Tennessee on Feb. 25, 1978. UK clinched an NCAA berth with a 68-57 victory. Herald-Leader Archive Photo

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