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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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Hillary Clinton eats lunch at Lexington school, 1992

Tiffany Jackson listened as Hillary Clinton told a story during lunch at Lexington’s Arlington Elementary School on May 14, 1992. Clinton was in town to campaign for her husband, Bill, while getting a firsthand look at the 1990 Kentucky Education Reform Act in action. “I have followed the reform act from afar for a number of years and have been very impressed and encouraged by what I have seen. I have been particularly pleased at the emphasis on early childhood education, ” she said. “No state that I’m aware of has done as much as Kentucky has.” Arlington Elementary had put into practice many aspects of the education reform act, including school-based decision-making councils, a family resource center, preschool programs for 3- and 4-year-olds, and a system where pupils weren’t separated into grades during their first four years of school. During a lunch of sausage pizza and mixed vegetables, Clinton talked with pupils about ungraded classrooms. “I was in a mixed class myself, second and third grade,” she said. The more advanced children would have an opportunity to help their classmates. She laughed, told stories and entertained the 11 children at her table for nearly half an hour. “I’d love to go down to the deepest, deepest, darkest part of the ocean and see what it’s like down there,” she said. At the time of this picture, her husband was the front-runner for the Democratic nomination. He would go one to become the 42nd president of the United States. Several months before this picture, Bill was in Frankfort campaigning. Photo by Charles Bertram | Staff

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Regional AAA track meet, 1988

Bryan Station High School’s Sterling Ward won the triple jump at the Boys Regional AAA track meet on May 14, 1988, with a jump of 47 feet, 7 inches at the University of Kentucky. The 2017 Class AAA Regional meet is Saturday at Bryan Station. Photo by Stephens Castleberry | Staff

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Georgetown’s Main Street, 1990

Downtown Georgetown, overlooking Main Street, Feb. 14, 1990. The Scott County Courthouse is at left. It was the county’s fourth courthouse since Scott County was founded in 1792. The building is on the United States National Register of Historic Places and is no longer used for for trials. Today it houses county government offices, and the district and circuit courts are on North Hamilton Street, just off Main Street. At the time of this picture, Georgetown’s population was 11,000. Today it is 32,000. Click here to see other images of Georgetown from our archives. Photo by Michael Clevenger

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Kentucky River bridge construction, 1992

Doug Felton with Kay & Kay Contracting helped guide a steel beam to be used to support a pier on a new bridge being built across the Kentucky River at Boonesboro on May 11, 1992. The Ky. 627 bridge connects Clark and Madison counties and replaced the old bridge, visible in the background. In 2002, the bridge was renamed the Ewart W. Johnson Bridge. Johnson was the Kentucky State Parks commissioner from 1971 to 1975, and he was instrumental in the construction of Ky. 627 from Winchester to Boonesboro. The old road had been the scene of a rash of fatalities, and Johnson advocated for a safer route. Photo by Charles Bertram | Staff

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Women’s bowling league winners, 1948

The Perkins bowling team, one of three women’s bowling teams to win in league play at the Congress Alleys the week of April 19, 1948. From left, the Monday Afternoon League champion team of Millie Matthews, Marie Flynn, Larraine Hill, Sue Morgan and Ruth Mappin. Herald-Leader Archive Photo

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Mime class at Julia R. Ewan Elementary, 1986

Third- and fourth-graders at Julia R. Ewan Elementary School in Lexington performed a mime routine on May 9, 1986, pretending that they had come up against a wall. The students, in a program for gifted and talented children, had participated in a weeklong workshop on mime. Photo by Ron Garrison | Staff

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The Versailles castle under construction, 1972

The castle in Woodford County, under construction in 1972. Sitting on 50 acres on U.S. 60 east of Versailles near the Fayette County line, it has been a Central Kentucky curiosity for more than 45 years. Lexington contractor Rex Martin Sr. started building the castle in 1969, but it sat unfinished and empty for decades. At the time of this picture, the inner building was under construction, the foundation for the pool had been poured, and the four turrets had yet to be roofed. Tom Post, a graduate of Lexington’s Lafayette High School and the University of Kentucky, bought it for $1.8 million in 2003. While it was being restored, a fire in May 2004 burned the house. Post rebuilt it, and in 2008, he opened it as CastlePost, a tourist inn and luxury bed-and-breakfast in the heart of Bluegrass horse country. In 2010, it was put on the market with an asking price of $30 million. It was revealed this past week that a potential buyer has come forward. The Lexington-Bluegrass Association of Realtors website indicates a “sale pending” for the $15 million listing. Click on the image for a closer look. Herald-Leader File Photo

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