Photos from the Lexington Herald-Leader archives updated daily

John Pelphrey in the Boys’ Sweet Sixteen, 1987

Paintsville’s John Pelphrey went over, under and through the Owensboro defense during the second round of the Kentucky Boys’ Sweet Sixteen Basketball Tournament, March 27, 1987 in Lexington’s Rupp Arena. Pelphrey, a 6-foot-7 all-state senior forward and a Mr. Basketball candidate, scored 24 points, leading Paintsville past No. 1-ranked Owensboro, 58-52. Unfortunately the Tigers lost the next day in the semifinals to Ballard, 61-54. Pelphrey, who would go on to play college basketball at UK, averaged 21 points during his three games in the tourney and was named was named to the all-tournament team. He was named to the honorary squad along with two other future Wildcats, Deron Feldhaus and Richie Farmer. Farmer led his Clay County team to the state title. The three would later become part of Kentucky’s 1991-92 senior class, also known as “The Unforgettables” – four UK seniors that went through tough times when UK was on probation but hung around long enough to see the program resurrected. Pelphrey’s No. 34 jersey is retired and he is one of 42 former UK players, coaches, and contributors honored in Rupp Arena with a banner hanging from the rafters. He is in his second year as the associate head men’s basketball coach at the University of Alabama. The 2018 Boys’ Sweet Sixteen begins today at Rupp Arena. Photo by Ron Garrison | staff

Posted in Uncategorized | Tagged , , , , , , , | Comments

Dunbar High home economics students, 1954

Six Dunbar High school “home economics” students tried out the new home economics training units that were to be dedicated to their use, along with other new facilities, at dedicatory services at 3 p.m. Sunday January 10, 1954 in the new Dunbar gymnasium. The students are Fannie Taylor, Helen Garnett, Sarah Davis, Corliss Pollock, Mary Miller and Anna Long. The modern home economics department is part of a $551,571 construction and remodeling project undertaken through the city school $1,200,000 bond issue. Herald-Leader Archive Photo

Posted in Uncategorized | Tagged , , | Comments

Snowstorm shuts down interstates, 1993

Southbound traffic on I-75 waited March 14, 1993 for the road to be opened on Jellico Mountain near Williamsburg. The road was closed from Lexington to the Tennessee border because one of the strongest storms of the century brought 6 to 30 inches of snow to eastern and southeastern Kentucky during the prior two days. I-64 was closed from Lexington to the West Virginia border. Between 3,000 and 4,000 motorists were stranded along both highways, causing emergency shelters to be set up. Strong winds accompanied the snow, resulting in blizzard conditions and snow drifts of six to 10 feet. In Whitley County, a man froze to death when he tried to walk from his home into Corbin. Perry County reported 30 inches of snow, Pikeville had 24 and Ashland had 22. At Hazard, the 24 hour snowfall record for the state of Kentucky was set as 25 inches fell. In the higher terrain of Harlan County, 4 to 5 feet of snow was reported. Lexington and other Central Kentucky communities got 6.5 inches of snow. Photo by Ron Garrison | staff

Posted in Uncategorized | Tagged , , , , , , , | Comments

Capital Plaza Tower, 1978

The 28-story Capital Plaza Tower in downtown Frankfort as seen on June 19, 1978. The tower, Frankfort’s tallest building, was completed in 1972 and served as a state office building until 2016. The tower is scheduled to be imploded this afternoon at 1:30pm. Lexington developer-contractor team CRM/D.W. Wilburn began work on Capital Plaza redevelopment in December when they won a “built-to-suit” contract from the state. Under the contract the company will level the area and build a 5-story 385,500 square-foot replacement state office building. Photo by Ron Garrison | Staff

Posted in Uncategorized | Tagged , , , | Comments

Chuck Norris at Kentucky Derby party, 1984

From left, martial artist and film star Chuck Norris, Anita Madden and Ed Podolak, former Kansas City Chiefs football star at Preston and Anita Madden’s Kentucky Derby Eve Party, May 4, 1984. About 1,300 guests paid either $160 or $250 for tickets to the gala at Madden’s Hamburg Place Farm in Lexington, whose theme was “A Day at the Races.” Norris, star of numerous martial arts movies said he was enjoying his first trip to Kentucky. He and his wife, Diane, arrived in town from Las Vegas with Dan Chandler, son of former governor A.B. “Happy” Chandler, and Podolak. When asked who would win the Kentucky Derby the next day he said, “I just want a female horse so I can give her a big kiss.” The then-44-year-old actor wasn’t as well-known as he is today. Norris strolled through the party tent with impunity. But his black belt skills had nothing to do with it – most people in the crowd simply didn’t recognize him. The minor-league movie star then told about the very first scene from his latest film, “Missing in Action,” which he just finished filming three weeks ago in Mexico. “The Viet Cong were supposed to be chasing me,” he laughed. “I had to run down a road and get across a narrow canal. There was a tree there – so I decided to swing over the water like Tarzan. The tree popped off and hit me in the face. Then I fell in the canal – five feet of water – and the tree fell on top of me. I was there under the water,” he continued. “Any second, I thought the crew would rescue me – after all, I was the star of the movie. But nobody came. I almost drowned.” When he finally got out of the canal by himself, said Norris, “Nobody had even noticed me. I was bleeding. Finally, somebody said: O’Oh. Are you hurt?'” Among the other guests at the party were actors William Shatner, Jim Varney and Dennis Cole; singer and movie star Olivia Newton-John; Las Vegas dress designer Suzy Creamcheese and astronauts F. Story Musgrave and Sally Ride. Norris is one of the marquee guests attending the 2018 Lexington Comic & Toy Con. Photo by Charles Bertram | staff

Posted in Uncategorized | Tagged , , | Comments

Kentucky wins SEC Tournament, 1988

Ed Davender, left, held the trophy as University of Kentucky coach Eddie Sutton, Rex Chapman and Winston Bennett celebrated after the team won the SEC Tournament, March 13, 1988 in Baton Rouge, La. No. 6 Kentucky, the regular-season champion, beat Georgia 62-57, giving the Cats their 17th conference tournament title. However as part of NCAA sanctions imposed upon the program in 1989, the presidents of the SEC schools voted to strip Kentucky of its regular season and tournament championships. Kentucky opens play in the 2018 SEC Tournament today. Photo by Charles Bertram | staff

University of Kentucky guard Rex Chapman got a boost from teammates Richard Madison, left, and Winston Bennett as he cut down a net after Kentucky captured the SEC Tournament title, March 13, 1988 in Baton Rouge, La. Chapman, the tournament’s most valuable player, finished with 23 points and twice hit both ends of the bonus in the last 16 seconds to clinch the victory. The win extended UK’s steak to seven. During that winning streak, the sophomore was nothing short of phenomenal. He hit 58.9 percent of his shots. He hit 56.3 percent (18 of 32) of his three-pointers. He averaged 19.5 points and 3.3 assists. UK ended the year at 27-6, losing to Villanova in the Southeast Regional Semifinals of the NCAA Tournament. However as part of sanctions imposed upon the program in 1989, the NCAA ordered UK to erase it’s three tournament games from the record, thus changing their official record to 25-5. Photo by Stephen Castleberry | staff

Posted in Uncategorized | Tagged , , , , , , , , | Comments

Charles Young Center recreation program, 1957

Carl Coles, left and Richard Williams were two of the pantomimists participating in the winter recreation program “roundup” April 29, 1957 at the Charles Young Community Center. The program presented by approximately 50 young people, closed the fall and winter program of the Lexington Recreation Department, included tap dancing, square dancing, tumbling and several pantomime acts. The variety show was coordinated by John Brown, Charles Young Center supervisor with the assistance of school unit directors. Herald-Leader Archive Photo

Posted in Uncategorized | Tagged , , , | Comments

Blue Grass Field, 1966

An Eastern Air Lines plane sits outside the terminal at Lexington’s Blue Grass Field in 1966. Just three years earlier, the longest non-stop flight out of the airport was to Boone County. By 1966, 20 years after Blue Grass Field began commercial service, the airport offered 26 flights a day including non-stop service to Chicago, New York City and Washington D.C. Three airlines operated out of the airport at this time; Delta, Eastern and Piedmont. Click here to see a picture from our archives of the inside of the terminal building. Two years later, 1968, was a milestone year for the airport with a terminal remodel, the addition of Allegheny Airlines, a runway extension and the first commercial jet flight out of Lexington. Herald-Leader file photo

Posted in Uncategorized | Tagged , , , | Comments

Maker’s Mark dipped in Wildcat-blue wax, 1993

Shirley Ruley dipped bottles of Maker’s Mark in Wildcat-blue wax March 4, 1993 at the company’s distillery in Marion County. The company bottled 2,200 one-time, blue-wax-sealed liter bottles of bourbon to mark the University of Kentucky Wildcats’ appearance in the Southeastern Conference basketball tournament, which started a week later in Lexington. The tops of Maker’s bottles are usually sealed in red wax. But company president Bill Samuels Jr. recently turned up a forgotten batch of blue wax at the distillery and decided to issue the special bottles. “He’d planned to do a few hundred, but then he decided to keep going ’til the wax ran out,” said Ken Hoskins, a spokesman for the company. It was not the first time Maker’s has deviated from the red wax. Its ready-to-drink mint julep, available about the time of the Kentucky Derby, is sealed in green wax; its VIP bottles, with personalized labels, are sealed in gold wax. A day before the SEC Tournament, the bottles hit the shelves and within hours, there was not a bottle to be had in Lexington, the only place it was available. When Roger Leasor, vice president of Liquor Barn, arrived at the Richmond Road store to open at 9 a.m., 150 people were waiting. Four men at the front had been there since 12:30 a.m. Later in the week at Triangle Liquors on North Broadway, a bottle was priced at $200, $20 more than the store paid for a 12-bottle case. A month later, Maker’s sent 423 certificates signed by Samuels and a set of shot glasses to those who were upset they stood in line for a bottle but came up empty. Samuels knew the offer wouldn’t please everyone. He personally wrote Lexington man, “If you’re still mad, you can always use this certificate as a dartboard.” Photo by Frank Anderson | staff

An advertisement that ran in the March 9, 1993 Lexington Herald-Leader announcing the sale of the blue dipped Maker’s Mark bottles.

Posted in Uncategorized | Tagged , | Comments

Lexington’s first McDonald’s, 1961

Sam Smargon, left, owner and manager, and Gene Witheril, company field consultant, turn out some hamburgers at Lexington’s first McDonald’s in December 1961. The drive-in fast-food hamburger restaurant, located at 771 East New Circle Road, near Eastland Drive, opened Dec. 12 that year. It was the 306th Golden Arches to open nationwide in 37 states. The restaurant featured a limited 10-item menu the company said enabled it to serve people fast and keep costs down. Featuring a hamburger for 15 cents, McDonald’s limited its offerings to three food items – hamburgers, cheeseburgers and 10-cent french fries. Seven drinks were offered: milk shakes, Coca-Cola, root beer, orangeade, milk, coffee and hot chocolate. Their assembly-line technique promised delivery of a full meal in 50 seconds. The company said the cost for an average meal was 45 cents, which is $3.72 today adjusted for inflation. The restaurant featured no carhops or waitresses, instead letting customers get their own orders from a self-service window. The company promoted this in its low prices and no need to tip. The walls were a 900-square-foot expanse of plate glass, making “exhibition cooking” a feature of the McDonald’s. Some of that glass can be seen in this image with the Goodwin Plymouth sign in the background. Want-ads in the Lexington Leader for jobs at this New Circle location asked “for qualified young men of above average intelligence” and “no drinkers”. Herald-Leader archive photo

Full-page advertisement in the Dec. 15, 1961 Lexington Herald for the city’s first McDonald’s restaurant. The ad also ran that afternoon in the Lexington Leader. Click on the image for a closer look.

Posted in Uncategorized | Tagged , , , , | Comments

Photo reprints

See a photo that you would like to have a reprint of? All photos that appear in this blog can be purchased from
MyCapture .

 Follow us on Twitter