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Bridal showers, 1956

A bridal shower given for Janet Turner in May 1956 in Lexington. Joan Overstreet, left, was the hostess for the shower. Turner’s wedding to David Frederick was to take place June 9 at Church of Christ in Lexington. A wedding announcement in the May 23, 1956, Lexington Leader said Tanner would entertain her bridesmaids at her home six days before her nuptials, followed by a spinster dinner the following day. A luncheon was held in Tanner’s honor June 6 and the rehearsal dinner was to be held June 8 at Colonial Inn. According to the announcement, previous events for the wedding included a Coke party, a miscellaneous shower, a china and silver shower, and a personal shower. Herald-Leader File Photo

A bridal shower was given for Velma Gray of Paris in May 1956. Gray, standing at right, was to be married to John Elsner on June 9 at Lexington’s Christ the King Church. Published in the May 29, 1956, Lexington Herald. Herald-Leader File Photo

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Downtown Lexington jewelry store burglary, 1956

Lexington patrolmen John Johnson Jr., left, and James Perkins looked at the damage after a burglary on June 21, 1956, at Kirk Jewelry Co., 301 West Main Street. Eight Bulova watches, valued at $400, were taken from the store. The two officers discovered the shattered window, which had been broken by a large railroad spike. Ten minutes later, a suspect was arrested, and an hour later, a second man was arrested. The quick arrests were a result of the two officers’ descriptions of the suspects. For their work, the department’s third platoon, particularly Johnson and Perkins, were given a commendation by Maj. Wallace McMurray. Both officers were graduates of Lexington’s old Dunbar High School and went on to long, decorated careers in the police department. Johnson, who died in April at age 88, spent 29 years with the department and retired in the 1980s as a juvenile detective. His daughter, Norma Johnson, said that at his funeral, his fellow officers described him as a mentor and a confidante, and they said he was a calming influence in tense situations. Here is a link to Johnson’s obituary. Perkins, who died in 1984 at age 58, four months after retiring, was Lexington’s first black sergeant, lieutenant and captain. Then-Police Chief John P. McFadden said Perkins wasn’t much for paperwork but had a knack for getting people to trust him enough to give him information. McFadden said Perkins once, in one day, got information that led to solving three unrelated homicides that had been unsolved for weeks. Herald-Leader File Photo

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Vice President Dan Quayle visits Lexington, 1992

Vice President Dan Quayle visited a home being built at 781 Ridgebrook Circle in Lexington, July 23, 1992. The Republican vice president used his visit to the neighborhood off Liberty Road to blame the Democratic Congress for the nation’s prolonged recession. During his campaign stop, he said Congress has refused to pass President George Bush’s proposal to give first-time home buyers a $5,000 tax credit. Quayle told the Home Builders Association of Lexington that the bill would create hundreds of thousands of jobs within six months. His visit to Lexington was part of the Bush campaign’s recent effort to direct voters’ desire for change at Congress. He said the nation needs to have the same party controlling the White House and Congress to avoid stalemates. “When you think of change, I want you to think about changing the Democratic Congress,” Quayle told a crowd of about 300 supporters who greeted him at Blue Grass Airport. As part of his effort to help the Republicans gain control of Congress, Quayle attended a Lexington fund-raiser for Republican U.S. Senate candidate David Williams. Although Quayle wanted to focus on housing programs and Congress-bashing, he was plagued during his Lexington visit by questions about whether he will be dumped from the Republican ticket. He refused to say whether he has offered to step down from the ticket or whether he and Bush have discussed his leaving the ticket. A little over three months later Bush and Quayle lost to Bill Clinton and Al Gore in the presidential election. Photo by Tim Sharp | staff

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Cincinnati Reds’ Eric Davis, 1987

Cincinnati Reds center fielder Eric Davis in the team’s locker room in Riverfront Stadium before a game against the Philadelphia Phillies, May 9, 1987. The photo ran with a story chronicling the young star’s rise in Major League Baseball. Through 46 games the 24-year-old had 17 homers, 44 RBI and a .349 batting average. “I’ve never seen a player with more raw talent,” Reds manager Pete Rose said at the time. That year he went on to make the All-Star team, was a Gold Glove winner and finished hitting .293 with 37 homers and 50 steals despite playing in only 129 games. Davis retired after the 2001 season and was inducted into the Reds Hall of Fame in 2005. Click here to see another photo from our archives of Davis. Photo by Charles Bertram | staff

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Rupp Arena construction, 1975

The steel superstructure of Rupp Arena loomed over the west end of downtown Lexington on Jan. 9, 1975, in a westward view on Vine Street from Limestone. Click here to see other Rupp Arena construction images from our archives. The grand opening of Rupp Arena was Oct. 7 to 10, 1976. For 99 cents, anyone could take a guided tour. When it opened, the Lexington Center was a five-fold operation: the convention-exposition hall, Rupp Arena, a shopping mall, the 17-story Hyatt Regency Hotel, and the Lexington Opera House. According to a 1976 article in the Herald-Leader, financing for Lexington Center and Rupp Arena was complicated, but it involved $66 million in private and public funding. $50.9 million of that was public money. Lawrence Welk was the first act to perform at Rupp Area, attracting 20,000 patrons on Oct. 17, 1976, for a 3 p.m. concert. On July 20, 2017, new designs were released of the long-awaited expansion of the Lexington Convention Center that include improvements for Rupp Arena. Photo by E. Martin Jessee | Staff

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Begley’s Drug Store advertisement, 1967

Full-page advertisement for Begley’s Drug Store in the July 20, 1967, Lexington Herald. The popular drug store chain had six stores in Lexington at the time: Northland, Southland, Eastland, Chevy Chase, Gardenside, and in the Lexington Medical Center at Nicholasville and Southland Drive. Begley, based in Richmond, had stores across Kentucky and once employed 1,400 people. It was bought by Rite Aid in 1988. Some of the summer-centric items advertised include: a beach pail and shovel for 44 cents, beach and tote bags for $1.77, a grill for $5.99, a pool float for 99 cents, and 18 12-ounce bottles of Pepsi Cola for 99 cents. Click on the image for a closer look.

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UK sports legends Babe Parilli and Bill Spivey, 1951

Posing with University of Kentucky sports publicity editor Ken Kuhn, football star Babe Parilli, left, and basketball star Bill Spivey traded equipment in January 1951 in Lexington. The photo ran Jan. 14, 1951, in the Sunday Herald-Leader, with a story about how the two stars came to UK on their own, neither being recruited by alumni or talent-hungry coaches. Click here to read that story. They would become what Kuhn described as the most publicized athletes in Kentucky history. At the time of this photo, Parilli was a couple weeks removed from leading the Wildcats to an upset over No. 1 Oklahoma in the 1951 Sugar Bowl. He helped bring national recognition to UK football during the golden era of Bear Bryant. A first-team All-American in 1950 and 1951 and a member of the National Football Foundation College Hall of Fame, Parilli died July 15. Spivey, one of the first 7-footers to play basketball in college, was in the middle of his second season with the Wildcats. He scored 22 points and grabbed 21 rebounds in leading UK to its third national title three months later. He was selected Helms Foundation national player of the year and a first-team All-American. Spivey later was implicated in a point-shaving scandal. Several UK Wildcats of the era admitted that they accepted money to shave points, but Spivey, who was indicted for perjury in the case but was acquitted, was adamant to the end of his life (he died in 1995 at age 66) that he never had any part in attempts to fix college games. Herald-Leader File Photo

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Heat wave grips Kentucky, 1953

In an effort to illustrate a prolonged heat wave gripping Kentucky and the nation in early September 1953, a Herald-Leader photographer photographed Anna Ruth White of 344 Sherman Avenue in Lexington under 75 pounds of crushed ice at Boonesboro Beach. Herald-Leader Archive Photo

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Lamb whisperer, 1991

Aaron Jordan, 13, of Jessamine County gave his lamb a pep talk on July 26, 1991, before they competed at the fourth annual lamb show sponsored by the Fayette County Lamb Club and the Fayette County 4-H Council at the E.S. Good Barn at the University of Kentucky. His pep talked must have worked, because the lamb placed second in the showmanship competition among the 140 lambs entered. This year’s 4-H and Future Farmers of America Market Lamb Show will be held at 6 p.m. Monday at the Lexington Lions Club Bluegrass Fair. Photo by Tom Marks | Staff

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Onlookers at shooting scene, 1947

A crowd gathered outside Wheeler’s Restaurant, 110 North Broadway, on May 17, 1947, after the restaurant’s proprietor, Guthrie Wheeler, 41, his son Bobbie Lee, 17, and a waitress, Mrs. Mary Hamm, 36, were shot. Guthrie Wheeler died shortly after being admitted to St. Joseph’s Hospital. James Honaker, 29, of Carlisle, a World War II veteran who worked at the veterans hospital, was arrested. Honaker allegedly became enraged when the waitress refused to go out with him. A crowd estimated at 500 people milled around outside trying to get a vantage point to view the investigation. Herald-Leader Archive Photo

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