The Tri-X Files S2E09: Mid October, 1984 (Roll 84_27)

In my four years of high school, I took a lot of photos: As a contributing photographer for the school newspaper, as the creator of the “Band Yearbook,” and as an obsessive historian. The majority of these photos were taken using Tri-X 400 speed black and white film, which I developed and printed in the school art room. Now, 30 years later, armed with a negative scanner, I am attempting to reproduce every single Tri-X photo that I took in my sophomore year high school, and to document the events surrounding those photos. This is Season Two of The Tri-X Files, presenting photos taken almost exactly to the day, 30 years ago.


Episode #9: “The Vanishing Cheerleader”

(Remember, you can click on any of the photos in this entry to see the image in a larger view in the Flickr set)

Mrs. Combs, the faculty sponsor of “The Observer” (the student newspaper at Model Lab School), was the J. Jonah Jameson to my Peter Parker, freelance photographer of “The Daily Bugle,” when she gave me the assignment to take photos of the Model High School cheerleaders participating in the Madison High School Homecoming Parade.

OK, that’s not EXACTLY how it happened. But it makes for a good story.

Tri-X Files 84_27 Contact Sheet

It was mid-October, 1984.  The event in question was the Homecoming Parade for Madison High School.  I do not remember the specific date but I know that it had to be after Saturday, October 13th (the date of the EKU Homecoming Parade, featured in the last episode) and Tuesday, October 30th (the known date of the next roll of film).  I know that it had to be a Thursday, because the parade was typically on a Thursday with the football game on a Friday, so it was either the 18th or the 25th.

Model High was a private school and we generally kept to ourselves.  Naturally, many students had friends who attended either Madison High or Madison Central, the two public schools in Richmond, but our paths rarely crossed.  The only time there was any sort of rivalry between our schools was during the district playoffs in basketball (we did not have a football team and so that particular rivalry simply did not exist) and that was mostly directed towards Central since they were usually the team that dominated everyone else.  We did not have any particular animosity towards Madison High but no real friendship towards them, either.  They were going to have a Homecoming Parade that would disrupt traffic in downtown Richmond for about 20 minutes.  Some of the Model kids would go down to watch it, since it was after school, but most of us didn’t even know that it was taking place.  Our band had been invited to march in the parade, but we had just finished three consecutive weeks of parades and didn’t really feel like doing it (and we probably would not have done it even if we hadn’t had those parades beforehand; we just didn’t care about it).

However, our two high school cheerleading squads, the Varsity and Girls Varsity (who cheered at the boys and girls basketball games, respectively) had opted to be in the parade, which basically amounted to riding in the back of the truck, waving at the crowd, and tossing candy to the kids.  It’s not like they were going to be participating in any of the other Madison High Homecoming activities, such as cheering at the game itself; they just wanted to show support for another school from the area.  Plus, hey, who wouldn’t want to be in a parade, especially one in which you didn’t actually have to do anything (it’s not as if they were going to performing cheers or doing stunts during the parade)?

What was semi-significant about this particular event was that this was the first public appearance of our cheerleading squads for this school year (remember, we didn’t have a football team, and basketball season did not begin until November).  Such an event would certainly be news worth reporting in the school newspaper, right?  Right?  No one at “The Observer” really seemed to think so.  Rodney, the head photographer, was certainly not interested in going to the parade and taking photos, and neither were any of the other staffers who knew how to operate the camera.  And so they asked me, the freelance photographer guy who somehow had his name listed as a member of the staff in the indicia, if I wanted to go the parade and cover the event.  Dahhhhhhh, well, sure, I said.  I had been looking for something else to shoot for the newspaper other than band stuff, so this seemed like the perfect opportunity.  Additionally, Tanya, our first chair clarinet player, was a member of the Girls Varsity squad, and I thought that a photo of her as a cheerleader would make a nice addition to the Band Yearbook project.

I had planned for this photo shoot by bringing my Canon AE-1 to school on that Thursday. This is the camera with the manual focus visible through the viewfinder, so at least I knew that the shots were going to be in focus. This camera also had a very good close-up lens, but I probably was not going to be getting close enough to the subjects for it to matter (in fact, I was counting on not getting close at all and just enlarging the photos in the darkroom). But what I had not planned for was how I was going to get to the parade downtown after school. A weekend or so ago, it had been no problem marching from the Combs lot on the EKU campus for the approximately half a mile to downtown Richmond and then another half a mile through downtown Richmond, but this was a completely different situation.  I literally killed myself sprinting from the school to Water Street in downtown Richmond, where the parade would be passing, and very nearly missed the cheerleaders in the back of their truck.

Tri-X Files 84_27.08a: Model High School Varsity Cheerleaders in the Madison High School Homecoming Parade, on South 2nd Street
In the lead truck were the Varsity Cheerleaders, although you would not know it since they were not wearing their uniforms, just their warm-up jackets, jeans, and their cheer Converses.  While they had decorated the truck with streamers, I did not see a sign that even identified who they were, although I might have missed it.  They could have been the cross country team as far as anyone knew.  This was the best photo that I took of this group, with everyone looking at the camera.

Tri-X Files 84_27.10a: Model High School Varsity Cheerleaders in the Madison High School Homecoming Parade, on Water Street
Second shot of the Varsity Cheerleaders, taken when the parade looped around and then came back up Water Street. Not everyone is visible in this photo, so I did not submit it to “The Observer.”

Tri-X Files 84_27.12: The Lucky Dude Who Got to Drive the Cheerleaders Around Downtown
That is one happy dude. Amy, the cheerleader sitting behind the driver, asked me to take this one. So I did.

Tri-X Files 84_27.09a: Model High School Girls Varsity Cheerleaders in the Madison High School Homecoming Parade, on South 2nd Street

Tri-X Files 84_27.11a: Model High School Girls Varsity Cheerleaders in the Madison High School Homecoming Parade, on Water Street
Here we have the Girls Varsity Cheerleaders and there is no doubt that is who they are.  They are in full uniform and there are signs on the side of their truck.  There’s even a sign that expresses their support of the Madison High football team, which was nice to see.  That’s how it should be done.  And there’s my friend Tanya, at the end of the truck in both photos.  All of the girls were looking at the camera in both photos, and so I submitted both of them to the newspaper.

The day before the issue was set to go to the printers, I was summoned to Mrs. Combs’ room.  There was a problem with the photos that I had submitted: They were just a little too big to fit into the allotted space (which, granted, was a generous two columns wide).  They wanted to know if I could reprint the photos just a little smaller.  Unfortunately, my negatives were at home and so there was no way to print the photos until tomorrow, which would be too late.

What had to happen now was that we had to engage in some creative cropping.  The shot of the Varsity squad was easy enough, cropping out one waving hand and a portion of a face.  The Girls Varsity squad was a little trickier; due to the size of the photo, I was going to have to crop out one girl from either side of the shot.  The final results can be seen below:

My Cheerleader Photos from the November 21, 1984 edition of "The Observer"
(Note that the new printing process used on the school newspaper has not improved; this is exactly how they looked on the day the issue was published, albeit not quite as yellow.)

I made the executive decision to crop Tanya out of the photo of the Girls Varsity Cheerleaders.  There was no way to keep both her and Dawn (the girl on the far left) in the same photo.  There’s still evidence that Tanya was there, as we were able to keep her knee and the edge of her skirt, but I felt, since Tanya was my friend and fellow clarinet player, that I could explain to her the reason why I had to take her out of the photo that was going to be published in the newspaper.  And she was very understanding and had no problem with my decision.

This situation would seem rather prophetic, a couple of months later, when Tanya decided to quit the cheerleading squad.

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Model High School Girls Varsity Cheerleaders, 1984-85
As an aside, I do not know the circumstances that lead to Tanya quitting the cheerleading squad, but it is interesting to note the steps that were taken to retroactively erase her time as a member of that squad, to the level that she was cropped out of the group photo that appeared in the yearbook … if you look in the lower righthand corner, you can see her arm and hand holding onto the tree.

tanya-the-cheerleader
I guess someone must have been pretty upset that she left in the middle of the cheer season to go to such lengths as to try and completely eliminate her existence, but then the yearbook people screwed up and printed a photo of her cheering from the sidelines. And then there are my original photos, which serve as the photographic evidence that she DID exist in the role of cheerleader at one time.

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Since I was shooting with the Canon AE-1, I decided to use the opportunity to also take some portrait shots, since this camera had a very nice close-up lens.

Tri-X Files 84_27.05a: Band Section Leaders Take Two, Serious Version
I decided to re-take the Section Leader group photos that I had taken earlier in the semester since Ricky, the head percussionist, was not in those photos. As with before, I took two photos, a “serious” one …

Tri-X Files 84_27.06a: Band Section Leaders Take Two, Casual Version
… and a “casual” one.

Tri-X Files 84_27.04: Donna's Science Class Glamour Shot
Obligatory Donna Glamour Shot Taken in Science Class (the most glamorous class, apparently).

Tri-X Files 84_27.07a: George and Lance "Want You"
George and Lance doing that pointy thing.

Tri-X Files 84_27.13a: Mr. Stephens Behind the Stand
Mr. Stephens, Behind the Stand.

Tri-X Files 84_27.14a: Portrait of Lisa
Lisa, the fourth chair clarinet player who had the misfortune of hacing to sit next to me. To make matters even more annoying, she also had to sit next to me in Second Period Spanish class.

Tri-X Files 84_27.15: Tanya and Shay, Deep in Thought
Tanya and Shay, the first and second chair clarinets. What I find the most interesting about this shot is the bulletin board in the background, which contains a number of my photographs. I would post some of the better photographs as soon as I printed them, a predecessor to my Image of the Week feature by about 20 years. Although blurry, you can make out the band group photo that I took a few weeks earlier.

Tri-X Files 84_27.17a: Portrait of Melissa and Aaron
Melissa and Aaron. I particularly like the contrast of the holes in the walls in the background.

Tri-X Files 84_27.18a: Sarah is So Bright
This photo of Sarah (who is either shielding her eyes from the sunlight or is dealing with one heck of a headache) is particularly memorable for the reason that it was impossible to produce a good print of this shot because the negative was so dark. Every attempt at making a print resulted in Sarah’s body being completely overexposed and washed out. Thank goodness for modern digital technology that, 30 years later, has allowed me to finally get a good version of this photo.

Tri-X Files 84_27.19a: Portrait of Stephen in the Band Room
Stephen, trying to get out of the Band Room, but some guy with a camera is blocking his way.

Tri-X Files 84_27.16: Rare Shot of the Photographer, Captured in the Wild
Rare portrait of the Photographer, desperately clutching his lens cap in his hand to ensure that he doesn’t lose it (because that would be bad, very bad).

Tri-X Files 84_27.21: The Band Room on a Friday Afternoon
Stock footage of The Band Room. I knew I would find a use for this some day.


IN THE NEXT EPISODE (to be posted on Friday, October 31, 2014): Some scary stuff, appropriate for the season. But it’s probably not what you think. Unless you were thinking of a science teacher dressed up as a model of the earth.


The photos that were featured in this episode can be seen in this Flickr set with some additional commentary as well as a few images that were not featured in this episode. As always, you can click on any of the images above for a larger view at the Flickr site.

Tri-X Files Uncut: A separate set featuring all of the original scans from this roll, uncropped and unaltered, in their full frame glory.  Here is the set for this roll.

Season One of the Tri-X Files, featuring photos from my freshman year of high school, can be found at this link.

The Tri-X Files website.

Image of the Week for 10-20-14

Image of the Week for 10-20-14: Nuclear Sunset
Nuclear Sunset

The Observer, October 15, 1984 (v.15, n.2)

(Click on any of the images in this posting for an expanded view on Flickr)

"The Observer" October 15, 1984 - New Header
“The Observer,” the student newspaper at Model Laboratory School in Richmond, KY, published its second issue of the 1984-85 school year on Monday, October 15, 1984 … 30 years to the day of this posting.  With this issue came the first “official” name change of the newspaper in fifteen years, to “The Observer 85.”  The number was meant to signify the year, as if this year was any different than the previous ones, and it was a change that would not last, as the first issue of the next school year dropped the numeral.

This was the second issue to be printed on regular grayish newsprint, as opposed to the bright white, 70-pound paper that had been previously used. This was a drastic change, as the quality of the publication slipped considerably. Also, the new paper, while undoubtedly cheaper, was far less durable; my original issues of “The Observer” prior to this school year are still pristine and bright, fresh as the day they were printed, while the issues printed on newsprint are faded, yellowing, and look quite horrible. The reasons for the change were explained in this front page article:

"The Observer" October 15, 1984 p1: "In Newspaper News"
News to me was that I was “returning” as a photographer for the newspaper. I had contributed some photos to the newspaper in the previous school year and had agreed to come aboard as a freelance photographer, but I was not a member of the journalism class (whose students produced the newspaper) and therefore technically not a “real” staff member, but they counted me as one anyway. At least I didn’t have to sell ads, which was a task that every Observer staffer dreaded, but was now a necessity, especially since they were now footing the bill for the printing.

This issue was also one of the largest non-Christmas issues printed during the school year, clocking in at 12 pages. However, this is not nearly as impressive when you note that five of those pages are filler and fluff pieces, bringing the actual amount of content down to seven pages, which is one less than the usual eight pages that comprised an issue. Three pages were devoted to “Fall Fashions,” so we could be informed as to what all of the fashionable kids would be wearing in the coming months:
"The Observer" October 15, 1984 p.5-7: "Fall Fashions"
A special section devoted to fashions always appeared in the fall and the spring, but it was usually printed as a separate four-page insert, and not integrated into the regular issue. The fourth page of the fashion insert had always been occupied by a full-page advertisement from a local portrait photographer, and I assume that it was his ad that basically paid for the insert (along with the fashion stores who were getting a name drop and the other ads that filled out the pages). This issue did not have the photographer’s ad, and there were no other advertisers available to fill the space, and so the three pages ended up moving into the newspaper rather than the insert.

"The Observer" October 15, 1984 p. 10-11: "Smiles ... and more smiles"
Another two pages were filled with nothing but photos. I am sure that Mrs. Combs, the newspaper sponsor, would have preferred that the extra pages be filled with advertisements rather than just photos, because the people who were featured in these pictures were certainly not paying for the space. While these two pages were a big hit with the readers, it was also something that the newspaper never did again.

Some of those photos do seem oddly familiar

This issue also featured this shocking front page lead:
"The Observer" October 15, 1984 p.1: "State Board of Education Cracks Down"
The essence of the article boils down to the next to last paragraph, in that pep rallies, which were normally held during sixth period, would no longer be allowed due to the fact that class time was used for the event. However, I do not recall this new edict being enforced by our school. We might have managed to get away with it because pep rallies were only held for basketball games (we did not have a football team) and we only ever had three pep rallies during the entire school year (one for homecoming and one for the first and last game of the season, and possibly one before district play), unlike other schools that might have held weekly Friday afternoon pep rallies for their football team. Or, we might have used the “fine arts” loophole and claimed that the pep rally was actually a musical performance, since the band DID perform the fight song. Whatever the case, some of the responses from the students to this issue are the highlights of this article.

And it wouldn’t be a 1984-85 issue of “The Observer” without a report about the antics of the band:
October 15, 1984 Band Article in "The Observer"
Even though I wrote the article, I had completely forgotten the fact that I was apparently the Band Treasurer this particular year … which might go a long way in explaining why the band didn’t have any money.  I do recall that we sold candy bars to raise money, but the school administrators did not want students to be snacking on them during class time and so our sales were restricted to after school.  I also appear to be quite incredulous over the existence of the “Marion County Ham Days Hogfest Pigasus Parade.”

"The Observer" October 15, 1984 p2: "Dear Bill"
Also included in this issue, as in every issue from this school year, was Peggy Lin’s “Dear Bill,” an opinion/gossip/rant forum/semi-autobiographical tell-all column disguised as a letter/diary entry to an imaginary confidant (although some students were convinced that “Bill” was an actual person and went to some length to figure out his identity).  This particular installment is noteworthy as it preserves the classic Eraser Incident involving English teacher Miss Papp as well as an apt description of our cafeteria’s failed attempt at pizza.

"The Observer" October 15, 1984 p.12: "Ins and Outs"
Finally, I am sure that absolutely no one back then would have realized that key moments of our pop culture history would be preserved within the columns of the new monthly “Ins and Outs” section.  It just goes to show that you never can tell.

Flickr set.

The Tri-X Files S2E08: October 13, 1984 (Roll 84_26)

In my four years of high school, I took a lot of photos: As a contributing photographer for the school newspaper, as the creator of the “Band Yearbook,” and as an obsessive historian. The majority of these photos were taken using Tri-X 400 speed black and white film, which I developed and printed in the school art room. Now, 30 years later, armed with a negative scanner, I am attempting to reproduce every single Tri-X photo that I took in my sophomore year high school, and to document the events surrounding those photos. This is Season Two of The Tri-X Files, presenting photos taken almost exactly to the day, 30 years ago.


Episode #8: “The Fog of Memory”

(Remember, you can click on any of the photos in this entry to see the image in a larger view in the Flickr set)

Tri-X Files 84_26 Contact Sheet
Saturday, October 13, 1984. For the third weekend in a row, the members of the Model High School Band of Richmond, Kentucky found themselves assembled at the Band Room in the early hours of the morning (8:00am), preparing to march in yet another parade. But after two weeks of traveling to their performance, this one would be a little easier, for it was the Homecoming Parade for Eastern Kentucky University, the college located right there in Richmond and, conveniently enough, directly across the street from Model High. There would be no bus this morning, as it was a five minute walk from the school to where the parade participants were lining up in the parking lot of the Combs Building.

Tri-X Files 84_26.01a: Slicing Off the Fingertips
This parade also served as the debut of two additional pieces to the band members’ uniform (although one of those accessories were only for certain band members). After complaining the previous week that their hands had been a little cold in the early morning hours (8:00am) of the Jessamine Jamboree, Mr. Stephens provided each of the band members with a pair of white gloves to compliment their look. While these gloves did provide a sharper look for all of the band members, it became obvious fairly quickly that they were providing an inconvenience to one group of performers: The clarinet players, who needed to use their fingertips to cover the holes in their instruments, could not adequately do so while wearing the gloves.  A very dull pair of scissors was found and some emergency surgery hack jobs were quickly performed on the gloves so that the five clarinet players in the marching band could use them.  It wasn’t pretty, but it served the purpose, and so everyone was happy.

Tri-X Files 84_26.20a: Performing in Front of the Family Dollar, Downtown Richmond
The other new accessory was for the five percussionists and the one tuba player. After going for two weeks without wearing any hats, they were presented with spiffy, brand-new berets.  There had been a shortage of tri-corner hats and so the percussionists had willingly given theirs away (although that still did not leave enough for everybody).  The tuba players in the band, wielding the enormous sousaphones, had never been able to wear the “traditional” tri-corner hats as the top bell of the instrument was inches from the top of their heads, so they had always gone without a hat; the beret, however, was flat enough that the one tuba player could cover his head and not have it bump the bottom of the sousaphone.  Naturally, we were all insanely jealous that these six band members all got to have new hats and we were still stuck with the old ones.  It would be next year when that situation would completely change.

Tri-X Files 84_26.02: Foggy Morning in the Combs Parking Lot
A quick walk across the street and we all congregated in the Combs Parking Lot, waiting for the start of the parade at 9:00am. The weather was mild, the usual for Kentucky at this time of year, but it was really, REALLY FOGGY … a quarter-of-a-mile-visibility sort of foggy.  It was going to be an interesting parade.

From this point onward, Mr. Stephens took the reins of my camera and would snap an assortment of shots as we marched along the parade route.

Tri-X Files 84_26.04a: The Start of the Parade on Lancaster Avenue
The parade started with a right turn out of the parking lot and onto Lancaster Avenue. From there it was about a half mile straight shot ending with a right turn onto Main Street, and then another half mile to the end of the parade route; a mile-long route with only two right turns, ridiculously simple compared to the multiple turns and the seemingly never-ending route at the Jessamine Jamboree last week. Our young band, who had struggled with the concept of proper turns (with the band members on the inside of the turn marching at half-step while those band members on the outside of the turn marching at double-step), should have NO PROBLEMS negotiating two turns on the widest streets that we had marched on to date.

Tri-X Files 84_26.06a: Trumpet Line on Lancaster Avenue
As a result of the wide streets, and the fact that this group of marchers was the most that we had so far this year, Mr. Stephens had increased the number of band members in each row from five to six, which also caused some shuffling of the positions. For the first row in the first two parades, he had one trombone player on both sides of the row, and three trumpet players on the inside. This week, the first row was composed entirely of trumpet players, with Joe once again in the lead position as the first person on the right.

Tri-X Files 84_26.07a: Clarinet Line on Lancaster Avenue
The trombones and baritones filled up the second row, and then the third row featured the five clarinet players … and one trumpet player. The band had an overwhelming number of trumpet players, and the only way to accommodate all of them was to cram a few of them in the middle of the group.  One trumpet player was with the clarinets, and another one was in the fourth row, in the middle of the saxophones.  That particular row also contained one flute player, next to the trumpet player, bracketed by two saxophones on either side.

Tri-X Files 84_26.08a: Flute Line on Lancaster Avenue
The reason why one flute player was in the middle of the saxophone sandwich was because her spot was occupied by the one tuba player, crammed in between five flute players in the fifth row.

Tri-X Files 84_26.10a: Back of the Line
The sixth and final row featured the five members of the percussion line, with an empty space at the end of the row. Why didn’t the one tuba player march in this spot? In imagine that the reason was because that would have left a hole in the middle of the entire group (probably in the fourth row, as that one flute player would have moved back a space), and it would have been more difficult to march without that hole accidentally swallowing somebody.

Tri-X Files 84_26.11a: Turning onto Main Street
Lancaster Avenue ends with the intersection at Main Street, and it was a simple right turn to head into Downtown Richmond.

Note that many of the band members have lyres and music attached to their instruments. For this parade, the band decided to play two different pieces: the traditional “Chester/Model” piece and the recently-added “March of the Longhorns” (which Mr. Stephens was particularly attached to, being a Texas Longhorn alum). Not all of the band members are carrying their music with them, such as the first chair clarinet player, since she apparently had the skills necessary to memorize both pieces.

Tri-X Files 84_26.12a: Performing on Main Street in Front of the Fire Station

Tri-X Files 84_26.13a: Performing on Main Street in Front of the Fire Station

Tri-X Files 84_26.14a: Performing on Main Street in Front of the Fire Station

Tri-X Files 84_26.15a: In Front of the Courthouse, Downtown Richmond
It really looks like it is snowing in this photo, but it was not; it is just an optical illusion created by the fog.

Tri-X Files 84_26.17a: Front Shot of the Band on Main Street
There is also a new face at the front of the band: Mike, on the left, joins David as the banner carriers. Darlene, who helped carry the banners in the last two parades, had been promoted to play in the clarinet section.

At this point, the parade was all downhill … literally.  Starting at Lancaster Avenue, Main Street gently slopes downward, leveling off at Colins Street, the end of the parade route.

Tri-X Files 84_26.18a: Performing in Front of the Family Dollar, Downtown Richmond

Tri-X Files 84_26.19a: Performing in Front of the Family Dollar, Downtown Richmond
The band performs, one more time, at the bottom of the hill, while passing the recently-opened Family Dollar (which replaced the much-beloved Super X grocery store).

Tri-X Files 84_26.21a: The Final Turn

Tri-X Files 84_26.22a: End of the Homecoming Parade
At the intersection of Main and Collins Street, the road begins to climb a hill, but that’s okay, because this is where the band makes their third right turn of the day and into the parking lot of Central Liquor, which seems oddly appropriate for the end of their performing day.

Some of us had the foresight to have vehicles waiting at the end of the parade route while others continued to ride the adrenalin high of the parade to walk the mile-long route back to the school, via the EKU campus. While the parade seemed to take a long time, we were quite surprised to get back at the school no later than 10:30am. For those of us who still had the energy, a football game awaited that afternoon, where EKU beat Central Florida 37-14.

Tri-X Files 84_26.23: Leah in Fifth Period Earth Science Tri-X Files 84_26.24: Donna and Leah in Fifth Period Earth Science
Mr. Stephens did not finish out my roll and I had two shots remaining. Naturally, the last shots on this roll would be taken during Fifth Period Earth Science, so here is your Obligatory Donna Photo from this roll


IN THE NEXT EPISODE (to be posted IN TWO WEEKS on Friday, October 24, 2014): Because we haven’t had one in awhile, it’s a roll of a bunch of random stuff on it! Also, a Homecoming Parade that the band does not march in, yet I was there to take photos, and the puzzling story about what happened with those photos.


The photos that were featured in this episode can be seen in this Flickr set. Even though I know that Mischa Blair won’t read this, there’s a little bit more commentary on most of the images, although there’s not a whole lot more that I could say about the band marching other than what was presented here. As always, you can click on any of the images above for a larger view at the Flickr site.

Tri-X Files Uncut: A separate set featuring all of the original scans from this roll, uncropped and unaltered, in their full frame glory.  Here is the set for this roll, in which all of the images were scanned in color mode.

Season One of the Tri-X Files, featuring photos from my freshman year of high school, can be found at this link.

The Tri-X Files website..

Image of the Week for 10-13-14

Tri-X Files 84_26.09a / Image of the Week for 10-13-14
And then the band disappeared into the fog, never to be seen again …

Taken 30 YEARS AGO TODAY on Saturday, October 13, 1984 at the Eastern Kentucky University Homecoming Parade in Richmond, KY. Original photo taken by Allan D. Stephens.

Image of the Week for 10-06-14

Tri-X Files 84_25.21a / Image of the Week for 10-06-14
Organized Chaos

This is probably one of my favorite photos taken in the fall of 1984, in spite of the fact that I am clearly in it. This was shot by Allan D. Stephens after the Model High School Band marched in the Jessamine Jamboree on this date 30 years ago, October 6, 1984. A few days later, I would develop this roll of film and print this photo of the band members rushing to put away their instruments and pack up the bus so they can get the heck out of Jessamine County, and I would give it the exact same caption as above (which I swiped from the cover of the April 1981 issue of Games magazine, but that’s another story entirely).

The Tri-X Files S2E07: October 6, 1984 (Roll 84_25)

In my four years of high school, I took a lot of photos: As a contributing photographer for the school newspaper, as the creator of the “Band Yearbook,” and as an obsessive historian. The majority of these photos were taken using Tri-X 400 speed black and white film, which I developed and printed in the school art room. Now, 30 years later, armed with a negative scanner, I am attempting to reproduce every single Tri-X photo that I took in my sophomore year high school, and to document the events surrounding those photos. This is Season Two of The Tri-X Files, presenting photos taken almost exactly to the day, 30 years ago.


Episode #7: “In a Jam”

Band Director Allan D. Stephens was not too happy following a disappointing performance by the Model High School Marching band at the Marion County Country Ham Days Festival Pigasus Parade in Lebanon, Kentucky on Saturday, September 29, 1984. The band had turned in an adequate performance —  certainly not the greatest in the history of high school marching bands — considering that half of the group consisted of seventh and eighth graders from the Middle School Band who had only been marching for a month. However, the judges at the Pigasus Parade had not been so kind with their scores and criticism and, in spite of the low score and complete LACK of commentary from one particular judge, Mr. Stephens now knew that there was plenty of room for improvement … which was why he quickly added the Jessamine Jamboree Festival in Nicholasville, KY on October 6th to the marching band’s schedule.

Originally, that particular weekend had been left empty.  The EKU Homecoming Parade, the following week on October 13th, was supposed to be the band’s next parade, and Mr. Stephens had thought that having the band march on three consecutive weekends would be too strenuous, especially for the younger band members.  However, after the Pigasus Parade, he felt that the band could handle the Jessamine Jamboree due to the fact that, with the addition of the Model Band, there would now be two bands in the parade, which meant that there would be no competition among the marching bands and no judges, and so there would be less pressure on the band.  The only other immediate concern that Mr. Stephens had to worry about was the short notice he was giving the band members for this parade; a few high schoolers had to be excused from this parade due to prior commitments, but there were still enough band members to fill out the ranks.

Unfortunately, there were still not enough hats to go around.

Tri-X Files 84_25 Contact Sheet
Early Saturday morning, October 6, 1984, the band members gathered at Model Lab School, as they did in the previous week, to wait for the rented EKU bus that would take them to the parade. Last week, they had to suffer the indignity of riding in one of the “old” EKU schoolbuses; the one with no ventilation, cramped bench seating, and no storage space other than underneath the seats.

Tri-X Files 84_24.20a: Keith and Shay Tri-X Files 84_25.01: A Message to "Live Long and Prosper" From "Big Lips" Shay
This week, much to everyone’s surprise and delight, we would be riding in style in one of the “modern” maroon and silver buses; as evidenced in the photos above, the interiors were much fancier with individual bucket seats, storage racks above the chairs and in the seat pockets, and reading lights above the windows.  READING LIGHTS!  There was also a toilet in the back but we were advised not to use it only in emergencies because it did not flush.  Nonetheless, this was luxury for what amounted to an hour-long drive from Richmond to Nicholasville.

I sincerely believe that the circumstances of our transportation had a significant effect on our attitudes and state of mind during both parades. For the Pigasus Parade, we were already a little tense and nervous as this was the first time out for many of us, and riding in that rusting junk heap that managed to hit every hole in the ground on that back road heading into Lebanon probably did not do us a whole lot of good. On the other hand, arriving at the Jessamine Jamboree in this fancy, comfortable bus put us in a much better mood, and we were relaxed, casual, and ready to get at it.

Of course, another factor for the difference in our attitudes was that this was a morning parade, as opposed to a late afternoon parade.

Tri-X Files 84_25.04a: Lining Up in the Graveyard
How early was it? The fog was still burning off the trees (you can see some lingering in the background behind the trees in the graveyard). Some of us were probably still half-asleep when this photo was taken.

The fact that we were lining up our rows in a GRAVEYARD (specifically, Maple Grove Cemetery) was just another layer to the overall weirdness of the day.  We were all feeling the strange vibes, and things would only get stranger.

Since this was a morning parade, there was no time allotted for us to stick around and enjoy the sights and sounds of the Jessamine Jamboree.  Fortunately, from what we could tell, there wasn’t much of it (in stark contrast to last week’s festival).

Tri-X Files 84_25.02a: Jimmy and Guy with Miss Jessamine Jamboree
Nonetheless, that didn’t stop us from taking a few minutes to flirt with Miss Jessamine Jamboree.

Tri-X Files 84_25.03: Joe and Aaron with Miss Jessamine Jamboree (featuring a photobomb from Chris W)
Mr. Stephens took both of these photos (in fact, he took all of the photos on this roll with the exception of the first and last shots) and he always cited this one as his favorite, primarily due to Chris W’s photobomb on the left side.

Tri-X Files 84_25.05a: Ryan and Jeff
From the time that we arrived to the time that we started marching in the parade, almost an hour had passed, which would have been plenty of time for us to venture into the festival and take in some of the sights before the parade, but Mr. Stephens wouldn’t hear it (and he was probably right because a lot could go wrong in an hour), so we had to spend the time entertaining ourselves.

Tri-X Files 84_25.06: In Position at the Jessamine Jamboree
Finally, we were summoned from our spot in the graveyard and took our places in the parade line, where we found ourselves behind a dance troupe who were wearing some, uhm, interesting, and, uhm, skin-colored costumes …

Tri-X Files 84_25.07a: And They're Off!
The second we started marching, the banner suffered a slight wardrobe malfunction.

Tri-X Files 84_25.08a: On Main Street, Approaching Downtown Nicholasville
Note that the banner is rolled up. There was a little wind, and Mr. Stephens decided it would be best to roll up the banner until we hit a more populated area of the parade route before unfurling it.

The parade route took us out of the cemetery and directly onto Main Street, which would start off as primarily residential but quickly transition to commercial once we got into the heart of downtown. It would be awhile, though … compared to last week’s parade in Lebanon, this parade route was much longer.

This shot also offers a clear view of that dance troupe’s … errr … interesting costumes …

Tri-X Files 84_25.09a: Percussionists and Tuba Bring Up the Rear
Mr. Stephens always loved this kind of shot. His logic was “Everyone always sees everyone else’s backs in the marching formation EXCEPT for the percussionists, since they are in the back.” This photo was all part of his public service to make sure that everyone could properly view the backsides of the percussionists. Thanks, Mr. Stephens.

Today, the band is short one percussionist; Ricky, the senior snare drummer, could not make it to this parade, and so his slot was filled by Kurt, the sole tuba player. Putting the tuba right next to the bells was probably not the best idea as it guaranteed that no one would be able to hear the bells, but no one really could, anyway.

Tri-X Files 84_25.11a: Front of The Band
This was actually a pretty good shot of the band as they marched down the street and, in retrospect, I should have used it to accompany the article that I submitted to The Observer. Up until now, this photo has never been printed or published.

Finally, the band hit downtown Nicholasville, and now was their time to shine, especially since they were the ONLY OTHER BAND in the parade (after the Jessamine County High School Band).

Tri-X Files 84_25.12: Entering Downtown Nicholasville

Tri-X Files 84_25.13a: Downtown Nicholasville Performance

Tri-X Files 84_25.14a: Really Straight Rows!
This is a prime example of the “uneven rows” that the judges at the Pigasus Parade did not like.

Tri-X Files 84_25.15a: Saxophones, Lower Brass, Percussion
This is a prime example of the shuffling of band members that was the result of having a number of band members absent. We already have the tuba player stuck in the near middle with the percussion, and here we have two baritone players stuck between three saxophones. Thankfully, the clarinets and flutes had no problems re-organizing their rows, although they ended up with trumpets and trombones in front of them and the lower brass and percussion behind them, so they were largely unheard.

Tri-X Files 84_25.15b: The Lone Tuba Player
This cropped image of Neal and Kurt is what I submitted to The Observer for the November 21 edition along with my article on the band’s latest activities.  The quality of the reprint does leave a lot to be desired.

Tri-X Files 84_25.18a: Performing on the Way Out
After passing through downtown Nicholasville, Main Street once again turned to residential. There were still a number of people standing on the street, so we continued to perform as we followed the parade route as it turned onto a side street and then onto a back road that would take us back to the cemetery.

84_25.19a
I almost submitted this photo to The Observer with my article, but I always thought that Drum Major Lance looked a little too “stuffy” in this shot.

Tri-X Files 84_25.20a: Behind Kentucky Miss Charm
The crowd has faded away and, at this point, all we are doing is following everyone else down this lonely back road on our way to the end of the parade route. Mr. Stephens wisely took this long shot to show where we were in relation to everything else in the parade, and it is assuring to note that, all this time, we were marching behind Alison Chaney, “Kentucky Miss Charm.”  Without any context, this photo represents the total weirdness of this day.

Tri-X Files 84_25.21: Back at the Bus
Back at the bus, and there is a massive amount of controlled chaos as we desperately scramble to disassemble our instruments, pack everything in, and get the heck out of Jessamine County.

Tri-X Files 84_25.22a: Heading Back to Richmond
The last shot on the roll, taken by me, on the bus heading back to Richmond. This photo turned out dark on the original contact sheet and so I never bothered to print it, and I had no idea who was in the photo for 30 years until I scanned it in. This photo has never been printed or published, and has not been seen by anybody until now.

THE REST OF THE ROLL

Tri-X Files 84_24 Contact Sheet
The first 14 shots of roll 84_24 were taken on September 29, 1984 at the Pigasus Parade in Lebanon.  Over the span of the next week, I would attempt to finish out the roll so that I would have a brand-new roll in the camera for the Jessamine Jamboree Parade. Unfortunately, I was not successful in finding interesting things to photograph in those five days, and so the final three shots of this roll were taken on Saturday morning, October 6th, while on the bus to Nicholasville.  Here is what I shot in between the two parades:

Tri-X Files 84_24.15: Leah and the Lab Mouse Tri-X Files 84_24.16: Donna and Leah
Obligatory shots of Leah and Donna from Fifth Period Earth Science; these photos were probably taken on Friday, October 5, 1984, because if I had brought my camera to school earlier in the week then I probably would have finished out the roll without taking these photos.

Tri-X Files 84_24.17a: Portrait in the Typing Room
I remember taking this photo during Sixth Period, which would have been during Band class, which also means that this was probably taken on Friday, October 5th, because on the Fridays before a parade performance, Mr. Stephens would usually let us have that day as a “free” day, in which he was implying that we would spend the hour in the library doing our homework to make up for the time that we were going to spend on Saturday at the parade … but somehow, some of us ended up on the second floor of the high school wing in Dr. Roy’s Typing Room, and that is where this photo was taken. The sour expression is because the photographer usually does not like having his photo taken.

Tri-X Files 84_24.18: Josh's Shoulder
I am pretty sure that this photo was also taken on Friday, October 5, 1984. Eventually, we were all herded into the library, because the teachers and administrators at the school weren’t too keen on a bunch of band members wandering the halls. And hey, there’s Josh … or, at least, Josh’s shoulder.

Tri-X Files 84_24.19: Drive-By Blurriness Tri-X Files 84_24.20: Keith and Shay Tri-X Files 84_24.21: The Fist of Keith
As mentioned earlier, the last three shots on the roll were taken on Saturday morning, October 6th, on the bus heading to Nicholasville. This lead to a very precarious situation for me, because this meant that I had to leave a roll of exposed film ON THE BUS along with the rest of my valuables and hope that nothing would happen to it. Of course, nothing did, but I remained a little nervous from this point until when I developed the roll of film on the following Monday, because there was a good chance that I was going to lose all of the marching shots from the Pigasus Parade. However, from this point onward, in order to avoid the anxiety caused by the situation, I always made sure that I finished a roll on the same day as the major event that was on it.


IN THE NEXT EPISODE (to be posted on Monday, October 13, 2014): The 1984 Eastern Kentucky University Homecoming Parade! This parade was the big one, our first performance in our hometown, and so EVERYBODY had to march. Also, we finally got some gloves so our hands wouldn’t freeze while marching, but did anyone think about the clarinet players who needed open fingertips on their gloves to cover the holes in their instrument? Didn’t think so!


The photos that were featured in this episode can be seen in this Flickr set as well as this set. There’s also a lot more in the way of commentary and random blathering on all of the images, including several that were not featured in this episode.  As always, you can click on any of the images above for a larger view at the Flickr site.

Tri-X Files Uncut: A separate set featuring all of the original scans from this roll, uncropped and unaltered, in their full frame glory.  Here is the set for this roll.

Season One of the Tri-X Files, featuring photos from my freshman year of high school, can be found at this link.

The Tri-X Files website.

All contents copyright © 2014 JLK Productions.

Then and Now: Lebanon, KY in 1984 and 2013

As seen in The Tri-X Files Season Two Episode #6, the Model High School Band visited Lebanon, KY on September 29, 1984 to march in the Marion County Country Ham Days Festival Pigasus Parade, as captured in a series of photos taken by Band Director Allan D. Stephens. Here are a selection of those photos, taken in downtown Lebanon, along with the Google Map Street Views, dated 2013, of the same areas seen in those photos:

Downtown Lebanon, KY: Main Street and Spalding Avenue, 30 Years Apart

Downtown Lebanon, KY: Main Street between Spalding Avenue and Highway 49, 30 Years Apart

Downtown Lebanon, KY: Main Street to the West of Highway 49, 30 Years Apart

Downtown Lebanon, KY: Main Street, 30 Years Apart

Click on the images for a larger view and a link to the original photos.

In 30 years, the basic architecture of the buildings have not changed very much, and many still have the same facades as they did in 1984. Of course, almost none of the businesses in 1984 are the same 30 years later, but that’s progress, I guess.

One more view can be seen in the Image of the Week for 09-29-14.

The Tri-X Files S2E06: September 29, 1984 (Roll 84_23/24), PART TWO

In my four years of high school, I took a lot of photos: As a contributing photographer for the school newspaper, as the creator of the “Band Yearbook,” and as an obsessive historian. The majority of these photos were taken using Tri-X 400 speed black and white film, which I developed and printed in the school art room. Now, 30 years later, armed with a negative scanner, I am attempting to reproduce every single Tri-X photo that I took in my sophomore year high school, and to document the events surrounding those photos. This is Season Two of The Tri-X Files, presenting photos taken almost exactly to the day, 30 years ago.


Episode #6: “Piggies in Their Starched White Shirts”

(Continued from PART ONE, where we discussed the Marion County Country Ham Days Festival and the Model High School Band’s preparations to march in the Pigasus Parade as well as the bus trip down to Lebanon, Kentucky and the moments leading up to the parade.) Saturday, September 29, 1984. This was the day that the Model High School Band Members had been practicing towards for the past month. All those hours of marching around the field and in the school parking lot was but a prelude to this: The first parade performance of the school year, at the Marion County Country Ham Days Festival in Lebanon, KY.

potential-parade-route
All of the bands and floats started from the staging area at Lebanon Elementary School.  I do not recall the specific route that took us to the downtown area, but I do know for sure, based on the photographic evidence, that the parade proceeded westward down Main Street, aka US68/KY52 (the gold street running through the center of the image above, proceeding in a right-to-left direction relative to the map).  To get there, we either marched east along either M.L. King Avenue or Mulberry Street and then took one of the side streets (possibly Forest Avenue/Street) to get onto Main Street. I have reason to believe that we took M.L. King Avenue, and that reason is based on a number of assumptions as to where we were lined up prior to the start of the parade, based on the photographic evidence.

Tri-X Files 84_24.03a: Almost at Attention Tri-X Files 84_24.04a: Almost at Attention, The Other Side

In these two photos, the railroad crossings are visible in the background.  Unfortunately, these railroad tracks no longer exist as they were apparently taken out years ago.  Through the magic of Google Maps, I was able to find the following image:
potential-parade-origin-point

The red line near the top of the photo represents an area on the map where the railroad tracks used to exist, and Google Street View at the corner with L&N Street shows a historic marker for a train depot that used to be at that spot.  The inset image is of the Google Street View at the spot right before the area where the railroad crossing used to be, which COULD be the same spot where the band members lined up; if not the exact same street, it looks very similar and, at the very least, lines up with the area where the railroad crossing would have been in 1984.  Note the proximity to Lebanon Elementary School — the parade participants could have easily moved from the staging area at the school to the side streets along Main Street/US68, waiting for their turn to enter the parade.

Tri-X Files 84_24.05a: The Band MascotBefore we get to the parade photos, I do have to mention the new Marching Band Mascot. The percussionists picked up this plastic duck at the festival, dressed him up in a bandanna and sunglasses, and mounted him on top of Neal’s bass drum, where he would remain for the rest of the parades this year, and would be the source of some controversy the following year between the percussionists and the new drum major … but that’s a story for Season Three. Last year, Mr. Stephens had walked alongside the band with his trusty whistle around his neck, and had used it to signal the band to begin playing the marching piece (”Chester”).  This year, with Lance as the drum major performing that very function, Mr. Stephens was now free to walk alongside the band, talk to dignitaries in the crowd, and not worry so much about leading the band from the sidelines.  It was because of this situation that I asked him to carry my Walz Wide and shoot the photos of the marching band in action for the Band Yearbook Project as well as the school newspaper, and he happily agreed, having had experience with using a camera similar to mine, and he took some rather good shots.

Tri-X Files 84_24.07a: On the Way to Downtown Lebanon

This was taken on one of the side streets coming up on Main Street, but I’m not sure which one, and Google Street View did not give me a match on any of those houses.  The banner carriers are Darlene and David, both seventh graders; note that Darlene uses the one handed method while David hoists the banner with both hands.  Also note the rather wide space between the banner and the band; did Drum Major Lance really need THAT much room to maneuver?

Tri-X Files 84_24.08a: Performing for the Crowd

The line-up of band members for the front row was a little different than anything the band had done before in that it contained four trombones (two on either side) and two trumpets in the middle. Note that Guy, the trumpet player third from the right, is out of step.  Guy always seemed to get out of step, and this became somewhat of a running gag with the other band members (although Mr. Stephens did not find that to be very funny).

Tri-X Files 84_24.09a: Percussionists Bringing Up the Rear

The percussionists bring up the rear. Mr. Stephens particularly liked this one, saying that it was an image that none of the band members ever really got to see. Note that they are the only band members who did not have to wear the uniform coats, as they were too bulky and would get in the way of carrying the drums. They are also the only band members who intentionally did not have to wear hats during this parade. There are OTHER band members who, ahem, simply forgot to bring their hat. We were also having a bit of a hat shortage, and most of the Middle Schoolers did not have one. At this point, the band members start to approach the heart of downtown Lebanon.

Tri-X Files 84_24.10a: Downtown Lebanon

Tri-X Files 84_24.11 / Image of the Week for 09-29-14

Tri-X Files 84_24.12a: Continuing Through Downtown Lebanon

Tri-X Files 84_24.13a: Nearing the End of the Parade Route
The unique architecture of the buildings downtown as well as the street pattern made it surprisingly easy to place the photos of the band marching through downtown Lebanon on a current map, thereby confirming the direction of the route:

pigasus-parade-route

From this point, the parade wound its way back to Lebanon Elementary School. We put away our instruments and many of us shedded our uniforms. Mr. Stephens, accompanied by a group of us, including myself, returned to the downtown stage for the awards ceremony, which was preceded by the annual auctioning of the Pigasus (pictured to the right) and that year’s winning country ham.

Tri-X Files 84_23.09: Pigasus Auction

There were three trophies at the foot of the stage, and those were for the top three bands in the parade. There were a total of eight bands participating in this year’s parade, and Mr. Stephens felt that our odds of taking home one of those trophies were pretty good. We weren’t the BEST band, we knew that, but some of the other bands were quite average and Mr. Stephens felt that we had done a pretty solid job … which made it all the more devastating when we did not win at all. This situation put Mr. Stephens into a bit of a foul mood, and he instructed us to return to the school and wait by the bus while he went to have a civilized discussion with the judges. The reason we did not win became apparent when we eventually saw the score sheets (click to enlarge):

1984 Pigasus Parade Judging Sheets for the Model High School Band

Obviously, we had some problems: “Many out of step,” “weak/poor alignment,” “alignment needs work,” “tone forced,” “percussion too loud” and “not together;” although, on the plus side, our drum major was cited for his “grace” and “effectiveness.”  But what made the situation even more upsetting was that, while Judge #1 and #2 gave us criticism and feedback and an average score of 65, it was Judge #3 who had brought our overall score down with an abnormally low score of 27 that he apparently gave us for NO REASON WHATSOEVER.  Such an experience with a judge of this caliber would be enough to make a band not want to return to this particular venue, which might explain why we never did.

Tri-X Files 84_23.10b: Watching Joe Fly

Meanwhile, back at Lebanon Elementary School, something exciting was up …

Tri-X Files 84_23.10a: Joe Jumps Off a Swing

Or rather, it was Joe, demonstrating his elegance and athletic prowess and utter foolishness by swinging on the swing and then leaping off it, flying through the air with the greatest of ease, much to the amusement of the Middle Schoolers, and almost killing himself in the process.  I believe that this is the point in his life where Joe decided that he wanted to fly (and, eventually, he did).

Tri-X Files 84_24.14: On the Bus, Heading Back to Richmond

Mr. Stephens came stomping back to the school, clearly agitated, and he gruffly herded everyone onto the bus for the trip home. The mood, at least for a little while, was a little overcast and tense …

Tri-X Files 84_23.11a: One Tired Band Director

… and then, as it would inevitably happen, Mr. Stephens nodded off to sleep, and all was well once again.  At least until the following Monday, when Mr. Stephens would make a decision based on what had happened at the Pigasus Parade …

EPILOGUE ONE

The trip back to Richmond was largely uneventful.

Tri-X Files 84_23.12: Sacked Out Kurt

Many of us slept most of the way, worn out from the excitement.

Tri-X Files 84_23.14: The Cool Kids in the Back of the Bus

The cool kids sat in the back and ignored the rest of us.

Tri-X Files 84_23.15a: Jeff K and Ryan Tri-X Files 84_23.16a: Jeff K's Rubber Face

Jeff K and Ryan flipped off cows and Ryan demonstrated how he could “mold” his best friend’s face.

EPILOGUE TWO

Upon arriving at Model Lab School, I needed to finish off the roll of film that I had in the Canon AE-1, so I gathered whoever happened to be standing around at the time (which just so happened to be Tanya, Josh, Shay, Kurt and Paul) for a group photo:

Tri-X Files 84_23.18a: Tanya, Josh, Shay, Kurt and Paul

This would become one of my all-time favorite photos that, 28 years later, when I had the opportunity to be with three out of the five people in the photo, I had to attempt to re-create it:

Band Members, April 5, 2012

(Anne standing in for Tanya and T.J. standing in for Josh. I opted to let Kurt keep his pants on.)

EPILOGUE THREE

Tri-X Files 84_23.13a: Meena and a Mystery Band Member

I took this photo of Meena lounging on the bus with another band member, and for 30 years I do not have the slightest idea as to the identity of this other band member.  She is not one of the regular High School band members (there were so few female band members this year that they were all easily distinguishable) and so I can only assume that she is one of the Middle Schoolers, but there is no one in the yearbook photo of the Middle School Band who matches her.  It is possible that she might have been absent on yearbook photo day, and there is also the fact that the yearbook photos were taken in the spring and her hairstyle might have changed by then.  However, I cannot identify her, and Meena does not recall who she is.  IF YOU CAN IDENTIFY THIS MYSTERY BAND MEMBER, PLEASE LET ME KNOW!

EPILOGUE FOUR

I was not the only one with a camera at the festival that day. Sarah had brought along her 110 camera and had taken some photos as the day went on. After the parade, while we were waiting by the bus for Mr. Stephens to return, she asked me to take a photo of her and Ranjan, and then she took a photo of me and Tanya. Later, after she had the film developed, I asked her if I could borrow the negative so that I could get a reprint of the photo of me with Tanya, and she did, and I had the reprint made, and then I forgot to return the negative. Which reminds me … Sarah, if you are reading this, I still have your negative. Here are the four photos from that negative, scanned and reprinted for the first time in 30 years:

Warner_13: Sarah and Dawn B with their balloons
Sarah and Dawn B with their festival prizes.

Warner_14: Sarah and Ranjan
The photo that I took of Sarah and Ranjan.

Warner_15: Jimmy and Tanya
Me and Tanya. You’d think I was never kissed by a girl before … that’s actually my regular goofball expression. Also, note the Canon AE-1 around my neck.

Warner_16: Melissa and Aaron
Melissa and Aaron; this photo is of special significance because it is the only photo that I have from 1984 that shows our band uniform in color.

EPILOGUE FIVE

Here is the article that appeared in the October 15, 1984 edition of The Observer which included a mention and two photos from the Pigasus Parade, although it is interesting to note that apparently I did not actually know, at the time, the actual name of the festival or parade.  Click to enbiggen:

October 15, 1984 Band Article in "The Observer"

The article does give a hint as to what happened as a result of this parade, which will be covered in the next episode. Hey wait, I was Band Treasurer? How did THAT happen?


IN THE NEXT EPISODE (to be posted on Monday, October 6, 2014: The MHS Band travels to Nicholasville, Kentucky to march in a parade that was not originally on their schedule! Plus: Lab rats, typewriters, and the return of the Obligatory Donna Photo!


Half of the photos from this roll that were featured in this episode can be seen in this Flickr set as well as the marching photos in this set. There’s also a lot more in the way of commentary and random blathering on all of the images, including some that were not featured in this episode.  As always, you can click on any of the images above for a larger view at the Flickr site.

Tri-X Files Uncut: A separate set featuring all of the original scans from this roll, uncropped and unaltered, in their full frame glory.  Here is the set for this roll.

Season One of the Tri-X Files, featuring photos from my freshman year of high school, can be found at this link.

The Tri-X Files website.

All contents copyright © 2014 JLK Productions.

Image of the Week for 09-29-14

Tri-X Files 84_24.11 / Image of the Week for 09-29-14
Taken exactly 30 years to the day that this is being posted, on Saturday, September 29, 1984 at the Marion County Country Ham Days Festival Pigasus Parade in Lebanon, Kentucky.  Photo originally shot by Allan D. Stephens.

A classic slice of a southern small town preserved for posterity.  Here is the same intersection as captured by Google Street View in 2013:

lebanon-2013

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