Today I am feeling a little nostalgic…
I don’t know if looking at this photo made me nostalgic or nostalgia came so I looked at this picture. Either way today I am thinking about the past.
I took this photo of the Park Drive-In. It seems like only a few years ago. It sat outside of Maysville, KY on a hilltop on Route 11 before descending into town. I would pass by this old drive-in on my weekly commutes between Highland Heights and West Liberty. It seems like only a few years ago but in reality it was taken about twenty years ago. I liked the Peter Bogdonavich-Last Picture Show kind of effect it had when I developed it. (Yes it was actually shot on Tri-X film and developed and printed in my dark room, before being reborn into the digital world).
I never saw a movie here but every time I drove by and saw the remains, I would think about all of the teenagers and adults that enjoyed an evening at the drive-in and how it was another part of my generation’s past that was slowly slipping away. And I would always think about going to our drive-in outside of West Liberty.
At one time West Liberty actually had two drive-in theaters. We had the West Liberty Drive-In and the Morgan Drive-In. The funny thing is, there is not much flat land in our area that wasn’t used for farming, so these drive-ins were located in bottom land of the Licking River. More times than not, my movie experience included watching the last half of the movie through a thick fog. If you factor in trying to hear through bad window speakers, my movie experience is not too different now.
My dad always told me that listening to that loud Gary Puckett music would make me go deaf.
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I was saddened by the recent death of Stan Musial. He was a prolific hitter known affectionately as “Stan the Man” and played for the St.Louis Cardinals from 1941 to 1963. He was my dad’s favorite baseball player.
The earliest memories I have of going to Cincinnati Reds baseball games as a child were at the end of Stan Musial’s career. My dad would load us up in the early morning hours for the trek up to Cincinnati. This was before I-75 was constructed so we would have to go to Maysville, KY and cross the Ohio River and up Route 52 into Cincinnati where we would find good ol’ Crosley Field. Sometimes, I guess when we weren’t running late, we would use the ferry to forge across the river in Augusta. These trips would probably take about three and a half hours in those days of the early 1960’s.
I know it wasn’t always the case, but it seemed like the only time I saw the Reds play, they played the Cardinals and Stan Musial. I remember being at Crosley Field for Musial’s last game in Cincinnati. I remember Sunday afternoon double-headers and twinite double-headers, both getting to be a thing of the past. I am experiencing a lot of “things of the past” lately.
I took this photo of the Big Mac Bridge that connects Newport, KY and Cincinnati one unusually warm morning in January of this year. The cold water temperature combined with the warmer air temperature created a fog that hung over the river up into the early afternoon hours. I was going to take some pictures in the city but I was drawn to the riverbank.
This wide-angle shot of the river with the fog and bridge was shot on the Cincinnati side and you can see The Montgomery Inn on the right side. Incidentally, the ribs at The Montgomery Inn were rumored to be Bob Hope’s favorite. I processed it in black and white for a dramatic feel.
This photo doesn’t have anything to do with Stan Musial.
Sometimes my mind takes me in round-about ways to get to the same place. I always loved crossing the bridges into Cincinnati and I always loved going to Reds games. Going to watch Stan Musial was the beginning of those feelings for me and somehow this shot reminded me of Stan Musial…go figure.
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