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Ronald Reagan Aboard Leadership 80 at the Pensacola Regional Airport …

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Crowd at Reagan Plan 1 _ RTP 2_ 7 May 15  _ SFW

Reagan at Plane_Image Printed_11_WIP 3_7 May 15 copy_ SFW

Even though I posted these here on my father’s site, I made these photographs back in September 1980 when then citizen Reagan swung through Pensacola on a campaign tour for President.   With Citizen Regan, you could walk-up to the plane without being hassled ( too badly, but that is another story ) and take photos and wave at the future President of The United States.  Since I made these, I am posting them over on my photography site.  Here  is a link to my site.  Read what I posted and you will see that there is much more to come.  Thanks for looking and please click on the link to take you over to my site.  Thanks for lookinga nd please check back …

Bay Lounge and Package Store …

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Cantalope's 1 _ RTP _ SFW

This place was known as The Bay Lounge, but I do not think that I ever heard anyone call it that … it was simply known as ” Cantaloupe’s “.  Even though he had been married to lady by the name of Shirley and the lounge’s name was ” Cantaloupe and Shirley’s “, I do not ever remember anyone ever calling it that.  There was a package store on the left-hand side of the building that most people would go and hang-out in.  That part of the place was known as the ” Stand -Up “.  People would go in and buy a bottle and stand – up and drink.  This was back in the 1970’s and 80’s … now I bet you would be hard pressed to find a place like Cantaloupe’s any where today.  The stand-up went the way of the buggy whip, Walk-man, laser-discs, Falstaff Beer, etc, etc.  Now I am not going to mention any names, but you could find everyone from court judges to doctors to builders … you name them, they drank there.  The place is now Franco’s Italian Restaurant and has been for years.  Here is one more exterior view of Cantaloupe’s and I made these by the way back around 1981 or so …


Cantalope's 2  _ RTP _ SFW

It is basically the same view, just a little closer.  Shot on 4×5 sheet film.  Even though I made it, I thought that it went better over on this blog than my personal photography blog.  If anyone wants to share their own personal ” Cantaloupe ” story, please feel free … if you are brave enough!  Just kidding.  I am sure that Cantaloupe is deceased by now, but he was always nice to me and I did a few jobs for him through the years.  If we get enough stories, who knows, may there is a book somewhere in the future … naw, I doubt it.  Thanks again for looking and please check back … Frank

PS – This place was located on Gregory Street right across what is now McGuire’s Irish Pub, but everyone from Pensacola already knew that …

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January 18, 2015 at 10:19 am

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