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One More Reagan Photo …

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Reagan at Plane 4 _ RTP _ 2 Sept 15_SFW

It clearly looks that Reagan is enjoying himself as he works the crowd in Pensacola.  Look at the little boy that is stretching his hand out to Reagan … I am sure that Reagan shook it and I bet that kid did not wash his hand for a week.  I still have a few more of these that I will post later.  If anyone has any idea who this kid is, let me know.  Just email me who you think or know it is and I will give him one of these photos for his scrapbook.  I am sure that this kid ( I called him little Johnny in an earlier post ) is upset with our Iranian Nuclear Arms ” Deal “.  Thanks again for looking and please check back … Frank

PS – If anyone recognizes any of these people in any of these Reagan photos, please let me know. Thanks … 28 Oct 15


















Some More of Ronald Reagan at Pensacola Regional Airport …

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Reagan at Plane 1_OK_28 Aug 15_SFW

This one looks like he is just arriving and getting ready to walk down toward the platform where, but he has already spoken and is getting ready to enter the plane and leave.  However, we won’t tell anyone.  I very seldom show full frame images, since a lot times I have the wrong lens and cannot frame the image the way that I would like to have it composed.  I do not have an issue with going back and cropping the image to cut out all of the worthless parts that really do nothing to improve the image.  Here are a few more images that have not been shown or published prior to today …

Reagan with Free Our Dip_7x5_RTP_28 Aug 15_SFW

Reagan is in the center of the bottom of the frame … how about those signs, especially the one that reads ” Free Our Diplomats “, what is that all about?  Oh, I guess you must have forgotten about the Iranians taking our diplomats hostage at the US Embassy in Tehran and holding them hostage for over 444 days. Yes, little Johnny, that is well over a year that our citizens were held hostage in Iran.  You are right again, little Johnny, our current politicians ( I am not mentioning any names here ) sure must have forgotten that episode as they negotiate with the current regime in Iran and will allow them to have nuclear materials.  And yes, little Johnny, Iran can then go and build their own nuclear bombs and yes, we are also going to give the Iranians 100 billion dollars to further their cause.  No, little Johnny, they promised that they they would not use the nuclear materials to build bombs … just like Germany signed a treaty ( The Nonaggression Pact of 1939 )  with England before World War II and Germany promised not bomb England and Russia.  And well, Germany lied to England and Russia and invaded Poland in 1939.  Yes, little Johnny, Hitler lied and broke the agreement, but we know that the Ayatollah would not do that besides our Secretary of State believes him.  No little Johnny, we do not need the 100 billion dollars that we are going to give Iran, we have enough money to help our veterans and the less fortunate and all of the illegals that come to the United States … we have enough money for everyone.  No little Johnny, there is not enough for you to go to college for free, but as smart as you are, I do not think that you need any more of an education.  I wish our leaders were as smart as little Johnny.  Enough of that … one more of Reagan –

Waving Goodbye 2 _ OK 2 _28 Aug 15 _ 5x5 _ S F I

I have more of Reagan that I have to work-up before I post and I still will post some of him speaking.  If anyone was here at the airport that day, I would like to here about your experiences.  I did not know anything about it until WCOA mentioned it around 8:00 am that morning.  It was nothing like they do now days.  Thanks for looking and please check back …Frank

PS – Please go and check me out on Instagram … FrankPHardy.  From some reason it would not allow me to use FrankHardyPhoto or FrankHardyPhotography, so I had to use my middle initial.  I have come in contact with a lot of people that I would not have from my blogs and I do not really like Facebook all of that much.  I get tired of all of the sayings and the photos of what people are eating and drinking.  Thanks again …

Ronald Reagan at the Pensacola Airport …

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Reagan Rally 1_6x4_RTP_Feb 2014 _ SFW

Back in September of 1980, candidate Reagan made a stop at the Pensacola Airport at around 9:00 one weekday morning.  Having nothing better to do, I thought that I would drive to the airport since it was only 4 or 5 miles from the studio on 12th Avenue.  When I got there, the place was packed … a couple of high school bands, no telling how many thousands of people had gathered around his plane and the stage.  Luckily I knew several of the police and they let me park up close and go on in.  However, I could not get anywhere near the front of the stage, so I had to stand off to the the far right side of the stage.  I had a medium telephoto lens on my 35mm camera, but I never could get directly in front of Ronnie.  You see Mayor Vince Whibbs and Warren Briggs seated on the stage behind the podium.  I was able to get some fairly close shots as he walked off of the stage on his way back to the plane, but I cannot put my hands on those film strips .. I will just have to keep on looking.  Here are some more images from the rally …

Reagan Rally 2 B _ RTP _ Feb 2014_SFW

Reagan Rally 7 _ RTP 1 _ SFW with LOGO

Reagan Rally 4 A _ RTP _ Feb 2014_SFW

Reagan Rally 3 A B  _ RTP _ Feb 2014 _SFW

I had posted one of these rally images in an earlier post, but I never took the time to work up more than one of the images until the past few days.  I hope you enjoy these and I will look for those other film strips with Ronnie walking to the plane and at the top of the steps waving good-bye to everyone.  Thanks for looking and if anyone happened to be at this rally and wants to share your memories, we would love to hear them.  Thanks for looking and please check back … Frank

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February 13, 2014 at 6:30 pm

Guest Blogger over on ” Airports Made Simple ” …

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Eastern Jet 2 _ RTP_ 1_21_14 _ SFW

Greetings and Happy New Year … A little late but well intended.  I just wanted to mention that I was asked by Deborah who writes the blog about airlines, travel and airports … Airports Made Simple … to be a guest blogger for her site.  She saw my posts about the Pensacola Airport in the 1950’s and some of the celebrities that flew in over at the blog that I have on my father’s photography …FrankHardyMadeMyPhotographsTWO .   She has been very gracious and more than willing to help an amateur like me compose a readable post that readers would enjoy reading.  Thank goodness she did not just cut and paste what I initially emailed … I would have single-handily cut her readership in half.  But no, she sweated and labored and tailored a very enjoyable post about Liberace and included photos that my father had made of him and his guests / friends flying into Pensacola.  She even started the post with a quote from CS Lewis that really tied the whole post together.  I wish I could claim to be that intellectual, but those who know me would or could not be fooled.  So please click on the link that I provided above to her site and see how entertaining and informative her site is for air travelers.  And if you feel so inclined, please leave a comment that you were directed there from here.  I am sure she would appreciate the comment and I guarantee that you will learn something that will help you out in the future.  Thanks for looking and please check back … I promise that I am going to get those weddings up shortly … Frank

Charles Smith 4_SFW_1_12_14

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January 22, 2014 at 3:57 pm