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2017 Danville Stadium Fly-Over
One of the preliminary events of the 2017 Balloons Over Vermilion was a flyover at Danville Stadium on July 8, 2017.  I had the opportunity to participate and ride along in one of the three balloons which took flight.  This is the video I produced of the flight.  I thank Betsy Kleiss the owner/pilot of her balloon "4EVER39."




2017 Balloons Over Vermilion
Here is a short video of events during the Saturday night, July 15th of the 2017 Balloons Over Vermilion at the Vermilion Regional Airport.  It shows the fly-in and the balloon glow.







Taylorville Tour 1988-Part 1
The video above was taken on November 5, 1988 as I drove and took video(not recommended) throughout my hometown of Taylorville, Illinois.
It traces the following path: Rt 48 from Decatur, taking the old Rt. 48 approach into Taylorville past the now YMCA building onto Park Street.  From there it's to Main Street.  The video jumps to North Webster where it goes past Taylorville High School.  At that point the video jumps to just south of Taylorville Road on North Cheney Street where we travel to Spresser Street and then east to Webster, then downtown where we go around three sides of the square and end up at the former site of WTIM AM/FM and the Frisina Hotel.
Also, the videos are silent.  Even though I had the radio on 92.7FM, the former Taylorville radio station, I didn't want to run into a music licensing problem with running complete songs as part of the video.  Sorry....

Taylorville Tour 1988-Part 2
The video picks up downtown where we travel west on Main Cross Street to Shumway, to west Rich Street, south on Cheney to South School and west on Prairie where we go past the house I grew up in.
From there the video jumps to traveling east on Prairie to Shumway, then to Second Street, to Manner's Park.  The video jumps again to traveling north on Main Street downtown where we end on West Vine Street near the Taylorville Public Library.  Obviously, if I had to do again, I would include many other areas, of growth along with the Lake Taylorville area.  I do have a slightly older tour which includes several other areas along with some included with this one.  Be watching for it coming soon.  Also I should point out, since you will see the dash of the car many times during the video, it was taken from not one of the best cars I've ever had, but certainly my favorite, an '86 Chrysler LaBaron Convertible.







More here soon!

Taylorville Tour 1987
Here is another tour of Taylorville, Illinois taken in October of 1987.  Unfortunately it was a rain day and includes video taken through a wet windshield and side windows.  This was never intended for any kind of public consumption at the time, as it was long before You Tube.  It features many of the locations important to me growing up there, including my families second home, where I worked when I was in  high school and early college.  Sorry if I missed places you would like to see....








Danville-Ford Tri-Motor Plane Ride 1989
I purchased a ride aboard a 1928 Ford Tri-motor Airplane when it was barnstorming at the Vermilion County Airport on July 4, 1989. We took a short flight around Danville, over Lake Vermilion, along North Vermilion(Ill Rt 1, U.S. 136). Many changes have occured along the route over the last 20 years, and everything has been labeled as to what it was then. Enjoy the trip.


1991 Balloon Classic Video
Video from a flight during the 1991 Oldsmobile Balloon Classic Illinois in Danville, Illinois. Also includes audio from two way radio communications during the broadcast of the event for WDAN/WDNL radio.   The video was taken by Melissa from the control tower at the Airport.







Splash and Dash-Balloon Classic Event 1992
This video was taken along North Vermilion Street as the hot air balloons were being inflated before they flew over Lake Vermilion on Danville's north side. This event was a preliminary event to the Oldsmobile Balloon Classic Illinois. Audio is from WDAN/WDNL broadcast which was taking place at the time of the launch.


Splash and Dash-Balloon Classic Event 1993
Video from Splash and Dash event before the Oldsmobile Balloon Classic Illinois 1993. The event took place as a preliminary event to the Balloon Classic, and featured participating hot air balloons flying over Lake Vermilion and dropping a bean bag on a target located in the lake. This was my wife, Melissa's first hot air balloon ride. Thanks to Rick Arrington, pilot and his family, wife Pat and son Adam for this opportunity. The other guy in the balloon was R.C. McBride with WWDZ-Radio.







Taylorville Area Flood 1957
This is from an 8mm film taken in 1957 by my Dad and Uncle of
flooding just southwest of Taylorville along the South Fork
of the Sangamon River along Illinois Rt 48, which was under several
feet of water at the time.  The highway was reworked and
raised in the 1980's, the bridge was replaced by
a single deck bridge, but the railroad bridge remains
and the former Wabash railroad is Norfolk and Southern.
Even though the film was not dated, the billboard shown at
the end of the video is of a '57 Ford which would place the
event during the late 1956-1957 period.  It also appears to
be late Spring or early Summer, which would date the event
as Spring-Summer of 1957.


Memories of Hewitt School
The grade school I attended was located in a community
just on the southwest of Taylorville.  I lived on the last full street
on the edge of Taylorville, so those on the last three full streets
would attend Hewitt school in Hewittville.  Hewitville was an
old mining community, which also housed a railroad yard on the
end of the C&IM Railroad line.  This is a portion of an 8mm
film which was taken by my uncle when he came to pick me up
after school one day, in which I was the patrol boy for the
Taylorville side crossing.  Not only was there a street to cross,
but also about 5 tracks of the C&IM.  I was probably in the
5th grade at the time.  I include this because there aren't too
many pictures of the old school out there.  By the way, my Dad
and Uncle attended that school as well many years before.







Weathercast from January 2010

Here's a sample weathercast on WICD-ABC/NewsChannel 15 with Doug Quick.


The NewsChannel 15/WICD Balloon Classic Special
from 2001-Part 1
This was broadcast on the Thursday evening before
the start of the 2001 Oldsmobile Balloon Classic Illinois
Hot Air Balloon Festival









The NewsChannel 15/WICD Balloon Classic Special

from 2001-Part 2
This was broadcast on the Thursday evening before
the start of the 2001 Oldsmobile Balloon Classic Illinois
Hot Air Balloon Festival


The NewsChannel 15/WICD Balloon Classic Special

from 2001-Part 3
This was broadcast on the Thursday evening before
the start of the 2001 Oldsmobile Balloon Classic Illinois
Hot Air Balloon Festival


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