When someone brings up the 1980's, what's the first thing that comes to mind? Right away, it's likely the fashion, the music or the dated products that were so cool at the time. Hello Sony Walkman!
If you grew up through the 80's in the Duluth area like I did, you'll also likely start to think of businesses that used exist back in the day. Places like the Buena Vista Motel and Restaurant, Saints Roller Rink and the list goes on and on. Remember the Neon Parrot?
Well, much to my surprise and delight, that time and those places still live online, thanks largely in part to people like Jerry Lewandowski, who has collected photos from Duluth's past and made a couple of YouTube videos that provide a cool walk down memory lane.
While I was on my nostalgia trip, I thought about the most unforgettable fireworks display I've ever seen in Duluth. That would be in 1988 when a mishap caused all the fireworks to mostly explode while still on the ground.
I remember being down near the DECC as a teenager that day and things started out perfectly normal. However, it didn't take long for a fireball to erupt on the ground and it was obvious that something had gone horribly wrong. There were big explosions and before we knew it, it was over. I remember there being a lot of confusion and instant concern for the safety of the team that was down there to light them all off.
Since that is fresh in my mind right now, let's start our nostalgia trip right there, in the summer of 1988. Here is the KDLH-TV coverage of those events. Were you there?
Now on to a couple videos put together by Jerry Lewandowski, which feature a lot of memories. If you were in Duluth through the 80's you'll definitely remember a lot of what you're about to see.
Just the first picture in the video below takes me back as I didn't grow up far from the Buena Vista and as I got older, it became a favorite neighborhood bar until the day it closed. That's just one of many memories to enjoy.
The next video features a lot of similar Duluth memories from the 80's, but there are also some pictures from the 70's included, which are also fun to see. It's like a fun look through your yearbook.
If you have a collection of photos from the Northland's past, I'd love to see them and share them! You can always hit me up through the B105 app or through our website. Who says you can't go back again?