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Today in Rip Payne

27 Apr
by Emma Earnst

Throughout the 1960s, on this day, Rip Payne stayed pretty busy.

On this day in 1984, my parents also stayed pretty busy, as they were getting married. Happy Anniversary!!

They are going to kill me for this...

Just for the record, Rip Payne had nothing to do with that picture.  He did, however, have quite a lot to do with the rest of these.

First up, in 1961, Rip Payne snapped a single shot of a woman being awarded (inducted?) by the Order of Easter Star, a co-ed fraternal organization.  According to their website, the Order is a spiritual, though not religious, organization with the specific values of charity, education, fraternity, and science.  It is a suborder of Freemasonry, and requires all members to have Masonic connections. Today, the Charlottesville Eastern Star Order resides at 425 East Main Street (pictured to the left), with masonic symbols clearly marking the territory.


Then, in 1965, Rip Payne captured the marquis advertising the Paramount Theater’s showing of The Night Walker. The film was directed by William Castle and starred Robert Taylor and Barbara Stanwick in her final feature film. The film, according to reviews, wasn’t all that great. But, the Paramount is truly in all its glory here.  It is set on what was still a street-scape at this time (not the paved pedestrian mall of today), and I can just picture it all lit up against the night sky with those big bright lights.  Can you tell that I have my rose-colored glasses on?

Finally, in 1968, Rip Payne documented another awards ceremony, this time at a different type of fraternal organization, Leggett’s.  Leggett’s was the precursor to the Belk we know today, and at this time resided on the “Mall” (or, more appropriately, East Main before it was the Mall) not Fashion Square Mall, where Belk now lives. I guess they didn’t get very creative with their changes.





Don’t you just love cat-eye glasses?!?!

I will leave you with this:

Rip Payne stayed busy today.  My parents had the most important day of their lives today.  The lady in the picture above knew enough to drink her coffee and drink it black today.  Don’t let the spirit die.  Be productive, and accomplish something great today!


Today in Rip Payne

26 Apr
by Emma Earnst

Today in 1973, Rip Payne enjoyed another beauty making her rounds— this time Miss America visiting Lane High School. You may not recognize her, but the beauty queen was none other than Terri Meeuwsen, who went on to co-anchor The 700 Club with Pat Robertson.  Before this, though, Meeuwsen decided she wanted to be a singer, moved to L.A., and joined the New Christy Minstrels.*  Her promotional appearances for the group are what ultimately led her to the career she would be most known for – being the pretty, sweet lady next to Pat Robertson on the couch.  In case that isn’t enough, she also founded a charity organization, Orphan’s Promise, married, and had seven children!

During her visit, Terri belted out some tunes, had a photo op with local beauty queens, and then sat back to enjoy a full-out performance by the kids at Lane High School that rivals the kids of Glee in visual appeal.

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*Sorry, I couldn’t find any with Terri.  This video is from before Meeuwsen joined the group.