Thursday, October 30, 2014

Mo Collins

Some highlights of the life of much-loved Mo Collins.

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'Head football coach Mo Collins speaks at West Charlotte High School Tuesday, Sept. 9, 2014. The school will receive a new synthetic turf football field, thanks in part to a $200,000 grant from the Carolina Panthers through the NFL Foundation Grassroots Program.'
Todd Sumlin/Staff


December 11, 1993


December 13, 1993

Mo is listed under his real name here, Damon Collins.


December 16, 1993

Observer All-Area High School Football Teams


January 23, 2003


July 14, 1998


'Raider's Mo Collins reacts at the end of the game as Oakland beat Carolina 50-9 winning the AFC West title at Network Associates Coliseum, Sunday Dec. 24, 2002.' 
Jon McNally/Contra Costa Times 


It's a day early but I hope you enjoy these images from
the Charlotte Observer & the News!

Do y'all remember the costumes in a box, and the plastic mask with a rubber band to keep it on? 




'Ambulance service for those who faint!'







Wednesday, October 29, 2014

Hornets' first game, November 4, 1988

    Opening night November 4, 1988 was a formal affair - tuxedos, evening gowns, spotlight introductions. It was the Hornets' home debut and standing in a tunnel connecting the court to the team locker rooms NBA commissioner David Stern marveled at the sellout. The Charlotte Coliseum, with 23,000-plus seats, was designed to attract ACC and NCAA tournaments. Stern was initially concerned it was too big to create demand for tickets. Everything about that night was perfect except, well, the game itself. The Cleveland Cavaliers thumped the expansion Hornets by a score of 133-93. As the beaten players started walking toward the tunnel something remarkable happened - a spontaneous standing ovation from the fans - long, warm and sincere. - Rick Bonnell, Charlotte Observer Sports Columnist

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'A booklet of Charlotte Hornets season tickets features an oversized first game ticket, as well as full color photographs of opponents on tickets for each game.'    

  'George Shinn addresses the crowd before the start of the Charlotte Hornets game against the Cleveland Cavaliers.'  Bob Jordan/Staff

'On Nov. 4, 1988, the Hornets opened their first regular season with a game against
 the Cleveland Cavaliers.' Bob Leverone/Staff

'Kurt Rambis runs onto the court to recieve a high-five from Muggsy Bogues 
during opening night game of the Hornets.' 
Jim Gund/Staff

 'Opening night. Charlotte became a big-league city when the Hornets took the court on Nov. 4, 1988. A 40-point loss couldn't prevent a standing ovation.' Staff


Front page, November 4, 1988


1988-1989 Roster

Brian Rowsom

Robert Reid

Rex Chapman

Muggsy Bogues

Earl Cureton

Dell Curry

Dave Hoppen

Michael Holton

Tim Kempton

Kurt Rambis

Kelly Tripucka

Ricky Green

Ralph Lewis

Monday, October 27, 2014

Charlotte-Douglas International Airport

Established in 1935 as Charlotte Municipal Airport then renamed Douglas Municipal Airport for former Charlotte mayor Ben Douglas. The airport gained its current name in 1982 . 

Here's a look at growth over the years. 

'This 1945 photo shows an Eastern Airlines plane at the original terminal building at Douglas Municipal Airport.  The airport was named for Ben Douglas, who was Charlotte's 
mayor from 1935-1941.'
1945. Courtesy of City of Charlotte.

'There's always plenty of activity at Douglas Municipal Airport.'
1955. Staff

1960. Jeep Hunter/Staff

'Automatic doors aid passengers in new west concourse.'
1967. Jeep Hunter/Staff

'Passenger and crew board jet in driving rain.'
1967. Elmer Horton/Staff

1969. Jeep Hunter/Staff

'The men in the control room become the airport's traffic cops when the planes come within a range of eight miles from the airport. Here we see Nat Fulcher, Eddie Augustyn and Gerry Gulledge at work in the tower. Airplanes always land and take off into the wind.'
1970. Don Hunter/Staff

The terminal.
1975. Don Marten/Staff

'The number of private jets and other aircraft has grown rapidly in recent years, and so has the number of private pilots.'
1977. Staff.

Row of pay phones in the terminal.
1977. Staff

Undated. 1970's?
Staff photo.

'View of the new terminal from upper ramp where departing passengers enter terminal.'
1982. Elmer Horton/Staff

'A statue of Queen Charlotte, holding her crown aloft, outside the main terminal at Charlotte-Douglas International Airport. Charlotte City Council last Monday approved spending $5 million for engineering work on a dramatically new Charlotte-Douglas. It's tearing down the existing daily parking decks, and has plans to expand the existing terminal, to make it wider.
2009. Davie Hinshaw/Staff