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How old were you when you first came to Lawrence?

Asked at Massachusetts Street on September 21, 2011

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Photo of Devin Mullins

“14, for the KU engineering expo.”

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“I was six or seven. My dad surprised me by taking me to a KU basketball game.”

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“My first time here was yesterday, so 18.”

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“15, to see the KU engineering expo.”

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whats_going_on 2 years, 7 months ago

I was, um... negative 9 months old? Or rather I was born here.

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Cait McKnelly 2 years, 7 months ago

I may have come to Lawrence prior to this and simply not remembered it, but my earliest memory of coming here was with my father in the summer of 1958 when I was 5 years old.(I grew up in Turner, KS.) My two older sisters, 9 and 11 at the time, were with us. I clearly remember Teepee Junction and the fact that on the way back, our car broke down in Linwood. My dad gave a woman a silver dollar to use her phone to call my mother and arrange to have his brothers come and get us and fix the car. I was fascinated with the phone because it was an old style, wall mounted, hand cranked phone that went through a central exchange. I had never seen one like that before. Ours was a rotary dial, black bakelite phone. I came to Lawrence numerous times after that over the years with school groups and such and my parents daytripped up here with us a number of times to go to the museums. I didn't actually move here (the first time) until 1989. Moved away in 1991 and then came back in '98 and I've been here ever since. Kinda funny but when I moved here the first time, being a "townie" was still an important thing and the "town and gown" division was still very strong. When I came back in '98 there still seemed to be some of that but not as much. It may be my perception but there doesn't seem to be nearly as much of that now.

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Odeo 2 years, 7 months ago

??

"Odeo, do not post when you are drunk -- or whatever you were on last night....."

Babboy, sorry, man, if I "rubbed ya." Was just trying out your recipe which you posted. Did it make me sound irritable?? Hmm....

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Citizen77 2 years, 7 months ago

18 in 1988 to take classes at the U. Didn't even know what a Lawrence was before that.

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scopi_guy 2 years, 7 months ago

I had just started first grade (Deerfield) when we moved here. I remember going with my parents to real estate agencies looking for a house. It was late summer and for some reason, there were no mid-priced houses to be had. They were all really expensive or really run down. Finally, one came available in Western Hills, which was outside of the city limits then---had a route and box # for an address. None of us wanted to move here, but my dad got a new job at DCB. The evening that we looked at the house we'd eventually move into, we went to Sirloin Stockade for dinner, then to Gibson's for ice cream and my parents bought me a Ken doll outfit there to try to cheer me up.

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autie 2 years, 7 months ago

Damn Republicans. Can't live with them, can't shoot them.

Wasn't some other group yesterday? I think flippin and geek were used in subsequent sentences.

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RETICENT_IRREVERENT 2 years, 7 months ago

Do you remember when R.E.M played the opera house? That was my first time, but they ain't coming back to Lawrence no more. Or anywhere else. Unless, they have a reunion tour, but we have global warming now, and I am pretty sure hell will not freeze over like it did for the Eagles.

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autie 2 years, 7 months ago

Dang R_I...At least I only socialized with the nieghbor..it's not like I went and shot six or seven holes in their house.

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Daniel Speicher 2 years, 7 months ago

Born and raised... And proud to be a Lawrence citizen! Love this city!

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RETICENT_IRREVERENT 2 years, 7 months ago

I spend a few minutes inside of what is essentially a Happy Meal™ filled Faraday cage, and the world goes to grey comments and autie starts reminiscencing about getting laid just after that freaking Republican Ford pardoned Penis Nixon.

Damn Republicans. Can't live with them, can't shoot them.

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My_Life 2 years, 7 months ago

Where did all of the 1968 pennies go?

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FlintlockRifle 2 years, 7 months ago

Hey Roe, you forgot Kennedy Grade school, where my three son went to school, great area to raise a family, back in mid to late 60's

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HollisBrown 2 years, 7 months ago

Helicopters and planes have killed some of the greatest. I'm pretty sure Jimmy gave his seat to brother Stevie Ray so he could make it to a gig. I met him at sort of a meet and greet when he opened for Uncle Bob in 2007. He looked hollow and heartbroken.

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HollisBrown 2 years, 7 months ago

Autie, you are my idol. One of them, anyway.

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schula 2 years, 7 months ago

I, too, was born (1963) at the old LMH hospital. I remember when my grandma worked there and my grandpa would take me to see pick her up -- there was a fountain (i think) out front with goldfish in it.

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autie 2 years, 7 months ago

Now that is different. The first time I came ___ Lawrence was in August of 1975. I'm quite certain of that. That's when I moved to go to school. I wasn't in town two hours and I was socializing with the neighbor.

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My_Life 2 years, 7 months ago

About 13. Oops, it said came to Lawrence. That would 9 months BB.

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g_rock 2 years, 7 months ago

I think the first trip to Lawrence just to be in Lawrence was a class trip in 3rd grade to the museum. I remember running around with my sack lunch at the Campenile.

I'm from North Topeka...I didn't know that there was any other way to get to Lawrence other than highway 24 for eons.

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HollisBrown 2 years, 7 months ago

If Pilgrims are that cool I definitely wanna be one. Zach looks like a cross between James Dean and that mean prison guard in Cool Hand Luke.

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H_Lecter 2 years, 7 months ago

"I do damn good typing." -Peggy

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HollisBrown 2 years, 7 months ago

I would love to see a double bill featuring Limp Bizkit and Creed. I would seriously pay to see that. Can you imagine completely awful and irrelevant that would be?

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The_Original_Bob 2 years, 7 months ago

"Hey Bob, is Soundgarden getting back together again? I can just see it: Soundgarden: A Collection of Showtunes and Standards, featuring Rod Stewart." Hollis

Yes. The Artist Formerly Known as Chris Cornell got the band back together. Shephard was broke and depending on what you believe, basically homeless. Cameron felt pity and played drums. Even more awful, they are recording new tunes.

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HollisBrown 2 years, 7 months ago

Yes? You thought I was dead or in the joint, didn't you? Well, I'm not dead.......

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HollisBrown 2 years, 7 months ago

Hey Bob, is Soundgarden getting back together again? I can just see it: Soundgarden: A Collection of Showtunes and Standards, featuring Rod Stewart.

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RETICENT_IRREVERENT 2 years, 7 months ago

"Kid Rock should just go away. He is awful." - T_O_B

So should decaffeinated coffee, partisan politics, hands that shed innocent blood, and the one who causes trouble with his brothers, but you still see coffee pots with green handles every day...

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RoeDapple 2 years, 7 months ago

Good to see you Hollis! BABBOY needs a hug.

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HollisBrown 2 years, 7 months ago

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HollisBrown 2 years, 7 months ago

Born at the old LMH little brick building on the corner. That was before they became a corporate bloodsucking garbage can. Funny how this town is big enough for another hospital but none are allowed in. And yes, Odeo, it was Phil Godwin. But don't worry, I'm sure he billed your folks for the squirt.

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Kontum1972 2 years, 7 months ago

1969..high school road trip...went to the Red Dog...captured by some hippie chicks,,,,they punished me all weekend....then i went back home on sunday..and took a long nap...was worn out....

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The_Original_Bob 2 years, 7 months ago

"Kid Rock wants to be a cowboy..."

Kid Rock should just go away. He is awful.

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prospector 2 years, 7 months ago

Not very, LBJ was the president. I returned to look at the burned up Union under Trickie Dick's reign.

Bob, you would look dapper with that tall hat and buckles on your shoes. Just start talking with some extra th's on your words.

Arrrgggeth to all the pirate pilgrim.

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RETICENT_IRREVERENT 2 years, 7 months ago

"I want to be a pilgrim" - T_O_B

Kid Rock wants to be a cowboy...

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The_Original_Bob 2 years, 7 months ago

"— Zach Alfs, pilgrim, Indianapolis area"

I want to be a pilgrim.

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bolshavik_vw 2 years, 7 months ago

When my mom went into Labor with me, we had to come from Tonganoxie to the old LMH where I was born 32 hours later. We moved to Lawrence a short time later after I was born.

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Phase 2 years, 7 months ago

In 1951 the flood and I both came to Lawrence --- I was about five.

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number3of5 2 years, 7 months ago

When I was 13, we moved to Ks in 1957. Trips to Lawrence were not often. Once on a date in 1959 and then when Dad started operating the gas station at the TeePee, it was a regular trip. The sunset drive in was the place to go to on dates. Got married in 1960 and lived in a motel along the highway in North Lawrence, don't remember the name, but I think it was the Rancho Motel.

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grammaddy 2 years, 7 months ago

born and raised in Topeka. Moved the family here in '86. I was 33.

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BABBOY 2 years, 7 months ago

Odeo, do not post when you are drunk -- or whatever you were on last night.....

No idea. I am from Topeka and pretty sure my parents would have taken me here at some point very little with family living all around the area between the two cities....

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autie 2 years, 7 months ago

One time when I was a young lad..of about eight or so my Momma and my Daddy tooked me up in that castle looking building and gots to see a stuffed horse. I came back later when I was old enough to not have Momma or Daddy coming along. Then I had to just keep back, time after time.....

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Ksgirl2000 2 years, 7 months ago

I moved here 1.5 years ago, so would've been 37. Lots of great people, but unfortunately none of the work for USD497 (nasty rude employees) and for some reason a large population of the city lacks the knowledge of the "right of way" law at stop signs... Totally bizarre to me. But otherwise, I love the city, it's culture and total fantastic weirdness.

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Bill Lee 2 years, 7 months ago

I was a 20 year old freshman at KU in Januay 1967. Got off active duty at Ft.Hood, TX in December and arrived here a few weeks later. Since then, I've moved away three times and returned three times. I'm here to stay.

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RoeDapple 2 years, 7 months ago

At the time Chevys were being sold on New Hampshire, Fords on Vermont and Datsuns out of a garage out near the 4-H fairgrounds. Dillon's one store was on 18th & Mass, Rusty's IGA was on 9th & Iowa, also on North Second and Safeway was on 11th & Mass. A&W was "going out to eat" on 6th Street and by the time you passed Crestline Drive going west you were in the "country". Kasold Drive was gravel and Wakarusa was "Drag Strip Road". There were two drive in theaters, The Sunset out past Lawrence Ave on 6th, and the Lawrence Drive In where The Malls is on 23rd. Sorry if some of the details aren't exact . . . I'm suddenly feeling like an old fart . .;-)

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Odeo 2 years, 7 months ago

I know Davis Road, man. Coopers', Cradys', and the old crazy lady that never mowed her backyard. When we played in there she would scream out of her window that the grass-hoppers would eat us alive...She also cut her lawn with front lawn with a pair of old scissors....

Mmm, she was hot!

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RoeDapple 2 years, 7 months ago

May of 1961. My parents bought a house on Davis Road, I could see some of the dorms on campus from my bedroom window. Had no idea what they were . . .

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Odeo 2 years, 7 months ago

Need some spice. Thanks, James. BTW, this is not an easy one to find:

BTW, LJW. Can you guys make a question for beautiful Black Women to answer? Try Odessa's(sp?) Diner if it is still open. The place is SOUL. Give it a try.

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Odeo 2 years, 7 months ago

We need some tunes DAMMIT!! Post your links, Dammit:

I know Renaldo cans do a spiffy dance to this, although nekked.

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Odeo 2 years, 7 months ago

Is there any help for blind pilgrims??

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Odeo 2 years, 7 months ago

Hmm...let me think. Went to preschool..or at least that was what it was called then..at Mrs. "Dobeers"(sp?). Went to Centennial for grade school, Central J.R. High, and Lawrence High School. Then 12 years away....

Guess I first came here when I was born at LMH....Sorry for peeing on you Dr. Godwin.....was just an infant at the time....

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Mike Ford 2 years, 7 months ago

I was 4 and my grandfather took me to a Ford dealership near 9th and Mississippi Street.

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jackpot 2 years, 7 months ago

18 Had to take bunch of tests at K.U.

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pure_republication 2 years, 7 months ago

I was 41 and came to be a consulting engineer at FMC.

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chocolata37 2 years, 7 months ago

My Uncle brought me to a KU game when in 1980. Awesome! Decided right then I would attend college here. ROCK CHALK!

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