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Virginia Tech Homecoming Parade, Blacksburg, VA, 1957

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My dad shot a lot of 8mm film in the fifties and sixties. Vacation stuff, Christmas morning, things like that. In the early eighties, he had all those films transferred to Betamax and then, to the best of my knowledge, got rid of all the original films (because, after all, he’d preserved them to videotape, right?)

Two reels of film escaped the trip to the dumpster, however, and my mom gave them to me a couple years ago. I took them down to Home Movie Day in Raleigh, where they were projected, and I was able to see just what was on them. There was footage of my parents and me in Paris in 1956 (where my dad was stationed in the army), footage from Christmas back in the states in 1957, and lots of footage from Virginia Tech (where my dad went to grad school from 1956 to 1958).

My friend Jerry was working at Home Movie Day as a film inspector and offered to transfer them to DVD, allowing me to be able to rip clips and post them on YouTube. This bit of film is from the Virginia Tech Homecoming Parade in 1957. It looks like my dad was standing on N. Main St. near the corner of Main and College Ave. I especially like the part where the guy in the turkey suit appears to lose his way, and dig the cats rockin’ out at the end. That part really makes me wish this had sound.

Written by Dean Jeffrey

October 1, 2011 at 7:53 pm