The magic of Lawrence

Posted on May 2, 2013 in Campus News and News

If you’ve spent any time at all in the great city of Lawrence, you know it’s a magical place.

A video making the rounds on the Internet shows that the late actor Michael Landon apparently thought so, too. The video was shot in the early 1990’s, and we don’t know much about it other than it’s long (ten minutes!), nostalgic and filled with bike-riding residents. Landon speaks for about a minute at the beginning of the video, and the rest of it is set to music.

According to IMDB, a portion of “Where Pigeons Go to Die,” a 1990 television movie directed by Landon, was shot in Lawrence.

Without further ado, here’s the magical video. (Click here if you can’t see the embedded video below.)

If you don’t have time to watch the entire video, don’t worry– we did that for you and made note of some points of interest in case you want to skip ahead.

The first five minutes are idyllic scenes of life around Lawrence neighborhoods, featuring lots of kids, bicycles, balloons and family fun.

Our building even makes an appearance! The lobby of the Adams Alumni Center steals the scene at 4:26.

Shortly after the five-minute mark, recognizable landmarks start to appear, like the former home of the Lawrence Arts Center in the Carnegie Building at 9th and Vermont Streets.

At around 5:40, scenes from the KU campus are featured, starting with the Spencer Museum of Art and the Natural History Museum and its Panorama. The alma mater begins to play at 6:50. You’ll spot Chancellor Gene Budig greeting guests at the Outlook around 7:25 just before footage of a Homecoming parade begins at 7:30, followed by scenes of a football game in Memorial Stadium a basketball game at Allen Fieldhouse.

Around the 8:45 mark, South Park is featured, and the video shifts to footage of downtown Lawrence. If you were in town at this time, you’ll recognize a few iconic places of the era: downtown Mexican restaurant Dos Hombres (now the home of Cielito Lindo) and the upscale eatery Fifi’s (now a bar called Crimson and Brews).

The video closes with a few more words from Landon about the magic of Lawrence. We hope you enjoyed this walk down memory lane, or for some of you, a look at what life in Lawrence was like twenty years ago!

Thanks to @oxfordist, who tweeted a link to this video last night and caught our attention. Have something fun to tell us about? Tweet it to us at @kualumni or email us at

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