Guy Mendes made this picture of photographer Ralph Eugene Meatyard in 1971 wearing his brother’s flight training helmet as two stars from a former Texaco gas station fall off his shoulders. It is part of a new exhibit at the University of Kentucky Art Museum of work by Meatyard and other artists he inspired.
Guy Mendes made this picture of photographer Ralph Eugene Meatyard in 1971 wearing his brother’s flight training helmet as two stars from a former Texaco gas station fall off his shoulders. It is part of a new exhibit at the University of Kentucky Art Museum of work by Meatyard and other artists he inspired. Guy Mendes
Guy Mendes made this picture of photographer Ralph Eugene Meatyard in 1971 wearing his brother’s flight training helmet as two stars from a former Texaco gas station fall off his shoulders. It is part of a new exhibit at the University of Kentucky Art Museum of work by Meatyard and other artists he inspired. Guy Mendes

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Tom Eblen is a columnist for the Lexington Herald-Leader who writes about life, people and issues in Lexington and Kentucky. A Lexington native, Eblen was the Herald-Leader's managing editor from 1998 to 2008.