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Video Archive: Harry Welty’s 1993 Bill Clinton Snow Sculpture

Twenty-five years ago today — Jan. 20, 1993 — William Jefferson Clinton was sworn in as the 42nd President of the United States. That winter, Duluth’s Harry Welty created a snow sculpture of the new president, and KDLH-TV’s Paul Guggenheimer was there to report.

Welty is still creating snow art on his front lawn, as covered in detail in a PDD “Selective Focus” piece last winter.

Video Archive: Plugging the hole of the thousand-foot shitter

It was ten years ago that KBJR-TV news reporter Julie Pierce made her famous slip-of-the-tongue while referring to the 1,000-foot motor vessel Walter J. McCarthy Jr. The video clip above, viewed more than 200,000 times in the past decade, also shows KBJR misspelling “McCarthy” on its graphic; so it goes.

Video Archive: Snowboarding Duluth Backcountry

Ten years ago today — Dec. 29, 2007 — Henry and Sam took to the Duluth backcountry for this video. Henry is telemarking; Sam snowboarding.

Video Archive: Honky Tonk Man and Butch Reed cut wrestling promos for 1987 Duluth show

The World Wrestling Federation — now known as World Wrestling Entertainment — brought four cards to the Duluth Arena in 1987. The fourth happened 30 years ago today — Dec. 27.

Video Archive: Original Star Wars ends run in Duluth

The clip was featured on PDD once before, just a year ago, when actress Carrie Fisher died. Today we roll it out again to mark the 40th anniversary of the day the original Star Wars movie closed in Duluth — Dec. 22, 1977. It was screened 459 times during a 191-day run.

Video Archive: Low – “Happy Christmas (War is Over)”

Ten years ago today — Dec. 21, 2007 — Duluth band Low rehearsed for a holiday concert with choir members Marc Gartman, Greg Cougar Conley, Jerree Small, Jennifer Jones and Amy Abts.

For more archival holiday video joy, check out A Perfect Duluth Christmas: PDD’s Holiday Video Showcase.

Video Archive: Haus Meeting live at Mr. Movies

It’s been a decade since Haus Meeting performed its famous concert at the Plaza Shopping Center Mr. Movies. Perfect Duluth Day’s Scott Lunt was there to record the action on Dec. 12, 2007.

The video stars Luke Holden, Bob Monahan, Rebecca Holden, Jeremy Ehlert and various Mr. Movies customers.

Video Archive: Damn Yankees 1992 Concert Promo

Television advertisement for a concert at the Duluth Arena held 25 years ago today — Dec. 9, 1992 — featuring Damn Yankees, Slaughter and Jackyl.

Tommy Shaw, formerly of Damn Yankees, will return to Duluth on March 13 for a concert with Styx.

Video Archive: You, Me and Problems with the World

Ten years ago today, Minnesota Public Radio published the story “Video blogger learns YouTube stardom has a price.” It told the story of the “profane and outrageous” videos by Duluth’s John Holden, whose works typically appeared on Perfect Duluth Day and also the now-defunct site TotalVom.com.

Video Archive: Metallica 1991 Duluth Show

On this date 26 years ago, Nov. 9, 1991, Metallica returned to Duluth for its second concert at the Duluth Entertainment Convention Center Arena. Above is the TV promo for the show, which mistakenly refers to the DECC as “the DECK.” Below are performance videos of five songs from the show — “Enter Sandman,” “Harvester of Sorrow,” “The Four Horsemen,” “Whiplash” and “Master of Puppets.”

Video Archive: Don Ness elected mayor in 2007

For your Election Day amusement Perfect Duluth Day flashes back one decade to 2007, when Don Ness was elected mayor of Duluth. Above is WDIO-TV Eyewitness News footage from the primary on Sept. 11, and below is coverage by Fox 21 and WDIO from the general on Nov. 6.

Video Archive: “Macho Man” Randy Savage 1987 Duluth promo

The World Wrestling Federation — now known as World Wrestling Entertainment — brought a card to Duluth for the third time on Oct. 8, 1987. In the video clip above, Randy “Macho Man” Savage declares his enthusiasm for his first trip to the Zenith City.

Announcer Gene Okerlund mentions Bam Bam Bigelow and Nikolai Volkoff in his opening remarks, but neither of them appeared at the show.

Video Archive: Wally the Beer Man

As the Minnesota Twins attempt another playoff run, we take a look back 30 years ago to 1987 — when the team won its first World Series and Wally the Beer Man was in the limelight.

Video Archive: Denfeld Class of 1992

Break out the Aqua Net and backward baseball caps, we’ve dug 25 years deep into the video vault to bring you a little “DHS VHS.” Yes, it’s the full and glorious one-hour and 13 minutes of the clumsily titled Duluth Denfeld Senior High School Class of ’92 Senior Class Video, compiled by Cyborg Productions of Prior Lake, Minn.

Mike Watt at the NorShor Theater: “Eyegifts From Minnesota”

This documentary by Bill Draheim follows Mike Watt and his band at the time, the Jom and Terry Show, as they drive into Duluth and load in for a performance at the NorShor Theater on May 28, 2002. They tour the old R. O. Carlson’s bookstore, do some sightseeing in Canal Park and spend the night at Shaky Ray Records before heading south for shows at the Turf Club in St. Paul and the 7th Street Entry in Minneapolis.

Watt wrote extensively about the tour, and the Duluth stop, on his “Our Oars Became Wings” Tour 2002 Diary. He marvels in the diary and in the film about seeing Lake Superior for the first time. He also mentions in the diary getting a tour of “the secret tunnels” under the NorShor and how it “feels haunted down there.”