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Throwback Thursday: Employee picnic, summer 1980

By Kristy Bleizeffer Jul 1, 2021

In the summer of 1980, photographer Michael Naylor joined Memorial Hospital for its second annual employee picnic, a tradition we celebrate to this day. He published this photo essay in the Casper Journal.

But we don't see as many hula-hoops, Big Bird and 2-by-4 races and the picnics these days.

"Between 1,000 and 1,100 (people) filled the grounds of the city park and about as many helium balloons filled the sky," Naylor wrote.

The 1980 party also featured a "pretty leg" contest, won by Lewis Spencer in case you were wondering. Dr. Gregory Brondos finished a close second.

Article is transcribed below:

Conwell Park was the site for an enormous picnic Wednesday.

The Natrona County Hospital gave their employees and their families a midsummer break by providing entertainment, games and plenty of food for their second annual summer picnic.

Between 1,000 and 1,000 filled the grounds of the city park and about as many helium balloons filled the air.

The Wyoming Fiddlers Association provided that musical entertainment and there were special guest appearances, including Big Bird and the Cookie Monster of Sesame Street fame. There were many games and contests held in various sections of the park. For children there were hula-hoop and bubble gum contests and for the adults there was the men's 'pretty legs' contest.

The winner the in the 'pretty legs' contest was Lewis Spencer with Dr. Gregory Brondos a close second.

Throwback Thursday looks back on Wyoming Medical Center’s long, rich history in Natrona County. Special thanks to the Casper College Western History Center, which archives our vast collection of newspaper articles, photographs and other memorabilia; and to "Wyoming Medical Center: A Centennial History," by Rebecca A. Hunt, Ph.D.