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Vintage Lebo: Fourth of July

Nowadays, people can share their home videos to grandparents, friends and the entire world—via social media—almost instantly. But it was not always so. Unless someone goes through the effort of converting their old home videos into a digital format, the films are often lost, discarded or forgotten.

Former resident Jim Heid, who grew up on Salem Drive in the 1970s and graduated in 1978, not only preserved his home videos—he digitized them and wants to share them with the world.

So in the spirit of Independence Day, and in the absence of a community celebration this year, please enjoy three of Heid’s home videos from Mt. Lebanon’s Fourth of Julys gone by.


“A short 16mm home-movie shot by my dad on July 4, 1955. My sister Margie was born on July 4— ‘we’ve had a firecracker without a fuse,’ joked my dad at the time — hence the birthday cake.


“Digitized from Standard 8mm footage.”


On July 4, 1776, Mt. Lebanon buried a time capsule to celebrate the Bicentennial of our nation. “As a 15-year-old kid, I shot this Super8 movie of the ceremony,” says Heid.


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    Went to grade school and high school with Margie. Knew your dad and George well. Nice job.

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    Hi Jim. I knew Margie from high school and then saw her singing in the choir when the Bible Chapel first started. This was delightful to see. I was actually just thinking about her yesterday. Hopefully your family will enjoy memories of her this 4th. Toni Jo Kidd

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    Sweet. I saw myself on the 1976 video. Remember that day well

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    Saw the house I grew up in on the ’76 video. We moved in a few months later.

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