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One thing I forgot to mention: Besides making the sign for the Red Raider, my father built the kiddie train from scratch on our kitchen table. That was somewhere between 1951 and 1953, I think. The train took children around the Red Raider Drive-In before the movie. He also conceived, designed and built the giant loaf of bread on what was then the Mead’s Bakery. He did the steel work, wiring, painting and installation while he was working for Lubbock Poster. It rotated back then. Now, I think it’s Rainbow Bread. He also designed and built the two Plains Fairgrounds signs. That was the first sign I ever worked on (I’m a sign designer now); I helped screw in the lightbulbs. That was about 1958.
I really wish you had a picture of the Red Raider Drive-In. My father, the late Willard Hayner, painted the football player on the back of the screen and made the neon that, at night, made him kick a field goal. He also built, from scratch, a kiddie train to carry kids around the theater before the movies. He worked for Lubbock Poster Company at the time.