by Rick Belcher
This story is intended only for those who love Clark Lake’s past, and enjoy seeing how its history links to today.
First, I have some explaining to do. In 1983 my brother and his wife were visiting me in Toledo, where I lived at the time. In the morning, after some really great french toast with too much maple syrup and several cups of coffee, we decided that both of us had an undeniable need for what was then a new technology—a camcorder. So, for $4,107 in today’s dollars, Highland Appliance was happy to be of service to each of us. The unit consisted of two pieces—a very large camera connected via a cable the diameter of a garden house to a VHS machine that was strapped to your body. Heavy and awkward. I knew just enough to turn it on. On a fall visit to my parents at Clark Lake, I decided to record some experimental videos. At the time, I never considered that they might viewed by anyone but myself. I never dreamed they could be used on a website almost 40 years later. In fact, who thought something like the internet would even be possible?
On this day, Cal Pittman who owned the Point, had auctioned off items in the pavilion. Signs, arcade games and Clark Lake memorabilia were up for sale. That’s when Bill Tuttle outbid Jim Swain for the Eagle Point Hotel and Beautiful Clark Lake signs that now hang in the Clark Lake Community Center (see photos below). I arrived at the lake after the auction, but decided to take my new toy to the Point for a test flight.
At the beginning of this video, I included some comments from my parents about the auction. To help viewers understand the 1983 locations around the Point, I added some fast-forwards to the same spots today.
At the end of the video, my father let me know it was time to turn off the camera, which he did in a way that was unique to him.
I hope you will enjoy this piece of Clark Lake history. It was great fun remembering 1983 at Eagle Point.
On the same trip to Clark Lake, I also recorded a sweep of the west end of the lake, starting north and circling back to the starting point. For comparison, I tagged it with a similar view of Clark Lake’s 37-years later.
Clark Lake Community Center