History

They Called Him "Big House"

2019 March/April

Paducah native Clarence Gaines will be forever equated with basketball. In his 47 years as head coach at Winston-Salem State University, he amassed 828 wins. At the time of his retirement in 1993, that made him the winningest black coach in history and second overall. He was only bested by Adolph Rupp of the University of Kentucky.

 

A Street By Any Other Number

2018 November/December

Numbering, as a way of naming streets, is a common and easy way to bring organization to the grid structure of most cities.

 

Paducah's Youngest Mayor

2018 March/April

Occasionally, Mayor Brandi Harless is introduced as Paducah’s youngest mayor. When that occurs, she’s quick to correct. “Second youngest,” she says. In 1947, 30-year-old Gene Peak defeated Rex Cornelison to win the title thus beating Brandi by a few years.

 

The Story of the Story Behind the Story

2018 March/April

In 2013, we told you the story of another story in another magazine. That magazine was Yank, the Army weekly distributed to service men and women around the world during World War II. Yank spread the news of U.S. forces’ efforts from all points around the globe. It featured cartoons, humor, and profiles of cities and people back home. It kept soldiers connected to the broader world and also reminded them of what awaited them at the end of the war.

 

A Look Back at the 1918 Flu Epidemic

2018 March/April

On September 26, 1918, Allied forces in Europe launched a bombardment of the Hindenburg Line, the last of the organized German defensives forming the Western Front in Europe. The line was, in places, 6,000 yards deep, littered with sprawling strands of barbed wire and hidden firing positions that housed German snipers.

 

Old Kentucky Tales

2017 November/December

For the uninitiated listener, a number of surprises await on the “Old Kentucky Tales” podcast. For one, the topics covered in each episode are thoughtfully spun out of the headlines of today. Brent Taylor is host, creator, and writer of the show. Each week, he and co-host Jason Donner offer a light-hearted and informative look back into the history and lore of the Commonwealth.

 

A Century Of Waiting

2017 July/August

Irvin Cobb Inducted Into Kentucky Writers Hall of Fame

2017 March/April

Irvin S. Cobb (1876-1944) has long deserved induction into the Kentucky Writers Hall of Fame.            

 

Beginning at age sixteen he developed his talents for writing, first for the Paducah Evening News.  He moved on the New York City in 1904 and began a long career as reporter, short story writer, novelist, scriptwriter, and actor.             

 

A Stitch In Baseball History

2017 January/February

Paducah Goes Hollywood!

2016 November/December

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