History

Once More, With Feeling

2016 November/December

Michele Len Venable doesn’t remember her father singing much but she loved it when he called out “Pennsylvania 6-500” with the rest of the boys in the band when they performed the swing era classic. Dropping the “O” in Olen and eliminating his surname, Martin, Olen Foster Martin, Jr. adopted the stage name Len Foster and became bandleader and the “boss” of the Len Foster Orchestra.

Cold Case: Irby Hurt

2016 September/October

Going Bananas Again In The Twin Cities

2016 September/October

What do parents give children growing up in small rural twin cities straddling the Kentucky /Tennessee border who have everything? They give them a Banana Festival complete with a one-ton banana pudding as the centerpiece of the Grand Parade.

 

They Saw Him Standing There

2016 July/August

On February 7, 1964, four young men launched the offensive. John, Paul, George, and Ringo arrived in New York to a throng of eager fans and reporters. Beatlemania was here. The British Invasion had begun.

 

It was the first visit to the U.S. by the band, and their appearance on The Ed Sullivan Show and subsequent two-week tour forever changed the face of popular music.

Found Photos: Memories Eight Decades In The Making

2016 May/June

They sat, tucked away in a box of dusty memories, patiently awaiting their moment. The photo negatives enjoyed life last in the camera of Richard Bobo. Filed carefully in an envelope, they remained hidden for nearly 80 years, unclaimed recollections of a bygone era.

 

Travelin' With Ray

2015 November/December

"Well, to say something about Ray Smith, you're talking about a man who had as much to do with the foundation of rockabilly music as anybody I knew. Ray Smith should have been, and was, in the hearts of people like me, and his fans, one of the truly great rockin' talents who came out of the fifties years." -Carl Perkins, rockabilly pioneer and writer of the song "Blue Suede Shoes." 

Paducah, 1952 Revisited

2015 May/June

A few years ago, we experienced a truly magical moment. It happened on Broadway in front of the Irvin Cobb Hotel. For a time, it was 1952 again as three friends gathered for an impromptu reunion.

 

Driver's Grocery

2015 January/February

Before the era of the big-box store and ease of travel, ma and pa markets dotted the American landscape, serving even the smallest of communities.

 

Preserving The Past For The Future

2015 January/February

"We don't just think about yesterday, today, or tomorrow. We think in terms of eternity," says Jim Sanders of the Mt. Carmel Cemetery board of directors as he stands on the cemetery's windswept hill, surveying the markers.

 

"And what we do today needs to advantage whoever is looking after this place fifty, a hundred, two hundred years from now."

 

Runnin' the Silver Trail

2014 November/December Edition

Four year old Spencer Balentine eagerly hopped into the passenger side of his daddy's coal black '49 Chevy. His feet, barely clearing the edge of deep bench seat, jutted out of the rolled up pants legs of his striped bib overalls. He rested them on the glass gallon jugs that occupied every inch of the floorboard.

 

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