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Program 1602

1. Remembering Jesse Stuart
2. Historical Marker 1706—The Tommygun
3. Corporate Rock
4. Green Beans
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Greenup County

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Jesse Stuart Foundation

Producer/Editor: Matt Grimm
Videographers: Matt Grimm, John Schroering
Audio: Noel Depp


Remembering Jesse Stuart

Personal Recollections

Most of us are familiar with writer Jesse Stuart from books like The Thread That Runs so True and A Penny's Worth of Character. Priscilla Lynd, however, has a more personal view.

Her mother and father were close friends of Jesse Stuart and his family. Priscilla, in fact, is the same age as Stuart's only child, daughter Jane. Priscilla shares her recollections with us, including home movies and personal correspondence with Stuart.

Though Jesse Stuart died more than 20 years ago, in 1984, he continues to fascinate those who knew him. Scholars examine his life and work from new perspectives. James M. Gifford, CEO and senior editor of the Jesse Stuart Foundation, has co-authored a new book about his life, Jesse Stuart—An Extraordinary Life.

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Campbell County

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Kentucky Historical Highway Marker Program

Producer: Jim Piston


Historical Marker 1706—The Tommygun

The Kentucky Historical Society refers to them as "on the spot history lessons," those roadside plaques throughout the state that remind us of our past. Here at Kentucky Life we will be stopping at some of these historical markers to see what we can learn.

Our first stop is Newport in Campbell County. On Third Street between Monmouth and York, we find a marker dedicated to the Kentucky military man who invented the first hand-held machine gun.

Brig. Gen. John T. Thompson, born here in Newport in 1860, invented what became known as the Tommygun. He had hoped his Thompson submachine gun would help bring an end to World War I, but it wasn't patented until 1920. It gained notoriety as a gangster weapon in the 1920s, and Thompson died in 1940, lamenting the fact.

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Kenton County

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Suits That Rock

Producer/Editor: Brandon Wickey
Videographers: Brandon Wickey, John Schroering
Audio/Audio Post: Brent Abshear


Corporate Rock

Suits That Rock

A few years ago some hard-working executives got together with guitars and a desire to do good, and came up with Suits That Rock.

The men and women of Suits That Rock get together once a year to perform a rock concert for the benefit of the Carnegie Visual and Performing Arts Center in Covington. The group began in 2007 when Kevin Canafax and John Domaschko were brainstorming for ways to raise money for the Carnegie Center.

More than 30 business and professional leaders in the Greater Cincinnati area are involved. Among them you'll find corporate attorney Greg Shumate; Kevin Canafax of Fidelity Investments; Bob Blanchard, formerly of Procter & Gamble; and Edward Hughes of Gateway Community and Technical College.

Their appeal is growing, and this year Suits that Rock scheduled not one but two benefit concerts. We go behind the scenes at one of their rehearsals and enjoy a performance of this talented group of movers and shakers.

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Warren County

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Greener Groundz, 71 Broadway Ave., Bowling Green, Ky. 42101 (270) 781-1473

Producer: Barbara Deeb
Videographers: Brent Boyens, Caitlin Richard
Editor: Caitlin Richard


Green Beans

Greener Groundz

For Molly Kerby and Benita Bartley, it's all about local products and what's best for the environment. Their Bowling Green coffee shop, Greener Groundz, is an outlet for their home-roasted coffee, organically grown food, local music, and love for animals.

They bake their own breads, use eggs from local, free-range chickens, and brew their teas from the herbs and berries in their own garden.

Each of their coffees is named after one of the dogs known as the Greener Houndz. How about a cup of Buddy's Bark, Sadie's Sassy Decaf, or perhaps Clydes-Daley Brew? All the dogs—their own or their friends'—were either adopted from an animal shelter or rescued in some way.

Their love of all things local extends to the arts as well. You can hear music and poetry at the cafe on Friday and Saturday nights. The dining area also serves as a gallery for local artists.

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