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Program 1721

1. Tucker Farm
2. Historical Markers 1836, 1865, 1881—That's Entertainment
3. Today's Special—Dee's Drive-Inn
4. Our Town—Albany
5. Covington's Carnegie Center
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Hopkins County

Producer: Frank Simkonis
Videographers: Frank Simkonis, Steve Shaffer, David Dampier
Audio: David Dampier
Editor: Kelly Campbell


Tucker Farm

Many of us admire those who choose the simple life, retiring to a country farm and enjoying relaxing pursuits like fishing and crafts. What's even better is when these lucky folks share their retreat and their talents with others.

Retired schoolteachers Robert and Eva Tucker recently invited Dave Shuffett to spend a relaxing day on their farm near Princeton. Although they are out of the classroom, the Tuckers still teach—only now their lessons focus on their particular passions: fishing and weaving.

On this day on the farm, Dave gets some fishing tips from Robert and practices his fly-fishing cast. Our outdoorsman has a little more trouble learning to weave baskets but gets a good start with Eva's patient guidance.

All this activity helps work up a healthy appetite. The Tuckers and Dave sit down for a real country home-cooked meal to cap off the day.



Kenton County

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From the Kenton County Public Library:
Haven Gillespie
Una Merkel
From IMDb:
Robert Surtees

Producer: Jim Piston


Historical Markers 1836, 1865, 1881—That's Entertainment

A grouping of historical markers in Covington honors three Kenton County natives in the entertainment industry: composer Haven Gillespie (Marker 1836), actress Una Merkel (Marker 1865), and cinematographer Robert Surtees (Marker 1881).

Haven Gillespie (1888-1975) wrote the lyrics to that holiday favorite, "Santa Claus is Coming to Town." He wrote many other songs during the Tin Pan Alley days in New York, including "You Go to My Head," which has been recorded by Billie Holliday, Linda Ronstadt, and Rod Stewart, among others. He began his career as a typesetter at a Cincinnati newspaper before moving to New York.

Una Merkel (1903-1986), born Una Kohnfelder, may be best remembered for a comical hair-pulling fight with Marlene Deitrich in "Destry Rides Again." She acted in 66 movies, from the silent film era to her last film, the Elvis Presley movie "Spinout." She won a Tony Award for "The Ponder Heart" in 1956 and was nominated for an Oscar for the 1961 film "Summer and Smoke."

Robert Surtees (1906-1985) won three Academy Awards for his cinematography in three classic films: "King Solomon's Mines, "The Bad and the Beautiful," and the epic "Ben-Hur." One of Surtees' crowning achievements was the nine-minute chariot race in "Ben-Hur"; the technically demanding scene took five weeks to film on a lavish 18-acre set outside Rome. Surtees was in demand throughout his life, working on "Oklahoma!", "The Graduate," "The Last Picture Show," and "The Sting."



Lawrence County

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Dee's Drive-In on Facebook

Producer: Rob Elliott


Today's Special—Dee's Drive-Inn

Memories of your hometown can be conjured up by something as simple as the smell of a steaming hot dog covered in tasty meat sauce. Customers of Dee's Drive-Inn here in Louisa rave about the footlong with hot dog sauce. Dee's has been using the same recipe for its hot dog sauce since 1954. You can also buy it by the tub to take home for your own dogs.

Many patrons fondly recall the drive-in as the popular hangout in high school. "Deeburgers," frozen colas, coleslaw, french fries, and onion rings still keep folks of all ages coming back for more.

Dee's also offers desserts and fruit and candy trays for the holidays.




Clinton County

Producer: John Schroering


Our Town—Albany

As Shakespeare once asked, "What's in a name?" It's more fun when there's a good story behind the name, but sometimes we just don't know for sure.

For example, consider Albany, the county seat of Clinton County. Is it named for the capital of New York State, as some believe, or does the name come from some clever word play involving raucous support of an early tavern owner?

Back in 1837, Benjamin Dowell ran a tavern here and it became the center of a burgeoning community. The story goes that when it came time to choose a name for the new town, the tavern crowd cried, "All for Benny!"

Located between Lake Cumberland and Dale Hollow Lake, Albany welcomes visitors each fall to its Foothills Festival.




Kenton County

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Carnegie Visual and Performing Arts Center, Covington

Producer: Brandon Wickey


Covington's Carnegie Center

The city of Covington received a total of $75,000 from philanthropist Andrew Carnegie for the 1904 construction of a library and performance hall. That performance hall is one of the unique features about this Kentucky Carnegie library; in later years, Carnegie refused to donate funds for anything but library space.

As part of our ongoing series on the history of the original Carnegie libraries of Kentucky and their current uses, we take a tour of the Carnegie Visual and Performing Arts Center, the largest arts venue in Northern Kentucky.

The original performance hall was transformed into the Otto M. Budig Theater, where plays and concerts are performed. The Carnegie Galleries, which number six in total, showcase local arts in a 6,000-square-foot area underneath an amber glass dome. The Eva G. Farris Arts Education wing was added in later years to further the Carnegie's mission of arts education in and out of the school system.

The Covington Carnegie may be among the first libraries in the American South to be open to people of all races. According to Library Service to African Americans in Kentucky, library records from 1901 state that the Covington library was open to "every man, woman, and child in Covington." Its inclusive policy was far ahead of its time—the Louisville library was not integrated until 1952.





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