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Program 723

1. Hub Perdew’s secrets to longevity
2. the Eagleswings community center
3. Jay Bolotin’s mechanical opera
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Franklin County

Producer: Dave Shuffett
Videographers: George Murphy, Dave Shuffett
Audio: Gary Mosley
Editor: Dan Taulbee


Fishing with Hub

fly-fisher Hub Perdew

To start this episode, host Dave Shuffett goes fishing with 97-year-old Hub Perdew of Franklin County. As a fishing expedition, the outing yielded mixed results: Dave did pick up some good fly-fishing pointers, but not many actual fish, as the Elkhorn Creek fish didn’t seem to be biting that day. But the day was a great success in another way, as Hub shared reminiscences and insights gleaned from almost a century of living. Hub himself remembers World War I, and his grandfather used to tell him stories about his days as a Union scout during the Civil War.

As for the secret of his longevity ... According to Hub, it’s not really much of a secret. The key, he says, is a positive attitude.

On the other hand, he could just be proof that the old saying is true—that the gods do not subtract time spent fishing from a man’s lifespan.




Ohio County

For more information:
• Eagleswings Center, (270) 298-7890

Producer: Barbara Deeb
Videographer: David Brinkley
Editor: Jenn Belcher


Flying with the Eagles

the Eagleswings youth center

Our next visit is to a place devoted to giving people at the other end of life a good start. A group of Ohio County ministers created a youth center named Eagleswings to give rural young people a place to call their own, things to do, and a positive moral influence. Several local teenagers tell us how they’re doing in this segment.

Located in the county seat of Hartford, the Eagleswings center shares its name with various Christian ministries. But the name is particularly appropriate in Ohio County, since the county high school mascot happens to be the eagle.




Fayette County

For more information:
• Examples of other works by Bolotin can be found in the sales catalog of Clay Street Press in Cincinnati, printer of several of his woodblock series.

Producer: Guy Mendes
Videographers: Mike Blackburn, Gary Pahler


Rock Music

Jay Bolotin’s mechanical opera

Artist and musician Jay Bolotin, a Lexington native, carried a newspaper clipping about an unusual tragedy around with him for 20 years. The story was about an Eastern Kentucky couple who were asleep one night when a boulder perched on a mountain above their home suddenly broke loose and rolled through their house, sparing their young daughter but killing both mother and father. As Bolotin pondered the story and its lessons about life’s uncertainty, a work of art gradually began to take shape in his mind.

At first it was a series of woodblock prints. But eventually the characters he had drawn began to move around in his imagination, telling and finally singing the story. In early 2001, it all came together in Limbus, an unusual folk opera where flesh-and-blood singers are joined on stage by mechanical “actors” designed by Bolotin.

Though the work had its official world premiere in Pittsburgh, it was first staged at the Louisville Visual Arts Association so Bolotin and his collaborators could work out the complex logistics. This visit behind the scenes includes a profile of the artist as well as his reflections on the genesis and evolution of Limbus.


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