A series of KET productions profiling Kentuckians whose leadership in government, education, the arts, journalism, or other fields of public service has had a lasting positive impact on the lives of the citizens of the Commonwealth.
Barry Bingham Sr. #115
A profile of Barry Bingham Sr., patriarch of the family that dominated local media in Louisville for several decades. The Binghams owned the Courier-Journal and Louisville Times newspapers as well as WHAS radio and television. A 1975 KET production.
- KETKY Friday, May 17 at 5:01 am EDT
John Jacob Niles #116
Legendary singer/songwriter John Jacob Niles was also a tireless advocate for folk music who collected traditional songs and inspired others to help in the preservation work. Some of his memorable compositions include "Black Is the Color of My True Love's Hair" and "I Wonder as I Wander." A 1975 KET production.
- KETKY Monday, May 20 at noon EDT
- KETKY Wednesday, May 22 at 4:00 am EDT
- KETKY Friday, May 24 at 5:00 am EDT
Adolph Rupp #117
Adolph Rupp, one of the most successful coaches in the history of college basketball, coached the University of Kentucky men's basketball team from 1930 to 1972 and built the program into a national powerhouse. A 1975 KET production.
- KETKY Monday, May 27 at noon EDT
- KETKY Wednesday, May 29 at 4:00 am EDT
- KETKY Friday, May 31 at 5:00 am EDT
Rufus B. Atwood #118
Rufus B. Atwood served as president of Kentucky State College (now university) from 1929 to 1962. While improving educational opportunities for African Americans and bringing full accreditation to the college, he also led the battle for desegregated education in Kentucky in the 1940s. A 1976 KET production.
- KETKY Monday, June 3 at noon EDT
- KETKY Wednesday, June 5 at 4:00 am EDT
- KETKY Friday, June 7 at 5:00 am EDT
Eleanor Churchill #119
Eleanor Churchill cofounded Churchill Weavers in Berea with her husband, D. Carroll Churchill. Her innate flair for combining colors and textures soon made her the company's primary designer, and she also managed and marketed the business to national renown. A 1976 KET production.
- KETKY Monday, June 10 at noon EDT
- KETKY Wednesday, June 12 at 4:00 am EDT
- KETKY Friday, June 14 at 5:00 am EDT
Leslie Combs II #121
Horseman Leslie Combs II, founder of Spendthrift Farm, was a leading owner and breeder of thoroughbred horses. Combs revitalized the practice of syndicating stallions, beginning with Beau Pere, whom he syndicated to 20 investors for $5,000 each. He later syndicated champions Nashua, Majestic Prince, and Raise a Native. A 1976 KET production.
- KETKY Monday, June 17 at noon EDT
- KETKY Wednesday, June 19 at 4:00 am EDT
- KETKY Friday, June 21 at 5:00 am EDT
Thomas D. Clark #120
Kentucky's most notable historian, Dr. Thomas D. Clark, personally saved a large portion of the state's printed records from destruction. Those documents later became a core collection at the Kentucky Department for Libraries and Archives. Often referred to as the "Dean of Historians," Clark also wrote A History of Kentucky, published in 1937 and still considered the standard history of the Commonwealth. A 1976 KET production.
- KETKY Monday, June 24 at noon EDT
- KETKY Wednesday, June 26 at 4:00 am EDT
- KETKY Friday, June 28 at 5:02 am EDT
Father Ralph Beiting #122
A conversation with Father Ralph Beiting, a Roman Catholic priest and founder of the Christian Appalachian Project. Beiting began dreaming of helping people in Appalachia help themselves out of poverty in 1946 when, as a seminarian, he accompanied several priests on preaching trips to the mountains of Eastern Kentucky. A 1976 KET production.
- KETKY Monday, July 1 at noon EDT
- KETKY Wednesday, July 3 at 4:00 am EDT
- KETKY Friday, July 5 at 5:00 am EDT
Harry Caudill #123
Author Harry Caudill is interviewed by Louisville journalist Bob Schulman. Caudill, author of Night Comes to the Cumberlands, is credited with focusing national attention on Appalachia and helping to launch the federal War on Poverty. A 1977 KET production.
- KETKY Monday, July 8 at noon EDT
- KETKY Wednesday, July 10 at 4:00 am EDT
- KETKY Friday, July 12 at 5:00 am EDT
Wilson Wyatt Sr. #124
World War II-era Louisville mayor Wilson Wyatt Sr. also served as lieutenant governor under Bert T. Combs from 1959 to 1963. In 1968, Wyatt played a significant role at the Democratic National Convention by working out a compromise over the party's platform position on the Vietnam War. A 1977 KET production.
- KETKY Monday, July 15 at noon EDT
- KETKY Wednesday, July 17 at 4:00 am EDT
- KETKY Friday, July 19 at 5:00 am EDT
Carl Perkins #125
An interview with U.S. Rep. Carl D. Perkins, a Democrat who served Eastern Kentucky as a member of the House of Representatives for more than three decades. A 1977 KET production.
- KETKY Monday, July 22 at noon EDT
- KETKY Wednesday, July 24 at 4:00 am EDT
- KETKY Friday, July 26 at 5:00 am EDT
Lillie Chaffin #126
An interview with Pulitzer Prize-nominated poet Lillie Chaffin. In 1974, she was designated by the state legislature as an associate poet laureate of Kentucky. A 1979 KET production.
- KETKY Monday, July 29 at 12:30 pm EDT
- KETKY Wednesday, July 31 at 4:30 am EDT
Official web site: http://www.ket.org/kentucky/distinguished_kentuckian.htm