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.
Mary Helen Byck #105
Louisville businesswoman Mary Helen Byck was also a well-respected community leader whose interests ranged from support of the arts to politics and social activism. A 1979 KET production.
- KETKY Monday, March 3 at noon EDT
- KETKY Wednesday, March 5 at 4:00 am EDT
- KETKY Friday, March 7 at 5:00 am EDT
Morton Holbrook #106
Morton Holbrook, who began his practice in the Owensboro firm of U.S. Rep. Glover H. Cary and Judge Wilbur K. Miller, became one of Western Kentucky's foremost lawyers. He also worked tirelessly to improve higher education throughout the state. Veteran journalist Al Smith hosts. A 1989 KET production.
- KETKY Monday, March 10 at noon EDT
- KETKY Wednesday, March 12 at 4:00 am EDT
- KETKY Friday, March 14 at 5:00 am EDT
William H. Neal #107
A profile of William H. Neal, a civic leader from Owensboro. Neal talks about his first job as a newspaper carrier at the age of 9, his aspirations of becoming a professional baseball player, and his 36-year career with Western Kentucky Gas Company. A 1985 KET production.
- KETKY Monday, March 17 at noon EDT
- KETKY Wednesday, March 19 at 4:00 am EDT
- KETKY Friday, March 21 at 5:00 am EDT
Robert Martin #108
As the sixth president of Eastern Kentucky University, Robert Martin guided the school through a period of great growth between July 1960 and September 1976. Following his retirement from EKU, he was elected to the Kentucky Senate. A 1978 KET production.
- KETKY Monday, March 24 at 11:59 am EDT
- KETKY Wednesday, March 26 at 4:00 am EDT
- KETKY Friday, March 28 at 5:00 am EDT
Earl D. Wallace #109
In 1961, well-known Kentucky businessman and civic leader Earl D. Wallace spearheaded the effort to restore the Shaker village in Mercer County. He remained chairman of the board of the new nonprofit education corporation Shaker Village at Pleasant Hill until his death in 1990. This interview and tribute was taped in October 1982. A KET production.
- KETKY Monday, March 31 at noon EDT
- KETKY Wednesday, April 2 at 4:00 am EDT
- KETKY Friday, April 4 at 5:00 am EDT
Margaret Willis #110
Margaret Willis served as state librarian from 1954 to 1972, under six different governors. A 1977 KET production.
- KETKY Monday, April 7 at noon EDT
- KETKY Wednesday, April 9 at 4:00 am EDT
- KETKY Friday, April 11 at 5:00 am EDT
Francis and Louise Hutchins #102
Berea College's fifth president, Francis Hutchins, and his wife, Louise, were both advocates for international education. Berea's Center for International Education is named for them. A 1976 KET production.
- KETKY Monday, April 14 at noon EDT
Bert Combs #111
Bert T. Combs served as governor of Kentucky from 1959 to 1963. He created a merit system for state government workers that is still in place today, appointed the state's first Human Rights Commission, and ordered the desegregation of all public accommodations in Kentucky. In this 1974 KET production, he is interviewed by education reform advocate Ed Prichard.
- KETKY Wednesday, April 16 at 3:53 am EDT
- KETKY Friday, April 18 at 5:00 am EDT
Ed Prichard #112
A legendary figure at Princeton and Harvard Law School, Ed Prichard possessed an extraordinary intellect and political savvy that led to a series of appointments in Franklin Delano Roosevelt's New Deal administration—all before Prichard turned 30. But in 1948, he was sentenced to six months in federal prison for ballot-stuffing. He struggled with depression for years but emerged to apply his talents to the civil rights movement and education reform in Kentucky. A 1974 KET production.
- KETKY Monday, April 21 at 11:00 am EDT
- KETKY Wednesday, April 23 at 3:00 am EDT
- KETKY Friday, April 25 at 5:00 am EDT
Chloe Gifford #113
Chloe Gifford, the first woman graduate of the University of Kentucky College of Law, passed the state bar examination at the age of 21. She taught at Sayre School in Lexington and then went to work at UK. A 1974 KET production.
- KETKY Monday, April 28 at noon EDT
- KETKY Wednesday, April 30 at 4:00 am EDT
- KETKY Friday, May 2 at 5:00 am EDT
Official web site: http://www.ket.org/kentucky/distinguished_kentuckian.htm