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.
Margaret Willis #110
Margaret Willis served as state librarian from 1954 to 1972, under six different governors. A 1977 KET production.
- 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
Joy Bale Boone #114
A profile of the noted poet, literary critic, and editor who founded the Kentucky literary magazine Approaches (later Kentucky Poetry Review). A 1975 KET production.
- KETKY Monday, May 5 at noon EDT
- KETKY Wednesday, May 7 at 4:00 am EDT
- KETKY Friday, May 9 at 5:00 am EDT
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 Monday, May 12 at noon EDT
- KETKY Wednesday, May 14 at 4:00 am EDT
- KETKY Friday, May 16 at 5:00 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 19 at noon EDT
- KETKY Wednesday, May 21 at 4:00 am EDT
- KETKY Friday, May 23 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 26 at noon EDT
- KETKY Wednesday, May 28 at 4:00 am EDT
- KETKY Friday, May 30 at 5:00 am EDT
Official web site: http://www.ket.org/kentucky/distinguished_kentuckian.htm