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Program 115

1. the Kentucky Woodworkers Network
2. virtual tanks at Fort Knox
3. Joe Ley Antiques
4. painter Gloria Thomas
5. Maceo’s mural
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For more information:
• Rick Klemscowski, Kentucky Woodworkers Network, 105 Broadway, Paintsville, KY 41240, (606) 789-9469 or (606) 297-3121

Producer: Jodie Spears
Videographer: Gale Worth
Editor: Esther Reed

Let’s Work Together

The Kentucky Woodworkers Network

The Kentucky Woodworkers Network, based in Paintsville, has created a “virtual company” for its member woodworking artists and craftspeople. Designed to link small shops so that they can work together to fill large orders for wood products, the network founded by the University of Kentucky Cooperative Extension Service helps the craftspeople find markets for products and offers catalog promotion and business advice.

For more information:
• Laurie Viggiano, Fort Knox, (502) 624-3351

Producer: Megan Moloney
Videographer: David Brinkley
Editor: Esther Reed

War Is Virtually Hell

Virtual tanks at Fort Knox

It may look like a video game, but SIMNET is technology with a purpose. This computer-simulation program allows Fort Knox soldiers to be trained in tank operation in a classroom setting, limiting the number of hours of costly field training. SIMNET can be configured to put trainees inside a variety of different tanks in various battlefield situations.

Most civilians think of Fort Knox as primarily a gold depository, and that is still what draws many visitors. (They may not, of course, actually see the gold.) But this sprawling U.S. Army garrison, which includes parts of Hardin, Meade, and Bullitt counties, has long been a center of training and tactics development. Established as a camp for field artillery training in 1918, shortly after the United States entered World War I, Fort Knox got its name and its permanent military mission in 1932, when the 1st Cavalry Regiment moved its headquarters from Texas to Kentucky. The Army had only recently traded horses for mechanized transport, and Fort Knox became the center for development of mechanized tactics. A permanent Armored Force School was established in 1940, when new strategies were needed to counter the German blitzkrieg of World War II.

Also on site is the George S. Patton Museum, where visitors can see examples of fighting machines and armor from throughout history.

For more information:
Joe Ley Antiques, 615 East Market St., Louisville, KY 40202, (502) 583-4014

Producer: WKYU-TV

The Old and the Beautiful

Joe Ley Antiques

As a youngster, Joe Ley of Louisville was too poor to afford the price of admission to Fontaine (or, as many long-time Louisvillians refer to it, “Fountain”) Ferry Park. The unattainable merry-go-round inside made him vow to buy every carousel horse he could. Now, as owner of Joe Ley Antiques, he has acquired a lot of carousel horses—and a vast array of other treasures. He calls the shop “a museum, only better”: Here, you can buy.

Fittingly enough, the entire shop is located inside an antique: a three-story former schoolhouse built in 1890. It is open Tuesday through Saturday from 8:30 am to 5:00 pm ET.

For more information:
• Gloria Thomas, (859) 233-3284.

Producer: Guy Mendes
Videographer: David Brinkley
Editor: Dan Taulbee

Gloria’s Art

Painter Gloria Thomas

Gloria Thomas in her studio As an art student in the 1960s, Gloria Thomas was trained in contemporary and abstract techniques. But she has found her true inspiration in the paintings of the Renaissance masters—and in the church. Today, this Lexington-based painter is one of America’s best known religious artists.

Raised a Southern Baptist, Gloria converted to Catholicism. Now, with her own deep faith as her guide, she combines Old World technique and religious subject matter to create inspirational masterpieces.

Since the visit recorded here, one of those works was an ambitious series of paintings marking the turn of the millennium and 2,000 years of Christianity. The series includes 21 paintings—one on the life of Jesus and one each for every 100 years since then—and was published in book form as Celebrating 2000 Years of Christian History.

For more information:
• Maceo Post Office, (270) 264-1702

Producer, videographer: Treg Ward

Painting the Town

Maceo’s mural

For a different sort of “inspired art,” our final segment visits the tiny town of Maceo, just west of Owensboro. There, community pride prompted the residents to commission a mural for the post office wall which depicts the history of the town.

Maceo is located near the junction of U.S. 60 and Ky. 405 in Daviess County.

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