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Program 1605

1. Dicky Lyons Football
2. Our Town—Nobob
3. Youth Circus Training
4. Historical Marker 653—Alice Lloyd College
5. Ruth Hunt Candies
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Fayette County

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University of Kentucky football

Producer: Tom Thurman
Videographer: John Schroering
Editor: Dan Taulbee

Dicky Lyons Football

True Blue

Football fans know that a gift for the sport sometimes runs in families. And University of Kentucky fans know it's even better when that family's blood runs blue. Case in point: Dicky Lyons Sr. and Dicky Lyons Jr.

Leslie Lyons of Louisville gives Wildcat fans a close-up look at her famous father and brother in her book, True Blue. Leslie interviewed dozens of teammates of both men to offer a full portrait of the determination and flair for the dramatic that characterize Lyons-style football.

According to UK Athletics, the two men are believed to be the only father-son combination in NCAA history that have each caught a touchdown pass of 80 or more yards. Dicky Lyons Sr., a standout at St. Xavier High School in Louisville, played at Kentucky from 1966-69 under Charlie Bradshaw, and his jersey was retired.

Dicky Lyons Jr., born in New Orleans, where his dad played for the Saints, had a stellar career at UK under Rich Brooks. Even after a torn ligament ended his college career, UK coaches still named him the Wildcats' Most Outstanding Offensive Player for the 2008 season.

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Barren County

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A biography of Nobob native Pat Kingery

Producer/Videographer: Dave Shuffett
Editor: Dan Taulbee

Our Town—Nobob

In southeastern Barren County, not far from Glasgow, you'll find the community of Nobob. How does a place like Nobob gets its name? Though the name looks something like "nabob," a person of wealth and distinction, folklore has it that the Kentucky town's name comes from, quite simply, a lack of Bob.

The mythological Bob in question lived in pioneer times, went out hunting, and never returned. The search party, not ones to break the news gently, reported back in a rather curt, matter-of-fact way, "No Bob."

There may be no Bobs, but many fine folks enjoy life in these parts. Nobob is also the hometown of noted 20th century fiddler Pat Kingery, a member of the Old-Time Fiddlers Hall of Fame.

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Kenton County

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My Nose Turns Red, PO Box 120307, Covington, Ky. 41012-0307, phone: (859) 581-7100

Producer/Editor: Tom Bickel
Videographers: Jason Robinson
Audio: Brent Abshear, Roger Tremaine

Youth Circus Training

Be a Clown

Kids are often told to quit clowning around, but you won't hear that from the folks at My Nose Turns Red.

The Covington non-profit trains youth in the art of the theatrical clown, tutoring them in everything from walking on globes to unicycling, walking the tight wire, and juggling.

My Nose Turns Red, co-founded by Jean St. John and Steve Roenker, was originally a Lexington mime company. Steve and Jean wanted more interaction with the audience and turned toward clowning to involve the audience in their performances.

More than 150 children each year are trained in the art of the circus. The work pays off with the Spring Extravaganza at the Aronoff Center for the Arts in Cincinnati, where dozens of children ages 6-18 perform.

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Knott County

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Alice Lloyd College

Producer/Videographer/Editor: Jim Piston

Historical Marker 653—Alice Lloyd College

On Ky. 80 in Garner we find a description of the renowned mountain school located eight miles east of here.

Alice Spencer Geddes Lloyd was a Boston journalist who visited Appalachia in 1916 to improve her health. She found her calling when a local man invited her to stay and teach his children. That evolved into a mission to teach more children, and Alice Lloyd sought donations from her friends in the Northeast to organize a school. After her death in 1962, the college was renamed Alice Lloyd College to honor its founder.

Just as in Alice Lloyd's day, students today work to help defray the cost of their education. All full-time students work at least 10 hours a week. The school estimates that 75 percent of its graduates are the first in their families to get a four-year degree.

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Montgomery County

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Ruth Hunt Candies, 550 N. Maysville Road, Mount Sterilng, Ky. 40353

Producer/Editor: Matt Grimm
Videographer: Prentice Walker
Audio: Roger Tremaine
Audio Post: Brent Abshear

Ruth Hunt Candies

Sweet Success

Ruth Hunt started selling her homemade candy back in 1921, and by 1930, she'd moved her small operation to Mount Sterling. That's where you'll find the candy-making enterprise today. We paid a visit to watch time-honored techniques used by the 15 full-time employees that carry on her traditions.

Inside the factory, which is open for tours, you'll find old marble slabs and spun-copper kettles and smell the rich aroma of chocolate and nuts. Ruth Hunt Candies has earned the distinction of being the "Official Candy Makers of Churchill Downs and the Kentucky Derby."

Ruth Hunt's most famous treat is her Blue Monday Bar, a pulled cream candy center covered in dark chocolate. It is so named because a traveling preacher remarked that a little sweet helped him get through a blue Monday. Who can argue with that?

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