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Program 704

1. the West T. Hill Community Theatre
2. greyhound rescuer Jack Bricking
3. Bybee Pottery
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Boyle County

For more information:
West T. Hill Community Theatre, P.O. Box 841, Danville, KY 40423, (859) 236-8607

Producer, editor: Joy Flynn
Videographers: Scott Neukam, Brandon Wickey
Audio: Charlie Bissell

West-ern Drama

West T. Hill Community Theatre

West T. Hill Jr. loved drama and was devoted to the theater. He was a historian and scholar of the art form who in 1971 published The Theatre in Early Kentucky, 1790-1820. His book is the definitive source of information on that period, when hundreds of theatrical productions brought entertainment and culture to what was then America’s western frontier.

But Hill was also a practitioner. Long after he retired from Centre College, and even after illness forced him to work from a wheelchair, he loved to produce and direct community theater. In 1980, he founded a theater company in Danville that bears his name.

Hill himself has since died, but the West T. Hill Community Theatre is going strong. In this visit, taped in April 2000, Kentucky Life takes you behind the scenes at the 20th-anniversary celebration, for which the current company of actors and technicians put on a special collection of the founder’s favorite plays—several of them written by his daughter, Paula Hill.

The theater is located at 117 Larrimore Lane in Danville.

Madison County

For more information:
The Greyhound Project has information on caring for greyhounds and links to adoption agencies across the United States.

Producer, videographer, editor: Treg Ward

A New Leash on Life

Greyhound rescuer

According to Jack Bricking, “The adopted greyhound is the best-kept secret in all of dogdom.” When we met the Richmond man in 2000, he had spent eight years making it his mission to reveal that “secret” to as many people as possible and find homes for dogs who badly need them.

And there are plenty to go around. Every year, more than 35,000 greyhounds—racing dogs who are past their prime, plus thousands that were bred for racing but never made the cut—are available for adoption. Those that can’t find homes are destroyed. The hardest part, Bricking told us, is to face 30 or 40 “retired” dogs on one of his weekly visits to dog tracks and know that he can rescue only a few.

Madison County

For more information:
Bybee Pottery, 610 Waco Loop, Waco, KY 40385, (859) 369-5350

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

Handmade Housewares

Bybee Pottery

Bybee Pottery, a small company located in a very small town in eastern Madison County, inspires the kind of brand-name loyalty any giant corporation would envy. Whenever a new batch of the distinctively colored handmade bowls, pitchers, vases, and assorted other housewares is ready, customers line up at the door to snatch them up, usually within hours.

Walter Cornelison, the fifth-generation owner of Bybee Pottery, isn’t even sure himself how old the company is. Official sales records and his own family’s involvement go back to 1845, but other references indicate that the pottery may have been operating (although with less formal record keeping) as early as 1809. What is known is that the Bybee pots begin with clay dug from the same deposits early settlers mined, and that the entire process, from mixing to grinding to hand-throwing and -trimming, has changed very little in more than a century.

A second Kentucky Life visit to the pottery, taped a few years after this one, is part of Program 1113.

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