Kentucky Life explores the possibly haunted Conrad-Caldwell House in Louisville. Also featured are Doe-Anderson, a national advertising agency with Louisville headquarters; Justin Roberts, a traditional willow furniture maker; and a look at KET’s recent profile of country and western star Merle Travis.
Ghosts of the Conrad-Caldwell House
The Conrad-Caldwell Museum looks like a castle on St. James Court in Louisville, but some folks believe it’s haunted by spirits of past residents. The home’s original owner, Theophilus Conrad, is said to make ghostly, unexpected appearances.
It’s rare to be in business for 100 years, especially in advertising. Louisville’s Doe-Anderson agency is believed to be the third oldest advertising firm in the country.
The agency, which celebrated its centennial in 2015, was featured as part of an exhibit at the Frazier History Museum, “The Power of Persuasion.”
Merle Travis, Guitar Man
Singer and songwriter Merle Travis was born in 1923 in Muhlenberg County, in the community of Rosewood. He developed a distinctive thumb-picking style of guitar playing now known as “Travis picking,” where the thumb plays a steady bass pattern.
Justin Roberts and ‘Walk the Willow’
Traditionally made willow furniture is rare now. In Murray, Justin Roberts has learned the skill from a master.
He started harvesting weeping willows to make Easter baskets. The director of the Murray Art Guild then asked him to meet master craftsman George Beard.