Kentucky Cured: Fifty Years in Kentucky Journalism

Kentucky Cured: Fifty Years in Kentucky Journalism


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Andrew Jackson fought a duel in rural Logan County, Kentucky. Jesse James robbed a bank there, and frontier lawyers began political careers. But a resentful Al Smith knew none of this when he got off the bus at Russellville, rented a room at a shabby hotel and asked for the nearest bootlegger. After losing two newspaper jobs in New Orleans, he was the new tramp editor of Russellville's little country weekly. He was thirty-one, and his life was in shambles. Fifty sober years later, his stories tell what happened after he was cured of his negative obsessions and discovered Kentucky was a land of the second chance. From county courthouse to the White House, read all about it.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781609497903
Publisher: History Press, The
Publication date: 10/09/2012
Pages: 144
Sales rank: 1,252,588
Product dimensions: 5.90(w) x 8.90(h) x 0.60(d)

About the Author

Al Smith began his career in New Orleans in the late 1940s. Struggles with alcoholism got him fired from two New Orleans dailies. He moved to Kentucky, got sober, and built a truly remarkable career in journalism. Smith covered Kentucky politics for the Lexington Herald-Leader and the Louisville Courier-Journal and hosted Comment On Kentucky"? for 33 years."

Table of Contents

Foreword O. Leonard Press 11

Preface 15

Prologue: Telling Sally 17

Part I My New Kentucky Home

1 Memories of Memorial Day 23

2 Duel in Logan County 27

3 Jobs: Marvin Stuart Counts the Cows 31

4 Jobs: Doc Beauchamp Calls Frankfort 33

Part II Crossing the County Line

5 I Become a Capitalist 37

6 Checks from LBJ 41

Part III Appalachia

7 Mountain Journalist 47

8 Beauty and Tragedy 51

9 Generations: An American Family 57

10 "A Beggar for Paupers" 61

Part IV Storytellers and Poets

11 A Feast of Age 65

12 A Laureate of Letters 71

13 Bingham's "Best Writer" 77

Part V The Wars They Fought

14 Letters Home 83

15 The Christian Cornet Player 89

16 Heroes of World War II 91

Part VI A Special Time

17 FDR in Kentucky 101

18 Barkley and Truman 107

19 Patriots 111

Part VII In Black and White

20 Blues and Jazz 117

21 Rights, Ray and Russellville 121

22 Reunion in Louisiana 125

23 Lyman Johnson 129

24 A Black Woman's Story 133

25 Atticus in Alabama 137

Part VIII Politics

26 Shooting Straight on Sin 143

27 "Getting" Happy 147

28 Why Clements and Prichard Still Matter 151

29 Before Mitch 155

30 "Teacher Men" 159

31 Nunn and Ned 163

32 Tea Party 167

33 Reforming Gatewood 169

Part IX Who They Were

34 A Baker's Dozen 173

Part X In Our Time (Appreciations)

35 The Last Rhea in Logan County 183

36 Lucille Little and Friends 187

37 Public Servant, First Class 191

38 A Brilliant Professor 193

39 A Prince of Western Kentucky 195

40 The Advocate 199

41 Hero of the Mountains 203

42 Lady of Grace and Grit 205

Part XI Swept Away

43 A Prayer for New Orleans 211

44 Remembering Flight 5191 215

Acknowledgements 221

About the Author 223

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