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We open today’s show with a story about a journalistic scoop in Arthurdale, WV from guest writer Judi Tarowsky. “Dad had a fast turn-around with this photographs, and he was able to type out his copy at what was considered blazing speed on the clunky typewriters of the day. So when he learned that Eleanor Roosevelt was due to visit nearby Arthurdale, her personal project, he made sure he was among the crowd gathered to see her.”
We’ll pause in between things to catch up on a Calendar of Events in the region this week, with special attention paid to events that emphasize heritage and local color.
Next, we’ll take a look at a Kentucky soft drink that turns 85 this year: Ale-8-One. Our guest writer Fred Sauceman is a longtime administrator at East Tennessee State University and has written extensively on the foodways of the South. Each fall, he teaches a course entitled “The Foodways of Appalachia” at ETSU. Southern soft drinks are among the topics.
“What changes have come about in sixty years?” asks newspaperman F. B. Lawton in a 1934 article in Ohio’s Ironton Sunday Tribune. “Sixty years have passed since the writer answered an advertisement in the columns of The Tribune’s honored predecessor, The Ironton Register, resulting in his employment as a boy in the Register office. That was on February 6, 1874.”
We’ll wrap things up with an oral history excerpt from North Carolina architect Anthony Lord (1900-1993). Lord left his mark on many public and private buildings in Asheville, including the Pack Memorial Library and the D. Hiden Ramsey Library on the campus of UNC Asheville.
And, thanks to the good folks at the Digital Archive, we’ll be able to enjoy some authentic Appalachian music from Tommy Jarrell in an undated recording of ‘John Hardy.’
So, call your old blue-tick hound up on the porch, fire up your corn-cob pipe, and settle in for a dose of Appalachian History.