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"...a must-have for anyone interested in Kentucky history seen through the eyes of a media legend." --James H. Miller, Courier-Journal
Al's story of his youth in Florida and Tennessee, his own service in the army and life after as a college dropout who became a newspaperman, first in New Orleans and then in Kentucky, is told in Kentucky Cured and an earlier memoir, Wordsmith: My Life in Journalism, published in 2011. From a fresh start on a weekly paper in western Kentucky, Al built a chain of small weeklies and a long career in broadcast journalism. Describing himself as a "cause" journalist in and out of the newsroom, he has been an advocate for education, the arts and economic development. The University of Kentucky and eight other colleges and universities have given him honorary doctorates. He lives in Lexington with his wife, Martha Helen, mother of their three adult children.