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Kentucky Cured:: Fifty Years in Kentucky Journalism (American Chronicles) Paperback – October 9, 2012
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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
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He describes people, places and events that enchant, challenge
and trouble. He seems to know everyone. Clements, Pearce,
Clark, Chandler, Combs, Nunn, Breathitt, Still. Among this list
Clark and Still and the author himself standout. Two wonderful
writers followed by another, Smith, who has struggled with a demon or two
so that he could tell us about those fellows and more.
This is not just "Kentucky Cured!" There is a bit of Kentucky
Fried thrown in with a deft hand. Lacking might be the edginess
that surely accompanied many of these politico-journalistic escapades.
A bit more "well done" rather that fried "lite" might have been
just as entertaining and a bit more educational. I would have liked to see more of this
element in these essays.
A question remains. Were all these colorful people straight shooters as well as Smith's
friends? How often did Smith cross the faint line between solid journalism
and political gamesmenship? Can journalism in this state or any state be practiced
without crossing the line? Does he owe us a bit...or considerably...more on this?
Being both Kentucky cured and Kentucky fried I rejoice in these
essays so much of which I missed by going elswhere. Should we not ask
our young people to stick around?
This a lively and all too short a read. One is haunted
by feelings of nostalgia for a world not really experienced.
Most readers will not have experienced what he did.
Mr. Smith makes this starkly clear. We will always miss his
"Comment(s) on Kentucky"!
Note also that Clark, Still and Smith as well, are not native sons.Read more ›
Kentucky Cured is a play on words with quite literally a double meaning. History in Kentucky is like a fine cured Kentucky ham - salty, rich and full of flavor. Al's personal Kentucky Cure is a story of redemption from the demons that can come from another Kentucky product - fine aged Bourbon. His personal story is salty and rich and full of flavor and an inspiration for all us that know him.