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One Major Movie Was Filmed In Adair County

This article first appeared in issue 18, and was written by Ed Waggener.

The next movie shot in Adair County won't be the first one. In 1971, Adair County was the locale for the Norman Lear movie, Cold Turkey, which starred Dick Van Dyke and had such luminaries as Bob Newhart, Jean Stapleton, and Vincent Gardenia in it.

Almost everyone in the Adair County seat remember it. They talked about it for years at the Toad Cafe.

It was a movie about tobacco, as you might expect. In this case, the community faced the challenge of everyone being able to stop smoking, cold turkey, for one week, in exchange for $1,000,000.

While it was shot in Adair County, it was actually Adair County, Iowa, in Columbia's sister community of Greenfield, the county seat, which, the Iowans there say, is different from any other Iowa town in that the streets enter in the middle of each business strip onto the courthouse square, rather than at the corners.

That's also a distinctive trait of this Adair County, Kentucky, seat. Maybe Adair Countians from here were there when they started that Adair County, and showed them how to do it.

This story was posted on 1997-12-24 12:01:01
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