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April 29, 1978 Around Adair with Ed Waggener

The article below first appeared in the April 29, 1978 issue of the Daily Statesman. Topics included praise for Gerald Reliford and Ralph Waggener, Daylight Savings Time, a population boom at Roley, Nancy Salato's Journalism award, and a call to the Redneck Anti-Defamation League. --Pen

By Ed Waggener

Thanks, Martha Burris
One of the first persons to call us when the Daily Statesman is wrong is Martha Burris. When she does, she is always, at least until now, right. We hope readers think she was right when she called Friday. She said, "I want to tell you when you are doing well. Gerald (Gerald Reliford) is doing a fine job. I really like the articles and I like the sermons he prints. And tell Ralph (Ralph Waggener) that the photo of Bobby Hutchison cleaning trash under the bridge (Daily Statesman, Wednesday, April 26, 1978) was a classic. It ought to be entered in a contest."

Thanks, Martha Burris.

Those are both good boys. You will have made them hard to live with, however. Ralph has always liked Kodaks, and he knows how to use the one he has. But with a subject like Lawyer Hutchison, how could he miss?

And this Reliford fellow. I agree. But he is getting to be a nuisance. He is a mighty hard act to follow.

And I sometimes wonder about an ordained minister telling some of the tales he and Deacon Bobby Willis tell.


I am still wondering about that live calf at the Campbellsburg slaughter house. That was a real hard story to believe.

But the good side
Of course hearing tall tales that Reliford knows is one thing. But I have to admit that there is a rare spirit about him you don't find in many people.

He isn't afraid of anything.

This week we had to send someone to Savannah.

I thought the best approach would be to play it coy.

When I mentioned it to two stalwart young single men, they both acted like I had mentioned doing physical work. (Which might kill either of them).

Reliford overheard. "Savannah?" he asked. I said, "Yes." And he said, "Georgia?" and I answered, again, "Yes."

"I want to go," he said.

And that's where he went.

He's a Johsua and Caleb kind of man. He sees the grapes, not the giants.

More Riddles
Joyce Humkey sent another riddle into the Daily Statesman.

She challenges, "Use capitals and punctuation to make six (6) sentences from the following: that that is is that that is not is not that that is is not that that is not that that is not is not that that is is not that so it is

RIDDLE NUMBER TWO: Mrs. Humkey asks secondly, "How far into the woods can a rabbit run?"

Answer to sentence riddle: That that is is. That that is not is not. That that is is not that that is not. That that is not is not that that is. Is not that so? It is.

Answer to rabbit riddle: Halfway-after that he is running out of them.

Population boom at Roley
I am surprised of a population explosion at Roley. There are two more Lubkins, twin girls, Barbara Ann and Jennifer Eve, born at just before midnight at Taylor County Hospital. "The girls are the first babies born to Roley people in five years," claims a proud father Dr. Yale Jay Lubkin. The doctor says that had the second baby girl have been born one minute later, the girls would have had two different birthdays. They are the eighth and ninth children in the Lubkin family.

Not enough fuss about the time
We have become a mighty submissive people. There was a time when Adair Countians would line up as though civil war might break out whenever the red flag, "fast time," was mentioned. Tonight, at 12:00 p.m., we'll advance our clocks one hour. And there won't be a single protest.

How different from the 1950's, when local option set the time. In those days, the city slickers at Columbia would want fast time. And the City Council would put the town on daylight savings time. The Republican courthouse would curse the Roosevelts and vow to remain on slow, or God's time. There would generally be pandemonium until the matter was resolved.

There was a great jeweler here then, Casey Jones, who occupied the corner building where the David Wells Agency is today. He had a big clock in front of his store and when the time issue would erupt into internecine battle, Casey would hand a sign over the clock which read, "I'm hiding my face until I find out what time it is."

Today you can hardly get a small argument going over the matter.

Nancy Salato receives high honor
Nancy Salato, the daughter of Dr. and Mrs. James Salato of Columbia, was named The Outstanding Freshman Journalism Student at Western Kentucky University at a banquet Tuesday night given by the Society of Professional Journalists, Sigma Delta Chi. Miss Salato is a 1977 graduate of Adair County High. Also honored was Alan Judd of Greensburg, as the outstanding sophomore. That's quite an honor, especially since the Western Journalism is considered by many to be the best in the state. And, if the information I get is true, it is even more of an honor if a bit of unofficial word I've heard is true. I've heard that the journalism department at Western is getting the top students at the university, the equal of those students entering pre-med, the traditional brightest student department at the Bowling Green school.

Ouch! Our civil rights (and our sanity) are being abused!
I hope the Redneck Anti-Defamation League and the Exalted Order of Good Ol' Boys file a suit in Federal Court. Something has to be done about these "Kentuckian" jokes. This is the worst.

They claim that two Kentuckians bought horses and that one of them said, "I think I'll cut an ear off mine so we can tell them apart." He did, and then the one- eared horse bit an ear off the other horse. The first Kentuckian then decided to cut the other ear of his horse, and he did, but the first horse bit the ear of his mate, and the same thing happened when the first Kentuckian cut the tail off his horse. Finally, the first Kentuckian said to the second, "I give up. I guess you'll just have to take the black one and I'll take the white one."

(Cotton Durham is working on the case.)


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