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Postcards: ARISTA theatre from Kookie Harris, via Larry Smith

2007-09-11 - Main Street, Lebanon, KY - Photo Photo of postcard by Kookie Harris.
Larry Smith, South Central Kentucky historian, sent this photograph with a note: "Kookie Harris sent this photo to me. It's awesome!!!!." That it is. And Larry included the note from Kookie Harris: "To Larry Smith: Here is a picture I copied from a postcard, of the ARISTA Theatre in Lebanon, KY. I think it was taken around 1951. The billboard on right shows Robert Taylor starring in Billy the Kid. That movie was released in 1951. The ARISTA was closed in the 1960s and was demolished about 3 or 4 years ago.-Kookie Harris." Noweveryone remembers Kookie Harris, who is famous in his own right as well as for being Bailey Harris' grandfather. About 40 years ago, the wake-up call in Columbia over WAIN was "Rise and Shine! It's country music time!," when the Harris family, including a young (now Chief) Mark Harris, lived next door to the station up on KY 206. Kookie was the morning announcer, and "Rise and Shine! It's country music time!," let everyone in Adair County know he was on the air. "Kookie Harris is one of the nicest people you'll ever meet," Larry Smith, who has met thousands of nice people, is quick to let you know. Harris left WAIN to work for Chappell's - later Flav-o-Rich - and is now retired from that job. Larry Smith is not retired. He's the morning announcer at WHVE FM 92.7 The WAVE, and is on the air as this is posted. His brain is multi-tasking right now, thinking about the old Milltown Store photograph he plans to awe readers with in a day or so. (Update: Stephen Van Bibber writes September 2013: The movie with Robert Taylor in "Billy The Kid" was released in 1941 not 1951.

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