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Carol Perkins: Where are they now?

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By Carol Perkins

In continuing my story about former Metcalfe Countian Lannes Nunn, I thought of the many other graduates who moved away shortly after graduation and wonder where they are. Each senior class was special, and after the many years I spent in the classroom, I might forget a face but seldom a name even though not a location. Facebook has kept people in touch.

Lannes (known to us as Lanny) credits hairdresser Fanny Fields of Edmonton as his inspiration to become a hairdresser and his father for believing so strongly in education. "He told Stephania and me that we could never have enough education," said Lannes. During his fifty-six years in the business, he studied at the Vidal Sassoon Academy in London. Not bad for a small-town boy from a town of a thousand people.

Although meeting Olivia de Havilland and doing her hair four times in four days was one of the highlights of his career, Lannes said he met many celebrities while working at the Executive Inn in Owensboro.

At one time, this was a venue for famous artists. Many of us have seen big names at the Executive Inn, as well as those getting their start. Lannes had a front-row seat.

Lannes is not only a cosmetologist, he is also a writer, a greeting card designer, and serves as a board director in cosmetology. He lives in Bowling Green, and a few years ago wrote/published a book about Bowling Green as we remember it in the 60s. Today, he works two or three days a week. He said, "I have been told that doing the hair on my little ladies in their eighties and nineties will keep me healthy and get me out of the house, so that's what I do."

What I remember on a personal level is that when it came time for me to plan my wedding, I asked Lanny to help with the decorations. I was twenty-one and he must have been still in high school. This was long before he went to cosmetology school. His decorating talent was as well-known as his ability to style hair. He had the touch and turned the church into a lovely scene. All who knew him knew he would follow his talents and he has. Visiting his home is a testament to his love of antiques and old-world charm.

As for Miss de Havilland, he said, "I have a scrapbook of our correspondences and photographs she sent me over the years. I cherish it."

I'm glad I was able to interview Lannes and would love to tell you about others I have lost contact with over the years. "Where are they now?" I would love to know.

Carol's most recent book, based on a true story, The Case of the Missing Ring, is available through Amazon, both paperback and ebook. You can contact her at

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