Friday, January 3, 2014

Oh, Kentucky

Lexington is significantly drunker than Louisville, per Men's Health.


  1. That video of RFK in Eastern Kentucky was excellent; I had never seen it before. There is a web page devoted to this trip:

    Here are some interesting facts from that page:

    RFK toured eastern Kentucky on February 13 and 14, 1968, in order to follow up on the War on Poverty program. He landed at Lexington's Bluegrass Airport and traveled over 200 miles in two days. He was with Rep. Carl D. Perkins (D-Ky.), who was Chairman of the Committee on Education and Labor. Kennedy, who was a Senator from New York, held field hearings for the Senate Subcommittee on Employment, Manpower, and Poverty in two locations: Vortex and Fleming-Neon.

    Here was the basic outline of the tour:

    Feb. 13: hearing in Vortex, followed by stops in Barwick, Hazard, and Alice Lloyd College near Hindman.

    Feb. 14: a speech on the steps of the Letcher County Courthouse in Whitesburg, followed by a hearing at the Fleming-Neon High School gym; visits with families in Hemphill and Haymond, and a speech in Prestonsburg. Kennedy then left in the Governor's plane for a dinner in his honor at the home of the Binghams in Louisville.

  2. Just over a month later, on March 16, 1968, Robert Kennedy announced that he was running for President. He was assassinated on June 5, 1968, just after winning the California and South Dakota primaries.

  3. Great 411 on the RFK trip to eastern Kentucky--thanks, Go Heath.