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Datebook: October 23 – Sewing Machine Pioneer Isaac Singer Turns 200

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American inventor, actor and entrepreneur Isaac Merritt Singer was born on October 27, 1811 (and died July 23, 1875). He made important improvements in the design of the sewing machine and was the founder of the Singer Sewing Machine Company. Many had patented sewing machines before Singer, but his success was based on the practicality of his machine, the ease with which it could be adapted to home use, and its availability on an installment payment basis.  Singer and his business partner, Edward Clark, pioneered installment purchasing plans and accepted trade-ins, which caused sales to soar, and are still common in many business practices today. No surprise, he also happened to be quite a well-dressed man.

It’s Thursday, October 27

Kentucky’s only collegiate rodeo team, Murray State’s, hosts the Racer Roundup College Rodeo tonight, tomorrow and Saturday night at 7 at the Bill Cherry Expo Center on College Farm Road in Murray. Tickets are $10 adults, $8 for students, Children 5 and under free. There’s competition in 10 events. Both the rider/tyer and the animal are judged.

A support group of the Paducah chapter of the National Alliance on Mental Illness meets tonight at 7 at St. Matthew’s Lutheran Church at 27th and Broadway. It’s for family members and others affected by mental illness. Meetings are every Thursday from 7 to 8:30 p.m. Call 270-443-3448 for details.

October is National Energy Awareness Month. TVA offers a new website about the three categories of energy efficiency programs it offers along with local power companies, for homes, businesses and industry. The address is

We ask that you take a moment now to make a gift for your own public radio service safely and securely at Thank you.


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