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Datebook: February 17 – Volkswagen Beetle Production Tops Ford Model-Ts 40 Years Ago

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On February 17, 1972, the Volkswagen Beetle overtook the Ford Model-T as the most popular car ever made. On this day, the 15,007,034 car rolled off the assembly line in Germany, making the new record for most highly produced car in history. This record was eventually surpassed by the Toyota Corolla, but there’s no doubt that the Beetle has one of the most recognizable designs, originating in pre-war Nazi Germany to present day – the look of the Beetle has remained largely unchanged. In 1933, Adolf Hitler commissioned Ferdinand Porche to develop a “people’s car,” or Volkswagen – an affordable car (a little over $5,000 dollars today) that can accommodate a family of five. After WWII, VW was seized and handed to the British, who deemed the car unattractive and impracticable. Whether or not you agree, sales figures ultimately decide a product’s fate. Over 21 million cars have been manufactured and sold worldwide. The Beetle ceased production in 2003, but variations like the ‘New Beetle’ and the current Beetle A5 carry the legacy and brand.

It’s Friday, February 17

Immanuel Baptist Church in Paducah dedicates its new pipe organ during a free recital on Sunday at 3PM. Joyce Jones, professor of organ at Baylor University, is the featured performer. A reception will follow the recital. For more information, call 443-5306.

The Stewart County Historical Society offers an evening of Civil War Era music and dancing tonight at 6:30 at Brandon Springs Group Camp in Dover, Tennessee. Period dance instruction will be provided. Dress is casual. Call Don Young at 931-232-7328 for more.

Murray State University hosts the final round of the annual Young Artists Concerto Competition Sunday afternoon at 2. Seven high school musicians will play concerti by Liszt, Mozart, Rachmaninoff, Barber, and others. The winner receives a one thousand dollar cash prize, a music scholarship, and a performance with the Paducah Symphony Orchestra. The competition is in the Performing Arts Hall and is free and open to the public.

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Datebook: January 31 – National Gorilla Suit Day

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In 1963, cartoonist Don Martin (of MAD Magazine fame) published “National Gorilla Suit Day” in the collection Don Martin Bounces Back, in which Fester Bestertester mocks the (then fictitious) concept of a National Gorilla Suit Day, and suffers a series of incredible assaults from gorillas and abominable snowmen. Subsequently, Don Martin fans have celebrated National Gorilla Suit Day on January 31. Whether or not you have a gorilla suit… go bananas today.

It’s Tuesday, January 31

The Glema Mahr Center for the Arts hosts a dinner theater production of “Almost, Maine” on Thursday, Friday, and Saturday at 6:30PM. The romantic comedy takes place in the mythical town of Almost, Maine, where residents find themselves falling in and out of love in unexpected ways. Purchase tickets from the box office at 821-2787.

The Paducah Symphony Children’s Chorus is taking orders for their annual barbecue fundraiser. Entrees available for purchase include Boston butt, pork loin, whole slab of ribs, and whole chicken. Orders must be made by February 7; call the PSO Office at 444-0065.

Children ages six to twelve can learn about “The Mystery of Magnets” at this week’s WKCTC Friday Night Science event. Make magnets float in midair, go on a magnetic scavenger hunt, and learn how a magnet’s poles work. The cost is twenty dollars. The two-hour class begins at 5PM. To register, call 534-3335.

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Written by Matt Markgraf

January 31, 2012 at 11:09 am

Datebook: January 26 – Bessie Coleman Turns 120

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Elizabeth “Bessie” Coleman was born on January 26, 1892 (and died April 30, 1926). She was the first female pilot of African American descent and the first person of African American descent to hold an international pilot license. Inspired by tales of WWI fighter pilots, she dreamed of taking to the skies. Being African American and a woman, she was refused admittance in American flight schools, so she learned French and went to Paris, since women were already pilots there. On June 15, 1921, Coleman became the first African American woman in the world to earn an aviation pilot’s license. She realized a career in exhibition flying and became a media sensation as “Queen Bess” when she returned to the U.S. She was called “the world’s greatest woman flier” and performed daredevil maneuvers to massive crowds over New York and Chicago. At a show in Jacksonville, Florida, while attempting to pull out of a dive, the aircraft got stuck plummeting to the ground. She was thrown from her seat 500 feet above and died on impact. It was later found that a wrench had gotten stuck in the gearbox.

It’s Thursday, January 26

Dr. Matthew Gianforte, pianist and assistant professor at Murray State, presents a recital titled “Musical Tributes” tonight at 7:30 in the Performing Arts Hall of the Doyle Fine Arts Building. The free concert features works by Robert Schumann, Frederic Chopin, and Franz Liszt.

A screening of the documentary American Teacher takes place tomorrow at 11AM in the Alexander Hall auditorium on the campus of Murray State. The documentary chronicles the stories of four teachers as they reach different milestones in their careers, offering a deeper look at the teaching profession in America today. The screening is free and open to the community.

The Paducah Symphony Orchestra’s second annual “Made in America” concert takes place on Saturday at 4PM at Harrison Street Baptist Church in Paducah. Hear African American spirituals, art music, and hymns. Admission is $10 for adults and free for students. Purchase tickets from the PSO office at 444-0065.

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Written by Matt Markgraf

January 26, 2012 at 12:03 pm

Datebook: January 3 – J.R.R. Tolkien Turns 120

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Tolkien was born on January 3, 1892 (and died September 2, 1973). He was best known as the author of the classic high fantasy works The Hobbit, The Lord of the Rings, and The Silmarillion. He was an English professor at Pembroke College in Oxford for most of his career, and close friends with C.S. Lewis. His works form a connected body of tales, poems, fictional histories, invented languages, and literary essays about a fantasy world called Arda, and Middle-earth within it. In 2008, The Times ranked him sixth on a list of “The 50 greatest British writers since 1945”. Forbes ranked him the 5th top-earning dead celebrity in 2009.

It’s Tuesday, January 3

The McCracken County Public Library offers a free program on identity theft Thursday night at 7. Detective John Sims of the Kentucky State Police and Trooper Dean Patterson will explain what criminals do with your identity and will offer information about protecting yourself from identity theft.

The Paducah Symphony Orchestra holds auditions for the 2012 Youth and Children’s Choruses on January 5th, 7th, and 12th at First Presbyterian Church in Paducah. The groups are directed by Dr. Brad Almquist and Dr. Amy Aucoin. To schedule an audition time, contact Leigh Ann Renfro at (270) 444-0065.

A round-robin rook tournament begins at 7 on Friday night and runs through Saturday evening at the Pennyrile Forest State Park. Registration is $25 per team and a new deck of rook cards. Prizes will be given to the top three teams. For more information, call Rebecca Clark at (270) 797-3421.

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Datebook: January 2 – Largest Espionage Case in U.S. History Ends 70 Years Ago

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The Duquesne Spy Ring is the largest espionage case in U.S. history that ended in convictions. A total of 33 members of a German espionage network headed by “Fritz” Duquesne were convicted after a lengthy investigation by the FBI. On January 2, 1942, the group was sentenced to serve a total of over 300 years in prison. The spies that formed the ring were placed in key jobs in the U>S. to get information that could be used in the event of war and to carry out acts of sabotage: one person opened a restaurant and used his position to get information from his customers; another person worked on an airline so that he could report Allied ships that were crossing the Atlantic Ocean; others in the ring worked as delivery people so that they could deliver secret messages alongside normal messages. William G. Sebold, who had been recruited as a spy for Germany, was a major factor in the FBI’s successful resolution of this case through his work as a double agent for the government. FBI director J. Edgar Hoover called his concerted swoop on Duquesne’s ring the greatest spy roundup in U.S. history.

It’s Monday, January 2

High school musicians have until January 15th to apply for the Paducah Symphony Orchestra’s Young Artist Concerto Competition. One pianist and one orchestral instrumentalist will each win a $1000 cash prize, a chance to solo with the PSO, and a Murray State music scholarship. Visit and click on “Education” for details.

Paducah Parks Services is offering a Coed Indoor Wiffle Ball League for ages 14 and up. Register as a team or as an individual. Informational meetings and open play will be held at the Paducah Recreation Center on Monday, January 9.

Market House Theater is accepting registrations for its youth acting troupes, grades one through twelve. The first meeting of the trimester is Saturday. The fee is $50, and financial need scholarships are available. To register, call the box office tomorrow through Friday between noon and 5 at (270) 444-6828.

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Datebook: November 2 – Canadian Broadcasting Corporation Established 75 Years Ago

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The Canadian Broadcasting Corporation, commonly known as the CBC, was established 75 years ago today and is the oldest existing broadcasting network in Canada. Radio services include CBC Radio One, CBC Radio 2, Première Chaîne, Espace musique and the international radio service Radio Canada International. Television operations include CBC Television, Télévision de Radio-Canada, CBC News Network, le Réseau de l’information, ARTV (part ownership), Documentary and Bold. The CBC operates services for the Canadian Arctic under the names CBC North and Radio Nord Québec. CBC/Radio-Canada offers programming in English, French and eight Aboriginal languages on its domestic radio service; in nine languages on its international radio service, Radio Canada International; and in eight languages on its Web-based radio service RCI Viva, a service for recent and aspiring immigrants to Canada. Some notable CBC alumni include: Dan Aykroyd, John Candy, Michael J. Fox, Lorne Michaels, Mike Myers, Fred Rogers, Martin Short, Donald Sutherland,  and Alex Trebek.

It’s Wednesday, November 2

The Paducah Symphony Orchestra performs a concert at 7:30 p.m. Saturday at the Carson Center. Hear Haydn’s Symphony Number 104 in D Major, and Beethoven’s Symphony Number 8, opus 68, c minor. Actor Fowler Black portrays Franz Joseph Haydn, The Father of the Symphony, in an interlude about the composer’s life and his melodies. Get tickets at 270-444-0065.

The Renaissance Theatre of Bethel University presents the Dickens “A Christmas Carol” Friday at 7 p.m., Saturday at 2 p.m. and Saturday, the 12th at 2 p.m. at the Dixie Carter Performing Arts Center in Huntingdon, Tennessee. Tickets are $15 at or at the box office.

Murray Art Guild hosts an Empty Bowls Project Friday from 5 to 7 p.m. at 500 North 4th Street.

Have a soup and bread in a handcrafted bowl and with a cash donation, take the bowl home with you. Proceeds benefit Murray Needline.

There are still seats available for the Saturday night live broadcast of A Prairie Home Companion at Murray State. See

Datebook: September 9 – DC named after Washington 220 years ago

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On September 9, 1791, the District of Columbia was founded and named after George Washington, to become the special district to serve as the permanent national capital of the United States as permitted by Article 1 U.S. Constitution, proposed by James Madison. Shortly thereafter, the Residence Act established that this capital district would be located along the Potomac River, its location decided by President George Washington. A federal city was constructed near Georgetown and on September 9, 1791, was named The City of Washington. The newly established federal district was named The Territory of Columbia.

It’s Friday, September 9

Tomorrow the Paducah Symphony Orchestra opens its season with a gala program featuring soloist Michael Ludwig, violin, for the Brahms 1st Symphony. The concert starts at 7:30 p.m. at the Carson Center. There’s a free pre-concert reception at 6:30. Call 270-444-0065 for tickets. Also, Mr. Ludwig gives a free master class tomorrow at 9 a.m. at the McCracken County Library.

The Golden Pond Target Range at LBL temporarily closes for improvements Mondays through Fridays starting next Monday through October 1. See for possible weekend closures. The Archery Range remains open.

The Carson Center’s Annual Distiller’s Dinner is Saturday, October 29, and offers an evening with the President of Maker’s Mark, Bill Samuels, Jr. Artisan Kitchen caters the seated dinner. For reservations call 270-443-9932.

The Humane Society of Calloway County offers microchipping for $10 and custom pet ID tags tomorrow from 9 to 5 on the Courthouse Square.

Experience a live national broadcast when A Prairie Home Companion comes to Murray November 5. See for information.

Datebook: July 26 – FDR freezes Japanese assets 70 years ago

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On July 26, 1941, President Franklin Delano Roosevelt signed Executive Order 8832 – freezing Japanese and Chinese assets in the United States. This measure came with the view of the unlimited national emergency he’d previously declared and was similar to the freezing of European assets a month earlier. The order was designed to prevent the use of the financial facilities of the United States and trade between Japan and the United States. At the request of Generalissimo Chiang Kai-shek, Roosevelt extended the freezing control to Chiense assets in the United States, a continuation of the government’s policy of assisting China.

It’s Tuesday, July 26

Tonight the Paducah Symphony Orchestra presents the final concert of its Family Summer Concert Series. The “String-Along” program starts at 7 p.m. at Immanuel Baptist Church at 3465 Buckner Lane. It’s a casual ensemble performance.

Twilight Theatre Productions presents three original plays in one evening in dinner theatre shows this Friday and Saturday at Kenlake State Resort Park. Reservations for dinner at 6:30 p.m. must be made tomorrow by calling 270-436-2399. Curtain is at 8 p.m. Shows are Hills like White Elephants, Cheez Doodles and The Circus Still Comes to Town. See more at

The National Quilt Museum in Paducah offers its annual Quilt Appraisal Day Thursday, August 18, from 9 a.m. to 4:30. Each appraisal takes about 30 minutes and costs $50. Make an appointment in advance at 270-442-8856 or Gerald Roy of Warner, New Hampshire is the nationally known appraiser involved.

Hear musicians of our region remembering the late H. Pruitte, Grumpy Old Men arranger and keyboardist, tomorrow night at nine and Thursday at noon on WKMS. Thanks for listening.

the morning cram [debt doom discussions edition]

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Bipartisan talks on the debt ceiling continue today as the deadline approaches.

NPR reports members of both parties will meet with President Obama today to try and reach a deal on the debt ceiling, and prevent the first ever government default.

Kentucky~ The weather for today… is HOT, BLISTERINGLY HOT!! The Paducah Symphony Orchestra has found a new director. A semi-truck hit an Amish buggy and killed a toddler. A visiting Job Corps student drowned in Lake Barkley. Coal workers donate large sums to politicians. Police say they wrote 21,000 seat belt tickets during a two-week crack down. The US Army is bringing murder charges against Brent Burke.

Tennessee~ Goodyear in Union City is shutting down. Gov Haslam plans to be ‘more proactive’ with the General Assembly for the next fiscal year. TVA is trying to help reduce energy costs for customers. A West Tennessee group is answering questions about construction.

Datebook: July 6 – Nancy Reagan turns 90

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Nancy Davis Reagan was born Anne Frances Robbins on July 6, 1921. She is the widow of former United States President Ronald Reagan and was an influential First Lady of the United States from 1981 to 1989. Nancy restored a Kennedy-esque glamour to the White House following years of lax formality. She championed recreational drug prevention causes by founding the “Just Say No” drug awareness campaign, which was considered her major initiative as first lady. She has remained active within the Reagan Library and in politics, particularly in support of stem-cell research. Happy birthday Nancy!

It’s Wednesday, July 6

Murray Calloway County Hospital hosts its annual free sports physicals to local middle and high school athletes this Saturday and next from 8 a.m. to Noon. Students must be in 7th grade or above, enrolled in Murray Independent or Calloway County school districts or Eastwood Christian Academy. Physicals are in the Endoscopy Department at the west entrance of the hospital.

Next Tuesday the Paducah Symphony Orchestra presents “Blow Your Horn” featuring its brass ensemble in the Family Summer Concert Series at the Markethouse Theatre. The lively and casual performance starts at 7 p.m. Tickets are $15 adults/$8 students – at the door or in advance at the Symphony’s Office, 201 Broadway.

There’s a Murray Calloway County Chamber of Commerce and United Way Golf Tournament Friday, August 5th at Miller Golf Course, east of Murray on Highway 280. It’s $250 per team for the 4 person scramble. Call the Chamber for an entry form. 270-753-5171.

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