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Datebook: February 21 – Waldo Waterman’s Flying Car Lifts Off 75 Years Ago

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What ever happened to the flying car? Why don’t we live like the Jetsons today? Waldo Waterman invented the first tailless monoplane, the first aircraft with modern tricycle landing gear, and the first successful low cost and simple to fly flying car. The idea behind the Arrowbile was to develop a transmission drive system that could operate the propeller for flight and the rear wheels for groudn operation. The aircraft was required to meet the certification standards of thee Bureau of Air Commerce. Waldo used readily available auto components for most of the vehicle. The only device used for flight control was a wheel yoke suspended from the cabin – the same used to turn the nose wheel in ground operation. Waterman flew the first test flight of the Arrowbile on February 21, 1937, and found the aircraft easy to fly and virtually spin and stall proof. The price tag was $3,000 (over $45,000 today). Waldo continued to improve his design over the next few decades. In 1957, the aircraft was listed in the experimental category, but the market had vanished. His flying car can be seen at the Smithsonian National Air and Space Museum.

It’s Tuesday, February 21

Jian Ping, the author of “Mulberry Child: A Memoir of China,” gives a reading on Thursday at 7:30PM in the Clara M. Eagle Art Gallery. The reading is free and open to the public, with a book signing and reception to follow at the Faculty Club. The film adaptation of the book will be shown tomorrow at 7:30 in the Alexander Hall Auditorium.

The Pancreatic Cancer Action Network holds a meeting Thursday evening at 6:30 at The Legacy Personal Care Home in Paducah. The meeting is open to supporters, pancreatic cancer survivors, caregivers, and those interested in joining the fight against pancreatic cancer. To learn more, visit

Playhouse in the Park presents “13” Friday and Saturday at 7PM and on Sunday at 2:30. The high-energy musical is about discovering that cool is where you find it, and sometimes where you least expect it. Reserve tickets by calling the Playhouse at 759-1752.

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Written by Matt Markgraf

February 21, 2012 at 10:56 am

Datebook: January 25 – Guiding Light Debuts 75 Years Ago

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Guiding Light is an American television soap opera credited by the Guinness Book of World Records as the longest running drama in television and radio history, running from 1937 until 2009. It is also among the longest running broadcast programs in history of any kind, across radio media for 15 years, and then television media for 57 years, being first broadcast five days after President Franklin D. Roosevelt’s second inauguration. The show’s title refers to a lamp in the study of Reverend Dr. John Ruthledge, a major character when The Guiding Light debuted in 1937, that family and residents could see as a sign for them to find help when needed. Guiding Light was created by Irna Phillips, and began as an NBC Radio serial on January 25, 1937. In 1947, the show moved to CBS radio. In 1952, it began airing on CBS television. It would continue to air on both television and radio until 1956. The series was expanded from 15 minutes to a half hour in 1968, and then to a full hour in 1977. Guiding Light aired its 15,000th televised episode on September 6, 2006.

It’s Wednesday, January 25

The Pancreatic Cancer Action Network of Western Kentucky hosts a meeting for volunteers, pancreatic cancer survivors, caregivers, and supporters tomorrow night at 6:30. The meeting will be held in the Borders Community Room of the Lourdes Hospital Marshall Nemer Pavilion. All attendees are encouraged to wear purple. For more information, visit

The Pennyroyal Area Museum in Hopkinsville hosts a Russian Artwork exhibit through the end of the month. See stacking dolls, lacquered barrettes, a lacquered chess set, woodburning paintings, and more. The museum is located at 217 East 9th Street and is open Monday through Friday from 8:30 to 4:30 and on Saturday from 10 to 3.

Applications are now being accepted for participation in the 2012 Paducah Downtown Farmers’ Market, which will be held April 25 through November 21. Regional vendors can reserve a space at the farmers’ market for an individual day, a weekend, or the complete season. Register online at

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