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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: February 9 – Thomas Paine turns 275

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Thomas Paine was born February 9, 1737 NS (January 29 OS) and died June 8, 1809. He was an English author, pamphleteer, radical, inventor, intellectual, revolutionary, and one of the Founding Fathers of the United States. He has been called “a corsetmaker by trade, a journalist by profession, and a propagandist by inclination.” His principal contributions were the powerful, widely read pamphlet Common Sense (1776), the all-time best-selling American book that advocated colonial America’s independence from the Kingdom of Great Britain, and The American Crisis (1776–1783), a pro-revolutionary pamphlet series. “Common Sense” was so influential that John Adams said, “Without the pen of the author of ‘Common Sense,’ the sword of Washington would have been raised in vain.” Paine lived in France for most of the 1790s, becoming deeply involved in the French Revolution. He wrote the Rights of Man (1791), in part a defense of the French Revolution against its critics. Despite not speaking French, he was elected to the French National Convention in 1792. He became notorious because of The Age of Reason (1793–94), his book that advocates deism, promotes reason and freethinking, argues against institutionalized religion and Christian doctrines. He also wrote the pamphlet Agrarian Justice (1795), discussing the origins of property, and introduced the concept of a guaranteed minimum income. Only six people attended his funeral as he had been ostracized for his ridicule of Christianity.

It’s Thursday, February 9

Playhouse in the Park presents “Crowns” tomorrow and Saturday at 7PM and on Sunday at 2:30. Hats become a springboard for exploring black history and identity. The play’s characters use hats to tell tales about everything from flirting to funeral etiquette. Reserve tickets by calling the Playhouse at 759-1752.

A Sweet Treats Recipe Swap takes place on Saturday at 11AM at the Paducah Recreation Center. Bring fifty copies of your favorite dessert recipe to exchange. Some desserts will be available for sampling. There’s more at

The Yeiser Art Center hosts a workshop titled “Doodling with Bill” on Saturday, February 18, from 12:30 to 2. Artist Bill Ford teaches middle and high school students about the history and art of doodling. Each student will help create a group doodle as well as creating an individual work. The class fee is $25. Reserve a seat by calling 442-2453.

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Written by Matt Markgraf

February 9, 2012 at 10:55 am

Datebook: January 27 – Yue Fei Wrongly Executed 870 Years Ago

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Yue Fei was a Chinese military general during the era of the Southern Song Dynasty. He is best known for leading the defense of Southern Song against invaders from the Jurchen-ruled Jin Dynasty in northern China, before being put to death by the Southern Song government. He was granted the posthumous name of “Wumu” by Emperor Xiaozong in 1169, and later granted the posthumous title of “Prince of E” by Emperor Ningzong in 1211. Widely seen as a patriot and national hero in China, since after his death, Yue Fei has evolved into a standard epitome of loyalty in Chinese culture. Despite his sweeping victory over the Northern Song, pushing his troops northward, his efforts were opposed by a party seeking appeasement within the capital led by minister Qin Hui. Yue Fei was ordered to return from the battlefield, and obeyed the Emperor’s command. On January 27, 1142, he and his son were executed on false pretenses, causing an uproar by the people. Decades later, Yue Hei was exonerated and is celebrated today for his patriotism and contributions to poetry, martial arts, and military methods.

It’s Friday, January 27

The Marvelous Wonderettes return to Playhouse in the Park for two encore performances tonight at 7 and Sunday afternoon at 2:30. The musical comedy takes place at the 1958 Springfield High School prom and features popular tunes from the 50s and 60s. $11 tickets can be purchased by calling 759-1752.

The Humane Society of Calloway County hosts Fashion 4 Paws tomorrow from noon to six in the Curris Center Ballroom on the campus of Murray State. The formalwear consignment sale event also features live music by Bordertown, custom-designed jewelry, and a silent auction.

The Clara M. Eagle Art Gallery hosts an opening reception tonight from six to eight honoring two new exhibits. The Curris Center Gallery displays Kevin Beasley’s minimalist installation exploring phenomenology and perception, and the main gallery presents a juried exhibit titled, “White Hot Gold: Examining the Role of Performance in New Media.” There’s more about the exhibits at

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Datebook: January 10 – Robinson Jeffers Turns 125

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Robinson Jeffers was born on January 10, 1887 (and died January 20, 1962). He was an American poet, best known for his work about the central California coast and as an icon of the environmental movement. Most of his poetry was written in classic narrative and epic form, but his short verse is usually found in modern anthologies. His poems “Tamar” and “Roan Stallion,” are considered a mastery of epic form, akin to Greek narrative, and were full of controversial subject matter like incest, murder, and parricide. Jeffers’ short verse includes “Hurt Hawks”, “The Purse-Seine”, and “Shine, Perishing Republic.” His intense relationship with the physical world is described in often brutal and apocalyptic verse, and demonstrates a preference for the natural world over what he sees as the negative influence of civilization. He coind the term ‘inhumanism,’ the belief that mankind is too self-centered and too indifferent to the “astonishing beauty of things.”

It’s Tuesday, January 10

Murray State’s MFA winter reading series continues tonight at 7:30 with writer Padma Viswanathan. Her reading’s in Clara Eagle Gallery, 6th Floor Doyle Fine Arts. Her first novel, The Toss of a Lemon, traces 60 years in the lives of a young Indian widow and her gay manservant.

Hopkinsville’s Guild Art Gallery features new original paintings and photographs along with jewelry, woodworking and pottery by Art Guild members with a reception from 5 to 7 p.m. Friday. The Gallery’s in Bradford Square Mall, 4000 Ft. Campbell Boulevard .

The Marvelous Wonderettes perform for Murray’s Playhouse in the Park this weekend and next. Shows are at 7 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays, 2:30 p.m. Sundays . Four girls sing for their prom in 1958 in act one- then sing together again at their ten year reunion in 1968. Call 270-759-1752 for tickets. Also, tonight from 4 to 6 there are auditions for 13 the Musical.

Red Cross Blood Drive, Wal-Mart, Jan. 13, 6 a.m. – 3 p.m.

See more about America’s Test Kitchen Radio with Christopher Kimball new to our weekend schedule at


Datebook: December 14 – First Explorers Reach South Pole 100 Years Ago

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Norwegian explorer Roald Amundsen saw success chartering the North Pole and set to the south with a crew, in 1911. he set up camp at the Bay of Whales, donned Eskimo-style wool clothing and used skis and dog sleds for transportation. They departed from camp on October 19 with four sledges and 52 dogs. Using a route Using a route along the previously unknown Axel Heiberg Glacier, they arrived at the edge of the Polar Plateau on November 21 after a four-day climb. On December 14, 1911, his team arrived at the Pole (90° 0′ S). They arrived 33–34 days before rival Robert F. Scott’s group. Amundsen named their South Pole camp Polheim, “Home on the Pole.” Amundsen renamed the Antarctic Plateau as King Haakon VII’s Plateau. They left a small tent and letter stating their accomplishment, in case they did not return safely to their camp. They did return, however, on January 25. Amundsen’s success was publicly announced on March 7, 1912, when he arrived at Hobart, Australia.

It’s Wednesday, December 14

The Western Baptist Hospital Foundation offers sponsorship of a poinsettia or “Christmas Star” in honor or memory of a loved one. The poinsettia tree is in the atrium of Doctors Office Building 2. The suggested donation is $20 for a 6 inch, $40 for a 12 inch. An acknowledgement card goes on the poinsettia and another goes to announce the gift. See

Enjoy Murray’s Playhouse in the Park’s production of The Sound of Music Friday and Saturday nights at 7, Sunday afternoon at 2:30. Get tickets at Take a canned good or non-perishable food item with you for the Festival of Lights at Murray’s Central Park.

LBL continues to offer permits, maps, and cutting guidelines for free Cedar Christmas Trees through Christmas Eve. Stop by the Administrative Office 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Monday through Friday, and at the Golden Pond Visitor Center, 9 to 5 Saturday and Sunday, closing at 3 p.m. on Christmas Eve.

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Datebook: December 12 – Gustave Flaubert turns 190

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Gustave Flaubert was born on December 12, 1821 (and died May 8, 1880). He was a French writer considered among the greatest Western novelists, known especially for his first published novel, Madame Bovary (1857). Flaubert spent five years writing Madame Bovary, which was serialized in the Revue de Paris in 1856. The government brought an action against the publisher and author on the charge of immorality, which was heard during the following year, but both were acquitted. When Madame Bovary appeared in book form, it met with a warm reception. Flaubert is infamous for scrupulously avoiding the inexact, the abstract, and vaguely inapt expression. He believed in the principle of finding “le mot juste” (“the right word”), which he considered has the key mean to achieve quality in literary art. In his letters, it is evident that he toiled in agony, violently tormenting his brain for the best turn of phrase. Modern writers may sympathize with the notion that blood, sweat, and tears went into his work. Because of this, he published less prolifically than his peers and was considered a “martyr of style.”

It’s Monday December 12

Murray’s Playhouse in the Park’s youth group, Box of Frogs, offers the Show Stoppin’ Recipes Cookbook for holiday giving. These are $15, include 200 recipes, and the Playhouse is open most afternoons for pick up. The Playhouse’s annual meeting is tomorrow evening at 6:30. The Marvelous Wonderettes will be on hand with entertainment.

Murray State’s President’s home Oakhurst on Main between 15th and 16th is open to all for a Holiday Reception from 4:30 to 6:30 Thursday. Drs. Randy and Ronda Dunn invite the Town and Gown communities.

The Mayfield Middle and High School Christmas Assistance Program seeks donors. Contact the STAR Youth Service Center at 270-247-7256. The Program pre-interviews parents or guardians of children to create lists of wishes and needs. Donors may get a list to shop confidentially for a particular child or give donations to the program to do the shopping.

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Datebook: December 9 – Our Lady of Guadalupe Appears 480 Years Ago

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Our Lady of Guadalupe, also known as the Virgin of Guadalupe is a celebrated Catholic icon of the Virgin Mary and one of Mexico’s most popular religious and cultural images. According to tradition, on December 9, 1531 a peasant named Juan Diego had a vision of a young woman while he was on a hill in the Tepeyac desert, near Mexico City. The lady told him to build a church exactly on the spot where they were standing. He told the local bishop, who asked for some proof. He went back, had the vision again, and said the bishop wanted proof. She said “Bring the roses behind you.” Turning to look, he found a rose bush growing. He cut the roses, placed them in his poncho and returned to the bishop. When he opened his poncho, instead of roses, was an image of the young lady in the vision.

It’s Friday, December 9th

Fountain Avenue United Methodist Church in Paducah has its Christmas Craft Bazaar and Bake Sale tomorrow from 9 to 4.

There’s a wreath laying ceremony Monday at 10 a.m. at Fort Campbell Memorial Park in Hopkinsville honoring those lost in the plane crash in Gander, Newfoundland, December 12, 1985.

Enjoy free Breakfast with Santa tomorrow at 8 a.m. at the Paducah Recreation Center at 1527 Martin Luther King Jr. Drive. Children 12 and under are also invited to the free Candy Cane Hunt at 10 at Keiler Park at 2900 Broadway.

Henry County High School’s State Champion Football Team members and coaches are grand marshals of the Holly Jolly Christmas Parade at 6 p.m. tomorrow in Downtown Paris.

Paducah’s National Quilt Museum hosts Story Time with Mrs. Claus tomorrow from 10 to 2. Create and consume a Quilted Cookie.

The Sound of Music is on stage at Murray’s Playhouse tonight and tomorrow night at 7 and Sunday at 2:30 p.m. Get tickets at

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