Each month, The Kentucky
Explorer magazine receives literally scores of letters from
our faithful readers. Whenever possible, we try to publish as
many of them as possible in the 12 pages we have set aside for
"Letters to the Editor."
Here are actual letters from our March
Audio Tape Aired By WHAS
About 1937 Ohio River Flood
There's been a recent discovery by Louisville Radio Station WHAS,
which adds to the very graphic account published in The Kentucky
Explorer January 2004 issue, of the radio appeals during the
height of the 1937 Ohio River flood. Mr. A. L. Crabb's son submitted
the account nearly 67 years after it was written by his father.
For decades WHAS was not aware of the existence of any audio
tape saved from those historic broadcasts. Then, in February
2003, a WHAS announcer revealed on the air that they had acquired,
by a stroke of luck, just such a tape.
It was of decent quality and was furnished by an out-of-state
source. On the following weekend half of the ten-minute tape
was aired. I was fortunate to record that excerpt, along with
its back story.
On this unique tape the relief effort announcer says they are
using telephone lines to station WSM in Nashville to rebroadcast
the appeals, since Louisville had lost electric power from high
5825 Terrace Park Drive
Dayton, OH 45429
Explanation Of Why There
Seldom A Smile In Old Photographs
Why was there seldom a smile in old photographs? Here's my answer
to that question.
Many years ago people certainly didn't go to dentists like they
do now, so they probably had teeth that were bad. Also, they
weren't used to getting their picture made much, which wasn't
taken by cameras of today's style. I remember getting my photo
made at school with the photographer sticking his head inside
a cloth-like contraption on a tripod stand and snapping the picture.
He usually took several shots, and one was told to be very still.
Also, these people lived very hard, poor lives. Most of their
(men, women, and children) work was back-breaking.
Today, we lead a soft life compared to them.
Jessie M. Perry
19 Volley Court
Winchester, KY 40391