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Entering the “Hall” and checking out pictures

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By Tom Watson

Induction into the Kentucky Journalism Hall of Fame was a humbling experience and so satisfying to know the honor came from my peers.

As far as I know, I’m the only Spencer Countian to make it. Jim Russell wasn’t a native of Spencer County, but the Courier-Journal writer resided here and died at Little Mount.

He was one of the finest people I have had the pleasure of knowing. I predict he will be voted into the Hall of Fame soon.

When I realized I knew nearly everyone at the April 14 luncheon in Lexington, I really started feeling old. I met Howard Fineman of Newsweek. He reminded me that we started in the CJ building the same year - 1973. He was a political writer and I was going to work for the Associated Press, which leased offices in the building.

Fineman, who is seen on MSNBC, became the CJ’s Washington correspondent. Byron Crawford was there with his entire family from Stanford. His father is going on 101.

Byron called me one of his mentors, probably because I hired him at WAKY Radio.

I talked with Terry Anderson, the AP reporter who was kidnapped in Lebanon and held prisoner for 7 years. He’s doing well and working at the University of Kentucky.

Fineman spoke as part of the annual Joe Creason lecture series and gave some insight about our new president. He feels Barack Obama will yet be tested by a major incident and that’s when the world will know what kind of leader he is.

Enough of this! Let’s get back to local history.

The photo of the young woman shown here was submitted by a reader. It was taken at the old Spencer County Fairground in the bottoms just northeast of Taylorsville. Does anyone know who she is? You can see the grandstand in the background where horse shows were observed.