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  • FAME: Ray 'Curly' Sanders: Hee Haw, y'all!

     Ray “Curly” Sanders who went on to tour with country music legend Ray Price, was a regular on the Hee Haw television series, and performed on the Grand Ole Opry, started his musical career in Hodgenville at the Lincoln Jamboree.

    Joel Ray Sprowls, owner/producer of the Jamboree, recalled that his first meeting with Sanders, from Cecilia, was at a talent show Sprowls emceed at Buffalo School in May 1954.

    “The Kentucky Rangers band won the contest and Curly was their featured singer,” Sprowls said. 

  • FAME: Bobby Lewis made country music history with a lute

     Bobby Lewis, born in Hodgenville in 1946, was inducted into America's Old Time Country Music Hall of Fame in 2006.

    Lewis, a Grand Ole Opry performer and recording artist, began his career at age 9 when his brother Jack taught him some chords on a borrowed guitar. The full-sized guitar was a bit large for the youngster, so he found a lute in a variety store. He strung and tuned the lute like a guitar and before long, he was playing many venues.

  • FAME: A.G. Back: All American Basketball

     Adrian G. Back, Jr., now CEO of Lincoln National Bank, was named All-American in 1945.

    He graduated from Buffalo High School in 1940 and enrolled at the University of Kentucky on a basketball scholarship. He played on the freshman team his first year.

    When Back played on the varsity team in 1942, he got the opportunity to play with the Wildcats in the Final Four.

    His life took a drastic change with the outbreak of World War II. Back joined the Navy, entering the Naval Academy.

  • FAME: Dr. Craig Stillwell: Entomology breakthrough

     Build two houses from the same set of blueprints and they should be identical. Right?

    Then, why is it, when a male and female insect of the same species have identical genetic blueprints, one is always larger than the other?

    That's the paradox that Dr. Craig Stillwell, former LaRue Countian who is an entomologist at the University of Arizona, solved and whose solution has been published online and will be found in print publications as far away as London, England.

  • FAME: Frank Camp – Mr. Football

     Before Frank Lloyd Camp became the winningest head football at the University of Louisville, he was a teacher and coach at Hodgenville High School.

    Camp was born in Trenton Dec. 23, 1905. He attended Transylvania University, where he played quarterback on the football team, basketball and baseball. He graduated in 1930.

    He accepted jobs at Hodgenville, Glasgow and Henderson before being tapped for the UL program in 1946. The team had been dormant since 1943 due to the outbreak of World War II.

  • FAME: Nancy Lincoln's life shaped a President

     Not much is known about Nancy Hanks, the mother of Abraham Lincoln.

    She is believed to have been born Feb. 5, 1784 in Virginia (now West Virginia). She died Oct. 5, 1818.

    She spent about eight years in LaRue County, but it was during the most formative years of her son’s life.

  • FAME: Peck Hickman started career at Hodgenville High

     Bernard "Peck" Hickman, best known for turning the University of Louisville's men's basketball team into one of the nation's best, tipped off his coaching career at Hodgenville High School.

    The former coach and athletic director at U of L, who died in 2000 at the age of 88, began mentoring the Hodgenville teams in 1935 after receiving a bachelor's degree in physical education at Western Kentucky University (then State Teacher's College) where he was a star guard.

  • FAME: Herman Bell: Mount Sherman contributed to pro baseball

     A Mount Sherman native made his mark in pro baseball.

    Herman S. “Hi” Bell, born July 16, 1897, played nearly a decade for the St. Louis Cardinals and New York Giants as a right-handed pitcher.

    According to the Cardinals Encyclopedia (Mike Eisenbath, Stan Musial), “Bell etched his name into history books July 19, 1924 when he became the last big league pitcher to start and win both ends of a doubleheader.”

    He was pitching for the St. Louis Cardinals against the Boston Braves.

  • FAME: Leland Howard: On the trail of the Double Eagle

     The 1933 Double Eagle has been called the most beautiful coin ever minted. It shows Lady Liberty striding forward, wearing a flowing gown and her hair blowing in the wind.

  • FAME: Bernard Paul Coy: Against the rock that was Alcatraz

    • The saga of LaRue Countian Bernard Paul Coy’s escape attempt from Alcatraz was chronicled in a book “Six Against the Rock” by Clark Howard and in a 1987 film by the same name. David Carradine portrayed Coy in the movie, which is available on DVD.