Letters To The Editor

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 2004 issue:

Audio Tape Aired By WHAS
About 1937 Ohio River Flood
Dear Editor:
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 waters.
Robert Jackson
5825 Terrace Park Drive
Dayton, OH 45429

Explanation Of Why There Was
Seldom A Smile In Old Photographs

Dear Editor:
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