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Attention Bluegrass Brawlers:

12/29/2006

Q: Where have you Bassmasters guys been?
A: Strangely, the Bassmasters have not had a top-level event here since 1993. Norio Tanabe became the first international angler to win a Bassmaster event at that one.

Q: Why did you say that Clark's Hill was the biggest manmade reservoir east of the Mississippi? Everyone knows that Kentucky Lake is bigger.
A: You are correct, sir. Clarks Hill, the fifth stop of the year for the Elite Series boasts just over 150,000 acres. Kentucky Lake is over 170,000. Our researcher, a Mr. Sanders, was apparently misled by statements taken from the usually 100 percent reliable internet. He is on probation for this until further notice.

Q: What's the deal on the Kentucky Dam?
A: Well, it's the longest dam in the Tennessee Valley Authority system at over 8 thousand feet in length. It was started in 1938 (20 years before the Barkley Dam) and was dedicated by President Harry Truman in 1945. It's really the spigot that controls flooding on the lower Ohio and Mississippi rivers — the last dam in the chain.

Q: Harry Truman, huh? Are there any other Presidents from Kentucky?
A: I didn't say Harry Truman was from Kentucky. He was from Missouri. You're trying to get me in trouble again. As for Presidents from Kentucky, how about Abe Lincoln? And guess what else — Lincoln's opposing Commander in Chief in the War Between the States, Jefferson Davis, was also from Kentucky. Ironic, huh? Maybe they should have called it the War Between the State.

Q: Or not. Speaking of States, there must be a lot of places to fish in Kentucky.
A: As a matter of fact, with the Tennessee, the Cumberland, the Ohio and all the other rivers, there's more navigable shoreline in Kentucky than in any other State except Alaska.

Q: Was Daniel Boone ever a President of the United States?
A: No. Boone was an early explorer who led many settlers from the east to Kentucky through the Cumberland Gap. He is buried in Frankfort. His son Isaac was killed in Kentucky at the Battle of Blue Licks, one of the last battles of the Revolutionary War.

Q: What battles did Colonel Sanders fight in?
A: I can't know the answer to that. I do know that Sanders retired at 65 from the restaurant business in Corbin, Kentucky, almost broke, and then discovered a new way to cook chicken. His franchises were a worldwide success and when he died in 1980 his body lay in state in the Capitol Rotunda in Frankfort.

Q: I feel hungry for more Kentucky food history.
A: That's not technically a question, but the cheeseburger was first served in 1936 in Kaolin's Restaurant in Louisville.

Q: What about Kentucky Bourbon Whiskey?
A: That dates back to 1789, when the first batch was brewed up by one Elijah Craig, a Baptist preacher. He may have wanted the homebrew because he was tired of pretending not to recognize the other Baptists when he went to the liquor store.