Kentucky Cured: Fifty Years in Kentucky Journalism

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Andrew Jackson fought a duel in rural Logan County, Kentucky. Jesse James robbed a bank there, and frontier lawyers began political careers. But a resentful Al Smith knew none of this when he got off the bus at Russellville, rented a room at a shabby hotel and asked for the nearest bootlegger. After losing two newspaper jobs in New Orleans, he was the new tramp editor of Russellville's little country weekly. He was thirty-one, and his life was in shambles. Fifty sober years later, his stories tell what happened after he was cured of his negative obsessions and discovered Kentucky was a land of the second chance. From county courthouse to the White House, read all about it.
ISBN: 9781609497903
Format: Paperback
Publisher: The History Press
State: Kentucky
Series: American Chronicles
Images: 75
Pages: 224
Dimensions: 6 (w) x 9 (h)
Al Smith began his career in New Orleans in the late 1940s. Struggles with alcoholism got him fired from two New Orleans dailies. He moved to Kentucky, got sober, and built a truly remarkable career in journalism. Smith covered Kentucky politics for the Lexington Herald-Leader and the Louisville Courier-Journal and hosted "Comment On Kentucky" for 33 years.
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