“One small positive thought can change your whole day.” ~ Zig Ziglar
On January 13, 1869, the Kentucky Press Association (KPA) held its first meeting. This year the KPA celebrates its 150th anniversary. More than two years ago, writer and KPA member John Nelson began his research into the long and storied history of the KPA, one of the nation’s oldest Press Associations. What started out as a simple pamphlet for the KPA annual meeting quickly turned into a full-fledged book. He enlisted my help, and that of my partner in all-things-newspapers Laura Hall, for some background on UK Libraries efforts with newspaper preservation and front page images. Today, a copy of Still We Speak arrived in my mailbox. I was thrilled, of course. It felt like Christmas. Then, as I began to scan its pages, something caught my eye: my name. It was one of my proudest professional moments. I’ve worked with KPA Executive Director David Thompson for many years now. He and John are true newspapermen, fierce advocates of the Forth Estate, and supporters of news preservation at home and abroad. Plus, they get me. I’m humbled that they thought enough of me to show their appreciation. It feels good to be acknowledged. If you have an interest in Kentucky, newspapers, and history, you will want your own copy of Still We Speak. Now, if you’ll excuse me, I have some reading to do.