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Chaffin, Lillie D.

Lillie D. Chaffin

  • Name(s)
    • Lillie D. Chaffin
    • Lillian D. Chaffin
  • Date of Birth
    • February 1, 1925
    • Varney, Pike County, Kentucky
  • Date of Death
    • 1993
    • Buried at the Johnson Memorial Cemetery, Pikeville, Pike County, Kentucky
  • Residence(s)
    • Pikeville, Pike County, Kentucky
  • Education
    • Honorary Doctorate of Letters, Eastern Kentucky University, Richmond, Kentucky
    • Honorary Doctorate of Letters, Pikeville College, Pikeville, Kentucky
    • M.A.., Eastern Kentucky University, Richmond, Kentucky, 1971
    • B.A., Pikeville College, Pikeville, Kentucky, 1958
    • Attended Akron University, 1951-1952
    • John's Creek High School, left and returned, graduated valedictorian, 1947
  • Life Events
    • Poetry Editor for the Pikeville College Literary Magazine
    • Co-editor and co-founder of "Reaching" poetry publication, Lexington, Kentucky
    • Married Thomas W. Chaffin, 1942; one son; death of first husband
    • Married Vernon Kash, 1983
  • Awards and Recognitions
    • The Thomas and Lillie D. Chaffin Award named in her honor
    • Named Distinguished Alumnus of Eastern Kentucky University and Pikeville College
    • Named Teacher of the Year, Eastern Kentucky University and Pikeville College
    • Named one of America's Top Poets by Epoch, Cornell University's literary magazine
    • Named Associate Poet Laureate of Kentucky, 1974
    • Nominated for a Pulitzer Prize in Poetry for Eighth Day Thirteenth Moon, 1974
    • I Have a Tree named Best Book by American Pen Women, 1969
    • Bear Weather named Best Book by The New York Times, 1968
    • International Poetry Prize Winner for A Stone for Sisyphus, 1967
  • Employment
    • Lecturer in Writing Workshops
      • Berea College, Berea, Kentucky
      • Eastern Kentucky University, Richmond, Kentucky
      • University of Pikeville, Pikeville, Kentucky
      • University of Kentucky, Lexington, Kentucky
    • Teacher and Librarian, elementary schools Bevin School, Kemper School, and Johns Creek High School, near Pikeville, Kentucky, 28+ years
  • Occupation(s) / Field(s) of Activity
    • Teacher
    • Writer
    • Librarian
    • Speaker

Chandler, Erin

Erin Chandler

  • Name(s)
    • Erin Chandler
  • Date of Birth
    • Versailles, Woodford County, Kentucky
  • Residence(s)
    • Las Vegas, Nevada
    • Maine
    • Texas
    • Lexington, Fayette County, Kentucky
    • Los Angeles, California, c.1990-2010
    • Louisville, Jefferson County, Kentucky
    • Versailles, Woodford County, Kentucky
    • North Carolina
  • Education
    • M.F.A. in Creative Writing, Spalding University, Louisville, Kentucky, 2017
    • M.A. in Theatre Literature, History, and Criticism, University of Kentucky, Lexington, Kentucky, 2012
    • Kings College, London, 1990
    • B.A. in Theatre, University of Kentucky, Lexington Kentucky, 1989
    • Theatre, Dance, Screenwriting, Pepperdine University, 1986
  • Life Events
  • Awards and Recognitions
    • Dramalogue Award for Best Actress
  • Employment
    • Professional Actress, Producer, and Writer
    • Teacher, Screenwriting, Playwrighting, Carnigie Center for Literacy and Learning, Lexington, Kentucky, 2017-present
    • English Teacher, Bluegrass Community and Technical College, Lexington, Kentucky, 2017-2018
    • Founder and Editor in Chief of Rabbit House Press publishing company, Versailles, Kentucky
  • Occupation(s) / Field(s) of Activity
    • Teacher
    • Actress
    • Producer
    • Screenwriter
    • Playwright
    • Writer
    • Editor

Christensen, Evelyn B.

Evelyn B. Christensen

Photo: Huffpost

  • Name(s)
    • Evelyn B. Christensen
  • Date of Birth
  • Residence(s)
    • Hometown: eastern Kentucky
    • Lexington, Fayette County, Kentucky
  • Education
    • Ed.D. in Curriculum & Instruction (Mathematics), University of Kentucky, Lexington, Kentucky
    • Ed.S. in Curriculum & Instruction (Mathematics, University of Kentucky, Lexington, Kentucky
    • M.A. in Mathematics, University of Kentucky, Lexington, Kentucky
    • B.A. in Mathematics and Teaching Certificate, Agnes Scott College, Decatur, Georgia, 1971
  • Life Events
    • Married Ralph Christensen
  • Awards and Recognitions
    • Parents' Choice Award
    • Teacher's Choice Award
    • NAPPA Award
    • Creative Child Awards
  • Employment
    • Freelance Writer
    • Teacher, Fayette County Public Schools, Lexington, Kentucky, 1994-2003
    • Teacher, Lexington Montessori School, Lexington, Kentucky, 1990-1994
  • Occupation(s) / Field(s) of Activity
    • Teacher
    • Educator
    • Writer

Clark, Billy Curtis

  • Name(s)
    • Billy Curtis Clark
    • Billy C. Clark
  • Date of Birth
    • December 29 [or 31?], 1927
    • Catlettsburg, Boyd County, Kentucky
  • Date of Death
    •  March 15, 2009
    • Farmville, Virginia
    • Buried in Catlettsburg, Boyd County, Kentucky
  • Residence(s)
    • Catlettsburg, Boyd County, Kentucky
    • Farmville, Virginia
  • Education
    • Bachelors Degree from the University of Kentucky
  • Life Events
    • Lived on his own by age 11
    • Served in the Korean War
  • Awards and Recognitions
    • The Billy C. Clark Bridge (crosses the Big Sandy River on U. S. Route 60) was named for him, 1992
    • A Long Row to Hoe was named one of the Best Books of 1960 by Time Magazine, 1960.
  • Employment
    • In his youth he worked as a trapper, selling furs to pay for high school
    • Served in the United States Military during the Korean War
  • Occupation(s) / Field(s) of Activity
    • Writer

Clark, Dorothy Park

  • Name(s)
  • Date of Birth
    • September 14, 1899
    • Osceola, Iowa
  • Date of Death
    • June 23, 1983
    • Louisville, Jefferson County, Kentucky
  • Education
    • Columbia University, New York City, New York
    • Randolph-Macon Women's College, Lynchburg, Virginia
  • Life Events
    • Married Edward Clark, 1923; two daughters
  • Employment
  • Field(s) of Activity
  • Occupation(s)

Clark, Thomas Dionysius

  • Name(s)
    • Thomas Dionysius Clark
    • Thomas D. Clark
  • Date of Birth
    • July 14, 1903
    • Louisville, Mississippi
  • Date of Death
    • June 28, 2005
    • Lexington, Fayette County, Kentucky
    • Buried in the Lexington Cemetery
  • Residence(s)
    • Louisville, Mississippi
    • Lexington, Fayette County, Kentucky
  • Education
    • Ph. D., Duke University, Durham, North Carolina, 1929-1931
    • M. A., University of Kentucky, Lexington, Kentucky, 1928-1929
    • B. A. University of Mississippi, Oxford, Mississippi, 1925-1928
  • Life Events
    • Married Martha Turner, 1933
    • Became the first Chair of the new Kentucky Archives Collection, 1957
    • Helped establish the University of Kentucky's Department for Libraries and Archives, 1982
    • Helped establish Friends of Kentucky Public Archives, Inc., 1986
    • The Thomas D. Clark Foundation, Inc. was established in 1994
  • Awards and Recognitions  
    • Named Kentucky's Historian Laureate for Life by the Kentucky General Assembly, 1990
    • Received the B.L.C. Award from the Mississippi Historical Society, 1994
    • Received the Vic Hellard Jr. Award, 2001
    • The Kentucky History Center in Frankfort, Kentucky was renamed the Thomas D. Clark Center for Kentucky History in 2005.
    • Inducted into the Kentucky Writers Hall of Fame, 2014
  • Employment
    • Head of the Department of History, University of Kentucky
    • Historian at the University of Kentucky, 1931-2001 (70-year tenure)
  • Occupation(s) / Field(s) of Activity
    • Historian
    • Professor
    • Writer

Clay, Bernard

  • Name(s)
    • Bernard Clay
  • Date of Birth
    • Louisville, Jefferson County, Kentucky
  • Residence(s)
    • Louisville, Jefferson County, Kentucky
    • Frankfort, Franklin County, Kentucky
  • Education
    • M.F.A. in Creative Writing, University of Kentucky, Lexington, Kentucky, 2017
  • Life Events
    • Member of the Affrilachian Poets collective
  • Employment
  • Occupation(s) / Field(s) of Activity
    • Poet

Clay, Henry

Henry Clay
  • Name(s)
    • Henry Clay
  • Date of Birth
    • March 12, 1777
    • Hanover County, Virginia
  • Date of Death
    • May 29, 1852
    • Washington D. C. 
    • Buried in the Lexington Cemetery, Kentucky
  • Residence(s)
  • Education
    • College of William and Mary
    • Admitted to the Virginia Bar in 1797
  • Life Events
    • Moved to Lexington, Kentucky in 1797
    • Married Lucretia Hart in 1799, 11 children
  • Employment
    • United States Senator from Kentucky
      • March 1849 - June 1852
      • November 1831 - March 1842
      • January 1810 - March 1811
      • December 1806 - March 1807
    • United States Secretary of State
      • March 1825 - March 1829
    • Speaker of the United States House of Representatives
      • March 1823 - March 1825
      • March 1815 - October 1820
      • March 1811 - January 1814
    • Member of the United States House of Representatives, from Kentucky
    • Appointed as faculty at Transylvania University, Lexington Kentucky, 1805
    • Practiced law in Kentucky, 1797-
  • Occupation(s)
    • Politician 
    • Writer
    • Lawyer
    • Professor

Clay, Soc

  • Name(s)
    • Clarence Henry "Soc" Clay
    • Soc Clay
  • Date of Birth
    • September 23, 1935
    • Lloyd, Greenup County, Kentucky
  • Residence(s)
    • South Shore, Greenup County, Kentucky
    • Fern Hollow, Lawrence County, Kentucky
  • Education
    • McKell High School, 1954
    • Briggs Grade School, Lloyd, Kentucky
  • Life Events
    • Founding President of the Southern Outdoor Press Association
    • Married Wanda Clay, three children
  • Awards and Recognitions (selected)
    • South Shore declared "Home of Clarence 'Soc' Clay, 1984 Kentucky Poet Laureate," 2018
    • Inducted into the Southern Trout "Legends of the Fly" Hall of Fame, 2017
    • Inducted into the National Trout Fishing Hall of Fame, 2015
    • Inducted into the Greenup County Hall of Fame, 2011
    • Inducted into the Legends of the Outdoors Hall of Fame as a Legendary  Photojournalist, 2003
    • Inducted into the National Freshwater Fishing Hall of Fame as a Legendary Communicator, 2003
    • Lifetime Achievement Award from the Southeastern Outdoor Press Association, 1996
    • Tom Rollins Award from the Southeastern Outdoor Press Association, 1989
    • Named Kentucky Poet Laureate, 1984
  • Employment
    • Full time freelance outdoors photo journalist
    • Fishing Field Editor and South Regional Editor for Heartland USA Magazine
    • Fishing South Columnist for Cabela's Outfitters Journal
    • Outdoor Editor for America on the Road
    • "Masthead Editor" for Outdoor Life, Fins and Feathers, Bassin, Ohio Fisherman, Fishing Facts, Action Bass, Ohio Sportsman, and more
  • Occupation(s) / Field(s) of Activity
    • Photographer
    • Poet

Clooney, Nick

Nick Clooney

  • Name(s)
    • Nick Clooney
    • Nicholas Joseph Clooney
  • Date of Birth
    • January 13, 1934
    • Maysville, Mason County, Kentucky
  • Residence(s)
    • Maysville, Mason County, Kentucky
    • Lexington, Fayette County, Kentucky
    • Columbus, Ohio
    • Cincinnati, Ohio
    • Los Angeles, California
    • Salt Lake City, Utah
    • Augusta, Bracken County, Kentucky
  • Education
    • Honorary Doctorate of Fine Arts from Northern Kentucky University, 2007
    • Honorary Degree, University of Cincinnati, 2012
    • Honorary Diploma from St. Xavier High School, 2007
  • Life Events
    • Filmed a documentary, A Journey to Darfur with son George Clooney, and became an activist for Darfur, Sudan, 2006
    • Ran as a democrat for a seat in the House of Representatives, representing Kentucky's 4th Congressional District, 2004
    • Married Nina Warren, 1959, two children (including George Clooney)
    • Father of actor and film director, George Clooney
    • Brother of singers Rosemary and Betty Clooney
  • Awards and Recognitions
    • Emmy recipient for historical narration
    • Emmy recipient for commentary
    • Elected to the Ohio Radio and Television Broadcasters' Hall of Fame
    • Received the Thomas More Presidential Medal from Thomas More College
    • Inducted into the Cincinnati Journalism Hall of Fame
    • Inducted into the Kentucky Journalism Hall of Fame, 2001
    • Inducted into the Ohio Journalism Hall of Fame
    • Named a Kentucky Distinguished Broadcaster
  • Employment
    • Faculty, Newsuem Distinguished Journalist in Residence at the American University School of Communication, Washington, D.C., 2008-
    • American Life TV, Washington, D.C.
    • Writer for the Cincinnati/Kentucky Post, 1989-2007
    • Host, WSAI, Cincinnati, Ohio, 1999-
    • Host and Researcher, American Movie Classics (cable channel)
    • News Anchor, WGRZ-TV (NBC affiliate), Buffalo, New York, 1994
    • News Host, KSTU (FOX affiliate), Salt Lake City, Utah, early 1990s
    • Co-Anchor, KNBC, Los Angeles, California, 1984-late 1980s
    • News Director and Lead Anchor, WKRC-TV, 1975-1984
    • Hosted The Money Maze, broadcast nationally on ABC, 1974-1975
    • Host of The Nick Clooney Show
      • WLWC television, Columbus Ohio, 1968
      • WCPO-TV, Cincinnati, Ohio, 1969
      • WKRC-TV, -early 1970s
    • WKYT-TV, Lexington, Fayette County, Kentucky, 1958-1966
    • Disc jockey in the American Forces Network, hosting Music in the AirMelody-Go-Around, Germany
    • Corporal in the United States Army
  • Occupation(s) / Field(s) of Activity
    • Journalist
    • Politician
    • Anchorman
    • Game Show Host
    • Writer
    • Activist