Archive for May, 2012

“This successful life we’re livin’s got us feudin’ Like the Hatfields and McCoys…” Luckenbach Texas Lyrics by Waylon Jennings The History Channel’s miniseries Hatfields & McCoys pulled in some big numbers in the last few days—more than 13 million viewers each night. As AP television writer David Bauder pointed out, “Those are huge numbers in [...]

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“I did not believe it was possible to be a woman playwright from Kentucky. The reason I thought this, was that in the early seventies,  there weren’t any. There were writers, all right, wonderful writers, a few of them women, but those writers were all from the mountains. So naturally, I thought being an artist [...]

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Last week I spent the majority of my time on a video shoot in Louisville, Kentucky and it gave me the opportunity to learn about some heavy hitters from the area. Of course, Louisville Slugger baseball bats have been made in the area since the late 1800s and are a great icon of American craftsmanship. [...]

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Take these broken wings and learn to fly Blackbird (Lyrics by Lennon/McCartney) Today I was on the road after a three day video shoot in Louisville, Kentucky and found myself driving Seymour, Indiana for the second time this week. Today I decided to drive through town instead of just taken the Interstate bypass, and hunted [...]

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Most of you have probably never heard of writer Edward Eggleston or his most known novel The Hoosier Schoolmaster. Mostly because it was written in 1871. But how many writers have had a novel of their’s made into a movie three times? The Hoosier Schoolmaster films were produced in 1914, 1924 & 1935.  Not bad [...]

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“Who’d want to live down there is the middle of nowhere?” Fly Over States/ Lyrics by Michael William Dulaney and Neil Thrasher  It seemed more than fitting that on a brief lunch stop Monday in New Richmond, Indiana that when I walked into the Corner Cafe—where one of the scenes from Hoosiers was filmed—Jason Aldean’s song [...]

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Okay, there really isn’t a Hickory, Indiana. But for those who have seen the 1986 movie Hoosiers, there will always be a Hickory, Indiana. Yesterday as I was heading south on Interstate 74 heading toward Indianapolis I realized I was deep in Hoosier territory. A quick search of the Internet showed there were several towns [...]

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“Hope is a dangerous thing.” Red (Morgan Freeman) Shawshank Remedemption Do you ever have days that just seem magical and full of odd connections? Yesterday was one of those days for me. After my video shoot in Willmar, Minnesota on Saturday I drove to Minneapolis to stay the night before heading back to Iowa. When [...]

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Speaking of Jessica Lange (see yesterday’s post) have you ever seen the movie Country? Lange was nominated for an Academy Award for her role as a wife of a farmer during the farming crisis of the 80s. That film was shot in Waterloo, Iowa and the most memorable scene to me was the auction of a farm [...]

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On Monday I did a shoot in Little Falls, Minnesota and met a fellow who said he gave a bike ride to future actress Jessica Lange when she lived there in ninth grade. But the two-time Oscar-winning is not the most famous resident to have ever lived in Little Falls. That honor would go to [...]

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