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Had dinner the other night with my peeps (board of directors) of the Midway Museum, in Woodford County, Kentucky.

We set our agenda for 2010, that includes a new web site I’m charged with building. Watch for an announcement here by the end of January. We’ve planned it to be a blockbuster. At least as good as Stray Leaves, and maybe better.

By way of introduction, L-R, are Ken Alexander. He’s a former broadcaster, with a specific interest in the Kentucky army in World War II, and Kentucky High School basketball, about which he’s writing a book.

Next are Bill & Leslie Penn, who own & operate the Midway Museum Store. Bill’s also a violinist, and plays for re-enactors of ballroom dances of the 18th century. Bill is completing writing The History of Midway, a book first being written by James Walter “Jim” Sames III when he died. Jim was a former founder of this group. Bill also put together a fine booklet about Midway, Ky., that will be available free & downloadbale on the web site. Leslie is our liason with local culture and interest groups. She also keeps the Museum’s books. So she paid for dinner.

Next is David Hume who has a farm in the Bluegrass and also owns an automotive shop devoted to French cars. I haven’t informed him yet, but David is cousin to the James. His 2nd great grandfather, Phillip Swigert, was known to our A. J. James. Both were mayors of Frankfort. Both were bankers. Swigert developed the Lousiville & Nashville (L&O) Railroad, so well used by Frank James.

Yours truly is in the rear.  


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