to speak in Bedford, Ky.
Helen E. McKinney,
(April 2002) BEDFORD, Ky. Noted Kentucky author
David Dick will speak at the Trimble County Public Library at 2 p.m.
on April 20. The event is free and open to the public.
Dicks wife, Lalie, plans to accompany him. The couple will discuss
their latest writing endeavor, Rivers of Kentucky.
This is a Kentucky Humanities Council-sponsored event,
Dick said. I have been a featured speaker for the past six or
seven years all over the state.
In Rivers, Dick has a reference to the late Harlan and Anna
Hubbard and their former residence of Payne Hollow. The Hubbard homestead
is located in Trimble County, but Dick has never visited there.
Rivers of Kentucky has been nominated for non-fiction book
of the year by South East Booksellers Association. Both husband and
wife are hard at work on a sequel about Kentucky creeks.
This is the first book to cover the entire system of Kentuckys
waterways. The book denotes that Kentucky has more navigable waterways
than any state except Alaska.
Ive always been attracted to water and the movement of water
through Kentucky, said Dick. Once it goes through its hydraulic
cycle, it evaporates, and then returns to the earth. Water is a continuum.
Dick began his journalism career at WHAS radio and TV in Louisville,
Ky., where he remained for seven years. He then embarked upon a 19-year
career as a correspondent for CBS News.
Dick described his job with CBS as a wonderful opportunity to
travel over a good bit of the world. He said he had covered stories
in 30 countries, including every state except Alaska.
Modest about his accomplishments, Dick did say that he received an Emmy
Award in 1972 for his coverage of the shooting of Governor George Wallace.
Lalie and Dick married in 1978. Lalie was born in New Orleans, but grew
up in Woodville, Miss. She has been employed in the petroleum and oil
field service industries, and in marketing with Revlon cosmetics.
Dick earned his bachelors and masters degrees in English
Literature from the University of Kentucky. He has since given back
more than a fair share to the university. In 1985, after retiring from
CBS, Dick joined the UK faculty. Two years later, he became the director
of the UK School of Journalism. He served as University Orator form
1991 until 1997.
When David and Lalie returned permanently to Kentucky in 1985, they
settled in Bourbon County with their daughter, Ravy. Dick had returned
to his roots by locating on land that had been purchased along Plum
Lick Creek in 1799 by his great-great-great-grandfather, Joshua.
Dick said that he and his wife travel as much as possible, mingling
with Kentuckians and learning about their lives. The stories are
out there. We try to put them in the best literary form we can.
The couple established their own publishing company, Plum Lick Publishing
Inc., in order to write and publish books about Kentucky.
Dick said so many publishers demand what he does not like to write
stereotypical works about Kentucky, depicting all Kentuckians as the
feuding Hatfields and McCoys.
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