David Dick

Author David Dick
to speak in Bedford, Ky.

By Helen E. McKinney,
Contributing Writer

(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.
Dick’s wife, Lalie, plans to accompany him. The couple will discuss their latest writing endeavor, “Rivers of Kentucky.”

David Dick

David Dick

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 Kentucky’s waterways. The book denotes that Kentucky has more navigable waterways than any state except Alaska.
“I’ve 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 bachelor’s and master’s 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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