Wednesday, May 17, 2017

Birth Dates of Notable Kentuckians: May 17, 1905 - John Patrick












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From Wikipedia (accessed May 10, 2016):
John Patrick (May 17, 1905 – November 7, 1995) was an American playwright and screenwriter.
Biography
He was born John Patrick Goggin in Louisville, Kentucky. His parents soon abandoned him, and he spent a delinquent youth in foster homes and boarding schools. At age 19, he secured a job as an announcer at KPO Radio in San Francisco, California, marrying Mildred Legaye in 1925. He wrote over one thousand scripts for the Cecil and Sally radio program (originally titled "The Funniest Things"), broadcast between 1928 and 1933. The show's sole actors were Patrick and Helen Troy. In 1937, Patrick wrote adaptations for NBC's Streamlined Shakespeare series, guest-starring Helen Hayes.
Produced on a tight budget, his first play, Hell Freezes Over, directed by Joshua Logan, had a brief run on Broadway in 1935. However, the credit opened the door for him as a Hollywood scriptwriter.
In 1942, a second play, The Willow and I, was produced with Martha Scott and Gregory Peck in the starring roles. Before its first night, Patrick had volunteered for the American Field Service providing medical services in support of the British Army fighting World War II. He served with Montgomery's Eighth Army in Egypt and subsequently saw action in India and Burma where the ideas for his next play The Hasty Heart were germinated. Patrick completed the play on the ship that returned him to the US after the war, and it proved a great commercial success, being adapted for the screen in 1949, with Ronald Reagan as the star, and for TV in 1983.
His next two plays, The Curious Savage (1950) and Lo and Behold (1951), fared less well, but it was his 1953 stage adaptation of Vern J. Sneider's novel The Teahouse of the August Moon that marked the height of his fame, winning both the Pulitzer Prize and Tony Award for drama. He adapted the play for the screen in 1956 and for the musical stage, under the title Lovely Ladies, Kind Gentlemen, in 1970. In 1955, he adapted a well-known autobiographical book, A Many-Splendoured Thing by Han Suyin, for the movie Love Is a Many-Splendored Thing.
His next play, Good as Gold (1957), was less well received, and most of the rest of his career was dedicated to a series of successful screenwriting assignments. Following his success with The Hasty Heart, Patrick bought the 65 acres (26 ha) estate, Hasty Hill at Suffern, New York. He later moved to Saint Thomas, United States Virgin Islands.
On November 7, 1995, the 90-year-old playwright was found dead in his room with a plastic bag over his head. His death was ruled a suicide. Patrick is now best remembered for his screen work though his plays remain popular with community theatres.
The John Patrick Collection, including the playwright's books, letters, and manuscripts is held at the Rare Book Department of Boston University.
WORKS
Theatre Productions
  • Hell Freezes Over, 28 December 1935, Ritz Theatre, New York, NY
  • The Willow and I, 10 December 1942, Windsor Theatre, New York, NY
  • The Hasty Heart, 3 January 1945, Hudson Theatre, New York, NY
  • The Story of Mary Surratt, 8 February 1947, Henry Miller's Theatre, New York, NY
  • The Curious Savage, 24 October 1950, Martin Beck Theatre, New York, NY
  • Lo and Behold!, 12 December 1951, Booth Theatre, New York, NY
  • The Teahouse of the August Moon, adapted from Vern Sneider's novel, 15 October 1953, Martin Beck Theatre, New York, NY
  • Good as Gold, 7 March 1957, Belasco Theatre, New York, NY
  • Juniper and the Pagans, 10 December 1959, Colonial Theatre, Boston, MA
  • Everybody Loves Opal, 11 October 1961, Longacre Theatre, New York, NY
  • It's Been Wonderful, September 1966, Albuquerque Little Theatre, Albuquerque, NM
  • Scandal Point, September 1967, Albuquerque Little Theatre, Albuquerque, NM
  • Everybody's Girl, September 1968, Albuquerque Little Theatre, Albuquerque, NM
  • Love Is a Time of Day, 22 December 1969, Music Box Theatre, New York, NY
  • A Barrel Full of Pennies, 12 May 1970, Playhouse on the Mall, Paramus, NJ
  • Lovely Ladies, Kind Gentlemen, 28 December 1970, Majestic Theatre, New York, NY
  • Opal Is a Diamond, 27 July 1971, Flat Rock Playhouse, Flat Rock, NC
  • The Savage Dilemma, 19 May 1972, Long Beach Community Theatre, Long Beach, CA
  • The Dancing Mice, June 1972, Berea Summer Theatre, Berea, OH
  • Macbeth Did It, July 1972, Flat Rock Playhouse, Flat Rock, NC
  • The Enigma, 12 June 1973, Berea Summer Theatre, Berea, OH
  • Opal's Baby, 26 June 1973, Flat Rock Playhouse, Flat Rock, NC
  • Roman Conquest, 25 July 1973, Berea Summer Theatre, Berea, OH
  • A Bad Year for Tomatoes, 1974, John Patrick Dinner Theatre at the You Are Cabaret Dinner Theatre, North Royalston, OH
  • Divorce, Anyone?, 1975, John Patrick Dinner Theatre at the You Are Cabaret Dinner Theatre, North Royalston, OH
  • Opal's Husband, 1975, Flat Rock Playhouse, Flat Rock, NC
  • Noah's Animals, 1975, Berea Summer Theatre, Berea, OH
  • Suicide, Anyone?, 1976, Fortuna Theatre Club, St. Thomas, Virgin Islands
  • People!, October 1976, John Patrick Dinner Theatre at the You Are Cabaret Dinner Theatre, North Royalston, OH
  • Opal's Million Dollar Duck, 1979, School of Performing Arts, St Thomas, Virgin Islands
  • Girls of the Garden Club, July 1979, Berea Summer Theatre, Berea, OH
  • That's Not My Father, 1979, Fortuna Theatre Club, St Thomas, Virgin Islands
Screenplays
  • Charlie Chan at the Race Track, Twentieth Century-Fox, 1936
  • Educating Father, Twentieth Century-Fox, 1936
  • 36 Hours to Kill, Twentieth Century-Fox, 1936
  • High Tension, Twentieth Century-Fox, 1936
  • Midnight Taxi, Twentieth Century-Fox, 1937
  • Dangerously Yours, Twentieth Century-Fox, 1937
  • The Holy Terror, Twentieth Century-Fox, 1937
  • Time Out For Romance, Twentieth Century-Fox, 1937
  • Sing and Be Happy, Twentieth Century-Fox, 1937
  • Born Reckless, Twentieth Century-Fox, 1937
  • One Mile From Heaven, Twentieth Century-Fox, 1937
  • Big Town Girl, Twentieth Century-Fox, 1937
  • Up the River Heaven, Twentieth Century-Fox, 1937
  • Look Out, Mr. Moto, Twentieth Century-Fox, 1938
  • Five of a Kind, Twentieth Century-Fox, 1938
  • International Settlement, Twentieth Century-Fox, 1938
  • Battle of Broadway, Twentieth Century-Fox, 1938
  • Mr. Moto Takes a Chance, Twentieth Century-Fox, 1938
  • High Society, adapted from Philip Barry's play, The Philadelphia Story, MGM, 1956
  • Teahouse of the August Moon, MGM, 1956
  • Les Girls, adapted from Vera Caspary's novel, MGM, 1957
  • Some Came Running, adapted from James Jones's novel, MGM, 1958
  • The World of Suzie Wong, adapted from Paul Osborn's play and Richard Mason's novel, Paramount, 1960
  • Parrish, adapted from Mildred Savage's novel, for Warner Brothers, 1961
  • Gigot, adapted from Jackie Gleason's story, Twentieth Century-Fox, 1962
  • The Main Attraction, Seven Arts, 1963
  • The Shoes of the Fisherman, adapted from Morris West's novel, MGM, 1968
Television Scripts
  • "Teahouse of the August Moon," Hallmark Hall of Fame, NBC, 1962
  • "The Small Miracle," adapted from Paul Gallico's short story, Hallmark Hall of Fame, NBC, 1973
Publications
  • The Willow and I (New York: Dramatists Play Service, 1943)
  • The Hasty Heart (New York: Dramatists Play Service, 1945)
  • The Story of Mary Surratt (New York: Dramatists Play Service, 1947)
  • The Curious Savage (New York: Dramatists Play Service, 1951)
  • Lo and Behold!; A New Comedy in Three Acts (New York: S. French, 1952)
  • The Teahouse of the August Moon (New York: Dramatists Play Service, 1957)
  • Everybody Loves Opal (New York: Dramatists Play Service, 1962)
  • It's Been Wonderful (New York: Dramatists Play Service, 1966)
  • Everybody's Girl; a Comedy in Three Acts, (New York: Dramatists Play Service, 1968)
  • Scandal Point; a Play in Three Acts, (New York: Dramatists Play Service, 1969)
  • Love Is a Time of Day (New York: Dramatists Play Service, 1970)
  • A Barrel Full of Pennies: A Comedy in Two Acts (New York: Dramatists Play Service, 1971)
  • Lovely Ladies, Kind Gentlemen (New York: S. French, 1971)
  • Anybody Out There (New York: Dramatists Play Service, 1972)
  • Divorce--Anyone?: Three One Act Plays (New York: Dramatists Play Service, 1976)
  • Noah's Animals: A Musical Allegory in Three Acts (New York: S. French, 1976)
  • Suicide--Anyone?: Three One Act Plays (New York: Dramatists Play Service, 1976)
  • The Girls of the Garden Club: A Comedy in Three Acts (New York: Dramatists Play Service, 1980)
  • Opal's Million Dollar Duck (New York: Dramatists Play Service, 1980)
  • People!: Three One Act Plays (New York: S. French, 1980)
  • That's Not My Mother: Three One Act Plays (New York: S. French, 1980)
  • The Magenta Moth: A Play in Three Acts (New York: Dramatists Play Service, 1983)
  • The Reluctant Rogue, or, Mother's Day: A Play (New York: Dramatists Play Service, 1984)
  • Cheating Cheaters: A Comedy (New York: Dramatists Play Service, 1985)
  • The Gay Deceiver: A Play in Three Acts (New York: Dramatists Play Service, 1988)
  • The Doctor Will See You Now: Four One-Act Plays (New York: Dramatists Play Service, 1991)
  • Dirty Ditties (New York: Penguin, 1996)
  • A Bad Year For Tomatoes (New York: Dramatists Play Service, 1975)
References
  • Pace, Eric (9 November 1995). "John Patrick, Pulitzer Winner For 'Teahouse,' Is Dead at 90". New York Times. Retrieved 2008-12-15. 
  • Wilmer, Jr., Harry A (1955). "Psychiatrist on Broadway". American Imago; A Psychoanalytic Journal for the Arts and Sciences 12 (2): 157–78.  line feed character in |journal= at position 45 (help)
External links
Selected Sources from UK Libraries:

Patrick, John, and Vern. Sneider. The Teahouse of the August Moon : A Play. New York: G. P. Putnam's Sons, 1952. Print.PS3513.O27 T4 1952, Fine Arts Library Book Stacks
Patrick, John. The Hasty Heart : Comedy Drama in Three Acts. New York, N.Y.: Dramatists Play Service, 1972. Print.
PN6120.A52 G6554 1972, Fine Arts Library Book Stacks

Patrick, John. Love Nest for Three : A Sequel to Sex on the Sixth Floor. New York: S. French, 1974. Print.
PS3566.A78 L63, Fine Arts Library Book Stacks

Birth Dates of Notable Kentuckians: May 17, 1885 - Vertner Woodson Tandy
















Vertner Woodson Tandy circa 1920

From Wikipedia
(accessed May 17, 2017)
Vertner Woodson Tandy (May 17, 1885 – November 7, 1949) was an American architect.[1] He was one of the seven founders (commonly referred to as "The Seven Jewels") of Alpha Phi Alpha fraternity at Cornell University in 1906. He was the first African American registered architect in New York State. Tandy served as the first treasurer of the Alpha chapter and the designer of the fraternity pin.[2] The fraternity became incorporated under his auspices.
Biography
He was born on May 17, 1885, in Lexington, Kentucky.[1]
He initially attended Tuskegee Institute studying architectural drawing.[3] In 1907 he graduated from Cornell University[4] with a degree in architecture and he later became the State of New York’s first registered black architect, with offices on Broadway in New York City.
Tandy's most famous commission was probably Villa Lewaro, the mansion of Harlem millionairess Madam C. J. Walker, in Irvington on Hudson, New York. Among his other extant work are the Ivey Delph Apartments, and St. Philip's Episcopal Church at 204 West 134th Street in Harlem, through his architectural firm of Tandy & Foster. The Ivey Delph Apartments, designed in 1948, was listed on the National Register of Historic Places in 2005.[5]
Tandy also holds the distinction of being the first African American to pass the military commissioning examination and was commissioned First Lieutenant in the 15th Infantry of the New York State National Guard.
Vertner W. Tandy died of pneumonia on November 7, 1949, aged 64, in Manhattan, New York City.[1]
References
1.     "Vertner Woodson Tandy". New York Times. November 8, 1949.
2.      Parks, Gregory (2012-01-01). Alpha Phi Alpha: A Legacy of Greatness, The Demands of Transcendence. University Press of Kentucky. ISBN 0813134579.
3.      Weiss, Ellen (2012-01-01). Robert R. Taylor and Tuskegee: An African American Architect Designs for Booker T. Washington. NewSouth Books. ISBN 9781588382481.
4.     Woods, Mary N. (1999-07-20). From Craft to Profession: The Practice of Architecture in Nineteenth-century America. University of California Press. ISBN 9780520921405.
5.     National Park Service (2009-03-13). "National Register Information System". National Register of Historic Places. National Park Service.
Further reading
·        Wesley, Charles H. (1981). The History of Alpha Phi Alpha, A Development in College Life (14th ed.). Chicago: Foundation. ASIN: B000ESQ14W.
·        Mason, Herman (1999). "The Outspoken Jewel—Vertner Woodson Tandy". The Talented Tenth: The Founders and Presidents of Alpha (2nd ed.). Winter Park, Florida: Four-G. ISBN 1-885066-63-5.
·        Gray, Christopher (1994-04-24). "Streetscapes/The Walker Town House; The Grand Mansion of an Early Black Entrepreneur". The New York Times. The New York Times Company. Retrieved 6 February 2010.

External links
· Alpha Phi Alpha website

Selected Sources from UK Libraries:

Notable Kentucky African Americans Database

Encyclopedia of African American Business History
Online Access at University of Kentucky Libraries

Additional Sources:
Vertner Woodson Tandy - Blue Grass Trust for Historic Preservation

Tuesday, May 16, 2017

Birth Dates of Notable Kentuckians: May 16, 1947 - Bob Edwards

 
 











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From The Kentucky Encyclopedia -
Radio news journalist Robert (Bob) Edwards, son of Joseph R. and Loretta (Fuchs) Edwards, was born in Louisville on May 16, 1947. After graduating from St. Xavier High School in 1965 he entered the University of Louisville, where he received a B.S. in commerce in 1969. He began his career in news reporting before his graduation, working as the news and program director at WHEL-AM, in New Albany, Indiana, from 1968 until 1969.

Following a brief stint in the army, 1969-71, Edwards became the news anchor at WTOP-AM, Washington, D.C., in 1972 and obtained an M.A. in communications from American University the same year. Later that year, Edwards left WTOP to become a correspondent and night editor for the Multimedia Broadcasting System, stationed in Washington. In 1974 he joined National Public Radio as an associate producer; later that year he became co- host of the network's " All Things Considered" program. In 1979, he became host of the news program " Morning Edition," a position he still held in 1992.

Edwards has produced and anchored several radio documentaries, including one on Edward R. Murrow, in 1975; on Letcher County , Kentucky, in 1976; and on Appalachian writers in 1980. He has received numerous awards for his efforts in broadcasting, including the Unity Award In Media from Lincoln University in Jefferson City, Missouri, in 1983 and the Edward R. Murrow Award for public broadcasting in 1984. In 1985, the Louisville Forum granted him the Fleur-de- Lis award.

Edwards married Sharon Kelly on May 14, 1979. They have three children, Brean, Susannah, and Nora.

Selected Sources from UK Libraries:

Edwards, Bob. A Voice in the Box : My Life in Radio. Lexington: U of Kentucky, 2011. Print.
PN1991.4.E23 A3 2011, Young Library - 5th Floor

Thurman, Tom., Robert H. Booth, Marilyn. Myers, Michael. Kelsay, Bob Edwards, and Kentucky Educational Television. Basketball in Kentucky Great Balls of Fire. Lexington, Ky.]: KET, 2002.
AV-D7721. Young Media Library

Edwards, Bob, and NetLibrary, Inc. Edward R. Murrow and the Birth of Broadcast Journalism. Hoboken, N.J.: Wiley, 2004. Print. Turning Points (John Wiley & Sons).
PN4874.M89 E38 2004, Young Library - 5th Floor

Monday, May 15, 2017

Birth Dates of Notable Kentuckians: May 15, 1925 - Ralph Eugene Meatyard

From Smithsonian Magazine November 2011 -

Ralph Eugene Meatyard: The Man Behind the Masks

The "dedicated amateur" photographer had a strange way of getting his subjects to reveal themselves

 

Ralph Eugene Meatyard said that masks erased the differences between people. He photographed his family, shown here, in 1962. (The Estate of Ralph Eugene Meatyard courtesy Fraenkel Gallery, San Francisco)

By
David Zax 

Smithsonian Magazine
November 2011 


One day in 1958 or ’59, Ralph Eugene Meatyard walked into a Woolworths store in Lexington, Kentucky. An optician by trade, Meatyard was also a photographer—a “dedicated amateur,” he called himself—and he kept an eye out for props. He might drop by an antiques store to buy eerie dolls or emerge from a hobby shop with a jar of snakes or mice cured in formalin. In Woolworths, he came upon a set of masks whose features suggested a marriage of Picasso and a jack-o’-lantern.

“He immediately liked their properties,” recalls his son Christopher, who was with him at the time. Meatyard père bought a few dozen. “They were latex and had a very unique odor,” says Christopher, now 56. “In the summer they could be hot and humid.”

Over the next 13 years, Meatyard persuaded a procession of family and friends to don one of the Woolworths masks and pose in front of his camera. The resulting photographs became the best known of the pictures he left behind when he died of cancer in 1972, at age 46. That work, says the photographer Emmet Gowin, who befriended Meatyard in the 1970s, is “unlike anyone else’s in this world.”

“He picked the environment first,” Christopher says of his father’s method. “Then he’d look at the particular light in that moment in that place, and start composing scenes using the camera.” With the shot composed, he would then populate it, telling his subjects where to place themselves, which way to face, whether to move or stand still.

For the 1962 portrait on the preceding page, Meatyard chose an abandoned minor-league ballpark and arranged his wife and their three children in the bleachers. (Christopher is at left; his brother, Michael, is in the middle; his sister, Melissa, at the bottom; and their mother, Madelyn, is seated top right.) The title he gave the image—Romance (N.) From Ambrose Bierce #3—provides only the broadest hint of what he was up to: In his Devil’s Dictionary, Bierce had defined “romance” as “fiction that owes no allegiance to the God of Things as they are.”

But still, why masks? Well, “the idea of a person, a photograph, say, of a young girl with a title ‘Rose Taylor’ or the title ‘Rose’ or no title at all becomes an entirely different thing,” Meatyard once said. “ ‘Rose Taylor’ is a specific person, whether you know her nor not. ‘Rose’ is more generalized and could be one of many Roses—many people. No title, it could be anybody.” And in the same way, a mask “serves as non-personalizing a person.”

And why would someone want to do that? In an essay on Meatyard’s work, the critic James Rhem quotes one of his sitters, Mary Browning Johnson: “He said he felt like everyone was connected, and when you use the mask, you take away the differences.”

Gowin, who posed for a Meatyard portrait, recalls thinking that wearing a mask would surely erase all sense of personhood. “But when I saw the pictures,” he says, “I realized that even though you have the mask, your body language completely gives you away. It’s as if you’re completely naked, completely revealed.”

Meatyard, whose surname is of English origin, was born in Normal, Illinois, in 1925. He served stateside in the Navy during World War II and briefly studied pre-dentistry before settling on a career as an optician. He plied that trade all his working life—9 to 5 on weekdays, 9 to noon on Saturdays—but photography became his ruling passion shortly after he purchased his first camera, in 1950, to photograph his newborn son, Michael. Four years later, Meatyard joined the Lexington Camera Club. Endlessly curious, he sought inspiration in philosophy, music and books—historical fiction, poetry, short stories and collections of Zen koans. Zen and jazz were enduring influences. “How many businessmen run Buddhist-style meditation groups over the lunch hour?” asks Gowin.

Despite his self-proclaimed status as an amateur, Meatyard soon became known in serious photography circles. In 1956, his work was exhibited beside that of Ansel Adams, Aaron Siskind, Harry Callahan and Edward Weston. Five years later, Beaumont Newhall, then director of the George Eastman House, listed him in Art in America as one of the “new talents” in American photography. In the late 1960s, he collaborated with the writer Wendell Berry on The Unforeseen Wilderness, a book about Kentucky’s Red River Gorge. In 1973, the New York Times called him a “backwoods oracle.”

Selected Sources from UK Libraries:


Meatyard, Ralph Eugene, James Baker Hall, and Guy. Davenport. Ralph Eugene Meatyard. Millerton, N. Y.: Aperture, 1974. Print.
TR654 .M38 1974, Fine Arts Library - Closed Stacks

Meatyard, Ralph Eugene, Eugenia. Parry, Elizabeth Siegel, Art Institute of Chicago, and M.H. De Young Memorial Museum. Ralph Eugene Meatyard : Dolls and Masks. Santa Fe : [Chicago]: Radius ; Art Institute of Chicago, 2011. Print.
TR647 .M393 2011, Fine Arts Library

Meatyard, Ralph Eugene, Barbara. Tannenbaum, and Akron Art Museum. Ralph Eugene Meatyard : An American Visionary. Akron] : New York: Akron Art Museum, Ohio ; Rizzoli, 1991. Print.
TR647 .M393 1991, Fine Arts Library - Oversize



Birth Dates of Notable Kentuckians: May 15, 1911 - Mary Alice Hadley




image from hadleypottery.com


From the Kentucky Encyclopedia -
Mary Alice (Hale) Hadley, potter, was born in Terre Haute, Indiana, on May 15, 1911, to Frank R. and Hattie Alice Hale. She attended Indiana public schools and Indiana State University in Terre Haute, and graduated from Depauw College at Greencastle, Indiana, in 1933. At Depauw she met George Hadley, whom she married in 1930. In 1935, when the Hadleys were living in New York City, she took art classes at Columbia University. In 1939, after the Hadleys moved to Louisville, Mary Alice was given a boat, and unable to find dinnerware suitable for boating on the river, she decided to make her own. Friends in New York City and Chicago, impressed by Hadley's work, showed it to others, and orders began to arrive at her home for mugs, plates, and platters. The earthenware pieces were hand painted with cartoons of pigs, chickens, horses, farmers, or sheep, before being glazed, mostly in shades of blue and green. Hadley created a children's pottery series and also did custom designs.

Hadley's first commercial outlet was a gift shop, for which she filled special orders personally. In 1945 Hadley Pottery opened in an old factory on Story Avenue in Louisville. Mary Alice Hadley died on December 26, 1965, in Louisville and was cremated. George Hadley died on January 4, 1991. Hadley Pottery continues to operate.

See

Grady Clay, Jr., "Made in Louisville," and Marion Porter, "Charm from Clay," Louisville Courier-Journal Magazine, Oct. 8, 1950.
Source from UK Libraries:

Payne, Warren. Clear as Mud : Early 20th Century Kentucky Art Pottery. Paris, KY: Cane Ridge Pub. House, 2010. Print.
NK4025.K4 C54 2010, Fine Arts Library

Other Sources:
M.A. Hadley History
http://hadleypottery.com/history.html

Hadley Potteryhttp://hadley.retrovenue.com/

Thursday, May 11, 2017

Birth Dates of Notable Kentuckians: May 11, 1912 – Foster Brooks






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From The Kentucky Encyclopedia -
Foster Brooks, comedian and radio and television announcer, was born on May 11, 1912, in Louisville, one of eight children of Edna (Megowan) and Pleasant M. Brooks. At the age of thirteen he began his radio career at WHAS in Louisville, where his mother was a performer. During the 1937 Ohio River flood, Brooks and two other WHAS announcers maintained a twenty-four-hour vigil to provide news of the disaster. Brooks later broadcast for WAVE and WKLO radio in Louisville and worked at stations in St. Louis and in Rochester and Buffalo, New York. In the 1950s he moved into television and worked for WAVE-TV in Louisville. Brooks left local broadcasting for a career as a comedian and by the 1960s he was often seen in guest roles on television series. In the role of "Lovable Lush," he appeared frequently on stage in Las Vegas and Atlantic City. In the 1970s this character became a regular on television's " Dean Martin Show" and earned him an Emmy nomination. Brooks was a regular in the television series " New Bill Cosby Show" and " Mork and Mindy." Brooks returns to his native city annually as the sponsor of a celebrity charity golf tournament. The Baseball Hall of Fame recognized Brooks as the author of the poem " Riley on the Mound."

MARY MARGARET BELL, Entry Author

Selected Source from UK Libraries:

Franklin, Joe. Joe Franklin's Encyclopedia of Comedians. 1st ed. Secaucus, N.J.: Citadel, 1979. Print.
PN2285 .F7, Young Library - Reference