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Danville story makes White House reporter's new book

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August 03, 2003|ANNABEL GIRARD

Imagine the surprise former Advocate reporter Julie Clay had when she was reading Helen Thomas' "Thanks for the Memories, Mr. President: Wit and Wisdom from the front row in the White House."

One of the anecdotes Thomas used for an illustration in the book was a story from Danville that Clay had covered. Thomas described how someone had passed off a fake $200 bill (which doesn't exist by the way) for an order at a fast-food restaurant and got change back.

The bogus bill had a picture of President George W. Bush in the center, an oil well on the back and a sign "We don't like broccoli," referring to a statement by the first President Bush.

Thomas was writing about the economy and that Bush was not planning to add a $200 bill to our existing currency.

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The story was hot at the time and went around the world on The Associated Press, and was even fodder for Jay Leno of the "Tonight Show" and David Letterman on "The Late Show."

Elmwood Inn featured in new publication

The food of Elmwood Inn will be featured in the first issue of Tea Time, a new national publication.

In June, photographers and writers spent time at the tea room in historic Perryville. Pastry chef Peggy Powell demonstrated how to make scones. Elmwood staff also showed how to brew a cup of tea.

The magazine will hit the newsstands in September.

Danville has not lacked for self-esteem

It can never been said that Danville lacks self-esteem. Feeling good about ourselves goes way back.

In 1883, the newspaper carried an editorial about Danville, "our modern Athens," being the healthiest and wealthiest town in Kentucky.

The town was deemed so wonderful because of "superior educational facilities," its location "in the geographical center of the state," the railroad that passed through it, its nearness to such places as Shakertown, the Kentucky River and High Bridge, and a good system of toll roads.

The town was "in the midst of scenery unsurpassed for picturesqueness and sublimity."

The writer also found our prosperity worth noting. "There is more money in Danville than could be carried away on seven mules."

The town is over 1,000 feet above sea level and "there is no chance for malaria to settle down on it."

Of course times have changed. "The town is Republican, and the county is Republican; and there are no saloons in Danville."

If that wasn't enough to entice visitors, it was also noted that "there are more regally beautiful young ladies in Boyle than any other county in Kentucky," and on whole, the town had no loafers or paupers.

The writer was so confident of Danville's virtues, he ended by saying "Danville will be selected, sooner or later, by the Kentucky Legislature, as the Capital of the State."

Random Acts of Kindness

This is multiple acts of kindness.

Reporter Liz Maples and photographer Clay Jackson were out working on a story when they passed a woman walking on the bypass, obviously going for help for a car that had stopped.

So many people stopped to ask the woman if she needed help, it almost caused a wreck.

The woman was adamant about not wanting to ride with anyone. Someone saw the Advocate people stopped and asked if they had a cell phone because the woman wanted to make a call. They gladly let the woman use their phone. While Maples and Jackson were stopped, three people checked to see if they needed help.

"People are just so nice," Maples said.

Contact Me

If you have a Pet Peeve or Random Act of Kindness you want to share, mail them to me at P.O. Box 149, Danville, 40423-0149; call me at 236-2551 or (800) 428-0409; or reach me through e-mail, annabel@amnews.com.

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