Around Town: Leno show a no-go for local Martha fan

October 04, 2004|ANNABEL GIRARD

A food story in The Advocate-Messenger about 8-year-old Bailey Fowler caught the eye of the producers of the "Tonight Show with Jay Leno" show.

The call came to the Fowler household the same day the article came out. Mother Jennifer Fowler of Junction City said the Leno show staff' attention was caught by the fact Bailey wasn't interested in cartoons, but she'd head for the television when told that "Martha Stewart," her favorite show, was on.

The producers wanted a videotape of Bailey to see if they wanted to schedule her for an appearance on Leno's late-night talk show. Stewart was news because she asked to be sentenced so she could get her prison time over with following a conviction for conspiracy, obstruction of justice and making false statements involving a sale of stock.

Fowler quickly made a video of Bailey and shipped it out overnight. Later, she learned she had a week to get the tape in.


"I would have had her cooking or doing something," she said.

Fowler was told not to mention the call to anyone because they don't always get to use everybody they call. After three weeks of waiting, they heard that Bailey was not selected for the show.

Still, anticipating Bailey's 15 minutes of fame was fun anyway. Fowler said Bailey doesn't understand the significance of being selected for the show, but "she wanted to know why they didn't pick her," Fowler says.

Pace unveils new work

Yolantha Pace unveiled a new work during the Kentuckians Reading Kentuckians event in mid-September that is sponsored by the Janice Holt Giles and Henry Giles Society.

The event brings lovers of literature to the Kentucky author's home place to either read from a favorite Kentucky writer or from their own writings. The Adair County event is held at Giles House, which Giles wrote about in her book "A Little Better than Plumb."

The audience got a glimpse into Pace's newest book, "Where the Thunder Hides: Shout, Mammy, Shout!!" which is set to come out in early 2005. She read "I've Got the Alphabet Blues" from the manuscript. She also read "Don't Judge a Worm By It's Cover" and "The Worth of Woman."

Pace's book, "Wing-Plucked Butterfly," is now being carried by Barnes and Noble Book Stores, she said.

At the Giles' event, Pace was asked what she felt she had in common with the writer: "A wonderment of life, the joy of being literate and a set of ovaries!"

In October, Pace is scheduled to appear with the Appalachian Women's Project "Poetry as Prayer" at Joseph-Beth Book Store in Lexington and also will be doing a reading in November at the new Community Arts Center here.

Photo book on Kentucky

Photographers from across the state have taken pictures that are part of a new book, "Kentucky 24/7." The book is part of an on-going project under "America 24/7" to document every state. Pictures in the Kentucky book cover May 12-18, 2003.

Photos from this area: Brummett and Todd's Barber Shop and the stockyards in Lancaster, Galilean Homes Ministries in Casey County, Eddie Johnson preaching at Danville Deaf Baptist Mission and the Rev. Norman Fischer leading a weekend retreat at Cliffview Center.

More information about the project is available at They are even looking for photos for upcoming books on cats and dogs.

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