HARRODSBURG - Bill Samuels Jr., president and CEO of Makers Mark Distillery, showed those attending the 49th annual banquet of the Mercer Chamber of Commerce his various failed attempts to sell his whiskey.
They were fictional but entertaining as he held up posters of attempts to market Makers Mark.
Most of Samuels' speech was humorous as he lined up the bottles of whiskey made by ancestors and relatives. Samuels' great-, great-, great-, great-, great-grandfather was a distiller of rye whiskey in Pennsylvania.
However, the serious tone of his talk was about Kentucky's need to give a good education to all of its citizens.
"We were the last to urbanize and the last to get serious about education," he told the crowd at the nearly full auditorium at Harrodsburg High School.