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KET’s Kentucky Life features Crittenden pocket watch, Cave Run Lake fish hatchery, renowned mathematician and more


KET’s Kentucky Life features Crittenden pocket watch, Cave Run Lake fish hatchery, renowned mathematician and more

For Release: 03/25/16 12:51 PM

Lt. John Crittenden’s watch survived the Battle of the Little Bighorn – while he did not. Kentucky Life traces the watch’s unlikely path to its current home at the Kentucky Historical Society in Frankfort. Plus, the program travels to the Minor E. Clark Fish Hatchery in Morehead; stops by the Home Café & Marketplace in Bowling Green; and profiles world-renowned mathematician Elwyn Berlekamp, who attended high school in Ft. Thomas, Ky. The episode airs Saturday, April 23 at 8/7 pm and Sunday, April 24 at 4/3 pm on KET and Monday, April 25 at 7/6 pm on KET2.

First, Kentucky Life follows the circuitous route of 2nd Lt. John Jordan Crittenden’s pocket watch, which had been given to him as a gift by his father, Civil War general Thomas J. Crittenden. The younger Crittenden was part of the 7th Cavalry, which was led into battle against the Sioux and Cheyenne by Lt. Col. George Armstrong Custer at the Battle of Little Bighorn. John Jordan Crittenden died at Bighorn, but it’s believed that his pocket watch was removed from his body by Native American warriors. The program traces the watch’s long journey from the battlefield to Canada and back to Kentucky, where it was loaned in 1949 to the Kentucky Historical Society and has remained ever since.

Then, the program travels to Morehead, near Cave Run Lake, where the Kentucky Department of Fish and Wildlife Resources operates one of the largest warm-water fish hatcheries in the nation. Located on roughly 300 acres that include more than 120 acres of water across 100 ponds, The Minor E. Clark Fish Hatchery raises nearly 4 million fish annually – including large- and smallmouth bass, muskie, striped bass and walleye – which are then released into Kentucky lakes, rivers and streams. Visitors to the hatchery can tour its indoor facilities during the summer and view many of its larger fish species in an outdoor viewing tank.

Changing pace, the program then heads to Bowling Green to try the menu at The Home Café & Marketplace, where pizzas, sandwiches, salads and desserts are a specialty. The restaurant creates customer-favorite dishes like Pulled Pork Kung Pao Pizza or Sriracha Scallop Fried Rice using fresh, locally sourced ingredients.

Finally, Kentucky Life spotlights internationally renowned mathematician Elwyn Berlekamp, who spent his high school years in Fort Thomas, Ky. Berlekamp, who received his PhD in electrical engineering from MIT and was a mathematics researcher at Bell Laboratories, is a leader in the fields of information theory, coding theory and combinatorial game theory. His research has played a role in the development of everything from the ubiquitous CD player to the Hubble Telescope.

Kentucky Life is a KET production, produced by Brandon Wickey. Segment producers for this episode are Paul Smith, Frank Simkonis, Rob Elliott and Tom Bickel.

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Todd Piccirilli
Senior Director, Marketing and Communications