I grew up reading John Ed Pearce in the Louisville Courier-Journal's Sunday magazine. He was basically the man when it came to telling Kentucky tales. That picture there might as well be hanging on my wall, it seems so familiar to this day. I never met John Ed, but my dad, Phil Norman, worked with him and had a great admiration for him. That's not why I'm putting this link to his obit on the Pulp, though. It's this little paragraph here:
"Pearce's relationship with [then-Ky Gov. Bert] Combs once got him into trouble with his boss, the late Barry Bingham Sr., who disapproved of a Florida real-estate venture that the two were involved in and demanded it be dissolved."
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Can you imagine the field day this blog would have had with that one?