July 18, 2012 —
Later, I would spend hours with him at a drugstore counter as he shared his world travels and plot outlines while reminding me to always be proud of my East Kentucky heritage.
Years after his death, I became involved with the Jesse Stuart Foundation and had the privilege of serving on its board as it became a successful regional press and bookseller, dedicated to preserving Stuart’s literary legacy and the Appalachian way of life.
I believe he would be proud of what has been accomplished. After all, it’s the least we could do for the gifted man who wrote:
“If these United States could be called a body, Kentucky can be called its heart.”