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Aug 19, 2010 8:13 PM CST
Name: Dave Kinneer
Fredericksburg, Virginia
My mother was a close friend of Harry's too. In 1971, when I was to be admitted to the Kentucky Bar, I had to have a Kentucky lawyer sponsor. Since I had gone to law school in California while in the Marine Corps, I didn't know any Kentucky lawyers well enough to ask them. That didn't stop my mother. She marched right into Harry's office and though Harry and I had never met, he agreed to sponsor me.

One of her prized possessions was a signed copy of "Night Comes to the Cumberlands" where inside the cover Harry had written nearly a full page to her above his signature. After my mother died, that book was the one thing of hers each of us children asked about. I don't know which of my sisters has it, but I'm sure it now is doubly a prized possession.

On a totally different subject, and one which I couldn't work in when I wrote about growing up in Blackey, I should mention that a large part of the movie, "Coal Miner's Daughter" was filmed in Blackey. Loretta Lynn is said to have chosen Blackey because it looked so much like the area where she grew up. Many of the townspeople had non speaking parts in the movie. My mother had been out of town for a few weeks and got back the day after casting had been completed, so she wasn't in it.

It was Hollywood's loss. Hilarious!

Dave

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