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New Kentucky books on United States Senators, women’s suffrage provide sharp focus for 2021

By Paul A. Tenkotte Special to KyForward The end of any year causes us to reflect upon what we’ve accomplished, as well as what we resolve to do in the coming New Year. If social media and casual conversational remarks are any indication, this year—2020—is one that many people would prefer to forget. Of course, we all know deep down that forgetting 2020 will never be possible, and indeed, would...

‘Christmas Top 10’ with Kentucky connections: ‘Here Comes Santa Claus,’ Rosemary Clooney and more

By John Schlipp Special to KyForward A number of Christmas tunes and holiday-themed movies are tied to personalities and places of the Cincinnati/Northern Kentucky region. Some examples are classics, while others are more contemporary. No matter what time period, this “top ten” list should kindle some tender memories of Cincinnati Christmases past. Of course, this is by no means a comprehensive...

Remembering Hiroshima, ‘Little Boy’ with big bang, the Enola Gay, Paul Warfield Tibbets — 75 years ago

By Paul Tenkotte Special to KyForward On Monday, August 6, 1945, a B-29 Superfortress bomber named the Enola Gay took off from the Northern Mariana Islands in the Pacific Ocean. Piloted by then-Colonel Paul Tibbets (1915–2007), the plane’s payload was “Little Boy,” the codename for the first nuclear bomb to be used in warfare. The target was Hiroshima, Japan. Weighing almost 10,000 pounds,...