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Memorial service for Phyllis George, former Kentucky First Lady, to be livestreamed on KET Monday

KET will livestream the memorial service for Phyllis George, the former Kentucky First Lady, Miss America and pioneering female sportscaster, on Monday (May 25) at 3/2 p.m. at KET.org. George, who died May 14 of complications from a rare blood disorder, became one of the first women to have a prominent role in televised sports when she was hired by CBS Sports in the 1970s. In 1979, George married John...

Phyllis George, former Miss America and First Lady of Kentucky, dies of rare blood disease at age 70

Staff report Phyllis George, Miss America of 1971, a broadcast television pioneer and former First Lady of Kentucky, died Thursday at the University of Kentucky medical center of a rare blood disorder. She was 70. George, who lived in Lexington, was married to former Gov. John Y. Brown who served as governor from 1979-1983. They divorced in 1998. She is survived by her two children, Lincoln Tyler George...

The Browns: Three generations of Kentucky family to share their legacy of public service

Staff report   Three generations of John Y. Browns, representing four generations of involvement in Kentucky politics, will appear on stage together to discuss their family legacy of public service.   John Y. Brown Sr. The discussion is a project of the Northern Kentucky University Scripps Howard Center for Civic Engagement and will be held on Thursday, Dec. 4, 7-8:30 p.m. The event, free...

Pamela Brown – baby in Governor’s Mansion – is now a CNN national news correspondent

Pamela Brown’s ‘passion and drive and ambition’ were evident early on, say her parents, former-Gov. John Y. Brown Jr. and former Miss America/NFL sportscaster Phyllis George. (Photo provided)   By Judy Clabes KyForward editor   If you tune in to CNN these days and spot behind a microphone a lovely, fresh-faced young news correspondent who looks really familiar, you are...

Judy Clabes: D.C. Bluegrass Ball big success, buzz around Ashley Judd dominates event

Actress Ashley Judd, center, joined a number of Kentucky dignitaries on stage during the 2013 Bluegrass Ball in Washington, D.C.   The 100th anniversary of the Kentucky Society of Washington and the 2013 Bluegrass Ball, a nonpartisan pomp-and-circumstance celebration of all things Kentucky, converged for a very successful event at the historic Wardman Park Marriott over the weekend. Called “the...