The Times Journal & Russell County News
Wednesday, Jul. 23, 2014 — RUSSELL SPRINGS & JAMESTOWN, KENTUCKY — russellcounty.net
Get online news updates FREE - Subscribe:  [?]
Google

Debbie Does Discourse
In April 25 Issue
Russell County News
By Debbie Bell, Columnist

I normally start every Monday making a day to day list of everything I have to do that week. Sometimes I find myself staring at a blank piece of paper. That is really depressing. Other times I have so much to do that there's no way that I can achieve all that I need to do. That is the kind of week I have had. I love to stay busy- you know what they say about idle hands. But, I also like to catch my breath, read, watch a favorite TV show, play with my grandson, or visit friends. I haven't had any time to think about anything deep or provoking to write about this week. So I'm going to write about something near and dear to my heart. Let's call it “My Tribute to Show Business”.

First, I must pay homage to one of the greatest daytime icons of all time, “The Guiding Light”. I was deeply disheartened when recently CBS announced that “The Light” would no longer shine. After a 72 year run (the longest in broadcast history) it has been canceled. The Guiding Light started as a 15 minute serial on NBC radio on January 25, 1937 and debuted on CBS TV in 1952. It focused on the Bauer family and their trials and tribulations.

As a child my mother listened on the radio with her mother. Then when we were finally lucky enough to acquire a TV, I would rush home from school to watch it with my mom. The show has been a mainstay in my life for as long as I can remember. I was a stay-at-home Mom, and 2 om everyday was when I would take my break from reality. My kids even watched with me form time to time- they certainly tell you who Reva and Josh are. My son, Fletcher, was named after one of my favorite characters.

During its 72 year run “The Guiding Light” highlighted many social issues including discrimination against women in the 1940's and teen alcoholism and drug abuse in the 1980's. It also raised awareness about postpartum depression, AIDS, Down Syndrome, Leukemia, and breast cancer. It was the first soap to introduce African-American characters, and to tackle the subject of marital rape. It also had its low moments like the cloning of Reva. But, like a loyal friend I stuck with it through good times and bad.

Many stars got their start on “Guiding Light”, such as James Earl Jones, Calista Flockhart, Kevin Bacon, Christopher Walken, and many others. With the onslaught of talk shows, court TV and more women working than ever before, the writing has been on the wall for years. It still a shock that the longest running show in broadcast history will not be on the air anymore come September. As an integrated part of my life, it will sorely be missed.

I knew as a child that all I ever wanted to do was act, sing, and draw. Let's just say I've always been the artistic, creative type. But in my hometown there was no venue or outlet for me to further these dreams and inspirations. The school I attended had no art classes, no drama department, no dance instructors, no music whatsoever. I had to stifle these dreams and let them lie dormant inside me.

Once my children were in middle school and high school I could foresee the empty nest ahead of me. A wonderful friend talked me into trying out for a part in a play at the Star Theater.

Doing so was one of the most fulfilling things I've ever done. In fact, I credit it for saving my life, or at least my sanity.

In the past to years or so that I have participated in many different plays direct and meet and befriend people from all walks of life. And, I was able to unleash those unrequited dreams of my youth.

Gary McGowan founded the Children's Theater at the Star and over the years I've watched these children blossom into such talented, well-rounded individuals.

His wife, Mary, the drama teacher at Russell County High School and one of the founding members of the Star has directed more plays than anyone there.

All walks of students make up the the drama class such as geeks, jocks, the have's, the have not's, cheerleaders, etc.

Normally In school these groups would break off into their own little cliques and bully each other. Not so in drama. These kids all come together as a family and learn to appreciate the differences in one another.

Todd Wilson is one of the greatest directors I've ever had the privilege to work with. He directs the most riveting, wonderful musicals that rivals anything I've ever seen in the big cities.

Then, we are lucky to have the Dance Shoppe with Marti Salee. What child doesn't like to express themselves with grace and movement?

In neighboring Adair County we have the Dream Depot. It is the most down home, family oriented, one of a kind places. We do skits and the occasional play but it mostly features local singers.

They feature all genres of music, from gospel to 50s and 60s, country and Broadway.

Just recently we did a Disney show featuring children from the area. One day my son opened up his mouth and beautiful sounds came out. I never knew he had a desire to sing, or even could. He's been singing at the Depot for a couple of years now.

My best friend is the president of the Depot as well as a fantastic singer so this place is very important to me.

Statistics and various studies have shown that children who participate in the arts excel in other areas of their lives. Their grades improve in other subjects, their social skills improve, as does their communication such as public speaking. And yet, when budget cuts have to be made in school, the arts are the first classes cut.

Most small towns are not as lucky to have what we have. Yet, sometimes after months of preparation and hard work the attendance at some of the shows are very small in numbers. I implore everyone to come out and see a show at the Star and the Depot.

In a small town we know everyone, or their faces, or one of their children.

Even our own Renee and Wade Daffron, Kim Haydon and the recently departed G.K. Gibson have graced the stage many times.

Sometimes we don't realize what we have until it is gone, like my beloved “Guiding Light.”

All of my friends are thesbians. My children have even dabbled in thesbianism. So I leave you with this, should thesbians be allowed to marry? What about bilingual people or homosapiens?

Til next time, Forward Ho!

Content Management Powered by CuteNews
SUBSCRIBE to The Times Journal: CLICK HERE

SPONSORED LINKS


Publish Yourself PUBLISH YOURSELF
You can publish news about your group or organization directly to our site, using your computer.
CLICK HERE
Laker Band LAKER BAND
Visit the award-winning official web site for the Russell County Marching Band.
CLICK HERE
Lake Cumberland Web Cams LIVE WEB CAMS
Views of Lake Cumberland as it is right now, from a number of web cams.
CLICK HERE
Lake Cumberland LAKE CUMBERLAND
lakecumberland.com
Official site for Lake Cumberland with everything for the lake visitor and fisherman.
CLICK HERE
The Times Journal is a weekly newspaper issued on Thursdays. It was first published on October 13, 1949, by Andrew J. and Terry Norfleet.
-
P.O. Box 190
120 Wilson St.
Russell Springs KY 42642
Phone: 270-866-3191
Fax: 270-866-3198
Russell County News is a weekly newspaper issued on Saturdays, and is mailed free to every address in Russell County, Ky. It was first published on February 1, 1913.
-
404 Monument Square
Jamestown KY 42629
Phone: 270-343-5700
Publisher:
David Davenport
(publisher@tjrcn.com)
Managing Editor:
Greg Wells
(editor@tjrcn.com)
News & Sports Editor:
Derek Aaron
(sports@tjrcn.com)
Advertising Manager:
Stephanie Smith
(ads@tjrcn.com)
Business Manager:
Kim Haydon
(business@tjrcn.com)
Production Manager:
Renee Daffron
(people@tjrcn.com)
Jamestown Office:
Kim Graham
(rcnoffice@tjrcn.com)
PUBLIC MEETINGS
Members of the public may attend meetings. Boards or agencies may schedule other meetings at special times, but are required to notify the public.
FISCAL COURT: 2nd Monday of month, 6 p.m. in the Courthouse
RUSSELL SPRINGS CITY: 2nd Thursday of month, 6 p.m. in the City Hall Municipal Room
JAMESTOWN CITY: 3rd Thursday of month, 6 p.m. in basement meeting room at City Hall
SCHOOL BOARD: 3rd Monday of month, 6:30 p.m., Board of Education office in Jamestown
LIBRARY BOARD: 2nd Tuesday of month, 5 p.m. at Jamestown Library
AIRPORT BOARD: 1st Tuesday of month, 5 p.m. at Airport
TOURISM COMMISSION: 2nd Wednesday of month, 12:30 p.m. at Tourism Office
CHAMBER OF COMMERCE: 3rd Tuesday of month, noon at The Cove restaurant
LOCAL & AREA
NEWS SITES
The links below open new windows. We are not responsible for the content of the sites.
Laker Country WJRS
(Russell Springs)
lakercountry.com/
WKYM-1017 (Monticello)
wkym.com/
Adair Progress (Columbia)
adairprogress.com/
Casey County News (Liberty)
caseynews.net/
Clinton County News (Albany)
clintonnews.net/
Cumberland County News (Burkesville)
burkesville.com/ccn/
Wayne County Outlook (Monticello)
wcoutlook.com/
Somerset
Commonwealth-Journal
somerset-kentucky.com/
Danville
Advocate-Messenger
amnews.com/
Lexington Herald-Leader
kentucky.com/
Louisville Courier-Journal
courier-journal.com/
WKYT-TV, Lexington
wkyt.com/
WBKO-TV, Bowling Green
wbko.com/
USEFUL SITES
The links below open new windows. We are not responsible for the content of the sites.

RUSSELL CO. OFFICIALS
RUSSELL COUNTY SCHOOLS
RUSSELL CO. LIBRARY

LAKE CUMBERLAND
STATE RESORT PARK
TV LISTINGS:
Choose your service and provider
SOMERSET MOVIE SHOWTIMES

.