After a year or so of working in the newsroom, I brought the idea of a human interest story series for the newspaper to Don Stringer, the former longtime managing editor of The Daily News. He loved the idea and decided to call it "Folk Tales." He gave me a $25 gift certificate to O'Charley's restaurant for giving him and the newspaper the idea. It was one of my proudest accomplishments while working at the newspaper. The series featured in depth news articles about local and common people in Bowling Green and Southcentral Kentucky community or just plainly spoken, "the folks of Bowling Green and Southcentral Kentucky." I had the honor of writing several of these stories and they were always published as front page stories with big and bold headlines. One of the stories that I wrote and was published, I was the one I wrote about J. Frank Gerard, a local and retired dairy farmer who was 81 years-old and blind at the time. Of course, J. Frank has been passed away for many years now.
J. Frank had lived in Bowling Green and Warren County his whole life and had a dairy farm on Cemetery Road on the outskirts of town where the gated Rivergreen community is located now and where Sen. Rand Paul lives among other prominent and wealthy citizens of Bowling Green and Warren County. I had met J. Frank originally through our one of elderly next door neighbors on a street where we used to live. Patty and I used to drive our neighbor and J. Frank and take them out to eat. But J. Frank always on insisted on paying for our dinner. He loved to tell us stories about growing up in Bowling Green and what the town was like back in the "good ol' days" and what it was like being a dairy farmer back in then too.
Eventually, I asked him if I could write a story about him and he said, "Sure, I would love it! It turned a out to be a fantastic story for the newspaper with great reception from everyone I knew and who had read it. I received lots of compliments from readers in the community. Eventually, the Folk Tales series had run its course and was disbanded. But the one quote I remember most that J. Frank said about his dairy farming days in the story, he said he remembers when the milk was "sweet as ice cream!" Now, that's one quote for the history books, folks!