1. Really good Reggie! I contacted Cholera in 1971 while in Greece from a contaminated well. We were rescued by Geek students who took us to Athens where their father was a doctor. I recovered in 4 days with antibiotics. I lost 30 lbs. It was gruesome, but I also feel fortunate.

  2. Thank you for entertainment and continuing education.
    Happy to say I have now lived a longer life than George.

  3. We should appreciate more the role Public Health and sanitation have played in eliminating these ailments. Next up, Richard Mentor Johnson, one of the most interesting Kentuckians who is buried in your area.

  4. I enjoyed reading this, Reggie! From the image showing all the different ancient religious traditions, I would be intrigued to learn more about how ancient cultures thought (or didn’t think) about these questions.

    All the best!


  5. I read and enjoy every word Dr. Van Stockum writes. He makes me think and I relay what I gleam from the posts to friends, which stirs conversations that I never would have thought.

  6. Interesting question and one that every person should entertain well before the answer is demanded of us. Most have seen friends or relatives go through painful procedures to gain a few more days or weeks and, as you say, at what cost imposed by a health care system that assesses costs in a seemingly arbitrary way AFTER the fact. Here’s my own question to those willing to think about death: what will you contribute during your additional days/weeks/months? Will you add anything or just be a consumer of health care while enriching pharmaceutical CEOs? Ever count the number of drug commercials? Think those companies are concerned about your welfare? Might want to look up Opioid Crisis/Perdue Pharma!

    Based on some of the “unpopular” data available about Covid and the treatments, we may have already opened Pandora’s Box and be on the cusp of some revelations regarding the extent of the avarice in health care.

  7. As usual, you never cease to amaze me with your insight and breath of knowledge.
    I am always interested in reading articles on biology, history, and George Washington, in particular.
    Thank you for an interesting article!

  8. Reggie, I enjoy your essays as they are thought provoking and well researched. I have shared the posts with our son, Keith (living in San Francisco), and Ellen Sisti Wade because I think they’ll appreciate them. Take care my friend.

  9. Very interesting article. Washington did seem to choose his words carefully, and revealed little of his personal opinions.
    Perhaps some of our political leaders of today could learn a great deal from him.

  10. Great trip down memory lane. My career began in DNREP at the Air Division, and later the Permits Division of Mining & Reclamation, where Jackie Swigart helped save part of the Agency from a power grab of the legislative that involved millions in federal funding. During my tenure at the Environmental Council of the States (ECOS), I always enjoyed seeing and working with the leadership from my home state, and I am still friends with some of them.

  11. Very intriguing to learn most the knowledge, but you explanation on everything seems factual.

  12. Enjoyed your article, and enjoyed meeting you at our museum. Looking forward to your program in Oct.

  13. I enjoyed your article and learned a lot about my home county. Your style of writing made it a fun and interesting read. Thanks!

  14. I lived in Glasgow for a number of years and have driven that route many times when returning to visit Glasgow. One of the most scenic routes in Kentucky.

  15. My roots are in Forkland, my family made moonshine up Black Lick Branch,others were founding members of the Church of Christ. I’m David Raley I came from Guthrie,Weatherford,Brown,Evans,Purdom stock.

  16. I grew up on Little South and still own a farm there. I have a lot of happy memories of wading in the creek and walking through the knobs.

  17. Loved every word!! I have 55+ years of very special memories. Wishing I could be able to write how I love every creek, river, knobs etc . Especially all the wonderful people that I have been very fortunate to meet and learn so much from. I married D. C. May who has roots in the Forkland area. His family was Elders, Whitlock, Purdom, Penn, Brewer, Gorley, A beautiful cemetery that sits on a hillside, Elder cemetery was part of there farm. Thanks to Mr Van Stockum for this special article.

  18. You write about the area with passion but some of the areas you mention may be quite hazardous if not properly prepared. I have explored most of the area you have mentioned an have photos of things you most likely never seen. Is it wise to tempt folks into areas without proper knowledge of the areas.

  19. A great travelogue my friend. A beautiful ancient place. I have spent many nights in camp on Wild Dog Trail Rd with Buckeye, Fowles, Soder, Bobby and some of the other brothers. Took a wrong turn and went to Ida May one time too!

    Best always.

  20. Reggie – been a long time. Glad to be on your list. I am retired and spending about 1/2 my time on the family farm in McLean country doing a lot of conservation projects. Getting ready for the first prescribed burn on my 23 yo native grass stand – the first in the county. Serving on the state nature conservancy board – who’s work is dear to my heart. We’ll need to catch up sometime. Best, Allen

  21. Thank you for sharing some of the sights and sounds of Kentucky. It was a great way to spend my break.

  22. How wonderful to see the mountains and rivers of Kentucky through eyes that see every nuance and appreciate the history of rural Kentucky. Thank you!

  23. Makes me want to jump in my aging Volvo to begin exploring the KY River right now! Thank you!

  24. Intriguing narrative I’ve somehow ignored the first half of my life. You’ve talked me into seeing this wondrous juncture for myself. From my own kayak, next Spring. See it as the pioneers and the Shawnee surely did, time difference being a veritable blink of an eye.

  25. General George Rogers Clark’s name reminded me I’m flying his Vincennes Campaign flag this month. Beautiful red and green parallel bars.

    Big fan of yours here Reg.

  26. After watching this video, I want to go there. Reggie. You are a wonderful teacher, the way you present information.

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