Bobbie Ann Mason, the second living author to be elected to the Kentucky Writers Hall of Fame, paused from typing on her iPad to watch birds at a bird feeder out her living room window in Anderson County. Behind her is a blowup of a photo of her younger self with the first celebrity she ever met, Smiley Burnette, sidekick of movie cowboy Gene Autrey, who made an appearance in Mayfield in the early 1950s. She recalled in a 1986 essay in The New Yorker that Burnette charged a dollar to pose for photos and wasn't very nice.
Bobbie Ann Mason, the second living author to be elected to the Kentucky Writers Hall of Fame, paused from typing on her iPad to watch birds at a bird feeder out her living room window in Anderson County. Behind her is a blowup of a photo of her younger self with the first celebrity she ever met, Smiley Burnette, sidekick of movie cowboy Gene Autrey, who made an appearance in Mayfield in the early 1950s. She recalled in a 1986 essay in The New Yorker that Burnette charged a dollar to pose for photos and wasn't very nice. Tom Eblen teblen@herald-leader.com
Bobbie Ann Mason, the second living author to be elected to the Kentucky Writers Hall of Fame, paused from typing on her iPad to watch birds at a bird feeder out her living room window in Anderson County. Behind her is a blowup of a photo of her younger self with the first celebrity she ever met, Smiley Burnette, sidekick of movie cowboy Gene Autrey, who made an appearance in Mayfield in the early 1950s. She recalled in a 1986 essay in The New Yorker that Burnette charged a dollar to pose for photos and wasn't very nice. Tom Eblen teblen@herald-leader.com

Bobbie Ann Mason named to Kentucky Writers Hall of Fame

January 02, 2016 10:21 AM

UPDATED January 02, 2016 10:42 PM

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Tom Eblen is a columnist for the Lexington Herald-Leader who writes about life, people and issues in Lexington and Kentucky. A Lexington native, Eblen was the Herald-Leader's managing editor from 1998 to 2008.