Award-winning Kentucky film-production company Marvo Entertainment Group found through its work on a two-hour documentary of Woodford County that there is a connection between Woodford native Clifford Berryman and Jay N. "Ding" Darling, who were both Pulitzer Prize-winning editorial cartoonists concerned with conservation.
During script-development research in the Smithsonian Archives of American Art, Marvo team member Pat Fralick found a letter from Darling to Berryman dated Nov. 19, 1934.
At the time, Darling was chief of the Bureau of Biological Survey in the U.S. Department of Agriculture, and Berryman was a political cartoonist with The Washington Star. The letter was in regard to the government corn-hog checks sent to farmers in the 1930s.
The research has uncovered artifacts from both men's lives, including four letters to Berryman from U.S. presidents acknowledging his work, and some original unpublished cartoons. Berryman's family has provided many artifacts and documents for the research. Marvo officials are considering an exhibit of these artifacts with the release of its documentary My Kentucky Home: Woodford County. Marvo also is producing a work called America's Darling, about Darling, who won the Pulitzer for cartooning in 1923 and 1942.
Executive producer Sam Koltinsky interviewed Douglas Brinkley, professor of history at Rice University and an American conservationist. Brinkley told the story of Berryman's Theodore Roosevelt cartoon that inspired the creation of the teddy bear. An excerpt from the interview is to be posted on the Marvo Web site, Marvoentertainmentgroup.com.
Berryman, who died in 1949, was a forerunner of today's graphic artists and animators. His son, Jim Berryman, also was a Pulitzer Prize-winning political cartoonist with the Washington Star. Clifford Berryman represents in part the heritage of conservation that continues in Woodford County.
Anne-Haley Pendleton wins Woman's Club scholarship
Anne-Haley Pendleton of Versailles is the winner of the 2012 Midway Woman's Club Scholarship. Pendleton, a senior at Woodford County High School, was chosen because of her academic achievements and her community service.
Pendleton submitted an essay describing her multiple mission and community-service experiences through Versailles Baptist Church. She has traveled to Mexico to work with orphans and needy families, to Philadelphia to work with children, and to North Carolina to work with the elderly.
Pendleton lettered in three sports at Woodford County High School: volleyball, track and diving. She plans to attend Asbury University in the fall and to be on the volleyball team.
This summer, she plans to travel to South Korea with Asbury's volleyball team to provide a volleyball camp for children. She also plans to return to Mexico to work at a mission-based camp.
Two yard sales June 9
Midway Presbyterian Church and the Midway Woman's Club will each hold a yard sale on June 9.
Midway Presbyterian Church will raise money for its weekend backpack food program, which helps provide meals for more than 30 students at Northside Elementary School in Midway.
The cost to support one child for one school year is $400, and every dollar raised from the yard sale will go to the purchase of food for the students.
Donations of items for the sale will be accepted through June 8. Contact Ellen Costigan at (502) 227-3888 or firstname.lastname@example.org to contribute.
The Midway Woman's Club will raise money to support the club's scholarship fund and other charitable activities. Sellers at the sale keep 75 percent of the proceeds, and the club receives 25 percent. Those interested in selling may contact Kelly Brengelman at KellyBrengelman@windstream.net.