Hi John. I have read 101 pages and I wanted to stop and make a few comments. Calhoun has been suffering with that crippling arthritis for a year. So far, so good, I am very entertained and very impressed with the way you do lots of things, like describing the times and places, for example. At the start with Calhoun being a teacher, the exchanges with his students, and leaving that profession for the "iffy" possibility of acquiring coal rights and making money from mining. (I guess he took that bar exam so he will know what he is doing with leases and laws regarding property rights, although I have just read the rape trial he was in.) Turner, Castle and others are interesting also, and their roles with Calhoun. Your spam episode and the Colby Preston store adds additional realism, as did his loan from the Pk Cty Judge as was his return from Mn with that $60,000. God Inspired!? Now I am very interested in reading the windup. Oh, that was so interesting how his wife "got him," by not sending those telegraphs for starters. (I have had quite a bit of action involving Broad Form Deeds. For some reason, Calhoun did not do much in Martin County, maybe, because almost all those coal rights are/were owned by Pocahontas Land Company, a company that acquired them from Federal Oil and Gas.) I'll get more to you later. John Kirk
Mr. Preston, I am Theresa K. Hardison, daughter of Imogene Mayo and granddaughter of Bob and Nellie Mayo, and I am pleased to find you on Facebook! Loving the KY mountains as I do, and with my family's long history in Johnson County, I am looking forward to reading Kentucky's Richest Man. I'm hoping to find it on Amazon along with others of yours. Smiles from Bar X Horse Ranch in Tonto Basin, AZ.
Hey John, > > Just finished reading your new play "Kentucky'a Richest Man" the Life of > John C.C. Mayo and see it as one of the most recent additions to Kentucky > history in the development of a small town and coal in the region. I do > hope that this will be performed somewhere in the community -Jenny Wiley > perhaps. Being from Pike county I knew something about Calhoun and the > Broad Form Deed's devastating effects. However, this play provides a clear > character rather than the one dimensional man many have held in their > minds.You have shown Mayo's genius and energy and provided Paintsville > with the other side of the coin. I do hope this will be seen by many > others. > Rhonda Breedlove