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59 minutes. Wayne Riley grew up in East Bernstadt, Ky. (Laurel County). He discusses growing up in the mid-twentieth century, including foodways and industry. Many of Riley's male family members worked in coal mining in Lynch, Ky. (Haran County), for U.S. Steel. His father, Charles Riley worked...

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30 minutes. Johnny Goins was nine years old the first time he walked through the doors of Pat’s Snack Bar. His grandmother visited the pool hall every day to eat and visit with neighbors and friends. Often, she would bring Johnny with her. As a young boy, Goins would watch the older men play...

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25 minutes. Donna Mason’s grandfather, Joe Peck, established Joe’s Drive-In Chicken in 1966, in Whitesburg, Kentucky. A few years later, Peck decided to move Joe’s Drive-In Chicken to its current location, in Isom, a few miles away from Whitesburg. Donna’s mother, Cora, started working at her...

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41 minutes. Pat House opened Pat’s Snack Bar in Manchester, Kentucky, as a pool hall in 1947. In the beginning, Pat’s was only a pool room. In 1952, House moved the pool hall to a new building. Pat’s Snack Bar expanded, adding a restaurant to the pool hall, where he served his famous...

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51 minutes. Jason Gross grew up in Manchester, Kentucky. As a child, he frequented the pool hall with his grandparents and parents. Gross’s great-grandfather racked pool at Pat’s for thirty five years. Both of his parents grew up around Pat’s Snack Bar. For Jason Gross and his family, Pat’s was...

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62 minutes. Judd Weaver is a native of London, Kentucky. Judd’s grandfather, Carl Weaver was an entrepreneur who opened Weaver’s Pool Hall on main street in London, Kentucky in the early 1940s. As the family story goes, while Weaver was visiting family in California, he bought a chili recipe...

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A Kentucky Oral History Commssion funded project of the Southern Foodways Alliance (SFA), the Kentucky Chili Bun Trail documents the lives of Eastern Kentucky through the lens of the chili bun, a working-class food with ties to the Great Depression, pool halls, the intricate railroad system, and...

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