The Prichard Tapes
The tapes were released to the Kentucky Oral History Commission after the death of Prichard's wife in June.
Some of the commentary is downright entertaining. For example, when describing a visit to the White House to dine with President Roosevelt, he recalls:
The Frankfurters took me to the White House to dinner (in 1939). There wasn't anybody there but the President and Mrs. Roosevelt and the Frankfurters and me. And we ate in the family dining room.
I spilled some of the green beans on the floor.
Well, I was horribly embarrassed, particularly at the thought that when the president was wheeled out in his wheelchair he would go right by my little mess of green beans. And this kept me in a tizzy all during the dinner, but I was saved by his dog who cuddled up to my chair and licked the green beans and left not a trace of 'em.
I never was a man so grateful to a dog.
Of Maysville's beloved Stanley Reed, he said:
Reed was not an intellectual heavyweight. He was rather a dull person, you know, perfectly decent, tried hard, worked hard, although Phil Graham (Prichard's friend who later became publisher of The Washington Post) and I used to say the motto on Reed's crest was "Anything for a free meal." He went to every party in Washington to which he was invited.
That's not a very flattering portrayal. I guess some things really should be said posthumously.
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