In 1956, there was no mistaking a Ford for a Chevy, fins, chrome, and white walled tires prevailed, and Elvis was storming the country.

Norman Rockwell's "Freedom of Speech" (above) was published in The Saturday Evening Post in February 1943, an iconic image with an enduring sentiment relevant to Paducah today.

Perhaps President Ronald Reagan was thinking about America's huge education bureaucracy when he said: "Government programs, once launched, never disappear. Actually a government bureau is the nearest thing to eternal life we'll ever see on this earth."