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Joe Spires - a walking library of Green River history



2017-07-16 - Green River Bait, 5240 Knifley Road, Egypt, KY - Photo by Ed Waggener, ColumbiaMagazine.com(c).
When Ralph Roy Waggener started the list of People Who Make You Smile,, Patty Bunch nominated Joe Spires (Story) right off when she heard about it, and he joined that prestigious group along with fellow Above-the-Riverman Eb Arnold. Not only can he make anyone smile, he can tell them a thing or two, because he's seen it all, as he nears the century mark - he'll be 97 on November 29, 2017. At Lois & Kenneth Janes' store, on July 8, 2017, he was an indisputable expert on the history of the Columbia Gas Transmission pipeline blow-off, which scared the beejeesus out of anyone who had never heard the blast, but not him. He'd heard them all.

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