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Leonard Riddle and Ronnie Eddins

In this interview, Leonard Riddle and Ronnie Eddins talk about their families and early lives and explain how they came to work at Buffalo Trace. Leonard Riddle…
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Jimmy Johnson and Freddie Johnson

Jimmy Johnson is a retired foreman who worked for many years at Buffalo Trace, primarily in the warehouses. Freddie Johnson, his son, is a former engineer who…
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Harlen Wheatley

Harlen Wheatley, from Florence, Kentucky, came to work at Buffalo Trace in 1994 after graduating college with degrees in chemistry and chemical engineering. In…
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Elmer T. Lee

Elmer T. Lee, retired master distiller of the distillery now known as Buffalo Trace, was born in Frankfort in 1919 and came to work at the distillery in 1949.…
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Alice B. Blanton

Alice B. Blanton, of Frankfort, Kentucky, was born in 1918. She is the daughter of James Bacon Blanton and the niece of Colonel Albert B. Blanton, former…
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Mark Brown

Mark Brown is the president and C.E.O. of the Sazerac Company, parent company of Buffalo Trace. Brown grew up in a small town in England where his parents owned…
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Marsha Wiechman

Marsha Wiechman has been an employee of Buffalo Trace for twenty-two years at the time of this interview. Marsha grew up on a farm in Kansas and lived there for…
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E. H. Taylor Hay, Jr.

E. H. Taylor Hay Jr., originally from California, has spent most of his life in Kentucky. He is a descendant of Colonel E. H. Taylor Jr. who once owned the…
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Richard Taylor

Richard Taylor is a former English professor and a writer who lives near Frankfort, Kentucky. He is the author of The Great Crossing: A Historic Journey to…
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Maxine Wiley

Maxine Wiley grew up on a farm in Woodford County, Kentucky. After fifty-four years, she retired from her position as a secretary at the former Ancient Age…
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Julian Van Winkle III

Julian Van Winkle III is from Louisville, Kentucky. He is the grandson of Julian "Pappy" Van Winkle, Sr. and the son of Julian Van Winkle, Jr., who founded the…
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Gary Ray Gayheart

Gary Ray Gayheart is a retired Master Distiller at Schenley Distillery (now called Buffalo Trace Distillery). In this interview he discusses his childhood and…
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Mike Veach

Mike Veach is Associate Curator of Special Collections at the Filson Historical Society in Louisville, Kentucky. In this interview he discusses some of the…