Monday, June 11, 2012

John McDaniel's eclectic and interesting life is wrapped all around Midway

By Martha Groppo
University of Kentucky School of Journalism and Telecommunications

Few people are more thorough experts on Midway than John William McDaniel III.

“He has stories that few have heard or known about,” said his good friend, Midway Mayor Tom Bozarth. “He has a lot of knowledge about Midway and our history.”

McDaniel with a big pencil, all about his writing. Mayor
Tom Bozarth (in background), his friend, calls him "Scoop."
But few in Midway are thorough experts on John McDaniel. Even he struggles to remember everything he has done. It would take much time to know everything about McDaniel, a lifelong Midway resident who has been a police officer, sold carpets, jailed in a jail he helped run, and ridden his horse down Main Street.

“He dabbles in a little bit of everything,” Mayor Pro Tem Sharon Turner said. “He knows everybody.”

“I just seem to be in the most weird places at the strangest times,” McDaniel said, coming to the same conclusion others seem to reach after hearing a few of his stories.

McDaniel started his eclectic life in the Woodford Memorial Hospital on June 11, 1949, 63 years ago today.

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