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Filmmaker Michael Crisp To Speak at Frankfort MOWW 4 Mar @ Noon about "The Very Worst Thing"
Crisp will speak to the Frankfort Chapter of the Military Order of the World Wars (MOWW) on Thursday, March 4th at Noon at VFW Post 4075
located at 102 East Second Street. The meeting is free and open to the public. Members are encouraged to bring a guest. A soup and sandwich
lunch will be available at a cost of $4.
"The Very Worst Thing" is a documentary film which revisits the 1958 Floyd County bus tragedy, which claimed 27 lives in eastern Kentucky
on February 28, 1958. To this day, it remains the worst school bus accident in U.S. history (www.theveryworstthing.com ).
The film features several interviews with those who were personally touched by the tragedy, including survivor Martha Burchett (Marsh),
who was on the bus during the accident. The film also features original pictures from the scene of the tragedy, most of which have been unseen by the general public.
It's the story about families, as well as an entire community, finding strength during the most devastating of circumstances.
The documentary is from Remix Films, which consists of filmmakers Michael Crisp and Andrew Moore. It is slated to appear nationally at
film festivals beginning in the spring of 2010.
The Kentucky Guard's role in the aftermath of the disaster is discussed in the film as well as interviews with two Kentucky Guardsmen, Lewis Bustetter and Roy Congleton, who recovered bodies a few days after the wreck.
On a cold and cloudy morning, after a period of heavy rains and thaw, a Floyd County school bus loaded with 48 elementary and high school
students bound for school at Prestonsburg on U.S. Route 23 struck the rear of a wrecker truck and plunged down an embankment and into the
swollen waters of the Levisa Fork of the Big Sandy River, where it was swept downstream and submerged.
Twenty-Two children escaped the bus in the first few minutes as it became fully submerged in the raging flood stage waters and made it safely out of the river. However, 26 other children and the bus driver drowned. Kentucky National Guard and other authorities and agencies responded. The bus was finally located by Navy divers, and removed
from the river 55 hours later.
Over 500 Kentucky National Guardsmen were activated during the sixty-nine day search and recovery operation for the victims of this
tragic incident. You can learn more about the KYNG's role at the KYNG eMuseum: http://kynghistory.ky.gov/history/4qtr/addinfo/pburgbusdisaster.htm
About Michael Crisp
Michael Crisp's mother and uncles lived in Prestonsburg but moved away in 1955 before the accident or they could have been on that bus as
well. According to an interview in the Lexington Herald Leader " While Crisp was growing up, his mom and dad, who came from nearby Martin,
occasionally would pull out newspaper clippings and talk about the tragedy. Crisp says it would send a chill through him, but over the
years, it also fired his creativity. After two years of work, The Very Worst Thing premiered recently in Prestonsburg and Lexington.
The reason for the crash has never been determined. Theories include mechanical failure, medical emergency or even that the crash just
could not have been avoided. but Moore says the filmmakers put their focus on personal aspects of the tragedy, such as stories of
students who heroically left safety to help friends and siblings only to die themselves. They also looked at the crash's enduring effects,
including the creation of the Floyd County Emergency and Rescue Squad, formed shortly after the accident. " SEE http://www.kentucky.com/2010/02/21/1150639/applachian-tragedy.html
"The Very Worst Thing"
You Can Learn More About the Film at www.theveryworstthing.com
About the Military Order of World Wars
The Military Order is a patriotic nonpartisan organization, which holds that it is nobler to serve than to be served. The Order was
established in 1919 to promote the welfare of our Nation. Because it clearly is not a self-seeking organization, the Order is widely respected and listened to, throughout all branches of the Government and across the Country. The Order provides an opportunity for Officers
of all of the Uniformed Services to unite in a strong program to promote National Security, Patriotism, Good Citizenship and Service to
The Order is comprised of over 155 Chapters across the nation. In acknowledgment of the local Chapter as the focal point for the work of
the Order, the role of the elected staff and National Headquarters is one of support to the Chapter. The Chapters hold regular meetings to
hear important speakers and to plan for the accomplishment of support of outreach programs in support of the Preamble of the Order. Efforts
include: Support for National Security, Youth Leadership and Patriotic Education Programs and the Order provides support for both the Junior
and Senior ROTC Programs.