Knowing you're the first to have done something ... anything, for that matter ... must be quite an exhilarating feeling. History is filled with "firsts" like Neil Armstrong's first steps on the moon July 20 in 1969, Babe Ruth being the first to hit 60 home runs in a single season, or Charles Lindbergh being first to fly solo across the Atlantic.
All of these have made the history books and schoolchildren learn the names of these folks and their feats. But plenty of others, maybe even most of us at one time or another, have had "firsts."
For Dolores Bryan, her "first" deserves at least a footnote in the history books. Bryan, who's now 89 and living at the King's Daughters Apartments, was the first woman to walk across the War Mothers Memorial Bridge, commonly ... and incorrectly ... usually referred to locally as the Capital Avenue Bridge.
Her trek occurred on Feb. 14, 1938. The bridge was dedicated on June 4, 1938, when Gov. Albert B. Chandler's daughter Mimi cut the ribbon opening the span that provided another much-needed artery between north and south Frankfort.
For more on this story, see today's State Journal.