As he nears his 100th birthday Monday, Dr. Thomas Clark has been busy.
Tell him he's somewhat of a celebrity, and he simply says, "I'm trying to be not."
But it's hard to ignore Kentucky's historian laureate, who has contributed so much to the state that he's become a part of the fabric of the history himself.
"I'm amazed by it all. It's too flattering," Clark says of the birthday celebrations planned in Lexington and Frankfort, including one today at the Kentucky Department of Libraries and Archives. "I'm appreciative of it. I hasten to say that.
"I'm appreciative of the friendly expressions and generous people."
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