I remember how we did on the farm without electricity. True story. We had a battery-operated radio. No lights. No electricity. And we were sitting out on the porch one night. Our radio battery had gone dead. And we could see the lights from Cynthiana, about 6-7 miles as the crow flies, and we could hear horns blowing. And they were blowing so loud that we wondered what was going on in Cynthiana—it was some kind of catastrophe or celebration. Three days later we learned that the Japanese had surrendered. That’s the way it was without electricity back in those days.
—Former University of Kentucky basketball coach Joe B. Hall, accepting the Distinguished Rural Kentuckian award from the Kentucky Association of Electric Cooperatives, November 17, 2014