Datebook: October 3 - "Howl" Ruled Not Obscene 55 Years Ago

Oct 3, 2012

"Howl" by Allen Ginsberg is widely considered to be one of the greatest works of American literature, but it was published in 1956 to much controversy, containing references to illicit drugs and sexual practices. Customs officials seized books, and the publisher was charged with obscenity. On this day in 1957, however, the poem was declared of "redeeming social importance."

It’s Wednesday, October 3

The Make A Difference Community Food Drive invites Paducah residents to bring nonperishable food items to the Paducah Cooperative Ministry during the month of October.  This year’s goal is to collect 10,000 pounds of food to help households in need.  The Paducah Cooperative Ministry is located at 402 Legion Drive.  For more information, call 442-6795.

The city of Hazel offers a variety of activities on Saturday as part of the 23rd annual Hazel Celebration.  Events include a 5K Zombie Run, a parade, a car show, musical entertainment, an antique tractor show, and more.  There’s a complete list of weekend events at

The 37th Annual Murray State University College Rodeo is tomorrow through Saturday at the Bill Cherry Expo Center.  Events begin at 7 nightly, including bull riding, calf roping, steer wrestling, barrel racing, and more.  Admission is $10 for adults or $8 for students. 

See more community events at