Woodford Sun owner/publisher Ben Chandler dies at age 87

Albert Benjamin “Ben” Chandler Jr., 87, longtime owner and publisher of The Woodford Sun and father of former U.S. Rep. Ben Chandler, died October 22.
Chandler was the son of former Kentucky Gov. A.B. “Happy” Chandler, and the last of his four children who was still living.
He spent part of his childhood in the governor’s mansion and went on to graduate from the Darlington School in Rome, Ga., and the University of Kentucky.
After serving in the military during the Korean War, Chandler began his nearly 60-year career at The Woodford Sun in 1957. Happy Chandler had bought the newspaper in 1942.
Over the years, he became “an expert on Woodford County history,” said his son, former U.S. Rep. Ben Chandler. For decades, he wrote a column called Happy Landings, often including tidbits of the area’s history.
Former managing editor Moss Vance said the column was insightful and “always worth reading,” touching on politics, literature and sports.
“He didn’t really like the limelight,” Ben Chandler said of his father. But “he had quite a sense of humor. He was very witty.”
In 2012, he was inducted into the Kentucky Journalism Hall of Fame.

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