Bisson attended Owensboro High School and is the author of six novels, including Pirates of the Universe, a New York Time Notable Book of 1996. He has received the Nebula, Asimov’s, and Locus readers’ awards. His most recent novel, Dear Abbey, was nominated for the 2006 British Science Fiction Association award.
Stephen F. Cohen
Cohen attended elementary and high school in Owensboro. He earned his M.A. and Ph.D. degrees in Politics and Russian Studies from Columbia University. Cohen is author of many books and articles, a television news commentator, and CBS News’ consultant on Russia. Cohen has been a member of New York University’s Faculty of Arts and Sciences where he teaches “Russia Since 1917.”
Moneta J. Sleet Jr.
Moneta Sleet was born in Owensboro and was a graduate of Western High School, Kentucky State University, and held a Master’s Degree in journalism from New York University. He won the Pulitzer Prize in feature photography in 1969 for a photograph of the veiled and grief-stricken Coretta Scott King at the funeral of her slain husband, Martin Luther King Jr. Sleet was staff photographer for Ebony and Jet magazines, a member of the Kentucky Journalism Hall of Fame, and the 1995 winner of the Mayor’s Award for Excellence in Owensboro.